Gullit insisted that Liverpool need to improve for the final

first_imgRuud Gullit believes that Liverpool simply can’t allow playing like they did in the semifinals against AS Roma – otherwise, they can receive a harsh lesson by Real Madrid as they are far more experienced.Jürgen Klopp’s men will have to play more focused and be better defensively if they want to win the famous trophy – because Real Madrid will be able to punish every single one of their mistakes.The Dutch legend spoke about Liverpool’s chances as he said, according to Team Talk:“If Liverpool are going to play like they did in Rome, they are not going to win the Champions League.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“It is fantastic to have Liverpool in the final, but everyone must realise that they only scraped through at the end.”“I have read the verdict of some former Liverpool stars and they are euphoric. They are not impressed by Real Madrid. They think Liverpool have a serious chance of winning.”“But the players and coaching staff of Real will have watched Liverpool’s second game against Roma. And I think they will have drawn the strong conclusion that they have more of a chance to win the final than Liverpool.”last_img read more

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Gender Affairs and the MOE to host two workshops aimed at violence

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands Government is joining efforts with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to eliminate violence against women. The Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs will host two workshops aimed at awareness of the convention for violence against women. One workshop is set for Dillion Hall on December 4th in Grand Turk at and on December 5th on Providenciales at the Social Services Conference room both at 9:00am. last_img

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National Dialogue On Corporal Punishment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, March 7 (JIS): Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says a national dialogue will have to take place before the country can make a decision on the issue of corporal punishment.Miss Hanna was addressing an Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Children, at the Ministry on March 6, which she convened to begin preliminary discussions on corporal punishment. “I could not take a decision on behalf of an entire country on what Jamaica is going to do without a national dialogue, before coming up with any concrete solutions as to the way forward,” the Minister told the meeting.She was making reference to a call from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for the Jamaican Government to pass a law to ban corporal punishment. Miss Hanna, who chaired the meeting, said that studies have been done on corporal punishment by other countries; however, she noted that it is important “to look at how our population (think).” “So, what Switzerland does, what Dubai does is sometimes very different as to how we operate as a culture,” she said.Discussions also focused on issues pertaining to the Child Diversion Policy and the safety and protection of children.During the meeting, Professor of Child Health and Child Development and Behaviour, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, presented findings of a research done on corporal punishment.Among those attending the meeting were: Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey; Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, Diahann Gordon Harrison; Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry, Greig Smith, as well as representatives from the Ministries of Justice and National Security. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:jamaica, lisa hanna, national dialogue Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

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Islam Slimani wants to end dry spell

first_imgThe former Leicester City footballer wants to leave Fenerbahce and go back to the English Premier LeagueIslam Slimani joined Leicester City in 2016. He has scored eight goals in 35 matches with the Foxes in the English Premier League.But he has been loaned twice this year.He went onto play with Newcastle United in four matches.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…And now he’s in Fenerbahce in the Turkish football league.“It’s a problem I’ve never had before,” he told Sports Witness about his current dry spell.“I never thought something like this would happen to me, especially when I was scoring very important goals.”“I want to solve this as soon as possible. Maybe this situation is creating extra pressure,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Supporters of AB5 Rally in San Diego

first_img Updated: 9:29 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, will join with local workers Thursday to call for the passage of a bill she authored that would limit when businesses and companies could classify employees as independent contractors.Assembly Bill 5 would codify worker protections established in last year’s state Supreme Court decision in the case of Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. If passed, the bill would reclassify thousands of California workers like Uber drivers and exotic dancers as employees rather than independent contractors.There are some oppositions from some rideshare drivers who fear the passage of the bill would take away their ability to work when they want to.Opponents said the bill doesn’t accurately reflect today’s realities. They are concerned it would move the state backward by eliminating their choice to work independently.They also argue that many people drive for Uber and Lyft to earn extra money to supplement their day job. If the drivers become full-time employees, they will no longer be able to continue driving part-time. This will leave a considerable gap in the transportation that millions of consumers rely on every day.The two giant ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, are by far the most vocal opponents of the bill.The Assembly passed AB 5 in May and it currently sits in the state Senate as companies attempt to carve out exemptions for specific industries like ride-booking and food delivery services. The bill has also drawn national attention due to support from Democratic presidential candidates and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Kamala Harris, D-California.Janitorial workers and representatives of Rideshare Drivers United in Southern California, the United Taxi Workers Alliance, the Employee Rights Center and the Sierra Club are expected to join Gonzalez at the rally and news conference to call for AB 5’s passage. The rally is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 10, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Supporters of AB5 Rally in San Diego August 10, 2019last_img read more

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Marti Buscaglia

first_imgThe launch of Duluth~Superior Magazine, a regional Minnesota niche, may never have happened if it weren’t for its founder’s rocky start.When former Duluth News Tribune publisher Marti Buscaglia decided to leave the newspaper to take a position at the Orange County Register in California, she suffered a devastating career blow when an anonymous reader tipped off her new employer to ask for a copy of Buscaglia’s college diploma.Buscaglia, who never finished her degree, says she made the “rookie” mistake of writing it on her resume. “The CEO asked me, ‘Well, do you want to come on board anyway and ride out the storm?’ and I told him that I didn’t think it was fair to his readers—they needed a publisher they could trust.” Buscaglia picked up the pieces, finished her college degree in Minnesota (graduating summa cum laude), and took the summer of 2007 to write the business plan for her dream of producing a niche city and lifestyle publication for the area.“I had a vision and I understand demographics. We really set out to give people a sense of pride of living in this region,” she says of the underserved market.After launching in the winter of 2008, Buscaglia’s brainchild has a 10,000 circulation for a market area of less than 250,000 people. While other area magazines tout PDFs to display content online, Buscaglia has created a Web presence with online-exclusive content, unique media partnerships and a comprehensive arts and events calendar. The Web site draws 165,000 page views from 10,000 visitors monthly.“We didn’t have a lot of ads, but enough to make it worthwhile, with five full-page advertisers with yearlong contracts, and a few smaller ones,” says Buscaglia. The magazine, now 68 pages, is down from its launch of 96 pages. Buscaglia admits anticipating a page reduction. “Readers are just as happy. Many say it’s better.”VITAL STATS: After only a year, Duluth~Superior Magazine has 10,000 circulation for a market area of less than 250,000 people.last_img read more

