first_img12 March 2015King Shaka International Airport in Durban has reported electricity savings of 1.9 GWh over three years – or the equivalent of R2.7-million – by implementing an energy management system with the support of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA).The amount of energy saved at the airport is enough to power 225 South African middle-income homes for a whole year.The airport, which is managed by state-owned Airports Company of SA (Acsa), identified energy saving as one of its key business imperatives. It signed up for the NCPC-SA’s Industrial Energy Efficiency Project.The NCPC-SA is a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry, hosted by the CSIR. Its services are fully subsidised to enable companies to proactively comply with South Africa’s environmental policies, regulatory frameworks and standards, before these become legislated.Three projects undertaken at the airport over three years have resulted in a total energy saving of 1 932 576 kWh, which is valued at R2 761 249. With a total investment of R40 0641, the estimated average payback period was 1.8 months. A reduction of 1 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide was achieved.NCPC-SA provided training and assessment to King Shaka staff, helping the company to develop and implement an energy management system.Airport spokesperson Colin Naidoo said the real success behind the project was the high returns on low- or zero-cost initiatives. The airport’s financial investment was less than a fifth of the savings gained.The project has focused on reducing lighting demand throughout the airport, including in the parkades, as well as improving the management of air conditioning.Kevin Cilliers, NCPC-SA senior project manager in KwaZulu-Natal, said he believed the success of the project was due to the enthusiasm of dedicated, responsible people to improve energy consumption.“The support of top management is critical for a programme like this to succeed. Their support also includes getting employees involved and excited about energy management. ACSA has a number of sites throughout the country, so the learning and successes can be shared with other airports,” Cilliers said.Cilliers adds that companies such as ACSA that decide to roll-out EnMS to other branches or affiliates play an important role in extending the environmental and financial benefits accrued through sustainable energy management strategies in South Africa.The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project is implemented by the NCPC-SA in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. It is funded by the South African government through the Departments of Trade and Industry and Energy and international donors, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and the UK Department for International Development.Source: CSIRlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Leave that 4-inch soda can in the truck — some of the weeds and cover crop cover in the Midwest right now will require a yardstick to measure.The persistent cold, wet weather dogging much of the corn and soybean belt this spring has kept many farmers from applying their usual early spring burndown applications. Winter annuals like marestail and butterweed grew as woolly and wild as they pleased, and now early summer annual weeds are starting to sneak in as well, said Purdue University Extension weed scientist Bill Johnson.“Ragweed, foxtail and lambsquarters are typically summer annuals that come up early and take off pretty quickly,” he said. Some growers are also facing overgrown cover crops still standing weeks past their ideal termination date.Many of these fields can still be controlled by burndown applications, but keep the following recommendations from Purdue’s Johnson and Ohio State Extension weed scientist Mark Loux in mind.INCREASE YOUR RATESControlling tall weeds and dense covers requires a heavy dose of glyphosate, Johnson said.“If you’re using a generic formulation with 3 pounds of acid per gallon, use at least 48 ounces or more per acre,” Johnson urged. “If you’re using more concentrated formulations that contain 4 pounds of acid or more per gallon, then you need to be at 32 ounces or more.”DON’T SKIMP ON THE TANK MIXYes, margins are tight and additional inputs are a tough decision, but you will need another tank mix ingredient or two to target weeds that don’t respond to glyphosate as well or at all, Johnson said.Depending on the weeds you’re targeting, 2,4-D, dicamba, metribuzin (Sencor) or saflufenacil (Sharpen) are common additions. Remember that on weeds much beyond four inches tall, paraquat (Gramoxone) will not be an effective option, he added.For more details on individual herbicide efficacy, see this guide:…Tank mix additions can be trickier for grassy cover crops, Ohio State’s Loux cautioned in a university newsletter. “Mixing glyphosate with other herbicides or ATS can reduce its activity on grass covers, especially when large,” he wrote in an OSU newsletter. “Herbicides that can antagonize glyphosate include 2,4-D, metribuzin, atrazine, and flumioxazin and sulfentrazone products. Sharpen has not caused a reduction in glyphosate activity on grass covers in university research.”RESIDUAL CAVEATSResidual herbicides are often recommended in burndown tank