It’s a sad fact that children born in poverty start out at a disadvantage and continue to fall further behind kids who are more privileged as they grow up. In developing countries, chiefly in Africa and Asia, some 200 million children under age 5 won’t reach the same milestones—for physical growth, school performance, and earnings later on—as children who are less deprived. But a new analysis of a long-term study in Jamaica shows that surprisingly simple ways of stimulating children’s mental development can have dramatic benefits later in life.The children were participants in the Jamaican Study, a project geared toward improving cognitive development begun in the mid-1980s by child health specialists Sally Grantham-McGregor of University College London and Susan Walker of the University of the West Indies, Mona, in Jamaica. They focused on children between the ages of 9 and 24 months whose growth was stunted, placing them in the bottom 5% of height for their age and sex (an easy-to-quantify gauge of extreme poverty). Children of normal height in the same neighborhoods were also studied for comparison.For 2 years, community health workers visited the families weekly. One group was given nutritional assistance only (a formula containing 66% of daily recommended calories, along with vitamins and minerals). One group received a mental and social stimulation program only, and one group got stimulation and nutritional assistance. A final group had no intervention and served as a control. The mental stimulation program involved giving parents simple picture books and handmade toys, and encouraging them to read and sing to their children and point out names of objects, shapes, and colors. They were also taught better ways to converse and respond to their toddlers. These everyday interactions aren’t always part of the culture in low-income countries, explains Paul Gertler, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley. “Parents might have five or six kids and few toys. They might be working really hard and have a lot of competing demands. They might not have been taught how to talk to their children, or how important and effective it is,” he says. 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The new study, reported online today in Science, focused on the children’s economic achievement as young adults. Gertler, Grantham-McGregor, Walker, and colleagues tracked down 105 out of the original 129 growth-stunted children. Those who had received the stimulation intervention had earned 25% more than the children in the control group. Even more exciting, Gertler notes, is that they had closed the gap—in physical and economic stature—between themselves and children in their neighborhoods with normal height and weight. Adding nutritional assistance to the mental stimulation didn’t improve outcomes any further, and nutritional assistance on its own had no effect—likely because this kind of intervention must be used before a child’s growth has been stunted, Gertler says.”Mental and social stimulation at around 1 year of age really matter,” Gertler says. “It was enough to reduce and possibly eliminate inequality in the long term.” Gertler emphasizes that the interventions were inexpensive, consisting of toys, books, and conversation—not pricey, high-tech gadgets like iPads, for example.Jere Behrman, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania who was not involved in the research, says the study is the first to demonstrate a long-term economic benefit to early intervention stimulation programs in developing countries. But he is more cautious about saying that the program greatly reduces inequality. “A 25% increase in earnings will improve the welfare of people who are very poor, and that’s something to be glad about. But it may not reduce overall inequality by very much.” He points out that although the mentally stimulated children caught up to other poor children who weren’t malnourished, their later earnings didn’t begin to compare to those of more affluent kids.Still, Behrman agrees that the simplicity of the interventions in the Jamaican Study is a point in its favor. “Flying in world-class psychologists to work with the kids for hours would give impressive results, but that wouldn’t be easy to duplicate.” The Jamaican Study’s methods now are being used in Bangladesh, India, and Colombia. The study provides proof that “homemade toys and weekly visits from someone from within the community can also have a dramatic impact,” Behrman says.Joan Lombardi, who was deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2009 to 2011 and is now a senior adviser to the Bernard van Leer Foundation in The Hague, the Netherlands, says the study adds to the growing body of research from around the world confirming that what happens in the early years has an impact on long-term health, learning, and well-being. “Investing in the early years pay off,” she says. “It’s time to translate this growing science into improved policies and new investments in young children and their families around the world.”*Clarification, 2 June, 11:29 a.m.: This article has been updated to clarify that according to Jere Behrman, the study is the first to demonstrate an economic benefit for early intervention programs that focus on mental and social stimulation in developing countries. Behrman’s research in Guatemala has shown that programs aimed at improving nutrition for infants and toddlers can improve earnings in adulthood.
