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Economy of the United Arab Emirates

The economy of the United Arab Emirates is the second largest in the Middle East, with a gross domestic product of USD 414 billion in 2018. The UAE has been diversifying its economy in Dubai, but still remains reliant on revenues from petroleum and natural gas, which continue to play a central role in its economy in Abu Dhabi. More than 85% of the UAE's economy was based on the oil exports in 2009. While Abu Dhabi and other UAE emirates have remained conservative in their approach to diversification, which has far smaller oil reserves, was bolder in its diversification policy. In 2011, oil exports accounted for 77% of the UAE's state budget. Tourism is one of the bigger non-oil sources of revenue in the UAE, with some of the world's most luxurious hotels being based in the UAE. A massive construction boom, an expanding manufacturing base, a thriving services sector are helping the UAE diversify its economy. Nationwide, there is $350 billion worth of active construction projects; the UAE is a member of the World Trade Organization and OPEC.

Prior to independence from the UK and unification in 1971, each emirate was responsible for its own economy. At the time, pearl diving and fishing were together the mainstay of the economy, until the development of Japanese cultured pearls and the discovery of commercial quantities of oil. Previous UAE President Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is credited with bringing the country forward into the 20th century and using the revenue from oil exports to fund all the necessary development. Former UAE vice-president Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum had a bold vision for the Emirate of Dubai and foresaw the future in not petroleum alone, but other industries. In the 1980s Dubai's diversification centred around trade and the creation of shipping and logistics centres, notably Port Rashid and the port and Free Zone of Jebel Ali as well as Dubai International Airport, leading to a number of major global plays in shipping and logistics; the emergence of Dubai's lively real estate market was checked by the global financial crisis of 2007-8, when Dubai was bailed out by Abu Dhabi.

The recovery from the overheated market led to tighter regulation and oversight and a more realistic market for real estate throughout the UAE with many'on hold' projects restarting. Although the market continues to expand, current market conditions for developers have been characterised as'tough'. UAE has the second-largest economy in the Arab world, with a gross domestic product of USD 414 billion in 2018. A third of the GDP is from oil revenues; the economy was expected to grow 4 -- 4.5 % compared to 2.3 -- 3.5 % over the previous five years. Since independence in 1971, UAE's economy has grown by nearly 231 times to AED1.45 trillion in 2013. The non-oil trade has grown to AED1.2 trillion, a growth of around 28 times from 1981 to 2012. The UAE's economy is one of the most open worldwide, its economic history goes back to the times when ships sailed to India, along the Swahili coast, as far south as Mozambique. International Monetary Fund expected UAE's economic growth to increase to 4.5% in 2015, compared to 4.3% in 2014.

The IMF ascribed UAE's strong economic growth in World Economic Outlook Report to the increased contribution of non-petroleum sectors, which registered a growth average of more than 6% in 2014 and 2015. Such contribution includes banking, tourism and real estate. Increase of Emirati purchasing power and governmental expenditures in infrastructure projects have increased. Internationally, UAE is ranked among the top 20 for global service business, according to AT Kearney, the top 30 on the WEF “most-networked countries” and in the top quarter as a least corrupt country per the TI's corruption index; the following table shows the main economic indicators in 1980–2017. Inflation below 2% is in green. With imports totaling $273.5 billion in 2012, UAE passed Saudi Arabia as the largest consumer market in the region. Exports totaled $314 billion. UAE and India are each other's main trading partners, with the latter having many of its citizens working and living in the former; the trade totals over $75 billion.

The top five of the Main Partner Countries of the UAE in 2014 are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. As for the top five of UAE suppliers are China, United States, India and Japan. Although UAE has the most diversified economy in the GCC, the UAE's economy remains reliant on oil. With the exception of Dubai, most of the UAE is dependent on oil revenues. Petroleum and natural gas continue to play a central role in the economy in Abu Dhabi. More than 85% of the UAE's economy was based on the oil exports in 2009. While Abu Dhabi and other UAE emirates have remained conservative in their approach to diversification, which has far smaller oil reserves, was bolder in its diversification policy. In 2011, oil exports accounted for 77% of the UAE's state budget. Dubai suffered from a significant economic crisis in 2007-2010 and was bailed out by Abu Dhabi's oil wealth. Dubai's current prosperity has been attributed to Abu Dhabi's petrodollars. In 2014, Dubai owed a total of $142 billion in debt; the UAE government has worked towards reducing the economy's dependence on oil exports by 2030.

