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Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims Were In Acute Crisis: UNHCR Head

Myanmar's Rohinya Muslims

More than 800,000 Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar were in most acute situation, said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi comparing about 66 million displaced people in the world due to such similar situation ignited by violence. Talking to the reporters outside the UN Security Council he said, “We spoke about some of the most complex crisis in ...

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Arusha textile mill eyes 70 million US dollar annual exports

The Arusha-based A-to-Z Textile Mills intends to make record exports of garments in future years, when its two plants here are expected ...

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First fact-finding mission to Brazil by UN expert group on people of African descent

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 29, 2013 – The United Nations Working Group* of Experts on People of African Descent will undertake its first visit Brazil from 3 to 13 December 2013 to examine a wide range of issues concerning the human rights of people of African descent in the country. “In recent years, Brazil has attained many achievements in promoting equality. However, like many Latin American countries, it still faces challenges connected with the consequences of slavery, slave trade, and colonialism,” noted human rights expert Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, a member of the Group’s visiting delegation. “This mission will provide us with a valuable opportunity to find out how Brazil is meeting those challenges and to assist the Government to meet its obligations with respect to the rights of people of African descent,” Ms. Fanon-Mendes-France said. Ms. Maya Sahli, another member of the Working Group who will be part of the mission, added that “the visit will allow us to evaluate the progress accomplished in the implementation of recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur against Racism during its last visit to Brazil in 2005″. She also felt it would be an opportunity “to identify good practices that could be replicated elsewhere.” The Working Group, is visiting Brazil at the invitation of the Government, will travel to Brasilia, Recife, Salvador de Bahia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, all with large populations of people of African descent. The experts will meet with national and state level authorities, representatives of the Government’s Special Secretariat for the Promotion of Racial Equality (SEPPIR), NGOs, academics, and African descent communities including religious groups of African ancestry. The Working Group will also visit Quilombos, terreiros and favelas. The UN expert group will pay special attention to issues of poverty, stigmatization, inequality, access to health, education and justice, participation in the political process and land rights for people of African descent. They will be talking to various representatives about contemporary manifestations of racism, xenophobia and discrimination in Brazil, with a particular focus on multiple discrimination that women and young men of African descent face. The UN expert group will meet with several State police departments and visit a detention facility during the mission to learn about the experiences of people of African descent in conflict with the law. At the end of their mission, on Friday 13 December, the Working Group’s representatives will share with the media their preliminary findings during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro at the United Nations Information Centre in Rio de Janeiro (UNIC Rio), Palacio Itamaraty, Av.

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What the world would look like if all the ice melted

If all of the ice in the world melted, sea levels would raise some 216 feet. But what exactly would that look like? And more specifically, what would such a worse-case scenario mean for the Earth’s population? In Europe, pictured, cities including London and Venice would be lost underwater, as would the whole of the Netherlands and most of Denmark National Geographic has created a fascinating visual representation of this thought experiment and provided an analysis of how each continent would be affected by such a catastrophic change. First off, this is not a blanket statement about climate change. As National Geographic notes, even scientists tracking the melting of ice around the world say it would take some 5,000 years for all the world’s ice to melt. Still, it’s interesting to look at exactly what would happen if this scenario was taken to its most extreme conclusion. As a result of the drastic rise in sea levels, the average temperature around the Earth would rise from 58 degrees to 80 degrees. In North America, the entire Atlantic seaboard would vanish beneath the waves, including Florida and the Gulf Coast. Much of California would be underwater. Millions of Americans would be permanently dislocated from their homes to say nothing of the potentially insurmountable impact on natural wildlife. If this happened again, the entire Atlantic seaboard in the U.S would vanish, wiping out Florida and the Gulf Coast And again, this scenario is only based on current population figures. Who knows what the Earth will look like in 5,000 years and how many people will be living here? In South America, Buenos Aires, coastal Uruguay and most of Paraguay would be submerged. Africa would technically be largely untouched but much of its would become inhabitable because of the increased temperature. In Egypt, Alexandria and Cairo would be “swamped” by flooding waters from the Mediterranean. Many of Europe’s greatest landmarks would be destroyed: London would disappear, Venice, gone. The Netherlands and most of Denmark would also be entirely underwater. In Asia, National Geographic says land currently inhabited by 600 million Chinese would be underwater, as would all of Bangladesh and coastal India. As for Australia, they would gain a new sea in the center of the continent, but lose the coastal strip where more than 80 percent of the population lives. And Antarctica? Virtually unrecognizable. After all, that’s where the vast majority of the Earth’s ice resides today. The Environmental Protection Agency says that overall ice reduction will depend on several factors, including: The rate at which levels of greenhouse gas concentrations in our atmosphere continue to increase, how strongly features of the climate (e.g., temperature, precipitation, and sea level) respond to the expected increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and natural influences on climate (e.g., from volcanic activity and changes in the sun’s intensity) and natural processes within the climate system (e.g., changes in ocean circulation patterns). Yahoo News

