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Image of article 'Sources: Nigeria Convoy Attack Death Toll Rises to 30'

Sources: Nigeria Convoy Attack Death Toll Rises to 30

KANO, NIGERIA - The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

Two sources told AFP fatalities from the attack Friday in restive Borno state had doubled as more bodies were found and now included 12 policemen, five soldiers, four members of a government-backed militia and nine civilians.

Sources had earlier told AFP that a convoy transporting Borno Governor Babagana Umara Zulum came under attack from insurgents Friday near the town of Baga on the shores of Lake Chad.

Police confirmed in a statement that the attack by suspected jihadists on the "security convoy" had killed eight policemen and three government-backed militia members.

In July Zulum's convoy came under gun attack from ISWAP outside Baga, forcing him to cancel his trip to the town.

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Image of article 'China home price growth accelerates as credit growth picks up'

China home price growth accelerates as credit growth picks up

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - China home-price growth accelerated in August after a brief slowdown the previous month as credit growth rebounded and wider property curbs did little to dampen buyer enthusiasm.

New home prices in 70 major cities, excluding state-subsidized housing, rose 0.56 per cent last month, compared to a 0.47 per cent gain in July, National Bureau of Statistics data released on Monday (Sept 14) showed.

Policy makers have in recent months stepped up regulatory caution against developers' leverage and excessive home-price growth, after frenetic buying spread from the country's biggest cities to some booming regional centers.

"So far, the property market is much stronger than our expectation," Macquarie Securities' head of China economics Larry Hu said before the data release.

"In the next few months, property sales may continue to recover."

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Image of article 'Threat Intelligence Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 12,914.04 Million by 2025       -       Valuates Reports'

Threat Intelligence Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 12,914.04 Million by 2025 - Valuates Reports

Based on the solution, the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is predicted to hold the largest threat intelligence market share.

The increasing BYOD trends are also expected to fuel the growth of the threat intelligence market size.

Thus, the increase in IoT adoption is, in turn, expected to increase the growth of the threat intelligence market size.

BANGALORE, India, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Threat Intelligence Market report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2019 to 2025.

This research report categorizes the Threat Intelligence to forecast the revenues and analyze the trends in each of the following sub-markets: Based on Solution, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across Based on Service, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across Based on Deployment, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across Based on Application, the Threat Intelligence Market studied across THE REPORT PROVIDES INSIGHTS ON THE FOLLOWING POINTERS The global Security Information and Event Management market size is projected to reach USD 4060.1 Million by 2026, from USD 3781.9 Million in 2020.

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Image of article 'Opinion       |       Trouble Brewing in Central America'

Opinion | Trouble Brewing in Central America

President Trump made a deal with Central American governments and Mexico to end the 2018-19 migration crisis by requiring asylum seekers from Central America to register in a transit country before seeking U.S. entry.

Since then, the administration has taken a “problem solved” attitude toward Central America.

In fact there are still plenty of regional worries that Mr. Trump ought to take seriously.

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Image of article 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Rio Major cancelled, and Valve addresses cheating coaches'

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Rio Major cancelled, and Valve addresses cheating coaches

This time it’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s Rio Major, and Valve say they won’t be scheduling any more of the tournaments until LAN events are safe to hold around the world again.

Valve have also addressed coaches being able to cheat in competitive games for years using a bug, detailing the action they’ll be taking against these cheaty cheaters.

You’ll still be able to get your fill of competitive CS:GO matches, however, because Valve mention that they’ll be holding Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events online “to keep track of the best teams in each region”.

Something else Valve will now be keeping track of are coaches who used the aforementioned bug to cheat in competitive matches.

Manage cookie settings “Any teams that were disqualified for exploiting this bug during an RMR event will have their RMR points reset,” Valve say.

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South West employers urged to take cash incentive for apprenticeships

In addition, the Government will also pay the employer £1500 for each young person they take on, to support any training or associated costs like uniforms that they might incur when setting up the scheme.

