November 16

Knowing genetic information can change a person’s physiology: Study

first_imgSimply learning of genetic risk can alter a person’s physiology, causing people to perform less well on exercise tests or altering hormones that indicate fullness after a meal, a recent study found.Millions of people all over the world are submitting applications to receive information about genetic risks and performance.Recently, a Stanford University study reveals that it affects our physiology.For example, just knowing that your genes have lowe ability to do sports can result in poor performance by the body on a treadmill or other sport.Alia Crum, Assistant Professor of Psychology, found that when people were told of a genetic propensity for either obesity or lower exercise capacity, it altered the way their bodies responded either to a meal or to exercise. The work was published in Dec10 issue of Nature Human Behavior.”Receiving genetic information doesn’t just make you more informed,” Crum said. “What this study shows is that it can also have a physiological impact on your body in a way that actually changes your overall risk profile.”Crum and the study’s lead author, graduate student, Bradley Turnwald, said that the results don’t suggest that DNA testing is bad or good, just that when delivering information, genetic counselors or personalized genetic testing companies need to be aware that the mere knowledge of the test result could influence a person’s risk.What was the experiment?To carry out the research, the group first took DNA samples from people who were told they were participating in a study about the relationship between DNA and diet.advertisementLater, the participants returned and 116 of them carried out an exercise test, while 107 of them ate a meal.After the meal, the researchers measured levels of molecules in the blood that indicate hunger or fullness.Unbeknownst to the participants, Crum and Turnwald had tested the participants for one of two genes – one that has been associated with obesity and one associated with exercise capacity.During that first round of tests, the researchers could see small differences in either exercise capacity or satisfaction after the meal, depending on which version of the gene the people carried.People with the protective version of the exercise gene did have slightly better exercise capacity, for example.A week later, when participants returned for their second test, they were given a genetic result that might or might not have been true.Some of those with genes that protect them from obesity or gave them higher exercise capacity were told they had a higher risk version of the gene, and vice versa.People were also given reading material that helped them explain the effects of having a particular form of the two genes.In the obesity group, participants read research summaries and lay research articles suggesting that one version of the gene made them produce less of a hormone that relays an “I’m full” signal to the brain.In the exercise group, participants learned that people with a particular gene variant wouldn’t perform as well during exercise.After being told their randomly generated genetic results, the people then carried out exactly the same test as on their first visit – either eating a meal or running on a treadmill.What the researchers found is that the information alone changed how people performed.Those who were told they had a version of the gene that made them less prone to obesity actually performed better after the second meal. They produced two and a half times more of the fullness hormone, even though the meal was identical to the one they’d eaten the week before.A piece of information has made an impact on how people performed.”The take-home message here is that the mindset that you put people in when you deliver genetic risk information is not irrelevant,” she said. “The mindset of being genetically at risk or protected can alter how we feel, what we do and – as this study shows – how our bodies respond.”What did the researchers conclude?Think only about the benefits.Immediately after the testing, Crum and Turnwald told participants about the research goals and revealed their actual genetic risk if the participant still desired.”We took a lot of steps to conduct the research ethically and ensure participants’ safety,” Turnwald said.”For example, we chose genes related to obesity and exercise capacity because we knew that information would be meaningful but less emotionally charged than genes related to diseases like cancer, and participants only held a potentially false belief about their genetic risk for one hour while under our supervision before being fully debriefed.”advertisementThe researchers are more interested in exploring whether there are ways to explain the genetic risk that eliminate the effects they saw in this study or not.”How can you deliver genetic information in a way that has the beneficial effects in terms of motivating people to change their behavior but that doesn’t provoke a negative effect on physiology, emotions, and motivation? That’s where I think a lot of really good work can be done,” Crum said.last_img read more

