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Newly Identified Dinosaur Had Unusual Physical Features: Study

Newly Identified Dinosaur Had Unusual Physical Features: StudyBerlin, 29 Nov (ONA) ---- According to a new study, Transylvanosaurus platycephalus (flatheaded reptile from Transylvania) was discovered in western Romania, and was 2 meters long, a relatively small size for a dinosaur.Its skull bones were unearthed in a riverbed of the Haţeg Basin. Dinosaurs living there were smaller than their relatives elsewhere.The dinosaur’s bones were able to survive for tens of millions of years because the sediments of an ancient riverbed protected them.“If the dinosaur had died and simply ...

Death Toll Rises on Italian Ischia Island in Wake of Weekend Storm

Death Toll Rises on Italian Ischia Island in Wake of Weekend Storm Ischia, Italy, 28 Nov (ONA) ---- The death toll following this weekend's storm on the southern Italian island of Ischia has risen to eight, authorities said.Rescue found an eighth fatality after Saturday night's severe storm. It was a man, according to a message posted by the fire brigade on Twitter today.The search team found him in Casamicciola, one of the towns in the north of the island hit hard by heavy rain and storms. This brought the number of people still missing down to four. --- ...

Lost Pigeon Species Rediscovered in Papua New Guinea

Lost Pigeon Species Rediscovered in Papua New Guinea Conakry, 27 Nov (ONA) --- It has been 140 years since scientists identified the black-naped pheasant pigeon in the mountainous tropical forests of Papua New Guinea’s Fergusson Island. Since then, the chicken-sized bird has been so elusive from detection.Now, it has been finally re-sighted — and captured it on camera for the first time ever — with just hours to spare on a scientific expedition aimed at finding the long-lost bird.Researchers are hailing the sighting as a “re-discovery” of a bird that is likely ...

Deadly Landslide Tears through Italian Island of Ischia

Deadly Landslide Tears through Italian Island of Ischia Rome, 27 Nov (ONA) --- A number of people are feared to have been killed after a mudslide triggered by heavy rains swept away homes on the island of Ischia, near Naples. The torrent of mud and debris dislodged trees, engulfed buildings and dragged cars into the sea as it reached the coast early yesterday (Saturday). The body of a woman was reported to have been found under the mud, and several other people are still missing. The ANSA news agency, citing local police, said that buildings had been engulfed, with mud and ...

Scientists Examine Old Specimens of Wheat to Find Solutions for Increasing Demand, Challenges

Scientists Examine Old Specimens of Wheat to Find Solutions for Increasing Demand, ChallengesLondon, 27 Nov (ONA) --- Scientists are examining 12,000 specimens of wheat and its relatives held in London’s Natural History Museum’s archives. The old varieties of wheat are stored in hundreds of old cardboard files in the museum. The most promising samples are having their genomes sequenced in a bid to identify the genetic secrets of hardier wheat varieties. Climate change and pests and diseases are believed to be putting the crop under pressure.The wheat samples are labelled in a ...

Death Toll from Indonesia Quake Climbs to 268

Death Toll from Indonesia Quake Climbs to 268 Jakarta, 22 Nov (ONA) --- The number of victims from a 5.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Java has climbed to 268, the country’s National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure announced today. According to local authorities, another 151 people are currently listed as missing and over 1,000 have been injured in the disaster. It is also reported that more than 7,000 people are still unable to return to their homes following the quake. The epicenter of the 5.1-magnitude earthquake was pegged at 74 km ...

Algae Covering Millions of Square KM’s Wide May be Living Beneath Antarctica

Algae Covering Millions of Square KM’s Wide May be Living Beneath Antarctica Washington, 21 Nov (ONA) --- Stunned scientists have discovered there may be as something as large as five million square kilometres living under Antarctica.While the frozen continent is generally thought of as a hostile climate - with only the likes of penguins, seals and fish able to survive there - researchers have now suggested something larger may be present in the icy waters.And until recently, there was belief that the algae appeared only in the summer as the layer of thick ice would prevent any ...

