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Le Congrès prévient que l’IA pourrait remodeler “l’histoire humaine” comme en témoigne l’inventeur de ChatGPT, Sam Altman

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Le PDG d’OpenAI, Sam Altman, s’exprime devant le Congrès sur les dangers de l’IA après que le ChatGPT de son entreprise a explosé en popularité au cours des derniers mois.

Les législateurs grillent le PDG, soulignant que ChatGPT et d’autres modèles pourraient façonner “l’histoire humaine” comme la presse à imprimer ou la bombe atomique.

La presse à imprimer, selon les responsables, a apporté la liberté au peuple américain, tandis que la bombe atomique a laissé derrière elle des conséquences obsédantes.

Altman a déclaré aux sénateurs que l’IA générative pourrait être un “moment de presse à imprimer”, mais il n’est pas aveugle à sa faute, notant que les décideurs politiques et les leaders de l’industrie doivent travailler ensemble pour “faire en sorte qu’il en soit ainsi”.

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L’audience de mardi est la première d’une série destinée à rédiger des règles pour l’IA, ce qui, selon les législateurs, aurait dû être fait avec la naissance des médias sociaux.

Le sénateur Richard Blumenthal, qui a présidé l’audience, a déclaré que le Congrès n’avait pas saisi le moment avec les médias sociaux, permettant aux prédateurs de nuire aux enfants – mais ce moment n’est pas passé avec l’IA.

Le PDG d'OpenAI, Sam Altman, s'exprime devant le Congrès sur les dangers de l'IA après que le ChatGPT de son entreprise ait explosé en popularité en quelques mois seulement

Le PDG d'OpenAI, Sam Altman, s'exprime devant le Congrès sur les dangers de l'IA après que le ChatGPT de son entreprise ait explosé en popularité en quelques mois seulement

Le PDG d’OpenAI, Sam Altman, s’exprime devant le Congrès sur les dangers de l’IA après que le ChatGPT de son entreprise ait explosé en popularité en quelques mois seulement

OpenAI, basé à San Francisco, a attiré l’attention du public après la sortie de ChatGPT à la fin de l’année dernière.

ChatGPT est un outil de chatbot gratuit qui répond aux questions avec des réponses humaines convaincantes.

Le sénateur Josh Hawley a déclaré: “Il y a un an, nous n’aurions pas pu avoir cette discussion car cette technologie n’avait pas encore éclaté au public.” Mais [this hearing] montre à quelle vitesse [AI] est en train de changer et de transformer notre monde.

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L’audience de mardi ne visait pas à contrôler l’IA, mais à entamer une discussion sur la manière de rendre ChatGPT et d’autres modèles transparents, de garantir la divulgation des risques et d’établir des tableaux de bord.

Blumenthal, le démocrate du Connecticut qui préside le sous-comité du Comité judiciaire du Sénat sur la vie privée, la technologie et la loi, a ouvert l’audience avec un discours enregistré qui ressemblait au sénateur mais était en fait un clone de voix formé sur les discours de Blumenthal et récitant un discours écrit par ChatGPT après avoir demandé au chatbot, “Comment j’ouvrirais cette audience?”

Le résultat était impressionnant, a déclaré Blumenthal, mais il a ajouté : “Et si je l’avais demandé, et si cela avait fourni une approbation de la capitulation de l’Ukraine ou de la direction (du président russe) Vladimir Poutine ?”

Blumenthal a déclaré que les entreprises d’IA devraient être tenues de tester leurs systèmes et de divulguer les risques connus avant de les publier.

OpenAI, basé à San Francisco, a attiré l'attention du public après la sortie de ChatGPT à la fin de l'année dernière.  ChatGPT est un outil de chatbot gratuit qui répond aux questions avec des réponses humaines convaincantes

OpenAI, basé à San Francisco, a attiré l'attention du public après la sortie de ChatGPT à la fin de l'année dernière.  ChatGPT est un outil de chatbot gratuit qui répond aux questions avec des réponses humaines convaincantes

OpenAI, basé à San Francisco, a attiré l’attention du public après la sortie de ChatGPT à la fin de l’année dernière. ChatGPT est un outil de chatbot gratuit qui répond aux questions avec des réponses humaines convaincantes

Altman a déclaré aux sénateurs que l'IA générative pourrait être un «moment de presse à imprimer», mais il n'est pas aveugle à sa faute, notant que les décideurs politiques et les chefs de file de l'industrie doivent travailler ensemble pour «faire en sorte qu'il en soit ainsi».

Altman a déclaré aux sénateurs que l'IA générative pourrait être un «moment de presse à imprimer», mais il n'est pas aveugle à sa faute, notant que les décideurs politiques et les chefs de file de l'industrie doivent travailler ensemble pour «faire en sorte qu'il en soit ainsi».

Altman a déclaré aux sénateurs que l’IA générative pourrait être un «moment de presse à imprimer», mais il n’est pas aveugle à sa faute, notant que les décideurs politiques et les chefs de file de l’industrie doivent travailler ensemble pour «faire en sorte qu’il en soit ainsi».

