What 1.2 Billion Indians Think About the World

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PCB, Pakistan players fixing games, says Veena Malik

first_imgGoing a step further after claiming that her former boyfriend Mohammad Asif has links with bookies, actress-model Veena Malik today said Pakistan Cricket Board all along knew about this and all national cricketers and officials are “involved in match-fixing from head to toe”.Malik said she will meet tomorrow ICC’s anti-corruption unit official Reza Hasan who arrived in the country today regarding her revelations that Asif has links with Indian bookies.”A senior police officer called me on phone today and told me that an ICC anti-corruption unit official will meet me tomorrow to ascertain the veracity of the revelations I made about Asif and his links with Indian bookies,” Malik told reporters.”Pakistan Cricket Board had evidence of this but no action was taken against Asif. From head to toe, Pakistani players and officials are involved in match-fixing,” Malik claimed.She reiterated that Asif was involved in match fixing and his links with bookies had come to light when she travelled with him to Bangkok before Pakistan’s tour of Australia.”Asif told me he was offered USD 40,000 by an Indian bookie to underperform in Australia but he had demanded 200,000 dollars,” she said.Malik said Asif’s links with bookies was the reason behind she broke off with him.”I did not want him to indulge in such activities,” she said.She further claimed that Asif was not friends with Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamir, the two other cricketers at the center of ‘spot-fixing’ scandal that has rocked world cricket.”Perhaps the common cause (of match-fixing) has brought them closer,” she said.advertisementA PCB official, who did not want to be named, said Malik was “heartbroken” after her split with Asif and had been targeting the cricketer since he refused to marry her.”In the light of this, her allegations should not be taken seriously,” the official said.During a recent appearance on a TV news channel, Malik had claimed that Asif had told her the Pakistani team would not win a single match on its Australian tour.”When Pakistan started losing in Australia, I jokingly said ‘For God’s sake, win a match’. To this, he replied ‘We won’t win anything until 2010’,” she had told the Express News channel.last_img read more

Euro 2012: Ronaldo double sends Portugal into quarterfinals, Dutch out

first_imgTwo goals from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 comeback victory over Netherlands and a place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012, as the Dutch exited with three defeats from three games.Portugal’s win puts them second in Group B, the so-called Group of Death, on six points behind Germany, who won all of their matches.Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring for the Netherlands with a long-range curling shot on 11 minutes.On 24 minutes Cristiano Ronaldo equalized after defender Joao Pereira’s long pass sent the Real Madrid star one-on-one with Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.Ronaldo put his team ahead 16 minutes from time on a magnificent counterattack, picking up Nani’s pass in the box and dummying Dutch defender Gregory van der Wiel before scoring with a placed shot.last_img read more

Delhi Half Marathon amidst high pollution

A Closer Look at China’s Overseas Investment

first_img Emerging Actors in Development Finance: A closer look at China’s overseas investment from World Resources Institute (WRI) When it comes to overseas development finance, China is definitely a country to watch. Due to the country’s unprecedented economic growth, China’s overseas investments have increased exponentially in recent years. Between 2009 and 2010, two Chinese state-owned banks lent more money to other developing nations than the World Bank did. In fact, between 2002 and 2011, China’s outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) stock grew from $29 billion to more than $424 billion.But what factors are driving all of this growth? What areas of the world are on the receiving end of China’s OFDI flows? And what sorts of social and environmental standards are in place for banks’ and enterprises’ investments? WRI seeks to answer these questions and provide additional background information in its recently updated slide deck, “Emerging Actors in Development Finance: A Closer Look at China’s Overseas Investment.” WRI’s OFDI Work in ChinaThe landscape of development finance is changing rapidly. Traditionally, international financial flows moved from developed to developing countries. In the last decade, however, major emerging economies such as China and Brazil have fueled a growing trend of South-South development flows, increasingly channeling their overseas investments to other developing nations.WRI recognized China as an emerging actor in overseas development finance back in 2009, and we’re now scaling up our efforts in the country. Through WRI’s International Financial Flows and the Environment (IFFE) objective, our goal is to improve the environmental, social, and climate change policies that govern China’s investments. We hope to ensure that the local communities and civil society organizations impacted by China’s overseas investments are able to engage with the country’s “investors” and policy makers more effectively.The New Slide DeckOur slide deck provides background information on the current state of China’s overseas investments, in the hopes of providing concerned governments, organizations, and researchers with the knowledge to better navigate this complex landscape. The slides contain information on:The changing overseas development landscape globally;China’s “Go Global” strategy for investing, including what areas of the world the country is directing its funds to and the drivers behind China’s massive overseas investing growth;China’s investment position in Africa, which has grown rapidly in recent years;The state of sustainable finance, including emerging environmental and social standards for banks’ and enterprises’ investments; andWRI’s emerging actors work in ChinaChina’s OFDI flows represent an admittedly complex landscape—one that’s ever-changing. Our slide deck provides the critical background information necessary for any organization seeking to understand the situation in China and improve the environmental, social, and climate change policies that govern the country’s investments. As WRI’s work progresses in this space, we will update the information to reflect our thinking on how to improve the sustainability of China’s overseas investments.WRI’s research on China’s OFDI flows is part of our Emerging Actors in Development Finance work stream under the International Financial Flows and the Environment objective. WRI’s Emerging Actors team also engages in similar work in Brazil. Learn more about our work on overseas investments in both China and Brazil.last_img read more

STORM LAKE STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY COMPILING HIT LIST OF POSSIBLE…

first_imgA Storm Lake High School Student is in custody facing charges for allegedly threatening to kill fellow students and faculty members.Storm Lake Police say they were contacted by the school Friday afternoon and were told by administrators that concerned students had reported to them that a 16-year-old male student had created a hit list of people he wanted to kill.Police took that student into custody and seized the list from the suspect which included names of fellow students, faculty, school administrators, family members and it referenced law enforcement.Investigators say the suspect allegedly planned to bring a knife to school and attempt to stab his targets to death.The 16 year old is charged with Threats of Terrorism and was transported to the Youth Detention Facility in Cherokee.last_img read more

