Baby born in Hawaii has birth defect linked to Zika virus

first_img Helen Branswell About the Author Reprints Pregnant women urged to consider avoiding countries with Zika HealthBaby born in Hawaii has birth defect linked to Zika virus There have been 26 Zika infections diagnosed in the United States, dating back to 2007, CDC officials said Friday. But all were people who were infected during travel outside the country. However, in late December, it was reported that Puerto Rico had seen a case of locally acquired Zika infection. The infected person had not travelled.The CDC has said the virus is likely to come to the United States. The mosquitoes that transmit it — from the Aedes family — are found in a number of states, especially in the south. Florida and southeast Texas have been identified as areas that are especially vulnerable.“I think the bottom line is, yes, local transmission can occur, particularly in the areas of the southern United States where vector mosquitoes are present. But we don’t expect very large outbreaks,” Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s division of vector-borne diseases, told STAT this week.Petersen said US experience to date with similar mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya suggests that facets of the North American lifestyle — living in air-conditioned homes and dwellings with screens on windows and doors — should limit how much the virus would spread here.The little-known virus transmits in a cycle involving mosquitoes and people. A mosquito becomes infected by taking a blood meal from an infected person, then passes the virus on when it bites additional people.It can spread geographically when an infected person travels to a place where Aedes mosquitoes exist or when infected mosquitoes are relocated, for instance, in shipped goods.Zika virus is related to the viruses that cause yellow fever and dengue fever, but triggers much milder illness. As a consequence, it has not been well studied; up until recently, it has not been a scientific priority.But when Brazilian health officials started to realize they were seeing a surge in microcephaly cases, investigations began to point to Zika infection in pregnancy as a possible cause. A few other viral infections during pregnancy, including rubella and cytomegalovirus, are known to sometimes lead to infants born with microcephaly. Related: Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. There is mounting evidence of a link between Zika infection in pregnancy and babies born with microcephaly. James Gathany/CDC via AP It’s impossible at this point to say how long the travel advice will remain in effect, Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s division of vector-borne diseases, said at a news conference announcing the guidance. The situation is too new and too little is known, he said.It is a question, though, that will be asked with increasing frequency as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro approach. The Rio Games are slated to run from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21. What is Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/01/16/hawaii-baby-zika-virus/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0801:08  Zika virus, which can be transmitted by mosquitos, has exploded onto the world stage in recent weeks. Alex Hogan/STAT While the link between Zika infection in pregnancy and babies born with microcephaly has not yet been proven, mounting evidence supports the theory that there is a connection.Traces of Zika virus have been found in the amniotic fluid from two women in Brazil who were seen to be carrying fetuses with microcephaly during ultrasounds.And this past week, the CDC confirmed it had found evidence of the virus in the brains of two Brazilian infants with the condition who died shortly after birth. CDC scientists also found traces of the virus in placenta samples from two Brazilian women who miscarried fetuses with microcephaly.The CDC’s travel advice suggests that women who might become pregnant and are planning travel to Zika-affected areas should discuss the issue with their doctors. If a pregnant woman cannot postpone travel to an affected area, she should do the same, the CDC said. And in both cases, women should take stringent precautions to try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Late Friday, the agency urged pregnant women to avoid, if possible, travel to 14 countries and territories in the Americas which are currently experiencing Zika virus infections. The locations named are: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Tags CDCglobal healthZika Virus Everything you need to know about Zika virus @HelenBranswell The baby’s gender and name have not been released. Its mother was living in Brazil last May which — given that the baby was said to have been born recently — would have been early in her pregnancy. Brazil has been experiencing a huge Zika virus infection that began last May, and has seen a startling increase in infants born with microcephaly.“We are saddened by the events that have affected this mother and her newborn,” Dr. Sarah Park, Hawaii’s state epidemiologist, said in a statement. Park said the case underscores the importance of the travel recommendations the CDC issued Friday for pregnant women and women who might become pregnant.advertisement The United States has its first case of an infant born with a serious birth defect possibly as a result of a Zika virus infection during its mother’s pregnancy.Health officials in Hawaii have announced that a baby born recently on Oahu has microcephaly, a condition where the head is smaller than normal. Babies with microcephaly can also have underdeveloped brains, which may lead to lifelong developmental problems.State officials said testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the baby had previously been infected with Zika virus.advertisement Related: By Helen Branswell Jan. 16, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

