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Jane Goodall Promotes Environment At United Nations Ceremony In Kenya

first_imgDr. Jane Goodall, DBE, a U.N. Messenger of Peace and Ambassador for the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), planted a tree to mark over 50 years of commitment to conservation and the environment in a ceremony on 15 July at the United Nations of Nairobi (UNON) compound in Nairobi, Kenya.Jane Goodall (R) and UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw (L) during the tree-planting ceremonyLater, Dr. Goodall took part in a one-hour GRASP webcast to discuss great ape conservation issues with participants from around the world.Dr. Goodall, 81, was visiting Kenya on the 55th anniversary of her chimpanzee research in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park. Her ground-breaking discoveries – including the use of tools by chimpanzees and their social and cultural bonds – revolutionized wildlife research, and she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.“GRASP is honored to welcome Jane Goodall to the United Nations compound here in Kenya,” said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. “Her life-long commitment to making the world a better place – not just for chimpanzees or other great apes, but for all human and animal inhabitants of this planet – is an inspiration. She is truly dedicated to ensuring the long-term future of us all.”Dr. Goodall is currently promoting her latest book, Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, which looks back over her half-century of research and conservation. And although the 50-year study of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park remains central to her mission, she now speaks to issues such as illegal trade in wildlife, climate change, and food security.Dr. Goodall has received dozens of honors, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence and the Spanish Prince of Asturias Awards.Dr. Goodall is one of five GRASP Ambassadors – along with Richard Leakey, Russell Mittermeier, Nadya Hutagalung, and Richard Wrangham – and she spends over 300 days on the road each year promoting messages of hope and environmental stewardship.GRASP is a unique alliance of 100 national governments, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations agencies and private companies committed to ensuring the long-term survival of great apes and their habitats in Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit www.un-grasp.org or contact grasp@unep.org.Source:UNEPlast_img read more

Govt has taken measures to set up ‘chowkidar’ in space: Modi in Odisha

first_imgJeypore (Odisha): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government had taken measures to set up a ‘chowkidar’ in space and asked people to vote for a government that can take concrete decisions and not just raise slogans. Launching his campaign in eastern India with a rally in Jeypore area of Odisha’s Koraput district, the prime minister said the NDA government wouldn’t have been able to do any development work in the country without the support of the people. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He sought blessings from his supporters for the 2019 lok Sabha elections and asserted that the NDA government has left no stone unturned to bring about development in the state. “The NDA government has been working hard to develop road and rail infrastructure in the state. There is no dearth of funds when it comes to development work in the country. “In the last five years, the government has been able to build homes for eight lakh families, light up 3,000 houses and provide gas connections to 40 lakh homes,” Modi stated. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Referring to Mission Shakti, when India demonstrated anti-satellite (ASAT) missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, he said the government has taken measures to set up a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman ) in space. He came down heavily on opposition parties who he said “belittled” the space achievement. “Those that are criticising the anti-satellite technology will be given a befitting reply in the elections,” he claimed, urging people to vote for a government that can take concrete decisions, not the one that only raises slogans.last_img read more

Unions: “the decision to strike is final”

Rabat – On a conference held Saturday, October 25, three Moroccan unions including Union of Moroccan Workers (UMT), Moroccan Confederation of Work (CDT), and Democratic Federation of Labour (FDT) confirmed that the expected general strike on October 29 will take place.Telquel, a French-language Moroccan weekly magazine, quoted Miloudi Moukharik, Secretary General of the Union of Moroccan Workers, as saying: “Nothing and no one can now convince us not to hold the general strike on October 29.”“The decision to strike is enforceable,” he added. The three groups expressed their dissatisfaction with what they considered as “anti-social measures taken by the government since its inauguration on several issues, including purchasing ability, pensions, payroll taxes and freeze on social dialogue.”Abdelkader Zair, Assistant Secretary General of the Moroccan Confederation of Work, denies the alleged negotiations between the government and the trade union body to prevent the strike. He added, “The government has relied on the security aspect by sending “Mkadem” – an authority assistant – to several companies to convince the workers not to participate in the strike.”The three aforementioned unions considered the draft of 2015 Finance Act as “anti-social” law. To them, it is an “anti-social” finance law, as it provides several provisions that will “weaken the purchasing ability of employees and consumers.” read more

