12 Mariners Kidnapped off Nigeria

first_imgzoom Image Courtesy: ForestWave Twelve seafarers manning the FWN Rapide general cargo vessel were taken by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on April 21, Dutch company ForestWave, managers of the vessel, confirmed.FWN Rapide has meanwhile been moved to a safe position by two of the remaining seafarers, who are reported to be safe and unhurt.“ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return. The company’s emergency response team is working around the clock and is liaising with the local and international authorities. ForestWave together with its local organizations are in close contact with the families of the valued seafarers to support them in these difficult times,” the company said.FWN Rapide is a 2005-built vessel flying the Dutch flag and was on its way from Takoradi, Ghana to Port Harourt, Nigeria went it came under attack.The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has reported a rise in armed attacks against ships in the Western Africa since the beginning of this year. There have been 22 incidents recorded in Nigeria alone, of 66 reported incidents in the first quarter of this year.Of the 11 vessels fired upon worldwide, eight were off Nigeria, including a 300,000 dwt VLCC tanker more than 40 nautical miles off Brass.last_img read more

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Brands And Celebrities Joining Forces For Good

first_imgSeeing a brand and celebrity team up together to support a charity can make a big impact. Through the philanthropic efforts of your favorite brands, you too can support charitable actions. Consider supporting these following brands that have notable and exciting celebrity partnerships for good causes:Denis Leary & Guinness for the Leary Firefighters FoundationGuinness and Denis Leary have been partners in raising money for the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) for over three years. Guinness has raised more than half a million dollars for the organization, which goes toward providing firefighters nationwide with quality equipment, training, education and technology. The company focuses on giving back to those who are “Made of More,” like their founder and firefighters, who show great courage without asking for recognition. They raise money through the sale of limited edition products, such as special T-shirts and an Extraordinary Irish Beers Variety Pack.And if you need even more of a reason to support Guinness, try out their new Guinness Nitro IPA. Cheers to drinking to help out the community!Jillian Michaels & Kmart for March of DimesKmart has been a supporter of March Of Dimes for 32 years, and in 2015 Jillian Michaels joined Kmart to raise funds. Michaels designed a special shirt exclusively for those participating in a March for Babies walk in their local area.March of Dimes is committed to reducing premature births and researching treatments. As a mother and Kmart ambassador, Michaels is proud to be a part of this project and helping babies get a healthy start. Kmart also accepts in-store and online donations for March of Dimes during its yearly campaign.Kate Moss & Rimmel for Comic ReliefRed Nose Day, held by Comic Relief, may be the most well-known philanthropic event in the world. Dedicated to ending poverty, it is held annually by the British organization.Kate Moss, the icon for all Rimmel London products, has her own lipstick line for the company. For last year’s event, the company released a limited edition lipstick in Red Nose Red, with proceeds going to Red Nose Day. Moss starred in a fun commercial for the lipstick with comedian David Walliams, proving that besides being a supermodel, she is able to laugh at herself to support a good cause. Rimmel even swapped out their classic catchphrase for the updated “Get the Red Nose Look.”Macy’s & Various Celebrities for American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign has been a popular cause in recent years. It supports women’s heart health and raises awareness by encouraging people to wear red. Macy’s has been a partner for years, and recently sponsored its Red Dress Collection fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Celebrity models included Ciara, Laverne Cox, Star Jones and Zendaya. Each celebrity who partnered with Macy’s for this event modeled a red dress. The models further raised awareness for the cause with testimonials explaining why they Go Red for Women.Being a responsible patron can be as simple as researching common brands you use to assess their corporate responsibility. Put your money with brands who support good causes, and you will make a difference while you shop.last_img read more

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Get Your Hands On Cool Stuff With C​haritybuzz Curates Music​

first_imgCharitybuzz.com is changing the tune of online fundraising with the opening of their latest auction, Charitybuzz Curates: Music.On the heels of this year’s GRAMMY Awards, and as the spring and summer tours and festivals start to heat up, Charitybuzz is proud to announce their first-ever curated music auction.Bidding is now open for the chance to meet Céline Dion at a July show in Paris, or to win some one-on-one time with Cher or George Strait in Vegas, Carrie Underwood at the Grand Ole Opry, Sting —and soundcheck with him—in Europe, or James Taylor at Wrigley Field. Meetings with top music executives such as C. Michael Brae and Ben Vaughn, and limited edition signed guitars by Les Paul, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Weir, and more are also on the auction block. Even the chance to be a roadie for a day for Bryan Adams’ US Tour, have a private audition with Founder & CEO of Republic Records Monte Lipman in NYC, or join Journey’s Jonathan Cain at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions are up for bid.Featuring exclusive meet & greet opportunities with a Who’s Who of the music industry including artists Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Alice Cooper, Blondie, Duran Duran, George Strait, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Train, Depeche Mode, Peter Frampton, Good Charlotte, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, Sam Hunt, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, and more. The Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction is live now through March 30, 2017.The specially curated experiences and one-of-a-kind items included in the Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction turn the beat around. Charitybuzz is helping to raise important funds for a wide range of organizations such as WhyHunger, Autism Movement Therapy, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, Musicians on Call, Chris Evert Charities, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, MusiCares, Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, HeadCount, TJ Martell Foundation, Amnesty International, Vetpaw, Youth Vision, The Raining Season, California Fire Foundation, and more.The Charitybuzz Curates: Music auction is the first in a new series of specially curated auctions hosted on Charitybuzz.com that will help charities raise even more money for worthy causes all year long. The full slate includes CB Curates: Music – March 14–30 , CB Curates: Golf – April 18–May 4 , CB Curates: Broadway – May 23–June 13 , CB Curates: Fashion – August 8–24, CB Curates: Hollywood – October 3–19 , and CB Curates: Entrepreneur – November 1–16 .last_img read more

