Better Know A Park: The Adirondacks, New York’s Natural Playground

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Adirondack Park is a wilderness wonderland unique in many ways. First off, the park, which is located entirely in the state of New York, is defined by the massif of the Adirondack Mountains. Rather than designating a portion of a mountain range for preservation, in 1902 the state legislature defined the entire Adirondack region as a park. And at 6.1 million acres in size, it’s one goddamn large park at that. For comparison, do you know how large famous Yellowstone National Park is? A mere 2.2 million acres!Related: Camping Off the GridBut even more notable than the size and scope of Adirondack Park is the nearly unprecedented way in which its land is managed. Just over 50 percent of the land within the boundaries of the park is actually privately held. In fact, there are more than a hundred towns located within the park which has more than 130,000 permanent, year-round residents. Within the confines of the park you can find everything from logging operations to pristine woodlands to ski resorts to summer camps, and of course there are a hellofalot of charming cabins. Adirondack Park also contains more than 10,000 lakes and many thousands of miles of streams and rivers, most of which can be navigated by small boats.The area first became popular in the middle of the 19th Century, and is today visited by as many as ten million people per year. Indeed, the Adirondacks are a great place for anyone who enjoys…CANOEING & KAYAKINGIt’s hard to beat canoeing in the Adirondacks. The countless lakes and miles of water wending through the mountains provide endless opportunities for exploration. Sheltered beaches appear among rocky shores and all manner of waterfowl splash in or soar above the mostly placid water. If you want a bit more adventure, there are also myriad opportunities for whitewater kayaking and rafting amid the green hills of the park. In fact, you can ride rapids rated all the way up to Class VI in this neck of the woods, but note that Class VI rapids are rated by the International Scale of River Difficulty as “Extreme and Exploratory Rapids” and that they are “rarely attempted and often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger.” So… stick with canoeing?HIKINGYou could spend a lifetime hiking throughout the Adirondack Mountains and still not see every glen, peak, and valley. The park has more than 40 summits that stand more than 4,000 feet above sea level, and dozens more lower crests. There are well over 2,000 miles of well-marked, maintained trails in the park, and the adventurous hiker (ideally adventurous but also equipped with a lensatic compass and a topo map) can blaze his or her way through untold swaths of unspoiled wilderness. Just keep in mind that there are approximately 3,500 – 4,000 bears in the Adirondacks…ROCK CLIMBINGWhether you like sheer cliff climbing, bouldering, or ice climbing Adirondack Park offers all that and more. You can attack the 700 foot granite cliff of Roger’s Rock or you can free climb the natural crack lines at Poke-O-Moonshine. There are plenty of companies offering guided climbing trips all throughout the park, and there are plenty of places for you to pull off the highway and saunter up a rock face, too. Many of the best climbing spots involve hikes or even canoe trips in, making the experience a well-rounded adventure.SKIINGIf you love the thrill of downhill skiing or snowboarding, Adirondack Park has got you covered. If you thrill at the misery of cross country skiing, well, you can do that too. There are eight well developed ski areas, most of which offer more than 1,000 feet of vertical slope open for enjoyment. Difficulty ranges from Bunny to Black Diamond, and you can also enjoy snow tubing, snow mobiling, snowshoeing, and other activities that start with the word “snow.” There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering last_img read more

Gunfire echoes in Khartoum as protest crackdown leaves 60 dead

first_imgKhartoum: Gunfire crackled in Sudan’s capital Wednesday as tensions remained high after a two-day crackdown that doctors close to the country’s protest movement said had left at least 60 people dead. Despite mounting international concern at what demonstrators called a “bloody massacre”, a bid at the UN Security Council to condemn the killings was blocked by China with support from Russia. Hospitals in Khartoum said they were struggling to cope with the number of wounded after security forces launched a deadly raid on Monday on a weeks-long sit-in outside army headquarters. “The situation is very difficult. Most of the hospitals have taken in more casualties than they have capacity for,” a doctor who works at two hospitals in the city said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”There’s a shortage of medical staff, a shortage of blood, and it’s difficult to do surgery because some operations can only be done in certain hospitals,” said the doctor, who asked not to be named. “Among the wounded there are still people in a serious condition and I expect the number of deaths to rise.” Sudan’s military ousted veteran president Omar al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his authoritarian rule and had agreed a three-year transition period to a civilian administration. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaBut army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said following the crackdown that the plan had been ditched and an election would take place within nine months — a plan rejected by demonstrators. Protest leaders called on their supporters to take part in “total civil disobedience” to topple the ruling military council. On Wednesday, hundreds of residents of the north Khartoum blocked off streets with barricades made from stones, and waited by them in silence, a witness said. In the distance gunfire was heard. In the early morning, sporadic shooting was heard in the Khartoum 2 neighbourhood, an area where there are several embassies, an AFP reporter said. The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, which is linked to the protesters, said the death toll had jumped to 60 with hundreds more wounded. An eight-year-old child was among the dead, it added. The committee said it held “the militias of the (military) council… responsible for this massacre.” The Rapid Support Forces, paramilitaries with origins in the 16-year-old war in the western region of Darfur, are thought to have been largely behind the crackdown. Their commander is deputy chairman on the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded protests against Bashir, urged the global community “to isolate and stop dealing with the so-called military council”. It also called for an independent investigation into the killings under international supervision. Agencieslast_img read more

Bengal man asked to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation to wife

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court has directed a man to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to his wife for causing distress and mental agony and said determination of “compensation should not be outcome of guesses”. “The determination of compensation has to be rational, to be done by a judicious approach and it should not be an outcome of guesses on arbitrariness,” Justice Madhumati Mitra said. The court was hearing a petition filed be a woman seeking compensation under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers She told the High Court Bench that a magistrate at Suri in the Birbhum district had directed her husband to pay Rs 4,000 per month to her as a house rent and Rs 3,00,000 as compensation. But the sessions judge overturned the decision. The Calcutta High Court in its order observed that compensation for mental or physical shock, pain, suffering, frustration and mental stress could be given if there was sufficient evidence on record. The court observed the woman had suffered pain and mental agony due to her husband’s conduct. They had got married in 2001 and had two children. Until November 2010 they lived together. Now she is living with her children separately.last_img read more

