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Montego Bay to host preseason NCAA basketball

first_imgSeven teams are slated to participate in the inaugural, Jamaica Classic, a new National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball Multi-team Exempt (preseason) tournament for American college teams, that will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from November 17-19.The tournament which is being hosted jointly by Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment (VWSE), the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and SMG/Montego Bay Convention Centre will include basketball teams from Florida State University, Colorado State University, Fordham University, Tulane University, University of Hartford, Miami University and Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn.Twelve of the tournament games will be held on selected campus courts, while seven games will be hosted at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. Five of the games to be played at the Montego Bay Convention Centre will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. Global sports is hoping this event can become an annual event on the calendar.Dittie Guise, general manager, Montego Bay Convention Centre said their team would be pulling out all the stops to ensure execution at the highest level, while acting director of tourism, Donnie Dawson, is also very excited about the partnership.”The Jamaica Tourist Board is always happy to be part of something phenomenal that shines the spotlight on our multifaceted destination. When we consider that basketball is among the top three most popular sports in the United States, the Jamaica Classic basketball tournament is an excellent event to promote the island to an enthusiastic market segment,” he said.- LSlast_img read more

Manchester United transfer news: New Mkhitaryan bid, £83m France target and more

first_img Paul Pogba – Pogba will stay at Juventus for the forthcoming season according to his new teammates Dani Alves. The former Barcelona man said: “I expect to play alongside him, which is going to be a great honour.” 5 Antoine Griezmann – United have not given up on signing Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, report Spanish publication El Confidencial. They say the Frenchman signing a new contract at the club may have been a ploy to command a bigger transfer fee this summer, with United linked with an £83m move. Marlos Moreno – Manchester United are set to miss out on Colombian teenager Moreno to local rivals Manchester City, say the Daily Mail. City have reportedly pipped United and Benfica to the 19-year-old with an £8m move. 5 5 Jose Mourinho is set be unveiled as Manchester United manager last week and he will be hoping a few new signings will be accompanying him as he faces the media for the first time.The transfer window officially opens on Friday and there have already been a number of high profile signings and there looks like there will be more on the horizon.Mourinho appears to be prioritising players who he could bring in rather than getting rid of those that are not in his plans right now as he prepares a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League.So who could be appearing in the red of Manchester United this season?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT round up all the latest Red Devils transfer news. 5 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund have received a “much improved” offer from Manchester United for Mkhitaryan and admitted they were considering selling the Armenian. Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watze said: “The situation is now different. Manchester have made a much improved offer. As we are back in training on Monday we will decide at the weekend. The board will make the final decision, definitely at the weekend.” Zlatan Ibrahimovic – click the arrow, right, to see some more of the latest Manchester United transfer rumours – Ibrahimovic will finally join Manchester United this week with the former Sweden international scheduled to undergo his medical after his country exited Euro 2016, according to Sky Sports. A one-year contract was agreed before the Championships and will be signed imminently. 5last_img read more

