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Slideshow: Sea Stars Dying in Mysterious Plague

By on December 3, 2019

first_imgSea stars, one of the most iconic animals of North America’s coastal waters, are succumbing to an unknown, gruesome disease. Animals waste away, their bodies falling apart and arms ripping themselves off. This time-lapse video from the Vancouver Aquarium shows a sick sea star losing its arms, one symptom of the disease in the wild. Wasting syndrome was not confirmed in this individual.The massive outbreak has researchers baffled, because the syndrome is far more widespread and is afflicting many more species than ever before. “It comes in quickly, hits hard, and spreads far,” says Carolyn Friedman of the University of Washington, Seattle. Researchers are conducting laboratory experiments and genetic analyses to identify the elusive culprit. Meanwhile, many local populations have crashed, all along the west and east coasts of North America, and some researchers fear that some species may even go extinct. “The magnitude of the potential loss to invertebrate biodiversity is so overwhelming,” says Drew Harvell of Cornell University in a New Focus article in tomorrow’s issue of Science. Because sea stars are top predators, their disappearance will likely have a broad ecological impact in coming years.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Gerard Pique admits Cristiano Ronaldo favourite to win Ballon d’Or

By on November 18, 2019

first_imgF.C. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on Thursday admitted that Real Madrid C.F. star Cristiano Ronaldo is the favourite to win the 2017 Ballon d’Or award, given to best footballer of the season by France Football magazine since 1956.Pique chose Ronaldo over his Barcelona clubmate Lionel Messi following the Portuguese striker’s title win in La Liga and Champions League.Messi and Ronaldo have shared nine Ballon d’Or awards between them since 2008.”Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Champions League and La Liga, so he is the favourite. Messi is considered the best player in history and then there are other options,” Pique was quoted saying by Marca newspaper.Pique also denied having any grudges over Spanish national teammate and defender Sergio Ramos who plays for Real Madrid.”The rivalry between Real Madrid C.F. and Barcelona F.C. is very big, Ramos defends Madrid and I, Barcelona,” he said.”When we face each other, we try to defend our colours, but when we go with the national team we fight together,” Pique said.Talking about his future aspirations after retirement, Pique mentioned he wants to become his club president.”Someday I would like to be president of Barcelona F.C., but that is still a long way off. I don’t think about it, just to have a long career as a footballer,” he said.last_img read more

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Govt likely to sell stake in BPCL to overseas oil firm

By on October 18, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: India is considering a plan to sell the nation’s second-largest state refiner and fuel retailer to a global oil company as it explores options to give up its controlling stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp, people with knowledge of the matter said. The government is keen to lure multinational companies in the domestic fuel retailing to boost competition and shake up a sector that’s long been dominated by state-run firms, the people said, asking not to be identified as the plan is not public. The Business Standard newspaper reported on Sept. 2 government’s plan to sell a majority stake in the company. It holds 53.3 per cent in BPCL. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has set a record target of raising 1.05 trillion rupees ($14.8 billion) in the current fiscal year from sale of state firms. The government’s budget gap goal of 3.3 per cent of GDP is at risk due to sluggish revenue collections on the back a growth slowdown, limiting the government’s ability to spend on infrastructure and welfare programs. Offloading its holding in Bharat Petroleum can help meet more than 40 per cent of the aim based on the closing price on September 12. Finance ministry spokesman Rajesh Malhotra could not be immediately reached for a comment. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostShares of Bharat Petroleum gained as much as 7.1 per cent, touching day’s high of 411.55 rupees in Mumbai. That compares with a 0.5 per cent gain in the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index. The talks are at an early stage and it’s unclear how long it will take to finalize a decision and what option the government will choose, the people added. A move to privatize BPCL will parliament’s approval. Saudi Aramco is targeting refining deals in India, while Russia’s Rosneft PJSC has already invested in oil refining and fuel marketing. Others such as Total SA, Shell and BP Plc are also expanding into fuel retailing in India. The International Energy Agency expects energy demand to more than double by 2040. An earlier attempt to sell state refiners Hindustan Petroleum Corp to a single investor and Bharat Petroleum to the public was stalled by a Supreme Court order in 2003 following protests by labor and political groups. Bharat Petroleum was previously Burmah Shell, which in 1970s was nationalized by an act of parliament. Burmah Shell, set up in the 1920s, was an alliance between Royal Dutch Shell and Burmah Oil Co and Asiatic Petroleum (India).last_img read more

