Experiment to raise the dead blocked in India

first_imgOther researchers point out that it is improbable that the ReAnima trial—which hasn’t yet begun—would achieve its goals. “While there have been numerous demonstrations in recent years that the human brain and nervous system may not be as fixed and irreparable as is typically assumed, the idea that brain death could be easily reversed seems very far-fetched,” Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist at the United Kingdom’s Cardiff University, told The Telegraph.  Medical journals have on occasion carried reports of brain-dead individuals on life support returning to a fully functional state, but researchers have argued that such cases are hard to interpret and often lack evidence of brain death such as the apnea test, a measure of whether the person’s brain stem is making an effort to breathe.Scientists and physicians are also raising concerns about whether the ReAnima trial is ethically justified. One concern is that the mix of interventions has not been tested in animal models. On their own, the treatments the ReAnima trial would use have shown promise in people with traumatic brain injury, says Amar Jesani, editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics in Mumbai. “But once brain stem death has taken place, and there is no cognition or consciousness, one cannot rely on a few disconnected studies. Why couldn’t they combine these interventions and do proper animal studies?” And even if the experiment were to succeed, he asserts, bringing a brain-dead person back to a minimally conscious state would traumatize family members.In a press statement, Bansal argued that there are no good animal models for human brain death. Asked in a June interview for The Wire what he planned to do if patients were brought back to a minimally conscious state but did not regain further function, Bansal responded that his team “had not planned for it” initially, but that he had since purchased an insurance policy to cover the costs of full-time care of such patients. Still, the ReAnima team has struggled to convince family members to allow brain-dead accident victims to be enrolled in the trial, says Ira Pastor, chief executive officer of Bioquark.ICMR identified several regulatory lapses in the trial, including a failure to seek permission to proceed from the Drug Controller General of India, a requirement for all clinical trials in India. Now that ICMR has deregistered ReAnima, the Drug Controller General of India G. N. Singh must stop the trial immediately, says ICMR Deputy Director General Geeta Jotwani in New Delhi. Bansal told Science that “ICMR has nothing to do with the trial,” and says the matter rests with the drug controller. Singh’s office did not respond to questions from Science. Bioquark’s Pastor says that the setback ultimately won’t stop the project, and if necessary the team would pursue the trial outside India. “We are in no major rush, in that it represents a ‘Google Moonshot’–style project,” he says. “Many road blocks, no doubt, will pop up. But the project will go on.” BENGALURU, INDIA—The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has derailed a controversial experiment that would seek to revive brain-dead accident victims. On 11 November, ICMR’s National Institute of Medical Statistics removed the “ReAnima” trial from India’s clinical trial registry.In May, Himanshu Bansal, an orthopedic surgeon at Anupam Hospital in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, announced plans to give around 20 brain-dead people a mix of interventions including injections of mesenchymal stem cells and peptides, and transcranial laser stimulation and median nerve stimulation. Transcranial laser stimulation involves shining pulses of near-infrared light into the brain; median nerve stimulation is the electrical stimulation of a major nerve that runs from the neck to the arm. Both techniques have been shown to improve cognition in patients with traumatic brain injury. Bioquark, a biotech firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, had agreed to supply the trial with peptides that are said to help regenerate brain cells.In interviews with Indian media in the spring, Bansal described his aim as bringing brain-dead individuals back to a “minimally conscious state” in which patients show flickers of consciousness, such as moving their eyes to track objects. 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Huawei Honor 5X quick review: Playing the tried and tested value for money card

first_imgChinese company Huawei’s online-only offshoot, aka Honor launched two phones — Honor Holly 2 Plus and Honor 5X — in the Indian market on Thursday. The Honor Holly 2 Plus and Honor 5X are budget and lower mid-range phones priced at Rs 8,499 and Rs 12,999 respectively. While the Honor Holly 2 Plus is intended to tap into the budget-conscious market segment, the Honor 5X is what you can call a more flagship offering, only that its aggressive pricing makes it a more tantalising affair when you look at the bigger picture. All this comes at a time when companies like Lenovo and LeEco have each launched their respective offerings in the country amid considerable fanfare. Huawei’s Honor 5X, Lenovo’s K4 Note and LeEco’s Le 1S are all vying for the same thing: to achieve the coveted title of value for money.We spent some time with the Honor 5X — at the launch event — and here’s what we think about it based on first impressions: Remember the Honor 7 ? Well, it was sweet. Not as good-looking (read, premium) as its predecessor, the Honor 6 but sweet, nonetheless. The Honor 5X borrows heavily from its elder — yet shorter in stature — and more premium sibling. The Honor 5X looks remarkably like the Honor 7 only that it is slightly bigger and slightly less premium in comparison. The somewhat toned down aesthetics are understandable. The Honor 7 is priced at above Rs 20,000. The Honor 5X on the contrary is a more humble offering. That said, the company demonstrated how tough and durable the Honor 5X was at the launch event, perhaps indirectly taking a jibe at Motorola’s upcoming shatterproof phone, aka the Moto X Force. While we haven’t tested its actual durability yet, the company’s demonstration video — that showed the phone being battered by 50kgs crude force — was nothing short of impressive.   advertisementThe Honor 5X, when you compare it with its predecessor is a thorough rejig in terms of materials employed and resulting build quality. The Honor 4X was all plastic. The Honor 5X is all metal, well almost. The top and bottom ends – much like in the Honor 7 – are still plastic with brushed metal finish but that’s to compensate for the antennas. The Honor 5X is curvy, like the Honor 4X from all sides, which makes it a tad more slippery in comparison, thanks to its all-metal body. But, it’s so slim and light, it’s actually a pleasure holding the phone in hand. Yes, you will have to be a little careful so it doesn’t fly away, but chances are once you get used to it, it would grow on you.Just for a reference, the Honor 5X is lighter than the K4 Note and the LeEco 1S. It’s slimmer than the K4 Note, but is beaten by the Le 1S in this department.The Honor 5X is certainly a looker when compared with the Honor 4X, but the LeEco Le 1S undoubtedly is the sexiest phones in this price range. A lot of this also has to do with the Le 1S’ excellent screen-to-body ratio. The Honor 5X has chunky bezels which kind of bring it down. It is certainly better looking than the K4 Note though.  Huawei’s new phone comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution which roughly translates to 403 ppi pixel density. Colours look good and punchy, but the screen itself is very reflective and is prone to smudge and fingerprints. All in all, a slightly better display than the K4 Note. The Le 1S, still a little better.The Honor 5X is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card slot. The dualSIM phone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based EMUI 3.1 out-of-the-box. The phone will be upgradable to Android Marshmallow. When exactly? We don’t know for now.Huawei’s custom skin is a unique take on Android, especially the drop-down notification panel. The pane is divided into two sections, one housing the notifications while the other gives you access to quick settings. There is no app drawer and everything is arranged on multiple home screens. While we liked the EMUI 3.1 for the most part (especially its dedicated theme engine), Huawei could have cut short the bloat to some extent. The UI showed no visible signs of lag in our brief usage though. The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front. We found the rear shooter fairly quick to focus (even though it’s standard autofocus operating here) and shutter speed was also good. Just to recall, the Honor 4X was a terrific camera phone for its price. Hopefully, the Honor 5X would be as good, if not better. We reserve our final verdict on the Honor 5X’s camera for our full review.advertisementThe phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery (which is non-removable) and includes a fingerprint scanner on the rear. The phone supports 4G LTE on both SIMs. The Honor 5X without a doubt is a through upgrade of the Honor 4X. We really liked the Honor 4X for what it had to offer. The Honor 5X seems like a better deal in almost every department over it, at least on paper. What’s more, it is only the second device in and around its price point to hone an almost full metal unibody. The other of course is the LeEco Le 1S. Moreover, Lenovo’s K4 Note (although not as appealing in the looks department) is not the one to be taken for granted. Then again, there’s the Moto G Turbo. Notice anything funny? Buyers have so much more options to lay their hands on right now. We have our hands full. Not that we are complaining. Not long ago we said that the Le 1S is out to break the price barrier. Well, watch out LeEco, things just got more interesting. The Le 1S may be better equipped in terms of hardware, but Huawei isn’t selling its phones through flash sales. Also, Huawei’s brand value post the Nexus 6P has reached new heights. So, that’s that.last_img read more

