Salaheddine Mezouar Replaces King Mohammed VI at the Arab Summit

By Thomas DupaquierRabat – The 28th summit of the Arab League opened this Wednesday, March 29 in Amman, Jordan, without the participation of King Mohammed VI. Minster of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar flew to Jordan to participate on behalf of King Mohammed VI. While most head of states of member countries are attending the meeting, Mohammed VI decided to abstain from the summit, being instead represented by the Foreign Affairs Minister Salaheddine Mezouar.The King had received a prior invitation from the King Abdallah II of Jordan, transmitted by the Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Nasser Judeh. In response, King Mohammed VI had voiced hope that Jordan would host a successful summit but never officially confirmed he would attend.King Abdallah II has personally travelled to Morocco from March 22nd to 24th to discuss the main challenges facing the Arab world today and to reiterate his invitation. King Mohammed VI had refrained from attending the last twelve summits but was expected to be present in the Jordanian capital.This absence comes a year after Morocco refused to hold the summit stating the ongoing challenges in the Arab World. Morocco had announced that hosting the Arab Summit would not enable taking any decision that could improve the situation of Arab peoples but rather would only be an occasion to take ordinary resolutions and deliver speeches, giving a false impression of unity and solidarity between Arab States.The 2016 Arab League summit was eventually held in late July in Nouakchott, Mauritania after the country adamantly supported holding the summit despite Morocco’s withdrawal. Holding the summit was a must for Mauritania in order to keep the Arab league running. However, only seven head of states attended the summit.Thus, the 28th Arab League Summit was generating a lot of expectations with the expected presence of almost all the member countries. In addition, the summit is also set to include the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, as well as leaders from the European Union, the African Union, the Arab Parliament and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.The Arab League is a political organization founded in March 1945, which seeks to help integrate Arab states economically, and solve conflicts involving members without asking for foreign assistance. Starting with only six members in 1945, the Arab League now counts 22 members, and 4 observer states.The members of the Arab League traditionally hold an annual summit in late March in one of the member countries to discuss current affairs in the Arab world and to plan joint Arab actions for the key issues facing the region.This year’s meeting is scheduled to address the latest developments in the Palestinian question, the Arab peace initiative, the crises in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the fight against terrorism, refugee issues, and ways to strengthen and consolidate inter-Arab relations. read more

Proxy company advises shareholders against Saikawa at Nissan

TOKYO — An investor research company is advising Nissan shareholders to vote against the proposal to reappoint Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa as board director, saying the Japanese automaker needs a “break from the past” after the arrest of his predecessor Carlos Ghosn.Institutional Shareholder Services made the recommendation in its report for the June 25 shareholder meeting of Nissan Motor Co. in Tokyo.The report by the global company that offers proxy research and voting advice was published Monday and seen by media Wednesday.Ghosn has been charged with falsifying financial documents on retirement compensation and with breach of trust in diverting Nissan money for personal gain. He says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

CID questions Fonseka on bombing

The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka this afternoon regarding the suicide attack at the army headquarters in 2006 in which he was the main target.A spokesman for Fonseka said that CID officers met Fonseka at his home and recorded a statement from him on the 2006 attack at Galle Face. A female suicide bomber who had managed to slip into the army headquarters premises in 2006, jumped onto his motorcade when it was leaving the premises. The military had blamed the LTTE for the attack and launched air strikes on their positions in the east. That eventually led to an all out war in which the east was first captured and then the north before the rebels were completely defeated in 2009. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The explosion killed 11 people and injured many others including Fonseka who was in serious condition and recovered after several months. read more

UN envoy to visit Russia to assess condition of internally displaced persons

The United Nations envoy on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is scheduled to visit Russia next week, where he will meet with government officials and visit sites hosting internal refugees in Ingushetia and Chechnya.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s representative Francis Deng will hold discussions with the Government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other relevant actors on ways to ensure effective responses to the needs of the displaced.Mr. Deng’s trip, 8 to 12 September, comes at the invitation of the Russian government. The mission should allow the envoy to study the situation of IDPs in the country. read more

