ScienceShot: ‘Monster’ Ants Found in Leaf Litter

first_imgThe 19th century English poet William Blake might’ve been onto something when he considered an entire world in a grain of sand. But he probably didn’t consider tiny “monsters,” smaller than rice grains. Researchers have discovered 33 new species of ants in Central America and the Caribbean. The insects have broad, shieldlike faces and mandibles bristling with sharp teeth, such as Eurhopalothrix procera (pictured above), and none are longer than 2.5 millimeters. Their grim visages inspired names based on Maya demons Hunhau, Zipacna, and others. Many had been previously lumped in with other species of the Eurhopalothrix and Octostruma genera. The ants were found mostly in the plant debris of Central and South American mountain forests. Researchers had to sift through 100 square-meters of forest floor for every four or five of the rare specimens, then use a high-power microscope and micrometer measuring tool to note variations in size, the shape of their mandibles, and patterns of hair on their exoskeletons—all defining characteristics of individual species. Frightening work.last_img read more

Belo, Cruz laugh off scuffle after double technical

first_imgMac Belo goes up for a shot. PBA IMAGESCarl Bryan Cruz and Mac Belo go way back, and even a heated scuffle during the match between Alaska and Blackwater won’t dampen that friendship between the former Far Eastern University teammates.The two got entangled with 5:18 left in the game and Alaska nursing a 74-72 lead, after Belo tried to snatch the ball away from Cruz who rebounded the former’s miss.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cruz, who got the last laugh after his team won, said what happened was just “tough love” between them, although he was disappointed that they were called with the technical foul.“It was just tough love between the two of us and we’re just very competitive people,” said Cruz in Filipino. “Outside the court we’re really buddies. It’s just disappointing that we were called with the technical foul.”Belo, who got called with his first technical foul, couldn’t help but poke fun at the situation posting on his Facebook account that Cruz should pay for the fine.“First tech ko sa PBA yun Carl Bryan Cruz, bayaran mo yun (That was my first technical in the PBA, pay for it Carl Bryan Cruz),” Belo posted on his Facebook account.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games And during the scrum, the two former Tamaraws were both called with technical fouls.After Alaska won the game 88-84, the two knew they would just share a laugh if ever it gets brought up between them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“That’s nothing, that’s just how we express our love for each other, of course we both want to win and I think we got overboard with out aggressiveness,” said Belo in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I just wanted to get the ball and I was surprised that there was a technical foul. There’s nothing personal on that play, we’ll just laugh at it.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto View comments Banchero, Aces step up in Abueva’s absence Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more

Rio 2016: Michael Phelps signs off with 23rd Olympic Gold

first_imgMichael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage)Golden.Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100-meter medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night. (Rio 2016: I’m ready to retire, says Michael Phelps)If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go out.He has 28 medals overall, having won five golds and a silver at these games. (Rio 2016: It’s crazy, says Joseph Schooling after beating Michael Phelps eight years since iconic photograph)As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish off the victory, Phelps gathered the other relay swimmers, Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller, in his arms. One night after his only setback in Rio, an upset loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly, Phelps was back on top.In the stands, his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, bounced along to the music with their son, 3-month-old Boomer, cradled in her arms.Phelps is eager to spend a lot more time with them. He plans to marry Johnson after the Olympics and said he’s eager to watch his son grow, maybe even dole out a swimming lesson or two.Most of the U.S. swim team was in the stands to watch Phelps’ finale, including the biggest female star of the games, Katie Ledecky, decked out in a matching USA white jacket and cap.advertisementThe 19-year-old Ledecky joked that she was proud to be part of Phelps’ final Olympics – twice. He initially retired after the 2012 London Olympics, only to decide about a year later to return to the pool.This time, the 31-year-old sounds much more adamant when he says there will be no more comebacks.Two-time gold medalist Murphy put the Americans out front with a world-record split on the backstroke – it counts since he was leading off – but Britain surged ahead on the breaststroke with its own world-record holder, Adam Peaty.Phelps dove into the pool in second place.He wouldn’t be for long.On the return lap, Phelps powered through the water with his whirling butterfly stroke, surging ahead of James Guy to pass off a lead to the anchor Adrian.It wasn’t in doubt after that. Adrian pulled away on the freestyle to win in an Olympic-record time of 3 minutes, 27.95 seconds. Britain held on for silver, with Australia nabbing bronze.The victory came just minutes after the women’s medley relay gave the United States its 1,000th Olympic gold medal at the Summer Games.Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel led the American triumph. The winning time was 3:53.13.Australia earned silver, while Denmark took bronze.For Manuel, it was her second medal of the night – she also won silver in the 50 free – and second gold of the games. She became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic swimming title with her win in the 100 free.Connor Jaeger gave the U.S. another silver in the 1,500 free, leaving the American with 33 swimming medals in Rio matching the highest total since the boycotted Los Angeles Games in 1984.The U.S. also won 33 medals at Sydney in 2000.The final two individual golds of the games went to Pernille Blume of Denmark in the 50 freestyle, her country’s first swimming victory since 1948, and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri in the grueling 1,500 free.After posting the top time in both the preliminaries and the semifinals, Blume came through again on the final night of swimming at the Rio Games. She finished in 24.07.After her landmark victory in the 100 free, Manuel settled for silver this time in 24.09. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus earned the bronze in 24.11.It was another huge disappointment for sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia. They were shut out of an individual medal again, with Cate finishing fifth and Bronte seventh.Blume was the third Danish swimmer to capture a gold. Greta Andersen won the 100 free and Karen Margrethe Harup took the 100 backstroke at the 1948 London Olympics.Paltrinieri pulled away from the field and was under world-record pace much of the race before fading a bit at the end. Still, he won comfortably in 14:34.57.Jaeger claimed silver in 14:39.48, while bronze went to another Italian, Gabriele Detti, in 14:40.86.Detti rallied over the final laps to pass American Jordan Wilimovksy, who settled for fourth.Wilimovksy will get another shot at a medal in an even more demanding event the 10-kilometer open water race at Fort Copacabana on Tuesday.advertisementThe night, though, belonged to Phelps. For the last time. Phelps said he’s all done.In the only way imaginable.last_img read more

