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Under the neon lights of Tokyo, the City is forging closer relationships with Asia

first_img Tags: Climate change FinTech Insurance Through my mayoral theme of “Shaping Tomorrow’s City Today”, I am working to do just this, building bridges with cities across the globe that enable us to fully leverage the opportunities of the digital era by delivering tangible exchanges of innovation, skills, and knowledge.I see no better place to lay the foundations for such bridges than underneath Tokyo’s neon lights and across Asia more widely. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Under the neon lights of Tokyo, the City is forging closer relationships with Asia whatsapp While a question mark may continue to hang over the UK’s future relationship with Europe, there are at present no bigger long-term opportunities than those found in Asia. The world is pivoting east, and we cannot afford to be left behind.The continent is already home to some of the fastest growing economies and is the greatest contributor to global growth. In fact, by 2025 Asia is forecast to account for nearly half the world’s GDP.By that time, nearly 2.5bn people across the region will live in cities, accounting for almost 54 per cent of the world’s urban population, and two thirds of the global middle class, many of whom will be based in the four financial cities I’ll be visiting.This seismic shift in the global economy presents huge opportunities for the UK to strengthen mutually beneficial ties across Asia, as demand for the services and expertise provided by City firms continues to grow.Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore are – of course – all important financial centres in their own right. We will continue to compete for business in some areas, but there are many others where collaboration will benefit all. The City’s strength in established areas such as insurance, asset management, and infrastructure financing will remain important areas of partnership. And the Square Mile’s ability to innovate and tap into fast-growing markets will also play a crucial role as we strengthen links across Asia.Back in the middle ages, we created guilds to help boost commerce and trade. Later, we invented the insurance industry following the Great Fire of London.These days we are a world leader not just in traditional finance, but also in newer industries like fintech, green finance, and cyber security.We have much to offer our Asian counterparts in these areas as demands from their citizens for financial and professional services evolve in line with their economic growth.Collaboration is also vital if we are to tackle major international issues that cross borders such as sustainable development, climate change, and digitisation of the international economy. Peter Estlin center_img whatsapp Share Opinion Monday 4 February 2019 8:49 am Next week will see me travel to one of the busiest cities on earth, home to nearly 40m people and more square footage of advertising and media than anywhere else in the world: Tokyo.My visit is part of a 12-day trip to four Asian cities that will also take me to Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. It is a visit focused on building links with some of the world’s most exciting, forward-looking metropolises.last_img read more

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Aldi becomes sixth biggest food retailer but sales growth slows

first_imgALDI has overtaken Waitrose as the UK’s sixth biggest supermarket, according to figures out yesterday that also cautioned that growth among the discounters was slowing. Aldi’s sales grew by 16.8 per cent in the 12 weeks to 30 March compared with a year earlier, taking its market share to 5.3 per cent, data from Kantar Worldpanel shows. While still high compared with other retailers, it is also the slowest growth recorded by Aldi since 2011 and well below the 35 per cent growth in 2014. Sales at Lidl also slowed to 12.1 per cent growth over the 12-week period compared with 16.6 per cent a year earlier. Despite slowing growth the discounters now command a record nine per cent share of the market while the big four have a 72.8 per cent share ­– the lowest in a decade. Tesco performed the best with sales increasing by 0.3 per cent followed by Sainsbury’s, up 0.2 per cent. Asda and Morrisons declined by 1.1 and 0.7 per cent respectively. Waitrose grew sales by 2.9 per cent. Share whatsapp More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: NULL Express KCS center_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express Aldi becomes sixth biggest food retailer but sales growth slows Wednesday 8 April 2015 9:28 pmlast_img read more

