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    Palermo, Italy, Sep 15, 2018 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a day trip to Sicily Saturday, Pope Francis told priests and religious to fight their vices and strive to live a consistent witness of morality.

    “One cannot live a double morality: one for the people of God and another in their own home,” the pope told a group of priests, religious and seminarians in Palermo, Italy, Sept. 15.

    “No, the witness is only one. The testimony of Jesus always belongs to him. And for his love [the priest] undertakes a daily battle against his vices and against all alienating worldliness.”

    He referred to the room of Bl. Pino Puglisi, who was assassinated by the Mafia 25 years ago, saying it stands “in genuine simplicity. It is the eloquent sign of a life consecrated to the Lord, who does not seek consolations and glory from the world.”

    People look for simplicity in priests and in consecrated men and women. He said: “People are shocked not when they see that the priest ‘slips,’ is a sinner, repents and goes on… People’s scandal is when they see worldly priests, with the spirit of the world.”

    People are scandalized, he continued, when they see a priest who is like “an executive,” rather than a pastor. “And this puts it right in your head and in your heart: shepherds yes, executives no!”

    In the meeting, the pope also discussed clericalism, stating that clericalism is to think the Church is “above the world,” when the Church is in fact “inside the world, to make it ferment, like leaven in the dough.”

    “For this reason, dear brothers and sisters, every form of clericalism must be banned. It is one of the most difficult perversions to remove today, clericalism.”

    He also warned against careerism, which he said is about power, and emphasized that priests and religious are meant to be people of service. To be a good witness, therefore, he said, “means fleeing every duplicity, that hypocrisy which is so closely linked to clericalism; to escape every duplicity of life, in the seminary, in religious life, in the priesthood.”

    Francis was also critical of “pastoral projects,” which he said are often “pharaonic,” or extravagant, not simple. “We go to meet people,” he said, “with the simplicity of those who want to love them with Jesus in the heart… without riding the fashions of the moment.”

    What have pastoral projects done? “Nothing!” he said. “Pastoral plans are necessary, but as a means, a means to help [those near us], preaching the Gospel, but in themselves they are not useful. The way of the encounter, of listening, of sharing is the way of the Church.”

    He listed ways to grow the Church within the parish, such as helping young people at school, accompanying people as they discern vocations, meeting families and the sick, creating meeting places to pray and to learn. This is the “pastoral care” that brings fruit, he said.

    Condemning gossip and division, saying they “are not sins that everyone does,” Francis added that “always the error must be distinguished from the one who commits it,” and people should be loved and treated as brothers and sisters. He pointed to the example of Don Pino, who welcomed everyone with an open heart, even criminals.

    He also told priests that they are a man of God 24 hours a day, not only when wearing vestments, and that the liturgy is life for them, not just a ritual. “This is why it is fundamental to pray to the One we talk about, to nourish ourselves with the Word that we preach, to adore the Bread we consecrate, and do it every day,” he said.

    “It demonstrates that the Church is a sacrament of salvation,” he said, “that is, a sign that indicates and an instrument that offers salvation to the world.”

    Following his encounter with priests and religious at the cathedral, Pope Francis met with the young people of Palermo and the surrounding areas.

    Asked a question about how to know God’s will for one’s life, he said it cannot be found by looking in a mirror or staying locked in one's room, but “in relationship.”

    God speaks “in the journey and in relationship with others. Do not close yourselves, confide in Him, entrust everything to Him, seek Him in prayer, seek Him in dialogue with others, seek Him always on the move, look for Him on the way,” he said.

    “This is important: Jesus believes in you more than you believe in yourselves. Jesus loves you more than you love yourself. Seek him out of yourself, on the way: He awaits you.”

    Doing this, you will hear the Lord’s invitation, he said. “Pray with your words: with what comes from your heart. It is the most beautiful prayer.”

    At the end of the meeting, noting the probable presence of non-Catholics in the crowd, the pope forwent giving his usual apostolic blessing, instead saying an off-the-cuff prayer for blessing on all those present. “May the Lord God accompany all these young people on the journey and bless everyone,” he prayed. Reported by CNA 12 hours ago.

