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German industry issues stark warning ahead of EU climate summit

As EU heads of state prepare to thrash out an agreement on the bloc's 2030 energy and climate change goals at a summit opening in Brussels tomorrow (23 October), energy-intensive industries in Germany have reiterated warnings that a European "solo effort" would come with billions in losses. EurActiv Germany reports. German companies are concerned about the extra burden they fear will come with a new, higher climate protection target for 2030. Utz Tillmann, a spokesman for the Energy Intensive Industries of Germany (EID) - which includes chemicals, steelmaking, cement and others - said he supported an ambitious agreement at the Paris UN climate summit in December next year. But these goals should include strong and comparable commitments for both industrialised and newly industrialised countries, he stressed. Opposition to unilateral 40% GHG target Energy-intensive industries are committed to climate protection, said Tillmann, who is chief managing director at the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). “But we can only produce more competitively if there are comparable burdens overseas," he stressed. "If Europe chooses a solo effort through a one-sided climate protection target of 40% less emissions, it would mean billions in losses for us that our global competitors would not otherwise have gained. The damage done to competitiveness among energy-intensive companies in the EU would be considerable.” According to Tillman, existing compensation measures in the...  

Health Sense: The causes and treatments of lower

Sacralization of the fifth lumbar vertebra. Courtesy of Patrick 87 Lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder and the most common reason for patients to seek medical attention after the common cold. It is the number-two cause of missed work and the number-one cause of disability in patients younger than 45.Four out of five people will experience back pain in their lives.There are many risk factors, including smoking, bad posture, genetics, body habitus and work conditions. Previously, surgical decompression and the fusion of the spine were the default treatments. In recent years, however, we have the option of minimally invasive percutaneous spinal procedures likened to angioplasty of heart vessels, done as day surgery with reduced risk of side effects and complications.Ironically, the severity of the pain is often unrelated to the extent of physical damage. Muscle spasms from a simple back strain can cause excruciating back pain that can make it difficult to walk or even stand, whereas a large herniated disc or completely degenerated disc can be completely painless. Muscle sprains may often mimic nerve impingement symptoms, resulting in back pain and “nerve root” leg pain.The causes of lower back pain can be very complex, and there are many structures in the low back that can cause pain.The following are possible sites and mechanisms of lower back pain.First there is non-mechanical back pain, which accounts for 60 perc...  

Meet Marlins Man, the 'Where's Waldo?' of the Sports World

The fans in the front row, directly behind home plate at Tuesday’s World Series game wore blue in support of the Kansas City Royals. Blue caps and jackets. Royals T-shirts. Mixed amid the blue was a fan wearing an orange Miami Marlins jersey and visor. Another major sporting event, and another appearance by “Marlins Man,” Laurence Leavy. According to the Marlins blog “On Cloud Conine,” Leavy has been a Marlins season ticket holder since the team’s inaugural 1993 season, back when the team was called the Florida Marlins. He has a Marlins car. And he visits sporting events across the country, always clad in orange. He was a visible presence at this year’s NBA Finals. Horse racing, too. The outfit makes him stand out. pic.twitter.com/06eaSRxCFQ— Marlins Man (@Marlins_Man) May 31, 2014 So next time you’re watching a high-profile sporting event, keep an eye out for a fan dressed in orange. It’s Marlins Man, catching the action. ...  

Alternative to slow baseball games is worse

Assorted observations on Game 1:•The first four innings took nearly two hours. Dawdling pitchers, batters stepping out of the box, endless deliberation — it was everything the speed-up faction wants to eliminate.But was it really that bad?It’s easy to theorize about changing players’ routines, but if they’ve been set in their ways for years, exactly how do you bring about change? That goes for the umpires, as well; suddenly every crew starts dropping little “hurry-up” reminders? Without absolute consistency in the enforcement, the idea would rapidly fall apart.We’d all like to see the rebirth of the 21/2-hour ballgame — two hours if you’re really rolling — but we’re well past the era in which baseball had no night games or stadium lights. Prolonged television advertising is a major culprit, as well, and not about to change.Think about this: As Tuesday night’s game unfolded, would you have wanted to see little digital clocks in each dugout, counting down the seconds? Hearing fans chanting “Three-two-one!” to distract the opposition? It sounds great around the executive table, but it’s just not baseball. We’re lucky on the West Coast, where even a four-hour postseason game ends around 9p.m. The big damage is done elsewhere, where kids are lucky to watch two innings, let alone an entire game, on a school night. Baseball has us all in a trap, and until th...  

NFL Abuse Ignored by Fans as Baseball Blamed for Steroids

Football became America’s favorite sport 42 years ago this month when a Gallup Inc. poll for the first time said the game was more popular than baseball. The NFL is retaining the title amid criticism of its domestic-abuse policy. Seven weeks into a National Football League season marked by women’s groups calling for Commissioner Roger Goodell’s firing, the NFL has avoided the stigma Major League Baseball suffered from its steroids scandal. Television ratings are up, and the league won a new $12 billion DirecTV deal three weeks ago. With football’s mastery of that medium, aided by fans’ attachment to fantasy sports and gambling, analysts of the game say it will take more to slow the NFL’s rise than video of Ray Rice knocking out his future wife in a casino elevator. “It’s really quite remarkable,” said Richard Crepeau, author of “NFL Football: History of America’s New Pastime.” “There would have to be a whole series of startling revelations about cover-ups and massive involvement of players, executives and everyone else. A massive sort of thing.” Gallup’s most recent sports interest poll, in June 2013, found football to be the favorite sport of 39 percent of Americans. Baseball was second at 14 percent and basketball third at 12 percent. In 1972, football led 32-24 percent. Baseball led in 1960, 34-21 percent. Photographer: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Roger Goodell, Nationa...  

