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Contempt Action Against Bhushan Must Not Deter Citizens From Showing Judges The Mirror : Sr Adv Dushyant Dave

first_imgTop StoriesContempt Action Against Bhushan Must Not Deter Citizens From Showing Judges The Mirror : Sr Adv Dushyant Dave Sanya Talwar27 Aug 2020 6:23 AMShare This – x’I love my judiciary and I love my judges but that doesn’t mean I will not criticise them. Judges live in ivory towers, they are not open to ideas. They don’t want to hear criticism, they just don’t want to see the mirror. Our duty as citizens to show mirrors. Great responsibility on shoulders of Supreme Court & pray it comes back into its spirit. No one saying set aside everything that Government does, but it must be put to test. SC as an institution needs to be really be performing its Constitutional duty. Check & Balances imperative’.Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave on Wednesday spoke on a Webinar organised by Manthan India on the Topic “The Constitution, Rule of Law & Governance during Covid19”.Dave began the session by pointing out that he will dive into some unpleasant truths which might not necessarily be comfortable for everyone to hear.Quoting Atifefe Jahjaga, he said; “Democracy must be built through open…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSenior Advocate Dushyant Dave on Wednesday spoke on a Webinar organised by Manthan India on the Topic “The Constitution, Rule of Law & Governance during Covid19”.Dave began the session by pointing out that he will dive into some unpleasant truths which might not necessarily be comfortable for everyone to hear.Quoting Atifefe Jahjaga, he said; “Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation”, Dave went on to draw corollaries in the present situation that the country is under.”That’s really the state where we may be today. India is reeling under lack of information. The nation wants to debate Sushant Singh Rajut’s death – we are told about the fighter  Rafale jets & we are inundated with information about these things” he said.He pointed out that we debated Nizamuddin Markaz for weeks, resulting in the criminalisation of sickness, resulting in FIRs and arrests of foreigners. “We demonised an entire community of about 150 million when the covid19 pandemic struck India. Is that not “Anti-national”? Bombay HC has spoken about role of media in spreading this hatred” Dave said.While highlighting the importance of debate and discourse, Dave said that participatory democracy is something that is extremely important as it effectuates “Constitutional Morality”Dave: “Democracy in India is only top dressing of soil, which essentially is undemocratic. Strength of constitution lies in determination of each citizen to defend it”Stating that accountability is of extreme significance, Dave cited the ADM Jabalpur case and said that it was one of the most disgraceful judgments that our country has ever seen and the only Judge who stood tall and dissented was Justice Khanna.”Some of the finest legal minds did not agree with him – including Justice Bhagwati & Justice Chandrachud. Before their death, they both apologised to the nation for the judgment. When we needed the Judges during an emergency, they were not there. One of the most disgraceful judgment in history. It was only Justice Khanna who stood tall” said Dave.Dave then pointed out the laxity of the Government in implementing the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in letter & spirit even during the time of crisis such as the pandemic, for which the Government is thoroughly ill-prepared. Dave: “No comprehensive National Plan to tackle Covid19 by Government even after months of the biological disaster. “𝘼𝙙-𝙝𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙨𝙢” being adopted. More than 5000 orders enunciated by Government plus 1000’s more by states. No one knows what their rights are” He stated that not only the government but also the citizens are ill-equipped and ill-prepared to debate on the issues that our country is currently going through. “Today, to meet this challenge, Government is thoroughly ill-prepared and more than that the nation is ill-prepared to even debate it. Not one opposition leader has raised questions of National Plan not being effectuated. We are doing a Great disservice to our Country by not asking the government why they are not following the law” he said.The Senior Advocate then went on to elaborate on how the lockdown had caused irreversible damage to our economy and questioned what purpose it had really served the country. He said that while some countries did a remarkable job with imposed lockdowns such as New Zealand simply because they closed their international borders from February 1st onwards, our country was welcoming Trump & Gujarati businessmen in early March.Further to this, Dave criticised certain executive decisions taken by the BJP-led Government such as those of Demonetisation and added that the Supreme Court has failed in its duty to uphold the concept of “checks and balances”Dave then went on to state that the Supreme Court had failed to protect the rights of citizens during these trying times. “Failed to wipe tears of citizens. Liberty of thought is seriously undermined” said Dave.He said that the lack of information in the country had perpetuated a culture of misinformation.Dave: No one knows real situation of India today – personal well-being, economic or China border issues, simply because we have not been given information about it. Nation is entitled to know & all Media Channels that say “Nation Wants to Know” should be asking & not SSR case .He ended his talk with Rabindranath Tagore’s quote, adding that he must be wondering from Heavan what happened to the poem he wrote:Dave: Gurudev Tagore must be wondering from Heaven what happened to that poem i wrote – “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, In to that heaven of freedom, my father, LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!”Next, Dave answered some questions. On the issue of lack of alacrity of judges in entertaining habeas corpus petitions, he said that the only way to deal with that is to respectfully and strong criticise the judiciary. “Delays in taking up Habeas Corpus is unforgivable”On the issue of whether the primary role of the top court was to protect individual rights of citizens, Dave said that it is the obligation of the Supreme Court to intervene in Article 32 petitions.Dave: Article 32 is right to move SC for enforcement of Fundamental Rights. Today when Habeas Corpus is filed in SC, they say go to HC. Obligation on the SC to intervene.On the issue of whether the 4th estate is still deserving of being a self-governed body, Dave said that a large section of the media was acting irresponsibly. “Tablighi Jamaat incident is a major case in point. Came for teachings & people started calling them “Human Bombs”. Regulations Important.”Dave then briefly discussed the Public Safety Act and said that both liberty and national security must be balances. “We must have a stronghold on terrorism but robust mechanisms in place required to keep in check. We can’t demonise an entire community.”On the issue of ensuring how judges act in an impartial manner in the future, Dave answered that legislation which prohibits judges from accepting everything, including arbitrations must be brought forth “We must give them salaries throughout their lives. Judges get temped. Have seen myriad of times” he said. He concluded by saying that Prashant Bhushan’s contempt case must not deter citizens from criticising the judiciary. Dave: I love my judiciary and I love my judges but that doesn’t mean I will not criticise them. Judges live in ivory towers, they are not open to ideas. They don’t want to hear criticism, they just don’t want to see the mirror. Our duty as citizens to show mirrors. Great responsibility on shoulders of Supreme Court & pray it comes back into its spirit. No one saying set aside everything that Government does, but it must be put to test. SC as an institution needs to be really be performing its Constitutional duty. Check & Balances imperative.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Saint Mary’s welcomes Fulbright Teaching Assistants

