Workplace safety officers continue investigation into deaths of three people

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Occupational Health & Safety says officers are still investigating the scene of a workplace accident that killed three men in an industrial area just south of Edmonton.Police, firefighters and emergency crews responded Thursday afternoon to a call at Millennium Cryogenic Technologies in Leduc.Alberta Labour spokesman Trent Bancarz says officials from OHS attended the site around 2:30 p.m. Thursday and are still working to determine what happened.He wouldn’t release or confirm any details.The company’s website says it is an oil field equipment supplier that manufactures cryogenic equipment and does cryogenic separation, cryogenic shot blasting and cryogenic pipe freezing.No one from the company has responded to requests for comment.Bancarz said they have been in contact with the company and the owner of the building. It is not known whether the three men all worked for the company.“The investigation will continue,” he said Friday. “The investigation determines what steps might be taken next, but it’s still very early on.“We just have to let the investigation take its course.”No names have been released.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

AP FACT CHECK Trump myths on dipping oil prices cold snaps

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is wrong when he suggests global warming can’t be happening if it’s really cold outside.He points to a “brutal and extended cold blast” in the Eastern U.S. during Thanksgiving week and wonders aloud to his Twitter followers, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?” In fact, he is confusing short-term weather patterns with longer-term climate change. A scientific report put out Friday by his own administration rejects as folly any notion that a particular plunge in temperatures can cast doubt on whether Earth is warming.Explaining his decision not to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, Trump also exaggerates the value of Saudi investments in the U.S. and expresses thanks to the kingdom — then himself — for spurring a recent decline in oil prices. Those claims are off the mark.A look at his recent rhetoric, also covering the courts, midterm elections and more.OIL PRICESTRUMP: “So great that oil prices are falling (thank you President T). Add that, which is like a big Tax Cut, to our other good Economic news. Inflation down (are you listening Fed)!” — tweet Sunday.TRUMP: “Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!” — tweet Wednesday.THE FACTS: Heaping praise on Saudi Arabia, then himself, for lower oil prices is a gross oversimplification. Oil prices, which peaked Oct. 3, have been falling on the realization that U.S. sanctions against Iran would not create a shortage and on fear that slower economic growth internationally will depress energy demand.Although the U.S. is now the world’s biggest oil producer, Saudi Arabia remains the biggest exporter. As a so-called swing producer with the ability to adjust production up or down relatively quickly, it can indeed influence the price of crude. But the market is far more complex than Trump suggests. Canada is actually the leading source of U.S. oil imports, for example, with Saudi Arabia second.___CLIMATETRUMP: “This is the coldest weather in the history of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record!” — tweet Thursday.TRUMP: “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS – Whatever happened to Global Warming?” — tweet Wednesday.THE FACTS: Trump is conflating weather and climate. Weather is like mood, which changes daily. Climate is like personality, which is long term.The climate is warming, which still allows for record cold spells.On Friday, the White House produced the National Climate Assessment by scientists from 13 Trump administration agencies and outside scientists. It amounted to a slap in the face for those who question whether climate is changing.“Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us,” the report says. It details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of U.S. and different sectors of the economy. The report said the last few years have smashed U.S. records for damaging weather, already costing nearly $400 billion since 2015, and projects increased deaths and disease.The White House report swept aside the idea, already discredited, that a particular plunge in temperatures can cast uncertainty on whether Earth is warming. It says more than 90 per cent of current warming is caused by humans: “There are no credible alternative human or natural explanations supported by the observational evidence.”“Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity,” the report says. “Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase.”In other words, there are cold days in a warming climate.___THE COURTSTRUMP: “Justice Roberts can say what he wants, but the 9th Circuit is a complete & total disaster. It is out of control, has a horrible reputation, is overturned more than any Circuit in the Country, 79%, & is used to get an almost guaranteed result.” — tweet Thursday.TRUMP: “It would be great if the 9th Circuit was indeed an “independent judiciary,” but if it is why … are so are so many opposing view (on Border and Safety) cases filed there, and why are a vast number of those cases overturned. Please study the numbers, they are shocking.” — tweets Wednesday.THE FACTS: He’s incorrect in suggesting that rulings by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco are reversed by the Supreme Court more frequently than those of any other federal appeals court. His description of the “shocking” number of overturned cases in the 9th Circuit belies the nature of the appeals system.When the Supreme Court hears a case, it is more likely to overturn it than not. It does so about two-thirds of the time.In the last term, the Supreme Court overturned 100 per cent of the decisions of the 1st Circuit in Boston, the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia and the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati. For the 9th Circuit, 86 per cent were overturned.Over the past five years, the Supreme Court overturned a greater percentage of rulings from the 3rd Circuit (92.3 per cent), the 6th Circuit (85.1 per cent) and the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit (81.8 per cent) than from the 9th (77.4 per cent), according to The Associated Press’ analysis of statistics from the legal website Scotusblog.The 9th is by far the largest of the 13 federal courts of appeals, covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. That means that in raw numbers, more cases are heard and reversed from the 9th year in and year out. But that does not make it the most frequently overturned.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who’d been nominated by Democratic President Barack Obama, temporarily barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. That set off Trump’s ire. Any appeal is likely to go to the 9th Circuit.Trump’s tweets took issue with an unusual rebuke from the U.S. chief justice, John Roberts. Roberts spoke up for the independence of the judiciary after Trump branded Tigar an “Obama judge” and said “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.”___THE ELECTIONTRUMP, on his impact on the midterm elections: “Look at Florida. I went down to Florida. Rick Scott won and he won by a lot. I don’t know what happened to all those votes that disappeared at the very end. And if I didn’t put a spotlight on that election before it got down to the 12,500 votes, he would’ve lost that election, OK? … They would have taken that election away from him.” — interview with “Fox News Sunday,” broadcast on Nov. 18.THE FACTS: Trump is exaggerating the vote margin of Scott’s victory in Florida’s Senate race as being “a lot.” He’s also suggesting without evidence that his own efforts prevented Democrats from engaging in voter fraud.Scott, Florida’s Republican governor, edged out Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the closest Senate race in the nation in the midterm elections — by a margin of 10,033 votes, or 0.12 percentage points. It also was the closest Senate race in Florida since at least 1978, according to the Florida’s Division of Elections website. It required two recounts — by machine and by hand — as mandated by state law due to the razor-thin margins.Trump asserts without evidence that the attention he brought to the Senate race prevented Democrats from “taking” that election from Scott, hinting at voter fraud by suggesting votes “disappeared at the very end.”Despite Trump’s repeated claims after the Nov. 6 election of Florida races being potentially “stolen,” the state agencies charged with investigating potential fraud have said no credible allegations exist. It’s not uncommon for vote tallies to change in the days after Election Day as local officials process remaining mailed and provisional ballots. In Florida, Scott saw some of his lead dwindle after the Democratic strongholds of Palm Beach and Broward counties continued to count votes.___SAUDI ARABIATRUMP: “After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defence contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries — and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business.” — statement Tuesday.THE FACTS: He’s greatly overstating the value of expected Saudi investments in the U.S.The arms package, partly negotiated under the Obama administration, mixes old deals, some new business and prospective purchases that have not been worked out.The Pentagon said last month that Saudi Arabia had signed “letters of offer and acceptance” for only $14.5 billion in military purchases and confirmed Tuesday that nothing further has reached that stage.Those letters, issued after the U.S. government approves a proposed arms sale, specify its terms. Much of that $14.5 billion involves a missile defence system, a contract that appears to have advanced more than other significant investments but not been completed.Moreover, the State Department estimated last year that if the full $110 billion in prospective arms business is fulfilled, it could end up “potentially supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States.” That’s a far cry from the 500,000 to 600,000 jobs that Trump has said the arms deal is worth.Details of the package have been sketchy, with no public breakdown of exactly what was being offered for sale and for how much. The government’s Congressional Research Service has described the package as a combination of sales that were proposed by President Barack Obama and discussed with Congress and new sales still being developed.Meanwhile, there has been no verification from either country that “the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States,” as Trump put it in his statement. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters did not respond to a request to explain the figure.___TRUMP: “Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave. They would immediately provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance.” — statement Tuesday.THE FACTS: This seemingly benign view of Saudi intentions in Yemen does not square with reality on the ground. A Saudi-led blockade is at least partly responsible for widespread starvation in a country where three quarters of the population needs life-saving assistance. It’s the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The U.S. has scaled back support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iranian-backed rebels and is pressing for a cease-fire.The international aid group Save the Children estimated Wednesday that 85,000 Yemeni children younger than 5 have died of hunger and disease since civil war broke out in 2015. The United Nations says more than 1.3 million Yemeni children have suffered from severe acute malnutrition since the coalition went to war against Houthi rebels.___9-11TRUMP: “Of course we should have captured Osama Bin Laden long before we did. I pointed him out in my book just BEFORE the attack on the World Trade Center. President Clinton famously missed his shot. We paid Pakistan Billions of Dollars & they never told us he was living there. Fools!” — tweet Nov. 19.THE FACTS: There was nothing original or clairvoyant in the reference to bin Laden in Trump’s 2000 book. As part of his criticism of what he considered Bill Clinton’s haphazard approach to U.S. security as president, his book stated: “One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin Laden is public enemy Number One, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan. He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”Trump’s book did not call for further U.S. action against bin Laden or al-Qaida to follow up on attacks Clinton ordered in 1998 in Afghanistan and Sudan after al-Qaida bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. attacks were meant to disrupt bin Laden’s network and destroy some of al-Qaida’s infrastructure, such as a factory in Sudan associated with the production of a nerve gas ingredient. They “missed” in the sense that bin Laden was not killed in them, and al-Qaida was able to pull off 9-11 three years later.In passages on terrorism, Trump’s book correctly predicted that the U.S. was at risk of a terrorist attack that would make the 1993 World Trade Center bombing pale by comparison. That was a widespread concern at the time, as Trump suggested in stating “no sensible analyst rejects this possibility.” Trump did not explicitly tie that threat to al-Qaida and thought an attack might come through the use of a miniaturized weapon of mass destruction, like a nuclear device in a suitcase or anthrax.___Associated Press writers Seth Borenstein, Robert Burns and Josh Boak in Washington, Jill Colvin in Palm Beach, Fla., and David Koenig in Dallas contributed to this report.___Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdFollow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheckEDITOR’S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figuresCalvin Woodward And Hope Yen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

