Central Asian States boost UNbacked efforts to help endangered species

The meeting in Bergen, Norway, focused on the conservation of the Bukhara deer – a species endemic to Central Asia – which had previously disappeared from forests due to uncontrolled hunting, logging and unsustainable agricultural practices, but which has since been reintroduced as a result of governments’ conservation measures.While efforts in the past few years to protect the Bukhara deer have been successful, the degradation of riparian forest ecosystems still represents a major threat to the long-term survival of the deer species. In addition, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) stressed that habitat degradation caused by climate change, overgrazing, natural disasters, and unsustainable irrigation systems among other factors are increasingly threatening other species such as wild camels, wild asses, antelopes, gazelles, sheep, goats, yaks and snow leopards.Infrastructure projects linked to exploitation of oil, gas and mineral reserves also threaten migratory species as they divide important habitats and create barriers for animals whose populations are split into smaller groups, exposing them to a higher risk of extinction.UNEP also warned that environmental degradation is affecting people’s livelihoods as well, multiplying its damaging economic and social impact in Central Asian countries.To tackle this issue, governments at the meeting agreed on the development of a new UNEP-backed action plan to protect endangered species. Under the plan, wildlife agencies and park rangers will be trained and strengthened, and economic incentives will be provided to encourage people to manage natural resources responsibly, for example, through sharing income from controlled hunting and eco-tourism in local communities.The plan, which falls under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), also includes protecting the lowland riparian forests that can be found along the river basins of the Amudaria and Syrdaria, which are a critical habitat for the Bukhara deer. It also covers the Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges, home to the markhor sheep and the snow leopard, and bans poaching and illegal trade. “The CMS plan provides a first strategy for increased transboundary collaboration among Governments, nature conservation agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities to enhance research, wildlife law enforcement and information exchange,” said CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema. 23 November 2011Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan agreed today at a United Nations wildlife conference to step up their efforts to protect endangered species in their region, such as the Bukhara deer, the Bactrian camel and the Asiatic wild ass. read more

UN rights experts urge Pakistan not to execute juveniles

Mr. Hussein, who was convicted and sentenced to death for kidnapping and involuntary manslaughter, was due to be hanged on Thursday, but the authorities decided just hours before to grant a stay of execution, according to a news release issued by the experts. The authorities also announced an inquiry into his age at the time he was convicted, and on the alleged torture he suffered during his interrogation. Mr. Hussain was 14 years old when he was arrested in connection with the disappearance of a young boy. His confessions were obtained after he was reportedly tortured over nine days by police officers after his arrest in 2004. “We welcome the decision delaying Mr. Hussain’s execution, but we continue to call on the Pakistani authorities definitively to halt his execution,” said the experts, which include Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Juan E. Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture; and Kirsten Sandberg, the current Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Child.“Putting him through the ongoing agony of not knowing whether he may be executed in the next few days is cruel and one cannot help but wonder why a – seemingly – rushed inquiry into his age is only now being conducted,” they noted. “Pakistan should carry out serious investigations into all cases of children in death row across the country.” According to human rights groups, more than 8,000 people are on death row in Pakistan. Out of this number, several hundred may have been sentenced for crimes they committed as children.The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the experts noted, guarantees the inherent right of every child to life, and provides that neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by minors. “This execution, if carried out, will be clearly contrary to the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture, which Pakistan has accepted as binging law,” the experts stressed. Since reversing the death penalty moratorium in December 2014, 48 people have been executed across Pakistan. “We reiterate our recommendation to the Government of Pakistan reinstate the death penalty moratorium. In the meanwhile, it would be a blot on the name of the country to execute Shafqat Hussein or anyone else who are accused of having committed a crime as a juvenile,” said the experts. read more

Head of UN economic and social forum says womens rights will be

“Women and girls should be able to benefit from all policies for sustainable development,” said Oh Joon, in remarks to the 2015 Empowering Women and Sustainable Development Summit, which opened today.The ECOSOC President stressed that enhancing women’s rights will be included in the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Even though the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted 15 years ago, there are still challenges remaining. Mr. Oh said, and “a comprehensive and transformative approach is urgently needed to address the structural barriers to gender equality.”Mr. Oh said those ambitious goals “must be matched with an equally ambitious level of commitment and investment.” He appealed all nations should ensure “a gender perspective is systematically incorporated into all national planning, budgeting and implementation.”Emphasizing that women must be able to influence decisions on economic, social, and environmental issues, he said “women need to develop their full potential, and fully participate in decisions affecting their families, communities and countries.”Accorng to Mr. Oh’s address, “gender equality, the empowerment of women, and the full realization of their human rights are essential for the achievement of sustainable development and for building peaceful, just and inclusive societies.”ECOSOC will work through its substantive bodies, including the UN Commission of the Status of Women, to lead the efforts to build an inclusive and engaging global partnership bringing together all relevant stakeholders.Mr. Oh ended his speech with strongly confidence of creating action-led solutions and turning the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda into reality.Supported by the UN Development Programme in China (UNDP) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG Fund), the Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA), in partnership with the China Women Development Foundation (CWDF), hosted today’s opening ceremony, luncheon and summit, and will also be hosting an award ceremony and symposium on 26 September at the Harvard Club NYC. read more

