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In the latest edition of Human Rights Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), several Fortune Top-20 companies including General Motors, Apple Inc and Ford Motor Company scored a complete 100.The Human Rights Foundation releases an annual CEI report that gauges the state of the LGBT community and how they are treated in workplaces. It also measures the benefits, rights and corporates’ attention towards the community on an annual basis.”When it comes to LGBT equality, corporate America is a leader, not a follower. At every turn, from advocating for marriage equality to providing vital support for transgender employees, this country’s leading companies have asked, ‘what more can we do?,’ and they’ve worked tirelessly to achieve new progress. That kind of leadership changes countless lives around this country, and sets an important example to other companies around the globe,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Foundation said in a statement.What the Survey FoundWhile the senate is still debating an exclusive law for protection against discrimination for the LGBT community, the CEI report found that 89% of the Fortune 500 companies already have a “non-discrimination by sexual orientation” policy at work.Also, about a third of the Fortune 500 companies now offer healthcare cover and more than hundred of them have “adopted gender transition guidelines” and education programs that promote identity acceptance and definitions in the workplace.The WinnersThis year, a record 366 companies achieved a 100% rating on the CEI, compared to the 13 businesses that had achieved a full score 13 years back when the ratings debuted.Law firms, banking and financial institutions and retail and consumer product firms were the top sectors where LGBT is most accepted and respected.Below are the top 10 Fortune-1000 companies that scored a full 100:Chevron Corp.Apple Inc.General Motors Co.General Electric CoFord Motor Co.AT&T Inc.Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)CVS Caremark Corp.McKesson Corp.Hewlett-Packard Co.
An alleged criminal accused in 13 different cases was killed in a ‘gun battle’ involving police in Kararbil area in Narail municipality early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Romman Hossain Romeo, 28, son of late Mizanur Rahman, resident of Madhurgati village in Sadar upazila.Being tipped off that a group of criminals were staying at the place, police conducted a drive to arrest them around 3:00am, said officer-in-charge of Narail Sadar police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, according to the police, the culprits opened fire on the policemen, prompting them to retaliate.Romeo was found wounded at the scene after the gunfight. He was rushed to Narail Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared him dead, informed the OC, as well as that three policemen also got injured during the gunfight.A shotgun, two rounds of bullets and a magazine were recovered from the scene, the lw enforcement added.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ family.
Share APThis undated photo provided by the Laredo Police Department shows Ronald Anthony Burgo Aviles. Texas authorities say Burgos Aviles, a supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol, killed his girlfriend and her 1-year-old child before calling 911 claiming to have discovered the bodies in a city park. Aviles was being held without bond Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in the Webb County jail on two counts of capital murder. (Laredo Police Department via AP) A supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol killed a woman with whom he was romantically involved and her 1-year-old child before calling 911 claiming to have discovered the bodies near a park along the border with Mexico, Texas authorities said Tuesday.Ronald Anthony Burgos Aviles, 28, was being held without bond in the Webb County jail on two counts of capital murder.Joe Baeza, police spokesman in the border city of Laredo, said Burgos Aviles was identified as a person of interest within an hour of the 911 call Monday, but Baeza declined to elaborate.He said Grizelda Hernandez, 27, and her son, Dominick Alexander Hernandez, likely were killed Monday near the park, which is adjacent to the Rio Grande and just south of the World Trade Bridge that carries traffic between the U.S. and Mexico.Burgos Aviles and the woman were in a romantic relationship, Baeza said. The investigation will determine if Dominick was Burgos Aviles’ child.“This isn’t over,” Baeza said. “This investigation is just barely getting started.”Authorities declined to provide the manner of death for the two. Online jail records do not indicate an attorney for Burgos Aviles to answer the allegations.Burgos Aviles was a nine-year veteran of the Border Patrol, Baeza said, and had been promoted last year.Jason Owens, Border Patrol chief for the agency’s Laredo sector, said at a news conference Tuesday that the deaths represent a “horrific tragedy.”“The actions of this individual, if true, are both inexcusable and reprehensible,” Owens said. “No one is more sickened than we are at the thought of someone wearing this uniform committing such a heinous act.”Baeza said investigators are working to learn more about Burgos Aviles’ relationship with Hernandez and many other aspects of the case, such as whether the suspect acted alone or had help.Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz said it’s too early to determine if prosecutors will seek the death penalty, adding that the case “is being given extreme priority.”
Increased marrying, and mating, by education level not affecting genetic make-up Citation: Economist suggests humans are still evolving (2016, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-economist-humans-evolving.html © 2016 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain As Beauchamp notes, many in the scientific community have come to believe that humans stopped evolving approximately 40,000 years ago—shortly after the advent of agriculture. But he notes there is also evidence that refutes such claims, such as studies that have shown that people developed an ability to digest milk and to live at high altitudes much more recently. To learn more, he conducted an analysis of records on 20,000 people he obtained from the Health and Retirement Study, which has compiled data on people born between the years 1931 and 1953. He chose this group because the vast majority of them were past child-bearing age—thus he was able to calculate a rLRS for each of them. Besides counting how many children they had, he also looked at body mass index, schizophrenia, age of onset of menstruation and education level—all traits that have genetic roots.After studying the data, Beauchamp found evidence of evolution in two phenotypes—a slight uptick in the age of first menstruation and a trend toward a lower rLRS for people who had more education—conversely, people with less education had more kids and thus more opportunity to pass on their genes.But, as Beauchamp acknowledges, his study was based on a very limited dataset, and it was constricted in that it left out the possible children that might have been born to the people in the database who died before growing old, for example. There is also an issue with the increased age of first menstruation, as recent studies have shown that it is actually going down, not up. And there is evidence that even if evolution is still at work, it appears that it is being overridden by our ability to control so many factors of our lives, such as saving people who would have died a natural death, or artificial fertility measures for educated people who have children later in life. More information: Jonathan P. Beauchamp. Genetic evidence for natural selection in humans in the contemporary United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600398113AbstractRecent findings from molecular genetics now make it possible to test directly for natural selection by analyzing whether genetic variants associated with various phenotypes have been under selection. I leverage these findings to construct polygenic scores that use individuals’ genotypes to predict their body mass index, educational attainment (EA), glucose concentration, height, schizophrenia, total cholesterol, and (in females) age at menarche. I then examine associations between these scores and fitness to test whether natural selection has been occurring. My study sample includes individuals of European ancestry born between 1931 and 1953 who participated in the Health and Retirement Study, a representative study of the US population. My results imply that natural selection has been slowly favoring lower EA in both females and males, and are suggestive that natural selection may have favored a higher age at menarche in females. For EA, my estimates imply a rate of selection of about −1.5 mo of education per generation (which pales in comparison with the increases in EA observed in contemporary times). Although they cannot be projected over more than one generation, my results provide additional evidence that humans are still evolving—albeit slowly, especially compared with the rapid changes that have occurred over the past few generations due to cultural and environmental factors. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—Harvard economist Jonathan Beauchamp has conducted a study of lifetime reproductive success (rLRS) of a small segment of the U.S. population and has concluded that there is evidence that humans are still evolving. In his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he describes the study he conducted, his results and why he believes we are still evolving despite our control over our environment. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further