GM Apple and Ford Score Full 100 on Corporate Equality Index on

first_imgIn 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.last_img read more

Man killed in Narail gunfight with cops

first_imgAn 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.last_img read more

Texas Border Patrol Agent Charged In Deaths Of Woman Child

first_img 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.”last_img read more

Second Attack on Store Owner Raises Security Questions

first_imgAfter more than 20 years in business, owners of the One Hour Valet at Mondawmin Mall in West Baltimore, are strongly considering closing their doors, after a second attack in less than a year. The incident has other merchants at the mall questioning management’s commitment to their security.On July 11, around 6 p.m., Kyeong Lee, 60 says an individual jumped over the counter of her family’s dry cleaners located on the first floor of Mondawmin Mall. Fortunately, Lee was able to run to the front of the store, screaming, which apparently startled the potential robber and he fled. But, Lee was not so fortunate less than a year ago, when she says she believes the same person attacked her August 15, 2016.Mondawmin Mall in West BaltimoreAccording to Lee’s daughter Julie, her mother was punched in the head by the assailant causing a concussion, tied to a chair and choked her from behind while he demanded cash. He didn’t get money, but he allegedly stole Lee’s cell phone before fleeing the store. According to Julie Lee, the assailant manged to avoid video cameras and security guards on both occasions.“When my mother approached a mall security guard and grabbed him, his response to her was, `Get off my belt.’ They are not doing their job properly,” Julie Lee told the AFRO. She says the two incidents have shaken her mother badly. “It’s torture mentally, she just can’t handle it. Not knowing what’s going to happen is eating her alive,” Lee said.According to Julie Lee, Detective Green of the Baltimore Police Department provided satisfactory service during the first incident when her mother was assaulted in August 2016. However, Lee claims a member of BPD she identifies as Officer Krauss was less diligent in his investigation. He allegedly offered the Lees some advice to dissuade future assailants, `Get a dog,’ is what Julie Lees says the officer told her as well as her parents.Mondawmin Mall, the flash point of the Baltimore uprising in April 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray, is one of the oldest malls in America (it opened in 1956). Mall management would not respond to a request to be interviewed for this story, saying they could not comment on the incident involving Lee or the Mall’s security operations. However, other merchants have had questions about mall security since clashes between police and students erupted during the uprising.While reporting on this story, a security guard stopped by Lee’s establishment to check on her, and said he was ordered to increase the frequency of foot patrols in front of the store and others since the incident earlier this month.“What is a foot patrol every 10 minutes going to do?” exclaimed a business owner near One Hour Valet, who did not wish to be identified.  “That is the problem, whenever you need security, they are not there.  The people who come to rob you or shoplift, they know how security works.  They just wait until security has moved to another area,” the merchant added.“There should be security guards at the doors of our shops all the time,” said another business owner who did not want to be identified. “People who come honestly to shop will not be offended,” said the merchant.  “Traffic at the mall has not really picked up since the Freddie Gray incident. My shop is for established adults.  Many who came here before Freddie Gray, simply don’t come out to Mondawmin Mall anymore.”Local residents have divided views on Mondawmin.  Some young people like Gywnn Oaks resident Shaira Graham still supports the mall.“I feel like the mall is doing the best that they can. I like the fact that they are having community functions that attract the public,” she said. “That’s what brings the people together. They are opening up new stores and if they weren’t getting people out to shop, they’d be closed,” she added.Another Mondawmin merchant who has been operating for more than 20 years, says she doesn’t really see any major change in the mall’s atmosphere after the unrest. “It’s always been this way,” said the merchant, who also did not want to be identified.  “Things are happening here all the time…fights can break out at any time , robberies happen too often here. I see a different generation, doing the same stuff.”last_img

Economist suggests humans are still evolving

first_img 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.center_img 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 furtherlast_img read more