first_imgBoris Johnston has been confirmed as the new Tory leader and the next prime minister of the UK.The former foreign secretary was elected as Tory leader this morning, beating Jeremy Hunt with 66% of the votes.He will succeed Theresa May as UK prime minister and will lead the UK’s exit from the EU. Johnston has repeatedly advocated a no-deal Brexit and has said that the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “come what may, do or die”.Johnson will officially take office on Wednesday afternoon. Breaking: Boris Johnston wins PM race was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgUpsets are so common in evolutionary studies of human ancestry, bystanders might well ask how often they find anything worth believing.“Hominin DNA baffles experts” reads a headline on Nature News, one of a slurry of reports about the genome deciphered from the bone of an alleged human ancestor found in a Spanish cave.  The pieces of the puzzle of human evolution are not falling into place.  “Another ancient genome, another mystery,” the article sighs.DNA gleaned from a 400,000-year-old femur from Spain has revealed an unexpected link between Europe’s hominin inhabitants of the time and a cryptic population, the Denisovans, who are known to have lived much more recently in southwestern Siberia.European ancestors were supposed to be closer to Neanderthals than to the Denisovans.  Researchers are “baffled” by the new data.  Chris Stringer says it is “not what I would have expected.”  Svante Pääbo says “This really raises more questions than it answers.”  The article adds, “researchers interested in human evolution are scrambling to explain the surprising link, and everyone seems to have their own ideas.”  They want hope, but they offer befuddlement:Clive Finlayson, an archaeologist at the Gibraltar Museum, calls the latest paper “sobering and refreshing”, and says that too many ideas about human evolution have been derived from limited samples and preconceived ideas. “The genetics, to me, don’t lie,” he adds.Even Pääbo admits that he was befuddled by his team’s latest discovery. “My hope is, of course, eventually we will not bring turmoil but clarity to this world,” he says.Other articles don’t add much clarity, either.  National Geographic, awfully quiet these days about their heroes of the 1980s, the Leakeys, says it “scrambles” the human origins picture.  Live Science spoke of a “mysterious branch of humanity.”  Science Now says Pääbo thought they’d find this kind of genome in China, not in Europe.  Another paleontologist says, “It is all much more complex than we thought.”  Various “experts” propose “scenarios” to answer the conundrum, “What was Denisovan DNA doing in a proto-Neandertal 7500 kilometers from Siberia?”  Or, as the BBC quipped, from Siberia to Iberia?  The story becomes lurid with various incompatible groups interbreeding but losing the DNA they gained.The paper leaves some researchers frustrated. The authors “arrive at no conclusion,” grumbles paleoneurologist Emiliano Bruner of the Spanish National Research Center for Human Evolution in Burgos. “This is not a great advance, leaving all hypotheses still on.”None of them, of course, leave the creation explanation still on, despite their frustration.  When all other hypotheses end in frustration, though, would it not be wise to think outside the box?  Judging their reactions, it appears they rather enjoy the frustration inside the box.  Ian Tattersall says curiouser-ly, “All I can say is, this gets mysteriouser and mysteriouser.”Far out ape:  Meanwhile, on the ape end of the supposed continuum, there are puzzles about the “tree dwelling bipedal human ancestor” dubbed Orrorin.  Science Daily reported that it seems similar to ancient apes and “Lucy” but not to living apes.  (Check out Lucy’s new “svelte look” on Science Now, as if she’s on a fashion walk.)  Since there are other extinct apes, it’s not clear Orrorin was heading to meet Adam.  And so much for a continuum between chimpanzees and peopleL  “Living apes have long and independent evolutionary histories of their own, and their modern anatomies should not be assumed to represent the ancestral condition for our human lineage,” William Jungers of Stony Brook School of Medicine quipped.  PhysOrg says that this specimen (also called “Millennium Man”) turns out to be “less chimp-like than thought.”  He seems to be describing an evolutionary bush, not a tree.  What, then, can be deduced about human evolution from fossils?  How do they know these were not branches of apes that simply went extinct, and had nothing to do with human origins?Cave shadows:  Given these anomalies, it’s hard to get excited about Live Science‘s picture gallery of the Siberian in Iberia, or Science Daily‘s speculations about when and why some animals get bigger brains in their genes, or PhysOrg‘s story about some lemurs that sleep in caves.  Don’t bats do that?  and centipedes?  Are we descended from them based on sleeping in caves?Neo-Neanderthals:  Science Daily claimed, based on tooth analysis, that “No known hominin is ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans,” yet evidence shows the two interbred (or “had sex with mystery relatives,” Live Science claims – maybe even the primitive Homo erectus!).   Does this not mean all three were members of the same species by definition?  National Geographic leaves the common ancestor another “mystery” that requires a “much earlier split” between their lineages.  “There may be an as-yet-unknown human hiding in the mix, and this human may be key to solving the puzzle of when our ancestors split from Neanderthals,” the article teases.  “Whether that species is waiting to be discovered in the field or is hiding within the broken and scattered remains of fossils already collected is a mystery waiting to be solved.” Isn’t science supposed to be dealing in observational facts?Meanwhile, evidence continues to accumulate that Neanderthals were no dumb brutes clubbing each other. Live Science reports, “Tidy Cavemen: Neanderthals Organized Their Shelters.”  