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The stock market is a “forward-looking” institution, pricing each day thousands of publicly traded securities based upon where buyers and sellers see the companies’ fortunes playing out on their profit-and-loss statements many months down the road. How else might one explain the results of last Friday 5/08/20? On a day when the U.S. government reported a stunning national jobless rate of 14.7% as of 4/30/20, up from a 50-year low of only 3.5% just two months earlier, domestic stocks continued a rally that began seven weeks ago. After finding itself down 30.4% YTD (total return) as of Monday 3/23/20, the S&P 500 has climbed back to just an 8.7% loss YTD (total return) as of the close of trading last week (source: BTN Research).Of the 124 million households in the United States as of 3/31 /20, 81 million ( 65%) are homeowners. Of the 81 million, 50 million have a mortgage on their primary residence. The housing market faces its next potential crisis this Friday 5/15/20 as 50 million monthly mortgage payments come due (source: Census Bureau).As of 5/04/20, 52% of the 3, 142 counties in the United States (1,630 counties) had not recorded a single COVID-19 death. At the other extreme, just 30 counties in the country, less than 1 % of all counties nationwide, have suffered 57% of the COVID-19 deaths (source: The COVID Tracking Project). Notable Numbers for the Week:DISMANTLED AND IN STORAGE – The number of operating oil rigs in the United States (both on land and offshore) as of last Friday 5/08/20 was 374, down 54% from 805 operating rigs as of 12/31 /19 and down 65%from 1,083 operating rigs as of 12/31 /18 (source: Baker Hughes).LESS NEEDED – 26% of 305 chief financial officers surveyed in late April 2020 anticipate their firms will “reduce their real estate footprint” when work life resumes some level of normalcy (source: PricewaterhouseCoopers).JUST HERE FOR THE DAY- 48% of hospital revenue in 2018 came from outpatient procedures (source: Deloitte Center for Health Solutions).HOW IRONIC – The U.S. economy fell 4.8% in the first quarter, i.e., quarter-over-quarter change expressed as an annualized total. 47% of the 4.8% decline was from the nation’s “health care” sector, partially due to the requirement that hospitals temporarily stop all non-emergency surgeries (source: Commerce Department).Mark R. Reimet, CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial Advisor
These are challenging times for American foreign policy. Violent government crackdowns against pro-democracy protesters in the Middle East, new saber rattling in Tehran, and a fragile European Union under the weight of a widespread debt crisis underscore the difficulties facing U.S. policymakers and their allies. Here is a sampling of perspectives from several Harvard Kennedy School faculty members who are studying these developments and giving thought to how U.S. influence could affect the outcomes:“It is a new day in the Middle East and a time of real testing for American policy. Our vast military strength will do us little good in this revolutionary Arab moment. We must rely on our diplomatic dexterity to maintain American influence and purpose in this vital region. Some critics call for a more aggressive US role, even as the head of an armed intervention force in Syria. But it is not smart to try to lead the parade, as we almost always did in the past. Instead of rushing forward into the fray, the administration is right to proceed carefully, patiently, and at the side of our Arab friends and Turkey as we seek to preserve American interests in this greatest test yet of President Obama’s Middle East diplomacy,” writes Professor Nicholas Burns in The Boston Globe.
