Month: January 2020

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Greta Thunberg accuses: Davos “completely” ignored climate demands

“We were expecting it,” the Swedish activist lamented as she summed up the World Economic Forum.

For once, Greta Thunberg was not soft on world leaders. She said climate demands have simply been “completely ignored”. This is the clear assessment of the Davos Forum that the activist drew up on Friday 24 January. During the summit in Switzerland, the young Swede was particularly targeted by the US administration.

“We had some demands [when we arrived]. Of course, they were completely ignored. But we expected it,” the young Swede told the press, calling for an immediate end to the financing of fossil fuels.

Greta Thunberg, invited for the second consecutive year to the annual gathering of the political and economic elite, concluded her week by organizing her “climate strike” at the foot of the slopes. A demonstration that she launched, initially on her own, in Sweden every Friday before becoming the figurehead of a global youth mobilization.

Yet the World Economic Forum in Davos, meeting from Tuesday to Friday, was clearly dominated by climate concerns. Along the Promenade, the main street of Davos, which for a few days was transformed into a giant showcase for businesses and governments, slogans and posters of this or that multinational company in favour of a “green” or “sustainable” economy were omnipresent.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, for example, said that humanity was “lost” if efforts to reduce CO2 emissions were not stepped up.

Billions of trees

Announcements have been made, but they have not gone as far as climate activists are calling for.

Another figure of the climate mobilization present in Davos, the German Luisa Neubauer, who has just refused the seat offered by a subsidiary of the industrial giant Siemens on the supervisory board of its energy branch, hammered home the fact that fine speeches were not enough. “We never went on strike to change the rhetoric,” she said, but for “concrete climate action”.

The Forum’s organisers have launched a campaign to plant or save “1 trillion trees”, which capture CO2 but do not change the volume of emissions.

The American financial giant BlackRock had made its mark even before Davos by promising to liquidate the shares and bonds it holds in companies generating more than 25% of their income from thermal coal production.

U.S. government targeting

Contrasting with the general tone, the large American delegation, led by Donald Trump, openly contested the very existence of a climate emergency, targeting the young Swede as a target. The American president thus castigated the “prophets of doom and the predictions of climatic apocalypse” on Tuesday, in a speech attended by the activist.

Visibly unimpressed, Greta Thunberg, for her part, repeated her virulent warnings to the political and economic elite, hammering that it was time to “panic” because “the house is burning”, as she had already done last year in Davos. On Friday, she also retracted statements made against her by an American minister, assuring that they had “no effect” on her.

“This obviously has no effect. We are constantly criticised in this way. If we were careful, we would not be able to do what we are doing. We put ourselves in the spotlight. »
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin advised GretaThunberg on Thursday to “study economics and go to university”. “Who is she? A chief economist? “, the minister ironically asked.

The young Swede, who took a year off from school to focus on climate action, tweeted that “you don’t need a university degree” to determine that efforts to reduce CO2 emissions were insufficient, with graphics to back it up.

On Friday, Steven Mnuchin also said that “we should be talking about environmental issues, not climate change” and said that in his view it was “one of many problems”.

tropical storm in indian ocean

Orange Alert: Tropical Storm Diane closest to Reunion Island

The tropical storm, named Diane at 6:30 pm, was located at 4 pm 110 miles from the coast north-northwest of Reunion Island. The system is expected to bring heavy rain in the evening, especially in the south. The orange alert is still in effect.

The orange alert triggered by the Prefecture is still in force. The heavy rainfall vigilance bulletin was encountered at 6pm for the South and South-East areas of the island. The heavy swell vigilance bulletin is in progress until 11pm. It is valid for the areas from Pointe des Aigrettes to Champ-Borne via the Route du Littoral.

According to the latest forecast bulletin from Météo France Réunion, there will be heavy rainfall next night in the western and southern regions. They will only diminish on Saturday morning. As the soils are saturated with water, flooding and runoff may occur.

The weather will remain gloomy over the northern and eastern regions of Reunion Island with cloudy skies. Showers will become scarce during the night on this part of the island.

The south wind is blowing with gusts of 90 km/h over the western region and on the eastern flank of the volcano. They can exceed 100km/h on the southern and western heights.

The swell impacts the North coasts with an average height of 2.5m to 3m. It gets lighter during the night. The sea will then become very strong on the West and South coasts of the island.

What about the weather tomorrow?

Moderate to locally heavy rainfall is expected in the south of the department this Saturday, from Piton St Leu to St Philippe via St Pierre. In the North, West and East regions, showers are rare.

