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Susan Bywater

Is an award winning freelance writer, journalist, and author with a passion for telling stories about social justice and environmental issues. Her first book, Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World (University of Regina Press) was released in early March 2002.

MIDLAND, Tex. — In a global collapse of oil prices five years ago, scores of American oil companies went bankrupt. But one field withstood the onslaught, and even thrived: the Permian Basin, straddling Texas and New Mexico.

A combination of technical innovation, aggressive investing and copious layers of oil-rich shale have transformed the Permian, once considered a worn-out patch, into the world’s second-most-productive oil field.

And this transformation has apparently inoculated Texas against its traditional economic enemy, the boom-and-bust cycle pegged to oil prices.

Even now, with prices still far below their peak, the Permian is bursting with production and exploration, and the biggest concern is how to create more capacity to get all that oil to market.

The shale-drilling frenzy in the Permian has enabled the United States not only to reduce crude-oil imports, but even to become a major exporter for the first time in half a century. Its bounty has also empowered the United States diplomatically, allowing it to impose sanctions on Iran and Venezuela without worrying much about increasing gasoline prices.

A small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance.

PHOENIX — It’s hard to miss the dogged technological ambition pervading this sprawling desert metropolis.

There’s Intel’s $7 billion, seven-nanometer chip plant going up in Chandler. In Scottsdale, Axon, the maker of the Taser, is hungrily snatching talent from Silicon Valley as it embraces automation to keep up with growing demand. Start-ups in fields as varied as autonomous drones and blockchain are flocking to the area, drawn in large part by light regulation and tax incentives. Arizona State University is furiously churning out engineers.

And yet for all its success in drawing and nurturing firms on the technological frontier, Phoenix cannot escape the uncomfortable pattern taking shape across the American economy: Despite all its shiny new high-tech businesses, the vast majority of new jobs are in workaday service industries, like health care, hospitality, retail and building services, where pay is mediocre.

As golf has evolved over the last two decades, golfers’ swing has become more powerful, which has led to a higher incidence of early lumbar degeneration, according to a new study published today.

The work, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, responds to the causes of the most common injury that now affects golfers, something that did not happen in the past.

“Among professional and amateur golfers, back disorders are still the most common injury, and comprise 55% and 35% of the injuries in these groups, respectively,” according to the research by Corey Walker, Juan Uribe. and Randall Porter, of the Neurological Institute of Barrow (Arizona).

The authors also point out that modern professional golfers are experiencing back problems at much younger ages than the general population due to the potentiation of their swing, which generates repetitive traumatic disc disease.

The president of the Referee Commission of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), Arturo Brizio Carter, announced that the whistle Adalid Maganda Villalva recovered his work after having denounced acts of racism against him and after having made public that he was unjustifiably dismissed .

The referee returned to training at the FMF facilities for the first time since April 2018 when he was removed from his post. Maganda Villalva has African-American roots, is a native of the town of Huethuetán, municipality of Azoyú, in the state of Guerrero. During a meeting with the head of the commission, Brizio Carter, he received insults such as: “What do you want, black guy?”

“Adalid Maganda returned to the Mexican Football Federation on January 2. He has been training and when he feels strong he will present the physical evidence, there is no grudges, there is nothing of quarrels, all that is over,” said Arturo Brizio.

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