At MIT, Romney and Obama Campaigns Debate Energy Policy

first_imgEnergetic debate. The Romney campaign’s Oren Cass (at left podium) and Obama surrogate Joseph Aldy (right) debate energy policy. CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—There might be few better places to debate the future of U.S. energy policy than at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a campus that has nurtured its share of energy innovations. Representatives of the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns squared off here last night in the school’s cavernous Kresge Hall. The sparks didn’t exactly fly, and undecided voters were probably left unswayed, but the debate did sharpen up some of the differences in how an Obama or Romney Administration would steer the world’s second largest consumer of energy, passed only recently by China. Obama’s champion was Joseph Aldy, an economist at nearby Harvard University and a former White House adviser on energy and environment. Romney’s man was Oren Cass, a lawyer and domestic policy director for the Romney campaign. The early part of the debate, moderated by Technology Review editor Jason Pontin, focused on the long-sought American dream of “energy independence.” Both sides cling tightly to that dream. Aldy recalled growing up in the mid-1970s, when his family joined the long lines of cars stranded at the gas pumps during the oil crisis. Cass lamented that the United States has actually grown more dependent on foreign oil since then. They both agreed that domestic natural gas will be crucial for weening the United States to energy independence. Their few differences hit familiar Republican vs. Democrat talking points. Aldy talked up the promise of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar, while Cass argued for more oil drilling on U.S. territory, particularly in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska. 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Aldy made the case for protecting the Arctic refuge from drilling because of its ecological uniqueness. Cass dismissed that idea with an argument that made the crowd groan and grumble. “My daughter will probably never visit ANWR,” he said, implying that tourism is the only value of a nature preserve. At about this point, the moderator looked up from his iPhone and addressed the cameras providing live video feed on the Internet. “People on Twitter are asking, ‘Why haven’t they mentioned climate change yet?’ I assure you, we’re getting to that.” Cass was blunt on the topic: A Romney Administration, he said, would not put a high priority on reducing U.S. emissions of carbon. He acknowledged that many Americans are passionate about the issue, especially after Obama’s “inspiring” speeches early in his presidency. But since then, Cass pointed out, the Administration has done little to address climate. In his rebuttal, Aldy did not deny the charge, but he placed the blame squarely on “intransigence” in Congress. Every time the president has introduced legislation for mitigating climate change, Aldy said, “the Republicans have blocked it.” Later, the crowd groaned again when Cass deployed an argument frequently used by climate skeptics: The connection between human activity and climate change “needs more scientific study,” he said, echoing a point made in this year’s Republican Party platform. Who won the debate? Team Obama, at least according to Jocelyn Newhouse, a Ph.D. student at MIT working on large-scale battery technologies. “[Aldy] was the only one who directly answered the questions,” she concluded. But Newhouse was happy to hear one thing from the Romney camp. “Both sides said they will continue supporting ARPA-E,” the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which funds high-risk, early stage technologies. “I’m completely funded by ARPA-E,” she said, “and so are half of our postdocs.” ARPA-E also got lots of love from surrogates for both campaigns during an earlier debate on energy issues held in Washington this past July. See more coverage on science and the U.S. 2012 elections. JOHN BOHANNON last_img read more

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India’s sledging worked in Mitchell Johnson’s favour, says Steve Smith

first_imgSteven Smith scored his second ton of the series on day three of Brisbane Test.Australian skipper Steven Smith said he is delighted that his side could push their first innings’ total past 500-runs and take a sizeable lead in the second Test against India.The hosts replied to India’s 408-run total with 505 in their first innings with the captain himself scoring a hundred and Mitchell Johnson smacking a quick-fire 88 runs.”We were six down for 240-odd and Mitchell Johnson came out and took the charge to the Indian bowling,” Smith told reporters.”He took them on and played some terrific cricket. He was positive from ball one. They tried to get stuck in to him and he took them on because it played into his favour. They didn’t really have an answer to him after that.”To be fair the whole tail batted beautifully to get us up over the 500-mark. It was remarkable and we had a good day of cricket in the end. It was outstanding from Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon as well. Josh Hazlewood on debut was very good with the bat as well. They gave us a lead of 90-odd and it was a very good position,” he added.The newly-appointed skipper was humble about his own Test hundred on debut as captain. It was his sixth overall hundred and second of the series so far.”I said before in the pre-match conference that I wanted to lead from the front. So obviously I am delighted with this hundred as well,” said Smith, who became the ninth Australian skipper to score a hundred on captaincy debut.advertisement”I have done it in this game and hopefully it will continue in the future. Any hundred you score for Australia is a good one. But I am happier that we got 500 runs on the board. There is no point thinking about individual performances if the team is not doing well. So I am really happy with lead of 90,” said the young captain.last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Winner takes top ODI spot

