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Theresa May vows to turn Britain into “a great global trading nation”

Prime Minister Theresa May will today vow to make Britain “a great global trading nation” in an eagerly-awaited landmark speech on Brexit.Speaking at Lancaster House later today, May will set out 12 key negotiating objectives for the UK, underpinned by promises to provide certainty and clarity, and to create a stronger, fairer and more global Britain. whatsapp In what will be seen as the Prime Minister advocating a “clean” or so-called hard Brexit, she will seemingly rule out membership of either the Single Market or the Customs Union by signalling her intention to secure a relationship with the EU “unlike that enjoyed by any other nation”.“We seek a new and equal partnership – between an independent, self-governing, global Britain and our friends and allies in the EU,” she will say.“Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave.”Read More: Hammond hints Britain could lower corporate tax rateDespite repeated pledges to clamp down on migration since last summer’s referendum, May will also insist the UK will remain “outward looking” and will continue to welcome talented workers who contribute to the economy. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com May will promise to make the UK “a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead”. This allies with chancellor Philip Hammond’s October statement to parliament’s Treasury select committee, in which he stated that “computer programmers, brain surgeons, bankers, senior managers” would be unlikely to face blocks on migration.May will set out her vision for “a country that gets out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike,” stressing that it remains in Britain’s national interests for the EU to prosper, and that while the UK is leaving the EU, it is not leaving Europe.Read More: Trump wants to seal a new trade deal with the UK “very quickly”“We will continue to be reliable partners, willing allies and close friends,” she will say.“We want to buy your goods, sell you ours, trade with you as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship.”The details of the speech will be watched closely in the City with the Treasury expected to reach out to the Square Mile’s top bankers in the immediate aftermath of May’s comments, while the Prime Minister will also offer to provide “as much certainty and clarity as we can at every stage”. Theresa May vows to turn Britain into “a great global trading nation” Mark Sands Share whatsapp Tuesday 17 January 2017 12:11 am read more


5 things I learned spending 10 days as a scientist

first_img By Leah Samuel June 15, 2017 Reprints In the Lab5 things I learned spending 10 days as a scientist At STAT, I often write about the work of biomedical researchers. So, in the interests of better understanding what I write about, I thought it would be a great idea to live and work like one.At the end of May, I was among a dozen science journalists who went to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., for a 10-day, hands-on immersion into scientific research. I was on the biomedical track, along with five other people. We were split into teams of three, looking at the effect of different drugs on the development of sea urchin embryos and looking at the effect of gene mutations on the development of yeast mitochondria. Understanding basic embryo development and cell biology is essential to understanding how diseases like cancer present themselves and even how drugs work.Here are a few lessons I learned in my stint as laboratory scientist.advertisement Here I am, playing scientist with other journalists at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Jamie DePolo Scientists kill thingsTo do our research, that meant getting sea urchins to hand over their sperm and eggs for our use. It wasn’t something we could talk them into, so, instead, we had to inject them with a shot of potassium chloride to get them to spontaneously release their white sperm or orange eggs as they died, slowly, in our hands.A few of us hesitated with our syringes of poison before tentatively pushing the thin needles into the sea urchins’ fleshy underbellies. Then we watched their wiggly spikes slow their movement, eventually becoming still as we held the creatures over tubes and seawater-filled jars to collect their gametes.Things kill scientists“Don’t accidentally stab yourself with that syringe; it will stop your heart,” one of the biologists warned us.We had to wear gloves to handle chemicals that could burn skin. Giant, brightly colored shower heads stuck out from walls or ceilings, ready to douse flames or rinse away contaminants. It turns out that lab accidents are not just supervillain back stories.For example, one MBL biologist told us about deadly centrifuges. Normally, these machines separate liquid from solid — blood cells from plasma, for example — by spinning at a high rate of speed on a rotor. But the old ones had a habit of detaching from their bases and flying about the lab, hitting bystanders. Even newer models can explode, or hit lab workers with flying metal and glass, or aerosolize deadly bacteria, viruses, or other nastiness.Findings don’t always mean answersIn one experiment, the teams had to look at samples of yeast cells with different mutations. We had to note what the cells looked like, and we had to count the dead or dying cells. Then, we had to pick different mutants to study further, based on which was the most dead or most damaged. Even though both teams were looking at the same mutations, we each picked different ones to study further.This was a surprise because we had assumed that we would have the same findings, that the mutations would affect the cells the same way and we would see those effects in the same way. That inconsistency gave us pause. But, our instructors assured us that this happens every day in scientific research. Biology is not concrete — scientists do experiments over and over again to test the same ideas. You tweak your protocol, adjust your hypothesis, get another cup of coffee, and try, try again.Fashion is an afterthoughtAfter breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we were in the lab. Workdays ran from roughly 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. But as the time wore on, makeup and coordinated clothing fell by the wayside.Those who had been wearing contact lenses were bespectacled after the second day. Sneakers were the easiest way to obey that “feet must be fully covered in the lab” rule. And hair? My longer-tressed colleagues sported hasty buns, ponytails, or stringy, post-shower clumps, while I corralled my afro into whatever scarf or headband I could find. Shadows grew on the guys’ faces while their heads got shaggier by the day.The sea urchins and yeast cells we were studying didn’t care what we looked like, so we didn’t either. Lots of stuff gets used only onceScientists can look sloppy (more on that later), but keeping an experiment from getting contaminated means that not much gets reused. The thin, rectangular glass slides upon which we had carefully set our samples for analysis came from under the microscope and went straight into the trash, along with the slides and samples that hadn’t been so carefully set.The pipettes we used to suction water and cells from one container to another required the use of disposable, plastic tips, which we tossed out even if they had only been used for water. Contamination can occur in a surprising number of ways. Scientists know how to avoid most of them. Journalists, um … don’t.advertisement Tags geneticsresearchlast_img read more