Downtown: Boon for all?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“You have all that area in between just waiting to be developed.”But with the spiraling investments, officials are left to explain how the billions of dollars being spent to revitalize one narrow portion of the city will benefit the rest of the region – including San Fernando Valley taxpayers.Public funding including taxpayer money, fee waivers and city and county subsidies for the myriad proposed and completed projects so far totals an estimated $1.5 billion.“What does the Valley get out of it? That is the big issue,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.“On the one hand, you would have to say the Valley gets very little. On the other hand, people will be coming from all over the world to see professional football here. That has a benefit for everyone. As the National Football League weighs returning to Los Angeles, one lure being touted is what might be one of the most heavily invested three-mile strips in the nation: the Figueroa Corridor.On this downtown stretch between 1st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a development boom not seen in decades is under way as funds invested and pledged along the corridor in the past 10 years near the $11 billion mark.And that could be just the start.“Basically, most of the development is at the bookends,” said Larry Kosmont, an expert in real estate and economic consulting. “You have a lot going on at the 1st Street end and, at the southern end, USC and Staples Center is doing a lot of investments. “The jobs being created will go to Valley residents. The suppliers to businesses will be Valley firms. It will generate retail and sales taxes and have a ripple effect throughout the economy.”Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said that ultimately gauging the return on investment will be a long-term process.“It depends on whether public tax dollars are being used, or, as it seems to be so far, a mix of private and public investments,” he said. “Some of the public investments might pay for themselves.”While soaring costs of construction material account for some of the sizable sums being sunk into downtown developments, Kosmont said the Figueroa projects represent a sizable investment in an area that 20 years ago was all but abandoned.Blake said the only relatively recent investment that appears to match what is now under way downtown was after the Northridge Earthquake.“That was about $20 billion and, you have to remember, it was spread all across Los Angeles,” Blake said. “You have to say, even with the cost of construction, it is a mind-boggling number.” Range of projects Downtown projects currently range from the $1.2 billion Grand Avenue development proposed across from the $189 million Our Lady of Angels Cathedral complex on the north.At the south is the $2.5 billion “la live” sports-entertainment-residential project that is next to the $407 million Staples Center. The la live development is expected to generate an additional $3 billion in investments in the area.Add those to the University of Southern California, which since 2002 is estimated to spend more than $500 million on a number of projects that are completed or will be by fall 2007 including the Galen Center, an accompanying athletic complex, student residences, a brain-imaging center, biological science center, data center and administrative offices.Then there are various government investments such as the $498 million double-decking of the Harbor Freeway and the $640 million Exposition Line from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.The city Community Redevelopment Agency has committed $25 million to various infrastructure improvements and if a professional football team moves into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it could make an additional $250 million available for area improvements under state legislation authored by Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles.Blake said it could be only the beginning of even more investment if an NFL team signs on at the Coliseum.“You will have the work being done on the Coliseum,” Blake said, a project now valued at $800 million. “And, if a team comes in, that will boost other investment in the area.”Planning officials say the development along the Figueroa Corridor is what officials had been planning and hoping for – creation of a 24-hour city with more balance between housing and jobs. Surge of permits Deputy Mayor Bud Ovrum said that in the past several years the city has issued permits for 69 separate building developments, each at least 10 stories high and all but a handful concentrated in and around the Figueroa Corridor.“Some of those will drop off, but even if we build half of them, you are looking at a sizable investment in the Figueroa Corridor,” Ovrum said.Bob Scott, chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said the level of private investment is a positive sign for the entire area.