Extinctions Heal Slowly

first_imgThe history of life on Earth has been a heated tug of war between forces that power the birth of new species and those that grind life forms into oblivion. Now a new study suggests that while extinction rates vary widely, origination rates march to their own slow drummer. The study, published in the 3 January issue of Nature, fuels fears that it will take millions of years for biological diversity to recover from the current wave of human-caused extinctions.In recent years scientists have challenged a long-held assumption that evolution’s pace can accelerate to fill the biological holes caused by episodic mass extinctions. Last year, a pair of researchers reported that it takes about 10 million years for evolution to renew the planet’s biodiversity following an extinction event, whether that event is large or small. Building on that finding, one team member, earth scientist James Kirchner at the University of California, Berkeley, decided to compare rates of extinction to rates of origination over a 500-million-year period.To compare evolutionary clocks, Kirchner turned to the same database he’d analyzed earlier: the late Jack Sepkoski’s encyclopedic compilation of marine animal fossils, which spans a 540-million-year history and lists the first and last known occurrences of about 4500 families and 36,000 genera. To untangle such a massive and uneven database, Kirchner used a specialized form of a mathematical technique called spectral analysis, which was developed by astrophysicists to make sense of the complex light signals received from distant stars. Kirchner concluded that extinction rates are up to two and a half times more variable than origination rates, with originations of new species pulling ahead of extinctions only when researchers look at chunks of time greater than 25 million years. The finding is further proof that “while extinction rates can spike, diversification rates can’t rev up to offset them,” Kirchner says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The work supports the emerging view that “origination and extinction are decidedly different processes determined by different rules,” says Arnold I. Miller, a paleobiologist at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. But Douglas Erwin, a paleobiologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., says he’s “leery about the analytical structure of the study,” because it’s based on an outdated version of the time scale that accompanies Sepkoski’s database. “I’m not sure that the analysis is sufficiently robust to support the conclusions,” says Erwin.Related sites Last year’s paper by Kirchner and a colleague, showing it takes 10 million years for biodiversity to be renewed following an extinction event Commentary by Douglas Erwin on that paper Milwaukee Public Museum’s Geologic Time Scale Diversity Through Time graphic based on Sepkoski’s workCycles of mass and minor extinctions on Earth, from the Hooper Virtual Paleontological Museumlast_img read more

Why does evolution sometimes repeat itself? Spider-eating spiders may hold the answer

first_img George Roderick Why does evolution sometimes repeat itself? Spider-eating spiders may hold the answer Hawaiian stick spiders repeatedly evolved colors to match their backgrounds to hide from predators. Discovering something for the second time might sound like a letdown. Not for ecologists in Hawaii, who have found that spider-eating spiders on four islands there independently evolved the same colors: gold, black, and white. This rare example of parallel evolution, which has also been seen in one other Hawaiian spider, could help clarify one of biology’s biggest mysteries: how and when evolution repeats itself.“It’s one of the coolest hidden [examples] of animals evolving new species,” says Robert Fleischer, a conservation genomicist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., who was not involved with the work.Hawaii is a great place to study evolution. Any animal that washes up or flies there may be separated from its kin by thousands of kilometers, a great opportunity for the formation of new species. And every island within the archipelago is yet another opportunity to diversify as new arrivals move into habitats not yet taken over by other organisms.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)So it is with a genus of spiders known as Ariamnes. The up-to-2-centimeter-size forest dwellers, which can camouflage themselves to look like sticks, probably arrived in Hawaii within the past 5 million years. Since then, they have differentiated into numerous species spread out over four islands.To get a better sense of how these species evolved, Rosemary Gillespie, an evolutionary ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and her colleagues obtained DNA from individuals of each species. All four islands—Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii—are home to shiny gold and dark species of the spider, and two have an additional dull white version. Gillespie’s team identified four entirely new species, making 15 in all.Logic would dictate that the spiders that look most alike—i.e., those of the same color—would be the most closely related. But when Gillespie’s team built a family tree from the genetic data, the closest relatives were spiders living on the same island, the team reports today in Current Biology. Thus, each island was likely colonized by one spider that then diversified into the different-colored species.The researchers suspect that the first Ariamnes was dark or gold, and that it landed on one of the oldest islands to form, perhaps Kauai, before spreading somehow to Oahu and eventually to the younger Maui and the Big Island. That first spider likely lived on the webs of other spiders, stealing snagged prey and sometimes chowing down on the web’s owner. Once in Hawaii, Ariamnes began to roam and hunt.The results parallel another study of Hawaii’s “spiny leg” Tetragnatha spiders, also by Gillespie. In one group of this genus of long-jawed spiders, where and what they hunt determines their colors: green, maroon, or brown.But evolution did not repeat itself in a different group of Tetragnatha spiders that also diversified in Hawaii. Now, Gillespie thinks she knows why. That other group of Tetragnatha spiders are typical, web-building spiders that don’t have to find a place to hide from birds during the day. Webless spiders like Ariamnes and the spiny leg Tetragnatha must very rapidly develop the protective coloration that matches where they hide out. The white species typically rest on pale lichens and the gold ones on the undersides of leaves, where their shininess makes them reflect the leaf’s colors. And the dark ones live under dead ferns or in moss.“This underscores how a rich environment having few other species spurs rapid evolution in the few [organisms] that by chance managed to get there,” says Dolph Schluter, an evolutionary biologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, who was not involved in the study. According to Schluter, most researchers had thought it was primarily competition for food that drove species to diversify and adapt. But here, predation seems key, he adds, and may have even been a “crucial step” in the origin of species that are heavily hunted. Matching the background is so important, that evolution does tend to repeat itself in those situations.The results may even help scientists predict how other organisms might evolve in parallel to evade predators, the researchers say and help explain why evolution repeats itself sometimes but not other times. But what would be really interesting, says Fleischer, is if Gillespie’s team can identify the genes and the mutations responsible for the color changes. “That would be the Holy Grail.” By Elizabeth PennisiMar. 8, 2018 , 12:00 PMlast_img read more