Teacher allowed his new wife to have an affair then attacked her

first_imgMrs Wing said she pretended to be dead Credit:Wales News Service A teacher allowed his new wife to have an affair with another man, but then attacked her with a machete in a jealous rage, a court heard.David Wing, 55, had only been married for a year when wife Yvonne, 45, began having sex with the son of their landlady.Cardiff Crown Court heard the relationship with lover “Don” was at first permitted by her new husband.But Wing was enraged when he logged in to his wife’s Facebook account – and read messages between the married lovers discussing plans to run away together.Prosecutor James Wilson said Wing bludgeoned his wife around the head with the 68cm blade after covering her in white paint – leaving her with a gashed forehead and fractured skull. The couple had moved to Wales from LondonCredit:Wales News Service  Yvonne Wing Mrs Wing told the court her husband’s “vibe changed” when Don – who socialised with the couple and was a regular visitor to their home – left their property on September 10 last year.She told Cardiff Crown Court: “He said not to take him for a fool and that he didn’t want to be f—– over.”I figured he was in a bit of a p—– off vibe about Don and that he had seen our messages on Facebook.”Mrs Wing went to bed alone, and the next morning found her husband drinking brandy alone in their living room.The couple rowed and Mr Wing began slashing at the couple’s wedding photos with a carving knife, before he used a roller brush to slap paint on his wife’s face after covering their walls and furniture.Mrs Wing said she followed her husband up their stairs only to be confronted with him standing at the top while brandishing a machete. David and Yvonne Wing Mr Wilson said the couple had been married for a year before moving from London to Porth, South Wales, to work in a school for children with autism.”There was a slightly unusual aspect to their relationship, in that three to four weeks after moving to Porth she had sex with a local man called Don.”Her husband had no problem with her having sex with this man, but after time she became emotionally involved with Don. He then hit her with the weapon, she said.Mrs Wing said she blacked out before waking up covered in blood in front of her home’s front door.She said she pretended to be dead while her husband called 999, and heard him saying: “I think I’ve killed my wife. I hit her with a machete.”Mrs Wing said she played dead until her husband began to perform chest compressions on her, and was in and out of consciousness until she was brought to hospital having suffered serious head injuries.”Mr Wing, from High Street in Cymmer, Porth, has admitted one count of inflicting GBH but denies attempted murder.The trial continues. “He had a problem with this and began checking her Facebook and realised a relationship was beginning between them.”He couldn’t accept this and the matter came to a head with him attacking her with a machete.”When he swung the machete at her head he intended to kill her.”last_img read more

Createyourownvideoad company wins startup award

first_imgA COMPANY THAT allows anyone to make a video ad “in seconds” has taken a major start-up award at the Web Summit.Viddyad wins €25,000 along with the new ESB Spark of Genius title – the Irish company impressed by creating the “first cloud-based video ad creation tool”.It allows you to use stock pieces of video and images, add text, logo, music and special effects and the Viddyad platform takes over and pulls the whole lot together. Only if you like the finished result, do you pay a small fee to remove the watermarks from the stock imagery.The CEO of Viddyad, Grainne Barron, brought her whole team on stage for the presentation at the RDS, saying , “I’m really proud of my team, their professionalism and everything we have built together.”Each of the three finalists – picked out of over 100 Irish tech start-up companies – had to pitch their product in front of the large audience on the main stage at the Summit. Barron’s pitch seemed to particularly impress with attendees tweeting:The other two finalists were Pharmapod and LearnUpon. Both offer cloud-based services with Pharmapod serving pharmacists with management, reporting and analysis of cases on their software and LearnUpon allowing companies to create online training courses for employees.John McKiernan, strategic partnership development manager with ESB, said: “The calibre of this year’s entries highlights the talent and creativity that exists in Ireland today, and the spirit of enterprise that will help to uphold our reputation as a centre for innovation excellence.”This is the fourth year of the ESB Spark of Genius awards and they are open to any Irish start-up that is in operation less than three years and has had less than €1m in funding to date. Other winners include Datahug and Smartthings, who went on to raise €6m and €3m in investment after their win.This is what the Nasdaq bell ringing in Dublin looks like>Tech leaders gather for start of Dublin Web Summit>Irish company wins world distribution rights for skateboarding doc>last_img read more

