Square Enix gets Dragon Quest X MMO running on a tablet

first_imgOne of the biggest names in gaming next to Pokemon in Japan is Dragon Quest. But we’re lucky to get just some of the Dragon Quest games ported for release in the west. The Nintendo DS certainly helped and saw a number of the older game re-releases launched, but the last console game we got to play was Dragon Quest VIII for the PS2.Dragon Quest X moved from being an RPG to an MMO, and has seen a release (in Japan) on both the Wii (2012) and Wii U (2013). Will we ever see it in the US and Europe? MMOs aren’t exactly doing great at the moment unless they carry the name World of Warcraft (and even that is faltering) or are free-to-play, so it seems unlikely. Also launching an MMO isn’t cheap, which ups the risk massively, and a 70 minute install doesn’t help, either.There is some hope, though, because Square Enix has teamed up with Japanese telecom company DoCoMo and carried out a conversion of the game for mobile devices. As you can see below, a DoCoMo dtab tablet is being used to connect to a server and play the MMO.Again, it’s just for Japan at the moment as far as I can tell, but launching an MMO for mobile devices is going to be a lot cheaper than targeting the Wii U in the west. There’s also a much larger market over here for playing on such devices (compared to the Wii U installed base at least). So maybe it will give Square Enix the incentive it needs to carry out a translation, and they could also use it to test the company’s new focus on free-to-play.last_img read more

Lost some horses Gardaí found a couple wandering in Naas this morning

first_img GARDAÍ IN NAAS are trying to track down an animal owner, after two horses were found wandering in Naas earlier today.The two horses were found abandoned along the Monread Road in the Kildare town.Reporting the incident on Twitter, gardaí said that they didn’t yet know the “foal” facts, but assured that the horses had been brought to Naas garda station in a “stable” condition. Lost some horses? Gardaí found a couple wandering in Naas this morning The two horses were found wandering along the Monread Road in Naas earlier today. Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 5:15 PM Apr 23rd 2017, 5:15 PM By Sean Murray 23 Comments Gardaí have so far been unable to find out who owns the horses.They have appealed for the owners, or anyone with information, to contact them at Naas garda station on 045 884 300.Read: ‘Significant explosive device’ found at gates of primary school in BelfastRead: A motorcyclist on a provisional licence was clocked at over 200km/hr today Share Tweet Email center_img Why the long face? We don’t know the ‘foal’ facts yet but 2 horses brought to Naas GS in a ‘stable’ condition.Theyre hoping to get ‘bale’ pic.twitter.com/xAyw6fVBxz— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) April 23, 2017 Short URL Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3354547 17,164 Views last_img read more

Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight

first_img Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 7:15 AM Short URL I’m a professional police officer and I’m very proud of that fact.IT WAS ‘ROUND 2′ of the Public Accounts Committee for Garda Commissioner this week and she had a clear message for her challengers – she wasn’t going to let them land a knock-out blow.The first PAC session two months ago examining financial irregularities at the garda college in Templemore was somewhat of a disaster for Nóirín O’Sullivan. She was blind-sighted when her HR director, John Barrett, openly contradicted her about the length of a meeting they had about these issues back in the summer of 2015.She said it was brief. He said it lasted two hours. And it was he who was able to provide lengthy notes to the committee which – to add insult to injury – the Commissioner then had to read in front of them.There were early indications Tuesday that TDs were planning to come out swinging. Though flanked only by Deputy Commissioners John Twomey and Donal Ó Cúalain and chief administrative officer (CAO) Joe Nugent, Labour’s Alan Kelly told her she would not be allowed to pass on questions to her colleagues like she has done in the past. But as sole witness she was, at least, less likely to contradict herself.FraudIn her opening statement she revealed a new audit report found there is “reasonable cause to suspect” fraud has been committed in relation to a garda bank account connected to the college in Templemore. This report has now been referred to Gsoc for investigation.The first round of questions focused on why this new report was sent to the watchdog so quickly, when it took 16 months for O’Sullivan to tell the Department of Justice about the irregularities.“Now, all of a sudden, we cannot ask questions here today because we have to afford due process to people who were in control of taxpayers’ money, without prejudice to whether they did a great or a terrible job with that,” said Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry, the first member of the committee to take on the Commissioner.“We are now not entitled to know that because very conveniently, it was kicked into Gsoc yesterday evening and we are not going to know. It is on the never-never.”O’Sullivan held firm – insisting it was the correct path to take:I would like it to be on record that under no circumstances was this matter referred to Gsoc to keep it from the public view or the view of this committee. It was referred to Gsoc because that is the appropriate impartial and objective statutory body that is there to carry out examinations and investigations into any matters relating to serving or retired members of An Garda Síochána. http://jrnl.ie/3460604 It is impossible, therefore, for I, as accounting officer, and I, as a witness, to give a fulsome account of anything where I am advantaged.However, she was soon told TDs had received this email thread from the man sitting to her right, Joe Nugent, who, remember, was not allowed to speak to the committee during the session.‘I’ve never hidden behind my gender’Several deputies questioned the Commissioner’s abilities as a leader. She was asked at least three times how long she had worked in the organisation – it’s 36 years. In perhaps a subtle suggestion that her time is running out, Alan Kelly told the Commissioner he was recently at a retirement party for a member of the force, and he had 39 years’ service.Mary Lou McDonald asked the Commissioner what “clout” she carries in the job and then played the gender card telling her she was conscious O’Sullivan is the first women in this post – “a trailblazer”.But the Commissioner was not taking that particular bait.As the deputy leader of a growing party, and a female deputy leader of a growing party, I’m sure that during your political career, and I don’t want to make any assumptions on you, but I can certainly say throughout the 36 years of my year, I’ve never chosen to hide behind my gender, I’ve never chosen to allow my gender to be a barrier to anything that I do and I’ve never defined myself by my gender. Want our daily report from the Disclosures Tribunal straight to your inbox? Sign up here: I’m a professional police officer and I’m very proud of that fact.At the end of this six-hour interrogation, Kelly told the committee O’Sullivan would be back before them on “a great date, my birthday”, 13 July.“We look forward to it with joy,” quipped McDonald.Kelly remarked he could “see it written across the Commissioner’s face”.Managing to muster up a smile for TDs, O’Sullivan joked: “I am sure we will share a birthday cake, Vice Chairman.”Read: The 8 answers the Commissioner gave when asked if she had confidence in her team>More: Commissioner refuses to name retired officer who was signatory on ‘suspicious’ account> I take issue with being described as a hostile witness. I am not protecting the identity of any individual. 13,650 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article MacSharry also accused her of “protecting the identity” of the signatory on the ‘suspicious’ account – something she rejected.ConfidenceShe later, under questioning from Catherine Murphy, revealed a retired senior officer is linked to this account and the amount of money involved is above €90,000.As the questioning shifted to an ‘interpersonal dispute’ between some members of the management team, Alan Kelly asked O’Sullivan eight times whether she had confidence in each and every one of them.Her final answer in this tense exchange was: “I have confidence in the collective ability of the team.”“That doesn’t mean you have confidence in every individual. I find that absolutely alarming,” a triumphant Kelly told her.The gloves were off when Sinn Féin’s Mary-Lou McDonald had her turn. She asked O’Sullivan whether she believed a letter sent to her by the executive director of finance, Michael Culhane, was intended to discourage her from making a disclosure about financial irregularities to the minister.Nóirín O’Sullivan: “Absolutely not. I wish to point out that the document is dated 24 October 2015.”Mary Lou McDonald: ”Yes.”O’Sullivan: ”As I said earlier, there are many ways of…”McDonald: ”No, no.”O’Sullivan: ”Excuse me…”McDonald: ”No, excuse me. Ms O’Sullivan is not doing that. Stick to the knitting.”As the Commissioner battled to give an answer longer than a couple of words, the Sinn Féin TD accused her of “doing a bit of verbal pilates”.“No, I do not do pilates and I do not do knitting,” she replied.“I am delighted. I am not interested in her pastimes,” McDonald hit back.Ding, ding, ding.After a break for lunch, the Commissioner’s patience appeared to be wearing thin when she was asked about a document she had not received beforehand.In a strong reprimand, she pointed out that she was now on the back foot.“I have no knowledge of this correspondence. I would like it recorded that I have serious concerns about the manner in which these documents have been circulated,” she said. By Michelle Hennessy 47 Comments Jun 24th 2017, 7:15 AM Garda Commissioner rolls with the punches as TDs go heavyweight The Commissioner faced a gruelling session at the Public Accounts Committee this week but she let TDs know she is not going anywhere. Share77 Tweet Email last_img read more

Man appears in court over gun incident in Ballymun

first_img Mar 16th 2019, 11:28 AM By Órla Ryan Saturday 16 Mar 2019, 11:28 AM Man appears in court over gun incident in Ballymun Gardaí and a bomb disposal team attended the scene on Monday. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie A MAN IN his 30s has appeared in court over an incident in Dublin earlier this week.He was arrested on Monday after gardaí were called to the Poppintree area of Ballymun amid reports of a man with a gun.He appeared before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning, charged in connection with this incident.At about 4.45pm on Monday, garda armed support units and local units were dispatched to the scene in Ballymun.The man was arrested shortly afterwards by unarmed gardaí and a firearm was recovered at a house on Cranogue Road.The area around the house was sealed off due to the discovery of a device in the house and the Defence Forces bomb disposal team attended the scene.The man was detained at Ballymun Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.Gardaí have appealed to any witnesses who may have been in or around the area at the time of the incident to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. 12,726 Views Share1 Tweet Email center_img No Comments File photo Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4546125 File photo Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Encouraging an unhealthy amount of eating Cadbury Creme Egg hunt complaint rejected