Morocco Dismantles Eight-Member Terrorist Cell Active in Tangier and Fez

Rabat – The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled, on Thursday, a terror cell composed of eight pro-ISIS individuals in the cities of Fez and Tangier, the Interior ministry announced on Friday.According to information in the statement provided by the BCIJ, which functions as a part of the General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST), two of those captured had formerly been detained in a terrorism-related case, when security forces captured a cell in Morocco led by a French citizen in 2003.The members of the cell dismantled this week had been in possession of unlicensed guns, as well as ammunition, knives and suspicious hazardous chemicals. Manuscripts found with the now-confiscated items urged followers of Islam to practice a bloody form of jihad. The ministry confirmed that elements of the cell had established connections with ISIS fighters on the ground in Syria and Iraq and had been facilitating the transfer of Moroccan volunteers to the battlegrounds in the Middle East. The group had also been providing financial assistance for the terrorist’s recruitment process.All eight members of the cell will face Moroccan courts once the investigation is complete, the statement added.Over the past few weeks, ISIS has faced tough opposition in Mosul, Iraq – the group’s last stronghold in the war torn country. Iraqi forces and international allies have targeted the eastern portion of the nation’s second largest city to dislodge the terrorists’ grip in the area, however, it appears the quick and decisive victory allied forces had hoped for will not be possible. read more

Algeria Continues to Avoid its Responsibilities Concerning Western Sahara Conflict

Rabat – Algeria is maintaining its position regarding the Western Sahara conflict, shirking its responsibility to put an end to the critical regional security issue. Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia echoed a statement made by his Foreign Affairs Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, who claimed that Algeria should not be involved in ending the forty-year conflict.Ouyahia reiterated in a press conference that tension between Morocco and Algeria is caused by the Western Sahara question. The Algerian official said that “Moroccans want to make Algeria a part” of the ongoing issue, whereas the solution lies between Morocco and Polisario, not Algeria.The official added that his government will not be “dragged” into the conflict by the Moroccan press, noting that his country acts with “wisdom” when dealing with international issues under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.Ouyahia’s statements came a week after a similar statement made by Messahel. Both officials were responding to Morocco’s repeated requests that Algeria shoulder its responsibility and cooperate more fully in the political process. On April 4, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, also calling on Algeria to fully engage in meaningful actions that will lead to a resolution of the regional conflict.“It is Algeria that hosts, arms, backs up, and brings diplomatic support for the Polisario,” said the King in his letter, which was personally delivered to the UNSG by Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita in New York.When asked about his opinion regarding the King’s letter during an interview given to French TV channel France 24, Messahel said that Morocco “claims” that the Western Sahara conflict is “a matter between Algeria and Morocco, whereas it is not the case. “It is a case between Morocco and the Sahrawi people, and between Morocco and the decisions of the United Nations,” the foreign minister argued.“Negotiations” on this situation have always been between “the Polisario representatives and Morocco, it will not change,” he claimed.Messahel went on to say that Algeria has responded to Morocco’s letter to the UNSG. In a statement published by Agence France Press (AFP), a source at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that “Algeria’s support of the Sahrawi people and its legitimate representative, the Polisario Front, does not mean that it should be involved in negotiations” between Morocco and the separatist group.The narrative of Algerian officials has been challenged in recent days by the tragic crash of an Algerian military plane that was on its way to the Tindouf camps. Among the 257 people who died in the crash, 26 were members of the Polisario Front.The identity of the Polisario members was unveiled by the Ould Abbes Secretary of the ruling National Liberation Front, during a TV interview. The move drew the wrath of Algerian media, which accused him of “divulging state secrets”, and described is as “intolerable mistake” and a “failed public appearance” that amounts to treason. Regional tensions have escalated in recent months due to Polisario’s repeated provocative military movements east of Morocco’s defense wall. In response to the Polisario’s maneuvers, Morocco has requested immediate intervention from the United Nations Security Council. Morocco has also warned that it would defend its territorial integrity and repel any further escalations in the region, including the use of Moroccan military forces if appropriate. read more

