Pioneering biotech business programme welcomes first start-ups – UKRI

Two innovative start-ups are the first to join a new business support programme designed to help early stage, high potential biotechnology companies succeed in commercial markets. The Biotechnology Business Incubation Centre (Bio BIC) is on a mission to enable small biotechnology businesses to achieve their full commercial potential by bridging the gap between science and […]

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Speaking Freely: Obioma Okonkwo | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Interviewer: Jillian York *This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Obioma Okonkwo is a lawyer and human rights advocate. She is currently the Head of Legal at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), a non-governmental organization based in Nigeria whose focus is to promote and defend freedom of expression, press freedom, digital rights and access […]

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Sensory Multi-Flavor Lollipops : Flavour Playlist XXL lollipop

The Chupa Chups Flavour Playlist XXL lollipop is slated to arrive in the UK as a multi-flavor candy product from Perfetti Van Melle that aims to deliver a multi-sensory experience for consumers. The product is reported to have the flavors of cola, cherry, lemon, lime and strawberry in the mix, and is thus meant to […]

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Americas Partnership Senior Officials Convene in Panama to Review Progress and Deepen Cooperation

Representatives from the 12 founding members of the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity (Americas Partnership) gathered in Panama April 11, 2024, to review progress in advancing the commitments made by leaders at the inaugural Americas Partnership Leaders’ Summit on November 3, 2023.  In the face of 21st century economic challenges, partners agreed to promote greater economic […]

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Budapest Airport sees Xi’an return to route map

Budapest Airport has confirmed the addition of its sixth Chinese destination on its route map as Shanghai Airlines, in partnership with China Eastern Airlines, will be expanding its network with the recommencement of a Xi’an service from the Hungarian gateway for the summer season. Commencing on 22 June, the carrier will operate a weekly round-trip […]

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Evolving into weirdness | Journal of Ecology Blog

Richard P. Shefferson, University of Tokyo, discusses his article: ‘Life history costs drive the evolution of mycoheterotrophs: increased sprouting and flowering in a strongly mycoheterotrophic Pyrola species’ Figure 1. The non-photosynthetic species Monotropastrum humile, found at the Pyrola japonica field site (photo: R. Shefferson) Background When we think of plants, we think of trees and […]

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Qatar, Nepal, Bangladesh: Emir’s Visits Should Prioritize Migrant Worker Protections

(Beirut) – The upcoming visits of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, to Bangladesh and Nepal should prioritize labor protections for migrant workers, Human Rights Watch said today. Both are key countries for Qatar’s migrant workforce, which makes up 88 percent of the country’s population. Al-Thani is expected to arrive in Bangladesh […]

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Iran: Security Forces Rape, Torture, Detainees

(Beirut) – Iran’s security forces raped, tortured, and sexually assaulted detainees while repressing widespread protests in 2022 and 2023, Human Rights Watch said today. The grave abuses are part of a broader pattern of serious human rights violations to repress dissent. Human Rights Watch investigated abuses against ten detained people from Kurdish, Baluch, and Azeri […]

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Vietnam: UN Review Should Call for Urgent Reform

(Geneva) – United Nations member countries should use the upcoming review of Vietnam’s rights record at the UN Human Rights Council to press the government to end its crackdown on dissent and other fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said in its submission to the UN. Vietnam’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place on May […]

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Angola: Proposed Security Law Threatens Rights

(Johannesburg) – Angola’s parliament should significantly revise or withdraw a proposed national security law that fails to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft National Security Law passed a first vote in parliament on January 25, 2024. Following specialist committee review, the bill is expected to be submitted to parliament […]

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