Poverty reflected in childrens schools as well as in the home –

Social inequality has a major impact on the kind of schooling children receive and poses a significant challenge to provide all children with equal learning opportunities, according to a report released today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“The data reveal how social inequality affects a child’s opportunity to learn. And clearly, no country – rich or poor – is immune to these disparities,” Hendrik van der Pol, director of UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, said.The report, which is based on a survey of 7,600 schools in 11 countries in Latin America, Asia and North Africa, reveals a particularly glaring gap between the resources available to urban and rural schools. In India, the report found that 27 per cent of village schools have electricity compared to 76 per cent of schools in towns or cities. Only about half of the rural schools surveyed have enough toilets for girls and fewer than 4 per cent have a telephone.In Peru, fewer than half of village schools are equipped with electricity, a library or toilets for boys or girls. Yet, in urban areas, nearly all schools have electricity, 65 per cent have enough lavatories and 74 per cent have libraries. In general, village schools are in greater need of repair, according to the survey results. In Brazil, half the pupils in villages sit in run-down classrooms compared to fewer than 30 per cent of pupils in urban establishments. The survey also found wide variations in how much parents were expected to contribute financially. In Tunisia, the parents of one-third of pupils were asked to pay for textbooks. This was the case for 24 per cent of pupils in Argentina and almost 10 per cent in India. Sri Lanka was the only country to provide textbooks for free to virtually all students.“It is disturbing to think that students get more or less resources based on where they live. But that is just part of the story,” says Yanhong Zhang, one of the authors of the report. “The inequalities in school resources are linked to their socio-economic status. In effect, these children are subject to a double-jeopardy – with fewer resources at home and in school.”According to the study, teachers and principals in schools serving socially-disadvantaged children tend to report lower levels of pupil motivation and more behavioural problems. In these schools, teachers were generally dissatisfied with salary, parental support, class size and access to classroom materials.The UNESCO survey was carried out in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India, Malaysia, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Uruguay. 28 May 2008Social inequality has a major impact on the kind of schooling children receive and poses a significant challenge to provide all children with equal learning opportunities, according to a report released today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

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Attack on staff will not deter Hariri murder probe says UNbacked Lebanon

27 October 2010The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others has condemned this morning’s attack against three of its staff members in Beirut, pledging that the incident will not deter its investigation. “The attack this morning in Beirut against staff members of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is a deplorable attempt to obstruct justice,” the Tribunal, which is based in The Hague, stated in a news release.“Those who carried out this attack must know that violence will not deter the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a court of law, from fulfilling its mandate,” it added. Two investigators from the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal and their interpreter were attending a pre-arranged meeting at a doctor’s office in Beirut as part of the investigation when a large group of people “showed up unexpectedly” and violently attacked the three staff.According to the Office of the Prosecutor, several items belonging to the staff were stolen during the attack. The Lebanese army extracted the three staff members and brought them back safely to the Tribunal’s office where they were provided with medical attention. “The Office of the Prosecutor takes this incident very seriously and is currently gathering the facts,” it stated, adding that Lebanese authorities have launched an investigation.Denouncing the use of violence, the Office stated that the investigation into the Hariri attack will continue undeterred by today’s incident.The Tribunal is an independent body that was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing in February 2005 that killed Mr. Hariri and the others was seriously flawed and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. The investigation of the murders is being carried out under the guidance of the Tribunal’s Prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, a Canadian prosecutor and former head of the IIIC. read more

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Chief Canadian NAFTA negotiator not expecting progress on auto content rules

