Russia to modernize five military airfields

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“We plan to conduct research this year and start to renovate the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur region next year,” Bondarev was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

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Russia will upgrade five military airports in the country’s southwest and the Far East in the coming three years, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said Saturday.

The infrastructure overhaul comes amid increased military presence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization near Russian borders and renewed Pacific islands disputes with Japan.

“We plan to conduct research this year and start to renovate the Ukrainka airfield in the Amur region next year,” Bondarev was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

Overhaul is already underway at the Step airfield in Zabaikalsky, at Mozdok in Northern Ossetia and at Baltimor in Voronezh, said the commander, adding that the reconstruction of the Engels airbase near Saratov is already in its second phase.

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Greek police detonate explosive device in Athens,launch terror probe

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Greek police on Saturday detonated an explosive device placed near a police station in the Athens district of Daphne, AMNA news agency reported.

The operation was prompted by a phone call to the police by an unidentified person, who warned that a bomb would go off in 40 minutes, according to a police statement.

No group has stepped up to claim responsibility so far, but the anti-terror police unit has decided to launch a probe into the case, since home-grown terrorist groups in the country usually plant devices and make warning calls.

Greece has suffered from home-grown terrorism for decades.

Police officers in early January traced and arrested one of the country’s most wanted terrorists, Paula Roupa, in Daphne.

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Exhibition on Diana’s garments kicks off in London

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The Princess of Wales and John Travolta dancing at the White House, November 1985

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Twenty years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, an exhibition featuring her fashion style opened on Friday at her former residence — Kensington Palace in London.

The “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibition displays the exquisite outfits throughout Diana’s public life, including the pale pink chiffon blouse with a satin neck-ribbon for her engagement portrait, the green and black tartan wool day-suit worn on an official visit to Italy in 1985, and the Victor Edelstein’s iconic ink blue velvet gown, which Diana wore at the White House when dancing with American actor John Travolta, also in 1985.

The exhibition’s curator Deirdre Murphy told Xinhua that the exhibition traces the evolution of the Princess’ dressing style.

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Circular economy leads to reduction of waste resources, a conference in Cyprus underlines

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Circular economy is a viable and innovative model which leads to less resources waste and helps with the protection of the environment, a conference in Limassol has underlined.

The conference titled “Cyprus on the road of the Circular Economy strategy”, was organized by the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, the Office of the Environment Commissioner and the Cyprus News Agency as the media sponsor. The conference was held under the auspices of Limassol mayor Nicos Nicolaides.

Cypriot MEPs Eleni Theocharous and Takis Hadjigeorgiou addressed the conference and spoke of the EU policy which attaches great importance to the idea of circular economy. They also referred to the efforts underway for the implementation of the circular economy by the member states.

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Brexit brings new questions about investing down on the farm

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When Common Agricultural Policy payments come to an end, what will they be replaced with? And what should that be spent on?

Compared to most industries subject to the ups and downs of global markets, farming is a cottage industry. Where mining has a few operators dominating the scene, agriculture involves thousands of producers in each country.

That simple fact works against the high levels of investment agriculture minister Andrea Leadsom would like to see in the run-up to a hard Brexit.

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Britain’s first ‘energy positive’ house opens in Wales

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Powered by the sun, this low cost three-bedroom house is the first in the country to produce and sell more energy than it uses

Britain’s first low cost ‘energy positive’ house, which can generate more electricity than its occupants will use, opens on Thursday despite George Osborne axing plans to make housebuilders meet tough low carbon housing targets from next year.

The modest three-bedroom house built in just 16 weeks on an industrial estate outside Bridgend in Wales cost just £125,000 to build and, said its Cardiff University designers, will let occupants use the sun to pay the rent.

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Limassol seminar focuses on circular economy in Cyprus and Europe

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At a time when every European consumes, on average, 14 tonnes of raw materials and produces five tonnes of waste per year, the European Parliament expects that by implementing the principle of the circular economy, increasing the efficiency of resources in the EU by 30% until 2030, it will in turn boost its GDP by about 1% and create another 2 million of sustainable jobs in the EU. The above data were presented in a European Parliament TV spot, shown by the head of the parliament`s office in Cyprus, Andreas Kettis, in the context of his address at a seminar, on Friday, at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), entitled “Cyprus on a path of a circular economy strategy.” Hosted by the European Parliament`s information office in Cyprus, CUT and the Environment Commissioner`s office, the seminar is also under the auspices of Limassol Mayor and is supported by the Cyprus Open University, Limassol`s Europe Direct, Environment Engineers and Scientists Society of Cyprus while Cyprus News Agency is its media sponsor.

The hosts` aim, Kettis said in his address, is to raise awareness of the strategy the EU promotes at this time on the more environmentally correct urban waste management which is called “circular economy.”

The concept of circular economy was presented in the tv spot of the European Parliament, where it is stated that every European consumes on average 14 tonnes of raw material and produces five tonnes of waste, which could be reused, repaired or recycled.

It is noted that the aim is to move away from a linear model which prevailed after the industrial revolution of “take – make – use – throw” and to replace that with a circular economy, expanding the cycle of life of products by reducing the use of raw materials and the production of waste.

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Implementation of Circular Economy is necessary, Cyprus Environment Commissioner says

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Cyprus must seize the opportunity and meet the challenges that arise through the necessary implementation of a Circular Economy, Environment Commissioner of Cyprus Ioanna Panayiotou has said, noting that Cyprus` performance is well behind the EU average as regards productivity of resources.

The Commissioner was speaking at a conference entitled “Cyprus on the road of the Circular Economy strategy”, organized by the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, the Office of the Environment Commissioner, and the Cyprus News Agency as media sponsor.

In her speech on “The role of Cyprus and possible challenges” the Commissioner said that the concept of Circular Economy meets the aspiration for sustainable development in the context of the increased pressure from the production and consumption of resources and the planet`s environment and constitutes the economic growth model that will bring about solutions to the economic, ecological and social crisis that our humanity is facing today.

Although the transition to a more Circular Economy offers great opportunities for Europe and its citizens, data for Cyprus are not encouraging, since there is still a long way to go to reach the expected results.

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Mining the consequences of the rare earths industry

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Excerpted from RARE: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Needs by Keith Veronese, published by  Prometheus Books, 2015. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.”

Prior to the rise of rare earth mining in China, the United States dominated the world scene. In the decades bookending World War II, the United States began operations across the country, with the next-largest producer, Australia, producing only a fraction of the US output. The United States remained dominant, maintaining the largest reserve of rare earth minerals in the world for half a century.

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Mining the consequences of the rare earths industry

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Excerpted from RARE: The High-Stakes Race to Satisfy Our Needs by Keith Veronese, published by  Prometheus Books, 2015. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.”

Prior to the rise of rare earth mining in China, the United States dominated the world scene. In the decades bookending World War II, the United States began operations across the country, with the next-largest producer, Australia, producing only a fraction of the US output. The United States remained dominant, maintaining the largest reserve of rare earth minerals in the world for half a century.

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