After mockdrill trial run for pedestrianisation on Sunday

first_imgNEW DELHI: For pedestrianisation at Connaught Place, NDMC carried out a mock drill on Saturday for the scheduled trial run on June 30 (Sunday) and June 6 (Monday) from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The objective of this exercise is to improve vehicular movement, regulate parking and facilitate ease of movement for pedestrians.The major interventions during the trial run shall be restricted entry to inner circle, only CP-destined vehicle will be allowed to park in dedicated parking lots and underground Palika parking, direct entry from Radial -1 & Radial -4 to be restricted, Auto or taxi will have restricted access to Inner Circle and will only be allowed to use middle circle for exit to outer circle. Designated pick and drop facilities for taxi and auto shall be operated from six zones on the Radial roads. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsFor convenience of commuters, NDMC shall depute traffic police Consultants, Civic Wardens and Security staff from NDMC, along with Traffic Police. There shall be no change in current entry and exits to Inner Circle and parking in Inner Circle so as to avoid inconvenience to both business entity and visitors. “Satuday’s mock drill received a positive response from people. Many of the students who visit CP on daily basis shared their excitement for pedestrianization. One of the students said, “controlled traffic movement will help pedestrians to walk freely,” said a senior officer. NDMC task force was appreciated for guiding traffic in a comprehensive manner. This also helped to deter non-CP-destined traffic to enter inner circle & for using it as a thoroughfare.last_img read more

Morocco’s Elections Debunk Myth of Marginalization of Sahrawis

Tunis – One of the most fallacious misconceptions subsisting in the human mind all the way through the course of history has been a belief in the inherent rivalry governing the relationship between the forces of modernity and those of tradition. It is often accepted as a true fact of human history that when such two forces meet on the same ground, conflict can seem like the most inescapable of all fates.The Moroccan Sahara issue, or what is often referred to as the Morocco-Western Sahara conflict, has been frequently cited as one of the living examples of the above presumption. As soon as one sifts through news outlets and historical material in search of the truth, one is overwhelmed by the countless divergences of standpoints vis-à-vis the matter, with many observers supporting Polisario’s right to self-determination and many others speaking up for the Moroccan-ess of the Sahara.October 7 elections, a historical event of a momentous nature in the North African region, destabilizes the propaganda of the marginalization of the Sahrawi people in Morocco.A few days before the voting day kicked off in Morocco, member of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), Ahmad Lakhrif, told he Fourth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations that the fact of several Sahrawis registering to vote is an “irrefutable proof” of their commitment to Morocco’s territorial integrity.Forecasting what was yet to come soon, he added: “The fact that Sahrawis participated, of their own accord, in the ballot is a proof of the genuine commitment of the Sahrawi folks to the establishment of powerful national institutions.”According to North African observers, October 7 elections represent a new stage in Morocco’s journey towards democracy, despite the low 43-percent-turnout marking the ballot day.High voter turnout in the Sahara Sahrawi’s participation in Morocco’s 10th parliamentary elections has reportedly seen a remarkable leap compared to previous election events.Data released by the Alaraby al-Jadeed newspaper found out that turnout in the Sahara provinces has gone up as high as 42 percent. In some of the Sahrawi polling centers voter turnout has reportedly reached 72 percent and 68 in others—percentages that were not recorded elsewhere in the Kingdom.Commenting on the upsurge in voter turnout among the Sahrawis, political science professor at Fez University, Dr. Ahmad Mufeed, attributed the growing presence of Morocco’s Sahrawis in voting centers to the earnest endeavors by competing political parties to mobilize the southerners to have a share in the voting.Over recent years, Sahrawi’s political awareness has been nurtured by political forums and campaigns staged on the field by political parties and government officials in an attempt to boost voter turnout both in parliamentary and local elections.Despite their controversial efficiency, such attempts have been read as a proof of Morocco’s serious intent to engage the Sharawis in national politics.“The fact that many Sahrawis cast their votes in parliamentary elections is an outspoken translation of that deep-seated belief among the male and female citizens in the southern provinces in the Moroccan-ness of the desert,” said Dr. Mufeed.The rise in the number of voters in southern regions has also been regarded as a message to the opponents of Morocco’s territorial integrity, reminding them that Morocco is just undividable.“How dare people talk about the north/south divide in Morocco as if the Kingdom were a rolling stone having neither roots nor history? It is high time we closed the division chapter irretrievably and joined forces for a democratic future in which every body takes part,” a Tunisian analyst told Morocco World News.Another scoop marking the October 7 ballot day lies in the fact that for the first time in its history the Justice and Development Party (PJD), led by current Moroccan Premier Abdelilah Benkirane, won three seats in the southern Sahara provinces, as the party’s leader Abdul Haq al-Arabi, announced just a few hours after the poll counting.However, for activists like the Polisario opponent Mustapha Salma Oueld Sidi Mouloud, the turnout in Morocco’s southern regions was not up to scratch.Sahrawi descendants eligible to run electionsAs maintained by a plethora of observers, over the course of electoral events in Morocco, descendants of Sahrawi tribes have not only been the ones to run the race on a sequential basis but also the ones who end up winning.“There exists no discriminatory law in Morocco that bars the northerners, who flocked to the desert and set up roots there since 1975, from running elections and being in the lead,” Salma said in an email send to Morocco World News.It is a proven fact of Morocco’s recent that the elections held since 2011 were conducted in line with international standards.“Is not the triumph of the Sahraouis in the October 7 elections a proof of the chivalry and magnanimity of northerners who make up the bulk of the electoral committee in the Sahara, as proponents of the Polisario both at home and overseas often claim?” wondered Salma.“Aren’t these results that repeat themselves upon more than one occasion the reflection of the desire of ordinary Moroccans to coexist in peace and harmony with all components of society?” he added.Salma went on to add that the October 7 elections constitute a practical implementation of the autonomy plan on the ground.The Saharwi activist was forcibly deported from the Tindouf camps by the Polisario after he declared that the Autonomy Plan presented by Morocco in 2007 was “the ideal solution” to the conflict.As he is desperately seeking to return to the camps to join his family, Mustapha Salma, like many Moroccans, hope the elections would herald a beacon light of hope to millions who had been seared in the flames of a self-inflicted division.Salma’s dream is not so much dissimilar to the one longed for by Martin Luther King in his historic “I have a Dream” Speech delivered before the American crowds more than 43 years ago.When Morocco becomes a place where the northerners and the southerners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood, only then will it be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.Meanwhile, a mountainous journey is lying ahead of Morocco to make Salma’s dream come true. read more

