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ESPN Releases ‘Future Power Rankings’, Names Alabama Top Dog

first_imgESPN College Football promotion.ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?last_img read more

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Fincantieri Starts Building Vikings Newest Cruise Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Fincantieri Italy’s Fincantieri held a steel cutting ceremony for the seventh ship under construction for cruise ship owner Viking on March 18 at its shipyard in Ancona.The new 47,800 gross ton unit, scheduled to be handed over in 2021, will be placed in the small cruise ship segment. As its sister ships, it will feature 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers.The shipbuilder said that all Viking units are built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with modern safety systems, including the “Safe return to port”. They also feature advanced technologies for energy saving and for meeting the strictest environmental regulations with energy-efficient engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system.The first of the series, Viking Star, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015. The other units, Viking Sea, Viking Sky, Viking Sun, and Viking Orion, handed over in 2016, 2017 and 2018, were all built at the Ancona yard, as well as Viking Jupiter, which joined the shipowner’s fleet in February.Other 10 units, options included, for Viking Cruises will take to the sea from the group’s Italian yards between 2021 and 2027.last_img read more

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Treaty Day Highlights Key Milestones Over Past Year

first_imgThe relationship between the Mi’kmaq and the province is growing every day and continues to show positive results in a number of areas, Premier Darrell Dexter said today, Oct. 1. “Since last year’s celebrations, we have shared in unforgettable moments, good work and real progress,” said Premier Dexter. “In particular, the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Membertou in June was a deeply significant event, and one in which I was proud and honoured to participate.” Work between the Mi’kmaq, the province and federal government led to significant gains last month when the three parties signed the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference. This landmark agreement creates a clear and consistent single-window approach to decision-making around land development, protection and regulation involving the aboriginal community. “The Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference recognizes the important role of the Mi’kmaq in decision-making and demonstrates a spirit of good will and co-operation among the three parties,” said Premier Dexter. “It is the only agreement of its kind in Canada.” “We come together today as treaty partners and renew our unique relationship with the Crown as friends and neighbours,” said Mi’kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. “2010 will be remembered as the year Mi’kmaq pride filled the hearts of so many and our people were showcased throughout this great nation and the world — through the Membertou 400 celebrations, Her Majesty The Queen’s visit and the rebirth of the Mi’kmaw Summer Games.” “Mi’kmaq Treaty Day in Nova Scotia recognizes the signing of the Peace and Friendship Treaties of the 1700s, and is the basis of the ongoing partnerships between the Mi’kmaq and the Crown,” said John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. “Government is proud to be part of this celebration which provides an opportunity to recognize the important contribution made by the Mi’kmaq to the province’s history, culture and economy.” During the Treaty Day ceremony, the premier and Mi’kmaq representatives presented a number of awards to elders and youth from Mi’kmaq communities throughout the province. The ceremony began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior. The day marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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Dumped Tory candidate squabbles with leader is looking into continuing her bid

first_imgHALIFAX – An ejected Tory candidate says she is looking into continuing her bid for public office, as she traded fresh barbs with the party’s leader about whether she faced a double standard when she was dropped because of online comments.Leader Jamie Baillie insisted Wednesday there was no double standard in dropping Jad Crnogorac in Dartmouth South while standing by a male Tory candidate who jokingly acted out what he called a “Chinese fire drill” in an online video.Questioned at a campaign stop in Halifax, Baillie said Crnogorac’s postings crossed the line and she could not remain on the ballot.Crnogorac had posted a joke on Twitter about a date-rape drug known as “roofies,” and also tweeted that white people not winning Black Entertainment Television awards was an example of “inequality.”Baillie maintained that the case differed from one involving Matt Whitman, a Tory candidate who faced criticism over a YouTube video condemned for racial stereotyping and insensitivity to Chinese people. Baillie said Whitman apologized and had no intent to hurt anyone, whereas Crnogorac had “numerous other posts that were close to the line if not over.”“Making fun of a date rape drug is not funny under any explanation,” he said. “I think you’re comparing apples and oranges and a line has to be drawn and I drew one that I stand beside.”In an email Wednesday night, Crnogorac said she is running as an independent and is waiting to hear back from Elections N.S. on the process.“I have had over whelming support from friends family and total strangers all over social media,” she said. “And (I) decided my name is on the ticket and I’m not a quitter.”Crnogorac has said the party jettisoned her without allowing her to explain what the tweets said and the context in which they were made. She said she was asked to step down, but refused and accused Baillie of employing a double standard when it came to her and Whitman.“So Matt Whitman can have a racist comment and drive illegally and film himself and you guys stand by his side and defend him?” Crnogorac said she asked them. “And you want me to step aside quietly? That’s not happening.”“I said … you guys are going to have to remove me because this is not fair. You haven’t even asked me what my tweets said, what I meant by my tweets, nothing.”She posted a social media response apologizing for her comments, but said she’d been let down by Baillie and the party. Crnogorac, a former personal trainer and university basketball player, said the party also repeatedly asked her to remove a picture of her from her Instagram profile.Baillie said all candidates are vetted and that includes reviews of social media issues, but that Crnogorac’s tweets were missed by party volunteers.“Obviously our system didn’t work as it should have in this case and we are taking internal steps to strengthen it,” he said, adding that her removal was due to the content of her comments. “I have no interest in the gender of the candidate. I think everyone should be treated equally and with the same standard. The line that was drawn was around the issues that had been posted.”Crnogorac is the third candidate to be dropped during the campaign, one each for the three major parties.Her withdrawal came a day after Dartmouth East NDP candidate Bill McEwen withdrew after CTV published material from his old website, the Bullpen.The former military officer and journalist had attempted to take the website down — after not posting on it since 2013 — but someone managed to find it from a cached archive.In addition to derogatory terms for gay people, the opening statement of the site’s mission noted, “in a world of breast implants, fast food and cheap beer, what’s not to love about being a man.” The content included a number of columns on sexual topics with titles such as “ovulation: man’s best friend,” and “forbidden fruit.”Last week, the Liberals dismissed candidate Matthew MacKnight over comments he made on social media in 2013. The Pictou East candidate purportedly called someone an expletive and used the hashtags #downsyndrome and #stupidcustomers on May 28, 2013, according to Global News.last_img read more

