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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 Cultivating Confidence

first_imgThe family also enjoys getting on the trails at Preddy Creek, Monticello, Oak Hill, and Stokesville, all within an hour’s drive of their home. And when they’re not riding with their daughters, Thielmann and Norton make time to ride for themselves. Raising a kid to confidently love the outdoors is different for every family. While spending time in the natural world is intrinsically simple, how parents are able to help kids explore often depends on time, access, and resources. To gain perspective, BRO caught up with three families prioritizing recreation and setting aside time to get outside. “Becoming a mom was really shocking,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about having one kid, let alone three. We needed to be out of the house and have something to do together that was active and would keep them entertained.” Looking ahead, Thielmann is excited to see how cycling continues to grow in the area, especially with additional infrastructure that would make bike commuting to work or school more accessible. And she wants to see her daughters continue to find joy outside.  “You’re not going to be cut from the team,” Thielmann said. “You’re not going to be made to sit out during races. If you want to be that kid like Skippy, who’s super competitive, or like my older two, who are a little more laid back about it, they can still have fun and feel valued as members of the team.”  The time finally came to move back to Fayette County, W.Va., in 2018. Now the Bakers try to get out with their three daughters: Ulani, 4; Makya, 2; and Norah, 10 months, as much as possible. “All of this stuff, we want it to be normal for them,” Bryant added. “The more we make an effort to do it, the easier it gets every time.” “From our house, you can ride to the Rivanna Trail,” Thielmann said. “You’re not even in a position of having to have a rack on your car and load up all your bikes. If my husband has a little time after work, he can grab the girls and ride for 45 minutes.” Twins Mia and Zoe, 13, and Skippy, 11, took to the sport, joining the Cutaway Girls Mountain Bike Team in elementary school. “For my kids, it’s a beautiful experience because they have so many good friends that they ride with,” Thielmann said. “It’s very supportive. I feel like it’s important to build confidence in kids, especially middle school girls. Just having this place where they can go have fun, challenge themselves, and be held to a high standard.” When Tracy Martin totaled up the distance she hiked with her three daughters in 2017, she was surprised to find they had done more than 200 miles. “I was floored,” she said. “That seemed like so much to me. I told the kids and they couldn’t believe it because that just sounds like a million miles to a kid.” Living close to the A.T., Martin recommends it for parents with kids because there are so many resources out there on what to expect.  “Everyone and their dog has hiked it,” she said. “So, you can easily find people on Instagram or YouTube and you can watch them hike a specific section. You can know there’s one really hard climb that day, that day there’s a shelter that’s really nice, and then you pass the grocery store. If there’s no resources, I wouldn’t have been able to prepare my kids, they would have been grumpy, and I wouldn’t have packed extra Snickers bars.” “We started when they were really little, using a bike trailer to come downtown and go to the farmers market,” Thielmann said. “There’s something really awesome about sharing the things that you love with your children, seeing your children take up those things, and have those connections.” Now that their daughters are older, they find it easier to get outside on their own. The couple has fun riding regional trails together on their tandem bike. “The problem we see is that, if parents don’t have the skills and experience (like we have) to take their kids rafting, climbing, kayaking, etc., then their only other option is to pay for a guided trip. Most local families around here can’t afford to do that, so most local youth around here don’t get to partake in the amazing outdoor adventure opportunities that exist literally right outside their front door.”  Having easy access to trails and other resources has allowed the entire family to explore the Blue Ridge region together.  A New Mom on the A.T. With the new program, Bryant said they hope to give other kids the same experiences his daughters have had. “I hope as they grow up, these are all things that they’ll like to continue to do,” he said. “They’re going to have their interests and figure out their path. I think all of the life lessons they can pick up from doing this stuff is going to help them no matter what avenue they pursue in life.” The Kids Are on Bikes Every year since, Martin has kept track of their hikes as the girls become more comfortable outside. In 2019, they hiked 533 miles and completed their fourth section hike of the Appalachian Trail.  