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President Zuma’s new Cabinet

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first_imgCommunications – Obed BapelaSocial development – Maria NtuliPublic works – Benedict “Ben” MartinsArts and culture – Joseph PhaahlaPresidency: performance, monitoring, evaluation and administration – Dina Deliwe PuleCorrectional services – Ngoako RamathlodiTrade and industry – Elizabeth ThabetheEconomic Development – Enoch GodongwanaEnergy – Barbara ThompsonHealth – Gwen RamokgopaHigher education – Hlengiwe MkhizeHome affairs – Fatima ChohanMineral resources – Godfrey OliphantPolice – Makhotso Magdeline SotyuInternational relations and cooperation – Marius FransmanPublic service and administration – Ayanda DlodloRural development and land reform – Thembelani Thulas Nxesi Zuma expressed his gratitude to the outgoing members of Cabinet for their contribution to the government and the country. “Some have served in government for many years, and we trust that they will still put their expertise at the disposal of the country. Some of the outgoing members are to be deployed in other tasks in government. “We congratulate the incoming members of Cabinet as well as the deputy ministers and wish them well in their new responsibilities,” Zuma said. The new ministers and deputy ministers were due to be sworn into office on Monday. The following deputy ministers were appointed: 1 November 2010 South African President Jacob Zuma has announced a major Cabinet reshuffle, appointing a host of new ministers and deputy ministers as part of a concerted effort to improve and accelerate service delivery in the country. Announcing the changes in Pretoria on Sunday, Zuma said that, 17 months since his inauguration as President, the process of reconfiguring government and putting systems in place to change the way the country’s administration works had been completed. During this time, he said, the government had studied the functioning of the current administration in order to ascertain what worked and what needed to be changed or strengthened. “We have taken a long and hard look at some of the departments with a view to strengthening some ministries,” Zuma said. “We have noted that a few of them require the addition of deputy ministries to assist ministers in carrying out their responsibilities.”New faces in Cabinet Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle is as follows:center_img Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie replaces Siphiwe Nyanda as minister of communications.Bathabile Dlamini replaces Edna Molewa as minister of social development.Malusi Gigaba replaces Barbara Hogan as minister of public enterprises.Paul Mashatile replaces Lulu Xingwana as minister of arts and culture.Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde replaces Geoff Doidge as minister of public works.Edna Molewa replaces Buyelwa Sonjica as minister of water and environmental affairs.Lulu Xingwana replaces Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya as minister of women, children and persons with disabilities.Fikile Mbalula replaces Makhenkesi Stofile as minister of sports and recreation.Mildred Oliphant replaces Membathisi Mdladlana as minister of labour. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Cancer discovered in fossils in South Africa

