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Financial market highlights on Thursday SPTSX 1526464 up 1993

Highlights at the close Thursday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,264.64, up 19.93 pointsDow — 21,611.78, down 28.97 pointsS&P 500– 2,473.45, down 0.38 of a pointNasdaq — 6,390.00, up 4.96 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.46 cents US, up 0.06 of a centPound — C$1.6325, down 0.86 of a centEuro — C$1.4604, up 0.92 of a centEuro — US$1.1604, up 0.82 of a centOil futures:US$46.92, down 40 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,245.50 per oz., up $3.50(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.382 per oz., up 1.6 cents$687.43 per kg., up 51 cents read more

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Strong resolve shown during talks on antiterrorism pact Chairman

United Nations Member States showed “strong resolve” during a just-concluded weeklong session on drafting a comprehensive Convention on Terrorism, the Chairman of the committee convening the meetings said today, as he urged countries to continue with their efforts to reach consensus.In his speech wrapping up the discussions, the Ad Hoc Committee Chairman, Ambassador Rohan Pereira of Sri Lanka, said that while “complex issues remain to be solved,” he had full faith in the ability of delegations to reach a compromise and that it was “essential” to maintain dialogue.“I was particularly encouraged by the strong resolve shown by all delegations to continue the negotiation process with a view to finalizing the text of the draft convention,” the Chairman said.“Certain innovative approaches were suggested during the week and it is clear that further consultations among delegations are necessary to determine the viability of these ideas. In light of these developments, I strongly urge delegations to continue to consult among themselves.”The draft Convention contains, in its Article 2, a common, overall criminal law definition of terrorist acts and the current discussions have revolved around the main outstanding issue relating to the scope of application of the Convention, contained in draft Article 18.The Ad Hoc Committee as a negotiating framework has been around for 10 years and is widely perceived as both useful and effective, with its successes including the texts of three global counter-terrorism conventions adopted by the General Assembly, including the 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.However, despite these achievements, Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his disappointment in December that the General Assembly’s Legal Committee had failed to reach agreement on a treaty against all forms of terrorism.Finalizing a Convention has been elusive and a major point of difference in the past has been lack of agreement on whether the activities of “armed forces” proper should be exempted from the scope of the treaty since they are governed by international humanitarian law, and whether the exemption should also cover armed resistance groups involved in struggles against colonial domination and foreign occupation. read more

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Illini hand Ohio State womens basketball 3rd loss of the season

The University of Illinois (9-16, 3-9 Big Ten) women’s basketball team handed No. 11 Ohio State (21-3, 8-3 Big Ten) its third loss of the season Thursday night. OSU junior guard Tayler Hill sank a shot with 16 seconds left to give the Buckeyes a one-point lead. But in the following possession, Illinois forward Alexis Burke hit a jump shot with no time left on the clock to defeat OSU, 66-65. The Buckeyes were down, 34-29, going into the half, but came out scoring and took a 56-46 lead with 7:48 left in the game. The Illini responded on a 10-0 run to knot the score at 56. After trading buckets, OSU senior guard Samantha Prahalis sank a three to give the Buckeyes the lead. In the next possession, the Illini missed a three before Prahalis hit a layup to give the Buckeyes a five-point cushion with 2:28 left. It wasn’t enough as the Illini scored on their next three shots to seal the victory. Hill lead OSU in scoring with her 20 points and five assists. She was followed by sophomore center Ashley Adams who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds. Prahalis had 15 points after her career high 34 points just three days prior. The Fighting Illini were lead by junior guard Adrienne Godbold and Burke, who had 15 and 16 points, respectively. OSU defeated the Illini, 96-84, on Jan. 22, but this night saw the Buckeyes only make half their shots. They were 27-54 from field goal range and 6-12 from behind the arc. In all three losses, the Buckeyes have shot 50 percent or less. The Illini were 27-61 from field goal range and 2-9 for three pointers, but they out-rebounded the Buckeyes, 37-27. The Buckeyes return home Sunday against the No. 17 Purdue Boilermakers (19-5, 9-2). Sunday’s game might decide who holds the top spot in the Big Ten conference. Tip is at 5 p.m. read more

