BILLINGS, Mont. – The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states.The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.“I respect the state of Washington and Oregon and California,” Zinke said in an interview with AP. “But also, it’s in our interest for national security and our allies to make sure that they have access to affordable energy commodities.”Accomplishing that, Zinke said, may require the use of “some of our naval facilities, some of our federal facilities on the West Coast.” He only identified one prospect, a mostly abandoned Alaska military base.The idea generated a quick backlash Monday from some Democrats and environmentalists. It’s tantamount to an end-run around West Coast officials who have rejected private-sector efforts to build new coal ports in their states.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, called the proposal a “harebrained idea,” and said President Donald Trump should instead consider that climate change represents a national security threat.Boosting coal and gas exports would advance the administration’s agenda to establish U.S. “energy dominance” on the world stage. The potential use of government properties for exports underscores a willingness to intervene in markets to make that happen.The administration in recent months has cited national security as justification for keeping domestic coal-burning power plants online to prevent disruptions of electricity supplies.Zinke said the administration was interested in partnering with private entities in the use of federal facilities designated to help handle exports and cautioned that the idea is still in its early stages.He specified only one site, for natural gas: the former Adak Naval Air Facility in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, which he suggested could receive fuel by barge from the North Slope. The base closed in 1997 and has been largely abandoned. Roughly 300 people live in the town of Adak, the westernmost community in the U.S.Zinke did not name government properties that could serve as potential coal ports or which states they are in.Inslee responded to the proposal in a statement that Washington state officials had been left in the dark on any planning by the Trump administration. Another Democrat, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said the proposal shows the Trump administration was “disregarding the realities around climate change.”Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said Zinke was looking at all possibilities for export terminals, including West Coast military installations. Six proposed coal ports in Washington and Oregon have been rejected or shelved due to worries about air and water pollution and rail safety, combined with changing market conditions.“As a Montanan, he’s looking for ways here to help these Rocky Mountain states like Montana and Wyoming get access to Asian markets,” Daines said.Jan Hasselman, an attorney for opponents of coal ports in Washington state, said using federal property for exports would get around some local land use restrictions, but not the need for state and federal clean water permits.Asian exports have been held up as a lifeline for struggling U.S. coal miners as demand from the domestic power sector has plummeted and utilities switch to cheaper, cleaner fuels. The West Coast offers the most economical route because of its relative proximity to the largest coal-producing region in the U.S.: the Powder River Basin, which straddles the Montana-Wyoming border.Any export site needs access to deep waters to accommodate large ships and enough land to store fuel awaiting shipment. Few such locations can be found on the West Coast, said Joe Aldina, a coal industry analyst with S&P Global Platts Analytics.U.S. coal exports lately have been growing but are expected to fall over the long-term, particularly in Europe. Aldina expressed skepticism that government intervention could make much difference.“Like everything else the Trump administration has tried to do, it’s a long shot whether some of these things will work, and it’s questionable whether they will really help the market,” he said.A $680 million project in Longview, Washington, was denied a key permit last year by state regulators who said it would increase greenhouse gas emissions and cause “significant and unavoidable harm to the environment.”That brought a backlash from elected officials in coal-producing states. They argue the rejection of the Longview port, sponsored by Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, violated the commerce clause in the Constitution that says only Congress has the power to regulate international and interstate trade.Montana, Wyoming and four other states joined Lighthouse Resources in a lawsuit challenging the rejection of the company’s Millennium Bulk Terminals port, which could handle up to 48.5 million tons (44 million metric tons) of coal a year.Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, said she’s spoken with Zinke and U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry about how to break through the bottleneck of port capacity that now exists.“That might be, for example, retired military facilities or other places where we would be able to use those for exports — frankly, to get around some of the unreasonable obstacles that have been thrown up,” Cheney said.Prior to joining Trump’s cabinet, Zinke was a Montana congressman and Perry was governor of Texas. Both states are among the top U.S. coal producers.Coal exports to Asia more than doubled in 2017, according to the Energy Information Administration.The rise continued in the first half of 2018 with almost 23 million tons (21 million metric tons) of U.S. coal exported to Asian nations through June. South Korea, Japan and China were among the biggest recipients.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MatthewBrownAP