UN officials condemn attacks against aid convoy and warehouse in rural Aleppo

“Notification of the convoy – which planned to reach some 78,000 people – had been provided to all parties to the conflict and the convoy was clearly marked as humanitarian. There can be no explanation or excuse, no reason or rationale for waging war on brave and selfless humanitarian workers trying to reach their fellow citizens in desperate need of assistance,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien in a statement issued yesterday evening by his office (OCHA). According to the statement, initial reports also indicate that many people were killed or seriously injured, including SARC volunteers, as a result of the attacks. A SARC warehouse was also hit and a SARC health clinic was also reportedly severely damaged. The attacks came on the heels of reports that the Syrian army had announced yesterday that the ceasefire that began on 12 September – aiming to curtail violence for seven consecutive days and allow access to humanitarian aid – had expired.Condemning the attacks in the “strongest possible terms” and noting that he was “disgusted and horrified by the news,” Mr. O’Brien, who is also the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, emphasized that international humanitarian law and human rights law plainly set out the basic responsibilities of warring parties to ensure the necessary protection of all humanitarian organizations, including personnel, facilities and other relief assets. “Let me be clear: if this callous attack is found to be a deliberate targeting of humanitarians, it would amount to a war crime,” he said, calling for an immediate, impartial and independent investigation into the “deadly incident.” “The perpetrators should know that they will one day be held accountable for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law,” he added. Mr. O’Brien noted that despite very difficult and dangerous conditions, humanitarian aid organizations remain committed to continuing their work and reaching all those in need. In that regard, he reiterated a call for speedy, unconditional, and unimpeded and sustained access to the millions of people in need, particularly those in besieged and hard-to-reach areas across Syria. “Now, more than ever, this horror has to be brought to an end,” he stressed. UN suspends aid convoys Echoing those remarks, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referenced the attacks earlier today during the opening of the General Assembly’s annual general debate, emphasizing that the crisis in Syria is “taking the greatest number of lives and sowing the widest instability.” “Just when we think it cannot get any worse, the bar of depravity sinks lower. Yesterday’s sickening, savage, and apparently deliberate attack on a UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy is the latest example,” the UN chief said. Just when we think it cannot get any worse, the bar of depravity sinks lower “The United Nations has been forced to suspend aid convoys as a result of this outrage. The humanitarians delivering life-saving aid were heroes. Those who bombed them were cowards. Accountability for crimes such as these is essential,” he added.Along those lines, the General Assembly President Peter Thomson said in his opening remarks that the crisis in Syria continues to bring immense human suffering to the country’s people, both for those who have fled in search of sanctuary and those who have stayed under inhumane conditions.“I strongly condemn the attacks on a UN aid convoy, seeking to bring desperately needed food and medical supplies to people in need. The deliberate targeting of humanitarian personnel is a flagrant violation of international law, and totally morally unacceptable,” he said.In addition, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, said in a statement that she was horrified by the attack. “This assault on the humanitarian relief effort in Syria, however, will not discourage WFP from continuing to perform our life-saving service to all people in need across the country,” Ms. Cousin said. “I urge all parties to this hideous conflict to respect international law and our common humanitarian principles and provide unconditional, unimpeded, sustained and safe access to the millions of civilians in need across Syria, no matter where they are or who they are.”UN independent commission on Syria calls for accountability In a separate press release, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic also condemned the attacks in the strongest possible terms. “This attack comes at a critical time in which the unhindered and rapid delivery of aid to besieged areas had been agreed as a vital part of the cessation of hostilities agreement brokered between the United States and Russian Federation early last week. At a time when warring parties were meant to support the delivery of humanitarian assistance, aid deliveries have been deliberately obstructed or attacked,” the Commission said. For his part, Commission Chair Paulo Pinheiro noted that the incident is a “particularly cruel blow to deliver to the people of Syria at a time when the priority was supposed to be on improving the humanitarian situation of besieged civilians.”“Humanitarian aid workers are not a party to this conflict and they should never be targeted or their assistance politicized,” he stressed, calling on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law, especially the special protections afforded to humanitarian and medical personnel.“Attacks against humanitarian personnel should be discussed urgently as part of the high-level meeting of the Security Council scheduled for tomorrow in New York,” urged Mr. Pinheiro. “Action is needed to ensure the protection of such workers and accountability for those who harm them.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria Sergio Paulo Pinheiro. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State to defend home court against George Washington in

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorBig Ten tournament and outright regular-season champion Ohio State will begin its final stretch of games with a core group of seniors when it returns home to face No. 14 George Washington in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes begin the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Spokane region, winning 11 of its past 12 games.The Colonials claimed an outright bid to the tournament following their Atlantic 10 tournament championship win. They have won seven of their past eight games, including a victory against Dayton, which was 15-1 in conference play this season.George Washington average just 60.2 points per game, good for just 275th in the nation out of 349 teams. The team only has two players who average double-digit points: senior guard Brianna Cummings and senior forward Kelli Prange. Cummings leads the team in scoring with 14.1 points per game, and Prange is second with 12.2 points.Ohio State is on the other end of the spectrum, averaging the fourth-most points per game in the nation at 85.1. Though the Colonials have not been a prolific offense this season, they can rely on their defense that has limited opponents to 57.6 points per game, 43rd-fewest in the country. Big-time players are expected to show up come tournament play, and that will have to be the case for the Buckeyes. Ohio State will need major contributions from senior guard Kelsey Mitchell and redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga given the lack of depth on the team and uncertainty of production from other players on the roster.Mitchell is averaging the third-most points in the nation at 24.5 per game, while Mavunga is averaging 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. It’s important for both to play efficient in order For the Buckeyes to make a run to the Final Four, which is held at home in Columbus.Mitchell is just 31 points away from securing sole possession of second place on the all-time scoring leaderboard in women’s college basketball history.The winner of this matchup would ace the winner of the game between No. 6 seed LSU and No. 11 seed Central Michigan on Monday in Columbus. read more

Two more Poles beaten in Harlow a week after suspected hate crime

first_imgArkadiusz Jozwik died after at attack in Harlow last monthCredit:SWNS Arkadiusz Jozwik died after at attack in Harlow last month Witnesses reported the two men, who are both in their 30s, were attacked by a group of four or five males.Supt Trevor Roe, of Essex Police, said: “This was a vicious and horrible attack.“Although we are considering this matter as a potential hate crime, it is not being linked with the attack at The Stow last weekend.” Two Polish men have been beaten up by a gang in the same Essex town where one of their compatriots was killed last week in a suspected hate crime.The two unnamed victims were set on by up to five men during the potential racist attack in Harlow, where Arkadiusz Jozwik, was severely beaten and killed a week earlier.One victim was left with a broken nose and the other with a cut head after the incident outside the town’s William Aylmer pub in the early hours of Sunday.center_img “The attack took place in the town centre outside a popular pub and we believe there will have been people who witnessed it.”Essex police last week said Mr Jozwik’s killing was being investigated as a possible hate crime. Six teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of his killing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Nickel price will continue to rise Western Australia prepares for good times

