first_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,569.92 15,187.71 12,845.06 Oil 93.29 97.38 108.37 Rock & Stock Stats Last Gold 1,268.80 1,284.60 1,372.60 One Year Ago Dear Reader, We want to know what you think. In his article below, Jeff Clark outlines several reasons to be bullish or bearish on precious metals. You know what we think, but we’re interested in your take—and your intentions. If you’re game, please send an email to subscribers@caseyresearch.com and in 25 words or fewer, tell us your position and reasoning. For example: BOLD: Wall Street is due for a fall, and gold will rise in response. HOLD: Phony government numbers have fooled the public into thinking all is well, so gold may not rise for some time. FOLD: Obama saved us all, and you guys don’t know what you’re talking about. I only subscribe because I think Jeff Clark is cute. We may quote some of the more interesting remarks (light editing for grammar/spelling only), but will include only a first name and last initial to respect your privacy. Note that we recognize various points of view, which is why we have some bets on metals other than gold and silver—our platinum-palladium miner has worked out quite well this year, for instance—and we’ve taken out a new “gold insurance policy” via puts on GLD, in case the market turns against us for a while. The latter is already in the black, as of last week. Remember also that Doug Casey always says that smart speculators don’t put all their eggs in one basket, which is why these dispatches focus on metals and mining on Mondays and other market sectors on other days. Our colleagues in other Casey departments have some great opportunities shaping up. The right tech specs, for example, could hedge your mineral exploration specs. Some of our tech picks have already yielded triple-digit returns this year. As it happens, we’re offering subscribers our best bargain on a subscription package deal, but only for a limited time. When you upgrade your subscription to a Casey OnePass, you get ALL of our monthly newsletters for $1,749 per year. That’s over $2,000 off. Special discounts for Alert subscribers apply. Check it out, diversify, and don’t miss out. Sincerely, Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Gold Producers (GDX) 25.07 26.10 27.53center_img Silver 19.20 19.83 23.21 Silver Stocks (SIL) 12.75 13.70 15.09 Copper 3.16 3.20 3.24 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 39.30 41.33 46.07 One Month Ago TSX Venture 994.89 993.87 947.78last_img read more

first_imgShereese Hickson’s multiple sclerosis was flaring again. Spasms in her legs and other symptoms were getting worse. She could still walk and take care of her son six years after doctors diagnosed the disease, which attacks the central nervous system. Earlier symptoms such as slurred speech and vision problems had resolved with treatment, but others lingered: She was tired and sometimes fell. This summer, a doctor switched her to Ocrevus, a drug approved in 2017 that delayed progression of the disease in clinical trials better than an older medicine did. Genentech, a South San Francisco, Calif.-based subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, makes Ocrevus. The drug is one of several for multiple sclerosis that are delivered intravenously in a hospital or clinic. Such medicines have become increasingly expensive, priced in many cases at well over $80,000 a year. Hospitals delivering the drugs often make money by charging a premium on top of their cost or adding hefty fees for the infusion clinic. Hickson received her first two Ocrevus infusions as an outpatient two weeks apart in July and August. And then the bill came. Patient: Shereese Hickson, 39, single mother who worked as a health aide and trained as a medical coder, living in Girard, Ohio. Because her MS has left her too disabled to work, she is now on Medicare; she also has Medicaid for backup.Total bill: $123,019 for two Ocrevus infusions taken as an outpatient. CareSource, Hickson’s Medicare managed care plan, paid a discounted $28,960. Hickson got a bill for about $3,620, the balance calculated as her share by the hospital after the insurance reimbursement.Medical service: Two Ocrevus infusions, each requiring several hours at the hospital.Service provider: Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit, academic medical center based in Ohio. (Cleveland Clinic has provided financial support for NPR.)What gives: Hickson researched Ocrevus online after her doctor prescribed the new medicine. “I’ve seen people’s testimonies about how great it is” on YouTube, she said. “But I don’t think they really go into what it’s like receiving the bill.” That was particularly shocking because, covered by government insurance for her disability, she had never received a bill for MS medicine before.”I have a 9-year-old son and my income is $770 a month,” said Hickson. “How am I supposed to support him and then you guys are asking me for $3,000?”Even in a world of soaring drug prices, multiple sclerosis medicines stand out. Over two decades ending in 2013, costs for MS