Air Farce to air its New Years Eve special a day early

first_imgStill, she says, she was nervous going back before studio audiences for two “Air Farce” tapings. She wondered: “Can someone lose their sketch comedy muscles?” Ferguson is thrilled with the cast’s diversity. The summer special will have a historical bent, with takeoffs on former prime ministers going all the way back to Sir John A. Macdonald. “We have young, old, white, black, South Asian, First Nations — just the greatest range of people we’ve ever had.” — Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. Viewers will see what Ferguson describes as the “best cast ever” in the troupe’s 43-year history. “I had post-partum depression after my son was born, but then went through another depression shortly after leaving Air Farce,” says Holmes, who chronicled her struggles in the 2010 book “I Love Your Laugh: Finding the Light in My Screwball Life.” by BILL BRIOUX The expanded “Air Farce” cast has already received orders to fly a special mission. They’ll be part of CBC’s Canada 150 plans, returning with a new special around July 1. Twitter Born the year the Royal Canadian Air Farce began in 1973, Holmes performed as a regular from 2003 through the end of the series’ run in 2008, returning in 2010 for one New Year’s Eve special. There were several reasons for her departure, she says. Facebook The comedy troupe’s annual goof on the year-that-was premieres Friday, on Dec. 30, a day earlier than their usual New Year’s Eve airing. It has everything to do with Dec. 31 falling on a Saturday. “It felt really great to be making people laugh on TV again,” she says. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Among the players is former regular Jessica Holmes, returning after a six-year absence. She eventually became “really passionate about putting mental health advocacy into the comedy I do.” Holmes “re-routed” her career, juggling stand-up comedy and motivational speaking. Her proudest moments now are when people come up to her and thank her for speaking out on mental health issues. A few months later, she got in touch with Ferguson and asked if he “might have room for one more,” in the New Year’s Eve show. Ferguson was only too happy to welcome her back. The troupe has been lobbying for a second show to air in the summer for years. The annual New Year’s Eve broadcast has been a consistent crowd-pleaser, scoring as the public broadcaster’s top special of the year. There will even be a third showing on Jan. 1. Viewers in Quebec and Ontario can stay tuned Saturday, however, for a second broadcast of “Air Farce New Year’s Eve 2016” directly after the Montreal Canadiens/Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. Advertisement All seven cast members have indicated they’ll be back, although Hunter may have a conflict. Advertisement “Air Farce” fans will have to reschedule their New Year’s Eve plans. She joins Luba Goy — with Don the other remaining founding member — Craig Lauzon, Aisha Alfa, Darryl Hinds and Emma Hunter in a Farce cast that features more women than men for the first time ever. Her worries were for naught. Login/Register With: Even founding trouper Don Ferguson recognizes that, in Canada, “the Saturday ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ broadcast is sacred.” Holmes’s two children, ages eight and nine, attended the tapings. Prior to this year, they had only seen mom perform with the Farce on video. It was while screening old sketches that Holmes began seeing her work “through their eyes, saw how magical and exciting it was, and started missing the guys.” “In the end,” she says, “it is good I took six years off to figure out this new path for myself.” “The cast was like a love-in this year. Everybody was so happy with everyone else. It’s the kind of thing you dream of when you’re working on a show.” “She’s going to have a baby at the end of June,” says Ferguson. “As one of the writers said, ‘I guess there’s going to be a few pregnant pioneer housewives in this historical show.” “I’m just really happy CBC saw fit to include us in their plans,” says Ferguson, who looks at the Canada 150 initiative as an audition for an annual summer broadcast. He sees a summer blast of Farce as a “Canada at the cottage” kind of hour, leaving headline news sketches for the New Year’s Eve specials.last_img read more

Murder insurance or protection in selfdefence cases

first_imgATLANTA – The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.Some are calling it “murder insurance,” and say that rather than promoting personal responsibility and protection, it encourages gun owners to take action and not worry about the consequences. And, they say, it’s being marketed in a way that feeds on the nation’s racial divisions.Guns Down, a gun-control group formed last year, is running an ad campaign to criticize the NRA’s new insurance. It’s just the latest group to take aim at the NRA’s offering.“The reason I call it murder insurance is because if you look at the way this is marketed, it’s really sold in the context of ‘There’s a threat around every corner, dear mostly-white NRA member,’ and that threat is either a black man or a brown man or some other kind of person of colour,” said Guns Down director Igor Volsky.“So when you inevitably have to use your gun to defend yourself from this threat around every corner, you have insurance to protect you.”Carry Guard insurance was launched this past spring by the NRA. Rates range from $13.95 a month for up to $250,000 in civil protection and $50,000 in criminal defence to a “gold plus” policy that costs $49.95 a month and provides up to $1.5 million in civil protection and $250,000 in criminal defence. The coverage kicks in if a court finds the person lawfully shot someone in self-defence or the case is dropped.The NRA isn’t the only gun lobbying group offering such insurance. The United States Concealed Carry Association has been in the business much longer and provides up to $2 million in civil costs and $250,000 for criminal defence. But the NRA is the most prominent gun-rights group in the country and it offered similar insurance previously. And Carry Guard is more comprehensive and being marketed more aggressively than it has been previously. It’s drawing attention to a type of policy that was relatively obscure until now.Guns Down’s advertising campaign casts a spotlight on the policies and asks the two insurance companies involved with it — Lockton Affinity, which administers it, and Chubb, the underwriter — to drop it. The campaign includes a video message from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen shot and killed in 2012 by a neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman whose case drew nationwide notoriety.The video featuring Fulton begins with images showing some of the most racially divisive moments in recent history — from the white supremacists who protested in Charlottesville, Virginia, to surveillance footage showing Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine African-Americans in 2015 during a prayer meeting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.“They spend millions lobbying for laws that allow them to ‘shoot first’ and ‘stand their ground.’ But that just makes it easier to get away with murder,” Fulton says. She criticizes the insurance and implores viewers to tell Chubb and Lockton Affinity to drop the insurance — and to not purchase their products until they do.Lockton declined to comment to The Associated Press. In a statement, Chubb told the AP that it provides insurance for a wide range of risks and when customers are engaged in “lawful activity,” including hunting, shooting at gun ranges or when a firearm accidentally discharges. It noted that Carry Guard includes training and safety courses.Neither Chubb nor Lockton would provide data on the number of policies sold or the claims filed.Carry Guard was aggressively promoted during this year’s NRA annual meeting, with life-sized posters featuring spokeswoman Dana Loesch holding a card that offers three tips for what to do after shooting someone: Call 911, wait for police to arrive and then call the Carry Guard number for legal assistance. It advises gun owners to not speak with police about the incident until speaking first with an attorney.The NRA insurance doesn’t require policyholders to take any safety or tactical training courses but encourages them to do so. Initial training courses cost $850 per student for a three-day session.Peter Kochenburger, an insurance expert at the University of Connecticut School of Law, has been following the emergence of gun insurance. There’s no way to track the number of policies sold or the number of claims filed, though he suspects the latter is fairly small.Such insurance might benefit society, he said, because it could compel the industry to research ways to make gun ownership and storage safer or by providing discounts to gun owners who take safety courses.But it could also lead to a “moral hazard” of unintentionally emboldening a gun owner to shoot someone by offering a false sense of security. And the potential backlash against the insurance companies involved might not be worth the revenue such a niche policy could generate, he said.“Is the potential public relations mess worth the small amount,” Kochenburger said. “‘Murder insurance’: That’s terrible p.r.”last_img read more

