Facebook tightens ad rules for EU political parties ahead of elections

first_img Facebook tightens ad rules for EU political parties ahead of elections whatsapp The social media giant has been under increasing scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had improperly used Facebook data to target electoral advertising.All political ads will be stored in a searchable online library for up to seven years, with information including how much was spent, who paid for the ad and the demographics of those who saw them.Read more: Facebook launches UK fact-checking programme to fight fake newsThe tools will also cover so-called issue ads, which relate to controversial topics such as immigration and do not back a specific party.Facebook said it will set up regional operation centres in Dublin and Singapore to monitor its election-related content, designed to “add a layer of defence against fake news, hate speech and voter suppression”.Clegg denied reports that the tech firm had plans to launch a subscription-based service in the place of its existing ads-only business model. whatsapp Facebook plans to toughen up rules surrounding paid political advertising in order to prevent foreign interference in elections.In his first public appearance since winning the job in October, former UK deputy prime minister and now Facebook global policy chief Sir Nick Clegg told reporters in Brussels today that Facebook will require political parties to register as advertisers on the platform. Monday 28 January 2019 7:00 pm Share Emily Nicolle “We will require those wanting to run political and issue ads to be authorised, and we will display a ‘paid for by’ disclaimer on those ads,” said Clegg.The changes will go live before elections in the European parliament this spring.Read more: Facebook to toughen up rules on political ads in countries with major electionsFacebook later added it “has more than 30,000 people working on safety and security across the company, three times as many as we had in 2017”.It aims to expand these tools globally before the end of June. Tags: Facebooklast_img read more

Hundreds attend memorial service for George Floyd as US anti-racism protests continue

first_img whatsapp She held a sign that read: “You’re lucky we just want equality and not revenge.” Hundreds of people attended a memorial service yesterday for George Floyd who was killed by the police in Minneapolis on 25 May, sparking widespread protests against racism and injustice. Hundreds attend memorial service for George Floyd as US anti-racism protests continue New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took the stage to pledge that Floyd’s death would lead to substantive changes in police practices in the nation’s largest city. Tributes were paid to Floyd in Minneapolis and the New York city borough of Brooklyn as protesters returned to the streets of cities such as Atlanta, Washington D.C., Denver, Detroit and Los Angeles for the tenth straight day. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 04: Rev. Al Sharpton performs a eulogy during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A number of politicians and celebrities attended the service in Minneapolis as more are scheduled to be held in North Carolina and Texas. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Also Read: Hundreds attend memorial service for George Floyd as US anti-racism protests continue Protesters and organisers have said in recent days that they are looking to transform the anger over Floyd’s death into a renewed civil rights movement seeking to reform the US criminal justice system. Yesterday, the three newly arrested officers made their first appearance in court and were ordered to remain held on $750,000 (£592,267) bond each. “TAKE YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE! @TheRevAl speaking pure facts. #ripgeorgefloyd #justiceforgeorgefloyd”- repost @diddy @revolttv #GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydMemorial pic.twitter.com/QkCVLkBBnE— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 5, 2020 whatsapp Delivering the eulogy at a memorial service inside a university chapel in Minneapolis, Sharpton said Floyd’s fate – dying at the hands of police, pinned to the ground under the knee of a white officer – symbolized a universal experience of police brutality for African Americans. Floyd’s killing has sparked protests worldwide about police brutality and anti-black racism. Sharpton led mourners in eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence, the amount of time Floyd lay on the street with a knee pressed into his neck. On Wednesday, prosecutors in Minneapolis elevated murder charges against one police officer jailed last week in Floyd’s death and arrested three others accused of aiding and abetting the first. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 04: Rev. Al Sharpton performs a eulogy during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A number of politicians and celebrities attended the service in Minneapolis as more are scheduled to be held in North Carolina and Texas. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Also Read: Hundreds attend memorial service for George Floyd as US anti-racism protests continue Friday 5 June 2020 8:55 am The protest began at 1pm, with crowds chanting “no justice, no peace” and waving signs in solidarity with demonstrators in the US. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 04: Rev. Al Sharpton performs a eulogy during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A number of politicians and celebrities attended the service in Minneapolis as more are scheduled to be held in North Carolina and Texas. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Also Read: Hundreds attend memorial service for George Floyd as US anti-racism protests continue Share In D.C., hundreds if not thousands assembled for a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, many sitting on the ground listening to speakers and chanting, “Say his name – George Floyd,” before an evening thunderstorm dispersed the crowd. Civil rights activist the Reverend Al Sharpton told mourners that Floyd’s killing marked a reckoning for the US over justice and race, and said: “Get your knee off our necks.” Their principal co-defendant, Derek Chauvin, 44, is slated to appear for his bond hearing on Monday. Chauvin is the officer seen in video footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasped for air and groaned, “I can’t breathe,” before passing out. James Booth Floyd, a Houston native who had worked security at nightclubs, was unarmed when taken into custody outside a corner market where an employee had reported that a man matching his description tried to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit bill. “This is a very seismic moment, and someday I’m going to have a kid, and he or she or they are going to ask me what I did during the uprising of 2020, during the American spring,” said Nana Mensah, a writer in her 30s from Brooklyn. His brother, Terrence Floyd, joined an outdoor memorial on Thursday in Brooklyn where many in the crowd knelt in a symbol of protest and chanted, “No justice, no peace.” He urged the crowd to continue to seek justice but to avoid violence, saying, “My brother wasn’t about that.” The four former officers, all dismissed from the Minneapolis police department the day after Floyd died, each faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges. Another group of protesters congregated near the White House, where construction workers erected concrete barriers and fences around the presidential residence. MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 04: Rev. Al Sharpton performs a eulogy during a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University on June 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A number of politicians and celebrities attended the service in Minneapolis as more are scheduled to be held in North Carolina and Texas. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) The protests were largely orderly in contrast with some previous nights which saw clashes between protesters and the police, arson and looting. “George Floyd should not be among the deceased. He did not die of common health conditions. He died of a common American criminal justice malfunction,” Sharpton said. “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks.’” A string of memorial services for Floyd were expected to stretch across six days and three states. A funeral was planned for Tuesday. On Wednesday, thousands gathered in London’s Hyde Park to demonstrate their anger at the killing. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Deutsche Bank ‘in talks to sell IT unit’ as cost-cutting continues