Altman, qui avait l’air rouge et les yeux écarquillés pendant la discussion sur l’avenir que l’IA pourrait créer, a admis son les «pires peurs» causent «un préjudice important au monde» en utilisant sa technologie.

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«Si cette technologie tourne mal, elle pourrait mal tourner, et nous voulons en parler. Nous voulons travailler avec le gouvernement pour empêcher que cela ne se produise », a-t-il poursuivi.

Une question soulevée lors de l’audience a été discutée parmi le public – comment l’IA aura un impact sur les emplois.

“Le plus grand cauchemar est la révolution industrielle imminente du déplacement des travailleurs.” Blumenthal a déclaré dans sa déclaration liminaire.

Altman a abordé cette préoccupation plus tard au cours de l’audience, déclarant qu’il pense que la technologie “automatisera entièrement certaines tâches”.

Alors que ChatGPT pourrait éliminer des emplois, a prédit Altman, il en créera également de nouveaux “qui, selon nous, seront bien meilleurs”.

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“Je crois qu’il y aura beaucoup plus d’emplois de l’autre côté de cela, et les emplois d’aujourd’hui s’amélioreront”, a-t-il déclaré.

“Je pense que cela automatisera entièrement certains emplois et en créera de nouveaux qui, selon nous, seront bien meilleurs.”

« Il y aura un impact sur l’emploi. Nous essayons d’être très clairs à ce sujet », a-t-il déclaré.

Christina Montgomery, responsable de la protection de la vie privée d’IBM, siégeait également au tribunal. Elle a également admis que l’IA modifierait les tâches quotidiennes, mais en créerait également de nouvelles.

‘Je suis un exemple personnel d’un travail qui n’existait pas [before AI],’ dit-elle.

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Le public utilise ChatGPT pour rédiger des documents de recherche, des livres, des articles de presse, des e-mails et d’autres travaux textuels, alors que beaucoup le voient comme un assistant virtuel.

Dans sa forme la plus simple, l’IA est un domaine qui combine l’informatique et des ensembles de données robustes pour permettre la résolution de problèmes.

La technologie permet aux machines d’apprendre de l’expérience, de s’adapter à de nouvelles entrées et d’effectuer des tâches de type humain.

Les systèmes, qui comprennent des sous-domaines d’apprentissage automatique et d’apprentissage en profondeur, sont composés d’algorithmes d’IA qui cherchent à créer des systèmes experts qui effectuent des prédictions ou des classifications basées sur des données d’entrée.

De 1957 à 1974, l’IA a prospéré. Les ordinateurs pouvaient stocker plus d’informations et devenaient plus rapides, moins chers et plus accessibles. Les algorithmes d’apprentissage automatique se sont également améliorés et les gens ont appris à mieux savoir quel algorithme appliquer à leur problème.

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En 1970, l’informaticien du MIT Marvin Minsky a déclaré à Life Magazine : « De trois à huit ans, nous aurons une machine avec l’intelligence générale d’un être humain moyen.

Et bien que le moment de la prédiction ait été décalé, l’idée que l’IA ait une intelligence humaine ne l’est pas.

ChatGPT est la preuve de la rapidité avec laquelle la technologie se développe.

En quelques mois seulement, il a réussi l’examen du barreau avec un score supérieur à 90% des humains qui l’ont passé, et il a atteint une précision de 60% à l’examen américain de licence médicale.

L’audience de mardi semble compenser les échecs des législateurs avec les médias sociaux – prendre le contrôle des progrès de l’IA avant qu’elle ne soit trop importante pour être contenue.

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Les sénateurs ont clairement indiqué qu’ils ne voulaient pas que les leaders de l’industrie suspendent le développement – ce qu’Elon Musk et d’autres magnats de la technologie ont fait pression – mais qu’ils poursuivent leur travail, mais de manière responsable.

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FRANCE 24 gets a fresh look

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FRANCE 24 will get a complete makeover on Monday, March 4, bringing its 100 million weekly viewers more live reporting from across the globe and in-depth analysis of world events.

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“More live coverage doesn’t mean speeding things up. On the contrary, it means taking the time to explain and analyse the news with our expert journalists, reporters, and correspondents,” said the channel’s director Vanessa Burggraf.

FRANCE 24’s 550 journalists based in Paris and around the world provide 24-hour news coverage in four different languages: French, English, Arabic and Spanish.

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Nikkei tops level last seen in 1989 as Japan shakes off 34 years of stagnation

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At the end of 1989, the Japanese Nikkei 225 index hit a record high of 38,915.87, amid huge euphoria.

However, there followed 34 years of crises, natural disasters, deflation – and a decline of close to 80 per cent in the index.

But last week, to the accompaniment of much rejoicing, the Nikkei finally regained its level of 1989, leaping to 39,239.

This recovery was driven by the global semiconductor stock boom, but also by a diverse range of other more fundamental factors.

