January 22, 2021

Palestinian man builds vintage car in his own garage

Oct 12, 2020

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Like many around the world, Riyad al-Amleh, a Palestinian from the West Bank, has a passion for collecting classic cars, an expensive hobby most of the time.

Things are even more challenging for vintage vehicle lovers in Palestine where there is no factory for classic cars, and they are difficult to import from abroad due to their high cost. This did not stop Amleh from holding on to his childhood passion and dream of one day having his own classic car.

Amleh, a 45-year-old from the town of Qabalan, south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, has recently finished the manufacturing of a classic car that he has called “Nouh,” after his youngest son.

The coronavirus lockdown, imposed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stem the outbreak of COVID-19, was Amleh’s opportunity to dedicate his time to manufacturing his

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Italian Merger Builds Another Vehicle for Bigger Payments Deals

Neither Covid-19 nor the


fiasco have sapped appetite in Europe to create a payments giant to rival U.S. and Asian peers. The latest merger paves the way for more.

The $17.6 billion all-stock tie-up of Italian payments companies


NEXI 3.14%

and SIA, announced Monday, wasn’t much of a surprise. Negotiations were publicly discussed soon after Nexi’s initial public offering in April 2019.

Payments companies provide the plumbing for offline and online commerce, connecting banks, merchants and their customers. The market continues to grow as consumers get more comfortable shopping online and using cards and smartphones for financial transactions—trends that have only accelerated during the pandemic.

Facing mounting competition from both startups and big tech giants, though, payment companies are joining forces to build scale. Together, they hope to add more customers, cut costs and get more out of their investments in security and new technology.

Nexi is the

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United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) Replaces Oracle Java SE with Azul Zulu Builds of OpenJDK

Azul Zulu proved to be the only 100% open source Java Platform that met all of USTRANSCOM’s technical, service level, and cost requirements

Azul Systems (Azul), provider of the world’s most trusted open source Java platform, today announced that the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has decided to replace Oracle Java SE with Azul Zulu builds of OpenJDK. The agency chose Azul over other OpenJDK commercial offerings based on Azul’s lower Java support costs, superior security offerings, and better service SLAs and support response times. USTRANSCOM has purchased unlimited Zulu licenses from Azul, for both on-premises and cloud use, through its DOD Enterprise Software Initiative Contract, NASA SEWP, which went into effect in June. As Oracle Java SE and Azul Zulu builds of OpenJDK are based on the same OpenJDK source code, they provide identical Java features and performance, making for a simple transition.

USTRANSCOM is one of eleven unified

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