HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 22, 2017) (REUTERS) – Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday (November 22) and will be sworn in as president on Friday (November 24) following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, according to the state broadcaster ZBC. Continue reading
LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA (NOVEMBER 2013) (REUTERS) – U.S. conservation groups lashed out this week against a White House decision to allow trophy hunters who kill elephants in two African nations to bring home the endangered animals’ tusks or other body parts as souvenirs. Continue reading
NEW DELHI, INDIA (NOVEMBER 14, 2017) (ANI) – New Delhi residents on Tuesday (November 14) said they wanted to leave the city to be able to breathe easy as a thick cloud of toxic smog continued to hang over the capital for a second week.
SARPOL-E ZAHAB COUNTY, KERMANSHAH PROVINCE, IRAN (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (IRINN) – A magnitude 7.3 earthquake on Sunday (November 12) killed at least 348 people and injured some 6,600 in Iran with death toll likely to rise as rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in remote, mountainous areas, state media said. Continue reading
MOORE REEF, GREAT BARRIER REEF, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA (FILMED OVER TWO NIGHTS) – The Great Barrier Reef showcased its annual spawning last week, with underwater footage captured on November 8 and 9 showing the moment future generations of coral reef are created. Continue reading
ALBA, ITALY (NOVEMBER 11, 2017) (REUTERS) – Alba in the north western region of Piemonte is known as Italy’s white truffle capital. Licensed truffle hunters forage from autumn through late February with dogs trained to recognize their scent. Growing spontaneously in the earth in just a few regions of Italy and central Europe, white truffles have a unique flavour and aroma.
Truffles are found two to eight inches below the ground near the roots of trees with which they live in symbiosis. As they evaporate they give off an odour which lasts for a limited period of time and can only be detected by the assistance of well-trained dogs and experienced hunters. White truffles grow only naturally in forests, unlike black truffles which can be cultivated on plantations.
Master truffle hunter Piercarlo Vacchina has trained his two dogs to hunt for the rare delicacy. Rocky is a 10-year-old mixed breed dog who has been trained since he was a puppy and Jimmy, an eight-month-old springer spaniel both seem to enjoy their work. Vacchina says it’s like a game for the dogs, and with the last few years of drought across the country he insists that he’s not in it for the money, but his love of the countryside and tradition.
Over the past 25 years, there has been a 30 percent decrease in truffle production – and, in some places, they are disappearing altogether.
Reasons are climate change, drought and severe storms and growing more vines.
Almost two-thirds of Italy’s farmland has been hit by a prolonged drought this year, costing Italian agriculture some €2bn ($2.3bn; £1.8bn), according to farmers association Coldiretti.
Limited supplies of white truffles inevitably drives the prices up and this year they have reached an all time high.
The historic International Alba White Truffle Fair attracts around 100,000 visitors each year from all over the world, they come to buy, to sell and to smell.
A highlight is the truffle auction which took place in Grinzane Cavour Castle on Sunday (November 12) with live satellite links to Hong Kong and Dubai.
The winning bid for the largest truffle at the auction came from Hong Kong a massive €75,000 for a well-rounded truffle weighing 850g.
NEW DELHI, INDIA (NOVEMBER 11, 2017) (ANI) – The Delhi government on Saturday (November 11) called off the “odd-even” car rationing scheme after country’s top environmental court had allowed the same but denied any relaxation for women drivers.
HANGZHOU, ZHEJIANG PROVINCE, CHINA (NOVEMBER 10, 2017) (REUTERS) – Three UCLA men’s basketball players, detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, have been confined to their hotel pending legal proceedings, sources with knowledge of the matter said. Continue reading
HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has fired Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president after he showed “traits of disloyalty”, his information minister said on Monday (November 6), removing a favourite to succeed the 93-year-old leader. Continue reading
Speech scientists are developing a system that can monitor fatigue levels by looking for signs of tiredness in the voice, with plans for its initial use by heavy construction vehicle drivers. Matthew Stock reports. Continue reading