The fifth batch of 4,047 pilgrims, including 808 women, left on Monday from here for the Kashmir Valley to pay obeisance at the 3,880-metre high cave shrine of Amarnath, a police officer said.Twin routes So far, 13,816 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine from the twin routes — traditional 36-km Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and 12-km shortest Baltal route in Ganderbal— since the commencement of the annual 60-day pilgrimage on June 28. The official said the yatris left in a fleet of 134 vehicles under tight security arrangements early on Monday and are expected to reach Baltal and Pahalgam base camps in the valley later in the day. Among the fifth batch, 2,303 pilgrims, including 148 Sadhus and 370 women, opted for the Pahalgam track, while 1,744, including 438 women, are performing the yatra through Baltal route, the officer said. Flash flood threat Despite incessant rains which even posed a threat of flash floods in the valley, the yatra to the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas commenced in the valley as per schedule on June 28 after several hours of delay but faced frequent disruptions owing to continuous rainfall, slippery condition of the tracks and shooting of stones and landslides. A total of 13,816 pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the cave shrine, housing the naturally formed ice-shivlingam, till Sunday evening. Among them the highest number of 10,935 pilgrims visited the shrine on Sunday. The 60-day yatra is scheduled to conclude on August 26 coinciding with the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ festival.
ROME—Steep budget cuts could push Italian universities and research centers beyond the point of no return, an academic body warned yesterday.A bill approved by Italy’s cabinet of ministers on 15 October would over 3 years squeeze €100 million from a €6.7 billion budget for universities and €120 million out of a €1.6 billion budget for public research centers. The plan, part of an overall cut in public spending, would also zero out a €140 million fund for applied research. These reductions come on top of a €170 million cut to universities already decreed for 2015 and a €150 million cut to student aid.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(*)Researchers and students from several associations, including LINK, ROARS, and Rete Ricerca Pubblica, blasted the austerity measure at a press conference in Rome on 18 October. New cuts will strangle research, says physicist Francesco Sylos Labini of the Enrico Fermi Center in Rome and a member of ROARS (which stands for Return on Academic Research). “Cuts won’t touch salaries of permanent people, but will have dramatic consequence in hiring new people and in the financial resources for research,” he said at the conference. The scientists also noted that last year, the government eliminated grants for basic research and that since 2008 the number of new permanent positions for academics has contracted by 90%.The new bill is an especially bitter pill, they say, because Prime Minister Matteo Renzi earlier this year had championed research and education as a potential cure for Italy’s economic malaise.The body representing Italy’s university system, known as CUN, published an open letter online yesterday asking Renzi to cancel the latest round of cuts. Italy’s universities and research establishment “could hardly bear further contraction of resources without collapsing,” CUN argued.Italy’s president of the Italian republic, Giorgio Napolitano, and the European Commission are now reviewing the bill. Final approval could come by the end of the year.
Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The PH athletics team had a late gold-medal spurt Wednesday to save the Philippines’ campaign from a goldless day. The team composed of Emmanuel Portacio, Curte Robert Guarin, Leoncio Carreon Jr., and Ronald Lising bested host Malaysia 16-14 in the championship round. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThailand, meanwhile, took home the bronze in the men’s fours. Unlike its fate on Wednesday, the Philippines pinned down a gold medal early on Thursday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. The Filipinos struck gold in the men’s fours event of the lawn bowls tournament in Kuala Lumpur for the country’s 11th medal so far. ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?
Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni stand between Australia and a win as the Mohali Test headed for a thrilling final day finish.India, needing 216 for a win, finished Day 4 at wobbly 55-4. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma took three apiece as Australia collapsed from 87-0 to 192 in the noon session.They need a further 161 for a win this game, an unenviable task on a slow, low Mohali wicket.Australia began the day with a strong 87-run start between Shane Watson and Simon Katich. But Ishant dealt Australia three quick blows, removing Watson, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in one sensational spell.India began the chase poorly, losing Gautam Gambhir in the first over, thanks to a poor umpiring decision from Billy Bowden, who failed to detect a huge inside edge while ruling an LBW in Ben Hilfenhaus’ favour. Rahul Dravid was caught behind again, off Doug Bollinger.India’s hopes for a quick start rested on Virender Sehwag but Hilfenhaus bounced him and Suresh Raina out in consecutive overs to derail India’s chase.After Ishant’s burst in the morning session, the post lunch session belonged to spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.Starting the session at 100 for three, Ojha, who got a bit of stick in the morning session, drew Katich forward as the ball spun away from the left hander. The edge was taken by Dhoni behind stumps. Katich scored 37 with the help of two fours.Michael Hussey (28) got a bad decision when he was adjudged leg before trying to sweep a Harbhajan delivery that pitched well outside leg stump. He ended the Test on a disappointing note.advertisementEarlier, Watson smashed 56 off only 59 deliveries — an innings which was in stark contrast to his toiling century in the first essay.Ishant, who started in an erratic manner giving away 17 runs in two overs, had brilliant figures of 3-2-8-3 to show for in his second spell. His pre-lunch session figures read 5-2-25-3.Among his three victims, Watson should curse himself for doing a hara-kiri.Ishant bowled one wide outside the off-stump and the opener went for a wild slog over deep mid-wicket but dragged it back onto his stumps. Watson hit seven boundaries and a huge six off Ojha during his knock.Ponting started with a boundary but Ishant got his man when the Australian skipper pulled a short one straight into the hands of backward square leg which was specifically stationed for that particular shot. Raina took a well-judged catch.The lanky speedster from Delhi was over the moon when he got Clarke to flick one to short mid-wicket where Sehwag was standing.
Yogendra YadavJaipur, Jun 3 (PTI) Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reply to the people about what he and his government has done to address the problem of drought.Addressing a dharna held by Suchna Evam Rozgar ka Adhikar Abhiyan here, Yadav said that drought has affected many areas and not only water but also the “heart and mind” of this country has dried up.”PM is holding meetings on the issue but he should reply about what arrangements he made to address the problem of drought. The Centre cannot run away from its responsibility,” he said.It is very sad that the Centre and the drought-hit states should have discussed the issue but they did not do this,” he alleged.Targeting the BJP government in Rajasthan, he said that the state government has also failed in dealing with the situation.The dharna was held at Shahid memorial on the issue of drought, where people from different areas of the state participated to highlighted the grim situation.The Abhiyan had conducted a survey in seven districts of Rajasthan, the report of which was shared today.”There are 1067 wells in the seven districts which were covered in the survey and of them, only 277 are working,” it said.According to the report, only 44 per cent wells of the total working wells supply water which is worth-drinking and in rest of the wells, the water quality is poor.The survey was conducted in the districts of Nagaur, Barmer, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaipur, Baran and Banswara. PTI SDA MNG RG MNGadvertisement
The Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday, June 28 said that learning outcomes in schools have witnessed a dip of at least 30 per cent in India.Biggest challenge:”One of our biggest challenges has been… when you look at the learning outcomes of science and mathematics in our schools (classes 6 to 8)… learning outcomes have dipped to at least 30 per cent,” Irani said at the fourth convocation of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata at Mohanpur in Nadia, according to IANS.While praising the efforts of IISER-Kolkata towards promoting scientific research activities among the school students, the minister said that quest for knowledge, discovery and innovations should continue at all levels.Area of concern:”The worry is this… how do we get bright students into scientific institutions of calibre like IISERs, so that we see more scientific and research output in our country,” the minister added.(Read: IISERs, IITs, NITs to have common counselling: HRD Ministry gives go ahead)Recently, the HRD ministry gave its permission for holding common counselling for IISERs with Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs), from the next academic year.Read: ‘Tulsidas ji, pranam’: Bihar topper Ruby Rai’s one line essay on poet Tulsidas Read: Cheating, a menace in Bihar: Read to know why Click here for more education related news.