At Least 46 Dead in Indonesia Earthquake

At Least 46 Dead in Indonesia EarthquakeJakarta, 21 (ONA) —- An earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island of Java today, killing at least 46 people, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents into the capital’s streets for safety.The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.6 quake was centered in the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).“There are 46 dead people at the Cianjur regional hospital and around 700 injured people. Many were hurt because they were hit by collapsed buildings,” Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency ...

Temperature Change in Subpolar Region Not Sign of Climate Change: Study

Temperature Change in Subpolar Region Not Sign of Climate Change: Study Florida, 17 Nov (ONA) --- Researchers discovered that a swath of cooling water in the subpolar region is unrelated to an ocean circulation slowdown. The pattern of temperature change in the world’s oceans may not be a sign of an impending abrupt climate change event, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Miami’s (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science.In order to explore a pattern of temperature change in a region of water in the subpolar North Atlantic known ...

World Population Level Hits 8 Billion: UN

World Population Level Hits 8 Billion: UN New York, 15 Nov (ONA) ---- The world's population surpassed the 8 billion mark today, according to United Nations' calculations. The middle of the month was chosen as the official day to mark the milestone, because it is impossible to keep an exact track of hundreds of thousands of births and deaths each day.It is the first time in history that 8 billion people have been alive on our planet. The UN estimates there will be 9 billion by 2037, and 10 billion by 2058.--- Ends//AH ...

Scientists Discover a Mysterious Solar System

Scientists Discover a Mysterious Solar SystemLondon, 14 Nov (ONA) --- Some 90 light-years away, the researchers spotted an over 10 billion-year old white dwarf star — meaning the remaining hot core of a dead star similar to the sun — that's surrounded by a graveyard of broken apart chunks of planets, called planetesimals. The faint star has pulled in debris from these objects, but this solar system is unlike anything around the earth. It teems with elements like lithium and potassium. Crucially, no planets in solar system have such a composition."It is a complete mystery," ...

Geoscientists Explore 500,000 Years of Climate History in Central Mexico

Geoscientists Explore 500,000 Years of Climate History in Central MexicoMexico, 9 Nov (ONA) --- The effects of climate change on tropical regions are still poorly understood. However, tropical regions are among the most populated areas in the world. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG) have now created both an age-depth model and a moisture distribution for the last 500,000 years from one of the oldest lakes in central Mexico, Lake Chalco.The results indicate that Central Mexico experienced recurrent dry periods related to Earth's natural ...

Agreement Reached on Stricter Emissions Targets for EU Countries

Agreement Reached on Stricter Emissions Targets for EU CountriesBrussels, 9 Nov (ONA) ---- The European Union countries are to step up their efforts to reduce emissions harmful to the climate quicker in sectors including buildings, agriculture, transport and waste.Under the deal reached between the EU countries and the European Parliament, national climate targets for 2030 are tightened depending, among other things, on the economic strength of the individual countries.The reduction target of Germany, Europe's largest economy, is to be raised from 38 to 50% while Bulgaria is to reach ...

National Museum Holds Panel Discussion on Perfumes Industry

National Museum Holds Panel Discussion on Perfumes Industry   Muscat, 7 Nov (ONA) --- The National Museum, in collaboration with the French Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman and the Omani-French Friendship Association, hosted a panel discussion titled “The perfume industry: exploring new frontiers”. The panel discussion was participated by fragrance creators of the most prestigious perfume brands from Oman and France. The event is part of the cultural programmes accompanying the ‘Fragrant Journeys’ exhibition, which is a collaboration between the National Museum ...

48 Forty-eight Dead, Nearly 1 Million Affected By Storm Nalgae IN Philippines

48 Forty-eight Dead, Nearly 1 Million Affected By Storm Nalgae IN Philippines Manila, 30 Oct (ONA) --- Forty-eight people pronounced dead and nearly 1 million were affected by floods and landslides caused by tropical storm Nalgae in the Philippines, the national disaster agency said today. Twenty-two people were still missing, while 40 were injured, the agency said. Most of the dead and missing are from the southern Maguindanao province, where hundreds of houses were buried in the landslides. Nalgae, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometres per hour ...

