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Justice and accountability critical components for lasting peace in Libya – ICC

Two soldiers from forces operating under Libya’s Tripoli-based government walking through the deserted streets of Bin Jawad, near the important oil port of Sidra. Photo: Tom Westcott/IRIN In addition, Ms. Bensouda said her office remained concerned about ongoing civilian deaths, with reported executions by Da’esh accounting for the majority of those, although civilian deaths continue to also result from the Libya Dawn-Libya National Army conflict. Abductions, detentions and ill treatment in detention centres continued to be reported on all sides of the conflict, she said. The Mediterranean-Libya migratory route to Europe remained a popular option among refugees and migrants who were particularly vulnerable to violence, sexual violence and ill treatment in Libya, the prosecutor also said. Detention of thousands of migrants continued to be a source of financing for many militant groups in Libya, she added. “We, as the international community, must take a closer look at who profits from criminal activity in Libya, and take coordinated steps to prevent further violations,” said Ms. Bensouda. “This must be a priority for all who are affected by the criminal trafficking of human beings.”For its part, she said her office continued to carefully evaluate how to best utilize its limited resources to maximize its impact on the present situation in Libya. While the office was continuing its investigations into officials linked to the former reign of Muammar Mohammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi, it was also focused on ongoing crimes in Libya. Her office was also optimistic that, in the coming months, it would be able to resume its functions in Libya, and accelerate efforts to bring to justice those responsible for Rome Statute crimes, in coordination with key partners in and outside of Libya. “I must reiterate that until my team is able to carry out investigations in Libya, and until the issue of resources is resolved, the Office will simply be unable to advance the investigations as rapidly as desired,” the prosecutor stressed. In conclusion, Ms. Bensouda urged the Council and the international community to stay committed to Libya and “help it emerge triumphant in the face of adversity.” “Libya and the Libyan people deserve peace and stability on which to secure and build their future; they deserve the rule of law and by the law rather than lawlessness and the current climate of perpetual insecurity and influx,” she said. “Nations are not built overnight, but to last and to withstand the challenges of the 21st century they must be built on strong foundations. Justice will always serve as a central pillar,” she concluded. Turning to the situation in Libya, Ms. Bensouda said it requires collaboration and coordination between all relevant actors at the national, regional and international levels, as well as the support of the Council. “Success in Libya therefore depends on the collective determination and will of all relevant actors to meaningfully contribute to the course of bringing perpetrators to justice and by so doing, help deter the commission of future crimes,” she said. The threat of Da’esh or other groups proclaiming allegiance to Al-Qaida remained real and the consequences were too costly to be ignored, the prosecutor said. Such consequences included instability and the dire humanitarian situation in Libya, which in turn result in mass migration and the spread of terrorism in the country and the region. In that vein, the prosecutor reiterated calls to all national and international law enforcement agencies working on Libya to contact her office and join in its efforts to strengthen the network of law enforcement agencies that “aim to contribute to bringing an end to civilian suffering and destruction in Libya.” “I remain convinced that increased cooperation between and amongst relevant actors as well as coordinated investigative activities are key for tackling national, transnational and international crimes that continue to plague Libya and for ensuring that those responsible for committing these crimes have no safe haven anywhere,” she said. In that regard, Ms. Bensouda said she was particularly pleased with the interest and efforts thus far by national law enforcement agencies to coordinate with my office, with each other and with Libyan authorities. The prosecutor also urged the Government of National Accord to prioritize the transfer of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to its own custody and facilitate his surrender to the ICC. It was also important for the Government of National Accord to consult with the Pre-Trial Chamber on issues relating to the surrender of Mr. Gaddafi, and to seek assistance from the international community on how best to facilitate his surrender to the Court without further delay, she said.Emphasizing that Libya had submitted to the ICC that Mr. Gaddafi continues to be in custody in Zintan and is presently “unavailable” to the Libyan State, the prosecutor noted that her office had recently filed a request with the Pre-Trial Chamber for an order directing the Registry to transmit the request for arrest and surrender Mr. Gaddafi directly to Mr. al-‘Ajami al-‘Atiri, the commander of the battalion that is detaining Mr. Gaddafi in Zintan. Regarding Abdullah Al-Senussi, Ms. Bensouda said her office had received a copy of the written judgment of the Libyan court in relation to his case, and had conducted a preliminary review of the judgment. “At this time, the office is not in possession of facts which would satisfy it that new facts have arisen which negate the basis on which Pre-Trial Chamber I found Mr. Al-Senussi’s case inadmissible,” she said, adding that the office would continue to review its assessment if and when new relevant facts become available. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “This will demonstrate, in concrete terms, that justice and accountability constitute key Government priorities underpinning efforts to ensure peace and stability in Libya, and that the victims will have the opportunity to seek redress through the Libyan courts,” said ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, as she presented her latest report on the situation in the country to the Council. Ms. Bensouda said that the past six months had witnessed significant developments in Libya’s “slow and difficult” process towards the establishment of a unity Government, and that her office hoped that the signing in December 2015 of the UN-brokered agreement “marks the beginning of the end of the long period of turmoil and conflict in Libya.” For its part, her office stood ready to work collaboratively with the Government of National Accord in its efforts to build a secure, peaceful and prosperous Libya for all Libyan people, she said. Over the same period, her office’s investigation into the Libya situation had progressed, albeit at a slower pace than it would have liked due to lack of sufficient resources and the prevailing precarious security situation in the country, the prosecutor said. Despite such challenges, her office’s investigations were continuing to yield positive results, in large part due to the cooperation of the Libyan Prosecutor-General’s office. Her office was continuing to carefully analyse and assess the evidence in its possession to determine whether the requisite legal standards were met to request additional arrest warrants, the prosecutor said. read more

