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Why ‘Sexual Mind Control’ Is Rare in Nature

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first_imgParasites don’t just cause nasty infections; they can also take over the minds of their hosts. The Ophiocordyceps fungus, for example, forces ants to climb up the stems of plants, where they die and release the fungus’s spores into the air to infect more ants. Likewise, it would make sense for sexually transmitted parasites to force their hosts to have sex more. But biologists have found very few examples of this in nature. A new study may explain why.To figure out why there isn’t more “sexual mind control” in nature, theoretical ecologist Ludek Berec, of the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and biological mathematician Daniel Maxin, of Valparaiso University in Indiana, turned to mathematical modeling. They created two strains of a hypothetical parasite species: an “ancestor” that did not make its hosts have sex more, and a mutant that did. Then they turned the two strains loose in a hypothetical host population and watched the parasites compete until the mutant strain either died out or replaced its ancestor.If the mutant strain replaced its ancestor, the researchers introduced a new mutant that had even more power over its host’s sex life. They then watched the two strains compete again, introduced yet another, stronger mutant when the old one outcompeted its predecessor, and so on. In this way, the species as a whole could “evolve” to exert more or less sexual mind control over its host.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In most simulations, the mutants did not evolve toward making their hosts have more sex, the team reports in the 7 February issue of the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Instead, they either lost the ability to influence their host’s mating behavior or they died out. The researchers speculate that sexual mind control either costs too much energy for the parasite, causes too much harm to the host, or both. For example, the host might become so focused on sex that it doesn’t spend enough time searching for food and water. Furthermore, for a parasite to alter its host’s sex drive, it might have to pour a lot of its energy into pumping out powerful hormones, which could weaken it in the long term. The findings will help epidemiologists better understand how sexually transmitted diseases spread—not only parasites visible to the naked eye, but also bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic invaders, says evolutionary biologist Patrick Abbot, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, who was not involved with the work. Describing the characteristics of mating-enhancing parasites and their host populations may also help field biologists find more of such parasites in the real world, he notes.last_img read more

Ikea Wants To Make Stuff From The Straw Now Being Burnt In India

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first_imgIkea wants to turn rice straw into household wares in a move that could end up reducing a major source of pollution in India.The Swedish company has set itself a goal of using only renewable and recycled materials by 2030. Ikea is now planning to get Indian farmers to sell it the straw that’s left after they harvest rice, instead of burning it. The practice is one of the reasons India is among the world’s most polluted countries, with the mass burnings resulting in dangerous smog levels.With a reputation built over decades for mass production of cheap furniture, Ikea is rebranding itself as a champion of the environment as customers increasingly demand greener products. It plans to stop using all single-use plastics in its products by 2020.The first rice-straw product prototypes will be decorations and paper boxes, and Ikea plans to start selling them in India during 2019 or 2020, it said in a statement. If the initiative takes off, Ikea may expand it to more products and markets, it said.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

NCP leader accuses Maharashtra revenue minister of multi-crore land scam in Pune

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first_imgThe Opposition on Wednesday accused Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil of being involved in a multi-crore land scam involving two land deals in Pune district. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Jayant Patil, whose speech was expunged in Assembly by speaker Haribhau Bagde, addressed a press conference later to reiterate the allegations and demanded Mr. Patil’s resignation. The Minister, on his part dismissed the allegations and said it was a reflection of the losses suffered by Mr. Patil’s party in the Lok Sabha polls. The NCP MLA alleged that the “Revenue minister using his powers waived off the najrana (fee to transfer temple land) worth ₹42 crore to benefit a builder.” He said around 23 acres of the Mhasoba Devasthan in Kesnand village of Pune’s Haveli tehsil was handed over to Radhasoami Satsang, which had applied to the district collector to regularise transfer of the land deal and make it non-agricultural. The revenue commissioner rejected the plea for non-payment of premium fee. “When an appeal was made to the Minister, he used his quasi-judicial powers and cleared the transaction without recovering the premium. The land was sold at ₹84 crore, and the State government faced a loss of ₹42 crore for non-payment of premium fee,” he said.In the second case, Mr. Patil accused the minister of favouring a builder for a land at Balewadi in Pune. He said a land reserved for a playground was taken over by Shivpriya Realtors. In this case too the officer had informed about the wrong measurement of the plot since it had encroached on the neighbouring playground. “The Revenue minister stayed the decision and ruled in favour of the builder. Construction on this land has begun,” he said.Mr. Chandrakant Patil refuted the allegations. “As per the 1885 land records, the land was not mentioned as devasthan land (inam land) and hence no premium fees was required to be paid,” he said. In the case of Balewadi land, there was no decision, only the land evaluation officer was replaced, he said.Earlier, these remarks were expunged from the proceedings after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde said the member had not given a notice before making these personal allegations. The Opposition boycotted the assembly as a mark of protest. The NCP leader said he would expose another new case on Thursday.last_img read more

Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 lead

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal vs. Morocco Preview

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first_imgAdvertisementGroup B favourites Portugal go head to head tonight with Morocco, in a match which is a do-or-die situation for the latter. Portugal will be looking to secure 3 points from today’s match so that they can advance to the next round whereas Morocco will be tasked with stopping Cristiano Ronaldo’s high-speed offence any way possible. The way this World Cup has turned out to be in the last few days with smaller-teams upsetting the bigger favourite teams; it won’t come as a surprise if Morocco pulls off a miracle especially considering the fact that Morocco has triumphed over Portugal in their previous encounter which dates back to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. They beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage in Guadalajara. That result eliminated Portugal and made Morocco the first African side to reach the second round of a World Cup.The team line-ups: The teams are in for #PORMAR! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/73Cx1XolJV— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 20, 2018The match will take place at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm IST. It will be broadcast live on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3 and Sony ESPN. Advertisement Also, read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Colombia vs Japan ReviewFIFA World Cup 2018 : Russia vs Egypt Review (Video Highlights)last_img read more

