UNFPA Donates Vehicle to Youth & Sports

first_imgIn support of youth development and women activities in particular, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated a new vehicle to the Ministry of Youth and Sports in support of empowering young people in the country.During the handing over yesterday at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Monrovia, Dr. Remi Sogunro, Officer-in-charge of UNFPA, explained that the youth of today are the leaders of today and also the leaders of tomorrow and it is important to help to empower them.Dr. Sogunro indicated that majority of the people that organizations both local and international continue to work with in Liberia are youth and this is due to the potential embedded in them.“We know many of them continue to be committed to doing their work and believe that all of us can work together to ensure that Liberia has the kind of leaders that we want. As long as these young people understand the issues around sexual and reproductive health, they will be more responsible, gain access to education and they will have good employment,” he added.  According to him, if the young people have all the best education and training, they will serve as pilots of Liberia’s economy and ensure that things are moving in the right direction.“Yesterday was the World Population Report Day, but due to the Ebola situation in Liberia, we were unable to celebrate it in Liberia. We hope that you will use the Report not only today but also tomorrow.  We pledge to give you more support.”The focus of the World Population Report is on youth and adolescents. “It is remarkable that we are here today at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide this support to you in helping empower young people.”In his remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Len Eugene Nagbe, expressed appreciation to UNFPA for the vehicle and for its many contributions to the Ministry during the past seven years.The Minister further stressed that UNFPA has been a very strong partner to the Ministry in promoting and implementing programs that help to develop young people, including funding provided for the national youth policy and the adolescent girls initiatives.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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U.S. now says copter that crashed was shot down

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Sea Knight helicopter that crashed last week northwest of Baghdad was shot down, the U.S. military said today. The Marine CH-46 helicopter went down northwest of Baghdad, killing all seven people on board, and an al-Qaida-linked Sunni group claimed responsibility and aired a video. But military officials initially said they did not believe it was downed by insurgents. “Initial evidence indicated that the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter went down as a result of mechanical failure. After further investigation using all available means, the cause of the incident has been confirmed to be hostile fire,” said Maj. Jeff Pool, a spokesman for the Multi National Force – West.last_img read more

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HORSEMEN LEAVE MALIN HEAD ON EPIC JOURNEY

first_imgThree national champion horse-carriage drivers have set off on an epic journey from Donegal to drive a horse and trap the length of Ireland.The horsemen left Malin Head yesterday.Dan J Spillane, 58, from Macroom, Co Cork, cracked the whip to lead the fundraising drive from scenic Malin Head early yesterday in the hope of completing the 750km journey to Mizen Head in Cork next week, raising money for cancer research along the way.The Ballinagree Horse Driving Club member, who has been driving horses for over 20 years, said it has been a dream of his to complete the trip using a horse and carriage. “It’s something I always wanted to do and I thought if we’re doing it, why not collect money along the way, and make a holiday out of it,” he said.He and his team hope to raise around €40,000 for the Breakthrough Cancer Research, the fundraising charity for the Cork Cancer Research Centre at Cork University Hospital.HORSEMEN LEAVE MALIN HEAD ON EPIC JOURNEY was last modified: July 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhorsesIrelandlast_img read more

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Southampton close to signing World Cup centre-back after agreeing £18million fee

first_img Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football 1 Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup misery Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song SUPERSTITION LU BEAUTY Listen to live commentary of Croatia vs England on talkSPORT, Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm. Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter There aren’t any complications expected as the 25-year-old looks to agree personal terms with the Saints, making him their third signing of the summer after Stuart Armstrong from Celtic and Basel star Mohamed Elyounoussi.Mark Hughes sees Vestergaard as the perfect replacement for 6ft 5in Virgil van Dijk, with the Dane decent on the ball and excellent in the air, like his predecessor.He made 32 Bundesliga appearances last season, his second campaign for the club, having previously represented Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim Fallon d’Floor Southampton have agreed an £18million fee with Borussia Monchengladbach star Jannik Vestergaard, according to reports.The Danish centre-back, who measures up at 6ft 7in, went to the World Cup this summer but did not feature for his nation. Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers center_img You’re the one Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Borussia Monchengladbach star Jannik Vestergaard. Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? NO JOY Latest World Cup 2018 news ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Shy guy Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Good times Pure class diamond geezer last_img read more

