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Anaheim City Council votes to put ‘living wage’ initiative on its November ballot

June 20, 2018 |

After emotional statements from Disneyland workers and Anaheim business owners, a divided Anaheim City Council voted Tuesday to put on its November ballot a measure that would require hospitality operations that accept a city subsidy to pay a “living wage.”

The council narrowly rejected a proposal…

L.A. Times – Business

Inside Raqqa: From ISIS ‘caliphate’ to crumpled city of landmines, and loss

June 4, 2018 |

More than seven months since ISIS operatives were defeated in their once “caliphate” capital of Raqqa, Syria and the city remains something of an apocalyptic wasteland, of which the ramifications of four years of ISIS occupation followed by four months of intense liberation fighting led by the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are continuing to take a toll.
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BTC City – Slovenia’s Largest Shopping Center to Become a ‘Genuine Bitcoin City’

June 4, 2018 |

BTC City - Slovenia's Largest Shopping Center to Become a 'Genuine Bitcoin City'

Slovenia’s largest shopping destination is implementing strategies to become a “genuine Bitcoin City.” Coincidentally named BTC City already, the complex stretches 475,000 square meters and is filled with 500 retail stores. It was recently visited by the country’s prime minister who got acquainted with its bitcoin strategy. During his visit, the state secretary bought him a cup of coffee using cryptocurrency.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Prime Minister Visits BTC City

BTC City - Slovenia's Largest Shopping Center to Become a 'Genuine Bitcoin City'
Miro Cerar.

The Prime Minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar, recently visited BTC City, a sprawling, 475,000 meter-squared commercial business and shopping complex in the capital city of Ljubljana.

Fintech startup Eligma has created a point-of-sale system which is being used in a number of retailers in BTC City, in an effort to convert it into a “Bitcoin City.” Describing the commercial complex as “a business and shopping ecosystem based on the latest technological solutions including blockchain, AI, and cryptocurrencies,” Eligma elaborated:

The purpose of his visit was to open the Beyond 4.0 international conference, dedicated to digital society and blockchain, as well as to get acquainted with BTC City’s strategy to become Bitcoin City.

During the morning meeting, Cerar received “a cup of ‘crypto coffee’ bought for him by Slovenian State Secretary Tadej Slapnik through the Elipay cryptocurrency transaction system,” the startup described.

BTC City - Slovenia's Largest Shopping Center to Become a 'Genuine Bitcoin City'
Slovenian Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar using Elipay. Photo credit: Eligma.

The first successful use of the Elipay wallet at the city was to pay, using bitcoin, at the complex’s waterpark in April. Eligma added that the app would also be able to use bitcoin cash and Elipay’s own loyalty rewards token in the near future.

BTC City to Become a ‘Genuine Bitcoin City’

Founded in 1954 as a warehouse and logistics enterprise, BTC company added many warehouses in the northeast of Ljubljana over time. In 1990, the complex was repurposed as a commercial shopping area and adopted the name BTC City. Ever since it has added large commercial ventures including a hotel, a sports complex, a casino, a multiplex cinema, a water park, and the tallest building in Slovenia, the crystal palace office park. With over 500 retail shops, BTC City’s website describes itself as “famous for being the largest and most popular European business, shopping, recreational/leisure and cultural center” in the country.

BTC City - Slovenia's Largest Shopping Center to Become a 'Genuine Bitcoin City'
A panoramic image of BTC City from the north.

With the latest initiative is to convert BTC City into “a genuine Bitcoin City,” the company claims that the new entity is:

The first of its kind in the world to provide its visitors, consumers and business partners with an ecosystem that will develop and integrate advanced technologies based on state-of-the-art approaches (blockchain, AI, VR [Virtual reality], AR [Augmented reality], ML [Machine Learning] and the world of cryptocurrencies).

BTC company believes that “Bitcoin City will create an open society which will enable users to pursue their missions as well as develop their business environments in line with their wishes, needs, and operating policies.”

BTC City - Slovenia's Largest Shopping Center to Become a 'Genuine Bitcoin City'

According to the plan posted on BTC City’s website, Eligma’s Elipay is already installed in a number of stores within the city such as Atlantis water park, Al Capone, Babadu, Bijoux modni dodatki, Big Bang, istyle, Vodno mesto San Martino, Sneakers, Minicity, and Kibuba. There are also some one-way cryptocurrency ATMs on the premises, as well as a Blockchain Think Tank and the “biggest crypto mining rig in Slovenia.”

BTC City - Slovenia's Largest Shopping Center to Become a 'Genuine Bitcoin City'

BTC company emphasized:

The development of BTC City into a Bitcoin City is an important step towards the realisation of BTC’s openness-oriented strategy, providing its customers and business partners with freedom and choice regarding their purchases with new forms of payment.

What do you think of BTC City turning into a Bitcoin City? Let us know in the comments section below.

Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Total Slovenia News, Wikipedia, Eligma, and BTC company.

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‘Once in 1K Years’ Flood Hits Maryland City Again

May 28, 2018 |

After floods devastated Ellicott City in 2016, killing two people, it was called a “once in 1,000 years flood.” But the Maryland city around 13 miles west of Baltimore was hit Sunday by flooding that was even worse than 2016. Flooding that the National Weather Service called “catastrophic and…

The Latest: As cyclone nears, streets empty in Omani city

May 25, 2018 |

The Latest on Cyclone Mekunu that is headed for the coast of Oman (all times local): 12:05 Streets are largely empty in the Omani coastal city of Salalah ahead of Cyclone Mekunu’s expected landfall there this weekend.
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Florida City Mystified by ‘Zombie Activity’ Alert

May 24, 2018 |

A zombie-free Florida city is trying to figure out who issued a zombie alert to thousands of people during a power outage early Sunday. “There are now far less than seven thousand three hundred and eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the alert sent to cell phones warned…

Another California city rebels against state’s pro-illegal immigration ‘sanctuary city’ policies

May 22, 2018 |

Another California city has joined the fight against the state’s sanctuary city law, which limits local authorities’ ability to investigate illegal immigrants’ status and communicate with federal immigration offiicals.
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Official: Nationalist mob beats mayor of major Greek city

May 19, 2018 |

A city official says the mayor of Greece’s second-largest city has been hospitalized with head, back and leg injuries after being set upon by nationalist extremists.
FOX News

Ancient City of Bargylia Could Be Yours for $8M

May 19, 2018 |

The ancient Greek city of Bargylia in modern-day Turkey is on the market and could be yours for just $ 8 million, reports MNN . Located 19 miles from Bodrum on 300 acres overlooking the Gulf of Güllük, the property includes a theatre, fortification walls, acropolis, and necropolis, according to the Greek…