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Intensive Day Care May Improve Long-Term Health of Poor Children

first_imgIt’s a grim fact of life in the United States: Children born into poor families are sicker and die earlier than their well-off counterparts, particularly from obesity-related diseases such as heart attack and stroke. Now, new data from a famous North Carolina study of early childhood education suggest that such disparities are not carved in stone. Children who grew up poor but participated in an intensive, 5-year day care program are significantly healthier in their mid-30s than similarly impoverished children who did not receive the same care, researchers report. The study provides rare experimental evidence that such programs can give poor children a better shot at living longer, healthier lives.Launched in 1972 at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, the Carolina Abecedarian Project is one of the longest running studies on the benefits of early childhood education for low-income children. The original goal of the research was to see if it was possible to enhance IQ and school readiness among poor children at high risk of falling behind as they transitioned into grade school, says UNC Chapel Hill psychologist Frances Campbell, who joined the study decades ago as an evaluator. “No one could see anything wrong” with these infants, she says, “but then they’d get to school and fall flat.”By posting notices in social service offices and low-income health clinics around Chapel Hill, researchers recruited families with 2-month-old babies for the study. The majority of the more than 100 infants that participated were African-American, mostly born to low-income mothers who had not graduated from high school. 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Half, however, were randomly assigned to attend a day care program near the Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, part of a child development research institute at UNC Chapel Hill. There, they received nearly constant attention from trained caregivers for 6 to 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. In addition to carefully supervised nutrition and medical care, the children were constantly picked up, played with, and talked to, Campbell says. Being one of the caretakers, she says, was “the best job you can imagine.”The project was expensive: With a starting teacher-child ratio of about 1-to-3 in the nursery and 1-to-6 in the final year of instruction, the intervention ultimately cost about $70,000 a head over 5 years. Over time, however, the study began to yield encouraging results that led many to say the expense was justified. Once they reached school age, the children who had received the intervention consistently performed in reading and math about one grade level higher than the control group. By age 21, the education gap between the groups had widened further, affecting income status: The treated group was four times more likely to have graduated from college by age 21, for example, and roughly 30% more likely to be employed in a skilled job.The success of the Abecedarian Project and several other similar experiments made most people think of early childhood education as an academic, rather than a health, intervention, says James Heckman of the University of Chicago in Illinois, a Nobel Prize-winning economist. Although there is “strong evidence” that education later in life promotes health, the link between health and education prior to age 4 to 5, when most children enter preschool, had not been widely explored, he notes. “Never does anybody say that such interventions are going to have a huge effect on the health care budget.”For the new study, Campbell, Heckman, and colleagues hired a physician to examine all of the participants still left in the North Carolina trial, taking blood pressure and other measurements when they were in their mid-30s. (The physician was blind to whether the participants had been in the day care or not.) Because a large number of participants had dropped out of the study by that time, the team devised a series of stringent statistical tests to “kick the tires” and ensure their results were robust, he says.Striking health differences emerged from the data, the team reports online today in Science. Most dramatic, in Heckman’s view, were differences in systolic and diastolic blood pressure among 12 men who had received the intense care and the 20 men who hadn’t. On average, the control group had stage 1 hypertension, which significantly increases risk of heart attack and stroke. In contrast, the average blood pressure for men who had been in the day care program as children was in the normal range.In addition to high blood pressure, roughly a quarter of men in the control group also had “metabolic syndrome,” a constellation of symptoms including excess abdominal fat and high blood sugar, says health economist Gabriella Conti of University College London, who also contributed to the study. In contrast, “no one” in the treatment group had metabolic syndrome, she says.The new study is “extremely solid,” and suggests that it is possible to prevent conditions such as obesity and heart disease in the poor, a population that has long been thought “impossible to reach,” says David Rehkopf, a social epidemiologist at Stanford University in California. That could have profound economic implications, Heckman says. Although it isn’t yet complete, Seong Moon, an economist at the University of Chicago, is conducting a cost-benefit analysis based on the new results that looks “quite promising,” Heckman notes.The major unknown remains: why those who received the extra attention enjoy better health, says Heather Royer, an economist at the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara. Was it better nutrition and medical care, or simply that participants who went through the day care program make more money and enjoy better health care, for example? The researchers couldn’t tease out a clear reason because the day care program included so many components and involved such a small number of participants, Heckman says.“We all sense that what happens in early childhood really matters for adult health,” but the challenge of conducting randomized, controlled studies to illustrate that makes evidence like this rare, says Nancy Adler, a psychiatrist at UC San Francisco and an expert on how socioeconomic status influences health. Despite spending more on health care than other countries, the United States has poorer health outcomes than other nations that spend less, she says. One reason for that may be that the United States underinvests in social services, especially during early childhood, and that we’re “paying the price later on” in consumption of health care services, she says. The new results from the Abecedarian Project do “argue for policy interventions in early childhood,” she says.Still, although he considers the findings “amazing,” Bruce Link, an epidemiologist at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, cautions that there’s no guarantee that the relatively small study will translate seamlessly into good policy. “Just knowing that this has a causal effect on health in this study doesn’t mean it would work out on a population level.”last_img read more

