Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa: Beating Watford so importantby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes they’re back on track after victory at Watford.Kepa meet Crystal Palace later today.”After the Leicester game at home, we wanted to bounce back,” said Kepa. “We were great in the first half, then in the second half Leicester were better than us. We found it hard.”After the Leicester game it was important to get back on track and there’s no better way to get back on track than beating a great team away from home.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd academy chief Parry explains loan club selectionby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United academy player performance manager Les Parry admits they’re careful with the clubs they select for their loan players.Parry has discussed the process that United staff members go through before deciding upon a destination.He said: “We draw up a player’s needs before we start the process.”I’m not kidding that we tick every box, because we can’t, but there have been a few clubs for one or two players, that we didn’t think were suitable.”On the face of it, it might look a good move, but we didn’t think it was, for one reason or another, so we looked elsewhere.”
colin cowherd joel klatt high on michigan stateMichigan State has an all-important contest this Saturday, as the Spartans take on undefeated Iowa in the Big Ten title game. The contest, which is being played between the No. 4 and No. 5 ranked teams in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a de facto national quarterfinal.Thursday, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd and guest Joel Klatt debated whether they believe the Spartans are capable of not just winning that game – but winning the national championship. Both do, citing Connor Cook, the team’s offensive line and the fact that they’re getting healthy at the right time.Michigan State and Iowa kick off at 8:00 PM on FOX.
The Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) commemorative Jamaica 50 photo album has won an international award in the prestigious Mercury Awards Competition, organized by New York-based firm, MerComm, Incorporated, in the United States.The publication, titled: “Our Golden Jubilee, Snapshots of Post Independent Jamaica 1962 – 2012”, was selected for the 2012/13 Bronze Award in the Photo Album category, eclipsing some 677 other publications, representing 21 countries, which were vying for one of the top three awards.Now in its 26th year, the International Mercury Awards Competition recognizes the best outputs in public relations, public affairs and corporate communications, by honouring the hard work of the creative professionals.Major categories for awards include: Advertising, Annual Reports, Brochures, Custom Publications, Designs, Emerging Media, Magazines, Special Projects, Websites and Writing.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, who was pleasantly surprised on receiving notification of the Award, informed that the Golden Jubilee publication was the choice of some of the world’s leading communications specialists.The commemorative album has been endorsed by the Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who commended the JIS for its foresight and creativity in producing the publication, during its official launch in July 2012.In describing it as “timely and welcome”, Senator Falconer pointed out that “with this publication, Jamaicans at home and abroad and friends of Jamaica, have been provided with a unique opportunity to relive some of the special moments in the story of our glorious independence journey.”MerComm, Inc. is the world’s only independent awards organization dedicated to defining the standards of excellence in the communications field and recognizing the professionals whose work has made outstanding contributions to their organization, corporation, or clients.To view a list of all recipients of the award, see related link at: http://www.mercommawards.com/mercury/awardWinners/categoryWinners/customGeneral.htm,under photo album.By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporter
TORONTO – All of Canada’s Big Six banks say they will raise their prime lending rate after the Bank of Canada increased its overnight lending rate to financial institutions.Royal Bank, TD Canada Trust, BMO, and Scotiabank, CIBC and National Bank all say they will increase their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.70 per cent, effective Thursday.The rates had previously been set at 3.45 per cent.The increase will raise the cost of borrowing for customers with loans linked to the prime rate such as variable rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Bank of Canada raised its target for the overnight rate a quarter-point to 1.5 per cent Wednesday.It was the central bank’s fourth rate increase in the last 12 months.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)(TSX:TD)(TSX:BNS)(TSX:BMO)(TSX:CM)(TSX:NA)
