IMF warns of U.S. financial risks

first_img Higher gas costs led to increase in U.S. consumer prices in March The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that American stock prices are high and U.S. insurers and mutual funds are vulnerable to financial shocks. It also urged Congress not to weaken financial regulations passed in 2010. The IMF says that American banks are stronger but that risk has risen elsewhere. Its previous assessment of the U.S. financial system was conducted five years ago. U.S. economy grew at strong 3.2% rate in Q1 2019 Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Paul Wiseman Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Keywords United States U.S. inflation subdued in April Related news Overall, banks and insurance companies have increased their capital defences against losses. But the IMF expressed concern about risks outside the banking sector. It warned the U.S. stock prices “are approaching levels that may be hard to sustain given profit forecasts” and the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates later this year. Mutual funds could “act as amplifiers” of a panic if jittery investors cash out, forcing funds to dump risky investments into a collapsing market. The IMF warns that at time when ultra-low interest rates are pressuring insurance firms to take bigger risks, regulation of the business is “fragmented” between states. It repeated its calls for a federal insurance regulator. “We consider it even more imperative at this stage,” the IMF’s Aditya Narain, who oversaw the report, told reporters Tuesday. He added that “in a severe scenario, (insurers) might be susceptible to major losses.” After the financial crisis, Congress passed a law tightening financial regulations. But regulators are still writing many of the rules needed to put the so-called Dodd-Frank law in place. The IMF urged regulators to finish the rule-writing but acknowledged it was a “sensitive” issue because some lawmakers want to “water down” the law.last_img read more