medicines rose at annual rates five to seven times higher than those for prescription drugs generally, found a study by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University.”There was no competition on price that was occurring,” said Daniel Hartung, the OHSU and Oregon State University professor who led the study. “It appeared to be the opposite. As newer drugs were brought to market, it promoted increased escalation in drug prices.”With Ocrevus, Genentech did come up with a price that was slightly less than for rival drugs, but only after MS medicines were already extremely expensive. The drug launched last year at an annual list price of $65,000, about 25 percent lower than that of other MS drugs, Hartung said. MS drugs cost about $10,000 per year in the 1990s and about $30,000 a decade ago. “We set the price of Ocrevus to reduce price as a barrier to treatment,” said Genentech spokeswoman Amanda Fallon. It was also probably a response to bad publicity about expensive MS drugs, Hartung said. “Now companies are very aware at least of the optics of releasing drugs at higher and higher prices,” he said. Patients starting Ocrevus get two initial infusions of 300 milligrams each and then 600 milligrams twice a year. Cleveland Clinic charged $117,089 for Hickson’s first two doses of Ocrevus — more than three times what hospitals typically pay for the drug, said John Hennessy, chief business development officer at WellRithms, a firm that analyzes medical bills for self-insured employers. As is typical of government programs such as Medicare, the $28,960 reimbursement ultimately collected by the Cleveland Clinic was far less — but still substantial. “We kind of got ourselves in a pickle here,” he said. “We’re more excited about the discount than we are about the actual price.”Hickson’s nearly $3,620 bill represented the portion that Medicare patients often are expected to pay themselves.Last year, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, an independent nonprofit that evaluates medical treatments, completed a detailed study on MS medicines. It found that Ocrevus was one of three or four medicines that were most effective in reducing MS relapses and preventing MS from getting worse. But it also found that patient benefits from MS drugs “come at a high relative cost” to society. At the same time, deciding which MS drug — there are about a dozen — would best suit patients is something of a shot in the dark: The science showing the comparative effectiveness of MS drugs is not as strong as it could be, researchers say.”In general, there’s a real lack of head-to-head studies for many of these drugs,” said Hartung. The [Food and Drug Administration] has no required comparison standard for MS drugs, an agency spokeswoman said. Sometimes they’re rated against placebos. With everyone able to charge a high price, the companies have little incentive to see which works better and which worse.Resolution: After Hickson questioned the charges over the phone, the billing office told her to apply to the hospital for financial assistance. Hickson had to print a form, provide proof of her disabled status, mail it and wait.Hospital officials told her in October she qualified for assistance based on her income through a state program funded by hospital contributions and federal money. Cleveland Clinic wiped out the $3,620 balance.”I’m grateful that they approved me for that, but not everybody’s situation is like that,” she said. She was worried enough about being billed again for her next Ocrevus infusion that she considered switching back to her old medicine. But her doctor wants her to give it more time to gauge its effects.The takeaway: Always ask about charity care or financial assistance programs. Hospitals have different policies and wide discretion about how to apply them, but they often do not even tell patients such programs exist. Because health care costs can be so high, you may be eligible even if you have a decent salary. Cleveland Clinic gives free care to everybody below a certain income, said spokeswoman Heather Phillips. But it wasn’t until Hickson called that the hospital agreed to erase the charge. While there are multiple new drugs to treat serious chronic conditions, they have often not been tested against one another. Moreover, your doctor may have no idea about their prices. But he or she should. For newer drugs, all options may well be very expensive. Keep in mind that drugs that must be infused often come with facility fees and infusion charges, which can leave patients with hefty copayments for outpatient treatment. Ask about oral medicines or those you can self-inject at home. NPR produced and edited the interview with Kaiser Health News’ Elisabeth Rosenthal for broadcast. Marlene Harris-Taylor, from member station Ideastream in Cleveland, provided audio reporting.Do you have an exorbitant or baffling medical bill that you’d like KHN and NPR to look into? You can tell us about it and submit a copy of the bill here. KHN is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation that isn’t affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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first_imgA disabled lawyer could seek a judicial review of the Scottish government’s draft budget, which he claims discriminates against disabled people by cutting hundreds of millions of pounds from local authority funding.