Corporate giants court climate startups in race to net-zero future

Elroy Mariano

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chile’s climate action champion Gonzalo Muñoz has the tough task of teaming businesses with governments to help meet the global warming limits set in the 2015 Paris accord. As an entrepreneur who runs a winery and a recycling firm, he knows the challenge.

Muñoz co-founded circular economy company TriCiclos in 2009 after a decade of managing food businesses, where he noticed “how much garbage I was putting into the market” with unsustainable packaging.

Unable to convince executives to shift to a greener model, he and his partners started producing mobile recycling stations, which can handle 90% of household solid waste and are now deployed in about 10 Latin American countries.

“We identified the problem (of) waste as an error of design,” he said. And to deal with that environmental problem, “we have to correct every single design”, including how a product is disposed of and

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Portland passes nation’s toughest restriction on facial recognition technology

Elroy Mariano

The Portland City Council has passed the nation’s strictest ban on facial recognition technology, barring the use of the software by city bureaus and restricting its use by private businesses.

The ban prohibits city agencies from using facial recognition technology, something cities including Oakland, San Francisco and the Boston suburb of Somerville have also done amid concerns over infringement of people’s privacy and bias in the algorithms.

Portland’s rule will also restrict use of the technology by the private sector, a first in the nation.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty listens to testimony over a proposed ordinance on April 4, 2019.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty pushed the ban on facial recognition technology.

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The private sector ban bars businesses from using facial recognition technology in public areas within Portland city limits. For example, a private business could not have a camera equipped with the technology capturing people on a public sidewalk.

The facial recognition ban, introduced jointly by Mayor Ted Wheeler

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Pawn Shop Software Market May Set New Growth Story

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Pawn Shop Software

Global Pawn Shop Software Market Report from AMA Research highlights deep analysis on market characteristics, sizing, estimates and growth by segmentation, regional breakdowns & country along with competitive landscape, players market shares, and strategies that are key in the market. The exploration provides a 360° view and insights, highlighting major outcomes of the industry. These insights help the business decision-makers to formulate better business plans and make informed decisions to improved profitability. In addition, the study helps venture or private players in understanding the companies in more detail to make better informed decisions.

Major Players in This Report Include,
Bravo Pawn Systems (United States), Data Age Business Systems (United States), ServiceCentral Technologies (United States), Snap Software (United States), Hi-Tech Pawn Software (United States), Moneywell (United States), Le Sun Technologies (India), Pawn Wizard (United States), PawnMate Inc. (Canada) and Inc. (United States) are some of the key

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Trump Holds Indoor Rally as White House Officials Try to Defend His Virus Response

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Yet many are taking the virus restrictions seriously. Oxford University and other colleges have experimented with asking students to sign “responsibility agreements,” and Yale University set up hotlines for reports of risky activity.

Though many students have said the idea of blowing the whistle on their classmates makes them uncomfortable, more than 4,000 people signed a petition started by students to revoke the admission of a first-year student at Cornell University after she posted a video from a party mocking safety precautions.

The president of North Georgia Technical College, a public two-year college in Clarkesville, Ga., with about 2,700 students, has died “after losing his battle with Covid-19,” the school announced on Sunday.

Mark Ivester, who was 57 (not 58, as an earlier version of this briefing stated) and had served as the college’s president since 2016,

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These Kitchen Gadgets Will Save You Time During Back to School Madness

Elroy Mariano

Going back to school can be a relief for parents who are excited to have their kids out of the house—but this year, that might not be happening. Even if they are still distance learning, it’s a time that requires a lot of preparation. Lunches don’t make themselves, after all. So, check out our selections for the best meal prep tools for making lunch quick and easy.

a table topped with different types of food on a plate: OXO Little Salad And Herb Spinner

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OXO Little Salad And Herb Spinner

From Instant Pots to super convenient pantry organizers, we’ve rounded up a few kitchen gadgets that will help you stay organized while moving all of your meal prep along as quickly as possible—breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in fact.

Instant Pot DUO Plus, $119.95 from Amazon

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Instant Pot DUO Plus

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If you haven’t invested in an Instant Pot yet, back-to-school season is the perfect time to

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How to Apply to College for Free | Best Colleges

Elroy Mariano

Applying to college for free can offer students a chance to explore their options while also possibly saving hundreds of dollars.

The benefits of applying to multiple colleges are plentiful. Students can aim for their dream schools, assure entry into colleges where acceptance is likely, find the right fit and compare financial aid packages to see which institution is the most affordable for their family.

And most first-time freshmen do just that, with more than 80% applying to at least three colleges, according to data from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Some experts even suggest shooting for a far higher number. Allen Koh, CEO of Cardinal Education, a California-based educational consulting company, encourages the students he works with to apply to 14 colleges.

“The entire probability and risk distribution spectrum will be represented with 14 schools,” Koh says.

Cardinal Education breaks that spectrum of 14 schools down into

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Welcome Group Double-Downs in Fast-Growing Tomball Industrial Market

Elroy Mariano

HOUSTON, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Welcome Group, a Houston-based conglomerate of companies that own and develop single-tenant office, lab, industrial, and manufacturing facilities, currently owns more than five million square feet of single-tenant industrial facilities in more than 100 locations. The company’s portfolio expands across Houston and throughout Texas. Using its keen eye for the next big thing in land development, Welcome Group is increasing its investment in the Tomball market.

Devasco International Building – 1626 S Cherry St, Tomball, TX

Welcome Group’s latest Tomball purchases include developed land in the Tomball Business and Technology Park and a large industrial building on South Cherry Street. Welcome Group is developing a 65,961 square-foot build-to-suit facility in the Park that will become the new United States headquarters for JDR Cable Systems. Welcome Group entered a long-term lease with JDR to help bring them to Tomball from Houston

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TikTok, WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores this Sunday

Elroy Mariano

The Department of Commerce has announced that TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the U.S. from Sunday, September 20, amid national security concerns.


In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: ‘In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.


The following transactions will be prohibited:

  1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates
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Lilbits: Giving old gadgets new life

Elroy Mariano

Pebble was one of the first companies in the smartwatch space, and even though it’s been years since a new Pebble device was released, aging Pebble smartwatches have a loyal following. And that’s led to some interesting developments, including the formation of a Rebble Alliance that built a cloud service that would allow old Pebble watches to keep working after the Pebble servers went offline.

Now Rebble is taking some of the money it’s raised and launching a grant program to encourage development of new apps and features for Pebble devices, such as a new smartphone app, new firmware, or new watch faces or apps, among other things.

It’s just one of the latest examples of independent developers breathing new life into old gadgets. Another recent (and kind of weird) example? A team of developers have created a custom ROM that brings Android 7 to a kid’s tablet that shipped

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What to Know Before Making Your Own Pet Food, According to a Veterinary Nutritionist

Elroy Mariano

If you thought store-bought kibble was the only way to feed your dog or cat, then you’d be mistaken. “One can make his or her own pet food at home, but it is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly,” says Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer at the American Kennel Club. “It will take a lot of dedication on the part of the owner, a lot of work and for some pets, may become quite expensive.”

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Before treating your pet to a homemade diet, Dr. Jamie Richardson, medical chief of staff at Small Door Veterinary, says it’s crucial to talk to your vet first. “Certain guidelines must be followed to ensure the diet for your pet is complete and balanced,” she explains. “Any pet owner that has decided to make a home-cooked diet for their pet should

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