AMERICA EUROPE ALL TOGETHER at 4th Masters Handball World Cup 2020 –

INFORMATION info@mhworldcup.comFACEBOOK PAGE WEBSITE 4th Masters Handball World Cup The 4th Masters Handball World Cup 2020 will be held between May 14 and May 17 at the same place, city of Omis, announced organizers of one of the biggest event for ex-handball players. For the fourth year in a row, handball boys (+35, +40 and +50) and girls (+30 and +40) will play for the trophies in beautiful environment of Adriatic Sea, but even more enjoy fantastic time and get new friends from all over the world.Last year, teams from 12 countries attented tournament in Omis, while the next edition will be certainly even bigger as teams from Costa Rica, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, Romania already booked their places in the first 48 hours after application period began. ← Previous Story “Play like Egyptians” – “Pharaons” extend winning series against France Next Story → “RECEIPT FROM SKOPJE” – Veszprem have a new fitness coach Marija Lojanica read more

Sodal Per Morten invented eye threat in handball – Rojevic sent off…

Sodal Per Morten ← Previous Story 30:29 – Denmark and Egypt first quarter-finalists at Junior WCh 2019 Next Story → VIDEO: Norge junior buzzer beater for quarter-final against Egypt An interesting situation happened during the second half of Junior World Championship 2019 match between Serbia and Egypt. Norwegian Sodal Per Morten gave firstly two minutes suspension and than sent off Serbian coach Boris Rojevic.At the beginning of the video, it is clear that Serbian coach only looking at French referee without any comment. However, even that “eye threat” was enough for Sodal Per Morten to stand up from his chair…Take a look and write comment below… read more

Paris to couples stop putting love locks on our bridges

first_img Tourists take selfies with their phone on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAuthorities are increasingly worried about the potential damage from the weighty metal love symbols amid fears a bridge could suffer structural harm.In June, police hurriedly ushered tourists off the Pont des Arts when a section of the footbridge collapsed under the weight of the padlocks, which now completely cover the 155-metre-long bridge.The phenomenon has spread to other bridges and structures in the capital, to the joy of hopeless romantics and the consternation of others who see them as eyesores and security risks.Forty locks were also recently removed from the Eiffel Tower.Ever entrepreneurial, street hawkers now make a business from selling padlocks to tourists with increasingly long shackles so lovers can jostle for bridge space for their Paris symbol with thousands of others.However, not all Parisians appreciate the sentiment.Two young Americans living in Paris have gathered nearly 10,000 signatures for a petition they launched in March calling for the locks to be removed.“By doing nothing for six years, the city hall is not taking into account the feelings of Parisians. They are thinking first and foremost about tourists,” complained one of the pair, Lisa Taylor-Huff.- © AFP, 2014Read: Meet the hackers’ group tackling the Ha’penny Bridge’s ‘love’ problem…Read: Love Locks caused a Paris bridge rail to collapse… but why are they there? NOTE TO LOVE-STRUCK couples strolling in Paris, the eternal city of love: please consider immortalising your passion with a selfie rather than lashing a padlock to a city bridge.That was the message issued on Monday by city hall authorities, desperately trying to save its bridges, including the world-famous Pont des Arts, from damage from the thousands of padlocks left there by lovers to pledge their eternal devotion.Since 2008, when the craze first began, thousands of couples from across the world have visited the Pont des Arts every year and sealed their love by attaching a lock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine.But too much love can be a dangerous thing and the city authorities have been wrestling with the problem of how to halt the phenomenon, which is beginning to take its toll.“The idea is to give couples the alternative of a selfie instead of a love lock and explain that they are weighing too heavily on Parisian bridges,” a city hall official told AFP.From Wednesday, red heart-shaped notices in English, Spanish and French will be put up on bridges encouraging lovers to take a selfie and upload them to a special site ( or to tweet them with the hashtag #lovewithoutlocks.‘No more love locks’“Our bridges can no longer withstand your gestures of love, no more love locks,” the notices will read.“It’s the first step in a wider action plan … an initial communication effort to tell people that love locks are not good for Paris’s cultural heritage and that actually, it’s not an ideal way to symbolise love,” the official added.A competition has also been launched on Instagram to find the best picture. The results will be published next week.last_img read more

Poll Should drunk patients be charged more for AE visits

first_img No (1399) Yes (6830) Poll Results: I don’t know (347)center_img THERE HAS BEEN a proposal in Northern Ireland to charge drunk people who attend emergency departments.Currently in the Republic, a €100 non-referral fee applies for visits.However, the North’s Health Minister says that he “sees the merit” in the principle of charging drunk people more, as “on occasion” the free health care system can be abused.We want to know what you think: Should drunk patients be charged more for visits to emergency departments? YesNoI don’t knowVotelast_img read more

Appalled Two asylum seekers transferred after protests at Direct Provision centre

first_imgTWO ASYLUM SEEKERS were transferred to new accommodation the same day they took part in a protest outside the centre they were living in.A local NGO said it is “appalled” by the decision.Yesterday saw a number of residents protest outside the Mount Trenchard accommodation centre in Foynes, Co Limerick.A garda spokesperson said there were “no issues” and no arrests at the protest.Three residents are also currently on hunger strike.The Reception and Integration Agency confirmed to that two residents were moved from the Direct Provision Centre yesterday.MediationToday, Dorais Luimní, an NGO which works with migrants in Limerick, said it was “appalled” to hear that after the protest, two residents were transferred to different centres.Matt Cannon, Doras Luimní’s integration and training officer, and Okeremute Okeregha, Legal Officer with Doras Luimní, led the mediation at yesterday’s dispute.They said of the protest:This type of incident is not new to the direct provision system. We have mediated resident protests in the past in Hanratty’s, Limerick. It’s symptomatic of larger structural issues which need to be acted upon immediately around direct provision. Read: The government is going to review the way Ireland treats asylum seekers>Read: ‘The way we treat asylum seekers says a lot about us as a country’ – Ó Ríordáin> TransferredA spokesperson from Dorais Luimní said that the residents were concerned about issues such as their treatment by management, and conditions in the hostel itself.The owner of the centre sat down and talked to residents about the issues, in a discussion that was facilitated by Dorais Luimní.The NGO said that the owner shook hands with two residents and agreement was made to address some of the issues.“We had issues that could be managed or fixed through mediation,” said the spokesperson from Dorais Luimní.Two residents are on hunger strike over issues to do with the Direct Provision system as a whole in Ireland, including the long wait, isolation, and inability to work.Some of the residents have been in the Direct Provision system for 10 years.Dorais Luimní said that one of the two transferred residents had been requesting a transfer to Cork for a long time, and was told after the protest this was to take place.The other resident said he was transferred to a different centre in Limerick.The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) confirmed that it made arrangements for the transfer of two residents from Mount Trenchard yesterday.In a statement, it said:Those transfers were intended to respond to concerns which the residents themselves had in relation to their current accommodation as well as being in the best interests of the proper management of the centre.RIA would point out that it is responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers in accordance with government policy on Direct provision. RIA currently provides accommodation to 4,319 persons (as of 10 August, 2014) across 34 centres. There are 54 persons currently being accommodated at Mount Trenchard.last_img read more

