A Reprieve From Warming, Thanks to the Pacific

first_imgEven as greenhouse gas emissions ratchet steadily upward, for 15 years global mean temperatures have mysteriously failed to keep pace. They haven’t stopped climbing, but the rate of global warming has slowed. Now, researchers have identified a possible culprit: a cooling trend in tropical Pacific sea-surface temperatures. That trend, the authors note, is just part of a natural cycle, so the reprieve is only temporary.On average, our atmosphere warmed by about 0.17⁰ C per decade from 1970 to 1998, but by about 0.04⁰ C per decade from 1998 to 2012. Some scientists have suggested that the slowdown may be due to a buildup of aerosols in the atmosphere, to volcanic eruptions, or to a pronounced lull in solar activity in 2008 and 2009. The ocean also plays a part; a study published in Nature Climate Change in 2011 noted that the deep ocean stores much of the “missing heat.” Scientists have wondered whether ocean surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific—part of a decade-scale cycle of changes in rainfall, temperature, and atmosphere circulation known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)—also play a significant role.To find out, climatologist Yu Kosaka of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, and climatologist Shang-Ping Xie, also at Scripps, took a closer look at how naturally varying sea-surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific might affect global atmospheric temperatures. They turned to a system of models known as POGA (Pacific Ocean-Global Atmosphere), previously used to study links between Pacific Ocean surface temperatures, ENSO, and global atmosphere.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Kosaka and Xie ran three different sets of experiments to try to tease out this impact. In one, they ran a model that incorporated only atmospheric changes, such as the observed increased greenhouse gas concentrations. In a second, they included the sea-surface temperatures but held greenhouse gas concentrations steady at 1990 levels. And in the third set, known as POGA-H, they included changes in both ocean temperatures and greenhouse gases.When the researchers compared the results of the models with observed temperature trends from 2002 to 2012, POGA-H gave the best match. By comparing the temperatures from that model with temperatures from the model that included only atmospheric changes, the researchers were able to suss out the effect of the ocean temperatures. They found that recent cooling in the tropical Pacific—which covers only about 8.2% of Earth’s surface—was responsible for lowering global mean temperatures by 0.15⁰ C, relative to the 1990s, the team reports online today in Nature. In the Northern Hemisphere that hiatus was most pronounced in winter, when ENSO has the greatest impact on the transfer of heat from the tropics to the poles.“Our study does not tell us when the climate will go out from the hiatus,” Kosaka says, “but now we know that in the timescale of several decades, the climate will continue to warm due to increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.” Indeed, noted meteorologist Richard Allan of the University of Reading in the United Kingdom in a statement to the U.K. Science Media Centre, these findings highlight that the braking is “likely to be a temporary respite.”Kosaka and Xie present a convincing case that tropical eastern Pacific cooling is behind the recent hiatus, says climatologist Nat Johnson of the University of Hawaii, Manoa. The study also highlights that focusing on short-term trends of global-mean temperatures can be “a bit misleading”, he says. Not only can natural variability mask the true trend in global temperatures, but regional trends may also differ sharply from global trends. For example, during the hiatus, northwest North America  has experienced less warming, but the southern United States got no such break. So a combination of greenhouse-gas warming and cooling in the eastern Pacific can lead to rapid short-term warming in some regions “even as global mean temperatures temporarily flatten.”last_img read more

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Rajya Sabha nominations: Hectic parleys on within Congress to zero in on names

first_imgThere have been 57 retirements to the Rajya Sabha in the previous session. Unfortunately, for the Congress it confidently stake claim to 7 seats. With some clever footwork they can sew up some alliances and make the tally go up to 9. For these nine seats, a game of musical chairs has started within the Congress.The states where the congress is confident are –  two seats in Karnataka, one in Maharashtra, one in Uttarakhand, one in Chattisgarh, one in Punjab and one in Madhya Pradesh. Apart from this one seat is up for grabs in Uttar Pradesh with the help of Samajwadi Party and one more if negotiations go well with the JD(S) in Karnataka.Hectic parleys are on within Congress to zero in on the names. Congress President Sonia Gandhi has had several round of meetings with senior leaders. Ghulam Nabi Azad and other senior leaders have been meeting to decide on names but still no conclusion has been arrived at.FOUR NAMES DOING THE ROUNDS There are four specific names doing the rounds for Karnataka they are Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh, Margaret Alva and P Chidambaram. The Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiha is in Delhi to seal the deal. He met the Congress President Sonia Gandhi today and is being softened up to agree to an outsider and also try and manage a deal with JD S in exchange for the MLC seat in the upper house of the state.In Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi is exerting pressure for the lone Rajya Sabha seat. Though Jogi says that ” I am not interested in the job.” But it’s common knowledge that if Jogi is not on board MLAs can even cross vote – a fear which bears heavily on the minds of the Congress top brass. The current incumbent Mohsina Kidwai is not being given a second termadvertisementWhile in Madhya Pradesh an unusual choice is the front runner. Vivek Tankha senior advocate of the VYAPAM is the top contender from the state. Earlier member Vijai Lakshmi Sadho is nowhere in the reckoning. The Congress officially maintains that all this is the decision of the Congress president, spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit says, “The decision of Rajya Sabha nominations lies with the Congress president, she discusses and then decides.”FISH IN TROUBLED WATERSIn Punjab, there is a toss up between the current incumbent Ambika Soni and Sunil Jhakhar the current MLA in the Punjab Assembly. While in Maharashtra it is the former home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who is in the race, though the current member Avinash Pande is trying hard. In Uttarakhand also the state unit is of the opinion that a local candidate maybe given. The name of former Almora MP Pradeep Tamta is amongst the front-runners.The problem Congress faces in Uttar Pradesh is that the Samajwadi Party needs to be on board. A decision is yet to be reached on this, though senior leaders of both the parties are in touch. A decision is expected over the weekend.The Rajya Sabha is a congress bastion where it exerts pressure over the government. So the congress is not taking any chances and aiming to get maximum seats in this round of Rajya Sabha elections. The final list of candidates can come out anytime after today evening.ALSO READ:  BJP mistaken if they think they can threaten us, says Sonia Gandhilast_img read more