mixes because they can provide additional weeks of protection. But because of their longevity on the soil, they also come with larger plant-back restrictions that can push back a planting window or lock a grower into a certain crop, Johnson noted. Read the labels carefully.In thick, waist-high cover crop stands, residual herbicides may not make it to the soil to do their job, added Loux. “Our experience with relatively small (less than 2 feet) covers is that they do not interfere with the activity of residual herbicides,” he wrote. “We are somewhat unsure about the effect of taller covers on residual herbicide activity, but assume it could be reduced. This may be a situation where the residual could be omitted from the burndown and then included in an early POST treatment.”Keep in mind that depending on your trait platform, there are post-emergence herbicides for corn and soybeans that can help clean up a field after planting if residuals don’t work, Loux added.PLANTING GREEN IS AN OPTION FOR COVERSGiven tight planting windows and wet soils, this spring might become an unexpected experiment for some farmers in “planting green” — planting row crops amid live cover crops and terminating the cover later, Johnson noted.“Sometimes equipment works better if you plant into a living cover crop,” he said. “One of the big issues guys are wrestling with now is do I terminate and wait until the cover crop has hit the ground to plant, or plant green and hope I can terminate later.”Planting green is probably a better option for fields planted to corn or soybean varieties with multiple herbicide-resistant traits, which will give growers a wider variety of post-emergence herbicides to terminate with, Loux said.For more details on the rates and chemicals to use when tackling fields of overgrown winter and spring annual weeds, see this article from Purdue University:…For more details on controlling overgrown cover crops, see Loux’s article here:…Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgRamji said Sonoa launched the carrier grade gateway to Amazon EC2 at Chirp, the Twitter developer conference. The service has helped Apigee see a five time increase in its service.Heroku’s Oren Teich says both Apigee and Sonoa are in the same Amazon region, meaning they can minimize latency issues.Ramji says Sonoa is the first to have a relationship with Twitter that allows for this kind of gateway.On the flip side, we are curious about the level of control this provides Apigee and Heroku. And it points the issues that Twitter has historically faced in its relationships with developers. Both Ramji and Teich say their number one priority is openness. They say they are not making the developers life any different.But it also points the thriving developer ecosystem that is fostering the demand for this kind of service that combines two services to get better access to the cloud. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A drawback to the Twitter API is its incompatibility with the cloud. The API looks for one IP address when making a call. A rate limit is imposed so a busy Twitter app may be difficult to access during heavy load times. But the cloud is not one IP address. It’s a network of thousands of IP adresses that are randomly called to a cloud environment.Apigee and Heroku are launching a service today that will serve to alleviate the rate limit problem for Ruby on Rails developers. According to Sam Ramji of Sonoa Systems, Heroku developers will now have access to Apigee’s carrier grade Twitter gateway. The gateway means that developers get quick access to Twitter with minimal latency issues. Apigee is a service provided by Sonoa Systems. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, MS & Heidi Radunovich, PhDOvercoming stigma and barriers to seeking mental health treatment is not an uncommon issue for military members and their families. Identifying barriers can help shed light on strategies needed to overcome such obstacles and how to provide care for those who need it. In today’s blog we are going to learning more about barriers military wives encounter when seeking mental health treatment.[Flickr, 136th MEB Mobilization Ceremony by Texas Military Forces, CC By-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Lewy, Oliver, and McFarland (2014) conducted a study to learn more about military wives, their mental health needs, and barriers they may have to seeking mental health treatment. The study consisted of 569 female participants who completed an online survey. The survey examined depressive symptoms, nonspecific psychological distress, and barriers to obtaining mental health services. The study found that over half (51%) of the participants reported high levels of depressive symptoms, and another 27% indicated depressive symptoms, but at a lower level. The study also found that 37% of the wives surveyed reported serious psychological distress, and 44% did not receive the mental health treatment they felt they needed (higher than the general population). Those who were older and higher levels of distress were more likely not to get needed treatment.The most common barrier to seeking mental health treatment was finding time during the day to attend treatment (38%). Other barriers commonly mentioned included fears that the treatment would not be confidential (26%), concerns about how others in the community might perceive the treatment (19%), lack of knowledge of where to go for treatment (25%) and concerns about cost (19%). Over a third of military wives, 35%, reported concern that mental health providers would not understand the issues facing military spouses, and 29% expressed concerns about whether they could trust a therapist.