Cancer de la prostate : boire trop de lait favoriserait son apparitionCanada – D’après une étude menée à l’université de Montréal, il existerait un lien entre la consommation élevée de lait et l’augmentation du risque de contracter un cancer de la prostate.200 produits laitiers ont été testés lors d’une étude épidémiologique réalisée par Parviz Ghadirian, professeur au département de nutrition de la faculté de médecine de l’université de Montréal, et sa collègue Sara Raimondi, de l’Institut européen du cancer (Italie).Les conclusions révèlent que la consommation quotidienne de plus de 470 grammes de produits laitiers doublerait le risque de souffrir d’un cancer de la prostate par rapport à une consommation de 125 grammes par jour.Pour parvenir à ces résultats, environ 400 personnes ont répondu à un questionnaire concernant leur consommation de produits laitiers. 197 d’entre elles souffraient d’un cancer de la prostate. Ce lien n’apparaîtrait qu’avec la consommation de lait. Les autres produits laitiers comme le fromage, les yaourts, la crème ou les boissons laitières n’auraient pas le même effet sur l’organisme.Les chercheurs ne savent pas encore pourquoi seul le lait est mis en cause dans le développement de ce cancer. Mais ils émettent l’hypothèse que la graisse animale présente dans le lait pourrait désactiver des gènes de suppression de tumeurs cancéreuses ou encore que le calcium pourrait détruire un métabolite de la vitamine D qui aide à freiner la croissance des cellules cancéreuses.Rien n’est encore sûr. Les auteurs de l’étude expliquent qu’un “mécanisme encore inconnu pourrait résulter d’une interaction entre certains composés du lait et d’autres produits alimentaires pour augmenter le risque de cancer”.Une lettre diffusée par l’Académie nationale de médecine avait, il y a peu de temps, défendu les bienfaits du lait sur l’organisme. Elle affirmait que l’Académie ne laisserait pas “circuler des allégations gratuites sur le lait, l’une des substances les plus essentielles à notre santé”. L’Académie de médecine conseillait notamment d’associer calcium (1.200 à 1.500 mg par jour) et vitamine D pour réduire le risque de fracture à moyen et long terme. Elle ajoutait que “pour le problème de l’induction de cancers, notamment de la prostate, les études épidémiologiques dont nous disposons ne permettent aucune conclusion définitive, en raison de l’existence de nombreux facteurs de confusion.”L’étude qui révèle la corrélation entre la consommation de lait et le développement du cancer de la prostate sera publiée fin mars dans le journal Wiley. Elle indiquera également que la consommation de plus de 90 grammes de noix par mois diminue de 50% le risque de développer ce cancer exclusivement masculin. Le 9 mars 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Acer : une nouvelle gamme qui allie design, performance et autonomieLe fabricant taïwanais Acer a dévoilé hier au public sa nouvelle gamme d’ordinateurs portables. La ligne Aspire Timeline X, c’est son nom, allie design, autonomie et performance.Ultrafins (moins de 30 millimètres) et tout en sobriété, on remarque tout de suite que les nouveaux ordinateurs de chez Acer ont bénéficié d’une attention particulière au niveau du design. Il semblerait qu’il en soit de même au niveau de l’autonomie et de la performance.À lire aussiBientôt on pourra recharger son smartphone sans fil depuis son PCTout d’abord, les Timeline X seront équipés de technologies Intel : les Core i3, i5 et i7, le i9 devant paraître prochainement, ainsi que du son Dolby, du Bluetooth 2.1, d’une webcam 1,3 MPx, d’un disque dur de 320 Go, d’un port Ethernet, d’une sortie HDMI… Quatre tailles seront disponibles : 11,6 pouces pour 1,4 kg, 13,3 pouces (1,8 kg), 14 pouces (2,2 kg) et 15,6 pouces (2,4 kg).La gamme Timeline X bénéficiera d’une autonomie tout à fait honorable : la batterie six cellules offre en effet jusqu’à 8 heures d’autonomie, en partie grâce à des composants économes comme des disques durs et des ventilateurs à basse consommation, et un écran LED.Acer proposera ces machines à des prix très abordables, allant de 600 à 1.000 euros environ. Le lancement devrait avoir lieu en mai.Le 3 avril 2010 à 12:41 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une application YouTube pour la Freebox RévolutionQuelques jours après l’arrivée de Flash dans le navigateur web de la Freebox Revolution, Free annonce le lancement d’une application YouTube dédiée. Les possesseurs du boîtier TV peuvent désormais accéder au site de partage de vidéos le plus visité au monde…Directement depuis leur téléviseur.Une semaine après avoir apporté au firmware de la Freebox Revolution un nombre important de nouveautés (parmi lesquelles le support de Flash pour sa navigation internet), Free a publié une nouvelle mise à jour de son boîtier TV. À lire aussiFree baisse ses prix pour les opérateurs virtuelsSur le blog de la box, le FAI annonce l’arrivée d’une application YouTube qui permettra aux freenautes de regarder directement les vidéos de la plate-forme sur leur téléviseur, sans avoir à passer par son site Internet.Pour télécharger la mise à jour qui apporte cette application, les possesseurs de la Freebox Revolution auront seulement besoin d’effectuer un reboot électrique de leur boîtier. Le service s’affichera alors dans le menu “applications” de l’interface TV. Celle-ci permettra de saisir des mots clefs dans le moteur de recherche, et offre aux utilisateurs différents filtres pour affiner les résultats par thématiques. Les freenautes se verront également proposer des options de recherche pour accéder par exemple aux vidéos les plus populaires ou les plus regardées.A noter toutefois que seules les vidéos pré-enregistrées sont accessibles depuis cette application, et non les contenus en direct. Les vidéos éducatives sont elles aussi exclues du service.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 09:31 • Maxime Lambert
Bientôt la fin des sacs plastiques en Europe ? Selon une récente étude, plus de 70% des Européens se sont déclarés en faveur d’une interdiction de la distribution de sacs plastique dans l’Union européenne. Une mesure de plus en plus envisagée au vu de la pollution causée par ces sacs. Ce n’est plus un secret : très volatiles, les sacs plastiques se retrouvent la plupart du temps très loin de nos foyers et non pas dans les poubelles mais bien dans la nature. Or, ainsi délaissés, ils mettent des centaines d’années à se dégrader sans parler de ceux qui finissent dans les océans et étouffent les animaux marins. En 2008, le poids total des sacs en plastique fabriqués en Europe s’élevait à 3,4 millions de tonnes. Une quantité qui pourrait grandement diminuer au cours des prochaines années.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueEn effet, selon le Bureau européen de l’environnement, plus de 70% des européens sur 15.000 réponses, se sont déclarés pour une interdiction de la distribution de sacs plastiques dans l’Union européenne. Une mesure qui ne ferait que compléter les efforts déjà entrepris par les enseignes de plusieurs pays. Ces dernières années, de nombreux magasins ont rendu payant les sacs voire les ont totalement supprimés. Ainsi, les Européens se sont déjà habitués à des alternatives du sac en plastique telles que les cagettes en carton, les sacs en papier, les sacs en plastique biodégradable voire le classique vieux caddie non jetable. Les progrès dans ce domaine ont ainsi permis de réduire les coûts mais aussi de limiter le nombre de sacs qui s’entasse,t dans les foyers. “Un signal clair vient d’être envoyé aux institutions européennes. L’heure est venue de passer aux produits durables et aux instruments juridiques efficaces en matière de prévention des déchets”, a expliqué Stéphane Arditi, chargé de mission Déchets et produits au BEE cité par le Journal de l’environnement. De son côté, Chris Carroll, de l’association européenne Seas at risk, a commenté : “Non seulement la Commission doit mettre en place, aussi vite que possible, l’interdiction des sacs en plastique, mais elle doit aussi réduire les emballages et les produits qui forment de grands volumes de déchets dans l’environnement marin”.En Australie, des scientifiques étudient un projet de production sur la base de la bioplastique issue du sucre et du blé. Cet emballage pourrait ensuite servir à la production de compost. Le Mali et le Congo ont quant à eux, décidé de boycotter définitivement les sacs plastiques de leurs territoires afin de préserver l’environnement. Des exemples que semblent donc vouloir suivre aujourd’hui les pays européens. Le 20 janvier 2012 à 10:51 • Maxime Lambert