New Chief Executive of Cefas Neil Hornby takes up position

first_imgNew Chief Executive of Cefas Neil Hornby takes up position Neil Hornby has today (1st February 2021) taken up his new position as Chief Executive of Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science).Neil joins Cefas with over 20 years of experience across Defra, and the wider civil service. Immediately prior to joining Cefas, Neil was the Marine and Fisheries Director at Defra, a position he held since 2016.Neil’s immediate focus will be on ensuring Cefas continues to provide Defra and UK government with the world class science and evidence needed to support delivery of the government’s marine environment, fisheries and animal health objectives.Internationally, 2021 marks a “super year” for ocean science and global action to protect the ocean. Cefas has a huge opportunity to contribute to the government’s efforts to secure greater international ambition for protecting our ocean, including through the UK’s G7 presidency and at the Convention on Biological Diversity in China and COP26 in Glasgow.Speaking on taking up the post, Neil Hornby said:I know the quality of the work that Cefas does and believe passionately in the power of science for good, to drive real change based on evidence and expertise.Cefas science and analysis is highly valued in the UK government and around the world. As the UK takes on responsibility for managing our own fisheries and seeks to lead the world in protecting and enhancing the marine environment, I want Cefas to be at the centre of this, providing advice and evidence to meet the challenges our seas and aquatic environments face.Prior to Neil’s appointment Tom Karsten was CEO from September 2015 to June 2020, and Tim Green held the Interim Chief Executive position between July 2020 and January 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal, biological, China, director, diversity, environment, Fisheries, G7, Government, ocean, presidency, quality, science, super, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Reef regs disaster highlights need for Office of Science Quality Assurance

first_imgReef regs disaster highlights need for Office of Science Quality Assurance As agriculture industry representatives prepare to give witness statements at a public hearing in support of a Reef Regulation Reversal Bill, AgForce is stepping up calls for a national Office of Science Quality Assurance to guarantee there isn’t a repeat of the Reef debacle that has hit farmers hard.andholders living in six Reef catchment areas have been stung by a raft of new regulations implemented by the Queensland State Government over the past 18 months despite little proof agricultural practices have any impact on the Reef and water quality.AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said an independent Office was the only way to protect the hundreds of farming families and regional communities from onerous, unfair regulations forcing some out of the industry.“Clearly the Reef is an emotional issue, but allowing outdated, flawed, non-peer-reviewed science and pressure from green groups to dictate government policy is not the solution,” Mr Guerin said.“Farming families in Reef catchment areas are leaving the industry because they have had enough of taking the blame for something they’re not responsible for – enough of the red tape and bureaucracy hindering their farming efforts to lead us in our post-COVID recovery.“An independently run Office of Science Quality Assurance isn’t only for the Reef. Once established, it would be able to oversee every aspect of policy-setting science related to vegetation management, the environment, air quality, and much more.“Agriculture has nothing to hide. If it is the same for the people pointing the finger, then why not get on board and support our continued calls for an Office to guarantee legislation is created on evidence-based facts, not opinions?”AgForce Reef Taskforce Chair Alex Stubbs said the public hearing in Brisbane on Friday and the Reef Regulation Reversal Bill put forward by Katter’s Australian Party was a chance to go back to the future on Reef regulations.“This Bill, if passed, will take us back to the level of regulation and penalties units we had in 2009,” Mr Stubbs said.“It would mean regulating three Reef catchments instead of six – Burdekin, Wet Tropics, and Mackay Whitsunday.“It would still require producers in certain situations and locations to operate within an accredited Environmental Risk Management Plan, but one with many more practical farm plan options.“And producers would still have to apply only the optimum amount of fertiliser, based on a soil test.“Importantly, the Bill proposes that all producers have a ‘duty of care’ to notify authorities of any environmental harm to water quality while carrying out activities under their Environmental Risk Management Plan, as well as to appoint an independent regulator to oversee enforceable actions and development of ERA standards.“If AgForce’s calls for an independent Office are finally accepted, we can prove once and for all that land-based runoff of fertilisers and pesticides are not harming the Reef and there is therefore no need for the current level of regulation in Reef catchments.”People interested in watching the public hearing on Friday 11 June can tune in online at: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/HEC/inquiries/current-inquiries/RGBRPM2021 or https://tv.parliament.qld.gov.au/committees. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AgForce, Agriculture, air quality, Australian, Brisbane, environment, Government, Government policy, industry, legislation, Mackay, parliament, QLD, Queensland, red tape, regulation, water qualitylast_img read more