New Delhi: Low-cost carrier and top rival SpiceJet appears to be making the most of the crisis at Jet Airways. Spicejet is now hiring engineers and pilots at much lower pay than their current salaries at the financialy-troubled Jet. Industry sources told IANS that pilots from Jet Airways are being asked to take salary cuts of 25-30 per cent, while engineers have been advised to settle at 50 per cent of their current pay package. Not long ago, many airlines including SpiceJet were luring the same pilots and engineers with joining bonuses and better perks. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “The prospect of closure is certainly one of the reasons for professionals agreeing to take salary cuts. But average salaries at Jet Airways have also been higher than the industry level,” a top aviation source said. A senior aircraft maintenance engineer who has applied to SpiceJet and Air India Express for a job said that he has got an offer in the range of Rs 150,000 to 200,000 a month while his current cost to company (CTC) at Jet Airways is nearly Rs 400,000 a month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “The offer is much lower. It will certainly be a forced choice. We are hoping that some investor would take over Jet and our salaries will remain protected,” he said. A SpiceJet executive said that the budget carrier was offering salaries based on their own structure and not the highly inflated one paid by Jet Airways. A senior commander with Jet Airways said that pilots with 4-5 years of experience are going to other airlines as they are feeling the pinch of salary delays. “They have loans and other financial commitments so they are looking for places where there is certainty of jobs and timely salary payment. Not many senior level pilots have so far left Jet Airways. They are reluctant to go to either SpiceJet, IndiGo or Air India Express as they feel their seniority and salary will be impacted. They do not want to sign 3-5 year bonds,” he said. The flying veteran noted that many co-pilots who do not have much experience generally get about Rs 2.9 lakh salary month at Jet Airways, and they are willing to join other airlines for even less than Rs 2 lakh a month. Among various domestic airlines, only Air India Express and SpiceJet operate Boeing fleets, apart from Jet Airways. Those operating Airbus aircraft fear huge conversion costs for both pilots and engineers and are, thus, reluctant to hire the technical personnel from Jet. “We will have to train them for flying and maintenance of Airbus aircraft. In case of pilots, it will need six months of training, while for engineers the reskilling would take 3-4 months. This means the salary for entire training period will be a huge cost for us,” said an executive of a private airline operating Airbus planes. But aviation experts feel that the current situation is temporary and it will normalise once Jet gets back on its feet. “This is an unusual situation because Jet Airways remains almost grounded. Normally, supply and demand have been in favour of pilots and engineers. Now, it depends on how quickly Jet restarts again. If that happens things will stabilise. I won’t be surprised if many pilots and engineers go back to Jet,” said Rajan Mehra, a veteran aviation professional and Chief Executive Officer Club One Air. Saddled with mounting debt and losses, Jet Airways is fighting for its survival. The airline is in gradual descent and staring at closure with nearly 90 per cent of its fleet on the ground.
New Delhi: Hundreds of passengers had a harrowing time at the Delhi airport early Monday as the immigration system server faced technical issues for around one-and-a-half hours, affecting six international flights and resulting in long queues at the counters.An airport official said technical glitches with the server lasted between 12.15 am and 1.45 am. At around 1 am, an Air India official said that the immigration system server was down at the airport and that crew for three Air India flights were also affected. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe system was restored at around 1.45 am, the airport official said. According to the official, six international flights were affected due to the server issue. Air India’s flights to London Heathrow and San Francisco, Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa, Asiana Airlines flight to Seoul and GoAir flight to Phuket were affected, as per the official. Of the six flights, one was delayed for 50 minutes and another one for 25 minutes. Two flights were delayed by 17 minutes and another two by 18 minutes, he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadDetails about which flight was delayed by how much time could not be immediately ascertained. A passenger, who was waiting for immigration check, said there was a long delay due to server issues. A public announcement was also made at the airport about the server problem and personnel started doing manual checking process, according to the passenger, who later took an Air India flight to San Francisco. Many passengers took to Twitter to complain about the delay in immigration process and some of them also tweeted pictures of long queues at the airport. The incident comes a day after Air India’s Passenger Service System faced technical glitches and was not functional for more than five hours. The incident on Saturday early morning has also resulted in delay of scores of Air India flights. The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the busiest airport in the country.