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Security screening at Toronto police HQ violates rights complainant says

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Searching people who enter Toronto police headquarters to participate in disciplinary tribunals violates their constitutional rights, a complainant and his lawyer argue in calling for such hearings to be held elsewhere.The assertion is in a motion filed this week with the police tribunal adjudicator in which complainant Waseem Khan calls for a change of venue in light of the recently implemented security measures.“Police headquarters is not the appropriate place to have a public hearing and keep police accountable because of the hostile environment for civilians, particularly public complainants,” Khan says in his filings.Khan, 33, is one of two complainants in a misconduct case against Toronto police Sgt. Eduardo Miranda, who is accused of using excessive force in January by deploying his stun gun six times on a handcuffed man lying on the ground.Khan was video recording the takedown when officers on scene ordered him to stop, threatened to seize his cellphone, and suggested he could get AIDS from the suspect. Broadcast of the video caused an uproar and prompted the police service to apologize.Police spokesman Mark Pugash said the motion had just been received and it would be inappropriate to comment.Disciplinary tribunals for Toronto officers have long been held at police headquarters, which until recently had no special security at the entrance. In June, however, Chief Mark Saunders implemented measures that require visitors to go through metal detectors and have their belongings searched.The official police view is that the searches are not “involuntary” because the public has a choice about entering the building.At Miranda’s first appearance in late September, Khan’s lawyer Selwyn Pieters was also searched, a process he said he found uncomfortable and demeaning. In a letter to the prosecutor in the case, Pieters said he had no quarrel with the increased security.“However, as it relates to an administrative tribunal hearing where my client is a public complainant with standing, he, his lawyers, the media and any other observer must be able to attend with the minimal intrusiveness of their person and belongings.”In response to the letter, procedures were changed to allow lawyers with valid credentials to bypass the screening but Pieters says that’s not enough. No other administrative tribunal in the province subjects participants to such security measures, he said.The motion, expected to come before Insp. Richard Hegedus, the hearing officer presiding over Miranda’s case, formally requests that the hearing be moved to another building — such as a hotel — to get away from the security measures.“It would not result in unfairness or an undue hardship to the Toronto police service to move the tribunal,” Pieters says in the motion.Court filings unrelated to the current application make the case for the screening measures by including reference to security incidents at Toronto police buildings. In 2015, for example, a man attacked a female officer with a sledgehammer at a detachment, and, more recently, a knife-wielding man threatened to kill officers at headquarters.Insp. Stephen Irwin, who is responsible for national security investigations in the Toronto area, calls the current screening protocol reasonable.“Firearms, metal knives, explosive devices and other obvious weapons are less likely to make it into the interior of the building, thus enhancing the safety of those legitimately working and visiting the premise,” Irwin says in a court filing.last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgSouth African President Jacob Zuma wishes the founding father of the nation and first President of a united democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela, a happy 95th birthday.Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving.“On behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, we wish Madiba a joyous 95th birthday. We are proud to call this international icon our own as South Africans and wish him good health. We thank all our people for supporting Madiba throughout the hospitalisation with undying love and compassion. We also thank all for responding to the call to give Madiba the biggest birthday celebration ever this year,” said President Zuma.Happy 95th birthday, Tata Madiba!last_img read more

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Celebrities Design Medical IDs for Charities

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first_imgHope Paige Designs, the foremost designer of fashionable medical accessories, has announced the release of their second annual celebrity-driven campaign after the previous year’s immense success.Angela Bassett, Mayim Bialik, Carrie Ann Inaba and Daniele Jonas have recently joined the existing eight stars to create customized Hope Paige medical ID bracelets to benefit a variety of charities and raise safety awareness.Hope Paige Celebrity Charity Bracelets.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Hope Paige DesignsThese celebrities will join recurring philanthropists Melissa Joan Hart, Kimora Lee Simmons, Leeza Gibbons, Misty May Treanor, Dot Marie Jones, Greg Grunberg, Meatloaf and Kenton Duty as they raise awareness for great causes.Hope Paige will donate 100% of the profits from each celebrity’s bracelet to the charity of his or her choice. Last year, celebrity bracelet charity donations totaled $50,000.00 and this year, Hope Paige hopes to increase this amount. Bracelet pricing begins at $29.95 and the entire collection can be found at hopepaige.com.Married to Jonas star Danielle Jonas has chosen to support The Change for the Children Charity, while Emmy nominee and star of The Big Bang Theory Mayim Bialik is supporting Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s donations will go to Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation, and American Horror Story star Angela Bassett is helping the Rahel Formula Fund.“We are so appreciative that these celebrities have come on board to help us raise awareness about the importance of wearing a medical ID bracelet,” says Shelly Fisher, founder of Hope Paige. “The creativity of these charity minded celebrities are sure to encourage people to be safe while donating to some truly great causes.”While each celebrity has a different reason for participating, they all have an inspiring story to share. Visit http://www.hopepaige.com to browse the bracelets and find out why each celebrity recognizes the importance of wearing a medical ID.last_img read more