This Placement Season Turns Out to be Best For Young IIT Students

first_imgThis placement season has already turned out to be the best for the Indian Institutes of Technology that are less than a decade old Related Itemslast_img


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Playing the beautiful game

first_imgSocrates, the football player from Brazil, had an appeal that transcended football, sports and his home country. Any biography of the man is fraught with complexity, but without delving subjectively into what made him a football romantic’s dream, there’s no hope of depicting this medical doctor and philosopher accurately.In the,Socrates, the football player from Brazil, had an appeal that transcended football, sports and his home country. Any biography of the man is fraught with complexity, but without delving subjectively into what made him a football romantic’s dream, there’s no hope of depicting this medical doctor and philosopher accurately.In the early ’80s, Socrates turned the running of his Sao Paulo club, Corinthians, into a rallying cry for democracy against the military junta that ruled Brazil for two decades. As a sportsman, his football was lazy, beautiful and surprisingly refreshing. He exuded an amateur charm rare in professional sport. He had depth and seriousness, with an ever-so-light touch, and a monstrous sense of humour, which went along with an out-of-proportion generosity in the dressing room and on the pitch. Yet, inside this larger-than-life anti-athlete was a hedonist and a contrarian; an uninhibited and self-indulgent rogue who could take anybody for a ride-and would do so for a lark. His consumption of beer and cigarettes used to shock interviewers. His extramarital dalliances were as copious as the goals he scored.Scotland-born Andrew Downie, now Reuters’ sports correspondent for Brazil, manages to tread a narrow path in describing Socrates, with skillful writing, warmth in reporting and a clear eye. This biography should be compulsory reading for sports fans, but will also hold non-fans in thrall.One question the book answers is ‘how did Socrates come to play the way he did?’ The facts are these: he was wary of physical duels, given his tall-but-slender frame, and his balance was limited by very small feet. From a young age, Socrates learned to get rid of the ball quickly, one-touch, in the direction of teammates who were willing to run hard and were less concerned than he about suffering concussions. Downie, too, scores with the rich material the masterful player provides.advertisementlast_img read more

Australia complete series whitewash vs Pakistan after 20-run win in 5th ODI

first_imgAustralia’s top four batsmen all posted half-centuries as they beat Pakistan by 20 runs to complete a 5-0 one-day series whitewash in Dubai on Sunday.Sent out to bat, Australia finished with a commanding total of 327-7 on a flat Dubai International Cricket Stadium pitch.Opener Usman Khawaja was all set for his third hundred this month but fell for 98 to fast bowler Usman Shinwari.Glenn Maxwell, meanwhile, celebrated his 100th one-day international with an impressive 33-ball 70, Shaun Marsh scored 68-ball 61 and captain Aaron Finch made 69-ball 53 to put Australia in control at halfway stage.It was Maxwell’s third consecutive 50-plus score, giving him a timely boost in intense competition for the middle-order spots for the World Cup starting on May 30 in England and Wales.Khawaja and Finch laid the foundations with a solid 134-run opening stand but it was Maxwell’s 10 fours and three sixes that helped Australia to 107 runs in the last 10 overs.What an unbelievable couple of months it’s been! From being 0-2 against India and fighting back and winning shows the resilience and courage of this group of players. To then continue on Finch (@AaronFinch5) April 1, 2019Pakistan lost opener Abid Ali, who scored a century on debut in the last match, for a golden duck in the first over but Shan Masood and Haris Sohail got the run chase on track with a steady partnership of 108 for the second wicket.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa celebrated his 27th birthday by trapping Masood (50) leg-before to give Australia a crucial breakthrough, before Maxwell’s off-spin removed Mohammad Rizwan for 12.advertisementSohail smashed his second century of the series but holed out to paceman Kane Richardson for 130 when the run-rate pressure forced him to go for broke in the 41st over.Captain Imad Wasim scored an unbeaten 50 to reduce the deficit but the task proved too big for Pakistan who finished 307-7 after 50 overs.”It’s very satisfying,” said Australia coach Justin Langer.”We came here in September and Pakistan showed us how to play cricket (with 3-0 Twenty20 series win). We worked really hard in the summer to turn it around, and 5-0 is a great result.”Everyone in world cricket is working towards the World Cup, and it’s always nice to go into the tournament with confidence. We’ve got some now.”The win was Australia’s eighth in a row after their 3-2 comeback victory in the series in India this month.Also Read | 5th ODI, Highlights: Australia complete 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan in the UAElast_img read more