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Majestic: To the accompaniment of much rejoicing, the Nikkei finally regained its level of 1989, leaping to 39,239

Majestic: To the accompaniment of much rejoicing, the Nikkei finally regained its level of 1989, leaping to 39,239

Majestic: To the accompaniment of much rejoicing, the Nikkei finally regained its level of 1989, leaping to 39,239

These include the forecast from brokers Nomura that if America chooses Donald Trump as its president in November, there will be a further breakdown in US-Chinese relations. 

The beneficiaries would be companies that sell more to America than China, like the car manufacturer Subaru and noodle specialist Toyo Suisan. Its ramen noodles are a favourite among Americans on a budget seeking something delicious.

Does the Japanese market offer something similarly appealing to those looking for diversification? After all, according to one forecast, the Nikkei may be set to advance to 42,000. 

This prediction has raised eyebrows among those who have waited more than three decades for a bounceback in the index. 

But Joe Bauernfreund, manager of the AVI Japan Opportunity Trust, says there are reasons to believe ‘that this time, it’s different.’

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He says: ‘The market isn’t being driven by unsustainably high valuations. It is earnings and corporate reform led. I think we are at the early stages of the revival – and that there is further upside. There is a huge opportunity in overlooked small cap stocks.’

These key reforms are the ‘Abenomics’ stimulus initiatives, introduced by the late prime minister Shinzo Abe, and the new Tokyo Stock Exchange regulations, designed to cure the sclerotic corporate culture.

Under the rules, which have been described as ‘a game changer’ by Goldman Sachs, companies must use spare cash for the benefit of shareholders. This should ensure that there are fewer companies whose stock market valuation is below the book value of their assets

These governance changes – which Goldman Sachs analysts argue could bring a ‘transformational’ year for the Japanese market – have been accompanied by shifts in attitudes.

Prime minister Fumio Kishida is promoting ‘a new capitalism’ as part of which there is less distaste for takeovers, and employees are seen as deserving of more regular pay rises. 

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In June last year, as the Nikkei made its ascent, I overcame my reservations and invested in two Japanese funds: AVI Japan Opportunity and Vanguard Japan ETF (exchange traded fund).

Some of my inspiration for this came from Berkshire Hathaway boss Warren Buffett’s decision to put money into Itochu, Marubeni Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Sumitomo.

But even Buffett’s belief in Japan’s potential is almost muted compared with the optimism being expressed by such giants as BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.

Such has been the upsurge in confidence that, in January, international investors splashed out £10.5bn on Japanese shares.

The nation’s famously thrifty citizens have also preferred cash to shares, despite negative interest rates. 

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This policy may finally end this month, as part of Japan’s process of normalisation. But Kishida will be hoping to entice these reluctant investors into the stock market with the new Nisa (Nippon Individual Savings Account), a scheme based on the UK’s Isa.

If you think Japan deserves a place in your Isa, it is worth doing some homework on the intricacies of its stock markets. For example, the Nikkei may be the most closely-followed index. But its make-up is based on the price of stocks, rather than company size.

As result of this bizarre arrangement, car giant Toyota, the country’s largest company, makes up 1.1 per cent of the index. The number one constituent is the far smaller Fast Retailing group, owner of the Uniqlo chain.

These and other complexities mean that I will be putting money not directly into shares, but into funds, particularly those that are focusing on digitisation, such as Japan Jupiter Income, one of Bestinvest’s top picks. 

Other best buy funds include Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon, which concentrates on smaller companies, and Man GLG Japan Core Alpha for the adventurous.

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In 1989, Sony, founded in Tokyo in 1946, led the world in innovation.

In this century, it was supplanted by Apple, founded in 1976.

I am taking a bet on Japan making up for lost time.

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Biden says ‘hoping’ for Gaza ceasefire deal by Ramadan

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Gaza’s health ministry collects data from the enclave’s hospitals and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”.

The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants. 

Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers.

In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies. 

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For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click here.

(FRANCE 24 with AP) 

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Discovering the true history behind St Patrick’s Day on an 82-mile hike that honours Ireland’s patron saint

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St Patrick’s Day is an excuse for craic. My mother’s Irish and on March 17, like many, I raise a glass to the man who rid the Emerald Isle of snakes. But that is my only knowledge of Ireland’s patron saint.

So, I decided to explore the Saint Patrick’s Way, an 82-mile hiking trail from Armagh to Downpatrick in Northern Ireland.

I begin with a Guinness in Rafferty’s Bar.

‘You know St Patrick was one of your lot,’ the barman says, quietly adding. ‘English.’

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Pilgrim’s quest: Lizzie Enfield walks the Saint Patrick’s Way in Northern Ireland, which passes the Mourne Mountains (pictured)

Pilgrim’s quest: Lizzie Enfield walks the Saint Patrick’s Way in Northern Ireland, which passes the Mourne Mountains (pictured)

Pilgrim’s quest: Lizzie Enfield walks the Saint Patrick’s Way in Northern Ireland, which passes the Mourne Mountains (pictured)

He nods.