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Fouryearold Burlington girl found

By on October 7, 2019

Halton police have found a missing 4-year-old girl from Burlington.Kara Cuffy went missing from her home near Burloak Drive and Spruce Avenue around 8:00 p.m. last night. Neighbours joined police in the search for her. She was found about two-and-a-half hours later. Police say she is safe and has been reunited with her family since. Officers would like to thank everyone that assisted in finding Cuffy.

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Annan applauds election of board for war crimes court victims fund

By on October 6, 2019

“The Secretary-General is pleased that five distinguished international figures have been elected to manage the Trust Fund, the success of which will have an important bearing on the success of the Court itself,” a statement issued by a UN spokesman said.Those elected today by the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC, meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, were Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan, former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez, former Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, former French Health Minister Simone Veil and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. read more

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At UN Sudanese Prime Minister says great revolution has succeeded country will

By on October 2, 2019

Addressing the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Mr. Hamdok said Sudan’s people, after months of mass protests, had recently prevailed “against a brutal and repressive regime,” and thanked the UN Security Council, the Assembly, the African Union and other international partners for their support.“The Sudanese people are moving confidently and steadily on their way towards the future as a friend and equal partner with all peace-loving people of the world,” he said, explain that the country will now aim to transform its foreign policy from the one that’s prevailed the last three decades. In this new approach, Khartoum will reach out to its regional neighbours and all other countries worldwide, with a true spirit of friendship, guided by its genuine belief in human values and the heritage of Sudanese wisdom, he said.  Sudan pledges to uphold international law, human rights, and efforts to end discrimination, exploitation, injustice and inequality.  “We remain committed to maintaining international peace and security,” he said.The revolution aims to end Sudan’s international and regional isolation, Mr. Hamdok continued, but reminded delegations that his country has inherited international sanctions, and it is on the list of State sponsors of terrorism. However, “it was the former regime that supported terrorism”, he explained, not Sudan’s people.The sanctions have wreaked havoc on its population. “We call on the United States of America to remove Sudan from the list of” State sponsors of terrorism and cease punishing the population for acts committed by the previous regime.He said that Sudan is determined to address the root causes of its civil wars: economic marginalization, and ethnic, cultural and religious discrimination. As such, in addition to promoting social coexistence and fostering a culture of peace and tolerance among all components of the Sudanese people, he declared his determination to move forward in this way by building a state of government, a state of citizenship, a state of balanced development, and a state of protecting the rights of Sudanese. The country will address the situation of refugees and displaced people, “while compensating them for the damages incurred” by war, he said.  An additional challenge is the accumulated foreign debt inherited from the previous regime, and Sudan looks forward to the generosity of the international community. read more

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BBC is so divorced from rural life it thinks The Archers is