Belgique : le cachalot échoué a été évacué de la plageLa Protection civile a évacué le cachalot qui s’était échoué sur la plage de Heist en Belgique. L’opération leur a pris une journée entière mais certaines parties de l’animal ont été récupérées pour études par des scientifiques. Théophile, c’est le nom que les autorités et scientifiques ont donné au cachalot de 13 mètres qui s’est échoué mercredi sur la plage de Heist en Belgique. Présentant de nombreuses blessures, l’animal n’a pu être sauvé à temps et est mort après plusieurs heures. Bien que ce genre d’incident soit rare dans ces régions en raison d’eaux peu profondes, les autorités ont été obligées de déployer les grands moyens pour évacuer la carcasse de l’animal dont le poids a été évalué à vingt tonnes. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Mais avant que l’opération ne débute jeudi matin, plusieurs scientifiques de l’Université de Gand sont venus prélever certaines parties du mammifère. Une dizaine de scientifiques, dirigés par la vétérinaire Marjan Doom ont ainsi récupéré la maxillaire, le crâne et un morceau de la colonne vertébrale du cachalot. Un travail qui s’est avéré long et difficile au vu de la taille de l’animal : deux pelleteuses ont été employées pour parvenir à détacher un bout de la colonne vertébrale. Une fois ces parties prélevées, l’enlèvement de la carcasse du cétacé a de même nécessité un matériel imposant et plusieurs heures. D’autant plus que les manoeuvres ont dû s’interrompre pendant la marée haute entre 13H et 17H. Les équipes ont ainsi terminé aux alentours de 23H. Les parties prélevées par les scientifiques seront traitées chimiquement pour être exposées en musée d’ici un an. Le reste de la carcasse, dont l’ambre gris du gros intestin, sera récupéré par la société Rendac. Quant à la graisse de l’animal, elle pourra servir à produire de l’énergie verte, relève 7sur7.be. Alors que l’échouage avait déjà amené quantité de badauds sur la plage, ce spectacle sanglant a de même attiré de nombreux curieux, maintenus hors d’un périmètre de sécurité.Le 10 février 2012 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambert
Typhon Bopha aux Philippines : le bilan atteint 700 morts et l’ONU demande l’aide internationaleBopha, le typhon le plus puissant à avoir touché les Philippines cette année a entrainé la mort de plus de 700 personnes, ont indiqué ce matin les autorités. De plus, des centaines de personnes, essentiellement des pêcheurs, sont toujours portées disparues. Le bilan ne cesse de s’alourdir plus de six jours après le passage du typhon Bopha, qui a traversé le sud des Philippines. Le phénomène a fait au moins 714 morts, la plupart sur l’île de Mindanao, a indiqué le Bureau de la sécurité civile. Mais ce chiffre continuera sans doute de monter alors que 880 personnes dont 313 pêcheurs partis en mer avant le typhon depuis General Santos, le principal port de pêche au thon du pays, sont toujours portées disparues. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plusieurs pourraient figurer parmi les 257 corps qui ont été récupérés mais n’ont pu être identifiés. Les corps non réclamés d’ici quarante-huit heures seront probablement enterrés dans des fosses communes, a précisé le chef de la sécurité civile. Au total, environ 115.000 logements ont été détruits et plus de 116.000 personnes se trouvent encore dans des refuges, des bâtiments publics pour la plupart suite aux terribles intempéries qui ont accompagné Bopha. Mais ils risquent de devoir y rester des mois avant que de nouvelles maisons soient reconstruites. La situation actuelle des habitants est même particulièrement préoccupante alors que de nombreuses récoltes, notamment des plantations de bananes, ont été complètement dévastées. La région touchée “est très pauvre, et tout le monde dépend de l’agriculture. S’il n’y a pas de récoltes, il n’y aura pas de nourriture pour les familles. Il va leur falloir beaucoup d’aides dans les mois à venir”, a indiqué Imogen Wall, porte-parole du Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations unies (OCHA). Ces derniers jours, l’ONU a en effet dépêché une mission pour évaluer les dégâts causés qui a constaté une “destruction à 100%”.Face à cela, l’ONU a lancé lundi un appel à l’aide internationale. L’organisme espère récolter 65 millions de dollars qui permettront de venir en aide à la population, déjà pauvre, mais laissée encore plus démunie après le passage du typhon. Le 11 décembre 2012 à 13:54 • Maxime Lambert
Des animaux géants à l’origine de la fertilisation de l’AmazoneSelon une étude qui vient de paraître, il y a entre 2,6 millions d’années et 12.000 ans, des animaux géants ont fertilisé le bassin de l’Amazone en déversant dans leurs excréments de l’azote, du phosphore et d’autres éléments nutritifs. L’étude estime que des transferts d’engrais identiques ont eu lieu sur l’ensemble du globe. Comme le rappelle une étude parue dans le journal Nature Geoscience, à l’époque du Pléistocène, entre 2,6 millions d’années et 12.000 ans avant notre ère, l’Amérique du Sud ressemblait beaucoup à la savane africaine actuelle. Les dinosaures avaient tous depuis longtemps disparu, laissant la place à de gigantesques animaux. Parmi eux se trouvaient des mastodontes proches des éléphants, des paresseux géants de cinq tonnes ou des glyptodons, des espèces de tatous de la taille d’une petite voiture.Pour la plupart herbivores, ces mammifères géants consommaient des quantités importantes de végétaux. Ils digéraient ainsi l’azote et le phosphore qu’ils relâchaient ensuite dans leurs excréments. L’étude menée par l’université britannique d’Oxford et qui s’est concentrée sur l’Amazonie estime que c’est en déversant ces engrais naturels sur de très grandes distances au fil du temps que le bassin amazonien est devenu aussi fertile.Cette faune a ensuite disparu, il y a environ 12.000 ans, certainement en raison d’un changement climatique. Dès lors, cette fertilisation a cessé, se limitant aux sédiments transportés depuis les Andes par le biais des rivières et des fleuves, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Selon le modèle mathématique établi par les chercheurs la dispersion du phosphore dans le bassin de l’Amazone aurait chuté de 98%.L’utilité primordiale des grands animauxMais l’étude estime que des transferts d’engrais identiques ont eu lieu dans tout le continent sud-américain, ainsi qu’en Australie et d’autres régions du globe. Ces déplacements auraient cessé lorsque les animaux géants ont disparu. “En d’autres termes, les grands animaux sont comme les artères de la planète pour ces engrais, et s’ils s’éteignent ça revient à trancher ces artères”, résume Christopher Doughty, le principal auteur de l’étude. “C’est parce que la plupart de ces animaux ont disparu que le monde compte autant de régions peu fertiles, beaucoup plus qu’il n’y en aurait eu dans le cas contraire”, souligne-t-il.”Même si 12.000 ans, c’est une échelle de temps qui n’a pas grand sens pour la plupart des gens, avec ce modèle nous montrons que les extinctions qui sont survenues à l’époque continuent d’affecter aujourd’hui la santé de notre planète”, conclut le chercheur. Le 13 août 2013 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
Comment les supervolcans entrent-ils en éruption ?Des scientifiques sont parvenus à recréer en laboratoire les conditions d’éruption d’un supervolcan. Grâce aux rayons X du synchrotron européen (ESRF), les scientifiques ont pu mieux comprendre comment se déclenchent ces gigantesques explosions.L’entrée en éruption des supervolcans constitue, avec les chutes de météorites géantes, les catastrophes naturelles les plus dévastatrices qui soient. Ainsi, c’est l’éruption d’un supervolcan qui est à l’origine du cratère géant (caldeira), apparu il y a 600.000 ans, dans le Wyoming (Etats-Unis). A l’époque, le cratère avait expulsé plus de 1.000 kilomètres cubes de cendres et de lave dans l’atmosphère (soit 100 fois plus que le Pinatubo aux Philippines, en 1992). Heureusement, ces phénomènes qui modifient le climat de la planète toute entière (-10°C pendant dix ans contre -0,4°C en 1992) sont rarissimes mais aussi mystérieux. En effet, le mécanisme d’entrée en éruption de ces volcans est assez mal connu. Un problème quand on sait les conséquences qu’ils peuvent engendrer. “Même la science-fiction ne peut imaginer un mécanisme crédible qui permettrait d’éviter l’éruption d’un supervolcan”, soulignait en 2005 un rapport de la Société géologique de Londrescité par le CNRS.Quel facteur déclencheur ?”Nous devons cependant essayer de comprendre les mécanismes impliqués dans les super-éruptions et prédire la catastrophe suffisamment à l’avance pour que la société en soit avertie”, poursuivait-il. Ce qu’on sait, c’est que la plasticité de la chambre magmatique (qui est plus grande que dans un volcan traditionnel) lui permet de se déformer en fonction de la pression qui augmente avec la montée de magma. Cela permet à la pression de mieux s’échapper ce qui explique que les supervolcans n’entrent que très rarement en éruption. Mais alors comment les éruptions se produisent-elles ? Selon Wim Malfait de l’université Polytechnique (ETH) de Zurich, “l’élément déclencheur est une pression additionnelle causée par les différences de densité entre la roche solide et le magma liquide. On pourrait comparer cela à un ballon de foot rempli d’air que l’on plonge dans l’eau et qui remonte à la surface car l’eau est plus dense tout autour”. En revanche, on ignore si cette différence de densité crée une pression additionnelle suffisante pour provoquer les fissures de la croûte terrestre qui précèdent une violente éruption. C’est dans cette optique que le Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon, l’ESRF (Synchrotron Européen), l’ETH, l’Institut Paul Scherrer à Villingen (Suisse) et l’université Okayama (Japon) ont mené des recherches. Des roches sous pressionIls ont tenté de reproduire en laboratoire les conditions de pression et de température régnant dans la chambre magmatique des supervolcans. Dans le même temps, ils ont utilisé des rayons X pour observer les changements qui se produisent. “Les rayons X de l’ESRF peuvent être utilisés pour connaître l’état (liquide ou solide) de la matière et les changements de densité lorsque le magma cristallise sous forme de roche”, explique Mohamed Mezouar, chercheur à l’ESRF repris dans le communiqué du CNRS. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Des températures de plus de 1700°C et des pressions jusqu’à 36 000 atmosphères peuvent être atteintes à l’intérieur d’une presse appelée Paris-Edimbourg, où de minuscules échantillons de roche sont placés entre les deux pointes d’une enclume en carbure de tungstène puis chauffés avec un four résistif. Cet appareillage a été utilisé pour déterminer très exactement la densité du magma liquide sur une large gamme de pressions et de températures”, indique Jean-Philippe Perrillat, chercheur au Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon : Terre, planètes et environnement. Une croûte fissuréeLes expériences ont montré que la pression résultant des différences de densité entre la roche solide et le magma liquide est à elle seule suffisante pour fissurer la croûte terrestre sur une distance de 10 km. “La pression est suffisante pour que la croûte terrestre se fissure et le magma pénètre dans la croûte [ … ] En montant vers la surface, une expansion violente du magma connue pour être à l’origine des explosions volcaniques, peut se mettre en place”, conclut ainsi Carmen Sanchez-Valle de l’ETH Zurich.Le 10 janvier 2014 à 19:35 • Maxime Lambert
NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Stay on target The Court of Owls really are the worst villains Gotham has had all series. The fact that we know nothing about them would be scary if they actually did anything. We are told they’re powerful, but never see them do anything. They sit in a room with masks on and plan stuff. When plans get thwarted, it turns out they had a different plan all along. The only time the Court is anything close to cool is when we see that guy with the sword. When the henchman is scarier than the villain, you’ve got a problem.That’s why it was so much fun to see Gordon fighting a psychotic supervillain again. It was easy to accept the Court storyline that once again took tiny, reluctant steps forward. (Kathryn wasn’t the leader and the Court has secret locations around the city. Yes, we figured, thanks.) We could overlook the dullness of the Court because, even though it’s an old Gotham formula by now, it’s still fun to watch Gordon take on a villain. This time, it was Captain Barnes, who has become the Executioner. Basically, he’s a dude with an ax for a hand who’s read too many Judge Dredd comics and taken the wrong lessons from them. He’s working with the Court because, like them, he has judged the city and found it to be guilty. Oh, sorry. I mean GUILTY!!!GOTHAM: L-R: Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)It all leads to a showdown in the GCPD because of course, it does. It’s a miracle that building’s still standing after everything it’s been through. The police capture Kathryn and Gordon is interrogating her. So is Alfred, who has only just realized (thanks to Selina) that Bruce is missing. Alfred has some pretty great lines in this episode, none of which top “I’m not a cop, I’m a butler,” as he stabs Kathryn’s hand. Can that just be his catchphrase from now on? The interrogation is interrupted by The Executioner bursting in, yelling about corruption in the GCPD and knocking out everyone who gets in his way. For whatever reason, Gotham is at its most fun when it gets unnecessarily gruesome. This was one of those moments. Kathryn demanded that Barnes get her out of there, and he doesn’t take orders well. He cuts her head off with his ax and advances towards Gordon, who shoots his ax-hand off with a shotgun. Defeated though he is, he still insists that Gordon will pay. It’s just really funny to watch him gesture and threaten with his bloody stump.The B plot of the episode was a lot of fun as well. Even when The Penguin and The Riddler hate each other, Cory Michael Smith and Robin Lord Taylor work so well together, any scene between them is a joy. Both captured by the court of owls, they have to put aside their differences and work together to escape. Their hate for each other is electric, making it just as fun to watch them work with each other as against each other. Whatever their war ends up being, I can’t wait to see more from them. After escaping the Court, the scene where they brag about their respective armies is especially fun. As The Riddler brags about having all the gangs at his disposal, Penguin smirks about his Indian Hill cabal. It’s going to be gangs vs. monsters led by the two most joyful villains in the city. On. Board.GOTHAM: L-R: Cory Michael Smith and Robin Lord Taylor (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Then there was Bruce’s plot. So it doesn’t appear that this training is what makes him Batman. It could still be what sparks his desire to train and become a superhero later. For now, he’s a puppet. All the mind exercises are focused on getting Bruce to put away his pain. When he finally succeeds, the memory of his parents’ murder doesn’t hurt anymore. He also has no personality and will do whatever this old man says. Honestly, he really should have seen something like this coming. Bruce is a Talon now. He will destroy the Court of Owls, and then do whatever else this old man says. Great.As the episode ends, things go real bad for the GCPD. First, Barnes escapes from his Arkham transport. Then Lee, who’s been having dreams of Mario and asking about the Tetch virus, steals the GCPD’s sample of it. Wanting to understand her late husband, she injects the virus into herself. We just met our new villain. Who will she turn into? We only have two episodes of Gotham left, so I imagine evil Lee will carry us into the season finale. I guess we’ll see what she’s capable of next week, and she’ll team up with Barnes during the finale. It will come at the same time that the Court of Owls (finally) make their move, and Penguin and the Riddler start their war. That’s just how things work on Gotham. Everything happens all at once.Michael Chiklis (Photo: Screenshot via FOX)Gotham went back to its old formula, but there’s a reason it works. Last night’s episode was the most fun the show has been since it came back. The series is all about the villains, so it’s natural that its best episodes are the ones that put a spotlight on a single one of them. It’s fun to watch Gordon figure out how to deal with these characters, even when what he figures out is as inelegant as a shotgun to the wrist. Sure, Gotham has told this story many times before, but I don’t see myself getting tired of hearing it anytime soon.
Pull on some feet gloves, grab a glass of snowman blood, and relax on the human shelf while learning the “correct names” for socks, water, and sofa.Less than four months old, the Twitter account of the same name describes everyday things as they should be labeled.Eyes, for example, are really just skull windows. And, let’s be honest, snow is nothing more than cloud dandruff. Raw Bacon pic.twitter.com/gtG4J9nheg— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) July 22, 2017 Car Juice pic.twitter.com/9NwP9wk9KI— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) June 10, 2017 Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Bagel Seeds pic.twitter.com/xMw7j6KEha— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) July 11, 2017Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. T-REX Deer pic.twitter.com/c9pXPF6gGG— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) June 17, 2017“Correct Names was a page I thought of when I was on holiday with my family at Easter,” Dempsey said.“I was talking to my mum about something, and I couldn’t remember the ‘real’ name of the object I was describing,” he continued. “So I came up with other names for it, and thus @CorrectNames was born.”Most of the tweets “are from my own mind,” according to Dempsey, who receives “a lot of submissions,” only a handful of which get published.“They need to be good as I’m quite OCD with the look of the account,” he added.The Manchurian teenager balances his acting studies at the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA) North with work as a content creator for marketing agency Social Chain.All while inventing hilarious, often bizarre descriptions for everything from food and animals to appliances and instruments. Energy Sausage pic.twitter.com/uv6ii1MYwt— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) July 26, 2017 Stay on target Prison Pony pic.twitter.com/BookNWioXD— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) April 12, 2017 Panda Fish pic.twitter.com/qZCevz9SS7— Correct Names (@CorrectNames) June 5, 2017The account, run by 19-year-old student Mark Dempsey, offers regular suggestions for more appropriate terms: Mirror? More like ego booster/destroyer. (Check out some more of my personal favorites in this post.)@CorrectNames boasts 120,000 followers, including Entertainment Weekly social media editor Alex Steinman, Team Canada rugby player Ray Barkwill, and The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean. (And, now, me!)“I … receive a lot of messages from people praising the account, which is a nice touch,” the creator told Geek in an email.Dempsey is no stranger to viral social media sensations: He previously contributed to the “put Titanic music on things” trend.