WatchNo personal budget Make writing one a resolution for the new year

OTTAWA — If you don’t have a budget, then financial planners want you to add another thing to your list of new year’s resolutions.Credit counsellor Pamela George says budgeting is important no matter what your income.“I think it is even more important for a bigger salary to have a budget because you need to account for it and you need to understand that $200,000 can finish as fast as $12,000,” said George, who works for the Credit Counselling Society in Ottawa.Start with your paycheque. You need to know how much you are bringing in each month. Then list your mandatory expenses that you can’t really change, such as rent or mortgage payments, utilities, car payments, insurance and debts.George also includes savings and putting money aside for an emergency fund if you don’t already have one in the mandatory category.“I take savings and put it under mandatory because it is mandatory that you save,” she said.Paying down debt remains top priority, but many Canadians making little headway, poll findsFive financial resolutions for 2016, and how to (really) make them happenThen comes your discretionary spending for whatever you might have left over. Things that you have some flexibility with when it comes to your plan. Entertainment, dining out, a gym membership.“These are all things you have a little more control over,” George said. “You can choose not to buy clothes one month. You can choose not to go to the movies.”Jane Rooney, financial literacy leader at the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, says tracking spending for a couple of weeks to find out how you’re actually spending money is important when building a budget.“The more formal strategy allows people to see clearly where the income is coming in and where the expenses are going,” she said.“Often people underplay where they’re spending the money.”You can choose not to buy clothes one month. You can choose not to go to the moviesThe FCAC offers several tools online to help plan a budget, including a comprehensive calculator, and helps detail how you spend your money.Household debt has flirted with record levels in relation to income, fuelled by low interest rates and a boom in the housing market.The importance of having a budget is especially important for those who have debt, especially bad debt like credit cards.“Knowing to pay as much as you can on a credit card bill as often as you can if you cannot pay the balance in full is a really important tip,” Rooney said.Having a budget doesn’t mean never buying a latte and a pastry on your way to work or always brown bagging your lunch.But it does mean understanding what those things cost and whether or not you can afford them.“There is a sense of freedom and a peace that I have because I work with a budget,” George said.“The consequences of not having a budget is debt.”The Canadian PressIllustration by Chloe Cushman, National Post read more

