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Biometric IDs A Step Toward EU – Ukraine Visa Simplicity

September 13, 2012 Comments off

argophilia.com

Kiev Airport Customs

Biometric IDs in Ukraine appear to be on the way in. A draft law there providing for the creation of a unified state register of every Ukrainian citizen has passed fist scrutiny there. Reportedly a measure to beef up border security between Ukraine and the EU, citizens traveling abroad may feel a bit like Big Brother is watching via a built-in proximity chip keeping tabs on each citizen.

Officials in favor of the new Biometric IDs claim this document standard will go a long way toward preventing IS fraud, helping out the border control end of travel in the country. Claiming accessibility for all relevant European services and institutions, proponents say the action plan for visa liberalization is the central reason for the new initiative.

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Mass deaths of migratory blackbirds reported in Sevastopol

February 22, 2011 Comments off

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SEVASTOPOL, February 19 (Itar-Tass) — Mass and still unexplained deaths of migratory blackbirds have been reported in Sevastopol.

Dozens of dead birds lie on the Kamyshovskoye highway, in the Kazachya bay and other coastal areas.

As an ornithologist, an expert on biodiversity with the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds, Alexander Grinchenko, explained to anxious residents, for the present it is early to state that the blackbirds died from infection or were poisoned by food. These are migratory birds, and they had flown, most likely, from North Africa, where no epidemics are reported.

Specialists of the Sevastopol state veterinary centre are investigating the case. The first examination showed that the deaths were caused, most probably, by frost. A cyclone brought heavy snow and frosty weather to the Crimea, including the southern coast, which were not expected by the birds after their hard travel across the sea. Sevastopol is their first place to rest. Samples of tissues of dead birds have been sent to Simferopol for expert examination. The diagnosis will be established within a week, a veterinary clinic source said. And for the present, specialists recommend to burn the dead blackbirds.

The Crimean main veterinary medicine department is conducting an investigation into the case.

According to experts, “there are no reasons for particular worries, as there is no connection between this incident and the recent incidents of mass deaths of birds in the U.S., Sweden, Canada, Italy and Romania.” In Ukraine, mass death of blackbirds is reported for the first time.