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News / $6bn annual cost of not knowing the danger from what’s in your containers

first_imgPhoto 128310365 © Christopher Freeman – Dreamstime.com By Gavin van Marle 07/01/2021 Poorly packed containers and shipper misunderstanding of the dangers of some non-hazardous cargo could result in more than $6bn in annual damages to the supply chain.Leading freight and transport insurer TT Club has renewed its call to shippers and other cargo interests to “take responsibility to ensure the risks are mitigated”.It said its “analyses consistently indicate that two-thirds of incidents related to cargo damage are caused or exacerbated by poor practices at the time of packing goods into a freight container”.It explained: “Such supply chain malpractice results in multi-million dollar losses, including tragic containership fires with loss of seafarer lives and significant delays. Extrapolating known figures, all such incidents are estimated to result in economic losses exceeding $6bn per year.”Michael Yarwood, MD of loss prevention at TT Club, added: “The dangers are not just restricted to chemical cargo, such as used in paints, cosmetics, cleaning products, fertilisers, weedkillers and aerosols.“A wide variety of consumer goods, as well as components used in the manufacture of industrial products, domestics white goods and automobiles, if incorrectly handled in transit, can cause major disasters.“The list is long and often surprising – BBQ charcoal, battery-powered electronic devices, fireworks, hand sanitiser, wool, cotton, vegetable fibres, marble, granite and other building materials, fishmeal, seed cake and many more.”He said: “Those involved in sourcing, importing, storing, supplying or selling such commodities should ensure their procurement and logistics standards are of the highest level.”He urged shippers to refer to the nearest thing the industry has to regulations covering the packing of containers: the Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code), jointly published by the IMO, International Labour Organisation and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.Mr Yarwood said: “It provides comprehensive information on all aspects of packing and securing of cargo in freight containers and other transport units across all sea and land transport modes. It guides not only those responsible for packing and securing cargo, but also those who receive and unpack the goods.“It also addresses the vital issue of correct description and declaration of the goods, including any specific information about the treatment of dangerous goods,” he added.TT Club has published a quick guide and container packing checklist, and Mr Yarwood’s comments were supported by Global Shippers Forum (GSF) secretary general James Hookham.He said: “In addition to the serious health and safety risks already described, poorly packed containers can also cause damage to adjacent cargo in the event of incident, and have been a cause of major consequential losses for shippers.“The GSF played a leading role in the development of the advice in the CTU Code and contributed to the writing of the Quick Guide and Container Packing Checklist.”last_img read more

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Florida fossil hunter finds set of Dire Wolf teeth

first_img120,000-year-old footprints found in Saudi Arabia — they might be human September 22, 2020 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Fossil hunter finds new ‘sea dragon’ species December 11, 2020 12-year-old discovers 69-million-year-old dinosaur fossil while hiking October 18, 2020 AdvertisementTags: fossil Advertisement FLORIDA– A Florida fossil hunter found a set of Dire Wolf teeth (no, not the animal featured on Game of Thrones).Believe it or not, 12-thousand-years ago, the distant cousin to modern canines used to call Florida home. When first meeting amateur fossil hunter Michael Staab, it’s obvious his hobby is more like a passion. Inside his home, he has display cases filled with his finds.He has collected treasures ranging from Mammoth tusks to Megalodon teeth.  Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS Rare Sperm Whale fossil found during search for GoPro from Alligator attack June 7, 2021 Advertisement“It’s pretty endless what you can find in this area,” He said. Still, he was surprised when he found a pair of canine teeth from an extinct Pleistocene Predator. “Me and my friend have a pact that if one of us passes away, then the other one acquires the wolfs tooth, so they all stay together.” Staab said.  AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments According to experts, the teeth likely could belong to an extinct Dire Wolf, Bear or even a Jaguar. “They were in Florida starting around 200-thousand years ago and they were one of the more common big carnivores up until 11-thousand years ago when many of the Ice Age animals became extinct.”  said Dr. Richard Hulbert from the University of Florida.“There are still new species to be found, new faunas to be found that represent new intervals of geologic time, and we are always learning more about the prehistory of Florida.” last_img read more

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North Korea Accused of Moscow Casino

