Our memories are annoyingly glitchy. Names, dates, birthdays, and the locations of car keys fall through the cracks, losses that accelerate at an alarming pace with age and in neurodegenerative diseases. Now, by applying electromagnetic pulses through the skull to carefully targeted brain regions, researchers have found a way to boost memory performance in healthy people. The new study sheds light on the neural networks that support memories and may lead to therapies for people with memory deficits, researchers say.Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is an increasingly popular therapy for psychiatric disorders that involves placing fist-sized coiled magnets on the scalp to stimulate different brain regions. Although researchers aren’t sure why or how it works, it does appear to benefit some patients. Last year, for example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved several TMS devices for treating migraines and depression. Studies have also shown that the technique can improve performance on different types of memory tests, but few researchers have investigated whether benefits persist after stimulation stops or looked at how stimulation affects the brain’s memory circuits, says Joel Voss, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.To begin answering those questions, Voss and colleagues recruited 16 healthy adults who were between the ages of 21 and 40. Using structural and functional MRI scanners, the researchers made detailed maps of the subjects’ brains, locating the hippocampus, a brain region key to memory, and its connections to another brain region called the parietal cortex. Functional MRI scans of brain activity show greater neuronal traffic between the two areas when people are performing memory-related tasks, and lesions between the areas can result in severe deficits in the ability to remember proper labels for things, such as matching names with faces, Voss says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)After administering a baseline memory test to the participants, the team began the brain stimulation sessions, focusing rapid-fire magnetic pulses on a fingertip-sized area toward the back of the skull for 20 minutes per day. The location of the stimulation differed slightly among individuals, based on brain scans showing their unique connections between the parietal cortex and hippocampus, Voss explains. After 5 days, the participants were given a 24-hour break from stimulation and asked to repeat the memory test. People who had received TMS improved their scores by roughly 20% to 25%, whereas controls who had not received the stimulation showed little to no improvement, Voss and his colleagues report online today in Science. Brain scans also showed increases in the amount of communication between the hippocampus and parietal cortex in subjects who received the stimulation. The more the two regions worked together, the better people performed on the memory test, Voss says.The study is “very cool” because it supports scientists’ growing understanding of the hippocampus as one vital node in a larger memory network spread throughout the brain, says Alvaro Pascual-Leone, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School in Boston who was not involved in the research. It also “elegantly shows” for the first time that stimulation on the surface of the skull can reach deep brain structures (such as the hippocampus) and increase communication and synchrony throughout the network, ultimately improving performance on a memory test, he says.Whether TMS will someday be a cure for memory deficits is “a reasonable question to ask, but it’s not answered yet,” Pascual-Leone says. Scientists will need to conduct many studies in people with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease to determine whether stimulation is effective for them—the disease might do so much damage that stimulation doesn’t work or even has deleterious effects, Pascual-Leone says.The fact that the TMS stimulation used in the study had such a targeted effect on memory networks makes Voss optimistic that the technology could counteract memory loss. In an upcoming trial, Voss and colleagues will study the electromagnetic stimulation’s effect on people with early-stage memory loss, he says.Studies like this one raise the ethical issue of whether it’s a good idea to use such technologies on healthy people to change a normal brain, Pascual-Leone notes. For one thing, it’s unclear how long the improved recall lasts, or if changes to the brain could be permanent. “How long does it take to go back?” he wonders. And although the prospect of memory enhancement may be enticing for those of us who are constantly losing our keys, it’s possible that boosting function in one cognitive skill will take away from another, he says. “The brain may be a zero-sum game in that sense.”
Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) The advent of the revolutionary Twenty20 cricket has brought in some negatives along with a lot of positives into the game, said Mumbais Ranji Trophy winning captain Aditya Tare here. Delivering the Legends Clubs keynote address on the occasion of former India captain Vijay Hazares birth anniversary yesterday at the Cricket Club of India, the wicket keeper batsman said while T20 cricket has brought in a lot of money into the sport, it has also affected spin bowling. “I feel there are a lot of positives. Me being the cricketer from the T20 generation, what comes to my mind is it brought in a lot of spectators. “I am fortunate to play this game today, I can earn a living, can lead a good life because of the cash. Lots of crowd and a lot of sponsors coming in has changed the entire mindset,” he said on some of the positives of the shortest format. “There are also a lot of negatives in T20. (Former Test opener) Madhav (Apte) sir spoke about quality of spinners (during the programme). That is one of the major reasons why spinners do not have that quality (bowling) with red ball. “In T20, the moment you flight the ball, the batsman hoists it beyond the boundary. Its not possible to flight the ball in T20, (as) the captain stops you from bowling. “With invention of T20, we are struggling in spin. In yesteryear, wed have 2-3 quality spinners in the squad. Now it has completely changed in the Indian team, you cannot play two spinners except in India. “Also the technique in batsmen (has changed), with a lot of bottom hand coming in, which wont get you runs in the four-day format,” he pointed out. (More) PTI SSR ARS AH AH BASadvertisement