first_img Deutsche Bank is in the process of a restructuring effort that will cost 18,000 jobs (Getty Images) Also Read: Deutsche Bank ‘in talks to sell IT unit’ as cost-cutting continues Deutsche Bank is reportedly in talks to sell a IT services unit to Tata Consulting Services (TCS), one of Asia’s biggest software exporters, as the lender continues a cost-cutting programme.  Postbank Systems has around 1,400 employees and provides IT services to Postbank — Deutsche’s formerly separate retail division. Thursday 22 October 2020 1:05 pm Show Comments ▼ In July, Deutsche signed a 10-year deal with Google that will see much of its IT systems moved on to the cloud in a bid to overhaul its outdated back-end technology. The agreement forms part of a €13bn technology investment plan the bank plans to implement by 2022. Share Deutsche Bank is in the process of a restructuring effort that will cost 18,000 jobs (Getty Images) Also Read: Deutsche Bank ‘in talks to sell IT unit’ as cost-cutting continues Selling the IT services division to the Indian firm would help bring Deutsche chief executive Christian Sewing closer to his goal of cutting 18,000 jobs in a bid to slash costs and restore profitability at Germany’s biggest bank. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market dataDeutsche Bank is currently in the process of merging its own IT systems with Postbank’s, as part of a plan that is expected to contribute heavily to Sewing’s goal of cutting €1bn in costs in the lender’s retail operations.  Postbank systems generated €533m in revenue in 2015, its latest available annual report showed. center_img Deutsche Bank is in the process of a restructuring effort that will cost 18,000 jobs (Getty Images) whatsapp whatsapp City A.M. has contacted Deutsche Bank and TCS for comment.  Talks about the sale of Bonn-based Postbank Systems to TCS are expected to result in a deal for the division by the end of the year, Bloomberg reported. Anna Menin Deutsche Bank ‘in talks to sell IT unit’ as cost-cutting continues Tags: Deutsche Banklast_img read more