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Thirtymillionpage backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

first_img A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF).   “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the nonprofit’s co-founder Nova Spivack told me via email.The AMF also placed a small test archive on Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster that was launched in the direction of Mars aboard the first Falcon Heavy demonstration mission last year. That archive consisted of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy encoded in a disc made of quartz silica glass made to last millions of years as the Roadster orbits the sun. The AMF has also placed a solid-state copy of Wikipedia on board a cubesat from SpaceChain in low-Earth orbit.graphic-1-space-ilThe little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL Part of the motivation for the far-out project is to leave a copy of humanity’s knowledge not just in the cloud, but far beyond the clouds, should the impacts of climate change or a potential nuclear war do us or the planet in at some point in the future. “While I am optimistic that humanity will rise to the challenge and develop a multinational  planetary defense initiative to mitigate these planetary risks, it is also prudent to have a plan B,” Spivack said. “Instead of one backup in one place our strategy is ‘many copies, many places’ — and we plan to send updates on a regular basis.”The AMF has already signed on to an additional planned moon mission, with startup Astrobotic, to send another Lunar Library installment to the moon in the next few years. There are also plans in the works to send archives to Mars, LaGrange points around Earth and deep underground caves on our planet. “The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location,” Spivack said. 17 Photos Tags Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img 8 Space Comments The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives as long as hoped, the disc may even be around longer than the moon itself. The top four layers are actually filled with 60,000 pages of tiny analog images that can be viewed with optical microscope technology that’s been around for centuries. The images include a sort of users’ guide explaining human language, the contents of the disc and how to access the deeper layers containing compressed digital data. The digitized layers include a full copy of Wikipedia, more than 25,000 books and data for understanding over 5,000 languages. But if humans — or perhaps someone else — is ever going to get a chance to use the Lunar Library, it has to first get to the surface of the moon. Beresheet is now just beginning a long, complicated journey that will involve a handful of swings around Earth to increase the size of its orbit before jumping into orbit around the moon and eventually attempting a landing.The first window of opportunity to land comes on April 11.  So if all works out, Wikipedia will touch down on the moon almost exactly 50 years after man first showed up there. Any aliens who come across it in the future will surely be baffled by a few choice entries, like “moon-landing conspiracy theories,” “flat Earth” or “Tide pod challenge.” But at least they’ll help illustrate why we needed a backup.  last_img read more

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Toyota isnt stopping at opening its patents will sell hybrid tech to

first_imgEnlarge ImageToyota has spent the last 20 years honing the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive tech into what it is today, and now other carmakers can buy that tech for their own products. Toyota Toyota recently did something pretty unexpected. It announced that it would allow royalty-free use of thousands of its gasoline-electric hybrid patents, patents it has jealously guarded in the past. It did this to extend the life of hybrid technology in an increasingly electric world, but that’s not where its plans end.According to a report published Friday by Reuters, Toyota has plans to not only act as a manufacturer of whole cars and trucks but also as a Tier 2 supplier. That means that it will supply hybrid components and even entire hybrid drivetrains to rivals. Why would it do that? Well, in short, to save some cash on electrification.See, Toyota has been lagging behind other companies in the development of fully electric vehicles. Catching up to the likes of Nissan and GM will require substantial amounts of cash for development of its own technology, but even more money will be needed to build a manufacturing infrastructure to support EV production.”We anticipate that there will probably be very few automakers who use our patents to develop their own hybrids from scratch, so by using our system and our components, and offering our support, we can work together to develop these cars,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president for Toyota, in a statement to Reuters. Toyota didn’t immediately reply to a request for further comment.If Toyota can sell hybrid stuff to other car companies who want or need help in bringing down their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) numbers and can’t afford to spend the capital necessary to develop their own systems, then it won’t have to dig quite so deeply into its own pockets.Toyota is already equipping other manufacturers’ vehicles with its hybrid tech. The (decidedly lackluster) Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive tech, for example. Toyota will also supply hybrid tech to Suzuki, and the hot-rod hybrid Jimny that could likely result from that hookup will haunt our dreams forever. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover Post a comment 62 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Patents Suzuki Subaru Toyota Share your voicecenter_img 0 More From Roadshow Auto Tech Hybrids Car Industry Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Will Chinas IPO Boom Weigh on Troubled Indian Stock Markets

first_imgConcerns deepen over troubled Indian stock markets as the China’s red-hot initial public offering (IPO) heats up further. Foreign investors appear to be preparing to pull out their money from Dalal Street and invest in lucrative IPOs in China.As many as 20 Chinese companies have lined up to issue IPOs this week amounting to $483.19 billion, intensifying worries of outflows from other countries including India.Impressive post-listing performance of Chinese IPOs has created frenzy among the investor community. In the past one year, all the IPOs have generated more than 40% returns on listing.”We have heard from sell-side brokers that some of the selling in India is attributable to the fact that Chinese markets have outperformed India,” Nilesh Shah, MD, Kotak Mutual Fund, told The Economic Times.Recent controversy over Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) led to high volatility in domestic stock markets in recent trading sessions, as overseas investors aggressively sold their shares.Foreign investors have sold shares amounting to over $2 billion or nearly ₹14,000 crore in the past 15 trading sessions, NDTV Profit said.The Chinese securities regulator has been fast accelerating its nod for IPOs in a bid to cool down its skyrocketing stock market performance. Last Friday, the regulator approved a batch of IPOs for the second time in less than a month.”Regulators have said they would accelerate IPO approvals and we’re seeing it happen,” Zhang Chen, analyst at Shanghai-based Hongyi Investment, told Reuters.The Chinese authorities have been initiating many measures to curtail the speculative activity in its equity markets. Despite a sharp decline in recent sessions, the Chinese stocks still trade at multi-year highs, with a gain of 34% so far this year.The China’s Shanghai Composite Index is up 122% since January 2014, supported by increased buying by the retail investors.Will China’s IPOs Attract FIIs in India?Analysts see limited scope for foreign investors, who have their holding in Indian equities, to participate in the forthcoming $200 billion IPOs in China. The total share holdings of overseas investors in India stand at over $300 billion, so offloading a part of their holdings may offer a little liquidity to subscriber for Chinese IPOs.There is no evidence of ‘any large-scale’ selling of shares by foreign institutional investors (FIIs) so far although the Chinese IPO boom has started a few months back. Recent sell-off in Indian stock markets is largely due to uncertainty over retrospective tax and weak corporate earnings, Business Standard reported.Instead, China IPOs are having an impact on its own markets, with the benchmark index declining by around 10% in recent sessions. Investors are selling their shares to buy IPOs.However, with the Chinese equity market outperforming India’s, many global money managers are reshuffling their portfolios to include Chinese stocks.last_img read more