One wonders how that headline would have been received in Haeckel’s day on up through the 1960s.  It probably would have felt like a bonk on the head.Yet scientists have the gall to tell us, as found on PhysOrg, that humans are not smarter than animals, just different.  Sure.  That’s why we all love to go to animal orchestras, read animal literature, and attend animal scientific conferences.  Dr. Arthur Saniotis from the University of Adelaide is out to debunk the “belief of human cognitive superiority” that “became entrenched in human philosophy and sciences” ever since Aristotle.Actually, after listening to the paleoanthropologists, maybe Saniotis is onto something, at least for certain human subpopulations.  What does one expect from a flock of DODOs?(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgIt’s 2017 and “Assessing the reliability of online information” is still relevant.In 2012, Stephen Judd wrote a blog Is that so? – Assessing the reliability of online information”. This blog is an update to his post with a focus on fake news and social networks, especially since Facebook and Google are beginning to take steps to combat it.Facebook and Google see themselves as technology companies, but critics see them as media conglomerates with the power to deliver fake and real news to most news consumers. The Pew Research Center states that 62 percent of U.S. adults get news on social media. Facebook and Google are taking the first steps in combating fake news by prohibiting advertising on sites found to “contain content that is illegal, misleading or deceptive, which includes fake news.” This reduces the fake news sites revenue, but perhaps the best way to fight fake news is to become more knowledgeable about detecting fake news.Judd’s post list the C.R.A.A.P, (currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose) test as a way to determine the accuracy of an information source. ABC News reports that 5 questions all journalism students learn can be applied to spotting fake news.Who is telling the news?What is the evidence?Where did the information come from?When was the information reported?Why is the information being reported?Additionally, we can become more media literate by following the advice of Melissa Zimdars and Alexios Mantzarlis. NPR summarized their best practices as:Pay attention to the domain and URLRead the “About Us” sectionLook at the quotes in a storyLook at who said themCheck the commentsReverse image searchThere are a number of sites that regularly vet news stories and rumors, including, Snopes.com and Factcheck.org. Technology will not be able to detect all fake news, so it is imperative that we become more knowledgeable about detecting fake news ourselves. Sharing and perpetuating fake news stories can damage our personal and organizational reputations. Stopping the spread of fake news is not something that will happen overnight, but we must continue to be vigilant to not be duped by fake news.Author: Terrence Wolfork (+Terrence Wolfork,@trwolfork )This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 23, 2017. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

first_imgPolitical differences notwithstanding, India are all set to resume sporting ties with Pakistan and this time it will not be cricket but football which will bring the two countries together on the sports field as the subcontinental neighbours get ready for a three-match series in England starting August 25.They will play in Manchester, Coventry and London amongst other friendlies that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is planning for the Indian team.The last time the two teams played a football series was way back in 2005 in Pakistan. The series has been on hold for quite some time with the Indian government refusing to issue the NOC for the series.But with the clearance coming their way, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das feels that it will be exciting to witness the arch-rivals clash on the football field.”It is an exciting development for all of us. Due to the political problems, we can’t travel to Pakistan and they can’t come here. So it was decided that a neutral venue be selected – England. It has been six years since the two teams last played each other, so we are all waiting with bated breath to watch them in action,” he told MAIL TODAY.Elaborating on selecting England as the venue, Das said: ” London has a large South Asian community living there and they are all passionate about the game, so we thought that it would be apt that the South Asians living there get to see their teams in action.” Das made it clear that the team, set to be coached by Desmond Bulpin – coach of Indian Arrows – will consist of mostly U- 23 players who recently represented India in the Olympic qualifiers.advertisement”The team, which will be coached by Bulpin, will mostly have U-23 players with a few seniors joining them. Honestly, most of the U- 23 boys have already broken into the senior team, so we can’t actually say that it is our U- 23 team.”We feel that the boys did a marvellous job in the Olympic qualifiers and they deserve more match practice, keeping in mind our aim to build a team for the 2018 World Cup.We won’t be playing just Pakistan’s national team, but also a few clubs in England. So that the boys will get ample practice against quality opponents,” he said.Praful Patel, president of AIFF, expressed his delight at the announcement. ” Playing Pakistan is always special. It’s a positive sign that we will play a bilateral football series against Pakistan. I’m sure all sporting fans are eagerly looking forward to it,” he said.The tour is being organised by Touch-Sky Sports (TSS), a FIFA and UEFA Licensed Match and Player Agency. Ahmer Kunwar of TSS said: ” It gives me immense pleasure in organising this epoch- making tour. The tour would provide the Indian and Pakistani nationals based in England a chance to witness their native teams in action at the ‘ Home of Football’ – England.”last_img read more

