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Seventeen volunteers let this worm live inside them to help defeat a dangerous disease

Seventeen volunteers let this worm live inside them to help defeat a dangerous disease

first_img At 2:15 p.m., Roestenberg huddles in a small meeting room with three colleagues. The worms are not drugs, but they need to be released for use just like an experimental drug would be. The scientists check numbers on some documents against data on a computer screen, then they sign a form. The experiment can begin.Twenty minutes later, back in the infection room, the volunteers stretch out their arms so that a little metal cylinder, a few centimeters in diameter, can be taped to their skin. Carefully, an assistant pipettes a few drops of water, containing exactly 20 parasites, into each cylinder. The volunteers are nervous, but they say they are motivated. “I like the fact that the study is related to vaccines, because I’ve worked in that field before,” says one, a young scientist. The woman next to him says she comes from East Africa and knows the disease firsthand. They will also be paid €1000 for their time.Once infected, the volunteers will return to the lab every week so the research team can test their blood for a molecule called CAA, which the worms regurgitate from their stomachs. CAA’s presence will indicate that the worms are still alive; in future trials, its absence might mean that a vaccine or drug has worked.Some schistosomiasis scientists agree that the potential benefits justify the minimal risks. “My hope is that it would hugely accelerate identification of worthwhile candidate vaccines,” says Alison Elliott of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who works at a joint Ugandan and U.K. research unit in Entebbe. She is interested in establishing the model there; people in Uganda, a country badly affected by schistosomiasis, might react differently to a vaccine if they were exposed to the worms in childhood, she explains. At a recent stakeholders’ meeting, “Ethics and regulatory colleagues were very supportive of taking discussions of the model forward, and community representatives are already keen for the opportunity to volunteer!” Elliott added in an email.“It’s itching a little bit,” one of the Leiden volunteers says 5 minutes into the exposure. After half an hour, when the infested water is removed from the volunteers’ forearms, red spots reveal where the parasites have entered their new hosts. Then, close to 4 p.m., the clock stops ticking; the volunteers head home and Roestenberg and her colleagues go out for a coffee. 3 2 By Kai KupferschmidtFeb. 21, 2018 , 4:25 PM At 12:05 p.m. on a Thursday in February, a lab technician takes a six-well plate containing a solitary red snail and places it in a heated water bath under a strong light. The light and warmth signal hundreds of tiny larval parasites to stream out of the mollusk. Now, the clock starts ticking for Meta Roestenberg, an infectious disease physician here at Leiden University Medical Center. She has about 4 hours to launch a unique, controversial experiment in which she will let the parasites burrow into the arms of four healthy volunteers. If she waits too long, the larvae start to die.Roestenberg and her colleagues are infecting people with Schistosoma mansoni, one of five tiny waterborne worm species that cause schistosomiasis, a disease that sickens millions of people in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America and kills thousands each year. There is no schistosomiasis vaccine and only one old, inadequate drug, praziquantel, to treat it. Infecting humans could help speed up the development of new interventions. Roestenberg has designed the experiment to prevent the parasites from reproducing, and she says the risk to volunteers is extremely low.But not low enough, some scientists argue, because there is no guarantee that subjects will get rid of their parasites when the study is over. “I would not volunteer for this study and if I had a son or daughter who wanted to volunteer, I would recommend against it,” says Daniel Colley, a schistosomiasis researcher at the University of Georgia in Athens.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(*) Worms mature, mate, and lay eggs. Parasites to the people Researchers have long grown Schistosoma mansoni in the lab, using hamsters. Now, they are also infecting humans with the parasitic worms. Larvae emerge from snail. 1 EYE OF SCIENCE/SCIENCE SOURCE 4center_img Male and female larvae are used to infect hamster. 5 In nature, male and female Schistosoma mansoni worms pair up within the host. Studies in which people are purposely infected with malaria, cholera, and flu are on the rise, but they haven’t been done with schistosomiasis, in part because damage from the S. mansoni eggs can be irreversible. The goal of the current study, which began in early 2017, is to find out whether Roestenberg’s infection model is safe; if so, she hopes to test a vaccine later this year.At 1:35 p.m., Roestenberg walks to the room where the volunteers will be infected. She opens a transparent plastic container that contains epinephrine, antihistamines, and corticosteroids. “This is the emergency box,” she says—in case a subject has a strong allergic reaction. None of the 13 volunteers infected so far has, although one who was infected with 30 larvae developed a strong fever. In another precaution, the volunteers have been tested to rule out risk factors such as HIV infection and pregnancy. In nature, people become infected with both male and female parasites, but Roestenberg uses only males, so there will be no eggs and thus, she says, no symptoms. And when the study ends in 12 weeks, the volunteers will be given praziquantel to cure them.That drug, Colley emphasizes, is “not terribly effective.” But Roestenberg says that even if it fails, volunteers needn’t worry. “The ethics board asked me: ‘If one worm survives even after multiple treatments, what will happen to that person?’ And I said: ‘They’ll probably live to be 100.’” The board gave her its blessing. Colley agrees the risk is low, but still, S. mansoni has an average life span of 5 to 10 years. “That is a long time to have something as ugly as a schistosome living in your blood vessels, putting out excrement and things.” At 1:05 p.m., the technician takes the plate out of the bath. The larvae are ready to be harvested. Viewed under a microscope, they move around frantically, like minipropellers. Another technician removes one drop, dilutes it, adds iodine to kill the parasites, and counts them. That allows the researchers to calculate how many are left in the well: 574. They need only 80 today, 20 per volunteer.A snail population in an African lake could shed millions of these larvae into the water on a single day, each equipped with a chemical sensor that lets it home in on humans entering the water. After penetrating the skin, they migrate to the liver, where they mature and mate. Male-female couples stay together and move to blood vessels in the bowel, where they can reside for years, shedding hundreds of eggs a day. Most eggs end up in urine and feces, and if they make their way back into the lake they may infect fresh snails. But some get trapped in the liver, kidneys, or spleen, causing damage and leading to pain, blood loss, malnutrition, and sometimes death.Researchers in this same lab recreated the parasite’s life cycle decades ago, with hamsters taking the place of humans. That allowed them to produce and study S. mansoni. Now, Roestenberg wants to bring humans back into the mix. Field trials, especially of vaccines, are hugely expensive and complex, and the risk of failure is considerable. A controlled infection study can act as a gatekeeper, she says: “It gives you an indication whether something can work in humans or not.”  Male larvae are allowed to burrow into arm ofvolunteer. N. DESAI/SCIENCE Eggs are harvested from liver and used to infect snails. Seventeen volunteers let this worm live inside them to help defeat a dangerous diseaselast_img read more

