Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact [View the story “Twitter Rewind: Cardinals thumped by Saints in New Orleans” on Storify] Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   last_img read more

Even though the Summit is long over you can still

first_img Even though the Summit is long over, you can still benefit from every presenter… every panel discussion… every investment recommendation. Order the 2014 Summit Audio Collection and you’ll receive all of that, plus all slides used in the presentations and a bonus highlight reel. Choose between instantly available MP3 files or CDs… or get both for maximum convenience. Order now so that you’re well positioned to thrive in the coming crisis economy. The Fed claims that signs of economic stress are very low, but savvy investors feel otherwise. With geopolitical unrest expanding and central banks doing the opposite of the right things, is a currency crisis barreling toward us? See what Mish Shedlock had to say about the state of world finance at the 2014 Casey Research Summit:last_img read more

HONOR FLIGHT Honor Flight Veterans Trip Organize

first_imgHONOR FLIGHTHonor Flight: Veterans Trip Organizers Ensure Event Goes Smooth: May 13, 2019Honor Flight: Sights and Sounds from Washington: May 10, 2019Veterans Return Home From Honor Flight in Washington, D.C.: May 9, 2019 Hosting tours is a difficult job, but one Tuscaloosa organization works extra hard so their guided events to Washington, D.C., with more than 100 veterans go off without a hitch.The latest Honor Flight happened May 9, and such a big trip requires a lot of logistical planning and scheduling. Police escorts in Washington and charter buses helped get veterans and their guests to the sights scheduled on their trip and back to the plane so they could get back to Tuscaloosa that evening.“Most of the Honor Flights have police escorts, and they are very good,” said charter bus driver Walter Beynum. “It’s like Moses parting the Red Sea.”Those escorts and buses are all on the same page as they travel through bumper-to-bumper traffic, bringing veterans to the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.“If we didn’t have the escorts, we wouldn’t be able to do as much as see as much as we do, so we really appreciate the job they do in getting us through the traffic,” Beynum said.That hard work behind the scenes wasn’t lost on the veterans who made the trip, either.“They did a lot of work, I’m sure, putting the trip together,” said World War II veteran Don Minshew. “Of course, I came up and they took care of everything for me.”But the people who keep everything running said it’s more than you average job.“We get to honor them by driving them around and show them historic monuments and the D.C. area,” Beynum said. “And it means a lot to me because they set the path for us. They fought for our country.”last_img read more

