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Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
‘Life-threatening storm surge’ warning as Hurricane Iota approaches Central America

‘Life-threatening storm surge’ warning as Hurricane Iota approaches Central America

World
Iota has rapidly strengthened into a "dangerous" category 4 hurricane as it heads towards Central America.Forecasters say it could reach category 5 status later today before making landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night with a 12-18ft storm surge. It comes just days after the countries were ransacked by category 4 Hurricane Eta which killed at least 200 people and left dozens more missing. Hurricane #Iota Advisory 12: Iota Has Continued to Strengthen Into a Dangerous Category 4 Hurricaneexpected to Bring Potentially Catastrophic Winds, Life-Threatening Storm Surge, and Extreme Rainfall Impacts To Central America. https://t.co/VqHn0u1vgc— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) November 16, 2020 ...
Central Bank of India reduces MCLR by 5 bps

Central Bank of India reduces MCLR by 5 bps

Finance
Central Bank of India has reduced its marginal cost of funds-based lending rates (MCLR) by 5 basis points (bps) across all tenors, effective from Tuesday. The city-based lender has cut the one-year MCLR to 7.10 per cent from 7.15 per cent, a release said. Overnight and one-month MCLRs have been reduced to 6.55 per cent from 6.60 per cent earlier. The new three-month and six month MCLR will stand at 6.85 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively. Last week, Union Bank of India reduced MCLR by 5 bps across all tenors. Its one-year MCLR was revised to 7.20 per cent from 7.25 per cent earlier. Chennai-headquartered public sector lender Indian Overseas Bank has cut its MCLR by 10 bps across all tenors, effective September 10. Bank of Maharashtra also slashed MCLR by 10 bps for select tenors, l...
Austin Peay, Central Arkansas to kick off college football season

Austin Peay, Central Arkansas to kick off college football season

Sports
Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Austin Peay Governors will take on the Central Arkansas Bears in the first game of the 2020 college football season when the squads kick off at 9 p.m. EDT Saturday at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. The game will air on ESPN. The Cramton Bowl will be limited to 25% capacity or a maximum of about 6,250 fans. Advertisement Both schools compete in the Football Championship Subdivision, or FCS. The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the top-tier of Division I football, has 129 teams. The FCS, the other half of Division I, has 125 teams. Austin Peay is in the Ohio Valley Conference, which has allowed its teams to play up to four non-conference games before it resumes a league schedule in the spring. Central Arkansas is in the Southland Conference, which also postponed i...
Costa Rica becomes first in Central America to allow gay marriage

Costa Rica becomes first in Central America to allow gay marriage

World
May 26 (UPI) -- Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of people watched Daritza Araya Arguedas, 24, and Alexandra Quiros Castillo, 29, get married early Tuesday morning as the first same-sex couple to legally do so in Costa Rica. The Supreme Elections Tribunal said Tuesday it has received 55 declarations of marriage from same-sex couples it will start to process. Costa Rica's Supreme Court of Justice ruled in August 2018 the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and gave parliament 18 months to legislate or the ban would be automatically lifted. The deadline expired Monday night, allowing the ban to be lifted at midnight. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, who showed support of s...