Rahul not to appear personally in contempt case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking his response on a contempt petition for “incorrectly” attributing his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to it in the Rafale case but exempted him from personal appearance. “Personal presence of the alleged contemnor is dispensed with, for the present,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in the order. The notice was issued after the top court rejected Gandhi’s plea to close the criminal contempt case filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi after his explanation in an affidavit on Monday claiming that the remarks were made in the “heat of political campaigning”. Gandhi had also expressed regret over his remarks. The apex court said the contempt case will be heard on April 30 along with the pending review petitions against the December 14, 2018 verdict that gave a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal on a petition alleging irregularities. After hearing the arguments by former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi and senior advocate and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Gandhi for around 10 minutes, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the order. “On the basis of the statements made by Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior counsel appearing for the alleged contemnor (Rahul Gandhi), we deem it proper to issue notice in the matter,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Further, it said “Personal presence of the alleged contemnor (Rahul Gandhi) is dispensed with, for the present. “We also deem it proper to direct the Registry to list the present contempt petition along with Review Petition and connected Review Petitions and Miscellaneous Applications on April 30,” the bench said. The Congress said Gandhi in his “explanation” to the Supreme Court asserted that it was never his intention to attribute the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan to the top court, but the party will continue to use the expression in the future. Singhvi told reporters that Gandhi’s affidavit clearly mentioned that a campaign is being run by the party president, Congress and other parties since the last 18 months or so alleging that Prime Minister Modi, some union ministers and others are complicit in the Rafale “scam”. “In this context, we had coined and repeatedly used, endorsed and relied upon the political slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ which we have done, we continue to do, and will continue to rely upon,” Singhvi said, citing Gandhi’s reply in the court. “It was never our intention to attribute this slogan as a finding of the Supreme Court. Indeed it could not have been such an intention for the simple reason that no court much less the Supreme Court would adopt or endorse such a slogan in a court order,” he said. Singhvi said he requested the court to close the matter, asserting that the BJP was politicising it and even using the court as a forum for politicisation. During the hearing, the court asked Rohatgi to apprise it of the contents of Gandhi’s affidavit. “We have not read the affidavit. Tell us what Rahul Gandhi has said,” the CJI said. Rohatgi said the Congress President has “admitted” that he made a “wrong statement” relating to the April 10 verdict of the apex court which merely had rejected the preliminary objections of the Centre on admissibility of certain documents to adjudicate the review petition in the Rafale case. “Rahul Gandhi said he made the statement in a euphoric manner,” Rohatgi said, adding that Gandhi had made the wrong statement without reading or seeing the order. Referring to the affidavit. the senior advocate said: “The apology is in a bracket.” “According to me it is not an apology. Actually a lip service of apology,” Rohatgi said. He said the top leader of a main political party is making a statement that “chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” without reading even the order of the apex court.last_img read more

Fracking firms Calfrac Trican report doubledigit Q2 revenue declines

Companies in this article: (TSX:CFW, TSX:TCW) CALGARY — Two of Canada’s biggest oil and gas well-fracking companies are posting double-digit percentage revenue declines as energy exploration spending slowed in the quarter ended June 30.Calfrac Well Services Ltd., which has operations in Canada, the U.S., Russia and Argentina, reported revenue of $430 million, a 21 per cent fall from $545 million in the same period of 2018.Trican Well Service Ltd., which is focused on the Canadian market, reported revenue of $110 million, a 36 per cent decline compared with $172 million in second quarter 2018.The Calgary-based companies step in after a well is drilled to prepare it for production, performing operations including hydraulic fracturing, where liquids, sand and chemicals are injected under pressure to break up tight underground formations and free trapped oil and gas.Calfrac reported a net loss of $42 million, up from a loss of $15 million a year earlier, as its job count and pricing levels declined in both Canada and the United States.Trican’s net loss improved to $29 million from $35 million as it continued to sell equipment and cut costs, including implementing an unspecified number of job cuts during the second quarter.Both companies said they expect stronger business conditions in the second half of 2019. The Canadian Press read more

