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Centereach Man Ran Illegal Gun Biz Near School, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York JAY STEINERSuffolk County authorities say they have seized more than 300 guns and a cache of ammunition from a house near Centereach High School where the homeowner allegedly ran an illegal gun-smithing business.Jay Steiner was arrested in January and charged with criminal possession of a weapon for illegal possession of more than 10 operable firearms. Prosecutors announced the case Thursday after they said crime lab investigators completed testing this week on many of the more than seven dozen illegal handguns found in his house.“Most of the guns recovered from this defendant’s home were not under lock and key,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We found them scattered among various rooms in the house and in an unlocked attic.”When the district attorney’s Gun Suppression Team executed a search warrant, they found five loaded handguns in an unlocked dresser drawer in the bedroom, a loaded shotgun hanging on the wall, a revolver under a hat in the kitchen, seven handguns in a briefcase and 67 handguns in two basement safes, Spota added.Investigators also found in the basement two devices called “drop-in auto sears,” a small piece of metal used to convert an AR-15 rifle into a fully automatic machine gun, he said.Steiner is currently free on bail. He is due back in court April 29.last_img read more

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Woman Sentenced for Killing Newborn Baby

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Central Islip woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in prison for killing her baby immediately after giving birth.Santos Elena Ruiz Solano had pleaded guilty at Suffolk County court to second-degree murder.Police said the 29-year-old woman gave birth to the baby girl at a house on Shoal Drive in West Islip, where she was employed as a housekeeper, at 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.After the woman killed her baby, she dumped the victim in the trash. Ruiz Solano was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of complications of child birth.Authorities said the infant’s body was recovered from a nearby garbage can and given to hospital personnel, who called police.last_img read more


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Auto Finance: Digital is transforming car buying

first_imgCredit unions play DEFENSE when they wait for members to fill out an online loan application, come into the branch, or for the dealer to send indirect auto loans. Often, they think that because they have low rates and local service, that members will automatically think of them for their next loan. But members gravitate to convenience. Defensive strategies will lead to a few field goals with minimal touchdowns, making for a difficult post-game review as members gravitate to convenient digital solutions.Playing OFFENSE is when you use technology, data, marketing, analytics and AI to develop strategies to attract members into your auto lending funnel early in the car buying process.Virtually every auto-vertical competitor plays offense including dealers, large banks, and internet marketers like Lending Tree. With the consumer shift to “everything digital”, credit unions must develop offensive strategies to “get in the game” early in members’ car buying process, else they’ll fall further and further behind, becoming irrelevant to members’ auto financing needs.Now we begin to understand the reason credit union auto lending market share is only 18.7% when credit union members represent 37% of the US population. And over 60% of that 18.7%, represents indirect/dealer-generated loans with minimal member engagement. PUT SIMPLY, CREDIT UNIONS HAVE BEEN LATE TO THE DIGITAL GAME WITH OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES, RELYING ON DEE-FENCE ALONE!It’s time for a “digital” wakeup call to credit unions. Have we forgotten a main tenet of our mission, people helping people and improving the financial well-being of members?  Credit unions are the only ones with such an altruistic “helping hand” mission and perspective in the auto-vertical. Dealers, banks, and internet marketers, with their digital strategies, are costing members thousands more on every vehicle purchase via vehicle pricing, protection products, and financing, simply because they are the first to offer their services to your members.  What can a credit union do to increase auto loan volume and accomplish a key mission, while also saving members money AND generating more revenue and member engagement?The answer is in developing OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES using technology, data, marketing, analytics and AI that attract members EARLY in the car buying process that get them into the credit union auto lending funnel.These 3 easy steps will guarantee that your offense and defense deliver more auto loans:First, credit unions must realize and accept the fact that vehicle buying, and therefore financing, starts online from a member’s phone, desktop, or tablet and can happen 24/7/365. Car buying is more digital than ever with members spending 12-14 hours online before buying a car. As soon as a member visits a dealership website or car research site, cookies are tracking their search and collecting data, which your competitors use to target them for a loan. Car research sites have an average of 20 cookies each, and it doesn’t take long for members to start seeing ads and “instant decision” auto financing offers from competitors.The second step is understanding that technology now provides credit unions with digital solutions that provide all the vehicle research, buying and financing tools directly on their website, getting members into your auto lending funnel EARLY in the process. Here, members can spend that 12-14 hours, engaging with your loan officers, loan application, and protection product details, funneling members through your pipeline to loan closing.  The third step is consulting with solution partners that specialize in the auto-vertical to gain an understanding of how technology has simplified a credit union’s Digital Car Buying Solution and how attracting members EARLY in the car buying process is key to success. You no longer need to provide tools for members simply by posting links to external sites on your website.  YOU CAN be that resource for members and attract their attention before they visit other sites. Your auto-vertical partner can bring your credit union the technology, marketing, data, analytics, and AI to compete and WIN against dealers, big banks, and internet marketers. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ed Bourgeois Ed Bourgeois is a founder and CEO of Auto Link, a CU-Centric Technology and Marketing Solution that helps CU’s stay relevant, compete and win in the competitive auto vertical … Web: https://bookmoreautoloans.com Detailslast_img read more


