APTN National NewsPeople from cities across the world took to the streets over the weekend in marches against government corruption.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
APTN National NewsPeople from cities across the world took to the streets over the weekend in marches against government corruption.APTN’s Tina House has this story.
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The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) said in a press release that some leaders have been using inflammatory language to incite people to violence. It stressed that such conduct is a violation of the country’s electoral law and international electoral standards.“MONUSCO wishes to stress that it is only through a free, fair and democratically held election that Congolese can choose their political leaders,” said the mission. In New York, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRC and head of MONUSCO, Roger Meece, told the Security Council that the mission and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are providing a wide range of assistance to the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as it prepares for the 28 November elections.“We have added 30 civilian aircraft, for example, to the MONUSCO air fleet to help distribute election materials throughout the country in accordance with the INEC logistics plan,” said Mr. Meece.He added that security remains an ongoing concern ahead of the elections and stressed the importance of candidates, political leaders and their followers acting responsibly. MONUSCO, he said, had been training thousands of police in crowd control and public order tactics.“I underscore once again, however, the pressing need for additional non-lethal equipment for trained police units, which we are unable to provide under MONUSCO financing.”The activities of illegal armed groups in eastern DRC also remain a major concern, Mr. Meece said, noting that while none of those groups have until now shown evidence of seeking to disrupt the elections, their actions continue to pose a major threat to civilians.He voiced disappointment that only 12 per cent of candidates for seats in the National Assembly are women, despite the fact that women represent just under half of the registered voters.There are an estimated 32 million registered voters in DRC. Eleven candidates are vying for the presidency and 18,864 candidates are competing for seats in the National Assembly, double the number that ran in 2006, according to Mr. Meece. A list 63,865 polling stations was published recently.In a press statement following Mr. Meece’s briefing, the Security Council reiterated its call for credible and peaceful elections in DRC, stressing that the Government bore the primary responsibility for ensuring free and fair polls.It also reiterated its concern over reports of election-related violence and urged all parties to campaign peacefully. The UN body expressed support for the critical role played by MONUSCO in providing technical and logistical assistance for the elections and promoting dialogue.Members of the Council reiterated their deep concern over persistent high levels of violence, especially sexual violence, and human rights violations against civilians and called for swift prosecution of perpetrators of abuse.They urged DRC authorities, with the support of MONUSCO, to implement the appropriate responses to address human rights abuses, and commended the UN mission for continuing its efforts to protect civilians.Mr. Meece emphasized the ongoing concern over sexual and gender-based violence, saying that armed groups were responsible for most of the crimes in the east. “Clearly, the elimination of the threat posed by these groups therefore remains central to improving security and reducing sexual-based violence.”He, however, noted that significant progress has been made in fighting impunity for sexual violence, saying that the number of soldiers and members of militias prosecuted for sex crimes is on the rise.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Margot Wallström, who also briefed the Council, expressed concern over the use of sexual violence for political reasons and urged all parties in the DRC to declare their commitment to ending the scourge.“The candidates should be asked where they stand on this particular issue,” said Ms. Wallström, voicing concern that a militia leader whose group has been accused of committing sexual violence is a candidate in the elections despite the fact that an arrest warrant had been issued against him. She called for his arrest. 8 November 2011The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today voiced deep concern over increasing incidents of election-related violence and the use of inflammatory language by political leaders that has marred campaigns for presidential and legislative polls later this month.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,This record output is a vote of confidence in UK Automotive and our highly skilled workforce, producing advanced, low emission petrol and diesel engines. Huge investment in new facilities and technology has helped drive the sector’s reputation as a global centre of excellence in this field. We now look to government to create the conditions needed to continue this success. That includes supporting the UK market by encouraging the take up of low emission vehicles regardless of fuel type, and securing a Brexit transition deal to keep our trade with Europe and key international markets flowing freely.Notes to editors1 UK engine manufacturing records began in 2009Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British engine manufacturing rises 6.9% to all-time high of 2.7 million units in 2017.1Home demand sees fastest growth – up 9.7%, while global demand rises to almost 1.5 million units.UK engine manufacturing now worth £8.5bn, supporting 8,000 British jobs – 3,350 in diesel engine production alone.