When they do their multi-day section hikes, they take into account where the shelters are and what kind of terrain they will face. In the beginning, hiking was a way for them all to get out of the house. As a new mother of three adopted girls, now 12, 8, and 7, Martin said they all needed a change of scenery. Tracy Martin gets outside with her daughters in a variety of ways, from playing in their backyard to section hiking the A.T. Photo courtesy of Martin They took trips around their home in Kentucky and beyond. Whether it was a walk at a local park or camping overnight at Mammoth Cave National Park, getting outside helped them all connect through new experiences. Bryant and Laura Baker met in college, eventually making their way to West Virginia as guides on the New and Gauley Rivers. For the next decade, they split their time between West Virginia and Utah, guiding rafting trips, working as wilderness therapy instructors, and thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.  “When the kids hike and go camping, they feel so confident, even if they’re not quite there,” Martin said. “They feel like they are. That’s really important because I feel like a lot of kids don’t have confidence in very many areas. I feel like my kids are so confident when they’re outside no matter what they’re doing. And I just really like watching that.”  Martin puts their trips on the calendar so the girls can see what’s coming up. Now that the girls are older, they have their own ideas and goals for what they want to accomplish. “I discovered early on that carving out time for that on purpose makes it more special, makes us look forward to it,” she said.  The Bakers are also working to eliminate barriers and increase access to outdoor recreation for other families in the area. They recently started a non-profit, Adventure Appalachia, that will help connect local youth and foster families with the outdoor adventure industry already established in the area. To fund the program, they are starting a series of endurance races in the Gorge. The inaugural Rim to River 100, the first 100 miler in West Virginia, will run November 7.  “Some of it was recognizing that riding with your kids was not the same as riding for yourself,” Thielmann said. “Taking your kids on a ride on a Saturday is awesome, and you should also set aside some time to get out and ride by yourself.” When they’re not on the river together, the family is exploring the rail trail system, accessible swimming holes, and local climbing spots. Bryant and Laura also set aside times for paddling or running dates, hiring a sitter so they can hit the trail together. Although they haven’t set a goal for how many miles they want to hike in 2020, Martin said she’s prioritizing time all together and with each daughter individually. “Outdoor time can be therapeutic for kids, really for all kids, but specifically for kids who have trauma in their background,” Martin said. “You don’t have to drive to a national forest or go backpacking on the Appalachian Trail to feel accomplished. Sometimes just walking to the library is a big accomplishment with kids. Any kind of nature is going to help, even if it’s hanging out in the backyard and looking for worms. Little things like that change the way that your kids think about nature, even the way they think about the world around them.” The team competes at NICA races around the state.  To keep up with the kids as they grow, Martin values buying used gear that can be passed down to each of the girls. “Kids only use stuff for maybe six months and then they grow out of it,” she said. “I do a lot of thrift stores, Once Upon a Child, sometimes clothing swap groups on Facebook. We get a lot of their baselayers off of eBay because some other kid used it and then grew out of it. So, it’s still in good shape.” In the 20 years since Rachel Thielmann and Pat Norton moved to town, the mountain biking scene in Charlottesville, Va., has taken off. As their three daughters have grown up, local trail systems have expanded.  One of the advantages of living where the Bakers do is access to top outdoor recreation spots in the New River Gorge, Gauley River, and Monongahela National Forest. As former raft guides, they especially enjoy paddling with their kids on the Upper New. “We raced GRUSK (Gravel Race Up Spruce Knob) on it,” Thielmann said. “It’s just kind of our thing. He’s a lot more skilled than I am, but it’s just a fun way to spend time together. Because our bike is so heavy, we’re not very fast off a dime. But once we pick up a little momentum, we can drop anyone.” Bryant gets new perspectives on adventure sharing his love of the water with his kids. “That’s just amazing having your daughter sit in your lap and ride through a rapid together,” he said. “Their little faces light up and they feel like they’re doing this on their own. Even if I was doing the same thing on my own, it would be totally different. You enter into their level of excitement and adventure. It makes even the most low key of adventures really, really exciting.” Bryant Baker hikes with Ulani, left, and Makya. Baker