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20181112 - Around the web

California's wild horses

"California law prohibits the possession or sale of horses with the intent of using them for human consumption." So says California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra. And then there's federal law which, he says "prohibits the Department of the Interior, which manages most of the country’s wild horses, from selling horses to be used in commercial products." But that's not clear enough, apparently. Becerra wants express prohibitions placed in the terms of sale when the Forest Service rounds up and sells wild horses within the state.



Increasing incidence of death from anti-microbial resistance across Europe

If you can pick you way through the pretentious jargon in the UK Health Protection office, you'll find that rate of deaths per thousand have increased significantly in recent years, in particular in Italy and Greece. Last week, the World Health Organisation sponsored "Antibiotic awareness week" and said "Anti-microbial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a micro-organism (like bacteria, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an anti-microbial (such as antibiotics, anti-virals and anti-malarials) from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others." In short, the world is reaping the results of over-prescription of antibioitics and should stop using them unless they are specifically indicated.



EBRD provides conditional aid for railway rolling stock in Ukraine

There is to be a loan of up to USD150 million but it comes with strings: there is to be policing of the money and the systems by which it is allocated as a result of "support for corporate governance and energy management body."



Things the UK has had as a result of war, according to the Office of National Statistics

This information came in an e-mail from the UK's statistics department and there doesn't seem to be a copy on its website. So here's what it said about the real 11:11, not the crass commercial one:

Armistice Day

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the culmination of four years of bloody conflict in which more than 700,000 British and Empire soldiers were killed.

The effect of the First World War reached beyond 1918, though:

In the 1921 Census there was a large increase in the percentage of females aged 15 to 45 stating they were widows, compared with the 1911 Census.

Because of low numbers of births during the First World War there were fewer children between the ages of three and seven in 1921, compared with 1911. There was a drop in the number of marriages in 1916 and 1917, particularly in 1917.

As well as the 700,000 men from the UK and its Empire killed during the First World War, the Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) also disproportionately affected young men, whose bodies had been weakened by war.

Wear your poppy with pride. The Royal British Legion which provides support for former members of the Armed Forces is at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/


UK and Colombian researchers working together for sustainable peace

Fingers crossed for this one. Ten new research projects announced by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will address issues facing Colombia’s transition from conflict to peace. The story is from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council which operates under the tag line "Shaping Society." It's surprising anyone wants to work with any group that has such an arrogant slogan, but money talks.