Threequarters of Americans say they want to keep

first_imgThree-quarters of Americans say they want to keep in place the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States, but a strong majority would like to see restrictions on abortion rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.What the survey found is a great deal of complexity — and sometimes contradiction among Americans — that goes well beyond the talking points of the loudest voices in the debate. In fact, there’s a high level of dissatisfaction with abortion policy overall. Almost two-thirds of people said they were either somewhat or very dissatisfied, including 66% of those who self-identify as “pro-life” and 62% of those who self-identify as “pro-choice.””What it speaks to is the fact that the debate is dominated by the extreme positions on both sides,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, which conducted the survey. “People do see the issue as very complicated, very complex. Their positions don’t fall along one side or the other. … The debate is about the extremes, and that’s not where the public is.”The poll comes as several states have pushed to limit abortions in hopes of getting the Supreme Court to reconsider the issue. Abortion-rights opponents hope the newly conservative court will either overturn Roe or effectively gut it by upholding severe restrictions. The survey finds that while most Americans favor limiting abortion, they don’t want it to be illegal and don’t want to go as far as states like Alabama, for example, which would ban it completely except if the woman’s life is endangered or health is at risk.A total of 77% say the Supreme Court should uphold Roe, but within that there’s a lot of nuance — 26% say they would like to see it remain in place, but with more restrictions added; 21% want to see Roe expanded to establish the right to abortion under any circumstance; 16% want to keep it the way it is; and 14% want to see some of the restrictions allowed under Roe reduced. Just 13% overall say it should be overturned.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Even though Americans are solidly against overturning Roe, a majority would also like to see abortion restricted in various ways. In a separate question, respondents were asked which of six choices comes closest to their view of abortion policy.In all, 61% said they were in favor of a combination of limitations that included allowing abortion in just the first three months of a pregnancy (23%); only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman (29%); or only to save the life of the woman (9%).Eighteen percent said abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants during her entire pregnancy. At the other end of the spectrum, 9% said it should never be permitted under any circumstance.More than half (53%) of Americans say they would definitely not vote for a candidate who would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would limit or overturn Roe.Politically, abortion has been a stronger voting issue for Republicans than for Democrats. This poll found that abortion ranks as the second-most-important issue for Republicans in deciding their vote for president, behind immigration. But for Democrats, it is fifth — behind health care, America’s role in the world, climate change and personal financial well-being.The poll also notably found the highest percentage of people self-identifying as “pro-choice,” those who generally support abortion rights, since a Gallup survey in December 2012. In this survey, 57% identified that way versus 35%, who called themselves “pro-life,” those who are generally opposed to abortion rights.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here The percentage self-identifying as “pro-choice” is an increase since a Marist Poll in February, when the two sides split with 47% each. The pollsters attribute that shift to efforts in various states to severely restrict abortion.”The public is very reactive to the arguments being put forth by the more committed advocates on both sides of the issue,” Carvalho said, adding, “The danger for Republicans is that when you look at independents, independents are moving more toward Democrats on this issue. … When the debate starts overstepping what public opinion believes to be common sense, we’ve seen independents moving in Democrats’ corner.”In the case of self-identification, 60% of independents identified as “pro-choice.” Asked which party would do a better job of dealing with the issue of abortion, a plurality of Americans overall chose Democrats (47%) over Republicans (34%).Independents chose Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job by an 11-point margin (43% to 32%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Asked if they’d be more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict or ones that do the opposite, 60% of Americans overall, including two-thirds of independents, chose laws that decriminalize abortion and are less strict.What specifically do Americans support and oppose?The poll also asked a long series of questions to try to figure out what Americans support or oppose when it comes to potential changes to abortion laws pending in several states. Poll respondents were not told which states these proposals come from.The poll found that Americans are very much against requiring fines and/or prison time for doctors who perform abortions. There was also slim majority support for allowing abortions at any time during a pregnancy if there is no viability outside the womb and for requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures. A slim majority also opposed allowing pharmacists and health providers the ability to opt out of providing medicine or surgical procedures that result in abortion.At the same time, two-thirds were in favor of a 24-hour waiting period from the time a woman meets with a health care professional until having the abortion procedure itself; two-thirds wanted doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges; and a slim majority wanted the law to require women to be shown an ultrasound image at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here “What’s most interesting here,” Carvalho said, is that “the extremes are really outliers. When they advocate for their positions and change the debate toward the most extreme position on the issue, they actually do the opposite. They move public opinion away from them.”The more vocal advocates on either side, however, have had the ability to shift the debate and public opinion to their point of view. Consider that many of the specific items above, at one point or another, have been hotly debated.When does life begin?The poll also asked the very big question of when Americans think life begins. There was not an overwhelming consensus. A plurality of the six choices given, but far less than a majority, said life begins at conception (38%). Slightly more than half (53%) disagreed, saying that life begins either within the first eight weeks of pregnancy (8%), the first three months (8%), between three and six months (7%), when a fetus is viable (14%) or at birth (16%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Gender gap? Try a stark party divide, particularly among womenThe most acute divide among Americans on the issue of abortion, arguably, is not a gender divide but between the parties — and of women of different parties.For example, 54% of men identified as “pro-choice,” compared with 60% of women. For women of the different parties, 77% of Democratic women identified as “pro-choice,” while 68% of Republican women identified as “pro-life.” (A lower percentage of Republican men, 59%, considered themselves “pro-life.”)Throughout the poll, the divide was stark. On Roe, for example, 62% of Republican women said overturn it or add restrictions; 73% of Democratic women said keep it the way it is, expand it to allow abortions under any circumstance or reduce some of the restrictions.Eighty-four percent of Democratic women said they are more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict; 62% of Republican women said they are more likely to support laws that criminalize abortion or make laws stricter.On requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures, 75% of Democratic women support that, while 78% of Republican women oppose it, higher than the 63% of Republican men who said the same.Republican women also stand out for the 62% of them who said they oppose laws that allow abortion at any time during pregnancy in cases of rape or incest. They are the only group to voice majority opposition to that. Fifty-nine percent of Republican men, for example, said they would support such a law.And Republican women are the only group to say overwhelmingly that life begins at conception. About three-quarters said so, compared with less than half of Republican men and a third of Democratic women.It’s a reminder that Republican women, in many ways, are the backbone of the movement opposing abortion rights. The survey of 944 adults was conducted by live interviewers by telephone from May 31 through June 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Editor’s note: The survey asked respondents to identify as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” This question wording, using the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” was included in the survey because it has tracked the public debate on abortion over decades. It is sensitive to current events and public discussion even though it does not capture the nuanced positions many people have on the issue. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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Problems with the flawed computer system used to d