Various projects are underway to help achieve this, the most recent being the Khalifa Port, opened in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi at the end of 2012. The UAE has won the right to host the World

2013 Laguna local elections

Local elections was held in the Province of Laguna on May 13, 2013 as part of the 2013 general election. Voters elected candidates for all local positions: a municipal/city mayor, vice mayor and town councilors, as well as members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the vice-governor and representatives for the four districts of Laguna. Partial Unofficial Tally as of 2013-05-24 09:17:41 E. R. Ejercito is the incumbent 4th district Rep. Edgar San Luis is his primary opponent. Caesar Perez is running for Mayor of Los Baños, Laguna. Danilo Fernandez is the incumbent. Incumbent Timmy Chipeco is term limited, his opponent is former governor. She will oppose former ABS-CBN News anchor/reporter Sol Aragones. Incumbent Edgar San Luis is running for the governorship, his party, nominates former Rep. Benjie Agarao. All 4 Districts of Laguna will elect provincial board members. Cities: Biñan City, Santa Rosa City, San Pedro CityParties are as stated in their certificate of candidacies. Cities: Cabuyao City, Calamba City Municipality: Bay, Los BañosParties are as stated in their certificate of candidacies.

Cities: San Pablo City Municipality: Alaminos, Liliw. Nagcarlan, VictoriaParties are as stated in their certificate of candidacies. Municipalities: Cavinti, Kalayaan, Lumban, Magdalena, Paete, Pakil, Pila, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, SiniloanParties are as stated in their certificate of candidacies. All municipalities of Laguna, Biñan City, Cabuyao City, Calamba City, San Pablo City, Santa Rosa City will elect mayor and vice-mayor this election; the candidates for mayor and vice mayor with the highest number of votes wins the seat. Below is the list of municipalities per district. Cities: Biñan City, Santa Rosa City, San Pedro City Cities: Cabuyao City, Calamba City Municipality: Bay, Los Baños City: San Pablo City Municipality: Alaminos, Liliw. Nagcarlan, Victoria Municipality: Cavinti, Kalayaan, Lumban, Magdalena, Laguna, Pagsanjan, Pangil, Santa Cruz, Santa Maria, Siniloan In September 2013, the Commission on Elections ruled that Ejercito was disqualified for overspending during the election in May 2014, the En Banc of COMELEC orders Ejercito to step down from office, but the latter appeals on the Supreme Court to null the COMELEC decision.

On May 27, 2014, Ramil Hernandez assumed as Governor of Laguna, while board member Atty. Katherine "Karen" Agapay assumed as Vice-Governor. 3 days his uncle, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada convince his nephew to step down at the capitol

Los Angeles Is Burning

"Los Angeles Is Burning" is a single by the punk rock band Bad Religion from their 2004 album The Empire Strikes First. "Los Angeles Is Burning" was released to radio on April 27, 2004. The song reached number 40 on the Modern Rock Tracks in July 2004. According to bassist Jay Bentley, the lyrics argue; the music video features men with television cameras replacing their heads firing flame into the animated landscape of Los Angeles. Although the song was written at a time when there was a major wildfire nearby, the late 2003 Cedar Fire, Bentley makes clear that the song was using the fire as a metaphor; the music video is shot in cut-out animation and depicts a man in shorts and a track singlet with a Crossbuster on it running through a burning, apocalyptic Los Angeles. People with TV news cameras as heads are shown shooting fire out of their "mouths". Frontman Greg Graffin plays a psychotic newsreporter who reads messages like "Panic & Fear Widespread. Right before the guitar solo, the man shown running through the city burns when the flames catch up to him and the video transitions to the band playing the song among all the chaos in the city, before they burn too.

