Big Science Trying to Wipe Egg Off Its Face

first_img(Visited 578 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Science scandals and crises are reminding observers that scientific reliability is no more reliable than the people who make a living in science.Are palaeontologists naming too many species? (Science Daily). Human ego can get in the way of science. Paleontologists earn fame by having fossils named after them, so it’s tempting for them to “split” similar fossils into different species rather than to “lump” them together. Judy Massare (SUNY College at Brockport, New York) and Dean Lomax (U of Manchester) bring this problem to light in the case of naming extinct sea reptiles named ichthyosaurs (scientific jargon for “fish-lizards”). “After their latest research project,” this article says, “the pair urge caution in naming new fossil species on the basis of just a few fragmentary or isolated remains.” After studying the hind fins of one form of ichthyosaur, they realized that they could all be considered variations of a single species.Palaeontologists fall into one of two camps when it comes to naming species, ‘lumpers’ and ‘splitters’. The former ‘lump’ groups of similar specimens together, whereas the latter opt to split-up specimens and distinguish new species. However, in this new study, if the team opted to split-up the specimens based on the variation found, it would suggest a huge number of species.They remarked that splitters could have labeled these specimens as 19 different species! Splitting was a common practice before, misleading the public (and other scientists) about the amount of variation in nature. “This would be similar to what was done in the 19th Century when any new fossil find, from a new location or horizon, was named as a new species if it differed slightly from previously known specimens.” This implies that a moral failing 150 years old is still with today’s science. Will honest discussion of the problem be sufficient to stop fossil hunters from succumbing to the temptation for fame?The pre-registration revolution (PNAS). The scientific method was all worked out centuries ago, right? That’s what students are usually taught. Once again, though, any “method” is only going to be as reliable as the fallible human being who applies it. Part of the high school student’s understanding of “the scientific method” (actually, there is no one method) is to propose a hypothesis and then test it with experiments. But like a famous proverb not said by Yogi Berra, “In theory, there is no difference between practice and theory. In practice, there is.”This paper tries to wipe some egg off the faces of scientists who have violated the spirit of the scientific method by post-dicting their hypotheses instead of predicting them. It’s a bit like a false prophet watching something happen then proclaiming that he predicted it would happen. Some researchers are tempted to goof around with observations, watch what happens, and then propose a hypothesis after the fact. Lo and behold, the hypothesis was proved by testing! Only the scientist and the team may know.In this PNAS article, five commentators think that forcing scientists to publicly state a hypothesis before testing it (a policy called preregistration) might make science more credible.Progress in science relies in part on generating hypotheses with existing observations and testing hypotheses with new observations. This distinction between postdiction and prediction is appreciated conceptually but is not respected in practice. Mistaking generation of postdictions with testing of predictions reduces the credibility of research findings. However, ordinary biases in human reasoning, such as hindsight bias, make it hard to avoid this mistake. An effective solution is to define the research questions and analysis plan before observing the research outcomes—a process called preregistration. Preregistration distinguishes analyses and outcomes that result from predictions from those that result from postdictions. A variety of practical strategies are available to make the best possible use of preregistration in circumstances that fall short of the ideal application, such as when the data are preexisting. Services are now available for preregistration across all disciplines, facilitating a rapid increase in the practice. Widespread adoption of preregistration will increase distinctiveness between hypothesis generation and hypothesis testing and will improve the credibility of research findings.Cases where “data are preexisting” illustrate some of the challenges to making preregistration work. How can you test something that is already known? Many evolutionary explanations fall into this category. What can an evolutionist do with a fossil record that is fairly complete? Say that “my hypothesis is that a transitional form will be found in Texas in strata between the Carboniferous and Jurassic” or something like that? Even if Big Science comes up with “practical strategies” that work for all cases, those will only work if all scientists practice them. In practice, individual researchers have shown themselves to be creative at conniving to get around best practices, especially if fame or funding are at stake.Racist cover of National Geographic, August 2002, about the Dmanisi skull, portrayed to look primitive and dark-skinned.National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage (Phys.org). Generations of adolescent boys can remember flipping through pages of National Geographic Magazine looking for photos of bare-bosomed “people of color,” but aside from whatever titillation they enjoyed, they were also getting a subliminal message: non-westerners were likely to be naked savages.National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.