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Sunday April 17th, 2022 evening edition

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Discussions focused around the importance of ocean-based climate solutions and the linkage between healthy oceans and healthy communities.

A total of 410 commitments were made at the event, hosted jointly by the Republic of Palau and the United States.

The conference is an annual event initiated in 2014 by then-U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, who is now the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate.

The conference was envisioned as a platform to mobilize support and funding for ocean initiatives to address the world’s most pressing ocean issues.

As such, it’s a key milestone event for leaders to ensure global commitments on ocean heath are upheld and backed by robust financing.

The conference, titled “Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity,” focused on six areas of action: combating climate change, promoting sustainable fisheries, creating sustainable blue economies, advancing marine protected areas, achieving safe and secure oceans, and tackling marine pollution.

She said securing the marine tenure rights of small-scale fishers is central to achieving sustainable marine resource management: “I believe that the communities have the solutions.”. »

Microsoft is reportedly exploring integrating ads into free to play games

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Microsoft is reportedly exploring integrating advertisements, such as billboards or posters for real products, in its free to play games.

As reported by Business Insider (paywalled, transcribed by VGC), the tech giant is looking to further opportunities for developers to profit.

“One of the sources speculated Microsoft isn’t currently interested in collecting a cut of ad revenue because it wants to provide more money-making opportunities to developers who make free-to-play games,” the publication states. »

Rep. Ilhan Omar said it would be 'staggeringly hypocritical' for US to support a war crimes investigation into Putin without joining the International Criminal Court

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Biden has called Putin a war criminal and called for a war crimes investigation into Russia.

Rep. Ilhan Omar told Insider the US should support an investigation by the ICC by becoming a member.

Rep. Ilhan Omar said it would be hypocritical for the US to support a war crimes investigation by the International Criminal Court without moving to become a member. »