Afghanistan president flees the country as Taliban forces enter the capital

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2021   •   991

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday (August 15) as Taliban fighters entered the presidential palace.

Ghani, in his Facebook page, said he left the country to avoid bloodshed. Hundreds of Afghans fled the state capital to protect themselves against the Islamist movement group.

According to a Taliban official, the group wishes to bring back the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which was the country’s name under the militant group before United States (US) forces ousted them during the height of the 9/11 attacks.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the Taliban and all other parties to exercise utmost restraint in order to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed.

“Conflict in Afghanistan is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee amid reports of serious human rights violations. All abuses must stop,” he said. AAC

Elon Musk offers to sell Tesla stock if UN shows how it would solve world hunger

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 3, 2021

Elon Musk has offered to sell Tesla stocks and donate the proceeds if the United Nations (UN) can show in detail how it would use the money to solve world hunger.

His statement came after  UN World Food Program director David Beasley called on billionaires, specifically Musk and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, for a “one-time” donation to help prevent millions of people across the globe from dying of starvation.

“$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,” Beasley said.

Musk agreed on the said proposal and asked Beasley about the process on how $6 billion can help end the global hunger crisis.

“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk said.

Beasley then offered to meet with Musk to discuss things further. He said $6 billion can prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. AAC

UN urges member states to strengthen pledges in fighting climate change

Maris Federez   •   October 27, 2021

The United Nations (UN) no longer considers climate change a “future problem” because the world is already experiencing it.

Based on a UN report, the world is facing a dangerous global temperature rise of around 2.7°Celsius should countries fail to strengthen their climate pledges.

The report said that with the current country pledges, the earth’s carbon emission will only be 7.5 percent less by 2030.

This is far from the 45 percent target that scientists are looking into to limit the increase in global temperature to only 1.5°Celsius, which will be set in the COP26 Summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, October 31.

The UN emissions report said that even if more than 100 countries have pledged to reach net-zero emission by 2050, this will not suffice to reduce the climate disaster.

The author of the report, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen, said that in order to limit global warming to 1.5°Celsius, member nations still have eight years to craft plans and policies aimed at reducing green gas house emissions.

“Climate change is no longer a future problem. It is a now problem. To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions: eight years to make the plans, put in place the policies, implement them and ultimately deliver the cuts. The clock is ticking loudly,” Andersen said.

In 2020, the world recorded only a 5.4 percent reduction of carbon emission amid the implementation of lockdown measures brought about by efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Lena Ramos )

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram back online after outage

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021

Social media giant Facebook has apologized for the outage users experienced on Monday night (October 4).

Social media services Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are back online after a global outage that lasted for hours. Users reported not being able to access the said social media apps.

Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer announced that Facebook and other social media services are back online but it is still not at 100%. He also apologized for the inconvenience caused by the outage.

“Facebook services coming back online now – may take some time to get to 100%. To every small and large business, family, and individual who depends on us, I’m sorry,” he said in his Twitter account.

Schroepfer reported that Facebook experienced networking issues. AAC

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