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Brexit wont stop my music because music has no borders says guitarist

first_imgRichard Durrant performs work inspired by his Paraguayan adventuresCredit:Richard Durrant 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. Richard Durrant performs work inspired by his Paraguayan adventures Durrant, who is now regarded as one of the great performers of the music of guitarist composer Agustín Barrios in the world today, recalls: “As a kid I used to catch the number 26 bus every Wednesday night. It took me from where I lived on a council estate just outside Brighton to my guitar lessons in Waterloo Street, Hove. I loved that bus ride. I’d sit all alone on the upper deck, gazing out at the Sussex Downs watching the changing seasons. I made that journey for years, regular as clockwork. It was a musician’s journey, full of dreams. A scene from Paraguay todayCredit:Richard Durrant “I’ve watched politics for many years and have seen real cause for hope as 21st century technologies have brought ordinary people across the globe closer together,” Durrant ponders.  But he asks: “So how could so many ordinary people return to the self interested to create something as negative as Brexit?”Despite suggestions that Theresa May could be heading for a so-called “hard Brexit”, Durrant believes international music collaborations will stand the test of time because people rely on its “positivity”.”Musicians and artists  are accustomed to surviving against the odds, its what we have to do and its in our nature, so cross cultural collaborations will always exist,” he says. “I worry more about the future for the rest of us when we have so deliberately stacked the odds against ourselves. If they vote for Trump in the US at least he’ll be controlled to some degree by the senate until he’s kicked out, but for Europe there is no way back.”So instead, I celebrate the positivity of music and feel blessed to be doing what I’m doing. My optimism and energy is fuelled by the sound of my strings and the strength and generosity of my audiences.”Durrant’s latest collaboration with Ledesma, who is cultural ambassador to the UK for his nation, is the culmination of a chance phone call which would take the Sussex guitarist on the 6,300-mile journey to Paraguay. Now, with a week-long tour featuring a combination of virtuoso solos and duets drawing upon material from Paraguay and throughout South America, Durrant has achieved somewhat an international status for his work and is honoured in Paraguay for his music.“A recurring theme for me since my first journey there has been Paraguayan music. Barrios, the country’s most famous son, was my initial attraction but after three solo tours in Paraguay I had become more been immersed in the music of this beautiful part of south America. A scene from Paraguay today “I also remember one hot summer’s afternoon, just back from school and playing in the garden under the open kitchen window. My Mum had put my favourite Alirio Diaz record on the family radiogram and the music of Agustín Barrios was blaring out of the house.”Many years later I was living nine miles along the coast in Shoreham by Sea, with children of my own.  And one of those 26 bus ride dreams had come true: I was living the life of a full time musician.”Then one day in early 2011 – whilst working on a collection of recordings of music by Barrios and resisting the urge to head out to sea with a fishing rod – the phone rang. It was a man with a strong South American accent: ‘Would you consider travelling to Paraguay to play some concerts and launch your new album?’.”I smiled. ‘OK’, I said. But there remained one important question: what to call the album? The answer was easy:  The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay.” Ismael Ledesma, one of Paraguay's most acclaimed harpists Paraguayan guitarist composer Agustín Barrios When Richard Durrant saw the news that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, he immediately feared what it would mean for musicians like him who had made their careers on the back of their international travels.As the guitarist embarks on his UK tour with Paraguayan harpist Ismael Ledesma this week, Durrant cannot help but wonder what Brexit will mean for international collaborations in the world of music. The Number 26 Bus to Paraguay Musicians and artists  are accustomed to surviving against the odds, its what we have to do and its in our nature, so cross cultural collaborations will always existRichard Durrant Paraguayan guitarist composer Agustín Barrios Ismael Ledesma, one of Paraguay’s most acclaimed harpistsCredit:Ismael Ledesma “Ismael and I have dedicated our working lives to music and to our instruments. With that lifetime of concentrating on tiny finger movements and incredible sonic detail there is much that is purely intuitive between us and the outcome is both fascinating and unexpected. Paraguay is a small, landlocked, heart shaped country in the very centre of the southern cone of South America and this is our point of connection – la música del corazón! “Ismael plays a Paraguayan harp, but it’s a harp that is European in origin and the instrument appears throughout south America. So the strongest aspects of Ismael’s playing are Paraguayan, but some are pan south American and some are purely original. I speak some of the language of Paraguayan music and I can hear the layers of the colonial as well as the Paraguayan/Guarani so beloved by Barrios himself.”Paraguay will be at the centre of what we play, but my guitar playing has to feel free and unconstrained and for me therein lies true authenticity.”Richard Durrant and Ismael Ledesma will be performing from October 11-16 at various locations. For full tour details see richarddurrant.com. The Number 26 Bus to ParaguayCredit:Richard Durrantlast_img read more