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak It was reported yesterday by a Russian newspaper that the North Korean Embassy in Moscow is sheltering an illegal casino.According to Izvestia, a company calling itself ‘Inter’ moved into an office building attached to the embassy in September last year. Although the lease for the building stipulates use as a restaurant, it apparently went into use as an illegal casino in December.Each floor of the 2000m²+ casino apparently has three rooms, with four roulette tables, five poker and blackjack tables and around 30 slot machines on the 2nd floor, and a 3rd floor reserved for VIP guests. It is divided from the main embassy building by an iron fence.The piece reports rumors that the owner of the 3rd floor establishment is Nazim Ismailov, the former owner of another illegal casino in the city called Golden Ring which was shut down by the police in mid-January. The newspaper says there is no evidence that North Korean diplomatic staff did not know what was going on in the building, and that experts agree there is a high chance of the embassy allowing the casino to continue as a means of earning foreign currency. The operation of casinos has been banned in Russia’s major cities since July, 2009, causing a number of illegal operations to be set up, with embassies a favored location because of immunity from prosecution. According to Izvestia, the operators of the casino entered negotiations with the embassies of a number of African nations, too, focusing mostly on countries laboring under economic difficulties. The Embassy of Belarus has also been accused of taking in a similar casino.For its part, the North Korean embassy has denied any connection with the story, saying, “There is not and never has been a casino operating within our embassy,” while Belarussian Foreign Minister Andrei Savinykh has called the allegations “fake”. By Chris Green – 2011.04.15 5:06pm North Korea Accused of Moscow Casino SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twittercenter_img News News News AvatarChris Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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Flood Aid to Start on Sep. 15

first_imgNews Flood Aid to Start on Sep. 15 The Korea National Red Cross this morning notified North Korea that deliveries of flood aid are planned to begin on September 15th.The message, sent to the head of the Chosun Red Cross Society, also explained how South Korea proposes to transfer the food aid.South Korea proposes to dispatch one or two deliveries of aid weekly along both the east and west coast routes over roughly a month, culminating in mid October. The first delivery is set to include 200,000 units of highly nutritious food for babies and small children (150,000 units to be sent along the western route, and 50,000 units along the eastern route).“We notified the North of the precise items and locations in both the east and west, and requested entry for the delivery persons and assurances of their comfort,” the Red Cross today revealed, adding, “In particular, we made clear to the North our intent to confirm distribution of the flood aid.”Meanwhile, North Korea still has yet to acknowledge that it will take the aid at all, but since more than a month has now passed since the flood damage occurred, the South Korean government has decided to push forward the process regardless. “North Korea is not putting forward any other opinion, and since it is being pushed from the humanitarian standpoint, it doesn’t seem to be too much,” a Red Cross official further commented. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter AvatarKim Yong Hun By Kim Yong Hun – 2011.09.06 4:32pm center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News SHARE News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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ADDRESS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER P.J. PATTERSON AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE HONOURABLE PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA

first_imgRelatedADDRESS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER P.J. PATTERSON AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE HONOURABLE PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail This is a great and very special day for our country and I consider myself wonderfully privileged to be a part of it.I am proud to have contributed to the evolution of our democracy and of the political process which enable us to celebrate in grand Jamaican style a change of leadership by orderly and peaceful means that cannot be surpassed anywhere in the democratic world.As a result of that I stand here this afternoon to offer my warmest congratulations to a worthy and most deserving successor with all the sincerity and goodwill emanating from over thirty years of close association.I am certain that the baton has been securely passed for the next leg of the relay with our team, like the 2004 Olympians, continuing to run in the lane to which history has assigned us. It is that same lane in which we started the race in 1938.I am particularly gratified that we have been able to ensure a seamless and transparent process in the change of leadership, so that the country can experience change without confusion or chaos and that we are thereby enhancing the best and most wholesome of our Jamaican political traditions.It has been a privilege and a distinct honour to have been able to serve for fourteen years as Prime Minister of this blessed land.We have had our triumphs and successes, but we have also shared our moments of disappointment. But what is life itself if it is not that?The journey has been a journey of peaks and valleys, but never one where any mountain was too high or any valley too dangerous to cause us to falter.With the undergirding of the blessings of the Almighty and the prayers of the people, I have been fortified and encouraged in all my endeavours and I would like on this occasion to say a final word of thanks for the generous support which I have received from all those who wish Jamaica well.I know that Prime Minister Simpson Miller will be depending on and will receive abundant blessings herself and I am sure that she will be empowered likewise.To my Cabinet and other members of the Government – who all demitted office immediately as a consequence of my retirement, I use this opportunity to thank them publicly and very specially for their service and sacrifice to the country, and to wish them well in their future endeavours. Jamaica is a country with a proud and growing record of achievements in the fields of investment creation, the creative arts, international diplomacy, industrial relations, sports and community development – all well known and understood by the new Prime Minister.In many of these areas, she herself has played a critical role.I am confident that the country will be able to rise to new levels of economic growth and witness upward social mobility as we continue to build on the foundations which have been well and truly laid and to profit from the traditions bequeathed to us by earlier generations.Prime Minister Simpson Miller, in the spirit of one who has travelled along the political pathway with you for nearly four decades I salute you, I commend you, and I wish for you all that is good as you assume office. May you enjoy calm seas and a prosperous voyage and may your efforts be crowned with abundant success.As you continue on a new leg in the journey, let us make Jamaica fully triumphant, proud and free.May God continue to guide you.I pray that God will forever bless Jamaica, land we love. RelatedADDRESS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER P.J. PATTERSON AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE HONOURABLE PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA ADDRESS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER P.J. PATTERSON AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE HONOURABLE PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA UncategorizedMarch 30, 2006center_img Advertisements RelatedADDRESS BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER P.J. PATTERSON AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE HONOURABLE PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER AS PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICAlast_img read more

