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Ebola: 130 Americans projected to get it by year end. What are the symptoms of Ebola?
A risk-simulation study by a Newark-based catastrophe risk specialist predicts that the United States could face as many as 130 Ebola cases by year-end, or a few as 15.
Even at the higher end of that spectrum, the projection works out to less than one case per 2 million people in the United States.
Risk Management Solutions based its computer models on the current outbreak, which has killed more than 5,000 people in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
So far, just one person has died from Ebola virus disease in the United States, and just nine have been treated for the disease here. Of the nine, seven got the disease in West Africa. Two nurses were infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who died last month at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Both recovered, and has six others treated for the virus in the United States.
RMS expects the majority of cases in this country to involve medical professionals such as doctors and nurses returning from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa. It doesn't expect the outbreak to be a significant cause of death in the U.S. or other parts of the world.
"Even the high end of our calculated range of new cases of Ebola in the U.S. is well within the nation's capacity to cope with an outbreak," said Dominic Smith, a pandemic risk expert and senior manager at RMS.
Specialized hospitals will be the first choice option for new cases, he said, "and even in more extreme cases we expect the many hospitals nationwide with at least one Ebola treatment bed in place to be able to handle the overspill."
A futurist and clean energy expert, Toni Seba, has predicted that electric vehicles would destroy the global oil industry after a decade. By 2030, 95% of people won't own private cars which would wipe off the automobile industry, he says.
Boeing and JetBlue Airways have announced they would begin selling a hybrid-electric commuter aircraft by 2022. Planned by start-up Zunum Aero, the small plane would seat up to 12 passengers and reduce travel time and cost of trips under 1,600 km.
Here is another "great" product from Herbalife. Marketed as an ENERGY drink mix. Few people know it contains Gurana seeds which have no active compound giving artificial energy other than caffeine. Afresh also contains additional caffeine
Ingredients of Herbalife Afresh Energy Drink Mix: Maltodextrin, Orange Pekoe Extract, Guarana Seed Extract, Acidity Regulator - 330 and Caffeine Powder.
The Public Provident Fund (PPF) will now offer 7.9% but experts say it is still a good option for investors. Given that consumer inflation is down to 3.65%, the real rate of return of the PPF is a healthy 4.25%.
"This is quite impressive for an option that offers assured returns," says Amol Joshi, Founder, PlanRupee Investment Service. "Investors should continue to take advantage of this long-term tax-free product," he adds.
Even if you compare the PPF rate with the 10-year government bond yield, the scheme is attractive. "The 10-year bond yield is a better benchmark for PPF than consumer inflation," says Manoj Nagpal, CEO, Outlook Asia Capital Currently, the 10-year bond yield is around 6.8% and the PPF at 7.9% makes it for a premium of 110 basis points. "Historically, the average premium has been around 75 bps. So, the PPF investor is today earning a higher real return," says Nagpal. Even so, some investors may be feeling disappointed by the cu…