first_imgIndia will aim to replace South Africa at the top spot in ICC ODI Rankings when they take on Australia in the five-match series beginning September 17.The Proteas are at the top of the rankings with 119 points. India and Australia are both on 117 points with the Steve Smith-led side ahead on decimal points. A win for either side by a margin of 4-1 or better will see it move to number one position.Reuters Photo India v Australia series scenarios:India beats Australia 5-0 – India 122, Australia 113India beats Australia 4-1 – India 120, Australia 114India beats Australia 3-2 – India 118, Australia 116Australia beats India 3-2 – Australia 118, India 116Australia beats India 4-1 – Australia 120, India 114Australia beats India 5-0 – Australia 122, India 112Schedule for ODI series:September 17: First ODI, ChennaiSeptember 21: Second ODI, KolkataSeptember 24: Third ODI, IndoreSeptember 28: Fourth ODI, BangaloreOctober 1: Fifth ODI, NagpurIndia squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhone, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvender Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed ShamiAustralia squad for first three ODIs: Steve Smith, David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.last_img read more

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China’s Landbridge Wins Bid to Operate Port of Darwin

first_imgzoom Chinese privately owned energy and infrastructure conglomerate Landbridge Group has won a AUD 506 million bid to run Australia’s Port of Darwin for the next 99 years, the Northern Teritory’s Chief Minister Adam Giles announced.Under the terms of the agreement, the Northern Territory will lease the Darwin Port land and facilities of East Arm Wharf, including the Darwin Marine Supply Base, and Fort Hill Wharf to Landbridge Group for 99 years.The Territory will retain Stokes Hill Wharf, Fisherman’s & Hornibrook’s Wharves and Frances Bay facilities. It will also retain a range of oversight and regulatory functions including the Regional Harbourmaster role and, through the independent Utilities Commission, responsibility for price and access regulation.”Landbridge has confirmed its intent to maintain the established workforce at the Port of Darwin and that there will be no forced redundancies during the term of the current enterprise agreement, which terminates in June 2018. Landbridge also intends to implement a stable and competitive pricing regime for Port services with no more than CPI indexed pricing adjustments for the use of current Port facilities,” the Northern Teritory government said in a statement.Landbridge Group already operates a 30 million tonne per annum port in North Haizhou Bay in Shandong province, located between Beijing and Shanghai.“We plan on making considerable financial investment in the Port of Darwin. In addition to committing an initial AUD 35 million of new growth investment expenditure over the first 5 years, we anticipate in excess of AUD 200 million of capital expenditure over the next 25 years. Given the scope of development opportunities in the Territory, we hope to invest a lot more,” Landbridge Infrastructure Australia’s Director Mike Hughes said.Hughes also said that Landbridge’s first project will be to increase refrigerated container capacity at the port, as well as to explore opportunities for improvement in Fort Hill and adjacent areas.last_img read more

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COSCO Takes Majority Stake in OOCL

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings has taken the helm at Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) as it completed the acquisition of the company’s majority stake.OOCL’s parent company, Orient Overseas International (OOIL), informed that the COSCO Shipping and SIPG finalized the acquisition of more than 50% of the issued share capital of OOCL.As of July 24, COSCO Shipping is an indirect controlling shareholder of OOCL.COSCO Shipping overcame the final hurdle for its proposed USD 6.3 billion takeover of OOCL in late June when it received an approval for the deal from the Chinese anti-trust body.The company earlier informed that, once the transaction is completed, COSCO would hold 90.1% of OOIL, thus becoming the world’s third-largest container carrier.COSCO would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, according to Drewry’s estimate.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Morocco to Sell Maroc Telecom Shares to Local Investors

Rabat – The Moroccan government has further clarified its plans to sell eight percent of its shares in Maroc Telecom, announcing that up to six percent of the shares will be sold exclusively to local institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies.With the Moroccan government’s ownership of the company expected to drop to 22 percent following the sale, the company’s principal stockholder will remain the Emirati company Etisalat, which currently owns 53 percent of Maroc Telecom.By reserving a majority of its sales for local investors, the Moroccan government’s move has been interpreted as an attempt to prevent an even greater percentage of Maroc Telecom’s ownership being exported to the UAE. Maroc Telecom remains, by a wide margin, the most widely used phone and internet provider in Morocco, with over 43 percent of the market share. This has led to concern from the government and Moroccan public over the large number of shares owned by the foreign-based company Etisalat.Furthermore, Maroc Telecom remains influential throughout Africa, with the company owning subsidiaries in a number of countries ranging from Mali and Mauritania to Niger and the Central African Republic.The remaining 2 percent of stakes to be sold by the government, approximated at over 17 million shares, are planned to be listed on the Casablanca stock exchange as a public offering.The sale is part of a government privatization plan designed to slash the 2019 budget deficit by 0.6 percent, lowering it to 3.3 percent from 3.8 percent by flooding the federal budget with $633 million.The government also plans to bring several hundred million more into the budget by selling La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech and the Tahaddart power plant in northern Morocco.Read also: Maroc Telecom Acquires Tigo Chad Company from Millicom read more

