Halifax police locate Loretta Saunders body

first_imgAPTN National News HALIFAX–Halifax police said the body of a missing Inuk woman was found late Wednesday afternoon along the Trans-Canada in New Brunswick.Loretta Saunders’ body was found at about 4:30 p.m. local time in the median of the Trans-Canada near Salisbury, NB. Saunders was 26.Police said in a statement that forensic investigators from Halifax police and the RCMP are currently retrieving her remains.Halifax police said earlier in the day that they were treating Saunders’ disappearance as a murder and suspects had been identified. Charges are expected to be laid soon.Saunders, a university student originally from Labrador, was reported missing to police by her family on Feb. 17. Her car was located the next day in Harrow, Ont.Blake Leggette, 25, and Victoria Henneberry, 28, were both charged with stealing the car and are incarcerated in Halifax.news@aptn.calast_img read more

New exhibit of the residential school experience opens in Regina to the

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new exhibit is now on display to the public at the university of Regina.The Witness Blanket is a unique display of artififacts and memories of people who were forced to attend residential schools.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

Michelle Obamas Trip to Africa as Told by Snapchat

By Bryn MillerRabat – On June 27, American First Lady Michelle Obama began her trip to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain to promote girls’ education in the developing world.Throughout her trip, Mrs. Obama will update the world via Snapchat. For those readers without Snapchat, MWN will provide a photo feed with commentary chronicling her travels. Mrs. Obama speaks with girls from around Marrakesh in a panel with Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto.Princess Lalla Salma welcomes Michelle ObamaMichelle Obama landed in MoroccoMrs. Obama meeting Liberian Peace Corps VolunteersLet Girls Learn teaching female students how to make reusable menstrual padsA Let Girls Learn (https://letgirlslearn.gov/) pinMrs. Obama sitting with a Liberian woman and meeting Liberian schoolchildrenMrs. Obama sitting with a Liberian woman and meeting Liberian schoolchildrenMrs. Obama arriving in LiberiaFirst Lady perks on Air Foce OneMrs. Obama setting off from America on Air Force One. read more

Moroccos Hidden Christians Raise Concerns over Discrimination Prior to Pope Visit

Rabat – Having kept a low profile until now, a number of Moroccan Christian associations want to use the much-publicized pope Francis visit to demand the institutionalization of their religious rights.The groups’ spokespersons say they want to “be both Moroccan and Christian.”A “tiny minority in an overwhelmingly Muslim country,” Reuters reported on March 22, Moroccan Christian converts see in the pope’s visit an opportunity to convey their demands in the country’s highest places. Jawad El Hamidy, the head of the Moroccan Association for Religious Rights and Freedoms, told Reuters that while “foreign Christians” are visible and free to exercise their religious rights, Moroccan converts are barred from fully embracing their religion.“We want laws that protect religious minorities in the country on an equal footing. We will seize the pope’s visit to put more pressure on the state to protect religious freedoms,” he said.Hamidy’s association has reportedly addressed the Vatican a letter to denounce Morocco’s alleged discrimination of its Christians. The group is said to be planning to organize sit-ins on the eve of Pope Francis’ visit.The Coordination of Moroccan Christians, another group raising concerns over Morocco’s treatment of Christian converts, said they wanted to take advantage of the pope’s visit to “to launch a sincere dialogue on religious freedom for Moroccan citizens.”Morocco as an example of religious toleranceBut Moroccan authorities have dismissed the groups’ claims, arguing that Morocco does not violate religious freedoms.“There is no persecution in Morocco and there is no discrimination on the basis of faith,” Reuters quoted government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi as saying.Earlier this week, Moroccan Archives in collaboration with the Council of Moroccans Residing Abroad (CCME) organized an exhibition to showcase Morocco’s history of religious tolerance and peaceful cohabitation between Moroccan Muslims and Christians.Under the theme “Christian Presence in Morocco: Living Together,” the exhibition aimed at “throwing a retrospective look on some unknown episodes of a shared history filled with strong values of forbearance, peace, and living together,” according to organizers.But beneath that image of Morocco as a bulwark of religious tolerance and enlightened inter-religious values, the country’s Christian groups claim that Moroccan laws are skewed in favor of Moroccan Muslims.“When I went to a church to declare my faith, I was told that I was prohibited to do so by Moroccan law,” a 40-year old Moroccan was quoted by Reuters as saying.During his two-day visit on March 30-31, Pope Francis will meet with Morocco’s King Mohammed VI as well as the country’s growing migrant and Christian communities.The pope’s program in Morocco put a particular emphasis on the celebration of a culture of diversity and religious tolerance. read more