St Patrick was born in Roman Britain, kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery before escaping to France, where he studied religion and eventually returned to Ireland as a missionary.

One of his early converts was Chieftain Daire, who gave him land to build a church on a hill outside Armagh.

The Saint Patrick’s Way begins at this Church of Ireland St Patrick’s cathedral. I will encounter many more churches bearing his name.

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They’re like Murphy’s bars, but without the Guinness.

The route winds through Armagh’s orchard country, source of tangy cider and crisp apple tarts, before passing through linen-weaving centre Bainbridge and beside the Newry Canal.

The 82-mile route begins at St Patrick’s cathedral (pictured) in Armagh

The 82-mile route begins at St Patrick’s cathedral (pictured) in Armagh

The 82-mile route begins at St Patrick’s cathedral (pictured) in Armagh

Above, a stained-glass image of St Patrick

Above, a stained-glass image of St Patrick

Above, a stained-glass image of St Patrick

From Newry to 18th-century Rostrevor, I stroll country lanes with views of sparkling Carlingford Lough.

Rostrevor sits on its shores, the birthplace of Robert Ross, the British major-general who burned down the White House during the war between Britain and the U.S. in 1814.

It was also a favourite spot of Belfast-born C.S. Lewis, whose inspiration for Narnia was the snow-covered Mourne Mountains, backdrop to the town.

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In Kilbroney Park, I find I am not the only one looking for the wardrobe door, the starting point of a Narnia Trail through the forest.

When I reach the lamppost, a small girl asks, “Have you seen Mr Tumnus?”

I head for the mountains. These imposing masses of slate and Silurian greywacke (a coarse sandstone) are where Saint Patrick converted local hill folk.

Wild, windy and wet, this part of the route requires good navigation skills – but you needn’t fear snakes.

Along the way, Lizzie passes through Tollymore Forest (pictured), familiar as a setting in TV’s Game Of Thrones

Along the way, Lizzie passes through Tollymore Forest (pictured), familiar as a setting in TV’s Game Of Thrones

Along the way, Lizzie passes through Tollymore Forest (pictured), familiar as a setting in TV’s Game Of Thrones 

A hiker I meet on the summit of Butter Mountain, said Patrick never drove out any. It was a metaphor for purging Ireland of its pagan ways.

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I head down through the beautiful beech Tollymore Forest, familiar as a setting in TV’s Game Of Thrones, to the seaside resort of Newcastle. I know a proper pilgrim would dine on a potato, but why make do when there are langoustines, turbot and plaice on the menu?

Next day, I continued to Down Cathedral, in Downpatrick, where the saint is buried beneath a hefty slab of granite carved with the single word ‘Patrick’.

In Downpatrick, Lizzie visits St Patrick's grave (pictured) at Down Cathedral

In Downpatrick, Lizzie visits St Patrick's grave (pictured) at Down Cathedral

In Downpatrick, Lizzie visits St Patrick’s grave (pictured) at Down Cathedral 

At the nearby glass Saint Patrick Centre, I learn that Patrick was never officially canonised.

So, Ireland’s patron saint was neither Irish, nor a saint, nor did he drive any snakes out!. What he did do was change the course of the island’s history.

If not for Saint Patrick’s return it might have remained the pagan and inhospitable place the Romans deemed not worth conquering.

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The trail is a walk through the history he created and an area of beautiful landscapes. That’s an excuse to raise a glass to Saint Patrick on March 17, to be sure.

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Haiti gang leader vows to ‘fight’ prime minister as violence surges

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Haitian gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, also known as Barbecue, warned on Friday he would keep trying to oust Prime Minister Ariel Henry, and asked families to keep children from going to school to “avoid collateral damages” as violence surges in parts of the capital.

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Heavy gunfire and traffic disruptions were seen in some areas of Haiti’s capital, where more people fled homes close to the fighting as burnt buses lay on the streets and burning barricades filled the air with thick, gray smoke.

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“The battle will last as long as it needs to. We will keep fighting Ariel Henry. To avoid collateral damage, keep the kids at home,” the gang leader said at a press conference.

Cherizier is a former police officer who heads an alliance of gangs and disrupted the country when he blocked its biggest oil terminal in 2022. He has faced sanctions from both the United Nations and the United States Department of Treasury.

By late Friday, there were reports armed men had attempted to take control of the capital’s main container port, as gangs threatened to attack more of the city’s police stations. Reuters was unable to immediately verify these reports.

A video, meanwhile, went viral on social media appearing to show two murdered policemen, which SYNAPOHA police union leader Lionel Lazare told Reuters depicted the killing of some of the four officers who were slain on Thursday.

Members of another police union, the SPNH, gathered outside the force headquarters earlier in the day calling for the recovery of the bodies.

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In a statement, Prime Minister Henry’s office said it was “outraged by the acts of violence and terror orchestrated by armed bandits,” and expressed condolences to victims’ families, saying the government would continue to work to resolve the conflict.