The Kickstarter scheme allows employers that sign up to be able to offer young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement that is fully funded by the government.

That’s why schemes like Kickstarter are so vital to create jobs and give young people the skills to access them."

Cash incentives are now available to businesses to help them take on new apprentices, and the new £2bn Kickstarter scheme will ensure young people at risk of long-term unemployment can access jobs and work experience thanks to funding support to employers from the Government.

Regional Mayor Tim Bowles has urged employers of all sizes across the West of England to sign up to two new schemes that have been launched by the Government to help get people into jobs following the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Experts: Libya rivals UAE, Russia, Turkey violate UN embargo

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The warring parties in Libya and their international backers - the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Jordan vs Turkey and Qatar - violated a U.N. arms embargo on the oil-rich north African country that remains “totally ineffective,” U.N. experts said in a new report.

The panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya said in the report seen Tuesday by The Associated Press that 11 companies also violated the arms embargo including the Wagner Group, a private Russian security company the panel said in May provided between 800 and 1,200 mercenaries to support eastern Libya’s rebel commander Khalifa Hifter.

Hifter is supported by the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Jordan and Egypt while the Tripoli forces are supported by the wealthy Gulf state Qatar and by Turkey, which is a bitter rival of Egypt and the UAE in a broader regional struggle over political Islam.

The panel of experts said that “since the more direct engagement by Turkey in 2019 and the United Arab Emirates in January 2020 arms transfers to Libya by those two member states have been extensive, blatant and with complete disregard to the sanctions measures.”

The panel of experts said the resupply of both sides by air was extensive, with flights from the UAE to western Egypt and eastern Libya, and from Russia via Syria to eastern Libya to reinforce Hifter’s forces - and from Turkey to western Libya to reinforce the government.

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Image of article 'CFM Wealth Partners LLC Sells 2,011 Shares of SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE'

CFM Wealth Partners LLC Sells 2,011 Shares of SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE

Finally, Jefferies Group LLC raised its position in SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF by 4,012.3% in the 2nd quarter.

Stifel Financial Corp raised its position in SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF by 36.3% in the 2nd quarter.

Financial Advocates Investment Management purchased a new position in SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF in the 2nd quarter worth about $373,000.

Flow Traders U.S. LLC purchased a new position in SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF in the 2nd quarter worth about $875,000.

CFM Wealth Partners LLC decreased its position in SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) by 43.6% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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SI Group Announces Tackifier Capacity Expansion in China

Investment in Nanjing Supports Growing Market Opportunities in the Region SCHENECTADY, N.Y., Sept. 9, 2020 /CNW/ -- SI Group, a global leader in the innovative technology of performance additives, process solutions, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and chemical intermediates, announced today plans to expand capacity levels at its Nanjing, China facility.

"We have taken the appropriate steps necessary to grow our capacity in this key regional growth area," stated Robert Kaiser, Vice President, Rubber Adhesives Solutions at SI Group, adding, "This expansion allows us to differentiate our offerings and position in the market, providing superior solutions to our customers."

SI Group's expansion in Nanjing will also address energy conservation initiatives and sustainability efforts in compliance within a highly-regulated Chinese chemical industry.

About SI Group SI Group is a global leader in the innovative technology of performance additives, process solutions, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and chemical intermediates.

SI Group solutions are essential to enhancing the quality and performance of countless industrial and consumer goods within the plastics, rubber adhesives, fuels lubricants, oilfield, pharmaceutical, and industrial resins industries.

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Image of article 'Crisis in the hotel industry mirrors the confusion in the public-facing economy'

Crisis in the hotel industry mirrors the confusion in the public-facing economy

More than a quarter of a million people worked in Ireland’s hotel sector last year, according to the Irish Hotels Federation: now, it says, 100,000 of those jobs are gone.

For all the talk of “staycations”, the industry maintains that hotels are in effect operating under close to lockdown conditions.

Overall hotels expect room occupancy will not even hit 25 per cent in the shoulder season – this month and next.

