What percentage of the world’s population is left-handed?

What percentage of the world’s population is left-handed?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

2:43 AM

What percentage of the world’s population is left-handed?

· 26 percent

· 3.2 percent

· 10 percent

· 18 percent

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· 26 percent24.3%

· 3.2 percent12.6%

· 10 percent30.7%

Science has discovered a great deal about why being a lefty shows up in only 10 percent of the world’s population. A study found that lefties are probably left-handed because of a balance between competition and cooperation in human evolution. Cooperation favors same-handedness (sharing tools), and competition favors the unusual (southpaws have advantage in a fight.) The 90-10 ratio of right-handed to left-handed has remained stable for over 5,000 years. Source: LiveScience.com

· 18 percent32.4%

Which scale is used to measure the intensity of a hurricane?

Which scale is used to measure the intensity of a hurricane?

Monday, September 11, 2017

2:41 AM

Which scale is used to measure the intensity of a hurricane?

· Fujita scale

· Saffir–Simpson scale

· Beaufort scale

· Scoville scale

Answer: The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane’s intensity. To be classified as a hurricane, a tropical cyclone must have maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph (Category 1). The highest classification in the scale, Category 5, is reserved for storms with winds exceeding 156 mph. The scale was developed in 1971 by civil engineer Herbert Saffir and meteorologist Bob Simpson, who at the time was director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The scale was introduced to the general public in 1973.

What was the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history?

What was the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

5:26 PM

What was the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history?

· Great Miami Hurricane 1926

· Hurricane Andrew 1992

· Hurricane Katrina in 2005

· The Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900

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Answer: The Great Galveston Hurricane was a Category 4 storm, with winds of up to 145 mph per hour, which made landfall on September 8, 1900, in Galveston, Texas, leaving about 6,000 to 12,000 dead. It was the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history. Unfortunately for the residents of Galveston, meteorology was far from an exact science at the end of the 19th century, and they received little warning about the storm’s strength. Even if one uses the low estimate of 6,000 victims, this storm remains the deadliest ever to hit the United States.

What fruit gives chefs a choice of red, black or white?

What fruit gives chefs a choice of red, black or white?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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· Apples 3.29%

· Raspberries 24.0%

· Plums 29.1%

· Currants 43.6% – answer

Real currants are members of the flowering shrub family Ribes. They are naturally a deep, dark purple, a brilliant ruby red, or an almost translucent white berry. They are at their most delicious when served fresh but can dry like raisins. All varieties of this fruit have a distinctive acid "kick" to balance out their sweetness. They are particularly popular in fresh fruit berry mixes or as a garnish to desserts. Source: TheSpruce.com

Caribbean Devastated as Irma Heads Toward Florida – The New York Times

Caribbean Devastated as Irma Heads Toward Florida – The New York Times

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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‘We Have Nothing Left’: Islanders Survey Irma’s Destruction

Two residents from St. Martin island’s two nations, the French St. Martin and the Dutch St. Maarten, describe Irma’s destruction.

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Read the latest with Friday’s live updates on Hurricane Irma.

SAN JUAN, P.R. — One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded crescendoed over the Caribbean on Thursday, crumpling islands better known as beach paradises into half-habitable emergency zones and sideswiping Puerto Rico before churning north. It is expected to hit the Florida Keys and South Florida by Saturday night.

More than 60 percent of households in Puerto Rico were without power. On St. Martin, an official said 95 percent of the island was destroyed. The Haitian government called for all agencies, stores and banks to shut down as the storm hit. Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said that half of Barbuda had been left homeless.

Watching Hurricane Irma maraud across Barbuda and Anguilla, residents of Florida and others who found themselves on the wrong side of the forecast were hastening to get out of the way. Government officials in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina pleaded for people to evacuate vulnerable areas, triggering a scramble for the essentials — gasoline, water, sandbags — that, even for hurricane-hardened Floridians, was laced with dread and punctuated with dire warnings from every direction.

A shortage of gasoline and bottled water, always a headache in the days before hurricanes, grew more acute in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as the production of Houston oil refineries shrank and fuel and water were diverted to Texas. Pump lines in South Florida sprawled for blocks as fleeing residents sucked up what gas they could, and some drivers chased after tankers they had spied on the roads.

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida urged extreme caution in the face of a powerful storm that could quickly change course. “Every Florida family must prepare to evacuate regardless of the coast you live on,” he said.

