Friday, 6 April 2012

News Report: Ten-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth To Daughter


Credit: The News Tribe

The time when girls should be playing with dolls, a 10-year-old Colombian girl has become one of the world’s youngest mothers by giving birth to a healthy daughter.

The girl, a member of an indigenous tribe called the Wayuu who are based in the La Guajira Peninsula in the north of the country, was 39 weeks pregnant when she underwent a Caesarean section, Daily Mail reported.
It was the first time the pre-teen, from the town of Manaure, had visited a doctor in connection with her pregnancy.

Doctors decided to carry out the risky operation because of her age and both mother and daughter, who weighed just 5lbs, are said to be ‘doing well’.

In any case the community has remained tight-lipped as to the identity of the father, with some Colombian newspaper speculating it is a 15-year-old boy while others believe it is a 30-year-old man, the mail said.

News Report: “Global Warming Conference”; The Latest Hoax/Scam In Town?


"Global Warming Conference" Seems to be the latest hoax/scam in town" Published below is a purported invitation to a "Global Warming Conference" which is widely believed to be a hoax/scam:



"Dear Sir/Madam,

This is to announce the call for participation at the Global Warming International Conference (GWIC 12), 20th - 24th April 2012 at Eco Garden Hotel, 23 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HA, United Kingdom.

Background

The Stern Review underlined that increased investment in R&D and innovation could significantly reduce CO2 emissions and we have seen more than £3 billion of venture capital invested in clean tech worldwide since January 2007 (Source: Ernst & Young). However, we need to create much better international, national and regional structures and systems to adapt to climate change as well those to stimulate, nurture and progress new low carbon ideas through R&D to commercialization and the marketplace. A new system is needed that fosters sustainable, low carbon and resource productive innovation - short, medium and long-term. Designers, innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, consumers and governments all have a role to play in the change that is needed.

Concept

GWIC 12 themed “Impacts of Global Warming on the Environment" Global Warming Policy and Markets will provide a platform to discuss the future opportunities and challenges related to the design, development and commercialization of low carbon innovation, technologies, products and services. GWIC 12 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technology providers, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event will be a unique learning experience, networking space and an opportunity to think. Delegates will come globally from companies, entrepreneurs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The conference is supported by an international Advisory Board.

Conference topics

GWIC 12 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers covering sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Papers focused on low carbon solutions and sustainable innovation related to the following topics are particularly welcomed:

· Global Warming
· Sustainable Environment, Health and Development
· Carbon & GHG Management
· Business Solutions
· Greenhouse Gas & Ecosystems
· Human Health In a Changing Climate
· Agricultural and Forestry Resources Management
· Clean Energy Technology
· Low GHG Transportation
· Education: Global Change & Sustainable Development
· Case studies

Benefits GWIC 12 will provide a range of benefits to speakers and delegates:

    * Sponsorship: Air ticket, travel insurance, visa fees and per diem to be covered for all qualified delegates
    * Unique: Forum for new ideas and concepts
    * Leading-edge: Presentations from key international researchers, practitioners and policy- makers
    * Content: New research, results and thinking
    * Networking: Opportunities to meet business, government and academia
    * Track-record: Over 900 delegates from over 50 countries have attended previous conferences
    * Established: 5th International Conference

Submission details
Conference papers: please email to gwicf12@london.com, up to 500 words describing your proposed paper by 30th March 2012. The paper will then be sent to the Advisory Board for evaluation and authors will be given feedback on or before 6th April 2012. The highest rated papers will be invited to present at the conference. Please only submit abstracts if you have registered for the conference. Registration is free of charge for participants from developing countries.

Contact
For more information on GWIC 12 please contact:

Dr. Frank Ferguson
Conference Chair
9 Millbank, London, SW1P 3GE, UK.
Tel: +44-702-407-7636, +44-702-404-4063
Fax: +44-702-401-7776
Email: gwicf12@london.com"

News Release: Britain Updates Security Alert On Nigeria


"There is a high threat of terrorist attack during religious festivals. A series of attacks took place on 25 December 2011. You should exercise particular vigilance and caution over the Easter period.
There is a high threat from terrorism in Nigeria. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including government and security institutions, international organisations as well as public areas such as markets, hotels, shopping centres, places of worship and other areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. 
There is a threat of kidnapping throughout Nigeria. Westerners have been the target of kidnaps. On 12 May 2011, a British national was kidnapped alongside an Italian national in Kebbi State.  Both hostages were killed in Sokoto on 8 March 2012.  We advise British nationals to exercise vigilance and caution.
A number of curfews are being enforced across Nigeria.  Curfews are used on a regular basis following incidents and unrest, and can be imposed with short notice.  British nationals are urged to comply with all curfews and to monitor local media to find out about any curfews that are in place.
A State of Emergency is in effect in a number of States. The requirements of each State of Emergency vary, but may include the closure of international borders with the affected States.
Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice.  You are advised to avoid large crowds, demonstrations and obvious political gatherings.  Trouble on the streets can be spontaneous, and can quickly lead to violence.  Details and advice are circulated via the British High Commission's Community Liaison Officers' network.  We advise British nationals staying in Nigeria for three months or more to register with the British High Commission
Violent crime is prevalent in the south of the country, including Lagos.
There were reported outbreaks in February 2012 of lassa fever, a serious rat-borne viral disease, in twelve States.  
Nigeria experiences heavy rainfall during the wet season (June - September) and flash flooding can occur.  Water-borne disease poses a greater risk during the rainy season.
Around 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year. 52 British nationals required consular assistance in Nigeria in the period 01 April 2010 - 31 March 2011. Violent crime is also prevalent in the south of the country, including Lagos.
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling".

Report: IMF's People’s Republic Of China Detailed Assessment Report


 “This assessment report was prepared by a staff team of the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank as part of the 2011 Financial Sector Assessment Program documentation. It is based on the information available at the time it was completed on March 2012".