OTTAWA — Despite tough talk from the U.S. about the job-killing impact of NAFTA on its automotive sector, Canada’s chief negotiator isn’t expecting to see a detailed American proposal on the matter during the latest round of talks to rewrite the continental trade pact.Rules of origin will be “a subject for discussion, but we’re not expecting to see anything radically new at this point,” Steve Verheul said Saturday.Verheul made the comment as he arrived for the start of the third round of negotiations, the first at which Canada is playing host.Concern has been mounting among trade experts that the year-end deadline for revamping NAFTA will be impossible to meet if negotiators don’t start during this round to confront some of the most contentious issues, rules of origin prime among them.The agenda for this round, obtained by The Canadian Press, shows rules of origin are to be discussed all day Tuesday and all day and into the evening on Wednesday.A number of other contentious issues are also on the agenda for those days: agriculture, which will involve Canada’s system of supply management for dairy and poultry, and labour standards.Also on Wednesday, negotiators will focus on the arm’s length trade dispute settlement mechanism, which Canada and Mexico call essential but the U.S. wants to scrap, and the controversial investor state dispute settlement mechanism, whereby companies can sue a government for allegedly discriminatory practices.It remains to be seen if the U.S., which triggered the negotiations, will finally table detailed proposals on any of those issues. Canadian officials have said they don’t expect any breakthroughs during the five-day session and suspect the U.S. will wait until closer to the end of negotiations to lay all its cards on the table.Asked Saturday if he expects to see anything radically different on any file, Verheul said: “We’ll really have to see. It’s too early, I’m just walking in now.”Under NAFTA’s current rules of origin, vehicles must have at least 62.5 per cent North American content to qualify for duty-free movement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.At the opening round of negotiations in Washington last month, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pronounced that the North American content requirement must be raised and a specific American content requirement must be added, along with a way to verify that content.But the U.S. has yet to provide any details.Reports in the U.S. suggest the Americans are looking at raising the North American content to more than 70 per cent and adding a specific U.S. content requirement of anywhere from 35 to 50 per cent.They are also looking to add steel and electronics, not currently covered by NAFTA, to the list of auto parts whose origin must be traced and accounted for under the content requirement.On the eve of the third round, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross published a column in which he blasted NAFTA for allowing outside countries to provide auto parts that aren’t covered by the content requirement — likely an allusion to the rapidly increasing amount of electronic components that are primarily produced in China, Japan and Germany.He cited a new study that found the American content of manufactured goods, specifically autos, imported from Canada and Mexico has dropped “significantly” since NAFTA went into effect in 1994.“If we don’t fix the rules of origin, negotiations on the rest of the agreement will fail to meaningfully shift the trade imbalance,” Ross wrote.“Our nation’s ballooning trade deficit has gutted American manufacturing, killed jobs and sapped our wealth.”A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland took issue with Ross’s assertions, noting that the U.S. actually ran a small overall trade surplus and a $9-billion surplus specifically on auto trade with Canada.Alex Lawrence added that Canadian-produced vehicles “have the highest North American content levels among the three NAFTA partners.”Nevertheless, Canada shares American concerns about the exodus of automotive jobs to low-wage Mexico and officials believe resolution of the problem is the key to staving off U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to rip up NAFTA.But while the Americans are focusing on the content requirement to remedy the problem, Canadian officials believe it would be more effective to set more stringent labour and environmental standards, which would raise wages and production costs in Mexico to levels closer to those in Canada and the U.S.The environment was on the agenda Saturday and will be discussed again Sunday and Monday. But Verheul said it’s “doubtful” negotiators will be able to sign off on the environment chapter during this round, which an American official had earlier suggested was possible.Among other issues on the agenda Saturday was digital trade, customs, government procurement, anti-corruption and gender, a new chapter on which has been proposed by Canada. read more

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New push needed to enhance safety of passenger shipping says UN maritime

As he marked World Maritime Day, the head of the United Nations agency mandated to ensure safety for shipping called today for enhanced safety measures that take account of changes in the industry.“Each new generation of vessels brings fresh challenges and, regrettably, accidents still occur, reinforcing the need for continual improvement,” Koji Sekimizu, the Secretary-General of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), said in his message for the Day.“Our efforts to promote maritime safety, not least of passenger ships, will never stop. We should respond quickly to accidents and we must be proactive.”Passenger-ship safety is embedded in the theme of this, the 35th World Maritime Day. “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic” marks the ocean liner’s sinking on 14 April 1912.“As we look back on that pivotal disaster 100 years ago, I urge IMO member governments and the shipping industry as a whole to refresh their determination to improve and enhance the safety of passenger shipping today, and into the future,” Mr. Sekimizu said.“The lives of thousands of people are in the hands of the ship’s management, the captain and crew and the operating staff. I therefore hope that this sector, in particular, will take the opportunity to lead the way, because ‘safety’ is the main product – not comfort, entertainment or leisure.”Mr. Sekimizu also warned that, without safety, the industry “will not survive, let along sustain its growth.”“Real safety,” he added, “does not result simply as a consequence of regulation-compliance.”UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also referred to the Titanic tragedy in his World Maritime Day remarks, in which he saluted the achievements of the IMO, which emerged after the adoption of the first-ever International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) – two years after the Titanic’s sinking.“Thanks largely to the IMO regulatory regime, shipping today is safer and more environmentally friendly than it has ever been,” Mr. Ban said, noting that regulations to ensure that all new passenger vessels are constructed to the highest possible standards were adopted by the IMO in 2006, and entered into force in 2010. “A century after the Titanic was lost in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the IMO is striving to ensure continual improvement in safety at sea.”The UN marked last year’s World Maritime Day by warning of the high costs piracy was imposing on the shipping industry. This year, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stressed the importance of tackling the piracy problem off the Horn of Africa at its source: on dry land.“Piracy is also an issue of social and economic development as well as the rule of law and security,” said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director. “This means adding UNODC’s expertise on drugs and crime and terrorism to the overall promotion of democratic development of countries in the region.” read more

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Children are exposed to video game violence because parents do not take