Lab-grown patch of heart muscle and other cells could fix ailing hearts

first_img Lab-grown patch of heart muscle and other cells could fix ailing hearts BURSAC LAB/DUKE UNIVERSITY A patch of lab-grown human heart tissue (left) has holes near its edges to make it easier to attach to a damaged heart. A magnified look at one implanted on a mouse heart shows the patch’s capillaries (red) nourishing its muscle cells (green). By Elizabeth PennisiApr. 24, 2019 , 4:30 PM Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Each time, up to a billion heart muscle cells suffocate. Those lost cells never regrow, leaving almost 800,000 people a year impaired for life—if they survive at all. Nenad Bursac believes he can patch some of those people up, literally.Over the past 20 years, the bioengineer from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has been developing a “patch” that could take the place of the cells destroyed by a heart attack. In rodents, he has found it can hook up to the circulatory system and contract. Bursac’s patch is now about the size of a poker chip and the thickness of cardboard—big and complex enough to be tested in large animals, he declared this month at the Experimental Biology 2019 meeting in Orlando, Florida.Like others attempting to repair damaged hearts, Bursac starts with stem cells, which can develop into specialized tissues such as heart muscle. But whereas some researchers inject hundreds of millions of individual heart muscle cells into the body, Bursac’s team and several other groups grow full-fledged pieces of heart muscle in a dish, which surgeons could attach to a damaged heart. “This could be a transformative approach,” says Ralph Marcucio, a developmental biologist at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Bursac’s research effort “is the best in the field,” adds Martine Dunnwald, a cell biologist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)At one point, cardiologists thought the heart had a secret stash of stem cells that could be stimulated to repair the organ naturally, but now most biologists agree such cells don’t exist in the heart. An alternative in early clinical trials is to make heart muscle cells in a lab dish from other stem cells, inject them into the artery supplying the heart, and hope they settle in the organ and compensate for any dead tissue.Bursac is skeptical of that approach, because the percentage of cells that survive injection and make it to the heart is very small. His approach requires open-heart surgery, but it delivers a repair that more closely matches the cell types and architecture of the real organ. “What people are now seeing is you need more structure and more cells,” says Jeffrey Jacot, a bioengineer at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.Bursac started to work on heart patches as a Ph.D. student, coaxing neonatal rat cells to transform into heart muscle in a dish and contract—a first for mammals. Other researchers developed tiny heart tissue swatches for testing drugs in lab dishes. But Bursac wants to fix hearts directly. Over the years, his team has learned the best scaffolds for culturing stem cells are made of fibrin, a protein that helps form blood clots, and the best way to nurture these scaffolded cells is to gently rock them inside a suspended frame that allows the growing patch to swish back and forth in liquid media. “These cells mature and become strongly contracting,” Bursac says.In 2016, when his lab figured out how to produce those powerful contractions, the heart patches were tiny. Then, 2 years ago, the team grew a 4-centimeter-by-4-centimeter patch—potentially big enough to repair a damaged human heart.”The size is exciting,” says Christopher Chen, a bioengineer at Boston University. It “suggests that you can get to a scale that is clinically relevant.”Bursac’s team also showed in rodents that blood vessels from the heart being treated can expand into the patch to keep it alive. Bursac has recently woven in more complexity, adding populations of endothelial cells, which develop into blood vessels, and fibroblast cells, which he realized can help the patch form and become stronger. A patch composed of 70% heart muscle cells, with the other two kinds of cells making up the rest, appears best so far, he reported at the meeting.When the patch is implanted in rats and mice, its capillary network hooks up with the rodent’s circulatory system, he reported. “But we still don’t know if this can provide a survival advantage to the patch.”Nor is it clear how—or even whether—a patch will become electrically and mechanically integrated with the original heart so they function as a true unit. Because the patch would be stitched to the outside of a damaged heart, over the scar tissue, “it is difficult to have [it] beat coordinately with existing muscle,” points out Katherine Yutzey, a cardiac biologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio.Answers may come from tests of these human heart patches in pigs or other large animals, which Bursac is conducting with bioengineer Jianyi Zhang at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. But Michelle Tallquist, a cardiovascular biologist at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, worries that producing a patch for someone who has just suffered a heart attack could take too long—as much as 6 months if the patient’s own cells were used as the starting point.Bursac thinks the answer could be to develop a bank of immunologically matched stem cells, which might be coaxed as needed into a heart patch in as few as 3 weeks. For him, the prize is clear. The patch can “replace dead heart cells with cells that are alive and beat and contract,” he explains. “You can see now that this could potentially go to therapy.”last_img read more