2011 ‘Be Active’ WA State Championships

first_img38 teams will contest the three day event across six divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 30’s, Senior Women and Men’s 40’s.Included in the line-up is a team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, who will travel over 4,000 kilometres to attend the event for the second consecutive year. The team returns with a year of experience under its belt having also competed in the Northern Territory State Championships and the inaugural Arnhem Land Touch Football Festival in 2011, and are sure to again be crowd favourites.  Friday and Saturday will see round games contested, before finals are played on Sunday. The Mixed Open final will be played at 2.40pm, followed by the Women’s Open final, with the Men’s Open final to be played at 4.40pm. In the Men’s Open division, Wanneroo will be looking for back-to-back titles following their two touchdown win over the Southern Stars in 2010, while Southern will be hoping to take out their third title in the past five events at this year’s championships.In the Women’s Open division, Perth Brothers will be hoping to take out consecutive State Championships titles, following their 9-1 win over Northern Districts in 2010. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 ‘Be Active’ WA State Championships, please visit the event read more

ACCSEAS Annual Conference Takes Place in Edinburgh, Scotland

first_imgzoom The ACCSEAS Second Annual Conference takes place next week in Edinburgh, Scotland, with an array of maritime organisations from around the globe convening to discuss the work of ACCSEAS in developing a test-bed of e-navigation solutions to help keep mariners safe when navigating the increasingly busy shipping waters of the North Sea Region.Organisations confirmed as attending the ACCSEAS Conference include the International Chamber of Shipping, Danish Maritime Authority, Inmarsat, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners, Kongsberg Seatex AS, Swedish Maritime Administration, Saga Shipping and the European Commission, to name just a few of the navigation authorities, service providers and end users that will be present. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Evolving Navigation in the North Sea Region’.The Conference will be officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and will be chaired by Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, previous Hydrographer of the Royal Navy.Dr Alwyn Williams, ACCSEAS Project Manager said: “The waters of the North Sea Region are forecast to become increasingly congested, with an estimated 50% increase on the number of ship movements by 2020+. Likewise, the navigable space taken up by wind farms could increase from 440km2 to 23,500 km2 in just a few years. This poses significant safety concerns for vessels in the North Sea, which already has some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.“The Conference offers an excellent opportunity to explore what is being done by ACCSEAS to develop a test-bed of services to support the mariner and unlock the potential for sustainable and effective e-navigation solutions in the North Sea Region. This year’s event includes a wealth of expert speakers and I am confident that this event will be of enormous value to all participants.”The Conference will also host a series of workshops that will discuss the future of e-navigation training, the future provision of e-navigation services, including the concept of the Maritime Cloud, and the impact of e-navigation on the wider logistics chain.The ACCSEAS Conference is taking place over three days from 4th to 6th March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is free to attend. ACCSEAS, February 27, 2014 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million dollar jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on July 28 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

Jaipur man arrested for FB post seeking contract to kill Modi

first_imgJaipur: A 31-year-old man was arrested under sedition charges here on Thursday for uploading a post on social media seeking a contract to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We had received a complaint about the objectionable social media post on police control room, following which the accused was traced and arrested with the help of cyber cell,” said DCP East Rahul Jain. The accused Naveen Kumar Yadav, a resident of Rewari in Haryana presently living in Triveni Nagar here, had demanded a contract to kill the prime minister, saying he had a full-proof plan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Is there anyone who can give me a contract to murder Modi? I have a foolproof plan,” Yadav’s March 26 post read on Facebook. The DCP said the accused during interrogation accepted that he had posted the message on his Facebook wall and also withdrew it after several people raised objection to it. The accused revealed he was unhappy with the work done by the prime minister and the central government and has ideological differences with the PM, the officer said. Bajaj Nagar Police Station In-charge Manvendra Singh said Yadav had previously posted negative content against the PM and the Union government. He was arrested under IPC section 124A (sedition), 505B (disturbing public peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), he said. Yadav runs a book store here.last_img read more