first_imgYesterday in Perth the WA Mines Minister, Norman Moore, formally opened the 2009 Paydirt Australian Nickel Conference, which continues today. The long-term nickel floor price has “turned the corner” and will continue to rise over coming decades even though there will be periods the base metal grapples with wild price fluctuations within a new “super cycle”. That forecast was by resources adviser, Martin Pyle, Principal of Perth-based Martin Pyle Consulting. “It is clear the global financial crisis impacted construction and transport, major factors in the associated reduction in stainless steel demand and therefore nickel in the short- term,” Pyle said. “The bottom line is that the nickel price has grown 5-6% (on average) for the past decade and none of the analysis suggests it will be any different going forward. In fact, forecasts of 500,000 t/y in new nickel demand by 2020 now look conservative.”I am expecting that the long-term price, although influenced by the short-term spot price, will be in the top end of the range of between $6.00-7.50/lb – and that does not fully account for the emergence of a new super cycle driven by demand growth from China.”The firmer price will also be underpinned by increasing evidence of the importance of nickel in emerging new alternative energy forms such as nuclear, solar and wind. All of these have strong elements of nickel within their project componentry. Nickel also has the added appeal of high recyclability and in every sense, is the ‘metal of the future’.”The rich nickel mineralisation of Western Australia’s Kambalda district will underpin the immediate growth of Mincor Resources, at the expense of new acquisitions. Managing Director, David Moore, said the continued growth of the successful decade long nickel mining business built up by the company would evolve around further exploration and enhancement of the existing mining business. “It is not a great time be acquiring but is a great time to be exploring.”This could eventually include the recommissioning of the Miitel mine, currently on a care and maintenance basis. Moore’s address coincided with the celebration by Mincor in recent weeks of its 100,000th tonne of equity production of nickel concentrate from Kambalda. “There will be further growth paths through our Australia-wide base metal exploration endeavours but our key growth is the existing Kambalda business. The Miitel is a sleeping giant and a very significant producer and we will bring it back on line when we think the time is right – but the time is not yet right. If we decide to re-open, it would only take three months between that decision and achieving full production. Miitel has around 430,000 t of reserve at around 3% Ni, including 100,000 t of developed ore available to super-charge Miitel’s restart.Western Areas, one of Australia’s major nickel producers, flagged a doubling in nickel metal output to 20,000 t/y in calendar 2010, as the metal’s price continues to push above $19,000/t. Addressing the second and final day, today, of the conference, Western Areas’ Managing Director, Julian Hanna, said the company had achieved all its major targets in the past 12 months and “is now poised to double our annual output through our major nickel mining interests in Western Australia.“We are then looking from the end of next year to achieve sustained production at around 25,000 t/y primarily though our Spotted Quoll and Flying Fox mines on the way to becoming Australia’s second largest and highest grade nickel producer. Our objective is to reach this output performance while maintaining a cost target of between $2.00 and $2.50/lb before smelting and refining. This is achievable as Flying Fox is already emerging as one of the lowest cash cost nickel mines in Australia.“Spotted Quoll, as our second flagship operation, can also contribute to that cash profile as it has a high grade open pit where development commenced this week.”On the sector’s future, Mr Hanna said the industry needed another “world class” nickel sulphide discovery as smelters globally were being increasingly supplied by mature mines facing higher costs. “To put this in context, some 40% of global nickel sulphide production comes out of discoveries made as far back as 120 years ago. There have been worthwhile and useful smaller discoveries since but not on the scale necessary to sustain smelters in the long term. Laterites will be needed in the mix to meet market demand but will always face high capital costs to establish.” Heron Resources is looking, mainly in China and Australia, for a partner to develop its 1,000 Mt (averaging 0.7%Ni) Kalgoorlie Nickel Project (KNP), in Western Australia.Heron Managing Director Mathew Longworth said that the project had emerged as one of the five largest deposits in the world and had a potential life-of-mine well in excess of 30 years. “We believe there is significant interest in nickel laterite deposits, we have a blank sheet in terms of opportunities for partners to further optimise the flow sheet and current engineering and to enter this totally new project and undisturbed deposit at low cost. “For any new partner, they have the chance to shape the timing and rate of development so that KNP’s emergence as a major mine fits in with the equities cycle that allows construction in the lows and mining in the cycle highs, not the other way around has been the recent history in the sector. Particularly, the international search will be promoting the opportunity for a KNP partner to reduce the project’s capital costs through modulised construction.”A prefeasibility study has been completed and the company is currently optimising the project, with engineering work expected to start next week.The new Brazilian nickel mine owned by Australia’s Mirabela Nickel has the potential to deliver 4% of total global production and become a “significant world producer”. Mirabela’s Managing Director, Nick Poll, said an initial annual output of 26,000 t had been scheduled for the maiden start-up period at the Santa Rita open-cut located halfway along Brazil’s eastern coast. First concentrate is due to be produced in November following mining start-up in August this year with the open-pit having a current estimated life of 19 years and a combined open-pit and underground operation of at least double that.“This will be the second largest open cut nickel sulphide mine in the world and we have the opportunity to double total mine output, which would account for about 4% of global output, if we elect to eventually develop the higher grade underground ore resources,” Poll said. “However, while we are undertaking drilling and other studies on Santa Rita’s underground, we are focused on getting the open pit up and running smoothly and to achieve positive cash flow positions by March next year at anticipated cash costs of around $2.88/lb.“We intend to complete a full feasibility study on the underground project next year. If the study comes in as expected, then we would expect to commence underground development as soon as possible. An underground project of this size would take up to five years to reach full capacity and could have a mine life between 25 and 40 years. Drilling of underground resources is expected to recommence once the Santa Rita operation is cash flow positive.”Santa Rita has total open-pit Proven and Probable reserves of 121 Mt at 0.6% Ni, containing 726,000 t of nickel. Mining is expected to ramp up to full capacity of 6.4 Mt/y over the next year. The initial underground resource has been estimated at 87.5 Mt at 0.79% Ni and 0.23% Cu with substantial opportunity Poll says, for reserve addition because of the mineralisation’s potential at depth. Mirabela is targeting an underground resource of between 150-200 Mt.Another view on pricing was that nickel can expect to trade between $8,500 and $17,000/t over the next few years as the unwinding of global stimulus packages takes a negative impact on resources-based commodities, according to a leading Australian nickel analyst. Research Analyst with Alto Capital, Carey Smith, said that while the worst of the global financial crisis appears over, challenges still abound. “US and European growth can be expected to be sluggish over the next 12 months as demand for commodities eases.” Smith said.“The current commodity prices – including nickel in excess of $19,000/t – cannot be justified by current supply and demand fundamentals. We should expect an easing to a low of around $11,000/t in 2011 – still a good price – before recovering slightly to around $14,000/t by calendar 2014.“While the prices will ease, mid-cap Australian nickel producers are trading around fair value and should remain strong at least for another few months.”Smith said downward price pressure would also result from current global stockpiles of 35 days of consumption compared to historic supply stocks of 10 days. “This is the highest stockpile level since the fall of the Soviet Union in December 1991 and there are additional but unknown quantities being held in China and Russia.“Price easing will also be fuelled by the fact the spate of mine closures globally has not been enough yet to offset weak nickel demand and the winding back of global stimulus packages estimated in size at a total of $7,000 trillion. To put those stimulus packages in perspective, that is over nine times the size of the Australian economy and enough to acquire the whole pool of combined Australian mid-cap nickel producers. With this stimulus momentum removed, any increase in global consumption will be dependent on continuing growth in Asia and assuming that global recession does not double dip into a global depression.“China – which accounts for 50% of global steel production – will be pivotal but it needs US and European consumers to start spending again, increasing its import levels.”Australian nickel project developers and miners were advised to keep their debt financing strategies simple and focused in the wake of last year’s low price for the metal and a change in the axis of traditional sources of mine financing. PCF Capital Group Director – Corporate Finance, John Correia, said such project proponents should ensure that existing or potential lenders had a good understanding of their business.“A number of European and US banks have withdrawn from the Australian syndicated market, and this has increased the refinancing risk for larger companies. As a result, Asian banks’ participation in Australian syndicated financing has increased, backed by the strong saving culture which underpins robust balance sheets for Asian banks. That said, a number of other lenders have since had reaffirmation as to their participation in the mining finance sector in Australia, which is good news for Australian junior and mid cap companies looking for expansion or development capital.“One fallout from the turmoil of the past 12 months has been some banks behaving badly with corporate issues overriding relationship concerns. This has created great stress amongst some companies which have been forced into alternative funding arrangements to satisfy recalcitrant lenders.“Australia’s nickel proponents have to adopt going forward, a sensible approach about their debt funding options including how much time such a process would take, the likely cost and the reality of generating significant competitive tensions. They should also ensure that potential lenders really do have a good understanding of the mining sector in general and their project in particular.“Companies should also ensure that they have adequate liquidity support for unplanned events, which should work hand in hand with whatever debt arrangements the company is trying to achieve. This helps avoid any nasty surprises for both the company and lenders if things don’t go according to plan.”Mr Correia said this rethink of financing issues was necessary as while world refined nickel production is expected to ease about 7% in 2009 to 1.28 Mt, it would recover and climb towards 1.44 Mt – a 16% improvement – a trend necessitating likely financing support for new developments.He said recent media reports stated that whilst China was a bright spot for commodities at present, there were some views that China alone could not rally commodity markets and the rest of the world would have to catch up to support current price levels. “In addition, lenders continue to use price assumptions in their modelling which are conservative and below current actual prices. Potential borrowers should be cognisant of that as they consider their various funding options. Notwithstanding these concerns, there certainly appears to be a general mood of recovery both in equity and debt markets and cautious optimism about the outlook for the nickel price over the longer term.”last_img read more