Worst Tragedies In Adventure Sports

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates. Sign Up The greatest level of achievement or accomplishment in the world of sports is a spectacle indeed. We see professional athletes accomplish great feats on the field or on the court, and witness in awe as we realize we are looking at a physical representation of what is possible as the result of dedication, preparation, perseverance, strength and sacrifice. This sacrifice makes its presence felt in all forms of sport, and, as extreme athletes expand the boundaries beyond conventional competition and bring that sense of intensity into the world of nature, the level of that sacrifice, too, may be intensified. We take a look at some of the worst tragedies in adventure sports. Lane Frost, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo — July, 1989 The challenge of bull riding can only be described as a combination of some the most intense and dangerous physical and mental demands in the world. To mount any animal, particularly an angry animal, knowing that it weights upwards of 2,300 pounds and is trying to buck you off would put even most of today’s professional athletes in a state of panic. Frost had been riding cows since the age of 6 and spent the next 19 years competing in the rodeo. In 1987, he became a PRCA World Champion at the young age of 24 and competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in the first ever Olympic exhibition rodeo. The following year, on July 30, 1989, Frost was riding a bull n...  

Dengue fever spreading near Arizona border

This undated photo released by National Institute of Infectious Diseases via Kyodo News, shows a tiger mosquito. Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years. The ministry said Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 the case occurred in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. Local media reports said the patient was a teen-aged girl who has since recovered. (AP Photo/National Institute of Infectious Diseases via Kyodo News) Dengue fever continues to spread across Mexico and it's reached the southern border. "We've had five confirmed cases in the border region, bordering Yuma County," said Jessica Rigler with Arizona Department of Health Services. It's a situation ADHS continues to monitor, the confirmed cases are located in San Luis, Rio Col., Sonora, which is approximately thirty miles from Yuma, Arizona. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "The virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly." Dengue is also referred to as "breakbone fever" because of the severe joint and muscle pain associated with the illness. Other symptoms include severe pain behind the eyes, fever, vomiting and rash. One percent of the people infected develop Dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be deadly. ...  

Sweet Release! Bayonetta 2, Civilization Beyond Earth, Fantasy Life, Samurai ...

By Jared Cornelius Welcome back gentle reader, it’s time for another roundup of those video game disks that all the kids like so much.  While last week re-packaging and last generation consoles were all the rage this week is skewing a bit more towards the strange.  The overarching theme this time seems to be cult favorites, from cheesecake anime ladies, hardcore strategy, and Kinect games.  One developer was super busy with two games on this week’s calendar, so let’s lead off with a title that by all right shouldn’t exist. Honestly, it might actually be a Doctor Who styled time paradox. Bayonetta 2 is the insane 3rd person combat game from the equally insane Platinum Games.  The studio comprised of former Capcom cast offs made a name for themselves in the early 2000′s under the banner of Clover Studio with games like Viewtiful Joe, Godhand, and Okami.  Platinum was one of the only Japanese developers actively reaching out to an American audience last generation with games like Vanquish and ultimately came up with a cult hit for Sega in their Bayonetta franchise.  The utterly bizarre story revolves around the titular Bayonetta, a witch with guns in her shoes and magic hair that composes her skintight cat suit. The game features fast paced over the top 3r...  

Baseball's hardest throwers on grand stage

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg breaks down the key players in the World Series between the Giants and Royals. Yordano Ventura is one of baseball's hardest throwers.(Photo: John Rieger, USA TODAY Sports)KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Yordano Ventura, just 23 years old and blessed with one of baseball's most potent arms, admits he sneaks a peek at radar gun readings after unleashing one of his devastating fastballs.And he acknowledges the rush he feels when the scoreboard lets him know he's reached triple digits."Of course!" Ventura tells USA TODAY Sports through an interpreter. "I work hard to see my fastball reach 100. I love it. I look at it and I know when I'm throwing 100, 99 and I have it, it's going to be a long day for who's hitting."USA TODAYWorld Series: Breaking down Giants vs. RoyalsThe Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles can attest to that. Ventura dominated the Angels in an American League Division Series start, and then beat the Orioles in the AL Championship Series, helping the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.And for those who love the hiss of a blazing fastball, this matchup is for you.Five of the game's 15 hardest throwers in 2014 pitch for the Royals and Giants, according to average fastball velocities compiled by FanGraphs. Wednesday night, Ventura will start Game 2 for the Royals, hoping to build upon a rookie year in which he won 14 games and followed that with a seven-inning, five-hit masterpiece against the Angels....  

Health reform penalties imminent for employers

2015 will be the first year of employer penalties under health care reform. Industries that historically have not offered health care, such as food service and staffing, are most exposed.To illustrate the decision these firms face, we’ll use the example of John’s Bistro, a fictitious firm that has 200 employees across five locations. John, the owner, needs to keep costs down. He has three options, summarized in general terms in the following chart and discussed more fully below.Option 1: Offer NothingJohn can offer nothing. This would be a continuation of the status quo, as he has not offered anything in the past.From the perspective of John’s Bistro: The company will likely be liable for a non-deductible penalty of $240,000 in 2015 and up to $340,000 in 2016. Ouch.From the perspective of an employee: This approach doesn’t disqualify anyone from subsidies for individual health insurance. To avoid the individual penalty, employees need to get their own coverage.It is difficult to think of a scenario where this is what John would want to do. It hurts his company too much versus other available options.Option 2: Offer “minimum essential coverage”John can offer a plan that meets government guidelines for “minimum essential coverage.” Bear in mind that this is not a lot of coverage. It generally only covers preventive care services and is certainly not what most people would regard as “good coverage.” That said,...  


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