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Egyptian President Honors Two Moroccan Winners of International Holy Quran Competition

Rabat – Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi honored on Wednesday Said Fafa and Hamza El Aasry, two Moroccans winners of the 24th Annual International Competition of the Holy Quran, held in Egypt in April.According to Egypt’s Middle East News Agency, the two Moroccans were praised by Sisi during Ramadan’s holiest night, Laylat al-Qadr, for their ability to recite, memorize and interpret the whole holy Quran verses. The contestants received certificates and financial prizes.During April’s international competition, Fafa managed to win the Memorial Prize for his ability to recite and interpret all of the Quranic verses, while Al Aasry was named winner of the Holy Quran Memorial Prize as well as his interpretation of Quranic verses on jihad. Approximately 60 contestants representing 43 nations competed for prizes in the competition.The results were released on April 11 at the end of the 24th International Competition of the Holy Quran. The contest was organized in Cairo by the Egyptian Ministry of Endowment.Translated as the Night of Destiny, Laylat al-Qadr is the night when Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Since Muslims believe that God decides people’s fate for the following year on this night, many pray throughout the night for mercy, forgiveness and salvation. read more

Annan names new envoys for West Africa and Great Lakes Region

According to an exchange of letters between Mr. Annan and the Security Council released today, Ibrahima Fall, a former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, has been appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region.Mr. Fall would replace Berhanu Dinka, who was reassigned last month as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Burundi.In another appointment, Mr. Annan has named Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, a senior diplomat from Mauritania and a former high-level UN official, as his Special Representative for West Africa. Mr. Ould-Abdallah is currently the Executive Director of Global Coalition for Africa. read more

Annan urges Belize and Guatemala to persevere in resolving outstanding differences

In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he had been closely following the Belize-Guatemala Facilitation Process, which is designed to assist the Governments of the two Central American nations in achieving a peaceful resolution. “The Secretary-General notes with satisfaction that significant progress has been made since the process began in August 2000 under the auspices of the Organization of American States,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “He now wishes to urge the parties to persevere in concluding outstanding issues.”The statement emphasized that a permanent, just and equitable solution would benefit the peoples of Belize and Guatemala, and would “signal a new relationship between these Central American neighbours.” read more

World population to reach 91 billion in 2050 UN projects

Video of press briefing by Ms. Zlotnik [31mins] In 2002 the Division had estimated a population in 2050 of 8.9 billion and last week, in a report sent to the 47-member UN Commission on Population and Development, had calculated the figure at 9 billion, reaching the 7 billion mark by 2012.”World Population Change 1950-2050, the 2004 Revision” is the first of three volumes by the Division on global population trends.”The world has added nearly 500 million people since 1999 – just six years,” Hania Zlotnik, the new head of the Division, told a press briefing. “The good news is that new estimates show that it will take a little longer to add the next half billion, reaching the 7 billion mark probably by 2013.”A summary of the report says, “Future population growth is highly dependent on the path that future fertility takes.”Median fertility is expected decline from 2.6 children per woman today to slightly over 2 children per woman in 2050. If fertility were to remain about half a child above that level, world population would reach 10.6 billion by 2050, while fertility half a child below the median would lead to a population of 7.7 billion by mid-century.”At the world level, continued population growth until 2050 is inevitable, even if the decline of fertility accelerates,” according to the report.Almost all of the increase will take place in the less developed countries, whose populations is expected to reach 7.8 billion in 2050 from 5.3 billion now, while the population of the more developed countries will remain around 1.2 billion, it says.Between 2005 and 2050, eight countries – India, Pakistan, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bangladesh, Uganda, the United States, Ethiopia and China – are likely to contribute half of the world’s population increase, while the population would at least triple in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Congo, the DRC, Timor-Leste, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Uganda.Fertility in the 44 developed countries remains generally low, with any increases being small, the report says.In the 60 countries worst affected by HIV/AIDS, the impact of the disease is seen in increased morbidity and mortality and slower population growth, the report says.”We must take more urgent action to promote access to reproductive health, including family planning, and fight HIV/AIDS to save millions from AIDS and maternal death, as well as to reduce poverty in developing countries,” UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said after reading the figures.”As the world reviews the Beijing women’s conference next week, we must promote women’s rights to protect their welfare and health, especially reproductive health. Too many of our sisters in developing countries are lost to their families and societies due to maternal death. We must do better to empower women to help eliminate poverty and promote prosperity.” read more

