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First Crescent / SAOTA

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/122132/first-crescent-saota Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/122132/first-crescent-saota Clipboard 2007 CopyHouses•Cape Town, South Africa First Crescent / SAOTA South Africa “COPY” Year:  Houses “COPY”center_img Text description provided by the architects. The owners brief was to design a dramatic, memorable house. The house needed to suit his specific aesthetic considerations and have the flexibility that it could be either partially or completely rented out. The client has a discerning eye for striking contemporary design and that, along with the fantastic position of the site lent, to creating an elegant response. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82WindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingA double storey house was positioned centrally on the site i.e. where it starts to widen towards the north which basically cut the property in half resulting in a very large south facing front garden. As the existing house did not maximize the sites’ potential, it was entirely demolished except for the small basement area which was converted into a guest suite with special views of its own. The challenge with the site was its shape; it is 50m long and only 20m wide (at its widest). Our response was quite striking due to its strong lines, yet created difficulties in how to accommodate all the rooms without creating a dull layout. The property not only had an existing building which needed to be demolished but it also had extensive fill above the natural ground level. Save this picture!The property, and subsequently the plan of the house, focused on Camps Bay beach, and the views of Lion’s Head in a Northerly direction. There are also great views back to The Twelve Apostles and the Cable Station. To capitalize on the views, meant that the design also needed to respond to issues of privacy with the neighbour’s property. Clerestory frameless glazing (skylights) replaced structure and framed views which might otherwise have been missed. Sandblasting of the full height glazing at the eastern boundary enabled us to maximize light to the linear passage and maintain views of the mountain peaks whilst adhering to councils requirements and ensuring privacy of the neighbouring property. Save this picture!The bedrooms were simply arranged to look west towards the great sea views – off the linear circulation space which forms the rear ‘spine’ of the house. There is a dramatic staircase in this circulation space; with good views back to the Cable Station. Save this picture!The living spaces are at the Northern side of the house, and feel like they propel themselves towards the view. All living spaces have a great connection to the covered or uncovered terraces and the interior / exterior space continuation is dramatic. The living spaces are highly transparent to take full advantage of views. Save this picture!The Upstairs & Downstairs are very similar in that each level is fully equipped and independently habitable. The ground floor differs in that it has a self-contained staff suite, only two bedrooms and a water feature which runs the full length of the passage emphasizing the linearity of the house. At this level the views from the terrace are mostly restricted to the North. However, at the First Floor one is elevated above the neighbouring houses and can appreciate the 360 degree view. The roof over the deck has a steel structure which cantilevers out of the reinforced concrete of the roof slab. A steel ‘ring’ beam was used to create the cut-out and the remaining external extent of the roof was then clad with aluminium panels. Steel sections remain visible creating the illusion of a very thin roof. Reinforced concrete upstand beams are however set back from the edge of the roof edge and are not visible from below.Project gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: Glasgow School of Art / Steven HollArticlesINABA Awarded Permanent Artwork InstallationArticles Share Area:  676 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily First Crescent / SAOTASave this projectSaveFirst Crescent / SAOTA Save this picture!+ 14 Share Projects Architects: SAOTA Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeSAOTAOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCape TownHousesSouth AfricaPublished on March 25, 2011Cite: “First Crescent / SAOTA” 25 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Volunteers want to clean up image