For nearly a century, the debate has raged among evolutionary biologists: When working to understand how our early human ancestors developed, should juvenile fossils be thought of as fundamentally human or apelike?A new Harvard study suggests the answer is neither.The study, authored by Tanya Smith, associate professor of human evolutionary biology, with colleagues from around the globe, shows that the teeth of early hominins grew unlike those of either modern humans or apes, suggesting that neither can serve as a useful proxy for estimating the age or developmental progression of juvenile fossils. The study is described in a paper published in PLoS One.“This isn’t the first study of its kind, but it’s certainly the largest and most comprehensive,” Smith said. “We calculated the age of death of 16 fossil individuals that lived between about one and four million years ago, and were able to look at how their teeth formed relative to living humans and chimpanzees of the same chronological age. What we found is that neither is a perfect predictor for how these fossil species developed, so we should be cautious in modeling early hominins as being just like apes or just like modern humans.”Though the teeth may seem an odd place to start, they actually offer Smith and other evolutionary biologists a near-perfect record of how early human ancestors developed.“Tooth growth is often thought of as a good proxy for childhood, because we often define the end of childhood as being the time when you stop erupting your teeth,” Smith said. “If we can look in the fossil record and see the rate and timing of key steps in dental development, we can infer something about these species’ overall development, which includes reproductive age and lifespan, so what we’re really studying here is their life history.”Determining precise ages for fossilized teeth, however, is far easier said than done.For decades, the only way researchers could closely examine fossilized teeth was through sectioning — literally cutting into the fossil — and using microscopes.Smith and colleagues, however, turned to a more modern technique. Using a synchrotron, essentially a particle accelerator that generates high-powered X-rays, they created super-high-resolution images of the internal structure of the teeth that enabled them to identify and count the daily growth lines — akin to rings in a tree — to determine an exact age.To their surprise, Smith said, the images revealed wide variation in the speed of development across the fossil species. Though all developed faster than modern humans, some showed signs of developing as fast, and even faster, than apes.“We found more variation in the fossil humans than we had expected,” Smith said. “What that means is we can’t simply adjust the human or ape model in one direction or the other.“This has been a fight for 80 years or more,” Smith continued, “whether we should infer, when we find these juveniles in the fossil record, that they were like a modern human or were they like a chimpanzee? We now have an independent way to get at how ape- or human-like these ancestral species were, and it turns out they … really need to be considered on their own.”Ultimately, Smith said, researchers hope that understanding how our early ancestors developed will shed new light on how the unique development pattern of modern humans emerged.“The evolution of our development has been very complex, and we need to be cautious about simplistic explanations of what our early human ancestors were like,” Smith said. “But this also validates something we’ve long argued, which is that our modern pattern of growth and development, in which we have this prolonged period of childhood and adolescence, is really unique. These fossil species have to be seen independently, as having their own evolutionary trajectory that is not identical to any living animal.”
That finding cemented that fast rates of anatomical change don’t need to coincide with genetic diversity or an abundance of species (called taxonomic diversity), and further rebutted adaptive radiation as the only explanation for the origin of new animal groups and body plans. The researchers also note that it took reptiles almost 10 million years to recover to previous levels of anatomical diversity.“That kind of tells you on the broad scheme of things and on a global scale how much impact, throughout the history of life, sudden environmental changes may have,” Simões said.Further evidence that contradicted adaptive radiation included similar but surprising findings on the origins of snakes, which achieved the major aspects of their skinny, elongated body plans early in their evolution about 170 million years ago (but didn’t fully lose their limbs for another 105 million years). They also underwent rapid changes to their skulls about 170 to 165 million years ago that led to such powerful and flexible mouths that today they can swallow whole prey many times their size. But while snakes experienced the fastest rates of anatomical change in the history of reptile evolution, these changes did not coincide with increases in taxonomic diversity or high rates of molecular evolution as predicted by adaptive radiations, the researchers said.The scientists weren’t able to pinpoint why this mismatch happens, and suggested more research is needed. In particular they want to understand how body plans evolve and how changes in DNA relate to it.