Slovak Telekom to go to market as republic offloads 49pc stake

first_imgWednesday 8 April 2015 9:19 pm whatsapp Express KCS Tags: NULL Read This Next’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapBill Maher Pokes Fun at Joe Manchin: He’s a ‘Democrat Except on Matters ofThe WrapRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapRick Leventhal to Exit Fox News Just as His Wife Kelly Leaves ‘RealThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapDoes ‘In the Heights’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?The WrapAzealia Banks Blasts Candace Owens’ Juneteenth Diss With Callback toThe WrapJason Whitlock, Former ESPN and Fox Sports Reporter, Resurfaces at BlazeThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap COMMUNICATIONS provider Slovak Telekom said yesterday it was moving towards privatisation as the Slovak Republic seeks to unload its share in the company.The Slovak Republic, owning 49 per cent of Slovak Telekom via its agency the National Property Fund, intends to offer its entire stake on the London and Bratislava stock exchanges. Neither the date of the listing nor the share price has been announced.Co-owner and communications giant Deutsche Telekom, intends to hold on to its 51 per cent stake in Slovak Telekom.Slovak Telekom provided a service for 2.22m customers in 2014, with 1.163m fixed subscribers. For the year ending 31 December, its pre-tax profit crept up 1.1 per cent to €70.96m (£51.6m) compared with 2013, despite revenue falling five per cent. “The IPO will mark an important next step in our development and bring greater visibility to the value we intend to create,” said chief executive Miroslav Majoros. Slovak Telekom to go to market as republic offloads 49pc stake Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

North East claim first ever Laois Divisional Competition Shield

first_img Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 3rd November 2018 Pinterest Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action from the finals of the Laois Divisional Football competitionNext articleWell-known Laois man wins big on Winning Streak after Spinning the Wheel! Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community North East 5-15 West/North West 1-12Laois GAA Divisional Football Shield FinalThe North East claimed the Shield in Stradbally this evening.It was a powerful display from them as impressive displays from Mark Barry, Jack Owens and Barry Kelly proved the difference.The North East played against the stiff breeze in the first but two goals in the first quarter helped them into the lead.The excellent Mark Barry grabbed both of them after some fine approach play involving Jack Owens and Matthew Finlay.The West North West struggled to get forward and had to rely on Aaron Dowling, Eoin Dunne and James Mullaney points to keep them in it.But the North East finished the half with points from Brian Ging, Jack Owens and Barry to lead 2-8 to 0-6 at half time.Niall Mullen cut the deficit on the resumption of play but frees from Mark Barry and Matthew Finlay moved the North East nine clear.Joey Shelly and Robbie Pigott trader efforts while North East keeper Scott Osbourne made two great saves before being thankful for his post when Sean Moore’s effort beat him but came back off it.And the North East made the game safe 12 minutes from the end when Jack Owens burst through to score a deserved goal.Ronan Murray responded with a point but a Nigel Murphy goal followed by Matthew Finlay and Colm Murphy points pushed the North East further ahead.The West North West kept going and were rewarded with a late Ronan Murray penalty but the North East won well with a late Colm Murphy goal sealing it.SCORERS – NORTH EAST: Mark Barry 2-3 (two free), Nigel Murphy 1-1, Jack Owens 1-2, Matthew Finlay 0-5, Brian Ging 0-1, Robbie Pigott 0-1, Colm Murphy 1-2 WEST/NORTH WEST: Eoin Dunne 0-4 (one free), Aaron Dowling 0-2, James Mullaney 0-1, Conor Flynn 0-1, Sean Moore 0-1, Niall Mullen 0-1, Joey Shelly 0-1, Ronan Murray 1-1NORTH EAST: Scott Osbourne; Alan Whelan, Diarmuid Bennett, Cormac O’Hora; Robbie Pigott, Paddy O’Sullivan, Shane Murphy; Barry Kelly, Robbie Dowling; Brian Ging, Jack Owens, Mark Barry; Nigel Murphy, Colm Murphy, Matthew Finlay Subs: Sean Byrne, Mark Dowling, James O’RourkeWEST NORTH WEST: Niall Gorman; Anavil Storey, Marcus Redmond, Darren Fitzpatrick; Conor Flynn, John O’Loughlin, Eoin George; Cathal C-Fennell, Colm Coss; James Mullaney, Eoin Dunne, Rob Tyrell; Aaron Dowling, Joey Shelly, Sean Moore. Subs: Niall Mullen, Ryan Mullaney, Ronan MurraySEE ALSO – Laois mum of three delighted as stolen car recovered Home Sport GAA North East claim first ever Laois Divisional Competition Shield SportGAAGaelic Football New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp North East claim first ever Laois Divisional Competition Shield Facebook Council Community Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ TAGSLaois Divisional Football CompetitionNorth EastWest North West Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Ambiance feutrée pour l’anniversaire du Parti.