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Windows 8 Media Center Pack is free until January

first_imgWindows HTPC enthusiasts were up in arms when Microsoft revealed that Media Center was being stripped from Windows 8. It wasn’t totally gone, but instead relegated to the Windows 8 Pro Pack — an add-on that users would need to purchase for $69.99 that also includes missing bits like DVD and Blu-ray codecs.But if you’re jumping on the Windows 8 train early, Microsoft has a special deal for you. If you purchase a copy of Windows 8 Professional, you’ll be able to download a copy of the Media Center Pack for free. If you want to install on top of Windows 8, however, you’ll need to purchase the full Pro Pack. You’ll get more than just Media Center, however. Microsoft says you’ll also receive all the Pro functionality after you reboot, too — which would include access to encryption features, the ability to join domains, booting from VHD images, and the ability to sideload Windows Store apps.Like the discounted upgrade offers Microsoft previously announced, this one is set to expire on January 31, 2013.So those of you who are willing to make the move within the next three months can snag Windows 8 Pro and Media Center functionality for a grand total of $39.99. If you’re buying a new PC, you should be able to get in on the upgrade action, too. As long as you’ve completed the activation process on your system you shouldn’t have any issues — all you need to do is fill in your email address, the captcha code, and wait patiently for your Windows 8 Media Center license to appear in your inbox.More at Microsoftlast_img read more

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Theodorakis censored because of antisemitism

first_imgAustrian National Council President Barbara Prammer cancelled the performance of the song trilogy ‘Mauthausen’ by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis from the commemoration of the 66th anniversary since the liberation of the Mauthausen extermination camp, on the grounds that the now octagenarian composer has made “repeated anti-Semitic statements in past years”. The song cycle was one of the composer’s influential ‘meta-symphonic’ compositions of the mid-60s and set to music the works of Greek writer Iakovos Kampanellis, a personal friend of Theodorakis, in which the poet recounted his own experiences as a survivor of Mauthausen. The memorial service, which has been held at the Austrian Parliament each year on May 5 since 1997, took place on Thursday in the presence of the Austrian President Heinz Fisher. Memorial services are also scheduled to take place next Sunday at the site of the former concentration camp, where 122,000 people were killed by Nazi authorities, including 3,700 Greeks. Prammer will head the Austrian delegation at these events, which include dozens of delegations from other European countries whose citizens were victims of the camp. These will include a delegation from Greece, which plans to lay wreaths and present Theodorakis’ ‘Mauthausen’ performed by the Vienna musical group called ‘The Greeks’. The composer, accompanied at the time by Kampanellis, had first performed ‘Mauthausen’ at the site of the former concentration camp in 1988 in a historic concert featuring Maria Farantouri and attended by the then Austrian chancellor Franz Vranitzky. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Epirotes celebrate Pita Festival

first_imgWith more than 600 members and friends gathered at Stars International hall in Preston, the Panepirotic Union of Melbourne and Victoria, along with the Charity Union of Epirus ‘Dodona’, celebrated the established annual Pita Festival last Sunday, under the auspices of the Epirotic Federation of Oceania. All profits from the celebration, which highlights the tradition and culture of Epirus, will be offered to the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria for their new building. PHOTO: Claire Gazis. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Certains malades schizophrènes utilisent mal leur expérience passée

