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23 мая, 20:14

Congo to test experimental Ebola vaccine as disease re-emerges

WHO hopes Merck drug will quell latest outbreak following successful Guinea trial

23 мая, 19:59

UN Chief condemns Manchester bombing & other topics (Daily Press Briefing 23 May 2017)


23 мая, 16:53

U.S. Begins 'Extreme Vetting' At Australian Refugee Detention Centers

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); U.S. Homeland Security officials have begun “extreme vetting” interviews at Australia’s offshore detention centers, two sources at the camps told Reuters on Tuesday, as Washington honors a refugee swap that U.S. President Donald Trump had called “a dumb deal.” The Trump administration said last month the agreement to offer refuge to up to 1,250 asylum seekers in the centers would progress on condition that refugees satisfied strict checks. In exchange, Australia has pledged to take Central American refugees from a center in Costa Rica, where the United States has expanded intake in recent years, under the deal struck with former President Barack Obama. The first security interviews finished last week at Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island detention centre, two refugees who went through the process told Reuters. The refugees told Reuters that interviews began with an oath to God to tell the truth and then proceeded for as long as six hours, with in-depth questions on associates, family, friends and any interactions with the Islamic State militant group. “They asked about why I fled my home, why I sought asylum in Australia,” said one refugee who declined to be named, fearing it could jeopardise his application for U.S. resettlement. The security interviews are the last stage of U.S. consideration of applicants. Manus Island is one of two Australian-operated detention centres, which hold nearly 1,300 people who were intercepted trying to reach Australia by boat. Human rights groups have condemned the intercept policy and the harsh conditions of the camps. Australia says offshore processing is needed as a deterrent after thousands of people drowned at sea before the policy was introduced in 2013. A decision on the fate of the first 70 people interviewed is expected to be reached within the next month, a different source who works with refugees said. A spokesman for Australia’s immigration minister refused to comment on the resettlement process. The U.S. State Department and White House did not immediately respond to questions. U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans for extreme vetting have extended to those travelling to the United States from Muslim countries. Australia’s relationship with the new administration in Washington got off to a rocky start when Trump lambasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the resettlement arrangement, which Trump labelled a “dumb deal.” Details of an acrimonious phone call between the pair soon after Trump took office made headlines around the world. Australia is one of Washington’s staunchest allies and has sent troops to fight alongside the U.S. military in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The relocation of asylum seekers to the United States is designed to help Papua New Guinea and Australia proceed with the planned closure of the Manus detention centre on Oct. 31. But the fate of approximately 200 men deemed non-refugees is uncertain. Those not offered resettlement in the United States will be offered the chance to settle in Papua New Guinea or return home. Australia has already offered detainees up to $25,000 to voluntarily return home; an offer very few have taken up. (Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Bill Tarrant) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 мая, 23:02

Gambia accuses former president Jammeh of stealing $50m

Yahya Jammeh stole the money from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, justice minister says.

21 мая, 19:01

Australia insists ‘game up’ if asylum-seekers are not genuine

AUSTRALIA yesterday gave 7,500 boatpeople until October to file a claim proving they are genuine refugees or be kicked out, declaring the “game is up” for illegal arrivals ripping off taxpayers. Before

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20 мая, 20:13

Ribchester boosts Godolphin and emboldens William Buick to fight ban

• Ribchester and William Buick lift Newbury’s Group One contest• Jockey has until Tuesday to appeal against ban ruling him out of DerbyIf William Buick eventually decides to appeal against the ban ruling him out of both the Derby and the Oaks, he will be able to pay his legal fees from the percentage of prize money he won on Saturday’s card here, when he bagged the big races aboard Ribchester and Hawkbill. Ribchester’s success in the Lockinge means Godolphin have lifted this particular trophy four times in the past five years and Sheikh Mohammed’s team seem in buoyant spirits before the Epsom Classics that are now a fortnight away.As was noted on Guineas weekend earlier this month, Godolphin have yet to acquire the tactical mastery that their Irish rivals Coolmore often display when it matters most and things threatened to go awry for them as soon as the stalls opened in the Lockinge. Toscanini, brought over from Ireland in the winter specifically to be a pacemaker for Ribchester, fluffed the start and was in last place throughout while Ribchester was left to do his own donkey work out in front. Continue reading...

19 мая, 23:00

What Got Buried in the Crazy News Cycle: U.S. Attacks Syria Edition

Washington may be consumed in its own chaos, but the world is going on just the same.

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19 мая, 12:43

Talking Horses: Aidan O’Brien has Guineas not Derby in sights for Churchill

Trainer says there is a ‘good chance’ the English Guineas winner will run in the Irish equivalent rather than head to EpsomTony Paley: Trainer Aidan O’Brien has said there is a “good chance” that the English 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill will run in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh a week on Saturday rather than head to the Investec Derby. Continue reading...

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19 мая, 03:35

Guinea teenager allegedly held as sex slave in Australia

The 17-year-old girl had arrived from West Africa after being offered work as a cleaner, police say.

19 мая, 01:35

African teenager says she was held as sex slave in Sydney for weeks

The 17-year-old girl says she was brought from Guinea and sexually assaulted by numerous men before managing to escapeA teenage girl from West Africa has said she was held in a Sydney home against her will and used as a sex slave for weeks before managing to escape.Police are searching for a woman hailed as a Good Samaritan who found the 17-year-old after she escaped in the early hours from a Sydney home on 27 April and dropped her at the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown. Continue reading...

