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Nature loss: Major report to highlight ‘natural and human emergency’

Nature loss: Major report to highlight ‘natural and human emergency’

Science
Scientists and government officials meet this week in Paris to finalise a key assessment on humanity's relationship with nature. The Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES, will issue the first report of this type since 2005.It will detail the past losses and future prospects for nature and humans. One author says the report will highlight the "social and ecological emergency" the world is now facing.From Monday some of the world's leading researchers in the field of biodiversity will meet in the French capital to work through the details of their report with representatives from 132 governments. Their conclusions, known as a Summary for Policymakers, will then be published on 6 May. "I would say that this is the most co...
Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

Fires, tear gas highlight another round of Yellow Vests protests in Paris

World
April 20 (UPI) -- Days after Paris firefighters put out a devastating blaze at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, they rushed to extinguish small fires around Place de la Republique set by Yellow Vests protesters demonstrating Saturday against high taxes and economic equality. Paris police fired tear gas at protesters while bicycles, bins, motorbikes and cars alongside streets were set on fire. One group of protesters stole goods from a sports shop after smashing its front window, The Guardian reported. The Yellow Vests protests have been ongoing since last November, starting as a fuel tax revolt but have come to represent social policies and dissatisfaction with the French government in general. Much of action happened at Place de la Republique where protesters set the bulk of the fires and poli...
Woodward at Saratoga, big 2-year-old races highlight weekend Thoroughbred action

Woodward at Saratoga, big 2-year-old races highlight weekend Thoroughbred action

Sports
The Woodward, the Super Derby and top quality 2-year-old events on both turf and dirt highlight the Labor Day weekend Thoroughbred racing schedule. Kentucky Downs opens its all-too-brief meeting over the undulating, European-style grass course on the old Dueling Grounds site. Still more high-end turf races are carded at Del Mar, Saratoga and Monmouth Park. Things largely are quiet on the international front -- except in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Jockey Club this week formally opened its plush and massive Conghua Training Center on the Mainland -- a project that holds major implications for the HKJC itself and, perhaps, for racing in China. The formal opening took place Wednesday, just four days before Sunday's start of the 2018-19 racing season at Sha Tin. Sunday also finds one of Europe's...
SEC's charges against brokers tied to $1.2B scam highlight red flags you need to watch for

SEC's charges against brokers tied to $1.2B scam highlight red flags you need to watch for

Finance
The Securities and Exchange Commission today unveiled new charges against five unregistered brokers in connection with a $ 1.2 billion Ponzi scheme that came to light late last year. The five individuals and their companies sold more than $ 243 million in unregistered securities to more than 1,600 individual investors, according to the SEC. The individuals allegedly promoted the firm's "safe and secure" investments at seminars, a Florida university class, in newspaper ads and on the radio. The problem: The brokers were not allowed to sell securities a...
Arkansas, Lexington highlight weekend trots

Arkansas, Lexington highlight weekend trots

Sports
Saturday's Arkansas Derby pretty much wraps up the preliminaries for this year's Kentucky Derby and also serves as the anchor for a lovely weekend of top-level racing in Hot Springs.Keeneland hosts the Lexington Stakes for 3-year-olds -- a race that ranks lower on the Churchill Downs list of Derby qualifiers but also fits nicely amid three other weekend graded stakes on a program of "racing as it was meant to be."With just three weeks to go before this year's Kentucky Derby, Sunland Park on Sunday hosts the Copper Top Futurity -- for 2-year-olds technically eligible for the 2019 Run for the Roses. The 4 1/2-furlongs dash is for New Mexico-breds.Unique Bella, Lady Aurelia and Accelerate are scheduled to return to action.On the international front, Happy Clapper is set to try again against W...