Hong Kong – Providing a housing lifeboat

Providing a housing lifeboat


     To address the short-term public housing shortage, the Chief Executive announced in the 2022 Policy Address that about 30 000 light public housing units will be completed in five years. Secretary for Housing Winnie Ho brought a group of subdivided unit tenants to a mock-up of a light public housing unit for a preview of their future homes.
     News.gov.hk spoke to Ms Ho to learn more about how the new units will provide an imperative lifeboat to those with urgent housing needs, especially families living in subdivided units in poor conditions.
     The story is available at www.news.gov.hk/eng/feature today (January 29) in text and video format.

Oil and Gas PSUs helping in providing transportation solutions for Liquid Oxygen;

Oil and Gas PSUs under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, acting as responsible corporate citizens, are extending their helping hand to support the nation in its efforts to combat the second wave of the COVID 19 pandemic. In this regard, they are specifically working to find transportation solutions for Liquid Oxygen.

Presently, there are 12 tankers and 20 ISO Containers with the capacity of 650 MT. The figure is going to improve substantively, with the numbers likely to go up to 26 tankers and 117 ISO containers by the end of this month, with the capacity of 2314 MT.95 ISO Containers are being purchased, with a capacity of 1940 Metric Tonne. Orders have already been placed for 30 ISO Containers, with the capacity of 650 MT while negotiations are underway for the remaining containers.

Orders have been placed for ten thousand cylinders of 40/ 50 litrecapacity  and 300 cylinders of larger capacity (150 of 500 litre and 150 of 450 litre).  Dispatch of these cylinders is likely to begin soon.

These companies are also importing Liquid Oxygen. 900 MT of Liquid Oxygen is being imported on Gratis basis from Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Thailand. A part of the consignment has already been received while a portion of it will be received shortly. In addition, 12840 MT of Liquid Oxygen is being imported on commercial basis, taking total number of imports to 13740 MT.



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SappChat: Providing Safe Communications and Financial Operations on the Blockchain

Tallinn, Estonia, 21 April 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, Mobile applications have become an integral part of today’s phones that contain multimedia features such as text/audio/video chats, group chats, message notifications, status updates, and media sharing. The average smartphone user spends 82 percent of his/her time on email communication, social interaction, and entertainment. Smartphones are an integral part of lives in the 21st century, with more than 3.5 billion mobile phone users worldwide.

Due to its characteristics, the use of mobile applications exceeds the use of social networking websites, with the most prominent applications being WhatsApp (with over a billion users), WeChat (with more than 900 million Chinese users), Facebook Messenger (over 1.3 billion users) and Viber (with 800 million registered users and 260 million active users).

However, it seems that today no communications and financial operations are private and safe anymore. Practically any mobile messaging application transfers our most private messages to the servers of the companies that operate them, where our text messages, photographs, audio, and video recordings and feed are processed, mined, and analyzed by advanced algorithms that have only one aim – profiting the company at the expense of our most private moments, and more generally – our lives.

Once we click the “record” or the “send” buttons, the contents are not within our control. Company employees can view and read them. AI can process them to offer us advertisements literally in every online channel, and data about us can be sold to other parties. Further, governments worldwide eavesdrop on our most private conversations as a part of the terms that allow mobile messaging companies to operate within their borders, and messaging in oppressive regimes can cost a person’s freedom.

Mobile payments, money transfers, and shopping are not excluded from these types of privacy violations in most countries worldwide. Financial institutes are successfully hacked, and data are distributed online or sold through the Darknet. Uploading lists of credit card details and other payment methods to the Internet has become a norm. Banks are required to disclose any data on customers and transactions to/from their accounts should any government agency desire to receive them.

This description is not taken from a science fiction book. This is the reality in which we live, communicate and operate unsafely and with no privacy rights concerning our interpersonal communications and financial transfers.

Sappchat is a game-changer in the use of mobile apps. In Sappchat, we aspire to return to each individual worldwide the control over personal safety and privacy and, most importantly, the control over YOUR life.

Sappchat offers a complete, safe, and private ecosystem for your mobile communications and operations. Sappchat fully implements Blockchain technology and its bullet-proof encryption to ensure the complete privacy of users. Sappchat operates on the Sappchain – a Blockchain decentralized and community-based platform, where all communications and financial

transactions do not take place on a central hub but instead on a network operated by the community of its users and supporters.

Our mobile instant messaging includes end-to-end encryption of your text messages, photos, audio, and video communications. With Sappchat, no one (including us!) except you and the persons you call can eavesdrop and listen to your conversations. They remain completely safe and private between you and the receiver.

Sappchat also provides an easy and seamless solution for payments and financial transfers. As an integral part of our application, we offer a mobile decentralized exchange (mDEX). You convert any amount of our $APP token into any other cryptocurrency, make payments or transfer it to any other Sappchat user at a minimal cost and almost immediately, regardless of your and the other user’s locations. At any time, recipients of the $APP token can convert it into another cryptocurrency of their choice or leave it in their wallets. Payments, in-border and cross-border transfers, and currency exchange have never been so easy!