Jackson Family Wines Global Sales Team to Assemble Emergency Kits for…

first_imgShare Previous articleFree Flow Wines Celebrates Milestone 10 Year Anniversary, Announces Leadership Changes and the 2019 KEGGY Award WinnersNext articleCases Versus Places Press Release Email Home Industry News Releases Jackson Family Wines Global Sales Team to Assemble Emergency Kits for Napa…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessJackson Family Wines Global Sales Team to Assemble Emergency Kits for Napa Valley NonprofitBy Press Release – July 26, 2019 558 0 ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Pinterest TAGSJackson Family WinesRooted for Good AdvertisementNAPA, Calif., – July 26, 2019 – In keeping with its commitment to give back to the local community, Jackson Family Wines, the family-owned portfolio of high-end wine estates that includes Freemark Abbey, Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota, Mt. Brave and Galerie in Napa Valley, will partner with Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) to prepare emergency kits for local distribution.As part of the company’s annual global sales meeting, to be held in Napa, California this year, more than 200 members of the sales team and members of the Jackson family will gather on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the family’s Oakville Winery (7600 St Helena Hwy, Oakville, CA 94562) to assemble 200 backpacks with emergency items, such as survival blankets, first aid kits, and dust masks. The emergency kits will be donated to COAD, the local collective of nonprofit organizations formed following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and 2015 Lake County Fire and Calistoga sheltering response. The goal of COAD is to improve community resilience and effectively utilize vital resources to help residents prepare and recover from a disaster.The effort is part of the Jackson Family Wines’ Rooted for Good program, which encourages and empowers employees to volunteer in their local areas through individual and team volunteer days. Rooted for Good is an integral part of Jackson Family Wines’ sustainability program, which promotes environmental stewardship and social responsibility to build a more sustainable business. Over the years, Jackson Family Wines has supported non-profit organizations in Napa Valley such as the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, St. Helena Hospital Foundation, Napa Valley Education Foundation, and the various organizations supported by the family’s participation in Auction Napa Valley.“Rooted for Good is a company-sponsored program that supports our employees in giving back to our local communities,” said Katie Jackson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility. “This initiative was created to provide aid to our neighbors in the Napa Valley, a community we have been part of for nearly 30 years. Following the earthquake and fires in recent years, providing emergency kits is one way we can help support disaster preparedness and relief in this region.”About Jackson Family WinesJackson Family Wines is a family-owned wine company with a penchant for exploration and stewardship. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman and proprietor Barbara Banke, the Jackson family and the company’s employees continue to uphold to this day. The family’s collection of over 40 wineries and brands spans significant winegrowing regions across the globe, from California, Oregon, France and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making exceptional wines. In each region, vineyard ownership remains key to consistent quality, conservation and stewardship for future generations and the communities around them. Learn more by visiting www.jacksonfamilywines.com.About Napa Valley COADThe Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) develops and enhances partnerships for communication, coordination & collaboration amongst the whole community including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the private sector during all phases of disaster.Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Watercraft Inspection Stations Open in Northwest Montana

