Toronto, Oct 25 (PTI) Free online casino gaming may build excitement for gambling among adolescents and encourage the transition into monetary gambling, according to a study. The research, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows that free gambling-themed games may be a gateway to paid gambling for young people, and gameplay is linked with a higher risk of gambling problems among some adolescents. While bricks-and-mortar casinos and legal gambling websites are off-limits to adolescents, free online games are open to anyone, said researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Canada. Called social casino games, they let people try their hand at casino table games, slots, poker or bingo without betting real money. Like monetary gambling, people place bets in hopes of winning rewards, in this case, points or prizes within the game only. Since these games don’t involve betting or winning money, they are not legally classified as gambling and remain unregulated, the researchers said. “Adolescents’ participation in seemingly risk-free social casino games is a concern because we know that early exposure to gambling activities is a risk factor for developing gambling problems in the future,” said Tara Elton-Marshall from CAMH’s Institute for Mental Health Policy Research. In the study, 12 per cent of teens in three Canadian provinces said they had played social casino games in the past three months. The findings are from a survey of 10,035 students in grades 9 to 12 (ages 13 to 19) in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. The survey asked about three game types: Internet poker, Internet slots and social casino games on Facebook.advertisement The study also found that adolescents who participated in social casino games were significantly more likely to participate in monetary gambling, either online or land-based forms, compared with peers who did not play social casino games. “While it’s not clear whether young people begin in social casino games and move to gambling for money, or if adolescents who are gambling for money also seek out these free games, there is evidence that social casino gaming may build excitement for gambling and encourage the transition into monetary gambling,” said Elton-Marshall, senior author of the study. As many as 37 to 50 per cent of young people who gambled for money and played social casino games met criteria for low to moderate or high problem gambling. By contrast, roughly 10 per cent of teens who participated in monetary gambling but not in social casino games scored as having a degree of problem gambling, researchers said. Scores were calculated using a problem gambling scale created specifically for adolescents, with questions such as how often teens missed activities such as team sports or band due to gambling, they said. Elton-Marshall said that social casino games may have higher odds of winning than monetary gambling, giving young people the false impression that they are luckier or better at gambling. “It’s important for young people, parents, teachers and others to be aware that these risks exist,” said Elton-Marshall. “With the growing number of social casino games over the past five years, and high levels of screen time among young people, we believe our findings may under-represent social casino gaming by adolescents today,” said Livia Veselka, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CAMH. The study also found that males were significantly more likely than females to play Internet poker but only slightly more likely to play internet slots or social casino games on Facebook. “Understanding who is more likely to play may help tailor interventions and awareness programs to prevent gambling problems,” said Veselka. PTI SARSAR
Over the years, Saudi Arabia has developed a far better understanding of India’s position on Jammu and Kashmir and the kind of terror threat the country faced and it was evident from the Kingdom’s strong denunciation of the Pulwama terror attack, sources said on Monday.Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will arrive on a two-day visit to India on Tuesday. The visit, his first to India, was planned before the Pulwama terror attack, which escalated tensions between India and Pakistan.The crown prince’s visit comes a day after his trip to Pakistan, whom India has linked with the attack. He is learned to have flown back to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan in an apparent acknowledgment of India’s sensitivities.During his visit to Islamabad, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for bilateral cooperation worth $20 billion. The crown prince who was honoured with Pakistan’s highest civilian honour called it a country “dear” to all Saudis.Sources said Saudi Arabia’s investments in Pakistan cannot be compared with India. Saudi Arabia was not investing in India to bail the country out, but because it was a robust economy growing at nearly 7 percent, they added.There has been a remarkable transformation in bilateral relationship in the last four-five years and “it is Pakistan that should be feeling insecure,” they said and added India does not see its relations with Saudi Arabia vis-a-vis Pakistan.The 2016 joint statement, issued by the two countries following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, had “very strong” references to combating terrorism, sources said.They said, “there was an evolution in the way they were looking at terrorism per se” and the Pakistan narrative on Kashmir was not acceptable due to a far better appreciation of India’s position.Saudi agencies had collaborated with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently and the cooperation on security has been “pretty active.” India was one of eight identified strategic partners by Saudi Arabia with the other Asian countries being Japan, China, and South Korea, they said.The Saudi Prince was paying visits primarily to the western countries and the focus has now shifted to the east.Referring to defence, sources said the two countries were looking at joint naval exercises.Indian companies are looking forward to participate in large development projects, including Smart City, Red Sea Tourism Project and Entertainment City, being undertaken by Saudi Arabia.Discussions are being held to boost investment in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) while energy, renewable energy and fertiliser sectors are the other areas of cooperation.advertisementAlso read: Will try to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, vows Saudi ArabiaALSO WATCH| Saudi Arabia embraces Yoga as a sports activity
