Why do chimps kill each other?

first_imgWar—what is it good for? “Absolutely nothing” according to the refrain of a 1970 hit song. Many humans would agree with this sentiment. But a major new study of warfare in chimpanzees finds that lethal aggression can be evolutionarily beneficial in that species, rewarding the winners with food, mates, and the opportunity to pass along their genes. The findings run contrary to recent claims that chimps fight only if they are stressed by the impact of nearby human activity—and could help explain the origins of human conflict as well.Ever since primatologist Jane Goodall’s pioneering work at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in the 1970s, researchers have been aware that male chimps often organize themselves into warring gangs that raid each other’s territory, sometimes leaving mutilated dead bodies on the battlefield. Primatologists have concluded that their territorial battles are evolutionarily adaptive.But some anthropologists have resisted this interpretation, insisting instead that today’s chimps are aggressive only because they are endangered by human impact on their natural environment. For example, when humans cut down forests for farming or other uses, the loss of habitat forces chimps to live in close proximity to one another and to other groups. 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The sites included famous chimp and bonobo hangouts such as the Gombe and Mahale national parks in Tanzania, Kibale in Uganda, Fongoli in Senegal, and Lomako in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The data covered a total of 426 researcher years spent watching chimps and 96 years of bonobo observation. All told, the scientists tallied 152 chimp killings, of which 58 were directly observed, 41 inferred from evidence such as mutilated bodies on the ground, and 53 suspected either because the animals had disappeared or had injuries consistent with fighting.The researchers created a series of computer models to test whether the observed killings could be better explained by adaptive strategies or human impacts. The models incorporated variables such as whether the animals had been fed by humans, the size of their territory (smaller territories presumably corresponding to greater human encroachment), and other indicators of human disturbance, all of which were assumed to be related to human impacts; and variables such as the geographic location of the animals, the number of adult males, and the population density of the animals, which the team considered more likely to be related to adaptive strategies.Online today in Nature, the team reports that the models that best explained the data were those that assumed the killings were related to adaptive strategies, which in statistical terms were nearly seven times as strongly supported as models that assumed human impacts were mostly responsible. For example, 63% of the fallen warriors were attacked by animals from outside their own in-group, supporting, the authors say, previous evidence that chimps in particular band together to fight other groups for territory, food, and mates. Moreover, males were responsible for 92% of all attacks, confirming earlier hypotheses that warfare is a way for males to spread their genes. In contrast, the team concludes, none of the factors related to human impacts correlated with the amount of warfare observed.The study also confirmed earlier evidence that bonobos are, relatively speaking, more peaceful than their chimpanzee cousins. Although fewer bonobo groups were included in the study, the researchers observed only one suspected killing among that species, at Lomako—a site where animals have not been fed by humans and disturbance by human activity has been judged to be low.“The contrast could not be more stark” between how the two hypotheses fared, says William McGrew, a primatologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who praises the study as a “monumental collaborative effort.” Joan Silk, an anthropologist at Arizona State University, Tempe, agrees. The study “weighs competing hypotheses systematically,” she says. “Advocates of the human impact hypothesis … must challenge [the study’s] empirical findings, or modify their position.”But leading advocates of the human impacts hypothesis are not giving ground. “I am surprised that [the study] was accepted for publication,” says Robert Sussman, an anthropologist at Washington University in St. Louis, who questions the criteria the team used to distinguish between the two hypotheses. For example, he says, a higher number of males in a group and greater population density—which the researchers used as indicators of adaptive strategies—could equally be the result of human disturbances. Sussman also criticizes the team for mixing observed, inferred, and suspected cases of killings, which he calls “extremely unscientific.”R. Brian Ferguson, an anthropologist at Rutgers University, Newark, in New Jersey, agrees, adding that other assumptions the team made—such as using larger chimp territories as a proxy for more minimal human disturbances—could be wrong, because “some populations within large protected areas have been heavily impacted.”As for understanding the roots of human warfare, Wilson says that chimpanzee data alone can’t settle the debate about why we fight: Is it an intrinsic part of our nature or driven more by cultural and political factors? Still, he says, “if chimpanzees kill for adaptive reasons, then perhaps other species do, too, including humans.”last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy A70 price may start at Rs 30,000, India launch expected soon