first_img Email The first watercraft inspection stations of 2019 are opening in arteries leading to Northwest Montana water bodies, and vessels launching in the Flathead River Basin are now required to undergo inspections to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.The increased visibility of watercraft inspection stations is becoming a familiar indicator of spring in Montana following the November 2016 discovery of destructive mussel larvae in Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs east of the Continental Divide, marking the first time the invasive species have been detected in state waters and pulling a dire scenario into grim focus.So far, the traces of contamination are restricted to the Missouri River Basin, but the likelihood of mussels hitchhiking on the hulls of boats or in bilge water or cloistered away in irrigation equipment has prompted state and tribal agencies to launch a multi-pronged plan that includes bolstering perimeter defense to intercept mussel-fouled boats. The threat of mussel infestation hits especially close to home for those working to protect the waters of Flathead Lake and its surrounding network of rivers and creeks, and it comes to rest at the doorstep of the Columbia River Basin — the only major watershed in the West still believed to be free of quagga and zebra mussels.Watercraft inspection stations will open this month in Kalispell, Ravalli and Browning.“Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species,” according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) officials.The FWP Region 1 office in Kalispell will offer boat inspections seven days a week starting this week. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes plan to open the Ravalli watercraft inspection station on Highway 200 on March 15. The Blackfeet Nation expects to open a station in Browning later this month.The AIS station at FWP’s Region 1 office in Kalispell will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.Boat owners should ensure their watercraft and trailers are clean, drained and dry before transport and need to be aware of Montana’s inspection rules: All watercraft coming into Montana from out of state must be inspected prior to launching.All watercraft traveling west across the Continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin must be inspected prior to launching.All watercraft launching anywhere within the Flathead Basin that were last launched on waters outside of the Flathead Basin must be inspected.Anyone transporting watercraft must stop at all open watercraft inspection stations they encounter.Snowbirds returning to Montana with a watercraft must seek out an inspection. Watercraft that have been used in mussel-infested waters in other states are of major concern. Boat owners returning to Montana must have their vessel inspected at a Montana watercraft inspection station, even if the watercraft was checked in another state.To accommodate these rules, inspection stations are set up across Montana during the boating season. Additional inspection stations will open in April and May as the weather warms and boat traffic increases.Watercraft can also be inspected at any Fish, Wildlife and Parks area or regional office. For a full list and map along with other information, visit cleandraindrymt.com or call (406) 444-2440. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Donal Kelly Jnr to fill vacant Council seat

first_img Pinterest Donal Kelly Jnr to fill vacant Council seat Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – September 23, 2020 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMcGlynn selected for World Half MarathonNext articleBreaking: Local school closed due to Covid outbreak News Highland Twitter Donal Kelly Jnr has been selected to become Donegal County Council’s newest Councillor. Mr. Kelly is to be co-opted onto the Council, filling the seat vacated by his father Donal Kelly Snr who resigned last week.It’s believed that Donal Jnr was the only Fianna Fail nominee put forward with the deadline for nominations closing on Monday last.An official announcement is expected to be made at the next sitting of Donegal County Council on Monday.The seat was initially won by the late Cllr Manus Kelly who was tragically killed in the Joule Donegal International Rally last year.center_img Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Relief as missing Derry girl is found safe

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – January 5, 2018 Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleGardai investigate man’s sudden death in Letterkenny restuarantNext articleOutside gym to be established in Bernard McGlinchey Town Park News Highland Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further A Derry teenager who had been missing since Friday evening has been found safePolice and family members were concerned for the welfare of the 14 year-old urging her to make contact home.Just 14 minutes after the appeal was posted, the missing teenager turned up safe and well.Police and the girl’s family have thanked the public for their help. Google+ Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennancenter_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Relief as missing Derry girl is found safe Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newslast_img read more