Number of AIDS orphans to double by 2010 UN reports

Painting a devastating portrait of the impact of AIDS on families, a new United Nations report released today says that the number of children around the world who will lose one or both parents to the disease will almost double by the end of the decade.“Children on the Brink” says that an already grim global orphan crisis is set to get much worse as more and more adults with children die from AIDS, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The report finds more than 13.4 million children have lost one or both parents to the epidemic in the three regions studied, and that number will increase to 25 million by 2010.The report – published jointly by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and released at the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona – calls for action at all levels to assist children, families and communities who are affected by the unprecedented emergency.The report identifies several trends, including the findings that Africa has the greatest proportion of children who are orphans, while Asia has the largest overall number of orphans. The study also says that orphan populations are concentrated, reflecting broader trends in HIV prevalence and population and that the number of parentless children will continue to rise.”HIV/AIDS has created an orphans crisis,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot. “This unprecedented crisis will require radically scaled-up national, regional and community responses in the decades to come.”Echoing that theme, the Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, called for a response that addresses the needs and rights of both orphans and vulnerable children whose parents were still living. “Countries that have high rates of orphaning due to AIDS also have high levels of children seriously impacted by the epidemic, such as those with ill parents or living in households that have taken in orphans,” she said. “They are often just as vulnerable.” read more

Oil above US93 on US unemployment claims data up 8 since hitting

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 5:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil above US$93 on US unemployment claims data; up 8% since hitting year’s low NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil rose above US$93 a barrel for the first time in two weeks Thursday, as the latest data on U.S. unemployment claims suggested job growth may pick up from last month’s sluggish pace.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery rose $2.21 to close at US$93.64 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil fell to a year low of US$86.68 last week, but has since risen for six straight days, increasing $6.96, or eight per cent.Thursday morning, the U.S. Labour Department said the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-fewest in more than five years. The drop suggests that layoffs have declined, which is a positive sign for gasoline demand.Brent crude, which is used to price oil used by many U.S. refiners, rose $1.68 to $103.41 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose six cents to US$2.81 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added six cents to US$2.90 a gallon and natural gas was flat at $4.17 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Yemen warning of a lost generation UN child rights envoy urges end

Reflecting on conflict-affected countries in the Middle East, Leila Zerrougui said in a statement issued yesterday that Yemen has become “another stark example of how conflict in the region risks creating a lost generation of children, who are physically and psychologically scarred by their experiences, deprived of educational opportunities, and who face an uncertain future.”After the conflict escalated in late March, at least 402 children had been killed, and more than 606 injured. According to a United Nations analysis, in comparison to the first quarter of the year, the number of children killed and injured more than tripled during the period of 1 April to 30 June – some 73 per cent of which were attributed to airstrikes.“Children are paying an unacceptable price, and the ever mounting death toll tragically underscores the need for urgent action to protect them and other civilians,” said the Special Representative.Ms. Zerrougui said she is appalled by the heavy civilian casualties in Taiz, where reportedly 34 children were killed and 12 injured over the past three days. On 21 August, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes slaughtered 65 civilians – including at least 17 children while another 17 were killed and 12 wounded during repeated shelling in residential areas by Al-Houthi fighters. “Parties to conflict must abide by their international legal obligations to distinguish between civilian and military objects, and take precautions to avoid and minimize civilian casualties,” she stressed.The Special Representative also deplored the number of attacks on schools and education personnel, and the devastating impact on children’s right to education. “As the start of a new school year approaches, the conflict is severely curtailing children’s access to education,” Ms. Zerrougui said. UNICEF has reported that since end-March, 114 schools were destroyed and 315 partially damaged – with an additional 360 serving to shelter displaced families.Furthermore, some 3,600 schools will not reopen due to insecurity – interrupting education access for an estimated 1.8 million children.Heightened conflict in Yemen has also had a detrimental impact on ongoing UN efforts to strengthen children protections. In May 2014, the Government had signed an Action Plan with the UN to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children by Government forces. However, implementation of the Action Plan has stalled since September 2014. At the same time, there are indications that the recruitment and use of children by all parties present on the ground has dramatically increased this year.Noting that Yemen is one of the seven countries participating in the global Children Not Soldiers campaign to prevent and end child recruitment for soldiers by end-2016, Ms. Zerrougui concluded: “The situation is untenable for children and their families in Yemen – all parties to the conflict must respect their obligations, and put an end to grave violations against children.” read more

