Global 100 mn cybercrime gang busted

first_imgThe Hague: US and European police said Thursday they have smashed a huge international cybercrime network that used Russian malware to steal USD 100 million (89 million euros) from tens of thousands of victims worldwide. Prosecutions have been launched in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the United States over the scam, while five Russians charged in the US remain on the run, the EU police agency Europol said. The “organised crime network behind USD 100 million in malware attacks” targeted “more than 41,000 victims, primarily businesses and their financial institutions,” Europol said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPolice in Germany and Bulgaria were also involved. The cyber gang used GozNym malware to infect victims’ computers, steal their online banking login details and then siphon money from their accounts. The stolen money was then laundered in US and other accounts. Scott Brady, the US Attorney General for the western district of Pennsylvania where the US indictment was unsealed, said the operation was an “unprecedented” international effort. “Unsuspecting European and American victims thought they were clicking on a simple invoice, but were instead giving hackers access to their most sensitive information,” Brady added. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe alleged leader of the GozNym criminal network, Alexander Konovolov, 35, of Tbilisi, who goes by the online name “NoNe”, was arrested in the former Soviet state of Georgia, the US Department of Justice said. His alleged technical assistant Marat Kazandjian, 31, aka “phant0m,” was also arrested in Georgia. Konovolov recruited hackers who advertised their services on “Russian-speaking online criminal forums”, and eventually controlled the malware-infected computers of more than 41,000 victims, Europol said. The five Russians charged in the US included the alleged developer of the malware, identified as Vladimir Gorin, but they cannot be extradited because Russia does not send suspects abroad. Gorin “oversaw its creation, development, management and leasing to other cyber criminals” including the Georgian alleged leader of the group, Europol said. One of the Russians, Viktor Eremenko, was arrested in Sri Lanka at the request of US authorities in 2017 but “through the intervention of the Russian government” was freed on bail, after which he fled to Russia. Bulgarian Krasimir Nikolov was arrested and extradited to the United States in 2016 and has already pleaded guilty to the charges in the indictment, the DOJ said. Ukrainian police meanwhile arrested Gennady Kapkanov, 36, also known as “firestarter”, on suspicion of hosting a so-called “Avalanche” network that provided services to more than 200 cybercriminals including the Georgians. He allegedly fired an assault rifle through the door of his apartment at police, the DOJ said. Europol announced the smashing of the Avalanche network in a major operation in 2016, saying that it had infected half a million computers in 188 countries.last_img read more

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Students from Lebanon Syria grab top honours at UNESCObacked school contest

The Lebanon-Syria team beat out over 36,000 students from 140 countries in the 2007-2008 Mondialogo School Contest, which wrapped up last week in Beijing.Nearly 3,000 bi-national teams worked together on joint projects, such as photo essays, collages, music, plays, sculpture and web pages, and the top 25 teams converged in the Chinese capital to discuss the importance of cultural exchange and present their joint projects to the contest jury.“I am heartened by the quality of the competing projects and the increasing success of the Mondialogo initiative, which is promoting cultural diversity by providing a platform for young students around the world to engage in a meaningful intercultural learning experience,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said. “The School Contest is putting to practice the ideals on which UNESCO is based.” The Indonesia-Ukraine team came in second, with Germany-Mexico and Syria-United States sharing third prize, at the awards ceremony on 28 September.The global contest – started by UNESCO and the company Daimler in 2003 – hopes that through intercultural projects, students can foster understanding, solidarity, tolerance and respect for people of different cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds.The Mondialogo initiative, which counts Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and Swedish writer Henning Mankell among its Ambassadors, also includes the Engineering Award, the world’s first prizes aimed specifically at young engineers from developed and developing countries. 30 September 2008A team of students from Lebanon and Syria has taken first place in the largest global contest for students, backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which seeks to foster dialogue between children from different cultural backgrounds. read more

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Starbucks clashes with small Alaska company over trademark

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A small Alaska apparel company is clashing with Starbucks over a trademark term the coffee giant says is too closely linked to its own branding.The Anchorage Daily News reports Seattle-based Starbucks wants the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reject an application by Wasilla-based Mountains & Mermaids.Since last year, the Alaska company has been seeking to trademark the term “Siren’s Brew” for its products. It has branded its apparel with the image of a siren or mermaid holding a cup of coffee, and recently began using the design on coffee.In February, Starbucks applied to trademark “Siren’s Blend” for its coffee products.The trademark office has refused Starbucks application as of May, based on “a likelihood of confusion” with Siren’s Brew.The Associated Press read more

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UK automotive supply chain could see 28000 jobs boost by 2020 finds

