Scotiabank Giller Prize creator Jack Rabinovitch honoured at funeral

first_imgTORONTO – Scotiabank Giller Prize creator Jack Rabinovitch was celebrated at his funeral on Wednesday for helping to usher in “an explosion of Canadian literary talent,” an unending quest for knowledge and his love of the written word.Former interim Liberal leader and Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae recalled his longtime friendship with Rabinovitch, which spanned a quarter-century. Rae said he came to know the beloved businessman as a philanthropist and lover of the arts, passions that led to the creation of a lasting literary legacy with the prestigious Giller Prize.Rabinovitch died Sunday at the age of 87 as a result of a “catastrophic fall” at his home last week.The award was established in 1994, a year after the death of Rabinovitch’s wife, Doris Giller, and was created as an enduring tribute to the late literary journalist. The prize awards $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to the other finalists, and is billed as the richest fiction prize in Canada.“It has coincided with the explosion of Canadian literary talent in the past three decades and has without a doubt helped Canadian writers and the publishing industry immeasurably,” Rae said during his eulogy.“The annual dinner and lunch with the winner have become an unforgettable event; and at the heart of it all is the affection and the support that people feel for Jack.”Rae recounted the Montreal-born Rabinovitch’s early upbringing, where he “grew up poor, smart, irreverent and quick to learn about life,” learning math skills by counting coins for the family business.“No matter how high he climbed, he never forgot where he came from and he was never intimidated by title or by success.”Rae said in his view, Rabinovitch’s ability to make and keep friends was “his legacy above all else.”“He cared about his friends, he cared about all of us. And it was never a club with a closed door. He was always curious about new ideas, new books, new people. He never stopped learning and asking questions.”Rabinovitch’s three daughters, Noni, Daphna and Elana, also shared loving memories of their father and the man they knew away from the spotlight.“My father had a lifelong love of learning and an insatiable curiosity,” said Elana Rabinovitch, the executive director of the Giller Prize.His voracious appetite for the written word was evidenced in his reading materials, which included five newspapers a day, the New Yorker magazine every week, and “at least one book on the go at all times,” she recalled.“He fostered in all of us a wonder about and love for — as he put it — the arsenal of language,” she said. “I will always be grateful that he showed us the value for and understanding of the wider world.”Ontario Lt-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Griffin Poetry Prize founder Scott Griffin, award-winning investigative journalist and author Stevie Cameron, and filmmaker and author Barry Avrich were among those in attendance for the funeral at Beth Tzedec Congregation synagogue.Media mogul Moses Znaimer, the creator of Bravo TV, which was the first telecast partner for the Giller Prize, said the award and the ensuing fanfare around the finalists and winner have helped change the lens through which Canadian literature is viewed.“Before the advent of the Giller, there was no glamour to CanLit. There was aspiration, but there was no focus, there was no buzz,” Znaimer, the founder of ZoomerMedia, said following the service. “That’s what he did by creating the prize, and he was enormously successful.“A lot of people launch things — ideas, charities and movements — and they don’t go anywhere. And this thing that Jack planted is here to stay.”Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.last_img read more

India to bump out China as worlds most populous country fast

Rabat – While researchers have long predicted that India’s population will eventually surpass that of China’s, a recent report from the UN expects this to happen as soon as 2022; six years earlier than previous predictions indicated.The population division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs said China’s population was 1.38 billion, compared with 1.31 billion in India. But in just seven years, the populations of both are expected to reach 1.4 billion.According to the report, India’s population will continue to grow for decades, to 1.5 billion in 2030 and 1.7 billion in 2050, while China’s is expected to remain fairly steady until the 2030s, when it is expected to slightly decrease. China and India remain the two most populated countries in the world, each with more than one billion people, representing 19 and 18 per cent of the world’s population.The total global population, currently at 7.3 billion, is predicted to hit 9.7 billion by 2050, according to the report.Much of that growth is expected to occur in high-fertility nations, mostly throughout Africa, or in countries with large populations.The report reveals that during the 2015-2050 period, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in just nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the United States, Indonesia and Uganda.On the other hand, the populations of 48 countries are expected to decline during that period, mainly in Europe, due to a preexisting decrease in fertility rates. The report said several countries faced a population decline of more than 15 percent by 2050, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.The report also indicates a rise in global life expectancy at birth, from 67 years between 2000-2005 to 70 years in 2010-2015. That trend is expected to continue, reaching 77 years in 2045-2050 and then 83 years in 2095-2100.Photograph: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters read more

UN Pays Tribute to Moroccos Contribution to Peacekeeping Efforts Worldwide

New York  – The United Nations paid tribute to Morocco on Saturday for its contribution to peacekeeping efforts, with a special dedication afforded to the Moroccan blue helmets and their families for their services and sacrifices.On the occasion, the UN published a collection of photos and posters thanking Morocco for its service and sacrifice, the UN said in a press release.The tribute to Morocco is part of the UN global communication campaign, “Thank you UN peacekeepers for your service and sacrifice, “to raise awareness of the strategic importance of peacekeeping operations” and to express recognition to participating countries,  peacekeepers, and their families for their sacrifices. As the 14th largest troop contributor to UN Peacekeeping operations, Morocco provides 1,600 military and police officers to UN peacekeeping efforts, according to the UN.Since 1948, more than a million women and men have served as UN peacekeepers. More than 3,500 peacekeeping personnel have lost their lives serving in UN operations, including 43 Moroccans.Every day, UN peacekeepers make a tangible difference in the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people.Blue Helmet TributeUN Secretary General Antonio Guterres paid special tribute to the Moroccan blue helmets, who provide humanitarian assistance and protect civilians in conflict areas.In particular, Guterres Master Corporal Rachid Abarki, who recently died of natural causes on April 24:“…My sincere condolences for this painful loss and express my gratitude for the contribution of Master Corporal Abarki to our peace action in the Central African Republic,” Guterres wrote, in a letter to Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Omar HilaleMaster Corporal Abarki served with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which works to protect civilians.During his funeral, the head of the Moroccan division of MINUSCA, called Abarki an “exceptional soldier” and praised the military leader’s integrity and professionalism.” read more