DPR Korea Security Council experts continue discussions on resolution over nuclear test

“I think that is something that the Council is discussing intensely amongst themselves,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told reporters this morning when asked about invoking Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for sanctions and use of force in the case of a threat to or breach of peace. “I hope they will be able to come up with one voice, and decide on measures that should be taken.”At the same time he urged DPRK leader Kim Jong-Il to work with the international community, and said he believed the United States and the DPRK should talk to each other.“I think what is clear is that he has not paid attention to the will of the international community and all the appeals that have been made to him,” Mr. Annan added, when asked whether Mr. Kim was a major threat to the world or just an irritant. “And so, he has created a situation which is difficult, which we need to deal with, and I believe we need to engage him and deal with the issue and take the measures necessary.” Asked whether the US should have direct bilateral talks with the DPRK, the Secretary-General said he had always argued that “we should talk to parties whose behaviour we want to change, whose behaviour we want to influence.“And from that point of view I believe that the US and North Korea should talk. They did talk in the past,” he added. Questioned about DPRK statements that imposing sanctions would be tantamount to a declaration of war and that another nuclear test was possible, Mr. Annan urged “the North Korean authorities not to escalate the situation any further… We already have an extremely difficult situation.”Yesterday, the Council’s five veto-wielding members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and US – met to discuss a draft resolution. The experts’ level meetings have been going on since Monday, the day the test was reported. That same day the Council held consultations during which members strongly condemned the reported test. Mr. Annan was asked today whether he thought his heir apparent, Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, should become more personally involved in the DPRK issue.“I think he has an advantage in the sense that he has been personally deeply involved with the issue already,” Mr. Annan said. “He knows the culture and the region well. And he knows the key players involved. I think that should stand him in good stead. Whether he should go there directly and when will depend very much on the circumstances and that will be a question of judgment for him to make.”Later today Mr. Annan, who steps down from office on 31 December, was meeting with Mr. Ban, who was formally chosen by the 15-member Security Council on Monday as its nominee to be the next Secretary-General but still has to be officially appointed by the 192-member General Assembly. read more

Overnight trips to US hit record level in December StatsCan

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2013 9:17 am MDT Overnight trips to U.S. hit record level in December: StatsCan OTTAWA – The number of Canadians making overnight trips to the United States hit a record high in December.Statistics Canada says there were nearly two million overnight trips to the United States, the highest level since record-keeping began 40 years ago.There were also 2.7 million same-day car trips to the United States.In total, there were 4.7 million trips to the United States from Canada, an increase of 1.8 per cent.In the opposite direction, travel to Canada from the United States rose 1.7 per cent to 1.7 million trips.Canadian travel to overseas countries remained unchanged from November at 808,000 trips.Travel to Canada from overseas countries increased 0.8 per cent from November to 393,000 trips. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

With surge of tax payments US posts biggest monthly budget surplus in

With surge of tax payments, US posts biggest monthly budget surplus in 7 years by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2015 12:28 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 3:24 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 17, 2015 file photo, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks during a news conference during the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Washington. The U.S. Treasury releases federal budget for April on Tuesday, May 13, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) WASHINGTON – A flood of tax payments pushed government receipts to an all-time high in April and left the country with the largest monthly budget surplus in seven years.In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said Tuesday that the April surplus totalled $156.7 billion, up from a surplus of $106.9 billion a year earlier. It was the largest surplus since April 2008.Government receipts totalled $471.8 billion, the largest monthly total on record.Receipts for the first seven months of the budget came to $1.89 trillion, the biggest seven-month total ever. Tax receipts have climbed thanks to an improving economy, which has boosted individual and corporate tax payments.Through the first seven months of the budget year that began in October, the deficit totalled $282.8 billion, 7.7 per cent below last year.The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting a full-year deficit of $486 billion, roughly on par with the previous year.From October through April, revenues totalled $1.89 trillion, up 8.9 per cent from the same period last year. Individual payroll taxes and Social Security taxes are running 6 per cent higher than a year ago, while individual taxes on stock dividends, capital gains and payments by the self-employed are running 17 per cent above last year.Government outlays over the past seven months totalled $2.17 trillion, up 6.4 per cent from the same period a year ago.The 2014 deficit was down from $680.2 billion in 2013. Before 2013, the U.S. had recorded four straight years of annuals deficits above $1 trillion, reflecting the impact of a severe financial crisis and the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.President Barack Obama in February unveiled a budget for 2016 — his final full year in office — that seeks authorization from Congress to spend $4 trillion next year. It projects a deficit of $474 billion.Obama’s budget would boost spending on domestic programs such as increased road construction while raising taxes by $2 trillion over the next decade by expanding levies on the wealthy, corporations and smokers.Republicans have attacked Obama’s proposed tax increases and the fact that his budget plan never reaches balance. A GOP budget cleared Congress earlier this month. It sets a potential path for a balanced budget within a decade by cutting spending at domestic agencies and government benefit programs like Medicaid and food stamps.Democrats charged that the GOP budget only balances on paper because Republican lawmakers will balk at approving the follow-up legislation that would enact the painful cuts needed to achieve balance without raising taxes. read more