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Early voting begins in Broome County

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Saturday was the first day of early Primary voting in Broome County. Linda Buman, a poll volunteer at the Broome County Public Library, said early voting expands opportunities for people who can’t get to the polls on the day of the primary. “My polling place was condensed to five or six different polling places in one spot on Main Street…I thought getting out when the crowds are light would be best for everyone right now,” he said. With the virus in mind, Thomas Davis of Binghamton said he decided to head out early to help reduce crowd sizes on Election Day. Miller said not voting isn’t an option. For more information on early voting times and locations, click here. “We think a lot of people are going to take advantage of the early voting, people who are concerned about the environment and the way things are,” she said. “We’re wiping everything down, we’re wearing gloves when we clean, we’re wiping the stations after every voter goes through.” Early voting runs until June 21. The Primary Election day in New York State is June 23. Buman says early voting is especially important this election cycle. center_img “You wind up being in a long line and we’ve found it much easier cause you can avoid the line,” Yvonne Miller said. Buman stressed that whether you choose to vote early or on Primary Election Day, keep in mind what voting means. Polls opened at noon at the Broome County Public Library and the Oakdale Mall. “It makes it a lot easier if they want to come in and vote in person as opposed to doing a mail in or affidavit ballot,” she says. “It’s our right first of all, and if you don’t vote, don’t complain. That’s how I feel,” said Yvonne Miller. Lloyd and Yvonne Miller told 12 News they were happy to have the opportunity to vote early and beat the crowds on Primary Election Day. “This is the opportunity to have a say. Voting is your choice. It potentially affects your future, and your kid’s future,” she said.last_img read more


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Real estate in tourism: Dubrovnik the most expensive, and Zadar the most sought after

first_imgAccording to data and research of real estate ads Crozilla.com during May, house prices rose the most in Dubrovnik and Zagreb, while Zadar was most interesting to potential buyers from abroad. The largest change in prices on a monthly basis was recorded in Dubrovnik, where due to an increase of 4,2 percent, the average asking price of a house, including the price of a garden, rose to as much as 4134 euros. An increase in house prices was also recorded in Zagreb, where it amounted to 0,7 percent, and an average of 1229 euros was demanded for one square meter. Also, the data showed that Zadar recorded a monthly increase of 0,3 percent, and the price of a square meter of a house, including the price of a garden, was 1599 euros.The largest monthly decline in house prices during May was recorded in Bjelovar and Slavonski Brod. The average asking price of a “square meter” of a house including the price of a garden in Bjelovar fell by 3,3 percent and amounted to 470 euros, while in Slavonski Brod prices fell by 2,3 percent and averaged 632 euros. Varaždin, according to the Crozilla.com classifieds, recorded a drop in house prices of 0,8 percent, so they were advertised at an average of 655 euros per square meter. A drop of 0,2 percent was recorded in Osijek, where the price per square meter was 612 euros, and in Senj, where 1204 euros were demanded for a “square”. For houses in Split, the average asking price of “square meters” on a monthly basis fell by 0,9 percent, so it averaged 1972 euros.House prices are 18 percent lower than apartment pricesHouse prices were almost 18 percent lower than apartment prices in May. The biggest difference was recorded in Opatija, where the price of a “square meter” of a house was 683 euros, or 23,2 percent, lower than the price of a “square meter” apartment. In Varaždin, houses were as much as 41 percent, or 447 euros per square meter, cheaper than apartments, while in Zagreb the difference was 27 percent, or 442 euros.The smallest differences in the prices of “square meters” of these types of real estate were recorded in Senj, where houses were on average cheaper by 8 euros than apartments, and in Pula, where the difference is only 11 euros. Poreč and Dubrovnik are cities where the average asking house prices were slightly higher than the apartment prices. In Dubrovnik, the difference in the prices of “squares” is 197 euros, and in Porec 53 euros.Foreigners’ favorite house on the sea: Zadar the most sought afterOsijek, Zadar, Poreč and Zagreb are the cities in which the offer of houses for sale was most often searched for through the Crozilla.com classifieds in May. Potential foreign buyers, in search of houses sold on Crozilla.com, most often came from Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and showed the greatest interest in houses on the sea, mostly those in Zadar and Zadar County. then for those in the area of ​​Crikvenica, and for houses in the Istrian area.Monika Sunara, owner and director of the real estate agency Adria team real estate doo from Zadar, told Crozilla.com what kind of houses foreigners are looking for and buying in the most sought-after area in Zadar: “Foreigners are mostly looking for and buying apartment buildings or luxury houses, and one third of buyers are explicitly looking for apartments near the beach with open sea views.”He also notes that the location is extremely important to them, and that they are most often looking for and buying houses with a price between 270.000 – 650.000 euros. “Recently, more and more new, modern and luxurious houses are in demand, and a smaller part is looking for older Dalmatian-style construction (stone houses) for reconstruction.. ”- said Sunara and added that buyers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia are also showing great interest in houses in the area.last_img read more


