Boris Johnson ‘deeply concerned’ by Jimmy Lai arrest

first_img (Getty Images) Critics say it crushes freedoms, while supporters say it will bring stability after prolonged pro-democracy protests last year. (Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson ‘deeply concerned’ by Jimmy Lai arrest Lai’s arrest fuels fears that the ‘one country, two systems’ model introduced after the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 is under threat as China pushes back against pro-democracy protesters. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Share Lai, 71, is one of the most prominent democracy activists in the Chinese-ruled city and an ardent critic of Beijing. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USA whatsapp (Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson ‘deeply concerned’ by Jimmy Lai arrest “We are deeply concerned by the arrest of Jimmy Lai and six other individuals in Hong Kong. Freedom of the press is explicitly guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and basic law, and is supposed to be protected under Article Four of the National Security Law”, he said. Monday 10 August 2020 3:24 pm center_img Lai was accused of collusion with foreign forces and the offices of his Apple Daily newspaper were raided by more than 200 police officers. Show Comments ▼ The government has accused China of using its new security law to “silence opposition” in Hong Kong after media tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested today. Boris Johnson ‘deeply concerned’ by Jimmy Lai arrest whatsapp A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK was “deeply concerned” by the arrest of Lai, who was detained along with six other individuals. Edward Thicknesse He has become the most high-profile victim of a Beijing-backed crackdown following the passing of a new security law in June which critics said could mark the end of political dissent and freedom of speech in Hong Kong. “This is further evidence that the national security law is being used as a pretext to silence opposition. The Hong Kong authorities must uphold the rights and freedoms of its people.” The new security law punishes anything China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.  More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comlast_img read more

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Chernobyl 35 years on: New nuclear waste repository at site of the disaster that shook the world

first_imgMore than 600,000 people took part in fighting the consequences of the disaster, and 30 died on the first day. Chernobyl 35 years on: New nuclear waste repository at site of the disaster that shook the world This morning marks the day the world woke up after the worst nuclear accident in history 35 years ago. It is also the day Ukraine’s president unveiled a new nuclear waste repository at Chernobyl. Reactor number four 35 years since Chernobyl’s nuclear meltdown 00:00/02:12 LIVE whatsapp Radiation continued to leak from the reactor building until 2019, when it was covered by an enormous arch-shaped shelter. Soviet authorities made the catastrophe worse by failing to tell the public what had happened — although the nearby plant workers’ town of Pripyat was evacuated the next day, the two million residents of Kyiv were not informed despite the fallout danger. Reactor No 4 at the Chernobyl power plant, 65 miles north of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, exploded and caught fire deep in the night on 26 April 1986, shattering the building and spewing radioactive material into the sky. whatsapp Ukrainian authorities decided to use the deserted zone around the Chernobyl plant to build a place where Ukraine could store its nuclear waste for the next 100 years. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com Chernobyl, Ukraine Also Read: Chernobyl 35 years on: New nuclear waste repository at site of the disaster that shook the world Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Chernobyl with Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and vowed to “transform the exclusion zone, as Chernobyl is referred to, into a revival zone”. Share Chernobyl, Ukraine Also Read: Chernobyl 35 years on: New nuclear waste repository at site of the disaster that shook the world Eventually, more than 100,000 people were evacuated from the vicinity and the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone was established where the only activity was workers disposing of waste and tending to a hastily built sarcophagus covering the reactor. Chernobyl, Ukraine Also Read: Chernobyl 35 years on: New nuclear waste repository at site of the disaster that shook the world The world learned of the disaster only after heightened radiation was detected in Sweden. Michiel Willems Show Comments ▼ Chernobyl, Ukraine Tuesday 27 April 2021 6:00 am Chernobyl, Ukraine Also Read: Chernobyl 35 years on: New nuclear waste repository at site of the disaster that shook the world last_img read more

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Burberry 2014 Christmas campaign launched as profits hurt by foreign exchange loss