first_img Facebook Previous articlePartnership secures transportation for seniorsNext article041919_Stations_of_the_cross_JF_09 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Local Newscenter_img West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department logo The West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department is attempting to clean up its image literally and figuratively. Fire chief Richard Pease said via phone Wednesday the WOVFD is inviting the public to help clean up its station and he also wants to show the community it has moved past its two previous scandals. Prior to Pease taking the reins in September 2018, the previous two fire chiefs were arrested and charged with felonies. “We want to let the public know that we are still here and even though we have two black eyes, we are still doing the job,” Pease said. “There are some trust issues with the public toward us and we are hoping to turn that around fairly quick. “We are going to let our actions speak louder than words.” Pease said the major step to improve the transparency of the WOVFD was forming a seven-member board to ensure funds are properly handled. Pease said the department has 15 volunteer firefighters. He said any of the volunteers except for the fire chief and the assistant fire chief can be part of the board. Pease said he knows the minds of the public won’t change overnight, but he said the department will be there for anyone in West Odessa needing assistance. “We’ve turned a lot of things around,” Pease said. “We’ve implemented a lot of new things and we are doing everything we can to keep it from happening again. “We’ve got a full board in place, so nothing is left up to one man. West Odessa is not a one man department. Everyone has a voice. Every expense the board knows about and has to approve.” The WOVFD is hosting a cleanup day beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at the station located at 2757 N. Tripp Ave. Pease said he doesn’t know how long it will take to clean up the site, but he said the location is in major need of help. WOVFD members will cook hot dogs for the members of the community who come out and help with the clean up. “It looks like a junkyard,” Pease said. “There’s 30 years worth of junk out there that’s leaving. That’s where cleaning our image starts, right there at our house and at our station.” In a span of about 13 months, back-to-back WOVFD chiefs were arrested. Former WOVFD chief Jimmy Ellis and his wife Sherry Ellis were charged with property theft over $150,000, a first-degree felony, on Aug. 8, 2017. Tim Mason, Andrews County District Attorney who will be prosecuting the case, said Thursday the state has provided the defense with all of its information and the defense is now looking through the files. Mason said there’s nothing scheduled as of right now for the Ellis’. Former chief Sean Dixon held that role for more than year before he and his treasurer Stacie DeMoss Proctor were arrested Sept. 17, 2018, after an investigation by the Texas Rangers. Dixon and Proctor were each charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a third-degree felony. Dixon received a grand jury indictment for property theft over $150,000, a second-degree felony, and was booked and released on March 28, jail records show. The listed date of the offense was Aug. 8, 2017. Dixon had a waiver of arraignment for both charges on Wednesday, while Proctor had an arraignment hearing on Monday. Facebook Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Volunteers want to clean up imagelast_img read more

Mouseprice bought by portal challenger PropertyHeads

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Mouseprice bought by portal challenger PropertyHeads previous nextMarketingMouseprice bought by portal challenger PropertyHeadsListings website used by 4,000 agents is bought off Daily Mail’s property arm Landmark for an undisclosed sum.Nigel Lewis3rd December 20200615 Views Portal challenger PropertyHeads has bought MousePrice, one of the property industry’s enduring online brands used by millions of home owners every year to work out their property’s value.MousePrice, which in 2010 launched its own free-to-list property portal arm, is currently used by approximately 4,000 estate agents, and lists some 250,000 properties.It was founded in 2004 as a data consultancy called Calnea Analytics trading as MousePrice before being bought by the Daily Mail’s property tech division Landmark in late 2013.Mark Milner, who headed up the Daily Mail’s  former portal division TDPG, was also a director until 2018. Spicerhaart was involved too – in 2007 one of its legal team was listed as a director, Companies House record show. She resigned in 2010.Social media-based property portal PropertyHeads says the acquisition will bring it significantly closer to its key rival Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM, and follows its recent purchase of another legacy website, OurProperty.Two further acquisitions are due to be announced before the Christmas/NY break.We have [now] pulled together hundreds of thousands of property consumers, 20,000 property businesses, almost 500,000 property listings and sat them alongside one another,” says Ben Davis (pictured), CEO of PropertyHeads.“The removal of these historic barriers of communication in exchange for seamless property social networking represents a step forward for the U.K’s property industry, in our opinion.“Our social platform is the perfect tool to build and maintain relationships with estate agents, tradespeople and other property businesses, and that’s been sorely missing up until this point.Mouseprice TDPG Mark Milner PropertyHeads Ben Davis DMGT December 3, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Writer explores politics of literature

