What do you get when you cross a dragon and a pelican?

first_imgAn ancient flying reptile may have had a feeding style akin to that of modern birds known as skimmers, which occasionally swoop along the water’s surface to snatch fish swimming there, a new study suggests. Fossils of the newly described pterosaur were unearthed from 120-million-year-old rocks at two sites in northeastern China. The front portion of the creature’s lower jaw had a deep, thin, crescent-shaped keel (artist’s representation above) that may have been covered with keratin, akin to the beaks of modern birds. At the end of that bony keel, researchers noted a peculiar hook-shaped projection—a feature not seen in any other pterosaur, or indeed in any other vertebrate, living or extinct—that might have served as an anchor for soft tissue. That distinctive bony projection suggests the pterosaur’s most distinct feature may have been a pelicanlike throat pouch that could hold fish gleaned from lakes and rivers, the researchers suggest today in Scientific Reports. In a nod to flying creatures of our modern age, the new species has been dubbed Ikrandraco avatar—draco is Latin for “dragon,” and Ikran are the pterosaurlike flying beasts depicted in the 2009 blockbuster Avatar. It’s difficult to estimate how much I. avatar weighed, the researchers say, but the fossils recovered so far hint that adults may have had a wingspan of about 1.5 meters.last_img read more

On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

first_imgAfterward, a video was shown in the stadium with tributes to Murray from various players, including rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, along with Nick Kyrgios, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova and Sloane Stephens.“Amazing career. Congratulations, buddy,” Federer said. “I’m your biggest fan.”Federer opened his bid for a third consecutive Australian Open championship, and record seventh overall, with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denis Istomin at Rod Laver Arena. Nadal, whose 17 career majors are second among men only to Federer’s 20, overpowered Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 earlier.Nadal, who had surgery on his right ankle in November, hadn’t competed since stopping during his U.S. Open semifinal in September because of a bad knee.“It’s very difficult to start (again) after an injury,” Nadal said. “I know it very well.”Other major title winners who advanced on Day 1, when the temperature approached 90 degrees (33 Celsius), included defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova — who beat Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 — Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova.The highest-seeded player to exit was No. 9 John Isner, who hit 47 aces but lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) against 97th-ranked Reilly Opelka in an all-American match.The most attention, though, was drawn by Murray, who is as popular for his success on the court as his attitude away from it.The stands were dotted with British and Scottish flags and with signs of support. When Bautista Agut entered, he was greeted by a smattering of polite applause. When Murray was introduced, there were full-throated screams, followed by chants of his first name.As play began, Murray delighted his well-wishers every so often with terrific shots on a full sprint and his trademark, quick-reflex returns. When he flubbed a shot or otherwise let a point slide by, Murray displayed the muttering and leg-slapping self-contempt the world has come to know and expect — and, let’s face it, love — from the guy. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Playing on a surgically repaired right hip so painful that pulling on socks is a chore, he summoned the strength and strokes to erase a big deficit and force a fifth set before eventually succumbing to 22nd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2, Murray’s first opening-round loss at a Grand Slam tournament in 11 years.“If today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish,” Murray said. “I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done with the amount I’ve been able to practice and train.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMurray, just 31, is a year removed from his operation, and he said that he will decide in the next week or so whether to have a second one. If opts to avoid another procedure, he might be able to play in July at Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles, including the first for a British man in 77 years. If he decides for further surgery, then Monday’s match might have been his last.Even with a hitch in his gait, even as he leaned forward to rest his hands on his knees between points, Murray summoned the strength and the strokes to push the match beyond the 4-hour mark. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he’s famous for.What Murray could not quite do Monday at the Australian Open was finish off a stirring comeback and prolong what might just be the final tournament of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Andy Murray likely to have statue erected – Wimbledon CEO TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments LATEST STORIES And the fans tried to will him past Bautista Agut, who had lost in straight sets all three previous matches the two men had played.They roared when Murray managed to break back to 2-all on the way to taking the third set, with his mom, Judy, smiling widely as she stood alongside other spectators.They chanted his name when he grabbed the fourth set.They rose when the compelling contest ended.“Andy deserves this atmosphere. Andy deserves (that) all the people came to watch him,” Bautista Agut said. “He’s a tough, tough fighter. A tough opponent. He gives everything until the last point. I want to congratulate him for all he did for tennis.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion For all that Murray accomplished over the years, including reaching No. 1 in the rankings and a pair of Olympic singles gold medals, he never was able to leave Melbourne with the trophy, finishing as the runner-up five times.When Murray eventually succumbed to his weariness — not to mention Bautista Agut — the arena speakers blared Queen’s “We are the Champions,” with its fitting line: “And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.”If this was, indeed, the end, Murray did just that.“I’d be OK,” he said, “with that being my last match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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FIFA U-17 World Cup: It was stressful after India scored, says Colombia coach