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Advani signs up with sports event management firm

first_imgMumbai, Jun 4 (PTI) Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani who recently clinched the Asian Six-Red Snooker title in Abu Dhabi has signed up a commercial engagement deal with the newly formed Meraki Sport and Entertainment. With 15 world titles to his credit, Advani is hoping the newly formed association between him and the company “will amplify his current brand value,” a media release issued from Bengaluru said today. Commenting on the new partnership Advani said, “Being a brand ambassador of the sport through the years, I am sure we can create some valuable connections between, the sport, myself and evolved brands.” PTI SSR KRK AH AH BASlast_img read more

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When you drop catches it is never easy: Bhuvneshwar Kumar on SRH defeat vs MI

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad failed to apply themselves on the field as well as with the bat, feels stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar after they lost to Mumbai Indians by 40 runs here.Mumbai were off to a slow start after being asked to bat first. But Pollard’s 26-ball unbeaten 46 helped the three-time champions post a modest 136/7.It was then Alzarri Joseph’s sensational six-wicket haul — the best figures in IPL history — that helped Rohit Sharma and Co. skittle Sunrisers out for just 96.The debutant wreaks havoc here in Hyderabad as the @mipaltan win by 40 runs.Alzarri Joseph with the best ever bowling figures in #VIVOIPLScorecard – https://t.co/kzyaotA3mE #SRHvsMI pic.twitter.com/bZECzrjZCEIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 6, 2019″It could have been an easy chase if we would have applied ourselves,” Bhuvneshwar said post the match on Saturday night.Pollard’s innings was helped by a dropped catch, which had a great impact on Mumbai’s total and then on the result. Pollard was dropped in the 17th over when the score was 92/6.”I think it started off when we dropped Pollard, he scored 25-30 runs – it is a huge margin,” Bhuvneshwar admitted.”When you drop catches it is never easy. There is less margin for error (when you are bowling) but you need to grab your chances to restrict any team to under 120,” the India pacer said.Bhuvneshwar is captaining the side in place of injured Kane Williamson. Asked about his new role, the 29-year old said: “It (captaincy) is difficult but you have experienced players around, not a tough job.”advertisementSunrisers batting collapsed after the deadly opening pair of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow got out.”First three matches we got good opening partnerships but we never got a chance to test our middle order,” Bhuvneshwar said.”Today when we did and we did not apply ourselves. We will see what went wrong before going into the next match. It was not a normal flat wicket that we get in Hyderabad but it was not a tough chase,” he concluded.Also Read | Alzarri Joseph on dream debut in IPL: I don’t celebrate wickets, I celebrate winsAlso read | Sensational from Alzarri Joseph: Rohit in awe of record-breaking Mumbai Indians pacerAlso Read | Can’t get better than this: Alzarri Joseph after record 6 for 12 on IPL debutlast_img read more

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Crouch has no plans to retire

