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Record deaths, cases In Mexico strain health resources; world toll 2.1M

Record deaths, cases In Mexico strain health resources; world toll 2.1M

World
Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been surging to record daily deaths and cases in Mexico, straining the resources of hospitals and morgues despite a nationwide vaccination plan. Mexico is among the nations grappling with a pandemic that has reached 2,134,449 deaths and is just shy of 100 million cases at 99,538,884 cases worldwide, according to tracking by Worldometers.info. Advertisement Cases and deaths are surging despite the beginning stages of vaccine distribution as well as restrictions, including lockdowns. Many nations have issued a travel ban, including Israel which on Sunday vote to ban all international passenger travel to and from its airports starting at midnight Monday. That includes Ben Gurion in Lod, near Tel Aviv, which handled 24.8 million passengers in 2019...
Social networks explain why independent cultures interpret the world in similar ways

Social networks explain why independent cultures interpret the world in similar ways

Science
Jan. 13 (UPI) -- How can cultures that developed on opposite sides of the world come to similar understandings about colors, shapes, familial relationships and other categorical systems? The traditional explanation for this cross-cultural continuity is that humans are born with categories wired into their brains. Advertisement Researchers with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, however, have an alternative explanation. It's not the human brain, exactly, that yields categorical consensus across disparate groups, researchers contend in a new paper, published in the journal Nature Communications, but the dynamics of consensus building among large groups of people. The phenomenon of "category convergence" has long been recognized by archaeologists in th...

How to navigate the world of sustainable investing ratings

Finance
Oranut Fankhaenel / EyeEm | EyeEm | Getty ImagesSustainability ratings are useful tools for assessing the environmental, sustainability and corporate governance-worthiness of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.But how do you navigate between different ratings providers, especially when they can have different results for the same fund?CNBC looked under the hood at some of the most pertinent issues.What's being measured?"[Ratings] don't have to agree, because the underlying methodologies are different," said Larry Lawrence, executive director, ESG products, for MSCI.To compare fund ratings in an apples-to-apples fashion, one must not only compare methodologies (here is MSCI's as an example), but also at how the underlying holdings are treated in terms of rating distribution; carbon inte...
PDC World Championship 2021: Dave Chisnall beats Michael van Gerwen 5-0

PDC World Championship 2021: Dave Chisnall beats Michael van Gerwen 5-0

Sports
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Date: 15 December 2020 - 3 January 2021Coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text coverage of the final on 3 JanuaryEighth seed Dave Chisnall produced a superb performance to stun world number one Michael van Gerwen 5-0 and reach the PDC World Championship semi-finals.Chisnall had not beaten the three-time world champion in their last 27 matches but raced to a first world semi-final.The 40-year-old averaged 107, hitting 14 180s, and faces two-time champion Gary Anderson in the last four.Stephen Bunting will play Gerwyn Price in the other semi after Price edged Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney 5-4.Chisnall produced finishes of 141 and 95 to take the opening set against Van Gerwen and had a total of three 100-plus checkouts, hittin...
Good riddance 2020! Much of the world sees in New Year with muted celebrations

Good riddance 2020! Much of the world sees in New Year with muted celebrations

World
New Year's Eve celebrations were muted by coronavirus restrictions in London and New York, while countries including Australia and New Zealand welcomed in 2021 with impressive firework displays.Big Ben ushered in 2021 with its chimes in an eerily subdued London, which would typically be packed with swathes of people waiting to watch a dazzling display of fireworks. Bars and pubs that in past years would be filled with people singing Auld Lang Syne sat empty and silent across the whole country. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player UK welcomes in the New Year ...