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Cassava could boost output for poor farmers worldwide UN agency says

Scientists at a global conference held under the auspices of FAO in Gent, Belgium, called for a significant increase in investment in research and development needed to boost farmers’ yields and to explore promising industrial uses of cassava, including production of biofuels.The scientists, who have formed an international network called the Global Cassava Partnership, said the world community could not continue to ignore the plight of low-income tropical countries that have been hardest hit by rising oil prices and galloping food price inflation.Widely grown in tropical Africa, Asia and Latin America, cassava is the developing world’s fourth most important crop, with production in 2006 estimated at 226 million tons. It is the staple food of nearly one billion people in 105 countries, where the root provides as much as a third of daily calories.The FAO said cassava has enormous potential – at present, average cassava yields are barely 20 per cent of those obtained under optimum conditions. Cassava is also the cheapest known source of starch, and used in more than 300 industrial products. One promising application is fermentation of the starch to produce ethanol used in biofuel, although FAO cautioned that policies encouraging a shift to biofuel production should carefully consider its effects on food production and food security.Despite growing demand and its production potential, however, cassava remains an “orphan crop,” according to FAO. It is grown mainly in areas that have little or no access to improved varieties, fertilizer and other production inputs, by small-scale farmers often cut off from marketing channels and agro-processing industries.FAO said that governments have not yet made the needed investments in value-added research that would make cassava starch products competitive on an international scale.Participants at the conference agreed on a number of new projects, which will be offered immediately to the donor community, and a set of investments needed if cassava is to realize its full potential in tackling the global food and energy crisis.They include the creation of a cassava chain delivery system to channel technical advances to poor farmers, improvements in soil fertility through better management, improvements in basic scientific knowledge of cassava, expansion of cassava’s market share through development of post-harvest products, and training for the next generation of cassava researchers in developing countries. 25 July 2008The tropical root crop cassava could help protect the food and energy security of poor countries now threatened by soaring food and oil prices, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. read more

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US current account deficit shrinks in 2nd quarter as oil prices fall

WASHINGTON – Cheaper oil imports and greater U.S. exports lowered the deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade in the April-June quarter.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the current account deficit shrank to $109.7 billion, down from $118.3 billion in the first quarter. The current account tracks not only trade in goods and services but also investment flows.Falling oil prices helped reduce the value of oil imports, lowering the trade deficit to $130 billion from $134.3 billion in the first quarter. Exports of goods and services increased to $564.7 billion from $561.7 billion.The trade gap was a big drag on growth in the first three months of the year, when the economy barely expanded. But the smaller deficit in the second quarter contributed to a much faster expansion.The economy grew at a 3.7 per cent annual pace in the April-June quarter, after growth of just 0.6 per cent in the first three months of the year.But the improvement in the current account deficit may not last. U.S. exporters have seen their overseas sales struggle as economies from Europe to China have slowed. The strong dollar is another challenge. It has increased about 14 per cent in value in the past year compared with overseas currencies. That makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas, and imports cheaper in the U.S.The Federal Reserve is keeping a close watch on slowing global growth as it finishes a two-day meeting Thursday. It may decide to raise the short-term interest rate it controls for the first time in nine years. But many analysts believe that global financial turmoil, spurred largely by weaker growth in China, may cause them to hold off until a future meeting.U.S. investors and companies also earned more on their foreign holdings in the second quarter, the government said. The surplus on investment income rose to $50.6 billion in the second quarter from $49.7 billion in the first. US current account deficit shrinks in 2nd quarter as oil prices fall, exports rise by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 6:45 am MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2015 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Hiring up in 9 US states jobless rates at record low in