EVS in Mladiinfo for Volunteers from Slovakia and Romania

first_img October 28, 2011 Published by Site Default Open Call for Writers: Write for Mladiinfo! Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: CO-RESEARCHER for the Policy Research “Social Economy as a Main Driver of Economic and Social Development in the Western Balkans and Visegrad Region” Mladiinfo Online Volunteers Wanted! Similar Stories +1 LinkedIn 0 EVS in Mladiinfo for Volunteers from Slovakia and Romaniacenter_img Deadline: 4 November 2011Open to: Young people from Slovakia and Romania who are fluent in EnglishVolunteer in MladiinfoMladiinfo Macedonia  is urgently looking for 2 volunteers from Romania and Slovakia for a 12 months service in our office in Skopje, Macedonia.The service is starting in January 2012. Apart from helping out in terms of daily web content update of www.mladiinfo.com,the volunteer will be involved in the activities planned to make this student support initiative more helpful and user-friendly.Involvement in the initiation and implementation of upcoming projects is inevitable and included in the activity plans for the inclusion of an EVS volunteer.If you are interested please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] no later than 4 November 2011. About MladiinfoMladiinfo- FEJS MK is a non-profit organization established in Skopje in 2003. Mladiinfo – FEJS MK as a local office group of European Youth Press promotes and mediates the communication between young people, students, professors, researchers, university officials, youth NGOs and all those involved in the educational process in Macedonia and the region.Dedicated to the students, their problems and needs from the very beginning, Mladiinfo – FEJS MK undertook numerous activities tackling issues such as student standards, student rights, communication, media or journalism. These projects involve activities for promoting cooperation between universities on national and international level as well as providing support for various exchange activities and work experience possibilities for students. Moreover, Mladiinfo – FEJS MK through its activities was always aiming to offer a kind of a platform for students facilitating their efforts for exchanging ideas and experience.This platform was made concrete with the establishment of www.mladiinfo.com – Your link to free education. This web portal aims at providing international audiences with information related to educational opportunities and the development of (youth) entrepreneurship. Containing publications related to educational information and lifelong-learning-conceptualized programs, as well as funding opportunities for individuals, organizations and institutions, the services provided are broad and offer an enormous spectrum of available opportunities which can be considered, approached and used for (self) development and capacity building.Today www.mladiinfo.com has more than 90.000 visits per month with visitors from almost all countries in the world. Above 10.000 total visitors per month subscribe to a newsletter. An average of 10 universities/organizations per week contact us for content publishing. ← Civitella Ranieri Foundation 2012 Internships Reddit Pocket Tweet Share 0 Acting And Creating Together For a Fair And Dignified Life, Brussels →last_img read more

Focus Home Interactive is opening a Deck13 subsidiary in Montreal

first_imgFocus Home Interactive is opening a Deck13 subsidiary in MontrealThe studio behind The Surge series is working on an unannounced project slated for 2022Eric Van AllenMonday 8th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleFocus Home InteractiveFocus Home Interactive is expanding into Canada with a new studio under its Deck13 development studio.The new subsidiary, Deck13 Studio Montreal, will be working with the Germany-based Deck13 studio on an unannounced project, currently slated for a 2022 launch.Focus Home Interactive announced its acquisition of Deck13 in June 2020.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Deck13 had previously developed Lords of the Fallen and The Surge 1 and 2, as well as publishing games like CrossCode.”Opening a subsidiary in Canada is a logical continuation in the history and internal development of our studio,” said Mathias Reichert, Managing Director of Deck13, in a press release.”Deck13 Studio Montreal will allow us to strengthen our knowledge and integrate new visions, cultures and know-how that will undoubtedly take the studio to the next level.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesFocus Home Interactive acquires Streum On StudioPublisher buys the creators of its Space Hulk and Necromunda Warhammer 40,000 games, reports full year revenues up 20%By Brendan Sinclair 21 days agoFocus Home Interactive buys Deck13 after strong fiscal yearGerman studio behind the surge acquired for €7.1m as full-year revenue and profits riseBy Matthew Handrahan 10 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

