No Language Is “Foreign” Anymore Because Of This Smart Japanese Innovation

The Green World of Health and Wellbeing.

Speaking a foreign language is a high demand skill because of domestic cultural diversity and the number of companies doing business abroad. Foreign language skills can help you get jobs by enhancing your qualifications.

Doesn’t even matter if you’re a social worker, doing medicine, international business, language teaching/learning or just travelling abroad – the ability to engage and communicate with customers in their own language is a huge advantage.

Not Multilingual?

Luckily, two famous Japanese inventors took language translation to the next level and created an instant translator called MUAMA Enence. It can easily translate real-time speech into over 40 languages using only a few finger-taps.

Thus, you don’t need to know or learn another language to be able to communicate in it. Difficulties, caused by language barriers, will soon be a thing of the past! What could be better than this?


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Lithium Industry Buildup Is Outracing the Electric-Car Boom


Laura Millan Lombrana

Lithium Industry Buildup Is Outracing the Electric-Car Boom

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(Bloomberg) — Lithium miners are bulking up for a booming future when electric cars go mainstream. But speed bumps loom, with prices tumbling on a burst of new production and demand growth slowing in China.

Between mid-2015 and mid-2018, prices for lithium, the soft, silvery-white metal crucial for rechargeable batteries, almost tripled as the world’s fleet of electric vehicles hit the 5 million mark, and the auto industry began to fret over the supply of raw materials.

That sparked the opening of six lithium mines in Australia since 2017 as companies raced to gain from an evolving technology. But while the EV boom is coming, it isn’t here yet. Sales growth is slowing in China, the top market, and the drive to fill the battery supply chain has cooled. The result: A 30% price plunge for lithium that’s spurring concern over where the bottom may lie.

“The latest EV data did reveal slowing growth, inferring that on top of excess supply, demand is now a problem,” Vivienne Lloyd and other analysts at Macquarie Capital Ltd. wrote in a report this month. “The key interest for investors should be who is likely to survive.”

On Monday, shares were largely down for lithium producers worldwide. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Albemarle Corp. fell 1% at 10:06 a.m. in New York trading, while Philadelphia-based Livent Corp. slipped 0.9%. The American depository receipts of Santiago-based Soc. Quimica y Minera de Chile SA fell 0.8%, while in Australia, Pilbara Minerals Ltd. fell 2.1% and Galaxy Resources Ltd. dropped 1.8%.

Mineral Resources Ltd. declined 2.6% after it confirmed the price for material from its Mt Marion mine will fall this quarter.

In the first quarter of 2019, sales of electric vehicles in China, the largest market for EVs, grew by about 90% compared with a year earlier. While that sounds impressive, it’s half the growth seen between 2017 and 2018, according to Nikolas Soulopoulos at BloombergNEF in London.

Meanwhile, lithium output in Australia, the world’s leading producer, is expected to rise about 23% over the next two years. And last month, the mining minister for No. 2 Chile, Baldo Prokurica, said the current administration was seeking to double that country’s production within four years.

Lithium producers face other pricing hurdles as well, including a slowdown in the world’s ability to convert mined ore into lithium materials. Some converters in China reported delayed expansion due to overly aggressive project time lines, extended periods to commission their facilities, and tightened credit, according to a July report by Orocobre Ltd.

In response to the delays, Perth-based Pilbara said in June that it planned to temporarily slow the pace of production.

Even though the long-term demand outlook still looks strong, some producers are lowering their earnings forecasts for the short-term. Earlier this year, Belgium-based Umicore SA, the world’s largest lithium ion cathode maker, lowered its earnings guidance through the end of 2019, citing weaker demand and the shutdown of energy storage systems in South Korea.

While Umicore said it expects “significant growth in revenues and earnings in 2020,” its previous projections of 100,000 tons of cathode materials sales in 2019 and 175,000 tons capacity by the end of 2021 are now on a 12 to 18 month lag.

Top lithium miner Albemarle Corp. and Livent Corp. also cited weakening demand and low prices as the cause of business headwinds and production delays.

“There’s a tradeoff,” said Joel Jackson, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets.

Producers “see that electric vehicles will take off years from now, and they want to be the dominant players in 2023, 2025, 2030,” Jackson said by telephone. “So they’ll try to build out what they believe will be the supply needed to service lithium demand years from now, and they want to get their products out there first.”

By 2025, the market for mined lithium raw material may be worth $20 billion, compared with $43 billion for refined products and $424 billion for battery cells, according to a base case scenario outlined in a 2018 study published by the Australia-based Association of Mining and Exploration Companies.

By 2030, the supply of lithium-ion batteries will need to increase by more than 10-fold, BloombergNEF forecasts, with electric vehicles to accounting for more than 70% of that demand.

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DEA claims fentanyl the worst ever drug

Although opioids have received significant attention over the last year, fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is becoming a major player in the illicit drug market.

So much so that the the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security reportedly considered classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.

“You’ve got to remember, it’s 40 to 50 times stronger than regular street heroin,” Jack Riley, former principal deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), told Yahoo Finance. “This is, by far, the worst drug I’ve ever seen.”

USA - 2007: Rick Nease color illustration of young drug addict with syringe, and concerned family in background; Can be used with stories about Fentanyl, or heroin use amoung teens. (Detroit Free Press/MCT via Getty Images)

A NZ cold case – the Trades Hall Bombing has evidence to point at an existing key suspect…

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Trades Hall bombing evidence points to a key suspect, retired marine engineer Edgar Kidman

Police have renewed an investigation into the Trades Hall bombing and revealed evidence that points to a key suspect.

Who bombed theTrades Hall is a mystery that has lingered for 35 years. Newly released evidence points to a key suspect – and nowStuffcan reveal who that is. Thomas Manch reports.

On the trail for the Trades Hall bomber, police officers entered a weatherbeaten home on Wellington’s south coast and found a confounding set of clues.

A pack of detonators, safety fuses, a torch without abattery,four Teal soft drink bottles and an incomplete copy of the June 18, 1977 edition of theEvening Post.

It was August 1984, and detectives suspected these were the materials used to build thesuitcase bomb whichexploded in the hands of caretaker Ernie Abbott five months earlier.

Detectives inspect the Trades Hall bombing scene the day after the explosion.
THE DOMINIONDetectives inspect the…

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The Colours of ‘HOT’ ~ Bucolic Shropshire Version

Tish Farrell


Today in the UK the heatwave continues, the Met Office predicting an all time July temperature high of 37’C. So things are not looking good on the climate change front. Yesterday Greenpeace volunteers wearing ‘Climate Emergency’ vests and sashes briefly blocked the Boris Johnson motorcade en route to Buckingham Palace where he was to meet the Queen.

Greenpeace say they handed the new PM a guide on how to tackle the climate crisis. But will he take action, they ask. It now transpires, as reported by  Peter Geoghegan at openDemocracy, that both he and Jeremy Hunt received campaign funding of £25,000 apiece from First Corporate Shipping Company, the trading name of Bristol Port whose influential owners, the report says, are climate change sceptics. (Hunt has declared the donation here).

But let Boris speak for himself as he pronounces on the 2015 Paris Climate Summit at the end of…

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