18 мая, 21:00

Странности, которые считаются сексуальными у разных народов

Правду говорят, что красота — понятие относительное. Так, если европейские каноны прекрасного мы можем принять как родные, то с другими странами все может оказаться совершенно наоборот. Ни одна внешность не может считаться абсолютным идеалом и нравиться всему миру без исключения, поскольку у каждого народа свои понятия о привлекательности и сексуальности. И вот 10 доказательных примеров.Япония: кривые зубыВ то время как в западных странах люди стремятся выправить свои зубы, чтобы стать обладателями идеально ровной улыбки, в Японии считают, что именно кривые зубы добавляют человеку красоты и делают его лицо очень милым.Западная Африка, Новая Гвинея: шрамированиеЖители некоторых африканских стран и Новой Гвинеи намеренно покрывают свое тело многочисленными шрамами. У мужчин такая процедура проводится во время обряда инициации, а у женщин считается, что шрамовые татуировки добавляют им красоты.Южная Корея: лицо в форме сердцаВ Южной Корее пластические операции считаются нормой, а реклама клиник по коррекции внешности развешана повсюду. Одним из самых прекрасных черт образа корейцы считают лицо в форме сердца. Ради этого они ложатся на сложные операции по изменению формы подбородка, во время которых кость ломается на три части, средняя часть убирается, а две оставшиеся пластические хирурги соединяют воедино, получая ровный и заостренный подбородок.Мавритания: избыточный весНаши параметры идеальной фигуры кардинально отличаются от мавританских. В этой стране женщину не считают привлекательной, если на ее теле недостаточно жировых складок. Заботливые родители с самого детства пекутся о красоте своих дочерей, отдавая их в специальные учреждения по раскорму. Чтобы к необходимому возрасту девочки достигли требуемых обществом габаритов, калорийность их рациона за день может достигать 16 000 ккал.Иран: хирургические повязки на носуВ Иране многие мужчины и женщины буквально помешаны на ринопластике. Прямой нос здесь не только делает людей прекраснее в глазах общественности, но и даже дает некоторый статус. Ввиду дороговизны не все могут позволить себе такую операцию, поэтому некоторые особо предприимчивые жители придумали просто приклеивать на нос хирургическую повязку, тем самым делая вид, будто они после ринопластики.Китай, Таиланд: светлая кожаВо многих частях Азии эталоном красоты считается белая кожа. Так что косметика без осветляющего эффекта здесь особым спросом не пользуется, а сами жители настолько озабочены этим вопросом, что даже придумали специальные маски для лица, чтобы спасти свою выбеленную кожу от портящего все старания солнца.Африканское племя фульбе: высокий лобСреди женщин фульбе в Африке обязательным показателем красоты является высокий лоб. Порой, чтобы увеличить свою привлекательность, они выбривают часть волос с головы, создавая иллюзию высокого лба.Бирманское племя падаунг: длинная шеяУ племени падаунг в Восточной Бирме особой обворожительностью обладают «женщины-жирафы». Красавицы племени специально носят на шее латунные кольца, чтобы удлинить и вытянуть ее, ведь здесь все считают, что чем длиннее шея, тем прекраснее девушка.Эфиопское племя мурси: вытянутые губыТем временем девушки племени мурси в Эфиопии тоже стремятся быть красивыми, поэтому растягивают свои губы специальными дисками. Чем больше диск у девушки, тем большим социальным статусом она обладает, а значит — тем дороже будет за нее выкуп перед свадьбой.Таджикистан: сросшиеся бровиВо многих районах Таджикистана распространенным образом красоты являются сросшиеся брови. Люди здесь считают, что единая бровь у девушки говорит о ее избранности судьбой и удачливости. Если же девушке не повезло родиться с такими бровями, то приходится исправлять упущение природы и соединять их, рисуя полоску на переносице.источник

