Uganda removes key hurdle to GM crops

first_img Uganda has carried out preliminary studies, including confined field trials, on several engineered crops: bananas resistant to xanthomonas wilt, a lethal infection that is spreading in Africa, cassavas resistant to cassava brown streak disease—a viral scourge that has hit East Africa especially hard—and Water Efficient Maize for Africa, a variety developed by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center that is being field tested in several African countries.So far, just two countries on the continent have commercialized transgenic crops: Sudan, which grows GM cotton, and South Africa, which grows GM cotton, maize, and soybean. ANDREY GUDKOV/Alamy Stock Photo By Christopher BendanaOct. 6, 2017 , 4:14 PM Uganda removes key hurdle to GM cropscenter_img KAMPALA—Biotech researchers here are celebrating the long-awaited passage of a bill this week that clears the way for large-scale field tests and commercial release of genetically modified (GM) crops. Uganda, with several engineered varieties waiting in the wings, is expected to join a handful of other African nations moving quickly to bring homegrown GM foods to the market.Introduced in parliament in 2013, Uganda’s National Biosafety Act lays out a framework for regulating biotechnology, including the creation of a national scientific committee to oversee GM research. Critics argued that the legislation would threaten food security by ceding control of commercial seeds to foreign companies. They also claimed that GM foods would not be palatable, and that the engineered genes might escape into the environment and taint native varieties. Seeking to tamp down concerns, Uganda’s science minister Elioda Tumwesigye said at a press briefing here today that the government would safeguard indigenous crops by banking their seeds. “We may need them in the future as a standing point as we go on modifying,” he said.Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has in the past expressed support for the bill, is expected to sign it into law within a month. “It is a great, great achievement,” says Erostus Nsubuga, a biotechnology entrepreneur working on GM bananas at Agro-Genetic Technologies, a company in Buloba, Uganda.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Hauling bananas to market in Kisoro, Uganda.last_img read more

Baichung Bhutia conferred AFC ‘Hall of Fame’ Award

first_imgFormer Indian football team captain Baichung Bhutia  has been honoured with the AFC Hall of Fame Award on November 30, 2014 on occasion of the Football Confederation’s 60th anniversary in Manila.The award was presented to Bhutia by FIFA president Sepp Blatter in the presence of AIFF President Praful Patel. Dignitaries from all over the football world were also present.The award ceremony was organised by AFC for the first time to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Nine other players from Asia were also honoured. Some facts about Baichung BhutiaHe made his debut for India against Uzbekistan in the 1995 Nehru Cup and became India’s youngest ever goalscorer at age 19.He is India’s most capped player. In the 2009 Nehru Cup, he received his 100th international cap.On October 28, 2010, he started Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools in Delhi in partnership with Carlos Queiroz and Nike.He is the 19th footballer to receive the Arjuna Award in 1999, which is given by Government of India  to  the athletes to recognise their “outstanding achievements” in national sports.In August 2011, Bhutia announced his retirement from international football. His farewell match was with the India national team on 10 January 2012 against Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.He is also known for winning the reality television programme Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.last_img read more

Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover enters SUV market with F-Pace model