Troika welcomes agreement with Greek govt

first_imgThe troika issued a statement confirming the conclusion of a seven-month review of the Greek adjustment program in which the country’s lenders appeared broadly positive about Greece’s prospects, but highlighted banks’ capital needs and this year’s surplus as two key areas that need to be watched closely.“The mission and the authorities agreed that the economy is beginning to stabilise and is poised for a gradual resumption of growth, broadly in line with our previous projections,” said the lenders in a statement. “Prices are adjusting and inflation remains well below the euro area average.”Without identifying a specific figure, the troika acknowledged that Greece had exceeded its primary surplus target for 2013 but added that this was partly achieved due to one-off measures that would not apply this year.“Preliminary estimates suggest the 2013 primary balance target was met with a substantial margin,” said the troika. “While only a small portion of this over performance will carry over into 2014, we believe that the 2014 fiscal targets will also be met, taking into account the measures being implemented and planned.”Troika’s statement also indicated that a solidarity tax on incomes introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure could be extended beyond this year to 2015 as well to help the government meet its target of producing a 3 per cent of GDP surplus by then.The troika further drew attention to the issue of banks’ capital needs, indicating that it remains sceptical about the 6.4-billion figure presented by the Bank of Greece earlier this month based on stress tests carried out by BlackRock.“According to the assessment of the mission teams, there are upside risks to the capital needs estimates, in particular, if the authorities and banks do not urgently and efficiently address the high level of nonperforming loans,” Greece’s lenders said. “Swift recapitalisation of banks will strengthen their balance sheets. The Bank of Greece should remain vigilant in its oversight of the banking system and proceed forcefully in requiring banks to quickly work out their large stock of problem assets.”The troika also called for a swifter private sector debt resolution process and insisted that the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund should maintain its current capital buffer “to meet future adverse contingencies.”Greece’s lenders appeared broadly satisfied in terms of the country’s efforts on structural reforms. “The authorities are making progress on structural reforms to improve the growth potential and flexibility of the Greek economy and help create a fairer and more supportive environment for investment, growth, and job creation.”In addition, Greece’s lenders gave an indication of the liberalisation measures, as recommended by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), that the coalition government has agreed to adopt.“They are committed to implementing a very large majority of product market reforms identified by the recent OECD study in the areas of food processing, tourism, building materials, and retail; to taking concrete measures to liberalise the transport and rental markets and open up closed professions; and to reducing social security contribution rates and nuisance taxes,” the statement said. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