“We can see better now what are the big changes in the history of life and especially in the history of reptile life on Earth,” Simões said. “We will keep digging.”This work was supported by an Alexander Agassiz Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Study examines how mammal backbones changed during evolution New evidence shows the evolution of the first building blocks on Earth may have been messier than previously thought Challenging a 75-year-old notion about how and when reptiles evolved during the past 300 million-plus years involves a lot of camerawork, loads of CT scanning, and, most of all, thousands of miles of travel. Just check the stamps in Tiago R. Simões ’ passport.Simões is the Alexander Agassiz Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Harvard paleontologist Stephanie Pierce. From 2013 to 2018, he traveled to more than 20 countries and more than 50 different museums to take CT scans and photos of nearly 1,000 reptilian fossils, some hundreds of millions of years old. It amounted to about 400 days of active collection, helping form what is believed to be the largest available timeline on the evolution of major living and extinct reptile groups.Now, a statistical analysis of that vast database is helping scientists better understand the evolution of these cold-blooded vertebrates by contradicting a widely held theory that major transitions in evolution always happened in big, quick (geologically speaking) bursts, triggered by major environmental shifts. The findings are described in a recently published paper in Nature Communications.In it, researchers show that the evolution of extinct lineages of reptiles from more than 250 million years ago took place through many small bursts of morphological changes, such as developing armored body plans or wings for gliding, over a period of 50 million years instead of during a single major evolutionary event, as previously thought. They also show that the early evolution of most lizard lineages was a continuously slower and more incremental process than previously understood.“It wasn’t a sudden jump that kind of established the wide diversity that we see today in reptiles,” Simões said. “There was an initial jump, but relatively small, and then a sustained increase over time of those rates [of evolution] and different diversity values.”Tiago R. Simões gathered information from 50 museums, including Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.Evidence of this has been seen in other types of animals, but this is the first time it’s been seen in reptiles — one of the most diverse animals on the planet, with more than 10,000 different species and a dizzying variety of abilities and traits. Consider how some lizard species can freeze solid overnight then thaw the next morning, or how turtles grow protective armor.The findings run contrary to the evolutionary theory of adaptive radiation that Harvard paleontologist George G. Simpson popularized in the 1940s, which sought to explain the origins of the planet’s biological diversity. Adaptive radiation has been the focus of intense investigation for decades, but wasn’t until recent years that the technology, methods, and data have existed to precisely measure rapid rates of evolution in the fossil record in terms of different animal species, morphologies, and at the molecular level using DNA.Researchers of this study also included Pierce, the Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology; Oksana Vernygora, a graduate student from the University of Alberta in Canada; and Professor Michael Wayne Caldwell at Alberta.Simões traveled to almost all of the world’s major natural history museums to collect the data for the study, including the national natural history museums in London, Paris, Berlin, Ottawa, Beijing, and Tokyo. In the U.S., he visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.The scientists believe that by understanding how animals evolve over longer periods of time, they can glean a number of lessons on ecology and how organisms are affected by environmental changes. Using the database, researchers can determine when major reptile lineages or morphologies originated, see how those changes affected reptile DNA, and learn important lessons about how species were impacted by historical events.Reptiles, for instance, have survived three major mass extinction events. The biggest was the Permian-Triassic mass extinction about 250 million years ago that killed about 90 percent of the planet’s species, earning it the moniker the Great Dying. It’s believed to have been caused by a buildup of natural greenhouse gases.The timeline researchers created found that the rates at which reptiles were evolving and the anatomical differences among them before the Great Dying were nearly as high as after the event. However, it was only much after the Great Dying that reptiles became dominant in many ecosystems and extremely diverse in terms of the number of different species. Facing crocodiles head-on Study examines how evolution modified the long-surviving reptiles’ snouts Related Breaking down backbones Life’s Frankenstein monster beginnings
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims are prompting Kansas to shut down its processing system this weekend, meaning some jobless workers will have payments delayed as the state installs new anti-fraud protections. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly made the announcement Wednesday shortly after Republican lawmakers said they will push to protect employers from being on the hook for fraudulent claims. GOP lawmakers said a surge in claims is a signal that the state is potentially seeing thousands more fraudulent claims. Kelly said they might be right and that the unemployment system will go down from 2 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Tuesday. No benefits will be paid during that time but Kelly said the state will try to catch up afterward.