They show the “reward” system in the brains of young heavy users of social media and video games display the same changes in function and structure as those of alcoholics or drug addicts.A series of studies by California State University found the impulsive part of the brain, known as the amygdala-striatal system, was not only more sensitive but also smaller in excessive users so that it processed the stimuli of social media or games faster. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A study published earlier this year found that addictive video games may change children’s brains in the same way as drugs and alcohol. Nearly half of parents reported a negative change in their child’s behaviour since they started playing games aimed at adults.Mr Conway added: “What’s interesting is that the majority of parents follow film age ratings, but when it comes to video games they maybe aren’t as strict. It’s important to remember how impressionable children are; if they see behaviour or language in a video game or movie, they may mimic it.” Children are exposed to video game violence, a survey has found, because parents do not take age ratings seriously.More than half of mothers and fathers allow their children to play video games for over 18s, according to a poll of more than 2,000 parents.  In comparison, just 18 per cent said they would let 10-14-year-olds watch a film with an 18 certificate.The survey, conducted by the website Childcare.co.uk, found that four fifths of parents admitted that they do not follow age restrictions on video games, while a quarter said they do not follow age restrictions on films.Richard Conway, founder of Childcare.co.uk said: “It’s difficult in this day and age to govern what your child is exposed to, because if your 10-year-old has friends who are playing Fortnite, which is rated 12, you want them to be included in the fun.“However, it’s always worth looking into the game to see if it’s suitable rather than leaving them to their own devices. ” It’s important to remember how impressionable children are; if they see behaviour or language in a video game or movie, they may mimic itRichard Conway, founder of Childcare.co.uk read more

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Delay in paying sugar workers severance would have seen Govt officials

By Samuel SukhnandanUnifor Director Mohamad AlsadiCanada’s largest Private Sector trade union, Unifor, has expressed deep concerns over Government’s handling of the sugar industry, particularly when it comes to ensuring that dismissed sugar workers are given their severance package in full.Director for Human Rights and International Department at Unifor, Mohamad Alsadi, told this media group on the sidelines of a one-day conference titled “Sugar – too big to fail” on Tuesday at the Grand Coastal Hotel, which they sponsored, that it is Unifor’s hope that Government act quickly to address the workers concerns.“I have never seen a Government that does something as little as taking someone’s severance, especially after losing their jobs. So, for us, this is a big issue. I mean if this was in Canada, I can assure that they could have gone to jail. It’s serious stuff. So, the Government needs to take this seriously,” the Unifor official said.Alsadi said his Union has had a longstanding relationship with many trade unions, including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). He said it was important that not only Unifor sponsor the event but attend it to get a chance to listen directly from workers and representatives from both sides of Government.“Obviously today’s [Tuesday’s] conference was important for me and for our president to hear directly from the workers. We were here last year and we did go to some of the estates and met with some of the workers but hearing today from the Minister of State (Joseph Harmon) and the Opposition obviously there are different stories, two different point of views,” he added.The Unifor official said they are saddened by what was presented and the sufferings being faced by the thousands of sugar workers that have been put on the breadline. He committed to working closely with Guyana’s trade unions in general and do all that they can to help.According to him, the main goal is to help save the sugar industry.“So we are going to work with them in solidarity and do all we can and hopefully they will be able to sort out some of the outstanding issues for sugar workers because people have families, communities are devastated and that needs to be fixed.”Meanwhile, President of Unifor Jerry Dias told the attendees at the conference that it is incomprehensible that Government would move to close the number one industry in Guyana, without first carrying out an impact assessment on how people’s lives would be affected by the closure.On that note, Dias said to workers and union heads that now is the time for them to “fight back” and take a road of “least resistance.” He labelled Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s speech as an “economic debate” rather than a presentation on a way forward for the industry.Harmon, who represented the Government, did not provide any assurance of a timeframe within which the final severance payments will be made. He hinted that GAWU and National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NACCIE) were at the table when the issue of severance was discussed.On the other hand, however, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who also addressed the conference, did not back down on this issue. In fact, Jagdeo observed that the Minister failed to provide a definitive answer as to when final severance payments will be made to those who are still owed from all the now closed sugar estates.The former Head of State renewed calls for Government to honour its obligation and comply with the laws of Guyana and pay over the full severance payments.Some 7000 sugar workers were dismissed on December 29, 2017, without severance being paid “on termination” as required by the law to all of them. Severance was paid in part to over 4000 of the 7000 dismissed sugar workers.The Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act stipulates that workers who are made redundant must be paid severance upon termination.Meanwhile, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Indra Chandarpaul used the opportunity to call on Government to provide subsidies (water and electricity) to the dismissed sugar workers. She said this obtains in mining communities where Bauxite workers were laid off and there should not be any difficulty in implementing same.FITUG President Carvil Duncan also urged the GAWU to pass a resolution that would seek to ensure that retrenched workers would be the first to be reemployed in the sugar industry, and demand that GuySuCo put a timeframe in which to pay severance.At the end of the conference, Unifor announced further support to GAWU by launching a programme through the union’s Social Justice Fund at the tune of Cdn$44,000.The programme will see 120 community coordinators being trained in six sugar estates to further the discussion on the future of the country’s sugar sector.The coordinators will also work to increase community involvement and workers participation in the restructuring process and to improve conditions for agriculture workers. 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Dolphin Hates iPads