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first_imgThe rise of cancer in humans is often attributed to modern lifestyles. But two recent discoveries in fossils in South Africa show that cancer has been a part of life for millions of years. Scientists and researchers collectively have published their findings in the South African Journal of Science. The old foot bone, dating from approximately 1.7 million years ago, shows the extent of expansion of osteosarcoma, or primary bone cancer, beyond the surface of the bone. (Image: Patrick Randolph-Quinney, UCLan)Priya PitamberStressful, hurried, modern lifestyles are often associated with the rise of cancer in humans. But two recent discoveries in South Africa – one on a foot bone dated approximately 1.7 million years ago, the other a tumour in the back of a child – turns that theory on its head.A team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute and the South African Centre for Excellence in PalaeoSciences, working with international researchers, recently published papers in the South African Journal of Science on the discoveries of evidence of cancer and bony tumours in fossils.The foot bone was found at a site in Swartkrans. It pushes back the oldest date for cancer from recent history to prehistory. The bone belonged to a hominin, or bipedal human relative, said the scientists.“Modern medicine tends to assume that cancers and tumours in humans are diseases caused by modern lifestyles and environments,” said Edward Odes, a Wits doctoral candidate and lead author of the cancer paper, and a co-author on the tumour paper.“Our studies show the origins of these diseases occurred in our ancient relatives millions of years before modern industrial societies existed.”Scientists identified the metatarsal, or foot bone, as having an osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer usually affecting younger people today. If not treated, it results in death.The cancer would have affected the individual’s ability to walk or run, said Dr Bernhard Zipfel, a Wits scientist and an expert on the foot and locomotion of early human relatives. “In short, it would have been painful.”Watch the experts explain their discoveries:An accompanying paper, published in the same journal, identified the oldest tumour in a human fossil dating from almost 2 million years ago. Scientists found a benign neoplasm in the vertebrae of the well-known Australopithecus sediba child, Karabo, found at the Malapa site. The top row shows the surface rendered image volume. The bottom row shows partially transparent image volume with the segmented boundaries of the lesion rendered solid pink. Volume data derived from phase contrast X-ray synchrotron microtomography. A: right lateral view. B: superior view. C: posterior view. (Image: Paul Tafforeau, ESRF)“Not only has there been an assumption that these sorts of cancers and tumours are diseases of modernity, which these fossils clearly demonstrate they are not, but that we as modern humans exhibit them as a consequence of living longer, yet this rare tumour is found in a young child,” said Prof Lee Berger, a co-author of both papers and the leader of the Malapa project, where the fossil vertebra was found.He is the research professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the Institute for Human Evolution, School of GeoSciences, at Wits.“The history of these types of tumours and cancers is clearly more complex than previously thought,” Berger said. Today is the 8th anniversary of the discovery of the #Malapa site leading a few weeks later to discovering #sedia! pic.twitter.com/yWu2jFWolF— Lee Berger (@LeeRberger) August 1, 2016 Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney, senior lecturer in biological and forensic anthropology at the UK’s University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), said the finding in Australopithecus sediba was fascinating not only because it was found in the back, which was rare, but also that it was found in a child. “This in fact is the first evidence of such a disease in a young individual in the whole of the fossil human record.”The cancer and tumour were diagnosed using the best technology available from various institutions, including the European Synchrotron Research Facility in Grenoble, France; medical CT (or computed tomography) at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg; and the micro-CT facility at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa at Pelindaba.Dr Jacqueline Smilg, a radiologist at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, was also a co-author of both papers. She participated in the clinical diagnoses of each discovery. Researchers in the country were at the forefront of using various X-ray modalities to discover fresh details about ancient human relatives, she said.“This is another good example of how the modern clinical sciences and the science of palaeoanthropology are working together in South Africa and with international collaborators to advance our understanding of diseases in both the past and the present,” she said.last_img read more

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Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training this winter: Do you need to do it?

