Jan 192017
 
Ocean Legacy has a task not even Sisyphean would envy: picking up, sorting and recycling the vast amount of plastic that ends up on our shores. This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at hakaimagazine.com. On a sunny afternoon in September, a barge roughly the size of a dump truck pulls into Delta, British Columbia, piled high with marine debris. Foam, plastic bottles, frayed rope—all of it hand-picked by dozens of volunteers from the western shores of Vancouver Island and stashed inside 200 giant white bags. “Too bad that ain’t gold,” a bystander remarks from the dock. “You just wait,” replies Chloé Dubois, standing on deck, “one day it will be.” Dubois, the executive director of Ocean Legacy, one of a handful of organizations that took part in what was dubbed the largest marine debris cleanup in Canada over the summer of 2016, is startlingly passionate about plastic—something people throw away every single day. The month before the barge’s arrival, I joined Ocean Legacy’s cleanup of Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula Provincial Park and saw Dubois work 12-hour days sorting foam, dragging giant necklaces of buoys across the scorching sand, and moving crinkly sacks so full of water bottles they dwarfed her meter-and-a-half height. She cleans with full knowledge that the beaches will be covered in plastic again in a few weeks’ time. Read Full Article Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
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Dec 302016
 
Russian Airline and a Bank Execute a Blockchain Service Payment – CryptoCoinsNews The post Russian Airline and a Bank Execute a Blockchain Service Payment appeared first on CryptoCoinsNews. up JSC Siberia Airlines, commonly known under its operative name of S7 airlines has executed the first of its kind service payment using Ethereum blockchain smart-contracts through a letter of credit, with Russia-based Alfa-Bank. The announcement reveals that the agreement took place between the airlines and a counterpart using a letter of credit, through Alfa-Bank. A letter of credit is issued as a bank guarantee that payments will be made to a seller from the buyer. The bank issuing the letter of credit is obligated to cover the amount in the event that a buyer is unable to make the payment. Services giant Deloitte acted as the advisory consultant to the airline on blockchain technology, whilst providing legal support to the project. With the deal, smart contracts helped record the bank’s actions of opening and executing the letter of credit on a blockchain. In providing a conclusive statement, Artem Tolkachev, director of legal services for tech products at Deloitte said: Legally, this transaction meets all the requirements for a letter of credit as a form of bank settlement, and demonstrates the potential of smart contract application in the framework of Russian legislation. The Blockchain Service Payment The bank specifically provided members of the deal with an electronic “Alfa-business online” system where a customer could apply to open a letter of credit while a contractor is enabled with providing the bank documents upon provision of services. A “special cover account” sees funds written off from a customer’s account when the letter of credit is issued, and the funds reach the contractor’s account upon submission of documents confirming the transaction. S7 airlines deems the opening and the utilization of the letter of credit as the two main facets of the deal. “A blockchain record includes a hash (result of encryption) of the following information: deal identifiers (Taxpayer Identification Numbers (INN) of the customer and the contractor and type of works) and commercial terms (value of the letter of credit, date of opening and closing of the letter of credit),” the announcement explains further. The airline group’s deputy director general Dmitry Kudelkin added: By conducting the deal, we have tested efficiency of smart-contracts and realized how this technology could help to optimize business-processes and improve (more…)
Dec 272016
 
  Indore Municipal Corporation Issues Occupational Identity Cards to Wastepickers Written by Kabir Arora. Waste Narratives. 12/15/2016   Indore Municipal Corporation issued occupational identity cards to 25o wastepickers associated with Jan Vikas Society. The cards were distributed by Ms. Malini Gaur, Mayor of Indore city in the presence of many officials from the corporation. The identity card  s are c0-signed by Chief Medical Officer and Director, Jan Vikas Society. With that Indore becomes the first city in Madhya Pradesh to undertake  such an inclusionary measure. The issuance of identity cards is an outcome of a long struggle waded by waste-pickers in the city. It has also been mandated by Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan guidelines. Commissioner of the city has assured that all wastepickers wi  ll be enumerated and given identity cards. There are more than 3000 wastepickers in Indore, 93 percent of them are women. Jan Vikas Society has been working with wastepickers for the  past 15 years through formation of cooperative society, self help groups and providing vocational training, conducting regular health check-ups etc. >Efforts are on to get waste pickers integrated into  the solid waste management process of Indore Municipal Corporation.      Tags: Indore Municipal Corporation, Jan Vikas society, Madhya Pradesh, Malini Gaur, Occupational Identity Cards to Wastepickers, Solid Waste Management in Indore, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Wastepickers in Indore     Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Dec 232016
 