first_imgColombia U-17 chief coach Orlando Restrepo said that his team felt stressed after hosts India scored during their Group A fixture of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here on Monday.Jeakson Thounaojam scored the lone goal for India in the 82nd minute at the Jawahrlal Nehru Stadium here as the hosts lost 1-2 against Colombia.”It was stressful after India scored the goal, I congratulate India coach and the players who showed will and desire to go for the win,” Restrepo told reporters during post-match press conference.Colombian Juan Penaloza strucked a brace (49th, 83rd minutes) to help the visitors seal their first victory in two group matches and earn three points.However, the coach believes that converting Penaloza to a right winger from right back (in the last match against Ghana) was a tactical change which worked for the side.”We struggled at the beginning too, we made some tactical adjustments, we had to have patience to finalise the opportunity we had and Penaloza scored twice,” the Colombia U-17 coach said.”We used his creativity and pace in our adjustments to counter India’s organisation but it was a very balanced team (India),” Restrepo added.last_img read more

Gritty Greece Beats Israel, Triumph on Home Soil

first_imgCRETE (FIBA U20 European Championship 2017) – In front of their adoring home fans, Greece celebrated their first FIBA U20 European Championship in eight years with a 65-56 victory over Israel in the Final.Turning Point: After trailing by 12 points in the third quarter, Israel engineered a brave fightback to get within 4 points moments before the end of the third. However, an astonishing long three from Nikolaos Diplaros on the buzzer stretched Greece’s lead to 7 and gave them the momentum. Israel never threatened again.Game Hero: Vasileios Charalampopoulos faced double teams almost every time he entered the post but his all-round influence was still pronounced. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to cap a brilliant tournament.👌🔊❗️❗️❗️ #FIBAU20Europe @HellenicBF 📺 https://t.co/EdVgKZm8Et pic.twitter.com/oa9gB7Q1Qx— FIBA (@FIBA) July 23, 2017Stats Don’t Lie: Greece was superb defensively, especially displaying active hands. They had 11 steals to Israel’s 4.In their Words: “It is amazing to win and I am so happy. We played great defense and we really played aggressively. I was happy to hit a few threes and help us win the title.” – Antonios Koniaris TweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Brazil bring Samba magic to Moscow square

first_imgAs Brazil get ready to play their final group game against Serbia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow and seal their place in the last 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018, their fans have decided to make them feel at home.On Tuesday, around 300 Brazilian fans took over central Moscow square and threw a Samba party in front of the Bolshoi Theatre and gave a surprise to the city police.Brazil are known for their love of football and a carnival like atmosphere, Moscow square felt like Brazil on Tuesday.Latin Grammy award nominee Diogo Nogueira, himself a football player until a knee injury ended his sporting career, sang from an open-top bus as the square turned into a sea of green and yellow, Brazil’s national colours.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE “The World Cup is not only (about) football. It’s a unity of cultures,” said samba drummer Wallace Leite, whose face was painted a bright green. “I’m here to represent Brazil to all these people, to show a little bit of Brazil and of course to learn (about) Russian culture as well.”Moscow police soon asked the bus and its powerful sound-system to move on, bringing the street party to a close.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEBut Russians and foreign fans still got a taste of Brazilian culture.”Though I’m not a football fan at all, there’s a mad energy here… I feel great,” said one Muscovite, who gave her name as Asira. “It’s a Brazilian carnival, a Brazilian soap opera. Everything here is Brazilian.”advertisement Brazil have failed to impress at the World Cup so far.Despite being an extremely strong team on paper, the five-time World Cup winners have been criticised at home for their performance in the tournament so far, drawing with Switzerland and securing a last-gasp victory over Costa Rica in the very final moments of the match.When take on Serbia on Wednesday, they will require at least a draw to advance to the next stage but their aim will be to put up a strong show ahead of the knockout stages.They have some injury concerns of their own with both Danilo and Douglas Costa out with injury. Neymar, despite returning from an injury, has looked rusty and Philippe Coutinho has outshone him thus far.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK Prasad