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Newest Gazette reporter joins tradition of adventurers

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionJournalists are an adventuresome bunch by nature.During my 30 years in newspapers, I’ve had the privilege to work with countless colleagues who are passionate about exploration, reporters and editors eager to hike the next peak, paddle a new river.One of my former co-workers left his job for a year to trek in Nepal and elsewhere in South Asia.Another one left her reporting career altogether to hike the Appalachian Trail (and she made it!).On a more modest scale, one current Gazette co-worker recently bicycled the length of the Erie Canal bike route for her summer vacation.  Last fall, a different co-worker loaded up his little Subaru for a weeklong solo road trip to the remote and chilly reaches of northern Canada.To sleep at night, he stretched out his 6-foot, 2-inch frame in the back of his hatchback.Then there are the weekend warriors.Nary a week goes by that some Gazette newsie isn’t snowshoeing in the Adirondacks, backcountry skiing in Vermont or discovering on foot some up-and-coming city in the Northeast.Adventure is a big part of life for many Gazette staffers.And so it comes as a pleasant bonus that the newest member of the Gazette team is an explorer himself.PHOTOS PROVIDEDPete DeMolaPete DeMola started last week as our new reporter covering government and other happenings in Schenectady. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Pete, 36, is a veteran of numerous adventures big and small. At last count, he’d visited 15 countries outside the United States.Pete’s grandest adventure to date was his eight-year stint in China, a trip he embarked on shortly after graduation from Syracuse University in 2005.There, he worked for a period of time as a freelance journalist before landing a business-reporting gig with a state-run media outlet, a music-reporting position with a social media startup and a job with a Beijing-based record label.Life in the land of 1.4 billion people was vastly different from Pete’s childhood in upstate New York in his hometown of Marcellus, population 6,210.The experience was profound.“Reporting from China during such a transitional time in the country’s history was eye-opening and formative,” DeMola says now.When Pete returned to the States in 2013, it didn’t take him long to set out on his next adventure.center_img He’s already crisscrossing the city in search of stories, a better sense of life in the Electric City and, perhaps most importantly, good places to eat. Cooking, it turns out, is one of his top two hobbies along with traveling.So far, thanks to a crowd-sourcing effort on social media, Pete has put together a growing list of eating establishments to try.The list includes More Perreca’s, Druther’s and Mike’s Hot Dogs —and he’s just getting started.So if you see Pete out and about in the coming weeks, perhaps enjoying an Italian pastry at Civitello’s or a pickle at The Dilly Bean, say hello.If you’re lucky, he might have a minute to share a story about one of his adventures.Miles Reed is the editor of The Daily Gazette. He relocated to New York’s North Country for a job reporting for a small newspaper in Essex County, the Sun Community News. There, he quickly dove into reporting on some of the most critical issues facing the region, including economic-development challenges and land-use issues.The beat also allowed Pete to flex his investigative muscles, eventually producing a series of enterprising reports about the state’s universal broadband initiative and criminal schemes involving rural Medicaid transportation.Pete went on to get promoted to managing editor of The Sun, but not before receiving accolades for his reporting.He was named the New York State Press Association’s Reporter of the Year in 2016.And last year, he was named runner-up for NYPA’s Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting for a series of articles exploring the challenges facing the home health care industry in the Adirondacks.For his latest adventure, Pete moved to Schenectady earlier this month to be close to City Hall and other spots that will loom large on his beat.last_img read more


