Competing for a mate can shorten lifespan

first_img“Love stinks!” the J. Geils band told the world in 1980, and while you can certainly argue whether or not this tender and ineffable spirit of affection has a downside, working hard to find it does.  It may even shorten your life.A new study by Harvard researchers shows that ratios between males and females affect human longevity.  Men who reach sexual maturity in a context in which they far outnumber women live, on average, three months less than men whose competition for a mate isn’t as stiff.  The steeper the gender ratio (also known as the operational sex ratio), the sharper the decline in lifespan.“At first blush, a quarter of a year may not seem like much, but it is comparable to the effects of, say, taking a daily aspirin, or engaging in moderate exercise,” says Nicholas Christakis, senior author on the study and professor of medicine and medical sociology at Harvard Medical School as well as professor of sociology at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  “A  65-year-old man is typically expected to live another 15.4 years.  Removing three months from this block of time is significant.”These results are published in the August issue of the journal Demography.An association between gender ratios and longevity had been established through studies of animals before, but never in humans.  To search for a link in people, Christakis collaborated with researchers Lei Jin, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Felix Elwert of the University of Wisconsin, and Jeremy Freese of Northwestern University.The researchers looked at two distinct datasets.First, they examined information from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a long-term project involving individuals who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957.  The researchers calculated the gender ratios of each high-school graduating class, then ascertained how long the graduates went on to live.  After adjusting for a multitude of factors, they discovered that 50 years later men from classes with an excess of boys did not live as long as men whose classes were gender-balanced.  By one measurement, mortality for a 65-year-old who had experienced a steeper sex ratio decades earlier as a teenager was 1.6 percent higher than one who hadn’t faced such] stiff competition for female attention.Next, the research team compared Medicare claims data with census data for a complete national sample of more than 7 million men throughout the United States and arrived at similar results (for technical reasons, the study was unable to evaluate results for women who outnumbered men at sexual maturity).Much attention has been paid to the deleterious social effects of gender imbalances in countries such as China and India, where selective abortion, internal migration and other factors have in some areas resulted in men outnumbering women by up to twenty percent.  Such an environment, already associated with a marked increase in violence and human trafficking, appears to shorten life as well.The researchers have not investigated mechanisms that might account for this phenomenon, but Christakis suspects that it arises from a combination of social and biological factors. After all, finding a mate can be stressful, and stress as a contributor to health disorders has been well documented.Says Christakis, “We literally come to embody the social world around us, and what could be more social than the dynamics of sexual competition?”The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.last_img read more

Go Backstage at B’way’s Finding Neverland With Matthew Morrison

first_imgNew musical Finding Neverland has finally landed on the Great White Way and the show’s headliner Matthew Morrison recently took GMA co-host Lara Spencer behind-the-scenes. As we know, the Glee star began his career on the boards as a dancer and he showed off some impressive breakdancing skills to Spencer. He also explained that the new musical is a “marathon,” and revealed that to save his voice: “I don’t talk when I go home. My wife and I have little cue cards and stuff!” Check out the interview below and then the tuner, currently in preview and co-starring Kelsey Grammer and Broadway.com Vlogger Laura Michelle Kelly, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments World News Videos | US News Videoscenter_img Related Shows Finding Neverlandlast_img read more