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HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM NAMED: WOMAN’S HEARTACHE AS SHE FINDS HUSBAND’S BODY

first_imgA WOMAN who went to pick up her husband who was on a night out found his body at the side of a Co Donegal road – the victim of a hit-and-run driver.Jo McSherry found husband Alan dead on the roadside just outside Bundoran just after 5am on Sunday.Mr McSherry, who was 48, was walking the two miles from Bundroan to his home in the townland of Boyannagh when he was hit by a car. Gardai found car parts at the scene. It’s thought Mr McSherry had called home for a lift and his wife went to see if she could find him when she saw missed calls on her mobile phone.She found her husband less than a mile from their home.The couple moved to Leitrim from Merseyside around 15 years ago after visiting Bundoran in a camper van.The couple were well-known around Bundoran. Mrs McSherry had worked at the a local adventure centre whilst her husband did part-time maintenance work. He had been in the Bridge Bar, where he did some work, on Saturday night.The head of the traffic corps in Donegal Michael Harrison urged the driver of the car to come forward.Anyone with information should call Ballyshannon Garda station on 071 98 58530.  HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM NAMED: WOMAN’S HEARTACHE AS SHE FINDS HUSBAND’S BODY was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorangarda appealhit and runMcSherrymerseysidelast_img read more

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FISH FARM LAY-OFFS ARE TEMPORARY SAYS COMPANY

first_imgThe Management at Marine Harvest in Fanad has said the layoffs planned for the new year at their Rinmore processing plant are of a temporary nature.There will be temporary lay-offs at Marine HarvestStaff at Marine Harvest plant say they have learned that the layoffs are for a period of six weeks from December 23rd.The company has recently rebranded its image and is now known as Comlacht Iasc Fanaid Teoranta (C.I.F.T). The company said the layoffs arise because of the ongoing problem with fish losses from aqua bloom and jellyfish and the salmon that should remain in the sea until January and February next are now being harvested as the company moves to minimise its losses.The company recently told the Tirconail Tribune that while the lost a large volume of salmon in 2012 because of above average sea temperature they are now more confident that that they’ve moved on from those losses and are employing new methods of managing the problem.However they did concede that fish deaths are a recurring problem.The company has again moved to assure long -term workers that the business is not in financial difficulties. However there are local concerns the company may be considering leaving Ireland with the potential loss of 255 jobs. Marine Harvest says they are not in a position at this stage to how many positions will be affected since their analysis of the situation is ongoing.Staff in the production sector at their Rinmore plant are being offered alternative positions, some in retraining to minimise layoffs.Staff at Rinmore have already been working on reduced hours and there are obvious concerns with the consequent loss of earnings.However the company says that not every worker can be accommodated as a result of their new ‘accelerated harvesting operation’ and a number of layoffs are inevitable.Again the company has blamed the inordinate delays in getting extra licences from the Government. Marine Harvest has been battling to get a new licence in Lough Swilly for the past twenty years. They point to the reality that had they been given those licences, the problem of fish losses could have been dealt with differently and no layoffs would be needed. The company creates revenue of €15 million locally and it is battling difficulties from recurring amoebic gill disease in mature salmon in the past two years.And while this year’s losses are described as ‘manageable’ the fallout from last year’s devastating mortalities continues to have a big impact since the production of salmon is a three-year cycle.Deputy Joe McHugh has confirmed that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Simon Coveney Minister for Agriculture will meet with the management of Marine Harvest in the next month about developing Donegal’s aquaculture industry.FISH FARM LAY-OFFS ARE TEMPORARY SAYS COMPANY was last modified: October 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fish farmlay-offsMarine Harvestlast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €33,000 ON NATIONAL LOTTERY’S TV SHOW

first_imgMichael Dolan from Lifford Co. Donegal has won €33,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 11th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right : Harry Cooke, Head of Operations & Corporate Affairs, The National Lottery; the winning player Michael Dolan; Michael’s stepdaughter and guest support on the night, Charlene Mongan and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. The winning ticket was bought at The Diamond, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA Co Donegal man has scooped €33,000 on the National Lottery’s Million Euro Challenge Show.Michael Dolan from Lifford won the cash on Saturday’s night show.The winning ticket was bought at The Diamond, Raphoe.  DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €33,000 ON NATIONAL LOTTERY’S TV SHOW was last modified: April 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LiffordMichael Dolannational lotterylast_img read more

