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A former violinist, whose career
was cut short by a debilitating
movement disorder, regained her
ability to play while surgeons in
Israel operated on her brain.
Naomi Elishuv had played for
a number of orchestras, including
Lithuanian National Symphony
Orchestra, but was forced to
stop performing professionally
two decades ago when she began
suffering from a condition called
During the procedure, which
was performed under local
anaesthetic, surgeons asked
Elishuv to play so her brain was
The footage shows Elishuv
shaking and struggling to play
the violin before she is wheeled
into surgery. Surgeons are then
seen operating on her brain
behind a huge plastic curtain.
As soon as the procedure is
complete, the violinist ’s hands
become steady, and she is able to
play unhindered for the first time
in 20 years.
Essential tremor affects the
arms and hands, but can also
affect the head, face, jaw, tongue
The disorder gradually worsens
over time, and at its most severe
can be disabling and make daily
activities extremely difficult,
according to the NHS.
When patients reach this stage,
they may be offered two types of
surgery: a thalamotomy, or deep
brain stimulation — the latter
which Elishuv under went.
Before the operation, she said
her “greatest love” was playing
the violin, adding it was “very
difficult” to stop performing
professionally and instead work
as a teacher when she was “used
to playing her entire life. ”
“Now I can start living again,”
Elishuv told reporters after
surgeons at the Tel Aviv Sourasky
Medical Centre completed the
Professor Yitzhak Fried, the
hospital’s director of Functional
Neurosurgery, who operated on
Elishuv on Tuesday morning,
told the newspaper that he cured
Elishuv by implanting a brain
pacemaker with electrodes into
the area causing the tremor.
Through a minute hole in
Elishuv skull, the team operated
on her brain and implanted
a 1.3mm electrode into the
thalamus region of her brain.
In the second phase, the exact
part of the brain causing the
tremor was stimulated with
“The operation was performed
under local anaesthesia. In order
to place the electrode in the
optimal location, we wanted her
active participation in real-time,
so we asked Elishuv to play the
violin during the surgery.”
During the procedure, she did
not feel pain because these areas
of the brain do not feel pain,” he
said. — AP-PA
Violinist regains ability to play during brain surgery
Nearly half of China’s super-wealthy
individuals are considering leaving
the country, a sur vey shows, with most
citing better overseas educational and
employment opportunities for their
The global sur vey of 2000 high net
worth individuals by Barclays Wealth
found that 47% of the wealthy Chinese
who were questioned plan to move
overseas within the next five years.
The Chinese semi-autonomous city of
Hong Kong is their preferred destination,
cited by 30% of respondents, followed by
Canada with 23% — although earlier
this year Ottawa closed an immigrant
investor visa scheme that had been
popular among wealthy Chinese.
The results show that “better educational
and employment opportunities for their
children is the main pull factor for
Chinese high net worth individuals”,
according to the sur vey.
China has seen double-digit economic
expansion in recent decades but faces
mounting uncertainty over its pace of
Its economic expansion has also come at
great environmental cost — particularly
in large cities such as Beijing and
Shanghai — another factor among the
country’s super-wealthy in considering a
The sur vey also found that a significant
share of Singapore’s wealthy — 23% —
plan a move abroad in the next five years,
even as the city-State remains a top
destination for Hong Kong’s rich.
In Hong Kong 16% of the wealthy said
they plan to move, with 44% of these
naming Singapore as their destination.
Another 31% anticipated going to
China. — AFP
Half of wealthy
Up to 500
As many as 500 migrants are feared to
have drowned after traffickers reportedly
rammed and sank their boat in what
the International Organisation for
Migration (IOM) has described as “the
worst shipwreck in years”.
Horrific details of the shipwreck, which
occurred last Wednesday near Malta,
have been told to IOM by sur vivors.
“ If this story, which police are
investigating, is true, it would be the
worst shipwreck in years. Not an
accident but a mass murder, perpetrated
by criminals without scruples or any
respect for human life,” IOM said in a
Two sur viving Palestinians plucked
from the water by a freighter on Thursday
told the IOM about 500 passengers had
been on one vessel that was wrecked on
purpose by people smugglers.
According to the two, Syrian,
Palestinian, Egyptian and Sudanese
migrants set out from Damietta in
Egypt on September 6, and were forced
to change boats several times during the
crossing towards Europe.
The traffickers, on a separate boat, then
ordered them on to a smaller vessel,
which many of the migrants feared was
too small to hold them.
When they refused to cross over to the
new boat, the furious traffickers rammed
their boat until it capsized, the sur vivors
told the maritime organisation. — AFP
British Prime Minister David Cameron is
expected to announce air strikes as early as
next week against the Islamist “monsters” who
murdered David Haines and are threatening the
life of another British hostage.
Haines became the first Briton to be murdered
by a man believed to be the British-accented
terrorist known as “Jihadi John”, who has
previously beheaded two American journalists.
In the footage, the ISIS (Islamic State) jihadis
threaten to murder a second British captive
Alan Henning, a 47-year-old aid convoy
volunteer from Manchester who was captured
in Syria late last year.
Friends revealed that Henning had travelled
to Syria to help refugees after being affected by
images of their plight.