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Serena Williams retires hurt from final to hand Bianca Andreescu maiden Rogers Cup

first_imgBianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years when Serena Williams retired because of an injury Sunday.Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout.Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that the 37-year-old Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.The tournament’s final lasted only 16 minutes.After the chair umpire announced the retirement, Williams started to cry on her bench. Andreescu went over to comfort her, hugging her and telling Williams how much she admires the 23-time Grand Slam winner.”I’m not a crier, but, thank you guys,” said Williams as she choked back tears after accepting the second-place check. “I’m sorry I couldn’t do it today. I tried but I just couldn’t do it.”Williams’ retirement was the last of several high-profile injuries at the Rogers Cup. Fourth-seeded Simona Halep withdrew from her quarterfinal matchup with Marie Bouzkova. On the men’s side, Milos Raonic retired after two sets against Felix Auger-Aliassime in a much-anticipated all-Canadian matchup. No. 16 seed Gael Monfils then withdrew before his semifinal against world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.The 19-year-old Andreescu, from nearby Mississauga, has victories over seven of the top 10 players in the world. Her world ranking will rise from 27th to 14th on Monday. Her previous high was 22nd.”I’m speechless right now. I’m the first Canadian who got to the finals and has won this tournament since 1969,” Andreescu said after being presented with the Rogers Cup trophy in an on-court ceremony. “This been a dream come true, really.advertisement”This week has not been easy. I’ve had many, many tough matches.”Andreescu returned this week from a right shoulder injury that sidelined her since the French Open in May. She won in Indian Wells in March for her first WTA Tour title.”What I’ve been through the past two months has not been easy,” Andreescu said when addressing fans. “I kept telling myself ‘never give up.’ I’m trying to look at my injury not as a setback but more of a challenge. I tried to embrace it as much as I can.”Andreescu had been on the court more than any other player at this year’s Rogers Cup at 10 hours, 54 minutes heading into the match against Williams.Faye Urban of Windsor, Ontario, beat Vancouver’s Vicki Berner in the 1969 final, when the tournament was still played on clay courts and called the Canadian Open.last_img read more

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Five Things from Mexico’s draw vs. Wales