US economy grew at surprisingly solid 28 per cent annual rate in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy showed surprising growth from July through September just before the government’s partial shutdown.But much of the gain came from a buildup in company stockpiles. Consumers and businesses slowed their spending — a cautionary sign for the current quarter and early 2014.Americans did purchase more autos and other long-lasting goods. Yet most analysts say the economy isn’t showing enough underlying strength to cause the Federal Reserve to scale back its stimulus any time soon.Overall, growth accelerated to a 2.8 per cent annual rate in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That’s up from a 2.5 per cent rate in the April-June quarter. And it’s nearly a full percentage point higher than economists had predicted.Home construction rose at a double-digit pace, and state and local governments spent at their fastest rate in four years.Still, the bulk of the unforeseen strength came from the buildup in company inventories. That suggests businesses overestimated consumer demand.“The economy grew more rapidly than anticipated in the summer but for the wrong reason, due to an unwanted buildup in inventories” said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University.Many analysts forecast that growth is weakening in the current quarter to an annual rate below 2 per cent.Sohn said businesses are now forced to cut back on their restocking to thin out the unwanted inventories. He also said companies are likely to hold off on hiring, which would weigh further on consumer spending.The anticipated pullback from businesses comes at a critical time. Economists estimate that the shutdown will cut nearly half a percentage point from overall growth in the fourth quarter.Still, not all analysts viewed the third-quarter report as troubling. Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist at Deutsche Bank Securities, believes the solid growth is the start of robust second half of the year.Consumers spent more on big purchases in the third quarter, he notes. That’s a sign of confidence. And he points to recent surveys of manufacturers, which show factories are ramping up production in anticipation of greater demand.He predicts growth will strengthen in the fourth quarter to an annual rate of 3.5 per cent. If correct, that would be the strongest quarter for the economy in nearly two years.“People say the consumer is weak … but if you delve deeper into the data, the weakness is in services,” he said. “The consumer is doing better than you think especially on the items that are most cyclical” such as autos.Consumer spending weakened to a 1.5 per cent annual growth rate from a 1.8 per cent rate in the previous quarter. It was slowed by flat spending on services. This category includes everything outside manufacturing and makes up about two-thirds of all purchases. One reason was a steep drop in utility spending as unseasonably cool summer cut into demand for power.By contrast, consumer spending on goods surged at a 4.3 per cent annual rate, the fastest in a year and a half. The gain was led by 7.8 per cent annual growth in spending on autos and other long-lasting manufactured goods.Spending by consumers is critical to growth because it drives roughly 70 per cent of economic activity. Higher taxes this year and slow wage growth have weighed on consumers since the start of the year.Exports rose at a 4.5 per cent rate in the third quarter, helped by stronger economies overseas. Still, businesses cut back on investment in equipment by the most in a year.Overall government activity grew at a slight 0.2 per cent rate, reflecting a 1.5 per cent rise in state and local government spending — the best showing since the spring of 2009. Federal government spending dropped again, falling at a 1.7 per cent annual rate.The shutdown did not affect third-quarter growth. But it cost the U.S. economy an estimated $24 billion in October, according to Beth Ann Bovino, an economist at Standard & Poor’s.Economists are still optimistic that 2014 will be a better year. But that hinges on lawmakers avoiding another shutdown and reaching an agreement to fund the government past Jan. 15.Most economists agree that the dimmer outlook means the Fed is likely to maintain its $85 billion-a-month in bonds purchases through March. The purchases are intended to keep long-term interest rates low and encourage more borrowing and spending.“The economy is not growing at a strong enough rate for the Fed to think that cutting back on its support makes sense,” said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 6:54 am MDT US economy grew at surprisingly solid 2.8 per cent annual rate in Q3, boosted by stockpiles read more

Lobésité peut tuer en voiture

first_imgL’obésité peut tuer en voitureSi l’obésité est connue pour entrainer de nombreuses pathologies (maladies cardiaques, hypertension, diabète…), une étude vient de prouver que le surpoids s’avérait également dangereux en voiture. En cas d’accident, l’obésité entrainerait plus facilement la mort.Dans le cadre d’un grave accident de la route, les gens légèrement obèses risquent à 21% de plus de mourir. Quant aux obèses déclarés, ce risque s’élève à 56%, indique une étude publiée par l’American Journal of Emergency Medicine.À lire aussiDes lions, des buffles et un accident de voiture occupée par des touristesL’explication de ce phénomène se trouve dans le fait que la masse corporelle des obèses est, par définition, beaucoup plus importante que celle des autres personnes. Or les crash-tests effectués dans les usines automobiles et les différents systèmes de sécurité sont étudiés pour des personnes de taille et de poids classiques. Cela s’avère donc insuffisant pour protéger les personnes en surpoids.L’auteur de l’étude préconise un certain nombre d’aménagements aux constructeurs américains, la population vivant outre-Atlantique étant particulièrement touchée par l’obésité (un tiers des Américains). Ainsi, pour sauver quelques vies, il suffirait de fabriquer, par exemple, des sièges plus larges et de préconiser aux personnes concernées de s’acheter des voitures plus grandes qui disposeraient de davantage d’espace entre les sièges et la colonne de direction.Autre recommandation cette fois directement orientée vers les fabricants : effectuer des crash-test avec des mannequins obèses. D’autant que le taux d’obésité continue de progresser et il devient à l’heure actuelle indispensable que les constructeurs prennent en compte ce phénomène.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 09:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dzeko joins European top 10 scorers

first_imgRoma striker Edin Dzeko netted a brace for Bosnia & Herzegovina last night, taking him into the top 10 European goalscorers of all time.Dzeko, 32, raised his tally to 55 goals in 97 caps, putting him joint 10th on the log in terms of international goals for a European nation.The Bosnian is level with Robert Lewandowski of Poland and the former Czech Republic striker Jan Koller, four behind Spain hero David Villa and Hungarian forward Imre Schlosser.UEFA European ChampionshipEuro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 05/09/2019 Stuart Heath – September 5, 2019 With the International break upon us and the fans out in force. Here at Ronaldo.com we take a look at Wednesday’s 2020 Euro Qualifiers…That puts him equal 10th, though Koller achieved his 55 goals in six fewer caps, while Lewandowski has three more.Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo currently leads the way with 85 goals, one ahead of Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas.All-time European international goalscorers: 1) Cristiano Ronaldo [Portugal] – 85 goals 2) Ferenc Puskas [Hungary] – 84 3) Sandor Kocsis [Hungary] – 75 4) Miroslav Klose [Germany] – 71 5) Gerd Müller [Germany] – 68 6) Robbie Keane [Republic of Ireland] – 68 7) Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Sweden] – 62 8) = Imre Schlosser [Hungary], David Villa [Spain] – 59 10) = Jan Koller [Czech Republic], Edin Dzeko [Bosnia & Herzegovina], Robert Lewandowski [Poland] – 55last_img read more