“The questions come up when you’re looking at a level of public investment as opposed to private investment,” Scott said. “The difficulty with a sprawling area like Los Angeles is there are always going to be areas that are considered underserved and not receiving the investment they should.“And then you look at some of the incentives being offered. For instance, the Convention Center hotel and the reinvestment of the transient occupancy tax.”In that deal, as part of the la live project, the city has agreed to waive room taxes for a luxury hotel adjacent to the ailing Convention Center for 25 years – at an estimated cost of $160 million.“What you’re doing is asking other older hotels to make up the difference for one of their competitors,” Scott said. “That’s unfair and why you have to weight those incentives very carefully.”However, Scott said, the level of private investment along the Figueroa Corridor shows developers’ confidence in the city.Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said the Figueroa Corridor investments are only a small portion of what the city can expect in the future.“In some respects, this is something that everyone has been waiting for,” Yaroslavsky said. “Downtown hasn’t seen this kind of investment in 50 years or more. And it’s not isolated to downtown.“Look at the NoHo Arts District. Look at Hollywood. In Hollywood, you could have predicted there would have been a renaissance, but no one would have said this is going to happen in North Hollywood, but we’re starting to see it.“And I think we’re going to see more and more development like we’re seeing downtown,” Yaroslavsky said. “People are starting to ask themselves if they want to spend an hour-and-a-half or two hours in a car to get to something they want to see or if they want to live 10 minutes from work, five minutes from a ball game, eight minutes from a concert.“It’s a question a lot of people are looking for an answer to.”Yaroslavsky said a significant aspect of the current boom is that government is playing a small role in the investments by providing infrastructure needs such as roads and utilities.“All the real money is coming from private developers and that’s a sign of vitality in a city,” Yaroslavsky said. “There is no amount of public money that could match what is coming from the private sector.”Even those who traditionally oppose government spending say there is a role for most of the government investment along the Figueroa Corridor.“When you are talking about freeways and infrastructure and programs like that, it’s part of what government is supposed to do,” said Jonathan Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.“When a developer comes in and does all this work to create a project, the government should be involved in helping to make sure there is access and it can succeed.“Where we take issue with government involvement is when it involves tax waivers and incentives and upfront money to finance something that is questionable.” Everyone benefits Bruce Ackerman of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley said the downtown investments will benefit the entire city.“Personally, I would like to see a football stadium out here in the Valley, but that’s not going to happen,” Ackerman said. “I don’t think it would get the support. But, I do think the investment downtown, and bringing a football team, is supported.“I think any time you see investment like we’re seeing it pumps up an entire area and, I agree, this is just the beginning of what we’re seeing throughout Los Angeles.“We don’t have the space to spread out anymore. We need what I’ve been calling `intelligent density,’ and we’re seeing it. Almost every new building has some jobs-housing consideration in it.”Coliseum Commissioner Bill Chadwick, who is an investment banker, said the developments and the effort to lure a professional football team need to be viewed in a larger economic context.“All this investment down here around the Coliseum is part of an effort to make Los Angeles a multivenue destination,” Chadwick said.“If you can bring people into this area, they are not just going to spend money down here. They are going to go to Universal City, to Pasadena, to other parts of the city.“People will be coming to Los Angeles to see a football game, but they also will bring their families. They are not going to come to Los Angeles for a game and then leave. They are going to spend a few days here.”Ovrum, who lives in the Valley, said the projects have their own appeal.“I am your typical Valley resident and I come down for the USC games, the Music Center and all the other events,” Ovrum said. “It’s what a city offers to its residents.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com(213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Late, late drama! Liverpool left heartbroken by heroic Bournemouth comeback

