My job is to act not be famous

first_imgTokyo: Teen stardom can be a difficult beast to handle but not for Millie Bobby Brown as she finds comfort in the company of her ‘Stranger Things’ co-stars, who are going through a similar experience and are her best friends. Brown, 15, says it helps that she is surrounded by fellow teenagers Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin on the show. “Fame is not really something I live by. I have one job which is to act. My job isn’t to be famous. Fortunately or unfortunately, fame comes with acting, and acting is my favourite thing on earth. I love to portray characters that I feel are powerful and strong,” Brown said. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiographyThe show also features Winona Ryder and Brown says she found the senior actor to be a “relatable” figure on the show’s set as she has also gone through a similar phase early in her career. “There’s not much advice she gives us but she definitely has experienced what we are (experiencing). She was a child actor so she definitely helped us in that respect. She was very relatable because she literally went through the same thing.” Brown, who has garnered over 19 million followers on Instagram post her breakout role, believes her popularity can be mined to spread positive messages like becoming the youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF last year. “Fame has a lot of negative and positive aspects. One of the positive aspects of my fame was becoming UNICEF goodwill ambassador and so now I have my platform.” ‘Stranger Things’ season three will start streaming on Netflix from July 4.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Disgraced former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi penned a personal essay in The New York Review of Books that drew swift backlash on Friday, with many social media users questioning why he was given such a prestigious platform to detail his life post-trial.Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.I was the guy everyone hated first.– Jian GhomeshiIn the piece, titled “Reflections from a Hashtag” and published online Friday, Ghomeshi reveals that he had suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of the allegations and reflects on his trajectory from a high-profile Canadian personality to a self-described “outcast.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Twittercenter_img He also expresses “deep remorse” for the way he treated some people, admitting he was “demanding on dates” and “emotionally thoughtless.” Jian Ghomeshi has written an essay for The New York Review of Books about his trial. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

First Nation hosts womens empowerment workshop to honour MMIWG educate on violence

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsAlexander First Nation hosted its first Women’s Empowerment Workshop to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to share knowledge about how best to stay safe.Elders, councillors, police officers and families of victims came together for the event.“The prophesy is that the women are the healers,” said Rita Arcand, an Alexander First Nation councillor, who is also a social worker and elder. “Women gotta heal themselves first, and then we can help our men and children in our communities.”RCMP Constable Kristin Grabowski, an expert in human trafficking, said the police are “trying to build trust so [individuals] can come forward if they are being exploited.“But also, it’s really important for the public to educate themselves about sexual exploitation, because it’s happening in our communities.”Cheryl Savoie, another band councillor, said having dialogue is important.“[It’s] overdue and necessary because we need to bring the issues to the table and hear from the people,” she said, adding “the women need to be heard and certainly need that understanding that leadership is listening.”Arcand said the event was “powerful” and “empowering for the soul.” read more

Guj Cong MLA resigns 3rd to quit party in 4 days

first_imgAhmedabad: A day ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting here, Jamnagar (Rural) MLA Vallabh Dharaviya quit the party and tendered his resignation from the Assembly to Speaker Rajendra Trivedi Monday afternoon.Dharaviya’s is the third resignation of a Congress MLA in the past four days. “Dharaviya has resigned as Jamnagar (Rural) MLA. He told me he is resigning voluntarily,” Speaker Trivedi confirmed. A little while before Dharaviya quit, his former party colleague Parsotam Sabariya, who had resigned as Dhrangadhra MLA on March 8, joined the ruling BJP in the presence of its senior leaders I K Jadeja and K C Patel. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sabariya was arrested in October last year in connection with an irrigation scam and was granted bail by the Gujarat High Court in February. Sabariya said he was not under pressure to join the BJP and claimed he was making the switch to develop his constituency. “I am joining the BJP to develop my constituency. I was not under any pressure and have resigned from the Congress voluntarily. As far as the FIR is concerned, the law will take its own course. The BJP has to do nothing about it. I am not joining BJP to get any post or for other benefits,” he told reporters. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn March 8, Jawahar Chavda, Congress MLA from Manavadar, too had resigned from the Assembly and was promptly inducted into the BJP. He was made a cabinet minister in the Vijay Rupani government on March 9. The total number of desertions of MLAs from Gujarat Congress ranks in the past few months now stands at five. Apart from these five, the Congress lost another MLA when Bhagvan Barad was disqualified from the membership of the House on March 5 following his conviction and two year jail sentence in an illegal mining case. In July last year, senior Congress MLA Kunvarji Bavalia had resigned as legislator and was later made a cabinet minister in the state government. He then won the bypoll on a BJP ticket. Last month, first-time MLA from Unjha seat in Mehsana, Asha Patel, had resigned from the House and the Congress, and joined the ruling BJP.last_img read more