first_imgAt the beginning of this academic year, Saint Mary’s welcomed two Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants to campus. Alla Abu Elella, a native of Egypt, and Ye Zhenman, a native of China, said they went through a rigorous application process and were eventually selected for the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA).  “What attracted me to the scholarship [was the opportunity for] sharing my own culture, sharing my own experiences, getting to know a different culture and the American people,” Elella said. Ye Zhenman said the application requirements at her university in China are very strict, since the FLTA scholarship has a very competitive applicant pool. Most English professors in China had attended graduate school in the subject before obtaining their positions. “The age limit is 25 to 35,” she said. “[Applicants] must be college English teachers with two years’ working experience.” In order to participate in the program, the women had to accept that they would be spending one academic year apart from their families and friends, according to the FLTA website. The distance and limited communication can make things difficult, especially for Zhenman, a young mother. “It’s very worth it,” Zhenman said. “My whole family is very supportive. I have always wanted to go to the [United States]. Sometimes you have to [have make some] sacrifices in order to get something.” Although she does get homesick, Elella said her experience so far is 100 percent worth it.  “I was a little bit homesick at the beginning, but once you start the courses and once you start teaching, you get [very] busy,” Elella said. “You don’t think about [being] homesick.” In addition to the physical distance, the women also said they have cultural differences to contend with. “[There are] a lot of differences,” Elella said. “You [Americans] are very direct when it comes to communication. If you want something, you just say it directly. In Egypt, for example, if you want to ask somebody for a favor, you kind of have to start a story at the beginning to ask for a favor at the end.” Zhenman said she experienced culture shock last weekend when there was a miscommunication about a gift that was presented to her. “We Chinese people are not ready to take gifts,” she said. “We are sometimes quite indirect and we keep refusing until we have it.” Elella said she often faces curiosity about her clothing. “I am considered to be the only veiled [woman] here on campus, so people here are like, ‘Why are you wearing that?’” she said. “So I have to explain that. This is considered to be the huge cultural difference here for me. This is my major role here: to explain my culture [and] to spread my culture.”  As teaching assistants, the women get the opportunity to teach their home language as well as to take college courses alongside Saint Mary’s students. The women said even the length and routine of classes is different from what they were used to. “I like the American classes here,” Zhenman said. “The students and teachers are quite interactive.” Although they said there is still a slight language barrier that sometimes presents some problems, especially when students and professors speak English quickly, they both enjoy the open exchange.  Both women said they attended Activities Night on Wednesday in an effort to become more involved in the campus community.  “You have a lot of activities,” Zhenman said. “I want to do some volunteer work, something like that.” Elella said she would like to visit different states to get an idea of the diversity of American culture. “I can’t judge American food just because of Saint Mary’s food,” she said. The women said one of their biggest complaints about campus life is the College’s Internet connection.  “This is the only connection we have to our families,” Elella said. “And how can we do that when the Internet is so slow?” Elella said she also found it difficult to adjust to the time schedules of businesses in the South Bend area. “[Everyone] sleeps very early,” she said. “In Egypt, if you want to go out at 12 a.m. to go eat at any restaurant, you would find a lot of restaurants [open].” Of all the advice and training the women received before and after coming to the United States, Zhenman said former FLTA scholars gave the best advice. “They gave us a lot of helpful advice, but the best was ‘How are you?’” she said. Zhenman and Elella said the use of “How are you?” as a greeting and a formality rather then as a true inquisition was one of the hardest things to get used to in their transition. Despite the differences, both women said they are glad for their experience at Saint Mary’s. “We’re willing to learn,” Zhenman said. “This is a golden opportunity for us. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]last_img read more

