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October 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Fellowship at Reuters Institute

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is inviting journalists to apply for the next year’s funded fellowship programme in Oxford. I have been through this opportunity, and I can tell you: it is a life experience!

For more information, please contact Angela Julian (, RISJ Administrator or have a look at their website… Continue

Added by Andréa Zenóbio Gunneng on October 30, 2009 at 10:23 — No Comments

The potential impacts of the current El Niño

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society has published two documents designed to walk policy makers through the potential impacts of current El Niño conditions. Readers can use the documents to not only assess how vulnerable different areas of the developing world are to climate-related socioeconomic impacts, but also to see how recent rainfall patterns in these areas have compared to typical El Niño conditions.…


Added by Francesco Fiondella on October 21, 2009 at 16:56 — No Comments

ICFJ offers online course on freedom of expression in the digital age

Journalists from across the Arab world, North America and Europe are invited to participate in an online training course entitled “Freedom of expression in the digital age,” which will be held December 4, 2009 to January 22, 2010. Deadline to apply: November 27.

During the five-week course, participants will develop skills in producing multimedia content, including writing and blogging for the Web. They will also learn to manage online communities that attract constructive,… Continue

Added by Bassam Sebti on October 20, 2009 at 20:06 — No Comments

Politicians and sugar owners responsible for the sugar crisis in Pakistan

PESHAWAR ( 17 October 2009 ) A Gillani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan says, more than two-thirds of all Pakistanis (78%) agree with an official report on sugar crisis issued by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in which many politicians and sugar owners were identified as responsible for the crisis. The result shows that 17% disagree and 5% gave no response. It is likely that most respondents do not know about the details of the report.

Pakistan has been… Continue

Added by Musarrat Ullah Jan on October 17, 2009 at 4:15 — No Comments

Living with an Uncertain Monsoon: IRI's work to benefit farmers in India

Our latest feature, written by Esther Conrad

In May and June each year, speculation about the coming of the monsoon fills newspapers and conversations across India. Urban dwellers eagerly await respite from overbearing heat. Investors scrutinize forecasts, trying to anticipate possible impacts on food prices. But none have more at stake than India's over 100 million farming households.

In India, where more than 60% of agricultural land is rainfed and the average farm size… Continue

Added by Francesco Fiondella on October 14, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

COP 15 Climate and Development film festival

Call for films - D&C Days at COP 15

This is a call for film submissions for the third edition of the Development & Climate (D&C) Days film festival

We are looking for short films (up to 10 minutes) on climate and development. The festival will run over the weekend (12-13 December) during COP 15, as a parallel event to the D&C days.

If you would like to submit a film fill in the online form at:

The… Continue

Added by Isabelle Lemaire on October 12, 2009 at 13:17 — No Comments

Protest Against Ecoport Policy

Imagine a database claiming that it is knowledge sharing database, presenting Dr. Nelson Mandela and Prof.E.O.Wilson as patrons, saying that three big funding agencies including UN's FAO are supporting it.

Now imagine a free lance researcher contributing 650,000 pages in Ecoport with over 33,000 pictures, over 2500 earticles, over 80,000 Interactive Tables, hundreds of references and entities for common people.

and now imagine that Ecoport suddenly closes its door… Continue

Added by Pankaj Oudhia on October 8, 2009 at 20:52 — No Comments

An afghan driver eats daily 50 scorpions and he is still alive.

Peshawar ( 7 October 2009 )An afghan driver which is basically from Kunar province but now living in Kunduz eat daily 50 scorpion but he is still alive . Talking to journalist in his resident driver ghulam Sakhi says that 27 year before I start eating scorpion and until know I eat 3500 scorpion which all full of poison but they didn’t affect me.

Ghulam Sakhi… Continue

Added by Musarrat Ullah Jan on October 7, 2009 at 8:50 — 1 Comment

Afghan government create new district in Paktia Province

Peshawar (7 October 2009) Afghan government create new district in Paktia Province, official order for the creation of new province issued on Wednesday.

An afghan source says that new district near to Angoor Adda and the name of District is shaken. He says the major area of province near to Pakistan border. Source confirms that three different tribe live here including Ahmed zai wazir, Kharooto and suliman zai tribe.

Afghan government makes Mohammad Azam District Chief of Shaken…

Added by Musarrat Ullah Jan on October 7, 2009 at 8:49 — No Comments

Police Found 6 dead bodies in District Hangu

Peshawar ( 7 October 2009 ) Hangu police found 6 dead bodies of Terrorists, unknown people attach explosive with there dead bodies, local police of Hangu confirm the accidents and says that it happened in TORA WARI area near to Hangu where unknown people killed these people and shit there dead bodies at road .

Police confirm also that they found explosive with the dead bodies and for defusing they call bomb disposal squad there.

Local people says in dead bodies 2 bodies of local… Continue

Added by Musarrat Ullah Jan on October 7, 2009 at 8:48 — No Comments

Lifestyle, technology & development cause environmental degradation

Manila, Philippines


Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn claimed, during the ‘Kalikasan, Ngayon at Kinabukasan” policy forum on environment held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), he had seen the tragedies coming as early as 1960.

“I thought to myself that in 50 years time, sea level would rise by 1 meter. Then, two years ago, the country, pummelled by several tragedies is not only facing problems… Continue

Added by Maria Congee Gomez on October 5, 2009 at 9:22 — No Comments

The East African Wild Life Society held a press conference on Thursday October 1 to express its deep concern about .....


OCTOBER 1, 2009



The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS), the region’s widely respected champion of conservation, urged Kenyans on Thursday to look beyond the controversy over the Mau forest to see a much wider range of real and potent threats facing Kenya’s rich natural heritage through inadequate governance, inadequate collaboration and inadequate… Continue

Added by Daud Abdi Daud on October 1, 2009 at 20:15 — No Comments

Tsunami hit Niuatoputapu (Tonga) ... 9 confirmed dead


At 6:50am, Wednesday 30th September 2009, the island of Niuatoputapu was struck by a 8.3 magnitude earthquake which lasted 20 minutes.

Five minutes after the earthquake the island of Niuatoputapu was hit by the first of 3 large tidal waves at 3 minute intervals measuring at about 6 meters.

The waves moved inland about 600 meters. The largest and the strongest was the last wave.

90% of the houses… Continue

Added by Sia Adams on October 1, 2009 at 2:51 — No Comments

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