New UN-backed report cites climate change among factors fuelling internal displacement

New UN-backed report cites climate change among factors fuelling internal displacement

  New York : Disasters associated with slow processes of environmental change – drought, sea level rise and desertification – demonstrate again the growing importance of climate change as a driver of disaster risk, as senior United Nations official said on Thursday on the heels of the release of a global report which revealed that more than 19 million people in 2015 were forced from their homes by natural hazards Internal displacement is a reliable barometer of the scale of humanitarian needs around the globe and last year there were…

NASA satellite data could help reduce flights sidelined by volcanic eruptions

NASA satellite data could help reduce flights sidelined by volcanic eruptions

Washington : A volcano erupting and spewing ash into the sky can cover nearby areas under a thick coating of ash and can also have consequences for aviation safety. Airline traffic changes due to a recent volcanic eruption can rack up unanticipated expenses to flight cancellations, lengthy diversions and additional fuel costs from rerouting. Airlines are prudently cautious, because volcanic ash is especially dangerous to airplanes, as ash can melt within an operating aircraft engine, resulting in possible engine failure. In the aftermath of a volcanic eruption, airlines typically consult…

‘New hope’ for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients announced by UN health agency

‘New hope’ for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients announced by UN health agency

New York: New recommendations from the United Nations’ health agency aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen. This is a critical step forward in tackling the MDR-TB public health crisis, said Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global TB Programme, in a news release. The new WHO recommendations offer hope to hundreds of thousands of MDR-TB patients who can now benefit from a test that…

UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk

UN health agency warns of rise in urban air pollution, with poorest cities most at risk

  New York : More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), with populations in low-income cities the most at risk for respiratory diseases and other long-term health problem. Some 98 per cent of cities in low- and middle-income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality limits, according to the latest global urban ambient air pollution database presented on Thursday by the…

Decoded: The secret behind magnetic reconnection in space

Decoded: The secret behind magnetic reconnection in space

Washington: In a first, the US space agency has directly observed fundamental process of nature after sending four spacecraft through an invisible whirlpool in space called magnetic reconnection, like sending sensors up into a hurricane. The findings showed that magnetic reconnection is dominated by the physics of electrons — thus providing crucial information about what powers this fundamental process in nature. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft…

Hyundai unveils wearable robot

Hyundai unveils wearable robot

Seoul: South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a wearable robot that can be applied in many areas including military and production lines, the company announced on Friday. “This wearable robot that we are developing for commercial purposes will be used in diverse areas,” a company official said. “Such a robot development is in line with Hyundai Motor Group’s vision for free mobility of people and things.” The robot is like the suit seen in the Hollywood blockbuster “Iron Man”, which one can wear by simply buckling into…

US federal judge rules in favour of Republicans against ‘Obamacare’

US federal judge rules in favour of Republicans against ‘Obamacare’

Washington : A federal judge on Thursday ruled in favour of Republican lawmakers in their lawsuit against the health care reform known as “Obamacare”, saying that the US government is unconstitutionally using public funds to make access to health services less costly. Judge Rosemary Collyer, who was appointed to the bench by Republican president George W. Bush, said the federal government has no authority to spend public funds without the specific approval of Congress. The decision will remain on hold, however, and Obamacare will remain in place since the government…

Zika fears affect boxing convention in Puerto Rico

Zika fears affect boxing convention in Puerto Rico

San Juan : The president of the World Boxing Organisation said on Thursday that “roughly half” of the 500 visitors who had planned to attend the WBO annual convention in Puerto Rico have cancelled due to fear of the Zika virus. In an interview with Univision Radio, Francisco Valcarcel laid part of the blame for the anxiety on Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla’s portrayal of the situation in comments to international media. “The image of a humanitarian crisis, in which there is no money to pay nurses, that is…

Fruits help for lower risk of ‘breast cancer’ but drinking boosts risk

Fruits help for lower risk of ‘breast cancer’ but drinking boosts risk

Consuming certain fruits and vegetables during adolescence may result in a reduced risk of breast cancer in midlife, while increasing alcohol intake later in life may increase that risk, two separate studies released this week suggest. Both studies were published in the May edition of the journal BMJ. For the first study on fruits and veggies, researchers in the United States followed 90,000 nurses over 20 years who reported their diet in early adulthood. Half of the nurses involved also reported their typical diet throughout their adolescence. Researchers drew a…

Metro Ag (MEO3) Given Buy Rating at DZ Bank AG

Metro Ag (MEO3) Given Buy Rating at DZ Bank AG

Metro Ag (ETR:MEO3)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by DZ Bank AG in a research report issued on Thursday, MarketBeat.com reports. Metro Ag (ETR:MEO3) opened at 24.912 on Thursday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of €23.96 and a 200-day moving average of €22.99. Metro Ag has a 52-week low of €19.65 and a 52-week high of €25.35. MEO3 has been the topic of several other reports. Berenberg Bank set a €30.40 ($34.55) price target on Metro Ag and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research…

Piper Jaffray Reaffirms “Neutral” Rating for Nuvectra Corp (NVTR)

Piper Jaffray Reaffirms “Neutral” Rating for Nuvectra Corp (NVTR)

Nuvectra Corp (NASDAQ:NVTR)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating reissued by equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray in a research note issued on Thursday, Market Beat.com reports. They currently have a $12.00 price target on the stock. Piper Jaffray’s target price would suggest a potential upside of 48.51% from the company’s current price. Nuvectra Corp (NASDAQ:NVTR) opened at 8.08 on Thursday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $0.00 and its 200-day moving average price is $0.00. Nuvectra Corp (NASDAQ:NVTR) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, May 11th. The…

Weekly Research Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS)

Weekly Research Analysts’ Ratings Changes for Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS)

A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Preferred Apartment Communities (NASDAQ: APTS) recently: Shares of Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. (NASDAQ:APTS) opened at 13.64 on Thursday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $12.70 and a 200 day moving average price of $12.01. Preferred Apartment Communities Inc. has a one year low of $8.69 and a one year high of $14.19. Preferred Apartment Communities (NASDAQ:APTS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, May 2nd. The company reported $0.30 earnings per share…