Hong Kongs Alphaslot announces multimillion dollar investment to develop gaming blockchain

first_img RelatedPosts Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts “We have seen tremendous growth in visitation to gaming destinations worldwide with over 39 million visitors to Las Vegas and 32 million to Macau last year,” said Alphaslot founder and CEO Raymond Chan.“There is strong demand for new entertainment experiences that attract new players and a blockchain ecosystem is the catalyst. We received a great response to our presentation at the Blockchain Summit in Reno, Nevada last month hosted by America’s Gaming Standards Association and attended by government officials of the State of Nevada, technology executives from IBM, Oracle, Intel and Macau gaming operator Melco Resorts.“This second round of investment proves the confidence from investors on what we have achieved so far and will absolutely speed up our blockchain deployment plan.”Alphaslot has also announced the appointment of Paul Veradittakit, Partner at Pantera Capital in Palo Alto in California, as an advisor. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Hong Kong-based blockchain gaming firm Alphaslot has confirmed a multimillion dollar investment led by China’s Sora Ventures that it says will enable the company to expand its operations and speed up the launch of a planned tokenized blockchain entertainment platform for the gaming industry.The investment includes participation from Hong Kong’s Credito Capital and Shinobi Capital, Singapore’s Spartan Group, the Netherlands’ TRG, Silicon Valley’s Primitive Ventures and others.last_img read more

McDonalds Eliminates Artificial Preservatives Artificial Flavors Added Colors From Its 7 Classic Burgers

first_img(NOTE: McDonald’s is located at 212 Main Street in Wilmington.)OAK BROOK, IL — McDonald’s announced this week that its classic burgers have no artificial preservatives, no artificial flavors and no added colors from artificial sources. The pickle contains an artificial preservative, and customers are able to skip it if they prefer. These ingredient changes affect all 14,000 U.S. restaurants, marking this the next major milestone in McDonald’s food journey and another way the company is helping customers feel good about the food they’re enjoying.The classic burgers include the hamburger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger, McDouble, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, and Big Mac.“From switching to 100% fresh beef* in our quarter-pound burgers, cooked right when ordered, to removing artificial preservatives in our Chicken McNuggets, and committing to cage-free eggs by 2025, we have made significant strides in evolving the quality of our food,” said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s USA President. “We know quality choices are important to our customers, and this latest positive change to our classic burgers demonstrates our committed journey to leading with the customer and building a better McDonald’s.”As of today, nearly two-thirds of McDonald’s national burgers and sandwiches contain no artificial preservatives, artificial flavors and no added colors from artificial sources.  To achieve this change, artificial preservative(s) were removed from McDonald’s real American Cheese, Big Mac Special Sauce, the regular bun, the Quarter Pounder bun (also known as the sesame seed bun), and the Big Mac Bun.“We understand that now more than ever, people care about their food – where it comes from, what goes into it and how it is prepared – and we are committed to make changes to our menu our guests feel good about,” said Linda VanGosen, McDonald’s Vice President of Menu Innovation.The removal of artificial preservative(s) from the classic burgers is the latest in McDonald’s U.S. customer-driven initiatives. Previous commitments include sustainably sourcing all McCafé coffee by 2020, and transitioning to cage-free eggs in US and Canada by 2025. By 2020, McDonald’s has also committed to sourcing a portion of its beef from its top 10 beef-sourcing countries from suppliers participating in sustainability programs aligned with the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef principles and criteria.*Available at most restaurants in the contiguous US. Not available in Alaska, Hawaii and US territories.**Comparison based on the number of burger and sandwiches on the national Menu Board on August 1, 2016 and September 26, 2018 that contain no artificial preservatives, flavors and no added colors from artificial sources.About McDonald’sMcDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to nearly 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit http://www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.(NOTE: The above press release is from McDonald’s.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: McDonald’s On Track To Meet Coffee Sustainability GoalIn “Business”McDonald’s Announces Big Changes To Its FoodIn “Business”McDonald’s Announces Changes To Happy Meals Coming In JuneIn “Business”last_img read more

US duo Nordhaus Romer win Nobel Economics Prize

first_imgNordhaus, Romer win Nobel Economics PrizeUS economists William Nordhaus and Paul Romer on Monday shared the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize for integrating innovation and climate with economic growth, the jury said.Nordhaus, a professor at Yale University, and Romer, a former World Bank chief economist now at New York University’s Stern School of Business, have addressed “some of our time’s most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable growth,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.It said the pair have “significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge.”Nordhaus, 77, was specifically honoured for “integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis.”The 62-year-old Romer meanwhile won for “integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis.”Both have been tipped as frontrunners for the Nobel in recent years.The pair will share the nine million Swedish kronor (about $1.01 million or 860,000-euro) prize.Last year, the honour went to US economist Richard Thaler, a co-founder of the so-called “nudge” theory, which demonstrates how people can be persuaded to make decisions that leave them healthier and happier.Unlike the other Nobel prizes which were created in Swedish inventor and philanthropist Alfred Nobel’s last will and testament and first awarded in 1901, the economics prize was created by the Swedish central bank, the Riksbank,in 1968 to mark its tricentenary. It was first awarded in 1969.The Nobel, which also consists of a diploma and a gold medal, will be presented at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December.The Nobel economics prize wraps up the 2018 awards season, notable this year for the lack of a literature prize, postponed by a year for the first time in 70 years over a rape scandal that came to light as part of the #MeToo movement.Last week, after the prizes for medicine, physics and chemistry were announced, the most highly-anticipated Nobel, that for peace, went to Yazidi women’s campaigner Nadia Murad and Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege for their work in fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world.last_img read more