By on September 25, 2019

first_img 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. Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela StrachanCredit:Jo Charlesworth He also questioned the BBC’s decision not to uphold a complaint about Chris Packham. The presenter was criticised after he called those involved in hunting and shooting “the nasty brigade” and said charities including the RSPB and Wildlife Trust were not speaking out against issues such as fox hunting.Mr Packham’s comments, which were published in his monthly column in BBC Wildlife magazine last year, prompted outrage with some claiming he breached impartiality rules and others saying he should be sacked.The BBC Trust’s standards committee launched an investigation but did not uphold the complaints and said no action was required. In its report, it said this was partly because Mr Packham was a freelancer, not a BBC employee, and was not “associated with news or public policy-related output”. An organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is realIan Coghill The BBC has previously been hit by claims its news coverage fails to reflect the wide range of interests outside the country’s cities and towns. An independent review commissioned by the BBC Trust in 2014 found there was a deficit in UK-wide coverage of rural issues in England, but said on the whole there is a broad and comprehensive range of voices. One popular programme focusing on rural life and environmental issues is Countryfile, which boasts a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers. A BBC spokesman said: “Across television, radio and online we cover a wide range of rural issues from many different perspectives in depth and impartially.”We are delighted so many listeners enjoy The Archers and are sure people appreciate it is a drama rather than a documentary.”center_img Chris Packham stars on Springwatch alongside Martin Hughes-Games and Michaela Strachan The BBC is “institutionally biased against the countryside” and is so out of touch “it thinks the Archers is real”, according to the head of a game conservation charity.Ian Coghill, the chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), alleged the corporation is “as far away from the real countryside as it can get”. He criticised the BBC for regarding programmes about wildlife as nothing to do with policy or current affairs and said those who love country sports, such as shooting and fishing, are getting “increasingly disenchanted” with being treated as a “whipping boy” by some elements of the corporation.  In a blog for the GWCT website, published last month, Mr Coghill criticised the decision and claimed the BBC is “seen by many as institutionally biased against the countryside”.“[It treats] it as one would expect from an organisation so long divorced from country life that it thinks The Archers is real, probably because it is made in Birmingham, which from a London perspective is practically a village,” he wrote.Regarding Mr Packham’s “gratuitously abusive” comments about “perfectly decent country people”, he said many people had “missed the point” as the issue “is, and always was, the BBC”.He called out the corporation for dealing with Mr Packham as a freelance presenter, meaning he does not have to uphold the same impartiality guidelines despite allegedly providing his services to the BBC for 119 days last year.And he claimed the “real scandal” was the fact programmes the presenter is involved in – including Springwatch and its sister programmes Autumnwatch and Winterwatch – are not regarded as news or public-policy related. “The BBC Trust is to be thanked for making it clear where it and the BBC stand,” he wrote. “It turns out to be where we always thought but until now were never really able to confirm: as far away from the real countryside as they can get.”last_img read more

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Student backlash at Cambridge University over fears of Canada geese cull

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first_img 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. Drafting a letter to King’s management, the students write: “From a moral standpoint, we believe that geese have intrinsic value and therefore deserve a life free from suffering and human exploitation.”Geese experience pain, enjoy the benefits of a social lifestyle, and exhibit advanced intelligence in their ability to navigate vast distances on their migratory routes.”Citing Mahatma Gandhi, the students add that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”We are aware of how fortunate we are to be members of King’s and how with this membership comes the responsibility of holding each other to high standards of conduct, respect, and dignity,” they add. Although the college insists it is not planning a cull, students claim the suggestion was made during a recent board meeting. Following the backlash, management now say the birds will be “moved” if other solutions cannot be found.The row is not the first to have played out in Cambridge over Canada geese; in 2003, St John’s College was criticised by animal rights campaigners when it announced that was taking steps to “reduce the population”. One of Cambridge University’s most prestigious colleges has provoked a backlash from students amid fears that the “sentient” Canadian geese living within its grounds might be culled – because their excrement has become a safety hazard.Having settled close to King’s College on the banks of the River Cam, the gaggle has been labelled a health and safety risk by staff, who warn that their droppings have made the college pathways dangerous and unsightly.Whilst the college is using a variety of measures to deter the birds from returning – including netting over the river and laser pens – the geese have so far remained anchored to their favourite resting spot.Concerned that the birds may be killed should current efforts fail, hundreds of students have signed a petition presented to the college council urging them to protect the “sentient beings”, on the grounds that a cull would amount to “animal cruelty”. Commenting on the dispute, a King’s spokesman said:  “Canada geese are a non-native species, and we have received many complaints that their growing numbers are causing the paths at the College to become slippery and unattractive.”The College has used a variety of non-harmful measures to deter the geese, and will continue to do so. If these measures prove unsuccessful we would consider moving the geese from King’s.”First brought to Britain from North America in 1665 by Charles II in a bid to increase the diversity of wildlife on show in St James’s Park, skeins of Canada geese have since spread across the country.Whilst the UK does receive a small number of migrating birds every winter, the vast majority are descendants of 17th century imports, and remain in residence all year round.However, the birds are seen by many as a pest; they have been known to produce droppings every 40 seconds, which contain many strands of bacteria that can cause serious illnesses including gastroenteritis. Whilst students acknowledge that the geese are problematic – germs in their faeces are often resistant to antibiotics and can cause serious illness- they suggest that King’s instead resorts to audio and non-toxic chemical deterrents. Canada geese last_img read more