Liat Network and Winter Schedule 2014/15

first_imgDominica0700Barbados0800 Tweet Santo Domingo1040Port-au-Prince1130 *Subject to Government approvalAll times local FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Share FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Antigua0600Dominica0640 BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Liat Network and Winter Schedule 2014/15 by: – September 9, 2014 Santo Domingo1340Dominica1545 Share Effective 5 December 2014, Liat will launch services to Port au Prince in Haiti every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new route will meet customer demand and provide connections for customers to travel within the Caribbean to and from this growing market.With the launch of this new route to Haiti, Dominica will receive eight additional flights per week, as well as a new direct service every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between Antigua and Dominica.Flights from San Juan to Dominica will operate with a nonstop service one way and via Antigua on the return to Dominica. The San Juan flight arrives into Antigua at 1610 to allow connections with international services to Europe.Effective 30 October 2014, Liat will operate three additional services per week to Ogle in Guyana on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, bringing the total number of services to 10 weekly. *Subject to Government approvalAll times local 447 Views   no discussions ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Sept. 09, 2014 – As part of a major initiative to restructure its commercial activities to meet customer needs and to improve performance of the airline, Liat will change its schedule periods from the three seasonal schedules currently produced to a standard IATA schedule, which covers two seasons. The new winter schedule will come into effect on 26 October 2014 and run until 28 March 2015. By maintaining the schedule for a longer period, it allows our customers to plan further ahead, as the routes and times of services are known.Whilst focusing on the regional market, attention has also been given to customers wishing to connect with international services to the US, UK and Europe, and so the schedule has been designed to allow customers to connect with other carriers, such as BA, Virgin and Air France. Establishing this base allows Liat to start building alliances with other carriers and to strengthen its presence in those markets.The winter schedule includes the launch of a new destination as well as enhanced services and increased frequencies on a number of routes. Barbados0850Ogle1050 Ogle1120Barbados1320 Sharing is caring! Dominica1610Antigua1650 Barbados1350Antigua1515 Share Antigua0700Dominica0740 FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Port-au-Prince1220Santo Domingo1310 FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Guadeloupe will connect with Antigua and Dominica and timings of the service have been re-phased to allow two-way connections with international services to and from France, for all three weekly flights.Anguilla will operate to/from Antigua as a point-to-point service on an ATR 72 offering almost twice the capacity to the market.The LI 755/756 service between Barbados and St Vincent will also operate as point to point and will utilise an ATR 72 rather than an ATR 42, allowing for greater customer uplift between the two cities.David Evans, CEO Liat said “We are pleased to be able to restructure the schedule to bring the airline in line with all major carriers. By publishing a schedule twice a year, we are able to offer our customers greater consistency, enabling them to plan their flights further ahead.” Dominica0805Santo Domingo1010last_img read more

Jutkiewicz calm despite barren run

first_imgLukas Jutkiewicz is not losing sleep over his goalless start to the season for Burnley. Losing Vokes and then Ings certainly has not helped, and the Clarets boss said: “Forty-seven goals from two centre-forwards is a big hit to anyone. “We’ve seen the Liverpool situation with (Luis) Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge, it does have an effect on a team. But we still believe with the players we’ve got and the players we’ve brought in that it’s a great opportunity for someone to take.” Sam Allardyce has admitted Winston Reid’s contract situation is a concern for everyone at West Ham as the New Zealand defender has yet to extend his deal. The 26-year-old was named the Hammers’ player of the year last season and has developed into a highly-rated defender, reportedly drawing the interests of Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool. Having moved to Upton Park from FC Midtjylland in 2008, Reid has made 100 league appearances and has become a key member of Allardyce’s backline. His current contract expires next summer and, with Reid believed to be holding out for up to £60,000 a week, he has yet to pen an extension and will be able to enter negotiations with other clubs in the new year. Allardyce, though, is keen to work on a resolution, saying: “It is not only a concern for me, but it is a concern for the owners. “There’s been talk about Winston and his contract for a pretty long period now which is obviously not my responsibility. “But hopefully, sooner rather than later, that will come to a conclusion and a positive one. I can only hope that is going to be a positive result in the end.” West Ham go to Burnley having collected their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 win over QPR before the international break. Reid has been an ever-present so far this season, with a number of his defensive colleagues having already been forced to sit out some games through injury and, although his future is likely to remain in some doubt in the coming weeks, Allardyce has no qualms about keeping him in the heart of his defence. “No, not really,” he replied when asked if the contract wrangles could affect Reid’s performances. “Winston’s had a long-term injury last year and sometimes it can take time to get back to what he can be. “Certainly now that the injury has fully recovered and he’s back to his defensive best, which is very important for us. “We got our first clean sheet of the season against QPR, which gave us the platform to win that game comfortably. I believe they have to go with the mentality to repeat that against Burnley.” Michael Kightly ended a club record run of 10 hours and 55 minutes without a goal in the 2-2 draw with Leicester that at least sent them into the international break on a positive note. Sam Vokes and Danny Ings combined to score 47 goals as Burnley were promoted from the Championship but Vokes is still recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury and Ings has also been sidelined by a hamstring problem. That has left Jutkiewicz leading the line, although Ings should return for Saturday’s clash with West Ham at Turf Moor. Jutkiewicz is eager to break his duck as soon as possible, saying: “It’s really important. For any striker, you want to get that first goal and I’m no different. “No one has put any pressure on me at all, certainly not from within the club. As a player you put pressure on yourself because you want to perform, you want to help the team as best you can. “I try not to over-think things. You obviously analyse different situations and how you can improve as a player in every aspect but, in terms of dwelling on things and losing sleep, that’s not something that’s been too much of a problem. “I think I’ve done okay. Obviously it would have been nice to have helped us get a few more points on the board but I can’t be too dissatisfied.” Manager Sean Dyche brought in Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell in the summer in a bid to add more of a goal threat but was unable to secure a striker with real Premier League experience. The 25-year-old joined the Clarets from Middlesbrough in the summer and was prolific in pre-season but has yet to find the net in eight competitive games. Scoring has been the biggest problem for Burnley on their return to the Barclays Premier League, with only three goals in eight games and none from strikers. Press Associationlast_img read more

