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END OF A VOODOO NIGHTMARE : Jean-Claude Duvalier, ex-Haitian leader known as Baby Doc, dies at 63

The Americas

By Stephanie Hanes 

October 4 at 12:41 PM

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the second-generation “president for life” who plunged one of the world’s poorest countries into further despair by presiding over widespread killing, torture and plunder, died Oct. 4 at his home in Port-au-Prince. He was 63.

His death was confirmed by his lawyer, according to the Asssociated Press. The cause was not immediately disclosed.

Despite a brief, hopeful window when it appeared that the overweight, overwhelmed dauphin might liberalize the country, the younger Duvalier soon followed in his father’s violent footsteps. 

Tens of thousands of Haitians were killed under the regimes, with many more tortured, according to human rights groups.

Jean-Claude Duvalier maintained his father’s well-established terror apparatus — most notably the Tontons Macoutes, the shadowy militia whose name means “bogeymen” — and added new techniques for skimming hundreds of millions of dollars from the national treasury.

Under the you…

THE HUMAN RACE : Nick Bostrom says artificial intelligence poses an existential threat to humanity

Will Superintelligent AIs Be Our Doom?By Nick Bostrom Posted 3 Sep 2014 | 15:00 GMT

Illustration: Mehau Kulyk/Science Photo Library/Corbis

Photo: Oxford University PressEvery morning Nick Bostrom wakes up, brushes his teeth, and gets to work thinking about how the human species may be wiped off the face of the earth. Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, is an expert on existential threats to humanity. Of all the perils that make his list, though, he’s most concerned with the threat posed by artificial intelligence.

Bostrom’s new book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (Oxford University Press), maps out scenarios in which humans create a “seed AI” that is smart enough to improve its own intelligence and skills and which goes on to take over the world. Bostrom discusses what might motivate such a machine and explains why its goals might be incompatible with the continued existence of human beings. (In one example, a factory AI is …


Researchers find radioactive debris and garbage island large enough to walk on floating in Pacific Ocean

Friday, October 03, 2014 
by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

Tags: garbage, radioactive debris, Pacific Ocean

(NaturalNews) Researchers on an expedition to assess the state of plastic pollution in the North Pacific Ocean discovered two disturbing things: an island completely made of trash, large and sturdy enough to walk on; and a piece of radioactive rope floating in the midst of the ocean.

The "garbage island" was discovered by researchers from the nonprofit Algalita, which studies plastic pollution, about a thousand miles to the west of California, and about a thousand miles north of Hawaii. 

It is located in what is known as a gyre, where ocean currents meet and circle. Because of the nature of these currents, garbage tends to accumulate in gyres.

 It was in just such a gyre that, 15 years ago, Algalita researchers discovered the giant plastic mass that has come to be known the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

Never seen anything like it

The newly discovered garbage islan…



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Japanese mango market to be tapped

By The Newspaper's Staff Reporter

Published about 9 hours ago

KARACHI: The Ministry of Commerce is targeting high-priced Japanese market for export of mangoes from next season for which efforts are being made to activate a vapour heat treatment (VHT) plant imported a few years ago.

In a meeting of board of directors of the Export Development Fund (EDF) held on Friday, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir directed the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to bring a viable proposal to make the VHT plant operational before the next season starts.

The commerce minister, who chaired the meeting, directed that after the release of funds for the projects approved, the TDAP will have to submit quarterly report to the board on the progress.

He also urged transparency in the working of EDF, for which an effective mechanism should be devised to ensure the funds spent and collected under the Export Development Cess for the promotion of exports.

It was inform…