Virat Kohli under no redemption pressure against England

first_imgVirat Kohli is aware of his rather modest batting record against England but the India captain is not putting himself under any pressure against them in the five-test series beginning at Rajkot on Wednesday.Considered one of the premier batsmen of his generation, Kohli averages close to 46 with the bat but it drops drastically to just 20 from 17 innings against the English bowlers.In the five-test series in England in 2014, he managed only 134 runs at an average of 13.4 with a highest score of 39. Of his 13 test centuries, only one came against England at Nagpur in 2012. (Also read: India’s batting averages vs England: R Ashwin on top, Virat Kohli at bottom)”I can put it very simply as that was the phase when I didn’t perform too well and it happened to be England and could have been any other country in the world,” Kohli told reporters on Tuesday.”It made me realise what I need to improve in my game so I am pretty thankful to England for that. I have been a really improved cricketer from then on.”I just take it as a setback in my career, and not motivate myself in a way that I have to prove people wrong or I have to do something special against a particular opposition.”The right-hander’s form in the five tests would be crucial for the hosts if they are to improve their record against England, who have won the last three series against India. (Also read: India favourites to beat England: Allan Lamb to India Today)advertisementThe last time England toured India in 2012, Cook’s side suffered a thumping loss in the opening test at Ahmedabad but then turned the tables on the hosts to win the four-match series 2-1.Since then, India have not lost a test at home, blanking Australia and West Indies, crushing South Africa and whitewashing New Zealand in September.In contrast, England are still smarting from their loss in the second test against Bangladesh in Dhaka where they shared the two-test series 1-1 with the test minnows. (Also read: England doesn’t have the firepower to beat India in India: Sourav Ganguly)It prompted Cook to label his side as ‘underdogs’ against India, currently the top test team.”I think some team might want to play it down at the start of the series and then surprise the opponent but we are quite aware of those things,” Kohli said.”At the same time we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. We understand what we need to do, so we are not going to get swayed away or carried away by the praise or adulation.”last_img read more

FIFA unanimously expands World Cup to 48 teams in 2026

first_imgFIFA will expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 extra nations to the 2026 tournament which is likely to be held in North America.President Gianni Infantino’s favored plan – for 16 three-team groups with the top two advancing to a round of 32 – was unanimously approved Tuesday by the FIFA Council. (Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for fourth time)It meets Infantino’s election pledge of a bigger World Cup, and should help fund promised raises for FIFA’s 211 member federations.With 80 matches instead of 64, FIFA forecasts the equivalent of $1 billion extra income at current rates from broadcasting and sponsor deals, plus ticket sales, compared to $5.5 billion revenue forecast for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.FIFA’s six continents should find out by May how many extra places they will get.UEFA wants 16 European teams at the tournament, which is strongly favored to be played in North America. The CONCACAF region has not hosted the World Cup since the 1994 tournament in the United States.American, Canadian and Mexican soccer leaders have had initial talks about a co-hosting bid.Africa and Asia could be winners in a bigger World Cup with up to nine places each. They had only five and four teams, respectively, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Still, FIFA said it expects the standard of soccer to drop compared to the 32-team format locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.The “absolute quality” of play, defined by high-ranked teams facing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA acknowledged in a research document sent to members last month. It made 10,000 tournament simulations to reach that conclusion.advertisementFIFA must break with soccer tradition to make its new format work after an original 48-team plan – with an opening playoff round sending 16 “one-and-done” teams home early – was unpopular.Instead, three-team groups will replace the usual groups of four to create simple progress to a knockout bracket. However, it leaves one team idle for final group games and could risk collusion between the other two teams.FIFA said it could guard against result-rigging by introducing penalty shootouts after group games that end in draws.last_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City man who was arrested in Mexico last week on an involuntary manslaughter warrant is still being held in a Texas jail.Authorities say 24-year-old Ray Avila is resisting extradition to Iowa.A spokesperson for the Woodbury County Sheriff’s office says a warrant to extradite Avila back to Sioux City is being requested by the county attorney through the governor’s office.Avila is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing serious injury,in a July 2018 fatal assault on 4th Street in Sioux City.U.S. Marshalls determined that Avila had fled to Mexico following the assault.The search ended in Jalisco, Mexico, where Avila had family connections and was hiding.Mexican authorities located and arrested Avila there.last_img