Cyanamid revisited

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

The South African Export XV

first_img20 August 2007While the Springboks will be representing South Africa at the Rugby World Cup there will be many other players with South African connections, turning out for other countries, in France in September.Not surprisingly, minnows Namibia, SA’s neighbour, is most heavily influenced by South Africa, but even some of the powerhouses of world rugby contain some SA influence.EnglandCape Town-born Stuart Abbott, who enjoyed World Cup success with defending champions England in 2003, is one of three centres in the 30-man squad. He qualified to play for his adopted country because his mother is English.A product of Diocesan College, widely known as Bishops, he studied economics at Stellenbosch University. Later, he played rugby for Northern Free State, Western Province, the Stormers, and SA under-23.Alongside Abbott, veteran Mike Catt, with 71 caps to his name, has been chosen as one of three flyhalves. Like Abbott, Catt was part of England’s World Cup winning squad, and qualified to play for the team because he has an English mother.Catt was born in Port Elizabeth and attended Grey High School, which is recognised as being amongst the finest schools’ sporting nurseries in South Africa. He earned provincial under-21 honours for Eastern Province, but was struggling to crack the senior provincial side when he went on holiday to England.While there, he took part in some training sessions with Bath and suddenly he had a new home, turning out for the English club. It wasn’t long before he progressed from club rugby to international rugby.In the pack, former Kearsney College schoolboy Matt Stevens, who respresented South Africa at junior level, will serve as cover at both loosehead and tighthead prop.AustraliaLike Stuart Abbott, Wallabies’ lock Daniel Vickerman attended school at Bishops in Cape Town.He represented South Africa at the Sanzar/UAR under-21 Championships in Argentina in 1999, playing in a team captained by SA’s World Cup captain John Smit.South Africa won the tournament, which also included New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, England, Australia, and Wales.The New Zealand team they beat in the final included, among others, Doug Howlett, Aaron Mauger, Nathan Mauger, Rico Gear, Chris Jack, Andrew Hore, and Carl Hayman. Some of the South Africans included Jaco van der Westhuysen, Lawrence Sephaka, Gerrie Britz, Wylie Human, Wayne Julies, Frikkie Welsh, and Johan Roets.Eric Sauls coached the South African side while the assistant coach was Jake White, the current Springbok coach.Vickerman qualified to play for the Wallabies by serving a qualification period after moving Down Under. He played for Australia under-21 and Australia A before making his debut for the Wallabies against France in 2002. He has since gone on to play nearly 50 tests for his adopted country.New ZealandAlthough New Zealand’s All Blacks do not have a South African-born player in their World Cup squad, there is a South African connection. Greg Somerville attended Dale College in King Williams Town as an exchange student in 1995.A key member of the Crusaders and the All Blacks, he has represented New Zealand in 55 tests.FranceThe World Cup hosts, France, have included Pieter de Villiers in their line-up. A 63-test veteran, he attended Stellenbosch University for whom he turned out at tighthead prop.Although he is a French international, De Villiers carries both French and South African passports.ItalyDurban-born Roland de Marigny will turn out for Italy at the World Cup. A product of Westville Boys High, he played Super 12 rugby for the Sharks and the Bulls.In 2000/01 he moved to Italy to play for Overmach Parma. After spending more than five years playing in the Italian league he qualified to play for Italy and made his debut in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against England.He currently plays his club rugby for Cammi Calvisano.Ulster lock Carlo Del Fava was also selected for Italy, but injured a knee in training camp, which has forced him out of the World Cup.He was born in Umtata, but his family moved to Durban while he was young. He attended Queens College and played rugby for the Natal Sharks.Del Fava qualified to play for Italy because of his Italian father and made his debut in the 2004 Six Nations Championship against Wales in Cardiff.USAThe USA, who will face the Springboks in the World Cup on 30 September in Montpellier, has four players with South African connections.Centre Phillip Eloff was born in Thabazimbi and is nicknamed “Thabu” by his teammates. His childhood rugby hero was the legendary Springbok centre Danie Gerber.He’ll be playing in his second World Cup, having turned out for the Eagles four years ago in Australia. Eloff was a try scorer in the USA’s 39-26 win over Japan, which saw the Americans snap a string of 10 losses in succession at the World Cup.Chad Erskine was born in Pietermaritzburg and matriculated from Maritzburg College in 1998. A scrumhalf, he represented South Africa at under-21 level and played polo for SA at schoolboy level.Erskine made his US Eagles debut in August 2006 against Canada.Like Erskine, Owen Lentz, who was born in King Williams Town, also played for South Africa at under-21 level. Although he is a hooker, Eagles’ coach Peter Thorburn likes Lentz’s versatility so much that he has said he may use the player at flank too.Lentz played Currie Cup rugby for Border and Eastern Province from 1999 to 2001 and for SA under-21 in 2001.And just to show that front rowers are not all macho men with rough edges, Lentz is an art teacher.Although Francois Viljoen was born in Oakland, California, he grew up in South Africa. He played under-13 rugby for Natal and for the Blue Bulls under-21 team.Viljoen attended Pretoria University, a rugby powerhouse, and, like Phillip Eloff, says Danie Gerber was his childhood rugby hero. The player he respected the most was Andre Joubert, the Springbok World Cup winning fullback, who played in the 1995 final with a broken hand.Viljoen is a Bulls’ Super 14 supporter, so this season’s competition must have brought him a lot of pleasure as the Bulls became the first South African winners of the southern hemisphere showpiece. Not surprisingly, he lists Loftus Versfeld as his favourite ground.CanadaJust north of the USA, Canada has named two players with South African connections in its World Cup squad. Nick Trenkel was born in Randburg, but moved north as a youngster.A centre, he played for British Columbia at under-16, under-17, and under-18 levels, captaining the under-18 team to the national title in 2004.In 2006, he returned to South Africa to attend the Rugby Performance Academy in Cape Town.DTH van der Merwe, a versatile backline player, who covers a number of positions, is also South African-born.He played for Boland at under-16 level before his family emigrated in 2003, moving to Regina. He then turned out for Saskatchewan at under-18 and under-21 levels. Later, in 2005, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia.NamibiaThat leaves Namibia’s team, which was recently humbled 105-13 by the Springboks. There are plenty of Welwitschias’ players who have spent most of their rugby-playing lives in South Africa.Namibian captain Kees Lensing played for his country in the 2003 World Cup. He has played Super 14 rugby for the Bulls and the Sharks, and also had a stint with Leeds in the UK.Although he has played little for the Sharks this year, the chances are that he would have played for the Springboks in years gone by had he not turned out for Namibia.Loose forward Jacques Burger, a product of Windhoek High School, plays for Griquas. He has represented his country at Craven Week and under-19 level, as well as playing for Free State under-19.Centre Piet van Zyl and prop Jane du Toit are with the Boland Cavaliers, eighthman Jacques Niewenhuis is with the Falcons, while Marius Visser and Hugo Horn play for the Border Bulldogs.Sharks’ hooker Skipper Badenhorst was also chosen for the World Cup, but he chose to retire from the international game, citing family commitments.Tinus du Plessis and Nico Esterhuyse play club rugby for Stellenbosch University, Johannes Redelinghuys is with Kimberley Tech, the same club Jacques Burger belongs to, and Lu-Wayne Botes plays for Johannesburg University.So, there are 27 players, apart from the Springboks, with South African connections who will be in action at the World Cup.Some are distant connections, such as Greg Somerville and Nick Trenkel, while others, like many of the Namibians, play their rugby in South Africa.Two of the 27, Carlo Del Fava and Skipper Badenhorst, were selected to play in the World Cup but won’t be traveling to France due to injury and retirement respectively. 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Aids ‘animerts’ spread message