Share via Email Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Amir Khan Middle East and North Africa Read more Anthony Joshua denies claims he had panic attack before Andy Ruiz Jr fight Topics Boxing Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Asif Vali, a boxing consultant and Khan’s former manager who is involved in promoting the event, is ambitiously positioning it as a way to unite Pakistan and India.“Jeddah is a safe environment for Muslim society and its culture. We needed a safe place to go,” Vali said. “I understand the questions but we’re trying to do something humane here – we’re bringing the countries and cultures together.“Sport is a tool that shows you don’t need to pick up weapons. We’re creating history. Peace, love and let the two boxers leave it in the ring. It may work, it may not, but at least give us a chance.”The former MMA fighter Goyat is unknown outside India and has won only 11 of his 16 bouts in a record that also includes two draws.Khan, though, sees Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat by John Ruiz Jr as a cautionary tale of how disaster can strike.“I never think about losing but losing this fight would definitely destroy me and make him a big name,” Khan said. “Things can go wrong, and we all saw what happened with Anthony Joshua getting knocked out by a fighter people thought he’d destroy, so that’s why I have to bring my top game. I can’t afford to make any mistakes.” Share on Messenger Reuse this content Support The Guardian Saudi Arabia Amir Khan has defended the choice of location for his next fight in the face of human rights concerns by claiming Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant change.The 32-year-old faces the unheralded Indian Neeraj Goyat at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on July 12 less than three months after he was controversially stopped in six rounds by Terence Crawford. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Amnesty International have described the Saudi human rights record as “abysmal”, adding that the nation is in the “grip of a sweeping crackdown against critics of the government”, and implored Khan to travel there with his “eyes firmly open”.Khan is reportedly being paid £7m – £3m more than he earned against Crawford – to headline a team event between fighters representing Pakistan and India.The former unified world welterweight champion is a Muslim and has embarked on pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on a number of occasions, offering him his own perspective on the country.“When I was there last, it had all changed. I started seeing women not wearing head scarves. Women were out driving,” Khan said. “They had a huge concert where everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves. I’d never seen that side of Saudi Arabia before.“Maybe now they are changing to make it that new place where people can enjoy themselves and it’s fair for women. I think they’re trying to change now.“They are throwing a lot of money on to the table and at the end of the day we are prizefighters. For me I would be stupid to not take this opportunity.”Khan, who claims he has “never shied away from a location”, added: “I didn’t get involved in the negotiation side. If they told me to fight on the moon…I’m one of those who will fight wherever. The offer came on to the desk and we took a look at it. It makes sense for me, especially because I want a quick turnaround between fights.“The prime minister of Pakistan will be attending which is huge. It would be amazing if we can get the Prime Minister of England as well. I’m a British Pakistani and it’s great to have that backing from Pakistan.” news
The 18’s Girls won the series in their division in the first game of the day, with an 8-3 win. The 18’s Boys division was postponed in the next timeslot due to bad weather and ended up being played following the 20’s Boys game. After last night’s drop-off, both sides had plenty to play for, especially Australia. In what was another tight encounter, it went down to the dying seconds, where Australia scored a touchdown on the siren to win the game 8-7. Tomorrow’s third test will decide who will win the 18’s Boys division. After the break for the weather, the 20’s Girls were next to take the field, and won their series in a dominant display, taking the second game 9-2 and the series 2-0. The 20’s Boys sealed the series win for Australia in game three, with their 12-6 win. For more information, head to the event website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6460-0-0-0
Reuters BeijingOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 20:13 IST Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAsh Barty started her campaign with a 6-4 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yulia PutintsevaNaomi Osaka needed only 59 minutes to brush aside German qualifier Andrea PetkovicPetra Kvitova beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4 but 12th seed Aryna SabalenkaTop seeds Ash Barty and Naomi Osaka cruised into the last 16 of the China Open with straight sets victories in their second round matches in Beijing on Tuesday.World number one Barty, who received a bye into the second round, started her campaign with a 6-4 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, wrapping up the contest in 75 minutes.Barty fired seven aces, converted four of nine break points and smashed 23 winners in a clinical display which she said was enough to get the job done.”It was solid today without being fantastic,” Barty said. “It was what we needed to do today. There were times where it was pretty good and there were times where it was challenging.”It’s a court that I think is tough to neutralize and play defence over a long period. It’s definitely a court that you get your bang for buck and you get value when you try to take the initiative.”Japan’s Osaka, seeded fourth, needed only 59 minutes to brush aside German qualifier Andrea Petkovic with a dominant 6-2 6-0 win.Osaka converted five break points and fired 21 winners in a one-sided contest to set up a clash with American Alison Riske, who beat Australian Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the only three-set match of the day.Angelique Kerber’s poor form dragged on after another early exit at the hands of Slovenia’s Polona Hercog who won 6-4 6-2.Apart from a semi-final run in Osaka, 10th seed Kerber has not moved past the second round of tournaments in Zhengzhou, Wuhan and now Beijing.advertisementChina’s Zheng Saisai converted five of six break points to beat former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-1 in 76 minutes to set up a last-16 clash with Barty.Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova beat France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4 but 12th seed Aryna Sabalenka, who won the Wuhan Open title over the weekend was knocked out by Russia’s unseeded Daria Kasatkina 6-4 7-6(5).Also Read | Andy Murray outlasts US Open semi-finalist for biggest win since surgeryAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow China Open Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka ease into China Open last 16, Angelique Kerber knocked outIn second round of ongoing China open, four contenders- Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Sofia Kenin advanced in straight sets to lead Tuesday’s early winners.advertisement Next