FRIENDS – True Characters In Our Life?

first_imgIn today’s world where there is a classification on everything under the sun, the classification of human behaviour is not far behind. As per experts, there are four major classifications when it comes to human behaviour. One of the studies has suggested that 90% of the population comes under four basic types such as optimistic, pessimistic, trusting and envious. Of course, there are other studies with different classifications and it’s not unusual the scientist has a different way of looking at the studies.If we look around, we can find different personalities which to our senses are more than the above four types and each one of us falls into a category of its own. That’s the reason it’s being said that no two people are the same in this world. My take on this subject is something much simpler and it comes from one of the major sitcoms aired maybe 20 years back and is currently aired in Netflix without any dent in its popularity. For the people of my generation FRIENDS is something of a cult sitcom wherein the life of six young New Yorkers was a predominant part of our daily routine. Many instances portrayed in the sitcom at that point of time were considered modern and forward-thinking but if you watch it today some of the scenes may not be politically correct.For me, the entire human behaviour can be classified into six major characters of the sitcom. Let’s have a look at each one of them from that angle. Phoebe Buffay is one of the goofiest characters and was the most grounded member of the group. She was that person in your life who will tell the truth in your face every time and will never let you down as a friend. Her down to earth attitude is a personality that we can hope for in one of our friends which will make you grounded all the time. She doesn’t have any qualms about being the best but always has a strong belief in her making her a visionary of her time.Monica Geller, the character who feeds everyone all through the seasons is the one who will mother you at all times. She is kind, caring and very friendly to all in the group as well as those who come in and go. Her obsessive cleanliness is the most notable characteristic one can look for personality traits in others. She is also the one with a bossy attitude and competitive and hate to lose in any given circumstances.  This character is the one with dual personality one being the kind and caring mother and the other being this highly competitive bossy person with OCD.Rachel Greene is the third woman character in the sitcom and hers is the character which is typical of a girl from a very wealthy family but due to differences of opinion with parents ended up with the other five in an apartment block. She is the one who sets high standards when it comes to fashion as well as the one with a loyalty no others can match. She is the one who will stand by your side throughout and will always push you to move forward irrespective of the difficult times you are facing. She is the one who always stands up as the feminist in the group and fight for what is her right.Joey Tribbiani is the ladies’ man in the group and he is impulsive and emotional. He lacks proper educational qualifications when compared to other members of the group but he compensates it with a high level of street smartness. All his antics in the series are natural for such a person and many a time he is so slow in getting into the real meanings, others have to wait for it to clear to him. He is that friend in your life whom you would like to end up within a deserted place.Chandler Bing the most extroverted character in the series and he is the one with the quick wit who comes with sarcasm and wit under any circumstance. He is the character with extreme loyalty and a commitment freak. He is that character in your life who will commit to you always and will be an amazing partner as well as a good friend. His sensitive nature and his worrying images of a terrible childhood make him be the way he is in his later life. The qualities we look for in a true friend is portrayed by his never-ending friendship with Joey and Ross and that of family commitment by his loyalty to Monica.Ross Geller, last but not the least, is a focused and detail-oriented person and the most educated one in the group with a PhD. He is the one we call the thinker in the group and is maybe the only introvert in the group. He is that friend for you who makes most of the decision with his heart. His loyalty to friends is unmatched so his agreeable nature. He is the one who will be so close to you with his show of compassion, trust, and generosity at any given point of time.So, friends look around and see the people who are around you and is being called friends, see how they fit into the small exclusive group you have in your mind. One way or another you will find all these six characters in that small group of your true friends. And for those who haven’t seen the series, do watch it, it still makes sense and is something unique and interesting to go for a binge-watch.last_img read more