Statement by the Prime Minister on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Français

“Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we reflect on the progress we have made as a global community to end poverty. We also acknowledge the work that remains to improve the well-being of people in Canada and around the world.

“This year’s theme is ‘Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet.’ The COVID-19 pandemic has put at risk decades of progress made to end poverty worldwide. As we rebuild from a once-in-a-century crisis, this theme urges us to work together – including with those living in persistent poverty – to end poverty in all forms through strategies that protect human rights and ensure that no one is left behind.

“Reducing poverty is a priority for the Government of Canada. That is why we introduced Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy, which sets ambitious and concrete poverty reduction targets. We are making long-term investments to support seniors, increase housing options, provide clean water, improve transportation, and provide skills development and training to address multiple dimensions of poverty. We introduced the Canada Child Benefit and are moving forward on establishing Canada-wide $10-a-day child care to make life more affordable for families and increase women’s participation in the workforce, while creating new jobs and driving strong economic growth. We are also working with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples, and community groups to reduce poverty across the country. Over 1.3 million Canadians have been lifted out of poverty since 2015, and we remain committed to reducing poverty by 50 per cent by the end of the decade.

“While we have made progress in our efforts to reduce poverty, COVID-19 has put this progress at risk everywhere. To help keep Canadians safe and weather the socio-economic impacts of this pandemic, we have provided $350 billion in support to Canadians and Canadian businesses during this difficult time, including $290 billion in direct support measures. We will continue to provide support to Canadians as long as we deal with this pandemic. Budget 2021 included over $100 billion over three years in investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. These investments will help us finish the fight against COVID-19 and heal the wounds left by the COVID-19 recession by creating an economy that is more innovative, more inclusive, and more competitive.

“Canada is working at home and abroad to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and build a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world for all. Since last year, Canada has committed over $2.6 billion in international assistance to fight COVID-19 around the world. Canada‘s international assistance helps address humanitarian needs caused by the pandemic and other crises, and helps support developing countries’ recovery and resilience. Guided by our Feminist International Assistance Policy, we work closely with our international partners to reduce poverty and inequality, and address the unique challenges faced by women and girls.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite Canadians to join me in thanking all those who work tirelessly every day to help lift others out of hardship, and to take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to eradicating poverty in our lifetime. Together, we can end poverty, here in Canada and around the world.”

Statement by the Prime Minister on Small Business Week

“Small businesses are at the heart of our communities across the country. They are the small neighbourhood café that makes the perfect cup of coffee, the entrepreneur who started a new online shop, and the family-run store that pivoted to making face masks in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses drive our economy by creating the goods and services we need, while employing millions of Canadians.

“Today, as we mark the start of Small Business Week in Canada, we recognize that the past year and a half have been difficult for small businesses, their owners, and their employees. Small businesses across the country were asked to make countless sacrifices to protect the health and safety of people and communities. Through it all, they have shown incredible courage and resilience, and an unprecedented ability to adapt and innovate. And while some businesses have now reopened their doors, many still need support as they continue to grapple with the impacts of the pandemic.

“Supporting Canadian businesses is key to ensuring a strong economic recovery. That is why the Government of Canada introduced a range of supports to help small businesses during the pandemic – from assistance with expenses through interest-free, partially forgivable loans with the Canada Emergency Business Account to rent relief with the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. We also helped businesses keep employees on the payroll through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Recovery Hiring Program, and created the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) to help particularly hard-hit businesses in need of additional support to weather the pandemic. These measures have helped support hundreds of thousands of small businesses in Canada, and the workers and communities that rely on them.

“Small businesses are counting on us to get vaccinated, so we can prevent avoidable lockdowns and help them get back up to speed. By being there for businesses and their workers every step of the way, the government is also continuing to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the economy. We are supporting our hardest-hit sectors, including tourism, hospitality, and cultural industries. The government is also working to improve the Canada Small Business Financing Program, so that small businesses and entrepreneurs can access the funds they need to recover, innovate, and achieve long-term growth. We are also helping small and medium-sized businesses grow and thrive so that they can compete in Canada’s digital future. With initiatives such as the Canada Digital Adoption Program, we are assisting them in adopting new digital technologies and bringing their products and services online.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to join me in thanking small and medium-sized businesses for their dedication, perseverance, and innovation every day, and particularly over the past year and a half. Let us continue to support our local businesses so that, together, we can build a more resilient economy and a better future for everyone.”