Martin Shkreli sues over ouster from pharmaceutical company

NEW YORK — Imprisoned pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has sued three executives at a company he started, saying they illegally ousted him and defrauded the company of millions of dollars.The lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks unspecified damages.Shkreli (SHKREL’-ee) was dubbed the Pharma Bro and is perhaps best known for boosting the price of a life-saving drug by more than 5,000% and trolling his critics on social media while he worked at Retrophin.He was convicted in August 2017 of fraud related to his handling of hedge fund investments and Retrophin stock but brashly predicted he’d never go to prison.The 36-year-old Shkreli is serving a seven-year sentence at a low-security prison complex.The Associated Press read more

New Sri Lanka map which includes port city released

The port city and the Hambantota port have changed the look of Sri Lanka and required a new map.The port city, a new city under construction, seeks to reclaim 269 hectares of land adjacent to the Galle Face. Survey General of Sri Lanka P.M.P. Udayakantha said that the new map encompasses the Chinese built port city project and the Hambantota port. A new map of Sri Lanka which includes the port city at Galle Face and other developments in the country over the past few years, was released today.The map was released by the Survey Department in the presence of the Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Gayantha Karunathilake. A new map of Sri Lanka is being released after nearly 20 years. Land reclamation for the project is expected to be completed next year before construction begins on the new city.Udayakantha said that the new map produced by the 1:500 ratio also includes the Moragahakanda reservoir and the new highways in Sri Lanka.He said that the new map will see more changes over the next few years as the landscape of Sri Lanka continues to change with major development projects underway. (Colombo Gazette) Report by Indika Sri Aravinda read more

Energy board hears expanded BC pipeline threatens First Nations food culture

by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2014 1:48 pm MDT Energy board hears expanded B.C. pipeline threatens First Nations food, culture AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – First Nations on Vancouver Island have added their voices to the clamour of protests over the Trans Mountain pipeline, telling the National Energy Board that the proposed expansion project threatens their fishing, hunting and cultural sites.Tsartlip First Nation elder Simon Smith told an NEB hearing in Victoria that the risk of a spill from tankers loaded with pipeline oil is too great for his people to accept.He said increased oil tanker traffic along Vancouver Island’s coast will produce increased waves that will quickly erode cultural sites, especially ancient First Nations burial grounds.Smith made the comments as more protesters were arrested on Burnaby Mountain in Metro Vancouver for defying a court injunction that prohibits demonstrators from interfering with Kinder Morgan crews doing survey work in advance of a NEB decision on the expansion project.At least 78 protesters have been arrested since last Thursday, including a 74-year-old woman who was briefly taken into custody on Monday and released, RCMP said.Smith, 75, who previously served as a chief and councillor for his First Nation, said he’s opposed to more tanker traffic because of the likelihood that more ships will wash their sacred midden sites and burial grounds “down to the salt chuck.”“Some people don’t care, but we do. We have a feeling for our ancestors,” he told the hearing.The NEB is in Victoria until Friday gathering oral statements from aboriginals as it considers whether to recommend approving the pipeline project.Kinder Morgan is proposing an expansion of its current 1,150-kilometre Trans Mountain pipeline between Alberta and the B.C. coast.If approved, the expanded pipeline’s capacity would increase from 300,000 barrels to 890,000 barrels of crude per day.Smith, in further comments following his evidence before the NEB, said he and the Tsartlip, who live on the Saanich Peninsula just south of Victoria, are behind the hundreds of people who are protesting at the survey site.“We support them,” said Smith. “We’re not there to support them physically, but we support them just like they support us. We just tell them we’re behind you. Whatever happens, we’re behind you.”The pipeline will not be located on Vancouver Island, but tanker traffic near First Nations territories and traditional hunting, fishing and cultural sites will increase.Smith suggested Island First Nations are prepared to mount similar protests on Vancouver Island if the project is approved.“If it comes down to it, we’re ready to do it,” said Smith. “We’re ready to show we mean what we say.”He said Kinder Morgan officials approached the Tsartlip at least a year ago about the proposed pipeline, but band leadership told them they were not interested in any negotiations.Smith said he was compelled to provide evidence to the NEB to protect future generations.“My time is just about over,” said Smith, who has 16 great grandchildren and 32 great-great grandchildren. “What I’m doing is looking after future generations.”An official with Trans Mountain said the company has consulted widely with First Nations about the proposed project, but referred any other request for information to its website. read more