first_imgIndian-born French writer Shumona Sinh discussed her novels and their relationship to the political and social environments of the countries in which she has lived and worked during a lecture Tuesday titled “Literature and Activism: The Challenges of Representing the Impoverished Immigrant Other” hosted by French and Francophone Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.“Any writing, poems or novels, when we are touched by a sentence or an image or a metaphor, the writer is putting something that was right under our eyes into a new light,” Sinha said.Sinha said she cares deeply about the topics on which her novels focus, so much so that she feels she must write about them.“For me, even if I wanted to write a very romantic novel, I am unable to,” Sinha said. “If I do not write about what I think, then I am being dishonest.“Think of a literary work as a big train. There are people getting off and going up and down; this is the human story. However, the thing that interests me is the engine, that is, the socio-political codes.”Sinha said she uses her writing instead of physical activism to affect people and initiate change.“I was in a political party that was a very restrictive organization,” she said. “I knew that if I joined something like that again, that it would crush me. Barriers would be placed around my work and I would be labeled as a certain kind of writer.“My work is with words. If there are two people that are touched by something that I have written, and they are able to think differently, then that’s not bad.”Sinha said she believes the private morals of individuals and the public morals of politics should be closely connected.“I am quite stubborn in that I have my value system,” she said. “For me, stealing is bad. Lying is bad. But in the same way, I understand the nature of today’s politics. However, if you start thinking as a citizen that everything is fake, that all politicians are liars, then there is nothing to hope for, nothing to depend on.”Graduate student Lauren LaMore said Sinha’s lecture prompted her to think about the correlations between literature and society and the possibility for words to generate actions.“It was very cool for me to hear a writer talk about how she engages in society and different issues through literature,” LaMore said. “I took away that even if you manage to reach one person, even for an hour, it could change their relationships and how they view the world, which means everything.”“This lecture is very much what Notre Dame tries to do,” she said. “They take a field of study and apply it and see how it can make a real difference.” Tags: French and Francophone Studies, lecture, literature, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Romance Languages and Literatureslast_img read more

Arsenal crash out of Europa League

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Arsenal were sent crashing out of the Europa League on away goals after Olympiakos stunned Mikel Arteta’s side with a 2-1 victory (2-2 on aggregate) to book their place in the last 16. Leading 1-0 from the first leg, the Gunners, who put in an extremely disjointed display, were pegged back by Papa Abou Cisse’s strike (53), which sent the tie to extra time. Arsenal thought they’d snatched victory late in the second half of extra time through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stunning volley, but Youssef El Arabi popped up in the 119th minute to shock the Emirates and cap a historic night for the Greek side. They now go into the round-of-16 draw, which will takes place on Friday, while Arsenal’s only remaining hope of Champions League football next season rests on a top-four finish in Premier League. Olympiakos’ attentions now turn to the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, which takes place on Friday, February 28 in Nyon, with proceedings set to start at 12pm, UK time. The first legs for the round of 16 are scheduled for Thursday March 12, with the second legs to be held a week later on March 19. Up next for Arsenal is a trip to Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday, March 2. The Gunners are back in Premier League action on Saturday, March 7 against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.Tags: ArsenalEuropa LeagueMikel ArtetaOlympiakoslast_img read more