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    If there’s one thing that CROP Infrastructure Corp (CSE:CROP, CSE:CROP.CN, OTCMKTS:CRXPF) has committed to, it’s the budding “going global” segment of its business. The math is clear: six farms in three countries, 16 brands, four farms harvesting or near harvest, two under construction, two dispensary apps, 55 topicals licenced, the list goes on. The infrastructure company's projects include cultivation properties in California, Washington State, Nevada, Italy, Jamaica, and a joint venture on West Hollywood and San Bernardino dispensary applications. In an environment where traditional financing is limited, CROP bridges a gap in the cannabis industry.  The mighty greenhouse CROP’s primary focus is investing, constructing, owning and leasing greenhouse projects. The company provides financing for land expansion, brand positioning opportunities, specialized equipment and access to approved nutrients for licensed cannabis producers in legal growing regions. In layman’s terms, CROP is structured in a similar way to a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), basically a company that owns, operates or finances income-producing real estate. CROP leases real estate and provides equipment/expertise in exchange for a management fee. Safe to say, these are not your average greenhouses. A competitive edge is a competitive edge and the modern greenhouse canopies offer a high-quality production environment -- at the lowest potential cost to growers. CROP’s portfolio is currently made up of 176,000 sq/ft covered or under construction, with an additional 134,000 sq/ft scheduled, and interests in over 325 acres of outdoor production. READ: CROP Infrastructure shares fizz higher as it reveals it's developing new cannabis-infused soda CROP recently revealed it is developing a cannabis-infused line of soft drinks, which will offer a new kind of nutritional content.  Named 'CANNADRINK,' it will be a zero calorie, non-GMO, ketogenic-friendly line.  The drink  will include a tea and coffee version. "The cannabis-infused beverages market has attracted the attention of world class beverage companies as legalization spreads," said CROP Infrastructure director and chief executive  Michael Yorke. "We see it as a tremendous opportunity for CROP Infrastructure's branding & IP portfolio and as an axillary opportunity for each of our cultivation tenants globally." The global carbonated soft drinks market is projected to reach US$ 605.6bn by 2025, according to a report in March this year by Grand View Research Inc. Other projects abound The company recently completed its acquisition of a 49% interest in Nye County farm in central Nevada. The site has a temperate climate and totals over 315 acres, including 300 acres of private water rights, with 240 acres under automatic irrigation pivots that also have automatic fertiliser injection systems installed. "We are pleased to have completed this acquisition and see our operations coming in under budget for this first harvest," said CROP director and chief executive Michael Yorke. "This further demonstrates that our tenant and brand licensee was the correct choice for our Nevada farm. The next phase of development will be a state-of-the-art extraction facility to make high-value CBD isolate." In California, the company has a number of projects.  Last month, Crop said it had increased its ownership to 49% from 30% for its "Emerald Triangle" cannabis production facility, which is tenanted by "Hempire" in Humboldt California, and where harvesting had begun at the first of five 2,000 sq ft greenhouses. READ: CROP Infrastructure set to open two CBD retail outlets in Italy In Italy, The company is set to open two CBD (cannabidiol) retail outlets in northern Italy under its Emerald Heights brand before the end of 2018. It will launch its first line of hemp-oil-infused cosmetic and therapeutic products under the brand name Urban Juve. In June this year, CROP announced the C$1mln acquisition of US distribution and Italian rights for 50 cannabis wellness products from The Yield Growth Corp. The future looks green CROP has had a gangbuster year thus far, and the future looks green and it continues to execute its business plan.  For now, it's a company that appears both stable and nimble, led by industry leaders and has a wide runway for further growth.    Reported by Proactive Investors 8 hours ago.

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    Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced a tender for Russian and Belarusian state-owned companies to overhaul its Su-25 close air support aircraft, marking the latest in a decade’s worth of false starts and reversals plaguing Bulgaria’s efforts to replace aging Communist-era equipment. It also raises the question of whether US and NATO leaders are doing enough to support Bulgaria’s transition into the Western alliance. The short answer? No.

    Ever since its accession to NATO in 2004, Bulgaria has struggled to bring its defense capabilities in line with alliance standards and ensure compatibility with other NATO militaries. Its fleet consists mostly of Soviet-era Su-25s and MiG-29s. NATO requires Bulgaria maintain at least one squadron of twelve planes in fighting shape; out of 16 aircraft in the Bulgarian Air Force, only seven meet that standard.

    As a result, in February 2016, the Bulgarian parliament begrudgingly authorized NATO to help protect its air space due the state of its own planes. Matters worsened in October 2017, when pilots outright refused to fly their MiG-29 jets due to concerns about the safety of the aircraft.

    Successive Bulgarian governments have faced the dilemma of either pouring money into repairing Soviet-era equipment or buying unaffordable replacements from NATO partners. Sourcing parts and maintenance from Russia creates an inherently vulnerable supply chain. Each replacement engine for Bulgaria’s Soviet jets has to be certified by the Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, making their supply contingent on relations between the two countries.

    Unfortunately, purchasing Western aircraft has also proven equally problematic. Despite periodic efforts at brokering purchase agreements with Western manufacturers, the country has frequently been forced to fall back on stopgap measures. Bulgaria, along with all other Balkan NATO member countries, is not meeting the NATO pledge to contribute 2% of its GDP to defense spending, although having one of the lowest GDPs per capita in the alliance makes it a difficult bar to meet.

    But money isn’t the only issue. Some of the delays in military reform stem from domestic politics. Bulgaria’s largely pro-Russian President Rumen Radev, of the opposition Socialist party and former head of the air force (not to mention a former MiG-29 fighter pilot), was indirectly accused by the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party last October of trying to derail the procurement of used F-16s from the US and Portugal. With Radev at the head of the committee overseeing the acquisition, the board torpedoed the offer with no apparent legal basis by imposing additional requirements in violation of the original investment plan.

    Those tensions have resurfaced this year. In June, the Bulgarian parliament authorized $2 billion to be spent on acquiring sixteen fighter jets and 150 combat vehicles. The MoD called for bids from seven countries — the United States, Portugal, Italy, France, Sweden, Germany and Israel. In July, however, Radev lashed out at GERB officials for sending a delegation to Washington headed by Deputy Minister of Defense Atanas Zapryanov. The Bulgarian president accused his political rivals of acting unfairly to the other countries preparing bids.

    Should these cycles of infighting really come as a surprise? The strange entanglement between Sofia and Moscow dates back to the Cold War and the chaotic 1990s. Bulgaria’s fighter jets are hardly the only front on which these complicated ties have laid deep roots which have proven hard to shake off. One look at Bulgaria’s problematic energy sector, for example, is enough to discern how Bulgarian leaders try to avoid falling between two stools – usually by opting for the Russian one.

    This past May, both Radev and Bulgaria’s ostensibly pro-Western Prime Minister Boiko Borissov undertook trips to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin. Each man focused on the energy sector. Radev proposed the revival of the South Stream gas pipeline under the new name “Bulgarian Stream.” Borissov happily announced Gazprom’s Turk Stream 2 pipeline would come to Bulgaria as opposed to Greece.