Global community must not mar human rights in Myanmar by rushing to

“International actors must continue to prioritize human rights, particularly in business and investment relations,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, at the end of a visit to Myanmar from 20 June to 1 July.These actors should neither remain silent when confronted with human rights concerns nor become complicit in perpetuating human rights abuses, she said.“Myanmar’s young democracy can only advance if human rights are fully mainstreamed into its institutional, legal and policy framework,” the expert said. “Building a culture of respect for human rights must be a priority now and in the future.”Ms. Lee visited Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, recommending that future political dialogues tackle the root causes of conflict and the long-standing grievances of ethnic communities.Additionally, she called for an end to the institutionalized discrimination against the Muslim communities in Rakhine State.“It is clear that tensions along religious lines remain pervasive across Myanmar society. Incidents of hate speech, incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence, and of religious intolerance continue to be a cause for concern,” Ms. Lee said.The Special Rapporteur will present her report to the UN General Assembly in October 2016, which will include her observations and recommendations to the Government. read more

Mincor is weathering the nickel storm well

first_imgThe subject of International Mining’s April Operations Focus article is Australia’s third largest nickel producer, Mincor. Managing Director David Moore says the company “is exceptionally ship-shape.” This he says is down to a strong cash balance and no debt, a strong hedge book, robust operations (operational earnings A$4.8 million per month), and a uniquely flexible business model.—cahni.pdfThat business model includes:Production sourced from numerous mining operationsThird party mill with take-or-pay tolling and offtake agreementsUnique ability to tailor production to market conditions.Furthermore, Mincor has “a guaranteed market for all production (with very low credit risk),” explains Moore and “low head office and corporate costs.”One particular feature of Mincor’s technical advantage is the company’s expertise in narrow vein mining, which is one of the angles on which the article focusses.last_img read more

Column Ive the best day job in Ireland says Barretstown CEO

first_imgI AM VERY proud to hold the position as the CEO of Barretstown, it really is the best day job in Ireland. Everyday I get to see children and their families enjoying life again. People often ask me if it can be a sad job and whether it can be upsetting. It is anything but, I get to see children, who are usually stuck in hospital or who are struggling with their illness, having fun. Even if it is just for a little while, they feel like normal kids again. So much of their lives since they got ill are about hospital visits, doctors, tests and operations. We get to give them a break from all that, so they can get back to being children again.Sick children are often deprived of many of the elements of a normal childhood while they undergo long and difficult treatment. While medicine can help cure the illness and very often produces great results, psychologically, an illness and long-term treatment in hospital can leave scars. They can often lose confidence and self esteem and because they might be lacking in contact with other children; we try and build that back up with activities in the camp and with children who are going through the same experiences. Parents have often said that while their children are here it’s like they’ve been given back their children, the happy children they used to know.Leave the illness at the doorWe like to use the saying that we “leave the illness at the door” in Barretstown. Children who come here are just like any other children and we treat them as such. They get to make friends with children that understand the hardship and struggles they are facing. Often children who have best friends who are not sick or who have friends in school, it can be difficult. Of course, it is not like their friends don’t care for them, but life goes on while they are still sick. The children come here to enjoy life again as often they have to miss out on a lot of things that their other friends are doing like school trips, birthday parties and sleep-overs.We work to give children their childhoods back – that is what makes my job. Yes, my job has challenges and struggles, like raising the funding we have to meet each year. What does upset me is not the children that I see who are ill, but the fact that there is a waiting list of families that I want to help. But we need funding to do that. We get 3 per cent of our funding from the government but we need to fundraise €4.5 million each year so we can provide these services.We’ve come a long way – but we still need your helpOur mission at Barretstown’s is to rebuild the lives of children affected by serious illness and their families. We’ve believed that ever since Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994. Since then, we have come a long way and will soon be celebrating our twentieth anniversary. We’re also looking forward to having camper number 25,000 come and visit us, which will be a huge milestone for us.All of the children and families come to Barretstown free of charge. Everything, including accommodation, food, medical assistance and round-trip airfares are provided at no cost to the family. We are reliant on the public to help us, which is why we are asking the public to help us raise much needed funds so we can enable more sick children to experience the magic of camp.You can help by texting the word WAND to 50300 to donate €2. 100 per cent of this €2 donation will go directly to Barretstown and help more children with cancer visit camps this year.I also want to make sure that other families who are out there, who are struggling and finding it difficult to cope, they need to know that we are here for them if needs be.(Via Barretstown)(Via Barretstown)Dee Ahearn is the Chief Executive of Barretstown. For more information on how to help Barretstown please click here. Seriously ill children need to deal with psychological fallout, says Yale study>Paul Newman fan leaves €7 million to Barretstown>last_img read more