New-look Kenya look to turn page at Commonwealth Games

first_img– Peerless steeplechasers –Training partners Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot, who have dominated the men’s 1,500m in the last year, will continue their rivalry at Gold Coast.They will be joined in the race by 18-year-old Kumari Taki, who won at the world under-20 championships in Poland two years ago.World and Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto is the hot favourite in the 3,000m steeplechase, which Kenya have won at 10 of the last 11 Games — only missing out in 1986, when they boycotted.Kenya are banking on two-time Gold Coast marathon winner Kenneth Mungara, 44, to reclaim the men’s title last won by John Kelai in New Dehli in 2010. Mungara is joined by Nicholas Kamakya, who also the Gold Coast race in 2011.World 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri will hope to make up for finishing a poor sixth in the women’s 1500m in Glasgow. The race also includes the 1,500m Africa youth silver medallist Eva Cherono, and 5,000m African champion Margaret Chelimo.In the women’s 800m Emily Cherotich returns to international competition nearly 17 years after winning the world youth championship title in Hungary in 2001.Then known by her maiden name of Cherotich Rutto, the 32-year-old mother of one, who won the youth title running barefoot in Debrecen, set the season’s best time of 1:58.1 in qualifying for the Commonwealth Games.Kenya was placed on the IAAF doping watchlist in 2016 after being ruled non-compliant by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) following a string of drug scandals.Since January, elite athletes have been under the watch of a select team of doctors appointed by the International Association of Athletics Federations and Athletics Kenya.Share on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya will try to remain the top track and field nation at the Commonwealth Games despite bringing a new-look team after many of their top performers opted out.The Kenyans, who are also recovering from a major doping scandal which prompted wide-ranging reforms, have come with a new crop of runners to Australia’s Gold Coast.Only three of Kenya’s gold medallists survive from 2014, when they topped the athletics medals table, with David Rudisha, Asbel Kiprop and Ezekiel Kemboi among those missing.“This is an entire young team who are hungry to chart their own destiny,” head coach Japheth Kemei told AFP in Nairobi ahead of the competition, which gets underway on Sunday.“Kenyan athletics is now in a period of transition, but we are happy that there will be a continued athletics success as we plan for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in two years time.”Reigning javelin champion Julius Yego and steeplechaser Jonathan Muia Ndiku, who will run the 10,000m, will use their experience to help their younger team-mates, coach Julius Kirwa said.“The spirit is very high in the team,” he said.“I am very happy with the youngsters, and even though most of them have little or no experience at the top level, we should be able to fine-tune them physically and physiologically to be ready for the show.“I believe we will do better than we did in Glasgow,” said Kirwa, who coached Kenya to the top of the table at the 2015 world athletics championships in Beijing.Nicholas Bett became the first Kenyan to win the world 400m hurdles in Beijing, and the 25-year-old is back for the Commonwealths after battling leg injuries for nearly two years.He will race alongside his twin brother Aaron Bett and newcomer Willy Mbevi.last_img read more

2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide Now Online

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Thurston County Fair OfficeExhibitor’s Guide for 2013 Thurston County Fair Now OnlineAnimal entries due by Monday, July 1Whether your specialty is food, crafts, animals or art, the 2013 Thurston County Fair has an exhibit or contest you’re sure to love. The 2013 Fair Exhibitor’s Guide is now available online with over 60 pages filled with information and contest rules.All of the information and details you need to compete in hundreds of open class and club contests are included in the guide, plus information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor’s Guide here.New in 2013 is an open class llama competition. Entries for the open class llama competition and all animals for the 2013 fair contests are due on Monday, July 1.  All FFA members and open class entries must be turned in to the Fair Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 1, and all 4-H animal participants must submit their entry forms by 6 p.m. to the 4-H Extension Office located on the Thurston County Fairgrounds. Many entry forms are available at the Fair Office or online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/documents/forms.htm. Members of FFA and 4-H should contact their local club for more information on animal entries.If the laughter and ladybugs in this year’s contests and exhibits don’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities that will keep you giggling and having fun at this year’s fair. Contact the Thurston County Fair Office for more information about volunteering for this year’s fair.For more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms, volunteer opportunities, or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit our website.“Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!”    July 31 – Aug. 4, 2013last_img read more

