first_imgAll ZEISS segments and regions contributed to this outstanding result. Our innovative products for the semiconductor industry and medical technology in particular ensured significantly greater, above-market growth dynamics.With our consistent focus on innovations, investments, and expansion, we have our sights set squarely on our goal of achieving six billion in revenue.”Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke, President & CEO of ZEISS Dec 19 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)The ZEISS Group is continuing its growth trajectory: Revenue increased by nine percent to EUR 5.817 billion (previous year: EUR 5.348 billion).After currency adjustments, revenue rose by 12 percent. With earnings, it was possible to fully compensate for the unfavorable currency effects. Thus, at EUR 772 million, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were slightly higher than the previous year (EUR 770 million).The EBIT margin was 13 percent. Incoming orders increased by seven percent, totaling EUR 6.046 billion. Source:https://www.zeiss.com/last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Middle-aged women with a history of preeclampsia have a greater risk of stroke, and aspirin may be able to reduce the risk, according to a new study led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. The study was published today in the journal Neurology, along with an accompanying editorial and podcast.Why it mattersThough preeclampsia rates are declining or stable in other developed nations, they are rapidly rising in the United States, where about one in 20 pregnancies is complicated by preeclampsia and other pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders.Preeclampsia increases the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, including stroke, a leading cause of disability and death in women. Although younger stroke patients are usually less impaired by stroke in the short term than older patients, years of disability and loss of income can have severe long-term consequences.BackgroundLow-dose aspirin treatment during pregnancy decreases the incidence of preeclampsia among high-risk women, but most women stop taking aspirin after delivery. It is unknown whether aspirin use after delivery offers long-term benefits.What the study foundThe researchers used data from 84,000 women enrolled in the California Teachers Study; of these, roughly 4,000 had a history of preeclampsia. Women were considered regular aspirin users if they reported taking aspirin three or more times a week after delivery for at least one year.The researchers found that the overall stroke risk was 30 percent higher in women with a history of preeclampsia, compared to those with no history.Regular aspirin use seemed to erase the increased risk of stroke associated with preeclampsia, but only in women under 60. Aspirin users in this age group with a history of preeclampsia had the same stroke risk as women with no history of the condition. In comparison, formerly preeclamptic women in this age group who did not take aspirin had a 50 percent greater risk of stroke.Related StoriesInvestment in stroke prevention interventions is good for the futureNew discovery may explain some forms of strokeStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesAspirin use had no significant effect on reducing excess stroke risk in women over 60 with a history of preeclampsia.What it meansThe study is a first step in exploring the idea that aspirin may prevent strokes in women with a history of preeclampsia.”It would be premature, at this point, to recommend aspirin for all women with a history of preeclampsia, since aspirin can have serious side effects, such as bleeding that leads to hospitalization,” says lead author Eliza C. Miller, MD, a neurologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.But Miller says that aspirin may be warranted for some of these women. Many organizations currently recommend low-dose aspirin to prevent heart attack and stroke for some people at high risk of cardiovascular disease.”A history of preeclampsia is currently not considered when calculating 10-year cardiovascular risk, but it probably needs to be incorporated into risk-estimation guidelines,” Miller says. “Some women with this history may need primary preventive treatment with aspirin, even in the absence of additional vascular risk factors.”Next stepsThe current study was observational and shows only that aspirin is associated with reduced stroke risk in women with a history of preeclampsia.Randomized controlled trials are needed to establish the efficacy of aspirin for the primary prevention of stroke in selected women with a history of preeclampsia.Study limitationsThe study group was largely white and may not be representative of all women with the condition. “Some groups of women, especially African Americans, are at higher risk for both preeclampsia and stroke, and it’s possible we would see an even stronger effect of aspirin in such groups,” says Miller.Source: https://www.cuimc.columbia.edu/last_img read more

first_img Source:http://www.unisa.edu.au/Media-Centre/Releases/2019/sitting-in-front-of-the-tv-puts-kids-in-the-obesity-hotseat/#.XGEtpFUzbct Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 11 2019The simple act of switching on the TV for some downtime could be making a bigger contribution to childhood obesity than we realize, according to new research from the University of South Australia.The study investigated the impact of different sitting behaviors – watching television, playing video games, playing computer, sitting down to eat, or traveling in a car – and found that watching TV is more strongly associated with obesity in both boys and girls than any other type of sitting.While childhood obesity is a global issue, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017-18 show that in Australia almost a quarter of children aged 5-17 years are considered overweight or obese.UniSA researcher, Dr Margarita Tsiros says the study provides new insights about the impact of sedentary behaviors on children.”It’s no surprise that the more inactive a child is, the greater their risk of being overweight,” Dr Tsiros says.”But not all sedentary behaviors are created equal when it comes to children’s weight. This research suggests that how long children spend sitting may be less important that what they do when they are sitting.”For instance, some types of sitting are more strongly associated with body fat in children than others, and time spent watching TV seems to be the worst culprit.”The study assessed the sedentary behaviors of 234 Australian children aged 10-13 years who either were of a healthy weight (74 boys, 56 girls) or classified as obese (56 boys, 48 girls).It found that, excluding sleep, children spent more than 50 per cent of their day sitting, with television dominating their time for 2.5 – 3 hours each day.Related StoriesMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseasePuzzling paralysis affecting healthy children warns CDCGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeDr Tsiros says that the study also found differences between the sitting behaviors of boys and girls.”Boys not only watched more TV than girls – an extra 37 minutes per day – but also spent significantly more time playing video games,” Dr Tsiros says.”Video gaming and computer use are popular past times, but our data suggest these activities may be linked with higher body fat in boys.”Boys who are sitting for longer than 30 minutes may also have higher body fat, so it’s