The NFLs Week 1 Games Have Never Been So Close

The NFLs Week 1 Games Have Never Been So Close

But this year’s Week 1 results aren’t just close by Week 1 standards. The Broncos (over the Panthers), Bengals (Jets), Raiders (Saints) and Giants (Cowboys) all won by just 1 point: That’s the first time that four games in one week have been decided by a single point in 34 years.Since 1993, only one week has been as close on average as the 5.1-point margin tallied so far on opening weekend — Week 5 of the 2001 season. Since 1993, the standard deviation of from the previously mentioned 11.6-point average margin of victory was 2.3 points. That makes this season’s Week 1 a true outlier: At 5.1 points (pending tonight’s games), it is 2.3 standard deviations from average. The graph below shows the average margin in each week of the regular season since 1993: Of course, if you insist on having something to overreact to, your best bet for a hot take this morning is to look at the performance of the two NFC heavyweights, Seattle and Arizona. The Seahawks were favored by 10 points but needed a late touchdown to beat the Dolphins, 12-10. And Arizona, favored by 9 points against a New England squad without both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, missed a last-minute field goal and fell, 23-21. But given that Seattle and Arizona both rank in the top five in wins over the last three years, both teams have earned the benefit of the doubt after one mediocre performance. When a game takes an unexpected turn in Week 13 of an NFL season, it can easily be recognized for what it is: an outlier. But when a favorite is upset in Week 1, it’s harder to say whether the game is an aberration or a sign of how the rest of the season will unfold. Observers have such a tendency to overreact to the results in Week 1 that Football Outsiders has coined it National Jump to Conclusions Week.But this year, in a special Week 1 twist, there’s very little to overreact to, at least at a macro level. As usual, some games unfolded in fascinating ways — the Chargers blew a huge lead to the Chiefs, the Lions blew a huge lead but then still beat the Colts, the Raiders won on a 2-point conversion — but Week 1 should generate surprisingly few hot takes. In fact, the most notable result in Week 1 was how close the games were.Philadelphia beat Cleveland, arguably the worst team in the NFL, by 19 points. That otherwise tame result is notable for one reason: Of the 14 games played so far, this was the only game decided by double digits. That’s already tied for the single-week record, with two games (Washington/Pittsburgh and San Francisco/Los Angeles) still to play this evening.The NFL introduced free agency for the 1993 season, another in a long line of efforts by the league to create parity. From 1993 to 2015, the average margin of victory in Week 1 was 11.6 points; this year, pending the results of tonight’s games, the average margin of victory is a microscopic 5.1 points. read more

Were ashamed Bombings suspects uncle urges nephew to turn himself in

first_imgYouTube: PBSNewsHourTHE UNCLE OF the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has urged one of his nephews to turn himself saying he had brought shame to the family and the entire Chechen ethnicity.“Yes, we’re ashamed. They’re the children of my brother,” Ruslan Tsarni told a throng of reporters outside his home in Montgomery Village in Maryland.The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a 26-year-old who had been known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and was seen in surveillance footage in a black baseball cap, was killed overnight, officials said.His brother, a 19-year-old college student who was dubbed Suspect No. 2, escaped. He was seen wearing a white, backward baseball cap in the images from Monday’s deadly bombing at the marathon finish line. Tsarni said:“Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness.”They lived near Boston and had been in the US for about a decade, Tsarni said. He said he had not seen them since December 2005. He said his nephews had struggled to settle themselves in the US and ended up “thereby just hating everyone.”Asked what he thought provoked the bombings, Tsarni said:“Being losers, hatred to those who were able to settle themselves. These are the only reasons I can imagine of. Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, it’s a fraud, it’s a fake.”Tsarni, who described himself as Muslim, said his brother left the U.S. and he had not talked to him since 2009. He said they had a personal falling out but did not elaborate.Chechnya has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings. Tsarni said vehemently that Chechnya had nothing to do with the attack.“I’ve been following from Day One, but would never imagine that somehow the children of my brother would be associated with that. So it is atrocity.”LIVE: Local TV covers the manhunt for the Boston Marathon suspectUPDATED: Massive manhunt underway for ‘dangerous’, second Boston bomberlast_img read more