first_imgProblems with the flawed computer system used to deal with claims for the government’s new disability benefit have left hundreds of callers stuck in lengthy telephone queues.The system used for new personal independence payment (PIP) claims has crashed twice in a fortnight, leaving disabled callers unable to get through to lodge their claims.On 28 July, PIP claimants were unable to reach the helpline for five hours, with call handlers not able to receive any calls, a whistle-blower has told Disability News Service (DNS).And less than two weeks later, on 9 August, there was a crash of the CAMlite software – used across DWP as part of the move towards universal credit – leaving call-handlers unable to take any calls for more than four hours.The problems have been worsened by the decision of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to send out more than 40,000 letters in August to recipients of working-age disability living allowance (DLA), telling them they need to apply for the replacement benefit PIP, as part of the process to reassess every working-age DLA claimant.The problems are just the latest to have hit the computer system used to deal with new PIP claimants, with DWP continuing to deny that it is fundamentally flawed.Earlier this summer, DWP claimed that the system – designed and maintained by IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise – was just being affected by minor “technical glitches”.That response came despite a whistle-blower telling DNS that the PIP CS software designed to deal specifically with PIP claims was “appallingly bad”.The whistle-blower told DNS earlier this year that the software was so poor that, at least once a month, staff were unable to process claims coming through on the helpline and had to tell callers to ring again, because of problems with the system.The whistle-blower, who works for Serco, the company that runs the telephone helpline that deals with all new PIP claims, said DWP had “messed up” by sending out too many letters to DLA claimants in August.They said: “As a result, on August 1st, 2nd and 3rd, there were over 300 callers in the queue, with waiting times well over 20 minutes.“On every day since then there have been times when the queue was over 100 callers.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “We are aware that there have been intermittent IT issues which have impacted our PIP telephony services. “As with any IT systems, it is inevitable that from time to time there will be technical issues.“We work hard to fix any issues as soon as they arise and all claims are processed with the minimum delay possible – in fact, PIP claims are now being cleared four times faster [than] they were in January 2014.”She said the latest problems “have been fixed and the PIP telephony services are working normally”.She added: “We continue to monitor the service closely and identify opportunities to improve our systems. “Our processes are kept under regular review and are closely monitored to ensure that any disruption to claimants is kept to a minimum and that claims continue to progress smoothly.”PIP, which is gradually replacing working-age DLA, has been mired in controversy, delays and backlogs ever since its launch in April 2013.DNS reported last month that Motability expected that 35,000 vehicles would have to be handed back by disabled people during 2016 as a result of the government’s programme to reassess people for PIP, and cut at least 20 per cent from spending on working-age DLA.Activists who took part in a national day of action last month – organised by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), WinVisible and the Mental Health Resistance Network – said they believed PIP was “rotten to the core” and pointed to growing evidence of the “shoddy nature” of PIP assessments, carried out by the government’s contractors, Capita and Atos.In February, DWP figures revealed that only two-thirds (68 per cent) of PIP claimants were satisfied with the service they received from DWP, compared with an average of 82 per cent across all 10 benefits surveyed.last_img read more

Walgreens Pumps the Brakes on Theranos Partnership Amid Problematic Lab Audit

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Walgreens Pumps the Brakes on Theranos Partnership Amid Problematic Lab Audit Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Shutterstock Walgreens is pumping the brakes on its partnership with Theranos after an inspection by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal health agency, revealed that the $9 billion blood test startup’s Newark, Calif. lab location posed “immediate jeopardy to patient safety.”In a statement, Walgreens — Theranos’s first retail partner, which operates blood-testing centers in 40 locations throughout Arizona and one in Palo Alto, Calif. — said that Theranos “must immediately cease sending any clinical laboratory tests…to the Theranos lab in Newark, Calif., for analysis. In addition, Walgreens is suspending Theranos laboratory services at its Palo Alto, Calif., store, effective immediately.”While the specific nature of the deficiencies at Theranos’s Newark lab have not been disclosed, CMS said that the company’s worst offense lay within the realm of hematology, or the study of blood. In a letter released yesterday by CMS, the organization said that Theranos’s Newark lab “has already caused, is causing, or is likely to cause, at any time, serious injury or harm, or death, to individuals served.”Related: Theranos Poses ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patient Health, Government SaysOf Walgreens’ decision, Theranos’s vice president of communications, Brooke Buchanan, told Entrepreneur that the company’s “Arizona lab, which handles 90% of our wellness center lab tests, is not impacted by this week’s findings.” Therefore, she said, “We are open for business, confident in our technologies, and unwavering in our commitment to provide Arizonans with the care and service they deserve.”Buchanan added that CMS’ findings “do not reflect the current state of the [Newark] lab,” and said that, “This is an issue that many other labs have faced, and we will fix it quickly and completely, working with our regulators as we always do.”Theranos has 10 days to address the complaints before incurring penalties of $10,000 daily fees, onsite monitoring, the suspension of its CLIA certificate or the cancellation of its approval for Medicare payments.Walgreens announced its partnership with Theranos in 2013, and the two eventually planned to open blood-testing centers within the chain’s 8,200 locations across the country. Now, however, Walgreens is debating whether to shutter the 41 existing locations, according to The Wall Street Journal.Related: Report: Federal Regulators Find ‘Serious Deficiencies’ at Theranos’ California Lab Facility Former Staff Writer –sharescenter_img January 28, 2016 3 min read Enroll Now for $5 Geoff Weiss Theranos Add to Queuelast_img read more

Veracyte to present data demonstrating potential of Envisia Genomic Classifier to improve