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Morocco Received 811 Million Tourists in JanSep 2014

Rabat  – Morocco welcomed 8.11 million tourists in the first nine months of 2014, a gain of 4 percent compared to the same period in 2013, Managing Director of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) Abderrafie Zouiten said. Revenues from non-resident tourists increased 1.9 percent to 44.9 billion dirhams, according to the figures revealed at the meeting of the ONMT Board of Directors, held under the chairmanship of the Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad.In the January-September period, overnight stays in hotels increased by 5 per cent to 15.32 million overnight stays.“Growth during the first five months was 9 pc before declining to 4 pc between June and September because of the combined effect of the outbreak of the Ebola virus, the geopolitical situation in the MENA region and the postponement of the African Nations Cup”. read more

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Clock ticking for Sri Lankas civilians warns UN humanitarian chief

8 April 2009Time is running out for the thousands of civilians trapped in northern Sri Lanka amid the ongoing conflict between Government forces and Tamil rebels, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned today, appealing once again for a temporary halt in fighting to assist the innocents. “As a full-scale, long-term ceasefire is unlikely to be agreed now, the only way to get the civilians out of harm’s way is a temporary humanitarian lull, during which aid workers and relief supplies must be allowed into the conflict zone, and those who want to leave must be given the chance to do so,” John Holmes writes in an opinion piece published today in The Guardian.Mr. Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, urges immediate action to help those trapped in the Vanni region, warning that “a bloodbath on the beaches of northern Sri Lanka seems an increasingly real possibility.” The Sri Lankan military has pushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) into an area so small that any shooting or shelling inevitably causes casualties among the 150,000 to 190,000 civilians trapped in the same zone, he says.There have been many hundreds of civilian deaths caused by firing from both sides, he adds, although exact numbers and who fired what and when are impossible to verify. “It is clear that the LTTE is refusing to let people flee, though many are managing to escape somehow, and I fear the combatants may be gearing up for a final confrontation,” Mr. Holmes states. Civilians trapped by the fighting must be allowed a free choice of whether to leave or stay, he stresses. “If the LTTE truly has the best interests of the Tamil people at heart, they should contribute to ending this unnecessary suffering of the civilian population.”The Sri Lankan Government, for its part, must stick to its promise of not using heavy weapons while the fighting lasts, and hold off from any final attack in the conflict zone while the pause is negotiated, he adds.“With so many people packed into such a small area, further military action not only risks more civilian deaths and injuries but also threatens to undermine the Government’s credibility with the international community and the national groups with whom it must soon seek reconciliation.”Independent aid workers must be allowed to bring in more aid, assess the situation and help civilians to decide their own fate, he states, adding that unless better access for supplies and aid workers is urgently secured, “the ravages of disease, untreated wounds and hunger will kill many more people, regardless of the conflict.“With thousands of lives in the balance and the clock ticking, the time for decisive action by the government, the LTTE and the international community is now, before it is too late,” he stresses. read more

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Galle Magistrate orders release of AvantGarde vessel

The ship was detained at the Galle port as investigations were launched into the floating armory. (Colombo Gazette) The Galle Chief Magistrate today ordered that release of the Avant-Garde vessel on a bond.The Galle Magistrate ordered that the ship be released to the Sri Lanka Shipping Company on a Rs. 35 million bond.

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UN envoy welcomes Sharons remarks to Israeli parliament

The comments by Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, came in response to Mr. Sharon stating in the Knesset his wish not to rule over millions of Palestinians, emphasizing that Israel is a democracy and that his plan to withdraw from Gaza is a gateway to another reality.Mr. Roed-Larsen confirmed his strong belief that the only viable resolution to this conflict is the two-State solution. “The Road Map is the only path towards that goal,” he said, referring to an outline peace plan accepted by both sides. “A full and complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, accompanied by vacating settlements in the West Bank, must be the first major move to speed up the process leading to the full implementation of the goals of the Road Map.”The UN envoy repeated those sentiments in a speech today marking UN Day, traditionally observed on 24 October. At ceremonies held in Jerusalem, Mr. Roed-Larsen strongly advocated the two-State solution. “Lasting peace will only be possible if ultimately, the occupation that began in 1967 ends and leads to the coexistence of two States, Israel and Palestine, side by side within secure and recognized borders,” he said.”This goal can only be reached over the negotiating table in full cooperation with the international community and the Quartet, and not through acts of violence,” he said, referring to the diplomatic grouping which brings together the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States.”The Road Map and the Quartet mechanism are now ore important that ever,” he stressed in his commemorative remarks.UN Day marks the founding of the United Nations on 24 October 1945 after the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States – the five permanent members of the Security Council – and by a majority of other signatories. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,583.11 up 52.20 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up five cents, or 1.21 per cent, to $4.18 on 7.4 million shares.Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS). Miner. Down 17 cents, or 25.37 per cent, to 50 cents on 7.2 million shares.ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Down three cents, or 3.06 per cent, to 95 cents on 5.3 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up $1.26, or 3.05 per cent, to $42.60 on 4.9 million shares. The oilsands giant posted record operating earnings of $1.79 billion, or $1.22 per share, widely beating the average analyst estimated of 93 cents. Net earnings were nearly $1.49 billion, or $1.01 per share, up from $1.09 billion, or 72 cents per share a year earlier.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $2.37 on 4.8 million shares.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS.IR). Utilities. Down 23 cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $35.77 on 4.4 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,000.05 down 9.53 points):Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSXV:PTA). Oil and gas. Down half-a-cent, or 1.67 per cent, to 29.5 cents on 8.6 million shares.Fission Uranium Corp. (TSXV:FCU). Miner. Down four cents, or 3.17 per cent, to $1.22 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Inc. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Down 86 cents, or 3.56 per cent, to $23.27 on 3.5 million shares. The uranium miner expects payments to the Canada Revenue Agency in its fight over the use of an offshore subsidiary to accelerate. Chief financial officer Grant Isaac said the total payments Cameco expects to make hasn’t changed at between $625 million and $650 million, but the timing has been stepped up.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 62 cents, or 2.47 per cent, to $25.68 on 36. million shares. The company said that it is selling some natural gas properties in Texas to an undisclosed purchaser for about $530 million as the Calgary company continues to pare its portfolio.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Telecom. Down 62 cents, or 2.33 per cent, to $26 on 357,075 shares. The Montreal-based company announced Monday that its president and chief executive, Robert Depatie, was retiring for health reasons.TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA). Utilities. Up 23 cents, or 1.76 per cent, to $13.31 on 1.6 million shares. The company reported net earnings of $49 million, or 18 cents per share, up $60 million from a net loss of $11 million, or four cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenues totalled $775 million, up from $540 million year-over-year. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 29, 2014 3:31 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Opinion Michael Sam is ready for NFL but media are not

