Archive for July 9th, 2018

09/07/2018

Boris Johnson Resigns as Brexiteers Start to Tumble

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Johnson is the second high-profile Brexiteer to resign since May’s cabinet agreed on a Brexit plan at her Chequers country residence on Friday (6 July).

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09/07/2018

Israel Is Bulldozing Khan Al Ahmar – And with It the Two-State Solution

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By Jonathan Cook*

9 Jul 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service * —  Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes.

If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan Al Ahmar.

It was for that reason that a posse of European diplomats left their air-conditioned offices late last week to trudge through the hot, dusty hills outside Jerusalem and witness for themselves the preparations for the village’s destruction.

That included the Israeli police viciously beating residents and supporters as they tried to block the advance of heavy machinery.

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09/07/2018

An Insurance Policy for the World’s Crops

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Q&A with the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Kent Nnadozie — (FAO)*

Four varieties of potato grown locally in Peru. (©FAO/S. Cespoli)

Before 2001, developing a new type of wheat or rice would mean making many individual requests to other countries asking for their seeds and other genetic material.

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09/07/2018

Mental Math Whiz: Noor Eideen’s Story

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9 July 2018 (UNRWA)* — Nine year old Noor Eideen Nasrallah is from Balata refugee camp, in the northern West Bank. He is a talented third grade student at the UNRWA Balata Basic Boys’ school and has a special hobby: he excels in the field of Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic.

Noor Eideen with his hand abacus in his classroom. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Riham Jafary

Noor Eideen with his hand abacus in his classroom. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Riham Jafary

Noor Eideen’s skills have attracted the attention of his teachers, school principal and even the UNRWA West Bank education office. They observed his talent for mental-arithmetic when he was in the first grad. Noor can solve complex equations that have been described to develop both sides of the brain while using the hands and the brain simultaneously.

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09/07/2018

Is the Planet Approaching “Peak Fish”? Not So Fast, New Study Says

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Significant production increases foreseen over coming decade – Sector faces major challenges.

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Anchovies drying in the sun. Most of the planet’s marine fisheries (59.9%) are being fished at sustainable levels; 33.1% percent are not.

Rome, Italy, 9 July 2018 (FAO)*– Global fish production will continue to expand over the next decade even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has levelled off and aquaculture’s previously explosive growth is now slowing, says a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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09/07/2018

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis Resigns

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9 July 2018 (RT)*David Davis has handed in his resignation as the UK’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to present her vision for the exit deal in Brussels in a week.
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Davis’ resignation was first reported by the UK’s Press Association on Twitter. The full letter of resignation later appeared in the British media. It is “effective immediately,” according to Reuters, which cites a source close to Davis.

The resignation comes as PM Theresa May is taking flak for the “soft” Brexit deal she is planning to arrange with the EU.

Following the Friday Cabinet meeting at Chequers, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called agreeing to May’s proposal “polishing a turd,” as he and several other high-ranking officials called for a tougher stance against Brussels.

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09/07/2018

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 46,449 in 2018; Deaths: 1,412

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Geneva, 7 July 2018 (IOM)* – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 46,449 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first half of 2018. That total compares to 101,213 at this time last year, and over 231,503 at this time in 2016.

 

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IOM Rome’s Flavio Di Giacomo reported Friday [6 July 2018] that arrivals of irregular migrants to Italy thus far in 2018 are less than one-fifth (19%) the total arriving through mid-year 2017, and less than one-fourth (24%) the total through mid-year 2016.

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09/07/2018

Powering Ships with Plastic in Amsterdam

9 July 2018 (UN Environment)*In the Port of Amsterdam, a new factory is being built that could revolutionize the way we dispose of plastic waste. Utilizing groundbreaking technology, the facility will use previously unrecyclable plastic to create fuel for diesel powered cargo ships.
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The group behind the facility is Bin2Barrel, a Dutch company founded in 2012 by waste management entrepreneurs Floris Geeris and Paul Harkema.

While the chemical recycling technology used in the past has worked, Bin2Barrel is the first company to utilize it commercially.

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09/07/2018

Niger’s Girls find ‘Sanctuary’ in Fistula Treatment Centres

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8 July 2018 — Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition.

UNFPA/Ollivier Girard | Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed visits the National Fistula Centre in Niamey, Niger, with Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (l) and Dr. Lalla Malika Issoufou Mahamadou, second First Lady (r)

Kodi Moumdau give birth last year but her child was stillborn and in the process of delivery a fistula, or tear, developed between her vagina and anus.

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