Violence ramped up during Henry’s visit to Kenya this week. The two countries signed earlier in the day a security deal that Nairobi hopes will satisfy a domestic court’s objections to its plan to send 1,000 police officers to lead a UN-approved mission aimed at tackling gang violence in Haiti.

Henry had previously been in Guyana for a regional Caribbean summit, during which he told leaders he would hold elections by August 2025, after postponing an earlier pledge due to the insecurity.

Henry came to power after the 2021 assassination of the country’s last president. Haiti last held elections in 2016 and ensuring a transition of power is a goal of the international mission alongside securing routes for humanitarian aid.

The United Nations estimates some 300,000 people in Haiti have fled their homes.

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The daily supplement with ‘huge promise’ for an ageing population that can boost brain function in over 60s in just 12 weeks

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  • Pill-takers did better in a test which provides an early marker for Alzheimer’s

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Taking a daily fibre supplement can improve brain function in those aged over 60 in just 12 weeks, a study has found.

The pills can improve performance in memory tests associated with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at King’s College London.

Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is ‘excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks’, adding: ‘This holds huge promise for enhancing brain health and memory in our ageing population.

‘Unlocking the secrets of the gut-brain axis could offer new approaches for living more healthily for longer.’

The study, published in Nature Communications, tested two plant fibre supplements – inulin and FOS – which help healthy bacteria grow in the gut. The pills were given to one half of 36 pairs of twins, with the others given a placebo.

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Taking a daily fibre supplement can improve brain function in those aged over 60 in just 12 weeks, a study has found (Stock Photo)

Taking a daily fibre supplement can improve brain function in those aged over 60 in just 12 weeks, a study has found (Stock Photo)

Taking a daily fibre supplement can improve brain function in those aged over 60 in just 12 weeks, a study has found (Stock Photo)

Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is 'excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks', adding: 'This holds huge promise for enhancing brain health and memory in our ageing population' (Stock Photo)

Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is 'excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks', adding: 'This holds huge promise for enhancing brain health and memory in our ageing population' (Stock Photo)

Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn said she is ‘excited to see these changes in just 12 weeks’, adding: ‘This holds huge promise for enhancing brain health and memory in our ageing population’ (Stock Photo)

The pills can improve performance in memory tests associated with early signs of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at King's College London (Stock Photo)

The pills can improve performance in memory tests associated with early signs of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at King's College London (Stock Photo)

The pills can improve performance in memory tests associated with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at King’s College London (Stock Photo)

Those taking the pills did better in a Paired Associates Learning test, an early marker for Alzheimer’s, and tests of reaction time and processing speed.

Professor Claire Steves said the pills, which are cheap and available over the counter, ‘could benefit a wide group of people in these cash-strapped times’.

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Milei warns Argentinian lawmakers he will govern ‘with or without’ their support

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Argentina’s libertarian President Javier Milei, in his first policy speech to parliament Friday, said he would push his package of sweeping economic reforms whether or not legislators back it.

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“We are going to change the country for good… with or without the support of political leaders, with all the legal resources of the executive,” Milei told lawmakers, who have stalled his project of deregulation and budget cuts.

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“If you look for conflict, you will have conflict,” he told them.

Milei offered a recap of his first 82 days in office, in which he devalued the peso more than 50 percent, slashed state subsidies for fuel and transport, cut tens of thousands of public service jobs, and scrapped hundreds of rules in his bid to deregulate the economy.

“I ask for patience and trust,” Milei said. “It will be some time before we can perceive the fruit of the economic reorganization and the reforms we are implementing.”

Many of his planned reforms face challenges in court, with more than 60 lawsuits under way by labor unions, business chambers and NGOs, while Argentina has seen massive protests by citizens who fear Milei’s plans will leave them poorer.

“We have not yet seen all the effects of the disaster we inherited, but we are convinced that we are on the right path, because for the first time in history we are attacking the problem by its cause: the fiscal deficit, and not by its symptoms,” Milei said.

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In recent weeks, Milei has reached out to influential provincial governors, party leaders and former presidents to forge a “new social contract” for the country, based on ten principles, including a “non-negotiable” balanced budget, “inviolable” private property, and public spending reduced to the “historic” level of 25 percent of GDP.

Decades of mismanagement

Faced with parliamentary reticence, Milei scrapped almost half of the initial 664 articles in the sweeping deregulatory measure issued after he took office, then withdrew it altogether.

But the president has vowed to return his bill to parliament. And he has threatened to pass his reforms by presidential decree if lawmakers do not fall in line.

Argentina is grappling with severe economic struggles after decades of mismanagement that has driven poverty levels to nearly 60 percent and pushed inflation to an annual rate over 200 percent.

Milei, a 53-year-old political outsider, won a resounding election victory last year on a wave of fury over a financial crisis marked by rampant money printing and fiscal deficit.

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The government claims some of Milei’s changes are already bearing fruit: In January, Argentina reported its first monthly budget surplus in 12 years while boosting foreign currency reserves from $21 billion to $27 billion.