March A Fairweather Friend As Serious Storms Hit East And West Coasts

first_img Share Patrick Semansky/APA man throws a snowball Wednesday in Baltimore as a spring nor’easter hit the region with strong winds and a foot or more of snow in some parts.Updated at 4:30 p.m. ETNo matter the adage or that the calendar tells us spring has sprung, March is still roaring like a lion on both sides of the country. On Wednesday, the West Coast braced for potential mudslides and flooding following heavy rain, and much of the East Coast dealt with a major snowstorm.Southern California was on alert Wednesday as thousands of people evacuated their homes. Heavy rain combined with denuded land and loosened soil from recent wildfires made for a dangerous mix.A flash flood watch was in effect for the region into Thursday, and forecasters called for several inches of rain from “a large and powerful storm system,” with warnings that debris flow was likely.Officials said a portion of State Route 33 in Ventura County was closed Wednesday because mud and debris flows.In Los Angeles, the fire department was offering free sandbags and urging residents to remain alert. Officials called for evacuations beginning 6 p.m. local time for burn areas from recent fires.Mudslides have already been a scourge in nearby Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, where the Thomas Fire was contained earlier this year. The state’s largest wildfire on record burned for weeks, ravaging hillsides and leading to January’s deadly mudslides.On Tuesday, officials in Santa Barbara County issued a mandatory evacuation order for people in risk areas.Door-to-door mandatory evacuation order notifications in the Extreme Risk areas began early this morning. Based on contacts made so far, the vast majority of residents are taking this evacuation order seriously and have left the area. We appreciate your continued cooperation. pic.twitter.com/Mj5igbuISn— Santa Barbara County (@countyofsb) March 20, 2018Rob Lewin, director of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, said in a statement that the amount and intensity of the latest expected rain was enough to cause flooding, even without the recent fires.“We could experience localized flooding and road closures which are not isolated to the burn areas,” Lewin said. “The threat of rockfalls, mudslides and debris flow is high.For some people, it is the sixth evacuation since December, reports The Los Angeles Times.“I’ve gotten to the point where I just leave all my important documents in a zip-lock bag, ready to take at a moment’s notice,” Montecito resident Ashley Mayfield told the newspaper.KPCC’s Emily Guerin reports that many shops in Montecito were boarded up on Wednesday after the evacuation order. An exception was a Von’s supermarket where store manager Aaron Berends said people were seeking the essentials: “Water, paper products and wine. This is Montecito.”“Water, paper products and wine. This is Montecito.” What people are buying, according to Aaron Berends, store manager of Vons, pretty much the only place open in #Montecito’s mandatory evacuation zone now. #CAStorm pic.twitter.com/zvaSB8ku6l— Emily Guerin (@guerinemily) March 21, 2018Guerin reports that National Guard members were on standby with M1083 trucks to transport evacuees if needed.Ventura County officials ordered evacuations as well, opened shelters and closed schools.On the other coast, from the Mid-Atlantic through the Boston area, a nor’easter Wednesday brought heavy, wet snow and wind and canceled flights, schools and work across the region.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning into Thursday, saying significant snow, sleet and ice (some areas could see up to a foot-and-a-half) would make “travel very hazardous or impossible.”Parts of West Virginia and Kentucky were also expecting up to a foot of snow.Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed Wednesday. New York’s LaGuardia Airport said “nearly all” flight activity was suspended after noon on Wednesday.With nearly all flight activity suspended after Noon, at least one local is enjoying the snow and patiently waiting for the next flight out… pic.twitter.com/7kdaRSwwaA— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) March 21, 2018Airports advised travelers to check on their flight status before heading to the airport.Amtrak train service in the region was disrupted or canceled.It was a snow day for students in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and elsewhere as public schools closed for the day.⚠️ Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City district schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21, 2018: https://t.co/UrtVfBP9sH pic.twitter.com/3o3pVZg92A— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) March 20, 2018And some grown-ups got the day off too; federal offices in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia’s municipal offices were shuttered.First lady Melania Trump tweeted an image of a truly white White House.Snow day ❄️ @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/D5JquT9qiv— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 21, 2018Brian O’Sullivan, 37, with the Fire Department of New York City, took advantage of the day to take his 3-year-old son, Rory, to a city park where they built a snowman.“I have my little man with me, so that’s the beauty of that job,” O’Sullivan told WNYC.Snow day fun aside, officials cautioned residents about risks associated with the weather.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour could create dangerous blizzard-like conditions.“If you don’t need to be out this evening, don’t go out,” de Blasio said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Wednesday for several areas, including north of New York City, the city itself and Long Island. He also announced that 300 National Guard members would be deployed to areas impacted by the storm.The nor’easter was the fourth major storm to hit the region in less than a month.New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy acted pre-emptively, declaring a state of emergency on Tuesday in order to ready emergency workers for “round-the-clock operations.”Ahead of tomorrow’s anticipated nor’easter, I have declared a State of Emergency effective 7:00 p.m. tonight.https://t.co/Vo2YQ1zumL— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 21, 2018“We saw in the last couple of storms the biggest shortfall was the performance by the utilities,” Murphy said at a press conference Tuesday. This time around, hundreds of utility workers were coming in from out of state to help, Murphy said.Earlier this month, a storm known as a “bomb cyclone,” owing to its rapid intensification, brought heavy winds to the East Coast, downing power lines and tree limbs, leaving around 2 million people without power and killing several people.Poweroutage.us indicated several thousand power outages in Maryland, West Virginia and Delaware by midafternoon Wednesday.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Houston Fire Stations Will Get Retrofits To Capture Vent Diesel Fumes

first_img Share X Listen 00:00 /00:49 Houston Fire DepartmentHouston Fire Department station.Houston fire stations will soon become healthier places to work, thanks to a new program that will retrofit all 94 stations to capture and remove diesel exhaust from fire trucks.Houston firefighters are exposed to carcinogenic diesel fumes when working in poorly ventilated fire station bays. “Cancer in the fire service has reached epidemic level,” said Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña.Peña has been fighting for the retrofit since he took office just over two years ago. Thanks to a combination of corporate donations, FEMA grant money, and a local match just approved by Houston City Council, the first 15 stations are about to get upgraded. Those include Fire Stations 7, 9, 16, 21, 25, 28, 31, 39, 46, 51, 56, 58, 60, 68, and 73.“We selected the 15 busiest stations throughout the city,” Peña said. “And those that didn’t have certain characteristics, for example those that weren’t able to ventilate their station because they didn’t have a front and back door in their bays, those were the stations that got higher priority.” The plan is to retrofit all 94 stations within three years. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