Hospital opens dental clinic offers free implant surgeries

first_imgKolkata: Dental patients, who need implants, will now get free of cost treatment at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital as a new dental implant clinic has started functioning on the hospital campus.Doctors from the department of Prosthodontia, department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and the department of Periodontia will treat the patients at the new dental clinic at the hospital. Since March 2, when the clinic was officially inaugurated, senior doctors from all the three departments conducted dental implant surgeries on 12 patients. Artificial teeth would be implanted replacing those which have been damaged owing to various causes. There may be a single implant or multiple implants as determined by the expert doctors of the hospital. Dr Tirthankar Debnath, assistant professor, department of Periodontia and Public Health dentistry said the whole process of dental implant might take about four months and the process would be conducted in various phases. According to Dr Debnath, there are two aspects of dental implant — mechanical and biological. A titanium base would be implanted as a root on jawbone and an artificial teeth made of ceramic would be fitted on the titanium base. “The teeth would be implanted a couple of months after the titanium base is fitted on the patients’ jaw so that the base becomes a permanent part of the jaw through Osseointegration. It is a process that allows dental implants to become a permanent part of the jaw. I t maintains the structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. When the titanium base is cemented with the jaw, it is desirable to implant the metal ceramic teeth,” Dr Debnath said. Using dental implant the patients will be able to use the teeth almost like an original one. The patients can make the use implanted teeth up to 95 per cent naturally, an expert said. According to sources, a patient would have to pay anything between Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 for a single implant at private establishments depending on the quality of the implants. While Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is conducting the surgeries free of cost. The Mamata Banerjee government has carried out major infrastructure reforms in the state-run hospitals where the patients are availing best treatment free of cost. Dr Raju Biswas, a member of Dental council of India, said: “We are thankful to the Chief Minister for her support and motivation towards the newly inaugurated implant clinic at the hospital. In an era of scientific advancement, implants are essentials for all the patients undergoing dental extraction.”last_img read more

Double delight Kohli Mandhana win top prizes

first_imgLondon: It was double delight for India as it swept the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack Wednesday with Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana clinching the ‘Leading Cricketer of Year’ honours, continuing their award-winning spree. Kohli and Mandhana had won big in the last ICC Awards night too. Mandhana was adjudged ‘Women’s Cricketer of the Year’ as well as the ‘Women’s ODI Player of the Year’ by the ICC in December, while the talismanic Kohli won the Cricketer of the Year award besides finishing as the top batsman in Tests. Indian captain Kohli was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time, having amassed 2735 runs across the three formats in 2018. The India skipper is only the third cricketer ever to have won the award more than three times after Don Bradman (10 times) and Jack Hobbs (8 times).last_img read more