Cambodia: CHILDREN OF THE DUMP via Cambodia: CHILDREN OF THE DUMP – YouTube. Uploaded on Jul 18, 2008 In countries around the world, hundreds of thousands of poor people face daily hazards to earn meager livings by scavenging for recyclable goods. In Cambodia, hundreds of scavenger families find their lives changing – they will lose their homes and livelihoods when the government closes the dump where they work. Rory Byrne has this report from Phnom Penh. Officially, it is the Steung Meanchey landfill site, but those who live here call it Smokey Mountain. Steung Meanchey dump is a seven-hectare mountain of smoking garbage on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Here some 2,000 workers, including about 600 children, sift through 700 tons of garbage a day. In developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, garbage scavengers are among the poorest workers. In Cambodia, they typically earn about one dollar a day. Ten-year-old Ya has been recycling bottles and cans at the dump for three years. He says the situation here is terrible. He has to get up very early to work and finishes late in the evening. Ya says his life is very difficult. Collecting garbage brings him less than $1 a day which is not nearly enough to cover his expenses. Most of the scavengers live in wooden shacks around the dump. There is no access to clean water or sanitation and epidemics are commonplace. The risks here are high. Sharp-edged metals and broken glass leave nasty wounds. And garbage scavengers suffer high rates of serious diseases, such as hepatitis, tuberculosis and even AIDS. A number of scavengers have been killed or seriously injured when they were run over by garbage trucks. She says it is very dangerous to work here – people can step on metal shards or nails for example or get hit and crushed by the dump trucks. She says she has injured herself with many things, like old needles. Annette Jensen is the director of A New Day, a charity that provides free food, shelter and schooling to more than 100 children from Steung Meanchey dump. "To see the children miserable, dirty, sad looking at the garbage dump and then have them arrive with their little plastic bag with all their belongings and move into the center. And to see their excitement about taking a shower. To see their excitement about getting (more…)
Dec 212016
 
Cash Is No Longer King: The Phasing Out of Physical Money Has Begun (ANTIMEDIA) – As physical currency around the world is increasingly phased out, the era where “cash is king” seems to be coming to an end. Countries like India and South Korea have chosen to limit access to physical money by law, and others are beginning to test digital blockchains for their central banks. The war on cash isn’t going to be waged overnight, and showdowns will continue in any country where citizens turn to alternatives like precious metals or decentralized cryptocurrencies. Although this transition may feel like a natural progression into the digital age, the real motivation to go cashless is downright sinister. The unprecedented collusion between governments and central banks that occurred in 2008 led to bailouts, zero percent interest rates and quantitative easing on a scale never before seen in history. Those decisions, which were made under duress and in closed-door meetings, set the stage for this inevitable demise of paper money. Sacrificing the stability of national currencies has been used as a way prop up failing private institutions around the globe. By kicking the can down the road yet another time, bureaucrats and bankers sealed the fate of the financial system as we know it. A currency war has been declared, ensuring that the U.S. dollar, Euro, Yen and many other state currencies are linked in a suicide pact. Printing money and endlessly expanding debt are policies that will erode the underlying value of every dollar in people’s wallets, as well as digital funds in their bank accounts. This new war operates in the shadows of the public’s ignorance, slowly undermining social and economic stability through inflation and other consequences of central control. As the Federal Reserve leads the rest of the world’s central banks down the rabbit hole, the vortex it’s creating will affect everyone in the globalized economy. Peter Schiff, president of Euro-Pacific Capital, has written several books on the state of the financial system. His focus is on the long-term consequences of years of government and central bank manipulation of fiat currencies: “Never in the course of history has a country’s economy failed because its currency was too strong…The view that a weak currency is desirable is so absurd that it could only have been devised to serve the political agenda of those engineering the descent. And while I don’t blame (more…)
Dec 202016
 