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IORP II Directive in doubt as Juncker puts proposals ‘under review’

first_imgThe letter is addressed to Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, and Matteo Renzi, president the Council, which represents EU national governments.The Commission’s revised plans for occupational pensions were included under a list headed by the words “review of pending proposals”.According to the letter, the CPW aims to produce a work programme that focuses on “the main projects”.It also seeks to cover “withdrawals of pending proposals (WWPs), applying the principle of ‘political discontinuity’ as appropriate”.An aim of the letter – dated 7 November and seen by IPE – is to see the adoption of the WWP on 16 December in Strasbourg.It describes this deadline as “ambitious” but demonstrating a “determination to generate early momentum.”Major initiatives for inclusion in the CWP are described as having political guidelines to boost jobs, growth and investment. The European Commission has described the proposed IORP II Directive as “aiming at improving governance and transparency of the funds, at promoting cross-border activity and helping long-term investment”.The main subject areas to be promoted in the CWP, as listed in annexes to the letter, are labour mobility and a “review of the Posting of Workers Directive”, as well as a capital markets union and proposals to deepen the European Monetary Union.Also listed are a connected digital single market, copyright modernisation, a new European energy union and other proposals, including a new policy on migration. Under review, along-side the IORP II, are a VAT standard return form, and the European Foundation Statute. The European Commission’s proposal for a revised IORP Directive, which will replace the occupational pensions Directive passed in 2003, has now been listed as “under review” in Brussels.The decision was announced in connection with the Commission’s new Work Programme (CWP) for 2015.The proposal for the revised version of the Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) Directive came out in March this year after a number of notable delays.The latest development emerges in an annex to a letter signed by Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and Frans Timmermans, first vice-president.last_img read more

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Late caution benefits Brown at Britt IMCA Frost Buster