The Queen’s lingerie supplier, Rigby & Peller, has been stripped of its royal warrant after the company’s former owner wrote a tell-all book about palace fittings.The upmarket lingerie firm held the warrant for 57 years, but lost its royal approval after June Kenton wrote a memoir about her work.The 82-year-old is known for transforming the brand into a world-leading retailer and her autobiography, Storm in D-Cup, goes into detail about fittings with the Queen, Princess Diana and Princess Margaret. Since the incident, Mrs Kenton explained that it was never her intention to upset anyone. She said: “It is very sad for me that they didn’t like it and I’m finding that very difficult to accept. It’s horrible and a real shock. Rigby & Peller must now remove the royal coat of arms from any promotional material and shop signs.Mrs Kenton added that she had no regrets about writing the book, but had only wished to write down her life story as it was something she was extremely proud of. “I never ever thought when I was writing the book that it would upset anyone. I’ve had the royal warrant for so long I never imagined that this would happen.”Mrs Kenton received a letter from the Lord Chamberlain last year stating that Rigby & Peller was to lose its royal warrant as a result of the autobiography. Rigby & Peller has had its royal warrant removed after June Kenton’s tell all bookCredit:Clara Molden Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Rigby & Peller have a number of stores across LondonCredit:Andrew Crowley In the book Mrs Kenton wrote about fitting the Queen, explaining that she was half-dressed and that her corgis were often present. She also wrote about Princess Diana, saying she would accept posters showing models in lingerie and swimwear to give to princes William and Harry to display in their Eton studies. The supplier now has seven shops – including its website – and its flagship store is in Knightsbridge, West London. The cost of a brassiere from Rigby & Peller’s ranges in price from £50 to £200 and has a whole host of famous clients, including Kim Kardashian, Margaret Thatcher, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joan Collins. A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “In respect of Royal Warrants, we never comment on individual companies.” She added: “It is a personal tale and there is nothing in it which is upsetting, it’s a gentle book.”I can’t even begin to explain, I didn’t do it with the intention of upsetting anyone. I’m proud of my life and what I’ve achieved and I simply wanted to share that.”The luxury lingerie firm was founded in 1939 by Gita Peller and Bertha Rigby, before being sold to Mrs Kenton and her husband.Mrs Kenton’s first fitting for the Queen was at Buckingham Palace that same year. Rigby & Peller held a royal warrant for 57 yearsCredit:Clara Molden Mrs Kenton bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982, paying £20,000, but sold her stake for £8million 29 years later to Van de Velde. She did however stay on the firm’s board and continued to fit the Queen’s bras at Buckingham Palace.”I have never discussed anything of a personal nature with any of my clients, and I never would. The book doesn’t contain anything naughty,” she said”But it’s a fact I have done work for the Queen, there would be a gaping hole in my autobiography if I didn’t mention it.”I’m coming towards the end of my life, I’m 82, so it is what is it, there is nothing I can do.”Russell Tanguay, director of warrants at the Royal Warrant Holders Association, confirmed yesterday that the Knightsbridge-based retailer had lost its warrant.Mr Tanguay said companies are granted a window in which to remove the royal coat of arms, which is earned when a firm has supplied the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, or Prince Charles for five out of the last seven years. June Kenton published a tell-all book, Storm in a D-CupCredit:Clara Molden
Acklom was arrested in Switzerland in June last year, after being found at a luxury apartment in Zurich where he had been living under a false name after more than two years on the run.He is accused of 12 offences of converting or removing criminal property and eight of fraud by false representation.According to police he posed as a Swiss banker and MI6 agent during a year-long relationship with Carolyn Woods.Acklom allegedly duped her into lending him her life savings for renovation work at a number of properties in Bath.Chief inspector Gary Haskins of Avon and Somerset Police said: “No matter where suspected criminals are in the world we will always do everything we can to track them down and bring them back to the UK to face justice.”This extradition would not have been possible without the support of all our law enforcement partners and I’m extremely grateful for their assistance in helping us bring Acklom home to answer some very serious charges.”Ian Cruxton, head of international operations for the NCA, said: “We have worked closely with our partners in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset Police to bring about this extradition and put Mark Acklom before the UK courts. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been extradited from Switzerland to the UK.Alleged fraudster Mark Acklom, 45, is said to have fleeced a woman out of £850,000 in life savings after posing as an MI6 agent in a romance scam in 2012.Acklom was escorted to Bristol Airport from Geneva by specially trained officers on Friday, Avon and Somerset Police said.He is currently in police custody and due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.A spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) said they had worked closely with partners in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset Police to bring about the extradition and put Acklom before the British courts. “This case once again demonstrates our ability to track down fugitives wherever they may be.”The NCA’s international reach means there is no safe place to hide for individuals wanted in the UK.” Mark Acklom had been living in Geneva, SwitzerlandCredit:GlobalVision Communication / GlobalFlyCam A photo published by Sky News on Friday night showed Acklom getting off a plane in Bristol.Police said Acklom was named as one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives as part of Operation Captura, a multi-agency initiative involving the NCA and Crimestoppers to track down British fugitives abroad.A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Acklom in June 2016 and he was believed to be at large in Spain, having been released from a Spanish prison over a £200,000 property fraud.In May 2017 he was spotted in Geneva, where he was believed to have been with his family.