In the afternoon, the rains will continue, especially in the southern heights. Everywhere else, clearings appear.

The wind will always be strong, with gusts in the order of 90km/h on the West and towards Piton Ste Rose, up to 65 mph at Piton Maïdo.
The sea will be very strong from Boucan Canot to St Philippe via St Leu.

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Thousands of demonstrators in Baghdad demand the departure of American troops

Thousands of supporters of Moqtada Sadr are rallying to demand the expulsion of US troops from Iraq, raising fears that anti-government protesters will be eclipsed.

Thousands of supporters of powerful Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr began gathering in Baghdad on Friday, January 24, to call for the expulsion of U.S. troops from Iraq, raising fears that anti-government protesters will be eclipsed. After Moqtada Sadr’s call for “a peaceful demonstration of one million people against the US presence”, checkpoints were erected in Baghdad to secure the march.

Early on Friday thousands of his followers, men, women and children, gathered in the Jadriyah neighborhood shouting “Out, out, occupier” or “Yes to sovereignty” and waving Iraqi flags. A stage, with the message “Iraq is the land of the prophets, there is no place for outsiders” as a backdrop, was set up without the names of any speakers being announced.

Several Iraqi paramilitary factions such as the pro-Iranian Hashd Al-Chaabi, usually rivals of Mr. Sadr, are expected to take part in the march. After having lost some of its momentum in the face of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington, sworn enemies but acting powers in Iraq, the protest movement has resumed more beautifully in recent days but fears to be dethroned by Friday’s march.

“Sadr does not represent us,” a teenager defiantly said Thursday on an artery in the capital blocked by anti-government protesters calling for early elections, an independent prime minister and an end to corruption.

The protest movement, which began on 1 October, was pushed into the background after the US assassination on 3 January in Baghdad of General Qassem Soleimani, Tehran’s envoy to Iraq, and Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, his Iraqi lieutenant and number two in the Hashd, which had rekindled anti-American sentiment.

Two days later, the Iraqi parliament voted in favour of the departure of foreign troops, including 5,200 American soldiers deployed to help the Iraqis in the anti-Jihadist struggle. The operations of the Washington-led international anti-Jihadist coalition have been at a standstill since Soleimani’s death and discussions with Baghdad on the future of U.S. troops have not yet begun, according to the coalition’s U.S. coordinator, James Jeffrey.

Thousands of Moqtada Sadr supporters have arrived in Baghdad by bus from other parts of the country. The Jadriyah neighborhood where they are gathering is located on the bank of the tiger opposite the ultra-secure Green Zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and key state institutions, and many Iraqi officials and diplomats fear that pro-Sadr will storm it. Its many followers had already paralyzed the country by taking over the Green Zone in 2016 to push for government reforms.

“A politicized march”

A long-time opponent of the US presence in Iraq, Moqtada Sadr reactivated after the death of General Soleimani his militia “Mehdi Army”, which had fought US soldiers during the occupation of Iraq between 2003 and 2011. A self-proclaimed “reformist” after supporting the protest movement, he also leads the largest bloc in parliament and several of his allies hold ministerial posts.

Friday’s march is “politicised”, denounced Mariam, an anti-power protester. “We are demonstrating in the name of the people. We are free. We can’t demonstrate in the name of a certain party”. The anti-government protesters berate not only the United States but also Iran, whose influence has grown in Iraq. They have revived their movement in recent days by blocking many roads in Baghdad and the south.

Twelve demonstrators have been killed in clashes this week with the security forces. The violence since the start of the protest has left 460 people dead, the majority of them protesters. Under pressure from the streets, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has resigned but continues to run the day-to-day business, as the political parties have been unable to agree on a successor.

For Harith Hasan, an expert at the Carnegie Middle East Centre, Moqtada Sadr is trying to play on several fronts by supporting various challenges. On the one hand, he is trying to position himself as a reformist leader (…) on the other hand he wants to keep his image as a leader of resistance to the “American occupation” “to win the favours of Iran, which wants the departure of American troops from the Middle East,” he explains.

“This march will show that Sadr is still capable of mobilizing the crowds,” and will, according to the expert, give him more legitimacy, if other groups join in, to influence the choice of the future prime minister.

 

 

German police in the street

Shooting in Germany: Several dead after gunshots near Nuremberg, police say

A man opened fire on Friday in the municipality of Rot am See, in the south-western German state of Baden-Württemberg, causing several injuries and “presumably” several deaths, the Aaelen police announced on their Twitter account, adding that the alleged gunman had been arrested.