Steady start for car manufacturing as industry gearsup for strong year

Total127,550129,0491.2%127,550129,0491.2% Car manufacturingJan-12Jan-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change UK commercial vehicle output – January 2013Commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 20.5% in the first month of year to 7,822 units.CV output for export fell 37.2% in January, while output for the domestic market grew 3.2%.More than half of January’s CV output was for the home market.“Manufacturing of commercial vehicles in the UK covers a diverse spectrum of vehicles from light panel vans to heavy trucks, as well as minibuses, double-deckers and luxury coaches,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “UK registrations of trucks were strong through most of 2012, but dropped off in the final quarter impacting output. However, domestic demand for buses and coaches grew significantly through 2012 on the back of government incentives and a wider focus on public transport.” SMMT dataJan-12Jan-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Engine manufacturing231,525219,757-5.1%231,525219,757-5.1% CV manufacturingJan-12Jan-13% Change YTD-12YTD-13% Change Home83,70286,0112.8%83,70286,0112.8% Car manufacturing rose 1.2% in January to 129,049 units.Strong domestic demand saw output of cars built for the UK market rise 26.1%.Of all cars produced in January, 79.1% were exported.Independent analysts suggest that UK car manufacturing could grow a third bigger by 2016 with output approaching two million vehicles each year.“UK car manufacturing grew modestly in January, up just 1.2% on the same period in 2012. Output is typically subdued in January as manufacturers extend holiday periods to upgrade plants and re-tool for new models,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Despite ongoing economic challenges, growing demand for UK-built products in emerging global markets coupled with major new investment is paving the way for a positive year for automotive manufacturing.” UK engine output – January 2013 UK engine production declined 5.1% in January to 219,757 units.UK manufacturers make some 2.5 million petrol and diesel engines each year.International vehicle manufacturers spend millions of pounds every year to design, develop and engineer powertrains in the UK. Click through to download the UK automotive manufacturing news release for January 2013.If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Export106,190102,111-3.8%106,190102,111-3.8% Home21,36026,93826.1%21,36026,93826.1% Home4,0664,1963.2%4,0664,1963.2% Export5,7783,626-37.2%5,7783,626-37.2% Export147,823133,746-9.5%147,823133,746-9.5% Total9,8447,822-20.5%9,8447,822-20.5% Car output rolling year total – January 2013 read more

Best of 2017 coverage of Ohio State athletics

Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State is one of the most polarizing athletics programs in the country, which makes for some great coverage throughout a year. With 2017 closing, The Lantern compiled nine of the most significant stories or some of the best writing during the year.1) Self-reported NCAA violations prevent Ohio State from recruiting 5-star prospect Micah ParsonsMany who follow the Ohio State football team wondered why the Buckeyes stopped recruiting five-star defensive end prospect Micah Parsons. In documents obtained through a public records request, sports editor Colin Hass-Hill found that Ohio State self-imposed a ban on recruiting Parsons following NCAA infractions during the recruit’s official visit in September.The report garnered national attention with the early-signing period taking place the next day.2) Thad Matta out as Ohio State men’s basketball head coachThis was shocking news that dominated the college basketball news cycle for an entire week. Ohio State fired its winningest men’s basketball coach in school history on June 5, 2017 after 13 seasons. Despite four straight Sweet 16 berths and five Big Ten championships, Ohio State went in a new direction after two straight years of missing the NCAA Tournament.The Lantern published eight articles in the two days after the announcement relating to Matta’s firing.3) Ohio State hires Chris Holtmann as men’s basketball head coachThe coaching search ended with then-Butler head coach Chris Holtmann. Just four days after Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith addressed the media about Matta’s departure, Holtmann signed an eight-year deal to become Ohio State’s next head coach. The change in the basketball program was the biggest story in Ohio State athletics in 2017, and one of the largest college sports stories of the year.The Lantern published eight stories relating to the initial report of Holtmann’s hire and his press conference on June 12.4) Ohio State sweeps BYU, wins NCAA men’s volleyball championshipOSU men’s volleyball captains raise their second-consecutive national title trophy on Saturday at the NCAA national championship game. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe most dominant program in 2017 at Ohio State was the men’s volleyball that ended its historic season with a national championship on its home floor in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes won in straight sets against BYU to win its second consecutive national championship. They also broke the school and conference record for most consecutive wins with 42. Ohio State ended the season 32-2.5) J.K. Dobbins emerging as potential standoutLooking back, this story predicted one of the biggest storylines of Ohio State’s football season. The article foretold the impact freshman running back J.K. Dobbins would have on the Buckeyes’ offense. Running back coach Tony Alford said in August that Dobbins understood the offense “faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years.” Dobbins ended up breaking the school’s freshman rushing record with 1,403 and averaging more than 7 yards per carry.6) Hurricane Harvey impacting Houston-native Ohio State athletesHurricane Harvey and the damage it brought about was one of the country’s biggest stories in 2017 — and its impact extended into Ohio State’s athletic department. In this story, Lantern sports editors Colin Hass-Hill and Ed Sutelan explained how, speaking with four Buckeye athletes from the Houston area. The story shed light on the difficulties of witnessing personal tragedies from afar and illustrated that no matter how distant an event might seem, it is likely impacting people in our local community.7) Ohio State’s championship hopes fade away in loss to IowaUrban Meyer paces the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBefore anyone could figure out how or why it happened, it was clear what Ohio State’s 55-24 meant: the Buckeyes were probably not going to the College Football Playoff for a second straight season. While hope resurfaced, especially after winning the Big Ten title, the 31-point road loss was a key reason — if not the reason — Ohio State found itself on the outside the top 4. In this story, Lantern assistant sports editor Ed Sutelan captures the significance of the loss — and why in the years to come, this game, perhaps more than the Penn State thriller or another Michigan victory, will stand out in any lookback at 2017. 8) Ohio State beat itself, then beat Penn StateWhile the loss to Iowa would tarnish some of the shine Ohio State acquired after knocking off then-No. 2 Penn State, Lantern sports editor Colin Hass-Hill skillfully demonstrates in this story just how resilient the Buckeyes were in overcoming self-inflicted wound after self-inflicted wound. It’s a terrific piece of writing on one of the season’s memorable and entertaining games. 9) Bo Jordan alters training regimen in hopes of staying healthyIn one of the sports sections’ best written stories this year, Lantern reporter Jeff Helfrich chronicles how redshirt senior wrestler Bo Jordan has altered his approach to training in order to avoid the injuries that have hindered him for four seasons so he can go out on top as a national champion. With Jordan boasting a 14-2 record through Dec. 17 and a No. 3 ranking in his weight class, so far, so good. read more