Atlas Copco launched its new PowerROC T50 blasthole drill rig at Bauma China 2014 in Shanghai. This new tophammer concept has been designed and manufactured at the company’s Nanjing plant. This launch marks the successful conclusion of a development project in Nanjing China. The aim was to develop a robust, powerful, fuel-efficient rig that could deliver exceptional performance in an easy-to-use, straightforward design. “And the expectations have been reached and exceeded,” Atlas Copco says.The final design includes a new type of extendable boom, a powerful hydraulic rock drill, and a choice of fuel efficient engines (Tier 3 or Tier 4 emission standards). The rig is equipped with the powerful COP 3060 hydraulic rock drill which provides extremely high penetration rates. The newly designed extension boom provides quick and easy positioning and is equipped with a robust aluminium chain-feed. This enables a high feed force to be applied while ensuring hole straightness.Other features include a straightforward hydraulic and electrical system for easy operation, push-button controls, a ROPS/FOPS certified cabin with large windows and extra vibration dampers, and good ground clearance for easy tramming in rough terrain.Product Manager, York Yang, says: “The PowerROC T50 is an important milestone for Atlas Copco in Nanjing but mostly for our customers around the world. We know that this product is very much in demand for the customers who desire the straightforward as well as powerful drill rigs, and therefore we are very happy and proud to launch the PowerROC T50.”George Stirling, Regional Business Manager for Atlas Copco in Africa, says: “Word is spreading very fast here that Atlas Copco has a rig that performs exceptionally well, so we believe it is set to be a big success.”In fact, the rig is already off to a flying start in South Africa following a trial for Eire Contractors of Durban, a company with a large fleet of Atlas Copco equipment that offers its services throughout the African continent.John Moffat, founder and CEO of Eire Contractors which put the PowerROC T50 to the test, comments: “The rig’s power, speed and fuel efficiency meet our objectives for achieving maximum productivity with minimum input. In addition to substantial savings on diesel, the rig drilled the holes with ease. A comfortable operator is a safe and productive operator so the fact that the rig offers the same operator comfort levels as the previous model is very important to us.”As a result of the successful trials, Atlas Copco has already received numerous orders for the PowerROC T50 surface drill rig.
A TOTAL OF 11 candidates have been confirmed to run in the Dáil by-election for the vacant seat in Meath East.Candidates had until 12pm today to file the appropriate paperwork with the returning officer.Fine Gael’s candidate Helen McEntee will seek to win the seat vacated by the death of her father Shane, the junior minister for food safety.A former TD for the area, Senator Thomas Byrne, will look to win the seat for Fianna Fáil, while Labour will field county councillor Eoin Holmes looking to pick up a seat.Sinn Féin’s candidate, Darren O’Rourke, is a policy advisor to his party’s health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. The Green Party candidate Seán Ó Buachalla is a development officer for youth clubs.The leader of the recently formed Direct Democracy Ireland party, Ben Gilroy – who lives in Navan, just over the border in the neighbouring Meath West – and Seamus McDonagh of the Workers’ Party are the other candidates from recognised political parties.In addition, four non-party candidates have entered the fray.Charlie Keddy of Kilcoole in Co Wicklow, a plumber who has contested the last four general elections in Wicklow, has filed the paperwork to run in Meath. Jim Tallon, a farmer who also contested the 2011 election in Wicklow and is a regular candidate, is also set to run.Mick Martin of Slane, a financial services advisor, will run for the first time, as will psychiatric nurse Gerard O’Brien from Navan.Candidates now have until the end of the week to withdraw their candidacy. Voting takes place a fortnight from today.Read: Meath East by-election: Here are the candidates and here’s what they’re saying
THE UNION representing Ireland’s doctors has deferred a decision on whether to recommend that its members support the latest draft of the public service pay deal.The Irish Medical Organisation is to hold a special council meeting in two weeks to make its recommendation.The council met last night and said the ‘Haddington Road Agreement’, as the latest proposals have been named, are better than the ‘Croke Park 2′ proposals which its members rejected last month.Among the reasons the council said it was delaying a decision was to seek clarification on the LRC’s proposal to begin talks next month aimed at discouraging junior doctors from leaving the Irish system and emigrating to find consultancy work abroad.The IMO said it would seek clarification on the terms of reference, to identify exactly what a “new entrant consultant” was, and whether their pay would also be subject to discussion.The union said it had “grave concern” over what it saw as the inequitable treatment of doctors, as a result of proposals regarding pay cuts for those earning over €65,000.While those earning between €65,000 and €100,000 will have their salary restored to previous levels by 2018, those earning over €100,000 at the moment will not be returned to their higher salaries.The IMO said that proposal would make it difficult to attract and retain talented medical staff, who could be attracted to work abroad as a result.“The IMO has requested that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform reconsiders this matter,” it said.IMO negotiators walked out of the talks which led to the Croke Park 2 agreement, and the union recommended that its members reject the deal, which they duly did in a ballot.Read: Brian Hayes: ‘Unions who reject new public pay deal will face harsher cuts’In favour: SIPTU and the INTO; Opposed: the ASTI and the TUIExplainer: Here’s what’s contained in the new ‘Haddington Road’ public pay deal