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Pope Francis, Prince William lead TED global call to act on climate crisis

first_imgWith a call to save the planet, Prince William and Pope Francis on Saturday joined activists, artists, celebrities and politicians in a free streamed TED event aimed at mobilizing and unifying people to confront the climate crisis.”The shared goals of our generation are clear,” William said in a video message kicking off the event, dubbed Countdown. “Together we must protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world and fix our climate.” The Pope joined other speakers in saying the climate crisis is real and backed by science, and needs to be urgently confronted in ways that are socially just.”The Earth must be worked and nursed, cultivated and protected,” the Pope said.”We cannot continue to squeeze it like an orange.”Countdown also focused on ways in which damage to the environment also fuels social and racial injustice.”Black people breathe the most toxic air relative to the general population, and it is people of color who are most likely to suffer in the climate crisis,” said British Parliament member David Lammy.”It gives all new meaning to the Black Lives Matter slogan ‘I can’t breathe.'”Lammy called for climate and social justice leaders to join forces, and for a new international “ecocide” law to criminalize “the most severe actions against nature itself.”Capitalism ‘monstrous’ Firms that make fortunes from fossil fuels or other greenhouse gas-emitting operations cause damage they don’t pay for, while funneling money to politicians who help preserve the status quo, said another speaker, US economist Rebecca Henderson, who called on businesses to step up.”We let capitalism turn into something monstrous,” she said, adding: “It’s going to be tough to keep free enterprise alive if most people believe the rich and the white are trashing the planet for their own benefit.”Other speakers presented ways people can help stop slow down climate change.The mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, for example, explained a project there to plant a million trees to protect against flooding and to absorb carbon dioxide.Climate knows no politics Countdown came as some world leaders have seized on the issue of climate change for political gain.US President Donald Trump triggered outrage recently by suggesting global warming will reverse itself and dismissing climate change as a cause of the ferocious fires engulfing vast swaths of the US West.Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, warned before the event that the topic has been “politicized.””But,” she added, “democracies have a way of changing the leaderships in those countries.”An array of Countdown speakers urged people to use their voting power to elect decision-makers who prioritize stopping the climate crisis.”I want to cast my vote in favor of the planet,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay said.”If  you are eligible to vote, anywhere in the world, elect people who care and urge others to do the same. Vote for the planet.”‘Clarion call’ Countdown organizers set a goal of mobilizing governments and citizens to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next decade and get to net-zero carbon pollution by the year 2050.TED head Chris Anderson called Countdown “a clarion call” to tackle the daunting challenges of climate change. “But it’s also a day of hope that there is a pathway to do this and we must walk down it together.”A recording of the live event is available at countdown.ted.com.Topics : For more than five hours the second-in-line to the British throne and other speakers delved in the reality of the climate crisis, the need for action, and what can be done.Solutions posed included ways of farming that welcome wildlife as well as crops; transportation systems powered by electricity; cities designed for people instead of cars; economies that thrive by keeping the planet healthy instead of destroying it, and voting for political leaders keen to end the climate crisis.”We are living during a historic moment marked by difficult challenges, as we all know,” Pope Francis said while urging people of all faiths to unite to protect Mother Earth.”The world is shaken by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which highlights yet an even bigger challenge – the socio-environmental crisis.”last_img read more