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By the time Rosi Edreira and her husband got the order to leave their home in Cutler Bay, part of the second evacuation zone in Miami-Dade County, they had already made plans to seek shelter in Charlotte, N.C. Into the car would go photo albums, birth certificates, nearly 400 Christmas ornaments collected over a quarter-century and their two dogs, JJ and Coco Puff, and cat, Dicky.

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Felipe Martinez removed fallen branches in San Juan, P.R., on Thursday. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

“I did Andrew,” said Ms. Edreira, 49, recalling the massive Category 5 hurricane that ripped off her roof 25 years ago last month. “I’m not doing that again.”

By Thursday night, Irma’s 175-mile-an-hour winds and pelting rains had already serially ransacked the islands of the eastern Caribbean, leaving at least seven dead and whole communities flattened.

Not all the news was awful. Despite the loss of power to most of the island, damage and loss of life on Puerto Rico was far less than feared. Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of Hispaniola, were also spared direct hits.

But the terror of the storm left people grasping for superlatives.

“There are shipwrecks everywhere, destroyed houses everywhere, torn-off roofs everywhere,” the president of the French territorial council on St. Martin, Daniel Gibbs, told Radio Caraïbes International.

“It’s just unbelievable,” he added. “It’s indescribable.”

In Puerto Rico — among Irma’s less unfortunate casualties — the lights were out. In many places, so was running water.

Though the hurricane barely brushed the island, it managed to knock out its aging electrical system. More than a million customers were without power on Thursday, and a little more than half of the hospitals were functional. Even before a single raindrop fell, the head of the company, which is effectively bankrupt, had predicted that if the storm packed a wallop, it could take four to six months to completely re-establish service. His prediction infuriated Puerto Ricans, who see the latest development as yet another shameful indignity in the island’s yearslong economic decline.

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Buildings were damaged by Hurricane Irma on the French side of the island of St. Martin on Thursday. Credit Lionel Chamoiseau/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

How is it possible, they wanted to know, that a hurricane that had passed at a safe distance and hardly claimed a shingle could leave so many in the dark?

Puerto Rico’s plunge into darkness has been long coming. In July, the huge, government-owned power authority defaulted on a deal to restructure $9 billion in debt, effectively declaring bankruptcy.

It has neither modernized nor kept up with maintenance. Trees have gone untrimmed, poles unattended. (The electric company did not respond to repeated requests for comment.)

Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló said the authorities could not estimate how long it would take to get the power back until officials were able to survey the damage.

Thursday afternoon he said service had been restored to 144,000 households — which still left nearly a million out.

Still, he said, things could have been much worse.

“We would like to start out thanking the almighty,” Mr. Rosselló said. “Our prayers were answered.”

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Residents in Port St. Lucie, Fla., prepared for Hurricane Irma’s approach at Home Depot. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

On other islands, the reckoning was far more stark.

On St. Martin, a part-French, part-Dutch possession where at least four people died as a result of the storm, aerial footage taken by the military showed streets inundated with water and homes devastated by winds. The second wave of destruction, for businesses at least, was man-made: looters were picking through the remains, sometimes in view of police officers who stood idly by, “as if they were buying groceries,” said Maeva-Myriam Ponet, a correspondent for a television network based in Guadeloupe, another French Overseas Territory in the Caribbean.

St. Martin remained mostly isolated from the outside world on Thursday, lacking power and most cellphone service.

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Ms. Ponet, who reports for the Guadeloupe 1ère network, said the residents of St. Martin felt utterly neglected. “Help will arrive tonight,” she said, “but for the moment, they don’t have anything.”

The nearby island of St. Barthélemy, another French territory, was also hard hit, as was Barbuda, where half of the island’s residents were reportedly left homeless.

The network’s correspondent in St. Barthélemy, Eric Rayapin, described a “spectacle of desolation,” with the island all but severed from the outside world. There had been little or no phone service, water or electricity since Tuesday night.

Buildings have been “ravaged,” he said, and many roads have been destroyed.

“The population here is suffering enormously,” Mr. Rayapin reported. “Some of them have lost their houses, the cars have been flipped over in the middle of the street, and all vegetation has been destroyed.”

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Rue Kindred hung hurricane shutters on his home in White City, Fla., on Thursday. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times

He added: ”It’s a very hard blow.”

John McKendrick, Anguilla’s attorney general, said that the island, a British possession, had suffered “huge devastation” from the hurricane.