Giroud overhead kick edges Arsenal past Red Star

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Arsenal were struggling to cope with the pace in the Serbians’ attack and Cech was forced into a low save to deny Nemanja Radonjic before half-time.The visitors started the second period with more urgency, as Giroud fired over and Walcott saw his shot smothered by Borjan after being released by Wilshere’s through ball.Arsenal were given a great chance of snatching all three points when home defender Rodic was given a second yellow card with 10 minutes to play.The Londoners took it in style with a wonderful goal, as Wilshere’s clever flick was turned across goal by Walcott for Giroud to send an overhead kick spinning into the top corner.Italian Serie A high-flyers Lazio came from behind to win 3-1 at Nice.Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for Nice in the fourth minute, after announcing the birth of his son Lion earlier this week, only for Felipe Caicedo to equalise seconds later.The Italian capital-city side took top spot in Group K as midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored a second-half brace.Real Sociedad bounced back from their 3-1 defeat by Zenit St Petersburg last time out with a 6-0 thrashing of Vardar in Macedonia as Brazilian Willian Jose scored four goals in 25 minutes.The La Liga outfit are second in Group L, three points behind Zenit after Roberto Mancini’s Russians saw off Rosenborg 3-1.Athletic Bilbao, Europa League runners-up to Atletico Madrid in 2012, are third in Group J on only two points after being held to a 2-2 draw at Swedish club Ostersund, despite a late leveller from Inaki Williams.Swiss outfit Lugano picked up their first ever group-stage points in a European competition with a 3-2 victory over Czechs Viktoria Plzen in Group G, while Marseille warmed up for Sunday’s clash with arch-rivals Paris Saint-Germain by beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1. Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Red Star made a bright start, but it was Arsenal winger Theo Walcott who saw the game’s first real chance saved by the legs of Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan.The inexperienced away defenders were lucky not to concede in the 26th minute when Richmond Boakye headed onto the crossbar when unmarked at a corner.center_img Paris, France | AFP |  Olivier Giroud scored a fantastic late winner as Arsenal edged to their third straight Europa League win by beating 10-man Red Star Belgrade 1-0 in Serbia on Thursday.Arsene Wenger’s men rode their luck at times in an uninspiring performance, before Giroud struck in the 85th minute after Red Star had seen Milan Rodic sent off.The Premier League side stay top of Group H, five points clear of Red Star, while Cologne remained pointless after losing 1-0 at BATE Borisov.“I said yesterday in our press conference I don’t think anyone can question our character, we showed that tonight,” midfielder Jack Wilshere told arsenal.com.“You know it’s a tough place to come. I don’t think they’ve lost here this season, we knew that before the game and we knew that they were going to be up for it.“The boss said at half-time… ‘just keep playing because spaces are opening up’, and they did.”Wenger made sweeping changes to his team with Sunday’s Premier League visit to Everton in mind.Only goalkeeper Petr Cech remained from the starting XI that lost 2-1 at Watford last weekend, as injury-plagued French right-back Mathieu Debuchy made his first start for the club in 11 months.last_img read more

