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first_img View Comments Julianne Hough & Aaron Tveit in ‘Grease Live'(Photo: Kevin Estrada/FOX) The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held on September 10 and 11, and the stage got a lot of love on the small screen. The live telecasts of Grease and The Wiz took home trophies, as did a Tony winner turned late night host and two Broadway alums in guest performances.Fox and Paramount Television’s Grease: Live won four awards: Outstanding Special Class Program, Technical Direction, Production Design (for Tony nominee David Korins) and Lighting Design and Direction. Paul Tazewell, who won a Tony Award earlier this year for Hamilton’s costume design, won for his work on NBC’s The Wiz Live!The Guest Actor awards for both Drama and Comedy went to Broadway alums. Tony nominee Hank Azaria won for Ray Donovan, and Peter Scolari, who can currently be seen in Wicked, was awarded for his work on Girls. The latter was a late addition to the nominee roster, replacing Peter MacNicol who was ruled ineligible.The Late Late Show with James Corden won for Interactive Program, and the Tony winner received an additional award in the Variety Special for the show’s Carpool Karaoke primetime special.Two series with a theatrical sensibility were awarded, as well. The CW comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend earned trophies for Single-Camera Picture Editing and Choreography, while the orchestra-centered Mozart in the Jungle picked up an award for Sound Mixing.The Primetime Emmy awards will be held on September 18. This year’s nominees include Tony winners Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, Viola Davis and Judith Light.last_img read more

first_imgPadraig Harrington is celebrating his first PGA tour title since 2008 after capturing the Honda Classic yesterday.The former Open winner took the title after a dramatic play-off with Daniel Berger and has now secured a spot at the Masters in Augusta next month.43 year old Harrington came from five shots back with 11 holes remaining.last_img

first_imgThe big race goes to post at Longchamp at five-to-3. The Istabraq hurldle is the feature race this afternoon and it includes top quality horses Thomas Edison, Ted Veale and Thousand Stars.Course manager Andrew Hogan says he’s looking forward to today’s racing.Elsewhere Dermot Weld’s ‘Free Eagle’ and the Aidan O’Brien-trained ‘Found’ are the main Irish raiders for today’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. last_img

first_imgHardly a week goes by without some scientific finding upsetting an applecart – a long-held belief.  Often, those beliefs are scientific theories taught in textbooks by science professors.  Defenders of science say that this is the way science works.  It’s a self-correcting process, they argue; it’s to be expected that new data will lead to adjustments to theories.  Is that true, or a marketing spin?  How would anyone tell?  Some examples might help.  Here are some recent scientific applecarts that have been upset, according to the news and science journals.Standard candles – Not:  Supernovas are the standard candles astronomers use for measuring vast distances in space.  At first there was one type, then two.  Then astronomers found sub-types within those.  Now, according to Space.com, “Two faint supernovas unlike any star explosions ever seen before may have exploded in the same way, or they may differ, but in either case are breaking down categories that distinguish one type of stellar death from another.”Water from the rock:  Numerous TV documentaries about the history of Planet Earth have shown the oceans coming special delivery from comets.  Now, Science Daily is claiming that a new study using silver isotopes “indicates that water and other key volatiles may have been present in at least some of Earth’s original building blocks, rather than acquired later from comets, as some scientists have suggested.”  But then, that explanation conflicts with dating of Earth’s crust from hafnium and tungsten.  To solve the puzzle, the scientists appealed to a model of planet formation called “heterogeneous accretion,” the article said.  This solution ads whatever hoc is necessary to get the two results together.Insights into speciation, or outsights?  Science Daily reported on work by Jeffrey Feder at U of Notre Dame that contradicts a “prevailing assumption” about speciation.  His work “conflicts with current thinking” and he claims that “past work on the genomics of speciation lacked experimental data” despite being the main subject of Charles Darwin’s book 150 years ago.Back to the Easter Island drawing board:  You know those roads on Easter Island?  They weren’t for transporting the large statues (moai).  They were built for ceremonial purposes, reported PhysOrg.  “The find will create controversy among the many archaeologists who have dedicated years to finding out exactly how the moai were moved, ever since Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl first published his theory in 1958.”  This team accused Heyerdahl of being “so swayed by his cast iron belief that the roads were for transportation – he completely ignored them.”  But then, are we sure about today’s claims?  Dr. Colin Richards said, “The truth of the matter is, we will never know how the statues were moved.”Dinosaur demotion:  A dinosaur got demoted to primitive pre-dinosaur reptile.  According to Science Daily, Azendohsaurus madagaskarensis is not a dinosaur, and never was a dinosaur.  It’s now “a member of Archosauromorpha, a group that includes birds and crocodilians but not lizards, snakes, or turtles.”  They figured this out by analyzing the whole skull, not just the jaws and teeth.    John J. Flynn, curator in the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, commented on the reclassification and reinterpretation of this specimen.  “This is the way science works,” he said.  But in the next breath, he revealed that the new interpretation drew on a theory-rescuing device called convergent evolution – explaining similar features in unrelated lineages by saying they both hit on the same solution independently.  “As we found and analyzed more material, it made us realize that this was a much more primitive animal and the dinosaur-like features were really the product of convergent evolution,” he said.  As if to take the edge off that line, his colleague Andre Wyss added a cheerful note: “In many ways Azendohsaurus ends up being a much more fantastic animal than if it simply represented a generic early dinosaur.”    Behind him, though, was a can of worms the reclassification opened.  Archosaurs were thought to be primarily carnivorous before now.  “Now there are many more cases of herbivorous archosaurs.” Wynn said.  “We are rethinking the evolution of diet and feeding strategies, as well as the broader evolution of the group.”  See also the Science Daily article.Two inflations are better than one:  Inflation theory was invented in the early 1980s to solve some conundrums in cosmology.  Since the idea caught on, it has undergone several transmogrifications.  Now, there is apparently a need for a “second inflation” reported Rachel Courtland in New Scientist.  Some scientists at the University of Heidelberg have brought in a “little inflation” to cover up additional conundrums caused by the first inflation.  The idea has the sound of epic myth, or at least of a whoosh of hand-waving.  Last sentence: “It just shows that the story might not be as simple as we think.”Google lab:  Citizen scientists can perform their own experiment by doing a search on science news sites for the phrases, “than thought” and “than previously thought”.  For instance, PhysOrg reported this week that scientists now believe “The Earth’s mantle flows far more rapidly around a sinking tectonic plate than previously thought, according to new computer modeling by UC Davis geologists.”  (Ditto on Live Science.)  A quick search on the CEH search bar turned up 130 hits on these phrases used over the years.  Variations of the phrase can add to the collection, like this one on Science Daily about genetic secrets that are coming to light and changing views about “genomic dark matter” that “were once thought of as nothing more than ’junk DNA.’”  The phrases suggest the sound of applecarts turning over.Upsetting applecarts is the way science is done, we are told.  Hopefully quite a few of them are getting upset from upside-down or sideways into the right-side-up position.  If the total number of applecarts in the right-side-up position is increasing over time, defenders of scientific progress have a case.  They are clearly right for the instances where practical payoffs are visible to everyone: either a rocket gets to a planet, or it does not; either a signal makes it across the ocean, or it doesn’t.  But for scientific theories with no clear payoff, like theories about stellar life cycles, planet formation, black holes and evolutionary common ancestry, how can anyone tell if scientists are fixing more applecarts than they are turning upside down?  What is the metric to show they are faring better than a randomly-selected population of clever storytellers could do, given each had a fairly good understanding of the data and physical parameters involved?In the early days of the scientific revolution, science was not a profession – it was an avocation.  Many early scientists earned degrees, and some taught in universities, but many did their experimental work as a hobby because they loved nature, they loved truth, and wanted to figure things out (browse our online biographies and see).  Undoubtedly many in the scientific community maintain that idealism, but there are good reasons to doubt it is universal.  The professionalization and institutionalization of science has led to some distasteful consequences: tenure, political groveling for funding, good-old-boys clubs, networking, going along to get along, and more (see lists in the 05/13/2010 and 04/02/2010 commentaries).  What motivation do some career scientists have to “get the world right”?  They’ve got tenure; they’ve got a grant; they’ve got grad students they have to keep busy doing something; they have the respect of their peers.  Like Pilate, they can sneer, “What is truth?”.  That’s of little concern in the humdrum of keeping the status quo going, looking busy, dealing with each year’s batch of students, and pumping out an occasional paper with grad students doing the hard work.  They know the news media will pick up whatever they say as the latest manna from heaven, a breakthrough that sheds light on whatever and brings us Understanding.  You might enjoy browsing through PhD Comics for a humorous inside look at academia.  It’s to the idealism of science what Dilbert is to free enterprise.    Happily, many scientists are noble-minded, motivated, serious-minded people of integrity.  But they are that way in spite of the many distractions that pull them toward mediocrity or business as usual.  Announcing each finding as a revelation that overturns previously-held beliefs plays on the short memories of people.  In the short term, it sounds like scientists are making progress.  It keeps hope alive that science is converging on the truth about the world.  We must not be so na�ve as to think that is necessarily true.  Like our commentaries have said, not all motion is progress; sometimes it is just commotion – in this case, turning applecarts upside down, only to turn other ones right-side up, with no net gain in upright carts, but a lot of spilled apples.    One area where science can contribute to progress is in the collection and refinement of raw data.  