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Minnesota Rural Health Conference In Duluth

“Nearly 600 health care professionals, educators, state health workers, students and policy makers will be attending to explore approaches to improve and sustain rural health” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The theme of the conference is “Community: The Heart of Health” and keynote speakers include Diane Calmus from the National Rural Health Association. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Universal Credit Welfare Reforms Contributing To Homelessness Among 16-24s, Charity Warns

“Welfare reforms such as Universal Credit are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by impacting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned” writes unknown author for huffingtonpost.com. Research carried out by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on youth homelessness. “The findings indicate that all reforms within Universal Credit are impacting young people’s ability to access and sustain accommodation,” the reports states. “The findings strongly suggest that the administrative changes…

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One more vote for net neutrality and beyond

“Right now, we still have a chance to sustain net neutrality regulation in the U.S. Let’s make the most of it” reports github.com. American net neutrality regulations still matter.If we sustain net neutrality regulation, getting other open internet policies right will still be necessary.The tech industry and internet users collectively made a ruckus, but the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) still voted to repeal net neutrality regulations. Source: github.com Share This:

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NASA is testing tiny nuclear reactors that can sustain life on Mars

“Of course, no habitat can sustain life without power, and a lack of fuel sources on Mars is a big roadblock” writes Zach Epstein for bgr.com. Scientists continue to explore ways of building human habitats on Mars that are capable of sustaining life for long stretches of time.Moreover, sources of portable power will be needed if astronauts on Mars have any hope of embarking on meaningful expeditions.NASA on Thursday unveiled a device called Kilopower, a compact nuclear reactor capable of reliably generating power. Source: bgr.com Share This:

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Trump foreign policy and global hot spots could keep the oil rally going

“The oil market owes much of its gains to OPEC and Russia’s deal to limit output this year” writes Tom Dichristopher for cnbc.com. Prices got a boost as tensions flared in the Middle East, Venezuela and parts of Africa, and analysts say continued turmoil could be the key to further gains.Concerns about stability in Saudi Arabia following a political crackdown also boosted markets in the fourth quarter. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Japan exports, imports surge on strong demand in China, US

“Exports totaled 6.92 trillion yen ($61.4 billion), while imports came to 6.81 trillion yen ($60.4 billion), according to the preliminary data” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Exports to China surged 25 percent, helping drive a 20 percent increase in exports to all of Asia.Japan’s trade surplus with the rest of Asia jumped nearly 26 percent last month, to 439 billion yen ($3.9 billion), with double-digit year-on-year increases to all countries in Southeast Asia.Customs data released Monday showed the trade surplus for the world’s third-largest economy slipping 23 percent from…

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OPEC Secretary General urges U.S. shale oil producers to help cap global supply

“NEW DELHI (Reuters) – OPEC’s Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo on Tuesday called on U.S. shale oil producers to help curtail global oil supply, warning extraordinary measures might be needed next year to sustain the rebalanced market in the medium to long term” reports businessinsider.com. “We urge our friends, in the shale basins of North America to take this shared responsibility with all seriousness it deserves, as one of the key lessons learnt from the current unique supply-driven cycle,” said Barkindo. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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‘There’s no one for right-wingers to pick a fight with’: The far right is struggling to sustain interest in its social media platforms

“But the main front in the battle between the far right and tech platforms has been waged on YouTube” writes Maxwell Tani for businessinsider.com. The far right wants to ditch the big tech platforms online, but that’s turning out to be harder than it seems.It hasn’t been difficult to understand why supporters of pro-Trump media haven’t immigrated en masse to alternative media platforms.But many have hesitated to abandon those traditional platforms that have helped elevate them from obscurity into the political discourse. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Mapped: How much space would it take to sustain the world’s largest cities by solar energy?

“With our increasingly large global footprint, the need for renewable energy is amplifying” writes David Millward for telegraph.co.uk. Of the world’s largest 100 cities, 80 would need less than 10 per cent of their land area to be converted into solar panels to sustain their energy usage, according to the research. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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