Man in his 30s arrested in connection with discovery of womans remains

first_img Source: Gráinne Ní Aodha/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 13th 2017, 8:58 PM Share338 Tweet Email5 Man in his 30s arrested in connection with discovery of woman’s remains in Wicklow Mountains Gardaí believe the remains were thrown out of a moving vehicle along a rural road in the Sally Gap. 136 Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: TheJournal.ieUpdated at 8.56pmA MAN IN his 30s has been arrested in connection with the discovery of body parts in the Wicklow Mountains.The arrest was made in Co Wexford this evening and the man is currently in garda custody.Earlier, gardaí investigating the discovery of the remains confirmed that the body parts were of a woman.Superintendent Pat Ward said at Bray Garda Station this evening that DNA evidence and forensic examinations confirmed the victim was female, despite initial reports that the remains were of a man in his mid-20s.The head and hands of the deceased were found in a plastic bag during search efforts in the Sally Gap today – three days after the first body part, a torso, was discovered by passers-by.“We’re satisfied we have discovered most of body. [We’re] talking about one body, not multiple bodies,” Ward said at Bray Garda Station this evening.Gardaí said that there appeared to be no effort made to conceal the human remains, which were strewn on the side of the rural road.They believe the person whose remains were found died in the 10 days before the first discovery was found. A murder investigation is underway.Gardaí said they couldn’t put a precise age to the deceased. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Earlier in the investigationThe first body parts were discovered by walkers on Old Military Road in Enniskerry at around 7.45pm on Saturday night.Three further finds of human remains were made close to the first site; in total, five body parts at four different locations have been found.Gardaí say they believe that the body parts were thrown “in this cruel manner” out of the window of a car which was travelling along a stretch of the Old Military Road.“That seems to be the pattern, from Glencree right down to Glenmacnass, the pattern seems to be that body parts were dispersed on the side of the road from a moving vehicle,” said Pat Ward.“It’s very important that the public come back to us and report any suspicious activity they might have seen from 2 June onwards,” he added. Source: TheJournal.ie127 members of the Defence Forces are taking part in searches in the countryside as part of the investigation. The road from the Featherbeds to Laragh village – a 30km stretch –  will be closed until at least the end of the week while searches continue.Searches will continue today until 8pm. Gardaí say they may have to extend the search area, depending on their findings.Investigators are looking for members of the public who were in the area to report anything suspicious that they may have seen. They are also appealing to people to let them know if they were present in the area since 2 June, and to provide their registration so they can be ruled out of the investigation.Gardaí are also asking for any CCTV or dashcam footage that might have been taken by motorists.Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area or has information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 666 5300.- With reporting from Garreth MacNamee and Cianan BrennanRead: Four finds of remains at three separate sites in Wicklow Mountains believed to be of the same person Supt Pat Ward describes the “cruel manner” in which human remains were discarded along the Sally Gap. No suspects yet.— Gráinne Ní Aodha (@GAodha) June 13, 2017 166,895 Views Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 8:58 PMlast_img read more

British Museum rejects mediation talks on Parthenon Marbles

first_imgThe British Museum has turned down a request by Greek authorities for a process of mediation, facilitated by UNESCO, on the subject of the Parthenon Marbles that are currently on display in London.A letter signed by Sir Richard Lambert, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees, that was posted on the website of the institution said that the British Museum is not a government body hence there was no role for an intergovernmental agency like UNESCO.“The Trustees of the British Museum hold [the collections] not only for the British people, but for the benefit of the world public, present and future,” it added.The letter sparked a reaction from the Greek government. In a statement, culture minister Nikos Xydakis criticised the British officials’ “unwillingness to co-operate.”“We are surprised at the ongoing effort to downgrade an interstate issue to an issue between museums,” he said, adding that the Greek government would continue its bid to repatriate the sculptures.Greece has unsuccessfully campaigned for the return of the ancient sculptures that were removed from the citadel by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Turkey blocks drilling rig in Cyprus