first_imgPeter Crouch ‘I can go on for a few more years’ – Crouch not planning retirement Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:56 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Peter Crouch Stoke City 2017 Getty Images Stoke City Brighton & Hove Albion v Stoke City Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League The 36-year-old’s contract with Stoke City expires at the end of the season but he wants to keep going and push for a regular starting spot Stoke City striker Peter Crouch says he has no plans to retire in the near future and hopes to renew his contract with the club.The England international has been limited to substitute appearances at Stoke this season, but has found the net three times in 153 minutes in the Premier League.Martial 4/1 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Crouch is out of contract at the end of the season and, at 36, he has faced questions over how long he has left in the game.But the forward feels he can keep going in the English top flight for a few more years and hopes to be back in the starting XI at Stoke.”When you do see the end and get past a certain age it’s a little bit scary and the minutes you get are more precious than they were 10 years ago,” he told Sky Sports .”I appreciate them more than I did when I was 25. I want to stay in this game as long as I can.”I don’t think my attributes have changed and I haven’t had many injuries, so if I can maintain that I can go on for a few years yet. I want to play at this level as long as I can.”I love coming in every day training and playing the games. It’s exciting, it’s what I want to be doing.”Crouch believes he does not have to find a new club in order to secure a starting spot and would rather extend his deal with the bet365 Stadium side.”I would like to get things sorted. I love it here and I don’t see any real reason to move,” he added.Peter Crouch Stoke CityHD Peter Crouch Stoke“If I was getting no minutes it would be difficult but I am playing games and knocking on the door to start games. I am happy here so I would probably like to stay. If things aren’t sorted out before January I would have to look at options, but I am happy here and hope the club feel the same.”I still feel great and hungry enough to be starting games. That’s what I want to do.”When I have got in the side I have felt I have done well, but for whatever reason we change things and I have to be ready to come off the bench.”I think I am the closest I have been to starting a game, putting pressure on the manager by coming on and doing ok and scoring goals, so hopefully I have put enough pressure on him to warrant a start, and I hope that’s on Monday at Brighton.”last_img read more

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Cota moves from Pachuca to Leon

first_imgTransfers Former Chivas goalkeeper Cota moves to Club Leon Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 02:03 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rodolfo Cota Chivas Rocio Vazquez Transfers Liga MX León Pachuca Guadalajara The shot-stopper helped the Guadalajara side to several titles but has moved to another club within Liga MX Rodolfo Cota has a new home.The goalkeeper was announced Wednesday as the newest member of Club Leon. Cota, 30, spent the last six tournaments on loan to Chivas from Pachuca, helping Los Rojiblancos to a pair of Copa MX titles, the 2017 Clausura title and the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League crown.Despite the accolades, Chivas fans knew he wasn’t long for Guadalajara. Pachuca looked to sell Cota in the winter before agreeing to extend his loan another tournament. Chivas couldn’t meet Tuzos’ high asking price, and fellow Grupo Pachuca club Leon came in to sign the shot-stopper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m really happy because I’m coming to a great team with great fans like Leon. I’m ready to defend your colors,” Cota said in a message posted to Twitter.Leon had a disappointing Clausura but is set to retain manager Gustavo Diaz, who took over during the Apertura and took the team from the basement to a playoff position. The club signed Landon Donovan and Emanuel Cecchini in the winter window but neither were able to adapt quickly with Donovan coming off two years without playing professional soccer and Cecchini, a 21-year-old Malaga loanee, struggling to keep pace.The struggles last season have La Fiera planning to be more active in the market as the team looks to win its first Liga MX title since the bicampeonato, back-to-back titles won in the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura.Leon’s No. 1 goalkeeper had been United States international William Yarbrough, whose future now looks uncertain. Several teams are looking for a new No. 1 goalkeeper. Chivas, which signs only Mexican players, have been linked with a move for Monterrey goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez. Monterrey, in turn, is set to sign Necaxa goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero. Pumas also could be involved in the goalkeeper carousel as they look to upgrade from Alfredo Saldivar.last_img read more

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10 months agoMartinez urges Hazard to choose Chelsea stay over Real Madrid move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martinez urges Hazard to choose Chelsea stay over Real Madrid moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has told Eden Hazard to stay with Chelsea.Martinez believes a move to Real Madrid wouldn’t work for the Belgian.“I do not know if a new challenge would be good for him. He knows how much they love him at Chelsea and there’s chemistry between Sarri and him. Besides, he is enjoying his time at Chelsea, where he has reached an exceptional level,” said the Spanish coach in an interview with HLN.“It’s uncertain that a new project will suit him. I am convinced that he can reinvent himself at the club.” last_img read more

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300 yaks starve to death in North Sikkim

first_imgGangtok: Nearly 300 yaks have died due to starvation following heavy snowfall in North Sikkim district since late last year, an official has said. The North Sikkim District Magistrate Raj Yadav confirmed the death of around 300 yaks due to starvation during heavy snow fall in Mukuthang and Yumthang regions since December 2018. While carcasses of around 250 yaks were found in Mukuthang region, 50 yak carcasses were found in Yumthang recently, Yadav said Saturday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “It appears that these dead yaks had got nothing to eat during the prolonged period of snowfall since December last year,” Yadav said. The animal husbandry department’s medical team has reached Mukuthang, he said. The team carried feed and fodder for the yaks which are still alive, he said, adding, the yaks will also be examined by the medical team. The yaks belonged to 15 families in Mukuthang and 10 families in Yumthang, he said. The affected families will get compensations on the basis of a report that is being prepared by the district administration and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, he added.last_img read more

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Angola seeks UN aid to repatriate 60000 nationals from DR Congo