Then-New Orleans Saints tackle Thomas Welch (60) works against then-St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam (96) in the first quarter during exhibition action on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Saints won, 26-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTMichael Sam has made it perfectly clear that he just wants to be treated like any other football player. He likely felt the world was ready to have an openly gay player in the NFL, so he made his huge announcement.I agree that most of the world is ready.Unfortunately, national sports media outlets such as ESPN are part of that world and they are not ready.First of all, let me clearly state that I am not writing to say anything bad about Sam. I think it was incredibly brave of him to be a pioneer for more athletes — and people anywhere — to feel comfortable and be true to themselves. He has handled the vast amount of attention an announcement like that is sure to get in this day and age extremely well from day one.But with that sort of attention comes page views and television ratings, and that’s where the national media start to lose their heads.In July, former NFL coach Tony Dungy told The Tampa Tribune he would have steered clear of Sam in the NFL Draft.“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy said. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”The national media exploded, with articles brandishing Dungy as homophobic and calling him intolerant for not wanting the “distraction” of having Sam on his team.The thing is, though, those articles bashing Dungy’s comments completely validated them.See, Dungy was not saying that he wouldn’t want Sam on his team because of his sexual orientation. In fact, he made it clear that he was not saying that.Dungy wanted to avoid the media circus that surrounds a player who is prevalent in the public image, especially one who was only a seventh-round pick and didn’t make the St. Louis Rams’ final roster.You know, the kind of media circus that leads to someone’s comments being taken completely out of context and causing that person to be branded a homophobe. The same kind of media circus that had Sam’s NFL future in doubt until it was reported on Tuesday that he would undergo a medical and sign with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. Even if Sam does make the Dallas practice squad — which ESPN reported is the Cowboys’ plan — there is no guarantee he will play a down in the NFL.The way ESPN and other outlets have covered Sam since he publicly announced he is gay does make me question how ready for this day they really were.For Sam to be just another football player, as I certainly hope he can and will be, more has to happen than just him being able to comfortably take a shower with his teammates.To be just another football player, ESPN has to not feel the desire to publish a story about Sam’s post-practice cleaning.Numerous football players get cut during and at the conclusion of training camp and the preseason. Can you guess which player’s release ESPN sent out a breaking news alert about? And then another about how he cleared waivers?It really doesn’t matter if Sam is a benchwarmer, a star or never gets to play a snap in the NFL.He came out, handled it with bravery and class, and showed that a man who has a boyfriend can still line up across from the offense just the same as a straight man can.What the media have shown are that they are determined to work so hard to convince everyone that a gay man can be “just another player” that they are turning him into a sort of sideshow attraction. If he were just another player, each preseason sack he registers wouldn’t be a breaking news story.I am positive the world is ready for openly gay athletes.I’m just not sure the media are. read more

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A TD went undercover to tackle touts charging €600 for Ireland v

first_imgA TD went undercover to tackle touts charging €600 for Ireland v England tickets The first clip shows Rock meeting a man in Dublin city, who was selling two tickets in row Q in the north stand for €550. By Paul Hosford Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 6:27 PM 32,668 Views Mar 16th 2017, 6:27 PM Rock says he took on the touts to highlight the scale of touting.“Fundamentally I disagree with ticket touting. It stops fans like you and me from going to matches and concerts at the price we should be going to them for.“The IRFU disagree with touts, the GAA disagree with touting, the FAI disagree with touting, but the law doesn’t disagree with touting.“That’s why I’ve proposed a Bill to change the law and make sure that above cost ticket selling will no longer take place. The law has passed the first stage in the Dáil but it still has a bit further to go.”Rock said the legislation was needed because regulation was not functioning, and said his bill was based on Belgian legislation which has had a positive effect.The move was prompted earlier this year by the mounting anger among U2 fans who were unable to buy tickets for the band’s Croke Park concert in before they sold out. Tickets soon became available through resale websites and private touts at inflated prices.Read: Dublin Zoo celebrates a very adorable new arrivalRead: Historic Cistercian College Roscrea saved from closure by €1.5 million in pledges 59 Comments center_img FINE GAEL TD Noel Rock has gone undercover to confront ticket touts.In a video released today, the Dublin North West confronts two touts attempting to sell tickets for this weekend’s Ireland v England rugby international.The first clip shows Rock meeting a man in Dublin city, who was selling two tickets in row Q in the north stand for €550. The second seller, who runs his own touting business, tried to charge €600 per ticket without revealing where the seats were. He also asked for an over-the-phone card payment.The first seller tells Rock he is charging what “supply and demand” allows him to. The second claims that €600 each is the “market rate” for the tickets, which retailed for closer to €50 each. Share Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3292515 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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It is much worse than you think The climate crisis and what