    Energy cooperation between Moscow and Sofia has not been limited to gas. In June, Bulgaria’s parliament voted to revive the Belene nuclear power plant. The Russian-built facility was suspended in 2012, partly due to concern the plant would lead the country into further dependence on Russian energy. Borissov himself called it “the corruption scheme of the century” at the time, though he has since flip flopped on the issue. The Russians will make another bid to complete the project and they look poised to retake the deal.

    Just as with its aircraft, Bulgaria’s energy decisions have left it torn between Russian and Western partners. While Radev and Borissov solicit Putin’s partnership on gas pipelines and Belene, Bulgaria is simultaneously seeking to wind down longstanding cooperation agreements with Western power plant operators AES and ContourGlobal. The government went so far as to ask the European Commission in 2014 whether its power purchasing agreements with the companies constituted illegal state aid. Between them, these two companies supply roughly 20% of Bulgaria’s energy supply. Without the purchasing agreements, however, they have made clear their investments in the country would no longer be viable.

    Sofia’s state aid concerns don’t seem to extend to domestic companies. After the European Commission moved to fine Bulgaria’s state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding and its subsidiaries for abusing their dominant market position, the Bulgarian parliament voted last year not to recognize the Commission’s findings. The two sides are still trying to pick their way through the impasse.

    Does Bulgaria’s energy intransigence spell trouble for its NATO defense obligations? Hopefully not. To make sure the defense debate does not go down the same troubled path, Washington in particular could reconsider how much financial support it is providing to the countries it wants to buy American equipment. The U.S. Foreign Military Financing program has allocated only about $40 million to be shared among all nine former Eastern Bloc NATO members over the past several years. With Bulgaria clearly of two minds on its alignment and Moscow willing to be generous, the US should strongly consider loosening its purse strings. Reported by Eurasia Review 8 hours ago.

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    N’Golo Kante has heaped praise on Jorginho following his strong start to life in a Chelsea FC shirt. The Brazil-born Italy international is getting used to life as a Chelsea FC player after having signed for the Blues from Napoli in the summer transfer window following Maurizio Sarri’s appointment as the club’s new manager. Jorginho […]

    The post N’Golo Kante: Summer Chelsea FC signing is so talented appeared first on The Sport Review. Reported by The Sport Review 5 hours ago.

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    Siena, Italy, Sep 16, 2018 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When St. Catherine of Siena was alive in 14th century in what is now Italy, it looked like it was the end of the world.

    The Bubonic plague was sweeping through Europe in waves, which would ultimately wipe out 60 percent of the population. The Papal States were divided and at war. Rich churchmen were buying their positions; bishops were making sure their family members would succeed them. The pope had been living in France for 70 years, and though he would return to Rome, the Western Schism happened shortly after, with three claimants to the See of Peter.

    “She lived in really terrible times,” Fr. Thomas McDermott, O.P., a St. Catherine of Siena scholar, told CNA. “And people really did think it was the end of the world.”

    The state of the world, and the Church today, is different, though in some ways no less troubled. The new wave of sex abuse scandals and their alleged cover-ups have rocked anew the Church throughout the world.

    When St. Catherine talked about the Church, she often referred to it as the Body of Christ, in the tradition of St. Paul, McDermott noted.

    “She says the face of the Church is a beautiful face, but we’re pelting it with filth,” he said. “It has a beautiful face, that’s the divine side of the Church, but we human beings are pelting it; we’re disfiguring the body of Christ through our sins.”

    While the current abuse crisis and related scandals have left many lay Catholics wondering how to respond, some Catholics have suggested looking to the saints - like Catherine of Siena - for guidance.

    *Who was Catherine?*

    Catherine was born March 25, 1347, the 25th child born to middle-class parents in Siena; about half of her siblings did not survive childhood.

    At a young age, she became very devout, and resisted her parents when they attempted to have her marry the husband of one of her sisters who had died. Instead, she chose to fast and cut off her hair to make herself less desirable. She would ultimately vow her virginity to Christ, and experienced a mystical marriage to him around the age of 21.

    Instead of entering a convent, however, Catherine chose to live a life of prayer and penance at home as a tertiary, or third order, Dominican. She spent several years in near-seclusion, in a cell-like room under the steps in her parents' house, spending her days in dialogue with Christ.

    After several years of this at-home novitiate of sorts, while in her mid-20s, she heard Christ telling her to lead a more public life.

    “He said now you have to go out and share the fruits of your contemplation with others,” McDermott said. “That’s very Dominican, it’s from the Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas.”

    Catherine obeyed, and rejoined her family in their daily activities. She also began to serve the poor, and soon became renowned for her charitable works. She gathered a following of young men and women - many of them from rich families of high social status - because they enjoyed her warm personality and her holiness.

    *Catherine goes public - and gets political*

    Once she stepped back into a more public life, she became more connected and in tune with the happenings in the Church.

    At the time, Gregory XI was living in Avignon and was at war with the Republic of Florence. He placed it under interdict; essentially the equivalent of excommunicating a city - they were cut off from receiving the sacraments, among other sanctions.

    Through her life of prayer and her consultation with her spiritual directors, Catherine began corresponding with papal representatives and the pope himself, attempting to broker peace in Florence and advocating for reform where she saw corruption.

    “The papal nuncio to Florence in Catherine’s time is grossly hated by the powerful families in Florence, and he’s hated because the powerful families feel that they’ve been mistreated by the Pope,” said Catherine Pakaluk, an associate professor of economics at Catholic University of America and a devotee of St. Catherine.

    “She’s writing to the nuncios, she’s writing to the pope, and she’s trying to prevent this internal Catholic war between these parts of the Papal States,” she said. “And this is before the Great Schism when things get really bad.”

    Tempers and tensions were so high that the papal nuncio of Florence was eventually skinned alive in the streets.

    “So when we think about things today and how shocking and horrifying (they are), you know, things were pretty bad then,” Pakaluk noted. “The nature of the particular crimes is different, but the tensions were really high and these folks were quite violent.”