People like to dump on Marvel for its lack of memorable music, and usually they’re right. You have to admit though, that Avengers theme is real good. It doesn’t entirely make up for the deficiencies in most other movies, but it never fails to put a grin on my face.Russo brothers at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International (Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons)But the announcement of a new trailer isn’t all the Infinity War news out today. Comic Book put out a bunch of news about Marvel’s big crossover film from a visit to the set. While there aren’t many concrete plot details, they did get a pretty good idea of what the movie is going to look like. Joe Russo said Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 mark an end point for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.“”If you were to think of the Marvel universe over the last ten years as a book, this is the ending of the book. And then there may be new books written, but this is certainly the ending of this book,” he said. Now, we know that of course there are going to be more “books.” Guardians of the Galaxy-director James Gunn has said Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be one of the movies that kicks off Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The world will continue on, but the story started by Iron Man in 2008 will come to an end.Anthony Russo also elaborated, “I think as storytellers, what it means for us is that while you’re always looking for a cataclysmic event in a film, to change a character, to challenge a character, and to sort of explore who that character is, and test who that character is, I think it gave all of us in this film an opportunity to figure out, well what were those ultimate tests for these characters? To sort of go one step further even than how you would normally test a character in one of these films because we have the freedom to sort of think of it, in many cases, as sort of a final test.”Thor: Ragnarok (Via Marvel Studios)The movie also marks the end of the Russo brothers’ tenure in the MCU. They came on board in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and have been steering the series in the direction of Infinity War ever since. Everything we’ve seen so far looks like it’ll be worth the build-up. Largely thanks to the villain, Thanos. Comic Book reports that even one of the MCU’s most powerful heroes found the character scary. And he would know.Mark Ruffalo let a little bit of information slip about what happens after the final scene of Thor: Ragnarok. At the end of that movie, Thor, Hulk and all the people of Asgard escape as their home is destroyed. Before long, they run into Thanos’ massive ship. Ruffalo says that meeting, as you might guess, doesn’t go very well. That means that when Banner shows up back on Earth (we don’t yet know how he got there), he knows better than anyone else how dangerous The Mad Titan is.“Banner knows probably more about Thanos than anybody,” he said. “He’s really trying to impress on everybody how dangerous he is. It’s a little bit of a Chicken Little. He comes in screaming, ‘Bloody murder!’ He’s seen what damage [Thanos] can cause and how powerful he is.” Whatever happened to Thor’s ship, it shook Hulk. That’s not an easy thing to do.via Marvel ComicsOne person we, unfortunately, won’t see in Avengers: Infinity War is Captain Marvel. Whether or not she’d make her debut in the upcoming movie has been in question pretty much since we learned they were making a Captain Marvel movie. Now, it’s been confirmed that the answer is no. But that wasn’t always the case. ScreenRant reports that Brie Larson did film a few scenes for Infinity War, but they were cut from the final movie. More than that, she apparently had a really cool costume in it. Whether that’s the same one we’ve seen in early photos from Captain Marvel or not, we don’t know yet. Not that it matters anymore, since she isn’t in the movie.It’s disappointing. It seemed to be a natural way to tell her story. Introduce her with a big surprise entrance in Infinity War, then flash back to the 1990s for her own movie before giving her a larger role in Avengers 4. That’s how I’d want to see it done, anyway. But that’s not how it’s going to go. Captain Marvel will be in Avengers 4, but we aren’t going to see her before her own solo film premieres in 2019. I can see why. Infinity War, by all accounts is the biggest movie Marvel has ever done. There’s going to be a lot going on already without having to introduce a new character. It’s easy to see why they’d want to give her a proper introduction in her own solo flick. But still. That “wait, who is that?” moment would have been awesome in Avengers: Infinity War.Still from Captain America: Civil War. (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Marvel)Chances are if you’re excited to see Infinity War, you want to rewatch all the Marvel movies before it comes out. If you’re anything like me, you’re way behind on your schedule. If you’re feeling particularly dedicated, there’s a way you can get through your entire MCU binge in just under a day and a half. According to ScreenGeek, AMC Theaters is planning a 31-hour binge of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because sleep is for the weak.There are no concrete details on when the marathon will start or when tickets go on sale. It’ll most likely start approximately 31 hours before the first screenings of Infinity War, so you can go straight from the marathon into the new movie. There’s also a question about whether or not the entire MCU will be played. Licencing issues get a little complicated when it comes to characters that Marvel doesn’t have complete ownership of, like Spider-Man and Hulk. (And to be honest, skipping The Incredible Hulk wouldn’t be a huge loss.) In any case, with the way these movies are spread across so many different streaming services, this might be the only way you’ll be able to watch all of them in one place.Spider-Man: Homecoming (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube)With all that Infinity War talk, it’s easy to forget that there are still plenty of Marvel movies to come. One is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Not much is known about the project, as most of the focus is on Spider-Man’s role in Infinity War. But some new casting details came out that paint an intriguing picture of who the villain will be.That Hashtag Show reports that the film’s casting director is on the lookout for a villain, and the studio is looking for almost anyone. They haven’t decided on what ethnicity they want the character to be, and they’re also seeing both men and women for the role. So yeah, the new Spider-Man villain could be almost anyone. Another casting notice for a different character calls for a younger leading man type to play a new high school student. Some speculate that the two notices are related, meaning the sequel could be angling for a twist on Harry and Norman Osbourne. I hope not. The first Spider-Man movie already did that way better than anyone could ever hope to. You just don’t get a better comic book bad guy than Willem Dafoe.I’m holding out hope for Mysterio. I have absolutely zero evidence to back that up, other than that the character lends itself to ambiguous/possibly gender-flipped casting. Anyone could be underneath that fish bowl. And even if you managed to get a look inside, it could just be an illusion. But again, this is just pure speculation on my part based on absolutely nothing. I just really like Mysterio. Marvel confirmed today that the second trailer for Avengers: Infinity War will arrive on Friday. The news comes after weeks of vague hints coming from the studio and directors Joe and Anthony Russo. The anticipation only grew with the announcement of the movie’s release date being moved up a week. If you thought that meant new footage was forthcoming, well… it’s been a long couple weeks. The Russo brothers announced the upcoming arrival in an Instagram post that I can’t help but get excited about. Yes, it tells you absolutely nothing. It’s just a logo treatment and some music. But look at it. Stay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Japan will reportedly inspect some 200 million network-connected devices ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.The government-backed National Institute of Information and Communications Technology will begin the sweep next month, checking for potential vulnerabilities in routers, webcams, and smart home appliances.Ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup and G20 summit—not to mention the 2020 Summer Olympics—host city Tokyo is eager to boost cybersecurity, according to Channel NewsAsia.Analysts will test common-yet-unsafe IDs and passwords (like “abcd,” “1234,” “admin”) on easily hacked devices—primarily those using physical cables to access the Internet, Institute spokesman Tsutomu Yoshida told the news agency.“Too often, we see webcams, for example, that are already being hacked because security settings are too simple and their images are being seen by outsiders,” he said. “Sometimes they are put on public websites without the owners being aware.”While the Institute said it will eschew expensive and complex operations like checking smartphones, it may instead examine routers at cafes, for example.“We will see, of roughly 200 million products to be surveyed, how many are being exposed” to risks,” Yoshida said.The move comes after an attack during the 2018 Winter Olympics that took down several hundred Pyeongchang computers, knocking Internet and television systems offline for 12 hours.Authorities declined to reveal the source, but The Washington Post pointed the finger at Russia. Citing two anonymous U.S. intelligence officials, the paper tipped a “false-flag” operation, claiming the Russians tried to frame North Korea for the disruption.Next year’s Games mark the return of the Summer Olympics to Tokyo for the first time since 1964. They will be the fourth Olympics held in Japan, and the second of three consecutive Games in East Asia—sandwiched between last year’s event in South Korea and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.More on Geek.com:‘Donald’ Is One of 2018’s Worst PasswordsTokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made Out of Old GadgetsJapan Opens Cocktail Bar in a Waste Dump to Promote Sustainability Stay on target Here’s the Story Behind the World’s First Major Internet AttackResearchers Discover Two More Cases of Facebook Data Exposure
WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Videos Articles Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Could Bray Wyatt Return During WrestleMania? Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Now Playing Up Next Google+ WWE’s Chris Jericho Cast In Kevin Smith’s Horror Movie Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Bray Wyatt WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE Star Thinks The Rock Could Be The Next President “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Following last night’s WWE RAW in Long Island, a series of new championship match have been announced for the Payback PPV on April 30 in San Jose, California.This includes The Hardy Boyz defending the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships against Sheamus and Cesaro. Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Bray Wyatt, while technically a Smackdown match, will now be featured at Payback due to Wyatt being shifted to RAW during the Superstar Shake Up on Monday night.The #USTitle will be on the line in three weeks at #WWEPayback as @IAmJericho gets his rematch against @FightOwensFight! #RAW pic.twitter.com/APhDAoAHqO— WWE (@WWE) April 11, 2017Here is the updated card for WWE Payback in three weeks.WWE Championship – House of Horrors MatchRandy Orton (c) vs. Bray WyattWWE United States Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. Chris JerichoWWE RAW Tag Team Championships MatchThe Hardy Boyz (c’s) vs. Sheamus and CesaroWWE Cruiserweight Championship MatchNeville (c) vs. Austin AriesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are OutdatedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list John Oliver Kevin Smith Teases Latest Addition To Cast Of Jay And Silent Bob Reboot Pinterest
In an effort to take wind out of the sails of so-called “porch pirates” — people who swipe packages from doorsteps — one local cafe is offering itself as a delivery center for neighbors.From now until Christmas Eve, Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, in the Lincoln neighborhood, will hold onto packages for online shoppers concerned the boxes might not make it into their hands.Owner Scott Flury, 54, said he was spurred to act after hearing many neighbors say their packages were intercepted.“It happens all the time,” he said.Online shoppers can list the cafe’s address — 205 E. 39th St., Vancouver, WA 98663 — for delivery and, with photo identification, retrieve a package from the cafe when it arrives. The packages will be stored in the cafe’s basement. There is no charge; Flury, who opened the cafe five years ago, said he just wanted to help.“We don’t want to see people’s Christmas get ruined. We just want them to focus on what’s important,” he said, adding that it’s in the spirit of the holidays: “When blessed, be a blessing.”This is the second year the cafe has offered itself to its shopping neighbors. Flury estimates they stored 15 to 20 packages last year. Only one person didn’t pick up a package on time because the purchaser went out of town for the holidays.
PARIS — A gunman opened fire on police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which hit just three days before a tense presidential election.Security already has been a dominant theme in the campaign, and the violence on the sparkling avenue threatened to weigh on voters’ decisions. Candidates canceled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday’s first-round vote. Investigators searched a home early Friday in an eastern suburb of Paris believed linked to the attack. A police document obtained by The Associated Press identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a criminal record.Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighborhood in Chelles, and worried neighbors expressed surprise at the searches. Archive reports by French newspaper Le Parisien say that Cheurfi was convicted of attacking a police officer in 2001.Authorities are trying to determine whether “one or more people” might have helped the attacker, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters at the scene of the shooting.
As the Clark County council prepares to update its two-year budget, the sheriff’s office has submitted a wish list asking for funding for vehicles, armor, more employees and a study to replace its mothballed central precinct.“This is just a continuing conversation that we had for quite some time,” Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins told the council at a recent work session on the topic.Late last year, the council approved the county’s 2017-2018 budget that included $112.5 million for the sheriff’s office, up from the previous biennium’s $109.8 million. However, Darin Rouhier, finance manager for the sheriff’s office, said that the increase went to rising labor costs, which take up about 75 percent of its budget.As a result, Rouhier said, the sheriff’s office is effectively facing a $1.9 million cut. In response, he said the sheriff’s office had to eliminate five corrections deputy positions, reduce spending on inmate food and other expenditures.Later this month, the Clark County council will consider the 2017 spring supplemental budget. It’s basically an update to the county’s 2017-2018 budget that makes corrections and technical adjustments, accounts for grants and other funding and approves time-sensitive or critical requests from county departments.
The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s review into the death of a La Center man who died while in custody in mid-May is ongoing, as is the county medical examiner’s investigation into the cause of his death.The man, identified as Travis Craig Avery, 36, died after Clark County sheriff’s deputies took him into custody May 13. He was arrested that evening following a domestic violence call in the 8700 block of Sorenson Road, between Woodland and Amboy.Avery resisted arrest, the sheriff’s office said, and after he was taken into custody, he began to complain of difficulty breathing.An ambulance responded, but Avery was pronounced dead at the scene.Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said the Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, which reviewed the incident, passed its investigation on to the prosecutor’s office.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s final report on Avery’s cause and manner of death is still pending.The deputies involved, Scott Kirgiss and Forrest Cook, were placed on administrative leave for part of the investigation and have since returned to their regular duties, Neiman said.
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center nurses will be honored Monday with the AMSNPRISM Award, which recognizes exceptional nursing practice, leadership and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units. It’s the first nursing unit to receive this award in the Northwest.The award stands for “premier recognition in the specialty of med-surg,” according to a Legacy press release. It’s the first of its kind honoring med-surg nursing units in the United States and internationally, and is given to outstanding acute care/med-surg units or adult/pediatric units classified as med-surg.There will be an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver.“This award is a direct recognition and reflection of the daily commitment our staff have to our unit, patients and each other; as well as the high level of quality patient care and outcomes our team delivers day in and day out,” said Julie Gillespie, Manager of Surgical Specialties.The AMSNPRISM award has been around since 2012. Specifically, the award celebrates units that exhibit effective leadership, recruitment and retention of competent staff members, evidence-based practice, positive patient outcomes, a healthy practice environment and lifelong learning of unit staff members, according to the press release.
A one-night count in Clark County found that the number of homeless people rose 21 percent since last year, with seniors, veterans and families with children bearing the brunt of the increases.Clark County’s Council for the Homeless released the results from its most recent Point In Time count, late last week. This year’s count on Jan. 24 found 958 people experiencing homelessness, compared with 795 people on Jan. 25, 2018.The data further shows that unsheltered people — those sleeping in tents, cars, on the streets, or anywhere else not made for sleeping — drove the increase with a 30 percent increase in the last year. Those living in emergency shelters or transitional housing saw a more modest but still notable uptick, up 12 percent from 2018.Council for the Homeless Executive Director Kate Budd said rising rents are the main factor driving more and more people out of their homes — especially senior and disabled people living on a fixed income.“Research shows that homelessness increases in communities where rents grow faster than incomes. In one year, Clark County rents rose on average by 8.3 percent, with the fair market rent rising by over $500 in the last five years,” Budd wrote in blog post on Friday analyzing the Point in Time data. “Rental costs are greatly outpacing employment wages, causing people to spend a higher and higher percentage of their income on rent.”