USIran missed opportunity to solve tensions after Nizar Zakkas release Report

first_img Trump Signs Executive Order Imposing New Sanctions On Iran Nizar ZikkaReutersIran’s release last month of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with U.S. permanent residency, after four years in prison was meant as an opening for US-Iranian talks, according to three Western sources familiar with the issue.The gesture, however, was not enough for Washington, which did not pursue it.”It was a missed opportunity,” one US source said of Zakka’s June 11 release and the US decision not to pursue talks. “We should have explored whether there was something there.”A second source — who is familiar with Iran’s thinking and spoke on condition of anonymity — said Iran freed Zakka as a signal it wanted to cool tensions that have fueled fears of a war, and described his release as “a goodwill gesture.””This was seen as a de-escalation step from their side, which obviously they expected to be somehow reciprocated from the American side,” said the second source, adding that the United States did not take up the overture.A State Department spokesman declined to address whether Washington had missed an opportunity to engage with Iran after Zakka’s release, and said if Tehran wanted to reduce tensions it should free an American citizen.”If Iran wants to reduce tensions and engage with the United States government, it should make a humanitarian gesture such as releasing one of the innocent American citizens it is holding hostage,” the spokesman told Reuters.Iranian officials declined to discuss whether it was an overture, or what concessions Tehran wants from Washington.In the month since the release, already tense US-Iranian relations have taken several turns for the worse, including Iran’s downing of a US drone, US economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, and the capture last week of an Iranian supertanker by British forces. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … The drone’s destruction brought President Donald Trump to the brink of ordering the first overt US military strike on Iranian targets since 1988.Zakka, a Washington-based information technology expert, was arrested in 2015 while attending a conference in Iran. His information technology company, IJMA3, is funded by private groups and governments, including the United States.OPPORTUNITY? Held at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, Zakka staged at least six hunger strikes. He was visibly shaken when he arrived in Beirut late on June 11 accompanied by Lebanese security chief Abbas Ibrahim, who had gone to Iran to collect him.Zakka later told the New York Times he believed his release was a conciliatory signal from Iran toward the United States.His lawyer, Jason Poblete, represents other prisoners held in Iran and told Reuters he believes that Zakka’s release “remains an opportunity for others unlawfully detained in Iran.””With political will, it is possible. All stakeholders should weigh in more than they have on these matters,” he said, referring to the United States and other world powers that agreed a nuclear deal with Iran in 2015.Trump has pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal, tightened economic sanctions against Tehran, and built up US military forces in the Gulf. A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the U.S., Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015.ReutersIn a measured initial response to Zakka’s release, the US State Department said it was a good day for his family and hoped the move would lead to the release of Americans.It was a rare moment of agreement between the United States and Iran, but it was not enough to change the dynamic despite Trump’s stated willingness to open negotiations with Tehran.”We are encouraged by the news that Lebanese citizen Nizar Zakka has been released by the Iranian regime and hope that this is a positive sign for Americans wrongfully detained in Iran,” a senior administration official told Reuters on July 3.Washington has demanded Iran release the Americans it is holding, including father and son Siamak and Baquer Namazi; Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-American graduate student at Princeton University who was arrested in 2016; Michael R. White, a Navy veteran imprisoned last year, and Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent missing since 2007.Several dozen Iranians are being held in US prisons, many of them for breaking sanctions. They include Professor Masoud Soleimani, a stem cell expert who was arrested at Chicago airport in October 2018 for allegedly attempting to export biological materials to Iran in violation of sanctions.When Zakka was freed, officials in Tehran said his release was partly due to Iran’s close ties with Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement.’COERCIVE DIPLOMACY’ While some diplomats and analysts believe Iran badly wants negotiations to ease sanctions that have crippled its economy, it is unclear whether Washington is willing to tiptoe toward talks.The first step, said former senior US officials, would be to try to de-escalate tensions.One way might be for US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin not to carry out his June threat to sanction Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Tehran’s prime negotiator.Visiting New York in April, Zarif proposed a US-Iran prisoner swap and also suggested Tehran could cooperate with Washington on Afghanistan and Iraq, where neither wishes to see a return to civil war or an expansion of the Islamic State militant group whenever the United States withdraws its troops.Former US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns told Reuters last month that Trump’s actions since withdrawing from the nuclear deal had convinced the Iranians and US allies that the chances of a serious negotiation are increasingly remote.”This is coercive diplomacy without the diplomacy – in other words maximum pressure not tethered to clear or realistic goals,” said Burns, author of “The Back Channel,” a memoir that describes the secret talks he led that paved the way to the 2015 nuclear deal.Trump himself may be open to talks, but his administration’s actions are closing the door, Burns added. “The problem is that they are boxing themselves in rather than…keeping options alive.”last_img read more

In new book Muslim doctor encourages Christians to love thy neighbor

In new book Muslim doctor encourages Christians to love thy neighbor

first_imgEmily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites News TagsAyaz Virji books homepage featured Islamophobia Love thy neighbor,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! DIY Faith • News Share This! Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email center_img Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Ayaz Virji had a well-paying position at a Pennsylvania hospital when he decided to uproot his family in 2013 and move to Dawson, Minn., a town with about 1,500 residents and the distinction of being “Gnometown, USA.”Virji’s Muslim faith and values inspired him to look for a job that was more than just lucrative. In Dawson, he said, he felt he could provide what he called “dignified medicine,” spending time getting to know his patients in an underserved rural community.Then came the 2016 election.Ayaz VirjiMost Dawson residents had voted for President Trump. And many of Virji’s patients — stirred by Trump’s insistence that “Islam hates us,” his suggestion of a Muslim registry and his promise of a Muslim ban — began to question his family’s presence. As far as anybody knew, they were the first Muslim family to live in Dawson.That’s when Virji discovered another vocation: speaking to Christian audiences about his faith in order to dispel myths about Islam.The Rev. Mandy France — then an intern at a local Lutheran church — first invited Virji to give a talk titled “Love Thy Neighbor” in a school auditorium.“When we did our first talk, people protested,” Virji said. “They said Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to speak publicly. And I’m like, you guys know me. I’m the doctor. I treat you guys.”Since then, he said, he’s given more than 25 lectures. He and France even addressed the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s national celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.Now Virji has turned his talk into a book titled “Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America.”“I hope people read the book, and I hope that it starts conversations. If it starts conversations — that’s all that it needs to do — then we’re going to be in a much better place,” he said.Virji spoke to Religion News Service about his experience as a Muslim in rural America, what Christians and Muslims have in common and his new book. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. “Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor’s Struggle for Home in Rural America” by Ayaz VirjiWhat was the motivation for giving these “Love Thy Neighbor” talks?I think the rhetoric of hate and fear really rose to new heights, and my family and I took it pretty hard, especially the comments that were being made and other things that were happening with our otherwise wonderful community. I was ready to leave the country. I didn’t want to live around people who wanted me on a registry or believed Islam hates us.So I was very angry. It was then that Pastor Mandy came to me and said, “Hey, let’s do something about this.” I was really touched by that. Here you had somebody who didn’t have skin in the game, and she was probably even more offended than I was.It took me a few days to kind of calm down, but I said, “You know what? That is the right thing to do. Let’s go out there educating.”Has this always been your experience? Or was a switch flipped during the 2016 presidential campaign?This is something my wife and I have really kind of tried to figure out. It must have been there before, but all of a sudden there’s this rhetoric, and people are buying it — that Muslims are here to impose Shariah law, that there’s this massive conspiracy. Whenever Trump had an opportunity to say something bad and just stupid, he would. It seems clear what he’s doing. He’s using hate and fear to win.The hate gene — the hate neuronal synapse in the brain — is very strong. It’s in the limbic system, and it overpowers executive function in your frontal cortex and turns off the intellect, and he knows that. That, for me and my family, became the missing link that helped us understand how otherwise really amazingly good people — people who would otherwise give you the shirts off their back and do anything for you — would now start behaving this way.What do you want Christians to understand about Muslims?I think that the commonalities we have are far greater than the differences. Your average Muslim and your average Christian value the same things. They want to have a family, they want to take care of their livelihood, they want to be successful.Over the last 20 years, at least from cable news, every time you see the word “Muslim,” you see “radical Islamic terrorism.” There’s no doubt that that exists and that’s wrong and that’s a cancer in our own religion. I wholeheartedly understand that and wish nothing more than to extract it.But that’s not what Islam is, and if you look at the State Department’s country reports on terrorism and take all the radical Muslim groups together, they make up no more than 200,000 (people). That’s less than 0.01% of all Muslims. It would be unfair to go to Christians and say, “It’s people like Dylann Roof or the KKK or Jim Jones who define your religion.” If you want to know your neighbor, you would go to them. You wouldn’t go to hateful podcasts or websites.What are the most common questions you are asked?People ask about Shariah law, they ask about women and they ask about terrorism.People ask if terrorism is justified in the Quran. They’ll pull out a passage here or there that, taken by itself, seems like it’s malevolent and dangerous, but, when taken in context, is clearly not the case.I read the Bible to them. Jesus said, in Matthew, “I come not to bring peace. I come to bring the sword.” Now, if I were somebody who was disingenuous, I would take that statement, and I would show pictures of the United States bombing Iraq or what have you and say, “Hey, this is what Christians are doing. They’re trying to destroy the world.” That would be very disingenuous because Christianity is a religion of peace and love.The misperception about women and inequality is funny because the Quran never mentions the headscarf. Where you hear the headscarf is actually in (Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians). Paul says a woman should cover her hair when she prays. The Muslim construct of the covering of the hair — similar to what you would see with a Coptic Christian — comes more from hadith, from the prophet, not from the Quran.What kind of reaction do you get from audiences?Somewhere between 10 and 30% of the audience are not there to listen, they’re there to convert me. They call me the antichrist or tell me, “This isn’t real Islam. The real Islam is the Islam of Al-Qaida.” I’m not really there for those people. Those people have already made up their mind.About half the people are very supportive. They believe in the message that Mandy and I are trying to tell people, and we’re not there for them either. We don’t need to preach to the choir.But then there’s about 20, 30% of people who really don’t know. They really are just scared. The rhetoric has caused them to question certain realities. Those are the people we’re there for — the people who ask sincere questions. That’s where I think we’re turning the dial from fear back to love and, kind of, reality. We’re all in this together. We’re all human beings. We’re not the other, we’re the neighbor.What do you think it will take for Christians and Muslims to come together at this polarized moment in our country?If enough good people stand up and do something — whether that be writing editorials or getting involved somehow — I think we will, as a country, as a community, as communities across our country, be even better for it because we will have withstood hate from the top.As you point out, a lot of people are exhausted by feeling like they always have to explain or defend themselves. How would you encourage them?You can’t do difficult things without difficulty.I hope that good people will get together and work together to dispel myths. That was kind of the rationale behind doing the book. You know, I can’t lecture my entire life, and I certainly don’t have unlimited vacation days. But if we can spread this message and it can hit even half a percent of people and motivate them, to just give them energy or something to move forward, then it will be a success. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Photos of the Week Southern Baptists give greater attention to diversity but acknowledge more needed Share This! Newslast_img read more

Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to

Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to

first_img Citation: Study finds color and thickness of eggshells in wild birds related to light level exposure (2014, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-thickness-eggshells-wild-birds-exposure.html Explore further Different bird species lay their eggs in different places—most everyone knows that—some birds lay their eggs in nests in trees, others on the ground, while still others lay them in nests hidden from view inside of holes, etc. Wild bird eggs also come in a wide variety of colors and some have markings that serve as camouflage. Less well known is that shell thickness varies between species and previous research has found that some pigments in shells help fight embryo infections. In this new study, the researchers set out to determine if shell color and thickness might be related to how much sunlight exposure the eggs get. To find out, they analyzed eggshells residing in various museums—measuring thickness, pigment concentration, permeability, and their surface reflectance spectrum (color)—in all eggshells from 74 different species were examined. Most specifically, they focused on measuring how much light could come through a particular shell using a spectrophotometer. Once the examinations were complete, the researchers related what they’d learned about the eggshells to the environment in which the eggs were incubated and that led to correlations between color and sunlight exposure.The team found that eggs exposed to a lot of sunlight, such as those nested on the ground, had more pigment than did those that were hidden away, such as those tucked in tree holes or concealed in burrows. Eggs from hidden nests were the ones that were pure white, allowing the most light to penetrate the shell. The team also found that species with longer incubation periods tended to also have more color and thicker shells.The researchers conclude that eggshell thickness and color are a form of sunscreen, allowing in just the right amount of UV radiation—if there is too little light the babies inside won’t develop properly—if there’s too much, damage would result. Dinosaur egg study supports evolutionary link between birds and dinosaurs A team of biology researchers with members from Australia, the U.S., Czech Republic and the U.K. has found a correlation between eggshell color and thickness and the amount of light that shines on the eggs during incubation. In their paper published in Functional Ecology, the team describes their study that involved the analysis of eggshells from many native bird species in Britain and the results they found in doing so. More information: Functional Ecology, 29 JUL 2014. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12314center_img Journal information: Functional Ecology © 2014 Phys.org 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. Image: Flickrlast_img read more

What An Insect Can Teach Us About Adapting To Stress

first_imgThe epic destruction wrought by swarms of locusts is downright biblical. Exodus tells of a plague that left nothing green in all of Egypt, and we’ve seen these harbingers of destruction at work in modern day Australia, Argentina and Israel, just to name a few. But for centuries, one essential piece of information about these strange insects eluded scientists: Where do they come from? These massive swarms just seemed to pop up out of nowhere, decimate everything and then vanish. What if we told you that you could learn a lot about handling adversity from the life of a bug? In their explorations of humans and how we interact with the world around us, the team that makes NPR’s Invisibilia stumbled on a surprising fact about the insect world — one that could inspire a new way of looking at ourselves. center_img Read the whole story: NPRlast_img read more

Frequent dining out can harm your health

Frequent dining out can harm your health

first_imgNext time you order a sandwich from your favourite fast food joint or plan a dinner with your friends at a nearby restaurant, you must give a try to home-cooked meal first. According to researchers, dining out more at restaurants, cafeterias and fast-food outlets may boost total levels of potentially health-harming chemicals called “phthalates” in the body, especially among pregnant women, children and teenagers.”Phthalates”, a group of chemicals used in food packaging and processing materials, are known to disrupt hormones in humans and are linked to a long list of health problems. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This study suggests food prepared at home is less likely to contain high levels of ‘phthalates’, chemicals linked to fertility problems, pregnancy complications and other health issues,” said senior author Ami Zota, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University.For the study, researchers used data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected between 2005 and 2014. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 10,253 participants in the study were asked to recall what they ate and where their food came from in the previous 24 hours.The researchers then analysed the links between what people ate and the levels of phthalate break-down products found in each participant’s urine sample.The team found that 61 per cent of the participants reported dining out the previous day. The study found that sandwiches consumed at fast food outlets, restaurants or cafeterias were associated with 30 per cent higher phthalate levels in all age groups. The researchers also found the association between phthalate exposure and dining out was significant for all age groups but the magnitude of association was highest for teenagers.last_img read more