Hiring up in 9 US states, jobless rates at record low in 4 by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2017 8:36 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Employers added a significant number of jobs in nine states last month, and unemployment rates in four states fell to record lows.The Labor Department said Friday that the states with the largest percentage gains in jobs were Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., recorded an even larger increase, ahead of all the states.Overall, the figures suggest that steady, if slower, hiring this year is improving the job market in many states. Florida added nearly 30,000 jobs last month, the most of any state, followed by New York with nearly 28,000 and North Carolina with almost 19,000.Still, the job gains nationwide have slowed in the past couple of months. Hiring averaged 121,000 a month in the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three. Economists say the decline has occurred mostly because hiring typically slows as the pool of unemployed dwindles. The nationwide unemployment rate is at a 16-year low of 4.3 per cent.Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 per cent in May, a record low. Mississippi, Oregon and Washington state also reported record lows, all dating back to 1976.Unemployment rates in Arkansas, Oregon and Washington fell because more residents in those states found jobs. But the rate fell in Mississippi for a less positive reason: The number of people working or looking for work in the state fell.The government doesn’t count those out of work as unemployed unless they are actively searching for jobs.The largest job losses, measured as a percentage of the state’s overall employment, were in New Hampshire, followed by Nevada, West Virginia and New Jersey.Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate last month, at 2.3 per cent, followed by North Dakota, at 2.5 per cent.Alaska’s unemployment rate of 6.7 per cent was the nation’s highest, followed by New Mexico at 6.6 per cent. read more

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French delegation learns about Brock research

Sidney Segalowitz, left, leads Christian Turquat and Olivier Audéoud on a tour of the Brock Institute for Electrophysiological Research.A French delegation visited Brock last week to learn more about research at the university.Olivier Audéoud, Scientific Counsellor from the French Embassy in Ottawa, and Christian Turquat, Scientific Attaché from the General Consulate of France in Toronto, were in St. Catharines on May 14 to learn about Brock research and look at possible partnerships between the university and France.Their visit included a tour of the Brock Institute for Electrophysiological Research with Sidney Segalowitz, professor of Psychology. They also met with Debra Inglis, director of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute; Greg Finn, Associate Vice-President Academic and Vice Prevost; Ayda Tekok-Kilic, assistant professor, Child and Youth Studies; Duncan MacDonald, assistant professor, Visual Arts; Alexandre Amprimoz, professor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and Sheila Young, director of Brock International, which hosted the visitors.In the afternoon, they met with Douglas Bruce, director of the Centre for Biotechnology, as well as representatives from Brock Research and the Faculty of Graduate Studies. read more

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Urban Meyer wants Ohio State quarterbacks rough and tough

Whether it was an apparent knee injury at Michigan State or a hit to the head versus Purdue, then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller made Ohio State football fans hold their breaths last season on multiple occasions when he had to leave the field due to injury. Miller went through another injury scare Tuesday during the Buckeyes’ ninth practice of the spring football season. The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year was slow to get up following a hit during a team scrimmage near the end of practice. Following Tuesday’s practice, coach Urban Meyer said his junior quarterback was also hit during practice Thursday and is dealing with a sore rib. Miller was clearly unhappy about the hit – it occurred after the ball was out of his hands – and he approached the defensive sideline to confront a teammate before being restrained by coaches. He returned to throw more passes later in the scrimmage. Meyer said he was glad to see his quarterback’s competitive side even after the hit. “I like quarterbacks that want to go get in a street fight and go after it,” Meyer said. “That’s not probably the time to do it, but he’s a competitor. So you’re asking what kind of reaction would I want out of a quarterback? … That’s better than the opposite, (to) just lay on the ground and curl up … He’s a tough kid.” Offensive line issues Junior offensive lineman Antonio Underwood suffered a torn ACL during practice Thursday, Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer said it is a shame that Underwood suffered the injury, which will sideline him for at least a portion of the 2013 season. “For the first time in his career, he’s made a real push,” Meyer said of Underwood. “He’s going to have surgery, and we’ll see what happens, but he was having a heck of a spring.” Meyer said Underwood was “fighting his way into the rotation.” “He was in the top eight (offensive lineman on the depth chart),” Meyer said. Losing Underwood is not Meyer’s only concern with his offensive line. Meyer and the Buckeyes are still trying to determine their starter at right tackle where they are replacing last year’s starter, Reid Fragel, whose OSU career concluded last fall. Meyer said no one has established himself as a starter yet at the position, but it is currently a three-way competition between sophomore Taylor Decker, redshirt sophomore Chase Farris and redshirt freshman Pat Elflein. “That’s the hardest position to make a jump,” Meyer said of the right tackle position. Meyer said Decker, who was the early favorite to start, is “probably a little ahead of where Fragel was” at this point in the spring football season last year, as Fragel was still transitioning to the position after playing his first three OSU seasons at tight end. Meyer said Decker needs to make the same strides that Fragel did last season. Offense and defense compete in scrimmages The offense and defense competed against one another in a scrimmage to conclude Tuesday’s practice, which the offense won on a touchdown pass to the right rear corner of the end zone from redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to redshirt sophomore tight end Nick Vannett. Points were awarded to the offense for first downs and touchdowns and to the defense for stops and forced turnovers, but Meyer declined a request to explain the scoring system. “That’s between me and Mick (Mickey Marotti, assistant athletic director for football sports performance),” Meyer said. Other scrimmage highlights included a 51-yard field goal made by senior kicker Drew Basil and a deep-ball interception returned past midfield by sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, though Reeves was also beaten for a couple of deep pass completions. The Buckeyes had a scrimmage Saturday as well, which Meyer said the defense won. The Buckeyes will practice twice more this week on Thursday and Saturday, with Saturday’s practice being the program’s second annual Student Appreciation Day, which is open to students and begins at 11 a.m. OSU has five more spring practices between this week and next week leading up to the LiFESports Spring Game, which will be played April 13 at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. read more

