first_imgAustralia’s sporting clubs have the potential to recruit over 1.1 million Australian primary school aged children in sport if they can address the key barriers to their sport participation, according to a new research report released this week. Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy said the report – Market Segmentation for Sport Participation: Children 5-13 years old – identified the key motivators, needs and barriers that underpin Australian children’s participation in sport.“Young children tend to be fans of sport, and we see large numbers of primary-school aged children getting involved in club-based sport,” Senator Lundy said.“But, this research tells us that older kids often see sports clubs as competitive and overly focused on performance. These things are taking the fun out of sports participation for some kids. “The challenge for clubs is to remember that kids just want to have fun, and kids will leave club-based sport if they stop enjoying themselves.”One possible approach to keep Australian children engaged in sport is the Playing for Life philosophy, which is based on the concept of game play and uses games rather than traditional drill training to promote sports participation.The Playing For Life philosophy was developed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) as a means to engage children of all abilities in junior sports and to provide positive sporting experiences. Touch Football Australia (TFA) has partnered with the ASC, through its Active After School Communities (AASC) program, to provide children with an introductory Touch Football program. The Playing for Life – Touch Football coaching manual consists of seven sequential, game-based lessons suitable for primary school-aged children of all abilities. The lessons are designed to assist people with minimal experience in Touch Football, to deliver fun, inclusive games in line with the Playing for Life philosophy.Playing for Life is an approach to coaching that uses games rather than drills to introduce the skills and tactics of a particular sport, or structured physical activity, being delivered. Each session is designed purposefully, so that the games progressively introduce and develop a particular skill that is the focus of the session. The emphasis is on providing safe, fun, engaging activities that ensure maximum participation from all children, regardless of their level of ability.The Playing for Life – Touch Football resource has also been designed to strengthen the link between school and community participation, supporting the AASC program as a link in the junior participation pathway. To view the Playing for Life – Touch Football coaching manual, please click on the attachment below.The Minister has also released new research that validates the Playing For Life philosophy with children aged from five to 12, with Playing for Life to be effective at creating fun and inclusive environments for sport participation.The Children’s Market Segmentation and the Playing For Life validation research are complementary tools that can help sports understand and better retain children within their affiliates (clubs).The research follows on from the Adult Market Segmentation study released earlier this year. Both are key parts of the ASC’s leadership role in guiding sport through the provision of evidence-based support, tools and investment to increase participation.More information regarding the Children’s Market Segmentation and Playing For Life research is available at Filesplay_for_life_-_touch_football_02-pdfRelated LinksPlaying For Lifelast_img read more

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns mascot standing in his corner during a game.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 10: Bevo, the mascot of the Texas Longhorns, stands in his corner during a game against the Colorado Buffaloes on October 10, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Video is going viral of Texas’ live mascot, Bevo, going crazy on the field before tonight’s Sugar Bowl matchup against Georgia.The Sugar Bowl attempted to get a pregame photo with Texas’ live mascot, a massive longhorn steer, and Georgia’s live mascot, a cute bulldog.It did not go well.Holy s—. Bevo just charged at Uga.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 2, 2019Bevo charged some of the photographers and could have caused some serious damage.Video of the incident is actually kind of terrifying.Bevo is not here for this mascot meeting. #HookEm— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) January 2, 2019Yooo, @TexasMascot just went at Uga during an attempted photo opportunity @SugarBowlNola.— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) January 2, 2019So, maybe avoid meetings like this in the future.Georgia and Texas, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 8:45 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

first_img People in Central Nova Scotia have more opportunities to beactive through new projects supported by the Office of HealthPromotion’s physical activity grants. Health Promotion provided grants totalling $500,000 to more than100 groups throughout the province to help Nova Scotians getactive through walking, swimming, dancing, boxing and many otherphysical activities. “These programs provide a wide range of opportunities for NovaScotia children, families and seniors, who might not otherwise beactive,” said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “NovaScotians are not as active as they should be, but that ischanging thanks to groups across the province that are receivingthese grants and developing programs.” The Physical Activity Grant Program supports initiatives thatcreate or increase participation in organized and unstructuredforms of sport, physical recreation and active transportation.Programs focus on those who are currently inactive, with priority placed on young people. Forty students at Cunard Junior High and Herring Cove Junior Highwill be dancing their way to health in Dance Fits All — aprogram where they will learn and practise different dancestyles, such as hip-hop. The students, between the ages of 12 and14, will be involved in bi-weekly, 60-minute sessions. “This is an opportunity for these students to get fit and active,participating in an activity they really enjoy. Dancing issomething that everyone can learn,” said Mr. MacDonald. For more information on the grant program, contact HealthPromotion’s representative in Central Nova Scotia, Carol Davis-Jamieson, by e-mail at or call 902-424-7622.Additional information can also be found on the website . HEALTH PROMOTION–Central Area Physical Activity Grants Make aDifferencelast_img read more

first_imgThe province paid tribute to those who prevent crime and make Nova Scotia communities safer with the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Crime Prevention today, March 9. The ceremony recognized 11 individuals and organizations who developed partnerships and programs that address root causes of crime, provided leadership in the community, and supported others in their efforts to make our communities safer. “I am inspired by the depth of recipients’ commitment to bettering their communities,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “They are putting their heart and soul into their work, and it’s making an impact. “I’m always impressed by the willingness of all parties to change tactics, to try new things, and to work together to support at-risk youth and those in conflict with the law.” This is the seventh year the awards have been handed out. This year’s winners are: Individual Award Richard Derible, staff supervisor, Halifax Regional School Board. Mr. Derible encouraged the use of restorative approaches, which foster a community of staff, teachers, students, and parents that know how to support and care about one another, in schools across Nova Scotia. His work has helped to establish Nova Scotia as a world leader in the use of restorative approaches to resolve conflict Const. Colin Helm, school safety resource officer, RCMP, Digby. Mr. Helm has taken an active role in promoting positive relations with African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal communities Policing