British automotive industry set to create up to 28,000 new supply chain jobs by 2020.Growing UK car production and rise of connectivity will deliver huge opportunities for suppliers.Future of the automotive supply chain explored today at SMMT Open Forum. Thursday 15 October 2015 As many as 28,000 new jobs could be created in the UK automotive supply chain by 2020, according to a new forecast report from industry trade body The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).The report, The future of UK automotive manufacturing in 2025 and beyond,1 identifies growth in vehicle manufacturing and a move to connected and autonomous technology as presenting significant opportunities for British component suppliers in the coming years. It estimates that British car production is set to reach a record two million vehicles annually by 2020 – a 33% increase on the current 1.5 million.This boost in output will require an additional 9,500 employees at vehicle manufacturers in the UK – and almost three times the number of workers at the component companies that supply them. For every job created in a vehicle plant, it is estimated that on average between three and five are created in the wider economy.Huge investments have recently been committed by vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers alike – with more than £2 billion announced in 2015 alone. New car production is already at a high level having posted impressive growth in recent years, up more than 50% since 2009. Automotive products now account for a greater share of British exports than ever before at 11.8%, while the average value of cars exported from the UK has doubled in the past decade.Having suffered during the recession, the UK automotive supply chain is now showing strong signs of recovery. Automotive Council figures released in September revealed that 41% of the average UK-built vehicle is now locally-sourced – up from 36% in 2011.2 With up to 80% of the components that go into a car capable of being produced here, the potential for supply chain growth has been pegged at some £4 billion.Integral to the sector’s recent growth have been government-industry partnerships: the Automotive Council-initiated Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, Regional Growth Fund and National Tooling Fund have helped to finance the expansion of many companies, enabling them to meet increasing demand from British car makers for locally-sourced components. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The recovery of the UK automotive supply chain is gathering pace, and this new report shows that the opportunities for further growth and development will be plentiful in the coming years, particularly as the drive towards fully connected and autonomous vehicle technologies accelerates. A strong domestic supply chain is crucial to the success of the industry as a whole, and crucial to attracting new inward investment, so it is critical that the support from government-industry partnerships we have enjoyed in recent years continues to ensure the sector is able to realise its full potential.”The evolution of the supply chain, as well as the opportunities presented by connected and autonomous vehicles, was explored today at SMMT’s Open Forum event at Cranmore Park in Solihull. A day of debate and networking for around 400 UK automotive supply chain delegates, the event featured talks from Mike Bell, Global Connected Car Director, Jaguar Land Rover; Iain Forbes, Head of government’s newly established Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; and Judith Richardson, Vice President of Purchasing, Nissan Europe.The next SMMT Open Forum, meanwhile, is set to take place at the inaugural Automechanika Birmingham in June 2016. This will be the UK’s first trade show dedicated to automotive supply chain and aftermarket companies. The Future of UK Automotive Manufacturing in 2025 and Beyond – report authored by Ian Henry of independent automotive research consultancy AutoAnalysis. Visit this link to view the report in full: http://bit.ly/1PaNEQGGrowing the Automotive Supply Chain: Local Content Analysis – http://www.automotivecouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/UK-local-sourcing-content-research-September-20151.pdfClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Brock Media Clips for Friday March 15

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Brock students reminded to respect neighbours this St. Patrick’s Day: Brock’s contributions to a unified approach to St. Patrick’s Day education and enforcement were featured in a St. Catharines Standard article and interviews on CHCH and Newstalk 610 CKTB.Brock, Niagara Health sign research partnership: Brock President Gervan Fearon spoke about the University’s recently signed memorandum of understanding with Niagara Health in a St. Catharines Standard article and a Newstalk 610 CKTB interview.Brock students put their skills to the test for IceDogs: Presentations from Brock students aimed at helping the Niagara IceDogs better engage new audiences were featured in a Niagara This Week article about the University’s Sport Management Alumni Day.‘Math nerd’ among young athletes to test Olympic potential in St. Catharines: Mathematics and Statistics student Jacob Martens was featured in a CBC article about the March 9 RBC Training Ground event held at the University.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

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Power of love endures in If Beale Street Could Talk

Brock University Film Society’s (BUFS) latest screening, If Beale Street Could Talk, is a moving celebration of love and the African-American family.The movie will hit the big screen at the Film House in downtown St. Catharines on Thursday, March 21.Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk was written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and stars KiKi Layne and Canadian-born Stephan James (Race, Selma).The film follows Tish (Layne), a newly engaged Harlem woman, who races against the clock to prove her fiancé’s (James) innocence before the birth of their first child. Beale Street is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple and their families as they try to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.“What Jenkins gets most right — what astonishes me the most about this film — is Baldwin’s vast affection for the broad varieties of black life,” says Vanity Fair. “It’s one of the signature lessons of Baldwin’s work that blackness contains multitudes.”Regina King (American Crime, Jerry Maguire) was named Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for her performance in the film, which also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. Both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute included Beale Street in their Top 10 films of 2018.Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the PAC over the next few months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. read more

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Its Not The End Of An Era For Mens Tennis