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Battle of Hastings Pier sheikh and architect in snobbery row over slot

Mr de Rijke, whose architectural firm dRMM helped revitalise the pier after it was awarded an £11.4 million lottery grant, said the pier’s visitor centre was meant to provide “social inspiration” when it opened in 2016 following the major renovation…. The new owner of Hastings Pier has declared there are no “high culture people” in the Sussex town, as he defended the decision to install arcade machines on the promenade amid suggestions it could diminish the seaside attraction. Sheikh Abid Gulzar has become embroiled in a row with award-winning architect Alex de Rijke whom he accused of snobbery after criticism was voiced over plans to convert the landmark’s visitor centre into an amusement hall. read more

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Joy Globals growth leads to New York Stock Exchange

first_imgJoy Global completed the transfer of its stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange with a bell-ringing ceremony on the exchange floor. Joy Global is a worldwide leader in surface and underground mining products and owns the P&H and Joy Mining equipment brands. The company says the “listing reflects Joy Global’s size, record of growth and inherent strength.”“I am very fortunate to be part of a company that has an outstanding reputation, not only for our high quality products and services, but also for our financial performance,” said Michael Sutherlin, Chief Executive Officer, Joy Global.  “There is no question that this opportunity is only possible due to the efforts of all Joy Global employees around the world. I view our move to the NYSE to bejust one more validation of the outstanding strength and reputation of Joy Global. The New York Stock Exchange offers unparalleled visibility to investors and greater financial flexibilityfor listed companies. This combination will allow Joy Global to continue growing, while investing in our people, products and facilities.”The company’s common stock had been trading on the NASDAQ under the JOYG symbol.last_img read more

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China regulator warns Microsoft not to obstruct its investigation

first_imgWe don’t take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we’ve enjoyed a long and productive partnership. Unfortunately, even partners sometimes disagree. After spending months trying to resolve our agreement, Samsung has made clear in a series of letter and discussions that we have a fundamental disagreement as to the meaning of our contract.Samsung had been paying per-device royalties to Microsoft since 2011, a deal the latter has struck with numerous other manufacturers who use Android, but the falling out has resulted in Microsoft filing legal action in the US.Read: This is how drastically your Windows computer has changed over the years >Read: Turns out videogames can benefit children (but only in short bursts) > CHINESE OFFICIALS HAVE told Microsoft that it should not obstruct an antitrust investigation by its regulators.The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SIAC) said it was formally investigating Microsoft for breach of antitrust rules and had raided four of the company’s offices in China, according to Reuters.The SIAC had questioned Microsoft’s lawyer, Mary Snapp, who was at the regulator’s office on Monday.It said that Microsoft was suspected of violating China’s anti-monopoly law since June 2013 in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication.Microsoft is fighting on another front as it has sued Samsung for being late in making patent royalty payments to it over the Android phones it sells.Explaining the reasoning in a blog post, its vice president David Howard it said that Samsung had used the merger between Microsoft and Nokia “as an excuse to breach its contract.last_img read more

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Your Next iPhone Could Have a Curved OLED Display

first_imgStay on target The iPhone 8 probably won’t arrive until 2018, but we should see an iPhone 7S launching next year… and there’s talk that it could arrive with stunning, curved OLED display.According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has placed an order with some of its suppliers for just such a display. There have been rumblings about a switch to OLED before, though we heard that Apple wasn’t planning to make the switch until 2018.If that’s still the case, WSJ’s sources in the supply chain may actually be providing parts for very early iPhone 8 prototypes. Their report does note, however, that Apple is currently evaluating more than ten different options. Any one of those could find its way into the iPhone 7S so that you could see a less significant shift next year — say, a flat OLED panel — and the bigger change could be saved for the version bump.No matter which way Apple decides to go, the time has come for a change. According to reviews of the iPhone 7’s display, Apple has pushed LCD about as far as it can go. The experts at DisplayMate said that this year’s model “is visually indistinguishable from perfect.”How do you improve on perfection? Well, maybe you don’t… at least not in 2017. Some industry insiders think that the iPhone 7’s display is good enough to use it again next year. Waiting until 2018 to make the change might just make more sense.If they do, it won’t be the other big change we see in the iPhone. We’ve already seen a fair number of rumors circulating about Apple’s next major update. Some sources believe that Apple is going to introduce its first iPhone with a ceramic chassis. Others say what wireless charging will finally be added and that testing has already begun. And the iPhone 8 Plus may be more Plus than ever — if that 5.8-inch display actually happens. These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems last_img read more