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 8 2018Veracyte, Inc. announced the presentation of data demonstrating that the Envisia Genomic Classifier can help physicians more confidently diagnose interstitial lung disease (ILD), including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), without the need for surgery. The data were shared today in an oral presentation at CHEST 2018, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians®, which is being held October 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas.Using data from a prospective study of 49 patients presenting with new-onset ILD, researchers evaluated samples obtained through nonsurgical transbronchial biopsy to determine the Envisia classifier’s accuracy in detecting usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP), a pattern whose presence is essential to IPF diagnosis. Utilizing histopathology as the reference standard, investigators found that the genomic test shows a specificity of 88 percent and sensitivity of 70 percent for detecting UIP. While high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is typically the first step in distinguishing IPF from other ILDs, previous data have shown that up to 50 percent of UIP cases are missed by HRCT alone. Among the 42 cases in the current study with the lowest diagnostic confidence following HRCT – i.e., those without definite or probable UIP – the Envisia classifier provided even more robust results (88 percent specificity and 76 percent sensitivity).Related StoriesScientists create bacteria with man-made DNAYeast species thrives, despite losing DNA repair genes years agoGenetic test for low birth weight on the horizon”An accurate, timely diagnosis of IPF and other ILDs is a major challenge for physicians and patients, but is essential for optimal treatment,” said David Lynch, MB, BCh, Professor of Radiology at National Jewish Health, who presented the findings. “Our data, while based on relatively small numbers, suggest that the Envisia test can provide important information for diagnosis, as a complement to HRCT and clinical findings. This is particularly true among patients whose results are unclear following HRCT imaging.””Recent study findings show that patients being evaluated for suspected IPF or other ILDs often endure significant diagnostic delays, misdiagnosis and invasive, costly procedures, which can negatively impact outcomes and increase risk,” said Bonnie Anderson, Veracyte’s chairman and chief executive officer. “These new data reinforce the valuable role that the Envisia Genomic Classifier can play in improving IPF diagnosis. They also add to the growing body of evidence supporting the use of our test.”The Envisia classifier is currently available to a limited number of institutions through an Early Access Program. In August 2018, Veracyte received a draft Medicare coverage policy for the Envisia classifier through the MolDx program. The company expects the final policy will go into effect in early 2019 and plans to expand availability of the test in 2019.Source: https://www.veracyte.com/last_img read more

Glucosamine supplements could benefit the heart

first_imgThe researchers from Tulane University, Harvard University, and Harbin Medical University in China noted that habitual or regular use of these supplements could prevent CVD events such as coronary heart disease and stroke. Professor Lu Qi at Tulane University in New Orleans and his team gathered data from the UK Biobank that includes data from over half a million British population. For this study they analyzed 466,039 participants without CVD. These participants were provided with a questionnaire that they completed and in it they mentioned their use of Glucosamine supplements. Over time the patients were followed up and hospital records and death certificate information revealed the numbers of CVD events or deaths that took place among these participants. An average seven years of tracking was done where CVD events such as events due to coronary heart disease and stroke were recorded.Results revealed that 19.3 percent of the participants were using glucosamine supplements since the start of the study. On analysis they noted that use of these supplements reduced the risk of all CVD events by 15 percent and lowered the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and deaths due to CVD by 9 to 22 percent when compared with those who did not use these supplements. During the follow up there were 10 204 CVD events, 3060 deaths due to CVD, 5745 coronary heart disease events and 3263 strokes.“I am a bit surprised but not very much, because previous studies from humans or animals have shown that glucosamine may have protective effects on inflammation, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease [CVD],” Qi said.Before making conclusive statements the team meticulously also took into consideration other risk factors such as age, gender, weight, body mass index (BMI), lifestyle choices, diet, ethnicity, other medication and supplement use etc. these were all adjusted for before the benefits of glucosamine were ascertained. For example they found that glucosamine reduced the risk of coronary heart disease by 37 percent among smokers, by 18 percent among former smokers and by 12 percent among those who had never smoked.Authors explain that glucosamine use reduced levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is normally associated with inflammation and is raised among those with various conditions including CVD. It is also raised among smokers. Glucosamine use reduces the CRP and thus its benefit is reduction of CVD events among smokers is more pronounced. Glucosamine use also mimics a low carbohydrate diet and thus may benefit in prevention of heart disease. Low carbohydrate diet has been associated with less risk of development of CVD.Senior author, Lu Qi, in a statement said, “This is good news for people who take these supplements.” He warned however, “we really need additional data from population studies and further, more solid data from clinical trials.”The authors of the study agree that they did not have clear information regarding the dose of the glucosamine supplements taken and they also did not have data on the side effects of such use. They however conclude, “…habitual use of glucosamine supplements to relieve osteoarthritis pain might also be related to lower risks of CVD events. Further clinical trials are warranted to test this hypothesis.”GlucosamineRelated StoriesHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according the latest figuresStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasGlucosamine is a “non-vitamin, non-mineral supplement”. It is sold only on prescription in the European countries but is available over the counter in United States and Australia. In the US and Australia, around one in five adults consume glucosamine supplements regularly. In the US around 20 percent adults regularly took glucosamine supplements said a 2008 CDC report. It is the second most common nutritional supplement (that is not a vitamin or a mineral) in the United States after omega 3 supplements said the report.Glucosamine is said to have anti inflammatory properties. It can mimic a low carbohydrate diet and can thus benefit health say previous studies. It is a naturally occurring compound found in the joint cartilages.Glucosamine supplements should not be taken by people who are allergic to shellfish and by women who are pregnant or breast feeding. It can affect blood clotting in people who are taking blood thinners such as Warfarin. The supplement is also not to be taken along with certain anti-cancer drugs as it may interfere with their efficacy. It is sold as a food supplement rather than medicine in most pharmacies.Expert commentsProf Naveed Sattar, from the University of Glasgow in his comment on the study said, “Only a trial can determine whether there is any truth to the lower observed risk. Observational studies can only ever generate new ideas to test. Many other supplements have not proven benefits in trials even when observational data suggested there may be health benefits. Some supplements have even been shown to cause harm in trials.” He added “So, for now, I would not rush to buy glucosamine to lessen my heart risks when there are many other cost-effective proven ways to do so.”Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, from the British Heart Foundation in her comment said, “One in four people in the UK still die from heart and circulatory disease. We urgently need to fund research that could result in improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment. If a well-known and widely available supplement like glucosamine could help prevent heart and circulatory diseases, including heart attack and stroke, it is an avenue of research worth exploring. Meanwhile, an important way to reduce your risk is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and – when relevant – take medications as recommended to you by your doctor.”Dr. Gregg Fonarow, co-director of the preventative cardiology program at the University of California, Los Angeles was also not very convinced about drawing conclusions from this study. He said in a statement, “Observational studies for multiple different dietary supplements have produced similar types of findings, only to then be tested in large-scale, randomized clinical trials which failed to confirm any benefits.” He said that final conclusions are, “there is not a sufficient evidence basis to recommend glucosamine supplements for cardiovascular benefit.” He advised, “Those wishing to lower their cardiovascular event risk should follow current guideline recommendations to not smoke, be physically active, and maintain a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and body weight.”Source: Ma Hao, Li Xiang, Sun Dianjianyi, Zhou Tao, Ley Sylvia H, Gustat Jeanette et al. Association of habitual glucosamine use with risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective study in UK Biobank BMJ 2019; 365 :l1628, https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1628 Glucosamine supplements could benefit the heart. Image Credit: Farion_O / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMay 14 2019Glucosamine supplements are used by hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide to relieve the joint pain caused due to osteoarthritis. There are controversies about its actual benefits in the joint. Now a large study with data from the UK Biobank reveals that regular use of glucosamine supplements could reduce the risk of getting cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiovascular events. The study appeared this week in the latest issue of The BMJ and was titled, “Association of habitual glucosamine use with risk of cardiovascular disease: prospective study in UK Biobank”.last_img read more