I distinctly remember my first taco. I can’t remember how old I was when my mom decided to take me to the Taco Bell at Sunvalley Mall in Concord, California, but I eventually got to know that taco well. It had a hard shell, ground beef, lettuce, and it was topped with thinly shredded cheese. Little did I know that it was nothing like an authentic taco. Fast forward a few decades later and I’m in Mexico City a week ago, sitting at a taqueria, devouring numerous tacos at El Farolito. They were nothing like that first taco; the tortillas were soft, and the meat tasted well, not as processed. There was a selection of salsa, pico de gallo, and onions and cilantro to sprinkle to sprinkle on top as I pleased. I’ve had countless tacos between my first and the one I had last week, and to be honest, I don’t know much about tacos.Thank goodness for Tacopedia by Déborah Holtz and Juan Carlos Mena. This book goes over everything I’ve ever wanted to know about the taco, from the history of the taco to the history of the tortilla. It dissects the tortilla, from the invention of the corn tortilla, every way you can possibly prepare it — baked, fried, steamed, boiled and more — and goes all the way to how the flour tortilla came along. Then it goes into the taco, teaching readers everything, how meat is prepared, the different ways you can eat it, the best places to get them — El Farolito was on the list, Taco Bell wasn’t — and fun facts like this:-“During the Porfiro Diaz Regime at the turn of the 20th century, tacos were seen as the food of the poor.”-”The average Mexican consumes 135 pounds of tortillas a year.”-”Having tacos al pastor with a “garden” of onion, cilantro, pineapple, and salsa is a Mexico City original.So if you love tacos, or know somebody who does, we suggest you go pick up a copy of this book. It’s pretty awesome.Tacopedia, $16.47 at amazon.com. Editors’ Recommendations Talking Food Trucks and Fusion Cuisine with The Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip
A Ministry of Labour and Social Security-led project, under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), is be piloted in two communities at a cost of US$1.2 million. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, explains that the objective of the Project is to demonstrate and develop a model for rural road construction and maintenance, and erosion control. [RELATED: Viability of NIF is Assured – Minister Kellier] This will utilize appropriate techniques that create rural employment and enhance income security for the poor that is viable, effective and cost effective and can be applied in other areas of Jamaica. Mr. Kellier made the announcement in his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, June 4. The project stems from the Labour Minister’s discussions with officials of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) at the 101st Conference of the ILO, about the development of a response to the specific infrastructure and employment needs in rural communities. Following these discussions, the ILO engaged the services of a Consultant who visited Jamaica, carried out the required research and presented his findings. The project, which is to be undertaken under the Ministry’s JEEP activities, is to be piloted for 18 months, after which it is expected to be rolled out nationally. Download 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon. Derrick Kellier Funding will be sourced from international financial institutions to support the roll out of the project, and the Ministry will utilize a multi-agency approach in its implementation. The JEEP was launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on March 22, in Kingston. It is one of the strategies of the Government to respond to the chronic unemployment status of some Jamaicans, particularly those in the lower socio-economic strata, persons with special needs as well as those with low skills levels. Contact: Alphea Saunders
Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he will soon meet the prime ministers of India and Pakistan, even as he insisted that a “lot of progress” has been made in reducing tension between the countries. While Trump along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address over 50,000 Indian-Americans at the “Howdy Modi!” mega event in Houston on September 22, the American president did not say when or where will he be meeting Pakistan premier Imran Khan. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “I’ll see Prime Minister Modi and I will — we’ll — be meeting with (prime ministers of) India and Pakistan,” Trump told reporters in response to a question at the White House on Monday. Without mentioning Kashmir or the tensed relationship between the two South Asian neighbors after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Trump said, “I think a lot of progress has been made there. A lot of progress.” Prime Minister Modi, during his meeting with President Trump in France last month, had categorically rejected any scope for third party mediation on Kashmir, saying it was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “All the issues between India and Pakistan are of bilateral in nature, and we don’t want to trouble any third country. We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally,” Modi emphasised. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner. Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making “irresponsible statements” and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it. Meanwhile, according to President Trump’s schedule, he could meet Pakistan prime minister Khan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York later this month. After addressing Indian-Americans at the “Howdy Modi!” event, Trump will travel to Ohio and then is expected to fly to New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly session. Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan are scheduled to address the UNGA session on September 27.