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Female scientists grow their presence in the grape and wine industry

As International Women’s Day (March 8) pushes for greater gender equality across the sciences, there’s at least one facet of the STEM sector where women are beginning to outnumber men.They may be underrepresented in some science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) disciplines, but women have been steadily increasing their numbers in the fields of winemaking and grape growing.Over the last three years, 58.1 per cent of graduates from Brock University’s Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) program have been female, with 62.5 per cent earning a Bachelor of Science in Oenology and Viticulture and 53.3 per cent graduating with a certificate in Grape and Wine Technology.To put that into context, a 2011 Stats Can report on gender differences in Canadian universities showed women accounted for just 39 per cent of STEM graduates aged 25 to 34. For non-STEM programs, women accounted for 66 per cent of university graduates. Globally, the United Nations says only 22 per cent of those working in the sciences are women.At Brock, the pattern of women graduating from the OEVI program is likely to continue in the future as just over 60 per cent of current students in the program are women.Brock alumna Emma Garner (BSc, ’04), currently one of four winemakers at Thirty Bench winery in Beamsville, is one example of a female graduate who has found career success in the industry since completing the program.Garner, who was last year’s Ontario Winemaker of the Year, said the industry has historically had a greater focus on men.“However, in recent years there has been a swing towards showcasing women. And there are so many fantastic female producers — winemakers, owners, promoters — working in all aspects of the industry and making substantial contributions.”This shift has also been noticed by Debbie Inglis, the Director of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).Within CCIOVI itself, seven of nine full-time staff members are female, as are many of the flagship research institute’s researchers and research assistants. And all of the graduate students currently working with Inglis this year are also female.She said maintaining diversity is key to remaining competitive in such a demanding and innovative industry.“As more women continue with careers in science, they act as mentors and role models for the next generation, stimulating even more interest in these career options for young women peering into the future,” said Inglis. “It is very rewarding to see the valued contribution that women are making in the grape and wine industry, from winemakers to vineyard operations to research positions.”Garner agrees.“Every time I encounter another woman who is trying to work in this industry — which is so intense — as well as balance a healthy lifestyle, care for a family and herself, I am inspired.” read more

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EU reveals plans to buy oil from rebelheld parts of Syria

first_imgTHE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT has lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations after the European Union approved plans to allow its members to import oil from parts of Syria which are under the command of rebels.The EU has decided to allow members important oil and petrol products from rebel-held territory despite a trade embargo against the Syrian government itself.Syria’s foreign ministry has written to the UN calling the decision illegal and an “act of aggression.”“In an unprecedented decision that contradicts international law and the UN Charter… the European Union has decided to allow member states to import petrol… under the pretext of supporting the opposition,” state news agency SANA reported, citing the letters.“It is an illegal decision and an act of aggression.”Syrian rebels fighting President President Bashar al-Assad’s troops received a boost yesterday when the European Union eased its oil embargo to let them exploit the resources they control.But the decision raised a furious response in Damascus.The European Union will be trading “with the so-called opposition Coalition, which represents no one in Syria,” the letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council said.The decision is an act of “complicity in the theft of resources that belong to the Syrian people, represented by the current, legitimate government,” they added.“The European Union is following its political and economic campaign that targets the national economy and the daily bread of Syrian citizens,” the ministry added, referring to EU sanctions on the Assad regime.EU ministers’ decision to ease the 2011 oil embargo will enable companies on a case-by-case basis not only to import Syrian crude but also to export oil production technology and investment cash to areas in the hands of the opposition.Under the deal, European firms seeking to import Syrian crude or invest in the energy sector would ask for authorisation from their government, which in turn would confer with Syria’s opposition National Coalition to secure its agreement.At the start of the revolt that broke out in March 2011, Syria’s oil production was slashed by almost two thirds, falling to 130,000 barrels a day in March – just 0.1 per cent of the world’s total production, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest estimates.The European Union is nonetheless concerned that most oilfields in Deir Ezzor in the east and Hasake in the northeast are controlled by Al-Nusra Front, whose leadership has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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Ubisoft releases Watch Dogs Exposed E3 trailer

first_imgThe last time we got to see any new footage from Ubisoft’s upcoming game Watch Dogs was about a month ago when were presented with  6 minutes of uninterrupted gameplay. As you’d expect with E3 kicking off today, Ubisoft is keen that Watch Dogs doesn’t get lost in the crowd so has released yet another video.This time out the focus isn’t on gameplay, though. The 3-minute cut scene offers a glimpse at the kind of infiltration you’ll be expected to do in the game. Yes, there’s hacking involved, breaking into buildings, and using both weapons and hand-to-hand combat. But it’s clearly not always about killing everyone in the room. In this case it’s all about exposing an individual while at the same time attracting the attention of the authorities to ensure whoever gets exposed is also caught.Of all the next-gen games we’ve seen so far (and that number is sure to increase significantly this week during E3), Watch Dogs continues to hold my interest. It’s either going to a memorable thinking man’s third-person action game, or a mediocre experience that doesn’t quite get all its pieces lined up even thought it tries really hard.Obviously I’m hoping Ubisoft has nailed it and this forms the perfect excuse to buy a PS4. Of course, that decision also depends on whether Sony decides to take the same route as Microsoft and demands I connect my shiny new console to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.last_img read more

