German researchers have enabled mice paralyzed after spinal cord injuries to walk again, re-establishing a neural link hitherto considered irreparable in mammals by using a designer protein injected into the brain. Spinal cord injuries in humans, often caused by sports or traffic accidents, leave them paralyzed because not all of the nerve fibers that carry information between muscles and the brain are able to grow back. But the researchers from Ruhr University Bochum managed to stimulate the paralyzed mice's nerve cells to regenerate using a designer protein.
A court in northern Nigeria on Thursday acquitted a minor at an appeal hearing after he had been sentenced to 10 years in prison with menial labour under Islamic law in a conviction that caused a global outcry. In August, a sharia court in the northern city of Kano handed Omar Farouq the jail term following accusations that he made blasphemous comments in an argument. His initial conviction was condemned by rights groups, the United Nations and the head of Poland's Auschwitz Memorial who said he and others would volunteer to each serve a month of the boy's prison sentence.
Health officials in the Canadian province of Ontario thought large, central clinics would be the most efficient way to get staff at long-term care homes vaccinated quickly, protecting elderly residents most at risk of severe COVID-19 and death. As it became clear that some staff could or would not travel to hospitals in large cities like Toronto, wary of the healthcare system or of the vaccines, officials have turned to new strategies, like bringing the shots directly to care homes. Improving the vaccination rate among staff at long-term care (LTC) homes is critical to limiting further deaths and outbreaks in these facilities, where experts recently forecast another 1,520 residents could die by Feb. 14, under worst-case conditions.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday French people had got into the habit of criticising anyone who takes the initiative and tries to move the country forward. Macron did not say if he was talking about himself, but one of his political opponents said the comments showed the French leader had been stung by criticism of his four years in power.
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter has been awarded the Rugby Writers' Club Pat Marshall award as the sport's personality of the year after guiding the club to a memorable Premiership and European Cup double last season. Baxter has been involved with the Devon club for more than 30 years as player, captain and coach, overseeing their rise from the lower leagues to reach the Premiership 10 years ago. That journey reached its zenith in October with victories over Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final and over Wasps in the Premiership final on successive weekends.
“Today the sun was shining, the birds were singing and McDonald’s share price in Florida just went way up because America just got a brand new dad.” Trevor Noah’s latest monologue breaks down some of the noteworthy moments from Joe Biden’s inauguration. He said the moment where Biden was sworn in would stay in his […]
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English minnows Chorley host mighty Wolves in the FA Cup on Friday, with manager Jamie Vermiglio hoping to rekindle the spirit of a famous win against the same opponents 35 years ago.
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Firefighters in East Aurora, New York – in the Buffalo metro area – promised local Buffalo Bills fans that they will “take care” of any Kansas City Chiefs signs placed around the town ahead of the AFC Championship football game this Sunday.In a tongue-in-cheek video shared to Facebook by the East Aurora Fire Department, a firehose is deployed from a cherry-picker to lay waste to a Kansas City Chiefs sign.“If anyone notices any KC signs around town, please message us. We may be able to take care of them,” the East Aurora Fire Department said.The Buffalo Bills will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game this Sunday, January 24. Credit: East Aurora Fire Department via Storyful
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer meets with new Senate Democrats Jon Ossoff, Alex Padilla and Raphael Warnock in Washington, D.C.
The Vatican’s criminal tribunal on Thursday convicted the former head of the Vatican bank and his lawyer of embezzling millions of euros in proceeds from the sales of Holy See-owned real estate, and sentenced them to nearly nine years in prison each. The court also awarded the bank, known as the Institute of Religious Works, some 23 million euros in restitution, some of it from money seized from the suspects' Swiss and Vatican bank accounts that were frozen during the investigation. Prosecutors had accused former bank chief Angelo Caloia, 81, and his 97-year-old lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds and money-laundering between 2001 and 2008, when the bank sold off a sizeable chunk of its real estate assets.
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Philadelphia Flyers forward Morgan Frost and defenseman Philippe Myers are nursing significant injuries, the team announced Thursday. Frost, 21, is sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder sustained in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Myers, who yet to dent the scoresheet in four games this season, has collected 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 75 career contests with Philadelphia.
As promised, Billie Eilish has finally dropped her long-awaited collaboration with Spanish singer Rosalia, “Lo Vas a Olvidar (You Will Forget Her),” is dropping Thursday, Jan. 21, at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT. The song will be part of the HBO hit series “Euphoria”’s “Part Two: Jules’” soundtrack. The moody, atmospheric song continues Eilish’s string […]
The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive online movement saw hundreds of victims share accounts about sexual abuse within their families. The move comes in the wake of child abuse accusations involving a prominent French political expert. France’s justice minister said Thursday the government will soon present new legal measures to better protect children, while a draft bill has started being debated at parliament to toughen laws on the rape of minors under 13.
France on Thursday passed a new law to protect minors from sexual abuse in the wake of a controversy about incest. The law passed through the French senate making it a crime for an adult to inflict any act of sexual penetration on minors under 13 years of age, and punishable by 20 years of prison. The vote took place after the country was hit earlier in the month by a scandal involving prominent political commentator Olivier Duhamel, accused of raping his stepson when he was a teenager. Mr Duhamel described the allegations as "personal attacks". Several public figures have spoken out on the issue, including first lady Brigitte Macron who called on Sunday for judicial reform to fight back against incest. Initially submitted to the Senate in December, last-minute amendments were made to the bill in the wake of the incest scandal, including toughening of sentences. It finds incest to be an aggravating factor, which could add up to ten additional years in jail and a £130,000 fine. Another key part of the new legislation is that the limitation period in which victims can bring suits, which has been extended from 6 years to 10 in case of sexual assault, and 20 for rape. “I’m a doctor, and I’m the mother of three daughters, so I’m very concerned with the issue of children’s sexual abuse” senator Marie Mercier, rapporteur of the Senate’s legislation committee, who was defending the bill. “French law already protects children but this new bill can be credited with creating more clarity and adding more protection.” The allegations against Mr Duhamel were made public earlier in January by his stepdaughter Camille Kouchner. The release of a book outlining the alleged abuse has triggered a wave of incest abuse testimonies on social media, with users speaking out under the hashtag #MeTooInceste. A leading French cartoonist, Xavier Gorce, on Wednesday said he would no longer work for Le Monde after the newspaper apologised for a cartoon he drew that tackled the controversy with a drawing of two penguins. The smaller penguin asks the other: "If I was abused by the adopted half-brother of the partner of my transgender father who has now become my mother, is that incest?" In an apology to readers, Le Monde's editor-in-chief Caroline Monnot said the cartoon should not have been published. The latest developments are an indicator of the French intellectual elite’s struggle to face issues of sexual consent and prevailing societal taboos.
From crowing roosters to the whiff of barnyard animals, the "sensory heritage" of France's countryside will now be protected by law from attempts to stifle the everyday aspects of rural life from newcomers looking for peace and quiet.
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"There are certainly other stories that I want to tell."