But as annual inflation continued to bite, the poor were hit hard as Milei also ripped away generous transport and energy subsidies and froze aid to 38,000 soup kitchens pending an audit.

Milei insists Argentina has to swallow a bitter pill to rescue the economy, and has warned the population to brace themselves for things getting worse before they get better.

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Frank Lampard insists that he is ‘keen to get working again’ as he eyes a managerial comeback 10 months after his miserable caretaker spell in charge of Chelsea

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  • Lampard was brought in to replace Graham Potter part way through last season
  • The 45-year-old managed to lead the team to one win in his 11 games in charge 
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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has teased a return to management, 10 months after his disastrous spell as caretaker boss of his old club. 

Lampard had headed back to the Stamford Bridge dugout part way through last season following the sackings of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter. 

But it turned out to be a miserable period as the Blues won just one of his 11 games in charge. The 45-year-old has since appeared on TV on a pundit and often noted his delight in spending time with family. 

In fact, Lampard maintains that he is relishing the quality time with his children but stated that he is now keeping his eyes open for his next role. 

‘I’m enjoying being with the family and looking to get back at some point.’ He told talkSPORT. ‘Hopefully something comes up that feels right for me, I’m keen to get working again but as I reiterate, I’m enjoying family life.

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Frank Lampard teased a return to the dugout, having endured a miserable spell last time out

Frank Lampard teased a return to the dugout, having endured a miserable spell last time out

Frank Lampard teased a return to the dugout, having endured a miserable spell last time out

The former England international has managed Mason Mount three times, including a loan spell with Derby County

The former England international has managed Mason Mount three times, including a loan spell with Derby County

The former England international has managed Mason Mount three times, including a loan spell with Derby County

‘It’s an intense job so when you’re out of it, it’s nice to appreciate being around all my children.

‘You love the job. you understand the rigours of it in the modern day. I’ve enjoyed all the clubs I’ve worked with.

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‘They’ve all been big challenges for different reasons. I enjoy working with players, improve players and the team, so let’s see what comes.’

The former England international’s first managerial position came with Derby County, with whom he advanced to the Championship play-off final in 2018. 

Remarkably, that was enough for the Blues to come knocking a year later as they prepared to embark on a season with a transfer ban. 

There were wild scenes at Goodison Park in 2022 after Lampard led the side to Premier League safety

There were wild scenes at Goodison Park in 2022 after Lampard led the side to Premier League safety

There were wild scenes at Goodison Park in 2022 after Lampard led the side to Premier League safety

Lampard was key in facilitating the first team integration of youngsters such as Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Reece James, though he was ultimately dismissed just 18 months into the contract. 

In January 2022, he took the risky decision to manage relegation-threatened Everton but he led them to safety only to last a few more months in the job before he was sacked just a year later. 

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Iris Apfel dead at 102: Fashion icon and self-proclaimed ‘geriatric starlet’ passed at her home in Palm Beach, Florida

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Iris Apfel, fashion icon and self-proclaimed ‘geriatric starlet’, has passed away at the age of 102.

The news was announced on her Instagram page on Friday, with a beautiful photo of the famous fashionista in a regal black and gold gown and wearing her signature black glasses. 

‘Iris Barrel Apfel, August 29, 1921 – March 1, 2024,’ read the caption on the post. 

A spokesman for her estate confirmed the news to the New York Times and revealed that she died in her Palm Beach, Florida, home.

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The cause of death for the star — who was a New York style icon, known for her distinctive style — has not been provided at this time.

Iris Apfel, fashion icon and self-proclaimed 'geriatric starlet', has passed away at the age of 102. The news was announced on her Instagram page on Friday; seen in 2021

Iris Apfel, fashion icon and self-proclaimed 'geriatric starlet', has passed away at the age of 102. The news was announced on her Instagram page on Friday; seen in 2021

Iris Apfel, fashion icon and self-proclaimed ‘geriatric starlet’, has passed away at the age of 102. The news was announced on her Instagram page on Friday; seen in 2021

'Iris Barrel Apfel, August 29, 1921 – March 1, 2024,' read the caption on the post

'Iris Barrel Apfel, August 29, 1921 – March 1, 2024,' read the caption on the post

‘Iris Barrel Apfel, August 29, 1921 – March 1, 2024,’ read the caption on the post

Apfel’s signature style — chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, plus those iconic heavy-framed glasses – helped propel her into late-in-life fashion icon, or a ‘geriatric starlet,’ as she frequently referred to herself.

She only came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird). 

She became a model at age 97, and modeled for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade and M.A.C.

She is also the oldest person to have had a Barbie doll made by Mattel in her image.

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Following the news of her death, fans rushed to her social media page to pay their respects. 

Maria Shriver wrote: ‘Wow! What a truly remarkable life #IrisApfel lived. She truly did it all: She was a businesswoman, she was a fashion model, she was a fashion icon, she was a college professor, she was a star of a documentary, she was a Barbie doll! Iris is truly proof that age is just a number.’