first_imgTata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has entered the SUV market with the launch of F-Pace model here which is expected to hit the booming Indian market in the second half of 2016.The F-Pace Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show has been dubbed the “ultimate  practical sports car”, which embodies the spirit of the iconic British luxury car brand with modern technology.It made its entry at the show with a spectacular ‘Guinness Book of Records’ breaking drive around a 19.1-metre-high loop driven in a daring stunt by racing driver Terry Grant. The F-Pace SUV is expected to hit the roads in Europe and the US in a phased rollout by early next year, with an Indian launch expected in the latter half of 2016.”There is a growing crossover segment in India to which this car will most certainly appeal. We are yet to look into the pricing, which is always a challenge in the Indian market,” said Rohit Suri, JLR India president and managing director.The starting prices for the US are USD 40,990, the UK as 34,170 pounds and Germany 42,390 Euro, which the company claims is “fabulous value for a game changing product which will redefine the segment”.The cars will be produced at JLR’s 500-million pounds Solihull factory in the UK using new architecture  which is more aluminium based, giving it a revolutionary light weight appeal.”We have expanded our footprint in new markets like China and India. But our heart and soul will always remain in the UK,” JLR CEO Ralf Speth said at a gala launch event in the lead up to the motor show.The event for the new model also marked the world debut of the “activity key”, a waterproof, shockproof wrist band with an integrated transponder.”It is ideal for those who regularly take part in outdoor leisure pursuits such as surfing, skiing of kayaking because it allows the driver to securely lock the keyfob inside the vehicle. All the driver has to do to unlock the car is present the activity key to the sensor hidden behind the letter J of the Jaguar script on the tailgate,” explained Peter Virk, head of connected technologies and apps at JLR.The launch of the new F-Pace marks the first time the 80-year-old car manufacturer has entered the SUV market. It claims to be ahead of its competitors in the segment, like Porsche Macan and BMW X4 models, in terms of agility.  “The year 2015 is a transformational year for Jaguar and for that reason we have dubbed it the ‘Year of the Cat’,” said Richard Agnew, global PR director for Jaguar cars.Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar, noted: “Every Jaguar should draw your eye from 200 metres away and I believe the F-Pace’s presence on the road is second to none in this class. The lightweight aluminium architecture gave us the design freedom to create a car with latent poise – a svelte car with attitude.”Besides the F-Pace, JLR is expected to showcase the 2016 Jaguar XJ alongside the XF and XE models at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.?As well as cars, the UK-based giant will display its Innovation Lab for the first time, featuring interactive displays of its Ingenium engines and examples of research programmes. These include the remote control Range Rover project, which will be demonstrated as part of the Land Rover Experience.A special event is also planned around the showcasing of the models which are set to feature in the new  James Bond film ‘Spectre’, including the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover SportSVR and Land Rover Defender.The Frankfurt International Automobil-Ausstellung, or motor show, officially begins on Thursday and will run until September 27, following the media launch on Tuesday and Wednesday.advertisementlast_img read more

Blow for City as Aguero out of Chelsea clash

first_imgManchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. The striker picked up an injury in training and missed the 2-1 victory at Watford and now is set to be unavailable once again for the trip to Stamford Bridge.Former Blues midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has also been ruled out of the clash in a significant blow to City’s hopes of maintaining their unbeaten start to the league campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Guardiola’s side currently top the table by two points but will be keenly aware that Liverpool – unbeaten themselves – are waiting to pounce on any points dropped by the defending champions.And the trip to fourth-placed Chelsea represents a significant test for City without their all-time leading goalscorer. Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus is likely to lead the line in his absence, but the 21-year-old has just one goal in 12 appearances so far this season, although the majority of those have been from the bench.De Bruyne has suffered with injury problems for much of this season, but the form of Bernardo Silva so far has cushioned the blow of the Belgian’s absence.Chelsea have just suffered their second defeat of the campaign in a shock 2-1 reverse against Wolves, and City will hope that confidence will be low in Maurizio Sarri’s camp. “It is another huge demanding test for us,” Guardiola said at Friday’s press conference.”How we play against one of the best teams on one of the biggest stages. How will they react after losing? I can imagine how intense, committed they will be.”Sarri has attempted to play down his side’s chances against the champions, having failed to beat his Spanish counterpart in their three previous meetings and claiming their opponents are possibly the best team in Europe. However, Guardiola has dismissed that tag, claiming City need to win the Champions League to earn that title, while praising the Italian.”Thank you [Sarri], but we are not the best. We have to win the titles and we didn’t win the title to be best team in Europe. The job he is doing is excellent. People don’t know how hard it is to create a style,” he added.last_img read more

