Zika-affected babies show severe health, developmental issues two years later

first_img By Helen Branswell Dec. 14, 2017 Reprints Zika in Brazil: One disease, two very different lives A woman in Brazil’s Paraiba state holds her twin granddaughters, both of whom were born with microcephaly. Mario Tama/Getty Images Tags infectious diseaseZika Virus Leave this field empty if you’re human: Medical and social services systems that have children with Zika microcephaly in their care are going to need to plan to provide services for them and their families, the report noted, saying these children “will require specialized care from clinicians and caregivers as they age.”Moore said the CDC plans to monitor the development of babies in the United States who have been born with Zika-related microcephaly, noting the full picture of the damage the virus causes to children infected while they are in the womb will take years to chart out.“We do not know the spectrum of problems that can happen with Zika virus infection congenitally or in utero. We don’t know the end of it,” she said. The children, who ranged from 19 months to 2 years of age when the assessments were done, were all born between Oct. 1, 2015, and Jan. 31, 2016.The assessments involved interviews with their caregivers, clinical evaluations, and reviews of their medical histories. The infants were given a standardized neurological exam aimed at seeing if they are developing at the same rate as healthy children, called the Ages and Stages Questionnaires.advertisement Fifteen of the 19 children had not met the developmental milestones — like being able to sit up by themselves — that a healthy 6-month-old would meet, the authors reported.“They’re profoundly affected, in both their health and their development,” said Dr. Cynthia Moore, chief medical officer in CDC’s division of congenital and developmental disorders.And Moore admitted they are not likely to grow out of their problems.“Any babies that have this degree of microcephaly, we would not expect them to catch up,” she said. “We can’t make predictions about exactly what’s going to be their status as they go through childhood into adulthood. But we believe they’ll have lifelong challenges.”Four of the children had heads that were only slightly smaller than the average head size for their age, and their growth and development was typical for their age. But it’s probably not the case that they caught up with their peers, but rather that they were mistakenly identified as having microcephaly at birth, Moore said.Ten of the children had frequent sleeping difficulties and nine had eating and swallowing problems. Fourteen had motor impairment problems that appeared to be cerebral palsy and a number had vision and hearing anomalies.The majority of the children had multiple problems. Please enter a valid email address. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. HealthZika-affected babies show severe health, developmental issues two years later Privacy Policy Helen Branswell About the Author Reprints Two years ago at this time, heart-stopping pictures of infants with shrunken heads began appear in the news. The world met the Zika babies of Brazil.But what has happened to those children whose life trajectories were altered when Zika-infected mosquitoes bit their pregnant mothers? A new report paints a bleak picture, one that suggests Brazilian children who were born with severe microcephaly and whose blood showed signs of prior Zika infection are at increased risk of cerebral palsy, seizures, vision problems, and many other conditions.Those findings — published Thursday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — come from a small study of the health status of 19 babies born with Zika-related microcephaly.advertisement @HelenBranswell Related:last_img read more

