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World’s oldest bird, an albatross, just hatched her 40th chick – at 65

February 11, 2016
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World’s oldest bird, an albatross, just hatched her 40th chick – at 65

By Lonnie Shekhtman February 10, 2016 Kiah Walker/US Fish and Wildlife Service Kiah Walker/US Fish and Wildlife Service A Laysan albatross named Wisdom has hatched what could be her 40th chick, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, an impressive feat at her ripe age of at least 65. Baby Kūkini, which is...
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Possible direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO could spell Nobel Prize

February 11, 2016
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Possible direct detection of gravitational waves by LIGO could spell Nobel Prize

Stephanie Fine and Jiyun Lee / Staff Designers By Dan Garisto | Spectator Senior Staff Writer | February 11, 2016, 7:26 AM One year ago, exactly a century after Einstein introduced his General Theory of Relativity, a Columbia student started up a machine that aimed to probe the deepest mysteries Einstein’s theory proposed. On...
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Brazil links three deaths to suspected Zika-related complications

February 11, 2016
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Brazil links three deaths to suspected Zika-related complications

A municipal worker sprays insecticide at the neighborhood of Afogados in Recife, Brazil, February 2, 2016. Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino Brazilian health authorities believe three adults died last year of suspected complications related to the Zika virus, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Researchers found the virus in the body of a 20-year-old woman who died...
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Who walked the roads to Rome? Isotopes provide clues

February 11, 2016
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Who walked the roads to Rome? Isotopes provide clues

Archaeologists analyzed isotopes in molars to begin personalizing the story of Rome’s hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Some came willingly, others did not. By Molly Jackson February 11, 2016 Courtesy of Kristina Killgrove Who really lived in ancient Rome? During the first few centuries AD, the city may have had 1 million residents: a...
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Towards the exploitation of the full potential of Moringa

February 4, 2016
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Towards the exploitation of the full potential of Moringa

Haiti Libre: Pursuant to a resolution passed to the States General of malnutrition in 2012 by the Ministry of Health, the Government has decided to promote the Doliv-Moringa (Moringa oleifera), which is since considered one of the main control tools against malnutrition in Haiti. The Government considers that Moringa can play an important role...
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Fears Zika virus could contaminate emergency blood supply

February 2, 2016
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Fears Zika virus could contaminate emergency blood supply

Getty Concerns: Doctors fear the virus can be spread through sex New concerns have emerged over the widespread Zika epidemic as it’s feared the virus can be spread through sex and can impact blood donations. Scientists probing the rapid onslaught of the virus claim pregnant women can catch it through unprotected sex. At least...
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Zika virus: Brazil journalist speaks out over microcephaly fear

February 2, 2016
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Zika virus: Brazil journalist speaks out over microcephaly fear

BBC Image copyright Ana Carolina CaceresBrazilian journalist Ana Carolina Caceres, 24, was born with microcephaly, a congenital malformation that means babies are born with abnormally small heads and may suffer from delayed brain development. The condition is suspected to be linked to the Zika virus, which has been spreading through the Americas. Dismayed by...
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More Than 2,100 Pregnant Colombian Women Infected With Zika Virus

February 1, 2016
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More Than 2,100 Pregnant Colombian Women Infected With Zika Virus

This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, James Gathany/CDC By Julia Symmes Cobb More than 2,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease...
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Zika virus could become ‘explosive pandemic’

January 28, 2016
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28 January 2016 From the section US & Canada Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionJulia Carneiro has been speaking to expectant mothers.US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say...
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Zika: Brazil to deploy army in fight against virus

January 27, 2016
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Zika: Brazil to deploy army in fight against virus

Brazil’s government says it will deploy 220,000 soldiers in its fight against mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus. The soldiers will go from home to home handing out leaflets on how to avoid the spread of Zika, which has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. The announcement came after Health...
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Zika virus expected to spread throughout Americas: WHO

January 25, 2016
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Zika virus expected to spread throughout Americas: WHO

Geneva (AFP) – The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing serious birth defects, is expected to spread to all countries in the Americas except Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said. Zika has suspected but unproven links to microcephaly — in which babies born to women infected during pregnancy have abnormally...
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Britain and Bill Gates pledge 3 billion pounds to fight malaria

January 25, 2016
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Britain and Bill Gates pledge 3 billion pounds to fight malaria

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (L) speaks as he sits with Britain’s Chancellor George Osborne during a visit to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, Britain January 25, 2016. Reuters/Dave Thompson/pool Britain will spend 500 million pounds ($700 million) per year for the next five years to try and end deaths caused by...
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Zika virus infection – Haiti

January 24, 2016
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Zika virus infection – Haiti

Disease Outbreak News World Health Organiztion 21 January 2016 On 18 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point for Haiti notified PAHO/WHO of 5 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection. Of the 5 confirmed cases, 4 are from the Delmas commune while the remaining case is from the Pétion-Ville commune. Samples of the patient...
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TOTAL Haiti launches its 2nd Edition of reforestation contest

January 18, 2016
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TOTAL Haiti launches its 2nd Edition of reforestation contest

Haiti Libre: TOTAL Haiti, launched the 2nd edition of its reforestation contest “Konbit Rebwazman se rasin lespwa !” Since January 14, 2016 until February 29, 2016, you can register online at : www.totalhaiti.com/home_professionnels/concours/inscription-concours.html or by collecting a registration form in a TOTAL station or at Sogexpress, Palmis Mikwofinans, Sogebank, Capital Bank, Brana, contest partners....
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Brazil Zika outbreak: New test kits for mosquito-borne viruses

January 17, 2016
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Brazil Zika outbreak: New test kits for mosquito-borne viruses

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes are the transmitters of all three viruses BBC: The Brazilian Health ministry says it’s developed new testing kits to rapidly identify the presence of three viruses – Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya – all carried by the same mosquito. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said priority for...
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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

January 17, 2016
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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

By Dom Phillips January 15 RECIFE, Brazil — Jusikelly da Silva was full of expectations for her baby. This was to be her fourth with her spouse, Josenildo, and the couple had three other children from previous relationships. “All perfect, all normal,” her husband said of their family. Then, at the six-month mark of...
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Zika virus reaches Haiti

January 15, 2016
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Zika virus reaches Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has confirmed the first case of the Zika Virus in Haiti. PAHO’s Communicable Disease and Health Analysis director Marcos Espinal, who made the announcement yesterday, warned that there are many people who will contract Zika without knowing it. But he said there...
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FAO extend by one year its program – Farmer Field School

January 12, 2016
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FAO extend by one year its program – Farmer Field School

Haiti Libre: Because of its economic and agricultural potential but also the high rate of food insecure people and its vulnerability to climate hazards, including drought, the Department of Northeast is the subject of special attention of the Organization United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union (EU) that have introduced...
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IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE-Haiti’s Gold Problem- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

January 11, 2016
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IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE-Haiti’s Gold Problem- Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

by Devesh Rasgotra , January 11, 2016 Haiti’s hidden gold may hold the key to alleviating its socio-economic issues; however this will be dependent on political stability and the absence of crony capitalism. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and its economy contracted by more than 5% following the devastating 2010...
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IDB brings $2,4M to the SMASH program of the BRANA

January 9, 2016
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IDB brings $2,4M to the SMASH program of the BRANA

Haiti Libre.com Friday, in the Étoile du Nord in Carrefour Vincent (Drouillard), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), and the National Brasserie d’Haiti SA (BRANA), have joined the sorghum farmers to celebrate the integration of the IDB to the program Smallholders Alliance for Sorghum in Haiti (SMASH),...
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