UN agencies have been providing thousands of tents, sleeping mats and blankets, training local health workers to treat malnutrition, and supplying agricultural tools and seeds to cope with the influx, which passed 50,000 people at the end of October, according to Angolan authorities.The number of expelled DRC nationals has significantly subsided in Kasais, Bandundu and Bas-Congo provinces, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in its latest update today, but overall some 160,000 Congolese have been expelled from Angola since December. Most of the deported Angolans, two thirds of whom are refugees, had been living in Bas-Congo province, and the forced returns are in response to the waves of expulsions of the Congolese, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).So far, due to speedy resettlement, three out of four reception centres have already been closed in Angola’s Zaire Province, but a UNHCR team deployed there has not been given regular access, with the exception of three transit centres, and has thus been unable to assist with registration procedures as planned.Humanitarian agencies are considering launching an appeal to support those still in camps and the most vulnerable returnees who have left the camps, OCHA said.On 30 October UNHCR airlifted 2,250 tents, 5,000 sleeping mats, 4,000 blankets and a temporary warehouse from its stockpile in South Africa. In Zaire Province, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Mentor have rapidly trained health workers in detecting and treating malnutrition. UNICEF has also provided therapeutic biscuits for malnourished children.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting the Ministry of Agriculture with the development of a programme to assist returnees with seeds and agricultural tools. Planting in the north is taking place now and the next season will be in February when the seasonal rains are expected. 18 November 2009Angola has requested the re-activation of a tripartite mechanism with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations refugee agency to repatriate some 60,000 Angolans still in DRC in the wake of the mutual expulsion of scores of thousands of each other’s nationals by the neighbouring States. read more

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UK rebuked for arms sales to Sri Lanka

A cross-party parliamentary committee on arms export controls said that it could not guarantee that British-licensed armaments were not used during the Sri Lankan government bloody attempt to eradicate the LTTE. In the first nine months of 2011 the latest date for which figures are available, Britain licensed almost £1.5million worth of exports of which over £1.3million were military.Among the items exported were armoured vehicles, body armour and “decoying countermeasure equipment and components,” coming under the heading of “grenades, bombs, missiles, countermeasures.” Britain has been condemned for continuing to sell weaponry to the Sri Lankan government despite evidence showing that war crimes are committed by the Asian country’s military.Campaign Against Arms Trade (Caat) urged the coalition government to explain why it continues to license weapons for export to Sri Lanka irrespective of evidence of war crimes by the country’s military, the daily Morning Star reported.Britain has licensed over £3 million worth of military and “dual use” equipment for export to Sri Lanka since the country’s army defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009, according to the report. “The Arab Spring has bought world attention to the repression practised by governments against their own people. Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished brings a similar focus on the brutality exercised by the government of Sri Lanka against opposing forces and the thousands of helpless civilians trapped in the warzone”, said Caat spokeswoman Kaye Stearman.“We need to ask why the UK government continues to licence arms for export to Sri Lanka, given its long and proven knowledge of the situation.”Meanwhile, more than one year after the start of Bahrain’s democratic uprising, the repression continues, and so do the UK’s arms sales to the country’s regime. (Press TV) Both LTTE and the Sri Lankan government have been accused of committing atrocities during the conflict which is estimated to have killed up to 40,000 civilians. read more

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Bank of England keeps key interest rate on hold at 075

LONDON — The Bank of England has kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75% and warned that mounting fears of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October is increasingly weighing on the country’s short-term economic growth.The decision, announced Thursday, was unanimous among the nine-member policymaking panel.Minutes accompanying the decision showed that rate-setters think growth has slowed this year to a rate below potential, “reflecting both the impact of intensifying Brexit-related uncertainties on business investment and weaker global growth on net trade.”Rate-setters said there was more evidence that Brexit uncertainty has become “more entrenched.”The bank’s forecasts are conditioned on the assumption that Britain will leave the EU with a deal, smoothing its exit.The Associated Press read more

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UNbacked treaty on mercury to enter into force pivotal moment in combat

“The Minamata Convention demonstrates a global commitment to protecting human health and the environment.” said Secretary General, António Guterres in a press statement. “Today’s action shows how problems that affect us all can also bring us together for the common good.”Having been signed by 128 countries, the Minamata Convention on Mercury will come into force in 90 days – on 16 August 2017 – after being ratified by Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden. According to the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Convention commits governments to specific measures to control the entire “lifecycle” of man-made mercury pollution, one of the world’s top ten chemical threats to health. This includes banning new mercury mines, phasing-out existing ones, regulating artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and reducing emissions and mercury use. Since the element is indestructible, the Convention also stipulates conditions for interim storage and disposal of mercury waste. UNEP also pointed out that there are no safe levels of exposure to mercury and everyone is at risk because the dangerous heavy metal has spread to the remotest parts of the earth and can be found in everyday products, including cosmetics, lightbulbs, batteries and teeth fillings. Children, newborn and unborn babies are most vulnerable, along with populations who eat contaminated fish, those who use mercury at work, and people who live near of a source of mercury pollution or in colder climates where the dangerous heavy metal tends to accumulate. “Who wants to live in a world where putting on makeup, powering our phones and even buying a wedding ring depends on exposing millions of people to the risk of mercury poisoning?” said UN Environment chief Erik Solheim.“But with mercury we have solutions that are as obvious as the problem itself. There are alternatives to all of mercury’s current applications, such as newer, safer industrial processes. Big and small countries can all play a role – as can the man and woman in the street, just by changing what they buy and use,” he added. Up to 8,900 metric tonnes of mercury are emitted each year. It can be released naturally through the weathering of mercury-containing rocks, forest fires and volcanic eruptions, but significant emissions also come from human processes, particularly coal burning and artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Mining alone exposes up to 15 million workers in 70 different countries to mercury poisoning, including child labourers. Other man-made sources of mercury pollution include the production of chlorine and some plastics, waste incineration and use of mercury in laboratories, pharmaceuticals, preservatives, paints and jewellery. Taking its name from the most severe mercury poisoning disaster in history, in 1956 local villages suffered convulsions, psychosis, loss of consciousness and coma from eating the fish in Minamata Bay, Japan, in which industrial wastewaters had been dumped since the 1930s. Thousands of people were certified as having directly suffered from mercury poisoning, now known as Minamata disease. read more