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Family’s bravery hailed after daughter dies of anuerysm

first_imgA young woman who died after having an aneurysm seconds before being involved in a car crash was praised after her family donated her organs after her death.Christina Ward died after being involved in a road traffic accident on the N13 at Newtowncunningham on March 23rd last year. Ms Ward, who was from Kinlough in Co Leitrim but had been living at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny for three years before her death, was on her way to work in Derry when the road collision occurred.Caroline McGrory told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court she was driving towards Derry at 8.20 am when she saw a small blue car in front of her veer off centre and to the other side of the road.She said she knew there was something wrong as she saw the car turn sharply back to the right side of the road.The car began spinning around in circles and then collided with a grey car which was coming the other direction.She dialed 999 and went over to the driver of the blue car. The driver was not conscious but was breathing.Paul Brogan had been travelling from his home in Buncrana to Ballybofey in his Toyota Yaris van when he saw the blue Toyota Yaris zig-zagging towards him.As it got closer he began to slow down and then just a few feet from him, it turned sharply to the right. “I slammed on the brakes and braced for a collision and said out loud, ‘Oh my God Paul you are gone’.”He suffered a broken collar bone, swollen ankle and a damaged breast bone but was released from hospital later that day.The accident “happened very quickly,” he said.The inquest heard that Ms Ward was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where she was placed on life support but she passed away the following day.Garda PSV examiner Garda Damian Kearns said weather conditions were dry at the time.He said both vehicles were in a serviceable pre-accident condition. The Toyota Yaris had suffered massive frontal damage while the Yaris van, driven by Mr Brogan, suffered a massive impact to the passenger side.Garda Gerry McCauley, a forensic collision examiner, said the Yaris had inexplicably crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with the van. He said there were no “external factors” that caused the Yaris to cross to the other side of the road.A post mortem found that Ms Ward had suffered an aneurysm which had caused a loss of consciousness which had resulted in the road traffic collision. No alcohol was detected in Ms Ward’s system.Dr Katrina Dillon said the injuries from the accident were not life threatening. She said Ms Ward would have died very suddenly and would not have suffered.Solicitor Florence Hutchinson said the Ward family had got comfort from the fact that Christina had not suffered.Coroner Dennis McCauley said Ms Ward’s family should be praised for consenting to the donation of her organs.The coroner returned a verdict of death by natural causes.Family’s bravery hailed after daughter dies of anuerysm was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentaneurysmChristine Warddonegalinquestlast_img read more

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2010 Copa do Mundo da FIFA: perguntas frequentes