The Ashes: Luckless England brace for uphill task in Adelaide

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first_imgIt is usually a sign of a day with few redeeming features when a coach rather than a player faces the media after play and Sunday’s appearance of England’s Trevor Bayliss was no exception.When rain forced an early end to day two of the second Ashes Test, England were 29/1 in reply to Australia’s 442/8 declared, having thrown their best at their hosts only to come off second best.Two DRS referrals that overturned what looked to the naked eye to be plumb lbw decisions off the bowling of the luckless James Anderson were symptomatic of a day where little went right for the tourists.When Alastair Cook and James Vince crashed into each other trying to take a simple catch to dismiss Shaun Marsh, who went on to make an unbeaten 126, memories of the 5-0 drubbing on the last Ashes tour Down Under started to surface.England are already 1-0 down after a 10-wicket defeat at the Gabba but a defiant Bayliss was not prepared to surrender to the gloom only two days into the first day-night Ashes Test.”There’s a good feeling in the dressing room,” he told reporters.”They’re certainly not disheartened at all. Shaun showed it’s not impossible to score runs out there. It will be up to one or our guys to go out and make a big score.”We’re here to win. We’re not here to make up the numbers. That means batting all day tomorrow and well into the fourth day.”Aussie legend Ricky Ponting full of praise for Shaun Marsh after his outstanding knock in Adelaide.#Ashes @SwisseAU pic.twitter.com/03atszm3rNadvertisement- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 3, 2017The day started with Stuart Broad removing Peter Handscomb with the third delivery and for the first hour it looked like England’s bowlers had raised their game after putting Australia in and only taking four wickets on day one.Although debutant seamer Craig Overton (3/105) ultimately ended the day as England’s biggest wicket-taker, Bayliss was not prepared to countenance the idea that his spearhead of Broad and Anderson was simply no longer good enough.”Some days it goes your ways and some it doesn’t,” he said.”On that wicket the bowlers we’ve got are more than capable of taking wickets and creating chances, which I thought we did over the last day or two.”It didn’t go our way on this occasion but these are the bowlers we’ve got, there’s no point wishing or hoping someone else is going to come along with a click of the fingers.”I thought they both bowled extremely well.”Overton gets his third of the innings – Cummins out for 44.Follow: https://t.co/Fjm2MqX4Eu pic.twitter.com/60QQWPbaMi- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 3, 2017Bayliss also defended his captain Joe Root’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss on Saturday.”He wouldn’t do anything different,” he said.”It certainly wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly but for us to win games we’ve got to take 20 wickets.”We bowled pretty well and didn’t get the rewards we thought we deserved.”last_img read more

Panthers Ground Islanders, 5-1

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first_imgNEW YORK — Even without some key players, the Florida Panthers got timely scoring and strong goaltending to shut down the surging New York Islanders.Reilly Smith, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad all scored in the second period to lead the Panthers to a 5-1 victory over the Islanders on Dec. 15.Vincent Trocheck and Jonathan Huberdeau added goals in the third period, and Roberto Luongo finished with 33 saves for Florida, which was without leading-scorer Jaromir Jagr (flu) and injured forwards Nick Bjugstad and Derek MacKenzie.“We were down a few boys tonight but we weathered the storm. That’s what good teams do, find ways to win,” said Luongo, who improved to 11-11-3 on the season. “We had guys step in and do the job.”Florida — outshot by a wide margin — kept steady pressure on the Islanders and beat them for the second time this season, along with a shootout win at home on Nov. 23.Brock Nelson had his 10th goal of the season for New York, which snapped a five game home winning streak and a 10-game stretch overall without a loss in regulation (8-0-2). Jaroslav Halak had 12 saves.“I’m sure he’d like to have a few of those back,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said, referring to his usually solid starting goaltender. “That’s the way it goes sometimes. We just have to rebound.”After the Islanders outshot the Panthers 19-2 in a scoreless first, Smith opened the scoring at 1:51 of the second with a slap shot from the right circle for his ninth goal of the season.“I didn’t think it was as bad for us as the shot totals were in the first,” Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We buried our chances after that. It was a real solid team game.”Barkov, who also had two assists, made it 2-0 for the Panthers with his seventh of the season, an unassisted goal, at 7:25 of the second.Nelson pulled the Islanders to 2-1 with 7:23 remaining in the period when his shot dribbled past Luongo.However, Ekblad scored 20 seconds later to restore the two-goal lead. The goal was the defenseman’s seventh.Trocheck extended the lead to 4-1 at 1:23 of the third period with his ninth of the season.Huberdeau was awarded an empty-net short-handed goal with 3:43 left when he was pulled down as he tried to score, his fourth this season.“They had all those opportunities early and couldn’t score. I think that frustrated them,” Smith said.The 36-year-old Luongo leads active goaltenders with 412 wins and 888 games played. He wasn’t especially tested except for glove saves on Kyle Okposo in the first and John Tavares in the second. He kept his cool during the Islanders shots barrage in the first.“It’s my job to make saves and keep is in it,” added Luongo, a first-round draft pick by the Islanders in 1997. “We found our legs in the second and got going. In the last 40 minutes, we were scoring, blocking shots and making plays — all the things that help you win.”Florida recalled Rocco Grimaldi from AHL Portland for the game. The Panthers also dressed rarely used right wing Logan Shaw and center Corban Knight, who made his Panthers debut.Halak had been 4-0-2 in his last six games. He lost for the first time since Nov. 12 at Los Angeles, when the Kings won 2-1.The Islanders did smother three Panther power plays, extending their streak to 24 straight penalty kills.The Panthers have won the last four meetings against the Islanders – including twice in shootouts — but New York is still 6-4-2 in their last 12 games against Florida.Islanders forward Ryan Strome returned after missing Sunday’s win over New Jersey with an upper body injury.New York travels to Colorado and Arizona before hosting Anaheim prior to the Christmas break. The Panthers visit the Devils on Dec. 17 and Carolina Hurricanes on Dec. 18 before returning to Florida for a six-game homestand.(ALLAN KREDA) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jannik Vestergaard: ‘Staying up or going down – it affects your life’

