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​Australian mining billionaire Andrew For​​rest has launched an investment fund that is hoped will be worth at least $25bn, to help rebuild war-torn Ukraine. Mr Forrest and his wife have committed $500m to the fund, which its organisers say could eventually grow to $100bn. The Ukraine Green Growth Initiative plans to invest in primary infrastructure …

Akmal Mamarahimov, a leading supplier of industrial equipment in Uzbekistan, has been drawn into a corruption and money laundering investigation over the use of partnership firms in the UK. Mamarahimov was until recently the owner of Perok Alliance LLP, a limited liability partnership (LLP) in England. Perok is closely associated with several individuals and entities …

September is ADHD awareness month. Untreated ADHD in women can lead to a variety of negative outcomes, including a higher risk for depression and anxiety, which are known risk factors for suicide. Read this blog to learn more about the symptoms, consequences, and risks of untreated ADHD in women. Symptoms of ADHD in Women ADHD …

On May 8, an offshore company affiliated with Kazakhstan's elite sold Almaty International Airport, which serves Kazakhstan's largest city, to TAV Turkish Holding ADP Group for $415 million in a ground-breaking deal for the region. The busiest airport in Central Asia is now one of 15 hubs managed by T AVA worldwide and, according to …

People around the world are becoming interested in foraging. It is a new movement and becoming a new way to explore a city.In this video, we are going to show you how Aly, an urban forager and educator from Staten Island, utilizes her neighbourhood to live a sustainable and minimalist life.Urban foraging is an intimate …

Costcutters, a British supermarket, has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for their groceries using vein scanner technology. This comes after they successfully trialled the technology at Brunel University. Behind the technology is electronic giant Hitachi and biometric payments company, Sthaler. The system, known as ‘Fingopay’, uses infrared scanners to read the pattern of veins in a person’s finger and then links this unique biometric map to their bank cards. Customers bank details are stored with payment provider Worldpay, in the same way you store your card details when shopping online. This system allows shoppers to turn up at the supermarket with nothing on them but their own hands and make payments in just three seconds. The technology is also said to even work with wet, dirty or surface level damage, like cuts, as the finger scanner sees inside your skin. The company is completely changing how we make our in-store payments by providing a more “easier” way of paying. Simon Binns, commercial director of Sthaler stated, "They don’t need to carry cash or cards. They don’t need to remember a pin number. You just bring yourself. This is the safest form of biometrics. There are no known incidences where this security has been breached”. Fingopay does not face the security concerns that fingerprint scanners do. Previous studies have suggested that fingerprint recognition, used widely on mobile phones, is vulnerable to being hacked. Whilst fingerprints can be copied from finger smears left on phone screens, Sthaler …

A record number of Canadians are leaving the big urban centres, led by teenagers and young families, according to Statistics Canada data released Thursday.  In total, 87,444 people left three cities in the first quarter of 2016 for other parts of the same province, compared with a record 1,832,000 in 2015 and 1.5 million in 2014, data from StatisticsCanada show.  The number of citizens moving to suburbs, smaller towns and rural areas are growing faster than the population growth in the big cities. Canada's housing market is heading for a soft landing after a record year - and is set to break in late 2015, according to a new report. The report released Wednesday said overburdened demand, driven in part by rising consumer confidence, will drive housing and market activity in Canada to record highs in 2016 and 2017, to break the record by 2021. Robert Hogue, the chief economist at RBC, estimates in the report that the number of homes will rise to 588,300 by the end of 2015, a 3.5 per cent increase from the previous year. The increase is expected as the market has experienced its strongest year to date since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring.  National benchmark prices will rise 8.4 per cent to $699,000, largely due to lower supply" Mr Hogue wrote. The phenomenon is not new, but in recent years people have left the big cities in large numbers and been replaced by new immigrants. The pandemic has accelerated the …

Observing distant planets helps astronomers understand a thing or two about planet formation but it doesn't help answer the countless questions that still remain unanswered. Among them is the ever puzzling question of how 'hot Jupiters' like the ones recently discovered are formed so close to their host star. To answer this question, astronomers will be required to study a 'hot Jupiter' that is still forming and when you take the vast Universe into the equation, it is like finding a needle in the haystack. However, a team of researchers struck gold when they found a young 'hot Jupiter' orbiting in the immediate vicinity of a star that is barely two million years old—the stellar equivalent of a week-old infant. The planet of this type in its early years is the first ever evidence that will help astronomers understand how planetary systems form and evolve. The planet was discovered while a team of astronomers was monitoring a star barely two million years old called V830 Tau, located in the Taurus stellar nursery some 430 light years away. Over 45 days of observation led astronomers to ascertain that there is a 'hot Jupiter'-like planet that is orbiting the star at a distance only one twentieth of that between the Earth and the Sun. The discovery shows for the first time that hot Jupiters can appear at a very early stage in the formation of planetary systems, and therefore have a major impact on their architecture. Vicinity to Host Star is Surprising …

Snaphat has introduced custom vending machines called Snapbots, where you will be able to buy a pair of Spectacles for $129, with one already landing in Los Angeles, close to Snapchat’s headquarters. What do we Know About Snapbots? Snapbots will not stay long in one place, meaning they will move around. This puts pressure on the consumer to be in the know and snap up a pair of Spectacles quickly before the vending machine disappears. The Snapbots will journey across America one place at a time. It is expected that locations will be main cities like New York, giving the vending machines maximum exposure. The itinerary is unknown although Snapchat said that you can expect vending machines to pop in “places where you’re excited to make memories.” You can visit the Spectacles Twitter page to keep clued in to any new information about future locations. Use a Map or App to Keep Track of the Snapbots You can keep track of the Snapbots by locating them on this map. Snap will then publish the location 24 hours prior to its ‘landing’ in the specific location. You can also use the Spectacles Geofilter to check if a Bot is in a nearby area. Make sure your geofilters is on to access location. Special Functions to Help You Virtually Try on Spectacles Buying a pair of spectacles is a tricky choice, therefore the vending machines come equipped with a bot where you can try on glasses virtually, choosing between coral, teal and …

Things could take a turn for the worse for the members of one of world's largest penguin colonies because of ash spreading from a volcano erupting on Zavodovski Island in the Sub Antarctic. The island is a small one and is situated in the South Sandwich archipelago with its volcano Mt Curry erupting since March 2016. Home to over one million chinstrap penguins - the largest colony for this species in the world - the island is a part of the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands and uninhabited. Scientists have already confirmed that there are not one, but two volcanoes erupting in the South Sandwich Islands. Mt Curry on Zavodovski Island to the north of the archipelago and Mt Sourabaya on Bristol Island to the south. Following the earthquake, fishing vessels in the area licenced by the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, captured photos of the Zavodovski Island eruption. They show the main volcanic vent is on the western side of the island, but the prevailing wind is blowing the smoke and ash to the east, and depositing much of it on the lower slopes of the volcano. These are home to the chinstraps, closely packed in great numbers. In addition there are around 180,000 macaroni penguins. Satellite images have confirmed that between one third and one half of the island has so far been covered in ash. At the time photos were taken, the adult chinstraps were moulting, shedding …