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Sri Lanka’s govt. integrity, economic freedom deteriorate – Daily Mirror

Posted: February 20, 2017 at 7:44 pm

By Chandeepa Wettasinghe Sri Lanka slipped down to the Mostly Unfree country territory this year in the Index of Economic Freedom, with the lack of government integrity being the only contributor towards the slip in both the ranking and the score. The perceived level of corruption is debilitating, the US-based Heritage Foundation, which compiles the index, said. Sri Lanka slipped to the 112th place from the 93rd place last year, while the country score, which had increased to 59.9 out of 100 in 2016, just 0.1 below a Moderately Free country, declined to 57.4 this year, recording a 6 year low, since 57.1 recorded in 2011. A score below 50 indicates a Repressed country, while a score above 70 denotes a Mostly Free country, and above 80 is classified as Free. Under the rule of law category, the score for property rights increased to 48 in 2017 from 40 in the last year even though the Heritage Foundation noted, investors claim that protection could be flimsy. The unity government, which came to power in 2015, had attracted greater rankings on government integrity, reaching up to 39 in 2016, before nose-diving to 30 this year, matching the lowest levels of 1995 and 1996. Global corruption watchdog, Transparency International, too in its Corruption Perception Index recently pointed out the increasing threats to transparency in Sri Lanka under the current government. However, government ministers claim there is a gap between their good work and the communication of their endeavors to the public. The current government had come to power promising to eliminate corruption, on a wide platform of good governance and transparency. However, many stakeholders are now contradicting the publicly announced policies with the policies formulated in secrecy. The countrys government securities market was also shaken through insider deals allegedly connected to a Central Bank Governor appointed by the unity government, for which action has been slow. Judicial effectiveness for this year was recorded at 48.3. Meanwhile, Sri Lankas tax burden was considered as free, with a score of 85.3, up from 85.1 YoY, despite the increases in taxation legislated in late 2016. Government spending too fared well, increasing to 90.2 from 90.0 YoY continuing an upward trend, despite cuts witnessed in expenditure in 2016 to bring the budget deficit. Fiscal health however, recorded at 31.2. Regulatory efficiencies recorded all-around improvements in 2017, with business freedom increasing to 72.8 from 70.3 YoY, labour freedom increasing to 57.5 from 56.5 YoY and monetary freedom increasing to 76 from 71.5 YoY.

The business start-up process has been streamlined, and the number of licensing requirements has been reduced, the Heritage Foundation said, but noted that labour market lacks efficiency. Sri Lankas commitment towards open markets remained relatively unchanged, with only trade freedom increasing to 74.5 from 72.4 YoY, while investment freedom and financial freedom remaining stagnant at 35.0 and 40.0, respectively. Sri Lanka ranked 25th in the entire Asia Pacific region, while China ranked 24th, Bangladesh 28th, Pakistan 32nd, India 33rd and Vietnam 35th. Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia were ranked in the top 5 both in Asia Pacific as well as in the World. Switzerland managed to edge out Australia by ranking 4th in the world, while Taiwan filled up the 5th position in Asia Pacific.

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All aboard for Cosplay on the high seas – The New Paper

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 1:40 am

Top-class cosplayers from eight countries in the region will be competing at the Asia Cosplay Meet Championship this weekend aboard Royal Caribbean’s 15-deck Mariner of the Seas cruise ship.

Back for its second edition, Cosfest Sea: Beyond The Great Horizons will feature US guest cosplayers for the first time, a cosplay parade along the ship’s 136m-long Royal Promenade, and a superheroes costume museum for passengers to try on outfits.

All guests aboard – cosplayers and non-cosplayers alike – are welcome to watch the competitors from Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China vie for the top prize.

The champions from Thailand won $2,000 in cash last year.

At the championship, teams of three will dress up as characters from any movie, TV series or anime, and perform acts of sword fighting, dancing or singing before a panel of judges.

It is not all fun and games for the cosplayers, some of whom learn new dance routines or make their costumes from scratch.