Several local media reported that the death toll from the shooting, which took place at midday, stands at six dead.

The victims, members of the same family?
The police, who deployed a large force on the spot, announced that the people involved in the shooting had “relations” among themselves. According to the German daily Bild, the victims were members of the shooter’s family.

The alleged shooter is a man born in 1983, according to Bild. He acted alone and there is no indication of the possible existence of an accomplice, according to the German news agency dpa. The shooting occurred at around 12:45 local time (11:45 GMT) near the railway station in Rot am See, a town of 5,200 inhabitants near the city of Heidelberg, in the regional state of Baden-Württemberg.

red snowmobile

Snowmobile Accident in Quebec: One Canadian Dead, 5 French Tourists Missing

Several members of the group went missing after the ice gave way under the weight of their snowmobiles in an unmarked area.
A Canadian guide is dead and five French tourists on a snowmobile tour in northern Quebec are missing after the ice broke under the weight of several vehicles in an unmarked area, police said Wednesday.

The accident occurred early Tuesday evening in the Lac St. Jean area during a snowmobile ride with a guide and eight French tourists that turned into a tragedy.

“Sûreté du Québec snowmobilers are still on the scene. A command post has been set up and the divers are on site,” the Sûreté du Québec tweeted. A helicopter will also arrive at the search site.

The five tourists still alive?

Police were alerted by two of the tourists who had just recovered one of their own from the icy waters. The helicopter had broken through the ice while they were crossing an “off-track” area on a river flowing out of Lac Saint-Jean, about 225 km north of Quebec City, said Sûreté du Québec spokesman Hugues Beaulieu.

Police and the army were immediately called in to assist. They rescued the expedition guide, a 42-year-old Quebecer who had also fallen into the water, but the man died overnight in hospital, according to the same source. “Five French tourists are still missing,” the spokesman said.

He did not rule out the possibility that these five tourists may have taken refuge in a chalet during the night, although this is “rather unlikely” according to him.

coins economy representation

Inequality : 1% of the richest people own twice wealth of 92% of the world’s population

On the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which brings together the most important economic decision-makers, the NGO Oxfam publishes its traditional report on global inequalities. These inequalities continue to increase, putting hundreds of thousands of people in the streets all over the world. Now, the richest 1% of the world’s population earns twice as much as 92% of the world’s population.

He was, in the space of a few hours, the richest man in the world on 16 December last year. Bernard Arnault, the boss of the LVMH group, has a fortune of 76 billion dollars, making him the richest billionaire in France. The NGO Oxfam, which publishes this Monday January 20 its annual report on global inequalities (1), calculated that if someone had been able to save the equivalent of 8,000 euros a day since the storming of the Bastille – on July 14, 1789 – it would only reach 1% of the famous businessman’s fortune today.

“Indecent inequalities are at the heart of social fractures and conflicts all over the world because no one is fooled: inequalities are not inevitable, they are the result of social and fiscal policies that reduce the participation of the richest in the solidarity effort through taxation, and weaken the financing of public services. Transport, education, health, pension systems… are sacrificed when they are decisive in the fight against poverty”, warns Pauline Leclère, Oxfam France spokesperson.

Income growth too unevenly distributed

But if Bernard Arnault is the one who has amassed the most wealth in the world in 2019, and the dividend payment by the CAC 40 is at its highest, the poverty rate is gaining ground in France with an additional 400,000 people below the poverty line, bringing the number of poor people to 9.8 million. Thus, at the national level, the richest 10% own 50% of the wealth. “Despite high expectations of fiscal and social justice, the poorest remain the big losers from the budgetary measures since the beginning of the five-year period,” stresses Pauline Leclère.

At the global level, the gap is even more staggering, with the richest 1% holding twice the wealth of 92% of the population. According to new World Bank statistics, nearly half of the world’s population is trying to survive on less than five euros a day. “For many people, all it takes is a hospital bill or a bad harvest to slide into poverty,” Oxfam warns. At the other end of the scale, the richest get richer almost “effortlessly”: between 2011 and 2017, dividends paid to shareholders grew by 31% compared to 3% for average salaries in the G7 countries.

Economist Thomas Piketty and his team have shown that between 1980 and 2016, the richest 1% captured 27% of income growth, while the poorest 50% were content with 12%. “We will never be able to eradicate poverty if the economic system continues to distribute the fruits of growth so unevenly. This unjust growth model is also unsustainable within the environmental limits of our planet,” concludes Oxfam.

london bigben for brexit

Ring? Won’t ring? As the Brexit approaches, Big Ben’s silence divides the British people

The “brexiters” want to ring the world’s most famous bell on January 31. Problem: Big Ben is under construction. It is estimated that it will cost around 600,000 euros to put it back into service for the occasion.