Liverpool v Man Utd: Kuyt accused of ‘stabbing Stam in the back’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Dirk Kuyt is being hammered inside Holland.Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defender. Kuyt is the club’s U19 coach.Before going into Sunday’s clash with FC Twente, the heat was being turned up on Stam over Feyenoord’s flagging start to the season. Stam, after two years in charge of Reading, returned to Holland to take charge of PEC Zwolle before being named Feyenoord coach barely a year into the job. But with things going awry at the De Kuip, it’s been claimed Kuyt has been positioning himself to succeed Stam.Former Cambuur star Derksen said on Veronica Inside via Voetbalzone: “I assure you: Dirk Kuyt relentlessly stabs Jaap with a knife in his back so he can become head trainer.”Along with being youth coach, Kuyt also had input on signings at Feyenoord this summer. The former striker, now 39, had six years with Liverpool where he won the League Cup. Derksen continued: “Kuyt is thriving there on the terraces in that Feyenoord suit, and hoping that the camera will be pointed at him.”He has what every trainer suffers from: ‘I can get a lot more out of that group’.”They all make that mistake. Vanity wins him over. He has been acting strangely at Feyenoord for years, but there has never been anyone who has pulled the handbrake.”Feyenoord bounced back on Sunday with a thumping 5-1 win over Twente. The result sees Feyenoord jump up to sixth on the Eredivisie table.- updated September 30 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? We are always pleased to see a ‘Feel Good Friday’ brand expand. We have been fans of the leather accessories company Oliberte for several years now, and their launch of a new natural Gorilla wax proves to us they are thriving. And so too are the sub-Saharan African workers the company works closely with.For thousands of years, Shea butter has been used as a natural waterproofing agent in Africa.The Gorilla Wax recipe is simple + natural:Organic BeeswaxOrganic Shea ButterOrganic Sunflower OilBee Propolis ExtractIn many others, you may find silicone, petroleum and artificial ingredients.Founder Tal Dehtiar wanted to create a waterproofing wax to compliment Oliberte’s leather products, which he founded in 2009. In 2013, they became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing company.Check out this handy video showing how it all comes together to become one helluva waterproof wax:Pull out this handy stick to waterproof anything your heart desires from shoes, to bags, to jackets and hats. Simply roll on and use your fingers to get hard to reach corners. Waterproofing starts immediately!Follow Oliberte on Instagram to keep up with everything they are up to. The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Shave With a Straight Razor Editors’ Recommendations
OTTAWA — The Department of National Defence says Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is retiring from the Canadian Forces.The former second-in-command of the Canadian military had been charged with breach of trust in connection with a leak of information to a navy shipbuilding contractor, but the charges were dropped earlier this year.He had said he wanted to return to duty, a plan that was welcomed by defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance, but a statement released Wednesday says Norman has chosen to retire instead.More ComingThe Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — A new nonpartisan analysis says President Donald Trump’s budget plan would produce significantly larger budget deficits than promised when it was released in March, mostly because its estimates of economic growth are too rosy.The Congressional Budget Office estimate says Trump’s budget, if enacted in its entirety, would produce deficits that would be $2.7 trillion greater over the coming decade than promised by the White House budget office.CBO predicts deficits under Trump’s plan, which was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, would total almost $10 trillion over 2020 through 2029. The administration promised deficits totalling $7.3 trillion.The difference comes because Trump’s budget predicts economic growth averaging 2.9% over the coming decade while CBO estimates growth averaging 1.8% over that timeframe.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press
According to the police media unit the Pakistani man was checked by doctors last evening and 20 capsules were recovered from his stomoche with heroin. He had arrived in Sri Lanka on board a Sri Lankan airlines flight from Pakistan, the police media unit said. The doctors suspect that more capsules with heroin still remain in his stomoche. The suspect continues to remain in hospital. Over 20 capsules with heroin were recovered from the stomoche of a Pakistani national at the Negombo hospital, the police media unit said.The Pakistani national was arrested on suspicion at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Saturday after it was believed he was sumuggling heroin into the country.
MILWAUKEE — A federal judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop using packaging that implies MillerCoors’ light beers contain corn syrup.U.S. District Judge William Conley granted a preliminary injunction sought by MillerCoors.Bud Light’s packaging says “No Corn Syrup” in bold letters.Conley says Anheuser-Busch can use the packaging it had on hand June 6 until it runs out, or until March 2020, whichever comes first.The ruling extends a previous injunction Conley issued in May. Conley said then that Anheuser-Busch should stop mentioning “corn syrup” in ads without further context.MillerCoors sued its rival in March, saying Anheuser-Busch has spent as much as $30 million on a “false and misleading” campaign.MillerCoors uses corn syrup in the brewing process for Miller Lite and Coors Lite. Bud Light uses rice.The Associated Press