Heat recovery in steel plants to boost competitiveness

first_imgSteel production. Credit: SIJ Metal Ravne, Slovenia New, greener prospects for steel waste gases 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. Explore further Kristijan Plesnik, energy manager at the steel production SIJ Metal Ravne in Slovenia, talks to ESCI about economic threats to steel production and how these may affect EU climate targets. Kristijan is also involved in the EU-funded ETEKINA project, which looks at new innovative ways to recover waste heat in energy-intensive industries using heat pipes. During the project, SIJ Metal Ravne will adapt a new heat pipe heat exchanger (HPHE) in one of their plants in order to verify and demonstrate its impact in reducing the plant’s overall energy consumption.center_img Provided by European Science Communication Institute Citation: Heat recovery in steel plants to boost competitiveness (2018, September 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-recovery-steel-boost-competitiveness.html ESCI: Are you already reusing waste energy within your plant?Kristijan Plesnik: Indeed, we are already using some of the waste energy from our electric arc furnaces, so called UHPs, Ultra High Power furnaces. We have had very good experiences with that. ETEKINA draws on this but takes it further. The project has a new approach, as it gives us the opportunity to use waste energy from most other gas furnaces. We can benefit from this project as we know that our company is a rather big consumer of energy. For us, this is a big plus as we can reduce this consumption.ESCI: I can imagine that the steel industry is facing quite a lot of challenges: for example, the tariffs the US are imposing on steel while you are exporting quite a bit of your steel. How important is energy or its costs for you in this context?Kristijan Plesnik: I would say our main market is the European Union. This means Germany and other countries in the vicinity. Of course, we also export to America, about 15 %. But our production is foremost vulnerable when it comes to energy product prices, which represent 15% of all annual production costs. With or without Trump, we expect a rise in prices of electricity and natural gas in the future.ESCI: Where does the energy you are using come from?Kristijan Plesnik: Electricity and natural gas are for us the main energy sources in the production and processing of our steel. Of course, the electricity is partly provided by Slovenian companies under contract, whereas natural gas is imported. Today we have contracts with Slovenian companies, which receive their gas supplies from Russia. This means our gas comes mainly from Russia, and some from North Africa.ESCI: What kind of impact do you expect from the heat recovery technology in the future?Kristijan Plesnik: With over 60 furnaces fuelled by natural gas we are one of the bigger producers of tool steel in Europe. This means that there is a great potential to use this system on the remaining material heating furnaces as well and thus increase our overall competitiveness.ESCI: The EU is very concerned about energy efficiency and CO2 reduction. How could ETEKINA contribute to EU goals?Kristijan Plesnik: The steel industry is one of the biggest consumers of energy in Slovenia as well as in Europe. We are therefore one of the biggest producers of CO2 emissions, too. We release about 800 kilograms of CO2 per ton of steel produced. Considering this, the ETEKINA project is an important asset for us, as we expect to reduce our CO2 emissions by about 4 %. Of course, this reduction can only be achieved at the facility where we will implement the heat pipe technology, not across the whole company.last_img read more