Nine Dead as Cyclone Hits Bangladesh

Nine Dead as Cyclone Hits BangladeshDhaka, 25 Oct (ONA) --- At least nine people have been killed after a cyclone barrelled into Bangladesh today, destroying houses, toppling trees and disrupting power, road and communication links.Cyclone Sitrang forced a million people to evacuate from their homes before it made landfall in southern Bangladesh late yesterday, local officials said.Mass evacuations along the west coast helped save lives, however, the full extent of the casualties and damage would only be known after communications are restored, they added.Sitrang also affected the ...

Fourteen Dead After Indonesian Passenger Boat Catches Fire

Fourteen Dead After Indonesian Passenger Boat Catches FireJakarta, 25 Oct (ONA) --- A passenger boat carrying 240 people caught fire southern Indonesia, killing 14, rescue officials said.The boat was heading to Kalabahi from Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara province when it caught fire. It was carrying 230 passengers and 10 crew members, local officials said.--- Ends/Thuraiya/Khalid ...

Yellow Alert Issued in Ecuador for Cotopaxi Volcano

Yellow Alert Issued in Ecuador for Cotopaxi Volcano Quito, 24 Oct (ONA) --- The government of Ecuador has declared a yellow alert in areas near the Cotopaxi volcano amid increasing seismic activity.The volcano, at 5,897 meters above sea level, is the second highest in the country.The yellow alert was adopted based on a report showing an increase in volcanic activity since 21 October 2022, when Cotopaxi registered a tremor, which was the most activity observed since 2015.At present, nearby residents can see gas and water vapour hovering 500 metres above the crater, and an ash column ...

World Bank Estimates Floods Caused $40B in Damages in Pakistan

World Bank Estimates Floods Caused $40B in Damages in Pakistan Islamabad, 19 Oct (ONA) --- Pakistan said today that the World Bank estimates this summer’s record-breaking floods have caused $40 billion in damages in this South Asian nation. The figure is $10 billion more than an earlier estimate by the Pakistani government. The heavy monsoon rains hit in mid-June triggered unprecedented floods that at one point left a third of the country’s territory submerged, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to move to safer places. The flooding, which experts say is made worse ...

Boat Accident Kills at Least 76 Fleeing Floodwater in Nigeria

Boat Accident Kills at Least 76 Fleeing Floodwater in Nigeria Abuja, 10 Oct (ONA) --- At least 76 people have been reported dead after a boat accident in Nigeria's south-eastern state of Anambra. The boat, which was carrying at least 80 people, capsized in the Ogbaru area in Anambra state. Most of the victims were women and children, trying to reach safety after their community had been inundated by floodwater, BBC news reported Boat accidents are relatively common in Nigeria, although most are blamed on overloading or poor safety measures. --- Ends/Khalid ...

Deadly Landslides Sweep Away Homes in Venezuela

Deadly Landslides Sweep Away Homes in Venezuela Caracas, 10 Oct (ONA) --- Deadly landslides have swept away homes in Venezuela's Las Tejerias city, south of the capital Caracas. At least 22 people have been reported dead, and a further 52 are missing after the torrential rainfall caused by La Niña weather pattern, BBC news reported. About 1,000 emergency personnel were taking part in search and rescue operations. The landslides happened after the El Pato river burst its banks, and the resulting floodwaters swept away several houses and shops. --- Ends/Khalid ...

UN, Red Cross Seek Better Preparation for Future Heat Waves

UN, Red Cross Seek Better Preparation for Future Heat Waves Geneva, 10 Oct (ONA) --- The international Red Cross and the United Nations (UN) are urging people and governments to do more to beat the heat, by preparing better for heat waves like recent ones from Sacramento, California, to Somalia to Sichuan, China, that could take many lives in the future. UN humanitarian aid agency OCHA and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies today issued their first joint report, chronicling the devastation of past scorchers and laying out ways to prepare for and ...

Three US-based Economists Given Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

Three US-based Economists Given Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Stockholm, 10 Oct (ONA) --- This year’s Nobel Prize in economic sciences has been awarded to the former chair of the US Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, and two US-based economists, Douglas W. Diamond and Philip H. Dybvig, “for research on banks and financial crises.” The prize was announced today by the Nobel panel at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. The committee said their work had shown in their research “why avoiding bank collapses is vital.” Nobel prizes carry a cash award ...