November 14

Italy appoint Di Biagio as interim coach

first_imgItaly Italy appoint Di Biagio as interim coach Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 20:43 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luigi Di Biagio Italy Getty Italy Serie A The former Roma and Inter star will take charge of the national team for friendlies against Argentina and England in March Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio has been installed as interim head coach of his country’s national team.The former Roma and Inter midfielder, who was capped 31 times by Italy, will take charge of next month’s friendlies against Argentina and England.Italy face La Albiceleste at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on March 23 before taking on the Three Lions at Wembley four days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A statement released by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) read: “Following the meeting held today at the headquarters of the Italian Football Federation in Rome, in the presence of the Extraordinary Commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and his deputy Alessandro Costacurta, it was decided to entrust to Luigi Di Biagio the position of national technical commissioner in view of the two international commitments next March.”Di Biagio has been given his chance to press claims for the job despite lacking top-flight coaching experience.The Azzurri have been without a coach since Gian Piero Ventura’s departure in the aftermath of their failure to qualify for the World Cup.Play-off defeat to Sweden marked the first time in 60 years that four-time winners Italy had missed out on a place at the showpiece tournament, and appointing a successor has been complicated by the failure to elect Carlo Tavecchio’s successor as FIGC president.Fabbricini, general secretary of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) was belatedly installed as emergency leader of the FIGC last week.Roberto Mancini and Antonio Conte have both been touted as full-time targets for the role but, despite speculation over the latter’s future at Chelsea, ex-Juventus boss Conte has distanced himself from the prospect of returning to Italy’s bench.”I can tell you that Costacurta is a friend. We played together with the national team in 1994 [at the World Cup],” he told reporters last Friday.”But, maybe he forgot that I still have 18 months of contract with Chelsea. My intention, my will, my desire is to respect this contract.”last_img read more

October 28

10 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva: Winning most important thing in FA Cup

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Winning most important thing in FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton did enough to see off FA Cup opponents Lincoln City 2-1 on Saturday.Ademola Lookman, with his first goal in 394 days, and Bernard put the hosts ahead inside 14 minutes but they struggled once Michael Bostwick pulled one back.”First, we achieved the main thing which was to play the next round in the competition,” Everton manager Marco Silva said.”It looks in some moments that we didn’t like to have a quiet afternoon. But for 20 minutes we did well, we started with intensity, with some good moments, the second goal was a good finish.”After that we lost focus completely and gave them hope and is something that has happened with our team during the last few games and is something we have to stop as quick as we can.”He added: “The game is always open until we score the third goal, we didn’t score the third goal but we achieved the main thing to be in the next round.” last_img read more

October 26

Ohio State Fans Will Love Ezekiel Elliott’s Tweet After Tonight’s Win

first_imgA closeup of Ezekiel Elliott celebrating a touchdown.ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a 33 yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Ohio State pulled off one of the biggest wins of the college football season tonight, as the Buckeyes rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Penn State at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.The Buckeyes struggled for much of the game, but Dwayne Haskins led what was almost a 100-yard drive to win the game late in the fourth quarter.Ohio State remains undefeated and is now a massive favorite to win the Big Ten and make the College Football Playoff.Ezekiel Elliott is excited.The former Ohio State football star tweeted the following after tonight’s win:O-H . . .— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) September 30, 2018Every Ohio State fan: “I-O.”Ohio State will next take on Indiana in Bloomington. Penn State has a bye before taking on Michigan State.last_img read more

October 25

Away we go: Virat Kohli holidays with Anushka Sharma after New Zealand ODI series win