Award Youth Award For full bios of all the award winners, please visit Tony Robinson and Ron Cheverie, civilian co-ordinators, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers, Dartmouth. Under the leadership of Mr. Robinson and Mr. Cheverie, Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers has been an invaluable tool for concerned citizens to remain anonymous when reporting criminal activities Community Group/Organization Award Luke MacDonald, part owner, Aerobics First, Halifax. Mr. MacDonald organizes a running and reading program in several elementary schools in at-risk communities Corporate Award Carlos Beals, senior outreach worker, Ceasefire Halifax. As a leader within Ceasefire, a violence-reduction project that saves lives, redirects high-risk youth, and strengthens community, Mr. Beals promoted teamwork, flexibility, understanding and diversity Jennifer Bernier, executive director, Centre for Building Resilience Through Anti-Violence Education, Halifax. Ms. Bernier is dedicated to ensuring the centre can offer free services and practical support to prevent future criminal behaviour in at-risk girls and their families Restorative Justice/Restorative Approaches Award Andrew Henneberry, student, Saint Mary’s University, and administrative assistant, RCMP, Dartmouth. Mr. Henneberry volunteers with the RCMP’s victim services program, offering emotional support, court support, case information assistance, and referrals to people impacted by crime or trauma Const. Nathan Sparks, RCMP, Guysborough. Mr. Sparks championed a hybrid hub model for youth intervention in Guysborough County, which has been instrumental in helping troubled youth before they end up in court Const. Mark Stevens, Halifax Regional Police. Mr. Stevens works closely with the many volunteers who operate the Demetreous Lane Community Centre, ensuring constructive information sharing built on mutual trust and respect between the police and the community Sheila Serfas, crime analyst, RCMP, Dartmouth. Ms. Serfas shares her expertise on crime prevention and reduction, speaking at national and international training conferences, as well as local universitieslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lee brings his latest, the documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, to the 12th Montreal International Black Film Festival team, which runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.  As an added bonus, Lee will not only attend the Oct. 1 screening of the film at Concordia’s Hall Building Alumni Auditorium, he will also conduct a Q&A following it.Michael Jackson’s Journey, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, could almost be construed as a prequel to the director’s 2012 doc Bad 25, which marked the 25th anniversary of the Jackson disc Bad. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Malcolm X was clearly a natural for Spike Lee to bring to the screen. But Michael Jackson?Perhaps not so obvious to some, but it makes perfect sense for those who have followed the arc of Lee’s career.  Both Malcolm X and Jackson were African-American icons who made major impacts in their chosen paths, who constantly had to contend with racism (albeit on dramatically different levels and stages) and whose lives ended in such tragedy.last_img read more

8 March 2007From the violence-scarred cities of Afghanistan to the rape-wracked lands of Darfur, from the teeming Palestinian refugee camps of Gaza to the lofty halls of its Headquarters in New York, the United Nations system today marked International Women’s Day with the focus on ending impunity for violence against women and girls. From the violence-scarred cities of Afghanistan to the rape-wracked lands of Darfur, from the teeming Palestinian refugee camps of Gaza to the lofty halls of its Headquarters in New York, the United Nations system today marked International Women’s Day with the focus on ending impunity for violence against women and girls. “Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message, calling on Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to work for a transformation in relations between women and men, at all levels of society. “It takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence, yet the reality is that, too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned. The United Nations must be at the forefront of those endeavours,” he added, stressing also that in almost all countries, women continue to be underrepresented in decision-making positions, while their work continues to be undervalued, underpaid or not paid at all. Among the many special events marking the day was a panel discussion at Headquarters addressed by Mr. Ban and other senior UN officials. In Sudan’s Darfur region, where nearly four years of fighting between the Government, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy has already killed over 200,000 people and uprooted 2.5 million more amid charges of massacres and mass rape, the UN refugee agency highlighted its work in providing counselling and psycho-social support at centres for internally displaced women and refugees. To date, some 80,000 women have benefited from the service provided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), contributing to a gradual change in the perception amongst displaced men and women about sexual violence in conflict. “This centre is vital for us,” one beneficiary, Fatma, said at a camp in West Darfur. “Some people may think that we just need food and water to survive. But what we are doing here is also a very important kind of assistance.” By its very nature, UNHCR’s observation of the day was spread widely across the world, from the many camps where it hosts those uprooted from their homes to its headquarters in Geneva, where High Commissioner António Guterres announced that his agency was joining nine sister UN agencies to take concerted action against sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations. “I hope these actions will make it absolutely clear that prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence is a UNHCR priority,” he said of The Stop Rape Now campaign co-launched by the agency in Nairobi, Geneva and New York. In a UN school, a 15-year-old Palestinian refugee girl summed up the hopes for her sex. “I want to be the first Palestinian woman to become president,” Suha said at the school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). “Today we not only commemorate but also celebrate your spirit,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd said in a message to Palestinian women. “It is your strength, your courage and your steadfastness that have kept hope alive in Palestine.” In another troubled land, hundreds of women joined the UN mission at events held across Afghanistan. In Kabul, the capital, women streamed into the Women’s Garden to mark the day with a UN fair, a film show and a photo exhibition highlighting the daily realities of the lives of Afghanistan’s women and girls. In the southern city of Kandahar the mission screened a film on the life of Afghan women’s advocate Safia Ama Jan who was murdered last year for her tireless efforts. Messages came in from the heads of all major UN agencies and departments. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour called violence against women a scourge “of pandemic proportion… rightly termed the most common but least punished crime in the world.” UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid noted that while progress has been made in the adoption of laws, much greater action is needed to ensure laws are enforced. “Everyone should understand that violence against women and girls is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated,” she said. UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer stressed that all the progress made in advancing women’s rights could be destroyed by continuing violence against women, while UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan noted that intimate partner violence was the most common form of abuse, much more so than assault or rape by strangers or acquaintances. UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis noted that at least one of every three women faces some form of violence in her lifetime, regardless of culture, religion, socio-economic class or education, while UN World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director Sheila Sisulu stressed how lack of adequate food often creates situations in which women and girls are vulnerable to all forms of violence. The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) highlighted the persistent gap in status, job security, wages and education between women and men that contributes to the “feminization of working poverty.” For its part, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) pledged to enhance further the role of women in tourism, stressing their role as agents for sustainable tourism. read more