God of War Makes the Beloved Franchise Relevant Again

first_imgStay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive The God of War series is one of the best out there, but even long-time enthusiasts have to admit it had run its course creatively. Simply releasing a new game with the same old mechanics and storylines wouldn’t cut it. For it to survive, the franchise needed a serious overhaul. Thankfully, this is exactly what Santa Monica Studio has done with the latest entry. Serving as a soft reboot, God of War expertly introduces new gameplay mechanics and a fresh setting while retaining the core elements of the franchise. This is exactly the overhaul the series needed.After the events of God of War 3, series protagonist, Kratos, finds himself in the land of the Norse gods. Here, he attempts to find absolution for his murderous past by starting a new life. After the death of his wife, Kratos and his son Atreus go on a journey to spread her ashes from the highest peak in all the nine realms. The story’s deceptively simple premise quickly turns into a harrowing tale of sorrow, betrayal, self-discovery, and what it takes to become a worthy god (or man).Kratos has mostly been depicted as a selfish brute who gets his way through violence and bloodshed. While the character has a certain level of pathos (particularly in the first and third installment), he is rightly considered a villain. Though Kratos is still very much a powerful demigod, he has become a somber, more contemplative man. He has painfully learned from his mistakes, and does his very best to ensure his son doesn’t follow in his bloody footsteps.AdChoices广告Actor T.C Carson has voiced Kratos since the series’ inception. For this entry, the developers chose to go with Christopher Judge of Stargate SG-1 fame. Judge’s performance as Kratos is simply flawless. While Carson could have convincingly portrayed a more subdued Kratos, the decision to go with Judge was wise. Since Judge uses his natural speak voice, there is a certain depth to Kratos’ character that wasn’t there before. Fans of Judge (like myself) will no doubt love his performance in the game. And yes, SG-1 fans, Kratos does say “indeed” at least once.Voiced by 10-year old actor Sunny Suljic, Atreus injects the game with a sense of childlike wonder. Even in these faraway lands, Kratos remains detached and unimpressed by the marvels around him. Atreus, on the other hand, is exploring the world for the first time and is in awe of everything he sees. In some respects, this is really Atreus’ story given his growth throughout the game. He truly is the lynchpin that holds everything together.Much has been made about God of War’s “new” gameplay. While there are certainly new approaches to mechanics and systems of the past, this is very much a God of War experience. Yes, the camera angle does make it seem different, but it’s treading familiar ground. Players still explore a mythological world, battle all manner of unique creatures, find hidden treasures, and upgrade their equipment. This is something I’m sure long-time fans will be happy about. This is still God of War, just from a different perspective.Every entry in the series has used a locked camera angle. This worked well in the past, but these days, gamers want more direct control. To that end, the camera is now firmly fixed behind Kratos. This allows users to move it wherever they wish. While this camera angle is unusual for the series, it helps to expand the visual borders of the world. The only real gripe some will have with the new point of view is how close it is to Kratos. Unless you are running, you only ever see his upper torso. Countless other games have this type of camera angle, so it isn’t something folks won’t recognize. It just doesn’t always work for this game, especially when engaging in combat.Battles in God of War games have always been vicious, and the same is true in this installment. Using various weapons, Kratos can truly bring the pain down on foes. Taking out creatures like undead soldiers, wolves, trolls, and elves is always satisfying. While Kratos can dodge out of the way of attacks, he can also defend himself by using a shield. As with previous games, you can upgrade Kratos’ weapons to make them more powerful. Upgrades to armor and accessories provide additional defense and also make Runic attacks more potent. You can also have Atreus help out by shooting arrows or unleashing his own special attacks. He also acts independently of Kratos, which is great since you don’t need to watch over him. With proper mastery of Kratos’ weapons and abilities, you can utterly decimate anything standing before you.Though exciting, there is one flaw in combat: the aforementioned camera angle. It feels as though this closer angle is better for one-on-one battles. I never had much of an issue facing off against bosses since it was simply them vs. me. When dealing with mobs, things get trickier. The game indicates oncoming attacks via on-screen arrows that go from yellow to red. While this is helpful, it isn’t foolproof since you can only see whatever is directly in front of you. Pressing Down on the D-pad makes Kratos quickly do a 180 turn to face enemies behind him. Despite the temptation to unleash a big combo on a foe, it’s best to hit them a couple of times before dodging to a new position. This will prevent you from getting sucker punched into infinity.You’ll get an idea of a monster’s strength by the health bar above its head. A green bar means enemies are either weak or close to your level. A yellow bar means the enemy is tough, but you can bring it down if you’re careful. A purple bar means you should return when you have better equipment because you’ll die mighty fast. You can disable health bar displays from the main menu if you wish. However, I would advise against that for first-time players.You can upgrade Kratos’ equipment with items found in chests, from slain enemies, or which lie on the ground. Different rune stones provide different attributes. Some make you resistant to elements, while others allow you to deal elemental damage. Base stats like strength, vitality, and luck are also augmented by runes. Each weapon has a slot for runes, and upgrading weapons allow for additional slots. Armor also has rune slots, and different armors protects against specific elements. On top of that, there is a skill tree for both Kratos and Atreus with various branches focusing on different types of attacks. The game is generous with experience points, money, and upgrade items, so you can start experimenting with different sets fairly quickly.The upgrade system allows for versatility never before seen in the series. You can create a Kratos suited to your specific playstyle. If you continue to fall in battle, you can select runes and abilities that give you health boosts. Want to unleash complete hell on foes? Select items that give boosts to strength and elemental attacks. You can also select different special attacks for your weapons. I’m not one who usually experiments with equipment; I always go with whatever gives me the best stats. For this game, I enjoyed seeing what the armors looked like and what the runes I collected did during battles.The best way to get additional rune stones and new armors is to complete side quests. Thankfully, there aren’t an overwhelming amount of side quests to complete. This helps players stay focused on the story. You get side quests from dwarven blacksmiths or from spirits found in the open world. There are other types of side missions which I won’t spoil here. I will say some have you facing off against the most powerful enemies in the game. Others take you to unusual realms where you can complete challenges. Different types of collectibles are also found across the land. Again, the amount of side content isn’t vast, but they are certainly worth completing. Especially if you want the very best gear in the game.One of the hallmarks of the God of War series is its level design. Most games have areas which circle back around each other. This helped created an interconnected world in most titles. This worked great within the limited confines of previous installments and does so again within this larger world. Each area has several paths to follow, and it’s always worth taking the time to explore each of them. They inevitably lead you back to the beginning; making future exploration much easier and efficient. Exploring the larger world is something new, but it still relies on the same principles as searching through smaller areas.There are various portals found across the land. Each one allows you to travel back to the game’s central hub. From there, you can go to any previously discovered portal. You can also use the hub to journey to other realms. While these worlds aren’t as expansive as Midgard (Earth), they contain their own secrets to discover and puzzles to solve. If you wish, you can also simply travel around Midgard by boat to take in the sights and enjoy banter from the boat’s occupants.The environments are truly stunning, and deliver a unique take on the world of Norse mythology. Everything, from snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, massive structures, mysterious caverns, and statues of ancient gods are convincingly rendered. This same attention to detail is also true for each of the game’s characters and their apparel. God of War is without a doubt one of the best looking games ever released. The way Sony keeps pushing the visual envelope in its first-party exclusives is nothing short of spectacular. This is a feast for the eyes.Those who own a PS4 Pro get the added benefit of playing in either resolution mode or performance mode. Resolution mode is for those who own a 4K TV and want to get the most bang for their visual buck. Performance mode displays a 1080p image. However, it has the benefit of running the game at higher frame rates. It isn’t a locked 60fps, but it’s certainly close. Personally, I went with performance mode since it makes the game feel smoother. With that said, even if you have a standard PS4, you’re still getting one of the best looking games out there.I won’t mince words: God of War is without a doubt one of the best exclusives of this generation. It expertly revitalizes and modernizes the popular franchise. Though the new camera angle isn’t always ideal, it is a small chink in an otherwise pristine piece of armor. Everything from level design, visual quality, sound design, and story is simply top notch. It’s safe to say this game will help PS4 continue its dominance this generation. God of War is a remarkable achievement, and I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Researchers suggest Little Foot is an entirely new species of early human