first_img« Il se produit des choses durant cettejournée, mais il n’y a rien de festif » a indiqué vendredi à Daily NK unesource de la province du Hamgyŏng du Nord. « En ce jour anniversaire de lafondation du PTC, nous n’avons même pas reçu de ration alimentairespéciale ; on a simplement eu droit aux conférences et sessions d’études.Parce que ce congé est de nature politique, les gens sont tenus d’assister,mais ils redoutent les inévitables rassemblements d’endoctrinement. » Defaçon notable, il n’y a eu aucune conférence lors du rassemblement national laveille dudit congé. Facebook Twitter News Les commémorations organisées pour le 69èmeanniversaire de la fondation du Parti des Travailleurs de Corée (PTC), le 10octobre, viennent de prendre fin, mais contrairement aux années précédentes, iln’y a eu cette année aucun événement festif d’envergure. Mises à part lesperformances d’ampleur somme toute limitée, et les sessions d’étudesrévolutionnaires et les conférences organisées dans les usines et lesentreprises, cette journée chômée s’est déroulée de façon plutôt triste, selonplusieurs sources nord-coréennes. La source a poursuivi en ajoutant que le jouranniversaire de la fondation du PTC, ainsi que les espoirs de devenir membredudit parti pour les bénéfices que cette adhésion procure, n’ont plus le mêmepouvoir d’attraction que par le passé pour la plupart des habitants, dont lespréoccupations changent rapidement. Auparavant, cette journée était considéréecomme la plus important du pays, après les anniversaires de Kim Il Sung et KimJong Il. Désormais, et depuis ces dernières années, nombre de ceux qui se sontlancés dans les affaires n’expriment plus le désir de rejoindre le PTC enraison des contraintes et du temps que cela leur ferait passer hors de leursactivités commerciales. Ambiance feutrée pour l’anniversaire du Parti. Les perspectives des membres actuels du PTCsemblent également changer, selon la source. « Ces derniers temps, le PTC renforce les contrôles des cartes d’identifications de sesmembres car nombreux sont ceux qui les laissent à des étrangers, les utilisent entant que garantie pour faire des affaires, ou les perdent. » Ce changement d’ambiance par rapport auxannées précédentes a été confirmé par une autre source de la région, qui aindiqué que « le 6 octobre, les chefs des Inminban (les unités populaires)de chaque district sont venus donner des conférences dans lesquelles ils ontdéclaré que « nous dev[i]ons éveiller encore plus notre espritrévolutionnaire et écraser les activités de l’ennemi au bonmoment. » » Par le passé, ces déclarations étaient souvent suiviespar une distribution de rations alimentaires, mais cela n’a pas été le cascette année. « Nous avons attendu nos rations parce que c’est un jour decongé, mais vainement. Nous n’avons rien reçu » a ajouté la source.« Ce n’est pas une atmosphère de fête, mais plutôt un congésilencieux. » Percevant ce changement, le PTC a intensifiéses efforts pour encourager la fidélité des citoyens, notamment en lesbombardant de conférences sur le sujet. Malgré cela, beaucoup ont abandonné l’idéed’adhérer au PTC, affirmant qu’une telle adhésion entraîne plus de problèmesqu’elle ne procure d’avantages. News By Choi Song Min – 2014.10.14 9:55am News Certains habitants ont émis l’hypothèse que lecaractère limité des célébrations était lié aux supposés problèmes de santé deKim Jong Un et à l’impossibilité pour ce dernier d’apparaître en public durantlesdites célébrations, y compris pour la visite du Palais du Soleil deKumsusan, qui sert de mausolée à la famille Kim. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Les seuls événements organisés en dehors deces sessions furent des « performances artistiques de fidélité »accomplies par l’Union démocratique des femmes de Corée et diverses autresperformances réalisées par des organisations étudiantes et d’enfants, a indiquéla source. « Il n’y a même pas eu de représentations dans la rue. Lestravailleurs se sont contentés de déposer des couronnes de fleurs au pied desstatues de Kim Il Sung et Kim Jong Il. On a l’impression que cetteatmosphère solennelle et le manque d’événements sont quelque peu liés auxsoucis de santé de Kim Jong Un et à son incapacité d’apparaître enpublic. » AvatarChoi Song Min last_img read more