U-17 World Cup – The key clashes in Goa

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup – The key clashes in Goa Shivayan Roy Last updated 2 years ago 14:59 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium U17 World Cup Germany U17 Iran U17 Guinea U17 Costa Rica U17 Counting down towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup,Goal provides you with a guide to the key clashes that are to be held at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Goa’s Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium shall play host to all the Group C games bar one of the Under-17 World Cup next month.Group C is an interesting bunch with the European heavyweight’s Germany leading the way along with South American side Costa Rica, West Africa’s Guinea and West Asian giants Iran.However, it must be noted that the U-17 team of Germany has never managed to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup, very unlike their senior national team who has won the World Cup on four occasions. Third places at the 2007 and 2011 editions of the U-17 mega-event remains their best finish to date. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing For the Costa Ricans, the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India this year will be their tenth appearance in this competition. They finished in the top eight before crashing out of the 2015 edition of the tournament held in Chile, which remains their best performance to date. Guinea’s best finish came in 1985 when they became one of the last four sides in the tournament. Incidentally, they have only made four appearances at the Under-17 World Cup so far.The Iranian U17’s best World Cup feat is a Round-of-16 finish. They are not to be underestimated though as the Iranian side ended as runners-up in the 2016 edition of the AFC U-16 Championship.The key clashes to be held at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium are : Group Stage – Germany vs Costa Rica, 7th October, 17:00 IST gervcostaGroup Stage – Iran vs Germany, 10th October, 20:00 IST iranvgermany Group Stage – Costa Rica vs Iran, 13th October, 17:00 IST costaviranlast_img read more

Manchester United back José Mourinho and have no plans to remove manager

first_imgJosé Mourinho Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Premier League José Mourinho: ‘Sometimes things are not just in the manager’s hands’ Share on Messenger The Observercenter_img Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Manchester United news On Friday night a report claimed that Mourinho would be sacked whatever the result against Newcastle. This has also been dismissed by the club.Poor performances have been compounded by off-field problems during an uncomfortable start to the season at Old Trafford, with the relationship between Mourinho and record signing Paul Pogba creating unwanted headlines.Last weekend’s 3-1 loss at West Ham made this United’s worst start to a league campaign in 29 years but senior sources at the club have strongly denied that the Portuguese will be fired this weekend. Mourinho’s team has failed to win its last four matches, a run that has occurred only once since 1999. If the sequence is not broken this afternoon it will be the first time since the 1989-90 season there have been five home matches without victory. José Mourinho retains the backing of Manchester United, with the board currently having no plans to remove him as manager.United play Newcastle United in Saturday’s late game at Old Trafford and according to multiple club sources Mourinho still has the support of the hierarchy for the immediate future. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Joe Fresh baby sun hats recalled over fears of potential choking hazard

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Health Canada has issued a recall on Joe Fresh brand baby sun hats because of a potential choking hazard.The government agency says the loop fastener on the hats, which come in a variety of colours and patterns, may detach and pose a choking hazard.The recall affects roughly 64,100 hats that were sold across the country between January and June 2019.FULL RECALL NOTICEHealth Canada says the company hasn’t received any reports of injuries, but advises people to stop using the products immediately.The hats were made in China and distributed by Loblaw Companies Ltd. at its stores including Shoppers Drug Mart, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods and Provigo.They can be returned to any Loblaw-branded store for a full refund.last_img read more

TORONTO CLOTHING BRAND ACCUSED OF LEAVING CUSTOMERS HIGH AND DRY

first_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Teedot Apparel An online Toronto streetwear company is coming under fire from customers after allegations of scamming and “shady” business practices over the last several months.More than 60 people who bought items from the local business Teedot Apparel have filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) after accusing the company of withholding orders, denying refunds, and ghosting customers for weeks at a time.The company, which deals in tees and sweatshirts sporting perennial catch phrases like “Citizen of Toronto” and “Teedot,” has been the subject of online ire for nearly a year; there’s even a Reddit thread dedicated to all the ways they’ve infuriated former customers. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

City to unveil draft amendment bylaw on cannabis early next month

first_imgA large majority of residents said that the provincial rules governing where residents would be banned from smoking or vaping cannabis would be sufficient for them. Those areas include schools, parks, playgrounds, and public spaces where children would reasonably be expected to be present.Council voted in favour of getting a first look at the draft bylaw governing cannabis retail locations on July 9th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John councillors voted in favour yesterday of having staff bring forward the first draft of a bylaw governing how cannabis retail locations will be allowed to operate within City limits after being presented with the results of a public engagement on the topic with residents.Development Director Ken Rogers presented the findings of the City’s engagement during yesterday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Over 800 responses were received during the City’s consultation with residents.Those results show that a large majority favour leaving at least 200 metres between a cannabis retail location and the closest school. A slim majority favours having at least a 200-metre buffer zone around parks where cannabis retail would not be permitted, while a minority wanted to leave at least 200 metres between each retail location.last_img read more