Event co-organiser Stephanie Loh, president of The Singapore Cosplay Club, said: “Some contestants even undergo martial arts training to play their role.”

Ms Loh, 34, who also cosplays as comic book character Wonder Woman and Elsa from the movie Frozen, said tickets for this year’s Cosfest Sea sold out last December.

This is earlier than for last year, a testament to the growing popularity of cosplay here.

Ms Loh said: “It takes courage to express what you like in costume, but more people are plucking up the courage to do so.

“That’s why cosplay is so refreshing to Singaporeans.”

Royal Caribbean’s corporate communications manager Chin Ying Duan said last year’s cruise saw full capacity, exceeding 3,500 passengers, and this year will be the same.

The ship also has an ice-skating rink, full-sized sports court, DreamWorks Entertainment theatre, six whirlpools, boutiques and cafes.

The cruise ship will leave Singapore this afternoon and make a stop in Penang before returning on Monday morning.

Tickets cost $495 a person.

Co-organiser Takahan Tan, 42, who also cosplays as Batman, is glad about the rising popularity of Cosfest Sea.

He said: “We want to make it better each year so the cosplay culture can continue spreading”.

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Thank You, Obama: US Steadily Lost Ground On Economic Freedom Over Past 8 Years – Investor’s Business Daily

Posted: February 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm

The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom compares countries on a number of measures of how free their economies are. (Heritage.org)

Economy: The U.S. currently ranks a dispiriting 17th on the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. That’s down from 6th when Obama took office in 2009. The question isn’t whether President Trump can turn this dismal trend around, it’s whether Democrats will let him.

The Heritage Foundation has been publishing this index since 1995. It measures things like property rights, fiscal health, business freedom, tax burden, government spending, rule of law and other indicators of economic freedom in 186 countries. Based on these, each country gets an overall freedom index score, which then can be ranked against other countries.

As Heritage points out, there is good reason to focus on these measures of economic freedom, since theydirectly correlate with a country’s growth and prosperity. “The affirmative link between economic freedom and long-term development is unmistakable and robust,” the report notes. “The higher a country’s level of economic freedom is, the higher its income per capita also is.”

The good news is that economic freedom worldwide has been inching up for the past two decades. It went from a low of 57.1 in 1996 to 60.9 today.

The bad news is that it’s been on the decline in the U.S. since 2008, when it stood at 80.7. Since then, it has dropped every year but one under Obama, and now measures 75.1. That’s the lowest score for the U.S. since Heritage started this index 22 years ago.

As a result, the U.S. now ranks behind Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand Canada, Taiwan, the U.K., Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Even Lithuania currently has more economic freedom than the U.S.

“The substantial expansion of government’s size and scope, increased regulatory and tax burdens, and the loss of confidence that has accompanied a growing perception of cronyism, elite privilege, and corruption have severely undermined America’s global competitiveness,” the report finds.

In other words, the U.S. index was dragged down by Obama’s anti-growth war on businesses, investors and other productive elements of the economy.

Not surprisingly, the past eight years have also been characterized by historically low economic growth rates, with annual GDP growth never once hitting 3% under Obama.

Turning this around should be a priority in Washington for both Republicans and Democrats. Faster economic growth is desperately needed, not only to create jobs and increase prosperity, but to reduce the federal government’s yawning deficits and mountain of debt.

Unfortunately, Democrats and the mainstream press are entirely focused on destroying the Trump administration before it has the chance to put forward any of its pro-growth proposals.

If the U.S. continues to slide down the scale of economic freedom and the economy continues to struggle, the blame will rest on the shoulders of these obstructionists.

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Nato needs to reform into a global alliance against Islamic terrorism … – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: February 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

Second, we are clearly not in a time to expand freedom in the world a point British Prime Minister Theresa May made in Washington last week. On the contrary, we need to defend and preserve freedom in our lands.