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15 Best Geeky Holiday Decorations for Your Home

first_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on target With Christmas on the way, you’re probably scrambling to get your house in the holiday spirit. But, why settle for the typical tinsel when you can adorn your living space with geeky decorations instead? Make your home merry and bright with Darth Vader lawn displays, Doctor Who tree toppers, and more geek-approved holiday decorations.Game of Thrones White Walker OrnamentPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekWinter and the Army of the Dead are coming, but you’ll be prepared with this Game of Thrones White Walker Ornament.Buy it HereStar Wars Lightsaber String LightsPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekLuke Skywalker would dig these tree-friendly Star Wars Lightsaber String Lights.Buy it HereRick and Morty StockingPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekWe wish you a “Merry Rickmas” with this cozy Rick and Morty Stocking.Buy it HereDoctor Who Mini Tree SetPhoto Credit: AmazonEmbrace your inner Whovian and deck the halls with the Doctor Who Mini Tree Set: It comes with a blue tree, silver garland, and Doctor Who-themed ornaments.Buy it HereAvengers Christmas Ornament SetPhoto Credit: AmazonCaptain America, Doctor Strange, and more superheroes can guard your tree with this Avengers Christmas Ornament Set.Buy it HereHarry Potter Gryffindor Holiday PlatesPhoto Credit: AmazonYou don’t have to be at Hogwarts to have the ultimate Christmas feast, these Harry Potter Gryffindor Holiday Plates can make all the magic happen.Buy it HereStar Wars Chewbacca TablepiecePhoto Credit: AmazonSurprise your house guests (and favorite Star Wars junkie) with this Christmas Star Wars Chewbacca Tablepiece.Buy it HereDragon Ball Z LED Throw BlanketPhoto Credit: Box LunchWrap yourself in this cozy Dragon Ball Z Throw Blanket and dream of sugar plums before Santa arrives.Buy it HereDoctor Who Weeping Angel TreetopPhoto Credit: AmazonSkip the conventional star and adorn your tree with this Doctor Who Weeping Angel Treetop instead.Buy it HereMinecraft Christmas OrnamentPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekGet in the holiday spirit with your favorite blockheads Steve and Alex! They come as a pair in this Minecraft Christmas Ornament Set.Buy it HereSpider-Man StockingPhoto Credit: AmazonWebheads will appreciate this blue Spider-Man Stocking for all their holiday goodies.Buy it HereDarth Vader Tinsel Lawn DecorationPhoto Credit: AmazonThis Darth Vader Tinsel Lawn Decoration will earn you extra points for best neighborhood holiday display.Buy it HereSuper Mario Luigi Christmas OrnamentPhoto Credit: AmazonGive your tree all the Nintendo vibes with this Super Mario Luigi Christmas Ornament.Buy it HereDoctor Who TARDIS with LED Light and Santa HatPhoto Credit: AmazonYou won’t be able to time travel in this TARDIS, but it does come with an LED light and a Santa hat to set the Christmas mood.Buy it HerePusheen WreathPhoto Credit: AmazonIf the holidays are causing you stress, just look at this adorable Pusheen Wreath and you’ll be jolly in no time.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:WTF Wednesday: Deck the Halls With These Wacky Holiday DecorationsPasserby Calls 911 on Fake Clark Griswold Display25 Geeky Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your Listlast_img read more

