Category Archives: Around the World

“She says she felt a duty to shine a light on the darkness so many young women have to go through.”

BBC News: Chanel Miller: Stanford sexual assault survivor tells her story. “What do we know about Emily Doe? We know she was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner outside a frat party at Stanford University, California, one night in January 2015. She was found unconscious and partly-clothed, near a dumpster.”

“He would get a six-month term, for sexually assaulting an intoxicated victim, sexually assaulting an unconscious victim and attempting to rape her.

He would serve three months and be put on probation for three years, ending this month. Judge Aaron Persky, who was later removed from his post, cited Turner’s good character and the fact he had been drinking.

Much of the coverage at the time also focused on the fact Turner was a star swimmer.

What do we know about Chanel Miller? Maybe you don’t know a lot, yet. If you’ve read the victim impact statement she addressed to Turner, which went viral when she was still known as Emily Doe to protect her anonymity, you’ll know she is brave and articulate.

Here is what you should know about Chanel.”

Buzzfeed News: Here’s The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker. (6 June, 2016)

“A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her.”

7 Tage 20 Stunden und 49 Minuten im Weltall

Deutsche Welle: Erster deutscher Raumfahrer Sigmund Jähn ist tot. “Der DDR-Bürger Sigmund Jähn flog als erster Deutscher ins All. Er wollte nie ein Held sein – und war es doch für Generationen. Aber nach der Wende wurde er arbeitslos. Nun ist Jähn im Alter von 82 Jahren gestorben.”

“Sigmund Jähn, der erste Deutsche im Weltraum, ist tot. Der DDR-Kosmonaut starb bereits am Samstag im Alter von 82 Jahren, wie das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) jetzt erst mitteilte. “Mit Sigmund Jähn verliert die deutsche Raumfahrt einen weltweit anerkannten Kosmonauten, Wissenschaftler und Ingenieur”, sagte die Vorstandsvorsitzende des DLR, Pascale Ehrenfreund.

Jähn war mit der Rakete “Sojus 31″ am 26. August 1978 vom russischen Raumfahrtzentrum Baikonur aus gestartet. Gemeinsam mit dem sowjetischen Kosmonauten Waleri Bykowski (1934-2019) war er sieben Tage, 20 Stunden und 49 Minuten im All. Der Kosmonaut war in der DDR ein Volksheld und genoss große Popularität. Trotz seines Ruhmes blieb er immer bescheiden und wurde deshalb besonders verehrt.”

Sigmund Jähn: Ein Leben für die Raumfahrt. “Der Buchdrucker legte eine sozialistische Bilderbuchkarriere hin: Vom Pionier zum Kampfflieger zum Kosmonauten und am Ende zur Polit-Ikone. Auch nach der Wende ist Sigmund Jähn mit Herz und Hand Raumfahrer geblieben.”

“Once they start exercising and experience the benefits, they become very committed to routine exercise”

NPR Health: Exercising To Ease Pain: Taking Brisk Walks Can Help. “For people who live with chronic pain, getting up, out and moving can seem daunting. Some fear that physical activity will make their pain worse. But in fact, researchers find the opposite is true: The right kind of exercise can help reduce pain.”

“”Movement is essential for nutrition of the cartilage,” says Dr. Virginia Byers Kraus, a professor at Duke University’s Molecular Physiology Institute who serves on the research and medical committees of the Arthritis Foundation.

“Cartilage doesn’t have a blood supply but does have living cells,” she explains. “So the way it gets nutrition is by dynamic motion — putting weight off and on as you walk and move. The fluid inside the joint flows into and out of the cartilage like a sponge, so all the nutrients in the joint fluid get into the cartilage” and help slow any degradation there.

Neuroscientist Benedict Kolber with Duquesne University in Pittsburgh says exercise may also cause changes in the brain that can make a big difference in damping down pain.

“Exercise engages the endogenous opioid system,” he says, “so our bodies make opioids and use these opioids to decrease pain.”

In addition to other mechanisms still being worked out, natural opioids are thought to bind to the same receptors in the brain as opioid painkillers, Kolber says, but without the complications or potential for addiction. “There are some circumstances,” he says, “in which your body can produce so much of these natural opioids that you actually get some sense of euphoria” — hence the term runner’s high, a phenomenon athletes have long described.

Kolber says exercise also seems to activate parts of the brain that are involved in decreasing pain. “We get pain signals that are coming from our hands to our spinal cord and up to our brain,” he says, “and then we get these control systems — parts of our brain that seem to be activated in exercise — and that then turns down the pain system.”

And finally, Kolber says, exercise also seems to decrease stress. And stress can make people more sensitive to pain.”

“Beating criminals at their own game”

Deutsche Welle: Seniors outsmart con men posing as police in Cologne. “Tricksters posing as police officers have been arrested in the German city of Cologne. Police in the city say a con trick seeking to rob seniors of their savings has been going on for years and is getting worse.”

“Police in Cologne, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), have been warning senior citizens for years that they should not believe people posing as police and requesting the pensioners turn over cash and valuables to the fake officers for safe keeping.

On Friday, Cologne police were able to arrest two such criminals with the help of a quick-thinking elderly couple.”

“The time to act is NOW, before it’s too late.”

Deutsche Welle: Klimastreik – “Der Planet brennt”. “Tanz, Trommeln und Blockaden: Für einen entschiedeneren Kampf gegen den Klimawandel sind in Deutschland und rund um den Globus Hunderttausende auf die Straße gegangen. Dazu aufgerufen hatte “Fridays for Future”.”

Deutsche Welle: Kabinettsbeschluss: 54 Milliarden Euro für Klimaschutz in Deutschland. “Die Bundesregierung beschließt ihr Programm zur Reduktion des CO2-Ausstoßes. Kritikern geht es nicht weit genug. Hunderttausende gehen für den Klimaschutz auf die Straße.”
Merkel’s Cabinet agrees ‘climate packet,’ environmentalists say it’s paltry. “Germany’s Cabinet has agreed a climate packet, including carbon dioxide pricing via emission certificates, costlier fuels, cheaper rail, and a ban on oil heaters from 2026. A leading Green was “bitterly disappointed.””