first_imgCertains malades schizophrènes utilisent mal leur expérience passéeUne étude permet de mieux comprendre et de soigner la schizophrénie. Elle révèle que les schizophrènes ont du mal à bien utiliser leur expérience passée. Une nouvelle étude est parvenue à montrer que les schizophrènes éprouvent des difficultés à percevoir les intentions d’autrui car ils ne parviennent pas à utiliser leur expérience passée. Il s’agit pourtant d’une donnée fondamentale pour vivre en société.Les chercheurs du CNRS de l’Université de Toulouse Paul Sabatier et du CNRS de l’Université Claude Bernard à Lyon, indiquent que pour interpréter un comportement, un sujet sain se fie à des données résultant des connaissances et de l’expérience. L’étude menée en 2008-2009 auprès de dizaines de sujets révèle que l’équilibre observé chez les sujets sains est perturbé chez les schizophrènes a expliqué à l’AFP l’une des chercheuses, Chlöé Farrer-Pujol.La schizophrénie est repérable grâce à 3 types de symptômes : négatifs (perte d’intérêt, retrait social), positifs (hallucinations, délires) ou de désorganisation (discours incohérent). Les chercheurs pensent que les patients aux symptômes négatifs ne parviennent pas à utiliser convenablement les informations a priori, et s’en remettent donc aux informations sensorielles, d’après Mme Farrer-Pujol. Les patients aux symptômes positifs ou désorganisés fonctionnent différemment. Ils sur-utilisent au contraire les informations a priori.Mme Farrer-Pujol insiste sur le fait que les traitements médicamenteux n’ont aucun effet sur l’inaptitude à déceler les intentions d’autrui. Le 23 décembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Barcelona bring forward signing of JeanClair Todibo

first_imgToulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo’s arrival at Barcelona has been brought forward, despite having previously agreed to wait until the summer.The Catalan giants previously announced they had signed Todibo for next season on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Toulouse as his contract was up in June.After lengthy negotiations with Toulouse, however, Barcelona have now confirmed that the 19-year-old will instead arrive six months earlier than planned with Toulouse set to receive a small transfer fee as compensation.The French youngster will take the No. 6 jersey at Barcelona, which was previously worn by midfielder Denis Suarez before he left for Arsenal on a loan deal on Thursday.“FC Barcelona and Toulouse FC have come to an agreement over the French player Jean-Clair Todibo, with whom the Blaugrana had agreed a transfer from July 1 2019,” read a statement on the club website.“The agreement signed includes the immediate arrival of the French player, who will sign a contract with the club for the next four and a half seasons, until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.“The French player will wear the number six. A shirt which players like Guillermo Amor, Xavi Hernandez, Dani Alves and Denis Suarez, the last to use it, have worn.”Todibo is regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and has already represented France at U20 level.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Since graduating through the youth ranks at Toulouse, Todibo had inserted himself as a key member of the squad after debuting in club’s 2-1 win over rivals Bordeaux in August during the Derby de la Garonne.Todibo had since made a further nine league appearances and scored his first goal for the senior team in a 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.But the teenager found himself forced out of the squad after refusing to sign a new contract, which opened the door for an early exit.Todibo will be presented as a Barcelona player later today.ICYMI: Jean-Clair Todibo (@jctodibo) transfer to FC Barcelona brought forward[+] https://t.co/RwuOVHMKdE pic.twitter.com/GYCkKIRJk1— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 1, 2019last_img read more

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WorkSource club gives job seekers advice support

first_imgVancouver resident Lori Kimberlin has been out of a job for two years, and she ran out of unemployment benefits in December.“I’m selling things,” she said of how she’s coping with an economy that, despite all the technical signs that we’re in a recovery, doesn’t feel even remotely healthy.She’s also renting a room in her house to generate more income.For more information about WorkSource Vancouver’s job club (also known as Hire U. and the Select Professionals Group), call Teri White, business services consultant for WorkSource, at 360-735-5079. Those who call White should be prepared to discuss their job search skills, their availability and commitment level.But she’s not adrift. She hasn’t lost hope. And she’s not alone.She’s part of a newly revamped group — the Select Professionals Group, also known as “job club” and “Hire U” — offered by the WorkSource Vancouver office to the most dedicated job seekers among us.The group’s members share a mission to find jobs despite the dark cloud of high unemployment, and to remain undeterred by choosy employers who’ve got more than a few nerve-jangling interview questions up their sleeves.Inside an unassuming room filled with computers at the WorkSource office off East Mill Plain Boulevard, Kimberlin joins 16 other Clark County residents every Tuesday morning to move forward together with the project of breaking back into the labor market — of reclaiming a big part of the foundation of their lives, of who they are and how they see themselves.last_img read more