First of its kind NEOM and OceanX Red Sea expedition

NEOM Co. today announced extensive findings from a joint mission with non-profit ocean exploration organization, OceanX, following the most adventurous assessment of the northern Red Sea to date. The six-week expedition took place aboard the OceanXplorer, the most advanced exploration, research and media vessel ever built. The expedition generated scientific research into marine ecosystems, megafauna, brine pools and coral reef conservation and regeneration.

Commenting on the scientific discoveries, Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO of NEOM, said: “NEOM goes beyond just being a global destination for investment, technology, tourism, or industrial and commercial sectors, by partnering with scientists, and international scientific and academic institutions for research and exploration. Today, we announce that the joint mission efforts have made significant achievements in the identification of previously unknown natural areas, as well as unprecedented global scientific discoveries.”

Al-Nasr added, “NEOM was an ideal location for the expedition, as it meets all the key objectives of Vision 2030, such as sustainability and the balance between urban development and environmental preservation. As NEOM plays a crucial role in realizing the Vision 2030, it was necessary to present humanity with a new global destination that encompasses all the elements for a futuristic cognitive society that advance people and places, while preserving the environment.”

Findings, captured over 960 hours of underwater research and mapping over 1,500km2 of the seabed in high resolution 3D, have established a baseline measure of biodiversity and habitat vitality that will allow NEOM to pursue its goal of both conserving and improving the health of surrounding ecosystems.

The 30-person crew of world-renowned scientists, oceanographers and researchers included four NEOM experts, five from the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture (MEWA), five King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) experts, 11 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) researchers and five National Geographic explorers.

Key findings include:

Discovery of an ocean pinnacle 635 m high (as tall as any of the world’s biggest skyscrapers except the Burj Khalifa)
Two sightings of a large squid, caught on camera and not previously observed in the region
Discovery of the world’s most northern deep sea brine pool (dense bodies of water that have a salinity that is three to eight times greater than the surrounding ocean)
Recording coral reefs that are resilient to climate change
Identification of 341 fish species in the waters of NEOM, 68 that are native to the region and 18 that are globally threatened
Eight new species were recorded and over 600 km2 of biodiversity hotspots for fishes and corals discovered
Confirmed presence of 12 species of megafauna in NEOM waters including whale sharks, dugong, turtles and dolphins
Detailed surveys of three unexplored islands
Previously unrecorded tectonic plate shifts
Discovery of three ancient maritime and shipwreck sites

in World Vaccine Congress Europe

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced that Vivek Shinde, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Development, will deliver a presentation during the World Vaccine Congress Europe 2021. A topic of discussion will be Novavax’ COVID-NanoFlu™ Combination Vaccine, which combines the company’s recombinant nanoparticle protein-based COVID-19 and NanoFlu™ vaccine candidates with Matrix-M™ adjuvant in a single formulation.

Session details are as follows:

Date:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Time:

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central European Time (CET) /
5:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Title:

Update on Novavax’ NanoFlu vaccine and COVID-19-NanoFlu Combination Vaccine development

Novavax Participant:

Vivek Shinde, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Development

For more information or to register, visit the Congress website.

About Novavax
Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. The company’s proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles designed to address urgent global health needs. Novavax is conducting late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, its vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NanoFlu™, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both vaccine candidates incorporate Novavax’ proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies.

Crypto ELONGATE Officially Reveals Its Tech

Social impact frontrunner in the blockchain space Elongate recently participated in the 2021 Crypto Expo Dubai held this October 14-15 at the Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City. During the conference, Elongate – led by its Chief Operations Officer Hasan Aziz and Chief Brand Officer Alexander Gambon – revealed its blockchain tech roadmap and ecosystem for the first time.
The ELONGATE Earn+Give Ecosystem.
The ELONGATE Earn+Give Ecosystem.

In their keynote speech titled The Future of Philanthropy, Hasan and Alex revealed Elongate’s tech roadmap that is composed of innovative solutions that make up Elongate’s Earn+Give Ecosystem. The speech signaled the upcoming launch of 5 interrelated tech products centered around the Elongate token – the Crypto Lightning Exchange, Elongate Spark, Elongate Stretch, Social Impact Management Platform, and Elongate Games and Collectibles. Various pieces of information about Elongate’s tech plans were spread across social media leading to the conference, and a preview of their conference talk can be found in Elongate’s official YouTube channel.