Final Fantasy Ride Coming to Universal Studios Japan

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu Stay on target Japan always seems to get the best things. Starting on January 19, those who visit Universal Studios Japan will have a chance to check out the Final Fantasy XR Ride. This (virtual) roller coaster ride will give patrons a chance to live out their Final Fantasy… er… fantasies by immersing them in a unique virtual reality experience. According to Kotaku, the ride is Space Fantasy The Ride but repurposed with VR headsets. The ride is for a limited time only, so you may want to plan a quick trip to Japan in order to check it out.The Final Fantasy XR Ride is part of Universal Studios Japan’s yearly Cool Japan event. A trailer for the ride was released. We see a woman riding on a futuristic-looking vehicle as she witness Cloud and Sephiroth having a duel in mid-air. Sephiroth then gets in the woman’s face because, well, he’s Sephiroth. We also get to see shots of Final Fantasy VII‘s Midgar city and a flock of Chocobo running across an open field. I’m not sure if this trailer accurately depicts what attendees will get to experience, but it certainly looks intriguing.Below is an excerpt from the press release (via ComicBook.com)“Universal Studios Japan will be holding the Universal Cool Japan 2018 event for a limited time only, from January 19, 2018 to June 24, 2018. At this event, the worlds of five top Japanese entertainment brands chosen from internationally-praised manga, anime, games, music, and fashion will come together and be reproduced on an unprecedented scale with intense reality and world-class quality. Furthermore, the world’s first “XR” Ride will be introduced at this event, offering an super real experience. Universal Studios Japan will popularizes world-class Japanese entertainment across the globe, while delivering the best entertainment in the world to its guests.”To learn more, head on over to the official Universal website. The site is in Japanese, so unless you are fluent in the language, you may want to have Google translate or a Japanese-speaking friend help you out.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista

Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista

first_imgSkateworld Rally in Linda Vista Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- KUSI’s John Soderman was at the Skateworld Rally in Linda Vista, where locals are trying to save the rink before City Council votes tomorrow on the fate of the roller rink April 7, 2019 Updated: 6:25 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 7, 2019last_img read more

Asia stocks fall as Fed hints at December interest rate hike

first_imgAsian stocks snapped a two-day rising streak and fell on Thursday after the U.S. central bank hinted at a December interest rate hike, sending short-term U.S. bond yields to 4-1/2-year highs and pushing the dollar broadly up.A December U.S. interest rate increase, ordinarily a sign of a healthy global economy, would now come at the worst possible time for export-oriented Asian countries which are grappling with the twin effects of a slowing China and shrinking global trade.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.4 percent, led by a 1 percent fall in Australian shares. While it has risen 12 percent since end-September, it is still down 10 percent so far this year.”Emerging markets are facing some stiff headwinds particularly in the form of a historic China transition away from manufacturing-led growth and an entrenched slowdown in global trade,” said Jeremy Lawson, senior international economist at Standard Life Investments.In fresh signs that Asian countries were feeling the heat, central banks from Australia to Thailand voiced caution at their scheduled policy meetings this week while retail sales in Hong Kong fell for the seventh consecutive month.The U.S. was ready for higher interest rates if upcoming economic data justified them, said Federal Reserve Chair Yellen, in her first public comments since the Fed’s meeting last week.”If the incoming information supports that expectation then our statement indicates that December would be a live possibility,” she said.Her measured optimism was in direct contrast with the disappointing state of affairs for company earnings in Asia.So far, September quarter net income for companies in Asia-ex Japan has missed consensus estimates by 6.5 percent, according to Morgan Stanley while Japan, a relatively bright spot so far, has also faltered.Wall Street shares also slipped on Wednesday, with S&P 500 Index falling 0.4 percent. Futures were pointing to a weak start.”Her comments confirmed that a rate hike in December is the Fed’s base case scenario”, Tomoaki Shishido, fixed-income strategist at Nomura Securities said.U.S. economic data on Wednesday supported Yellen’s guarded optimism, with private employers hiring steadily in October and a jump in new orders buoying activity in the services sector.The U.S. bond market reacted promptly, with the policy-sensitive U.S. two-year notes yield rising to 0.850 percent in Asian trade on Thursday, its highest level since April 2011. It has gained nearly 30 bps since early October.The near-term Federal fund futures contract fell to the lowest levels in a month or longer, suggesting the market is pricing more than a 50 percent chance of a rate hike at the Fed’s next meeting on 15-16 December.last_img read more

