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THE HAGUE michael kors handbags australia clearance , Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Two Dutch candidates emerged winners in the second selection round for a single trip to Mars that would take place in 2025, Dutch media reported Tuesday.

A total of 1,058 individuals were selected for the second round of Mars One, a Dutch non-profit project with the aim to establish a permanent settlement on Mars.

The names of the two Dutch still in the race for participation were not disclosed on the website of Mars One.

Mars One's final goal is to land its astronauts in 2024 and 2025 for a televised reality on the Red Planet that is on average some 230 million kilometers away from the Earth.

The project faces many technical, ethical and financial pitfalls and has already garnered plenty of skeptics from becoming a reality after all.

But that does not seem to bother the 200,000 applicants who initially signed up for the mission.

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According to Lansdorp, the selected participants will be subjected to the next several selection phases in 2014 and 2015 "which will include rigorous simulations, many in team settings, with focus on testing the physical and emotional capabilities of the remaining candidates michael kors handbags australia ,"Lansdorp added.

However, more details of the 2014 selection phases have not been agreed upon "due to ongoing negotiations with media companies for the rights to televise the selection processes," Lansdorp said.

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Scenery of Hani terraced fields in SW China's Yunnan

Aerial view of farmland scenery in SW China's Yunnan

by Ejidiah Wangui

NAIROBI, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- George Wang'ombe, a primary school mathematics teacher, spent most of his youth in a classroom teaching children how to play with figures.

Now in his mid-forties michael kors australia online , Wang'ombe is thinking of ditching the chalk because as he puts it, as much as he spends much of his time adding up and subtracting figures, his bank account continues to read negative.

With five children to raise and a high cost of living, Wang'ombe is looking elsewhere to increase his income. And with all the success stories on farming flying in all corners of the country, Wang'ombe seeks to get his solution from his 5-acre farm in Bahati, Nakuru County.

He hasn't shown so much interest in farming in the past michael kors australia , but with his neighbours and friends back at Bahati earning millions from their farms, Wang'ombe hopes he will finally strike his gold in the farm he hasn't paid so much attention to.

"I have not been so keen on going big on farming, but I think now is the time. My neighbor last year harvested watermelons worth over one million shillings, I think if he did it I can also do it," said Wang'ombe.

He is among many other Bahati residents who only farm to feed their families. But with research showing that Kenyan farmers have the potential to feed the country's population and even produce more for export, small scale farmers are now putting their tools to work.

Wang'ombe is however keen on learning from his neighbour Mzee James Wambiri michael kors miranda leather wallet , who is now famous for his bumper watermelons harvest. Most of his neighbours trickle in and out of his farm to pick a few tips on how to go about it.

Wambiri who decided to venture into serious farming in 2014 told Xinhua that the secret lies in knowing one's farm in terms of soil, its humidity, fertility and the type of crop that can thrive in that specific type of soil.

"I was like many other of my friends and neighbours who had no clue on the type of crops to plant in our farms, most of us knew only of maize and beans and nothing beyond this. When I realized my farm was just wasting away, I took soil samples to Egerton University where it was tested and I was advised on the kinds of crops that would do well in my farm," he said michael kors hamilton wallet black , adding "watermelon was one of the crops I was told could thrive well in Bahati and true to that, my first harvest earned me over one million shillings yet I had invested less than 100,000 shillings."

Wambiri, also a former teacher, attributes his success to a programme, known as Plantwise michael kors fulton wallet brown , by the Ministry of Agriculture which has been equipping farmers with crop health advice.

Running on a trial basis in Kenya, the programme has been working with local extension services to provide smallholder farmers with access to advice from a "plant clinic". Pests and diseases are diagnosed by trained "plant doctors" after examining crop samples, who then suggest affordable treatments which use locally available resources.

"The community-based plant clinics have been providing us with vital information on farming, we take our 'sick' plants to the clinics where we are educated on what to do and how to avoid such diseases and this has really helped us in the way we do our farming," said Wambiri.

By diagnosing pests and diseases, and providing advice at no cost to farmers michael kors bedford wallet black , it is hoped that the initiative will go a long way towards addressing the problem of inadequate extension services in Kenya.

"Farmers have not been assisted properly in the past due to the limited number of extension service providers," explained James Wanjohi of the Department of Extension and Training, within the Ministry of Agriculture.

Modeled along the human health services, plant clinics were introduced in the country in 2010, but due to some apprehension about embracing new technologies, the impacts weren't really felt in 2012. Since then michael kors selma tote medium , plant clinics have been credited with boosting yields through timely interventions, creating a repository of emerging diseases that guides scientific research, and protecting the country from international threats.

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