first_img India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 09:58 IST Virat Kohli said after the third ODI win that he is looking forward to the break now (Virat Kohli Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and T20I series vs New ZealandIndia (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets in 3rd ODI to take an unbeatable 3-0 series leadRohit Sharma will lead India in Kohli’s absence on the remainder of the tourIndia captain Virat Kohli will be very satisfied with the way his team has performed in the ongoing three-match ODI series against New Zealand.Kohli’s team produced three clinical performances over the past week to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.The latest victory in the third ODI on Monday came after India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets in Mount Maunganui.With the series in the bag, Kohli is now off holidaying with his wife Anushka Sharma, who was seen cheering for cricketer in the first three games.Kohli posted a picture with the Bollywood actress on his Instagram page in which the couple could be seen outside a private jet, the picturesque locale however, remains a mystery.Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma will take over as captain for the five limited-overs matches.The 30-year-old even said after the third ODI that he is looking forward to the break now.”I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been a very hectic Australian tour and now I go on a break very happy 3-0 up sealing the series.”I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how the game goes. I’m pretty happy contributing for the team as much as I can,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.advertisementKohli has reasons to be thrilled with the way his team played. India were clinical and ruthless as the batting and bowling units clicked together perfectly.After three matches, India’s top three happen to be the three leading scorers in the series. Shikhar Dhawan has 169 runs, Rohit Sharma has 160 while Kohli finished with 148 runs including two scores in the 40s and his best of 60 on Monday.Kuldeep Yadav with 8 wickets is the most successful bowler in the series. Mohammed Shami (7) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6) are second and third respectively while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult are joint-fourth with four wickets apiece.No other New Zealand bowler has more than Boult’s four wickets and that itself reflects the massive gulf between the two teams.Also Read | This is the India team I always fantasised about as a player: Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | New Zealand better team than Australia, India have been too good: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Wasn’t even 10 per cent of what Shubman Gill is when I was 19: Virat KohliAlso Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI seriesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Virat KohliFollow Anushka SharmaFollow Mount Maunganui ODIFollow Tauranga ODI Away we go: Virat Kohli holidays with Anushka Sharma after New Zealand ODI series winIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs against New Zealand as India took an unbeatable lead after winning the third match in Mount Maunganui on Monday.advertisementlast_img read more

October 24

Minister Grange Condemns Killing of Pregnant Woman and Children

first_imgThe Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has condemned the deadly attack on a pregnant woman and two children in Hanover yesterday ( April 25).It’s reported that 38-year-old Abanique Cunningham and her two children — four-year-old Sanique Coote and seven-year-old Jayanna Coote — were chopped to death.Minister Grange said it was a “tragedy” and a “most horrific case of gender based violence which I condemn in the strongest sense of the word.”According to the Minister, tthis latest incident brings into focus the importance of efforts to eliminate gender-based violence and to transform the ways in which we bring about a change in how women are perceived.“Governmental action is vital to prevent and end gender violence, but success requires people speaking up. I note that the police have made an arrest in this case, and I encourage anyone with any information that can assist in this case to make a report to the police,” the Minister said.last_img read more

October 24

Captain Kang’s Crew to Get Five Months’ …

first_imgRussian crew members on board the Russian-owned, Cambodia-flagged Captain Kang have successfully won five months’ back pay owed to them after taking strike action for six days in the Korean port of Pyeongtaek.Following their refusal to help release the ship’s cargo of wood chips – and the intervention of the ITF – the owners have now agreed to pay USD110,000 in wages owed to 15 crew members. The crew only lifted their action when the company delivered the cash to them on board.The crew were assisted in their claim through team working between the ITF in Russia, Korea and Japan. The ITF in Vladivostok, Russia has a history of dealing with the owners, and was involved in assisting the seafarers through their struggle to win their back pay. The ITF in Japan also pursued the Japanese agents who organised the crew contracts. And the ITF in Korea – which had helped crew on the same ship to win back wages previously owed last October – helped support the Captain Kang crew through their strike action and were involved in the settlement reached with the owners. The industrial action also received wide media coverage in Russia, news websites and elsewhere.Petr Osichansky, ITF inspector in Vladivostok, reported that: “Only after the company paid out the total amount of USD110,000 in wages owed for the whole period, including March, did the crew open the holds“.H K Kim, ITF coordinator in Korea, said that: “This owner has several sister ships, which have seen problems with owed wage over and over again. The problem has yet to be solved due to the blurriness of ownership. However, one of the ships has now been sold to a third party, and we hope to see better conditions there“. My location Print  Closecenter_img 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

October 17

Nova Scotia police chief to stand trial on sex charges involving girl

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – A Nova Scotia police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl has been committed to stand trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.John Collyer of the Bridgewater Police Service was placed on administrative leave in August 2016 after the province’s Serious Incident Response Team confirmed it was investigating the alleged assault.Collyer, a 26-year veteran of the force, was suspended in May 2017 after the independent police watchdog laid one charge of sexual assault and two charges of sexual exploitation against him.The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in Bridgewater between April and July of 2016.In July 2017, Collyer elected in provincial court to have the case heard by judge alone in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He said he plans to enter a plea once the matter moves to the higher court.last_img read more