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Broward sheriff candidates campaign at the polls

first_img“It’s very exciting for us because we know we are putting all our efforts into everything,” Vazquez said. “We’re waiting for today’s results, but every vote counts, so I’m here.”Vazquez thanked his supporters and volunteers while campaigning at Rick Case Honda.“I greatly appreciate everyone that’s been out here for us, our teams and our community,” Vazquez said. “You know our community is what makes it important for us, and that’s the reason why I’m running for Broward County Sheriff.”Polls close at 7 p.m. across South Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The fight for Broward County’s “top cop” is at stake on Election Day and both candidates hit the polls.Incumbent Sheriff Scott Israel is running for re-election against Santiago Vazquez Jr, a former Broward Sheriff’s Office Sergeant.Israel was at a polling place in Davie, Tuesday morning, talking to voters and discussing the importance of every vote.“So many people in the last few weeks, and even over the last month who early voted, said ‘We voted for you, we voted for you,’” Israel said, “and it validates how hard you’ve worked, and people are letting you know by their vote.”Israel touted crime statistics during his time as sheriff, as well as the implementation of body cameras on officers.“We’ve done all the things we set out to do,” Israel said. “We’ve reduced violent crime. We’ve reduced burglaries. We’ve kept young kids out of jail and given kids chances. We’ve brought body cameras to Broward County.”Vazquez also campaigned in Davie on Election Day. last_img read more

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Phoning It In How And Why Musicians Are Making Beats With Their

first_imgNews Facebook Email How Phones Are Becoming Hit Beat Making Machines phoning-it-how-and-why-musicians-are-making-beats-their-phones Phoning It In: How And Why Musicians Are Making Beats With Their Phones Twitter As more and more hits surface from smartphones, here’s why musicians and beat makers are turning to their devices to make bangers Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 24, 2018 – 11:23 am Years ago, the idea that GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning music could be created using a mobile phone might have been a wild one. Now, artists and producers are turning this lofty notion into fact, and just as smartphones have revolutionized the way people connect, the technology is also helping musicians and producers create music.One of the most recognized producers to pull this off has been Steve Lacy, producer and bassist of the Internet who has received GRAMMY wins and nominations for producing beats on his iPhone—”PRIDE.” off Kendrick Lamar’s GRAMMY-winning album DAMN being the most recent accomplishment and the Internet’s nomination for Best Urban Contemporary album for Ego Death being the first.But Lacy’s not alone. England’s singer/songwriter Rosie Lowe told RedBull that her song, “Woman”  was created on her phone while she was riding the bus. If this sounds like a wild idea, hold on. Here are just some reasons why musicians and artists are getting creative with their phones.AccessibleLacy was a high school student 25 miles outside of Los Angeles when he began to make beats on his phone because had no computer. While his connections allowed him to go into the studio at times, he couldn’t always make it there when creativity struck.”Mostly he started making beats all the time. At home. While driving. In class,” Wired’s David Pierce wrote in a profile on Lacy. Lacy would make tracks in parts and upload to the internet on sites like SoundCloud. His beat-making app of choice? Throughout his interview with Wired, he mentions his use of GarageBand several times.Avalon Lurks, an LA-based producer, told Vulture that when he began making music, he didn’t have access to a studio.“I started by making music in my room and sometimes the only mic I would have to record with was the mic attached to the Apple headphones,” he said. “I recorded my last two singles on that, you would never know.”Convenient Creativity or opportunity doesn’t wait for the studio. That was the case for Patrick Noecker from experimental group These Are Powers one night when he got a call to do a show last minute. “I had pedals with me, but no instruments. So I plugged my cellphone into my pedals and started making an audio collage with voicemails, phone sounds, among other things,” Noecker told Vulture. “It totally worked.”Wired’s profile on Lacy highlights that the convenience of having his “studio” on his phone enabled him to show Lamar the track he worked on that would become “PRIDE.”The simplicity of the music-making apps, makes it convenient, too. Lowe told RedBull:“It’s really good for getting ideas down and making drum loops and general vibe. My song ‘Woman’ started with me writing the chorus on iMaschine on the bus.”Adds Character While Lacy now has a computer and probably a lot more access to a studio, making music on his phone is still something he feels strongly about. Wired’s Pierce writes:”He’s also working this way to prove a point: that tools don’t really matter … He wants to remind people that the performance, the song, the feeling matter more than the gear you use to record it.”Producer and DJ King Britt also feels like making music on a phone can produce something meaningful.“With these tools, I was able to create high-quality ideas while on the plane, train or car. It is so much fun,” he told Vulture. “I love the immediacy and limitations that these apps have. It makes you think of being more creative with less.”In case you are wondering how you can get started on beat-making on your phone as you wait for holiday dinners or whenever else, here is a list of apps to start with—have fun!   How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform Read morelast_img read more

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Aggressive bear killed southeast of Wrangell

first_imgPetersburg-based Alaska wildlife trooper Cody Litster said he and another trooper were joined by two law enforcement officers with the Forest Service and the four went to investigate the report. “We figured out that there’s two camps and one camp had bear problems and was hazing the bear off pretty much all night,” Litster said. “And about 11:00 or so that camp reported the bear went away. And 3:00 the next morning at the other camp, one of the campers was sleeping in a tarp sort of shelter and felt like he was getting pulled out of his tarp and he kind of thought it was some of the other campers playing a joke on him until he looked up and saw a bear at the foot of his sleeping bag.” None of the campers were injured in their encounters with the bear and were able to leave. They used flares to scare off the animal but were camping without firearms. The U.S. Forest Service first received a report of an aggressive bear at some camp sites north of Berg Bay early that morning. The dead bear is a young male and the officers are nearly certain it is the one that was threatening the campers. Litster said the campers were doing well to keep their food contained and not available. When the law enforcement officers investigated, Litster said they found an aggressive bear in the area. Aggressive bears have also been reported already this spring near Juneau and Sitka. State biologists also killed an aggressive brown bear in Anchorage in early May. “While we investigating the scene, a bear showed up on site and had no fear of us and seemed to be pretty habituated to humans,” he said. “And to alleviate any other bear-human interactions that might end adversely we put the bear down.” State and federal law enforcement officers killed a brown bear Sunday on the mainland southeast of Wrangell. They believe it was the same bear that was threatening some campers in the area.last_img read more