“We had to own our story to move beyond it,” editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg told The Associated Press in an interview about the yellow-bordered magazine’s April issue, which is devoted to race.Former editors of the popular magazine tended to perpetuate clichés of white racial superiority through their photographs and descriptions of natives from non-western countries. They gave the impression that “people of color” tend to be “exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages”—common stereotypes from Darwin’s day, but highly politically incorrect these days. And yet to many readers, National Geographic Magazine was an authoritative source of science, popularizing science with vivid images and stories. Alongside the now-acknowledged racist content would be stories from the space program, the frontiers of physics, and biology. And who can forget the numerous cover stories on human evolution, with alleged pre-human ancestors commonly shown with dark skin?It is only proper for Goldberg to acknowledge past sins and strive to correct them. Yet the past sins were reflections of the culture of their time. What steps is Goldberg and the magazine taking to isolate their coverage from present sins and biases? Is that even possible? It’s easy to joke ‘National Gee—a Gaffe (ick!)’ now, but what will future moralizers say about current publications? NG still contains overwhelmingly biased coverage of Darwinian evolution. Not all that long ago, they did have to issue an apology (in fine print) for their cover story jumping to the conclusion that so-called Archaeoraptor was a transitional form between dinosaurs and birds. They continue to indulge in ‘historical racism’ by portraying ‘archaic humans’ as less evolved than themselves.Crisis or self-correction: Rethinking how the media cover science (Phys.org). This article tries to rehabilitate the image of science by the media. ‘Crisis? What crisis?’ gives the flavor. ‘It’s much ado about nothing.’ The media are inflating and over-generalizing a few cases, giving an impression that science is broken.The article, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and authored by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, examines three media storylines used to describe the nature of scientific discovery. Jamieson writes that one of the narratives – that science is “in crisis” or “broken” – is especially concerning and may have been inadvertently encouraged by scientists’ efforts to find and correct problems in scientific practice.“This is troubling in part because defective narratives can enhance the capacity of partisans to discredit areas of science – including genetic engineering, vaccination, and climate change – containing findings that are ideologically uncongenial to them,” Jamieson writes. “In contrast, accurate narratives can increase public understanding not only of the nature of the discovery process, but also of the inevitability of false starts and occasional fraud.”The issue is important, Jamieson says, because the news media affect the extent to which we think about a subject and how we think about it, and misleading accounts about science can affect the public’s trust in science. The “science is broken” story has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vox and Slate.Actually, the “narratives” that science is broken or in crisis are often stated bluntly in leading journals such as PNAS, Science, and Nature (ex., 24 April 2016). The “reproducibility crisis” in psychology and a similar crisis in medical reporting concern large numbers of flawed papers, not just a few “false starts and occasional fraud.” These Big Science institutions are suggesting major revisions in thinking and important large initiatives to combat the problems. It’s especially telling that this article, coming from the University of Pennsylvania, “cites genetic engineering, vaccination and climate change” as potential victims of flawed narratives, when controversy about those subjects tends to track political party lines (as does evolution). The authors also repeat the myth that science is a “self-correcting process’ (see 8 Feb 2016, 24 April 2016, and 6 Jan 2018). National Geographic had to own up to its racism to begin to address it. In the same way, Big Science has to own up to its crises, not excuse them as mere “narratives.”Postpublication peer review: A crucial tool (Science). Another example to prove that the science crisis is not a mere ‘dust-up’ or exaggeration is found in Science, where Gregory Isaac Peterson advocates post-publication peer review as a solution to many problems with the current peer review system.The current peer-review model used throughout science is not perfect. Whether it be the result of poor experimental design, accident, or academic misconduct, publication of irreproducible, incorrect, or fabricated results occurs more frequently than it should [check Retraction Watch for recent examples]. This leads not only to a waste of precious time and financial resources as scientists try to replicate or build on flawed research but also to damage to the reputation of science and to much larger societal impacts (such as the loss of public trust in science and loss of federal funding).One reason Peterson gives for the disparity between the ideal and the real concerns human nature. “This disparity likely stems from the reality that overworked scientists do not have time for activities that provide little to no recognition.” The comment shows that scientists are not robots cranking out knowledge for its own sake. A human being’s desire for recognition cannot be ignored.Scientific misconduct harms prior collaborators (Phys.org). Guilty scientists don’t just hurt their own reputations; they hurt everyone who worked with them. The case of Viswat Jit Gupta (see commentary below) illustrates the point. Prof. Katrin Hussinger of the University of Luxembourg warns scientists that they must choose their collaborators carefully lest their own reputations suffer if someone is accused of misconduct later through “guilt by association.”