WinBOLT Automatic Maintenance Tool for Windows

WinBOLT Automatic Maintenance Tool for Windows

first_imgWinBOLT Automatic Maintenance Tool for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Software – 7 commentsWinBOLT is a free maintenance tool for Windows machines designed by its developer to automate as many maintenance related operations as possible.The program is portable, and you may run it right after you have downloaded it and extracted the contents of the archive to the local system. Please note that you need to run the program with elevated rights.Note: The program creates a directory on c:\ called WinBOLT where it places its files in.WinBOLT uses a command line window to display options to you. You are asked to accept the terms of service before you can start using it though.The program lists options as numbers in the interface, and separates them on pages to improve the application’s accessibility.WinBOLTThe first page lists the main operations the program supports:Install Chocolatey (package manager for Windows to install programs).Run Windows Update and Chocolatey updates (will download and install all Windows updates, and Chocolatey core and program updates).Enable Maintenance Script. This runs various programs (like CCleaner or Emissoft CLI Scanner) and services (Windows Update) on the 16th of every month.Run the following tools: Rkill, TDSS, Delete Temp, CCLeaner, EEK Scan, CryptoPrevent.Defrag all HDD, run Sys File Check, File Sys Check.Run all of the above.A tap on the N key opens the second page of actions that WinBOLT offers.You find two additional operations listed on the page. The first enables you to install custom programs on the system. You may tap on 7 to display the list, and install any of the programs listed there on the local system.This includes several excellent programs such as KeePass, CCleaner, EMET, Firefox, RKill or NotePad++.This is the author’s selection of programs that he uses on his computer.  A tap on 8 on the previous page lists hardware informationYou may hit 9 for another page of tools and actions. Please note that the files are not distributed with the main WinBOLT application, and that you need to download them separately either before you load the page, or on request when you do so.The package has a size of 336 Megabytes and ships with several security applications that make up the bulk of the download.As you can see on the screenshot it offers to run Kaspersky TDRSSKiller, Sophos, Vipre, Malwarebytes and Emsisoft software to run full system scans.You find additional options there, like fixing printing issues, renaming the computer host name, extracting the Windows serial key, or running RKill.Last but not least, you may run several of the security programs one after the other using the Thunder Scan option.Closing WordsWinBOLT does not do anything that you cannot do manually as well. The main appeal of the program is that it automates many of the processes.All actions and operations are optional which means that you may pick the ones that you are interested in and ignore the others.WinBOLT can save you some time, especially if you run it on a new computer or a computer that you check out for the first time.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name WinBOLTOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://sourceforge.net/projects/winbolt/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Study Reveals Low Adoption of IAEA Recommendations for Reduced Nuclear Cardiology Radiation

Study Reveals Low Adoption of IAEA Recommendations for Reduced Nuclear Cardiology Radiation

first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more May 12, 2017 — A study in 65 countries has revealed low adoption of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommendations to reduce nuclear cardiology radiation exposure. The research was presented at ICNC 2017, May 7-9 in Vienna Austria, by Edward Hulten, M.D., a cardiologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.Nuclear cardiology uses small amounts of radioactive tracers that are injected into the veins and taken up by the heart. A gamma camera images the radiation from the tracer. The cardiac images are used to measure the heart size and function, identify coronary heart disease and predict the risk of a heart attack.Hulten said, “Nuclear cardiology is a key part of contemporary cardiology management and around 15 to 20 million procedures are performed annually. It gives information regarding diagnosis, prognosis, and the effects of therapeutic interventions.”“Concerns have been raised about tests, including nuclear cardiology, that expose patients to ionizing medical radiation,” he continued. “Medical radiation potentially raises the lifetime risk of cancer which is important for all patients, especially younger patients or when considering additional radiation over time from further medical studies.”A goal of 9 mSv or less radiation exposure per scan was recommended by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) in 2010. It was noted in a 2016 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear cardiology guideline but not formally endorsed as a recommendation.The IAEA developed eight quality metrics for responsible radiation use in nuclear cardiology:Avoiding thallium 201 stress testing;Avoiding dual isotope testing;Avoiding too much technetium-99m and thallium 201;Using stress-only imaging;Use of camera technologies to reduce dose;Use of weight-based dosing strategies for technetium-99m; andAvoiding inappropriate dosing that can lead to “shine-through” artifacts.The IAEA Nuclear Cardiology Protocols Study (INCAPS) assessed adherence to the eight quality metrics. The present analysis investigated which metrics were most helpful in meeting the ASNC’s 9 mSv target. During one week in 2013, 308 nuclear cardiology laboratories were studied in 65 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania.The survey included 7,911 nuclear cardiology scans. There was significant variability in adherence to the quality metrics across laboratories and regions. There was low adherence overall, with the majority of sites implementing less than half of the quality metrics.When the researchers performed multivariable logistic regression analysis, they found that the practices most strongly associated with achieving a 9 mSv or less scan were the use of stress or rest only imaging, avoiding thallium, and use of camera technologies to reduce radiation dose.Hulten said, “When the 9 mSv recommendation was made in 2010 it was suggested that it should be achieved in 50 percent of scans by 2014. The INCAPS survey shows that there is still work to do. It is possible to reduce radiation exposure with existing techniques. Cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) cameras are more sensitive and allow for reduced dose scanning. With certain tracers you can achieve 1 mSv or less. But some scans use more than 30 mSv, so there is huge variability.”Not every site has all of the hardware and technology, said Hulten, so the first step is to look at what is possible within each lab. He said, “There are improvements every lab can make regardless of money – for example multiple position imaging, weight-based dosing and stress-only techniques. They do require adapting existing workflows which takes leadership but they should be feasible in most labs.”He added, “Eventually cameras wear out and perhaps the decision on a replacement could factor in a reduced radiation dose which also lowers false positive tests and has the potential to reduce lab costs.”Hulten concluded, “The INCAPS survey is a crucial step towards improving patient care in the field of nuclear cardiology by quantifying worldwide adherence to best practices. Any test involving ionising radiation will increase cancers within a population but the risk must be weighed against the benefit of gaining information about heart disease. The 9 mSv goal is achievable, and the lower the better.”For more information: www.escardio.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systemscenter_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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