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With nanobots and rare viruses, scientists work to solve CRISPR’s delivery problem

first_imgIn the Lab STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What is it? Sharon Begley Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. By Sharon Begley May 1, 2019 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What’s included?center_img Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED With nanobots and rare viruses, scientists work to solve CRISPR’s delivery problem About the Author Reprints Hyacinth Empinado/STAT [email protected] @sxbegle It was not your typical CRISPR experiment. The scientists had just injected a mouse’s tail with magnetic nanoparticles bound to an exotic virus containing today’s genome editor of choice. They then plopped the mouse belly-side down atop a block magnet about the size of a deck of cards, positioning it just so. Even with all their attention to detail, however, “we were never sure it would work,” admits bioengineer Gang Bao of Rice University. “We figured, let’s just see what happens.”What happened was that the magnetic field quickly steered the CRISPR-containing magnetic nanoparticles to the surface of the mouse’s liver cells and kept the particles well away from the heart, lungs, brain, and other organs. The liver is a big target, which makes hitting it the biological version of hitting the proverbial barn door, but the ability to direct CRISPR to a target organ and only a target organ was a big step toward solving one of the toughest challenges for genome editing: precise delivery. Tags CRISPRgeneticsresearchSTAT+last_img read more

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Covid-19 reinfections are rare — but without better data, we don’t know how rare

first_imgHealthCovid-19 reinfections are rare — but without better data, we don’t know how rare But without better data, she said, “we don’t know, and I want to know.”“It’s not the most likely explanation” for what’s spurring cases, she said about reinfections. “But I would like to see more evidence and data around that.”advertisement By Andrew Joseph April 7, 2021 Reprints Even if someone contracts a second infection from a variant like B.1.351 or P.1, Diamond said his guess was that the immune system would generally still be able to recognize the virus well enough despite its genetic differences to fend off the most severe outcomes. He added, though, that scientists needed to verify that through additional research, and it’s something experts will be watching for as the variants continue to circulate.“It may not prevent you from feeling lousy, it may not prevent you from transmitting,” Diamond said, “but it may prevent you from getting serious disease.” “We anticipate reinfections will be a part of the epidemiology at some point, but I don’t think they’re accounting for the cases now in any major shape or form,” said Michael Diamond, a viral immunologist at Washington University in St. Louis. He noted in the U.S., the biggest wave of cases occurred only recently, at the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021.“The majority of people who’ve had prior infection in the recent past” — six months, he said — “are going to have protection against” the forms of the virus that are dominant in the U.S. now.At this point in the pandemic, there are two potential forces that could increase the number of reinfections, though experts say there’s not clear evidence of either occurring to a great extent. Reinfections from Covid-19 continue to seem rare, and are not responsible for the current, stubbornly high case counts in the United States, according to scientists and the latest findings.At least, that’s what researchers are left to conclude. Experts say the country and individual states don’t have strong systems to determine how frequently people are getting reinfected — another consequence of the nation’s limited surveillance network. They’re calling for better data collection and analysis around second cases of Covid-19.The main factors driving coronavirus transmission in the United States are a mix of the old — easing restrictions, people coming into close contact with others — and the new, like the more transmissible variants, experts say. And Caitlin Rivers, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said she thought that reinfections are still uncommon.advertisement Support STAT: There’s no point person in Biden’s HHS for its $187 billion Covid-19 fund for health care providers Already, there have already been several dozen documented reinfections around the world, though current numbers are almost certainly an undercount. If subsequent infections are indeed mild or asymptomatic, many of them will go undetected. It can also be difficult to establish two separate infections in the same person.But so far, the available research suggests just a tiny subset of the more than 30 million people in the United States — and 132 million globally — who’ve had a confirmed Covid-19 case have become infected again. Studies indicate that the vast majority of people mount a robust and long-lasting immune response after being infected for the first time with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. A study that followed health care workers in U.K. for six months, for example, found that those who had an initial Covid-19 infection carried protective antibodies for the length of the study period; the few who tested positive again generally had no symptoms (it’s unclear, though, if they could still transmit the virus). A study out of Denmark also found reinfections were rare, though they were more common in people 65 and up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined how suspected reinfections can be investigated and has a form for jurisdictions to report them, which Rivers called the “building blocks” for tracking cases. Still, she said, not a lot of data is being produced. The U.S. also doesn’t have the level of studies set up like those in England to track reinfections over time. Please enter a valid email address. The operation formerly known as Warp Speed: Biden leans heavily on the flagship Trump-era initiative Related: Privacy Policy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The particular torment of dying, now, from Covid-19 Tags Coronaviruspublic healthresearch For one, the first wave arrived in the U.S. more than a year ago. Perhaps enough time has passed that the immunity of some people infected early on has waned. Older people, for example, tend to have weaker immune responses — though at this point, that population is increasingly vaccinated, giving them an even stronger immune boost against the virus. (Health officials say that people who have had Covid-19 should still be vaccinated because the shots appear to generate greater levels of protection than infections.)Michigan was one of the states hit early in the U.S. last spring, for example, and is again experiencing one of the country’s biggest outbreaks. But experts there think second cases are not playing any major role in the state’s surge.“The large majority of what we’re seeing in Michigan is not reinfection,” said Anurag Malani, an infectious disease physician at St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor. [email protected] If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. About the Author Reprints Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: The notion of reinfections is not some unexpected twist in the rollercoaster pandemic. Scientists anticipate that with a respiratory infection like Covid-19, people won’t be protected for life after recovering from an initial case. Rather, the immunity generated from their first infection will wane over time. But one predominant hypothesis is that whatever reinfections occur with Covid-19 will generally (with some exceptions) be milder than the initial case, perhaps even asymptomatic. Even if the immune system can’t fend off the virus entirely, it still remembers the pathogen well enough to vanquish it quickly.Researchers don’t yet have estimates for how long protection lasts after a Covid-19 infection, but there isn’t going to be one precise answer. Factors like age and even how sick people get from their initial case can influence that variability. Some people — including those who have really mild or asymptomatic infections the first go — don’t generate that strong of an immune response, and might become susceptible again sooner. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. The other factor is the presence of certain newer versions of the coronavirus. Two variants that first appeared in South Africa and Brazil — called B.1.351 and P.1, respectively — as well as iterations that cropped up in California — B.1.427 and B.1.429 — appear to be able to sneak past certain elements of the immune response elicited after infections by other forms of the virus. It’s possible then that these variants are more likely to infect a person again who would otherwise be able to block other iterations of the virus entirely.But Diamond noted that the number of cases of B.1.351 and P.1 remains low in the U.S., suggesting the variants are not spreading widely through reinfecting people. While just a small fraction of cases are sequenced, the available numbers indicate other strains of the virus far outnumber B.1.351 and P.1. Andrew Joseph @DrewQJoseph Related: General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Trending Now:last_img read more