According to new details on the elongate.cc hub, the Crypto Lightning Exchange is an enterprise wallet management system directly integrated with Salesforce that allows its native clients to leverage cryptocurrency transfers in their current sales processes. Elongate Stretch is a streaming service with compelling on-demand original series, podcasts, and documentaries. Content creators large and small will collaborate in this platform to create viral media that makes the world a better place. The Social Impact Management Platform is a radically transparent platform that is open to all charities around the world for showcasing and documenting social impact. Charities and NGOs that receive donations will provide direct updates, funds tracking, and create new opportunities for fundraising directly with their patrons.

The Elongate Spark is a social media platform where users can like and share social impact causes, accelerate fundraising campaigns, and communicate with passionate supporters around the world. Finally, Elongate Global is also in the works of developing mobile games integrated with its Elongate token and gamification mechanics that bridge its mission of earning and giving. Exclusive collectible NFTs are also in development that integrate with the gaming products and provide various exclusive access points.

Elongate’s CTO, Hasan Aziz, said: “We are extremely proud to finally announce the Elongate ecosystem. This is the start of a new chapter where we bring social impact to the next level.” “In just 6 months, we have been able to disrupt and redefine what it means to bring social impact on the blockchain. The launch of the Elongate ecosystem shall further our initiatives to make a difference in the world, with financial incentives for the investor” Elongate CBO, Alexander Gambon, added.

During the expo’s awarding ceremonies, Elongate was awarded Best Social Impact Project on the Blockchain, a culmination of Elongate’s socially impactful initiatives. The conference was attended by various tech and blockchain luminaries and leaders of other token projects.

130th Canton Fair: China to continue opening-up

In his letter, Xi noted that the Fair made significant contributions to facilitating international trade, internal-external exchanges, and economic development since its founding in 1957.
130th Canton Fair: China to continue opening-up, sharing opportunities with the world
130th Canton Fair: China to continue opening-up, sharing opportunities with the world

Facing global changes and a pandemic both unseen in a century, the world economy and trade are undergoing profound transformations. The Canton Fair, therefore, should help foster China’s new development paradigm, innovate its mechanism, create more business models, and expand its role to become a vital platform for the country’s opening-up on all fronts, Xi said.

This platform should also help advance the high-quality development of global trade and facilitate the “dual circulation” of domestic and overseas markets. China is willing to join hands with all other nations and practice real multilateralism to build a world economy featuring high-level openness, Xi said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the 130th Canton Fair and the Pearl River International Trade Forum in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. He said China’s development is propelled by opening-up and reform, and the country will share its development opportunities with the world to achieve better development.

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Cote d’Ivoire Prime Minister Patrick Achi and Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development Rebeca Grynspan attended the ceremony via video link.

Premier Li said the history of the Canton Fair is a history of China’s opening-up and integration into the world economy, and also a history of enterprises from all over the world sharing China’s development opportunities and achieving mutual benefit and win-win results.

Foreign leaders spoke highly of the Canton Fair’s role in promoting international trade and facilitating the global economic recovery in the post-pandemic era. They expressed their confidence in China’s economic development prospects and said that they will encourage companies from their countries to expand cooperation in China to better share China’s development opportunities.

CGTN: China’s space station welcomes Shenzhou-13

The three Chinese astronauts or taikonauts, carried into space on board the Shenzhou-13 spaceship, entered the core module Tianhe of China’s space station on Saturday, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).

The trio – Zhai Zhigang (the commander), Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu – entered Tianhe hours after the spaceship successfully docked with the core module, becoming the second crew to be stationed there.

Wang also became the first female taikonaut to work in the space station and take a spacewalk.

Tasks ahead during Shenzhou-13 mission

During their six months’ in-orbit stay, the crew will carry out a series of tasks as scheduled.

Two to three extravehicular activities (EVAs), also known as spacewalks, are planned for the mission, which will be completed via collaboration, Ye told China Media Group (CMG) in an interview before their launch.

The specific division of work will be arranged and adjusted depending on the actual situation, Ye added.

Different tasks are set in each EVA for the construction of the space station, Zhai told CMG.

“We’ll have more space science experiments than the Shenzhou-12 crew as we have a longer flight time,” said Zhai.

A special task this time is that the crew will remotely control a spacecraft to dock with the space station, Zhai added.

Tests of key technologies, further verification of life support technologies and comprehensive performance and compatibility assessment of all systems will also be conducted.

During the Shenzhou-10 mission in 2013, Wang, along with her then crew members Nie Haisheng and Zhang Xiaoguang, completed China’s first space teaching task. During the Shenzhou-13 mission, new lessons can be expected.