Ironically, for once it is the regional hotels that will fare better – especially those outside cities.

It might be more honest if the Government accepted that it has forced the sector to close functionally and committed to financially support it on that basis.

Image of article 'I flew on a modern-day air taxi and saw how it's the perfect middle ground between driving and flying private for regional travel'

I flew on a modern-day air taxi and saw how it's the perfect middle ground between driving and flying private for regional travel

The modern-day air taxi isn't a futuristic vertical take-off and land aircraft but often a propeller aircraft that's inexpensive to operate and can comfortably fly passengers on regional routes.

Hopscotch Air provides air taxi flights from airports across the Northeast as a cost-effective alternative to chartering a traditional private aircraft and time-effective alternative to driving.

I flew on one of Hopscotch Air's air taxis between two airports in Long Island to see if it truly beat driving.

Hopscotch Air is a New York-based air taxi service that uses light aircraft to connect remote cities across the Northeast as a cost-effective alternative to chartering a private aircraft.

Powering the air taxi fleet is the Cirrus SR-20/22 series of piston aircraft, one of the most popular in general aviation known for their comfort, style, and high tech systems.

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Image of article 'Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific'

Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific

The rollout of the Initiative coincided with the onset of COVID-19 and the urgent need to deal with its complex impacts on agri-food systems, said FAO, adding that the Initiative is helping support evidence-based efforts to prevent breakdown of and address emerging threats to food systems.

Agricultural innovation can also reduce back-breaking drudgery, and regional food chains can benefit from innovations such as drones, satellite imagery, big data and block chains, the Conference heard.

Big data, digital economy and mobile technology will help producers achieve such transformations, Qu Dongyu, FAO Director-General said on Friday, the Conference’s final day.

Gathered virtually at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s thirty-fifth Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, governments, civil society organizations and the private sector highlighted the importance of innovation, solidarity, coherence and partnerships among and within countries.

FAO Director-General Qu also said that while the COVID-19 has hit countries and societies, innovations are bringing people closer together.

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U.S. Zero Trust Security Market Insights: Impact of COVID-19 and Future Outlook to 2025

03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "United States Zero Trust Security Market By Authentication Type (Single-factor Authentication v/s Multi-factor Authentication), By Deployment Mode (Cloud v/s On-Premises), By Solution Type, By Organization Size, By End User Industry, By Region, Forecast Opportunities, 2025" report has been added to's offering.

The United States Zero Trust Security Market is segmented based on authentication type, deployment mode, solution type, organization size, end-user industry, company and region.

Major players operating in the United States Zero Trust Security Market include Cisco Systems Inc., Akamai Technologies, Inc., Palo Alto Networks, Inc., Symantec Corporation, Okta, Inc., Forcepoint, LLC, Centrify Corporation, Cyxtera Technologies, Google LLC, VMware Inc. and others.

Years considered for this report: Historical Years: 2015-2018 Base Year: 2019 Estimated Year: 2020 Forecast Period: 2021-2025 Objective of the Study To analyze and forecast the market size of the United States Zero Trust Security Market.

To classify and forecast the United States Zero Trust Security Market based on authentication type, deployment mode, solution type, organization size, end-user industry, company and regional distribution.

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Image of article 'Russia, Turkey, Israel vie for Mediterranean resources'

Russia, Turkey, Israel vie for Mediterranean resources

While a range of unsavory players are making moves — Iran, Hezbollah and the Islamic State are among those seeking to exploit the situation — many in Europe and Washington are pointing the finger at Turkey for escalating the crisis by threatening to use force to take possession of natural gas finds beneath a string of Mediterranean islands that most in Europe say belongs to Greece.

“Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among a slate of actors trying to take advantage of the vacuum created by U.S. disengagement from the Middle East, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean,” Mr. Erdemir said in an interview this week.

But some U.S. analysts have praised Mr. Trump’s for pulling American troops out of so-called “forever wars,” saying Europe and Middle Eastern powers have far more a duty to act in places such as Libya, Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean where their interests are directly at stake.