In order to reinforce our Western world, Nato must invite to become members countries that are alike in the defense of our values and with the willingness to share the burden in this civilizational struggle. Nato should invite without delay Israel, Japan, Singapore and India to become members.

Defense expenditures should be revised and increased, but ceilings and burden sharing are not the problem. We dont expend more because current leaders do not feel compelled to do so. Furthermore, to spend more on the same will not change our ability to confront the threats and challenges we face.

There is a myriad of things that can be done to put Nato back on track. Interior ministers should join defense ministers at council level and in summits.

Thats easy. But above all, what Nato needs is a vision and an impulse to transform from the new US President and administration. Yes, MrPresident, we agree with you that Nato has become obsolete. But we believe you can make it relevant again. Your allies will follow.

Mr. Bardaji is the Executive Director of the Friends of Israel Initiative and the former National Security Adviser to the Spanish government. Colonel Kemp is a board member of the Friends of Israel Initiative and the former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan

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Logistics firm gets automation boost – The Straits Times

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The opportunities presented by the booming e-commerce market have prompted logistics player Bollore Logistics to invest $10 million in a new automation project.

It will tap on advanced technology and robotics to improve and mechanise various processes, from storage to picking and labelling, at its warehouse in Pioneer Turn.

The project – backed by the Economic Development Board – could increase the products being processed tenfold while requiring only half the number of people needed to carry out the same work now.

Bollore Logistics Singapore managing director Fabien Giordano also told The Straits Times it is expected to cut the time taken to process products by up to two days. “Technological changes like this are getting more relevant with the rising demand in e-commerce, as our customers look for shorter handling times,” he said, adding Bollore has secured a long-term contract with an international cosmetic group over use of the new project, which begins operations next January.

The automation initiative – much aligned with strategies laid out in the Government’s Logistics Industry Transformation Map – will let the firm move staff into higher-skilled roles with higher wages or to other parts of its business. Bollore hires 1,400 people in Singapore, out of its global workforce of over 28,000.

Central to its efforts to improve operations and raise competitiveness is talent, said Mr Giordano – which is why the firm beefed up its global team of engineers to focus on creating innovative solutions in logistics and freight.”A lot of people still think of the logistics industry as ‘old school’ today. That’s a mindset we need to change,” he said.

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Dyson opens new Singapore tech center with focus on R&D in AI and software – TechCrunch

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 9:20 am

Dyson is expanding its footprint in Singapore, with a new Technology Centre opened today by the maker of vacuums and other smart home electronics. The UK company will be investing $561 million as part of its commitment to the new facility, which hosts working labs where research and development teams can pool their cumulative hardware and software know-how to help advance the companys growing ambitions.

If youre only passingly familiar with Dysons work, you might be wondering what a company that makes vacuums needs with a half-million dollar tech facility with a focus the company says is on artificial intelligence, machine learning and software development. But Dyson has always emphasized its tech edge in the domestic cleaning hardware market, and its only doing more to push that advantage lately, including more work in robotics, computer visions systems and machine learning with products like its Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum.

As you can see from the photos of the facility, the company also put a lot of engineering work into one of its most recent products, the Supersonic hair dryer. There has also been some speculation that Dyson could extend some of its expertise around electric motors and battery tech into the automotive space, though the company isnt saying much one way or another about those reports just yet.

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Dysons new facility also includes what they call The Control Tower, which shows real-time supply chain and logistics data, and which they use to help ensure things run smoothly in terms of global production and shipping, and the new tech centre is very close to Dysons West Park production facility, where the company says one of its digital motors leaves the line every 2.6 seconds, thanks to highly automated production lines.

Dyson has already said that it will do much more in robotics, machine learning and robotics according to the engineer leading its robotics program, Mike Aldred, and it seems like this new tech center will help with those pursuits. The company has already admitted its working on next-generation robot vacuums, even as it launched the first, and it also says that computer vision and other tech it created for the 360 Eye will apply more broadly across its offerings.

