Author: Augustine Ramage

Litecoin has finally announced the activation of Mimblewimble Extension Blocks (MWEB) more than two years after it was first introduced. On May 2nd, Litecoin achieved the 75% network consensus threshold required for activation after months of dialogue with different miners of the network. Following this, MWEB officially locked in for activation at block height 2257920. Mimblewimble’s Integration Into Litecoin A privacy-focused decentralized protocol that gets its name from a tongue-tying spell made famous in the Harry Potter book series, MimbleWimble enables users to conceal transaction data with its confidentiality feature while providing a foundation for other blockchains to improve the…

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LCQ7: Ordinances or provisions enacted but not yet in operation ***************************************************************      Following is a question by the Hon Lam San-keung and a written reply by the Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Mr Erick Tsang Kwok-wai, in the Legislative Council today (May 18): Question:      Regarding those ordinances/provisions of ordinances which have been enacted by this Council but are not yet in operation due to various reasons (such ordinances/provisions), will the Government inform this Council: (1) of the current number of such ordinances/provisions, and set out, by the year in which they were enacted,…

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Prince Harry Jubilee visit ‘all about branding’ says Vickers Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top royal stories again Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit their roles as senior royals back in 2020 and moved to the US, in a move dubbed “Megxit”. Ex-Household Cavalry Lance Corporal Martyn Compton said he was “shocked” and “amazed” by…

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Updated 2 hours ago THE SON AND namesake of ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos took a commanding lead in an unofficial vote count in the presidential election in the deeply divided Asian democracy. With more than 70% of the votes tabulated, Mr Marcos Jnr had more than 23.5 million, far ahead of his closest challenger, current vice president Leni Robredo, a champion of human rights, who had 11.1 million. The election winner will take office on June 30 for a single, six-year term as leader of a south-east Asian nation hit hard by two years of Covid-19 outbreaks and lockdowns.…

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Ottawa residents will one day receive a three- to 10-second advance warning of an earthquake before the ground starts shaking. Natural Resources Canada has been installing seismic sensors in the capital region over the past week that are part of the Earthquake Early Warning Network, designed to send out a notification through electronic devices before the strong shaking from the earthquake begins. “What that does is it gives people the time to drop, cover and hold on, so that they can be prepared just before they start feeling that shaking,” said Chris Boucher, Seismic Analyst with Natural Resources Canada. The…

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香港天主教正義和平委員會(下稱:正委會)5月14日舉行網上祈禱會,為醫護人員、家傭祈禱,送上祝福。 正委會在臉書發佈消息,祈禱會紀念所有醫護人員,感謝他們為家庭,為社會付出的貢獻及犧牲並送上祝福,關心其身心壓力 。 文中指出,香港醫護界人手不足、工時長、醫療系統早已失衡,面對第五波疫情來襲,確診數字躍升,醫護人員的壓力亦隨之倍增,壓力不僅來自病毒,有時也因為職業而面對排斥。 「教宗全球祈禱網絡」今個月意向是為醫護工作者祈禱:祈願醫護人員照顧病人和老年人的工作,獲得當地政府及社會的支持,尤其是在最貧窮國家,求主賜醫護力量和健康,扛負巨大的身心壓力,站在前線,為保護病人而戦,為他們在疫情中的辛務勞代禱,願大父賜他們力量和健康,特別紀念所有醫護人員,感謝他們為家庭、社會付出的真獻及儀牲,送上祝福。 另外,祈禱會也記念在港工作的外籍家庭傭工,文中指到有外傭27年前從菲律賓來香港工作,疫情下失去了三個兄弟姊妹,縱然想出席他們的喪禮,即使有假期,疫情下都無法回鄉。Like Us on Facebook 該女傭和許多香港人一樣,每天到街市、超市為僱主買餸買藥搶購物資,成為例行工作,雖然僱主善待她,但不少同鄉因為確診新冠肺炎被趕出家門,所以疫情下大家都是受害者。 「女中爾為讚美」祈禱會於5月14日中午12時在網上舉行,在正委會臉書及YouTube同步播放,張心銳神父主禮,呼籲教友一齊在網上為這些群體祈禱。Read More

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The European Union proposed a phased-in embargo on Russian oil imports, the delisting of more Russian banks from the Swift payment messaging system and fresh sanctions targeted at people spreading disinformation on Russia’s war in Ukraine, EU officials said Tuesday.The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday became the first EU official to set out the key parts of a new sixth sanctions package against Russia drawn up by the EU’s executive body, the European Commission. The proposals were circulated to member states late Tuesday evening.Read More

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A screenshot from footage shared by the Mariupol City Council on Monday showing Russian forces striking the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine with heavy artillery. Russian forces have launched a ‘powerful assault’ on the Azovstal power plant in Mariupol, says the Ukrainian military. Ukraine’s forces and civilians have sought refuge at the plant. Mariupol is among the most battered cities in Ukraine.The Ukrainian military said on Tuesday that Russian forces had launched an offensive on the besieged Azovstal steel plant where Kyiv’s forces are holed up in the southern city of Mariupol.”A powerful assault on…

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