YWCA Clark County will celebrate the two recipients of the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and the recipient of the Youth Social Justice Award. Becky Archibald, Eulalia Soto and Dionnie Minnard are recognized for “their leadership in working toward the elimination of racism and promotion of peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” the nonprofit said in a news release.Honorees will receive awards during a celebration 6 to 7 p.m. June 7 at YWCA Clark County, 3609 Main St. The Youth Social Justice Award comes with a $500 scholarship.More information about the award is online at www.ywcaclarkcounty.org.“The Val Joshua Award was originally given to Val Joshua in 1989 to recognize her lifelong commitment and work toward eliminating racism,” YWCA said.
To those who see Google’s search engine as a form of magic, Dene Grigar is easily a master magician.Kicking off a recent technology workshop, the Washington State University associate professor typed the letters “CMDC” into her Apple computer. Workshop participants, many of them small business owners, watched on a video projector as links to WSUV’s Creative Media and Digital Culture program popped into the second and fourth positions on the Google search engine, out of 384,000 possibilities.“Are you going to show us how to get there?” an astonished older man called out from the back of the darkened room.Grigar, whose first name is pronounced “dee-nee,” did precisely that over the next hour, stripping away the sense of magic and showing businesses and nonprofits how to make the Internet work for them.The late November session, the last in a seven-week series called Technology 101, is one element of what Creative Media and Digital Culture director Grigar calls “civic engagement” between her program and the larger community. The free workshops, which will be offered again in the spring, are part of that engagement. So is the project work undertaken by students for businesses and community groups, including the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Downtown Association, and Fort Vancouver. A mobile phone application that includes historical re-enactments at Fort Vancouver’s village, still in a testing phase, already is grabbing attention from the National Park Service.Next up: Students are working on a long-term exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland that will showcase technological innovation in automobiles. Vancouver-based Dick Hannah auto dealerships has contributed $40,000 to the exhibit, scheduled to open sometime around May. At Grigar’s request, the company also donated $68,500 for scholarships to 10 of the program’s students this summer. The students created a mobile phone application that connects Hannah customers with emergency roadside services, one of two mobile apps developed during the class.“We have a real interest in cultivating homegrown technology,” says Ken VanArnam, Dick Hannah’s marketing director.To Grigar, 57, it all fits the university’s role of serving the community and her conviction thattechnology opens a new world of possibilities. She taught her own father, who had owned a small business, how to use a computer when he was 85. She’s held workshops requiring students to live a day without technology to help them see what life is like for people who are trying to find homes or jobs without using computers.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for an armed robber who targeted a Miami store and assaulted an employee.Surveillance cameras rolled as the man demanded cash from the owner of the Saint Jacques Le Majeur store in Miami back in October. We need your help in identifying the armed suspect 👇who attempted to rob the St. Jacques Le Majeur Store, 125 NW 62 St, on 10/20 at 1:30pm. pic.twitter.com/f3GaOuYQ0h— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) November 14, 2017The video shows the robber hitting her throughout the aisles.The owner broke free and ran out the door for help, but the robber continued to chase and beat her.He eventually gave up and left empty-handed from the store. If you have any information on this attempted robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