August 9 Declared Jamaica Day in Washington

first_imgAugust 9 Declared Jamaica Day in Washington CultureAugust 11, 2009 RelatedAugust 9 Declared Jamaica Day in Washington FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Sunday, August 9 was declared ‘Jamaica Day’ in the United States capital, by the Mayor of Washington, D.C., Adrian Fenty.Mayor Fenty read the proclamation at a Thanksgiving Service to commemorate Jamaica’s 47th year of Independence, at Dumbarton Chapel, Howard University, in Washington, D.C., on August 9.The Mayor said that Washington, D.C., is proud to be the home to thousands of people of Jamaican descent, and the district’s residents are very appreciative that the Embassy of Jamaica contributes to the educational and cultural lives of its residents. He said it was a signal honour for him to issue the proclamation, as his wife, Michelle, is of Jamaican heritage.The proclamation read in part: “Jamaica and people of Jamaican descent throughout the world are celebrating the 47th year of Independence. The Jamaican national motto, ‘Out of Many One People’, reflects the fact that people of different races and creeds have lived side by side for centuries to forge a unique Jamaican identity.”“Therefore, I, Mayor of the District of Columbia, do hereby proclaim August 9 to be Jamaica Day in the District of Columbia and call upon all residents of this city to join me in saluting the nation of Jamaica.”Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, thanked Mayor Fenty for the proclamation.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson, delivers Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding’s Independence message, at a thanksgiving service to mark Jamaica’s 47th year of Independence, on Sunday, August 9, at the Dumbarton Chapel, Howard University, Washington D.C.“Jamaicans are very honored by your proclamation. It speaks well to the recognition Jamaicans abroad, notably those in the United States capital city, have earned themselves and their country of birth,” he said.In his special Independence message, read by Ambassador Johnson, Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to “remain unwavering in your determination to fulfill the dream and vision of our founding fathers. The journey to independence was a difficult one, but our forefathers remained on the ‘road’, refusing to take a detour, even when the obstacles were encountered.”“The task ahead cannot be accomplished in isolation – there must be collaboration. Our Jamaican Diaspora must play a critical role in this process of advancement. Members of the Jamaican Diaspora have long displayed a love for and loyalty to Jamaica, as is evidenced by their various contributions; and this church service is further evidence that they are willing to share in the special milestones of our nation,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Golding called on Jamaicans in the Diaspora to re-commit to the vision, conceptualised so many years ago – the vision of hope, peace, prosperity and equal opportunity for all.Delivering the sermon, Rector-designate of Kingston Parish Church, Bishop E. Don Taylor, cited the theme of this year’s Independence celebrations – ‘I Believe in Jamaica’ – as an expression of hope.“As Jamaicans, we must embrace the theme and live it out in words and deeds,” he urged. He also reminded members of the audience that the liberation of the people from slavery is something we should not take for granted. “We must remember from whence we came as a people, and should not return,” he stressed.This year’s collection from the service will benefit three charities in Jamaica, the Granville Childcare Facilities for Girls in Granville, Trelawny; the Jamaica Christian Boys Home in Kingston; and the outreach ministry of the Kingston Parish Church. RelatedAugust 9 Declared Jamaica Day in Washingtoncenter_img RelatedAugust 9 Declared Jamaica Day in Washington Advertisementslast_img read more