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first_img Pinterest Twitter interviews “My goal against Kaiserslautern is probably still the best moment of my career,” Vestergaard says. “I said that I didn’t know how it was to win a championship, the World Cup or a Champions League but I would have a hard time thinking it could be a better feeling than the one we had then. Staying up is indescribable but I’d rather not go through the buildup.”Vestergaard has a Danish father, a German mother and football in his genes. His mother’s father and brother played at a high level in Germany, with the former, Hannes Schröers, also turning out briefly for West Ham’s youth team. “It was the mid-1950s and he did it in connection with becoming an English teacher in Germany,” Vestergaard says. “He came to England for a year to learn the language. At that time, football wasn’t really paying. He was a left-back and when he didn’t know what to do, he would play it in deep and the striker, after a couple of long balls, would rip his head off because he didn’t want to run all the time. He’s got stories like that.”Vestergaard has been similarly unafraid to make bold moves. At 15, after falling from favour in the Copenhagen junior ranks, he joined their rivals Brøndby. A growth spurt was cited as the reason for him stalling. He now stands at 6ft 6in and is the tallest outfield player in the Premier League.Vestergaard got back in sync at Brøndby and was offered terms by Hoffenheim, which he accepted, even though it meant moving to Germany and living alone at 17. The club was the making of him and he reflects with fondness on his four and a half years there. Share on Facebook Twitter Vestergaard played for Bremen and Mönchengladbach against Hasenhüttl’s Ingolstadt and RB Leipzig teams and, in six Bundesliga meetings, he drew two and lost four. It is not necessary to mention the head-to-head. Vestergaard already knows it because he has a laser-like memory for match detail.“I didn’t like to play against his teams,” Vestergaard says. “They were very aggressive, very uncomfortable [to play], not giving you any time on the ball. To play his way is not something that happens overnight but we’re getting there. We’re developing. I think Chelsea would say that we’re uncomfortable.”Vestergaard says that the keys to winning a relegation battle are “balls and keeping calm”. He speaks from a position of authority, having been a part of two dramatic escapes, the first of which came at Hoffenheim in 2013. Vestergaard’s team had needed to win at Borussia Dortmund on the final day and hope that Fortuna Düsseldorf did not in order to reach a two-legged relegation play-off and nobody gave them a prayer.Jürgen Klopp, the then Dortmund manager, started with the same XI he would use in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich the following weekend and they went 1-0 up early. Remarkably, Hoffenheim turned it around with two late penalties but Dortmund looked to have sent them down with a last-gasp equaliser. The referee gave the goal only for his assistant to then disallow it for offside.Düsseldorf lost at Hannover and Hoffenheim advanced to the play-off where they would beat Kaiserslautern, with Vestergaard heading the clinching goal in the second leg. Three seasons later, he was involved in another last-day showdown, when his Bremen team had to beat Eintracht Frankfurt to stay up. Draw and they would have entered the play-off; lose and they might have gone down. They won 1-0 with an 88th-minute goal. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Facebook Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Vestergaard says scoring the goal that kept Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga was probably ‘the best moment of my career’. Photograph: Robin Jones/Digital South Vestergaard halts Ruben Loftus-Cheek during Southampton’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea. Photograph: Toyin Oshodi/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock Jannik Vestergaard describes it as a worry that never goes away, the heaviest of responsibilities, a shadow, something that gnaws at relationships, testing them, redefining them. The Denmark centre-half has stared into the abyss of relegation at two of his previous clubs, Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen, and now he must wrestle with the same emotions at Southampton. Yes, football is a sport, a job, he tells himself. But he knows it is so much more.“Staying up or going down – it affects your life, hundreds of people who work for the club and the fans at the stadiums,” Vestergaard says. “I have met only a few players who can leave it all in the dressing room. Share on Messenger Topics Southampton Pinterest Read more Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest “So a bad game, a series of bad results – it has an effect on your personal life and it is tough to be around us. I’m sure my family and my wife could sign that. I mean, what Werder Bremen is to the city of Bremen – it is everything. When I’d be out walking my dog, the importance for the whole area, you could feel it. And it’s the same here in Southampton.“There are a lot of emotions; other people’s emotions, too. You put it in a backpack and you carry it around with you. Am I doing it at the moment? Everyone is, I think. The players and staff would be lying if they said that they didn’t.”Vestergaard, who joined Southampton from Borussia Mönchengladbach last July for £18m, speaks in flawless English – his third language, behind Danish and German – and has a perspective and conviction that belie his 26 years. Like every football fan in Denmark, Vestergaard grew up watching the Premier League and he dreamed of playing in it. The reality has been bracing. Vestergaard now has a new manager in Ralph Hasenhüttl and 17 games to haul Southampton on to the right side of the relegation cut-off. The mission resumes at Leicester on Saturday.By Vestergaard’s own admission, he has yet to show his best form. Dropped by the previous manager, Mark Hughes, in early October for seven weeks, he started Hasenhüttl’s first game at Cardiff on 8 December and made the error that led to the only goal. Yet Hasenhüttl kept faith in him for the next match at home to Arsenal and Vestergaard played well in the 3-2 win. There have since been further flickers from him, most notably in the 0-0 draw at Chelsea. Vestergaard senses that things are picking up.“What I was most happy with was the trust that the manager put in me after Cardiff,” Vestergaard says. “He let me play against Arsenal and it’s those moments when you really have to pay it back and I think I did. I have been struggling, along with the team, to find that level I know I can produce but, especially since Cardiff, I have found a good rhythm. Hopefully, I can build on that.” Vestergaard’s ambition has always burned fiercely. “I was part of the Denmark World Cup squad last summer but I didn’t play and I was angry,” he says. “Had you told me when I was a kid that I’d do this, this and this, maybe I would have taken it but your goals move as you reach them. The World Cup was amazing and horrible. You always want more.”Now what Vestergaard wants more than anything is Premier League survival. 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Denver’s 3 Best Après Ski Cocktails for Your Post-Slope Chill