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Film on Canadas discrimination of First Nation kids premiers at TIFF

first_imgDelaney Windigo APTN National NewsAlanis Obomsawin’s latest documentary is scheduled to premier Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.It focuses on the human rights complaint against the federal government and the underfunding of on-reserve child welfare services.last_img

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NZ cos to pull ads from Facebook, Google

first_imgWellington: A collective of some of New Zealand’s biggest companies is set to pull ads from Facebook and Google in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch mosques shootings in which the gunman live-streamed his massacre of 50 people. Using a GoPro camera, the gunman broadcast extremely graphic footage of him shooting people at the Al Noor Mosque via Facebook Live. The livestream was available to watch on social media for hours after the attack. Besides being livestreamed on Facebook, the video, lasting 17 minutes, was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, before being removed by the social media giant. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe New Zealand Herald said on Monday that the collective, including ASB Bank, Lotto NZ, Burger King, Spark, has come together to take a stand against the harm caused by unmoderated content on the Internet. At this stage, it is still unclear how extensive the pull-back will be or for how long the companies are likely to pull their digital ads. Other brands have also acted independently, The New Zealand Herald reported. Kiwibank suspended all digital advertising on March 15 shortly after the carnage took place at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Avenue Masjid that also left over 40 others injured. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOn Sunday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she intended to ask Facebook how the gunman was able to livestream the massacre. Facebook has on its part said that as many as 1.5 million videos of the attack were removed from its platform in the first 24 hours. This is not the first time New Zealand companies have pulled ads from these platforms. Earlier this month, telecom company Spark pulled all its advertising from YouTube over concerns about paedophilic content. Spark’s move was part of an international response, which also saw Disney and Nestle pull ads from the site.last_img read more

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LS polls: Delhi to have 19 ‘pink booths’

New Delhi: As many as 19 pink booths — staffed only by women — will be established for the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, officials said. Polling in the national capital, which has seven parliamentary constituencies, is due on May 12. The first-phase of the election was held Thursday. A total of 13,816 polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations in Delhi, with a model polling station in each of the 70 assembly constituencies. The establishment of pink booths would be a first for the city during elections. ‘pink polling booths’ have been used in other elections, such as the Karnataka polls last year. Delhi’s CEO Ranbir Singh had said areas were being identified in the city for this purpose. read more

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In the name of nationalism, govt cannot hide its failures: Capt Ajay Singh Yadav

first_imgIt is an age-old tradition in Gurugram where a public representative who speaks with the voters is first honoured by a ‘pagdi’ which he adorns on his head. Fighting his first Lok Sabha election, 61-year-old Captain Ajay Singh Yadav promises his voters in the public meetings that he will not let their honour and expectations down. Even though this may be the first General elections that he is fighting Captain Yadav is a veteran leader for Haryana Congress and has been a six-time MLA from Rewari. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn an exclusive interview with Piyush Ohrie of Millennium Post, Captain Yadav talked about his vision for Gurugram and how in seeking votes for strengthening national security the government is hiding its failures. He also gave tips on how to be fit to undertake a gruelling process of the campaign trail. Excerpts What are the major issues that plague Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency? There is widespread anger among the people on demonetization. There are a large number of small traders and small scale medium industries situated in Gurugram. They were the worse sufferers because of the miscalculated step taken by the government. There was also wide scale unemployment that was caused due to the thoughtless decision. Another issue which angers the voters is pollution. Gurugram is the most polluted city in the world and this is because the government did not work towards extending the Metro and improving the traffic and waste management systems. Finally, there is health and education. The government can open a luxury guesthouse in its tenure but it cannot open a Gurugram university and defence university that was promised. The AIIMS that is to come up in Manethi also does not have the required clearances and just like most of the projects is bound to get stuck in bureaucratic and legal hurdles. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIf you become the MP from Gurugram what will be your key priorities? My focus will be to improve health and education. I will make sure that there is a new public hospital that comes up in Gurugram city at the earliest. Also making Gurugram University in Kakrola operational will be my endeavour. I want to provide a corruption free and environment-friendly Gurugram. In a state where one out of ten people is a soldier, the sentiments for national security is very strong. At a time when the national government has taken strong measures against terrorism what are your views about issues of national security being raised in this general elections? I myself have served in Indian Army and I feel that in the name of nationalism the government cannot hide its failures. The soldiers have performed their duty well not the so-called chowkidars. How is it possible that 300 kilograms of RDX can come into Pulwama and no one knows about it. Moreover, the car carrying such huge explosive was able to come in the national highway. 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars were fought under the Congress regime. We acknowledged our shortcoming in 1962 and were humble in our victory in 1965 and 1971. There is anger among the residents of new Gurugram regarding the shifting of Kherki Dhaula toll plaza and expediting the construction of Dwarka Expressway, how will you tackle this challenge? It is the intent of the government that has ensured that these challenges have not been tackled. Irrespective of the legal and bureaucratic challenges, it is the duty of the public representative to speak to his people about the difficulties and why the task is not being completed in time. The problem with BJP MP is that after getting elected he does not speak with his voters and therefore cannot provide them assurances. The groundwater levels in Gurugram is falling at an alarming level, what will you do to tackle this major problem? When your leadership is weak, it also affects the functioning of public agencies. Illegal bore wells are one of the major reasons behind Gurugram’s falling groundwater reserves. During my stint as an irrigation minister, our government made sure that the water supply from canals reached Gurugram. Sadly this government did not work on improving the water supply systems. Mewat today is the most backward district in the country, why have the seeds of development not reached a district that is bordering one of the richest cities in the country? It is because voters in Mewat have only been seen through the prism of their caste and religion and development has never been an agenda. My focus in Mewat is development and progress of the region.last_img read more

