first_imgRace to Erase MS has announced that multi Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Elton John will perform at the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS event, hosted by Nancy Davis, taking place on May 3rd, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.Also performing that evening will be multi-platinum singer-songwriter Taio Cruz.Elton John, one of the world’s most celebrated recording artists, has sold more than 250 million records in his four-decade career. He has won six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. In addition to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996 and received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.Over the course of the past two years, international pop star Taio Cruz has sold over 25 million singles and more than three million albums. Thanks to his Billboard Award-winning smash hits “Dynamite” and “Break Your Heart,” Taio is the first and only solo British male artist to have two consecutive No. 1 singles in the United States. He holds the distinction of being YouTube’s most viewed British artist of all time, with his music videos amassing over a billion combined views.The legendary, celebrity-filled gala has raised millions of dollars for Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the event, and will honor Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne with the “Medal of Hope” Award. Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction before enjoying a dinner gala featuring the live musical performances by Elton John and Taio Cruz. The evening will also include a one-of-a-kind live auction featuring fabulous vacation getaways and experiential packages.The evening is generously sponsored by Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Associated Television International and American Airlines.Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. All funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Race to Erase MS that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.last_img read more

first_img“The feeling of losing a child is one that no mother should ever have to experience,” begins Courtney Stodden in a heartfelt new video for PETA, which she filmed shortly after her own miscarriage.“That’s why it breaks my heart to think of Corky — an orca who has lost all seven of her babies, the last of whom was found floating lifeless at the bottom of a tank at SeaWorld.”Video: Courtney Stodden Gets Emotional Talking About a Mother’s LossStodden goes on to describe how Corky was captured off the coast of British Columbia 47 years ago, separated from her mother and all the other orcas in her pod, and sold into the entertainment industry. Since then, she has spent her life within the cramped, chemically treated confines of a concrete tank, enduring trauma, loss, and sadness. But as Stodden reveals, Corky has a chance to go home — if SeaWorld retires her to a seaside sanctuary in her home waters, where she could feel the ocean currents and communicate with her brother and sister, Fife and Ripple, who are her only surviving family and swim freely nearby.“SeaWorld, take it from someone who has experienced great personal loss: Corky has suffered enough,” says Stodden. “Please, do the right thing and let her go home. The time is now.”For more information, please visit read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, ON – Roma took two top awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association, named the year’s Best Picture winner with Alfonso Cuarón chosen Best Director.The TFCA chose Olivia Colman as Best Actress for her portrayal of the temperamental, yet tenderly vulnerable, Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy The Favourite. Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Ethan Hawke was awarded Best Actor for playing a tormented pastor in Paul Schrader’s drama First Reformed, and South Korean mystery-drama Burning was chosen Best Foreign-Language Film.Regina King was named Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, while TFCA members chose Steven Yeun as Best Supporting Actor for Burning.There was a tie in the Best Screenplay category between The Favourite and First Reformed.The awards were voted on by TFCA members at a meeting on Sunday, December 9, 2018.“The past year has seen a bounty of great cinema, featuring engaging stories both intimate and universal,” said TFCA President Peter Howell. “This made it exceedingly hard for us to choose favourites and led to very spirited debates, as evidenced by how evenly our votes were divided, including in one case, a rare tie. But it was a delightful problem to have.”Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Morgan Neville’s affectionate look at the legacy reaching beyond the small screen neighbourhood created by TV’s Mr. Rogers, was given the RBC Allan King Documentary Award.Wes Anderson’s stop-motion, canine world-view Isle of Dogs was named Best Animated Feature.The membership has chosen the three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award: ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch, Ava and Maison dubonheur.The winner will be named at the 22nd TFCA Awards Gala, to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on January 8, 2019. The honour carries a record-setting $100,000 cash prize; the richest film award in the country. The runners-up will each receive $5,000.As previously announced, the 2017 recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award is prolific actor Tantoo Cardinal, who has chosen writer-director and video artist Darlene Naponse to receive $50,000 worth of services from Technicolor.Writer-director Naponse’s film Falls Around Her, starring Cardinal as an Anishinaabe musician, had its world premiere at TIFF 2018.The winner of the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, to be announced at a later date, will be presented with a $10,000 cheque at the gala.The 2018 TFCA Awards Gala will be hosted by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of the Toronto International Film Festival.The TFCA is extremely grateful to founding sponsor Rogers Communications for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award, to returning sponsors Labatt Brewing Company Limited for the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist, to Technicolor for the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, to Cineplex Entertainment for the awards cocktail reception. The TFCA welcomes new sponsors Air Canada as the official airline and RBC for the RBC Allan King Documentary Award. The TFCA also welcomes new sponsors the Four Seasons Hotel and Champagne Perrier–Jouët. The TFCA salutes stalwart supporters The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Zoomer Magazine, and TAXI Toronto.The full list of 2018 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards winners and runners-up:BEST PICTURE“Roma” (Netflix)Runners-up          “Burning” (Well Go USA)          “First Reformed” (ABMO Films)BEST ACTOR            Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” (ABMO Films)Runners-up           Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate” (Elevation Pictures)           Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book” (NBCUniversal)BEST ACTRESS          Olivia Colman, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)Runners-up         Regina Hall, “Support the Girls” (Mongrel Media)         Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Fox