first_imgIndia’s senior seleection committee chairman MSK Prasad said retirement decisions are “purely individual” and that MS Dhoni should go out in his own terms when addressing speculations surrounding the wicketkeeper-batsman’s future.The senior selection committee led by MSK Prasad met in Mumbai on Sunday and picked the squads for ODI, T20I and Test series for India’s tour of West Indies, starting August 2.MSK Prasad confirmed that MS Dhoni is not available for the limited-overs series while adding that the selection committee is looking at giving more opportunities to Rishabh Pant across all three formats.”He [MS Dhoni] is unavailable for this series. he has expressed his unavailability. Having said that, we had certain road maps till the World Cup. Subsequently, post the World Cup, we have laid down few more plans. We thought of giving as many opportunities to Rishabh Pant to see he is groomed. That’s our plan right now,” MSK Prasad told the press in Mumbai.The selection committee chairman added: “We did discuss with him [Dhoni’s future].”Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni… he knows when to retire. But as far as the future roadmap is considered, that is in the hands of the selectors.”Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army, had requested for a 2-month break as he wanted to join the para regiment. Dhoni had made this commitment even before the Cricket World Cup 2019.”We would like to clarify three things. MS Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Saturday.advertisementPant will be playing all 3 formats for India, his workload management crucial: PrasadMeanwhile, MSK Prasad also said it’s not appropriate to discuss the much-talked-about issue surrounding MS Dhoni’s strike rate in the World Cup but insisted that India are looking at grooming youngsters.Prasad also said Rishabh Pant will be considered for all three formats and the young wicketkeeper-batsman’s workload management is their priority.”First of all, we don’t have to discuss about it (strike rate in World Cup). Secondly, we are grooming youngsters now,” Prasad said.”Rishabh Pant has not done anything wrong for his non-inclusion in the squads. Rishabh Pant is going to play all three formats. So we need to manage his workload. So Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bharat will come into the picture.”India’s squad for 2 Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh YadavIndia’s squad for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiIndia’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan back in ODI side, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer includedAlso See:last_img read more

FEI Ratings Gives OSU 3.8% Chance to Win Out

first_imgThe Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI) rating is a college football rating system based on opponent-adjusted drive efficiency, which filters out garbage time and, in this case, projects the likelihood a team will go undefeated.Among the 20 undefeated FBS squads, the FEI gives Oklahoma State the twelfth best chance to go undefeated this season – a 3.8% likelihood.From ESPN:The Cowboys have not yet proved to our ratings that they are capable of truly contending for the Big 12 championship against Baylor, TCU, and Oklahoma. But they do draw each of those teams to Stillwater next month, and the home-field advantage might ultimately give them the edge they need.On the list, Baylor and TCU rank at No. 7 and No. 11, respectively; while Oklahoma ranks No. 15 on the list with a 3.3% chance to win out.The FEI ratings system also factors in home-field advantage, strength of schedule, and the projected scoring pace of each individual game, among other factors.What do you think, Cowboy fans? Do you think the 3.8% chance to win out for the Pokes is too high or too low?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton expects quiet January market

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton expects quiet January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton expects a quiet January market.The Seagulls signed Jurgen Locadia for a club-record fee of £14.1m nearly a year ago, but the striker scored for the first time since February in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day.Ahead of facing Everton, Hughton said: “Locadia started slow because of injury and perhaps Glenn (Murray)’s form. But he’s now very much playing a part in the squad.”I don’t expect us to do too much business. We’ve got some players that might possibly go out on loan, mostly younger players.”But certainly as regards coming in, I don’t expect us to be busy.” last_img read more