A symbol of the division of the country in the run-up to the Brexit? A few days before the fateful date and the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 January next, a question continues to tear the British people apart: Will Big Ben mark this historic event? As “Le Monde” points out, the question is more serious than it seems.

For the 160-year-old clock in the Palace of Westminster has been silenced for more than two years due to extensive restoration work. Its chimes now ring only on very rare occasions, such as New Year’s Day, and some Brexit supporters wanted it to mark the exit from the European Union on 31 January at 11 p.m. (midnight Paris time).

Problem? It’s too expensive, Parliament decreed. The operation, given the current work, could cost up to £500,000 (€585,000). Almost “50,000 pounds per shot,” calculated the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle.

A participatory campaign?

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a strong supporter of Brexit, refused to bury the idea! He even raised the possibility of a public subscription. The idea soon received the support of conservative donors, who said they were ready to contribute to the collective effort, but also of newspapers such as the “Daily Expres”, which hammered on the front page: “Big Ben must ring out for Brexit”.

Hopes showered by Downing Street on Thursday, which explained that Parliament was not allowed to launch a participatory fundraising campaign. Among the pro-Brexit ranks, disappointment is high. For Conservative MP Mark Francois, it is “inconceivable” that Big Ben won’t ring the bell for such a big event, which brings an end to nearly half a century of an often contentious marriage.

The government is “embarrassed by the Brexit and is not proud of it”, attacked Nigel Farage, a figure in the campaign for the 2016 referendum in favour of leaving the European Union.

Have you lost your mind?

Some Eurosceptic media have accused supporters of retention in the European Union of inflating the cost estimate to make Big Ben ring, noting that it did ring out to celebrate the New Year.

Far from being unanimous even among Brexit supporters, the fight to get Big Ben to ring the bell is gnashing its teeth. “Have you lost your mind? “headlines a viral parody on the front page of the Daily Express, pointing the finger at those who “want to spend half a million to ring a bell” despite poverty and the climate crisis.

Most Conservative ministers have avoided speaking out on the subject, with Steve Barclay, head of Brexit, saying he “wouldn’t dare” comment. As Brexit approaches, any celebration could be unwelcome. “For many people, it will not be a joyful moment,” warned Patrick Grady, MP for the Scottish National Party, whose party is resolutely pro-European.

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Several hundred cases, 9 dead, meeting at the WHO… An update on the virus in China

An ad hoc committee of the World Health Organization is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to determine whether to declare a “public health emergency of international concern”.

The new coronavirus, which has killed nine people and infected hundreds of others in China, “could mutate and spread more easily,” Chinese Vice Minister of the National Health Commission Li Bin warned on Wednesday (22 January). The announcement comes as hundreds of millions of Chinese are currently travelling across the country to be with their families during the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Friday.

In response to the global concern, an ad hoc committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) is scheduled to meet from noon in Geneva to determine whether to declare a “public health emergency of international concern”.

Transmission through “close contact”

The strain in question is a new type of coronavirus, a cousin of the one responsible for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) – a highly contagious virus that killed some 650 people in mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

This time, the origin of this new coronavirus appears to be in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been closed since 1 January to limit the contagion. “It is assumed that the source was animals sold in this market and that there has been a passage into humans,” explains Professor Fontanet, head of the emerging disease epidemiology unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

On Monday, Zhong Nanshan, a renowned Chinese scientist from the National Health Commission, told the state television channel CCTV that transmission by contagion between people was “proven”. The WHO says that an animal appears to be “the most likely primary source”, with “limited human-to-human transmission through close contact”.

440 cases detected in China and already nine deaths

China, the epicentre of the epidemic, had 440 confirmed cases on Wednesday morning. Nearly 1,000 patients are also under observation, according to a statement by the National Health Commission, one of whose doctors, Wang Guangfa, said on Tuesday on a Hong Kong television that he himself was infected with the virus.

Nearly half of the country’s provinces are affected, including megalopolises like Shanghai and Beijing, where the French high school issued prevention instructions and distributed antibacterial gel to students, some of whom wore masks on Wednesday.

Relaying a call by President Xi Jinping to “stop” the epidemic, Li Bin announced preventive measures such as ventilation and disinfection at airports, train stations and shopping malls. Temperature detectors may also be installed in high-traffic areas. Isolation of people diagnosed with the disease is now mandatory and quarantine measures can be ordered by local authorities.

