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Unauthorised drone flying hit Changi airport operations

first_imgSingapore: Flight operations at the international Changi Airport here were affected due to unauthorised drone activities, days after one of its runways was shut down due to unmanned aircraft sightings, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said. The CAAS told Channel News Asia (CNA) that approximately 15 departures and three arrivals were delayed, while seven flights were diverted on Monday. Last week, 38 flights were affected when drones were sighted in the vicinity of the airport, forcing one of its runways to shut down. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London “As a precautionary measure, arrival and departure flights were carefully regulated for short periods of time between 8.07pm and 9.07pm,” the CAAS said. One of those affected was Singapore Airlines which diverted its flight scheduled from Jakarta to Singapore on Monday night. The flight “experienced an extended holding period at Singapore Changi Airport and was subsequently diverted to Batam,” an SIA spokesperson was quoted as saying. The CAAS said that investigations into the matter were going on and the authority will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those responsible for such acts that pose a threat to aviation and endanger security and safety of others. Offenders could face a fine of up to USD 14,788 or a jail term of up to 12 months, the CNA report said. Singapore prohibits flying of drones within 5km of the airport without a permit.last_img read more

UK PM Johnson threatens Brexit purge in pivotal week

first_imgLondon: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the stakes Monday in a pivotal week of the Brexit saga by threatening to purge ruling party lawmakers who try to block a no-deal divorce with the EU. The warning came as heavyweights from the governing Conservatives such as former finance minister Philip Hammond plotted a way to keep the premier from taking Britain out of the European Union without an agreement on October 31. Johnson insists that he must keep the chaotic option open to get Brussels to relent at the last moment and agree a better economic deal for Britain. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe poured more oil on the political fire by deciding last week to suspend parliament — a legal but highly contentious manoeuvre — for over a month. This means pro-European lawmakers will have just days to try to tie Johnson’s hands and avoid a painful split from Brussels when they return from their summer break on Tuesday. Johnson has upturned political traditions and inflamed passions on both sides of the Brexit chasm since taking over from Theresa May in July. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHis strategy of counter-punching his domestic opponents and playing a game of chicken with Brussels has helped his flagging party to shoot back up to the top of opinion polls. But he enjoys a majority of just one in parliament — a margin that has prompted many to assume that he wants Brexit to happen by any means possible and then to hold a general election. Trying to stop him will be tricky for MPs like Hammond and former justice minister David Gauke. Their first step on Tuesday will see them try to seize power from the government over what legislation is put up for a vote. Almost two dozen moderate Conservatives have backed similar attempts in the past. About 15 of them were reportedly hoping to meet Johnson on Monday in a bid to avoid the standoff and save the party from potentially splintering in two. The Financial Times said Johnson “abruptly” cancelled the meeting after talks with top members of his team at his Chequers residence on Sunday. “The hard right has taken over the Conservative party,” former Conservative minister Nick Boles told the BBC. “The Conservative party has fallen prey to an almost religious obsession with the hardest form of Brexit.” Johnson has staked his leadership on a promise to get Brexit — already delayed twice due to parliamentary resistence — done at any cost next month. His government unfurled a formal “get ready for Brexit” campaign Monday that included a website advising EU and UK nationals on how to deal with potential problems such as their phones not working abroad. Both Brussels and London now view a no-deal end to the four-decade partnership as the most likely outcome. EU negotiator Michel Barnier wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that the current agreement’s most contentious element — a so-called backstop to keep the Northern Irish border open in all post-Brexit circumstances — was “the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer”. Johnson’s insistence that there were other solutions — including one involving high-tech border technology — was punctured further by the leak of a UK government report showing that none of them worked. “It is evident that every facilitation has concerns and issues related to them,” The Guardian quoted the August 28 dossier as saying. The report added that its findings should be kept private “given (its) potential negative impacts on the renegotiation with the EU”. Main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Johnson on Monday of “hijacking” the results of the original 2016 Brexit vote. “We are working with other parties to do everything necessary to pull our country back from the brink,” Corbyn said.last_img read more