20 Predictions

first_imgBefore the season started I made 40 predictions. A lot of you might not have been readers at that point so I thought it would be fun to re-visit and check in on where I was woefully wrong (see #2) and spot-on (see #4). I feel like you have to have John Nash tendencies to keep up with the staggering numbers this team is putting up this year. Thankfully it’s 2011 and we have Google.Here are the first 20:1. Brandon Weeden will throw more TDs than he did last year (34) – On pace for 38.2. Josh Cooper will finish the season with more catches than Justin Blackmon – Blackmon is up 87-41. Good call by me.3. The first play of the season will be a flea-flicker – It wasn’t4. At least 25 players on defense will have double digit tackles – 20 so far and five others have six or more.5. Quinn Sharp will break the Big 12 punt average record of 47.6 yards by Colorado’s Mark Mariscal – If he could qualify, he would. He’s currently averaging 47.8.6. Joseph Randle will become the first player in school history to have a 1,000-500 season – He’s at 915-186. I think the 1,000 will get taken care of, the 500 is going to be rough though. I could see him ending at like 1,300 and 375.7. Mike Gundy will have the second most wins in school history at this time next year – He trails current second place wins holder Jim Lookabaugh by 2. So yeah, I went there.8. The Cowboys put up 50 in each of their first three games –  They’ve done it five times, unfortunately the second game against Arizona wasn’t one of those.9. OSU will go undefeated against the spread as an underdog – So far so good. Sorry, Aggies.10. Justin Gilbert will break Perrish Cox’s single season record of 895 kick return yards – Remember before the season started when Joe DeForest said he wasn’t going to do as much kick returning? Yeah, that was dumb. He’s got 565 yards right now so that’s what, two hundred-yarders and a few other decent returns? Got it.11. OSU will finish higher in both the AP and Coaches polls than they start – Mmmmm.12. Brandon Weeden will break the completion percentage record he set last year of 66.9% – 72.1% right now. Hell, Clint Chelf is at 69.2%13. Four guys will top 50 catches this year – Blackmon has 87, Cooper has 41, Moore has 35, and the next closest is Harrison with 18.14. This year’s team will go for it on fourth down at least 20 times – 5-10 so far…that’s what happens when you score on every possession.15. Jeremy Smith will lead the team in total TDs – He has seven, which puts him third, Blackmon has 12, and Randle has 20 (!)16. Herschel Sims will rush for more yards this year than Joseph Randle did last year (463) – Yeahhh, save the 80-yarder against Baylor and he’s only got 46 yards on the year…17. We won’t see the gray jerseys more than once this year – Crossing fingers.18. Brandon Weeden will be in New York City on December 10 – See above.19. Shaun Lewis will lead the team in tackles (but he won’t break 100) – Well, he won’t break 100, but I don’t think he’ll lead the team either. He’s in fifth place with 48, Daytawion Lowe has 70.20. Mike Gundy will go back-to-back Big 12 coach of the year – If A&M beats K-State this Saturday and OSU wins out… If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Urban Meyer Made A Special Visit To An Old Program On Saturday

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer talking to the media at the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer speaks to the media after the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)This is the first summer in a while that Urban Meyer is not getting ready to coach the upcoming college football season. That doesn’t mean he’s spending his time lounging around.Meyer has already visited Ohio State, taking in a Buckeye practice last week. He was at another old program on Saturday.Meyer traveled to Bowling Green to speak to the 2019 Falcons. He began his head coaching career at BGSU in 2001, compiling an 17-6 record in two seasons.“Thanks for having us back. Great memories,” Meyer wrote on Twitter. Thanks for having us back. Great memories.— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) August 11, 2019Meyer will spend the upcoming season working as a studio analyst for FOX. You may recall that’s how he spent his first hiatus from coaching in 2011, though he worked for ESPN back then.There are many who believe Meyer isn’t done coaching. USC is the popular rumored destination for him, as the Trojans enter 2019 with head coach Clay Helton on the hot seat.Time will tell if Meyer returns to the sideline or not. It is pretty clear though that he’s not staying away from the sport any time soon.last_img read more

SLPP and SLFP agree on several issues more talks in April

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have agreed on several issues during talks held today.SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera said that another round of talks will take place on April 10th. Today was the second round of formal talks held between the SLPP and SLFP to form an alliance.

Canadian dollar rebounds as gold prices hit new sevenmonth high

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 5:01 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed nearly half a cent higher Thursday as gold hit a seven-month high and Spain announced severe budget cuts intended to convince the world that it can meet deficit-reduction targets.The loonie gained 0.45 of a cent to 101.95 cents U.S.Gold prices gained more than one per cent Thursday, adding $26.90 to hit a new seven-month high of US$1,780.50 an ounce. The last time it traded at that level was Feb. 28.The benchmark New York oil contract was ahead $1.87 at US$91.85 a barrel, while the December copper contract was three cents higher at US$3.74 a pound. The mining sector on the Toronto Stock Exchange was also ahead two per cent.Amid fear that Spain will need an international bailout, the country’s finance minister said a draft budget for 2013 cuts overall spending by €40 billion, or about $51 billion. He said cuts for ministries would average almost nine per cent.The cuts are meant to show investors and other countries that Spain can meet its fiscal targets.Improved sentiment is also being helped by expectations the People’s Bank of China will soon take more steps to ease a slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy.Traders also took in data showing the U.S. economy grew at a 1.3 per cent rate in April-June quarter, weaker than previous estimates and another report suggesting U.S. durable goods orders dropped 13.2 per cent in August, the biggest decline in more than three years.Meanwhile,the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 359,000, the lowest figure in nine weeks. A figure consistently below 375,000 is generally enough to lower the unemployment rate.The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in August from a two-year high in July. The National Association of Realtors’ sales index is still 10 per cent higher than it was a year ago.In Canada, traders took in a Statistics Canada report that the average weekly earnings for non-farm payroll employees was $906.68 in July, up 1.1 per cent from the previous month.Traders are also looking ahead to Friday’s report on Canadian GDP figures for July. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar rebounds as gold prices hit new seven-month high read more

