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Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Science
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Christian soccer players who played alongside Muslim teammates in an interfaith soccer league in Iraq were more likely change their behavior for the better toward Muslim players. The experiment, detailed Thursday in the journal Science, however, revealed the limits of the "contact hypothesis" -- while players built relationships on the field, the benefits of the hypothesis did not extend far beyond the soccer-based relationships. Advertisement The contact hypothesis is the idea that intergroup contact, under certain conditions, can reduce prejudice between majority and minority group members. Sectarian tension in Iraq has ancient roots, but those antagonisms have been exacerbated in recent decades by the destabilizing effects of the U.S. invasion, and more recently, by th...

Shares of Singapore’s top banks fall after regulator limits dividend payouts for 2020

Finance
Automated teller machines of the three Singapore-listed banks: OCBC, DBS and UOB.Munshi Ahmed | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesShares of Singapore's top three banks tumbled on Thursday after the country's financial regulator asked lenders to cap dividends this year in light of the economic uncertainty, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic.The country's second-largest bank, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp, suffered the biggest lose after ending the day at 3.82% lower than the previous day. Its peers DBS Group Holdings and United Overseas Bank fell 3.09% and 3.15%, respectively, at the close. The three banks account for around one-third of the benchmark Straits Times Index, which dipped 1.7% on Thursday.The country's financial regulator and central bank, the Monetary Author...
The Latest: New Orleans to let good times roll – with limits

The Latest: New Orleans to let good times roll – with limits

Health
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans is getting ready to let the good times roll in casinos and bars again — with restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The city was once a major hot spot for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. But the city began easing restrictions restaurants and other businesses in May. And on Tuesday, Mayor LaToya Cantrel, outlined plans to lift more restrictions this coming Saturday. That means bars and casinos can open — although at only 25 percent capacity. Another New Orleans cultural touchstone — live indoor music — will remain off limits. ——— HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — World Health Organization expert clarifies remarks on transmission by people with virus but no symptoms — The sudden easing of lockdown
Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports

Aggressive testing, social distancing limits COVID-19 at U.S. military base, CDC reports

Health
June 2 (UPI) -- The limited spread of COVID-19 at a U.S. military base shows public health measures -- screening, testing, quarantining, social distancing and contact tracing -- offer some protection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Efforts to prevent outbreaks of the disease caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, among more than 10,000 new recruits arriving at the U.S. Air Force's Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, succeeded in limiting total confirmed cases to five through seven weeks. Advertisement Three of the five cases ultimately were traced to the first recruit on base to be diagnosed, officials said. The approaches used at the base could serve as a blueprint for other "congregate settings" like colleges and athletic programs, the CDC said...
Spain limits movements, closes shops to stem virus spread

Spain limits movements, closes shops to stem virus spread

World
MADRID -- Spain’s government announced Saturday that it is placing tight restrictions on movements and closing restaurants and other establishments in the nation of 46 million people as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections. Spain has followed Italy’s path in implementing a similar lockdown after both European countries failed to contain the virus in regional hotspots. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez detailed the battery of exceptional measures in a nationally televised address after holding a Cabinet meeting that lasted over seven hours. The delay was reportedly due to discrepancies in the coalition government of Sánchez’s Socialists and the anti-austerity United We Can. “From now we enter into a new phase,” Sánchez said. “We won’