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first_img Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic You carved, you conquered, and now it’s time to drink.Sure, it’s easy to stop by a liquor store or highway dive, but do your mind (and body) a favor and opt for one of these three apres ski cocktails, courtesy of Denver’s Mile High best.Stress Relief at The Cooper LoungeHigh-end cocktails are just what the doctor ordered after a day of freezing your beard off on the mountain (and possibly some wipeout bumps and bruises, but que sera!). Feel transported by the ethereal yet elegant swagger of The Cooper Lounge. Elevated on the second level of Union Station downtown, the gold and white chandeliers and upholstery put a mellow over your mind while Cooper’s skilled bartenders mix up a Stress Relief (pictured above).This après cocktail is made to go down with a bitter-sweet flavor, concocted with a brandy base, sweet vermouth, the Italian herbal liqueur Amaro, and Tawny Port (a blend of red wines exposed to a controlled amount of air while being aged in wood). You know that feeling when a first sip warms your stomach and instantly relaxes your traps? Yeah, it’s that kind of bliss.Pair It: Berkshire Port Terrine, made by Chef Lon SymensmaBourbon Potation at The Cruise RoomThe Cruise RoomTouted as the Mile High city’s first ever post-prohibition bar, opened in 1933 in the historic Oxford Hotel, The Cruise Room keeps it vintage. The bar itself is shaped like a bottle and designed after a martini lounge on the Queen Mary. Staying true to its historic charm, the haunt also doesn’t subscribe to kitschy seasonal menus that rotate every few months. And for that, we tip our hats.For the most part, its cocktails are tried and true, especially in the case of Bourbon Potation— an earthy blend of Colorado-made Breckenridge bourbon, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, apple butter, and fresh sage leaves. The first drink does an excellent job of both stimulating the senses and bringing you back to the nature of the mountains. And since the smaller environment ditches the flash of chic and bougie bars, you become blanketed with a wise, yet intimate feeling of yourself and those you chose to cheers with.Pair It: Roasted Mushroom FlatbreadThe Maximilian at Beatrice & WoodsleySometimes the best remedy for a cold day on the mountain is lightening the air with a drink that reminds us of warmer days (especially if you’re a multi-sport athlete who loves wakeboarding Horsetooth Reservoir as much as carving Copper). In this case, The Maximilian at Beatrice & Woodsley is a win.The sweet elixir is made with El Ultimo Agave tequila, cinnamon syrup, and lime and orange juice, served on the rocks. It’s a soothing bite that ends with a sugary note. So shed your technical outerwear and let your body breath, lounging in a cushioned booth divided by white linen drapes and cream-colored Aspen trees acting as pillars, while kerosene lanterns hang from the ceiling by the dozen.Pair It: Crawfish Beignetslast_img read more

GovNet Officially Launched

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GovNet is a secure, wide area network infrastructure that will link government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate shared services. The Government’s communications network, GovNet, which is expected to result in greater public-sector interconnectivity and efficiency, was officially launched today (June 6). The Government’s communications network, GovNet, which is expected to result in greater public-sector interconnectivity and efficiency, was officially launched today (June 6).GovNet is a secure, wide area network infrastructure that will link government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate shared services.These include data centre computing services (Gov-Cloud); a consolidated voice communication system (Gov-Talk), a consolidated email system (Gov-Email); and Gov-Internet.It is envisioned that GovNet will facilitate the seamless transfer of information between State agencies and other stakeholders as well as provide online services to the public at minimal cost.Speaking at the launch at Jamaica House, Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said GovNet’s phased implementation will be undertaken over a three- to five-year period at a cost of about US$43 million.He said an initial US$5 million has been secured through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first phase, with additional funding for this segment expected from provisions for the National Identification System (NIDS) project.The Minister informed that the first phase will be implemented in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, incorporating approximately 80 per cent of government corporate offices.Phase two will see the network being extended along the north coast, to include State entities in St. Ann, Trelawny and St. James.The third will involve the network’s extension along the coast from Montego Bay into Hanover, Savanna-la-Mar, Black River and Mandeville, while the fourth phase will incorporate Port Antonio, Port Maria and Harbour View.Dr. Wheatley said GovNet can revolutionise the manner in which business is done with the Government and will also significantly aid the Administration’s thrust to fully transform Jamaica to a digital knowledge-based society.He added that significant cost reductions are expected to accrue from the interconnectivity of MDAs and consolidation of investments.“GovNet will improve service delivery by increasing productivity and efficiency and, most importantly, it will allow for easier sharing of data, information, resources and services. With streamlined service delivery, the elimination of duplication, and ease of access to government services and information, GovNet, once implemented, will make Government more accessible, less distant and more business-friendly,” the Minister stated.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley lauded the key partners on the project, including eGov Jamaica Limited, the National Works Agency and telecommunication companies, Flow and Digicel.“The NWA is working closely with eGov to complete the build-out of the islandwide fibre backbone on which the GovNet foundation is based, and Flow and Digicel will provide Internet connectivity to the various MDAs, especially those in remote areas,” he saidThe objectives of GovNet are reducing Government’s overall telecommunications costs, and transaction costs associated with the provision of public services and information; and improving communications across MDAs.GovNet’s implementation was approved by Cabinet in December 2017. It is envisioned that GovNet will facilitate the seamless transfer of information between State agencies and other stakeholders as well as provide online services to the public at minimal cost. Story Highlights read more

