CryptoDATA Tech becomes RNF MotoGP Team majority and strategic shareholder

CryptoDATA Tech becomes RNF MotoGP Team majority and strategic shareholder

RNF Racing Ltd. is pleased to announce a new majority shareholder with CryptoDATA Tech, a blockchain-applied technologies pioneer and developer of hardware and software cybersecurity solutions. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone and a beginning of a new era for the fifteen months old RNF MotoGP team.*Ovidiu Toma – CEO CryptoDATA Tech (left), Carmelo Ezpeleta – CEO Dorna Sports (left-center), Razlan Razali – Team Principal RNF MotoGP Team (right-center), Bogdan Mărunțiș – Global Strategy CryptoDATA Tech (right).

BUCHAREST, Romania, Nov. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CryptoDATA Tech, a blockchain-applied technologies pioneer and developer of hardware and software cybersecurity solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority stake in RNF Racing Ltd. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone and a beginning of a new era for the fifteen months old RNF MotoGP team and the Romanian holding.

After previously announcing the cybersecurity company as the Official Premium Partner for the final three races of the season, CryptoDATA’s became a partner who shared the same passion, values and recognised the potential value of a MotoGP team in the long term.

With CryptoDATA as the majority shareholder, the vision and strategy is to go beyond racing and expand the business and services into motorsports mainly in MotoGP and taking the role of the business and branding aspects of the team. RNF MotoGP Team will continue participating as an Independent Team in the premier class of the FIM MotoGP World Championship with Team Principal Razlan Razali remaining at the helm focusing on the sporting and technicality side of the team.

In conjunction with the final race of the season and to mark the start of this historical milestone, RNF MotoGP Team and CryptoDATA will be unveiling a special livery design on race day at the Valencia Grand Prix.

Razlan Razali, Founder and Team Principal, RNF Racing Ltd,
“Today marks a historical milestone for the team. I’d like to thank CryptoDATA for putting their trust in me and the team for the future.”

“In a short period of time, discussions have evolved into a long term commitment. We have extended our partnership, and as I previously stated, this is a fantastic collaboration. The union of the two companies will drive the team to not just perform in racing, but also to grow the business aspects of the team, and this is where both parties join forces to share expertise and experience. My main focus is to ensure the team fights for the championship while CryptoDATA’s team consisting of young, smart, innovative, and ambitious individuals will develop strategies to strengthen our position off track.”

“With the experience from our previous successes, the same strong and passionate crew from our MotoGP garage, and a solid rider line-up, we are set for a competitive comeback with CryptoDATA for the next season.”

Ovidiu TOMA, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CryptoDATA Tech,
“We are delighted to extend our partnership and become the majority shareholder of the RNF MotoGP Team. The MotoGP World Championship is an exclusive and international showcase, a special universe where the starting grid is a stage for heroes in which CryptoDATA has found its space by sharing its values and objectives. We became the first Romanian company to Title Sponsor a Moto Grand Prix at the Red Bull track this year, and we are now more excited and motivated than ever to become the majority shareholder in the RNF Team. This represents not only a historical milestone for CryptoDATA, but also a new beginning and a significant incentive.

“We look to 2023 with optimism and confidence as our team is led by trained, serious, and experienced managers. We will do our best to support the team to achieve their goals and to reach their highest potential in MotoGP.”

Bogdan Mărunţiş, Global Strategy and Founder, CryptoDATA Tech,
“We are glad to announce our partnership with the RNF team, and we are confident that we can help the team set strategic goals for the upcoming season and long-term performance goals both on and off-track. We want to start the team’s transformation into a successful business that will provide unique experiences to our fans and partners while promoting our brand values in the top series of global racing.”

“As CryptoDATA representatives, we will be in charge of the business’s strategic management and will work to provide stability and further strengthen the team’s position in the MotoGP world and in the business world.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer, Dorna Sports S.L,
“The agreement that Razlan Razali has reached with CryptoDATA allows him to maintain the viability and presence of his project in MotoGP. We are delighted to see a new sponsor supporting a team, especially one that Dorna brought to the championship. We were happy with the relationship with CryptoDATA at the Austrian Grand Prix, they have the idea to develop and the idea to put things together with Aprilia next year which is the stability needed for MotoGP, it’s a very warm welcome for CryptoDATA to MotoGP. The fact that they are not just limiting their participation in the sponsorship area but in an entire team shows the importance of Motorsport and of MotoGP in particular. We know that Razlan had many requests, and we believe he has chosen the best option for the future and to consolidate his structure.”