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A Silent Voice debuts new trailer

first_imgA Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) is one of the most highly anticipated films coming to Japan this autumn. The story of a high school boy who seeks to make amends for having bullied a deaf girl in the past, this emotional film explores themes of isolation and redemption. A new trailer was debuted for the film this week, with the opening date slated for September 17th in Japan.In A Silent Voice, a deaf girl named Shoko transfers into Shoya’s class in elementary school, and soon becomes the target of Shoya’s bullying due to her impairment. Shoko is unable to make friends due to the bullying, and eventually transfers away from the school.Shoya soon learns the error of his ways, as he himself becomes the victim of bullying after Shoko leaves. He spends his high school life in isolation and comes to understand the pain that he pushed onto Shoko when they were younger.He gains a chance to redeem himself when he meets Shoko again and goes to great lengths to become her friend, even learning sign language. The sign language in this film looks beautifully and carefully animated. The film will also be released with subtitles in theaters in Japan for the hearing impaired.The film’s voice acting cast is impressive, with Shoya played by Miyu Irino (Ritsu from Mob Psycho 100, Todomatsu from Osomatsu-san), and Shoko by Saori Hayami (Kotori Iida from Sweetness and Lightning, Shirayuki from Snow White with the Red Hair). In the trailer, Shoko’s voice is not done in a cutesy way but portrayed as a deaf person might speak it by Hayami.The film is an adaption of the original manga, created by Yoshitoko Oima and first published as a one shot in 2011. The manga received a regular release in 2013 with a total of 7 volumes planned. You can read the manga on Crunchyroll. The emotional trailer for this film brought tears to our eyes in two and a half minutes. We can’t wait for the full movie to be released.last_img read more

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Alita Battle Angel Taps Performance Capture Tech to Elevate Effects

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Alita: Battle Angel is a thrilling mix of powerful cyborgs, post-apocalyptic cities, and gory fights. The sci-fi movie’s action sequences are courtesy of an advanced innovation: performance capture technology.The futuristic flick, which hits theaters on Feb. 14, follows Alita (Rosa Salazar), an abandoned cyborg who becomes a fierce warrior to fight corrupt forces. This plot would be hard to accomplish with basic animation, however, performance capture technology enabled the movie’s team to generate lifelike special effects, PCMag reported.“This is the tech we’ve been developing. In an earlier test shoot, for [a movie that never got made, based on the novel] Brother Termite, when aliens were arriving, we had an actor perform with an umbrella rig around his head—12 cameras—everywhere,” Jon Landau, the producer of the film, told PCMag. “We saw a future where we would use that facial performance capture to drive performance rather than animating it.”To make this digital vision possible, Alita: Battle Angel’s team partnered with Weta Digital, a visual effects company based in New Zealand. Unlike other animation systems, this performance capture technology doesn’t interfere with actors’ performances.Rosa Salazar as Alita in ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ (Photo Credit: PCMag)“The giant system [we have today], when it loses a data point, it’s still able to solve for the skeleton and what the muscles do,” Landau added. “[In our partnership with] Weta Digital … we’re now [able] to create Salazar’s performance from the inside, driving the performance from a muscle base—not putting a mask on the actor through animation—to make sure we are living up to the performance that Salazar is giving us.”According to Weta Digital, performance capture technology notes details of an actor’s face performance, analyzes how their muscles move, and then maps these motions onto a virtual character. (For example, see Salazar above with dots on her face during the filming process.) What makes this technology cool is that it provides animated figures with human-like reactions, so directors can keep a good shooting flow without stopping to map every facial movement.“I’m pretty technically proficient and I usually do my own visual effects supervisor role, but now I get to geek out with [Weta Digital],” Robert Rodriguez, Alita: Battle Angel’s director, told PCMag. “We can take it to another level having them and their knowledge.”More on Geek.com:Tesla’s New Vehicle Modes Protect Pets, CarsThese Wireless Earbuds Use AI to Help Improve Your WorkoutsApple Plans to Unveil New Video Service in Marchlast_img read more

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Suspicious package sent to Rep Wasserman Schultzs Aventura office deemed safe

first_img#AventuraPolice **FINAL UPDATE** The suspicious package has been checked by @MiamiDadePD and @MiamiDadeFire And determined to be SAFE! The package we received has no nexus to any of the other national incidents that occurred today. Roadway will be cleared soon. @cityofaventura— Aventura Police (@aventurapolice) October 24, 2018This suspicious package was discovered after a suspicious package was also sent to Wasserman Schultz’s Sunrise office.These developments come as a string of packages and explosive devices have been sent to politicians across the country. AVENTURA, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police have deemed a suspicious package sent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Aventura district office to be safe.Officers responded to the center at 19200 W Country Club Drive, Wednesday afternoon.Just before 4:40 p.m., police tweeted out that Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue checked the package and determined it was safe. In their tweet, police said the package delivered to Wasserman Schultz’s Aventura office “has no nexus to any of the other national incidents that occurred today.”Police blocked of Country Club Drive while they investigated, but it has since reopened to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Katy Perry Announces Carly Rae Jepsen As Tour Opener

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 18, 2015 – 10:10 am Carly Rae Jepsen: How The ’80s Really Inspired Emotion Facebook Katy Perry Announces Carly Rae Jepsen As Tour Opener Find out who else is slated to join the GRAMMY nominee’s Witness: The Tour Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 1:26 pm GRAMMY.comWith performances scheduled from September through February 2018, Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour is rounding out what is sure to be an incredible show with great opening acts. Twitter News Who’s Opening For Katy Perry’s Witness Tour? katy-perry-announces-carly-rae-jepsen-tour-opener Email Starting in January, Carly Rae Jepsen will join Perry to round out the tour’s North American leg. Noah Cyrus, Miley Cyrus’ sister, will be the tour’s first opener, displaying her own brand of unique emotional impact. Megan James and Corin Roddick are Purity Ring, coming onboard for November shows through year’s end with their captivating electronic beats, currently on display in the tracks they produced on Perry’s Witness album.Jepsen’s “Cut To The Feeling” — rated the best song of 2017 so far by Spin — revisits the pop urgency that led her to two GRAMMY nominations for 2012’s “Call Me Maybe.”So before Perry assumes her judging duties on “American Idol” this fall, she’s already made three good picks where it counts for her personally, setting up her audiences for a pop knockout.Is Scooter Braun Launching A Competitor To “American Idol”?last_img read more

