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2008-09-02 00:00:25

By Ooi Tee Ching OIL palm planters can expect their fertiliser bill to fall from today, following the government's decision to abolish import duty on the product. The tax exemption on fertilisers takes effect from September 1 2008, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin said. Last year, Malaysia's import bill of 3.4 million tonnes of mineral fertilisers totalled RM2.6 billion, the bulk of it paid by oil palm planters. Fertiliser cost accounts for about 60 per...

2008-08-26 03:00:31

PUNE: To mark the first day of the environmental and ecological week, saplings were planted at various places in Dehu Road Cantonment on Friday. DCB president and station commander Brig R.S. Rathod launched the plantation drive near the Central Ordnance Depot (COD). On the occasion, Rathod said 25,000 saplings would be planted during the drive. Army officials and civilians planted saplings near the COD. Students of the Army Public School raised slogans on environment protection and...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

By Chai Mei Ling TREES are to orang utans what roads are to humans. When we develop pockets of forests, humans cut off not just the primates' connectivity to other parts of the woodland but also their food supply. CHAI MEI LING learns how a few ringgit can contribute to a tree-planting programme armed with the mammoth task of linking up those roads again. If we think about trees ... it's something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides a habitat...

2008-08-11 09:00:55

TORONTO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sino-Forest Corporation ("Sino-Forest") (TSX:TRE and TRE.S), a leading commercial forestry plantation operator in China, is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement to acquire 200,000 hectares of non-state-owned, plantation trees in Fujian Province through Sino-Panel (Asia) Inc. ("Sino-Panel"), its wholly-owned subsidiary. The Master Agreement for Acquisition of Pine, Chinese Fir and Eucalyptus Forest ("Agreement") is with Zhangzhou Lu Sheng...

2008-07-21 15:00:56

BOSTON, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today predicted that China's log imports will decline by 13 million cubic meters between 2007 and 2012, but the country's total wood fiber deficit (including logs, woodchips and the roundwood equivalent of its wood product and pulp imports) will increase by 22 million cubic meters, a 26% increase during that same timeframe. The prediction came as part of new publication: China's...

2008-07-21 08:45:08

PLANTATION, Fla., July 21, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Goodwin Biotechnology Inc. (GBI) today announced that the melanin-binding IgM antibody manufactured by the company was used in a successful Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of melanoma. The encouraging results, conducted by Pain Therapeutics, Inc. and its collaborators, were announced earlier this month. GBI was selected to develop the process and produce the preclinical and clinical material for this and future trials. "We are...

2008-07-20 06:00:24

By David A. Schwartz, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 20--Marilyn and Wain Barber are serious about conservation. The Plantation Isles couple empties pets' water bowls into a bucket and uses a 5-gallon pail in the shower to collect water until the shower gets warm. Outdoors, they collect rainwater in barrels and route water from the gutter through a section of metal downspout to a flower bed. The Barbers use a rain gauge to prevent their automatic sprinklers from going on. "Now...

2008-07-07 00:00:18

By Ooi Tee Ching BIG plantation companies are starting to plant rubber trees on hilly land as rubber prices hit records, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin said. At current record prices, companies can make more money planting rubber trees than oil palm trees on marginal soil. Marginal soil is land on hilly areas that are typically not so fertile. "IOI Corp Bhd is replacing oil palm trees that had succumbed to the ganoderma disease with rubber trees. Sime...

2008-07-07 00:00:10

By Chai Mei Ling PAPER is a necessary evil. But one pulp and paper firm challenges this impression by giving back just as much, if not more, to the environment and society. CHAI MEI LING went to visit its paper mill in Kerinchi, Indonesia a sceptic, but came back liking what she saw. Gliding across the cottony airway of Riau province in an aircraft, one notices that the velvety green stretching well beyond the horizon is actually broken up by differing hues. There are emerald tracts of...

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2008-06-18 12:00:00

When TransFair CEO Paul Rice sits across from Wal-Mart (WMT) CEO H. Lee Scott, the differences in their backgrounds couldn't be more stark. Scott has spent nearly his entire adult life working at the retail behemoth, with a mandate to increase sales and profits and keep costs as low as possible. Rice, after graduating from Yale University in 1983, spent 11 years working with peasant coffee farmers in Nicaragua trying to squeeze higher prices out of coffee buyers. He set up one of the first...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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