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ExBeaverton cops child rape trial reset

first_imgFormer Beaverton, Ore., police Officer Christopher Warren’s new child rape trial has been delayed until June 22. A different judge also will preside over the proceedings.Last month, Warren was granted a new trial in Clark County Superior Court after a juror came forward and admitted to reading a story about the case in The Columbian during the trial in October. Juror Craig Bowen admitted that the content of the article influenced his decision to find Warren guilty and that he later had misgivings about his role in the unanimous verdict.A group of community members recently donated money to hire a new attorney for Warren’s second trial, which was set for Feb. 9 in front of Judge Barbara Johnson. Vancouver attorney Jon McMullen was retained to take over the defense from Vancouver attorney Louis Byrd Jr. and Portland attorney Ernest Warren, who is Christopher Warren’s first cousin, once removed.McMullen had asked for more time to prepare for trial. Johnson scheduled a hearing for Monday to consider his request. She also transferred the case to Judge Robert Lewis because she is retiring March 31.Lewis heard Monday’s proceedings. He scheduled the new date for the trial, despite opposition from Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield.“As you can see, this has been very stressful for that family, having that conviction and then having to go back, so we were hoping to have a trial much sooner than June,” Banfield said.last_img read more

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Tata Opportunities Fund to Buy Stake in Uber to Become Second Indian

first_imgAn investment arm of Tata Group said on Wednesday that it is planning to make a big investment in US-based taxi hailing company Uber. The investment by Tata Opportunities Fund (TOF)–a private equity fund advised by the group’s Tata Capital–will become the second Indian firm to show interest in Uber.However, the company did not disclose the volume of investment and the percentage of stake to be bought.”This is TOF’s first investment in a company based outside India. We are delighted to support Uber’s growth and continued success around the globe, more recently in China and India,” TOF managing partner-advisory team India Padmanabh Sinha told PTI.In March, Uber had reportedly said that it would get a funding of “well under” Rs 100 crore ($16 million) from Times Internet. Times Internet is a subsidiary of Bennett Coleman & Co, which publishes leading dailies The Times of India and The Economic Times.”Tata is synonymous with entrepreneurialism in India and we are incredibly excited to have TOF on board as a partner. Right now, we are focusing on offering a great service, backed by security and easy payment and hassle-free payment options,” Uber India head Amit Jain said.Earlier in July, Uber had said that it was planning to invest $1 billion (Rs 6,400 crore) towards expanding its operations in India, its second largest market after the US. After launching its services in Bangalore in 2013, the US-based firm has seen a phenomenal growth in the past two years.Uber, which is regarded as the world’s second most valuable start-up, has come out with agressive plans for India in the past two months. Last month, the firm had announced to set up a “response and support centre” in Hyderabad, which will be its biggest investment outside the US.Ola–Uber’s main rival in India–which has operations in nearly 100 cities, is currently giving a tough competition to the American company.Ola claims to have 80% of the market share after acquiring TaxiForSure in March this year. Interestingly, Ratan Tata–chairman emeritus of Tata Sons–has bought a stake in Ola.last_img read more

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Man killed in Ctg road crash

first_imgAn unidentified man was killed in a road accident on the flyover in port city’s GEC intersection on Thursday morning, reports news agency UNB.According to police, the accident took place when a covered van hit a human hauler (Leguna) on the flyover around 7:30am, leaving two of human hauler passengers injured.The injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) where physicians declared one of them dead.The body was sent to the morgue, said Nayek Amir Hossian of CMCH police outpost.last_img read more

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Erdogan says out of question to support US Palestinian plan

