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House Resolution 94, adopted today, declares May 2015 Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. About 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.State Rep. Ben Glardon, R-Owosso, offered the resolution.“Approximately 1,100 children and young adults in Michigan are living with Cystic Fibrosis. Rep. Glardon said. “This resolution invites Cystic Fibrosis chapters, foundations and volunteers to come together in Michigan to raise awareness about this devastating disease this May to achieve their mission of curing and controlling the disease.”Rep. Glardon has volunteered his auction services for Cystic Fibrosis awareness for over 25 years and has developed friendships with families affected by the disease.### Categories: News 21May Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month established
TV technology provider Kudelski Group has turned in a strong first-half performance despite the adverse impact of the strength of the Swiss franc relative to other currencies.Kudelski reported first half revenues of CHF425 million (€395 million), up 10.4% in constant currency terms, driven by a strong performance in its non-TV-related public access segment, but also by a strong underlying growth in its core digital TV business. The latter grew by 6.8% in constant currency terms, despite the first half of the prior years including a boost from one-time licensing revenues from a Cisco patent licensing agreement. The digital TV business turned in CHF324.4 million in revenues, with operating income for the segment up 17.9% to CHF52.6 million.Digital TV deals during the first half included a framework agreement with Altice Group.Overall Kudelski posted operating income of CHF30.4 million, up 9.7%.
And note that I am making no comment here on the quality of government spending – you can make that determination for yourself – I am merely stating its cost. You’ll have to decide what you think about this. If you’re unsure, look up the numbers and run them for yourself. That will give you a better understanding. The Non-Monetary Value of Life Human lives, of course, have far more than simple monetary value. The most important things in life are not measured in dollars. That, however, only makes the damage worse. Why worse? Because we are limited, physical beings. When we’re sick, or sleeping, or far away, or falling-down tired, those “more valuable than money” things seldom show up. When people are forced to work double shifts to pay the government, their energy for the things that transcend monetary value is sucked away. Most working Americans go from morning till night. Even when they go on vacation, they are really only recovering from their workload – getting back to even. That means that most of the super-monetary value of their lives is lost; they have no time and energy left over to do the more important things. Leviathan Has a Cost Governments always present themselves to people as saviors, but everything they do is paid for with money. And the ultimate source of all that money is the people who are supposedly being saved. In order to pay that price in the United States (others are similar), the entire earnings of several million lives are required every year. No, three million people are not beheaded in the town square, but that many lives are spent every year – by people paying half their life, every year, for their entire working lives. Leviathan eats several million lives per year, and no matter how we spin it, the numbers remain. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Total US government spending: $3.55 trillion So, dividing total government spending by average lifetime earnings, we arrive at the following: Government spending consumes the lives of 2.27 million people, annually. Properly, we should say, “The US government consumes the entire life earnings of 2.27 million people, every year.” It may seem a bit dramatic to express the numbers this way, but these are real numbers, and they reflect the situation accurately. These figures, of course, are only for the national government. State and municipal governments consume plenty as well. In all likelihood, total government consumption in the US is somewhere between 3 and 5 million lives per year. If these numbers seem impossible to you, run them yourself. It’s not hard. The plain truth is that, every year, government in the United States consumes the entire lifetime efforts of several million human beings. Talk of so-many trillions, percentages of GDP, quintiles, and age brackets are confusing. This is the simple truth: Several million lives are sacrificed every year to feed the US Leviathan. Perhaps a motivated statistician could find some fault with my numbers, but still, there they are. And if my amateurish calculations are off by 10%, should we really feel better, knowing that only 2.043 million of us are sacrificed to Leviathan every year? The next time you hear confusing talk from a politician, think of these numbers. Millions of lives are being drained dry – cradle to grave – every year, to keep their beast fed. That cannot honestly be denied. What Does This Mean? It is for you to decide what this means. I suspect that you’re rather horrified, which sets you up for a classic choice on how to deal with this new idea: I like to look at things from an outsider’s viewpoint – to notice things that most people pass over. And I usually find these things more or less by accident. For example, take a quick look at this formula: This looks like physics or economics, but I actually ran across it in a legal case. As it turns out, this is the formula to determine the monetary value of your life. That may sound crazy, but it’s absolutely true. Officially termed “the monetary value of human capital,” this calculation is used every day in courts of law to help determine various awards – typically when someone is injured and prevented from working. What struck me as interesting is that this formula could also be used in other ways… like for government for example. Government is the biggest business on the planet – by far. (We examined how in FMP #32.) And government functions with money. So, I decided to use arithmetic to determine the cost of government – not measured in dollars, but in human lives. Think of this as a currency conversion: dollars-to-lives, rather than the usual dollars-to-euros or dollars-to-yen. And, again, this is not a new trick; it’s done every day in courtrooms across the globe. The Numbers The figures I’m using come from the US government (mostly the Census), between the years 2008 and 2010. (Spending is for 2010.) Everything shown below is plain old math, not fancy statistical analysis. Here are the necessary figures: Average per capita income: $39,138 Per capita lifetime income (income times years) = $1.5655 million Fight (“That’s wrong!”), Flight/Evasion (“That’s a conspiracy theory!”), or Average number of working years: 40 Freeze (“I don’t understand”).