Kurdistan official asks for more Canadian assistance but also investment by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The Kurdish region of northern Iraq is open for business but it wants more help from Canada to keep it that way as it struggles to fight ISIL, says its foreign minister.Falah Mustafa Bakir, representing Iraqi Kurdistan in a short visit to Canada this week, say he’s here to thank the government for its humanitarian aid and military support, and to ask for that support to continue.“We come here…to thank the Canadian people and government for their contribution in the fight against ISIS and also in providing humanitarian assistance,” said Bakir in an interview.While addressing members of the Calgary business community, he asked that corporate entities as well pressure the Canadian government to continue supporting the Kurdish military forces known as the Peshmerga.“I would like to ask you to help us,” said Bakir. “Ask your government to continue supporting us. Peshmerga who are bravely fighting ISIS on the front lines need your support.”The semi-autonomous region of Iraq has been fighting the Islamic State and dealing with close to two million displaced people, all while grappling with the low oil prices that have affected energy producers worldwide.“We live in a difficult world, a difficult neighbourhood, but with all the challenges we face, we’ve survived,” said Bakir.Despite the challenges, Bakir says the region remains an excellent place to do business thanks to encouraging investment laws, incentive programs, and ownership rights.“We’ve proven to all that Kurdistan is an island of stability,” said Bakir. “We can focus on the commercial, business and investment side as well, because Kurdistan is a safe and secure area.”Oil and gas has been the driver of investment in the region, with oil giants like Exxon Mobil, Total S.A. and Chevron already active in the area. Calgary-based WesternZagros Resources Ltd. was one of the of the first companies into the region after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein and has partnered with Repsol and Gazprom on projects.“Already we have got American, Canadian, European companies on the ground in Kurdistan who have played an important role. Therefore Kurdistan is on the energy map of the world,” said Bakir.Kurdistan has also been pushing for greater control over its oil production as Bakir says funding from Baghdad hasn’t lived up to promises. Since June, Kurdistan has been independently exporting roughly 600,000 barrels a day thanks to a new pipeline running into Turkey and through to the Mediterranean.But Bakir says there are investment opportunities outside of oil and gas — with potential in agriculture, industry, tourism and infrastructure that could use Canada’s help as well.“We want to diversify our economic sources, and we want to build ties between other institutions. We’re also here to ask for training and capacity building, human resources development in different areas,” said Bakir.—Follow @ibickis on Twitter
“This solemn commemoration connects memories of a tragic past with the vision of a future free of nuclear weapons,” said Mr. Ban through a statement delivered by his High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane at this year’s Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima.“Hiroshima’s many messages of peace and hope have educated the world about the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, inspiring a global campaign focused on the unacceptability of using these arms under international humanitarian and human rights law.”The hibakusha– survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – have been the face of that effort and their personal testimonies have touched countless people. They have forged the link with new generations who can carry forward the commitment to pursue nuclear disarmament until it is finally achieved, Mr. Ban said. But one of the great ironies of modern science is that humans are searching for life on other planets while retaining and modernizing weapons of mass destruction that, if used, can destroy all life on planet Earth. The Secretary-General called on the international community to address this failing “and counter the militarism that breeds the pursuit of such weaponry.” And this is where the people of Hiroshima have a direct bridge to the UN, where nuclear disarmament remains one of the most important goals. The international body is where Member States and civil society can work together to advance the vision of a world free of such weapons.“Let us press for immediate and concrete progress so that the hibakusha and the world can witness the final destruction of the last nuclear weapon as we end the historical nightmare known as the age of nuclear weapons – and welcome the dawning of a new era of hope, peace, and prosperity for all,” said Mr. Ban. Also today, the UN chief, through a statement read by Ms. Kane, delivered remarks at the 60th annual World Conference against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs in Hiroshima.“I pay my deepest respects to the memories of those who perished here on this day 69 years ago,” he said and expressed profound gratitude to the hibakusha for their tireless efforts to remind the world of the inhumanity of the horrible weapons of mass destruction. “I will never forget my meetings with these resilient and principled individuals who have done so much for our collective future.” Getting rid of these weapons would benefit all people everywhere, offering the only absolute guarantee against any future use, he said. Realizing this goal would free us from another nuclear nightmare while unleashing immeasurable social, economic, environmental, human rights and security dividends. “By helping millions of people understand the tragic human consequences of using these weapons, the hibakusha have contributed to a broad-based campaign of diverse groups in civil society joining forces to rid the world of nuclear arms,” said the Secretary-General.
