Northwest Airlines Flight 4422

* On March 12, 1948, Northwest Airlines Flight 4422 (NC95422) crashed into Mount Sanford, Alaska, with a crew of six and 24 passengers

* After the initial impact the wreckage slid down for about 3000 feet before coming to rest

* Many witnesses in the nearby town of Gulkana saw the crash, but the wreckage was lost for over 50 years. Snowstorms quickly buried its exact location in a mountain glacier. Over the years, various individuals, lured by rumors of a secret gold cargo shipment from China, searched the mountain and came home empty-handed

* Only the remains of Francis Joseph Van Zandt were ever recovered or identified. The bodies of the remaining 29 individuals still await possible recovery

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I saw the nbhd live two weeks ago it was AMAZING but they didn't sing alleyways and cry me a river/say my name so i was a little disappointed but overall it was really great they all look extra hot irl

oh god i know i’ve been watching live performance videos a lot and i’m so excited and i’m in the pit like theres a chance i could get front row and wow wow wow!! but i have to wait until july :(((

Room for Improvement in Accuracy of Brain Imaging for Dementia

MRI scans and other tools to detect and diagnose dementia are helpful but not definitive.

The research is in Lancet Neurology. (full access paywall)

Research: “Multimodal imaging in Alzheimer’s disease: validity and usefulness for early detection” by Dr Stefan Teipel, MD, Alexander Drzezga, MD, Michel J Grothe, PhD, Henryk Barthel, MD, Gaël Chételat, PhD, Norbert Schuff, PhD, Pawel Skudlarski, PhD, Enrica Cavedo, MS, Giovanni B Frisoni, MD, Wolfgang Hoffmann, MD, Jochen René Thyrian, PhD, Chris Fox, MD, Satoshi Minoshima, MD, Osama Sabri, MD, and Andreas Fellgiebel, MD in Lancet Neurology doi:10.1016/S1474-4422(15)00093-9

Image: The results show that the accuracy of brain imaging must be improved before it can be rolled out on a scale that could be useful to healthcare providers and patients. Image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit: NIH.

Automakers Are Having a Record Year, but Here’s a Trend that Should Worry Them

U.S. auto sales closed out the summer on a positive note, topping estimates and casting some rosy light on the health of the American consumer. Recording its best August since 2003, the auto industry is on pace to sell 17.8 vehicles in 2015, well ahead of expectations of 17.3 million. If the numbers hold up, 2015 will be the best year ever for U.S. auto sales, beating the 17.4 million mark set in 2000.

The general consensus is that auto industry is in pretty good shape these days. Gas prices and interest rates are low, boosting the market for cars and light trucks. More than 2 million jobs were added to the U.S. economy in the past year, and more jobs is usually good news for auto sales. The unemployment rate has been trending lower for five years, sitting at a relatively healthy 5.3 percent in July.

Related: What’s Next for Oil Prices? Look Out Below!

As with any statistic, though, there’s more than one way to look at the situation. Sure, auto sales are climbing as the economy gets stronger and more Americans hit their local car dealers’ lots. At least to some degree, though, higher auto sales should be expected just as a result of U.S. population growth. And those rising monthly sales figures are masking a continuing trend that is more worrisome for the auto industry: per capita auto sales are still in a long-term decline, even including the solid growth the industry has seen since the end of the recession. Doug Short at Advisor Perspectives did the math and made a graph:

According to Short’s analysis, the peak year for per capita auto sales in the U.S. was 1978. As the red line in the graph shows, the trend is negative since then.

In the graph, per capita auto sales in January, 1976, were defined as 100; the readings in the index since then are relative to that 1976 sales level. As you can see, the index moves higher until August of 1978, when per capita auto sales were up nearly 20 percent over 1976. Since then, per capita auto sales have fallen, reaching a low in 2009 that was nearly 50 percent lower than 1976. Since 2009, per capita auto sales have risen nicely, but are still more than 15 percent below peak.

What could explain the negative trend? Two factors come to mind. First, demographics. It has been widely reported that the millennial generation is less interested in owning cars for a variety of reasons, ranging from a weak economy to a cultural shift away from suburban life. However, the data on millennial car purchases is ambiguous; recently, millennials have started buying cars in volumes that look a lot like their elders. And even if millennials are less interested in buying cars, their preferences can’t explain a shift that began in the 1970s, before they were born.