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Investigation of FlightHub ends with $5.8M in total penalties for company and directors

first_imgInvestigation of FlightHub ends with $5.8M in total penalties for company and directors From: Competition Bureau CanadaIn addition to a $5 million penalty for FlightHub Group Inc., two company directors have agreed to penalties of $400,000 each after the Competition Bureau concluded that the online travel agency charged customers hidden fees, authored positive customer reviews to promote its services, and made numerous false or misleading claims about its prices and other flight-booking services.February 24, 2021 – GATINEAU, QC – Competition BureauIn addition to a $5 million penalty for FlightHub Group Inc., two company directors have agreed to penalties of $400,000 each after the Competition Bureau concluded that the online travel agency charged customers hidden fees, authored positive customer reviews to promote its services, and made numerous false or misleading claims about its prices and other flight-booking services.The penalties are part of a settlement registered today with the Competition Tribunal, which prohibits FlightHub and directors Matthew Keezer and Nicholas Hart from making any further false or misleading claims. These include claims about the price of flights, as well as the cost and terms associated with cancellations, rebooking and seat selection. FlightHub is also required to remove any online reviews of its services that were posted by or on behalf of the company but appeared to be from genuine customers.As part of its investigation of FlightHub’s marketing practices, the Bureau reviewed thousands of consumer complaints, seized documents at the company’s Montreal headquarters, and obtained a Temporary Consent Agreement to protect the public while the investigation was ongoing.The Bureau concluded that FlightHub made millions in revenue from charging hidden fees, and misled consumers on FlightHub.com and JustFly.com about the costs and terms associated with a range of services, including:Seat selection terms and feesFlightHub actively concealed fees that it charged consumers for seat selection.FlightHub gave the impression that consumers could reserve their seats by selecting specific seats on a seat map, but FlightHub did not secure the selected seats for many consumers.The price of flightsFlightHub promoted false or misleading pricing information on the websites and in emails, and at times increased prices after consumers selected a flight.Flight cancellation and rebooking terms and feesFlightHub gave the impression that consumers could obtain cancellation and rebooking rights at no cost, when in fact consumers were charged additional fees.FlightHub gave the impression that consumers had more extensive cancellation and rebooking rights than was actually the case.Obtaining and using “travel credits” for future flightsFlightHub gave the impression that consumers could cancel a flight in return for credit on any future flight, when in fact the “travel credit” could be subject to important restrictions and additional costs.In some cases, after a consumer agreed to cancel a flight in return for a travel credit of a specific value, the value later decreased.In reaching today’s settlement, the Bureau took into account that FlightHub is insolvent and was granted creditor protection by the Quebec Superior Court in May 2020. The associated penalties will be treated as unsecured claims in any plan of arrangement to be filed by FlightHub under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). All other terms of the settlement are binding on FlightHub and the two directors for a period of 10 years, regardless of the outcome of the CCAA proceedings.The settlement (consent agreement) will be available shortly on the Competition Tribunal‘s website.Quotes“We have pursued this case relentlessly to ensure that Canadians would be protected against any further deceptive marketing by FlightHub and its directors. Cracking down on deceptive marketing in the online marketplace is one of the Bureau’s top priorities, and we’ll continue to do everything in our power to stop it.”Matthew Boswell,Commissioner of CompetitionQuick factsThe deceptive marketing provisions of the Competition Act forbid businesses from making false or misleading claims about their products or services.The Bureau began a formal investigation of FlightHub Group Inc.’s marketing practices in November 2018.In February 2019, the Bureau executed search warrants and seized documents at the company’s headquarters in Montreal.In October 2019, the Bureau entered into a Temporary Consent Agreement with FlightHub to prohibit it from using false or misleading marketing on FlightHub.com and JustFly.com while the investigation continued. This was the first temporary agreement of this kind ever obtained by the Bureau during an ongoing investigation.Today’s settlement, which resolves all of the Bureau’s concerns, is designed to ensure that all prices, fees and terms associated with FlightHub’s services are clearly disclosed to consumers. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Canada, Commissioner, court, future, Government, Internet, investigation, online, penalty, revenue, settlement, travel, websitelast_img read more