South Sudan Fighting must stop now so millions can be spared from

José Graziano da Silva, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP’s David Beasley made the call during a visit to the former Unity state, one of the areas in South Sudan worst hit by the current hunger crisis. “We can still avoid a worsening of the disaster, but the fighting has to stop now,” Mr. Graziano da Silva said. “There can be no progress without peace. People must be given immediate access to food, and farmers need to be allowed to work on their fields and tend to their livestock,” he added. Around 5.5 million people in South Sudan, or almost half the population, face severe hunger ahead of the lean season, which peaks in July. Of these, more than 90,000 face starvation with famine declared in parts of former Unity state while another one million teeter on the brink. The UN stresses that this unprecedented situation reflects the impact of ongoing strife, obstacles to delivering humanitarian assistance and declining agricultural production. Both UN officials stressed that an immediate, massive response is critical, combining emergency food assistance and support for agriculture, livestock and fisheries. ‘The fighting must end’ so investment in children can begin, WFP’s BeasleyIn the former Unity state, they visited people coping with the hunger crisis with the support of both agencies and met with people facing famine on Kok Island, a refuge in the Nile River where many people have sought shelter from fighting. The two agency heads saw aid workers from international and local partner organizations distributing WFP food and nutrition treatments, as well as seeds and FAO fishing kits.“Food, treatment for malnourished kids, kits that help people fish and grow vegetables – these are the difference between life and death for people we met in Unity state,” Mr. Beasley said. “But we can’t keep scaling up forever. The fighting has to end to make the kind of investments that give the children of South Sudan any hope for the future they deserve.” ‘Saving livelihoods saves lives,’ says FAO’s Graziano da SilvaThe two UN agency heads visited an FAO project aiming to provide women farmers and pastoralists with a place to process milk. With rising malnutrition levels across the country, the project is an innovative way to increase the availability of safe, quality milk and milk products – a major dietary staple and a source of protein vitamins and minerals, essential components for a healthy diet. Mr. Graziano da Silva highlighted that saving livelihoods also saves lives, saying “South Sudan has great potential – it has land, water and courageous people. If it also has peace, then together we can work to end hunger.” Both agency heads underscored the need for further international support to confront a $182 million funding gap over the next six months. Mr. Beasley assured that while WFP would continue to stand by the South Sudanese, its leaders “must show good faith by facilitating humanitarian efforts, including getting rid of unnecessary fees and procedures that delay and hinder aid.” read more

Wenco makes Latin America expansion plans with TecWise partnership

first_imgWenco International Mining Systems has announced a new partnership with TecWise Sistemas de Automação, a provider of technology and communications systems to the Latin America mining industry.This new agreement makes TecWise the exclusive distributor of Wenco solutions in Brazil, paving the way for customers in the largest Latin American country to leverage “Wenco’s open and interoperable approach to mining technology”, Wenco said.Wenco’s data solutions are designed to boost productivity, decrease operating costs, extend equipment life, and give mining companies actionable insights into their operations. Its Mine Performance Suite consists of systems for fleet management, high-precision machine guidance, predictive maintenance, collision avoidance, and mining business intelligence.Unlike other solution providers, Wenco, a Hitachi Group Company since 2009, has designed its systems with an “open systems philosophy” that, it says, “empowers customers to freely integrate systems to support their unique business processes, data requirements, and reporting needs”.“TecWise and Wenco formed this partnership based on their shared approach to delivering customer-focused solutions to the mining industry,” Wenco said. Founded in 1997, TecWise works closely with customers to design, deploy, and support fit-for-purpose, performance-driven technology that improves efficiency, safety, and productivity.“The company’s history of strong support throughout Brazil made it a natural partner for Wenco as it expands through Latin America,” Wenco said.Andrew Pyne, President and CEO of Wenco, said: “We’re excited to enter the strategic Brazilian mine market in partnership with TecWise. In line with our focus on growing our presence in Latin America, Brazil is a key strategic priority for Wenco, particularly as we collaborate with Hitachi Construction Machinery on their Solution Linkage for Mining platform.“We have planned this collaborative entry into the Brazilian market for some time and we took our time to identify the right partner, which we found in TecWise. They will ensure our customers have knowledgeable, on-the-ground local support for Wenco solutions for the long haul.”TecWise Business Director and CEO, Omar Garzedin, said: “The level of flexibility and openness of the Wenco solutions, the philosophy of interoperable standards – this is what initially caught our eye and made Wenco stand out among data solutions providers for the mining industry.“Over the years, a common challenge for our mining clients has been the ‘closed stack’ approach of many suppliers – the difficulty in controlling and using their own operational data in the manner that they prefer.“When we shared the Wenco philosophy – the ability to react to a client need in an agile manner, combined with a global track record – we all clearly saw new ways of addressing long-standing challenges in an innovative, scalable, and cost-effective manner.”TecWise is in discussions with mines throughout Brazil to offer new ways to solve known problems, while extending new capabilities and options through Wenco’s open standard approach to mining technology, Wenco said.last_img read more