By Mustapha JallowThe arrests, unlawful detention without trial and disappearance without trace still continue unabated in The Gambia as many people such as government officials, religious leaders, household heads, young people, etc. are being held incommunicado and without charge or court appearance since their abduction or arrest.These long arrests and detentions without charge, trial or access to family members are in gross violation of the second republican constitution and amounts to impunity. Some of these detainees have spent months while others have disappeared for more than a decade now without any trace by their families, as some are held at different places of detention such as the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Police headquarters, Mile Two prison in the outskirts of Banjul and Janjanbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR).The affected families left behind have confirmed and catalogued the trauma, hardship and devastation that the continued absence of their heads have brought to them. Mothers, wives, children, siblings, uncles, aunts, and other dependents of detained family heads continue to appeal to the authorities to release their loved ones for the sake of justice, as their human rights are being violated, and also the families who are experiencing economic hardships due to the absence of their sole breadwinners.Below is the long but inexhaustible list of the detained or disappeared persons, who were usually picked up by men in plain clothes who would come to their homes at ‘ungodly’ hours and in pick up vehicles with tinted glasses and then whisk them away to unknown destinations to commence their long and agonizing detentions without access to their families:IN DETENTION FOR 52 DAYS: A member of the United Democratic Party (UDP), MODOU SARR, who was arrested 9 May 2016 by the Police Intervention Unit (PIU), is still under detention and was not part of those who were released recently among the 36, according to a family source.According to a brother to Mr. Sarr their loved one has not returned home since then; adding that they thought that he would be part of those who were released but he was not. ‘‘We don’t know anything about his whereabouts and are receiving information that he is held at CRR prison,’’ he said.Ajaratou Mberry Sarr, an elder sister to Mr. Sarr, who is ill and bedridden, earlier told this reporter at her residence in Banjul that they have not seen him since he left home on that fateful Monday and still do not know his whereabouts.“We were only told that he was arrested on the way while going to the Kombos but have not heard from him since then and his wife is very worried as she does not know the whereabouts of her husband,” she said. She also said that Mr. Sarr is nursing an injury on one of his legs and needs treatment.“I’m really concerned about his present state of health in detention and whether he is getting the necessary treatment from those holding him. He also left home putting on only one shirt and trouser which needs to be changed,” said the elder sister.She said they want those who are detaining Mr. Sarr to let the family know where he is being held and to allow them access to bring clean clothes and toiletries to him at his place of detention and to release him.The National President of the UDP had earlier stated that 36 of their supporters were arrested by the PIU around Kanifing on 9 May while en route to the Kombos from Banjul after the court appearance of their party leader and other members of the UDP on that day. Mr. Sarr is among the 36 UDP supporters who were arrested on this day and held incommunicado since then. IN DETENTION FOR 80 DAYS: Dembo Darboe, alias ‘Touray Darboe,’ was reported been arrested by agents of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) at his residence in Kafuta since April 16, 2016 and taken to their headquarters in Banjul, where he is still under detention for 80 days now.A relative of ‘Touray Darboe’ recently remarked: “We were really expecting his release since before the start of the month of Ramadan as he has not been charged or brought before a court. This expectation was even very high when we heard about the release of those people who were charged and taken to court. Unfortunately, he is still being held incommunicado and the family still does not know why he is detained.’’The family continued to plead with the authorities for the release of their loved one, ‘Touray’ Darboe, for the sake of his state of health as he has a history of mental illness.Both the wife and ailing mother of ‘Touray’ Darboe have also added their voices calling for his release.IN DETENTION FOR 52 DAYS: An 18 year old Lamin Sarjo, is still held at Janjanbureh Prison in CRR. He is a nephew and apprentice of Malang Sarjo who was part of those UDP members who were released on 30 June at police headquarters in Banjul.18 year old Sarjo was part of the 36 supporters who were arrested by the PIU around Kanifing on 9 May while en route to the Kombos from Banjul after attending a court trial of the UDP leader and other members.IN DETENTION FOR 52 DAYS: Alagie Saidykhan, who is said to be mentally ill and residing in Bakau was not part of those who were released recently and the family, confirmed that he is still held incommunicado.Speaking to Foroyaa, Saja Sonko an uncle to the detainee, said that Saidykhan is not released and that they do not know the reason why he is not. He added that the long detention of Alagie has caused serious financially suffering to his wife which has motivated some UDP members to send money for her support and their siblings.It was reported that Mr Sonko, (the uncle) said he personally visited the PIU and Mile Two prison but he was told by the officers he met there that Alagie is not under their custody.Mr. Sonko also stated that mental illness attacks him from time to time and on that fateful Monday, 9 May, Alagie went to Banjul to take his medicine at the clinic. ‘‘We are really concerned about his state of health and recently his wife had delivered a baby girl and we have done the naming ceremony at Jarra in his absence. His wife is in a sad situation and very desperate about her husband. It’s almost one month now we cannot have access to talk to him or take food for him,’’ Alagie’s uncle explained.IN DETENTION FOR 261 DAYS: Alhagi Ousman Sawaneh, the Imam of Kanifing South, was picked up by unidentified men in civilian clothes around 10 am on Sunday, 18 October, 2015, while leading a team of volunteers to clear the grass in the Kanifing South Cemetery. His whereabouts were not initially known to the family but he was later traced to the NIA headquarters in Banjul. He was later transferred from the NIA to Janjangbureh Prison on the 27 October, 2015.According to family sources, 2 men in civilian clothes came to their house and asked for the Imam, adding that they told the said men that Imam Sawaneh had gone to the Cemetery. They then requested for his phone number which was given to them. “After giving them the number, they left and did not disclose to us what their mission was but an eyewitness who was with the imam at the cemetery came and told us that he saw him being approached by two men who asked to see him in private and later went with him. We then called his cell phone but it was switched off and that was the time we began searching for him until he was finally traced to the NIA. He is now currently held incommunicado at Janjanbureh prison in the Central River Region (CRR),’’ family sources revealed.A family source said that they were hoping that their loved one would be released before the commencement of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as the court had already ordered the state to do so. He is still held incommunicado without access to family members.With the filing of a writ of habeas corpus by the Imam’s family, the high court in Banjul ordered for the Imam’s release on Monday, 21 March, 2016, either conditionally or unconditionally.Family members have said they do not know why he is still held in spite of the court order for his release. They have expressed their concerns over the detention of their loved one and are urging the authorities to release him.IN DETENTION FOR 264 DAYS: Mr Ousman Jammeh, a former Deputy Minister of Agriculture under the regime of President Yahya Jammeh, was removed on Thursday, 15 October, 2015 and arrested and detained on the same day at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul, where he had been held incommunicado for 91 days before being transferred to Mile Two Prison.Mr Jammeh had left his home on Thursday, 15 October, to officiate the commemoration of World Food Day in Basse, Upper River Region (URR). It was while he was on his way to the event that he received a phone call from an unidentified caller who asked him to cancel his trip and return as he had an urgent meeting to attend at state house. While following the instruction, Mr Jammeh was immediately picked up by men in plain clothes and taken away in his official vehicle to the NIA.A source disclosed that the two orderlies of Mr Jammeh were escorted by the agents to his family residence in Kanifing South where the news of his arrest was disclosed to his family.“When we were informed about the sudden arrest and detention of our breadwinner, we then began to search for him and later traced him to the NIA office in Banjul. We visited the NIA on Saturday 17 October 2015 with a bowl of food, clothes and other needs but we were told by agents we met at the reception that food and other items would not be allowed in and we were also not allowed access to him,” said the source.It was also reported that Mr Jammeh is still being held at Mile Two prison in the maximum security wing without access to his entire family. The family attempted several visits, the latest being Tuesday, 21 June, but to no avail as the prison authorities would not allow them access to him.“Some family members went there to appeal to the prison authorities to allow them access to at least see and talk to him briefly after having spent nine months in detention but they denied their request,” said the family source.The source further disclosed that Mr. Jammeh’s mother is traumatised by the long detention and lack of access to her son. “We have been trying everything in order to meet with officials who are close to the president to appeal on our behalf for his release but so far we have not succeeded,” added the source.The source also revealed the ordeal and agony that the family is going through with the absence of the sole breadwinner and household head especially during this fasting month of Ramadan.Expressing their concern over the denial of access to him and the refusal to even receive his clothes, a distraught family member said, “We do not know what our loved one has done to warrant his detention and denial of access. His children keep asking for him and we cannot tell them that their dad is arrested. We told them that he has travelled and is yet to come.”IN DETENTION FOR 264 DAYS: An Imam of a mosque in Jabang Borehole, Sheikh Omar Colley, was also arrested on the same day as the deputy minister of agriculture on Thursday, 15 October, 2015, and is still held incommunicado at Janjanbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR) without access to his family for 264 days now.