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“We live in age of garbage”

first_img“We live in age of garbage” Uppsala UniversityThere is enormous value in what we call rubbish. Today, there is a higher percentage of gold and copper in our discarded IT and electrical products than in ore.Photograph: MattonIn the quest for a circular economy and a sustainable society, we need to transform our waste into a resource. In the so-called waste package, the Riksdag and the Swedish Government have adopted new legislation that to a far greater extent considers waste to be a resource. The waste package is due to be introduced in 2025 and Uppsala University is currently conducting research on the subject.The waste package is based on a package of EU legislation and has required a significant number of changes to Swedish legislation and regulations. The new rules are intended to benefit the circular economy.Uppsala University researchers Björn Wallsten of the Department of Sociology and Per Fors of the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering are looking at how we can become better at using our waste as a resource. Both Björn and Per are members of the interdisciplinary platform Uppsala University Sustainability Initiatives (UUSI), which strengthens the University’s research on sustainability issues.Valuable material risks going to wasteBjörn Wallsten, researcher at the Department ofSociology, Uppsala University.The new statutory requirements are not the only reason why research into waste is important.“We live in the age of garbage. In a way, research into waste is therefore about shining a light on our societies’ own backyards, on communicating an alternative narrative to all the talk of how technologically advanced and developed our civilisation is,” says researcher Björn Wallsten.Björn Wallsten has conducted both qualitative and qualitative research into various types of waste, including how we can recycle infrastructure and whether sewage sludge could become a resource and, if so, how.Per Fors, a researcher at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, has also researched waste, this time focusing on sustainability in information technology.“Nobody wants to see or smell rubbish heaps but when we incinerate or bury waste we risk missing out on valuable materials as well as creating other sustainability-related problems in the process. But how do we persuade a great many different stakeholders in the IT industry to cooperate on reducing waste and extending the working life of products? This is where research is particularly important,” says Per Fors.Interdisciplinary research is key Per Fors, a researcher at the Department of Civiland Industrial Engineering, Uppsala University.As waste is the result of many different processes – such as policy decisions, innovation, technological development and individual behaviour – multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research is demanded in the field.“While engineers examine the technical aspects, economists the financial implications and sociologists the collective practices, this only addresses individual problems rather than telling us anything about the system that creates waste. Interdisciplinary and comprehensive studies are demanded if we are to identify synergies,” says Per Fors.Björn Wallsten agrees:“We need both quantitative studies in order to grasp the severity and magnitude of the problem and qualitative studies of how deeply embedded in societal processes the origin of waste actually is. Both approaches are vital if we are to achieve change,” he says.The enormous value of rubbishThere is enormous value in what we call rubbish. Today, there is a higher percentage of gold and copper in our discarded IT and electrical products than in ore. While extracting these materials takes time and money, the Earth’s resources are finite.“In theory, taking care of our scrap electronics in a more responsible manner should be a no-brainer,” observes Per Fors.“Having gone to all the trouble of digging something our of the Earth’s crust, we have a responsibility to ensure that we use it for as long as possible,” says Björn Wallsten.There is also an ethical aspect to how we manage waste. While the West creates most of the world’s waste, it largely ends up in developing countries.Higher investment in maintenanceBoth Per Fors and Björn Wallsten believe that research has a great deal to contribute to future societal changes in terms of how waste is managed.Björn, for example, believes that research can help society to rediscover the importance of maintenance and repairs.“We should be investing more in patching, repairing, tending, mending and repairing things,” he emphasises.Björn Wallsten hopes that future research will be less focused on household waste sorting and instead examine how major stakeholders manage their waste.Per Fors thinks very much along the same lines: todays products are not manufactured to be repaired and the missing ingredient is cooperation between the stakeholders along the value chain.“Companies find it difficult to source used electronics and it is often economically unjustifiable to make repairs. There are major problems related to a lack of communication between stakeholders. This is where I think research – especially interdisciplinary research – can help,” he says.Less focus on household waste Björn Wallsten hopes that future research will be less focused on household waste sorting and instead examine how major stakeholders manage their waste.“I’m thinking about the private sector in particular, in everything from fast-moving consumer goods to heavy industry,” he says.Per Fors is convinced that companies need to undergo costly transformations in order to reach the necessary level of cooperation to achieve a circular economy. He believes that it is difficult to put win-win sustainability strategies such as circular economies into practice unless one’s partners and suppliers also get on board.“It will be interesting to see which companies are willing to bear the initial costs and take this seriously, rather using it to project a slightly greener image,” he says.Agnes LomanAnnica HulthUppsala University Sustainability Initiatives (UUSI)Uppsala University Sustainability Initiatives (UUSI) is a platform to strengthen the university’s research on sustainability issues.UUSI gathers the University’s researchers from various fields in interdisciplinary cooperation and works together with other universities, companies and organisations outside the university.The background of UUSI is Agenda 2030 with its 17 sustainable development goals. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agnes, circular economy, communication, Earth, Engineering, EU, Government, infrastructure, innovation, Investment, legislation, sustainability, sustainable, technology, university, Uppsala Universitylast_img read more