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), director of Legal Spark Law Centre in Glasgow, is discussing a possible legal action with disabled people and their organisations concerned about the implications of this month’s budget.He said Legal Spark was being contacted by increasing numbers of disabled people who have faced “unfair reassessments” of their support packages by cost-cutting councils, even before the SNP budget saw proposed cuts of £350 million to council funding, a reduction of 3.5 per cent.Donaldson said: “We cannot see how the Scottish government’s current budget complies with their legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.“It is reasonably foreseeable that if you cut services within the public sector, that the people who rely the most on those services will be adversely affected.“Disabled people and the carers of disabled people rely on the support they receive from the public sector.“It is therefore arguable that the budget proposed by the finance secretary discriminates against both disabled people and their carers.“No-one should have to face discrimination, or have their dignity violated as a result of cuts in the public sector.”Donaldson pointed to last week’s statement by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), which described the budget cuts as “totally unacceptable” and “catastrophic for jobs and services within Scottish local government”, including those for older and disabled people.He is hoping to avoid a judicial review by obtaining a written pledge from finance secretary John Swinney that support for disabled people and carers will not be cut as a result of the budget.A Scottish government spokeswoman said its budget “does not discriminate” and that its budget equality statement had been an “integral part” of the budget process.She said: “Despite ongoing cuts to our budget as a result of the UK government’s continuing austerity programme, the Scottish government is continuing to protect people and treat local government very fairly with settlements maintained on a like-for-like basis over 2012-16.“This is part of an overall budget which has protected the third sector and equality budgets, maintained welfare mitigation funding, invested in energy efficiency and fuel poverty measures, and will see us boost the supply of affordable homes and homes for social rent.“Local government in Scotland starts from a healthy base, especially compared to the position in England where councils faced a significant real terms cut in funding.“This funding proposal delivers a strong but challenging financial settlement for local government which will be strengthened by our joint working to improve outcomes for local people through health and social care integration.”But Donaldson said that the Scottish government’s Fly the Flag for Human Rights campaign and its consultation on implementing the UN disability convention were meaningless unless it took positive action to give “tangible meaning” to words such as “equality, human rights, dignity and respect”.He is now hoping to hear from more disabled people interested in taking legal action against the Scottish government*.*Daniel Donaldson can be contacted via email at contact@legalspark.co.uklast_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to depart Earth next summer and make its way to the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, about 4 million miles from its surface. 4 min read NASA NASA Preps to ‘Touch’ the Sun With Parker Solar Probe Add to Queue Chloe Albanesius June 1, 2017 Executive Editor, PCMagcenter_img Image credit: NASA via PC Mag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Plans are being made to shuttle humans to Mars in the next decade or so, but NASA is also eyeing a much hotter endeavor — touching the sun (sort of).The space agency’s Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to depart Earth next summer and make its way to the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, about 4 million miles from its surface. While that’s not exactly “touching” the sun, NASA explains, it’s more than seven times closer than any spacecraft has come before, and will hopefully help answer key questions scientists have long had about the sun. “These questions are so simple,” Nicola Fox, mission project scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, said during a Wednesday event in Chicago. “Why is the corona hotter than the surface of the sun? That defies the laws of nature. It’s like water flowing uphill; it shouldn’t happen. Why in this region does the solar atmosphere suddenly get so energized that it escapes from the pull of the sun and bathes all the planets?”NASA also expects to gather information that will “allow us to better forecast how our Earth’s environment