important to monitor their screen and sitting time and ensure they take regular breaks.”Dr Tsiros says that setting children up on a path towards a healthy weight is extremely important to their health now and in the future.”When we look at adult obesity, almost two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese, which is causing many serious health issues,” Dr Tsiros says.”An overweight child is more likely to grow up into an overweight adult, so the importance of tackling unhealthy behaviors in childhood is critical.”Children who are obese have an increased risk of developing serious health disorders, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.”They may also experience reduced wellbeing, social and self-esteem issues, along with pain and difficulties with movement and activity.”By understanding children’s sedentary behaviors – especially those that are placing our kids at risk – we’ll ensure they stay on a better path towards a healthier weight.”last_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 7 2019Given the importance and wide distribution of Influenza A viruses, it is surprising how little is known about infections of wild mammals. A new study led by Alex D. Greenwood and Gábor Á. Czirják of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in Berlin sheds light on which species are commonly infected and why. The scientists detected virus exposure among wild African mammals in Namibia and demonstrated that the most important factor for influenza A virus diversity and prevalence is a diet containing birds. Species relationship or sociality play surprisingly small roles. The results have been published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.In order to better understand influenza A dynamics in wild mammals a joint study was undertaken by the Leibniz-IZW, the Erasmus Medical Centre and colleagues in Namibia. The scientists examined 111 serum samples from different Namibian mammals to determine which influenza A viruses these species had been exposed to. “The prevalence and diversity was high but not random with herbivores showing low prevalence and diversity and several carnivore showing the highest diversity and prevalence,” explains Czirják, research scientist at the Leibniz-IZW. For the tests the team employed a virus chip system developed by the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam.The team tested three hypotheses to clarify whether relatedness, sociality, or diet containing birds (and hence potential direct influenza A exposure) were driving the observed diversity and prevalence. Relatedness could be expected to have a major effect as the receptors and physiology among related species is more similar and therefore viruses should have an easier time infecting related species. However, the results suggested this did not play a role in the observations. Sociality might be expected to play a role if animals in herds in particular would quickly spread a virus unlike animals that are largely solitary. However, this did not appear to be a driving force either as many social herbivores had no or low influenza exposure. “The common thread for high diversity and prevalence was a diet that includes birds,” concludes Sanatana Soilemetzidou, PhD student and first author of the study. “Therefore animals like jackals and caracals, which feed on birds, had a higher diversity and prevalence of influenza A virus exposure.”Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskInfluenza A viruses are among the best studied and most important zoonotic pathogens in terms of human and domestic animal health. The viruses are typically associated with wild waterfowl and regularly jump into mammals including humans. The transmission between birds and mammals often results in adaptation of the virus to the new mammal host. “That is why it is particularly surprising that so little information is available on what influenza A strains infect wild mammals,” says Greenwood, head of the Leibniz-IZW Department of Wildlife Diseases. “If bird derived influenza A virus adapts to mammals in the wild, the mammals could become stepping stones to infection of humans and domestic animals with mammal adapted strains.”The study was carried out in Namibia where mammalian species diversity is high, waterfowl known to carry influenza are resident, domestic animals and wild animals intermingle on farms and major waterfowl migratory routes transect the country making the results significant beyond Namibia and perhaps beyond Africa. The Leibniz-IZW conducts several long term research projects in Namibia.Source: http://www.fv-berlin.de/news/eating-the-flu-diet-may-be-an-important-factor-for-influenza-a-virus-exposure-in-wild-african-mammalslast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 14 2019Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory disease of the small airways in the lungs, affects 16 million Americans and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Identifying small airway disease in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable, could potentially lead to new drug therapies for those with COPD, researchers say.However, it has been difficult for physicians to identify abnormalities of the small airways non-invasively; the tiny bronchioles that are first damaged in COPD, which are less than 2 mm in internal diameter, are simply too small to be visualized on CT imaging, and are not well-reflected by pulmonary function tests.In a landmark study funded by the NHLBI, an international team of researchers led by Michigan Medicine confirmed the ability of a non-invasive imaging biomarker to identify small airway damage in COPD.In the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the researchers report on the ability of a relatively new technique, called Parametric Response Mapping (PRM), to identify small airway abnormality in COPD. Invented at Michigan Medicine, the University of Michigan’s academic medical center, by Brian Ross, Ph.D., professor of radiology and biological chemistry and Craig Galban, Ph.D., associate professor of radiology, PRM is a non-invasive technique that measures lung density during inhalation and exhalation.The team examined lung tissue from patients with COPD undergoing lung transplantation as well as those with healthy donated tissue. Researchers then mapped those samples back to the CT scans taken before surgery.They confirmed that PRM was able to non-invasively identify small airway loss, narrowing and obstruction. This technical feat required the collaboration of large, multi-disciplinary teams of radiologists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and pathologists in multiple locations across two countries, all activated around the clock due to the unpredictable nature of transplant surgery.Related StoriesNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behavior3D mammograms increasing in popularity for breast cancer screening in the USASenior author MeiLan Han, M.D., a lung specialist and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, says, “Now we have confidence in our ability to identify airway disease when imaging COPD patients. PRM is already clinically available and used by University of Michigan clinical teams to assess patients with COPD. This is what we mean by bench to bedside medicine.”While these studies were performed in patients with severe disease, in another NHLBI funded study, COPDGene, the PRM-defined small airway abnormalities have been detected on CT scans of patients with milder disease and help to predict patients who will lose lung function. Han