The Evening Fix… now with added missing engagement ring

first_imgCardinals attend a Mass for the election of a new pope celebrated by Cardinal Angelo Sodano inside St. Peter’s Basilica today.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#NO POPE The question on everyone’s lips is still: ‘Who will be the next pope?’ Following the first black smoke from the Sistine Chapel signalling that cardinals have failed to elect a pope on their first try.#NICOLA FURLONG Nicola Furlong’s mother and sister made emotional victim impact statements today, telling a Tokyo court how their lives have changed since she was killed in May last year. Her mother, Angela, said they carry a “cloak of darkness” with them at all times. Reports say that two of the jurors and one judge cried during the statements.#PENALTY POINT Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan wants his penalty points back. He told the Dáil that he is to appeal for fines and points due to him for driving while using a mobile phone on two occasions. Deputy Flanagan says a Garda Sergeant wiped his points but he did not name the Sergeant in the Dáil.#JILL MEAGHER Tom Meagher, the husband of murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher, is reported to have stormed out of a Melbourne courtroom today following Adrian Ernest Bayley’s not guilty plea.  The man accused off the murder and rape of the Irish woman last October pleaded not guilty to her murder but guilty to one charge of rape.#IRISH FERRIES Passengers on an Irish Ferries ship have found themselves stranded at sea after bad weather conditions made it too difficult to dock. Although the ship, which left Rosslare on Sunday evening, has since docked at Cherbourg ferry port, passengers are still waiting for the go-ahead to disembark. A cirque performer from Le Noir performs at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Le Noir has a crew of twenty from around the world like Russia, Australia, Lithuania, Canada, Bulgaria who specialize in different acrobatic acts, some of which were formerly from the production Cirque du Soleil. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)THINGS WE LOVEDWhat a difference a day made, 24 little hours… We loved these two amazing pictures on Reddit taken of St. Stephens Green’s entrance just a day apart. It’s like parallel universes.LIFE gives us a glimpse into what life was like for America’s migrant workers harvesting crops in 1959. Photographer Michael Rougier took nearly 3,000 pictures, capturing workers and their families struggling through harvest season, but none of the images were ever published. Until now.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)This pensive nun in Rome really caught our attention today, here’s more photographs of the first day of the Vatican conclave.THINGS WE SHAREDNow you can choose your own Pope thanks to The Guardian’s ‘Pontifficator’. Explore their views on issues from contraception to relations with other faiths, peruse their CVs and choose the man you think is best qualified for the job.If  you were shopping in Lidl in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, recently and lost an engagement ring, then you might just be in luck.  A member of staff found the ring and it now resides in Lidl’s customer service centre in Kildare, waiting to be reunited with its owner.Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fall 100ft down a mountainside? Well wonder no more because here it is. In the first person. On TheDailyEdge. Ouch. (MaryHDennis3/YouTube)last_img read more

John Banville wins Austrian literature prize

first_imgIRISH AUTHOR JOHN BANVILLE is to be awarded the Austrian state prize for European literature in July, the government said today, praising the novelist’s “unconventional” style.Banville “is an unconventional author who always surprises us with his themes and his complex characters,” fitting into the “tradition of great European authors, tackling profound questions about life,” Culture Minister Claudia Schmied said.Banville, 67, who in 2005 won the Booker Prize for his novel “The Sea”, will receive the award and the €25,000 prize money at a ceremony in Salzburg on July 25.- © AFP, 2013Read: 12 books we’re all meant to have read but probably haven’t >last_img read more

Peter Aiken says he is shellshocked about Garth Brooks

first_imgThey rang me and told me it would be three gigs, so I rang Garth’s manager and he got Garth on the phone. He said it was five or nothing. Then Dublin City Council rang me back and offered a fourth gig, but the next morning it was back to three.Aiken said that the show would have been “like nothing you’ve ever seen before” and said that Brooks “is into this for millions”. He denied that greed played any part in the planning of the show, saying that the demand was there and Brooks could only recoup money if he played the three gigs.He told the show that he had never been told by Dublin City Council that the gigs were in jeopardy.We had to have the licence in 10 weeks before the gig, we had it in 14 weeks before. I’d say to Dublin City Council: if it was such a problem back then, why didn’t you tell us it wouldn’t go ahead?“If five was a problem, why did they offer us four?”Brooks knew how the system worked, he said.He added that the situation was “embarrassing” and would be a financial problem, but that he was not expecting lawsuits.“I think the 160,000 people, some of them, would have turned up. There would have been huge problems.”Read: Say What? Some of the mad things public figures are saying about GarthRead: Timeline: Garth Brooks at Croke Park – from sold-out to cancelled THE PROMOTER BEHIND the cancelled Garth Brooks shows says he is “shellshocked”.Peter Aiken spoke to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that it “is not easy” to face up to the fact that the gigs will not be going ahead.He said that he had never flown to the US because the country superstar would not acquiesce to any plan that would not involve playing all five gigs.“We couldn’t have moved the gigs to another venue or done a scaled-down version of it. Garth didn’t want to leave anyone out.”Aiken took particular aim at Dublin City Council, saying that their handling of the issue was a “joke”.last_img read more