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USs 50 million contribution will help empower women says top UN official

26 March 2009The recent announcement by the United States State Department that it will contribute $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will ring in a new era for women, girls and their families around the world, the head of the agency has said. The release of funding underlines the “support to protecting the lives and human dignity of women and girls” by the administration of President Barack Obama, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said yesterday.Last month, Mr. Obama signed legislation to restore US funding for the agency which has been suspended since 2002.“We are delighted that the United States will, once again, take a leading role in championing women’s reproductive health and rights, alongside all other countries and partners that have supported UNFPA over the years,” Ms. Obaid said.The resumption of funding, she noted, will allow the agency to maintain global efforts, including training midwives in safely delivering babies, increasing access to family planning, delivering reproductive health supplies to remote clinics and supporting the treatment of obstetric fistula.The money will also assist in meeting women’s needs in emergency situations, help curb the spread of HIV among young people and promote steps to end violence against women, she added.“We believe that access to safe and effective voluntary family planning is one of the most effective ways to prevent unintended pregnancies and empower women and men to plan their families,” Ms. Obaid said.“If a woman cannot make decisions about her own fertility, then she cannot make decisions about anything else in her life.” read more

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After Japanese reactor accident UN agency pledges to restore faith in nuclear

12 September 2011The United Nations atomic energy agency today pledged to play a central role in restoring public faith in nuclear power after this year’s disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant, which is projected to slow the growth in the use of such electricity generating reactors. At the same time, UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano reiterated previous concerns about possible Iranian activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile, and the reported construction of a new uranium enrichment facility and light water reactor in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).“It will take rapid and visible improvements in nuclear safety, not just good intentions, to restore public confidence in nuclear power,” he told the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna in a regular update on worldwide nuclear issues that devoted significant attention to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station disaster. “The agency will play its central part with vigour.”A tsunami on 11 March knocked out water cooling systems at the station, contaminating air, water, plants and animals with radioactive plumes dozens of kilometres from the site, and threatening a total meltdown of the fuel rods in the worst civilian nuclear crisis since the deadly Chernobyl power plant explosion in the then Soviet Union 25 years ago.“In the aftermath of Fukushima Daiichi, the most important thing is to ensure transparency, build confidence, and meet the high expectations of the public. But it is actions, not words that count,” Mr. Amano said, stressing that a draft action plan the agency has prepared with input from Member States represents a significant step forward in strengthening nuclear safety.“We must not lose our sense of urgency. I hope the draft action plan will be approved by the Board and endorsed by the General Conference next week. With this plan, we will move from the planning phase to the implementation phase.”He pledged full IAEA support to Japan as it tackles the challenging work of decontamination and called for full transparency from Tokyo. In the wake of the accident, the IAEA now expects nuclear reactors worldwide to increase by about 90 by 2030 at the low end of its projection, or by around 350 at the high end, compared to the current total of 432 reactors.“This represents continuous and significant growth in the use of nuclear power, but at a slower growth rate than in our previous projections,” Mr. Amano said, noting that China and India will remain the main centres of expansion with their nuclear power capacities by 2030 expected to be as projected before the accident, after a temporary period of slower growth.The projected slowdown in global growth reflects an accelerated phase-out of nuclear power in Germany, some immediate shutdowns and a Government review of the planned expansion in Japan, and temporary delays in expansion in several other countries.“The factors that contributed to increasing interest in nuclear power before the Fukushima Daiichi accident have not changed: increasing global demand for energy, as well as concerns about climate change, dwindling reserves of oil and gas and uncertainty of supply of fossil fuels,” Mr. Amano said.As in many previous reports, Mr. Amano noted that Iran is still not providing the cooperation needed to conclude that its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful activities. Iran has repeatedly stated that its programme is for providing electric energy, but many other countries contend that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and the Security Council has imposed several rounds of sanctions.“The agency is increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile, about which the agency continues to receive new information,” Mr. Amano said.He noted that since the last Board meeting, Iran has installed centrifuges in Fordow with the stated objective of producing uranium enriched up to 20 per cent in further contravention of Security Council and Board of Governors resolutions. Iran’s nuclear programme has been of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).On the DPRK, Mr. Amano said knowledge of the current status of its nuclear programme is limited because the agency not been able to implement safeguards measures since April 2009. “That nuclear programme is a matter of serious concern and reports about the construction of a new uranium enrichment facility and a light water reactor in the DPRK are deeply troubling,” he added, calling on the country to fully comply with resolutions of the Security Council, which has imposed sanctions, as well as with the NPT, and to cooperate fully with the IAEA.Turning to Syria, he said Damascus had indicated its readiness to fully cooperate with the IAEA to resolve issues related to the Dair Alzour site after the Board adopted a resolution in June finding it in non-compliance with its obligations under its safeguards agreement. The IAEA has concluded that it is very likely that the Dair Alzour building, which Israel destroyed in 2007, was a nuclear reactor that should have been declared to the agency.Mr. Amano also announced that an initial forum on turning the Middle East into a nuclear-weapon-free zone, as requested by the IAEA’s General Conference 11 years ago, would be held in Vienna on 21-22 November.Noting that yesterday was yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Mr. Amano stressed the urgent need for all States to prevent nuclear and other radioactive material and associated facilities from falling into the hands of those planning malicious acts. read more