first_img1 Nathan Ake scores the winner against the Reds Bournemouth broke Liverpool hearts on Sunday afternoon, heroically fighting back to win 4-3 in front of a stunned home crowd.Sadio Mane and Divock Origi put the Reds two goals up before the break, with the visitors looking to be on their way to a straightforward victory.But Eddie Howe had clearly given his players a talking to, and a spectacular second-half comeback from 3-1 down saw Nathan Ake score a dramatic stoppage-time winner. Liverpool settled quickly at the Vitality Stadium, dominating the opening 10 minutes of the top flight contest, during which time Divock Origi should have given his side the lead.Nathaniel Clyne delivered an exquisite low cross across the face of goal but the striker, with the goal gaping at the far post, didn’t seem to know which foot to adjust, somehow miskicking his effort wide.But the Reds weren’t to wait too long to draw first blood, with Sadio Mane getting his name on the scoresheet 20 minutes into the clash. Emre Can lofted a delightful ball over the top of the Cherries defence, and Mane outpaced and outmuscled Nathan Ake to deftly poke the ball past Artur Boruc.Howe cannot have been pleased with the performance of his troops so far, but there was little time for spirit to be lifted as further misery quickly arrived.Bournemouth’s defence, again, were outdone by a simple long pass, this time from the uncontested Jordan Henderson from deep, resulting in a brilliant finish from Origi. The Belgian easily rounded the on-rushing Boruc on the right side of the box, before curling a magnificent effort into an empty net from the most acute of angles, making it 2-0 in the 22nd minute.There was clear dissatisfaction over the ease of which Liverpool had taken their opening two goals, and the hosts did have a threatening spell, resulting in a penalty shout being dismissed by referee Bobby Madley.Junior Stanislas, played in by Joshua King, won a corner on the right side and the ensuing set-piece saw Ake fall to the turf under the challenge of Roberto Firmino. The referee dismissed cries of a foul, however, much to the dismay of the Bournemouth players.The Cherries’ tactics were failing and there will have been concern from club’s supporters at how many they could go on to consequently concede – if changes weren’t made.But this was clearly felt in the dressing room too, and following an improved start after the break, within 10 minutes the home side had grabbed a goal back.Ryan Fraser, who only seconds earlier had been introduced to the pitch having replaced the injured Stanislas, was adjudged to have been illegally brought down by James Milner in the box. The referee immediately pointed to the spot and Callum Wilson stepped up, sending his strike into the bottom corner of Loris Karius’ net, making it 2-1 with 56 minutes on the clock.Despite growing in confidence though, a stunning effort from Emre Can, eight minutes later, restored their two-goal cushion. Sadio Mane sent the ball to the edge of the box and the Germany international curled the ball into the top corner, well out of Boruc’s reach.Boruc later got a little lucky. The Poland goalkeeper misjudged a corner from James Milner, claiming the ball but almost taking it over the line – goal-line technology showed there were only millimetres in the decision.But a frantic three minutes of action saw Bournemouth get themselves back into the game, stunning Liverpool by grabbing two goals to make it 3-3 in the 78th minute.Fraser, who had been at the heart of Bournemouth’s threat in the second half, scored the first, latching onto Wilson’s cutback in the box, and set up the second, delivering a cross into the path of Steve Cook to superbly control and fire in the equaliser.Into added time and few wanted the clash to end – and the closing stages didn’t disappoint.Chances continued to fall at either end, but the decisive moment arrived at the feet of Ake. Karius palmed Cook’s speculative effort from distance, straight into the path of the on-loan Chelsea defender. His inital effort was blocked, but he didn’t give up, bundling the ball over the line to seal three precious points.last_img read more