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Atlas Jewellery to reshuffle board at AGM next week

first_imgAtlas Jewellery, which has been in the headlines recently following the arrest of its founder M M Ramachandran for defaulting on repayment of loans worth over Rs 900 crore, is scheduled to hold an annual general meeting on 28 September.The AGM will see a ‘special notice’ to expel members Lukoo Sugunan Madathiparambil and Ajith Kovooril Muraleedharan from the board of directors. The move comes after Madathiparambil and Muraleedharan alleged that their appointment to the board happened “without their knowledge”. Both of them said that “they were just small-time employees”.Madathiparambil was just a Class X pass out carrying out small-time administrative work at Atlas Jewellery while Muraleedharan’s educational qualification was just Plus-II, Indian Express reported. The company had claimed that Muraleedharan possessed a graduate degree in IT with over six years of experience.Atlas Jewellery has decided to replace the duo with Supratik Chatterjee and Sunil Pant. While Chatterjee has more than 36 years of experience in banking and held various positions at top public sector banks in India, Pant has over 37 years of experience in banking sector. In the recent post he held, Pant worked as the chief general manager of SBI at its corporate office in Mumbai.The company took back its decision to re-appoint Shrirang Vasant Khadilkar as a non-executive independent director following his recent resignation from the board.Surprisingly, the AGM notice to shareholders did not mention anything about the arrest of Ramachandran and the debt he owes to banks.last_img read more

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This Houston Nonprofit Helps LowIncome Daycares Recover From Harvey With An App

first_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaMelanie Johnson, CEO of Collaborative for Children, says the childcare app does the work of one employee a daycare center wouldn’t have to hire. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /04:03center_img Share Daycare deserts are a problem in some of Houston’s low-income neighborhoods – especially after Harvey damaged many of them.As part of an effort to help struggling daycare centers recover, the nonprofit Collaborative for Children has partnered with app company Brightwheel to provide the expensive daycare app to 50 childcare centers, free of charge. “Our childcare centers, most of them, were affected dramatically by Hurricane Harvey,” Melanie Johnson, president and CEO of Collaborative for Children, said. “Ten percent of those centers closed down, leaving whole communities in a quality childcare desert.”As part of an ongoing Harvey recovery effort for Houston area daycares, the nonprofit is footing the bill for the Brightwheel app, which gives daycare centers administrative support as well as interface with parents.Brightwheel agreed to offer a discounted rate for this program.“This Brightwheel app allows [daycare centers] to strengthen resilience so that for the long term they’ll be able to provide the services that they wouldn’t have the resources to do that with,” Johnson said.Some of the requirements the chosen centers had to meet include being licensed or registered with the state, participating in the state’s quality improvement rating system Texas Rising Star, being located in a low-income area and serving families who receive child care subsidies.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Melanie Johnson. Xlast_img read more

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Streaming Leads Music Industry to Third Straight Year of Growth but YouTube

first_img“The industry is on a positive path of recovery but it’s very clear that the race is far from won,” she continued. “Record companies are continuing in their efforts to put the industry back onto a stable path and, to that end, we are continuing our campaign to fix the value gap. This is not just essential for music to thrive in today’s global market, but to create the right – fair – environment for it to do so in the future.” Although 2017 was the industry’s third consecutive year of growth after 15 years of significant decline, the year’s revenues are still just 68.4% of the market’s peak in 1999. Internationally, Latin American revenues grew by 17.7% and Asia and Australasia by 5.4%.As it did in past years, the report singles out the “value gap” — particularly with regard to what the organization considers low royalty payments from YouTube — as the largest single threat to the industry’s sustained growth.It illustrates this discrepancy with a graphic illustrating that the 272 million users of paid and ad-supported audio streams generated $5.569 billion in 2017, while 1.3 billion users of video streams generated just $856 million.“Record companies remain dedicated to ensuring full and fair value is returned for music as it is consumed in its many different forms around the world,” the report reads. “Crucially, this involves finding a legislative solution to the value gap, the mismatch between the value created by some digital platforms from their use of music and what they pay to those creating and investing in it.“Inconsistent applications of online liability laws have emboldened certain digital platforms to claim that they are not liable for the music they make available to the public,” it continues. “Today, services such as YouTube, which have developed into sophisticated on-demand music platforms, use this as a shield to avoid licensing music like other digital services do, claiming they are not legally responsible for the music they distribute on their site. Legislative action is needed to ensure that laws on copyright liability are applied correctly and consistently, so that platforms cannot claim they do not need to be licensed to distribute music. The music community is united in calling for policymakers to take action.”IFPI CEO Frances Moore’s comments reflected both cautious optimism and warning. “It’s been another incredibly exciting year for music. The work and investment from record companies is enabling brilliant, diverse artists to break through to fans around the world, soundtracking their lives and bringing them increasingly rich and immersive ways to enjoy the music they love. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The global recorded music market grew by 8.1% in 2017, its third consecutive year of growth since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market in 1997, according to figures released today in the organization’s “Global Music Report 2018.” Total revenues for 2017 were $17.3 billion.Streaming remains the main driver of recovering revenues and, for the first time, has become the single largest revenue source, with 176 million users of paid streaming services contributing to year-on-year streaming growth of 41.1%, according to the report. Streaming now accounts for 38.4% of total recorded music revenue and its growth has more than offset a 5.4% decline in physical revenue and a 20.5% decline in download revenue. Total digital income last year accounted for more than half of all revenue (54%) for the first time.last_img read more

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Netflix Stock Slips After Streamer Announces 19 Billion JunkBond Offering

first_imgNetflix hasn’t been secretive about plans to assume more debt, regularly informing investors of its intentions to issue more junk bonds (which carry a higher yield and higher risk than investment-grade bonds).“[W]e believe the debt is lower cost of capital compared to equity,” as the company said in its April 16 shareholder letter.The $1.9 billion proposed debt offering is the biggest in Netflix’s history, and the fifth time in a little more than three years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through bonds. As of March 31, Netflix had $6.54 billion in long-term debt and $17.9 billion in streaming content payment obligations (of which $3.44 billion are long-term content payment obligations). Popular on Variety Netflix’s eye-popping rise on the stock market has hit a speed bump: Shares of the streaming giant fell as much as 5% Tuesday, after the company announced its biggest junk-bond offering to date.The sell-off came after Netflix on Monday evening priced $1.9 billion in debt financing, cash it intends to use to feed its growing appetite for original programming. The company has projected a content budget of $7.5 billion to $8 billion for 2018.Shares were down 4.2% as of 1:40 p.m., to $305.32 per share; Netflix stock closed down 2.8% Monday after it announced initial $1.5 billion debt-funding plans. [UPDATE: Shares closed Tuesday down 3.7%, to $307.02, putting Netflix’s market cap at $133.5 billion.] Still, the stock is trading up more than 50% since the beginning of the year.The dip signals investor potential concern about Netflix’s heavy cash-burn strategy. The company is forecasting free cash-flow to be negative in 2018 — to the tune of as much as -$4 billion — and says that will continue for the next few years. The stock decline could also reflect profit-taking after shares have hit record highs this month, after Netflix posted strong first-quarter 2018 subscriber net adds in spite of a multi-territory price hike.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Slip road remains closed following coach accident on M6

