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  1. Sorry but I feel ill just thinking about this "Vendors sell leftover food that would otherwise be wasted at a heavy discount, and customers can order a "mystery box". " Food waste is a major contributor to global warming, but a Thai company is trying change that In short: Thai company, Yindii, has developed an app where restaurants and other food services can sell their leftover food at a discount. Yindii has saved more than 200,000 meals from waste What's next? The company is looking to expand in other countries, after success in Bangkok and Hong Kong. Over a billion metric tonnes of food is wasted each year. Food waste management is crucial — the issue currently contributes 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions at a time when 783 million people around the world face chronic hunger. According to the most recent UN Environment Programme's Food Waste Index Report, about 28 per cent of food waste is from food services. Now, one Thai company is trying to lower that statistic. Launched in 2021, Yindii acts as a food ordering service similar to Uber Eats. Vendors sell leftover food that would otherwise be wasted at a heavy discount, and customers can order a "mystery box". 783 million people around the world face chronic hunger.(AP: Natacha Pisarenko) Co-founder Mahima Rajangam said everyone won from the model. "Food retailers are able to reduce their wastage, people get access to high quality food at a discount … and then collectively, together, you're actually reducing carbon emissions," she said. Ms Rajangam said the company had collectively saved more than 200,000 meals from going to waste. "In terms of carbon dioxide emission offset, [it] is around 500,000 kilograms of carbon offset — that's the environmental impact that we've created," she said. The app currently hosts over 800 food vendors. "We are clearing for a lot of brands as high as, like, up to 95 per cent of their excess stock." The company's goal is to reach a zero-waste point. Food waste a global issue Researchers from the UN report found that each person wastes about 79 kilograms of food annually, equal to at least 1 billion meals wasted worldwide daily. Richard Swannel, a co-author and director of Impact Growth at WRAP, said food waste was not a "rich world problem", but a global one. "The data is really clear on this point, that here is a problem right around the world and one that we could all tackle tomorrow to save ourselves money and reduce environmental impact," he said. The environmental toll of production, including the land and water required to raise crops and animals and the greenhouse gas emissions it produces, including methane, is significant. Currently, Yindii is available in Bangkok and Hong Kong, with plans to expand into Singapore. Ms Rajangam said every country could adopt similar methods to help fight food waste. Yindii customers order a surprise box from vendors through the app.(Supplied: Yindii) "Every single country has the problem of food waste, pretty much equally," she said. She said some people had reservations about buying "waste food" at first, but the restaurants ensure the food is high quality. A new government policy being introduced in Hong Kong is also forcing people to be more open-minded and conscious about the issue. "Hong Kong is coming up with a municipal solid waste penalty, so the government is going to penalise based on the kilogram of waste that you generate for both businesses as well as people," she said. "For a solution like Yindii, I think there will be a greater acceptance because now people are kind of forced to think about waste and act upon it." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-09/thai-app-helps-reduce-food-waste-and-lower-emissions/104059268
  2. During the first half of last year , 83 homicides were committed a day in Mexico , the lowest figure so far in the current federal administration, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography in its report on Deaths due to homicide. from January to June of last year. Wonder what percentage is expats from opportunistic crime. 2 Australian brothers and their Amerikan friend were murdered recently for the tyres on the SUV
  3. Australia 25 - Wales 16 😀
  4. Trump runs a fear based campaign with lies and people buy into it. Just out of curiosity, did Dr Phil blow Trump before or after the interview?
  5. Agree 100% According to your political persuasion we normally dislike the leader of the opposition purely by tradition. I would consider myself centre/left with a touch of green thrown in with a firm belief independents have a place in representing the social conscience of the country. But when neither appear fit to represent us that's a concern. The fact we also have dictators masquerading as leaders with your Putins and Netanyahus of the world is worrying.
  6. Pretty sad state the world is in when you look at all the world leaders or perspective leaders in the developed world.
  7. Something Trump referred to throughout the debate however he seems to miss the point he and Biden are the embarrassment to the rest of the world. As a non-amerikan it's difficult to comprehend how people could support Trump.
  8. I would be happy to contribute an annual subscription however if it was structured through contribution it may encourage more to post/comment. If you want to go down the advertising path to generate income this will be determined by traffic which needs to be addressed. Perhaps promotion through links on other sites. Analytics should be able to supply the appropriate sites. At present only members can access the nudity etc unless you provide a link cheekily elsewhere. Maybe open it up to general however there may be restrictions under Thai T&C I am not aware of. Just my A bit of a facelift for the banner perhaps
  9. Neither of them are presidential material. It appeared the "Number1, Number2 mantra Biden used was a prompt for his memory which is a concern. God Bless Amerika
  10. But what if it was a pedophile priest putting the cookies in the jar?
  11. Democrats have called DEFCON 1
  12. That's such a classic 80's sound.
  13. While the EV revolution marches on the number of fires related to lithium batteries grows. Are they also required to rebuild all the bridges to handle the extra weight in LOS?