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This Game of Thrones character was originally meant to go to The

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones season 8 showed few brutal deaths but as per the show’s writer, Daenerys Targaryen’s most trusted ally, Ser Jorah Mormont, was meant to survive until the very end.Game of Thrones’ writer Dave Hill recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that for a long time they wanted Ser Jorah to stay alive and move to The Wall in the end. However, as the story progressed, they eventually decided to kill the character protecting the woman he loved the most.In the beginning, they (writers) considered that it would be Jon Snow, Tormund, and Ser Jorah Mormont who would go beyond The Wall in the climax scene of Game of Thrones but for a character like Jorah, it was not logical for him to betray Daenerys Targaryen in the last moment.”There’s no way to do that blithely. And Jorah should have the noble death he craves defending the woman he loves,” Hill added.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” featured the longest battle in television history. On one hand, we had Dothraki and Unsullied fighting for Daenerys Targaryen, on the other hand, we had all the Northerners and Wildings fighting for Jon Snow. Pictured: Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis and Iain Glen as Jorah MormontHBOWhen Daenerys was on the ground and was surrounded by several dead Dothraki’s who have now become White Walkers, it was Ser Jorah who came for her rescue. But during this epic battle, Daenerys lost Ser Jorah Mormont.In the end, it was Arya Stark who killed the Night King and subsequently destroyed all the White Walkers.The 57-year-old Iain Glen, who portrayed Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones also revealed during his conversation with Entertainment Weekly that there was a sweetness in the death of his character. Glen noted that Jorah did not get to see his queen turning all mad in the King’s Landing and burning all the innocent people.”It’s a blessing for him that he never found out what happened to her,” Glen said. “And from a pragmatic story point of view, his death served a greater purpose. Where could we have taken Jorah from there? F**k if I know,” Glen added.last_img read more

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MenstrualHygieneDay How safe is your pad anyway

first_imgOne of the major advantages that the disposable sanitary pads enjoy is that the brands are price conscious in the competitive market that it operates in.MediCliqueThe cultural taboo and stigma attached to the menstrual cycle have created barriers for women to get access to information pertaining to safe reproductive practices. Conversations that revolve around the accessibility of disposable sanitary pads are often deadlocked by activists who advocate for sustainable alternatives to menstrual hygiene products.As we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, let’s try delving into this discourse and find out how safe and sustainable are our menstrual hygiene products.It is interesting to note that while India adopts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) model as a part of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030, the term ‘sustainable’ has become a mainstream movement. Sustainable alternatives of menstrual products like reusable sanitary napkins made of cloth and menstrual cups are gaining momentum as steps to avoid the issue of landfills getting choked with non-biodegradable wastes and toxic discharges causing irreversible damage to the environment.In the current digital age, sanitary pads are advertised in the commercial market in such a manner that the targeted consumers are referred to as the ‘modern women’. The white “ultra-thin” plastic sheets are convenient, smart, secure, feather light and become instruments of empowerment. Sanitary pads contain polymers, bleach, artificial perfume, viscose, and gels for extra absorbencyAmazon IndiaOne of the major advantages that the disposable sanitary pads enjoy is that the brands are price conscious in the competitive market that it operates in. Sustainable alternatives like menstrual cups and tampons are expensive and remain inaccessible to a large number of people.What is often ignored is the fact that disposable sanitary pads contain polymers, bleach, artificial perfume, viscose, and gels for extra absorbency. Consumers, on the other hand, are not aware of the ingredient list on the packages as they are not disclosed due to its classification as a “medical product”.Official agencies also play a crucial role in the lack of quality check mechanisms. The Indian Standard of Specifications for Sanitary Napkin was last updated in 1980 by the Indian Standards Institute.However, the latest additions of ‘moisture lock technology’ and other consumer-centric tools have remained unexamined.Recent studies have pointed out that the ignorance surrounding the agents that are used inside sanitary napkins may result in hormonal imbalance and cause cervical cancer. The lack of knowledge about the negative impacts of these toxins is a clear indicator of the state of women’s reproductive and health rights.As menstrual hygiene awareness is becoming more widespread all over the country with Menstrual Hygiene Day celebrations, sustainable alternatives remain an unpopular option due to its inability to compete in the price conscious market. To get people to talk about sustainability, policy-making mechanisms need to include factors like disposability and accessibility so that women are able to make an informed decision based on safe reproductive health practices.last_img read more