Prince Harry suggests young people should spend less time on smartphones to

first_imgPrince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Harrow Club in LondonCredit: NEIL HALL/Reuters The Duchess of Cambridge helps make paper chains “He said he doesn’t like to talk about himself, he talks in more general terms, he said he was a bit shy when talking about himself.”Chris Martin, chief executive of The Mix, said: “Their Royal Highnesses have been absolutely fantastic for the profile of mental health of young people. The Duke and  Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spent yesterday at a Christmas party for mental health charities including Heads Together, the umbrella group founded by them which is also one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Telegraph Christmas Charity Appeal.Prince Harry sat in on a talk about suicide led by Ged Flynn and Heather Dickinson, of the suicide prevention charity Papyrus, in which they discussed ways of getting young people to open up about having suicidal thoughts.Afterwards the Prince chatted to Mr Flynn, chief executive of the charity, who said: “I sometimes use the phrase ‘may your life be as happy as social media pretends it is’, because there is a veneer, a pretend life going on for a lot of young people. Duchess of Cambridge The Duchess of Cambridge helps make paper chainsCredit:Kensington Palace The Duchess of Cambridge, is given flowers as she arrives at the Harrow Club He said: “What is killing young people more than anything else is themselves.“If it was a disease that was causing all of these deaths there would be an outcry – if one person catches ebola it is all over the news –  but suicide doesn’t get mentioned very much.”Prince Harry appeared to be in reflective mood as he joined his brother and his sister-in-law a day after he had waved off his girlfriend Meghan Markle, who is spending Christmas in the US with her family.The Prince personally dropped Miss Markle off at Heathrow airport on Sunday after spending the week with her at his home in Kensington Palace. 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. The Duchess of Cambridge clutches a posy of flowersCredit:Yui Mok/PA Prince Harry arriving at Heads Together Christmas partyCredit:Reuters Yesterday he joined The Mix volunteers making gingerbread houses for Christmas treats, and talked to them about how different Britain would be if mental health was better treated.He said: “People go to work feeling 65 per cent of their best, but imagine if that was 85 or 90 per cent because they felt better mentally – suddenly you have a completely different atmosphere.”Claire McCann, who works as a counsellor in London schools for the charity Place2Be, said Prince Harry was “so passionate” about improving the nation’s mental health and breaking down the stigma that surrounds it.She said: “He feels there should be a collective of mental health charities, a less complicated system for people to access so that they don’t get lost along the way.“At the moment there are an awful lot of organisations that are not connected to each other.” Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the charity Christmas party The Duchess of Cambridge clutches a posy of flowers The Duchess of Cambridge grins at the Heads Together Christmas partyCredit:Andy Rain/EPA The royal trio also helped charity workers to decorate Christmas tree baubles and to make paper chains with positive messages written on them.The Duke wrote “give time to one another” while the Duchess, who was wearing a dress by Vanessa Seward, wrote “laugh out loud” and “go for a long walk”.Jo Hardy, a parent services manager with mental health charity Young Minds, which is supported by Heads Together, said of the Duke: “He was saying the family is so important, it’s really important to preserve these family values. “The phrase he used was ‘lift up your heads’, because a lot of young people are spending their time looking down at apps and so on.“He said that his father’s generation used to go out and talk to each other, and now young people are not getting that face-to-face contact.”Mr Flynn said that suicide is the leading cause of death among young people, with 1,600 under the age of 35 taking their own lives each year. Prince Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Harrow Club in London Prince Harry has suggested young people need to “lift up their heads” from their phones and iPads to improve their mental health.The Prince, 32, suggested that people no longer talk to each other about their problems, choosing instead to spend their time on social media, which is preventing them from sharing and overcoming their own and other people’s difficulties.The Duchess of Cambridge, meanwhile, suggested “laughing out loud” or “going for a long walk” as everyday tips for helping cope with mental health problems. Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the charity Christmas partyCredit:Alastair Grant/AP “They are obviously very well known among the under 25s that we serve and their involvement in talking about mental health so openly and encouraging people to engage in services has given permission to a lot of young people who may have been nervous to come forward to do so for the first time.“They are just very, very good with people.” The Duchess of Cambridge, is given flowers as she arrives at the Harrow ClubCredit:NEIL HALL/Reuters Prince Harry arriving at Heads Together Christmas partylast_img read more

