With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray out, Milos Raonic has chance for Grand Slam breakthrough at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Not every tennis player quotes from Goethe on Twitter, keeps a journal and visits art exhibitions during tournaments. He grew up playing tennis in snowy Canada, not sunny Florida. And with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic now out of the draw at the Australian Open, the third-ranked Raonic is suddenly the highest seed remaining. RelatedAfter ending his season early last year because of a wrist injury, a rejuvenated Nadal has been playing inspired tennis in Melbourne. Krajicek’s addition at the start of the season was just the latest tweak by Raonic aimed at perfecting his game.

January 23, 2017 17:17 UTC

Medically assisted deaths could save millions in health care spending: Report

New research suggests medically assisted dying could result in substantial savings across Canada's health-care system. The savings exceedingly outweigh the estimated $1.5 to $14.8 million in direct costs associated with implementing medically assisted dying. More than 100 patients have contacted MAID, with 24 receiving medically assisted deaths as of Jan. 6. End-of-life care has high costs in CanadaHealth-care costs increase substantially among patients nearing the end of their life, Trachtenberg said. "Hospital-based care costs the health care system more than a comprehensive palliative care system where we could help people achieve their goal of dying at home."

January 23, 2017 17:00 UTC

Markets decline as Donald Trump talks trade

North American stock markets pulled back amid lower crude prices while investors took a pause from recent highs as Donald Trump settled into his new role as U.S. president. In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index fell 67.75 points to 15,480.13, led by declines in energy and grocery stocks. Read more: Trump signs notice to withdraw from Trans-Pacific PartnershipSouth of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 27.40 points to 19,799.85 and the S&P 500 slipped 6.11 points to 2,265.20. The Nasdaq composite dipped 2.39 points to 5,552.94. The Canadian dollar gained 0.33 of a U.S. cent at 75.37 cents US, as the greenback softened.

January 23, 2017 16:59 UTC

Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII finally has an official title — The Last Jedi

The next highly-anticipated Star Wars movie and sequel to The Force Awakens has been granted an official title: The Last Jedi. Of course, this prompts the very important question: who is The Last Jedi? Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is the first option to come to mind, but would that mean the actor will be playing a more central role in the new movie? Or maybe it could be referring to Rey, who certainly exhibited some slick Jedi skills in Force Awakens. Director Rian Johnson recently confirmed not much time will pass between both films, with The Last Jedi picking up right where The Force Awakens left off with Rey standing before Luke and handing him back his old lightsaber.

January 23, 2017 16:59 UTC

The 5 false things Donald Trump has already said as president

President, in the Bible, rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain, Mr. President, when you came to the platform.”The claim: “I looked at the rain, which just never came. We finished the speech, went inside, it poured … it’s like God was looking down on us.”President Donald Trump makes frequent false claims about matters big and small. Please contact Daniel Dale at ddale@thestar.ca if Trump says anything you know is false or you think should be checked. I’ve been on for 15 times this year.

January 23, 2017 16:57 UTC

Melania Trump in the White House garden pulling up carrots? No, the first lady is already back in New York

“I chose not to go into politics and policy,” Melania told GQ magazine. There is no legal requirement that the first lady live in the White House. Only one other first lady didn’t move into the White House. Since Hillary Clinton’s residency, Watson has compiled his “Report to the First Lady” for every new White House occupant. The book is a compendium of White House history, first lady biographies, as well as advice culled from former occupants of the White House to help new first ladies navigate the daunting job ahead of them.

January 23, 2017 16:53 UTC

Arson spree and mafia killings in Montreal points to struggle for power after death of Vito Rizzuto

A spate of recent Montreal-area arsons linked to organized crime suggests the battle for Mafia leadership in Quebec remains fractured, experts say. Author and university lecturer Antonio Nicaso said the Mafia will regenerate through the conflicts and death. Cedilot says there is a move to seek a more equitable division of territory and rackets through partnerships with street gangs and the re-emerging Hells Angels. “I find it difficult to see anyone coming from outside of Montreal coming in here to become leader of the Montreal Mafia,” de Champlain said. “The next leader will be someone from Montreal, who grew up in Montreal.”

January 23, 2017 16:47 UTC

‘The coffers are virtually empty’: Ousted Gambian president leaves with luxury cars, millions of dollars

NAIROBI, Kenya – As the plane carrying Gambia’s disgraced former president prepared to depart the small West African country on Saturday, onlookers caught a last glimpse of Yahya Jammeh’s face through the window. Before leaving the country he had managed to steal millions of dollars from the government’s coffers. A trust linked to the former president purchased a $3.5 million house in Potomac, Maryland in 2012. Finally, after thousands of West African troops threatened to oust him by force, he agreed to leave Saturday on a plane accompanied by the president of Guinea. His assets included in a $30 million mansion in Malibu and 11 sports cars, including several Ferraris and Bugattis.