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The world’s biggest gamblers – The Economist (blog)

Posted: February 11, 2017 at 8:57 am

LAS VEGAS may be synonymous with gambling, but the industrys biggest expo is actually held in London, and wraps up today. Exhibitors in over 3,000 stands advertise the latest products designed to part punters from their cash, ranging from gaming apps to slot machines and virtual-reality games. As in other businesses, firms that were quick to embrace new technology have reaped rewards: online gaming is the industrys fastest-growing sector, and accounted for 11% of the $385bn of gambling profits posted in 2016. But unlike companies that sell less controversial services, courting government regulators appears to be just as important as luring bettors for the bottom line.

To the general public, Australia hardly leaps to mind as a gambling hotbed. Yet industry insiders know it is far and away their most lucrative market: according to H2 Gambling Capital (H2G), a consultancy, betting losses per resident adult there amounted to $990 last year. That is 40% higher than Singapore, the runner-up, and around double the average in other Western countries. The most popular form of gaming in Australia is on ubiquitous electronic poker machines, or pokies, which are more prevalent there than anywhere else. Although the devices are legal in many other markets, bet sizes are usually capped at modest levels. By contrast, in Australia, which began to deregulate the industry in the 1980s, punters can lose as much as $1,150 an hour.

Despite Australias profitability, the high level of existing gambling penetration and relatively small population of 23m make it a relatively mature market without much room for expansion. The biggest prize by far is the United States, where bettors total losses reached $117bn last year. The untapped potential is enormous: Americans wagered $150bn illegally on sports alone last year, by one estimate. However, the countrys Puritan tendencies have kept the industrys growth in check, and spending per person has remained static for a decade. Online gaming, which accounts for a third of spending in some countries, is legal in just three states after a federal clampdown in 2011, while sports betting is fully legal in just one. As a result, Ireland and Finland, which have opened up online markets, recently overtook America in spending per person. Singapore also keeps a tight lid on the range of legal betting options, and has seen industry revenues fall off as a result.

A different type of regulation has curbed gaming in China. Just three years ago, H2G expected China (including Macau and Hong Kong) to surpass America as the worlds biggest market in 2020. But in 2013 the government announced a crackdown on corruption, which prevented Chinese government officials from entertaining in the casinos of Macau. The industrys profits in China promptly fell by 20%, and have barely recovered. That precipitous decline caused overall global winnings to drop in 2015the first dip since 2003, when H2Gs data begin.

In contrast, gaming firms may be set to hit the jackpot in Japan. Although the country is still the worlds third-largest gambling market, annual revenues have been declining steadily since 2003 amid tight regulation. Ingenious firms have come up with work-arounds to remain within the law: pachinko, a popular game akin to pinball, avoids being classified as gambling by giving special prizes, which can be traded for cash at kiosks separate from the pachinko parlours. Such subterfuge may no longer be necessary, thanks to a law passed in December that will permit casinos for the first time. Foreign operators are expected to line up to build them. H2G estimates that they could swell winnings by 50% in the first year of opening. That is good news for the industry, if not for Japanese punters wallets.

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British Airways Concorde ‘Alpha Foxtrot’ Arrives at New Bristol Home – AirlineGeeks.com (blog)

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The Concorde moving into the Bristol museum (Photo: Airbus/Neil Phillips)

Aerospace Bristol has finally moved the Concorde G-BOAF to its new 19 million home. The last ever Concorde made, G-BOAF, was built in Bristol in 1978. An additional 2 million is still needed to finalize the last bits and pieces of construction. The very complex and important move has been years in the making and was conducted by engineers from both British Airways and Airbus.

Iain Gary, Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, comments, We couldnt be more delighted to the welcome Concorde 216 to her new purpose-built home. With such enthusiasm for Concorde in this country, and particularly in Bristol where she was designed, built and landed for the final time, it is only fitting that this magnificent aircraft should have a permanent home at Filton. I would like to thank all of our donors for helping to make Aerospace Bristol a reality and look forward to welcoming our first visitors on board this summer.