SecretaryGeneral stresses global responsibility to prevent genocide

9 December 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that the prevention of genocide is a global responsibility, stating that when States fail to protect their populations, the international community must step in and act. “We all know the principle: each State has the primary responsibility to protect its own people. However, when states require assistance, the international community must be ready to help,” Mr. Ban said in a message to a seminar on “A Framework for Genocide Prevention” that was delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe.“And when States manifestly fail to protect their populations, the international community must be ready to take action,” he added.Mr. Ban emphasized the need to first understand the causes and dynamics of genocide in order to prevent the scourge. “We need to understand what kinds of environments may encourage genocide, and which structural and operational factors can leave a population vulnerable or, alternatively, help to protect it. “We also need to understand the different kinds of measures that can be taken to prevent tensions between groups from escalating into genocidal conflicts,” he said.Promoting such understanding is one of the main roles of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, which was set up in 2004 in recognition of the international community’s collective failure to prevent or stop past genocides. The Office is tasked by the Security Council with collecting and assessing information on situations that might lead to genocide.It is also mandated to advise the Secretary-General and, through him, the Security Council and make recommendations to prevent or halt genocide, as well as to liaise with the UN system on preventive measures and enhance the UN’s capacity to analyze and manage information on genocide or related crimes.The current Special Adviser is Francis Deng of Sudan, who appointed to the post in 2007 by the Secretary-General to succeed Juan Mendez of Argentina.The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and Mr. Deng used the occasion to remind States of the contemporary relevance of the treaty.“Many of the recent violent conflicts that have erupted have their roots in long-standing grievances between ethnic, religious, national or racial groups, the groups that are protected by the Convention. Individuals, and entire groups, have been targeted based purely on their identity,” Mr. Deng said in a statement.“While conflict is not a pre-requisite to genocide, peaceful resolution of these conflicts, and prevention of the conflicts that threaten to erupt in the coming year, is essential to ensure that they do not escalate into genocidal violence,” he added.At the heart of the 1948 Convention is the commitment to protect vulnerable populations from mass violence. In the 2005, Member States meeting at the UN World Summit reiterated this commitment and expanded its reach with the concept of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.Edward Luck, the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General who focuses on the responsibility to protect, called the Convention “the cornerstone of the legal structure that frames the principle of the responsibility to protect.” He noted that “the critical operational synergies between genocide prevention and the responsibility to protect” and commended the Secretary-General’s efforts to establish a joint office to address the whole range of atrocity crimes.“Too often,” he commented, “lesser crimes against human dignity are allowed to escalate into full-scale genocide. Early and sustained efforts at prevention – at the individual, community, national, regional, and global levels – are essential to break this destructive chain and to build tolerant and prosperous societies.” read more

Colombia UN chief congratulates negotiating parties on peace agreement

The Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) released a joint statement announcing an agreement covering the latter’s participation in national politics if talks in Havana reach a final deal to end their decades-old armed conflict, according to media reports. The agreement also calls for the FARC to disarm and form a political movement.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban underscored the importance of guarantees and mechanisms to “ensure citizen participation in achieving lasting peace grounded in democratic principles and respect for human rights.”He also praised the commitment of the parties to implement the agreement with a gender perspective, ensuring the political participation of women. Political participation is the second item of the General Agreement for the End of the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace.Some 600,000 people have died since the conflict between the country’s authorities and the FARC began in the 1960s. Recently, the two sides have been engaged in negotiations in the Cuban capital on various issues in an effort to put an end to the long-running conflict.Mr. Ban welcomed the announcement that talks will continue in Havana and wished both delegations further success in reaching agreement on the remaining issues.In a separate statement, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Fabrizio Hochschild, emphasized the importance of continued dialogue to achieve an end to the armed conflict and reiterated the UN’s readiness to continue supporting the peace process. read more

Indonesia earthquake Hundreds dead in Palu quake and tsunami

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndonesia earthquake: Huge surge in death tollSeptember 30, 2018In “latest news”Desperate Indonesians flee quake zone, with scale of disaster unclearOctober 1, 2018In “World”Global natural disasters wreak US$160-b damage in 2018January 8, 2019In “World” Locals check bodybags in the streets of Palu as they search for lost relatives (Reuters image)More than 380 people have been confirmed dead after a tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit an Indonesian city on Friday.Waves up to 3m (10ft) high swept through Palu on Sulawesi island.Video on social media shows people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque among the buildings damaged.Strong aftershocks rocked the city on Saturday. Thousands of homes have collapsed, along with hospitals, hotels and a shopping centre.Rescue efforts are under way, though hampered by a major power cut. The main road to Palu has been blocked due to a landslide, and a key bridge is out of action.Indonesia’s disaster agency said at least 384 people had been killed, but the number is expected to rise. At least 540 have been injured, and 29 are listed as missing.The earthquake hit just off central Sulawesi at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles) just before 18:00 on Friday (10:00 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.A tsunami warning was issued, but lifted within the hour. Indonesia’s meteorological agency has been criticised for its response, but officials said the waves struck while the warning was in place. (Excerpts from BBC) read more