Sexual harassment isn’t just about sex: Groundbreaking report details persistent hostility female scientists face

Sexual harassment isn’t just about sex: Groundbreaking report details persistent hostility female scientists face

first_img Sexual harassment isn’t just about sex: Groundbreaking report details persistent hostility female scientists face Many women in science face sexual harassment that impedes their careers. Robert Neubecker Ask someone for an example of sexual harassment and they might cite a professor’s insistent requests to a grad student for sex. But such lurid incidents account for only a small portion of a serious and widespread harassment problem in science, according to a report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Two years in the making, the report describes pervasive and damaging “gender harassment”—behaviors that belittle women and make them feel they don’t belong, including sexist comments and demeaning jokes. Between 17% and 50% of female science and medical students reported this kind of harassment in large surveys conducted by two major university systems across 36 campuses.“We are trying to bring to the fore the concept of gender harassment,” says anthropologist Kate Clancy of the University of Illinois in Urbana, an author of the report. “The vast majority of sexual harassment that occurs is sexist hostility and crude behavior. And the literature supports that these everyday experiences may have as bad or worse personal and professional consequences as things like unwanted sexual advances.”Decades of failure to curb sexual harassment, despite civil rights laws that make it illegal, underscore the need for a change in culture, the report says. “We have been addressing this problem for a long time. And we have not made progress,” said cardiologist Paula Johnson, president of Wellesley College in Massachusetts and co-chair of the committee that wrote the report. “The legal system alone is really just not adequate for addressing the issues.” The authors suggest universities take measures to clearly report the number of harassment complaints they receive and investigations they conduct, use committee-based advising to prevent students from being in the power of a single harasser, and institute alternative, less formal ways for targets to report complaints if they don’t wish to start an official investigation.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(*)The report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, noted that many surveys fail to rigorously evaluate sexual harassment. It used data from large surveys done at two major research universities—the University of Texas system and the Pennsylvania State University system—to describe kinds of sexual harassment directed at students by faculty and staff. The most common was “sexist hostility,” such as demeaning jokes or comments that women are not smart enough to succeed in science, reported by 25% of female engineering students and 50% of female medical students in the Texas system. The incidence of female students experiencing unwanted sexual attention or sexual coercion was lower, ranging in both Texas and Pennsylvania between 2% and 5% for the former and about 1% for the latter. But the report declares that a hostile environment—even if it consists “more of putdowns than come-ons,” as Johnson puts it—makes unwanted sexual attention and coercion more likely.The report says women in science, engineering, or medicine who are harassed may abandon leadership opportunities to dodge perpetrators, leave their institutions, or leave science altogether. It also highlights the ineffectiveness of ubiquitous, online sexual harassment training and notes what is likely massive underreporting of sexual harassment by women who justifiably fear retaliation. To retain the talents of women in science, the authors write, will require true cultural change rather than “symbolic compliance” with civil rights laws. By Meredith WadmanJun. 12, 2018 , 11:00 AMlast_img read more

73 killed in Egypt football match riot

73 killed in Egypt football match riot

first_imgAt least 73 people died on Wednesday when a riot broke out after a football match at a stadium in eastern Egypt, the state-run media reported.The riot erupted in Port Said city after the home team el-Masry beat popular el-Ahly team three to one in an Egyptian Premier League match.The fans of the rival teams started pelting stones at each other amid weak presence of security force, Xinhua quoted the official Nile TV as saying. Hundreds of people were injured.Chief of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Hussein Tantawi ordered two military planes to fly to the riot scene for airlifting the players, fans and the injured.Egyptian parliament will hold an emergency session Thursday over the clash.Following the riot, a big fire erupted in the stadium where another match between Zamalik and Ismaily teams was cancelled because of the riot.Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud has ordered an investigation into the riot.last_img read more

Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic sets up Andy Murray showdown

Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic sets up Andy Murray showdown

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic survived a second-set blip to reach the Paris Masters final with a 6-3 3-6 6-0 win over Stan Wawrinka on Saturday — his 21st victory in a row.The Serb, looking to become the first man to win six Masters title in a season, briefly lost focus as Swiss Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in the French Open final, ended his 29-set winning streak to claim the second set.But the fourth seed, who knocked out Rafa Nadal in a late thriller the night before, was made to pay as he lost the last six games to a relentless Djokovic who can claim an unprecedented third consecutive Bercy crown when he plays Andy Murray in Sunday’s final.Also read: Leander Paes-Rafael Nadal duo loses in Paris Masters Briton Murray beat Spain’s David Ferrer 6-4 6-3.Djokovic was in a class of his own in the first set as Wawrinka made too many made too many unforced errors. But the Swiss loosened up in the second set as Djokovic failed to contain his frustration. It was only a minor disruption though for the 10-times grand slam champion who allowed Davis Cup winner Wawrinka a mere nine points in the decider.”I still felt like I was hitting the ball well (in the second set),” Djokovic told a news conference.”You know, with this kind of feeling and approach, I got to the third set and played the best set of the tournament so far.”Wawrinka bowed out with a forehand long, and said the quick turnaround after a 1am finish against Nadal had hurt him.advertisement”It was tough the next day to play against Novak, who is very difficult to play in those conditions,” said Wawrinka.”And of course I felt the tiredness. It was extremely tough for me to fight.”DREAM STARTBritish second seed Murray lost his focus at times against Ferrer but had too much guile for the 2012 Bercy champion.”I managed to shorten a lot of the points. There was some variety in there with the way the points finished, which was pleasing for me,” Murray told a news conference.Murray made a dream start, breaking to love in the first game, but the Spaniard levelled for 3-3 when two Murray unforced errors gave him a break in the sixth game.In a see-saw opening set, Ferrer set up four more break points in the eighth game but Murray saved them all and stole the serve of the Spaniard who made a string of unforced errors.The Scot finished a superb exchange at the net with a fine sliced lob to set up two set points and on the first one Ferrer netted a routine backhand.In typically tenacious fashion Ferrer got straight back down to business and raced to a 3-1 lead in the second set but Murray then reeled off five games in a row.Murray will guarantee finishing the year second in the ATP world rankings for the first time if he wins the title.last_img read more

ISL: Mumbai City FC coach Costa wary of aggressive NorthEast

ISL: Mumbai City FC coach Costa wary of aggressive NorthEast

first_imgAfter two back-to-back defeats, Mumbai City FC would be keen to get back to winning ways when they clash with an equally strong NorthEast United FC in an Indian Super League encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri today. Mumbai’s unbeaten run of nine games ended when they suffered a 2-0 loss against FC Goa in their previous home game. The next away outing against Jamshedpur FC also proved to be a damp squib as they lost 1-0. Mumbai coach Jorge Costa would be eyeing to grab three points from this game. At present, after 15 games, Mumbai are in the second spot with 27 points, just behind league leaders Bengaluru FC (31 points). NorthEast United FC are in the fourth position with 24 points from 15 games and a win would enhance their chances of reaching the playoffs. Terming NorthEast as an aggressive outfit, Costa said his team would need to give their best. “I will not change the way that we play. They [NorthEast United] have good players and are a aggressive team. In terms of organisation, one of the best teams in India. We need to give our best. We want to finish the game and have three points,” said Costa, who will miss captain Lucian Goian after picking up his fourth yellow card. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech marrying on Nov 30, Modi-Tendulkar likely to attend

Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech marrying on Nov 30, Modi-Tendulkar likely to attend

first_imgIndian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actor Hazel Keech finally have a wedding date: November 30. The ceremony will reportedly be held at a gurdwara in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib, a small town. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was personally invited by Yuvraj Singh, might attend the wedding, Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh will not.Earlier, Yograj Singh, a former cricket who personally coached his son Yuvraj in his youth and later turned an actor (he played Farhan Akhtar’s coach in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag), had made it clear that he would not attend the wedding as he was opposed to it for being solemnised by a dera leader. This is because Yograj belives in god and not religious leaders. Yuvraj’s parents, Yograj and Shabnam got divorced many years ago and since then, Yuvraj has stayed with his mother.According to a report in The New Indian Express, a family friend of Yuvraj’s family said that the wedding ceremony would see only 50 people attending it, including family and very close friends.ALSO READ: Yuvraj in Parliament to invite PM Modi for his wedding ALSO READ: All you need to know about Yuvraj-Hazel’s wedding SEE PICS: Yuvraj and Hazel on an intimate dinner date WATCH: Yuvraj gets engaged to Hazel Keech Yuvaj’s mother Shabnam Singh’s religious mentor is Sant Ajit Singh Hansaliwale who is likely to bless the couple at the Dera Hansaliwale in Hansali village near Fategarh Sahib, where the wedding will take place.According to sources close to Yuvraj Singh’s family, November 29 will see the mehndi and the first reception party which will be held at Chandigarh’s Hotel Lalit. This will be attended by father Yograj. In addition to this, India and England cricket teams’ players will attend the festivities. At the moment, they are playing a Test match in Mohali. Sources added that if the Test match ends, as scheduled, on November 30, Yuvraj will organise a special dinner for his fellow cricketers at Hotel Lalit.advertisementYograj Singh had earlier that there would be no fizool kharcha on the wedding. He was quoted as saying, “We, as a family, have always believed in simplicity. In a country where a majority of the population lives in abject poverty, people should spend reasonably at weddings. It is better to make donations to charitable organisations on your wedding day, instead of wasting large amounts on lavish parties.”  There have also been some talk that a few Indian players might attend the wedding on November 30 and that that would include Sachin Tendulkar as well.In fact, Yuvraj and Hazel’s wedding will not just be held according to Sikh rites but also Hindu ways. A source was quoted as saying, “On December 2, Yuvraj and Hazel will wed according to Hindu rituals. This ceremony is set to take place at a farm house in Goa again where limited guests have been invited for a lunch reception.”December 5 is reportedly the date for the Sangeet ceremony which will be held at a farmhouse in Delhi’s Charatpur. A larger reception party is scheduled to be held on December 7 at ITC Maurya in Delhi, according to an insider. At both these functions, Bollywood and the sports world’s glitterati will be seen and choreographer-director Farah Khan will be choreographing the Sangeet ceremony.last_img read more