responds to the sun [and] better predict space weather,” Fox said.Today’s event was in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker, a pioneer of solar wind research. When it takes off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center next summer, the solar probe will bear Parker’s name, NASA announced today, the first time the agency has named a spacecraft for someone who is still alive.”The solar probe is going to a region of space that has never been explored before,” Parker said in a statement. “It’s very exciting that we’ll finally get a look. One would like to have some more detailed measurements of what’s going on in the solar wind. I’m sure that there will be some surprises. There always are.”At this point, the Solar Probe team is building and testing the spacecraft. Several instruments are already integrated and most of them should be attached by the end of the summer, Fox said. By year’s end, it will move to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the probe will be put through its paces and make sure it can withstand the type of heat it will encounter in the sun’s corona. It will then move to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Those scorching temperatures are the main reason it’s taken so long for this type of mission to get off the ground. When Parker first started his research nearly 60 years ago, “the materials didn’t exist to allow us to be able to do it,” Fox said.Now, the team has created heat shields that can largely handle the sun’s heat. The corona’s temperatures can soar to a couple million degrees Fahrenheit, and while the Parker Solar Probe won’t get that close, the corona will still be about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. With the heat shield, though, the instruments tucked in its shadow will be room temperature, according to Fox.The probe will also encounter very cold temperatures as it uses Venus’s gravity during seven flybys over nearly seven years to gradually bring its orbit closer to the sun. “Getting something that will withstand that kind of thing is really revolutionary,” Fox said.The launch window is currently set for July 31 to Aug. 19, 2018. Register Now » Next Article last_img read more

first_img Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. March 25, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article Television You may think social-media-obsessed millennials aren’t plunking down to watch television,But in fact, according to Nielsen’s latest Total Audience Report, on average, people ages 18 to 34 spent two hours and 45 minutes watching live TV each day and one hour, 23 minutes with TV-connected devices. That’s a total of four hours, eight minutes in front of the small screen.Related: Millennials ‘Are Great Problems to Have’Still, compared to older generations, millennials spent the least amount of time with traditional methods of media consumption, such as cable or satellite.However, as researchers broke down the group into different categories — dependent, independent and starting a family — the numbers changed a bit.For example, for those starting a family, they were more likely to have cable or satellite. Dependents spent less time watching TV and more time outside and independents watched more from streaming services and spent the least amount of time in the great outdoors. The group also had more on-the-go devices.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemOverall, millennials are going to find a way to consume media and watch TV no matter what stage they are in life. But is that really surprising? Besides, what millennial is going to pay for cable when they could watch almost anything online whenever they want for less or free?See the full report at Variety. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Millennials’ TV Habits Contrast Sharply Based on Where They Are in Life Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Lindsay Friedman Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read Image credit: Shutterstock –shares Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgThe European Nissan LEAF is produced in Sunderland, UKThe Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric car of any kind in Europe this year, but that won’t necessarily be the case after 29 March 2019 at 11 p.m. when Brexit becomes fact.The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) warns that without an agreement between the UK and the European Union, the general WTO rules will apply a 10% tariff to all cars traded between the EU and the UK. 10% would make a significant difference to the value proposition, especially when competition strengthens (new models).Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said:“Some of our members are also planning a temporary post-Brexit production shutdown. But the harsh fact is that no amount of contingency planning can realistically cover all the gaps left by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on WTO terms.”Under WTO rules, a 10% tariff would be applied to all cars traded between the EU and the UK. Jonnaert: “We cannot forget that profit margins in our industry are significantly lower than 10%. At the end of the day, these extra costs will either be passed on to the consumer or will have to be absorbed by the manufacturers.” Source: Electric Vehicle News See Also Nissan Sunderland PlantIn the worst case scenario, Nissan LEAF produced in the UK for countries in European Union will become 10% more expensive (at least if other factors do not absorb the tariff).We are not sure about any changes in the case of Norway (the Nissan LEAF’s biggest market in Europe) or Switzerland, which are outside of the EU (there could be no difference), but for sure LEAF’s business case in Europe is currently uncertain.This also might impact the arrival of the 60 kWh battery version model of the LEAF in Europe..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Press release:Brexit: auto industry urges negotiators to avert worst-case scenarioBrussels, 17 October 2018 – Ahead of this evening’s Brexit summit, Europe’s auto manufacturers and suppliers have come together to issue a stark warning on the potentially far-reaching impacts of a no-deal scenario on their sector, which would threaten their very business model.Automobile production plants – be they in the EU27 or the UK – receive and fit millions of parts into vehicles every day. All manufacturers rely on ‘just-in-time’ and ‘just-in-sequence’ delivery and production, without any delays or obstacles. These parts are in constant transit in trucks, arriving as and when they are needed.Every day 1,100 EU trucks cross the Channel to deliver to car and engine plants in the United Kingdom alone, for example. After Brexit, even short hold-ups at customs will cause massive logistical problems, disrupting the production process and generating significant costs.“Our members are already making contingency plans and are looking for warehouse spaces to stockpile parts,” stated Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers. “However, the space required to stockpile for more than a short time would be absolutely huge – and expensive.”“Some of our members are also planning a temporary post-Brexit production shutdown. But the harsh fact is that no amount of contingency planning can realistically cover all the gaps left by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on WTO terms.”Under WTO rules, a 10% tariff would be applied to all cars traded between the EU and the UK. Jonnaert: “We cannot forget that profit margins in our industry are significantly lower than 10%. At the end of the day, these extra costs will either be passed on to the consumer or will have to be absorbed by the manufacturers.”“The clock is ticking, but it is not yet too late. That is why we are urging the negotiating teams on both sides to redouble their efforts to successfully conclude a withdrawal deal,” Jonnaert underlined.Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA): “Everything possible must be done to secure a future exchange of goods, services and people that is frictionless. Automotive components often cross borders several times before the final product reaches the customer, and that includes Channel crossings. Any change in the level of integration of the value chain will have an adverse effect on the competitiveness of individual companies and the sector as a whole.”“Smaller companies in particular, that constitute important building blocks of the supply chain, do not have the internal systems, IT platforms or staff in place to deal with customs declarations, tariff classification, customs valuation, or calculations based on content origin. SMEs will be forced to deal with at least some of these issues if they want to continue to trade and serve their customers, facing additional financial and logistical risks.”De Vries: “CLEPA recently surveyed its membership and the most important feedback to policy makers was: remove uncertainty. It remains crucially important to provide clarity on the future relation with the UK as quickly as possible, starting with a withdrawal agreement so that a cliff-edge scenario can be avoided.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 24, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img 60-kWh Nissan LEAF Price Possibly Revealed In Dealer Documents Nissan LEAF Sales In Europe Exceed 4,500 In September 2018 In Europe Nissan Sells 1 LEAF Every 10 Minuteslast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 9 2018For the first time, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine showed they could target one brain region with a weak alternating current of electricity, enhance the naturally occurring brain rhythms of that region, and significantly decrease symptoms associated with chronic lower back pain.The results, published in the Journal of Pain and presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego this week, suggest that doctors could one day target parts of the brain with new noninvasive treatment strategies, such as transcranial alternating current stimulation, or tACS, which researchers used in this study to boost the naturally occurring brain waves they