Greek passport 6th most powerful in the world according to Henley Passport

first_imgGreece has once again made it into the top 10 most powerful passports.New research produced by the Henley Passport Index has revealed the Greek passport is the 6th most powerful globally, allowing visa-free access to 183 countries, alongside the UK, USA, Norway (down from fifth), Belgium, Canada and Ireland.Remaining at the top of the rankings are Japan and Singapore, with citizens permitted to visit 189 countries visa-free.A close second is the South Korean passport, which dropped from the top spot with 187 countries, together with Germany and Finland, which is up from third.The Australian passport also made it into the top 10, coming in ninth, alongside New Zealand, Iceland and Lithuania.Meanwhile the United Arab Emirates was named in the top 20 for the first time, with access to over 167 countries visa-free – a number that has more than doubled over the past five years.The world’s least powerful passport is that held by citizens of Afghanistan, who only have access to 25 countries.TOP 10Japan, SingaporeSouth Korea, Germany, FinlandDenmark, Italy, Luxembourg (up from fourth)France (down from third), Sweden (down from third), SpainAustria, Netherlands, Portugal and SwitzerlandGreece, UK, USA, Norway, Belgium, Canada, IrelandMaltaCzech RepublicAustralia, Iceland, New Zealand, LithuaniaLatvia, Slovakia, SloveniaREAD: Jetting off to Greece soon, or planning to? Here’s how to avoid hidden costsThe ranking system was started 14 years ago by Dr Christian H Kaelin, Chairman of Henley & Partners, and is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).“This latest research appears to confirm something that many of us already knew intuitively,” Dr Kaelin said.“Increased visa-openness benefits the entire global community, and not just the strongest countries.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek diaspora seeks right to vote from abroad – and its a