first_img“Victor the taxi driver” the lead characterin the Scrutinize series The young girl must learn life lessonsfrom the other charactersimages: Scrutinize Khanyi MagubaneA series of new animated commercials has been launched in a bid to communicate the HIV/Aids message in an innovative yet authoritative way. The Scrutinize campaign speaks to the young adult market in a fun yet fact-based and engaging manner.The campaign is the brainchild of a partnership between USAid, the Johns Hopkins Health Education in South Africa (JHHESA) and designer jeans label Levi’s. Backed by funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, the three organisations teamed up with South African creatives Matchboxology who created the entire animated series.The series makes use of characters from the township that the youth can easily relate to. Each of the animated commercials, known as animerts, is about 40-60 seconds long and is based on the everyday realities that place young South Africans at risk of HIV infection.The underlying strategy behind the campaign is to equip young people with the knowledge to take responsibility for their own actions, as a means to reducing their risk of HIV infection.Patrick Coleman, managing director for JHHESA, who has more than 30 years experience in public health communication, says he believes the reality of the series makes it very persuasive, “Scrutinize uses South African slang and symbology with the [same] kind of humour that makes shows like The Simpson’s so popular around the world,” he says.“People laugh because they can see themselves, but you can see in their eyes they are getting the message.”The lead character is taxi driver named Victor, created in collaboration with top South African comedian Joey Rasdien. Victor is on a mission “to flip HIV to H-I-Victory”. Rasdien is joined by a cast of four other local actors and comedians. The characters include a shebeen queen (a female owner of a small drinking establishment, usually in her home), a sugar daddy (an older man who dates young girls), a young girl, a businessman, and a teenage boy.Debbie Gebhardt, marketing director for Levi Strauss South Africa, says the creative use of multi-media gives the campaign a cutting edge, “We brought together commercial marketing and merchandising techniques, modern advertising creativity and hard epidemiological data with expertise from JHHESA and USAid.”The first eight animerts will be flighted on local television in South Africa for a period of a year. The aim will be to reach target audiences during peak hours and at times when youth programmes are broadcast.The campaign will also be taken to local communities, where the commercials will be used as discussion starters for a series of planned youth conversations around issues of HIV/Aids.Focus is on urban township youthDirector of communications at JHHESA, Richard Delate, says the campaign focuses on youth in South Africa’s black urban townships as their research has shown that this is where the spread of the HIV/Aids is most rife.He says part of the contributing factor to the spread of the virus is the prevalence of multiple and concurrent partners. This means that while a person may have a steady partner in a long-term relationship, they also have multiple partners on the outside. These partnerships usually overlap, forming a type of sexual network.While condom use amongst non-regular partners is high, it tends to become inconsistent and eventually decreases over time with the regular partner. This then puts the partners at a higher risk of contracting the virus.If one of the partners within the network gets infected with HIV, the virus spreads rapidly to others, as HIV is most infectious during the first three to six weeks after infection.According to the First National South African HIV/Aids Communication Survey conducted in 2006, 13% of young men and 4 % of young women between the ages of 15-24, reported that they had concurrent partners. This survey also found that youth falling into this age group have a greater chance of being involved with multiple and concurrent partners.Multiple and concurrent partnerships may also involve the exchange of material goods and status between a man or a woman better off economically, and a younger partner who isn’t. The younger partner is expected to give sexual favours in return to the “sugar daddy or sugar mommy”.For example, a girl may have three boyfriends, each of them catering to different aspects of her life. “Minister of transport” refers to the partner who provides her with transport to get around. It could be a guy with a car that fetches and drops her off at her destination of choice, or a taxi driver who lets her ride for free.“Minister of finance” refers to the man who offers her financial assistance. He may pay for her clothing accounts, her hair and in other instances, even her accommodation. “Minister of gigs” often refers to the man that provides entertainment. He takes her out to the nightclubs, to dinners and basically pays for their social life. The girl would usually sleep with all three men concurrently, increasing the spread of the virus.The Scrutinize campaign ultimately aims to empower young people with knowledge that will help them eradicate behaviour which places them in the high-risk category of contracting the virus. Levi’s will also feature the characters on T-shirts as part of their Red for Life range in shops nationwide.Useful LinksUSAid/South AfricaUSAid internationalThe Johns Hopkins UniversityLevi StraussDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