first_img 18,851 Views THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has dismissed a complaint about a Cadbury Creme Egg promotional campaign. The complaint about the Creme Egg Hunting Season was lodged by a woman who felt the advertisement campaign was encouraging people to take part in the promotion “as a matter of urgency”. The woman reported two Facebook posts relating to the Creme Egg Hunting Season campaign to the Authority. The first post featured an image of a takeaway hatch with people on their way up and down to the hatch to get their creme eggs. The text above the imagery read:“Cadbury Dairy Milk. We’re on the hunt today in Kilkenny! Find us at Parade Plazza where you can pick up some gooey Creme Egg treats from our takeaway hatch for just €2.#CremeEggHuntingSeason”. The ASAI said in its most recent complaints report the woman felt this post “was encouraging people to consume an unhealthy amount of the product”. The woman, who believed that “Easter time to be of particular appeal to children”, felt that the Creme Egg campaign was “irresponsible in content”. Creme Eggs with breakfast?A second Facebook post alerted by the woman to the ASAI was accompanied by the Cadbury logo alongside an image of a toasted sandwich with a Cadbury Creme egg melting on top. The text above the image read:“Cadbury Dairy Milk Creme Eggs with breakfast?! Goo on…#CremeEggHuntingSeason”. According to the ASAI, the woman felt that this post was “condoning poor nutritional habits and an unhealthy lifestyle to children.”“She said to encourage the eating of Creme Eggs for breakfast for either adults or children was in her opinion unhealthy advice.”In response to the complaints, Cadbury said that it “never marketed their products directly to children under the age of 16 and their promotional campaigns were always targeted at adults.”In defence of the Creme Egg toastie, the advertisers said the image of the toastie was created in accordance with their internal nutritional guidelines which took portion control into account, alongside calorific energy and nutritional values, the ASAI said in its report.“They said their post had never suggested replacing breakfast on a permanent basis with a Cadbury Creme Egg Toastie.”“They said the intention of the post had been to provide inspiration for alternative recipes and ideas as to how the product could be consumed over Easter.”According to the advertisers, each toastie had used no more than one Cadbury Creme Egg. Both complaints to the ASAI were not upheld.  Share Tweet Email2 Friday 26 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM ‘Encouraging an unhealthy amount of eating’: Cadbury Creme Egg hunt complaint rejected by ASAI A woman reported two Facebook posts relating to the Creme Egg Hunting Season. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4606250 By Cónal Thomas 25 Comments Apr 26th 2019, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Avramopoulos quick steps on swine flu

first_imgThe Greek Government has responded promptly to the swine flu out break this week and has announced that there have been no cases of swine flu detected in Greece.“There has been not one outbreak in this country,” Greek Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced on Thursday at  the European Union’s special Health Ministers Council meeting in Luxemburg .Avramopoulos briefed his counterparts on prevention measures taken in Greece to handle the flu. Avramopoulos reported that Greek airports had been put on standby and that special heat sensors had been installed on the premises to detect passengers with unusually high body temperatures. Several hospitals have been supplied with the necessary medicines to treat anyone brought in with symptoms of swine flu.The Athens airport is distributing information sheets on swine flu and instructions that passengers contact the authorities in the event that they have any symptom related to swine flu within the first 10 days after their arrival in Greece. Avramopoulos clarified that six people had visited Greek hospitals of their own volition and been found to be clear of the virus. Two of those examined recently returned from a vacation in Mexico, where the flu broke out. The remainder were found to be suffering from a common cold.Earlier in the week officials from the Greek Ministry of Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs reassured the public that Greek agricultural producers  did not have a problem with swine flu.Deputy Agricultural Development and Foodstuffs Minister Constantine Kiltidis and the ministry’s Flu Supervision Committee President Spyros Kyriakis stressed at a meeting held at the ministry that Greece is not in any immediate danger since EU legislation forbids the importation of live pigs and pork from Mexico.Kiltidis underlined that the Greek Government has taken all necessary measures to ensure that stockbreeding is safe and carried out in accordance with bio-security rules.Kyriakis suggested calm, pointing out that Europe and Greece still have no problems from this specific outbreak of the swine flu virus.An expert on infectious diseases, Sotiris Tsiodras, said there was no cause for alarm in Greece. “Like everywhere else in the world, there is concern but infection from person to person is only occurring in Mexico,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Savings over shares

first_imgConsumer confidence has reached its highest level since 2010 and households continue to build savings rather than buy shares, according to the Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment.There was a big increase in the number of consumers who said their family finances had improved over the past 12 months. However, there was a fall in expectations for family finances in the coming year, which suggests that people remain cautious and will take a conservative approach to their finances.Source: Banking Day Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Broadcasting Union concerned about NERIT