first_imgMexico Captain Herrera leads, finishing issues & more: Five things from Mexico’s draw vs. Wales Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author in Pasadena, California 05:42 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Hector Herrera Mexico USA Today Mexico Mexico v Wales Wales Friendlies Goal looks back at a game in which the Porto captain filled the same role for El Tri and Chicharito and Co. needed a better final result Mexico got through on goal time after time but couldn’t find the back of the net against Wales, kicking off its trio of friendly matches prior to the World Cup with a scoreless draw.It’s the first time since Juan Carlos Osorio took over Mexico’s managerial duties that El Tri has failed to score in consecutive matches. Fans in the Rose Bowl were frustrated. After all, they’d just paid a fair amount of money to watch a team without many players who will start for Mexico at the World Cup and didn’t even get the chance to celebrate a goal.Osorio, on the other hand, was calm after the game. His squad did show some good things during the match, with several of the biggest players held out to rest up before Saturday’s friendly against Scotland. Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela are fit but didn’t play. Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes and Andres Guardado are recovering from injuries but should soon be ready. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Let’s look back on both the things that should have Mexico fans feeling calm ahead of the team’s departure for Russia and the reasons for concern:Captain Herrera helps lead the chargeHector Herrera is coming off a season in which he captained Porto to a league title. With Rafa Marquez unable to enter the United States and Guardado injured, it fell to HH to put on the armband and captain El Tri against Wales. Once again, he played well, bringing Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey into action with long shots from outside the box several times in the first half.Herrera has started for Osorio 27 times including Monday’s game, one less than leading player Moreno. He’s obviously a player the manager trusts, and you could see his teammates also putting faith in Herrera as he provided an outlet in midfield for less experienced players in a somewhat tense situation.It shows why coaches put such a priority on players going to Europe and getting matches. Herrera arrives in great form, and he didn’t miss a beat transitioning from club to country. He’s a player who will start for El Tri in Russia, and with the calming presence he displayed Monday in addition to a quality performance from a tactical perspective, it’s easy to see why.Molina’s midfield useJesus Molina MexicoJesus Molina started and played 45 minutes in Monday’s draw. Molina didn’t go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia and then lost his starting spot with Monterrey to Jonathan Gonzalez. After injury and formation change helped Molina get back on the field, he earned a call into the provisional squad and now could be headed to the World Cup.Molina wasn’t spectacular, but he did break up several attacks including very early on. In the fourth minute, Oswaldo Alanis tried to send a pass forward but it deflected off a Welsh player and the counterattack was on. Molina sprinted back and intercepted a pass at the top of the box.Sitting deep, he allowed Herrera to slide to the left side and overload the Welsh defense, freeing up space for Jesus Corona to attack on the right side once the field is switched. Edson Alvarez moved into the position to start the second half and also had a good showing.”I think all the players are needed,” Osorio said when asked if he needed to take a player with Molina’s profile to Russia. “Scenario: If we’re wining and pressuring high and have a team that plays long direct over the striker then he will be very, very influential. Today, I think that we didn’t need his help too much because we had two center backs who are very good in the air. Nevertheless, their No. 9 won the ball a couple of times and he was there for the rebounds. I will not disagree with you that Hector can play a more offensive football from there, but Jesus’ aerial game is second to none.”Those comments indicate that Molina might not be someone Osorio sees as a starter in World Cup matches but could perhaps come on as a player to help protect a lead. Either way, his spot on the roster looks more secure than ever after a solid first half Monday.Finishing things offChicharito Mexico WalesMexico had 17 shots, eight on target and no goals. You don’t have to be Pep Guardiola to figure out that the team needed to finish better than it did Monday.”The team came in working these last two weeks of preparation we had, and I think today it played a good game, despite the fact that we all got together as a whole squad only a few days before the game,” winger Javier Aquino said. “I think we played a good match. We looked to do what the manager asked us, though we did lack something in the attacking portion, in our finishing.”Hopefully for Mexico that can be chalked up to rust. Javier “Chicharito” Herandez arrived from West Ham after playing very few minutes, Corona started (and impressed but didn’t score) after several months of sporadic time with Porto. Even Aquino hadn’t played a match since May 6, a 22-day layoff after the Tigres season came to a close.There’s no doubt El Tri controlled the game and was able to create chances. Ultimately, this match will be forgotten, but the nature of margins in soccer mean this game would’ve have a much different vibe around it post-match if Chicharito, Tecatito or Herrera had converted one of their chances.”I think it’s something we’ll keep working on, but I think it’s about, if suddenly, not passing the responsibility from one to another, and if you’re in front of the goal, you have to take a shot,” Osorio said. “I think we could get better at that and that’s the big difference in getting into the final third and being effective in finishing and we hope we can do (the latter).”Getting defensiveHugo Ayala Ryan Hedges Mexico WalesIt’s fair to say Mexico had an alternate back line in Monday’s match. In the first half, Alvarez was the right back with Hugo Ayala and Oswaldo Alanis in the middle and Jesus Gallardo on the left side. None of those players are likely to start in Russia, with two potentially left off the team altogether once cuts are made after Saturday’s match.Osorio generally has tried to hide those types of details, but he’s hoping to have both Moreno and Diego Reyes fit for the send-off against Scotland. That would, he notes, definitely increase the quality of the defense.”We all felt very sorry for the news when Nestor was out of the squad. He was a guy who was almost in every single starting lineup, so now we’re trying to look for what’s our best way to play a back four,” he said.”Obviously we have to shuffle our players around and try to find the best defensive line, and I have to add to that we didn’t have Diego Reyes today and Hector Moreno that will definitely be – knock on wood – healthy for the next game. They will compete for a starting position, and I’m sure that if they are in the starting lineup then we will improve the quality in many ways ,and I think we will have a very strong back line.”The unit was fine, but a back four of Carlos Salcedo, Reyes, Moreno and Miguel Layun sees each position get a bump up in quality. That’s good news, with Germany and even South Korea presenting far more attacking threats than Wales did Monday with Aaron Ramsey not at his best and Ryan Giggs utilizing a number of young players.The numbers gameEdson Alvarez Mexico WalesReading too much into things is sort of a specialty of sports journalists, especially when covering a team as closely guarded as the Mexican national team. Still, it was tough not to see the numbers of the players expected to cut from squad before the World Cup and not to wonder if there were signs there.There are 27 players left in camp, with a FIFA maximum of 23 players allowed. Edson Alvarez wore 24 Monday night, Erick Gutierrez 25 and Jurgen Damm 26. Ayala, the center back, wore the number 4 shirt that surely will be saved for Marquez.Has Osorio given a big hint about his final decisions? Is he using it as motivation for the players, to let them know that more work is needed to secure a place? Or is it total coincidence that we’re reading too much into?It would be no surprise to see Damm and Gutierrez sent home with directions on what to improve on in the next cycle. The other two may still have a case to make Saturday against Scotland. On the one hand, Alvarez played well Monday, especially when he went into the middle of the field in the second half. Ayala seemed like a logical replacement for Araujo after the injury. But there are other players who could still be ahead of them on the depth chart.It’s worth remembering that Jonathan dos Santos (the No. 6 Monday) had the 24 shirt prior to the 2010 World Cup before Javier Aguirre left him out of the final group.last_img read more

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PSU’s Herb Hand Upset With Pitt’s John Peterson After “Olive Branch” Selfie

first_imgHerb Hand takes selfie with Pitt's John Peterson.For a few hours, it looked like the beef between offensive line coaches Herb Hand and John Peterson had been squashed. A truce does not appear to have been reached after all, however.Earlier this offseason, Peterson and Hand had gone back and forth on Twitter debating which program – Penn State or Pitt – was the best in the state of Pennsylvania. It continued Thursday, as Peterson purposely put an “X” in front of both “State” and “College” when explaining where he was headed for a high school coaches convention. But Peterson eventually ran into Hand at the meetup, and the two took a selfie together.In tate ollege for the Pennsylvania high school coaches convention! #H2P— john peterson (@coachjpete) February 13, 2015My friend and I @CoachHand at the Pennsylvania high school coaches convention! HAIL TO OLINE! pic.twitter.com/chM2m53uGB— john peterson (@coachjpete) February 13, 2015Hand, however, did not realize that Peterson had dissed his program just hours earlier. Friday, he took to Twitter to tell his followers that he should have checked Peterson’s feed before agreeing to what he called an “olive branch” selfie. He also included the hashtag #BackToDominating and a funny Jim Carrey GIF.Should have checked my counterpart’s feed before our ‘olive branch’ selfie. https://t.co/sxCFvtMA59 #BackToDominating pic.twitter.com/fTeDJvBZt4— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) February 13, 2015As a reminder, Penn State and Pitt renew their rivalry in 2016.last_img read more