Lost ancient city of Tenea located say Greek authorities

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A team of archaeologists led by Elena Korka have located the first tangible remains of Tenea – a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy.News of the discovery near the village of Chiliomodi in the southern Peloponnese, where excavations were being carried out from September to early October, was revealed on Tuesday by Greece’s Culture Ministry.Seven graves were uncovered dating to the Roman era and Hellenistic period, unearthing vases and jewellery, along with skeletons of a woman and a child, and for the first time remnants of a settlement.Among the discoveries were walls, clay, stone and marble floors, household pottery, a bone gaming die, as well as over 200 coins ranging from the 4th century BC to late Roman times, which Ms Korka said pointed to the revelation that the city was wealthy during its heyday.Among the more unusual discoveries was a pottery jar, which contained the remains of two human fetuses.Ms Korka who has been excavating in the area since 2013, told The Associated Press that they had only been digging in the rich cemeteries surrounding Tenea, and this year commenced excavations on part of the city itself.“It is significant that the remnants of the city, the paved roads, the architectural structure, came to light,” Ms Korka said in an interview with Reuters.Tenea is somewhat of an allusive city, with little known about the area other than its link to Troy and that its citizens were among the Greek colonists who founded Syracuse in Sicily.The ancient city survived the Roman destruction of Corinth in 146 BC and flourished under Roman rule. In the late 4th century AD, it is believed the city may have been damaged during a Gothic invasion and was likely abandoned two centuries later when Slavic invasions took place.“[The city] had distinctive pottery shapes with eastern influences, maintained contacts with both east and west … and had its own way of thinking, which, to the extent that it could, shaped its own policies,” Ms Korka explained.“We’ve found evidence of life and death … and all this is just a small part of the history of the place. The coming years will allow us to evaluate where we stand.”Excavations will continue in the area, expected to uncover more pieces to the historical puzzle.last_img read more

IT startup employees are entitled to labour law benefits like provident fund

first_imgIn picture: A man counts 1000 Indian rupee banknotes outside a branch of Bank of India in Mumbai, India, November 10, 2016. [Representational image]Reuters fileUnion Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya on Monday, July 24, provided a much-needed boost to employees of tech start-ups, saying they can claim benefits like provident funds that are part of the labour laws of the country. The statement came in the backdrop of information technology (IT) sector crisis in India.The minister’s announcement means start-ups cannot deny employees benefits like provident funds.What the minister saidIn a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Dattatreya said: “The workers of IT start-ups and small-scale industries may avail of benefits of provisions of the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, the Employees State Insurance Act and social security schemes under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act depending on eligibility.” The minister’s assertion is important because the Central government has launched a number of schemes for salaried professionals, but it requires organisations to be linked to them and pay their employees dues regularly. This may not always happen, especially because studies have shown close to 90 percent start-ups fail within their first five years.And given the pains a start-up has to go through to raise funds for expansion, some might opt to spend more money on infrastructure now and employee benefits later, once they have better cash flow.  In picture: Minister of State for Labour and Employment (Independent Charge) Bandaru Dattatreya.Press Information BureauCurrent situationIndia’s IT sector has been hit by a number of factors in recent times. Primary among these is the US curb on H1-B visas, which Indian IT companies often use to get Indian professionals to the US to work on projects for lower remuneration. Since then, there has been news of layoffs in many IT companies in India, which have looked to the US to get more employees. The fear of being laid off has driven people to suicide. On the other hand, some are looking to get re-skilled in order to find jobs in newer, more relevant fields.last_img read more