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€150,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol seized by Revenue in Laois

first_imgSEE ALSO – BREAKING: Electric Picnic announces new headline acts Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding By Siun Lennon – 3rd August 2018 Previous articleWarm welcome for compulsory purchase order on derelict Portlaoise propertiesNext articleLaois Down Syndrome Ireland see land allocated for a ‘Field of Dreams’ Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Facebook Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad The seized tobacco products, which were branded ‘Marlboro’, ‘Winston’, ‘NZ’, ‘Camel’, ‘Kent’ and ‘Excellence’, have an estimated retail value of €109,000, which would represent a potential loss to the  exchequer of €89,000. Home News Crime €150,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol seized by Revenue in… NewsCrime €150,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol seized by Revenue in Laois Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twittercenter_img Facebook Revenue Officers have seized over 192,000 unstamped cigarettes, 10kgs of tobacco and over 1,960 litres of alcohol worth €150,000 at a house in Laois.Officers carried out a search, under warrant, of a house in Durrow, Laois on Tuesday, July 31.Revenue detector dogs Elvis and Stella made the detections and were part of a joint intelligence-led operation involving Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Siochána.Cost to the exchequer  WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR On Thursday, at Dublin District Court, Revenue Officers from Dublin Airport were granted a three month cash detention order by Judge John Lindsay. WhatsApp Community Rugby Pinterest The alcohol products have an estimated retail value of over €41,000 – with a potential loss to the exchequer of €31,000.last_img read more

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Olympics inspire hope for increased access to South Korean goods