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus’ plan to pursue offshore hydrocarbons search has been undermined by Turkey, which has sent warships to prevent the rig from reaching the targeted drilling location. Speaking to the Cyprus state broadkaster RIK, the government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that the rig, elonging to the Italian energy firm ENI, remains anchored about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the drilling target off the island nation’s southeastern coast. The Associated Press reports that the Turkish warships told the ENI rig not to continue because there would be military activities at its destination. ENI decided that the rig would remain where it stopped until the situation is resolved; the company and the Cypriot government have expressed determination to continue as planned. According to the Cypriot spokesman, the Turkish warships also prevented other merchant vessels from approaching the area, citing ongoing military maneuvers, pointing out that a Turkish notice blocking off the area for military activity violates international law and is legally invalid. From its part, Turkey has been opposing the drilling for a long time, saying it disregards the rights of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the island’s natural resources. Turkey’s foreign ministry issued a statement accusing the Cyprus government for acting like “the sole owner of the island” and warning that the country would be responsible for any consequences, the AP reports.Greece’s foreign ministry responded with a harsh statement, condemning what it said was Turkey’s disregard for international law and the “blatant violation” of Cyprus’ sovereign rights. It also said that Turkey’s “provocative” behavior wasn’t appropriate for a country that has worked to join the European Union membership. This was backed by a statement made by the European Commission spokeswoman, Mina Andreeva, who said that “Turkey needs to commit unequivocally to good neighborly relations and avoid any kind of source of friction, threat or action directed against a member state.” From his part, newly reelected President Nikos Anastasiadis tried to diffuse tension, promising that Cyprus is taking actions that will neither lead to an escalation of tensions nor overlook the fact that Turkey was violating international law. The Cyprus government says a gas search is its sovereign right and that any potential hydrocarbon wealth generated will be equitably shared among all Cypriots after the island is reunified.last_img read more

Boire du vin durant la grossesse serait innofensif à petite dose

first_imgBoire du vin durant la grossesse serait innofensif à petite doseGrande-Bretagne – D’après une nouvelle étude menée outre-Manche, la consommation à faible dose de vin durant la grossesse ne nuirait pas à l’enfant.L’étude en question a été publiée dans la revue Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, et indique que la consommation de vin durant la grossesse ne nuirait pas à l’enfant en devenir, à raison d’un verre par semaine. Plus important encore, l’étude met en avant le fait qu’une consommation à petite dose pourrait même être bénéfique pour l’enfant, le vin ayant pour conséquence de réduire les risques d’hyperactivité et de troubles.Et l’Express de noter le caractère étonnant de cette étude alors que depuis des années, des campagnes sanitaires indiquent aux femmes la nécessité de ne boire aucune goutte alcool durant leur grossesse.Le 7 octobre 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Boues toxiques en Hongrie lOMS déclare leau potable

first_imgBoues toxiques en Hongrie : l’OMS déclare l’eau potableHongrie – Jeudi 21 octobre, l’OMS a rendu publics les résultats de son enquête sanitaire sur les conséquences de la pollution par les boues rouges toxiques survenue dans le bassin du Danube au début du mois d’octobre. Verdict : eau potable, mais région à surveiller.Une étude a été menée du 12 au 16 octobre, à proximité des villages hongrois envahis le 4 octobre dernier par une coulée de boue toxique. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a déclaré jeudi que l’eau “ne pose pas de risque de santé à la population” et que “la qualité des eaux du Danube est restée sensiblement inchangée”. Elle préconise cependant de maintenir une surveillance de l’air, des sols et des denrées alimentaires de la région. Elle insiste aussi sur les risques de contamination aux métaux lourds, comme le plomb, pour les habitants et les 4.000 sauveteurs qui sont intervenus sur les lieux de la catastrophe.Près d’un million de mètres cubes de ces résidus très corrosifs s’étaient répandus sous la forme de boues rouges, inondant trois villages hongrois après la rupture d’un réservoir dans une usine d’aluminium. L’accident avait entraîné la mort de 9 personnes et en avait blessé 150 autres.      Le 22 octobre 2010 à 11:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more