Apple guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise ebook prices

first_imgA Federal court has found Apple guilty of conspiring to raise the price of ebooks in an effort to increase profits and break Amazon’s stranglehold on the ebooks market.Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster, five of the country’s six largest book publishers settled out of court with the Department of Justice after also being named in the case. Apple fought the antitrust allegations through the whole trial process, however, and still seems convinced of its innocence, vowing to appeal the judge’s decision.Amazon has long wanted to sell ebooks for $9.99, but publishers ultimately control their own pricing if they’re willing to fight for that right. Scroll through Amazon today, and it’s not at all uncommon to find ebooks priced one, two, even five dollars above the trade paperback version of the same book. This ruling says that such an incomprehensible pricing scheme is the result of a conspiracy between publishers, one which gave them the security necessary to insist on charging more for their product — and for which Apple was the organizational lynch pin.Roughly once per quarter, the Judge ruled, Apple facilitated meetings between the CEOs of the defendant publishers in private New York dining rooms “in order to discuss the common challenges they faced, including most prominently Amazon’s pricing policies.” Apple’s obvious motivation here would be avoiding a price war between Amazon and their own iBookstore service, but there seems to have been more at work than that.Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services at Apple, Eddy Cue.Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, was instrumental in organizing the meetings, which took place while Apple’s chief visionary Steve Jobs was in the final days of his struggles with cancer. Apparently, Cue was urgently concerned with bringing this last of his mentor’s visions to life, before the end.There will be a separate trial for damages, and Apple has already said they will appeal this ruling in any case. However, as the publishers involved all settled ahead of the trial, and the judge’s ruling was totally unequivocal, it seems unlikely that they’ll pull off a complete reversal of this finding.This can only be good for readers. It’s frankly absurd to think that by removing all manufacturing and distribution from the product pipeline, publishers actually managed to increase the price of their product in many cases. Ebook readers were originally sold specifically based on the idea that they were long-term cost saving devices, but current ebook pricing schemes undercut that premise.There’s no telling how long it might take for the effects of this ruling to trickle down to the average book-buying consumer, but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Fired FBI director James Comey says Trump urged him to drop investigation

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Jun 7th 2017, 7:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/3432404 By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL FIRED FBI DIRECTOR James Comey has confirmed in a statement that US President Donald Trump urged him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, then under scrutiny for his Russia contacts.“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy,” Comey quoted Trump as telling him on 14 February as they sat alone together in the Oval Office.“I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December,” Comey said in a statement for the record ahead of his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow.He said it was “very concerning” when Trump told him to back off the investigation of Flynn.“The president said, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.’I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” Comey said.The statement will be Comey’s opening one when he appears before the committee tomorrow.LoyaltyIn the statement, Comey said he and Trump dined together privately in January. During the meal, he said Trump asked him if he wanted to remain on as FBI director. Comey said he replied that he wanted to serve out his ten-year term and “was not on anybody’s side politically”.Comey said Trump then made his statement about loyalty. Comey replied that he could offer his honesty, and that when Trump said he wanted “honest loyalty,” Comey paused and said, “You will get that from me.”In his statement, Comey said creating written records after meeting with Trump was his general practice from their first meeting.He said he had had nine one-on-one conversation with Trump in four months. In contrast he spoke just twice alone with former President Obama during his term.“In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions,” he said in his statement.“Cloud”In one of these conversations, Comey said that Trump had told him that the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was creating a “cloud” over his presidency.And Comey says the president asked him what they could do to “lift the cloud”.Comey also says Trump told him that he “had nothing to do with Russia” and “had not been involved with hookers in Russia.”Comey says he told the president that the bureau was investigating the matter as quickly as possible.He said that he told Trump that he was not under investigation personally.Trump abruptly fired Comey last month. He will testify tomorrow evening in front of Congress.With AP and reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: ‘I hope you can let this go’ – Leaked memo claims Trump asked Comey to drop FBI probe Share87 Tweet Email1 22,164 Views Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 7:31 PM Fired FBI director James Comey says Trump urged him to drop investigation into Russia ties of former advisor Comey said the president told him: “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” 82 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Merkel vows to fight until the last hour to avoid nodeal Brexit