first_imgSamsung has been announcing a bunch of new smartphones under the Galaxy A-series over the past few weeks. Last week, the company launched the Galaxy A20 for the Indian market. The week before that, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A70 in China. The company is yet to reveal the price of the Galaxy A70 in China, but tipster Ishan Agarwal may have just provided the official pricing details. You can also expect the Galaxy A70 to come to India soon enough, although Samsung is yet to confirm this.According to the tipster, the Galaxy A70 will start at CNY 2,999 (approx Rs 30,000) in China for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The 8GB + 128GB variant will cost CNY 3,299 (approx Rs 34,000). The India pricing is likely to be similar, so you can expect the Galaxy A70 to start at around Rs 30,000 when it launches in the country.I have exclusively got to know that Samsung Galaxy A70 will launch in China for ¥2,999 for 6GB+128GB variant and ¥3,299 for 8GB+128GB variant. I expect a similar pricing in India and other Asian countries… What do you guys think? Worth the money? #Samsung #GalaxyA70 pic.twitter.com/vlxQUQERFwIshan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) April 8, 2019Samsung Galaxy A70 specificationsThe Galaxy A70 highlights a large and immersive Super AMOLED display. It sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400×1080) Infinity-U display with a 20:9 widescreen aspect ratio. The phone offers minimal bezels around the display and a droplet notch that houses a 32MP f/2.0 selfie camera. The Galaxy A70 comes with a 3D glasstic rear panel in Blue, Black, White and Coral colour options that offer a prism-like gradient effect.advertisementA 2.0Ghz octa-core chipset powers the Galaxy A70. This SoC is paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB. The Galaxy A70 runs Android Pie with One UI out of the box.The Galaxy A70 offers triple rear cameras that includes a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 5MP depth camera. The handset supports 25W fast charging over Type-C, which should quickly charge the 4,500mAh battery housed inside.Samsung may talk about the Galaxy A70’s pricing and availability on April 10 at its “A Galaxy event” in Bangkok. The event is expected to see the launch of the Galaxy A90, which is tipped to be Samsung’s first phone with a pop-up camera.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A20 goes on sale today: Price, specs and how to buy in IndiaALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A90 concept video and specs show up: Rotating 48MP camera, 6.7-inch display and morelast_img read more

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SIOUXLAND Y RECEIVES GRANT TO FIGHT DIABETES

first_imgThe Siouxland Y has received a grant to help spur its programs designed to help those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes.Marjorie Moss of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska presented an $11,800 Fearless Grant to the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA on Monday:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/YGRANT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..services and education. :12Jacque Perez, the Wellness Director at the Y, says the grant will fund a comprehensive approach to fighting type 2 diabetes:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/YGRANT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….vacations stress. ;24Besides the prevention program, Perez says the Y also offers the MoveWell Today Diabetes Exercise Program for those afflicted with the illness:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/YGRANT4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……into their life. :12The Blue Cross grants are awarded twice a year.last_img read more

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Hey, I’m Surfing Here: New Yorkers Take to the Waves

first_img Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Surfing, by most accounts, is a rad pastime. Though a surfer may control his board, he’s subject to the whims of the sea; somewhere between the order and chaos is a realm of serenity where surfers thrive.When most people think of surfing, they imagine a warm climate — certainly warmer than Long Island, New York. Oddly enough, some surfers are so dedicated to their passion that they’re willing to brave the cold water and wind of the Northeast; in fact, they’re happy to do it.Professional photographer Matt Alberts recently took a trip to New York City and Long Island, where he photographed several passionate surfers who satisfy the definition of “LIFER.”What is a LIFER? There are many definitions throughout Alberts’ visual journey across the United States, but there’s a common thread: A person who is so passionate about something that he makes it his life’s work.The Seasons Collection is a project born from Matt Albert’s partnership with Cadillac, and an evolution of Alberts’ greater LIFERS project. The above video — a road update from The Seasons Collection —  introduces several dedicated Northeastern surfers. Take professional surfer TJ Gumiela, who regularly surfs at Long Beach, NY: “We surf in any conditions; in the snow, if it’s sunny out — we’re just passionate about what we do.”Related: City Surfers: Q&A with Brooklyn’s Union SurfboardsIf you find the stories of New York surfers compelling, step back and glimpse The Seasons Collection at large. This year, Matt Alberts is touring the nation with a pair of handsome Escalades provided Cadillac and reaching out to LIFERS who are inspired by snow, sun, and water — including snowboarders, skiiers, skaters, cyclists, and, of course, surfers.Throughout the project, Alberts has captured images of LIFERS using wet plate photography, which was most popular in the latter half of the 19th century. Why use this archaic form of photography, you ask? Alberts explains: “Dis­cour­aged by the mean­ing­less­ness of most dig­i­tal images, a desire grew inside of me to cre­ate some­thing authen­tic. I wanted to be more involved with the process. I wanted to be back in the dark­room and work­ing with my hands. I wanted to remove myself from the vir­tual world of dig­i­tal photography.”Perhaps a more accessible byproduct of The Seasons Collection are the video updates uploaded to YouTube, in which we meet the LIFERS that Alberts photographs. Most notable is Klaus Obermeyer, founder of skiwear company Sport Obermeyer. At 95 years old, Obermeyer is still living his passion and skiing nearly every day, making him the quintessential LIFER.Throughout the video series, it becomes clear that Alberts is himself a LIFER whose passion is photography and skateboarding. Alberts project beckons his audience to join in the fun by finding their passion, then living it.Though Alberts’ subjects eat, drink, and breathe extreme sports, the term LIFER can apply to any human endeavor. Accounting, plumbing, and boat repair may not lend themselves to compelling YouTube videos, but they stir passion in some people, surely.The point is, life is short — if you’re not passionate about what you do, don’t waste your precious time. As one of Alberts’ subjects says, “Do what makes you happy and work your life around that.” Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The New Fender Vintera Series Harkens Back to the Beginnings of Rock and Roll Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas to Help You Win the Holidays