January 23, 2017 16:47 UTC

Former president George H.W. Bush to be moved from intensive care as Barbara Bush discharged

Bush is set to be moved from intensive care unit after doctors report health improvements. His wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, has been discharged from the same Texas hospital. HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush was discharged from a hospital Monday while former president George H.W. Bush is expected to be moved from the hospital’s intensive care unit soon. Ninety-one-year-old Barbara Bush was suffering from bronchitis and entered the same hospital Wednesday.

January 23, 2017 16:45 UTC

Researchers unearth fossils of giant otter in China

Scientists have unearthed fossils of an intriguingly large otter as big as a wolf that frolicked in rivers and lakes in a lush, warm and humid wetlands region in southwestern China about 6.2 million years ago. The researchers used sophisticated scanning to digitally reconstruct it, discovering it boasted a mix of otter-like and badger-like skull and dental traits. The largest otter alive today is the South American giant river otter, weighing up to about 70 pounds. But otter evolution is not well understood, with fossils rare and scattered around the world. Siamogale melilutra may not be the largest otter ever, with fossils of another one that may be the biggest previously found in Africa.

January 23, 2017 16:34 UTC

‘Bring on the shirtless men’: Why it’s acceptable to objectify the male body but not the female’s

Lay off.”All the while, female objectification has become increasingly taboo. Can male objectification be annoying? Candid female-oriented media outlets like Jezebel and Broadly discuss formerly taboo topics, while series like Girls exhibit realistic depictions of female sexuality. Despite all the navel-gazing of male celebrities, women’s sexuality isn’t taken seriously, and that’s why male objectification isn’t as much of a threat. While men catcalling women on the street further distorts the gender imbalance, women sexualizing men actually evens the gender playing field.

January 23, 2017 16:21 UTC

Kelly McParland: Dispassionate coverage of Trump will be hard to find as the media rushes to man the barricades

It’s not hard to discern the good guys and the bad guy in the opening hours of the Trump presidency. “Hints of Sustained Campaign of Protest,” the Times proclaimed hopefully in a report on Saturday’s marches. “Scenes of Protest on Every Continent.” “Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March Had 3 Times as Many People as Inauguration.”Crowd scientists? It already appears evident that dispassionate, non-partisan, boringly factual coverage of Trump’s administration will be difficult to find. He appears congenitally incapable of containing his manifold resentments, and the media world appears to have decided to give as good as it gets.

January 23, 2017 16:15 UTC

WHO on high alert for avian flu

The World Health Organization called on all countries to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any human cases that could signal the start of a flu pandemic. Different strains of bird flu have been spreading across Europe and Asia since late last year, leading to large-scale slaughtering of poultry in certain countries and some human deaths in China. Nearly 40 countries have reported new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry or wild birds since November, according to the WHO. "The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high alert," Margaret Chan told the start of the U.N. agency's 10-day executive board. The new H5N6 strain causing severe outbreaks in Asia was created by gene-swapping among four different viruses, she said.

January 23, 2017 16:09 UTC

How to throw a dinner party: Efficient shopping tips

If you plan ahead and know exactly what you need and where to get it cooking for a dinner party can be stress-free. I like buying all my ingredients a day before the dinner so that I can concentrate on cooking the day of (it’s what I did for this dinner). Buying everything the day before also ensures perishable items such as seafood or ripe produce will still be fresh the next day. Streamline your shoppingMy mom is the queen of comparison shopping and goes to two or three different supermarkets for produce, meat and seafood. For this dinner, I kept the ingredients simple so I could find pretty much everything at my local No Frills.

January 23, 2017 16:02 UTC

How to throw a dinner party: Pairing the right wines

Find a French bubbly that any host or hostess will be proud to pour. Not bad for an uber-elegant, multi-course dinner designed to stretch over the course of the evening. The effect is all grace and poise — much like Champagne but at a snip of the price. Meanwhile the lifted fruit and light-lively structure segues diners comfortably from the white wine and salad course to the more robust red wine and meat course that follows. For the main 2013 Marchesi de’Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni, Tuscany, Italy (Vintages Essential 145920 $21.95, 750mL, available in store and online)

January 23, 2017 16:02 UTC

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