“Apart from the tasks, we also hope to do more space science education, to bring space closer to the general public,” said Wang, which she hoped will help people learn more of space and the taikonauts’ life in space.

CGTN: Peng Liyuan attends UNESCO award ceremony for girls, women’s

Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping and UNESCO special envoy for the advancement of girls’ and women’s education, on Friday addressed the online award ceremony of the 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

A project training underrepresented and low-income women and girls to close the gender gap in Brazil’s technology sector, and another empowering adolescent girls and young women in Mozambique through role models and sisterhood circles were awarded this year’s UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, UNESCO said.

Peng extended congratulations to the laureates from Brazil and Mozambique via video.

Since the establishment of the prize in 2015 by UNESCO and China, it has exerted a positive influence and inspired more people to devote themselves to girls’ and women’s education, Peng said, adding that hundreds of thousands of girls and women have been able to develop their knowledge and learn new skills, and build confidence in changing their destiny and pursuing their dreams.

In addition, an increasing number of people are supporting girls and women’s education, and promoting gender equality in global education, she said.

Peng also expressed hope that the international community would pay more attention to and support the education of girls and women, and make new contributions to the realization of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impact on girls and women in terms of education, and Peng called for more efforts to provide them with equal and quality education. She advocated making full use of digital technology, sharing high-quality online education resources and increasing education support for girls and women from poor families and poor regions. She also stressed the importance of strengthening health education for girls and women to comprehensively improve their physical and mental health.

Meanwhile, Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO, recognized China’s role in the establishment of the prize as well as in helping girls and women realize their dreams, especially when faced with the challenges brought by the pandemic.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honors outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education.

Novava to Participate in World Vaccine

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced that Vivek Shinde, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Development, will deliver a presentation during the World Vaccine Congress Europe 2021. A topic of discussion will be Novavax’ COVID-NanoFlu™ Combination Vaccine, which combines the company’s recombinant nanoparticle protein-based COVID-19 and NanoFlu™ vaccine candidates with Matrix-M™ adjuvant in a single formulation.

Session details are as follows:

Date:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Time:

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central European Time (CET) /

5:30 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Title:

Update on Novavax’ NanoFlu vaccine and COVID-19-NanoFlu Combination Vaccine development

Novavax Participant:

Vivek Shinde, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Development

For more information or to register, visit the Congress website.

About Novavax

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. The company’s proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles designed to address urgent global health needs. Novavax is conducting late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, its vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NanoFlu™, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both vaccine candidates incorporate Novavax’ proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies.

For more information, visit www.novavax.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contacts:

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Stars of Science Announces Season 13 Finalists

Four contestants emerged from Stars of Science Season 13 to secure their places in the Grand Finale taking place on October 22, where they will compete to win the title of Top Arab Innovator.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:

https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8969651-stars-of-science-announces-season-13-finalists/

Mohammed Al-Qassabi, Qatari Information Systems student at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, hopes to contribute to the sports world with his Football Offside Detection System. The innovation uses ultra-wide band tags embedded inside players’ uniforms and the ball to track their positions in real-time throughout the entirety of a football match to ensure that offside calls are made accurately.

Mugeb AlHarosh, Yemeni biomedical engineer, the proud inventor of a Portable Renal Blood Flowmeter. The device functions via non-invasive biosensors attached to the skin, diagnosing preliminary kidney damage. With data uploaded to physicians through wireless networks, the benefits include more efficient utilization of resources by minimizing face-to-face consultations.

Ousama Kanawati, another finalist hailing from Lebanon, earned a spot in the Top 4 with his invention, a Wearable Omni Stethoscope Vest. The device drastically impacts the way we monitor chronic respiratory diseases – a threat posted to millions of patients globally. This invention monitors patients’ lungs by combining numerous digital stethoscopes and wireless technology, conducting analyses that it then sends to the attending physician’s phone with a warning if abnormalities are detected.

Riadh Abdelhedi, Tunisian PhD holder in electrical and electronic engineering. He designed a Hybrid Power Bank, portable power storage system that combines lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitor technology, enabling it to charge up to full capacity in a matter of minutes.

Stars of Science’s Top 4 innovators will make the case for their inventions in the Grand Finale, set to air on Friday, October 22, where the Jury deliberation and online voting will determine the ranking and final share of the $600,000 prize (terms and conditions apply).

Online voting is now open for the public on www.starsofscience.com and ends on Thursday, October 21, at 2:00pm GMT (5:00 pm Doha time).