    Catherine was drawn into the Church politics of her time not because of a misplaced sense of ambition, McDermott said, but because she loved the Church as she loved God.

    “It wasn’t her motive to be involved in the politics of the Church, but what was best for everyone and for the church led her into politics,” he said. “But it’s not like she was interested in politics itself.”

    As part of her attempts at solving the problems of the Church, Catherine joined the call of many other Catholics of the time for the Pope to return to Rome.

    After some correspondence, Catherine set out on foot with her followers to go meet with the pope in person.

    “It was a remarkable thing for Catherine who was a homebody to take off on foot for France with her disciples, but she was prepared to do anything for the Church because the Church was the Body of Christ,” McDermott said.

    After scores of people pleading with the pope to return to Rome between 1309 and 1377, St. Catherine seemed to prove most persuasive.

    During her visit, Catherine referenced parts of the pope’s dream, about which he had told no one.

    “It was astounding to him (that she knew about the dream) and he took that as a clear sign from God that he was speaking to him through this woman,” McDermott said. So after decades of exile, within a few weeks of Catherine’s visit, the pope packed up his things and headed back to Rome.

    “She’s a great example of a laywoman who had strong convictions about the Church and was not timid about expressing them,” said Dr. Karen Scott, an associate professor of Catholic Studies and History at DePaul University in Chicago.

    “It was a very different situation from today, so it would be a mistake to think that it’s an automatic equivalent” to the problems of the current Church, Scott told CNA.

    “She was living a long time ago and it was a different time and a different Church and different historical set of circumstances...but she was aware of all sorts of problems with the clergy and she believed they ought to be reformed.”

    *The legend of the opinionated laywoman*

    What Catherine excelled at in her correspondence with the pope and other clergy was her ability to balance her no-punches-pulled critiques with her profound respect for the Church and the papacy, Scott said.

    “There’s a beautiful balance between clear thinking and the ability to see the flaws...but at the same time to be enormously respectful of the Church and the papacy in particular and to base all of this on her deep spiritual life, a life of deep prayer,” Scott said.

    “She’s a laywoman who had strong opinions and views on (Church matters) and took action, and amazingly they paid attention,” Scott added. Amazingly, because she was an uneducated lay woman from a modest background who wasn’t particularly well-known.

    “They listened to her because what she was saying was so obviously right and sincere and coming out of her prayer and the Gospel,” Scott said.

    In total, Catherine wrote at least 381 letters in her lifetime. Three years before her death, she also began dictating “Il Libro” (“The Book”), a collection of her spiritual teachings and conversations with God that became known as “The Dialogue”.

    A significant portion of her Dialogue, chapters 110-134, gives insight into her thoughts on the Church reforms needed at the time. Catherine relayed that the “Eternal Father” (how she frequently refers to God the Father) had told her that the biggest problem facing the secular priests of her time was money, while the biggest problem facing priests in religious orders was homosexuality.

    Her frank critiques were considered so indelicate that they were excised from many of the English translations of her book, McDermott said.

    “She was writing this in the 1300s, she believes it was dictated to her by the Eternal Father, and she’s always a direct hitter, she doesn’t hold anything back,” McDermott said.

    But while her dialogues contain punchy critiques of the clergy, she also urged respect for them at the same time, as they are “Christs” on earth who bring Jesus to the world through the Eucharist.

    “You should love them (priests) therefore by reason of the virtue and dignity of the Sacrament, and by reason of that very virtue and dignity you should hate the defects of those who live miserably in sin, but not on that account appoint yourselves their judges, which I forbid, because they are My Christs, and you ought to love and reverence the authority which I have given them,” the Eternal Father told Catherine, as recalled in her Dialogue.

    While Catherine was successful at bringing the papacy back to Rome and brokering peace between Florence and the Eternal City, the period known as the Great Schism, or the Western Schism, would begin just two years before her death.

    “It wasn’t crystal clear who the real pope was,” McDermott said, noting that even some saints who are now canonized had sided with opposing claimants at the time. “So that must have also seemed like the end of the world.”

    “St. Catherine was totally horrified,” Scott said, “because for her, Church unity was really essential.”

    During this time, French cardinals had elected a leader as the Pope, and later on, the Council of Pisa also elected a claimant. St. Catherine sided with the claimant residing in Rome, Urban VI, and moved there in the last few years of her life to advocate for him and offer intense prayer and penance for the Church.

    When she died in 1380, a result of illness brought on by her extreme penances, the western Church was still in schism, and would remain that way until the conclusion of the Council of Constance in 1418.

    “Some historians, I think specifically less faithful ones or who don’t have a life of faith...will say well Catherine really failed, because her goal was to bring the Pope back to Rome to heal the divisions in the Church, but how could she have succeeded if the greatest schism of the Western Church occurs after she dies?” Pakalu said.

    “I don’t know that’s quite the right view. We never know the hypothetical of history, we never know what would have happened without Catherine’s influence, and she does at least initially bring the Holy Father back to Rome before she died and that was pretty important,” she said.

    “My guess is that the Church was able to survive the Great Schism because she got certain things lined up before she died.”

    *Catherine’s lessons for Catholics today*

    “What would she say today? I think that’s a dangerous question,” Scott said, “because we can’t say how she would relate to the current issues and complex questions, except that she would know very well what the moral stance is, that bishops and priests and lay people should all follow.”

    Catherine would set the highest of standards for honesty and integrity and pastoral concern for the laity, Scott said, as well as the highest standards “for avoiding schism and being close to the papacy.”

    “Beyond that I think she would advise people to take the time to pray and discern and not have knee-jerk reactions to things,” she added.