Rocker Lenny Kravitz wrote: ‘You mastered the art of living. Thank you for your energy and inspiration.’

Actress Hannah Waddingham also paid tribute, writing: ‘Ohhhhhh. Goodnight and God bless Ma’am. What joy and endless style you brought to so many.’ 

A spokesman for her estate confirmed the news to the New York Times and revealed that she died in her Palm Beach, Florida, home; seen with Linda Fargo in 2013

A spokesman for her estate confirmed the news to the New York Times and revealed that she died in her Palm Beach, Florida, home; seen with Linda Fargo in 2013

A spokesman for her estate confirmed the news to the New York Times and revealed that she died in her Palm Beach, Florida, home; seen with Linda Fargo in 2013

The cause of death has not been provided at this time; seen in 2015

The cause of death has not been provided at this time; seen in 2015

The cause of death has not been provided at this time; seen in 2015

Apfel's signature style — chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, plus those iconic heavy-framed glasses – helped propel her into late-in-life fashion icon, or a 'geriatric starlet,' as she frequently referred to herself; seen with Christie Brinkley in 2022

Apfel's signature style — chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, plus those iconic heavy-framed glasses – helped propel her into late-in-life fashion icon, or a 'geriatric starlet,' as she frequently referred to herself; seen with Christie Brinkley in 2022

Apfel’s signature style — chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, plus those iconic heavy-framed glasses – helped propel her into late-in-life fashion icon, or a ‘geriatric starlet,’ as she frequently referred to herself; seen with Christie Brinkley in 2022

Apfel, who was a New York style icon for years, only came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird); seen with Christina Hendricks in 2016

Apfel, who was a New York style icon for years, only came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird); seen with Christina Hendricks in 2016

Apfel, who was a New York style icon for years, only came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird); seen with Christina Hendricks in 2016

‘Thank you for sharing your beautiful life,’ designer Jenna Lyons added. 

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‘RIP icon,’ one person wrote.

‘You will be missed,’ another added with a red-heart emoji.

‘An icon and true inspiration,’ yet another follower wrote.

‘Rest in beauty icon.’ 

Iris Apfel (born Iris Barrel) was born on August 29, 1921 in Astoria, Queens, New York City — the only child of Samuel Barrel and Russian-born wife, Sadye Barrel. 

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She started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson.

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later. 

Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including at the White House.

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015. 

Iris continued to have unbelievable enthusiasm for life, and at 90, she began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin.

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At 94, she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, simply titled Iris.

In 2019, at 97-years-old, Iris landed a modeling contract with IMG - the same agency that has repped top stars like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Miranda Kerr; seen in 2016

In 2019, at 97-years-old, Iris landed a modeling contract with IMG - the same agency that has repped top stars like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Miranda Kerr; seen in 2016

In 2019, at 97-years-old, Iris landed a modeling contract with IMG – the same agency that has repped top stars like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Miranda Kerr; seen in 2016

She's faced campaigns for Kate Spade, MAC Cosmetics, Alexis Bittar, Macy's INC, Blue Illusion, HSN, Le Bon Marché, and the German brand Aigner; seen with Christina Ricci and Zosia Mamet

She's faced campaigns for Kate Spade, MAC Cosmetics, Alexis Bittar, Macy's INC, Blue Illusion, HSN, Le Bon Marché, and the German brand Aigner; seen with Christina Ricci and Zosia Mamet

She’s faced campaigns for Kate Spade, MAC Cosmetics, Alexis Bittar, Macy’s INC, Blue Illusion, HSN, Le Bon Marché, and the German brand Aigner; seen with Christina Ricci and Zosia Mamet

She previously gave her opinion on style, telling Women's Wear Daily: 'I don't think style has any age. It's in your DNA and inherent. It's a matter of attitude'; seen with Katie Holmes in 2021

She previously gave her opinion on style, telling Women's Wear Daily: 'I don't think style has any age. It's in your DNA and inherent. It's a matter of attitude'; seen with Katie Holmes in 2021

She previously gave her opinion on style, telling Women’s Wear Daily: ‘I don’t think style has any age. It’s in your DNA and inherent. It’s a matter of attitude’; seen with Katie Holmes in 2021

In 2019, at 97-years-old, Iris landed a modeling contract with IMG – the same agency that has repped top stars like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Miranda Kerr.

Even as she was pushing 100, Apfel showed no signs of slowing down, and told WWD she’s ‘very excited’ about her new deal.

Though the star drew the line at walking down the catwalk, telling the publication: ‘How can I compete on runway? That’s ridiculous,’ she said. 

‘We’ll be doing hopefully collaborations, or maybe I’ll be a spokesperson. I leave it to them. They know better than I.’

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‘I’ve had all kinds of interesting commissions in my limited career. Everything from vodka and automobiles to beauty products, and I’ve also had a number of interesting collaborations with big stores like Bon Marché in Paris, the Landmark Mall in Hong Kong, Macy’s and Bergdorf Goodman.’