first_imgI don’t know how much stock you take in the opinions of cetaceans–ifyou’re a Douglas Adams disciple, for example, odds are that you take theiropinions pretty seriously. And while he doesn’t claim to speak for a wholespecies, Merlin the dolphin, a resident of Puerto Aventuras in Mexico, has comedown pretty firmly on the whole tablet debate.Put simply, Merlin doesn’t care for the iPad.The bottlenose had been using Apples tablet since June, identifying objectson the screen by touching them with his nose, as part of the SpeakDolphinproject, an attempt to bridge the communication gap between dolphins andmankind.Merlin’s trainers decided to switch things up recent, seeingwhich tablet the sea mammal prefers. The answer, as it turns out, is thePanasonic Toughbook.“He was more comfortable with the Toughbook experience,which offered greater screen visibility and sensitivity,” DolphinSpeakpresident Jack Kassewitz told the press. “We were able to hold the Toughbooknotebooks closer to the water and our bodies, which makes the dolphin morecomfortable and willing to interact and learn.”The iPad may have the human market cornered at the moment,but Panasonic has just opened up an entirely untapped demographic.last_img read more

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Retro wooden alarm clock offers stylish home for your iPhone

first_imgAlthough we’re obsessed with new technology, it seems we’re still finding ways to make it look retro. We’ve seen this with Bluetooth handsets in the form of old handheld-corded telephones, for example, but a new product turns the iPhone into a retro alarm clock.Designer Jonas Damon created a beautiful alarm clock made out of beach wood, reminiscent of the old fake-wood GE flip clocks. The alarm clock, available to pre-order for $35, doesn’t actually do anything, though. It’s literally just a dock – no hardware, no wires. The Alarm Dock gives your iPhone a place to rest while you go to sleep at night. It comes with a flip clock app for your iPhone, and your iPhone just sits snuggly inside the dock as its numbers flip by.AdChoices广告Much like the Super 8 LEGO projector we saw earlier this week, the Alarm Dock is designed to pull at our nostalgia-heartstrings. Why else would anyone pay 35 bucks for a wooden iPhone dock that has no actual function?Damon also designed two other products for iDevices. He made a radio dock for the iPhone, and at TV dock for the iPad. These ones actually do have hardware and will play your media through their speakers. Both products are still only prototypes and are not available to buy yet. Both have the same retro feel as the dock. The iPad TV dock is made to look like an old Zenith TV. It even has that extra bulge in the back which is now missing in flatscreen televisions.Though the dock is clearly only for aesthetic purposes, it will most likely sell well. As we learned from a recent Ericsson ConsumerLab report, 35 percent of U.S. iPhone users grab their phones before getting out of bed and use them for non-voice purposes like Facebook. iPhone users already have their phones at their bedside, so why not place it in a dock that will really add to the design of the room?The docks will be available in September from design shop Areaware, and are available now for pre-order.Read more at Areaware and Fastcodesign.comlast_img read more

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PlumpyNut la recette de la pâte nutritive rendue publique par lIRD et

first_imgPlumpy’Nut : la recette de la pâte nutritive rendue publique par l’IRD et NutrisetFrance – Le Plumpy’Nut, c’est cette pâte nutritive à base de cacahuètes souvent utilisée auprès des enfants mal nourris, du fait de ses nombreuses qualités. Accusés à plusieurs reprises de vouloir garder le secret de la composition de cette pâte, l’Institut de recherche et de développement (IRD) et Nutriset ont décidé de le dévoiler.A l’origine de laits enrichis pour nourrissons dénutris et du Plumpy’Nut, l’IRD et Nutriset luttent depuis de nombreuses années contre la malnutrition infantile en mettant au point des produits adaptés et efficaces. Ainsi, le Journal international de médecine explique notamment que la pâte nutritive a pour qualités de résister à la chaleur pour être utilisée en Afrique, de ne pas nécessiter d’eau et d’être transportable. De nombreuses organisations ont depuis longtemps opté pour ce produit, notamment Médecins sans frontière.Mais cela ne suffit pas pour plusieurs associations et organisations qui reprochent depuis à Nutriset de vouloir garder le secret des brevets de ses produits, faisant de la lutte contre la malnutrition une activité commerciale. Souhaitant montrer à tous sa volonté d’avancer, Nutriset a décidé de dévoiler ses brevets, mais pas à l’ensemble des pays. En effet, seuls les 22 pays en voie de développement pourront se procurer les brevets à bas coût. Seule condition : les entreprises qui produiront un produit similaire à Plumpy’Nut devront reverser 1% de leur chiffre d’affaires à l’Institut de recherche et de développement.Le 15 octobre 2010 à 10:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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AARP Shows Largest Growth in Readership