New Delhi, May 11 (PTI) Only 13 persons were convicted out of the 639 charge sheeted in 2014 under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told Rajya Sabha today.However, Rijijus remark that the data pertains to “civil” nature of crimes under the Act evoked strong reaction from Deputy Leader of Congress in the House Anand Sharma, who said violence is not civil but criminal.As Congress members, particularly the women members took strong objection to the reply, Rjiju first tried to convince them about the reply and then told them “you give notice for further discussion”.This apparently infuriated some members including Kumari Selja of Congress, who said the use of such language by a minister is “highly objectionable” and was “improper”.When Chairman Hamid Ansari tried to pacify them by noting that the reply states that data collection of crimes under the Act only started in 2014, Selja said, “My point is not that. My point is the minister has used objectionable language when we rose (to speak)”.Sharma also registered his objection.Ansari, however, tried to soothe the frayed tempers assuring them that he will examine whether something objectionable has been said and will take corrective steps.Replying to a question on how many people were convicted for domestic violence after the 2005 Act came into force, Rijiju said that as per inputs provided by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), during 2014, a total of 13 persons have been convicted under the Domestic Violence Act, 2005.He informed the House that the NCRB started collecting data on the Act only since 2014.advertisementAccording to the reply, a total of 426 cases under the Act were registered in 2014 of which charge sheet was filed in 312 cases. Conviction happened in just nine (9) cases. Trial completed in 19.1 percent cases. Out of 693 persons arrested in these cases, 639 were charge sheeted. Only 13 were, however, convicted.Members wanted to know why the conviction rate in these cases was so low to which the minister said that in many cases, the husband and wife compromise at a later stage and that the offences under the Act are of “civil” nature.”The statistics (of conviction) will be much higher in criminal cases. There are also instances of compounding in cases of domestic fights in civil matters,” he said. (MORE) PTI AMR DV
If rumour mills are to be believed, One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne and singer Cheryl Cole are expecting a baby. The two have been dating for less than a year.Liam shared a photo on Instagram of himself and Cheryl wearing mudface masks with the caption, “I miss you!…the things you make me do… home soon!(sic)”The rumours started to get stronger when he changed his Twitter status to: “the happiest man in the world.” Post that, Cheryl’s appearance in the new L’Oreal campaign also helped fuelrumours, as she was seen sporting a fuller face and a healthy glow.If that wasn’t enough to get tongues wagging, a source recently told Now magazine, “Cheryl’s never been more determined to have a baby. It’s like it’s the only thing in the world that matters to her. She’s never been so focused on something. Cheryl has a stash of pregnancy and motherhood books she’s always reading.”Liam, now 23, shot to fame after participating in the music reality show X factor, which is where One Direction was formed. Cheryl was a judge on the same show. Interestingly, Cheryl is a product of a music reality show herself, starting out in 2002 on Popstars: The Rivals. She was earlier married to soccer player Ashley Cole. Also read: Liam Payne is going his own direction; signs solo record dealLiam, along with four others, was part of the famous boy band One Direction, which is currently on a hiatus.The singer is currently working on his first solo music in Los Angeles. The One Direction star has been dating Cheryl–who is 10 years older to him–since late 2015 and recently fans have been speculating about the couple expecting their first child.advertisement
Exactly a month ago, Oppo launched the Oppo Reno and Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition phones in China. These phones were rumoured to launch in India soon, but until now there has been no fixed date. As per a new report, it is possible that Oppo will launch the Reno series in India on May 28. To recall, the Oppo Reno flagship highlights a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 10x lossless zoom camera, VOOC 3.0 fast charging and a pop-up selfie camera, among other things.91Mobiles reports on the Oppo Reno launch on May 28 after receiving a teaser poster from a retail chain store. We cannot verify the authenticity of the poster, so it’s best to take the report with a pinch of salt. The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition launching this month would make sense if Oppo wants to take on the OnePlus 7 series that’s launching on May 14. Vivo is also planning to launch the iQOO smartphones in India by June, so the Indian market will soon be crowded with premium mid-range smartphones.The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition phone is the company’s flagship device touting a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The phone offers a notchless 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. It also offers a 93.1 per cent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.The flagship Reno phone houses a 4,065mAh battery and supports VOOC 3,0 fast charging. It ships with Android Pie-based ColorOS 6, Dolby Atmos sound and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition gets a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 13MP telephoto sensor. The pop-up selfie camera offers a 16MP sensor.advertisementThe regular Oppo Reno is a Snapdragon 710-powered device, which gets a similar shark fin pop-up selfie camera. It is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It sports a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display compared to the flagship phone. It’s an OLED display with FHD+ resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 6 on top. Instead of a triple camera setup, the Oppo Reno gets a dual camera system with a 48MP + 5MP configuration, losing out on the telephoto zoom lens. The Oppo Reno houses a 3,765mAh battery and also supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging.