[Flickr, 136th MEB Mobilization Ceremony by Texas Military Forces, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The authors recommend that clinicians seek education regarding best practices for serving military service members and their families, including programs such as RESPECT-Mil. The researchers also highlight that, because social media was found to be an effective tool in reaching military wives for recruitment in this study, it might also be an effective means of providing information about mental health services. To learn more about helping individuals overcome barriers to seeking treatment check out our previous blog, Shifting the Stigma: Mental Health and the Military References[1] Lewy, B., Oliver, C., & McFarland, B. (2014). Barriers to mental health treatment for military wives. Psychiatric Services, Brief Reports, p. 1 – 4. doi:10.1176/ post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

first_imgWhat challenges lay ahead for 4K and high frate rate filmmaking? Is 4K really necessary?Mark Ward with BBC News posted a really interesting article about 4K filmmaking recently. In the article he talked to Bruno Mahe, technical director at studio Illumination Mac Guff (designers of Despicable Me 2, The Lorax and others). In the article Mahe poses several concerns about the move to 4K technology in the film world. As a filmmaker currently working on a film that uses both 4K and HFR (high frame rate) I have to agree that there are challenges ahead, but all may not be lost.Where Are We at Today?In 2009 portions of the films The Knowing and District 9 became the first feature films to use 4K photography. Then one year later in 2010 David Fincher’s film The Social Network became the first feature film to be shot and projected in 4K. Now, just 4 years later, we find that nearly all feature film productions are using some sort of 4K film technology. Granted not all productions are being captured in 4K…some are using even higher resolutions.In 2011 Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey became the first film to be shot in 5K resolution 3D at 48 FPS (frames per second) using the RED Epic. Then just this year David Fincher’s Gone Girl became the first feature film to be shot in 6K through the RED Epic with the Dragon Sensor. Now James Cameron confirmed earlier this year that Avatar and its sequels will be shot in 4K at 48 fps.There is definitely a trend happening here. Cinema is doing what cinema has always done, reacting to the technology available. But for this article lets just focus on the vast majority of productions which are filming in 4K or higher, as well as HFR, and ask the questions.What are the workflow challenges facing filmmakers?What are the Challenges facing the VFX community?Where are we going from here? Above Image Credit: ‘Gone Girl’ from the Hollywood ReporterWorkflow Challenges Facing Filmmakers?One of the biggest challenge facing filmmakers is storage. When filming in 4K, storage goes up considerably, but then when HFR is added into the equation it goes up even more. For example, Eric Saindon of Weta Digital told FXGuide that, “On a film like Avatar we had about a petabyte of information – for Hobbit we’re about five to six times that information.” As filmmakers wanting to use this technology we need to be keenly aware of the data storage requirements of filming in 4K & HFR.Another challenge is computing power. Sure you can offline edit at lower resolutions to reduce the editing headaches, but at some point you will need to bring back the hi-res footage for finishing. Here you’ll work through the color correction, effects, titles, etc.  and all of these processes take computing power. In a 4K workflow iMacs and Mac Pros can work, but it can be challenging. What you would really need is a computing setup with at least 16-32g of RAM, 1 or 2 powerful CUDA rated GFX cards like the GeForce GTX and a RAID Storage setup like the Promise Pegasus.If you are not handling the post production process then a third challenge is the cost of that processing. While speaking on a panel gathered by the Hollywood Post Alliance on 4K film technology, Steven Kang, Sr. Engineer at Netflix, stated that post production costs for 4K processing are 10 to 15 percent higher than the same services for high definition. Phil Squyres, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures, added by saying “After using 4K on pilots, I’ve been telling our producers that it appears from our early experience that shooting 4K is more like shooting film negative.” Shooting in film negative was not cheap, so again this is something that needs to be considered before you make the move to a 4K workflow.While there are a few challenges to filming in 4K and in HFR, these challenges are not overwhelming and can be remedied with careful planning.What are the Challenges for the VFX Community?With more and more films using visual effects to