“The results of the study are worrisome,” explained Prof. Hussinger. “Our research shows that guilt by association stretches back to projects prior to the fraud case and thereby to unsuspecting and uninvolved co-workers.“Another related worry, Hussinger points out, is that the fear of guilt by association could lead to under-reporting of fraud. “Knowing that they might be penalised for mere association might make researchers think twice before speaking out,” she says. Who knows, therefore, how much fraud is really going on? The solution cannot come from method or phenomena; it is a matter of personal moral choices. “Trust is a crucial aspect of communicating science and conveying research results to the public,” she says. “The ripple effects of one misconduct case can put at risk the reputation of a much larger group of scientists and even institutions.”How, exactly, did “trust” evolve, Dr. Hussinger? Nowhere is the reality of crisis better seen than in articles about Darwinian evolution. In his book Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries, Dr. Jerry Bergman documents dozens of unbelievable frauds—some of them recent—that fooled all the leading scientists of their day, not just laypeople who received “defective narratives” from the press. For instance, he shows how Professor Viswat Jit Gupta so messed up the field of Himalayan stratigraphy using fake fossils in the 1990’s to 2000’s that the field may never be able to clean up the mess (pp 78-81). In his last 25 years, he published some 300 papers in major journals, “all of which are now in doubt, as also are some of the numerous papers based, in part, on Gupta’s research.” Science often proceeds by citing papers. This dishonest individual planted fossils from museums in strata, lied about where they were found, and committed other acts of fraud. Because of one man’s misconduct, all his collaborators are also tainted. Gupta’s papers are not the only ones in doubt. How many scientists relied on his ‘research’ and cited his papers as trustworthy?Some frauds or just errors have escaped detection for decades, even centuries. Remember that Piltdown Man fooled the world’s experts for 40 years. National Geographic posted numerous cover stories about human evolution, particularly those about the work of Louis and Mary Leakey, for decades that are no longer believed. What current frauds and forgeries, yet to be revealed, are misleading scientists and the public about evolution? Evolutionists had better get out of the hoax of Darwinian evolution now. It has the potential for a colossal meltdown that may tarnish the reputation of science forever.last_img read more

Skilled foreigners welcome in SA

first_img27 February 2006South Africa is welcoming skilled foreigners with open arms. The government has issued a list of quota work permits for selected professions, which means foreign nationals with the required qualifications and experience will be allowed to enter the country without first having secured employment.The permits are issued according to a yearly quota, determined by the National Critical Skills list according to how scarce or essential a particular skill is in South Africa.The regulations are designed to raise skills levels in the country, as part of the broad government initiative boost economic growth to 6% by 2010 and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Last week Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi announced that foreign nationals who met the requirements would be allowed to apply at a foreign mission abroad or at any Home Affairs office inside South Africa.The quotas were determined in consultation with the departments of Trade and Industry and Labour.Unlike other work permits, quota work permits are issued to applicants before they have secured employment. Holders are allowed into to South Africa so that they can look for jobs in specific professions. The permits don’t guarantee employment; rather, they give skilled foreigners the opportunity to compete for work in the country on an equal footing with South Africans.This is a major departure from the previous system, which required proof that a South African could not have filled the post.Fifty-six occupations have been identified, with the requirement that the potential job seeker should have at least five years experience and have registered with their relevant professional body.“These quotas are determined using the National Critical Skills list – a mechanism designed to assist in recruiting certain skills into South Africa,” Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula said when the quotas were announced.“Foreign nationals who are already in the country and possess the needed skills may also apply for work quota permits. These do not only apply to those outside the country.”The full list of the annual quotas for each profession is below. All require registration with the relevant professional body, where applicable, and at least five years’ relevant experience.Science and engineeringAeronautical engineers – 500Aircraft maintenance engineers – 500Autotronics: vehicle diagnostic technicians – 500Avionic engineers – 250Chemical engineers (including rubber & plastic) – 100Construction: civil/structuralengineers – 5 000Design and engineering: piping and pipe laying – 500Electronic: radio frequency and signal engineers; microwave and satelliteengineers – 500Geologists – 100Astronomers – 200Astrophysicists – 200Atmospheric physicists – 200Surface physicist – 200Space scientists – 200Geophysicists – 150Industrial Engineers – 5 000Jewellery designers – 250Mechanical engineers (including pressure vessel and stress analysis) – 1 000Metallurgical engineers (including material processes and development;metrologists) – 250Mining: rock and colliery engineers – 100Aircraft maintenance technicians – 1 000Architectural technicians – 1 000Aviations technicians (aviation-specific design and machining technologies) – 1 000Dimensional controllers – 100Earth sciences technicians – 250Electrical mechanical including instrumentation – 1 000Electronic technicians: silicon and microchip developers – 1 000Foundry metallurgists – 500Hydraulics and pneumatics technicians – 1 000Industrial / product development technologists – 1 000NDE technicians – 500Tool designers (including millwrights, melters, coded welders and moulders) – 3000Health and educationMaths and science teachers – 1 000Biological science technicians – 3 000Bioinformatics – 1 000Biomedical engineers – 1 000Combinatorial and computationalchemistry – 150 Information technologySoftware developers – 1 500Software engineers – 1 500ICT security specialists (including dimensional controllers) – 1 000Agricultural sciencesAgricultural economist (econometrics) – 500Agricultural engineers (including farm irrigation systems engineers) – 1000Agricultural extension officers (technology-focused) – 1 000Agricultural statistics: biometrician, crop modeler – 1000Agricultural biotechnologists, genetic markers and promoters – 1 000Virologists – 250Oenologist / viticulture – 350Geneticists (plant breeders) – 1 000Pasture scientists – 500Plant pathologists – 1 000Food safety quality-assurancespecialists – 500Veterinarians – 500 Management and commerceActuaries – 500Financial market analyst – 500Risk managers – 500Download the original schedule in PDF format from the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Library website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

How to Use Tumblr, Posterous & Other Light Blogging Services

first_img2. Subscribe to Other People (& Re-Blog)One thing that hasn’t changed about blogging is the sense of community. Half the fun of maintaining a blog is reaching out to your network. So be proactive in finding people who blog about similar things as you, then link to them and even re-blog their posts (copy and paste – it’s much more accepted in light blogging than in professional blogging!).At this stage, the market leader Tumblr still offers you the best chance of finding like-minded souls – due to the sheer number of people using it. Here’s an example of community from a Tumblr user called rudie. Note the “following” panel on the right, which lists the other blogs that rudie follows. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Blogging#Features#How To#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 3. Aggregate Content From Your Other Apps With light blogging, you needn’t even spend time actually blogging – because you can pull in content automatically from other apps. While FriendFeed and even Facebook are common methods for many of us to aggregate our content from across the web (a.k.a. ‘lifestreaming’), it’s just as easy to do so using Tumblr, Posterous or Soup.io. To the right is an example from my own Soup.io blog. Every week Soup.io polls last.fm and automatically publishes the top 5 artists I’ve listened to in the past week.4. Customize Your ThemeAll of the leading light blogging services offer a variety of colorful themes. If you’re handy with HTML and/or CSS, you can customize your template too – if you want to make it unique. Here’s a cool MySpace-esque design from Tumblr user Juice in a Box: richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 5. Don’t Take it SeriouslyIt’s not called light blogging for nothing (actually it wasn’t called light blogging at all, until we clumsily coined it!). Services such as Tumblr, Posterous and Soup.io make it very easy to experiment with blogging, have fun, see new things, meet new people. Why not give it go…From Sween’s Tumblr blog Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week we took a poll asking for your favorite ‘light’ blogging service. These are blogging services that make it very easy for you to share content and media. While old-school blogging service Blogger.com got the most votes in our poll, newer slicker services such as Tumblr, Soup.io and the recently trendy Posterous are popular with early adopters. Many people are only just coming to know the newer services like Posterous, so in this post we give you 5 tips to get the most out of them. The post is in the same vein as our earlier How to use Facebook one.1. Post Lots of MediaBlogging started out in the early days as a text-heavy medium; and to this day professional blogs (such as ReadWriteWeb) rely mostly on text. But the whole point of light blogging – sometimes called micro-blogging – is to be more casual and colorful. So post lots of media: photos, video, audio. Most light blogging services offer a browser bookmarklet, which enables you to post media at the click of a button.Here’s an example of easily published media from a Posterous blog called ReflectionOf.Me:last_img read more

A Guide to the High and Mighty