Little tweet causes giant riot at Electric Daisy Carnival premiere

first_imgTwitter is a great tool for learning about events happening in your city. For example, the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream food truck can tweet its location, and, within minutes, will have swarms of people ready to eat their delicious treats. It’s nice to know about things you’d otherwise be in the dark about, but you have to realize that every single person following the Ben & Jerry’s on Twitter also has the “inside scoop.” This can end baldy when you turn the corner to where the food truck is located and see a line of 100 people who beat you to the punch.Now, let’s take the Ben & Jerry’s truck scenario and magnify that. DJ Kaskade, a very popular DJ with over 94,000 followers, tweeted yesterday about a block party being held outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. The theater was hosting the L.A. premiere of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, a documentary about the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, a giant rave meant to celebrate the still-thriving electronic dance music and rave community. The 2011 event held in Las Vegas over three days had about 215,000 people in attendance, so you can get an idea of just how popular the EDC is. However, the block party almost turned into an out-of-control riot after Kaskade, one of the stars in the documentary, tweeted the plans of the impromptu block party.Lo and behold, over 2,000 people showed up and crowded the street outside the theater before Kaskade could even get there. The tweet that started the whole thing said the time, date and place of the block party, followed by: “ME+BIG SPEAKERS+MUSIC=BLOCK PARTY!!! RT!” He also tweeted “let’s see if the magic of social networking will work today.” The power of social networking definitely did work, but went above and beyond what Kaskade had expected.He called the horde of people a “#flashcrowd,” and while he was still on his way to the event he tweeted that “the man (is) trying to shut us down.” The L.A. police arrived and tried to clear the street. Law enforcement shot beanbags at the crowd and tried to push them away, which then sparked the crowd to start throwing objects, vandalize cars, and even enact the art of planking.Kaskade’s tweets quickly changed from happy to panic as he tweeted for everyone to “please relax” as he was very concerned for everyone’s safety. He tweeted that the party had been shut down, and then tweeted that everyone had to go home immediately as he didn’t want this to reflect badly on “EDM” (electronic dance music).Although the Electric Daisy Carnival is known for ending in hundreds of injuries and some deaths, no one was reportedly hurt, although several people were arrested, and a number of police cars were damaged.We’ve seen social media turn fun events wrong in the past when one teen accidentally made her Sweet 16 birthday party open on Facebook and had 200,000 people RSVP for it. That party was quickly canceled before the party day, but one girl’s Sweet 16 saw 1,500 people show up because of a lack of Facebook privacy.It seems that social media is a very delicate tool that, when put into the wrong hands, can result in hordes of people showing up to events. The lesson here: think twice before you tweet. The better solution, instead of tweeting the block party to 94,000 people, would have been to do it the old school way: call up a few of your friends and have them bring a few of their friends. A couple hundred people is much more manageable than a couple thousand.You can see some of the footage of the “block party” below.via AV Clublast_img read more

The best Android tethering apps

first_imgIf you own an Android phone, there’s a good chance you have quite speedy downloads, whether it’s LTE or a (not quite as speedy) technology like HSPA+ or WiMax. What if you want to take those 3G or 4G downloads, and share them with a tablet, PC, or gaming system? You’ll need to tether.Your wireless carrier wants you to pay extra for the privilege of tethering. Unfortunately for customers, this practice has no rational justification. In terms of cost to the carriers, there is no difference between using data on your Android phone and using that data on another device. It’s simply a scheme to maximize carriers’ profits — at your expense.Fortunately, Android users have other tethering options. Unlike with iPhone tethering apps, you don’t even need to hack your phone or tablet in order to reap the benefits of unauthorized Android tethering. Let’s take a look at the top choices for Android tethering apps.Wireless Tether for Root UsersThough there are other apps with more advanced features (see below), Wireless Tether for Root Users is a great choice for countless Android users. It’s biggest perk is that it’s free. Simply download it from the Market on any rooted phone, start it up, and enjoy a free hotspot.There are a few (potential) drawbacks to Wireless Tether. You will, of course, need to root your phone in order to use it. It also doesn’t support wired (USB) tethering, which can give you faster speeds than creating a WiFi hotspot.PdaNetPdaNet has more of an advanced feature set than Wireless Tether, and it doesn’t require root. It lets you tether to a PC or Mac via USB or Bluetooth. Just install the companion desktop app, connect the device, and share your connection at 100% of your phone’s original speed.PdaNet’s biggest weakness is that it doesn’t support WiFi hotspots. So if you want to tether to an iPad, or to a gaming system (without using a PC as a middleman) you’ll need to root and use a hotspot app like Wireless Tether.PdaNet offers a free version that blocks secure websites (like Gmail). The full version costs $15.95.Other Android tethering appsThough we believe that the above apps will serve as the best Android tethering apps for most people, some may want to expand their search. If you want a wider sampling, you can check out the following:EasyTether (similar to PdaNet), Barnicle WiFi Tether (similar to Wireless Tether for Root Users), and ClockworkMod Tether (another PdaNet-esque app)last_img read more