first_img‘It is much worse than you think’: The climate crisis and what it means for Ireland Ireland – like every country – faces significant challenges to respond to climate change. By Cormac Fitzgerald Image: Shutterstock/Antonov Roman 28.08.19 ‘They’re telling us the herd needs to be reduced by 50%’: Ireland’s farmers and the climate crisis Short URL Monday 26 Aug 2019, 7:30 AM 30.08.19 Is it really possible to live a zero waste life? I tried for a week (and did a terrible job) Following this, the government published its Climate Action Plan in June, with Minister Richard Bruton saying that it set out “radical reforms” which would cut the country’s reliance on carbon.“We have a short window of opportunity to act. We must act now and leave a better, healthier, more sustainable Ireland for future generations. This plan provides our way forward,” Bruton said at the launch. Targets include increasing renewable electricity to 70% and closing peat- and coal-fired power plants; ensuring 950,000 electric vehicles are on the road by 2030; upgrading the energy efficiency of hundreds of thousands of homes. While the plan was welcomed as ramping up Ireland’s response to climate change, many environmentalists stated that it did not go far enough, and that there were not enough concrete measures aimed at reducing emissions. “Simple answer is no – [the measures] won’t go far enough,” said Professor McMullin. “If we’d acted 20 or 30 years ago, much less radical action might have been possible.But having delayed now for as long as we’ve delayed means much more severe, more radical action has to be contemplated.McMullin and other environmentalists firmly state that the world is hurtling towards a catastrophe and that extreme actions need to be taken as soon as possible to arrest this. “Fossil fuel use is so deeply embedded in the lifestyles of industrial countries like Ireland, that rapidly getting off fossil fuel use is inevitably going to require very obvious and large scale disruption of our current ways of doing things,” he said. What we have in the current plan is incremental transition and we don’t have time for incremental transition. I wish we did… but I don’t think we do.The futureThe kind of large scale shifts that are needed to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels hugely affect different aspects of people’s everyday lives. Even with the current measures contained in the Climate Action Plan, in the two months since it was published the government has run into problems.  In the Midlands, Bord na Móna workers are worried about their futures as peat-fired power plants are being shut down. Farmers are protesting against the price of beef, while clashing with environmentalists over the size of the national herd.Meanwhile, the government and opposition are split on increasing a carbon tax, which would add a levy on fuels like diesel and petrol. Meanwhile, in recent weeks homeowners hoping to avail of a grant to help them retrofit their homes were left furious when it was suddenly announced that the programme had ran out of money. Issues like these are likely only to multiply over the coming years as emissions will have to be cut more and more to keep Ireland in line with its targets, which it is already missing.The country will miss its 2020 emissions reduction targets, and will have to buy “carbon credits” from other countries to make up the shortfall, with costs likely to reach the tens of millions. As things stand, the country is on to track to miss its 2030 targets too.  Aside from fines and international embarrassment, climate scientists warn that worldwide failure to act will mean an Earth that is hotter, where freak weather events are the norm, and where vasts part of the world are uninhabitable.   A breakdown of Ireland’s GHG emissions b sector. Source: StatistaThe country has been slow to act with regard to our international responsibilities on climate change. Last year, Ireland was rated as the worst performing EU country by the Climate Change Performance Index.    In early 2018, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the country was a “laggard” in its efforts to tackle climate change, and needed to do more. Since then, there has been a renewed focus – both domestically and internationally – on the crisis, with growing public outcry over the direction in which the world is headed.“Our house is on fire, I am here to say our house is on fire,” Swedish 16-year-old Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg told world leaders at Davos earlier this year.According to the IPCC we are less than 12 years away from not being able to undo our mistakes. Last year, Thunberg started skipping school to sit in front of the Swedish parliament protesting against the lack of action on the climate action. Her protest went viral and kicked off a worldwide movement.Direct action protests around climate inaction have ramped up in cities across the world. Tens of thousands of people joined the the Extinction Rebellion protests in England earlier this year, with hundreds arrested. In Ireland, protesters blocked O’Connell Bridge back in April, and have staged a number of demonstrations since then, with protesters committing to continue their action unless radical steps are taken by government to reduce the country’s emissions.The Government’s plan It is in the context of this that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action published its final report in March, laying out the wide changes needed to improve Ireland’s environmental record. The Dáil also voted to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency in May, making Ireland the second country in the world to do so. Although there are no real requirements for the government to take action as a result. https://jrnl.ie/4777293 49,768 Views center_img Aug 26th 2019, 7:31 AM Every morning this week, TheJournal.ie will publish an article on the international climate crisis and what it means for Ireland. Is the country doing its part in the battle against global warming? And what effects will the efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions have on Irish society?“IT IS WORSE, much worse, than you think,” writes David Wallace-Wells in his book The Uninhabitable Earth.Based on a 2017 essay published in New York Magazine, the book paints a near-apocalyptic, desolate vision of the future if global greenhouse gas emissions go unchecked and the Earth’s temperatures continue to rise:Rising sea levels flooding coastal cities; mass drought and starvation; increased conflict and social upheaval as people fight for diminishing resources; entire regions of the world becoming uninhabitable; new diseases and viruses, and old ones mutating in the heat.This is what could be in store for the world in the decades and centuries to come if global temperatures continue to rise unchecked.But while scenarios like this seem far away, over the last few years extreme weather events, roaring wildfires and intense heat has shown the direction in which the Earth could be headed. Last month was the hottest July ever recorded across the globe, slightly hotter than July 2016, the previous record holder. Across Europe, cities sweltered in temperatures far above the norm. This year is likely to be one of the hottest on record, joining 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 in the top five. Temperatures have already risen by about 1.1 degrees on average since pre-industrial times, with the effects being felt across the globe.In the last few months alone we have seen extreme events like huge wildfires burning in Siberia and Alaska, releasing more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 (more than double what Ireland releases in an entire year) into the atmosphere across June and July. Greenland is losing billions of tonnes more ice per day than the average, and melting four times faster than was thought. The climate crisis is also a biodiversity crisis, with plant and animal life under grave threat. A landmark report released in March found that one million animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, and that species loss is accelerating to a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past.Other studies show that over 40% of insects are threatened with extinction and that coral reefs – “the rainforests of the sea” – are being wiped out as the oceans get warmer. “I think that in Ireland and in most developed countries we’ve not yet recognised just how pressing, just how serious the climate emergency is,” DCU Professor Barry McMullin told TheJournal.ie.