Time does not mend a broken heart as scientists find condition causes

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the majority of cases however, the left ventricle returns to normal over a few days, weeks or months. “Worryingly, these patients’ hearts appear to show a form of scarring, indicating that full recovery may take much longer, or indeed may not occur, with current care.”This highlights the need to urgently find new and more effective treatments for this devastating condition.”The team in Aberdeen used ultrasound and cardiac MRI scans to look at how their patients’ hearts were functioning.The results showed that the syndrome permanently affected the heart’s pumping motion and delayed the “wringing” motion made by the beating heart.The heart’s squeezing motion was also affected, and parts of the heart muscle suffered scarring, which affected its elasticity and prevented it from contracting properly.Dr Dana Dawson, reader in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Aberdeen, who led the research, said: “We used to think that people who suffered from takotsubo cardiomyopathy would fully recover, without medical intervention.”Here we’ve shown that this disease has much longer lasting damaging effects on the hearts of those who suffer from it.”Figures show that between three per cent and 17 per cent of sufferers die within five years of diagnosis. “This study has shown that in some patients who develop takotsubo syndrome, various aspects of heart function remain abnormal for up to four months afterwards,” said BHF associate medical director, Professor Metin Avkiran. Juliet could not live after finding lover Romeo deadCredit:Film Stills/Film Stills Queen Victoria was said to have neglected her children because her love for Prince Albert was so greatCredit:PA/PA Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from Film Romeo and Juliet center_img Songwriters, poets and novelists have long mused over whether time truly heals everything.Charles Dickens toyed over whether the bitter Miss Haversham would ever recover from being jilted at the altar, and for many historians, Queen Victoria’s black dress came to symbolise her irreparable suffering over Prince Albert’s death.But a new study has apparently put their agonising to bed and concluded that not even the clock can always mend a broken heart.A team of medical researchers from the University of Aberdeen have said that so-called “broken heart syndrome” can leave physical scars that never recover.British Heart Foundation-funded study followed 52 patients over four months, aged between 28 and 87, who suffered with what is officially known as takotsubo syndrome.The little-known condition was first coined in Japan in 1990 and named after the native word for an octopus pot, which has a unique shape that resembles a broken left ventricle.It is provoked when the heart muscle is suddenly “stunned”, causing the left ventricle to change shape, and is typically prompted by “intense emotional or physical stress”.It affects the heart’s ability to pump blood and, according to the BHF, there remains no known medical cure. Handout photo dated 1890 of Queen Victoria Around 3,000 people per year in the UK suffer from the rare syndrome, which mostly affects women. Clinicians will usually follow up with regular echocardiograms, and unless a patient has an underlying heart problem, no further treatment is necessary.The BHF says more research is needed to establish whether takotsubo cardiomyopathy can be passed down through family.Journalists speculated whether actress Debbie Reynolds’s death in December – one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame – was caused by a broken heart.Son Todd Fisher, however, said she just wanted to be with her daughter.The study is published today in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. Around 90 per cent are female and the stressful trigger – often associated with the sudden death of a loved one – is identified in around 70 per cent of cases.last_img read more

Missing Mozambican plane found in Namibia all 33 on board dead

first_imgPOLICE HAVE FOUND the burned wreckage of a Mozambican Airlines plane a day after it went missing in a remote area in northeastern Namibia, saying none of the 33 people aboard from several countries had survived.It is one of the worst accidents on record in Mozambique’s civil aviation history.“My team on the ground have found the wreckage. No survivors. The plane is totally burned,” Willie Bampton, a regional police coordinator in Namibia’s Kavango region, told AFP.The aircraft, en route from Mozambique to Angola, went down in deserted, swampy terrain in the Bwabwata National Park, where Namibia turns into a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Botswana and Angola.In Maputo, LAM, the acronym for Mozambican Airlines, had not yet officially confirmed the crash.It only said that flight TM470 had 27 passengers and six crew on board, including: 10 Mozambicans, nine Angolans, five Portuguese, one French national, one Brazilian and one Chinese.In Lisbon, the foreign ministry said the Brazilian had dual Portuguese-Brazilian nationality.Emergency meetingThe Mozambique government was holding an emergency meeting in the presidential palace but likewise made no immediate statement, other than to confirm that 33 people had been on board.The European Union banned LAM and all air carriers certified in Mozambique from flying in its airspace in 2011, citing “significant safety deficiencies”.The concern was about Mozambique’s civil aviation authority, rather than the track record of the various airlines.The LAM plane took off from Maputo at 9.26am GMT yesterda for the nearly four-hour flight to the Angolan capital Luanda.Mozambican authorities confirmed the plane was a Brazil-manufactured Embraer 190 aircraft and said it was the newest plane in the LAM fleet.With 100 seats, it was two-thirds empty.Last contact with air traffic controllers was made at 11.30 GMT over north Namibia during heavy rainfall. The airlines speculated it may have landed in that area.Namibia police sent a search team to the area after Botswana officials alerted them of a plane crash in the area.“Botswana officials informed us that they saw smoke in the air and they thought the crash happened in their country, but when they came to the border they realised that it was in Namibia,” Bampton said.The search for the plane was hampered both by the rough terrain and torrential rains pounding the area where the plane went missing, Bampton told AFP.Villagers who had heard explosions helped point police in the right direction.Before the wreckage was found, people close to those on board gathered at Maputo airport, many frustrated at what they said was the lack of information.Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco published a condolence message to the families of the victims.The accident is the deadliest for Mozambique since a plane carrying then president Samora Machel crashed in 1986 in South Africa en route home from an Africa’s leaders’ summit. That crash, which shocked the world, remains a mystery but was thought to be linked to tensions with the then apartheid regime in Pretoria. The crash claimed at least 34 lives.Mozambique said it would set up a commission of inquiry to work with Namibian authorities over Friday’s crash.- © AFP, 2013Read: Police in Mozambique investigate death of Irishman William Deasy>last_img read more