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in March. Image: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images 54 Comments Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in March. Apr 4th 2019, 7:45 AM https://jrnl.ie/4576079 Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 7:45 AM 13,738 Views center_img Share103 Tweet Email Merkel vows to ‘fight until the last hour’ to avoid no-deal Brexit ahead of Varadkar meeting Meanwhile, talks between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are continuing in London today. By Órla Ryan The prime minister has already set out a clear process through which we can leave the European Union with a deal and we have already committed to seeking a further extension.“If passed, this bill would place a severe constraint on the government’s ability to negotiate an extension and reflect this new date in UK statute books before April 12.”The EU would have to agree to any form of extension. Earlier yesterday evening, MPs voted 310-310 to hold more indicative votes on Monday. House Speaker John Bercow had the deciding vote, and voted against the amendment, quoting precedent. First talks ‘constructive’May said yesterday’s talks with Corbyn were “constructive”, suggesting she might be prepared to bend her previous principles and listen to proposals for much closer post-Brexit trade relations with the bloc than many Conservatives are prepared to accept.Both sides showed “flexibility and a commitment to bring the current Brexit uncertainty to a close”, a spokesman for May’s Downing Street office said.“We have agreed a programme of work to ensure we deliver for the British people, protecting jobs and security,” he added.However, Corbyn said: “There hasn’t been as much change as I expected but we will have further discussions … to explore technical issues” today.He told May Labour wanted a customs union with the EU, access to its single market and raised “the option of a public vote to prevent crashing out or leaving on a bad deal”.If the talks between the government and Labour fail to reach a compromise that both can support, May hopes the two sides can come up with mutually acceptable options that would be put up for binding parliamentary votes.Contains reporting from © AFP 2019   As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Image: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images ANGELA MERKEL IS set to meet Leo Varadkar in Dublin today to discuss Brexit.The German Chancellor and Taoiseach will hold a meeting in Farmleigh House this afternoon.Ahead of their formal meeting, they will participate in a roundtable discussion with people from Northern Ireland and the border area.Members of the public will share their personal experiences and perspectives on the impact any return to a hard border would have on border communities and businesses.Some of the people due to attend have direct personal experience of the conflict before the Good Friday Agreement.“It is important to hear their voices as we work together to deal with the challenges that Brexit presents,” a statement from the Taoiseach’s office said.Merkel has vowed to “fight until the last hour” to avoid a no-deal outcome — something which could have a huge impact on the island of Ireland.Speaking at a press conference in Berlin yesterday, Merkel said an orderly Brexit would be “in interest of Britain but also in our interest”. She added that a hard border could affect “peace in Ireland”.Her meeting with Varadkar comes amid ongoing talks between the British government and the Labour Party.MPs yesterday voted in favour of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the European Union on 12 April.With options running out, Prime Minister Theresa May switched course and invited Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for talks yesterday in a bid to forge a compromise that avoids a chaotic no-deal departure from the EU in eight days’ time.Negotiating teams for both sides are due to meet again today for a full day of discussions.May’s withdrawal agreement has been rejected three times by parliament and patience is wearing thin in Brussels as the deadline to end Britain’s 46-year EU membership nears with no agreement in sight.May said on Tuesday she would seek another “short” Brexit extension at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on 10 April.313 v 312 on bill In a rushed parliamentary bid to avoid Britain leaving the EU without a divorce deal next Friday, MPs voted by the narrowest of margins late yesterday in favour of draft legislation that would force the government to seek to delay Brexit.The vote passed by just one — 313 votes in favour and 312 against — in the lower House of Commons and the bill will now pass to the upper House of Lords for final approval today.“We are disappointed that MPs have chosen to back this bill,” a government spokesman said.last_img read more