Decision on India-Pakistan series still rests with government: Anurag Thakur

first_imgConceding that time is running out for the proposed Indo-Pak bilateral cricket series to take place, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Thursday said the Board is still waiting for the government approval before taking any decision.India are set to leave for their Australia tour on January 5, which leaves little time for the high-profile series to take place.”Media were hoping that Sushma Swaraj’s visit will decide the fate of the cricket series. But when it comes to relations between countries a lot is at stake and many things are taken into consideration before coming to a definite conclusion,” Thakur said.”Whenever the Indian government will take a decision on this we will let you know,” Thakur told reporters at the sidelines of the signing of a MoU between the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority.”It is their (PCB) call what a comfortable time to host the series is. We leave for Australia on the 5th of January and after a long series with South Africa it is every important to give the players 4-5 days rest. So ideally if you have to fly on 5th you be free by 30th (of December),” he added.According to a MoU signed between the two nations, the PCB was supposed to host India in December for a bilateral series, but a series of flip flops from the two boards has resulted in confusion. Thakur, though, insisted that BCCI has been clear on government approval from the very start.advertisement”I must set the record straight for everyone’s benefit that in April 2014 BCCI’s ex-boss had signed an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board while bringing a few changes to the constitution of ICC. According to which if resolutions take place in the ICC constitution then India will play against Pakistan in this period for the next eight years.”And according to that agreement, the PCB was supposed to host India on a neutral venue in the month of December. PCB chairman and BCCI president met in Dubai and decided that we will play a series in Sri Lanka and both the Cricket Board’s will seek permission from their respective government’s for political clearance.”BCCI wrote a letter to the Indian government, because Indo-Pak relations are always like this and this is not the first time that the series is on hold like this. If you look at the last 30 years then many a time an Indo-Pak series has happened and stopped. And a lot has depended on the relations between the two countries,” he said.last_img read more

Javier Hernandez blames Van Gaal for leaving Manchester United

first_imgJavier Hernandez left Manchester United because manager Louis van Gaal told him he had a “one percent chance” of playing as a striker if he stayed at the club, the Mexican has said.Hernandez joined United in 2010, and scored 37 Premier League goals in 49 starts for the club. He was loaned out by Van Gaal to Real Madrid for the 2014-15 season.The Mexico international joined Bayer Leverkusen for a reported 7.3 million pounds ($10.96 million) in August and has scored 10 goals in 11 league starts for the Bundesliga side and 18 in all competitions for the club this season.United, in contrast, have struggled for goals, and their leading Premier League scorer is midfielder Juan Mata, who has just four in the league so far.”Van Gaal said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer,” the striker told Spanish newspaper Marca.”I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game.”Hernandez joined United when Alex Ferguson was in charge, but saw his playing time dwindle after the Scot retired.”I’m so grateful to Ferguson,” he said. “I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills.”Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there.”last_img read more

PBA-best Beermen test mettle vs China’s Shenzhen in Terrific 12

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—San Miguel’s preparation for an elusive PBA Grand Slam won’t just happen in Philippine shores.The PBA’s winningest franchise is set to play in the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12, kicking off its campaign against the CBA’s Shenzhen Aviators.ADVERTISEMENT NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX The Beermen take on the Aviators, Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here in the elimination round of the Terrific 12.Under the Leo Austria, the Beermen have won eight titles bumping their total to 27 but a Grand Slam feat has always eluded them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelTheir best chance came in the 2016-17 season when they ruled the first two conferences before bowing out of contention in the Governors’ Cup.The Beermen are in the same position this season and they hope to finally get over the hump this time. Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant The KaTropa, a tournament first-timer like the Beermen, clash with 2018 CBA champion Liaoning Flying Leopards at 9 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Maya Moore dedicating WNBA hiatus to criminal justice reform Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC But their quest for another PBA crown will have to wait with the Terrific 12 still in front of them.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSan Miguel will have the luxury of having Dez Wells, its import for the Governors’ Cup, plus another reinforcement in Lester Prosper.The tournament will pit the Beermen against elite Asian competition in preparation for their Grand Slam bid.Other PBA teams participating in the Terrific 12 are TNT and Blackwater, which is not a newcomer to the East Asia League.The Elite, who already played in the Summer Super 8 in 2018, will take on two-time Korean Basketball League champions Seoul SK Knights in the tournament’s opening match on Tuesday at 3 p.m.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA MOST READ Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Enforcement Directorate sends notice to Kolkata Knight Riders’ owners

