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Maram al-Malwa, a 17-year-old paid volunteer who came up in the program, recalls her own feelings of isolation when she and her family fled from Aleppo to Lebanon five years ago. “It was a new country, even a new accent,” she said.But now she is irrepressible, rising on the balls of her feet when she speaks and helping coaches reach through to children in the group activities. She is one of a handful of the children pulled aside for a six-month mentorship on leadership and coaching.“You grow, you experience victories, setbacks, you learn to fight for yourself, and you become more confident,” she said.When hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes or were forced into Lebanon during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, they set to work mending the national fabric through schools, scouts, and athletics, with the support of Arab nationalist groups.But Syrians have not been able to count on the same sense of solidarity. And as the U.N. and aid groups have struggled to assist the nearly 5 million Syrian refugees scattered across the region, the focus has been on schooling, aid and shelter, with few resources left over for cultural or recreational activities.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “Children won’t necessarily express themselves unless you give them an outlet, and sports are an excellent medium to do so,” said Nakib, the technical director.Rania Qadri, who fled from Syria’s southern Daraa province, said she saw her oldest daughter change before her eyes.“She used to be introverted, she wouldn’t speak to anyone,” she said. “Now she comes home and tells me, ‘I’ve made friends, we’ve been playing soccer, we’ve been playing games and sports.’”Staffers are trained to identify struggling children, those who lash out and those who retreat into their shells. Psychologists meet with parents weekly to discuss healthy relationships and domestic violence.The group sessions often bring to light domestic disputes, learning disabilities or experiences of sexual violence. The children are then referred to specialized non-governmental organizations for further support.In other cases, children will reveal that they are not enrolled in school, and staffers will direct them to organizations that can help. Two-thirds of Syrian children in Lebanon do not attend school, according to U.N. figures, in part because the country’s underfunded public education system has been overwhelmed by the new arrivals.On a recent Sunday, the children lined up to dribble through cones, shoot layups and learn cheers and stretches.“You see a lot of cases of shyness or stubbornness, and you immediately see them change when they’re here,” said al-Malwa, the teenage volunteer. “I feel like I’m responsible, like I’m in charge of a group.” View comments Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site PLAY LIST 01:18Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site02:44Lebanese protest at new PM’s home, demand he quits01:33Special Christmas delivery for US troops in Syria01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Santos on SMB’s title chances: ‘Dapat mas gamay mo na’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “We try to get them out of their stressful environments and the frights that they’ve lived through,” said Maher Nakib, 40, the technical director of Hoops Lebanon, the sports association behind the project.Of the one million Syrian refugees the U.N. says are living in Lebanon, more than half are under 18 years old. Syrians here face legal and other forms of discrimination, and many parents are hesitant to let their children play outside in the crowded alleys of Beirut’s poorer neighborhoods, where most of the refugees live.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe monthlong Hoops program provides a safe environment where the children can blow off steam, as well as learn self-confidence and teamwork.“They come back home and they’re too tired to fight,” smiles Fatima Tayjan, a refugee from the Syrian city of Aleppo who has enrolled three of her four children in the program. When her family of six returns home to their crowded two-bedroom apartment, the children have “released all their energy and they are ready to talk to each other,” she said. 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(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)BEIRUT, Lebanon—Every Sunday, the gymnasium along Beirut’s airport highway echoes with the shouting and laughter of dozens of Syrian children enjoying a rare escape from a grim and confined life in exile.The Sport 4 Development program, run by the U.N. children’s agency, aims to bring 12,000 children, mostly Syrian refugees, to blacktops and turf pitches this year to teach the basics of soccer and basketball, and to ease the pain of war and displacement.ADVERTISEMENT