That still leaves the Big Four in a much stronger state than the prior ruling class ever reached.2None of the three men who preceded Federer, Nadal and Djokovic as new world No. 1s ever had a year as good as each one is on pace to have this year, even though it’s a down year for tennis titans. The trio — Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Lleyton Hewitt — are Federer’s contemporaries, but they never unseated him the way the much younger trio of Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have.The five younger upstarts — Cilic and Nishikori, plus Grigor Dimitrov, Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic, who are between age 23 and 26 and reached their first Slam semis this year — have mostly been defined by their arrested tennis development. They’ve shed the previously apt Lost Boys title with career years this season. But they’re more of a Medium Five or Next Five than a Fab Five, though at least, unlike that Michigan quintet, one of these five will win a major title in a Monday championship.There wasn’t an obvious name for the group until Cilic perfectly described it after his near-perfect match Saturday. In his press conference, Cilic referred three times to the sport’s “second line.”“The guys there are from second line, are moving closer and they are more often at the later stage of the tournament,” Cilic said. “They are going to get only better; they’re not going to get worse.”Cilic was including Australian Open champ Wawrinka in his list, but Wawrinka, 29, is older than three of the Big Four. For our purposes, we’re not going to include him so that the “second line” is a separate generation from the current stars, who are between ages 27 and 33.There is one major name missing from the second line’s roster: Juan Martin del Potro, who turns 26 this month. He and the second line are the six youngest men ranked in the Top 20. Even Monday’s champion probably won’t finish this year with a season as good as del Potro’s best. In 2009, the year he turned 21, del Potro won the U.S. Open, came within a set of the French Open final and reached the quarterfinals of six Masters tournaments.Injuries have kept him from maintaining that level, and from playing any tennis for the last six months. But already del Potro has achieved in his career more than the quintet of his peers will have achieved after Monday’s final: one major title; three Masters finals (the other five have two total); and seven titles at the 500 level, the next tier down from Masters events (the other five have five, and three of those belong to Nishikori). Before Monday, del Potro was the only man who is now under 27 and had played in a Grand Slam final. Federer had won 12 Grand Slam titles before turning 27.Adjusting for age shows how much the second line lags the first, even in a career year. The most accomplished four of the bunch — del Potro, Cilic, Raonic and Nishikori — have won 24 percent of their maximum possible total of ranking points at the Masters and Grand Slam events this season. The Big Four, at roughly the same average age in 2010, won 68 percent. At age 20, the Big Four won 53 percent to the second line’s 5 percent at the same age. And this year, all of the Big Four could finish ahead of all five of the second line in the rankings.So the second line isn’t the generation we need to take over men’s tennis. But it’s the one we have — at least until the generation of Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios and other promising teenagers launches its challenge. And the second line is playing its best tennis this season. Heading into the U.S. Open, Dimitrov, Nishikori and Raonic all were on pace for career highs in dominance ratio (DR), the ratio of returning points win percentage to opponent returning points win percentage — a good marker of overall level. And Cilic and Gulbis were serving better than ever, with career highs in ace percentage and first-serve win percentage.Through the lens of the past week, Nishikori looks like the most impressive member of the second line. He beat three top-five seeds in his last three matches at the Open. But his DR was below 1 in his last two wins, meaning he won them with little margin.Cilic, by contrast, straight-setted two top-six seeds in his last two matches, and was forced into just one tiebreaker. He has also been more durable than Nishikori has during their careers. The two youngest members of the group, Dimitrov and Raonic, have stayed mostly healthy, too, and have climbed the most steadily and quickly.One of those three or del Potro probably will finish with the best career of the second line’s generation. Whoever does will be hard pressed even to match the achievements of Murray. He’s by far the weakest member of the Big Four, an oligarchy that remains dominant even in its decline. The reigning oligarchs of men’s tennis — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — have devolved a smidgen of power to the sport’s second line.For six years, the Big Four have ruled the sport, hoarding its biggest titles and topping the rankings. This year, five younger men have broken through, most dramatically on Saturday at the U.S. Open. First Kei Nishikori stunned world No. 1 Djokovic in four sets. Then Marin Cilic straight-setted five-time Open champ Federer. Nishikori and Cilic will play in Monday’s final, the first Grand Slam final for each man and the first without a member of the Big Four since 2005.Federer lightly applauded his younger rivals’ modest achievements in his post-match press conference Saturday. After congratulating Cilic for his great play, Federer called it “definitely refreshing to some extent” to have new names in a Grand Slam final, and added, “I hope they can play a good final.”Federer pointed out that any tennis writers who downgraded the Big Four’s stock when Stan Wawrinka won in Australia in January had to explain the finals of this year’s French Open and Wimbledon, which featured exclusively himself, Nadal and Djokovic. “But this is another chance for you guys, you know,” Federer told the room full of journalists. “So you should write what you want. I don’t think so, but … .”Federer is both right and wrong. The Big Four really have been slipping. That can be hard to spot because each player has had a complicated arc over the last few seasons. Djokovic gained, lost and regained the No. 1 ranking, with Nadal and Federer each holding it for a spell. Federer has rebounded swiftly from a mediocre 2013. Murray has dropped fast after winning two Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal over a 12-month run that ended last summer.Group the four together, though, and the decline is more apparent. In 2011, they won an absurd 84 percent of their maximum possible total of ranking points at the 13 annual tournaments that bring together the world’s best male players: the Masters and Grand Slam events. That share has fallen steadily each year since, to 66 percent so far this year. Some regression to the mean was inevitable, but the Big Four’s grip on the sport has fallen below the mean, to its lowest level since 2006, according to data compiled from the stats site Tennis Abstract.1The analysis is based on the current distribution of ranking points at these events — 2,000 points for winning a Grand Slam title, 1,200 for a semifinal, and so on. The distribution has shifted slightly over the years. Using a constant distribution weights a U.S. Open quarterfinal berth the same whether it was earned in 2004 or 2014. read more

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Late charge propels Ohio State mens basketball to 6864 upset of No