Two killed one injured as bus hits bike on Sealdah flyover

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were killed and another was injured after a bus hit them on Sealdah flyover on Sunday night. The driver of the offending bus managed to flee immediately after the accident. Police later seized the bus and started a search to nab the driver.According to sources, on Sunday evening one Abdul Samad (50), a resident of Bowbazar, had gone to Entally to attend an invitation. After attending the invitation at around 8 pm, he was riding his bike towards Rajabazar with his daughter Nikhat Ara (22) and wife Noor Jahan Begum (44) on the pillion seat. When he was about to cross the intersection of M G Road and Sealdah flyover, a private bus from route number 71 (Howrah-Salt Lake) hit the bike head-on. Other vehicle drivers claimed that the driver was driving the bus dangerously. He took a right turn violating the signal and knocked down Samad’s bike. Immediately, police and locals rushed the three injured to NRS Medical College and Hospital, where Samad and Ara were declared brought dead. Both of them had suffered multiple major injuries. Begum has sustained injury on her right leg and is still undergoing treatment at the same hospital. Police have informed that all of them were wearing helmets. Locals alleged that buses from routes 71, 72 and Sealdah-Howrah Maidan compete with each other every day. They even block the main carriageway after reaching M G Road by standing there for a long time. When any other bus from the three routes arrives, the drivers try to overtake each other dangerously.last_img read more

Akhilesh to contest from Azamgarh Mulayam not star SP campaigner

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav will contest from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, which was represented by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. While the 79-year-old SP patriarch will contest from “safe seat” Mainpuri this time, his name was conspicuously missing from the list of 40 star campaigners of the party released here Sunday. The Samajwadi Party also announced that senior leader Mohd Azam Khan will contest from Rampur. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The party, however, sprang a surprise by not mentioning the name of its patron Mulayam Singh Yadav in its long list of its star campaigners. The list was released by senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav. It included the names of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan, Dimple Yadav and Jaya Bachchan among others, besides Ram Gopal Yadav himself. At present, the SP patriarch represents Azamgarh constituency. He had represented Mainpuri three times earlier in 1996, 2004 and 2009. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In the 2014 polls, Mulayam contested from two constituencies, Azamgarh and Mainpuri, and won both. The SP has so far announced the names of 20 candidates, 19 in Uttar Pradesh and one Madhya Pradesh. Besides Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav, other prominent candidates are Akhilesh Yadav’s cousins, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav. While Dharmendra Yadav will fight from Badaun, Akshay Yadav will contest from Firozabad. Dharmendra Yadav, the son of Ram Gopal Yadav, will contest again from the seat that he has won thrice, while Akshay Yadav will contest from Firozabad, from where he had won the last parliamentary elections. The party has declared Dimple Yadav its candidate from Kannauj. The Samajwadi Party, the BSP and the Rashtriya Lok Dal have entered into an alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the April-May Lok Sabha polls. The Samajwadi Party has entered a pre-poll alliance with the Mayawati-led BSP and will contest 37 of 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP. While the BSP will contest on 38 seats, the RLD, which is also a part of the alliance, will fight from three seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance had left two seats for the Congress in Amethi and Rae Bareli. The general election is going to start on April 11 and will continue till May 19. Polling on the 80 seats in the state will be held in seven phases. The Samajwadi Party and the BSP will hold a series of joint rallies for the Lok Sabha polls, with the first being on April 7 in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoband town. There will be several joint rallies in the state and besides the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will be also part of these public meetings, Samajwadi Party chief spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said. The first of these joint rallies will be held in Saharanpur district’s Deoband town on April 7 and will be addressed by Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and RLD president Ajit Singh.last_img read more

