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To slow global warming, we could blight every landscape with biofuel crops and wind turbines. But what about wildlife today? Credit Illustration by Oliver Munday Last September, as someone who cares more about birds than the next man, I was following the story of the new stadium that the Twin Cities are building for their football Vikings. The stadium’s glass walls were expected to kill thousands of birds every year, and local bird-lovers had asked its sponsors to use a specially patterned glass to reduce collisions; the glass would have raised the stadium’s cost by one tenth of one per cent, and the sponsors had balked. Around the same time, the National Audubon Society issued a press release declaring climate change “the greatest threat” to American birds and warning that “nearly half ” of North America’s bird species were at risk of losing their habitats by 2080. Audubon’s announcement was credulously retransmitted by national and local media, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, whose blogger on bird-related subjects, Jim Williams, drew the inevitable inference: Why argue about stadium glass when the real threat to birds was climate change? In comparison, Williams said, a few thousand bird deaths would be “nothing.” I was in Santa Cruz, California, and already not in a ...  

Woods Tennis Center finds risk, reward with Champions Cup

Woods Tennis Center took a financial risk making itself the presenting sponsor of the Champions Cup, the PowerShares Series tennis event Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena featuring former world No. 1 players John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and former No. 4 James Blake.Woods Tennis Center executive director Kevin Heim would not reveal the exact figure Woods had to pay, other than to say it was “a substantial amount.”Heim says the gamble is paying off. Between corporate sponsorships, the sale of premium ticket packages and a percentage of the general ticket sales, “we’ve covered all our expenses,” Heim said.Now the goal is to add some profit that will go toward Woods’ capital campaign to replace its indoor bubbles with a permanent six-court structure.“This has been an unbelievable opportunity to promote tennis in Lincoln and let people know what’s going on over here at Woods,” Heim said. “It’s been great to see the community respond to this.”Woods sold out all of its premium packages, some of which included playing with the four tennis greats earlier in the afternoon, attending a players party before the event and a meet-and-greet with them backstage. Woods also sold out its original inventory of courtside (rows 1 and 2) and reserve tickets (rows 3-10) and has received more of those from the PowerShares Series.Woods is receiving 100 percent of the proceeds from the premium packages. It a...  

Fit tips for seniors: How to restore our bodies

One morning during a distance training workout, I was passed by a couple of vintage cars. One was a 1951, the year I was born. It was a beautifully restored Ford Squire station wagon with wood inserts on the sides, every part shiny and looking brand new.That restored wagon and I had a lot in common. We have both been around for more than six decades, and each of us has been lovingly reclaimed from the ravages of time.There is really not a lot of difference between restoring our own bodies to how they functioned in our youth and polishing the years off an antique car. A good total restoration must start from the ground, working it’s way up.We do the same when we make the decision to recapture the capabilities of our youth. Each step of forward motion helps free up our tight, stiff joints and rebuild lost muscle strength. Once those muscles are strong and toned, we stand straighter and move with a smoother, more fluid motion. Just as a restored car sits up straight and strong on its new tires and shocks.Restoring our bodies requires more than just regular movement. Nutrition is just as important, if we are to reverse those years. An antique car engine will get a good cleaning, removing all the built-up sludge. After the cleaning, it gets only the proper lubricants and fuel.Our bodies need the same attention to detail. The chemical mixtures, along with refined sugar in processed food and soft drinks has no place in our bodies. We need good natural food as free of processi...  