The Security Council today renewed for another 12 months the authorizations granted to States and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia’s transitional government to fight piracy off the country’s coast.As set out in previous resolutions, this includes the authorization for States and regional organizations to enter Somalia’s territorial waters and use “all necessary means” – such as deploying naval vessels and military aircraft, as well as seizing and disposing of boats, vessels, arms and related equipment used for piracy.In the resolution it adopted today, the 15-member body reiterated its condemnation of all acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels in the waters off the Somali coast.According to figures by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), over 438 seafarers and passengers and 20 ships are held by pirates as of 4 November – an increase of almost 100 kidnapped victims in less than a month. The Council encouraged Member States to continue to cooperate with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG), which has the primary role in the fight against piracy. Among other things, it also recognized that the ongoing instability in Somalia is one of the underlying causes of the piracy problem, and stressed the need for a comprehensive response by the international community to tackle it. Earlier this month, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told a meeting of the Council that the growing problem of piracy off the Somali coast demands more than just military efforts, and called for simultaneous action on three fronts – deterrence, security and the rule of law, and development – to combat the scourge.“Piracy is a menace that is outpacing efforts by the international community to stem it,” B. Lynn Pascoe stated, adding that as long as piracy is so lucrative, with ransom payments adding up to tens if not millions of dollars, and other economic options so bleak, the incentives are obvious.“Economic rehabilitation and the creation of alternative livelihoods, especially the development and rehabilitation of coastal fisheries, must be at the centre of our efforts to fight piracy.” 23 November 2010The Security Council today renewed for another 12 months the authorizations granted to States and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia’s transitional government to fight piracy off the country’s coast. read more

12 May 2011The United Nations envoy leading the world’s body efforts to eliminate sexual violence during conflict has welcomed the release of a new study on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that indicates the prevalence of the crime is much worse than previously reported. The study, published yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), estimates that almost two million Congolese women have been raped and that women and girls are victimized at a rate of nearly one per minute.Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, last night issued a statement describing the study as “a commendable effort that helps to fill the gap in empirical research in this area.”Ms. Wallström is tasked with tackling sexual violence committed during conflicts or in post-conflict situations while the AJPH study examined a broader field that included acts of domestic violence.“This inevitably makes the AJPH figures higher,” she said, noting that official UN figures tend to be conservative because the Organization can only report to the Security Council on sexual violence that it has been able to verify.“The UN cannot extrapolate from a small sample the incidence of sexual violence throughout the DRC. Additionally, the UN has ethical obligations that are not generally incumbent upon academic researchers – namely to avoid interviewing survivors or exposing them to any risk of reprisal/re-traumatization in the absence of the ability to deliver services or follow-up on the case.”But the envoy stressed that “studies like this are important, and valuable in shedding light on risk factors, such as age, or region of residence, which moves the analysis beyond isolated incident reports to convey a sense of patterns.”Ms. Wallström underscored that conflict-related sexual violence remains one of the biggest obstacles to peace in the DRC.“Although a lot of work remains to be done, achievements include the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1960 last December, which gives us the instruments needed to ensure that mass rape is never again met with mass impunity.” read more

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Thursday as traders watched American politicians engage in finger-pointing while weighing the progress of negotiations aimed at getting a deal on averting a U.S. fiscal crisis by the end of December.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,202.85 +62.52 0.51%S&P 500 — 13,021.82 +36.71 0.28%Dow — 13,021.82 +36.71 0.28%Nasdaq — 3,012.03 +20.25 0.68%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 62.52 points to 12,202.85 while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 13.01 points to 1,218.38Traders also took in an earnings report from Royal Bank that beat expectations. The bank posted quarterly net earnings of $1.9 billion or $1.25 a share. Adjusted net earnings came in at $1.27 a share, beating estimates by a penny.RBC also handed in a record full-year profit of $7.5 billion, up 17% from 2011. Its shares were 26 cents higher to $58.61.The Canadian dollar was down 0.09 of a cent to 100.73 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher, but off the best levels of the session after House Speaker John Boehner expressed disappointment with the pace of talks with the White House to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.Following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, he said Republicans have put concessions on the table, but President Barack Obama still has to outline the spending cuts he’s willing to make.“We have a debt crisis, it’s the spending that is out of control,” he told reporters following the meeting.Shortly after, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chimed in, saying President Obama is still waiting for a serious offer from Republicans.“We need Republicans to come forward with something,” he said.The Dow Jones industrials was up 36.71 points to 13,021.82.The Nasdaq was up 20.25 points to 3,012.03, while the S&P 500 index climbed 6.02 points to 1,415.95.Traders have been focused on negotiations aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff, the name for sharp tax increases and spending cuts that would occur in January without a deal. There are fears that the combination could deliver a shock to the economy that would result in knocking the U.S. back into recession.Markets have been whipsawed as every day seems to bring a new assessment of where negotiations stand. Traders were reassured Wednesday and markets advanced after House Speaker John Boehner said he was optimistic that a deal can be reached with the president.Optimism was further bolstered after Obama said that he believes that members of both parties can reach a “framework” on a debt-cutting deal before Christmas.Analysts believe that would suit markets just fine since expectations for a full deal covering everything on the table just isn’t realistic.“Do you get a nice, sweet all-agreed-to-sum-up deal together in one great big shot by Dec. 31? No,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president Investment Management and Research, Richardson GMP Ltd.