Roger Federer can still win a Grand Slam, says former coach

Roger Federer can still win a Grand Slam, says former coach

first_imgRoger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone has asserted that the tennis star can return from six months out with injury and win another Grand Slam. (Latest Tennis stories)”Last year was a very tough year for him and he still got to the semis of Wimbledon,” Annacone, who coached the Swiss ace from 2010 to 2013, told BBC Sport on Sunday.”There is no reason why he can’t play at that level again.” (Federer hopes to play for another two to three years)Federer, a winner of 17 majors, is due to make his comeback from a knee injury against Britain’s Dan Evans in the Hopman Cup in Perth on Monday.”When you look at his track record, particularly on grass, if he’s healthy, it’s going to be very difficult not to put him in the sentence as one of the favourites.”Again, it’s about staying healthy, but I absolutely think he can contend for a major title,” Annacone said.Federer is yet to set foot on court since hurting his left knee after losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals to Milos Raonic in July.But Annacone believes Federer’s extended absence “could be a positive”.”It’s given him time to refresh and really get his body healthy.”Six months isn’t critical — it’s not what I would call lethal. I know how hard Roger’s worked and how professional and meticulous he is about his preparations,” the American said.”It is a challenge, but great players love challenges. I expect great things because he’s a great player.”advertisementFederer had a knee surgery in February 2016. He last won a tournament in November 2015 — the Swiss Indoors — and has not won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2012.last_img read more

Misgovernance in NSFs wont be tolerated: Rathore

Misgovernance in NSFs wont be tolerated: Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today issued a stern warning to National Sports Federations (NSFs), saying there would be zero tolerance for misgovernance. Rathore said there cannot be any alternative to the core principles of governance in sports. “65 per cent of Indias population is below 35. It is our Prime Ministers vision (Khelo India Initiative) to promote sporting culture in the country. So there would be zero tolerance in terms of misgovernance in sports,” Rathore said in his address while inaugurating the National Workshop on Sports for All here. “The federations will have to think beyond their turfs. There would be massive amount of transparency in terms of team selection, results. Everything has to be open and sharing,” he added. Rathore, 47, who won a duble trap silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, said from now on the ministry will only take policy decisions on sports, the execution of which will be left to professionals. “Ministry will make policies and the operational responsibility will lie with professionals,” he said. “We are in the process of CEOs to look after all the programmes,” the Sports Minister said. “We are creating an IT-based structure where Khelo India programme and TOPS will be monitored 24×7 and 365 days. The performances of High Performance Managers and coaches will also be monitored.” Rathore, who is the first athlete to become the Sports Minister, further said the entire sporting system of the country needs a complete overhaul. “We need to change our thought process. We need to build more playing arenas at low cost. In India when someone decides to build any stadium he thinks of an Olympic like stadium,” he said.advertisement”The ministry is working on a coaching programme. Our coaches need to upgrade their knowledge from time to time. From now on, we will be assessing the coaches every year.” PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

SHELTER & FLOOD RECOVERY FUND INFORMATION (Update)

SHELTER & FLOOD RECOVERY FUND INFORMATION (Update)

first_imgTwo of the three shelters have now closed.The Westwood High School on 1000 Rebel Way in Sloan, and West Middle School located at 3301 W 19th St. in Sioux City are now closed because of lack of use.Update 10:25 am 3/16/19——————————————————————-The American Red Cross has opened three emergency shelters in Northwest Iowa to assist those affected by flooding.Red Cross workers will provide warm meals and a safe place to sleep.At this time, Red Cross managed or supported shelters are open at West Middle School located at 3301 W 19th St. in Sioux City, at Westwood High School on 1000 Rebel Way in Sloan, and at the Faith Christian Reformed Church located at 801 9th Street SE in Sioux Center.——————The Siouxland Recovery Fund has been activated to aid in recovery efforts for recent Siouxland flooding.The fund will be used to support organizations and non-profit agencies that are providing direct assistance or aid to people impacted by disaster.Donations may be made to the Siouxland Recovery Fund at any Security National or Wells Fargo Bank.You may also donate online at: www.siouxlandrecoveryfund.com.last_img read more