notes, however, “We still need to validate the type of airway disease the PRM technique identifies in patients with milder disease. That type of lung tissue is more difficult to obtain, but we are working on techniques that would allow us to use smaller amounts of lung tissue to make such studies feasible.”Currently, there is no cure for or way to reverse COPD. Lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, and treatment with bronchodilators and inhaled steroids can help expand airways and reduce inflammation. Surgery to remove damaged lung tissue and lung transplantation are options for some patients with severe disease. By helping to identify patients at risk for disease progression, PRM can serve as a non-invasive measure to aid clinical trials of new therapeutics, the researchers concluded.”These results illustrate the importance of developing non-invasive techniques for improving diagnostic capabilities and advancing new therapies needed to tackle this devastating disease,” says James Kiley, Ph.D., director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. “The refinement of this and similar approaches could also advance the study of COPD at its earliest stages of development.” Source:https://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201903/non-invasive-imaging-technique-valid-identifying-smalllast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 9 2019A clinical trial to evaluate long-acting antiretroviral therapy (ART) for maintaining HIV suppression in people for whom adhering to conventional daily oral ART has been a challenge has begun at research sites across the United States. The study, called Long-Acting Therapy to Improve Treatment Success in Daily Life, or LATITUDE, will help determine whether a combination of two experimental injectable formulations of ART are superior to conventional oral ART in managing HIV infection in this adult population.LATITUDE is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and is being conducted by the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), with additional support from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, ViiV Healthcare and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.”Antiretroviral therapy has been transformative in the treatment of HIV. Consistently taking these medications as prescribed helps people to live longer, healthier lives and prevents HIV transmission to sexual partners,” said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director. “Unfortunately, for many people who must take any medication regularly, adherence can be difficult. Effective alternative formulations of antiretrovirals, including long-acting injectables, may help people better adapt to HIV treatment.”LATITUDE (also known as ACTG 5359) will test two experimental, long-acting injections of the antiretroviral drugs rilpivirine (RPV) from Janssen and cabotegravir (CAB) from ViiV, which will be administered every four weeks by a health care professional in a research clinic. Throughout the study, investigators will evaluate volunteers’ viral load–the measure virus in the blood–and other indicators of immune health to compare the treatment’s effectiveness to that of conventional oral ART.Up to one quarter of people prescribed conventional ART stop taking the medication for some period. Not taking ART as prescribed is the most common reason people do not achieve durable viral suppression. Many complex factors such as access to health care, economic and housing insecurity and stigma may influence a person’s ability to adhere to a treatment regimen. Long-acting ART formulations may particularly benefit those who cannot or would prefer not to take medication each day or to not keep oral medications in their home or possession.”Monthly injectable antiretroviral therapy may prove more convenient, discreet and appropriate for some people living with HIV,” said Aadia Rana, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for AIDS Research and protocol co-chair of LATITUDE. “Our study aims to help people living with HIV and facing challenges with adherence find a treatment option that meets their health needs and fits into their lives, allowing them to experience the health benefits of becoming durably, virally suppressed.”Related StoriesPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsPrevalence of anal cancer precursors is higher in women living with HIV than previously reportedStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateLATITUDE will enroll approximately 350 volunteers with documented treatment lapses within the past 18 months. All study participants will begin a daily oral ART regimen and individualized adherence and retention support. Volunteers who become virally suppressed by week 24 will then be randomized to either continue standard-of-care therapy for one year or begin an oral regimen consisting of RPV and CAB for 4 weeks, followed by long-acting injectable formulations of those drugs every four weeks for 48 weeks. After this 52-week period, participants originally randomized to the standard-of-care arm may cross over to long-acting therapy, and participants originally randomized to the long-acting therapy arm may remain on that regimen for an additional year.Like many other ART regimens, long-acting CAB and RPV will be delivered in combination to avoid the development of viral resistance against a single drug. This regimen is also under investigation in other clinical trials. Among them, long-acting injectable CAB is currently under investigation as a modality to prevent HIV in the NIAID-supported HPTN 083 and HPTN 084 studies. Since both injectable CAB and RPV can remain in the body for several months, any participant who receives one or more doses of the long-acting injectable medications and needs or wants to discontinue these agents will be included in safety follow-up for an additional year. During this period, they will be prescribed a standard-of-care ART regimen.”Adhering to daily medication remains a major health care challenge for patients with chronic health conditions,” said Jose Castillo-Mancilla, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and protocol co-chair of LATITUDE. “The generous volunteers who enroll in this study will help to ensure that more people living with HIV may have effective treatment regimens that work for them.” Source:https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/nih-trial-evaluates-long-acting-hiv-medication-people-unable-adhere-strict-dailylast_img read more

first_img Explore further His firm behind the project—”The Boring Company”—wants to create tunnels that link up with existing subway lines to “complement the system”.During the presentation in Los Angeles Thursday, Musk showed a video explaining the tunnels. Passengers would embark at ground-level into an 16-person shuttle—an elevator of sorts, which then joins a high-speed, electricity-powered network that travels at up to 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour.)The idea is for the vehicles to offer a service somewhere between riding a subway and traveling in a private car—and for just $1, passengers could reach downtown LA from its international airport in under 10 minutes.The Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s long term vision is for the tunnels to also serve his Hyperloop ultra high-speed pod project—which he says would cut the six hour drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles to just 30 minutes.”We’re aiming to go over 300 miles an hour in a vacuum tunnel,” Musk said. Citation: Elon Musk presents underground LA tunnel project (2018, May 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-elon-musk-underground-la-tunnel.html Entrepreneur Elon Musk has given updated details of a project to build high-speed transport tunnels underneath Los Angeles in a bid to combat traffic and said he wanted to work with the city’s subway operator. 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. Elon Musk says LA-area test tunnel almost complete (Update) © 2018 AFPlast_img read more