President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed

first_imgPresident Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed The White HouseBuilding on Past U.S. Leadership, including Efforts by States, Cities, Tribes, and Territories, the New Target Aims at 50-52 Percent Reduction in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution from 2005 Levels in 2030Today, President Biden will announce a new target for the United States to achieve a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net greenhouse gas pollution in 2030 – building on progress to-date and by positioning American workers and industry to tackle the climate crisis. The announcement – made during the Leaders Summit on Climate that President Biden is holding to challenge the world on increased ambition in combatting climate change – is part of the President’s focus on building back better in a way that will create millions of good-paying, union jobs, ensure economic competitiveness, advance environmental justice, and improve the health and security of communities across America.On Day One, President Biden fulfilled his promise to rejoin the Paris Agreement and set a course for the United States to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad, reaching net zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050. As part of re-entering the Paris Agreement, he also launched a whole-of-government process, organized through his National Climate Task Force, to establish this new 2030 emissions target – known as the “nationally determined contribution” or “NDC,” a formal submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Today’s announcement is the product of this government-wide assessment of how to make the most of the opportunity combatting climate change presents.PUSHING PROGRESS, CREATING JOBS, AND ACHIEVING JUSTICEThe United States is not waiting, the costs of delay are too great, and our nation is resolved to act now. Climate change poses an existential threat, but responding to this threat offers an opportunity to support good-paying, union jobs, strengthen America’s working communities, protect public health, and advance environmental justice. Creating jobs and tackling climate change go hand in hand – empowering the U.S. to build more resilient infrastructure, expand access to clean air and drinking water, spur American technological innovations, and create good-paying, union jobs along the way.To develop the goal, the Administration analyzed how every sector of the economy can spur innovation, unleash new opportunities, drive competitiveness, and cut pollution. The target builds on leadership from mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, businesses, faith groups, cultural institutions, health care organizations, investors, and communities who have worked together tirelessly to ensure sustained progress in reducing pollution in the United States.Building on and benefiting from that foundation, America’s 2030 target picks up the pace of emissions reductions in the United States, compared to historical levels, while supporting President Biden’s existing goals to create a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and net zero emissions economy by no later than 2050. There are multiple paths to reach these goals, and the U.S. federal, state, local, and tribal governments have many tools available to work with civil society and the private sector to mobilize investment to meet these goals while supporting a strong economy.SUPPORTING AMERICAN WORKERSThis target prioritizes American workers. Meeting the 2030 emissions target will create millions of good-paying, middle class, union jobs – line workers who will lay thousands of miles of transmission lines for a clean, modern, resilient grid; workers capping abandoned wells and reclaiming mines and stopping methane leaks; autoworkers building modern, efficient, electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure to support them; engineers and construction workers expanding carbon capture and green hydrogen to forge cleaner steel and cement; and farmers using cutting-edge tools to make American soil the next frontier of carbon innovation.The health of our communities, well-being of our workers, and competitiveness of our economy requires this quick and bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We must:Invest in infrastructure and innovation. America must lead the critical industries that produce and deploy the clean technologies that we can harness today – and the ones that we will improve and invent tomorrow.Fuel an economic recovery that creates jobs. We have the opportunity to fuel an equitable recovery, expand supply chains and bolster manufacturing, create millions of good-paying, union jobs, and build a more sustainable, resilient future.Breathe clean air and drink clean water and advance environmental justice. We can improve the health and well-being of our families and communities – especially those places too often left out and left behind.Make it in America. We can bolster our domestic supply chains and position the U.S. to ship American-made, clean energy products — like EV batteries – around the world.MEETING THE MOMENTThe target is consistent with the President’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050 and of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the science demands. To develop the target, the Administration:Used a whole-of-government approach: The NDC was developed by the National Climate Task Force using a whole-of-government approach, relying on a detailed bottom-up analysis that reviewed technology availability, current costs, and future cost reductions, as well as the role of enabling infrastructure. Standards, incentives, programs, and support for innovation were all weighed in the analysis. The National Climate Task Force is developing this into a national climate strategy to be issued later this year.Consulted important and diverse stakeholders: From unions that collectively bargain for millions of Americans who have built our country and work to keep it running to groups representing tens of millions of advocates and young Americans, the Administration listened to Americans across the country. This also included groups representing thousands of scientists; hundreds of governmental leaders like governors, mayors, and tribal leaders; hundreds of businesses; hundreds of schools and institutions of higher education; as well as with many specialized researchers focused on questions of pollution reduction.Explored multiple pathways across the economy: The target is grounded in analysis that explored multiple pathways for each economic sector of the economy that produces CO2 and non-CO2 greenhouse gases: electricity, transportation, buildings, industry, and lands. Each policy considered for reducing emissions is also an opportunity to support good jobs and improve equity:The United States has set a goal to reach 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, which can be achieved through multiple cost-effective pathways each resulting in meaningful emissions reductions in this decade. That means good-paying jobs deploying carbon pollution-free electricity generating resources, transmission, and energy storage and leveraging the carbon pollution-free energy potential of power plants retrofitted with carbon capture and existing nuclear, while ensuring those facilities meet robust and rigorous standards for worker, public, environmental safety and environmental justice.The United States can create good-paying jobs and cut emissions and energy costs for families by supporting efficiency upgrades and electrification in buildings through support for job-creating retrofit programs and sustainable affordable housing, wider use of heat pumps and induction stoves, and adoption of modern energy codes for new buildings. The United States will also invest in new technologies to reduce emissions associated with construction, including for high-performance electrified buildings.The United States can reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector by reducing tailpipe emissions and boosting the efficiency of cars and trucks; providing funding for charging infrastructure; and spurring research, development, demonstration, and deployment efforts that drive forward very low carbon new-generation renewable fuels for applications like aviation, and other cutting-edge transportation technologies across modes. Investment in a wider array of transportation infrastructure, including transit, rail, and biking improvements, will make more choices available to travelers.The United States can reduce emissions from forests and agriculture and enhance carbon sinks through a range of programs and measures including nature-based solutions for ecosystems ranging from our forests and agricultural soils to our rivers and coasts. Ocean-based solutions can also contribute towards reducing U.S. emissions.The United States can address carbon pollution from industrial processes by supporting carbon capture as well as new sources of hydrogen-produced from renewable energy, nuclear energy, or waste-to power industrial facilities. The government can use its procurement power to support early markets for these very low- and zero-carbon industrial goods.The United States will also reduce non-CO2 greenhouse gases, including methane, hydrofluorocarbons and other potent short-lived climate pollutants. Reducing these pollutants delivers fast climate benefits.In addition, the United States will invest in innovation to improve and broaden the set of solutions as a critical complement to deploying the affordable, reliable, and resilient clean technologies and infrastructure available today.America must act- and not just the federal government, but cities and states, small and big business, working communities. Together, we can seize the opportunity to drive prosperity, create jobs, and build the clean energy economy of tomorrow. /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). 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Scientific Certification Systems Recognizes GTREE® Paper with Forest Stewardship Council™ Chain…