Iowa senior center Adam Woodbury (34) puts up a shot while OSU freshman center Daniel Giddens (4) defends during a game on Feb. 28 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Evan Szymowicz | Sports DirectorAfter its five-point halftime lead quickly evaporated in the beginning of the second half, the Ohio State men’s basketball team desperately tried to hang on as eighth-ranked Iowa slowly gained control. Then, with about four minutes left in the game, it all changed. Redshirt sophomore guard Kam Williams sank a jumper, trimming Iowa’s lead to four. From there, the Buckeyes rattled off a 10-2 run, which included two clutch 3-pointers, the first by junior forward Marc Loving. The second came from Williams in the corner after a cross-court feed from JaQuan Lyle to give OSU a 66-62 lead. Iowa trimmed it to a one-basket deficit after a layup from senior center Adam Woodbury, and it had a chance to tie it with less than five seconds remaining, but senior guard Mike Gesell was swatted from behind by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop at the rim. As the scarlet-and-gray clad crowd erupted in piercing applause, Loving chased the ball down, then calmly sank two free throws to cap off the Buckeyes’ second-half push to grab a 68-64 upset on Sunday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. “This was a great win, because (first) we won the game but (also) how we had to win it,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “Being down, and fighting and scraping and clawing, we came together.” Loving led OSU (19-11, 11-6) with 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including four 3-pointers. It was his first 20-plus point game since Jan. 3. Besides getting it done on defense down the stretch, Bates-Diop supplied 19 points and six rebounds. Williams, who was instrumental in the second half as OSU climbed back into it, finished with 11 points after a sluggish start. His energy off the bench, coupled with his scoring punch, proved to a key reason why the Buckeyes engineered the upset.“Just because I’m missing shots doesn’t mean I have to stop being aggressive,” Williams said. “I just stay confident in my ability, and it worked out pretty well.” The game’s opening five minutes were characterized by sloppy play — uncontested rebounds careening of players’ hands that eventually fell out of bounds, travels and lazy passes. At the 15-minute mark, the teams had a combined seven turnovers, which was one more than total shots made. Shortly after though, the offenses began to show a pulse.The Hawkeyes (20-8, 11-5) secured a 12-7 advantage after an 8-0 run, and it looked like they really found their stride, but Loving would not let them break free.The junior forward hit his second 3-pointer of the game, then followed it up with a layup after an aggressive take. Then, after a two-minute back-and-forth, Loving connected again from deep to give OSU a 15-13 lead with 11:04 left in the half. Both teams brought high energy levels, as players were looking to push the ball off misses and were quick to the deck for loose balls. Williams didn’t score in his first-half stint off the bench, yet his ravid activity spread to his teammates. Neither team could swing momentum solely in its favor, as they traded baskets throughout the final 10 minutes of the first half. It wasn’t until the final three minutes that the Buckeyes really looked like the better team. After a crafty up-and-under reverse layup by Bates-Diop at the 1:42 mark, OSU led 33-28. Maybe sensing it was its last time to see OSU at home in the regular season, the crowd was engaged, responding to unfavorable calls with emphatic boos, while cheering made baskets with heavy applause. It provided the underdog Buckeyes with the necessary boost to overcome an 11-turnover first half to head into the locker room leading 35-30. “We feed off their energy,” Loving said of the louder-than-usual fans. “The adrenaline definitely helps boost you a little bit.” Loving paced the Scarlet and Gray with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, three of which were from downtown. Bates-Diop complemented Loving with 11 points of his own, as well as four rebounds. As a team, the Buckeyes posted a 54 percent clip from the field, which was critical, along with the crowd’s boost, in overcoming 11 turnovers. The Hawkeyes, despite shooting 39 percent from the field, including an 0-for-7 showing from 3-point territory, were able to trail by just five because a balanced attack. Seven players tallied points, with Gesell leading the way with 10. Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff, a top candidate for conference player of the year, was held to seven points on 2-of-7 shooting. If the Buckeyes devised a scheme during halftime to quickly bury the Hawkeyes, it was hard to tell.The first two minutes couldn’t have gone much worse for OSU. The Buckeyes had three turnovers, including a lazy cross-court pass and one that went through redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson’s legs as he rolled uncovered to the basket. Meanwhile for the Hawkeyes, junior guard Peter Jok drained a corner 3-pointer and Gesell sank two three throws to tie the game at 35-35. OSU had the chance to try and put away Iowa early on, but it simply couldn’t rid itself of the turnovers, which continued to give the Hawkeyes extra possessions. Frankly, the Buckeyes weren’t shooting bad from the field — at the 12:00 mark, they were at a respectable 48 percent — it’s just that they kept turning it over before attempting shots. This allowed Iowa, powered by nine successive points from Uthoff, to methodically build momentum, despite multiple aggressive attempts by OSU to keep the game within its grasp. After grabbing its first second-half lead at the 13:46 mark, Iowa held control over the next seven minutes, although Williams, Loving and Bates-Diop tried to claw OSU back. Eventually, after trailing for much of the second half, the Buckeyes swung momentum back in their favor after Williams began heating up. Feeding off the crowd and, OSU was able to string together near-flawless play down to stretch to get the win in final regular-season game at the Schott. “Today we just showed a great amount of toughness and the ability to fight adversity,” Loving said. “It’s hard to stay in the game with that amount of turnovers.”  Although Lyle didn’t score, the freshman point guard added five rebounds and five assists, two of which set up critical 3-pointers down the stretch. Matta praised his young player for finding ways to impact the game outside of the scoring column. Uthoff and Gesell finished with 16 points apiece to lead the Hawkeyes, who now drop to a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten.Looking for a second straight upset as a last-ditch effort to bolster their NCAA tournament résumé, the Buckeyes are scheduled to conclude their regular season Saturday on the road against Michigan State. OSU fell to the Spartans 81-62 at home on Tuesday. The rematch is set for noon in East Lansing, Michigan. “We’ve got to be a better basketball team up there on Saturday than we were last Tuesday,” Matta said. “We’ll go back to the drawing board, keep working and get better.” read more