Rabat – Despite progress over the years, there are considerable deficits in early childhood development (ECD) in Morocco, according to a new report by the World Bank issue late Tuesday.Morocco has substantial gaps: just 68 per cent of births received parental care and only 31 percent regular parental care (at least four visits), the World Bank’s “Expanding Opportunities for the Next Generation: Early Childhood in the Middle East and North Africa” report said.The study said there are a number of shortcomings that need to be addressed in terms of children’s social and emotional development in Morocco. For instance, only two thirds (63 per cent) of births had a skilled attendant at delivery, while in the first month of life, 2.5 per cent of children die, and 3.8 per cent in the first year of life.66 children under the age of one die every day. In 2004, infant mortality, which refers to children dying before their first birthday, was 38 deaths per thousand births. This is above the 2012 average rate for the Middle East and North Africa region (24 per thousand.)25 children out of every thousand die during their first month of life, which is above the 2012 regional average of 15 in every thousand (UNICEF 2014), the report said.In terms of immunization rates, Morocco is doing fairly well with 90 per cent of children age 1 fully immunized. Children are considered fully immunized if they have received immunizations for all six major preventable childhood diseases: tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping, cough, tetanus, polio, and measles.Malnutrition is a problem in Morocco, where 23 percent of children are stunted, 10 per cent are underweight, and 12 per cent are wasted.Children’s nutritional status is measured by stunting (height-for-age), underweight (weight –for-age), and wasting (weight-for-height).In 2004, 23 per cent of Moroccan children under five were stunted, 10 per cent were underweight, and 12 per cent were wasted, the report said.According to the report, the health status of Moroccan children is examined through indicators of early mortality, pre-natal care, having a skilled attendant at birth, and immunizations.A number of background characteristics at the child, family, and community levels affect ECD outcomes: gender, parents’, education, household socioeconomic status (wealth), geographic location (region or governorate), and residence (urban or rural).
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A delegation from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is expected to leave for Geneva this month to hold discussions with UN Human Rights officials and the international community to gather their support for an international war crimes probe, reports said today.The visit will take place ahead of the release of the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights during the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva. Last week the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) passed a resolution refusing to back a domestic investigation into the war crimes. (Colombo Gazette) “Before the report is submitted, we will be holding discussions with members from the international community and the UN Human Rights office to make our stand clear. We reject any domestic investigation and want war crimes probed by an independent foreign team,” TNA Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Shivajilingam said. The report is expected to be critical towards the LTTE and the former Government who have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the final stages of the war between the military and the LTTE. The five member TNA delegation will be travelling to Geneva independently and will not be a part of a Government delegation which will also be attending the Council sessions, Shivajilingam added.The UN estimated that at least 40,000 Tamil civilians had been killed in the final months of the battle by both government and rebel shelling and had earlier called for an international independent probe.
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s anti-monopoly agency has fined the Cancun international airport the equivalent of about $3.7 million for not allowing more taxis to compete and lower fares for travellers.The federal competition commission said the airport improperly resisted allowing more taxis at the airport, resulting in prices that were about 8% higher than they should have been.Over eight years studied by the agency, that was estimated to cost travellers almost $5 million in higher fares.The agency says the airport got a cut of each fare, suggesting it kept fares high to maintain that income. It ordered the airport to evaluate potential new competitors fairly and allow them to enter service quickly if they meet applicable standards.The airport operator, a company known as ASUR, says it will appeal the decision.The Associated Press
“Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his video message for Nelson Mandela International Day, annually observed on 18 July, which was inaugurated by UN General Assembly in November 2009, in recognition of his global contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.Mr. Mandela, who died in 2013, was the first democratically-elected president of South Africa and the country’s first black head of State. He had been in prison for 27 years on charges of sabotage before being released and eventually elected president.“He continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion. Nelson Mandela was held captive for many years. But he never became a prisoner of his past”, Mr. Guterres said, noting that Mandela poured his energy into reconciliation and his vision of a peaceful, multi-ethnic, democratic South Africa.“Rarely has one person in history done so much to stir people’s dreams and move them to action”, the UN chief said. “That struggle for equality, dignity and justice continues.”In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also promote humane conditions of imprisonment and to encourage societies everywhere to treat prisoners as a continuous part of society by adopting the revised UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules”. The Rules added important safeguards, including an absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment and clear restrictions on the use of solitary confinement, instruments of restraint and intrusive searches, as well as detailed guidance on prisoners’ rights to equivalent health-care services.“Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for justice. He knew better than anyone that ‘no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones’”, said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).He said his Office will assist all countries in translating these rules into action, to promote humane conditions of imprisonment and ensure no part of society is forgotten.“Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of a true hero who left the world a better and more just place than he found it,” Mr. Fedotov said.
Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 12:35 PM Mar 2nd 2017, 12:35 PM Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dublin City Council’s Brian Hanney said part of the message for young people is that tagging is against the law and could land them in big trouble.“If you’re convicted in the district court for graffiti or tagging, that could impact on things like future travel arrangements. We want to make it clear that tagging is not cool – it has an impact.”Hanney said it costs an estimated €1 million to deal with the issue each year.“That’s money that could be better spent elsewhere.“It’s everywhere,” he said.You’d wake up and come into the city on a Monday morning after the weekend and there would be whole streets and businesses with tags all over them. It can have quite an impact from the business and tourism point of view.“Some of it can be quite offensive and have political undertones so it has to be removed quickly,” he said, adding that this can be “very upsetting” for property owners.“It has a big effect on the city, especially when you look at protected buildings, it’s very expensive to remove graffiti from them, say on the GPO or the Ha’penny Bridge.”The message in the video hit home for the 6th class students from St Mary’s School. 11-year-old Dylan Lawlor said: “It shows that if you do graffiti now, it could have bad consequences as you’re growing up, so if you do get a job you may not get a very good job.”“I thought it wasn’t that big a deal, but it does cost a lot of money, and as the mayor said, that money could go to other places like for new parks, playgrounds or stuff that we really need, instead of people destroying the city,” Jordan Behan (12), said.The video launched today will be played in cinemas around Dublin over the next six weeks and will also be shown in Croke Park this weekend. Read: How this Dublin suburb managed to become the cleanest area in Ireland>Read: ‘I know there are a dwindling band of fanatics out there’: TD hits out after his office was vandalised> Anti-graffiti campaign tells kids not to ‘damage their futures by damaging property’ Dublin City Council is launching a new campaign – aimed at school children – to highlight that tagging is not cool… and illegal. 14,040 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3265022 Inspector Liam Geraghty tells young people at Mansion House: “Don’t damage your future by damaging someone else’s property”. #ThinkDontTag pic.twitter.com/hdIjiYsug9— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) March 2, 2017 Updated 1.13pm Source: DublinCityCouncil/YouTubeDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has launched a campaign aimed at getting the message to young people that graffiti is not cool – and they could face criminal prosecution if they are caught tagging.The ‘Think Don’t Tag’ campaign, which is being run in partnership with An Garda Síochána, was launched at the Mansion House in Dublin later this morning with an animated video to raise awareness among school children.“Unfortunately, there seems to be a trend that some people think it’s cool to actually go out and destroy the face of our city, to destroy the face of your city,” Lord Mayor told the audience today.Speaking at the launch, Garda Inspector Liam Geraghty described graffiti as “criminal damage and vandalism”.Art is in the eye of the beholder, and in An Garda Síochána we’re not art critics by any means, but the questions we would ask those groups and ask the lads round the table here: is tagging the graffiti something that you would be happy to have on the front of your house or on you garden wall?He reminded 6th class students from St Mary’s Boys School on Haddington Road who attended the launch that if they were caught and convicted, they could face time in prison or a fine of up to €2,000. Share132 Tweet Email 62 Comments Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter Short URL By Michelle Hennessy
Following France’s 4-2 win over Argentina in their last-16 clash, Lucas Hernandez claimed they should not worry about Hazard as they already eliminated Messi.Deschamps’ team then went on to beat Uruguay 2-0 on Friday and will be facing Belgium in the semi-final, as they, on the other side, eliminated Brazil 2-1.Despite claiming Hazard and Lukaku are dangerous, Hernandez voiced his opinion that they are not as much of a threat as Messi, who Les Bleus already dealt with.“We have already eliminated the best player in the world [Messi] against Argentina,” Hernandez said, according to Sportskeeda.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“He didn’t touch the ball. That’s the truth.”“Against Belgium we also have the players to make sure Hazard touches the ball as little as possible.”Pavard, Varane and Umtiti will most likely be in support of Hernandez, even though there are fitness concerns over Umtiti.Varane, on the other side, backed his teammate’s claim, adding that everything is up for the taking, as long as the whole team puts the effort in.