first_imgThe number of Greek citizens living, working or studying abroad that are coming back to Greece to vote in this election is simply astonishing (coinciding with the summer holidays is a plus).Note: During the EU elections in May, Greeks abroad voted overwhelmingly in favor of ND.— The Greek Analyst (@GreekAnalyst) July 6, 2019Opposition to external votingOpponents, however, are concerned that those who have left the country would not be able to make an accurate decision, having not personally stuck out through the turmoils of the debt crisis and the harsh realities of daily life in post-bailout Greece.“If this was enforced, I’m afraid people would tend to act sentimentally,” Astypalaia-based Greek Australian language institute owner, Angela Petrinolis told Neos Kosmos.“They would vote with their heart, remembering what it ‘used to be’ like. They would not know the reality of the situation.”Former Athens-based Melburnian journalist Christos Catopodis agrees.”As a matter of principle only people who are affected by policies and decisions should be allowed to have a say at ballots and expats do not experience everyday life in Greece,” he told Neos Kosmos.Others, like Athens-based teacher/poet Debbie Papadakis, point to the huge differences between Greek and Australian perceptions. Ms Papadakis points to the reaction of the Australian presenters on the ‘Outsiders’ who “broke plates and danced syrtaki” when they heard the election results.“If Australian Greeks were to vote, how would that change the outcome of the results?” Ms Papadakis wondered, looking back on the last 10 years she points to huge “turnarounds” on the Greek political scene.“We saw SYRIZA come to power promising to tear up the memorandums and to negotiate with Troika and the EU, mainly German Financial Minister Wolfgang Schauble. We even saw a ‘no’ referendum vote change to a ‘yes’ vote. The question is how democratic is the EU becoming? And how would the vote of Australian Greeks influence the outcome of the current situation here in Europe?”Fears that the diaspora’s vote could topple governments may be groundless when considering the figures of the Greek Interior Ministry at this year’s EP elections. These showed that 11,792 from a total of 14,892 Greek citizens registered to vote in other European countries reflected the more general sentiment of Greeks voting in Greece. The results showed that the New Democracy Party received 33.9 per cent of the vote, SYRIZA came in a distant second with an extremely disappointing 15.3 per cent, followed by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 14.1 per cent of the vote, and 8.6 per cent for the Movement for Change.READ MORE: Committee proposal to give vote to Greeks living abroadMaintaining meaningful tiesMr Papastergiadis, who is doing all he can to ensure that the diaspora’s ties with Greece are strong, can see many advantages in giving Greeks abroad a vote. “A vote means more than just filling out a ballot,” he said“It means reflecting and engaging on all the issues that relate to your country. It brings you closer to your country“By allowing the vote, Greece will send a message to its citizens that every one counts. That we are all one. Hopefully this will lead to more engagement both culturally and economically.“From a pure practical perspective it will also mean that the Greek Government will also reflect on its  relationship with its citizens living abroad.  Greece will pay much more attention to the issues confronting those abroad when there is a vote involved.”GCM President Bill Papastergiadis discussing Greek issues with Greek Interior Minister Takis TheodorikakosNicole Trian, a Greek Australian journalist/lecturer currently living and working in Paris, disagrees that “nationals abroad are casting an uninformed ballot, skewing the election towards a ‘bad’ outcome for the country.”She said that living in a country is not a requirement of staying informed. “There are plenty of voters who despite living the day-to-day experiences of a country’s policies – and I’d include countries seemingly politically and economically stable, like Australia, the US, what we’ve seen in the UK with Brexit – that don’t bother to learn enough about what the politicians are proposing. They too are voting out of ignorance or something equivalent to what some are calling a ‘Greek sentimentality’. But you can’t regulate to prevent an unenlightened vote,” she told Neos Kosmos.Independently collected data by Synpraxis, a Greek community think-tank, showed that Greek citizens living abroad remain aware of the Greek political process. Their study found that Greeks abroad could correctly identify the political parties who supported the ‘yes’ vote in the 2015 referendum, while over 20 per cent of citizens living abroad remained active in Greek political parties and pressure groups, a greater portion to those of citizens living in Greece. Furthermore, it was found that 60 per cent of Greeks abroad had completed their military service, 60 per cent are still taxpayers of Greece and 80 per cent had lived at least half their lives in Greece.READ MORE: Synpraxis Study: The right to vote for all Greek citizensFor University of Sydney lecturer Vrasidas Karalis, Greeks in Australia are aware of what is going on in Greece thanks to technology.“I think that distance is not a problem anymore and most Greeks, from all over the world, know enough to make an informed choice about voting. I also believe that since many Greeks of the diaspora pay taxes then they must have the right to vote in the national and European Elections,” he said.Looking at logisticsOf course, agreeing to the Greek right to vote is one thing, and actually putting it in place with the right mechanism is another.“The most serious problem that I see if they are going to vote for a specific electorate (wherever they are enrolled) or for the Supreme Court (Συμβούλιο Επικρατείας),” Mr Karalis said. “There we must focus our attention and formulate a coherent proposal. I don’t think that we have to re-draw the electoral map of the country for new representatives or increase their number in the parliament.READ MORE: Greeks abroad could be given chance to elect their own MPs, says Tsipras“On the contrary the number of MPs must be reduced and the constitution must be revised for the introduction of a body like the Senate in Australia which will hold the governing party accountable.“Perhaps the question of the diaspora vote should give the opportunity for a deep constitutional and institutional reform in the governance of the country.”The diaspora vote could provide the opportunity to reinvigorate democracies, not just in Greece, but in Australia. Ms Trian believes that the opportunity of change could also be accompanied by a “publicly funded education campaign reminding voters of their rights and responsibilities – that they ask questions of their local representatives, engage with their communities and have a healthy scepticism that can be used to hold politicians and their promises to account.”READ MORE: Greek Australians are a government priority, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister tells GCM President Bill PapastergiadisFACT BOXThe Greek Constitution, adopted in 1975 after the fall of the generals, recognises the right of Greek expatriates to vote abroad but it does not oblige the Greek legislature to establish arrangements for Greeks to exercise their voting rights through the country’s embassies. Greek MPs have yet to enforce this law.The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) set a precedent in the case of Greek-French resident Sitaropoulos (2012) where it recognised the plaintiffs capacity to participate in public dialogue, influence positions of political parties and be impacted by laws legislated by Greece’s elected parliament. However, it ruled that there is no obligation under international or regional law for States to ensure that their citizens are able to vote abroad. It noted that although the majority of Council of State Members allowed their citizens abroad to vote in their place of residence, others did not.A longstanding rule in the UK bans expat Britons from voting in domestic elections once they have been out of the country for 15 years. France and Italy have members of their national assemblies exclusively elected by expatriates. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There are 427,000 Greeks who have left their country in the past decade according to statistics of the Central Bank of Greece. These newly-departed Greeks are just part of a larger group of more established diasporans that are impacted by the country’s legislation due to assets in Greece, but are banned from participating in crucial decisions concerning Greece’s future via an external voting system.The rule book is about to change with the New Democracy government’s pledge to give Greeks abroad the right to vote from their place of residence by September 2019.“I hope this issue will secure the necessary convergence in Parliament,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, hoping that this time – the fourth attempt since 2007 – the law will pass. “If there is a law that all 300 deputies must vote for, it’s this one,” he said.Wishing to further encourage the government in its push to give diasporans voting rights, Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) President Bill Papastergiadis met with Greek Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos in Athens last week. They discussed a number of issues, including the diasporan vote and all the advantages that would come with it.“I explained in detail all of our key initiatives and activities at the GCM,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos. “I spent 20 minutes giving him this deep overview… He was thoroughly impressed and was even more impressed with our ability to work closely with all tiers of government.”In return, Mr Theodorikakos – who has a strong platform to improve access to the vote for the diaspora –  pledged that the new Greek PM “will bring in the relevant bill so that Greeks around the world can partake in decisions taken by Greeks in Greece concerning our government.”Proponents of the voting rights feel that they are being punished for escaping a stagnated economy, many having to pay a last-minute ticket to Greece in order to cast their ballot. “These people have assets, family and a deep connection to Greece.  They should be allowed to vote if they choose to do so,” Mr Papastergiadis said.READ MORE: New Greek ministers outlined goals from rebuilding country to vote for Greeks abroad“Every western country in the world allows its citizens to vote at election time from outside its borders. Greece is one of the few countries that doesn’t. For a country that is the birthplace of democracy, it is an indictment on Greece to not allow its citizens to vote abroad.”last_img read more

Tighter pension access and plans to decrease pension supplements for Australians travelling