0Shares0000PARIS, France, June 27 – France forward Samir Nasri said Wednesday that he regretted any upset caused to French football fans and especially children due to the strong words he used against an AFP journalist after last Saturday’s Euro 2012 loss to Spain.The 25-year-old Manchester City star, who launched into a tirade of abuse at the journalist when he was leaving the mixed zone after the 2-0 Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat, said on Twitter that his argument was with certain journalists and he would explain more when he felt it was appropriate.“There are too many different accounts going around at the moment. I would just like to let the supporters and especially the children know that I sincerely regret that my words may have shocked them. “I love the EDF (French team), football and I have a deep respect for the public.“As for the rest, it is a personal affair between me and several journalists. I will explain when the time is deemed appropriate.”Nasri, who plays with Manchester City in the English Premier League, is expected to face disciplinary charges over the outburst next week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
This “commuting creep” is changing the lives of tens of millions of Americans. It affects everything from the breakfast-food industry to television viewership trends, from traffic-signal timing to newspaper delivery times, from carpooling patterns to personal fitness routines. Increasingly early commutes also are altering workers’ relationships with their families. Tim Lomax, a research engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute, a research agency in College Station, Texas, said research suggests civic involvement is down in suburbs where workers have long commutes. “After a long commute, people are less interested in going to a city council or parent-teacher-association meeting,” Lomax said. “(Commutes) mean time away from family, and time in a stressful environment which results in a toll on people.” The alternative, though, can be sitting in ever-lengthening rush hours. “It’s a coping strategy ? it’s not because they love to go to work early.” James Moore, a professor in USC’s School of Policy Planning and Development, said the higher rate of Los Angeles commuters hitting the freeways early is a measure of the region’s jammed freeways. “It’s a mechanism to try to escape congestion.” Moore said for most people time on the freeway is viewed as wasted when it could have been used to make money or enjoy time at the gym, or other recreational activities. “Nobody travels for the sake of travel unless it’s a teenager out tearing up the concrete.” In Los Angeles, executives may try to minimize time on the road by getting up early, while many companies offer flexible schedules to encourage other workers to get to the watercooler hours earlier. “There’s a lot of lifestyle choice in travel behavior,” Moore said. The Census Bureau’s latest release included a host of demographic data about the nation, county and city including statistics on immigration, housing, education and employment. The data come from the American Community Survey, an annual survey of 3 million households that has replaced the Census Bureau’s long-form questionnaire from the once-a-decade census. It does not distinguish between illegal immigrants and those who are in the U.S. legally. It shows the number of immigrants nationwide reached an all-time high of 37.5 million in 2006, affecting incomes and education levels in many cities across the country. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Stephen Ohlemacher THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Commuters in Los Angeles and around the country are leaving home earlier and earlier to beat the rush and get to work on time, according to new census data released today. The figures document the ever-lengthening commutes: In 2000, one U.S. worker in nine was out the door by 6 a.m., the new data says; by 2006, it was one in eight. That might not seem like a big change, but it has put more than 3 million additional drivers – for a total of 16.7 million – on pre-dawn patrol. In Los Angeles County, where one of eight commuters was leaving for work before 6 a.m. in 2000, the number rose to one in seven. At the same time, the number of commuters jumped nearly 14 percent, from 3,724,107 commuters to 4,237,760, the data shows. The trend was mirrored in the city of Los Angeles, where nearly one in 10 motorists were on the freeways before 6 a.m. in 2000. By 2006, the number of sunrise commuters had climbed to one in 8.4, while the number of workers getting a jump on their day leaped from 1,433,200 to 1,640,300. Men last year in Los Angeles were more likely to be out the door at dawn: almost one in seven in the city, and one per 5.5 in the county. Working women, who experts said are more likely to be tied by children to a later daily routine, got a later start: one in 13 in the city and one in 11 in the county left home before 6 a.m.