Real Madrid Zidane: Benzema isn’t overrated Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 11:57 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Karim Benzema Real Madrid v Eibar Eibar Primera División Zinédine Zidane The Real Madrid head coach heaped praise on the French forward following his superb cameo on Sunday Zinedine Zidane said Karim Benzema showed his quality against Eibar but conceded critics will never stop arguing about the maligned Real Madrid forward.Benzema made a super cameo appearance as reigning La Liga champions Madrid accounted for Eibar 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Real 7/5 to win La Liga 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 The France international – who has only scored once in La Liga this season – came off the bench and provided an outstanding assist for Marcelo’s goal and Madrid’s third in the 82nd minute.And countryman Zidane heaped praise on Benzema after the 29-year-old was criticised following his miss against Tottenham in the Champions League during the week.”I’m happy because at the end of the day that’s what we like: players who know how to play and link up,” Zidane said.”He didn’t score, but he started the move around the halfway line. It was a nice move for anyone who likes football.”They’re never going to stop arguing about him. He’s very good and that’s that. He showed his quality in the half an hour he got today.”For me he’s not overrated. Everyone can say it but I enjoy seeing Karim out on the pitch. I don’t agree with those who think that he’s overrated. He is an important player in this team.”You always want to talk about negative things but there are so many positive things…I want to talk about what he does well. You just have to see the half hour that he played and how performed.” The best photos of the night as we made it four LaLiga wins in a row!#RMLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/yVFNQNGJjT— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 22, 2017Benzema replaced Marco Asensio just past the hour-mark in the Spanish capital after the young midfielder dazzled against Eibar.Asensio had not scored since August but the Spain international doubled Madrid’s lead approaching the half-hour mark, having delivered the cross that Paulo Oliveira turned into his own net in the 18th minute.Zidane, whose Madrid are five points adrift of leaders Barcelona, said: “He got a goal and was heavily involved right from the off and was creating chances.”After the way he started the season, it seems as if he’s had two weeks in which he wasn’t performing to the same standard. There’s no reason to be worried and it’s perfectly normal.”
Lorenzo Insigne gave Liverpool’s defenders a torrid afternoon as Napoli beat the European champions 3-0 in a friendly at Murrayfield on Sunday.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp fielded a strong side but Napoli’s homegrown forward took centre stage, tormenting Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold with his pace and close control as he scored the opening goal and played in Arkadiusz Milik for the second.Insigne was involved again when substitute Amin Younes made it 3-0 seven minutes into the second half and, although Liverpool improved with the introduction of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson in the last half hour, they rarely threatened Alex Meret’s goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Teenage midfielder Harvey Elliott made his debut as a late substitute after joining the club from Fulham and showed some neat touches but Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti will have left Edinburgh happier than Klopp after his side impressed throughout.52: GOAL!!#Younes pounces on a loose ball in the box and sends it home to make it three!#LiverpoolNapoli 0-3#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/akMIGSdnPh— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) July 28, 2019Simon Mignolet was forced into a good diving save to turn Insigne’s daisy-cutter free-kick around the post early on and the Italian forward went one better after 17 minutes, dribbling 20 yards with the ball at his feet as Matip backed off before sending a thunderous dipping shot into the bottom corner of the net.Little more than 10 minutes later Insigne caused more havoc, breaking down the Napoli left and producing a low cross that Milik lifted deftly over the diving Mignolet as he slid into to meet it.Liverpool’s failure to deal with Insigne continued in the second half, when he turned Alexander-Arnold before unleashing a shot that Mignolet parried into the path of Napoli substitute Younes, who duly rolled the ball into an unguarded net.Brewster’s dangerous inswinging cross almost found its way past Meret in the closing stages and Wilson struck a fierce drive that the Napoli keeper did brilliantly to parry around the post as he preserved his clean sheet on a satisfying afternoon for the Serie A side. read more
A former college football star has tragically passed away at the age of 38.Vincent Keoni Manuwai, an All-American offensive lineman at Hawaii in the early 2000s, reportedly collapsed when he was moving into an apartment complex on Sunday morning and was later pronounced dead.“It’s a shame,” Rich Miano, a former UH assistant coach, told the Star Advertiser. “He was one of the best — if not the best — offensive linemen to play at UH. It’s a sad day for everyone affiliated with Hawaii football who knew Vince Manuwai.”The former star offensive lineman had a lengthy NFL career.Manuwai was a third-round NFL Draft pick 2003 and played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-10. He played in 111 NFL games, starting 105 of them.The offensive lineman was a Hawaii native who initially committed to Utah, but later de-committed and stayed home, playing for the Rainbow Warriors.Manuwai is survived by six children.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Three Clemson football players were suspended for the team’s College Football Playoff run after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine.Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence was the most significant absence for the Tigers.He was part of Clemson’s elite defensive line, but left the school for the NFL Draft.Two other Tigers farther down the depth chart remain suspended as Clemson investigates the matter.Tight end Braden Galloway was expected to take on a much bigger role this upcoming season, while offensive lineman Zach Giella is also expected to provide depth as a veteran.Galloway would be a big loss if the season suspension is upheld, given a lack of depth at the position.Dabo Swinney commented on the ongoing process, and while he does not have a ton of new information, he admitted that the mistake may be on Clemson’s part.From The Post and Courier:Clemson officials still don’t know or aren’t saying how three football players tested positive for an illegal performance-enhancing drug prior to the Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl. But as the program continues to appeal the suspensions, head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledged it could have come from within — mistakenly.[…]“Oh yeah, I mean, there’s a chance that it could come from anything,” Swinney said when asked if it’s possible the players ingested ostarine in a Clemson-issued supplement or were exposed to it in some other way at the school. “They’re going to test everything and look at everything. And that’s the problem. As you really look at this stuff, it could be a contaminant that came from anything, that was something that was cleared and not a problem, and all of a sudden, it becomes there was something.”If the suspension is upheld, the two players will miss the entire 2019 season.[The Post and Courier]