NATO’s ability to affect the crisis in Libya is hampered by a civil war in its own ranks between Greece and Turkey, with many countries expressing anger at recent aggressive Turkish moves.

It’s laughable now to use as bait a country [Greece] — which could not even fight its way out of a paper bag — against a regional and global power like Turkey,” Mr. Erdogan said in a speech at his palace in Ankara.

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Image of article 'Everything you need to know about okra'

Everything you need to know about okra

However, there is a growing interest in American regional foods and foreign dishes, so these bright green, tender pods have gained more attention as a vegetable in the U.S. – aside from its use as a thickener.

Okra pods are best when young, tender and harvested up to five days after flowering.

Growing okra Flowering okra plant — Photo courtesy of iStock / igaguri_1 Okra is planted once the threat of frost has passed and the soil temperature has warmed to at least 65 degrees.

Each plant can produce one or two edible okra pods per day.

Raw okra — Photo courtesy of iStock / Kai_Wong Okra is a member of the mallow family – related to cotton, hibiscus and hollyhock – and thrives in the warm summer climate of the South.

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ION announces new 3D multi-client program in the North Sea

This survey covers an area at least five times larger than any existing 3D data nearby and will provide a new regional perspective for imaging and developing the entire play."

"The Mid North Sea High is close to shore with existing infrastructure, where the relatively low cost of development makes it attractive for existing players and potential new entrants," said Joe Gagliardi, Senior Vice President of ION's Ventures group.

Shearwater's modern acquisition technology platform, coupled with ION's proven imaging capabilities, will deliver a high-quality product as customers seek the best data to inform decision-making in this attractive new play.

HOUSTON, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE:IO) today announced a 3D new acquisition multi-client program in the southern North Sea.

These risks and uncertainties include the risks associated with the timing and development of ION Geophysical Corporation's products and services; pricing pressure; decreased demand; changes in oil prices; agreements made or adhered to by members of OPEC and other oil producing countries to maintain production levels; the COVID-19 pandemic; and political, execution, regulatory, and currency risks .

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Image of article 'United Airlines Says "Forever" But It Only Means "Until We Change Our Mind'

United Airlines Says "Forever" But It Only Means "Until We Change Our Mind

But the case produced this memorable exchange between Judge David Hamilton, Judge Diane Wood, and counsel for United: Judge Hamilton: You expect people to rely on this promise.

It boiled down to whether United’s promise to potential MillionMilers to entice more business was superseded by the carte blanche clause in the MileagePlus contract that United could make changes to its program at anytime without notice.

United argued that the terms of it MileagePlus program superseded any promises to MillionMilers, which did not have a separate contract.

Indeed, United had promised just months ago that MillionMiler benefits were safe: The case went to trial.

United had promised its MillionMiler members (those who travelled at least 1,000,000 miles on United) two systemwide upgrades upon qualification and two confirmed regional upgrades per year as part of their lifetime benefits package.

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US passes 6 million COVID-19 cases

A million additional cases have been detected globally roughly every four days since mid-July, according to an AFP tally, with India on Sunday setting the record for the highest single-day rise in cases with 78,761 © 2020 AFP Citation: US passes 6 million COVID-19 cases (2020, August 31) retrieved 31 August 2020 from This document is subject to copyright.

The US charted its five millionth case on August 9.

The number of new daily cases has declined in recent weeks, but the virus is far from disappearing in the US—despite President Donald Trump's repeated assertion that it will—and the national average hides huge regional disparities.

The country remains by far the most impacted in the world by the pandemic in absolute terms, with nearly a quarter of global infections and 183,203 deaths from COVID-19, the Baltimore-based university's tracker showed.

Credit: NIAID The United States on Monday passed six million coronavirus cases, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, adding one million new infections in less than a month.

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Russian Troops Active In Belarus War Games As Putin Unveils "Law Enforcement Reserve" Standing By

"Putin said Thursday that he created the reserve of Russian personnel from unknown units at Lukashenko's request," The Moscow Times continues.