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INTERPOL will not push Sri Lanka to arrest KP

“Each INTERPOL member country decides for itself what legal value to give Red Notice within their borders,” the spokesperson added.KP has been in Sri Lanka since August 2009. He was detained in Malaysia and was brought to Sri Lanka.The former LTTE chief arms procurer had assisted the former Government to crackdown on the LTTE network.Subsequently KP settled down in Kilinochchi and opened a children’s home and he was given security by the former Government. Pathmanathan is wanted in India over the murder of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The charges filed against KP include criminal conspiracy, violation of the terrorist Act and Indian explosive Act. “INTERPOL does not therefore comment on specific cases or individuals except in special circumstances and with approval of the member country concerned,” a spokesperson at INTERPOL said.However in general, the spokesperson said INTERPOL cannot insist or compel any member country to arrest an individual who is the subject of a Red Notice nor can INTERPOL require any member country to take any action in response to another member country’s request. Sri Lanka will need to decide if it will comply with the Red Notice issued by INTERPOL for the arrest of Tharmalingam Shanmugam Kumaran, better known as Kumaran Pathmanathan or KP.When contacted by The Sunday Leader, the INTERPOL press office said that it will not compel any country to arrest an individual who is the subject of a Red Notice. INTERPOL said that if or when police in any of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries share information with the General Secretariat in Lyon in relation to investigations and fugitives, this information remains under the ownership of that member country. read more

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Sierra Leone UN begins sensitization programme about truth commission

Known as the Community Sensitization Programme, the effort was inaugurated at a ceremony in the northern town of Makeni by UNAMSIL chief Oluyemi Adeniji. The Programme is co-hosted by the UN mission’s human rights component and a Sierra Leone human rights organization, Northern Region Working Group. In his address, Ambassador Adeniji noted that the Commission – a provision of the Lome Peace Agreement – would allow the people of Sierra Leone to recognize the necessity for reconciliation and encourage perpetrators of crimes to apologize to their victims. He also said the Commission would take into account the culture and traditions of the different Sierra Leonean communities.Rodolfo Mattarollo, the Chief of UNAMSIL’s Human Rights Section, said the Commission would promote the reconciliation process, the healing of victims of human rights abuses, and a break in the cycle of impunity. “The TRC would gather a historical record and provide a balanced account of the Sierra Leonean conflict,” he said. “It would allow perpetrators to apologize to victims and victims to forgive perpetrators. It would also encourage victims to give information in confidence and perpetrators to take responsibility for crimes committed. This is what we are working towards.”Gibril Massaquoi, spokesman for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) said that the rebel army would accept and support the Commission because it was one of the most important provisions enshrined in the Lome Peace Agreement.The launching ceremony was also witnessed by the Bishop of the Makeni Dioceses, Bishop Biguzzi, Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Council of Churches (CCSL), Alimany Koroma, and other human rights organizations such as the Sierra Leone Forum of Conscience and National Forum for Human Rights. read more

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UN agency heads call on world trade negotiators to protect inkind food

With global food aid already under threat, slipping dramatically last year to 7.5 million tons from 10.2 million in 2003, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as the heads of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stressed that three fourths of such aid in 2004 was essentially in kind.Food donations have come under scrutiny at the so-called Doha Round of trade negotiations which will continue at the UN World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Hong Kong from 13 to 18 December. The proposal banning donations of food in kind or restricting them to major emergencies would restrict donor governments to giving cash only for the purchase of food aid, even through the UN.But globally, more than 90 per cent of the 25,000 deaths every day from hunger and malnutrition – one every five seconds – occur outside classic emergencies like Darfur or the Pakistan earthquake, the three said in a joint statement.“We strongly believe reform of international agricultural trade is vital and can help overcome poverty in the developing world,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and WFP Executive Director James Morris declared.“This may well include disciplines on some types of food aid. But reforms should be carefully designed to protect millions of the world’s children, refugees and malnourished people who count on donations of food aid for their survival, nutrition and health,” they added.The WTO talks will seek agreement on liberalizing agricultural trade, and a final push will be made to reach an accord on eliminating agricultural export subsidies and other trade-distorting support in the developed world, thus opening up market access there for the agriculture of developing nations.Based on past donor behaviour, it is unlikely that equivalent levels of cash could be made available by donor governments, especially new developing country donors with limited cash resources, the three agency heads pointed out.Last year, three out of four tons of food donated worldwide were purchased in donor countries and essentially made in kind: gifts of wheat, maize, rice, beans, vegetable oil and other foods specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of malnourished populations.“The needs of hungry people already exceed donations available,” Mr. Morris said. “Any decision that might reduce the food available to them through the United Nations would be very hard to understand.”Of particular concern is the fact that some 45 per cent of food aid delivered in 2004 went to citizens of countries which are not even members of WTO, and therefore have no one representing them in ongoing trade negotiations.“The needs of hungry women and children should take priority if the Doha Round is to be the pro-poor trade round we all hope for,” the three officials said. “We appeal to negotiators at the World Trade Organization to put humanitarian considerations first when they address food aid.” read more