At the end of the video, the entire city goes up in flames moments. "Bad Religion - Los Angeles Is Burning" official music video on YouTube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Dasavathaaram

Dasavathaaram is a 2008 Indian Tamil-language science fiction disaster film directed by K. S. Ravikumar, it stars Kamal Haasan, who wrote the screenplay and story of the film, in ten distinct roles, beating the nine-role records made by Sivaji Ganesan in Navarathri, Akkineni Nageswara Rao in Navarathri and Sanjeev Kumar in Naya Din Nai Raat. Asin appears in two roles and Mallika Sherawat plays a subsidiary role; the film, under production for nearly three years, was produced and distributed by Venu Ravichandran. Primary filming locations included the United States and across Tamil Nadu in India; the soundtrack to the film was composed by Himesh Reshammiya and the background score was by Devi Sri Prasad. The plot of the film revolves around bringing together the lives of several individuals beginning with the 12th century and ending with the 21st century. Several other people get involved in the process and all their stories connect after the striking of a tsunami, thus bringing in philosophical views into the picture.

After delays in post-production, the film was released on 13 June 2008 in around 1300 prints worldwide, to a mixed critical reception, with praise directed at Haasan's performance, the cinematography and the editing, while criticism was directed at the prosthetics and the addition of unnecessary characters portrayed by Haasan. Despite this, the film had a successful run at the box-office, grossing over ₹200 crores worldwide; the film has since gained a cult status in Tamil Nadu. Bio-scientist Govindarajan Ramaswamy speaks at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and explains about chaos theory and the butterfly effect, he begins by reciting events from the 12th century in Chidambaram, when King Kulothunga Chola II, a Saivite, persecutes Vaishnavites and intends to destroy an idol of Govindaraja. Rangarajan Nambi, a Vaishnavite, protects it and offends the king, who orders Rangarajan to be executed by being pierced, submerged into the sea with the idol. On 20 December 2004, a nanobiotechnology lab in the United States designs a vector-virus intended as a bio-weapon following the September 11 attacks to defend further terrorist attacks on US soil.

While the team members were watching a news programme Govind notices the footage of the lab monkey breaking out of his cage and retrieving a sample of the test virus. The monkey, who thinking the vial to be the usual chocolate Govind would feed him, swallows the sample of the virus. Govind and his team watch helplessly. Govind, saddened by the event, quarantines the lab room and fills it with concentrated salt solution, the only possible antidote to the virus. After understanding the original virus's lethal potential the hard way, Govind refuses to hand over the main single vial containing the virus due to fear of misuse; however his boss, Dr. Sethu has a malicious plan in mind - to sell it to a terrorist nation. Understanding this, Govind sneaks the vial out of the lab and is pursued by the security guard and the officials. Govind flees to his coworker Suresh's house for refuge, who secretly betrays him. A helicopter housing a rogue Central Intelligence Agency agent Chris Fletcher, arrives. Fletcher grapples to Suresh's apartment using a crossbow and shoots Suresh and attempts to seize the vial.

Govind flees away while Yukha Narahazi, Suresh's wife and an Aikido champion, fights Fletcher and protects Govind. Govind manages to jump into another apartment's window and escapes the building before the apartment is bombed by Fletcher; the deadly weapon is inadvertently shipped to India by Govind's friend aboard a passenger aircraft, safely in Govind's hands. Govind changes its location. Govind learns that the package containing the vial is being sent to Krishnaveni. In Japan, a skilled Aikido teacher Shingen Narahazi, Yukha Narahazi's elder brother, gets informed of his sister's murder and sets out to finish the culprit. After arriving in India, Govind is questioned by a quirky RAW operative. Govind unsuccessfully tries to explain the series of incidents. Meanwhile Fletcher, who has married an Indian assassin named Jasmine, arrives in Chennai. Using her as a translator, Fletcher threatens Govind and a Police officer and takes them away in a jeep, after killing two National Security Guards, at the airport for a clean exit from pursuing Indian authorities.