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a press conference following the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on 29 June. Photo: AFPTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was “out of the question” for Turkey to support the US economic plan for Palestinians, in comments published on Monday.The White House plan revealed last week calls for $50 billion in investment over 10 years in the Palestinian territories and their Arab neighbours.”It is out of the question for us to approach this issue positively,” Erdogan told journalists aboard his plane returning from the G-20 summit in Japan, according to pro-government daily Yeni Safak.Listing a slew of projects to develop roads, border crossings, power generation and tourism, the US framework sets an optimistic goal of creating one million Palestinian jobs.US president Donald Trump’s administration has however hinted that its political plan — due later in the year — will not mention a Palestinian state, abandoning long-standing US policy.The Palestinian Authority and its rival Hamas have both denounced the economic initiative, saying it amounts to a bid by the unabashedly pro-Israel Trump to buy off their demands for an independent state.Erdogan is a vocal advocate of the Palestinian cause, and strongly opposed the US decision to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem last year.last_img read more

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Newark Will Test 17000 School Children for Lead Poisoning

first_imgA child receiving a blood test . (AP Image)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Newark will test 17,000 children for lead poisoning after elevated levels of the toxin were found in the drinking water at nearly half of the schools in New Jersey’s biggest city.City Health Director Hanaa Hamdi told officials Tuesday that testing will start with some 2,000 toddlers who attend early childhood centers, NJ.com (bit.ly/1Xt88F0) reported. A specific date hasn’t been set yet.Lead is known to severely affect a child’s development.In the week since the higher lead levels were first reported, officials have urged calm. They say the lead levels in some of Newark’s schools don’t compare to the crisis that has plagued Flint, Michigan.Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday his administration would work closely with Newark officials to help remedy the problem. The commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection is working directly with the superintendent of Newark schools, he said.“I want to make sure everyone understands this is a situation we’re concerned about, but it is not a crisis,” Christie said to reporters in Linden, New Jersey. “But we don’t want to let it become a crisis. So we’re on top of it.”It’s unclear how long Newark’s kids have been exposed to higher concentrations of lead. Schools had shut off the water at 30 school buildings last week. They are now using bottled water for drinking and cooking.Officials said they don’t believe the contamination poses any serious health risks. The DEP has said that lead hasn’t been found in the city’s water supply. It likely leached into the schools’ water through lead pipes or other building fixtures made of lead or lead solder.___Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.comlast_img read more

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Study reveals baby monkeys may be affected for life if separated from

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A new study by scientists in China has found that baby rhesus macaques stressed by being separated from their mothers remained anxious and had poor social skills even three years after separation. The babies had to be separated from their mothers at birth for a variety of reasons, such as the mother lacking breast milk or being too inexperienced to care for the infant safely. Some of the babies were taken into care because they were too weak or at risk of failing to survive in cold, rainy conditions. Citation: Study reveals baby monkeys may be affected for life if separated from their mothers (2011, August 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-reveals-baby-monkeys-affected-life.html The researchers compared 22 rhesus macaques reared by their mothers and 13 reared in incubators for a month and then paired with another age-matched monkey that had been separated from its mother. At around seven months old, all the monkeys (peer-raised and mother-raised) were moved to mixed-sex social groups without adults, in connected indoor/outdoor enclosures.After being returned to living a normal life with other monkeys, the young peer-raised monkeys continued to have problems after 1.5 years, and even three years after returning to normal life. They responded to stress more slowly than monkeys raised by their mothers, were prone to depression, moved less, sucked their own fingers and toes, and showed other signs of anxiety. The researchers also found that their baseline levels of cortisol—the hormone in humans and monkeys that helps the body to cope with stress—in their hair were lower than normal. Blood samples showed blood cortisol was slower to reach a peak in response to stress than in mother-reared infants.The research, carried out by Xiaoli Fenga and Lina Wang of the State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science at the University of Hong Kong, and their colleagues, is the first study that suggests changes in the brains of the baby monkeys, caused by the sustained release of cortisol during the stress of separation, could lead to poor development of some areas of the brain such as the hippocampus, and that these changes may not be reversed by a return to a normal social life.Studies on humans have also found that adversity early in life, such as abuse or mistreatment in childhood, can lead to long-term problems such as depression and abnormal behavior patterns.The results of the study could have implications for humans, and could find application for the treatment of people suffering as a result of adversity or trauma early in life. The authors suggest the rhesus macaque is a good animal model to study the effects of early adversity in humans. The paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. Baby monkeys receive signals through their mother’s breast milk Explore furthercenter_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Maternal separation produces lasting changes in cortisol and behavior in rhesus monkeys, PNAS, Published online before print August 15, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1010943108AbstractMaternal separation (MS), which can lead to hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis dysfunction and behavioral abnormalities in rhesus monkeys, is frequently used to model early adversity. Whether this deleterious effect on monkeys is reversible by later experience is unknown. In this study, we assessed the basal hair cortisol in rhesus monkeys after 1.5 and 3 y of normal social life following an early separation. These results showed that peer-reared monkeys had significantly lower basal hair cortisol levels than the mother-reared monkeys at both years examined. The plasma cortisol was assessed in the monkeys after 1.5 y of normal social life, and the results indicated that the peak in the peer-reared cortisol response to acute stressors was substantially delayed. In addition, after 3 y of normal social life, abnormal behavioral patterns were identified in the peer-reared monkeys. They showed decreases in locomotion and initiated sitting together, as well as increases in stereotypical behaviors compared with the mother-reared monkeys. These results demonstrate that the deleterious effects of MS on rhesus monkeys cannot be compensated by a later normal social life, suggesting that the effects of MS are long-lasting and that the maternal-separated rhesus monkeys are a good animal model to study early adversity and to investigate the development of psychiatric disorders induced by exposure to early adversity. 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.last_img read more