Back Forty Woods Ping Pong Paddles for Shinola

Back Forty Woods Ping Pong Paddles for Shinola

first_imgLifestyle brand Shinola has expanded greatly over the few short years since its inception.From its beginnings producing American-built watches and wallets to its now well-rounded line of luxurious leather bags, exceptionally engineered bicycles, pet gear, and apparel, it seems like Shinola is on its way to conquering every consumer category, including sports gear. Well, table sports, that is.Never afraid of a collaboration, Shinola has now announced its latest with Oregon wood working company, Back Forty Woods, to bring you what may be the world’s most luxurious ping pong paddle. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team center_img Back Forty Woods, founded by three brothers (Jai, Tanner, and Caleb Ralls) with deep Oregon roots, is a unique Pacific Northwest wood shop and design studio focused on using locally sourced wood and timber for furniture, cutting boards, wall art, and of course, ping pong paddles.“Our family has been in the Oregon timber industry and tree products industry for a long time,” says Jai Ralls in an interview with Shinola. “Our great grandfather was a horse logger and had a small sawmill outside of Portland in the ’30s, our grandfather built and owned a Veneer Mill in Eugene, Oregon; and my dad started a small Oregon family tree farm.”With such a close connection to the land, it’s no surprise that Back Forty Woods prides itself on its use of new and reclaimed local timber and hand-made construction wherever possible. When it comes to their collab with Shinola, the fiddleback figure handles of the paddles are made of Oregon Big leaf Maple that is sourced near their Eugene headquarters. With more heft than your average pong paddle and a slight taper to the design, the Shinola + Back Forty Woods paddle feels solid in the hand–a true power player’s paddle.And with Shinola’s amazingly soft American black and bourbon leather (see below) that, according to Shinola, has a “higher oil content to add more grip and spin to the ball,” the boost in confidence you feel from owning a rich, warm paddle, just might be the edge you needed to put a little spin on your game-winning serve.If you’re the type of guy who considers himself a gentleman of leisure (even if you have a regular nine to five), these paddles are hard to pass up. At $150 each, the price may seem steep, but as the old adage goes “you get what you pay for,” and with Shinola and Back Forty Woods, you get hand-made sports equipment that is as at home as an art piece as it is on the table. How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know The Best Minimalist Wallets for Men Prove that Less Truly is Morelast_img read more

LNG Canadas Susannah Pierce says public engagement crucial for resource industry

LNG Canadas Susannah Pierce says public engagement crucial for resource industry

first_imgPierce spoke about the need for Canada to expand its export markets for oil and gas due to lower prices being fetched in the United States in the past ten years. She said that the proposed LNG Canada project would help the situation by being situated in a desirable location for exports to developing countries in Asia, which she said will be needing a large amount of energy in the coming decades. Pierce mentioned that natural gas is an ideal source of energy that can be used in tandem with other renewable sources of energy due to its lower carbon footprint.When it comes to dealing with the current battle by environmental groups such as the ongoing dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Pierce said that organizations and workers in the resource extraction sector need to be vocal and tout the positive benefits of resource development.“Canada was founded on resources, let’s not forget that,” said Pierce. “But let’s also paint the picture of how we develop resources in such a way that makes people believe there’s a future here, which is also consistent with a better life. Why the environmentalists will win is because they paint the picture that life is better without resources. We need to demonstrate that life is, in fact, better with. Let’s continue to make sure that message is heard. There are people in this room that stand up every day and do that. We need to continue to do that. Out of your seats, and on to the streets.”When asked about getting that message to other areas of the province, Pierce said that many residents in B.C. have forgotten about the benefits of resource development, which she partly blamed on resource companies not educating people. “The people who understand natural resources best are the people who development them. I’m telling them to get our of their seats and on to the streets and be heard and have that conversation. Then people will really understand how important natural resources are and the good job in developing. Yeah, in the past there’s been mistakes and there’s been problems, but there’s been a lot of change. And that change needs to be understood if we’re ever going to convince people that natural resources are good.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — LNG Canada’s external relations manager Susannah Pierce was in Fort St. John on Friday to talk about the importance of the natural resources sector and the people working in it to engage with members of the public about the importance of their industry in modern society at the Chamber of Commerce’s Natural Resources Rally on Friday.Pierce was one of the rally and social gathering’s keynote speakers alongside NEBC Resource Municipalities co-chairs Lori Ackerman and Rob Fraser, Resource Works executive director Stewart Muir, LP Peace Vally plant manager Jeremy Barton, and Conuma Coal’s Vice President Ken Hodak. She began her keynote speech talking about her connection with the energy industry, which harkens back to growing up as the daughter of a pipeline worker.last_img read more