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DU VC equates quota reformists with militants

first_imgDU VC Md AkhteruzzamanVice chancellor of Dhaka University Akhteruzzaman on Sunday compared the activities of quota reform movement with the militants.“I myself have watched videos spreading militant ideologies the way Taliban do from militant hideouts.. Messages are being sent the way Taliban leader Molla Omar and Osama bin Laden did,” he said talking to newsmen over quota reform issue at his office.He also alleged that the protagonists of the quota reform movement are using female students in the manner which was used by the militants as their last resort to pursue their mission.Read more: BCL attack on quota reform campaigners shameful: SICAkhteruzzaman, made VC from pro-Awami League blue panel, further issued a note of warning that the DU administration would “no longer” tolerate any criminal offences.His warning came the same day when a minister said the anti-liberation forces are hatching conspiracies in the name of quota reform movement.”Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami, initiated the movement seeking quota reform in government job in 2004 and anti-liberation forces are conspiring in the name of quota reform movement and their main intention is to cancel the quota for freedom fighters,” UNB quoted shipping minister Shahjahan Khan as saying.Asked if the quota reform movement has any extremist link in reality, VC Akhtaruzzaman said, however, he doesn’t know if there is any connection. He still said, “The videos I’ve watched on facebook has similarity with the videos posted by the militants. They (quota reform movement leaders) have urged others to embrace martyrdom. It seemed that some vested quarters are trying to use this movement.”The VC also claimed that the common students want to join classes and examinations.The classes and exams are being boycotted by the actions of what he called as ‘evil forces’.Pointing to vandalising of his official residence and the office of the proctor, the VC said the university authorities would use advanced technology in future to identify the culprits.He also expressed his views that the university authorities had showed certain amount of ‘leniency’ to the students while taking punitive measures against them in the past.Also on Sunday Pragatishil Chhatra Jote, an alliance of leftist student organisations, submitted a memorandum consisting of four-point demand to the vice chancellor.The demands include punishment of the attackers on students demanding quota reform, taking legal steps to free the arrested students, stopping repression of students by the police on university campus and ensuring democratic environment on the campus.A group of teachers of different universities under the banner of ‘teachers against repression’ on Sunday brought out a protest rally on the DU campus.They protested at the repression and arrest of and violence against the quota reform activists at different educational institutions across the country.Meanwhile, addressing a rally, organised by Sramik Karmachari Peshajibi Muktijoddha Samonnoy Parishad at Sonali Bank premises in the city’s Motijheel area, minister Shahjahan Khan said, “A list of those hatching conspiracies against the country despite doing government job will be made alongside the list of anti-liberation forces including Razakars and Al-Badars.”last_img read more

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Greek MPs vote to ratify Macedonia name change