first_img 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts So, you haven’t been holiday shopping yet. Last-minute gifts are the best kind of gifts if you know how to do them right (and we’re about to tell you how). Don’t worry about frantically rushing to crowded malls or wasting hours gift wrapping. Spend the last days of the gift-buying season kicking back with an eggnog and binging Netflix.Here are the easiest last-minute gift ideas to get or make for everyone on your Christmas lift, from your best guy friends to your mother to your loving S.O.Airplane TicketWunder Visuals/Getty ImagesBuy someone a plane ticket, which is a fancy way of saying airline gift card. Instead of picking the destination, choosing their seat, and assuming they want to depart at 6 a.m., let them make all the decisions while you get all the credit. The airline should send you an actual gift card. Dress it up by printing a fake ticket and writing the giftee’s name on it, then tape the card to the back. Bonus wrapping points if you have time to rush a travel document holder like this stunner from Leatherology.Online Music LessonsThis is great for anyone who has dabbled with an instrument. Sign them up online at ArtistWorks for e-lessons. Pick from the bass to French horn, banjo, or a dozen other instruments and specify the style they love. A 12-month plan costs $23.25 a month and includes unlimited access to video lessons, real teacher feedback, backing tracks, and more.HBO SubscriptionFor the one  — do everyone in the TV show group text a favor and get that one person who hasn’t seen Game of Thrones, Westworld, or Barry an HBO NOW gift card or prepaid subscription. Subscription gifts can be weird because there’s no rule for how long you should go on paying — One year? Forever? — so opt for the gift card. Once the money is spent, they’ll have to piggyback on your account or finally grow up and get their own. Because the final season of Game of Thrones is only four months away.CigarsSilas Zindel/Getty ImagesMalls will be madhouses and don’t even think of stepping foot into a Target. Google the nearest cigar shop or lounge and make a quick trip for a box of stogies, stainless steel cutters, and blowtorch lighters. Make it more personal by hand-picking a selection of individual cigars for each dude, getting expert advice in-store based on strength and pallet preference. No need to wrap. If their first-timers and need some cigar-smoking tips, direct them here.Ride-Share CreditSometimes the best gifts are practical and help us not spend as much on items and services we regularly drop Benjamins for. An Uber or Lyft gift card is perfect for anyone who you kinda-sorta know and need to buy something for but aren’t going to get sentimental about. Like a coworker, your uncle that still parties every weekend, or your boss that travels a ton.Personal ChefHire a ChefHire a chef to come to your mama’s home and cook her a lavish meal. Just don’t seek expert culinary stars on Craigslist — Go to Hire a Chef, which is affiliated with the United States Personal Chef Association, and search for a chef in the right zip code. Pick the right match based on the chef’s services and background (i.e. a former molecular biologist who makes the best comfort food you’ll ever eat or a dinner party expert who teaches a cooking class while they cater).Stay in an Airbnb MansionAirbnbWe tend to forget that New Year’s Eve is right around the corner. You won’t be the hero on Christmas but you can save the praise for NYE by booking out an Airbnb mansion, penthouse, or off-the-grid retreat for the family, best friends, or love interest on December 31. Not only will this give them something lavish to look forward to, but it’ll show you’re great at planning ahead (even though you secretly suck at it). Go big and stock the house with bubbly.ConstellationOK, your mom will probably start bawling when you tell her you not only had one star named after her but an entire constellation. — much better than, “Surprise, Mmom, I got your name tattooed on my chest!” Go online to Star Registration and get a certificate and celestial map showing exactly where your mother-star is. The service only assign visible stars and gets regularly audited by the star-naming registry.Concert TicketsWe’re all-in on buying more experience-based gifts this holiday as opposed to material possessions. That’s because we tend to remember and cherish experiences more than inanimate crap. Buy someone concert tickets and let them know you really care by splurging on the good seats. This is a gift that keeps on giving since you’ll get Santa points when they unwrap the tickets (print out fake concert tickets that look vintage if you haven’t had real ones mailed), then double points when the event rolls around. Ho, ho, hope you like Marilyn Manson, baby.Booze“Boy, I really hated when I got that nice bottle of booze,” said nobody ever. Run downstairs to the corner liquor store and ask the clerk for some of the nicest bottles (within reason). If