The arrival of famous pop singer Avtar Singh makes their escape easy. After exiting the city, Govind escapes from Fletcher with the help of the policeman and reaches Chidambaram. Fletcher follows him, after getting a cab, along with Jasmine. After Govind attempts to persuade Andal and her grandmother Krishnaveni who are receivers of the package carrying the virus, an insane Krishnaveni puts the vial into the idol of Lord Vishnu, asking the deity to take care of it. One of the elephants in the temple is inadvertently freed by Fletcher and goes mad. In the chaos, the elephant throws her, she gets impaled on a blade on the wall. Knowing that her injuries are too fatal, Fletcher shoots her. Govind and Andal run away from Fletcher with the idol, arrive at a ground where illegal sand miners are working, they try to molest Andal, but Govind defeats them and they sneak out after the interference of Vincent Poovaraghan, a social activist, saves an extraordinarily tall Muslim named Khalifulla and his family from a car-crash later.

Khalifulla's mother faints suddenly

Alexander Boldizar

Alexander Boldizar is a writer and art critic. He was the first post-independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, his writing has won a PEN prize, represented Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as a nominee for the Best New American Voices anthology, received various other awards. Born in Košice, Czechoslovakia, in 1971, Boldizar's family escaped to Austria via Yugoslavia in 1979. After six months in a refugee camp at Traiskirchen, Canada granted the family asylum. Boldizar became a Canadian citizen in 1983, he attended Merivale High School in Ottawa, where he was captain of the rugby team, followed by McGill University, from which he graduated in 1994 with the Brian Coughlan prize for highest GPA in the economics department. He won the 1993 McGill Open Beer Mile championship. Boldizar went on to study law at Harvard Law School, starting in the class of 1998 but finishing in the class of 1999 due to a year of absence during which he went to the Sahara with a paleontological expedition for the Discovery Channel/National Geographic.

During his last year, he was roommates with Samantha Power, the former U. S. ambassador to the United Nations. Although Boldizar had renounced his Czechoslovak citizenship in 1989 so that he could attend the anticommunist demonstrations as a noncitizen, President Rudolf Schuster of Slovakia revived Boldizar's citizenship by special presidential order in 1999, making him the first Slovak citizen to graduate with a JD from Harvard. Boldizar's grandfather, Vojtech Zahorsky, was awarded the Kosice Prize for his contributions as a partisan during WWII and his service as the head of the Slovak Veteran's Association. Boldizar lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, he won first place in his division at the British Columbia Brazilian jiu-jitsu Championships in both 2010 and 2011, a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Championships and a bronze at the 2013 World Masters Championships. Boldizar worked as an attorney at the San Francisco and Prague offices of Baker & McKenzie, before leaving law in order to write.

He has been an art gallery director in Indonesia, a "host" in a hostess bar in Japan, a hermit in Tennessee, a paleontologists' guide in the Sahara, a porter on Bylot Island in the Canadian High Arctic, a speechwriter for the police-oversight Civilian Complaint Review Board in New York City, an editor of the first pan-Asian art magazine. He has published over eighty articles in fiction venues like Transition Magazine, Fiction International, Chicago Quarterly Review, Literary Imagination, Phantasmagoria, nonfiction venues like Harper's Bazaar, The Globe and Mail, Shambhala Sun, Liberty Magazine, C-Arts Magazine, Harvard Law Record, legal venues like the European Journal of International Law and Golden Gate Law Review, he worked as an editor of C-Arts Magazine, a contemporary art magazine published out of Singapore, for which he has interviewed artists like Damien Hirst and Ashley Bickerton. He has one novel, titled The Ugly, about Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth, a member of a lost tribe of boulder-throwing Slovaks living in the mountains of Siberia whose land is stolen by American lawyers.