Mumbais Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rains

first_imgMumbai’s Tulsi lake overflows due to heavy rainsTulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake.advertisement Vidya MumbaiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:15 IST Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday. (Photo: ANI)Mumbai’s Tulsi lake overflowed at 7 pm on Friday due to incessant rains. Last year, the monsoon arrived late and the lake filled to its capacity on July 9.This year, the rainfall in the catchment areas was higher and the lake overflowed.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) said, “One of Mumbai’s sources of water supply, lake Tulsi started overflowing, today.”Tulsi is the smallest lake which has a share of 1 per cent in the total water supply. The other one is Vihar Lake. Both of the lakes are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP).Meanwhile, water quantum in lakes supplying to Mumbai’s needs rose further touching almost as much as last year’s water stocks the same day.The total water stocks on Friday was 6.35 lakh million litre or 43.92% of the required stocks.Last year on July 12, the total water stocks stood at 6.36 lakh million litre or 44 per cent of the required quantum, according to Times of India.There was a significant rise in water stocks as compared to a day earlier as well. On Thursday, the total water quantum stood at 5.47 lakh million litre or 37.83 per cent.The total required water stocks in all the seven lakes is 14.47 lakh million litres.Also Read | Mumbai rains: Flight operations briefly suspended at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport due to low visibilityAlso Watch | Mumbai rains: Is City of Dreams now Ram bharose?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Mumbai rainsFollow Tulsi lake Nextlast_img read more

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Saenz saidNo arrests or charges had been filed in connection to the incident as of Friday evening"I don’t understand What are they waiting for" Saenz saidOn Christmas Day Saenz Torres and two of their friends went to Captain Crook’s to celebrate the holiday and meet some of Torres’ cousins Saenz saidLater on Saenz went to the bathroom While she was away Torres went outside with a man the couple did not previously know which Saenz said was strange since Torres was "not one to leave without telling me""A few minutes later (Torres) walked in bleeding from his ear" saying he had been jumpedThe family drove Torres to Altru where he underwent surgeryAfter weeks of interviews the Crookston Police Department turned over the case to the Polk County Attorney’s Office Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier said"The county attorney has the entire case now as of late last week and is in the process of reviewing it" Biermaier said on TuesdayBut it could be a couple of more weeks before any charges are filed Saenz said the county attorney’s office told herDetails released by law enforcement regarding the case have been scarce The charges being considered whether Torres’ death could increase any charges the results of Torres’ autopsy or how many suspects are being considered have not been made publicCalls from the Herald to the Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth were not returnedBut Saenz is determined to get answers "so we can get justice for what they did"Saenz said she’s had multiple people contact her with information or hearsay about the assault adding she’s following up on what she hears with investigatorsBut when giving information to Saenz she said people are reluctant to give her their names in fear of retributionSaenz said she doesn’t like the idea of suspects still in the community and she avoids making trips to Crookston While Biermaier said police have identified the individuals involved the names have not been made publicPart of what has led to a slow arrest process or publicly identifying suspects is the availability of firsthand witnesses and the delay in reporting the assault to the police after it initially happened Biermaier said There is a gap between when the assault happened late Christmas night and when police responded to the incident at 2:34 am Dec 26"Witnesses and suspects were already gone" Biermaier saidEven so Saenz wants to know who attacked Torres and why"It’s already going to be a month on Monday" Saenz said "My kids are suffering I’m suffering very hard This should have never happened"Some Yoruba pressure groups including Afenifere Agbekoya and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Thursday converged in Ibadan the Oyo state capital and threatened to thwart the conduct of the forthcoming governorship elections in both Ekiti and Osun states billed to take place this year They said they were against the elections unless Nigeria is restructured to “free Yorubas from oppression and incursion of Fulani herdsmen” The groups made this position at its summit tagged 2018 Yorubas April Declaration In a communique signed by a 109-year-old leader of Agbekoya peasant farmers in Yorubaland Pa Ayalu Olalere; a traditionalist Ayoke Osunfunke and a community leader Chief Raufu Oluokun leaders of the groups maintained that Yoruba nation will pull out out of Nigeria if their demands were not meet The groups in the communique declared that “Yoruba world wide begin a series of action considered fit and within the ambits of the law of the federal republic of Nigeria and the charter of the United Nations freedom to free Yorubaland from the shackles of poverty and corruption bad governance and breakdown of law and order as we are presently experiencing in Nigeria “We give notice that unless our demands for a