Speculation thrives in the absence of data.  Space missions like Cassini, Herschel and MESSENGER, orbiters like Aviris and MLS that refine our measurements of climate, the Human Genome Project and mapping genomes of other organisms, deep sea submarine robot explorations, ever-increasing resolution in microscopy – these at least provide the detail that can constrain speculation.  We sometimes confuse progress in data collection with progress in scientific understanding.  They are not one and the same.  In the recent Titan story (05/16/2010), we saw that Cassini has mapped 22% of Titan’s surface with radar – a fantastic scientific achievement.  It does not necessarily follow that scientists understand how Titan formed or how old it is.  What the data collection does is put some welcome shackles on the imaginations of storytellers.  With fewer applecarts to upset, and more apples in the bag, hopefully there will be less moldy applesauce on the ground.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgDinosaur farts may have caused global warming on Venus.Alternate universe #3652908 may have had the conditions for the evolution of silicon life.Mutation in a newt may have caused men to be more hairy than women.Cosmic rays could have started the geysers on Enceladus.Unseen planets between the galaxies might host advanced civilizations. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Anything goes in secular science news these days; it’s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking, like Bob Berman said of modern cosmology (10/06/04).  Notice that mentioning current-day observational facts (like a meteor crater, a roundworm, or a fossil) does not validate a speculative claim.  The presence of a connectome in a roundworm says absolutely nothing about the human brain.  A crater on Europa says nothing about life.  Don’t be fooled; none of the observational props provide necessary or sufficient conditions to establish scientific validity to any claim that is (1) speculative and (2) incapable of verification.  You can observe a robin in your yard; that does not give you the right to claim in the name of science that it got its avian lung from the ancestor of a monitor lizard 270 million years ago.  “Well, it might have” is no excuse.  Scientists need to stop imagining things; they need bigger vigor in their scientific rigor.center_img Things no one could possibly ever know are being reported by science journals and news sites as things worthy of scientific faith.Here are some far-out speculations coming from science sites recently:Asteroid that killed dinosaurs might have sent life to Mars (BBC News).A roundworm’s mind may be the first step toward understanding the human brain (Live Science).One-way breathing may have evolved 270 million years ago (Live Science).An ancient “fig wasp” lived 100 million years before figs evolved (Science Daily).A meteor may have delivered the building blocks of life to Europa (Space.com).Exoplanet hunters may find ET by glut of alien corpses (New Scientist)Life was possible in the early universe in the cooling glow of the big bang (Nature News).  This weakens the Anthropic Principle and the need for a multiverse.For the last claim in the list above, comments to PhysOrg‘s version of the story came from many who felt the subject was far too speculative and therefore unscientific.And yet these same priests and prophets of scientism, who take on the role of delivering scientific truths to the masses, routinely become filled with rage at critics of Darwinism, claiming they are enemies of science, that they don’t understand science, that they are religious nuts.  Casey Luskin just reported on Evolution News & Views a new case where bullies threatened disruption of a non-credit, optional class on intelligent design vs. evolution, and succeeded in getting the administration to cancel the class (for fear of bad publicity).  Hypocrites; the bullies belong to a group that calls itself the “Freethought Oasis.”Not a single one of the claims in the above list could be demonstrated by observation or experiment.  The perhapsimaybecouldness index for each one is exorbitantly high to the point of fantasy.  Any one of us could speculate wildly on similar subjects with equal credibility.  Try it; it’s fun:last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For years, we’ve relied on the use of glyphosate to control weeds. While it’s an effective herbicide, the continued use has resulted in serious weed resistance throughout the Midwest. By not controlling these weeds, studies have shown that yields can be reduced by more than 30 percent. But there is a solution. Farmers across the Midwest have seen high yields and better control with Beck’s LibertyLink® soybeans.As a contact herbicide, Liberty® kills weeds in days versus weeks compared to glyphosate, and there is no documented weed resistance to the unique mode of action it provides. With good spray coverage, farmers will control the toughest glyphosate resistant weeds like marestail, waterhemp, giant ragweed, and Palmer amaranth.last_img read more