your the recipient loves rosé, ask for that. Tequila? There’s a bottle of that. Even if your bromance has a thing for Natty Light, grab four cases, stack them, and wrap the lot like one big present. Sure, you can opt for a holiday limited-edition but standard top-shelf bottles available year-round do the trick too. Don’t know where to start? Here are some suggestions.DIY Gift IdeasHomemade BBQ SauceBill Boch/Getty ImagesGo to the Dollar Store and grab a handful of empty glass containers. Multiply this Stout and Sriracha BBQ Sauce recipe by 10 and throw a pot on the burner. It shouldn’t take you long to have a vat of homemade barbeque sauce to bottle up and hand out for the holidays. Make an effort in presentation, wrapping ribbon or twine into a bow around the bottleneck. Get creative with your label by printing out designs (they can differ depending on who the sauce is for). Go an easy but noticeable step farther and include the giftee’s name on the packaging.Custom ShirtsEvery bro in your circle has a nickname, famous quote, or some pseudonym or emblem that reminds you of an inside joke (and therefore your manly bond as BFFs). Stop by a superstore or craft store and grab the following: plain T-shirts and iron-on letters. Retreat to your place and heat up the iron. Position letters on the shirts to call out the phrase or nickname for each guy, then iron them on. Wrapping? Get basic gift bags when you’re at the grocery store (you know that card aisle) and toss them in. Done.Hand-Drawn PortraitGo to a crafts store, grab some blank canvas and empty frames, head home, and go at it, Picasso. Maybe your cuffing fling has a big orange cat they’re obsessed with. Draw him, throw that drawing in a faux gold frame, and sign the bottom. This last-minute gift idea will not only relieve some of the stress of the holidays but makes for a 100-percent custom gift you can be sure they won’t get from anyone else. So what if they don’t end up hanging it in the foyer? The time you spent making the gift means a million times more than if you defaulted to a department store present.Homemade Beef JerkyBecome a master of beef jerky in only a few hours by following the advice and Sweet Potato and Habanero Beef Jerky of chef Thomas Boemer, culinary genius behind Minneapolis’ Corner Table and Revival, butcher, Cochon 555 winner, and all-around master of meats. Buy some holiday plastic bags at the Dollar Store and tie off your jerky bags with red bows.DIY Green Tea TonerNaturopathicaIf you don’t have the three to five business days to wait for upscale grooming products to ship (plus these can be super expensive), make your own. Naturopathica shared their DIY recipe for a Green Tea Toner that will recharge dry winter skin and make it glow. All you need is a French press and these ingredients:1 4-ounce bottle with spray atomizer4 ounces distilled water4 tsp green tea leaves2 tsp  aloe vera gel1 tsp dried peppermint leaves2 drops lavender essential oilMethod: Combine the herbs in a French press. In a small pan, bring distilled water to a boil and pour over herbs. Add lavender essential oil, steep for 10 minutes, plunge, and let cool. Pour aloe vera gel into bottle and fill with herbal infusion. Cap with spray atomizer.Dark Chocolate Drizzled PopcornLauri Patterson/Getty ImagesWhat in the world do you get coworkers? Homemade dark chocolate popcorn, that’s what. Make a big batch and distribute into holiday bags. Sure, you don’t have to get officemates anything for the holidays, but it’s a nice gesture that might land you a new work pal (which helps the days go faster).1/2 cup TCHO chocolate baking disks3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil1/2 cup popcorn kernelsFine sea saltMethod: Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water; bring to just below a boil over medium heat. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, then place the bowl (just make sure it’s not plastic, guys) over the saucepan. Once the chocolate has melted and you’ve stirred it smooth, remove the pan from the heat. Line one or two baking sheets with waxed paper. Transfer melted chocolate to a zip-top bag, squeezing the chocolate down to one of the bottom corners. Immediately transfer the popcorn to the baking sheet(s), spreading it in an even layer. Turn the short end of the baking sheet(s) to face you. Use scissors to snip off a small bit of the bottom corner so you can drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn; hold the bag at a slight angle and start drizzling from the side closest to you up to the top, trying to hit about 75 percent of the popcorn. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Let the chocolate set before storing. More Gift Ideas For:WatchesLiquorStocking StuffersProducts Made in AmericaBook LoversTravelersThe Lady in Your LifeThe Man Who Has EverythingThe Ultimate Luxury Experience Editors’ Recommendations center_img The Best Whiskey Quotes of All Time 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make last_img read more