    Pakaluk said that she thinks there are three lessons to be learned from Catherine’s life and example, with the first being that any activist role in Church politics must be rooted in deep prayer and love for the Church.

    “I wouldn’t say don’t get involved until you’re as holy as Catherine … but to do activism or public ministry without that deep commitment to prayer would be completely absurd and would not be faithful to her life or her example,” she said.

    The second lesson, she said, would be to take the long view of history. The Church has survived hard times and scandal before, and she can survive them again.

    “I am horrified at outraged at what I’m seeing and hearing about” regarding the current scandals, Pakaluk said.

    “But I’m not personally disturbed, my faith isn’t challenged, because I’m so familiar with (ages) in the Church’s past, particularly and especially the one that Catherine lived through, in which there was so much corruption and so much disappointment on the part of the faithful with respect to the hierarchy and some members of the clergy,” she said.

    “So it doesn’t disturb me because I think well, why would it be different? Why would we think we’re better? Why do we think we’re completely immune to some of the things that have occurred in the past?”

    The third thing Catholics can learn from St. Catherine is that it is possible to be a saint even in the most trying times in the Church, Pakaluk said.

    “She’s there in Heaven, she ran the race, she made it,” she said. “We can look at her not only like ‘we can do it too’, but she’s our older sister, and we can follow her and ask her to intercede for us.”

    McDermott said that Catholics should be heartened by St. Catherine’s witness because even while she prolifically wrote about the problems of the Church, she never once hinted that she was thinking about leaving.

    “She would’ve said don’t leave the Church, this is the human, sinful side of the Church that is being reflected. And the good of the church - stay and purify it,” he said.

    “Our love for Christ and the Church - the two are inseparable - is shown in hard times when it doesn’t feel very good to be a Catholic, that we keep on walking with Christ and the Church.” Reported by CNA 13 hours ago.

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    Admiral Group plc will host a European Investor Day for institutional investors and analysts in Rome today. The event will provide an overview of the markets and Admiral operations in France, Italy and Spain with a focus on direct insurance.
    The presentation will commence at 11:00 BST and is expected to conclude at around 16:30 BST. Slides will be available on the Admiral Group website from 11:00 BST.   
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    International Administration Group (Guernsey) Limited

    Company Administrator
    Attn:  Mark Woodall

    Tel:  +44 1481 723450                                                              

    *Share Buyback Programme: Transactions in Week Six*Guernsey, 17 September 2018 – Eurocastle Investment Limited (“Eurocastle” or the “Company”) today announces that between 10 September 2018 and 14 September 2018, as part of the previously announced buyback programme entered into with Liberum Capital Limited (acting as the Company's broker), it bought back 16,611 of its ordinary shares at an average price of €6.79 per ordinary share. These purchases were made pursuant to the authority granted at its Annual General Meeting on 20 June 2018. The purchased shares will all be held as treasury shares.

    The purpose of the share buyback programme is to reduce the share capital of the Company and the programme is executed in compliance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1052 of 8 March 2016, collectively referred to as the Safe Harbour rules.

    The following transactions have been made under the buyback programme:

    *Accumulated, most recent announcement* *Platform code* *Volume* *Volume Weighted Average Price * *Gross Value (€)*
    10/09/2018 BATE 438 6.80 2,978
      XLON 1,959 6.80 13,321
      CHIX 169 6.81 1,151
      TRQX 907 6.80 6,168
    * * *Total* *3,473* *6.80* *23,618*
    11/09/2018 BATE 443 6.86 3,039
      XLON 1,895 6.83 12,947
      CHIX 142 6.86 974
      TRQX 972 6.85 6,660
    * * *Total* *3,452* *6.84* *23,620*
    12/09/2018 BATE 454 6.82 3,096
      XLON 863 6.87 5,929
      CHIX 228 6.80 1,550
      TRQX 1,104 6.88 7,590
    * * *Total* *2,649* *6.86* *18,166*
    13/09/2018 BATE 151 6.76 1,021
      XLON 1,997 6.79 13,550
      CHIX 236 6.77 1,597
      TRQX 1,118 6.76 7,558
    * * *Total* *3,502* *6.78* *23,727*
    14/09/2018 BATE 153 6.66 1,019
      XLON 1,992 6.69 13,333
      CHIX 253 6.65 1,683
      TRQX 1,137 6.70 7,618
      *Total* *3,535* *6.69* *23,653*

    Following the above transactions:

    · The total number of ordinary shares of the Company in issue is 66,121,054

    · The total number of ordinary shares held by Eurocastle in treasury is 18,490,062 (equal to 28.0% of the Company’s share capital)

    · The total number of voting rights exercisable by holders of ordinary shares of the Company is 47,630,992, as voting rights of shares held in treasury are suspended.