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Bahamas Participates in Climate Change Meeting in Geneva

first_img UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(via Bahamas Information Services)The Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for enhanced Action (ADP) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Geneva, Switzerland from 8 – 13 February. The UNFCCC is designed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases which adversely affect climate change. Ambassador Rhoda M. Jackson, Bahamas Permanent Representative in Geneva and Mr. Philip Weech, Director of BEST Commission represented The Bahamas.The ADP centred discussions on elements for inclusion in the negotiating document to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) scheduled to be held in Paris, France in December of this year. Among those issues discussed during the week were climate financing, adaptation, mitigation and support for technology and capacity building. For CARICOM, the issue of Loss and Damage is of critical importance to addressing adaptation and therefore, the region called for this issue to be treated separately, with a specific objective in the final Agreement and not as is currently, an appendage to adaptation.CARICOM reiterated the need for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to access financing in order to address the negative impacts of climate change. The ADP is also tasked with developing a legally binding instrument in the form of a Protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome document with legal force applicable to all Parties to the Convention. The Bahamas, in its capacity as Chairman of CARICOM, coordinated informal bilateral meetings with the United States and Germany. CARICOM, as a sub-region plays an active role in the negotiating process through its participation in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS,) a UN recognized grouping of 39 members. Maldives is the current AOSIS Chair.The ADP agreed on the elements for a crucial document in the lead up to the Paris meeting in December, 2015 and is scheduled to convene 3 additional negotiating sessions, the first of which will be held in June in Bonn, Germany, where negotiations on the outcome document will begin in earnest.At a briefing convened for Ambassadors in Geneva on Friday, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Christina Figueres urged representatives to renew the call for political guidance at the national level and further underscored the need for a cross-sectoral approach to addressing climate change. Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, CARICOM, climate change, geneva Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

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Italy migrant shooting suspect arrested