India Maldives ink 6 pacts as PM Modi Prez Solih hold talks

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first_imgMale: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih held wide-ranging talks on Saturday as the two countries signed six agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas including defence and maritime. Modi arrived in the Indian Ocean archipelago on Saturday on his first foreign visit after re-election as Prime Minister to strengthen the bilateral ties, reflecting the importance India attaches to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist The first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was for cooperation in the fields of hydrography. Another was on health. The other agreements included on the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea, cooperation in customs capacity building between the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs of India and the Maldives Customs Service. An MoU was also signed between the National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances and Maldives Civil Service Commission on Training and Capacity Building Programme for Maldivian civil servants. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France A technical agreement on sharing white shipping information between the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force was also signed. Prime Minister Modi and President Solih held warm discussions, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. “Mutually beneficial partnership. Warm discussions marked the meeting between PM @narendramodi & President of Maldives @ibusolih. Focus on further deepening our special relationship by expanding cooperation across sectors,” he said on Twitter. A coastal surveillance radar system and a composite training centre for the Maldives defence forces were jointly inaugurated by the two leaders. After the talks, Prime Minister Modi said that the focus of the various projects that India is undertaking in the Maldives is to touch the lives of people. He said India has agreed on the construction of a Friday Mosque in the southern part of the Maldives where an urban development centre is being built. The two countries have agreed to start a ferry service between Kochi and the Maldives, he said. Prime Minister Modi said that the launch of RuPay Card in the Maldives will give a boost to tourism in the island nation. “There have been discussions over making the defense services stronger in Maldives. India wants a strong relationship with the Maldives and believes that a strong and prosperous Maldives will be in the interest of the region,” Modi said. He said that maritime and defence ties are a top priority and the radar system will boost maritime security. India is committed to help the Maldives in every way possible, he added.last_img read more

Infosys Q1 net grows 52 to 3802 cr increases revenue guidance to

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first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s second-largest IT services firm Infosys Friday reported 5.2 per cent growth in consolidated net profit to Rs 3,802 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. It had posted a net profit of Rs 3,612 crore in the April-June 2018 quarter, Infosys said in a BSE filing. Revenue from operations of the Bengaluru-based firm grew 13.9 per cent to Rs 21,803 crore in the June 2019 quarter, compared to Rs 19,128 crore in the year-ago period, it added. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepInfosys has increased its revenue growth guidance for FY20 to 8.5-10 per cent in constant currency. In April quarter, Infosys had said it expects a revenue growth of 7.5-9.5 per cent in FY 2019-20. “We had a strong start to FY’20 with constant currency growth accelerating to 12.4 per cent on year over year basis and digital revenue growth of 41.9 per cent. This was achieved through our consistent client focus and investments which have strengthened our client relationships,” Infosys CEO and Managing Director Salil Parekh said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe added that the company has consequently raised its revenue guidance for the year from 7.5-9.5 per cent to 8.5-10 per cent. In US dollars terms, Infosys net profit grew to $546 million in the June quarter from $534 million in the year-ago period, while revenues rose to $3.13 billion as against $2.83 billion. The company noted that its current policy entails paying up to 70 per cent of the free cash flow annually by way of dividend and/or buyback. The Board has reviewed and approved a revised Capital Allocation Policy after taking into consideration the strategic and operational cash requirements, it said. “Effective from Financial year 2020, the company expects to return approximately 85 per cent of the free cash flow cumulatively over a five-year period through a combination of semi-annual dividends and/or share buyback and/or special dividends, subject to applicable laws and requisite approvals, if any,” it added. The results were announced after the market hours. Infosys shares closed marginally higher at Rs 727.10 apiece on BSE.last_img read more

Bellamy Young Urges Those Impacted by Lung Cancer to Test Talk Take

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first_imgAcclaimed actress and singer Bellamy Young lost her father to lung cancer, and she is now sharing her personal experience as part of Test. Talk. Take Action., a new awareness campaign focused on increasing people’s understanding of biomarkers and the role they play in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).The campaign – led by Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, in partnership with Young and leading lung cancer advocacy groups – encourages those impacted by NSCLC to learn about biomarkers and talk with their health care provider about testing.Biomarkers, substances that can be found in cancer cells, give doctors a more well-defined picture of a patient’s lung cancer. In addition to being used to diagnose cancer, testing for biomarkers can help doctors make informed decisions about the most appropriate treatment for a patient’s lung cancer. There are several different biomarkers that can be used to plan treatment in NSCLC. These include EGFR, ALK, ROS-1, and PD-L1.“One of the most important parts of the lung cancer journey is becoming informed about what you and your loved ones are facing,” Young explained. “When my Pop was diagnosed with lung cancer, we felt helpless and confused. At the time, I just wanted more resources to help us understand and manage his treatment and care.”Leading lung cancer patient advocacy groups supporting the program include Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Free to Breathe, Lung Cancer Alliance, Lung Cancer Foundation of America, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and LUNGevity. These organizations have made it their mission to support people impacted by lung cancer through education, resources and research.Young knows firsthand what people with lung cancer and their loved ones are going through; her father went through 10 months of treatment before he passed away from the disease.She added, “I’m honored to be a part of a campaign that is designed to provide people impacted by NSCLC with information that can help empower them to make informed treatment decisions. I encourage patients and their loved ones to visit www.TestTalkTakeAction.com to get the facts about biomarker testing and start a new dialogue with their health care providers about the next steps in their treatment.”Lung Cancer and the Role of Biomarker TestingLung cancer, which forms in the tissues of the lungs, usually within cells lining the air passages, is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell and small cell. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer, accounting for about 85 percent of all cases.Thanks to advancements in lung cancer research, doctors have found that every lung cancer is different and that they can use biomarker testing to uncover some of the characteristics of a patient’s cancer. Biomarker testing is now widely recommended in NSCLC and by testing, doctors can use the information to plan the best treatment path forward for a patient.“Everyday scientists are learning more and more about lung cancer, including how biomarker testing can play an increasingly important role in the care of people with NSCLC,” said Dr. Suman Bannur Rao, medical oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. “The results of biomarker testing can provide critical information that enables us to determine the specific treatments that are more likely to work for a patient.”“At Merck, we’re committed to helping patients affected by lung cancer, which includes developing resources to increase understanding about this disease,” said Jill DeSimone, senior vice president, Merck Oncology. “We are excited to work with the lung cancer community and Bellamy Young on Test. Talk. Take Action. and hope that through education, we can help inspire patients to be their own health care advocate by talking with their doctor about biomarker testing and making informed treatment decisions.”To learn more about comprehensive biomarker testing in NSCLC, including PD-L1, talk to your doctor, and visit www.TestTalkTakeAction.com.last_img read more