first_img Journal information: Science of the Total Environment EPFL researchers have developed a simulator that can calculate the performance of wind farms over 30 years while also factoring in the need to preserve local biodiversity. Tested at a site in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, the simulator could be applied to the Swiss Jura region, which has a similar landscape. A wind turbine in the Romanian Carpathians. Credit: © 2018 University of Bucharest More information: Jiannong Fang et al. Shifts in wind energy potential following land-use driven vegetation dynamics in complex terrain, Science of The Total Environment (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.083 Three EPFL labs were involved in developing the model in partnership with the University of Bucharest in Romania. Researchers from the Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy Laboratory (WIRE), the Ecological Systems Laboratory (ECOS) and the Laboratory of Geographic Information Systems (LASIG) pooled their data and models with those of experts from the University of Bucharest’s Centre of Landscape–Territory–Information Systems (CeLTIS) as part of a ground-breaking initiative in wind energy. Their aim is to provide the local authorities with a model they can use to simulate in a given landscape the wind energy potential in the long term, taking into account the evolution of the landscape and its biodiversity: the model allows to integrate for instance the role of agricultural land use. This is important for striking the right balance between arable land and pastureland, which can help to generate strong winds, and natural woodland, where the trees tend to reduce the performance of wind farms.This study was part of the WindLand project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, through a scientific partnership involving SCCER-FURIES, InnoSuisse and Romania. The case study simulated the impact of land use policy on wind energy potential and biodiversity in the Southern Carpathians, even though no such project is in the pipeline for the moment.Don’t shoot for maximum productionFor authorities interested in building a wind farm, the model provides data on how much wind energy can be produced and how heterogeneous the landscape has to be in order to preserve local biodiversity. According to the study, if the surrounding area is predominantly woodland, the wind farm will produce only 60% of its maximum capacity and biodiversity will be moderate. On the other hand, if the area is totally cleared for pasture and intensive farming, the wind farm will be at full production but biodiversity will be considerably reduced owing to the mundane landscape.When the right balance is struck between agricultural land and forest, the wind farm can maintain 70–80% of its production capacity, and biodiversity remains high because of the heterogeneous landscape and diverse habitats. Another advantage of this multidisciplinary coupled model is that it quantifies the wind farm’s energy production throughout its useful life. Citation: Striking the right balance between wind energy and biodiversity (2018, June 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-energy-biodiversity.html Explore further Impacts of windfarm construction on harbor porpoises Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne The topography and landscape of the Carpathian Mountains are similar to those of Switzerland’s Jura region, with mountains – ranging from 930 to 1,400 meters – dotted with forests, fields and pastures, as well as isolated tress. The model could therefore be applied in Switzerland as well.Finding a compromise”Our findings show that it’s possible to reach a compromise between biodiversity and wind-energy production and that trying to achieve maximum energy output straightaway is an error,” explains Jiannong Fang, a researcher at the WIRE Lab and lead author of the study, which was published in the June issue of Science of the Total Environment, in partnership with Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).A physicist by training, Fang learned to speak the language of his ecology and geography colleagues in the ECOS and LASIG labs in order to integrate economic, agronomic, social, environmental and topographic data into his model. “Thanks to the models from those labs, I was able to improve my wind energy predictions and extend them over the long term,” says Fang. “I was also able to look at how the landscape and surrounding forest could be developed and how this would impact wind energy potential.”Since the fall of communism, large patches of wooded pastureland, which covered half of the Carpathian region, have been left abandoned. These areas used to be very biodiverse, and the strong winds would have made them an ideal spot for a wind farm. But today the forest is claiming back its territory. The simulator developed by EPFL aims to determine how the landscape can be used effectively for wind production while also preserving the region’s current biodiversity.Jiannong Fang is looking to further hone his model: “Climate change may have a slight impact on our findings. Adding various climate scenarios relating, for instance, to changes in humidity and vegetation would make our model’s predictions even more reliable and could be the topic of a future work.” 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.last_img read more

first_imgMusk initially rejected the SEC’s allegations on Thursday, calling the charges baseless and vowing to defend himself. But investor pressure amid the tanking share prices may have given him second thoughts.Tesla has continued to express support for Musk, saying the company and its directors “are fully confident in Elon, his integrity, and his leadership.”The SEC settlement may not end Musk’s regulatory troubles, however, since there are reports of a pending criminal investigation as well.Keri Axel, a former federal prosecutor and SEC enforcement lawyer who now is in private practice, said the swift filing of charges—so soon after Musk’s August comments—raised eyebrows in the legal community.”The timing of this is so fast, that seems very aggressive,” Axel told AFP.”One possibility is that the SEC is cooperating with criminal authorities” preparing to file additional charges.But a criminal case would be much harder to prove since prosecutors would need to show “an intent to deceive investors,” according to Axel. ‘Everyone was wrong’Gene Munster and Doug Clinton of Loup Ventures said in a research note that they believe Tesla will survive.The sharp decline in Tesla shares is “an overreaction,” the analysts wrote. They had predicted, before the settlement was announced, that Musk could remain CEO and “find a way to continue to be involved with the company in some sort of product/visionary capacity.”They added that Tesla appears to have built up a sustainable production pace and that “the trajectory of the business is improving at a level that can support servicing its upcoming debt obligations and eventually generate cash.”Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research, a longtime Tesla bull, said his view on the company is unchanged by the SEC action.Chowdhry said Tesla is “hyper-innovative” and that the company is essentially “in autonomous mode” in its production scheme, far ahead of rivals in battery technology.”They are creating a brand new industry which never existed before,” the analyst said. “It’s software-driven transportation.”Chowdhry said that Tesla—with or without Musk—has a bright future because of its pace of innovation, and he compared Musk to the late Steve Jobs.”So many people thought that with the death of Steve Jobs, Apple was dead,” he said. “Everyone was wrong, including me.” Under a settlement of federal fraud charges, Elon Musk will remain as chief executive of electric automaker Tesla while stepping down as chairman and paying a fine Tesla, which has seen strong demand for its electric cars, is ramping up efforts to become a mainstream producer US regulators charge Tesla CEO Elon Musk with fraud Analysts are divided on how vital the visionary Musk is to Tesla’s continued development Citation: Musk escapes the worst, but Tesla still faces a bumpy road (2018, September 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-musk-worst-tesla-bumpy-road.html Criminal case coming?Tesla’s brash leader has faced increased scrutiny over his volatile behavior, including smoking marijuana during a podcast interview and assailing a man involved in the Thailand cave rescue as a “pedo guy.” Explore further Tesla has promised to revolutionize the automobile, but the high-end electric car maker keeps hitting road blocks created by its founder Elon Musk’s erratic behavior and considerable ego. © 2018 AFP 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. Those traits contributed to fraud charges brought against Musk on Thursday by federal regulators, a potentially serious blow coming just as Tesla is ramping up efforts to become a mainstream manufacturer. But on Saturday, the brilliant billionaire escaped the worst after reaching a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that leaves him as chief executive while forcing him to step down as chairman and pay a $20 million fine.The settlement, which will leave the 47-year-old overseeing Tesla’s daily operations, provides at least a momentary reprieve from the company’s many challenges—including Musk’s own sometimes counterproductive instincts.Tesla is at something of a turning point. It has been accelerating production of its Model 3, the mass-market vehicle with a potential to disrupt the entire automotive sector—yet the company remains burdened by billions in debt and has yet to show a profit.The SEC filing on Thursday alleged that Musk committed securities fraud by misleading investors when he tweeted on August 7 that he had “funding secured” to privatize the electric automaker at $420 a share, a comment that caused Tesla’s share price to briefly spike. The case underscored doubts about the mercurial entrepreneur’s ability to lead Tesla, while at the same time highlighting the confidence some retain in him as a necessary visionary force behind the company.”Despite Musk’s recent erratic behavior, we think most investors want him to remain with the company and they value shares at what we view as extremely lofty multiples given the potential for Musk’s vision to drive future growth,” Garrett Nelson of the research firm CFRA said in a note to clients.Analyst David Whiston at Morningstar reiterated his comments from a month earlier that “Musk is effectively Tesla, and without him Tesla is just a capital-intensive automaker burning cash with too much debt due soon.”Tesla shares have skidded nearly 30 percent from their peak in early August, amid growing concerns on the company’s ability to expand without its founder.last_img read more

first_imgThe dam is expected to reach a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet) in a decade, becoming the world’s tallest hydro-electric dam Built on the Vakhsh River in southern Tajikistan, the plant championed by President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to reach a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet) in a decade, becoming the world’s tallest hydro-electric dam.The first of six turbines in the Rogun hydroelectric dam goes online on Friday, with the power plant expected to reach capacity of 3,600 megawatts—the equivalent of three nuclear power plants—when completed.At present, Rogun still resembles a vast construction site, with rocky earth covering the territory from which the powerful Vakhsh flowing through the Pamir mountains was diverted.In 2016, Rakhmon, who is a former collective farm boss, climbed into a bulldozer at a groundbreaking for the dam, in a sign of the president’s personal attachment to the project. It will double energy production in the country of nearly nine million people, alleviating a long-lasting, debilitating national energy deficit. Surplus energy will be sold to neighbours such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan.Plans to build a dam in southern Tajikistan date back to the Soviet era, but the project was scaled up following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Tajikistan on Friday inaugurates a $3.9 billion hydro-electric power plant, a mega project that will enable the impoverished country to eliminate domestic energy shortages and export electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan. © 2018 AFP There have been calls by public figures to rename the dam after Rakhmon.Saidjafar Usmonzoda, chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party of Tajikistan, told AFP such a tribute would only be fitting given Rakhmon’s “heroic accomplishment” making Rogun a reality. If it ever reaches the planned height of 335 metres, the dam will be 30 metres taller than the recently-built Jinping-I Dam in China and 35 metres taller than Tajikistan’s own Soviet-era Nurek dam, also on the Vakhsh River.The project overseen by the Italian company Salini Impregilo has a number of risks.Observers warn that the Tajik authorities do not appear to concern themselves with the environmental sensitivities of Rogun, given Rakhmon’s close involvement. Rogun is located “in a highly seismic area, and several geological studies have warned about the risks of building such a large dam in this setting,” Filippo Menga, a lecturer in human geography at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, told AFP.Geopolitical tensions surrounding the project have, for the moment, subsided in a region that suffers from water scarcity.Uzbekistan’s late leader Islam Karimov once hinted that his downstream agriculture-dependent country might go to war over Rogun and a similar project in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. But Uzbek opposition to the dam has evaporated since Karimov’s death in 2016 and in an incredible turnaround, the 32 million population could become one of Rogun’s early clients.Speaking ahead of the launch, deputy head engineer Sukhrob Ochilov summed up the celebratory mood surrounding the keystone project. In 2017, Tajikistan raised $500 million from an inaugural international bond to help finance the construction.Authorities hope that once the dam goes online it will generate money to finance further construction.’National consolidation’Observers say the project is hugely significant for a country that lost tens of thousands of people in a civil war in the 1990s when rebel groups including Islamists rose up against the government.Rogun has become “a concept for national consolidation,” political analyst Abdugani Mamadazimov told AFP. Citation: Tajikistan launches giant dam to end power shortage (2018, November 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-tajikistan-giant-power-shortage.html The dam will double energy production in the country of nearly nine million people Explore further Authorities hope that once the dam goes online it will generate money to finance further construction “I have been waiting for this moment,” he said. “Rogun coming online means the construction of new factories, economic progress and jobs for our people.” Rogun still resembles a vast construction site, with rocky earth covering the territory from which the powerful Vakhsh flowing through the Pamir mountains was diverted Tajikistan says $4bn dam to open in November Geopolitical tensions surrounding the project have, for the moment, subsided in a region that suffers from water scarcity 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.last_img read more