NAPLES, Fla. – Purdue Athletics Director Morgan Burke announced Thursday (Feb. 11) his intent to retire in July of 2017. Burke, who made his plans known to university leaders more than a year ago, informed alumniThursday at an annual event in Florida.Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees and former Purdue football player Michael Berghoff will lead a national search to find a new director.“Because of the complexity of the job and Morgan’s historic record in Purdue Athletics, finding a successor will be no small task,” Berghoff said. The search committee, appointed by Purdue President Mitch Daniels, includes: Christie Sahley, associate dean in the College of Science and a longtime Faculty Athletic Representative; Stephanie White, 1999 Purdue graduate and current head coach of the Indiana Fever; Rod Woodson, former Boilermaker, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, and the Oakland Raiders’ assistant defensive backs coach; Purdue standout and NFL veteran Matt Light; Christa Szalach, a junior on Purdue’s soccer team; and Nancy Cross, senior associate athletics director.Daniels described Burke as a trusted steward of Purdue’s Athletics.“For longer than any athletic director in Purdue history Morgan has contributed to Purdue’s reputation as a highly competitive program marked by integrity and fiscal soundness,” Daniels said. “Over the last 23 years he has worked to create an environment that fosters both academic and athletic success among our student-athletes. For the first of many times to come, we thank him for his years of service to the university and look forward to working with him over the next year and a half to facilitate a successful transition.”Burke said, “Few people are afforded the opportunity to serve their alma mater in a capacity such as I have for more than two decades, and I look forward to continue doing so as we help our student-athletes in their quest to win championships – in the classroom, in competition and in life.”Burke has led Purdue Athletics since 1993, marking one of the longest tenures in Division I athletics. A 1973 industrial management graduate and captain of the swimming team his senior year, Burke was an avid fan and member of the John Purdue Club long before he was appointed to lead the department. He earned a master’s degree in industrial relations in 1975 from Purdue and, in 1980, he graduated with a law degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.Under his leadership at Purdue, two teams have won NCAA championships – women’s basketball in 1999 and women’s golf in 2010 – while eight student-athletes have captured a combined 14 individual national crowns. The football team embarked on a run of 10 bowl games in 12 years from 1997-2008, and the men’s basketball team achieved an unprecedented string of back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Conference regular-season championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996. All told, Burke has overseen 20 regular-season conference championships and 13 tournament titles.In academics, student-athletes regularly perform equal to or better than the student body, with athletes having earned a cumulative grade-point average above 3.0 for the last 14 semesters.The athletics department is one of only seven Division I public NCAA institutions that does not require a subsidy from students or taxpayers to finance its operations. In fact, even while the department has invested nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in facility construction and renovation projects that have benefited student-athletes in all 18 programs under Burke, it has regularly contributed revenue to support the academic side of the university.Beyond Purdue, Burke is past president of the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association and previously served on the NCAA Leadership Council, which identifies important issues surrounding the future of the NCAA and reports to the board of directors, and several Big Ten boards (Executive, Program/Budget and Compliance committees) and NCAA working groups (Championships and Competitions and Postseason Football committees).In 2010 Burke was honored as the Football Bowl Subdivision Central Region Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
The Irish Cancer Society was concerned to learn that almost four out of 10 women and three in 10 men in Ireland are putting themselves at increased risk of diseases, such as cancer, by not getting enough exercise. According to new research by the World Health Organization (WHO), regular physical activity helps to protect against some types of cancer coming back and other types of cancer developing.The research provides clear evidence to tell the Irish Cancer Society that physical activity and exercise can reduce your risk of breast, bowel and womb cancer. It may also help prevent lung cancer. There are also many other benefits to being active. Physical activity helps to reduce the symptoms of fatigue, the side-effects of cancer treatments and improves your overall wellbeing and heart health.Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Being physically active not only helps to maintain a healthy weight, it can also lower insulin and oestrogen levels, reduce inflammation, improve the digestion and immune system, all of which can reduce our risk of cancer.“Avoiding sitting for long periods of time and getting as much activity and movement into our daily activities as possible is really important to reduce our risk.”At the Irish Cancer Society’s National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, there will be workshops on the importance of exercise after a cancer diagnosis. This free event for cancer survivors and their families, entitled Living Well with Cancer takes place in Galway on September 15 at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit and in Cork on September 22 at the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs.For more information or to register to attend the conference visit: www.cancer.ie/living-well email firstname.lastname@example.org call our Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700.See what steps you can take to reduce your risk of cancer at: cancer.ie/reduce-your-riskResearch shows lack of exercise increases risk of cancer was last modified: September 5th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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) Tags:cancerexerciseIrish Cancer Society