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Do you waste food This Dragons Den investor wants supermarkets and shoppers

first_img Share70 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn http://jrnl.ie/3277364 Image: Sam Boal DRAGONS’ DEN INVESTOR Eamonn Quinn is to chair the government’s new action group on food waste in the retail sector.Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten will today launch the initiative in a bid to encourage supermarkets to lead the way in the reduction of food wastage.All the big players in the food retail industry will attend today’s forum – including Centra, Supervalu and Tesco – to examine the solutions.Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste per year. Around 40% of this comes from food production, while 60% of it comes from the household and commercial sector.Eamonn Quinn, the son of retail giant turned politician Feargal Quinn, will examine the issue of food wastage from a retail point of view. He will also launch a national charter on food waste, which will encourage each individual shopper to take responsibility for their own actions to reduce waste.The action group, made up of all the main supermarket chains, is being asked to come up with concrete agreements on their food promotions and how they will influence awareness among their customers.The group will operate for an initial term of 12 months. External experts will be asked to attend meetings for the purpose of providing input to discussions and a report will be prepared for the minister at the end of that period.Food thrown away“I am appalled that we as a small nation generate two tonnes of food waste every minute, yet one person in every eight go hungry. Do we realise that land 200 times the size of Ireland is used to grow food that is just thrown away? The extent of the damage our appetite for excess is doing to our world is unthinkable,” Naughten told TheJournal.ie.One of the main issues to be tackled is consumer confusion over sell-by and best-before dates.“Reduced, or better, food packaging also has a role to play – excessive or unsustainable sourced packing forms part of the environmental cost of food. The appearance of fruit and vegetables is known to influence consumer buying. A significant part of total food wastage occurs at the consumer level,” said the minister.‘Waste not to want not’“Older generations laid much store by the adage ‘waste not, want not’. They understood the seasonal and cyclical nature of abundance and need. In a modern society, where everything is available, all year round and at every price point, new insight is required as to how we can live within the capacity of our planet in terms of the materials we consume and the waste we must manage,” he added.As a minimum, Naughten said he wants to see supermarkets implementing prevention measures in Ireland that are already rooted in retail stores around Europe.Supermarkets have made themselves indispensable in our modern busy lives. They do it very well but their influence – their purchasing power and their marketing power – brings responsibility too. Corporate Social Responsibility must be meaningful and not just a governance tick-box. Eamonn Quinn Do you waste food? This Dragons’ Den investor wants supermarkets and shoppers to cut it out Ireland generates over one million tonnes of food waste per year. I want to see Irish supermarkets leading the way on this issue. As a first step, I would like to see them signing up to the Food Waste Charter for Ireland.A new publicity campaign around how the brown bin can play a role in household waste is also being rolled out this week.The message will highlight how the brown bin can not only help with proper waste segregation but also raise awareness of the scale and nature of food wasted every day. If we find ourselves repeatedly tipping mouldy bread or wilted salad leaves into the brown bin, it is more likely that we will think twice before buying so much the next time.Read: So many questions… what’s happening with water charges?>center_img Poll: Are you in favour of water services remaining in public ownership?> Mar 9th 2017, 6:03 AM Eamonn Quinn Image: Sam Boal 25 Comments 12,131 Views Short URL Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 6:03 AMlast_img read more

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Interstate 84 reopens to most vehicles

first_imgOne lane of eastbound Interstate 84 on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge reopened at 9 p.m. today after a landslide near milepost 61 had all eastbound lanes closed since Wednesday evening.The lane, which opened three miles west of Hood River, will allow all vehicles through except for oversized loads wider than 16 feet, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.ODOT officials said they plan to announce today when the other eastbound lane can reopen.“We’ll reopen the rest of the interstate as soon as it is safe to do so,” ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell said Sunday in a news release. “Trucks and excavators will continue to work until all rocks have been moved.”The closure of eastbound I-84 diverted traffic onto state Highway 14 on the Washington side of the Gorge as crews worked to remove the roughly 2,000 cubic yards of rock and debris.last_img read more

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Chief gets snapshot of rural food prices at Dillingham Market

first_imgAfter a colorful visit in Dillingham on Wednesday — complete with highlights like being spawned on and busting a groove with local gradeschoolers — the president got a first-hand look at rural food prices at the N&N Market.Obama visits the N&N Market. Photo: Clark Fair/KDLG.Photo: Clark Fair / KDLG.“One of the reasons we stopped by along with Ralph is just to highlight the fact that obviously this is a great grocery store, folks do great work, but because everything has to be shipped in, the costs for folks living in Dillingham and a lot of the villages along Bristol Bay end up being extraordinary,” the president said. ” You’re looking at prices that are double, in some cases, or even higher for basic necessities like milk, like orange juice, like other produce.”The president went on:“That’s part of the reason why the subsistence economy is so important and why fishing is so important.  But it’s also why folks like Ralph and some of the various tribal organizations are trying to do more economic development in the area in order to start making some of these things more affordable, but also having more locally produced stuff that can end up cutting prices and create jobs in the region.  So we’re going to be working on some ideas on economic development in the region.”At one point during the visit, Obama got distracted by a baby, which he bounced up and down in his arms. The baby’s mother looked on incredulously, apparently shocked to find the president at her local market.Eventually, the baby was returned. Obama quickly greeted a couple other customers.“Hey, what happened to you, man?” Obama asked a young man with his arm in a sling. The president told the shoppers that it’s so nice to be here and repeated the pledge to bring Michelle and the girls back to the area one day.The president then invited the press corps to stock up on any supplies they might need. “I’m going to be shaking some hands,” he said.After spending about five minutes at the store, the visit to the N&N Market concluded and the motorcade headed back to the Dillingham airport.last_img read more