Share This! Catholicism News Share This! By: Menachem Wecker Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Shopping at Walmart a few years ago, David Morgan saw a statuette of Santa Claus praying on one knee before a cross and knew he had to have it.Morgan, a professor and religious studies chair at Duke University who studies religion, culture and media, was amused by the pious Santa Claus, whose costume derives from Thomas Nast’s 1860s Harper’s Weekly cartoons and Coca-Cola ads starting in the 1930s.He doesn’t think the statue mocks Christianity. Instead, he thinks it pokes fun at the ways capitalism reshapes the sacred.But the people who buy the statue probably don’t care.“I imagine some Christians even admire it as a way of ‘putting Christ back in Christmas,’” he said.Still, the line between well-intentioned kitsch and bad taste is blurry.An “Adoring Santa” statue features Santa kneeling at a manger scene. Photo via Autom.comAmazon removed dozens of items, including bathmats with Quranic script, from its digital shelves earlier this year after criticism from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. And for at least several years, controversial activist Rajan Zed has complained about Amazon’s hawking of toilet seat covers with Hindu imagery.RELATED: Hindu guest chaplain, at your service — but does he speak for all Hindus?Part of the challenge, said S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate, associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College and author of “Blasphemy: Art That Offends,” is that both kitsch and offense are necessarily in the eye of the beholder.“Toilet seat covers with the name of Allah, or a swimsuit with the goddess Lakshmi on it, or a Jesus statue made out of cheese will offend people,” he said. “People have the right to be offended.”When Plate was researching hundreds of provocative artworks — such as Andres Serrano’s photo of a crucifix immersed in urine — he found that many of the artists intended to provoke. Serrano’s piece, he said, is a great example of art’s capacity to generate conversations about the value of art and of religious objects.S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate. Photo by Joshua D. McKeeBut not all blasphemous artworks are the same, he said. Some are art. Others are more like Jesus junk.Many people create religiously offensive works just to offend, Plate said.“People believe they have the right to market or publish any potentially offensive thing, because they claim they are asserting freedom of speech,” he said. “In reality they are just setting up clickbait or trying to sell something.”Commercial producers of religious kitsch try to figure out what’s likely to sell while avoiding the offensive, said Morgan.Garden stores, for example, are likely to sell a variety of Buddha and St. Francis statues for use as garden ornaments.“Neither one is being used to venerate the sacred person portrayed,” Morgan said. “It works, because no one seems to be offended.”But vendors can’t really know ahead of time what will and won’t offend religious believers.“One never knows where the line will be located until a group responds,” Morgan said. “That imprecision of locating the limit of propriety depends entirely on who is offended and under what circumstances.”Popular culture often references religion without either offending or affirming religious people, as is the case with second-rate Buddha statues.David Morgan. Photo courtesy of DukeBut such imagery would be treated differently in parts of Asia than it is in the United States, according to Morgan.“Some Hindus and Muslims may be offended at the use of imagery or objects drawn from their traditions, because they regard the act as disrespectful and do so within the context of a truculent Hindu nationalism or in the face of a bias against conservative Muslim practices,” he said.Still, commercial vendors aren’t targeting such true believer with their products.“They are looking instead for secular, Western or liberal Indians or Muslims who respond to commercial ‘kitsch’ in much the same way that I responded to the praying Santa Claus,” Morgan said. “Such items are amusing, not devotional.”Terrence Dempsey, a Jesuit priest and director of St. Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, wasn’t offended when artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt — who was at Stonewall Inn the night of the riots — gave him one of his “Charmin bathroom tissue” angels.“There is a playfulness about his work, but when dealing with religious imagery he means no disrespect,” Dempsey said. “He came from a working-class Catholic family in New Jersey, and he began making icons and altar assemblages out of glitter, aluminum foil, Saran Wrap and staples. He once told me that his art is about the ‘glow’ and not the ‘gold.’”When considering religious kitsch, it’s important to differentiate between majority and minority cultures, warned Plate.“In the United States, for instance, this means that people might need to think more carefully about representations of Muslims, Jews and Hindus, among others, as it’s a dominantly Christian culture,” he said. TagsAmazon artifacts Buddha Hinduism homepage featured Islam kitsch Rajan Zed religious art,You may also like Share This! By: Menachem Wecker As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week In a rural corner of Britain, a farm reconnects Judaism with the land Share This! 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Citation: Spray-on liquid glass is about to revolutionize almost everything (2010, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-spray-on-liquid-glass-revolutionize.