first_imgNewsEconomy “Across Pyongyang these days, at train stations and bus stops, everybody is talking about Comrade Kim Yo Jong’s visit to South Korea,” a high-ranking source in Pyongyang told Daily NK on February 12. “If you see people gathered together anywhere, chances are high that they are talking about Kim Yo Jong.” According to the source, ordinary people in North Korea are interested in the potential for improving inter-Korean relations if it brings an end to the current crackdown on South Korean products in the markets as well as harsh punishment for viewing South Korean movies and dramas.“Previously it was all about hostility towards the South, but now with the visit of Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, people are saying that the situation has really changed,” the source said. “These events have led people to express hope for the day that they can freely buy South Korean products or watch South Korean media.”But some residents are also criticizing the latest thaw in relations, pointing to what they see as hidden intentions behind the outward warmth between the two governments. The source said there is some tongue-in-cheek criticism among cadres who say that sending someone as important as Kim Yo Jong as part of the delegation is embarrassingly incoherent and desperately rushed.People are reportedly also remarking on Kim Yo Jong’s swift rise to prominence, saying that it now seems she “holds more power than (Kim Jong Un’s wife) Ri Sol Ju,” a source in South Pyongan Province said. By Kang Mi Jin – 2018.02.14 4:18pm The front page of the February 12 edition of the Rodong SInmun, showing images of South Korean President Moon Jae In watching the Samjiyon Orchestra performance in Seoul with Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam. Image: Rodong Sinmun News Olympics inspire hope for increased access to South Korean goods SHARE “I have heard people talking about how they think Kim Jong Un values his younger sister’s more than his wife’s opinion, and that he places a special kind of trust in Kim Yo Jong,” the source added.“High-ranking cadres talk about how Ri Sol Ju doesn’t appear much in public, and that they believe Kim Yo Jong possesses (comparatively more) influence,” he added. “Some senior cadres in particular have remarked that Kim Jong Un’s relationship with his sister Kim Yo Jong is much closer than that of Kim Jong Il and his sister Kim Kyong Hui in the past.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twittercenter_img The front page of the February 11 edition of the Rodong Sinmun, showing five images of South Korean President Moon Jae In with Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong. Image: Rodong Sinmun Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News North Korean residents are reacting with keen interest to media coverage of the visit to South Korea by Kim Jong Un’s younger sister Kim Yo Jong, which has included images of her attending events and dinner banquets alongside South Korean President Moon Jae In. Residents in the North had expressed limited interest in the events of weeks past, but it appears that Kim Yo Jong’s visit and her delivery of a handwritten note from Kim Jong Un to the South Korean president has sparked the public’s curiosity. The February 11 issue of the country’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun ran a story on Kim’s visit on the front page, including images of her with President Moon, shaking hands, walking together, and posing for pictures. The February 12 edition also ran a front-page story with photos of Kim and Moon viewing the Samjiyon Orchestra performance together in Seoul. Residents in North Korea are reportedly reacting with more interest now than for previous high-level North-South meetings. US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

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Broadridge expands Canadian investor communication technology

Related news IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Information technology,  Client communications Clients hope to maintain new communication methods post-pandemic, finds survey Hearsay Systems and Salesforce cement partnership Work-from-home risks for advisors “Digital channels are changing how investors access and digest content,” says Donna Bristow, vice president, strategic product development and client management, Broadridge. “With the advent of new tablet devices, social networking and high-speed connectivity in broadband, our clients are using technology in new ways. Financial services firms have a significant opportunity to embrace these advances, engage their customers using channels of their choosing, and ultimately make financial communications much more efficient and effective.” Broadridge Fluent enables the digital delivery of a full range of communications to Canadian investors including disclosure documents, trade confirmations, statements, proxy materials and tax documents. Additional new channels beyond firm websites and advisor portals, such as emerging digital mail services and social media sites, will be leveraged for investor communication distributions in the future. Broadridge Fluent is delivered as a platform-as-a-service (PAAS) to reduce costs, while eliminating a lengthy integration process. New York-based investor communications firm Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) Wednesday announced the expansion of its capabilities in Canada with the launch of Broadridge Fluent, a new service that significantly improves communications between Canadian financial firms and their customers. Broadridge Fluent lets firms distribute marketing, transactional and regulatory communications to their customers’ preferred delivery channels while providing enriched insight and interactive capabilities. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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E-Learning Project on Target