first_img1 Mukesh Ambani 53 , Industrialist*Chairman of the Rs 3,36,000-crore ril got India its single biggest fdi courtesy the $7.2 billion deal with bp.2 Sachin Tendulkar 37, CricketerThe second richest sportsman in India with 17 endorsements worth over Rs 70 crore annually and a middle class icon.3 Ratan Tata 73, Industrialist*Chairman of the Tata Group, his empire of 100 companies in 56 countries has a turnover of Rs 3.1 lakh crore.4 Samir and Vineet Jain 56 & 44, Media Barons* They own the most profitable Indian media company with a turnover of Rs 1,200 crore in 2010.5 Deepak Parekh 66, Banker*He was the man who took on the Government to defend big business post the 2G telecom scam.6 Kumar Mangalam Birla 43, IndustrialistChairman of Aditya Birla Group, his company Hindalco is to set up India’s first aluminium can plant.7 Anand Mahindra 54, IndustrialistMahindra Group md has an empire worth Rs 46,000 crore. His company is the leader in the suv market.8 Sunil Bharti Mittal 53, Industrialist*Despite cut-throat competition, he has managed to retain the top slot in telecom sector with over 126 million subscribers.9 Grandhi MallikarJuna Rao 60, Industrialist He has pledged his 12.5 per cent share in the GMR Group worth Rs 1,540 crore to charity.10 Anil Ambani 50, Industrialist* Chairman of Reliance ADA Group, operates the largest mutual fund in India, worth Rs 1.2 lakh crore.11 Baba Ramdev 46, Yoga GuruHe used yoga as the weapon to launch Bharat Swabhiman Andolan and set up trusts worth Rs 1,100 crore.12 Gautam Adani 47, IndustrialistRanked 81st in the world and 6th in India by Forbes. The chairman of the Adani Group is worth $10 billion.advertisement13 Salman Khan 45, Actor With Dabangg becoming the highest grosser at Rs 150 crore, the Big Boss host is a top notch entertainer.14 Azim H. Premji 64, Industrialist* The chairman of Wipro Technologies managed to generate almost half of its revenues from the US.15 Mahendra Singh Dhoni 29, CricketerCaptain of the Indian cricket team, has won the ipl Season 3 and Champion’s League Season 2.16 Shashikant and Ravi Ruia 67 & 61 , Industrialists* Their Essar Group recorded a revenue of over $15 billion and employs over 70,000 people.17 Amitabh Bachchan 68, Actor*The four time National Award winning actor hosted kbc for the third time getting an average trp of 4.2.18 Aamir Khan 45, ActorAfter hits like Peepli [Live] and Dhobi Ghat, he became the first Indian to be on the jury of the Berlin Film Festival.19 A.R. Rahman 45, Music DirectorBe it composing an anthem for the cwg or singing at the Oscars, he made news.20 Kalanidhi Maran 45, Media Baron*Owner of 20 South Indian tv channels and a dth platform with 4.5 million subscribers, he dominates the tv market.21 Sajjan Jindal 51, IndustrialistHe bought ISPAT after which his $5 billion JSW Group became the biggest steelmaker in India.22 20 Shah Rukh Khan 45, Actor*The actor is getting back on screen with Bollywood’s most expensive special effects film ever Ra.One23 GVK & Sanjay Reddy 74 & 46, Industrialists The GVK Group invested Rs 14,000 crore in infrastructure and has projects worth Rs 62,000 crore in the pipeline.24 Subrata Roy 63, BusinessmanHis interest in sport made him buy an ipl cricket team for $370 million. He also sponsors Indian hockey.25 Raghav Bahl 51, Media BaronChairman of Network 18, his businesses earned $96 million in advertising revenue in 2010.26 Rajinikanth 60, ActorThe hero of Endhiran is all set to play triple roles in his forthcoming film Raana.27 / Vijay Mallya 55, Industrialist*His UBGroup is worth of Rs 50,000 crore and controls 50 per cent of the liquor market.28 Anil Agarwal 57, IndustrialistFounder of the Vedanta Group, he is one of the richest Indians, with a net worth of $6.4 billion.29 J.P. Gaur 80, Industrialist The chairman of the Jaypee Group has doubled his turnover from Rs 5,500 crore to Rs 10,316 crore.30 Subramanian Swamy 71, Politician He compelled the prime minister to take action against the 2G scam’s prime accused, A. Raja.31 Mahendra Mohan and Sanjay Gupta 71 & 48, Media Barons Apart from Dainik Jagran, their other language dailies have a daily readership of 60.6 million.32 Kushal Pal Singh 79, BusinessmanHis DLF Group has housing projects in 30 cities across 18 states, emerging as the largest real estate developer.33 Prashant Bhushan 53, Civil Liberties Lawyer He played an importat role in initiating probes in high profile cases like 2G and the cvc appointment.34 Rajeev Chandrasekhar 46, EntrepreneurHis company Jupiter Capital is worth Rs 4,000 crore. He got the government to agree on the 3G auctions.35 Venugopal Dhoot 57, IndustrialistThe Videocon Group chairman has an asset base of Rs 25,000 crore. But cbi is probing his role in 2G scam.36 Subhash Chandra 59, Businessman*He is the largest distributor of cable television in India. He also managed to increase company sales by 20 per cent.advertisement37 N. Srinivasan 66, Industrialist md of India Cements, bcci Secretary and owner of the ipl’s Chennai Super Kings cricket team worth Rs 224 crore.38 Malvinder & Shivinder Mohan Singh 38 & 35, Industrialists Their Religare Enterprises acquired two funds in the US, taking the total assets to $18 billion.39 Pawan Munjal 57, Industrialistceo of the Hero Honda Group, he backed the Hockey World Cup last year, giving it much-needed support.40 Harish Salve 55, LawyerHe is the man who has an eniviable list of power clients, from Ratan Tata to Mukesh Ambani.41 Chanda D. Kochhar 49, BankerThe ceo of ICICI bank with assets of Rs 63,400 crore. It has grown by over 3 per cent since she took over.42 Parmeshwar Godrej 65, Social Arbiter* The Heroes Project under her has been incorporated in the State Aids Control 2011-2012 action plan in India.43 Rahul Bhatia 48, Owner of Indigo airlines Indigo recorded a profit of Rs 550 crore in 2009-10 whereas other airlines were running losses.44 Ram Jethmalani 87, LawyerHis intervention in the Hassan Ali case made it even more difficult for the tax evader to escape.45 Uday Kotak 51, Banker Executive Chairman and md of Kotak MahindraBank, his business is now worth $7.1 billion.46 Jaggi Vasudev 55, GuruThe founder of Isha Yoga has built a 270-acre ashram in Coimbatore from scratch.47 K. Srinath Reddy 59, DoctorPresident of the Public Health Foundation of India, and the pm’s personal physician.48 Saina Nehwal 21, SportspersonHer No 2 slot in world badminton has made her an icon. She is also a spokesperson of Jat women.49 Jean Dreze 51, Economist A professor at the Delhi School of Economics, he is a member of the National Advisory Council.50 Katrina Kaif 26, ActorShe has earned over Rs 40 crore in 2010, becoming the most successful actress of the time.