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Fasting diet regenerates diabetic pancreas

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By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’I beat type 2 diabetes with 200-calorie drinks’December 5, 2017In “Health”Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study findsMay 16, 2017In “Health”‘Healthiest hearts in the world’ foundMarch 18, 2017In “World” (BBC) The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers.Restoring the function of the organ – which helps control blood sugar levels – reversed symptoms of diabetes in animal experiments.The study, published in the journal Cell, says the diet reboots the body.Experts said the findings were “potentially very exciting” as they could become a new treatment for the disease.People are advised not to try this without medical advice.In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the “fasting-mimicking diet”.It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low calorie, low protein, low carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet.It resembles a vegan diet with nuts and soups, but with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day.Then they have 25 days eating what they want – so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine.Previous research has suggested it can slow the pace of ageing.Diabetes therapy?But animal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell.These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high.Dr Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: “Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back – by starving them and then feeding them again – the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that’s no longer functioning.”There were benefits in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in the mouse experiments.Type 1 is caused by the immune system destroying beta cells and type 2 is largely caused by lifestyle and the body no longer responding to insulin.Further tests on tissue samples from people with type 1 diabetes produced similar effects.Dr Longo said: “Medically, these findings have the potential to be very important because we’ve shown – at least in mouse models – that you can use diet to reverse the symptoms of diabetes.“Scientifically, the findings are perhaps even more important because we’ve shown that you can use diet to reprogram cells without having to make any genetic alterations.”What’s it like? BBC reporter Peter Bowes took part in a separate trial with Dr Valter Longo.He said: “During each five-day fasting cycle, when I ate about a quarter of the average person’s diet, I lost between 2kg and 4kg (4.4-8.8lbs).“But before the next cycle came round, 25 days of eating normally had returned me almost to my original weight.“But not all consequences of the diet faded so quickly.”His blood pressure was lower as was a hormone called IGF-1, which is linked to some cancers.He said: “The very small meals I was given during the five-day fast were far from gourmet cooking, but I was glad to have something to eat”Separate trials of the diet in people have been shown to improve blood sugar levels. The latest findings help to explain why.However, Dr Longo said people should not rush off and crash diet.He told the BBC: “It boils down to do not try this at home, this is so much more sophisticated than people realise.”He said people could “get into trouble” with their health if it was done without medical guidance.Dr Emily Burns, research communications manager at Diabetes UK, said: “This is potentially very exciting news, but we need to see if the results hold true in humans before we’ll know more about what it means for people with diabetes.“People with type-1 and type-2 diabetes would benefit immensely from treatments that can repair or regenerate insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.” read more

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TV bosses have axed US X Factor

By on September 22, 2019

first_imgor (c) Simon Cowell’s high-waisted trousers making it difficult for him to function in the LA heat? Source: EMPICS Entertainment Britney (334) Cheryl (30) TV EXECUTIVES HAVE decided that US X Factor will end after just three seasons.Fox and the show’s production companies announced yesterday that the US edition of the singing competition won’t be coming back this autumn.X Factor head judge and creator Simon Cowell, who was also a judge on Fox’s American Idol for nine seasons, will instead return to the UK version of X Factor later this year. He said in a statement:I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol. And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public — most of the time!The acerbic judge initially predicted that X Factor would be a major hit before its 2011 debut, but the show never garnered stellar ratings, which continued to dip in last year’s third season. X Factor also failed to produce a winner as successful as past Idol champions.But was the end of the show REALLY down to…(a) This outfit that Cheryl Cole wore in her first appearance? Source: Tammie Arroyo/AFF/EMPICS Entertainment(b) Britney Spears’ facial expressions leaving viewers bewildered and afraid? Simon (251)center_img Poll Results: CherylBritneySimonOther (feel free to leave suggestions in the comments)Vote- Additional reporting Michael FreemanHere’s how far the X Factor has fallen>Sam Bailey won X Factor with this emotional performance> Other (feel free to leave suggestions in the comments) (222)last_img read more