Motorola confirms Droid Bionic delayed until Q3 2011

first_imgThe rumors and speculation swirling around the Droid Bionic have been intense over the past several weeks. The device was supposed to be Motorola‘s first dual-core phone on Verizon Wireless‘ 4G LTE network, and was heralded at CES in January as the slightly lower-powered twin to the Motorola Atrix on AT&T, only with 4G speed to beef it back up. Now, Motorola is weighing in on the matter and confirms that the device will be pushed to Q3 of this year, meaning we won’t see a release until July at the earliest.Even though a leaked Costco release schedule yesterday showed that the Bionic was headed to store shelves as soon as the middle of next month, Droid-Life wasn’t convinced. They’re confident that the upcoming Droid Targa will be released in mid-May, taking the Bionic’s place in the release lineup. At the same time, they were also one of the first sources earlier in the week noting that the Droid Bionic may be on the chopping block. The phone was originally scheduled for a Q2 release.AdChoices广告Motorola’s announcement that the Bionic would be pushed doesn’t take cancellation off the table, however. Many have speculated that the phone’s dual-core processor wasn’t playing well with the LTE radio. Others suggested that the combination ran hot and the phone was suffering from battery life issues and overheating. Motorola could simply wait until Q3 and cancel the device if they’re planning to.Motorola, for its part, said that they needed the additional time to test the device, and that they were adding new features to the phone – not that they were running into problems. They claim that they want to turn the Bionic into an “even better customer experience.” Motorola is keeping quiet on what those features are, and what specifically caused the delay. Regardless, we’ll have to wait until July at least to see what the Bionic has in store.Read more at Uberphones via WSJlast_img read more

Le tabagisme passif nocif pour laudition des jeunes

first_imgLe tabagisme passif, nocif pour l’audition des jeunesL’exposition des enfants à la fumée de cigarettes augmenterait leur risque de déficit auditif à l’adolescence, selon les résultats d’une récente étude menée aux Etats-Unis et publiée dans le Journal of the American Medical Association.Le tabagisme passif serait préjudiciable non seulement pour les poumons des enfants, mais aussi pour… leurs oreilles. Une information étonnante mais très sérieuse, révélée par une étude américaine menée par le Pr Ani K. Lalwani du Langone Medical Center de New York, et ses collaborateurs.Pour en arriver à cette conclusion inattendue, les chercheurs ont suivi 1.533 adolescents âgés de 12 à 19 ans. Ces derniers ont dû répondre à une série de questions sur leur état de santé ou encore leurs antécédents familiaux. En parallèle, ils ont subi des tests auditifs et des prises de sang dans le but de révéler leur niveau de cotinine, métabolite de la nicotine. Ainsi, les chercheurs ont pu connaître leur degré d’exposition au tabac. Au vu des résultats obtenus, ils sont formels : plus le taux de nicotine était élevé chez un ado, plus la perte auditive observée était importante. Le Pr Ani K. Lalwani écrit dans l’article : “Le tabagisme passif augmente le risque d’otites à répétition au cours de la petite enfance (…) [il] peut également affecter le développement de l’audition chez les plus jeunes”.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les chercheurs conseillent alors aux parents de protéger leurs enfants des fumées de cigarettes, déjà nocives au quotidien (risques d’infections respiratoires, d’asthme ou de troubles du comportement). Pour plus de renseignements sur les risques liés au tabagisme passif, de manière globale, Maxisciences vous invite à consulter le site de l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes) à l’adresse suivante : http://www.inpes.sante.fr/espace_tabac/tabagisme_passif/tabagisme.htm Le 21 juillet 2011 à 13:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Artificial Intelligence Created An Entirely New Sport

first_imgStay on target Artificial intelligence has conceived of everything from art and perfume to drugs and Christmas cookies. Now it’s creating entirely new sports.Digital agency AKQA trained text- and image-generating networks on 400-plus global sports to create a unique pastime.Using Nvidia Tesla GPUs, models produced more than 1,000 outputs, which were analyzed and narrowed down to 10 potential concepts. Three were field tested. Only Speedgate survived.A mix of rugby, soccer, croquet, football, and field hockey, the game is “fun, fast, and physical, relying heavily on teamwork and passing to score and win,” according to the sport’s website.Speedgate’s rules are simple: Players team up in two groups of six and try to kick or pass the ball into a gate at either end of the field.But remember, you’ll need to keep the ball moving every three seconds, and you cannot cross a circle in the middle of the field.Teams earn two points by kicking the ball through the gates at either end, or three points for ricocheting the ball through the gate.A full set of rules—as well as instructions on how to start your own league—are available online.AKQA also trained their networks on 10,400 logos to develop the official Speedgate emblem (which, frankly, is less interesting than the game’s mascot: a robot carrying a ball and pennant).“Using AI as a member of a creative team takes us to a new place, that we never could have gotten to without it,” AKQA Creative Director Whitney Jenkins said in a statement.Artificial intelligence is even responsible for the sport’s somewhat sluggish motto: “Face the ball to be the ball to be above the ball.”AKQA demonstrated Speedgate at an event in Portland last week; the company is reportedly in talks with the Oregon Sports Authority to launch an intramural league this summer.“Going all out for victory is applauded, but it should never come at the expense of having an awesome time,” according to the product page. “Speedgate is all about enjoyment, inclusivity, and sportsmanship.”More on Geek.com:McDonald’s Drive Thru Gets AI UpgradeThese Wireless Earbuds Use AI to Help Improve Your WorkoutsIBM, McCormick Tap AI to ‘Spice Up’ Food Seasonings McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS last_img read more