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Email Home Industry News Releases Scientific Certification Systems Recognizes GTREE® Paper with Forest Stewardship Council™ Chain of…Industry News ReleasesScientific Certification Systems Recognizes GTREE® Paper with Forest Stewardship Council™ Chain of Custody CertificationBy Press Release – January 31, 2014 28 0 Previous articleRecord Attendance Marks 20th Anniversary of Nation’s Largest Wine & Grape Industry ShowNext articleAfternoon Brief, Jan. 31 Press Release Linkedin Twitter Pinterest Share TAGSG3 EnterprisesUnified Wine & Grape Symposium AdvertisementMODESTO, Calif. (January 27, 2014) — G3 Label Division announced that it has earned the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) Chain of Custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, one of the world’s leading FSC certifiers and one of FSC’s founding members. FSC provides third-party certification confirming that materials sold as Forest Stewardship Council™ certified are harvested from well-managed forest operations.G3 Label Division is a supplier of premium labels to the wine and spirits industries and is FSC certified on GTREE 100% Post-Consumer Waste premium wine label stock. G3 will have GTREE paper available at its booth, #443, at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento, January 29-30.The FSC label ensures that the fiber used to make the label has been tracked from certified re-pulping facilities (post-consumer waste paper that is recycled) all the way through the supply chain to G3 for the production of the labels.G3 takes supplier responsibility seriously and holds its GTREE paper suppliers accountable for the source of their raw materials and requires third-party verification that the suppliers are in compliance with the FSC standards, says Brendan Kinzie, senior director of G3 Label Division.Scientific Certification Systems is the leader in environmental and sustainability certification. One of the first certification bodies accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council in 1996, SCS has since certified more than 30 million acres of well-managed forests and 3000 companies in the FSC supply chain worldwide.G3’s trademark license code is FSC-C119052.For more information about GTREE certified product, contact G3 Enterprises 1800-321-8747 or G3Enterprises.comAdvertisement last_img read more