The brightest object in a nearby star cluster, thought for decades to be a single star, is actually two massive stars in the process of merging. The pair lies about 13,000 light-years from Earth in the minor Northern Hemisphere constellation of the Giraffe. Astronomers have long known the object as MY Camelopardalis. (Camelopardalis is Latin for giraffe.) Detailed analyses of light from the object suggest that, as seen from Earth, the binary system is seen edge on, with each bright blue star eclipsing the other on a regular basis. The system, containing one star about 38 times the mass of our sun and another about 32 times our solar mass, rotates once each 28 hours, the researchers report in the December issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics. The stars, which formed only about 2 million years ago, orbit each other so closely that their outer layers are in contact (artist’s concept shown). It’s not clear how long it will take for the stars to fully merge, or what will happen when that occurs: Some models of stellar evolution suggest the merged star could explosively release a massive amount of energy, while others hint it could simply burn through its fuel more quickly than each star would on its own. Regardless, the researchers say, MY Camelopardalis is the first known example of a binary system on its way toward creating a supermassive star.
It is not surprising, to say the least, that India is now in two minds after inviting United States President Donald Trump to be the guest-of-honour for the 2019 Republic Day spectacle in Delhi. The gargantuan and colourful Republic Day celebration — Indians like to compare it with France’s Bastille Day celebration — held annually on Jan 26, is a demonstration of national pride for Indians who, traditionally, showcase the nation’s cultural and ethnic diversity, accompanied by a show of military strength, before a foreign leader invited as the guest-of-honour.Read it at NST Related Items
Defending champion Roger Federer survived a major scare at the Australian Open on Wednesday, beating Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.Roger Federer reacts after winning a point against Gilles Simon during their second round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday. APFor a while, it seemed as if Simon, who had beaten Federer in their only two previous meetings, would send the Swiss star packing out of a Grand Slam before the third round for the first time since the French Open in 2003 – a total of 31 majors.But Federer, pumping his fist increasingly in celebration with each point in the final few games, broke Simon’s service in the sixth game of the deciding set to go up 4-2, held his service to go up 5-2, then held his serve two games later to clinch it on his fifth match point with an ace.”I wasn’t playing poorly in the third and fourth set, but Gilles took it to me,” Federer said. “Clearly, he’s a great player first of all. Matches against him don’t come easily … hopefully we don’t play each other anymore!”Earlier, Venus Williams was in the middle of a first-set tiebreaker when her mother yelled some encouragement from the players’ box at Rod Laver Arena.Oracene Price’s urges to “fight” were clearly intended for her daughter, but they appeared to immediately fall on deaf ears, and with good reason. On the last point of the tiebreaker she eventually lost, Venus hurt herself on a twisting backhand volley.advertisementWrithing in pain and clutching near her stomach as she walked back to her courtside chair, a WTA trainer was called and Williams took a medical timeout. A few minutes later, she returned with her upper right thigh taped and a whole new attitude.She later said she injured her “psoas” muscle, which flexes the hip and spinal column.”It was really tough, but I’m a long way from home and it’s such a long way I didn’t want to go back yet,” Williams said after surviving through a 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4 second-round win over her Czech opponent, Sandra Zahlavova.”You’ve got to be able to play under all kinds of circumstances – good, bad, strange, weird, all of the above. I had to just calm myself down. In the middle of a match like that, you can get a little hysterical.”Her fighting spirit – and the strapping and perhaps a painkiller – helped continue a streak in which Williams has completed all 257 singles matches she has started at Grand Slams.Never has she retired with an injury in a major.Still, she needed some help at the end, asking courtside staff – first chair umpire Alison Lang of Britain, then a ballboy – to help carry off her equipment bag and rackets. Williams was well enough to carry off her glitzy handbag, which went with her outfit – a revealing peek-a-boo lattice-style top with a multicolored satin short skirt she later referred to as her “Alice in Wonderland” outfit.The fashion stakes weren’t quite at the same level elsewhere at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, but the tennis was just as good – Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, top-seeded woman Caroline Wozniacki, last year’s finalist Justine Henin and 2008 champion Maria Sharapova also advanced.No. 3 Djokovic beat Ivan Dodig 7-5, 6-7 (10), 6-0, 6-2. Djokovic, who beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2008 final in Melbourne Park for his only Grand Slam title, is in career-best form.He appeared comfortable all over the court against Croatia’s Dodig, who nevertheless challenged Djokovic in the first two sets with a powerful serve and strong baseline shots. Djokovic answered with his own baseline winners into back corners on both sides, as well as cross court volleys on the odd occasion Dodig sliced to draw him to the net.Djokovic will next play his Davis Cup teammate Viktor Troicki after the 29th-seeded player beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.Wozniacki advanced with a 6-1, 6-0 win over American Vania King in the Danish player’s first major as No. 1. The 20-year-old reached the third round for a 13th consecutive Grand Slam.To get to the semis, Wozniacki might have to beat seven-time Grand Slam winner Henin, who continued her comeback from injury with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Elena Baltacha of Britain.The pair could meet in the quarterfinals. Henin will have to get through a tough match against two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova just to get past the third round. The 23-seeded Kuznetsova beat Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-4.advertisement”I have a lot of good memories, almost all good memories, from Melbourne,” said Henin, the 2004 Australian champion and runner-up here in 2006 and last year, when she was returning from a career break from the tour.No. 8 Victoria Azarenka, the 2010 quarterfinalist who lost to Serena Williams each of the past three years, beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-4, 6-4. Serena Williams is injured and not defending her title in Australia.In other matches, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic beat Australian wild card Jelena Dokic 7-6 (3), 6-1, and No. 9 Li Na defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia 6-3, 6-2.On the men’s side, Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych needed four match points to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, and eighth-seeded Roddick fired his 17th ace to finish off a 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-3 second-round win over Igor Kunitsyn of Russia. The former No. 1-ranked Roddick is into the third round at Melbourne Park for the ninth straight time.”When you’re confident, the court just makes sense; decisions come easier to you,” he said.Roddick’s U.S. Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish made a second-round exit, the No. 16 seed losing 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to Tommy Robredo. And ninth-seeded Fernando Verdasco rallied from two sets down to beat Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0), 6-0, conceding just one point on his serve in the last set.
Pakistan government has finally given a green signal to its junior hockey team for the next month’s World Cup in India, according to sources in the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). (Latest Sports stories)A PHF source said that the ministry of inter-provincial coordination has informed the federation that the government has given the NOC for participating in the December 8-18 Junior World Cup.”The PHF officials were anxious about getting the NOC to send its team to India next month as the FIH event is scheduled from December 8 to 18th and it is an important event for the future of Pakistan hockey. But now the ministry has informed the PHF that the government has given the clearance,” the source said.He said given the current tension between the two countries, the PHF had genuine concerns whether they would get clearance to play in India.”The PHF has already set up camp for the junior team in Lahore under the supervision of Olympian Tahir Zaman and they have high hopes that the team would do well in India,” the source said.There was more good news for Pakistan hockey as a cheque of 20 million rupees was also released as a special grant by the government for the cash strapped PHF during of a meeting PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed had with Pakistan Sports Board officials in Islamabad.The PHF is confident of a good show from its junior team in Lucknow as the under-21 players recently played in the final of a top ranking tournament in Malaysia. They lost 1-3 to Australia but did well overall.advertisementPakistan have in the past taken part in the senior World Cup, Commonwealth Games hockey tournament and Champions Trophy on Indian soil in the last few years.(With PTI inputs)
Paul Pogba Juventus claim they’ve been cleared of wrongdoing over Pogba transfer Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 20:07 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Paul Pogba Juventus Manchester United Premier League Serie A The Serie A champions were being investigated by FIFA over their conduct relating to the France midfielder’s move to Manchester United Juventus have claimed that FIFA has cleared the Serie A club of any wrongdoing and subsequently not handed them any penalty or fine over Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United.World football’s governing body had launched an investigation into Juve’s conduct over the sale of the France international, who joined United in the summer of 2016 for a then-record transfer of around £89.5 million.Juve 16/1 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was alleged that Mino Raiola, who represents Pogba, could have breached third-party ownership rules, with a FIFA statement back in June 2017 confirming an investigation.It read: “We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing. We can confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United.”It appears Juventus are now in the clear, however, with club president Andrea Agnelli revealing that FIFA will not be taking any action.He announced at a shareholders meeting: “The FIFA investigation into the Pogba deal is concluded, [there will be] no penalties or fines for Juventus.”Agnelli also expressed his pride at the club having won six Serie A titles in a row, adding: “On behalf of the club, supporters, team and technical staff, we are extremely proud about winning six straight Scudetto titles.”At this club we believe the greatest success is always the next one, our challenges is to prove ourselves again in Italy and Europe.”
CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group. pic.twitter.com/MheJn4MuLD— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.
Lucknow: Anandiben Patel was sworn in as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh on Monday. She was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice Govind Mathur Anandiben Patel was serving as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh before being made Governor of Uttar Pradesh. In a break of tradition, the outgoing Governor Ram Naik also attended the swearing-in ceremony. The function was attended by the Chief Minister, all the ministers and senior officers of the government. Earlier in the day, Anandiben Patel was given the guard of honour at the airport when she arrived in a special plane. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and ministers and senior officers of the state government welcomed her at the airport.
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that he was not aware of the warnings by the Indian intelligence agencies about the Easter Sunday attacks, saying that the tragedy could have been prevented had he been kept in the loop by the concerned officers. Sirisena had last month said a clear report about a possible terror attack was sent by Indian intelligence agencies 17 days prior to the April 21 bombings, that killed 258 people, but he was not informed about it. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe president said he left for a foreign trip on April 16 and till then he was not informed about the Indian intelligence report, though there had been exchanges on the issue between the defence secretary and the then inspector general of police. I was not aware of the prior warnings of the April 21 attacks but if the officers attached to defence establishments had informed me, I would have taken steps to prevent them,” he said during the National Conference on Peace, Harmony and Coexistence on Tuesday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSirisena said that the attacks could not be avoided due to shortcomings of certain government officers. I was blamed for not doing anything to prevent the attack but the truth is that I was never aware of it, he added. The Easter Sunday attacks have led to a fear psychosis among the communities in this country. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims have begun to suspect each other. “Those who died in the Easter Sunday attacks are Sri Lankans. Also one should consider that Muslims also suffered as a result of the riots that broke out after the Easter Sunday attacks, he said. As a fallout to the Easter Sunday attacks, clashes broke out between the Muslims and Christians, killing one person in northwestern Sri Lanka and forcing the police to impose curfew in certain areas. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts on April 21 that tore through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attack since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings which killed 258 people, including 11 Indians.
(Quinn Meawasige, from Serpent River First Nation, carries an eagle staff leading the procession to close the Assembly of First Nation’s annual meeting in Moncton, NB. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-Quinn Meawasige was in rehab trying to kick a drug and drinking habit when he received a phone call from Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo.Nine months later Meawasige, 17, carried an eagle staff and led Thursday’s procession to close off the AFN’s national assembly in Moncton, NB.Moments earlier, while standing next to Atleo, Meawasige was heralded as a shining example of the future.“This young man has inspired me,” said Atleo, in his closing speech to the assembly. “This young man told his community where he comes from that he made a decision that he was going to seek treatment and healing because he knew he needed to prepare himself, that he would become a leader for his people.”As Atleo spoke, the assembled chiefs gave Meawasige, who is from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, a standing ovation.“Quinn shows us that (the youth) are leaders right now,” said Atleo. “It takes courage, conviction and standing up to the fears that might hold us back…We still have a long way to go, (but) when we see something like this let us…recognize the incredibly courageous things that are happening in our communities every single day.”Meawasige said it was his involvement in protests last spring against the harmonized sales tax in Ontario that triggered his desire to give up drugs and alcohol. He said he had spent five years lost in a haze of crack, cocaine, OxyContin and liquor.“It was really one question: What does it mean to be Aboriginal?” said Meawasige. “That really stopped to make me think. ‘What does it mean?’ The more I started to think about it, the more I started to be interested in it.”Meawasige, who said he came from a good family, finally decided to go into rehab after spending a day in court facing break and enter charges. He said he stole to support his drug habit.“After sitting in that court room I said I need to go (into rehab),” he said.It wasn’t easy to kick the drug habit.“I was scared about what would happen,” he said. “I had bad withdrawals, night sweats. It was tough.”Last November, during his 108-day stay in a rehab centre near London, Ont., Meawasige received a surprised phone call from the national chief.“The executive director comes running in and she says ‘Chief Atleo’s assistant just called (and said) that Chief Atleo will call you in the next half hour to an hour,’” he said. “I waited by the phone.”During the phone conversation Atleo told Meawasige he was an inspiration.“He said he was really proud of me. He said ‘you inspired me once again,’” said Meawasige. “He said I followed my heart.”The two had met at a rally on Parliament Hill that year, but Meawasige said he still doesn’t know how Atleo knew to call him at the rehab centre.“It was out of nowhere,” he said.After dozens of congratulatory handshakes and photographs, including one with an RCMP officer in full uniform, Meawasige sat at a table with a young woman discussing political projects.As their conversation ended, the young woman paused for a moment and said “you’re a rock star.”