Dr Priya Kannan, of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, added: Source:Anglia Ruskin UniversityJournal reference:Kannan, P. et al. (2019) Effectiveness of a treadmill-based aerobic exercise intervention on pain, daily functioning, and quality of life in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2019.05.004. Women who have painful periods often take steps to actively avoid exercise – after all when you are in pain it is often the last thing that you want to partake in.However, this trial demonstrated that exercise significantly reduced pain for those people taking part in the program, and they also reported reduced pain levels after four and seven months.” Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 3 2019A treadmill exercise regime can reduce period pain and improve long-term quality of life, according to a new study published in the journal Contemporary Clinical Trials.Researchers conducted a trial over a seven-month period to see how treadmill exercise benefited women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea, commonly known as period pain.Women aged between 18 and 43 were asked to take part in a supervised aerobic training regime three times a week for four weeks, beginning the day after the end of their menstrual period, followed by unsupervised home exercise for six months. Their results were compared with a control group, who carried out their usual regimes.Related StoriesWar against mosquitoes saves lives and money in Sri LankaVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseAre Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective?The study found that the women who took part in the supervised exercise reported 6% less pain after four weeks and 22% less pain with continuing the exercise for an additional six months. Significant benefits of exercise were reported after the seven-month reporting period for other study measures, including higher quality of life and improved daily functioning. However, the participants did not report any increase in sleep quality following the trial.The study is the first of its kind to examine the effect of treadmill exercise on measures such as pain intensity, sleep quality and overall quality of life.Dr Leica Claydon-Mueller, Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: The improvements in quality of life scores after seven months were noteworthy, although it was perhaps surprising that there was no significant difference in sleep quality to that of the control group.These multiple benefits might be considered a ‘package deal’ by women. The evidence supporting the use of aerobic exercise for managing pain, improving quality of life and improving daily functioning has been strengthened by the findings from this research.”
Boeing announces service orders worth nearly $1 billion ‘Very intense’ fightThe fierce rivals play up their intimate knowledge of the aircraft they produce as an advantage in providing after-sales support over others who could provide the services, including the airlines themselves.”We know best our aircraft because we have designed it,” Airbus head of services Laurent Martinez told AFP.”We have all the capabilities to support the airlines’ operations and to have the competitive edge in terms of spare parts.”Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the US firm currently only has a seven percent market share in the sector, and there was plenty of room for growth.”The products we have today can only address about 30 percent of this market,” he said at the recent Singapore Airshow. 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. 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Airbus’ Martinez said the Asia-Pacific is expected to account for 40 percent of the services market over the next two decades, with the region’s aircraft fleet set to almost triple by 2036 In Singapore, Airbus’s wholly-owned subsidiary Satair Group has an 11,000 square metre (118,000 square foot) warehouse to house spare parts While booming demand for air travel across has seen the world’s top plane makers ramp up production, it is the multi-billion-dollar after-sales service market that is taking an increasing amount of their attention.The aircraft titans are aggressively expanding their presence in the sector, which is dominated by maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft but also covers other services, from training to parts supply.The European and American firms have long done some business in after-sales support, but they are now moving to win greater market share and take on other players like Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and US-based AAR.”The services market is more lucrative than actual aircraft sales because it has more potential and it covers many different spectrums,” said Shukor Yusof, an analyst with aviation research firm Endau Analytics in Malaysia.”Boeing and Airbus—they have to be part of it. When you sell an aircraft, it’s in your interest to have a full package of after-market services.”Boeing predicts that the value of the approximately 41,000 planes that will be delivered worldwide over the next 20 years will be around $6 trillion—while the demand for services to support this fleet will be worth around $8.5 trillion. The European and American firms have long done some business in after-sales support, but they are now moving to win greater market share and take on other players like Germany’s Lufthansa Technik and US-based AAR Citation: Airbus, Boeing fly into lucrative services market (2018, May 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-airbus-boeing-lucrative.html Parts are arranged on towering shelves in brown, yellow and orange boxes, and range from a main landing gear for an A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a washer worth one cent Both Airbus and Boeing also have major pilot training centres in Singapore. Airbus and Boeing may have built their global success on the back of the transcontinental airliners but they are now eyeing a lucrative if rather less glamorous side of the aviation sector in their battle to dominate the skies—parts and repairs. In Singapore, Airbus’s wholly-owned subsidiary Satair Group has an 11,000 square metre (118,000 square foot) warehouse to house spare parts.They are arranged on towering shelves in