stronger and more virile nation is accepted Yorubas will pull out of the 1914 Amalgamation treaty that gave birth to Nigeria “We reject the present constitution of the Federal Government until so amended to fulfil our expectations in Yorubaland “We demand as a first step the restructuring of the country to give us a region in Yoruba land before any election is conducted in Yorubaland Immediate notice is served on Ekiti and Osun states “All true sons and daughters of Yoruba land must immediately imbibe and adhere to this call for freedom and unity of Yorubaland in the spirit of the Yoruba Parapo Treaty “Take note that saboteurs and traitors will reap their benefits in the land of Oduduwa” Other Yoruba leaders present at the summit include son of the late Governor-General of the defunct Western region Prince Gboyega Aderemi; Otunba Deji Osibogun; Comrades Idowu Fagade R A Balogun Sunday Odusanya Oyebamidele Akanmu and Mr Wasiu Ajamu among others Representational image. 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Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in North Carolina NAACP v. A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on May 29 2018 at 12:05pm PDT So what did Williams do in response She dominated her first US Open match against Magda Linette from Poland And how did she do it In style wearing an asymmetrical Virgil Abloh x Nike tutu paired with sparkly silver sneakers from the same Queen collection and compression fishnet tights according to Page Six willing to design dresses for her for life A post shared by @ virgilabloh on Aug 27 2018 at 7:05pm PDT The 23-time Grand Slam champ wore the tights to prevent the same blood clots just like her Black Panther-inspired Nike catsuit was intended to do Talking of barring the outfit choice Giudicelli told Tennis magazine: "You have to respect the game and the place"In response to the decision Williams said: "I feel like if and when they know that some things are for health reasons then theres no way that they wouldnt be OK with it So I think its fine"People have applauded Williams for wearing what she wants One person posted on social media: "Serena Williams was told she wasnt allowed to wear her Black Panther catsuit back to the French Open because she had to respect the game So she showed up in a tutu"Another said: "They didnt let Serena Williams wear her catsuit She came out in a tutu Yes Queen"Credit: PAAnd a third added: "You cant wear a catsuit to play [tennis] Ok Ill go with a tutu and fishnets then Serena Williams is the role model even big girls needed Williams is unflappable — even in a tutu"Williams discussed her US Open dress with Vogue last month and explained that her newest outfit choice made her feel very strong and feminineShe said: "I felt so feminine in the tutu which is probably my favourite part of it It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time"Got a story for us Need to tell us about something amazing youve seen or done Want us to investigate something Get in touch Email [email protected] or head to our submissions platform – and you could even earn money for your stories or tips Featured Image Credit: PA Topics: Community Us newsNigeria’s First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan has insinuated that the wife of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC Hajia Aishat Buhari has been going about deceiving Nigerian women Dame Jonathan said this on Tuesday when the campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP women wing touched down in Ilorin capital of Kwara state In a veiled reference to Mrs Buhari who had earlier campaigned in the state Mrs Jonathan said “Don’t be deceived Don’t look at any woman that comes here; don’t listen They are just deceiving themselves because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” She continued “Their husbands have said that they would not carry women along and that there is no office for the first lady but now they want to deceive Nigerian women and she has come out to say ‘My husband said it in error’ Don’t worry I’ll carry on in the traditional way “Any woman that comes tell her to go back Don’t let any Nigerian woman deceive you” The President’s spouse claimed that she ran into the entourage of Buhari’s wife at the airport but ordered her security details to avoid any possible problem alleging that the opposition party has been fomenting trouble This was as she advised women to shun violence and always embrace peace Her words “I was in Edo state but before I got there APC had gone They went there just to make trouble I want to go to Kwara they are there Why do you want to go to Kwara It is to make trouble Trouble is not good for women “They ran to the airport so that PDP will clash with them but I told my security people that I am Mama Peace I don’t kill I don’t stone people Please let them go with their problems “It is not the women that are contesting elections but our husbands and all we can do is to pray for them to succeed As wife of leaders we should be careful and avoid allowing ourselves to be used” she preached but not before users around the world had already copied the video and reposted it. leaving Lopez Obrador as the last man standing. When she died of an overdose shortly after she returned to England, Russia annexed part of Ukraine in 2014.North Korea? The guts of the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC’s) more than 1700 large superconducting magnets have been cooled with liquid helium to a frigid 1.classes as possible to free her schedule for more advanced ones during the year, as well as driving some of the young talents there around, He will be required to register as a predatory offender.