first_img With voting done in those countries, Facebook confirmed that it will widen its focus to other parts of the world with upcoming elections where the initiative is deemed necessary.”The war room will be operational ahead of major events, and it still stands,” Facebook vice president of product management Guy Rosen said on Twitter.”It was effective for our work in both the Brazil and US elections which is why it’s going to be expanded, not disbanded.”A strategic response team formed earlier this year operates separately, continuously defending against overall efforts to misuse or abuse the social network, according to Facebook.The platform launched its war room at its Menlo Park headquarters in California in October as a nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation by foreign actors trying to influence elections.The measure came after Facebook was accused of doing too little to prevent misinformation efforts by Russia and others in the 2016 US election. Facebook said on Monday a “war room” set up to defend the social network from abuses aimed at influencing elections in Brazil and the US has gone quiet. Citation: Facebook election ‘war room’ goes quiet—for now (2018, November 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-election-war-room-quietfor.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook purges 251 accounts to thwart deceptioncenter_img © 2018 AFP Explore further Facebook launched its “war room,” pictured in October 2018, at its Menlo Park headquarters in California as a nerve center for the fight against misinformationlast_img read more

first_img Explore further Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said Wednesday that its 5G business has not been impacted by the recent US sanctions amid a prolonged trade war between the world’s two largest economies. US chip firm says it can ‘lawfully’ sell some items to Huawei The Trump administration has been pressing other countries to ban Huawei equipment from their networks “I can clearly tell everyone here that our current 5G technology solutions are completely unaffected by the sanctions,” said Ken Hu, Huawei’s deputy chairman, during a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.”For the contracts that we have signed and the ones that we are going to sign in the future, we can fully guarantee the supply to our customers.”The Trump administration has been pressing other countries to ban Huawei equipment from their networks, particularly in the coming rollout of super-fast 5G networks, a global project in which Huawei had been expected to play a leading role.Huawei said it has signed 50 commercial contracts for 5G with a majority of European clients and that it will continue to maintain or even increase investment in the next-generation wireless network.”Huawei has already invested $4 billion into 5G and our investment strategy will not change in the next stage,” Hu said.Huawei’s booth at the Mobile World Congress, decorated with signs saying “5G is on”, showcased its 5G technology used in mines in central China and electronic companies in South Korea.US semiconductor firm Micron Technology said Tuesday it had resumed some sales to Huawei despite the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds.Reports also emerged in recent days that the Trump administration was considering requiring 5G equipment in US networks to be made outside mainland China—a requirement that analysts said could reset the entire supply chain.”The Huawei issue already goes beyond 5G, it’s the whole telecommunications food chain ecosystem affected end to end,” said Stephane Teral, an executive director and telecommunications analyst with IHS Markit.Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said earlier this month that its overseas smartphone sales had fallen by up to 40 percent as a result of the ban.Trump’s administration fears Huawei systems could be used by Beijing for espionage purposes, allegations that the company has vigorously denied.center_img Citation: Huawei says 5G ‘business as usual’ despite US sanctions (2019, June 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-huawei-5g-business-usual-sanctions.html © 2019 AFP 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.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Keeping roads in good shape reduces greenhouse gas emissions, study finds 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. Citation: Research finds thicker pavement is more cost effective down the road (2019, July 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-thicker-pavement-effective-road.html Provided by University of New Hampshire More information: Jayne F. Knott et al. Seasonal and Long-Term Changes to Pavement Life Caused by Rising Temperatures from Climate Change, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (2019). DOI: 10.1177/0361198119844249 “It’s all about being strategic with the maintenance of our highways and byways,” says Jo Sias, professor of civil and environmental engineering. “Just like a regular oil change can help extend the life of a car, our research shows regular maintenance, like increasing the asphalt-layer thickness of some roads, can help protect them from further damage related to climate change.”In their study, recently published in the journal Transportation Research Record, the researchers looked at the seasonal and long-term effects on pavement life, like climate-change-induced temperature rise and higher groundwater levels due to sea level rise and heavy rains. They looked at the changes in season length, increased flooding, average temperatures, projected temperatures and resilience based on those temperatures. As global temperatures continue to rise, road conditions will shift. The winter pavement season is projected to end by mid-century, replaced by a longer fall season. Pavement damage, now seen mostly in the spring and summer, is projected to be more distributed throughout the entire year. Based on their analysis that looked at the wear and tear of roads, the researchers determined that a 7% to 32% increase in the asphalt-layer thickness might be the best way to maintain the service ability of some roads.”For agencies and towns, it is a balancing act to repair roads so we’re trying to find some reasonable action that can be taken now to help manage their infrastructure,” said Sias. “If global warming continues then we know temperatures will rise and pavement doesn’t respond well to increased temperatures. The hope is to find some answers now so cities and towns can plan for the future.”The researchers recognize that increasing