Women supporting women in the entrepreneurial world

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Women supporting women in the entrepreneurial world Posted: April 17, 2019 April 17, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Seven entrepreneurial women, most of whom met through surfing, are collaborating for one night to showcase their small businesses that they created to give them more freedom to surf and live a more balanced life.They’re coming together to showcase their businesses in order to inspire other women to do the same and to follow their own dreams.The event is at OB Surf Lodge on Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. last_img read more

54 are not offered health benefits by their employer

first_imgMore than half (54%) of employee respondents are not offered health benefits, such as counselling, health screening, and subsidised gym membership, by their organisation, according to research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).Its survey of 2,000 full and part-time employees in the UK also found that 23% of respondents think their organisation does not take employee wellbeing seriously.The research also found:39% of respondents have taken time off work or reduced their responsibilities because of their health.39% of respondents who have taken time off or reduced their responsibilities due to ill health did not feel comfortable telling their employer about the issue.83% of respondents believe their wellbeing influences how productive they are.47% of respondents would be open to using an app to improve their wellbeing.Jo Salter (pictured), director in people and organisations business at PWC, said: “It’s becoming increasingly important for organisations to provide employees with support for their emotional and physical health at work. Healthier and happier staff perform better, stay in their business longer and reduce costs and risks for organisations. Understanding and addressing the root causes of employee wellbeing is the first step to resolving the underlying issues.”“Data analytics can also support and help resolve wellbeing issues by gathering team data and trends that affect wellbeing. Going through and pin-pointing insights can help bring targeted and effective change. To do so, employers will need to overcome the issue of trust with less than half of employees saying they would willingly accept a free piece of wearable tech if their information is shared within their organisation.”last_img read more

WSVN receives honors during Feeding South Florida breakfast

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida organization recognized those who went above and beyond during recent hurricanes.7News Chief Meteorologist Phil Ferro emceed Feeding South Florida’s third annual Happy Harvest Recognition Breakfast in Davie, Wednesday.Channel 7 was recognized at the event as an Outstanding Media Partner.Publix also received an award for its support, while Seminole Hard Rock Casino also received recognition.Feeding South Florida organizers said they were impressed with how the South Florida community stepped up.“We can’t believe the way that the community has responded,” said Vice President of Community Relations Sari Vatske. “There’s nothing that’s stronger than the human spirit and desire to come together and support those that are in need most.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Executive Perspectives Part 1

first_img Folio: Which types of new positions or skill sets are you currently hiring for? Sometimes, as in our cover story this month, the empirical data tells the story. Other times, it’s valuable to understand what people are thinking about. Ultimately, a combination of the two — data plus insight — produces the most promising path forward. Here, we selected 17 executives from among publishers and the supplier companies that help them, and asked them to candidly share their points of view on pressing issues and emerging opportunities. Prev1 of 8NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Publisher / Cincinnati Magazine Ivy Bayer: Over the last 12 to 18 months, we have seen a surge in event marketing for hire. Customers and clients of Cincinnati Magazine value our expertise, promotional capabilities, and innovation. This service line has generated significant new revenue and we anticipate it to continue to grow. Ivy Bayer Bayer: All new hires must have extensive digital knowledge. In addition, we try to look for a “hidden talent” — a language, video skills, something unexpected — so that we can hopefully tap their expertise and give them an area in which to grow while also expanding our current capabilities. Here, enjoy the first eight in our series of 15 “Executive Perspectives.” Folio: What new platform or service will you invest in or adapt to this year? While the responses are widely divergent — touching on all aspects of a changing business — there’s nevertheless a core thread running through our Q&As: How to generate new revenue by serving the industry in contemporary ways, through innovation and fresh ways of looking at longstanding challenges. We were impressed by the insights these folks shared, and the relevance for all kinds of magazine-media companies.  Folio: Other than the rise of digital media, what’s the biggest shift you’ve noticed in the magazine industry over the past 10 years? The perhaps “return” to fantastic journalism and the love for well-written and spot-on magazine content. Thoughtful, curated, timeless, relevant editorial that our readers are willing and eager to pay for. In fact, this has extended beyond traditional editorial, into the world of sponsored content/advertorials and the like. If it is well executed, delivered in the voice of the magazine and of interest to our readers, advertisers can have the same impact with their sponsored messaging. Whether organic or paid for, we are seeing a major shift back to classic magazine journalism that is respected and valued. Prev1 of 8NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browselast_img read more

3 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi road crash

first_imgThe site of the horrific accident on a mountainous road in Al-Baha province on Saturday evening that left three Bangladehis among nine killed.Nine workers, including three Bangladeshis, were killed and six others injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.The Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Malam Mia, Alam Shah Mia, and Saiful Islam Abu Basheer.The accident occurred in Al-Baha province on Saturday evening, reported the Saudi Gazette.Four Egyptians and two Indians were among the deceased.The workers, belonging to a catering company that supplies food to patients in Baljurashi hospital, were going to Qunfuda corniche to spend their day-off when the van they were travelling in overturned on a mountainous road, according to the report.Apparently due to time constraint, they opted to take the mountainous route.Prince Hossam Bin Saud Bin Abdul Aziz, Emir of Al-Baha region, reportedly offered condolences to the families of the deceased workers and wished speedy recovery to the injured.Saudi Red Crescent authorities along with the health ministry and civil defense emergency teams rushed to the site of the accident and shifted the injured to Prince Mishari hospital in Baljurashi.Two critically injured victims – an Indian and a Bangladeshi – were shifted to King Fahad hospital in Al-Baha where the Indian worker succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