first_imgLuca Traini, 28, suspected by the Police of opening fire on African migrants, is seen in Macerata, Italy on 3 February 2018. Photo: ReutersA shaven-headed far-right supporter suspected of wounding six Africans Saturday in brazen drive-by shootings in central Italy was arrested, as the country’s interior minister said “racial hatred” had prompted the attack.After the morning assault in the town of Macerata, the suspect got out of his car, allegedly made a fascist salute with a tricolour Italian flag draped over his shoulders and shouted “Viva Italia”, or “Long Live Italy”, and “Italy for Italians,” media reports said.The wounded included five men and one woman from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria, the Agi news agency said. It came a day after a Nigerian man was arrested in the town over the gruesome murder of a teenage Italian girl.Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the attack was part of a culture “of right-wing extremism with clear reference to fascism and Nazism” and deplored that the sole link between the victims was “the colour of their skin”.He said the “criminal act” was “prepared in advance”.The man allegedly opened fire in eight areas in the town and also targeted the office of the centre-left Democratic Party in a two-hour terror spree in the sleepy town of 43,000 people, press reports said.“Six people were injured and all of them are foreigners,” said town mayor Romano Carancini. Police confirmed in a tweet that “the wounded persons were of foreign nationality”, adding that the “presumed author of the attack is Italian”.One victim was seriously injured in the thorax, press reports said. The other five had lesser injuries.A Nigerian man who was shot in the thigh while buying cigarettes on the street, telling a television channel from his hospital bed that he was in great pain, adding: “It’s very serious.”Television footage showed the suspect being arrested at the town’s war memorial. Police also posted a photo of the capture.Authorities identified the suspected shooter as Luca Traini, 28. He is a member of the far-right anti-immigration Northern League party and had run in local elections last year.Media reports said police found a gun in the man’s vehicle, a black Alfa Romeo.“Someone who shoots is a delinquent, irrespective of the colour of his skin,” said Northern league chief Matteo Salvini, in full campaign mode ahead of legislative elections on 4 March.“I’m in a hurry to be in government to bring back security, social justice and serenity to Italy,” he said.Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni meanwhile made a pitch for unity, saying: “Hate and violence will not divide us.”The attack comes a day after a Nigerian asylum-seeker and drug dealer was arrested in Macerata over the gruesome killing of an 18-year-old Italian woman whose dismembered body was discovered in suitcases earlier this week.Police found the clothes of the victim, Pamela Mastropietro, in the house of the 29-year-old Nigerian as well as a bloodstained knife.However, no official link has been made between the two incidents.Italians head to the polls in national elections next month, with immigration shaping up to be a key issue.The country is a favoured landing point on Europe’s southern coastline for migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, often aboard unseaworthy boats, to enter the continent.But 2017 was a turning point for Italy: the country went from large-scale arrivals in the first six months to a sharp drop-off, thanks to controversial agreement between the EU and Libya.Some 119,000 people landed in Italy last year, down 35 per cent on 2016.The Northern League is part of a populist coalition tipped to do well in the elections.According to opinion polls, the alliance between ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia (Go Italy), the post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia (Italian Brothers) and the Northern League leads with more than 35 per cent ahead of the 4 March vote.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | June 04, 2015 | By Dave Fornell Proposed Rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Meaningful Use Stage 3 will center around improving patient outcomes News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Photo courtesy of CarestreamThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gathered public comments on its Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) requirements through May 30. The third and final set of MU rules are a core part of the plan to reform American healthcare by leveraging health information technology (IT) to help reduce costs, eliminate redundancies and convert from a fee-for-service to a fee-for-performance reimbursement system. CMS has listed eight proposed core objectives, including:1. Protect Patient Electronic Health Information2. Electronic Prescribing3. Clinical Decision Support (CDS)4. Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)5. Patient Electronic Access to Health Information6. Coordination of Care Through Patient Engagement7. Health Information Exchange (HIE)8. Public Health Reporting All providers will have to show compliance with Stage 3 MU requirements as of 2018, or face reductions in their CMS payments. The key to these objectives, combined with earlier Stage 1 and 2 IT requirements, is the ability to freely share information between all physicians who care for a patient so they are on the same page and can see what is going on in the continuum of care. This includes everyone in the chain, from the primary care physician and specialist physicians to radiology, pathology and the pharmacy. MU calls for providing patients with easy access to all these records and fostering shareable file formats so information and images can be exchanged across multiple healthcare organizations.  Central ThemesEach stage of MU has a central theme, with each building on IT established in earlier stages, said Robert Anthony, deputy director, HIT Initiatives Group Office of E-Health Standards and Services, CMS, who framed the proposed rules in a packed session at the 2015 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in April. Stage 1 centered around data capturing and sharing, Stage 2 around advanced clinical processing and Stage 3 will center around improving patient outcomes. “Part of the goal for Stage 3 is to become sustainable into the future,” he said. Stages 1 and 2 concentrated on creating high-level, institution-wide electronic medical record (EMR) and IT systems, with rules aimed at overarching IT concerns and not addressing how MU should be applied to specific specialties. He explained that Stage 3 is meant to be “meaningful use for everyone,” with all of its requirements employed by all providers, regardless of specialty. Anthony said Stage 3 is supposed to enable advanced use of healthcare IT to promote health information exchange to help enable improved care. “We moved away from a core set of measures for some areas of healthcare to a set everyone should implement,” Anthony said. Stage 3 also attempts to streamline the reporting requirements including rolling all reporting into a single system. “We heard loud and clear that the framework of Stage 1 and 2 was complex and difficult to follow, and it was burdensome for some providers,” Anthony said. For that reason, he explained, Stage 3 allows attesting to any EMR reporting requirement during any continuous 90-day period, rather than using several staggered deadline periods. It also includes simplifying objectives, allowing reporting on all Stage 3 objectives at once, instead of having several separate reporting periods for different aspects of Stage 1 and 2. Providers also can voluntarily begin early reporting of Stage 3 compliance starting in 2017. The requirement to report on Stage 3 compliance will begin in 2018, regardless of prior participation in Stage 1 or 2 MU. Stage 3 retains the percentage thresholds so providers do not need to do all things required with all patients, realizing sometimes circumstances make 100 percent compliance difficult.Stage 3 ObjectivesBelow is a brief summary of Stage 3’s objectives. Each objective has several individual measures that need to be met to qualify for MU, as explained at HIMSS 2015 by Elisabeth Myers, lead for policy and outreach for eHealth initiatives in the Division of Health Information Technology at CMS. Several of the objectives interrelate to one another, including three aimed at improving patient safety and reducing duplicate tests, and four aimed at enabling easier patient and provider access to all health records. Objective 1: Protect Patient Electronic Health InformationProviders need to guarantee the protection of patient information, in compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Objective 2: Electronic PrescribingE-prescribing for medication will help eliminate the need for paper scripts, which are often difficult to read and sometimes include improper drug information. E-prescribing also enables automated checks for other drugs a patient is already being prescribed to identify duplicate or biosimilar drugs they have already been prescribed, or to identify potential drug interactions. The goal is to reduce costs and improve patient safety.Objective 3: Clinical Decision Support (CDS)CDS software can be added as a layer on top of specialty EMR reporting systems (such as RIS/PACS, OIMS or CVIS), or integrated with e-prescribing and computerized order entry software systems. The idea is to ensure tests or procedures ordered meet appropriate use criteria (AUC) set by the applicable specialty societies. An example of this might be which imaging or blood tests are considered most appropriate for a patient presenting with chest pain. Providers need to implement five CDS clinical quality measures, or use for four high-priority health conditions. The goal of the rule is to reduce the number of tests used to arrive at a diagnosis to help reduce healthcare costs. In the future, CMS reimbursement might be tied to justification in a CDS system. The CDS software can provide the appropriate documentation to show why a specific test was ordered, or document the physician reasoning for overriding an AUC guideline.  Objective 4: Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)CPOE for all tests and procedures is supposed to allow providers access to view all the orders for a specific patient electronically. This will help eliminate duplicate orders, replace unclear written orders and help improve patient safety. CPOE systems can also work in tandem with CDS software to help determine the most appropriate tests or procedures for patients. Myers said Stage 3 requires 60 percent of diagnostic imaging orders to be entered using CPOE. Objective 5: Patient Electronic Access to Health InformationPatient engagement is seen as a key element of healthcare reform, where the patient gets more involved in their own care and decision making, rather than the current system where a physician makes decisions for the patient and the patient does not have easy access to records, orders, test results or imaging. Myers said patients need easy access to this information to enable them to be involved in their care and to understand their disease state. Adding this access enables provider engagement to help patients make educated decisions. If all goes according to plan, patients will be able to access their records via a personal health record (PHR). This might be in the form of a Web-based patient portal to access their EMR information, or via overlay PHR software that works as an application program interface (API) to access EMR data. Myers said an API might allow combining multiple doctors or departments, or records from multiple family members, into one access point. The objective calls for 80 percent of patients to have access to new data (test results, imaging or procedure reports, etc.) after a provider visit or discharge within 24 hours of its availability to the provider. An additional measure of this objective requires providing patients with educational information pertaining to their health electronically. Objective 6: Coordination of Care Through Patient EngagementThere are three key measures to this objective. More than 25 percent of patients need to be able to view, download or transmit their health records to a third-party. Providers need to communicate with 35 percent of their patients electronically through a secure messaging system, enabling two-way communications. Lastly, a provider needs to use health information received electronically from a nonphysician source for 15 percent of patients encountered. They also must use information sent from at least 5 percent of their patients, including information from wearable electronic devices or data from smartphone health tracking apps. Objective 7: Health Information Exchange (HIE)Transitions in care today are sometimes bumpy, with poor interfaces of data between care providers. This rule requires the electronic transfer of patient records for 50 percent of transitions of care or referrals. The rule also requires providers to query a patient’s electronic record. 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Tourism grows in Oman due to better flight connections