Big Science Blind to Its Political Bias

first_imgMore evidence that institutional scientists, journal editors and reporters live in an echo chamber that betrays their ideals of unbiased knowledge generation.There have been so many articles displaying worldview bias in Big Science that we couldn’t cover it all in our 12/23/16 article, “Big Science Blind to Its Bias.” Let’s turn to politics. Shouldn’t scientists be neutral when it comes to political parties and candidates? The evidence shows that scientific institutions are essentially a cheering section for the Democrats – so much so, that they don’t even need to explain why. It’s merely assumed that president-elect Donald Trump is evil and Republicans are a hate group. For a group of people assumed to respect evidence and logic, this attitude is highly unscientific and illogical – especially for Darwinians.To see why, consider Science Daily‘s article, “Hard-wired: The brain’s circuitry for political belief.” If the claims of psychologist Jonas Kaplan from USC in this article are to be believed, scientists simply follow the political beliefs in their social circles, which are hard-wired into them. It’s all just a matter of brain networks and neuronal responses going on in their amygdalas. If Darwinians accept the physicalist, irrational basis for their political beliefs, how can they be impartial? They become like the mindless sheep they assume characterize Republicans. Their own beliefs are equally unscientific and illogical. His Yoda Complex in high gear, Kaplan never turns his claim onto himself. If, as the article says, “The findings can apply to circumstances outside of politics, including how people respond to fake news stories,” he has no way to distinguish his theory from fake news. His own brain must be a victim of its peer group. On what basis could he claim otherwise?Anti-TrumpismBig Science’s knee-jerk hatred of Donald Trump and the conservative movement he represents provides a case in point of irrational, illogical groupthink. No matter what side one takes on the election, this response should be disturbing. What you find in the journals is a choir singing in unison: Trump is bad, populism is bad, nationalism is bad, conservatism is bad, everyone who voted for Trump is a stupid hater, and we should do everything to stop him, because his followers are ruining the climate and don’t like globalism. Is that what “science” should be saying?Researchers baffled by nationalist surge (Jeff Tollefson in Nature). In his opinion piece, Tollefson sounds like Clinton on the campaign trail, labeling Trump with xenophobia and other deplorable things, even playing the Nazi card. He witnesses the Trump phenomenon, the rise of Marine Le Pen in France, Brexit and other movements as an outsider. He doesn’t get it, nor do his friends; “researchers [i.e., his fellow leftists in Big Science] are struggling to understand why these disparate forces have combined to drive an unpredictable brand of populist politics.” A photo caption reads, “Donald Trump’s US election win stuns scientists.” Question: what does this reveal about their scientific credibility? They didn’t see any of this coming. They are out of touch with the feelings of hundreds of millions of people. Some scientists!Science advocacy: get involved (Chris Woolston in Nature). While this article doesn’t address Trump’s win specifically, Woolston interviews three science insiders telling their peers to become politically involved. Some of their “scientific” positions have merit (fighting pollution from microplastics), but the other leftist positions are merely assumed: fighting climate change, increasing funding to Big Science, etc. As shown in Part 1, these scientists are blind to their elitism. They don’t have a mind to listen and learn. Education must all go one way, from “scientists” to “people.” (Scientists aren’t people per se; they are Yoda clones on pedestals, dishing out wisdom from on high.)Simply studying populism is no longer enough (Matthijs Rooduijn in Nature). While Trump supporters rejoice in hope for economic vitality and a new birth of freedom, Nature lets this sociologist write about the “darkening political mood” his election brings. While Rooduijn allows some good in populism, his dark rhetoric sees evil coming in “nativism” and “right-wing politicians” that threaten liberalism, to the point he consciously abandons his impartiality. “So I have changed my mind and my approach,” he says. “I will remain as neutral as possible in my academic work, but I increasingly feel obliged to take part in the public debate about this topic, and to warn in the media of the increasing tension between populism and liberal democracy.” What disturbs him the most? The idea that countries should protect themselves from invasions by terrorists.Glee to gloom: Climate and the ‘Trump effect’ (Phys.org). The science media are all in for Obama, and all out to attack Donald Trump, this short article illustrates. Trump is bad simply because he dares to question global warming and might threaten to not go along with the globalist, internationalist, warmist conspirators at the Paris Accords. No debate here; the science is settled, according to the elitist insiders. Disputers are evil by definition. One whiner says, “Even if Trump doesn’t do a complete about face on climate, ‘we are likely to see a slowing down of progress compared to what would have happened if Clinton had been elected,’ said [Michael] Oppenheimer [Princeton].” Needless to say, “progress” is a loaded word.How Woody Guthrie can help us fight for