first_imgA Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010 tera lugar na África do Sul. Quer planeie assistir aos jogos num estadio ou num parque de diversoes na ponta sul de África, ou sentado a ver televisao la em casa, eis alguma informaçao rapida acerca do campeonato e do pais anfitriao, para que a sua experiencia seja ainda melhor.A África do Sul ja recebeu eventos desta grandeza antes?A África do Sul costuma receber eventos desportivos internacionais e desde 1994 que tem organizado alguns dos maiores – entre eles a Taça Mundial de Rugby em 1995, a Taça Mundial de Criquete em 2003, a Taça Mundial de Golfe de Senhoras (2005-08) e a corrida A1GP™ World Cup of Motorsport (Taça das Naçoes), 2006.Mas a Copa do Mundo de Futebol da FIFA, o maior evento futebolistico mundial de codigo unico – em termos de audiencia televisiva, maior do que os Jogos Olimpicos – e so por si um marco.Durante quatro semanas, com inicio a 9 de Junho de 2010, a África do Sul sera o centro do mundo. A Copa do Mundo 2006 na Alemanha foi o evento televisivo jamais visto de sempre. A Copa da África do Sul 2010 vai ter ainda mais audiencias. Os olhares de bilioes de espectadores, milhoes de visitantes internacionais e a nata dos meios desportivos estarao todos focalizados na ponta mais a sul do continente africano.Nao queremos desapontar ninguem.Quem sao os Bafana Bafana?A nossa equipa de futebol nacional e conhecida por Bafana Bafana – que significa “os rapazes, os rapazes’ em isiZulu. Esta alcunha vem do grito dos fas aquando da vitoria da equipa na Taça das Naçoes Africanas em 1996 (que tambem se realizou na África do Sul). Desde o fim do apartheid e do isolamento desportivo da África do Sul, os Bafana Bafana qualificaram-se duas vezes, uma em 1998 e outra em 2002 – para a Copa do Mundo da FIFA.Sera que a África do Sul vai lucrar com a Copa do Mundo?Calculou-se que a Copa do Mundo da FIFA 2010 criara a volta de 129.000 empregos, contribuira com aproximadamente 21 bilioes de rands para o produto interno bruto (PIB) e gerara outros 7,2 bilioes em impostos, com cerca de 350.000 visitantes que se espera gastem uns 9,8 bilioes de rands enquanto estiverem no pais a assistir ao campeonato.Alem disso, a imagem que la fora se vier a ter de nos pode causar ainda mais impacto e ser mais duradouro, nao apenas da África do Sul como uma Taça do Mundo bem sucedida ajudara a mudar a ideia que um grande numero de investidores estrangeiros tem acerca de África.Porque vao os jogos ser jogados?Os jogos da Copa do Mundo da FIFA 2010 vao realizar-se em 10 estadios: dois em Joanesburgo e um em cada uma das oito cidades anfitrias. Juntos, os 10 estadios irao receber 64 jogos e ter mais de 570.000 espectadores ao longo do campeonato.Cinco desses dez estadios ja existem e estao a ser melhorados, como a Soccer City – onde tera lugar a abertura inaugural e o ultimo desafio – a passar por uma transformaçao profunda. Os restantes cinco estadios estao a ser construidos do zero.Quais as cidades onde havera jogos?Serao nove as cidades a receber a Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010.JoanesburgoCentro economico de África, Joanesburgo e uma cidade de contrastes cheia de bulicio, espalhada na pequena mas densamente povoada provincia de Gauteng.O aeroporto mais proximo: OR Tambo International ou ORTIAEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Soccer City e Ellis ParkDesafios da Copa do Mundo: 10 jogos de futebol da primeira volta (incluindo o de abertura) e dois da segunda volta, dois quartos de final e a final.Cidade do CaboA cidade mais antiga mas tambem a mais bonita da África do Sul, fica em Table Bay, no Oceano Atlantico, na parte sul da provincia do Cabo Ocidental. Edificios lindissimos, os vinhedos nas proximidades, longas praias de areia branca e uma vida cultural rica fazem da Cidade do Cabo um dos destinos favoritos dos turistas.O aeroporto mais proximo: Cape Town International ou CTIAEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Greenpoint StadiumDesafios da Copa do Mundo: cinco jogos da primeira fase, um da segunda fase, um quarto de final, uma semi final.DurbanUm local subtropical aprazivel e a maior cidade em KwaZulu-Natal, Durban e um destino turistico importante e o maior porto de toda a África do Sul.O aeroporto mais proximo: Durban International ou DIAEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Moses Mabhida StadiumDesafios da Copa do Mundo: cinco jogos da