brown, yellow and orange boxes, and range from a main landing gear for an A380, the world’s biggest passenger plane, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, to a washer worth one cent. They can be dispatched from the warehouse—Airbus’s biggest such facility in Asia, and second-biggest in the world—within four hours of receiving an order, with plans to further slash the waiting time.Airbus, whose revenues from services hit $3.2 billion in 2017, 18 percent higher than the previous year, plans to expand the facility by 8,000 square metres next year. Explore further “So if this market grows about five percent per year as we focus more on developing new products, we expect to see dramatic growth in our business.”The Singapore Airshow highlighted the growing importance of the sector.The largest deals at the show, the biggest in Asia, were not plane orders but contracts worth nearly $1 billion signed by Boeing’s dedicated global services unit, which was launched last year as its vehicle to expand into the after-sales market.Both companies are focusing on Asia-Pacific due to explosive growth of the aviation sector in an increasingly affluent region where many people are flying for the first time.Airbus’ Martinez said Asia-Pacific is expected to account for 40 percent of the services market over the next two decades, with the region’s aircraft fleet set to almost triple by 2036.The fight for after-sales services market share between Boeing and Airbus will likely be every bit as fierce as their battle for aircraft orders.Competition “is going to be very, very tough—very intense”, said analyst Shukor. © 2018 AFP
More information: Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram. extremism.gwu.edu/sites/g/file … cryptedExtremism.pdf Supporters of the Islamic State (IS) want to use social media to share propaganda and their extremist narrative, but they also want to coordinate operations without being detected by law enforcement and investigative agencies. These two goals are fundamentally in conflict, according to a new report from the George Washington University Program on Extremism. Seamus Hughes (left), Bennett Clifford, Helen Powell and Nicholas Rasmussen discuss how Islamic State supporters use the encrypted messaging application Telegram. Credit: GW Program on Extremism Citation: Report details how islamic state supporters use Telegram (2019, June 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-islamic-state-telegram.html Indonesia lifts threat to ban encrypted app Telegram Provided by George Washington University The Program on Extremism released its newest report, “Encrypted Extremism: Inside the English-Speaking Islamic State Ecosystem on Telegram,” on Thursday. The report, authored by the program’s research fellow Bennett Clifford and GW Presidential Fellow Helen Powell, provides a comprehensive look at how IS sympathizers build global online networks, disseminate propaganda and guide operations using the encrypted messaging application Telegram. The report examined more than 630 pro-Islamic State channels and groups containing English-language content collected between June 2017 and October 2018.The authors participated in a panel discussion at the Elliott School of International Affairs following the release of the report. The event featured Mr. Clifford, Ms. Powell, and Nicholas Rasmussen, senior director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute and former director of the National Counterterrorism Center. The event was moderated by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism.Telegram allows users to communicate through closed groups and forums, where content is not regulated by the platform. These closed groups limit members’ ability to recruit, but external approaches like public file sharing and use of public social media risk operational security and user privacy, according to the report.”When supporters do that, they potentially release information that could provide a link between their Telegram account and their presence elsewhere online, such as an IP address,” Mr. Clifford said.Over the past few years, companies like Twitter and Facebook have been pressured to crackdown on the spread of extremist content on social media platforms. The result means IS supporters are largely marginalized on Telegram, which is less accessible to the public compared to Twitter. How governments and the tech industry move forward from here should be carefully considered, Ms. Powell said.”Instead of trying to chase [IS supporters] from platform to platform… we should think a little smarter about how we can limit and confine extremism,” she said.Because supporters are continuously trying to conduct outreach and recruit new members, there will always be a public window into their online activities. Pushing users from Telegram to other platforms where monitoring might be more difficult may not be the best plan of action, Ms. Powell said.Governments should encourage Telegram to participate in industry-led forums and share insights and trends they observe with other tech companies to assist in their own monitoring. Telegram should also alert smaller companies when they observe IS supporters, known for their online adaptability, are increasingly linking to other platforms, Ms. Powell said.The report looked at hashtags used by IS supporters on Telegram and found that discussion of terrorist attacks in the west was notably absent. Supporters fundamentally focused on what was happening on the ground in Syria and Iraq in light of the territorial collapse of the caliphate, Mr. Clifford said. Supporters have refocused on Islamic State military activities, attempts to ensure online network resilience and supplementing official propaganda with user-produced content.Mr. Rasmussen said this report will arm governments with useful and publicly-available information to tackle the challenges they face with isolating online extremism.”ISIS continues to represent a global enterprise…the physical defeat of the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria does not change that reality,” he said. “I think it’s important to bring that home to the public and the broader policy community so that’s not lost even amidst the success we’ve enjoyed against ISIS.” Explore further 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.