first_imgRelatedE-Learning Project on Target FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government’s e-Learning Jamaica Project is on target, with the necessary equipment and network infrastructure being put in place to enhance the teaching/learning environment.As contained in a Ministry Paper tabled in the House of Representatives recently by Minister of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce, Phillip Paulwell, the Ministry has commenced implementation of four of five components targeted in the first year of the pilot phase, which commenced in 31 educational institutions in September 2006 and will end this month.These include the provision of necessary technology to the Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY) and to the schools; the development of instructional materials; providing teacher training; and performance measurement.In terms of the provision of technology, the Ministry Paper informed that the MOEY now has a new Educational Management Information System (EMIS), thus enabling it to carry out effective administration of the education sector, and computers have been procured and installed at a cost of $50 million, using funds made available through the Technology Investment Fund.The Ministry has identified a site for the Central Repository for Education Materials (CREM) and is procuring computers for the schools, equipment for CREM and supporting technologies. CREM will support the electronic access by the school system to educational materials. The total of $65 million will be spent on this initiative.In the meantime, Cabinet and the National Contracts Commissions have approved a $670 million contract for the installation of networks, air-conditioning units as well as uninterrupted power supply systems in schools, and work is scheduled to begin shortly.The document also informed that the MOEY is actively preparing the physical facilities in the schools to accommodate computers and the work involves refurbishing laboratories, grilling, and installing proper power supplies and so on. Computer desks and chairs for all schools are also being installed under a $50 million contract.Additionally, audio-visual instructional equipment is now being supplied to schools under a contract totaling approximately $160 million. Teachers have been trained in the use of the equipment, which is being used in the pilot schools to enhance teaching and learning.The e-Learning Project is being implemented in three phases. The first phase will accommodate 27 public high schools (including one special school), one independent high school and three teachers colleges. The other targeted institutions will be addressed in the subsequent years. Experiences from the pilot phase will inform and help guide the second phase. Advertisements RelatedE-Learning Project on Targetcenter_img RelatedE-Learning Project on Target E-Learning Project on Target UncategorizedJune 13, 2007last_img read more

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Single-use plastic ban to kick in from March

first_imgSingle-use plastic ban to kick in from March South Australia’s ban on single-use plastics will start on 1 March 2021 with the Marshall Liberal Government launching an education campaign to help businesses and the public prepare for the changes.In September South Australia became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to ban the sale, supply and distribution of single-use plastic products such as straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers.Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs today announced the start date during a visit to House of Health Collective – one of the first South Australian businesses to officially go single-use plastic free.Minister Speirs also launched the Replace the Waste campaign to help businesses and the public learn more about the historic legislation.“South Australia is leading the way nationally with our action on single-use plastics and the ban will start from 1 March 2021,” Minister Speirs said.“Our legislation at first bans single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers and will expand to include other items such as polystyrene cups, bowls and plates in early 2022. There is also a framework for adding more items in the future.“There has been an overwhelming call from the community for urgent action on single-use plastic products since I released the Turning the Tide discussion paper in 2019.“Single-use plastic products are designed to be used a limited number of times, often away from home, and thrown away, usually resulting in litter, waste and harm to wildlife, including marine life.“I congratulate businesses such as House of Health Collective who are already voluntarily making changes ahead of 1 March 2021.“Businesses are urged to prepare now by deleting these items from inventories, using up existing stocks, ordering alternatives, having signage in place and training staff.“The replacethewaste.sa.gov.au website is the go-to place for businesses to get information, tips, tools, Point of Sale materials or other assistance to meet the March 1, 2021 deadline.“Our legislation has been developed with the help of our Single-Use Plastics Taskforce which has representation from 15 different organisations, including people living with a disability.“Through this taskforce we’ve developed an approach that balances the benefit to the environment while minimising impact for businesses and recognising the needs of people who rely on single-use plastic straws to safely consume beverages and food.“There will be direct engagement across metropolitan and regional South Australia from early January to help South Australians get ready for the change and a handy hotline has also been established to help businesses, cafés and restaurants with the transition.”House of Health Collective was the first business in the CBD to achieve ‘Plastic Free Champion’ status earlier this year and co-owners Chester & Robert Frank and Alex & Ivan Oulianoff have now expanded their offerings with the opening of Sustainable Co Eco Store today.“For the past 30 years our business has been championing sustainability and we are big supporters of the push towards reducing single-use plastics in our environment, a move our business made well in advance of this legislated ban,” said co-owner Chester Frank.“We pride ourselves on being a sustainable and environmentally-friendly business and the response from our customers since going plastic free has been amazing,” said co-owner Robert Frank.“Our business prides itself on providing accessibility for our customers to products that allow them to tread more lightly in an environmental sense. This expansion today provides greater access to our customer community of an ever-expanding range of sustainable products,” said co-owner Ivan Oulianoff.‘We appreciate the support from our customers and suppliers over the years that have provided us the opportunity to expand our range today.” /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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