WIFTT – TORONTO ANNOUNCES THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 DGC ONTARIO DIRECTOR

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first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, August 8, 2016—Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce producer/director/writer Nadine Valcin as the recipient of the 2016 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Director Mentorship. The mentorship provides one emerging Canadian female director with a two-tiered approach to enriching both their business and creative acumen.“Fueling and supporting female voices is an essential part of our mandate at WIFT-T and this flagship mentorship is an outstanding catalyst for success,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “WIFT-T is thrilled to offer this unique mentorship and we are extremely grateful to our partner, DGC Ontario, for helping us make this opportunity available to our members.”“DGC Ontario is, once again, proud to be a part of the WIFT-T director mentorship program.  We are dedicated to generating opportunity for creators and aiding them in pursuing their goals in the screen-based industry,” stated Bill Skolnik, CEO & Executive Director, DGC Ontario. “We were greatly impressed with the caliber of applicants this year and look forward to following Nadine’s career and to a continued partnership with WIFT-T.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The first portion of the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship focuses on business training and guidance through one-on-one mentoring sessions with this year’s business mentor Christina Kubacki – Director of Acquisitions at Entertainment One Films Canada. The second phase of the mentorship will pair Nadine Valcin with DGC Ontario Director member and 2008 WIFT-T DGC Ontario Mentorship recipient, Dawn Wilkinson, who will guide her through various creative approaches.  As the recipient of this mentorship, Nadine Valcin also receives a complimentary 2016 TIFF Industry pass.The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a highly competitive and coveted opportunity. Nadine has shown perseverance and versatility in her work, creating a range of documentary and narrative films in both French and English.  Her credits include her short film In Between and the NFB documentary Black Bold and Beautiful.“I am looking forward to the DGC Ontario Mentorship and working with two very prominent and successful women in the industry,” said Nadine Valcin.  “This very focused and personalized one-on-one opportunity is the perfect fit at this stage in my career as I transition from documentary and factual production to drama. The insights and strategies I acquire in the process will greatly assist me in making that important career leap. The success of past alumna is a testimony to the relevance and strength of this initiative and I am excited to partake in it.”ABOUT NADINE VALCIN:Nadine Valcin is an award winning bilingual producer, writer and director.  She has directed four documentary projects for the National Film Board of Canada, including the critically acclaimed Black, Bold and Beautiful and Une école sans frontières (A School without Boarders).  Most recently, she has written and directed three short dramatic films and is developing two feature films.  Terre d’asile (in French) and My Own Angel (in English).  Nadine has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a Drama Prize from the National Screen Institute for the short film In Between.  She holds a professional degree in architecture from McGill University and is an alumnus of Doc Lab, the Women in the Director’s Chair, and the National Screen Institute.  She was an artist-in-residence at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University for the 2015-2016 academic year.  www.rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