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PHOTOS: Labour Department and You Roadshow

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson (right), speaks with Country Coordinator of Winrock International, Cheryl Davis Ivey, at the launch of the ‘Labour Department and You’ Road Show, which was held at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on Tuesday (February 26). The initiative is aimed at bringing the services of the department to citizens across the island, as well as to heighten awareness about its programmes and policies. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, addresses the launch of the ‘Labour Department and You’ Road Show, which was held at the Rudolph Elder Park in Morant Bay, St. Thomas, on Tuesday (February 26). The initiative is aimed at bringing the services of the department to citizens across the island, as well as to heighten awareness about its programmes and policies.last_img read more

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MTV acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival

first_imgNEW YORK — MTV is expanding its live events business in the U.S. by acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival.The three-day New Year’s Eve festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California. This year’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists. SnowGlobe will also showcase extreme winter sports demonstrations.Terms were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement. MTV says it’s taking the next step in “its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events.”MTV plans to reinvent its New Year’s Eve coverage, connecting SnowGlobe with MTV’s Times Square studio in New York. The cable network also plans to expand SnowGlobe to additional dates and locations worldwide and leverage its team to launch other new events.MTV launched MTV Studios in June.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Spanish Queens Alleged Visit to Ceuta May Anger Morocco

Rabat – Queen Sofia of Spain may visit Ceuta on September 9, according to the local news site El Pueblo de Ceuta.The outlet cited unofficial sources stating that the Queen might make the trip to the city and that there are efforts to get the Minister of Defense, María Dolores de Cospedal, to come as well.The source said nothing is confirmed yet, but affirmed that preparations are underway “in total discretion.” The visit, if confirmed, is likely to anger Morocco as the kingdom still sees Ceuta and Melilla, as well the Chafarinas Islands along the Mediterranean coast, as part of its national territories.Despite a significant improvement in relations between Rabat and Madrid in recent years, the issue of the two enclaves remains a source of contention.Queen Sofia’s last visit to the city was in November 2007 with her husband, former King Juan Carlos. The royal couple paid a visit to both Ceuta and Melilla amid criticism of the Moroccan government.The then-Moroccan prime minister, Abbas El Fassi, said that the kingdom will work “to recover the two occupied cities and the neighboring islands,” asserting that Morocco has “inalienable, legitimate” rights to the territories. read more

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As Wall Street spasmed with fear 401k savers held steady

NEW YORK — While professional traders on Wall Street scrambled to sell stocks amid a fear-fueled, nearly 20 per cent drop for the S&P 500 late last year, most people at home remained relatively calm when it came to their own retirement savings.So say numbers from Fidelity Investments, which show that the vast majority of 401(k) participants continued to sock savings away in their accounts and refrained from the perhaps-tempting choice to abandon stocks and hide out in the safety of cash.Investors held the steadfast approach even as the average 401(k) balance dropped to $95,600 by the end of the year, down 10 per cent from three months earlier. The chief culprit was a fear about a possible recession, which sent the S&P 500 down 19.8 per cent between setting its latest record high on Sept. 20 and hitting a bottom on Christmas Eve.It’s an encouraging sign because stocks have historically provided the best returns over the long term. So, as long as someone is willing to stomach such bouts of volatility and hold on for years, owning stocks is one of the best ways an investor can have a bigger pot to pay for retirement.“The most encouraging thing is that most people didn’t have a knee-jerk reaction, and they continued to save or increased their savings rates” said Jeanne Thompson, senior vice-president at Fidelity. “This is the proof that the messaging has gone through. We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years.”Much of the credit goes to one of the most powerful forces in investing: inertia. People often lean toward making no changes, particularly when it involves something as big and complicated as saving for retirement. Employers and the investment industry have tried to harness that for good by automatically enrolling workers into 401(k) plans, automatically setting them up to increase their contributions each year and automatically placing their savings into target-date retirement funds.That way, if workers take no action with their 401(k) accounts, they’re still saving a portion of each paycheque and putting their money into investments that are appropriate for their age. Last quarter, 99.1 per cent of all 401(k) participants at Fidelity continued to regularly contribute, the highest percentage since early 2011.Target-date funds take care of how to divvy up an investor’s nest egg, and they keep a lot of money in stocks when retirement is decades away and shift to more bonds as time goes on. That allows savers to put the investment decisions on auto-pilot, and only 5.6 per cent of Fidelity’s 401(k) investors changed how their assets were divvied up during the fourth quarter.“The market went down,” Thompson said, “but in terms of employees’ behaviour, it continues to remain incredibly positive.”Stan Choe, The Associated Press read more

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UN official visits South Asia in bid to drum up more peacekeeping

Jean-Marie Guéhenno’s trip comes as demand for soldiers to serve in the world body’s operations outstrips supply. “He’s trying to drum up troop contributions for anticipated peacekeeping missions this year,” explained UN spokesman Fred Eckhard in New York.Mr. Guéhenno flew to Bangladesh today after spending a few days in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, where he met with President Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mahmoud Kasuri.The two South Asian countries are the UN’s top contributors to peacekeeping. Pakistan had 5,343 military observers, civilian police and troops on UN duty and Bangladesh 4,274 as of the end of last November.