And the report says further of the war games which has Russian participation that, "The exercises are part of the 10-day international army games that Belarus hosts at an army base in Brest on the Polish border amid ongoing protests against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.

What's more is that President Putin announced that a new Russian "reserve force" has been established specifically to potentially respond to the deteriorating security situation in neighboring Belarus.

That assessment might have changed by end of the week, as regional headlines have confirmed Russia's military is assisting Belarus in conducting war games on Thursday, Friday, and into next week.

Early this week the US State Department said there were no signs that Russia's military plans to intervene in ongoing chaotic events in Belarus where swelling protests in the tens of thousands have brought Minsk to a standstill as opposition activists and strikers demand 26-year ruling President Alexander Lukashenko step down, or at least hold "fair" and not "rigged" elections.

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Image of article 'EPFO Settles 46 Lakh Covid-Related Claims Worth Rs 920 Crore'

EPFO Settles 46 Lakh Covid-Related Claims Worth Rs 920 Crore

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation on Friday said it has settled 46 lakh EPF withdrawal claims and disbursed Rs 920 crore to its subscribers to meet exigencies due to the Covid-19 situation.

Members can use this facility to withdraw three months' basic wages -- basic pay plus dearness allowance -- or half of the total accumulation in his or her Employees' Provident Fund account, whichever is less for meeting exigencies due to the Covid-19 situation.

Furthering the cause of social protection, the EPFO has processed around 46 lakh claims amounting to about Rs 920 crore since the Covid-19 outbreak, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation said in a statement.

"The EPFO Delhi West -- the 2nd largest claims recipient office in the country -- brought in innovation and some best work practices to ensure processing of all distress claims on day to day basis," Uttam Prakash, the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, Delhi West, EPFO said in the statement.

Further, Prakash said the Delhi West office has processed around one lakh Covid-19 claims till date amounting to Rs 155 crore.

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Testing Software Commission Inaugurates Soon For Online Complaint

“People can lodge complaints from homes without any hassle and can also track the status of their grievances,” said an ECP official on Monday during a meeting of the standing committee held under the chairmanship of Senator Sassi Palejo at Parliament Lodges.

The official briefed the attendees of the meeting complainants could lodge issues through scanned copies of documents while they could file complaints in any language.

To solve the issue and prevent misuse of technology steps should be taken and citizens should be made aware about the usage of the system through publicity,” said the chairperson, adding in traditional complaint system voters faced delays.

Responding on the issues, the official apprised that ECP has made 163 sites amongst which 10-12 places had connectivity issues where a dish system has been provided.

The committee was also informed that under the online system, a registered complaint will reach the regional officer and ECP chairman right after it is lodged and the complaint will be resolved within three to five days.

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ISIS church bombs help China gain Indian Ocean ally to America's chagrin

Outrage following a deadly Islamic State militant group (ISIS) bombing last year helped pave the way for a return to power for Sri Lanka's influential Rajapaksa brothers, two men who have forged a close relationship with China in spite of the United States' attempts to contain the People's Republic in the region.

The spokesperson told Newsweek that the State Department has instead encouraged nations like Sri Lanka "to prioritize an alternative approach – a transparent, private sector-driven investment, grant, and business model – with a proven track record for delivering sustainable growth, reducing poverty, and fostering technological innovation."

"Based on Sri Lanka's development needs, China offered loans to support its infrastructure building and other major domestic projects concerning people's livelihood."

The U.S. objections to the BRI connection with Sri Lanka are part of its strategic effort to push back against China's growing regional influence in South Asia, which it is acquiring through its economic empire and the potential for projection of the military power it has already established further east in the South China Sea.

While Ranaraja predicted Sri Lanka would continue to engage with all major powers of the region, including the U.S. and India, he also foresaw that "China's engagement with Sri Lanka will increase as [the Rajapaksa government] is considered a regime favorable to China."

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