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour

first_img About Connatix V67539 The attacking pair were also spotted during lap honour begun, with cameras again catching them looking crushed with the result.While Arsenal’s biggest stars dealt with the blow of the result, Unai Emery believes his team deserved a win.‘We deserved to win but we know they are defensively very strong and played very well,’ he said. Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Arsenal conducted a lap of honour after the draw (Picture: Getty) AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the demoralising result, the players were required to stay behind for the traditional lap of honour.Departing Gunners Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck were all honoured after the final whistle, but the cameras panned to a devastated Arsenal team just before the lap of honour.Strike duo Lacazette and Aubameyang were visibly miserable alongside the rest of the first-team as they waited for the lap of honour celebrations to begin. SPONSORED Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour Video Settings Aubameyang had put Arsenal in front (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cut dejected figures on the Arsenal bench as the Gunners waited to complete their lap of honour at the Emirates on Sunday.Arsenal’s final Premier League home game of the season ended with a 1-1 draw with Brighton as Glenn Murray hit back for the visitors after Aubameyang put the Gunners in front in the first half.The result is set to be the killer blow to Arsenal’s top four chances, as Tottenham have now all but secured Champions League qualification.Arsenal need a miracle on the final day of the season with Tottenham three points ahead of them in fourth spot and boasting an eight-goal better goal difference.ADVERTISEMENT (Picture: Getty)‘We had our chances to score, the first half was probably the difference in the result.‘And in the second half after their goal we had chances but they defended very well, congratulations to them for their work.‘We fight and try to win each match in the Premier League but every match is difficult and today is an example of that.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen responds to Arsenal’s draw with Brighton: I’ll take that by Metro Read More Read More Comment Read More PLAY Coming Next Skip Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 May 2019 8:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link843Shares Skip Ad / Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


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Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Rob Holding is a big fan of Martinelli (Picture: Getty Images)‘You want a striker that will sort of give up on you, but he never gives up. His finishing has been unbelievable, even with his head.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s only a small guy but the headed goals he’s scored in the [Nottingham] Forest game and the Standard Liege game have been incredible goals, to be fair to him.’Holding has also revealed that the young Brazilian striker is slowly picking up the English language, partly thanks to yoga classes at the club.‘In yoga, he is trying to learn as much English as he can,’ continued Holding. ‘It’s only a small group of like five or six of us, so he’s learning English as he goes along and he’s making an effort, which is important.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There are about six players, plus Freddie Ljungberg, he joins in and does a bit of yoga. It’s a good group there and it’s up to you, if you want to do it, you can do it. We come in and do one session a week. I enjoy it so I do it.’Martinelli is likely to get another chance to shine against the Portuguese side on Thursday night with the Gunners picking up two wins from two in Europa League Group F, while Vitoria Guimaraes have lost both their matches.MORE: Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie NketiahMORE: Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’ Gabriel Martinelli is making a big impression at Arsenal (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)Gabriel Martinelli is making a serious impression on his Arsenal team-mates, with Rob Holding describing him as a ‘nightmare’ for centre-halves to deal with.The 18-year-old arrived at Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano over the summer and was not expected to make a big impact in the first team, but is already making a name for himself with four goals in five appearances.Those four strikes have come in the EFL Cup and Europa League, but Holding believes the teenager has all the qualities to make it in the Premier League.‘Martinelli has come in and settled really well,’ said Holding ahead of the Europa League clash with Vitoria Guimaraes. ‘In training every day, he works hard. He puts you under pressure constantly and never stops running, which as a centre-half is a nightmare.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighWednesday 23 Oct 2019 7:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShareslast_img read more


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‘Eclipsemania’ building for rare event

first_imgPhoto courtesy of eclipse2017.org/Batesville, In. — After a 40 year wait, the United States will experience a full solar eclipse. From about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21 the “Great American Solar Eclipse” will roll across the Great Northwest to Appalachia, then off the coast of South Carolina.Hopkinsville, Kentucky could be the closest location for “Totality” to the Hoosier state. The town is hosting a three day festival for enthusiasts. Complete information and an official countdown is online at eclipseville.com/.Officials from the Indiana Department a of Transportation say about 200 million people live within the path of “Totality.” Congestion is expected before and after August 21 on U.S. 41, U.S. 231 and I-69. Interstate 65 is also expected to experience increased volume.Eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun says the rare event is uniquely American. The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on Feb. 26, 1979. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918 and the last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the U.S. was in 1778. McGlaun has a webpage dedicated to the event here eclipse2017.org/ .last_img read more