Marking International Day Ban recognizes vital contributions of rural women

15 October 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the vital contributions of rural women to development, while calling for their enjoyment of a full range of rights from property ownership and inheritance, to health and education. “Rural women do most of the agricultural work in developing countries, but endure the worst working conditions, with low pay and little or no social protection,” Mr. Ban noted in his message for the International Day of Rural Women, observed annually on 15 October.“Rural women produce most of the world’s food, yet they are often excluded from land tenure and the credit and business services they need to prosper. “They are the primary users and custodians of local natural resources, but are seldom given a voice on national and local bodies that decide how these resources are managed. “They are the care-givers and managers of households, but rarely share these responsibilities equally with men or have a say in major household decisions,” added the Secretary-General.He pointed out that rural women are essential to agricultural development, food and nutrition security and the management of natural resources, and stressed the need to ensure that they can play an equal role in sustainable rural and national development.At last month’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in New York, Member States pledged to ensure equal access for rural women to productive resources, land, financing, technologies, training and markets. The MDGs encompass eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation, all by 2015.Member States also committed at the summit to the full and equal participation of rural women in national development – not simply as equal beneficiaries, but as equal partners, recalled Mr. Ban.“I call on governments and communities everywhere to ensure these promises are met so that rural women and girls can enjoy a full range of rights – from property and inheritance, to health, education and freedom from violence.” read more

El Salvador UN panel voices concern at arbitrary detention prison overcrowding

2 February 2012A United Nations expert human rights panel has voiced concern about the right to security impinging on the right to be free from arbitrary detention in El Salvador, as well as extreme overcrowding in prisons and police facilities in the Central American nation. Wrapping up a 10-day mission to the country, the five-member UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention also highlighted the lack of written notification of sentences to the defendant and the lack of effective access to defence counsel. Another concern was the “over-reliance on informers and testimony by opportunistic witnesses,” the Group said in a news release issued in the capital, San Salvador.“This practice not only affects the credibility of testimonies due to the incentives offered, but also jeopardizes the fairness of the judicial process as the procedure of cross-examination is often not made possible,” said the Group’s Chair-Rapporteur, El Hadji Malick Sow.The Group questioned the effectiveness of the judiciary, particularly concerning the right to be brought promptly before a judge. “The fact that some individuals wait eight years for an appeal, with minimal intervention from judges, is disconcerting,” said Mr. Sow. The expert panel visited 11 prisons, police holding cells and other detention facilities in San Salvador, San Miguel and Santa Ana and interviewed detainees in private. Members also met with a range of actors from the Government, civil society and the UN.According to the experts, all of whom work in an independent and unpaid capacity, prisoners who were interviewed privately complained of the invasive and humiliating searches faced, including of their relatives and lawyers, introduced since the armed forces were charged with security in prisons. “I understand the need to protect prisons and the dire security situation faced by the authorities, particularly in relation to the gangs,” said Mr. Sow. “But we urge the Government to urgently review its procedures to ensure human dignity for those deprived of their liberty.” The experts commended the Government for its positive initiatives in recent years and encouraged the effective implementation of these initiatives to further protect against arbitrary deprivation of liberty. The Group – also comprising Mads Andenas (Norway), Shaheen Sardar Ali (Pakistan), Roberto Garretón (Chile), and Vladimir Tochilovsky (Ukraine) – will present its final report on the visit to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council next year. read more

Indian court convicts 3 over gang rape of Catholic nun

first_imgA COURT CONVICTED three men today over the gangrape of a nun during a bout of anti-Christian violence in 2008 in eastern India that killed at least 35 people, reports said.The Catholic nun was sexually assaulted by rioters on 25 August 2008, days after the murder of a Hindu priest that sparked revenge Hindu attacks on the Christian community in coastal Orissa state.A district court in Cuttack handed out the convictions which followed a trial that began in 2010, the Press Trust of India national news agency reported.One of the accused was found guilty of rape while two others were convicted of “outraging the modesty of a woman”, PTI said.Six others were acquitted for lack of evidence, it said.The men would be sentenced at a later date, the news agency said.The nun had recounted how she was dragged to a burnt-out Christian home in Kandhamal district where she was raped and beaten with sticks before being paraded semi-naked in the streets.Mobs attacked dozens of churches, prayer halls and Catholic-run schools and homes during the riots in the state. Nearly 50,000 people were reported to have been displaced by the rioting.© – AFP 2014Read: Man extradited from Amsterdam over body found in Meath fieldlast_img read more