Over the past decade Apfel has modeled for a seriously impressive roster of big-name fashion and beauty brands.

She’s faced campaigns for Kate Spade, MAC Cosmetics, Alexis Bittar, Macy’s INC, Blue Illusion, HSN, Le Bon Marché, and the German brand Aigner.

In each one, she’s showed off a facet of her style, including her signature oversized round glasses.

She started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson; seen in a throwback Instagram photo

She started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson; seen in a throwback Instagram photo

She started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson; seen in a throwback Instagram photo

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later

Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including at the White House; the pair seen in 2008

Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including at the White House; the pair seen in 2008

Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including at the White House; the pair seen in 2008

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015; seen in 2008

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015; seen in 2008

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015; seen in 2008

For several, she’s posed right alongside models a quarter of her age, including Karlie, Toni Garnn, Tavi Gevinson, and Jourdan Dunn.

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She previously gave her opinion on style, telling Women’s Wear Daily: ‘I don’t think style has any age. It’s in your DNA and inherent. It’s a matter of attitude.’ 

No one was as surprised by her late-in-life modeling career than Apfel herself. Though she’s had a long career in fashion, it was owning her own textile company, Old World Weavers, from 1950 that kept her in the fashion world.

‘I never expected my life would take this turn so I never prepared for it. It all just happened so suddenly, and I thought at my tender age, I’m not going to set up offices and get involved with all kinds of things,’ she said.

‘I thought it was a flash in the pan, and it’s not going to last. Somehow, people found me. People would just call. Tommy Hilfiger said that was no way to do it, and he put us together. I’m very excited and very grateful.’

In addition to modeling, she also designed her own clothing and accessories line for HSN and published a book in 2018.

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‘My husband, until he passed on, we used to sit there and laugh and laugh, and I’d say I’m no different than I was 70 years ago, and all of a sudden, I’m cool, I’m a hot property. It’s ridiculous. People tell me it’s because I’m real… and say what I think,’ she added.

Following the news of her death, fans rushed to her social media page to pay their respects, including Maria Shriver

Following the news of her death, fans rushed to her social media page to pay their respects, including Maria Shriver

Following the news of her death, fans rushed to her social media page to pay their respects, including Maria Shriver 

Rocker Lenny Kravitz wrote: 'You mastered the art of living. Thank you for your energy and inspiration'

Rocker Lenny Kravitz wrote: 'You mastered the art of living. Thank you for your energy and inspiration'

Rocker Lenny Kravitz wrote: ‘You mastered the art of living. Thank you for your energy and inspiration’

Actress Hannah Waddingham also paid tribute, writing: 'Ohhhhhh. Goodnight and God bless Ma'am. What joy and endless style you brought to so many'

Actress Hannah Waddingham also paid tribute, writing: 'Ohhhhhh. Goodnight and God bless Ma'am. What joy and endless style you brought to so many'

Actress Hannah Waddingham also paid tribute, writing: ‘Ohhhhhh. Goodnight and God bless Ma’am. What joy and endless style you brought to so many’

'Thank you for sharing your beautiful life,' designer Jenna Lyons added

'Thank you for sharing your beautiful life,' designer Jenna Lyons added

‘Thank you for sharing your beautiful life,’ designer Jenna Lyons added

In 2016 she gave some advice for young female entrepreneurs at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day conference at the United Nations.

‘Taking opportunity and running is very important, because I never had a business plan in my life. Things just came along and I grabbed them,’ she told them.

‘I’m glad to see all these glass ceilings are being smashed and I know I feel that if women were a little more forceful and stuck to it there wouldn’t be so much of this feeling,’ she added.

‘I know when I started, the dinosaurs were roaming the Earth, I’m 95 and I’ve been working my whole life. It wasn’t easy but if you really want to do it, you can do it.’

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Asda billionaire Mohsin Issa insists there is no rift between him and his younger brother Zuber

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Relationship: Victoria Price and Mohsin Issa said they are building a life together

Relationship: Victoria Price and Mohsin Issa said they are building a life together

Relationship: Victoria Price and Mohsin Issa said they are building a life together

Mohsin Issa has insisted there is no rift between him and his younger brother Zuber.

The billionaire brothers and private equity firm TDR Capital took control of Asda in a debt-fuelled £6.8billion swoop in 2021.

But their relationship was understood to be under strain. Moving to quash the speculation yesterday, he told the BBC: ‘There is absolutely no rift between myself and Zuber – we get on exceptionally well. 

‘We talk to each other probably two or three times a day.’ 

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While Mohsin, 52, runs the supermarket, Zuber, 51, oversees forecourt giant EG Group, which is also part of the family empire.

The comments come just weeks after speculation that the brothers had fallen out over Mohsin’s relationship with Victoria Price, an accountant he met in 2018 when she presented him with an entrepreneur of the year award.

Mohsin has confirmed that he is in a relationship with Price, 41, after walking out on his wife of nearly 30 years Shamim. The entrepreneur also said he was carrying out a ‘reset’ at the grocer before appointing a chief executive to run the business.

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