first_imgProjects being identified in Liberia and other countriesThe Department of Field Support at the United Nations has announced that ten new contributors (Albania, Bangladesh, Canada, Italy, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Switzerland) have committed to provide contributions to the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.These countries join Bhutan, Cyprus, India, Japan and Norway, which have already contributed to the Trust Fund.These contributions reinforce the Secretary-General’s clear commitment to putting the rights and dignity of victims first.With the most recent contributions, the total amount available to the Trust Fund from voluntary contributions by member states will rise to approximately US$1.5 million. This includes US$102,000 that have been made available from withheld payments to troop and police contributors as a result of substantiated allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.Projects to provide specialized services for victims and to strengthen community-based complaint reception networks will be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo using the funds. Other projects are being identified in Central African Republic, Liberia and Haiti.Under Secretary General for Field Support Mr Atul Khare expressed his deep gratitude to those who have contributed, stating “the interest in the Trust Fund in Support of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse is a powerful indication of the vital support and partnership of the member states in this critical area. We encourage all member states to consider making a donation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMore studies show humanness from the start of life.The Human Fetus Preferentially Engages with Face-like Visual Stimuli (Current Biology). Mothers know that their babies in the womb respond to sound, such as when they sing lullabies to them, but did parents know they can respond to sight as well? In this study, published in an open-access paper, researchers projected three lights through maternal tissue to 39 unborn babies at 25 weeks gestation. The babies looked toward the three lights when they were arranged like a face (two eyes and a mouth), but not if the lights were inverted.In the third trimester of pregnancy, the human fetus has the capacity to process perceptual information. With advances in 4D ultrasound technology, detailed assessment of fetal behavior is now possible. Furthermore, modeling of intrauterine conditions has indicated a substantially greater luminance within the uterus than previously thought. Consequently, light conveying perceptual content could be projected through the uterine wall and perceived by the fetus, dependent on how light interfaces with maternal tissue. We do know that human infants at birth show a preference to engage with a top-heavy, face-like stimulus when contrasted with all other forms of stimuli. However, the viability of performing such an experiment based on visual stimuli projected through the uterine wall with fetal participants is not currently known. We examined fetal head turns to visually presented upright and inverted face-like stimuli. Here we show that the fetus in the third trimester of pregnancy is more likely to engage with upright configural stimuli when contrasted to inverted visual stimuli, in a manner similar to results with newborn participants. The current study suggests that postnatal experience is not required for this preference. In addition, we describe a new method whereby it is possible to deliver specific visual stimuli to the fetus. This new technique provides an important new pathway for the assessment of prenatal visual perceptual capacities.Now that visual response has been demonstrated in unborn babies, follow-up studies will have “implications for further understanding of the fetus,” the authors say.Uncovering the secrets of the human body’s perception of touch (Phys.org). Haptics scientist Masashi Nakatani, an expert in tactile sensors, has been studying the developmental process of touch in infants. “One of my goals is to clarify how body perception helps us acquire cognitive skills that are unique to human beings, particularly in the modern information age,” he says. Concerned about the rise in electronic displays for children at a young age, he doesn’t want them to miss out on the important process of exploring their environment through touch, an important part of the enjoyment of life.Nakatani and colleagues invented the TECHTILE toolkit to promote people to appreciate the sense of touch. “I think that modern haptic devices must provide greater value for us to enjoy our daily lives,” says Nakatani. One of Nakatani’s students, Kazuki Sakurada, has developed a smartphone-based haptic chat system with audio-vibrotactile feedback to provide a sense of presence of others during text conversations. “This study may yield clues about the importance of somatic feedback in emotional attachment with other people (Fig. 2),” says Nakatani. “In the long term, I would like to enhance human abilities to extract valuable knowledge from overwhelming, excessive information in the environment.