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Doctors never told man about aneurysm the size of a golf ball

first_imgThe coroner wrote to the Health Secretary because of her concern that the tragedy could be repeated Credit:PA Although the surgeon was aware of the finding, he had not acted, because he intended to do so when the patient attended his clinic five days later, the inquest  heard.But when the appointment came, the pensioner was seen by a junior doctor – who either failed to review the report of the scan, or never saw it, because it had yet to be filed.The finding from the scan was not reported to Mr Higgs’ GP. A man died after doctors found an aneurysm the size of a golf ball – but failed to tell him or take any action for five years, an inquest has heard.A coroner has written to Jeremy Hunt following the death of John Higgs, who was repeatedly seen in hospital, without anything being done about the bulging blood vessel which went on to kill him.Mr Hunt has been warned of “a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken” at Barnsley Hospital in South Yorkshire, unless its systems are overhauled.The pensioner collapsed in November 2015 and was taken to the hospital, where he died later that day.A scan revealed a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm –  a swelling in the the main blood vessel that leads away from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body.A ruptured aneurysm can cause massive internal bleeding and is usually fatal.Mr Higgs’ aneurysm measured 6.6cm and was classed as large.It was only after his death that his wife learned he had had a CT scan in March 2011, which had found a 6 cm aneurysm in the same location.Neither Mr Higgs or his GP had been told about this and the consultant in charge of his case had taken no action over it, the inquest found. ward 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. As a result, the pensioner was never referred to specialist vascular surgeons and “did not have the opportunity to consider any further treatment options prior to his sudden collapse” the coroner said.Although Mr Higgins returned to hospital on a number of occasions after the scan, none of the doctors he saw ever saw the scan.In her letter to the Health Secretary, Sarah Slater, assistant coroner for South Yorkshire, told Mr Hunt said the system of communication was not safe.And she warned: “there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken”.The inquest heard a radiology protocol was in place at the trust for “unexpected cancer pathology” where results were sent to the treating consultant and the multidisciplinary team cancer coordinator for action. However, there is no similar protocol for “non-cancerous but significant and potentially life-threatening findings” such as an aneurysm.Although the trust had since moved to an electronic system, the coroner said significant findings were still only sent to the consultant and no “red flag” was in place to alert other clinicians.Richard Jenkins, interim chief executive at the trust, apologised to the family of Mr Higgs for deficiencies in his care.He said: “The trust had undertaken an investigation into Mr Higgs care prior to the inquest and we are carefully studying the coroner’s findings to ensure that all necessary steps have been taken to prevent a similar situation from arising in future.”last_img read more

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Scotland Yard mounted unlawful raids on Nick suspects before interviewing key witnesses

But it took detectives ten months to question Sir Peter Duffel, Lord Bramall’s former military assistant, and 11 months before they interviewed the soldier who acted as his aide de camp.When eventually spoken to, both retired officers insisted there was no way the abuse could have taken place at the military establishments due to the high level of security that was employed at the barracks in the 1970s during the height of the IRA campaign. Lord Bramall's home was raided after he was falsely accused of abuse by Carl Beech It also took officers ten months to speak to Major Beech’s family, including his three children, who had crucially spent time living with Beech in the 1970s when the alleged abuse was supposed to be taking place.When interviewed the family told detectives that Beech had often lied when he was growing up in order to get others into trouble and there was no way the abuse could have taken place without them being aware.In a further catastrophic blunder, Met detectives failed to examine Beech’s computers before launching the raids on the suspects’ homes.When Northumbria Police eventually seized the devices in 2018 as part of the investigation into whether Beech had been lying, they discovered a large amount of evidence to suggest he had been researching his subjects before making the allegations against them. Police took six months to interview Beech’s mother Charmian, who is a retired Church of England vicar Lord Bramall’s wife was suffering from dementia at the time of the raid and was confused and upset by the police activity, while Mr Proctor lost his home and a job as a result of the publicity surrounding the search.The raid on Lord Brittan’s home took place just weeks after the Tory Peer lost his battle with cancer and while his wife, Lady Brittan, was still grieving. The Met later apologised for the raids and paid Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan £100,000 in compensation. Mr Proctor is still pursuing a civil claim against the force.But there are questions as to whether the raids were even necessary given that they took place before the police had bothered to interview key witnesses. The Telegraph can reveal that police took six months to speak to Beech’s mother, Charmian – a retired Church of England vicar – with whom he had been living throughout the entire time the alleged abuse was supposed to be taking place.Even more extraordinary they did not speak to Beech’s ex-wife, Dawn, at all because he asked them not to.Beech told police his stepfather, Major Raymond Beech, had regularly taken him to Wilton Barracks in Wiltshire, where Lord Bramall had raped him. Harvey Proctor lost his home and his job after he was falsely accused of abuse Lord Bramall’s home was raided after he was falsely accused of abuse by Carl BeechCredit:Geoff Pugh The homes of all three were raided by detectives in March 2015 after senior officers went to Westminster Magistrates’ Court to apply for search warrants. They also discovered hundreds of child abuse images that he had downloaded after he had been to Scotland Yard to make his allegations.Harvey Proctor said: “The Met had no intention of doing any detective work on this case. They appealed for witnesses and then sat back and waited for them to come forward and corroborate Nick’s claims.“When that did not happen they decided to launch a fishing expedition by raiding our homes in the hope they would find something useful. They did not and only then did they get around to interviewing the witnesses.” Police took six months to interview Beech's mother Charmian, who is a retired Church of England vicar 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. Harvey Proctor lost his home and his job after he was falsely accused of abuse Bungling Scotland Yard detectives failed to interview a string of key witnesses before launching raids on the homes of people falsely accused of abuse by the fantasist and paedophile Carl Beech, the Telegraph can reveal.There are growing calls for the officers in charge of the searches to be investigated for perverting the course of justice, amid allegations they knowingly misled a district judge in order to obtain the warrants.But it can also be revealed that the highly intrusive and upsetting raids took place months before the police bothered to speak to important witnesses whose evidence could have quickly disproved Beech’s claims.The revelation will heap further pressure on the Government to order a root and branch inquiry into the Met’s handling of the entire Operation Midland debacle.In October 2014, Beech, a former nurse and NHS manager, told the Metropolitan Police he had been raped and tortured as a child by a group of powerful men, including politicians, members of the military and the heads of the intelligence agencies.Among those who were accused were Lord Bramall, D-Day veteran and former head of the army, Lord Brittan, the former Home Secretary and Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP, who had been working as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland. read more