Published on Mar 5, 2014 This video describes our program "Securing Economic Rights for Informal Women Workers" with Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative in Uganda. Children work in the informal economy in many parts of the world. They often work as scavengers (collecting recyclables from the streets and dump sites), day laborers, cleaners, construction workers, vendors, in seasonal activities, domestic workers, and in small workshops; and often work under hazardous and exploitative conditions. It is common for children to work as domestic servants across Latin America and parts of Asia. Such children are very vulnerable to exploitation: often they are not allowed to take breaks or are required to work long hours; many suffer from a lack of access to education, which can contribute to social isolation and a lack of future opportunity. UNICEF considers domestic work to be among the lowest status, and reports that most child domestic workers are live-in workers and are under the round-the-clock control of their employers. Some estimates suggest that among girls, domestic work is the most common form of employment. Total Suffering The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation. During the minute that it takes me to compose this sentence, thousands of children are being abandoned and with many others are running for their lives, whimpering with fear. Others are slowly being devoured from within by rasping parasites and diseases, thousands of all kinds are dying of starvation, thirst, and disease spawned in the Landfill. And yet others are being enslaved and abused. It must be so. Every time there is plenty, There is poverty. This very fact will automatically lead to an increase in the urban population and “naturally” will increase the poor population and the “natural” state of starvation and misery continues. In a universe of social media and selfish genes, blind physical forces and social divisiveness, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. It is the intent of Green Fire to go beyond luck and create a new and better enviroment for them. The universe of the Children living on Landfills that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no recognition, no purpose but survival, nothing but pitiless indifference. Thank you for reading. Don’t be indifferent (more…)
Dec 172016
 
A Malaise of Doubt Creeps Amongst Us We have become Doubters, we are undecided or skeptical. Doubters tend to disbelieve, distrust and regard most as unlikely. I Doubt It! We have a new President, I doubt … The economy …I doubt … My business …I doubt … My money … My safety … Even today's information flow … I doubt IT! I may even doubt myself, what? I doubt it. Overcome doubt with belief. I believe in Myself and my purpose. Doubt is OK, Doubt Is the Heart of Belief. I am a doubter, what about the rest of you doubters? As always, your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart believe in it and give yourself completely to it. Completely believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Imagining a solution in your world and believing in that solution paves the way to realizing that solution. Ponder on this “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.” â?? Gautama Buddha I Believe, that is no doubt! I believe in Green Fire and the “Children of the Landfill”, I doubt that will ever change. What do you believe in?   Mike Prettyman, Chief Information Officer at Green Fire Engineered Reclamation For more information come to the website Children of the Landfill Project Green Fire Engineered Reclamation Join our active groups on Markethive Children of the Landfill Green Fire Engineered Reclamation Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Dec 162016
 
Rohingya refugees from Myanmar tell of trauma Some hid in rice fields, others ate only leaves while making the long journey by foot across the border into Bangladesh. New arrivals are grateful for whatever support they can find [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters] Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh – Outside this town by the Bay of Bengal, we kept bumping into fresh arrivals when we visited the camps for Rohingya refugees fleeing a security crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar. Many of them said they were from the village of Kearipara in Myanmar. From the sounds of it, that village has been utterly devastated. All of them shared similar stories: watching family members get murdered, hiding without eating for days, and having their homes burned down. Several told us about having to sell their valuables – rings, piercings, earrings, whatever they had on them – to facilitate a safe passage into Bangladesh. The route, which was always difficult and deadly, has become even more problematic. After thousands of Rohingya were found stranded and starving off the coast of southern Thailand in the middle of last year, widespread international coverage forced the hands of governments of the region to crack down on a network of human traffickers who were exploiting the desperate refugees for cash. But those very traffickers were also paradoxically the Muslim Rohingya's only hope to make it out of predominantly Buddhist Myanmar and get on the circuitous trek that would take them through Bangladesh and Thailand into the relatively safe haven of Malaysia. Now, just getting across the border to Bangladesh is a tough proposition for the Rohingya. The refugees we met described hiding in rice fields for days. Some didn't eat. Others ate only leaves they found in the forests on the hills surrounding the border.   They advanced a few minutes at a time, taking care to stop and check every few hundred metres to make sure the Myanmar army or border guards weren't lying in wait – making a long journey by foot even longer. Arriving in Bangladesh didn't mean the ordeal was over. If they were caught by the authorities, some would be allowed through by the border guards, others would be turned back. Every few hundred metres there were checkpoints manned by armed patrols. Next to each of them would be one or two Rohingya families who'd been caught. Would the soldiers show clemency? Or would they be returned to the (more…)
Dec 162016
 
