News by tag: US

27.04.2017

When a degree influences your diet

The way shops advertise different types of food can have a big impact on the quality of your diet , according to a new RAND Corporation research, a US nonprofit institution.  Studying people who live in areas considered to be food deserts, researchers found that more frequent shopping at convenience and neighborhood stores and being younger, male, without a college degree and receiving government food assistance were associated with greater intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars and discretionary fats. Being older, male and having a college degree were associated with eating more fruits and vegetables.

 
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25.04.2017

US military spending grew, Russia became third in the ranking

The United States remains the country with the highest annual military expenditure in the world, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). US military spending grew by 1.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 to $611 billion, for the first time in six years. Military expenditure by China, which was the second largest spender in 2016, increased by 5.4 per cent to $215 billion, a much lower rate of growth than in previous years. 

 
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21.04.2017

Deutsche Bank fined over $150 mln for forex violations by US Fed

The US Federal Reserve has fined Deutsche Bank $156.6m for violating foreign exchange rules and breaching the Volcker Rule. The US unit was fined for "unsafe and unsound practices" in the foreign-exchange markets, the Fed said in a statement. The firm "failed to detect and address that its traders used electronic chatrooms to communicate with competitors about their trading positions," the central bank added. Central bank officials are "requiring the firm to co-operate in any investigation of the individuals involved in the conduct underlying the FX enforcement," according to the statement. 

 
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19.04.2017

Traffic pollution may help to reduce HDL cholesterol

A wealth of studies have suggested a link between exposure to air pollution and a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. But according to an epidemiological study, adults who were exposed to traffic-related air pollution had lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that could increase their cardiovascular disease risk.  For the new research, lead author Griffith Bell, Ph.D., of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, and colleagues studied 6,654 adults and found people exposed to higher levels of fine and ultrafine particles in traffic pollution tended to have lower levels of HDL cholesterol in their blood.

 
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19.04.2017

Millennials like Netflix, but free is better

In a recent survey of US college students, commissioned by LendEDU, a consumer finance comparison site, only 8% of respondents said they didn't have a Netflix account. That means that a whopping 92% have Netflix. Additionally, 5% said they used their current or ex-girlfriend’s or boyfriend’s account. Meanwhile, only 34% said they have their own account. “Netflix continues to be the clear leader in online streaming, but is hurting in one key performance metric,” the report said. Netflix is also the most popular video platform among teens, beating out both YouTube and cable TV in a recent Piper Jaffray survey.

 
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18.04.2017

The Americans are to blame (by W. Snyder)

The dotcom bubble of 2000 was primarily an American affair that cost a lot of people a lot of money while the crisis of 2008 had far-reaching international implications

 
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18.04.2017

Switzerland isn't afraid to be considered currency manipulator by US Treasury

The Swiss government on Tuesday acknowledged the country's reappearance on a U.S. Treasury watch list of currency manipulators, but said the status would have no immediate consequences, as Reuters reported. Switzerland met two of the three criteria to be named a manipulator, both in the most recent report and the previous one in October: it runs a material current account surplus and it engages in persistent, one-sided intervention in foreign exchange markets.

 
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12.04.2017

This time is really different (by W. Snyder)

Germany and China continue to have great trade surpluses while the US trade deficit has not yet been corrected by the Trump administration. Oil is still the most important source of energy with the Middle East a main supplier. Given these additional factors, it should be clear that any disturbance will have far-reaching consequences since the Fed, ECB and BoJ cannot lower interest rates to fend off a recession or depression. The huge injections of liquidity into the global financial system in recent years have had the result among others of producing little or no growth.

 
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11.04.2017

US, Mexico, Canada: joint-venture to host the richest World Cup in 2026

The football associations of the United States, Canada and Mexico have announced their intention to submit a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The CONCACAF countries confirmed their plan to bring the tournament to North America at a press conference at One World Trade Centre in New York. "Especially with what's going on in the world today, we believe this is a hugely positive signal and symbol of what we can do together in unifying people," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said at Monday's bid launch, "especially in our three countries." Gulati didn't directly mention President Donald Trump in that particular remark, but the impact of the policies of the fledging administration on a World Cup bid involving feuding neighbors was a constant theme during the press conference.

 
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10.04.2017

Fugitive former Mexican Governor caught in Italy

Mexican prosecutors say that Tomás Yarrington, the 59-year-old former governor of Mexico’s north-eastern state of Tamaulipas, had been wanted by authorities for nearly five years and has been detained by police in Florence, Italy, according to Mexico’s attorney-general’s office. He is expected to be extradited to Mexico within days. The attorney general's office said Sunday that ex-Gov. Tomas Yarrington is accused in Mexico of money laundering and organized crime. 

 
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