    Eurocastle Investment Limited is a publicly traded closed-ended investment company that focuses on investing in performing and non-performing loans and other real estate related assets primarily in Italy. The Company is Euro denominated and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam under the symbol “ECT”. Eurocastle is managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a leading global investment manager. For more information regarding Eurocastle Investment Limited and to be added to our email distribution list, please visit out below are all trades completed between 10 September 2018 and 14 September 2018:  *Platform code* *Volume* *Price* *Gross Value (€)*
    10/09/2018 CHIX 57 6.80 387.60
      BATE 57 6.80 387.60
      TRQX 416 6.80 2,828.80
      TRQX 423 6.80 2,876.40
      TRQX 68 6.80 462.40
      BATE 130 6.80 884.00
      CHIX 34 6.80 231.20
      BATE 216 6.80 1,468.80
      BATE 35 6.80 238.00
      CHIX 77 6.82 525.14
      XLON 1,738 6.80 11,818.40
      XLON 221 6.80 1,502.80
      CHIX 1 6.80 6.80
      *Total* *3,473* *6.80* *23,617.94*
    11/09/2018 TRQX 168 6.86 1,152.48
      TRQX 343 6.86 2,352.98
      TRQX 47 6.86 322.42
      TRQX 201 6.86 1,378.86
      TRQX 47 6.86 322.42
      CHIX 142 6.86 974.12
      BATE 12 6.86 82.32
      BATE 221 6.86 1,516.06
      BATE 210 6.86 1,440.60
      XLON 133 6.86 912.38
      TRQX 54 6.84 369.36
      XLON 74 6.84 506.16
      XLON 209 6.84 1,429.56
      TRQX 112 6.80 761.60
      XLON 418 6.82 2,850.76
      XLON 383 6.84 2,619.72
      XLON 298 6.86 2,044.28
      XLON 380 6.80 2,584.00
    * * *Total* *3,452* *6.84* *23,620.08*
    12/09/2018 BATE 454 6.82 3,096.28
      CHIX 6 6.80 40.80
      CHIX 131 6.80 890.80
      CHIX 91 6.80 618.80
      XLON 408 6.86 2,798.88
      TRQX 922 6.88 6,343.36
      TRQX 136 6.88 935.68
      XLON 455 6.88 3,130.40
      TRQX 46 6.76 310.96
    * * *Total* *2,649* *6.86* *18,165.96*
    13/09/2018 XLON 33 6.76 223.08
      XLON 149 6.76 1,007.24
      XLON 83 6.76 561.08
      CHIX 32 6.76 216.32
      CHIX 41 6.76 277.16
      CHIX 63 6.76 425.88
      XLON 246 6.78 1,667.88
      XLON 200 6.78 1,356.00
      XLON 202 6.76 1,365.52
      BATE 151 6.76 1,020.76
      XLON 51 6.76 344.76
      TRQX 1,081 6.76 7,307.56
      TRQX 37 6.78 250.86
      CHIX 100 6.78 678.00
      XLON 49 6.80 333.20
      XLON 500 6.80 3,400.00
      XLON 484 6.80 3,291.20
      *Total* *3,502* *6.78* *23,726.50*
    14/09/2018 CHIX 43 6.60 283.80
      CHIX 40 6.62 264.80
      CHIX 42 6.64 278.88
      CHIX 41 6.68 273.88
      XLON 420 6.64 2,788.80
      BATE 78 6.66 519.48
      BATE 75 6.66 499.50
      CHIX 40 6.68 267.20
      XLON 409 6.68 2,732.12
      TRQX 72 6.70 482.40
      TRQX 284 6.70 1,902.80
      TRQX 284 6.70 1,902.80
      TRQX 284 6.70 1,902.80
      TRQX 213 6.70 1,427.10
      XLON 310 6.72 2,083.20
      XLON 310 6.72 2,083.20
      XLON 83 6.68 554.44
      XLON 460 6.72 3,091.20
      CHIX 47 6.70 314.90
      *Total* *3,535* *6.69* *23,653.30* Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, global at-home DOA testing market is projected to attain a size of $831.9 million by 2023. The market is mainly driven by the increased production and trade of illicit drugs worldwide, growing use of illicit drugs amongst teenagers, and initiatives by government organizations to reduce the level of drug abuse.*Request to get the sample pages:*

    On the basis of various types of products, the at-home DOA testing market has been categorized into rapid DOA test kits and breath analyzers. The market for rapid DOA test kits is expected to witness faster growth during the forecast period, attributed to the increasing adoption of various types of rapid DOA test kits, including test cups and dip cards. Also, these test kits are much cheaper as compared to breath analyzers.

    Further, the rapid DOA test kits are bifurcated into test cups, test strips, test dip cards, and other types of kits. Amongst all these, the DOA test cups dominated the global rapid DOA test kits market in 2017. Extensive use of test cups for at-home urine drug testing is a key factor driving the market for this product category.

    Browse report overview with 135 tables and 47 figures spread through 168 pages and detailed TOC on *"At-Home Drug of Abuse (DOA) Testing Market by Product (Rapid DOA Test Kits [Test Cups, Test Dip Cards, Test Strips], Breath Analyzers), by Sample (Urine, Saliva, Hair), by Geography (U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, India, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa) – Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth, and Demand Forecast, 2013–2023"* at: **

    Samples used for at-home DOA testing are urine, saliva, hair, and other different types of samples. Of these, the products using urine as a sample are expected to witness the fastest growth in the at-home DOA testing market during the forecast period. DOA detection through urine sample is the easiest and most affordable way of at-home DOA testing. It is, therefore, the most commonly used method to analyze the presence of illegal and prescribed drugs in the body.

    During the forecast period, the at-home DOA testing market is forecasted to witness the fastest growth in APAC, at a CAGR of 11.0%. This growth is attributed to the rising consumption of illicit drugs in the region. Also, the region is a large producer and trader of illicit drugs, including opium, heroin, amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), and methamphetamines.

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    The companies operating in the at-home DOA testing industry are acquiring other firms and establishing their presence in different economies to increase their market share. Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) being a major player in the production of at-home DOA testing products acquired Alere Inc. in 2017, to increase its share in the point-of-care testing diagnostics market. The addition of this business aligns with Abbott's strategy for the growth of company and complements the leadership positions across its other businesses, which include medical devices, nutritional supplements, and pharmaceuticals.

    Some of the other key players in the at-home DOA testing industry are UCP Biosciences Inc., Orient New Life Medical Co. Ltd., Express Diagnostics Int’l Inc., Assure Tech (Hangzhou) Co. Ltd., Psychemedics Corporation, Confirm BioSciences, Phamatech Inc., Home Health (U.K.) Ltd., and Quest Products Inc.

