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Man City v Spurs: Was this ‘classic’ the greatest Champions League match of all time?

April 21, 2019 |

Five goals in the first half. Seven by full-time. And another, potentially decisive strike, dramatically ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR) in injury time.
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L.A. City Council moves to outlaw discrimination against Section 8 tenants

April 18, 2019 |

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday moved forward with a law that would bar landlords from refusing to consider tenants with Section 8 vouchers.

In a 12-0 vote, the council instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would extend protections against so-called source-of-income…


L.A. Times – Business

JetBlue gives up gate slots at Long Beach Airport after city warning

April 10, 2019 |

JetBlue Airways has given up nearly a third of its gate slots at Long Beach Airport only days after being warned that the New York-based carrier was in danger of violating new city regulations designed to prevent airlines from sitting on under-used slots to keep competitors out.

The gate slots…


L.A. Times – Business

City Treasurer Falls for Email Scam, to the Tune of $98K

April 9, 2019 |

Ottawa’s city treasurer was taken in by a phishing scam, and ended up sending almost $ 98,000 to an email fraudster, the city auditor general’s office has revealed. Last July, Marian Simulik received an email that appeared to come from city manager Steve Kanellakos, asking for the sum—about $ 130,…
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TMZ

Jussie Smollett Silent Over City of Chicago’s Lawsuit Over Alleged Attack

April 6, 2019 |

Jussie Smollett was a man of no words as he left an office building Friday in the San Fernando Valley. Jussie was leaving the Warner Center in Woodland Hills in the PM when he was asked about the civil lawsuit the City of Chicago intends to file…

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Cryptocurrency Adoption Grows Beyond ‘Bitcoin City’ in Slovenia and Croatia

April 6, 2019 |

Cryptocurrency Adoption Grows Beyond ‘Bitcoin City’ in Slovenia and Croatia

The number of stores that accept cryptocurrencies is rising in Slovenia and Croatia. Starting with merchants in one of the largest shopping and entertainment complexes in Europe, Elipay has now integrated with 300 stores in Slovenia and begun expanding into Croatia following approval by the country’s central bank.

Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s Request

300 Locations in Slovenia Including Bitcoin City

Cryptocurrency adoption has been rapidly growing in Slovenia. Elipay by startup Eligma is a crypto payment mobile app for iOS and Android devices. Many stores at one of the largest shopping and entertainment complexes in Europe, BTC City, have integrated Elipay which currently supports BCH, BTC, ETH, and ELI token.

Eligma CEO Dejan Roljic told news.Bitcoin.com Friday:

We have reached another Elipay milestone this week – 300 locations … About one third of them are in Bitcoin City.

Cryptocurrency Adoption Grows Beyond ‘Bitcoin City’ in Slovenia and Croatia
BTC City with stores that accept cryptocurrencies via Elipay shown.

Eligma describes Bitcoin City as “the result of infusing one of Central Europe’s largest and most important commercial, shopping and logistic areas, BTC City,” with cryptocurrencies and other innovations. There are over 500 shops in BTC City.

Nationwide, “The number of Elipay locations is constantly increasing,” Roljic remarked. “Elipay now covers most service and product categories: food and drinks, fashion, electronics, services, sports and leisure, entertainment, home and garden, toys and kids, pets, auto and moto, travel, adult, online stores, and other.” The latest addition, announced on April 5, was for Intaxi which allows taxi rides in and around the capital city to be paid for with cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency Adoption Grows Beyond ‘Bitcoin City’ in Slovenia and Croatia

Roljic further shared:

In addition to the use of crypto for shopping with the Elipay system, the Bank of Slovenia has also approved euro value to be added into Elipay by means of credit / debit cards and SEPA.

Expansion Into Croatia

Eligma has been working on its global expansion, starting with Croatia. “The Croatian National Bank has confirmed that Elipay can legally operate in Croatia,” the company tweeted on April 1.

Roljic explained to news.Bitcoin.com that after the central bank “confirmed the legality of Elipay operating in Croatia, the localization of the system started taking place,” emphasizing that it “will actually be completed in the course of next week.” He also revealed that his company is “already in contact with ERP [Enterprise Resource Planning software] providers as well as individual merchants and service providers, so that the first integrations can be expected as early as next month,” adding:

We will initially test and adjust the expansion model. In that phase, our goal is to enter the first 20 stores … If the testing is successful and a decision is made to fully expand throughout Croatia, then we anticipate that over 200 locations could integrate Elipay by the end of the year.

Cryptocurrency Adoption Grows Beyond ‘Bitcoin City’ in Slovenia and Croatia

Billy, a major ERP and prospective payment system (PPS) provider in Croatia, is in the process of integrating Elipay into its system. Once completed, the system will “be tested and re-evaluated. This will be followed by a review of the technical documentation in order to prevent any potential issues with future updates,” the CEO described. Eligma has also been negotiating with another ERP provider in the country.

While the company has been conducting market research to establish which countries to expand into next, Roljic confirmed that further expansion “will only be initiated once the proof of concept on the Croatian model (MVP) has been brought to a successful conclusion.”

What do you think of cryptocurrency adoption in Slovenia and Croatia? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Homeowners were defrauded through the PACE lending program, L.A.’s city attorney alleges

April 5, 2019 |

The Los Angeles city attorney has alleged an unlicensed contractor used a government-established loan program to defraud low-income consumers by misleading them into taking on unaffordable financing and abandoning incomplete jobs after it was paid.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles County…


L.A. Times – Business

TMZ

City of Chicago Will Sue Jussie Smollett over Alleged Attack

April 4, 2019 |

Jussie Smollett is about to get sued by the City of Chicago and, in the process, he could effectively go on trial for allegedly faking the “attack.” As we reported, the City of Chicago fired off a letter to Jussie’s people, demanding $ 130,000 for…

TMZ.com

Michael Brown’s Mother Loses Ferguson City Council Race

April 3, 2019 |

Michael Brown’s mother was defeated Tuesday in her bid for a seat on the City Council in Ferguson, Missouri, where her son died in a police shooting that helped give rise to the national Black Lives Matter movement. Lesley McSpadden finished third in a three-way race in Ferguson’s 3rd Ward,…
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