LE BOURGET, France – Boeing Co. won major orders from five customers for a stretched-out version of its popular 787 Dreamliner jet at the Paris Air Show Tuesday, further evidence of a strengthening market for more expensive long-haul jets.Boeing announced the formal launch of its 787-10 program at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday and says it already has commitments for 102 jets from five customers: Air Lease Corp., Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, International Airlines Group and GE Capital Aviation Services. The new 787-10 lists at $290 million, making the deal worth nearly $30 billion at full price, although customers often negotiate deep discounts.United remains the only U.S.-based airline to fly the 787, which is steadily winning customers after being beset with problems concerning lithium-ion battery on two Japanese carriers. The plane, like its newest rival the Airbus A350, uses lightweight materials and new engine technology to cut down on fuel consumption at a time of rapidly increasing jet fuel prices. Boeing has said passengers will notice bigger windows and an adjustment in cabin pressure which means they will not suffer from jet lag as badly as on other aircraft.The original 787 can seat between 210 and 250 passengers. Boeing has started building a longer version, the 787-9, that would hold between 250 and 290 passengers, while the 787-10 would seat between 300 and 330.The air show is a platform for the race for sales between Boeing and its European rival Airbus, which is hoping that the event spark interest in its A350, its long-haul wide-body rival to the 787. The first A350s are expected to be delivered in mid-2014, after the aircraft receives regulatory approval. Boeing gets pledges for 102 stretch 787 jets at Paris Air Show AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2013 5:42 am MDT
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ROME, Maine – The former Maine summer home of beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden has been purchased by a non-profit dedicated to disabled veterans.The Travis Mills Foundation announced the purchase Tuesday.The foundation says it intends to make extensive renovations to the property and convert it into the nation’s first fully accessible, “smart home” dedicated to serving the recreational and reintegration needs of combat-wounded veterans.The estate was placed on the market last summer for $765,000, but the foundation did not announce the purchase price.Arden built the main house in the town of Rome as her summer estate in the 1920s and later established the Maine Chance Spa at the site. Mamie Eisenhower, Judy Garland, and Ava Gardner were among the guests.The property once covered 1,200 acres but was subdivided after Arden’s 1966 death. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2015 6:18 am MDT Beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden’s Maine summer home sold to non-profit to help disabled veterans
← Previous Story Petkovic to replace Richardsson in Fuchse Berlin Next Story → Dagur Sigurdsson is WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2016 The ex-EHF Champions League winners, SC Magdeburg, will get a new signing from Vive Tauron Kielce. Reigning EHF CL winners decided to give a free hands to Piotr Chrapkowski, player who became a part of the Polish national team in the last few years.Chrapkowski, which position is left back, will join German team based on contract which will start in summer 2017 and finish in 2020.A few years ago, Croatian line-player Zeljko Musa left Kielce in same direction.
TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said the local election results have been ‘difficult’ for Fine Gael, describing it as ‘not a good day for people in Government’.Speaking on Newstalk FM late last night, the Taoiseach defended the Government’s record in office and said that the backlash by voters had been predictable.“I respect the vote… I know what’s in the vote,” he said. “It’s frustration and it’s anger, and it’s saying, ‘Show me where the return on my challenge and the sacrifice I have made is’”.As of this morning, Fine Gael has just over 70 seats, behind Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, and Independents.“Clearly we [Fine Gael] have lost a substantial number of councillors ourselves who would have served their communities well over the years,” he said.Enda Kenny would not speculate on the future of Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore after the junior coalition partners saw their vote drop dramatically in the local elections.“You don’t ask me questions about other parties,” he told interviewer John Keogh. He said the Tánaiste would be sitting beside him at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting and said the two had a very strong working relationship.Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here’s a list of everyone elected so far > Read: Fine Gael loses two seats in Castlebar as elected independent says people there ‘go to bed hungry’ >
POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland say that they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing German tourist who was last seen in the Gortin area of Omagh on Thursday. The woman had arrived at the community centre in Gortin and said that was going to the An Creggan Centre with the intention of going to Dunamore area to camp overnight. She was due to return to the community centre in Gortin on Friday, however she failed to return.She is described as being between 65 and 70 years old with shoulder length white hair with a fringe and of slim build. She was carrying a backpack and a plastic bag .The missing woman may have been in the Dunnamore and Draperstown areas on the morning of Friday, 1 August.Police would ask anyone who may know of her whereabouts to contact them at Omagh on the non emergency number 101.