first_imgEnforcement Directorate has issued a notice to Kolkata Knight Riders owners Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan and Juhu Chawla for violating FEMA guidelines.The notices have been issued for contravention of provisions of Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 made under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). These SCNs have issued to all under Rule 4(1) of Foreign Exchange Management (Adjudication Proceedings and Appeal Rules), 2000.In the year 2008, Red Chilies Enterprises Pvt. Ltd (RCEPL) formed a special purpose vehicle namely Knight Riders Sports Ltd (KRSPL) for the purpose of acquiring IPL franchise rights of the cricket team named Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). RCEPL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Red Chilies International Ltd., Bermuda, is the company owned by Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan.As per ED’s investigation, it was found that the entire shareholding of KKR was with Red Chilies and Gauri Khan. After the success of IPL, about two crore additional shares were issued by KRSPL out of which 50 lakhs shares were issued to The Sea Island Investment Ltd. (TSIIL), Mauritius (owned by Juhi’s husband Jay Mehta) and 40 Lakhs shares were issued to Juhi.These shares were allotted at a par value of Rs 10 whereas, the actual value of these shares was much higher. Juhi Chawla subsequently sold her 40 lakhs shares to TSIIL, Mauritius at the par value of Rs 10. Thus, foreign based company TSIIL was issued 90 lakhs shares at par value, while the actual cost of share at the time of issue/ sale was ranging between Rs 86 – 99 per share.”This has resulted in loss of foreign exchange to the extent of Rs 73.6 crores. The notices have been given time of 15 days to make their submissions to the SCN issued”, the ED official stated.SRK WAS QUESTIONED TWICEShah Rukh Khan was questioned by the investigative agency twice in connection with the ongoing investigation into irregularities in the IPL. In year 2011 and 2015, the actor was interrogated on the KRSPL deal.ED recorded Khan’s statement to know if there was any due diligence conducted on SIIL before the allotment of shares to them on March 7, 2009. It also probed why KRSPL allotted 50 lakh shares to Sea Island Investments at a value which appears to be understated the basis of fair valuation of shares as per guidelines CCI.Later, Khan’s two CAs were questioned on January 2016. Since then this case was pending at ED’s office, till the time the new special director Vineet Agarwal joined in this year.Three years back, Chokshi & Chokshi was appointed by the agency to audit the value of the equity shares of certain IPL franchises to arrive at the correct valuation of the shares sold.It was found that the actor had undervalued his shares and violated forex rules of worth 70-80 crores, for which “action was expected against all stakeholders”, by the agency.Since the beginning, Khan’s company KRSPL had been contesting with ED probe and audit findings by claiming that they computed the share issuance under net asset value method (NAV) prescribed under FEMA, 1999.The valuation report submitted by KRSPL to ED said, “The company (KKR) is recently incorporated and there is no certainty about the profitability of the company. Hence we believe that market value method known as Profit Earning Capacity Value (PECV) method is not suitable for valuation of the shares of the company.”According to Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the price of shares issued to persons residing outside India should not be lower than the price worked out under the guidelines set by the stock market regulator SEBI, in case of a listed company or on the basis of fair valuation of shares by a chartered accountant as per guidelines of the erstwhile Controller of Capital Issues (CCI).Sources within the agency has told India Today that in the coming days, some more show cause notices could be expected against few more IPL franchisees under the FEMA Act.last_img read more

Abracadabra Carleton establishing a chair for the study of conjuring arts

first_imgOTTAWA – Carleton University students will soon be able to study magic.The university announced Thursday that it’s establishing an academic chair for the study of conjuring arts with a $2-million donation from the Slaight Family Foundation.Carleton’s interim president Alastair Summerlee says magicians have historically been influential figures, and it’s important for societies to understand how they might be deceived.There’s never been a better time to study conjuring arts, he adds, citing the proliferation of “fake news,” political spin, and the rejection of science.“If you think about the whole idea of magic, it’s all about perception and deception,” Summerlee says. “What is it that people see? What is it that you can fool people with? What is it that you make people believe in?”Summerlee stresses the focus of the research position will be on social and political applications of trickery, not on magic as a performing art.“One only has to look south of the border to think about … the influence of the individuals who are making changes, who are capturing people’s minds and hearts to influence them,” he says.“And then you can think of individuals in history who have really been significant magicians in being able to convince people to do sometimes terrible things. If we could understand that, maybe we wouldn’t fall into the trap so much.”The university says the newly appointed chair will work with students in the arts and social sciences department, and that several courses will be offered in conjuring arts. The classes will span a variety of academic subjects, including psychology, political persuasion, literature, and the history of warfare.A great deal of what we understand about war comes from constructed myth rather than pure fact, Summerlee says.“We have been telling histories about the colonization of Canada that are in fact not correct,” he says.“We have created a really strong sense of where Canada comes from, and completely convinced people that this is the case, when of course it has a very different history from the Indigenous Peoples’ perspective.“How do you build enough momentum to make people see things in a different way? Which is exactly the same as happens when a magician is doing a conjuring trick.”The chair is named for philanthropist Allan Slaight, who has had a lifelong interest in magic. He recently donated a collection of magic posters and Houdini paraphernalia to Montreal’s McCord Museum, and at 81, continues to practise magic.Carleton says a search committee will begin recruitment for the new position in early 2018. Summerlee hopes they’ll find a chair by the next academic year. He says the university is excited about the development and hopes students will be as well.“In terms of undergraduate students who we’re recruiting at the moment, almost 200 per cent of them will have been Harry Potter-ites when they were younger,” he says. “I think there’s a societal interest.”— By Maija Kappler in Torontolast_img read more