Proposed British guidelines reject useless chronic fatigue syndrome treatments

first_img The draft represents a welcome repudiation of a deeply flawed body of research that had been conducted by a prominent group of British psychiatrists and other mental health experts. Members of this group first developed the psychological and behavioral treatment approach for ME/CFS in the late 1980s. They have single-mindedly insisted on it ever since, disparaging critics who raised legitimate concerns about their research as “anti-science” zealots. In developing its draft, NICE reviewed the science and assessed the evidence from studies promoting graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to be of “low” or “very low” quality.advertisement [email protected] By David Tuller and Steven Lubet Nov. 17, 2020 Reprints The NICE draft will undergo a six-week public comment period and further review, with a final version to be published in April. While revisions are possible, the draft itself has already been hailed as a major advance by ME/CFS patients and advocates in the U.K. and across the U.S. Since history shows that old habits die hard in primary care medicine, every new report based on an accurate evaluation of the science represents an important step toward educating well-meaning but poorly informed physicians.Up to 2.5 million Americans live with chronic fatigue syndrome, many of them undiagnosed. The illness is often triggered by an acute viral infection, like mononucleosis or the flu, and leaves some people homebound, and even bedbound. Although studies have documented a range of neurological, metabolic, and other dysfunctions, no causes of the condition or biomarkers for it have been identified so far. No medications have been approved to treat the underlying illness, although a few can relieve some symptoms.In addition to overwhelming fatigue and cognitive problems, a cardinal symptom of ME/CFS is a prolonged relapse after minimal physical or mental exertion, called post-exertional malaise or, in the NICE draft, post-exertional symptom exacerbation. People with ME/CFS routinely report significant worsening of symptoms if they push themselves beyond their capacities. Surveys have repeatedly found that people with ME/CFS are far more likely to report harms than benefits from interventions that encourage them to increase their activity levels.In the U.S., as in the U.K., many primary care providers have remained skeptical of ME/CFS despite the 2015 Institute of Medicine report and the subsequent change in the CDC’s recommendations. Dismissing the possibility that it is an organic disorder, these clinicians continue to refer patients for psychotherapy and exercise programs, at least in part because of the absence of recognized alternatives.For their part, patients and advocates in the U.S. have spent years pressing the National Institutes of Health to increase funding for research into biomedical causes and pharmacological treatments. While these efforts have achieved some success, funding still lags far behind the amounts allocated for research into many conditions that are less debilitating and affect fewer people.Ironically, it has taken a pandemic to shine a brighter spotlight on ME/CFS. In a draft of new ME/CFS clinical guidelines released last week, a key British agency has not only explicitly rejected graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavior therapy as treatments for this condition but also the rationales behind them. The draft from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) acknowledges that there is “no therapy based on physical activity or exercise that is effective as a treatment or cure for ME/CFS” — just what patients have argued for years. Moreover, notes the draft, “CBT is not a cure for ME/CFS and should not be offered as such,” although the therapy may help patients “manage their symptoms.” The new guidelines will replace a 2007 version that promoted the two interventions. About the Authors Reprints First OpinionProposed British guidelines reject useless chronic fatigue syndrome treatments The medical community is changing its mind on chronic fatigue syndrome. Why aren’t insurers? For years, the prevailing “wisdom” about people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome was they were just terribly out of shape and harbored irrational fears they had an organic illness. The favored treatments were graded exercise therapy, designed to counter the deconditioning with a program of progressively increasing activity, a form of cognitive behavior therapy specifically designed to address the unfounded illness beliefs, or a combination of the two.In the U.S., this psychological and behavioral theory of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), as the illness is now often called, has steadily lost ground in favor of a biomedical one. In 2015, a landmark report from the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) described ME/CFS as a “serious, chronic, complex, systemic disease that often can profoundly affect the lives of patients.” Three years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its recommendations for graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) as treatments for ME/CFS treatments — an implicit acknowledgement that the findings from research purporting to prove their effectiveness could not be trusted.However, graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavior therapy have remained the dominant and deeply entrenched interventions for ME/CFS in the U.K., where this approach first emerged three decades ago. The two interventions have been nearly unquestioned as the official standard of care and routinely promoted at specialized clinics around the country. The most powerful voices in the medical and academic establishments have doggedly upheld and defended them. Until now.advertisement David Tullercenter_img Related: A significant number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 report disabling symptoms that persist for months after they have cleared the virus that causes it. As Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has observed, symptoms experienced by post-Covid-19 patients are “highly suggestive” of those associated with ME/CFS. And like ME/CFS patients before them, many of these Covid-19 “long-haulers” report that health care providers have been similarly dismissive, automatically attributing their symptoms to stress, depression, and deconditioning, and recommending psychotherapy and exercise.Medicine can be both wondrously innovative and stubbornly resistant to change. In 1847, the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis could not convince his fellow doctors in Vienna to wash their hands before delivering babies as a way to prevent often fatal cases of puerperal fever in new mothers. It would be another 30 years before Joseph Lister gained widespread acceptance for his approach to sterilization and aseptic surgery.Things are better these days, with an average time lag of only 17 years before research evidence reaches clinical practice. The British psychiatrists and others still pushing graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for ME/CFS have done their part to keep the median delay as high as it is.Clinical guidelines developed by NICE are influential in medical practice around the world, including in the U.S. Its new draft on ME/CFS is a long-overdue and much-needed corrective to years of misguided and potentially harmful recommendations.David Tuller is a senior fellow in public health and journalism at the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Members of the ME/CFS patient and advocacy community have donated to crowdfunding campaigns in support of Tuller’s position at Berkeley. Steven Lubet is a professor of law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law. He has been living with chronic fatigue syndrome since 2006. Tags advocacyinfectious disease Steven Lubet Chronic fatigue syndrome may hold keys to understanding post-Covid syndrome Adobe @davidtuller1 Related:last_img read more