¿Qué es Ethereum? Ethereum, es una criptomoneda y una plataforma blockchain que ofrece una máquina virtual descentralizada para contratos inteligentes.Una computadora mundial “It is very possible that … one machine would suffice to solve all the problems … of the whole [world]” – Sir Charles Darwin, 1946 Ethereum, es una plataforma de servicios ”smart contracts”, programas y protocolos en forma de contrato, que funcionan automáticamente. Como son programados, no tienen ninguna posibilidad de cortes en el sistema, censuras, fraudes o interferencias de terceras partes. ¿Smart qué? El término fue acuñado por el criptógrafo y jurista Nick Szabo, allá por 1996 pero no ha sido hasta hace pocos años cuando se han podido materializar gracias a tecnologías recientes como la ”blockchain” (“cadena de bloques”). Los ”smart contracts”, son scripts escritos con lenguajes de programación capaces de ejecutarse y hacerse cumplir por sí solos de manera autónoma sin intermediarios y sin posibilidad de censura. Pueden ser creados por una persona física, jurídica o por otro programa informático y reciben esas características gracias a existir sobre un sistema descentralizado como la ”blockchain” en la que miles de equipos alrededor del mundo ejecutan los nodos que procesan y verifican las transacciones lo que evita que exista alguna entidad (empresa o gobierno) que pueda actuar sobre ellas.En resumen, los contratos inteligentes permiten a desconocidos comerciar o automatizar cualquier tipo de relación que se pueda expresar en un contrato tradicional, a través de internet sin la necesidad de una autoridad o intermediario. Automatizar transacciones simples Un pequeño ejemplo con apuestas: Alicia y Bob se apuestan 500€ por quien ganará un partido deportivo. Ambos, mandarían el equivalente en criptomonedas a una dirección controlada por el contrato inteligente. Cuando el juego haya terminado el contrato podría verificar vía API el resultado y depositaría el total en la cuenta del ganador. Por ser programas informáticos, sería trivial añadir mayor complejidad como posibilidades y estadísticas a la apuesta. Hay servicios que procesan este tipo de transacciones, pero todas cobran una comisión. La diferencia es que los contratos inteligentes hacen todo esto de manera descentralizada, accesible para todos al menor coste posible, en el caso de ethereum el precio se llama “gas”, pequeñas partes de ether que pasan a los mineros que verifican las transacciones. Compras online Un ejemplo cotidiano pueden ser las compras online. Si realizas una orden de compra podrías tener un contrato entre la tienda online, una empresa de mensajería y tú, este, controlaría el proceso y ejecutaría cada pago en el momento acordado que podría ser la (more…)
Dec 122016
 
Take Cryptocurrency As Payment On WP Site Free multi-cryptocurrency accounts with instant exchange There are WordPress plugins that are gateways to the Cryptonator exchange. The GoURL series on WordPress.org or the website (https://gourl.io). I have been using these for about 8 months and have had no problems. Cryptonator is an all-in-one online Bitcoin wallet which supports multiple cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE) and others. It enables fast and easy direct transactions and allows instant exchange between different cryptocurrencies in one personal account. Combining usability with high level privacy , anonymity and security, Cryptonator offers free multi-cryptocurrency accounts, which are accessible 24/7 worldwide on your laptop, desktop or mobile devices alike. Cryptonator lets customers checkout in cryptocurrency, automatically convert received payments to USD or EUR and withdraw it to your bank account. Or just leave your received cryptocurrency payments on your Cryptonator account for future use. It`s up to you! Sign up for a free account https://www.cryptonator.com/auth/signup/101069939 Due Diligence http://www.scamidentifier.com/review/cryptonator.com/ Mike Prettyman, Chief Information Officer at Green Fire Engineered Reclamation For more information come to the website Children of the Landfill Project Green Fire Engineered Reclamation Join our active groups on Markethive Children of the Landfill Green Fire Engineered Reclamation   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)