first_imgBRITT, Iowa (April 3) – The caution flag that waved late in Sunday’s Frost Buster for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds feature at Hancock County Speedway actually came out at the right time for leader Kyle Brown.Brown had pretty much checked out and was catching up with traffic running the same line before the yellow appeared with five circuits left in the 20-lapper.He stayed in front following the ensuing restart to take the $1,000 win a couple car lengths ahead of Kelly Shryock. Completing the top five were Jay Noteboom, Adam Larson and Tim Ward. Early leader Trent Loverude was sixth.“I was kind of glad we had that yellow. We were coming up on a group of cars in my line and I was trying to figure out how to get by them,” Brown said. “It can be easier for the second place car to pass you when you’re trying to get past lapped traffic.”Brown had started third and passed Loverude for the lead by the sixth lap. Following an early cau­tion, the race stayed green and Brown sped away on a track that stayed slick around the bot­tom.The $1,000 checkers were the second for Brown, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, in five days.“We’ve had a pretty good start. We ran second at Donnellson (on March 26) and won at Os­kaloosa (on March 30),” he said. “We started the season at Beatrice Spring Nationals and ran fifth the second night, which was just as good as a win in my book with 100-some Modifieds there.”Dan Mackenthun was the $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Five hundred dollar feature winn­ers were Cody Nielsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and George Nordman in the Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMods, respectively, while Cody Thompson took home $250 along with the Mach-1 Sport Compact trophy.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Kyle Brown, State Center; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 4. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 5. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 6. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 7. Aa­ron Benson, Clear Lake; 8. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 9. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 10. David Brown, Kellogg; 11. Mat Hollerich, Good Thunder, Minn.; 12. J.J. Wise, Klemme; 13. Chase Ellingson, Iowa Falls; 14. Logan Brown, Clear Lake; 15. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 16. Austin Wolf, Algona; 17. Gatlin Leytham, Ames; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 20. Shawn Ritter, Keystone; 21. Colt Mather, Keswick; 22. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 23. Jeff James, Stanton; 24. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 25. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 26. Troy Swearingen, Forest City; 27. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.Stock Cars – 1. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 2. David Smith, Lake City; 3. Devin Smith, Lake City; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 5. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 6. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 7. Matt Shauer, Arlington, Minn.; 8. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.; 9. Jesse Olson, Mayer, Minn.; 10. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 11. Blake Cole, Nashua; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 13. Chris Loewenhagen, Menasha, Wis.; 14. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 15. Bryce Carey, Nashua; 16. Joey Penning, Algona; 17. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 18. Heath Tulp, Britt; 19. Dan Hanselman, Algona; 20. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; 21. Calvin Lange, Humboldt; 22. Cody Fre­richs, Bristow; 23. Nick Johansen, Tyler, Minn.; 24. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn.; 25. Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia; 26. Curt Balmer, Baxter; 27. Craig Carlson, Madrid.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Spencer; 2. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 3. Weston Koop, Rockwell; 4. Austin Hauswirth, Laurens; 5. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 6. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge; 7. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn.; 8. Chris Hovden, Cresco; 9. Zac Smith, Mason City; 10. Neil Franzen, Sumner; 11. Blaine Hanson, Klemme; 12. Keith Burg, Adel; 13. Bryant John­son, Graettinger; 14. Adam Laubenthal, Spencer; 15. Jacob Kofoot, Bode; 16. Cody Hubbell, Rolfe; 17. Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; 18. Tony Smidt, Britt; 19. Matt Olson, Morton, Minn.; 20. Scott Dobel, Manly; 21. Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg; 22. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 23. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 24. Daniel Smith, Lake City; 25. Raymond Fees, Des Moines.Northern SportMods – 1. George Nordman, Mason City; 2. Joey Schaefer, Waterloo; 3. Jared Boumeester, Waseca, Minn.; 4. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 5. Josh Appel, Mason City; 6. Randy Roberts, Boone; 7. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 8. Jeremy Grantham, Allison; 9. Nick Meyer, Whitte­more; 10. Jerid Ratzke, Williams; 11. Kyle Germundson, Mason City; 12. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills; 13. Colby Fett, Algona; 14. Mathew Hanson, Klemme; 15. Autum Anderson, Mason City; 16. Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; 17. Kris Zuhlsdorf, Danube, Minn.; 18. Alec Fett, Thomp­son; 19. George Gilliland, Lehigh; 20. Dan Melton, Rhinelander, Wis.; 21. Andrew Inman, Mason City; 22. Matt Looft, Swea City; 23. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 24. Dan Drury, EldoraSport Compacts – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 3. Andrew Har­ris, Dakota City, Neb.; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City; 5. Ryan Bryant, Mason City; 6. Bubba Brown, Jackson, Minn.; 7. Jack Burns, Algona; 8. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong; 9. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake.last_img read more