first_imgWith 43.6 million adult readers, People is once again the magazine title with the largest audience, according to top-line readership data from Mediamark Research Inc.’s spring 2009 report, released today. MRI surveys circulation, audience and readers per copy.  Better Homes & Gardens was number two on the list with 39 million readers followed by AARP The Magazine with 35.6 million. AARP, however, took the top spot in circulation with 24 million, followed by Reader’s Digest (8.6 million) and BHG (7.7 million). AARP also saw the largest readership growth of any magazine in the survey, gaining more than 800,000 readers (up 2.3 percent) in the last six months and more than 1.3 million readers in the last year. (AARP’s members get the magazine as part of their membership in the association.) Game Informer (up 770,000 readers, or 9.6 percent), Us Weekly (611,000, 5.3 percent), Guns & Ammo (494,000, 7.1 percent) and Vogue (492,000, 4.6 percent) rounded out the top five. In terms of demographics, National Geographic registered the largest male audience with (17.5 million readers) while Better Homes & Gardens can claim the largest female audience (31.1 million). Enthusiast titles, meanwhile, were found to have more readers per copy than mass-market titles—with Bridal Guide at the top of the list (22.12 readers per copy) followed by Soap Opera Weekly (22.06) and PC Gamer (20.91). Circulation (as provided by ABC or BPA)1.    AARP The Magazine | 24 million2.    Reader’s Digest | 8.36 million3.    Better Homes & Gardens | 7.66 million4.    Woman’s Day | 3.9 million5.    People | 3.72 millionAudience1.    People | 43.6 million2.    Better Homes & Gardens | 39 million3.    AARP The Magazine | 35.6 million4.    National Geographic | 32 million5.    Reader’s Digest | 31.8 millionReaders Per Copy1.    Bridal Guide | 22.122.    Soap Opera Weekly | 22.063.    PC Gamer | 20.914.    Brides | 17.235.    Guns & Ammo | 16.85last_img read more

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LAT Suspends Publication of SpinOff Magazine

first_imgFile it under one of the shortest-lived magazines, ever.Three days before subscribers receive the third issue, the Los Angeles Times has suspended publication of LAetcetera, a weekly spin-off magazine.According to executive vice president and CMO John T. O’Loughlin, L.A. Times will suspend LAetcetera “for the foreseeable future while we revise the overall L.A. planning calendar.” The suspension comes as the Los Angeles Times Media Group said Penn Jones—publisher of LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the group’s monthly publication—is leaving the company. Jones will be replaced by associate publisher Nora Gervais until the company finds a permanent a replacement.Featuring pop culture, shopping, fashion, and home features, LAetcetera was expected to have a controlled circulation of roughly 480,000 and be distributed three times per month to newspaper subscribers who don’t already receive LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine.The third, and potentially last, issue of LAetcetera will be distributed in the Sunday, May 24 edition of the newspaper.[Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said publication of LAetcetera was suspended prior to its launch. That was not correct.]last_img read more

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PM Modi to hold 10 bilateral meetings on G20 summit sidelines

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold 10 bilateral meetings, including the ones with France, Japan, Indonesia, US, and Turkey, on the sidelines of G-20 Summit in Japan. He will also be meeting leaders of Brazil, Rbrussia, India, China & South Africa (BRICS) and Russia-India-China (RIC). Modi will attend the G-20 summit being held at Osaka from June 28 to 29 and is likely to raise the issues of energy security, countering terrorism and return of economic fugitives. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us The summit is centred on the theme “Human-Centred Future Society” and will adopt a declaration. According to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the issues of importance for India at G-20 includes energy security, financial stability, disaster resilient infrastructure, reformed multilateralism, WTO reforms, countering terrorism, the return of economic fugitives, food security, the democratisation of technologies and portable social security schemes. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us During the summit, the world leaders will discuss free trade and economic growth, global economy including taxation, finance, digital economy, and artificial intelligence, inclusive and sustainable world. India has participated in all the G-20 summits held so far and will host the summit in 2022 for the first time. India, Russia, and China will hold a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. Besides India and the host Japan, other participants are the US, UK, European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Russia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.last_img read more

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Neurosurgeon insists time is now for frontierbreaking head transplant

