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On this day: Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become one of the most visited memorials in Washington DC. A Smithsonian Institution director called it “a community of feelings, almost a sacred precinct,” and a veteran declared that “it’s the parade we never got.”
“The Wall,” as it is popularly known, has served to promote national healing after the divisive conflict’s end.
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Widower and children of MP Jo Cox attend event to mark her birthday
Cox's home of Batley where her parents and sister were present and across the world including in Beirut, Brussels, Melbourne, Nairobi, New York, and Washington DC.Education campaigner Malala Yousafzai is among the guest speakers at an hour-long #MoreInCommon rally in London's Trafalgar Square, which the Labour politician's husband Brendan and their children - three-year-old daughter Lejla and son Cuillin, five, attended.The events in Trafalgar Square were preceded by a floating commemoration on the river Thames, which started from the houseboat community where Mrs Cox and her family lived. Mr Cox and the children were followed down the River Thames by the Yorkshire Rose - a boat filled with flowers in memory of the late Labour MP. Brendan Cox travels to central London by boat with their children Lejla, 3, and Cuillin, 5, to attend a special service in Trafalgar Square The Yorkshire Rose, a boat filled with flowers in memory of murdered Labour MP Mrs Cox is towed down the River Thames in London A fund created in Cox's memory by her friends and family has raised more than £1.25million for charities close to her heart The widower and children of the late MP Jo Cox (pictured left and right with husband Brendan) joined her friends, colleagues and high-profile campaigners today as countries around the world gather to celebrate what would have been her 42nd birthdayHosted by Mrs Cox's friend Mariella Frostrup, the event began with leaders of various faiths laying 42 white roses down to mark what would have been her birthday. The band that played at the couple's wedding, Diddley Dee, and a group of the MP's friends formed an honour guard dressed in suffragette-style sashes.Pop Singer Lily Allen also performed a rendition of 'Somewhere Only We Know' which was Mrs Cox and her family's favourite song, before Mr Cox took to the stage.
Pausing occasionally when his voice broke, Mr Cox told the crowd: 'Thank you for coming together to... (Daily Mail)Jun 22, 2016
Jo Cox birthday: MP remembered at world events
He said the event became a celebration of a remarkable life, with speakers calling it a "show of unity against evil".Hundreds also attended events in Washington DC, Dublin, Brussels, Oslo, Buenos Aires, Auckland and Beirut.
At Trafalgar Square - Lauren Turner BBC News"A beautiful event for a wonderful woman" - That was how one of the thousands of people who had gathered at Trafalgar Square to mark Jo Cox's 42nd birthday described the hour-long celebration which had seen smiles, laughter - and more than a few tears. Some of those listening to the speeches and performances had been close friends of Jo Cox. Others were friends of friends. Still more had worked alongside her or her husband Brendan. There were also those who had never met the MP - and still those who had not heard of her before her death last week. But what they had in common was they all wanted to join together in honour of Jo's life. And join together they did in a literal sense, holding hands with loved ones and strangers alike and raising them to the sky when asked to pledge out loud to "love like Jo", the salute reaching across the crowds who filled the square.
At Portobello Beach in Edinburgh, friends of Ms Cox gathered to celebrate her life.Her photo was placed on the sand next to 300 candles arranged into the words 'More In Common'. Kim Wallace, a friend and former colleague of Ms Cox and her husband, said: "Jo was fearless in standing up for her beliefs and was a force for good, bringing people together. "Jo was irreplaceable in many ways, but most especially to her children. "As a mother, my heart breaks that they now have to grow up without her."Brendan Cox tweeted: "Today would have been Jo's birthday. If you can, please join us this afternoon to celebrate her life & legacy."A candlelit vigil was held at a women's charity centre in Syria "in honour of her support for Syrian women", the Women Now For Development organisation said.
People gathered in Trafalgar Square for the London event, with another simultaneous service in the market square in Batley, West Yorkshire.During an emotional speech in London, Mr Cox said: "Thank you to Jo's amazing friends, and friends of friends, and even complete strangers who have managed, despite your own grief, to organise all of this in less than a week.
Thank you for the love that you have poured on our family since our world collapsed on ThursdayBrendan Cox
"As amazing and... (BBC News)May 18, 2016
Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika
Aedes japonicus, an invasive mosquito, in western Canada last November and Aedes aegypti found in Washington DC, apparently after spending the winter in sewers or Metro subway stations.
The speed of change in mosquito-borne diseases since the late 1990s has been unprecedented, according to Jolyon Medlock, a medical entomologist at Public Health England, a government agency.
For many experts, the biggest potential threat is Aedes albopictus, otherwise known as the Asian tiger mosquito, which is expanding its range widely and is capable of spreading more than 25 viruses, including Zika.
"There is strong evidence that Aedes albopictus is now out-competing aegypti in some areas and becoming more dominant," said Ralph Harbach, an entomologist at London's Natural History Museum, who has been studying mosquitoes since 1976.
In the United States, Aedes albopictus has been found as far north as Massachusetts and as far west as California. In Europe it has reached Paris and Strasbourg.
Adding to the challenge for public health authorities are the blurred lines between diseases carried by different mosquitoes, as shown by research in Brazil this month that another common mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, may also be able to carry Zika.
Both Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus probably first arrived in the Americas from Africa on slave ships, scientists believe. In the centuries since, commerce has shuttled other species around the world, while air travel has exposed millions of people to new diseases.
"You've got a global movement of mosquitoes and a huge increase in human travel. Humans are moving the pathogens around and the mosquitoes are waiting there to transmit them," said Medlock.
Human incursions into tropical forests have aggravated the problem. Deforestation in Malaysia, for example, is blamed for a steep rise in human cases of a type of malaria usually found in monkeys.
DON'T KILL THE GOOD GUYS
There have been some victories against mosquitoes, thanks to insecticide-treated bed nets and vaccines against viruses like yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis, as well as a new one for dengue approved in December.
But mosquitoes still kill around 725,000 people a year, mostly due to malaria, or 50 percent more than are killed by other humans, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Climate change adds a further twist. A 2 to 3 degree Celsius rise in temperature can increase the number of people at risk of malaria by 3 to 5 percent, or more than 100 million, according to the World Health Organization.
Hotter weather also speeds up the mosquito breeding cycle from around two weeks at 25 degrees to 7 to 8 days at 28 degrees, according to the Institut Pasteur's Failloux.
So is it time to wipe out mosquitoes altogether?
Aggressive action in the 1950s and 1960s, including the use of the pesticide DDT, certainly pushed them back for a while.
Today, genetic modification, radiation and targeted bacteria are being considered.
Trying to eliminate all mosquitoes, however, would make no sense, since there are 3,549 species and fewer than 200 bite humans.
"It might be possible to wipe out a few species but we don't want to wipe out the good guys because a lot of them serve as food for frogs, fish and bats," said Harbach. "Many also visit flowers to feed on nectar and may play a role in pollination."
Some are even our friends. Harbach has a soft spot for the Toxorhynchites genus, which have a convenient penchant for eating Aedes aegypti larvae.