“Therefore, we need to commit ourselves first and foremost to applying the existing rules and strengthen (measures), where necessary, to achieve the goal of a single market,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says that the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas must be applied fairly and rigorously in order to result in increased economic development in the region.“Therefore, we need to commit ourselves first and foremost to applying the existing rules and strengthen (measures), where necessary, to achieve the goal of a single market,” he said.Mr. Shaw was contributing to a debate on the Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Frameworks in the House of Representatives on June 19.The Revised Treaty establishing the Caribbean Community, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) was signed in 2001.Among the objectives are improved standard of living and work in member countries; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development; and organisation for increased production and productivity.Mr. Shaw told the House that he supports the Commission’s recommendation that calls for the removal of all non-tariff barriers and establishment of agreed protocols for sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.He said that agreed mechanisms relating to SPS issues are critical to facilitate trade in agriculture, which, he noted, forms an important part of the economic and social fabric of most CARICOM states.He noted that while Jamaica has emerged as the “single” market that everyone wants to access, “we have experienced significant challenges in accessing the CARICOM market, largely on the grounds of SPS measures”.“We must, therefore, accelerate every effort to have the necessary harmonised SPS measures in place as recommended by the Commission Report,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that Jamaica has achieved self-sufficiency in a number of agricultural goods, including chicken, eggs, pork and several vegetables and tubers, and any further expansion of productive capacity will only be possible with access to nearshore preferential markets.He said Jamaica sees CARICOM as a natural extension of its domestic market and will be aggressively pursuing this market, “as we not only have the capacity to do so but we have a right as enshrined in the Revised Treaty”.Minister Shaw noted that there is also opportunity to grow agriculture to supply raw material for manufacturing.“Again, the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, through the provisions of the Common External Tariff and Rules of Origin provisions, is intended to foster primary agricultural production to support manufacturing. This is precisely why the Revised Treaty promotes trade in wholly produced primary goods and sets thresholds to ensure value addition and substantial transformation,” he pointed out.He said that the practice has been wholesale and liberal use of extra-regional raw materials with little value-added, to produce manufactured goods in the region and then ship to countries, including Jamaica, duty-free.“All of this is happening when Jamaica itself has the capacity to produce some of those very raw materials. I, therefore, call on CARICOM, through the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), to rigorously apply these rules,” he appealed.He argued that where countries demonstrate the capacity to produce the raw materials “the rules need to recognise this, with the adequate tariff protection and by lifting the threshold for transformation”.“For instance, it is an affront to the peanut farmer in Jamaica not to be able to sell his peanuts when a manufacturing entity elsewhere in CARICOM can simply put a pretty package on extra-regional peanuts and sell it to our markets as a product of community origin duty-free,” he further contended.Mr. Shaw stressed that for the Caribbean Single Market to be effective and sustainable it has to promote the development of primary industries. Mr. Shaw was contributing to a debate on the Report of the Commission to Review Jamaica’s Relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM Frameworks in the House of Representatives on June 19. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says that the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas must be applied fairly and rigorously in order to result in increased economic development in the region.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced this week that legendary artist Macy Gray and comedian Fortune Feimster will perform at its annual An Evening with Women benefit on Saturday, May 21 at the Hollywood Palladium. An Evening with Women is both a star-studded celebration of women and a fundraiser for the world’s largest LGBT organization, featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, and live performances by internationally-acclaimed talent. Last year’s sold-out event included performances by No Doubt, Sia and Sarah Silverman. Additional performers and special guests for this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.Since 2009, the event – co-chaired by Linda Perry, Kelly Lynch, Annie Goto and Brent Bolthouse — has raised more than $4 million for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s services specifically for women and girls. The Los Angeles LGBT Center is working to build a better world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal and complete members of society through programs that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Cultural Arts and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. No other organization does more for LGBT people.Tickets are now available for purchase at www.AnEveningWithWomen.org.Performers and special guests at previous An Evening with Women events have included: Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Heart, Pink, Joan Jett, Ozzy Osbourne, Courtney Love, Camp Freddy, Cat Power, Juliette Lewis, Kat Von D, Aimee Mann, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Linda Perry, Evan Rachel Wood, Rumer Willis, 4Non Blondes, Margaret Cho, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Gershon, Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Stone, Renee Zellweger, Billie Jean King, Melissa Etheridge, KD Lang, Lily Tomlin, The Fosters’ Sherri Saum and Teri Polo and more. An Evening with Women’s 2016 Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Financial Services; Diamond Sponsor is The Annenberg Foundation; Platinum Sponsors are The Ariadne Getty Foundation and Wells Fargo; Gold Sponsors are American Airlines, Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, CBS Diversity, Foley & Lardner LLP, Herbalife Nutrition, Pauley Perrette, and Pond North LLP; Silver Sponsors are Bank of America, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Erika Glazer, KPL Select Mortgage, Hollywood Forever, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, OUT@Warner Bros, Ralphs/Food4Less, U.S. Bank, & U.S. Trust.; and Contributing Sponsors are Frontiers Media, Lesbian News, Perrier, The Advocate, and Pride.com.
