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High energy prices threaten economic damage, but likely to continue: IEA

High energy prices threaten economic damage, but likely to continue: IEA

Business
Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Expensive energy, including the prices of oil, gas and coal at "multi-year" highs, pose a threat to economic growth worldwide, particularly to emerging market economies that are also seeing depreciations of their currencies, the International Energy Agency said Friday. The agency showed particular concern that with peaks in both crude oil production and crude oil demand, both at nearly 100 million barrels per day, the spare capacity of the world has been reduced "to only 2 percent of global demand." "This strain could be with us for some time and it will likely be accompanied by higher prices, however much we regret them and their potential negative impact on the global economy," the agency said in its report. "For many developing countries, higher international prices co...
South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

South Korean president to fly to North Korea for 1st time to continue nuclear talks

World
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating international efforts to denuclearize North Korea. "At this stage, I believe it is most important to put a complete end to military tensions between North and South, or possibility of military conflict, or war threat," Moon told reporters Thursday. It will be the third summit this year between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The first two meetings -- in April and May -- took place at Panmunjom, which separates the two Koreas. Moon and South Korean delegation will fly directly to Pyongyang using the Western air route, Moon's office said, adding that an advance team will take the land route to Pyongyang Sunday for preparations. Next week's summit is ...
Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children

Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children

Health
According to a new scientific advisory statement release by the American Heart Association, time spent on "screens" (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased hours of inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with poor cardiovascular health and obesity. "The nature of screen time has dramatically changed – while watching television has gone down, overall screen time has gone up. We wanted to see how that would influence patterns of sedentary behavior. Even though we have new screen-based recreational devices now, we are just as sedentary," Tracie Barnett, PhD, an epidemiologist specializing in pediatric obesity and a lead author of the advisory, told ABC News. What age spends the most time on screens...
Rangers 1-1 Osijek (Agg 2-1): Gers ride luck to continue Europa League progress

Rangers 1-1 Osijek (Agg 2-1): Gers ride luck to continue Europa League progress

Sports
report Nikola Katic scored a crucial second-half goal to help Steven Gerrard's side through Nikola Katic helped kill off Croatian compatriots Osijek as his second-half goal was enough to see Rangers through with a 1-1 Europa League draw at Ibrox. The centre-half headed home from close range eight minutes into the second half as the Light Blues extended the lead given to them by Alfredo Morelos’ first-leg strike. It wasn’t plain sailing for Gerrard’s side Borna Barisic became the first player to net against Steven Gerrard’s Gers with his last minute strike, but the hosts clung on for a 2-1 aggregate win to set up a meeting with Slovenians Maribor in the third qualifying round. With only a slender lead from last weekR...
Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg looks to continue dominance of Miami Marlins

Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg looks to continue dominance of Miami Marlins

Sports
MIAMI -- The Washington Nationals will bring some star power when they visit the Miami Marlins on Thursday for the start of a four-game series. Six-time All-Star and 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper, who tied for the NL lead with his 25th homer in Wednesday's 7-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, figures to be in center field. Three-time All-Star and 2014 NL strikeout leader Stephen Strasburg, who is 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his past seven starts against the Marlins, is scheduled to be the starting pitcher. Harper was the first pick in the 2010 major league draft, and Strasburg went No. 1 overall in '09. They both bring a certain swagger to Marlins Park. Yet the Nationals, who won the NL East in each of the past two years, will enter Marlins Park on Thursday with a ...