first_imgThe European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the professional association of national broadcasters, has written to the Greek government to ask for clarifications regarding a change in the way that the supervisory board of the new state radio and TV broadcaster, NERIT, is appointed, which may threaten the organisation’s independence.In its letter, which was leaked in Greece, the EBU reportedly said that it was “surprised and deeply disappointed” by the change in the way the board is formed. The association suggested that this method puts NERIT’s political independence at risk. EBU had strongly opposed the government’s decision to shut down NERIT’s predecessor ERT in June 2013, calling it “a damning first in the history of European broadcasting”. For several weeks, the union helped stream programs produced by sacked ERT employees. However, the EBU eventually supported the government’s efforts to set up a new service largely due to a commitment that NERIT would not suffer from political interference as ERT had at times.However, an amendment passed through parliament on August 5 allows parliament to elect the members of NERIT’s supervisory board via a simple majority after the candidates have been recommended by the government. According to the amendment, the board members would not be elected by the House’s plenary but at the conference of presidents, which consists of the speaker and deputy speakers, the presidents of standing committees, the heads of each parliamentary group and a representative of independent MPs.“The rules of appointment have been changed virtually overnight, without proper debate, and without considering best practice in Europe, which is a pity,” said the EBU’s director general Ingrid Deltenre. “The original appointment procedure in last year’s law was unique and looked overly complex and time- consuming. But unfortunately the new procedure lacks the legal safeguards to ensure the independence and pluralism of the supervisory council.”Reacting to the news of the EBU’s letter, SYRIZA’s MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis asked for the European Commission to comment on the matter, given that it had recommended that public broadcasters should be supervised by an independent body, with no connection to management. SYRIZA claimed the amendment means Greece is in breach of EU regulations.Democratic Left (DIMAR), which quit the coalition over ERT’s closure, suggested NERIT’s credibility was in question as a result of the change to how the members of the supervisory council are appointed.“You will find many different procedures in Europe and some of them might be even worse than the Greek model,” said Deltenre. “But even more important for us is that the independence of a public broadcaster is not only a matter of legal safeguards but a matter of responsible behaviour by all political actors, including the members of the supervisory council and each and every staff member of NERIT. We should hold them accountable to live up to their promises.”Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek child migrants saved by the Red Cross

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many migrants used the Australian Red Cross Tracing Service to find children displaced after the Greek Civil War. In a joint project between the Australian Red Cross, the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney, an exhibition is being convened in 2015 to commemorate 100 years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service. As part of this project, Dr Ruth Balint (UNSW) and Dr Milissa Dietz (UWS) are interested in talking to family members about their personal experience of using the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service, particularly around the story of the missing Greek children.Ruth Balint is an historian at the University of NSW working as a project leader on the Red Cross tracing service centenary exhibition with the Australian Red Cross. Neos Kosmos contacted her to find out more about the survey and exhibition. “In 1950, 190 such children were traced by the Red Cross tracing service in Yugoslavia and flown out to Australia,” Dr Ruth Balint tells Neos Kosmos. “We are hoping to hear from families who might have experienced this history and used the tracing service to reunite with loved ones.” One thing to be clear about is that this is not the same as the International Tracing Service in Germany which was also used by a number of people after WWII. This notice refers specifically to the Australian Red Cross tracing service. One of the interesting examples of the history of the tracing service involved the episode of the kidnap of around 23,000 children during the Greek Civil War who were taken over the Greek border to Soviet satellite countries. Some of these children had fathers who had earlier migrated to Australia, and whose wives joined them. Subsequently, parents begged the Red Cross to reunite them with their lost children. “We would like to obtain the temporary use of objects related to stories of Greek child migrants who were tracked using the ITS and talk to family members regarding any recollections or family stories they may have around the tracing service,” Dr Balint explains.“The issue for us is that we need to decide on the stories to go into the exhibition by the end of January, so any assistance in getting the word out soon would be appreciated.”Please contact Dr Jayne Persian at the University of New South Wales if you are interested in sharing your stories and/or objects j.persian@unsw.edu.au or call 0404 880 141last_img read more

WATCH Italian pasta ad starring Federer cooking to a Greek tune has

first_imgItalian pasta producer Barilla’s new advertisement has viewers a little confused. Created for the Australian Open, the 30 second ad features the company’s ambassador, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer walking into a commercial kitchen to learn to cook pasta alongside Italian Michelin-starred chef Davide Oldaniand. So far there’s nothing strange about the scene, but it’s the tune of the Greek Zorba playing overhead that has attracted attention.Many have expressed that it seems like an odd fit to have such a quintessentially Greek tune as part of the promotion of the Italian product, and has resulted in a number of viewers taking to Twitter to express their confusion, and in some cases, disappointment. Tas Mavridis tweeted: “Why are Barilla using Greek music for their ads?”Dimitri Tsivelekis saw the ad as “racial ignorance”. “I am very dissapointed in the racial ignorance that is displayed in the new commercial from @Barilla featuring @rogerfederer. It is clearly an Italian dish and chef yet the background music played comes the famous Greek inspired film “Zorba the Greek”,” he tweeted.Kelami said: “Barilla Pasta – Italian, Zorba background music – Greek. They’re all the same right? Isn’t anyone quality controlling the ads @rogerfederer appears in?”On Wednesday the pasta company responded via its official Twitter account, claiming it chose the tune as it is representative of the Mediterranean. “Hi there, Barilla chose Zorba’s Dance because the music perfectly represents the warm and joyful soul of the Mediterranean,” Barilla tweeted.You can view the ad here: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