About RNF MotoGP Team

A new beginning, a collaboration that goes beyond racing. The RNF MotoGP Team will debut in the premier class of the 2023 FIM MotoGP World Championship grid as the first-ever satellite team for Aprilia showcasing Portuguese MotoGP rider and 5-times race winner Miguel Oliveira with promising Spanish youngster and 2021 Moto2 Vice World Champion, Raul Fernandez.

The addition of CryptoDATA to the RNF MotoGP Team brings sustainability on and off track, as it sets the tone for further developing and improving performance in the upcoming season. The team will collaborate on two missions for the team with CryptoDATA spearheading the business side while RNF MotoGP Team focuses on the sports itself.

Our shared passion for performance, innovations and technology will bring a fresh and unique value to the world of motorsports.

About CryptoDATA Tech

CryptoDATA Tech is a global ambassador for promoting the importance of data security and digital privacy worldwide. The company has pioneered the development of services and products based on blockchain technology that enables private and secure communication, satisfying the requirements of its collaborators as well as tech users worldwide. Wispr, one of its major products, is an online messaging app that allows motorsport fans to exchange messages without constraints from anywhere in the world, thereby fueling the passion and determination of the motorsport community.

Contact details:
Cosmin Bidileci
Email: cosmin.bidileci@cryptodata.com
Phone: +40750803241

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‫تيا لي تحذف كل صورها على إنستغرام وتضع شبكة مربعات غامضة على إنستغرام

هونج كونج المنطقة الإدارية الخاصة بجمهورية الصين الشعبية – Media OutReach – 9 نوفمبر 2022 – لقد عادت تيا لي رمز الموضة الآسيوية ومغنية البوب وممثلة السينما والتليفزيون إلى حسابها على إنستغرام وذلك بعد انخفاض معدل الإطلاع على ملفها الشخصي على إنستغرام منذ أن تمنت لمعجبيها سنة جديدة سعيدة على إنستغرام في فبراير.

إلا أن متابعيها المخلصين إصيبوا بالإحباط – وذلك لعدم رؤيتهم صوراً جديدةً لتيا، بل إنها حذفت كل منشوراتها ووضعت صورةً غامضةً مكونةً من ست مربعات سوداء بها شريط باللون الأزرق الداكن في المنتصف! ما معنى قيامها بحذف كل شيء؟ ولماذا وضعت هذا الشريط الغامض في منتصف المربعات؟ كما أن تيا استبدلت أيضاً صورة ملفها الشخصي بصورة تاج مكسور؟

على مدار السنوات الثلاث الماضية حافظت تيا على ابتعادها عن الأضواء وابتعادها عن أنظار العامة. وقبل عملية الحذف التي أحدثت صدمة على حساب تيا على إنستغرام، ربما تكون قد أصيبت بإحباط بالغ بسبب كل الأخبار السيئة التي أحاطت الإعلان عن صدور أغنيتها الجديدة ‘Goodbye Princess’ التي تغنيها بمفردها في حفل حوائز Golden Melody Awards 2022  في يوليو، وقد اختفت منذ هذا التاريخ اختفت عن دائرة الترفيه والموضة. هل كان هذا هو الدافع للخطوة الأخيرة التي قامت بها على إنستغرام؟

وقد أثار كل هذا شائعات انتشرت على نطاق واسع بشأن خطوتها القادمة.

تيا تقوم بتحديث حسابها على إنستغرام أخيراً! هل هذه عودة؟ ولماذا اختفت كل المنشورات”و  “ماذا حدث يا تيا”” متى ستصدرين أغنيةً جديدةً هل هذا تشويق من جديد أم ماذا؟ فقد مضى وقتٌ طويلٌ منذ صدور آخر أغنية لك وهي أغنية Goodbye Princess، نفتقدك كثيراً، ونتطلع لرؤية أغنيتك الجديدة، “أحبك، مرحبًا بعودتك يا فتاتي!! لقد كنت في انتظار ظهورك لمدة طويلة جداً حقاً! افتقدك كثيراً جداً “لقد أذيعت أغنيتك الجديدة في حفل Golden Melody Awards …… وهذا يغسل أدمغة المعجبين بالفعل”…. لقد ثارت ثائرة المعجبين من كثرة التساؤلات!