October 16

MakeAWish To Honor Robert Downey Jr At Wishing Well Winter Gala

first_imgAcademy Award-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr, one of today’s most prominent and influential actors, will receive the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Shining Star Award at the 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on December 7, 2016 at the Hollywood Palladium, it was announced today by Neal Aton, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.The Shining Star Award honors individuals who embody the organization’s mission to make a lasting impact on children and their families through the power of a wish.Said Aton: “We are thrilled to honor Robert Downey Jr. for his long-time dedication and generosity to Make-A-Wish. Robert has granted dozens of wishes for children around the world, and many more kids wish to meet him. Beyond the hope, strength and joy he personally brings to wish families, Robert has donated funds through his foundation “Random Act Funding” that allow many other children’s wishes to come true. In our eyes, and in the eyes of our kids, he is a real-life hero.”One wish that Downey recently fulfilled was with nine-year-old Domenic, who has cystic fibrosis. Dominic’s one true wish was to be a superhero, and Downey Jr. worked with Make-A-Wish to make that dream come true. Downey also surprised seven-year-old Alex, who was born missing most of his right arm, by presenting Alex with a specially-made replica of Iron Man’s famous arm.Downey is best-known for his role as Iron Man in the Iron Man and Avengers franchises as well as his title role in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. In 1992, Downey received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, and won the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Chaplin. In 2009 he was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for his role as Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder.The Make-A-Wish awards are presented at the annual Wishing Well Winter Gala, where entertainment executives, celebrities, top business executives, community and civic leaders, medical professionals and philanthropists celebrate the children and families whose lives have been changed forever by the power of a wish. During the past three years, these meaningful events have collectively raised almost $3 million for wish kids living in Greater Los Angeles. Past honorees include sports stars Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan and Oscar de la Hoya; philanthropists Sam Nazarian and Michael Rosenfeld; and medical pioneers Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, OneLegacy and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.In addition to the award presentations, the evening will include entertainment, cocktails, sit-down dinner, one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items and wish granting. Additional award honorees will be announced shortly.Join generous presenting sponsor, The Goldwin Foundation, along with many other partners and donors, in supporting the 4th Annual Make-A-Wish Wishing Well Winter Gala.• To purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships please visit• To make a donation, visit read more

October 14

Cindy Gladues accused killer free on 5K bail

first_imgMelissa RidgenAPTN National NewsA 49-year-old Ontario man ordered to be re-tried on first-degree murder in the death of Cindy Gladue, turned himself into Edmonton authorities and was released on $5,000- bail.Conditions of his release were originally sealed by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge but have now been made public.Bradley Barton is to remain at a home in Mississauga on weekends and at his mother’s in Aurora during the week. He’s bound by an 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew seven days a week. He is free to go to work.Barton is to have no contact with sex workers as well as a list of people who may be witnesses in the trial. He’s also prohibited from using alcohol or drugs. The matter returns to court in Edmonton Sept 1 to set a date for the new trial.In June, the Alberta Court of Appeal overturned his March 2015 acquittal on first-degree murder and manslaughter, citing numerous errors during the trial including the judge’s charge to the jury.Gladue’s body was found in a bathtub in Barton’s Edmonton motel room in June 2011.She bled to death after a night of what Barton called consensual, rough sex for which he paid Gladue $60. The Crown contended a sharp object caused the 11-centimetre injury. One was never found.mridgen@aptn.calast_img read more