science (Jacqueline M. Vadjunec in Nature). The bizarre headline reveals something of Vadjunec’s hippy roots. Notice the presumptive political elitism in the subheading: “After the election of Donald Trump, Jacqueline M. Vadjunec offers a message of resistance and hope from deep within the US Bible Belt.” Resistance? Yes, against the Trump voters. Hope? Yes, of winning the backwoods sheeple in Oklahoma over to leftism. “If Woody could use his voice to speak up, so can scientists,” she says. She is on a resistance campaign, fighting the “mood of anti-science” she feels in the Trump camp. It’s wonderful that Vadjunec wants to be nice in her indoctrination tactics. “We also need to accept different ways of knowing or even talking about climate change: ways that open doors to start a conversation; ways that are more context specific, culturally sensitive and nuanced than science in general might be comfortable with.” (Most scientists, this indicates, think they should be more pugnacious.)Donald Trump’s choice for head of the US environment agency is dismaying (Editorial in Nature). Any bipartisanship here? Any desire to reach out and cooperate with the new Trump administration and his cabinet pick Scott Pruitt? Any accommodation to readers who may not be leftist, globalist warmist alarmists? None. “The bad news just keeps on coming,” the editors say. They can count on their pessimism because they merely assume there aren’t any Republicans or conservatives among their readers. Trump represents their “worst fears” coming true: “at this stage it is getting harder to give Donald Trump the benefit of what little doubt remains about the kind of US president he will be.” It may well be that “Pruitt has demonstrated a wilful disregard for science, and has repeatedly put the interests of fossil-fuel companies ahead of those of his own constituents.” We don’t know. CEH doesn’t take a position on Pruitt. But what is clearly evident is Nature‘s flagrant political bias – its emotional outburst against Trump and his cabinet, coupled with a complete absence of any criticism of what the Democrats have done to America for eight years.Does it matter if Donald Trump has a science adviser? (Alexandra Witze in Nature). This article illustrates how Big Science acts like a special interest group with a leftist bent. Witze praises Democrat presidents who picked science advisers, but criticizes Republican presidents who were slow to pick them. She’s worried about funding. She criticizes President Bush who put a damper on funding for embryonic stem cell research, failing to mention anything about the ethical controversies involved.Is Donald Trump pushing more scientists towards political activism? (Emma Maris in Nature). Theme of this article: scientists are so “distraught” with Trump’s win, they are forging their scientific plowshores into swords to enjoin the fight against the conservatives. They call this the “Trump Effect.” To her credit, Marris gives one paragraph to someone who “thinks that researchers should offer to help Trump for the sake of society.” But then she quickly turns back to praising the ones fighting him.US earth scientists plan for uncertain future under Trump (Jeff Tollefson and Alexandra Witze in Nature). Do you get the picture that Big Science identifies as Democrat? That they are unified against Trump, Republicans and conservatives? That man-caused global warming is a given? Read this if unconvinced. Tollefson and Witze use bellicose rhetoric, seeing “science” doing battle with the new administration. “It feels like a war on science, and on climate science in particular,” says Alan Robock, a climatologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. “That’s very upsetting.” Maybe Tollefson and Witze will attempt some semblance of balance further down in the text. Nope. Considering who Trump will pick to run NASA, NOAA and the USGS, they say:“Those are places to insert a progressive agenda into an otherwise kind of ugly and cloudy landscape,” says Daniel Kammen, an energy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.McNutt advises scientists to stay clear-eyed as they confront whatever challenges the Trump administration brings. “I see so many people in this country freaked out,” she says. “That is exactly what those who want to disrupt science are hoping to achieve.”Is it science’s job to “insert a progressive agenda” anywhere? Any mention of hundreds of millions of voters who turned away from the Clinton-Obama-Paris progressives? No; just the minority who were “freaked out” when Trump won. The New York Times posted a map of “change from 2012”, showing all the states that turned red (Republican) away from blue (Democrat). A larger mass movement could hardly be found. Some analysts noticed that all of Clinton’s popular vote majority came from one state: California. Big Science and its Big Media reporters, identifying with leftist liberal Clinton supporters, position themselves in opposition to a lot of people. That doesn’t make them wrong. It does, however, make them overtly partisan, contrary to the ideals of science. They are so partisan, they don’t even make any attempt to identify or seek the views of conservatives. How can that be scientific?Big Media’s Dirty HandsThese articles show Big Science Media running what amounts to campaign ads for Clinton.Pro-Trump bot activity ‘colonised’ pro-Clinton Twitter campaign: study (Phys.org). Well, if it’s a “study,” it must be true. This article pretends to find evidence that Trump rigged the election using automated Twitter accounts. The “study” was