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A government plan that would see pension supplements being reduced after six weeks of temporary absence from Australia is on the table.Should the legislation be passed, it would adversely affect the Greek community and other established migrant groups whose pensioners like to go abroad to visit relatives for extended periods of time.MP Andrew Giles, the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, told Neos Kosmos that Australian pensioners visiting Greece for more than six weeks would see their pensions “reduced if these changes go through.”He added that he has met with people of the Greek community and listened to their complaints. “We know that a lot of people, particularly as they get older, go to Athens before going to their village,” Mr Giles said. “It’s a long trip and generally people don’t just go for a holiday but for parental responsibilities or to visit family and friends. It is not an easy trip for people who are in their seventies and eighties and while they are overseas, they are not using Australian health services.”READ MORE: Greek Australian pensioners, property proprieties and how to fund retirementThe federal government hopes to save $123.6 million over four years should the new restrictions be implemented. The legislation would be in addition to already imposed cuts to disability supplements when migrants travel abroad for more than six weeks.In other reforms, the federal government hopes to save an additional $119 million by tightening the requirements for older migrants seeking to access the pension. New changes would require 15 years of continued residence in Australia or 10 years if migrants have spent five years of their working life in Australia or have not claimed other forms of welfare for five years.The plans, proposed in the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017, are part of the Morrison government’s efforts to achieve a budget surplus.READ MORE: Pension cuts for Australians travelling overseas for more than six weeksNeos Kosmos is reaching out to ethnic and welfare groups affected by the government plan. The proposed pension package is harsh as it does not allow pensioners to stay for the amount of time they require to be abroad. Furthermore, the pension changes also punish those who faced hardship in their lives and have previously claimed forms of welfare, including Newstart.Are you a pensioner affected by these proposed changes? Please contact us at Neos Kosmos by calling Mary Sinanidis on  (03) 9482 4433 or sending an email to last_img read more

Gaz sarin quest ce que cette arme chimique

first_imgGaz sarin : qu’est ce que cette arme chimique ? Mardi, le ministre des Affaires étrangères Laurent Fabius a annoncé qu’un laboratoire avait obtenu la certitude que du gaz sarin a été utilisé à plusieurs reprises en Syrie. Retour sur cette arme chimique interdite depuis 1993 par les Nations Unies.C’est en 1939, dans la vallée de la Rurh en Allemagne que le sarin a été identifié pour la première fois par trois chimistes en quête de meilleurs pesticides. Le composé est alors nommé en référence à ses inventeurs : Gerhard Scharder, Otto Ambros, Rüdinger, et Van der Linde. Une appellation un peu plus simple que son véritable nom chimique : (RS)-O-Isopropyl méthylphosphonofluoridate.Faisant partie de la famille des organophosphorés, le sarin est une substance inodore et incolore qui a la propriété de s’évaporer rapidement et facilement. Très tôt, les chercheurs s’aperçoivent ainsi qu’il s’agit d’un pesticide redoutable qui n’est pas efficace que sur les insectes. Même à très faible dose, le gaz s’avère hautement toxique pour l’homme : d’après les spécialistes, il serait 500 fois plus toxique que le cyanure. Un pouvoir qu’il doit notamment à la grande facilité avec laquelle il peut passer dans le sang via la peau et à travers la barrière des poumons.Un composé qui agit sur le système nerveux Actuellement, le sarin est classé parmi les neurotoxiques de catégorie G, c’est-à-dire qu’il attaque le système nerveux humain. Concrètement, le composé a le pouvoir d’inhiber l’acétylcholinestérase, une enzyme qui effectue l’hydrolyse de l’acétylcholine. Cette dernière est un neurotransmetteur qui joue un rôle important dans les systèmes nerveux central et périphérique, et notamment dans l’activité musculaire. L’acétylcholine n’étant plus dégradée correctement, son activité va être prolongée, ce qui va aboutir à une paralysie complète et très rapide. Les signes d’une exposition au sarin sont ainsi un nez douloureux et enflé, un rétrécissement des pupilles, une hypersalivation, des nausées, des vomissements et une difficulté respiratoire. Ceci s’accompagne également d’un relâchement des sphincters qui va mener à une incontinence. Les difficultés respiratoires peuvent conduire à une perte de connaissance, un coma voire la mort souvent précédée de convulsions dues à l’asphyxie. Lorsqu’elle n’aboutit pas au décès, l’exposition au sarin conduit à de graves lésions et séquelles neurologiques. Pour contrer les effets du sarin, un traitement rapide a été mis au point : il est à base d’atropine ou d’antagoniste de l’acétylcholine (pour réduire l’action du neurotransmetteur) et d’inhibiteur des organophosphorés, la pralidoxime (pour bloquer l’effet du sarin). Une arme de destruction massive D’après les estimations, une tonne de sarin ferait 300 à 700 morts par kilomètre carré, à supposer une densité de 3.000-10.000 personnes/km2 si il est vaporisé par un avion de jour clair, ensoleillé avec un vent modéré, 3.000 à 8.000 de nuit et dans des conditions idéales de températures et de vent. Au vu d’une telle toxicité, le sarin a été rapidement utilisé comme une arme chimique notamment par les Etats-Unis et l’Union soviétique qui en produisent de grandes quantités dès la fin des années 1940. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A partir de 1956, les Américains cessent d’en produire mais le gaz reste largement utilisé à travers le monde notamment sous forme de bombes. En 1991, les Nations Unies décident de réagir et classe le sarin parmi les armes de destruction massive. Dès 1993, il est interdit d’en produire ou d’en posséder et tous les stocks doivent être détruits avant 2007, comme l’indique la convention CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention) signée par les 162 pays membres.Pourtant, le sarin va être utilisé dans deux attentats perpétrés au Japon par une secte, en 1994 et 1995 respectivement dans la ville de Matsumoto et dans le métro de Tokyo. Au total, ces deux attentats causeront la mort de 20 personnes et feront quelque 6.000 blessés. Au cours des années suivantes, aucune autre utilisation n’a pu être recensée. La dernière (avant celle en Syrie) remonterait à 2004 lors d’un attentat pendant la guerre en Irak. Le 5 juin 2013 à 14:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une dangereuse bactérie se propage dans les hôpitaux du monde entier