96 des Français partagent un repas en famille au moins une fois

first_img96% des Français partagent un repas en famille au moins une fois par semaineFrance – Malgré le développement des fast-foods et le manque de temps dont est victime la population française, une enquête menée sur Internet a révélé que les repas de famille restent très importants pour les habitants de l’Hexagone. Moments de convivialité ou règlements de compte, peu importe : 93% des Français estiment que les repas en famille sont très importants et 96% d’entre eux prennent leur repas en famille au moins une fois par semaine. Même s’il est évident que cette tradition reste capitale, on peut noter qu’ils ne sont plus que 53% à manger tous les jours en famille.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Ce sondage mené auprès de 998 personnes âgées de plus de 15 ans montre que 10% des Français seulement pensent que manger en famille est bénéfique pour leur santé. La plupart d’entre eux choisissent de dîner en famille pour le plaisir d’être aux côtés de leurs proches et négligent le côté équilibrée d’une alimentation prise en communauté. En effet, l’alimentation se retrouve structurée, les repas sont pris à heure fixe, le grignotage est ainsi limité. Seul hic : la définition du repas n’est pas la même pour tout le monde. De ce fait, certaines catégories de personnes, notamment les moins de 35 ans prennent l’habitude de manger devant la télé. Certes c’est toujours en famille, mais les plateaux télé sont souvent bien plus caloriques que la bonne soupe servie par grand-mère. Enfin, seuls 37% des 15-24 ans considèrent le repas en famille comme un moment primordial. Il est fort probable que l’augmentation du taux d’obésité soit directement lié à ces comportements (14,5% des Français sont obèses et 31,9% en surpoids).Le 22 janvier 2010 à 14:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Quand les papillons se soignent grâce aux plantes médicinales

first_imgQuand les papillons se soignent grâce aux plantes médicinalesDes biologistes de l’université américaine Emory ont étudié la façon dont les papillons monarques choisissent les plantes dont ils se nourrissent. Ils révèlent que cette espèce connue pour ses migrations saisonnières entre l’Amérique du Nord et le Mexique utilise comme nous les vertus médicinales des plantes.Selon l’équipe de Jaap de Roode et Thierry Lefevre, qui ont mené cette étude, la femelle du papillon monarque est capable de choisir les plantes dont les feuilles abriteront ses œufs, en fonction de leurs vertus médicinales et de son état de santé. Les chenilles se nourrissent de plantes de la famille des asclépiades, qui produisent des cardénolides, molécules potentiellement toxiques pour les vertébrés auxquelles elles se sont adaptées pour y devenir insensibles.Les chenilles du monarque accumulent les cardénolides dans leur organisme pour devenir toxiques et ainsi faire fuir leurs prédateurs pour qui elles deviennent immangeables. Qui plus est, ces molécules les protègeraient également contre des parasites internes. Les monarques sont en effet souvent infestés par le parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, qui après s’être logé dans les intestins des chenilles, persiste chez le papillon adulte. La femelle transmet ce parasite aux chenilles lorsqu’elle dépose ses œufs, la mortalité étant très élevée au moment de l’éclosion.Suspectant une consommation thérapeutique de plantes médicinales par les animaux, les chercheurs de l’université Emory ont mené une expérience en laboratoire. Ils ont ainsi proposé aux femelles monarques deux types de plantes, l’une toxique et l’autre non. Les insectes non infectés ont alors choisi de façon aléatoire l’espèce végétale où ils ont déposé leurs œufs, tandis que les femelles infectées par le parasite ont préféré opter pour une asclépiade à teneur élevée en cardénolides, donnant le plus de chances possibles à leurs chenilles de se soigner.Cette étude est la première qui démontre l’usage de plantes médicinales par des animaux sauvages. Elle est publiée par Ecology Letters.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 11:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

OGM José Manuel Barroso rejette linitiative citoyenne réclamant un moratoire

first_imgOGM : José Manuel Barroso rejette l’initiative citoyenne réclamant un moratoireIl y a quelques jours, la Commission européenne a reçu une pétition signée par un million de personnes réclamant un moratoire sur la culture et la commercialisation d’organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM) dans l’Union européenne. Une proposition permise dans le cadre du droit d’initiative prévu par le traité de Lisbonne, mais que le président de la Commission José Manuel Barroso a jugé irrecevable.Cette pétition lancée en mars par Greenpeace et Avaaz, et signée par plus d’un million de citoyens de l’UE, demandait à la Commission européenne de “décréter un moratoire sur l’introduction des plantes génétiquement modifiées en Europe et à mettre en place un organisme éthique et scientifique indépendant chargé de mener à bien la recherche sur l’impact des OGM et déterminer leur régulation”. Mais cet appel a été jugé non conforme au droit d’initiative qui dans le cadre du Traité de Lisbonne, permet à des citoyens européens, s’ils sont au moins un million, de soumettre une proposition à la Commission sur des questions présentant pour eux un intérêt et relevant des domaines de compétence de l’UE.À lire aussiAbeille : le soja OGM force les apiculteurs argentins à migrer loin des culturesSi la pétition est aujourd’hui jugée irrecevable, c’est parce que ce projet d’initiative populaire n’est pas encore entré en vigueur. Les gouvernements européens l’ont approuvé mardi dernier, et c’est désormais au tour du Parlement européen de le valider. Après cette étape, les Etats devront ratifier le projet pour qu’il puisse être mis en application. Une entrée en vigueur qui n’est pas attendue avant la fin 2011.A ce jour, quinze OGM, en grande majorité des espèces modifiées de maïs, sont en attente d’une autorisation en Europe, où le maïs MON810 et la pomme de terre OGM Amflora sont actuellement autorisés à la culture.Le 18 décembre 2010 à 19:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Engrais azoté  le prix à payer est très cher en matière de