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Species who attain capacity for interstellar travel will destroy aliens will it

first_imgPixabayFermi Paradox is one of the most perplexing puzzles faced by astronomers and space experts who search for aliens. As per Fermi Paradox, the universe is so big and gigantic with habitable planets, but until now, humans have never encountered aliens. Now, as a hypothetical solution to this paradox, a top physicist has sensationally claimed that human beings will never encounter aliens because we will accidentally destroy it.In a recent study report published on Arxiv, theoretical physicist Alexander Berezin, of Russia’s MIET claims that humans may accidentally destroy alien presence without even realizing it.As per Berezin, humans may emerge as the first living beings to attain the capacity of interstellar space travel. Berezin believes that the first living beings who attain this technological advancement will eradicate all kinds of competition to fuel the expansion of their species.However, Berezin argued that this eradication process will not be intentional, but purely accidental in nature.”They simply won’t notice, the same way a construction crew demolishes an anthill to build real estate because they lack the incentive to protect it,” said Berezin, the sun reports.Berezin revealed that humans will be the construction crew and not the ant in the above-mentioned scenario.A few weeks back, a top Oxford University researcher had claimed that aliens are already here on the earth, and they are interbreeding with humans to produce a hybrid species. The bizarre theory presented by Dr Young-hae Chi also added that these alien hybrids from mixed parentage will easily survive climate change, and they will emerge as the dominant species on the planet.In his book, ‘Alien Visitations and the End of Humanity’, Dr Chi claimed that there are four alien species who currently live on earth. As per Chi, these four species are extraterrestrials with scales and snake eyes, small aliens and tall and bold aliens.last_img read more

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Activist shareholders are our owners says Cognizant CEO in rare interview

first_imgCognizant’s development centre in Chennai. The company’s Voluntary Separation Package offered to employees in May this year saw a good number of takers from its India-based employee pool.   FlickrUS-based software services major Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., which was last year pushed by activist investment firm Elliott Management Corp. to change its business model, does not view any of its shareholders as a risk factor, according to an interview which appeared in HT Mint on Sunday.In the rare interview, D’Souza shed light on the ongoing disruption in the outsourcing industry which has confounded large IT services firms, and the Teaneck, New Jersey-based company’s strategic shift in terms of chasing growth and whether activist shareholders pose a risk to the company. “Our shareholders are our owners,” D’Souza told the newspaper.In sharp contrast, Cognizant’s Indian rival Infosys had said in June in a statutory filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that actions by activist shareholders could affect the company and devalue its stock. “Responding to actions by activist shareholders can divert the attention of our board of directors, management and our employees and disrupt our operations. Such activities could interfere with our ability to execute our strategic plan,” Infosys had said.Infosys did not name any activist shareholder in particular, though there was widespread speculation in the analyst community that the company was referring to co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and former chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V Balakrishnan.On the other hand, at Cognizant, activist shareholder Elliott had in November last year pushed the company to get rid of what it felt was an “antiquated, growth-at-all-costs” business model, and focus instead on total shareholder returns.D’Souza stressed that while Cognizant had discussed the matter with Elliott, the firm’s decision to change its business model was taken much earlier in 2016, when Cognizant was reassessing its five-year goals.D’Souza who had taken over as CEO of Cognizant at the age of 38 in 2006, said that he was “incredibly optimistic” about the future, and the question of succession planning within the company.Over the past decade, D’Souza has steered the firm from a revenue base of $1.42 billion to $13.49 billion at the end of 2016. In 2010, Cognizant overtook Wipro Ltd, and the next year, surpassed Infosys in terms of both quarterly and annual revenues.”I genuinely believe that for this company, the best days are ahead. The way we are positioned in the market and the scale of the opportunity is like nothing that I’ve experienced over 24 years. Beyond that, I would say that succession planning is in the hands of the board. We run a thoughtful, disciplined process and it will take its own turns,” D’Souza was quoted as saying.A majority of Cognizant’s 256,000-strong workforce is based in India. It is estimated that of the 400 people who opted for a Voluntary Separation Package announced by the company in May this year, a large number could be from India.Revenue from the company’s digital business as of June this year was more than 25 percent of total business and it grew more than 30 percent in the quarter. So the company grew at an overall pace of 8.9 percent.Asked by HT Mint if Cognizant had bowed to investor pressure to spell out the revenue from its digital business, D’Souza responded, “I don’t think that will be a fair interpretation. We always felt that it’s important to provide good transparency to all our stakeholders. Not just investors but to our employees, to our business partners.”On the possible impact of greater automation on the company’s headcount, D’Souza said that Cognizant would continue to hire.”On automation, there is no doubt that parts of what we have done in the past have been automated and will be done with fewer hours of people. Having said that, I should also say that the world is becoming more technology-intensive,” D’Souza said.When suggested that the first 22 years of Cognizant’s growth journey was about “chasing growth at all costs”, D’Souza replied that while capturing market share and maintaining operating margins was important during the early days, the company went about doing it in a thoughtful way with the right approach.”As we transition, it was really important to say to investors that you should now expect us to be focused on growth that is high-quality and sustainable… and as part of that, we said we would slowly take margins up. That’s a reasonable quid pro quo and we’ve executed that,” D’Souza said.last_img read more

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The Handmaids Tale Shows How Easy It Is for Fascism to Become