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    *Drug of Abuse (DOA) Testing Market*

    North America has been the largest market for drug of abuse testing market, with the U.S. being the larger contributor to the regional market, as compared to rest of North America. The leading position of the North American market is mainly due to the increased availability of illicit drugs, rising workplace monitoring for consumption of illicit drugs and increased drug trafficking in the region.


    *Anti-Aging Market*

    European anti-aging industry is set to cross $85.7 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.8% between 2017-2025. The anti-aging industry in Europe is witnessing a significant growth mainly due to increase in product approvals, rise in volume of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures, and increase in aging population. In 2016, Germany held the largest share of the European anti-aging market, standing at 25.2%. Increase in the volume of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Germany due to its increasing awareness is driving the growth of the market.


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    Analysts at Deutsche Bank suggest that it's a fairly quiet start to the week with the highlight being the final August CPI revisions for the euro area and away from that we'll get the September empire manufacturing reading in the US.

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    “*Tuesday:* It's another quiet day for data on Tuesday with the September NAHB housing market index reading in the US the only release of note. Away from that though, South Korea President Moon Jae-in meets for a three-day summit in North Korea with Kim Jong Un while the UN General Assembly opens (with the general debate beginning September 25th). EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier is also due to brief EU affairs ministers in Brussels while Italy's Finance Minister Tria is due to speak in Milan. Russia's Finance Minister Siluanov is also due to meet China Vice Premier Han Zheng.”

    “*Wednesday:* The likely main focus on Wednesday will be the BoJ rate meeting outcome. In addition to that, the two-day EU Summit in Salzburg will also be worth a watch. Data wise, August trade data in Japan, August inflation data in the UK, the Q2 current account balance in the US and housing starts and building permits also in the US will be released. Meanwhile ECB President Draghi is due to speak in Berlin while the BoE's Haldane speaks in Estonia.”

    “*Thursday:* It's another fairly quiet day for data on Thursday with August retail sales in the UK, September euro area consumer confidence, weekly jobless claims, August leading index and August existing home sales data all in the US due. Away from that Japan's Liberal Democratic Party Leadership contest outcome is due, while euro area finance ministry officials are due to meet to discuss Greece, the EMU and budgets.”

    “*Friday:* It's a reasonably busy end to the week on Friday for data alongside quadruple witching day. Overnight we'll get August CPI in Japan while the big focus in Europe and the US will be the flash September PMIs. The UK will also release August public finances data while France will confirm its final Q2 GDP revisions. Away from that, a second round of trade talks between Japan and the US is scheduled for the end of the week.” Reported by 3 hours ago.

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    Microsurgery Robot Market By Product, By End-Use, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria), Application Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2018 - 2024

    Sellbyville, Delaware, Sept. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --Global Microsurgery robot Market poised to surpass USD 1.7 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. Increasing demand for minimally invasive surgical procedure will remarkably drive microsurgery robot market growth over the forecast period. Enhanced effectiveness, absence of post-operative complications and better patient outcomes are the major factors escalating demand for microsurgery robot. With employment of minimally invasive microsurgical robot, patients experience reduction in recovery time. Reduced hospital stays, and minimum scarring are other advantages associated with employment of microsurgery robot. Such factors will foster considerable business growth over the forthcoming period.

    Increasing number of chronic diseases will spur the need for microsurgical robot in upcoming years. Chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, neurological disorders and high blood pressure escalate the need for surgical procedures. As robotic-assisted surgery offers wide array of benefits compared to non-robotic surgeries, its demand will increase. Microsurgery robots have huge applicability, including cardiovascular surgeries, neurological surgeries, and oncological surgeries. Use of advanced surgical robot for surgeries in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers will in turn increase number of robotic-assisted surgical procedures, in foreseeable future. This will positively impact adoption of microsurgical robot, thereby driving industry growth during the forecast period.

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    Urology surgery segment held largest revenue, contributing to USD 140.9 million in 2017. Segmental growth is attributable to rise in number of prostatectomies worldwide, owing to rising incidence of prostate cancer. According to British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), in 2014, 77% of patients suffering from prostate cancer underwent prostatectomies as primary treatment. Of these prostatectomies, around 50% procedures were performed with robotic assistance. Increasing incidences of prostate cancer and high adoption of microsurgical robots in oncology application will favor segmental growth over forecast timeframe.

    Hospitals segment was the largest segment in 2017 with revenue size of USD 346.4 million. Increasing number of surgical procedures owing to rise in number of chronic conditions will lead to segmental growth. Various reimbursement policies in developed economies for treatment purposes and growing healthcare expenditure in developing economies will favor segmental growth during the forecast period.

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    U.S. dominated North America microsurgery robot market in 2017 with revenue size of USD 355.1 million, owing to escalated demand of minimally invasive robot-assisted surgical procedures. Huge demand is attributable to advantages associated with microsurgical robot. Robot-assisted surgical procedures offer advantages such as reduction in hospital stay, less pain and low chances of infection. Moreover, high disposable income, better patient affordability and favorable reimbursement policies will further lead to business growth in the future.

    China microsurgery robot market will grow at 16.6% owing to emerging cases of chronic diseases coupled with high demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures. According to World Health Organization (WHO), in 2015, more than 110 million adults in China suffered from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer. High pervasiveness of chronic diseases is credited to behavioral risk factors like smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, unhealthy and poor diet. Growing incidence of chronic diseases will escalate demand for microsurgical robot, thereby propelling industry growth.

    Some of the prominent players involved in microsurgery robot market are Auris Health, Intuitive Surgical, Mazor Robotics, Medrobotics, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, Titan medical, Transenterix and Zimmer Biomet. These firms are adopting strategies initiatives like mergers and acquisitions, geographical expansion and new product launch to reap benefits in microsurgery robot market. For instance, in May 2018, Intuitive Surgical announced its independent operations in India. This will expand the company’s geographic outreach and attract large customer base in emerging markets for long-term growth in future.