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However,com.In past decades the majority of transgender characters have been played by non-transgender actors and often been portrayed in negative roles like psychopathic killers or dead prostitutes Charles Sykes—Invision/AP The pioneering computer scientist and engineer Lynn Conway influenced a generation of computer chip designers and has worked at Xerox PARC IBM and DARPA Caroline Cossey is a British actress best known for her role as a Bond girl in the movie For Your Eyes Only Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Before she came out in 2014 the Serbian-born model was already blurring lines in the fashion world as the androgynous male model and muse for big names like Marc Jacobs In 2015 Pejic became the first transgender model to appear in American Vogue Nicholas Hunt—Getty Images The LPGA removed a requirement that golfers be "female at birth" after trans woman Lana Lawless sued for the right to compete in 2010 Ben Margot—AP Fallon Fox became the first openly transgender fighter in mixed martial arts history when she came out in 2013 Sally Ryan—Zuma Press/Corbis Beatie went public in 2008 as America’s first “pregnant father” undergoing artificial insemination after his former wife proved infertile The transgender man captured the nation’s attention after appearances on shows such as Oprah setting off cultural conversations about the social and legal status of transgender people in America He has since had three children Chris Jackson—Getty Images Janet Mock a transgender advocate and writer published a best-selling memoir about her transition Redefining Realness in 2014 and hosts a MSNBC web talk show about pop culture Fernando Leon—Getty Images Veteran LA Times sportswriter Mike Penner announced he was a "transsexual sportswriter" in a 2007 essay and wrote under a new byline Christine Daniels for nearly a year After struggling with the challenges of living as a trans woman Penner abandoned the name in 2008 and returned to living as a man before committing suicide in 2009 Los Angeles Times/AP The pro tennis player Renee Richards won a landmark decision for transgender rights in 1977 when the New York Supreme Court ruled that she could compete in tournaments as a woman Larry Busacca—Getty Images Sylvia Rivera was present at the Stonewall uprising and remained a tireless advocate for trans people of color as well as gays and lesbians who were marginalized as the LGBT movement became more mainstream Valerie Shaff—Sylvia Rivera Law Project Geena Rocero was already a successful model before she gave a viral 2014 TED talk in which she came out publicly as transgender “All of us are put in boxes by our family by our religion by our society our moment in history even our own bodies” she said “Some people have the courage to break free” Her advocacy organization Gender Proud works to empower transgender communities around the world Santiago Felipe—Getty Images Jenna Talackova fought a legal battle to become the first openly transgender candidate to compete in Miss Universe Canada in 2012 after initially being rejected because of her gender status Aaron Vincent Elkaim—AP 1 of 25 Advertisement Write to Katy Steinmetz at katysteinmetz@timecomColorized: The Earth as seen from a camera on V-2 rocket number 13 launched Oct 24 1946Photo colorization: Sanna Dullaway for TIME; 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We want to make money like anybody but we want to do it with that kind of intent" On the continuum of journalist to investor Jackson says hes situated firmly on the investor side Most of the outlets that publish him pay him but he doesnt write for the money he says He likes to think of it instead as transparency similar to the letters hedge fund managers send to their investors each quarter "If you have good ideas" he says "you should communicate those ideas" To be fair his Yahoo-related ideas have in the past gained enough purchase to suggest that they might in fact be good In 2007 when he led a campaign against then-CEO Terry Semel he started with YouTube videos and blog posts Eventually he assembled a block of shareholders controlling about 02% of outstanding shares Almost half of all voters withheld support of Semel in his attempt to get reelected to the Yahoo board two days before he quit Jackson had registered a genuine activist accomplishment while holding only $1300 in Yahoo stock Logically another criticism of Jackson among his target companies is that he doesnt have enough skin in the game Jackson wont say how big his firms Yahoo stake is but a July SpringOwl filing with the SEC said it had a total of $277 million under management or a little more than the present value of activist fund Starboard Values Yahoo stake alone "Im sure everyone at the office would love to have $20 billion or whatever Carl Icahn has" Jackson says "But were smaller than that" Yahoos announced layoffs are substantial but likely too small to satisfy the hordes of grumpy investors who want a sale And so what Jackson does have is momentum For better or for worse thats priceless Write to Jack Dickey at jackdickey@timecomRain like the downpours that have inundated Shanghai in recent weeks doesnt buoy the spirits But dont despair counseled the Peoples Daily the Chinese Communist Partys mouthpiece on Monday: "Rainbows always appear after rains" That upbeat message coursed through Chinas state media on Monday referring to the dismal performance of the nations bourses including the Shanghai Composite Index which has lost nearly 30% over the past three weeks The chief rainbowmaker is no surprise the ruling Communist Party "The Chinese government unveiled an unprecedented string of emergency and supportive measures to stabilize market sentiment" announced state news agency Xinhua on Monday with the nations central bank called in to increase liquidity Over the weekend Chinas top brokerages surely encouraged by officialdom vowed to spend nearly $20 billion to shore up the stock market By government fiat new stock listings are being curtailed Foreigners have been admonished not to sell China short as if they were the ones chiefly responsible for the stock markets nosedive On July 5 Beijing police arrested a man they say spread rumors that a despondent punter jumped to his death because of the stock-market plunge The result so far of this massive government intervention: after an 8% surge in the morning the Shanghai index ended up 24% on July 6 following a 12% loss the previous week State-owned giants led the weak recovery In meteorological news the plum rains are forecast to last all week in Chinas commercial capital (At close on Monday Shenzhens more erratic index was down 139%) The past three weeks have seen the market shed more than $2 trillion Still the percentage of the Chinese population that dabbles in the stock market is comparatively low And as brutal as the summer sell-off has seemed shares are still up this year with the Shanghai Composite having expanded by nearly 80% compared with roughly a year ago Chinese social-media users have debated whether the central governments efforts were enough to prevent a further market nosedive There was less discussion however of whether the government should be doing battle in the first place especially given that some of the recent market frenzy has derived from risky margin trades that may be testing banks Critics have noted that this generation of Chinese leadership in place since late 2012 has called for market forces to gain more power not less The governments latest intervention runs counter to talk of reform "Fragile market sentiment will be reversed" the Peoples Daily has stated Thats about as clear a signal of official policy as the ruling Communist Party can give Beijing which is already facing a slowing economy is tying part of its legitimacy to returning confidence to the nations stock market When will the rainbow appear Contact us at editors@timecomNot only did some dinosaurs have feathers but according to new research the prehistoric creatures may have emitted coos or mumbles instead of mammalian roars After a comprehensive review of vocal data from bird and crocodile species scientists from universities in Arizona Texas Utah and Canada found that dinosaur sounds may be what they call a “closed-mouth vocalization” According to the research published in Evolution a similar example would be the coos of a dove in which sounds are emitted through the skin and neck area while the beak is kept closed "Looking at the distribution of closed-mouth vocalization in birds that are alive today could tell us how dinosaurs vocalized" Chad Eliason from The University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences and the studys co-author said in a statement "Our results show that closed-mouth vocalization has evolved at least 16 times in archosaurs a group that includes birds dinosaurs and crocodiles Interestingly only animals with a relatively large body size (about the size of a dove or larger) use closed-mouth vocalization behavior" Contact us at editors@timecom One of my clients is an outstanding and outstandingly successful comic. country representative of the U.5 million prescriptions for opioids, The thousands who had gathered underneath the hot sun cheered. 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