Allyoucanread Next Issue magazine app coming to Canada

All-you-can-read ‘Next Issue’ magazine app coming to Canada by News Staff Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rogers Media is launching what it describes as the future of magazine content consumption with a service that serves up all-you-can-read access to 100 Canadian and U.S. titles for a monthly fee.As part of the Next Issue Canada app, readers get access to Rogers’ magazines, including Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Sportsnet and U.S. magazines, such as Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.Other publications include GQ, Esquire, Fortune, Glamour, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Time.The app will be available in Canada on Oct. 15 for the iPad, the Android tablet and Windows 8 devices. It will cost $9.99 a month for all monthly magazines, with the ability to browse new titles at no extra cost. There is also a $14.99-a-month service, which provides access to weekly publications in addition to monthly magazines. With either subscription, digital back issues are included.Rogers Media president Keith Pelley said: “Our investment in Next Issue Canada reinforces our commitment to our digital future and the magazine industry.”According to recent reports by trade association Magazines Canada, there are roughly 1,300 Canadian consumer magazines — more per capita than any other developed country.Next Issue Canada’s newly appointed president Ken Whyte described the offering as the future of the magazine industry.“It retains the best of print while making the content come to life vividly, giving readers a more personalized, interactive experience,” he said. “As a result, the magazine of today is even more powerful than the magazine of yesterday.”The Next Issue Canada app will be in English first with a French version to follow in 2014, the companies said.Rogers wireless and cable customers will get exclusive free access to the app until Dec. 15, at which point the rest of Canadians will be able to access the Next Issue Canada digital newsstand..Rogers is the parent company of this station. app|magazines|next issue canada|online magazine service|Rogers media read more

Judge denies request to lift camera restrictions during penalty phase of Jodi

Judge denies request to lift camera restrictions during penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial PHOENIX – A judge Monday refused to lift restrictions on video coverage of the penalty phase retrial in Jodi Arias’ murder case.Citing Arias’ right to a fair trial, Judge Sherry Stephens is sticking by a previous order that no footage can be broadcast until after the verdict.A media lawyer had asked Stephens to amend her ruling and allow footage to be broadcast 30 minutes after the end of each day’s proceedings, arguing the current restrictions deny the public their constitutional right to witness criminal proceedings.Arias last year was convicted of murder in the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend at his suburban Phoenix home, but jurors couldn’t reach a decision on her sentence. The retrial of the penalty phase begins Sept. 29. Jurors will determine whether Arias receives the death penalty or life in prison.Stephens said her restrictions “provide for the least restrictive media access to the trial that will protect the defendant’s right to a fair penalty phase retrial.”A delay of 30 minutes until after each day’s court session ended “will not diminish or eliminate the likelihood of harm,” the judge wrote in her ruling.Arias’ lawyers had argued that daily broadcasts of the trial might lead to defence witnesses backing out for fear of being harassed or threatened.David Bodney, the attorney who represented television stations in their request for less restrictive camera coverage, said the judge’s ruling Monday was expected but that it is a setback for transparency.“It practically prohibits the vast majority of the interested public from witnessing what happens in the sentencing phase of the trial,” Bodney said.Arias’ first trial was broadcast live, but the judge denied that right this time around.Prosecutors and defence lawyers declined to comment on the latest development.Defence attorney Kirk Nurmi had argued that the motion to allow the daily release of video footage was simply a desire by the media “to exploit this trial for profit.”Prosecutor Juan Martinez didn’t object to daily video broadcasts, noting that Arias has sought media coverage herself, offering interviews before, during and after the trial.Martinez said Arias’ defence is just seeking “to manage or attempt to control what’s going out on the air waves.”Meanwhile in Colorado, a judge is considering a similar request from media attorneys to allow cameras in the courtroom for the trial of James Holmes, the defendant in the suburban Denver movie theatre mass shooting.Holmes is set for trial in December on charges of killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the 2012 attack. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the death penalty case.Prosecutors and defence lawyers in that case say witnesses would be vulnerable to harassment and threats if cameras are allowed in court during the trial.A ruling is expected next week. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Brian Skoloff And Paul Davenport, The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2014 9:27 am MDT read more

Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents by Josh Boak And Carrie Antlfinger, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2017 1:07 am MDT Last Updated Jan 13, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SOUTH MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you.With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 per cent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.The analysis being released Friday gives concrete details about a troubling generational divide that helps to explain much of the anxiety that defined the 2016 election. Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their home ownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher.The generational gap is a central dilemma for the incoming presidency of Donald Trump, who essentially pledged a return to the prosperity of post-World War II America. The analysis also hints at the issues of culture and identity that divided many voters, showing that white millennials — who still earn much more than their blacks and Latino peers — have seen their incomes plummet the most relative to boomers.Andrea Ledesma, 28, says her parents owned a house and were raising kids by her age.Not so for her. Ledesma graduated from college four years ago. After moving through a series of jobs, she now earns $18,000 making pizza at Classic Slice in Milwaukee, shares a two-bedroom apartment with her boyfriend and has $33,000 in student debt.“That’s not at all how life is now, that’s not something that people strive for and it’s not something that is even attainable, and I thought it would be at this point,” Ledesma said.Her mother Cheryl Romanowski, 55, was making about $10,000 a year at her age working at a bank without a college education. In today’s dollars, that income would be equal to roughly $19,500.Romanowski said she envies the choices that her daughter has in life, but she acknowledged that her daughter has it harder than her.“I think the opportunities have just been fading away,” she said.The analysis of the Fed data shows the extent of the decline. It compared 25 to 34 year-olds in 2013, the most recent year available, to the same age group in 1989 after adjusting for inflation.Education does help boost incomes . But the median college-educated millennial with student debt is only earning slightly more than a baby boomer without a degree did in 1989.The home ownership rate for this age group dipped to 43 per cent from 46 per cent in 1989, although the rate has improved for millennials with a college degree relative to boomers.The median net worth of millennials is $10,090, 56 per cent less than it was for boomers.Whites still earn dramatically more than Blacks and Latinos, reflecting the legacy of discrimination for jobs, education and housing.Yet compared to white baby boomers, some white millennials appear stuck in a pattern of downward mobility. This group has seen their median income tumble more than 21 per cent to $47,688.Median income for black millennials has fallen just 1.4 per cent to $27,892. Latino millennials earn nearly 29 per cent more than their boomer predecessors to $30,436.The analysis fits into a broader pattern of diminished opportunity. Research last year by economists led by Stanford University’s Raj Chetty found that people born in 1950 had a 79 per cent chance of making more money than their parents. That figure steadily slipped over the past several decades, such that those born in 1980 had just a 50 per cent chance of out-earning their parents.This decline has occurred even though younger Americans are increasingly college-educated. The proportion of 25 to 29 year-olds with a college degree has risen to 35.6 per cent in 2015 from 23.2 per cent in 1990, a report this month by the Brookings Institution noted.The declining fortunes of millennials could impact boomers who are retired or on the cusp of retirement. Payroll taxes from millennials helps to finance the Social Security and Medicare benefits that many boomers receive — programs that Trump has said won’t be subject to spending cuts. And those same boomers will need younger generations to buy their homes and invest in the financial markets to protect their own savings.“The challenges that young adults face today could forecast the challenges that we see down the road,” said Tom Allison, deputy policy and research director at Young Invincibles. read more

Science and technology can help tackle key sustainable development challenges

“Sciences, Technology and Innovation (STI) provide key answers to build peace and bolster sustainable development,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in her message on the World Day. “We need more integrated science to strengthen water management, to ensure the sustainable use of the ocean, to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, to tackle climate change and disasters, to foster innovation,” she added. Ms. Bokova underscored that STI stand at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, pointing out that UNESCO has developed a unique approach to promote global scientific cooperation while encouraging local actions, with the dual focus of gender equality and Africa. “In this spirit, UNESCO launched in 2017 a ground-breaking international symposium and policy forum on girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to challenge the gender inequalities in [those fields],” she stated. Today, as the complexity of the world’s issues goes beyond the framework of a single discipline, UNESCO has made “trans-disciplinarity” the cornerstone of its work for sustainability – building networks with multiple stakeholders, such as museums, universities, private and public actors, governments and non-governmental organizations. This year’s theme, ‘Science for global understanding,’ encompasses UNESCO’s approach to develop scientific cooperation between and within societies, combining global sustainability and local actions and knowledge. “There is today an urgent need to promote South-South and North-South-South cooperation to foster STI for sustainable development and to encourage mutual understanding and peace,” she continued. “In this context, science diplomacy will be a powerful instrument for the use of science as a foundation for a culture of cooperation.” Ms. Bokova stressed that investment in science education would be equally crucial, saying: “We need to grant equal access to enrolment in sciences [to] all persons, starting at an early age, with a strong focus on girls.” In that spirit, the UNESCO chief called on all stakeholders, well beyond scientific circles, to mobilize in order to release the full potential of sciences for development and peace. Under UNESCO auspices, the first World Science Day for Peace and Development was celebrated worldwide on 10 November 2002. read more