INLAC Develops a Truly Global Education Perspective in Fez Morocco

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By Casey PoeFez, The medieval city many visitors and Westerners call their favorite Moroccan city. Being divided into the Medina and the modern city, Fez is very cosmopolitan, with a unique history and beauty. Numerous historical monuments, bazaars, cafés, fountains, restaurants, and festivals create a convivial environment for rich cultural exchanges. Fez offers a quality of life unmatched in the Arab world combining plentiful cultural contacts, local touch, abundant sunshine, and direct access to the mountains, forest, and desert. The International Institute for Languages and Cultures (INLAC) is located in the old Medina of Fez which boasts the oldest university in the Islamic world: Al-Qarawiyyin University. INLAC aims to foster dialogue between cultures and peoples, especially between the Islamic world and the West. The global unrest and the tragic events of September 11, 2001 have highlighted the urgency of promoting communication between civilizations and societies, especially the youth of the Islamic World and the West. INLAC was founded in 2011 by the well-known university professors Fatima Sadiqi and Moha Ennaji, as a structured forum for such a communication through both academic and cultural channels.Al-Qarawiyyin University: the Oldest University in the world.INLAC is a private institute which is accredited by the Moroccan Ministry of Education and is open to Study Abroad students. It welcomes students from around the world and offers classes in Arabic, as well as content courses in English, namely: contemporary North Africa, Islam, History, Politics, Women’s Issues, Migration, Education, and Anthropology of North Africa and the Middle East.INLAC is surrounded by quiet streets and is close to most amenities in the medina including riyads, tea houses, restaurants, bazaars, and shops. It is within walking distance to the Batha square and 15 minutes ride by taxi to the center of the city (Ville Nouvelle) and 30 minutes’ drive from Fez Saiss airport. A Western style shopping mall, with luxury boutiques, food courts and a leisure area, is less than 15 minutes ride by taxi.Programs are customized according to the needs of the students and the requirements of their colleges and universities. Arabic courses are taught according to university international academic credit standards by a dedicated and enthusiastic group of Moroccan university professors and experts. INLAC, which aims at excellence in teaching for credit, does not only lead students through textbooks, but it also offers a complete immersion in Morocco’s languages and cultures. The goal is to make students ‘think in’ as well as speak Arabic quickly, using the communicative intercultural approach.Furthermore, INLAC provides homestays in the medina, as well as in the new city or nearby hotels. It strongly recommends homestays, as living with a carefully chosen Moroccan family is an enriching experience which has a far-reaching and permanent cultural and personal impact.It also provides the participants with various excursions – an important element of cross-cultural education – to different parts of Morocco in order to give the participants a chance to discover the diverse aspects of Moroccan life.Likewise, students get involved in community service, in collaboration with non-governmental organizations, with the aim to serve the host community in a give-and-take partnership. Allowing students to associate themselves with charities and non-profit causes facilitates their professional routes. Working directly for NGOs is a great experience that fosters self-confidence and a feeling of sharing.Students are also introduced to Moroccan cuisine, music, and dance. Arabic calligraphy is taught on an optional basis by well-known calligraphists in the country. Students are encouraged to pursue their special interests and hobbies so as to enhance their academic, cultural, and individual achievements.INLAC provides a unique environment in which to learn, socialize, and expand a cultural knowledge base that one can draw upon to help understand the impact of culture upon leadership and intercultural interaction, develop a lifelong appreciation and respect for cultural variation, and build up intercultural leadership skills that value and include cultural differences.Finally, INLAC has partnerships with many American and European universities such as: Northeastern University, New Haven University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, St’ John’s University in New York, University of New York Potsdam, Lewis and Clark College, Whittier College, Williams College, University of Manchester, American University Center in Provence, Copenhagen University, Université l’Oriental, Aalborg University, Oldenburg University, and others.INLAC seeks to become a beacon of learning and study abroad in Morocco.Casey Poe, CLS Program Director (Fès 2011), lecturer at the American University of Iraq© Morocco World News. 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Ban welcomes Central Asias decision to renounce nuclear weapons

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All five Central Asian nations – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – have ratified the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone, first formally proposed by Uzbek President Islam Karimov at the General Assembly in 1993.The agreement, which opened for signature in September 2006, covers an area where nuclear weapons previously existed.Kazakhstan, which endured over 400 atomic blasts at the Semipalatinsk testing ground in the country’s north, previously had the fourth largest nuclear weapon arsenal in the world, but renounced its arsenal after gaining independence.Central Asia joins the four other nuclear-weapon-free zones: Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, South-East Asia and Africa.Mr. Ban pointed out that the Treaty is also “significant” because it sets up the first nuclear-weapons-free zone requiring parties to fully comply with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).Additionally, the five nations must also conclude and bring into force an Additional Protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Protocol is a set of safeguards to boost the IAEA’s ability to ensure that a State does not have undeclared nuclear material.“In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Treaty, the Secretary-General would like to urge the States concerned to address any outstanding issues that may affect its operation,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.With the review of the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, coming up next year, the Secretary-General said that he “trusts that the entry into force of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia will reinforce efforts to strengthen the global nuclear non-proliferation regime, underline the strategic and moral value of nuclear-weapon-free zones, as well as the possibilities for greater progress on a range of issues in the pursuit of a world free of nuclear weapons.” 20 March 2009Central Asia is set to become the Northern Hemisphere’s first-ever nuclear-weapons-free zone tomorrow, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcoming the entry into force of the pact underpinning the establishment of the zone. read more

More arrests over Lankan couple case

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The couple were originally from Sri Lanka and had settled down in the UK and obtained citizenship. Two persons, including a key accused wanted for the abduction of a Sri Lankan born British couple in Chennai recently were arrested today, taking the number of persons arrested in this case to 11, the Press Trust of India reported.Satya alias Sakthivel was arrested from Neyveli bus stand in Cuddalore district and on his information, one more person, Kaliamurthy, was also picked up, the Chennai police said. The couple was rescued and nine persons, including two Sri Lankans, were arrested for allegedly committing the crime and demanding Rs 2.58 crore as ransom.City police had coordinated with Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) to rescue them. The couple had arrived here to proceed to Tiruchirapalli, where they planned to join a tour operator and visit temples in Tamil Nadu for nine days.Police recovered Thavaraja’s two credit cards, his wife’s jewels and a knife from them, it said. They were wanted in connection with the abduction of British nationals Thavaraja (59) and his wife Salaja (55), who were kidnapped for ransom in Chennai on May 29 when they landed at the airport. read more