said they have tried just about every type of child carrier to see what works best. Photo courtesy of the Bakers But the lessons extend beyond just learning how to be a better mountain biker. “It helps kids become stewards,” Thielmann added. “They’re more concerned about the environment. They’re stopping to pick up trash when they see it.” “Each day, I’ll have an easy goal,” Martin said. “Even if someone is really grumpy and crying, we can still do four miles. Then I’ll have a ton of attainable goals. Like, we can definitely go four, but we can probably go seven. And then I’ll have a super stretch goal. If everyone’s in a really good mood, we’re not tired, we’ve got good snacks, and the weather’s nice, we can go 11 miles.” For Bryant, the river operations manager at ACE Adventure Resort, getting outside with the kids is all about logistics, planning, and efficiency. “Ninety percent of the time, if not more, the hardest part of any of this is just getting out the door,” he said. “Just getting them in the car and getting everything you need. The night before we’re going to try and do something, I like to get things lined up and have all the gear set out.” “My wife and I moved here in order to raise our daughters with outdoor adventure being a normal part of their upbringing,” Bryant said. Although they were riders before their kids, Thielmann said she’s seen other parents pick up biking once their kids joined the team, and now “the girls are riding with their friends and we’re riding with our friends.” Paddling Couple Shares Their Passion “We take down a raft and strap a frame to it so that I can row, or my wife can row while one of us kind of manages the madness,” Bryant said. “They can run around the raft, and we take lunch. They can jump out and swim in different spots. There’s not a lot of places you can do that in a day, get your kids out like that, and have it be that easy of a shuttle.” “We always loved the New River Gorge and this region,” Bryant Baker said. “We always talked about ending up back here and this being a place we wanted to raise our kids. There are a number of folks who we’ve guided with throughout the years who’ve also had the same process of guiding, traveling, and then settling down to have kids. We’ve all found ourselves back here, which has been fun. Our kids run around together.”  Skippy, Mia, and Zoe Norton. go for a ride with their mom, Rachel Thielmann (back). Photo courtesy of Thielmann. “I was someone who really was never athletic growing up,” Thielmann said. “I love that cycling is really accessible to everyone. You see people out there as old as my parents that are still riding. You can ride on a team, but you can also ride by yourself. That‘s one of my hopes for my girls because I know that physical activity can be really therapeutic. No matter what they decide to do in the future with riding, they’ll always have that as something when you’ve had a hard week, you can hop on your bike for an hour.”last_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 Savvy buyers can pick up a whole Lota bargains

first_imgThe cottage at 32 Belgamba St, Lota.A post-war cottage in Lota has sold under the hammer  as the local market begins to cool.The property at 32 Belgamba St sold to the highest bidder for $400,000 on June 17.Marketing agent Solomon Soner of Team Solomon Estate Agents said “20 odd” people watched on as three buyers vied for the three-bedroom home. “There was a bit of negotiation with the vendor, who was on the phone interstate but in the end she was happy with the (sale price),” Mr Soner said. “The buyer is a local man who will be an owner-occupier.” Mr Soner said the property, which was three streets from the Esplanade and Boxhead Park, attracted a solid amount of interest during the marketing campaign.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We had nine groups come through in the lead-up to the auction,” he said. “The home is post-war and in need of restumping — most people wanted to buy it to knock it down and build a new home.” Mr Soner said the Lota market in general was “going a little sideways and slightly down”.The Cleveland-based agent said the slower market was most likely due to the normal seasonal downturn.“Some winters are great and some are not — this one is a bit slower than others,” he said. “There are less inquiries per property … so it’s the best time for buyers to try get a bargain. “There will be more stock coming on to the market in spring but there will also be more competition.”last_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 Iran rejects accusations over Saudi oil attack