Can Indian opener KL Rahul break Pakistani cricketer Babar Azams record in

first_imgPandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty ImagesIndian opener KL Rahul is on the verge of achieving a milestone of becoming the fastest to score 1000 runs in T20Is and breaking Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam’s record when Team India face West Indies on Saturday, August 3. Azam achieved this feat in 26 innings.The part-time wicket-keeper and frontline batsman, who is quite comfortable in this format of the game, is just 121 runs short of becoming the seventh Indian to score 1000 runs in T20 internationals. If he scores the required number of runs in Saturday’s clash, then he will break the record of Babar Azam as he will achieve the feat in 25 innings. Indian skipper Virat Kohli reached the milestone after playing 27 innings also.It is not an easy task for the Karnataka born player as scoring a ton in a T20 match is never easy. But the 27-years old right-hander already has three centuries in T20 matches out of which two have been scored for Team India.But, looking at his current form, it will not be that easy for the opener to play such a massive innings. He was in mixed form through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Rahul got starts in many of the matches but failed to convert them to big scores except on one occassion when he scored a century against Sri Lanka. Team India sporting the special cap. Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIndia exited the World Cup after facing defeat at the hands of New Zealand by 18 runs. After India’s return, a lot of controversies surrounding the team started to come up and the coaching staff were also given an extension till the end of the West Indies series. BCCI has already accepted applications for the posts in the coaching unit.Currently, the Men in Blue have gone to play three ODIs and T20Is and two Test matches against the West Indies in the Caribbean. The Test matches will be the part of ICC World Test Championshiplast_img read more

Extinction is forever—and ecosystem recovery takes a really really long time

first_img Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction Journal information: Science Advances Haijun Song and colleagues, in an article entitled “Decoupled taxonomic and ecological recoveries from the Permo-Triassic extinction,” offer new insights into the circumstances surrounding what was generally held to be a tandem and stepwise recovery, in terms of taxonomic genera and their constituent marine ecosystem, in the Triassic period. The recovery of the ecosystem and its representative taxa was thought to have occurred over several million years, moving from the bottom trophic levels to the top. However, data showing diverse top-trophic-level predators in the early Triassic period seem to contradict this view, along with unexplained gaps in other lower trophic level functional groups. Working from a custom dataset drawn from the Paleobiology Database and published literature, the authors of this study sought to examine the pattern and timing of ecosystem succession in relation to the diversity levels of three groups of fauna: non-motile, motile, and nektonic animals, during the Triassic recovery.To better understand the nature of the Triassic taxonomic recovery, the researchers examined representative fossil data spanning the Late Permian (254.1 Ma) to the Late Triassic (201.3 Ma) for diversity. In collecting data from a total of 51,055 fossil occurrences (defined as the presence of a genus at a stratigraphic unit or site) they found that marine genera attained pre-extinction levels of diversity about 5 Ma after the extinction event, noting “a logistic increase in taxonomic diversity during the Triassic… and suggesting that generic diversity appears to have reached the environmental carrying capacity.”In studying the ecological recovery as a whole in relation to the separate taxonomic recovery, they examined the separate fates of each of the three functional fossil groups. The non-motile group was composed of stationary animals like corals and sponges; the motile group included crustaceans, gastropods, and infaunal bivalves, among others; and the nektonic group of top-level predators included cephalopods such as octopi, conodonts (now-extinct proto-vertebrates resembling eels), bony fishes, and marine reptiles. Citation: Extinction is forever—and ecosystem recovery takes a really, really long time (2018, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-extinction-foreverand-ecosystem-recovery.html Explore further A Daonella Lommeli (oyster) fossil dating from 242.0 to 235.0 Ma at the Museo Geominero de Madrid. Credit: PePeEfe/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 © 2018 Phys.org More information: Haijun Song et al. Decoupled taxonomic and ecological recoveries from the Permo-Triassic extinction, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5091 Researchers from the University of Leeds studying fossil data surrounding the Permo-Triassic (P-Tr) extinction of 252 million years (Ma) ago found that a marine ecosystem, in comparison with the taxonomic genera that comprise it, took a whole order of magnitude longer to recover after the mass extinction event that defines and separates the two geologic periods. The extinction event was responsible for killing upwards of 90% of all marine animals. These findings, presented in a recent Science Advances article, are especially sobering in light of the ongoing Anthropocene Extinction and the conclusions from the most recent IPCC report. As it turned out, nektonic animals—the group at the highest trophic level—were the first to recover from the P-Tr extinction event in terms of generic diversity, though they declined from their peak in the Middle Triassic well into the last phase of the Late Triassic. Non-motile animals, on the other hand, suffered the worst declines at the beginning of the Triassic, with their diversity decreasing from 500 to 100 genera, though they rebounded and returned to pre-extinction levels by the beginning of the Middle Triassic. The motile group also suffered heavy losses during the extinction event resulting in low diversity before rebounding at the outset of the Middle Triassic.In terms of occurrence proportion, nekton genera went from ~14% in the late Permian period to peak at 67% 2 Ma later, before declining to 11%. Non-motile genera showed an opposite trend, going from 71% to 21% to finally return to 70% at the end of the Triassic. Motile animals however, remained somewhat constant in proportion after the extinction event and throughout the Triassic. The investigators note a similar, though less pronounced trend, in relation to generic richness for the three groups; they also add that trends for composition and structure hold regardless of paleo-latitudinal region.Because the proportion of generic diversity of non-motile animals had been stable at 68% throughout much of the preceding Permian period and again approached this level in the Middle and Late Triassic period, the study authors assert that this represents the normal trophic composition of fauna—that is, as the wide base of a pyramid supporting the two higher trophic groups. This pyramid however, is inverted during the Early Triassic period, with nekton dominating the functional pyramid at 52%, and characterizes a disrupted and vulnerable ecosystem with a diminished food web.Most significantly however, is the finding that taxonomic and ecological recoveries are decoupled. Where taxonomic recovery occurred relatively quickly, as judged by a return to relatively stable global taxonomic diversity, ecosystem recovery is characterized by a much slower “gradual increase in complexity and stability.” The study authors contrast the relatively quick, logistic rate of increase in generic richness that signals taxonomic recovery with a logarithmic rate of increase in the proportion of non-nektonic animals that is consistent with an ecological recovery. This ecological recovery was still ongoing after ~50 Ma, whereas taxonomic diversity recovered in about 5 Ma.These finding show that while this marine ecosystem collapsed in a bottom-to-top manner, its restoration occurred in the reverse order, from top to bottom, where a recovering ecosystem is characterized by an increase in diversity in lower-level consumers, that is, non-nektons. This upends the received stepwise hypothesis that suggests a recovery occurred from the bottom up.And finally, the researchers conclude “This study reaffirms the importance of protecting global ecosystem diversity because, once it is destroyed, restoration requires dozens of million years, much longer than human history.” 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.last_img read more