UNAMID has since taken measures to mitigate the impact of such operations on the civilian population in the camps, according to a statement released today. For example, following a security raid conducted on Al Salam camp on 5 August when individuals were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs and weapons, UNAMID monitored the trials of those arrested and said that most of those detained have since been released. Other security raids have been conducted in Otash and Dereig internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps as part of a wider campaign by the South Darfur authorities to address the high level of criminality in the State. Such raids have generated alarm and anxiety amongst IDPs in Kalma camp, who told UNAMID that they are anticipating a similar operation. Earlier this week, the African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said that while the Sudanese Government has a right to pursue criminals and apprehend them, it must also guarantee that activities are carried out respecting human rights. Likewise, he reminded that any camp population harbouring, aiding or abetting offenders who possess weapons contravenes international humanitarian law. The Mission is currently engaging local authorities in South Darfur, in accordance with its protection of civilians’ mandate and demanding that if there were a need for such selective searches, they should be conducted in coordination with the camp leaders and the Mission. Meeting with camp leaders, including women and youth, in Kalma, UNAMID has explain the measures it has taken to reduce the impact of such security raids on civilians and assured them that it continues to conduct 24/7 patrols and monitor the situation closely.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it would start vaccine treatments for cholera beginning this weekend to prevent further outbreaks in Iraq, where the disease has now been confirmed in 15 out of 18 governorates, while the agency also reported a suspected case was also found in northern Syria.WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier told the regular press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, that the latest laboratory tests had confirmed 1,942 cases and two deaths in 15 out of 18 governorates in Iraq. “On 31 October, WHO will begin, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, the oral cholera vaccine treatment, and will use 510,000 of the global stock pile to ensure that 255,000 internally displaced persons and refugees in the affected areas will receive two doses,” the spokesperson said.Mr. Lindmeier said “while this number of vaccines was not enough to vaccinate everyone, it should, however, be a strategic vaccination to block the path of the disease and prevent further outbreaks.”In addition to the vaccine campaign, diarrhoeal disease kits and 600,000 chlorine tablets had been distributed in the infected areas, 48 national health staff had been trained in cholera and laboratory procedures, and a team of international experts have been deployed to assist the Iraqi’s Ministry of Health, he said.Regarding Syria, the WHO spokesperson said his agency had received reports of a suspected cholera case in rural Aleppo, northern Syria, involving a 5-year-old boy, who had died before an appropriate stool sample could be taken for confirmative testing. Aleppo is where pro-Government forces and non-State armed opposition groups have continued mutual shelling inside civilian-populated areas.WHO is printing 50,000 information brochures for Syria, and the country’s health sector has been put on alert, the spokesperson said. Health education is ongoing and the water network in the area is said to be chlorinated, which will hinder the spread of the cholera.Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The short incubation period of 2 hours to 5 days, is one factor that triggers the potentially explosive pattern of outbreaks, according to the health agency.
“I want to express my sincere thanks to all nations, especially the United States, concerned nations and parties, including the Governments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Indonesia… the UN and others for encouraging all sides to set the stage for a process that would lead to talks and a Just and comprehensive negotiated settlement,” he told the UN General Assembly on the second day of its annual general debate.Mr. Abdullah called on neighbouring States, especially Pakistan, to help deal with the terrorism and extremism threatening the region.“Since we last met (at last year’s annual debate), Afghanistan has turned a page and made unprecedented overtures to the Taliban to be part of a credible Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process that could lead to a just and comprehensive political settlement through talks and reconciliation,” he told the scores of Heads of State and Government,” he said.“Our people, who pose no danger to anyone, are demanding a fundamental change where they can play a constructive and collaborative role across boundaries and help turn their country into a roundabout of people, goods, services, communications, cooperation and ideas across the wider region.“I believe that with your help we can turn this concept into reality. We hope to further engage our regional partners in helping us bring this vision to fruition. I hope that this Assembly and all concerned member states play their supportive and positive role to put an end to years of agony and open a new path leading to durable peace, stability and prosperity.”Full statement availabel here.
Charlie Strong decided to turn down the Tennessee Volunteers football coaching vacancy on Wednesday to remain at Louisville, according to Sports Illustrated.The Volunteers reportedly offered Strong a contract worth $3.5 million a year, according to sources close with ESPN. This made his decision especially difficult because there were reports on Wednesday that Strong was debating on whether or not to take the offer. He chose to stick with Louisville and wait to receive a contract extension from the university.Strong, who is currently in the third year of his five-year deal, worth about $2.3 million a year, will receive a substantial raise for choosing to stick with the Cardinals. He will be one of the highest paid coaches entering the ACC, according to Sports Illustrated.Strong became Tennessee’s No. 1 focus after Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy turned down the Volunteers to stay put with the Cowboys. Tennessee was under the assumption that they were going to be able to lure Strong away on Monday, but that quickly changed Wednesday.“All I’m gonna say is I’m not worried about my coach,” Louisville center Mario Benavides tweeted after Wednesday’s team meeting. “We are family.”Strong’s name has surfaced for other coaching vacancies, such as the Auburn position. Auburn decided to hire Gus Malzahn earlier in the week.Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has made it clear several times that he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Strong along the Cardinal sidelines.Strong has amassed an overall record of 24-14 in his three seasons at Louisville. He led the Cardinals to a 10-2 record this year, a share of the Big East title and a BCS berth to the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Florida Gators on Jan. 2.When asked Monday whether he could say definitively if he would be back at Louisville next season, he said, “I will say that at the right time.”The right time will come at a Louisville scheduled news conference for 8 a.m. Thursday to announce his return to the Cardinals after turning down the Volunteers.