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Britain celebrates production of its very last typewriter

first_imgIn Britain, the end of an era was cast into the history books this week. The multinational company Brother ceremoniously retired the production line of its old-school typewriters, which had been a staple of the factory for nearly 30 years. The final unit to makes its way down the line was instantly sent off to the place it belongs — a museum. It will go on display at the Science Museum in London, to be exact.Brother had been the last manufacturer with a typewriter plant in the UK. However, the company does still produce the devices at a facility in the Far East. And believe it or not, Brother said it still does a reasonable amount of typewriter sales in the US, particularly to government offices which, as everyone knows, still like to function about 50 years in the past.The specific unit that rolled out of the UK plant is a model that Brother has been making since 1985, but sales of typewriters in the UK date back more than 100 years. The very first mass produced typewriters hit the market in the 1870s in the US. Of course, technology changes and this is a symbolic representation of that fact.The UK Brother facility will remain intact, although likely with a smaller staff. It will transition to produce other Brother products like high-capacity printers. Ironically, those are also on their way to becoming obsolete.Although the company’s focus on printers, fax machines, and label makers doesn’t sound like good business, it has managed to remain pretty stable. In its most recent fiscal year, it had more than $300 million in sales.via Daily Maillast_img read more

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Galaxy S5 could arrive in January due to slumping S4 sales

first_imgSamsung may not wait as long to launch the Galaxy S5 as it did the S4 and S3. We could see the S5 revealed as earlier as January simply because of sluggish Galaxy S4 sales.Apparently, Samsung is slightly disappointed with the Galaxy S4’s sales figures — despite it being one of the company’s hottest selling handsets ever. Nevertheless, there’s been plenty of talk from reviewers and fans alike about Samsung falling into a rut and failing to deliver a truly killer device.There may be other reasons S4 sales have tailed off, too. It’s not as if Samsung is only selling a single model anymore. Customers who want a Samsung phone may also be turning to the S4 mini, S4 Active, and S4 Zoom — or even the much more powerful Galaxy Note 3.Then there’s the recently-launched iPhone 5S and 5C to consider. Samsung could be thinking about moving up the launch of the S5 in an attempt to rain on Apple’s parade.As for what parts Samsung plans to cram into Galaxy S5, that’s still very much up in the air. Early rumors suggest that Samsung is rolling with an octa-core Exynos processor instead of using a competitor’s chip in certain variants like it did with the GS4.A 16MP rear camera with OIS has also been talked about, as have a few design changes. Two non-plastic options have been mentioned for the back of the GS5: stitched, faux-leather like the Galaxy Note 3 or possibly even aluminum.There’s also been talk of a curved display like that of the Galaxy Round. Its arrival has kicked off new speculation and with good reason. It’s quite possible that Samsung wanted to give the curved, plastic screen a trial run on a non-flagship device before deciding on whether the world was ready for a gently-arched Galaxy S5.last_img read more

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Does Gerry Adams regret getting involved with the Stack meeting Yes and