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New evidence released on trends of NCDs, suicide in India

first_img Share By EH News Bureau on September 14, 2018 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Related Posts News State burden of diseases is becoming more evident with these publications and ICMR is also realigning itself as per the changing epidemiologyThe India State-level Disease Burden Initiative, a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, along with experts and stakeholders associated with over 100 Indian institutions, has recently released comprehensive analysis of several major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and suicide for every state in India, based on analysis of all identifiable epidemiological data from India since 1990 as part of the Global Burden of Disease study.These findings are reported in a series of five research papers published in The Lancet Global Health, The Lancet Public Health, and The Lancet Oncology, along with a commentary in The Lancet.Highlighting some crucial policy-relevant points in these papers, Professor Balram Bhargava, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Director General, ICMR, said, “These papers through detailed analysis have elucidated disease and risk factor trends of major NCDs and suicide in every state over 26 years. While it is known that NCDs have been increasing in India, a major finding of concern is that the highest rate of increase in ischemic heart disease and diabetes is in the less developed states of India. These states already have a high burden from chronic obstructive lung disease and from a range of infectious and childhood diseases, so the control of NCDs in these states has to be boosted without delay.”“The proportional contribution of cancers to disease burden in India has doubled since 1990, but the incidence of individual cancers varies widely between the states, the reasons for which need to be understood better to guide prevention and control of cancer. Another important finding is the very high contribution of India to the total suicide deaths in the world, especially among women. The ten-fold variation between the states in the suicide death rate for women emphasises the need to better understand the reasons behind these suicides and make concerted efforts to reduce this avoidable loss of predominantly young lives,” Dr Bhargarva further added.Dr Bhargarva also informed about the working of ICMR, its national priorities, new initiatives, major events that took place at ICMR this year and the role ICMR has been playing in the field of health research in India since the past century.Giving pre inputs on the release of this data, Professor Lalit Dandona, Director of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative informed, “It is important to note that the detailed analyses reported in these papers have been possible because of the valuable contributions of many hundreds of highly qualified collaborators from India over the past three years.”Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, commented, “The papers in the Lancet journals reveal a rapid epidemiological transition in India. While the country is engulfed in an emerging epidemic of non-communicable disease, it is also facing the challenge of a significant burden of suicide.” Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19”center_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app New evidence released on trends of NCDs, suicide in India Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storylast_img read more

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