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'Obama win could worsen crisis'

Global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has warned that a win by Democratic hopeful Barack Obama in next week's US election could worsen the world financial crisis.Spl: US election 2008

world Updated: Nov 01, 2008 19:09 IST

Global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has warned that a win by Democratic hopeful Barack Obama in next week's US election could worsen the world financial crisis, a report said on Saturday.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian, owned by Murdoch's News Corporation, tin hand, another department official, Souleymane Ndoye, said they replanted 300 hectares (740 acres) in 2005, 400 in 2006 and 675 last year.

"This year the goal was to have 5,000 hectares reforested. With God's help we planted 5,230," he said.

"At the moment Senegal does not have the financial means to finish its part of the wall, Diarra explained.

"The Great Wall is still tiny," he conceded.

"We need to plant 25,000 hectares every year for at least 25 years. All the rural communities have to work on it at the same time."

The wall project has provided jobs for the village's young men in the tree nursery, said Kadio Ka, the female chief of the village and a mother-of-eight.

"The majority of the people here raise livestock and harvest gum from the gum trees," she said.

"When those gum trees mature the whole village will profit from them."

But ranger Ndoye warns that the villagers will have to be patient.

"Reforestation over a 543-kilometre area in Senegal will take several generations," he added.