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Uzbek microbiologist Dilfuza Egamberdieva, group leader at the National University of Uzbekistan, at Tashkent, has isolated salt-tolerant bacterial strains that live in salt-degraded soils, where they help the rooting process in plants. ...
Uzbek microbiologist Dilfuza Egamberdieva, group leader at the National University of Uzbekistan, at Tashkent, has isolated salt-tolerant bacterial strains that live in salt-degraded soils, where they help the rooting process in plants. After the selection of potentially root-colonizing bacteria, she has tested them in experimental settings on plants' roots, obtaining 10-15% yields increase. She hopes to apply her technique soon, in Uzbekistan, to boost the yield of economically important varieties such as wheat, cotton, tomato and cucumber.
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Mike Mulvey's side are built on solid foundations and they could well challenge for the title again this seasonGuardian writers' predicted position: 5thLast season's position: 5thBrisbane Roar's style of football en-route to their maiden...
Mike Mulvey's side are built on solid foundations and they could well challenge for the title again this seasonGuardian writers' predicted position: 5thLast season's position: 5thBrisbane Roar's style of football en-route to their maiden championship win three seasons ago was in many ways a new barometer for the A-League. They backed it up with another title, only to flounder for the first half of last season amid instability brought about by the departure of Ange Postecoglou and the failed short-term reign of Rado Vidosic. Now under Mike Mulvey there are signs that success, and the 'Roarcelona' tag, could be making a return to Suncorp Stadium. Many of the key personnel from the dual-championship winning roster remain. Most significantly, perhaps, is the return of Matt McKay following an indifferent period in Asia, with the Brisbane-proud Socceroo very much a driving force in that breakthrough title win. As an aside McKay is set to be utilised in central midfield which will surely hinder his hopes of game time at next year's World Cup in Brazil, having been used for the Socceroos almost exclusively as a left-back.Much will depend on what Mulvey brings to the team in his first full season at the helm, but after a strong finish to last season there are plenty of signs that he has the wherewithal to get the group pushing in the same direction. McKay described Mulvey as "an extremely good coach and great man manager" upon his re-signing two months ago. Indeed, Mulvey had the Roar enjoying significant momentum by the end of the last campaign, with the team eventually halted by Western Sydney Wanderers in the penultimate match of the finals series.Though not particularly well known before being handed the reins a third of the way into last season, Mulvey has undergone a significant coaching apprenticeship, winning two titles at the helm of Gold Coast United in the National Youth League. He stepped into the breach through the turmoil that was Gold Coast's A-League demise and somehow managed to have a team of teenagers turn in several extremely competitive performances despite hugely difficult circumstances.Mulvey has been entrenched in the Queensland football scene throughout his coaching career. The state has arguably produced more young talent than any other region of Australia during the past decade and, to their credit, the Roar have traditionally aimed to promote local products. And it is a value that Mulvey has stated is part of his modus operandi. Indeed at the time of Mulvey's appointment last December, the Brisbane Roar general manager Sean Dobson said "his [Mulvey's] values and expectations met those of the club." In other words, the Roar wish to retain the culture, philosophy and local identity that has worked so well for them in the recent past.The backroom staff that Mulvey has at his disposal is as impressive as any in the league. But, like Mulvey himself, it is very much a case of quite achievement rather than headline grabbing. Ken Stead, who many point to as a critical component behind the success enjoyed by the Roar during the Postecoglou era, has assumed the role of technical director. Luciano Trani comes in as Mulvey's No2 with the Melbournian regarded highly for his technical analysis work with Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix, and even at Melbourne Knights during the National Soccer League. One-time Evertonian and Brisbane product Jason Kearton will look after the club's goalkeepers.A small section of the Roar support last year, initially at least, viewed Mulvey as unworthy of the role. The displeasure coincided with the Roar's elimination from the AFC Champions League on penalties against Thailand's Buriram United. However subsequent results achieved by the big-spending Thai side have proven that there was no shame in suffering the same fate as the likes of Uzbekistan powerhouse Bunyodkor. A poor run of form to open the season could, however, bring rancour from some of the Suncorp faithful, but the Roar m
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India looking to import uranium from Uzbekistan
India looking to import uranium from Uzbekistan
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Five American kayakers who went missing several days ago in Tajikistan have been rescued. A helicopter search team located the men, and they are being transported to Dushanbe, the nation’s capital. One of the rescued has a broken l...