“And how much time we’ve actually squandered in doing very little or nothing at all, and that delay is critically important.The climate doesn’t just wait for us to get up and start acting. All the time we’ve spent basically ignoring it… meant that the problem was getting progressively worse and worse and worse.In Ireland, a small island where 40% of the population live within 5km of the coast, we’re far from immune from the effects of global heating and climate change. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) points out, mean temperatures in Ireland increased by 0.7°C between 1890 and 2013, and the rate of temperature increase is speeding up. Six of the 10 warmest years in Ireland have occurred since 1990, with a reduction in the number of frost days. Temperatures are predicted to continue to rise, and the EPA predicts that adverse impacts may include: Sea levels risingMore intense storms and rainfall events Increased likelihood of flooding Water shortages in the summerWhat are global warming and climate change? Throughout its many hundreds of millions of years, the Earth’s climate has experienced significant changes – with ice ages and periods of intense heat. What sets this current trend apart is the fact that human activities have caused it.This is what’s known as anthropogenic (basically, caused by humans) climate change.  That humans have caused this warming is an accepted fact among the wider scientific community. The consensus among 97% or more of publishing climate scientists is that warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.The majority of leading scientific organisations across the world have issued public statements endorsing this position.   Put simply, since the industrial age, human activities have released increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, methane and and other heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. These are what’s known as greenhouse gases (GHGs). The ‘greenhouse effect’ is the process by which some of the sun’s heat gets trapped from leaving the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s natural greenhouse effect is critical for making the planet warm enough to support life.But since the 1800s, humans have been burning more and more fossil fuels (like coal, oil, peat, gas) in order to power our industries, cities, transport, etc. Burning all of these releases large amounts of GHGs into the atmosphere. The result is that, over decades, more heat-trapping gases are released into the atmosphere, trapping more heat and warming the planet.It’s not just fossil fuels, either. Changes in land use, the mass cutting down of forests to make way for human agriculture, the emissions from animals like cows and sheep, all these contribute to global warming.   This warming then affects the climate and all life on Earth, with scientists, environmentalists and others warning of the impending catastrophe if global emissions aren’t reversed.Who contributes the most?The level of greenhouse gas emissions varies greatly from country to country, depending on population size and level of development.  For most of the 20th century and up to 2015, the United States was the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. The US was surpassed by China in 2015 on a year-on-year basis. However, the United States is still responsible for significantly more cumulative emissions (meaning emissions built up over many years) than China. The largest emitters and amounts of carbon dioxide (the most common GHG) in 2017 is given below, with Ireland as comparison.  Carbon emissions by country in 2017 including Ireland. Source: StatistaWhile the level of Ireland’s emissions seems miniscule in comparison to China or the US, on a per capita basis (meaning emissions by head of population), they are relatively high – some of the highest in Europe. Source: Statista“People always say, ‘what about China?’ and I say okay let’s take a province in China the same size as Ireland. Should they not do anything [about climate change] because they’re small?” asked John Gibbons, a spokesperson for An Táisce’s Climate Change Committee. “You can divide up the world in a thousand different ways. The aviation sector will tell you they can’t do anything because they’re small, but it’s all these wedges together that have delivered a crisis.What we’re getting is every single wedge saying: ‘Well don’t look at us, look at the other guy.’So what’s being done about it? With a few notable exceptions, administrations across the world accept the dangers posed by climate change and the need to act to reduce GHG emissions. However, the scale of commitment to carry out that action varies – especially in cases where cutting emissions could affect economic growth. International action – or at least, recognition of the problem – began about 30 years ago, in 1988 when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was first set up. This was followed by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992. This led to the first action aimed at stabilising worldwide GHG emissions. In 1997, Kyoto Protocol was adopted by close to 200 countries and was ratified in 2005. It was the first agreement which set internationally binding targets for countries to reduce GHG emissions. It was ratified by the majority of countries in the UN, with the exception of the US. China – as a developing nation – wasn’t required to commit to any reduction targets at the time. The Paris Agreement was reached in December 2015 by almost every nation in the world in order to address climate change. It was seen as a landmark accord, in which countries committed to legally binding targets to reduce their GHG emissions.The goal of the agreement is to limit global warming to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels”, while “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”. Last year, a report from the IPCC stated that urgent action needed to be taken to limit global heating to 1.5°C. Even half a degree more than that will increase the risk of floods, droughts and other extreme weather events. Currently, the temperature of the planet is just above 1°C higher when compared to pre-industrial times, and the higher the temperature goes the more destabilised the world’s climates become. Despite pledges and commitments, last year saw energy-related GHG emissions reach another historic high, with many countries’ national plans not meeting their Paris commitments.  China is ramping up construction of coal-fired power plants in many areas, while US president Donald Trump – who has previously called climate change a “hoax” – said he wants to take the country out of the agreement altogether.  Ireland’s place in all this As a member of the EU, Ireland has binding commitments to reduce GHG emissions by next year, 2030 and beyond. The country has a target of a 20% reduction of GHG emissions compared to 2005 levels by 2020, and a 30% reduction by 2030.  The country also has yearly targets to meet at EU level. These targets only apply to certain sectors of society (like transport, agriculture, home heating), while big industry and energy generation is controlled at EU level (under a system called the Emissions Trading Scheme) and has separate targets. A recent report from the EPA found that Ireland was on track to miss its reduction targets by a significant margin. The report found that our emissions could even increase over the next 10 years, under the worse case scenario. If you split Ireland into different sectors, each one contributes to emissions in its own way. From driving cars to generating power and heat, rearing cattle to industry, each element of our lives plays its part in releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. According to the EPA, which has a responsibility for measuring our emissions, Ireland’s total emissions in 2017 were 60.74 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2eq).While this was a slight decrease on the previous year, it follows on from significant increases in 2016 and 2015. This means that in the last three years total emissions increased by 6.4%.Agriculture was responsible for 33.3% of GHG emissions in 2017, by far the largest portion, mostly as a result of the cattle needed for beef and dairy production. This was followed by Transport (19.8%) and Energy Industries (19.3%). Related Reads 27.08.19 ‘The bog is the community. This could destroy us’: How Ireland’s move away from peat is hitting the Midlands Image: Shutterstock/Antonov Roman Ireland becomes the 2nd country to declare #climateemergency This is a significant statement and underlines the importance of the work already underway on the All of Government Climate Plan pic.twitter.com/AhHXckQMrn— dccae.gov.ie (@Dept_CCAE) May 10, 2019 189 Comments Source: dccae.gov.ie/Twitter Share369 Tweet Email6 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Le premier appareil photo compact plénoptique sans mise au point