Deadly animal virus could spread to Southern Africa UN agency warns

Deadly animal virus could spread to Southern Africa UN agency warns

Known as Peste des Petits Ruminants, or small ruminants’ plague (PPR), it is considered the most destructive viral disease affecting small flocks, on par with rinderpest, a deadly cattle plague that has wreaked havoc on agriculture for millennia, resulting in famine and economic destruction. PPR can cause death rates of up to 100 per cent in sheep and goats, and while it does not affect humans, the disease can cause enormous socio-economic losses. FAO issued the warning today following its recent emergency mission to Tanzania, which recommended that the country initiate an emergency vaccination programme around the outbreak site in the northern half of the nation. The mission also called on Tanzania to consider additional vaccination measures in the areas bordering Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, and FAO said these three nations immediately step up vigilance against PPR. If it spreads into all 15 nations comprising the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the disease could devastate livelihoods and the food security of millions of small herders and agro-pastoralists. PPR occurs in Middle Eastern countries and parts of Central and South Asia, having affected western, eastern and central parts of Africa, but so far the southern portion of the continent has been spared. Adama Diallo, the leader of the FAO mission which recently visited Tanzania, said that the disease is easily transmitted by direct contact between live animals in shared pastures and at live animal markets. His team recommended targeted vaccination of animals based on critical control points and routes used by pastoralists to halt further spread of PPR, adding that the first priority is to ensure that the virus stops circulating in southern Tanzania. In the northern half of Tanzania, Mr. Diallo said sheep- and goat-keepers must not move their animals until authorities give them the green light to do so. FAO stands ready to help countries monitor the availability of vaccine stocks for emergency vaccination campaigns, to reinforce laboratory capacity, and strengthen surveillance in the field. The agency can also help to boost awareness of the disease among field veterinarians, pastoralists and traders. 2 November 2010A deadly animal virus which broke out earlier this year in Tanzania could spread to Southern Africa, threatening the lives of more than 50 million sheep and goats in 15 countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today. read more

UN inspectors in Iraq travel to site of rocket warheads to conduct

UN inspectors in Iraq travel to site of rocket warheads to conduct

According to a spokesman for the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a multidisciplinary team went to the location of the four 122mm rocket warheads that had been found over the weekend by Iraq. “The inspectors examined, X-rayed and tagged the warheads,” Hiro Ueki said in Baghdad. “The bunker containing them was sealed.” Meanwhile, an UNMOVIC team of missile inspectors went to Al Mutaseem to observe a static test of a solid propellant Al Fatah motor, which Iraq plans to use in its ground-to-ground Al Fatah missile system. Another missile team travelled to the Shahiyat Test Facility, about 100 kilometres north of Baghdad, to verify that this site was still abandoned, Mr. Ueki noted. A chemical team returned to the Al Qa Qaa complex and inspected some units producing chemicals, such as propellant stabilizers, using a portable analytical instrument and a metal analyzing instrument. At the College of Agriculture at Baghdad University in Abu Ghraib, an UNMOVIC biological team verified the tagged equipment. Another biological team inspected the Agricultural Research Centre (IPA), also located in Abu Ghraib, which undertakes research in such areas as plant diseases, development of disease resistant plants and soil improvement. In Mosul a multidisciplinary team inspected a lime production facility. As for the IAEA, inspectors visited the Tuwaitha site to conduct a motorized radiation survey, check sealed equipment and inspect buildings, Mr. Ueki said. read more

Liberia UN mission steps up efforts to ensure free peaceful presidential election

Liberia UN mission steps up efforts to ensure free peaceful presidential election

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss yesterday visited the three largest towns in Liberia’s easternmost Nimba County, which suffered massive destruction during the conflict, to assess the level of security and logistical preparations for the 8 November run-off between former soccer star George Weah and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former World Bank and UN development official. Accompanied by National Elections Commission Chairperson Frances Johnson-Morris, Mr. Doss told residents through UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Radio and community radio stations that he was satisfied with the level of security preparations.A day earlier he met with media executives in Monrovia, the capital, to encourage them to be objective, draw a clear line between facts and opinions, and help make the election as peaceful as possible. “One thing is to win; and another is to govern,” he told them. “To govern effectively, there has to be participation from all the Liberian people. All Liberians will emerge as winners from a successful electoral process.” On the issue of recruitment of Liberian ex-combatants by parties to the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Doss said UNMIL military and police personnel are paying very careful attention with close surveillance of official and unofficial crossing points into the neighbouring country which has been virtually cut in half by fighting between Government and rebel forces.“If we find people actively involved in trying to lure people across the border to take part in the conflict, we would deal with them very severely through the law,” he added.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Liberia Angela Kearney accompanied Mr. Doss to gather first-hand information about recent reports of the recruitment of Liberian children to fight in Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Doss said that UN Agencies and UNMIL, with coordination by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have put together a contingency plan to deal with the possible influx of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire. He said he hopes this will not happen and the tension will subside and the peace process will be successful. read more