To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Juventus have announced that Emre Can underwent successful surgery on a thyroid problemThe 24-year-old midfielder joined the Old Lady in the summer on a free transfer from Liverpool and has since made 10 appearances in all competitions with three of those being starts.But Emre has been sidelined for Juventus’ last three games after detecting a thyroid nodule.Following further tests on the injury, manager Massimiliano Allegri admitted that Emre will have to undergo surgery on the injury.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Now Juventus have confirmed that the operation in Frankfurt was a success, but refused to give a timeframe for a possible comeback for Emre.“The operation was carried out today in Frankfurt by Prof. Vorlaender, in the presence of Dr. Claudio Rigo and was a complete success,” read a statement on the club website.“The prognosis for the resumption of physical activity will be better assessed in the coming days.
Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, digicel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 April 2015 – Digicel pulls out of pursuit of second mobile license as Bahamas moves to market liberalisation in telecoms industry.A $250-$300 million investment is now lost along with a potential 1300 direct and indirect jobs because of the Digicel decision which came last night.Digicel had advanced to the spectrum licence auction round scheduled for May but said the Bahamas market is too small for the plan of URCA to dish out three licenses in all. Reports are Cable Bahamas is now the clear frontrunner. Virgin Mobile is also in the running. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The 2019 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design sports clean, simple design 30 Photos 0 Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Volvo S60: All the things you need, nothing you… 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Volvo S60 Volvo Ford BMW Mercedes-Benz BMW Volvo Enlarge ImageVolvo’s vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology will see its benefits extend beyond the brand as part of this group. Volvo A bunch of automakers, service providers and governments have joined forces to share data from cars and infrastructure, but don’t worry, because it’s not some freaky dystopian thing.Volvo announced on Monday that it is teaming up with a variety of groups in a public-private partnership called the European Data Task Force, which was originally founded in 2017. The idea behind this pilot project is that all the involved groups will share vehicle and infrastructure data with one another, ideally using that data to create safer roads for everybody.As part of the task force, Volvo will provide real-time data from its connected-car safety tech. Certain Volvo vehicles are already capable of warning each other about slippery roads or cars marooned on the side of the road, but now that data will be shared with others. Service providers or municipalities could then use that data to warn non-Volvo drivers about the same road hazards, expanding its benefits beyond a single brand.”We think this type of anonymized data sharing should be done for free, for the greater good and to the wider benefit of society. It saves lives, time and taxpayer money,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a statement. “I call on other car makers and governments to work with us on realizing this type of data sharing as widely as possible.”The European Data Task Force already has some big names behind it. The governments of Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Spain are already on board, and service providers like Here and TomTom Traffic are also members of the group. In terms of automakers, it’s BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. Tags More From Roadshow Auto Tech Car Industry Preview • 2019 Volvo S60: Familiar formula with a twist Share your voice Post a comment 5:33 2019 Audi Q3 second drive: More for the masses Review • 2019 Volvo S60 review: More competitive than ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous
Toshiba Corp said on Tuesday it was not considering withdrawing from personal-computer production and selling its Hangzhou factory in China.The comment by a Toshiba spokesman followed a report by the Sankei newspaper that said the Japanese conglomerate is planning to pull out of PCs as it restructures its business following a massive accounting scandal.The Sankei said Toshiba, Fujitsu Ltd and VAIO are in talks to merge their PC businesses. Toshiba would consign production of its Dynabook brand to Fujitsu and VAIO factories while it focuses on design and development, helping it cut costs, the paper said.