conducted in the halls of Big Science. Any word about the overt election fraud strategies of paid Democrat operatives revealed in undercover videos from Project Veritas? Crickets. Any mention that the recounts gave Trump more votes, or that Clinton lost more delegates to rogue electors in the Electoral College than Trump did? More crickets. The article seems geared to cast doubts on the legitimacy of the Trump campaign.Seizing environmental opportunities under a Trump presidency (Phys.org). This article takes the “glass half full” view, saying that it is “not all doom and gloom for the environmental community” after Trump’s “shock win” for president. How to seize the opportunity? Whatever you do, don’t help Trump! Instead, “forge ahead with implementing the climate treaty signed in Paris, irrespective of the US position.” It’s almost a call for civil disobedience. Question: why does the reporter think its readers will automatically view this as a good strategy?Congressional Tweet About ‘Disgraceful’ Article Ignores Science (Laura Geggel at Live Science). Geggel places all her bets on “climate scientists” who tell her not to trust anything coming from Congressional Republicans or her “far right” rival, Breitbart News. Her hero is Michael Mann, a climate activist. Her trusted advisers are Democrats. Don’t expect scientific objectivity in this hit piece. It would be nice if she made her political affiliations overt, but she presents herself as a neutral science reporter.  Geggel’s article ends, “Live Science reached out to the committee for a comment on scientists’ criticism of the tweet, but did not hear back by press time.” Rather than delay press time till she got an answer, she printed it anyway. Hardly scientific.ACA repeal could cost California more than 200,000 jobs (Phys.org). It’s no secret that Trump and conservatives want to “repeal and replace Obamacare” which passed in 2009 without a single Republican vote, and with Obama personally making empty promises to the last Democrat holdouts in order to get their support. In order to salvage Obama’s legacy, articles like this scare readers into worrying about what might happen if Republicans get their way. This “study” comes out of UC Berkeley. It wouldn’t be so partisan if it presented both sides. But unscientifically, it mentions nothing about the millions of jobs lost because of Obamacare, when employers laid people off or reduced their work to part time to avoid the stiff costs of the ACA. Republicans point to Obamacare as one of the biggest job-killers in the country. You won’t hear that in this Phys.org piece.Take any Republican hot-button issue: abortion, free markets, religious liberty, whatever – and you will find Big Science and Big Media fighting it. They want unlimited money for unlimited research on embryonic stem cells, three-parent babies, aborted baby body parts – the whole works (see Science Magazine‘s tidbit about limitations on fetal tissue research from Planned Parenthood as one of the “Breakdowns of the Year”). Their positions mirror those of the Democrat party platform. They are all for imposing global restrictions on individual countries’ energy policies. They support things that have nothing to do with science, and even violate common sense, like open borders that invite terrorists and transgender rights that let men walk into women’s showers with videocams. They use Democrat/progressive buzzphrases with reckless abandon: marriage equality, denialist, reproductive health.Big Science and their lapdogs in Big Media have shamed themselves into becoming leftist/progressive arms of the Democrat party and the EU globalists. Fortunately, Big Science does not speak for individual scientists, a non-trivial minority of whom are conservative or Republican, but who dare not say so out loud in their peer group. If they had the freedom to speak out, science would benefit from the debate, and journalism would return to doing its job: reporting the news.Here at CEH, when we report on climate change, we analyze scientific papers that agree with human-caused global warming, not climate “skeptics” and “deniers.” We  weigh their evidence. Live Science never takes seriously any critics of the Big Science consensus positions. Their writers serve the warmist alarmists as their press agents, showing little objectivity. The same is true for all the press departments of the ivory tower, whose job it is to make their leftist scientists look good. That material then feeds into the organs of dissemination of “science media,” like Phys.org, Science Daily and EurekAlert. It’s a big racket.The sources we cite above, from Nature on down to Phys.org, all operate within a leftist echo chamber. When talking about genes, molecular machines and birds and animals, much of what they say is good. But take any controversial topic with political overtones, and blue blood leaks out. We’re not against people taking positions, but Big Media and Big Science should admit their bias. For organizations whose ideals should reflect the public interest, and the taxpayer money that feeds science, they should at least try to make an attempt to be objective. Reporters should make an attempt to hold scientists’ feet to the fire and evaluate their claims critically. These self-serving, mutually reinforcing institutions do a great disservice to the public. To borrow a political phrase, it’s time to drain the swamp.Next, we will look at Big Science’s blindness to its philosophy of scientism and other self-refuting positions.(Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