Mark Stewart, General Manager and HR Director, Airbus commented on the completion of the transportation of Concorde 216 to its new home adding,Airbus has been the proud custodian for Alpha Foxtrot since 2003 and has been keen that we could find a permanent location for such a fantastic historical exhibit of Filton engineering skills. After 13 years of caring for the aircraft we are pleased to deliver her to Aerospace Bristol so that people can visit and admire her for years to come.

Bristol Filton has a sizable history in aviation which showed in the earliest days of aviation when the Bristol Boxkite biplanes flew from Filton Airport over the Clifton suspension bridge. Aerospace Bristol said that customers will be transported through more than 100 years of aviation history at Filton Airport, depicting how it first opened in 1910 to when it shut down 5 years ago in 2012. The journey takescustomers through both World Wars, the space race and all the way up to when the airfield closed. Hopefully,this will help inspire a new generation of engineers and aircraft designers by showing people the amazing technological achievements that have been made in aviation from Bristol in the 100 years of its life.

G-BOAF, also known as Concorde 216, was built in 1978 and made its maiden flight in 1979. When it was first built it was registered to British Aerospace under the registration G-BFKX, but when a deal for Singapore Airlines to buy it fell through British Airways had the aircraft re-registered under its current number G-BOAF in June 1980.

Concorde 216 had a troubling start to its career in commercial aviation. It was the first ever Concorde to suffer a rudder separation failure, where a part of the upper rudder detached from the aircraft in flight. Over the following years, similar incidents would take place on all British Airways and Air France Concordes. All aircraft were fitted with new upper and lower rudders, which cost both companies millions of pounds in maintenance.

Concorde 216 was also the first Concorde to receive the new design upgrades following the Air France Concorde crash in July 2000.These new upgrades featured the use of fitting out fuel tanks with kevlar and strengthening the electric cables on the aircrafts gear.

After completing these upgrades on all Concorde aircraft, Concorde 216 was used by British Airways to restart the flying initiative. This, however, did not last. In 2003, Concorde made its last commercial service flight from New York John F Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow, bringing an end to the era of supersonic commercial travel. The last ever flight of a Concordeaircraft was operated by G-BOAF when the aircraft flew for the last time on Nov. 26, 2003 to its final resting place of Filton Airfield, where it has remained since.

G-BOAF was the first British Airways aircraft to be repainted in the then new British Airways Utopia livery and wears the Union Flag scheme, which is officially called the Chatham Historic Dockyard. This new livery was initially only destined to be used on British Airways fleet of Concordes, but would later become the standard livery for all British Airways aircraft. Since Concorde 216 was the first aircraft in this livery, it has been at the forefront of British Airways publicity and air to air photos.

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LaLiga: Valencia CF on the brink of a civil war – Yahoo Sports

Posted: February 9, 2017 at 6:18 am

Oh Valencia. Anybody who has had the pleasure of visiting oneofthe most underrated cities in Spain will know that its full of friendly, happy-go-lucky people. Its a city that has suffered more than most during the on-going economical crisis but whenever theres a reason to celebrat, no one stays at home moping about the tough times. In the spirit of Chumbawamba when they get knocked down, they get up again.

A crucial part of being a Valencianista is having thick skin, consider them the rhinos of the footballing world. For some strange reason theres unbridled joy up and down Spain at Valencias current plight, as if theyve wronged people in the past. Ironically so many of those poking fun are unhappy with their own board, chairman and coach. Perhaps the pointing and laughing is a welcome distraction from their own clubs mess, who knows?

I made my return to the Mestalla at the weekend to watch them face Eibar, a side so many admire for their hardworking attitude and constant push to defy the odds. Over the past couple of years Ive seen plenty of matches here and on Twitter I mentioned the fact Id never seen them lose at home [sorry guys]. What surprised me wasnt the defeat, although the manner of it did, but theunderlying feeling which has engulfed the club.