first_imgClouds of smoke fill the area following an attack at the Aramco factory in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 14. European leaders accused Iran for the attacks while the latter denied any involvement. REUTERS British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, FrenchPresident Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued theirstatement on Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly inNew York.       Eighteen drones and seven cruise missiles hitan oil field and processing facility. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels claimedthey carried out the Sept. 14 attacks while Iran itself denied anyinvolvement.     The European leaders said there was no otherplausible explanation for the attacks, which shut down half of Saudi Arabia’soil production.      SAUDI ARABIA – Leaders of France, Germany andthe United Kingdom in a joint statement accused Iran for the attacks earlierthis month on Saudi oil installations. Saudi Arabia and the United States – which issending more troops to the kingdom – also blamed Iran for the attacks.(BBC)last_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 EPL: Brighton’s Connolly destroys Spurs

first_imgRelatedPosts Several Chelsea players test positive for COVID-19 – Media reports EPL: Burnley seek history against Brighton Breaking: Man City win Champions League ban appeal Tottenham’s crisis deepened as they turned in a desperate performance in a 3-0 defeat at Brighton, where Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury after another howler.Lloris dropped the ball on the goal line and hurt himself in the process in only the third minute, allowing Neal Maupay to open the scoring, and it only got worse after that as Aaron Connolly’s double gave the impressive Seagulls a deserved three points.As good as the hosts were, this must go down as one of the worst performances of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign and, following on from Tuesday’s 7-2 Champions League humiliation to Bayern Munich, the dark clouds are mounting over the club.The contest had barely even started by the time their best-laid plans were thrown into chaos as they endured a nightmare start thanks to another Lloris howler.It was only last week that the France captain tried a Cruyff turn inside his own six-yard box and got tackled to concede, but this was just as unforgivable and it led to his serious arm injury.Pascal Gross’ overhit cross ought have been a routine tip over for the goalkeeper, but he chose to try and catch it and, falling backwards on the line, he dropped the ball – allowing Maupay the easiest of nod-ins.To make matters worse, Lloris suffered a serious arm injury in his fall, which saw him eventually leave the pitch on a stretcher with gas and air and screaming in agony.It was a horrible way to begin the match, but perfect for Brighton and they made use of their leg-up to run Spurs ragged.A deserved second goal came just after the half-hour as Spurs were cut open down the right and Connolly got to Dan Burn’s cross first, forcing sub goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga into a smart low save, but the teenager was on hand to ram home the rebound for his first Premier League goal.Connolly was set clear by a long ball, he was allowed too much space by Toby Alderweireld and made the most of it by cutting inside and firing into the bottom corner.Spurs pushed for a late response, with Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura all wasting good chances, but it was Brighton who were pushing for an even bigger win.Adam Webster and Gross brought saves out of Gazzaniga as they finished strongly, leaving Spurs with some serious questions to answer.Tags: Brighton & Hove Albionlast_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 The Latest: British jockeys need masks when racing returns

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Jockeys and stalls handlers in Britain will be required to wear masks when horse racing hopes to resume next month during the coronavirus pandemic. The British Horseracing Authority is hoping to get government approval to return on June 1 for the first time since March.Completion of an online education module and screening of all participants before they can attend an event are among the initial protocols. They will include health-related questions and temperature checks before people are allowed to enter racecourses.Social distancing restrictions will be employed, along with face coverings for those likely to get closer than two meters, including jockeys, trainers, stalls handlers, stable staff and valets.The BHA is also planning an ongoing surveillance program to monitor the coronavirus, including some testing.___ There has been no play in the top tier due to the coronavirus crisis since March 12. Teams have recently returned to training at club facilities, but with players practicing individually. Barcelona is top of the league with a two-point lead over Real Madrid after 27 of 38 rounds.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Czech league restarted under strict conditions on Saturday.Teplice beat visiting Liberec 2-0 without spectators as the First League resumed after a 73-day stoppage. The teams entered the stadium separately and players were not allowed to shake hands or celebrate goals together.The restart was made possible after the government eased restrictions that contained the coronavirus outbreak. The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as the likes of Italy, Spain, France and Britain.One player from league leader Slavia Prague and another one from Mlada Bolestav tested positive for the coronavirus in a mandatory initial round of testing and were quarantined. All the tests in the second round of testing were negative. The government allowed a maximum of 150 people at Teplice’s stadium on Saturday even though current restrictions limit gatherings to 100 people. That number will increase to 300 next week.Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the league, which is scheduled to be completed by July 15.___The soccer league in Spain will be allowed to resume from June 8, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Saturday. While the top tier, La Liga, can play from this date, it has already said it wants to resume play on June 12. It is unclear when the first games will be held.center_img The Latest: British jockeys need masks when racing returns May 23, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 ON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgDIGICEL SPORTSMAX2SATURDAY, DECEMBER 267:45 A.M: STOKE VS MAN UNITED10 A.M: MAN CITY VS SUNDERLAND12:00 P.M: NEWCASTLE VS EVERTON2:45 P.M: SOUTHAMPTON VS ARSENALSUNDAY, DECEMBER 276:30 A.M: ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAM8:30 A.M: BOURNEMOUTH VS CRYSTAL10:30 A.M: SWANSEA VS WEST BROM1:30 P.M: CHELSEA VS WATFORDlast_img

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 Former Chelsea boss ‘makes move to sign Ashley Cole’

first_imgFormer Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Ashley Cole for Paris St-Germain, the Daily Mirror say.There has been speculation about the England left-back’s future because he is now in the final year of his Chelsea contract.And it is claimed that Ancelotti is looking to capture him on a three-year deal.The Mirror also suggest Fulham are leading the chase to sign Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from Spanish club Levante.The 28-year-old is reported to have snubbed moves to Russia and Qatar because he is keen to play in the Premier League.Tottenham have also monitored him, with Sunderland and Wigan said to be interested as well.Meanwhile, The Sun say Fulham have had a £4.5m bid for winger Matt Jarvis rejected by Wolves.The Daily Mail report that Blackburn are close to signing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the Whites in the race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.Raheem Sterling is again linked with a move from Liverpool to Tottenham – this time by The Sun.It is suggested that Spurs will offer £7m for the 17-year-old from Harlesden and that he would welcome a return to the capital.Sterling was recently linked with a loan move back to QPR, who lost him when he left Loftus Road to join Liverpool in 2010.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 Big Science Wobbles on Trust

first_imgFixing the gap between the ideal and the real will require factors outside of science, like honesty.“Physician, heal thyself.” We know the proverb from Jesus’ quotation of it in Luke 4:23. Science has a similar challenge: ‘Science, heal your trust issues by the scientific method.’ A simplistic view of science, called scientism, asserts that the only reliable knowledge comes through the scientific method. If that were true, a scientist could go into the lab, work a method, and find a solution to fix scientific reliability. A little reflection, though, shows that this could only be trusted if the scientist were reliable already. Scientism suffers from self-refutation. It cannot be verified by the scientific method; therefore, it is not reliable.The Big Science journals sometimes admit their failings, as in these recent examples:Progress on reproducibility (Jeremy Berg in Science Magazine). The “reproducibility crisis” has been bemoaned for years now (e.g., 6/03/17 and back to 9/05/15). In this article, we see the venerable American journal admitting it has egg on its face, and has had to take steps to shore up its reputation.Ideas supported by well-defined and clearly described methods and evidence are one of the cornerstones of science. After several publications indicated that a substantial number of scientific reports may not be readily reproducible, the scientific community and public began engaging in discussions about mechanisms to measure and enhance the reproducibility of scientific projects. In this context, several innovative steps have been taken in recent years. The results of these efforts confirm that improving reproducibility will require persistent and adaptive responses, and as we gain experience, implementation of the best possible practices.Are “adaptive responses” evolutionary? If so (as today’s scientific materialists insist), there is no hope for change unless a mutation for integrity gets naturally selected and sweeps through the population of researchers. And how do materialists measure “best possible practices”? The statement presupposes morality. Evolution provides no “mechanism” to ensure scientific integrity, if a majority of researchers gain a reproductive advantage by cheating.Berg’s list of initiatives that Science and other