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Hulu This WeekendDisney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN Bundle The Handmaid’s Tale premiered on Hulu on Wednesday, and it is hard to watch. Make no mistake though; you should absolutely watch it. It’s a masterful piece of television. I honestly can’t think of a bad thing to say about it. The way it’s shot is awe-inspiring, with the deep reds of the handmaid’s dresses sticking out in stark contrast to the subdued colors of the world around them.The sound design is also fantastic. Music is used sparingly, so when you hear it, it’s used to great effect. Never has “You Don’t Own Me” sounded more simultaneously chilling and triumphant than at the end of the first episode. At that point, we have seen the horrors of Offred’s life in Gilead, but it’s also the point where she resolves to survive and says her true name if only to herself. As the song started playing over the closing credits, I was grateful that it takes Hulu a full two minutes to autoplay the next episode. I needed a moment to process.The writing is where the series really shines. You feel the oppressive society these women live under in every line. When they curse, it means something. It’s a small rebellion, because they clearly can’t use such language in their everyday lives anymore. Most of all, it feels as relevant, and as plausible, as the novel did when it came out in 1985. It’s part of what makes the show so hard to watch. Yes, it’s emotionally draining, and the state-sanctioned rape is horrifying to see, but what’s really scary about The Handmaid’s Tale is how possible it feels. A world where women are objects not allowed to control their own bodies isn’t science fiction. It has happened in the past, continues to happen in the present, and the United States, for all our talk about freedom, aren’t nearly as far removed from it as we like to pretend we are.Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Jenessa Grant, and Bahia Watson. (Via Hulu)The first three episodes, which are available on Hulu right now, put to rest all questions about how the American people let something like Gilead happen. The specifics of what happened are meted out in small doses. Most of the story focuses on what Offred’s (formerly June) life is like now. You do get glimpses of the days just before and just after the fundamentalist religious revolution. By the time you’ve finished the third episode, you’ve seen how easily the new fascist regime became normal and accepted.A low birthrate and a terrorist attack made people scared, and it appears that they just accepted martial law as a necessary measure. Everyone, including June, thought it was just going to be temporary. The truly terrible, red flag raising stuff all happened at once. All women had their bank accounts suddenly frozen. June and her friend Moira are going about their lives as they always did. One of the first signs of trouble, other than June’s debit card being mysteriously declined, is that they are called sluts for wearing running gear. That is concerning, though just a common enough occurrence in normal society that it’s easy for them to write it off as one jerk. It’s not until they’re no longer allowed to work, own property or travel that they realize how bad things really are.OT Fagbenle (via Hulu)Most of the men we see before the dystopia sets in are sympathetic, though not helpful. It’s easy to assume everything is going to be OK when none of the restrictive new laws affect you. When June’s boss lays off all the women in the company, he repeats over and over again that it’s not his choice, and there’s nothing he can do. Her husband, Luke, means well and tries to help. Moira rightfully chews him out for assuring June that he’ll take care of her. That’s not the point. June shouldn’t need Luke to take care of her, and that solution is what helps this horrific reality become the new normal.That’s how fascism rises. It starts slow, with a series of aggression that is easy to justify, ignore or work around. Then, all the really bad stuff happens at once. When rights are taken away, when you’re suddenly restricted in where you can go and what you can do, you don’t have time to react. One thing happens after another, and by the time you organize a protest or try to escape, it’s too late. There are men with guns to remind you that that right doesn’t exist anymore.Samira Wiley (via Hulu)It’s especially chilling now, considering the current administration has announced or implemented a new shockingly regressive policy nearly every day. We don’t have time to react to the shortsighted environmental policy because the very next day, they’re trying to kill public education, then Planned Parenthood, then net neutrality. We’re not headed for Gilead (yet), but the tactics are too similar for comfort.The real insidious part is what happens after the fascist regime is in place. Most of the plot of The Handmaid’s Tale centers on Offred’s life in the new Republic of Gilead. The fertile women are sent to reeducation camps. They are made to believe, among other things, that in the old world, women were at fault for being raped. That contraception led to infertility. These messages are drilled into their heads through repetition and physical abuse. The worst of it comes toward the end of the first episode. The handmaids are called to see a man who raped a handmaid, resulting in the death of her unborn child. They are given time to kick, hit and tear the man apart for his crime. They are made tools of the state.Yvonne Strahovski (via Hulu)The Handmaid’s Tale has shown us how fascist regimes stay in power. They make their subjects, even the ones who are most likely to rebel, complicit. For nearly any other crime, the Handmaids might hesitate before killing the accused. Because what the man did was objectively horrible, they’re able to justify it to themselves. It’s easy to say the man’s a rapist and deserves what he got. That’s probably true. But that’s how fascists get you on their side. They give you an immediate enemy, distracting you from your true oppressor. By the time you realize you just played into their hands, it’s too late. You allowed yourself to become a tool of the state. Rebellion is much harder when you’ve become a willing part of the system.The Handmaid’s Tale is an amazing achievement that everyone should watch, but I’m so happy it’s impossible to binge at this moment. Each episode takes it out of you to the point where you need a break. Even releasing three in a row like they did was almost too much. Whether or not you believe the United States is currently headed towards Gilead doesn’t matter. The scariest thing about The Handmaid’s Tale is not how close we currently are to its world. It’s how easily humans accept its world as normal. Everyone likes to think they’d stand up to an oppressive authority. In The Handmaid’s Tale, by the time you realize you should, it’s already too late.last_img read more

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Rick and Morty Simulator is a hundred years of virtual reality

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 We’re big fans of Rick and Morty here at Geek.com. And Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland is a huge fan of virtual reality. So at New York Comic Con we all got what we wanted when we got to try out Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality, an upcoming virtual reality game based on the hit Adult Swim show.Rick and Morty Simulator runs on the HTC Vive, for my money the best VR headset you can buy now that all three major devices are out. You, a fresh new Morty clone, pop into existence inside the Smith family garage as Rick explains what the hell is going on. Seeing Rick and Morty as 3D models as tall as you are is a… different way to experience the franchise, but it totally fits the show’s cavalier comedic approach to unnerving sci-fi.The Vive controllers represent your hands in the world. You can pick up dirty clothes and drop them in the washing machine. You can summon a Mr. Meeseeks who mirrors your every action and shoot it to death with a nearby laser pistol. And you can pull a lever to lower the blast shields before some unexplained outdoor apocalypse consumes you. I didn’t see any Plumbuses, but they have appeared in screenshots for the final game. To move simply point to where you would like to teleport.The short demo seems like more of a proof of concept than anything else. The demo ends with you stepping through a portal into cyberspace as Rick hypes up the full game releasing at some point in the future. But just hanging out in the world of Rick and Morty is such a trip. Again, the inherent strangeness baked into the show’s premise is a perfect fit for the slightly uncanny nature of even the best VR experience.Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality is being developed by Owlchemy Labs, the same folks behind Job Simulator, another popular VR game this one shares a lot of DNA with. Meanwhile, Roiland is also working on his own, non-Rick and Morty VR projects with his new team at Squanchtendo. Between Rick and Morty season 3 and now Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality, we can’t decide which upcoming Rick and Morty project excites us more!last_img read more