October 13

GM plant closing not expected to stall Detroits rebound

first_imgDETROIT — General Motors’ planned shutdown of its Detroit-Hamtramck plant would leave only one auto assembly factory in the city known for “putting America on wheels,” but the closure and job losses are not expected to stall-out Detroit’s comeback since its 2014 bankruptcy exit.Experts say a more tech-driven and medical industry economy is moving Detroit further from a reliance on manufacturing and that GM’s downsizing in the name of cost-cutting and investment in autonomous and electric vehicles won’t hurt as much as past mass layoffs and plant closings.Detroit once was home to about a dozen massive assembly plants. A Fiat-Chrysler facility on the east side would be the last if GM closes its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. About 1,500 people work at the GM plant while Fiat-Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue plant employs about 5,000. Fiat-Chrysler reportedly plans to reopen a former engine plant on the city’s east side to make Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs with three rows of seats starting with the 2021 model year.“Manufacturing is now a tech industry — you don’t have to hire as many people to make as much stuff,” said Ned Staebler, president and chief executive of the small business incubator TechTown Detroit. “It’s not just General Motors. Every major OEM (original equipment manufacturer), major manufacturer is going through similar processes. It’s a trend that is going to continue.”GM wants to close four facilities in the United States and one in Canada. Nearly all of the 8,000 white-collar jobs GM expects to cut company-wide would be at the automaker’s technical centre just north of Detroit in Macomb County’s Warren.Some of the 3,300 global blue-collar job losses would come from the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and a transmission facility in Warren.The jobs account for only .2 per cent of local county employment “muting the immediate effect of the plant closures,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a report.That means there is less reliance on those jobs and plants to supply tax dollars needed to help pay for city services and fill out Detroit’s operating budget.But, Moody’s wrote, the impact could grow “as GM reduces salaried employees, if reduced production hurts ancillary suppliers or if there is a broader slowdown in the industry.”Detroit will experience some loss of tax revenue from the plant and people working there, said law professor Anthony Sabino of the Tobin College of Business at St. Johns University in New York.Owners of shops and restaurants that catered to those workers will be impacted, too.“This will not derail the (city’s) 21st century renaissance. They are working from a solid foundation. If this had happened prior to the city’s reorganization it could have been far more harmful,” Sabino said.Detroit was about $12 billion in debt before filing for bankruptcy in 2013. Much of that was erased or restructured allowing the city to improve services, like police and fire, and invest in neighbourhoods.Detroit’s general fund balance was about $595 million at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, compared to a deficit of about $73 million that the city faced at the end of the 2013 fiscal year following years of a plummeting population and tax base.A $36 million operating surplus was expected for the fiscal year 2018.A 30-year jobs forecast by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments forecasts manufacturing jobs in Detroit falling from 23,000 three years ago to 16,000 by 2045. Over that same time, professional and technical services, corporate headquarters, administrative, support, waste services and health care jobs are expected to rise.Preliminary figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics pegged unemployment in Detroit in September at 7.9 per cent. While this is still well above the U.S. rate of 3.7 per cent, Detroit’s unemployment has been dropping since January 2014 when it was nearly 18 per cent. Detroit’s unemployment rate was 28.9 per cent in June 2009.Preparing Detroit’s workforce for non-manufacturing jobs is one of the next hurdles.Mayor Mike Duggan has said more residents are enrolling in Detroit At Work free training programs. The programs offer training and certifications for jobs that include information technology, truck driving, health careers, computer networking and culinary arts.But many people in the city are not prepared for tech-related jobs that are in Detroit or on the way, said Ida Byrd-Hill, president of Detroit-based Uplift Inc. which provides computer programming language training.“A lot of the training programs have not really reached out to women or people of colour,” said Byrd-Hill, who added that funding has been limited for local tech-training providers.Companies are looking for more educated and tech savvy workers, especially those with critical thinking, communications, collaborating and team building skills — someone who is “able to think critically about when to use the appropriate piece of technology,” said TechTown’s Staebler.With Ford also considering thousands of white-collar cuts, Detroit-area auto industry workers may find it difficult to find new jobs or match their salaries if they go to other industries, said David Kudla, CEO of Mainstay Capital Management in Grand Blanc, Michigan, which advises many auto industry employees. “You’re going to be going out in a marketplace where everybody is cutting back,” he said.Those with skills in developing autonomous or electric vehicles will have an easier time finding work, Kudla said.He suggests that workers cut expenses and build savings to be ready in case of layoff.Still, there’s a human element to a possible Detroit-Hamtramck closure, assembly line worker Dnitra Landon told the Detroit Free Press.“I know you’re a big business, but what about the people who make you a big business?” Landon, 55, said of GM. “Everybody in here is a survivor and we’re going to survive no matter what happens.”___Associated Press writers Jeff Karoub and Tom Krisher, both in Detroit, contributed to this report.Corey Williams, The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 11

