Category: Associated Press

Report: China loaned $22 billion to Latin America in 2014

February 26th, 2015 in 2015, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

Chinese state-owned banks loaned $22.1 billion to Latin American countries last year, helping to keep afloat struggling economies that have been hit hard by a fall in prices for oil, minerals and other commodities that they export, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. think tank the Inter-American Dialogue…

Expert quote:

“The windfall for commodity prices over the last commodity boom was the biggest recorded in history, but the marginal savings rate was lower than in past booms. The South American resource countries are facing a real pinch.”

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Toxic chocolate Valentine surprise

February 11th, 2015 in 2015, Associated Press, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Sean Palfrey 0 comments

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Sean Palfrey, School of Medicine

Consumer health watchdog As You Sow filed notices of legal action today against Hershey’s, See’s Candies, and Mars, alleging violation of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act for failure to warn consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies’ chocolate products…

Expert quote:

“No amount of lead ingestion is ‘safe’ for children. Pregnant women and young children with developing brains in particular should avoid any ingestion of lead.”

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China emerges as Latin America’s lender of last resort

February 5th, 2015 in 2015, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

As soon as she landed in Beijing this week, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner began lauding new deals with what she called the world’s “No. 1 economy,” ranging from two proposed nuclear power plants to joint space exploration…

Expert quote:

“China sees (Latin America) as very strategic because of natural resources. They might not need it anymore but now they’re pushing their firms around the world and see it as an opportunity to get market share.”

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Analysis: New focus on how Pakistan will address militancy

December 18th, 2014 in 2014, Adil Najam, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pardee School of Global Studies 0 comments

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Adil Najam, College of Arts & Sciences

Many wonder if the attack that killed 148 people at a Pakistani school will be a watershed in the country’s long, conflicted history with Islamic militancy…

Expert quote:

“If you look back I cannot even remember how many times one has held one’s head in disgust and said, ‘This can’t happen again.'”

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Yellowstone park considers bumping up bandwidth

November 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology…

Expert quote:

“It was quite fascinating to see a naturally-occurring experiment about what happens when you take away technology from kids. They wanted to be in touch with their friends and exchange Snapchat photos – not of the beautiful scenery but themselves.”

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New US rules on banks, borrowers eased to spark wider home lending

October 21st, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week…

Expert quote:

“The regulators’ work on the rules attracted the essence of the housing industrial complex. They all came out of the woodwork.”

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Ebola screening measures rest on federal law

October 10th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

The Obama administration’s plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say…

Expert quote:

“When we’re thinking of these issues, we use them as a prevention measure of last resort. And that’s because they would only be useful in a situation where there is a very dreadful disease that is very easily transmitted and for which we have no vaccine or treatment.”

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Jacques Pepin says no slowing down as show ends

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Jacques Pepin, Metropolitan College, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Jacques Pepin, Metropolitan College

Jacques Pepin soon will begin production on what his longtime television network is calling his final cooking series, but the chef who has taught generations of Americans to cook says he’s far from retiring…

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Amesbury brothers try out bionic pancreas

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Like all parents, Constance Clarizia wants a short respite and sweet dreams at the end of the day. But for the past 14 years, nighttimes have not been sweet. With two sons who have Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes, nighttimes have meant monitoring of blood sugar levels even while her children are sleeping…

Expert quote:

“When you are sleeping, you are checked out. You don’t want to check out permanently.”

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Court rules for Yelp in suit over online ratings

September 4th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Georgios Zervas, Newsmakers, School of Management 0 comments

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Georgios Zervas, School of Management

Online review site Yelp can lower or raise the rating of a business depending on whether it advertises with the company, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit filed by small businesses claiming Yelp used the tactic to try to extort ads from them…

Expert quote:

“Businesses can find that confusing and occasionally upsetting.”

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