Syria UN agency appeals for 30 million to help besieged civilians in

Syria UN agency appeals for 30 million to help besieged civilians in

Over the past days, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has significantly expanded its response in areas neighbouring Yarmouk, on the southern edge of Damascus, where civilians have sought shelter amid a deteriorating security situation since armed groups began fighting in and around the camp.“This remains a volatile, rapidly changing environment of armed conflict and we must be prepared to respond to those in need, wherever they are,” said Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, UNRWA Director in Syria, in a statement to the media. The appeal for $30 million is part of the UNRWA Syria Crisis Appeal, which provides humanitarian support to 480,000 Palestine refugees throughout Syria and to those displaced to Lebanon and Jordan. The funds for Yarmouk are for an initial 90-day response. Yesterday, UNRWA distributed supplies to Yalda, an area the Agency previously had not had presence, but which now temporarily hosts hundreds of families displaced from Yarmouk. The agency also plans to expand its operations to the neighbouring areas of Babila and Beit Saham in the coming days.In the meantime, UNRWA staff has established a mobile health point, treating over 400 patients over the last few days and delivered humanitarian materials to families, including food, medical supplies, water purification treatments, mattresses, blankets, family kitchen sets and hygiene kits.“The cooperation with a wide range of partners, including local leaders and the Syrian authorities, has been constructive,” Mr. Kingsley-Nyinah said. “But the agency cannot fully respond to this escalation without a major increase in funding.” The situation in Yarmouk “characterizes the severe suffering of civilians” trapped in the Syria conflict, and the particular vulnerability of Palestine refugees, he added. Cut off from the world for almost two years, people in the Yarmouk refugee camp remain deprived of food, water, and subjected to frequent eruptions of armed violence. That camp is, unfortunately, not the only crisis facing Palestine refugees in Syria, UNRWA stresses. There are currently some 480,000 Palestine refugees in Syria in need of assistance. read more

The drugs do work antidepressants should be given to a million more

The drugs do work antidepressants should be given to a million more

first_img Show more Prof David Taylor, Professor of Psychopharmacology, King’s College London, said: “This analysis of a huge number of studies of antidepressants confirms that they are much more effective than placebo – itself a powerful treatment in depression. Differences between antidepressants are smaller, although newer drugs tend to be better tolerated.However, the most effective drug was amitriptyline – an antidepressant discovered in the 1950s. Overall this analysis of over 500 published and unpublished studies of antidepressants proves that they do indeed work.”Dr James Warner, Reader in Psychiatry, Imperial College London, said: “This rigorous study confirms that antidepressants have an important place in the treatment of depression.”Depression causes misery to countless thousands every year and this study adds to the existing evidence that effective treatments are available. This study also adds clarity about how effective and how well tolerated all the common antidepressants are, and should help clinicians and patients in treatment choices.” 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. Less well-known drugs, such as amitripytline and mirtazapine were found to show far greater effect in reducing symptoms of depression.Scientists urged GPs to consider the new evidence, with a “shift” towards the drugs shown to be most effective, following the trials involving almost 120,000 patients, most of whom had moderate to severe depression.The UK already has the fourth highest levels of antidepressant prescribing in the Western world, with a tripling in prescription levels since the millenium.Prof John Geddes, University of Oxford head of Psychiatry said: “The access to treatment is really bad. Only about one in six people with depression receive effective treatment in high-income countries.”“If you recognise that people are suffering from a disorder you should expect to get access to effective treatment”, he said. “Let’s make the number 6 out of 6.”Too many GPs were reluctant to suggest drug treatment, he suggested.“What would we think if [patients with] high blood pressure or cancer if people simply werent getting access to available treatment?” he said, suggesting that some GPs were reluctant to prescribe drugs for mental health problems.“I think we do tend to be a bit squeamish about it, it’s more stigmatised,” he said. “Some people don’t think they are illnesses or disorders.”Lead author Dr Andrea Cipriani said he was “very excited” about the findings, which he said provided a “final answer” to controversy over the effectiveness of the drugs.The researcher suggested much of the opposition to prescribing of such medications came from an “ideological” standpoint rather than an assessment of the evidence.The study analysed 522 double-blind, randomised controlled trials, including previously unpublished results, comparing 21 types of antidepressant against placebos, and against each other.All were found to be more effective than a placebo, and researchers stressed that all might be the best drug for some patients.But they urged GPs to consider the evidence, and shift towards the most effective drugs.center_img The treatments agomelatine, amitriptyline, escitalopram, mirtazapine, paroxetine, venlafaxine and vortioxetine were found to be most effective, while fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine, reboxetine and trazodone were found to make the least difference.Drugs were deemed effective if symptoms were reduced in at least half of patients over two months.Dr Cipriani said the “big challenge” was to increase uptake of the drugs, and to ensure those suffering from depression did not give up on treatment too soon.“Eighty per cent of people stop anti-depressants within a month,” he said, when effects normally took at least two months, he said.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said: “This research should reassure patients who are taking or are contemplating commencing antidepressants, and the doctors that prescribe them, that they are an effective treatment for depression in the short-term.”But she said GPs should try to offer patients talking therapies, so they did not end up becoming “reliant on medication”.Prof Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and spokesperson for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “This meta-analysis finally puts to bed the controversy on antidepressants, clearly showing that these drugs do work in lifting mood and helping most people with depression. Importantly, the paper analyses unpublished data held by pharmaceutical companies, and shows that the funding of studies by these companies does not influence the result, thus confirming that the clinical usefulness of these drugs is not affected by pharma-sponsored spin.Prof Anthony Cleare, Professor of Psychopharmacology and  Affective Disorders, King’s College London, said the study “an important piece of work.”“It puts to bed the idea that antidepressants don’t work – all 21 antidepressants were more effective than placebo at treating depression.“It also challenges the often-held view that all antidepressants are more or less equally effective. Several treatments do seem work better than others,” he said. At least a million more Britons should be put on antidepressants, the authors of the largest ever review of the drugs today conclude.The research led by Oxford University, and published in The Lancet, examined 522 trials involving 21 types of medication over almost four decades.All were found to be effective, yet its authors warned that just one in six patients suffering from depression are receiving treatment.Researchers said too many GPs were “squeamish” about offering medication for depression, when they would not hesitate to ensure patients received treatment for cancer or heart disease.The findings also constitute the first ever league tables comparing different antidepressants.Some of the best known antidepressants in Britain – such as Prozac – and the most widely prescribed drug, citalopram  – were found to be among the least effective.last_img read more