Moroccos New Government Faces Its First Strike From Labor Union

Rabat – The newly appointed Interior Ministry is facing its very first strike from a Labor Union since the new government’s installation.The National Federation of Local Authorities, affiliated with the Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), launched a call to push the ministry to reopen dialogue on Thursday, April 13.Announced long before the appointment of the new government, this protest movement is intended to pressure the Interior Ministry to reopen the channels of dialogue in order to negotiate the demands of the Labor Union. The UMT’s demands include urging the ministry to send a circular to governors and Walis, encouraging them to organize and open dialogues at local levels.It also calls for the effective establishment of provincial and regional tripartite committees. These will be composed of trade union representatives, presidents of municipalities, presidents of provincial councils and regional authorities.According to the federation’s request, these committees would hold regular meetings to examine labor disputes at local and regional levels.The National Federation is also challenging the decrees and regulatory texts of the ministry. It describes their current content as “regressive” and explains that they must be altered to meet the needs of the public.Another key demand is a call to respect trade union freedoms, particularly the right to strike.The union also disputes “the deductions that have affected the wages of the strikers as well as the arbitrary transfers and the suppression of certain indemnities.”It is also asking for the abolition of scale 7, adding that community officials, local administrative officers and technicians should be directly promoted from scale 6 to scale 8, as has been done in the Justice Department.Finally, the UMT is calling for the rehabilitation of the public service by entrusting it, once again, to the elected councils of local and regional authorities. read more

Toyota profit plummets despite moderately solid sales

TOKYO — Toyota says its fiscal third quarter profit plunged to 180.9 billion yen ($12.6 billion), about a fifth of what the Japanese automaker earned the previous year, despite relatively solid sales.Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that its October-December profit in 2017 had totalled 941.8 billion yen, helped by perks from U.S. tax reforms.Toyota said that profit for the latest quarter was also hurt by unrealized gains and losses in equity securities.Quarterly sales totalled 7.8 trillion yen ($71 billion), up nearly 3 per cent from 7.6 trillion the previous year.Toyota lowered its profit for the fiscal year through March to 1.87 trillion yen ($17 billion), down from 2.5 trillion yen racked up the previous fiscal year, and below its earlier projection for 2.3 trillion yen ($21 billion) profit.The Associated Press read more

UK students protest lack of action on climate change

LONDON — Chanting “Save our Planet!” thousands of students around Britain are rallying to demand that Britain’s Conservative government take action on climate change.The demonstrators, many in their school uniforms, skipped class and are refusing to take exams, hoping to gain the attention of political leaders. The group, Youth Strike 4 Climate Change, says students in some 60 communities are taking part in the U.K.Similar demonstrations involving hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of student protesters, also took place outside the Swiss Parliament in Bern, the Bundestag in Berlin and other cities across Europe. Climate strikes also took place in Australia last year.Roseanne Steffen, 21, says “we need to react urgently.”British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office says while it’s important to engage, the disruption to lessons is damaging.The Associated Press read more

UN agency to construct new camp for Central African refugees in DRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today announced plans to construct a new camp for persons fleeing from the Central African Republic to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).”UNHCR will begin airlifting shelter supplies next week from Kinshasa for the construction of shelters for refugees from the Central African Republic at a new site that it has prepared at Mole, 45 kilometres south of Zongo,” agency spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. The camp will initially be able to house 10,000 people.UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working at Mole have already built a water system, health and distribution centres as well as classrooms for children, according to the agency. “With the additional supplies, transfers of refugees to the site could begin before the end of the month,” Mr. Janowski said.The agency estimates that some 23,000 Central African people crossed to Zongo and other villages along the Ubangui river following an attempted coup in the Central African Republic last May. “Despite the visit at the beginning of December of a government delegation, and calls to return from President Ange-Félix Patassé, the refugees have so far not indicated a willingness to repatriate,” the spokesman observed. read more

