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COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

COP15: Nations reach ‘historic’ deal to protect nature

Science
BBC/H BriggsBy Helen BriggsEnvironment correspondent in MontrealA new deal to protect nature has been agreed at the UN biodiversity summit, COP 15.The "historic" plan will put 30% of the planet under protection by the end of the decade.There will also be targets for safeguarding vital ecosystems such as rainforests and wetlands.The agreement was finalised in the early hours of Monday in Montreal, Canada.The following points were agreed:Maintaining, enhancing and restoring ecosystems, including halting species extinction and maintaining genetic diversity of populations of wild animals."Sustainable use" of biodiversity - essentially ensuring that species and habitats can provide the services they provide for humanity, such as food and clean water, without being destroyed.Ensuring that the be...
March Madness roundup: Oregon upsets No. 2 seed Iowa to reach Sweet 16

March Madness roundup: Oregon upsets No. 2 seed Iowa to reach Sweet 16

Sports
March 22 (UPI) -- The seventh-seeded Oregon Ducks earned a 95-80 win over No. 2 seed Iowa on Monday in Indianapolis to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five NCAA men's basketball tournaments. Chris Duarte scored a team-best 23 points for the Ducks (21-6), who showed no signs of rust after an extended layoff. Oregon reached the second round in the West Region without playing a game due to COVID-19 issues within the VCU Rams' basketball program. Advertisement VCU was forced to withdraw from the tournament after multiple positive COVID-19 tests, leaving Oregon with a nine-day break since losing in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament. The Ducks will face either Kansas or USC in the Sweet 16. "The guys fought through it, they stayed together," Oregon head coach Dana...
Boy reported dead at sea in attempt to reach Canary Islands

Boy reported dead at sea in attempt to reach Canary Islands

World
Spanish rescuers have safely brought more than 30 migrants safely to the Canary Islands, but not in time to save one child who reportedly died at seaByThe Associated PressJanuary 16, 2021, 9:03 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleGRAN CANARIA, Spain -- Spanish rescuers reached a boat carrying over 30 migrants and brought them safely to the Canary Islands, but not in time to save one child who reportedly died at sea.Rescuers said the small boat was discovered late Friday some 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Gran Canaria island. On board there were 11 men, 20 women and three children travelling in very poor conditions.The survivors said a 9-year-old boy had died during the journey and they had tossed his body overboard.Some 23,000 migrants arrived in the Canar...
Sugar Bowl: Justin Fields, Ohio State dominate Clemson to reach CFP title game

Sugar Bowl: Justin Fields, Ohio State dominate Clemson to reach CFP title game

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Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat the No. 2 Clemson Tigers 49-28 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl to punch their ticket to the national championship game. The Buckeyes (7-0) overcame two early deficits in the first quarter and pulled away in the second frame to set up a highly anticipated meeting against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff finale. Advertisement It is the Buckeyes' first trip to the CFP title game since the inaugural playoff. Ohio State will face No. 1 Alabama on Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. "Now we've got an opportunity to win the whole thing, and then you've got an opportunity to write one of the best stories in college football history," Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. Ohio State quarterback ...
NHL, union reach tentative agreement on 56-game season starting Jan. 13

NHL, union reach tentative agreement on 56-game season starting Jan. 13

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Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The NHL and its players' association reached a tentative deal Friday to stage a 56-game season in 2021. The upcoming season would start Jan. 13 under the 56-game plan. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the agreement, which is pending the approval of the NHL board of governors and the National Hockey League Players Association's executive board. Advertisement The 2020-21 season has been delayed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "We are focused on starting at some point hopefully in mid-January," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday. "... It is clear that we will not be playing an 82-game schedule for the regular season, which we normally do, but we're going to try and play as many games as possible." The NHLPA executive board held a conference ca...