The news a second Briton is being threatened
prompted MPs and senior military figures to
call for immediate military action against ISIS.
But it is understood Cameron intends to resist
calls to recall Parliament this week and instead
will wait until after the Scottish referendum
vote on Thursday and Friday (NZT).
He will then attend the United Nations
General Assembly in New York on Wednesday
and Thursday of next week, when he will outline
plans to combat ISIS. MPs have been told to
expect to be recalled to Parliament on the
Friday after the UN session.
Sources said the Prime Minister was keen
not to allow ISIS to dictate his timetable for
Henning is a taxi driver who drove a van full
of aid to Syria to help children in the war-torn
He had taken time off from his job to deliver
clothes and bedding that he and friends had
collected, when he was abducted on Boxing Day
The 47-year-old father of two was part of a
small aid group called Aid 4 Syria. He was on
his fourth convoy to the country when he was
seized by masked men near the Turkish border.
He is seen in the closing seconds of the horrific
two and a half-minute video released on Sunday
showing the beheading of Haines.
Henning appears kneeling in the desert, in
shapeless orange clothes, as the executioner
stands behind him and claims David Cameron
“ will have the blood of your people on your
hands” if he joins an American alliance to fight
Henning is believed to have been seized when
fighters loyal to ISIS overran the town of Ad
Dana, where he was working with refugees.
He was thrown into a makeshift prison, and
initially thought his work for a Muslim charity
would save him.
A Syrian activist told a reporter earlier this
year that he had spent a night in the same
cell, and Henning had seemed in good spirits,
believing he was about to be freed. But the
activist, who later escaped, found Henning had
later been moved to Raqqa, the city considered
the capital of Isis.
Friends of Henning described him as a “ lovely
guy” who had been moved to act by the plight
of children caught in the war.
A close friend said: “He was taking over old
ambulances, just helping out as much as he
could. They were supposed to be over there for
about six months but he was kidnapped just a
few days after he left.”
His wife, Barbara, had been told he was being
well treated. The friend said: “He started taking
all this Syria stuff seriously when the war started.
It was the fourth time he’d gone out there. He
had a tattoo saying Aid 4 Syria on his arm. I
think he thought it was his mission to help the
kids out there. ”
Debbie Ashton, 47, a neighbour, described
him as a “lovely guy”.
“He was always asking us if we knew anyone
who was throwing their clothes away. He
was just trying to help out. He took clothes,
“Everyone used to drop it all off at his house.
He was really emotional about it all and he used
to say those kids need all the help they can get.”
An undated family handout photo of British aid worker Alan Henning taken at a refugee
camp on the Turkish-Syria border.
No second vote for Scots: Salmond
The European Space Agency (ESA)
has unveiled the spot on a comet in deep
space where in November it will attempt
mankind’s first-ever landing on one of
these ancient wanderers of the Solar
The landing site is one of five that ESA
shortlisted after its Rosetta spacecraft
met up with rubber duck-shaped Comet
August, following a marathon chase.
Codenamed J, the site offers the
best chance for a safe landing on an
exceptionally difficult target, while also
offering conditions for meeting scientific
goals, ESA said. On November 11,
Rosetta is scheduled to let down a robot
lab called Philae to carry out experiments
on the comet ’s surface that scientists
hope will shed light on the origins of
these icy bodies. — AFP
Alex Salmond pledged there would not be a
second Scottish independence referendum for
another generation even if he loses Thursday ’s
contest by a single vote.
The First Minister dismissed concerns that
separatists would pursue a “never-endum”
strategy by calling for another vote as soon as
possible if they lost.
However, he said that Scotland would become
independent if the nationalists win by one
vote and disclosed he had already assembled a
list of names for his team conducting divorce
negotiations with the British Government.
The Q ueen finally broke her silence on the
issue of Scottish independence yesterday, telling
a member of the public that she hoped “people
will think very carefully about the future” when
they headed to the polls.
The monarch’s words — which were
interpreted by some as offering encouragement
to Unionists without leaving her open to
accusations of political meddling — came as
the long campaign entered its final week, with
tensions high and tempers increasingly frayed.
Salmond predicted that the British
Government would drop its opposition to a
eurozone-style currency union with a separate
Scotland in the days after a Yes vote.
This prompted Alistair Darling, leader of the
pro-UK Better Together campaign, to argue
that Salmond was performing a “premature
victory lap” before Scots had even gone to
the polls and warned his plan relied on the
British Government “falling into line” with
Both men appeared on BBC One’s Andrew
Marr Show as a series of opinion polls gave
contradictory views of who is winning.
Salmond confirmed the referendum would
settle the independence matter for a generation,
citing as an example of the minimum inter val
the devolution referendums of 1979 and 1997.
Challenged by Marr unequivocally to confirm
there would not be a referendum sooner, he said:
“That ’s my view. This is a once-in-a -generation
opportunity, perhaps even a once-in-a -lifetime,
opportunity for Scotland.”
Darling said a No vote would mean a stronger
Scottish Parliament, citing a fast-track timetable
for delivering extra powers that was disclosed by
Brown last week. — AP-PA
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