إلا أن هناك شائعةً تقول أن تيا قد أخذت لها صورةً في بانكوك وهي تعمل على مشروعها القادم. إن كانت هذه الشائعة حقيقية في هذه الحالة ينبغي أن يرى متابعي تيا، تيا مرةً أخرى في القريب العاجل.

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space and Technology Commission Welcomes E-Space to Enter the Saudi Market

E-Space Authorized to Offer Space-Based Services Throughout the Kingdom

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 9, 2022  /PRNewswire/ — (Connecting the World from the Skies Conference) — E-Space, a global space company focused on bridging Earth and space with the world’s most sustainable low Earth orbit (LEO) network, today announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) has now listed E-Space in their new Satellite Registry to land communications traffic in the Kingdom. This is a critical step that will allow E-Space to deliver its innovative, space-based, smart internet of things (Smart-IoT) solutions in a key economy in the Middle East.

The Kingdom recently revamped its regulatory framework for non-terrestrial networks (NTN), which includes the promotion and entry of global satellite operators. In line with its new national spectrum strategy and Saudi Vision 2030, the CST will grant landing/operating rights to satellite operators that meet certain requirements, from delivering innovative satellite-based solutions to utilizing spectrum efficiently to offer unique services in the Kingdom.

Greg Wyler, E-Space founder, chairman and CEO commented, “E-Space is proud to be one of the first companies listed on the Kingdom’s Satellite Registry and to be authorized to offer our services throughout the Kingdom. We believe space innovation should unlock efficiency and productivity gains, in alignment with the Kingdom’s interest to advance its space ecosystem, bring innovative and disruptive space capabilities to its market and meet goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.”

E-Space is developing a global satellite service that will deliver revolutionary services in the new Smart-IoT sector based on bringing the latest innovations in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) satellites and sustainable spacecraft design. E-Space is committed to working with key stakeholders throughout the Kingdom to enable new opportunities for the Kingdom’s citizens, enhance business efficiencies across its priority industries and ensure the safety and security of its critical infrastructure.

This news was announced at the Connecting the World From the Skies conference, where several E-Space executives will be sharing perspectives on significant space topics, including:

  • Keynote Fireside Chat: The Networks of 2030
    E-Space speaker: Greg Wyler
    Date/time: Thursday, November 10, from 12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • Roundtable: Maximizing the Potential of Connectivity from the Skies across the Arab Region
    E-Space speaker: Tamer Azab, director of Regulatory & Market Access, Middle East and Africa
    Date/time: Thursday, November 10, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Moderator role
  • Panel: Sustainable and Green NTN Towers in the Sky
    E-Space speaker: Amy Mehlman, vice president of Government Affairs and Stakeholder Relations
    Date/time: Thursday, November 10, from 12:55 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

For more information about E-Space, please visit: www.e-space.com.

About E-Space 

E-Space is a global space company focused on bridging Earth and space with the world’s most sustainable low Earth orbit (LEO) network that is expected to reach over one hundred thousand multi-application communication satellites to help businesses and governments securely and affordably access the power of space to solve problems on Earth. Founded by industry pioneer Greg Wyler, E-Space is focused on democratizing space and transforming industries by bringing down the cost of space-based communications, raising the level of satellite system resiliency and setting a new standard in sustainable space infrastructure that will effectively minimize and reduce space debris and destruction while preserving access to space for future generations. Learn more about the Company at e-space.com, or follow E-Space on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Chris Phillips, vice president, PR & Communications: chris.phillips@e-space.com; +1 (917) 974-1667

 

Sterling Partners with Yoti to Launch an Exclusive Portable Digital Identity Solution Internationally

  • Sterling and Yoti will integrate unique digital identity verification workflow into the hiring process throughout EMEA and APAC
  • The move will strengthen pre-employment checks for companies worldwide
  • The two companies will also introduce secure digital identities for candidates that they can share with other businesses and organizations for multiple use cases

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sterling (NASDAQ: STER), a leading provider of background and identity solutions, is partnering with digital identity company Yoti, to streamline background checks and expand their digital identity solutions. This collaboration brings together Sterling’s more than 45 years of expertise in background screening with Yoti’s innovative identity verification technology. The global partnership will expand Sterling’s digital identity capabilities in EMEA and APAC, and accelerate its vision to create privacy-centric portable identities for candidates.