The Canadian PressOntario Provincial Police say a 14-year-old boy reported missing in northern Ontario last week was found dead on Saturday.They say Adam Spade of Marten Falls, Ont., was reported missing to the Anishinabek Police Service on Thursday.He had disappeared from a home in Fort William First Nation.On Friday, his body was found in Lake Superior in Fort William First Nation.Provincial officers say a post-mortem will be conducted to determine his cause of death, which is being investigated by the crime unit.Police are asking anyone with information about the investigation to come forward.
Sjoblom said that the RCMP have been notified about the break-ins, but that they told her there’s not much they can do without surveillance footage or eyewitness reports. She said that the break-ins could be attributed to homeless persons nearby. Sjoblom said that this isn’t the first time the museum has been the victim of a break-in, saying that the last occurrence took place several years ago.Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the North Peace Museum are shaking their heads after two of the museum’s heritage exhibit buildings were broken in to over the weekend. Museum Curator Heather Sjoblom said that staff became aware of the break-in, which occurred on Saturday or Sunday, early Monday morning. She said that at least one person broke into the Allan House, the museum’s newest building, by pulling off the piece of plywood covering the doorway of the house. Sjoblom said that luckily the house is currently being restored, and that the vandals did no damage to the house’s interior, which has yet to be restored. However, she said that vandals did punch or kick in a panel on the front door of the Paddy Carroll/Peck Cabin to open the door’s deadbolt. Once again, Sjoblom said that the interior of the home wasn’t damaged due to its exhibits being displayed behind a chainlink fence. But, she said that the home’s front door will need to be replaced at an estimated cost of between $200 and $400.
Sidi Ifni- A waitress in the United Sates was dismissed after she called the police to report a woman who was breastfeeding her baby and drinking alcohol.Jackie Conners, an Arkansas waitress, was dismissed after reporting to police a woman who was drinking while breastfeeding her 7 month old daughter.Jackie Conners, who worked at a Gusano’s Pizzeria, spotted 28-year-old Tasha Adams ordering alcoholic drinks and simultaneously breastfeeding her 7-month-old daughter. The mother’s actions are “unacceptable,” Conners was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.“Me, being a mom, and just seeing something like that and seeing a baby that can’t speak for itself, having a parent do something like that is just unacceptable,” she added.According to the Daily Mail, police rushed to the bar and arrested Tasha Nicole Adams, who is mother of three.The 28 year-old woman was convicted of causing harm to a minor, and she is expected to appear in court in January.But the pizzeria immediately fired the waitress.“Conners’ termination had nothing to do with the breastfeeding incident,” a manager at the restaurant was quoted by ArkansasMatters as saying.But the waitress argues that she was fired because she “took matter into her own hands.”The mother claimed that she did not do anything wrong.“I am really a normal person,” she was quoted by the same source as saying.Pregnant mothers are warned against drinking consuming alcoholic drinks for fear of bringing about birth defects.Adams reiterated that she did not commit anything horrible and that her family is all that she cares about.“I just want everyone to know I am not a horrible person. I have a family to take care of, and that’s all I care about,” she said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
According to a UN spokesperson, Mr. Annan was scheduled to arrive this afternoon in Managua, where he will receive the keys to the City of Managua from Mayor Herty Lewites. Afterward, the Secretary-General will go on to a private meeting with President Enrique Bolanos Geyer. Later today, Mr. Annan will receive the Grand Cross of the Jose Dolores Estrada and attend a dinner hosted by the President.