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The fissure was induced in order present an image which shows the characteristics of the coating. The image shows the SiO2 coating on a filament of a microfibre. Explore further More information: Nanopool: www.nanopool.eu/couk/index.htm• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter! (PhysOrg.com) — Spray-on liquid glass is transparent, non-toxic, and can protect virtually any surface against almost any damage from hazards such as water, UV radiation, dirt, heat, and bacterial infections. The coating is also flexible and breathable, which makes it suitable for use on an enormous array of products. The liquid glass spray (technically termed “SiO2 ultra-thin layering”) consists of almost pure silicon dioxide (silica, the normal compound in glass) extracted from quartz sand. Water or ethanol is added, depending on the type of surface to be coated. There are no additives, and the nano-scale glass coating bonds to the surface because of the quantum forces involved. According to the manufacturers, liquid glass has a long-lasting antibacterial effect because microbes landing on the surface cannot divide or replicate easily.Liquid glass was invented in Turkey and the patent is held by Nanopool, a family-owned German company. Research on the product was carried out at the Saarbrücken Institute for New Materials. Nanopool is already in negotiations in the UK with a number of companies and with the National Health Service, with a view to its widespread adoption.The liquid glass spray produces a water-resistant coating only around 100 nanometers (15-30 molecules) thick. On this nanoscale the glass is highly flexible and breathable. The coating is environmentally harmless and non-toxic, and easy to clean using only water or a simple wipe with a damp cloth. It repels bacteria, water and dirt, and resists heat, UV light and even acids. UK project manager with Nanopool, Neil McClelland, said soon almost every product you purchase will be coated with liquid glass.Food processing companies in Germany have already carried out trials of the spray, and found sterile surfaces that usually needed to be cleaned with strong bleach to keep them sterile needed only a hot water rinse if they were coated with liquid glass. The levels of sterility were higher for the glass-coated surfaces, and the surfaces remained sterile for months.Other organizations, such as a train company and a hotel chain in the UK, and a hamburger chain in Germany, are also testing liquid glass for a wide range of uses. A year-long trial of the spray in a Lancashire hospital also produced “very promising” results for a range of applications including coatings for equipment, medical implants, catheters, sutures and bandages. The war graves association in the UK is investigating using the spray to treat stone monuments and grave stones, since trials have shown the coating protects against weathering and graffiti. Trials in Turkey are testing the product on monuments such as the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara.The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on plants and seeds. Trials in vineyards have found spraying vines increases their resistance to fungal diseases, while other tests have shown sprayed seeds germinate and grow faster than untreated seeds, and coated wood is not attacked by termites. Other vineyard applications include coating corks with liquid glass to prevent “corking” and contamination of wine. The spray cannot be seen by the naked eye, which means it could also be used to treat clothing and other materials to make them stain-resistant. McClelland said you can “pour a bottle of wine over an expensive silk shirt and it will come right off”.In the home, spray-on glass would eliminate the need for scrubbing and make most cleaning products obsolete. Since it is available in both water-based and alcohol-based solutions, it can be used in the oven, in bathrooms, tiles, sinks, and almost every other surface in the home, and one spray is said to last a year.Liquid glass spray is perhaps the most important nanotechnology product to emerge to date. It will be available in DIY stores in Britain soon, with prices starting at around £5 ($8 US). Other outlets, such as many supermarkets, may be unwilling to stock the products because they make enormous profits from cleaning products that need to be replaced regularly, and liquid glass would make virtually all of them obsolete. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Nanotechnology Product for Car Windshields Now Available in the USA
Kolkata: A fire broke out inside a plastic factory in Bengal’s North 24-Parganas district on Sunday afternoon. However, no one was injured in the blaze. The fire broke out inside a plastic chair factory in Jagaddal’s Madral area at around 2.30 pm. Some parts of the factory were gutted.Locals spotted smoke billowing out of the factory and reported the matter to the fire brigade. An employee was inside the factory when it caught fire. The locals rescued him immediately after the fire broke out. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe incident triggered tension among the locals as the factory is situated in a congested area.After being informed, police reached the spot and cordoned off the entire area.It was difficult for the fire fighters to get inside. The fire spread quickly as inflammable materials were stored in the premises. The locals informed the police that a huge amount of inflammable materials were kept inside the factory which had aggravated the situation further. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed A total of three fire tenders were pressed into service to control the blaze. The fire was brought under control within one and half hours but some pockets inside the factory were burning till 4.30 pm on Sunday. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained.According to preliminary investigation, the fire officials suspect that an electrical short circuit might have caused the fire. The fire department officials suspect that the factory had no proper fire fighting system. The police and fire officials are also probing if the factory had fire clearance. According to a senior police of Barrackpore, steps would be taken against the owners if it is found that it had no fire clearance. A detailed probe has been initiated.