first_img Categories: Allor News 03Oct Rep. Allor measure strengthening pipeline safety standards passes House Representative applauds agreement to replace Line 5 with tunnelState Rep. Sue Allor’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with bipartisan support.Allor, of Wolverine, said the safety measures included in the plan will help protect the Great Lakes from the threat of a spill until the current segment of Line 5 that crosses under the Straits is permanently shut down and replaced by the new tunnel announced today.“While I would prefer an immediate shutdown of Line 5, today’s announcement is a huge step in the right direction,” Allor said. “Until a tunnel is built, we must do more to protect Michigan families, businesses and our natural resources from the devastating harm a spill in the Straits would cause.”The comprehensive plan Allor introduced alongside two of her House colleagues holds vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits accountable to the people of Michigan.The “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability” action plan:Improves reporting from pipeline operators to the state of Michigan.Increases the safety and security of utility lines that provide communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula with access to phone, cable, natural gas, oil and electricity.Clearly establishes the Straits as a no-anchor zone.Requires additional signs and buoys alerting boats not to use anchors in the Straits.Establishes clear penalties for vessels that break maritime laws and jeopardize the safety of Michigan’s waterways.Provides added accountability and increased penalties for those responsible for negligence or criminal damage to public utilities.Protects people who report violations of maritime safety laws that threaten the Great Lakes.“The Great Lakes play a vital role in the lives of all northern Michigan residents,” Allor said. “Our families, wildlife and many local businesses depend on these waters. Protecting our most precious natural resource must be our top priority.”The action plan, laid out in House Bills 6187, 6199, 6200, 6201 and 6398, now moves to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more

first_imgTV ad revenue in the UK reached a record high of £4.63 billion (€5.59 billion) in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 3.5%, according to new research by Thinkbox.The figures represent all money invested by advertisers into commercial TV – across linear spot ads and sponsorships, broadcaster VOD and product placement – and mark the fourth consecutive year of growth for TV advertising in the UK.“Businesses know that TV works. The strength of TV ad investment reflects commercial TV’s health and also acknowledges the mountain of evidence proving TV’s unrivalled ability to create business profit,” said Lindsey Clay, Thinkbox’s CEO.Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial television in the UK, said that there were 737 advertisers new to the space or returning after at least five years, with these new players accounting for 2% of total TV ad revenues.It also said that last year TV advertising prices were the cheapest on record in real terms, some 38.5% cheaper than 20 years ago, while ad viewing was at a record high. The average viewer watched 47 ads a day –four ads more a day than five years ago, according to Thinkbox.The organisation predicts TV ad investment to grow again this year, boosted by the World Cup in Brazil. The Advertising Association/Warc predicts TV ad revenue to grow by 6% in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgUK-based independent news producer DMA Media has acquired Brussels-based news facility outfit Headline NFP.DMA Media, which launches and operates news, business and digital channels, said it planned a major expansion of Headline NFP’s news services across Europe and around the world. The Brussels-based company provides video and live facilities for BBC News, Euronews NBC and France Télévisions, among others.DMA Media said that the deal means it can now provide specialist support and technical consultancy for its own news clients, as well as expanding the reach of Headline NFP in Europe and beyond. DMA Media is expected to open Headline studios in central London, Munich and Paris.Headline NFP will also offer its clients DMA Media’s expertise in channel launches and operations, online newsrooms, content distribution and media relations.DMA Media currently employs and manages a 200-strong outsourced editorial and operations team for the 24-hour privately-owned Persian news channel, Iran International. Previous launch projects include the BBC’s Arabic and Persian news channels, TRT World in Turkey and DMC News in Egypt.DMA Media’s Founder and Group CEO, Rob Beynon, said: “There’s nobody better at doing news than Headline NFP. They have the technology, the inventiveness and the facilities to keep the most demanding broadcasters in the middle of the Europe story, reliably and efficiently. I’ve known Headline NFP for many years, and its team of camera operators, editors, producers and engineers are world class – and they match DMA Media Group for unrivalled client service. We hope we can build on that reputation and extend Headline’s reach into new markets all over the world.”Hans Deforce, Founder and CEO of Headline NFP, said: “This is a win-win for Headline NFP and the DMA Media Group. It means we can now use our expertise and resources for news broadcasters everywhere. The industry is changing very fast, and we will continue to strive to be ahead of things, as we have been for 20 years. With the extra resources of the DMA Media Group, we’ll be looking at a new era of expansion for Headline.”last_img read more