Sodiumair battery offers rechargeable advantages compared to Liair batteries

first_img More information: Pascal Hartmann, et al. “A rechargeable room-temperature sodium superoxide (NaO2) battery.” Nature Materials. DOI: 10.1038/NMAT3486 The researchers, led by Professor Jürgen Janek and Dr. Philipp Adelhelm at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at Justus-Liebig-University Gießen in Gießen, Germany, have published their paper on rechargeable sodium-air batteries in a recent issue of Nature Materials.Li-air batteries’ greatest appeal is their high theoretical energy density (about 3,458 Wh kg-1), which is several times higher than that of Li-ion batteries, the most commonly used battery in electric vehicles today. However, whereas Li-ion batteries can be recharged many times while retaining most of their capacity, most Li-air batteries cannot be recharged at all. In 2011, several international groups discovered that this irreversibility is due to the instability of the Li-air battery’s electrolyte and other cell components in the presence of the reactive superoxide radical O2-, which forms as a first step during cell discharge. Only recently, improvements in rechargeability have been achieved by using gold electrodes, but the system still suffers from poor energy efficiency and large overpotentials in which some energy is lost as heat. In the new study, the researchers demonstrated that a sodium-air (Na-air) cell does not suffer from the same negative effects on the electrolyte and energy efficiency as a Li-air cell does. This is because, while lithium and sodium are closely related chemically, they each react very differently with oxygen. When lithium reacts with oxygen, it forms LiO2 (lithium oxide), which is highly unstable and found only as an intermediate species in Li-air batteries, after which it turns into Li2O2. On the other hand, sodium and oxygen form NaO2 (sodium superoxide), a more stable compound. Since NaO2 doesn’t decompose, the reaction can be reversed during charging. Lithium-air batteries’ high energy density could extend range of electric vehicles Scanning electron microscopy image of cubic NaO2 particles on the cathode after cell discharge. Image credit: P. Hartmann The scientists demonstrated the reversibility of Na-air cells in their experiments. Using several techniques, including Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, the scientists confirmed that NaO2 is indeed produced during discharge, that Na and O2 are separated during charging, and that the cycle can be repeated. Explore further (Phys.org)—Over the past few years, Li-air batteries (more precisely, Li-oxygen batteries) have become attractive due to their theoretical ability to store nearly as much energy per volume as gasoline. The key to this high energy density is the “air” part, since the batteries capture atmospheric oxygen to use in the cathode reaction instead of storing their own oxidizing agent. However, Li-air batteries have conventionally been single-use cells since they cannot be recharged, which significantly limits their applications. Now in a new study, scientists have found that replacing the lithium anode with a sodium anode may offer an unexpected path toward making metal-air batteries rechargeable while still offering a relatively high energy density. Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. (Left) When a metal-oxygen battery is discharged, metal A (e.g., lithium or sodium) is oxidized at the anode/electrolyte interface, and the resulting electron is transferred to the outer circuit. At the cathode, oxygen is reduced to a superoxide species that may form a metal superoxide in the presence of the oxidized metal A. (Right) The metal superoxide in a Li-oxygen cell is highly unstable and reacts further. (Center) The metal superoxide in a Na-oxygen cell is much more stable and doesn’t decompose further, allowing the reaction to be reversed. Image credit: P. Hartmann, et al. ©2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. Journal information: Nature Materials This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Sodium-air battery offers rechargeable advantages compared to Li-air batteries (2013, January 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-sodium-air-battery-rechargeable-advantages-li-air.html “We could demonstrate that by replacing lithium with sodium, the cell reaction proceeds in an unexpected and beneficial manner,” Adelhelm told Phys.org. “The cell discharge and charge process is kinetically favored, which means that the formation and decomposition of NaO2 is very energy-efficient.”Although this evidence of reversibility is a promising step, the reaction is far from ideal. While Na-air batteries have a theoretical energy density of 1,605 Wh kg-1, which is significantly higher than that of Li-ion batteries, it is still only about half that of Li-air batteries. And even though the Na-air batteries can be charged and discharged several times, the capacity decreases after each cycle, with negligible energy storage after eight cycles. The researchers are currently investigating the processes that limit battery lifetime. Still, Na-air batteries have some attractive characteristics. One advantage of the Na-air battery demonstrated here is its very low overpotential, which is three or four times lower than for any Li-air or Na-air battery previously reported, resulting in fewer losses. In addition, sodium is the sixth most abundant element on Earth, while lithium resources are much more limited.”Our results are also important from another perspective,” Adelhelm said. “NaO2 is chemically very difficult to synthesize. High temperatures, pressures and long reaction times are needed. In our battery, NaO2 forms instantly at room temperature and ambient pressure. Possibly, also other chemical compounds could be prepared this way.”Overall, Adelhelm hopes that Na-air batteries may serve as one more option to turn to for future energy storage applications.”A broad variety of electrochemical energy storage devices with different properties is needed for future mobile and stationary applications,” he said. “In short, sodium’s abundance could be an important cost advantage over lithium; however, for otherwise identical batteries, the ‘lithium version’ will always provide the higher energy density. But any working metal/air battery will provide a higher energy density than current Li-ion batteries.”last_img read more

TMC will win all 42 seats BJP zero in Bengal

first_imgAndul(WB): Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank. “I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls”, Banerjee told a public rally at Andul in Howrah district in support of TMC candidate footballer-turned-politician Prasun Banerjee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement at a rally at Kalyani in the state during the day, Banerjee without naming him said “a person has come and said the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in the state when his party comes to power. Let them (BJP) come to power first and then we will show how they dare do it”, she said. Shah had said that NRC would be implemented in Bengal to weed out infiltrators. Banerjee said that election to 300 L S seats is already over and BJP is staring at defeat in the states of Rajshthan, UP, Bihar, Punjab, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Now the BJP has turned its eyes on West Bengal. Is it so easy for a party like BJP, whose workers’ minds are infertile like a desert to make inroads in Bengal?” the TMC supremo lashed out. “BJP is not putting its ears to the ground and feeling the pulse of the people. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide and three lakh jobs have been done away with,” she said. Referring to the Ram Temple issue, she said BJP is in the habit of raising it during elections. “In the last five years has the party had been able to build even a miniature Ram Temple?” she asked. “Now Narendra Modi is coming to Bengal often and asking for votes. Modi does not know anything about the state,” she said. Referring to demonetisation, which she and her party have often opposed, Banerjee said the Modi government had announced it apparently to stop terrorism. “A day will come when they (BJP) will close down banks saying that there is no money”, she said. Referring to the naxal attack at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra which claimed the lives of 15 policeman, Banerjee said “We have restored peace in Junglemahal area (comrpsising the erstwhile Maoist affected forested areas of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts). We have establish peace there”. “Let BJP do the same in states like Jharkhand and Maharashtra in dealing with the Naxalites and restore peace,” she added.last_img read more

