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'Hostage-taking': Democrats reject Trump's offer to end shutdown

'Hostage-taking': Democrats reject Trump's offer to end shutdown

World
Donald Trump has offered to extend temporary protection for people brought to the US illegally as children in a bid to end the government shutdown. The US president said he wanted to "break the logjam" but stuck to his demand for $ 5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border.He offered to extend protection for "dreamer" immigrants - who entered the US illegally when they were young with their parents - for another three years, allowing them access to work permits. Democrats were quick to reject the proposal, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calling it simply "more hostage-taking".There are about 700,000 "dreamers" who are currently protected from deportation under a programme that allows them to work but not get citizenship - a program...
Few medical facilities offer opioid treatment medication, study says

Few medical facilities offer opioid treatment medication, study says

Health
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Few medical facilities around the U.S. offer proper medication to treat opioid use disorder, even as the country continues to grapple with a growing epidemic, a study says. Only 36 percent of medical facilities offered patients addicted to opioids buprenorphine, naltrexone or methadone, the three medications approved by the FDA for long-term opioid management, according to a study published Tuesday in Health Affairs. "These results highlight the importance of Medicaid expansion in increasing the availability of medication treatment for opioid use disorder, though gaps in access remain widespread," Ramin Mojtabai, a professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Bloomberg School, said in a press release. More than 70 percent of medical facilities in Rhode Island, New ...
California bill would require businesses to offer e-receipts

California bill would require businesses to offer e-receipts

Technology
California would become the first state to require businesses to offer electronic receipts unless customers ask for paper copies under legislation proposed on Tuesday. Many businesses and consumers already are moving toward e-receipts, said Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco. But he said a law is needed because many consumers don't realize most paper receipts are coated with chemicals prohibited in baby bottles, can't be recycled and can contaminate other recycled paper because of the chemicals known as Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS). His bill would require all businesses to provide proof of purchase receipts electronically starting in 2022 unless a customer asks for a printed copy. It comes days after another first-in-the-nation California law took effect requiri...
ETMONEY partners with Fullerton India to offer personal loans up to Rs 20 lakh

ETMONEY partners with Fullerton India to offer personal loans up to Rs 20 lakh

Finance
New Delhi: ETMONEY, a Times Internet-backed fintech company, announced its partnership with Fullerton India Credit, a non-banking financial company with a pan-India presence, to offer personal loans up to Rs 20 lakh in a hassle-free manner with minimal documentation. In May this year, ETMONEY forayed into the lending space with a unique LoanPass solution that enables anyone to take recurring, small ticket unsecured loans with a single tap on their smartphone. It has seen great initial success with that, and is on track for annualised disbursal of Rs 120 crore through LoanPass. The present partnership with Fullerton India will allow ETMONEY to leverage the latter's expansive presence across the country to offer unsecured loans for various credit needs arising from marriage, medical emergenc...
TEDWomen: Vibrations offer new way to track elephants

TEDWomen: Vibrations offer new way to track elephants

Science
Researchers have come up with a new way of tracking elephants, via the vibrations that the animals make.Scientists Dr Beth Mortimer and Prof Tarje Nissen-Meyer discovered that elephants generate vibrations through their normal movements and through vocalisations, known as "rumbles".These can be measured by techniques usually used for studying earthquakes.The Oxford academics spoke about their research at the TEDWomen conference currently under way in California.They explained how they measured the seismic waves that could travel nearly four miles through the ground.They recorded the vibrations generated by wild elephants in Kenya while walking and calling, using instruments known as geophones. Seismological modelling software that incorporates the local g...