Moulay Idriss Zerhoun A Piece of Largely Untouched Moroccan History

By Vera SordiniRabat – Just around 60 kilometers west of Fez and 5 kilometers away from the Amazigh (Berber) and Roman remains of Volubilis, embedded in green hills and surrounded by olive groves and cacti, lies the town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco’s spiritual capital.  But it’s remarkable history and significance within Moroccan culture is just the beginning of what makes Moulay Idriss a highly interesting tourist destination. Founded by Moulay Idriss I in the late 8th century, this inconspicuous village of 12,000 souls is still highly sacred to Muslims. In fact, thousands of Moroccans pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss each year commemorating its founder and his piety.Interestingly, until 2005 non-Muslims were not allowed to stay overnight in Moulay Idriss. The unwritten rule manifested in the lack of public lodging. In recent years, the town’s residents have made efforts to attract more tourists into their town, such as opening several hotels and guesthouses. Despite the measures and the convenient option of connecting a visit to the town with one to the nearby ruins of Volubilis, Moulay Idriss cannot boast large numbers of visitors. Nevertheless, in recent years tourists seem to have discovered the qualities the town has to offer.Moulay Idriss el Akbar: The spiritual leaderSituated on Mount Zerhoun, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun owes its name both to the mountain and to its founder, Moulay Idriss el Akbar, a sixth-generation descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. Today, he enjoys the status as Morocco’s most revered wali (spiritual guide/ protector).  In the late 8th century Moulay Idriss left the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to escape the Baghdad-based Abbasid caliphate. He fled all the way to Volubilis in Morocco, where he settled down and spread the religion of Islam by converting the local population. He is now considered to be the founder and leader of Morocco’s first Islamic dynasty, called the Idrisid dynasty, which he ruled from 788 to 791. After Nekor, Barghawata, and Midrar, it was the fourth Muslim state in Morocco. Morocco’s MeccaSome Moroccans say that poor believers can refrain from undertaking the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, by making a pilgrimage (or five or six pilgrimages—it depends on who you ask) to Moulay Idriss. In the Arabic Maghreb, these are regarded as a favorable alternative. However, the pilgrimages should take place during the annual festival dedicated to the wali.Each year in August, Morocco witnesses its largest “Moussem,” a religiously-motivated pilgrimage common in the Maghreb and undertaken in honor of a wali. Thousands of faithful Moroccans make the spiritual expedition to Moulay Idriss every year.The pilgrim’s specific destination is Moulay Idriss’ tomb, the town’s core. As the mausoleum is a sacred place, non-Muslims are not granted access.From a strictly Muslim to a more liberal townFor centuries, Moulay Idriss has succeeded in secluding itself from the outer, non-Muslim world. The ban on non-Muslim tourists staying overnight, which lasted until 2005, surely contributed.King Mohammed VI loosened the ban by decreeing that all visitors could enter the holy town. The move came within the scope of the King’s Western-Moroccan friendship plan and aimed to make Moulay Idriss better known in the Western world.Considering the popularity the town enjoys among Moroccans, it is curious that Moulay Idriss has remained largely isolated for so long and that a more liberal approach towards tourism did not happen earlier. Authentic aura attracts touristsThe fact that non-Muslim tourists were only allowed so recently helped to preserve the town’s charm. This is one of the advantages Moulay Idriss now offers to tourists. Although the town is currently witnessing an increase of foreign visitors, who often also stay overnight at one of the many newly founded accommodations, the number of visitors is nonetheless still not overwhelming.Its remote position away from the major tourist hubs allows visitors to see Moroccan life undistorted by Western or other foreign influences. But one must walk through the streets of this small and yet so graceful Moroccan town in order to understand what makes Moulay Idriss so special. read more

EU asks Italy to explain failure to reduce debt

MILAN — The European Commission has sent the Italian government a letter asking it to clarify why the eurozone’s third-largest economy has not made sufficient progress in reducing debt.A European Commission spokesperson confirmed that Wednesday’s letter from EU Finance Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis and EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici asks for a response by the close of business Friday.Italy’s public debt is over 132% of GDP, far above the EU’s 60% limit.The country won EU approval for its 2019 budget only after reducing the deficit to acceptable levels. But public finances are back in the spotlight since right-wing populist leader Matteo Salvini’s strong European parliamentary election victory emboldened him to announce new measures that will increase next year’s budget deficit on top of his ongoing challenge of fiscal rules.The Associated Press read more

Cambodia UN envoy calls sentences for labour leaders murder grave injustice

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2005 sentenced Born Samnang and Sok Sam Ouen to 20 years imprisonment for the murder of trade union leader Chea Vichea, but Special Representative of the Secretary-General for human rights in Cambodia Yash Gai said the prosecution had failed to present credible evidence linking the two men to the murder, adding also that the trial had violated international human rights standards.“The upholding of the conviction against Born Samnang and Sok Sam Ouen, despite fresh witness statements and other strong exculpatory evidence, along with the failure to observe minimum guarantees for fair trial throughout the process, is a grave injustice and underlines already existing concerns about judicial independence, the rule of law and continuing impunity in Cambodia,” Mr. Gai said in a statement on ThursdayHe also reiterated his calls for a thorough, impartial and credible investigation into the murder and for the prosecution of those responsible. 13 April 2007The United Nations human rights envoy for Cambodia has expressed deep regret over yesterday’s decision by an Appeal Court to uphold the conviction of two men for the murder of a union leader, describing it as a “grave injustice” that underlines “continuing impunity” in the country. read more