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Irish woman to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder

By on September 21, 2019

first_img 54,619 Views Share Tweet Email2 Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 12:18 PM Cathrina Cahill has been charged with the murder of her fiancé David Walsh Image: Facebook http://jrnl.ie/3247706 Feb 19th 2017, 12:18 PM No Comments Irish woman to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder of fiancé in Sydney 25-year-old Cathrina Cahill made no application for bail in court this morning.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Facebook A 25-YEAR-OLD Irish woman is set to appear in court charged with the murder of her fiancé, 29-year-old Irishman David Walsh, this Wednesday.Cathrina Cahill was due to appear before a court in Parramatta, around 23km west of Sydney, at 9.30am local time this morning.The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Cahill did not appear at the bail court this morning, and chose not to appear via video link.She will remain in custody and is now due to appear before Burwood local court during the week.David Walsh, who was a father of three young girls, was stabbed to death at his home in the early hours of Saturday morning.He was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services were called to a house on Watson Road in Padstow, south-west of Sydney.The local community in Walsh’s hometown of Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was left in a state of shock yesterday following the news.Local councillor Johnny Mythen told TheJournal.ie that the news has left the community reeling.“We’re all just in a state of total shock,” Mythen said. “It’s sent ripples through the whole area.He was a decent, hard-working young chap from a decent, hard working family, who’ve been like that all of their lives.Comments have been closed as legal proceedings are ongoingRead: Community in shock as fiancée charged with murder of David Walsh in SydneyRead: Irish woman charged with murder of Irish man who was stabbed to death in Sydney Cathrina Cahill has been charged with the murder of her fiancé David Walsh By Sean Murraylast_img read more

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Geek deals roundup Save on Pokémon Go data Batman v Superman and

By on September 20, 2019

first_imgUnlimited Pokémon Go data for one-year on T-MobileAre you a Pokémon Go fanatic? Well, T-Mobile is allowing you to play your favorite augmented reality game over the cell service without counting it against your data allotment until August of 2017. This is a limited time offer though, so check out this blog post for details on how you can take advantage of this deal.Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice collector’s edition for $116.99 (List price: $129.99)Amazon is currently selling the collector’s edition of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice at a 10% discount with free shipping. Not only will you get the ultimate edition Blu-ray, the theatrical Blu-ray, the DVD, and an UltraViolet version of the film, but you’ll get a sweet Batman figurine as well.Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ultimate edition for $24.96 (List price: $35.99)If you’re not interested in the figurine, you can still grab the ultimate edition Blu-ray combo pack of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for 31% off the list price with Prime eligibility.Pre-order the Gigabyte Nvidia GTX 1070 for only $429 (Ships on 7/22)Ready to upgrade your graphics card? Good news! More iterations of the GTX 1070 are on their way, and that includes the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 that only costs $429. If you want to be able to run a VR headset, this is a fantastic upgrade for your gaming rig.$10 Starbucks gift card for $5 (For select users only)If you’re a Groupon user, check your email! Select users will be able to grab a $10 Starbucks gift card for half-off for a limited time. This is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a latte macchiato or a pink drink.Up to 50% off Logitech sale Amazon daily dealAmazon’s gold box deal of the day is Logitech PC accessories. You can find a Logitech Anywhere mobile mouse for $27.50, a Logitech M320 wireless mouse for $8.99, and a Logitech K750 wireless solar keyboard for just $37.50. Mee Audio M7P in-ear headphones with mic for $19.99 (List price: $39.99)For today only, you can grab these secure-fit in-ear headphones for 50% off the retail price. They come in black, blue, green, and red, so you can listen in style.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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4yearold nearly dies after inhaling pool water