Housing starts rose in April mainly due to more apartments condos CMHC

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TORONTO – The pace of housing starts unexpectedly surged in April, mainly due to an increase in construction on urban apartments and condos, areas of the housing market that some analysts fear are already too hot.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said Tuesday that housing starts rose 14 per cent to 244,900 units on a seasonally adjusted annual basis last month, compared with 214,800 in March.The seasonal adjustment irons out seasonal variations and calculates an annual number as if the April pace were to continue for 12 months.The number of starts in April far more robust than the decline to a rate 204,000 units that economists had expected.There were just over 21,000 actual starts in April, CMHC said.“This is an important report: There’s little question now that Canada’s residential construction sector is heated, with the big-city condo market boasting the highest temperature,” said Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic.Multiple urban starts —on buildings like apartments and condos — increased by 27.4 per cent to 158,500 units. That was the highest level on record since 2007, Kavcic said.The CMHC said the strong pace in April was fuelled by demand late last year.“The increase in this segment is partly a reflection of the high level of pre-sales in large, multi-unit projects since 2011, which is in line with job gains over the last year,” said Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre.Construction on urban single-family homes was up modestly, rising 0.6 per cent to 67,700 units.In a sharp contrast to the robust activity in urban centres — up 18 per cent year over year — construction on rural homes fell by 19 per cent to 18,700.The housing market has been driven by historically low interest rates, which appears to be continuing to fuel the robust building pace despite economists’ expectations of some softening.Super-low mortgage rates and high demand have driven housing sales and prices higher, especially in large urban centres such as Toronto and Vancouver, particularly in the hot condo market.However, CMHC has said the condo trend is not sustainable and many analysts agree.Some economists have warned this frenzied pace of building could leave a glut of supply on the market if demand weakens.Kavcic said the market, especially in the multi-unit sector in an few major cities, is at risk of overheating.“While the weather in recent months has been unusually mild and supportive of construction activity, the pick up in home building has been far too persistent to be written off as just temporary,” he said, adding that starts have now moved well above underlying demand.“The trend away from building detached homes in favour of condos continues unabated, particularly in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. … Interestingly, the single-unit segment is very well behaved, if not underserved, and the scarcity of such homes is one reason detached prices in Toronto are being bid up.”Dina Cover, a TD economist said the level of home starts recorded in April is not sustainable.We expect to see some give-back in the coming months. Still, residential construction will likely be a larger contributor to real GDP growth in Q2 than we had anticipated,” she said.“Overall, we expect homebuilding activity to remain healthy this year, as builders work to complete projects before the Bank of Canada begins to hike interest rates — a move we expect to take place in September.”RBC economist Kirsten Cornelson said April’s acceleration of building activity suggests the strength in starts in the first quarter may not have been entirely due to warmer than usual weather.“While (the) report presents some upside risk to our housing starts forecast for 2012, we nonetheless expect that there will be some easing in the coming months to a more sustainable pace of growth.”The Bank of Canada and federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently stepped up their warnings to Canadians to moderate borrowing on real estate, declaring household debt to be the domestic economy’s number one enemy.The finance minister has also announced changes to the designed to tighten controls on lending from CMHC, a move that was further expected to slow the market. by Sunny Freeman, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2012 11:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Housing starts rose in April, mainly due to more apartments, condos: CMHC read more

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Womens soccer McVicker sees injury as stepping stone

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Entering its game against Minnesota, the Ohio State women’s soccer team had high hopes for its season-opening run. Those high hopes were shattered on one serious play during the seventh minute, when redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker tried to make a save.McVicker collided with a Minnesota player, and sustained fractured ribs, a punctured lung and a lacerated kidney. She was quickly removed from the field and taken to a Minnesota hospital,where she remained in intensive care for two days before being downgraded to standard care.“Ohio State senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker is being held at a Minneapolis hospital through the end of the week for further treatment and testing after suffering an injury Sunday at Minnesota,” the athletic department said in a statement from an OSU spokesperson on Friday.McVicker has appeared in over 50 matches for the Buckeyes since joining the team in 2012. McVicker is a former assistant sports director for Lantern TV and also reported for The Lantern during the 2016 Spring Semester.After being released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon, she and her family drove back to Columbus, stopping in Chicago along the way before arriving back at OSU on Monday.Although not the first time the Metuchen, New Jersey, native has sustained an injury, this time, was different from the rest.OSU senior goaltender Jillian McVicker flexes as she recovers in her hospital bed in Minnesota. Credit: Courtesy of Jillian McVicker“I knew that it definitely wasn’t my muscle or anything. I just came out, I knew there was going to be a collision but I just had to get the ball,” McVicker said. “When I came out, I thought I had the wind knocked out of me at first, and then I couldn’t breathe for like a minute.”According to McVicker, her doctor said this type of injury is most common after being involved in a car crash, not with a sport like soccer.The injury has effectively ended the OSU career of McVicker, with a little over a month left in the regular season. Although her time as a Buckeye athlete has been cut short, she has still maintained a positive attitude and high spirits. “All the adversity I have faced, whether it be from injury or typical adversity that every athlete goes through, you just have to keep your head up and keep your mind on the process,” McVicker said. “Take it day-by-day and step-by-step. Which is actually very ironic because that’s exactly what I’m doing in my rehab right now.”As part of the healing process, McVicker can only lift things under 10 pounds, while limiting the amount of overall movement she has throughout the day.On social media, McVicker has received an outpouring of support from family, friends, teammates, players from other teams and, most notably, former United States Women’s National Team midfielder Julie Foudy. McVicker, a four-time OSU scholar-athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, has appeared in over 60 matches during her career with the Buckeyes. She is a double major in strategic communications and journalism, and will be graduating this December.After graduation and her injuries have fully healed, McVicker has intentions to continue her playing career outside of OSU.“I definitely want to graduate and want to look at playing overseas in Germany professionally or in America,” McVicker said. “I’m going to probably try to get an agent and figure that out once I graduate. It’s definitely not the last time I’m going to put on my keeper gloves and my jersey again.”Although she will no longer be lacing up her cleats for the Scarlet and Gray, McVicker said she will be embracing her new role of cheering her team on. Without the redshirt senior in the net, the Buckeyes will now be looking to the sideline when when she returns. From here on out, the focus of McVicker is to rally the troops to continue the team’s success. “Although this injury happened to me, my main thing for this season is for my team to be successful,” McVicker said. “Yes, this is horrible and I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. But at the same time, all of my energy and everything when I get back is to prepare my the team the best I can in my new role.” read more