Sappchat operates a DeFi that lets you profit from your cryptocurrency holdings 24/7. Once you approve it, the application connects the cryptocurrency balance in your wallet to borrowers to provide them with the necessary liquidity. In return, you will receive interest and principal payments for the amount borrowed. This way, your cryptocurrency assets can generate for you passive income at all times.

In addition to the communication and financial solutions, Sappchat also operates an online shop to acquire and sell NFTs. This service is fully integrated with our payment and cryptocurrency solutions, thereby providing you a complete platform for crypto s-commerce.

Sappchat provides a complete and comprehensive ecosystem that fulfills your needs from your mobile. Join today Sappchat’s $APP Token Sale to make your communication, financial and personal exchanges better, safer, and completely private!

App token is the utility token for powering products and services within the Sappchat ecosystem.

To know more, visit their website at sappchat.com, twitter at https://twitter.com/SAPP_CHAT and join their telegram at https://t.me/joinchat/Tt5_WmcXtYrTdnJy

Distribution Camp for Providing Aids & Assistive Devices to Divyangjan and Senior Citizens Inaugurated at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh Today

A Distribution camp for providing Aids and Assistive Devices to pre-identified Divyangjan under ADIP Scheme and Senior Citizens beneficiaries under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana of Government of India was held at D. K Convention Hall, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh today.  The Chief Guest of the function Brigadier (Dr.) B. D. Mishra (Retd.), the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh inaugurated the function alongside with Shri Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Jal Shakti, Government of India in the presence Shri Alo Libang, Minister of Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh; Smt. Shakuntala D. Gamlin, Secretary, DEPwD; Shri Prabodh Seth, Joint Secretary, DEPwD; Ms. Niharika Rai, Commissioner, Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh; Shri D R Sarin, CMD ALIMCO and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier (Dr.) B. D. Mishra (Retd.), Hon’ble Governor of Arunachal Pradesh applauded the efforts of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Government of India and the initiatives taken in order to provide holistic empowerment of Divyangjan across the country. He informed that Government of Arunachal Pradesh has allotted 5 Acres of Land for establishment of Artificial limb centre in East Siang and 15 Acres of land availability in Aalo, West Siang for establishment of National Institute of Mental Health & Rehabilitation.    

Addressing the gathering, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria said that the central government is fully committed for Divyangjans and senior citizens and motive of providing Aids and Assistive devices is to empower and enable them to connect with main stream of the society.

Smt. Shakuntala D. Gamlin informed about the details of the schemes being implemented by the department and said that the new Act i.e Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 implemented by government provides greater rights and entitlements to PwDs by envisioning an inclusive and enabling environment.  

Total 217 number of beneficiaries which includes 127 Divyangjan and 90 Senior Citizens were indentified in the assessment camps conducted by ALIMCO in various locations at Naharlagun, Yupia and Sagalee region of Papumpare District in the early week of February 2021. Total 541 Aids and Assistive Devices valuing approx Rs. 21 Lakh will be distributed phase wise among the pre-identified Divyangjan and senior citizen beneficiaries of aforesaid locations.

Details of total items to be distributed includes 152 Folding Wheel Chair, 01 C.P. Chair, 96 Crutch, 81 Walking Stick, 07 Braille Kit, 06 Smart Cane, 04 Smart Phone, 08 Daisy Player, 07 MSIED KIT, 16 Rolator, 04 Tetrapod, 17 Walker, 142 B.T.E. (Hearing Aid Machine).

In view of COVID 19, out of total 217 pre-identified beneficiaries Aids and Assistive Devices will be provided to as much as approx 100 beneficiaries in the inaugural distribution camp at D. K Convention Hall, Itanagar on 05.03.2021. Remaining beneficiaries will be get their prescribed assistive devices subsequently at their nearby respective Blocks.  

Different type of assistive devices which are to be distributed among identified Divyangjan and Senior citizens registered during assessment camps at Block Level depending upon the age related disability/infirmity, with such assisted-living devices which can restore near normalcy in their bodily functions and empowering them to connect with mainstream of society. The devices which will be distributed include Smart Phone, Smart Cane, Daisy Player, Braille Kit, Wheelchairs, Tetrapod/Tripod, Crutches, Walking Sticks, Hearing Aid, Walker etc.

Central government has undertaken special measures to provide the benefits of welfare schemes uninterrupted in present corona pandemic situation in the interest of Divyangjan and Senior Citizens of the country. In this endeavor, this camp is being held adhering to the guidelines and new SOPs issued by Government of India pertaining to COVID 19. Strict compliance of health and personal safety and other necessary precautionary steps is being ensured in order to contain any possibility of spread of COVID 19 during the distribution of Aids and Assistive devices. Maintaining social distancing and arrangements of thermal screening for each individual, compulsory use of face mask, sanitizers and Multi-level sanitization of equipment including pre dispatch sanitization of aids and appliances, transport vehicle, sanitization of open/closed stacking area and re-sanitization of assistive devices just before the distribution are being observed.

The camp has been organized by Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), Kanpur working under the aegis of Department of Empowerment of Person with Disability (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJ&E), Government of India in association with Social Justice Empowerment & Tribal Affairs Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and District Administration, Itanagar. Camps will be conducted as per new approved Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by Ministry in wake of COVID 19 pandemic.