Share Last chance to express interest in VISIT FLORIDA’s upcoming FAM Tags: VISIT FLORIDA By: VISIT FLORIDA During the week of May 13, VISIT FLORIDA will host a familiarization tour around Greater Ft. Lauderdale and Florida’s Treasure Coast. The FAM will start on May 13, with the group flying into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. For the first half of the week, the group will travel through Greater Fort Lauderdale, experiencing much of what this iconic Florida destination has to offer. During the second half of the week, the group will visit Florida’s Treasure Coast, which is comprised of three counties: Martin County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County. The Treasure Coast offers “thousands of miles of untouched land, undeveloped coastlines you could walk for hours, locally owned shops and restaurants, historic farmers markets, charming art scenes, and countless water and sporting activities.”To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro by 03/20/19. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro. *NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your interest in participating this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at www.VisitFloridaTravelPro.com. Tuesday, March 12, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>
On May 1, 2012, Porter Stansberry and I made a bet. Porter predicted that oil would go below US$40 per barrel within 12 months. I stated that there was no chance that this would happen (my reasons are presented at the link above). Putting our money where our mouths are, we both agreed to bet 100 ounces of silver on the matter. I have a lot of respect for Porter, who is a very smart man. When he talks, I listen. But when he discussed the reasons why he thought oil was going below US$40 per barrel, I knew I had him – this was going to be one of the easiest bets I have ever made. One of Porter’s main arguments was that a global shale-oil revolution would push volume way up and prices way down. It is definitely a sensible argument, yet it was missing something very critical: timing. The shale gas boom that happened in the United States did not occur in a vacuum. Rather, it was built upon decades of experience in new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. This was then based off of more than 150 years in conventional oil and gas exploration. Today in North America, there are thousands of rigs and hundreds of thousands of skilled oil and gas workers to work on the projects. This simply does not exist in the rest of the world. For a new shale discovery – however large it may be – it would take years just to prove up its commercial viability, another few years to get the infrastructure running, and even more years before it produces enough to matter. This means there are tremendous opportunities to profit – for those who are in the know – while we wait for the rest of the world to catch up. A similar situation is shaping up in the nuclear sector. Many countries rely on nuclear power and are planning to expand its use – the US among them – yet companies involved in the mining and refinement of uranium remain in a slump. We at Casey Research have created a webinar discussing these issues; it’s titled The Myth of American Energy Independence: Is Nuclear the Ultimate Contrarian Investment?, and it will premier May 21 at 2 p.m. EDT. Featured participants include Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority Barbara Thomas Judge, former US Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, and former Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Herb Dhaliwal. We will provide an expert, insider’s perspective on the global nuclear power scene, showing you how to leverage its rising importance in your portfolio for potentially life-changing gains. Learn more about the free webinar and reserve your place today.
An unusual species of human apparently lived on the island of Luzon in the Philippines as recently as 50,000 years ago. Based on teeth and bones found there, scientists suspect that these early humans probably stood less than 4 feet tall and had several apelike features. Yet, the researchers say, the bones are distinctly human — from a previously undiscovered species. The first clue was a bone that surfaced in 2007. Archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares was digging in a cave on the island of Luzon and found a toe bone. He says it didn’t look like a modern human bone. “There’s something peculiar with this bone,” he recalls thinking. But one bone wasn’t enough to say for sure who or what it belonged to.Mijares, who’s with the University of the Philippines, was part of a team looking for bones of early humans. They kept digging for four more years. In 2011, they hit pay dirt — more toe bones, as well as finger bones, part of a thigh bone and seven teeth. And none looked like it belonged to modern humans. “We agreed that this could probably be a new species,” Mijares says.Discovering a new species of ancient human is a career-maker in anthropology — or career-breaker, if you’re wrong. So the team spent another eight years studying