14 million Moroccans Undernourished UN Report Finds

Rabat – According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 1.4 million Moroccans were undernourished over 2015-2017, compared to a slightly lower number of 1.3 million in 2014/2016.By “undernourished”, the FAO means that for at least one year, 1.4 million Moroccans were  in a state of inability to acquire enough food to meet their dietary energy requirements.The FAO released the figures last week in its annual report  “Near East and North Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition,” which contains statistics up to 2017. According to the report, 52 million people in the Near East and North Africa region are undernourished, that is they are facing chronic food deprivation. These figures don’t include data from Bahrain, Libya, Qatar, Palestine and Syria, so the actual figures may in fact be much higher.Read also: 93% of Moroccans Sense Changes in Climate: Drought, Shifting Seasons5.7% of Moroccans were affected by “severe food insecurity” over the 2015/2017 period, the report also found. The numbers have increased since 2014/2016, where 5.1% of Moroccans were affected.Figures on food insecurity in the NENA regionFor the FAO, severe food insecurity means a lack of secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and an active and healthy life.Food insecurity can exist because of unavailability of food, insufficient purchasing power, inappropriate distribution or inadequate use of food at the household level.The rise in figures may be explained by the severe drought Morocco suffered from in 2016, the worst in 30 years, which significantly impacted on cereal production across the country. 120 000 people lost their jobs in the agriculture sector between 2015 and 2016, and the country experienced a 3.3% overall drop in GDP that year. read more

UN mine service considers new ways to clear land more effectively

17 April 2008The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) says it is considering the introduction of new and more efficient methods of checking land for mines that could drastically speed up the clearance of land in mine-affected regions for use by local communities. Deminers currently use detectors to comb all land suspected of being hazardous, even when there is no credible evidence of landmines in the area. This process can be so slow that many countries affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war struggle to reach their targets of clearing land.But John Flanagan, the officer-in-charge of UNMAS in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), yesterday told a conference on demining in Sibenik, Croatia, that a review of standard procedures would allow mine clearance equipment to be focused more on areas that actually do contain mines and explosive hazards.“We’re looking for ways to confirm that land is safe without necessarily going over every inch of it with a mine detector,” he said. “Where there is a genuine threat, however, we will make sure all landmines and explosive remnants of war are removed before we tell a community that land is safe for their use.”A recent report by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining found that “general assessments and landmine impact surveys often overestimate the extent of land actually affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.”Under the new procedures, landmine experts would consider a range of indicators before determining whether to send deminers into a suspected hazardous area.The conference in Sibenik was jointly organized by the UN, the Croatian Mine Action Centre and the International Trust Fund for Demining and Mines Victims Assistance. read more

Kosovo UN envoy to attend meeting on regional cooperation for Balkans

UNMIK chief Michael Steiner is expected to meet on Saturday in Salzburg with Paddy Ashdown, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Eberhard Busek, the Head of the European Union’s Special Coordinator Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, to discuss long-term stability and economic growth in the Balkans.Among the issues for review are trade liberalization, the fight against organized crime, energy, the return of internally displaced persons and media developments, according to UNMIK.Mr. Steiner is also expected to follow-up on the results of the recent conference on cigarette smuggling that took place in Kosovo as well as the creation in April of a privatization process management body for enterprises that were formerly owned by the state.

Chad UN has now relocated 10000 Sudanese refugees to safe camps

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is hoping to move as many of the estimated 110,000 refugees as it can away from the border and into safe camps inside Chad before the expected arrival of the rainy season in late May.UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters today at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva today that 10,491 people have taken shelter in camps at Farchana, Touloum and Kounoungo since relocations began early last month.But Mr. Redmond said the cross-border raids by militias on the refugees’ makeshift shelters have become an almost daily event over the same period. In one attack last Sunday a refugee was killed when 35 armed men stole cattle from a group of refugees.Mr. Redmond said UNHCR staff are increasing convoys to Farchana and are also looking at establishing camps at three other sites within the next 10 days.Sudanese refugees have been crossing the border into Chad for a year since fighting broke out in the Darfur region in Sudan’s west between the Sudanese Government, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and militia groups. read more

Annan congratulates China on its second space mission

The Secretary-General “extends his warm congratulations to the People’s Republic of China,” his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in New York.“This flight demonstrates, yet again, that the exploration of space knows no national borders, and that every peaceful mission accomplished is another step forward for all humankind,” he added in response to questions.