Painting of BC lake by Winston Churchill sells at auction for over

first_imgCALGARY – A painting of Emerald Lake in the Rocky Mountains by Winston Churchill has sold at auction for much more than expected.Churchill painted the work during a visit to the area near Field, British Columbia, in 1929 in the years before he became prime minister.The heavily damaged painting was initially listed on the Sotheby’s of London auction site and was estimated to sell between C$11,000 and C$15,000.The painting sold for C$87,257.“My family and I are obviously delighted at the sale price,” owner Bill Murray wrote in an email to The Canadian Press from his home in Devon, England, Tuesday.“Even in its damaged state, it is a wonderful painting and the link with Sir Winston’s visit to your area in 1929, is just about unique.”The painting was a gift from Churchill to Murray’s father, Sgt. Edmund Murray, who was his bodyguard from 1950 to 1965.“Having read all the pre-sale reports in the Canadian media, I am not really surprised that this great painting attained such a high figure. Churchill paintings are much sought-after,” Murray said.“Had it not been damaged, it would have fetched a much higher price and perhaps ended up in a private collection in Russia or China, never to be seen again.”There’s no official word on who bought the painting or where it will ultimately end up, but Murray said he has his suspicions.“I am pretty sure that it will go to Canada, although Sotheby’s are very discreet when it comes to letting out information about the buyer, even to the seller.”The painting was originally mislabelled as Lake Louise, Alta., but Calgary historian David Finch saw a photo of it and let it be known it was Emerald Lake.“To be clear, I’m the obnoxious Canadian who challenged the location of the painting, came to be involved but I am not an expert at painting or Churchill history — an innocent bystander,” said Finch.Finch said Churchill had been painting for years, a hobby he picked up to cope with depression. He said the trip to Canada and the U.S. gave him a chance to escape his troubles at home.“He’d been run out of England with his tail between his legs. His government had fallen. He’d lost his own seat. He was desperate for an escape from all his trials and tribulations so he and his brother and his two sons came on a tour of North America,” said Finch.Finch said he’s no art critic but Churchill painted a lot of paintings over the years and this likely isn’t his best work.“I don’t think much of it but somebody obviously does to pay that kind of money for it,” said Finch.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest House committee kicks of grilling of Google CEO

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on Google CEO before Congress (all times local):10:25 a.m.A House committee has kicked off its grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is asking if tech companies are “serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control” in the U.S. and beyond.McCarthy, a California Republican, says Google had to testify because of the “widening gap of distrust” between tech companies and the American people.Pichai is facing the Republican-majority committee before Democrats take control of the House in January. Lawmakers are asking him about alleged bias in the company’s search results, as well as its reported plans to launch a censored search engine in China.___3 a.m.Google’s CEO faces a grilling from U.S. lawmakers on how the web search giant handled an alarming data breach and whether it may bend to Chinese government censorship demands.CEO Sundar Pichai’s appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about foreign governments’ manipulation of online services to sway U.S. elections. Pichai’s no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.Pichai went to Washington later in September to mend fences. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Five Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested in Sri Lankan waters

At least five Indian fishermen belonging to Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu were apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy from Neduntheevu in northern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, IANS reported.The navy authorities also recovered a mechanised boat from the fishermen. Straying of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen into each other’s waters is a recurrent problem as territories on the sea are not clearly demarcated.According to media reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami last week wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to secure the release of eight fishermen from Tamil Nadu lodged in Sri Lankan prisons. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Signatories of UN additional nuclear weapons safeguard now number 100

The century mark was reached earlier this month when Honduras signed what is officially known as an Additional Protocol to a Safeguards agreement with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), affording agency inspectors greater rights of access to information about a country’s nuclear programme and to its nuclear sites.IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei referred to additional protocols as absolutely essential for effective verification and invited all States to conclude them.Additional Protocols grant the IAEA complementary inspection authority to that provided in underlying safeguards agreements, typically concluded pursuant to provisions of the NPT, thus facilitating its task to verify that all nuclear material has been declared to the Agency and is for peaceful nuclear activities.As well as affording greater rights of access, they grant inspectors added authority to use advanced technologies to track that nuclear materials are not being diverted, and that there are no clandestine, proscribed nuclear activities in a state. read more