the bones and teeth. They now conclude that the skeletal fragments are from three individuals who lived sometime between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago. Writing this week in the journal Nature, the scientists call them Homo luzonensis, after the island.And, says paleoanthropologist Shara Bailey of New York University, these three are pretty unusual.”We tend to define species based on unique combinations of traits,” Bailey says, “and that seems to be what’s going on here.” She says it’s “super-surprising” how the teeth and bones exhibit some “very primitive traits” along with modern ones.For example, one toe bone is more curved than modern human toe bones. In fact, it looks just like the toe of a tree-climbing, ape-like creature, Australopithecus, that lived millions of years ago — well before the first humans evolved.Even the mouth combines an unusual mix of past and present: Some of the teeth look much like ours, while others are more like the teeth of ancestors that lived millions of years ago.Bailey calls the find a “mosaic” species: “I think it just opens up so many new questions,” she says. “It’s exciting.”One question is: Were these creatures related to the Hobbits (no, not the movie characters).”Hobbit” is the widely used nickname for another tiny, primitive human species that lived on an Indonesian island from about 100,000 years ago until 50,000 years ago. More formally called Homo floresiensis, the Hobbits were discovered 15 years ago. They, too, had a surprising mix of primitive and humanlike bones and teeth.Paleoanthropologist Matt Tocheri at Lakehead University in Canada is an expert on the Hobbits. “Here we are not that much later, and now we’ve got a similar thing popping up on an island in the Philippines,” Tocheri says. “They’re living out on these oceanic islands — and they’re essentially there at the same time [as] our species is, you know, conquering the world.”With two puzzling species in Southeast Asia, scientists are also wondering what it tells us about the migration of human ancestors out of Africa.The standard view holds that the first species of human to leave Africa was a large-bodied, fairly big-brained group called Homo erectus, almost 2 million years ago. Homo erectus spread through Asia and Europe.One possible explanation for the existence of Homo luzonensis is that a population of Homo erectus got to the Philippines long ago — maybe hundreds of thousands of years ago — and stayed put. As they evolved, some of their physical traits became more like those of modern humans — some of the teeth, for example. But other traits, like toes, did not evolve or may even have regressed to a more primitive form.That’s the view of Florent Détroit, a paleoanthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and one of the discoverers of the new species. He says evolution plays some unusual tricks, especially on organisms that live in isolation.”This is yet another piece of evidence to show that the features [of the body] definitely do not evolve at the same speed,” Détroit says, “especially in different species in different geographical places.”But Tocheri says there may be another explanation: a different migration out of Africa, not by Homo erectus but by some other more apelike species that settled in remote parts of Asia.”That’s where it gets exciting,” Tocheri says. “Because, if it’s true that the other species of early Homo also made it out [of Africa], it means that what we’re finding in Asia is even more complex and more interesting than we ever dreamed of.”With two oddball species of early human turning up in the past two decades, paleontologists are wondering what the findings mean for the history of humanity.”The evolution of Homo is getting weirder and weirder,” says Rick Potts, head of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. “Species are fluid entities, which makes them highly malleable, subject to change,” he says.These discoveries, Potts says, “are going to play havoc with any easy classification” of our ancestors and with the notion that there was a fairly orderly progression from primitive to more “modern” traits.What is becoming clearer, anthropologists say, is that early humans came in a lot more shapes and sizes than scientists once thought. 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It’s a brand new ranking.Called the Sustainable Development Goals Gender Index, it gives 129 countries a score for progress on achieving gender equality by 2030.Here’s the quick summary: Things are “good” in much of Europe and North America.And “very poor” in much of sub-Saharan Africa.In fact, that’s the way it looks in many international rankings, which tackle everything from the worst places to be a child to the most corrupt countries to world happiness.And there are a lot of rankings. Alexander Cooley, a professor of political science at Barnard College and the author of Ranking the World: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance, used to keep track but stopped counting.”It’s so hard to keep up. I’ve just sort of given up,” he says. In 2015, he counted 95 different indexes, with over two-thirds