Animal research critic will speak at Brock

Ray GreekA medical doctor and anti-vivisection activist will speak at Brock on Sept. 17.Ray Greek, a critic of animal research who used to experiment on animals, will speak about animal research at Pond Inlet from 7 to 9 p.m. Greek is president of the California-based not-for-profit Americans for Medical Advancement.Greek has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.He and his wife Jean Swingle Greek have written three science books on the topic of attempting to extrapolate the results of animal experiments to humans. Those books are Sacred Cows and Golden Geese, Specious Science and What Will We Do If We Don’t Experiment on Animals?His most recent books include Animal Models in Light of Evolution, which is written for people with scientific backgrounds, and FAQs About the Use of Animals in Science, which is written for non-scientists.The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Sociology. read more

Afghanistan UN food agency presses on with deliveries to prevent hunger in

“Within the first six days of November, WFP has been able to send more than 15,000 tonnes of food into Afghanistan,” spokesman Khaled Mansour told reporters in Islamabad. “We are more hopeful every day that we can reach our target of bringing in 52,000 tonnes per month into this country.”He said that last month, the agency had delivered over 3,000 tonnes of food for some 300,000 internally displaced persons living in camps in the drought-plagued western region of Afghanistan. Since the beginning of November, WFP has sent about 6,000 tonnes of food to the western province of Herat from Quetta, Pakistan. “This is a third of the monthly needs of the western region,” Mr. Mansour explained. While expressing optimism that WFP would reach its food delivery goals in the western region, the spokesman said numerous difficulties persisted. “Up until 11 September, WFP staff would travel in double convoys with constant radio communication to reduce the risk of attack, but now that radio communication is restricted and some vehicles have been commandeered, it is impossible to operate in these insecure areas,” he said. read more

UN and World Bank to issue two reports on bleak state of

Exploring the devastation in the West Bank’s productive sectors, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, will discuss results from a report entitled: “The Impact of Closure and other Mobility Restrictions on Palestinian Productive Activities.” It includes micro-economic analysis and numerous case studies about the impact of the crisis on firms and families.The World Bank study, “Two Years of Intifada, Closures and Palestinian Economic Crisis,” complements the UN report by providing a major macro-economic analysis of the conflict. The Bank’s Director for the West Bank and Gaza, Nigel Roberts will present it.

Twitter follows up IPO tweet with a treatise that reveals companys opportunities

Twitter follows up IPO tweet with a treatise that reveals company’s opportunities, challenges SAN FRANCISCO – Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet.The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service.The suspense surrounding Twitter’s IPO was heightened by the company’s decision to take advantage of a law passed last year that allows companies with less than $1 billion in annual revenue to keep their IPO documents under seal until management is ready to make formal presentations to investors.With Thursday’s lifting of the veil, Twitter can start pitching investors during a so-called “road show” as early as Oct. 24. The San Francisco company’s stock could begin trading under the ticker symbol “TWTR” before Thanksgiving.Here are five key details revealed in Twitter’s tome:—TWITTER’S GOT GROWTH TO GET EXCITED ABOUTAfter Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in March 2006, the company didn’t even try to make money for its few years. Instead, management focused on attracting more users and making the service more reliable.Twitter’s patient approach is paying off. Since former Google executive Dick Costolo became Twitter’s CEO in 2010, the company’s annual revenue has soared from $28 million to $317 million last year. Through the first half of this year, Twitter’s revenue totalled $254 million, more than doubling from last year. If Twitter maintains that growth pace through the second half, the company’s revenue will surpass $656 million this year.Twitter gets 87 per cent of its revenue from advertising. The rest comes from licensing agreements that give other companies better access to the flow of activity on its service.Meanwhile, Twitter ended June with 218 million users, up from 30 million in early 2010. More than three-quarters of those users, or 169 million people, are located outside the U.S. Twitter is growing fastest in Argentina, France, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.—BUT THE COMPANY ISN’T PROFITABLEIt takes more than cultural heft to build a business, as Twitter is learning. The company has suffered uninterrupted losses of $419 million since its inception. Twitter can afford the losses because it has raised $759 million from investors. The company still had $375 million in the bank at the end of June and hopes to raise at least $1 billion more in its IPO.But Wall Street won’t tolerate losses for long, and it may be a while before Twitter turns a profit.Twitter’s losses widened during the first half of this year to $69 million, up from $49 million in the same period last year. In contrast, both Facebook and LinkedIn were profitable when they went public.—COMING UP… MORE ADSTo make money, Twitter will likely get more aggressive about showing ads. In the three months ending in June, Twitter generated revenue of $139 million, or an average of just 64 cents per user. In contrast, Facebook generated second-quarter revenue of nearly $1.2 billion, or an average of $1.58 per user, while LinkedIn posted revenue of $364 million, or an average of $1.53 per user.As Twitter cranks up its marketing machine, it runs the risk of alienating an audience accustomed to seeing relatively few ads in their news feeds. Beyond the U.S., Twitter is gearing to expand its advertising efforts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.—TWITTER’S MORE “MOBILE” THAN FACEBOOKTwitter appears tailor-made for an age of increasing reliance on smartphones and tablet computers. Three-fourths of Twitter’s users already use the service on mobile gadgets. Perhaps more important to investors, the company sells 65 per cent of its ads on smartphones and tablets. Facebook gets 41 per cent of its ad revenue from mobile devices.—ITS MARKET VALUE COULD BE AS HIGH AS $20 BILLIONTwitter hasn’t set a price target for its IPO yet, but its documents contain some clues about its recent market value. The company’s stock last sold in a privately arranged swap nine months ago at $17 per share. That deal implied Twitter had a market value of $10 billion to $11 billion at the time. Last month, Twitter priced some of its employee stock options at $20.62, based on a third-party appraisal of the company’s value.Some analysts predict Twitter will seek $28 to $30 per share in its IPO. If those projections pan out, Twitter will have a market value of $17 billion to $20 billion, including stock options and restricted stock likely to be converted into common shares after the IPO. Facebook made its stock market debut with a market value of more than $100 billion, but its stock plummeted before making resounding comeback this year. by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2013 11:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Hopes arise for a test to predict preterm babies