In its resolution, approved unanimously after a closed meeting, the Council said that the embargo would be lifted if its demands were satisfied.The Council text re-affirmed the demands listed in a July 2003 resolution, which included allowing the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) freedom of movement to carry out its mandate, especially in North and South Kivu and Ituri provinces.It enjoined DRC’s neighbours to provide “no direct or indirect assistance, especially military or financial assistance” to the movements and armed groups opposing the multi-party transitional government.MONUC’s monitoring mandate included inspecting any transport vehicle using the sea and airports, airfields, military bases and border crossings in the three troubled provinces.The Council also re-affirmed its March 2004 resolution which “urges all States, and especially those in the region, to take the appropriate steps,” such as judicial means, to end such illegal activities as exploiting DRC’s natural resources.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked to re-establish within 30 days the Group of Experts referred to in the March resolution and requested that the panel report to it before 15 December.Last week the Group of Experts submitted a report to the Council saying it had found evidence of direct and indirect embargo violations by at least one of DRC’s neighbours.
From the podium of the General Assembly today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the world of the grave threat he said it faced from militant Islam’s desire to dominate the planet, be they Sunni extremists or Iran, defended Israel’s Gaza campaign as moral, and dubbed the United Nations Human Rights Council the “terrorist rights council.”At the same time he held out hope for peace in the Middle East from a “historic opportunity” as leading Arab States, after decades of seeing Israel as their enemy, increasingly recognize that both together face many of the same dangers, principally a nuclear-armed Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world.“Militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad,” he told the Assembly as it entered the second week of its 69th annual high-level meeting. “But so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept to power eight decades ago.“The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree about who among them will be the master … of the master faith. Therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions. There is one place where that could soon happen: The Islamic State of Iran.”Mr. Netanyahu quoted amply from statements by Iran’s leaders, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Hamas which he said showed their global aims, and he accused Iran of doubletalk and “manipulative charm offensive” in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. “Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charm and all the smiles will suddenly disappear,” he said. “They’ll just vanish. It’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world. There is only one responsible course of action to address this threat: Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled.”Turning to Israel’s summer campaign against Hamas in Gaza in which some 2,300 people were reported killed, the majority civilians, Mr. Netanyahu stressed that Israel regretted every single civilian casualty, which it took pains to minimize with prior warnings, denounced Hamas for firing rockets from civilian areas and using civilians as human shields and decried the UN Human Rights Council for investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes. “The Human Rights Council is thus sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere:Use civilians as human shields,” he declared. “Use them again and again and again. You know why? Because sadly, it works. By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UN’s Human Rights Council has thus become a Terrorist Rights Council, and it will have repercussions. It probably already has, about the use of civilians as human shields.”
Pluton Resources, the emerging iron ore producer behind the development of an innovative drilling platform for some of the toughest terrain in Australia, has been given this year’s Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence. The Australian made Universal Drilling Platform (UDP) was developed and patented by Pluton to provide a safe, stable, low footprint option for diamond drilling programs on remote and rugged exploration prospects. It is currently being used in Pluton’s Irvine Island exploration program in The Kimberley.The UDP is a modular platform, which can be transported to an exploration site by helicopter and assembled by hand in less than a day. When fully assembled the platform has a ground disturbance of less than 5 m², much less than traditional exploration equipment. Hydraulically adjustable legs mean that it can be used on uneven and sloping terrain, without the need for excavation or earth moving machinery. The platform does not require the building of tracks or use of heavy vehicles, and once in place can be used as a helipad, further reducing ground disturbance.Pluton’s Managing Director, Tony Schoer, says the company attributes the success of the project to its employees and contractors and the traditional owners of Irvine Island, the Mayala people. “Minimising the land disturbance during exploration can make an important difference to the industry’s footprint,” he said. “A few months after drilling from the platforms, it is almost impossible to tell where we’ve been. We believe it’s part of the new paradigm in mining. Increasingly, exploration