first_imgUne dangereuse bactérie se propage dans les hôpitaux du monde entierAlerte à la Staphylococcus epidermidis. Le 3 septembre, des chercheurs australiens ont annoncé qu’une bactérie pouvant causer des infections quasi incurables avait été repérée dans plusieurs pays dont certains en Europe. Trois variantes de ce micro-organisme multi-résistant ont été détectées. Pour l’instant aucun médicament ne parvient à les maîtriser. Voilà une information qui ne risque pas de rassurer les phobiques de l’hôpital et tous ceux qui craignent les infections nosocomiales. Dans une étude publiée dans la revue Nature Microbiology,  des chercheurs de l’Université de Melbourne (Australie) ont annoncé avoir découvert 3 variantes de la bactérie S. epidermidis après avoir examiné plusieurs centaines d’échantillons venant de 78 hôpitaux du monde entier. Des souches particulièrement résistantes aux traitements actuellement disponibles et qui peuvent mettre en danger la vie des patients les plus fragiles. Explications. Qu’est-ce que cette bactérie ? La Staphylococcus epidermidis est un staphylocoque blanc.  Cette bactérie, naturellement présente sur la peau, est apparentée au redoutable et parfois mortel staphylocoque doré. On peut également retrouver la S. epidermidis dans les muqueuses, dans l’air, ainsi que dans certains aliments et sur les animaux. De nombreuses personnes peuvent ainsi être porteuses du micro-organisme sansêtre malades pour autant. Le problème surgit lorsque ces bactéries prolifèrent dans le corps humain et deviennent pathogènes. Elles peuvent alors déclencher des réactions très graves comme une méningite ou parfois une septicémie. Pourquoi les chercheurs s’inquiètent-ils ? Une infection liée à la S. epidermidis se traite habituellement avec des antibiotiques. Mais les scientifiques australiens ont découvert, après avoir examiné plusieurs centaines d’échantillons issus de 78 hôpitaux à travers le monde dont en Europe, que certaines souches de la bactérie avaient légèrement modifié leur ADN. Cette mutation a rendu inefficace la combinaison de deux antibiotiques généralement administrée dans ces cas d’infections. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Ces deux antibiotiques ne sont pas liés, donc vous ne vous attendez pas à ce qu’une mutation puisse mettre en échec les deux antibiotiques”, a expliqué le Dr Jean Lee, doctorant à l’Institut Doherty et principal auteur de l’étude repris par Business Insider. L’inquiétude face à l’absence de traitement efficace concerne surtout les personnes déjà fragiles : patients âgés, au système immunitaire affaibli ou porteurs de cathéters, de valves cardiaques ou de prothèses articulaires. Chez elles, une infection liée à cette bactérie peut s’avérer mortelle.L’émergence de bactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques est un phénomène qui préoccupe de plus en plus à travers le monde. En janvier 2017, les spécialistes ont ainsi rapporté le cas d’une Américaine morte des suites d’une infection par une bactérie qui s’est avérée résistante à 26 antibiotiques différents. D’après un rapport publié en décembre 2014, la résistance aux antibiotiques pourrait conduire à la mort de 10 millions de personnes chaque année d’ici 2050 si le phénomène poursuit sa progression.Comme l’a souligné Ben Howden, directeur de l’Unité de diagnostic microbiologique du Laboratoire de santé publique de l’Institut Doherty de l’université de Melbourne, on fait face à une situation d’urgence : “Il ne fait aucun doute que la résistance aux antibiotiques est l’un des plus grands dangers pour les soins hospitaliers dans le monde entier”.Le 4 septembre 2018 à 15:19 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Sommeil Pourquoi dormonsnous 

first_imgSommeil : Pourquoi dormons-nous ?Dormir est essentiel à notre santé. Mais voilà, savez-vous pourquoi nous devons dormir ? C’est ce que les scientifiques essayent de savoir depuis plusieurs années. Maxisciences fait pour vous le tour des hypothèses et des dernières avancées en matière de sommeil.On dort pour protéger son cerveau !Le cerveau est une machine extraordinaire qui consomme près de 20 % de l’oxygène du corps. Quand le cerveau fonctionne il a tendance à créer un stress oxydatif qui est lié à son fonctionnement. Ce stress oxydatif génère des radicaux libres qui peuvent endommager les structures cellulaires. Dormir permettrait de réduire ce stress oxydatif et favoriserait les réparations au niveau de ces structures.  On dort pour permettre au cerveau de mieux fonctionnerQui dort apprend ! Le sommeil permet de consolider la mémoire et la maturation cérébrale. Ainsi, il n’est pas étonnant que les bébés dorment près de 15 heures par jour ! Dormir permettrait également de mieux gérer ses émotions. Pendant le sommeil paradoxal, le cerveau n’est pas tout à fait au repos, il fait le ménage dans les connexions neuronales. En effet, les rêves permettraient de faire le tri entre les connexions neuronales superflues et ancreraient les apprentissages. De plus, rêver permettrait au cerveau de décompresser et d’évacuer le stress. On dort pour grandir !À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Dormir permet aussi aux hormones et au métabolisme de faire leur travail. En effet, pendant le sommeil, certaines hormones œuvrent et permettent de favoriser la croissance. Ainsi, les enfants et les adolescents grandissent pendant qu’ils dorment. D’autre part, le sommeil est également favorable au bon fonctionnement du système immunitaire.  On dort pour reposer l’organismeLes animaux privés de sommeil finissent par développerdes troubles. Cependant, paradoxalement, certains animaux peuvent se priver de sommeil sans que cela soit dommageable pour leur organisme. Mais pourquoi dormons-nous autant (nous passerions près de 25 ans à dormir) sachant que cela nous laisse dans une situation sans défense. Le sommeil permet la conservation de l’énergie au niveau de l’organisme. En dormant, on dépense moins de calories, le rythme cardiaque est diminué ainsi que le rythme respiratoire. Le métabolisme tourne au ralenti ce qui permet de préserver le corps. Toutefois cela ne suffit pas à expliquer entièrement pourquoi nous dormons car un état de veille calme suffirait à nous reposer. Le 26 octobre 2018 à 12:18 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Pourquoi les femmes enceintes ontelles envie de fraises