Whats a Tootsie Roll 11 American foods explained

first_imgGROWING UP, YOU probably became accustomed to hearing a lot of American foods referenced in TV/movies that had you scratching your head and generally thinking, “What is that?”Fear not, because we’re here to help.1. Meatloaf Source: ShutterstockAside from being the go-to dinner on American TV, meat loaf is basically ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, onion and whatever else you have lying around that’s formed into a loaf shape and served up. Bon appetit.2. Twinkies Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA golden sponge cake filled with vanilla cream. (Fun fact: they were originally filled with banana cream until rationing during WW2 meant that they had to revert to vanilla filling.)3. Pork rinds Source: blisstreePork rinds are a traditional southern snack. Perhaps you grew up thinking they were like Rancheros crisps? Source: gifsecThey’re actually deep-fried pig skin. Yum.4. Graham crackers Source: WikpediaGraham Crackers are essentially the US equivalent of digestive biscuits: sweet, but ultimately a bit bland. Commonly used in baking recipes and to make the campfire stalwart S’mores. (Roasted marshmallow and chocolate between two graham crackers.)Fun fact: they were originally conceived as a bland food eaten to combat and suppress sexual urges. No, really. 5. Corn dogs Source: ShutterstockCorn dogs are hot dog sausages coated in sweet cornmeal batter. As you can imagine, they are incredibly healthy and are known for their life-extending properties.LOL jk, it’s basically a clogged artery on a stick.6. Milk Duds Source: Old Time CandyRelatively unexciting when compared to other American sweets, Milk Duds are chocolate-covered caramels that are popular amongst cinemagoers.( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)7. Sloppy Joe Source: ShutterstockYou may remember that sloppy joes played a pivotal role in It Takes Two, the classic Olsen Twins movie, but did you know that it’s just mince meat served in a sandwich? Source: armadillas/WordpressMmmmm.8. Candy corn Source: ShutterstockCandy corn is basically a sugar-flavoured sweet that is yellow, orange and white to represent the appearance of corn. Oh, did we mention that it tastes like sugar?Bonus: Google reckons it tastes like crayons.9. Tootsie Roll Source: EdublogsChewy chocolate-flavoured sweets with the consistency of caramel or taffy. No more, no less.10. Lucky Charms Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMost Irish kids can probably relate to hearing about or seeing Lucky Charms on TV and being like: Source: thechiveBut just what are they? Well, it’s basically an oat cereal (think Cheerios) with multi-coloured marshmallows in the shape of  hearts, stars, clovers, horseshoes and more thrown in.Magical.11. Kraft Mac & Cheese Source: alpha-phonicsA dietary staple if movies and television are to be believed, macaroni and cheese is basically pasta and cheese. The Kraft variety is arguably the most popular and comes in a box, with each box containing a few servings of pasta and powdered cheese sauce. (Yes, powdered.)Kids love it. Source: theroosterPeaches are being sold with tiny knickers on them in China >15 people expose the horrors they’ve seen at urinals >last_img read more

You have to read this incredible story about a young comedian meeting

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Source: PANORM MACDONALD IS a veteran standup comedian, best known for several years at the forefront of Saturday Night Live.But once upon a time, he was just a frightened youngster trying to make his name with a make-or-break appearance on Letterman – following superstar Robin Williams.Like many of us, MacDonald has been mourning Williams today. He shared this wonderful story on Twitter. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet What more is there to say? RIP Robin Williams.via UproxxMore: 10 of the greatest Robin Williams quotes to live by>More: You have four more Robin Williams films to look forward to>last_img read more