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Deals On Huawei P20 OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s –

first_img Share Tweet Submit Update: OnePlus 6 available for just $489 for the next few hours (Direct Link)If your smartphone is due an upgrade, there are some pretty solid choices to look around for. The recent releases of flagship smartphones have jumped up their game in terms of almost every aspect. These aspects include the design, software, performance and mainly anything that you have previously complained about. Moreover, if these smartphones are available on a discount, there’s no need to wait up. Today, we have the popular Huawei P20, OnePlus 6 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s is store offered in a hefty discount. So let’s check out more details on it.Huawei P20, One Plus 6 And Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s Available On A Hefty Discount –  Get It Now!As we have mentioned earlier, we have the best discounts on some of the latest flagship smartphones from top brands. The Huawei P20 is one of the hottest smartphones, the OnePlus 6 is known for its performance and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s for its unique design. Do make sure that the discounts offered are only available for a limited time. So be advised, act fast as to keep up with the inventory. We will see some more details on the flagships mentioned and how much are they going for.Huawei P20As mentioned earlier, the Huawei P20 is a hot commodity and features one of the best designs taking into account practicality and utility. It features the Notch design with an edge-to-edge display on three sides of the device. In the bottom portion, you will also see a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner at the front is pretty rare these days as the design element of the smartphones is moving towards and all-screen aesthetics.In terms of performance, the Huawei P20 is no slouch compared to the top performers in the industry. It features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. With an impressive 24.0 megapixel camera at the front, you would not have to worry about the image quality.If you’re interested, you can get the Huawei P20 for a hefty discount of 16 percent coming down to only $629.99. Head over to this link to avail the discount.OnePlus 6If you’re a fan of clean design in terms of both hardware and software, then probably you would love the OnePlus 6. The device is oblivious to the introduction as it is known as the flagship killer since its early days. The design is all-glass, front and back, giving the room that screams premium. It also features a fingerprint scanner at the back plus a pretty solid facial recognition technology. The software experience is pretty stock-like so it’s snappy all around.In terms of performance, the OnePlus 6 also features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity. The 16+20 megapixel camera at the back ensures great pictures every time.The OnePlus 6 is available at a discount of 21 percent, dragging the price down to $559.99. Head over to this link to get the discount.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2sFinally, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s is here with us at an appealing discount. Since the availability of the device is pretty rare, now might be your chance to get it. The design id one of its most important features, it’s all glass at the front with only the bottom chin housing the required sensors. The device also features a fingerprint sensor at the back and with a clean MIUI experience.The device is powered by 6GB of RAM and adds 64GB to the storage capacity. The dual camera setup at the back also performs on par with the flagship smartphones. There’s a lot more to the device to explore.If you’re interested, you can get the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s on an insane discount of 12 percent that brings the price down to $529.99. Head over to this link to get the device.Note: These discounts are on Gearbest prices, which is a third party seller, not discounts on original prices. While GB offers some amazing discounts that usually bring prices down, considering the OnePlus 6 hype right now, you can get better deals directly from OnePlus than the third party sellers. We will share better deals as they become available through these e-commerce websites like Gearbest and Amazon.Gearbest Mid Year Sale is live offering more than just phonesCheck it out hereThis is all for the latest discounts on limited quantities, so we would advise you to step up and act fast. If not, the devices would return to their original pricing model. That’s all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the Huawei P20? Do you think the discount is impressive enough to make you get one? Let us know in the comments section below.last_img read more

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Credit Unions Survey Cybersecurity Concerns

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, journal, Market Studies, News Credit Unions Survey Cybersecurity Concerns November 21, 2017 626 Views On Tuesday, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) released its November 2017 Economic & CU Monitor.The Monitor surveys credit unions each month on key industry concerns—this month the special topic is cybersecurity.Majority of credit unions fear another Equifax-like breach in the future, the survey found, with 20 percent of respondents reporting they have reissued cards in order to protect members’ financial information following the breach.In light of the Equifax data breach, 63 percent of credit union respondents reported they are “very concerned” about a similar crisis occurring in the near future.Additionally, 58 percent of credit union survey respondents answered “very concerned” about the threat of a merchant data breach.The report notes that, “In efforts to address the growing threats of cyber intrusions, over 9 percent of respondents’ overall operating budget is currently devoted to IT/cybersecurity, while all respondents expect an additional ‘moderate increase’ or ‘significant increase’ in their IT/cybersecurity over the next five years.”Meanwhile, 64 percent of respondents say they have hired a Chief Information Security Officer to manage cybersecurity-related activities at their institutions.The Monitor also incorporates the results from the November Credit Union Sentiment Index, which is based on NAFCU member responses to eight questions on growth and earnings outlook, lending conditions and regulatory burden.“Credit unions continue to enjoy robust growth as an industry,” the report notes. “Loan growth exceeds 10 percent despite slowdowns in the housing and auto markets.”To view the full report, click here.center_img Share Cybersecurity HOUSING mortgage NAFCU 2017-11-21 Nicole Caspersonlast_img read more