Retail fraud comes in many shapes and sizes and is especially rampant during the holiday season when online and in-store traffic grows significantly. One of the biggest issues throughout the holiday season: return fraud. According to the National Retail Federation’s latest Return Fraud Survey, retailers estimate that 3.5 percent of their holiday returns this year will be fraudulent, up slightly from the estimated 3 percent reported last year. Holiday return fraud is expected to cost retailers $2.2 billion, up from approximately $1.9 billion last year.Retailers surveyed estimate that total annual returns will reach $260.5 billion, or 8 percent of total retail sales, with $9.1 billion of retailers’ annual returns expected to be fraudulent, or 3.5 percent of the industry’s total returns.“Return fraud remains a critical issue for retailers with the impact spanning far and wide, in-store and online,” said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Bob Moraca. “While technology has played a significant role in deterring many in-person fraudulent transactions that would have otherwise gone unseen, there is little that can be done to prevent a determined criminal who will find a loophole one way or another. When it comes to retail fraud, retailers can build taller walls, but criminals continue to find taller ladders.”- Sponsor – When it comes to specific instances of return fraud, one problem stands out as the biggest offender: nine in 10 retailers surveyed (91.9%) said they have experienced the return of stolen merchandise, similar to last year’s 92.7 percent. Wardrobing, or the return of used, non-defective merchandise, also presents a unique challenge year after year for retailers: three-quarters (72.6%) of those polled said they have experienced wardrobing in past year, on par with last year’s 72.7 percent.The report does offer a glimmer of optimism though. According to the survey, fewer retailers in 2015 have experienced specific instances of return fraud, including:75.8 percent have experienced the return of merchandise purchased on fraudulent tender, down from 81.8 percent in 2014;71 percent have experienced return fraud made by known organized retail crime groups, down from 78.2 percent last year;77.4 percent of retailers surveyed have experienced employee return fraud or collusion with external forces, down from 81.8 percent in 2014.Given the growing use of e-receipts by retailers, the survey found a likely connection to fraud in this area. The survey found one-third (33.9%) of those polled said they have experienced return fraud with use of e-receipts, up from 18.2 percent last year.“Retailers have the difficult task of providing superior customer service by always giving the benefit of the doubt to their shoppers when it comes to returns, while simultaneously working to make sure they protect their business assets,” continued Moraca. “We expect retailers to continue their tried and true ways of combating fraud through increased usage of identification verification, as well as seeking new and innovative approaches on the back end.”Additional findings:Three in 10 (30%) surveyed said they have seen an increase in fraudulent purchases made with cash, while six in 10 (60.7%) have seen an increase in the use of gift card/merchandise credit return fraud.Eight in 10 retailers surveyed (85.2%) said they require identification when making a return without a receipt, up from 70.9 percent last year.Retailers surveyed said they estimate 10 percent of returns made without a receipt are fraudulent, up from an estimated 5 percent who said so last year. Just 1 percent of purchases made online and returned to stores are suspected to be fraudulent.* NRF has revised its methodology for this report to use median data rather than averages, thus estimates from previous reports are no longer comparable. The data represented in this survey compares the median averages for both 2014 and 2015. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While a successful exit in the form of an acquisition may be the goal for many startups, the experiences of Backblaze, an online back-up and storage startup, demonstrate how time-consuming, challenging, and expensive the process can be, particularly when, as was the case with Backblaze, things fall apart. Backblaze was in the process of negotiating an acquisition with one of its partners and then with another business. Both deals fell through, and Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman penned a blog post chronicling the process to offer some insights and lessons learned for other companies entering the process.The Backblaze StoryAs Budman explains, when Backblaze received the first acquisition offer, the company had already discussed internally the three scenarios: The first: the offer would be too low, and Backblaze would not accept it. The second: the offer would be something the company would consider but wouldn’t be thrilled with. And the third and best scenario: an offer the company would accept.As the first offer fell into that first category – and after some negotiations into the second category – Backblaze approached some other companies to see if they were interested in making an offer as well. And sure enough, another company made an offer that sat better with the startup.Budman’s blog post explains in great detail (with the names of the prospective buyers obscured) the steps in the very lengthy negotiation and due diligence process. And “very lengthy” may be the key phrase here, as Budman notes buyer kept delaying the signing of a definitive agreement until on the Monday following the end of the exclusivity extension, the CEO called with an “I’m sooo sorry,” telling Backblaze it would need to restructure in order to finalize the deal. Backblaze balked, and said no. And with that, writes Budman, “We were roughly back to where we were six months earlier.”The Lessons LearnedOn one hand, that’s not a bad