Gaza truce holds as talks turn to lifting blockade

first_imgSource: CNNInternational/YouTubeNEGOTIATORS IN CAIRO addressed the thorny issue of the Israeli Gaza blockade this evening, as the second day of a 72-hour truce neared its end.As Gaza’s residents ventured out to try to piece together their battered lives, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held a second round of indirect talks aimed at finding a durable end to the five-week confrontation.A senior Israeli official told AFP there was still a long way to go to agree an end to the conflict, which erupted on July 8 when Israel launched military operations to halt cross-border rocket fire from Gaza.“The negotiations are difficult and gruelling,” a Palestinian official said of Monday’s opening talks, which lasted almost 10 hours and which were described as “serious.”But he said today’s meetings would be “the most important,” saying they would tackle core issues such as Israel’s eight-year blockade of Gaza, which the Palestinians want lifted.Tuesday’s talks, which opened during the afternoon, were still going on late into the night.Earlier, an Israeli official played down the chances of success.“The gaps are still very wide. There has not been progress in the negotiations,” he told AFP. Eman al Masri, 6, walks on the rubble as she salvages what she can from the debris of her family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in the town of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe teams gather in separate rooms at the headquarters of the Egyptian General Intelligence and never see each other, with mediators shuttling between them with proposals and counterproposals, a source said.Hamas wants Israel to lift the blockade it imposed on Gaza in 2006 before it will stop rocket attacks. Israel has said it will only facilitate Gaza’s reconstruction if the enclave is fully disarmed.In Istanbul, a coalition of activists said on Tuesday they will send a flotilla of blockade-busting ships to Gaza by the end of 2014, fours years after a similar attempt ended with a deadly raid by Israeli commandos. Palestinian children swim on the beach of Gaza City. Source: AP/Press Association Images“We plan to send the flotilla during 2014,” the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, comprising activists from at least 10 countries, said in a statement.It did not give a specific date or an estimate on how many vessels or people would participate.In a sign that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced domestic political battles to sell any deal to his fractious coalition government, he called off a planned meeting of his security cabinet on Tuesday and instead invited key ministers, mainly hawks, for private meetings, Israeli media reported.Truce clock tickingEgypt brokered the three-day truce which took effect from 2101 GMT Monday and it has urged the warring sides to make every effort to reach “a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire”.Efforts to extend a similar 72-hour lull last week shattered after Hamas refused to hold its fire beyond the deadline, accusing Israel of refusing to lift the blockade. A Palestinian youth wraps a bandolier of spent bullets leftover by the Israeli army, next to his destroyed home in Beit Hanoun. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesBoth sides said they were ready to resume hostilities if the talks failed again.The Israeli military confirmed one of its naval patrol boats had opened fire when a small motor boat from Gaza sailed beyond the three nautical mile offshore limit imposed by Israel.“We fired a warning shot into the air only and they sailed away,” a spokeswoman told AFP.- © AFP 2014Read: Wounded Palestinians transferred to Turkey for treatmentRead: Israeli Deputy Ambassador calls some Irish protesters an ‘ignorant, anti-Semitic mob’last_img read more

Ancient DNA suggests that biblical nemesis of Jews may have come from

first_imgIs it possible that Goliath was a Greek? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, seem to think so.Multiple excavations in areas such as Ashkelon, in the area now occupied by Israel, have yielded pottery that is Greek in style, however people argued that Aegean cultural practices may have been adopted due to sea trading routes. Now, human remains from an ancient cemetery in southern Israel have yielded DNA in a new study published in the journal of Science Advances that seeks to prove the European origin of the enigmatic nemesis of the Jews  – the biblical Philistines.The Philistines resided in the coastal area of Israel and the Gaza Strip around 3,000 years ago. To the Hebrews, they were adversaries, however their background has been an enigma to scientists until now. DNA technology has allowed research into ten skeletons showing that they belonged to a genetically distinct community.Scientists, led by Michal Feldman, found that at around 1200BC there was an influx of southern European genes, suggesting a surge of Greek immigrants to the area.“Probably all these immigrants that came in intermarried with the local population until this foreign ancestry was diluted,” Feldman says, adding that researchers were lucky to have seen the genetic blip at all due to the rapid integration. “We could have missed it if we only had the later Iron Age individuals.”In the bible, the Philistines are stated as hailing from a distant isle. In an Egyptian temple built by Rameses III there are reliefs of battles with “Sea People” who appeared on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, whereas Egyptian text gives then a name that is similar to the Hebrew name for the Philistines.READ MORE: Controversial doco claims Jesus ‘was Greek not Jewish’Feldman’s team looked at DNA samples from 108 skeletal remains from burial places around Ashkelon dating from the Bronze and Iron Ages. The genetic information gathered was compared to DNA from other ancient and modern populations from around the world. During the middle period, there was a 20 to 60 per cent similarity to DNA from ancient skeletons in Crete, the Iberian Peninsula and from modern people living in Sardinia, Italy.The genetics of the four infants are similar to ancient genomes found in Southern Europe at the same time, however to narrow down where in Southern Europe the immigrants hailed from there would need to be studies on more 3000-year-old skeletons with ancient DNA Intact.READ MORE: New app gives Israeli visitors insight into Greece’s Jewish history“It will be really cool to get samples for places like Cyprus and from parts of Anatolia in present-day Turkey and other parts of Europe that we don’t have samples yet from,” says Feldman. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

