Colorado was named the 10th best state by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row, nabbing the No. 1 spot for its economy and the No. 8 spot for its infrastructure.Results were mixed in other categories, though. Colorado was deemed 31st in natural environment, 29th in crime/corrections and in fiscal stability, 28th in opportunity, 12th in health care and 11th in education.Colorado also got the top spot for its economy last year, and it moved up for infrastructure, which was ranked 14th last year; education, which was 20th last year; and fiscal stability, ranked 31st last year.The state’s opportunity and crime/corrections scores remained the same, and its health care score dropped from No. 9 last year. The report swapped out its quality of life category, in which Colorado ranked 10th last year, for a natural environment category.U.S. News & World Report ratings on cities, universities and other issues are highly regarded as among the most accurate.The … [Read more...] about Colorado among top 10 states ranked by U.S. News & World Report
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News / UK and world by Press Association April 5, 2019, 10:02 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Using smartphones and other screens has little impact on the wellbeing of teenagers – even before they go to sleep, according to a study. Despite the common belief that screen time could damage young people’s mental health, researchers at Oxford University have found little evidence to support these fears, using data from more than 17,000 teenagers. “Implementing best practice statistical and methodological techniques we found little evidence for substantial negative associations between digital-screen engagement and adolescent wellbeing,” said Amy Orben, researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. Time-use diaries and self-reported measures were used in the study from almost 12,000 adolescents in the UK, just over 4,500 from Ireland, and 790 in the US. Results suggest that the total amount of time spent on screens per a day … [Read more...] about Little evidence wellbeing of teenagers damaged by screen time, study says
By The Washington Post | January 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm By Juliet Eilperin | Washington Post WASHINGTON – Civil penalties for polluters under the Trump administration plummeted during the past fiscal year to the lowest average level since 1994, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data. In the two decades before President Donald Trump took office, EPA civil fines averaged more than $500 million a year, when adjusted for inflation. Last year’s $72 million in fines was 85 percent below that amount, according to the agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance History Online database. Cynthia Giles, who headed EPA’s enforcement office in the Obama administration and conducted the analysis, said the inflation-adjusted figures represent the lowest since the agency’s enforcement office was established. The decline in civil penalties could undermine EPA’s ability to deter wrongdoing, some former agency officials said, because they … [Read more...] about Penalties for polluters down drastically under Trump
Gallery Tattersett Business Park owner, businessman Roger Gawn, with the mound of car and lorry tyres. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY It was once described by experts as the county’s most potentially dangerous fire hazard. But now the end could be in sight for one of Norfolk’s biggest and longest running blights - Tattersett’s notorious tyre mountain near Fakenham. The saga began two decades ago when a licence was granted by Environment Agency for tyre collection business at Tattersett Business Park in 1998.But by 2000 more than a million car and lorry tyres were believed to be on the site with claims that more were arriving daily by the lorry-load.Soon after that, a small fire broke out which sparked fears over the detrimental and irreversible damage which could be caused to the environment if a blaze on a larger scale happened.Aerial shot of the Tattersett tyre mountain near Sculthorpe. Picture: MIKE PAGEThe potential dangers.The main concern was over acrid … [Read more...] about The long read: Could this finally be the end of Norfolk’s notorious tyre mountain following its 20-year saga?