Category: International Business Times

2014 State Of The Union: How Grand Can Obama’s Shopping List Be?

January 28th, 2014 in 2014, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers, Politics, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

At the end of 2013, President Barack Obama stood at a briefing at the White House and declared “2014 needs to be a year of action.” When Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address Tuesday, the public — and Congress — should know exactly what those words mean…

Expert quote:

“He basically wants to buck up his own Democratic caucus in Congress and say ‘we’ve suffered some setbacks. … We’re not going to have any more major mistakes. Wait a little bit longer and we are going to be in really good shape within a year from now.’”

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Is Vitamin D The ‘Sunshine’ Supplement? Study Finds Healthy People Are ‘Unlikely’ To Benefit

January 24th, 2014 in 2014, International Business Times, Michael Holick, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Michael Holick, School of Medicine

Vitamin D might not be all it’s cracked up to be…

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More Than 5,900 Gas Leaks Found In Washington, D.C., ‘Surprising’ Methane Levels Detected

January 16th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, International Business Times, Nathan Phillips, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

The nation’s capital contains thousands of gas leaks, dozens of which pose a risk of explosion, a new study suggests…

Expert quote:

“The average density of leaks we mapped in the two cities is comparable, but the average methane concentrations are higher in Washington.”

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Perils Of Microfinance: Why The Miracle Economic Strategy, Winner Of A Nobel Prize, Failed To Turn The Poor Into Entrepreneurs

December 14th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, International Business Times, Neal Estey, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Neal Estey, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

For Zareen, a 47-year-old housewife from this slum about 50 miles northwest of Bangalore in southern India, the word “microfinance” invokes terrible memories of the time when she had to sell her blood and everything she had to repay loans she took from a local microlending company…

Expert quote:

“The trend of the industry is to develop an array of products and services that can meet the needs of the native client. Microcredit, insurance products, savings products, and remittances. No single product or service will be appropriate for everybody.”

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JPMorgan’s $13 Billion Fine Could Be Tax-Deductible. Exxon Mobil Did The Same After Valdez Oil Spill

October 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Alan Feld, International Business Times, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Alan Feld, School of Law

JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s (NYSE:JPM) tentative $13 billion settlement with the Department of Justice may be tax-deductible if the Jamie Dimon-led bank succeeds in classifying the payments as “business expenses,” but there are specific tax codes that ban offsetting punitive measures against tax, which the bank would have to navigate…

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Dreams May Be Linked To Health Problems, Experts Say

October 18th, 2013 in 2013, International Business Times, Newsmakers, Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Patrick McNamara, School of Medicine

Do dreams have any meaning?…

Expert quote:

“Any infection increases the amount of slow-wave sleep we have, however, this delays the starting point of when we enter dreaming sleep, so dreaming sleep starts late, and can erupt into consciousness. This leads to vivid dreams and strange hallucinations.”

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RNC Votes To Boycott CNN, NBC But Experts Say Republicans Would Suffer Instead

August 16th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of Arts & Sciences

The Republican National Committee on Friday made its first step toward structuring the 2016 primary debates, by voting to not allow CNN and NBC to host any GOP presidential primary debates, and at the same time attempt to hurt probable candidate Hillary Clinton’s chances of snagging the Democratic presidential nomination…

Expert quote:

“It paints [Republicans] as an extremist organization, out of the mainstream, out of touch with regular American people. I think regular Americans just don’t understand this kind of ideological fervor that’s coming from the Republican right to the point that where they feel they can dictate what’s going to air on network television. What they want to see happen is not having mention of Hillary. They want to control the message.”

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Red Sox Owner Buys Boston Globe Newspaper: Five Things You Should Know

August 6th, 2013 in 2013, College of Communication, International Business Times, Lou Ureneck, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Lou Ureneck, College of Communication

John W. Henry, the private equity billionaire businessman and principal owner of The Boston Red Sox baseball club, has agreed to purchase the Boston Globe newspaper (as well as the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and some other assets) for $70 million…

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Latin Lovers: China And U.S. Both Vying To Increase Influence And Trade In Latin America, Caribbean

May 30th, 2013 in 2013, International Business Times, Kevin Gallagher, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Kevin Gallagher, College of Arts & Sciences

The battle is on. The world’s two largest economic superpowers, China and the United States, are making moves on Latin America,  hoping to gain more geopolitical influence in a booming region…

Expert quote:

“The onus is on the U.S. to come up with a more flexible, attractive offer, but that’s not so easy because it doesn’t have the deep pockets like it used to.”

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IRS Tea Party Scrutiny: What’s At Stake For Obama? Nothing Really… Unless There’s More

May 14th, 2013 in 2013, College of General Studies, International Business Times, Newsmakers, Tom Whalen 0 comments

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Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

News that the Internal Revenue Service has applied special scrutiny to Tea Party groups continues to heat up ahead of a report expected this week from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration…

Expert quote:

“These are bread and butter issues that resonate among American voters, particularly middle class, independents and women.”

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