UN peacekeepers in eastern DR of Congo return fire kill 50 militiamen

About 240 peacekeepers from Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa in the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) were travelling near the village of Loga in Ituri district when they were fired upon. Air support was being provided by India, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily press briefing in New York.He said at least 50 militia members were killed and two UN peacekeepers were wounded in the ensuing firefight. The two MONUC soldiers were sent to South Africa for care.MONUC had a right to protect itself when shot at, he added, noting that the operation was part of the Mission’s more robust approach to normalize the situation and to protect the civilian population.According to MONUC’s Radio Okapi, a mission spokesman, Lt. Col. Dominique Demange, said about 30 light weapons were seized by the UN “blue helmets.”Two militia camps, one of which was believed to be the battalion headquarters of the Nationalist Integrationist Front (FNI), were destroyed in the operation designed to protect the civilian population from militias “who had been terrorizing the civilian population,” Mr. Dujarric said.MONUC has said various militias have been looting and extorting the local population.FNI is a militia dominated by the Lendu ethnic group, which has been battling against members of the Hema ethnic group seizing their land. read more

Greater Toronto Area home sales plummet last month after foreign buyer tax

A sold sign is shown in front of a west-end Toronto home, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plummeted by 20.3 per cent last month compared to a year ago, Canada’s largest real estate board said Monday, a sign that recent efforts to stabilize the city’s searing housing market are having an effect. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 3:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greater Toronto Area home sales plummet last month after foreign buyer tax TORONTO – Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area plunged 20.3 per cent last month compared with a year ago, according to the latest data from the country’s largest real estate board, a sign that recent efforts to cool the searing market are having the desired effect.However, some economists and realtors say the impact of the measures, which include a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in the rapidly growing Greater Golden Horseshoe region, could be short-lived.“Certainly there are a lot of people sitting back right now wondering what’s happening with the new housing plan and kind of taking a breather just to see how it affects the market,” said Brian Elder, a sales representative with Royal LePage Real Estate Services.“It definitely will pick up again. But to the degree it was before? I don’t know. I suspect it won’t get quite that heated.”The average selling price for all properties in May was $863,910, up from $752,100 the same month last year, the Toronto Real Estate Board said. But that was down from $919,614 in April, the first month-over-month drop this year.The move came as listings rose 42.9 per cent from a year ago, when they were at a record low, according to the real estate board.The number of detached homes sold fell by 26.3 per cent in the GTA year-over year as their average selling price rose 15.6 per cent to $1,141,041.The data captures the first full month following Ontario’s announcement of 16 measures aimed at reining in house prices, including the tax on foreign buyers, expanded rent controls and legislation that would allow Toronto and other cities to tax vacant homes.The real estate board said Monday that the effects of Ontario’s housing changes, which were retroactive to April 21, have yet to be seen, but analysts said the data suggests otherwise.“There’s little doubt the government measures to cool the housing market have had an impact, as foreign buyers have likely pulled back, while domestic buyers appear to have stepped back as well to see how the changes shake out,” BMO Capital Markets said in a note to clients.Benjamin Tal of CIBC Capital Markets said while the “trajectory is exactly what the region needs,” the trend could be short-lived.“In many ways the situation in Toronto today is similar to what we have seen in Vancouver in 2016 as the market started slowing after a strong 2015 performance, and the uncertainty related to the foreign buyers tax worked to accelerate the process,” Tal said in a note.There are signs that the Vancouver market is rebounding after a period of cooling following the introduction of a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers last August.Real estate transactions in Vancouver jumped 22.8 per cent in May compared with April, according to the city’s real estate board.Toronto and Vancouver are both being closely monitored in light of fears that the fallout from a possible crash in prices could have ramifications for the national economy.Christopher Alexander, regional director at ReMax Ontario-Atlantic Canada, said it will likely take until mid-July for the full effects of the Ontario government policies to be felt.In the meantime, many buyers are moving to the sidelines, Alexander said.“There is definitely a sense of buyers saying, ‘OK, I’m going to wait and see how this plays out,’” Alexander said.Realtors said the increase in listings has created more choice for buyers and resulted in fewer bidding wars compared with the first quarter of the year.“I think it’s a great opportunity right now for buyers that have been waiting in the wings,” Elder said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