By on September 15, 2019

first_imgSARASOTA, Fla. (WSVN) – A 4-year-old girl survived a near-death experience after she swallowed water in their family pool while playing with a pool noodle.In a facebook post, Lacey Grace described the scary incident her 4-year-old daughter Elianna Grace dealt with over the weekend. Her daughter was blowing in pool water into one end of her pool noodle and blowing it out of the other end, something Lacey says isn’t abnormal for children. Further medical evaluation at the hospital proved the infection to be due to pool chemicals. Elianna Grace now has aspiration pneumonia, her mother said, and is now relying on an oxygen machine to breathe.Lacey Grace is now encouraging parents to monitor their children while playing in a pool.“If your child inhales a bunch of water, and something seems off AT ALL, I encourage you to immediately get help,” Grace wrote. “I wonder if I would have taken her Monday, would she be better off?? And I wonder if I waited longer what would have happened. It’s so scary.”A GoFundMe has been set-up by the Grace family in order to raise money for Elianna’s medical treatment. Click here for more information.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “Elianna was playing in the pool with a ‘pool noodle’ on Saturday, and as many many children do every day,” she wrote in the Facebook post.However, as the 4-year-old tried to blow water out of the noodle, another child blew water into her mouth.The mother wrote, “By 100% freak accident, Elianna put her mouth to blow out at the same time someone blew in the other end, causing the water to shoot directly down her throat.”Elianna quickly vomited and appeared to be back to normal. She looked fine the next day, but developed a fever on Monday. The fever persisted, so Grace took her daughter to the doctor, recalling an article she’d read a year ago about a young boy in Texas who died from “dry drowning,” where water inhaled through the mouth or nose ends up in the lungs.“We went from school to the urgent care, hoping the doctor would say, ‘Her lungs sound great, it’s just viral, etc,’” wrote Grace. “We were there about 10 minutes when the doctor said to get her to the nearest ER as soon as possible. Her heart rate was crazy high, her oxygen was low, and her skin was turning purple which suggested chemical infection.” last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Friday April 12 2019

By on September 9, 2019

first_imgState House passes operating budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska House has passed a budget that includes about $250 million. That is about a quarter of what Gov. Mike Dunleavy as proposed.State DHSS suspends thousands of senior benefits paymentsHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesThe Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.Caring for Alaska’s seniors during tense budget talksElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauGov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposes eliminating more than a third of the state’s funding for Medicaid. To achieve that, some hospitals and nursing homes could be paid less to provide skilled labor.Army Corp begins hearings on draft EIS for proposed Pebble MineIzzy Ross and Renee Gross, KDLG – Dillingham and KBBI – HomerThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued its series of public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine and the project’s draft environmental review this week.Missile defense test success accelerates arms race with Russia, China, program critic saysTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA prominent critic of U.S. missile defense agrees that a test of the system two weeks ago was a success. And that’s why former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle is more concerned than ever that the system is fueling a new arms race with both Russia and China.AK: Experimental tilapia skin burn treatment heals Haines dogClaire Stremple, KHNS – HainesVeterinary medicine didn’t have solutions for severe burns in animals until a UC Davis vet was motivated by the California wildfires to pioneer a new treatment. She brought her skills to Haines to teach local vets how to use the tilapia fish skins—and help save a local dog’s life.49 Voices: John Fitka of TuntutuliakRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from John Fitka in Tuntutuliak. Fitka was born in Bethel and is a subsistence hunter. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

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ALs Quader ridicules cabinet colleague Inu

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader addresses a party programme at the Dhaka University campus on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday compared information minister Hasanul Haque Inu’s remarks criticising the Awami League, with the ‘explosion of a bomb’.Inu, president of AL’s alliance partner Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), on Wednesday told a Kushtia rally that the AL would not be able to return to power in a thousand years without the help of other parties.In a rebuttal, Quader, general secretary of the AL, said it has been seen how JSD did in the electoral contests without the support of the AL.”Inu might have exploded the bomb, out of grievances, which can be discussed in the party and alliance forum.. We’ve nothing to worry about” Quader said, addressing a party programme at the Dhaka University campus on Thursday.He added, “Inu is fully aware of the possible results if JSD contests elections without the Awami League.”The JSD leader was elected member of parliament on an AL ticket in the 2008 general elections after forming an electoral alliance with the AL.At a JSD rally in Kushtia on Wednesday, Inu criticised AL leaders for their conflicting relations with JSD in his constituency and said JSD and parties such as the Jatiya Party of former military leader HM Ershad were the key components for making the AL a contender for power.Despite showing his reaction, Quader said he would not make too many remarks in a public forum.last_img read more

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Kellin McGowan Makes History At St Thomas High As Schools First AfricanAmerican