Most of the island’s homes had been damaged, fallen trees had blocked many roads, cellphone service was interrupted and electrical service was cut. The entire island was still without power midday Thursday, and the ports and the airport remained closed. One person in Anguilla died, Mr. Kendrick said, though he did not know the circumstances.

“It’s been bad,” Mr. McKendrick said in a telephone interview from London, where he had been traveling when the hurricane struck the island. “A lot of people are exhausted and a lot of homes are damaged.”

He said the authorities were still trying to assess the full scope of the destruction.

In Haiti, the government called for all institutions to be shut down from noon on Thursday until further notice. President Jovenel Moïse urged people to get to a safe place.

“The hurricane is not a game,” he said.

The danger was not only of drownings and injuries from the storm. Officials worried that a surge of cholera could follow, as it did last year after Hurricane Matthew devastated the country’s southwest. Government reports show that cholera has killed 104 people this year. More than 10,000 peopl have died from the waterborne disease since it broke out in Haiti in 2010. In an effort to avert another flare-up, Haiti’s minister of public health urged people to add bleach to their drinking and bathing water and to assemble first-aid kits at home.

Among the deepest concerns of Mr. McKendrick, the Anguilla attorney general, was the approach of Hurricane Jose, declared a Category 3 storm on Thursday, which is expected to make its way through this same part of the Caribbean on Saturday. A Hurricane Watch was in effect for Antigua and Barbuda and a Tropical Storm watch was issued for Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.

“A 137-mile-per-hour storm is on the way,” he said. “I’m not sure how the island can respond to that.”

In Miami, Elizabeth Chifari, 66, was determined to stay home with her white alley cat, Friday, and ride out the storm.

She would have gone to stay with her son, Andrew. But he lives in Houston.

“If they lived anywhere else,” she said, “I would’ve considered it.”

Correction: September 8, 2017

Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the number of people in Haiti who have died from cholera since the disease’s outbreak there in 2010. More than 10,000 people have died since the outbreak, not 104. (That is the number who have died from cholera this year, government reports show.)

Frances Robles reported from San Juan, P.R., Kirk Semple from Mexico City and Vivian Yee from New York. Catherine Porter contributed from Haiti; Maggie Astor, Luis Ferré-Sadurní and Megan Specia from New York; Marc Santora, Emily Cochrane and Lizette Alvarez from Miami; Erica Wells in the Bahamas; Carl Joseph in Barbuda; Azam Ahmed in the Dominican Republic; Paulina Villegas in Mexico City; and Aurelien Breeden and Elian Peltier in Paris.

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Congress sends Trump disaster aid, debt limit increase

Congress sends Trump disaster aid, debt limit increase

Friday, September 8, 2017

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed and sent to President Donald Trump legislation providing $15.25 billion in emergency disaster aid, as well as raising government borrowing authority and funding federal programs through Dec. 8.

The House vote of 316-90 came one day after the Senate passed the measure. Lawmakers were rushing to approve the legislation before government disaster aid was projected to run ran out at week’s end and as the deadly Hurricane Irma was projected to bear down on Florida.

Trump is expected to promptly sign the measure into law.

(Reporting By Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan)

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where is hurricane irma now

where is hurricane irma now

Friday, September 8, 2017

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What you need to know now

· Forecasts: The National Hurricane Center will provide updated forecasts at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

· Where Irma is today: The Category 4 storm will mostly be over open water as it heads for the US. It may brush Cuba.

· Florida: Southern Florida is bracing for a direct hit early Sunday. The storm will drift over the entire state.

· Turks and Caicos: The catastrophic storm hit the island overnight.

Eden Hazard available for Chelsea’s trip to Leicester | Daily Mail Online

Eden Hazard available for Chelsea’s trip to Leicester | Daily Mail Online

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Antonio Conte has confirmed that Eden Hazard is in the Chelsea squad to face Leicester this weekend after recovering from an ankle fracture.

The attacking midfielder has not featured for the Blues since last season after picking up an injury while on international duty with Belgium.

After coming on as a substitute for his country this week, though, Conte has confirmed he is fit and ready to return for Chelsea.

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‘Eden is available, and he is in the list for the game tomorrow,’ the Chelsea boss told reporters. ‘I think he is improving a lot, and he worked very strong to be ready.

‘I think now I can count on him, but I have to decide the right moment and the right minutes. For sure, he is available now.

‘It’s normal [to be careful] when there is a surgery. It’s normal to pay attention to his recovery. Don’t forget, Eden is an important player for us. It’s important to play soon.’