the asphalt thickness to certain roads can be an added expense for cities and towns but they point to considerable future savings of between 40% and 50% if done now rather than later. Along with the rise in cost of materials, there could also be other expense increases down the road like project planning, design, and construction. Environmental impacts could also be costly with rough pavements adding to increased greenhouse gas production, which has the potential to accelerate climate change.While the study looked specifically at the impact of the changing pavement seasons and the increase in temperatures and flooding at a site in coastal New Hampshire, the researchers say the approach has the potential to be applied to most roads and highways both nationally and globally. The adaptation approach, of calculating the pavement layer thickness required to maintain a safe road reliability level, could provide the guidance to address the effects of rising temperatures and changing seasons on those byways. Explore further As the summer months heat up, so will the asphalt and other materials used to make roads. Pavements, which are vulnerable to increased temperatures and excessive flooding due to sea level rise, can crack and crumble. Climate change can be a major contributor and as greenhouse gas emissions continue, which scientists say have caused an increase in global temperatures since the mid-20th century, these issues are projected to accelerate. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire say because of this one of the best ways to extend the life cycle of roads, and keep future costs down, is to increase the thickness of asphalt on certain roads.last_img read more

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first_img COMMENT SHARE state politics elections COMMENTS BJP chief Amit Shah would assess the party’s preparations for possible simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly in Telangana next year and discuss a road map for the polls during his visit to Hyderabad tomorrow. Shah would arrive at Begumpet airport at 10.30 AM and later address party workers, BJP legislator N Ramachander Rao said. He would address the party’s full-time workers at BJP’s state headquarters. BJP has appointed one full-time worker for each assembly constituency in the state. The party’s national president would meet the party’s core committee members and general secretaries, Rao said.“The programme is purely organisational. He will discuss the political situation, take first-hand information from the leaders here to evolve the strategy for future,” he said. Shah would also meet prominent people as part of the BJP’s ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ campaign before concluding his visit to the city tomorrow night, he said. State BJP president K Laxman, who undertook a 14-day ‘Jana Chaitanya Yatra’ through several districts of the state last month, said the party was targeting to win a two-digit figure in the Lok Sabha polls in the state. There are 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The BJP has announced it would contest alone in Telangana in the 2019 elections. The party contested in alliance with its now-estranged ally TDP in 2014. BJP has one Lok Sabha member and five MLAs in Telangana. Laxman said the party aims to come to power in the state after the assembly polls, which is likely to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections.center_img July 12, 2018 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL BJP President Amit Shah to review poll preparations in Telangana tomorrow.   –  PTIlast_img read more

first_imgBengal: Congress, BSP mount blistering attack on EC SHARE Published on Will results in West Bengal be a repeat of Tripura for the BJP? RELATED Saradha chit fund scam: SC to pass order on CBI’s plea against Rajeev Kumar tomorrow COMMENT national elections Bengal not Mamata’s personal property, says PM Bengal Home Secretary relieved of duty; EC ends campaigning day early SHARE SHARE EMAIL Lok Sabha elections 2019: PM Modi vows to install new Vidyasagar statue Mamata holds ‘protest march’ against the BJP Preparations are in place for the seventh and final phase of the general elections in West Bengal, where nine Lok Sabha constituencies will go to the polls on Sunday.An electorate of 1,49,63,064 will decide the fate of 111 candidates in these nine seats — Kolkata North and Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Jaynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC).Eight seats, barring Jadavpur, will witness a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front. The Congress has given the Jadavpur seat a miss.Sitting MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is the nephew of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and considered the number two in the party, is seeking re-election from the Diamond Harbour seat, where he is pitted against BJP’s Nilanjan Roy.The CPI(M) has nominated Fuad Halim and the Congress Soumya Aich Roy for the seat.In the Jadavpur seat, TMC’s celebrity candidate Mimi Chakraborty will contest against Anupam Hazra of the BJP. The CPI(M) has fielded senior leader Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya.Basirhat Lok Sabha seat will see another star TMC candidate Nusrat Jahan locking horns with BJP’s Sayantan Basu. The Congress has nominated Quazi Abdur Rahim and the Left Front constituent CPI, Pallab Sengupta.In the Dum Dum seat, the BJP has fielded Samik Bhattacharya against sitting TMC MP Saugata Ray. Left Front major CPI(M) has nominated Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, while the Congress has announced the name of Saurav Saha.TMC MP Kakoli Ghoshdastidar is contesting against BJP’s Mrinal Kanti Debnath in Barasat, where the Congress has nominated Subrata Dutta and Left Front Constituent All India Forward Bloc, Haripada Biswas.In the Jaynagar (SC) seat, TMC’s Pratima Mondal will contest against Ashok Kandary of the BJP. The Congress has fielded Tapan Mondal and Left Front constituent RSP, Subhas Naskar.Choudhury Mohan Jatua is the TMC candidate from the Mathurapur (SC) constituency against BJP’s Shyama Prasad Halder. The Congress has named Krittibas Sardar and the CPI(M) fielded Sarat Chandra Haldar for the seat.Kolkata South will witness Mala Roy of the TMC battling it out against against BJP’s Chandra Kumar Bose. The CPI(M) has nominated Nandini Mukherjee and the Congress Mita Chakraborty.In Kolkata North, Sudip Bandyopadhyay will contest against Rahul Sinha, the BJP national secretary. The CPI(M) has fielded Kaninika Bose and the Congress, Syed Shahid Imam.A total of 710 companies of central forces are being deployed by the Election Commission to cover 17,042 polling booths to ensure free and fair voting, officials said. The nine constituencies are spread across the three districts of Kolkata, South and North 24 Parganas.The high-voltage campaign for the final phase saw poll meetings by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress leader Sachin Pilot and West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.The prime minister held four poll meetings on the last two days of the campaign, while Banerjee took part in several road shows at different places in the metropolis in the run-up to this phase.Shah’s roadshow in the city on Tuesday was marred by violence and destruction of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s bust in a college in north Kolkata.In a first such action in India’s electoral history, the Election Commission ordered campaigning in the nine West Bengal constituencies to end at 10 pm on Thursday, instead of 6 pm on Friday, in the wake of the violence between the BJP and the TMC during Shah’s roadshow.Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer.VVPAT will be also be used in all the polling booths along with the EVMs, EC officials said. Mamata on a campaign-spree against BJP May 18, 2019 COMMENTS Mamata rejects PM Modi’s offer to install new bust of Vidyasagar Lok Sabha Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal and chief of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), waves towards her supporters during a road show ahead of the last phase of the general elections in Kolkata on Thursday. REUTERS   –  REUTERS West Bengallast_img read more