Chief Spence meets the spin cycle

first_imgBy Kent Driscoll APTN National NewsHolding a hunger strike in sight of Parliament Hill would set Chief Theresa Spence up for criticism. Indeed, in the last few days, criticism against the Attawapiskat Chief has multiplied. Also multiplied, the degree of inaccuracy of the allegations leveled at her.On the Sun News Network website, there is a graphic called “Attawapiskat Exposed” listing many allegations about Chief Spence.Sun News states: “Between the government and the money pouring in from the nearby diamond mine, it works out to $250,000 each family for each year. Tax free. That’s like $400,000 for the rest of us.”Fact: APTN National News has found most of the money from the diamond mine is locked up in a trust to provide for future generations, and the biggest payment was received when the mine opened. As for the “tax-free” argument, Chelsey Vowell takes a long look at it over here, and things aren’t that simple.Sun News: “Attawapiskat First nation owns $9 million in stocks from Apple, Disney and Chinese cell phone companies.”Fact: Attawapiskat’s trust from diamond revenue has 100’s of stocks , not just the brand names they mention. This is standard practice for First Nations and Inuit communities that receive resource revenue. You can only take those rocks out of the ground once, but a trust keeps on providing long This is responsible, good management, and if it wasn’t happening, people would be complaining even more.SunNews: “The government says that Attawapiskat has received $90 million dollars since 2006.”Fact:  John Geddes at MacLean’s took on this number very effectively. Less than 5 per cent of that $90 million was designated to be spent on homes, and Geddes says the real number is closer to $4 million for houses since 2006. Federal spending in Attawapiskat in 2010-11 was $15.9 million, $6.6 million of that was for education alone.Sun News: “$450,000 a month pours into Attawapiskat a month in welfare payments.”Fact: This figure is misleading . In 2010-11 – according to Ontario Works – 443 households received $3.9 million in welfare, at a rate of $755 a month. That is $334,465 a month, not $450,000. When you live in a very remote community, $755 a month isn’t going to buy very much.Sun News: “Attawapiskat has 21 full-time politicians for 300 homes”Fact: Attawapiskat has a chief, a deputy chief, and 12 councilors. Only the chief would be considered full time. Critics are counting every individual who sat on council that year, but  many of the councilors only served short terms. If you add up the man hours, the months served, it works out to 12 councilors.Sun News: “Chief Theresa Spence’s boyfriend, Clayton Kennedy, earns $850 a day, income tax free.” Sun News also went on air claiming Chief Spence and Kennedy made  $250,000 a year.Fact: Kennedy is contracted to work 3 weeks out of four, 5 days a week. $850 x 5 days x 3 weeks x 12 months = $153,000 a year. If you count 4 weeks a month (which his contract doesn’t) you only get $204,000.Sun News is getting most of their information from www.attawaspiskat.orgWe looked at the numbers and they don’t match up to the facts. Why?  You’ll have to ask them.last_img read more

Will make Delhi worlds safest city when it attains full statehood CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said he will ensure that the national capital will become the safest city in the world when it gets full statehood.”There is such a structure in Delhi wherein we must take permission from the central government to implement any plans or actions… This is not the case for other states…. This is a serious injustice against the people of Delhi… When and if any mishap takes place in your family, you naturally go to the Delhi Police, but they don’t listen. You then go to your elected representative, your MLA but he has no authority over the police. You go to your Chief Minister, he too is helpless,” Kejriwal said while addressing a public gathering at Sultanpuri Majra in North West Delhi. “The Delhi Police comes under the Prime Minister, but can we expect him to concern himself with the problems of people of Delhi? When Delhi attains full statehood, we would reform the system such that nobody would dare trouble any girl at any time,” he said. Later, he added, “When we came to power, government schools and hospitals were in a terrible condition. Since then we have transformed them. We will do the same to law and order situation in Delhi so that Delhi will become the safest city in the world.” Accusing the Centre of creating “hurdles” for Delhi’s development, the AAP leader and the Delhi Chief Minister alleged that he faced several obstructions at various stages to get clearances from the central government. He said the people of Delhi pay Rs. 1.5 lakh crore worth Income Tax and receive only Rs. 325 crore from the Centre. “Why should we pay so much and get so less in return? What have Delhiites done to the central government to deserve this? The situation is similar to the time before India got independence. “First Britishers looted us, now the central government is looting us,” the chief minister said. “Just for political enmity, PM Modi stopped the development work for the common man of Delhi. Last time you voted for him, but this time do not vote for him, otherwise he would not let me work for development,” he added. He also claimed that if the city-state gets full statehood, he would “build a model city in which everyone would have their own flat and the national capital would be an example for the whole world”. “The real Delhi resides beyond the ring road, the real Delhi is in small lanes where there were no proper roads earlier,” he said.last_img read more

The Latest Name for new era of Naruhito to be Reiwa

TOKYO — The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):11:50 a.m.Japan’s government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be “Reiwa.”Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of “Heisei” coming to an end. The new era takes effect May 1.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the name draws from the 7th century poetry collection “Manyoshu.”Suga said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would explain the meaning of the name later at a news conference.It is believed to be the first time the era name, or “gengo” has been taken from a Japanese document, a break from more than 1,300 years of using Chinese classics.___9:37 a.m.Japan’s government is holding top-secret meetings to decide a new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne from his father May 1.Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of “Heisei” coming to an end.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government later Monday will unveil the era name, or “gengo,” for Naruhito’s reign.It comes a month ahead of the switch to allow the government, businesses and other sectors time to adjust to the change that still affects many parts of Japan’s society, even though the system is not compulsory and the emperor has no political power under Japan’s postwar constitution.The Associated Press read more

Royal Bank hikes dividend on record profit

Royal Bank is raising its dividend as the bank says earnings increased 73% in the third quarter, marking its highest quarterly profit ever.The bank says its quarterly dividend will increase by 5% to 60 cents per share. The bank had already boosted its dividend earlier this year — by 6% in the first quarter.Earnings grew to $2.24 billion, equal to $1.47 per share, partly on strength in its Canadian consumer banking operations. That compared with earnings of $1.29 billion or 83 cents per share in the year-earlier period.Total revenue was $7.76 billion versus $6.9 billion a year earlier.Excluding certain items, net income from continuing operations was $1.978 billion, up 18% from last year, due mainly to record earnings in Canadian banking and strong performance in capital markets.Canadian banking net income was a record $1.127 billion, up $239 million compared with last year.Analysts had expected earnings per share of $1.18 on revenue of nearly $7.22 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.In March, Moody’s debt rating agency placed Royal Bank under review for a possible downgrade, but did not put the bank’s covered bond ratings on review.The Royal Bank has said it does not believe it deserved to be among a group of the world’s largest banks whose credit ratings were placed under review by Moody’s because of their exposure to the global capital markets business.Royal Bank is the country’s largest bank by assets and market capitalization and has 80,000 employees serving more than 15 million clients. The bank has operations across North America and in 51 other countries. read more