first_imgPourquoi les femmes enceintes ont-elles envie de fraises ?La légende veut que les femmes enceintes se retrouvent soudainement sous l’emprise d’une drogue puissante : la fraise. Une addiction en réalité loin d’être la seule, et que la science est parvenue à expliquer.”Chérie, t’es enceinte ?” C’est la question que bon nombre de futurs pères de famille ont sans doute un jour posé à leur compagne prise la main dans le sac – ou plutôt dans la barquette – en pleine orgie fragiforme… Neuf mois avant la date de l’heureux évènement, les femmes enceintes entament en effet bien souvent un régime un peu particulier : une monodiète à base de fraises.En coulis, en confiture ou sous sa forme brute, dans l’esprit des futures mamans, le faux-fruit est partout. Une véritable drogue, une envie irrépressible, un trouble obsessionnel… accompagné parfois d’un soupçon de chantilly ! C’est d’ailleurs en réalité bien souvent cette dernière qui prend le dessus. La légendaire fraise qui obnubilerait tant les femmes enceintes est – pour dire vrai – loin d’être le seul objet de leurs compulsions alimentaires. Quelle qu’en soit la forme, le sucre et les calories les attirent en général de manière incontrôlable.Les hormones chambouléesLa grossesse induit en effet un profond bouleversement hormonal dans l’organisme féminin. À la clé : une potentielle hyperphagie (manger en trop grandes quantités) et des changements radicaux dans les habitudes alimentaires de la future maman, “qui peuvent être induites par les hormones sexuelles [appelées] œstrogène et progestérone, qui augmentent durant la grossesse”, expliquent dans une publication des scientifiques néerlandais.La principale responsable de la quasi-boulimie vécue temporairement par les femmes enceintes n’est autre que la progestérone. L’hormone induit en effet un mécanisme digne de l’instinct de survie, qui, en augmentant les apports alimentaires, assure une croissance et un développement optimaux du fœtus, puis du bébé. “La mère doit apporter des nutriments au fœtus sans mettre à mal son propre approvisionnement. De plus, elle doit établir un équilibre énergétique positif pendant la grossesse en prévision de la demande en énergie durant la lactation”, précisent les scientifiques.Les œstrogènes, en revanche, ont l’effet complètement inverse, capables qu’ils sont de couper l’appétit de la plus gourmande des femmes enceintes. “Cela se manifeste par exemple par le fait que les apports alimentaires changent au cours du cycle menstruel avec la variation des hormones sexuelles”, illustrent les chercheurs.Des papilles en émoi ?Alors que le rôle des hormones sexuelles dans la survenue des fringales ne fait plus aucun doute, les scientifiques demeurent en revanche assez démunis quand il s’agit d’expliquer les changements de goûts induits par la grossesse. “Les études sont souvent contradictoires”, concèdent les chercheurs néerlandais après avoir épluché minutieusement – non pas les fraises – mais plutôt la littérature scientifique.Toutefois, il ne faut bien entendu pas jeter le bébé avec l’eau du bain, conseil précieux – s’il en est – pour les futures mamans d’ailleurs. Certains travaux ont en effet décelé une plus grande attirance des femmes enceintes pour les saveurs salées. Un bienfait pour des organismes en forte demande de sels minéraux.La sensibilité pour l’amer, elle, se trouverait au contraire exacerbée. “Cela pourrait être une adaptation à la grossesse dans le but d’éviter la consommation de composés toxiques à la saveur amère”, présument les chercheurs.”Sugar, ah honey honey…”En ce qui concerne l’attrait pour le sucre, les résultats les plus éloquents n’ont pour l’instant été obtenus que chez l’animal, le rat en l’occurence. Des expériences menées sur ce rongeur ont en effet permis de déceler, chez les femelles, une réponse cérébrale accrue aux stimuli sucrés.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Mieux encore, cet effet s’est révélé être décuplé chez les femelles gestantes. En cause, selon les scientifiques : encore et toujours le fameux duo œstrogènes – progestérone. “Ces études expérimentales montrent que les hormones sexuelles affectent probablement le goût à la fois au niveau des papilles gustatives, et du système nerveux central”, concluent les scientifiques.Une influence sans doute comparable à celle subie par une femme enceinte. Une future maman qui n’espère d’ailleurs bien souvent qu’une chose lorsqu’elle est prise d’une fringale : que son mari évite, lui, de la ramener, sa fraise ! Le 27 novembre 2018 à 11:21 • Benoît Crépinlast_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week 29 June5 July

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on between 29 June and 5 July 2017 were:Addison Lee to face legal action over holiday pay and minimum wageChiswick Park-based staff take on 300m zip wireMicrosoft rolls out global family caregiver benefitPinsent Masons, RBS and Vodafone among 2017’s Top Global Employers for LGBT staffPWC narrows its mean gender pay gap to 13.7%Department for Education reports a 5.3% mean gender pay gapSerco staff at Barts Health NHS Trust strike over pay disputeJohn Hopkins University enhances family-friendly benefitsStandard Life employee’s transfer value complaint is rejected by Pensions Ombudsman84% believe summer perks increase productivitylast_img read more

SELECTMEN RACE QA Marsh OMahony Discuss What Theyll Do To Increase Civility

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.The latest question:In September, the Wilmington Memorial Library hosted a month-long series of programs on civility to address a growing lack of civility in today’s society. In his latest newsletter, Town Manager Jeff Hull called for more civility in town when discussing controversial topics. If elected, what will you do to create more civility in Wilmington — online, at meetings, and in the community overall?Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jomarie O’MahonyA few years ago, around the beginning of the school year, I became very frustrated with the lack of civility I noticed in some of our community pages and those “unofficial” school pages on social media –  where people were calling out teachers and school staff by name for various levels of “offenses.” I was horrified that such posts, and the subsequent comments to such posts, were allowed by the page administrators. I had just come up with a silly saying with my oldest daughter (#slapthecookie) to remind each other to make healthy choices and, after googling the phrase and determining there was no nefarious meaning to it, I decided to start posting it as a comment to such negativity to put a pause (or more hopefully, an end) to the thread. To my amazement, the negative rants remained but my comment was deleted. It was then that I realized that these pages are not moderating to their own rules – they took down a harmless comment with no known negative meaning but allowed the personal attacks to continue.In response, I have tried hard to make sure the We’re One Wilmington Facebook page truly promotes kindness and positivity. I also worked with a committee of WOW members to launch our “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Hearts” campaign to recognize community members who go above and beyond to promote kindness and positivity in our community.  You see, civility is not enough. I have spent the last 15 years as a resident of this town trying to promote community spirit and positivity and kindness and will continue to do so whether I am elected to the Board of Selectmen or not.I work in a highly contentious legal environment with soul destroying stories that could stop any conversation. I know how to be emmeshed in conflict while maintaining professionalism and seeking solutions.  I even chose the legal profession, knowing that there is an endless supply of lawyer jokes. But candidly (and more seriously), I have also been a target in the past of the negativity referenced above. My response to that negativity was, is, and will always be, to be the person that I am.I am Dan and Marie Ardito’s daughter who was blessed to grow up, not just hearing abstractly about the tenets of our Roman Catholic faith, but seeing my parents live out that faith in the real world.  I am David O’Mahony’s wife who, when he was deployed to Korea with the United States Army for a year (when we had just had baby number three), learned to broaden my shoulders, keep my head down and not waste time and energy on negativity.  Most importantly, I am the mother of Patrick, Meghan, Danny and Josie, who knows with 100 percent certainty that my most important job is to model for my children how to live my life to the best of my ability with the conscious responsibility in helping as many others as I can.I can say with certainty that there are going to be times when my arguments could get passionate, where my facial expressions may betray my attempts to remain calm and where I may not be in agreement with the majority but I can say with just as much certainty that I will always be respectful of my position, my responsibility to our community and my obligation to represent the community as civilly and professionally as possible.Daryn MarshMr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:——Kevin MacDonaldNo response.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Grade Town Manager Jeff Hull’s PerformanceIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: O’Mahony & Marsh Discuss What They Hope To Accomplish During Their First TermIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Daryn MarshIn “Government”last_img read more