Truckload of drugs Over €6mn of heroin and cocaine seized in Drogheda

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN and Louth have together seized almost €6.3 million worth of heroin and cocaine and arrested five people.In the biggest heroin seizure so far this year, gardaí found over €4 million worth of the drug when they stopped a truck in Co Louth.The seizure was made last night when gardaí from the National Drugs Unit (NDU) supported by local detectives stopped and searched an articulated truck on the M1 motorway near Drogheda. During the course of the search, 27kg of heroin with an estimated street value of €4.05 million was discovered.Two people were arrested at the scene, a 40 year-old-man and a 43-year-old woman, with a second 40 year-old-man held after a follow-up search.Also last night, 32kg of cocaine was found in the Dublin 4 suburb of Donnybrook when gardaí searched a house on the Stillorgan Road.Two males, aged 27 and 37 years, were arrested at scene by gardaí from the NDU who were assisted by units from Dundrum.The five people arrested last night were all detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act and are being held at Coolock, Drogheda and Blackrock Garda Stations.Read: So how much heroin was found in Europe’s largest-ever seizure of the drug? >Read: Ireland is the third highest for drug-induced deaths in Europe >last_img read more

Catherine Murphy interview This government has got away with murder because of

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4786946 We’ve had population growth, but we haven’t had the kind of investment in the parallel things you need, you’re playing catch up the whole time. You’ll have typically the highest class sizes in the country in places like this, because the distribution of teaching posts is based on historical models.“This won’t be unique to north Kildare, you could say it’s typical, Fingal is the most rapidly developing area in the country,” she adds.And so you’ll see the same pattern there, and you see the same pattern on the fringe of Galway, on the fringe of Cork. So they’re each unacknowledged regions, if you like.Only a handful of people pass Murphy in the mid-morning sun, with all of the commuters having come through a few hours earlier. She gets a ‘keep up the good work’ from one.Seven Dublin-bound trains come through in the morning and eight return the opposite direction in the evening. They use the Phoenix Park tunnel, reopened to commuter trains three years ago now. The packed car park in the station.Murphy says the system isn’t fit for purpose and that the mothballed Dart Underground plan would have been the “missing piece” to relieve rail capacity issues.“There’s a lot of railway traffic. And there’s going to be big investment in electrifying this line into Heuston,” she says, gesturing to the platform.Now the Phoenix Park tunnel is kind of a Victorian tunnel. And it’s great it’s being used, but it’s not the answer. You have all these people going in, then you have them getting on to the Luas but you need that capacity on the Luas for something else.Part of the Social Democrats’ manifesto ahead of the recent local elections was to see spending on public transport being equal or greater to spending on roads.It also sought 10% of the transport budget to be set aside for cycling infrastructure, increasing to 20% in the medium term.Climate issuesMurphy says that “owning a car is expensive” and the goal must be a situation where people can choose not to have one.She agrees that attitudes are changing around climate issues and says this was clear on the doorsteps back in May.“I know canvassing can annoy people at times. But in actual fact, it’s very useful to get that whole of community response that you get during a canvass, because you kind of get an idea what the trends are: what people are concerned about.And they are concerned about the future from a range of perspectives. And it’s not only one generation that’s concerned about it, increasingly you’re seeing an older generation using the younger generation as a reference point. There are two charge points at the station, one is currently out of service. Source: Thejournal.ieMurphy says she sees three main things for politicians to address when it comes to climate action: transport, housing/construction and agriculture.On addressing the housing crisis, she says it’s about more than just social housing.Affordability is the critical issue, affordability. We’re always going to have a mix of housing. But you also have to have an ability for people to buy, or to buy even part of the equity in their home. And essentially, you can’t have people living such precarious lives as they’ve been living.She cites “routine” cases of being asked for help in finding a school place for a child after the family have been forced to move.“They happen as a consequence of lack of security of tenure, the lack of security of housing provision and it’s one of the areas that you’ll find that is cross-generational in terms of concern.”ResentmentMurphy says there’s bubbling anger about government policy not just on housing but on “a list” of issues. She says it’s being somewhat “masked” by Brexit but would come out during an election campaign.This is a very poor government, it’s got away with murder because Brexit is a curtain that’s hiding a lot of the discontent, and the discontent is around, you know. The whole of issues like housing, like climate, like healthcare, like the Public Services Card, like broadband, you could write a list. And really, essentially, it (Brexit) has masked the other issues.  Short URL Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 10:00 PM By Rónán Duffy Murphy at Hazelhatch station in Celbridge. Image: TheJournal.ie 46 Comments Sep 1st 2019, 10:00 PM WHILE PERHAPS A useful shorthand, the term ‘commuter belt’ also seems vaguely insulting.It reduces people and their homes down to their proximity to their place of work, something which clearly shouldn’t be the case.But if applies anywhere, north Kildare perhaps can’t deny it as a label, having seen some of the biggest population growth in Ireland in recent years.The area is also the base of operations for Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy TD.Murphy’s constituency office is in Leixlip but she speaks to TheJournal.ie at a packed car park at the Hazelhatch train station in nearby Celbridge.The station may be the nearest stop for many on the way to Dublin but it’s still a good 30 minutes’ walk from the town itself, hence the large car park. Murphy agrees that calling somewhere a ‘commuter town’ may be somewhat reductive, but says that it at least references one of the major concerns of people living in the area.“You have to acknowledge that it’s there but also that these are people’s communities and people’s homes,” she says.“They’re not economic units, they’re people, you know, and they tend to be, in some respects, seen as economic units.center_img Share142 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Murphy at Hazelhatch station in Celbridge. In 2013, I produced climate legislation and in actual fact, there were no Greens in the Dáil at the time when that happened. They just got dumped out because they’d been in government and that may well have been unfortunate timing for them.Election timeMurphy and her co-leader Róisín Shortall are the only SocDem TDs after party co-founder Stephen Donnelly first left the party and later joined Fianna Fáil.Donnelly was reported to have been more amenable to supporting a government in the post-2016 election period and it’s a question that’s likely to come up again for the party when the next general election does happen. Particularly if the party does manage to increase its share of Dáil seats.Other opposition party leaders Mary Lou McDonald, Brendan Howlin and Eamon Ryan have all spoken to TheJournal.ie recently about whether they’d consider being part of a future coalition government.What of the Social Democrats?“Well, the very first thing is that our approach to government is that we’ll be going into a general election as an independent political party, there won’t be any pacts or anything like that with other parties. And we haven’t had those conversations with them.”I think we’re firmly of the view that it has to be a whole of government approach. You know, it can’t be just this silo-based approach to government, like when the Greens went into government they looked at areas like the environment. It has to be whole government approach.She explains that all parties in a coalition government much approach all issues from a similar viewpoint and that having separate focuses doesn’t work.“I think you have a government of conflict,” she says.Murphy claims, for example, that Fine Gael is about “outsourcing” responsibility and that her party could not approach government from this mindset.“There really needs to be a stronger interventionist approach, whether that be in the project management of very big sites or whether it’s on the delivery of specific numbers of social houses and local authority houses.There’s got to be integrated symmetry between the parties in government. And we’d love that opportunity if that opportunity arises.Labour and the leftIn his interview with TheJournal.ie, Howlin described the Social Democrats as a “practical party of the left” that Labour voters should consider giving a preference to.He added that he saw no philosophical or policy divisions between the parties and that the obstacles to greater cooperation are mainly historic and based on personality.A veteran of previous mergers of the Irish left, Murphy scoffs at suggestions that the parties would be better served working more closely together.“Lookit, we’ve been here before, there’s history here. I remember the amalgamation of Democratic Left and the Labour Party. That was going to be greater than the sum of the two parts. And it didn’t end up being greater than the sum of the two parts.“Sometimes people like choice,” she adds.“And the thing about it is that we’re offering a choice, and it is different, there’s a cultural difference. And you can’t escape the fact that the Labour Party have a history, not just one history but a history of promising one thing and delivering something else. That is a significant issue for us.“I think if we’ve got hard things to say to people in terms of what can’t happen, we should say them rather than promising things and signing a big commitment outside of Trinity College in relation to third-level fees. And then in actual fact, then they agreed to the exact opposite.”TheJournal.ie was speaking to Murphy as party of a series of interviews with party leaders on the political response to the climate emergency. Shortall and Murphy launching their party manifesto in June. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe SocDems won 19 local council seats in May having had six councillors going in. Those councillors didn’t win under the party banner five years previously, with the party only forming in 2015.Murphy says they were very pleased with the result, having targeted 20 seats. She adds they could have had more but lost out in some competitive wards where the Green Party performed strongly.“They did extraordinarily well,” Murphy says of the Greens. “And as I say, good luck to them.”Asked how her party can woo voters who share concerns about green issues, the former independent TD says she has been producing environmental policies for years. Image: TheJournal.ie Catherine Murphy interview: ‘This government has got away with murder because of Brexit’ The Social Democrats co-leader spoke to us about commuter gridlock and her party’s view on working with Labour. 42,891 Views last_img read more