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsA heavy metal door springs to life and slides open, letting Josiane Gendron walk into Sector B of the detention centre in Amos, Quebec.“We are in the living quarters, sector B,” said Gendron, the assistant director of the new $125 million Amos facility that opened its doors in Nov. 2018.Sector B is currently empty.Natural light spills into the shared living space. Tables and chairs freshly painted different shades of grey with yellow highlights to impart some colour.The cells are located on two floors, single rooms on the top, doubles on the bottom.“The cells are open from 8:30 in the morning until 10:30 at night,” said Gendron. “So they have access to this room [lower level common area] during the day.”Gendron said it’s a vast improvement over the old Amos prison that was notorious for overcrowding.“Because there’s more room, in here, a bigger capacity, we were able to respect the agreement we have the KRG [Kativik Regional Government] and the Makivik corporation to group all the Inuit, the preventative custody Inuit, here in Amos.”(Josiane Gendron, assistant director of the Amos detention centre. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)On average, Inuit detainees make up more than a third of the 160 inmates here.Unique to other prisons in Quebec, this facility also has a room designated for Inuit cultural activities.Including a space to prepare traditional food that has a mural of a northern landscape on the wall.“The painting was made by an incarcerated person from Cree and Inuit origin, so we hired him to do this painting to kind of give the feel of the north,” said Gendron.(A mural on a prison wall depicting their traditional land is an apt metaphor for Inuit detained here. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In many ways they are stuck between two worlds.Nunavik, the Inuit territory in subarctic Quebec, doesn’t have its own prison, so Inuit are ferried by plane back and forth – more than a thousand kilometres each way – from the time they’re arrested – to the end of their trial.And depending on their case, or the weather, the time spent here can be extended by weeks or months.As a result, Inuit spend significantly more time in custody than non-Inuit detainees, which makes it a human rights issue.“Inuit rights are regularly infringed on, Inuit rights are not respected,” testified Lucy Grey at in November 2018 at a Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous Relations with Certain Public Services hearing In Kuujjuaq, QC.Grey has held many titles within the justice system in Nunavik, from court translator to justice committee co-ordinator, to director of the Makitautik halfway house for Inuit offenders.As a result, she had much to say about how justice is administered in Nunavik over the course of her impassioned hour long testimony.“These Inuit are put in Amos, totally isolated, no one there to protect them, no one there to ease them, no one there to insure that they are corrected,” said Grey at the hearing “they always regularly come back more damaged, more hurt, and then they become repeat offenders.”Grey isn’t the only one to lament the treatment of Inuit detainees.A 2016 report by Quebec’s ombudsmen laid out dozens of recommendations to improve justice in Nunavik.Most of which have been implemented, including improved services for Inuit at Amos, such as adult education.“We have five classrooms,” said Gendron. “We will have a full time teacher in August, who will be hired by the Kativik school board.”(Sector B at the Amos detention facility. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)But as Grey points out, getting Inuktitut speakers to Amos is not easy.Located in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Amos is almost 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal.And about 1,200 kilometres from Nunavik’s closest courthouse where trials are held.But Quebec has grouped Nunavik into the same judicial district as Abitibi despite the vast distance between the two regions.“Abitibi might as well be across the ocean. Abitibi might as well be near Australia. We have no connection to Abitibi,” testified Grey, who adds there’s more Inuit resources in the Montreal region then Abitibi.The Quebec ombudsmen report did make two specific recommendations to cut down on arduous travel.Two and a half years later neither of which has been fully implemented.One is the creation of direct flights from Nunavik villages to Amos, instead of going through Montreal or the Abitibi hub of Val d’Or and then bussing to Amos.“It’s coming, it’s in development, we’ve no dates of when it’s going to come, but it’s definitely in the talks,” said Gendron.(The new facility is 600 km northwest of Montreal, and 1,200 km from the nearest courthouse in Nunavik. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)In an email to APTN News, Quebec’s Ministry of Public Security says it needed to wait for construction of the Amos prison to be finished and a new policing agreement for the Kativik police force, who help escort the prisoners, before acting on direct air lifts.They also said that the first direct flight from Nunavik to Amos took place on July 4, but at the moment, it’s a pilot project and will only continue periodically.As for the other solution to cut down on travel, using video conferencing for trial appearances, Gendron said the Amos prison is ready.“Because of the internet link with the north, with Nunavik, it’s not been developed yet, it’s not taken place yet,” Gendron explained.But the a spokesperson for the Kativik Regional Government, who administer services in Nunavik, say that internet speed is not the hold up, but rather negotiations with Quebec, which are ongoing.Judging from the sound of frustration in her voice, for Lucy Grey these improvements cannot come soon enough.“You know, Inuit are very forgiving, and the white, Qallunaat, “oui-oui”s kind of have a hard time with that, they want to punish. Punish. But the intention of justice is to bring social harmony and this version is not bringing harmony.“It’s bringing chaos.”email@example.com@tfennario
BURNABY, B.C. — The Telecommunications Workers Union, representing Telus and Shaw workers across Canada, is adding its voice to those opposed to any special treatment for Verizon to enter Canada’s wireless market.The union says there’s no guarantee of lower cellphone bills for Canadians and Verizon will operate in lucrative urban markets, ignoring rural communities.The Telecommunications Workers Union joins the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada in calling on Ottawa to allow all wireless companies to operate on the same level playing field.Canada’s big wireless carriers, Telus, Rogers and Bell, have also launched a media blitz to warn that, under the current rules, they would be at a disadvantage if Verizon were allowed into the market.There have been reports that big U.S. carrier Verizon is considering buying Wind Mobile — and possibly struggling Mobilicity — as a way to enter the Canadian market.Those opposed say Verizon, which has about 100 million customer in the U.S., would gain an upper-hand in Canada’s wireless market through existing rules that would give it an unfair advantage in the upcoming wireless spectrum auction.So far the federal government isn’t budging on the current rules, saying more competition will benefit Canadians.