An absurdist satire of law, The Ugly was voted the top new release of September 2016 on Goodreads and was named one of the "Best Books of 2016: Best Fiction" by Entropy Magazine. The Harvard Law Record published a profile of Boldizar's career in March 2010, he has been profiled on Allie Bates' Novelspot and on Slovak Spectrum television. Kanadsky Slovak newspaper named him one of the most notable Slovaks "in Canada and in North America." Boldizar has been described as "a boisterous Borges" and writes in the existentialist satire and dark humor tradition of writers like Heller, Musil, Hrabal and Laurence Sterne. Http://boldizar.com http://theuglynovel.com https://web.archive.org/web/20110715022529/http://www.othercriteria.com/blog/2009/09/21/alexander-boldizar-and-damien-hirst-in-conversation/ https://web.archive.org/web/20110317063755/http://www.hlrecord.org/arts-culture/alexander-boldizar-from-law-school-to-novelist-and-art-critic-1.1266491

Cian Coleman

Cian Coleman is an Irish professional footballer playing for League of Ireland Premier Division club, Cork City. He has played for St Patrick's Athletic and Cobh Ramblers for a season each, having started his career at his local club, Cork City. Coleman joined Cork City in 2013 aged 16, just after having spent time on trial with Aston Villa, he played for the clubs' under 19 side for four seasons alongside the likes of Chiedozie Ogbene, Aaron Drinan and Conor McCarthy among others. His first season saw Cork win the third year in a row for the side. In 2015, they retained their title with a win over Limerick at Markets Field. Coleman made his first appearance for the senior team aged 18 on 31 August 2015 as he came on as a substitute for Kevin O'Connor in a 3–1 win over St Patrick's Athletic at Turners Cross. 2016 saw Coleman make 2 further appearances for the first team, in games against Wexford and Bray Wanderers. He captained the under 19 side to the Enda McGuill Cup, beating St Patrick's Athletic in the final and qualifying for the UEFA Youth League in the process.

Coleman impressed in the UEFA Youth League, as he captained the side to a 1–0 win on aggregate against HJK Helsinki of Finland before losing 3–1 at home and 1–0 away to Italian giants AS Roma. With Coleman facing an uphill battle for playing time in the first team at Cork City with midfield options of Gearoid Morrissey, Greg Bolger, Garry Buckley, Conor McCormack and Jimmy Keohane, Coleman opted to join Cobh Ramblers in the League of Ireland First Division in March 2017. Coleman's first senior career goal came on 18 March 2017 in a 5–1 win over Athlone Town at St Colman's Park, his first season in senior football under Stephen Henderson saw Coleman rack up as many as 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring 4 goals. Coleman made the step back up to the League of Ireland Premier Division when he signed for Limerick on 7 November 2017. Upon signing for Limerick, Coleman stated that manager Neil McDonald played a huge part in his decision to sign for the club; the season turned out to be a disaster for the club however, as McDonald departed in January before the season started, replaced by Tommy Barrett.

The club struggled with financial difficulties which resulted in players leaving in the summer transfer window and saw the in a relegation fight for the entire season. Coleman however impressed with his performances throughout the season, he amassed 35 appearances and 2 goals across all competitions in his first season at Premier Division level which included playing both legs of the Promotion/Relegation Playoffs, which saw Limerick beaten by Finn Harps, resulting in relegation for the blues. On 27 November 2018, Coleman signed for Dublin club St Patrick's Athletic for the 2019 season, he made his debut on the opening night of the season on 15 February 2019 in a 1–0 win over his former side Cork City at Richmond Park. Coleman had to wait until 31 May for his first start in the league against Cork City, in which he set up Simon Madden's 95th minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw; this performance helped Coleman claim his place in Harry Kenny's starting 11 over the next number of games, just before Pats' UEFA Europe League campaign.

Coleman got his first taste of European football at senior level as he played both legs of the tie as Pats were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the first hurdle by IFK Norrköping of Sweden, losing 2–0 at home and 2–1 away. He was released at the end of the season after making 26 appearances in all competitions, failing to score a goal in his time with the club. On 7 November 2019, it was announced that Coleman had returned to his hometown club Cork City ahead of the 2020 season. Professional appearances – correct as of 27 February. "Republic of Ireland – C. Coleman – Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". Retrieved 24 July 2019. "Player Profiles". Stpatsfc.com. Retrieved 24 July 2019. "Player Profiles". Extratime.ie. Retrieved 24 July 2019