Sustainable tailings management MAC reports

first_imgThe Mining Association of Canada (MAC) has received the final report of the independent Task Force it commissioned to review its tailings management requirements and guidance under its Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative.The seven-member, multi-interest Task Force was struck in March 2015 to advise MAC’s Board of Directors on steps that could be taken to further strengthen the association’s tailings management system. Chaired by Doug Horswill, retired senior executive with Teck Resources, the Task Force worked over the past several months to review MAC’s three tailings management guides and the TSM initiative’s tailings management performance indicators. The report includes 29 recommendations that the Task Force believes would enhance the tailings management requirements under the TSM initiative.“The MAC Board thanks the Task Force for its review and has directed the TSM Governance Team, a Board subcommittee, to expeditiously identify how best to integrate the recommendations of the report into TSM for implementation,” stated Bob Steane, Chair of the MAC Board. “The Board has signalled, as well, that MAC should focus on the priority recommendations in the first instance, and that consultation with MAC’s TSM Community of Interest Advisory Panel be undertaken. It is imperative that the industry continuously improves how it works to ensure the safe operation of its tailings facilities.”“The Task Force’s recommendations were developed with the objective of assisting the mining industry in its drive to the goal of zero failures,” stated Doug Horswill. “It is our hope as Task Force members that this report sets out measures which, when incorporated into the tailings management component of TSM, will promote continual improvement in company performance and help restore public confidence through the knowledge that MAC’s member companies are doing all that they can to protect public safety and the environment.”In January 2015, the Mount Polley Independent Expert Panel, which examined the cause of the Mount Polley tailings dam failure, tabled its report with Government of British Columbia. The panel made seven recommendations, one of which was to require all mining companies in BC to subscribe to the TSM tailings management system, which is mandatory for MAC members and which the Panel described as a global best practice. Notwithstanding this statement, the MAC Board believed that, in light of the Mount Polley failure, it was necessary to undertake an independent review of the TSM system and identify opportunities for further improvements.“As a civil society representative on the Task Force, I want to commend MAC for undertaking this important review,” added Alan Young, Director of the Materials Efficiency Research Group.  “The Task Force’s work was very thorough and I am confident we have come up with recommendations that will not only enhance safety, but also strengthen the industry’s engagement with communities on these important issues. I look forward to seeing MAC and its member companies take the next step to implement our recommendations.”TSM is a mandatory program for MAC members, and its requirements go well beyond regulatory obligations. It is designed to improve industry’s operational performance in key environmental and social areas, including tailings management, and it includes third-party verification of reported results. A major component of TSM includes commitments to ensure the safe operation and management of tailings. In fact, one of the main drivers behind the development of TSM in the late 1990s was to ensure tailings dam safety through strong tailings management practices. Since TSM’s launch in 2004, MAC members have made steady improvement in this area.Background Documents:Report of the TSM Tailings Review Task ForceTSM Independent Review Task Force Terms of ReferenceThe Mining Association of Canada is the national organization for the Canadian mining industry.  Its members account for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals and are actively engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. www.mining.calast_img read more

Scientists discover new reason why humans began walking on two feet

first_imgTHE USUAL THEORY about why our earliest ancestors took to walking on two feet goes a little something like this: our forebears were more used to living in trees, but when climate change gradually began reducing tree cover, early humans were literally forced out of their trees – and ended up on their feet.However new research by scientists in England has challenged this long-established theory. Instead, scientists at the University of York say they have found new evidence that our forebears actually began walking to help them get around on rocky terrain.The archeaeologists say hominins – an early human ancestor –  developed an upright gait because it helped them to scramble and climb around the rugged landscape of East and South Africa.They said that hominins would have been attracted to difficult terrain of rocky outcrops and gorges because it offered shelter and opportunities to trap prey – despite the difficulties in adapting to the lifestyle.Dr Isabelle Winder, one of the paper’s authors said the research backed up the idea that bipedalism was a response to the terrain rather than to vegetation changes caused by the climate.“The broke, disrupted terrain offered benefits for hominins in terms of security and food, but it also proved a motivation to improve their locomotor skills by climbing, balancing, scrambling and moving swiftly over broken ground – types of movement encouraging a more upright gait,” she said.Walking on two feet for the first time had another benefit: it meant that hominins were able to have their hands and arms free to perform other tasks, which, the researchers say, means they were able to develop increased manual dexterity, supporting a further key stage in their evolution.The research, which was carried out with researchers from the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris is published in the journal Antiquity.Read: Scientists have figured out what caused the Irish Famine > Read: Blind people have the potential to use their ‘inner bat’ to locate objects > Read: 500 million-year-old fossil named after Johnny Depp >last_img read more