Peru UN expert on indigenous rights calls for dialogue after deadly mining

6 July 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged the Peruvian Government and indigenous leaders in the country’s southeast to hold peaceful dialogue to resolve the deadly conflict over mining and oil development. At least five people were killed and more than 30 others were injured late last month in the city of Juliaca following protests over the mining, according to a statement issued by James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.Media reports state that indigenous Aymara people living in the department of Puno, close to Peru’s border with Bolivia, have been protesting for weeks over mining operations in their area, saying it will pollute their ancestral lands.In his statement Mr. Anaya stressed the need for dialogue “in good faith” between the Government and the indigenous leaders, and for authorities to consult with local indigenous peoples to tackle any problems associated with the mining.“It is necessary that all parties respect the right to life and other fundamental human rights and ensure that the legitimate protests of indigenous peoples to defend their rights, and the response by law enforcement, do not create situations that endanger the lives and safety of protesters and other citizens,” he said.Mr. Anaya, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, called on the Government to clarify the deadly clashes in Juliaca on 24 June, “and to proceed diligently to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible” for the deaths of the five people. read more

October 11

Ban and Pacific leaders urge reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

7 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of Pacific island nations today called for urgent international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stressing that climate change remains one of the greatest threats to the security, well-being and livelihoods of the peoples of the region. They “emphasized the need for an ambitious reduction of greenhouse gas emissions sufficient to enable the survival and viability of all Pacific small island developing States (SIDS),” said a joint statement issued by the Secretary-General and the leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, New Zealand. During their meeting, Mr. Ban – the first UN chief to attend the annual gathering – and the leaders discussed key challenges facing the region, including climate change, poverty and unemployment, and stressed the role of the UN in assisting Pacific island countries to address them.Mr. Ban got a first-hand look at the impact of rising sea levels on a visit to the low-lying island nation of Kiribati prior to arriving in Auckland. He described Kiribati as being at the “front of the frontlines” on climate change, stating that “the high tide shows that it is high time to act.”He noted that even the simple act of travelling to the region from New York has given him a better understanding of the challenges faced by its inhabitants.“The trip required flights of many hours, across thousands of miles. The vast distances between you and your neighbours dwarf those of any other region, creating obstacles in getting your goods to market and enjoying other economies of scale,” he said during a special interactive dialogue with Pacific leaders. During his visit to the region, which also includes stops in Australia and the Solomon Islands, the Secretary-General has been highlighting the need for urgent international action to reduce emissions of the harmful greenhouse gases that cause global warming.In addition, he has been underlining the need to make climate change adaptation funding available to finance the implementation of critical programmes to tackle the impact of climate change on communities there.Mr. Ban and the Pacific island leaders also stressed the importance of ensuring sustainable development, management and conservation of the region’s resources, including oceans, coastal and fisheries resources, and of enabling Pacific SIDS to “enjoy a greater share of the benefits derived from those resources.”He told leaders that his “top priority” going forward will be sustainable development. “Our challenge is to connect the dots among all the relevant challenges – climate change, energy security, food security, water security, infectious and non-communicable diseases, gender empowerment, and more…“All these issues are connected. We must look at them in a comprehensive, integrated way.”Mr. Ban also met separately with individual leaders on the margins of the forum, including President Marcus Stephen of Nauru and the New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, with whom he discussed issues such as the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and various regional topics. Later in the day, the Secretary-General travelled back to Australia for the last part of his visit to the Pacific. He attended a reception in Sydney hosted by the Governor of New South Wales, during which he praised Australia for its role over many decades in women’s empowerment, and urged the country to continue to reach out to partner States in the Pacific to stamp out violence against women.“Government officials are critical to ending gender-based violence,” said Mr. Ban. “But if a man is beating his wife, the best person to address the problem may be his local minister. If a girl thinks she is inferior to a boy, the best person to help may be her teacher. On this problem like on so many others, we need to come together as one society, one world.”He also lauded Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children as “one of the most forward-looking in the world.”On Thursday the Secretary-General will be speaking at the University of Sydney and then heading to the capital, Canberra, to meet Governor-General Quentin Bryce as well as join young schoolchildren to plant trees in the National Arboretum. read more

