On December 21, 2014, Chinese chartered Boeing 747 cargo airplane carrying the equipment and materials for the China-aided fixed bio-safety lab arrived at Lungi International Airport, Sierra Leone. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo and Sierra Leonean Foreign Minister Dr. Samura Kamara, Deputy Health Minister Mr. Foday Sawi received the airplane. Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Awoko News, Concord Times and The Exclusive Newspaper covered the event.
Ambassador Zhao stated that China attached great importance to the construction of the fixed bio-safety lab and has completed the main structure of the lab building after one month’s arduous work. To ensure the early operation of the lab, China chartered an airplane to send the equipment and materials to Sierra Leone and dispatched a 7-member lab expert team to assist the installation and testing of the equipment, which demonstrated again the dee...
China raises estimate of size of economy - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports
BEIJING (AP) - China on Tuesday raised its official estimate of last year's gross domestic product, possibly moving closer to passing the United States as the biggest economy.
China Revises Its GDP Calculations
By Mark Magnier Wall Street Journal Dec 19, 2014 New Calculation Adds About 3.4% More to 2013 Data BEIJING — With the stroke of a pen, China announced Friday that world’s second largest economy was 3.4% larger last year than previously thought — chiefly due to a more accurate counting of services and their impact […]
China Revises Its Economy Upward By More Than $300 Billion, Slightly Easing Debt Concern
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World: Maize, rice, wheat farming must become more sustainable
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization
Country: China, India, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe
World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems
Rome, 19 December 2014 - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.
FAO estimates that over the next 35 years farmers will need to increase the annual production of maize, rice and wheat to 3 billion tonnes, or half a billion tonnes more than 2013's record combined harvests.
They will need to do that with less water, fossil fuel and agrochemicals, on farmland that has been widely degraded by decades of intensive crop production, and in the face of droughts, new pest and disease threats, and extreme weather events provoked by climate change.
Foxconn Moving Direct to Consumer
I remember having conversations years ago about what Foxconn would do going forward, and whether or not they would be happy as the manufacturer to brands. The WSJ article, Amid Margin Squeeze, Foxconn Designs Its Own Fate, puts this question to rest. Recently, the $130-billion-a-year in revenue company has ventured into handset accessories under its […]