Mario Testino I want slouching British models who look like they dont

first_imgWhen defining Britishness, traits that spring to mind may include a stiff upper lip, sarcastic sense of humour or perhaps a love of tea.To that, women can now add: a slouch.Mario Testino, the world famous fashion photographer, has disclosed he is on the look out for models for his next campaign, seeking out a relaxed look that will immediately identify them as British.The nonchalance of the British woman, he said, made them perfect to represent their country and the Burberry brand, with a fashionable “I don’t care” attitude shining through in their photographs.  Mario Testino attends at Vogue 100: A Century Of Style at the National Portrait Gallery Credit:Getty “We try to book only English models for our campaign so it is very important to have somebody that just by the way they stand or just by the way they move you know they are British.“There is a slouch, so that already says ‘British’ to me and then there is a certain girlishness – they don’t stop to worry.“I think Latins, we are much more conscious of our image, of our dress- whether we are dressed correctly, not correctly, our hair – the British they don’t care and there is something the ‘I don’t care’ that has become fashionable.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  Mario Testino attends at Vogue 100: A Century Of Style at the National Portrait Gallery  Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss at London Fashion Week, 2015center_img Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss at London Fashion Week, 2015Credit:Rex Though he did not praise models by name, recent Burberry models have included Cara Delevingne and Kate MossSpeaking to CNN Style during London Fashion Week, Testino said: “We are always trying to find what defines London today because in my head Burberry seems to own ‘Britishness’. Asked what makes London unique, Christopher Bailey, chief creative and chief executive officer of Burberry, said: “I think it is this clashing of these different worlds. There is this real classicism, this real tradition, this almost Victorian, uptight kind of attitude with something completely free and artistic and creative and spirited.“I think it is because we are an island and quite a small island and we have got to sort of prove to ourselves that we can do things. I quite like those clashing worlds.”Vivienne Westwood, the designer, had a less positive outlook, telling CNN: “What makes London unique is being killed. They’re stopping what makes London unique.”It’s becoming like everywhere else, it’s becoming globalised, everything’s the same. It’s all about making buildings that nobody lives in, it’s like making a world for anti-people. There is a slouch, so that already says ‘British’ to meMario Testinolast_img read more

