Uk Environment Secretary Slams ‘wicked’ Foes Of Genetically Modified Golden Rice

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According to the World Health Organisation, dietary vitamin A deficiency compromises the immune systems of about 40% of children under the age of five in the developing world. Paterson has expressed dismay that opponents of golden rice have, as he sees it, delayed its introduction for many years. I feel really strongly about it, Paterson told the Independent . I think what they [opponents] do is absolutely wicked. There is no other word for it. Its just disgusting that little children are allowed to go blind and die because of a hang-up by a small number of people about this technology. His statement, described as personal by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, coincided with the launch of what appeared to be a co-ordinated campaign by some scientists and a handful of GM advocates in the US and UK to back golden rice. In the past two weeks, Scientific American has accused Greenpeace and other anti-GM organisations of using misinformation and hysteria to delay its introduction, while a group of experts writing in Science including Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society have argued strongly that it should be commercialised. Patersons outburst also coincided with the launch of a pro-golden rice group by the US environmentalist Patrick Moore, who accused Greenpeace of a crime against humanity for having tried to delay its introduction. Their crime is 8 million children dead, said Moore. Golden rice is the cure for a crisis that kills more people each year than malaria, HIV/Aids or tuberculosis. The zero-tolerance policy towards GM by Greenpeace and its allies has blocked this cure, resulting in 8 million deaths, mostly among poor children.

Top Stories Pakistan violates ceasefire again in Samba sector, BSF jawan injured A UK visa applicant here has been arrested for allegedly producing fake documents and faces a 10-year ban on travel to the Britain, the British Deputy High Commission (South) said today. “The Visa applicant had applied for a UK Visa and presented false documents to prove his financial circumstances. Preliminary investigations revealed that the applicant had paid Rs 2 lakh to an agent in order to obtain these false documents,” an official release from commission here said. “The applicant was referred by UK Visas and Immigration to the police. The applicant will have a 10 year ban on travel to the United Kingdom,” it said but did not disclose the identity of the applicant. “We welcome genuine visitors, students and workers to the UK. We will,however, not tolerate abuse of the UK Visa system and we have a zero tolerance of fraud…,” UK Visas and Immigration, Regional Director, Central Asia, South Asia and Turkey, Thomas Greig said. Stating that the High Commission has a “very effective processes” for detecting fraud, he said, “when we uncover fraud, including false bank statements, education and language certificates, we will refuse the visa and the applicant will face a 10 year ban travel to UK”. “I strongly advise anyone who wants a visa for the UK not to listen to agents who offer to sell forged documents or say that they can guarantee a visa”, he added. Tags:

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UK retailers set for best Christmas sales growth since 2007 – report

Government data indicates the outlook is improving for UK consumer spending, which generates about two-thirds of gross domestic product, but retailers are still wary as inflation continues to outpace wage rises. Verdict also forecast a surge in online spending this year because Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday and consumers can thus use retailers’ online “click & collect” services to pick up goods ordered online as late as Monday December 23. The market research firm predicted online sales would jump 12 percent to 11.6 billion pounds. Overall it forecast 52 billion pounds would be spent on non-food items and 36.4 billion pounds spent on food. Verdict said consumer confidence was also being lifted by events such as the awarding of compensation payments for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) and windfalls from the flotation of the Royal Mail, which “have a further halo effect of boosting the view that at last things are getting better.” (Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Sophie Walker) @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page . Quotes are updated automatically, but will be turned off after 25 minutes of inactivity. Quotes are delayed at least 15 minutes. All information provided “as is” for informational purposes only, not intended for trading purposes or advice.