one degree or another, how does this new workflow affect the visual effects community?You would think that moving to a 4K environment would be a huge challenge for the visual effects community, however visual effects houses are usually equipped with high-end computing workstations, massive storage systems and so on. The work of actually processing the VFX may not be as troublesome for these operations as the cost to upgrade. As Eric Saindon told FXGuide, going from 24fps to 48fps was actually a helpful move saying that with 48fps animators can, “do much better animation so the subtleties of animation are brought through the 48, whereas the 24 we didn’t have quite the ability to do that.”As someone who has worked in 3D visual effects processing, having the expanded frames is incredibly helpful. However there are some drawbacks with using higher frame-rates. By using HFR with high resolution we’re reducing the margin of error when it comes to visual effects. Since the image quality is so heightened the need to add those finite details to the models is vitally important. The one thing we don’t want is the VFX work to stand out like a sore thumb. This was a common complaint by many during initial release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I only found a few instances where it was really distracting, but I truly believe Weta Digital stepped up their game in The Desolation of Smaug. Here is a really awesome featurette from Weta Digital on the VFX process of the film:Film technology continues to expand and improve at a rapid pace. Case in point, the RED has released the Epic Dragon which captures 6K, NHK has announced an 8K camera, there are rumors of Sony working on an 8K camera, and finally a 18K camera developed by Forza Silicon is on the radar. We may not be living in a 4K universe for long.With distribution moving more and more to digital, more people are watching content on tablets, laptops and smartphones. So this begs the question, is there really a need to film in 4K or higher? For many filmmakers, especially independents, probably not.The need to have the latest and greatest 4K camera should be the top priority. The technology is getting cheaper, but it all comes down to what you are trying to accomplish as a filmmaker. Do you want your work to land you a big directing or cinematographer job? If so, then buy all means rent or find an affordable 4K camera.I was lucky enough to be given some advice by the legendary visual effects designer Douglas Trumbull. He told me that I as a filmmaker I need to be, “keenly aware of the advancements in my industry and if I don’t stay up to date with them then I’ll find myself being left behind.” As technology goes, so do the studios, for better or for worse.Have you worked with 4K HFR? Share your experiences in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESCJ Perez and JC Marcelino took charge down the stretch as Zark’s-Lyceum slipped past Akari-Adamson, 83-76, on Tuesday night in a battle of fancied teams in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Perez, the reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player, hit eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, matching Marcelino’s output as the Jawbreakers posted their third straight victory after dropping their first outing.ADVERTISEMENT Perez buried a triple from the top of the key for an 81-76 lead with less than a minute to play before sealing the match with two free throws.Earlier, Mark Dela Virgen fired a career-high 28 points as Jose Rizal U kept its unbeaten record with a thrilling 104-103 win over Go for Gold-St. Benilde, while Perpetual Help scored a breakthrough victory at the expense of Mila’s Lechon, 65-48.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPaolo Pontejos delivered the winning basket on a driving layup with seven tenths of a second remaining for the Heavy Bombers (2-0). Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH TY Tang shines in one-off return Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgWhen Arthur steps out on the field, it is easy to forget that less than two years ago the young midfield maestro was just another hopeful in the Gremio youth set-up, with a single Brasileirao appearance to his name. His rise since the start of 2017 has been nothing short of meteoric, a tribute not just to the 22-year-old’s undoubted talent in pulling the strings from deep but to his incredible maturity. Not even the challenge of stepping up to Barcelona, one of the world’s biggest, most demanding clubs has fazed him, and the astonishing speed with which he has carved out a regular place in the Catalans’ first team has earned comparisons with none other than former conductor Xavi.