Identify risky school buildings LGRD minister

Identify risky school buildings LGRD minister

first_imgMinister Md Tajul IslamLocal government and rural development (LGRD) minister Md Tajul Islam on Sunday directed its officials to identify risky school buildings and ensure stern punishment of those responsible for irregularities during construction of PK Government Primary School in Barguna, reports UNB.The collapsed school building will be also reconstructed, said the minister while responding to reporters at the Secretariat.A third-grader was killed and five others injured as a portion of ceiling of PK Government Primary School in Betagi Upazila collapsed on them on Saturday.Tajul said the on-duty officials of Local Government Engineering Department have been assigned to identify the responsible people and also to bring them to books.Besides, direction has been given to take actions to identify risky school buildings and reconstruct those.last_img read more

March on Washington Film Festival Stops in DC

March on Washington Film Festival Stops in DC

first_imgThe March on Washington Film Festival has announced that it will visit the District as part of its three-city tour. From July 21 through July 29, the festival will host free screenings across the city of documentaries and scripted films that focus on under-told stories of the sacrifices and triumphs of the 1960s Civil Rights Era. Each screening will each be followed by a panel discussion, talk, or musical performance.Festival highlights include a special preview of Freedom Summer, and screenings of Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, Sam Cooke: Legend, and Nothing But a Man. Post-film panel discussions will provide opportunities to engage with local thought leaders and change-makers to ideate a platform for the future of civil rights. Just as music and art played a crucial role in inspiring and advancing the civil rights movement, the festival will include live musical performances.The film festival originated in the summer of 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and to encourage a new generation of civil rights activists. Over 1,000 people attended ten free screenings during the inaugural Washington, D.C. event. The interest generated by the festival led its organizers to expand to Atlanta and New York City for 2014. This years selected films focus on the events of 1964 and the theme“Change is Gonna Come,” from Sam Cooke’s hit of that summer.Additional details will be announced soon. For more information on the March On Washington Film Festival, please visit http://marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org.last_img read more

Valve teaches kid a lesson for trying to sell his Steam account

first_imgValve Software is a collection of good eggs. While companies like EA and Activision exploit their customers, Valve seems to genuinely compare about their customers. That’s not to say, though, that Valve doesn’t sometimes need to crack the whip… but even when they do, as they did with one Steam subscriber recently, it still ends up a lot better than it could have been.About a month ago, a Steam user with a total of $1,794.52 worth of games legally purchased on his Steam account decided to try to sell it via Reddit. “I’m looking at money of course, not full price considering I bought most of them on sale, but maybe we can come to some sort of deal…Of course if someone actually takes me up I’ll be removing my credit card information from the account, along with my friends list,” he wrote.The problem? Selling your Steam account is a huge violation of Steam’s Subscriber Agreement, which says that “you may not sell or charge others for the right to use your account, or otherwise transfer your account.” Worse, someone from Valve was reading. Down came the ban hammer… freezing the Reddit user out of his Steam account, and taking from his the right to play any of his $1800 worth of games.Depending on how you read this story, it’s either a great example of the perils of tying your software to a subscription account like Steam, or a tale of an idiot trying to break the rules getting punished for it. Either way, though, Valve was only trying to teach the kid a lesson and send a message to other gamers who were tempted to sell their Steam account, and today, the user’s account has been reinstated. All’s well that ends well.Read more at Steamlast_img read more

Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288

Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288

first_imgNGC 288 as seen by Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA More information: On the extended stellar structure around NGC 288, arXiv:1709.07284 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1709.07284AbstractWe report on observational evidence of an extra-tidal clumpy structure around NGC 288 from an homogeneous coverage of a large area with the Pan-STARRS PS1 database. The extra-tidal star population has been disentangled from that of the Milky Way field by using a cleaning technique that successfully reproduced the stellar density, luminosity function and colour distributions of MW field stars. We have produced the cluster stellar density radial profile and a stellar density map from independent approaches, from which we found results in excellent agreement : the feature extends up to 3.5 times the cluster tidal radius. Previous works based on shallower photometric data sets have speculated on the existence of several long tidal tails, similar to that found in Pal 5. The present outcome shows that NGC 288 could hardly have such tails, but favours the notion that interactions with the MW tidal field has been a relatively inefficient process for stripping stars off the cluster. These results point to the need of a renewed overall study of the external regions of Galactic globular clusters (GGCs) in order to reliably characterise them. Hence, it will be possible to investigate whether there is any connection between detected tidal tails, extra-tidal stellar populations, extent diffuse halo-like structures with the GGCs’ dynamical histories in the Galaxy. NGC 288 is a globular cluster located some 28,700 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Sculptor. With an estimated age of about 10.6 billion years, this cluster belongs to low-concentration globulars, with its stars more loosely bound together. It has a large, dense core surrounded by a much more diffuse and irregular ring.Some globular clusters in the Milky Way are surrounded by extended stellar structures. Previous observations of NGC 288 have suggested that this cluster exhibits tidal tails that could be extending up to about 1,100 light years from its center. One study reported that the cluster has two main tidal tails, one running from the cluster centre towards the southeast and another one towards the galactic center. Other research speculated on the existence of a long tidal tail from the cluster center towards the north-west beside its counterpart tail to the south-east.Now, Piatti’s team has studied the extended stellar structure around NGC 288 by analyzing the data from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). The astrometric and photometric catalogue produced by Pan-STARRS allowed the researchers to learn more about the cluster’s external region.”We report on observational evidence of an extra-tidal clumpy structure around NGC 288 from an homogeneous coverage of a large area with the Pan-STARRS PS1 database,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the paper, NGC 288 has not two or more but only a single extra-tidal clumpy structure, as commonly seen in other globular clusters in the Milky Way. This structure reaches approximately 3.5 times the cluster’s tidal radius. The researchers also emphasized that NGC 288 is not a tidally limited galactic globular cluster and its main sequence stars located in the outermost regions are in some way experiencing gravitational effects due to the potential of the Milky Way.When compared to other galactic globular clusters, NGC 288’s tidal tail is a moderate extended structure. The astronomers noted that other globular clusters in the Milky Way show evidence of such features up to nearly more than six times their tidal radii.The results of the new research, which debunked the hypothesis of several long tidal tails around NGC 288, show that external regions of galactic globular clusters should be further studied. “These results point to the need of a renewed overall study of the external regions of galactic globular clusters (GGCs) in order to reliably characterise them. Hence, it will be possible to investigate whether there is any connection between detected tidal tails, extra-tidal stellar populations, extent diffuse halo-like structures with the GGCs’ dynamical histories in the galaxy,” the researchers concluded. (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Andrés E. Piatti of the Astronomical Observatory of Córdoba in Argentina has recently observed an extra-tidal clumpy structure around the globular cluster NGC 288. The results of these observations, available in a paper published Sept. 21 on arXiv.org, could redefine our understanding of external regions of globular clusters in our Milky Way galaxy. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288 (2017, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-astronomers-stellar-globular-cluster-ngc.html Tidal tails detected around a distant globular cluster This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Three TMC workers attacked by BJP men in Maynaguri

Three TMC workers attacked by BJP men in Maynaguri

first_imgKOLKATA: Three Trinamool workers were critically injured when they were attacked allegedly by some BJP workers at Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri on Sunday night. All three are undergoing treatment at a state-run hospital in Jalpaiguri and condition of one is stated to be critical. Locals alleged that the TMC workers were attacked when they had assembled at a place to hold a meeting. It has also alleged that the BJP workers were carrying swords and iron rods. All of a sudden, they rushed to the spot where the TMC workers had assembled and started beating them up. Police went to the spot after receiving the news. They brought the situation under control and took the injured persons to the hospital. TMC leaders in the area alleged that their workers were attacked as BJP is trying to create tensions in the area. However, local BJP leaders have refuted the allegations and claimed that they were not involved in the incident.last_img read more