Business Forecasters Boost 2-Year Outlook for US Economy

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth. The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015, compared to the group's forecast December 2014. The report, released early Monday, also predicts more investment by businesses in both equipment and intellectual property, as well as modest growth in stock prices. "Healthier consumer spending, housing investment and government spending growth are expected to make outsized contributions to the projected acceleration in overall economic activity. Accordingly, recent labor market strength is expected to continue," John Silvia, the association's president and the chief economist at Wells Fargo, said in a statement. Other factors driving the improved forecast include an increased pace of activity in the housing sector, the strong dollar and continued low oil prices. The report predicts the benchmark price for crude oil, which fell from $98 per barrel in December 2013 to $59 in December 2014, will average $61 per barrel at the end of the year and $69 per barrel in December 2016. Just three months ago, the group forecast that oil would spike to $85 per barrel by December 2015. The NABE report did contain some negatives, however. Those include a widening U.S. trade deficit in 2015, a 0.1 percent dip in 2015 hourly compe...  

Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt – I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside begins with chipper organ chords and Earl Sweatshirt’s shadowed words: “I’m like quicksand in my ways.” Like that, he’s off. His girlfriend says pot’s taking the soul from him, the clique nature of Odd Future exhausts him, and press is pounding at his door for a feature. Earl is overwhelmed. Toasting an empty room with a glass of white wine and Colt 45, he’s slumped on the couch, missing his grandmother, missing his friends, and missing what it’s like to actually care. Odd Future may be a notoriously rambunctious crew, but Earl is struggling to stand up on his own. From that first confession to the dozen that follow it, I Don’t Like Shit is Earl Sweatshirt’s darkest and most honest work. Each word on the album is shaped by his orotund tone as he nosedives straight into depression. Looking back, it should come as no surprise. He cancelled tour dates in 2014 after being “physically and mentally at the end of [his] rope.” After hearing this album, that announcement is significantly more worrisome than it was then. Depression has long been the outlier of the mental illness family. It’s downplayed as an extended sadness, implying it’s not as difficult to handle as schizophrenia or OCD. That alone makes it harder to bear. “Emotion isn’t logic,” Earl explained in an interview with NPR...  

INTERVIEW: Director Simon Curtis on painting portraits in “Woman in Gold”

Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in “Woman in Gold,” premiering Wednesday. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY “Woman in Gold” may center on events that unfolded with the rise of the Third Reich, but director Simon Curtis wants viewers to know that despite the familiar premise, this film is unlike any other World War II film they might have seen previously. In “Woman in Gold,” Helen Mirren plays Maria Altmann, a Jewish woman forced to flee Austria with her husband to the United States during the Nazi invasion. Not only does Maria lose her home, but her family also loses a prized possession — a painting of her beautiful aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer (Antje Traue) by Gustav Klimt. With the end of the war, the titular painting finds its way into government custody. Around 40 years later in Los Angeles, Maria recruits a young lawyer, E. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her fight the Austrian government for ownership of the painting. The film takes place in three different time periods: Maria’s childhood, her early 20s (played by Tatiana Maslany) and the present. Incorporating events leading up to Maria’s escape from Austria was vital to Curtis, as it placed emphasis on the events surrounding the creation of the Klimt painting. “We wanted to flash back to the past, to reinforce that this wasn’t any old painting,” Curtis said in a roundtable interview with The Da...  

Painting 'Out of the Box' beautifying downtown streets

By Joe GoldeenRecord Staff Writer Posted Mar. 29, 2015 at 8:30 PM STOCKTON — All Michael Oliva has set out to do is make a difference, one wall at a time. And he’s well on his way to achieving that.The former Hanna-Barbera cartoon animator turned art educator and mentor created the Stockton Mural Art Resource Team — SMART for short — last year and, in partnership with the Downtown Stockton Alliance, has recruited high school artists for the “Out of the Box” mural program to bring some beauty to downtown streets.In the most recent phase this past weekend, four winners from a fall art contest open to Stockton high school and college students came out to paint their original designs on two city-owned utility boxes along East Weber Avenue at North San Joaquin and North Sutter streets.The student artists — who all coincidentally happen to attend Stockton Unified's Charles Weber Institute of Technology — are David Michael, Anthony Gallegos, Jerick Lozano and Jose Pineda.Michael, 17, who was at the corner of Weber and Sutter putting the finishing touches on his colorful abstract creation Sunday morning, said he hadn’t counted up the number of colors he used.“I have no idea, but it’s a lot,” Michael said, adding that t...  