first_imgEngrais azoté : le prix à payer est très cher en matière de santéL’azote émis par l’agriculture aurait un impact conséquent pour la santé et l’environnement à l’échelle de l’Europe. Une étude publiée à l’occasion d’une conférence internationale à Edimbourg (Ecosse) fait état de conséquences dont le coût est estimé entre 70 et 320 milliards d’euros. La première Évaluation européenne pour l’azote (ENA) est déconcertante. Selon l’étude, le coût de l’azote en matière d’impacts pour l’environnement et la santé humaine représente plus du double des bénéfices pour l’agriculture européenne.Les engrais azotés sont effectivement une source majeure de risques pour l’environnement dans lesquels ils ont utilisés. Commercialisés au cours du XXe siècle, ils sont depuis ce temps très appréciés par les agriculteurs dont les rendements et la qualité des cultures se sont retrouvés améliorés sous l’action des produits. A cause de l’utilisation de ces engrais, la présence d’azote dans l’environnement a été multipliée par plus de trois au niveau européen. Cette pollution azotée, présente dans l’atmosphère sous la forme de particules, peut réduire l’espérance de vie humaine d’une durée de plusieurs mois dans des zones particulièrement touchées.Une consommation de viande beaucoup trop importanteAfin de mieux comprendre le phénomène et pouvoir y faire face, deux cent chercheurs de 21 pays différents proposent leur diagnostic sur la situation. Ils exposent également des gestes à adopter pour réduire les émissions d’azote et leur impact dans les écosystèmes. Parmi les recommandations, les scientifiques préconisent de diminuer la consommation de viande, actuellement beaucoup trop importante. En effet, l’apport en protéine animale d’un régime alimentaire commun dépasse actuellement de 70% le taux recommandé par les experts de la nutrition. L’étude souligne que ce changement de comportement alimentaire pourrait réduire considérablement l’usage de produits azotés employés à 80% pour produire de la nourriture destinée aux animaux d’élevage. À lire aussiTote bag, G20 et paternité, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 18 juinL’étude recommande également un changement des pratiques agricoles. Mark Sutton, du Centre d’écologie d’Edimbourg, explique à l’AFP : “Près de la moitié de la population mondiale dépend des engrais azotés synthétiques utilisés pour la production alimentaire. Les solutions incluent une utilisation plus efficace des engrais minéraux et organiques (fumiers, lisiers, composts …)”.Actuellement, plus de 10 millions d’Européens utilisent de l’eau dont le taux d’azote est bien au-dessus des seuils réglementaires. Consommée régulièrement, cette eau multiplie les risques de cancer. Au niveau de l’environnement, les forêts représentent un écosystème qui souffre extrêmement des dépôts d’azote. Les experts ont mesuré une baisse de plus de 10% de la biodiversité sur les deux tiers du continent. Le 11 avril 2011 à 18:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Guérir linsuffisance rénale consécutive du diabète grâce à un régime riche en

first_imgGuérir l’insuffisance rénale consécutive du diabète grâce à un régime riche en graissesUne nouvelle étude américaine veut montrer l’efficacité d’un régime riche en graisses afin de guérir l’insuffisance rénale entraînée par le diabète.Plusieurs chercheurs ont conclu, à la suite d’une étude, que l’insuffisance rénale consécutive du diabète pouvait être guérie en quelques semaines. Ainsi, ils préconisent un régime strict riche en graisses et pauvre en glucides, à tenir durant huit semaines.L’étude en question a été publiée mercredi et a été menée sur des souris. Le régime a été baptisé “diète cétogène”, explique l’AFP, et est déjà utilisé auprès des enfants souffrant d’épilepsie. Il est composé d’une alimentation riche en gras, supprimant également toutes les sources de glucide.Ainsi, sans sucre, le corps doit puiser dans les réserves de gras de l’individu, sollicitant moins le rein. Parmi les plats composant ce régime, effectué sous surveillance d’un médecin, on retrouve les œufs brouillés, ou l’omelette au beurre et au bacon. Pour parvenir à ce résultat, les médecins de l’hôpital Mount Sinai, à New York, ont proposé une alimentation normale avec glucides à des souris, tandis qu’un autre groupe de rongeurs était soumis au régime gras sans glucide. Huit semaines après le début de l’étude, les souris présentant une insuffisance rénale et soumises au régime “cétogène” ne souffraient plus d’insuffisance rénale. Ainsi, Charles Mobbs, qui a participé à l’étude, explique : “Notre étude est la première à montrer qu’une modification du régime alimentaire permet à elle seule de guérir les complications engendrées par le diabète”. Ce régime ne serait néanmoins pas efficace sur le long terme.Le 21 avril 2011 à 18:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Akamai Technologies pourrait racheter Cotendo