Girl sought in US custody case gets hearing in Mexico

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Alondra Luna traveled with Garcia to Texas, but DNA tests done days later revealed the mistake and she was returned to her family in Mexico.Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado, who ordered Alondra Luna sent to Texas, continues to preside over Garcia’s case.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The 13-year-old girl is believed to have been taken by her father to Mexico in 2007 without Garcia’s consent.Garcia traveled to Mexico on Monday and told local reporters: “I’m dying to hold her in my arms, and I hope to return with her.”Alicia Diaz, the girl’s aunt who accompanied her to the court, said her brother, Reynaldo Diaz, decided to leave the girl with her grandmother to personally hand her over to Garcia.She said she was sure Alondra would be happy to be with Garcia, adding, “We will miss her.”Pedro de la Rosa, Garcia’s lawyer, called the encounter a happy moment and said Alondra Diaz was choosing to go with her mother. He added that Garcia would be willing to withdraw legal complaints against Alondra’s father if she regains custody.“That was one of the conditions, but I reiterate: First we have to see that diligence is done rather than proclaim victory,” de la Rosa said.The search attracted international attention last month when Mexican officials seized a different girl, 14-year-old Alondra Luna, and the judge ordered her into Garcia’s custody despite protests by the teen’s parents. A video of the girl resisting police after the court ruling spread widely in television broadcasts and online, prompting protests for her return. Parents, stop beating yourself up Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories MEXICO CITY (AP) — A teenage girl at the center of a U.S. custody case appeared in a Mexican court Tuesday, two weeks after authorities mistakenly seized another girl with a similar name and sent her across the border.Alondra Diaz Garcia was presented to a court in Los Reyes, Michoacan state, for a hearing to confirm her identity and to consider a demand for custody made by Dorotea Garcia, a Houston, Texas, woman who claims to be her mother. Comments   Share   last_img read more

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