WASHINGTON — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s presentation of the Fed’s semi-annual monetary report to the Senate Banking Committee. (all times local):11:40 a.m.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says homebuilders are having a harder time building lower-cost housing because of higher tariffs and tougher immigration policies.“The homebuilders feel like they’ve been hit by a perfect storm here,” Powell tells the Senate Banking Committee in his second day of testimony before Congress.Higher tariffs have increased costs for construction materials, he says, and tighter immigration enforcement has made it harder for builders to find workers. Even though the Fed has kept rates low and mortgage rates have fallen, those factors have pushed developers to build higher-priced homes to cover the bigger costs.Powell, under questioning from Sen. John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, says legal and illegal immigration can help the U.S. economy by increasing the size of the workforce. When asked whether illegal immigration lowers US wages, Powell said that extensive research on the subject “has not reached a clear conclusion.”___10:55 a.m.Powell says before the Senate Banking Committee that very low unemployment rates no longer necessarily push up inflation. A relationship between the two existed “50 years ago” but that has gotten “weaker and weaker and weaker,” Powell said.Powell’s comments in a second day of testimony on Capitol Hill suggest the Fed is more comfortable keeping short-term interest rates low and suggests that Fed policymakers may cut rates at its meeting later this month. For decades, economists assumed that low unemployment — such as the current jobless rate of 3.7% — meant that employers would have to raise pay to attract and keep workers, and in turn would then raise prices to cover higher wage costs. Many Fed officials historically would then support raising interest rates to forestall what was called a “wage-price spiral.”But now, Powell says, the unemployment rate can likely fall much further than in the past without sparking inflation, which means that interest rates can also stay lower.“I think we’re learning all of those things,” he says.___Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, testifying for a second day before Congress, is delivering the same message: that the central bank is prepared to cut interest rates to support the economy, raising hopes that the first reduction in its key policy rate in a decade could happen later this month.Powell’s prepared testimony to the Senate Banking Committee is identical to the remarks he delivered Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.In his opening comments, Powell says that “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.”The Associated Press
One of the first things entrepreneurs worry about is how to secure funding for their business ideas. Some go the traditional route and borrow from a bank, while others look to personal credit cards or loans from family and friends.However, new research from Brock University shows that the type of loan goes a long way in predicting a new startup’s success.In the first research study of its kind, Tatyana Sokolyk, Associate Professor of Finance at Brock’s Goodman School of Business, along with her co-author, Professor Rebel Cole from Florida Atlantic University, studied the financial performance of more than 4,000 startups to find out which type of loan was most closely related to the company’s success.They found companies that secure business loans in the company’s name generate more than four times the revenue than those which fund their business by personal debt.“We teach that it is critical for companies to have access to financial capital while they focus on building their venture, but until now, the research in this area had not differentiated capital types,” Sokolyk says.“Banks choose what startups to extend loans to, and their due diligence and monitoring can help the startups to be more successful, but only where the entrepreneur has taken the time to apply for a business loan.”For more information on the research, see this story in Forbes Magazine.
Mr Brooks said that the episode could no longer remain in circulation in light of the “monstrous behaviour” described in the film.Some radio stations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand have banned Jackson records, but there have been no announcements by British stations.Thriller Live, the West End show, has no plans to close. The Jackson family have denied the allegations, describing them as “all about the money”.The singer, who died in 2009, still has his defenders, including Mark Lester, the British former child actor who starred in Oliver! and later formed a friendship with Jackson.He said of Leaving Neverland: “It made me feel quite sick. This is not the Michael Jackson that I knew for over 30 years. This is not the man that my children knew.”Jackson’s daughter, Paris, spoke out on social media to urge fans to be “calm” in their response. She appeared to defend her father when she said that “lies” are told about “everyone with a good heart”, adding: “Do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down?” Michael Jackson songs have been pulled from primary school teaching materials in the wake of child abuse allegations.A company that supplies music lesson resources to around half the primary schools in England removed all mentions of the late pop star from its teaching material.Charanga took the decision earlier this year, following the release of the Netflix documentary Leaving Neverland, which detailed claims from Wade Robson and James Safechuck that they were abused by him as young boys.Mark Burke, director of Charanga, said: “In light of the allegations made against Michael Jackson in March, we felt it inappropriate to promote or share his content with our users. “We therefore removed it from our platform immediately. As a cloud-based service, our removing this content meant it was no longer able to be used by anyone using the service.” Earlier this year, the executive producer of The Simpsons announced that a “treasured” episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson is to be removed from television in response to the Leaving Neverland documentary.James L Brooks, the producer, said he had agreed with Matt Groening and Al Jean, the creators, that it should not be shown again, despite it having been one of their favourite episodes. 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.