“Young babies disapprove when they see adults acting immorally (New Scientist). The human moral sense is evident early on in newborns, says Anil Ananthaswamy:Even four-month-old infants expect adults to comfort crying babies. The finding suggests that we may be born with a foundation of morality that becomes the basis for more advanced moral and social behaviour in later life.Psychologists have long debated whether moral behaviour is innate or learned. In 2007, Kiley Hamlin and colleagues at Yale University found that 6-month-old and 10-month-old babies prefer people who help others, and show an aversion to those who don’t.The findings undermine claims, like those of philosopher John Locke, that humans are born as a “blank slate” (tabula rasa), learning everything by experience. Instead, a “foundation of morality” is already there, with some understanding of what human beings “should” be doing, including helping those who are hurting.Former Planned Parenthood chief executive Cecile Richards is still callous, smug and unrepentant about the sale of baby body parts from her company’s chief industry, abortion, two years after the scandal was exposed. Now, she is even challenging the right of physicians not to perform abortions for ‘moral’ objections (Breitbart News), which amounts to forcing them to violate their conscience. Recently, Planned Parenthood acknowledge the racist and eugenics views of its infamous founder, Margaret Sanger (Breitbart News), but another video from the Center for Medical Progress uncovers what they do with the killed babies: “Clinics grind remains of aborted babies, flush them in sewer” (WND).Knowing this, how can citizens feel anything but horror and disgust at this evil industry’s unconscionable actions? Now hear this: Despite the present administration’s many good moves on social issues since the last election, they have still not cut the funding of nearly half a billion dollars per year to the abortion giant—largely because of unanimous opposition by every Democrat in Congress every time it is proposed as part of a bill. How many more unborn babies will never see, hear, or touch with their marvelous senses? Keep the pressure on!To learn more, watch Lila Rose of Live Action on Prager University describe what Planned Parenthood does (text on Truth Revolt).(Visited 455 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgAntetokounmpo still rushes out of Bucks dugout after bad games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes And it was there where the 2004 Most Valuable Player gave advice to the 2017 Most Improved Player.“He always told me that whatever you do, it’s all about the mentality and that was good advice,” said Antetokounmpo.And though Antetokounmpo faced Garnett in the twilight of the legend’s career, the Greek Freak said he still experienced the verbal competitiveness of the Big Ticket. The two played against each other five times from 2013 until Garnett’s retirement year in 2016.“He didn’t talk trash to me but he was talking trash in general,” said Antetokoumpo.ADVERTISEMENT And back in December Garnett gave Antetokoumpo a bit of advice on how to achieve icon status.“He gave me some few words, he told me it’s all about the mentality,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability Sunday at Fairmont Makati for his charity event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The way you approach the game, the way you see the game, it’s all about mentality. If you have the killer instinct, and you think you’re the best at what you’re doing, and you’re going to do it, you will be good.” Garnett, who’s now retired after almost two decades in the NBA, joined the Bucks in practice in December. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RELATED VIDEO View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett have distinct similarities both in appearance and accolades.Both are listed at 6-foot-11, though they sometimes look an inch or two taller than their height, and the two have led their respective teams in all five major statistical categories for one season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares DENVER — Pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson felt good about his swing and then felt even better an instant later when he saw the ball he hit sail over the center field fence.Culberson hit a game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning off Kyle Farnsworth, and the Colorado Rockies, down by six runs early, rallied again to beat the New York Mets 11-10 in a wild affair on May 3.It was his first homer of the season.“I don’t hit many home runs, but for some reason right there, I hit it and I just knew it had to go out,” Culberson said. “More to the point, like it had better go out.“Hitting a walkoff, I really can’t describe it. That’s definitely the best feeling I’ve ever had in baseball, so far.”The Mets overcame Colorado’s eight-run fifth inning, that included Nolan Arenado’s grand slam, and took a 10-9 lead on Juan Lagares’ RBI single in the ninth off LaTroy Hawkins (1-0).But Troy Tulowitzki, who recorded his 1,000th career hit earlier, singled off Farnsworth (0-2) to start the bottom of the ninth. He advanced to second on a deep flyout by Arenado, and Culberson followed with the winning drive off a 1-2 pitch from Farnsworth.The crowd erupted as he rounded the bases. As he neared the plate, he tossed his helmet and jumped onto home plate as he was mobbed by his teammates.“He threw a first-pitch fastball about 95 mph, but I saw it pretty good and I knew he was going to go after me and try to get me out,” Culberson said. “He just gave me a good pitch to hit and I barreled it up.”Farnsworth said he didn’t quite get the location he wanted. “Fastball away. It hit the middle, I guess,” Farnsworth said. “He got a good swing on it. It’s always difficult. We just have to keep on battling. Guys played well, and we came out on the wrong end of it.”It was a sudden finish to a game in which the teams combined for 30 hits, including Arenado’s slam that extended his major league-best hitting streak to 23 games.Tulowitzki notched his 1,000th hit in the seventh when he singled up the middle off reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka.“I think the No. 1 thing on my 1,000th hit is I’ll remember this game and how we won it,” Tulowitzki said. “That makes it that much more special.”The ninth-year pro became the fifth Rockies player with 1,000 hits and the 78th active player to reach the milestone. He scored from third on Jordan Pacheco’s sacrifice fly to give Colorado a 9-8 lead, but the Mets tied it again in the eighth on Chris Young’s RBI single.Staked to an early 6-0 lead, Mets starter Jenrry Mejia had blanked the Rockies through the first four innings and seemed headed toward the solid pitching outing New York needed. Instead, he became the third straight Mets starter to fail to get out of the fifth after the rotation began the season with 26 straight starts of at least five innings.The turnaround was triggered by Ryan Wheeler’s first home run of the season leading off the fifth. The Rockies sent 11 men to the plate in the inning.In one stunning five-pitch stretch, Mejia gave up RBI singles to Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs and Carlos Gonzalez as the Rockies made it 6-4.Mejia then hit Tulowitzki in his upper left arm with a pitch to load the bases, and Arenado drove the next pitch into the left field bleachers for his second career slam and the first by a Rockies player this season. Arenado also tied Dante Bichette for the second longest hitting streak in Rockies history.Matsuzaka then relieved Mejia, who gave up eight runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings.The Mets, who built a 6-0 lead off Rockies starter Franklin Morales, fought back in the sixth to tie it at 8, getting a run-scoring double from Young and an RBI single from Curtis Granderson.Daniel Murphy got the Mets going with a one-out triple in the first and scored when David Wright followed with a double. Anthony Recker and Lucas Duda added RBI singles.New York added to its lead when Wright singled to start the third, stole second and took third on a groundout. He scored on Granderson’s single, and Granderson came in on a double by Recker, who scored on third baseman Arenado’s throwing error.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Defense Department would be required to prepare force structure plans and an infrastructure assessment that could be used to determine the level of excess capacity in DOD, according to the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill released Tuesday.The bill language does not directly link the analysis to a justification for a new BRAC round, but a summary acknowledges that a new capacity study is needed in light of the department’s repeated requests to hold a new round of base closures.“The conferees are mindful of DOD concerns that excess basing capacity is a financial drag on the department,” according to a summary from the House Armed Services Committee.“They are also cognizant of the fact that the most recent capacity survey is more than a decade old, does not reflect the impacts or cost of the most recent BRAC round, and does not account for the probable future force posture. The NDAA proposal directs a new capacity study that reflects the current threat profile and makes conservative assumptions about future end strength,” the summary states.The final bill language closely follows a provision in the House version, which directs the department to include the capacity study with its FY 2017 budget request and calls for it to submit:force structure plans for each of the services;an assessment of the probable threats to national security;end strength levels and major military force units;an inventory of worldwide installations;a description of the infrastructure necessary to support the force structure plans;a discussion of categories of excess infrastructure and infrastructure capacity; andan assessment of the value of retaining certain excess infrastructure to accommodate contingency, mobilization and surge requirements.The bill also directs the Government Accountability Office to review the force structure plans and infrastructure inventory within 60 days after it is submitted by DOD.As expected, the compromise version of the annual defense policy measure retains the prohibition against holding a new BRAC round included in the House and Senate versions of the legislation, a view reinforced in the committee summary.“Conferees are concerned that once an asset is lost through the BRAC process, it can never be regained, or is prohibitively expensive to replace. Hence, they are deeply skeptical that BRAC is in the country’s national security interest,” it states.The text of the conference report and a summary are available on the committee website.last_img read more

first_imgLocal officials are waiting to consider a series of recommendations to preserve training activities at Fort Bragg, N.C., as the post’s latest joint land use study nears completion. On Thursday the study’s sponsor, the Regional Land Use Advisory Commission, heard draft recommendations, including disclosing military impacts to property during real estate transactions, supporting regional efforts to ensure the adequate supply and quality of drinking water sources, and discouraging incompatible growth in critical areas. The recommendations fall into four categories — regional coordination, compatible growth, environmental and actions Fort Bragg can pursue on its own, reported the Fayetteville Observer. A final version of the study and its recommendations are expected to be available later this year.Photo by John Snyder Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgManaging your day to day life is one thing — but could wearable technology actually save your life when cycling in the city, or walking down the street?Former Google employee Zach Vorhies’ start-up, Zackees, has created and launched Turn Signal Gloves using $72,000 of Kickstarter capital.Washable, wearable and with a long battery life, Vorhies, who lives and works in San Francisco, believes his product, which use bright LEDs to light up the gloves when a cyclist turns at a junction, could be a savior for riders all over the planet.The safety of cyclists has been grabbing headlines — especially in big cities such as London. In 2012, according to the UK’s Department of Transport, 118 cyclists were killed nationwide, a 10 percent increase on 2011. 