No time to lose as humanitarian catastrophe looms in Somalia – UN

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) some 6.2 million people – almost half the country’s population – are either severely food insecure or in need of livelihood support. “Huge numbers of Somalis have come to the end of all their possible resources and are living hand-to-mouth,” said Steven Lauwerier, the UNICEF Somalia Representative, underlining that there is only a small window of opportunity to arrest the looming humanitarian crisis and save lives. The situation of children is particularly concerning: close to one million children are estimated to be malnourished this year, including 185,000 severely malnourished and in need of urgent lifesaving support. There are also grave fears that this number could increase to 270,000 over the coming months. The ongoing drought and other shocks have left communities – that have already been battered by decades of conflict – with little to no resources to fall back on, the two UN agencies said in a joint news release. Whole villages have lost their crops or seen their livestock die. The prices of water and locally produced food have risen dramatically, and thousands of people are on the move in search of food and water.RELATED: Drought drives food price spike in East Africa, UN warns The drought has also led to an increase in waterborne diseases with more than 4,000 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea/Cholera this year. “Humanitarian assistance has saved lives in the drought-affected north over the past year, but as the crisis spreads we have no time to lose,” added WFP Country Director Laurent Bukera, noting that together with its partners, the UN agency is “moving as quickly as possible” to reach people with lifesaving support.Humanitarian assistance has saved lives in the drought-affected north over the past year, but as the crisis spreads we have no time to loseWFP Country Director Laurent Bukera The two agencies further noted that humanitarian access remains conqueringly limited in some drought-affected areas of the south, but that WFP and UNICEF are reinforcing their joint efforts to scale up the response in areas that are accessible, where millions of lives are at risk. The agencies have been responding together to the drought by providing food and water vouchers to hundreds of thousands across the most affected areas of Somalia as well as nutrition assistance. As additional resources are mobilised, the joint response will continue to expand in the most vulnerable regions. However, with growing needs, more funds are needed. UNICEF and WFP together still require more than $450 million to be able to provide urgent assistance required in the coming months. read more

Strong start to 2015 for UK bus and coach market with sevenyear

Click through to d0wnload the full January 2015 bus and coach news release and data table. Bus and coach registrations rose 48.6% in January to 715, the most successful start to a year since 2008.Growth was driven by a 90.4% rise in purpose-built buses, following the fulfilment of several large orders.The converted bus market also saw significant growth, with a 42.6% increase in the month. “January’s increase in bus and coach registrations is good news for the sector, however, given the variable nature of demand in this market, one month of growth, while encouraging, should be viewed cautiously,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.   Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Football Nick Bosa leaves game against No 15 TCU with groin injury

Ohio State junior linebacker Nick Bosa (97) runs a drill in warmups prior to the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignIn the third quarter of the matchup between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 15 TCU, junior defensive end Nick Bosa left the game with an apparent groin injury.The injury occurred with the Buckeyes down 14-13, with 13:49 remaining in the quarter.Bosa left the game with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The fumble led to a touchdown by redshirt junior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton in the first quarter to put Ohio State up 10-0.Bosa will not return for the remainder of the TCU game.Story updated at 10:03 p.m. to update Bosa’s status for TCU. read more