Read more at Spectrum IEEE, via io9 Imagine a world with robot bullies. The big, tough robot would pick on a little, twerpy robot and push it over (and then steal its robo-lunch money). Of course, since it’s a robot, it would fall in a timber-like fashion and then need a Dorothy character to come give it some oil and help it back up. But, that may no longer be the case thanks to Carnegie Mellon research student Ben Stephens who is teaching robots how to be more human-like. Stephens is not only teaching robots how to dance, but also how to balance and not fall down when they get pushed. Take that, bully-robot!A student at the Robotics Institute, Stephens says in the video below that the robot he’s working with, the Sarcos, is very unique in the field of humanoid robots. It’s a full-body robot that uses hydraulic actuators, which gives it lots of degrees of freedom so it can move around with ease. Sarcos is roughly human-like in the way that its proportions, speed, and forces are close to that of a human.The video shows Sarcos doing a little dance. The dance was programmed and recorded from human motion capture. Stephens said it’s difficult to program a dance by hand, but it’s much easier to have a person do a dance then copy it. There are motion-capturing cameras distributed around where the robot dances in the video. You’ve seen how this works if you’ve ever watched the extras on a DVD like Lord of the Rings. Although Gollum was a computer-animated character, his motions were captured by an actor who wore an image capture suit. His motions, and the motions of the dancer in the lab, are then captured and read into a computer.Stephens’ work specifically focuses on having the robot dance while balanced. Sarcos isn’t just playing back joint motions, it is actively balancing while trying to do do those motions. Stephens gives the robot a little push in the video, but the robot adjusts its balance and doesn’t fall like most rigid robots would. Humans are constantly adjusting their balance, whether we realize it or not, and that’s what Sarcos has been built to do.In a second video, we see the robot get a big push, but it compensates and takes a step forward so that it doesn’t fall. Sarcos can also compensate when it gets bumped or when it bumps into something. It’s important that robots be able to balance so they don’t cause any damage to other objects or people, but it’s also very important because if and when the robot does fall, that’s some expensive equipment going down.
Mémoire : pourquoi le cerveau ne retient pas nos souvenirs de la petite enfanceDurant notre enfance, l’apparition de nouveaux neurones n’a pas l’effet que l’on croit : au lieu d’augmenter nos capacités de mémorisation, ils effaceraient les souvenirs déjà constitués. Tout cela dans le but de faire de la place aux prochains.Mais pourquoi sommes nous incapables de nous souvenir de notre premier anniversaire ou de nos premier pas ? L’amnésie infantile est un phénomène qui intrigue les chercheurs depuis de nombreuses années. Cette expression désigne l’absence de souvenirs avant l’âge de deux ans, et leur relative pauvreté jusqu’à l’âge de 6 ans.Une équipe de chercheurs canadiens pense avoir trouvé une explication à ce trou de mémoire. L’amnésie infantile serait en fait liée à l’activité de l’hippocampe, une zone du cerveau jouant un rôle important dans la formation de la mémoire. Lorsque de nouveaux neurones se développent dans l’hippocampe – c’est ce que l’on appelle la neurogénèse – ils effaceraient les informations préalablement mémorisées. Des neurones qui effacent les souvenirs C’est durant les premières années de notre vie que la neurogénèse est la plus active, c’est ce qui expliquerait que ce sont nos souvenirs les plus anciens qui soient effacés. “Cette trouvaille a été très surprenante pour nous. La plupart des gens pensent que de nouveaux neurones impliquent une meilleure mémoire”, explique Sheena Josselyn, neuroscientifique à l’Hospital for Sick Children de Toronto, citée par The Scientific American.Concrètement, les nouveaux neurones effaceraient les premiers souvenirs pour faire de la place aux suivants. “Un plus grand nombre de neurones permet d’augmenter les capacités de mémorisation dans le futur. Mais la mémoire est basée sur un circuit, donc si vous ajoutez des éléments à ce circuit, il est logique que cela le perturbe”, ajoute Sheena Josselyn. C’est en menant des tests sur des souris que la chercheuse et son mari, Paul Frankland, sont arrivés à cette conclusion. Ils ont instillé des souvenirs dans le cerveau de jeunes souris ainsi que d’adultes. Il leur ont appris à avoir peur d’un endroit, en y associant de légers chocs électriques. Les plus jeunes souris n’ont retenu la leçon que pendant une journée, alors que les plus âgées s’en sont rappelé durant plusieurs semaines. Mais en réduisant chimiquement et génétiquement la croissance de nouveaux neurones dans l’hippocampe des jeunes souris, il se sont rendus compte que leur mémoire s’en est trouvée accrue. Au contraire, en stimulant la production de neurones chez les souris adultes par le biais de l’exercice physique, les chercheurs ont affaibli la persistance du souvenir, d’après l’étude publiée dans la revue Science.Une hypothèse de plus pour expliquer l’amnésie infantile L’amnésie infantile a suscité de nombreuses recherches et hypothèses dans le monde de la psychologie et de la neurobiologie. Pour certains chercheurs, nous serions incapables de mémoriser les événements survenus durant les