first_imgThe location of the accident (A) (Image: Inrix) There are currently delays of around an hour as a result of the collision, with congestion stretching back to J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) according to Traffic England. A Cheshire Police spokesman added delays were expected to continue on the road into the evening. He said: “Colleagues from Cheshire Fire have removed two casualties from the coach and handed them over into the care of paramedics. “We’re still seeing a large build up of traffic on the M6 Southbound as a result of the earlier collision at Junction 16. “Please avoid the area if possible, seeking alternate routes or waiting for the traffic to be flowing again before travelling. “Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.” It is unclear how many vehicles apart from the coach were involved in the accident. Read MoreMan, 32, punched reveller who performed oral sex on him The coach caused damaged to a nearby barrier – leading to overnight repairs being required (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) The two casualties, a man and a woman, were both removed from the coach on longboards and handed into the care of paramedics. A total of 20 passengers were on the coach at the time of the accident, with the fire service confirming the other 18 passengers, who had got off the coach before firefighters arrived, had been moved to a ‘safe area’ after a cordon was set up. All traffic on the motorway was temporarily held until 3pm – but now only one lane and the exit slip road remain closed. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 J16 southbound exit slip road for A500 is closed for barrier repair work following extensive damage from accident this afternoon. “Expected closed into the late evening. Traffic for Stoke-on-Trent and A50 use J15.” Read MoreTwo officers CLEARED of misconduct over death of man, 34, in police van Firefighters had to remove the door to rescue the two people trapped inside (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) National Express apologised for the delays the accident caused and confirmed two passengers had been taken to hospital. A spokesman said: “A National Express coach was involved in an incident on the M6 earlier this afternoon. “The vehicle was a 325 service from Manchester to Birmingham “Following the accident two passengers were taken to hospital. “The other passengers were moved by an alternative vehicle and have since arrived in Birmingham and been spoken to by our staff. “Arrangements have been made to continue their journeys or they have completed their journeys in Birmingham.” Read MoreBar worker, 21, killed himself in Stoke-on-Trent park The 325 services usually stop at Stoke-on-Trent as part of their route. North West Motorway Police said they were called a separate accident on the M6 northbound between J16 and J17 after reports of a vehicle fire. Firefighters from Crewe, Nantwich and Middlewich were called, but this was revealed to be a false alarm. The force also confirmed the slip road would be shut overnight for barrier repairs. A spokesman said: “J16 M6 SB exit slip will be closed overnight due to damage to the barrier.” We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreCrash victim, 18, still fighting for life after A50 smash killed teenage driver Two people are in hospital after being left trapped in a National Express coach following a multi-vehicle accident on a slip road of the M6 motorway. Traffic data company INRIX reports the exit sliproad on the southbound carriageway J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) remains closed The slip road is set to remain shut overnight to allow emergency barrier repairs to take place. One lane of the southbound carriageway was also closed, but has now reopened – however long delays continue in the area. Emergency services, including four fire engines, were called to the scene – and a man and woman have now been extracted from the coach. Neither passenger is believed to have been seriously injured. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said fire engine from Crewe, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager have managed to get into the coach to reach the trapped people – who are now being attended by paramedics. She said: “At around 3pm firefighters were called to a collision on the Junction 16 slip road on the M6 southbound. “On arrival crews discovered that two people were trapped on a coach. “Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to cut the coach’s doors off and widen the opening. “Police and the Highways Agency were also in attendance. “The slip road at Junction 16 and lane one of the motorway were closed while the incident was being dealt with. “Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour and 20 minutes.” Read More’Superior and arrogant’ businessman jailed for seven years Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsSummary as of 6pm17:5821:35End of live reportThis live report is now ending for the night. The slip road remains closed and it is unclear when it will reopen tonight.20:31Statement from National ExpressA National Express spokesman said the company apologised for the delays the accident caused.He addedA National Express coach was involved in an incident on the M6 earlier this afternoon.The vehicle was a 325 service from Manchester to BirminghamFollowing the accident two passengers were taken to hospital. The other passengers were moved by an alternative vehicle and have since arrived in Birmingham and been spoken to by our staff.Arrangements have been made to continue their journeys or they have completed their journeys in Birmingham.”19:37Slip road expected to be closed late into night19:29More photos from the accident on the M6Alsager Fire Station tweeted these photographs (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)18:38Coach belonged to National ExpressThe coach involved in the accident (Image: North West Motorway Police)18:29The broken down lorry being clearedThe broken down lorry on the M6 (Image: Highways England)18:28Delays reducingA Highways England spokesman said:Delays M6 southbound from J18 – J16 are now reducing quickly following this afternoons accident near J16…. our contractors are just towing clear an un-related broken down HGV to get an extra lane open. “18:11Lane on main carriageway reopensThe lane on the main carriageway has reopened, but the slip road remains closed.17:58KEY EVENTSummary as of 6pmEmergency services were called just before 3pm to an accident involving a coach and other vehicles on the exit sliproad of the M6 southbound at junction 1620 passengers were on board the coach at the time of the accident. 18 were evacuated and moved to safe area with two more trapped inside.Four fire engines were called to the scene and cut their way into the coach to rescue the pair, a man and a woman, who were handed over to paramedics.One lane of the M6 itself, and the exit sliproad remain closed.Long delays continue, with congestion reported back towards junction 18 – with delays expected until almost 9pmThe exit slip road will remain shut overnight for emergency barrier repairsWe’ll keep you updated throughout the evening17:53Slip road to be closed overnightNorth West Motorway Police have confirmed the road slip road will be closed overnight.A spokesman said: ““J16 M6 SB exit slip will be closed overnight due to damage to the barrier.”17:38Delays expected to continue on M6 until just before 9pmA Cheshire Police spokeswoman said:M6 Latest: We’re still seeing a large build up of traffic on the M6 Southbound as a result of the earlier collision at Junction 16. Please avoid the area if possible, seeking alternate routes or waiting for the traffic to be flowing again before travelling. Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.”17:28Delays on M6 continueA Highways England spokesman said:“Extra lane now open M6 southbound J17 – J16… still some long delays 45mins from J18 through Cheshire. this afternoon.“Be aware due to the earlier accident the J16 south exit slip road remaining closed due to barrier damage which is expected to be repaired overnight.”17:24Broken down lorry adding to delays There is also a broken down lorry in the queues blocking lane one (of three). 16:51Casualties removed from vehicleCheshire Fire and Rescue Service have removed both casaulties, a man and a woman, from the vehicle and they are now in the care of paramedics.16:23A Cheshire Fire and Resce Service spokeswoman said:There were a total of 20 passengers on the coach, including the two casualties. Passengers are currently in a safe area after a cordon was set up.”16:22Total of 20 people on board coach at time of accidentThere were a total of 20 people on board the coach at the time of the accident.16:16Slow traffic reported on northbound carriageway as well Slow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).There is an accident at J16 on the southbound carriageway. 16:16Delays of an hour now reportedDelays of an hour are now reported on the southbound carriageway, with congestion still reported back to junction 17.16:07Full update from Cheshire Fire and Rescue ServiceA spokesman said: “Crews have removed the doors and gained access to the coach.“Paramedics are in attendance to deal with the casualties.“The slip road at Junction 16 and lane one of the motorway are now fully closed while the incident is being dealt with.2Police and the Highways Agency are also in attendance.”16:06People inside being treated by paramedicsThe two people who were trapped are being treated by paramedics, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed.16:06Firefighters have entered the coachCheshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they have got into the vehicle16:03Cheshire Police confirm they are at the sceneA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Emergency services are currently responding to a collision involving a coach on the #M6 Southbound near to Junction 16. More details to follow.”15:57Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service statementA spokeswoman said: At around 3pm firefighters were called to a collision on the Junction 16 slip road on the M6 southbound.Crews are currently removing the doors of a coach to remove two people who are trapped in the vehicle.This incident will be updated when more information becomes available.” 15:57Four fire engines at the sceneFour fire engines, from Crewe, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager are at the scene.15:56Two people trapped in coach in accident on M6Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service say two people are trapped in the coach on the M6 – and firefighters are working to free them.15:49Reports of separate incident on M6 northboundNorth West Motorway Police have just tweeted there is an accident on the M6 northbound between J16 and J17. We have no further information on this at this stage but will keep you posted.15:46Delays now up to 50 minutesDelays are now up to 50 minutes15:30What we know so far:Accident took place at around 2.50pmA number of vehicles, including a coach, are involvedThe accident has taken place near junction 16 on the southbound carriageway of the M6One lane and the exit sliproad are closedEmergency services are at the sceneThere are delays of around 40 minutes, with traffic reaching back to junction 1715:2840 minute delays against trafficThere are now 40 minute delays against traffic.15:1830 minute delays against expected trafficThere are currently 30 minute delays against expected traffic, according to Traffic England.last_img read more