Avec Touch Life Toyota intègre les smartphones dans ses voitures

first_imgAvec Touch Life, Toyota intègre les smartphones dans ses voituresToyota joue la carte de la complémentarité avec Touch Life, un système qui intègre naturellement votre smartphone à votre véhicule.Touch Life, c’est le système développé par Toyota pour ses nouveaux véhicules qui permet d’intégrer la connectivité de son smartphone à sa voiture. Concrètement, cela permet grâce à un écran tactile de 7 pouces sur le tableau de bord d’afficher des informations comme une cartographie GPS, d’accéder à sa musique ou à ses réseaux sociaux selon Engadget. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Une manière intuitive d’intégrer ses usages numériques dans sa voiture et de la rendre connectée à Internet. Plusieurs types de smartphones peuvent être branchés sur Touch Life. Les systèmes Symbian tout d’abord qui équipent la plupart des téléphones Nokia, sont pris en charge nativement. Mais pour les possesseurs d’iPhone, la manipulation est également possible en passant par le téléchargement d’une application, appelée sobrement Application Launcher, sur l’App Store.Bien que les contrôles soient facilités par ce biais, cela peut constituer encore une distraction au volant. Toyota a annoncé dans le même temps réfléchir à de nouvelles interfaces de contrôle que l’écran tactile. Pourquoi pas la reconaissance vocale par exemple qui se développe à très grande vitesse. Aussi, ils déclarent vouloir améliorer la suite selon l’évolution des téléphones et de leurs fonctions. Ce système Touch Life intègrera les nouvelles voitures du constructeur dans les semaines à venir.Le 26 octobre 2011 à 12:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des vols spatiaux vers Mars pourraient causer des troubles du sommeil