Kolkata: British Deputy High Commissioner of Kolkata Bruce Buckneil today called for engaging the Bengali diaspora in Britain to build business ties with the state and India. “The human capital link between Bengal and Britain remains very strong,” Buckneil told reporters on the sidelines of a meet to address the potential of West Bengal to drive the country’s ‘Act East Policy’. Bengal has fantastic assets and “I want to engage them more to build those (business) links,” Buckneil said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life In Britain, there is a large Bengali diaspora which is unfortunately dispersed in the country. There are many Bengali doctors and lawyers there too, he said. The meet was organised by British Deputy High Commission and ‘powered’ by The Dialogue, a think tank dedicated to drive policy and governance reforms through public opinion. The British diplomat said there should just not be flow of human capital, but there should also be the flow of ideas and business in different countries. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said in terms of destination for British investment in India, West Bengal occupied the fifth largest spot. “Business can’t be forced to come to your place, you have to make it attractive,” he said. Buckneil said that technological change was “devastating all sorts of traditional business models. When asked to elaborate his point, he said “AI (Artificial Intelligence) is coming and it will take away a lot of jobs. Automation has come to manufacturing…..that is the challenge we all will face.” “Technology is not going to stop. We keep creating new technology and we got to work with it, people need to work with it,” he said. Asked to comment on employment situation in Bengal in the new situation, he said “as a diplomat I won’t say much. All I can say to keep creating jobs you have to create right condition for business, you have to be business friendly, you have to keep regulations right.” Buckneil talked about Bengal’s top notch performance in leather products, jewellery and even food. “In food, one of the biggest fast food outlets which makes momo, had started in Kolkata,” he said. West Bengal Minister for Power and Non-conventional Energy Sources, Sobhandev Chattopadhyay said the state “which is surplus in power is ready with infrastructure.” Chattopadhyay referred to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s successful visits to Britain and expressed confidence in opening a lot of business opportunities in the state. He said from thermal power to solar energy and hydel power, Bengal is going ahead of other states in the country.
Daily dose of probiotics – live bacteria and yeasts – well known to be good for the digestive system, may however, be less effective when taken alongside a balanced diet and may impair certain aspects of memory, suggests a research.”If you’re eating poorly, then probiotics might be helpful. But if you’re already eating healthy, they may not be that beneficial,” said Margaret Morris, Professor at University of New South Wales in Australia.For the study, published in the journal ‘Molecular Psychiatry’, the team examined the impact of a commonly used probiotics on the gut health and cognitive function of rats, which were fed either a healthy diet or a “cafeteria diet” high in saturated fat and sugar. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe results showed that in fat rats with “grossly dysregulated” gut health, being fed on junk food, probiotics positively changed the bacterial make-up in their digestive tract and benefited brain function, preventing spatial memory loss.But for rats on a healthy diet, the probiotics had little impact on microbial diversity and actually impaired recognition memory.”We were surprised to find that after feeding a healthy diet to the rats, the probiotics actually resulted in some memory impairment with regards to object recognition,” Morris said.Although the study is looking at rats, people need to exercise caution while taking probiotics.”It’s very hard for us to say that they are definitively good or bad. Probiotics may offer a great opportunity to improve health so long as they are replacing the correct bacteria – the challenge is accurately determining which beneficial microbes are absent,” Morris added.