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Uttarakhand Tourism conducts road show OTM

first_imgIn order to attract more tourists in the state, the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) conducted a travel trade and media road show on the second day of OTM Mumbai. Uttarakhand Tourism participated in OTM Mumbai and TTF Delhi with a huge delegation of 44 co-exhibitors.In the road show, Shailesh Bagauli, Secretary – Uttarakhand Tourism and CEO, UTDB invited everyone to visit Uttarakhand – the ‘Land of Gods’ or the ‘Heaven on Earth’. Bagauli informed that this year Uttarakhand is promoting home stays, adventure tourism, religious tourism, spiritual tourism and yoga tourism.“We are going to promote home stays in a big way. People can experience the village life in a raw form with world class facilities and they can also experience the culture and traditions of the villages of Uttarakhand.”In March, UTDB is organising an international event on paragliding in the city of Pithoragarh where 50 participants from across the world have already confirmed.During the first week of March, an International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh is also being organised. Bagauli added that they will be promoting yoga in a big way and will have yoga events in Devaprayag and Rudraprayag. “Apart from these places we are also going to promote yoga in Binsar and Chaukori,” he added.Bagauli also added, “Last year during summer, Chardham had received around 60% of the number of tourists we used to receive before 2013. From this year onwards I am very sure we are going to get more tourists.” The rail and flight connectivity which is getting better day by day was also discussed.last_img read more

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Ukrainian cable operator Volia has upgraded its ne

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has upgraded its networks in Zaporizhia in eastern Ukraine, Kirovohrad in central Ukraine and Chernivtsi in the western part of the country, enabling it to offer DOCSIS 3.0-based high-speed internet services in the three cities. Customers in Zaporizhia, Kirovohrad and Chernivtsi will be able to subscribe to 60Mbps and 100Mbps packages as well as a new package of internet bundled with TV services.The company said it would offer free replacement modems to all customer that subscribed to internet packages of 30Mbps or above.last_img

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Raymond McCartney said The families of Paul Whit

first_imgRaymond McCartney said: “The families of Paul Whitters and Julie Livingstone have been waiting almost 40 years for truth and justice so this decision to seal the files on their killings is callous in the extreme.“The British Secretary of State told the families that they will have to apply for the files under a Freedom of Information request, as the files are the property of the National Archives at Kew, London, and no longer anything to do with her or her office.“It is beyond time British government ended its culture of cover up and made the files available to the families in order for them to get answers.“In fact the British Secretary of State has given no confidence to victims that she has any intention of dealing with the legacy of the conflict which adds a major obstacle to the broader reconciliation process. ShareTweet Sinn Fein justice spokesperson Raymond McCartneySINN Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said the British government must end their policy of cover up and release files which were sealed relating to children killed by the state.The party’s Justice spokesperson was speaking following a meeting between the families of Paul Whitters and Julie Livingstone, who were killed in 1981 by plastic bullets fired by the RUC and British army, and the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley. “The British government needs to end its stalling tactics on the implementation of the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House five years ago.” British government must end policy of cover up – McCartney was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: British government must end policy of cover up – McCartneyBRTISH GOVERNMENTFOYLE MLAPaul WhittersRaymond McCartneySinn Feinlast_img read more

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Developing drugs to sell in the US is a complex an