first_imgAkamai Technologies pourrait racheter CotendoPour 300 millions de dollars, la firme américaine Akamai Technologies, spécialisée dans les contenus Internet pour les entreprises, serait en train de négocier l’achat de Cotendo, sa concurrente israélienne. Selon l’agence Reuters, Akamai serait sur le point de conclure le rachat de Cotendo, une société qu’elle avait poursuivi en justice l’année passée pour violation de brevet. À lire aussiGrâce à un bras robotique, un homme amputé retrouve le sens du toucherCette jeune société israélienne (créé en 2008) propose notamment des services permettant d’accélérer l’affichage des applications web pour de gros clients tel Google.Il semblerait qu’Akamai n’aime pas la concurrence directe.La société avait déjà avait racheté Digital Island et Speedera après leur avoir intenté des procès pour les mêmes raisons que Cotendo. A l’instar de cette dernière, Akamai offre ses services a des pointures comme Microsoft, Twitter ou Facebook en leur fournissant plusieurs milliers de serveurs dans plus de 70 pays afin d’améliorer leur diffusion de contenus Web.Pour élargir encore son emprise, la société américaine serait donc prête à débourser 300 millions de dollars pour racheter Cotendo.Le 29 novembre 2011 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Italie une femme contracte la légionellose dans un cabinet dentaire

first_imgItalie : une femme contracte la légionellose dans un cabinet dentaireUne Italienne âgée de 82 ans est décédée après avoir contracté la légionellose dans un cabinet dentaire. La revue médicale Lancet a rapporté un cas mortel de légionellose très inhabituel. Survenu en Italie, celui-ci concerne une femme qui aurait attrapée la maladie à la suite d’un soin dans un cabinet dentaire. C’est la première fois qu’un tel cas de contamination est rapporté. En effet, comme l’indique dans un article le journal italien Istituto Superiore di Salute, “d’après ce que nous savons, aucun cas de maladie du légionnaire n’avait été associé” à des soins dentaires jusqu’à présent.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est après avoir été hospitalisée avec de la fièvre et des difficultés respiratoires que le diagnostic a été posé. Les soins antibiotiques prodigués n’ont malheureusement pas permis de sauver la patiente, âgée de 82 ans. Celle-ci n’avait auparavant quitté son domicile que deux fois pour se rendre chez son chirurgien-dentiste. Des échantillons d’eau prélevés dans le cabinet dentaire ont révélé la présence de légionelle dans le système d’eau sous pression qui accompagne les instruments utilisés par le dentiste dans la bouche du patient. Des examens génétiques ont permis de conclure que les bactéries retrouvées étaient de la même souche que celles dont la patiente a succombé. “Le cas montre que la maladie peut s’attraper par un système d’eau dans un traitement dentaire de routine. L’eau pulvérisée par les instruments à haute pression est la source la plus probable de l’infection”, indique le rapport. Mais cette contamination reste exceptionnelle selon les spécialistes. L’article donne toutefois un certain nombre de recommandations, comme le fait d’utiliser des filtres, de l’eau stérile ou désinfectée plutôt que de l’eau du robinet pour éviter toute contamination durant ce type de soins.Le 17 février 2012 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Chimpanzés à chaque clan sa culture

first_imgChimpanzés : à chaque clan sa culturePubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Current Biology, des primatologues allemands ont observé 3 communautés riveraines de chimpanzés en Côte-d’Ivoire et ont trouvé entre elles des différences dans l’utilisation d’outils.Les éthologues savent depuis de nombreuses années que chez certains animaux sociaux, tel groupe n’a pas les mêmes habitudes que tel autre. Peut-on parler de culture, ou bien cette variabilité est-elle uniquement due aux différences écologiques (entre habitats) ou génétiques (entre groupes) liées à l’éloignement de leurs territoires respectifs ? Chez les chimpanzés, en tout cas, c’est la première hypothèse – la culture – qu’il faut invoquer, selon les travaux menés par les chercheurs de l’Institut Max Planck d’anthropologie évolutionnaire de Leipzig (Allemagne), qui étudient 3 communautés sauvages de ces primates, vivant sur des territoires contigus dans le Parc National de Taï, en Côte d’Ivoire.À lire aussiCet homme a fabriqué un Jurassic Park miniature pour sa tortueEn effet, pour la première fois, les chercheurs ont observé des différences dans l’utilisation d’outils entre ces 3 groupes distincts –  mais voisins. Pour casser des noix fraîches, les membres des 3 clans utilisent la même technique : placer le fruit sur une racine qui fait office d’enclume, et la frapper à l’aide d’un percuteur, parfois en bois mais si possible en pierre (plus dure). Mais lorsque, la saison avançant, les noix deviennent sèches (donc plus faciles à briser), les membres de 2 des groupes privilégient les marteaux en bois, plus faciles à trouver mais le clan 1 choisit des outils d’une taille distinctive et le clan 2 d’une autre taille. En revanche, les singes du 3ème groupe continuent de préférer les marteaux en pierre : 3 comportements différents.”Chez les humains, les différences culturelles sont une part essentielle de ce qui distingue les groupes voisins qui vivent dans des environnements très similaires. Pour la première fois, une situation très semblable a été trouvée chez les chimpanzés sauvages vivant dans le Parc National de Taï, et cela démontre qu’ils partagent avec nous une capacité de différenciation culturelle à une échelle fine”, conclut Lydia Luncz, auteur principal de l’étude, qui espère retourner sur le terrain pour compléter ses travaux. Car le temps presse : 90% des populations de chimpanzés de Côte d’Ivoire ont disparu au cours des 20 dernières années… et avec elles, sans doute, une grande partie de la variation culturelle au sein de cette espèce. Le 13 mai 2012 à 18:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PS4 Pro Will Have 30 Games Optimized for Launch 45 by Years