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Essential skin care tips for men

first_imgLike women, men’s skin also requires proper nourishment and care to stay fresh. Skin care should be an important aspect of lifestyle, irrespective of age, but the technique should change as one grows old, says an expert.Indu Ballani, dermatologist at Mantra Medi spa at Delhi, shares how men can take care of their skin:Skin care at 20s: Skin at 20s has more oil content and tends to have problems like acne. Since, men do not go for facial packs and home remedies, men at this stage should use product that will help in controlling oil and simultaneously, provide nourishment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While buying products, be conscious about the ingredients of the products especially, if they are suffering from acne problem. Although the skin is developing and young at this stage, following basic skin care such as cleansing, moisturising and applying sunscreen will help them in maintaining a healthy skin.Skin care at 30s: When compared to women, men are certainly more exposed to sunlight. Additionally, at this stage, the sagging of the skin is visible. Not only due to the external factors, but also because the skin gets thinner at this age. Therefore, using anti-ageing creams is worth considering.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSkin care at 40s and above: As we grow older, our skin loses its regeneration power therefore, needs some extra care. Apart from frequent use of a moisturiser, men should also consider using anti-ageing creams. Men, at this stage, can also opt for medical procedures and fillers to do away with the problem of skin ageing. They should use under eye rejuvenating creams to fight the fine lines that develop under the eye.last_img read more

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Stylish addon makes a return