As you make your way to the station, whether its on the metro or on foot, the nerves and fear are evident. I arrived later than Id wanted to but outside the ground no one was confident. Those who werent pessimistic were angry,frustrated at decisions being made in the boardroom and by an absent chairman who, to most fans, is seen as not caring.

Protests took place before the match organised by the Curva Nord. I dont personally like the termUltras because it has a negative connotation to it, as if theyre all brainless thugs who care little about football and more about defending their territory. Im not going to delve into the deep history of the group or paint them all as saints either, but you cant deny their love and passion for the club. It isnt about having a tear up, its about respect and how little they feel theyve been shown.

Taking on the most vocal fans is adangerous game to play, especially when youre already disliked by many casual fans. Valencia decided they didnt want anyone over the age of 30 in the area occupied by the Curva Nord behind the goal, despite how long theyve been asocio or member there. Its like tackling a small fire by throwingbarrels of petrol on it. Irresponsible, needless and once again, alienating a fan base alreadydisillusioned by the direction the club is heading in.

Just before Christmas the club amended the rule of no one over the age of 30 being allowed to remain in the Curva Nord but all wasnt as it seemed.Valencia tricked people by saying everyone would be allowed to return to the stand but this wasnt true. Only a few were allowed in and theyve left more than 40 people out. Theres even more people who havent been able to renew their season ticket because they arent allowed in the same stand as always, the Curva Nord told me.

And thats the crux of Valencias issues: its run by people who have no experience or idea when it comes to managing a football club. Peter Lim is clearly a very smart business man, as his personal fortune wouldattest to, but his ownership of Valencia makesHarchesterUnited look like the model club. Fans chanted,Dndeests, Peter Lim? (Where are you, Peter Lim?) If truth be told, its probably for the best he doesnt spend more time in Spain as whenever hes here its just to sell the current star player before he disappears back to Singapore.

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Lim isnt a hands-on chairman and instead prefers to delegate duties tothose he trusts. When the current chairwoman, Layhoon Chan, said:I am Peter Lim she wasnt joking. Shes a fantastic speaker and when Amadeo Salvo stepped down from therole for personal reasons, Layhoon was seen as someone to trust, to confide in. She seemed toget what the fans needed and in times of crisis helped ease the tensions. But judging her solely on the decisions taken, shes lost the backing of the fans too.

The handling of the Paco Alcacer saga and his consequent move to Barcelona made her look weak.Ofcourse, as if there was any doubt, Paco Alcacer is a Valencia player. We dont want to sell Paco. Chans words to a local supporters club or Penya after rumours Lim was only in Barcelona to sell their star striker. It turned outthe damage had already been done and the decision to sell of the face of Valencia was later confirmed. Maybe Layhoon didnt finish that sentence aboutbeing Peter Lim and it shouldve instead beenIm Peter Lims airbag.

Layhoon comes across as a genuinely nice person but the burden of hope, that for a short period of time galvanised the fan base, has been torn down and shes now seen as a liar. Her word is no longer her bond and shes lost the trust which was handed to her. A bit like that meme of the dog sat in a roomon fire whilst sayingThis is fine, she appears out of her depth, her reputation irrecoverable.

The decisions taken since Lim has been in charge have been largely ridiculous too. Theyve gone through Juan Antonio Pizzi, Nuno Espirito Santo, Gary Neville, Pako Ayestaran and Cesare Prandelli as managers in a little over two and a half years. The current coach, Voro, has stepped in as a stop-gap various times but is now tasked with saving the club. In terms of directors of football it started out with Rufete, moved on to Jorge Mendes and Nuno, then Suso Garcia Pitarch and currently has the clubs academy director, Jose Ramon Alexanko, covering the role on an interim basis. Its like building a house in the middle of the ocean and notrealising the bricks aresimply sinking to the bottom of the seabed.

Returning briefly to the aftermath of the defeat to Eibar, the club felt it was an opportune time topubliclyannounce removing Mario Kempes from his role as ambassador. His contract was actually up in December but no official word until now was given on whether hed remain or not. And what topped it off even more was putting the decision down to the fact Kempes is too far away in the USAto fulfil the role correctly. Yes, the irony of having an owner based in Singapore deciding a club legend, held in high esteem by the fans, was too far away from the club to justify his position is incredible.