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Rwanda, Sri Lanka seek to strengthen ties

The Rwandan High Commissioner to India, Ernest Rwamucyo on Monday presented credentials to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat in the capital Colombo. The Rwandan Mission in Delhi is also accredited to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. According to a statement from the high commission, Rwamucyo was accompanied at the meeting by Cally Alles, the Rwandan honorary consul in Sri Lanka, among other officials. “The High Commissioner stressed Rwanda’s commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka. He reiterated the need for close collaboration between Rwanda and Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth framework,” reads part of the statement. Colombo will in November host the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting which will offer a good opportunity to cement bilateral ties between the two nations, officials said. In a subsequent meeting held with the Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs, Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Rwamucyo emphasised Rwanda’s commitment to cooperate with Sri Lanka on bilateral and global issues. The two countries are exploring areas of cooperation which include skill development, entrepreneurship, youth collaboration, among others. The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the island country lying off the southern tip of India, in the northern Indian Ocean, has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest. By James Karuhanga,The New Times

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Kenyan manufacturers oppose 14 per cent minimum wage increase

KENYA: Kenyan industrialists have objected to the 14 per cent minimum wage increment announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday. Kenya Association of Manufacturers Association chairman, Polycarp Igathe The manufacturers through their umbrella body Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Kam) said the move is unsustainable in the current economic status. The industry lobby termed the increment as a ‘bad taste’ in the mouth of industries, still grapping with the high cost of doing business. It said the wage increment could prompt an increase in the cost of goods and declaration of redundancies as manufacturers seek to against cushion themselves against additional costs. Kam chairman, Polycarp Igathe cautioned that anywage increments that are not based on productivity would always have negative effects on the same people that the action is meant to help. “This is because companies will just increase the cost of the final goods and this also affects the competitiveness of Kenyan goods on the international markets,” he said. Igathe noted that some companies have already shut down their operations in Kenya because of the high cost of doing business. He said not so long ago a motor assembly plant relocated to South Africa because of the high cost of doing business in Kenya. “In Kisumu a cereal processing industry relocated its plant to Zimbabwe all because of the high cost of doing business,” he said. Labour costs It is feared that the textile industry, which is also hard hit, is likely to see many industries scale down heavily as a result of high labour costs. “Some textile industries have already said that they have no clue as to how they can run their businesses in Kenya anymore as they continue to face challenges competing globally.” These firms do not know how to compete with countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Lesotho whose minimum wage is much less than that of Kenya,” said Igathe. The minimum wage in Bangladesh is Sh5719 (US$66.5), Lesotho’s minimum wage is Sh4758 (US$5,533) Ethiopia and Cambodia has a minimum wage of about Sh6450 (US$ 75). The manufacturers also called for consultation with industry before announcements of such a big nature that have a potential to cripple industry are made. Igathe said Kam has received numerous sentiments from investors who have expressed their dissatisfaction with the Government ceremonial wage increases. By James Anyanzwa, The Standard

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Tom Maynard: Cricketer had taken cocaine, ecstasy and was 4 times the drink-drive limit when he was killed

Cricketer Tom Maynard was electrocuted on a railway line before being struck by train as he tried to evade police after driving while drunk and high on drugs, an inquest heard. Tom Maynard was the son of former England and Glamorgan player Matthew Maynard The 23-year-old Cardiff-born batsman was found near Wimbledon Park station shortly after 05:00 BST on 18 June. He had earlier been stopped by police after he was seen driving his black Mercedes erratically. But the Surrey player fled, leaving his keys in the ignition. A post-mortem examination showed he was nearly four times the legal alcohol limit to drive and had also taken cocaine and ecstasy in the form of MDMA after a night out with his two flatmates in Wandsworth, south London. Tests on hair samples indicated Mr Maynard, who had previously played for Glamorgan and was tipped as a future England international, may have been a regular drug user up to three-and-a-half months before his death, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard. Forensic pathologist Dr Simon Poole told the inquest jury Mr Maynard suffered burns to his feet, ankles and shin which were consistent with injuries suffered by skin touching live railway tracks. It was not possible to say, however, whether electrocution or the impact with the train caused Mr Maynard’s death, he said. Post-mortem tests indicated high levels of alcohol in his urine, as well as the presence of MDMA, cocaine and the compound cocaethylene, the inquest heard. In a statement, Dr Rosa Cordero said analysis showed positive results for the presence of MDMA and cocaine levels which matched some daily users of the drug. Special person The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into Maynard’s death.

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