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    OTC Drugs Market revenue exceeded USD 114 Billion in 2016 and is forecast to grow with over 5% CAGR from 2017 to 2024. OTC drugs market is set to see healthy growth over the forecast timeframe. Major industry trends such as Rx to OTC switch by pharmaceutical manufacturers, growing tendency of people towards self-medication in developing regions.

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    NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the market research report published by P&S Intelligence, Global hospital lighting system market has been witnessing considerable growth, mainly due to the factors, such as growing demand for surgical lighting in hybrid operating rooms and need for energy efficient lighting systems.The various types of products available in the market are surface mounted, recessed, wall mounted, hanging, and other lighting systems including emergency lights, exit lights and step lights. Out of these, the recessed lights market is expected to fuel high growth of over 7%, during the forecast period. This can be attributed due to increasing adoption of recessed troffers, and recessed downlights. Growth in this segment will be driven by increasing adoption of light emitting diode (LED)-based recessed downlights in operating rooms, and LED-based recessed troffers in diagnostic and imaging rooms.

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    LED, fluorescent, incandescent, and induction are the technologies involved in the hospital lighting system market. Due to high energy efficiency and durability, LED technology held the largest share, with over 39% contribution in the global market, in 2017, followed by induction lighting technology.

    During the forecast period, the hospital lighting system market is projected to witness the fastest growth in APAC, at a CAGR of 7.7%. Rising urban population in India, and rising public and private investments in hospital lighting system particularly in China, would drive the demand for healthcare institutions across APAC countries. The governments in several APAC countries have started several initiatives for energy efficient lighting, which would boost the demand for hospital lighting systems in various healthcare institutions in the region.

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    Globally, hospital infrastructure is under upgradation both in terms of technology adoption and expansion. This is due to the increasing patient base, growing geriatric population, and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases. Additionally, rising number of hospitals and other healthcare settings are also driving the demand for hospital lighting systems, globally. According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), there were around 5,534 hospitals in the U.S. in 2016.

    Hospital lighting system market is consolidated with top three players, including Signify N.V., Acuity Brands Inc., and Osram Licht AG. The major players are investing huge capital to bring advanced technology with improved lumens per watt along with high energy efficiency and in a cost-effective manner.

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    Some of the key players operating in the hospital lighting system market are Cree Inc., Zumtobel Group AG, OSRAM Licht AG, Acuity Brands Inc., General Electric Company, Signify N.V., Hubbell Incorporated, Herbert Waldmann GmbH & Co. KG, TRILUX GmbH & Co. KG, and Orion Energy Systems Inc.

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    China's Hainan aims to attract tourists from Nordic countries and Russia HELSINKI, Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hainan province in southern China is hoping to attract tourists from Nordic countries and Russia, a delegation from Hainan has said, which is organized by the Publicity Department of CPC Hainan Provincial Committee.

    The delegation comprising artists, media and politicians from Hainan is currently visiting Finland, Norway and Russia, exhibiting scenic photos, showing traditional music and dance and updating the open-up policies.

    Wang Qi, head of the delegation, said the three countries are among the 59 nations in the newly announced visa waiver program. The citizens of these countries are allowed, starting from May 2018, to enter Hainan province without a visa if they stay there no longer than 30 days. A tourist agency of Hainan is required to be the operator though.

    The warm climate and coastal recreation in the tropical island with a population of 9 million may offer an alternative destination for Scandinavians to choose to spend their summer vacation instead of Spain or Italy, Li Haojie, a TV documentary editor from Hainan Broadcasting Station, told Xinhua on Thursday.

    At an introduction event held in the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki early this week, 74 photos were displayed with three themes -- "This is Hainan", "International Tourism Island" and "Cultural Exchange", showing the economic, social and cultural development of Hainan province in the past 30 years since it was approved as a special economic zone.

    Artists from Hainan Provincial Ethnic Song and Dance Ensemble performed the dance, Embroidery, which reflected the embroidery culture of Hainan Miao people. The dance was said to be created specially for this event.

    Traditional bamboo and wood musical instruments were used in other songs and dances. Chen Liang, deputy chief of the Ensemble, even performed pieces of music simply using a rubber tree leaf, winning applause of the 50 strong audience.

    The traditional dying and embroidery technique of Li people was shown at the scene. Fu Renling and Fu Renjian, two girls from eastern Hainan, showed a number of handicrafts such as costumes and scarves made from brocades of Li ethnic group. The traditional technique has been listed on UNESCO's "Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding".

    "This cultural exhibition is impressive and gives an overview of the beauty of Hainan. It is expected that there could be more exchanges between Hainan and Helsinki and Finland in terms of culture and education," said Catia Suomalainen Pedrosa, director of Helsinki International Cultural Center.

    Similar events are landing in Oslo, Norway and Moscow, Russia in mid-September.

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    Italy's bond market sails higher, budget meeting in focus By Dhara Ranasinghe LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Italian government bond yields fell on Monday amid hopes for a market-friendly 2019 budget, before a key meeting of government ministers that local media reported aimed to "pin down some numbers." Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, his two deputy prime ministers and Economy Minister Giovanni Tria are due to meet on Monday over the country's 2019 budget, the... Reported by WorldNews 46 minutes ago.

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    Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Italy international forward Federico Chiesa, according to the Express. The Premier League side, who defeated newly promoted Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, have been linked with a lucrative move for the highly rated Fiorentina winger ahead of the January transfer window. The 20-year-old, who already has […] Reported by Shoot 2 hours ago.

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