first_imgLe premier appareil photo compact plénoptique, sans mise au point La startup Lytro se propose de mettre au point un appareil photo “plénoptique”. Il deviendrait possible, après la prise d’une photo, de jouer sur la netteté de n’importe quel plan.Pour mettre au point la technologie dite “light field” (champ lumineux) dans un appareil plénoptique, l’entreprise Lytro a dû récolter 50 millions de dollars. Concrètement, un objectif plénoptique est doté d’une matrice de microcapteurs qui vont enregistrer, lors de la prise de vue, l’ensemble des informations lumineuses et en particulier l’orientation des rayons. Captant ainsi plus d’informations, il deviendra possible de traiter par la suite l’image pour faire le focus sur n’importe quel plan.À lire aussiCanon Powershot D20 : un apn étanche pour immortaliser les fonds marinsCe n’est pas véritablement une première mondiale puisque la société allemande Raytrix commercialise déjà ce type d’appareils. Toutefois, ceux-ci sont à la fois encombrants, extrêmement onéreux et limité à 3 mégapixels. Le Wall Street Journal rapporte que c’est ce dernier point qui a posé le plus de problèmes à la start-up Lytro. Elle cherchait à proposer un appareil compact à un prix « compétitif » d’ici la fin de l’année et il semblerait qu’elle soit en passe d’y parvenir même si on ne connaît pas encore les caractéristiques techniques exactes du nouvel appareil. On ne connaît donc ni sa résolution ni sa taille, mais Lytro promet qu’il “tiendra dans la poche”.Sur le site, les premiers exemples sont époustouflants, il faut bien l’avouer. Un clic suffit à faire la mise au point sur la zone de l’image voulue, qu’il s’agisse du premier, du second ou du troisième plan. Il devrait également être possible, avec ce type d’appareils, de prendre de très bonnes photos dans des conditions lumineuses habituellement rédhibitoires et même pourquoi pas des photos en 3D. 20minutes.fr qui a contacté Lytro rapporte qu’aucun logiciel de retouche photo n’est nécessaire pour ajuster la post-profondeur de champ :  “Il y a un moteur light field dans l’appareil photo et dans le fichier : cela signifie que la photo dynamique peut continuer d’être manipulée sur l’écran de l’appareil, sur l’ordinateur, Facebook ou un smartphone d’un simple clic”. Le 23 juin 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wife of Mariners player faces charges

