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Afghanistan: MSF demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz

Afghanistan: MSF demands explanations after deadly airstrikes hit hospital in Kunduz

“MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital – with more than 180 staff and patients inside – because they claim that members of the Taliban were present.

Restructuring of PETROBRAS Petrochemical Portfolio

Restructuring of PETROBRAS Petrochemical Portfolio

Petrobras, in compliance with the provision in the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, or CVM) Rule No. 358, of January 3, 2002, announces that its Board of Directors approved today the restructuring of its petrochemical portfolio, and the subsequent merger of its wholly-owned subsidiaries Comperj Participações S.A., Comperj Estirênicos S.A., Comperj MEG S.A. and Comperj Poliolefinas S.A. The referred transactions will be submitted to a vote by shareholders in a Special Shareholders Meeting to be convened in due time.

Brazilian men’s micro swimwear

Brazilian men’s micro swimwear

For years Dilma’s Land ( Brazil ) has been the spawning ground for cutting-edge designs in men’s micro swimwear. Brazilian beaches are aswarm with hot bodies in tiny, form-fitting suits. Now They ‘re bringing the hotness of Brazilian men’s micro swimwear to the United States

PETA to deliver thousands of kids ‘FREE MALI’ cards to President Aquino

PETA  to deliver thousands of kids  ‘FREE MALI’ cards to President Aquino

Manila — Thousands of students of all ages from schools in Metro Manila have made cards and written letters in support of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia’s campaign calling for Mali the elephant to be transferred from the Manila Zoo to a sanctuary. The drawings and handwritten appeals will be delivered […]

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture

The new Caring for our Country Sustainable Agriculture stream will promote sustainable food production, innovation, land management and a skilled community.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig, released the Caring for our Country Sustainable Agriculture Strategic Directions document today while in Western Australia.

The Minister was visiting a grape grower in Belhus in the Swan Valley who received funds under the first phase of Caring for our Country. The funds were directed toward improving nutrient management and irrigation efficiencies, fostering an understanding of fertiliser use and leaching into the Swan River by landholders in the Perth region.

“Caring for our Country is a flagship program that is already delivering benefits to our rural communities,” Minister Ludwig said.

“I’m pleased to release the aims and directions of the new Caring for our Country Sustainable Agriculture Stream, which will help stakeholders and grant applicants benefit from the next phase of Caring for our Country.

“The new Caring for our Country Sustainable Agriculture stream is good news for farmers and land managers. It will also help community groups, regional natural resource management groups; Indigenous groups and industry bodies to undertake key natural resource management projects which make important contributions to sustainable farm and fisheries practices.

“Caring for our Country’s Sustainable Agriculture stream will continue to build on the Gillard Government’s legacy of protecting and conserving our biodiversity and promoting the adoption of sustainable farm practices.”

Minister Ludwig said the strategic aims of the program are to:
■promote sustainable production of food
■promote innovation in Australian agriculture and fisheries practices
■reduce the impact of weeds and pests on agriculture
■improve management of agriculture and fisheries
■foster a skilled and capable Landcare community.

“Over the long term, the Agriculture stream aims to achieve an environment that is healthier, better protected, well managed and resilient.”

Minister Ludwig said this will be achieved through a mix of investment approaches, including community grants, regional delivery and strategic investments.

“This is part of the Government’s 20–year vision for the future of agriculture where Australia’s agricultural lands support and maintain clean water, biodiversity and healthy soils, while continuously improving food and fibre productivity,” Minister Ludwig said.

Work is progressing on the second phase of Caring for our Country and further information on the program including grants rounds, funding allocations for regional delivery and regional Landcare facilitators will be announced shortly.

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