first_imgDeveloping drugs to sell in the US is a complex and costly process. It’s estimated that for every 1,000 compounds discovered in the pre-clinical stage, perhaps only one will make it through the entire FDA approval process to be sold on the market. Navigating this approval process can often take more than a decade; depending upon the source, the average cost of bringing a new prescription drug to market ranges from $1.2 to $1.5 billion. [Ed. Note: This Forbes article claims that the true cost is actually much higher.] But the potential reward from a blockbuster drug can be several billion dollars in sales a year for the remaining life of the patent.Consider that in 2010 alone, the five top-selling biotech drugs on the market (Avastin, Rituxan, Humira, Herceptin, and Lantus) generated revenues of $31.8 billion. These five drugs are all big-pharma products (Roche, Abbott, and Sanofi), but many of the new potential blockbuster drugs are coming out of smaller, more innovative biotech outfits. Obviously, a multibillion-dollar blockbuster drug will affect the value of a small – say $200-million market-cap biotech company – a lot more than it would a $150-billion market-cap big-pharma company like Roche.It’s this potential of uncovering the next blockbuster drug from a relatively small company that makes biotech investing so enticing. But it’s a risky game. Success or failure of your trade can often hinge on one piece of news (at least in the short run). Good news equals big gains, and bad news equals big losses.Companies that aren’t yet selling any products routinely see their stocks swing up 100% or more in a single day on good news from a clinical trial or FDA approval of a drug candidate – or watch them tumble 90% if a drug fails to impress the FDA or results from a trial are anything less than glowing.For instance, on February 22, 2012, an FDA advisory panel voted 20-2 in favor of approval of Vivus’ new obesity drug, Qnexa. The drug still requires approval by the FDA itself (decision date is expected by April 17), which has rejected previous obesity drugs after panel support. But that did not stop shares of Vivus (NASDAQ.VVUS) from soaring. The stock rose from a close of $10.55 the day before the FDA panel vote to a close of $18.73 the first trading day after the vote (trading was halted on 2/22), a one-day increase of more than 77%. By February 27 (just the third trading day after the FDA panel vote), the stock was trading as high as $25.14, a full 138% above the pre-panel vote close.Vivus is not some lone anomaly, either. Just five days before the news about Qnexa, Corcept Therapeutics (NASDAQ.CORT) announced that the FDA had approved Korlym as a once-daily oral medicine to control hyperglycemia in adult patients with Cushing’s syndrome (a rare and life-threatening endocrine disorder that results from long-term exposure to excess levels of the hormone cortisol); the stock jumped 47% in one trading day, from a close of $3.03 to a close of $4.45 on the news.Then there’s Chelsea Therapeutics (NASDAQ.CHTP). On February 23, 2012, the company announced that the FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee (CRDAC) voted 7-4 to recommend approval of Northera for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (a condition which often causes dizziness) in people with central nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s. The stock surged on the news, climbing more than 60% in one trading day.Just to show how extreme it can get, take the example of Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.VNDA). Vanda received FDA approval of its schizophrenia drug Fanapt on May 7, 2009, which resulted in a one-day gain for the stock of over 625%. And just four trading days after that, the stock closed at $12.96, a full 1,100% above its $1.08 close on March 6, 2009.Of course the converse is true as well. When the news is negative, early investors may find themselves holding little more than toilet paper. Take one of the same companies from above, Chelsea Therapeutics, for instance. About two weeks before the stock made a one-day gain of 50%, it suffered a one-day loss of nearly 40% on news from the company that it had received certain briefing documents from the FDA that sparked worries about Northera’s approval chances. The stock fell from a close of $4.99 on February 10, 2012 to a close of $3.11 the next day.And then there’s Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ.OREX). The FDA failed to approve this company’s obesity drug, Contrave, early last year, and the stock fell more than 72% in one day, from a close of $9.09 on January 31, 2011 to a close of $2.50 on February 1.With all this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to post a list of some of the FDA decisions that are coming up in the next few months – in case you are interested in digging into these stocks more and trying to make a play based on upcoming news.[Ed. Note: The following list was checked to ensure accuracy, but it’s possible for the timing on these decisions to change going forward.]Company: MAP Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.MAPP) Drug: Levadex Indication: Orally inhaled drug for the acute treatment of migraine in adults FDA Decision Date: March 26, 2012Company: Affymax (NASDAQ.AFFY) Drug: Peginesatide Indication: Once-monthly injection for the treatment of anemia associated with chronic kidney disease in adult patients on dialysis FDA Decision Date: March 27, 2012Company: Vivus (NASDAQ.VVUS) Drug: Qnexa Indication: Extended-release, once-daily capsule for the treatment of obesity FDA Decision Date: April 17, 2012Company: Vivus (NASDAQ.VVUS) Drug: Avanafil Indication: Orally administered, as-needed pill for the treatment of erectile dysfunction FDA Decision Date: April 29, 2012Company: Protalix BioTherapeutics (NYSE.PLX) Drug: Uplyso Indication: A plant-cell expressed recombinant form of glucocerebrosidase for the treatment of Gaucher disease FDA Decision Date: May 1, 2012Company: Talon Therapeutics (NASDAQ.TLON) Drug: Marqibo Indication: A novel targeted nanoparticle-encapsulated anti-cancer compound currently for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and melanoma FDA Decision Date: May 13, 2012Company: Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.IRWD) & Forest Laboratories (NYSE.FRX) Drug: Linaclotide Indication: A guanylate cyclase type-C agonist for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic constipation FDA Decision Date: June 9, 2012Company: Amarin (NASDAQ.AMRN) Drug: AMR101 Indication: A next-generation omega-3-based triglyceride-lowering therapy FDA Decision Date: July 26, 2012Company: Onyx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ.ONXX) Drug: Carfilzomib Indication: A next-generation proteasome inhibitor in development for the treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma FDA Decision Date: July 27, 2012While you’re certainly free to throw your hat in the ring and start picking biotech stocks willy-nilly based on what you think a particular news outcome will be, I wouldn’t recommend it. Navigating the universe of biotech is tricky, and even the professionals get creamed.The trick is to put the odds of success in your favor so your wins outnumber your losses. And if you’ll indulge a bit of unapologetic self-promotion, that’s exactly what our team at Casey Extraordinary Technology has done. Sure, we’ve been wrong before. And we’ll be wrong again in the future – but our successes far outnumber our failures. So, if you’re interested in getting to know more about biotech and seeing what companies we like in the space, then sign up for a risk-free trial of Casey Extraordinary Technology. Details here.last_img read more

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Dear Reader Coal plays an integral role in keep