  14. In 1991 Assange was probably Australia's most accomplished hacker. He and two others founded International Subversives magazine, offering tips on "phreaking" – how to break into telephone systems illegally and make free calls. The magazine had an exclusive readership: its circulation was just three, the hackers themselves. In the spring of 1991, the three hackers found an exciting new target: MILNET, the US military's secret defence data network. Quickly, Assange discovered a back door. He got inside. "We had total control over it for two years," he later claimed. Not sure it was ever about fame and fortune for him.
  15. Interestingly the Judge acknowledged there were no victims which was the basis of the charges. The still frequently point raised is that he put lives at risk. There are claims there was a lot of misinformation around that point.
  16. bust


    Was last time I was in town. Still the same although appeared pushier than usual for you to buy a beer and get on with your lap. Wall to Wall Japanese of course.
  17. The way I see it by entering a guilty plea he waives the right to have the charges proven in a fair trial with the opportunity to defend himself. As for being a martyr, it can be used to describe someone who suffers significant consequences in the support of a belief or protest. I reckon spending 14 years being pursued by the United States for exposing the atrocities of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan probably covers that. His last swipe at the US Justice System in the court was when asked to explain his understanding of the charge by the judge he replied "I believe the First Amendment and the Espionage Act are in contradiction." Interestingly of all the media outlets and journalists who published the documents he was the only one charged. Even Chelsea Manning had her/his sentence commuted after 7 years by Obama
  18. Been following this all day. And he's having a stopover in Bangkok 😀 Julian Assange freed from UK prison under plea deal with US Justice Department Posted 7h ago7 hours ago, updated 2h ago2 hours ago Julian Assange departs UK after plea deal In short: Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is a free man after five years of imprisonment in the UK. Court documents say Mr Assange will plead guilty to espionage in the US, ending years of legal proceedings over his extradition from the UK. What's next? Mr Assange is set to be sentenced to 62 months' jail, but freed on account of time already served. He is then expected to return home to Australia. WikiLeaks says its founder, Julian Assange, has been released from a British prison and has flown out of the United Kingdom. The announcement followed the release of court documents that revealed Mr Assange would plead guilty to violating US espionage law, under a deal that would allow him to return home to Australia. Follow our live blog for the latest developments on Julian Assange's release. Mr Assange is due to be sentenced to 62 months of time already served at a hearing in the Northern Mariana Islands, a territory of the United States in the western Pacific. He is expected to return home after that hearing, on the island of Saipan. A filing from the US Department of Justice describes a plea deal regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.(Reuters: US Department of Justice) WikiLeaks posted a statement on social media platform X saying Mr Assange was free and had left the UK on Monday morning local time. Part of the statement read: "This is the result of a global campaign that spanned grassroots organisers, press freedom campaigners, legislators and leaders from across the political spectrum, all the way to the United Nations. "This created the space for a long period of negotiations with the US Department of Justice, leading to a deal that has not yet been formally finalised." The Australian government has long been pushing the US to resolve the case, which has for years been tied up in British courts. In May, the UK's highest court allowed him to lodge another appeal against his extradition to the US, which was due to be heard in July. Family grateful ordeal is coming to an end Mr Assange's parents have expressed joy and relief over their son's release. "I am grateful that my son's ordeal is finally coming to an end," Christine Assange said. "This shows the importance and power of quiet diplomacy. "Many have used my son's situation to push their own agendas, so I am grateful to those unseen, hard-working people who put Julian's welfare first. "The past 14 years have obviously taken a toll on me as a mother, so I wish to thank you in advance for respecting my privacy." Mr Assange's father, John Shipton, told ABC Victorian Statewide Mornings his son had spent 15 of his most productive years "in some form of incarceration or another". Julian Assange holds a document in footage released by WikiLeaks. (WikiLeaks) "The appearances are that Julian will be able to enjoy ordinary life with his family and his wife, Stella, that's my understanding," he said of the plea deal. "It looks as though Julian will be free to come back to Australia and my thanks and congratulations to all his supporters in Australia that have made that possible, and of course Prime Minister Anthony Albanese." In a video message recorded on Wednesday June 19, Stella Assange said she was confident this period of their lives had come to an end. "By this time next week, I'm confident he will be free," she said. "Things are moving very quickly and it is very difficult for us to plan or even play out the next few hours and days. "If everything goes well, Julian will be on a plane on the way to freedom." In a prerecorded video, Julian Assange's wife and WikiLeaks' editor-in-chief discuss the situation. She added: "We still need your help, what starts now with Julian's freedom is a new chapter. "This new chapter in Julian and our lives, we ask for your support. In the coming hours we intend to start an emergency fund for Julian's health and recovery." WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson also prerecorded a message. "I can say in earnest that without your support this would have never materialised — this important day of joy, the day of Julian's freedom," he said. "Thank you so much." Legal document outlines single criminal charge An Australian government spokesperson said it was too early to comment on Mr Assange's