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Antonio Alfano’s Father Explains His Son’s Decision On Twitter

first_img “Antonio’s grandmother recently fell very ill and is still fighting on life support,” Frankie-Hilda Alfano wrote. “He is very close with her. Since this illness took effect, Antonio has taken it very hard. He has not attended classes and practices.”Even though Alfano has entered the transfer portal, his father prefers that he remains at Alabama. However, he will not interfere with his decision.Although he’s in the transfer portal, he still can decide to remain at the University of Alabama.My opinion is that Antonio should stay at the University of Alabama. However he’s an adult and it’s his decision.Antonio knows that his family has & will always be there for him.— Frankie-Hilda Alfano (@frankalfano76) September 13, 2019Alfano has the option to stay at Alabama or take his talents elsewhere. It’s highly likely that other programs would love to add a player with his potential.There is currently no timetable for when Alfano will announce his decision. Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 29: Alabama fans cheer after the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Earlier in the week, Nick Saban said that five-star freshman Antonio Alfano has “disappeared” from the team. On Friday, the standout defensive lineman from New Jersey entered the NCAA transfer portal.Coming out of high school, Alfano was the No. 5 overall recruit from his class. Alabama was fortunate enough to receive his commitment over every other program in the country.Amid the recent news of his decision to answer the transfer portal, Frankie-Hilda Alfano has shared a few updates on his son.He also revealed why his son has missed a few practices on social media.last_img read more

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Camp Rankin Offers Fun Skill Building to 4H Members

first_imgTwo hundred 4-H members will embark on summer adventures to help them live healthy and build leadership skills that will benefit both them and their communities. Camp Rankin will host five, five-day camps from July 3 to August 5 for members between the ages of nine and 15. “The positive educational experience that 4-H members receive at Camp Rankin has proven to be a success for almost four decades,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “4-H members develop life skills and make lasting friendships during their time at camp.” Camp Rankin, built in 1972 by volunteers as a Centennial project of the Richmond County 4-H Leader’s Council, was the first 4-H camp in the Atlantic provinces. The camp is located on 60 acres of land at Cape George, near St. Peters, Richmond Co. “4-H members often say that going to Camp Rankin was one of the best experiences they’ve had. Many young people will return to repeat their camp experience or get jobs as camp staff,” said Ruth Grant, senior 4-H program co-ordinator. “Once again this year, members can bring a buddy to camp to promote the 4-H program as a positive experience and recruit new 4-H members.” The camp features hiking trails, beach and a dining and recreation hall. Camp counsellors lead the youth through 4-H skills sessions and traditional camp activities.last_img read more

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Winnipeg couple dead in Jamaica family says they were killed during burglary

first_imgWINNIPEG – The daughter of a married couple from Winnipeg found dead in Jamaica believes her parents were murdered.Debbie Olfert said she can’t believe they are gone.“It is surreal. I don’t want to catch myself living what they must have felt, what they must have gone through,” she said Wednesday. “How frightened they must have been. How terrifying.”The Jamaica Constabulary Force has identified the couple as 81-year-old Melbourne Flake and 70-year-old Etta Flake.Global Affairs Canada did not release any names, but offered its condolences to family and friends.A spokesman for the department said consular services are being provided to the family.Jamaican police say on Monday and Tuesday construction workers attempted to contact the couple in a home in the community of Morant Bay, but were not successful.Police officers then entered the house and found two bodies.Family members said the Flakes, who both had Canadian and Jamaican citizenship, were killed in a home burglary.“Melbourne and Etta Flake had just celebrated Christmas in Jamaica with 19 children and grandchildren,” the family said in a statement.“The murders are still being investigated by Interpol.”Global Affairs Canada said consular officials are in contact with Jamaican authorities to gather additional information.“To protect the privacy of the individuals concerned, further details on this case cannot be released,” the department said in a statement.Olfert said the deaths of her parents is a crime that must be solved.“This has to stop. The murder of innocent people has to be properly investigated by the authorities in Jamaica.” (CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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Ottawa judge tells Ojibway man she doesnt want to hear another sob