first_imgDear Reader, Coal plays an integral role in keeping the lights on and buildings standing. Despite the green energy movement, more than 40% the world’s electricity still comes from coal-fired plants, and 70% of the world’s steel production requires metallurgical coal. This graphic from the World Coal Organization reviews the types of coal and what they’re used for. Japan continues to be the #2 global producer of steel. Annual production for 2013 accounted for approximately 7% of global supply, which means it’s a significant importer of metallurgical coal. Japan gets most of its thermal and met coal from Australia: 72% and 52%, respectively. Indonesia is its second-largest supplier at 13% and 27%. India ranks #3 in the world in differential between exports and imports for coal. With a population of over 1 billion, a population growth rate of over 1%, and a GDP growth rate of over 3%, its demand for power is relentless. Of measured, indicated, and inferred coal in India, 232 billion tons of its total 264 billion tons fall into the category of non-coking coal. While lignite may be used for power generation in areas with relaxed environmental policies, the ability to export coal will be limited, likely requiring India to remain a net importer. Like many of the Asia-Pacific countries, South Korea is and will continue to be heavily dependent upon energy imports. Of its total $150 billion in imports of oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and coal, oil represents about $110 billion and coal less than $20 billion. But thanks to the country’s growth rate, on a percentage basis coal demand has increased by 550% over the last 10 years. The latest South Korean energy policy is aimed at raising coal briquette prices, a move to slow demand that suggests a shift toward LNG as the country’s main long-term power source. The price difference between the two comes largely from proximity to final destination. The coal spot market in Asia has taken off tremendously over the past year, with 67.7 million tons traded over 2013. Major Players and Their Reserves Total global reserves are over 860 billion tons, with anthracite and bituminous coals accounting for 404 billion tons (47%). At current production rates, the world has 109 years of reserves left. Indonesia is the world’s #1 producer and exporter of thermal coal. Currently, it exports nearly 80% of its production. However, the government has put a cap on coal production for 2014, as it’s trying to put future domestic interests ahead of international trade. The current reserves-to-production ratio stands at approximately 79 years. A new Indonesian mining law introduced in 2014 banned the export of raw ore, which means all coal refining must be done domestically. The government has also stated plans to raise royalties from the 3-7% range (depending on type) to 13.5% for all coal types. Port congestion has become an issue for the exporters; wait times have increased by nearly 30% to 6.7 days, in contrast to the one- to two-day average in other Asian ports. It’s one symptom that shows how reinvestment in the country’s port infrastructure is crucial to further development of its export market. Just across the Timor Sea from Indonesia is Australia. The Land Down Under currently occupies the #2 spot of coal exporters, but it dominates the global forecast for coal production. Nearly 50% of coal reserves in Australia fall into the “hard coal” category, an advantage in coming years as environmental regulations get tougher. The Australian government has big plans over the next several years to expand infrastructure that will add 80 million tons of port capacity, as well as to ramp up 65 million tons of production capacity. In total numbers, the export forecast is 327 million tons (23%) of the world’s steam, or thermal, coal. Metallurgical coal production is expected to be 259 million tons, which will account for 54% of global met production. Russia holds the second-largest coal reserves in the world, with a reserves-to-production ratio of 443 years. Russian energy policy actually is going in the opposite direction of most of the West, by decreasing natural gas power generation and raising coal-fired generation. Additionally, the coal industry in Russia has been restructured, leading to the privatization of coal assets. All coal mining is now carried out by joint-stock companies with private ownership. There’s not a lot new to say about Colombia, the fourth-largest coal exporter in the world and the largest in South America by a considerable margin. Colombian reserves are 94% anthracite and bituminous coal and are the primary suppliers of coking coal for Brazil. In contrast, South Africa shows potential to be a hot new region for coal with the discovery of the Waterberg area play. In 2012, the state-owned rail company announced plans to build Swazilink, a railway from the Waterberg coalfield in northeastern South Africa and the port at Richards Bay that would increase export capacity along with several feeder lines. The United States, too, continues to be a major producer of coal; however, production has dropped off every year since 2007. Coal production for 2013 was down 27% to 744.8 million tons as tougher environmental regulations weakened domestic demand. Coal-fired power plants are subject to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), scheduled to take effect on April 16, 2015. Tough domestic regulations don’t necessarily spell doom for the American coal industry as long as other countries in the world still operate coal-fired power plants. Nearly half of its reserves are the desirable anthracite and bituminous coals. Future Supply The growth forecast for total steam- and met-coal exports is 39% by 2040. Here’s a summary of expected exports by kind and country. New developments can alter the standings, however—among those just mentioned here, there’s the proposed air-quality legislation in China and Indonesia’s protectionist trend. Exports (millions of tons) 258.82 82.01 36.98 27.33 47.91 24.74 Coal Cycle Once the downtrend in coal prices approaches the minimum level a company needs to make a profit, an unpleasant conundrum arises: Should it stop producing until prices pick up, or should it increase its production to try to maintain its revenue levels? Sometimes a company has to keep up production or go bankrupt—but if consumption doesn’t keep up with production, the excess supply can put even more downward pressure on prices. The coal sector is currently in this exact situation. Major producers such as BHP, Glencore Xstrata, and the like have suspended operations due to poor economic conditions. So let’s examine the demand in the coal market. Major Coal Consumers The international coal trade is forecast to grow by 65% from 24 quadrillion BTU in 2010 to 39.6 quadrillion BTU in 2040. To put those figures in perspective, one rail car holds about 120 tons of coal, which is approximately 2.3 billion BTUs. If you were to load the 2040 global trade for coal into rail cars, strung together the cars would circle the earth over 6 times. Supply-Side Economics Like other mainstream commodities, coal has a spot price; but many trades take place off-exchange. For trades that do take place on an exchange, the two most common benchmarks are Central Appalachian coal, produced in the eastern United States, and Australian thermal coal, produced mostly in eastern Australia. China is the 800-pound gorilla in the coal market, both in reserves and in consumption. There has been considerable outrage from the Western world over the air quality in China due to the lack of environmental regulations. I can confirm firsthand that air pollution there is bad. The good news is that Beijing looks ready to pass laws to improve its air quality. The centerpiece is expected to be an import ban on low-quality coals with a caloric content of less than 3,900 kilocalories per kilogram. Such coals, like lignite, are used in lower-tech power plants. China recently surpassed Japan as the largest importer of coal, even with Japan’s post-Fukushima scramble to replace the electricity that its nuclear power plants used to produce. Tokyo Gas, Japan’s largest municipal natural gas utility, said it has “strong interest” in building new coal-fired plants in order to diversify energy supply—a nice bump for coal demand in the country. Country Australia United States South Africa Eurasia Canada Indonesia The Long and Short of It When a company uses the abbreviation “t,” remember that this refers to the metric ton, also known as the long ton. Standard engineering reports designate these as tonnes, but all the terms mean 1,000 kilograms, or 2,204 pounds. It’s the short ton that equals 2,000 pounds. So when comparing production, for instance—most often between US and non-US companies—be sure your apples are lined up against apples, not oranges. We have the one company that is best positioned to return significant returns to shareholders. In fact, our existing subscribers are sitting on profits with this company, and we think it’s only going to get better, even when other coal companies are going bankrupt. If you want to read more details about this winner and get our ongoing guidance on this and many other blockbuster energy companies, consider trying my monthly newsletter, the Casey Energy Report risk-free for 3 months. You have nothing to lose: if you aren’t 100% satisfied—for whatever reason—simply cancel within those 3 months for a full and prompt refund. Even if you cancel any time after the 3 months are up, you’ll still receive a prorated refund on the rest of your subscription. I’m so confident that you’ll find the Casey Energy Report to be a great value for the price that I have no problem giving out a 3-month test drive. If for whatever reason you don’t like it, no worries: you get 100% of your money back. If you like it and make money, I know you’ll stay a happy subscriber. You deserve to be rich, and if you want to learn about energy, the Casey Energy Report is the best place to start. Click here to get started today. Region Australia United States South Africa Eurasia S. America Indonesia Exports (millions of tons) 327.2 95.5 122 137.8 224.7 531.2 Given a specific amount of resource, you might wonder how much of it is actually being produced. A common metric that reveals the number of years left at current production rates is the reserves-to-production ratio—a country’s total proven and probable reserves divided by its annual production. It’s not just the quantity, but the kind of coal that matters. Calories quantify the amount of heat produced by complete combustion of the material—in effect, the amount of energy the material contains. In the case of coal, caloric level represents its quality, ash and moisture content, and its hardness. A major reason why anthracite and bituminous coals are more valuable resources is their high caloric content. The following chart combines these two characteristics per country.last_img read more