first_imgThe wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is facing federal wire-fraud charges for allegedly using a debit card belonging to the wife of star pitcher Felix Hernandez to make nearly $180,000 in online purchases, according to sources and court documents.Maria Jacqueline Peguero is charged in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with three counts of wire fraud, which carries a possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison.Maria Peguero has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bond and under the supervision of federal community Pre-Trial Services, according to the court docket.The charges were filed by the U.S. Secret Service on Oct. 1 and allege that Maria Peguero used a debit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez to have nearly $180,000 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue delivered to her Fife apartment between June 26, 2012 and Oct. 9, 2012.The complaint does not identify Hernandez or his wife by name. However, a source familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed their identities.last_img read more

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Omar Mufti arrested

first_imgSrinagar: Former Jammu & Kashmir CM and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti was arrested moments after the Rajya Sabha passed the Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union territories. Minutes after Mufti was arrested, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah was also taken into custody. Jammu & Kashmir People’s Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari have also been arrested. Some more arrests have been made, officials said, without sharing details. Mehbooba Mufti has been taken to Hari Niwas – a VVIP state guest house. She was put under house arrest on Sunday night as the authorities clamped restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC. The reason for her arrest was not immediately known.last_img read more

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Zee Media Corp to acquire 80 stake in 2 firms of India

first_imgZee Media Corp will acquire 80 percent stake in two companies of the India Today Group — namely Today Merchandise and Today Retail Network Pvt Ltd. The deal is valued at Rs 168 crore, to be paid over four years.By June, Zee Media would have acquired around 49 percent stake by investing Rs 40 crore by “subscribing equity shares” in both the firms. It would also hold management and operational control in the firms, Press Trust of India quoted a Zee Media statement as saying.”The board of directors of the company has approved, in principle, acquisition of 80 percent equity stake by the company in both Today Merchandise Pvt Ltd (TMPL) and Today Retail Network Pvt Ltd (TRNL),” Zee Media had said in a regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange.It also added that the target companies (currently in loss) have been in the process of developing infrastructure for launching a “TV shopping” channel in the future. In addition, it will also operate an e-commerce website, which would complement the TV shopping channel.Over the next four years, Zee Media would increase stake in the two India Today Group companies by subscribing to any security convertible in equity shares, PTI added.TV shopping holds “great” investment value, and by acquiring the two companies, Zee would shorten the launch timing of its television channel.”The companyk, with its existing broadcast operations, will also be able to derive synergy benefits from this proposed investment,” PTI quoted Zee Media as saying in the statement.Zee Media corporation or ZEEL is a Mumbai-based entertainment media company, and a subsidiary of the Essel group. It has 35 channels spread across 169 countries.last_img read more

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Bangladesh missions abroad observe genocide day

first_imgBangladesh high commission in New Delhi observes genocide day on Monday. Photo: Courtesy/ UNB Bangladesh missions abroad on Monday observed the Genocide Day, commemorating the brutalities and cowardly attacks carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces on the unarmed Bangalees on the black night of 25 March in 1971, reports UNB. Panel discussions, screening of a documentary on the 1971 genocide by Pakistan Army and reading out messages from president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina were the highlights of the programmes. In New Delhi, Bangladesh high commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali urged the UN to declare 25 March as the genocide day. He recalled that 3 million innocent civilians were killed, 2 lakh women raped and 10 million people were forced to leave their homes by the Pakistani troops during the nine-month War of Liberation, said a press release. Moderated by Farid Hossain, minister (press), the panel discussion was participated by Durbar Ganguly, editor-in-chief of the Millennium Post newspaper, and Mohua Chatterjee, assist political editor of the Times of India. The panelists said the perpetrators of the 1971 carnage should be tried on charges of crime against humanity. The embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul, to raise awareness about the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh in the Republic of Korea, especially among the young generation of this country, invited some college students to the event. The members of Bangladesh community along with the officials of the embassy also attended the event. The event commenced with the singing of the national anthem followed by reading out of verses from the Holy Quran, Geeta, Bible, and Tripitaka and conducting of special prayer for the salvation of the departed souls of the martyrs. Then, a one-minute silence was observed with candlelight vigil in remembrance of the martyrs of 25thMarch and the War of Independence. Also, a booklet titled “Bangladesh Genocide Revisited” was distributed among the attendees. During the discussion, the speakers focused on the importance of the recognition of the 1971 genocide that was committed 48 years ago. Jung Jae-hee, a student of Shingu College of Korea, in her speech in Bangla, highlighted the similarities of historical struggle between Bangladesh and the Republic of Korea. She also paid rich tributes to the 3 million martyrs and the freedom fighters of the Liberation War. Ambassador Abida Islam paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, all the martyrs and freedom fighters of the War of Independence, said a press release. She mentioned that this genocide is not mentioned in any official and historical narratives of the South Asia region, the UN or any other international circles. She also underlined that once recognised and documented by the international community, no fabrication of information on the facts of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh would be possible. A poetry recital on the Liberation War followed the discussion session.last_img read more

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Piece Of Sunken USS Arizona Heading To Texas War Memorial