Alaskan Natives Support Arctic Drilling Seattle City Council Opposed

first_imgRoyal Dutch Shell’s drilling plans for the Arctic have hit a snag in Seattle. Shell is planning to dock oil rigs at the Port of Seattle before they head north to drill in the Chukchi Sea.The city council and mayor have come out against that deal. And that got the attention of a group of Alaskans, who showed up to tell Seattle’s leaders to get out of the way.The resolution the council passed doesn’t really have any teeth, but it was enough of a statement that several Alaska Native leaders traveled for days from remote areas in the Arctic to oppose it.They say they desperately need the jobs and revenue that drilling will bring to their communities.“We left our homes at a critical time. We have come off the ice from whaling to speak to you,”John Hobson Jr. came from Wainright AK, about 70 miles east of where the Arctic offshore drilling will take place, said.He said the journey at this time was “a huge imposition.”“But we felt it is important to our long-term livelihood that you understand that there are people involved who want the same things you have: flush toilets, good health care, quality schools for our children,” Hobson said.Shell has just received conditional approval from the U.S. interior Department, getting them one step closer to a sure bet that their Arctic drilling plan can go ahead off the Alaskan coast this summer.last_img read more

AP EAMCET 2019 web counselling begins

first_imgThe first phase of web counselling for the engineering courses through AP EAMCET 2019 has begun today. The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has announced the counselling schedule on Friday. Students who appeared for the exam have to participate in the web counselling based on their ranks from July 27 to August 1, 2019. Also Read – SSC releases admit cards for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam Advertise With Us The counselling dates for the first phase is as follows… Counselling for 1to 35,000: July 27 to July 28 Counselling for 35001 to 80000: July 29 to July 30, 2019 Counselling for 80000 to the Last Rank: July 31 to August 1, 2019 After the counselling, students have to exercise options on August 2, 2019 and the seat allotment will be made on August 4, 2019. Students have to report to colleges on August 8, 2019. The students need to pay the processing fee for the web counselling through online mode. During the fee payment, registration number and login ID will be provided through SMS to the mobile number furnished while applying for the exam.last_img read more

Warangal Rural way ahead in plantation drive

first_imgWarangal: The target of planting 2.21 crore saplings in Warangal Rural district is not far away, if the authorities take up plantation of 7 lakh saplings a day, Collector M Haritha said. Chairing a review meeting here on Tuesday, she appreciated the district officials for planting 50 lakh saplings so far under the phase-5 of the Haritha Haram this year. Stating that Warangal Rural is well ahead of all other districts in the State in carrying Haritha Haram programme, the Collector expressed hope that officials would continue to work in the same spirit until the target is reached. “The onus is on Sarpanches and Panchayat Secretaries to make the plantation drive a huge success. Those Sarpanches, officials and workers who perform well in the plantation drive would get incentives,” Haritha said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Geesukonda, Sangem, Nekkonda and Parvathagiri mandals have been in the forefront of the green drive, the Collector said, stating that other mandals need to catch up fast. She emphasised the need for regular monitoring of trees to ensure their survival. The officials concerned need to focus on plantation drive to achieve desired results, she said. DRDO Sampath Rao, DFO K Purishotham and DPO Narayana were among others who were present.last_img read more

Watch Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has breakfast with athletes coaches at stadium

first_imgKiren Rijiju took over as Sports Minister in the newly-formed ministryPress Information BureauNewly-appointed minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijiju decided to take a unique step in order to understand issues related to Indian sportspersons and coaches. The young minister paid a visit to the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium in New Delhi and headed to the athletes’ mess for joining them at breakfast.The official Twitter handle of Sports Authority of India (SAI) tweeted the video showing Rijiju at a table with athletes and coaches, having breakfast and also discussions. The tweet also mentioned the dishes that the minister decided to partake in. “Sprouts, eggs, corns & dalia was what he picked from the breakfast buffet and spoke to coaches and young athletes as he enjoyed his meal,” the message in the post informed.Kiren Rijiju had been the Minister of State, Home Affairs in the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government from 2014-19. Against the anticipation of most people, the incumbent minister at the end of the term of the last administration, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, was replaced by Rijiju.Sports Minister @KirenRijiju went to the athletes mess at JLN stadium to have breakfast with them.?Sprouts, eggs, corns & dalia was what he picked from the breakfast buffet and spoke to coaches and young athletes as he enjoyed his meal.@KirenRijiju @IndiaSports #KheloIndia— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) June 14, 2019Twitter/SAI MediaThe 47-year old minister hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a self-confessed football fan. At the launch of one of the governments’ sports-related programs, he even went to the extent of saying that if he hadn’t been in politics, he would have become a sportsperson.The venue chosen by the minister for his visit was both convenient and symbolically apt. The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium was the venue of the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games as well as the main venue for the track and field events. It also hosted the opening ceremony and the opening match of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup and is used as a home ground by Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League (ISL). Being located in New Delhi, it is also not far from the minister’s residence. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics around a year away, Rijiju seems to be in a mood to hit the ground running. Hopefully, his hands-on approach would help the players and coaches during next year’s biggest sporting extravaganza.last_img read more