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Some Aboriginal people do have it hard, but Christopher Jacko isn’t special.Not in the eyes of Ottawa Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault.Jacko, 25, is an Ojibway man from a northern Ontario reserve and when he appeared before her looking for bail Sept. 16, Girault wasn’t interested in hearing another “sad” story.He isn’t a child soldier or been tortured in some war-torn country, according to Girault. ‎To get bail, and freedom from the local Ottawa jail where he’d spent the last three months on assault and breach charges, Jacko wanted to tell a woman he never met his “horrific” story of abuse, neglect and the generational effects of residential schools had on his life.The Supreme Court has a name for Jacko’s story – they’re called Gladue principles.Courts are directed to consider them any time they want to play keeps with the liberty of an Aboriginal person in Canada. That direction is also listed in the Criminal Code.“What is he going to say? … I’ll be a good boy; I won’t have any knives; I won’t take any alcohol or drugs? I am assuming,” said Girault according to court transcripts obtained by APTN National News.Ottawa Justice of the Peace Louisette Girault seen in this April 2014 photo taken from an Ottawa-area curling club.Jacko wanted to tell her he had plans to reconnect with his culture to deal with his anger that has given him a long criminal record – one of the convictions for attacking a step-dad he said beat him growing up.Gladue principles are typically applied through a report written for the court and trace an offender’s history back generations often finding the impact of residential schools and other forms of colonization.“We don’t want to go through like, you know, his life history at the end of the day,” Girault said. “I mean I am imagining it is a little bit of the sympathy issue that you are looking for. I mean I will balance that with the nature of the charges, but I don’t think we need to hear from his life history from the time he’s 14.”After listening to a judge question the need of a long-winded story of his life, Jacko took the stand after a lunch break, and told his story.“He has had a very horrific background in many respects, particularly in relation to his family life,” said his lawyer Michael Purcell in submissions to Girault. “He’s doing his best to navigate his life having had that terrible background.”Purcell said Jacko was denied assistance needed at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, including having a chance to smudge. He said if released, he would take programs at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre in Ottawa.Girault didn’t wait long to give her decision on the same day.The following is an excerpt from the decision:“Quite frankly, the Gladue thing, I am well aware of, you know, Aboriginal and, you know, some people do have for sure a harder life but in your particular case you are not the only one with that. You know there’s Caucasian, there’s black people, there’s people that come from war-torn countries, you know, that have been tortured and child soldiers. So a lot people come with a lot of baggage, I am very sympathetic to that. But at one point you have to stop blaming others because they think that, you know, at the end of the day you have got to look at yourself in the mirror and you have got to say, “What is it that I can do to change this? And you know what? I had a really tough life so what is it that I can do not to inflict that on other people and maybe on children that I may have in the future?” And I hope that you don’t because you are clearly not in a position to be a father to anybody.So you know what, I mean not everybody has a good parent. People, you know, come here with drug addicted parents that they have been abused physically and otherwise and I am sympathetic to that but in my – I mean I am not a Gladue expert, I will say that right away. I should, you know, in a sense spend a little bit more time looking at it but I always look at the view that you have to use common sense, you have to use empathy and sympathy and you also have to look at what is right and wrong in the community.So in this particular case, on this case only, does it call out for detention? Absolutely not. I mean half of these charges the Crown won’t even be able to prove. I am not even sure they will be able to prove the alcohol now that they say that because, you know, you come across the way you talk it almost seems like you would be someone who is under the influence of some sort, I think that is just the way you talk.”After all that, Girault gave Jacko bail. He would end up being released on time served.Lawyers in Ottawa described Girault’s comments as baffling but wouldn’t speak on the record because they have to appear before her.Jacko’s lawyer also declined to comment.But criminal defence lawyer Sarah Dover, who practices in and around Six Nations near Hamilton, Ont., said despite the Supreme Court first making its ruling on Gladue principles in 1999, the court can be a “commonly traumatizing, insensitive and exploitative” experience for Indigenous accused and victims.“I once observed a justice run out of the court when an accused man refused to stop speaking in Mohawk and the justice thought she was being hexed,” said Dover. “Justices need training to be able to talk across race, across history, and to appreciate Indigenous law and perspectives. On the other hand, these errors evidence the absurdity of non-Indigenous people continuing to impose a justice system over Indigenous people, families and communities.”Mohawk constitutional lawyer Stephen Ford, who is credited with first successfully applying Gladue at a bail hearing, said too often a Justice of the Peace lacks the training.“The comments made by (Girault) would seem to reveal a lack of understanding why Gladue principles apply at bail stage,” said Ford. “Aside from a course or courses the people appointed as JP’s are not required to have law degrees, in fact they have little legal training.”Girault’s experience wasn’t immediately available, but she has presided over high-profile terrorism bail hearings in the past.Ford said some cities, like Toronto, have Gladue courts that are presided over by a judge with the necessary experience dealing with Indigenous people.“In my experience most Aboriginals accused will delay their bail hearing and adjourn to the next Gladue court date to avoid what has happened in (this case),” he said.Ottawa doesn’t have a Gladue court, despite talk of one for the last several years.APTN provided the Ministry of the Attorney General excerpts of Girault’s decision and is waiting for a response.kjackson@aptn.caEditor’s note: After this story was published APTN received this comment from a spokesperson inside Ontario’s Attorney General’s office: “It would be inappropriate for the Ministry to comment on any statements made by the justice of the peace in the course of her ruling on this matter.”last_img read more

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Morocco’s aviation industry is taking off

By Kristina FriedRabat – Morocco is home to a burgeoning aviation industry. According to CNN Africa, 5% of Morocco’s exports come from the aviation sector, which could mean a huge boost to Morocco’s economy if the industry continues to grow at the current rate. At this time there are one hundred aerospace companies in Morocco specializing primarily in aeronautic engineering, the manufacture of plane components, and engine repair.Between them they employ approximately 8,000 people; this number is slated to double by the end of 2015, and an estimate of 23,000 employees has been made for the year 2020.With employees of such companies earning up to 15% more than the average Moroccan, according to the Wall Street Journal, this is hardly surprising.Partly to thank for this boom in the industry is Bombardier Aerospace, the Canadian aerospace company that began construction on its facility in Casablanca in 2012 that “represents a $200 million investment that will create 850 jobs by 2020,” according to Forbes magazine.At this rate, Morocco hopes to be building and exporting entire airplanes by the year 2025. read more

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TSX moves up as traders cling to hope of moves to rescue

The Toronto stock market shifted higher Friday as traders focused on concerning data about the Chinese economy, and whether it could lead to broader measures to help boost the global economy.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 32.76 points at 11,890.89, ending the week with a gain of about two per cent as a more bullish sentiment began to emerge. The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 2.05 points to 1,191.The Canadian dollar was at 100.91 cents US, up 0.1 of a cent. The loonie had been as low as 100.3 cents US, down nearly half a cent from Thursday’s close, shortly after Statistics Canada’s jobs report for July.The federal agency reported that the unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a point to 7.3% as the economy shed 30,400 jobs last month. The outcome was notably worse than the addition of about 6,000 jobs that analysts had expected.Traders have been revisiting worries about the direction of the global economy after a series of economic data out of China showed that the world’s second-largest economy is facing a slowdown.[np-related]The Chinese economic figures causing most concern on Friday were the trade data for July. The country reported sharply lower growth in its exports.The trade surplus with the 27-nation European Union, China’s biggest trading partner, narrowed by 37.9% to US$10.8-billion, reflecting sluggish demand in Europe, which is wrestling with a debt crisis and recession.The figures, which came a day after China reported a slowdown in auto sales and factory output, are likely to heap the pressure on Beijing to take more measures to boost economic growth.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average moved up 42.76 points to 13,207.95 and the broader S&P slid 3.07 points to 1,405.87. The Nasdaq lost 2.22 points to 3,020.86.At the TSX, energy stocks were off 0.4% with the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange closing down 49 cents to US$92.87 a barrel. Oil prices ended the week ahead nearly two per cent.September copper moved down 3.3 cents to US$3.39 a pound while December gold moved ahead $2.60 to US$1,622.80 an ounce.The biggest gainer was the information technology sector, up 3.7%, with Open Text ahead $5.13 to $54.19.Research In Motion shares gained 50 cents to $8.22 following reports that IBM has an “informal” interest in buying the BlackBerry maker’s enterprise division.Financials stocks were up 0.2% with Royal Bank slipping 10 cents to $51.15.In earnings, railway tie and utility pole maker Stella-Jones Inc. is raising its dividend 6.7% after reporting profits were up 20.1% at $20.8-million or $1.30 per share in its most recent quarter. That compared with net profits of $17.3 million or $1.08 per share in the same year-earlier period. Its shares rose $1.88 to $59.60.Aimia, the company behind the Aeroplan loyalty rewards program, expects that labour disruptions that hurt Air Canada’s quarterly profits will also affect the accumulation of air miles for the year.The company earned $34.9-million or 19 cents per share for the quarter ended June 30, up from $15.3-million or seven cents per share a year ago. Revenue totalled $504.2-million, down from $507.6-million. Its shares rose 17 cents to $13.60. read more