first_imgGreece`s prime minister Alexis Tsipras celebrates after a voting session on the Prespa Agreement, an agreement aimed at ending a 27-year bilateral row by changing the name of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia, at the Greek Parliament, in Athens, on 25 January, 2019. Photo: AFPThe Greek parliament on Friday narrowly ratified a landmark deal to rename neighbouring Macedonia, ending one of the world’s longest diplomatic disputes and earning rich praise for the “historic” move.A total of 153 MPs in the 300-seat Greek parliament approved the name Republic of North Macedonia despite widespread public opposition. The change had already been ratified by Macedonian lawmakers on 11 January.Since 1991, Athens has objected to its neighbour being called Macedonia because Greece has a northern province of the same name. In ancient times it was the cradle of Alexander the Great’s empire, a source of intense pride for Greeks.To make the UN-sponsored agreement final, Greece must now ratify a protocol approving Macedonia’s membership of the Western military alliance NATO. This is expected to take place next month.”We warmly welcome the next crucial step in the ratification… taken with today’s vote by the Hellenic Parliament,” EU president Jean-Claude Juncker said in a joint statement with foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn.”Both countries have seized this unique opportunity which sets an example of reconciliation for Europe as a whole and will give a further boost to the European perspective of the region,” the EU officials said.”Today is a historic day,” Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who forged a close relationship with North Macedonia counterpart Zoran Zaev in drafting the agreement last year, said in a tweet.”Today we write a new page for the Balkans. The hatred of nationalism, dispute and conflict will be replaced by friendship, peace and cooperation,” Tsipras said on his Twitter page.European Council President Donald Tusk said the two countries had achieved “mission impossible.”- ‘Congratulations, my friend’ -“Congratulations my friend” Alexis Tsipras, Zaev said on Twitter. “Together with our peoples we reached a historic victory.”Long live the Prespa Agreement! For eternal peace and progress of the Balkans and in Europe!”Germany — whose chancellor Angela Merkel had personally expressed gratitude to Tsipras during a recent visit to Athens — also welcomed the news as a “victory for diplomacy.”Protests have been held in both countries against the agreement — some of them violent — and lawmakers in Greece have reported threats and arson attacks against their homes.A few dozen protesters gathered outside Greek parliament on Friday.A poll released by SKAI TV on Thursday night found 62 per cent of respondents oppose the deal, with 27 per cent in favour.A week earlier, another poll in Proto Thema weekly had found 66 per cent in opposition.- ‘Painful compromise’ -Anti-Tsipras daily Ta Nea on Friday said the deal was the result of a “painful compromise” and was full of “pitfalls”.In addition to normalising relations between the two countries, implementation of the agreement will open the door for Macedonia to join the European Union and NATO, hitherto blocked by Athens’ veto.But in Greece, its neighbour’s name continues to fuel controversy in politics and society, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for October.Critics say the agreement — which drops Greece’s objections to an official Macedonian language and identity — opens the way for possible cultural usurpation and trade disputes.Main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis of the conservative New Democracy party said the agreement “creates new problems” and “awakens nationalism”.”Your foreign policy is superficial and ignorant… you should be ashamed,” he told the government.But Tsipras told parliament during a two-day debate on the deal: “We never had a Macedonian language. Alexander the Great spoke Greek.””Are you afraid of a state that does not even have two per cent of our (military) capability and not even six per cent of our economic output?,” former foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, a signatory of the agreement, asked parliament on Thursday.On Sunday, clashes between police and masked protesters left 40 people injured as tens of thousands demonstrated in Athens against the name change.The government blamed far-right extremists and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party for the violence.last_img
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Tips to prevent text neck

first_imgPain in the neck from too much mobile usage? Keep changing hands and hold cellphone at the eye level to avoid it, say experts. Here are few more tips to consider: Maintain correct posture: It is very essential to maintain good body posture while sitting or standing. It is important to stand up straight and keep the neck in line with the trunk. Hold cellphone at the eye level: Hold the cellphone at eye level and avoid bending the neck forward for a prolonged period. Hold it such that it reduces stress both on the head/neck and the arms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTake a break: Avoid continuously using smart phones for more than a few minutes. While working on laptops or desktops, take a break for 5 minutes after every 25 minutes of continuous working. Work ergonomics: Understand the ergonomics of your work place and if necessary, change it to keep a comfortable posture while working. It also increases your ability and work output. Avoid prolonged static postures: In between working on the desktop/laptop, move your neck regularly with movements like rotations, arching neck backwards and side bends to relieve the muscles of the strain. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChange the hand: Avoid holding large or heavy devices in one hand continuously for a long duration. Neck exercises: Neck and shoulder exercises help to improve muscle stamina, correct posture and strengthen the neck muscle. Trapezius and levator stretches may help. Ice/heat packs: Ice/hot packs can be applied to the painful area of the neck or upper back. Some physicians suggest alternate ice and hot packs as well. Massage: Massage by trained professionals or even just a gentle rubbing can give relief from the stiffness and pain. Use technology: Use apps and devices which track and calculate the time spent in a static position or with stooped posture and give an analysis of the same. If the pain continues, it is important to consult a spine specialist and not try any self-medication. Specialists can prescribe pain medication and inject medicine into the facet joint or trigger point for relief from painful text neck.last_img read more

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Canada ranked best destination in 2017 by Lonely Planet

first_img Share Tags: Canada TORONTO — Canada has been named Lonely Planet’s destination of the year for 2017.Colombia and Finland were rated second and third respectively in Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” guide, hitting bookstores Tuesday.Reasons cited to visit Canada were next year’s “elongated birthday party,” with the country celebrating 150 years since Confederation, and a weak Canadian dollar pushing down prices, giving visitors “plenty of pocket money to spend on Canada’s exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine.”“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health,” the guide says.Canadian highlights given by Lonely Planet include Quebec City’s old-world European feel; the amalgamation of French and English flavours in arty, edgy-cool Montreal; the famous multiculturalism in Toronto; hiking and spotting big fauna in Banff National Park; and the excellent Asian-fusion food, winter and summer sports, and an anthropological museum replete with myth-invoking indigenous art in Vancouver.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksOn Canada Day, the guide tells visitors to “expect 2017’s parades, ceremonies and parties to be particularly memorable.”When it comes to global cities to visit, the French city of Bordeaux was first, followed by Cape Town, South Africa and Los Angeles.Lonely Planet says the top three regions to visit in 2017 are Choquequirao, Peru; Taranaki, New Zealand; and Azores, Portugal. Posted by Canada ranked best destination in 2017 by Lonely Planetcenter_img Wednesday, October 26, 2016 The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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