first_imgDes vols spatiaux vers Mars pourraient causer des troubles du sommeilSelon les recherches effectuées dans le cadre de la mission martienne simulée Mars500, les troubles du sommeil pourraient poser un vrai problème aux astronautes qui effectueront un jour des vols vers Mars.La mission Mars 500 avait enfermé six volontaires (trois Russes, deux Européens dont un Français et un Chinois) pendant 520 jours dans une capsule destinée à simuler un voyage vers Mars (soit un aller-retour plus un mois sur place). Au cours de cette expérience, menée en partenariat avec l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA), l’Agence spatial russe a étudié les effets physiologiques et psychologiques d’un long confinement dans l’espace. Dans ce but, de nombreuses mesures ont été réalisées à l’aide d’instruments enregistrant et mesurant notamment les mouvements des sujets, leurs périodes de sommeil et d’éveil, leur capacité de concentration, leur degré de fatigue, de stress et les tensions avec les autres membres du groupe. L’analyse des données révèle aujourd’hui que les membres de l’équipage Mars 500 sont devenus de plus en plus sédentaires au cours de la mission. En effet, on constate une augmentation de leur temps de sommeil et des périodes de repos. Une partie de l’équipage éveillée pendant que l’autre dormaitDe plus, la plupart des six participants a subi au moins une perturbation de son sommeil et de sa capacité de concentration. De même, on retrouve un dérèglement des périodes de sommeil et d’éveil, ce qui laisse penser à une mauvaise synchronisation des rythmes circadiens naturels (cycles de 24 heures). Parmi les six membres, l’un faisait ainsi des nuits normales mais des siestes de plus en plus longues. Il passait un cinquième de son temps endormi alors que le reste de l’équipage était éveillé et inversement. “Cela ne pas être bon pour le succès d’une mission, parce que les tâches seront programmées pour le jour”, a commenté le Dr Mathias Basner de la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, co-auteur de l’étude parue dans les Annales de l’Académie nationale américaine des sciences (PNAS). Un autre membre lui dormait tellement mal qu’il a fini par souffrir d’un manque de sommeil chronique et a réalisé à lui seul la majorité des erreurs faites sur l’ordinateur lors des tests de concentration et de vigilance. Dans une seconde étude, pas encore publiée, les chercheurs décrivent également le cas d’un troisième membre qui a développé une dépression modérée.  “Seuls deux des hommes se sont bien adaptés à la mission. Chez les quatre autres, il y avait au moins une raison majeure d’inquiétude, pour laquelle nous ne serions demandés si nous devions réellement envoyer quelqu’un comme cela pour une longue mission”, a indiqué Basner cité par le Guardian. Des conclusions qui montrent que beaucoup reste à faire avant de pouvoir réellement envoyer des hommes vers Mars ou vers une autre destination lointaine. Des conditions optimales pour maintenir la santé des astronautes À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Prises ensemble, ces mesures montrent la nécessité de maintenir artificiellement durant un long périple d’exploration spatiale le rythme circadien naturel tel qu’on le connaît sur la Terre pour assurer une quantité et une qualité suffisantes de sommeil permettant une activité optimale une fois réveillé”, souligne encore le Dr Basner. Celui-ci cite comme possibilité le fait de mettre en place une exposition suffisante à la lumière, une nourriture adaptée et de l’exercice physique pour notamment maintenir la densité musculaire qui se réduit en microgravité. “Tout cela sera indispensable pour maintenir la santé physique et mentale des astronautes tout au long de la mission”, insiste t-il ainsi avec son collègue, le Dr David Dinges, professeur de psychiatrie et chef du département du sommeil à la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Pennsylvanie, principal auteur de cette rechercheLe 9 janvier 2013 à 16:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Watch Rare Lynx Found in Michigan Released Back Into the Wild

first_img A rare Canada lynx found in Michigan last month has been returned to its natural habitat in the wild, according to wildlife officials.Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said that the lynx — the first live lynx ever captured by the DNR — left its carrier last week with a “casual glance back” and in under a minute “trotted off over the snow into a stand of pine trees,” in Schoolcraft County, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, along the northern shoreline of Lake Michigan.The lynx made headlines last month when it was found in the state. The Canada lynx is classified as a threatened species in Michigan with only rare sightings occurring in the last 40 years, according to the Howell Nature Center and the Michigan DNR.“[The release] went perfectly,” said John DePue, a DNR wildlife biologist who supervised the release of the cat. “She didn’t dart out of the carrier like some other animals would have, but that’s pretty typical lynx behavior.”The lynx was captured in March after the DNR received a report of a possible lynx preying on a farmer’s domestic geese. The lynx was described as easily approachable and wasn’t spooked by the farmer’s presence.From photos provided, DNR staffers verified it was indeed a Canada lynx.Because the animal had been behaving oddly – including being easily approachable –the DNR, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked with a local trapper to capture the lynx to evaluate its health.The lynx, believed to be less than a year old, looks out of its carrier cautiously during her release. (Photo Credit: Michigan DNR)“Canada lynx are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act,” said Dan Kennedy, endangered species coordinator with the DNR. “The DNR has the authority to handle federally threatened species through an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”The female cat, believed to be less than a year old, measured just over 4 feet long and weighed 18 pounds. She was treated at the Detroit Zoological Society for a foot wound, parasites, and dehydration.DNR wildlife biologist Cody Norton said the lynx gained more than a pound, eating rabbits and quail while under the care of Detroit Zoological Society staffers. The cat was transported north about 400 miles before a small group of DNR staffers released her into the wild.“It’s been acting like a normal healthy cat,” Norton said.A blood sample from the lynx had been submitted to the U.S. Forest Service’s National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation in Missoula, Montana for DNA analysis.With a cautious glance, the female Canada lynx walks free from a wildlife carrier into a Schoolcraft County, Michigan forest. (Photo Credit: Michigan DNR)“The DNA of this lynx is consistent with DNA from lynx in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and Canada,” said Kristy Pilgrim, laboratory supervisor at the center.Canada lynx are found in boreal spruce-fir forests in the northern portions of North America, mainly in Canada and Alaska. While lynx do not usually occur in Michigan, the occasional dispersing individual could move through the state.“Lynx are more likely to be seen in the Upper Peninsula, with the most recent verified sighting on Sugar Island in 2010,” Kennedy said.The location where the lynx was released has good habitat and abundant food sources, such as snowshoe hare and beaver. This location is also remote and has large contiguous blocks of public lands and little human development.More on Geek.com:Bobcat Kitten Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Back Into the WildPuppy Rescued From Calif. Canyon Turns Out to Be… Not a PuppyAnimal Control Looking for Exotic Pet Cat On the Loose in Virginia Watch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in DumpsterWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Stay on targetlast_img read more