first_img Dr Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, says he is getting ready to carry out the first ever human head transplant. He has already found a volunteer for the controversial operation – terminally ill Valery Spiridonov from Russia, who says he wants to help in any way he can to make a huge scientific breakthrough.However, questions remain over the feasibility and the ethics of the operation. Canavero says he is preparing to carry out the operation within two years and according to his estimates, the procedure would see Spiridonovs head being attached to the body of a donor through spinal cord fusion (SCF).It is an operation that will require a team of more than 100 medical workers and could take 36 hours to complete.According to Canaveros calculations the operation would cost around $15m and would take place either in China or the US.Canavero has also been quick to dismiss critics who do not believe the operation will work and has suggested anyone opposed to the idea should travel to Valerys hometown in the Russian city of Vladimir, east of Moscow, to see for themselves.No problem. Come to Vladimir, Russia. I will tie you up to Valerys wheelchair, you will poo and pee the way he does, you will sleep the way he does, for 24 hours, OK? After 24 hours, I will ask you do you still believe that this is going to be a crazy project? and I can bet you 100 to one that it is possible he will change his mind, he told Reuters in his studio in the northern Italian city of Turin.Canavero says the key to the procedure is a sharp severance of the spinal cords. The head needs to be removed with a sharp blade, causing minimal damage to the spinal cords. Speed, too, is of essence, he says.Actually, as everybody knows by now, the head will be cooled and there wont be a single drop of blood inside so he will be clinically dead, as dead as it gets as I said in my TEDx talk. And actually this momentary absence of circulation is, its actually momentary because the two gurneys will be like this in the same room, so the head will gravitate for just a few seconds until the surgeon will start reconnecting the head to the new body, he said.Canavero, who is still seeking funding for the project, is due to address the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons 39th Annual Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in June.Dr Christopher J Winfree is an assistant professor of Neurological Surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He says most physicians agree on the ethical, technical and physiological limitations that a head transplant procedure poses.Winfree said the main concern that had arisen in his talks with his colleagues was reattaching a severed spinal cord.The real issue is when we get down to the physiology of the situation. One of the problems that is brought up is the ability to heal the severed spinal cord, which is what would happen if you cut a head off and put it on a different body. You would try and fuse that spinal cord together. Our current technology doesnt allow that healing to occur, he said.Spiridonov now speaks regularly with Canavero via videophone and admits he is scared about the procedure but says time is running out for him.The computer scientist suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy, which causes severe muscle weakness. Life expectancy for his type is low, with few sufferers reaching adolescence or young adulthood. At 30, he says his condition is rapidly deteriorating.Valery is an incredible human being as I said many times over. Valery will go down in history as the 24th centurys Yuri Gagarin because he will open up a new frontier and new scenarios which right now we couldnt even begin to fathom, said Canavero, referring to Russias first man on the moon.While not having met in person, Canavero and Spiridonov share a common urgency for the procedure to take place.Ok, Im very happy to participate in this project and I think it will be a huge breakthrough, a science breakthrough. I will be the first in this experiment. I totally volunteered in it and I want to help in any way I can, said Spiridonov, speaking to Canavero via a videocall.Canavero says his ideal date for the operation would be Christmas Day in 2017. It would be a nice present, he said. Closelast_img read more

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Dear Comrade box office collection day 2 Vijay Devarakondas film remains strong

first_imgAreaRightsEarnings Vizag2.401.26 G West 1.400.67 Ceded3.601.28 Krishna 1.600.55 Nellore Rs 0.800.36 Dear ComradeTwitterVijay Devarakonda’s Dear Comrade remained strong at the box office in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/TS) on Saturday. Its total collection closed Rs 15 crore gross mark in two days.Riding on huge hype, Dear Comrade released in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam in a large number of cinema halls across the globe on July 26. Having a good advance booking, the movie opened to fantastic response in the Telugu states and collected Rs 10.50 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on the first day of its release.Dear Comrade was successful in striking a chord with the audience in the Telugu states and was able to meet their expectations created by its promos before its release. The word of mouth helped it remain strong with some screens witnessing 100 percent occupancy in the states on Saturday. But compared to the opening day, the movie showed around 40 per cent drop in its collections on the second day.Dear Comrade is estimated to have collected approximately Rs 4.50 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on Saturday, taking its two-day total business to Rs 15 crore gross. The movie is estimated to have earned Rs 10.55 crore for its distributors, who have shelled out Rs 22.60 crore on its theatrical rights for the Telugu states. The movie has recovered 46.68 per cent of their investment in two days.Here are the area-wise earnings and distribution rights’ prices of Dear Comrade. These numbers are based on various sources and they may not match with actual figures released by the makers or distributors. All the figures are in rupees and crore.AreaAreaRightsRightsEarningsEarningsAreaNizamRights9.00Earnings4.56AreaCededRights3.60Earnings1.28AreaVizagRights2.40Earnings1.26AreaG East Rights1.80Earnings1.07AreaG West Rights1.40Earnings0.67AreaKrishna Rights1.60Earnings0.55AreaGuntur Rights2.00Earnings0.80AreaNellore RightsRs 0.80Earnings0.36AreaAP/TS TotalRights22.60 Earnings10.55 Guntur 2.000.80 G East 1.801.07 AP/TS Total22.60 10.55 Nizam9.004.56last_img read more