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A major study envisioning to result in an accurat prediction test for pre-term labour is about to start in Melbourne. It is programmed to last three years and it will involve more than 3000 women. The study will take place at the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Mercy Hospital for Women, where pregnant women are invited to take part in the Predicting Preterm Labour study – or PPeTaL. Swabs from participants will be analysed for protein “biomarkers” to check how closely those biomarkers are associated with impending labour. “Participation in this study could ultimately save babies’ lives in the future,” Dr Di Quinzio said researcher and obstetrician Dr Megan Di Quinzio, stressing that about 10 per cent of pregnant women can experience labour at a pre- term gestation without warning.“To reliably know of likely pre-term labour beforehand would offer so much hope because even predicting or delaying labour by a few days or weeks and thereby allowing adequate time to prepare the baby for life outside the womb can make a huge difference.” “Every year about 15 million babies worldwide are born pre-term and more than 1 million will die, mostly in developing countries,” said Royal Women’s Hospital and University of Melbourne senior research fellow Dr Harry Georgiou, explaining how a reliable predictive test would revolutionise maternity care, making “a big difference for many pre-term babies in both the short and longer term.” last_img read more

Cambodge des écoles fermées pour lutter contre lépidémie piedsmainsbouche

first_imgCambodge : des écoles fermées pour lutter contre l’épidémie pieds-mains-boucheLes autorités cambodgiennes viennent d’annoncer la fermeture des écoles maternelles et primaires afin d’éviter la propagation du syndrome pieds-mains-bouches qui a déjà tué des dizaines d’enfants dans le pays depuis avril 2012.Ce mercredi 18 juillet, toutes les écoles maternelles et primaires cambodgiennes ont fermé leurs portes. Cette décision des décideurs politiques cambodgiens vise surtout à rassurer les parents, d’après Mak Vann, le secrétaire d’Etat au ministère de l’Education qui déclare que ceux-ci avaient “exprimé leur inquiétude” concernant le risque couru par leurs enfants. Il ajoute dans le quotidien Phnom Penh Post : “Nous savons que la maladie est dangereuse pour les enfants, alors nous avons demandé la permission au Premier ministre de les autoriser à arrêter avant la date prévue [des vacances]”. La fermeture des établissements scolaires intervient en effet à peine deux semaines avant le début des vacances scolaires annuelles de la plupart des écoles.La décision s’est mise en place après qu’un grand nombre de rhumes a été décompté, dans neuf provinces cambodgiennes. Ces rhumes faisaient en effet craindre une propagation du virus, puisque la maladie pieds-mains-bouche se traduit par les mêmes symptômes : forte fièvre et difficultés respiratoires. Pourtant, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré que fermer les écoles à ce stade n’était pas nécessaire. En effet, pour qu’il s’agisse réellement du syndrome pieds-mains-bouche, un autre symptôme doit apparaître : la formation de lésions vésiculeuses sur les pieds, les mains et la bouche, d’où le nom de la maladie. Selon les experts, le syndrome pieds-mains-bouche, bien que très contagieux, peut pourtant être évité en respectant des règles d’hygiène strictes.Depuis le mois d’avril dernier, 61 enfants ont été touchés par ce syndrome, selon le dernier bilan de l’OMS. 54 d’entre-eux, la plupart âgés de moins de trois ans, en sont décédés. Au début, la maladie et la gravité de l’épidémie avaient laissé perplexes les autorités sanitaires cambodgiennes. La semaine dernière, l’OMS a finalement annoncé que la plupart des victimes étaient testées positives à l’entérovirus EV 71, une forme mortelle du syndrome pieds-mains-bouche présentant des complications neurologiques graves et déjà relativement répandue en Asie. La Thaïlande également touchée À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?L’OMS a également découvert que l’utilisation de stéroïdes lors des traitements avait aggravé l’état des patients. “Pour l’OMS, il est clair que les stéroïdes devraient être évités, en particulier pour les infections virales, car ils masquent les symptômes et rendent les choses plus difficiles”, souligne Sonny Krishnan, le responsable de la communication de l’OMS au Cambodge.La Thaïlande, qui connaît un début d’épidémie de la maladie pieds-mains-bouche, refuse l’accès à son territoire aux enfants cambodgiens. À Bangkok, une vingtaine d’écoles ont d’ailleurs également fermé ces derniers jours. Cependant, seules trois n’avaient pas rouvert leurs portes ce mercredi.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Et si notre main avait évolué pour donner des coups de poing