premières années de notre vie car à cette époque, nos capacités linguistiques et émotionnelles ne sont pas assez développées. Cela signifie que pour mémoriser un événement, il faut être capable d’y associer des émotions et de mettre des mots dessus.Sigmund Freud s’était également intéressé à cette question. Pour lui, nous oublierions nos souvenirs pour réprimer les traumatismes de notre enfance. L’étude de l’implication de la neurogénèse dans l’amnésie infantile devrait permettre de mieux comprendre le phénomène sans remettre en question les hypothèses déjà émises. Pour Mazen Kheirbek, spécialiste de la neurogénèse à l’Université de Columbia, le schéma proposé par Sheena Josselyn est très convaincant.Mais selon lui, ce ne serait pas les nouveaux neurones qui effaceraient les souvenirs, mais plutôt le fait d’apprendre et mémoriser de nouveaux éléments. “Peut-être que l’oubli que l’on observe ici est dû à la capacité accrue à apprendre de nouvelles choses. Il y a un compromis à faire ici, préserver les anciens souvenirs peut empêcher de s’en faire de nouveaux”, explique Mazen Kheirbek. Des pertes de mémoire pas si mauvaises ? À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Dans tous les cas, pour Paul Frankland, co-directeur de l’étude, les pertes de mémoire ne sont pas forcément mauvaises. Dans certains cas, l’oubli est même bénéfique pour le cerveau et la mémoire. “Certains types d’oublis sont importants pour la mémoire. Elle a une capacité limitée”, rapporte Vox. “Nous nous débarrassons de toutes les choses inutiles pour ne retenir que les événements et détails importants”, poursuit le neurobiologiste. Bien sûr, les résultats obtenus par les scientifiques ne sont valables que pour les éléments étudiés, les rongeurs. Mais les cerveaux des différents mammifères étant relativement similaires, les chercheurs pensent que le même mécanisme peut tout à fait se produire dans le cerveau humain. Le 16 mai 2014 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambert
It shouldn’t be a surprise that childhood readers tend to grow into adults with busy, successful brains. According to the National Education Association, stuffing your child’s environment full of books, reading as a family activity and independent childhood reading all help build vocabulary, curiosity, insight, motivation and a strong sense of self. And early readers go on to greater socioeconomic success than early non-readers.Those are the facts. The softer truth, according to Scholastic, the purveyor of affordable books for students, is that childhood reading is “a crucial component in the development in a curious mind, a gentle spirit and a loving and empathetic heart.” Meanwhile, there’s been a recent buzz in literary circles about banishing the guilt grown-ups feel when enjoying — really, really enjoying — books aimed at their children. (Raise your hand if you know your Harry Potter trivia just as well as your kids do. See all those hands?)Grown-ups who want to pass their love of books to their children should hurry over to the Cascade Park Community Library on Saturday for the second annual Words & Pictures Festival, a gathering of 25 local authors and illustrators who write and create for children — and adults, too. (The emphasis is on literature aimed at young people, but some of the presenters are the creators of grown-up graphic novels, detective mysteries, sci-fi and fantasy adventures.)The event is free, with readings and art demonstrations ongoing throughout the day. Books will be available for purchase through Barnes & Noble. Here’s the whole schedule:Picture book and middle-grade creators in the Children’s Area:• 12:30 p.m., Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan.• 1 p.m., Stephanie Campisi.• 1:30 p.m., Peter McCleery.• 2:30 p.m., Stephanie Shaw.• 2 p.m., Barry Deutsch.Adult and young adult creators in the Conference Room:• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., graphic novels and comics with Barry Deutsch, Becky Hawkins and Sloane Leong.• 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., readings by Curtis Chen, Cal Spivey, David Levine and Jessie Kwak.• 1:15 to 2 p.m., readings by Heidi Mason, Randal Houle, Sheryl Scarborough and Brian Tashima.“Not a Pipe Publishing” presentation and readings, Fireside area:• 2 to 3 p.m., “The Year of Publishing Women” with Benjamin Gorman; readings by Mikko Azul, Karen Eisenbrey, Benjamin Gorman, Debby Dodds and Heather Ransom.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – One South Florida church built a home for a deserving family.The Archdiocese of Miami and its volunteers from Habitat for Humanity built a new home for a family of six, just in time for the holidays. “It feels great to have a new house because usually we all struggle together because we are a family of 6,” said one of the family members, Erick Garcia. “We were all scrumbled up and now we have our own rooms. It’s different.”The newly-finished home is located in Liberty City and is the second to be built and named after Pope Francis. “They are happy because they were living in very close quarters,” said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of the Archdiocese of Miami. “Now, they have a four-bedroom house and more privacy from the kids, especially as they get older.”7News is a proud sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.If you would like to get involved, call (954) 396-3030, (305) 634-3628, or log on to WSVN. com.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.