It has been confirmed Evzones to come to Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Celebrating the relationship between Greece and Australia, nine soldiers, Evzones, of the Greek Presidential Guard arrived Down Under to mark the anniversary of Anzac Day and the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Crete in 2017.It has just been confirmed that the Andrews Government will provide the Greek National Day Commemorative Committee with $30,000 for the Presidential Guards’ visit to Melbourne on 25 March 2018.“The participation of the Presidential Guard in the Victorian Greek National Day commemoration will make what is a significant day for our Greek community all the more special,” Minister Mikakos said. “Our government is pleased to be able to support this important visit.”The official visit of the Evzones, the highest level of military guard in Greece, always garners the interest of the Greek Australian communities nationwide and is met with pride, enthusiasm and emotion.last_img read more

Greenpeace reçoit linterdiction de sapprocher dun convoi de Mox

first_imgGreenpeace reçoit l’interdiction de s’approcher d’un convoi de MoxRouen, France – Greenpeace a été condamné mercredi en référé par le tribunal de grande instance de Cherbourg. Il lui est interdit d’entraver un convoi de combustible Mox prévu entre La Hague et Cherbourg en fin de semaine, et destiné au Japon.Trente-deux assemblages de Mox, un combustible nucléaire permettant de produire de l’électricité, doivent quitter en fin de semaine le port de Cherbourg pour être acheminés vers le Japon. Déjà condamnée mardi à ne pas tenter de bloquer un convoi d’uranium appauvri en provenance d’Areva et à destination de la Russie, l’association Greenpeace a reçu interdiction de s’approcher des opérations de chargement de Mox.Si l’association écologiste ne se plie pas à cette condamnation, elle risque une amende de 75.000 euros par infraction constatée.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylEntre le 7 et le 21 avril, les militants de Greenpeace ne devront pas s’approcher du convoi transportant le combustible, à moins de 100 mètres sur terre, et à moins de 300 mètres sur mer. Il est formellement interdit aux membres de l’association de tenter “de gêner ou d’entraver toutes les opérations, de bloquer ou de tenter de bloquer l’accès du port de Cherbourg ou de perturber, de quelque manière que ce soit, le transport du combustible”.Alors que Greenpeace a encore une fois manifesté mercredi dans le port du Havre contre les exportations de déchets nucléaires français vers la Russie, Yannick Rousselet, porte-parole de l’association a déclaré que “les militants réservent leur réponse” quant à l’interdiction d’approcher le convoi de Mox.Le 8 avril 2010 à 16:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rhume pourquoi ne sommesnous pas tous égaux face aux maladies bénignes