Acumen Estate Vineyard Receives Organic Farming Certification

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Acumen Estate Vineyard Receives Organic Farming CertificationIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessAcumen Estate Vineyard Receives Organic Farming CertificationBy Press Release – August 23, 2017 52 0 Linkedin ReddIt AdvertisementNapa, California (Aug. 23, 2017) – Acumen Wines, an Atlas Peak vineyard specializing in high-end Cabernet Sauvignon, has announced that its estate vineyard has been certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Acumen’s Edcora Vineyard, which lies at the edge of the Napa Valley’s Vaca mountain range on Atlas Peak, has been farmed organically since 2014. In order to become CCOF certified, a vineyard must be farmed using organic practices for a minimum of three years.Acumen’s Edcora Vineyard is characterized by its notable elevation, ranging from 1,350 to 1,600 feet. Eighty-four acres of vineyard are planted on the property, which spans a total of 180 acres. Techniques implemented in the vineyard include the use of cover crops (non-tillage grasses) and compost to nourish the soil; in addition, soil beneath the vines is tilled in order to support the plants’ natural immune system, eliminating the need for quick-acting chemicals.Acumen’s vineyard team is headed by Napa Valley veteran viticulturist Steve Matthiasson and Garrett Buckland, who comes from a family of local wine grape growers. Matthiasson emphasized that Acumen’s organic farming practices are based on the motto, “feed the soil, not the vines.”“We’re very pleased to be certified organic by CCOF,” said Matthiasson. “Our goal at Acumen has always been to produce world-class wines, and organic farming in our vineyards has played a major role in crafting wines of the highest quality.” Moving forward, Acumen’s PEAK series of wines and its Mountainside Cabernet Sauvignon will be made from organic grapes, which will be indicated on the labels.Acumen was founded in 2012 when Eric Yuan and his family acquired a prized 32-acre vineyard on Atlas Peak from Dr. Jan Krupp of Stagecoach Vineyard fame. In searching for a vineyard that could produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, they hired winery management executive Steven Rea and his team of wine industry veterans, including viticulturists Steve Matthiasson and Garrett Buckland and winemaker Denis Malbec (who died tragically in 2015) to seek out an ideal site in the Napa Valley. They considered a number of top Napa Valley vineyards before settling on Krupp’s property in the rugged Atlas Peak AVA in the Vaca Mountains of eastern Napa Valley. A second, 84-acre vineyard, just a half mile up the road, was acquired in 2013.Advertisement Twitter TAGSAcumen WineConsumer Facebook Pinterest Email Share Previous articleWomen for WineSense Napa Sonoma Elects New Marketing Director, Lisa N. BrownNext articleSonoma County Wine Auction Reveals Enticing 2017 Auction Lots Press Releaselast_img read more