18 мая, 07:53

Gold Mining in Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan — Nordgold

Humans and gold have been intrinsically linked for thousands of years. This dense, soft and noble metal is also used in an ever-increasing number of applications, from a method of wealth accumulation and a symbol of prosperity & power, to an important component of many electronic devices. More than 150 thousand tonnes of pure gold have been produced in the history of humankind. Production methods have continuously evolved from a straightforward search for gold nuggets and gold panning, to high-efficiency mines, pits, ore preparation plants and refineries. Filmed across two continents, this picture report showcases the gold production process at mines owned and operated by Nordgold, a leading internationally diversified gold producer with assets in West Africa, Russia and Kazakhstan.Русская версия репортажа: http://gelio.livejournal.com/226150.html1. Gold production continues to increase alongside global population. From 705 tonnes in 1912, gold mining production to just over 3000 tonnes in 2016 (Source: Statista.com). Russian gold producer Nordgold has been a major contributor to this overall rise.. Established in 2007 initially as a division of Russian steel giant Severstal before splitting out in 2009, Nordgold has grown to become one of the world’s leading gold mining companies producing over 850 koz of gold a year.2. Nordgold currently operates nine mines, including one each in Guinea (Lefa) and Kazakhstan (Suzdal), three in Burkina Faso (Taparko and Bissa-Bouly hub) and four in Russia (Berezitovy in Amur Oblast, Neruyngri in Yakutia, and two assets in the Republic of Buryatia—Irokinda and Zun-Holba).3. Global gold production soared in the 1980s and 90s driven in particular by a sharp growth in open pit gold mining (the share of open pit mining increased globally from 30% to 70% between 1988 and 2003). Six of Nordgold’s nine mines are open pit operations. Underground mining is only used in Buryatia and Kazakhstan.4. Open pit mining starts with the drilling rigs. 400 holes need to be drilled to blast 100 thousand tonnes of rock. The rig normally drills holes up to 6 meters deep.5. Controlled blasting in an open pit is a very exact process requiring the carefully calculated placement of charges.6. Blasting not only makes the pit deeper but also produces cutbacks.7. The last seconds before detonation. Employees are evacuated to a safe location. Only the most experienced staff are trained to control blasting from remote terminals. Directional blasting technology is used in open pits. Directional blasting technology is used in open pits. Tens of thousands of tonnes of rocks are pushed by the blast in a predetermined direction to a precise distance.8. The heavyweights take their turn after the blast. Haul trucks are used to remove the rock.9. The Sides of the pit are carefully planned to support a haul road for the safe operation of the loaded trucks.10. A mining excavator continues to load blasted rock into a haul truck.11. With a 60-cubic-meter body, the Cat 777D can haul over 90 tonnes of rock.12. Open pits operate 24x7.13. The open pit at the Berezitovy mine in Amur Oblast is 450 meters deep after 10 years of mining. As the pit gets deeper, mining becomes more expensive, so the mine is gettinbeing prepared for underground mining to access the deeper deposits; the decline will go 100 meters deeper to provide access to the ore. Final exploration and licensing activities are already underway in preparation for the switch.14. The Komatsu PC1250-7 excavator has a 4.5 cubic meter bucket able to load over 4 tonnes of rock and it weighs 110 tonnes.15. Launched in 2013, Bissa mine in Burkina Faso was Nordgold’s first greenfield asset, a mine which Nordgold had developed from scratch to full production. Nordgold built the mine on time and on budget and it reached full capacity well ahead of schedule, making Bouly a flagship asset for the company. In late 2016, Bissa was expanded to mine gold from the nearby Bouly deposit, which has also exceeded expectations.16. There’s no idle time for haul trucks at Nordgold’s African mines. A tonne of ore might only contain a few grams of gold (for example, the head grade of Lefa ore in Guinea was 1.05 g/t in 2016). However, even lower grade ores can be economically feasible depending on their depth and properties.17. A modern mine is a high-technology facility relying on state-of-the-art information technology, far removed from outdated preconceptions about open pit mining. Here, a real-time tracking system is used to monitor the location of the mining fleet in the pit, improving safety and utilisation of the fleet.18. Mining trucks need to adapt to an extreme range of operating temperatures, from the Artcic conditions in some Russian mines, to the heat of Africa.19. 6.1 million tonnes of gold ore were mined at Lefa in Guinea in 2016. The mine is now upgrading its fleet to reach 7 million tonnes in 2017.20. The Bissa pits in Burkina Faso were expanded in 2016. Cutbacks were necessary to provide access to high-grade ores.21. A haul truck exits the Lefa pit at Lefa Mine in Guinea.22. 23. Underground mining is used when open pit mining is not feasible for environmental or economic reasons. Mine development starts with the decline that is built to provide the mine fleet with access to ore bodies.24. After that, drilling rigs take turns making cylindrical holes ready to place blasting charges in the rock.25. Drilling rock underground can result in significant dust. Water is sprayed on the mine face to reduce risks to the operator and to wash the blast holes.26. The mine fleet control station at Buryatzoloto. Irokinda and Zun-Holba are older mines (over 25 years in operation) that prior to Nordgold ownership relied mostly on inefficient manual labor. Today, full-scale automation is underway.27. An important feature of underground mine equipment is their low profile. These machines are designed to work in confined spaces.28. An underground loader operator at the Zun-Holba mine in Buryatia.29. Geologists routinely take rock samples and log their properties.30. Conveyors play an important role in gold production. Once mined rock is delivered by haul trucks and crushed, it is fed for further treatment using conveyor belts.31. Crushed ore on its way to the mill circuit. The diameter of ore fragments after crushing depends on each individual mine. Large fragments are sifted out and returned for secondary crushing.32. One method of the gold production process is “heap leaching” whereby crushed rock is placed into a leach solution that is later used for gold extraction. Nordgold added a heap leaching pad at Bouly in 2016 to expand the capacity of its Bissa flagship mine. The new Bouly mine reached full capacity just two months after launch and was Nordgold’s second greenfield project33. Crushed ore is stacked into a huge pile for further treatment.34. Large fragments of crushed ore are transported to the mill.35. The underground loader at Lefa, Guinea.36. 37. At the final stage of preparation, ore is milled into flour-like fine powder.38. The waste filtration station. Every ore preparation plant produces and stacks waste called “tailings”. At the final stage of gold production, ore solution is filtered after gold extraction. Water and reagents are removed from the slurry and returned to the preparation plant in a closed cycle. After removal of the water, tailings are stacked in special tailing ponds.39. Taparko preparation plant, Burkina Faso.40. Ore mills at Berezitovy, Amur Oblast.41. In 2016, Nordgold mined over 129 million tonnes of rock and processed more than 25 million tonnes of ore.42. Ore stockpile at Lefa, Guinea.43. Crushed ore is delivered to the stockpile on a conveyor belt.44. Head grade (quantity of gold contained within the ore) has been constantly reducing globally since late 19th century. New technologies are fine tuned for more thorough and efficient gold recovery and waste recycling. Suzdal mine in Kazakhstan is only the second facility worldwide to use the latest HiTeCC (High Temperature Caustic Conditioning) technology to improve recovery. This technology is also used to retreat tailings.45. Ore hydrotreatment where milled ore undergoes high-pressure water washing.46. The Berezitovy ore preparation plant in Amur Oblast uses automated treatment processes. An operator monitors the compliance with technology requirements.47. Flotation process pland.48. Flotation is the process of extracting gold from rock. Chemical agents dissolve ore powder and produce foam which is then separated from the rest of the solution, with gold remaining in the foam bubbles.49. Controller’s computerized workplace looks virtually the same across Nordgold’s global operations. Here, an operator is monitoring the Bissa preparation plant in Burkina Faso.50. Borax is used to improve gold recovery. This white powder is widely used in households in cleaning agents, teeth whitening products, etc. Though Borax is safe, it is mandatory for the operators to use personal protective equipment.51. A gold smelter operator’s protective equipment resembles a fireman’s gear. Gold melts at 1064°C and boils at 2856°C.52. The gold smelter at Zun-Kholba, Buryatia.53. The mines produce gold doré Doré bars are sent for refining in gold refineries that accept alloys with at least 70% combined gold and silver content.54. A doré bar may weigh 15 to 25 kilograms. Bar weight and precious metal content depend on the individual mine.55. Molten gold is poured to create gold dore bars.56. A doré bar cooling down after smelting at Bissa, Burkina Faso.57. In Russian, the word for gold is derived from the words yellow and green. If you look at a new gold bar, you will see that it shows both of these colors. Here a gold bar is being cleaned at Bissa, Burkina Faso.58. Doré bars are polished as they naturally have a rough surface.59. After polishing, bars are stamped. In this case, it is the stamp of Lefa Mine in Guinea.60. A doré bar with the Bouly stamp, before shipping to refinery where it will be refined to the ultimate 999 fineness.61. Nordgold has increased production of refined gold from the 21 thousand ounces in 2007 to 869 thousand ounces—more than 27 tonnes—in 2016. As of early May 2017, one ounce of gold is worth US$1250 in the London bullion market.62. China was the world’s largest producer of gold in 2016 (over 450 tonnes), followed by Australia (270 tonnes) and Russia (approximately 250 tonnes). Nordgold expects to produce 28 to 29.5 tonnes of refined gold in 2017.63. Bouly was the second mine in Burkina Faso built by Nordgold from the ground up. 2017 will be its first full year of operation. Nordgold is actively developing its third greenfield project, Gross, in Russian Yakutia.Gross will become Nordgold’s largest asset in Russia producing around 7 tonnes of gold per year over 17 years. Nordgold also has multiple promising early exploration projects and licenses in Burkina Faso, Russia, French Guiana and Canada.64. Humankind has produced over 150 thousand tonnes of gold in recorded history. Approximately half of that was used in jewelry and more than 10% in technology. The rest is accumulated in sovereign gold reserves and private estates. It is said that smelting all the world’s gold together would make a 20-meter-sided cube. That is a five-story house of gold!Русская версия репортажа: http://gelio.livejournal.com/226150.html

