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African scientists urged to solve African health problems

South Africa’s science minister, Naledi Pandor, has called for increased efforts by African nations to build both a greater ability to carry out research relevant to their specific health challenges, and the capacity to put such research to use. “It is essential that African researchers become involved in finding solutions for the problems of Africa,” Pandor told the opening of Forum 2012, a three-day meeting on health research …

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DM Arabic language team launches website

Coinciding with the Arabic language initiatives launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE, Prime minister and ruler of Dubai, Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality launched the website of the Arabic language team of the Municipality . Eng. Lootah has stressed the keenness of the civic body to support and promote the Arabic language as …

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Global development agenda ‘must prioritise agriculture, food policy’

Major risks to food security have successfully helped to push agriculture and food policy higher up the international development agenda, according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). However, according to IFPRI’s 2011 Global Food Policy Report — released yesterday (23 April) — although 2011 did not see the food price spikes of 2008, price volatility remains a continuing challenge exacerbated by unrest and …

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Groundwater development is not the answer for Africa

Research showing the extent of Africa’s significant groundwater reserves should not detract from the real challenges to meeting the continent’s drinking water demands, argues Roger Calow, head of the Overseas Development Institute’s Water Policy Programme. Recent research has found that Africa’s groundwater resources — water found in non-renewable aquifers underground — are 100 times greater than that found in rivers and lakes. Shallower …

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Egypt’s presidential candidates pledge to boost science

As Egyptians prepare to vote in next month’s presidential elections (23-24 May), many candidates have promised new strategies for science, technology and innovation, and pledged to increase government expenditure on research. The frontrunner, the independent candidate Amr Moussa, has told SciDev.Net he will increase the national research budget to “two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2016” if elected. “In my first 100 days as a president …

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Abu-Ghazaleh Addresses Change for Quality in Education

We need a new learning system for a new knowledge world – Abu-Ghazaleh Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) stressed that we need a new educational system that is compatible with the knowledge age. Speaking at the Annual Private Schools Conference on “Quality of School Education” held at the Kempinski Hotel- Dead Sea, Abu-Ghazaleh, Guest of Honor, said …

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American Hardwood Export Council supports development of ‘green building codes’ in Bahrain

  AHEC to highlight LCA Study and promote environmental credentials of U.S. hardwoods at ‘gulfBID’ exhibition The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has expressed its support for the development of a ‘green building code’ in Bahrain. The announcement coincides with the opening of ‘gulfBID’, the leading annual exhibition for the …

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We need a global treaty on health research for the poor

It’s time to move from debate to action with new mechanisms for funding research into diseases faced by developing countries. In the current financial and political climate, it is brave — some might say foolhardy — to propose a binding international treaty on the funding and coordination of research into health problems facing the developing world. Nevertheless this is what the World Health Assembly (WHA), the body responsible …

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Wind power ‘can be cheaper’ than photovoltaics, study says

Generating wind energy is more than twice as cheap as solar photovoltaic (PV) energy production, a study of alternative energy in six developing countries has found. The findings, published in Nature Climate Changelast week (15 April), could help inform global debates on financing initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. The authors note that differentiating technologies or countries is one of the …

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“Go Green,” at Qatar Foundation’s Earth Day Fair

More than one million people worldwide participated in this year’s ‘Earth Day,’ to voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. A key participantin Qatar’s festivities was Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) ,host of the first ever ‘Qatar Environmental Education Fair.’ Held in the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center, the event gathered close to 30organisations, all striving …

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