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WHO warns over measles immunisation rates as cases rise 400% across Europe

“Measles cases have soared across Europe over the last year, with large outbreaks affecting one in four countries, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is concerned by low rates of immunisation against the disease” writes Sarah Boseley for theguardian.com. Measles is targeted for elimination around the world, because of the efficacy of the vaccine, but it has been bedevilled by regular outbreaks. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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S&P Global: Bitcoin Is Unlikely to be a Destructive…

“A market intelligence group has said that cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are a long way off from being a destructive force in the financial sector” writes Rebecca Campbell for livebitcoinnews.com. In a research note published today S&P Global wrote that digital currencies were unlikely to have an impact despite increased public interest unless they are regulated, reports Business Tech.S&P Global believe that if bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were backed by central banks, the banks would be in a better position to predict the demand for the coins.The cryptocurrency market may…

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Endangered Pangolins Are Being Smuggled For Meat By Criminal Organisations

“The team of researchers found that animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes out of central Africa” writes Sophie Gallagher for huffingtonpost.com. For the first time a Scottish study, conducted by Stirling University, highlights the “worrying” link between the trade and Asian industrial workers on the African continent.The animals are not being transported via traditional meat trade chains, but instead across remote forest borders normally used by ivory traders. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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How to Refine Android App Development Using Psychological Concepts

“Applications are for people, and the purpose of mobile app development is to make people happy” writes Carol Wilson for cactussoft.biz. The Gestalt theory explains human visual perception using six coherent principles and can help android app developers get to the workings of the brain behind this.Android app developers are probably one of the best people to ask about how they manage change.The motto of successful android app designers is “you’ve got to give the customers what they need”.A functional, informative and aesthetically pleasing android app must pass strict usability…

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The FBI’s War on Black-Owned Bookstores

“As late as 1966, black-owned bookstores operated in fewer than a dozen American cities, and most of them struggled to stay in business” writes Joshua Clark Davis for theatlantic.com. To be sure, many black bookstores did have direct connections to Black Power activists.In Hoover’s eyes, black-owned bookstores represented a coordinated network of hate-spewing extremists.Black bookstores weren’t fronts assigned by activist organizations to distribute political propaganda. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

“After initially dismissing concerns that it influenced the 2016 election, Facebook has announced a series of moves to prevent its future misuse” writes Sheera Frenkel for nytimes.com. The indictment does show that Russian operatives used social media — particularly Facebook — to try to sow division among Americans. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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USD Daily Review February 19, 2018

USD Daily Review for February 19, 2018 EUR/USD Weekly Technical Forecast: Euro Finds Strong Opposition, Again The euro once again experienced selling at the 2008 trend-line, further solidifying its importance; outlook turns negative heading into the new week.   Crude Oil Price Sees Weekly Gain on OPEC Persistence, Weak US Dollar After a rough start to the beginning of February, Crude Oil remains bid and is bouncing off a handful of technical support points that could   Australian Dollar Vulnerable to Risk Trends and External Factors The Australian Dollar appreciated…

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Dealerships partner with Costco to boost service, parts sales

“More than 900 franchised dealerships are enrolled in the service and parts program, Costco says, along with 475 independent garages” writes Jesse Snyder for autonews.com. Costco is working with new-vehicle dealerships to expand its members-only discount program beyond auto purchases to service and parts sales.The coupons also boost sales of parts — for instance, Costco customers who bought vehicles through the discount program can get half off accessories.But the dealership initially passed when Costco added discount parts and service coupons to the auto program in 2011. Source: autonews.com Share This:

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