ICT helps the blind

first_imgThe notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at the CSIR. (Image: CSIR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicki Koorbanally  CSIR Meraka Institute  +27 12 841 4532RELATED ARTICLES • New SA fingerprint tool a world first • SA academic gets top science award • Top award for local invasion biologist • Portable plant makes fuel from waste • SA mine detector gets top recognitionWilma den HartighA portable voice-based computer for the blind, developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been shortlisted in the South African Breweries (SAB) Foundation inaugural Innovation Awards.The notetaker device is the first invention of its kind in South Africa and was developed by Willem van der Walt, a blind researcher at the CSIR.Fellow researcher Gerhard van den Berg was also involved in the development of the product.Van der Walt is respected in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) for disabilities.Rewarding innovationThe SAB Foundation Innovation Awards recognise individuals who have unique and practical ideas that can improve the lives of people living in low-income areas.The main award is a grant of R1-million (US$128 000) with two runner-up awards of R500 000 ($64 000) each.The notetaker is one of five recipients of a seed grant for further development. The grant includes funding for the commercialisation of the product, which will be supported by the SAB Foundation over a period of two years.The notetaker was shortlisted as one of 18 inventions, selected from more than 100 entries, for improving the lives of blind South Africans.According to 2009 statistics of the World Health Organisation, 314-million people worldwide live with some form of visual impairment. Of these, 45-million are blind, and 90% live in low-income countries. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.About 2.6-million South Africans are disabled, of which 24% have visual disabilities.“As a blind programmer, I realised that a much more flexible, localised and cheaper machine could be built than other similar expensive accessibility devices for the blind, available from overseas,” Van der Walt says.Not your ordinary notebook computerThe notetaker is different from a standard notebook computer in that it does not have a screen and only uses speech as feedback to its user.The computer has a keyboard for input and a voice synthesiser for output.All its features are customised so that they can be used with a speech interface.The device provides support for multiple local languages, including English, Sepedi, Afrikaans, Setswana and an experimental isiZulu voice.Van der Walt says that finding a balance between cost and functionality was one of the biggest challenges of developing the notetaker.“Finding the suitable hardware for the software was challenging,” he explains. “For example, finding hardware with which one can make a good audio recording is not easy when cost, battery life and size is crucial.”The notetaker has been tested in the market at disability conferences and workshops, with successful results.It is also supported by the South African National Council for the Blind.The next phase of the project is to develop a production-ready prototype.Commercialising the product“I would like the notetaker to come into production and be available in the market through specialised companies such as those currently supplying accessibility technology to the blind,” he says.The customised computer device is easy to operate and can be used by young school children, university students and older people.There is a gap in the market for an affordable computer for the blind. He believes that the product has the potential to have an immediate impact in the educational and employment sectors.Blind people can use computers that are connected to Braille keyboards and screens, but the skill and technology is not widely available and is usually only imported.However, if the product is manufactured locally and is cost effective, it could change the lives of thousands of blind people.The National Accessibility ProgrammeVan der Walt’s research was part of the National Accessibility Programme.The main focus of the five-year research and innovation initiative is to help people with disabilities become more integrated into mainstream society, through the use of ICT.The project was developed by the CSIR Meraka Institute in partnership with a representative group of Disabled Persons’ Organisations and the former Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Presidency.The Meraka Institutes the largest group in South Africa dedicated to ICT research.last_img read more

Manny Pacquiao teams up with Ringstar to co-promote Dasmariñas-Demecillo bout

first_imgThe number of potential opponents for Manny Pacquiao continues to dwindle. —AFPMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao’s promotion venture isn’t stopping any time soon.MP Promotions is off to its first co-promoted fight card with Singapore’s Ringstar Asia on March 23 at Resorts World Manila.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Dasmariñas’ fight was initially set for Singapore but it was rescheduled for an earlier date as to solidify Ringstar’s partnership with MP Promotions.“I saw this as a great opportunity to launch the partnership between Ringstar and Manny Pacquiao Promotions,” said Farrell. “Who wouldn’t take the chance to launch a partnership with the one and only eight-division World champion and senator Manny Pacquiao?”Farrell added that he would have even set the fight in another planet just to strengthen his promotions’ company with Pacquiao’s.“I would have moved my event to an even earlier date, or to Mars if I had to,” said Farrell. “The man is a fighting legend and highly respected all over the world, and across all sports.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending 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 ‘Fake’ coaches, fixers undermine China’s football ambitions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This venture comes less than three months after MP Promotions co-promoted the WBO World welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner with TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions.“I love your vision with Ringstar Asia, we are looking forward to working with you to build the next World champions in boxing,” said Pacquiao of Ringstar Asia Founder and CEO Scott Farrell in a video message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMP Promotions’ partnership with Ringstar Asia was first reported on Forbes Magazine.IBO World bantamweight Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmariñas (28-2-1) will headline the nine-bout card in an IBF World title eliminator against fellow Filipino Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2). Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy View commentslast_img read more