On Migrants Day UN remembers thousands who lost their lives this year

“On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human rights-based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which falls on 18 December, the day that in 1990, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.The Secretary-General urged all countries to sign and ratify the Convention as only one-fourth of UN Member States have done so. He also appealed for the expansion of safe channels for regular migration, including for family reunification, labour mobility at all skill levels, greater resettlement opportunities, and education opportunities for children and adults.“Over the past 12 months, more than 5,000 women, men and children lost their lives in search of protection and a better life,” Mr. Ban said. In addition, “tens of thousands more have been exploited and abused by human traffickers. And millions have been made into scapegoats and become the targets of xenophobic policies and alarmist rhetoric,” he underscored.On a more positive note, Mr. Ban also drew attention to the fact that 2015 was also a year in which the global community underscored the important contribution of migrants to sustainable development. “With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders vowed to protect the labour rights of migrant workers, combat transnational criminal human trafficking networks, and promote well-regulated migration and mobility,” he said.“The world urgently needs to build upon these efforts with a new global compact on human mobility based on better cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination, with enhanced responsibility sharing, and full respect of the human rights of migrants, regardless of their status,” the UN chief stressed.In his remarks, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft said migration is not a new phenomenon and for centuries, migrants have made critical contributions to social and economic development in countries of origin, transit and destination.“Yet regrettably, today, we witness unprecedented levels of human suffering associated with migration, particularly due to forced displacement. Furthermore, many migrants are subject to discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance,” he said.Echoing the Secretary-General, he urged the international community, national governments and leaders from all parts of society to give effect to the commitments made in the 2030 Agenda. “They must address the root causes of forced displacement including by ending conflict. And they must speak out in support of the rights of migrants and against all forms of discrimination,” he added.“On this important day, I encourage all leaders to embrace migration as a key enabler of sustainable development and to renew their commitment to open and diverse societies,” said Mr. Lykketoft.To mark this year’s International Migrants Day, candlelight vigils were held around the world in response to a call from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to remember the refugees and migrants who have tragically lost their lives this year.“Each person has a name, a story and left their homelands seeking better opportunities and safety for themselves and in many cases for their families – aspirations that all of us strive for,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in his message.“The candlelight vigil is a renewed opportunity to increase awareness on drivers of migration, and most importantly, shift the narrative of migration towards a positive recognition of the many ways migrants contribute to host societies,” Mr. Swing said.Ahead of the Day, a group of UN experts on the rights of migrants called on governments across the world to guarantee access to services for all migrants, regardless of their migratory status.The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chair of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Francisco Carrión Mena, urged States to separate immigration enforcement from access to public services through the implementation of ‘firewalls,’ while stressing that large-scale migration is unavoidable and that human rights are for all. read more

Migrants A powerful driver of economic growth dynamism and understanding

Mr. Guterres stressed that the Compact “points the way toward more legal opportunities for migration and stronger action to crack down on human trafficking.” “On International Migrants Day, let us take the path provided by the Global Compact: to make migration work for all,” he concluded.Also marking the day and drawing attention to the peril that so many migrants face, the UN Migration agency, IOM, said that close to 3,400 migrants and refugees have died worldwide this year so far. In an appeal for respect and dignity for people who choose or who are forced to leave their homes, IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino said it was also time “to respect and listen” to those who are frightened of the “changes that migration brings to their lives”.On 19 September 2016, the General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants for their protection. These commitments, known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move and paved the way for the landmark Compact.For an explanation of how the Global migration pact, differs from the Global Compact on Refugees which was affirmed by the UN General Assembly on Monday, read out story here. The UN chief explained that migration allows millions to seek new opportunities that benefit communities of origin and destination alike.However, he pointed out “when poorly regulated, migration can intensify divisions within and between societies, expose people to exploitation and abuse, and undermine faith in government.”“This month, the world took a landmark step forward with the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” he continued, referring to the first-ever UN global agreement on a common approach to international migration.“Backed with overwhelming support by the membership of the United Nations, the Compact will help us to address the real challenges of migration while reaping its many benefits,” elaborated the UN chief, calling the Compact “people-centered and rooted in human rights.” read more