The Olympic athletes who came to campus as part of the Deloitte Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow on Tuesday shared how their experiences in athletics have informed their lives as leaders. War veteran and amputee, U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team member and Paralympic Gold medal hopeful, Rico Roman, shared his story alongside Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and Olympic gold medalist in bobsledding, in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business. Mesler said after winning a gold medal he retired and started a non-profit organization with his sister that connects children to athletic mentors. Mesler said he also does corporate consulting work through Deloitte. Mesler said he has been successful in following his passion and his story is an example for many students with similar goals. “I’m doing the things now that a lot of people, especially the kids from the business school, want to get into, whether it be corporate consulting work, whether it be being the best in the world at something, whether it be impacting the world using things that you’re passionate about,” Mesler said. Roman said his road to becoming one of the best in the world at sled hockey began with a serious injury he received while serving in Iraq. “In 2007, I was injured due to a roadside bomb … Due to complications I had my leg amputated, and during my rehab process I found the sport of sled hockey through a group called Operation Comfort that helped veterans in San Antonio,” Roman said. “When I was first invited to come and play the sport I didn’t even want to try it to be honest, and now I turned that around by going to the guys that are injured and asking them to come and try the sport and sharing my story with them because I’ve been in their same predicament being injured overseas.” Roman said he hopes sharing his story will shed light on how students can best hone their leadership skills to reach their full potential. “They’re being led into this opportunity right now … They’re gearing [up] to be leaders, and I feel like me sharing my story with them hopefully will give them tools along the way that will help them in choosing the right paths and of course choosing the right people,” Roman said. Mesler said injuries that stalled his track aspirations pushed him towards a gold medal in bobsledding and the issues he noticed in athletic mentorship allowed him to create an innovative solution. “We looked at the current model of athletes working with kids and how it just wasn’t practical and how we could do better and engage kids more and turn that into something now that is in three different countries and donating tens and tens of thousands of dollars of technology to schools and connecting athletes with thousands of kids,” Mesler said. Roman said the ability to change one’s mindset and work towards a larger goal can create success in the face of difficulties. “Stuff happens. And it happens for a reason. You never know what might lie ahead of you. It might not be a big bomb in the middle of the road up the street, but you never know what might happen to you,” Roman said. “Focus on the big prize. For me that prize is getting a gold medal in Sochi Russia.” Most importantly, students need to use failure as a motivation to succeed the next time, Roman said. He faced failure when he did not make the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team the first time he tried out. “I didn’t go home disappointed that I didn’t make the team. I just went home more determined to make this team the following year,” Roman said. “I went back out to tryouts and I’ve made the team and I’m the first war veteran to make the U.S. sled hockey team.” As official sponsors of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Deloitte initiated this Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow several years ago in an effort to both motivate students to achieve their goals and to share the values of their company in an interesting way, Mark Chain, member of Mendoza College of Business Accountancy Advisory Board, said. “The Olympic athletes have such inspirational stories that we’re thinking we can inspire students to reach their full potential by hearing the stories of the U.S. Olympic athletes, and it gives us an opportunity to tell students about our firm and opportunities we have within our organization too because there’s such similarities,” Chain said. “If you think about our core values of community of teamwork, integrity, strength from diversity, commitment to each other and those are the same qualities that are part of the U.S. Olympic movement.” Sophomore Christine Shiba said the stories of the speakers related closely to the life of a college student, even though most college students will never go to the Olympics. “One of the things they kept saying is that you think everything’s going wrong and then you find a different way to get out of it, and I really liked that message because there’s a lot of times in college where you’re not really sure of yourself. You’re not really sure where you’re going, but you have the ability to get through it and to succeed. You just have to make sure you’re doing the right things,” Shiba said.