George SembelidesKoosha Kayani scoop 1st place at RoboCup Junior Competition

first_imgYoung immigrant children are shooting for the stars, and managing to succeed at school despite being relative newcomers to Australia.George Sembelides from Greece and Koosha Kayani from Iran, students of Glen Eira College, teamed up on Friday, 30 August, and won first place at the RoboCup Junior competition that takes place in 30 countries.The success of the youngsters follows a 2nd place win at the Melbourne Regional Competition which saw them proceed to the Victorian State Competition where they scooped the first place, beating 680 participants from around Victoria.READ MORE: The mystery is over: Greek mathematician successfully solves 78-year-old maths problemThe fabulous duo will now head to the Australian Open (national competition) that will take place from 11-13 October in Melbourne.George began his robotics training in Greece, aged 12, under the guidance of Glykeria Fotiadou, a teacher at the 1st Junior High School of Komotini. He had participated at the World Robot Olympiad 2017-2018 and had travelled to Esthonia with his team in the framework of an Erasmus Exchange programme.READ MORE: ‘Hi, I’m George and I build robots’We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

VIH des tests de dépistage rapide désormais possibles chez les associations

first_imgVIH : des tests de dépistage rapide désormais possibles chez les associationsA partir d’aujourd’hui, les centres associatifs spécialisés peuvent réaliser des tests de dépistage rapide du Sida.Il est désormais possible de se rendre dans des centres associatifs spécialisés pour savoir si on est atteint du virus du Sida ou non. Ces centres ont à présent le droit de réaliser des tests de dépistage rapide.Appelé test rapide d’orientation diagnostique (TROD), il permet de savoir, en trente minute et après le prélèvement d’une simple goutte de sang au bout du doigt, si on est séropositif. Un TROD qui fonctionnerait selon le modèle d’un test de grossesse. “Un point bleu sur le disque blanc sur lequel a été versé le sang et le réactif, c’est négatif. Deux c’est positif”, a expliqué à l’AFP Jeanine Rochefort, responsable du Centre d’accueil, de soins et d’orientation de Médecins du monde à Saint-Denis, en Seine-Saint-Denis.Une nouvelle qui va inciter plus de monde à faire des tests de dépistage ? “Certains patients nous disent que s’ils devaient attendre une semaine les résultats, ils n’auraient pas la force de se faire dépister”, poursuit Jeanine Rochefort. Elle précise que tout test positif sera nécessitera “évidemment un accompagnement”.En France, sur 150.000 personnes séropositives, un tiers l’ignorent, tandis que sur 500.000 personnes porteuses du VHB ou du VHC, respectivement 43% et 55% ne le savent pas.L’arrêté qui permet d’élargir les conditions de recours aux TROD a été publié au Journal Officiel le 17 novembre. Auparavant, il était possible d’avoir recours à ces tests uniquement dans des “situations d’urgence”, à savoir en cas d’accident d’exposition au sang, d’exposition sexuelle récente, au cours d’un accouchement et en cas d’urgence diagnostique.Désormais, ces tests pourront être réalisés par “un médecin, un biologiste médical, une sage-femme ou un infirmier intervenant dans une structure de prévention ou une structure associative” habilitée. Le champ est aussi élargi aux salariés et bénévoles “non professionnels de santé, intervenant dans une structure de prévention ou une structure associative”, à condition qu’ils aient suivi au préalable une formation spécifique. Des mesures qui s’inscrivent dans le cadre du plan de lutte contre le Sida 2010-2014, visant à renforcer le dépistage.Le 1 décembre 2010 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pourquoi certains ontils des dents de sagesse et dautres pas

first_imgPourquoi certains ont-ils des dents de sagesse… et d’autres pas ?Si vous vous êtes fait arracher vos dents de sagesse à l’adolescence vous en gardez peut-être un souvenir douloureux. Mais comment se fait-il que, chez certaines personnes, elles ne poussent jamais ? Et à quoi servent-elles au juste, puisque nous finissons par les enlever ?Tout d’abord, soyons précis : les dents de sagesse désignent en fait les troisièmes molaires. Chez les personnes qui en ont, elles commencent à pousser sous la gencive à l’adolescence et apparaissent vers 18-20 ans. Mais ne sautez pas trop vite de joie : elles peuvent parfois pousser bien plus tard… jusqu’à même 35 ans.Leur but ? Aider à la mastication et venir en relais des autres molaires qui, en première ligne, s’usent au fil du temps. Ou du moins, c’était l’objectif il y a plusieurs milliers d’années, alors que l’alimentation humaine était principalement composée de viande crue, de fruits à coque et de racines. Vu le régime alimentaire de nos ancêtres, ces dents supplémentaires n’étaient en effet pas superflues.Pourquoi faut-il les retirer ? Mais dans la bouche de l’homme moderne, elles posent problème. Les dents de sagesse n’ont pas réellement la place de pousser correctement, et menacent souvent de faire se chevaucher d’autres dents. Ce qui risque de donner un aspect peu esthétique à notre dentition. Enfin, cela peut accroître le risque d’infections. C’est la raison pour laquelle, bien souvent, les dentistes conseillent de les retirer. À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Cependant, nous ne sommes pas tous égaux face aux dents de sagesse. Certains n’en n’ont qu’une, d’autres deux ou trois. D’autres encore, n’en n’ont carrément pas. Il semble même qu’ils soient de plus en plus nombreux à ne jamais développer les racines des dents de sagesse.D’après les médecins, plusieurs explications à ce phénomène : leur disparition progressive pourrait être liée à leur inutilité relative. Ou bien, la raison pourrait être la modification progressive du régime alimentaire occidental contemporain, qui contient moins de viande à mastiquer et fait la part belle à des nourritures plus molles.Le 4 décembre 2018 à 15:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sélection pour Noël 10 idées de cadeaux scientifiques pour les enfants