Britains Brexit trade deal with Beijing put at risk by South China

British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, left, meets Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing last monthCredit:Reuters China said the issue of independence had nothing to do with freedom of speech and was a serious violation of China’s constitution and Hong Kong law.”It fundamentally is not within the scope of freedom of expression,” the ministry said. “The central government has zero tolerance for ‘Hong Kong independence’ and will never indulge it.” Britain’s decision to send a warship into contested waters was a move to “curry favor with the United States,” said the China Daily editorial.The move “obviously runs counter to the consensus and spirit put forth by the leaders of our two countries that we are willing to join hands to build a ‘golden era’ of China-UK ties,” Hua said.Adding to the tension, China’s Foreign Ministry also said it was “ridiculous for the UK to pose as a ‘supervisor’” and that Britain should stop interfering in Hong Kong, a former British colony. China yesterday warned the UK it had jeopardised post-Brexit relations by sailing a British warship close to islands in the South China Sea claimed by Beijing last week.Britain has been working to boost trade with the world’s second-largest economy as Brexit looms, talking up a “golden era” in ties. The two nations agreed last month to look at the possibility of a post-Brexit free trade deal that, if struck, would be a key achievement for Prime Minister Theresa May.”What the British side did is wrong,” said Chinese Foreign MInistry spokeswoman Hua Chunying in a daily press briefing. “It will have a negative impact on the development of China-UK relations.”Chinese state media specifically cautioned that a post-Brexit trade deal was at stake. “China and the UK had agreed to actively explore the possibility of discussing a free trade agreement after Brexit, but any act that harms China’s core interests will only put a spanner in the works,” said an English-language editorial in state-run newspaper China Daily. “But by trying to revive the ‘special relationship’ in this way now it is no longer the gateway to continental Europe, the UK risks losing more than it can gain,” said the editorial. The Albion was on its way to Ho Chi Minh City where it docked Monday after a deployment in and around Japan. The Paracels have long been disputed and were the site of a major naval battle in the 1970s between China and Vietnam, after which Beijing claimed sovereignty.The group of more than 30 islands in the South China Sea are now occupied entirely by China though Beijing’s claims remain contested by Vietnam and Taiwan. China has laid claim to other groups of disputed islands in the South China Sea, where roughly $3 trillion in trade pass through each year. The comments came after the UK issued issued its latest biannual report on the special administrative region. In it, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary, noted the “growing concern about the extent of freedom of speech in Hong Kong, particularly in the context of discussion of independence”, while also stating that Britain does not think independence is a realistic or desirable option. British Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, left, meets Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing last month Warship HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines passed by the Paracel Islands on Aug. 31, where it was confronted by the Chinese military. 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. read more

Millennials are worse at DIY than younger generation Z survey suggests

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. Millenials are even more useless at basic DIY jobs than those younger than them, a study has found.Millennials – those aged between 25-34 – came rock bottom in a test of basic DIY jobs, including changing a lightbulb, fixing wobbly furniture or stopping a door hinge from squeaking.They fared even worse than those in Generation Z, aged between 18-24, the study found.Given nine relatively simply DIY tasks, Millennials came bottom in five of them when up against four other age groups, with those from Generation Z coming bottom in just four, the poll of 2,000 Brits found.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Those over the age of 55 came top in eight of the nine tasks. Bizarrely, however, Millennials trumped all age groups when it came to being able to fix a leaky loo.A spokesman for the WRAS said that young Brits had ‘low basic home repair skills’, adding last week: “Millennials are increasingly unable to take on simple tasks.”Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said last week: “There is a clear general divide when it comes to doing repairs in the home.”Generation Rent seems to have created a nation of people who aren’t confident in dealing with straight forward tasks, from changing a light to bleeding a radiator. “Knowing how to do some of these tasks can save time and money.” read more