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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more April 5, 2019 — Healthereum LLC released the beta version of the Healthereum Life Portfolio, or HELIO, a mobile application that allows patients to be rewarded digital tokens for interacting with their healthcare providers. With each action taken — “Promise to Show” for an appointment, complete quality care surveys after the visit, receive task messages from their doctors and view their current diagnoses — digital tokens are given to the patients’ “wallet” to reward them for time spent on their health using blockchain technology.Attendance to an appointment is gamified, and the doctors can view ahead of time which patients are planning to show up. The simple act of seeing the doctor gives reward tokens but a no-show forfeits them and given to the doctor. Thereafter, completing a questionnaire is incentivized. This addresses the current poor survey response rates and lack of an honest care team reputation score. Once the visit is complete, patients will view the diagnoses and partake in medical billing. Lastly, doctors may send messages to their patients’ mobile devices pertaining to their diagnoses in an ongoing fashion.HELIO has been created to change behavior and improve accountability. The only way to do this is by showing patients the reward tokens have value. The value is determined by their care team and can be in any form — for example, free parking pass, using tokens in the gift shop or offset high cost of copays.For more information: www.healthereum.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Mobile Devices | April 05, 2019 Healthereum Launches Beta Version of HELIO Blockchain Patient Engagement App Mobile application rewards patients with tokens that can be used for real-world rewards for completing healthcare-related tasks Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more
Pacific Sun has been renamed Henna by new owners HNA Tourism who plan to have her service their home market of China when she relaunches in 2013. Cruise Industry News reports that the ship will undergo a refurbishment at the Sembawang shipyard, Singapore prior to being home ported out of either Sanya or Tianjin. Reports out of the Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific conference this week also indicate that Star Cruises may be involved in the relaunch with the cruise line believed to have signed on to manage the vessel for HNA Tourism.The news came as a surprise to Star Cruises’ Australian office when e-Travel Blackboard posed the question this morning, with a spokesperson unable to comment. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
Did TRID Really Hinder Home Sales? February 8, 2016 628 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Origination Capital Economics Existing-Home Sales TRID 2016-02-08 Staff Writer Many in the industry believed that the The TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule was the culprit behind the huge decline in existing-home sales in November 2015. The next month, existing sales recovered with the biggest month-over-month increase ever recorded. While TRID hit November pretty hard, the major gains in December may have outweighed the losses.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing-home sales dropped off in November to an annual rate of about 4.76 million, the slowest pace in 19 months.November’s decline represented a 10.5 percent drop from October’s downwardly revised total of 5.32 million, and the sales pace for November was the lowest since it was reported at 4.75 million in April 2014. November’s pace is now 3.8 percent lower than November 2014, marking the first time the existing- home annual sales pace declined year-over-year since September 2014.NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the longer closing times may be delaying transactions until the following month, making the slowdown in existing-home sales for November temporary.“It’s possible the longer timeframes pushed a latter portion of would-be November transactions into December,” says Yun. “As long as closing timeframes don’t rise even further, it’s likely more sales will register to this month’s total, and November’s large dip will be more of an outlier.”After suffering a major drop in November 2015, existing-home sales turned the tables with the largest monthly increase ever recorded in December.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing-home sales rose 14.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million in December, up from 4.46 million in November. Year-over-year, existing-home sales are up 7.7 percent, and December’s jump will mark the largest increase ever.”December’s rebound in sales is reason for cautious optimism that the work to prepare for Know Before You Owe is paying off,” said NAR President Tom Salomone.”However, our data is still showing longer closing timeframes, which is a reminder that the near-term challenges we anticipated are still prevalent.””That volatility was caused by the introduction of TRID disclosure requirements, which pushed some sales from November into December,” said Matthew Pointon, Property Economist at Capital Economics. “But encouragingly new home sales, which were not impacted by TRID due to the timing of when new sales are recorded, also jumped by 10.8 percent month-over-month to reach their joint-highest level since the start of 2008.” Share
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