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DocMagic and SNMC Partner for eClosing Solution

first_imgDocMagic and SNMC Partner for eClosing Solution DocMagic Documentation eClosing loans mortgage Security National Mortgage Company 2019-01-04 Radhika Ojha California-headquartered DocMagic Inc. and Security National Mortgage Corporation (SNMC) have announced the successful rollout of DocMagic’s Total eClose platform.Since rolling out Total eClose in September, SNMC has reduced borrower time at the closing table to as little as 15 minutes, and become one of the first national lenders to offer an eClosing solution that involves no paper whatsoever. It has sped up the closing process, ensuring accuracy and loan quality, and delivering newfound efficiencies for borrowers, notaries and settlement providers. Total eClose enables SNMC’s customers to preview documents prior to closing, eSign all documents, and complete both remote and in-person eNotarizations.“Our goal was to perfect a completely digital eClosing process, not to be just another lender offering a basic hybrid closing,” said Steve Johnson, President of SNMC. “Achieving our goal required a powerful end-to-end technology, a perfectly executed seamless implementation, and an intuitive interface that everyone—staff, settlement service providers and borrowers—could use immediately, without a steep learning curve. The DocMagic implementation team was with us all the way. We never had to worry about a thing.”The two companies said that they approached the project as partners to ensure swift adoption and a quick understanding of the new workflow-driven eClosing process for both SNMC’s staff and customers. DocMagic worked with the lender, leveraging its eMortgage expertise to help sculpt a unique strategy and a successful go-to-market launch.“Our implementation teams function like expert consultants—we work very closely with each client, guiding them literally every step of the way,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. “There is a huge number of moving pieces in an eClosing solution. As a single source solution, we have intricate knowledge of every one of them, so there are none of the issues that plague other providers—not only immediately after the implementation but over the long haul as well.” January 4, 2019 927 Views center_img in Headlines, News, Origination, Technology Sharelast_img read more

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London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Royal Asscher Diamond Company has announced London’s renowned luxury department store, Harrods, as their latest retailer.Harrods will carry the largest selection of jewelry from the company’s Stars of Africa collection in the UK, including limited edition pieces with pink diamonds and the Royal Stars—a tribute to the Royal Dutch family—with orange diamonds. The collection, which launched in 2009, is comprised of rings, earrings, pendants and cufflinks and features diamonds enclosed within fluid-filled sapphire domes, allowing the gems to float like snowflakes in a snow globe.The collection is as giving as it is gorgeous, with a portion of proceeds going towards Royal Asscher’s Stars of Africa fundraising initiative, which raises funds for healthcare, education and self-sufficiency programs across the continent.“The world’s most famous luxury department store is a perfect fit and we are very proud that the Stars of Africa Collection is now being sold within the vicinity of the true Star of Africa: the Cullinan diamond,” said Mike Asscher.Visit www.royalasscher.com.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2019 5:04 am PDT LOS ANGELES — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.The four-and-a-half day convention kicks off Wednesday when the show room floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. will get things going with a ScareDiego event promising some hair-raising new footage from “It: Chapter Two.”“We have some exciting footage but I can’t go into details,” said “It” director Andy Muschietti. “But I think it’s going to be worth it for the fans to go and watch.”Movie fans will also get a look at Paramount’s “Terminator: Dark Fate” at a Hall H presentation Thursday, and on Saturday be treated to a Marvel Studios presentation with its president, Kevin Feige. Details for the Marvel show are being kept under wraps, but many expect Feige and his “special guests” will outline the plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could include announcements about “Black Widow,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” ”Shang-Chi” and “The Eternals.”The movie fare is lighter than usual, however. A few of the studios have chosen to sit this year out, like Sony, which is already cleaning up at the box office with “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and Universal Pictures, which doesn’t have any superheroes on its slate at all. Although Warner Bros. is coming with “It: Chapter Two,” it does not have a big Hall H presentation planned for any of its DC properties like “Joker” and the Harley Quinn spinoff “Birds of Prey.” And there will be no “Star Wars” news either.“If anything, the exiting of some movie studios has made more room for TV and TV is just the best of the best right now,” said Perri Nemiroff, a senior producer for Collider.com and host of the YouTube series Movie Talk.Television enthusiasts will have their pick, whether they want one last go-around the cast of a show that’s ended (like “Game of Thrones” and “Supernatural”), to check in with some old favourites (“The Walking Dead,” ”The Good Place,” ”Westworld,” ”Arrow,” ”Rick and Morty” and “Riverdale”), or get first look at a new property (such as “Snowpiercer,” ”Star Trek: Picard” and “The Witcher”).Occasionally this means throwing a Comic-Con newbie into the mix. HBO is bringing Lin-Manuel Miranda out for his first ever convention to promote the new show “His Dark Materials.”Last month Miranda tweeted a modest request for fans: “Be gentle, it’s my first Comic-Con.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Fans to descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con FILE – In this Wednesday, July 18, 2018, file photo, Luis Ramos, left, of San Diego takes a picture of his son Alek, third from right, and daughter Anabel, second from right, and their friends Emiliano Beltran, fourth from right, and Isabel Beltran, before Preview Night at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego. The four-day 2019 Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday, July 17, 2019, when the showroom floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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Road tax due by December 9

first_imgThe transport department has announced that the renewal of the fourth-quarter road tax has begun.Motorists who opted for this choice and whose road tax expired on September 30, are urged to make arrangements for renewal by December 9, 2018.Failure to meet the deadline will entail a €10 fine plus 10 per cent of the amount due.The tax can be paid through the web http://rtd.mcw.gov.cy.A valid MOT certificate and insurance are necessary for renewal.Police checks will begin on December 10.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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