Moshi Moshi MM03i Adds Style and Retro Flare to the iPhone

first_imgThere are a number of retro-themed Bluetooth handsets that look like the receiver of an old telephone but in reality pair with your iPhone or other Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to let you take and place calls, and none of them tend to sell very well, but the Moshi Moshi MM03i comes straight from Japan and has some stylish looks and sleek lines about it. Simply dock your iPhone at the top of the base station, pair your iPhone with the handset, and when not in use, the MM03i’s dock charges both your phone and the modern-looking black Bluetooth handset that rests next to your iPhone. When you get a call, just pickup the handset and answer it. The handset is cordless and supports MultiPoint Bluetooth, meaning you can pair it with your iPhone as well as your laptop, and if you get a Skype call, for example, you can pick it up and use it with your laptop without having to re-pair it with your iPhone. The style and elegance that the Moshi Moshi MM03i offers won’t come cheap though: it’ll set you back $129.99 list price, and it’s available now.last_img read more

Greece runs through our veins

first_imgOn Saturday 17 September, the Greek Lyceum of South Australia held its major fundraising event for the year and the highlight on the organisation’s social calendar − the annual dinner dance. The Greek Lyceum, which in 2013 celebrated 20 years of service to the community, is an incorporated, non-profit school of Greek dance and culture, whose principal role is to foster these cultural elements in South Australian children and adults. It is a non-political, non-religious organisation and its council is made up of a dedicated team of ex-students, parents and teachers. “Our mission is to present and perpetuate the rich history and traditions of the songs, dances, music and costumes of Greece to the greater public,” says Alexandra Archontis, one of the teachers and secretary of the Lyceum, in an interview with Neos Kosmos. This year’s dance was attended by 180 guests including current students and their families, friends, ex-students and committee members. All students of the school were given the chance to perform together and also in their separate classes, allowing not only parents and friends to see what they have been learning, but also the students among themselves. “Having everyone perform together allows bonding to happen between different classes and age groups and fuels the strong community spirit and family ethos that the Greek Lyceum prides itself on,” explains Archontis, who’s also an old scholar of the Lyceum. Since its inception in 1993, the school’s artistic director Vasilis Mouzakitis, together with the school council, the teaching staff and his students, focused on carrying out its mission to educate both Greek and non-Greek communities about the richness of Hellenic folk culture and heritage. “It is important for us to always present our work with the ethics and professionalism inherited from our ancestors and it makes us incredibly proud to watch our students perform with such passion, discipline and ethos. “It really is a collective effort of students, their families and the teaching staff to spread our Greek cultural heritage to Greek and non-Greek communities through a number (three to four per month) of qualitative performances,” says Archontis.At present, the school has approximately 60 students, ranging from four to 45 years old, who attend staged performances such as dance workshops, seminars, lectures, costume and folk art exhibits in South Australia and interstate.The students learn both traditional and contemporary dances from all regions of Greece, Cyprus and its diaspora, including Pontos, Macedonia and Asia Minor. “Through dance and music we discover our history and stories of our ancestors, therefore our students not only learn the dances and their names, but they explore the story behind each dance and its origin, the lifestyle in that particular region and the ways all of the above have shaped the character of the dance. “The ‘Rembetiko Era’ was a poignant time in Greece’s and Asia Minor’s history, and thus contemporary music and dance from this era is also an essential part of the curriculum.”The school has two main teachers − Marie Arvanitakis and Alexandra Archontis (nee Nikias). Marie is a qualified school teacher and has been teaching Greek dance for many years. Alexandra was initially a student of Marie and Vasilis and through their teaching, joined them after participating in all the classes at the Lyceum and travelling to Greece to attend workshops in Athens at the Dora Stratou Theatre and the Momogeroi Folk Dancers. The Greek Lyceum has in its possession an array of more than 100 traditional costumes from various regions of Greece. Contemporary outfits are also worn, depending on the theme of the performance. “Wearing them is not only a privilege but pride and joy for each of our students, as is the positive feedback we receive from parents and grandparents telling us how proud they feel to see their children dressed in traditional Greek costumes, maintaining their heritage and holding on to the traditions of their ancestors,” concludes Archontoulis.Evidently, when second and third generation Greeks have both the confidence and courage to command the stage, they invariably evoke happy childhood memories to their parents and grandparents. It’s right at that moment that strong intergenerational emotional connections of pride and cultural awareness are gently reinforced through the power of Greek music. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more