17 мая, 22:07

Big Money Wins In L.A.: Billionaires’ Hand-Picked Candidate Nick Melvoin Spent 71 Percent Of The Money To Get 57 Percent Of The School Board Vote

Once Nick Melvoin joins the Los Angeles Unified School District board, he’s going to require all high school civics teachers to add a new lesson plan to their curriculum: “How To Buy An Election.” That’s what happened on Tuesday. Melvoin and his billionaire backers dramatically outspent school board president Steve Zimmer’s campaign, making the District 4 race the most expensive in LAUSD history. Political pundits will spend the next few days and weeks analyzing the Los Angeles school board election, examining exit polls, spilling lots of ink over how different demographic groups — income, race, religious, union membership, gender, party affiliation, and others — voted on Tuesday. But the real winner in the race was not Nick Melvoin, but Big Money. And the real loser was not Steve Zimmer, but democracy – and LA’s children. Melvoin’s backers -- particularly billionaires and multi-millionaires who donated directly to his campaign and to several front groups, especially the California Charter School Association (CCSA) -- outspent Zimmer’s campaign by $6.6 million to $2.7 million. Melvoin got 30, 696 votes to Zimmer’s 22,766. In other words, Melvoin spent 71% of the money to get 57% of the vote. Here’s another way of looking at the election results: Melvoin spent $215 for each vote he received, while Zimmer spent only $121 per vote. There’s no doubt that if the Zimmer campaign had the same war-chest that Melvoin had, he would have been able to mount an even more formidable grassroots get-out-the-vote campaign and put more money into the TV and radio air war. Under those circumstances, it is likely that Zimmer would have prevailed. Billionaires, many of whom live far from Los Angeles, bought this election for Melvoin. Their money paid for non-stop TV and radio ads, as well as phone calls, mailers and newspaper ads (including a huge wrap-around ad on the front of Sunday’s LA Times). Melvoin’s billionaire backers paid for 44 mailers and at least $1 million on negative TV ads against Zimmer. The so-called “Independent” campaign for Melvoin was funded by big oil, big tobacco, Enron and Walmart, and other out-of-town corporations and billionaires. They paid for Melvoin’s ugly, deceptive, and false attack ads against Zimmer, a former teacher and current school board president. Melvoin is so devoted to the corporate agenda for our schools that during the campaign he said that the school district needed a “hostile takeover.” Among the big donors behind Melvoin and the CCSA were members of the Walton family (Alice Walton, Jim Walton, and Carrie Walton Penner) ― heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune from Arkansas, who’ve donated over $2 million to CCSA. Alice Walton (net worth: $36.9 billion), who lives in Texas, was one of the biggest funders behind Melvoin’s campaign. Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflicks (net worth: $1.9 billion), who lives in Santa Cruz, donated close to $5 million since last September to the CCSA’s political action committee, including $1 million a week before the election. Other moguls behind Melvoin and the CCSA include Doris Fisher (net worth: $2.7 billion), co-founder of The Gap, who lives in San Francisco: Texas resident John Arnold (net worth: $2.9 billion), who made a fortune at Enron before the company collapsed, leaving its employees and stockholders in the lurch, then made another fortune as a hedge fund manager; Jeff Yass, who lives in the Philadelphia suburbs, and runs the Susquahanna group, a hedge fund; Frank Baxter, former CEO of the global investment bank Jefferies and Company that specialized in “junk” bonds; and Michael Bloomberg (net worth: $48.5 billion), the former New York City mayor and charter champion. Eli Broad (net worth: $7.7 billion), who hatched a plan to put half of all LAUSD students in charter schools by 2023 — an idea that Zimmer fought — donated $400,000 to CCSA last Friday, on top of $50,000 he gave in November. He made his money in real estate and life insurance. Not surprisingly, most of these billionaires are big backers of conservative Republican candidates and right-wing causes. Several are on the boards of charter school chains. What do the corporate moguls and billionaires want? And what did Steve Zimmer do to make them so upset? They want to turn public schools into educational Wal-marts run on the same corporate model. They want to expand charter schools that compete with each other and with public schools in an educational “market place.” (LA already has more charter schools than any other district in the country). They want to evaluate teachers and students like they evaluate new products — in this case, using the bottom-line of standardized test scores. Most teachers will tell you that over-emphasis on standardized testing turns the classroom into an assembly line, where teachers are pressured to “teach to the test,” and students are taught, robot-like, to define success as answering multiple-choice tests. Not surprisingly, the billionaires want school employees — teachers — to do what they’re told, without having much of a voice in how their workplace functions or what is taught in the classroom. Rather than treat teachers like professionals, they view them as the out-sourced hired help. The corporate big-wigs are part of an effort that they and the media misleadingly call “school reform.” What they’re really after is not “reform” (improving our schools for the sake of students) but “privatization” (business control of public education). They think public schools should be run like corporations, with teachers as compliant workers, students as products, and the school budget as a source of profitable contracts and subsidies for textbook companies, consultants, and others engaged in the big business of education. Like most reasonable educators and education analysts, Zimmer has questioned the efficacy of charter schools as a panacea. When the billionaires unveiled their secret plan to put half of LAUSD students into charter schools within eight years, Zimmer led the opposition. In contrast, Melvoin is a big backer of charter schools and a big critic of the teachers union. Now the billionaires and their charter school operators will have a majority on the school board. LA will become the epicenter of a major experiment in expanding charter schools – with the school children as the guinea pigs. Pundits will have a field day pontificating about the LAUSD election, but in the end it’s about how Big Money hijacked democracy in LA. Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