Early life stress linked to depression

Early life stress linked to depression

first_imgEarly life stress is a major risk factor for later episodes of depression and people who are abused or neglected as children are almost twice as likely to experience depression later in life, says a new study.There may also be diminished processing of reward in the brain and associated reductions in a person’s ability to experience positive emotions. Researchers at Duke University and the University of Texas Health Sciences Centre at San Antonio recruited 106 adolescents, between the ages of 11-15, who underwent an initial magnetic resonance imaging scan, along with measurements of mood and neglect. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers focused on the ventral striatum, a deep brain region that is important for processing rewarding experiences as well as generating positive emotions, both of which are deficient in depression. “Our analyses revealed that over a two-year window during early to mid-adolescence, there was an abnormal decrease in the response of the ventral striatum to reward only in adolescents who had been exposed to emotional neglect,” said first author Jamie Hanson.Emotional neglect is a form of childhood adversity where parents are persistently emotionally unresponsive and unavailable to their children, researchers said. This study suggests that, in some people, early life stress compromises the capacity to experience enthusiasm or pleasure.last_img read more

Bridetobe make papaya your best friend

Bridetobe make papaya your best friend

first_imgAs the next season of weddings is drawing near, all the would-be brides are gearing up to look and feel their absolute best on that special day of their life. Add papaya to your diet to achieve the glowing skin and fit body like never before.Well, it might sound incredible but this one fruit, papaya, can really do wonders for all your beauty and health needs, says Mehar Rajput, dietitian and nutritionist from Fitpass.* Cuts the fat to give you that dream figure: Make it a habit to eat two bowls of papaya every day for a month prior to your D-day. The fruit has a super enzyme, papain, that helps in faster digestion, increasing metabolism and creating healthy waterworks, all of which aid in an efficient weight loss strategy. So by having this approximately 55-calorie portion, not only you are ready for your D-day but also for that beach body you are craving for your honeymoon. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Aids digestion: Irregular and unhealthy eating due to wedding jitters can have the bride constantly complaining about acidity or upset stomach. A bowl of papaya everyday can keep stomach problems at bay through its papain enzyme that can help in improving digestion. Moreover, the fibre content in papaya clears the stomach and aids digestive performance so that the bride stays happy from within.* Exfoliation: Pep up your skin with Papaya since it has an enzymatic effect and it is very good for the clearance of dead skin.* De-tanning: Papaya has a very good anti-tanning effect and is an excellent beauty choice for de-tanning.last_img read more

Virtual reality may help treat Parkinsons

Virtual reality may help treat Parkinsons

first_imgPlaying games in virtual reality (VR) may help treat people with neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, a study claims. The technology, described in the journal Scientific Reports, could help the patients shift their perceptions of time, which their conditions lead them to perceive differently. “The ability to estimate the passage of time with precision is fundamental to our ability to interact with the world,” said Seamas Weech, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For some individuals, however, the internal clock is maladjusted, causing timing deficiencies that affect perception and action,” Weech said in a statement. The study will help researchers to understand how these deficiencies might be acquired, and how to recalibrate time perception in the brain. It involved 18 females and 13 males with normal vision and no sensory, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders. The researchers used a virtual reality game, Robo Recall, to create a natural setting in which to encourage re-calibration of time perception. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers coupled the speed and duration of visual events to the participant’s body movements. They measured participants’ time perception abilities before and after they were exposed to the dynamic VR task. Some participants also completed non-VR time-perception tasks, such as throwing a ball, to use as a control comparison. The team measured the actual and perceived durations of a moving probe in the time perception tasks. The researchers found that the virtual reality manipulation was associated with significant reductions in the participants’ estimates of time, by around 15 per cent. “This study adds valuable proof that the perception of time is flexible, and that VR offers a potentially valuable tool for recalibrating time in the brain,” Weech further added.last_img read more