first_imgRhume : pourquoi ne sommes-nous pas tous égaux face aux maladies bénignes ?Si certains sont plus souvent touchés par le rhume que d’autres, c’est notamment à cause de leurs chromosomes. C’est du moins ce que suggère une étude publiée dans le Journal of the American Medical Association. Certaines personnes passent l’hiver sans encombre, d’autres se retrouvent cloués au lit et enchaînent les rhumes. Face à certaines pathologies bénignes, nous ne sommes pas tous aussi sensibles. Or, selon une récente étude, cette inégalité trouverait son origine au plus profond de notre organisme, au sein de nos chromosomes et plus précisément dans les télomères.Mais qu’est-ce un télomère ? Il s’agit d’un capuchon situé à chaque extrémité des chromosomes, plus concrètement, d’une séquence ADN répétitive qui protège nos gènes. Les télomères raccourcissent en fait à chaque fois qu’une cellule se divise et sont ainsi liées au vieillissement mais aussi au cancer et à d’autres pathologies. Néanmoins, dès la naissance, la taille initiale des télomères varie en fonction des individus, ce qui expliquerait notamment pourquoi les personnes dotées de télomères longs vivent mieux et plus longtemps.Une vulnérabilité plus importante face à la maladie Partis de là, des scientifiques se sont demandés si la taille de ces télomères n’influençait pas aussi la vulnérabilité face aux maladies bénignes chez les personnes jeunes et en bonne santé. Pour le savoir, des chercheurs de la Carnegie Mellon University ont réalisé une étude qu’ils publient cette semaine dans le Journal of the American Medical Association et qui conclut que oui, les télomères ont bien un rôle à jouer dans le fonctionnement du système immunitaire.”Nous savions que les personnes de plus de 55 ans avec des télomères courts étaient plus vulnérables face à la maladie et à la mortalité. Nous savions également que des facteurs autres que le vieillissement, tel que le stress chronique et une pauvre hygiène de vie, sont associés à des télomères plus courts chez les personnes âgées”, a expliqué Dr Sheldon Cohen, l’un des auteurs de l’étude dans un communiqué repris par CBSNews. “Nous en déduisons donc que les personnes plus jeunes présentent également des tailles différentes de télomères et nous voulions savoir ce que cela impliquait pour leur santé”.Pour approfondir leurs recherches, les scientifiques ont mené une expérience auprès de 152 individus volontaires âgés de 18 à 55 ans, dont la longueur des télomères a été mesurée dans les globules blancs. Les chercheurs leur ont administré le virus du rhume via des gouttes nasales, puis les ont placés en quarantaine pendant cinq jours.Des cellules immunitaires qui prolifèrent moins vite À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Sur les 152 adultes exposés au virus, 69% ont été infectés, soit 105 personnes, et 22% ont développé un rhume, soit 33 personnes, rapporte le site Metro. Constat : ce sont les personnes munies de télomères courts qui ont été les plus touchés, qu’importe le groupe sanguin. Les auteurs de l’étude en ont alors déduit que les globules blancs (responsable de la destruction des cellules infectées) aux télomères courts ne proliféraient pas aussi rapidement que les autres, expliquant une moindre résistance aux maladies.Cependant, cette hypothèse reste encore à vérifier : “C’est une recherche préliminaire et plus de travaux sur d’autres virus et des infections naturelles aideront à clarifier ses implications”, a nuancé Sheldon Cohen. Le 26 février 2013 à 17:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BJP MLC questions Nitish government seeking details on RSS

first_imgPatna : BJP MLC Sanjay Mayunkh on Wednesday raised in the Legislative Council the matter of the Bihar Police Special Branch letter directing its Deputy SPs to gather information on the state functionaries of the RSS and its 18 affiliates. BJP, an ally of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U), is the political arm of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The letter was issued by the Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) on May 28, two days before the swearing-in of the BJP-led Narendra Modi government at the Centre. “It is a serious matter and I raised it in the Legislative Council. The government must explain how and why the police wanted information about leaders of RSS, the country’s largest nationalist organisation,” Mayunkh told IANS. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us A day after the reports about the letter came out, leaders of the BJP, expressed their displeasure and demanded action against the police officer who issued it. The BJP leaders also expressed surprise that the Deputy Superintendents of Police, to whom the letter was sent, were asked to treat it as urgent and provide the relevant information within a week. Copies of the letter were also forwarded to the ADG, IG and DIG of the Special Branch.last_img read more

Mentally disturbed man dies after jumping on burning pyre at crematorium in

first_imgThe man took the extreme step after the relatives of the dead had left the place. Representative image/PixabayA 34-year-old man suffering from a mental ailment burned to death after he jumped onto a burning pyre at a crematorium in Nagpur on Saturday, June 1.According to the police, the man, identified as Mahesh Kotangde, jumped onto the pyre of a dead man who had been cremated at Jaitala crematorium. Inspector RS Kshirsagar of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) police station said Kotangde lived near the crematorium.He went on to say that Kotangde took the extreme step after the relatives of the dead had left the place. “It was the children who were playing nearby saw him and raised alarm,” he added.While the reason why he jumped onto the pyre is yet to be ascertained, a probe revealed that he was suffering from a mental ailment for the last three years and was also a heavy drinker.Back in April 2017, the Indian Parliament decriminalised suicide by passing the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017. The act commenced in July 2018. (With inputs from news agencies)last_img read more