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! What is more, those links are not just idle talk from sensationalist journalists. The great man himself has given Arthur his seal of approval as Barca’s new artist takes La Liga by storm. “He is similar to me, I see myself in Arthur,” Xavi beamed this week to Catalunya Radio from Qatar, where at the grand old age of 38 he continues to wow fans with Al-Sadd. “He thinks quickly and he still has work to do, because I improved my game at Barca and I would not have got so good in another school. “Arthur looks mature. The priority in the middle of the pitch is to not lose the ball and he makes it look easy, he plays well and steadily, I see great potential in him.”Arthur certainly does make possession play look like a walk in the park. With an average of over 50 completed passes per game, he regularly clocks a success rate of over 95 per cent in his distribution, a staggering figure reserved for the game’s most accomplished passers – a Sergio Busquets, to take one of his team-mates, a Toni Kroos, or, indeed, a Xavi. Arthur PSThe Brazilian took some time to settle into his game, with a wonder goal against Tottenham pre-season followed by a spell on the bench as he acclimatised to the speed and intensity of competitive European football, a traditional stumbling block for young players trying their luck having arrived from across the Atlantic. By the time Barca’s visit to Valencia at the start of October came along, however, Arthur was already on the way to a regular starting spot in a formation adapted for the club’s midfield riches. He tends to slot into a four-man midfield escorted by the more experienced duo of Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, a system which allows Philippe Coutinho to play a freer role starting wide on the left but which takes him across the pitch. Impeccable displays against Sevilla and Inter in recent weeks have shown that the player’s progression has outstripped even the most optimistic projections. And even under the most intense pressure of the Clasico, with stars like Luka Modric and Kroos hounding his every move, he was a rock in the middle for his club before finally giving way late on for the barnstorming Arturo Vidal to kill off the game, a substitution that has been habitual so far this season. Ernesto Valverde’s plan is easy to see, rather more difficult to stop: Arthur breaks down the opposition with his neat, intricate passing; Arturo then comes on to land the knockout punch when the adversary is groggy and struggling to beat the count. Like Xavi, Arthur will not make many headlines with his consistent accuracy and movement, but he is quickly becoming indispensable for a Barca team that has recovered from a mixed start to the campaign and is beginning to look extremely fearsome. During his final days as a Copa Libertadores winner with Gremio – a title picked up largely thanks to the player’s virtuoso performances, including a first half in the final against Lanus which should be recorded and shown to any aspiring defensive midfielders as a perfect example to play the game – Arthur had been working hard on improving his prowess in arriving in the penalty area. That attacking focus raised suspicions that when Barca pushed through his €40 million move from Brazil in the summer it would be as a long-term heir to the great Andres Iniesta. So far, however, he has looked far more comfortable in a more withdrawn role, perhaps understandably so given the monumental differences in tempo between his native and adopted countries. Barcelona will not mind at all. The talents of Xavi have proved almost impossible to replicate since the legend left for Qatar in 2015, leading to Barca adopting a style that, while effective, was far from the scintillating one always pictures when imagining a game at Camp Nou. Could Arthur be the man to return those glory days inspired by Pep and Xavi to Catalunya? He has a long way to go yet, but any player who receives a seal of approval from Xavi himself should be taken very seriously indeed.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hakan Calhanoglu pledges commitment to AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHakan Calhanoglu has pledged his commitment to AC Milan.The midfielder has been linked with a move to RB Leipzig this month.But Rossoneri boss Gennaro Gattuso has blocked the move.“I’m in Milan, I’m a Milan player and I’m happy here,” Calhanoglu told TRT Spor.“The rest is out of the question right now. I’m preparing for our match at the weekend.” last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – About 30 people gaze into each other’s eyes in the basement of a Toronto pub. But none of them are here in the hopes of falling in love.At a recent speed-dating event for potential co-homeowners, guests who range from millennials to seniors have come to find The One — a match made in real estate heaven.They’re given a list of questions to ask each other. They take a seat at the long table, where they have a few minutes to chat before the bell rings and it’s time to move on to their next “date.”“I’m an investor,” one man with multiple properties in Canada and Asia declares to the young woman sitting across from him. He doesn’t want to live here full-time. It’s too cold.