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Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Business Dec 12, 2019

Thai rice farmers shun pesticides and fight climate change

Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the top exporters of the grain in the world. Walking through a sea of green ...

China aims to double water transfers from wet south to arid north

Asia Pacific Dec 12, 2019

China aims to double water transfers from wet south to arid north

China aims to double the amount of water it transfers from the flood-prone south to arid northern regions, officials said Thursday, as the government prepares to launch the second phase of its controversial cross-country water diversion program. The South-North Water Diversion Project was first proposed ...

Short electric flight advances fossil fuel-free air travel

Business Dec 12, 2019

Short electric flight advances fossil fuel-free air travel

A five-minute test flight of an all-electric commercial aircraft by Vancouver-based Harbour Air has taken a significant step in the quest to replace aircraft powered by fossil fuels, a mode of transportation increasingly viewed through the prism of global warming. The neon-green and indigo-blue seaplane ...

Nokia ties up with five Japanese firms on industrial-use 5G network services

Business / Tech Dec 12, 2019

Nokia ties up with five Japanese firms on industrial-use 5G network services

Nokia Corp. said Wednesday that it has tied up with five Japanese companies to offer next-generation 5G network services to corporate customers. The Finnish telecommunications giant will build the ultrafast communications networks with its Japanese partners, including computer systems company NS Solutions Corp. and telecommunication ...

National Dec 12, 2019

M4.2 quake hits northern Hokkaido but no tsunami warning issued

An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 struck Hokkaido early Thursday, measuring a lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7, the Meteorological Agency said. The quake occurred at around 1:09 a.m. about 7 km underground in the Soya region of Hokkaido, the ...

Japanese actor Tatsuo Umemiya dies at 81

Entertainment News Dec 12, 2019

Japanese actor Tatsuo Umemiya dies at 81

Actor and TV personality Tatsuo Umemiya, who appeared in a number of popular films and television dramas, died of chronic kidney failure Thursday morning at a hospital near Tokyo, his agency said. He was 81. Born in what was then known as Manchukuo, now northeastern ...

Ryuju Nagayama, Ai Shishime earn Qingdao Masters titles

More Sports / Judo Dec 12, 2019

Ryuju Nagayama, Ai Shishime earn Qingdao Masters titles

Ryuju Nagayama won the men's 60-kg division in an impressive display Thursday at the Qingdao Masters. Compatriot Ai Shishime was also victorious, taking the women's 52-kg title on the first day of the competition, which serves as a selection event for next year's Tokyo Olympic ...

Atletico, Atalanta reach last 16 as Bayern cruise past Spurs

Soccer Dec 12, 2019

Atletico, Atalanta reach last 16 as Bayern cruise past Spurs

Atletico Madrid claimed the final spot in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow, after Atalanta completed an impressive comeback in Group C to qualify. Bayern Munich sealed consecutive victories over Tottenham with a 3-1 success at the ...