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From General Assembly podium Albanian President calls for UN reform

“Notwithstanding an unprecedented global awareness, climate change remains a major source of preoccupation,” President Nishani told the 67th Assembly on the third day of its annual General debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. “The continued deteriorating global economic climate continues to be a permanent disturbing source of anxiety everywhere.“Threats to peace and security in different parts of the world show how far we still are from achieving the desired global security,” he added. “It is therefore only just that we expect the United Nations, the organization we have placed at the centre of international architecture, to be more responsive, efficient, effective and transparent.”President Nishani noted that Albania, in June, hosted the 5th High Level Conference on Delivering as One, the initiative aimed at enabling the United Nations and its various agencies and programmes to strengthen their collective capacity to support countries’ efforts to overcome poverty, hunger, inequity and achieve other development priorities.“A growing number of countries are looking more clearly and closely to the benefits of having the UN work and implement assistance program with more coherence and efficiency,” he said.“Delivering as One has convincingly shown in practice how the operational activities of the United Nations could be delivered with higher efficiency and how the UN system can do better and more with less, in reaching the national and internationally agreed development goals,” he added.Other topics covered in his statement to the gathering included the Middle East peace process, Iran’s nuclear programme, the crisis in Syria and the status of Kosovo. The Albanian President is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

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On International Day UN forecasts 14 million people made homeless each year

“This is an important baseline against which we can measure progress in reducing disaster risk. The findings underline the challenge we have, to reduce the numbers of people affected by disasters,” said Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. “Apart from death or severe injury in a disaster event, there is no more crushing blow than the loss of the family home which is often a place of work in many of the countries worst affected,” he added. The numbers of internally displaced people, refugees and migrants are at an all-time high. Besides conflict, disasters trigger a significant percentage of such movements. Unless disaster risk is managed better, homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries is predicted to continue rising. The study, covering 204 countries and territories, shows that eight of the 10 countries with the highest risk of future displacement and loss of housing are in South and Southeast Asia. In India, 2.3 million people face such risk, followed by China at 1.3 million; Bangladesh at 1.2 million; Vietnam at 1 million; the Philippines at 720,000; Myanmar at 570,000; Pakistan at 460,000; Indonesia at 380,000; Russia at 250,000; and the United States at 230,000. INTERVIEW: Few global issues as urgent as tackling climate and disaster risks – Robert GlasserThe study was conducted by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), using probabilistic risk models for disasters, developed by UNISDR, which have been used to calculate estimates of future economic losses from a range of natural hazards. This is the first time that these techniques have been applied to forecast potential average numbers of people made homeless over long periods of time. Slow on-set disasters attributed to drought and sea-level rise are not included. “The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted by UN Member States two years ago has a key target for a substantial reduction in the numbers of people affected by disasters by 2030 and these findings should spur efforts to improve land zoning and the quality of buildings especially in seismic zones and on land exposed to storms and floods.” Mr. Glasser said. read more

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Government gives green light to new competitiveness and productivity initiative for automotive

Innovative NMCL package will boost the performance of the UK’s advanced manufacturing supply chain as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy commitment to the UK’s automotive supply chains.The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced its selection of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme as the mechanism to deliver the government’s national supplier competitiveness and productivity improvement initiative, as outlined in its Industrial Strategy, and Automotive and Aerospace Sector Deals. NMCL is designed to improve competitiveness, raise workforce capacity and increase productivity of UK manufacturers, thereby boosting the nation’s exports and economic growth.Led and match-funded by industry, and with the backing of 25 of the UK’s largest manufacturers, NMCL has been jointly developed by the automotive and aerospace sectors for application across all areas of manufacturing.NMCL Automotive, delivered by SMMT, is the programme for the automotive sector and will make use of the £16m of government funding to develop sustainable and internationally competitive UK supply chains. The new NMCL approach has already been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England.NMCL is designed to help manufacturers of all sizes and stages of development understand how competitive they currently are and develop the specific business capabilities they need to boost their performance. The programme includes an in-depth competitiveness assessment based on company capabilities and the views of key customers. This data is then applied to investment decisions across six areas of competitiveness; quality, cost, delivery, flexibility, products/technology and customer experience. Projects are tailor-made for each manufacturer and focus on boosting competitiveness, increasing ‘value-add’ and winning more orders.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,This announcement is a shot in the arm for the UK’s automotive industry in general and the supply chain in particular. NMCL is a central part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the sector deal for the industry, offering a proven way for business to achieve competitiveness. Coming at a time of considerable upheaval, it is important that all manufacturers are alert to the technological, market and trading changes that are occurring and take the right steps to ensure they are not just viable but globally successful in the future.NMCL projects will typically last from six months for smaller initiatives to up to three years for entire business transformations. NMCL’s approach is also ideally suited to other manufacturing sectors such as rail and defence. Companies are invited to declare an initial expression of interest in participating in NMCL by completing a short form on the NMCL website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Math and Science thesis defence

Chemistry student Robin Taylor’s master of science thesis defence is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m. in MCC206. His thesis is titled Synthesis and Coordination of the Arylazo Ligands 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-phenanthrol And 1-(8-quinolynazo)-2 phenanthrol. His examination committee members are: Dr. Alan Castle, Chair; Dr. M’hamed Chahma (Laurentian University), External Examiner; Dr. Martin Lemaire, Supervisor; Dr. Georgii Nikonov and Dr. Art van der Est, Committee Members.