Stigma Discourages People from Seeking Mental Help

first_imgConcern over what others might think is the major roadblock for the estimated 335,000 people in North Carolina who could be in need of mental-health help.New research measured how 370 college students responded when given the opportunity to learn more online about mental health services.Daniel Lannin, the study’s lead author at Iowa State University, says even in a private and anonymous setting, someone with greater self-stigma is less likely to take the first step – getting information about help that’s available.“Stigma means that a person is putting labels on themselves like, ‘I’m weak, I’m disturbed,’” says Lannin. “Because they’re believing what some parts of society are telling them about having a mental health concern or seeking counseling.”Lannin says many people still feel uncomfortable or threatened by mental illness, views that often lead to various forms of discrimination or exclusion in social or work settings.So, people who need help have a harder time admitting there’s a problem. Lannin says the study illustrates the need for better interventions, but adds that can be tricky because efforts often are rejected.According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, three-quarters of all chronic conditions begin by age 24.Lannin says for many young adults, it’s a time of transition, going to college, working full-time and moving away from home, adding to the reasons they may not seek help. He notes by the time someone shows symptoms of distress, they’re often struggling to function.“Functionally in areas of their life, they’re being impaired,” he says. “They might miss work. They might miss class. In some cases, they might struggle with even hygiene, or they might strongly contemplate suicide.”One in five people struggles with mental illness in the U.S, Lannin says, and those who look for help wait 11 years on average before finally getting treatment.He says the solution for removing stigma as a barrier needs to be addressed, both at a societal and an individual level, for people to feel more comfortable taking those first steps to get better.last_img read more

Disney Reverses New Policy on Fuel Rod Swaps

first_imgShare This!Last week we reported that the Fuel Rod external device charger stations at Walt Disney World were going to institute a $3 per swap fee, beginning today, November 1.Signs notifying guests of the change were posted on Fuel Rod stations throughout the parks and resorts.Fuel Rod station fee notification, photo taken Oct 25, 2019.After vociferous push back from guests, and the filing of a class action lawsuit basically alleging that Fuel Rod was a bait-and-switch scheme, the decision to levy a fee for Fuel Rod swaps has been reversed.The “Swapping Will Be $3 As Of 11/1/19” signs are being removed and replaced with a “Swappable” sign, similar to their pre-fee-notice state.Fuel rod station with no fee notification. Photo taken 11/1/19.The situation may change again, but for now, you can still swap your Fuel Rods for free at Disney World.last_img read more