first_img Feb 5th 2017, 8:00 AM Do I envisage us going into power with Fine Gael? No I don’t. Do I envisage us going into power with Fianna Fáil? No I don’t. Are these options we have to look at? Yes, we do. Short URL Does Gerry Adams regret getting involved with the Stack meeting? Yes and no Gerry Adams has a lot of thoughts about how Sinn Féin is treated by the media. My biggest regret is that many people who were victims of the conflict were well served by processes like that – I can’t see there being any way of that working [again] in the future.When asked if past events would make him hold back from providing that kind of assistance again, he is firm:No it isn’t even that, but why anybody would cooperate with me given how that process was turned on its head. There was an agreed process, it was turned on its head and exploited by our political opponents.Previously, Adams accused the government of using the murder in a “ridiculous way” to “get” him and Sinn Féin. This, he said, was in contradiction of the Stormont House Agreement. Gerry Adams at the Ploughing Championships last year. Source: Niall CarsonMedia coverage The events in December fed Irish media outlets daily front page content.When asked by TheJournal.ie if he thinks there is unfair media coverage of Sinn Féin, he says that there is – but mainly from one newspaper.The Independent [INM] newspapers are fairly straightforward – they are anti-Sinn Féin. That’s their editorial line, that affects how they cover Sinn Féin. That’s their entitlement, but they shouldn’t pretend to be an independent newspaper, they are an anti-Sinn Féin newspaper. A number of them are quite decent journalists who watch Leaders’ Questions and will write their colour piece and the Sinn Féin speaker might as well have not been in the chamber. 168 Comments THE DALAI LAMA and Bobby Sands. What do these two have in common? Photographs of both of them hang in Gerry Adams’ office.Adams is a little delayed for his interview on Thursday afternoon as his chat with a Dubai news channel has run over. As he breezes through the door, he apologises for being late – and from the start, it’s clear he’s in fighting form.It’s been a busy beginning to the year so far for the party leader, but his sights are set firmly on Sinn Féin’s future, both north and south.The Louth TD won’t be drawn on whether there is a possibility that two women could be taking the helm of the party in the not too distant future, and he is also firmly on the fence as to whether Sinn Féin will one day be in coalition with Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.But the new year does give Adams pause for reflection on 2016, a year in which some of his personal decisions brought controversy for the party, with critical headlines splashed across the newspapers –  coverage he takes serious issue with.The Stack meeting It was the beginning of December when Austin Stack, the son of murdered prison officer Brian Stack, burst into a Dublin hotel to confront Gerry Adams at a Sinn Féin party press conference.Brian Stack was shot by members of the Provisional IRA as he left a boxing match in Dublin in 1983. No one was ever convicted of his murder.Austin Stack accused Adams of lying about what he knows in relation to the killing of his father. He called on Adams to hand over any information he had to the gardaí.Adams utterly rejects suggestions that he has told lies on the issue. Austin Stack (left), son of Brian Stack, a prison officer murdered in 1983, confronts Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (right) during a Sinn Fein press conference at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin last December. Source: Brian Lawless/Rollingnews.ieIn 2013, Austin Stack travelled with Gerry Adams to meet a former IRA commander who said that members of the IRA had killed his father. The man said that the killing wasn’t sanctioned by the leadership and that the people involved had been disciplined.The situation escalated when Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell used Dáil privilege to call for two Sinn Féin TDs to make a statement about the killing.Having regrets In light of last year’s events does he regret getting involved in the Stack case?“Yes and no,” replies Adams.“It was 2013, this is now 2017. I think we spent about six months [on it] and at the end of that little process the Stack family said they’d got some closure and I was pleased to be part of that. As far as I was concerned I did my best and kept all my commitments, and it was over. Obviously the family needed to continue their campaign and that is their entitlement.”But then it came back during an election, two years later, and then it came back again [in December] so that is regrettable. Share Tweet Email1 Image: AP/Press Association Images Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Martin made that very clear – despite his very serious illness, his intention is to get better. I was in touch with him yesterday, I will be in touch with him later today. He continues to look into what we are doing.If not leader then, would Adams see himself in a different role, perhaps president? Or continuing on as a TD?Well, I haven’t thought about that. And it isn’t up to me anyway, but I have said if they want someone to make tea in Parnell Square [the party’s headquarters] I am happy to do that. Whatever role they want me to do, I am happy to do it. It is a great honour to be part of this Sinn Féin party and be elected by the people of Louth and previously, the people of West Belfast.Mary Lou McDonald has long been seen as one of the favourites to succeed him, and Adams says she has his support. “Absolutely, Mary Lou is a wonderful leader.” When the time comes for him to step out of the post, the party will decide who should lead, he says.Throughout the interview, Adams is keen to get his message across that his is a party that is growing, and one that is not to be underestimated.Adams is of the mindset that his party is turning a corner and changes need to happen within the party to be able to compete with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.Sinn Féin are still building a party so even if we were getting huge opinion polls figures it would be very difficult for us to match them because we don’t have the organisation on the ground yet or we don’t have candidates yet.“We have made huge strides. We came from a couple of thousand members and we now have 12,000 members and there are very few places in the island that don’t have Sinn Féin representation. I think our track record is good.“What we want to see is a complete realignment of politics.“There was a time when Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil felt… there was some divine intervention that entitled them to be in power and every so often there might be a little change –  but the changes that are pending now are going to be a lot more fundamental than that.” Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Gerry Adams at the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle in 2015. Source: SAM BOALA party in transition?Sinn Féin is a party in “transition” – those are the words recently uttered by Mary Lou McDonald.She told TheJournal.ie that the party is in discussions about its ten-year plan – and that includes their ambition to be in government. The Dublin Central TD said that this involves the party’s contemplation that it may one day be in a coalition partnership.Her comments sparked a media storm when they were put to the Taoiseach, who was slow to deny that Fine Gael would get into bed with Sinn Féin.During a media press conference, Kenny was asked on three occasions to rule it out. He didn’t. This resulted in a weekend attack by backbenchers and ministers speaking out against the Taoiseach’s supposed stance of leaving the door open to Sinn Féin.Eventually, last weekend, the Taoiseach was forced to release a statement clarifying matters and categorically ruling out going into government with Sinn Féin as a junior partner.“If I understand it properly, Mary Lou did no more than say these issues should be discussed and are being discussed,” says Adams.Our position is straightforward. If we have a proposition to go into government the Ard Fheis will decide. In order to get that proposition, we need a mandate. We are very clear that there is very grave, serious, severe incompatibilities policy-wise and otherwise between us and some of the other parties. So we want to be in government, of course we do, we want to lead, we want to lead a government.Does Adams think it is ridiculous that parties rule out doing business with other parties before an election has even been called?Of course, of course. I think it is quite legitimate for any party to say they won’t go into government with another party because there are incompatibilities on policy.However, he goes on to say anything is possible.We are a party of dialogue. We negotiated the Good Friday Agreement with an Ulster Unionist Party that would not talk to us at that time. By Christina Finn 14,222 Views The impossible is always impossible until it happens…. Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams in 1998. Source: Eamonn FarrellHowever, there is no getting away from Adams’ links to the past and the frequent allegations of his IRA dealings. Controversy follows the party, and no matter how much new blood or fresh faces emerge from the party, issues from the past four decades resurface time and time again.Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that the constant jibes from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil about the party’s links to the past and the IRA could be putting voters off from supporting Sinn Féin.Adams concurs.I would presume so, as otherwise they [FF and FG] wouldn’t do it.At the very least it is a huge distraction. Rather than face up to the reality that they are presiding over the worst housing crisis in housing and homelessness, it fills our time and print. Or rather than face up to the awfulness that yesterday there were 631 people on trollies – so it is just dirty politics.Lately, other issues have been grabbing people’s attention: the process of appointing Michelle O’Neill as leader in the North, and whether one day, Sinn Féin could be a junior coalition partner in the south.Michelle O’Neill’s appointmentWhile the party is getting into full election mode in Northern Ireland, the manner of O’Neill’s appointment grabbed some attention, with criticisms levelled at the party for not being transparent enough about how she ended up with the role.Does Adams think the party should have been more open about how the leader of Sinn Féin in the North gets the job?All the leaders appoint all of the other leaders. Charlie Flanagan has responsibility for the North, he is appointed by the Taoiseach. Micheál Martin has never got around to appointing a deputy leader. In our case we elect our deputy leader, so it falls upon me, as leader, to make the appointments of ministers and so on. But I do so in consultation with our leadership in the North, and that of course included Martin McGuinness, and then I brought it to the Ard Comhairle. So it was a very transparent process.Adams says there were half a dozen people to choose from for the leadership, but O’Neill was the right person for the job.She is a senior minister, so all this nonsense going on, it is interesting to see how the media works it. The media tips people to get the job and then expresses great disappointment or surprise when they don’t. Michelle has been the senior minister next to Martin, and she is post the conflict.Was that important in the selection process?“Yes,” replies Adams.Any organisation that doesn’t regenerate itself and doesn’t reimagine itself and so on is just going to die. We have a multi-generational, collective leadership that is very representative of people across the island of Ireland. In this case, Michelle is the first from the post-conflict generation to take up such a primary position in the North.O’Neill is steeped in republicanism, stating herself that she comes from a “strong republican family”. Her father is a former Sinn Féin councillor in Dungannon who was imprisoned for IRA membership, while her uncle, Paul Doris, is president of Noraid, a republican fundraising group. Michelle O’Neill, President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams, and Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald. Source: Leah FarrellHis leadershipWith Adams approaching the age of 70, and with his co-leader Martin McGuinness stepping back from politics last month, there is speculation that time will soon be called on his leadership.While the party has seen a significant boost in numbers and popularity in recent years, there have been frequent murmurings in the media that the party would thrive with a new person in the driving seat, perhaps Mary Lou McDonald.So when does Adams think he will step aside?“It is just a matter of when, it isn’t a matter of if. We need to be very, very clear about that. There are a multiplicity of transitions taking place within Sinn Féin.“We are trying to become fit for purpose, we are trying to grow our membership, we are trying to train and develop our membership, we are trying to ensure we have organisations and credible representatives all over the island. We want to be much bigger than we are at the moment. What we are trying to do is totally unprecedented,” he says.Stepping aside from politics McDonald previously told TheJournal.ie that like many “larger than life” politicians, she thinks McGuinness and Adams will find it difficult to hang up on politics altogether.However, Adams says he won’t find it difficult at all.Not at all, not at all. I am very relaxed about that, I have been very relaxed about that.The reason he says he is so relaxed about it is he says Sinn Féin is going to do something which he says most parties can’t do: change leadership in a seamless way.When we talk about stepping out of our positions, that doesn’t mean we are riding off into the sunset. I would like to think that as long as my health allows it, as long as my family allows it, I have a role to play. There is a need for fair coverage even if we only have two TDs. I would be critical of the general media, and I don’t mean journalists – like plumbers, politicians, joiners and nurses, there’s good ones and bad ones, lazy ones and very dedicated ones. The general sense of the media, broadly speaking, the establishment media, reflects the establishment values. All we want is fairness. We are not looking for Independent group of newspapers to turn into An Phoblacht… You asked the question, it is not something I would be raising with you. http://jrnl.ie/3221311 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Image: AP/Press Association Images Next in line: Mary Lou talks McGuinness, great women and ‘cutting the crap’ in the North>‘This is an absolute joke of a Dáil’: Alan Kelly on sexism, his poisoned chalice and Labour’s future> Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bâillements contagieux chez les chimpanzés une manifestation dempathie