Missing £15m Constable painting found under the stairs

first_imgTo the untrained eye, it seemed like a pleasant landscape painting perfect for a spot on the wall under the staircase.Imagine one homeowner’s surprise when they discovered their painting was a genuine Constable, worth up to £1.5m and the missing piece in the development in one of his famous works.An oil sketch of Waterloo Bridge, now considered by experts to be by John Constable, has been “rediscovered” by an auctioneer  Sotheby’s specialist Julian Gascoigne, who spotted it during a visit to a home in London.“That’s a very nice Constable,” he told its owners, making small talk as he got ready to leave their house.“What Constable?” replied the owner.The painting is now known to have been in a treasure trove of works owned by Camille Groult, who established the most significant collection of British art in 19th century France, and passed to his descendants.The current owner, who does not want to be named, had invited Sotheby’s to attend the house to see other paintings, unaware that their landscape was a genuine Constable.When Mr Gascoigne spotted it, he said he – with permission – tucked it carefully under his arm and hopped in a taxi to take it back to the office for careful examination. The finished painting now hangs in Tate Britain, and is famous as the work Constable hung beside JMW Turner’s seascape in the fiercely competitive 1832 Royal Academy exhibition.The sketch was known to exist and was included in a 1984 Catalogue Raisonne, but its whereabouts were never known. The story of its origins is understood to have been lost as the painting passed through the family line of Groult, who was famously private.“We can now see what Constable’s first thoughts were,” said Mr Gascoigne, of how the sketch contributed to knowledge of The Opening of Waterloo Bridge.“It’s very exciting. Working in the commercial art world, this is what you live for: the lure of finding something previously untraced.”The painting is offered for sale on December 6 at Sotheby’s, London, for an estimate of £1-1.5m. Oil sketch for The Opening of Waterloo Bridge Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Oil sketch for The Opening of Waterloo Bridge After a process which took several months, the country’s leading Constable experts and scientific examination of pigments, specialists were satisfied that it was a genuine Constable: the first preparatory sketch for his The Opening of Waterloo Bridge.last_img read more

Angleterre déjà 500 espèces éteintes outreManche découvrez les images

first_imgAngleterre : déjà 500 espèces éteintes outre-Manche, découvrez les imagesAngleterre – Les spécialistes parlent d’une sixième grande extinction : en Angleterre, près de 500 espèces animales et végétales se sont éteintes en 2.000 ans, la plupart lors des deux derniers siècles. Avec le réchauffement climatique, ce bilan pourrait encore s’aggraver : 943 espèces sont en danger d’extinction aujourd’hui.Ont été exterminés par l’Homme : le grand pingouin pour sa viande mais aussi pour servir d’appât de pêche et pour son plumage, le bourdon Bombus subterraneus à cause des techniques de l’agriculture moderne, ainsi que de nombreuses espèces de libellules, papillons et coccinelles qui vivaient exclusivement en Angleterre.Le rapport de Natural England, un organisme du gouvernement britannique, préconise des mesures contre le réchauffement climatique. Selon le Lost Life report, un quart des espèces animales et végétales anglaises seraient menacées de disparition ou verraient leur effectif baisser dangereusement. Même les espèces les plus communes sont menacées comme les moineaux, les grenouilles rousses et le crapaud commun.Tom Tew, responsable de Natural England, explique que “chaque espèce a un rôle, comme les rivets d’un avion ou les briques d’un barrage, la structure de l’environnement est fragilisée lorsqu’une espèce disparaît”.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’Homme492 espèces ont disparu en Angleterre depuis 2.000 ans, la plupart ces derniers 200 ans, marqués par les révolutions industrielles et agricoles. 24% des papillons ont disparu, comme 22% des amphibiens, 15% des dauphins et des baleines ou 12% des mammifères terrestres. Quelque 943 espèces sont également en danger d’extinction, c’est pourquoi certains experts parlent d’une sixième extinction massive due à l’Homme et ses activités (pollution, pêche intensive, chasse…).Découvrez 10 espèces définitivement rayées du sol britannique en images : 14 mars 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fukushima neutraliser leau radioactive avant tout

first_imgFukushima : neutraliser l’eau radioactive avant toutDepuis le tsunami du 11 mars qui a fortement endommagé la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon, l’objectif des autorités est de contrôler les 3 réacteurs d’ici janvier 2012. Celles-ci ont annoncé mardi 17 mai un nouveau plan d’action, notamment destiné à traiter des fuites d’eau radioactive.L’équivalent de 36 piscines olympiques : c’est la quantité d’eau contaminée par les radiations de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima que les services de secours doivent avant tout neutraliser. C’est désormais leur priorité numéro 1, selon le nouveau plan d’action mis en œuvre par Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), l’opérateur de la centrale.À lire aussiVous avez du mal avec le bricolage ? Voilà le robot qu’il vous faut !Cette eau, initialement injectée par pompage pour refroidir les réacteurs, s’est ensuite infiltrée dans les fissures provoquées par le séisme et les explosions consécutives, et s’est accumulée dans les bâtiments de la centrale, entraînant notamment une importante fuite de ce liquide hautement radioactif dans l’enceinte de confinement du réacteur numéro 1. Il est donc urgent de traiter ce problème.De son côté, afin de préparer  la conférence ministérielle sur la question prévue à Vienne, en Autriche, du 20 au 24 juin, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA) a dépêché sur le site japonais une vingtaine d’experts de 12 pays, qui, du 24 mai au 2 juin, évalueront la situation sur place afin de lui remettre un rapport.Le 18 mai 2011 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New name added to Intercontinental match at WrestleMania