Industry-leading global background screening company.

The Sterling – Yoti partnership will enable an exclusive digital identity verification workflow to be integrated directly into the hiring process, allowing employers to take an identity-first approach, where a candidate’s identity is verified before completing other background checks, and before actually being hired. This strengthens pre-employment checks, reduces or eliminates the need to use physical documents, and creates a simplified hiring and onboarding experience for both employer and candidate.

Furthermore, candidates who verify their identity through Sterling and Yoti will be able to seamlessly create a secure, reusable digital identity. This will allow them to verify their identity once and share their details with other businesses in seconds, making the verification process more streamlined for employers and candidates. Individuals will be able to use their digital identity for future job opportunities, age verification, and any process requiring identity verification.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Yoti, an international leader in digital identity verification, expanding access to Sterling’s identity offerings to employers globally,” said Josh Peirez, CEO, Sterling. “This partnership will provide our clients with an exclusive, fully-integrated digital identity solution that will streamline and simplify identity verification in hiring processes and improve the accuracy of background checks.”Yoti is a digital identity technology company that makes it safer for people to prove who they are, verifying identities and trusted credentials online and in-person. They now provide verification solutions across the globe, spanning identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication. For more information, please visit www.yoti.com.

Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said: “We’re delighted to combine our digital identity verification technology with Sterling’s expertise in background screening to create an innovative, integrated digital identity solution. We can offer companies the most comprehensive, secure, and efficient employment checks. By adopting an ‘identity first’ approach, employers can be confident the correct person is applying for the job, and benefit from a smooth onboarding process. Our digital identity checks will streamline background screening and improve efficiencies throughout the hiring process.”

Sterling and Yoti have partnered together to create a fully-integrated workflow, structured entirely around reusable digital identity and privacy-preserving standards. Sterling clients and their candidates will be able to enjoy the unique experience across Sterling’s international regions starting in 2023, with the first phase beginning in the UK.

To learn more about the partnership, please visit Sterling’s Digital Identity Hub.

Notes to editors:

Under new legislation, Right to Work and DBS checks can now be completed digitally using an Identity Service Provider (IDSP). Yoti and their partner Post Office became the first certified IDSP in the UK. Sterling is also a certified IDSP, under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework, for UK Right to Work, DBS Criminal Record, and UK Right to Rent checks.

About Sterling

Sterling (NASDAQ: STER) — a leading provider of background and identity services — offers background and identity verification to help over 50,000 clients create people-first cultures built on a foundation of trust and safety. Sterling’s tech-enabled services help organizations across all industries establish great environments for their workers, partners, and customers. With operations around the world, Sterling conducted more than 95 million searches in the twelve months ended December 31, 2021. Visit us at sterlingcheck.com/.

About Yoti

Yoti is a digital identity technology company that makes it safer for people to prove who they are, verifying identities and trusted credentials online and in-person. They now provide verification solutions across the globe, spanning identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication. In the UK, Yoti has partnered with Post Office to accelerate digital identity adoption, with a national footprint spanning 11,500 Post Office branches, online and more. Over 12 million people have downloaded the free Yoti app across the world. It is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes. For more information, please visit www.yoti.com.

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THERE WILL BE FOUR EMIRATES FA CUP SECOND ROUND GAMES BROADCASTED LIVE IN THE UK

The live UK television schedule for the Emirates FA Cup’s second round proper has been confirmed, and it can be seen in full below.

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2022

• King’s Lynn Town v Stevenage at 12.45pm GMT on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online

• Forest Green Rovers v Alvechurch at 3pm GMT on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online

SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2022

• Ebbsfleet United v Fleetwood Town at 12.30pm GMT on ITV and ITV Hub

• Newport County v Torquay United or Derby County at 3.15pm GMT on ITV and ITV Hub

Live broadcast fees of £60,000 will be distributed to these clubs in addition to any payments from the competition’s prize fund.

