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WELLINGTON Terrell Suggs Youth Jersey , Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Overseas visitors arriving in New Zealand aboard cruise ships will come under greater scrutiny from detector dogs and luggage scanning as the country steps up vigilance against biosecurity risks.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said Wednesday that the Australian fruit fly -- which has already been the subject of one incursion this year -- posed a particular threat to the country's horticulture sector.
The cruise sector was expecting a record season this southern summer, with passenger numbers forecast to jump 33 percent to 267, 800, according to MPI.
"We've done a lot of work with the cruise ship industry to identify which vessels we want to target, based on their history, where they are coming from and who the passengers are," MPI head of intelligence and operations Stephanie Rowe said in a statement.
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"If our officers intercept a lot of food or other risk materials from passengers coming ashore when a vessel first lands, we will consider greater intervention at subsequent ports," said Rowe.
One of the areas of focus would be working with cruise ship companies to ensure vessels carried stores that posed no biosecurity risk.
"Fruit fly host items like apples and bananas account for more than 75 percent of the biosecurity risk items our officers seize from cruise ship passengers coming ashore," she said.
"The other area is biosecurity awareness. We know, for example, that an announcement by the vessel's captain before passengers leave the ship is very effective at stopping food items coming ashore."
MINSK, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The joint strategic Belarusian-Russian military drills West-2017 kicked off and will last until September 20 C.J. Mosley Youth Jersey , the Belarusian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
The Belarusian-Russian regional military force has begun carrying out training missions as part of the Belarusian-Russian strategic army exercises West 2017, said Belarusian First Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Belokonev.
The military drills are based on the crisis situation and the growing conflict associated with the growing activities of illegal armed groups, international separatist and terrorist organizations that have external support.
For the purpose of exercises, both sides are located within real borders of Belarus.
The drills consist of two phases. In the first three days, there are plans to prepare for operational deployment and to isolate the areas where illegal armed groups and the enemy's destruction and reconnaissance troops operate. Air Force and Air Defense units that protect important government institutions and military installations will be strengthened. During the next four-day exercise, there are plans to train troops in a battle aimed at repulsing aggression against the Union State of Belarus and Russia. In the case of rapid change, interaction and various kinds of support will be practiced.
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A sign of shelter is seen under dark clouds as hurricane "Irma" is approaching, in Miami, Florida Jaleel Scott Womens Jersey , the United States, Sept. 9, 2017. (XinhuaYin Bogu)
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That was many months before Hurricane Irma ravaged the city and made streets look like rivers, as the massive storm hit the city of Miami in the U.S. state of Florida over the weekend and grabbed nationwide headlines.
But experts said that hurricanes are not the main threat to the low-lying city, as rising sea levels threaten to put communities permanently under water.
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