first_img © 2018 Science X Network Citation: Researchers suggest ‘Little Foot’ is an entirely new species of early human (2018, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-foot-species-early-human.html South African skeleton shows humans learned to walk upright in the trees This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The curved left forearms bones of the StW 573 Australopithecus skeleton shown with superior toward the top of the image. The ulna (left) is near-lateral view and radius (right) is in anterior view. Credit: Bilateral Asymmetry of the Forearm Bones as Possible Evidence of Antemortem Trauma in the StW 573 Australopithecus Skeleton from Sterkfontein Member 2 (South Africa), The skeleton first became known when Ronald Clarke of the University of Witwatersrand looked through a bone collection back in the 1990s—he came across foot bones that were labeled as monkey bones. After determining that they were not ape, he and colleagues ventured to the Sterkfontein caves near Johannesburg in 1994, where the bones had been found, and began digging. Because of the challenges involved, it took the team approximately 10 years to fully extricate the skeleton from the rock in which it was embedded. It took another 10 years to fully clean and study the skeleton. Four teams with ties to Clarke have written papers describing aspects of the skeleton, all of which conclude that it represents a unique species. Clarke and his team have therefore given it a name: Australopithecus Prometheus. The researchers are offering some details of their findings as their papers make their way first onto bioRxiv, and then presumably into a journal.The researchers report that the skeleton was from an elderly woman with an arm bowed due to injury. They also report that the woman would have stood just over four feet tall and had legs that were longer than her arms—a hallmark of bipedalism. She was also vegetarian. The details regarding the skeletal remains have been released prior to publication because other groups have recently been granted access to the remains, and the original team does not want to be scooped.The researchers have told the press that Little Foot’s face is flatter than the faces of members of A. africanus (which includes Lucy). There are also other differences in skull shape and tooth arrangement and size. They suggest differences in the hip bone alone are enough to support their claim that Little Foot is a new species. More information: Robin Huw Crompton et al. Functional Anatomy, Biomechanical Performance Capabilities and Potential Niche of StW 573: an Australopithecus Skeleton (circa 3.67 Ma) From Sterkfontein Member 2, and its significance for The Last Common Ancestor of the African Apes and for Hominin Origins, (2018). DOI: 10.1101/481556 Ronald J Clarke et al. The skull of StW 573, a 3.67 Ma Australopithecus skeleton from Sterkfontein Caves, South Africa, (2018). DOI: 10.1101/483495 Laurent Bruxelles et al. A multiscale stratigraphic investigation of the context of StW 573 Little Foot and Member 2, Sterkfontein Caves, South Africa, (2018). DOI: 10.1101/482711 A.J. Heile et al. Bilateral Asymmetry of the Forearm Bones as Possible Evidence of Antemortem Trauma in the StW 573 Australopithecus Skeleton from Sterkfontein Member 2 (South Africa), (2018). DOI: 10.1101/486076 Explore further Several teams of researchers have announced that the skeletal remains of a hominin believed to have lived approximately 3.67 million years ago represent a new species of early human. The researchers report that the specimen, known as “Little Foot,” has characteristics that make it unlike any other known species.last_img read more

Pending Home Sales Rise for Fifth Consecutive Month

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Pending Home Sales Rise for Fifth Consecutive Month The Pending Home Sales Index rose for the fifth consecutive month for year-over-year analysis this January, gaining 1.7 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors. Sales rose to the highest level in 18 months. NAR cites improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 that helped push pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013. The PHSI increased to 104.2 in January from an upwardly revised 102.5 in December and is now 8.4 percent above January 2014.NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said traditional buyers saw more favorable conditions entering the market this year, citing all-cash sales and sales to investors were both down from a year ago, which created less competition and relief for buyers who still face the challenge of seeing limited homes available for sale.”All indications point to modest sales gains as we head into the spring buying season,” Yun said. “However, the pace will greatly depend on how much upward pressure the impact of low inventory will have on home prices. Appreciation anywhere near double-digits isn’t healthy or sustainable in the current economic environment.”Here is the breakdown of PSHI data by region:The Northeast PHSI increased 0.1 percent to 84.9 in January, and is now 6.9 percent above a year ago.The Midwest PHSI decreased 0.7 percent to 99.3 in January, but is 4.2 percent above January 2014.The South PHSI increased 3.2 percent to 121.9 in January (highest since April 2010) and is 9.7 percent above last January.The West PHSI increased 2.2 percent in January to 96.4 and is 11.4 percent above a year ago.Total existing-homes sales in 2015 are forecast to be around 5.26 million, an increase of 6.4 percent from 2014. The national median existing-home price for all of this year is expected to increase near 5 percent. In 2014, existing-home sales declined 2.9 percent and prices rose 5.7 percent.center_img February 27, 2015 481 Views Home Sales National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index 2015-02-27 Samantha Guzmanlast_img read more