Thursday, August 19th 2010 - 05:50 UTC

African coastal states organize network to tackle illegal fishing

The IUU workshop took place in Cape Town earlier this month

Representatives from African coastal states attend a workshop in the United Kingdom designed to build capacity in tackling illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing is damaging to fish stocks, the marine environment, food security and wider economic growth and development.

Thursday, August 19th 2010 - 05:47 UTC

Undercover-anglers stop slaughter of whales on Faroe Islands

The two activists raise a banner at the roof of the hotel “Hafnia” in front of the parliament of Faroe (WDSF/ProWal)

As soon as pilot whales are sighted in the waters off the Faroe Islands the hunting frenzy takes hold of the about 48.000 inhabitants. Boats are launched and pods of whales are herded into the next official hunting bay.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 19:26 UTC

Swiss win the “gruyere-war” certification over French cheese producers

French gruyere has holes but the Swiss version does not

French gruyere producers have given up trying to win the coveted appellation d'origine controlée (AOC) certification, ceding the official label to the Swiss. They had been planning to take the matter to the European Commission, but decided against the risk: if their demand for the label had been rejected, they would have lost the right to call their cheese gruyere at all.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 19:16 UTC

Australian PM wants to cut ties with British monarchy and establish a republic

Prime Minister Julia Gillard in campaign brought up the controversial issue

Australia should drop its ties to the British monarchy when the Queen’s reign ends, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this week in the midst of national election campaigning.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 19:11 UTC

Bank of England warns about high inflation; rate won’t drop to 2% until mid 2012

Mervyn King had to write the eighth letter in three years to explain “stubborn” inflation

The Governor of the Bank of England warned of the dangers of ‘destructive’ high inflation after admitting his surprise that the rise in the UK cost of living continues to overshoot targets, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 04:28 UTC

China points out: second-largest economy but not second largest economic power

Beijing admits spectacular growth has not solved China’s challenges

This week’s news that China had overtaken Japan to become the world's second-largest economy in the second quarter of this year made headlines around the world. The economic milestone was seen as a telling confirmation of the shifting balance of economic power in Asia, and as a culmination of China's stunning three-decade economic resurgence.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 04:24 UTC

Wheat futures advance as Ukraine follows Russia and imposes export quota

Ukraine Agriculture Minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk

Wheat futures advanced for the first time in four sessions in Chicago trading after Ukraine, the second-largest exporter in the former Soviet Union last year, said it will probably limit overseas sales, following Russia’s restrictions on trade.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 03:47 UTC

Harvard consolidates as top US academic research institution

Together with Princeton, the two universities held the top positions since 2001

Harvard University took sole possession of first place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 rankings of top United States academic research institutions. Princeton University, which tied with Harvard for the lead last year, fell to second place.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 03:34 UTC

Balmoral to retrace in April 2012 centenary of the Titanic route

Relatives of those who perished in the sinking of the Titanic will be on board the cruise Balmoral

Relatives of those who perished on the Titanic will be boarding a cruise to mark the 2012 centenary of the sinking of the vessel. A special ceremony will take place on board the cruise ship Balmoral 100 years on from the exact time the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic on the night of April 15 1912.

Wednesday, August 18th 2010 - 02:58 UTC

Whiskey’s noblesse: super bio-fuel (butanol) from distilleries by products

“Fill her up with whiskey pot ale”

Topping up at the petrol pump is about to take an intriguing twist as cars are set to be fuelled with a new super bio-fuel, made from whisky by-products. Edinburgh Napier University has filed a patent for the new bio-fuel, which can be used in ordinary cars, without any special adaptations needed.


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