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: February 13, 2015

first_imgBuilding Brick by Brick: Ed.gov’s Website Redesign and Mobile Implementation: Interesting read about the redesign of recently launched Ed.gov site, based on three different content management systems: WordPress, Teamsite, and Drupal. All the websites and blogs are responsive, with Bootstrap used as the framework.Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither are website redesigns. Harvard University and MIT Sued Over Failure to Caption Online Content: The National Association of the Deaf and four individuals filed lawsuits against the two schools, claiming discrimination under the Americans for Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The suits claim the two schools deny equal access to thousands of online video and audio tracks by people who are deaf or hard of hearing due to lack of proper captioning. BIG NEWS: The Section 508 updates have cleared the OMB process. NPRM expected within the week.— Jared Smith (@jared_w_smith) February 12, 2015 In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources you’ll learn about a remote research webinar series, find out why the National Association of the Deaf is suing Harvard University and MIT, learn about the legal aspects of including third-party content on your site, and more.If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I gather some of my favorite resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML and responsive design and publish them in a weekly resource post. Want to get these updates on a daily basis? Follow me on @redcrew on Twitter.Today’s photo was taken last weekend along the Blue Water River Walk on the St. Clair River in downtown Port Huron, Michigan. The snow covered the walkway, but the mallard ducks didn’t mind.Favorite TweetGood education is not what fills your head with facts but what stimulates curiosity. You then learn for the rest of your life— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) February 10, 2015User ExperienceInfinite Scrolling: Pros and Cons: If you’re considering infinite scrolling for one of your web projects, this post by Carrie Cousins gives you an overview of some of the benefits and challenges to consider. Remotely Possible: This looks cool! UserTesting is kicking off a lunchtime webinar series hosted by Steve Krug and Tomer Sharon. Once every two weeks, Krug and Sharon will discuss a remote research topic and demo a remote research technique for a real product. The first webinar is February 25. 6 Ways to Keep Bad Copywriting from Killing Your Product: Write for your users; use words they understand is just one of the six tips Elisa Heiken shares in her UserTesting post. The Curse of Mobile Strategy: Do you need an app? Or do you just want an app because every other company has one? Jared Spool explains why you want to change your approach about mobile strategy and think about the customer experience strategy.AccessibilityMath is Hard. People with Disabilities matter.: Whether it’s for one person or one billion people, we need to make sure we create accessible and usable products, says Sarah Horton.This notion of blurring the definition of web accessibility made me uneasy, but I couldn’t clearly say why. Open Air and Heroes of Accessibility: In her first blog post of 2015, Molly Holzschlag shares touching personal stories about the winners of Knowbility’s 17th Annual OpenAIR Awards & Community Heroes of Accessibility Awards. Kudos to Molly for her Lifetime Achievement Award! Well deserved.Flipboard React Canvas Accessibility: With Flipboard’s announcement this week that they’re using HTML5 canvas to improve performance on mobile devices, Steve Faulkner took a look at how the coding change affected accessibility. Result: not good. Faulkner shares example code on what Flipboard could have done.WordPressCustomize Your Login Page Using the WordPress Customizer: This is definitely one plugin to consider adding to your base set of plugins for every site. The Custom Login Customizer plugin provides an array of features: add your logo and set padding and margin on it, add a background image, style the input field, select text colors, and add custom CSS are just a few of the customizations you can make.10 Handy Plugins to Help You Do More with WordPress Categories: From converting catogories to tags to enabling categories for pages to setting a default category featured image for posts with no featured images, you’re bound to find a useful plugin in this roundup by Joe Fylan. Thinking of design and implementation as separate concerns impacts the quality of both.— Responsive Design (@RWD) February 10, 2015 CSS and HTMLPrinting Medium Stories: While printing web articles and posts isn’t as common as it was 10 years, it’s clear the designers at Medium paid close attention to the user experience of their printed stories.We wanted to design the best printing output we could given the technological support given by the browsers. Why I Don’t Use Compass Anymore: Rather than using Compass, Hugo Giraudel has changed over to using the popular Autoprefixer library. Why did he change? He discovered he wasn’t using much of Compass.What I Found Interesting3 Ways To Do Video Editing From Within Chrome:You can edit video within Chrome with any of these three online tools, even on a Chromebook. Note: Magisto hosts the video for you and doesn’t provide any options for transcripts or captions. (Yes, I’ve sent Magisto an email message asking when the feature will be added.)A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Command Line Tools: Thank you to Brad Parbs for writing this guide for command line tools. The article focuses on Mac, though Brad mentions the tools will work on Windows and different flavors of Linux.36 Visual Content Creation Tools: Nineteen experts share the tools for creating online content they can’t live without. You’ll find the regulars, Photoshop, Canva, and PowerPoint, in the list. I discovered a few new tools, including Wordswag (iOS only) and Instasize.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 16, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what Alan Cooper has to say about conversational interfaces, find out how to navigate a website with a keyboard, discover how to use fr in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: January 2, 2015Welcome to the new year! If this is your first time visiting my blog, each Friday I publish a weekly roundup of the latest web design and development resources for user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, HTML, and responsive design. In this week’s roundup, you’ll learn four simple ways to improve…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 5, 2014An in-depth look at the design decisions of the Google and Apple map applications, announcement of the second edition of the Responsive Web Design book, and alternatives for adding related content to your posts/pages are a few of the resources you’ll find in this week’s roundup of web design and…In “Web design & development links” Understanding the Basics of Child Themes in WordPress: In the 11th post in his The Beginner’s Guide to Building Your Own Website with the Genesis Framework series, Calvin Koepke discusses the differences between a parent theme and a child theme and the relationship between the two.A Reader Asks: Populating One’s Site with Third-Party Content: Attorney Richard Best explains what you need to consider when you’re adding third-party content on your site. Check the comments for discussion and further points.The Ultimate Guide to WordPress Multisite: Rachel McCollin explains what multisite is and when to use it. She walks you through the steps of activating it, creating blogs, managing your network, and shares plugins that make it easier for you to work with muiltisite. Responsive Design The last twenty years building the web no-one asked for in two wireframes pic.twitter.com/dwO97ZADN0— Russell Garner (@rgarner) February 10, 2015 Things I’ve Learned About Sending Email, For Web Designers And Developers: Keep it short, focused, and consistent. Whether you design or develop HTML newsletters, you’ll find helpful tips in this post from Lee Munroe.last_img read more