institutions are undertaking has all the marks of a solution wrought by a committee. It looks good on paper, but will it change human habits subject to various forces, like ‘publish or perish,’ rivalry, and lobbying efforts for funding that contribute to sloppy work? Berg’s ending sounds like a committee report:As this new year moves forward, the editors of Science hope for continued progress toward strong policies and cultural adjustments across research ecosystems that will facilitate greater transparency, research reproducibility, and trust in the robustness and self-correcting nature of scientific results.This admits that science has not been self-correcting up till now. Berg is asking the public to trust what has not been trustworthy.The science that’s never been cited (Richard Van Noorden in Nature). This interesting article demythologizes an intuition about science: i.e., that the best work rises to the top. Not always, shows Van Nooden. He recounts important papers that never got cited, and junk papers that received many citations. This comes from an institution valuing citations as a measure of importance. Nature investigated how many papers remain uncited up to ten years after publication. They arrived at a figure of 10%, but admitted later that it’s impossible to know, because citation databases are incomplete. Moreover, record-keeping differs in Russia, China and other countries. The article mentions a paper that was never ‘cited’ but was read 1,500 times and downloaded 500 times. These findings call into question the merit of citation counts as a measure of scientific quality or value, and yet citation counts have long been used to procure funding, award research, and send Big Science down avenues of research pioneered by highly-cited papers. The possibility remains that some important research could be virtually ignored.Gregor Mendel, 1822 – 1884One clear example of important work that passed under the radar for years is Mendel’s 1865 paper on inheritance. In a 3-part series of podcasts on ID the Future, Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig discusses the Mendel case with Casey Luskin, explaining how it could ever happen that one of the most important papers in all of biology remained virtually ‘undiscovered’ for up to 70 years. Lönnig’s own study of this case shows that it was not unknown, but ignored— and why? Because it flew in the face of Darwinism. Only when the neo-Darwinists were able to incorporate Mendelism into Darwin’s theory did Mendel become famous. (Whether the neo-Darwinists succeeded in merging Mendel with Darwin, though, is another issue.)Dodgy citations, fusion milestone and a skeleton called Little Foot (Nature). Within its ‘Week in Science’ featurette for December 8-12, 2017, Nature mentions two items about trust in Big Science. The first concerns a Swedish researcher who violated ethical standards on animal experimentation, and who admitted to fabricating data. He got caught; what others have found that crime pays?The second concerns “citation pressure” in journal articles. A long list of references at the end of the paper creates an aura of reliability, but should it?Surveys of more than 12,000 scholars in 18 disciplines reveal how often they manipulate authors and citations in papers and grants. Respondents were asked if they had ever added authors whose scientific contribution was minimal, or padded reference lists with superfluous citations — either voluntarily to boost publication chances, or because an editor had asked them to do so (known as coercive citations). The researchers say the results reveal “widespread misattribution”.A graph shows this to be a widespread problem. Anywhere from 20% to 50% of respondents said they have engaged in (1) adding authors to manuscripts, (2) adding authors to grants, (3) bowing to ‘coercive citations’, (4) padding citations in manuscripts, or (5) padding citations in grants. Not stated is how many engaged in “all of the above.”A manifesto for slow science… Books in brief (Nature). Among five books reviewed on Nature‘s 13 December ‘Books in Brief’ page, one deserves note even from its title. That book is Another Science Is Possible: A Manifesto for Slow Science, by Isabelle Stengers. Here’s what the reviewer says:Sloppy, conformist, opportunistic and in thrall to a boom-and-bust economy: a worrying proportion of research, argues philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers, is little better than a rush job. Stengers calls for scientists to remember that science is tightly twined with social concerns, and cannot vanquish global issues at speed, or alone. Further, she argues that researchers need to participate in “public intelligence”: honest, coherent communication with a scientifically clued-up populace. Although convoluted at times, Stengers’s slow‑science manifesto is timely, trenchant and thoughtful.James Joule, 1818-1889In an ideal world, science should be pursued at a researcher’s own pace, driven by his or her commitment to find answers. Picture James Joule working in his father’s brewery on thermodynamics as a