first_imgEt si notre main avait évolué pour donner des coups de poing ? Intrigués par la structure de la main humaine qui est unique, des chercheurs ont émis l’hypothèse que celle-ci avait évolué non seulement pour nous rendre plus habiles, mais aussi pour nous permettre de mieux donner des coups de poing.Au contraire des autres primates, l’être humain possède une paume et des doigts courts, mais aussi des pouces longs, forts et mobiles. Ceci autorise de plus grande possibilité au niveau de la tenue des objets et permet plusieurs types de prises : la “prise de précision” qui correspond à la manipulation fine d’objets par le bout des doigts uniquement, et la “prise forte” dans laquelle l’objet est fermement saisi par notre main.Depuis longtemps, les chercheurs estiment ainsi que notre main a évolué pour permettre à l’homme d’utiliser et de fabriquer des outils, tandis que la longue main des autres primates est elle adaptée à une vie dans les arbres et à des déplacements sur des branches de grand diamètre. Une autre théorie plus récente suggère que la main de l’homme s’est modifié parallèlement à son pied lorsqu’il a adopté la marche bipède, mains et pieds se développant suivant des processus similaires. Toutefois, c’est une toute autre théorie à laquelle se sont intéressés Michael Morgan, un médecin, et David Carrier, un biologiste de l’université d’Utah à Salt Lake City : et si notre main avait évolué pour donner des coups de poing ?Des poings efficaces et résistants En effet, les chercheurs ont souligné qu’il existe plusieurs formes de mains qui fournissent une meilleure dextérité, ce qui rend moins évident le fait qu’elles aient évolué dans le but d’utiliser des outils. En revanche, une seule forme s’avère idéale pour former des poings efficaces et c’est précisément celle de nos mains actuelles. Comme les phalanges repliées s’imbriquent parfaitement entre la paume et le pouce, cela renforce le poing et rend la main plus résistante aux chocs, en répartissant l’énergie jusqu’au poignet pour protéger os et articulations.”A partir du moment où les mains ne sont plus utilisées pour la locomotion, il peut y avoir de multiples façons de manipuler et plusieurs manières différentes de donner un coup de poing. Mais une main qui fait les deux est réellement limitée dans sa morphologie”, a confirmé Milford Wolpoff, un paléo-anthropologue de l’université du Michigan, non impliqué dans l’étude.  Pour valider cette théorie, les chercheurs ont donc mené diverses expériences. Au cours d’une d’entre elles, des volontaires ont dû frapper dans des sacs de sable poing fermé et paume ouverte de différentes façons. Ceci a alors permis de conduire à plusieurs constatations. “Contrairement à nos attentes, frapper avec le poing fermé ne semble pas conférer un avantage significatif” en termes de force, écrivent les scientifiques dans leur étude, publiée par la revue Journal of Experimental Biology. En revanche, la surface de frappe d’un poing fermé représentant moins du tiers de celle de la main ouverte et seulement 60% environ de celle de la paume, à puissance égale, la force d’impact d’un poing est bien supérieure. Elle offre ainsi plus de chances de provoquer une blessure. Des mains qui ont encouragé le combat physique chez l’homme ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours d’une autre expérience, les chercheurs ont constaté que le poing permettait de protéger à la fois l’index et le majeur. “C’est ce qui rend le poing si rigide”, a indiqué David Carrier cité par LiveScience. Selon ce scientifique et ses collègues, cette configuration permet ainsi à l’homme de frapper sans se blesser sans pour autant sacrifier l’efficacité du poing. Aussi, ils émettent également l’hypothèse que ces mains adaptées au combat ont accentué au fur et à mesure encore plus cette pratique chez l’homme.  “Une fois que cette sélection pour grimper aux arbres a disparu, il peut y avoir eu aussi une sélection pour le combat physique – particulièrement chez les mâles. Et ces proportions aurait alors augmenté le caractère dangereux qu’un individu avait dans ces combats”, a t-il ajouté. Le 20 décembre 2012 à 18:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Dr Leon Higgs Presents a Copy of his Book to the Governor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 27, 2017 – Nassau – Dr. Leon Higgs presented a copy of his book, Barefoot to the Boardroom, to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre) in a courtesy call at Government House on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, accompanied by Mrs. Higgs (right).(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items:last_img