first_imgAPA flower lei sits on part of a wood deck and steel plate from the USS Arizona that are being held in place by white beams while sitting in a crate while waiting to be loaded onto a airplane Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Honolulu. An 800-pound chunk from the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Texas for display at a war memorial. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)An 800-pound (363-kilogram) chunk from the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor is heading to Texas for display at a war memorial.The Texas Panhandle War Memorial in Amarillo will receive the rusted steel plate and part of the battleship’s weathered wooden deck. The Navy cut the chunk from a section of the Arizona that was removed when the federal government built a memorial over the sunken hull of the ship decades ago.The Navy has sent 112 pieces from the Arizona to museums and other places around the country, including the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and the Naval Academy. Most are much smaller than the Texas piece and can generally fit in a display case.Ernie Houdashell, a Randall County, Texas, judge who coordinated the donation said the memorial will treat the relic with reverence. He noted it’s effectively from a cemetery because it’s a part of a battleship that lost 1,177 men, many whom remain entombed on board.The war memorial, which is dedicated to war dead from the 26 counties in the Texas panhandle, plans to unveil the new display on Dec. 7, the anniversary of the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.“It is a really big deal. This is actually a national relic. It’s a very sacred piece of America,” he said.The Texas Panhandle War Memorial is outdoors and has plenty of room. It also has a Huey helicopter that was in combat in Vietnam and a F-100 Super Sabre jet that flew over the Korean peninsula.Navy Region Hawaii historian Jim Neuman said the Navy still has parts from the Arizona and will continue to do what it can to accommodate requests for themUPS Inc. said Thursday it was loading the piece on a plane in Honolulu and flying it to California. The parcel delivery company, which is donating its services, plans to then drive it by truck to Texas.A police escort and a veterans’ motorcycle club will meet the truck in Lubbock and accompany it to the memorial on June 30.“It’s going to come in to Amarillo with lights flashing,” Houdashell said. Sharelast_img read more

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Toshiba announces chip to boost TransferJet

first_img Citation: Toshiba announces chip to boost TransferJet (2011, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-toshiba-chip-boost-transferjet.html Explore further Consortium Established to Develop ‘TransferJet’ Wireless Technology (PhysOrg.com) — Toshiba earlier this week announced a wireless chip that can help carry TransferJet forward to wider use. The newly developed chip, “TC35420,” is designed to support the TransferJet near-field wireless transmission technology that has drawn interest over the past several years. Toshiba said that samples will start shipping at the end of January 2012 and mass production will begin around April to June of next year. The chip is the smallest and highest sensitivity TransferJet chip, according to reports.Toshiba’s press announcement notes that the chip’s reduced size makes it ideal for lightweight devices such as phones.TransferJet is a potential enabler of truly mobile, ubiquitous computing. Technology proponents have hoped to see TransferJet at work on a wide range of mobile devices such as notebook PCs, tablets, smartphones, along with digital cameras. Just last year, a report noted that short-range, high-speed TransferJet wireless data technology is represented by a lot of well-known companies, but so far its impact in the market has been limited.TransferJet provides high-speed data transfer with low power consumption simply by selecting on the screen of a mobile device the data file to be transferred and touching the receiving device with the mobile device.TransferJet is described as a Close Proximity Wireless Transfer technology. Touching two devices together brings about the transfer of files. Benefits are said to be a short transmission distance which minimizes risks of data theft and high-speed transfer of large data files. With such a device, it is possible to transfer data at a rate of 560Mbps maximum, but typically averaging 375Mbps. The TransferJet system can select the transmission rate depending on the wireless environment.Scenarios of what a consumer digital marketplace might be like with TransferJet as part of a lot of mobile gadgets are instantly fetching photo printouts, swapping online data with a friend, and hearing and buying music, with a tap-touch of your mobile device. This would work with kiosks, digital boards, and digital signs.The TransferJet Consortium was established in 2008 by companies wanting to grow an ecosystem of technology, products and services based on TransferJet wireless technology. The consortium focuses on specifications, compliance testing processes and tools, and promoting TransferJet. Along with Toshiba, companies in the group include Hitachi, Sony, Murata Manufacturing, and others. The TransferJet Consortium will show its latest developments in TransferJet technologies at CEATEC JAPAN 2011, from October 4 to 8. The group hopes to show applications such as sending photos to printers, and future concepts, such as downloading content from kiosks to smartphones and making use of book stores’ cyber shelves handling electronic versions of books for purchase.center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Press release This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Do cosmetic products make you feel confident

first_imgBeauty companies focus more on how cosmetic products can make women look young but instead, they can replan marketing strategies on how these products can make them look good and feel confident, say researchers.The findings showed that 62 per cent of women used make-up daily and that only three per cent used it to look younger. The majority — 52 per cent – used it to look good and 28 percent used it to feel confident.Many middle-aged and older women feel underrepresented or not represented realistically in the media which affects their confidence and feelings of self-worth.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“They also dislike the young, airbrushed, or cosmetically-altered models used as they struggle to relate to them and consequently, to the products,” said Carolyn Mair from the London College of Fashion.The team analysed over 500 women aged 40-89 years who participated in an online survey. They were asked on use of make-up like how they viewed advertisements aimed at their age group, how they perceived advertising and the impact of this on their self-worth. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe team found that few older women claim to use cosmetic products to look younger but majority say they use them to look good and feel confident. “It would be a step in the right direction if advertisers could reconsider some of their marketing strategies and focus less on how a product makes a woman look younger and more about how the product can make her feel good about herself,” Mair added. The study was scheduled to be presented this week at the British Psychological Society’s 2016 annual conference in Nottingham.last_img read more

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Apple Will Fix the Busted Camera on Your iPhone 6 Plus

first_img Apple is taking steps to fix “a small percentage” of iPhone 6 Plus phones with defective cameras that take blurry pictures, according to a company statement.The tech company is specifically addressing units that were bought between September 2014 and January of this year, and has set up a special website where customers can see if their serial number falls within the range of phones affected.If your iSight back-of-phone camera is not working properly, Apple said they would replace it free of charge.Complaints about the camera from a sub-section of Apple iPhone 6 Plus users have been bubbling in forums since last year, with some blaming the phone’s Optical Image Stabilizer feature as the main culprit. The company’s newest iPhone 6S smartphone is rumored to be launching soon, with an announcement expected on Sept. 9. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine August 24, 2015center_img 1 min readlast_img read more

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