17 мая, 17:57

Papua New Guinea Loan Growth

The value of loans in Papua New Guinea increased 7.20 percent in December of 2016 over the same month in the previous year. Loan Growth in Papua New Guinea averaged 5.79 percent from 2013 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 17.70 percent in October of 2013 and a record low of -2.90 percent in July of 2014. This page provides - Papua New Guinea Loan Growth- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news.

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17 мая, 16:40

Russia to deliver planned amount of Ebola vaccines to Guinea by end of June

Russia’s Gamaleya Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology has produced the full amount of Ebola vaccines to be handed over to the Republic of Guinea within the next month and a half, the press service of the Russian Health Ministry said in a statement on May 17, TASS reports. "The Center’s researchers produced more than 1,000 doses of the vaccine. In the next month and a half they will be delivered to Guinea," the statement reads. Russian and Guinean scientists will analyze the use of this vaccine (named Gam-Evak-Kombi), which is the first one officially certified for clinical use. "Russian scientists developed the vaccine in record time, however, it surpasses similar foreign vaccines in many aspects," the Russian Health Ministry added. Read more: Details emerge about Russia's mysterious Ebola vaccine

16 мая, 16:14

ExxonMobil's Muruk-1 Sidetrack Well Yields Positive Results

ExxonMobil Corporation (XOM) recently came up with positive drilling results on the Muruk-1 sidetrack well in the Papua New Guinea ("PNG") North Highlands.

16 мая, 14:03

Tuesday's Morning Email: Breaking Down Trump's Reported Classified Disclosure To The Russians

TOP STORIES (And want to get The Morning Email each weekday? Sign up here.) TRUMP REPORTEDLY REVEALED HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION DURING MEETING WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS President Donald Trump allegedly discussed information that “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State,” according to The Washington Post during a meeting last week with Russian officials. The newspaper withheld the specific details discussed in order not to further jeopardize the intelligence. And here’s everything you need to know about declassification. [HuffPost] CRITICS PILED ON ACROSS THE AISLE GOP Sen. Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations committee, said the White House needed to reverse its “downward spiral.” House Speaker Paul Ryan put out a statement asking for a full explanation from the administration. Democrats fumed, with Sen. Mark Warner calling this a “slap in the face to the intel community.” The former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Dan Rather and Twitter also weighed in. [HuffPost] NORTH KOREA SUSPECTED IN GLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK Although the investigation is far from over. [Reuters] U.S. ACCUSES ASSAD REGIME OF BUILDING CREMATORIUM In the Sednaya prison to cover up mass murders. [HuffPost] WHY POSSIBLE 2020 CANDIDATES ARE SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY ON ONLINE ADS “The opportunity is there to get out of the traditional fundraising rat race and to make a direct appeal to donors on a widely distributed small-dollar basis.” [HuffPost] EXPERTS PUSH TO END LEAD POISONING BY 2021 After all, nearly 3,000 areas in the U.S. have higher lead poisoning rates than Flint. [HuffPost] EVEN ANN COULTER CAME FOR TRUMP “Everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque,” she told The Daily Caller in an interview Sunday. “I’m not very happy with what has happened so far,” Coulter added. “I guess we have to try to push him to keep his promises. But ... if he doesn’t keep his promises I’m out.” [HuffPost] WHAT’S BREWING CALLING ALL AVID MORNING EMAIL READERS! We’re giving away an Amazon Echo to three lucky winners who correctly answer the question below. To enter for a chance to win, please send your answer [email protected] will be chosen at random. Check out the official rules and legal stuff here. North Korea’s latest missile launch landed 60 miles south of what region of Russia? LOVE (ON REALITY TV) IS DEAD Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell from season 20 of “The Bachelor” have called it quits. [HuffPost] THIS OFFICER OVERDOSED ON FENTANYL Just by brushing it off of his shirt. [HuffPost] HACKERS STOLE THE LATEST ‘PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN’ And are demanding a massive ransom from Disney. [Deadline] GENERAL MILLS IS GIVING AWAY 10,000 BOXES OF ONLY MARSHMALLOW LUCKY CHARMS And they’re going full-scale Willy Wonka to do it. [HuffPost] WINTER ISN’T COMING FAST ENOUGH So now we get a fifth “Game of Thrones” spinoff. [HuffPost] BEFORE YOU GO Trump has dramatically expanded the “global gag rule” on abortion. This mom gave up her life on Mother’s Day to save her daughter. Sean Hannity wants to get rid of the daily White House press briefing as you know it. The New York Daily News cover is brutal to Trump this morning. How the White House tries to prevent fake news from reaching the president. Abby Wombach has married Christian mommy blogger Glennon Doyle Melton. We’re mildly obsessed with these teeny-tiny gourmet meals. Stranded on a stopped Amtrak train? Your pizza guy will save you. Possibly the scariest part of “The Handmaid’s Tale”? The fact theydisregard the rules for Scrabble. This woman carried twins for her sister, who had suffered nine miscarriages. What it’s like when the guinea worm living in your body burrows out. TV nerds, rejoice: All the trailers for the 2017 pilot season are trickling in. Check out the most beautiful colleges in each state ― we’re biased about the winner for D.C. Of course Russian President Vladimir Putin whipped out his piano skills while casually waiting to speak with the president of China. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