21 Dead, Dozens Missing, after 2 Migrant Ships Sink Near Greek Island

21 Dead, Dozens Missing, after 2 Migrant Ships Sink Near Greek Island Athens, 6 Oct (ONA) --- Bodies floated amid splintered wreckage in the water off a Greek island today as the death toll from the sinking of two migrant boats rose to 21, with many still missing. The boats went down hundreds of miles apart, in one case prompting a dramatic overnight rescue effort, as residents and firefighters pulled shipwrecked migrants to safety up steep cliffs. With winds in the area reaching 70 kph (45 mph) overnight on Kythira island, survivors clinging to ropes were pulled to safety ...

Avalanche Kills 10 Climbers on Himalayan Peak

Avalanche Kills 10 Climbers on Himalayan Peak New Delhi, 5 Oct (ONA) --- At least 10 people have been killed and many more are missing after an avalanche struck a team of mountaineers high in the Indian Himalayas. The 34 trainees and seven instructors were practising navigation when they were hit on their descent from a peak in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Police said 14 people have been rescued, while nearly 20 are still missing, BBC news reported. Earlier reports said the party had been swept into a crevasse. India's air force is helping with rescue ...

Australia Unveils New Plan to Stop Extinction Crisis

Australia Unveils New Plan to Stop Extinction Crisis Canberra, 4 Oct (ONA) --- Australia plans to halt the loss of any more species and end its status as "the mammal extinction capital of the world", its government said. More than 100 threatened animals and plants including iconic species like the koala, will be prioritised under new conservation strategies. The plan includes a promise to protect a third of the continent's land mass. Earlier in 2022, a report found Australia's environment is in shocking decline, BBC news reported. Many native animals and plants ...

Hurricane Ian Death Toll Climbs to 99 in Florida

Hurricane Ian Death Toll Climbs to 99 in Florida Florida, 4 Oct (ONA) --- The death toll from Hurricane Ian has reportedly risen to nearly 100 in Florida as rescue personnel continue to search for survivors. More than half of the deaths recorded are in Lee County, where Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, BBC news reported. Approximately 451,000 homes and businesses remain without power across the US state. --- Ends/Khalid ...

Florida Deaths Rise to 47 After Hurricane Ian

Florida Deaths Rise to 47 After Hurricane Ian Florida, 2 Oct (ONA) --- Rescuers evacuated stunned survivors on a large barrier island cut off by Hurricane Ian and Florida’s death toll climbed sharply, as hundreds of thousands of people were still sweltering without power days after the monster storm rampaged from the state’s southwestern coast up to the Carolinas. Florida, with nearly four dozen reported dead, was hit hardest by the Category 4 hurricane, one of the strongest to make landfall in the United States. Flooded roadways and washed-out bridges to barrier islands ...

ASYAD Group’s Vessel Helps Rescue 19 People from Sinking Ship

ASYAD Group’s Vessel Helps Rescue 19 People from Sinking Ship Muscat, 2 Oct (ONA) --- Asyad Group’s vessel, Wadi Bani Khalid, collaborated with the Indian Coast Guard to rescue 19 crew members of ‘MT Barth’, a ship that was sinking off the coast of Ratnagiri. The ill-fated merchant ship, measuring 102 meters long and carrying 3,911 tons of bitumen was in transit from the city of Mangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka to the port of Khor Fakkan of the Emirate of Sharjah on Oman Sea. MT Barth drowned 41 nautical miles west of the Ratnagiri coast. As soon as ...

At Least 174 Died in Indonesian Football Stampede

At Least 174 Died in Indonesian Football Stampede Jakarta, 2 Oct (ONA) --- At least 174 people died and hundreds more were injured after police fired tear gas to disperse rioting football fans in Indonesia, in one of the world's worst stadium tragedies. The disaster on Saturday night at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang city prompted Indonesian President Joko Widodo to order the suspension of the top-flight Liga 1 competition pending a review.Most of the victims died of a lack of oxygen during a stampede after thousands of fans invaded the pitch as hosts Arema FC lost 3-2 to rival East ...