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Israeli forces kill 131 Palestinians since 30 March

first_imgIsraeli soldiers detain a Palestinian during a protest against a new Jewish settlement outpost near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on 23 June 2018. Photo: ReutersThe health ministry in Gaza Saturday unveiled a detailed official statistics on Palestinians killed and wounded by Israeli soldiers’ gunfire since the outbreak of rallies and protests in Gaza Strip on 30 March.It said, in an official statement, that the Israeli army killed 131, and 14,811 were wounded, including 7,975 treated in hospitals and 54 had their either upper or lower limbs amputated, reports BSS quoting Xinhua.The report also accused the Israeli army of targeting the medical crews and ambulances in the field to rescue the lives of the wounded protesters.Since 30 March, the Palestinians have organised anti-Israel rallies in eastern Gaza Strip. They called the rallies “the Great March of Return” and demanded an end to a tight Israeli blockade imposed on the coastal enclave since 2007.The Palestinians accused Israel of using excessive power and various kinds of illegal ammunitions to disperse the demonstrators who approached the fence of the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.However, Israel justified the use of force against demonstrators, saying that it wanted to prevent them from approaching the fence of the border and releasing flaming kites and balloons that burned agricultural fields in Israel.Hamas leaders and the organisers of the marches insisted that they will carry on protests and rallies on every Friday until Israel ends its blockade.last_img read more

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Trump Preps For Return Visit To Europe

first_imgWin McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident Trump returns to the White House on Wednesday from a trip to Connecticut. He leaves on Friday for his first trip abroad.The Latest on President Donald Trump’s upcoming trip to Europe (all times local):12:55 p.m.President Donald Trump returns to Europe this week.Trump is facing his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin along the sidelines of an international summit in Germany. It will be Trump’s first visit to Europe since he created anxiety by declining to explicitly endorse NATO’s common defense treaty and scolded world leaders for not spending more on their military operations.This time, Trump will be traveling to Poland for a speech and then to Germany for the annual Group of 20 summit. The president’s visit to Poland will be watched for signs that the U.S. may act as a check against Russian aggression.Trump’s visit to Germany will include a session with Putin, as well as meetings with the leaders of China, Germany, Great Britain and others.___9:39 a.m.President Donald Trump plans to call European leaders ahead of the G-20 summit in Germany.The White House said Trump has calls scheduled Monday morning with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.The president travels later this week to Poland and then to the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. He is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 gathering.Trump has drawn criticism in Europe for berating leaders over their military spending and for his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal.Trump planned to make the calls from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he spent the weekend.Trump was expected to return to the White House Monday evening. Sharelast_img read more

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This gay guys the Senior Vice President of NYC Company and has

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- American Airlines celebrates inclusion and diversity during PRIDE monthKylie Minogue will play NYC Pride’s Pride Island this JuneNew York City to host 2019 IGLTA Annual Global ConventionRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/nyc-company-boss/ Pride Month is officially in full swing – and the grand, Kylie Minogue-infused climax of NYC Pride, one of America’s biggest and best, is just around the corner. Chris Heywood and marchers in last year’s parade | Photos: Courtesy of NYC & Co./Walter Wlodarcyzk Not to mention WorldPride, which makes its American debut in June 2019… It’ll come around before you know it!But first things first, this year’s Pride March takes place on Sunday 24 June. And as LGBTQ travelers from around the world descend on the city for the main event, we recently sat down with Chris Heywood, Senior Vice President of NYC & Company, for insider tips on how to have the perfect Pride…What are you most looking forward to about Pride this year?It’s going to be extraordinarily exciting, because of the momentum that’ll be following it. It’ll be the one-year countdown to hosting WorldPride!We’ll be looking at, understanding and appreciating the historical significance of why New York City as such an important LGBTQ destination.We really want to use this as an opportunity to reenforce that, and make sure people around the world know that New York City is the preeminent LGBTQ destination. That we welcome the world and embrace LGBTQ culture, and the subcultures that come with it. So looking more at the transgender sector, and really embracing that. You’ll see that in some of the content we’re creating. We’re really excited to have this, and be the first US destination to host it.In laymen’s terms, what are you guys doing to help with next year’s event?We are partnering with the Heritage of Pride organization to help them really market this as one of those historical events, to really use it as a hook to really encourage people to make 2019 a year-long pilgrimage to come to New York City. But we’re providing a lot of support to Heritage of Pride in the way of marketing, utilizing our own marketing assets, and our industry prowess and understanding, and making sure that they are connected to the global travel industry through our global network.A dragtastic float in last year’s parade | Photo: Walter Wlodarcyzkcenter_img We’re partners with them and we couldn’t be more excited. We stood by them at WorldPride in Madrid, and we’ve been actively communicating with them. I mean, they’re in charge of putting on the events, we’re a marketing organization – but we are partnering with them and using this historical anniversary as a way to lift both of us up.What would you suggest to an NYC newbie for the perfect Pride weekend, outside of the official events?New York City is one of those places where [LGBTQ] travelers are going to want to access anything and everything that people come and enjoy, whether that’s Broadway, arts and culture, the great hotels and attractions. But I think a couple insider tips I’d give: pay a visit to the Stonewall National Monument, in the West Village, and some of the original gay bars in the West Village.I call the West Village home, I’m right in the heart – I live right off Christopher Street! I have an affection and affinity for it. It’s where a lot of the historic events have unfolded. Like, when gay marriage was passed in New York, everyone gathered near Stonewall. So I definitely think go to the Stonewall Inn for a drink, see the monument in Christopher Park, and see the gay bars along Christopher Street; the origins of LGBTQ history in New York.Also I would say, go to Chelsea – Chelsea’s still really popular – and Hell’s Kitchen. Hell’s Kitchen is the center of gay culture in New York. All the great bars and a lot of the gay population is in Hell’s Kitchen, but they’re also all over the city. People will feel comfortable wherever they are.Do you have a favorite bar yourself?That’s a good question! I particularly like Industry, up in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s always very festive! I actually visited The Stonewall Inn recently for the very first time. I passed it many, many times, but went and had a drink there recently. It was a lot of fun. But I go to all these places in the West Village. Big Gay Ice Cream is right there, Via Carota is next door, an excellent restaurant. Marie’s Crisis is a great hangout and piano bar. It’s just so cozy, the West Village. It has so much charm – the tree-lined streets, the brownstones. Have the West Village as your epicenter of any visit!For more information, visit Nycgo.com/lgbt.For more information about NYC Pride, visit the official website.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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NCLH says it expects record earnings for 2017