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Announcing the September ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’September 27, 2011In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Congratulations to all the Geocacher of the Month nominees. The geocaching community is comprised of inspirational individuals – who go above and beyond in geocaching innovation, creativity, respect for the environment and helpfulness. Each nominee should be congratulated as exceptional geocachers and individuals. We should all be proud that each of the cachers are part of our worldwide community.The choice for the first Geocacher of the Month was difficult. A panel of Lackeys, relying on voting and community comments, could ultimately choose only one.haksu10 August Geocacher of the Monthhaksu10 is the August Geocacher of the Month. Dozens of geocachers wrote in to share stories about haksu10’s humble dedication to geocaching, geocachers and his local community. haksu10 created geocache.fi site, used by most Finnish geocachers daily. He also placed nearly a hundred creative and engaging caches. One of the most memorable is GC16QCH Haksulandia. According to a Finnish geocacher, “What makes it special, though, is that it is located at haksu10′s yard. According to the description, the cache is equipped with an electric outlet in case you need to charge anything. Call before you arrive (or just ring the doorbell) and haksu10 will make you some coffee.”haksu10 will receive a collectors Geocacher of the Month geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Geocaching.com: Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.The other two outstanding finalists Dale & Barb and De broekies will also receive special gifts from Geocaching.com, and we hope the recognition from geocaching community for their truly outstanding contributions. We can all be inspired by reading the testimonials and comments about all the nominees from other geocachers in this blog post. Community members are encouraged to renominate those who were not awarded Geocacher of the Month.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be the Geocachers of the Month, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must meet the following requirements. Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the September Geocacher of the Month must be received by September 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.last_img read more

Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Feb 2016 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will be hosting an Exercise Design Training Workshop from Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th February 2016, at the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies Office, Customs Complex 1316 Providenciales, beginning at 8:30am to 5:00pm daily.The main goal of the Exercise Design Training Workshop is to introduce participants to a standardized approach to Exercise Planning, conducting and evaluating of the various types of simulation exercises and drills.Specifically, the workshop objectives are:To enhance the capacity of Participants to function in the roles of Simulators, Controllers and EvaluatorsTo strengthen the capacity of participants to conduct Briefings and De-Briefing before, during and after an exerciseTo improve the ability of Participants to develop, conduct and evaluate simulation exercisesThis Exercise Design Training Workshop is another activity used by CDEMA to provide its eighteen (18) Participating States with a standardized approach to achieving national objectives. According to Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of DDME, “This training is timely given the recent passage of the Disaster Bill 2015, which requires the regular testing of plans, procedures and protocols. Additionally, this training will provide key stakeholders with the requisite skills and knowledge to undertake various types of exercises to ensure that the various plans in-house are current and applicable to the local context.”CDEMA has embarked on a “Standardization” approach in all its training, planning and operations which serves to maximize the regions’ small resources and enhance the Regional Response Mechanism. This would allow technical personnel from different Caribbean States to be deployed across the region and provide operational response support in times of disaster. Therefore, participants attending this training will be Operational level personnel and Heads of Department from the following agencies; TCIAA, RTCIPF, DDME, TSART, Fire and Rescue, Ministry of Health and District Commissioners, who are involved in the planning, execution and evaluation of simulation exercises designed to test the operational effectiveness of the Turks and Caicos Islands Emergency Management Plans and Procedures.At the end of this training, the Turks and Caicos Islands will have a team of exercise planners who will be able to effectively develop, execute and evaluate exercises to test the various disaster plans and procedures in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The facilitator for this training will be General Earl Arthurs (Caribbean Disaster Management Specialist). Recommended for you Related Items:CDEMA, DDME, Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, District Commissioners, Fire and Rescue, general earl arthurs, ministry of health, RTCIPF, Tciaa, TSART BPL first assessment done, Abaco restoration bill to top $20 million and rebound may take months TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfoliolast_img read more

BFSB Bahamas Briefing Featured Attorney General Carl Bethel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 9, 2018 – Nassau – Under the theme, “The Bahamas: the Clear Choice for Financial Services,” Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Carl W. Bethel, QC, updated the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) ‘Bahamas Briefing’ at Baha Mar, March 1, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in the financial sector, given it is an extremely integrated global system.He added over the past 20 years the international regulatory community has experienced rapid growth and change, in order to keep up with crimes — financing of terrorism and money laundering presenting challenges to the financial sector.  He affirmed that the challenges affect every jurisdiction on every continent, and as a result The Bahamas has and continues to make significant advances to ensure its financial sector survives and rules adhere to internationally accepted best practices and regulatory principles.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more