first_imgSélection pour Noël : 10 idées de cadeaux scientifiques pour les enfantsIl y a ceux qui savent depuis plusieurs mois ce qu’ils désirent et ceux qui n’ont pas forcément d’idée très précise. Pour les enfants et ados geeks, scientifiques, aventuriers et surtout curieux, Maxisciences a fait une petite sélection de cadeaux à ajouter sur sa liste au Père Noël « Cher Père Noël, cette année j’ai été (à peu près) sage et c’est pourquoi je me permets de t’adresser la liste des cadeaux que je souhaiterais recevoir … » Sage ou pas sage, ce n’est pas à nous de juger ! En revanche, on s’est permis de suggérer quelques idées qui devraient trouver leur place au pied du sapin. Et il y en a pour tous les goûts et tous les budgets. 1- Quiz pour les neurones Quand une boîte suffit à réunir la famille autour d’une table tout en s’amusant et en s’instruisant, on en redemande !  Les Défis des Cobayes – Grand Quiz Sciences est un jeu qui permet de tester ses connaissances scientifiques avec 250 questions (en physique, chimie, etc.). Idéal aussi pour occuper le temps pendant un long trajet en train ou en voiture. Prix : 9,95 € 2- Des bougies naturelles et DIY Attention ! A n’offrir qu’aux plus grands ou à réaliser sous surveillance avec les plus jeunes. Donnez à votre progéniture l’opportunité de se prendre pour des chimistes des senteurs. Le coffret « Senteur maison – Bougies faciles 100% Végétales » contient tout le nécessaire pour réaliser soi-même desbougies naturelles, colorées et délicieusement parfumées. De la verveine exotique au thé à la pêche, il y en a pour tous les nez. Prix : 25€3- Un avion à énergie solaireAux oubliettes les traditionnelles maquettes ! Cette année, on construit la version modélisée d’un avion à énergie solaire. Le Solar Plane Mobileest le cadeau techno-écolo par excellence. Il ne produit pas d’émission de carbone et il est alimenté par l’énergie solaire. On épate la galerie en lui faisant prendre l’air et son envol et on le suspend au plafond de sa chambre ou on le glisse dans une bouteille pour le recycler en objet de déco. Prix : 24,95 €  4- Docteur pas trop Maboul !On invite (presque) le célèbre docteur Michel Cymes à la maison avec ce Quiz du corps humain ! Imaginé en collaboration avec le plus cathodique des médecins, il propose 360 questions sur son corps, les petits boboset autres connaissances médicales. De quoi peut-être faire naître des vocations chez les enfants. Prix : 12,90 € 5- Les étoiles (même filantes !) dans sa chambre On n’aura plus besoin de crier « au lit ! » 150 fois avant d’être entendu. Avec cet astroplanétarium, perso, les enfants vont vite aller dans leur chambre. A la fois décoratif et instructif, il projette sur les murs et sur le plafond plus de 8.600 objets de ciel, étoiles, constellations de l’hémisphère Nord et même l’intégration d’étoiles filantes ! Pour tous les astrophysiciens en herbe … et en pyjama ! Prix : 89,90 € 6- Un labo à la maison Et pourquoi ne pas suivre les pas du célèbre Backyard Scientist, qui n’hésite pas à tenter toutes sortes d’expériences dans son jardin ? Avec le Coffret 150 expériences de chimie il est possible de créer une éruption volcanique, de faire du savon à bulles, de fabriquer du plâtre à empreintes… en utilisant des produits que l’on trouve dans toutes les maisons : œufs, bouteille en plastique, etc. Un cadeau formidable pour tous les savants fous ! Prix : 29,95 €7- Des livres vraiment pas comme les autres   A défaut d’avoir pu acheter l’un de ses objets mis aux enchères en octobre dernier, offrez à des jeunes ados un tome ou plusieurs des aventures de Georges (Georges et les secrets de l’univers, Georges et les Trésors du cosmos, Georges et le Big Bang et Georges et le Code secret). Ecrites par Stephen Hawking et sa fille Lucy, elles racontent les péripéties scientifiques de plusieurs personnages. C’est génial ! 8- Animations scientifiques en petit comité Depuis 2005, les Savants fous proposent des animations ludiques et pédagogiques pour les enfants dans de nombreuses villes françaises. Alors pourquoi ne pas glisser dans la hotte du Père-Noël, un atelier de produits chimiques, un spectacle scientifique avec des défis à relever ou encore un stage sur la police scientifique ou les changements climatiques ? Tout est (quasiment) possible et l’équipe saura à votre écoute pour concocter le meilleur des cadeaux. Prix : en fonction de la prestation   9- La découverte en illimité À lire aussiBébé : 3 conseils pour être un super papa selon la science Voilà un cadeau qui passera par toutes les cheminées puisqu’il s’agit d’une carte. Mais pas n’importe laquelle ! Un Pass d’un an donnant un  accès illimité à l’ensemble des espaces d’exposition de la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie et du Palais de la découverte, à Paris.Elle offre aussi de nombreux avantages, comme l’emprunt gratuit de documents de la bibliothèque, des invitations à des inaugurations… Bref, un traitement VIP ! Prix : 30 € pour les enfants et les moins de 25 ans 10- Rêvons un peu… Un scooter sous-marin Un hoverboard ? Tellement 2017 ! Cette année, on vous propose d’aller plus loin dans votre quête de sensations fortes et de néo-mobilité. Vous allez vous déplacer sous l’eau pour aller à la rencontre du monde sous-marin grâce à un mini scooter pas comme les autres. On s’agrippe à ce SeascooterYamaha RDS250qui peut descendre jusqu’à 30 mètres de profondeur et qui avance à une vitesse de 4km/heure. Magique et ludique. Prix : à partir de 499 € Par M.MLe 14 décembre 2018 à 16:30 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