Related: U.S. Companies Are Dying Faster Than Ever​

The other factor that may explain the trend is income inequality. A study of car ownership by the Carnegie Foundation found that countries with higher income inequality have fewer cars per capita. The logic is simple: As more income is claimed by the wealthy, there’s less to go around for everyone else. And that means there’s less money for middle and lower income groups to buy and maintain automobiles, among other things.

Here’s a chart of the Gini index for the U.S. since 1947. (The Gini Index is a widely-used measure of income inequality. A higher Gini number means higher inequality.) Note that the Gini reading started climbing in the late ‘70s – the same time when per capita car ownership in the U.S. began to fall.

This chart tells us, not for the first time, that the U.S. has experienced more income inequality since the 1970s. Combined with the per capita auto sales data above, it suggests that as the rich have gotten richer and everyone else has struggled to keep up, car ownership has suffered. Although this is by no means proof of the relationship between income inequality and per capita car ownership over the last 40 years, it hints at an interesting theory – and suggests that the auto industry has good reason to be concerned about growing inequality in the U.S.

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GGS victim has no memory of being abused

A former student has no memory of being sexually abused up to 40 times by a Geelong Grammar School staff member, who pointed out yearbook photos of his victims to police.

Luke Benson said police told him in 2005 that Highton House live-in boarding house assistant Philippe Trutmann had admitted sexually abusing him 30 to 40 times over a two-year period.

“This news changed my life,” Mr Benson told the child abuse royal commission.

“I have no memory of this happening and I inquired whether it was a mistake.

"The police told me that Trutmann had reviewed school yearbooks and identified from photographs the boys he had abused.

"I think this was the worst day of my life.”

Some other boarders called Trutmann “filthy Phil”, as he often lingered around the shower area and regularly went into boys’ rooms as they slept and sexually abused them.

Mr Benson did not remember hearing anything like that.

He started at Geelong Grammar as an 11-year-old boarder in 1988 and recalled Trutmann being intimate by giving him back rubs but was not alarmed by that human contact.

“I saw Trutmann as a father figure,” he said.

Mr Benson now realises that Trutmann groomed him.

“But how I was abused is still a total mystery to me,” he said.

Mr Benson, who settled civil action against the school for $26,000, said he has received no support from Geelong Grammar.

“I want the opportunity to talk to someone at the school who I can trust.

"I need to know how the school can rationalise the abuse I experienced with the positive education environment that they now promote.”

The commission has heard Trutmann regularly abused boys during his time at Highton House from 1985 to 1996, despite the school being told as early as 1985 or 1986 and again in 1992.

He was jailed in 2005 for six and a half years for sexually abusing 40 students.

百奧家庭互動 (02100) 現報0.465港元,是日波幅達 5.68%

[智珠] 香港 9月1日 - 百奧家庭互動 (02100) 現報0.465港元,上升 0.02港元或4.49%,今日最高價 0.465 港元,最低價 0.44 港元,波幅 5.68%宜留意其股價之異常波動,10天平均價0.4935港元,50天平均價0.63389港元,現市盈率為0倍,息率0%,14天強弱指數報22.449。


BRIEF-Property firm Tianjin Songjiang's H1 net loss widens on fewer projects

Aug 27 (Reuters) - Tianjin Songjiang Co Ltd
* Says H1 net loss widens to 368.55 million yuan ($57.54
million) versus 211.96 million yuan year ago
Source text in Chinese: http://bit.ly/1hgNKb1
Further company coverage:

($1 = 6.4053 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms)

القضاء على مشكلة الأمية بالمنيا و1250 مركزًا للدروس الخصوصية وكراسة أنشطة للصف الأول الابتدائي

قال الدكتور محب الرافعي وزير التربية والتعليم: إن جميع العقود الخاصة بالـ30 ألف معلم، سيتم وضع بند خاص لها بضرورة قيام كل معلم بمحو أمية 10 أفراد، حيث إن المتوقع من خلال الخطة التى وضعتها الدولة، يتم محو الأمية خلال 4 سنوات، وشدد الوزير على أنه لن يسمح بإهانة أى ولى أمر أو طالب للمعلمين.

جاء ذلك خلال افتتاح الوزير يرافقه صلاح الدين زيادة محافظ المنيا لمدرستين للتعليم الأساسي بمركز المنيا، وذلك ضمن بروتوكول التعاون الموقع بين مؤسسة مصر الخير ووزارة التربية والتعليم والهيئة العامة للأبنية التعليمية، لبناء 100 مدرسة تعليم أساسي منخفضة التكاليف في المناطق المحرومة والحدودية على مستوى.