FOREX-Dollar supported even as Yellen drives home message of patience

* Dollar firmer vs yen and euro * Yellen's message on gradual tightening provides no fresh impetus* Commodity currencies continue to underperform (Adds comments, updates prices)By Ian Chua and Masayuki KitanoSYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 30 (Reuters) - The dollar inched higher versus the yen and euro on Monday after the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve underscored the view that the Fed is likely to start raising interest rates gradually later this year.The dollar edged up 0.1 percent to 119.24 yen. It has fallen more than 2 percent from a near eight-year peak of 122.04 set early this month.The euro slipped 0.2 percent to $1.0873, having in the last two weeks pulled up from a 12-year trough of $1.0457.In a highly anticipated speech on Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen outlined the case for a 'gradualist approach' to rate hikes, in comments mirroring those at the post-FOMC meeting on March 18.She said policy tightening could "speed up, slow down, pause, or even reverse course" depending on actual and expected developments in the economy."Yellen went to great length to detail why rate hikes would not be rushed and ultimately may not reach levels previously considered to be 'normal'," said Ray Attrill, global co-head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank."Our take is that while rates may rise sooner and faster than current market pricing, they are more likely to undershoot than overshoot the Fed's latest median 'dot point' trajectory."The diverging interest rate pathways between the F...  

China Elevator Entrepreneur Joins Ranks Of World's Billionaires

Kang Baohua, the chairman of Shenyang Brilliant Elevator, has joined the ranks of the world’s billionaires following gains in the Shenzhen-traded share price of the elevator maker. Brilliant’s revenue last year was 2 billion yuan, or $315 million, an increase of 18% from 2013. Brilliant said in January it would acquire 100% of its parent group’s unlisted sewerage treatment and robot technology businesses for a total of 287.6 million yuan, or $46 million. The transactions have not been completed. Brilliant’s shares have more than doubled in the past year. Kang’s stakes in Brilliant and construction materials supplier Yuanda China were worth a combined 6.5 billion yuan or $1.05 billion, at last Friday’s closing prices. Kang graduated from Liaoning University with a degree in politics in 1984. He founded the predecessor of Hong Kong-listed curtain wall manufacturing company Yuanda China in 1992, and cofounded the predecessor of Shenzhen-listed Shenyang Brilliant Elevator in 2001. Kang ranked No. 369 on the 2014 Forbes China Rich List with wealth of $730 million -with Maggie Chen –Follow me on Twitter @rflannerychina ...  

Australia: New South Wales dominate Under-20 squad selection

NSW dominate Under-20 squad selection Andrew Kellaway will return for his second Under-20 campaign © Getty Images New South Wales Waratahs rookie Andrew Kellaway is one of 12 players from the NSW Under-20 side that won the national championship recently to be named into the Australian squad for the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions Under-20 championship. Kellaway will be joined by Melbourne Rebels rookie Jonah Placid, who made his Super Rugby debut against the Lions two weeks ago, the pair each returning for their second campaign, while Australian Sevens player Brad Wilkin is one of many professional players featuring in the squad. The squad features 10 players from Queensland alongside the New South Welshmen, three players from Victoria and two each from Western Australia and the ACT. Australia Under-20 coach, Adrian Thompson said the squad was not finalised and each player would have an opportunity to impress, both on and off the field. "This is great opportunity for players to come together and press their claims with a series of training sessions and workshops before the tournament begins," Thompson said. "The Australian Under-20 program is an extremely important stage in the development of our future stars through the Pathway to Gold program, this is why we have taken a squad approach initially." Australia take on New Zealand, Japan and Samoa in Oceania as preparation for the World Rugby Junior World Championship in June. The FORU Under-20 championship kicks off a...  


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