“That’s something that is going to take a lot more time to figure out. So you get some type of deal which essentially carries us through to the new Congress, delays the pending cliff in terms of tax increases and spending cuts for another month or two.”The tech sector led advances and Research In Motion Ltd. shares ran up 48 cents or 4.36% to $11.48 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the BlackBerry maker to buy from neutral. RIM stock has boosted over the last couple of weeks on upgrades and optimism as it prepares to unveil its new BlackBerry 10 lineup at the end of January.The base metals sector was ahead about one% as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained seven cents to US$3.61. Inmet Mining rose $3.50 or 5.65% to C$65.50 a day after it rejected an unsolicited takeover offer worth $4.9 billion by First Quantum Minerals Ltd. Thompson Creek Metals gained 10 cents to $2.83.The energy sector moved ahead 0.5% as January crude rose $1.58 to US$88.07 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources advanced 30 cents to C$28.45 while Cenovus Energy was 35 cents higher to $33.07.The financials sector was up almost 1% in the wake of the Royal Bank results. Other advancers included TD Bank, up $1.15 to $82.67 while Manulife Financial advanced 21 cents to $12.83.The gold sector was flat with February bullion ahead $10.70 to US$1,727.20 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. faded 35 cents to C$38.96.Positive momentum had earlier been maintained in part because of data showing the economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.7% during the third quarter, which was much better than the two% rate estimated a month ago.Still, most economists say growth has slowed since then to below two% in the October-December quarter.One reason is that superstorm Sandy halted business activity along the East Coast in late October and November. And many businesses and consumers could end up scaling back on spending in the final weeks of the year, if lawmakers fail to avert the “fiscal cliff.”Indexes had also softened on news that major U.S. retailers such as Kohl’s, Target and Macy’s reported weak sales in November as a strong Thanksgiving weekend wasn’t enough to fully offset a slow start to the month caused by superstorm Sandy.In other earnings news, Gildan Activewear Inc. said quarterly net income jumped to US$89 million or 73 cents per share, up from US$48.5 million a year ago. Ex-items, earnings came in at $94.9 million or 78 cents per share, a penny short of estimates. Gildan also said it will increase its quarterly dividend to shareholders by 20%, which will be nine U.S. cents a share and its stock rose 89 cents to C$33.98.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RBC showcases strengths (and weaknesses) of Canadian banksBoehner tells Democrats to ‘get serious,’ says no progress in fiscal cliff talksRIM rises on upgrade from Goldman SachsWho knew? The world economy seen in best shape for 18 monthsON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADAOttawa fiscal monitor 8:30 a.m.Real GDP (Q3): Economists expect growth of 0.8% quarter over quarter, 1.2% growth year over year UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Personal income & consumption (Oct): Economists expect 0.2% gain in income, no increase in spending 9:45 a.m.Chicago PMI (Nov): Economists expect a reading of 50.5, up from the month before read more

“The eighteen countries that form the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States have the unique advantage of putting at the service of peace and security in the region the diverse links that unite their peoples, through a truly regional approach,” Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said before leaving for Mali’s capital, Bamako.The 18 CEN-SAD leaders are scheduled to propose mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution in the context of peace and security issues in the region. Mr. Ould-Abdallah was to deliver a message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.The Special Representative was on his way from Tunisia where, as a member of a tripartite delegation from Cameroon, Nigeria and the United Nations, he had meetings with officials from the African Development Bank (ADB) to drum up financial and diplomatic support for the work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission on resolving a boundary problem.CEN-SAD’s members are Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia in the north, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea on the Horn of Africa and, in a swathe from east to west, Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic and Sudan. read more

When the heroes of Team Canada ’72 make their triumphant return to Moscow, this time as honoured guests, they will do so with a Brock professor by their side.Goodman School of Business Professor Barry Wright boarded a plane to Russia Tuesday, Sept. 12 alongside the hockey team that held the nation spellbound when it battled the elite Soviet squad for international bragging rights.The team has been invited back to Moscow to help open a major exhibit at the Russian Museum of Hockey that delves into the legendary Canada-USSR Summit Series — considered the greatest hockey event of all time.Brock has long had a connection with the iconic national team, as Team Canada ’72 alumnus Dennis Hull (BA ’81) is also a graduate of the University.The Goodman School of Business, aided by Wright, has been working since 2013 on various projects that aim to protect the team’s heritage, sustain the legacy of the ’72 Summit Series and use that legacy as a way to give back to Canadians. As a result, Wright was extended an invitation to join this week’s historic trip.“I am honoured to have been asked to travel with the team to Moscow,” Wright said. “I, like most Canadians of a certain age, was riveted by the eight games played between the two teams. Having the ability to assist them now as they work toward securing their legacy is a privilege.”The main project the business school has helped to launch through the partnership is 28,800 Seconds: The Power of Teamwork. Through the initiative, the iconic hockey players speak in schools about how they turned to their own bonding as a team to overcome great adversity at a time when an entire country was expecting them to come home with nothing short of a victory.The Canadian players will return to the spotlight this week while spending three days in Moscow celebrating with their former adversaries in a string of events and appearances that includes meeting Russian hockey fans in Moscow’s Park of Legends, and attending a home game of the iconic KHL club Moscow Dynamo. Also expected to join them is Russian President and renowned hockey fan Vladimir Putin.Both 1972 teams will attend the opening of the exhibition, World Hockey Classic: USSR-Canada, on Thursday, Sept. 14. read more

Although female GPs outnumber male GPs in the NHS ,women are outnumbered two to one on the committee representing them.In an article for GP online, the two doctors said: “The time is now to blow open the lid on this outdated culture and give credence and time to those whose voices have been silenced: the lost leaders.”They said female GPs had been “sexually explicit propositioned after presenting a keynote speech,” frozen out of key events and subjected to innuendo and groping.Calling for a wholesale shift away from a sexist culture, they describe: “The squeezing of the thighs. The patting of the bottoms. The incessant nudge-nudge, wink-wink more suitably placed within a 1970s Monty Python sketch.“There must be a wholesale culture shift away from drinking and dinners, taps on the shoulder to take on roles, under-the-breath comments, factions and back-stabbing,” they write.  Dr Norris said she had avoided ‘naming and shaming’ colleagues over sexism because of fears over how she would be treated, and about how she would be perceived.In the article, they said: “Both of us have held prominent GPC roles; we won’t in the future, largely because of the experiences we have had at the hands of some colleagues in those roles.”Last month Dr Bramall-Stainer said a very senior member of the BMA committee had called her a “naughty girl” just before she took to the stage to co-chair a conference last month.The BMA on Wednesday said it would launch an independent investigation.Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA chairman, said: “I am appalled to hear of the treatment my colleagues describe and of similarly unacceptable behaviours.”“’I want to say I’m sorry for them, and offer my heartfelt apologies on behalf of the whole association.”Dr Nagpaul, a GP who led the GPC committee until becoming chairman of the BMA, promised to launch an urgent investigation into the allegations.He said: “Abusive behaviour has no place in the BMA and I recognise the courage that it takes to come forward with such allegations and so I thank them for that.“In order to be truly representative we cannot afford to lose valued members as a result of inappropriate behaviour going unchallenged, and ultimately, it will be the profession that loses out if we do.“Let me be clear – sexist, disrespectful, discriminatory and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated in this association and must be stamped out.”On Wednesday he said: “It is essential that we take decisive action to make positive changes. Which is why we are launching an urgent and wholly independent investigation in response to these allegations, and we are reaching out to affected members to invite them to be an integral part of this. We would also ask that any member who feels they have experienced discriminatory or abusive behaviour to contact us”.“It is vital that all members can have confidence that this investigation will be truly independent and that the recommendations will be implemented in a timely manner. We have also offered the members who have raised concerns through the media the opportunity to discuss these concerns with independent support.”“Going forward, we will be reviewing and identifying additional ways in which members can safely and effectively raise concerns. These processes must be there to ensure that members feel supported. For those who fail to meet the high standards set by the BMA, they must be dealt with accordingly. The BMA strives to be a compassionate, respectful and inclusive organisation and if better and more thorough training and education is needed on what is and what is not acceptable behaviour in 2019, that will be provided.“Ultimately what is crucial is that there is learning, and the Association puts in place systems that bring out the best of each member to contribute their strengths in a BMA underpinned with equality and diversity.”Dr Nikita Kanani, NHS England’s medical director of primary care, said: “The behaviours described by some of my colleagues belong firmly in the past. They have no place in our profession, and no place in our leadership, and we will not stand for ‘everyday sexism’.” The British Medical Association (BMA) has launched an investigation after senior female GPs accused colleagues of sexism.Female doctors had accused senior members of the union of sending unsolicited naked pictures and joking about women’s bra sizes, amid a culture of “institutional sexism”.Medics said they were speaking up as part of the #metoo movement, warning that they had suffered harassment, sexism and discriminatory behaviour which must be stamped out.Women on the BMA’s committees said they had been called “naughty girls” and other belittling names, describing incidents in which senior women had been groped and sexually propositioned.In an article for GP online, two female doctors from the BMA’s GP committee said it was time to “open the lid” on an outdated culture which had forced out many women who should have progressed.Dr Zoe Norris and Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer said it was time to call out the “misogynistic behaviour” of those leading the profession, recounting a string of incidents.One woman on the 77-strong GP committee (GPC) was reported to feel unable to attend events away from home without a family member to accompany her, after being propositioned by a male colleague.  Another doctor said a male colleague had sent her a naked photograph of himself, unsolicited.And another overheard two senior committee members attempting to guess the bra size of a female committee member.Dr Norris said: “I have never experienced the level of sexism and discrimination in my entire career that I have in the GPC.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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first_imgXL Games CEO and executive producer of Civilization Online, Jake Song, revealed a bunch of new details regarding the venerable franchise’s move into the MMO space. You may remember Civilization World, an online Facebook version of the Civ franchise that didn’t surprise anyone when it failed. It would seem Civ Online isn’t that, thankfully.In an interview with Massively, Song reveals that Civilization Online will not simply be an online version of the turn-based gameplay we all know and love (akin to those browser-based city builder games), but instead will be more of an MMORPG, where the player assumes the role of a single character within a civilization, and will help their civ progress.The game will begin with four civilizations at launch (with more added later), and players will create an avatar for a civ of their choice, aiding their civ from the usual staple of ages — from Ancient to Modern.The Civ Online world won’t be a static, persistent world inherent to the MMO genre, but will be different sessions that can be won once a civ reaches the usual victory conditions — a domination victory, achieving space travel, and so on. When a session is completed, certain character aspects will carry over, while others will reset. All of the core elements of the franchise remain intact, but will be performed differently. An example given sit that instead of just waiting to accrue resources then clicking a structure’s icon to build it, players will have to go out and collect resources, then build the structure. It wasn’t made clear how building will work — whether it’s in a Minecraft block-by-block style, or a quicker-but-boring Savage or Natural Selection style where players attack a ghosted building, helping its progress bar speed along.Instead of classes, players will choose careers (and can freely switch between them) in the vein of the usual civ citizen careers, such as researching technology, constructing buildings, conducting espionage, or going to war. Almost everything will be created by the players, from clothing and weapons, to individual buildings and the layout of an entire city. Any successful civilization needs leaders and commanders, and systems will be in place to help elect and overthrow the leaders.As for PvP mechanics, Song states that PvP will scale, and players can either go have a one-on-one brawl somewhere in the corner of the world, or can gather 100 civ-mates and try to take over a city, though the starting city will be safe. When a player dies, they will spawn in front of their town hall; there will be no corpse runs or loss of items, though there will be some penalties. The maps between civilizations will slowly open up, so you actually won’t know what level advancement a civ is currently at without running into them.Song is anti-grind, and doesn’t want it to appear in Civ Online, so that’s a relief. In that same vein, all items will either be bought from merchants or crafted, so we won’t have to deal with insanely low pop rates for a sword that drops from a rat for some reason. The team is also considering player-run, personal storefronts, ideally more tolerable than the train wreck of a marketplace in games like MapleStory.For those worried about the game, Sid Meier perused the details of the project, and gave the team his blessing. The game runs on CryEngine 3, and Song said the team is mulling over making it free to play, with no solid timetable for a release at this time.[Image credit: Massively]last_img read more