This Deal on ROG Strix SCAR II Gaming Laptop Cant Be Missed

first_img This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves With E3 2019 right around the corner, it’s a better time than ever to make sure your gaming gear is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. There’s a deluge of new, taxing games coming to PC, and you’re going to want to make sure you can run anything you throw at your dedicated gaming machine.The impressive Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop is currently up for grabs for a pretty insane discount, and you’ll want to jump on it before it (very rapidly) goes out of stock. This model, which typically retails for $1,699.99, is currently on sale for $400 off at $1,299.99. This is an excellent price if you’re looking to pick up a new gaming laptop, especially with the impressive tech you’re getting here.It boasts a 17.3″ inch IPS panel display, an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GB GDDR5, as well as a 1TB HDD and customizable RGB keyboard. If you want to light up your keys with your favorite colors and alternate them to your liking, you can absolutely do that. Plus, with a brushed aluminum lid and a slim bezel around the display, it’s an attractive laptop that you’ll love opening up any time you’re ready to dive into the latest new release.It also comes packing three USB 3.1 type-A ports, a USB type-C port, HDMI, a mini Display port, Ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an SD card slot as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Most importantly, it’s good to go when it comes to just about any game on the horizon. And, yes, before you ask, it can handle Fortnite on the go.Had your eye on this bad boy for some time? Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger now that it’s significantly cheaper. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Paper Mateo Kovacic set for Chelsea loan move

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is set to shortly complete a shock loan move to Chelsea, reports MarcaThe Croatia international has grown frustrated with his role at Los Galacticos over the past three years following his €29m arrival from Inter Milan and has seen the majority of his appearances coming from the bench.Due to this, Kovacic has been keen to seek a move away from Real but has been made to wait for new coach Julen Lopetegui’s decision as he prepares the squad for his first campaign in charge.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The former Spain boss had in fact stated earlier today that Kovacic was doing well in pre-season training at the club’s US tour and denied reports of a strike by the player in order to force through a move.But now the 24-year-old appears to finally have got his wish and a move to Chelsea is expected to be announced within the next few hours after a deal was struck early on Tuesday.Kovacic has managed 109 appearances in all competitions for Real, but has only been able to find the back of the net three times.last_img read more

North Pole man sickened by rabbit fever

first_imgAlaska Department of Fish and Game officials are warning residents after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the man became sick after skinning a hare this spring.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human tularemia cases in the United States are relatively rare, with fewer than 200 cases reported per year between 1990 and 2013.Tularemia symptoms include fever, sore throat and swollen glands. It can be fatal if untreated.It’s often transmitted to people handling infected rabbits, hares, beavers and muskrats.Fish and Game advises that Alaska residents try to keep their animals away from hares, which will be slower if they are infected, making them easier to catch.last_img read more