EURACTIV 21/10/15 Greenpeace study finds pesticides on 83% of non-organic apples A Greenpeace study has shown that pesticide residue affects 83% of conventionally-produced German apples. EurActiv Germany reports. An extensive investigation by the environmental organisation Greenpeace of apples in European supermarkets found no evidence that pesticide thresholds had been exceeded, but that 60% of German apples contain traces of pesticide-cocktails, comprising two to eight separate ingredients. In all 126 samples from 11 different countries, all the values collated were below the maximum limit. Murchison Falls National Park Murchison Falls National Park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces as they advanced on the Khazir front against ISIS towards Mosul - ISIS - ISIL map, map of war in Syria, Iraq, Libya - Daesh map - Mosul operation - isis.liveuamap.com Egypt: Clashes in North Sinai kill 6 soldiers and 12 militants ISIS suicide car bomb detonates next to an Iraq-i army tank - southeastern Mosul Islamic State Releases Propaganda Pictures Shows Battles In Homs Against SAA VIDEO: Iraqi Army 9th Armored Division advancing as part of the Mosul offensive Residents of al-Hawd a village southeast of Mosul greeting Iraqi forces NATO Archives The NATO Archives revisits the Alliance’s international arts heritage 01 Jun. 2016 As NATO prepares to move to its newest headquarters in Brussels, the NATO Archives took a look back at the Alliance’s international arts heritage with an exhibition featuring the national artworks gifted for the decoration of the first new NATO headquarters built at Porte Dauphine, Paris in 1959. more “The Grandmother of Kabul” pays a special visit to the NATO Archives 09 Dec. 2015
How to Make Your Site Mobile Ready in Just 30 Seconds Ready to convert an existing website into a mobile-friendly platform but not sure how to get started? New York-based startup bMobilized has released a new do-it-yourself tool that instantly converts a website into a full-featured HTML5-enabled mobile site in just a few clicks. Even better, it only costs $5 a month to keep the mobile site running. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2006 May;209(3):221-33. GerES IV pilot study: assessment of the exposure of German children to organophosphorus and pyrethroid pesticides. Organophosphorus pesticides and pyrethroids are widely used in German agriculture and residential settings. Their occurrence in human biological samples can be used as an indicator for the exposure of children to these compounds. Using multivariate evaluation the routes of exposure can be identified. In the pilot study of GerES IV, metabolites of pyrethroids and organophosporus pesticides were analysed in urine of children aged 2–17 years ( and 363). The 95th percentiles for the metabolites of the pyrethroids in urine were: cis-DCCA 0.74 μg/l, trans-DCCA 1.7 μg/l, DBCA 0.52 μg/l, F-PBA<0.1 μg/l, and 3-PBA 2.4 μg/l. 3-PBA was detected in 90% of the samples.
Bisate Lodge, Republic of Rwanda Bisate Lodge is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone – the word bisate means ‘pieces’ in Kinyarwanda, describing how the cone was once whole but worn away by natural erosion. The area has dramatic views of the peaks of the volcanoes Bisoke, Karisimbi and Mikeno rearing up through the Afro-alpine forests of nearby Volcanoes National Park. Six sumptuous en-suite rooms maximise comfort, warmth and views while retaining environmental principles and reflecting the culture of surrounding rural Rwanda. Bisate is within easy driving distance of Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily.
SIPRI databases SIPRI Arms Transfers Database The SIPRI Arms Transfers Database shows all international transfers of major conventional arms since 1950 and is the most comprehensive publicly available source of information on international arms transfers. SIPRI Mapping ATT-Relevant Cooperation and Assistance Activities Database The SIPRI Mapping ATT-relevant Cooperation and Assistance Activities Database provides information on cooperation and assistance activities in the field of arms transfer and small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls. The database supports states' implementation of the 2001 UN Programme of Action on SALW and the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty and includes activities carried out since 2012. SIPRI Arms Industry Database The International Non-Govermental foundation for socio-economic and political studies (The Gorbachev Foundation) - Archival and exhibition center - Archive and library The Archives and Exhibition Center (AEC) is one of the Gorbachev Foundation’s structural units. It comprises the Foundation’s archives, library, reading room and exhibition center. The archival collection reflects the evolution of the Russian state and society, mostly in the period from the late 1980s to the current day.
how-does-isis-fund-its-reign-terror-282607 The Islamic State’s staggering successes come at a cost. After all, it’s not cheap to wage war and manage territorial conquests whose population is now roughly the size of Austria’s. So how can ISIS, cut off from the rest of the world by financial and trade sanctions, and under daily aerial and land bombardment by some of the richest countries in the world, afford to maintain a well-armed military and pay other bills? Interviews with Iraqi, Kurdish, European, Syrian and American government officials, analysts and intelligence agents sketch a portrait of ISIS’s robust, sprawling, and efficient financial operation. The terrorist group relies on a relatively complex system to manage its far-reaching networks.
British-Soviet Relations Archive Project Academician Alexandr Oganovich Chubarian (Russian Academy of Sciences) Professor Arne Westad (Harvard) Professor Vladimir Olegovich Pechatnov (MGIMO) Dr Svetozar Rajak (LSE) The relationship between the UK and the Soviet Union was one of the key political and military relationships of World War II and the Cold War that followed it.