16 мая, 12:45

What It's Like When A Guinea Worm Living Inside Your Body Suddenly Burrows Out

This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. JUBA, South Sudan ― It took days for Maker Achuil and others to slowly pull the arm-length, spaghetti-like worm out of his thigh. After a year with the white parasite inside him, Achuil screamed in pain as the grown Guinea worm emerged. A former soldier in South Sudan, which fought for decades before gaining its independence from Sudan in 2011, Achuil still shudders at the memory of the agony he felt as the worm was gradually wound around a stick. “It was like putting a cigarette out on your leg ― for days,” said Achuil, rolling up his trouser to show the scars from the burning fluids the worm excreted as it burrowed out to breed. “It made you exhausted, but you were in too much pain to sleep. All you wanted to do was swim in the lake to cool the pain.” The worms, which resemble stretched chewing gum, lay their microscopic young in stagnant water. People drink the water and ingest the worms, which grow and mate inside the host for about a year. The male dies and the female starts to dig its way out through the human host’s flesh. When that person submerges the affected area in water, say, to bathe or to dull the burning pain, the worm spews out its young. Guinea worm disease was once common across Africa and Asia, with an estimated 3.5 million cases in 1986. But in the mid-1980s, the global health community launched a campaign to eliminate the disease, and today it’s limited to pockets of Africa.  Last year only a handful of cases were reported in three countries ― Chad, Ethiopia and South Sudan ― and health experts are confident they can finally slay the worm for good. The fight in South Sudan, once a stronghold of the crippling parasite, could be won soon, despite a brutal civil war that has engulfed that country since 2013. “We are on the very edge of breaking transmission in South Sudan,” said  Makoy Samuel Yibi, who heads the worm eradication program at the nation’s ministry of health. “We are in sight of the end.” Scientifically, the worms that infect humans are known as Dracunculus medinensis. Historians believe it has been around since ancient times and is mentioned in the Bible’s Old Testament as the “fiery serpent.” If the Guinea worm is made extinct, it would represent the very first parasitic disease ever to be eradicated, and only the second human disease to be wiped out (after smallpox). type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Stories + articlesList=58fe142be4b018a9ce5d277d,58f8f186e4b00fa7de1227e6,58d2ac02e4b0f838c62e9e0d Yibi, a soft-spoken man, has dedicated his life to ending this parasitic disease. The health official remembers how in his home village of a few hundred people, at least 50 individuals every year were so debilitated by the pain of the worms that they could not farm their fields. “It tormented people, deformed them, but they did not talk about it,” he said.  Now across South Sudan, the local efforts led by Yibi have driven down the number of cases by over 90 percent in the past three years. Just six cases were reported in 2016, compared to 70 cases in 2014. Ethiopia saw only three cases last year, and Chad was hit with just 16. “The progress we have seen in restricting Guinea worm disease to these few cases in only three countries is a testament to the dedication of people in endemic areas to caring for their health and that of their communities,” said Dr. Dean Sienko, vice president of health programs at the Carter Center. The Atlanta-based center ― which was founded by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn ― has helped coordinate the decades-long global campaign to finally wipe the disease from the world map, including brokering a legendary three-month ceasefire in 1995 in what is now South Sudan to make sure the Guinea worm eradication program would survive.  “People have lived with this for generations,” Yibi said. “We are hoping that in 2017, we will probably get to zero.” While there is no direct medication for the disease, the worm’s breeding cycle can be broken by ensuring that infected people do not enter bodies of water ― especially those used for drinking water ― while the worm is working its way out of the skin. The cycle can also be broken by giving people access to cleaner water sources or by cleaning the water before they drink it. In South Sudan, people have been encouraged to use water filters to avoid swallowing the worm’s eggs. It has been a long, hard process, said Yibi, but “now when I go back to a village where Guinea worm was once common and ask if there are cases, the people shout, ‘No! We don’t want to even hear its name. That is dead and gone to us.’” Ironically, even as so many other species face extinction due to humankind’s excesses, this human-reliant species is finding new ways to survive. In Mali, which last year reported no Guinea worm cases for the first time in 25 years, health workers have found dogs infected with the parasite. The worms have also been boring their way into dogs in Chad. Still, health experts remain optimistic.  Dr. Donald Hopkins is the architect of the Guinea worm eradication campaign that started in the 1980s. He serves as the Carter Center’s special adviser on Guinea worm and also worked on the campaign to end smallpox. Those infections in animals are just “another puzzle to be solved,” he said. “We’ve navigated plenty of challenges, including wars, over the 30 years we’ve been working to eradicate Guinea worm,” Hopkins said. The worm’s centuries of agonizing pain may soon be consigned to history. The Carter Center is the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which also supports this HuffPost series. All content is editorially independent, with no influence or input from the foundation. If you’d like to contribute a post to the series, send an email to [email protected] And follow the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ProjectZero. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