Autisme des risques augmentés chez les familles avec antécédents

first_imgAutisme : des risques augmentés chez les familles avec antécédentsSelon une nouvelle étude, publiée hier aux Etats-Unis, le risque qu’un enfant souffre d’autisme  lorsque l’un ou plusieurs de ses frères ou sœurs aînés est déjà atteint, est plus important qu’on ne le pensait jusqu’alors.L’autisme est un trouble complexe affectant les capacités de l’enfant à penser, communiquer, interagir socialement et à apprendre. Touchant aujourd’hui un enfant sur 110 aux Etats-Unis, celui-ci continue à faire l’objet de nombreuses études internationales. La dernière en date, publiée hier aux Etats-Unis dans le journal médical américain Pediatrics, révise l’estimation selon laquelle entre 3 et 10% des enfants dont la famille a des antécédents d’autisme seraient susceptibles d’être, eux aussi, malades. Selon l’étude, menée par des chercheurs de l’Université de Californie à Davis et par le M.I.N.D Institute, ce sont en réalité 18,7% des enfants qui risquent de devenir autistes en cas d’antécédents familiaux, un risque augmenté à plus de 26% chez les garçons et à 32,2% si deux ou plus de leurs aînés sont autistes.À lire aussiLe tardigrade, cet animal quasi indestructible, révèle la clé de ses super-pouvoirsLes travaux qui ont été menés sur 664 enfants âgés en moyenne de huit mois au début de la recherche ont ainsi révélé que plus précisément, dans les familles ayant déjà un seul enfant souffrant d’autisme, le taux du syndrome chez ses frères et sœurs plus jeunes est de 20,1%. Par ailleurs, les travaux ont permis de confirmer que 80% des autistes sont des garçons, alors que les chercheurs ont suivi les participants jusqu’à trois ans, âge auquel ils ont été testés pour l’autisme.Des facteurs génétiques importants Ainsi, sur les 664 participants, 132 enfants ont été diagnostiqués comme atteints de “troubles du spectre autistique” ou TSA, qui regroupe l’autisme et les autres troubles envahissants du développement. Par ailleurs, 54 autres ont été diagnostiqués comme étant autistes et 78 ayant une forme atténuée de ce syndrome, indiquent les auteurs. “C’est l’étude la plus étendue portant sur les frères et sœurs cadets d’enfants autistes jamais effectuée”, affirme Sally Ozonoff, professeur de psychiatrie et de sciences du comportement au M.I.N.D Institute et principale auteure de cette recherche. “Aucune autre étude n’avait jusqu’ici mis en évidence un risque aussi élevé d’autisme pour ces enfants”, ajoute-t-elle dans un communiqué. Au vu de leurs résultats, les chercheurs soulignent ainsi que les facteurs génétiques jouent un rôle important dans le développement de l’autisme.Le 16 août 2011 à 14:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Youtube et Disney sentendent sur la diffusion dune web série

first_imgYoutube et Disney s’entendent sur la diffusion d’une web sérieYoutube et Disney passent un accord pour diffuser une web série originale. Un contenu qui pourrait être payant.La plateforme de partage de vidéos en ligne Youtube (propriété de Google) a signé un contrat de partenariat avec Disney afin de créer une web série. Les termes du contrat sont simples : Youtube finance le projet à hauteur de plusieurs millions de dollars en échange de l’exclusivité, selon le New York Times. Les investissements de Youtube devraient se chiffrer aux alentours de 10 et 15 millions de dollars. Youtube sera le premier média à proposer les images peut-être sous forme d’un contenu payant. De ce point de vue il serait possible d’amortir en partie les dépenses occasionnées. Disney voit là un moyen de faire évoluer son image auprès des jeunes. Et Youtube dispose d’un produit d’appel fort pour peu à peu habituer les internautes à disposer d’un contenu payant sur la plateforme qui génère toujours un trafic aussi impressionnant.Après avoir massivement investis nos neurones, les grands et petits écrans, le web pourrait donc voir débarquer les phénomènes High School Montana, et autres Apprentie Raven…Le 8 novembre 2011 à 21:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Uma no Princesama The Dating Game We Didnt Know We Needed

first_imgGosh, I am so over dating normal guys! They just don’t have what it takes to get my heart pumping. But wait! What if there were a suitor out there with the beautiful face of a bishounen anime boy and the body of… a horse?! That would be perfect!We can only imagine that the above was part of the pitch for creating the weird as hell dating simulation game Uma no Prince-sama (Horse Prince), created by the minds at Usaya Co.Young love comes in many forms, and this time, also in the form of a pretty-faced stallion named Yuuma. Uma means “horse” in Japanese, so you can see the glorious pun here, yes? “Won’t you be my horse trainer?” Is the official tagline of the game.In the game, you must win Yuuma’s heart by “training” him in various tasks such as a young gentleman horse might need to learn. For example, cutting leeks and other vegetables! Because that is a 100% totally normal thing that all horses do. Yes. Super normal.Bizarrely enough, this game is also rated for gamers 12 years old and up due to “moderate violence.” The mind boggles trying to imagine what that might be in a game like this. Perhaps the severe weirdness of a scene like a horse-man kabe don (wall slam)? Oh, the mental violence!The app is only available via the Japanese iOS and Google Play stores, but if you’re crafty you can figure out how to get it, we’re just saying. Or are we just… neigh-ing? Oh, ho, ho.last_img read more