Five American kayakers who went missing several days ago in Tajikistan have been rescued. A helicopter search team located the men, and they are being transported to Dushanbe, the nation’s capital. One of the rescued has a broken leg, and the other four are in good condition. The kayaking group, consisting of Ben Luck, Cooper Lambla, Matt Klema, Nate Klema and Charles King, had activated an emergency beacon on September 30, indicating that something was wrong, while paddling down the Balankiik River in eastern Tajikistan. The group had been on an extended trip through Eurasia. The Republic of Tajikistan is a very mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia. It borders Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. The GPS coordinates sent by the beacon put the men inside Pamir National Park, a remote area with some of Asia’s highest peaks. The rescue helicopter sent out on October 1 found a disabled kayak and a backpack. Shortly after this discovery, another signal was sent from 6 miles away. Though, nightfall interrupted the search, at this point. The series of coordinates transmitted showed that the men were retracing their initial path, and friends and family stated that the slow pace must have meant that someone was injured, as all the men are experienced backcountry woodsmen, having already spent the previous two months in Siberia and Kyrgyzstan. The men had planned to enter Nepal after their Tajikistan trek, and then possibly visit India and China. Matt and Nathan Klema, and Ben Luck are all students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. According to the Klemer brothers’ sister Julia, the men are all seasoned kayakers and travelers, and are river guides in the Grand Canyon. The group had taken a year off to explore. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
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In the past three months alone, China has spent over US$50 billion on energy and infrastructure projects in Central Asia. The Independent reports: Chinese outbound investment totalled just over $100bn in the third quarter of 2013 with ar...
In the past three months alone, China has spent over US$50 billion on energy and infrastructure projects in Central Asia. The Independent reports: Chinese outbound investment totalled just over $100bn in the third quarter of 2013 with around half of that sum spent in the central Asian states visited by the Chinese president Xi Jinping on an official tour last month. “Investment closely tracks where the [Beijing] government turns up,” said Henry Tillman, the chief executive of the merchant bank Grisons Peak which compiled the figures. “We’ve not noticed such a strong correlation before”. Xi visited Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in September and signed sizable business deals with all four countries. The pattern of spending confirms that Chinese foreign investment flows are largely determined by the political leadership. “Everyone thinks that’s the case. But those are the numbers,” said Mr Tillman. [...] China’s largest financial agreements over the third quarter were related to energy infrastructure projects. In Kazakhstan China signed 22 agreements worth a combined total of $30bn. This included a $5bn deal for the China National Petroleum Corporation to acquire an 8 per cent stake in the Kashagan Oil & Gas field. [Source] Read more about Xi Jinping’s recent trip to Central Asia and the “the New Silk Road,” via CDT. © Sophie Beach for China Digital Times (CDT), 2013. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: central asia, kazakhstan, natural resources, New Silk Road, overseas investment Download Tools to Circumvent the Great Firewall
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Official closing ceremony of the 3rd stage of Women Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was held in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. The ceremony was attended by many honoured guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyum...
Official closing ceremony of the 3rd stage of Women Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was held in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. The ceremony was attended by many honoured guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov, the Director of Tashkent branch of REU after G.V. Plekhanov acad. K.Kh. Abdurakhmanov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and many others. The evening started with a tempting dance performed by young local ensemble. The popular band "Sahro" had a lot of attention from young guests of the event.Nilufar UsmanovaThe winner's mother Koneru Latha and Harika Dronavalli with her grandmother Koganti Sudeshna behind.Gulnara Karimova and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov have big plans for chess in Tashkent!FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thanked everyone for a beautifully organised event, said many warm words to organisers, sponsors and guests of the tournament, and announced, that FIDE is going to co-operate with Fund Forum, Uzbek Chess Federation the Government of Uzbekistan in order to organise many other interesting and strong chess tournaments in Tashkent.The Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova congratulated the players and everyone who worked on the tournament with many beautiful games, big achievements and noted how it is honourable to be here among "the smartest women of the world"!After holding the speeches Gulnara Karimova and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov started the most awaited part of the evening - the Prize-giving Ceremony:Third place - Kateryna Lagno, Ukraine.Second place - Bela Khotenashvili, Georgia. And the winner - Humpy Koneru, India!Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thanked everyone again......and awarded Gulnara Karimova with a Diploma "For taking an active part in organising the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Tashkent"!Right after the finish of the ceremony Kirsan Nikolaevich gave an interview to the local TV with fantastic news: FIDE already agreed with Gulnara Karimova that next year Tashkent again will invite the strongest players to compete on a Silk Road. One of the stages of Men's Grand Prix Series 2014-15 will be held in Tashkent again!Tashkent is saying good bye! But not for long...Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hi everyone,Humpy Koneru has won her second chess Grand Prix event - which means she has won both the events she has played in. Her fellow Indian Grandmaster, Hari...
Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hi everyone,Humpy Koneru has won her second chess Grand Prix event - which means she has won both the events she has played in. Her fellow Indian Grandmaster, Harika Dronavalli, was cruising along in second place all along through the tournament, but lost her pace towards the end and could not make it to the top-three. Bela Khotenashvili shared second to third with Kateryna Lagno, but the Georgian had a better tie-break and was second. Zhao Xue outplayed Harika Dronavalli to take the fourth while the Indian was fifth. Photos of the last round by Maria Emelianova are available in the Photo Gallery.The official closing ceremony of the 3rd stage of the Women's Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was held in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. The ceremony was attended by many honoured guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov, the Director of Tashkent branch of REU after G.V. Plekhanov acad. K.Kh. Abdurakhmanov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and other special guests.From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel
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An investigative journalist who has reported on child exploitation in the Uzbekistan cotton industry has been arrested and is being held incommunicado. Sergei Naumov was detained 10 days ago (21 September) ahead of this year's cotton har...