Lebanon UN official reports broad support for tribunal with international character

A senior United Nations official today reported to the Security Council that there is wide backing in Lebanon for the establishment of a tribunal of an international character to try those charged with the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and others.Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane summed up the results of a recent visit to Lebanon by the UN Legal Counsel, Nicholas Michel, who discussed with the Lebanese authorities the nature and scope of the assistance required for such a court.“The meetings were constructive and fruitful, and Mr. Michel believes that there is a broad basis of support for the establishment of a tribunal of an international character,” Ms. Kane told the 15-member Council.“He expressed to the authorities his great appreciation for the positive atmosphere of the discussions and was encouraged by the general commitment demonstrated to move ahead,” she added. The UN will continue to work with the Lebanese authorities on the matter in the days and weeks ahead, Ms. Kane said.Her comments on Lebanon came as part of a periodic update on the Middle East provided to Security Council members. Other issues touched on today included the recent Palestinian elections, yesterday’s meeting of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, and the health of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.Mr. Michel was in Lebanon on 26 and 27 January. His visit stemmed from Security Council resolution 1644, which acknowledged “the Lebanese Government’s request that those eventually charged with involvement in this terrorist attack be tried by a tribunal of an international character” and asked the Secretary-General to provide assistance towards that end.Adopted last month, that text also expanded the mandate of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) charged with looking into the assassination of Mr. Hariri, who was killed in a 14 February 2005 blast that also took the lives of 22 others. The Commission, now headed by Serge Brammertz, will support Lebanese probes into other terrorist attacks perpetrated in the country since 1 October 2004. read more

Budget squeeze continues but federal deficit all but gone this year Flaherty

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2014 2:13 pm MDT Budget squeeze continues but federal deficit all but gone this year: Flaherty Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tables the federal budget in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand OTTAWA – The Conservative government continues to ratchet in the iron corset that will squeeze an eye-catching election-year surplus for the Canadian body politic.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 10th federal budget all but balances the books this fiscal year, leaving a negligible $2.9-billion shortfall heading into the 2015-16 election year — when Prime Minister Stephen Harper will go to the electorate sporting a surplus that could exceed $6 billion.It’s the fourth consecutive belt-tightening blueprint for Flaherty, who used Tuesday’s budget speech in the Commons to echo the words of Canada’s 1868 finance minister:“I say that we ought to be most careful in our outlay, and consider well every shilling we expend,” quoth Flaherty.But amid leaks of a 2015 Conservative electioneering strategy that already appears well developed, the 2014-15 austerity budget is also stuffed with low- or zero-cost promises that wink toward the coming campaign.Constituencies perceived to be complementary to the Conservative brand get a break — including veterans, recreational fisheries, rural web surfers and snowmobilers — while smokers and public servants take it on the chin.It’s all done on the cheap.“Some people will say this budget is boring; I consider that a compliment,” Flaherty said at a news conference, tipping his hat to former Ontario Progressive Conservative premier Bill Davis.“It doesn’t have flashy spending in it for this and for that and the other baubles that some people might want.”The budget’s lack of specifics left critics of the Conservatives firing wildly at an amorphous, moving target.“There’s nothing in this budget that will create jobs, and that’s the issue because that’s one of the first priorities for Canadians,” complained NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said the deficit is being slashed “on the backs of workers” due to a fat surplus in the employment insurance account.“This government has run out of ideas and is demonstrating it once again.”Added Green party Leader Elizabeth May: “Overall, this budget’s largest environmental feature is the pretty picture on the cover of bicyclists enjoying our spectacular wilderness.”The left-leaning Council of Canadians had a darker view, saying the real story of the budget is found in the deep, ongoing cuts to public services.“This is not a ‘do-nothing budget’, it’s an intentional assault on the public interest,” spokesman Brent Patterson thundered in a release.Actual new spending amounts to a total of just $700 million — exactly the amount the government expects to raise from new tobacco taxes — against spending cuts that top $2 billion.The net result is that total government spending, including debt servicing charges, actually falls slightly in 2014-15, to $279.2 billion. That’s down from $280.5 billion in the fiscal year just ended, and marks a dramatic decrease when inflation and population growth are factored in.Total government spending is expected to rebound somewhat to $286.9 billion in the 2015-16 election year.The inexorable squeeze is best illustrated by government program expenditures as a percentage of GDP. They are down to 13 per cent this year from 13.8 per cent in 2011-12 — a huge decrease on a $1.8-trillion economy — and are projected to fall to 12.4 per cent by 2018-19.“The extent of the cuts to direct program spending are very substantial, yet we knew the government had to downsize from the recession stimulus or there was no way we could handle the aging baby boom generation,” said Mary Webb, senior economist at Scotiabank.“There’s actual good, hard reasons for why they’re doing this.”When the Conservatives came to office in 2006, Canada was spending 17 cents of every tax dollar on debt, down from more than 30 cents in the early 1990s. Last year, that was down to 11 cents and it should hit 10.5 cents this year.“They’re trying to put things back on a sustainable path,” said Webb.“Is there a lot of pain and dislocation? Of course there is. Austerity is never easy ….”A new poll from Harris-Decima shows an overwhelming Canadian consensus — 57-34 — in favour of clearing up the deficit before any new spending occurs. The telephone survey of 1,008 respondents found the consensus crossed regional and party lines.And there are some spoonfuls of sugar with the harsh medicine.The Conservatives are moving to staunch a gaping political wound by topping up the Last Post funeral fund for veterans and expanding the eligibility criteria to veterans of modern conflicts like Afghanistan.There’s a promise of $305 million over five years to expand rural and northern broadband Internet service, and almost $400 million over five years to help fix Parks Canada’s crumbling infrastructure.They’ll spend another $10 million on snowmobile trails, while giving anglers a say in the conservation of fish stocks.The budget document, in fact, is scattered with penny-ante announcements that usually can’t crowd into a fiscal blueprint that covers almost $280 billion in government spending.There’s a $150,000, for instance, “to increase mentorship among women entrepreneurs” and $200,000 to study a breakwater proposal in Saint John harbour.There are also a host of non-budgetary measures that carry no cost, but were larded into the spare budget to pad it out to a typical 400-plus pages.The Conservatives say they will “empower the commissioner of competition to enforce” undefined new rules against differential country pricing of consumer items.The budget promises to publicize employment insurance benefits for apprentices, promote a “Made-in-Canada” branding campaign and interprovincial trade, crack down on terrorist financing, and assert Canada’s claim to the North Pole.Much of the froth was strategically leaked by the government in advance to colour media and public perceptions of the budget before anyone had a chance to examine the entrails.Derek Vanstone, Harper’s former deputy chief of staff, took to Twitter on Monday evening to scoff at all the talk of budget “leaks.”“It’s not a (budget) leak if it’s intentional; it’s pre-positioning,” Vanstone wisely observed.It’s an observation that might be extended to the entire budget document, which can be viewed as pre-positioning for the 2015 election.Follow @bcheadle on Twitter read more