Joy in Giving: Be a Smart Year-End Giver

first_imgAs my one contribution to the social well-being of my neighborhood, I update the signs at the entrance to the subdivision. My seven-year-old particularly enjoys helping move the big letters around and then driving by our handiwork.The current iteration of the signs reads: “Share the Joy of the Season.” No matter your background or creed, you can’t deny that the level of joy is up across America during the holidays.Americans predilection toward charitable giving contributes to that sense of joy. It’s hard to tease out whether the seasonal good-feeling prompts people to think about their charitable giving, or if end-of-year charitable giving ups the seasonal joy. I think it’s probably a virtuous cycle.For some people, though, the idea of giving doesn’t always mesh with practice. Maybe you aren’t sure where to give, how to give, or if your gift will count.Here is a secret: Americans are givers at heart. If you’re an American, you have all the requirements you need to be a giver.If you’re ready to say, “yes” to giving, here are a few ideas to really make the most of it:Move the Needle You Want to MoveWhile checking out at the bookstore in the Dallas airport, the overly chipper cashier asked if I wanted to donate a dollar to aid those effected by the California wildfires.A mere dollar! And to support a disaster that happened very close to several of my closest friends.And I declined.The human mind does funny things. The concept of moral licensing tells us that I probably would have felt pretty good about myself for giving that measly dollar – after all, it was for a good cause! The cashier would know I was a Good Person!But here’s the problem: I might have even felt so good that I might lower some future charitable giving, particularly giving I do without anyone watching. That giving probably would have been bigger, and to a cause I care more about.I want to give you moral license to say no to giving outside of your priorities. Instead, take time to think about the big changes you’d like to see in the world. What events riled you up in the past year? What tragedy, big or small, really strummed at your compassion chords?These are the causes that should benefit from your support. Whether you are giving away $25 or $25,000, you want your money to have the biggest impact it can. Don’t crowd out the impact you can have by tossing dollars beyond what you care about.Take the time to map out the causes and organizations you most want to give to, and divide your charitable pie amongst those groups as you see fit. You’ll move the needle on something that matters to you – and you’ll probably end up giving a lot more than a dollar.Give More By Being Tax SmartGiving selflessly doesn’t mean you aren’t giving with your self-interest in mind, particularly when it comes to the tax benefits charitable giving offers.If the only reason you give to charity is so you can save on taxes, then you’re doing it wrong. However, the tax benefits should allow you to give more than you otherwise might, if you play your cards right.One of the most tax-friendly ways for an individual donor to give is with a contribution of appreciated securities that you’ve held for at least one year. Rather than liquidate the stock, you transfer the security directly to the charity. The charity then sells the stock and keeps the proceeds.You as the donor take the tax deduction at the value of the stock on the day you transfer the asset, and you also avoid paying the capital gains. Giving appreciate stock is a great way to give more than your cash flow might allow. (I’m no tax expert, so, to make sure you appraise the value appropriately, work with your tax advisor or attorney on the valuation).The other big tax tip is for those who, in light of the revised tax code, are hovering in that funny space on the border of taking the new, higher standard deduction or itemizing. Many tax experts recommend a strategy called “bunching” to help you maximize your tax deductions while also leveling out your giving to charity.It works like this: front-load, or bunch, your charitable gifts in one year so that you itemize, and then the next year you take the standard deduction. (For a great, number-filled example, see the “Consider Bunching Gifts” section of this article by DonorsTrust CFO Jeff Zysik.)A donor-advised fund, or DAF, makes bunching and giving appreciated stock easy. A DAF works like a charitable savings account. You can put your money in and immediately get your tax deduction, and then can take time to make grants out of the fund – you aren’t bound, from a tax perspective, to getting gifts out before year’s end. That makes a DAF a great place to park money for both this and next year’s giving, or to give you one place to give that appreciated stock instead of doling it out to a bunch of separate charities.If a donor-advised fund sounds like a tool that would help your giving, look at the Novus Society, a program at DonorsTrust that offers folks under 40 access to a donor-advised fund at lower cost than most other places (and currently offers a $500 match when you open the account).Give Future You A GiftMy final year-end recommendation is more of a year-start idea: make a plan to set aside some charitable dollars every month in 2019.It’s tough to part with money at the end of the year. Whether we have some Christmas cash from Aunt Martha or a generous year-end bonus, it’s just harder to part with the money in front of us than if we have funds set aside for a specific purpose.Instead, resolve to set aside money every month for your year-end charitable giving. If you usually give away $3,000 a year, commit to putting $250 a month in a savings account or a donor-advised fund. Set an auto-draft from your bank so you never even see the money.You’ll get to the end of the year and boom! Pot of gold waiting for you to give to charity.You might end up with some cash at the end of the year you want to give as well. Suddenly, you’re even more generous than you realized you could be. That’s a win all around.Be A GiverCharitable giving truly does help spread the joy of the holiday season. It can increase your own joy as well, allowing you to have an impact on causes you care about, save a little on taxes, and overall make your community a bit better.Go ahead, don’t hold back. Be a giver. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.last_img read more