primeira fase, um da segunda liga, uma semi final.PretoriaPretoria e a capital administrativa da África do Sul, a norte de Joanesburgo, provincia de Gauteng. Com mais de 150 anos, e um local de grandes monumentos, bela arquitectura e encantadores espaços ao ar livre.O aeroporto mais proximo: OR Tambo International ou ORTIAEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Loftus Versfeld StadiumDesafios da Copa do Mundo: cinco jogos da primeira fase, um da segunda liga.Port ElizabethConhecida como Friendly City (Cidade Amigavel), Port Elizabeth fica na Baia de Nelson Mandela, na Wild Coast ou Costa Selvagem batida pelos ventos, provincia do Cabo Oriental.O aeroporto mais proximo: Port Elizabeth Airport ou PEAEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumDesafios da Copa do Mundo: cinco jogos da primeira fase, um da segunda liga, um quarto de final e o terceiro desempate.BloemfonteinA antiga capital da republica Boer e agora capital do Free State (Estado Livre), Bloemfontein – o nome significa “flor de montanha’ – e uma cidade bonita com milhares de roseiras e alguns monumentos comemorativos comoventes.O aeroporto mais proximo: Bloemfontein AirportEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Parque VodacomDesafios da Copa do Mundo: cinco jogos da primeira fase, um da segunda liga.RustenburgAs suas ruas tranquilas cheias de jacarandas escondem o facto de Rustenberg, na provincia Noroeste, ser uma das regioes com mais minas do mundo no subsolo, com riqueza incalculavel em platina.O aeroporto mais proximo: Aeroporto Internacional OR Tambo ou ORTIAEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Royal Bafokeng StadiumDesafios da Copa do Mundo: quatro jogos da primeira fase, um da segunda liga.NelspruitA capital da provincia de Mpumalanga fica no vale fertil do Rio Crocodilo, a cerca de 330 km a leste de Joanesburgo.O aeroporto mais proximo: Aeroporto Internacional de Kruger MpumalangaEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Estadio MbombelaDesafios da Copa do Mundo: cinco jogos da primeira fase.PolokwaneCapital da provincia do Limpopo, tem uma localizaçao ideal no limiar da rica vida selvagem do mundialmente famoso Parque Nacional Kruger.O aeroporto mais proximo: Polokwane International AirportEstadios da Taça do Mundo: Peter Mokaba StadiumDesafios da Copa do Mundo: quatro jogos da primeira fase.Quantos bilhetes estarao disponiveis?Estarao disponiveis aproximadamente 3 milhoes de bilhetes para os 64 jogos da Copa do Mundo da FIFA 2010. Um terço desses bilhetes, ou seja, um milhao, serao distribuidos entre os adeptos de futebol sul africanos, um milhao a visitantes estrangeiros e o terceiro milhao a patrocinadores, equipas e a familia FIFA.Devo ir mesmo que nao consiga bilhetes?Claro que sim! O campeonato de 2010 promete ser, como dizem os Sul Africanos, um jol, por outras palavras, uma festa. Tal como no campeonato da Alemanha em 2006, serao distribuidos ecras gigantes pelos principais recintos publicos. E pode sempre ver os jogos e conhecer as pessoas locais nos inumeros pubs, restaurantes bares desportivos.Em que zona horaria fica a África do Sul?O fuso horario da África do Sul e de mais duas horas em relaçao a Greenwhich (UTC/GMT+2). Nos meses de Junho e Julho – quando decorrera o campeonato – a hora sul africana sera a mesma que na Europa continental e uma hora mais que o Reino Unido. Por isso, os jogos que tiverem o pontape de partida as 9 da noite aqui serao confortavelmente vistos pelos Europeus, enquanto que os espectadores norte-americanos vao ter muitas horas de almoço mais cedo – e os adeptos de Socceroo vao começar o dia as cinco da manha!E o tempo, como estara?A Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010 tera lugar no Inverno do hemisferio sul – mas aqui em África e quente. Joanesburgo estara seca, com dias de sol e noites bastante frescas. Rustenburg, Pretoria e Nelspruit vao estar mais quentes, mas em Bloemfontei fara frio. Polokwane, a norte, estara seca e quente, mais quente do que a maioria dos Veroes europeus. Em Durban estara agradavelmente quente, com alguma humidade – e tera o deliciosamente balsamico Oceano Indico para nadar. E enquanto que a Cidade do Cabo tera um tempo magnifico – e pode ter um tempo bom mesmo no Inverno – em Junho geralmente faz frio, esta vento e humido, ja para nao falar do oceano, que esta gelado!Saiba mais: O tempo e o clima da África do SulE como e que eu irei de um lado