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September 24, 2018
Toronto residents can now access collection schedules, the Waste Wizard search tool and information about where to find Drop-off Depots and donation centres from their smartphone or tablet with a new City of Toronto app called TOwaste.
“The TOwaste app features the waste information people search for most on the City’s website and will equip residents with another tool to help them properly sort and dispose of waste and find out where they can donate and buy used items,” said the Mayor of Toronto. “It also demonstrates the City’s commitment to technological innovation and to providing the public with the information they need in quick and easily accessible formats.”
With the easy-to-use app, residents can quickly search the Waste Wizard while on the go for information on how to properly dispose of more than 2,000 items. The new app also makes it quick and easy to find the nearest location to donate or buy used items or drop off items such as hazardous waste.
In addition to providing collection schedules for residents with day-time curbside pickup, the free app will also allow residents to set reminders for their collection days and sign up for alerts about service disruptions.
“The TOwaste app was recommended as part of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy to support the City’s reuse and diversion goals. The app is designed to make it as easy as possible for residents and visitors to participate in the City’s waste diversion programs,” said the Councillor for Ward 25 Don Valley West, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices.
More information on the app and how to download it is available at http://www.toronto.ca/wasteapp.
#SouthAfricancave; #journalNature; #ChristopherHenshilwood; #UniversityofBergen, #Norway; #SilviaBello, #NaturalHistoryMuseum; #London
South Africa, Sep 12 (Canadian-Media): Scientists discovered a 73,000 years old sketch in a South African cave was believed to be the world's oldest known drawing by the humans, said the researchers in a report released Wednesday by the journal Nature, media reports said.
This sketch was created with a sharpened flake of ochre, a pigment widely used in the ancient world, said Christopher Henshilwood of the University of Bergen in Norway.
The sketch looking a bit like a hashtag is a proof that early humans in southern Africa could produce designs on various surfaces with different techniques.
The sketch has six red lines crossed by three other curved lines appears on a tiny flake of mineral crust and is believed to be part of a larger drawing, said the researchers, because lines reaching the edge are cut off abruptly there.
Blombos Cave silcrete flakes/Courtesy of Journal Nature
The hashtag design was produced widely over the past 100,000 years in rock art and paintings proving that the sketch is probably not just a collection of random scratchings.
Similar patterns are engraved in other artifacts from the cave, Henshilwood said and added,
"It almost certainly had some meaning to the maker, and probably formed a part of the common symbolic system understood by other people in this group," Henshilwood said.
The finding gives evidence that early humans could store information outside the brain and supports the argument that early members of our species behaved essentially like us before they left Africa for Europe and Asia, he said.
Silvia Bello, a researcher at the Natural History Museum in London who didn't participate in the study, called the finding important.
"It further shows how rich and complex human behaviour already was 73,000 years ago," she said in an email.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JimCarr; #AmarjeetSohi; #IsraelInnovationAuthority; #cybersecurity; Aharon Aharon; #Canada-IsraelIndustrialResearchandDevelopmentFoundation
Ottawa, Sep 9 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made this week by Jim Carr, Federal Minister of International Trade Diversification, on behalf of the Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, together with the Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) and Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), regarding the launch of a pilot program to facilitate new cybersecurity solutions for the energy sector, media reports said.
This is the first of its kind pilot program to would strengthen the ties of Canada with Israel, an important economic partner of Canada, with the aim of "the ultimate creation and adoption of new cybersecurity solutions to enhance the security and resiliency of Canadian energy infrastructure," said Carr.
Enhancing cooperation in the innovation and technology sectors and combining the expertise of both countries’ entrepreneurs and innovators would lead to creating well-paying jobs in the process for both the countries.
Sohi said that this partnership apart from furthering Canada’s and Israel’s shared interests of greater energy security, would lead to "Reducing cybersecurity risks through collaboration and dialogue will help Canada continue to build a resilient North American energy system,” added Sohi.
Being aware of its internationally acclaimed and highly-developed local cyber ecosystem Israel looks "forward to a remarkable collaboration with Canadian companies in finding innovative technological solutions to help mitigate cyber threats in the energy sector, both locally and globally” said Aharon Aharon, CEO, Israel Innovation Authority.
Earlier also foreign multinational corporations, including Canadian firms had been funding Israel’s highly skilled workforce and innovation strengths which have led to establishment of more than 400 research and development centres in Israel.
Calls for proposals which are now open will close on September 30.
Both governments of Canada and Israel would collaborate in funding to address fundamental cybersecurity challenges during the current fiscal year.
Strategic collaboration between CIIRDF and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) -- the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry -- would be directly supported by this pilot program.
Established in 1994, the CIIRDF has financed more than 125 collaborative R&D projects, which have contributed to the joint development and sale of more than 60 new global products.
For both Canada and Israel, Science and technology are driving forces for job creation and economic growth.
Other Canadian provinces, such as Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, have bilateral science, technology and innovation agreements with Israel.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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