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SME focus Everything you need to know about trading on tourism

first_imgThe big idea was to change the face of bus operation in Ireland from being the local fella in the village with a bus, to being a branded system of tourism in Ireland, where young people could come. Source: PaddywagonTV/YouTube#How to Guide – Just a few years ago, travel agents looked surplus to requirements for many as online booking options expanded for consumers – we spoke to one Irish agency that has innovated and specialised to win customer loyalty.#What I Learned – Setting up a hotel in one of the most remote regions in Ireland in the middle of the worst recession in living memory – good idea, yeah? Well, yes, says this man who learned that the only way to make your hospitality business work is to map your business plan in detail before sinking the cash – and have confidence in your idea. There’s Clare island on the horizon. Yup, a remote place to do business. Source: Roberto Strauss via Flickr/CreativeCommons#Business Poll – More Irish people are opting to stay home on holidays but does that translate into a real win for the domestic market over abroad? We crunched some stats and also asked readers’ sentiment on holidaying home versus abroad when cold, hard cash comes into play:#SME Book Club – Tourism is an incredible growth sector – but how can you make your sustainable for the future? We looked at Overbooked’s insights here.#Business Chart of the Month – While domestic tourism spend is up in the capital, how are other regions faring? We focused on the traditionally popular sunny SouthEast and plotted the much harder mountain the sector has to climb there:[image alt=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/domestictourismspend.png” src=”http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2014/07/domestictourismspend.png” width=”630″ height=”367″ credit-url=”” credit-source=”” credit-via=”” credit-via-url=”” class=”alignnone” /end] SME focus: Everything you need to know about starting a business>For all the breaking news, features and analysis vital for the sector, keep up to date with TheJournal.ie’s dedicated SME channel> EVERY MONTH, TheJournal.ie focuses on a different sector or aspect of life for small and medium enterprises.SMEs provide around 77% of the jobs in the Irish economy, and the issues they face are crucial to employment and economic growth.For our third month, we’ve been looking at the opportunities and challenges posed by the tourism and services sector.#The Big Idea this month focused on one of the strongest brands in Irish tourism who took the sector “by the scruff of the neck” to go from upstart to market dominance. Find out more about how Paddywagon Tours founder Cathal O’Connell took a broom to the bus tour circuit here.last_img read more

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Allergies le froid offre une pause aux plus sensibles

first_imgAllergies : le froid offre une pause aux plus sensiblesFrance – Le risque allergique aurait été moins élevé la semaine dernière en raison de la baisse des températures qui s’est établie en France. Une tendance qui devrait persister durant les prochains jours.La météo fait aussi des heureux. En effet, les températures plutôt fraîches de ce début de mois de mai ont pour conséquence un risque allergique moins élevé que d’habitude à cette période de l’année.  Seuls les allergiques au pollen de chêne, de bouleau et de platane continueront à être gênés, surtout en ville. Le risque est, pour ces trois essences, moyen à élevé en fonction de la météo.  Les graminées seront elles encore très présentes au sud d’une ligne Rennes-Lyon où le niveau est déjà élevé le long des vallées de la Garonne et du Rhône. Les pollens de pariétaires, qui réapparaissent avec l’arrivée du soleil et de la chaleur, s’abattront eux sur la région Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur. Veillez donc à rester vigilants, notamment si vous habitez le sud de la France.Le 10 mai 2010 à 18:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Duck hunting season to be delayed at Ridgefield refuge

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Waterfowl hunting at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will not open as scheduled on Saturday due to the federal government shutdown.Chris Lapp, complex manager for the federal refuges in Southwest Washington, said hunting on Tuesday also appears lost. If the government reopens soon, the first day of hunting likely would be Oct. 19.Hunting on the River S unit of the refuge is open Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hunting is by reservation, with some walk-in hunters allowed.Lapp said he needs to have his staff available for two days to prepare the River S unit for hunting.Certain wetlands still need flooding, hunting blinds and the new check station need to be readied, and the trails to the blinds could use another mowing, Lapp said.To open for hunting on Saturday, the shutdown needs to end by Wednesday, he said.Monday is a federal holiday, so refuge staff would not be available that day. Duck hunting is closed Oct. 16-17 statewide, then reopens Oct. 19 through Jan. 26.Lapp called the situation “extremely frustrating” and will be at the main gate on Saturday morning to inform hunters who show up.last_img read more

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Managing During a Time of Upheaval