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that aside how accurate is Hirsi Alis suggestion that Muslims are inherently incapable of assimilating in non-Muslim societies Not very if the experience of India the worlds most populous democracy is any indication Muslims make up almost 15% of Indias population compared to 08% in America And they couldnt be any more dissimilar to the portrait drawn by Hirsi Ali If Hirsi Ali were right about the perennial allure of radicalism for Muslims India a country where I grew up and lived before moving to the United States and making Michigan my home should be Ground Zero for Islamic militancy Instead Indian Muslims participate fully and enthusiastically in their nations civic and cultural life including remarkably its majoritarian Hindu religious traditions without experiencing too much cognitive dissonance As of last year four of them were known to have joined ISIS while the total number who may have gone is unknowable it appears to be far fewer than the numbers in Europe and America that Hirsi Ali plays up Those known cases may be four too many However as Ive pointed out elsewhere there are always some malcontents in liberal societies who are attracted to illiberal ideologies Some Americans left for the Soviet Union during the heyday of communism Muslims have lived in India for a millennium first arriving in small pockets as traders and then in large numbers as invaders They established the Mughal dynasty that ruled the country for 300 years till the Hindu majority took over and established a secular democracy after colonial rule ended in 1947 If Hirsi Ali were correct the ignominy of being deposed from power and subjected to infidel rule would bring out their worst extremist tendencies Instead India’s Muslims are no more prone to violence than anyone else Muslim insurgency has broken out in some parts of India like Kashmir But thats at least partly a response to an abusive and obtuse central government that has ignored local needs much like the Sikh separatist Khalistan movement in the 1980s Thats why George W Bush famously introduced Manmohan Singh to Laura Bush as “the prime minister of India a democracy which does not have a single al-Qaida member in a population of 150 million Muslims" Rampant prejudice in housing and elsewhere along with occasional outburst of Hindu nationalist violence has hindered Muslim progress relegating Muslims to the lowest socio-economic rungs Yet Indian Muslims have avoided the sword and eagerly seized the opportunities afforded to them by their countrys (imperfect) democracy Consider: Four Muslims have served as Indias president a ceremonial but high office reserved for civilians of major accomplishment One of them APJ Abdul Kalam played a leading role in developing Indias ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program with no apparent qualms that he was boosting the military of a nation of infidels The founder of Wipro a software giant that is Indias pride and joy is Azim Premji a Muslim man Muslims are among Indias most prominent cricketers a sport that means even more to Indias national pride than a moon landing may someday Muslims are an integral part of every facet of Bollywood Indias 125-year-old film industry whose open veneration of romantic love is deeply subversive of puritanical Islamic strictures Indeed Bollywoods three top male stars right now are Muslims (all with the last name of Khan) and Muslim women have always been among Bollywoods top actresses Also some of these stars are among Indias most vocal progressives fighting for the rights of gays women and minorities not to mention sexual liberation But nothing speaks more to the depth of Muslims cultural assimilation in India than the fact that Muslims have written composed and sung some of the most popular bhajans or Hindu devotional songs The late Mohammad Rafi a Muslim singer who is a household name in India sang bhajans so poignant and soul stirring that they bring tears to the eyes even of a Hindu-turned-atheist like me Iqbal a Muslim poet wrote the lyrics of arguably the most patriotic song in India that celebrates “Hindustan” as the best nation in the world More recently AR Rahman an observant Muslim composer who won an Oscar for his score in Slumdog Millionaire has recorded the most goose-bump-inducing rendition of Vande Mataram an ode to the Hindu Motherland (Conversely Hindu musicians have created many moving Islamic Qawwalis or Sufi songs dedicated to allah) Indian Muslims are proud of their tradition of tolerance and moderation and guard it zealously from Wahhabi influence Theyve even refused to bury the bodies of Muslim suicide bombers including the Mumbai attackers the ultimate punishment because it forever deprives the bombers of a spot in heaven Indeed in recent years many Indian Muslims have been fighting tooth-and-nail against Saudi-funded Wahhabis who are trying to take over Indias madrassas and Muslim shrines Some even submitted a memorandum to Indian authorities demanding that madrassas be reformed to include modern education alongside traditional religious instruction In other words the moral high ground among Indian Muslims is decisively on the side of moderates not extremists in complete contradiction to Hirsi Alis predictions for America Furthermore notes William Dalrymple a celebrated British writer who has written extensively about the Islamic world Indian Muslims are not all that unique Even in countries where they are the majority Muslims are often doctrinally flexible allowing a great deal of give-and-take with other religions and sharing their festivals and sacred spaces (Saudi Arabia and other countries where Islam is the sole religion are a different story) For example he notes the Coptic festivals in Egypt attract thousands of Muslims as do many Christian shrines in Syria such as the pilgrimage church of Our Lady of Seidnaya outside Damascus which attracts many Muslim couples seeking children He is a friend of Hirsi Ali and admires her spirit yet regards her fears that Islam is inherently and ineluctably prone to extremism as "entirely wrong-headed" Her reading of Islam is colored by her own tragic experience growing up in Somalia (where she endured genital mutilation) he argues not from a wide-ranging familiarity with Islamic practices "She has now spent much more of her life in Europe and the Beltway than in the Muslim world" he says All of this suggests that if 150-million-plus Muslims have managed to "melt" in the "pot" of Indias young and fragile democracy without boiling over into violence theyll be able to do so in America even more easily especially given that its democracy is stronger and more established and their numbers are much smaller What wont help however is anti-Muslim fear mongering based on a narrative knit from gaudy acts of extremism that fails to take full measure of the broader Muslim reality Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events 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