launched after 2001.”Countries can get index fatigue, not know where to prioritize, become complacent and refuse to pay attention to them,” notes Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa, an international lawyer based in East Africa.And you do have to wonder: What’s the value of creating so many indexes to measure human and economic development when they usually come to the same predictable conclusions?Why we love to rankIt’s easy to understand why groups like to rank. “Rankings appeal to our notion of who’s on top, who’s below. And they generate competition,” says Cooley.Even though the top and bottom countries are often markedly similar, international groups believe that there are benefits to the sorting and ordering.For starters, a ranking can “name and shame” countries into trying to do better, says Cooley.Consider the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, which measures how easy it is for a company to set up shop in a given country. It looks at everything from construction permits to access to electricity. It’s not a ranking that the general public has likely heard of. But it’s a big deal in the world of economic development.In fact, it’s so influential that Vladimir Putin in 2012 vowed publicly to move Russia up from 120th place in the Doing Business index to 50th by 2015.Russia did not quite succeed (it landed in 62nd place that year). But the index has spurred real-life policy change.From June 2017 to May 2018, for example, the World Bank found that 128 governments “introduced a record 314 reforms” to benefit small- and medium- business entrepreneurs, enable job creation and spur private investment. Another index that has moved countries to action is the African Development Bank’s Africa Visa Openness Index. It shows which African countries are making improvements that support free movement of people across the continent.”Since this index has been in place, several countries, including Ghana and Ethiopia, now allow Africans to get visas on arrival at a border post,” says lawyer Musiitwa.The researchers with Equal Measures 2030, the new gender index, hope their new index can also inspire change: positive steps for laws and policies that benefit girls and women.Sarah Hendriks, director of gender equality at the Gates Foundation (a funder of this blog and NPR), worked on the index. She says the goal was to “put data in the hand of gender advocates” so they can inform their government ministers “where their country is doing well, where they are falling behind and how the country is performing in meeting [women’s] needs.”To ensure that the index reflects the priorities of those advocates, the researchers teamed up with local organizations in countries like El Salvador, India, Indonesia and Tanzania, and drew from surveys from nearly 600 policymakers and gender advocates.And that’s the way things should go, says Dapo Oyewole, an Aspen New Voices fellow working within the Nigerian government. He says that rankings are only useful if there’s local buy-in. “The rankings are only relevant if there’s a local champion willing to drive the local changes — and an appetite from the government itself,” says Oyewole.The rankings gameOf course, there is a potential risk when countries try to move up. They can game the rankings.Cooley cites an example in a 2015 piece for Foreign Affairs. In 2006, Georgia was in 112th place in the World Bank’s Doing Business index. The country put together a working group to “rapidly pass laws and promulgate administrative rules” to shoot the country to 37th place in 2007.”The evidence suggests that the change was more cosmetic than structural,” Cooley wrote of Georgia’s rise up the index. He found that the country’s ranking had not improved on “comparable” indexes, nor did Georgia produce “a sustained increase in foreign investment.”In response to this criticism, World Bank spokesperson Chisako Fukuda told NPR: “To improve their scores, substantive legislative changes need to be made, which require a strong commitment by governments to improve their business environment.”Squishy dataOther rankings come in for criticism of another type: They’re just kind of vague.Consider Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, which attempts to rank the world’s countries by how corrupt their public sectors are. “A fuzzy concept like corruption isn’t amenable to unpacking,” says Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the author of Results Not Receipts: Counting The Right Things In Corruption.A long-standing criticism from the international community is that the index relies on the perception of corruption to create its rankings.The rankings are based on questionnaires with “experts and business leaders,” according to the group. They’re asked about a wide range of factors, from evidence of bribery to protections for whistleblowers.That vagueness can make it difficult for local anti-corruption advocates and nonprofits to figure out what they need to do to fight the scourge in their countries: “Should I try to make the police less corrupt or should I join a government partnership to reduce corruption?” says Kenny.When