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Marvel Announces Phase 4 TV Shows at San Diego ComicCon

first_img Marvel’s Phase 4 plans have been on fans’ minds since Avengers: Endgame hit theaters in April. This weekend, Marvel Studios released a robust lineup of new TV shows at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and they tease what’s next for Hawkeye, Loki, and other familiar faces.According to Marvel, the new series will be streaming exclusively on Disney+, a streaming service from Disney that’s launching in November, Polygon noted. From WandaVision to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, here are all the Marvel Phase 4 TV shows to keep on your radar.The Falcon and the Winter SoldierJust announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, an original series with Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2020. pic.twitter.com/FmFMKWUrhO— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Daniel Brühl are set to star in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a new series that’s coming to Disney+ next fall. Screen Rant noted that the series will be about Captain America’s sidekicks, Sam Wilson (Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Stan), and their post-Avengers: Endgame adventures.HawkeyeJust announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE with Jeremy Renner, an original series that will also introduce Kate Bishop. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2021. pic.twitter.com/qPH8M2TQSj— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019Jeremy Renner will play Clint Barton in the upcoming series Hawkeye, which will debut on Disney+ in fall 2021. We don’t have too many details on the plot, however, Kate Bishop will have an important role on the show as well.What If…?Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…?, the first animated series in the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher and many actors from across the MCU reprising their roles as voice talent. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Summer 2021. pic.twitter.com/el6etc3xZH— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019What If…?, the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is coming soon. Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) will voice The Watcher and more MCU actors will be featured on the show as well. What If…? will hit Disney+ in summer 2021.LokiJust announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ LOKI, an original series with Tom Hiddleston. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Spring 2021. pic.twitter.com/Ntb8g9SSwq— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019Tom Hiddleston is returning as Thor’s adopted brother in Loki, a new series that’s coming to Disney+ in spring 2021, The A.V. Club reported. Marvel fans might be a bit confused though on why Loki is alive for the show, considering things didn’t really work out for him in Avengers: Infinity War.WandaVisionJust announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ WANDAVISION, an original series with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Spring 2021. pic.twitter.com/6lIiMJdfYw— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019Scarlet Witch and Vision, the well-known couple from the Avengers movies, are getting their own series called WandaVision, Digital Spy noted. Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Teyonah Parris are starring in this show, which will air on Disney+ in spring 2021.More on Geek.com:SDCC 2019: All of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie AnnouncementsWhat to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019Top Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more

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William Shatner believes Star Wars created Star Trek

first_imgWilliam Shatner shocked thousands of Star Trek convention attendees in Last Vegas last weekend when he revealed that the franchise most responsible for Star Trek was… Star Wars.“First of all, Star Wars created Star Trek. You know that?” he asked, as fans reportedly gasped and looked puzzled.As most of them knew, the original Star Trek TV show predates Star Wars by a decade, and most credit it with bringing sci-fi to the mainstream and paving the way for George Lucas’ behemoth success, rather than the other way around. What could James T. Kirk have meant by this blasphemous statement?He went on to clarify that it was only with the success of 1977’s Star Wars that Star Trek: The Motion Picture was greenlit, allowing the franchise to continue to this day.“At Paramount Studios they were running around bumping into each other: ‘What do we got?!”? said Shatner at the event. “What do we got to equal Star Wars? This is a big thing! There was this thing that we canceled, under another management, it was called Star …Trek? Let’s resurrect that!”(Read that in your best Shatner voice for maximum enjoyment.)“It was Star Wars that thrust Star Trek into the people of Paramount’s consciousness,” he said.Shatner ended his answer with a fan-affirming statement about the difference between the two franchises.“Star Trek at its best tells human stories,” he said. “It’s philosophical. There’s humanity. There’s a principle involved. And it’s well done. It’s about people,” he said. “Star Wars was grand, like opera. It was huge with great special effects. It was a marvelously entertaining film, but it wasn’t specifically about people the way those Star Treks were.”Certainly true until the last few Trek films!William Shatner has a long and storied history with Star Trek fans. Many times he seemed not to know what to make of them, even as he reveled in their glory. This was best explained in his infamous Saturday Night Live appearance where he bellows “Get a life!” to a crowd of nitpicking Trekkers, a line so popular he turned it into a book and TV movie.Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore on Flickrlast_img read more

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Researchers develop mRNA based flu vaccine