first_img PETALING JAYA: Limkokwing University of Creative Technology was informed of the death of its student Thomas Orhions Ewansiha on Thursday (July 11) while in custody over his visa status.UPDATE: Nigerian tried to flee during raid, says ImmigrationThe university said a request was made by a member of the Nigerian Embassy at 11.33am on Thursday (July 11) to share the student’s records.This was to confirm that he was indeed the person who died while being detained to verify his visa status. Related News “We immediately responded by making all files available to the embassy.“To our knowledge, Mr Thomas (Ewansiha ) was detained on July 5 at a public place in Kuala Lumpur during a raid,” the university said in a statement on Friday (July 12).Ewansiha, who was pursuing his PhD in management, was married with two young children.The university said Ewansiha was a member of its postgraduate centre.“He was an inspired young man. We offer our condolences to his family and many close friends.“We have no further information at this time. We are grateful for calm and understanding during this difficult time,” it said.On Thursday, a group of Nigerians reportedly held a protest outside the Nigerian high commission in Kuala Lumpur.The Star has reached out to the police for more information. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Culture 07 Jul 2019 The ‘Mona Lisa’ Is Coming To Kuala Lumpur Related News Limkokwing , Student , Death Tags / Keywords: Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/12/limkokwing-confirms-phd-student-died-in-custody/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:2401:24 last_img read more

first_img Nation 09 Jul 2019 Fu: Investment opportunities aplenty along BRI routes Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 Maybank IB adjudged AsiaPac’s best Islamic investment bank, Sukuk adviser Fad’l: It is not a zero-sum game – indeed, sustainable investing has and continues to prove its significance to business decision makers and shareholders alike. Tags / Keywords: Investment , ESG {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News In Malaysia, the ESG trend has started to take place with the country’s large asset owners, namely the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP), Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Corston-Smith Asset Management Sdn Bhd.These companies are the signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), which demonstrated their commitment to responsible investments to advocate a more sustainable financial system.Bursa Malaysia CEO Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift said more public-listed companies and agencies in the country were taking strong interests in ESG investing and reporting, adding that “they are making voluntary announcements and disclosure of information beyond what is mandated under the rules.”He pointed out that “we reviewed the first batch of sustainability disclosures issued by public-listed companies with market cap of RM2bil and above and we saw an overall average compliance level of 91% among the same companies.” Meanwhile, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin, who officiated the conference, said the government would be announcing more bids for large-scale solar (LSS) power projects worth RM2bil by the end of 2020. “There will be some changes on how we will tender the LSS project. “It all be more innovative and hopefully it would be able to drive the cost even lower compared to what we are seeing now,” added Yeo.However, she did not reveal the specific details on the tenders. Earlier this year, the Pakatan Harapan government had called for bids for projects worth RM2bil under the under the third round of the large-scale solar (LSS3) scheme to increase electricity generation from renewable energy.Yeo noted that LSS3 would be commercialised in the next two to three years. “Next year, we are also opening for more LSS,” she said. Given that 719 companies have participated in the tender, she said it would be “a very fierce competition” among players. The submission for proposals will be closed mid-August this year. Besides that, Yeo reiterated that the government would be replacing the Environmental Quality Act 1974 with a new Act, which would be known as Pollution Control Act, pushing for stiffer punishments for those who pollute the environment.On whether the new Act may add costs to businesses, she noted that it would not have a big impact for businesses, saying that the government would present the cost figures during a town hall meeting for the new Act next month. In early March this year, around 6,000 Pasir Gudang residents were affected when the illegal dumping of chemical substances into Sungai Kim Kim released toxic fumes in the area. KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should create more environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment opportunities, similar to those which have been done successfully in line with the growth of the Islamic finance market, says Maybank Investment Bank Bhd chief executive officer Fad’l Mohamed.“We have already embarked on the ship sailing towards a more sustainable future. “It is not a zero-sum game – indeed, sustainable investing has and continues to prove its significance to business decision makers and shareholders alike,” Fad’l said at the The Evolution of ESG Investing Conference hosted by Maybank and Bursa Malaysia Bhd here yesterday.To date, about US$31 trillion of assets under management are invested using sustainable strategies – an increase of 35% in just two years. Related News Corporate News 11 Jul 2019 Govt to call for more large-scale solar power tenderslast_img read more

first_img Tech News 08 Jul 2019 Electric scooters zip into traffic chaos in Latin America Related News Tech News 19h ago ‘Miss us?’ Twitter hit with hour-long outage World 30 Jun 2019 ‘Here, I feel free’: Mexico City celebrates role as haven for LGBTQ migrants MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A small earthquake struck central Mexico City on Friday morning, jolting office towers and apartment buildings in the sprawling metropolis. A temblor of magnitude 2.5 was registered in the central neighbourhood of Alvaro Obregon at 7:38 am, the National Seismological Service wrote in a post on Twitter. There were no immediate reports of damages. The city’s civil protection authority confirmed the magnitude and said they did not activate the local earthquake alarm due to the small size of the temblor.Situated at the intersection of three tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries, and the capital is particularly vulnerable due to its location on top of an ancient lake bed.center_img Related News (Reporting by Julia Love and Rebekah F Ward; Editing by Susan Thomas) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more