أكد الوزير،أنه تم الانتهاء من طباعة أكثر من 70% من الكتب الدراسية وتم إعادة 300 ألف نسخة لسوء طباعتها، وأعلن عن طباعة كراسة أنشطة خاصة بالصف الأول الابتدائي تضم العديد من برامج الأنشطة لدعم مهارات التفكير لدى الطلاب وتحويل الطلاب من فكرة الحفظ والتلقين إلى الفهم.

وطالب المجتمع المدني أن يتكاتف مع الحكومة فى حل المشاكل الزائدة فى الفصول ودعم المدارس من خلال المشاركة فى مشروع التغذية المدرسية، ودعم الأنشطة الطلابية، وقال إن التعامل مع مشكلة الكثافة الطلابية فى الفصول سيتم من خلال الإدارات التعليمية، حيث ستقوم الإدارات بإعداد خطة شاملة للتعامل مع هذه المشكلة، موضحاً أن الأزمة فى الفكرة المتعلقة بقرب المدارس من سكن الطلاب، مما يستوجب العمل على توفير وسائل انتقال سهلة للطلاب، وهذا ما يقوم به صندوق دعم المشروعات فى الوزارة من خلال تقديم وسائل مواصلات بأسعار رمزية إلى جانب مشاركة المجتمع المدني فى حل القضية.

من جانبه قدم صلاح زيادة محافظ المنيا مقترحاً خاصًا بإنشاء فصول (متنقلة) لمواجهة الكثافة الطلابية، وتبدأ المحافظة غداً الأربعاء فى إنشاء أول فصل تجريبى فى مدرسة المنيا الإعدادية الحديثة بنات كتجربة لدراسة مدى نجاحها.

أشار الوزير فى مسألة الدروس الخصوصية إلى،أن هناك 1250 مركزًا للدروس الخصوصية بالمنيا، وسيتم طرح عدة بدائل للقضاء على الدروس الخصوصية وإعطاء محاضرات من (8-12.5) ولأول مرة يقوم الطالب لاختيار المواعيد، ويتاح له 4 مدرسين يختار منهم المدرس الذى يتناسب مع أداء امتحان تجريبى يركز على مستويات التقدير للطالب ثم الانتهاء بحل بنك الأسئلة.

وأشار إلى أن التخوف دائماً من وجود نسبة 30% من الطلاب يحفظوا دون فهم والعالم كله يعتمد على تنمية 60% من مهارات التفكير لذا يجب التركيز على كيفية تنمية مهارات التفكير لدى أبنائنا للقضاء على الحفظ والتلقين ووضع تصور للامتحان وتدريب الطلاب على إجابته .

وفيما يتعلق بالطالبة مريم أوضح الوزير، أن الوزارة ليست فى حالة حرب معها، وأن الموضوع فى يد القضاء الآن وحقها مثل حق أى مواطن سيحسمه القضاء عن طريق استكتاب الطالبة عن طريق الطب الشرعي، وأن الوزارة قامت بتحويل الجميع إلى النيابة فوراً لاتخاذ الإجراء القانونى.

وأضاف، أن هناك 40 طالبًا وطالبة بنفس المشكلة وبعدد التحقيق معهم اعترف 33 منهم أن هذه الأوراق تخصهم، والأهالى اعترفوا أن هذه أوراق أبنائهم ومعظمهم تعرضوا لظروف صعبة أثناء أداء الامتحانات.

ونفى وزير التربية والتعليم ما تردد فى وسائل الإعلام عن إصداره قرار لمنع الحجاب بالمدارس، وقال، إنه كذب وإشاعة ولم يصدر هذا القرار وهو مسئولية ولى الأمر، والوزارة ليس لها ولاية على المدارس فى ذلك .

هذا وقد تفقد الوزير، والمحافظ أعمال الصيانة البسيطة في مدراس المنيا الحديثة بنات والمدرسة الرياضية الإعدادية ومدرسة الفاروق للتعليم الأساسي وشدد على ضرورة الانتهاء من كافة الأعمال قبل العام الدراسي الجديد.

وسيقوم الوزير خلال جولته بمحافظة المنيا، بحضور مؤمن عبد الحميد الرئيس التنفيذي للتشغيل بمؤسسة مصر الخير، بافتتاح مدرستي الشيخ عيسي وأبوحماد للتعليم الأساسي بمركز المنيا والتي نفذتهما مصر الخير.