first_imgBâillements contagieux chez les chimpanzés : une manifestation d’empathieUne étude mise en ligne le 6 avril sur PLoS ONE par des chercheurs américains montre que, comme chez les humains, le bâillement peut être “contagieux” chez les chimpanzés, surtout parmi des individus d’un même groupe. Une manifestation d’empathie commune aux deux espèces, dont les différences sociales doivent cependant être prises en compte pour toute interprétation.Les scientifiques du Centre national de recherche sur les primates de l’Université Emory (Géorgie, États-Unis), ont filmé 23 chimpanzés adultes, appartenant à 2 groupes distincts, dans diverses postures, notamment en train de bâiller. Ils leur ont ensuite diffusé ces vidéos. Il s’avère que les primates se mettaient à bâiller eux-mêmes à une fréquence 50% plus élevée en réponse au bâillement d’individus de leur propre groupe qu’en réponse à celui d’individus de l’autre groupe.À lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la fois”L’idée, c’est que les bâillements sont contagieux pour la même raison que le sont le sourire, le froncement des sourcils, et d’autres expressions du visage. Nos résultats appuient l’idée que le bâillement contagieux peut être utilisé comme une mesure de l’empathie, car les préjugés que nous avons observées ici étaient semblables à des aspects de l’empathie vu précédemment chez l’homme”, expliquent les chercheurs Matthew Campbell et Frans de Waal.”L’empathie est difficile à mesurer directement, car c’est un phénomène essentiellement interne : imiter l’état émotionnel d’un autre. Le bâillement contagieux donne une mesure purement comportementale de cette réponse empathique, ce qui peut donc être appliqué plus largement. Celui qui veut accroître l’empathie humaine envers l’extérieur doit considérer que les techniques à cet effet pourraient être testées sur les chimpanzés et d’autres animaux”, ajoute Campbell.Les auteurs émettent cependant une réserve : les chimpanzés vivent en petites communautés et sont connus pour être extrêmement hostiles aux individus étrangers. En revanche, les humains ne perçoivent pas nécessairement les gens de l’extérieur comme appartenant à un groupe rival. Une distinction à prendre en compte dans cette étude.Le 10 avril 2011 à 20:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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