93 percent of cyclists were killed or seriously injured as a result of a collision with another vehicle.In the United States, 677 cyclists were killed as a result of ‘motor vehicle crashes’ in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”In San Francisco we have a lot of bike riders and most of them don’t wear enough lights,” Vorhies told CNBC.com in a phone interview. “When I was a kid, a neighbour of mine was hit by a car, and tragically lost his arm while he was riding home to his parent’s for dinner. I wanted to make a light up accessory for cyclists in San Francisco.”It took Vorhies just one day to build his first prototype at a hackathon. “It wasn’t ‘smart’, it was just a simple circuit, the same type they would teach you in electronics 101,” Vorhies said. “The thing that made it special was the fact that it was packaged up in a way that was fashionable, or passably fashionable,” he added.Together with co-founder Murat Ozkan, Vorhies set to work on developing their idea to create a high tech, aesthetically pleasing, cycling glove. How then, do the gloves work?”They’ve got metal contact plates between the thumb and the index finger, and when you click it by closing the thumb and index, the light panel at the back of the hand turns on,” Vorhies said.The technologies within the gloves are key, according to Vorhies. When the metal contact plates on the glove click together, a signal is sent to a microprocessor. “[The] microprocessor has a sensor on it – the same one that’s on your iPhone – that detects the ambient light levels of the day and automatically adjusts the brightness of the light,” he said. Image credit: Shutterstock Despite Nike’s recent decision to lay of staff from its FuelBand wearable tech division, the market potential of the wearable tech industry still seems to be huge, with Juniper Research recently stating that revenues from smart wearable devices will hit $19 billion by 2018.San Francisco based Jawbone has been working in the wearable tech industry for more than 10 years. The company’s wearable products compile vast amounts of data, tracking our every move and telling us where we’re going wrong in our lives.”We design and deliver products that affect the way you live,” Bandar Antabi, Vice President, Jawbone, told CNBC.com in a phone interview.”Our belief is that our products enhance your lifestyle, and they make your daily experiences even more enjoyable…we do this by intersecting beautiful design, hardware that fits on you or around you, software that’s really simple to use but also intelligent, and data,” Bantabi added.Using sensors and algorithms, the company’s UP – launched in 2011 – and recently released UP24 wrist bands promise to log the minute details that matter.”We’ve created this band you basically wear and forget: it’s been designed to disappear,” Antabi said. “It tracks your steps and tells you how many steps you’ve taken. When you go to sleep at night it tracks your sleep,” he added.So far, according to Antabi, Jawbone’s UP devices have tracked almost 600 billion steps and 60 million hours of sleep. How, then, does the company’s technology take this vast amount of data and make it relevant?”One of the features of our system is called Insights,” Antabi said. “These insights are cards that show up on the front of your [phone] screen when you go into the application, and provide you with information that is personal and unique to you based on your data.”Once they’ve got this data, users are then able to find out what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong, with helpful tips and suggestions provided by Jawbone. Register Now » This story originally appeared on CNBC 5 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 29, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Wearable technology has come a long way since the first wristwatch was made by Patek Philippe & Co of Switzerland in 1868. Today, wearable devices can monitor our health, track our diets — and potentially save our lives.last_img read more

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice are investigating after a 58-year-old woman died in an accident on the A500. Emergency services were called to the collision, which involved grey Kia and a blue tractor near Barthomley, shortly before 10pm last night. Nothing could be done to save the woman, who was driving the car, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for several hours before reopening at around 4.20am this morning (Friday January 4) Cheshire Police are investigating the collision and are asking anyone with information or dashcam footage to contact them. A spokesman said: “Sadly the driver of the car – a 58-year-old local woman – died at the scene. “Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. The driver of the tractor was uninjured.” Read MorePolice step up patrols as youths cause anti-social behaviour in town “Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information or dashcam footage which may aid the investigation.” Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said they sent fire engines from Crewe and Alsager to the scene after being called at 9.56pm. A spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered that the collision involved a car and a tractor. “Police closed the road in both directions as emergency services worked at the scene. Firefighters assisted in removing a woman from the car. They also made the vehicle safe. “Sadly the woman died at the scene.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Anyone with information should call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident IML 285839. They can also contact the force here and submit dashcam footage here. To pass on information anonymously call Crimestoppers, an independent charity, on 0800 555 111. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .center_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more