UK government backs campaign for recycling bases in Pakistan

The Guardian | February 18, 2019

A UK government-backed campaign to build recycling bases in Pakistan could raise millions of pounds to help reduce ocean and river plastic pollution. The British NGO Tearfund is working in the country to improve the collection and disposal of waste and the Department for International Development has agreed to match each donation given to the NGO, up to £2m. Nearly a third of people in Pakistan live below the poverty line and rubbish is one of their biggest challenges. Uncollected waste builds up in rivers and causes flooding, which can lead to diarrhoea and infectious diseases.

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The trade partnerships of the United States are a vital part of its economic prosperity and growth. Here are some of these trade relationships quantified in U.S. dollars, showing the amount of goods exchanged internationally throughout most of 2009.

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The trade partnerships of the United States are a vital part of its economic prosperity and growth. Here are some of these trade relationships quantified in U.S. dollars, showing the amount of goods exchanged internationally throughout most of 2009.

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FAA Approves Fully-Automated Commercial Drone Flights

American Robotics | January 21, 2021

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QuSecure | May 24, 2022

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QuProtect is the ‘easy button’ for this critical PQC upgrade.” Krauthamer,QuSecure CEO While quantum computing is an emerging field, leading experts such as Arthur Herman, senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, believe that a Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computer (CRQC), which is a quantum computer that can break current cryptography and will expose the world’s encrypted communications and data, will be available within the next 3-5 years. Additionally, nation-state attackers are currently stealing encrypted data which will be retroactively decrypted once a CRQC is available. This is a style of hacking known as “Steal Now, Decrypt Later” (SNDL), which is especially important to consider in the case of sensitive data – bank account information, electronic health records, national security information, etc. – that needs to remain secret for decades. 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