Source: Richard WoffendenTHERE IS NO objective scientific evidence to suggest that a man can have sex with a woman while asleep, a rape trial has been told.The 29-year-old accused has conceded he could have had sex with his friend when they shared a bed but it is the defence’s case that this was a result of “sexsomnia”, a sleep-walking condition that causes sufferers to carry out sexual acts while asleep.The defence presented expert evidence that it was “likely” the man was in a state of sleep when he climbed on top of the woman, pulled up her skirt and put his penis in her vagina. The defence also called witnesses who said the accused has a history of groping or grinding up against people in his sleep.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of raping the woman at an apartment in Dublin in the early hours of 28 September 2008.Today a rebuttal expert witness for the prosecution said he was not aware of any objective scientific observation of a man initiating sex during sleep.RebuttalDr Harry Kennedy, a forensic psychologist and the clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital disagreed with the defence evidence in several areas.He told prosecuting counsel Patrick McGrath BL that much of the scientific evidence presented by the defence to support sexsomnia relied on the honesty of patients and not objective observations.He said a 2006 study of 31 cases failed to show a single observed instance of a male initiating sex with a woman while asleep.The accused has undergone several sleep tests in preparation for the trial but none to observe sexual arousal, Dr Kennedy noted. He said such tests were uncommon but possible given the right equipment.He also questioned whether it was possible for a male to get an erection during non-REM sleep, the stage of sleep in which sleepwalking occurs.“This is not the normal physiology,” the doctor said. He added that it might be possible for someone to have an erection while transitioning into non-REM sleep but that he would need to see a demonstration of this.“Intact mental ability”Dr Kennedy said actions during sleep were generally “very, very simple” and directionless. Speech was incoherent and meaningless, he said.He said the accused’s alleged actions, including pulling up the woman’s skirt and pulling aside her underwear, demonstrated “intact mental ability and therefore consciousness”.The woman alleges the accused talked to her during and after the alleged rape, including telling her he would go with her to get “the morning after pill”. Dr Kennedy said the conversation was evidence “of being fully awake”.He said he believed the more likely explanation for the accused’s failure to realise the woman was not consenting was the amount of alcohol he had consumed that night.The man drank 330ml of whiskey, four whiskey-and-cokes, and possibly some beer – “a substantial amount for anyone” the doctor said.“Closed community”Asked about his views of the sleep science medical profession, Dr Kennedy said it was “a closed community”.Referring to the concept of sexsomnia he said “discussions that go on within highly specialised scientific communities are often discussions that are not ready for adoption across generalised medicine”.Under cross-examination by defence counsel Hugh Hartnett SC, Dr Kennedy accepted sleep science was not his area of practice and that he hadn’t worked in a sleep clinic since 1985. He said he followed developments in the area with interest.He said he was appearing for the prosecution as a expert witness and was being paid to do so, “as are all experts”.Dr Kennedy said that although he did not specialise in sleep disorders, he was an expert in the broader area of automatism.Evidence has finished in the case. The jury of eight men and four women will now hear closing speeches before being addressed by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.Comments are closed as the case is before the courtsRead: ‘Words cannot express the family’s anger’: Drunk driver who killed boy (4) has sentence cutRead: Garda, whose patrol car was rammed by lorry in 2000, awarded €75,000 damages in High Court By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Sexsomnia’ trial hears “no objective scientific evidence” that a man can have sex while asleep The 29-year-old accused claims that he was asleep when he allegedly raped his friend in September 2008. No Comments Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3044239 Share15 Tweet Email1 Oct 24th 2016, 6:44 PM 20,992 Views Monday 24 Oct 2016, 6:44 PM
Nao le robot français fait ses débuts au JaponL’université de Tokyo a annoncé la commande de robots français Nao. Elle souhaite les adapter et les utiliser pour aider les personnes âgées isolées.Nao est un robot qui mesure environ 60 cm de haut. Il peut parler, danser et détecter des départs de feu ainsi qu’envoyer des SMS et surfer sur le Web. Cette intelligence artificielle, création d’une société de robotique française nommée Alderaban Robotics, n’est pas destinée aux enfants. Tôdai, l’une des universités les plus prestigieuses de Tokyo et du Japon, l’a bien compris et a annoncé le 13 octobre dernier la commande de 30 exemplaires du robot.Avec Nao, les scientifiques japonais envisagent la possibilité d’aider les personnes âgées isolées. D’après les fabricants, le robot serait en effet capable d’identifier une chute et capable d’envoyer des messages d’alertes si danger il y a. Le PDG de la société Alderaban, Bruno Maisonnier, a expliqué à la presse que le vieillissement de la population impliquait de trouver des solutions efficaces pour accompagner les retraités.Nao pourrait être l’une d’entre elles.Découvrir Nao en vidéo : https://www.maxisciences.com/robot/nao-ce-robot-francais-va-etre-etudie-au-japon_art9757.htmlLe 17 octobre 2010 à 12:33 • Emmanuel Perrin