first_imgOn 16 March, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget 2016 speech. Below is a round-up of the key announcements with a bearing on employee benefits:The government plans to limit the range of benefits that can be offered under a salary sacrifice arrangement. This will not apply to pensions, childcare and health-related benefits, such as bikes-for-work schemes, which will still attract relief on tax and national insurance contributions.From April 2017 individuals aged 18-40 will be able to open a Lifetime individual savings account (Isa). The government will add a 25% contribution to a maximum of £4,000 a year to any savings placed into the account before the individual’s 50th birthday. The savings and government bonus can be used in retirement or to buy a first home. Savings can be withdrawn for other purposes at any time but will be subject to a 5% charge and will not benefit from the 25% bonus.The government’s new tax-free childcare scheme will be rolled out in phases in 2017. Parents of the youngest children will enter the scheme first, and all eligible parents will be brought into the scheme by the end of 2017. Existing childcare voucher schemes will remain open until April 2018 to support the transition to the new scheme.The government is to consult on extending shared parental leave and pay to grandparents. The consultation will launch in May 2016.The tax-free personal allowance limit will rise to £11,500 from April 2017, and the higher-rate tax threshold will increase from the current £42,385 to £45,000 in 2017-18.The standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT) will increase by 0.5% to 10%. This will come into effect from October 2016.The government will continue to freeze fuel duty at the current rate of 57.95p a litre.Public sector employer pension contributions are to increase from 2019-20 following a review of the discount rate used to set employer contributions to unfunded public service pension schemes.The government is to restructure the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise to form two new guidance bodies. This will take the form of a pensions guidance body and a new-slimmed down money guidance body that will be responsible for identifying gaps in the financial guidance market.The limit on income tax and national insurance (NI) relief on employer-arranged pensions advice is to be extended from £150 to £500. The government also plans to consult on the introduction of a pensions advice allowance and on the introduction of a single, clear definition of financial advice.The government has committed to ensuring that the pensions industry designs, funds and launches a pensions dashboard by 2019.The government is imposing an individual lifetime limit of £100,000 on gains eligible for capital gains tax exemption through employee shareholder status. This will apply to employee shareholder status arrangements entered into from 17 March 2016.last_img read more

first_imgLazy Sundays On the second day of World Book Fair, European Union as the guest of honour held its one of the most awaited activities – Lazy Sundays.Lazy Sundays of Literature is a literary European event that featured 12 authors from nine countries at the ‘International event corner’. The afternoon was full of readings, discussions and interactions with celebrated European authors writing across all genres: Dorothea Nurnberg (Austria), JL Morin, Jeanie Keogh and Evridiki Pericleous-Papadopoulou (Cyprus), Norman Ohler (Germany), David Foenkinos (France), Kallia Papadaki (Greece), Jakub Malecki (Poland), José Luis Peixoto and David Machado (Portugal), Elvad Flisar (Slovenia) and Laurence Boissier (Switzerland). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll for public librariesIndian Public Library Movement (IPLM) in collaboration with National Book Trust (NBT), with an aim to inculcate the culture of reading in children has been working together successfully since the signing of MOU between the two organisations. Once again, IPLM leveraged World Book Fair as a platform to bring the cause of public libraries in the mainstream agenda of the government.Chanchal Yadav, secretary, NDMC graced the occasion as the chief guest. She interacted with the audience on the need to revive the culture of reading and importance of public libraries to engage with children. She was also of the opinion that the libraries need to be modernized and digitalized to remain relevant in today’s world. IPLM is also utilizing the opportunity to promote the skill of creative writing by organising a self-written poetry in either Hindi/English or Urdu by the college students which will also be recited by them in front of the audience at World Book Fair on January 13; giving them the pleasure of getting accolades from the live audiences for their own creation.World Book Fair continues till January 14 at Pragati Maidan.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 21, 2016 With a digital revolution afoot, remaining agile is of the utmost concern for every company. The competition is fierce, and many leaders are nervous with new startups born each day that aim to disrupt the status quo. In a bid to keep up, legacy organizations have been forced to pivot, either by acquiring agile startups or building new teams in house to create cutting-edge solutions.An astounding 78 percent of businesses believe digital start-ups will pose a threat to their organization either now or in the future, and nearly half of global companies say they don’t know what their industry will look like in three years, according to new research from Dell Technologies.One thing is certain: soon almost every business will be required to have software development expertise, which won’t be an easy shift for some. It seems that every company, no matter what industry, is now a technology company. How can entrepreneurs stay competitive, when the outlook is uncertain and new players are emerging every day?1. Find the right partners, invest in the right talent.In today’s fast-paced business world, other companies aren’t your enemies… they are potential partners. Instead of working against them, keep an open mind to working with them. While you can hire the right talent to drive innovation, it can be more cost efficient to partner with a company that has the expertise, talent and model that your organization lacks.Related: Key Digital Transformation Challenges CMOs Must OvercomeTake Ford, for example. As Ford improves the connectivity of its new vehicles, it’s not going to invest all of its dollars building divisions that make its in-car apps and infotainment systems work properly. Instead, Ford invested in cloud software company, Pivotal, to leverage its expertise and ensure the car’s apps provide a much smarter, user-friendly driver experience. Companies can’t afford to manage every aspect of the business in-house. They need to be realistic about their strengths and weaknesses and seek help when they need it. But companies also need to encourage creative thinking as they shift toward software solutions.2. Have an open innovation model.Around six in 10 companies are unable to meet customers’ top demands, such as better security and faster 24/7 access to services and information, according to Dell’s Digital Transformation Index. How can companies innovate quickly? By accomplishing small, focused goals — sprints, with short iteration cycles of a few weeks at a time — to develop and deploy new features. Teams remain fluid, using open software platforms so that anyone can take on tasks, and engineers react in real-time and reorganize as needed. Operating this way will push forth new developments at lightning speed, and the constant experimentation and decreased bureaucracy will foster more creative thinking overall.Related: What Small Businesses Need to Know About Digital Transformation and Disruption3. Put your customer’s trust first.But innovating to provide a uniquely personalized experience isn’t enough in today’s digital world, given the number of security breaches we’ve seen in recent years. Companies have to work hard to win the customer’s trust and keep it, and those that fail to do so quickly lose the business to competitors. Ensuring the right security solutions are in place is crucial, yet only 31 percent of businesses today have demonstrated trust and transparency to customers, according to the Digital Transformation Index. There’s a huge opportunity to make progress in this area, as pressure mounts from customers, competitors and the C-suite to be more transparent and secure.Related: The How-To: Managing Change For Your Company’s Digital TransformationMost business leaders today have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to becoming a transformational digital business, but I’m optimistic that our most incredible innovations are on the horizon, as leaders recognize what’s required to truly make progress. The little guys are pushing the big guys to innovate. I like it! With the right talent and proper security in place, coupled with a model that allows for experimentation and invention without bureaucracy, we’ll begin to see a digital revolution for companies across every industry. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMacy'sYou Will Not Believe Macy’s Deals for SundayMacy’sUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Henry T. Casey, While some will cheer the death of iTunes — the once-grand, now-bloated media app that was necessary for iPods and iPhones — others, such as myself, look to the imminent future with suspicion. If the woolly mammoth of music and movie management is to disappear, the Music app that is expected to replace it needs to offer more than just the Apple Music service.The big features that need to carry over, for those of us who want iTunes to stay special, are iTunes Match uploads and Smart Playlists. Without continuing these traditions, Apple risks Music being no better than Spotify, which beats it in so many other ways.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Music on macOS: What to ExpectWe know that these features have a chance of landing on Music for macOS because a big Apple Updates leak published by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman notes that “there will also be a new Apple Music app, which is being developed as a standard Mac program.” That gave me hope, as it doesn’t sound like Apple’s simply moving the iOS Music app over like it did with Stocks and Home.MORE: How to Master macOS: Expert Tips and TricksWe expect to learn more about Music on macOS at Apple’s WWDC 2019 event, which kicks off on June 3. The app should get released in September or October, as a part of macOS 10.15.What We NeedOne of the key ideas behind iTunes was the act of collecting, that everyone builds their collections — even while streaming music services have their own libraries. But since music service libraries aren’t exactly complete, certain edge-cases exist because not all musicians want to make deals with the likes of Spotify and Apple. iTunes has an advantage here, as it allows you to upload your own files and listen to them anywhere, with the iCloud Music Library.Currently, Apple’s one of the two remaining services to offer this feature, with Google Play Music (soon to be replaced by YouTube Music) being the other. Amazon Prime Music used to offer it, but stopped last year. Without iCloud Music Library uploads, where you can store the MP3s on your computer, either made from vinyl recordings or offered as free downloads with album purchases, Apple Music becomes less interesting.The lack of iCloud Music Library also makes Spotify’s metric ton of playlists, and the fact that practically everyone’s on it, even more alluring. Spotify’s got more playlists than you could ever listen to, and does all the work, but iTunes has its own custom Smart Playlists, where you can set parameters — such as the top 30 songs you’ve added in the last month, sorted by play count — and build your own ever-evolving playlists.Fortunately, a report from 9to5Mac states “the new standalone Music app on macOS will actually be an AppKit application, based off of iTunes.” Further, users like myself will be happy to hear “it will include many of the advanced features iTunes users are accustomed to, including things such as smart playlists, advanced library management, syncing with iPods and iOS devices, and even disc reading and burning.”Credit: Laptop Mag/AppleApple’s AirPods 3 Could Get a Big Price BumpThe Pixel 3a Should Scare Samsung and Apple3 Huge Apple Watch Changes Revealed with watchOS 6 Leakcenter_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more

first_imgSpeed up Edge by disabling Flash by Martin Brinkmann on August 06, 2016 in Internet Explorer – 3 commentsOne of the annoyances of Microsoft Edge that I experience whenever I use the web browser is that it lags at times. This is noticeable for instance when websites are loaded from external sources but also at other occasions.When a website loads for instance, it lags until all content is loaded. The loading itself seems to take longer than when other browsers are used but I could never put my finger down on the cause for this as it only happens on some sites and not all of them.Since I had some free time at hand yesterday, I decided to investigate further and try a few things to see if any have an impact on the lag that I experience in Microsoft Edge.Edge does not offer many options in its current state, and only a few that may impact the browser’s performance in a serious way.Speed up EdgeI checked the about:flags page first. The page lists experimental features, some are enabled by default. I modified those and ran some tests, but the result was not satisfactory and did not reduce the lag noticeably.Then I want into the Edge options, and started to look for preferences there. One of the first things I did was disable Adobe Flash in Edge. As you may know, Microsoft Edge ships with a native implementation of Adobe Flash just like Google Chrome that is enabled by default.As soon as I disabled Flash in Edge, things got a whole lot better in regards to lag. Now, I did not measure any of this but the difference is quite noticeable on my machine.Once Flash was disabled, I noticed a big reduction in lag. I would even go as far as saying that the issue is not an issue anymore after disabling Flash in Microsoft Edge.Good news is that you can try it yourself, and if it does not change a thing on your end, enable Flash again without losing any sleep over it.Click on the menu icon (three dots) in the upper right corner of the Microsoft Edge interface.Select Settings from the menu that opens.Scroll down until you see the advanced settings button. Click on it.You find the “Use Adobe Flash Player” toggle near the top. Set it to off.Microsoft Edge only supports enabling or disabling Flash. There is no whitelist or blacklist, and no click to play option. The latter would be useful if you experience lag but need access to Flash on select sites.Closing WordsIf you are using Microsoft Edge on a Windows 10 machine and notice lag while using it, you may want to try disabling Flash to see if it speeds up Edge in the process.Now You: Does Edge lag for you?SummaryArticle NameSpeed up Edge by disabling FlashDescriptionExperience lag or slow downs when using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10? Disabling Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Edge may help!Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIn 2013, Google cofounder and CEO Larry Page announced the formation of a new Alphabet entity dedicated to solving the pesky puzzle of mortality. Since then, the billion-dollar longevity lab known as Calico—short for California Life Company—has been trying to tease apart the fundamental biology of aging in the hopes of one day defeating death. The hyper-secretive research venture has released few details about what it actually does inside its Silicon Valley lab, but there have been hints. One of the company’s first hires was renowned geneticist Cynthia Kenyon, a UC San Francisco researcher who 20 years ago doubled the lifespan of a lab roundworm by flipping a single letter in its DNA.Shortly after joining Calico, Kenyon recruited a UCSF bioinformatics postdoc named Graham Ruby. He didn’t want to dig into worm genetics or study the company’s colony of long-lived naked mole rats. He wanted to first ask a much broader question: how big a role do genes play, anyway, in determining how long someone lives? Other scientists had tried to ask that question before, with conflicting results. To clear things up would require getting much, much more data. So Calico went to the biggest family history database in the world: the consumer genetics and genealogy firm Ancestry.In 2015, the companies inked a research partnership to investigate the human heredity of lifespan, with Ruby leading the charge to sift through Ancestry’s vast forest of family trees. What he found by analyzing the pedigrees of more than 400 million people who lived and died in Europe and America going back to 1800 was that although longevity tends to run in families, your DNA has far less influence on how long you live than previously thought. The results, published Tuesday in the journal Genetics, is the first research to be made public from the collaboration, which ended quietly in July and whose terms remain confidential.