An investigative journalist who has reported on child exploitation in the Uzbekistan cotton industry has been arrested and is being held incommunicado. Sergei Naumov was detained 10 days ago (21 September) ahead of this year's cotton harvest. Friends have not been able to establish his whereabouts despite extensive inquiries.They know he was arrested because he was able to make one short mobile phone call from a police station during which he alerted colleagues to his detention. Naumov, 50, writes articles for international media organisations about human rights issues. Colleagues believe the authorities are detaining him in order to prevent him from reporting on inhumane working conditions in the cotton fields of the Khorezm region. Uzbekistan has been criticised for the use of forced labour (especially involving children) during cotton harvesting. Amnesty, the human rights organisation, has called on the Uzbekistan authorities to reveal where Naumov is being held, and to either charge him with a recognisably criminal offence or release him.It has also called on the authorities to ensure that, while in custody, Naumov has access to a lawyer. Sources: Amnesty/IWPRJournalist safetyUzbekistanPress freedomHuman rightsInvestigative journalismRoy Greensladetheguardian.com © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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Grandmaster Humpy Koneru drew Olga Girya in the last round of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the convincing overall victory with 8,0/11 points.Her closest rival Harika Dronavalli, also from India, was defeated by ...
Grandmaster Humpy Koneru drew Olga Girya in the last round of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the convincing overall victory with 8,0/11 points.Her closest rival Harika Dronavalli, also from India, was defeated by Zhao Xue. Kateryna Lagno and Bela Khotenashvili used the opportunity to move ahead to the shared second place by scoring against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Antoaneta Stefanova respectively.Local representative Nafisa Muminova concluded the event with a forfeit due to phone ring.Replay games with computer analysisChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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A new wave of Chinese investment in Central Asia is turning the region's focus from Russia toward the east.In a far-ranging regional tour, President Xi Jinping swept through four Central Asian nations in September, bringing billions of d...
A new wave of Chinese investment in Central Asia is turning the region's focus from Russia toward the east.In a far-ranging regional tour, President Xi Jinping swept through four Central Asian nations in September, bringing billions of dollars in energy and other deals.Xi's 10-day diplomatic circuit included summit meetings of the Group of 20 (G20) leading economies in St. Petersburg and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Bishkek.But the visits, beginning and ending in Central Asia, underscored the rising importance of the region to Beijing.In Turkmenistan, Xi sealed an agreement to boost China's gas imports by over 60 percent, raising Turkmen supplies to 65 billion cubic meters annually by 2016.In Kazakhstan, Xi marked China's plans to acquire a share in the giant Kashagan oilfield for U.S. $5 billion as part of a package of contracts valued at some U.S. $30 billion.In Uzbekistan, China agreed on building a fourth strand of its Central Asia Gas Pipeline through the country and hailed a 59-percent increase in trade for the first half of this year, Interfax reported.In Kyrgyzstan, Xi signed an accord on a strategic partnership with China, unveiling plans to invest U.S. $3 billion in the country including a new gas route from Turkmenistan to Xinjiang, the KyrTAG news agency said.Silk Road beltSpeaking in Kazakhstan, Xi also called for a new level of engagement with Central Asia, urging creation of a "Silk Road economic belt," according to the official Xinhua news agency.Under the plan, countries would "green-light regional economic integration in terms of both policy and law," Xinhua reported.Xi said neighboring nations should improve transit links and facilitate trade by promoting local currency settlements.China has often invoked the Silk Road before, but Xi's proposals on transit links from the Pacific to the Baltic Sea suggested a new drive to reach a market that he called "unparalleled in scale and potential."The scope and scale of China's attention to the region seems to have Russia worried that it is taking a back seat. On Sept. 9, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov tried to dispel that impression."Central Asia is an important area of Russia-China relations," Morgulov told reporters, according to Interfax."We are not competing with each other in Central Asia but are adjusting our policies to reflect mutual interests," he said.Serious concernsThe explanation masked the seriousness of Moscow's concerns, said Edward Chow, senior fellow in the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington."I think they protest too much," Chow said.At the SCO summit, Xi's statements on both economic and security development cast China in the leading regional role among member nations including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.Chow noted that in the official photo of SCO leaders on Sept. 13, Xi is positioned in the center to the right of the summit host, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, while Russian President Vladimir Putin stands off-center to the left."These things don't happen by accident," Chow said. "If you had told me such a photograph was possible 10 or 15 years ago, I wouldn't have believed it."Xi's proposal to turn the ancient Silk Road route into an economic belt is seen as a sign that China plans to extend its influence and economic power."It strikes me as China spreading its wings even more in Central Asia without encountering much Russian opposition," said Chow. "Is that because Russia has reconciled to the realities of what's going on?"Part of the answer may be found in Russia's economy, which is facing its most serious problems since 2008, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Sept. 18.Russia has cut this year's economic growth forecast from 2.4 to 1.8 percent, and may soon do so again. In the first eight months, growth has weakened to 1.5 percent, Interfax said.At the same time in China, officials are showing
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