Man known as Nick filmed crying as he falsely tells police of

But the claims, which had been described by the Metropolitan Police as “credible and true” were in fact “incredible and untrue”, a jury at Newcastle Crown Court was told.Opening the case against him, Tony Badenoch QC, said when Northumbria Police had been asked to look again at Mr Beech’s allegations they found “key elements of the story were totally unfounded, hopelessly compromised and irredeemably contradicted by other testimony”Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.Beech’s police interviewOne of the most serious allegations made by Mr Beech was a claim that he had witnessed a young school friend called, Scott, being killed in a hit and run in 1979 in Kingston Upton Thames.The jury was shown a 31 minute police interview with Mr Beech from November 2014 when he tearfully told an officer what he claimed to have seen, while he was a pupil at Coombe Hill Primary School.Mr Beech was seen telling the officer: “He wanted to be my friend, that was nice for me…I did not know anything about him. They knew he was my friend, they knew about him, I do not know how and they warned me not to be friends with him and I did not listen. Mr Badenoch explained that officers from the Metropolitan Police told Martin Allen’s brother, Kevin, that they believed his disappearance might be connected to a VIP paedophile ring they were investigating.Mr Badenoch said: “The source of that false hope to Kevin Allen, thirty five years after his brother went missing, was ultimately the false allegations of this defendant, Carl Beech.”But the court was told that in 2016 suspicion had fallen on Mr Beech himself and he became the subject of a police investigation by officers from the Northumbria force.He told the jury: “Nick was now the focus of the police at the highest investigative levels. His life was about to be turned upside down and inside out. He was now the suspect as police officers pored over the allegations with a fine tooth-comb and investigated them.”The prosecutor said that what the officers discovered was that his claims were a “complete fabrication and falsehood”.He said: “He had lied about the content of these allegations, taken active steps to embellish a false story, and then cover his tracks when challenged. “He made no response when asked to account for this by Northumbria Police and, ultimately, he took the only option that was available to him fled the country and lived overseas as a fugitive.” “He had been taken out of school once a week for this to occur. That is an extraordinary claim and it is also untrue.”Mr Badenoch said in making the allegations Mr Beech expected the police to take what he was saying seriously, and for living people to be placed before the courts. Leon Brittan and Sir Edward Heath Carl Beech, known as Nick Lord BramallCredit:Geoff Pugh Describing the alleged hit and run, he said: “It was summer, May, June or July. We were walking and I heard the car, the engine and as I turned round to see what the noise was, it hit him. He was just left there.”I went over to him. I tried to wake him up but he wouldn’t. There was a lot of blood. I had blood on my hands.”Mr Beech told the police he was then dragged away by the group and bundled into a car.”The next think I knew I had something in my arm and I had a pain in my arm and I do not remember anything about that.”The police officer conducting the interview, pressed him to explain whether the teachers at the school had ever mentioned what had happened but Mr Beech replied: “It was like he never existed. Nobody mentioned him. It was like he did not exist.”Nobody mentioned him at school, it was like he had not existed.”The prosecutor said to jurors: “You’ve just watched 32 minutes or so of this defendant, Carl Beech, explaining how it was so that his friend Scott had been run over and killed, never to be mentioned again. “Ultimately, after extensive inquiries, Northumbria Police reached a conclusion in respect of the Scott allegation: ‘There is no supporting evidence whatsoever to support ‘Nick’s’ account.’Mr Badenoch told jurors that Beech’s account of Scott being killed in front of him was a fabrication.He said that Northumbria Police had approached the defendant’s former school teachers and friends to ask them about his attendance record and about a missing person or dead boy named Scott.The prosecutor told jurors: “The response? There was no such homicide.”No missing boy. You’ve just watched 32 minutes or so of this defendant, Carl Beech, explaining how it was so that his friend Scott had been run over and killed, never to be mentioned again.”Ultimately, after extensive enquiries, Northumbria Police reached a conclusion in respect of the Scott allegation: ‘There is no supporting evidence whatsoever to support ‘Nick’s’ account’.”That renders his account to Metropolitan Police Officers in this important respect completely untrue.”Nick’s ‘extraordinary’ and ‘untrue allegations’Opening the case against Mr Beech at Newcastle Crown Court, Tony Badenoch QC told the jury that it was “quite impossible to conceive of allegations of a worst kind to be made”.Explaining the background to the allegations, Mr Badenoch explained: “In his forties, when he was a middle-aged man. Carl Beech claimed that when he was a young schoolboy he had witnessed no less than three child killings, and was subjected to rape, torture, and sexual abuse by literally dozens of powerful men, in politics, the armed forces, intelligence services and in showbusiness, at locations ranging four counties, the coast, the south coast of England and all over London.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He told officers Lord Bramall had repeatedly raped him while Michael Hanley, the former head of MI5 and Maurice Oldfield, the former head of MI6 had tortured him by tipping spiders over him, throwing darts at him and giving him electric shocks.He said Mr Proctor had demanded oral sex and had even murdered a young boy in front of him.Mr Badenoch said Mr Beech had told police: “Harvey had tied the boy to a table, together with another man, raped him, and stabbed him. “Carl Beech had held the boys hand and begged him to wake up but he didn’t. Harvey and the other men just laughed. They also said to him that he was next.  Carl Beech, known as NickCredit:Caters News Agency “They warned me a number of times, I was selfish, I did not listen to them, I wanted a friend. I did not understand what the consequences might be.” The man known as Nick, who sparked Scotland Yard’s £2 million Operation Midland into allegations of VIP paedophile abuse, was today seen for the first time fighting back tears in a police interview as he claimed his school friend had been killed in a hit-and-run.Carl Beech, a father of one, is on trial accused of inventing the “most heinous” false claims of rape, torture and even child murder against dozens of senior public figures, a court heard on Tuesday.On the opening day of his trial, a video was made public for the first time of the 51-year-old tearfully describing one of the most serious allegations made by Mr Beech.After the jury watched him give a detailed account of the alleged incident during a police interview in 2014, prosecutors told the jury there was “no supporting evidence whatsoever to support ‘Nick’s’ account”.Mr Beech also accused senior politicians, including Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, Harvey Proctor and Greville Janner of subjecting him and others to appalling abuse for almost a decade. “He had a reaction to an image shown to him by a journalist and he was fairly certain that that was the boy he witnessed being murdered by Harvey Proctor. The picture was of Martin Allen (a young boy missing since 1979).”Mr Beech claimed that the abuse had taken place at numerous venues, including Dolphin Square; Military Bases including Imber, St David’s Barracks, Erskine Barracks, Edward Heath’s house in Wilton Street, London and his yacht.Other venues he named included Eccleston Square; Ponsonby Terrace; Westminster Gardens; Cambridge Street; the Carlton Club; Elm Guest House; Stowe School; Richmond Park; Heathrow Airport; London Zoo; Queen’s Ice Rink and Brighton. He told the jury: “They are without question, the most heinous allegations it is possible to make. To accuse a person of being a child murderer, rapist, sadist, torturer and abuser.”The court was told that “immeasurable distress” had been caused to those falsely accused as well as “obvious  reputational damage”. 
Lord Brittan had his homes searched by the police and died with these allegations still hanging over him. Police later apologised to his widow. Lord Bramall’s wife also died while the accusations against her husband were still being investigated, the court was told.Beech’s brand new £34k MustangThe jury was told that when Mr Beech was arrested in November 2016, he was living in a rented three bedroom property in Gloucester with his son.On the drive was a white Ford Mustang convertible, which he had bought new less a year earlier for £34,035.False hope to the Allen familyThe court heard that as a result of the false allegations, the family of a young boy named Martin Allen, who had gone missing in 1979, were given false hope. Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud and the trial continues. Leon Brittan and Sir Edward HeathCredit:Clare Arron Others accused included Lord Bramall, the former head of the army, Michael Hanley, the former head of MI5 and Maurice Oldfield, the former head of MI6. Mr Beech even claimed to have witnessed the gang murder three young boys. Mr Badenoch said that rather than being “credible and true” as the police had suggested, the subsequent investigation had established that they were “incredible and untrue”.Beech’s first complaintThe court was told that Mr Beech had first gone to the police to make allegations in 2012 in response to Operation Yewtree, the investigation into Jimmy Savile.He had told Wiltshire Police that he had been abused as a child by up to 20 men including his own step father and a Lieutenant Colonel.Two years later he went to Scotland Yard and gave detectives a list of names of people who he claimed had abused him.The list of names were; Major Ray Beech, his step-father; Lt General Beach; General Gibbs; General Bramall (Lord Brammall); Jimmy Savile; Peter Hayman; Harvey Proctor; Leon Brittan; Greville Janner; Edward Heath; Michael Hanley and Maurice Oldfield.Mr Badenoch said: “A list of geographical locations was provided ranging from Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, South West London, Central London and Surrey. Carl Beech named over twenty different venues for the abuse within those counties and the City of London.”Allegations brought to police by BeechThe court heard how Mr Beech told police that the first time he had been abused had been by his stepfather, Major Ray Beech, who he claimed had raped and beaten him, including in a public toilet at a wildlife park. Lord Bramall read more