first_imgIn January 2015, the number of international tourists coming to the Sultanate increased by 18% to 512,324 compared to a month earlier, due to better flight connections and lower oil prices.According to the statistics available with the Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), the company that manages Muscat and Salalah Airports, show that the two airports handled about 933,000 passengers in January 2015 compared to 848,400 passengers in December last year.“More than half of these passengers are tourists. It is a record for one month, in terms of tourism. We are proud that we have reached this milestone due to better flight connectivity since we opened Phase One of the new Muscat Airport in November,” an official from state-run OAMC informed.Muscat Airport serves 28 scheduled airlines operating 545 flights a week travelling to 27 destinations from Muscat. The Sultanate is aiming to become a major transit route in the Gulf countries, competing with Dubai, when the new Terminal Building in Muscat Airport is completed.New tourism anchors will enable the hotel industry to grow in Oman, says a regional hotel forecast report. “New tourism anchors will bring in growth in the middle of the year,” stated a Middle East and North Africa (Mena) forecast from Colliers International. In its three-month rolling forecast from February to April, the occupancy rate in Oman hotels will be 76% and the average daily rate (ADR) will be USD 255.The revenue of hotels has gone up with the government’s emphasis on promoting the Sultanate as the best tourist destination in the region. The latest data released by the government shows that the revenues of Oman’s star hotels grew 10.3% in 2014, to OMR 165.9 million from OMR 150.4 million in 2013.last_img read more

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