U.S. moves to address banks’ FATCA concerns

Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work The revised rules, issued Wednesday, appear to address some of the issues raised by foreign financial institutions (FFIs), including those of Canadian firms, in terms of the anticipated difficulty of implementing the initiative. FATCA, introduced in 2010, requires FFIs to come to an agreement with the U.S. Treasury Department, by the summer of next year, to provide the Internal Revenue Service with the names of all U.S. account holders who hold more than a set amount of assets with that institution. FFIs that choose not to come to an agreement would be assessed a 30% withholding tax on U.S.-source income and the gross proceeds from U.S. property sales. Some non-financial foreign entities would also be subject to the FATCA regime. Since the introduction of FATCA, FFIs and governments around the world have raised a multitude of concerns with U.S. authorities about the difficulty of implementing the rules, both in terms of the operational and logistical burden to the FFIs and because complying with the U.S. regulations would, in some cases, cause firms to be in violation of domestic privacy laws. In recent weeks and months, the U.S. authorities have been signaling that they might be willing to make changes to FATCA that would address some of the concerns of FFIs, while pressing ahead with their desire to implement the initiative. On Wednesday, the U.S. government announced that it had come to arrangements with the governments of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain to work together to establish a protocol that would see the U.S. and the foreign nations exchange information on a government-to-government basis. Previously, under FATCA, FFIs in those five countries would have had to report to the U.S. government directly. “An intergovernmental approach to FATCA implementation would address these legal impediments to compliance, simplify practical implementation, and reduce FFI costs,” said the Treasury Department in a press release announcing the agreements. The U.S. government has said that it is open to establishing similar arrangements with other countries. As well, the revised FATCA rules, released in a 388-page report, appear to offer FFIs relief in areas such as account identification and reporting requirements, among many other areas. “The U.S. Treasury Department is listening. It has heard the message that FATCA implementation [under the previous proposed rules] would have been extremely onerous and expensive, not only for financial institutions around the world, but also for their clients,” says Andrea Taylor, director at the Toronto-based Investment Industry Association of Canada. The Treasury Department is asking that interested parties wishing to comment on the proposed FATCA rules do so by April 30. Related news Keywords Banking industry,  Taxes,  United States,  FATCA Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Rudy Mezzetta The U.S. government has issued proposed regulations for the implementation of its Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, as it enters into the next stage of rolling out the controversial legislation. FATCA is aimed at encouraging Americans living overseas to disclose their accounts in non-U.S. financial firms, and to become compliant with their U.S. tax obligations. OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