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Who needs to be certified?By law and regulations created with the passage of Senate Bill 150 in 2014, anyone in Ohio who applies fertilizer to 50 acres or more, must be certified. This law applies to fertilizer — that is material having an analysis of N-P-K. If its manure, lime or other farm residue you do not need to be certified by this law.If all of your crop goes through an animal before it leaves the farm, you don’t need to be certified, but I think it’s a good idea if you do go to the class and get certified anyway. How do you get certified?The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will certify applicators in Ohio. If you are a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in Ohio, you attend a two-hour meeting and fill in and sign the form. Ohio State University personnel supply the education for this class, we hope you pay attention and actually learn something.If you are not a Licensed Pesticide applicator, then the process is slightly different. You attend a three-hour class, again from Ohio State University Extension, and complete the form and sign, then you will submit an application and pay a $30 fee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.If you are a Certified Crop Adviser, you do not have to attend the fertilizer applicator training. The assumption is that you have taken the exams, know about nutrient management and are already acquiring the required five hours of CEUs for NM (nutrient management) — so you have the education. But you will need to show proof of your credentials and apply to ODA for the certification.If you are a CLM — Certified Livestock Manager — same thing. You already do the education, just show proof and submit the application to ODA.Find applicator certification training sessions from OSU Extension at: http://nutrienteducation.osu.edu. Can I supervise a family member or farm employee to make a fertilizer application?Yes. A Certified Fertilizer Applicator can supervise a family member or farm employee without a certificate, if they are under your control and you supply instructions on where, when and how to apply the fertilizer. Will I need to and how will I recertify?Folks are actually thinking ahead on this subject, and yes there will be a re-certification process. Our first goal is to get the approximately 18,000 to 20,000 applicators trained in the two- or the three-hour program. This will need to be completed by September 2017, so the group of folks we trained early will re-certify in 2018 and beyond.In the future, for Licensed Pesticide Applicators the renewal or recertification will be done together in the same year. There will only be one renewal fee and that will be similar to process you now do for your Pesticide License renewal.For the non-pesticide licensed fertilizer applicator, recertification will be three years after their first certification. So, if 2015, 2016 or 2017 then they will renew in 2018, 2019 or 2020, respectively. They will pay a $30 renewal fee. Do I need a nutrient management plan?The quick answer is yes. But it isn’t necessarily required.Included in the SB150 law is a provision that if:You are certified to apply fertilizerYou keep the records of application and weather at applicationAnd you develop and get approved a Voluntary Nutrient Management PlanThen a nutrient management plan can be used as part of an affirmative defense against a private civil action. Meaning that if you are sued by a neighbor for movement of nutrients off-site, being certified, having records and a nutrient management plan can be used in court to defend your actions. (I am not a lawyer, this is not to be construed as legal advice. I am just trying to pass on some education in the matter. As always contact your own lawyer for legal advice.) The deeper question is should you have a plan to manage nutrients?And the answer is definitely yes. One way we think we can manage the nutrient loss problem is to know what nutrients we have available in our soils, to know what risk we have for loss of nutrients and to know how much we should apply to maintain our crops. With a nutrient management plan, we can answer the concerns and better manage nitrogen and phosphorus to reduce nutrient loss from our fields.Please contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District office to learn how to get started on a nutrient management plan. In northwest Ohio, some OSU Extension offices (Defiance, Fulton, Paulding and Wood) also have put plan writers on board. For the do-it-yourselfer, OSU has a Nutrient Management Workbook to develop your own plan, designed originally as a manure management tool this also works for commercial fertilizer. Its available in hard copy at some Extension or SWCD offices and on-line at: http://agcrops.osu.edu/sites/agcrops/files/imce/fertility/NutrientManagementWorkbookRelease3.5.1.xlsm. I want to buy manure from a nearby livestock operation. They say I need to be certified to take the material?Yes, this is now true. As of July 2015, with the passage of Senate Bill 1, no person may apply manure from a concentrated animal feeding facility without a permit from ODA, unless you are a Certified Livestock Manager or you are certified through the Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training that Extension is providing around the state. Again this is the two- or three-hour program we provide. Schedules are available at: http://nutrienteducation.osu.edu. Records – what do I need to keep?Within 24 hours of nutrient application, record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (lbs/A) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following application.Oh, and keep those records of your nutrient application for three years. And one very good place to get and print off weather records and a forecast is http://weather.gov.OK, I live in northwest Ohio, what does Senate Bill 1 mean to me?For applications of granular fertilizer (defined as nitrogen or phosphorous) or manure in the western Lake Erie basin, a person may not apply:(1) On snow-covered or frozen soil(2) When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation(3) When the local weather forecast prediction for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding: one inch in a 12-hour period for granular fertilizer one-half inch in a 24-hour period for manureunless the fertilizer/nutrient is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied to a growing crop.This affects all or part of 24 counties in northwest Ohio. And Senate Bill 1, applies to manure application as well as fertilizer. Manure wasn’t necessarily considered in SB 150. Rumors have it that SB 1 may be extended to all of Ohio in the not too distant future. As I write this it is wet, thawed and saturated across all of Ohio, so no fertilizer or manure applications anywhere in the state for a while.last_img read more

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Zika cases in Rajasthan monitored

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first_imgCases of the Zika virus disease have been reported in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The outbreak was detected through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveillance system, said a release issued by the Union Health Ministry on Monday.J. P. Nadda, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, has set-up a seven-member high level Central team, which was deputed to Jaipur immediately following the detection of the first case, to assist the State Government in control and containment measures. The situation is being monitored on a daily basis; the Minister is reviewing. 22 casesTill date, a total of 22 positive laboratory confirmed cases have been detected. A Control Room has been activated at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to undertake regular monitoring of the situation noted the release.“All suspect cases in the defined area and mosquito samples from this area are being tested. Additional testing kits are provided to the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratories,” noted the Union Ministry.The Zika virus is an emerging disease, currently being reported in 86 countries worldwide.last_img read more

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Govt grants Rs 6.85cr to 22 athletes for Olympics

