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  1. News - Hong Kong - ANIMAL WELFARE

    Give your pets dried food despite discovery of cancer toxins, vets say

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:11pm by Amy Nip and Johnny Tam

    ... Amy Nip and Johhny Tam The experts insist dry food is needed to give pets a balanced diet, despite tests revealing seven brands contain a cancer-causing toxin Don't abandon dry pet food over cancer tests, say vets Many pet owners have long had mixed feelings about the dried food consumed by their animals, with some finding it difficult to accept veterinarians’ insistence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1483696/dried-food-should-still-be-main-part-pets-diet-say-vets-despite
  2. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    North Korea has increased excavation work at main nuclear test site

    Posted Feb 15th 2014, 12:51am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul N Korea steps up nuclear test site work Recent satellite imagery suggests North Korea has stepped up excavation work at its main nuclear test site, but there are no signs of an imminent test, a US think tank said yesterday. The images indicated a "significant acceleration in excavation activity" at the remote Punggye-ri test site in the northeast, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1428043/north-korea-has-increased-excavation-work-main-nuclear-test-site
  3. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    Algae that caused Hong Kong red tide could harm fish and humans that eat them

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 03:16am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... harmful to fish and the humans who eat them, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. Tests on samples taken by the department in the East Lamma Channel found that Prorocentrum ... by Marine Police in the East Lamma Channel, including waters off Cyberport and South Horizons, on Saturday. Tests showed the East Lamma Channel red tide was formed by algae species Pseudo-nitzschia ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1486206/algae-species-behind-red-tide-linked-toxic-fish
  4. Sport - Other Sport - ATHLETICS

    Jamaican anti-doping panel bans Asafa Powell

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 11:51pm

    ... was banned for 18 months by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel yesterday after he tested positive for a banned substance last year. The Jamaican sprinter, 31, tested positive for the stimulant ... was also handed a two-year ban for using the prohibited diuretic hydrochlorothiazide on Tuesday. Powell, who missed last year’s world championships as a result of his failed test, had testified ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1474713/jamaican-anti-doping-panel-bans-asafa-powell
  5. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    Department uses 6.5 tonnes of ivory to test best method of its disposal

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 10:39am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com Experiments carried out ahead of decision to dispose of massive haul of seized tusks 6.5 tonnes of ivory used to test how to destroy it Up to 6.5 tonnes of seized ivory has already been destroyed as the government tests out the most efficient way to dispose of the city's enormous stockpile. The amount destroyed was about 17 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1426968/department-uses-65-tonnes-ivory-test-best-method-its-disposal
  6. News - Hong Kong - CONSUMER AFFAIRS

    Cancer-causing toxin found in Hong Kong pet food sparks alarm

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 01:44pm by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Consumer Council calls for regulations on animal food after it finds carcinogen and other contaminants in one-fifth of products tested Cancer-causing toxin in pet ... pet-keeping households about the lack of laws regulating animal-food safety. The council's recent tests on 39 dry pet products- 20 dog foods and 19 cat foods- showed the amounts of aflatoxin B1 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1482845/carcinogen-found-hong-kong-pet-food-consumer-council
  7. News - Hong Kong - ENVIRONMENT

    10,000 households to take part in waste-charging pilot scheme

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:45pm by Ernest Kao

    ... scheme would allow the Council for Sustainable Development to collect firm data and "test out the logistics" in charging for disposal of municipal solid waste. However, he said, ... and Tak Tin Estate in Lam Tin; and The Orchards in Quarry Bay. Three charging methods- weight by building, volume by building and volume by household- will be tested without any money actually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1467040/government-tests-pay-waste-disposal-scheme-high-rises
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    112,000 chickens destroyed after bird flu outbreak

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 05:14am by AGENCIES

    ... the nation's first case of bird flu for three years. DNA tests have revealed the H5strain of the virus at a farm with 56,000 birds in Kumamoto prefecture, on the southern island of Kyushu, after ... farms and testing birds for the virus at other farms. Officials were also setting up areas to disinfect vehicles travelling on major roads around the affected farms to prevent the virus from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1481263/112000-chickens-destroyed-after-bird-flu-outbreak
  9. News - World - IRAN

    Iran tests new missiles ahead of nuclear talks

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 10:24pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Ankara, Turkey New missiles tested ahead of talks Iran's military has successfully test-fired two new domestically made missiles, the defence minister said according ... air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missiles dubbed Bina [Insightful] have been successfully test-fired," state television quoted him as saying. "The Bina missile is capable of striking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1426147/iran-tests-new-missiles-ahead-nuclear-talks
  10. News - World - BRAZIL

    Brazil hospital morgue holds remains of 40 newborns and fetuses

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 12:12am by AFP

    ... will undergo genetic testing to determine who their parents were. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1483172/brazil-hospital-morgue-holds-remains-40-newborns-and-fetuses

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