TSX heads for lower open amid disappointment with Fed stance on stimulus

Malcolm Morrison TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March U.S. futures were deep in the red as Fed policy-makers said they are worried that recent strong gains in hiring could fizzle if U.S. economic growth doesn’t pick up. However, the minutes of the Fed’s March 13 meeting showed that only a couple of members wanted to take further steps to boost the economy, such as quantitative easing, which involves the Fed buying up bonds. The Dow Jones industrial futures tumbled 90 points to 13,042, the Nasdaq futures fell 18.5 points to 2,760.5 while the S&P 500 futures dropped 10.3 points to 1,398.5. The disappointment with the Fed minutes comes at a time when most stock markets have racked up steady advances through the first quarter as a string of U.S. reports, particularly employment data, has reinforced the view that the recovery continues at a slow but steady pace. The U.S. economy has racked up job gains of at least 200,000 for the last three months while manufacturing data such as the Institute for Supply Management’s index have beat expectations. The TSX is still up more than 10.26% from the lows of last October and ahead about 3% year to date after losing almost 200 points on Tuesday. However, the resource-heavy TSX has lagged other global markets because of losses in the material sector amid worries about the slowing pace of the Chinese economy. The Chinese government has slowed growth through tightening lending requirements as a means of dealing with high inflation. Commodity prices registered sharp declines with the May crude contact on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $1.06 to US$102.96 a barrel. Prices were also pressured by a report showing a larger than expected increase in U.S. crude supplies, which suggested that demand may remain weak. The American Petroleum Institute said late Tuesday that crude inventories rose 7.8 million barrels last week while analysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., had predicted an increase of 1.9 million barrels. The Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration reports its weekly supply data later Wednesday. The May copper contract lost eight cents to US$3.84 a pound. Bullion prices fell heavily, down $44.80 to US$1,627.20 an ounce. European bourses were negative as London’s FTSE 100 index gave back 1.2%, Frankfurt’s DAX fell 1.71% and the Paris CAC 40 dropped 1.49%. Earlier in Asia, stocks also faltered. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index plunged 2.3% to its lowest close in nearly a month while South Korea’s Kospi tumbled 1.5%. Markets in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were closed for public holidays. In corporate news, Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded its credit rating on General Electric Co. by a notch. The ratings agency says it lowered the rating to Aa3, Moody’s fourth-highest investment-grade rating, from Aa2 because it sees risks associated with GE’s lending unit, General Electric Capital Corp. It says the company’s industrial businesses are strong. Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) has denied that the company is up for sale after stock in the home renovation retailer jumped more than 12% in heavy trading Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Quebec-based retailer issued the denial in response to movement in its stock after Robert Hull, chief financial officer of Lowe’s Companies Inc., said his U.S.-based rival might be interested if Rona put itself up for sale. The Toronto stock market was set for a sharply lower open Wednesday while prices for oil and metals retreated after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated further economic stimulus isn’t in the cards. The commodity-sensitive Canadian dollar fell 0.51 of a cent to 100.46 cents US. Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Marketwatch S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector read more

Manulife unveils new universal life suite

first_img Manulife to increase premiums for UL policies Mistakes to avoid with universal life “We’ve had our current lineup on the market for quite some time, and we really wanted to come to market with a fresh new design,” says David Baker, assistant vice president, insurance products, retail markets at Manulife. “So, we made the decision to come out with a whole new name…and a more straightforward design that makes it easier for customers to understand.” Under Manulife UL, clients can choose from level cost of insurance (COI) and yearly renewable term (YRT) COI. Two different investment options are available within each version of the product: a balanced fund managed by Manulife’s investment professionals, for clients seeking a hands-off approach; and a customizable suite of investment options, for those who prefer a hands-on approach. The balanced fund option, called Performax Gold Investment Account, presents a new investment option that was previously available only under Manulife’s whole life insurance product. The fund is designed to reduce volatility by using a mechanism that smoothes out returns over a five-year period. “That’s something that customers may really value in an insurance product, because they’re looking to take out some of that market risk,” says Baker. “They’d still like to participate in the market, but they don’t like necessarily the volatility that can come with it.” Another new feature available on Manulife UL is a rate enhancement on managed accounts. Clients who opt to invest in managed accounts will earn a rate of return that is 0.25% higher on bond accounts, and 1% higher on equity and balanced accounts, compared with the underlying retail mutual fund. In addition to adding some new features, Manulife has removed some of the options that were previously available on its UL offering, in an effort to simplify the product. For example, Manulife has eliminated the wealth enhancers and bonus/no bonus structures that were previously available, as well as the option for multi-life coverage. “We’ve designed the product to be more straightforward,” says Baker. “We’ve removed some of the complexity.” In addition, the contracts are written in plain language, and are shorter and more customized, so that clients only see the features that they purchased as part of their UL policy. “Rather than have features in the contract that aren’t applicable to what the client has selected,” Baker says, “each contract is customized.” Manulife has also adjusted the commission structure of the new product. In addition to the first year commission, advisors who sell a level COI Manulife UL policy will receive a renewal commission each year for the life of the policy, rather than for a limited number of years, as with its previous UL offering. “As long as the client is making regular payments into the plan, the advisor will continue to get that renewal commission for the life of the policy,” says Baker. The company has also tweaked the first year commission structure on YRT Manulife UL policies, to bring those commissions closer in line with those paid on level COI policies. Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) has revamped its universal life (UL) insurance offerings, with a new suite of products that boasts simplified features, a new low-volatility investment option and a new commission structure for advisors. The new suite of products, called Manulife UL, launches on May 26, 2014. It replaces the firm’s current lineup of UL products, called InnoVision, which have been available since 1994. Megan Harman Related newscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The role for universal life Keywords Universal life insuranceCompanies Manulife Financial Corp. last_img read more