theorized were important for the treatment of chronic pain.”We’ve published numerous brain stimulation papers over several years, and we always learn something important,” said senior author Flavio Frohlich, PhD, director of the Carolina Center for Neurostimulation and associate professor of psychiatry. “But this is the first time we’ve studied chronic pain, and this is the only time all three elements of a study lined up perfectly. We successfully targeted a specific brain region, we enhanced or restored that region’s activity, and we correlated that enhancement with a significant decrease in symptoms.”Co-first author Julianna Prim, a graduate student mentored by Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the UNC School of Medicine, who works closely with Frohlich’s lab, said, “If brain stimulation can help people with chronic pain, it would be a cheap, non-invasive therapy that could reduce the burden of opioids, which we all know can have severe side effects.”Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the world, but there is not consensus among scientists that brain activity plays a causal role in the condition. Frohlich says the pain research field has focused largely on peripheral causes of chronic pain. For example, if you have chronic lower back pain, then the cause and solution lie in the lower back and related parts of the nervous system in the spine. But some researchers and clinicians believe chronic pain runs deeper, that the condition can reorganize how cells in the nervous system communicate with each other, including networks of neurons in the brain. Over time, the theory goes, these networks get stuck in a kind of neural rut, essentially becoming a cause of chronic pain.Previous studies showed that people with chronic pain experience abnormal neural oscillations, or brain waves. There are several kinds of brain waves related to different brain regions and various kinds of brain activities – processing visual stimuli, memorization, creative thinking, etc. When we speak, think, eat, play sports, watch television, daydream, or sleep, our brain activity creates electrical patterns researchers can measure using electroencephalograms, or EEGs. These patterns fluctuate or oscillate, which is why they appear as waves that rise and fall on an EEG printout.One type of brain activity is called alpha oscillations, which occur when we are not taking in stimuli. When we meditate in silence, daydream in the shower, or even when we’re “in the zone” during athletic activity, alpha oscillations dominate the brain. Frohlich’s lab wanted to know if these alpha oscillations were deficient in the somatosensory cortex, located in the middle portion of the brain and likely involved in chronic pain. If so, then could Frohlich’s team enhance the alpha waves there? And if that were possible, would there be any pain relief?Related StoriesSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskPrim and colleagues recruited 20 patients with lower chronic back pain. Each of them reported back pain as “four” or greater for at least six months on the subjective scale of one to 10. Each participant volunteered for two 40-minute sessions that took place one to three weeks apart.During all sessions, researchers attached an array of electrodes to the scalps of patients. During one session, researchers targeted the somatosensory cortex using tACS to enhance the naturally occurring alpha waves. During another session for all participants, researchers used a similar weak electrical current that was not targeted – this was a sham or placebo stimulation session. During all sessions, participants felt tingling on their scalp. They could not tell the difference between the sham and tACS sessions. Also, the researchers in charge of analyzing the data did not know when each participant underwent the sham or tACS sessions, making this study double-blinded.Co-first author Sangtae Ahn, PhD, a postdoc in Frohlich’s lab, analyzed the data, which showed that Frohlich’s team could indeed successfully target and enhance alpha oscillations in the somatosensory cortex of people with chronic lower back pain. When Prim and colleagues surveyed the participants, all of them reported a significant reduction in pain immediately following the tACS sessions, according to the subjective 0-10 pain scale. Remarkably, some participants reported feeling no pain after the tACS sessions. Participants did not report the same pain reduction after the sham stimulation sessions.”The exciting thing is that these results occurred after just one session,” Prim said. “We hope to conduct a larger study to discover the effects of multiple tACS sessions over a longer time period.”Frohlich said his lab also hopes to conduct studies on people with various kinds of chronic pain.”This study is a perfect example of what’s possible when scientists and clinicians collaborate,” he said. “Ultimately, if we want to develop better treatments, cures, and prevention strategies, then these sorts of new approaches that bring researchers together are of fundamental importance.”Frohlich is a