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Honors Howard Graduates

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROChadwick Boseman strolled onto Howard University’s campus as a bankable box-office star and walked away with another title on graduation day – doctor.The Howard alumnus and star of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” returned to his alma mater May 12 to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and deliver the keynote address at the 150th commencement. Thousands of people clung to his every word.Actor Chadwick Boseman recently returned to his alma matter Howard University to deliver the commencement address. (Photo by Lenore T. Adkins)Howard awarded 2,217 degrees to the class of 2018, including 343 master’s degrees and 90 Ph.Ds. It also paid tribute to the class of 1968, allowing them to march on the red carpet along with the other graduates.Boseman, 40, called Howard a “magical place” and congratulated the class of 2018 for overcoming academic, financial, and other obstacles to reach graduation day. He pushed graduates of “Wakanda University” to savor their triumphs in life, to chase their purpose instead of money, and to rise above adversity.“I don’t know what your future is, but if you’re willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes, the one that has ultimately proven to have more meaning, more victory, more glory, then you will not regret it,” Boseman told graduates.He credits his Howard education with preparing him for his groundbreaking Hollywood career, roles that have included Jackie Robinson in “42”, James Brown in “Get On Up”, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, another Howard alumnus, in “Marshall”, and T’Challa in “Black Panther”, a role he reprised in “Avengers: Infinity War”. To date, the latter two movies have grossed nearly $3 billion around the world.Howard President Wayne A. I. Frederick wanted Boseman to deliver the keynote address because the actor has portrayed African-American men in three biopics that “embody not just our history but our legacy.”Boseman told the class of 2018 about the time he called on the cultural pride Howard instilled in him to question a soap opera role early in his career. He felt it was wrapped up in assumptions about Blacks and needed more depth. In Boseman’s telling, he was fired three episodes in after raising objections with producers, but said the setback didn’t keep him down for long.“When I dared to challenge the system that would relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historical backgrounds, no hopes and talents, when I questioned that method of portrayal, a different path opened up for me, the path to my destiny,” Boseman said. “When God has something for you, it doesn’t matter who stands against it.”The graduation capped a tumultuous year at the university. This included the nine-day student occupation of the school’s administration building over affordable housing, tuition hikes, and student safety, including mental health and the prevention of sexual assault.Students had a list of nine demands and after negotiations, university officials agreed to seven. A financial aid scandal ignited the protests and left students calling for Frederick’s dismissal and urging the school board’s leadership to step aside. Boseman acknowledged the demonstrators at the graduation, asking the seniors among them to rise so the audience could applaud them.The actor praised the students for their sit-ins and the administrators for listening to students’ demands, saying the protests were accomplishments for both sides. “I didn’t come here to take sides,” said Boseman, who was part of a protest while at Howard. “My interest is what’s best for the school.”During his years at Howard, Boseman, a 2000 alumnus, took part in an unsuccessful three-day protest with his classmates to stop the school from demoting the College of Fine Arts into the Department of Fine Arts.Almost two decades later and Frederick and Boseman are now rectifying that controversial change. They announced a campaign the actor will lead to reestablish the College of Fine Arts and to launch an Endowed College of Fine Arts Award.“And so, fine arts forever.” Frederick said.last_img read more

Spotify Reprising Sound Up Podcasting Boot Camp for Women of Color

first_img Related Popular on Variety Eminem Publisher Sues Spotify, Claiming Massive Copyright Infringement While Sound Up is a way for Spotify to cultivate new podcast creators — particularly those underrepresented in the field — the company says there are no strings attached to the program. Participants aren’t obligated to distribute their work on the platform. In addition, they will own the intellectual property of their podcast ideas.Last year, Spotify’s Sound Up elicited over 18,000 applications. The three winners were:Titi Shodiya, a scientific auditor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who co-hosts podcast “Dope Labs” with Zakiya Whatley, looking at the intersection of science and pop culture;Janina Jeff, a geneticist at biotech company Illumina, whose podcast “In Those Genes” will focus on genetics and the black community, with cohost Ashley Huderson; andKristina Ogilvie, secretary for a disaster aid nonprofit in Washington, D.C., whose podcast concept was “Your Job Seems Easy,” an interview show that explores the working lives of women of color.Of those, only Shodiya’s “Dope Labs” is currently in production, after debuting earlier this year on Spotify and other platforms. A rep for the company said Jeff and Ogilvie are continuing to develop their projects, and noted, “While we fund production and mentor all three winners, attendees and winners are not required to produce their podcasts with Spotify (or at all).”With the 2019 Sound Up, Spotify promises an “immersive experience” in bringing a podcast concept from idea to pilot. The sessions will include podcast technical production, storytelling through audio and marketing.To be eligible for Spotify’s Sound Up, applicants must be U.S. citizens but no prior podcasting experience is required. According to the company, “Applicants just need to have something unique to say and a desire to use the podcast medium to tell their story.” Spotify is bringing back Sound Up, its five-day accelerator program to educate and support women of color in developing new podcasts, to New York City this summer.It will follow the same format as its inaugural Sound Up program in the U.S. last year. Spotify will select 10 women for an all-expenses-paid week-long podcast workshop in the Big Apple. At the end of the week, participants will pitch their concepts to an industry panel that will pick three winners — who will each receive a $10,000 grant to produce up to five episodes of their podcast.Spotify is now accepting applications for the 2019 Sound Up program, at this link. The deadline for entries is June 21 at midnight ET. The program will run Aug. 12-17 in New York.Podcasting is a major new focus for Spotify. This week, Spotify announced a mulityear pact with Barack and Michelle Obama, under which the former first couple’s Higher Ground production company will develop, produce and host a range of podcast shows. The audio-streaming company has said it expects to invest up to $500 million in podcasting in 2019, which has included acquisitions of three podcasting companies: Gimlet Media, Anchor FM and Parcast. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Sawlast_img read more