first_imgDuring his keynote, Rossi pointed to two overriding trends, one negative and one that holds out hope: The negative trend is the massive decline in magazine advertising over the last decade. The less troubling trend is that print magazine circulation, according to MPA and other sources, appears to have remained flat throughout the Internet revolution.For Rossi, the biggest item on agendas now is e-readers, which he described as a “substitution” product for print magazines. “There is a real challenge here for all of us,” he said. In the case of The Economist, Rossi said, e-readers are actually bringing people to the brand. “The vast majority of people buying [Economist-related] Kindle products are either lapsed Economist readers or new customers,” he said.Key TakeawaysMeanwhile, on day two of the conference, IdeAlliance had what amounted to a five-hour intervention session for attendees entitled, “Managing in a Time of Upheaval.” The point, association CEO David Steinhardt said, was to initiate a “reengagement, a new conversation, with the industry. There is a great deal of fear.” The brainstorming session was intended to force a new look at the dynamics of the supply chain. “The supply chain is changing, and the structure has not kept up,” he said. “We wanted to pause and reflect on what the key directions are that we want to move the supply chain.”Steinhardt said there were five key takeaways, which the association will take back and work on, with plans to issue a report at next year’s conference:•    The need in the market for an improved image campaign around the value of print media.•    The need to redefine the print supply chain as the media supply chain.•    The need to continue to drive costs and inefficiencies out of the chain.•    Training. Downsizing has resulted in a massive amount of expertise leaving the system. This has to be corrected.•    Development of multichannel workflows.The session, Steinhardt said, did its job. “It was phenomenal,” he said. “We also asked this group to look at association improvement—and encourage associations to make some choices about what they do.”One participant, Ed Sheehan, executive vice president of sales for World Color, approved of the session. “It was useful,” he said. “There is a sense of panic in the industry, but people have gotten to the point where they’re okay being candid with each other. There is also a sense of trust. This kind of got it out into the open.” CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA—The 2010 Primex Conference, which serves the print-media supply chain, began Monday in what some attendees were describing as a wave of pervasive fear in the industry.The supply chain—which includes publishers, printers, paper companies, mailers, ad agencies and technology companies—is facing its toughest period ever, as audiences and advertisers migrate to digital media and the media industry is buckling from the effects of a deep recession. The meeting convened as two of the industry’s largest players, World Color Press and Quad Graphics, were gearing up to merge sometime this year in an acquisition of World Color by Quad. Kicking off the event—which is sponsored by the leading association for the print-publishingmanufacturing industry, IDEAlliance—was a keynote address from Paul Rossi, managing director of The Economist Group. The Economist has generally bucked the trend in print magazines, expanding its circulation dramatically in the last few years and maintaining a relatively high subscription price. last_img read more

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CRISPR geneediting used in US patients for the first time

first_img Tags 0 CRISPR gene editing explained: What is it and how does it work? The CRISPR machines that can wipe out entire species How CRISPR could save 6 billion chickens from the meat grinder It’s been a wild six months for CRISPR in humans. After the revelations in November 2018 that Chinese scientist He Jiankui used CRISPR to edit the embryos of human babies, the scientific community called for a moratorium on human embryo editing (“germline editing”) last March. The critical difference in He’s work and the studies currently taking place in the US is when CRISPR makes the edit. In He’s case, CRISPR was introduced into the genes of an embryo, which will carry the genes throughout life. The clinical studies described here make edits to a set of cells that will eventually die, taking their CRISPR edits with them. He’s work was highly controversial and resulted in termination of his employment, with a Chinese investigation labeling his actions unethical and unlawful. Time magazine recently listed He as a pioneer in its list of 2019’s 100 most influential people. He’s profile was penned by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna, who said his work “shattered scientific, medical and ethical norms” and “will likely be remembered as one of the most shocking misapplications of any scientific tool in our history.” Post a comment The Art of Science draws beauty from medical research Share your voice CRISPR is a revolutionary gene-editing tool. ZEPHYR/Getty The first clinical trials using CRISPR-edited cells have begun in the US, with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania treating cancer patients with an experimental therapy, according to a report by NPR. CRISPR is a revolutionary gene-editing tool that can cut DNA with great precision, allowing genes to be turned off, new genes added or their functions changed. The gene editing technology is so powerful it could be used to wipe out entire species or solve long-standing agricultural problems, such as the annual culling of male chicks. Two patients, one with multiple myeloma and one with sarcoma, have received the treatment which uses an edited version of the patient’s white blood cells. It involves the US-first example of using CRISPR to edit a specific type of immune cell “ex-vivo” — outside the body. The trial was first greenlit in 2016 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and aims to recruit at least 18 participants to test how effective the CRISPR therapy is against three specific cancers. The human immune system is a remarkable evolutionary adaptation that fights off all manner of invaders. In the battle against cancer, it doesn’t always fare so well — and one of the reasons is cancer is particularly good at evading destruction and slamming on the immune system’s “brakes”. In the trial, the immune cells are removed from a patient and three edits are made to the DNA by CRISPR. The edits allow for the cells to more readily attack a tumor, inhibiting the brakes and allowing the cells to fight off the cancer. Once the edits are made in the lab, the patient’s cells are infused back into their body. This is not the first time CRISPR has been used to edit human immune cells. A team of researchers from Sichuan University in China have also been working with CRISPR-edited immune cells to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer. Preliminary results from that study suggest the therapy is safe, but further study and larger sample sizes will be necessary to explore its effectiveness. “This is just the beginning of the use of CRISPR for somatic editing,” says Gaétan Burgio, a geneticist at Australian National University not associated with the trial. “We need sometime to assess the safety and efficiency of the CRISPR editing versus other available options.” 13 Photos CRISPRs are doing it for themselves Sci-Techlast_img read more

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