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Alton Towers off limits for Ireland lock Devin Toner

first_imgThe pros of standing out as the World Cup’s tallest player shine through when Devin Toner leads Ireland’s lineout, but the 6ft 11in lock felt the cons at Alton Towers. Press Association As Ireland giants like Paul O’Connell and Donnacha Ryan squeezed their frames into the theme park’s most daunting rides, Toner cut a frustrated bystander. Too tall to lord it on the majority of the attractions, Toner was left to watch on as Ryan and company scared themselves witless. center_img “I won’t lie I didn’t really want to go to Alton Towers but I was roped into it, purely on the basis that I struggle to fit into any of the rides,” said Munster second row Ryan. “So it was more of a torture thing for me than anything else. Poor Devin Toner actually couldn’t go on hardly any of them. “But it was a good fun day out; there were some groggy heads that evening but it was good fun.” The Ireland squad split their day off last week between Alton Towers and golf at The Belfry, capitalising on their St George’s Park base to enjoy the very best in Midlands entertainment. Head coach Joe Schmidt’s side eased past Romania 44-10 at Wembley last weekend, moving from their relaxed Staffordshire set-up right into the World Cup throng. Ryan admitted it was exciting to get back into the hustle and bustle of the tournament and now expects more of the same in Sunday’s clash with Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium. “I’m loving the whole experience to be honest, this time round I’m really enjoying it all,” said Ryan. “It was quite calm at St George’s Park but when we came into Wembley the build-up was fantastic with all the fans were around. “It definitely gives you a lot more perspective if you miss out on the last while there.” last_img read more

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Ex-Barca president Rosell to stand trial for money laundering

first_img0Shares0000Sandro Rosell, who resigned as Barcelona president in 2014, now faces a corruption trial. © AFP/File / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Jun 29 – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will stand trial for alleged money laundering related to television rights and sponsorship of the Brazilian national football team, a court said Friday.Spain’s National Court, which deals with major corruption cases, added that Rosell’s wife, an Andorran lawyer and three other people would also stand trial. The 54-year-old is suspected of having siphoned off 15 million euros ($17.5 million) in illegal commissions from a TV rights deal for the Brazilian national team along with Ricardo Teixeira, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation.Rosell had previously lived and worked in Brazil, where he forged many business links.The contract was signed in 2006 to hand over the rights to 24 Brazil friendly matches to a company based in the Cayman Islands but tied to a Saudi group.Altogether, Rosell and his wife received some 15 million euros in their accounts, of which 6.6 million went to them and the rest was destined for Teixeira.Teixeira, a former FIFA vice-president, has been indicted by US Justice Department prosecutors investigating the FIFA corruption scandal.Rosell is also suspected of having received some five million euros illicitly as part of Nike’s sponsorship deal with the Brazilian team.Rosell, his wife and the four others are accused of mounting a “criminal organisation”.He resigned as Barcelona president in 2014 over the murky transfer dealings that brought Brazilian striker Neymar to the club from Santos.He was later cleared of all charges in connection with an alleged tax fraud case over the transfer following an agreement with prosecutors.Rosell is nevertheless being probed for fraud and corruption relating to a parallel complaint filed by Brazilian investment company DIS, which owned 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at the time of his transfer.DIS claim it was cheated out of its real share because part of the transfer fee was concealed by Barcelona, Santos and the Neymar family.Rosell can still appeal the judge’s decision to send him to trial.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Garda in Letterkenny seize vehicle after it tried to avoid checkpoint

first_imgA car has been seized following by members of Letterkenny Road Policing Unit after it tried to avoid a Garda checkpoint. The Ford Focus was chased into a farm-yard before it emerged that it was an unoccupied learner inside the vehicle who had no ‘L’ plates on display.A fixed charge penalty notice was issued to the driver. Garda in Letterkenny seize vehicle after it tried to avoid checkpoint was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AN GARDA SIOCHANAletterkennyLetterkenny Gardalast_img read more