Writers desk How writers build the sanctums where they write

first_imgSolitude and silence are what most writers seek to produce a full-length novel or non-fiction book. But what do writers do when all around them is chaos and noise? They sit back and build a peaceful environment where their creative juices flow seamlessly. There is no denying the fact that some of the best novels have been written by writers with few resources at their disposal, often at the early stage of their careers when they struggled to make ends meet. A perfect writing universe, thus, may not be a prerequisite for quality writing. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut even then, some writers carefully curate the existing surroundings to suit the mood of their novel.Consider, for instance, British writer Chris Cleave, whose books are published in 30 languages and have been adapted for screen and stage worldwide. The writer’s highly acclaimed book “Everyone Brave is Forgiven” was written in a corner of the The London Library, surrounded by stacks of books. There was no view but the one that he brought with him. Usually the light from the small window was leaden and the soft buzzing of the electrical transformer box drowned out any distracting background noise. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The writing desk was steady and just the right age, 50 or 60 years, I should think – so that it offended neither with antiquity nor with recency. Scratched into it were the initials of people I couldn’t guess at. As a place to write, it was neutral. It was notable for not even belonging to me, so that I felt no irritating obligation to fix anything broken, or to clutter it with proofs of my existence. Apart from my laptop and water bottle, I never took anything with me to the writing desk. I kept the laptop clean and my mind in the early 1940s. When the novel was finished, I was finished with the space I had written it in,” said Cleave. Then there are those like Meena Alexander, one of India’s foremost poets, who like to move around when they write. Alexander is, in her own words, essentially nomadic in this essential practice, and carries her little notebook and pens on buses or on the subway. Sometimes when she is walking in the park, she is writing her poems in her head, in inner space, so that the colour of the sky, or a child suddenly running across the path enters into what she is composing, the words and breath co-mingling in that fluid state essential for the creation of the poem she composes.But Alexander also has a deep desire to be tethered, to be housed.”I have a favourite bench I sit on in a crowded café with a cup of coffee. The clatter and bustle do not trouble me. In a strange way they comfort me, provide a fellow feeling. We are all in this world together and the poem, even as it nestles in the crevices of the brain, is in and of the world,” elaborated Alexander, who lives and works in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College.In her apartment in Washington Heights is a desk where she sits exclusively to write. It is made of solid wood and behind it is an old piano that her son rescued when it was being thrown out. It is on this desk that Alexander sets her pen and paper to create books that have been adored by readers and critics alike.”And then there is another desk, in the studio I have recently rented, in a room above a stone church, part of the Cornerstone Studios. I go there when I can for the utter quiet it gives, the seclusion that protects the soul, a space of meditation. Out of the window, I can stare at the leaves of the elm tree outside. The hope is that, bit by bit, the rhythm of thought and feeling can be sculpted into form,” she added.While both Alexander and Cleave are based outside India and seek a rather simple, unadorned environment to pen their books, some of the most popular contemporary Indian writers like Ashwin Sanghi, Amish Tripathi and Shashi Tharoor have built rather fascinating writing rooms for themselves, in the very heart of noisy New Delhi and Mumbai.last_img read more

Firefox Looking Glass extension what it is

first_imgFirefox Looking Glass extension: what it is? by Martin Brinkmann on December 16, 2017 in Firefox – Last Update: December 17, 2017 – 121 commentsIf you take a look at the installed extensions of your version of Firefox right now, you may notice a new extension called Looking Glass listed among them.You can display all user installed extensions on about:addons. Chance is very high that you did not install Looking Glass, and the description “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” does not really reveal anything about the extension.Created by the PUG Experience Group, it at least lists names of the actual developers next to the listing.First thought is probably that it is some kind of malware that was installed automatically. Good news is, it is not.Looking Glass is an official Mozilla extension. The project’s GitHub page reveals that “Looking Glass is a collaboration between Mozilla and the makers of Mr. Robot to provide a shared world experience”.The Support article on the Firefox website describes Looking Glass as an Alternate Reality Game to “further your immersion into the Mr Robto universe” without going into details. It appears that users need to opt in to the game, but it is not explained where you need to go and what you need to do to start it.A quick look in the extension’s manifest file reveals that it runs on three sites only: https://www.red-wheelbarrow.com/forkids/*, https://www.whatismybrowser.com/detect/* and https://red-wheelbarrow-stage.apps.nbcuni.com/forkids/activitysheet/.Mozilla provides an explanation for the cross-promotion:The Mr. Robot series centers around the theme of online privacy and security. One of the 10 guiding principles of Mozilla’s mission is that individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional. The more people know about what information they are sharing online, the more they can protect their privacy.Update: Gizmodo reports that Mozilla will move the Mr. Robot extension Looking Glass to Mozilla AMO and stop pushing it to Firefox automatically.Here is what is wrong with Looking GlassLooking Glass gets installed automatically as part of Firefox’s studies feature. Unlike other studies, it is listed in about:addons and uses a non-descriptive name and description.No one knows what the extension does and where it came from based on that. The first though then is clearly that this is some sort of malware that was injected somehow in the browser without any user interaction.Research reveals that this is an official Mozilla extension, so that is good at least to know that this is not malware.But Looking Glass is clearly an advertisement that Mozilla pushed in the browser. Mozilla calls it cross-promotion, but the meaning is the same.The main issue that I have with this is how amateurish Mozilla handles these things sometimes. Pushing an extension like this to Firefox installations to promote a TV show that most Firefox users don’t watch crosses a line in my opinion. The fact that only people who watch the show may understand the description, and that Mozilla failed to provide information on what the extension does or where it came from, adds to that.Mozilla pulling stunts like this erodes user trust in the brand. It is not the first time that Mozilla did something that it better should not have done. Earlier this year, the organization ran a Cliqz experiment in Firefox on a subset of users from Germany that had data collecting enabled by default. Remove Looking GlassTo remove Looking Glass, go to about:addons and click on remove next to Looking Glass. It appears that Mozilla is removing the extension automatically as we speak; at least that is what happened on my system a minute ago.You can prevent Mozilla from installing studies in Firefox by opening about:preferences#privacy, and removing the checkmark from “allow Firefox to install and run studies”.Now You: What’s your take on this?SummaryArticle NameFirefox Looking Glass extension: what it is?DescriptionIf you take a look at the installed extensions of your version of Firefox right now, you may notice a new extension called Looking Glass listed among them.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Costa Ricas Christiana Figueres nominated for UN secretarygeneral