The full second round proper fixture schedule and any further broadcast details will be announced at the earliest opportunity.

Meanwhile, there are also two Emirates FA Cup first round proper replays selected for live television broadcast and their details can be seen below:

TUESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2022

• Derby County v Torquay United at 7.45pm GMT on BBC Three, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online

WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022

• Salford City v Peterborough United at 7.45pm GMT on ITV4, UTV and ITV Hub

The clubs involved in these first round proper replays will receive a live broadcast fee of £32,500.

Source: The Football Association

Emirates and Gulf Air Launch Codeshare Partnership

Manama, Bahrain, Emirates and Gulf Air have today officially signed a unilateral codeshare partnership, starting this December*. The new agreement will offer easy connections and expanded choices for Gulf Air customers connecting to Dubai and onwards to a host of Emirates destinations across Europe, Africa, South America and the Far East.

The agreement was signed on the first day of the Bahrain Airshow, signalling a growing relationship between both airlines following on the framework of cooperation established last year. The agreement was signed by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline and Gulf Air’s Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Al Alawi in the presence of H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Gulf Air’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. The signing ceremony was also attended by members of each airline’s executive management teams.

The expanded partnership will see Gulf Air place their marketing code “GF” on Emirates operated flights beyond Dubai to a selection of some of the most attractive global tourism hotspots, offering new holiday options for Gulf Air customers. Travellers will be able to connect to points including Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Algeria, Tunis, Bali, Hanoi, HoChi Minh City, Taipei and Sao Paulo.

The new codeshare agreement’s mix of unique points comes as travellers from the GCC have become more well-informed, value-driven and savvy, increasingly looking for new, diverse experiences and attractions beyond their traditional holiday destinations.

The new partnership will also offer customers the convenience of combined ticketing and check-in, a unified policy and seamless transfers for baggage, and competitive single fares on a multi-airline journey when connecting on Emirates. Customers can book their travel on Gulf Air’s website, through Gulf Air point of sales and online travel agencies as well as with local travel agents.

Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “We are pleased to partner with Gulf Air to offer their customers greater access and strong connection opportunities to unique destinations on our network, complemented by Emirates’ signature in-flight service and hospitality throughout their journey from Dubai. We look forward to working together and achieving more with Gulf Air in the near future, and further strengthening our relationship.”

Captain Waleed Al Alawi, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer commented: “Our relationship with Emirates Airline has always been strong and today we are reaching a higher level of collaboration with many more opportunities in the horizon between the two carriers. This partnership will empower both of us to offer a more elevated experience to passengers and widen their travel options.”

Emirates currently has codeshare cooperation agreements in place with 26 airline partners and two rail companies around the world, expanding its network reach to over 300 cities.

*Subject to government approvals.

About Emirates

From its global hub in Dubai, Emirates serves customers on six continents, providing high quality air transport services that facilitate tourism and trade. The airline has earned customer recognition for its industry-leading services on the ground and in the sky, delivered by a passionate workforce representing over 160 nations. Emirates operates the world’s largest fleet of wide-body Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 aircraft, offering spacious cabins and iconic inflight features such as its A380 Shower Spa and Onboard Lounge, and its ice inflight entertainment system available in all seats across its fleet, which has topped “best in sky” awards for 17 consecutive years. Emirates is committed to environmentally-responsible operations and focusses on three areas: reducing emissions, consuming responsibly, and protecting wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.emirates.com.

About Gulf Air

Gulf Air commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. The airline operates scheduled flights from its hub at Bahrain International Airport to cities in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Renowned for its traditional Arabian hospitality, Gulf Air is committed to being an industry leader and developing products and services that reflect the evolving needs and aspirations of its passengers. Gulf Air received the Skytrax Five Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating for flying safely throughout the pandemic and enhancing its airport and onboard protocols to combat the spread of COVID-19. Gulf Air is also rated Five Star Major Official Airline by APEX, a rating programme that is based solely on certified passengers’ feedback. Most recently, Skytrax awarded the national carrier with the “World’s Most Improved Airline” award for 2022. These milestones for Gulf Air are a testament to the success of its boutique strategy and the ongoing enhancements to its products and services.