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Art Evolution Is Backwards

first_imgEarly art has again been shown to be the work of advanced intellect and culture (see Apr. 22 headline and embedded links).  Carved animal figurines found in Germany1 estimated to be 30,000 to 33,000 years old, display a level of craftsmanship not expected among primitive humans.  In the Dec. 18 issue of Nature2, Anthony Sinclair laments that this does not fit the Victorian notions of progressive evolution:The study of early art has been plagued by our desire to see this essentially human skill in a progressive evolutionary context: simple artistic expressions should lead to later, more sophisticated creations.  We imagine that the first artists worked with a small range of materials and techniques, and produced a limited range of representations of the world around them.  As new materials and new techniques were developed, we should see this pattern of evolution in the archaeological record.  Yet for many outlets of artistic expression � cave paintings, textiles, ceramics and musical instruments � the evidence increasingly refuses to fit.  Instead of a gradual evolution of skills, the first modern humans in Europe were in fact astonishingly precocious artists. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He describes how the cave paintings in Europe, before they were dated by radiometric means, were arranged into an evolutionary sequence from simple to complex.  Then came the surprise that the superb multicolored animal paintings in Chauvet cave in France were dated to be the oldest (see 10/04/01 headline).  Sinclair points out other examples of textiles, figurines and musical instruments that refuse to fall into evolutionary line.  For instance, among some musical pipes found in France,Microscopic examination suggests that they may have been reed-voiced instruments, like a modern oboe, and that the finger holes have been chamfered to increase the pneumatic efficiency of the finger seal: simple whistles they are not.  Such evidence of complexity is used to argue that these cannot be the first musical pipes, even though they are the oldest in the archaeological record.So there seems to be a bias among researchers to force their discoveries into evolutionary presuppositions.  Sinclair tries to salvage evolution by saying maybe we haven’t found the primitive precursors yet, but unambiguous finds prior to the dates of these exquisite artifacts “can be counted on the fingers of one hand,” he says.  “The argument in favour of fast-developing artistic skills in modern humans is strong, and certainly one that I find convincing.”  His statements reveal the chagrin of finding out observations do not match predictions, and he cautions researchers that they must face up to the facts:The Victorian idea of progressive evolution has been a very persuasive metaphor for explaining change in the archaeological record, particularly over a time of biological change in the human species.  Yet the archaeological evidence is now forcing us to come up with new timescales for cultural change and innovation.  This is a challenge that makes the smallest finds of archaeology as important as the largest.1Nicholas J. Conard, “Palaeolithic ivory sculptures from southwestern Germany and the origins of figurative art,” Nature 426, 830 – 832 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/nature02186.2Anthony Sinclair, “Archaeology: Art of the Ancients,” Nature 426, 774 – 775 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426774a.While Sinclair’s candor is laudable, it does not go far enough.  The evolutionary metaphor is beyond salvage.  The observations falsify evolution and instead support the creation paradigm, that man was endowed with intelligence and artistic skill from the beginning.  In the Biblical timeline, for instance, metallurgy, farming, ranching and musical instrument making were already advanced by the seventh generation from Adam (see Gen. 4:16-22).  After the flood and Babel, it is certainly plausible that technology took a huge setback, and as post-flood ice ages ensued, generations of humans dispersed into whatever habitats they could find, including caves.  For a Q&A list on creation anthropology, see Answers in Genesis.    The fact that some human artifacts are found in caves does not mean the artists were primitive.  Some people like living in or visiting caves (even today).  Besides, it could be a selection effect, either that cave environments preserve artifacts better, or that archaeologists are more wont to explore caves than surface terrain.  The dating methods Sinclair trusts are flawed anyway, being built on evolutionary presuppositions, so his whole predicament is a prison in his own mind.  Our enlightened post-Victorian era must now wake up to the realization that progressive evolution was just a persuasive metaphor, and as scientists should know, metaphors bewitch you (see July 4 headline).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Golden Owl Honorees