Hitachi introduces new XMET8000 Optimum Geo analyser

Hitachi introduces new XMET8000 Optimum Geo analyser

first_imgHitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corporation (Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science), a Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TSE: 8036) wholly owned subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sales of analysis and measuring instruments, has introduced a new accessible model of the popular X-MET8000 Geo handheld XRF analyser optimised for soil and mining grade control applications. “It offers unrivalled price-performance ratio with a rapid return on investment (ROI) allowing immediate on-site decision making rather than having to send samples for laboratory analysis.”Designed to be portable, simple to use and with a with a 10-12 hour battery life it is able to withstand the harshest environments and weather conditions. “The X-MET8000 Optimum Geo offers analysis results in seconds with real time data sharing for fast decision making. The revolutionary Boost™ technology delivers low levels of detection whilst the integrated GPS enables you to combine geolocation data with analyses results for flawless site mapping.”“Share results, photographs and GPS coordinates on-the-go with the ExTOPE Connect app, whilst with the cloud service, you have real-time access anytime, anywhere to results. Results are stored on the analyser, and can be downloaded to the USB memory stick or PC in a CSV or PDF format. You can also manage results from multiple X-METs with a single ExTOPE Connect account.”Mikko Järvikivi, Head of Product Management, said: “We’re adding another model to our popular X-MET range used by thousands of businesses around the world. The X-MET Optimum Geo complements our existing X-MET8000 Expert Geo handheld XRF analyser by providing an alternative accessible option for soil testing and mining professionals. The X-MET8000 Geo range compliments other testing methods by saving time and money when it comes to on-site screening. More interesting and promising samples can then be selected for laboratory analysis to verify results.”last_img read more

Skype Restores Service Offers Refund to Customers

Skype Restores Service Offers Refund to Customers

first_imgSkype CEO Tony Bates issued an apology to customers affected by the service’s 30 hour shutdown. “We’ve been able to successfully stabilize Skype due to the dedicated supernodes deployed by Skype’s engineering team,” Bates wrote in a blog post. “We’re at roughly 90 percent of normal user volumes.”According to the update, issued yesterday, audio, video, and IM are all back online, though a few services like Group Video Calling and offline IM are still having problems.The company still isn’t entirely sure what caused the outage, though it is offering 30 minutes of free calling to paid subscribers via e-mail. Active subscribers will get a free week’s worth of service, which will be applied open their next renewel date.“Again, we sincerely apologize to all of you for this service outage and the inconvenience it has caused,” added the exec. “We know how important it is for Skype to be available, so you can connect to your friends, family and colleagues.”last_img read more

Bolivie le gouvernement suspend son projet routier à travers une réserve naturelle

Bolivie le gouvernement suspend son projet routier à travers une réserve naturelle

first_imgBolivie : le gouvernement suspend son projet routier à travers une réserve naturelleLundi, après de nouveaux affrontements entre des manifestants indigènes et la police, le président bolivien Evo Morales a annoncé la suspension du projet routier auquel s’opposent les indigènes d’Amazonie. Le projet ne sera pas relancé avant que ne s’achève un débat national.Dimanche, un millier d’indigènes boliviens ont manifesté contre un projet de route de 300 kilomètres reliant les provinces de Beni, au nord du pays, et Cochabamba, au centre. Cette route doit traverser une réserve écologique d’un million d’hectares, où vivent des dizaines de milliers d’Indiens amazoniens. Cette marche, initiée voilà plus de quarante jours depuis Trinidad et censée se poursuivre jusqu’à La Paz, à 600 kilomètres, a été violemment réprimée par les autorités. Une répression qui a suscité la colère et l’indignation dans le pays, et engendré la démission de la ministre de la Défense.À lire aussiLes Kichwas, cette tribu d’Equateur qui se bat pour protéger son territoire et la forêtMais au lendemain de ces affrontements, le gouvernement bolivien a finalement décidé de suspendre le projet routier, dans l’attente d’une consultation publique, rapporte l’AFP. “Dans l’attente de ce débat national et afin que les provinces décident, le projet de route à travers le Territoire indigène et Parc national Isiboro Secure est suspendu”, a annoncé lundi soir le président Evo Morales.Le chef de l’Etat bolivien n’a donné aucune précision quant à la durée de cette suspension. Toutefois lorsqu’il avait évoqué quelques jours plus tôt l’organisation d’un référendum régional sur le projet de route, des fonctionnaires avaient estimé que la préparation de cette consultation pourrait nécessiter six mois voire un an.Le 27 septembre 2011 à 10:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more