Religious chat should be banned at dinner parties Tatler rules

first_imgDrinking is in, drugs are out Steph and Dom, from Channel 4’s Gogglebox, will “enliven” dinner with their drinking Public displays of affection, though, are fine French actress Emmanuelle Seignier (L) French actress Eva Green kiss during a photocall in Cannes Drinking is in, drugs are out The modern world may pride itself on the liberal virtues of live and let live, but talk of religion should still be banned at dinner parties, society bible Tatler has ruled.In a guide to modern manners, the magazine said “snogging” at parties, becoming rip-roaringly drunk at dinner, and crying at weddings is now perfectly de rigeur.But admitting to “religious fervour” is very much out. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In an article entitled “what it’s ok to do in public”, public displays of affection were ruled in, passionate “ding-dongs” positively encouraged  and those who drink enough to enliven the mood of a party proclaimed “heartwarming”.“There was a time when the worst thing a couple could do was snog in public,” it says, in its current issue.“But in these meaner and more frightening times, suddenly it’s rather cheering when people spontaneously lock tonsils mid-party.” It added: “And then there’s drink. Public displays of getting rip-roaringly drunk are perfectly acceptable, because couples who do it enliven the mood for everyone else.”Detailing the remaining taboos, it continued: “Public displays of drug taking remain unattractive, not for any concern about prurience but because nobody wants to see the nitty-gritty of the ingestion.“Likewise religious fervour. “It’s fine to do the Alpha course – just don’t bore others about it, even if you think they need saving.“God should only be discussed in private.”The full article is available in Tatler, out now. Steph and Dom, from Channel 4's Gogglebox, will "enliven" dinner with their drinkinglast_img read more

Government plans could overestimate need for new homes

Younger households are set to stay the same or even fall, with households headed by someone aged 65 or over making up 88 per cent of growth by 2041. The ONS said the figures were “not forecasts” and did not take into account future policy and economic changes. A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “We are reforming the planning system to ensure the housing market works for everyone.”We will consult on adjustments to the way housing need is calculated so it is consistent with delivering 300,000 new homes per year by the mid-2020s.” He said the solutions to the housing crisis were “more financial than about bricks and mortar”, suggesting that low wages and benefits were stopping young people from moving into rented accommodation.  The Government’s housing target may be too high, economists have suggested, after new ONS figures projected fewer new households than previously thought. Last year’s Budget set out plans to build 300,000 new homes a year, which Chancellor Philip Hammond said would help younger people get onto the property ladder.The Office for National Statistics revised down its previous estimate, made in 2014, which suggested that 210,000 new households would be formed per year in England, to 159,000 per year. Joanna Harkrader, of the ONS’s centre for ageing and demography, said the change “reflects lower projections of the population – notably assumptions around future births, how long we’ll live and migration – and more up-to-date figures about living arrangements, such as living with parents or cohabiting.”Ian Mulheirn, director of consulting at Oxford Economics, and a former economist at the Treasury, said the figures showed “hysterical” discussions around housing shortages had been “misplaced”. He said Government projections had been “way over the top, and the actual rate of household formation has been much lower”. “If we’d been predicting household need correctly, over the last 20 years, then we probably wouldn’t have this story about not having built enough homes.”We still need many tens of thousands of homes to be built every year, but it’s nowhere near the 250,000 or 300,000 that the Chancellor has identified.” “People don’t move out to buy, they move out to rent,” he said. “I don’t think there’s much evidence that young people’s decision to stay at home is because of the cost of housing.”However, others urged caution, arguing that the lower projections were partly down to young people’s recent inability to leave home. Daniel Bentley, editorial director at Civitas, said they were based on figures which reflected a decline in homeownership since 2001 due to a lack of affordability. He said this had “depressed household formation, particularly among younger people. Of course, then the household projections for the coming years are going to be lower.”He added that young people had fewer options because buying was so unaffordable, and were more likely to live in shared households or stay at home, leading to fewer one-person households being created.  “In the 1990s, people in their twenties used to buy a home, as their first home, in much greater numbers than they do today. “Today, if that option is less available to you, then you are less likely to move out of your parents’,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The figures also suggest that households headed by over 85-year-olds will more than double by 2041, to 2.04m, from just under one million in 2016. read more