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment Honoring Ohio’s Ag Educator of the YearDuring December and January, 10 agricultural educators are being named as Golden Owl Award finalists in surprise ceremonies throughout the state.Presented by Nationwide, Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau, the Golden Owl Award honors educators for their outstanding contributions in helping future agricultural leaders.Nominations were accepted through November 2018. The 10 teachers who have been selected as Golden Owl honorees receive a $500 prize and entrance into the final selection stage. One honoree then will be chosen for the grand prize, the Golden Owl Award and $3,000.The Golden Owl Award winner will be announced in April.NOTE: This post will be updated as the finalists are announced.Congratulations to the finalists:Dave Stiles, Indian Valley HighPictured: Nationwide Sponsor Relations Account Executive Shawnda Vega, OFBF Organization Director Michele Specht, Indian Valley High FFA President Clayton Sprowl, finalist Dave Stiles, Nationwide Agent Don Kemp, Indian Valley High Principal Robert Clark and Alyssa Bregel FFA State Supervisor/Ohio Department of Education.Stephanie Conway, Bowling Green High School Stephanie ConwayJohn Poulson, Pettisville High School John PoulsonRandy Eisenhauer, Shelby High School Randy EisenhauerErin Wollett, Cardington-Lincoln High School Erin WollettMichael Spahr, Greene County Career Center Michael SpahrTom Holton, East Knox Junior-Senior High School Tom Holton  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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What Glee Means for Twitter & Television

first_imgRelated Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos When you watch TV, do you watch with a smartphone in-hand or a laptop by your side, so you can keep up with what everyone is saying on Twitter? One TV show, more than the rest, has captured the attention of the Twitterverse and its popularity has implications for both Twitter and television.More and more, Twitter is becoming a side dish for prime time entertainment and, as the networks catch on, it’s becoming a tool for bringing the audience back from the land of DVRs and time-shifted television into real-time viewing. But how?Twitter CEO Dick Costolo discussed the Glee phenomena earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show when he sat down to talk with Kara Swisher. Costolo explains that TV and Twitter have an interesting relationship because, more and more, viewers have a device in their hand while they’re watching TV.“The characters on Glee actually tweet and they tweet during the show. When Glee starts, the moment it airs for the first time on the East Coast, the tweets per second for Glee shoot up,” said Costolo. “They stay up there at a super high level at hundreds of [times] what they are before the show comes on until the moment the show ends and then they drop. […] People feel like they have to watch the show while it’s going on because the community is tweeting about the show and the characters are tweeting as the show’s happening so [they have to] watch it in real time.” Click here to view full screen.Appozite co-founder Jenn Deering Davis said that TweetReach, a tweet-tracking media analytics tool, saw the same phenomena last weekend during the Golden Globe awards. Glee not only took the award for “Best TV Series” but also for reaching the largest audience, with one “#Glee” tweet being retweeted 2,262 times, passing its nearest competition by 1,348 retweets. It seems that, by including in-show tweeting and interaction with fans when the show is off the air, Glee has managed to create a following of Twitter-dependent fans who love to tweet about it.“It’s interesting what this kind of behavior says about the growing convergence between internet and TV,” said Deering Davis. “It’s not all Google TV and Roku; it’s also taking the web tools we already use (Twitter, Facebook, IM) and integrating them into our TV-watching experience. People seem to be doing this a lot.”What does this Twitter popularity mean for the show and the networks?Costolo says that it means big things for getting viewers back to real-time viewing, rather than recording an episode on DVR and skipping the commercials, and that the networks are loving it.Deering Davis agreed, saying that the phenomenon is a sort of cultural shift in television viewing.“There is something culturally significant to the real-time shared experiences created by TV/media events like the Golden Globes or the newest episode of Glee,” said Deering Davis. “With Twitter, we now are able to collectively experience TV like never before. In the past, TV has often been a passive, even isolating, form of entertainment consumption, but with Twitter and other social media it can be much more social and interactive.”The big question now is, what form does this interaction come in? Costolo noted this point in his interview with Kara Swisher, asking if this will come as an on-screen experience or if it will remain on the tiny screens in hands and on our laps. Twitter has already made its way onto the big screen in the form of integrated TV sets and set-top boxes like Google and Apple TV, but are people using it?Whatever screen they’re looking at, one thing is certain – they’re watching TV and tweeting at the same time. During the Golden Globes last weekend, tweets reached a peak of 3,554, according to the TweetReach data, which is just under half of the 7,400 tweets per minute seen during the iPad launch last year. As networks take notice, we’re likely to see more and more in-character tweeting to assure we’re paying attention when they want us to pay attention and not on our own, commercial-free time frame.As for what all of this means for Twitter, perhaps it will end the age old question of non-Twitter users about why they would want to hear about what someone is eating for lunch. Perhaps connecting Twitter with television is just what it needs to reach critical mass.center_img Tags:#Internet TV#NYT#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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