first_imgNCLH says it expects record earnings for 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by MIAMI — NCL’s parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. generated net income of US$198.5 million for the second quarter ended June 30, compared to $145.2 million in last year’s Q2.Adjusted net income was $232.7 million compared to $192.6 million.Total revenue increased 13.3% to $1.3 billion while gross yield increased 7.4%.The company said it expects to generate record earnings for full year 2017. “Positive consumer sentiment in North American and key international markets has resulted in a robust booking environment that continues to be one of the strongest in recent history which, combined with our targeted strategic revenue initiatives drove second quarter revenue and yield growth well above expectations,” said NCLH President and CEO, Frank Del Rio.“All three of our brands benefitted from strength across each of their respective markets and contributed to our second quarter earnings beat.”Del Rio said the company’s 13.3% revenue increase was primarily due to an increase in capacity days as a result of a reduction in the amount of dry-docks during the period, as well as the benefit of sailings from the addition of Regent brand’s Seven Seas Explorer and Oceania Cruises’ Sirena to the fleet in 2016. An increase in net yield due to strength in ticket pricing and higher onboard and other revenue helped too.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsNCLH is seeing strong booking trends across all markets for the back half of 2017, with pricing and occupancy up mid-single digits over 2016. “Strong booking volumes and firm pricing have benefitted our booked business for the next four quarters, contributing to the increase of our 2017 full year outlook and further solidifying our expectation for strong earnings growth,” said Wendy Beck, NCLH’s Executive Vice President and CFO. Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line, Profit Reportcenter_img Wednesday, August 9, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more

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Visit ASEAN50 campaign announced

first_imgVisit ASEAN@50 campaign announcedVisit ASEAN@50 campaign announcedWell being, different forms of travel, nature discovery and more with Visit ASEAN@50.The VISIT ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017 campaign has revealed 50 cross-border travel experiences in Southeast Asia that will showcase the region’s rich diversity and promote multi-destination travel within ASEAN.This will contribute to raising international tourism arrivals to the region from 109 million in 2015 to 121 million by 2017.The campaign, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is being supported by private sector giants such as Mastercard and AirAsia.Fifty special travel experiences, ranging from two to 26 nights, have been created by leading tour operators and cruise lines in Southeast Asia to entice travellers to visit Southeast Asia for the first time, as well as encourage repeat visitors.Sample trips include a 8D/7N tour to Bagan, Inle, Pattaya and Bangkok; a 13D/12N cruise from Singapore to Yangon; a 6D/5N tour from Bali to Kuala Lumpur and the Genting Highlands; a 4D/3N tour from Brunei to Miri in Sarawak; a 12D/11N Coastal Paths tour from Myanmar to Thailand; and a 12D/11N Wellness and Nature trip to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ipoh, Penang and Langkawi, to name a few.AirAsia has pledged to support the year-long campaign. The airline will implement an extensive multimedia awareness campaign across all its operating markets and include the VISIT ASEAN@50 logo in multiple marketing campaigns. AirAsia will also promote its ASEAN Pass, which allows guests to enjoy flights at fixed rates, to encourage travellers to explore its network of more than 100 routes across the region. AirAsia will also run monthly tactical campaigns with special low lead-in prices.Mastercard will embark on its largest travel campaign to date for the ASEAN region and will work with tourism partners and the global Priceless Cities programme to promote travel to consumers across different countries, languages and cultures. Mastercard will work with issuers and merchant partners to amplify the campaign globally and will use its Priceless.com platform to drive travel to and within the ASEAN region.Speaking at a press conference at the World Travel Market in London 8 November to announce the tour packages, the Chairperson of the VISIT ASEAN@50 campaign, Mr Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali, told the media that no collection of 50 trips could definitively represent Southeast Asia, but the 50 chosen by ASEAN’s national tourism organisations were a “very good start”.“We worked closely with the national tourism organisations of ASEAN member states,” he said. “Together, they selected 50 experiences that were cross-border, accessible to mainstream tourists, were culturally respectful and represented core themes that the NTOs were pleased to be associated with. All 10 ASEAN member states have been included,” said Mr Wardi.The 10 ASEAN members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.The 50 tours include cruise, a hassle-free and value-for-money holiday option to visit multiple ASEAN countries on a single trip. Special cruise packages were created by cruise lines for VISIT ASEAN@50. These packages include exclusive promotions on sailings to discover a wide variety of destinations such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur  (Port Klang), Penang, Langkawi, Phuket, Bangkok, Yangon and many more.The cruises lines participating include Royal Caribbean International, Star Cruises and Coral Expeditions.A 114-page online brochure outlining the 50 VISIT ASEAN@50 packages can be downloaded HEREThe 50 packages are also on www.visitASEAN50.com VISIT ASEAN@50 will be officially launched at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Singapore on 18 January and will run until 31 December 2017. ASEAN Tourismdiscover more here Visit ASEAN@50discover more here Source = Visit ASEANlast_img read more