hobby. Independently wealthy and curious, he came up with principles of fundamental physics that have stood the test of time. Joule said, “The study of nature and her laws“ [is] “essentially a holy undertaking” [and is of] “great importance and absolute necessity in the education of youth.”Welcome to 2018, where research relies on government funding to large institutions with large teams using expensive government-funded equipment, and where hierarchies of administrators pressure their researchers to publish results quickly. It’s doubtful that Stengers’ manifesto, though “timely, trenchant and thoughtful,” will turn this big ship around any time soon. Suffice it to say that the reality of science is often less than the reputation.Take heed, those of you who think science sausage is healthy. Sausage is no cleaner than the sausage-maker, and is often less clean. Science is no more trustworthy than the individual scientists who engage in it, and often less so. Science is always mediated by fallible human beings. Even when they are honest, they don’t know everything.Trustworthy science cannot succeed on a foundation that is untrustworthy, like Darwinism, which rewards fertility, not honesty. Solomon said, “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). James Joule showed the proper orientation for scientific work, saying, “After the knowledge of, and obedience to, the will of God, the next aim must be to know something of His attributes of wisdom, power and goodness as evidenced by His handiwork.” See more of this great scientist’s views on scientific integrity in our biography.(Visited 393 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 South Africa: art and culture versus growth and jobs

first_img25 January 2016This opinion piece by Jen Snowball, Professor of Economics at Rhodes University was first published on The Conversation website on 20 January 2016. An indication of growing international interest in the potential of cultural and creative industries can be seen in a recent set of Unesco guidelines on how to measure and compile statistics about the economic contribution of the cultural industries.But should this be the only reason for funding arts and culture?Cultural industries can be defined as those whose major outputs have some symbolic value – such as fine arts, film and craft – but also possibly including jewellery design, publishing and fashion.Creative industries are defined more broadly. These have knowledge as their major input, and in addition to cultural goods and services could include things such as software design and internet services.Unesco has provided guidelines on ways in which these industries can be classified. But there is still no international consensus. Nor is there likely to be, since different countries will have very different levels of involvement and focus that may shape what information is useful for them.Cultural Times, the first global map of the cultural and creative industries, which was recently released, acknowledges the societal value of arts and culture.Undeniably, culture and creativity have been the cement that binds together not only hearts and souls, but entire societies and nations.This survey quantifies the global economic and social contribution of the sector. The study analyses 11 cultural and creative industry sectors. They are: advertising, architecture, books and newspapers and magazines, gaming and movies, and music, performing arts, radio, television and visual arts.Cultural Times assesses the contribution of cultural and creative industries to economic growth. It estimates that they generate US$250 billion in revenue a year, creating 29.5 million jobs worldwide.The report helps to demonstrate the value of arts and culture. It provides a good rationale for government support of arts and culture, especially in developing countries where there are so many other demands on the public purse.Contribution to jobs and growth in South AfricaSouth Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on its cultural and creative industries as potential contributors to economic growth and job creation. This is reflected in the report, Mzansi’s Golden Economy, which sets out ways in which the arts, culture and heritage sectors can contribute to the growth and development of the country’s economy.In addition, the government recently established the National Cultural Observatory. It will act as a hub for information and research about the economic and social impact of the creative and cultural industries.South Africa did its first cultural and creative industries mapping study in 2014. Though not yet publicly available, it showed that the industries had created between 162 809 and 192 410 jobs, about 1.08% to 1.28% of employment in the country, and that they contribute 2.9% to gross domestic product.Based on interviews with a wide variety of more than 2 000 people involved in the cultural and creative sector, the study also found that firms tended to be small, with more than a quarter (27%) having only one employee, and a further third (34%) employing between two and five people.Women and