Woman steals 1000 in hair extensions from Homestead salon

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance cameras captured a woman who, police said, ran out of a salon about $1,000 in hair extensions.The suspect had an appointment lasting longer than three hours, which included a manicure and hair extensions, before running out of the door without paying.The owners of the salon were left in disbelief that someone would commit such a crime before the holidays.“People are just trying to get right for Thanksgiving, Christmas and things, and it’s like they’re abusing because we also need that kind of income,” said Enyer Baez, the son of the store owner.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Fake Indian currency of face value Rs 982 lakh seized in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized fake Indian currency notes of face value Rs 9.82 lakh from a Bangladeshi national in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, an official said on Sunday. Acting on specific information, the BSF officials raided Halderpara village on Saturday and apprehended one Mohammed Sukur Ali, 41, seized the fake currency notes being smuggled from India to Bangladesh. “The patrol party chased him and managed to apprehend him. 491 fake currency notes in denomination of Rs 2000 were found on him. The notes were wrapped with plastic and kept in a bag,” Prabhat Kumar Singh, Deputy Inspector General of BSF’s South Bengal Frontier said in a statement. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Indian currency amounting to Rs 5,440, two mobile phones, two SIM cards and his passport were also seized. “The apprehended person revealed his identity as Mohammed Sukur Ali, 41, of Chapainawabganj district in Bangladesh. The BSF has handed over Ali, and the items seized from him, to Gaighata police station for further legal action,” he said. The BSF’s South Bengal Frontier has so far this year seized fake Indian currency notes of face value Rs 34.48 lakh, and apprehended six smugglers.last_img read more

Dry law in effect this weekend for Cancun Riviera Maya

first_img The dry law is based on article 310 of the Law on Electoral Institutions and Procedures and Article 10 of the Law on the Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages. The dry law will affect all establishments except tourist areas that serve food. La Secretaría de Finanzas y Planeación says that as of midnight Saturday June 1, a prohibition for the sale of alcohol will be in effect due to the June 2 political elections. Cancun, Q.R. — Due to the upcoming elections, the government of Mexico has announced the implementation of the dry law, which will be in effect this weekend. The Mexican Electoral Law establishes that during electoral days, authorities of each state may establish measures to limit the hours of service in which alcohol is served and/or sold. Authorities say they will be monitoring businesses that sell alcohol to ensure everyone complies with the rules.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more