place to be. Backblaze is profitable and cash-flow profitable. The company has a service that customers love. But as Budman notes, so much time was spent on the acquisition negotiations that other aspects of building the business might have been ignored. Budman admits that there are far more “lessons learned” than one post can hold, but offers these five pointers:Build trust. “Ultimately, the difference between success and failure of a merger is whether the teams trust each other. Start early. Partner. Meet live. Talk to references. Do whatever it takes to make sure both sides trust each other. If either side doesn’t, no amount of legalese in a contract will help.”Getting acquired is expensiveFind great advisersKnow your wants and walkaways up frontRequire quick movementThe Backblaze post is worth reading in its entirety, particularly for first-time entrepreneurs or those with limited experiences with company acquisitions.Photo credits: Flickr user Sam A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Top stories: Vanishing insects, merging neutron stars, and why we haven’t made alien contact Merging neutron stars generate gravitational waves and a celestial light showFour times in the past 2 years, physicists working with mammoth gravitational-wave detectors have sensed something go bump in the night, sending invisible ripples through spacetime. This week, they announced the detection of a fifth such disturbance—but this time astronomers saw it, too, at every wavelength of light from gamma radiation to radio waves. Just as physicists had predicted, the unprecedented view of the cosmic cataclysm—in which two superdense neutron stars spiraled into each other—brought with it a cornucopia of insights, each of which by itself would count as a major scientific advance.Analysis of China’s one-child policy sparks uproarSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A new study of China’s one-child policy is roiling demography, sparking calls for the field’s leading journal to withdraw the paper. The controversy has ignited a debate over scholarly values in a discipline that some say prioritizes reducing population growth above all else. Chinese officials have long claimed that the one-child policy—in place from 1980 to 2016—averted some 400 million births, which they say aided global environmental efforts. Scholars have contested that number as flawed. But the new paper argues that the figure may, in fact, have merit.Germany’s insects are disappearingIn just 3 decades, insect populations—everything from parasitic wasps to hoverflies and wild bees—have plummeted by more than 75% in German nature reserves, according to a new study. The reasons for the decline aren’t clear, but the pattern is consistent over a swath of western and northern Germany, and it’s likely having wide-ranging effects on plants and other animals, such as insect-eating birds.Can the Museum of the Bible overcome the sins of the past?Next month, the lavish Museum of the Bible will open its doors in Washington, D.C. The grandiose new venture is bankrolled by the Greens, the billionaire family that owns the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby and that has donated to the museum hundreds of artifacts purchased on the antiquities market. But although the Museum of the Bible is trying to establish itself as a legitimate academic enterprise by hiring respected curators and consultants, scholars worry that it will use its artifacts to further an evangelical view of the Bible as historically accurate and immutable, and they wonder how many items in the museum’s collection may have been looted from archaeological sites.Why haven’t we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worldsMight ET be buried under too much ice to phone Earth? That’s what one planetary scientist has concluded may be delaying our contact with alien civilizations. Most extraterrestrial creatures are likely deep inside their home planets, in subsurface oceans crusted over in frozen water ice. The hypothesis could explain the lack of signals from other technologically advanced civilizations, especially if they think that everyone else is trapped in their own icy bubbles.Why wolves are better team players than dogsDogs may be social butterflies, but wolves are top dog when it comes to working together as a team. That’s because, unlike dogs, wolves haven’t evolved to avoid conflict; instead, members of a pack “sort things out” as they forage together, according to a new study. The work calls into question a long-held assumption that domestication fostered more cooperative individuals. 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Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Read Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LeBron James recently showed how big of a difference a year makes, as he posed for a photo with his new-look Cleveland Cavaliers squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWith the 2017-2018 NBA regular season less than a month away, “The King” took some time to get acquainted with his new teammates by hosting a workout session at the University of California-Santa Barbara.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges As seen in a photo in his Instagram account, the three-time NBA Champion huddled around familiar faces from the Cavs organization, including Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Richard Jefferson, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye. NLEX-SCTEX goes winless in Merlion Cup “Great few days of mini camp with the squad!! Made each other better every single sec/min/hour we were on the floor! It’s the beginning of a long journey and we’ll be ready for the Process that comes with it!,” he captioned the photo, which has been liked over 500,000 times.Notable newcomers Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green were present as well, including veteran Kendrick Perkins, who will reportedly be invited to be on the training camp roster, as per Cleveland.com.This is the second straight off season that James invited his teammates to work out in California, where he resides in the off season.He also posted a similar photo after the team’s workout last year. /ra