* In the list since 2003.2010 rankings in brackets; plus, minus signs indicate the number of places moved up or down.the displacedPeople who didn’t make it to the Power List this time12 * Lalit Modi47, Businessman30 * Ramesh and Sudhir Agarwal 68 & 43, Media Barons31 * Abhishek Manu Singhvi 52, Lawyer32 * Rahul Bajaj 72, Industrialist40 * Prathap C. Reddy77, Doctor41 * Naresh Goyal61, Businessman42 * Sameer Gehlot & Rajiv Rattan 37, Entrepreneurs46 * Amit Mitra, 63, Economist47 * Devi Shetty57, Doctor48 * Aruna Roy 63, Social Activist49 * Ramachandra Guha53, Historian50 * Suresh Kalmadi 56, Politician*Last year’s ranking.total recall2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011businessmen 16 16 19 20 24 25 21 23 24media barons 6 10 6 10 9 7 7 5 4filmmakers 4 6 7 6 7 8 4 5 7sportstars 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 3social arbiters 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1Politicians 5 6 2 3 1 ‘ 3 2 1GODMEN 3 ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 1 2 2 2intellectuals 10 8 13 8 5 6 9 10 8significant figures2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 20115 5 7 8 7 4 2 3 3’ 21 20 19 16 16 9 10 1258 53 55 54 51 56 54 54 57last_img read more

Best of the best

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Statistical leader and rookie Christian Standhardinger was third, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle winding up fourth and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar bringing up the rear of the five-man pack of candidates.Banchero tallied 753 points, with Standhardinger, who would have been a shoo-in for the award had San Miguel Beer made the Finals, finishing with a total of 659.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMagnolia and Alaska are locked in a heated race for the season-ending conference title, with the Hotshots shooting to take a 3-1 lead at press time at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The two teams split the biggest individual awards handed out Wednesday night with the Aces’ Mike Harris running away with the Best Import trophy over Romeo Travis of Magnolia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying one of his finest and complete tournaments, Magnolia’s Paul Lee on Wednesday night won his first Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award over Alaska’s Chris Banchero after getting 31 out of 36 first place votes from the covering media.The 6-foot dynamo finished fourth in the statistical points (SP) race and was just a rung ahead of Banchero before getting 424 out of 885 points from the media votes to tally 1013.ADVERTISEMENT Harris, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who the Aces had chased since 2009, topped the SP race with 540 after getting 31 first place votes from the media and 150 points from the PBA to tally 1209.Travis won the players’ votes and finished with 914 in his attempt to win a second Best Import award. Interestingly, he won his first one while playing for Alaska two years ago.The season MVP awards will be handed out during the opening ceremonies on Jan. 13.June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel Beer’s reigning four-time MVP, leads the race for the highest individual award in the league, and will face a little opposition from the likes of Pringle and Aguilar.Fajardo won the BPC during the Philippine Cup and had another strong showing in the Commissioner’s Cup before San Miguel lost to Barangay Ginebra in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Pringle, meanwhile, has consistently been NorthPort’s top gun, but the Batang Pier have hardly made any serious headway in any tournament this season.Aguilar will ride on his performance in the Commissioner’s Cup plus a semifinal stint in the season-ending conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Pacquiao steps up training for Broner tiff SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

a month agoWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind them

first_imgWatford captain Deeney urging supporters to get behind themby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford captain Troy Deeney is urging supporters to get behind the players.Deeney says the players remained confident that they could still have a good season, but said fans needed to be a bit more patient after the change of head coach from Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.”We can’t panic yet. If we start panicking what does that transmit?” said the skipper.”Obviously there’s quality there [in the team], but the main quality that’s needed now is hard work and resilience and not to fold because as you saw tonight at half time, some fans were a bit iffy and it’s six games in. There has to be a sense of realism.”We’re not spending £50 million on centre halves, we’re not paying people 200 grand a week. We’re still Watford, we’re still learning, we’re still building, but when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together and that’s where I think we’re getting a little bit lost in the connection between fans and players.”Don’t get me wrong, lose 8-0, you deserve to get battered, we all do. We take that on the chin, but at the same time when we win, be with us.”We’re growing and ultimately changing manager, you’ve got to find your best team and best formation and we’ve got a lot of attacking talent now, so how you mould that and get everyone playing and clicking at the same time. It’s difficult.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Valcourt attacks Confederacy of Nations calls chiefs rogue and threats to national