By on September 2, 2019

first_imgMarie De Jesús/ For NPRKellin McGowan, the first black valedictorian in St. Thomas High School’s history, addresses the audience during his speech as valedictorian at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Houston.Thousands of Houston-area high school seniors will walk across the stage and receive their diplomas this graduation season.At St. Thomas High School, just west of downtown, commencement also marked another milestone.That’s because senior Kellin McGowan made history this month at the Catholic all-boys high school, as he became the first African-American valedictorian since the school was founded almost 120 years ago.“Honestly, I’m proud to say I’m the first one,” McGowan said. “I think by being valedictorian, I can show other people, particularly within my community, that they can do whatever they set their minds to.” Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /00:54 McGowan not only graduated with a 4.57 GPA, he also received the school’s prestigious Albert R. Gaelens Award, which recognizes the senior student who best embodies the school’s motto of “Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.”His class, their family members and faculty gave McGowan a standing ovation as he received his diploma and later approached the lectern to deliver his speech. “Whether the road you’re on leads you to the Oval Office or to a small business in the middle of nowhere, always remember where you came from, sit down, be humble, and complete every task thoroughly, ethically and honestly,” McGowan told his fellow graduates — his speech playing off of popular songs’ lyrics.The 17-year-old plans to study political science at the University of Chicago.His social justice teacher and campus minister, Alex Gotay, described McGowan as gentle, eloquent and firm. Gotay said that his being the first black valedictorian was huge and reflects both where the school is headed and the diversity of Houston.“I know there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a good pressure for Kellin. And I know where it is that he’s heading. He’s going to do big things. Whoever’s listening to this, I promise you, remember his name — Remember this young man’s name because he is that special,” he said. Listenlast_img read more

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December 04 2018

By on August 13, 2019

first_imgDecember 04 , 2018 Mexican mangoes: Slow start but volume and quality … EU to tighten mango import regulations … You might also be interested in In this ‘In Charts‘ series of mini-articles, Colin Fain of data visualization tool Agronometrics illustrates how the U.S. market is evolving. In each series, he will look at a different fruit commodity, focusing on a different origin or topic in each installment to see what factors are driving change.As news of strikes from Peruvian mango producers starts to appear, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at how the markets have evolved and try to offer a bit of context to what is going on. This article is a bit of a follow up to a previous article about mangoes, which you can take a look at (here). First and foremost, I know the chart below is pretty busy with a lot of variability, but I think it illustrates what’s going on in the market pretty well.You can see that from 2010-2015 the industry saw a good amount of growth in volume amid rising prices. However, in 2016, the biggest year in volume we have seen so far, the prices leveled out considerably, changing the landscape for the industry. South America, represented by Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, have been the protagonists of the winter months and the driving force behind this change.US Mango Prices and Volumes(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Zooming into South America’s data, we can appreciate the massive amounts of growth all three origins have experienced, which have led to the normalization of the markets.US Mango Prices and Volumes from Brazil, Ecuador and Peru(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)Following up on reports of the strike, we can see from the historic data that the shipments registered by the USDA weeks 41-44 were particularly high and a bit reminiscent of 2016.US Weekly Historic Volumes(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)The consequence was a price to match during the same weeks. As volumes have let up over the last three weeks, prices have risen accordingly.US weekly Historic Shipping Point Prices(Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics)As the few Peruvian companies that are exporting are already competing directly with Ecuador, there isn’t much they can do about current market conditions. With a drop in expected volume this year, it looks like prices could yet be quite high for Peru this season yet. Even today, spot market pricing looks like it’s being as generous as last year.In our ‘In Charts’ series, we work to tell some of the stories that are moving the industry. Feel free to take a look at the other articles by clicking here.Agronometrics is a data visualization tool built to help the industry make sense of the huge amounts of data that you depend on. We strive to help farmers, shippers, buyers, sellers, movers and shakers get an objective point of view on the markets to help them make informed strategic decisions. If you found the information and the charts from this article useful, feel free to visit us at www.agronometrics.com where you can easily recreate these same graphs, or explore the other 23 fruits we currently track, creating your own reports automatically updated with the latest data daily.To welcome Mango professionals to the service we want to offer a 10% discount off your first month or year with the following coupon code: MANGOESThe code will only be good till the 18th of December 2018, so visit us today. Opinion: Foretelling the Mexican mango season wind … Colombia: Keitt variety driving exports and replac … last_img read more

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