01 сентября 2014, 14:25

25 мест для путешествий настоящих экстремалов

Зачем ехать на дорогой курорт, когда наша планета буквально кишит приключениями? Когда на ней еще столько неисследованных пещер и величественных гор? Когда она может предложить нам нечто большее, чем бассейн с хлоркой у берега моря или дежурное обслуживание официантов с безучастными лицами? Предлагаем вашему вниманию список приключений, которые вы просто обязаны попробовать. Жизнь коротка — вперед, к приключениям!   Путешествие по изумительному солончаку Уюни, Боливия В сезон дождей крупнейший на Земле солончак становится самым большим в мире зеркалом. Охватывая площадь в более чем 10 000 кв. км, солончак Уюни — это мечта всех искателей приключений и новых ощущений. Здесь можно затеряться в собственных мыслях.  В центре солончака находится остров Инкауаси — холм, на котором можно неплохо отдохнуть.  По лаве на каяках — Гавайи Вулкан Килауэа появился 600 000 лет назад. Его последнее извержение началось в 1983 году и все еще продолжается, что делает его самым долгим извержением в истории. В процессе извержения «на свет» появилось более 190 кв. км суши. Сейчас смельчаки со всего мира могут проплыть по лаве вокруг этой новообразованной суши всего в нескольких метрах от места, где эта лава температурой в 1000 градусов по Цельсию впадает в Тихий океан.  Станьте ниндзей — Япония Ниндзя — тайные агенты феодальной Японии. Со временем они исчезли, но в Токио находится один из немногих оставшихся сенсеев ниндзя, включая того, который расправился сразу с 13 членами Якудзы. Тренировки могут оказаться сложными, но вы научитесь быть истинным синоби.  Исследуйте пещеры в Национальном парке «Мамонтова пещера» — штат Кентукки, США В Мамонтовой пещере находится крупнейшая на данный момент система пещер в мире. Здесь вы найдете более 600 км связанных между собой переходов, которые так и ждут, чтобы их исследовали.  Неудивительно, что пещера получила прозвище «известняковый лабиринт», потому что за каждым поворотом может оказаться новая, еще не исследованная пропасть.  Пешая прогулка по племенным землям — долина Балием, Папуа — Новая Гвинея Племя Дани было открыто совсем недавно — в 1938 году.  Они живут в долине Балием — потрясающей части Западной Папуа — Новой Гвинеи, которая умудрилась сохранить свою первозданную красоту.  Каждый год племя приглашает нескольких счастливчиков на свои земли, чтобы показать им местную природу и свои деревни.  Вернитесь в ледниковый период — Аляска Последний ледниковый период закончился тысячи лет назад, но Национальный парк Кенай-Фьордс на Аляске — одно из последних мест на земле, где он все еще продолжается.  В этой горной местности каждый год выпадает по 1000 см снега, а еще здесь находится более 40 активных ледников. Кенай требует достаточной эмоциональной и физической подготовки от тех, кто осмелится исследовать его суровый климат и территорию.  Поживите с водным народом мокен — архипелаг Мьей Архипелаг Мьей — это серия из более чем 800 мелких островов к югу от Бирмы. На островах и в окружающих их водах живет племя мокен. Живут они на построенных вручную лодках.  Выживают за счет рыбалки с копьями и сетями, а большую часть времени проводят под водой в поисках моллюсков. Пожить бок о бок с этими уникальными людьми — это неповторимый опыт и возможность узнать их удивительную культуру, сохранившуюся в течение столетий.  Спуск с вулкана — Леон, Никарагуа Леон — небольшой городок, стоящий в тени огромного вулкана Серо-Негро. Если вы думаете, серфинг по воде — это легко, то здесь вам предложат попробовать далеко не легкий вид спорта.  Поднимитесь на вершину этого гиганта с доской за спиной, а затем скатитесь на этой доске внутрь вулкана на скорости до 80 км/час.  Станьте воином Чингисхана — Монголия Племена Монголии всегда были кочевническими, даже во времена Монгольской империи — одной из крупнейших в истории.  В монгольских степях можно научиться сражаться и выживать, как это умели истинные воины, покорявшие Азию 800 лет назад.  Прокатитесь по реке Амазонка — Перу Отправляйтесь в самое сердце знаменитого региона Перу — Амазонки — и поработайте с учеными и местными жителями из племени кокама над экспериментами, которые помогут защитить уязвимую и самобытную природу Национального заповедника Пакайя-Самирия.  Вы сыграете важную роль в защите таких редких видов, как амазонские речные дельфины.  Проплывите между двумя континентами — Исландия В глубине этого огромного Национального парка находится озеро Тингвадлаватн, которое находится на тектонической границе Северной Америки и Европы.  Счастливые дайверы могут проплыть между тектоническими плитами этих двух континентов, которые каждый год раздвигаются друг от друга на 2 см.  Пешее сафари с племенем масаи — Танзания Нет ничего лучше, чем исследовать дикую природу Африки пешком, а лучших гидов и охранников, чем масаи, не найти, ведь они живут на этих землях вот уже сотни поколений.  Это уникальная возможность увидеть львов, буйволов, слонов и жирафов на воле, а не за железными прутьями.  Дайвинг в Голубой дыре — Белиз Великая голубая дыра — это на самом деле огромная система пещер, образовавшаяся, когда эта местность не была покрыта кристально чистой водой.  