Now the decision to remove Kempes wasnt necessary a surprise but the timing of it was, and the reasoning given, more so. Valencias ambassador has been vocal at thedisarray surrounding the club, and in particular its decisions under Limsmanagement, but common sense is a trait seldom found by the decision makers. They didnt even consult Kempes during his time as ambassador!

They never cared about my opinion, never asked or consulted me about anything, Kempes said at the decision not to renew his role.At the club there are people who want to talk but they dont. Lim doesnt know how to surround himself with people who love Valencia and who could advise him [better].

Layhoon is a good leader, with a kind heart and nice ideas, although her management on a footballing level has been a disaster.Peter Lim abandoned Layhoon. Hes left her in the middle of the circus surrounded by lions. Those at Meriton are used to no one telling them the truth and they do what they want, how they want.

Valencia appointed Dami Vidagany as Director of Marketing in Europe earlier in the season and hes been talking to the local press to see what the general opinion is towards the project and decisions made so far. The issue is the planning department tends to be dominated by short-term ideas and people are naturally sceptical as to whether this approach will change anything in regards to how the club is run.

With each passing week the club falls further and further into the abyss. When I spoke with the guys from the Curva Nord about how they would go about resolving the issues at the club, what would need to change, their response gave little hope of reaching a solution.Unfortunately Valencia needs to change everything. Were at thepoint of going down due to all areas of the club performing horribly. At the next home game, in the 10th minute, theyll be a Kempes si, Lim no chant.

Former chairman Amadeo Salvo has waded into the conflict too. Valencia are going through one of the worst moments in its history, he told RadioEsportValencia. Salvo has remained silent since leaving the club, to help with the takeover, but revealed that a clause of secrecy didnt exist. He explained due to professional reasons he wouldnt be back in Spain for another couple of weeks but from that point onwards would be open to speaking his mind on Valencias woes.

Valencia need to pick their battles correctly to keep as many people on side as possible. Now isnt the time to make yet more rash decisions which will only serve to swell the ranks of those opposed to the current regime. Its about listening to fans and not trying to pull the wool over their eyes or treat them as if theyre fools. The solution wont happen overnight or come easy but its essential they work towards a long-term goal and abandon the short-termism approach which is destroying the club.

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Babies with eczema may have tooth decay later – Knowridge Science Report

Posted: February 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Infants with eczema are three times more likely to develop tooth decay at 2 and 3 years of age, experts warn. The good news is that tooth decay is highly preventable.

Our latest findings will give parents and caregivers of babies with eczema early warning of increased risk of developing tooth decay in toddlers, says Stephen Hsu, associate professor of dentistry at the National University of Singapore.

Regular dental check-ups can then be conducted to help minimize the incidence of tooth decay in these children.

Tooth decay is a common childhood diseasea 2009 study showed that four in 10 preschool children in Singapore suffered from tooth decay. The skin condition eczema affects one in five children attending school in Singapore.

For the study, published in theJournal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers recruited pregnant women in their first trimester as part of the Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) program.

Established in 2009, GUSTO is a nationwide long-term study of pregnant Singaporean mothers and their children, and to date has recruited more than 1,200 Singaporean families.

During the childs first year, at the ages of 3, 6 and 12 months, parents were interviewed to identify babies with eczema. Infants with eczema were given skin prick testing to assess their sensitivity to common allergens.

The findings show that infants who had eczema and were sensitive to common allergens were 3.29 times and 3.09 times more likely to experience tooth decay when they were two and three years of age respectively, compared to infants without eczema.

The researchers say that structural defects during tissue development could be a possible reason for the connection.

Theyre now conducting genetic analysis to confirm the mechanism and explorethe link between tooth decay and other childhood diseases potentially affected by ectodermal defects.

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