Wildfire destroys nearly 500 homes in Texas

first_imgBASTROP, Texas (AP) — A roaring wildfire raced unchecked Monday through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Central Texas, destroying nearly 500 homes during a rapid advance fanned in part by howling winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.At least 5,000 people were forced from their homes in Bastrop County about 25 miles east of Austin, and about 400 were in emergency shelters, officials said.Huge clouds of smoke soared into the sky and hung over downtown Bastrop, a town of about 6,000 people along the Colorado River that has many tall pine trees. The blaze consumed as much as 25,000 acres along a line that stretched for about 16 miles, Texas Forest Service officials said. Firefighters lined up a state highway outside Bastrop and converged around homes as the caught fire, hoping to save them. Helicopters and planes loaded with water could be seen making laps to and from the fire. When winds increased, flames would flare up and pop out over the tops of trees.The wildfire destroyed 476 homes, and about 250 firefighters were working around the clock, using bulldozers and pumper trucks against the fire, Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald said.last_img read more

OBITUARY Muriel T Santarlasci Bristol 89

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Muriel T. (Santarlasci) Bristol, age 89, beloved wife of the late Walter J. Bristol, Sr., died peacefully the morning of April 16, at home with her loving family nearby.She was born in Somerville, February 7, 1929, a daughter of the late Vincent and Madeline (Browning Hart) Santarlasci. After her marriage in 1948, she lived in Medford, and then moved to Wilmington in 1955.Muriel worked as a group leader in the microelectronics department of Raytheon-Andover, where she was employed for many years. She also sang in St. Dorothy’s church choir and enjoyed musical theater. Later in life though, her true passion was her family. She was a devoted grandmother and great grandmother, and spent every moment she could doting upon her grandchildren, and more recently her great-grandchildren. There was nothing in this world that made Muriel happier than being with them, chasing them around, playing hide-and-seek, making them snacks, and wrapping them in a large cloak of love and care.She is survived by her two children, Walter Bristol, Jr., and his wife Marjorie of Wilmington and Cathy Spinney of Pelham, NH; a brother Leo Santarlasci of Wilmington; four grandchildren, Jason Bristol and Carolyn Latham of Billerica, Kelly Spinney of Pelham, NH, Dan Spinney of Pelham, NH and Brian and wife Tiffany Spinney of Derry, NH; five great grandchildren, Liz Tanner, Emily Bristol and Hannah Bristol, all of Billerica, Brison Spinney and Caleb Baronet, both of Derry, NH, as well as many nieces and nephews.Muriel is pre-deceased by her two brothers, Al Santarlasci and Bill Santarlasci, as well as her sister Margaret Smith.BRISTOL—of Wilmington, April 16, Muriel T. Bristol. Funeral Friday from the SWEENEY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 66 Concord Rd., Billerica at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harnden St., Wilmington at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Burial in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Crossroads Inc., 8 Commerce Dr., Atkinson, NH 03811, http://www.communitycrossroadsnh.org.Muriel T. (Santarlasci) Bristol(NOTE: The above obituary is from Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joan Forte-Jack, 89In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Murder suspect identified by DNA database has now been convicted

first_img 1 Genetic genealogy in criminal investigations How sharing your DNA solves horrible crimes… and stirs a privacy debate Privacy Sci-Tech Culture DNA data storage could solve a big problem Genetic genealogists use genes from all of a suspect’s chromosomes to find distant relatives in the GEDmatch database. Getty Images A defendant has been found guilty of murder in what’s believed to be the first trial brought against a criminal suspect identified through the public DNA database GEDmatch. Marking a major milestone for the new police investigation tool, a Washington State jury on Friday convicted William Earl Talbott II on two counts of aggravated murder.The victims were a young Canadian couple, Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. Talbott was identified because his distant relatives submitted their DNA profiles to GEDmatch, a public database where people who’ve used services like Ancestry, MyHeritage and 23andMe can all share their data.It’s the same database that helped experts, called genetic genealogists, identify Joseph James DeAngelo as a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in 2018. Since then, suspects have been identified in more than 50 cases dating as far back as 1967. To find persons of interest in criminal investigations, genetic genealogists upload DNA data found at the crime scene to GEDmatch and look for matches to distant relatives. Next, they build a family tree and conduct research to identify who the suspect might be. Police then follow the possible suspects and collect their DNA if it matches the crime scene.CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist who works for forensic company Parabon NanoLabs, uploaded DNA collected from semen found at the crime scene in her effort to identify Talbott.The technique has privacy experts on watch. They say there hasn’t been enough public debate on when or how the technique should be used, and there could be privacy concerns regarding how investigators collect and use suspect DNA. Share your voice 7:06 Now playing: Watch this: Tags However, Talbott’s lawyers didn’t take issue with the use of genetic genealogy during the trial or bring any privacy challenges against the evidence. According to the Herald, a newspaper in Snohomish County where the trial took place, the defense attorneys emphasized that the DNA was the only thing to tie him to the crime scene, and argued his semen could have been found in the victims’ van as the result of a consensual act.Rachel Forde, an attorney for Talbott at the Snohomish Public Defenders Association, said in an email that the jury made the wrong decision by focusing on the DNA evidence. Talbott plans to appeal the conviction, Forde said.”Every American should now be concerned that the mere presence of their DNA at a crime scene could now lead to a conviction for a crime they didn’t commit,” Forde said. Commentlast_img read more