“I haven’t seen many co-ownership deals,” she responds, adding that she would like to find a home in the Beaches area. Her other criteria: “Close to transit,” which she writes on her name tag.Some are cheekier. “Walls,” reads someone else’s badge.The housing matchmaker behind this event is Lesli Gaynor, a social worker-turned-Royal LePage realtor who launched a company called GoCo Solutions to help people get into Toronto’s red-hot real estate market through co-ownership. The average selling price in the Greater Toronto Area in May was $863,910, up from $752,100 the same month last year. The average detached selling price was more than $1.1 million.Gaynor said she’s had the idea for a long time because she herself co-owned a home with a friend in the early 90s. “I couldn’t afford it on my own. I was a single mom,” she said.When they sold their duplex for more than double the price nearly a decade later, they used the profit to go their separate ways and buy their own properties.More recently, the speed-dating element came to Gaynor when she was joking with her three sons about how they can now use apps like Tinder to find a date, then it hit her: “Why couldn’t we use something similar to hook people up — to buy a property together?”“It helps people increase their net worth, and it’s not just about a landlord making money off of your rent,” she said.Karen Turner and Kelly Wilk just co-purchased a home in the upper Beaches area of Toronto. Both in their late 30s, they have been friends since they were roommates during first year university. It is split into three separate apartments, one for Turner, one for Wilk and her six-year-old son and one for a live-in child caregiver Wilk hopes to move into the basement.Turner, a first-time homeowner with student loans to pay off, has a full-time job, so she would be able to get a mortgage on her own, and Wilk already owned a home.But the two women are looking forward to the mutual benefits of their co-purchase. Wilk’s son will be able to play with Turner’s dog. When she needs a break from child rearing, she can send him to spend time with Turner, who also wants to have kids eventually. Wilk likes knowing that there will be someone around to help.Pooling financial resources is not the only reason strangers flocked to Gaynor’s speed-dating night. For both the young and the old, it’s about community and feeling more connected.Michael Weirich, 25, won’t be in a financial position to co-purchase a home for another few years, but he’s considering it. He said he likes co-ownership because it gives him more buying power and access to larger spaces, as well as better amenities and locations that he otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford on his own.A sustainability consultant in the building industry, Weirich is a renter who shares a semi-detached house with three 20-something roommates, one of whom is the landlord. He would like to buy a downtown home in a neighbourhood with a lot of trees and nature. He doesn’t mind sharing the kitchen as long as the other co-owners are tidy, but he wants his own living room, in addition to a communal living room.Weirich said he’s “big” on community.“Co-owning a (home) with somebody or a few other people is a good way to have a community around you that you trust and you know will support you,” he said.Actor Sherry McLaughlin, whose family is not in Toronto, has similar motivations.“It would be nice to have someone nearby that I can trust and lean on,” McLaughlin said. Apart from friendship, the 54-year-old could see herself needing a hand with any heavy lifting and gardening.Young families might want to share childcare and dog walking responsibilities, Gaynor said. Older potential buyers might need help shovelling the driveway.Toronto as a whole would benefit from co-ownership, Gaynor said, making one last argument for it.“We can reduce our carbon footprint,” she said. “I think we are over-housed.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant says he guarantees that the struggling Lakers will make the playoffs and be a force to be reckoned with once they secure a playoff spot.“It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will,” Bryant said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that was published on Thursday. “And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”Bryant is highly confident despite the Lakers being in 10th spot in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers currently trail the Houston Rockets by 3½ games for the eighth spot. They are 26-29, but have won six of their last nine games, including a 113-99 victory over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.After losing to the Miami Heat earlier this month 107-97, which most believed at the beginning of the season would be a preview of the NBA Finals, Bryant used the loss as a confidence booster to resurrect what has been a horrendous season.But Bryant acknowledged that the Lakers showed positive signs in their loss to the Heat.“And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game,” Bryant said. “We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the pass.”Bryant quickly conceded that the Heat took control of the game due to the play of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.“OK, they have two great players [James and Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game,” Bryant said. “But we were right there. We can do it.”Despite Bryant saying he guarantees making the playoffs, he admitted that it will take a team effort for them to reach the playoffs and make a deep run.The Lakers will host the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, hours after a private funeral will be held for former owner Jerry Buss, who died on Tuesday at the age of 80. They have a great opportunity to climb the standings as they begin an eight-game stretch in which five of their opponents have losing records. read more