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#MeetMeat – The carnivore’s temple

#MeetMeat – The carnivore’s temple

| December 14, 2018

While recent trends may have veered away from meat eating, less has been heard about the health benefits of eating meat, writes Martin Banks. It has perhaps been less publicized that meat contributes to carrying out vital metabolic functions. Meat also gives one a lot of energy and, since meat contains a large amount of […]

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‘Abide by international standards of press freedom’, human rights organization tells #Ukraine

‘Abide by international standards of press freedom’, human rights organization tells #Ukraine

| December 13, 2018

  A leading human rights organization has called on Ukraine to “abide by the international standards” concerning freedom of the press. The demand by Human Rights Without Frontiers comes after a conference in Brussels this week heard how some journalists are being victimized and harassed by the Ukraine authorities merely for going about their work, […]

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Independent journalists have to flee #Ukraine ‘out of fear for their safety’

Independent journalists have to flee #Ukraine ‘out of fear for their safety’

| December 11, 2018

The plight of journalists in Ukraine has come under the spotlight, with several high profile cases highlighting the need for urgent action by the international community. This was the key message to emerge from a conference on press freedom in Brussels on 10 December – designated International Human Rights Day. The issue of freedom of speech and […]

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#Kazakhstan leaves UN Security Council a valuable legacy

#Kazakhstan leaves UN Security Council a valuable legacy

| December 5, 2018

Kazakhstan aims to “maintain a continuity of ideas” from its two-year stint as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council.  That was the message from the country’s deputy foreign affairs minister in a keynote address in Brussels on Tuesday. Yerzhan Ashikbayev’s comments come with Belgium about to take on a similar two-year role with the […]

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#Brexit – ‘Seven days is a long time in politics’

#Brexit – ‘Seven days is a long time in politics’

| November 17, 2018

It’s not just UK Premier Theresa May who’s currently standing on a cliff edge – so too is her unpopular draft Brexit agreement. May has, after a spate of dramatic resignations last week, managed to shore up her support in the last few days, notably by keeping arch critic Michael Gove in the cabinet, writes […]

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Top judge says case for new #PlasticsTechnology is ‘clear and compelling’

Top judge says case for new #PlasticsTechnology is ‘clear and compelling’

| November 6, 2018

A report by a former deputy judge of the High Court in England has declared the scientific case for oxo-biodegradable technologies to be “clear and compelling”, writes Martin Banks. Oxo-biodegradable technology is intended to deal with plastic which escapes into the open environment, and especially the oceans, from which it cannot realistically be collected, and […]

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Experts highlight risk to health posed by #MineralWool

Experts highlight risk to health posed by #MineralWool

| October 25, 2018

Safety issues at work took centre stage this week as part of annual EU campaign, writes Martin Banks. The Health and Safety at Work Week from 22-26 October is the annual stocktake on what needs to be done to improve working conditions for Europe’s workforce. But one issue which has passed largely under the radar […]

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