first_img Jon Moxley Joins AEW Fenix provides injury update, appears to be ready for Ladder Match at AEW All Out Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Twitter Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Shawn Michaels Videos Articles Dolph Ziggler Comments On His WWE Status 3/29 WWE Supershow Results: Pikeville, Kentucky (Kofi Kingston headlines, Flair vs. Lynch) Two more matches confirmed for AEW All Out on August 31, AAA Tag Team Titles on the line Videos Articles WhatsApp Google+center_img Now Playing Up Next Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Stardust has been added to the WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder match at WrestleMania 31 on 3/29. The updated lineup now features Bad News Barrett defending against R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler and Stardust.Source: WWE.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseylast_img read more

Russian spy suspect found working in Moscows US embassy

first_imgA suspected Russian spy worked at the US embassy in Moscow for a decade before being quietly dismissed last year, reports said Thursday.The woman, a Russian national, was hired by the Secret Service and came under suspicion following a routine security sweep carried out by the State Department, according to sources quoted by the Guardian, which broke the story, and CNN.The probe found she was having regular unauthorized meetings with the main Russian intelligence agency, the FSB.“We figure that all of them are talking to the FSB, but she was giving them way more information than she should have,” an official told CNN.The woman had access to the Secret Service’s intranet and email systems, the reports said, giving her a window into potentially sensitive data including the schedules of the US president and vice president.But “she did not have access to highly classified information,” the source told CNN.The Guardian meanwhile reported the Secret Service attempted to contain the embarrassment by letting her go when Russia ordered the removal of 750 personnel from the American embassy during a diplomatic spat that followed allegations of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election.“The Secret Service is trying to hide the breach by firing [her],” a source told the British newspaper.“The damage was already done but the senior management of the Secret Service did not conduct any internal investigation to assess the damage and to see if [she] recruited any other employees to provide her with more information.”Queried by AFP, the US State Department said they were looking into the report but do not comment on intelligence matters.Relations between the US and Russia have been particularly fraught since the election of Donald Trump, despite the president’s personal warmth with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.The Cold War era rivals are also deeply divided on issues ranging from the conflict in Syria to the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal.last_img read more

Tannery workers demand ecofriendly industry

first_imgTannery Workers Union leaders address a press conference at National Press Club, Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: UNBLeather industry workers on Tuesday urged the government to build an environment-friendly industry and ensure their rights, reports UNB.”Savar Tannery Estate should be built as a modern and environment-friendly one. Tanneries are polluting surrounding areas and the environment isn’t safe for the workers,” Tannery Workers Union president Abul Kalam Azad told a press conference at National Press Club.From this thriving industry, the government targets earning $5 billion by 2021, he said. “But there’s no facility for us. There’s no residence, hospital, educational institutions, rest houses, public toilets and canteens for the workers.”Wazedul Islam Khan, general secretary of the Union, also demanded better medical facilities for the workers.Abul Kalam Azad threatened to launch demonstration if the government does not take initiatives to address the issues before Eid-ul-Azha, which will be celebrated in August.Labourers work to dump tannery wastages. Photo: UNB”The government must ensure the workers’ rights by forming a safety committee and provide personal protective equipment,” he added.The Union president Azad claimed that the problems increased after the tanneries were relocated to Savar from Hajaribagh. “Poor drainage system is causing environmental pollution,” he observed.Bangladesh Labour Foundation (BLF) secretary general ZM Kamrul Anam said nobody was there to prevent the use of poisonous leather wastage in fish and poultry feed.BLF chairman Abdus Salam Khan said the industries, commerce, labour and environment ministries have to work together to build an eco-friendly and modern industry.”If things go on like this, the areas surrounding the tanneries and the rivers will continue to be polluted,” he said.last_img read more