para outro?Todas as cidades anfitrias estao ligadas via aerea e caminho de ferro, alem de que a África do Sul tem tours de autocarro de primeira categoria. A rede rodoviaria do pais e excelente, e alugar um carro e outra opçao.Quando se trata de andar dentro das cidades propriamente ditas, os transportes sul africanos nao estao ao nivel dos de Nova Iorque ou Londres, mas sao uma alternativa a ter em conta. A forma mais popular de transporte publico e o taxi minibus. Ate 2010 sera feito um plano massivo de recapitalizaçao de taxis, ja em andamento, e a maioria dos veiculos mais antigos terao sido substituidos por minibuses maiores e mais seguros. A maioria das cidades anfitrias tem Metro e autocarros e ha inumeras companhias de taxis com taximetros. Ou entao pode alugar um carro ou usar o transporte de cortesia do seu hotel.Onde posso ficar?“O sector hoteleiro na África do Sul e de primeira classe’, afirmou a equipa de inspecçao da FIFA no seu relatorio. “Existem camas suficientes para alojar todos os que quiserem participar na Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010, incluindo imprensa e fas de todo o mundo.’ Outras alternativas sao os chamados “bed & breakfast” (cama e pequeno-almoço) em todas as cidades anfitrias e arredores e mais de 150 albergues para os chamados turistas de mochila.E se adoeço?“Globalmente falando, o sistema de saude tem excelentes instalaçoes e e talvez um dos melhores sistemas de saude privados no mundo, com moderna tecnologia e pessoal optimamente treinado,” continuou a equipa de inspecçao da FIFA no seu relatorio. “Teremos de acrescentar que ha centros de saude completamente equipados e com boa assistencia de primeiros socorros para prestarem assistencia a todos os que precisarem nos referidos estadios.’E as pessoas como sao?A África do Sul e um pais com mais de 47 milhoes de habitantes, das mais diversas origens, culturas, linguas e crenças. Quem nos visita refere sempre como ficou encantado com o acolhimento caloroso, amigo e simpatico dos sul africanos. Tivemos um passado dificil, e certo, e por isso nao desperdiçamos tempo em tornarmo-nos problematicos! E somos peritos em nos divertirmos.“Podemos afirmar que os Sul Africanos foram sempre gentis, muito exuberantes e constantemente a celebrar enquanto durou a nossa visita a este pais,’ disse a equipa de inspecçao da FIFA. “Paravam e mostravam a sua alegria e apoio ao empenho do pais sempre que o nosso grupo passava.’Como e a cerveja?Fria e deliciosa. Os Sul Africanos bebem por habito cerveja engarrafada, embora muitos pubs ofereçam uma variedade de cerveja de pressao. O maior produtor e a South African Breweries, actualmente uma enorme multinacional com negocios espalhados por todo o mundo. A Lager e provavelmente a mais apreciada, seguida da Pilsener. Dentro e fora dos estadios, so poderao beber Budweiser – um dos patrocinadores oficiais da FIFA.E a comida?Saborosa, exotica e muito variada. As pessoas da África do Sul tem diversas origens, culturas, linguas e crenças e a sua comida e um reflexo dessa riquissima miscelanea.Para os mais audazes, oferecemos desafios culinarios, como bifes de crocodilo, lagartas fritas ou cabeças de carneiro – uma delicia! Para os menos corajosos, existem iguarias indigenas deliciosas, como o biltong (carne salgada frita), a bobotie (uma versao muito elaborada da tradicional tarte de carne de carneiro picada) e os boerewors (salsichas caseiras picantes grelhadas num fogareiro).No espaço de uma mesma rua de uma cidade ou de um centro comercial podera encontrar restaurantes italianos, duas ou tres variedades de cozinha chinesa e japonesa, marroquina, francesa, portuguesa e indiana. Nao muito longe andarao os restaurantes congoleses, gregos, ate mesmo brasileiros e coreanos – e em qualquer sitio, fusao, exibindo as fantasias culinarias dos chefes mais criativos.Posso usar o logotipo do 2010?Apenas os parceiros e patrocinadores acreditados da FIFA tem autorizaçao para usar o logotipo da Copa Mundial da FIFA 2010 na sua publicidade.O que e uma vuvuzela?!Alguns dirao que e o instrumento musical nacional da África do Sul. É uma trompeta grande em plastico, de cores garridas, que todos os fas sopram a plenos pulmoes em todos os desafios de futebol por todo o pais. O som que ela faz e algo entre o sopro de um elefante com gripe e o zumbido de um enxame de abelhas gigante, mas que fazer? Os Sul Africanos adoram-na.Reporter infoSAlast_img read more

