Four young climate activists, including Greta Thunberg, scolded the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum for not doing enough to deal with the climate emergency and warned them that time was running out.
At a panel in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the four said Tuesday that they hoped their generation had found its voice and can work with those in power to bring about the necessary change to limit climate change. Yet Thunberg said not enough has been done.
"We need to start listening to the science, and treat this crisis with the importance it deserves," said the 17-year-old, just as U.S. President Donald Trump was arriving in Davos and was due to give a speech. Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris accord to limit climate change and has traded barbs with Thunberg on social media.
"Without treating it as a real crisis we cannot solve it," Thunberg said.
The Swedish teenager came to fame by staging a regular strike at her school, sparking a global movement that eventually earned her Time Magazine's award as the 2019 Person of the Year.
She said that people are more aware about climate issues now. "It feels like the climate and environment is a hot topic now, thanks to young people pushing."
The others on the panel were just as forceful and passionate about the effects of global warming and how they, as young people, need to play a central role in raising awareness and insist on change.
"The older generation has a lot of experience, but we have ideas, we have energy, and we have solutions," said Natasha Wang Mwansa, an 18-year-old activist from Zambia who campaigns for girls' and women's rights.
Salvador Gómez-Colón, who raised funds and awareness after Hurricane María devastated his native Puerto Rico in 2017, said young activists are doing more than just talking.
"We're not waiting five, 10, 20 years to take the action we want to see. We're not the future of the world, we're the present, we're acting now. We're not waiting any longer."
Thunberg said the time for action was now, that being at the top of the agenda meant nothing if the world doesn't get to grips with the climate emergency.
"I am not the person who can complain about not being heard. I'm being heard all the time," she quipped. "But in general the science and the voice of young people is not in the center of the conversation."
Autumn Peltier, the chief water commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation of indigenous people in Canada, said plaudits are not what they are looking for at the World Economic Forum.
"I don't want your awards. If you are going to award me, award me with helping to find solutions and helping to make change."
A Ugandan official says hundreds of Congolese have fled to the East African nation in recent days to escape deadly ethnic-based fighting.
Gerald Menya, commissioner for refugees in Uganda, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that two to three Congolese are arriving each hour. He said over 60,000 have sought shelter in Uganda in the past year, fleeing clashes between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups in Congo's mineral-rich northeastern ituri province.
The United Nations reported earlier this month that more than 700 people were killed and at least 168 injured in the fighting from December 2017 to September 2019, with the Hema herding community mostly targeted by the Lendu farming community. The U.N. human rights office said killings, rapes and other violence targeting the Hema may amount to crimes against humanity.
Menya said the Congolese arrivals are "bringing a lot of shock" to available resources in Uganda, a country that already hosts 1.3 million refugees, many who fled the civil war in neighboring South Sudan. The U.N. refugee agency noted funding gaps in September, saying it was operating at only 35% of its total requirements.
Sri Lanka's state owned Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) on Tuesday said it is ready to launch 5G services in the country to facilitate citizens with a 5G experience via fixed wireless broadband access.
In a statement, SLT said the 5G services would reach its customers with high speeds and high data volumes providing a high capacity of bandwidth which is the main concern of the mass users of broadband services.
5G will encourage the blooming of entrepreneurs and enterprises with the low latency which will be needed in times of critical missions and where the fastest responses are desired, SLT said.
"In fact, SLT's 5G is the long-expected service for the growing ICT era in the country as it allows mass connectivity where the user is capable of connecting many machines and many applications in one go," SLT added.
SLT comprises a customer base of over 1.6 million including multinational corporations, large and small corporates, public sector, retail and domestic customers.
SLT said it provides a full range of ICT services in the areas of voice, data, broadband, TV, mobile and enterprise solutions.
A total of 29 officials have been punished as the death toll in a factory blast was intentionally underreported in central China's Hunan Province, local authorities said Tuesday.
The explosion happened on Dec. 4 at a workshop of a fireworks company in Chengtanjiang Township in the city of Liuyang. The initially-released death toll was seven, but the provincial authorities later confirmed 13 people were killed in the accident.
Direct economic loss reached 19.45 million yuan (2.8 million U.S. dollars).
Liu Fayu, then Party chief of Chengtanjiang Township who ordered concealing the death toll and had some bodies transferred and hidden, has been detained for investigation by supervisory authorities.
Other officials who participated in, turned a blind eye to or failed to find the concealment have received penalties such as being removed from posts, major demerits and intra-Party warnings.
Ten people from the fireworks company have been placed under "criminal compulsory measures" on suspicion of the crime of causing a major safety accident.