Searchlight)BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR           Steven Yuen, “Burning” (Well Go USA)Runners-up          Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Fox Searchlight)Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther” (Walt Disney Studios)BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSRegina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Entertainment One)Runners-up          Emma Stone, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)          Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” (Fox Searchlight)BEST DIRECTORAlfonso Cuarón, “Roma” (Netflix)Runners-up            Lee Chang-dong, “Burning” (Well Go USA)            Paul Schrader, “First Reformed” (ABMO Films)BEST SCREENPLAY, ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL           Tie: “The Favourite” by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Fox Searchlight) and “First Reformed” by Paul Schrader (ABMO Films)Runner-up           “Roma” by Alfonso Cuarón (Netflix)BEST FIRST FEATURE“Sorry to Bother You” directed by Boots Riley (Entertainment One)Runners-up“Eighth Grade” directed by Bo Burnham (Elevation Pictures)          “Hereditary” directed by Ari Aster (Elevation Pictures)BEST ANIMATED FEATURE            “Isle of Dogs” (Fox Searchlight)Runners-up            “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Walt Disney Studios)             “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” (Sony Pictures Animation)BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM           “Burning” (Well Go USA)Runners-up          “Cold War” (Mongrel Media)          “Roma” (Netflix)RBC ALLAN KING DOCUMENTARY AWARD           “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (NBCUniversal)Runners-up          “ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch” (Mongrel Media)          “Free Solo” (Mongrel Media)ROGERS BEST CANADIAN FILM AWARD FINALISTS“ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch (Mongrel Media)” directed byJennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas de Pencier (Mongrel Media)“Ava” directed by Sadaf Foroughi (Mongrel Media)“Maison du bonheur” directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz (Lisa Pictures)The Toronto Film Critics Association was established in 1997 and is comprised of Toronto based journalists and broadcasters who specialize in film criticism and commentary.  All major dailies, weeklies and a variety of other print, electronic and web outlets are represented. Members of the TFCA also participate in the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI).  As such, they have sat on juries at festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Montreal, Miami, Palm Springs, Chicago, Pusan, Moscow, Amsterdam, London and Vienna, among others.Website: www.torontofilmcritics.comTwitter: @TFCA Hashtag: #TFCA2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Male wolf spiders cannibalize females Citation: Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Photo of Agelenopsis pennsylvanica in funnel web. Image: University of Michigan. More information: Sexual cannibalism is associated with female behavioural type, hunger state and increased hatching success, Animal Behaviour, In Press, … ii/S0003347212002916AbstractPrecopulatory sexual cannibalism may represent the most extreme form of sexual conflict because it necessarily truncates the reproductive potential of the victim. Three of the most prominent mechanisms invoked to explain incidence of precopulatory sexual cannibalism are the ‘adaptive foraging’, ‘aggressive spillover’ and ‘mate choice’ hypotheses. These hypotheses argue that sexual cannibalism is either (1) the result of female choice, where females gauge the benefits of suitors as perspective mates versus prey, (2) a neutral (or deleterious) by-product of selection on aggressiveness in nonreproductive contexts, or (3) a mechanism by which females express their mating preferences, respectively. We tested the predictions of these hypotheses in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis pennsylvanica using staged laboratory encounters. We then tracked numerous fitness proxies of cannibalistic versus noncannibalistic females to determine whether cannibalism was associated with increased female performance. We found that more aggressive females and those deprived of food were more likely to engage in precopulatory cannibalism. Cannibalism was not associated with male condition, male body size or female body size, nor with the mass of females’ egg cases, the number of eggs therein, or the mass of individual eggs. In contrast, there was a positive association between the mass of the egg case and the number of offspring that emerged in cannibalistic females, but not in noncannibalistic females. Thus, offspring of cannibalistic mothers appear to have increased hatching success in heavier egg cases. This may represent a novel advantage associated with sexual cannibalism.via BBC Explore further © 2012 , Animal Behaviour This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The researchers, led by Aric Berning, set out to learn more about why the common female funnel grass spider quite often eats male spiders that come near, prior to copulation, which would seem counterproductive, unless it’s seen as a sign of discrimination, i.e. they only eat the ones they don’t want to have as a mate. To learn more they captured a bunch of the spiders and brought them back to the lab. The females were allowed to build webs, and then males were subsequently dumped into them to see what would happen under different circumstances. They found that the females were likely to eat any male that arrived if they were hungry, or just feeling particularly aggressive. In other scenarios, they found the females a little more discerning, allowing some to mate with them, while eating others. In some extreme cases they found some females that refused to eat any males at all, and some that ate every male no matter what else was going on.But they found something else too. In instances where the females dined on a male or two before eventually copulating and producing young, the egg cases they produced tended to be a little more robust than usual and inside of them, were more young than were found in egg cases produced from females that had not eaten males prior to producing the cases and offspring. So it seems that eating a few suitors before giving birth appears to give the females some added vigor in producing and protecting offspring, something that has never been observed in any species before.The researchers don’t know why things work out this way, but speculate that eating males might offer the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals for assisting with case production, or perhaps it prompts a hormonal response. Either way, it appears that the relationship between male and female funnel web spiders is much more complex than it might appear at first glance. ( — Researchers have known for years that many female spiders kill their mates, either before or after mating and some even eat them, and while many theories have arisen as to why this occurs, this newest instance appears to be the most bizarre yet. A team of biologists from the University of Pittsburgh have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, that females of one species of spider that eat males, tend to produce thicker egg cases out of which emerge more hatchlings, than those that don’t. Journal information: Animal Behaviorlast_img read more