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Computer Game Reveals ‘Space-Time’ Neurons in the Eye

first_imgYou open the overstuffed kitchen cabinet and a drinking glass tumbles out. With a ninjalike reflex, you snatch it before it shatters on the floor, as if the movement of the object were being tracked before the information even reached your brain. According to one idea of how the circuitry of the eye processes visual data, that is literally what happens. Now, a deep anatomical study of a mouse retina—carried out by 120,000 members of the public—is bringing scientists a step closer to confirming the hypothesis.Researchers have known for decades that the eye does much more than just detect light. The dense patch of neurons in the retina also processes basic features of a scene before sending the information to the brain. For example, in 1964, scientists showed that some neurons in the retina fire up only in response to motion. What’s more, these “space-time” detectors have so-called direction selectivity, each one sensitive to objects moving in different directions. But exactly how that processing happens in the retina has remained a mystery.The stumbling block is a lack of fine-grained anatomical detail about how the neurons in the retina are wired up to each other. Although researchers have imaged the retina microscopically in ultrathin sections, no computer algorithm has been able to accurately trace out the borders of all the neurons to map the circuitry. 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The game was created and launched in December 2012 by a team led by H. Sebastian Seung, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Players navigate their way through the retina one 4.5-micrometer tissue block at a time, coloring the branches of neurons along the way. Most of the effort gets done in massive online competitions between players vying to map out the most volume. (Watch a video of a player walking through a tissue block here.) By last week, the 120,000 EyeWire players had completed 2.3 million blocks. That may sound like a lot, but it is less than 2% of the retina.The sample is already enough to reveal new features, however. The EyeWire map shows two types of retinal cells with unprecedented resolution. The first, called starburst amacrine cells (SACs), have branches spread out in a flat, plate-shaped array perpendicular to the incoming light. The second, called bipolar cells (BPs), are smaller and bushy. The BPs come in two varieties, one of which reacts to light more slowly than the other—a time delay of about 50 milliseconds. The SACs and BPs are known to be related to direction sensitivity, but exactly how they sense direction remains to be discovered.Seung says the EyeWire map of how SACs and BPs are wired together holds the answer: a time-delay circuit. Because of the arrangement of BPs, the movement of an object across the surface of a SAC should make it fire up only in reaction to movement in one direction. The key insight is that BPs are not connected to the SAC branches willy-nilly, as was thought. Instead, the faster variety of BP clusters far out on the edges of the SAC, while the slower firing variety clusters close to the SAC center. Only if the light from an object moves from the center of the SAC outward does the signal from the innermost BP sync up with the faster outer BP, and that combined signal is required to activate the SAC. If instead the movement is in the opposite direction, those signals are out of sync and the SAC does not fire. Though it has yet to be confirmed experimentally, this mechanism could account for how the neurons in the retina detect the direction of movement of a moving object long before the information reaches the brain, the team reported online yesterday in Nature.The study is “truly amazing,” says Alexander Borst, a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany. Last year, Borst led the effort to map out a similar arrangement of neurons in the eye of a fruit fly. “This mechanism seems to be almost identical with the one proposed for direction selectivity in the insect visual system,” he says. If true, then some of the built-in functionality of the eye was likely invented more than 500 million years ago, when insects and vertebrates shared a common ancestor.last_img read more

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