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Fannie Mae Adds Vendors to DU Verification List

first_img in Headlines, News, Origination Fannie Mae Origination 2017-02-10 Mirasha Brown February 10, 2017 632 Views Fannie Mae has recently expanded the list of third-party vendors who are approved to utilize the borrow income, employment, and assets data from the GSE’s Desktop Underwriter (DU) validation service, which was implemented through the Day 1 Certainty Initiative.According to Fannie Mae, DU is designed to provide customers with enhanced loan origination controls, improved processes, and certainty around the income, asset, and employment information input into DU. When a lender opts-in to use DU and borrower data for a conventional mortgage is submitted, DU will use third-party vendor data to validate the information entered into the service.The DU validation service will only pull three types of reports: employment and income verification from The Work Number, 4506-T tax transcripts from Equifax, and asset reports from FormFree. Vendors must provide these reports in order to qualify for the validation service.The list of lenders that has been approved to access these reports are ACRAnet, Advantage Credit, Advantage Credit Bureau, Advantage Plus Credit Reporting, American Reporting Co., Avantus, Birchwood Credit Services, Certified Credit Reporting, UPF Services/Chronos Solutions, CIC Mortgage Credit, CISCO Credit, Clear Choice Credit Corp., Consolidated Information Services, CoreLogic, Credit Information Services, Credit Interlink, Credit Plus, Credit Technologies, Equifax (Tax Transcripts), Equifax (The Work Number), Floify, FormFree, Merchants Credit Bureau, Meridian Link, Midwest Mortgage Credit Services, Partners Credit, Settlement One, Sharper Lending, Universal Credit Services, and Veri-Tax.center_img Fannie Mae Adds Vendors to DU Verification List Sharelast_img read more

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Suit Assistant forced to take dictation from nude

first_imgSuit: Assistant forced to take dictation from nude Weinstein NEW YORK, N.Y. – A former personal assistant for Harvey Weinstein says she was forced to clean up messes from his sexual encounters and take dictation from him while he was naked, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.Sandeep Rehal said she suffers from “severe emotional distress” because of “incessant sexual harassment” she endured working as the movie mogul’s assistant from February 2013 to February 2015. She called her work environment “sexually hostile,” and said she was subjected to unwanted touching by Weinstein.Weinstein spokeswoman Holly Baird said Weinstein “categorically denies these claims.” She said Weinstein’s lawyers “will respond in the appropriate legal forum with evidence proving they are untrue.”According to the lawsuit, Rehal had to manage Weinstein’s supply of injectable erectile dysfunction drugs, clean semen off his office couch and pick up used condoms. She maintained Weinstein’s list of contacts and had to use an asterisk to identify his sexual partners, the suit says.Her degrading treatment constituted illegal sex discrimination, Rehal alleges in the suit.“To say Weinstein’s behaviour was harmful, tawdry, demeaning and offensive is an understatement,” said Genie Harrison, an attorney for Rehal.The suit also names as defendants Weinstein’s brother, Bob Weinstein, human resources head Frank Gil and the Weinstein Co.Dozens of other women, including well-known actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.___This story has been corrected to show Genie Harrison is an attorney for Rehal, not Weinstein. FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. A former personal assistant for Harvey Weinstein alleges she was forced to undertake such tasks as cleaning up after his sexual encounters and taking dictation from him while he was naked. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 1:48 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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South Africas Ascendis acquires Remedica for €260m plus

first_imgCypriot pharmaceutical manufacturer Remedica announced its takeover by South-African Ascendis Health, which acquired 100 per cent of its share.Following the acquisition, “Remedica will integrate the Ascendis Pharma-Med division and will become an integral part of a stronger, international pharma player,” Remedica said. “With its diversified portfolio of products, markets and customers, strong pipeline of new products and synergies with the Ascendis business in South Africa and Spain, Remedica is well positioned to deliver strong growth in the future based on this platform”.Ascendis said that the price of the acquisition was 4.4 billion South-African rand or €260m in addition to an earn-out of 1.3 billion rand or €75m.Charalambos Pattihis, Remedica’s chief executive officer, was quoted as saying that “our goal was, is and remains the sustainable development of Remedica and for that reason I can assure you that under the new umbrella we will not only continue the outstanding progress of the company, but we will thrive and achieve even more impressive results”. Pattihis and the remaining team of Remedica’s executives will retain their position.Remedica said that it will play a central role in Ascendis’s pharmaceutical development strategy and the transaction will assist the Cypriot company remain in the generic medicine business in the future and “provide funding to embark onto its new phase of development”.“Our strategy is to complement growth in the domestic health and care market through international expansion and by acquiring platform businesses offshore,” Ascendis Health CEO Karsten Wellner said according to a statement issued by the Johannesburg-based company. “This acquisition in the European Union will position us as an international health and care business of scale, offering an excellent Rand hedge for our South Africa-based business.”“The business creates a strategic platform for international expansion and growth in the generic pharmaceutical industry in both Europe and emerging markets,” Wellner continued. “The manufacturing facilities can also be used by our other recently acquired pharma businesses Akacia Healthcare, in South Africa, and Farmalider, in Spain”.According to Ascendis, Remedica supplies over 300 generic pharmaceutical products for the treatment of diseases such as malaria, or antibiotics, to circa 100 countries, primarily in emerging markets including the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America and to the World Health Organisation and to the non-governmental organisations Medicins Sans Frontier and the Red Cross.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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