first_img Next Thursday will see the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro. With a more powerful CPU and GPU, games will run and look better than they do on the current PlayStation 4. All future releases will be optimized to take advantage of the system’s beefier hardware, and some older titles will be patched to do the same. Sony has today revealed a list of all the titles that will optimize for the PS4 Pro. This list contains titles that are getting patched or have been created with PS4 Pro in mind.Some of the games that will be PS4 Pro ready include 2016 releases like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Battlefield 1, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Ratchet & Clank, Titanfall 2, and Firewatch. Older titles like Knack, inFAMOUS: Second Son, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and XCOM 2 will be getting optimized as well.Games like Rise of the Tomb Raider will offer players several graphical modes to choose from. There is a 4K mode which has 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, a high frame rate mode that is up to 60fps at 1080p and an enriched visuals mode that has a 1080p resolution at 30fps with increased in-game visual effects. The upcoming Ni-Oh will offer similar options. Right now, very few games have these sort of modes, but it could become standard in more upcoming titles.Below is a full list of every game getting optimized for the PlayStation 4 Pro.Battlefield 1BattlezoneBoundCall Of Duty: Black Ops 3Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareCall of Duty: Modern Warfare RemasteredDeus Ex: Mankind DividedDriveclub VREA Sports FIFA 17FirewatchHelldiversHitmanHustle KingsinFAMOUS First LightinFAMOUS Second SonKnackMafia IIIMantis Burn RacingMiddle-earth: Shadow of MordorNBA 2K17ParagonPlayStation VR WorldsRatchet & ClankRez InfiniteRIGS Mechanized Combat LeagueRise Of The Tomb RaiderRobinson: The JourneySmiteSuper Stardust UltraThe Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel UnlimitedThe Elders Scrolls: Skyrim Special EditionThe Last Of Us RemasteredThe Last Of Us: Left BehindThe Playroom VRTitanfall 2TumbleUncharted 4: A Thief’s EndUntil Dawn: Rush of BloodViking SquadWheels of AureliaWorld Of TanksXCOM 2 Stay on target ‘Days Gone’ Is the Next Big PlayStation Franchise‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC is a Fancy Feast last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Toclafane

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This time, a Master-ful attempt at taking over the world.The Master and his “children” (via BBC)TOCLAFANEFirst appearance: “The Sound of the Drums” (2007)—season 3, episode 12Home planet: UtopiaDoctor: TenthCompanion: Martha Jones, Captain Jack HarknessIn the year 100 trillion, the last remnants of humanity inhabit Malcassairo—a planet at the end of the universe, where the sun never shines and grass never grows.Clinging on to survival, the humans eventually reach Utopia, where they hoped to live out their days under skies made of diamonds.The new world, however, is dark, cold, and inhospitable. In a final act of desperation, the settlers cannibalize their bodies, sealing themselves into floating spherical shells—regressing to the Toclafane.The Toclafane invasion (via BBC)So named by the Master—rising to power as UK Prime Minister Harold Saxon—the Toclafane return to 21st-century Earth through a time rift to slaughter their ancestors and help secure the renegade Time Lord’s dominance.The Gallifreyan boogeymen are more dangerous than they look: With built-in life support and teleportation systems, their shells conceal razor blades, spikes, and laser guns that easily disintegrate enemies.But the naive species, under the spell of the Master (who considers them his “children”), are little more than slaves; withered human heads reverted to adolescence.“They’re us. They’re humans,” Martha realizes. “The human race from the future.”It’s what’s inside that counts (via BBC)The Toclafane invasion is a success: The spheres decimate one-tenth of Earth’s population, and indenture the rest to build a fleet of war-ready rockets. For one year, the Master ruled the planet.He carved his face into Mount Rushmore, erected statues of himself around the world, and held captive Martha’s family, Captain Jack, and the Tenth Doctor—his body aged 900 years—aboard the Valiant aircraft carrier.For one year only.The day before the Master planned to attack the rest of the universe, a revolt on the Valiant (and Jack’s destruction of the paradox machine) returned the world to right.Those 12 horrible months—The Year That Never Was—is erased from history, the population of Earth restored, and the Toclafane sent back to their future purgatory. Only those on the ship retain any memory of the Master’s reign.Toclafane concept art by Peter McKinstry (via BBC)Based on an idea showrunner Russell T. Davies developed before Doctor Who‘s 2005 revival, the Toclafane were nearly used in place of another tinny villain, the Daleks.When the BBC show temporarily lost its rights to the extraterrestrial mutants, Davies invented a small, evil floating sphere—a mutated form of humanity from the far future—with a childlike personality.Originally called Roclafane (later changed to avoid confusion with the Racnoss), the creatures almost appeared in “The Satan Pit,” due to budget constraints for the computer-animated Beast. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more