Bahamas repulsed by violence in Paris says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas congratulates US and Cuba on diplomatic progress Recommended for you Providenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister, Fred Mitchell is commenting on behalf of The Bahamas since the unthinkable attacks on Parisian civilians on Friday. Minister Mitchell said: “The government of The Bahamas stands with the international community in expressing its deep regrets over the loss of life from the horrific shootings in Paris. We condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest terms.” Mitchell said the French Ambassador to The Bahamas, who resides in Kingston, Jamaica has been informed and explained that The Bahamas stands ready to act with its CARICOM allies to combat the problem. center_img House Statement by Immigration Minister and Member for Fox Hill, Hon. Fred Mitchell Signing of the Air Passenger Information Services Agreement (APIS) Related Items:Fred mitchell, paris attacklast_img read more

Stay healthy and safe on vacation with these 7 things

first_img Wellness 0 Share your voice Francesco Carta/Getty Images Goodbye, office; hello, Bahamas — or wherever your vacation time takes you. You’ve mapped your route, booked your plane ticket and written your itinerary. Now it’s time to pack.I’m sure you won’t forget the essentials: sunscreen, snacks, water, toiletries, a first aid kit and weather-appropriate outfits for wherever you’re headed. But before you jet, drive or float off, consider adding any of these seven travel-ready gadgets to help you stay healthy on vacation. A portable water purifier for outdoor adventuressawyer-mini-filtration-systemSawyer’s mini filtration system makes water from ponds, lakes, rivers and streams safe to drink.  Sawyer You should always research the water quality of your vacation destination, especially if you’re traveling internationally or someplace where you won’t have access to running water. This Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System can purify up to 100,000 gallons of water on a single filter, and it attaches to most water pouches and bottles. You can also use the Sawyer or the popular LifeStraw to drink directly from natural bodies of water, like rivers, streams and lakes. Or, if drinking straight from streams isn’t your thing, opt for a reusable water bottle to fill up whenever you get a chance. Any of these great bottles will do, but you still might want to pick one with a filter, like the LifeStraw Go. Motion sickness bracelets to keep dinner downFew things put a damper on a trip like getting sick on the way there. If you’re prone to nausea and vomiting while traveling, consider purchasing a motion sickness bracelet before you head out — especially if you’re going on a cruise.  According to the Sea Band brand of bracelets, these wearable devices work by stimulating the P6 acupressure point on the wrist, which has been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting. You can find motion sickness bracelets at most drugstores, and there are a ton on Amazon.They might not work as well as the tried-and-true Dramamine (generic: dimenhydrinate), but it’s definitely worth a shot, especially if you prefer to avoid the potential fatigue, dizziness and dry mouth that may come with Dramamine.A portable humidifier to combat dry skin ourryA portable humidifier from Ourry.  Amazon If you’re traveling to a dry climate, you might want to bring along a portable humidifier. You might think of humidity as that ickiness in the air that causes your hair to frizz, but lack of humidity can lead to dry skin, cracked lips and even a bloody nose. A portable humidifier can prevent those things from happening during travel. You might think a portable humidifier sounds like a luxury you can’t afford, but they actually run in the relatively inexpensive range of $15 to $40. If you do take one on your trip, make sure to clean it properly before and after. An airplane footrest to prevent swelling  It’s incredible that we can bop from East Coast to West Coast in just a few hours — thanks, Wright brothers! — but I’m not a fan of the way my ankles look or feel when I step off of a plane. It’s normal and usually harmless to experience swelling during plane rides, but it’s definitely not fun. To combat swelling, try out a foot hammock to support your feet and lower legs. This $16 footrest on Amazon has nearly all favorable reviews.Other things you can do to reduce swelling: flex and extend your feet; shift your body position as much as possible; wear loose clothing; stand up and walk to the restroom every hour or so, even if you don’t have to go. A tiny personal alarm to sound in case of an emergencybasu-personal-alarmSound this tiny personal alarm from Basu by pulling the pin.  Basu This recommendation is less about keeping you healthy and more about keeping you safe, though it could definitely come in hand in the case of a health emergency. Keeping a personal alarm in your pocket or handbag gives you the opportunity to alert passers-by and scare off perpetrators if you’re in a dangerous situation. This keychain alarm from Basu is about the size and shape of a thumb drive and easy to use. All you have to do is pull the pin to trigger the alarm, and reinsert the pin to deactivate the alarm. It’s also built with airplane-approved batteries, so you can take it on international trips. We hope you never have to actually use a personal alarm, but if anything, it’s worth purchasing one for peace of mind. A travel pillow that can save your neck no matter where you arehuzi-infiniti-neck-pillowJust save your neck and use a neck pillow already.  Huzi You know the situation: You’re stuck in the middle seat and your last-minute travel pillow purchase from the airport Brookstone isn’t cutting it. You can feel your neck getting stiffer by the second. You need something with more support that lets you catch a nap in a plane, car, bus or train. Or even on a boat, if that’s your preferred method of travel. The Omni, a three-in-one travel pillow from Banale, functions as a regular pillow, a traditional U-shaped travel pillow and a double-layered pillow for maximum support when you really just want to put your head down on the airplane tray table. According to the manufacturers, it packs into the size of a mango, so you should have no trouble fitting this pillow into your carry-on. If you can’t wait until the Omni is out of its Kickstarter phase, try a cool wraparound pillow like this Huzi Infiniti pillow on Amazon. Sleepbuds or a portable white noise machine for quality ZZZssleepbuds-boseSleepbuds from Bose look like wireless headphones, but they play pre-downloaded tracks with white and ambient noises.  Bose Travel pillow not cutting it? For even more sleep support, try adding some noise. I know, it sounds counterintuitive, but listening to certain noises really can help you sleep. It’s common to have trouble sleeping in unfamiliar places, especially if you’re in a noisy environment like a hotel, where you may hear footsteps and conversations at any hour. Try out a portable white noise machine, like this tiny LectroFan Micro that has 10 sleep sounds to choose from and a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours.And if you’re a really light sleeper, it may be worth investing in a higher-end product like these Sleepbuds from Bose. These tiny, wireless, noise-masking earbuds play pre-loaded tracks proven to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The close proximity to your ears serves as an additional boundary to outside sounds. They’re expensive, yes, but I personally don’t think you can put a price tag on quality sleep.  Post a comment Amazon Tagslast_img read more