October 11

Fighting in Sudans Blue Nile state displaces tens of thousands of people

13 September 2011Fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and rebels in the country’s Blue Nile state has continued, displacing tens of thousands of people who cannot be reached by relief agencies due to movement restrictions imposed by the Government, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today. The fighting pits government forces against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and was previously confined to Southern Kordofan state before it spread to neighbouring Blue Nile last week.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update that little is known about the situation in Blue Nile, particularly in the SPLM-N controlled areas, due to lack of access. More than 100,000 people are thought to be displaced.The security situation in the Blue Nile capital, Damazin, where fighting broke out at the beginning of the month, is normalizing but the city remains tense, according to the OCHA update.A movement restriction imposed by the Government on UN staff remains in place in both Sennar and Blue Nile states.Last Thursday, the Government said an assessment of humanitarian needs and the distribution of aid in Blue Nile will be coordinated by state authorities and that any humanitarian activities will be carried out by local humanitarian organizations, including the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS).According to the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) and local authorities in Blue Nile, new procedures relating to the work of UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will be announced before the end of this week.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received official requests from SRCS and another local group for food assistance to communities displaced from Blue Nile. However, due to government-imposed restrictions on pre-positioning of food stocks in Blue Nile, WFP has only enough stocks to feed 20,000 people for two weeks.Police in Damazin have continued to provide protection to UN offices and warehouses to prevent looting. Three international NGOs have reported that their compounds in Damazin were looted.There are reports of ongoing fighting in various parts of Southern Kordofan, but no further details have been forthcoming.Some 8,000 newly displaced people in the eastern areas of South Kordofan have received non-food relief items. The assistance was made available by UN agencies in partnership with SRCS, HAC, and a local NGO. read more

October 8

Sri Lankan national held for illegally entering India

Cases have been registered against him under section 14 of the Foreigners Act for not possessing valid documents and Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950. A search is on for his friend Kutti, who is still absconding, police said adding Anthony was remanded to judicial custody. (Colombo Gazette) The boat abandoned by the duo at Arichalmunai was seized by police on February 9. Anthony, who was found hiding in the Mandapam refugee camp told the police that he came looking for his daughter, who was staying at the refugee camp in Salem, about 375 kms from Rameswaram. A 42-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil was arrested at the Mandapam refugee camp in Rameswaram today, on charges of unlawful entry into India, the Press Trust of India quoted the police as saying.Hailing from Thalaimannar, Anthony Doss had clandestinely arrived at Arichal Munai near in Rameswaram in a boat along with one Kutti, on February 9, they said. read more

October 4

Lancome taps Lupita Nyongo as new face she becomes beauty brands first

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2014 file photo, Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for Lancome, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2014 5:01 am MDT Lancome taps Lupita Nyong’o as new face; she becomes beauty brand’s first black spokeswoman NEW YORK, N.Y. – The fashion and beauty industry’s love affair with Lupita Nyong’o continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancome.The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for the brand, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong’o said she was proud to represent Lancome, adding “beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”It’s the first major endorsement deal for the 31-year-old, who won the best-supporting Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave.” Her striking beauty and fashion sense made her the It Girl for the Hollywood awards season.Lancome ads featuring Nyong’o will start appearing this summer. read more