About ten cases already recorded abroad

Other cases of this mysterious pneumonia have been detected abroad. On Wednesday morning, a case was reported in Hong Kong, according to the local press. On the same day, the semi-autonomous Chinese region of Macao also reported a first case. Authorities detected the virus in a 52-year-old businesswoman who arrived on Sunday by train from the nearby city of Zhuhai.

On Tuesday, 21 January, the United States announced a first case on its territory. He is a man in his thirties who is hospitalized in Everett, near Seattle, Washington. The individual has not visited any of the Wuhan markets in China; he has only travelled in the region.

Prior to this, two cases had been detected in Thailand, one in Taiwan and one in Japan. Authorities in all three countries claim that the patients had all travelled to Wuhan prior to their hospitalization.

The virus was also identified in South Korea in a 35-year-old Chinese woman who arrived by plane from Wuhan on Sunday. Health authorities in the country revealed that she went to the hospital in the Chinese city of Hubei province on Saturday because of a cold. She had been prescribed medicine before she flew to Seoul, where her symptoms were detected. She was quarantined.

In addition to these proven cases, there is still doubt about the illness suffered by a 5-year-old Filipino child who arrived from Wuhan with a parent on 12 January.

 

Paris and Washington take action

In the rest of the world, preventive measures are also increasing. The United States has announced that from Friday it will begin screening flights from Wuhan at San Francisco Airport and John F. Kennedy (New York) – where direct flights from Wuhan land – as well as at Los Angeles, where there are many connections. Passengers will be examined by medical teams, but will not be routinely sampled.

In France, “vigilance has just been triggered,” Public Health France told Le Parisien on Monday. Doctors must now refer to the SAMU or “an infectious disease specialist” any person “presenting an acute respiratory infection, whatever its severity, who has travelled or stayed in the city of Wuhan in China in the fourteen days preceding the date of onset of clinical signs or who has had close contact with a person who became ill in this city”.

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When Jeff Bezos Demonstrates Amazon’s Electric Delivery Cyclo-Pushers

In India, in 2025, Amazon will deliver its parcels via a fleet of 10,000 electric vehicles.

After a visibly conclusive test phase initiated in 2019, Amazon has confirmed its intention to set up a fleet of 10,000 electric vehicles in India by 2025. Three- and four-wheeled vehicles will be used for deliveries.

Electric pedicabs for Amazon India

The deployment of these small vehicles will begin this year and will initially involve the cities of Delhi, Nagpur, Bangalore and Coimbatore. Obviously, all the vehicles will be made in India and it was Jeff Bezos himself who wanted to give a small demonstration.

From Amazon’s side, he explains: “In September 2019, Amazon became the first signatory to the climate pledge, which states that the company is committed to zero carbon emissions in all its operations by 2040, a decade ahead of the 2050 target set by the Paris Accord.

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Apple’s iPhone 9 goes into mass production in February and goes on sale in March.

Despite increasingly persistent rumors, a “cheap” iPhone is still not confirmed by Apple. According to the Bloomberg agency, mass production of the iPhone 9 will begin next month for delivery in March.

The prospect of a new low-cost iPhone is a vintage in the world of mobile telephony since the late iPhone SE. Motivated in particular by its boom in India, Apple is nevertheless ready to launch a terminal under the $450 or even $350 mark. Inspired by the iPhone 8, but performing like an iPhone 11, this iPhone 9 would be close to crossing the threshold of mass production. This is what the very serious agency Bloomberg reports, according to “sources close to the issue”.

According to this schedule, the Cupertino-based company would present the mobile as early as next March for commercialization in the wake. For this iPhone, Apple would have entrusted the manufacture to three of its subcontractors. Also according to Bloomberg, Apple has asked Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, its main chip manufacturer, to drastically increase its production for the first quarter of 2020.

Such a short timeframe still leaves us wondering. Indeed, this iPhone 9 could potentially be aimed primarily at the Indian market. Therefore, a production in February for a launch in March could lead to some stock shortages.

Regarding the characteristics of this (almost) new device, it would take the general design of the iPhone 8, differing only 0.5 mm in thickness – the price to pay for a larger battery – and by its frosted glass back, like the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max. Under the hood, the A11 chip would be replaced by the A13 of the iPhone 11. Likewise, the single photo module is expected to benefit from the latest advances in high-end iPhone technology. For the rest, it should keep the same 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel, which could delight fans of small smartphones. For the security part, the iPhone 9 (or SE 2) would recover Touch ID with the Home button and would not integrate Face ID.