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Indonesia: Academics Should Cultivate Writing Culture

 
The Rector of Alma Ata University (UAA), Prof. Dr H Hamam Hadi, stressed that scientific papers in Indonesian’s academia are still lacking. Hamam hopes that...
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Kenya: How Money Can Ruin a Giving Heart

 
Money can easily make one opt out of any volunteering to help the needy. This was seen during a recent function in Kenya where...
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Blue Whale: the Killer Game

 
Everyone is talking about Blue Whale, the suicide game born in Russia that is now spreading throughout Europe. But what is really known about...
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Are You a Social(Media)ite Mum?

 
“Mums spend more time taking photographs and videos of their children to share on social media than they do parenting them.”This according to new research...
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Kenya: Youth Digital Training Rolled Up

 
The Kenyan government is taking a different move to curb unemployment among its youth.Through the Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT), the government...
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Statelessness in the Ivory Coast

 
More than a million undocumented primary students will now have a birth certificate.The Ivorian Government announced this on May 12, resolving the situation of...
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Begging in Senegal

 
500,000 children spend their time begging on the streets of Senegal. They are 4-15 years old and are exposed to numerous dangers. These children...
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Building A Future in Refugee Camps

 
The UK population is 65.4 million. Imagine if, through no fault of its own, the entire UK was suddenly homeless, with no schools, no work,...
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Burkinabe Children Centres in Dire Straits

 
As first reported here.Orphanages, nurseries and foster homes provide support to orphans, vulnerable children, and children in distress in Burkina Faso. In the city...
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A controversial Bill was tabled in Malaysia's national parliament yesterday that calls for extreme increases in judiciary punishments for those convicted of crimes under...
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The growing trend of healthy living has increased public awareness on the side effects of synthetic chemical drugs. People have begun to realise the benefits of herbal medicines. Currently, there us a shift in the pattern of community behaviour that increasingly strengthens the role of herbal medicines.This was expressed by the Vice Rector of Alma Ata University (UAA), Rosma Fyki Kamala, at the opening of seminar and workshop of 'Healthy Living with Herbal' at Yogyakarta last Sunday. Seminars and workshops were themed 'healthy solutions with research-based herbs.'According to Kamala, the development of science and technology has encouraged the use of herbal medicines. This is evidenced by the increasing herbal medicine market from year to year. "Moreover, the increase is happening not only domestically, but also in almost all developing and developed countries," Kamala said.Kamala explained that Indonesia has the potential to become a giant market for herbal remedies. Indonesia has more than 30,000 species of plants, 9,000 of which have been used for treatment. "In Indonesia herbs can be easily found and cultivated at home as a living pharmacy. This certainly facilitates access to health for the community, "she said.Some people are still hesitant in the use of herbal medicine due to lack of information and understanding of herbal processing. The socialisation of herbal medicine needs to be implemented in order to increase the use of herbal medicines.The UAA, Kamala said, is very concerned about the implementation of research in the field of Phyto Pharmacia. "Do not let our wealth in the field of herbal medicine be studied and patented by other countries," she said.

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Why did the Conservatives release such a diabolical manifesto? Removing the triple pension lock, abolishing free school lunches, and a dementia tax (now conveniently U-turned) are many policies that been widely condemned.Among the plans to dismantle anything that could be seen as helping the "plebs", the Conservatives have also made sure to also go after endangered animals. The Tory pledge to ban the buying and selling of ivory has been quietly dropped. This comes after intense lobbying from the antique industry, led by Conservative politician Lady Victoria Borwick (president of the British Antique Dealers' Association and friend to Mrs May).A Conservative justification for removing the ban is that there is already an enforced ban on the selling of ivory from elephants killed after 1947, introduced in 2015. Hypothetically, no elephants would be poached as a result of the ban lift.The issue is that this law is not exactly enforced. A loophole means that dealers can claim an item is sourced pre-1947 without having to prove it. As a result, ivory from elephants killed as recently as 2016 could circulating UK markets if the ban is removed.Calls by PETA for the Conservative party to honour the ban have been ignored. The public reaction to the lifting of the ban has so far been overwhelmingly negative, with many taking on Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.Around 20,000 elephants are poached every year (one every 25 minutes) for their ivory tusks. African and Asian elephants are listed as vulnerable and endangered respectively by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.Conservation is now more important than ever, with up to 50% of the species at risk of extinction by the mid-century. It is vital that the UK sets an example instead of turning a blind eye.

INFINITY


The freight service, East Wind, that passed through seven countries before arriving in London, has now arrived back in China. To get to London, it set off on January 1 and covered a 7,500-mile (12,000km) journey.It started out from Yiwu railway station in Zhejiang Province, China, and was loaded with £4 million's worth of goods, including socks and suitcases.The East Wind left Barking Rail Freight Terminal in East London on April 10, which is directly connected to the High Speed 1 rail line to the European mainland and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan during its 20 days trip back to China, two days longer than expected.Its locomotives and carriages had to be changed en-route because of the difference of gauge on railway tracks in the former Soviet Union. It carried 88 shipping containers loaded with whisky, baby milk, pharmaceuticals, and machinery.London is the 15th European city that joined what the Chinese government calls the New Silk Route. It is part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy aimed at to expand trade and investment between China and Europe. China hopes that the new service will strengthen China-Britain trade ties and improve connectivity with Western Europe.The ancient 'Silk Road' once helped in bringing goods from China to Europe through the 2,000-year-old trading route.The new rail route is longer than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian railway, but about 1,000 kilometres shorter than the famous record holder China-Madrid link that opened in 2014.

THE ROAD


Eight people drowned after two days of non-stop torrential rain. Houses were swallowed up and roads were bulldozed, swept away by a wall that gave way under the weight of water.Lucia was swept away by the water and drowned in Angre, between the headquarters of the National Council of the Press and the Angre Stadium. She had found the love in her native Burkina Faso. A customary marriage and she received permission from the family to join with her man.Last Wednesday, Marie Lompo, a cigarette girl, left her trade at around 4pm. The rain prevented her from selling. She had gone with her niece. The wall of the fence of the building next door, visibly badly built, collapsed on them. "We are speechless. She was full of life. When she closed her business to go home, if we knew, we were going to hold her," her uncleNamoano Louis says, tears in his eyes.Yesterday, it was still raining when we arrived at the scene. 24 hours after the tragedy, the site is still invaded by onlookers. Everyone present is still affected. Where Marie Lompo was killed is a very exposed slum. Housed inside the giant gutter in open air, it is under threat from two terrible dangers: floods and landslides.