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UN warns of worsening humanitarian situation in DPR of Korea

The already severe humanitarian crisis in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will worsen dramatically within weeks unless the international community pledges more aid immediately, the United Nations warned today.”Unless donors act quickly, more than 6 million of the country’s most vulnerable – primarily women, children and the elderly – may face acute and indeed life threatening shortages of food, basic medicines and clean drinking water,” Kenzo Oshima, the head of the UN’s humanitarian aid coordination office (OCHA) told a press conference this afternoon in New York, where he was joined by the heads of UN children and food aid agencies. “Indeed a large segment of the DPRK, a country of some 22 million, suffers from the cumulative effects of chronic malnutrition, a fractured economic infrastructure, inadequate food production and deteriorating social services,” he said.Noting that last November the UN had asked donors for $258 million to respond to the country’s most urgent humanitarian needs, Mr. Oshima said that to date only about $23.5 million had been received – less than 10 per cent of what was needed.Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, said it was important to recognize that external donor assistance had in the past made a difference in the DPRK. Severe malnutrition had decreased significantly since the mid to late 1990s, she noted, but added that there was still widespread chronic malnutrition. Another success was the polio immunization campaign – the DPRK was expected to be certified polio-free along with the rest of the region.Having seen this kind of improvement, the low donor funding was particularly troublesome, Ms. Bellamy noted. “Rather than providing vital drugs, we are forced to decide only what are the very vital drugs, and are unable to provide the drugs that we would have otherwise provided,” she said.James T. Morris, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), added that substantial progress made in the area of nutrition was at risk of being undermined because of the shortfall. At the beginning of the year, WFP had put out an appeal for 600,000 tons of wheat, but had only received about half that amount. If more aid was not forthcoming, he said, in May WFP would not be able to distribute food to more than 350,000 elderly people and 675,000 secondary school children. The agency would, however, continue providing food for orphans, young children and pregnant and nursing women. read more

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Richard Madden green juice is my Paparazzi deterrent

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Madden also admitted he prefers to choose the same clothes for stretches of days Madden’s curious strategy follows his personal narrative that external interest in him can affect his job as an actor. The 32-year-old’s approach has landed him front and centre of countless images holding a smoothie  The 32-year-old’s approach has landed him front and centre of countless images holding a smoothie Credit: The Mega Agency Scottish actor Madden, who plays Elton John’s lover and first manager John Reid in Rocketman, was reaffirming his calls for privacy after repeated speculation and questions about his own love life and sexuality when he revealed his green juice strategy.“I’ve never talked about my relationships,” he added.Madden also admitted he prefers to choose the same clothes for stretches of days, a technique made famous by Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe during the height of his fame.“I wear the same clothes days in a row, because if it looks like the same day, they can’t run the pictures,” he said.British actor Radcliffe famously sported the same green hat and zipped-up jacket in London for six months, in an attempt to make any new pictures of him appear outdated.“They could take photos for six months but it would look like the same day. They became un-publishable, which was hilarious because there’s nothing better than seeing the paparazzi get really frustrated,” joked Radcliffe back in 2007 when performing in Equus London’s Gielgud Theatre. When asked about a focus on his looks following a naked scene as David Budd, Madden said: “I worry sometimes about it affecting my job.If people go, ‘Oh, you know, he’s that hunky thing’, then it undermines that actually I’m an actor, and I’m trying really hard to be good at it.”Meanwhile, he acknowledged that for some, there is an appeal to the attention that comes with living in his new home, Hollywood.He said: “I’ll be at hotels and restaurants where they’ll tell you, ‘There’s paparazzi in the front, do you want to go out the front or go out the back? And you go, ‘Who wants to go out the front?’ And they say, ‘Oh, quite a lot of people!’” Madden also admitted he prefers to choose the same clothes for stretches of daysCredit:Coleman-Rayner Revealing his favourite Paparazzi deterrent, Madden, added: “There’s only so many photos you can have of me with a green juice walking down the street.”But unlike his unassuming character DC David Budd, the 32-year-old’s approach has landed him front and centre of countless images holding a smoothie whilst walking through Los Angeles. It comes as Madden’s Rocketman co-star Taron Egerton has said he is “crestfallen” that the film has been censored in Russia.”Love is love. No compromises,” he wrote on Instagram after hearing that the sex scenes between the two actors had been cut from the film there. Decorated with an earpiece and regularly dodging bullets, Richard Madden shot to household-name status as a the Home Secretary’s inconspicuous personal protection officer, trained to keep the pair in as hidden in the background as possible.But now the award-winning Bodyguard actor has revealed his personal strategy for dodging flashbulbs and keeping the Paparazzi at an arm’s length: green juice.Mel Gibson famously donned a fake nose and moustache, Dustin Hoffman has hidden behind postboxes and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery said that when the show was at its height, she would pretend to be a wealthy American named Britney to keep out of the limelight.But the secret to staying under wraps, according to Madden, is to be photographed clutching the same drink time and again.“I just keep my personal life personal,” the actor who stars in Elton John biopic Rocketman told The New York Times. read more