and mining companies are finding new ways to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”He said Mayala exploration teams have been trained to assemble the platforms and support exploration. They have been a key part of the company’s success. As part of a broader environmental management strategy, Pluton has adapted accommodation technology used in the Antarctic to build green exploration sites in the tropical Kimberley. The company is using polar “pods” to provide insulated shelter for the drill teams. The pods have little impact on the natural environment and they are easy to relocate from one site to another.The Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia instigated the Golden Gecko Awards in 1992 to recognise excellence and leadership, and to acknowledge the outstanding contribution recipients have made to balance environmental responsibility with the successful development of the state’s mineral and petroleum resources.Pluton has just announced that Phase II drilling results reveal a substantial increase in the total Inferred mineral resource estimate at Irvine Island, Western Australia, from 294 Mt to 452 Mt. This follows a 450% upgrade to the 294 Mt Inferred resource estimate announced in June 2010. Irvine Island has potential to produce up to 150 Mt of 66% Fe (iron concentrate) with easy access to international markets. The Project is being developed with the support and involvement of the indigenous Mayala community.Phase II diamond drilling is continuing at the Hardstaff Peninsula while a second rig is exploring the island’s Isthmus Region which might result in an initial resource estimate for that area. The drilling program will test the potential of the high grade haematite iron mineralisation that may be suitable as Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) which outcrops at the Isthmus Region over an area of approximately 600 m by 75 m. Outcrop sampling previously conducted in late 2007 across the area returned up to 67.6% Fe from a suite of 16 surface samples.Irvine Island is part of a three-island group which includes Koolan and Cockatoo Islands, where Australia’s first iron ore mining began 60 years ago and where highly sought after Yampi Member iron ore continues to be mined. The Irvine Island Inferred resource is a continuation of the iron ore body at Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. Schoer said: “We are increasingly confident that we are dealing with a significant, high quality, iron ore project which is substantially beyond our initial expectations.”Irvine Island has the advantage of deep-water access allowing iron ore to be loaded directly on to iron ore carriers for international markets. With few infrastructure costs, the total capital investment requirements are approximately A$350 million, which includes ship loading facilities and processing costs, enabling Pluton to produce iron ore product at a projected cash cost of A$37/t on ship.Schoer also said, “Irvine Island contains Direct Shipping Ore and feed ore that can be easily processed to produce high grade iron ore concentrate. Its deep-water access and proximity to Asian markets means that this high quality product can be transported to overseas markets cheaply and efficiently. The deposits at Irvine Island are significant at a national and state level, and will be of substantial economic benefit to the native title claimant group, the Mayala people.”
Le plus petit dinosaure connu sommeillait… au fond d’un tiroirDes paléontologues britanniques, étudiant quelques vertèbres fossilisées trouvées en Angleterre par un amateur voici deux ans, les ont identifiées comme appartenant à une espèce inconnue de dinosaure, sans doute la plus petite du monde.Moins de 200 grammes, 30 centimètres de long, couvert de plumes, queue courte, long cou, pattes griffues, sautillant comme un oiseau sur ses membres postérieurs : tel est vraisemblablement le portrait de ce nouveau dinosaure du groupe des Maniraptoriens. C’est du moins ce que les paléontologues déduisent des quelques vertèbres que leur a confié Dave Brockhurst, un homme de 51 ans qui les a découvertes par hasard dans une briqueterie désaffectée près de son domicile, à Bexhill, dans le Sussex, et qui les a conservées deux ans dans un tiroir avant de les soumettre à une expertise… Au final, une nouvelle espèce, sans doute le plus petit dinosaure du monde !Selon le Dr Darren Naish et le Dr Steve Sweetman, paléontologues, l’animal vivait au Crétacé inférieur, il y a entre 100 et 145 millions d’années, mais l’absence de crâne ne permet pas de connaître avec certitude son régime alimentaire : “C’était peut-être un omnivore, mangeant de petits animaux, tels que des insectes, ainsi que des feuilles et des fruits”, dit le Dr Naish, qui remarque également : “L’île de Wight, le Surrey, et l’est du Sussex sont tous des ‘points chauds’ qui révèlent souvent des espèces nouvelles de dinosaures, ce qui n’est pas mal pour un pays qui a sans doute été plus complètement exploré et étudié que tout autre endroit dans le monde”. Le 18 juin 2011 à 14:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Lauren Phinney San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates 147 years Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 6, 2018 It was the 147th anniversary Tuesday of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.Business, community and elected leaders gathered for the celebration at the Marriott Marquis and Marina downtown.The event celebrated the accomplishments achieved over the past year while bringing attention to this year’s priorities.KUSI’s Lauren Phinney was LIVE with more. Lauren Phinney, February 6, 2018