As of now, details on cover and subscription pricing are not available, but a spokesperson says pricing will be in line with the other recent print launches.A title will be announced shortly. The Hearst-Dr. Oz connection goes way back. He’s been featured in and contributed to Hearst titles and The Dr. Oz Show is jointly produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, Inc. and Sony Pictures Television. Dr. Oz will appear on the cover of the first issue, says the spokesperson, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be featured there each issue, as Oprah is with her magazine. “His presence will be felt throughout the pages of every issue. This magazine will speak to women who love Dr. Oz and what he stands for, which is living well, and we will determine what that means in terms of visuals as we evolve the project,” she says. While the company has been successful with its HGTV and Food Network brand partnerships so far, titles attached to a specific media personality have had a bumpier trajectory. O, The Oprah Magazine pages were down in the first quarter this year almost 6 percent compared to the same period last year, following a 15 percent decline for full-year 2012, per PIB numbers. Hearst used similar distribution for the pilot issues of Food Network and HGTV magazines. Yet, the company has much higher circ ambitions, which means the Dr. Oz title will need to ramp up quickly. “Magazines with 300,000 units of circulation aren’t optimal for us—we’re really looking for 700,000 at the low end and 4 million at the high end, so we need a passionate audience of scale,” John Loughlin, Hearst Magazines executive vice president and general manager, told Folio: sister title Audience Development early last year. Hearst is set to launch a pilot issue of a new women’s lifestyle magazine in partnership with Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the syndicated Dr. Oz Show. The magazine is expected to follow the same model Hearst Magazines has honed through partnerships with Scripps Networks’ HGTV and Food Network. The first issue will debut in first-quarter 2014, with 800,000 copies to be distributed—350,000 to newsstands and 450,000 to select subscribers of other Hearst titles. A second issue will follow and regular frequency could kick in in the second half if the title has legs.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Robots in Amazon’s warehouses are taking on a new role of boxing up orders, and they do so much more efficiently and quickly than the human workers they replace.As Reuters reports, Amazon has been experimenting with a new type of automated packaging robot that can 3D scan the goods included in an order as they travel down a conveyor belt. Those goods are then placed in a custom-size box the robot creates that’s perfectly sized to fit.Each robot packer can handle up to 700 orders per hour, and unlike their human counterparts, do not require regular breaks, never go home, and can’t get sick. Worryingly for workers, one robot at a warehouse means 24 human roles are no longer required. If the same robot was rolled out to each of Amazon’s U.S. facilities, that would be 1,300 roles removed.Each robot packer costs $1 million plus running expenses, which sounds like a lot until you consider Amazon will recoup the money spent in just two years. Those savings come from employing fewer people, but also the efficiency and low maintenance costs such a machine enjoys.The loss of roles in packing at Amazon does not necessarily mean a loss of jobs. An Amazon spokesperson commenting on the machines, said, “We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times and adding efficiency across our network … We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.”Earlier this month, Amazon’s director of robotics fulfillment made it clear that full warehouse automation is nowhere near ready to happen. We’ll apparently be enjoying warehouse roles for at least the next decade. Even after that it sounds as though the roles are simply changing rather than disappearing completely. What will the Amazon worker of 2029 be doing exactly, then? Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 13, 2019 This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
Iridium: privacy-focused Chromium-based browser by Martin Brinkmann on August 16, 2016 in Internet – 12 commentsIridium is a privacy-focused modification of the Chromium web browser by members of the Open Source Business Alliance.Chromium is the open source basis for Google Chrome and other browsers such as Opera or Vivaldi. While it ships with less things Google integrated in the browser than Google Chrome, there is still room for improvement privacy-wise.The idea behind Iridium was to enhance user privacy by modifying Chromium code. One of the improvements of Iridium is that remote servers are not notified about queries, keywords or other metrics.Automatic transmission of partial queries, keywords, metrics to central services is prevented and only occurs with the approval of the userIridium BrowserIridium is fully open source. Users may download and install binary builds of the browser, or download the source code instead. The developers promise that all builds are “reproducible and modifications are auditable”.The Windows version of the browser is offered as a MSI-based installation file and a zip file.The project homepage lacks information. It does not reveal any differences to Chromium for instance (besides the sentence quoted above). The same is true when you install and run the browser.While you may spot a couple of differences, like that Qwant is the default search engine and not Google, there is little to discover in the browser’s interface.What you will notice however is that several extensions are installed by default, and that it is not really