Source: Emirates Airline

‘Nuclear is Making a Strong Comeback’, IEA’s Birol Tells IAEA Director General Grossi at IAEA COP27 Event

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi led a panel of officials from around the world in an in-depth discussion on nuclear power at COP27 today, amid rising global optimism about its potential to help achieve net zero emissions. Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), set the tone for the event by declaring at its outset: “Nuclear power is making comeback—and in a strong fashion.”

However, Dr Birol said the international financial community had so far “failed” to provide the level playing field needed for nuclear to help the world tackle its most pressing challenges, from climate change to sustainable development. “I don’t give them a passing grade.”

The event at the IAEA-led #Atoms4Climate pavilion—the first-ever nuclear-themed pavilion in the 27-year history of the United Nations Climate Change Conference—began with Mr Grossi playing the role of journalist and interviewing Dr Birol. Mr Grossi then led a wide-ranging talk with senior officials from Poland, the United Arab Emirates, the United States of America and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), who provided their perspective on present and future challenges and prospects for nuclear power.

Amid the global climate and energy crises, countries around the world are showing renewed interest in nuclear power, including countries that previously had sought to phase out the technology. Driving this change is not only the need for low carbon energy, but secure and reliable energy. Nuclear power provides both.

“This is a very special moment,” Mr Grossi said at the #Atoms4Climate pavilion at COP27, hosted by Egypt in Sharm El Sheikh. “This is the first time in the history of the COPs that you have a nuclear pavilion, which is also a sign of the times.”

“Countries that were saying goodbye to nuclear power, they are rethinking their plans,” Dr Birol said, adding that the IEA had been engaged in talks with both Belgium and Germany. “We are very happy that both governments are now in the process of postponing their nuclear phase-out plans, understanding the role that nuclear plays in addressing this energy security challenge,” he said.

In addition, another group of countries is now considering extending the lifetime of their existing nuclear power reactors to respond to this challenge, which is one of the cheapest forms of low carbon power, Dr Birol said. Still another group of countries are rolling out plans to build new reactors, including seemingly “surprising” ones such as the Netherlands and Poland as well as Japan and South Korea, Dr Birol said.

The UAE, once a nuclear newcomer, is now a nuclear operating country, having put three large reactors online in recent years and soon to complete construction of a fourth, which together will provide 25% of the country’s electricity, said H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. Like all nuclear newcomers, the UAE worked closely with the IAEA throughout the process of developing its nuclear power programme, he added.

As billions of people around the world strive for economic development and improved living standards, they are going to need a lot more energy to get there, he added. “When a country reaches a certain milestone in GDP growth, about $2,000 per capita, energy demand starts to move sharply higher, to then stabilize at $20,000 GDP,” Mr Al Hammadi said. “Today, half of the world’s population are at the gates of the $2,000 milestone, or already beyond and require more energy. Nuclear is one of the most advanced methods of meeting this growing energy demand.”

According to the IEA, nuclear power capacity needs to double by 2050 if net zero goals are to be achieved. To live up to its potential, the nuclear industry must do better to deliver its projects on time and on budget, Mr Birol said. Innovation must also play a big role, with small modular reactors (SMRs) potentially broadening the options for more countries including in the developing world to use nuclear power as a backbone for low carbon energy systems with high shares of variable renewables like solar and wind, he added.

Financing will be a key challenge for such projects, said Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. “Export financing will be required,” Ms Huff said, adding that “aggressive engagement on all sides if we are going to get things built on time”.

Several other countries, such as Poland and the United States, are looking to nuclear as a replacement for coal, including at or near the site for former coal-fired plants. Poland, for example, has recently announced plans to build several large reactors as a way to reduce reliance on coal, the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel. Such plans can also help ensure a just economic transition to the communities that host fossil facilities, ensuring they can continue to thrive with new careers and high paying in the nuclear field.

“In Poland, when you talk climate transformation, you mean energy transformation,” said Sebastian Barkowski, Poland’s Special Envoy for International Climate and Energy Cooperation. Noting that Poland gets 75 per cent of its electricity from coal, Mr Barkowski added: “Nuclear has to find a place in the very demanding and long-term process of the energy transition and climate transition, which we have to pursue for the years to come.”