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first_imgTo impart better training facilities to Indian athletes for the London Olympics, the sports ministry on Tuesday sanctioned Rs  6.85 crore to 22 sportspersons under Operation Excellence 2012.There are many prominent names in the list, with double trap shooter Ronjan Singh Sodhi being the biggest beneficiary, having granted Rs 97.37 lakh for his training.Among the other marksmen, trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh have been sanctioned Rs 91.95 lakh and Rs 47.25 lakh respectively.India’s top-ranked singles player, Somdev Devvarman has been allocated Rs 39.60 lakh while Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh will get Rs 36.96 lakh each.Discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who won a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games last year, has been sanctioned Rs 24.20 lakh while shot putter Om Prakash Karhana was granted Rs 48.10 lakh for his training. List of sportspersonsRonjan Sodhi (shooting) Rs 97.37 lakh, Manavjit Singh Sandhu (shooting) Rs 91.95 lakh, Mansher Singh (shooting) Rs 47.25 lakh, Krishna Poonia (discus) Rs 24.20 lakh, Om Prakash Karhana (shot put) Rs 48.10 lakh, Vikas Gowda (discus) Rs 24.51 lakh, Somdev Devvarman (tennis) Rs 39.60 lakh, Sania Mirza (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Mahesh Bhupathi (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Rohan Bopanna (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Yuki Bhambri (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Sanam Singh (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Leander Paes (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Ashish Kumar, Rakesh Patra, Alok Ranajan, Iqrar Hasan (gymnasts-men) Rs 56.83 lakh, Dipa Karmarkar, B Aruna, Rucha Divekar, Roma Jogalekar, Meenakshi (gymnasts-women Rs 33.08 lakh)last_img read more

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9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs win

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first_imgMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera hailed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics for their win at Tottenham.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal to earn an important 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, by latching onto a magnificent long ball from the talismanic Paul Pogba in midfield. “The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.“We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Northern Rockies Regional Municipality finalizes 2019 Budget

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first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – On March 30, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality met for the final deliberations of the 2019 Budget.According to the Regional Municipality, the budget was subject to a significant evaluation period where Council had over a month to review the Preliminary Budget that was presented to the public at an Open House on February 13.The Municipality says the budget was formulated to meet several council objectives: Support existing levels of servicesReduce the tax levyMaintain full provincial Infrastructure Development Contribution Agreement (IDCA) fundingContinue to focus on efficienciesThe annual property tax levy has been reduced from $24.4 million to $20.2 million since 2015. This reduction equates to a total decrease of 17 percent or three percent per year.Mayor Gary Foster says he is very supportive of this year’s budget process.“Council approved a budget that is the end result of many small economies. It may not be possible to continue to reduce the tax levy each year while maintaining service at existing levels, but I believe this budget illustrates that we are very aware of the need to achieve the best value-for-money in every single municipal function we undertake.”The 2019 Budget can be read on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality’s website.last_img read more

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Real Madrid beat Valladolid 4-1

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first_imgValladolid (Spain): Real Madrid came back from an early deficit to trounce Valladolid on the road in a La Liga match that was a good bit tougher for the capital squad than the 4-1 score would seem to indicate. The home team on Sunday dominated the match during most of the first half, keeping Madrid off-balance with numerous attempts and finally getting on the board first – thanks to Anuar Tuhami – in the 29th minute, although Ruben Alcaraz had missed a penalty kick in the 11th minute and Sergi Guardiola had two goals disallowed, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSantiago Solari, Real Madrid’s coach, had all the necessary ingredients in his line-up, but the capital squad could not seem to get anything going against their hosts early on due to a lack of rhythm and slow reflexes on the recoveries. Alvaro Odriozola fouled Guardiola in the box, and the striker’s nice tap of Keko’s crossing shot seemed to have given Valladolid the lead until the VAR consultation disallowed the goal. Just a few minutes later, Guardiola, who has not yet notched a La Liga tally, had a header cancelled on an offside call. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenReal Madrid – who was without the injured Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale and captain Sergio Ramos, on suspension – was on the ropes, it seemed, until Raphael Varane hit the equalizer from short range in the 34th minute, and that’s where the score stood at halftime. After the break, however, Madrid started to get the hang of the game, with Valladolid’s Oscar Plano fouling Odriozola inside the box and Benzema getting Masip to jump the wrong way on the penalty kick for the lead. Then, it was Benzema again, heading in Toni Kroos’s shot to send the capital boys up 3-1. Casemiro was sent off on a second yellow card in the 80th minute when he stood in the way of Plano on the hosts’ free kick and Madrid had just 10 men on the pitch for the last minutes of the match, but the game was already sewn up. Croatia’s Luka Modric scored Madrid’s fourth superfluous goal in the 85th minute after slashing into the box on a pass from Benzema. The loss now forces Valladolid to win four or five matches of the 11 that remain to avoid relegation, while Madrid’s win gives a little oxygen to Solari and provides a bit of calm after a hectic week. Barcelona continues to lead the La Liga table with 63 points, followed by Atletico Madrid with 56 and Real Madrid with 51.last_img read more