Study shows isopods may dampen impact of global warming on forest soil

first_img Citation: Study shows isopods may dampen impact of global warming on forest soil (2015, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—An international team of researchers working in a forest in Massachusetts has found that the impact of global warming on forest soil might be less than predicted due to isopod activity in the same soil. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe their study and what they learned about the interaction between forest fungi and isopods. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2015 More information: Biotic interactions mediate soil microbial feedbacks to climate change, Thomas W. Crowther, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502956112AbstractDecomposition of organic material by soil microbes generates an annual global release of 50–75 Pg carbon to the atmosphere, ∼7.5–9 times that of anthropogenic emissions worldwide. This process is sensitive to global change factors, which can drive carbon cycle–climate feedbacks with the potential to enhance atmospheric warming. Although the effects of interacting global change factors on soil microbial activity have been a widespread ecological focus, the regulatory effects of interspecific interactions are rarely considered in climate feedback studies. We explore the potential of soil animals to mediate microbial responses to warming and nitrogen enrichment within a long-term, field-based global change study. The combination of global change factors alleviated the bottom-up limitations on fungal growth, stimulating enzyme production and decomposition rates in the absence of soil animals. However, increased fungal biomass also stimulated consumption rates by soil invertebrates, restoring microbial process rates to levels observed under ambient conditions. Our results support the contemporary theory that top-down control in soil food webs is apparent only in the absence of bottom-up limitation. As such, when global change factors alleviate the bottom-up limitations on microbial activity, top-down control becomes an increasingly important regulatory force with the capacity to dampen the strength of positive carbon cycle–climate feedbacks.center_img As the planet heats up, scientists around the world have been trying to predict what will happen to its various parts, one of which is soil. When ordinary soil grows warmer, microbes in it multiply and get busy munching dead plant material in it, which means they cause more carbon to be released from the soil into the air. This is a really big deal because soil actually releases almost ten times as much carbon into the atmosphere as human activities. But there is more to the story, the researchers with this new effort discovered—bugs play a role as well.If microbes in the soil multiply, the team wondered, what happens with the bugs that live in the soil that feed on them? To find out, they ventured into the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research site and set up various temperature controlled chambers seeded with various amounts of nitrogen, a type of fungi known as cords, and some isopods (pill bugs). Three months later they came back to see what had happened. They found that as expected the fungi thrived in the warmer chambers in the absence of pill bugs (especially if there was more nitrogen) but in the warmed chambers that had both, the level of fungus was approximately the same as a control group, which suggested that the pill bugs had prevented a fungus population increase, which in turn suggested the pill bugs had prevented an increase of carbon release from the soil.The researchers contend that their study results indicate that dire predictions of run-away global warming due to increased carbon release from soil around the planet, may not be sound—instead, they believe it might be tempered by microbe eating bugs—something that is not currently being accounted for in models created to predict carbon levels in the future. Explore further Credit: Wikipedia. Study finds that soil carbon may not be as stable as previously thoughtlast_img read more

