Yet only recently has the EU adopted stricter emissions standards equivalent to those imposed on cars sold on this side of the Atlantic.
A set of standards known as Euro 6—roughly equivalent to the current U.S. Tier II, Bin 5 standards adopted in 2007—takes effect only this year.
In the interim, diesel emissions have caused numerous air-quality problems in the U.K.RELATEDDays Numbered For Dirtiest Diesels In Europe; France To Phase Out Diesel Fuel
The national government recently admitted that NOx remains above acceptable levels in 38 out of 43 regions of the country.
Last summer, NOx levels in London were even higher than those in the infamously polluted air of Beijing.
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appoint the First Lady to lead the effort to increase vaccination rates for children to 100%.
In light of the recent Measles outbreak, it has become clear that an increasing number of children are not vaccinated against serious preventable diseases. These outbreaks pose a significant hazard to children too young to be immunized as well as those with compromised immune systems who cannot be vaccinated against these diseases. Healthcare professionals have not been successful in penetrating the suspicion and cynicism among those who refuse to have their children vaccinated. The First Lady would be an invaluable public leader of the effort to vaccinate all children.
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This is Great Art.
Disclaimer: it’s an a few still photos of Sinatra and Sammy Davis with an audio track singing Me and my Shadow.
Ignore the video. Close your eyes. Everone who participated in this has been a part of something wonderful from Sinatra and Sammy Davis to the guy playing the horn whoes name we will never know, the arranger and the guy who mixed it. Great Artists, all of them.
For years, a New York community’s public school system has been drained of resources by school board members who are more interested in assisting sectarian institutions than in improving public education. But thanks to complaints from angry residents, the state has finally assigned a financial monitor to oversee the board’s activities.
The controversy centers on the East Ramapo Central School District in Rockland County, which is home to a large concentration of Orthodox Jews. This group dominates the local school board - seven of the board’s nine members are Orthodox men. But these men don’t send their children to public schools, enrolling them instead in private yeshivas. And it seems the only reason they got elected to the school board in the first place is so they could divert as much taxpayer money as possible to sectarian institutions their kids attend.
The New York Times explained recently that about 24,000 Orthodox children attend yeshivas. Approximately 9,000 kids, most of them from minority families, are in the public system. And that system is being slowly drained of money.
“Since 2009, the board has cut 245 public school positions, including special education teachers, guidance counselors, all social workers and all elementary assistant principals,” The Times reported. “Full-day kindergarten has been reduced to half-day, and instrumental music has been eliminated for kindergarten through third grades. Summer school has been eliminated, as has transportation for field trips. Athletics and extracurricular activities have been reduced by 50 percent.”
It appears that much of the money siphoned from public schools was used to help the yeshiva students instead. The Times reported that even as the public system was being bled dry, “spending on programs that benefit private school students - specifically, transportation and special education - have increased substantially.”
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The BBC was first granted a royal charter in 1927, and the charter has been renewed every 10 years since then. Its current charter expires on Dec. 31, 2016, and the BBC has already begun preparing for its renewal.
As part of that process, the BBC today released the first part of a report entitled “Future of News” that examines the changing news industry and how the BBC plans to adapt to evolving technologies and new ways that the broadcaster’s massive audience — both locally in the U.K. and globally — consumes the news. The second part, which is forthcoming, will offer more detailed proposals on how the BBC will address these changes.
“The internet is not keeping everyone informed, nor will it: it is, in fact, magnifying problems of information inequality, misinformation, polarisation and disengagement,” the report says. “Our job is keeping everyone informed. To do this, BBC News is going to have to start thinking how it is going to deliver on its mission to inform in an age beyond broadcasting.”
I am so sad to hear of this author’s death. Her historical novels are well worth reading, both for the accuracy and for the story. She was a master of the craft. I never knew she was also neurophysicist.
This is infuriating:
The major Australian newspaper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia, opened its obituary for the beloved author with a description of McCullough’s physique, remarking: “Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: ‘I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.’” A reader might be forgiven for thinking McCullough’s main accomplishment lay in appealing to men without the benefit of conventionally beautiful looks.
While other newspapers, such as The New York Times, led with and thoroughly discussed her years as a neuroscientist and her authorship of an international bestseller, The Australian’s obituary puts the author’s status as a sexual object front and center.
So there is, in certain cases with the copper IUD, fertilization that occurs.
An important distinction here is that fertilization is not the same thing as pregnancy for the very, very simple reason that these things take time. There are a lot of steps between fertilization and implantation being successful. For the average woman who is not on any kind of birth control, that process of fertilization is occurring over and over and over again and those women are not getting pregnant over and over and over again because many of those fertilizations never, ever implant.
There are all these things that have to happen for pregnancy to occur. I think if people think about the question of when a woman is pregnant, the answer seems pretty intuitive. When I go to somebody and ask, “How many times have you been pregnant?” I’m not asking, “How many times have you had fertilized eggs?”
These things are not the same. That isn’t a pregnancy, it’s just not there yet.
Hicks said (emphasis mine), “There is a piece of legislation we’re actually watching. I wanna see how it turns out. That’s the one about father’s rights to a woman who’s pregnant with a child. I can totally get it and understand it; I just don’t know how you would do something like that. I mean bottom line, it’s still her body. How do you do something like that? I’m curious to see who says yes, who says no. I’ve been asking certain people outside the Dome what they think and so far they don’t like it. Male and female, for that matter. None of the women like that idea at all.”
Hicks then explained that when his wife found out about the bill, she wasn’t happy. “I know when my wife saw it she was like, ‘What?’ and I was like, ‘Oh.’”
The Clinton campaign has locked up so much early support that, as Bloomberg View’s Jonathan Bernstein has said, she may have already won the invisible primary. This apparently has given Clinton the belief that she might not have to announce her campaign until summer. Whether she waits or not, a primary campaign looks very strong.
So, the evolving primaries continue to tell different stories. The Republicans are quite unsettled, and the Democrats look as settled as ever.
Invisible primary. Not a great thing.