“The true heritability of human longevity for that cohort is likely no more than seven percent,” says Ruby. Previous estimates for how much genes explain variations in lifespan have ranged from around 15 to 30 percent. So what did Ruby uncover that previous studies had missed? Just how often amorous humans go against the old adage that “opposites attract.” The first hint that something other than genetics or a shared family environment might be at work came when Ruby tried looking at in-law relatives. His analysis started with a set of family trees comprising 400 million individuals. The data had been cleaned, de-identified, and stitched together by genealogists and computer scientists at Ancestry based on subscriber-generated public information. Using the basic laws of heredity—everyone inherits half their DNA from one parent and half from the other, repeated across generations—Ruby’s team looked at how related two people were and how long they lived. They investigated parent-child pairs, sibling pairs, various cousins, and so on. Nothing much surprising popped out there.But when Ruby looked at in-laws, things started to get weird. Logic suggests you shouldn’t share significant chunks of DNA with your siblings’ spouse—say your brother’s wife or your sister’s husband. But in Ruby’s analysis, people connected through a close relative’s marriage were almost as likely to have similar lifespans as people connected through blood. “I sort of kick myself for being surprised by this,” says Ruby. “Even though no one has shown the impact of assortative mating to such an extent before, it aligns well with how we know human societies are structured.” The research could affect the entire field of longevity studies. Ruby says it doesn’t invalidate any prior work on identifying individual genes involved in aging or age-related diseases, but it does suggest that finding more of those genes is going to be much harder going forward. To find them, scientists will need huge cohorts to reach sufficient statistical power. That shouldn’t be a problem for Calico, which in addition to the family trees also had access to de-identified DNA information from millions of Ancestry’s genotyped customers as part of the research partnership.The companies have at least one more paper on the genetics of longevity currently under peer review. A spokesperson for Ancestry said that in accordance with the original terms of the agreement, the partnership between it and Calico concluded with the submission of the research covering these findings. Calico is free to pursue any leads that emerged from the analysis, but the company isn’t saying anything about what those might be at the moment. (A Calico spokesperson declined to comment on the Ancestry collaboration beyond the results of today’s publication.)For now, the big takeaway seems to be that humans have more control over how long they live than their genes do. It’s all the other things that families share—homes and neighborhoods, culture and cuisine, access to education and health care—that make a much bigger difference in the set of numbers that might one day grace your tombstone.Maybe that’s why Ancestry’s chief scientific officer Catherine Ball says the company has no plans to offer a longevity score in any of its DNA testing products any time soon. “Right now a healthy lifespan looks to be more of a function of the choices that we make,” she says. She points to places in the data where lifespans took big hits—for males during World War I, and then in two waves in the latter half of the 20th century as men and then women took up a cigarette habit.“Don’t smoke, and don’t go to war. Those are my two pieces of advice,” she says. And maybe make time to exercise. Ball already has a Tuesday morning workout penciled in her calendar. This time, she says, she won’t be canceling it at the last minute. It turns out that through every generation, people are much more likely to select mates with similar lifespans than random chance would predict. The phenomenon, called “assortative mating,” could be based on genetics, or sociocultural traits, or both. For example, you might choose a partner who also has curly hair, and if the curly-haired trait winds up being somehow associated with long lifespans, this would inflate estimates of lifespan heritability passed on to your kids. Same thing for non-genetic traits like wealth, education, and access to good health care. People tend to choose partners in their same income bracket with the same terminal degree, both of which are associated with living longer, healthier lives. More Great WIRED StoriesThe science of sniff: how dogs can detect diseaseWe’ve been talking about self-driving car safety all wrongIt was as an online gaming prank. Then it turned deadlyPHOTOS: The badass motorbike taxi drivers of NairobiAlgorithms can be a tool for justice—if used the right wayGet even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletterlast_img read more

first_imgLast year, a total of 139 wildfires occurred across Costa Rica – 88 of them within protected areas. Approximately 30,440 hectares were damaged, the Fire Department reported. Two of those fires occurred in Palo Verde National Park, burning 70 hectares of protected land.Chávez said that 90 percent of forest fires are intentionally set, either by farmers or arsonists.The National Commission on Wildfires last Monday reported that the effects of climate change this year have caused a serious lack of rainfall across the country, making the country vulnerable to wildfires.Palo Verde National Park houses a diverse group of wetland habitats bordered by rivers and a row of limestone hills. Within its 71 square miles are salt and freshwater lagoons, swamps, grasslands, mangroves, pastures, open-area forests, mixed forests, water-born trees, tree-lined grasslands, freshwater swamp forests and evergreens.It also has a large concentration of aquatic and wading birds – both local and migratory – making Palo Verde one of the best bird-watching areas in Central America. Related posts:Farmer charged with arson in Palo Verde National Park blaze Palo Verde Forest Fire Set by Illegal Hunters 1,500 More Hectares Burn In Palo Verde Park More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year Facebook Commentscenter_img Firefighters in the northwestern province of Guanacaste worked until 3 a.m. on Wednesday to extinguish a wildfire that destroyed at least five hectares of Palo Verde National Park. The damaged area is mostly pastureland and secondary forest, park administrator Ulises Chavarría García said.Firefighter Chief Héctor Chaves said calls came in at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and crews were able to control the fire’s spread at about 7 p.m. Crews resumed the effort later Wednesday morning in order to extinguish ongoing hotspots. Chavarría said firefighters would conduct daily inspections for at least five days.Guanacaste firefighters responded with three trucks and obtained assistance from Environment Ministry staff, park rangers and volunteers from nearby areas.While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Chavarría said investigators were working to determine if hunters were responsible.The wildfire is the sixth this year in Costa Rica, and a total of 158 hectares have been destroyed. This week, firefighters and several government agencies launched a media campaign to raise awareness about wildfires, which usually increase in frequency during the dry season from December to April.last_img read more