September 25

Lonely over50s set to hit two million within seven years

The number of “lonely” over 50-year-olds is set to hit two million within seven years, Age UK has warned. The charity said that the growing population of older people means more of them are going to be lonely and isolated in the future. The figures came as a separate report showed that thousands of roles in the adult social care sector were left unfilled. Figures from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing show that around 7.5 per cent of people in this age group often feel lonely.The charity said older people were particularly likely to feel lonely if they had recently been bereaved or had a relationship break down. The most recent ONS data suggests that 1.4m people in England in this age group were lonely, a figure which is predicted to rise to 1.9m by 2020/21 and two million by 2025/6. The charity is calling for a test for new Government initiatives to test the impact that they are likely to have on loneliness, by measuring how they affect communities and how isolated people are. “People aged 50 and over are more likely to be lonely if they do not have someone to open up to, are widowed, are in poor health, are unable to do the things they want, feel that they do not belong in their neighbourhood or live alone,” the report said. Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said: “Our population is ageing quite fast and so we’re heading towards having two million lonely over-50s in less than a decade, with serious knock on consequences for their physical and mental health, and therefore for the NHS, unless we take action now.”A Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson said: “We have set up an £11 million fund to better connect people across the country and our soon-to-be launched loneliness strategy – the first of its kind in the world – will be a step to overcoming social isolation within society. “We welcome research and analysis from organisations, as this helps to develop a better understanding of the impact of loneliness on individuals and communities.” 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. A stretched social care system which sees older people visited for very short periods and does not leave time for carers to have a conversation with their clients has been blamed for leaving some vulnerable older people feeling more isolated.A social care green paper due to be released later this year will set out the Government’s plans to reform the care system for older people. Separate research published on Monday by Skills for Care, a training charity, found that around 110,000 jobs in adult care in England are currently vacant, 22,000 more than a year ago. The sector’s turnover rate had also risen, with 30.7 per cent of staff, equivalent to 390,000 people, leaving or changing jobs in 2017-18. A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “We are working to ensure the system is able to meet the demands of our growing ageing population and will soon launch a recruitment campaign to further raise the profile of the sector.” read more

September 21

Convicted terrorist Koufodinas allegedly applying for second furlough

first_imgA report is alleging that convicted November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas has applied for a second furlough through the prison’s parole board. It is alleged that it is “unclear” whether his new request to “meet friends and relatives” will be granted. According to furlough laws, Koufodinas is able to apply for furlough after his initial leave after 60 days. During a furlough he would be required to report twice daily to authorities. Mr Koufodinas, 59, who is serving 11 life sentences at Korydallos prison in Athens, previously applied and received a 48 hour furlough last year despite international concerns. During his first furlough last year he arrived at prison 90 minutes ahead of his deadline, and was accompanied by his wife and son.The November 17 group was found guilty of bomb attacks and for the killing of 23 prominent Greek authority figures, including Ministers and diplomats from the US, Turkey and Britain.More to come. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 19

Homeless man found dead in Portland tent

first_imgPORTLAND — Police say a homeless man was found dead inside a tent along Interstate 84.Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson says officers discovered the man last week while conducting a welfare check. Officers opened the tent after getting no response and found the body of 32-year-old Christopher Martin.Paramedics revived a small dog that was inside the tent and suffering from a medical problem.The Oregon State Medical Examiner is awaiting toxicology results before determining the cause of death.Officers checking the scene found a propane lantern burning inside the tent.Simpson says there was no indication of a criminal act.The death caps an especially harsh winter for Portland’s homeless population. Four people died of exposure and a stillborn infant was found with his homeless mother at a bus stop.last_img read more

September 15

Coral Gables cop under investigation for domestic violence

first_imgRivero has been relieved of duty with pay pending further investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A Coral Gables Police officer has been relieved of duty following a domestic violence allegation.Police received a domestic violence call just after 6 p.m., Friday, from the movie theater inside the Shops at Sunset Place. The call was regarding an altercation between a husband and wife.According to police, at one point the husband tried to grab the wife by the waist or the arm. The manager then told an employee to call the police.The wife started to go into the restroom, and the husband tried to follow when the manager stepped in front of him.The husband then walked off. He was followed out by an employee who witnessed him get into a marked Coral Gables Police car and drive away.Police tracked down the wife, who confirmed she is married to Coral Gables Police Officer Manuel Rivero. He was off duty at the time.The investigation into Rivero’s actions and the use of his marked squad car is currently ongoing. last_img read more