clear what they do either. You may notice the component extensions Bookmark Manager, Chromium PDF Viewer, Settings and CryptoTokenExtension listed on the extensions page for instance.These appear to have been sideloaded by the browser and don’t offer any description that is of use. Unless you dug into Chromium code before, you may not know that these are native component extensions of the browser that are not shown by default by Chromium / Google Chrome.The only location to find information about what is different is the development changelog. It lists all changes made to the browser including those that were made to improve user privacy.The following list is a short selection of modifications that improve user privacy:Auto-Update and update pings are disabled.Only keep cookies until exit, and block third-party cookies by default.Disable hyperlink auditing.Disable network / DNS prediction.Disable autofill download manager.Disable Safe Browsing cookie transmission and reporting.Disable Google promotion fetching.The list goes on and on. You may not agree with some of the changes. Disabling auto-updating for instance means that you need to download and install new versions manually. There is a time component to updating the web browser though to patch security issues in previous versions.Closing WordsIridium feels and behaves pretty much like Chromium. You will notice a few differences here and there, but the majority of differences are under the hood.It would help the browser gain popularity if certain changes would be listed on the official project website, and not only in the change log that regular users probably won’t read.Especially features that are unique to Iridium should be mentioned on that list. (via The Windows Club)Now You: What’s your take on Iridium?SummaryArticle NameIridium: privacy-focused Chromium-based browserDescriptionIridium is a privacy-focused modification of the Chromium web browser by members of the Open Source Business Alliance.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Mozilla enables WebRender on qualifying Firefox Nightly installations by Martin Brinkmann on September 14, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: May 20, 2019 – 22 commentsMozilla enabled the new WebRender component of the Firefox web browser by default on Firefox Nightly installations that meet the system requirements.WebRender is a new technology that makes better use of a device’s video card to improve overall performance.The project reached a new milestone recently when Mozilla activated WebRender by default on Nightly versions of the Firefox web browser if a supported Nvidia video card is installed and if the operating system is Windows 10. Mozilla ran a Shield Study before that to test WebRender on Firefox Nightly.WebRender is a component of Mozilla’s next generation Servo technology that is written entirely in Rust. As the name implies, it is a component for rendering web content and the main goal of the component is to improve the performance of the rendering process by moving the heavy lifting from the processor to the video card.Desktop users who run Firefox Nightly on a computer with a modern Nvidia video card and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system make up a small percentage of the entire Firefox Nightly population; about 17% of the entire Firefox Nightly userbase runs Nightly on the operating system and video card configuration.Mozilla plans to extend support in future versions but it is not clear if Mozilla’s developers will focus on AMD or Intel video card support next.Mozilla aims to push WebRender support to Firefox Beta with the release of Firefox 64. Whether that will indeed happen depends on a number of bugs and dependencies which are listed on Bugzilla. The same system and hardware restrictions will apply for WebRender support in Firefox Beta.Firefox users who want to find out whether WebRender is enabled on their version of the web browser can check that in the following ways (starting with Firefox 64):Load about:support in the address bar of the web browser.Scroll down to WebRender or use Ctrl-F to bring up the find bar, type WebRender to jump to the right listing.You should see WebRender and WebRender Qualified information there. It is either “blocked” or enabled” depending on the configuration.,Please note that it is possible to enable WebRender on all systems. Note that your mileage may vary and that there is a good chance that you will encounter bugs and issues; WebRender is a component that is still in active development.Load about:config in the browser’s address bar.Confirm that you will be careful if the warning prompt is displayed.Search for gfx.webrender.all.Toggle the value of the preference to True (enabled) or False (disabled).Restart Firefox.Setting the preference to true enables WebRender on the system; false is the default for all devices except for qualifying Nvidia video card devices on Windows 10 systems.Mozilla focused primarily on stability and the correct rendering of web pages; performance will be a focus going forward.Closing WordsIt will take a while before WebRender lands in Firefox Stable. The next milestone is the enabling of WebRender for certain configurations in Firefox Beta. (via Sören Hentzschel)SummaryArticle NameMozilla enables WebRender on qualifying Firefox Nightly installationsDescriptionMozilla enabled the new WebRender component of the Firefox web browser by default on Firefox Nightly installations that meet the system requirements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