RSS on mobile phones

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Barb Dybwadposed an interesting question this week: “how many of you read some or all of your RSSfeeds on your cellphone? If you do – which application or service do you find thebest/easiest to use/most comprehensive and why?”Personally I don’t read feeds in my mobile phone, although I would like to. I dodownload content from the Web onto my Palm PDA, for offline reading. So it makes sense togo the next step and read content online on my mobile device. Anyway Barb’s readersrecommended the following apps and services for mobile RSS reading, if you’reinterested:– BuddyBuzz– winksite.com– LiteFeeds– Bloglines mobile– PHONifier– iFeedYou– FreeNews 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#RSS & Feeds#web Related Posts richard macmanuslast_img read more

Playground equipment damaged during Columbia police incident

first_imgOne Columbia man is arrested after police say he crashed his car into playground equipment while trying to get away from the cops.Lamont Boone, 26, allegedly drove away from a traffic stop on Tuesday afternoon on Old Highway 63 near Stephens Lake Park and Lakewood Apartments. The car hit some playground equipment, but no people were hurt.Boone allegedly tried to run but was caught. He’s also looking at charges of possessing a stolen gun, being a convicted felon with a gun, endangering the welfare of a child, and driving without a license.last_img

Our mysterious cousins—the Denisovans—may have mated with modern humans as recently as 15,000 years ago

first_imgSome of the last Denisovans may have intermingled with modern humans in mountainous New Guinea or on nearby islands. Our mysterious cousins—the Denisovans—may have mated with modern humans as recently as 15,000 years ago DOZIER MARC/hemis.fr/Getty Images By Ann GibbonsMar. 29, 2019 , 10:30 AM CLEVELAND, OHIO—The elusive Denisovans, the extinct cousins of Neanderthals, are known from only the scraps of bone they left in Siberia’s Denisova Cave in Russia and the genetic legacy they bequeathed to living people across Asia. A new study of that legacy in people from New Guinea now suggests that, far from being a single group, these mysterious humans were so diverse that their populations were as distantly related to each other as they were to Neanderthals.In another startling suggestion, the study implies one of those groups may have survived and encountered modern humans as recently as 15,000 to 30,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years later than researchers had thought. “A late surviving lineage [of Denisovans] could have interbred with Homo sapiens” in Southeast Asia, paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London, not a member of the team, said in a Skype interview during a session at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists here. The new study was presented Thursday at the meeting.Researchers already knew that living people from a vast area spanning the Philippines and New Guinea to China and Tibet have inherited 3% to 5% of their DNA from Denisovans. The leading scenario had suggested that as modern humans swept out of Africa, they first encountered Neanderthals and mated with them; hence, all people in Europe and Asia now have 1% to 3% of their DNA from Neanderthals. 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In the DNA of 60 people from New Guinea, population biologist Murray Cox of Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and molecular biologist Herawati Sudoyo of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta, and their colleagues found an unexpected twist. The first Denisovan DNA discovered, from the Siberian cave, comes from a single population (which geneticists have labeled D0). But “Papuans carry DNA from at least two [other] Denisovan populations, called D1 and D2,” Cox said in his talk, which was filmed in advance and played at the meeting.When the team members analyzed the DNA with three statistical methods, they found that the two additional sources of Denisovan DNA came from populations so distantly related that they had diverged more than 283,000 years ago. And the D2 population is most distant from the Siberian Denisovans, splitting off roughly 363,000 years ago. That makes those two populations almost as distantly related to each other as they are to Neanderthals, Cox says. “We used to think of Denisovans as a single group,” notes Cox, who suggests as an aside that the D2 group might even need a new name.The D1 DNA isn’t found in people outside New Guinea, and it’s found on large chunks of chromosome that haven’t been mixed over time, suggesting it entered the modern human genome from 15,000 to 30,000 years ago. Cox’s team suggests a late group of Denisovans survived in the remote mountains of New Guinea or islands of Indonesia and mated with modern humans.The finding of two Denisovan lineages in Southeast Asia adds to results reported in Cell last year by Sharon Browning of the University of Washington in Seattle and her colleagues. They had suggested that New Guineans had a separate source of Denisovan DNA than people in East Asia, suggesting at least two mixing events.The multiple encounters with Denisovans gave living people in Indonesia and New Guinea 400 new gene variants, including an immune gene variant (TNFAIP3) and a gene involved in diet (WDFY2). “People are turning up in hospitals in Australia carrying this gene [TNFAIP3]; it has clinical implications for how they respond to autoimmune diseases,” Cox said in his talk.Not everyone is convinced by the late dates Cox proposes. “There are definitely multiple Denisovan populations, but the claim that they interbred 15,000 to 30,000 years ago is extraordinary,” population geneticist Benjamin Vernot of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, told Science.“I’m skeptical,” added Cosimo Posth of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. He suggests the hints of a late mating could reflect an encounter of previously isolated modern populations rather than of moderns and Denisovans. In this scenario, modern humans mated with Denisovans, then the modern populations diverged, with each branch retaining a different set of Denisovan genes. The moderns then reconnected, mixing the two sets of Denisovan DNA together again.Whatever happened on New Guinea, it seems Denisovans were a far-flung diverse group that mixed with modern humans frequently. In a separate talk, Xinjun Zhang of the University of California, Los Angeles, reported that Tibetans also got their Denisovan DNA from two different encounters.last_img read more