Geek deals 235 off dual Dell U2412M IPS 24inch LCD monitors

first_imgIf you have experienced the joy of dual monitors, raise your hand (or leave a comment, if you prefer). The world of multiple monitors opens up a whole new level of productivity and multi-tasking. For those of us who use PCs for less “productive” uses, watching full-screen episodes of The Office on one 24-inch screen while browsing on the other is a great way to pass the time.This deal on a pair of Dell monitors will not only get you hooked up with dual monitors, you will have a super slick setup too. Let’s start with the screens: Dell’s UltraSharp U2412M uses a 24-inch IPS panel for amazing viewing angles and great color reproduction. There’s no 16:9 HDTV resolutions here; 1920×1200 for all the vertical pixels you could want.It will adjust any-which-way you want and connect to nearly anything with DVI-D, DisplayPort, and VGA plugs. Let’s not forget the 3 year Advanced Exchange warranty with bright pixel guarantee. The U2412M even has a four-port USB 2.0 hub built-in. Sorry, it does appear Dell left the kitchen sink out this time.This bundle includes two of those gorgeous displays, but really ties it all together with an Array Table Stand. This gizmo connects to the monitors’ VESA mounts and bundles them together in a single neat package, saving you desk space and keeping things looking streamlined.These monitors are normally $369 a piece, making a dual monitor bundle with stand at $729 a true bargain. At 24% savings, this is the perfect opportunity to join the dual monitor realm. Perhaps someone is adventurous enough (and has a huge enough desk) to try a quad-setup?Visit LogicBuy for the Two Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24″ LCD Monitors + Array Table Stand deallast_img read more

Woman in Kerry crash with drunk driver criticises HealyRaes three Guinness claims

first_imgWoman in Kerry crash with drunk driver criticises Healy-Rae’s ‘three Guinness’ claims Eimear was injured in the incident, receiving a number of broken bones. Share15 Tweet Email Apr 6th 2017, 10:23 PM Image: Image: 79 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 25,485 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald A WOMAN WHO was involved in a road collision with a drunk driver has hit out at comments made by Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae.Speaking this afternoon on RTÉ’s Liveline, Eimear (who did not give her last name) described being struck head on by another vehicle in a road traffic collision two years ago.“I was in a car accident, I was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit – head on collision with someone who was drink driving,” said Eimear.She said that the collision occurred on a Saturday in Co Kerry.Eimear was injured in the incident, receiving a number of broken bones.“If the car I was driving in was going even 10 km/h faster I’m pretty sure my injuries would be significantly more serious and probably more life-threatening than they were,” she said.The case went through the courts and the motorist involved was convicted of drink driving.Eimear was inspired to share her story following comments made by Danny Healy-Rae in an Oireachtas Transport Committee yesterday.Healy-Rae was addressing plans by Transport Minister Shane Ross to automatically ban people who are caught with alcohol in their systems while driving.Healy-Rae took issue with Ross’ plans, saying they were an attack on rural life.He said that “three glasses” in a pub was the “only option” many rural people had and said that losing their licence would be a “serious issue”.“Nobody caused a fatality by having three glasses of Guinness drank,” he said.Eimear took issue with these comments, following her own incident.“Any amount of alcohol is going to have an effect on your system,” she said.Eimear said isolation is a significant issue for people in rural communities.She said that proper public transport should be arranged in rural areas to help tackle this issue.Read: ‘Nobody caused a fatality by having three glasses of Guinness drank’ – Healy Rae argues against new drink-driving laws Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 10:23 PMlast_img read more

Dr Athanasiadis listed among Australias Most Innovative Engineers

first_imgGreek Australian Dr Konstantinos Athanasiadis has been included in the list of Australia’s 60 Most Innovative Engineers.Announced by Engineers Australia earlier this week, Brisbane-based Dr Athanasiadis has been recognised for his work on ‘StormDMT’, a patented advanced technology for managing storm water runoff that is generated in urban and industrial areas.Developed as part of Australian engineering company GHD’s ‘Innovation program’, the technology removes dissolved contaminants, such as nutrients and heavy metals in a cost-effective way.The idea emerged as part of Dr Athanasiadis’ doctoral thesis, as he studied the properties of different low-cost natural filter media.CEO Ashley Wright took the opportunity to congratulate Dr Athanasiadis for demonstrating GHD’s commitment to delivering new solutions across its five global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.“Innovation is at the heart of who we are,” said Mr Wright. “Our sustained growth and success are built on our ability to deliver imaginative thinking and exceptional service to our clients, and help their businesses adapt to new challenges and opportunities.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hamann believes that Salah will stay at Liverpool

first_imgMohamed Salah had a wonderful season at Liverpool and he has been linked with a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid lately – but Dietmar Hamann believes that the star will stay.The Reds legend insisted that Salah is the biggest star at Liverpool and he would be forced to be in the shadow of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – and it would be far better for him to remain the most key player of his current club.Hamann spoke about Salah’s situation as he said, according to Daily Star:“Klopp has brought the best out of Salah and he is now number one at Liverpool.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“At Barcelona and Real Madrid, unless you are Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, then you are just another good player.”“I think the emotional side of football is very important to Salah. If he is happy – and he looks to be very comfortable at Liverpool – then he strikes me as a player who will be very loyal.”“I don’t think it is any coincidence that the shackles have come off playing for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.”last_img read more