Adrian Peterson’s season is over—and he has only Adrian Peterson to blame.His appeal to have an indefinite suspension for personal conduct violation was denied by NFL executive Harold Henderson, appointed by Goodell, effectively ending any hopes he harbored to join a team in the last weeks of the season.On Nov. 18, Peterson was suspended without pay by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for at least the rest of the season after pleading to a lesser charge in the beating of his six-year-old son, leaving visible abrasions.Henderson concluded that Peterson “has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent.“He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline.”Peterson’s salary for this season was $11.75 million. He gets to keep the money accrued while on the exempt list, but the NFL’s punishment amounts to a six-game ban, or the equivalent of a fine of $4.15 million. The Vikings have three regular-season games left. Peterson’s status will be revisited in the spring.“The facts in this appeal are uncontested. The player entered a plea which effectively admitted guilt to a criminal charge of child abuse,” Henderson wrote, “after inflicting serious injuries to his four-year old son in the course of administering discipline. No direct evidence of the beating was entered in the record here, but numerous court documents, investigative reports, photographs and news reports, all accepted into evidence without objection, make it clear that Mr. Peterson’s conduct was egregious and aggravated as those terms are used in the Policy, and merits substantial discipline.“His public comments do not reflect remorse or appreciation for the seriousness of his actions and their impact on his family, community, fans and the NFL, although at the close of the hearing he said he has learned from his mistake, he regrets that it happened and it will never happen again. I reject the argument that placement in Commissioner Exempt status is discipline.”Peterson beat his child to extreme levels and then did not show or express much sorrow for doing so. That did not help him. And he did not attend a meeting with Goodell, a meeting that he was told a tw0-game suspension would be levied. He stayed away because he was unsure of what questions he’d be asked. For real.So now the top running back in the game will be out until two months after the Super Bowl. Because he’s an enormous talent, he will find a home. But the hope is that this experience has brought him around He certainly has a long time to think about it before he puts on the pads again.
A similar toilet seat is available at DIY store Wickes. The product, available there for £30, is described as “classic and elegant, with adjustable, soft close hinges for a lovely and quiet, universal fit.” A headteacher on a six-figure salary resigned after an inquiry was launched into her suspicious expenses claims, including £35.99 for a toilet seat.Jeanette Dawson was principal of Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire, but stood down last October after concerns were raised about her expenses, which totalled £21,000 in just 18 months.According to documents seen by the BBC, the £140,000-a-year teacher claimed £225 for a rug, £450 on three Waitrose shopping trips and £6,000 on hotels.Credit card statements show that one of the hotels was only 15 miles from the 62-year-old teacher’s home.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Dawson, who received an OBE in 2010, made the claims between January 2016 and September 2017 but, according to the Hull Daily Mail, the college have only provided receipts supporting £8,823.95 of these expenses – leaving £12,515.30 not supported by any receipts.According to the BBC, a receipt dated 30 November 2016 showed £35.99 was claimed for a “White Wood T&G Toilet Seat”, with a handwritten note reading “ESTATES CODE” on the credit card copy. Jeanette Dawson was given an OBE by the Queen in 2010Credit:Lewis Whyld / PA 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. In a statement, Bishop Burton College confirmed Mrs Dawson had resigned after it started the inquiry into her expenses. She had been in the role for 14 years.The College said: “The investigation highlighted a lack of transparency around the terms upon which expenses were incurred in the past. This included a lack of clarity about hospitality expenditure and how the college benefitted from this.”Financial controls around expenses and credit card claims have since been reviewed and tightened to ensure there is greater scrutiny and more transparency to prevent any recurrence.”Mrs Dawson could not be reached for comment.