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The Best Gadgets for Your Super Bowl XLV Party

first_imgSure your remote can control your TV, DVD player, cable box, and stereo, but is that really enough? I mean, can the thing crack open an ice cold bottle? If it’s not a Clicker, the answer is most likely “no.”Football Universal RemoteOf course, if you’re mixing alcohol and televised sports, you might be better investing the sort of remote designed to be tossed and spiked. Extra points for salsa resistance. Vualla iPad AppOwn an iPad? Turn it into a Superbowl tracking machine with the Vualla Social TV Companion. This free app, designed specifically for the big game, features all manner of supplementary Super Bowl info, including highlights, commercial reruns, flashbacks from past games, and even Black Eyed Peas videos to get you ready for half-time.Interactive Toy Concepts R/C Cooler Too busy/lazy to take a walk to the cooler? Let the cooler come to you, with this radio-controlled gadget from Interactive Toy Concept. The cooler can hold up to six beers and should run you around $60 or so.Grill N ChillThe ultimate grill? For $3,000, it better be. This beast features a built-in ice chest, a CD player, and a 210-Watt Marine stereo. It can apparently grill burgers, too.Weber Electric GrillThough, if you’re on the east coast like us, odds are you’re not going to want to spend all that much time outsides this February. Pick up an electric grill and barbecue where it’s nice and warm.Ambient Devices Football ScoreCastLet’s face it, drink enough beer, and you’re gonna have to leave the TV, sooner or later. Thankfully, with Ambient Devices’ Football ScoreCast, you never have to lose track of the score.Beer Bottle HoodieAnd with Beer Bottle Hoodie, you never have to lose track of that bottle.Berkline Home Theater VarsityGot an expensive HDTV and state-of-the-art sound system? Let’s be honest, they’re going to waste if you can’t feel them in your butt. Thankfully, the Berkline Home Theater Varsity line of recliners feature something called “The Butt Kicker,” which involves a well-placed subwoofer. The chairs also feature ambient base lighting and lighted cup holders which automatically turn on when the room goes dark. It’s nearly time for the big game. You’ve got your HDTV, your 5.1 speaker system, and you’ve bought out half the snack food section down at the local Safeway. Think you’re ready for Super Bowl XLV? Think again. From dual functioning remote controls, to clever coolers, to overachieving grills, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy the game–no matter who wins on Sunday.What’s that? Your sofa doesn’t have ambient-light-detecting cup holders? And you call yourself a football fan?Clickerlast_img read more

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PlayStation Network may be back online as soon as tomorrow

first_imgSpeculation on when the PlayStation Network would come back online has run rampant in the two weeks since Sony took it down, and Sony hasn’t been terribly forthcoming about the state of repairs or re-engineering, and certainly not around when players can expect to use it again.According to a previous statement posted to the Sony PSN blog on April 30th, they initially expected to “have some services up and running within a week from yesterday,” which would indicate a return to service as soon as tomorrow. Other statements however, said that some PSN services would be available as recently as last Tuesday, May 3rd, especially for PlayStation Plus members.AdChoices广告Clearly that hasn’t happened, and Sony hasn’t gone out of its way to confirm or deny that tomorrow, PlayStation owners will be able to play again. The company hasn’t indicated at all when SOE customers will be able to sign in to their favorite MMOs again. Sony’s silence on the matter, not to mention the conflicting speculation on when PSN will be back online, can’t be good for the company, or the gamers who desperately just want to go back to their favorite pastime.We’ve already discussed some of the impact for Sony should PSN continue to remain offline, and we’re already seeing some of that fallout: Hulu Plus members are getting a week’s free service because of the PSN debacle, and if the outage continues, Hulu may be forced to extend that credit. Sony hasn’t stopped furiously marketing SOCOM 4 to gamers, even though online multiplayer is all but absent without PSN.Also, in the early stages of the outage, Sony said that when PSN came back online, it would be “rebuilt from scratch.” It’s pretty difficult to believe that Sony could completely tear down and re-engineer PSN from the ground up using enhanced security techniques and new technologies in just under two weeks. Now, new information has come out that the server that hosted PSN were running an outdated version of Apache and wasn’t even protected by a firewall. Still, Sony’s previous statement that some services may be online as soon as tomorrow stands, and Sony hasn’t backed off of either statement.Technology issues aside, Sony may be doing the most damage to its brand and its reputation with gamers just by failing to communicate effectively. It makes sense that they would want to be careful with their words while they work with law enforcement to find the people responsible for the attack.Even so, it would make more sense to keep players more in the know than out in the cold. Most players are already angry and frustrated. Some are even ready to jump ship to the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live and cancel their SOE game subscriptions. More are willing to stick it out as long as there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Sony just has to provide that light before they give up and move on.Read more at the PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

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Mozilla goes after spyware that pretends to be Firefox

first_imgFor years, Mozilla has found itself on the list of most trusted Internet companies. That’s why the Foundation is ticked off at UK developer Gamma International, the group behind the FinFisher spyware. Recently, Gamma has taken to disguising its own app as Firefox.The property dialog box on the right above really is from Firefox 14. The one on the left, however, is not — but it’s clearly trying to give that impression. This particular deception was spotted by The Citizen Lab, a group based out of the University of Ontario that investigates issues with bridge security, digital media, and human rights.FinFisher has a long, sordid history with oppressive regimes around the globe. It’s been spotted in use against pro-democracy activists in Bahrain, and was found to be in widespread use in Egypt during the 2011 protests.Why masquerade as Firefox? Because Firefox is a widely-known and trusted piece of software in many of the areas where FinFisher infections are spread to spy on users. Even if someone’s security app detects something suspicious in Gamma’s bogus Firefox app it’s very likely to be ignored. Avast popped up an alert about Firefox? Must be something wrong with Avast.Mozilla is rightly outraged that Gamma has chosen to dress its Trojan up in a Firefox costume. Is there anything that would be more upsetting to an industry-leading privacy advocate than being associated with a nefarious piece of spyware like FinFisher?The Foundation has already sent out a cease and desist order to protect itself and its users, and Gamma will no doubt comply. Ignoring the request would surely be inviting a lawsuit.They will no doubt don another reputable .EXE disguise and slink around in the shadows like a Scooby Doo villain until someone else plays Velma and yanks the mask of.last_img read more