TN govt presents Rs 5.43 lakh cheque to fencer Bhavani Devi

first_imgChennai, Feb 24(PTI): Tamil Nadu government today presented a cheque of Rs 5.43 lakh to ace fencer C A Bhavani Devi, for participating in the fencing grand prix held in Mexico last year.The state government has introduced a special incentive scheme to encourage budding sports personalities chosen by a high level committee.Under the scheme, the selected candidates expenses towards purchase of sport equipment and other necessary expenditures would be borne by the government, an official release said.Fencer Bhavani Devi was included in the scheme and so far Rs 22.04 lakh has been sanctioned to her, it said.Similarly, for taking part in the World Championship title in France and Fencing Grand Prix in Mexico, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami handed over the cheque amounting to Rs 5.43 lakh to the mother of Bhavani Devi on the occasion of the 69th birth anniversary of the late AIADMK Supremo J Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat, today.Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, K A Sengottaiyan, Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority Ashok Dongre were among those present on the occasion, it added. PTI VIJ ROHlast_img read more

How to sell like a CIA negotiator

first_imgImagine facing an armed madman who has a hostage in a headlock and is threatening to kill himself and everyone in the room. With your heart pounding and thoughts racing, you need to appear calm, collected, in control, and even a little friendly. From there you need to convince this crazy person to let the hostage go and put the weapon on the floor.This scene was just another day in the life for former FBI hostage negotiator Mark Goulston. Today, however, Goulston is using his powerful persuasion skills to help the business world. As a business adviser and consultant, he shares his advice on how to get people to do what you want in the Business Insider article, Former FBI hostage-negotiation trainer shares 6 tricks for getting people to do what you want.After reading Goulston’s advice, I couldn’t help but think that some of his tips can be applied to sales. As a freelancer, you’re constantly selling yourself and your business either directly or indirectly. You know your products and services can help, but there are always ways to sharpen your persuasion skills.Here’s my take on how some of the persuasion tips Goulston offers in the article can be used by freelancers to sell ideas, products and/or services:“Get them to talk.”I learned this one at a networking event, and it was re-affirming to see Goulston back it up. When we’re selling something, there is a tendency to want to go into full detail about what the product can do. Instead let your prospect do more of the talking and you’ll be more likely to discover unmet needs they may have, which will allow you to personalize your pitch.“As they are speaking, pay attention to the adjectives and adverbs they use.”This is a great piece of advice. As a person is talking, pay attention to when and where they use adjectives and adverbs like “really” “perfectly” or “very.” So, if for example a prospect says “We’re really looking to increase revenue this year,” the use of “really” is an indicator that your pitch needs to be focused on helping them increase revenue.“Use ‘fill in the blanks.’”Goulston suggests using a fill-in-the-blank method instead of asking direct questions since asking questions can feel too much like an interrogation. Instead of asking “What is your budget?” try saying “So your budget is…” and let them fill in the rest.“Try to trigger positive flashbacks.”Goulston writes, “Whenever you say, do, or ask something you almost always trigger unconscious flashbacks for the person you’re speaking to.” Your goal is to make sure those flashback are positive. If they are, then the prospect is much more likely to go along with what you’re trying to do.Do you have any powerful persuasion skills or tactics that you help sell your freelance services? Share them below!This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.last_img read more