Сейчас глубины этой дыры служат игровой площадкой для дайверов и искателей приключений, обеспечивая впечатления, которые больше нигде не испытаешь.  Миграция северных оленей — Полярный круг, Норвегия Раз в год вот уже на протяжении более 4000 лет саамы перемещают свои огромные стада северных оленей на территорию с более мягким климатом  Совсем недавно они начали приглашать людей «из внешнего мира», чтобы те помогли им. В течение пяти дней вы будете работать не покладая рук, ведь именно такова жизнь пастуха.  Спуск в спящий вулкан — Исландия Огромный магматический бассейн некогда яростного вулкана Принукагигур находится в более чем 120 м под землей.  Ученые, исследовавшие вулкан, установили здесь лифт, который спускается вниз, и только в течение одного месяца в году они приглашают счастливчиков присоединиться к этому неповторимому исследованию.  Круиз на ледоколе по Северному полюсу — Северный Ледовитый океан Северный полюс в центре Северного Ледовитого океана лишь частично покрыт опасно меняющимся морским льдом.  Круизы на ледоколах — единственная возможность пробиться через этот толстый лед. Эта полная адреналина экспедиция предлагает удивительную возможность ощутить то, что удается ощутить лишь немногим счастливчикам.  Поездка по тундре — Канадская Арктика Суровый климат Арктики зачастую слишком невыносимый даже для самых стойких туристов.  Одна канадская компания предлагает вам шанс увидеть эту суровую территорию без риска отморозить ноги.  Пройдите по самой опасной тропе в мире — Малага, Испания Эль-Каминито-дель-Рей — это дорожка, появившаяся в 1905 году.  С тех пор этот переход пришел в упадок, но им продолжают пользоваться — самые отчаянные и смелые искатели приключений.  Исследуйте неизвестное — Папуа — Новая Гвинея Папуа — Новая Гвинея — одна из самых малоизвестных стран в мире. Последняя экспедиция туда прошла в 1960-х.  Многочисленные племена и животные этой страны остаются скрытыми для внешнего мира. Они ждут, чтобы вы открыли их.  Поднимитесь на гору, чтобы выпить чаю — Китай Эта ужасающая «лестница на небеса» ведет на вершину горы Хуашань высотой более 2100 м.  Причина столь отчаянного путешествия вполне проста — на вершине горы находится чайный домик, в котором подают лучший чай в мире (по крайней мере должны подавать, раз уж ради него нужно преодолеть этот ужас).  Станьте буддистским монахом на месяц — Тибетские Гималаи Это духовное приключение приведет вас в захватывающие дух Гималаи, где можно пожить в монастыре, спрятанном среди гор. Насладитесь древней культурой из первых рук и погрузитесь в духовные искания и медитации. Вам придется принимать участие во многих культурных мероприятиях, например в трехдневном паломничестве в Дармсалу.  Пересеките пустыню Сахара с торговцами соли — Северная Африка Сахара занимает площадь в более чем в 8 миллионов кв. км. Это одно из самых негостеприимных мест в мире.  Несмотря на это, торговцы солью из племени туарег продолжают возить свои товары из Таоденни в Тимбукту вот уже на протяжении нескольких веков. Этот путь длиною в 22 дня — незабываемый опыт, требующий немалой доли решимости.  Рафтинг на реке Гандак, Непал Река Гандак настолько изолирована, что лишь у горстки людей будет шанс предпринять это удивительное путешествие.  Эта дикая река предлагает неповторимый рафтинг, а ночью можно разбить лагерь под звездами на белых пляжах реки, в глубинке Непала. Ощущение победы после прохода по этой бурной горной реке останется с вами на всю жизнь.  Обезьянье сафари, Уганда и Руанда Великие и туманные горы Руанды и Уганды — одно из последних мест на земле, где гориллы живут более-менее спокойно.  В густой растительности можно найти 4-5 видов «высших приматов» — горных горилл, равнинных горилл, шимпанзе и бонобо.  Можно также предпринять сложный, но приятный путь на вулканы Мухавура и Гахинга.  Исследуйте Коста-Рику, сплавляясь по рекам Долина Пакуаре и полуостров Осса — одни из немногих маршрутов из поросших густой растительностью нагорий Коста-Рики на ее изумительное побережье.  За две недели можно поучаствовать в экспедиции, которая попробует преодолеть этот маршрут пешком и на каяках.  По пути вы сможете увидеть и даже пожить с индейцами из племени кабекар.  Изучите Ваханский коридор Ваханский коридор — это небольшая полоска земли примерно в 220 км длиной и в некоторых местах лишь в 16 км шириной. Ее обрамляют горы Пакистана и Таджикистана, а сам коридор служит сухопутным маршрутом между Афганистаном и Китаем.  Эта территория настолько изолирована от внешнего мира, что коренные киргизы, пасущие яков и коз, веками живут сами по себе, как они сами выражаются, «забытые остальным миром». Эту часть планеты посещают даже реже, чем гору Эверест. Сюда добирались Чингисхан, Александр Великий и Марко Поло.  Поднимитесь на горы Тяньцзы — Китай Эти высокие горы-столбы настолько уникальные, что их снимали в фильме Джеймса Кэмерона «Аватар». Они образовались под водой 380 миллионов лет назад, вода разрушила окружающий их песчаник, оставив лишь эти каменные колонны.  Некоторые из этих колонн возвышаются более чем на 1200 м над уровнем моря, и альпинисты, которым посчастливилось подняться на вершину этих колонн, зачастую отказываются подниматься на какие-либо другие горы — после них все кажется слишком посредственным.