‘‘We were expecting that our brother would be released as the holy fasting month of Ramadan approached so that he can share it with his young family but he is still held and no one knows why he is held. It’s now 9 months and we do not have any access to him, which is really disturbing the entire family members,’’ Imam Colley’s brother said.According to the brother they were informed that some people who were detained at Janjangbureh prison were taken to police headquarters for their release but that when they went there they couldn’t see him among detainees who were released at the headquarters in Banjul.Family members of Imam Colley are still pleading with the authorities to release their loved one from detention.Imam Colley was transferred from Yundum Police Station to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul less than a day after he presented himself there following instructions from a distant caller in Bansang.A close brother to the detainee revealed that while the Imam was at home he received a telephone call from someone, who claimed to be calling from Bansang Police Station and asking him to report to Old Yundum police station. He said the unknown caller was said to have told Imam Colley to call him with his mobile phone when he reached the station so that he (the caller) could talk to the station officer (SO). He added that this was said to be around the time when the Imam was about to go to the mosque to perform his ‘Maghreb’ (twilight) prayers.He further explained that they accompanied Mr. Colley to the station and while they were there, their brother called the said caller from Bansang to talk to the police officer they met there. This police officer later asked him to hand over all his personal belongings e.g. mobile phone, wrist watch, rosary beads, etc., and enter into the cell. He said the brother then complied with this police order.It was also disclosed that when they returned to the station around 7am the next day on Friday, they were told by the police officers they met there that their brother was no longer in their custody. He said the brother was later traced to the NIA headquarters in Banjul, but they were denied access to him while he was held there before his current detention at Janjangbureh Prison.He said that Imam Colley was held incommunicado at the NIA headquarters in Banjul for 48 days and that while they were making efforts to access him, they received information that the Imam had been transferred from the NIA Headquarters to Janjangbureh Prison in the Central River Region (CRR) without access.IN DETENTION FOR 247 DAYS: IMAM of Dasilami in Lower Fulladou West District, Central River Region (CRR), Cherno Gassama, is still under detention without trial at the Janjangbureh Prison in CRR without release or court appearance for 247 days.According to sources they were not informed of the reason for the arrest and long detention without release or court appearance of their Imam.Earlier reports indicated that Imam Gassama was arrested on Monday, 2 November 2015, at his residence by an operative of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), who was accompanied by a police officer in uniform from Brikamaba Police Station.According to eye witnesses when the Imam arrived at the police station, he was briefly held behind bars before being finally taken to Janjangbureh Prison in CRR on the same day.Family members and members of his mosque congregation have also raised concerns over the detention of their imam and are calling on the authorities to free the Imam so as to enable him to lead prayers in their mosque.IN DETENTION FOR 675 DAYS: A former staff of the state telecommunication company, Gamtel/Gamcel, Mr Seedy Jaiteh is still under detention without trial for 675 days at the maximum security wing in Mile Two Prison without access to his relatives.‘‘Our loved one is yet to be released from detention and since we entered the holy month of Ramadan we were not allowed access to take food for him. We are also worried about his situation in the prison as to whether he has been getting his needs for the holy month of Ramadan,’’ a concerned family source remarked.According to family sources, Mr. Jaiteh has not returned home since his arrest in 2014 and no single family member knows the reason why he is held up to date or why they have not been allowed to see him at the said prison.However, the sources added that they are still calling on the authorities to release their loved one as he is described as a responsible man who has wives and children to take care of.Family members say Mr Jaiteh had been arrested before. In November 2010, he was arrested and detained at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul for days before being released. He was later arraigned before the high court and convicted on 20 October 2012. He was released in February 2014 after he completed serving his jail term.Sources further explained that Mr. Jaiteh was re-arrested by agents of NIA at his home in Manjai Kunda on 27 August 2014. He was later moved from the NIA to Mile II prison on 3 September 2014.‘‘In our efforts while searching for him, we were initially allowed to take food to him at the NIA Banjul office but after few days this was stopped as Mr. Jaiteh was said to have been transferred to the Mile Two central prison in the outskirts of the capital, in Banjul,’’ a family source said.However, family sources disclose that at the time when the president Jammeh announced on 22 July last year that he was going to release some detainees, they were expecting Mr Jaiteh to be among those released, but that they were disappointed; they noticed that he was not among those freed.DISAPPEARED FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS NOW: A former Military personnel of the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF), LIEUTENANT EBOU LOWE, who was arrested in 2006 has gone missing since then without any trace of him, a relative said.According to a family source of the missing ex-military man they have not seen him or received any information that he still held. ‘‘We are still searching or asking people who were close to him so that they can tell us where he is. We would also want the state to do a proper investigation into his whereabouts,’’ said distraught relative. He added that they have been visiting the prison and following the pronouncement of a grant of amnesty by the president, which led to the release of some convicted prisoners and detainees. They went to Mile Two prison on the 24 July 2015, in anticipation that he would be among them; but he was not among those released.Reports reveal that Lt. Lowe was among the military officers who were arrested in the wake of the 21 March 2006 attempted coup to overthrow the APRC regime. It was later announced by the state owned tv (GRTS) on 4th April 2006 that Lt. Ebou Lowe had escaped with four other security officers while being transferred to Janjangbureh prison in the hinterland but still now none of his entire family members have seen or heard from him.DISAPPEARED FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS NOW: A Former State House Senior Reporter and Crime Watch Columnist of the Daily Observer Newspaper, Chief Ebrima Manneh, has also gone missing since 2006. It was earlier reported that he was arrested by security agents at his workplace in Bakau and that he was taken to different detention centres in country. His disappearance without trace occurred immediately after the African Union (AU) Summit hosted by The Gambia in Bakau on 7 July.According to one of his brother they have not set an eye on him since the day he was picked up, adding that they have done everything possible to know his whereabouts but that all their efforts were unsuccessful. He said that they are also appealing to anyone who sees or hears about him to contact his family members immediately.The father of the missing son, who cries while explaining the situation of his son, said that he would not rest searching or requesting from the government about his whereabouts until he sees him. He added that he would try all his best to mobilise religious leaders to go with him to President Jammeh at his residence in Kanilai to enquire from him about Ebrima Manneh.Chief Manneh’s aging father has been making frantic efforts in search of his son since inception. He said he first visited all the known security detention centres around the country without any trace of his son and had also approached personalities such as the then NIA Director General, Mr Harry Sambou; the then IGP, Mr. Ousman Sonko; the then State House Imam, Abdoulie Fatty and the Vice President Madam Isatou Njie-Saidy to help in the efforts to trace Chief Manneh, but to no avail. The family is calling on the state to mount an investigation into the disappearance of their loved one, because they are very much traumatised about the disappearance.The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) based in Accra, Ghana, filed a suit against the Gambia government at the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, Nigeria on 19 June 2007. The court held several proceedings but since the commencement of proceedings on 16 July 2007, the Government of The Gambia repeatedly failed to appear before the ECOWAS Court after being served with several summons. While the plaintiffs presented two witnesses from The Gambia who testified, the state failed to secure the appearance of senior Police and Military officers who were subpoenaed to testify.On 5 June 2008, the ECOWAS Court entered judgment in favour of the missing journalist and ordered the Gambian government to release and compensate him an amount of US 100,000 Dollars but still now nothing has been done.The position of the Gambia Government as expressed by its agents has been inconsistent to say the least. The Gambia government never made any public comment about the missing Journalist until February 2009 when the matter of Chief Manneh was raised in Parliament by the then Minority leader Momodou Sanneh. The then Justice Minister Mrs. Marie Saine Firdaus stated that Chief Manneh has never been in state custody and described MFWA’s move as premature as they did not exhaust local remedies in Gambian courts before going to the ECOWAS level.However, her successor Mr. Edward Gomez, told Daily News, that Chief Manneh was still alive but failed to give any supportive evidence about his claims. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Yankuba Sonko at the time also told a local newspapers that the missing journalist is residing in the United States of America, but he also failed to give provide any evidence.The Solicitor General, in 2008 told Amnesty International Researchers that the government believed Chief Manneh was abducted as it has been claimed, though nobody from the government had been involved.DISAPPEARED FOR MORE THAN 3 YEARS NOW: ALHAGIE MAMUT CEESAY and EBOU JOBE, who are two US citizens of Gambian descent, were reported missing on Saturday, 22 June 2013 in Brusubi while on holiday in The Gambia. The disturbed family members of the two US citizens are dissatisfied with the lack of progress as they are yet to trace their whereabouts or to secure their immediate release.The two were abducted from the same apartment at Brusubi on the same day. According to family sources the duo came to The Gambia with the intention of investing in a cashew export business.According to a release issued by the Ceesay family, Alhagie and Ebou came to The Gambia to invest and contribute to the Gambian economy. The two had a lease agreement for the office space which they rented while in The Gambia.Mr. Ceesay is said to have completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington (Seattle) and later worked for Chevron Texaco for 11 years as an Infrastructure systems analyst. He recently obtained his MBA in 2013. He is married and has two children.As for Mr. Jobe, he is said to have graduated from the University of Washington and worked at Wal-Mart as an Operations Manager. He is also married and has three children.A family source has indicated that the police have been informed and are fully aware of the disappearance of the duo but are yet to come up with any findings regarding their whereabouts.The US government has been pursuing the matter with the Gambia Government and did raise the matter at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).A former US Charge d’Affaire said at a press conference in 2014 that, “As far as I know, they were picked up and disappeared and we have asked the Gambia Government to investigate.”He disclosed that they have even offered the services of the FBI to help in locating these two US citizens and added that they will leave no stone unturned in searching for their nationals.DISAPPEARED FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS NOW: A native of Jarra who was residing in Bonto village in Kombo East of the West Coast Region (WCR) and a former staff of the Christian Children Fund, (now Child Fund The Gambia), MR. LAMIN KANYI (ALIAS KANYIBA KANYI), was abducted in the Gambia on 18th September 2006 by men in plain clothes believed to be security agents, including a police officer in uniform in the presence of his family.According to a family source they don’t know whether Kanyiba is still alive or not. ‘‘Both his father and brother had passed away and he has not witnessed any of the burials or 40 Days charity because he was abducted by the agents and nobody knows if he has also passed away or not. His father died because he has been under stress due to the abduction of his son,’’ he lamented.He added that this is the greatest sadness they had ever encountered, adding that their family has been in turmoil since Kanyiba was whisked away.According to eyewitnesses, Lamin Kanyiba was abducted around 9:00pm by three men who demanded to see him in camera; that Kanyiba then asked them to identify themselves and their mission which they refused to disclose. “The said men in plain clothes then called a taxi driver who was some metres away from the scene. Within a twinkle of an eye, the taxi driver arrived, Kanyiba was forcefully pushed into the taxi and then whisked away in full view of his family, leaving the wife and family in tears,” said a family member.Another family source disclosed that shortly after Kanyiba was whisked away, his younger brother was also arrested and detained overnight at the Serious Crime Unit (SCU) at the Police headquarters in Banjul but was later released. The family source says that they have been traumatized and are seriously affected by the abduction and disappearance of their loved one since 2006.Sources add that at the time of Kanyiba’s forced disappearance, his wife was pregnant and later delivered a baby girl who is now 10 years old and attending school.It was further revealed that Kanyiba’s aging father died shortly after a visit to Kanilai to request for an audience with President Jammeh, audience he was unable to obtain.His family members also filed a writ of “Habeas Corpus’ at the high court but he was not produced before the court neither was he released contrary to the court order.DISAPPEARED FOR MORE THAN 11 YEARS NOW – Mr. Lamin Tunkara, a native of Kinteh-Kunda Marong Kunda in the Central Baddibu District of the North Bank Region (NBR), was arrested on 21st July, 2005, by a combined team, comprising the CID (police), NIA agents and plain clothes officers, behind Albert Market in Banjul. Since then he is nowhere to be seen or heard of, up to date.The family members earlier reported that Mr Tunkara’s house in Tallinding was ransacked by the said security agents who confiscated foreign denominations – CFA, US Dollars and Euros and Dalasi as well.He was detained at the Police headquarters in Banjul for few days and later at the Kairaba Police Station. His family said while in detention, he was accused of being an agent facilitating the journey of nationals through the “back way” to Spain.Since he was last seen at Kairaba Police Station up till now family members have no clue of his whereabouts.DISAPPEARED FOR 10 YEARS: Three close friends, ALHAGIE MOMODOU LAMIN NYASSI, ex-Chief of Foni Kansala District, NDONGO MBOOB and ALHAGIE BUBACARR SANYANG, District Coordinator of APRC in Foni Kansala, all natives of Bwiam in the West Coast Region, have gone missing and never returned home since their arrest by men in plain clothes including senior police officers in 2006.A family member of the ex-chief Momodou Lamin Nyassi says that to their surprise their loved one was not among those released when amnesty was granted and a lot of prisoners were released last year. He said they still have no information about him and do not know whether he is still alive or not. He added that when they discovered that no progress was being made they decided to approach the security chiefs and other government officials to talk to the President to free their father. Sources say that they have visited both General Saul Badjie and Asobi Bojang so that they can approach President Yahya Jammeh but that all their efforts are in vain.According to sources, ex-chief Momodou Lamin Nyassi, Ndongo Mboob and Bubacarr Sanyang were first arrested in 2004 and briefly held at Janjangbureh Prison in CRR but were later released.He added that the ex-chief was re-arrested in 2005 by men in plain clothes and later arraigned at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court where he was convicted and fined D20,000 which was immediately paid by his family members. He was then set free.However, sources say that both the ex-chief and Mboob were re-arrested by plain clothes officers including the station officer (S/O) at Sibanor Police Station on Tuesday evening, 4 April, 2006, whilst conveying his friend, Ndongo Mboob, who visited his house and that the ex-chief told the said men to allow him to hand over his phone cell to the family. He said immediately after his arrest, they visited the said Sibanor Police station as they recognised the station officer who came for their father. They were told by the officers that their loved one was not under their custody and they then returned home till the next day to continue the search for him.‘‘On the next day, we visited all known security detention centres in The Gambia, including Mile II Central Prisons, Janjanbureh Prison, NIA detention centre in Banjul and the Police headquarters, but we couldn’t trace him and we do not know the condition in which he is held or whether he is still alive. In fact his grandsons and daughters are all grown ups now,’’ he said.The relatives of the disappeared persons told this reporter that they are traumatized and desperate to see their loved ones.Bubacarr Sanyang (alias Bubai), a District Coordinator of 22nd July Movement in Foni Kansala, was also first arrested in 2004 while attending a community ‘Gamo’ (a muslim religious gathering for prayer, preaching and recitation of the Qur’an). ‘‘We were at the ‘Gomo’ when some men in civilian clothes came and told him that he was needed at a meeting in Basse. He was then picked up. We were wondering because we did not see him for 3 days but he was later released,’’ said a family source.However, in 2006 he was re-arrested from his house (on the same day as with the chief and Mboob) by three NIA operatives who informed him that he was wanted by someone in higher authority. The family said Bubai had just finished performing the ‘Maghrib’ prayer when the men came for him. They said Bubai had handed over his mobile phones to one of his wives at that juncture, and then the men whisked him away, adding that up to date they don’t know his whereabouts, or have not seen or heard from him.The family source added that they are calling on the authorities to trace out their loved one.DISAPPEARED FOR NEARLY 11 YEARS NOW: A native of Dobong village, in the Foni Kansala District, JASARJA KUJABI, has disappeared since Wednesday, 27 July, 2005, after his house was ransacked by men claiming to be NIA agents who came in a numberless Nissan jeep with tinted glasses.According to a family source when they heard the announcement over the tv that some convicted prisoners would be pardoned they also went to the said prison but that Jasarja was not part of those that were released and that they finally left the place with stress and agony. They added that they have visited well known detention centres but couldn’t trace him and that they had also approached the top security chiefs but all their efforts are in vain.Family members earlier reported to this medium that they have not seen or heard from him since his disappearance in 2005 and that they are still wondering if their loved one is alive. ‘‘Since he was arrested by the agents, his absence is really disturbing us a lot because we’re facing a serious financial crisis and he was the only financial support of his young family,’’ a family source added.According to the family, Mr Kujabi was picked up from his farm and then taken to his house for him to change his clothes. The source indicated that he told his family that he was going but that they should not be bothered and that he was soon whisked away. His situation is still unknown to his entire family after 11 years now. DISAPPEARED FOR MORE THAN 11 YEARS NOW: HARUNA JAMMEH, a native of Kanilai, has also gone missing in the same evening, as he boarded the same vehicle that came for the arrest of Jisarja. Since then these two are nowhere to be seen or heard of, up to date.