New rules for woodburning appliances in Montreal two decades after ice storm

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s strict, new rules regarding wood-burning appliances are set to kick in this year, two decades after the heating systems regained popularity in the aftermath of the crippling 1998 ice storm.By October, it will be illegal for Montrealers to use what’s considered a solid-fuel-burning heating system unless the appliance has been certified as emitting no more than 2.5 grams per hour of fine particles into the atmosphere.The slow crackdown on these appliances, such as wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, began roughly a decade ago after health authorities started warning about the growing number of wintertime smog days in Montreal.Health Canada says smog, particularly fine particulate matter, affects breathing, heart and blood functions.On Friday, Environment Canada issued a smog warning for Montreal and surrounding areas. The agency said “high concentrations of fine particulates” were expected to persist through the morning and result in poor air quality.Montreal residents in particular were advised to stop using wood-burning stoves or fireplaces until the warning is lifted.Anti-pollution activist Andre Belisle says Montreal’s frequent poor wintertime air quality is partly due to the legacy of the ice storm when, over a several-day period in January 1998, cities along the St. Lawrence Valley received more than double the normal amount of freezing rain for the year.Electricity blackouts lasted weeks in certain areas and people rushed to buy wood-burning stoves and other similar heating systems to survive the cold and to be prepared for a similar weather crisis.“There was literally an explosion of people going back to wood-burning heating systems (in 1998),” said Belisle, president of a Quebec association that fights atmospheric pollution.“We ran a recycling program to try and eliminate slow-burning stoves and we did an analysis and learned that following the ice storm, stores all over the city went out of stock, and people from Montreal started buying wood-burning appliances from all other regions of the province.”Montreal’s new emission standards are the most strict in the province, according to Chantal Demers, head of a Quebec association representing companies in the heating industry.“We would have preferred for the rules to be less severe,” she said in an interview. “They go above and beyond what is required provincially.”In 2009, Quebec passed provincewide legislation banning the fabrication, selling and distribution of wood-burning appliances that weren’t certified by the Canadian Standards Association or the American Environmental Protection Agency.Montreal started taking action against the roughly 50,000 wood-burning appliances on its territory, also in 2009, when it banned the installation of any new, non-EPA-certified wood-burning heating system.The latest bylaw was passed by Montreal city council in 2015, but the appliance ban takes effect this year.Under the rules, Montrealers can’t use any wood-burning appliance, regardless of certification, during smog alert days.Citizens won’t be forced to get rid of their less-performing, wood-burning appliances such as fireplaces but they won’t be able to use them after October.The law, however, includes one exception: if a power outage lasts longer than three hours, citizens can use any wood-burning appliance they own.Additionally, the new rules don’t apply to wood-burning appliances that cook food for commercial purposes, such as the city’s famed bagel shops.last_img read more

Ohio State football utilizing medical tent in 2016

Ohio State’s medical tent placed behind OSU’s bench during football games. Credit: Kevin Harrish | For The LanternThe Ohio State football team added a scarlet and gray medical tent to its sideline for the 2016 season to provide more privacy to injured players.The tent will allow a player to be evaluated away from the public eye, according Alexis Shaw, a spokesperson for the team’s sports medicine physicians.“There’s no special equipment inside the tent,” Shaw said. “Players are just brought there for a private assessment before determining whether they will be put back on the field or taken out of the game.”In the past, injured players were assessed on an open medical table in plain view of fans and television cameras. The goal of the tent is to allow for a more isolated and controlled environment while remaining conveniently close to the field.Along with the added seclusion from onlookers, Ohio State hopes the tent will allow the football program to stay up to date with national trends.The tent debuted at the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling GreenThe University of Alabama began using a similar tent during the 2015 season, designed by a group of the school’s mechanical engineering students, according to Kyle Burger of WVTM 13.Their collapsible model has since been marketed and sold to at least 29 college football teams, as well as the Buffalo Bills, to be used during the 2016 season.“These sideline tents are relatively new to football stadiums,” said Jerry Emig, a spokesperson for the Ohio State football team. “We do like to stay contemporary and at the forefront with regard to the resources we are able to provide our student-athletes.”Aside from adding privacy, the medical tent does not change anything about the medical procedure when a player is injured.“It won’t change the way our medical staff delivers its expert care,” Emig said. read more

World Heart Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:world heart day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Sept 2014 – The Ministry of Health may be mum on ChikV and Dengue updates but it is talkative about planned health recognition days … Today is World Heart Day… October is Brest Cancer Awareness Month and this October the Turks and Caicos will also mark Caribbean Wellness Day with the Corporate Games and World Mental Health Day with a seminar and walk. last_img