BNP rejects new parliament demands fresh polls

first_imgBNP forms human chain protesting 11th parliamentOn the day of holding the session of new parliament, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has demanded a fresh election under a neutral government.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir raised the demand from human chain programme the party organised in front of the National Press Club on Wednesday morning.”The Awami League had established a one-party rule in 1975 killing democracy. They’ve now formed a government and parliament without the people’s mandate, violating the people’s basic rights, ruining democratic institutions, using the state machinery and resorting to terrorism to restore its one-party rule,” he said.He further said, “We rejected the election results just after the voting. Today, we renew our demand for fresh elections cancelling the election results so that a government and parliament can be formed with the people’s verdict.”The 11th parliamentary election was held on 30 December. The Awami League and allies won almost 290 out of 300 seats in the elections plagued by allegations of rigging, ballot stuffing, intimidation and arrest.UNB reports: Leaders and followers of the party formed the human chain around 10:30 am in front of the National Press Club, 30 minutes before the scheduled time and ended it around 11:56am.BNP leaders–Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Abdul Moyeen Khan Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain – among others, addressed the programme.The party leaders and activists chanted various slogans demanding fresh elections and the release of the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.A huge number of law enforcers were deployed around the press club.The maiden session of the 11th parliament was scheduled to begin at 3:00pm on Wednesday. The AL president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina formed her cabinet for the third consecutive term.last_img read more

Congressional Baseball Game Comes A Year After Shooting

first_imgAP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., center, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, arrives for a rally after GOP members of the House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent a government shutdown while crippling the health care law that was the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama’s first term, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Rep. Scalise and other conservatives forced House Republican leaders to push for a stopgap spending bill that would unravel President Barack Obama’s health care law. At left is Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. (In the year since House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at a congressional baseball practice, mass shootings have occurred at a Texas church, a Las Vegas music festival and high schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas.Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor who helped save Scalise’s life last June, has watched those attacks unfold with the acute sensitivity of a mass shooting survivor. Each shooting is jarring, says Wenstrup — he calls the Parkland shooting in particular sickening — but his views on gun control have not changed.“If not for a gun — two guns really — being used on our side” by two Capitol Police officers at the GOP practice, “you might have seen 20 dead people,” Wenstrup says. “That tells you where I’m coming from.”That sentiment is widespread among Republicans, who say the attack has only strengthened their commitment to protecting gun rights. The attack one year ago gives special weight to the annual game Thursday night at Nationals Park, where Republicans and Democrats are gathering for the competition that dates to 1909.Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, who is coaching the Republican team, said he personally asked President Donald Trump to attend the game, and Trump replied that he’d be there. Williams said he didn’t know if Trump was actually attending, and the White House wasn’t saying late Wednesday.Scalise, of Louisiana, suffered life-threatening injuries in the June 2017 shooting but returned to work last fall. He said the shooting “deepened my appreciation for the Second Amendment because it was people with guns who saved my life and every other member out there.”If Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner had not been there with guns to counter the shooter, “then there would have been nobody to take him down and he would have just been able to come and pick us apart,” Scalise said in a brief interview this week.He said he’ll be wearing a Capitol Police baseball cap in their honor Thursday night.As he and other lawmakers prepare for the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday night — the anniversary of the shooting — Scalise said he’s comfortable with the actions Congress has taken on gun safety, including measures to strengthen the federal background check system for gun purchases and improve school safety.Scalise said he sees no need to go further.“Taking away the rights of law-abiding citizens is not the answer. Again, it was law-abiding citizens with guns that saved my life and many others,” he said.Wenstrup, a former Army combat surgeon in Iraq, says he wants to approach gun violence as a health care issue, particularly mental health.“We need to address homicide in America and what’s driving it, and certainly gun violence is a part of that,” he said in an interview. “I think every school, every place where people gather, has to take a look at their security.”Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who was on the field during the shooting, said it reinforced his view that officials need to combat violence in all forms, whether it is someone with a gun, knife or bomb.“Many times it’s mental illness,” Fleischmann said, adding that the FBI told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing that the gunman was intent on “suicide by cop.”“Unfortunately, he targeted us,” Fleischmann said of the gunman, who was killed in a shootout with police.Williams said the shooting “changed everybody’s life,” including his. He sprained his ankle trying to get away from the shooter, and his aide Zack Barth was among those wounded.“It just reminded me that God’s in control and how fleeting life is,” Williams said. “And what’s important and what’s not important. And how divided our country is politically, when somebody would do that.”Williams said he relates to what the mass shooting victims in Las Vegas and elsewhere are feeling.“I won’t lose that sound in my mind” of bullets flying from pine trees near the field, he said. “You don’t forget it. … I’m a Second Amendment guy. I’m a lifetime member of the NRA. I’m a Texan, and I grew up with guns.”The shooting “doesn’t change my mind. It just reminds me how important it is to reach out to those that would wake up thinking, ‘I’m going to kill somebody,’” Williams said.But there was at least one lawmaker on the field that day who said the Alexandria shooting has affected the way he thinks about gun policy.“It’s moved me,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who is retiring after this year. He said he now supports restrictions on high-capacity magazines, for instance, “but that hasn’t come up” in debate. Still, “there’s been a shift” for him personally, he said.Meanwhile, Scalise, who has been walking with crutches or a cane, said that despite his physical limitations, he is starting at second base, which “tells you how bad the talent level is.”“I can field balls and still make the throw at first,” he told Fox News Channel.“Being able to walk out onto that field again on Thursday night with my uniform is going to be a special, special moment,” he said.The GOP team held an initial practice this year at the field in Alexandria, Virginia, where the shooting occurred, but has since moved to a separate field in Washington with increased security.The additional security “makes us feel great and more secure,” Fleischmann said, “but I hope and pray we can get to a time and place where we can go to a ball field and feel safe again. That’s the America I grew up in, and I hope we can get back to that.” Sharelast_img read more