Protect the Crocodile!

first_imgProtect the Crocodile! UncategorizedJanuary 6, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is advising the public not to provoke crocodiles, if the animals are seen in or near human communities. The Agency is warning persons not to copy recent inhumane acts, where persons have used live animals as bait in a bid to lure crocodiles from waterways, which in some instances are their natural habitats. Persons are being reminded that Crocodiles are sensitive animals which may react dangerously if cornered and attacked. Crocodiles are one of Jamaica’s many endangered animal species and are protected by law. Capturing or killing the animal is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act (section 20). Persons found guilty of this offence are liable to a fine of up to $100,000 or twelve (12) months imprisonment.The Public is also being advised that no payment will be made to any person or group for the capture of a crocodile. The Agency is instead reminding persons that it is their civic responsibility to ensure the protection of the country’s endangered species.If crocodiles are seen in areas where they may pose threats to human activities, kindly avoid the animal and call NEPA at 754-7540, 1-888-991-5005 or 478-7957. You may also call 119 or the nearest police station for assistance. RelatedProtect the Crocodile! RelatedProtect the Crocodile!center_img RelatedProtect the Crocodile! Advertisementslast_img read more

U.S. President Biden Approves Tennessee Disaster Declaration

first_imgU.S. President Biden Approves Tennessee Disaster Declaration The White HouseToday, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from March 25 to April 3, 2021.The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson.Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in the counties of Campbell, Cannon, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Davidson, Decatur, Fentress, Grainger, Hardeman, Henderson, Hickman, Jackson, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Overton, Scott, Smith, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson.Lastly, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Myra M. Shird as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at https://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, disaster, Emergency, Emergency Management, Federal, Government, Internet, Jackson, Moore, online, President, property, security, Tennessee, United States, White Houselast_img read more

BMW on track to turn out its 200,000th 3D-printed part

first_img Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” 3D printing also found its way into the restoration of Elvis Presley’s old BMW 507, an exceedingly rare model that is extremely hard to find original parts for. Thanks to the process, BMW was able to make brand-new door handles and window levers. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 BMW is on track to this year build its 200,000th 3D-printed car part, demonstrating just how much it’s embraced the technique, which offers more flexibility of design, and stronger components built with lighter materials.BMW has been using 3D printing in its vehicles since 2010, and it’s slowly been spreading it to other brands under the BMW umbrella.It all started when BMW needed a lightweight water pump pulley for its DTM race car, and the decision was made to 3D print it. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSBMWLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Two years later and parts made using the technique found their way onto the Rolls-Royce production line. Rolls decided to widen its use of the process in 2017, when it needed fibre-optic guide fixtures for the Dawn. It now use roughly 10 3D-printed parts in each of its vehicles.Mini has also taken a shining to the process, using it for custom turn signal inlays and parts of the dashboard trim.BMW itself uses 3D printing to build parts of the i8 Roadster, specifically the roof mechanism and window guard. The i8 relies on its light weight to be efficient, so the technique is a welcome addition to manufacturing.Instead of plastic, aluminum alloy is printed; it’s much stronger and stiffer than its plastic counterpart, while also weighing less. See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Library Announces 2020 Santa Monica Reads Selection