He also noted that flexible SMRs could mark a breakthrough for the way nuclear power works and helps decarbonize economies. By siting SMRs close to sources of emissions, such as fertilizer factories or steel mills or for hydrogen production, they can decarbonise those industries directly through the provision of low-carbon heat.

“There are very few scalable sources of clean, hot heat,” said Ms Huff. “Never forget: a 1 GW reactor is actually 3GW thermal. When we take that incredibly valuable heat and turn it into electricity, isn’t even the most efficient way we could be using nuclear. And I really hope that we can all recognize the role that that can play to help renewables along in an area that will be very hard for renewables alone to decarbonize.”

With multiple technological innovations on the horizon and growing global demand, the nuclear industry needs to do everything it can to attract young generations of talent, with a focus on diversity across the board, if it is going to succeed, said Ingemar Engkvist, CEO of WANO. “We need all the talent we can get,” he said.

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency

Development cooperation produces results, according to recent report

Recent crises underline the importance of development cooperation as a key instrument of foreign and security policy, according to Finland’s Development Policy Results Report submitted to Parliament on 9 November.

The Development Policy Results Report shows that despite the difficult times, Finland has managed to achieve significant results through long-term cooperation.

For example, an increasing number of girls complete basic education in Finland’s partner countries. Better weather and climate services help up to 500 million people adapt to climate change. Humanitarian assistance by UN agencies reached more than 100 million people in 2021.

“By taking part in resolving global problems, Finland helps consolidate the multilateral rules-based system. This will strengthen Finland’s global position, too,” says Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari.

During the reporting period from 2019 to 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts, increasing authoritarianism and climate change reversed the long period of positive development.

The share of people living in extreme poverty increased for the first time in 20 years. In places, crises have slowed down Finland’s development cooperation and hampered the achievement of results.

At the same time, recent crises underline the importance of development policy as a key instrument of foreign and security policy. For example, a significant part of Finland’s support to Ukraine has been funded through development cooperation funds.

Results are achieved through long-term cooperation and adherence to values

The report shows that together with its partners, Finland has improved the capacity and resilience of people and societies in developing countries.

“The results reveal that development cooperation works best when we lean on our expertise and our values,” says Skinnari.

As a summary, the report states that one key to achieving results is long-term cooperation that is based on strong values. For example, Finland has steadfastly promoted gender equality through both funding and political influence.

One example of long-term development cooperation is Finland’s cooperation with Nepal, which began in the 1980s. Since then Nepal has gone through a civil war and natural disasters. Still, there is now less poverty and higher literacy than before and nearly everyone has access to clean drinking water. Nepal’s co-funding of joint programmes has been significant, which shows that the country is committed to the objectives of the cooperation.

The report reminds that Finland’s development cooperation aims to support developing countries so that in the future they can take responsibility for the wellbeing of their people and for the stability of their society. Therefore, the report recommends that Finland diversify its relations with countries that are evolving from the status of least developed countries to lower middle-income countries. One such country is Nepal.

A growing share of development cooperation is allocated to fragile countries and situations. This requires greater risk management and anticipation and better coordination of development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and peace efforts. A recently adopted Risk Management Policy in Development Cooperation facilitates more effective practices by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and its partners and obliges them to develop their risk management practices.

The now published Development Policy Results Report is the second of its kind. The first Results Report was submitted to Parliament in 2018.

Source: Finland in the UAE

UAE STATEMENT AT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT – THE SITUATION IN LIBYA

Madam President,

At the outset, we welcome the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Karim Khan. We take note of his briefing. We also welcome Ambassador Taher El-Sonni in our meeting today.

We would like to note the importance of making the report of the Prosecutor of the ICC on Libya available to Council members in a timely manner, preferably at least four working days before the date of the meeting. This is the standard we apply to reports of the Secretary General in accordance with paragraph 64 of Note 507, our guiding document on working methods.

Madam President,

Two weeks ago, and in response to the reality and course of events in Libya, this Council adopted a substantive and integrated resolution to extend the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. We believe that this resolution, together the vigorous efforts being made by the Special Representative, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, are extremely important to regain momentum in the political process, resume facilitating consultations among Libyans to create suitable conditions for holding elections, and reaching a peaceful and real settlement in Libya, led and owned by Libyans.