men were about equal in proportion. More than three-quarters (77%) were from black, coloured or Indian race groups.Given the very severe youth unemployment in South Africa, the industries may be particularly important for job creation: 22% of employees are younger than 18, 18% between 19 and 24, and 19% between 25 and 30. This means that 60% of the workforce in the industries is younger than 34.These findings echo worldwide trends. The global mapping study found that employment in the industries was relatively open to people from all ages and backgrounds (but especially the young), and dominated by small firms. In developing countries, production is dominated by the informal economy.Other spin-offsThe industries are also a potentially important contributor to social cohesion and nation-building through the promotion of intercultural dialogue, understanding and collaboration. This is strongly emphasised in the Department of Arts and Culture’s most recent strategic plan, which was not available online at the time of publication.These are part of a range of spin-offs that artistic production can offer, beyond the straight “instrumental value” – those values that, while undeniably important, are essentially spin-offs of the main point of artistic production.The “intrinsic” values and aims of culture, “art for art’s sake”, are things such as: to entertain, to delight, to challenge, to give meaning, to interpret, to raise awareness, and to stimulate.These non-market values are difficult to measure in monetary terms, but are just as important as the instrumental values.While jobs can be created by many economic activities, what other kinds of production can generate these same intrinsic values?Cultural capital is one. This is defined as the sum total of a country’s wealth or stock of art, heritage and other kind of cultural expression. Like other kinds of capital it needs to be invested in – otherwise it will depreciate and be devalued over time.Public and private sponsorship and support of the arts is particularly important for those producers whose main focus is intrinsic value. Such cultural production is often challenging or disturbing and, while it has a big impact on collective thinking, may not be a financial or market success or may be distributed for free. Think, for example, of the role played by music in the fight against apartheid.While recognising and supporting the very important role that the cultural and creative industries play in the economy, I would argue that we shouldn’t lose sight of the unique intrinsic values that they generate. This includes the reflection and shaping of national and individual identities.Source: The Conversationlast_img read more

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Tag: 上海会所不准不开心论坛 RCL Unveils Financial Impact from Oasis of the Seas Incident

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean A crane incident involving the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas in the Grand Bahama Shipyard would impact Royal Caribbean Cruises’ 2019 earnings.The Miami-based cruise major has updated its full year adjusted EPS guidance to a range of USD 9.65 to USD 9.85 per share, which includes negative impacts of USD 0.25 related to the incident and around USD 0.25 as a result of a stronger dollar and higher fuel prices versus the January guidance.The company unveiled the expected impact as part of its first quarter of 2019 financial report, adding that its net income for the quarter increased to USD 249.7 million from a net income of USD 218.7 million reported a year earlier. The improvement was mainly driven by increased revenue from the company’s global brands.“We are very pleased to report another record-breaking quarter and to be driving towards record earnings for the year,” Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, said.Gross yields were up 10.8% and net yields increased by 9.3% in constant-currency, higher than the January guidance due to better than anticipated demand for onboard experiential products and activities as well as strong close in demand.“Net revenue yields in the first quarter beat our previous guidance and are expected to do so for the rest of the year as well. Overall, the company’s booked position remains at a record level in both rate and volume,” the company said.Additionally, better than expected performance below the line, mainly due to better than expected performance from the company’s joint ventures, contributed to the first quarter’s positive performance.To remind, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas was undergoing maintenance at the Grand Bahama Shipyard when the accident involving the drydock caused two construction cranes to collapse on the stern of the ship on April 1, 2019.“The damage to the ship was extensive and the ship had to go to a dock in Europe for repairs. As a result, the ship was taken out of service for almost a month and is expected to return back to service for its normally scheduled May 5, 2019 sailing,” Royal Caribbean said.last_img read more

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