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Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Seeds hold hidden treasures for future food

Science
More than 70,000 of the world's most precious seeds have been sent from the UK's Millennium Seed Bank to the Middle East, in its largest export to date.The consignment contains more than 50 wild relatives of cultivated crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils.The seeds will be used for food security research at a seed bank in Lebanon, which is recreating collections destroyed in Syria.The Millennium Seed Bank at Kew is the world's largest wild plant seed bank.Seeds from the resilient, wild cousins of modern food crops are being collected and stored in an international effort.The aim is to breed new crop varieties capable of withstanding threats such as climate change, drought, pests and diseases.''The real importance of these crop wild relatives is that in order to survive in the world the...
Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

Trump puts elephant trophy imports on hold

Science
President Donald Trump has suspended the import of elephant hunting trophies, only a day after a ban was relaxed by his administration.Imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume, reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban.But late on Friday, President Trump tweeted the change was on hold until he could "review all conservation facts".The move to relax the ban had sparked immediate anger from animal activists."Your shameful actions confirm the rumours that you are unfit for office," said French actress and animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot in a letter to President Trump.Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrumpPut big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secret...
England 0-0 Brazil: Three Lions hold out Neymar and company

England 0-0 Brazil: Three Lions hold out Neymar and company

Sports
England stifled superior opponents for the second time in under a week as Brazil followed Germany in settling for a Wembley stalemate.Gareth Southgate's long-term mission is to win hearts and minds, if not World Cups, with his fresh-faced Three Lions.And if two 0-0 draws in five days represents a slow start then it might easily have been worse given the calibre of the opposition.Brazil arrived at full strength and with a formidable run of form behind them. But while they dominated possession, their vaunted front three of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus laboured without reward.Liverpool's Dominic Solanke had a late chance to end England's 2017 calendar with a stunning debut winner, and it was also a night on which the likes of Joe Hart, Joe Gomez and Kyle Walker earned plenty of...
England 0-0 Germany: Three Lions hold world champions to goalless draw

England 0-0 Germany: Three Lions hold world champions to goalless draw

Sports
Gareth Southgate dished out five debutsFriday, November 10, 2017England enjoyed a glimpse of future promise at Wembley as a fresh-faced side battled world champions Germany to a 0-0 draw at Wembley.With a host of familiar faces either injured or overlooked, Gareth Southgate dished out five debuts in an experimental team which earned its share of a goalless, but not guileless, friendly.Germany had the better chances, Leroy Sane denied by the crossbar and Phil Jones' brave header, but eye-catching bows from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek meant the Three Lions left with plenty of credit.More to follow...Let's block ads! (Why?)
Put mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts on hold: AIBOC

Put mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts on hold: AIBOC

Finance
NEW DELHI: Joining the Aadhaar seeding debate, public sector banks' officer union has demanded that mandatory linking of biometric identity number should be put on hold till such time the Supreme Court comes out with a clear directive.Another organisation All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) has also registered their protest against instructions given by some of the banks to designate certain branches as special cells for enrolment of Aadhaar.The government should make it clear before the common citizens of the country that the seeding of Aadhaar is purely voluntary and not mandatory, All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) said in a statement."The advisory to this effect should also be passed to all the stakeholders. We also demand that the government should look for alterna...