One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate  | The Guardian


One in three fish caught around the world never makes it to the plate, either being thrown back overboard or rotting before it can be eaten, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The FAO reports that 35% of global catches are wasted. About a quarter of these losses are bycatch or discards, mostly from trawlers, where unwanted fish are thrown back dead because they are too small or an unwanted species.

But most of the losses are due to a lack of knowledge or equipment, such as refrigeration or ice-makers, needed to keep fish fresh.

Source: One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate – UN report | Environment | The Guardian

China is Kenya’s largest creditor with 72% of total bilateral debt | Quartz

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New data shows that Kenya’s obligations to Beijing go much deeper than many ordinary Kenyans realize. China is now by far Kenya’s largest lender accounting for 72% of bilateral debt by the end of March, according to documents from the Treasury obtained by Kenya’s Business Daily newspaper.

That is a 15-percentage point surge in total debt from 2016 when China accounted for 57% of Kenya’s external debt. That figure is also eight times more than what the next lending partner, France, gave to Kenya.

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Source: China is Kenya’s largest creditor with 72% of total bilateral debt — Quartz

Paper clips — Quartz Obsession | Quartz

nullSure, paper clips may not be flashy or glamorous, but they’re very good at the very specific thing that they do. It’s been well over 100 years since a patent was issued to William Middlebrook for a paper-clip-making machine—yet despite a century of innovation, this very early piece of stationery tech has proven virtually unimprovable.

No one’s exactly sure who invented the clip itself, though there are many pretenders to the throne.

Source: Paper clips — Quartz Obsession — Quartz

The Playbook for NATO Success, Briefed by a Former SACEUR

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As the former SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander Europe), it was General Philip Breedlove’s job to set objectives and make sure that the men and women of NATO had been properly organized, trained and equipped.  He was also responsible for making sure they were properly funded and that they received the support they needed from their home countries.

His job was to go to all of the (then) 28 nations that were members during his tenure – including his own – and make sure that they were contributing on both the troop and funding levels.  His own country could sometimes be the hardest to deal with.

Source: The Playbook for NATO Success, Briefed by a Former SACEUR

Trump faces hostile reception from UK | TheHill


The 20-foot blimp, which depicts Trump as an angry baby, has been given the go-ahead to fly on Friday by Mayor Sadiq Khan, with whom the president has had previous run-ins on Twitter.

Surreal though the sight may be, it is emblematic of broader British distaste for Trump.

“I thought I had seen the biggest outpouring of British opposition to an American president back in 2003, with George W. Bush, but that is as nothing compared to the build-up here, and the desire to show Donald Trump a howling chorus of British opposition,” said Jonathan Freedland, a prominent columnist with The Guardian, a liberal newspaper.

Source: The Memo: Trump faces hostile reception from UK | TheHill

Macron disagrees with Trump on Russia-Germany


Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II will welcome President Donald Trump and his wife Melania at Windsor Castle where they will watch a military march before having tea on Friday.

The palace said Wednesday the president will be greeted by an honor guard formed of the Coldstream Guards and will receive a royal salute before the U.S. national anthem is played.

Trump and the queen will review the honor guard before watching a military parade. Trump and his wife will then have tea with the queen inside the castle.

Source: The Latest: Macron disagrees with Trump on Russia-Germany

Trump suggests NATO members reimburse US for defense costs | TheHill


“NATO has not treated us fairly but I think we’ll work something out. We pay far too much and they pay far too little,” Trump said.

“But we will work it out and all countries will be happy.”

Source: Trump suggests NATO members reimburse US for defense costs | TheHill

Dems grasp for way to stop Trump’s Supreme Court pick | TheHill


Senate Democrats admitted it will be difficult to defeat Kavanaugh with only 49 seats in their caucus, but their goal is to inflict as much political damage on the GOP as possible ahead of the November midterm elections.

“We have to lower the expectations of our base. We can’t defeat the nominee on our own,” said a Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss internal party deliberations.

Source: Dems grasp for way to stop Trump’s Supreme Court pick | TheHill

Pfizer to split into three units, separates consumer healthcare | Reuters


The news comes a day after the company decided to defer drug price increases for no more than six months, following criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump for raising list prices of some medicines.

The units would be Innovative Medicines, Established Medicines and Consumer Healthcare. The company is currently split into two units – Innovative Medicines, which includes the consumer business, and Essential Health.

“This design gives us a sharper focus on diverse patients in diverse markets,” Albert Bourla, chief operating officer said.

Source: Pfizer to split into three units, separates consumer healthcare | Reuters

After discouraging year, U.S. officials expect review of Afghan strategy | Reuters


Trump was opposed to remaining in America’s longest war, but was convinced by his advisers to give it more time. He authorized last year the deployment an additional 3,000 U.S. troops, bringing the total to around 15,000.

Nearly a year later, the current situation is in a stalemate in which Afghan civilians are paying a heavy toll, the Taliban are expanding in rural areas but are unable to capture major urban centers and the capability of Afghan security forces remains in doubt.

Source: Exclusive: After discouraging year, U.S. officials expect review of Afghan strategy | Reuters