member of the UNC Neuroscience Center. His main appointment is in psychiatry, but he holds joint appointments in the departments of biomedical engineering and cell biology & physiology at UNC-Chapel Hill.The National Institutes of Health and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute funded this research.Transcranial alternating current stimulation is not electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), or shock therapy. The amount of electrical current used for tACS is about 1,000 times less than ECT. Source:http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2018/november/can-stimulating-the-brain-treat-chronic-painlast_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 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_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 Next Kolkata hospital staff loses chemical engineer’s severed finger, was busy watching cricketThe Kolkata staff has been accused of negligence after part of a chemical engineer’s finger went missing just before the surgery. Vitim’s wife has alleged that the hospital staff was busy watching the India-New Zealand match.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:37 IST (Photo for representation)Chemical engineer Nilotpal Chakraborty, 38, was on Wednesday rushed to a private hospital with a severed fingertip after he met with an accident near his office in Howrah, Kolkata.The situation, however, took a turn for the worse after the Kolkata hospital lost the fingertip just before the surgery to stitch it back, The Times Of India reported.Accusing the hospital of negligence, Chayanika, the Nilotpal’s wife alleged that the staff was busy watching the World Cup semifinal and so failed to preserve the severed fingertip. She has lodged a complaint and demanded action against those responsible.The hospital, however, has said the severed fingertip was useless and it could not have been stitched back. The hospital added that they were investigating the matter.THE ACCIDENTNilotpal Chakraborty, a resident of Sankrail in Howrah district, was on his bike when he met with an accident near Shibpur BE College on Wednesday. As Nilotpal’s bike skidded, he fell on the road and his left hand was stuck under the motorcycle. The tip of his left ring finger got severed in the mishap.He was taken to the hospital by his colleagues who claimed to have picked up the severed fingertip, placed it in a clean plastic bag and handed it over to the hospital.The hospital then called plastic surgeon Anupam Golash to confirm if the severed part could be joined back.”I was also sent a picture of the severed finger. It was not a clean-cut injury but looked like a pulled-out cut with numerous blood vessels and tendons hanging out. I told the patient’s family that the chance of stitching it back was just about 10 per cent, but we could take the chance,” the surgeon was quoted as saying by ToI.The patient’s wife told the daily that she deposited the severed finger at the emergency on Wednesday and asked them to preserve it as the surgery was to take place on Thursday.She claimed that most of the hospital staff were watching the World Cup India-New Zealand match at that time.BUT WHERE IS THE FINGER?Nilotpal was taken to the operation theatre around 10 am. While the doctors waited, the severed part could not be traced. At 12.30 pm, the hospital declared that the part had gone missing, ToI reported.While Chayanika has maintained that the hospital staff were negligent, doctors have said a severed limb can be joined back if it is preserved in ice in a clean polythene bag.”Had the finger reached the OT and had we discarded it as not joinable, it could have been more acceptable to them. However, the patient’s finger was severed from the base of the nail, so it [finger] has not lost any function,” Dr Golash told ToI.POLICE YET TO FILE FIRAfter a complaint was registered, the police have asked the hospital to chare the CCTV footage before registering an FIR.We have asked the hospital to share CCTV footage to conduct a preliminary probe before taking a call on whether to treat the complaint as an FIR,” an Alipore police station officer told the daily.The hospital, meanwhile, has said they were looking into the matter and added that the patient’s condition is stable.HOW CAN A SEVERED LIMB BE STITCHED BACK?The cut has to be sharpThe limb has to be put in a clean plastic bag and preserved in ice (severed part should not be directly kept in ice or water)The severed part should not be preserved in dry iceFor limbs involving a huge amount of muscles, tissues and vessels, surgery should be done within six hours for best resultsFor a small portion like the tip of the finger, surgery should be done within 24 hoursREAD | Missing jail food and buddies, man steals bike, petrol to return to prisonREAD | Doctors at govt hospital go on strike after patient’s attendant beats up medical studentWATCH | Kolkata hospital violence: Doctors call off strikeFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow Kolkatalast_img read more

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