PHILIP K DICK’S seminal 1968 science-fiction classic, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, imagines a world where artificial intelligence thinks for itself, is capable of doing the same things that humans do, and often do it better.It formed the basis of the 1982 film Blade Runner, where Harrison Ford’s character is a man who has the job of seeking out dangerous robots to decommission – kill – them.The latest exhibition in Science Gallery Dublin imagines a world where artificial intelligence has taken over and looks at where we’ll fit in when it happens.Humans Need Not Apply looks at aspects that range from the beneficial and the humorous to the dystopian.TheJournal.ie got a sneak peak at some of the exhibits before the gallery opened to the public and here are some of the highlights from this latest take from the Science Gallery at Trinity College.Lady Chatterley’s TinderbotDH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover was criticised for its “obscenity” upon its first publication in the 1920s.The book contains explicit sexual references but, almost 100 years later in 2017, we are bombarded with sexual imagery in our culture so this exhibition sought to use AI to perform a contrast between then and now.Created by artist Libby Heaney, a machine was given the text of Lady Chatterley’s Lover and programmed to go on the dating app Tinder and talk to other people using only the text from the book.Can racy, 1920s prose navigate the dating world of today?The results are unexpected, baffling and hilarious. Source: TheJournal.ie Source: TheJournal.ie Source: TheJournal.ie Source: TheJournal.ie Source: TheJournal.ieThe tickle machineThis is exactly what it sounds like.Here, a visitor can lie down while an automated soft brush moves around your body.The brush learns as it goes, adapts by trial and error to map the shape of your body and works away.AI adapting to your body and helping you relax?It’s not so far away.When robots take overCan robots take over from humans?This exhibit has a take on what it’ll look like when it happens.Robot propaganda will tell us why everything is now so great, human resistance will print pamphlets to tell us we need to rise up and overthrow our AI overlords, and films such as the Terminator and the Matrix will be banned for spreading anti-robot rhetoric. Source: TheJournal.ie Source: TheJournal.ieAlthough it appears unlikely to happen, this exhibit questions what will happen to us the more automated our society becomes and how much more we rely on artificial intelligence in the future.The poetry camera 11,375 Views Short URL Source: TheJournal.ieThis is an old-style camera, with a difference.It can look at someone, take a picture of them and create a poem just for that person.Hacker and artist, Ross Goodwin, told TheJournal.ie that the camera generates poems based on whatever it captures and had limitless combinations that it can create.This is the one the camera created for us when we visited the exhibition. Source: TheJournal.iePixar’s lamp (with a difference)Most people will recognise the lamp that hops across the screen at the beginning of each Pixar movie.This lamp bears a striking resemblance to that and has a mind of its own.Similar to a dog, the lamp will react to whatever is going on in its surroundings.If people are angry and shouting in the vicinity of the lamp, it will cower and shrink in size. Source: TheJournal.ieIf there’s a jovial atmosphere, or if you’re telling the lamp how great it is, it will stick its neck out proudly.This exhibit is designed to ask of us what exactly we can give empathy towards.Does that extend beyond other people and living things?Can we feel empathy for something that reacts like a living thing, even if it’s just a machine?Profound questions, indeed. Source: TheJournal.ieThe end of art Not a Rembrandt? Source: TheJournal.ieIs this a Rembrandt painting?If you were to ask if Rembrandt painted this specific canvas, then the answer is no.Artificial intelligence made this painting, but it did by looking at all of Rembrandt’s paintings, finding common threads – men in hats, stances, nose shape, facial hair – and creating a painting that used elements from everything the artist had done.The exhibition would argue that, in that sense, it is a Rembrandt painting.But it’s also definitely not.Either way, machines replicating human art is also not such a far-away idea.The mindfulness machineMindfulness is all about taking care of yourself and your mental health in particular.This is a robot that practices mindfulness.This is a robot that likes to colour in.It makes its decisions on what patterns to draw and what colours to use based on the mood of the room, how many people are watching, the weather outside and background noise.TheJournal.ie’s tour guide said that, before the exhibition opened, all of the exhibits were covered by a dark sheet so no one could see them. During that time, the robot chose to doodle exclusively in black pencil. Source: TheJournal.ieCommenting on the new exhibition as a whole, Science Gallery director Lynn Scarff said: “Humans Need Not Apply sets out to engage our visitors in genuine conversations that probe the multiple opportunities that these technologies present.More critically, the exhibition aims to lend urgency to public discourse about what kind of changes we need to consider to our current infrastructure, from education and health to transport and the economy, to ensure that we all benefit from these opportunities.Read: ‘Humans Need Not Apply’: Is this a sign of the future?Read: ‘What is the thing that will wipe us out?’ The Dublin Science Gallery is addressing some big questions By Sean Murray Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:45 AM Share70 Tweet Email1 Image: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3230398 Image: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ie Feb 12th 2017, 8:45 AM Lady Chatterley’s Tinderbot: Modern dating at Dublin’s Science Gallery The camera that writes poetry and machine that likes to draw are some of the new attractions at the Science Gallery. 4 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