first_img RNA is a molecule that performs various functions in living organisms related to the regulation of expression of genes. mRNA is a type of RNA molecule whose function is to carry genetic information from DNA to the ribosome, which tells cells which proteins to manufacture. Introducing mRNA that has been preprogrammed to specify particular proteins into an animal or person can cause a predictable immune response – in this case targeting an infectious agent such influenza. The researchers report that their designer vaccine has demonstrated an ability to instill protective immunity in mice, ferrets and pigs.Currently, it takes up to six months to create and manufacture a flu vaccine; cultures of the virus are grown in chicken eggs and once mature are mixed with other ingredients to create a solution that can be injected into a person that causes their immune system to attack if the virus is ever detected in the body. Other new research has focused on cell cultures but that process also takes months. In contrast the new vaccine takes just six weeks to produce and the researchers report that thus far, it has shown itself to be just as effective as traditional vaccines in preventing flu symptoms.The researchers also report that the vaccine can be easily manufactured in large quantities and unlike other flu vaccines, doesn’t require refrigeration. They also noted in addition to providing immunity for averaged age animals, it also worked equally well in both very young and very old mice.To date, the team has tested the vaccine against several class A flu viruses, which include H1N1pdm09, swine flu and the H5N1 bird flu virus and have found it to be effective against all of them. It is not known yet if the same results might be found with its use in humans, though that the team reports, is the ultimate objective. More information: Protective efficacy of in vitro synthesized, specific mRNA vaccines against influenza A virus infection, Nature Biotechnology (2012) doi:10.1038/nbt.2436AbstractDespite substantial improvements, influenza vaccine production—and availability—remain suboptimal. Influenza vaccines based on mRNA may offer a solution as sequence-matched, clinical-grade material could be produced reliably and rapidly in a scalable process, allowing quick response to the emergence of pandemic strains. Here we show that mRNA vaccines induce balanced, long-lived and protective immunity to influenza A virus infections in even very young and very old mice and that the vaccine remains protective upon thermal stress. This vaccine format elicits B and T cell–dependent protection and targets multiple antigens, including the highly conserved viral nucleoprotein, indicating its usefulness as a cross-protective vaccine. In ferrets and pigs, mRNA vaccines induce immunological correlates of protection and protective effects similar to those of a licensed influenza vaccine in pigs. Thus, mRNA vaccines could address substantial medical need in the area of influenza prophylaxis and the broader realm of anti-infective vaccinology. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers develop mRNA based flu vaccine (2012, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-mrna-based-flu-vaccine.html © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Biotechnology (Phys.org)—A joint research effort by the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute and pharmaceutical company CureVac, both based in Germany, has resulted in the creation of a new type of flu vaccine. The vaccine, as the team describes in their paper published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, relies on the use of Messenger Ribonucleic Acid (mRNA) instead of the cultivation of cultures in chicken eggs, which means it can be created and manufactured in weeks rather than months. Study suggests potential hurdle to universal flu vaccine development may be overcomelast_img read more

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Prime Day Yi Technology Deals 40 Off Action Home Dash Cameras Accessories

first_img Share Tweet Submit Yi Technology has revealed its Prime Day 2018 deals and they include straight up 40% discount on its camera products and accessories.Yi Technology Prime Day 2018 Deals are Here with 40% Discount on Great ProductsIf you’ve been holding on from grabbing something from Yi, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the company has revealed its Prime Day deals that land you a discount of 40% on some of their famous products. Without going into too much details, here’s the complete set of discounts available:Yi 1080p Home Camera – Regular price $44.99, Now just $28.68Yi 1080p Home Cameras (4-pieces) – Regular price $189.99, Now just $109.72Yi 2.7-inch Screen Full HD Dash Cam – Regular price $49.99, Now just $31.49Yi 360-Degree VR Camera – Regular price $399.99, Now just $279.99Yi Lite Action Action Camera – Regular price $99.99, Now just $69.99Yi Lite Action Camera with Waterproof Case – Regular price $119.99, Now just $83.99Please do keep in mind that these are Prime Day exclusive deals and require you to have an Amazon Prime membership as well. These deals are extremely limited and will last for 36 hours only. This gives you plenty of time to snag something up, but do hurry up if you don’t want to miss these deals.You might also want to check out the following Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals:DJI Prime Day 2018 Deals: Mavic Pro for $799, Spark Fly More Combo for $499Amazon Prime Day 2018 Deals on Unlocked Phones: Honor 7X, Mate 10 Pro, Galaxy Note 8 & MoreHOT Prime Day Deal: Essential Phone 128GB, Fully Unlocked for $249Hot Prime Day Deals: GoPro Hero for $179, Beats Studio3 for $212, Bose QC25 for $125, 1TB Samsung T5 SSD for $269Here Are the Best 4K TV Deals You Can Get on the Amazon Prime Day Sale 2018Amazon Prime Day Sale 2018 Brings You the Best Nintendo Switch Offer That You Can Ever FindGame of Thrones Box Set Seasons 1 – 7 Blu-ray / Digital for $74.99 [Original Price $229.99]ESR Prime Day Deals are Now Live with Lowest Ever Prices on Screen Protectors, Cases, Wireless Chargers & MoreAmazon Prime Day 2018 Early Access Deals: Echo Dot Just $29.99, Echo Show $100 Off & More!Prime Day 2018 Deals from RAVPower: $71.99 Sound Bar, Qi Wireless Power Bank for $45.99 & MoreAnker Prime Day 2018 Deals: Massive Discount on Batteries, Cables, Appliances & MoreAmazon Prime Day Gaming Deals: Xbox One, SNES Edition 3DS, Graphics Cards, Morelast_img read more

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August 9 2000 Young composers are at Arcosanti th

first_imgAugust 9, 2000Young composers are at Arcosanti this week, practicing their scores, recordingtheir music, and teaching to the Arcosanti community about contemporary music.On Saturday night, we look forward to their concertwhich is opened to the public. Please come! Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

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