release, given legal proceedings were ongoing. "The Australian government continues to provide consular assistance to Mr Assange," the spokesperson said. "Prime Minister Albanese has been clear — Mr Assange's case has dragged on for too long and there is nothing to be gained by his continued incarceration." The Australian government has been pushing the US to resolve the case and allow Mr Assange to return home. In February, the Lower House passed a motion — supported by Labor, the Greens, independents and Liberal MP Bridget Archer — urging the US and the UK to drop the case and allow Assange's return to Australia. And last year, a delegation of MPs from the Labor, Liberal, National and Greens parties and independent Monique Ryan travelled to Washington to lobby members of Congress. The US Justice Department has long refused to publicly discuss the case. But in April, President Joe Biden said "we're considering it" when asked if he had a response to Australia's request that he end Mr Assange's prosecution. Julian Assange's plea deal ends a protracted legal battle. Filings in the US District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands show that US prosecutors have filed criminal paperwork against Mr Assange that is typically a preliminary step before a plea deal. The paperwork outlines a single criminal count of conspiring to obtain and disclose classified US national defence documents. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-25/julian-assange-released-from-prison/104017664
  19. I reckon it's a pretty safe bet that if I retire to LOS I won't be renewing the lease after 50 years let alone 99 🙄
  20. I think it's the norm for powerful Indians https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-20/india-former-high-commissioner-to-pay-penalty-to-domestic-worker/103609796
  21. Who are the Hindujas? Four members of the UK's richest family have been sentenced to jail in Switzerland for worker exploitation. Indian-born tycoon Prakash Hinduja, his wife Kamal, son Ajay and daughter-in-law Namrata, were convicted for exploiting domestic workers at their lakeside villa in Switzerland. They seized the workers' passports, barred them from going out and made them work up to 18 hours a day. The family received between four and four-and-a-half years in prison. So, who is the billionaire family? Britain's richest family Last month, the family — which is behind the Hinduja Group — topped the Sunday Times Rich list in the UK, with a combined fortune worth 37.2 billion pound ($70.8b). They are also ranked among Asia's top 20 wealthiest families. The Hinduja Group is an Indian transnational conglomerate in sectors including information technology, media, power, real estate and health care. It is fronted by chairman Gopi Hinduja, an Indian-British billionaire who is Prakash Hinduja's brother. Prakash is chair of the Hinduja Group in Europe and managed the group's operations in Geneva. He and his wife currently live in Monaco, Forbes reports, and own real estate in London — including the Raffles London hotel. Hinduja, 79, was convicted in 2007 on similar charges and a separate tax case brought by Swiss authorities is pending against him. He obtained Swiss citizenship in 2000 after setting up residence in the country in the 1980s. His younger brother Ashok oversees the Indian interests of the group. A climate of fear The court said the four were guilty of exploiting the workers and providing unauthorised employment, giving meagre if any health benefits and paying wages that were less than one-10th the pay for such jobs in Switzerland. Prosecutors said workers described a "climate of fear" instituted by Kamal Hinduja, 75. Prosecutor Yves Bertossa accused the Hindujas of spending "more on their dog than on their domestic employees". The family paid the household staff about 325 Swiss francs ($545) a month, up to 90 per cent less than the going rate, the judge said. The workers were mostly illiterate Indians who were paid not in Swiss francs but in Indian rupees, deposited in banks back home that they couldn't access. Workers were forced to work with little or no vacation time, and worked extended hours for receptions. They slept in the basement, sometimes on a mattress on the floor. What is the sentence? Ajay Hinduja and his wife Namrata were sentenced to four years in jail, while his mother and father were jailed for four and a half years. They were not in court during the verdict. A fifth defendant — Najib Ziazi, the family’s business manager — received an 18-month suspended sentence. Last week, it emerged in court that the family had reached an undisclosed settlement with the plaintiffs. Swiss authorities have seized diamonds, rubies, a platinum necklace and other jewellery and assets in anticipation that they could be used to pay for legal fees and possible penalties. Following the verdict, prosecutor Yves Bertossa requested an immediate detention order for Ajay and Namrata Hinduja, claiming a flight risk. The judge denied the request, accepting the defence argument that the family had ties to Switzerland. It noted that Kamal Hinduja was hospitalised in Monaco and the three other family members were at her bedside. Both the elder Hindujas had been absent since the start of the trial for health reasons. Family say the truth will prevail In a statement issued on behalf of the family, lawyers said they would appeal. The statement read: "Our clients have been acquitted of all human trafficking charges. We are appalled and disappointed by the rest of the decision made in this court of first instance, and we have of course filed an appeal to the higher court thereby making this part of the judgement not effective. "Under Swiss law, the presumption of innocence is paramount till a final judgement by the highest adjudicating authority is enforced. "Contrary to some media reports, there is no effective detention for any members of the family. "It should also be recalled that the plaintiffs in this case had withdrawn their respective complaints after declaring to the court that they had never intended to be involved in such proceedings. "The family has full faith in the judicial process and remains confident that the truth will prevail." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-23/who-the-billionaire-family-sentenced-to-jail-for-exploiting-/104012170 ABC/AP
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