Harte Gold to go commercial at Sugar Zone mine in Ontario

first_imgHarte Gold has been given the go ahead by the government of Ontario to start commercial production at its Sugar Zone mine, paving the way for full-scale output of 1,400 t/d in 2021.This approval means the company is fully permitted to mine, process ore and pour gold on site at Sugar Zone.Even though Harte has only just received provincial signoff for Sugar Zone’s commercial plan, it has been busy on site where it has already completed a 70,000 t advanced bulk sample, mined 30,000 t of ore under a Phase 1 Commercial Production permit and built an 800 t/d processing plant.With this permit ticked off, the company can now proceed with its commercial production plan. This envisages a start-up of operations at 540 t/d at Sugar Zone, increasing to 800 t/d in the December quarter of 2019 and, subsequently, to 1,400 t/d from January 2021.A preliminary economic assessment envisaged the total upfront capital cost at C$58 million ($45 million) and production, from 2019, of 80,700 oz/y at an all-in sustaining cost of $708/oz over an 11-year mine life.This would see 904,000 oz of total recovered gold production over the mine life, approximately two thirds of the combined indicated and inferred resources announced back in February, Harte noted in the PEA.In the latest press release, Harte Gold said full commissioning of the mill complex was nearing completion, while testing of the crushing and conveyance system was complete. Water had been successfully circulated through the mill and the power line to site was built, with all electrical equipment delivered and installed.Underground development work, meanwhile, continues to exceed targeted rates, Harte said.“For the month of July, 254 m of development was completed, or 8.2 m/d. Development completed to-date has opened up several areas in the Sugar Zone deposit, particularly in the near-surface Upper Zone area, to provide early high-grade stopes,” the company said. Redpath Canada is helping the company out with underground development.The February resource statement showed indicated resources of 714,200 oz of contained gold averaging 8.52 g/t and 760,800 oz of inferred resources grading 6.59 g/t.last_img read more

HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the

first_imgTHE HSE HAS issued a health alert after two people died after taking an ‘ecstasy-like substance’.Two people died in the last four days and the last four weeks has seen a number of hospitalisations due to green ecstasy pills.“While investigations are ongoing into these cases, it is believed that they are as a result of the ingestion of an ecstasy like substance,” a HSE spokesperson said. “Green Apple and Green Rolex (green pills with an apple or rolex symbol) appear have to been implicated in some of these incidents. Other stimulants indicated include cocaine, and amphetamines which in some circumstances have been taken in combination. Therefore, those who take drugs should be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these substances or using drugs in combinations.”The spokesperson said that the physical signs that have presented are severe agitation, extremely rapid heart rate and extremely high temperature. “There is sufficient evidence available to recommend that people do not take these substances or if their friends are in possession of these that they should not be consumed.”Health professionals are reminded to be vigilant and the public are advised that taking drugs carries serious health risks.It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately, the HSE says.For support around drug and alcohol use the HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm. This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service (helpline@hse.ie).Read: Students warned about “bad batch” of drugslast_img read more

3DS to get right analog stick cradle for Monster Hunter 3G

first_imgA couple of weeks ago there was speculation that Nintendo was going to re-release the 3DS with a second analog stick on the right of the device. In order to be fully backwards compatible a peripheral was also being planned so existing 3DS owners could have a second stick too.It turns out those rumors were half right. The 3DS is set to get a new peripheral in the form of a cradle. Not only does it add a right analog stick next to the face buttons, but it also includes shoulder buttons.While Nintendo must have certainly approved such a peripheral, the reason for its existence is a new Capcom game. The highly popular Monster Hunter series is coming to the 3DS under the name of Monster Hunter 3G.That game was unofficially revealed yesterday and will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show in October. Confirmation of the control peripheral, expected to cost around $10, came via Japanese gaming mag Famitsu which printed several pictures of what it looks like.The peripheral is optional when playing Monster Hunter 3G, but is thought to offer a more Wii-like control experience. The game itself is being described as an expanded version of the Wii game, rather than a totally new experience.We can’t help thinking why Nintendo didn’t decide to include the right analog stick in the first place on the 3DS knowing some games could take advantage of it. This peripheral solution just looks ugly don’t you think?Now we have to ask whether this means a redesign really is on the cards for the hardware, or is this a one-off peripheral mirroring the plethora of additional plastic many Wii owners have in storage?Read more at Edge Magazinelast_img read more