Geek deals 299 for Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet

first_imgOur other top deals:Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus 2013 (3 User) [download] for $29.99 (reg. $59.99)ASUS VE247H Black 23.6″ 2ms HDMI LED-backlit Monitor for $129.99 + free shipping (reg. $209.99)Pre-order Call of Duty Ghosts (Xbox 360 or PS3) for $52.99 + free shipping (reg. $59.99) Tablets are still one of the most competitive tech markets around today, but it is safe to say that the industry has backed off from its break-neck pace of development. Just last year it seemed like tech firms were introducing new tablet models before the prior ones had even started to gather dust on store shelves. This resulted in a huge amount of competition and confusion for consumers, but over the last couple of quarters we’ve seen a marked decrease in this over-saturation.Instead, we’ve seen the prior generation models go off the market and the late-2012 models persist, with a far slower new product cycle than last year. Part of the influence on this change was likely the introduction of Windows RT tablets to the mix, with many of the companies that originally produced Android tablets now offering the Microsoft versions as well. This likely gave them good reason to slow things down and see how the market (i.e. how us consumers) feel about these new tablets.Dell’s XPS 10 is one of these new Windows RT tablets, introduced late last year. It is built around a 10.1-inch HD screen, with similar weight and thickness to an iPad despite the larger display. It is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm processor and comes with 32GB of storage, which is expandable via a microSD card slot.The Windows RT operating system should prove familiar for Windows 8 users and aims for a mostly seamless experience working between the tablet and a PC. Through cloud technology, ideally the Microsoft versions, it should be pretty easy to have files automatically synced between two devices for easy grab-and-go. To that end, Microsoft includes Office Home & Student 2013 RT with all Windows RT devices, though the app is still technically a “preview” version with full functionality.Dell priced their machine fairly aggressively starting at $449.99. As a result we’ve only seen a couple discounts since its introduction, but Dell just took things up a notch with a new $150 price drop. This brings the base model XPS 10 to an all-time low of just $299.99 with free shipping. You should also check out the $399.99 model that includes the dockable keyboard, which has its own built-in battery to extend runtime of the device.Dell XPS 10 32GB Dual-core Windows RT Tablet for $299.99 + free shipping (reg. $449.99)last_img read more

One Punch Man Illustrator Shares His Take On Sexy Bowsette

first_imgOne Punch Man artist Yusuke Murata is at it again. He’s drawn one of the internet’s biggest crazes, and we’re totally here for it. This time around, the Mario fandom’s huge fascination with Bowsette has colored his newest sketch. It’s amazing, too. Murata doing Bowsette artwork is not an outcome we could have foreseen in any reality.In a now-deleted tweet (too hot for Twitter?), Murata posted his version of the popular meme, with a menacing sketch of a grinning Bowsette done up in his signature style. She’s gorgeous, obviously, but she also looks like she’s going to kill you – all the hallmarks of a great Bowsette, we say.The sketch is in black and white, but it calls forth that sassy persona that we know Bowsette exudes with confidence. Check her out below, and add this sketch to your secret Bowsette image stash, because we know you have one. You don’t need to hide here. You’re among friends.Murata can often be found on Twitter drawing a wide assortment of things that aren’t even tangentially related to One Punch Man, as we’ve showcased before, but this may be one of the most fun sketches he’s shared in a while. People can’t get enough of Bowsette, so it makes sense that the fad has even reached this popular illustrator.Hopefully, Murata will regale us with more awesome sketches like these. We can’t wait to see if he has any more visions of what Bowsette will look like.At long last, we finally found ourselves with a release date for Season Two. But it’s still a ways off! There’s plenty of other cool stuff to tide you over until then though, like when Saitama fought the Hulk or when one of the lead animators took on the Mega Man tribute, which was equally awesome. The rest of your One Punch Man and popular anime updates can be found here. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more