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cedar Rapids Gazette:Less than 1 percent of Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s energy comes from the sun, not all that rare in a state with less than 100 megawatts of installed solar. However, all that could change soon as CIPCO hopes next year to flip the switch on a solar project that essentially would double the state’s solar capacity.The Iowa Utilities Board in December approved plans to shut down Duane Arnold Energy Center in 2020, five years sooner than officials with CIPCO had anticipated, leaving the utility in need of a source of energy for the approximately 120 megawatts of power the utility receives from the state’s sole nuclear power facility — about one-third of the company’s 2018 energy portfolio.Wapello Solar, an 800-acre, 100-megawatt solar project in Louisa County, easily would become the state’s largest solar installation and more than double the installed solar in Iowa.Iowa’s status as a wind energy leader began with the 1983 adoption of a renewable portfolio standard, or RPS, the first of its kind in the nation. Wind made up less than 1 percent of the power generated in Iowa in 1990. By 2016, that figure jumped to 37 percent of state generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a federal entity that tracks nationwide energy use. In the same time frame, coal — a fossil fuel commonly offset by renewable sources — dropped from 86 percent of the state’s electricity generation to almost half that, at 47 percent.But as wind power has flourished, Iowa’s solar portfolio has remained relatively meager — until recently. Jason Hall, founder of North Liberty-based Moxie, a 10-year-old solar company, said the declining cost of solar — the price has dropped from about $8 per watt a decade ago to around $3 per watt — is a key reason for growing interest in solar arrays. “In 2008, there was no solar in Iowa. We didn’t do any,” Hall said, noting that the company’s primary function at the time was focused on energy-efficiency audits. By the end of 2019, Moxie will have completed more solar projects than the company has built in all previous years of operations combined, Hall said.More: The game-changing spark Iowa’s solar industry needs could be in Louisa County Known for wind, new Iowa project may herald start of solar development in the state
They say they decided to remove an old drop ceiling from a section of the kitchen near the back of the house when a bunch of old shoes came tumbling out of a hole. The shoes themselves were also more than a century old. OWEGO (WBNG) — An Owego couple were in for a big surprise when they began renovating their historic home in July. Tioga County Historian Emma Sedore says she looked into the history of the house and came up with a possible explanation for the shoes. “I’m thinking well in 1902 when he was doing this house and moving walls around maybe he talked to Stratton and maybe said ‘Wouldn’t it be neat to do that and hide shoes in the back of the wall?’ so that could have been when these shoes were put in the wall.” Wendy Deis says as soon as the shoes were discovered she got online to find out what they might mean. She says she was quickly able to get an explanation. “The shoes were put in ceilings or doorways or above windows to protect homeowners from witches and demons and evil spirits and in some cases they were also considered fertility charms,” she says. She says that around 1902 architect Claude Bragdon worked on an extensive renovation of the house for then-owner Edwin Stratton that involved a complete redesign of the structure. Sedore discovered that Bragdon was a theosophist and likely would have believed in legends like the one about the shoes in the wall that Deis had been reading about. Wendy and Tim Deis purchased the more than one hundred year old Victorian home earlier this summer and quickly got to work restoring it. Deis says they also found old newspapers, bottles, a mile pitcher and an old box from Sission’s Department Store in Binghamton. She says she and Tim plan to put one pair of shoes back into the ceiling and then donate the others to the local history museum.
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Feb 2019 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made a bright start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)‘But, for me, I think the best one is Marcus Rashford.’Rashford predominantly played on the wings under former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho but has now established himself as United’s new number one frontman, ahead of Romelu Lukaku.Speaking about Rashford last month, Solskjaer said: ‘He’s got frightening pace, he’s now become stronger, he can hold the ball up for us and he’s a great link player.‘He can become a top, top one [striker]. We can talk about Harry Kane and his class, and I’m sure Marcus has got the potential to get up there. He’s been brought up here.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesDanny Murphy, the former Liverpool and England midfielder, believes the form of Rashford could force Lukaku to leave United in the summer.‘I don’t think Lukaku will want to be a number two, he’ll want to be the main man somewhere,’ he told talkSPORT.‘I think Rashford has become the main striker who plays in all the big games for Man United.‘And I don’t think Lukaku is going to sit around as Rashford’s understudy, I think he could go in the summer.’MORE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals advice to struggling Man Utd star Victor Lindelof Barcelona urged to sign Manchester United forward or Arsenal star to succeed Luis Suarez Marcus Rashford has scored 13 goals for Manchester United this season (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert has discussed Luis Suarez’s potential successors (Picture: Getty)Patrick Kluivert believes Premier League stars Marcus Rashford and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are capable of succeeding Luis Suarez at Barcelona.Suarez has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe over the past decade, scoring 168 goals in 227 appearances for Barca.Despite the 32-year-old Uruguayan still being a lethal presence in front of goal, Barca are said to be scouring the market for his potential successor.And Dutch legend Kluivert believes Manchester United forward Rashford and Arsenal star Aubameyang are both capable of thriving at the Nou Camp.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEngland international Rashford has scored 13 goals this season – thriving under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – while Aubameyang has made a bright start to his Gunners career.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I like Marcus Rashford, a lot. It will be really difficult to get him over [to Barcelona],’ Kluivert told Sport360.‘But he is a good player. I don’t see a lot of players who can play in Barcelona. [Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, perhaps he can play.‘There is not a lot. Maybe some players who can play in La Liga, young players. Comment