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Pâtes riz Manger des glucides pourrait aider à vivre plus longtemps

first_imgPâtes, riz : Manger des glucides pourrait aider à vivre plus longtempsQuelle bonne nouvelle ! Fini le temps où les « carbs » étaient considérés comme l’ennemi numéro 1 de notre équilibre alimentaire. Mieux encore, d’après une récente étude consommer raisonnablement des glucides permettrait d’allonger notre espérance de vie. Vous reprendrez bien un peu de pâtes ? De Megan Fox à Jennifer Aniston, en passant par Gwyneth Paltrow ou encore Kim Kardashian, on ne compte plus le nombre de célébrités qui ont vanté, ces dernières années, les bénéfices d’un régime pauvre en glucides. Mauvaise nouvelle pour elles. Il serait grand temps qu’elles revoient leurs habitudes alimentaires si elles souhaitent vivre plus longtemps.  Explications de cette invitation à consommer raisonnablement des glucides.La fin d’une mauvaise réputationSelon une récente étude publiée le 16 août dans la revue The Lancet Public Health, les personnes dont à peu près 50% de leurs apports caloriques proviennent des glucides présentent moins de risques de connaître une mort précoce que ceux qui en consomment très peu ou beaucoup. Voilà une information qui réhabilite les fameux « carbs » (pour « carbohydrates », le terme anglais mais parfois utilisé en français, ndlr) qui pâtissent depuis de nombreuses années d’une mauvaise réputation. Ainsi, pâtes, pain et riz vont pouvoir retrouver une place de choix et sans rougir dans nos menus. Un suivi sur 25 ans Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs américains ont analysé les données de 15.500 adultesd’âge moyen qui participaient à une étude sur les risques d’athérosclérose. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Ils ont dû régulièrement répondre à des questionnaires précis qui portaient sur leurs habitudes alimentaires, leurs origines socio-culturelles, leurs diplômes, leurs revenus, leur consommation éventuelle de tabac, leur pratique d’une activité physique et leurs antécédents médicaux. Ils ont ainsi été suivis pendant 25 ans. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont pu déterminer que le risque de mortalité était plus élevé pour ceux qui se trouvaient aux extrémités (haute et basse) de la consommation de glucides. Ainsi, ceux dont les apports nutritionnels provenaient à plus de 70% ou à moins de 40% de glucides étaient plus susceptibles de décéder tôt que ceux qui tiraient entre 50 et 55% de leurs calories de carbohydrates. La juste mesure, toujours et encore… Le 21 août 2018 à 10:45 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

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Balboa Park Conservancys parkwide volunteer programs

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Balboa Park Conservancy’s parkwide volunteer programs Jonathan Halvorson, Posted: March 25, 2019 March 25, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Balboa Park Conservancy’s parkwide volunteer programs recently received support from a major national organization.In 2018 the Conservancy launched the Park Ambassadors and Tree Stewards programs. Park Ambassadors greet visitors, give directions, provide current information on park history, attractions and events, and answer other park-related questions. Tree Stewards are specially trained to monitor and care for Balboa Park’s collection of more than 15,000 trees, according to organizers.For more information click here. Jonathan Halvorson last_img read more

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Ensure security to children

first_imgSave-the-children-logoSave the Children has urged the government to ensure safety of the children who have taken to the street demanding justice for death of their two fellow students in a road accident.”We express our deepest regret on the death of two students in a road accident in airport road on Sunday. Save the Children condemns this horrid incident caused by reckless driving and due to the lack of road safety measures. Such unfortunate deaths cannot be tolerated,” the international development organisation said in a media release.”Children are holding the duty bearers accountable and demanding for justice. The government should act upon this and bring order in the transport system in Bangladesh. This requires actions to ensure proper justice and exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.Bereaved, emotion stricken, protesting students have come out on the streets. Indeed, according to United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), children have the rights to express their views, feelings and opinions in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. However, while protesting, they are exposed to further risk and vulnerabilities. The government is responsible to protect them from violence while they demand their rights,” said the release.”We urge the government to take necessary steps to give security and safety to our children in this movement. No children should be hurt and the best interest of them must be a top priority in all of our actions.We strongly believe that the Government must take initiatives to strengthen capacity and improve attitudes of the service providers including the law enforcement agencies so that they can treat children with respect and dignity,” the release further said.last_img read more

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Japanese researchers build robot with most humanlike muscleskeleton structure yet w video

first_imgThe result is a robot sized to approximate the average 12 year old Japanese boy – with bones made of aluminum that have been connected together in a way that very closely resembles the way human bones are connected, e.g. artificial ligaments, etc., and a collection of muscles that mimic very closely those in the human body as well. Kenshiro has 160 muscles that are constructed using a single actuator motor for individual muscle groups with each consisting of a system of wires and moving pulleys. “He” stands 158 centimeters tall and weighs 50 kilograms and at this time has more muscles than any other robot.Though Kinshiro is a single individual robot, in action, it appears to be a collection of parts cobbled together to form a single whole. The robot can walk, but just barely. It can do deep knee bends, but the rest of the body seems out of sync. Thus, this new robot is clearly more of a research project than an attempt to build a robot that moves around like a real human being. It does very clearly demonstrate however, where the research is headed and what the ultimate goal is: nothing short of a robot that mimics the human body down to the very smallest details and moves in exactly the same ways. Kenshiro is the next step for the researchers. Their previous effort resulted in a robot they called Kojiro – a robot that demonstrated the huge strides that have come in mimicking the human body, as well as the very long road yet to travel. In this new iteration, Kenshiro was preceded by a robot concept the team called Kenzoh. In that effort the team found that simply adding artificial muscle and bones generally tended to create weight problems. The upper body alone came to 45 kg. That caused the team to go back to the drawing board, this time with the idea of mimicking human bone and muscle at the individual body part level, i.e. a backbone, calf, or knee joint. Each part was custom designed to fall within the weight parameters of actual human limbs and other parts of the body. (Phys.org)—Researchers at the University of Tokyo have taken another step towards creating a robot with a faithfully recreated human skeleton and muscle structure. Called Kenshiro, the robot has been demonstrated at the recent Humanoids 2012 conference in Osaka, Japan. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: via IEEE © 2012 Phys.org Scientists study robot-human interactions Citation: Japanese researchers build robot with most humanlike muscle-skeleton structure yet (w/ video) (2012, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-japanese-robot-humanlike-muscle-skeleton-video.htmllast_img read more

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