first_imgStylish add-on makes a return by Martin Brinkmann on August 17, 2018 in Firefox – 20 commentsStylish, a web browser extension to load so-called userstyles in supported browsers that modify looks and layout of webpages, has returned to the official Mozilla Add-ons Store for Firefox after its removal by Mozilla over privacy concerns.Stylish, which was removed by Google from the company’s Chrome Web Store as well at the time, was found to send a user’s complete browsing history to servers operated by the company and linked the data to a unique ID.Stylish and the accompanying userstyles.org site were transferred to a new owner back in 2016 by its original creator. The new owner, apparently, sold the extension and domain then to analytics company SimilarWeb in 2017.A new version of Stylish is now again available on Mozilla’s Addons website. The new version comes without release notes which makes it difficult to find out what changed.If you compare the current description of Stylish on Mozilla’s website with the description of Stylish before it was pulled, you will notice that a note about privacy and data collecting has been added to the description:We care about your privacy and thus it is important to us that you understand our data practices:Stylish provides you with services that include the suggestion of and access to relevant styles for web pages you visit, as well as the install count for each style. In order to enable this service, we collect browsing data, as detailed in our privacy policy: https://userstyles.org/login/policyThe browsing usage data collected includes: visited URLs, your Internet Protocol address, your operating system and the browser you are using, and the date and time stamp.The data collected is not collected nor used to allow the identification of any individual user, and you may always opt-out from this automatic data collection in the add-on option page.The description reveals to users that Stylish does collect information to provide some of the functionality of the service.Did anything else change? You may notice that all but the latest version of the extension are removed from the versions listing. Did Mozilla remove these when it banned Stylish, or did the developers of Stylish remove those? I don’t know and there is no information on the page that provides that answer.If you are brave enough to install Stylish in Firefox, you will notice that the extension has a new welcome screen that pops up automatically after installation.It displays three options, all opt-in, on the page:Share usage analytics — sends analytics data to Stylish.Styles on-the-go — Powers the style recommendation feature, submits URLs to the server if enabled.Access styles through search results — Same as Styles on-the-go, but for search results pages.It is not necessary to enable any of those to use Stylish. If you don’t opt-in to the second and third option you won’t get recommendations automatically.Note that Stylish has yet to make a return in the Chrome Web Store. It seems likely that the extension will resurface on Chrome’s official Web Store as well in the near future.Closing WordsWe don’t know if Mozilla reviewed the new Stylish version or not. The organization does not indicate human reviewed extensions in any way on the site. If Stylish has not been reviewed by a human, it is possible that the extension may get pulled again when that happens; we don’t know.Stylish is a popular extension and the changes made are welcome changes. It remains to be seen if the company can regain the trust of users or if Stylish users stick to alternatives such as Stylus instead.Now You: What is your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameStylish add-on makes a returnDescriptionStylish, a web extension that was pulled over privacy concerns from official extension repositories, is once again available on Mozilla AMO for Firefox.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Radionomy plans to release a completely new Winamp version next year

first_imgRadionomy plans to release a completely new Winamp version next year by Martin Brinkmann on October 16, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: October 16, 2018 – 16 commentsRadionomy, the company that bought the Winamp application, web services, and technology from AOL in 2014, revealed that it is working on a brand new version of Winamp that it plans to release in 2019.The company plans to release Winamp 5.8, the recently leaked version of the next “classic” version of the media player, later this week. The release won’t hold many surprises for users who downloaded the leaked version previously as it won’t be that different from the leak even though the leak dates back to 2016.Winamp 5.8 removes all Pro components from Winamp, replaced proprietary codecs with open codecs, removed DRM support, and enabled Windows Audio support among other things. The new version fixes lots of bugs that crept up over the years and should run better for the majority of users who upgrade Winamp to the new version once it gets released officially.More surprising than the upcoming release of Winamp after a period of four years without any release is that Radionomy plans to release a completely new version of Winamp in 2019. Winamp 6.0 was confirmed by Alexandre Saboundjian, CEO of Radionomy recently in a Techcrunch interview.The next major Winamp version would stay true to the legacy of Winamp but would provide “a more complete listening experience”. Saboundjian wants Winamp to become the go-to player for all things audio; from classic local audio files and Internet Radio streams to cloud-based service integrations and podcasts. But turning Winamp into a universal player for all things audio is just one side of the medal.Winamp has been a desktop player traditionally but that is about to change with the release of the next version of Winamp in 2019. Radionomy plans to release Winamp for Android and iOS in 2019 to make it the universal music player on all devices that users use to consume audio.What I see today is you have to jump from one player to another player or aggregator if you want to listen to a radio station, to a podcast player if you want to listen to a podcast — this, to me, is not the final experience,” he explained. It’s all audio, and it’s all searchable in one fashion or another. So why isn’t it all in one place?Saboundjian was tight-lipped about how that universal player would look like and if Winamp would integrate major services such as Spotify.Closing WordsThe release of Winamp 5.8 will please a lot of fans of the media player and may even bring back some that moved on to use a different media player on the desktop. It remains to be seen if Radionomy manages to release Winamp 6.0 for the desktop and mobile devices in 2019. Veteran Winamp users may remember the company’s promise to release a new version of Winamp in 2016 but did not release one until, well. next week.Now You: What would you like to see in Winamp 6.0.SummaryArticle NameRadionomy plans to release a completely new Winamp version next yearDescriptionRadionomy, the company that bought the Winamp application, web services, and technology from AOL in 2014, revealed that it is working on a brand new version of Winamp that it plans to release in 2019.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more