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In a windowless classroom at the John J Moran med

first_imgIn a windowless classroom at the John J. Moran medium-security prison in Cranston, R.I., three men sit around a table to share how and when they began using opioids.For Josh, now 39, it was when he was just 13 years old. “I got grounded for a week in my house, so I grabbed a bundle of heroin and just sat inside and sniffed it all week.””I started using heroin at 19,” says Ray, now 23. “I was shooting it. It was with a group of friends that I was working with, doing roof work.””At 26 years old, I experimented with heroin,” says Kevin, 50. “I wasn’t the person that I wanted to be. Once I put that in my system, I felt like this is what I’m supposed to do and this is what I’m supposed to feel like.”This group therapy session is part of a $2 million program the Rhode Island Department of Corrections launched in 2016. These men are all serving prison sentences for crimes driven by their drug addiction — including robbery, shoplifting and possession of controlled substances. NPR agreed to only use their first names so they could speak frankly about illegal behavior.They are among the approximately 275 inmates and pretrial detainees getting medication-assisted treatment behind bars.The program is central to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s strategy to reduce opioid overdose deaths in the state. Today, Rhode Island remains the only state to screen every individual who comes into the correctional system for opioid use disorder, and to offer, along with drug counseling, all three types of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat addiction — methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.While prisons have long offered medication-assisted treatment to small subsets of inmates, such as pregnant women, many prisons in the U.S. do not offer it at all, despite the fact that it’s considered by physicians to be the most effective treatment for opioid addiction.The criminal justice reform bill currently before Congress would require the Federal Bureau of Prisons to assess its capacity to provide medication-assisted treatment to inmates who are dependent on opioids, and to draw up plans to expand access to medically aided treatment “where appropriate.” But the bill leaves open who would determine when and where the medication is appropriate.”It’s just ludicrous that we have a whole population of people who are by and large incarcerated because of their disease, and we have an effective medication treatment for the disease and we don’t give it to them,” says Dr. Josiah Rich, director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at the Miriam Hospital in Providence.Rich was one of the experts tapped by Raimondo to identify where best to direct resources to bring down the state’s overdose deaths. He made the case for a prison program, given the high death rate among people recently incarcerated.”This is a population of the most severely impacted, the most advanced stages of opioid use disorder — the people who have taken the greatest risks and gotten caught up in the system,” Rich says. While in prison, the inmates’ opioid use usually ends, and so does their ability to tolerate high doses of the drugs without overdosing.”Then you get released into a very stressful situation with a lot of triggers, and you typically relapse,” Rich says. “And if you relapse back to the same level you were using, you’re set up for overdose and death.”This is what drove the Rhode Island Department of Corrections to offer medication-assisted treatment not just to people coming into prison, but also to those who began serving their sentences before the program existed. Eight to 12 weeks before their release, inmates with histories of addiction are offered methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone to ease their transition back to society, beginning with very low doses.”Even if somebody has not used in many years, they may still have changes in their brain,” says Dr. Jennifer Clarke, the Department of Corrections medical programs director. “The cravings are always going to be there. So, if somebody’s going back to the same old neighborhood, chances are they’re going to be exposed to the same people as when they were using drugs.”So, providing the medication before someone gets out really helps to prevent a relapse,” Clarke says.The possibility of relapse is top of mind for the men in group therapy. They have friends who have overdosed and died after serving time.Kevin has just a few weeks left in his sentence, one of many that he’s served in his adult life. “It feels good, but I’m nervous. I always get nervous,” he says. “As soon as I walk out the gates — my feet, when they hit the pavement outside of here, I have to get busy immediately.””You worry about the drug aspect once you hit the street,” says Josh who has also served multiple sentences for drug-related crimes. “Many times, I’ve gone out of here and overdosed repeatedly. Not on purpose, just accidentally, trying to hide from the pain, hide from myself.”This time, Josh says, the treatment program has given him a way to focus on a different way out.”I still have to fight the other drugs,” he says. “But at least I have something to help with one of the ones that’s brought me closer to death than anything else.”The program inside the prison is run by CODAC, a behavioral healthcare organization that also runs substance abuse treatment programs outside the prison, with locations across Rhode Island. Prisoners who enter the program remain clients when they exit prison, with treatment outside typically paid for by Medicaid. Discharge planners from CODAC help the inmates get organized for that transition.”I already have counseling appointments lined up, doctors appointments lined up,” says Ray, who is scheduled to be released in December. In prison, he’s been taking buprenorphine, which he’ll continue the day he gets out. “I really don’t want to use heroin again.”Early reports from the program are promising. In a study published in JAMA Psychiatry last spring, researchers found that overdose deaths among people who had recently been imprisoned dropped sharply in the first six months of 2017 as compared to the same period the year before — nine deaths, compared to 26.Researchers continue to track outcomes and are interviewing inmates and correctional staff to learn more about how well the program is functioning.There have been hurdles to overcome, says Lauranne Howard, substance abuse coordinator for the Department of Corrections, starting with resistance from security staff about the use of buprenorphine in the program. Buprenorphine itself is an opioid, though less potent than street drugs in many of its effects, and sometimes ends up sold or given to people outside its intended use.”The reaction was, why are you going to bring in a medication that we’re working real hard to keep out? And that’s a legitimate concern,” Howard says.In response, the program has made some changes. CODAC’s Leslie Barber, who directs the prison program and runs the group therapy sessions, says they launched the program using buprenorphine pills, which take awhile to dissolve.”We compromised by switching to the films which, although more expensive, dissolve quicker,” she says. CODAC says the buprenorphine pills cost approximately $4 each, while the films cost approximately $8 each.A number of other states have taken notice and sent corrections officials to Rhode Island to learn from their experiences. Clarke points out that Rhode Island has the advantage of being a small state with a combined jail and prison system, so that everyone who is incarcerated comes to the same campus.”Places like Rikers Island [in New York City] have all three types of medication for opiate use disorder, but they can’t start people who might have a prison sentence, because they’re going to be sent to a different facility, and they don’t have the same opportunities to continue treatment that we have,” Clarke says.Patricia Coyne-Fague, acting director of corrections for Rhode Island, recognizes that even with this program, people will stumble and make mistakes — even end up reincarcerated. Still, she defends the $2 million annual expenditure with the argument that the program saves lives.”Sometimes there can be a negative attitude about whose lives we are saving,” she says. “But everybody belongs to somebody. And so, while they may have committed a crime and deserve to be incarcerated, they’re still human beings. And if we can keep people from dying, that’s a good thing.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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