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first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more December 22, 2014 — Healthcare visualization vendor Barco developed a set of productivity tools that work with its high-end diagnostic display systems to increase focus during reading sessions, improve reading ergonomics and accelerate radiologists’ workflow.According to a recent study by independent healthcare research agency The MarkeTech Group, 77 percent of radiologists believe that efficient workflow has a major impact on the outcome of reading sessions. That’s why Barco has developed a set of software tools – built on AMD FirePro technology and powered by Barco’s proprietary MXRT display controllers – to support radiologists with their increasingly busy and complex workload. The set includes seven tools focused on image quality, display system and ergonomics and ease of use.SpotView technology focuses the light on lesions or abnormalities that require extra attention in the image. Especially helpful when viewing pediatric extremities, breast calcifications and chest images, SpotView supports the viewing of subtle differences in the image. Another tool called DimView can be configured to automatically dim the auxiliary displays used for patient work lists or dictation. This reduces distracting peripheral light so radiologists can keep their focus on the details that really matter.SingleView (to view images on one bezel-free Fusion display) supports flexible layouts of studies and applications within the radiologist’s field of vision. VirtualView helps bring all study data together on one display: work list information, dictation software, or even Web-based applications can be mapped to a virtual display and shown on the primary screen when needed. This gives radiologists more real estate on the screen without the need for an additional display,  saving space as well as cost, while providing them with more reading comfort as the applications limit the need for head and eye movement. These are not insignificant benefits, as studies show that 87 percent of radiologists suffer from physical discomforts such as eye strain and neck pain. Additional tools are the programmable FindCursor hotkey to quickly locate and use the cursor on a workstation with multiple displays; and SmartCursor to instantly improve workflow on a multiple display system by eliminating places in the desktop where the cursor can get stuck. 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SAfrica police destroy illegal homes

first_img Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “I will have to sleep on the street,” he said.His friends and neighbors, 35-year-old Thulani and 40-year-old John, said that they had been showing up to court for years in the hopes that they could keep their homes and land. They said last year they were told to stop going.“We are not saying we want to live for free, but they should have worked out a deal with us so we could properly purchase our homes and land,” Thulani said, also only giving his first name.Provincial spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa said residents were told not to build houses on the land in 2006 and that a court order was obtained to stop them from building, but a syndicate had convinced them otherwise, according to the South African Press Association.He said three members of the syndicate were arrested for fraud in 2009 and had since been jailed.“They forged head of department’s signature and used the department’s letterhead,” he said.Police spokesman Kay Makhubele said Friday that residents should lay charges if they have evidence of corruption and their homes were destroyed.Motlhaolwa said the demolitions were done for the day and officials would come back after making further arrangements with police. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Many of the residents blamed the government for the destruction of their homes, and said they would be back out on the streets.“Yesterday, a child came back from school, she saw the house was down and she cried. What kind of human being can do that to your own black person. We voted for ANC (African National Congress). Is that what we voted for?” said resident James Baloyi.___Associated Press senior producer Ed Brown in Johannesburg contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Associated PressLENASIA, South Africa (AP) – Bulldozers moved in on a South African town Friday, destroying homes that officials said were constructed on illegally sold land, despite efforts by protesters to stop the demolitions.A woman and her baby were removed from their home before police and bulldozers smashed it to pieces, witnesses said. Three bulldozers moved in on another sturdy brick house with an orange tile roof down the street and it was broken down in only 20 minutes. The line of armored vehicles, police vehicles and bulldozers then made its way to another part of the extension 13 area of Lenasia, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The housing department of the province of Gauteng said it demolished 14 houses on Friday in Lenasia. The department said it had identified 113 houses in the area that it said were illegally built on land intended for government houses.“Investigations by the department’s anti-fraud and corruption unit revealed that fraudsters sold several stands (for amounts) ranging from 2,500 rand ($285) to 95,000 rand ($10,860) and issued buyers with fraudulent deeds of sale which bore the department’s official logo,” it said in a statement.Hundreds gathered to watch the destruction on streets littered with signs of protest, including the remains of burned tires and makeshift barricades of bricks and logs. Thirty-seven houses had been demolished Thursday and police fired stun grenades early Friday to break up protests.“They knocked down the wall protecting my house today, and they say they will come back later to destroy it all,” said 25-year-old Sfiso who has been living in the neighborhood for four years. He gave only his first name for fear of his safety.Sfiso said that he was given a seven-day notice, but didn’t know the home he built would be destroyed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Top Stories Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more