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt moved aggressively to undermine the Confederacy of Nations Thursday, labeling the chiefs behind the organization as rogues who are “threatening” national security.The Confederacy of Nations, a governing body within the Assembly of First Nations, met for the first time in 10 years this week in Ottawa. The Confederacy passed a motion rejecting Bill C-33, the First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act, and set out a plan to request a meeting with Valcourt on education.Valcourt launched the attack in the House of Commons after facing questions from NDP MP Jean Crowder over whether he was ready to meet with the Confederacy of Nations.“The members of the House will agree that we should, as members, condemn in the strongest terms the threat of those rogue chiefs who are threatening the security of Canadians, their families and tax-payers,” said Valcourt, during question period.Earlier this week, the Confederacy warned of shutting down the Canadian economy if Ottawa continued to impose legislation on First Nations. It also circulated a draft declaration seeking to negotiate an education accord with Ottawa.The draft declaration was sent back to the communities for additional discussion, said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. The draft will be shared with community members before it’s brought back to a special AFN chiefs assembly in Ottawa on May 27 for amendments and adoption, said Madahbee.Valcourt, however, seized on the draft document in an attempt to undermine the Confederacy, which is accountable to the AFN chiefs, but has oversight powers over the AFN executive and the national chief“I will meet with these people when they unequivocally withdraw their threat to the security of Canadian families, taxpayers and citizens,” said Valcourt. “I don’t believe these chiefs represent the majority of the chiefs and councils throughout Canada and who care about reconciliation and who care about their children and their education.”Valcourt said he hoped that the “good working and good willing chiefs” would speak up against the Confederacy.Crowder, who is the NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic, said Valcourt, “like other Conservatives is too willing to smear anyone who opposes” his agenda.APTN National News asked the minister’s office to clarify his statement regarding the “rogue chiefs” but there was no response to the request.The Confederacy meeting was triggered by Ontario chiefs who represent one of the largest populations of Indigenous peoples in the country. First Nation leaders from Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories also attended the Confederacy meeting which met in a church basement on Wednesday.Ontario regional Chief Stan Beardy said the meeting, which he requested before Shawn Atleo resigned as national chief, needed to happen because First Nation people faced a crisis over education after the introduction of Bill C-33.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said Valcourt was spreading misinformation.“I think the minister is purposely playing into the hands of that segment of the population that can be easily mislead that we are about blockades, that we are about threats,” said Nepinak. “We are not about that at all, we came here to talk about education.”Beardy said no decision had been made on the draft declaration and he would follow the will of the chiefs.“I take my direction for the chiefs until such a time as they come back with explicit direction,” said Beardy.Sources tell APTN National News chiefs in the room debated the need for direct action and economic shut downs. There was also discussions around strategies to avoid injunctions and arrests. But many chiefs spoke of the need for restrain.Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus, who is the regional chief for the Northwest Territories, spoke passionately about the need to keep things peaceful, according to sources. Erasmus told the gathered chiefs the treaties were about peace and friendship, according to sources.Sources said Sakimay First Nation Chief Lynn Acoose also spoke for peace, describing the hanging of Union Jack flags during a particular ceremony and how the elders did that to pray for their treaty partner, the settlers who were their neighbours.In an interview with APTN National News, Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon, whose community was at the centre of the Oka crisis, said an economic shut-down may not work at the moment.“My concern is public opinion, public opinion to our cause is kind of shaky at best…I don’t think the regular Joe Canadian will sympathize much with us if we employ that type of tactic,” said Simon. “I would advise them (the chiefs) with extreme caution when they start talking like that.”The main focus of the meeting, however, was on education and the need to come up with options to present to Ottawa with Bill C-33 now flatly rejected.A committee of the Confederacy plans to continue working in the run-up to the May 27 meeting to craft options for a “counter-proposal” on education to present to Valcourt.Valcourt said in a May 15 letter to Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo that the education bill would remain on hold until the AFN clarified its position.Chiefs from the East and West coasts will also be discussing whether to engage officially with the Confederacy in the run up to meeting at the end of the month.Chiefs from Nova Scotia and British Columbia, along with their technical staff, showed up Thursday for a planned AFN chiefs committee on education meeting. That meeting, however, was cancelled by the confederacy.Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny, whose Mi’kmaq community is in Nova Scotia, told the chiefs he could not add his name to the list of delegates because he did not mandate from his chiefs, according to a source. Denny said he needed to take the issue back to his region to discuss it before a final decision.AFN B.C. Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould said the regional delegation couldn’t stay for the meeting because they were not mandated to be there.“I am not against the idea of the Confederacy, I just think that the Confederacy has to be duly convened. It has to be respectful of all voices and make sure all voices are heard and that process didn’t take place,” said Wilson-Raybould, in an interview. “None of my leadership are here. If we come to May 27 and all of our leadership agrees and supports reinvigorating the Confederacy of Nations as ascribed by our charter then I am 100 per cent supportive of that.” jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Missouri man body trapped in Middle Caicos waters

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiddle Caicos, TCI, February 10, 2017 -Tragically, the man who somehow ended up dead on Middle Caicos was up to broadcast time still on the rocky shore near the water.   Thirty two year old John McGurk of St. Louis, Missouri is still on rocks because rescuers from Police and the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies could not get to him yesterday even with the assistance of the US Coast Guard.In the media update earlier, Press Officer Kevin Clarke said:  “Significant advances were made to recover the body yesterday, but were unsuccessful due to a combination of the location and the tide.”Mudgin Harbour is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sites in the Turks and Caicos, but it is also one of the waterways less frequented due to the battering surf conditions, rocky mounds and deep waters.   Blue Horizon Resort is where McGurk was staying and after he had not been seen since Monday, the resort reported him as missing on Wednesday night.   On Thursday morning, the Resort again reported to Police, but this time it was to say the man was seen near the shoreline, apparently lifeless in the water.   It is said the American checked in alone.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Screen Time Contributing to Obesity in the Very Young Says Child Doctor

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 15, 2017 – Nassau – Next time you are tempted to give your child extra time in front of a screen, don’t.  “TVs, tablets, and smart phones are no substitute for parenting, they are only tools,” says Lashan McKenzie, M.D. “A tablet never raised a child.”Dr. McKenzie is a pediatrician who spent seven years in the public health system before joining The Wellness Clinic on Collins Avenue, a team of wellness medical and lifestyle professionals headed by Arlington Lightbourne, M.D.“It was the time I spent in clinics throughout Nassau that opened my eyes to the problem of  pediatric obesity, and the major issues confronting us because of an increasingly inactive and underactive population,” said Dr. McKenzie, DM, who took up her post in the private sector last month.Her passion about getting even the youngest child engaged, outside and off electronics is matched only by the reality she has seen and treated when physical activity is superseded by sedentary.“I watched an 8-month-old get on Youtube,” she said.   “The parents thought their child was a genius.   He pressed the button, Mom put on the ‘kiddie’ show he was watching before, he repeated the action.   It was rote memory and yes, it was cute, but it was not healthy learning or development.   All it was doing was conditioning his brain to achieve the reward of praise by pushing a button,” says Dr. McKenzie, who fears what the future holds for a generation of electronically addicted children.“I know that parents mean well and they are proud when their son or daughter shows ability on electronics that many people far older than they would struggle with, but I just want to make those caring parents aware that there is a price that comes with too much screen time,” said Dr. McKenzie.One of her greatest worries is that connected with the misuse and overuse of electronics is casual, almost absent-minded eating.“Kids graze all day,” she notes.  Her recommendation – try to have at least one structured family meal a day without any screen time.   “Parents have the responsibility of being media mentors for their children.   It takes some level of commitment, but parents are the best teachers.   Make reading fun from infancy, encourage children to imagine, play board games, solve puzzles, listen to music, play an instrument, join a team, and do activities outside.”At The Wellness Clinic located south of Doctors Hospital, Dr. McKenzie said she has the support of a full team dedicated to healthy lifestyle.  Among the team are nutritionist and lifestyle coach Justice Brown, a strong support staff, a healthy cleaning service using all nature-based products and at the helm, Dr. Lightbourne who also turned to wellness after years of witnessing and treating the results of poor lifestyle choices ending in too many crises cases in the emergency room.“Wellness is not a place, it is a journey,” said Dr. Lightbourne, “and we are delighted that Dr. McKenzie who is eminently qualified to serve in the capacity of pediatric wellness specialist is joining the journey, especially as it relates to childhood obesity.   The goal is to try to save the next generation of Bahamians.   We know that goal is ambitious, but we also believe it is necessary.   Wellness is not a luxury.   We are talking about survival.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more