Indonesian MP says death penalty should be introduced for LGBTQ people

Indonesian MP says death penalty should be introduced for LGBTQ people

first_imgIndonesia classifies homosexuality as a ‘mental disorder’ ahead of banning gay sexUN human rights commissioner warns Indonesia over crackdown on LGBTQ communitySoutheast Asian leaders beg Indonesia not to criminalize homosexualityPINK NEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) (Getty)Related: Indonesia to reject 75 UN human rights concerns over treatment of LGBT people“Indonesia has since 1998 managed to transition to democracy and couple it with strong economic growth.“At a time when it is consolidating its democratic gains, we urge Indonesians to move forward – not backwards – on human rights.“There are some dark clouds on the horizon but … I hope the common sense and strong tradition of tolerance of the Indonesian people will prevail over populism and political opportunism,” he added.Al Hussein’s comments after the government carried out a number of raids and arrests on LGBTQ people.The Indonesian Supreme Court narrowly blocked a similar measure from passing last month, but it seems that was only a temporary reprieve.Indonesian authorities faced global criticism last month after they arrested 12 transgender women in Aceh and shaved their heads in an effort “to turn them into men”.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)Related: UN human rights commissioner warns Indonesia over crackdown on LGBTQ communityAuthorities also dressed the trans women in stereotypically male clothing, in the raid which was called “operasi penyakit masyarakat,” which translates as “community sickness operation”.North Aceh Regency Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata said the 12 trans detainees were part of a “social disease” and had been taken to police headquarters, where they would be coached “until they really become men.”Untung said that “the officers also nurtured them by way of having them run for some time and telling them to chant loudly until their male voices came out.”The police chief added that the operation was carried out to stop an increase in LGBT people in Aceh, which he said would be dangerous for the next generation of Indonesians.“There were mothers who came crying to me, worried about their children,” he told Indonesian publication Kompas.“This is not right, and we hope this social disease can be resolved.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… An Indonesian MP has said that he believes LGBTQ+ people should be sentenced to death or a life in prison for their acts.Muslim Ayub made the comments as the Indonesian House of Representatives debated on amendments to the criminal code which would criminalise gay and pre-marital sex.  (Getty)Representing his party, the Islamist National Mandate Party (PAN), Ayub said that the proposed law should punish same-sex relations with capital punishment.He added that he wanted those who “promote LGBTQ behaviour” to also face criminal penalties.Speaking to Jurnalia Indonesia, Ayub said that he and his party would not stop at criminalising gay sex as they feel the whole LGBTQ+ community should face persecution.“We were not satisfied. We want a death sentence or a lifetime jail sentence to have a deterrent effect on the LGBT (community),” he said.Ayub is the representative of the Aceh province in Indonesia.(Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)Related: UN Human Rights Office ‘concerned’ by floggings, arrests of gay men in IndonesiaIt is the only province which follows Sharia law – making it the only place currently in Indonesia where it is illegal to be gay.Political figureheads projected that the proposed legislation which would criminalise gay sex would be in place by February 14.However, it is now facing a delay as MPs fight for amendments to be made.The UN human rights commissioner warned the country that it must stop its crackdown on the LGBTQ community and protect the minority from rising intolerance in the country earlier this week.Speaking in Jakarta, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that Indonesia had a progressive track record when it came to human rights, but that it’s failures to the LGBTQ community could be damaging.He said: “The hateful rhetoric against this community that is being cultivated seemingly for cynical political purposes will only deepen their suffering and create unnecessary divisions.last_img read more

Lucky Ladysmith resident wins R58 million in Lotto

Lucky Ladysmith resident wins R58 million in Lotto

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Congrats to the lucky winner!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A Ladysmith resident who purchased a PowerBall PLUS ticket from De Franca Spar  won a whopping R58 million  in cold, hard cash from the Lotto.The winning ticket was purchased  yesterday, April 18.Also read: Lucky Ladysmith resident wins a whopping R14 million in LottoThis is the second winner to win the lotto in Ladysmith in less than 3 months..last_img read more