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China is blocking development in South China Sea through coercive means: Pompeo

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first_imgWashington: The US has accused China of blocking the ASEAN members accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves in the South China Sea by illegal construction activities. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area. “China’s illegal island-building in international waterways is not simply a security matter. By blocking development in the South China Sea through coercive means, China prevents the ASEAN members from accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves,” Pompeo said in his address at CERAWeek in Houston Tuesday night. To contrast, the US Government promotes energy security for those Southeast Asian nations, he said in his address to one of the largest gathering of global energy leaders. “We want countries in the region to have access to their own energy. We want to help them. We want to create partnerships. We want transparent transactions, not debt traps. We explore responsibly,” he said. But, China does not play by that same set of rules, he alleged. “Its values are simply different. You see that in places as diverse as Africa, where they often ship in their own labour, creating jobs for Chinese workers rather than for those in the local economy,” he said. “It’s using the debt trap which I referred to just a moment ago to put these countries in a place where it is not a commercial transaction, it’s a political transaction designed to bring harm and political influence in the country in which they’re operating,” Pompeo said. “And we all know the story in Russia,” he said. It invaded Ukraine to gain access to oil and gas reserves. It in turn deprived Ukraine of the possibility of developing those resources for itself and using its pipelines and its networks to bring energy to its own people. Rather, it uses those pipelines to put pressure political pressure on the people of Ukraine, he alleged.last_img read more

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UK nerve agent victim meets Russia’s envoy in London

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first_imgLondon: A British man poisoned along with his partner with a nerve agent, amid an assassination attempt on a Russian ex-spy in England blamed on Moscow, met its top UK envoy on Saturday, according to reports. Charlie Rowley, 45, whose partner Dawn Sturgess died after exposure to the toxin, held a 90-minute meeting with Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at Russia’s embassy in London, Britain’s Sunday Mirror said. “I went along to ask them ‘why did your country kill my girlfriend?'” he told the tabloid newspaper. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”But I didn’t really get any answers. I just got Russian propaganda,” Rowley added, saying Yakovenko’s explanations of Russian innocence in the plot were “ridiculous”. Rowley and Sturgess, a 44-year-old mother of three children, who lived near the southwestern English city of Salisbury, fell ill on June 30 last year. Authorities determined they had been exposed to Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union during the latter days of the Cold War. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe poison was contained in a perfume bottle that Rowley had found in Salisbury and given to Sturgess. She died eight days later but after two weeks in an induced coma, he was discharged from hospital. It followed former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia being left in critical condition after they were targeted with Novichok in Salisbury three months earlier. The pair survived and have made full recoveries, according to British authorities. Western allies accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being ultimately responsible for the poisoning, which sparked dozens of diplomatic expulsions by both sides. British prosecutors in September issued arrest warrants for two alleged officers of Russia’s military intelligence service, known as the GRU. But the Kremlin has repeatedly denounced the accusations as “unacceptable.” “The ambassador kept saying the substance definitely wasn’t the novichok they had made because if it was it would have killed everyone,” Rowley told the Mirror. “He (Yakovenko) kept on saying the British won’t talk to him so he can’t tell us anything that he hasn’t read in the media, so he can only give his view.” A Russian TV station also reported Saturday’s meeting, saying Rowley was eager for answers that Britain had failed to provide. Yakovenko gave him a book on the “unanswered questions” concerning the events in Salisbury and a tour of Russia’s grand west London embassy on one of its most exclusive streets, it added.last_img read more

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