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Shawn Larkin OPINIONEarth Island Institute (EII) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) have told the world that tuna from Costa Rica is eco-friendly to eat. But unfortunately, that’s not the case, and the two organizations seem to be the last to realize that Costa Rican canned tuna is not even close to dolphin-safe. In fact, it’s dolphin fatal.Last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pointed out that Costa Rica participates in a cetacean bycatch that is “among the largest in the world.” A study from the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP) showed that in recent years, tuna ships netted dolphin pods at least 14,000 times in Costa Rica. Still, EII certifies Costa Rican canned tuna as “dolphin safe,” and MSC certifies our sea tuna as “sustainable.”Does anybody really believe we can net dolphins 14,000 more times in the coming years and be safe and sustainable? Are EII and MSC incompetent, or are they just not paying attention?These organizations are required by law to provide documentation of how they arrive at their certifications. They don’t. EII’s marine mammal director recently told me that the organization had not documented any dolphin in nets. Meanwhile FECOP found 14,000 nets on dolphins. Tuna fishing operations known for intentionally casting those nets on dolphins also carry the MSC label for sustainable seafood.While these nonprofit certifying agencies collect money from people to help save dolphins and whales, instead the creatures are perishing. At the same time, Costa Ricans are sacrificing their morals and also the sizable income that could be generated long-term from a truly sustainable fishery.Why are these organizations allowed to certify our tuna as dolphin safe to the world? Their poor judgment has lead to the death of countless dolphins and whales in Costa Rica. They should be given the boot and we should have Costa Ricans making decisions about whether our tuna is dolphin safe and sustainable, or dolphin fatal. Related posts:What to do with dolphins What is killing hundreds of Central American sea turtles? 5 Costa Rican frogs that came back from suspected extinction and 1 that didn’t Lionfish Plague Caribbean Reefs Following is a response to Shawn Larkin’s column from Jim Humphreys, fisheries director for the Americas at MSC, posted Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.Dear Editor:In the column posted by Shawn Larkin on Oct. 23, titled “Is tuna from Costa Rica dolphin fatal?” he stated that tuna from Costa Rica have been certified under the MSC fisheries certification program. This is not true. At this time, there are no fisheries from Costa Rica that have been MSC certified, nor are any Costa Rican fisheries going through MSC’s fishery assessment process. The MSC maintains a global standard for fisheries that assesses performance against stock health, ecosystem impacts, and effective fishery management. The MSC emphasizes transparency in our program, and as such, we post all assessment reports and audits for every fishery in the program. Those reports are posted on the MSC website for all to read at http://www.msc.org/track-a-fisheryThe MSC is a voluntary program and we currently have approximately 11 percent of the global capture fisheries engaged in the MSC program, and over 20,000 products carry the MSC label in more than 100 countries. Independent benchmarking studies confirm that the MSC is the world’s leading and most credible sustainability certification and traceability program.Sincerely,Jim HumphreysFisheries Director – AmericasSeattle, WA, USA Facebook Comments A tuna ship steers through a dolphin “super pod” near Isla del Caño. Shawn Larkin
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H. The Ministerial Council of Consumer Affairs (MCCA), which met in Canberra on Friday, has acknowledged the need for reform of travel industry regulation in Australia in view of the “adoption of the National Tourism Accreditation Framework”. According to a MCCA communiqué, a new regulatory framework would need to “foster ongoing consumer confidence in the sector” as well as “enhance consumer protection, business compliance and financial capacity, and competition and innovation”.“While there are clearly some more discussions to take place to fully understand what will happen next, I think it is reasonable for members to take this as a very clear signal that the Ministers wish to move to reform the regulations of the travel industry,” AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury commented.Although the message from Canberra “is good news for AFTA and very good news for the travel industry”, Mr Westbury warned reform would not be swift.“Remember that all states and territories around Australia will have to repeal/amend legislation and this will take some time,” Mr Westbury said.The council also supported further development of the proposed Travel Industry Transition Plan as a “pathway to an industry-wide regulatory approach” complementing efforts to promote consumer confidence and quality.The MCCA comprises Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers responsible for fair trading and consumer protection.