first_imgHomeBriefsLibrary Announces 2020 Santa Monica Reads Selection Jun. 13, 2020 at 5:00 amBriefsEducationLibrary Announces 2020 Santa Monica Reads SelectionGuest Author12 months agolibrarySanta Monica Reads Selection 2020 marks the eighteenth anniversary of Santa Monica Public Library’s annual community reading program, Santa Monica Reads. During COVID-19, we are living in unprecedented times. The need for libraries and community connection is more important than ever. Popular with local residents and visitors, the program invites everyone to read and discuss the same book at special events and book discussions. This year, all Santa Monica Reads events will be held virtually. They are pleased to announce The Library Book by Susan Orlean as the 2020 selection. Santa Monica Reads is part of Santa Monica Reads All Summer and runs from Monday, June 22 through Monday, September 7.The Library Book re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history while paying homage to all public libraries. The book presents an intriguing history of the city of Los Angeles, as well as the Central Library fire. In 1986, the fire reached 2,000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. It destroyed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more, shutting the library down for seven years. To this day, the mystery of whether the fire was arson still remains. An award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, Orlean presents a uniquely engaging story.They will be hosting special events and discussions virtually on topics that The Library Book brings to the fore: local history, civil service, democracy, and wellbeing. Sign up for the Library’s annual Santa Monica Reads All Summer program to join a community of readers. The Library Book is available in several formats from the Santa Monica Public Library or can be purchased at a local or online bookseller. Access free e-books and e-audiobooks through the Libby app, with a Santa Monica Public Library card. For more information, go to SMPL Online. Santa Monica Reads is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library.Join organizers for these free special events and book discussions:Author Talk: Susan Orlean on The Library Book – In her bestselling book, Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the Los Angeles Central Library fire, the most catastrophic library fire in American history, while simultaneously paying homage to public libraries and their impact on individuals, communities, and society. Join them for this virtual presentation and discussion about the essential role libraries play in our lives. Saturday, July 25 at 2 p.m. Live via BlueJeans at tinyurl.com/ybgcbgytThe Architecture of Los Angeles Central Library – Join organizers for a discussion and visual presentation on the architectural history of the Los Angeles Central Library. Learn about the unique history of the building and the role the 1986 fire played in its redesign. Panelists include Kenneth Breisch, Associate Professor of Architecture at USC; Margaret Bach, founding member of the Los Angeles Conservancy; and Stephen Gee, author of Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture. Saturday, August 15 at 2 p.m. Live via Zoom at tinyurl.com/ya93wcn7Santa Monica Reads book discussions are hosted by trained discussion facilitators. Discussion participants are encouraged to share their thoughts about The Library Book and its themes or are welcome to simply listen and learn more about the book.   Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m.  Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/y9ddwvq4Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m. Montana Branch Book Group – Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/y72gvumk. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 will also be discussed.Tuesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/ycts8u6fWednesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/ydbene6fMonday, August 17 at 7 p.m. Main Library Book Group  – Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/y9wtpj86Saturday, August 29, at 2 p.m. Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/y7nl3352 Thursday, September 3, at 4 p.m. Live via Zoom; register in advance at tinyurl.com/ybo5k98jFor more information about these free, public programs call Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit smpl.org/SMReads.aspx. Due to COVID-19, the Santa Monica Public Library is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check back regularly about our status, as we hope to re-open soon. Library services are currently available 24/7 at SMPL Online. 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Finland opposes roaming proposal

first_img EC looks to extend roaming rules by decade Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Finland’s minister of transport and communications, Anne Berner, is set to argue for further reductions in wholesale roaming price caps during tomorrow’s European Council debate into the issue.An announcement from the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications outlined its belief the pricing agreed earlier this week by MEPs would lead to higher consumer prices.Berner will argue this case when the proposals are presented and the council will decide whether or not to support the Finnish proposal.The statement read: “It is Finland’s view that the proposal for a regulation on wholesale roaming markets will play an important role in the feasibility of the new roaming regulations that are to be applied as of next summer.”“Finland considers the (proposed) price ceiling to be too high; as such it would likely increase the consumer prices of Member States.”Earlier this week, MEPs agreed a suggested wholesale price cap of €0.03 for voice calls, €0.01 for SMS and a gradually decreasing limit for data charging starting at €4 per GB and eventually reaching €1 per GB.The level of pricing will now be debated by European Council representatives from every member state, before eventually going back to the European Parliament for final approval – or further negotiation – by MEPs. Author Tags Chris Donkin Related EC lauds impact of roaming regulations Previous ArticleHMD sets stage for Nokia devices comebackNext ArticleEU to decide if Uber is app or transport firm Home Finland opposes roaming proposal Balkan countries agree to slash roaming charges AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 DEC 2016 EU roamingwholesalelast_img read more