In the context of today’s discussion, I would like to focus on the following three issues:

First, achieving accountability and transitional justice is a national sovereign prerogative of states, which requires Libyan concerns to be taken into consideration while developing strategies by the Office of the Prosecutor.

Cooperation with the relevant national authorities in Libya must be continued and strengthened through meetings and contacts, the most recent of which is the current visit of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to Libya. As this will enable the relevant actors to take concrete steps at the national level and will contribute to the existing efforts made in accordance with the memorandum of understanding signed between the Office of the Libyan Public Prosecutor and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, in accordance with the Court’s jurisdiction.

Second, with regard to the investigation of crimes committed against migrants, which is one of the urgent priorities of the International Criminal Court, we stress the need for investigations to be carried out within the proactive cooperation with the national Libyan authorities, while supporting their local efforts in this regard.

We take note of the arrest of two suspects involved in smuggling individuals from Africa to Europe via Libya, as a positive step towards holding the perpetrators accountable for their crimes against migrants. We stress here the importance of continuing international cooperation in dismantling the networks of transnational organized crime, including in countries of origin, destination, and transit.

Third, according to international law, states have the primary responsibility to address and ensure accountability for crimes committed in their territory according to their jurisdiction, including atrocity and grave crimes. States are also responsible for fighting impunity and seeking justice for victims. We would also like to emphasize here that compliance with the principle of complementarity under the Rome Statute of the ICC requires respect for the views and positions of the state concerned. We emphasize once again that achieving accountability and transitional justice is a sovereign prerogative of states.

In conclusion, we affirm the UAE support for the efforts made by the United Nations in support of Libya, and we hope that concerted efforts are made to realize the aspirations of the people of Libya.

Thank you, Madam President.

Source: UAE Mission to UN

LEARN MORE ABOUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FROM “60 SECONDS” SERIES AT SCHS PAVILION

Through its special and distinguished pavilion, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) is participating in the 41st edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair. SCHS presents its latest publication (60 seconds) series on “Occupational Therapy to the public”. In addition, SCHS is displaying some products and publications of services provided to beneficiaries.

The series includes 26 cards. Some cards identify SCHS’s vision, mission, and its tireless quest to contain, advocate and empower persons with disabilities in accordance with international best practices. We also learn through these cards how to scan the barcode on each card to learn about Occupational Therapy and some important terms that the scientific cards explain.

The titles of the cards were chosen based on the needs that occupational therapists perceive when dealing with families, such as preforming daily tasks such as dressing, eating, and the natural development of skills according to age for children. Some cards deal with pre-writing skills, holding a pen, the normal development of holding a pen, and using scissors.

The series also includes a set of cards about the sensory challenges that children face before five years of age, such as drooling, walking on tiptoes, fluttering, body shaking and many other sensory challenges.

Each card includes a “barcode” that links the reader to a “video” showing activities and techniques to develop skills or deal with each card’s sensory challenge.

The sustainability of SCHS’s participation in the Sharjah International Book Fair stems from its keenness on its informative role as a leading institution that always emphasizes the importance of introducing the issues of persons with disabilities and developing partnership with individuals and community institutions to develop the services it provides to them in accordance with the best international practices.

Since its establishment in 1979, SCHS has been concerned with spreading awareness and culture. It has always been keen to print and promote publications and books specialized in the field of disability in line with its mission to spread sound scientific culture and raise awareness of disability and its risks and the need to limit its aggravation.

Perhaps one of the most prominent indications of SCHS’s interest in books and urging community members to read is organizing the Used Book Festival since 2006. It aims at enhancing the value and importance of books, facilitating its acquisition at reasonable prices, developing the spirit of volunteerism work among community members and institutions, and providing financial revenues in an innovative way that contributes to the continuous improvement of the reality of services provided to people with disabilities and highlight the issues of their human rights.

The impressions of visitors to the pavilion confirmed the success of SCHS’s distinguished participation in the 41st session of the Sharjah International Book Fair. They confirmed their satisfaction with the interactive experience with the 60-second series, wishing SCHS continued progress and prosperity.

Source: Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services