Delhi turns into miniFrance during Francophonie Week

first_imgRhythmic French beats dipped in the aroma of French delicacies filled the air of the national capital as the Francophonie week culminated with a grande Mela organised to give its visitors a glimpse of the universe of countries that have French as their first language. The day-long event began with a swarm of Delhi school students gathering at the Alliance Française grounds here to participate in Mela’s singing and skit competition followed by an open quiz about the French culture and its various aspects. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”As compared to the previous years, this is the first time we have witnessed such a huge footfall of Africans countries participating in the Mela activities. It is a good sign that the participation is coming from African countries as it gives the Indians and Africans a chance to get to know each other’s cultures,” Director of Alliance Française de Delhi Jean-Francois Ramon said. The crowd also had a chance to witness the Congo culture first-hand as the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave out a group dance performance and a fashion show wearing their cultural attire. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from the dance and fashion shows, what kept the visitors hooked to the Mela was the food offered by all the stalls. While the stall by the Democratic Republic of the Congo handed out freshly baked ‘Beignets’ or donuts, Côte d’Ivoire offered a full-fledged meal of Attiéké – a side dish made from cassava. Towards the evening, students of Alliance Française took the center stage, enthralling the visitors of the Mela with their dance and musical performances on famous Bollywood songs. The celebration came to an end with an acrobatic performance titled Via, an event featuring music, dance, Chinese pole, and kalapariyattu – all blended together on one stage – by an Indo-French group followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli. Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week began with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie on countering fake news through literary journalism. French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan also presented a beautiful presentation of Indian and French music from Alliance Francaise’s musical series.last_img read more

Cancun father shot dead in front of wife kids

first_imgCancún, Q.R. — A man driving with his family in Cancun was shot and killed Thursday night.A man was shot dead while driving with his wife and two children Thursday night in a residential area of Cancun. Although his wife and children were not physically injured, they did witness the shooting.Preliminary reports say the family was driving on Galaxias del Sol Avenue in SM 251 in Cancun at 9:20 p.m. when bullets began hitting the vehicle. The deceased has been identified as Alexander M.H., a 32-year-old plumber originally from Tabasco.Police report finding the lifeless body in the driver’s seat of the Voyager. The area was cordoned off by municipal police, while ministerial agents and experts from the State Attorney General’s Office initiated an investigation of the crime scene.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | July 31, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Solution Improves Clinical Trial Recruitment Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | October 07, 2013 Philips, Accenture Create First Proof of Concept for Delivering Patient Data via Google Glass News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content For more information:, FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more October 7, 2013 — Royal Philips and Accenture announced the creation of a proof-of-concept (POC) demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions and proves the concept of seamless transfer of patient vital signs into Google Glass, potentially providing physicians with hands-free access to critical clinical information.The new concept demonstration depicts how a doctor wearing the display could simultaneously monitor a patient’s vital signs and react to surgical procedural developments without having to turn away from the patient or procedure. A physician could also monitor a patient’s vital signs remotely or enlist assistance from doctors in other locations.“We live in a world where being nimble is key and industry-altering ideas need to be converted to practical solutions that people can use,” said Michael Mancuso, CEO, patient care and clinical informatics at Philips Healthcare. “This research explores how doctors can achieve better access to the right information at the right time so they can focus on more efficient and effective patient care. It’s a first step in researching how existing technologies can be applied to improve the quality of life of patients.”Researchers from Philips’ newly created Digital Accelerator Lab, a cross-sector innovation platform with labs based in the Netherlands and India, collaborated with researchers from Accenture Technology Labs to explore the potential use of Google Glass in clinical settings. The goal was to create the first proof of concept for Google Glass and Philips IntelliVue Solutions and then to begin exploring additional opportunities to integrate Google Glass seamlessly with Philips healthcare solutions.“Accenture’s work with Philips showcases a powerful use of wearable devices in the healthcare industry, helping physicians perform their jobs more effectively and enhancing care for patients,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture. “This exciting work highlights the potential of digital technologies to transform the way we work and live, and we’re pleased to have collaborated with Philips to help bring this vision to life.”Aside from the possibility of operating in a hands-free environment, the Google Glass IntelliVue Solution research effort was developed to explore how to enhance a clinician’s mobility by allowing the seamless transfer of patient information while on the go. Further research may indicate how to possibly enable clinicians to keep their focus on the patient while simultaneously obtaining a live view of critical patient monitoring data.Additional topics for research may include:• Accessing a near real-time feed of vital signs in Google Glass• Calling up images and other patient data by clinicians from anywhere in the hospital• Accessing a pre-surgery safety checklist• Giving clinicians the ability to view the patient in the recovery room after surgery• Conducting live, first-person point-of-view videoconferences with other surgeons or medical personnel• Recording surgeries from a first-person point-of-view for training purposes The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s.last_img read more