NPR asked Transparency International if it has seen any direct links to reform, spokesperson Ferenc Gaál responded: “It is difficult to draw clear causal links between the Index and concrete impact in the form of improvements of the corruption situation in any one country’s public sector.”The group, however, has seen its index make an impression. Advocates against corruption in Nigeria, for example, have cited the country’s poor ranking (144th place out of 180 in 2018) in op-eds calling for government reform.Same old stories — but some surprisesAs for the fact that many rankings look the same at the top and bottom, one reason has to do with money. Many indexes are correlated with GDP per capita, a measure of a country’s prosperity, says Kenny. That includes the World Bank’s Human Capital Index, which measures the economic productivity of a country’s young people; and Freedom House’s Freedom in the World index, which ranks the world by its level of democracy, including economic freedom.And countries that have more money can spend more money on health, education and infrastructure.Musiitwa says it “annoys” her when countries in Africa get poor ratings. It can have a negative effect on a country’s financial opportunities, she says.”I know that when investors are looking to do business in Africa, they look at indexes,” she says, citing the Doing Business index and the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. “The rankings provide some kind of guide to show that a country is well-placed to receive an investment, to figure out how stable the environment is.”But what is more frustrating, she says, is “when these countries and others that have been good performers slide back.”Perhaps the true value of the rankings, says Kenny, lies in the outliers: The surprising stories of countries that “demonstrate that there’s space to do better.”Rwanda, for example, is often at the bottom of economic rankings. But in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap report in 2018, which ranked countries by how equal its men and women are, the country was in the top 10.Even for wealthy countries, there are lessons to be learned about what they need to address.Consider the U.S. in Equal Measures 2030’s new gender equality index.Although the U.S. is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, when it comes to creating fair policies for women and girls, the country is nowhere near the top. The U.S. comes in at 28th place, in between Bulgaria and Greece. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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Tesla Model 3 Gets 5-Star Safety Rating From NHTSA Source: Electric Vehicle News Some smaller cars may be no match for a Mack truck, but this Tesla Model 3 protects.Unless you’re in the accident yourself, it’s hard to grasp specific details and circumstances. However, now that Tesla owners can share their experiences due to the cars’ built-in dashcam (TeslaCam), we have access to an increasing number of videos that provide accident footage.In this particular share, a Tesla Model 3 owner stops for an ambulance and is then rear-ended by a Mack truck. It’s not difficult to tell from the video that the truck is following rather closely and hits the Model 3 with quite an impact. However, the Tesla driver is able to keep driving immediately after the crash. Fortunately, as the story goes, the Model 3 protected the occupant. She walked away from the collision without any major injuries.Related Tesla Model 3 Safety Content: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 3, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News CEO Elon Musk continues to assert that Tesla makes the safest vehicles on the road today. We have watched videos and read many accounts of Tesla safety being a reality. Time and time again Tesla owners rave about how their cars saved their lives. However, the “safest” claim is virtually impossible to prove. There are many very safe vehicles on the road that save lives on a daily basis.While these videos are increasingly available and can prove compelling, we rely on crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to determine each vehicle’s overall safety. The NHTSA awards the Model 3 with a five-star overall safety rating, which is comprised of five stars in every category. The Tesla Model 3 has not been fully evaluated by the IIHS, but the institute gives its front crash prevention tech a Superior rating and its headlights the top rating of Good.We’ll have to wait and see if the IIHS designates the Model 3 as a Top Safety Pick or coveted Top Safety Pick+.Video Description via iceman w on YouTube:Tesla Model 3 vs Mack truckThe following is dash cam footage from an accident that my wife was involved in. She stopped at an intersection to yield for an ambulance and was then hit by a Mack truck which couldn’t stop. She was lucky enough to walk a away from the crash without any major injuries. The model 3 did a really good job to protect her as much as possible. NHTSA On Tesla Model 3: Lowest Probability Of Injury Of Any Tested Vehicle Musk Claims Tesla Model 3 Has Best Safety Of Any Midsize Car