OneRiot Launches New API for Real-Time Search and Introduces Twitter-Style Ads

first_imgfrederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Over 97% of all searches on real-time search engine and infrastructure provider OneRiot are now driven by the company’s partners who use OneRiot’s API to serve real-time search results. Today, OneRiot is announcing the next version of its API, which – among other things – gives content owners the ability to create real-time search engines for their domains and sites. The new API will also allow developers to integrate OneRiot’s real-time ads with the search results. OneRiot is also introducing a new ad format for Twitter apps. These ads are limited to 140 characters and include shortened URLs. The first site to use OneRiot’s new domain search is the Guardian. The newspaper’s new “Zeitgeist” tool – which gives readers a visual overview of trending topics and articles from the Guardian – is powered by the new version of the OneRiot API. Twitter-Style Ads and Vertical SearchesIn addition to this update, OneRiot now also offers developers new tools to filter search results for vertical searches such as news, videos and images, as well as for niche searches that only return results about topics like gadgets, politics and music.Given that virtually all of OneRiot’s growth and traffic dependents on keeping its partners happy, these updates are an important step for OneRiot. In this same context, it’s also an important move for OneRiot to offer Twitter-optimized results. The company already offers a wide variety of advertising solutions, but for Twitter developers, being able to just plug these new ads into their products will surely prove to be very helpful. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

KSAMC to Repave Streets in Proposed Downtown Kingston Art District

first_img Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has announced that the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be repaving roadways in the sections of downtown Kingston where a proposed street art district is to be established by the entity Kingston Creative. Speaking at Tuesday’s (November 27) launch of Kingston Creative’s initiative, dubbed ‘First 50 Impact Investment Campaign’, at F&B Downtown on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston, Senator Williams said it is estimated that the repaving exercise will cost upwards of $40 million. “The discussion is [that] we would use paving stones for the areas on those streets. We have also been coordinating with Kingston Creative in terms of the Innovation Hub, and we will be making an investment there from the city’s treasury. We will, additionally, be assisting with signage… to enhance the aesthetics of the art district and the wider downtown Kingston area,” he added. Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, has announced that the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be repaving roadways in the sections of downtown Kingston where a proposed street art district is to be established by the entity Kingston Creative.Speaking at Tuesday’s (November 27) launch of Kingston Creative’s initiative, dubbed ‘First 50 Impact Investment Campaign’, at F&B Downtown on Harbour Street in downtown Kingston, Senator Williams said it is estimated that the repaving exercise will cost upwards of $40 million.“The discussion is [that] we would use paving stones for the areas on those streets. We have also been coordinating with Kingston Creative in terms of the Innovation Hub, and we will be making an investment there from the city’s treasury.  We will, additionally, be assisting with signage… to enhance the aesthetics of the art district and the wider downtown Kingston area,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Williams said the KSAMC is playing its part in the revival of downtown Kingston, citing the Flag Circle, which was officially opened in June, as an example.“We are also pushing the idea of creating a recreational and historical space within the Parade area, from Ward Theatre… along Coke Methodist Church, Kingston Parish Church, right across [to] the Big Tree. That is an area of rich history and cannot [remain] as it is now with all of the buses coming in disorderly… we have to clean up that area,” he said.The Mayor pointed out that a part of that transformational process will entail the proposed discontinuation of public passenger vehicle transits through the Parade area.“The [KSAMC] is recommending that we construct a true transport centre, and the Municipality is willing to donate the lands for that, [because] we need a proper transport centre that will be central to how public transport enters and leaves the city,” he explained.Senator Williams advised that he has discussed the proposal with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness; and Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, adding that “we have already assembled a team to begin discussing the logistics”.Kingston Creative’s First 50 Impact Investment Campaign aims to raise $50 million towards the development of the Caribbean’s first-ever dedicated art district and creative hub, being sited in downtown Kingston.Work to this end has commenced, as artwork by Kingston Creative’s artists is emblazoned on walls along Water Lane.Kingston Creative also hosts a free event on the last Sunday of each month, which brings together a wide range of artists, artisans and designers.It is deemed to be laying the groundwork for the development of the art district and hub for creative entrepreneurs.Stakeholder support for the initiative has already been committed by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; KSAMC; Red Stripe; Jamaica Observer; C.B. Facey Foundation; F&B Downtown; and PaperboyJA. Story Highlightslast_img read more