Victims of their own trap IMA directors were also looted of their

first_imgPeople gathered in front of AS Convention Hall in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru to file complaint against IMA ponzi schemeAmal RasheedaliAs the investigation gets stronger on I Monetary Advisory (IMA) Ponzi scam, the picture gets clearer that the arrested directors of the firm were also fooled of their money.According to the SIT sleuths, all the 12 directors of the fraudulent firm have alleged that they also lost their money, which they had invested in IMA Private Ltd. The people invested more on IMA due to the trust they had on its director Mohammed Mansoor Khan.The investigating officers trying to assess the amount of money invested by the said directors in IMA. Sources in the SIT said they had not performed their duties as designated directors. SIT chief investigating officer BR Ravikantegowda said that they are inquiring on the antecedents of the directors. “We are questioning them on different grounds. We cannot say anything more at this stage,” he said, reports TOI.The directors also had lured in many investors to IMA in the name of halal investments. But no one suspected Khan’s fraudulent schemes until he left the country with the investors’ money. Even the teachers from Government VK Obaidullah School adopted by IMA were asked to be investors of the firm. It is also alleged that many of the teachers appointed by the IMA authorities did not even qualify SSLC and were taken in as teachers only because they had invested in IMA.According to the reports, the investment agreements showed that instead of specifying where it would make the investments, the company claimed to invest in the “Indian bullion market” and promised returns based on “market volatility,” reports Deccan Herald.last_img read more

2 found dead

first_imgPolice recovered bodies of two men from Kamalapur and Kaundia areas of Birulia in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday.Chand Miah, 42, a rickshaw puller allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in Kamalapur village on Saturday night, reports UNB.He was rushed to Enam Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.Another deceased Abdul Alim, 32, son of a certain Sultan Mia, allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan of his room in Kaundia area at night.On information, police recovered the bodies, said Savar model police station sub-inspector Dipankar Roy.last_img read more

howto NES in an NES Game Cartridge

first_imgWe’ve all marveled at one point or another at how technology has changed even in the past few years. Mobile phones are smaller and more powerful; computers are thinner, lighter, and more powerful than ever. Even so, what about game consoles? They’re still fairly large, even though “slim” models generally come a few years after their release. If the original Nintendo Entertainment System were released today, how small could it be? One how-to enthusiast over at Instructables wanted to try their hand at making an NES as small as possible, and wound up fitting the entire console inside of an NES game cartridge. That’s right – they managed to get the entire console, including ports for controllers and an on-off switch inside of one of the cartridges you used to insert into the console to play. The modder, known over at Instructables as dany32412, found himself an old Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES) and took it apart. With some hard work, he managed to squeeze the whole thing into the cartridge, and standard NES controllers even work with the cartridge console. Instructions, as always, are at Instructables if you want to try it yourself.last_img read more