En images : quand les hommes plongent en compagnie des cachalotsRépublique dominicaine – Au large de l’île d’Hispaniola, le Dr Peter G Allinson plonge en compagnie des cachalots. Il tente de sensibiliser le plus grand nombre à la cause de ces cétacés, aujourd’hui considérés comme vulnérables par l’IUCN. “Ce sont vraiment de superbes créatures. Je les photographie en espérant participer ainsi à leur sauvegarde. Plus les gens comprendront ces merveilleux animaux, plus leur préservation sera facilitée”, explique le Dr Allinson. À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merLes cachalots collectionnent les records : ils possèdent le plus gros cerveau du règne animal (avec un poids de 9 kilogrammes), sont les plus grands animaux dentés du monde, et également les plus grands prédateurs vivants. Ils détiennent aussi le record de profondeur de plongée parmi les mammifères, s’enfonçant parfois à plus de trois kilomètres dans les fonds océaniques pour capturer les calmars géants dont ils raffolent. Découvrir les images : https://www.maxisciences.com/cachalot/ils-nagent-en-compagnie-des-cachalots_art6813.htmlLe 10 avril 2010 à 13:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une astronome amateur française découvre une comèteClaudine Rinner, une astronome amateur française a découvert, dans la nuit du 28 au 29 novembre une comète qui a été baptisée de son nom. La comète Rinner est le premier corps de ce type observé par un amateur en France depuis 15 ans. Depuis deux mois environ, Claudine Rinner avait son télescope de 500 millimètres braqué vers le ciel, depuis l’observatoire de l’Oukaimeden, au Maroc. Elle avait déjà découvert un astéroïde rare : un géocroiseur, c’est-à-dire un objet céleste dont l’orbite est proche de celle de la Terre. Mais la découverte qui vient d’être faite est plus exceptionnelle encore, il s’agit d’une comète. La dernière comète trouvée par des astronomes amateurs français remonte à 1997. Il s’agissait à l’époque de Meunier-Dupouy (la dernière découverte par une femme remontant à 1985 avec Jacqueline Ciffreo).À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa comète ainsi repérée vient de prendre le nom de sa découvreuse : la comète Rinner. Immatriculée P/2011 W2, l’objet fait partie des corps de la famille de Jupiter. En clair, elle provient des confins du système solaire et son orbite a été contrainte par la force de gravité de Jupiter. Lorsqu’elle a été découverte, Rinner était déjà 40.000 fois moins brillante que la plus faible étoile visible à l’œil nu. Elle ne le sera jamais beaucoup plus dans la mesure où sa distance la plus proche de la Terre sera de 2,3 fois la distance Terre-Soleil. Pour l’heure, elle se situe à proximité de Mars.Et Claudine Rinner (lien non disponible) ne s’arrête pas là. Sa découverte d’un second astéroïde géocroiseur est en attente de confirmation et pourrait être prochainement publiée ! Largement de quoi confirmer que l’instrument installé au Maroc est capable de rivaliser avec les programmes de surveillance 100% professionnels des Américains comme Linear ou le Catalina Sky Survey. Il faut dire que Mme Rinner a de l’expérience avec plus de 1.000 astéroïdes découverts à son actif, rapporte Ciel et Espace.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 11:12 • Maxime Lambert
Le télescope spatial CoRoT va être mis à la retraite Lundi, l’agence spatiale française (Cnes) a annoncé que le satellite CoRoT allait être mis à la retraite et détruit. Sa mission aura duré deux fois plus longtemps que prévu et aura notamment permis de découvrir la première exoplanète tellurique située autour d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil.Après Herschel, c’est au tour d’un autre télescope spatial de faire ses adieux : CoRoT pour “COnvection, ROtation des étoiles et Transit des planètes extrasolaires”. Comme l’a annoncé lundi le Cnes, l’engin va en effet être mis à la retraite après avoir effectué une mission deux fois plus longue que prévu (six ans au lieu de trois). Lancé le 26 décembre 2006, le satellite avait pour mission principale de détecter des planètes de petite taille gravitant autour d’autres étoiles que notre Soleil. Il avait été réalisé par le Cnes et était placé sous la responsabilité scientifique de l’Observatoire de Paris. Dès son lancement, CoRoT avait ainsi fait la preuve de son efficacité et de celle de sa méthode d’observation consistant à mesurer de façon continue l’intensité lumineuse des étoiles sur des périodes de plusieurs mois. Un télescope qui a ouvert un nouveau domaine C’est d’ailleurs ce télescope spatial qui a permis au Cnes de découvrir la première exoplanète tellurique (c’est-à-dire solide, par opposition aux planètes gazeuses) autour d’une étoile semblable à notre Soleil. Dans son communiqué annonçant la mise à la retraite de CoROT, l’agence spatiale française rappelle que, en tout, CoRoT a révélé 32 planètes et une centaine d’autres toujours en cours de confirmation. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreDe plus, il a aussi permis de réaliser les premières mesures du rayon des “naines brunes” (objets intermédiaires entre les étoiles et les planètes) et a “révolutionné la physique stellaire” en écoutant le chant des étoiles, souligne le Cnes cité par l’AFP. “En mesurant les fréquences et les amplitudes des vibrations des étoiles avec une précision inédite, il a littéralement ouvert un nouveau domaine” car ces “fréquences de vibration des étoiles, comme celles des instruments de musique, fournissent un diagnostic unique sur la structure, le fonctionnement et l’âge de l’étoile”.Un instrument arrivé au bout de sa résistanceAprès avoir été une première fois prolongée en 2009, la mission l’avait été une seconde fois en 2012. “Mais après six ans de bombardement intense par les particules de haute énergie qui sillonnent l’espace, l’instrument de CoRoT a cessé de transmettre ses données le 2 novembre 2012, probablement victime de l’une d’elles, et n’a pu être remis en service à distance par les équipes techniques du Cnes et du CNRS”, explique l’agence spatiale française.Pour progressivement l’accompagner vers sa retraite bien méritée, les opérateurs du télescope vont abaisser son orbite, réaliser des expérimentations technologiques puis le désactiver. Il se désintégrera ensuite en se consumant dans l’atmosphère terrestre. La relève européenne ne devrait alors pas intervenir avant 2017 avec le télescope spatial Cheops (CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite) de l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA). Le 25 juin 2013 à 13:34 • Maxime Lambert