first_imgRelated posts:Christiana Figueres sees lessons for UN leadership in climate talks Costa Rica’s Christiana Figueres drops out of UN Secretary-General race Costa Rica to sign ‘Under 2’ climate change pledge Costa Rica votes to ratify Paris agreement on climate change Public service and diplomacy in the bloodFigueres is the daughter of three-time president José “Pepe” Figueres, widely known as the architect of Costa Rica’s modern democracy. He famously abolished the armed forces in 1948 and oversaw the implementation of broad education and health care initiatives that have made Costa Rica a global example in human development.Cristiana Figueres was born in 1956 and attended Lincoln High School, where The Tico Times was founded. She studied anthropology at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and received a master’s degree in social anthropology from the London School of Economics.Figueres began her diplomatic career at the Costa Rican Embassy in Bonn, Germany in 1982. She later worked in the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Agriculture in Costa Rica.In 1994, Figueres entered the world of environmental diplomacy, becoming director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA), an initiative housed at the Organization of American States. The following year she founded the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas, where she worked on national climate change programs for countries throughout Latin America.Figueres served as a member of Costa Rica’s climate change negotiating team at the U.N. from 1995-2009. She was appointed executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2010.Figueres has received numerous awards and international recognition for her work on climate change. Last year, she was awarded the Medal of Paris for helping broker the climate change mitigation deal in that city. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.Campaign to elect a woman secretary-generalThe secretary-general is appointed by the U.N. General Assembly on the recommendation of the five permanent members of the Security Council: China, Russia, France, the United States and the United Kingdom. Any member of the Security Council may veto the secretary-general’s nomination.If appointed, Figueres would be the first woman and the second Latin American, after Peru’s Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, to lead the U.N.Figueres’ nomination comes at a time when there is a groundswell of support for electing a woman to become the ninth secretary-general. More than 50 countries, including Costa Rica, have publicly said they support a woman candidate to head the international body.Figueres was among several women shortlisted by the Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary-General. The campaign argues that women are too often excluded from top management positions, despite the fact that they are often the focus of development assistance programs. Plus, women make up roughly half the world population.The former U.N. climate czar certainly isn’t the only woman to throw her hat into the ring this year. She joins New Zealand former Prime Minister Helen Clark, UNESCO’s Bulgarian Director-General Irina Bokova, former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, former Moldovan Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman and Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra. Malcorra recently served as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff.Figueres becomes the 12th candidate to take over Ban Ki-moon’s job. The U.N. Security Council will begin the process of considering candidates on July 21. Facebook Comments President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated Christiana Figueres Olsen for U.N. secretary-general Thursday morning during a ceremony at San José, Costa Rica’s iconic National Theater.Former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang welcomed Figueres on stage, where she spoke of the world’s great challenges, which she said have been amplified by climate change.“Without optimism there is no victory,” she said, echoing the perennially positive attitude she held throughout years of thorny negotiations aimed at saving the world from climate catastrophe.Figueres was executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change during the historic talks in Paris last year. Figueres was one of the principle figures who helped shepherd 195 countries to arrive at the Paris Agreement, a pledge touted as having resolved decades-old disagreements between rich and poor nations over how to best halt the negative effects of climate change.She stepped down from that post on Wednesday.last_img read more