The new Speedtail is the fastest, most powerful McLaren ever

first_imgTrending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever First Drive: 2019 McLaren Senna Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The first-ever McLaren Senna repair bill is staggeringMcLaren hasn’t actually specified what sort of engine it’s using to get these numbers, but we can guess it’s a variation of the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 found in the P1. Pirelli’s developed custom P-Zero tires for the Speedtail, as well.McLaren is only building 106 of these wild machines, the same number as it did McLaren F1s in the ’90s. One-third of those cars are going to the U.S. market where, thanks to the camera-mirrors and the lack of the correct airbags for the three seats, it won’t be street-legal.Speedtails that do make it over to North America will have to be imported under the “Show and Display” rule, and McLaren is leaving owners to figure out how or if they want to ferry them across the Atlantic. On the outside, an absence of spoilers and wing pieces means the aerodynamics don’t seem too spectacular. Of course, that’s actually what makes them spectacular. The tech is well-integrated into the overall design, making it all largely hidden. The front wheel covers, for example, are static, and channel air around the wheel arches to reduce turbulence.McLaren has reduced the number of shut lines by making the entire rear end a one-piece clam-shell. From above the Speedtail is teardrop-shaped – the fastest shape in nature – with the front splitter making the first contact with air and the elongated tail the last. The splitter, too, has been shaped to bleed off air flow to reduce turbulence. Almost-invisible ducts underneath the headlights channel air into low-temperature radiators on their way through the body and exiting through the side vents.The Speedtail also has no door mirrors, but instead features retractable cameras that feed a signal to two screens on either side of the driver; engage a special “Velocity” mode and they’ll remain inside the doors to improve aero even more. The rear hydraulic wings are invisible until they start working, because they’re actually built into the rear clamshell using flexible carbon-fibre.McLaren quotes the dry mass of the Speedtail at 1,430 kg; with some 1,035 horsepower from the hybrid-electric powertrain on tap, you’re on your way to 299 km/h in just 12.8 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 403 km/h. Almost 10 seconds have dropped off the McLaren F1’s zero-to-300 km/h time, and of course the top speed is now 12 km/h higher.RELATED A staggering £1.75 million (or about $2.9 million, here) would have gotten you a centre-seat in one, if they weren’t already all sold out. Deliveries will begin early 2020. See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”center_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Speedtail is the fastest McLaren ever with a 1035 horsepower hybrid drivetrain advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSMcLarenLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Starting on the inside, the interior is properly beautiful: the flat-bottomed steering wheel is flanked by three large touchscreens; overhead buttons control the windows and active aerodynamics.Looking out the front window you notice the Speedtail doesn’t have any sun visors but instead has electrochromic glass at the top of the windshield that can be adjusted for light intake, eliminating the need. 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The hyper-GT features a central seating position as a throwback to the world-beating McLaren F1 of the 1990s, and the parallels don’t stop there.McLaren hopes to once again push the envelope for speed thanks to off-the-planet engineering. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Can humor connect people to the sobering topic of climate change?

first_imgCitizen ‘sparkplugs’ can reduce red-zone fire danger Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder recently examined the aftermath of two catastrophic conflagrations and found an unexpected ally in wildfire-education efforts, the “citizen entrepreneur.” Read more Clarissa CoburnClarissa Coburn, an English major who took the Creative Climate Communications course last spring, said the comedy and climate assignment was the one she feared the most. But she said this assignment yielded some of the class’s most “most innovative” work.“Constructing comedy is always an interesting challenge, and to have this complicated by the serious subject matter of climate change made for a difficult assignment,” Coburn said.“But we did it. We put on a comedy show. People came, and they laughed.”In comedy, there’s no higher praise. Furthermore, Coburn noted, doing the project “brought a lot of hope and excitement to our class.” Coburn added: “Truthfully, I took this class as it fulfilled a requirement for (environmental studies) and because it fit into my schedule. If I had known what I would get out of the class, I would have signed up regardless of requirement.” Curtis Beutler, a senior majoring in environmental studies, took the course last year and also said the comedy assignment was daunting, particularly the idea of “making strangers laugh about an inherently sober topic, while trying to educate the audience.”But on performance night, Beutler said, “I think we were all surprised by the energy we brought as performers and the remarkably receptive audience.” Sean McManusSean McManus, who earned his bachelor’s in environmental studies in 2016, also took the class and said the comedy assignment was “honestly one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever had to do.”That was partly because McManus’ team chose to do stand-up comedy.“Our group met multiple times off campus just trying to brainstorm some funny jokes and translate them into a two-man standup routine,” McManus said. Boykoff chipped in with a system of fine-tuning and rehearsing groups’ routines.“After weeks of practicing my lines to myself, it started to come naturally, and the whole show was a big hit,” McManus said, adding: “Well, I didn’t choke and was really proud of myself.”For good measure, McManus shared some of his material:“In 30 years from now, Indonesia will be underwater, and nobody really cares. But the second T-shirt prices start going up, that’s when everyone will start caring.”For more information on Stand Up for Climate Change, click here. For more information on Inside the Greenhouse, click here. “Weathergirl Goes Rogue” is last year’s winning video. From left to right, Beth Osnes, Max Boykoff and Rebecca Safran founded the Inside the Greenhouse Project at CU Boulder. CU Boulder photo by Casey Cass.“Yesterday, a group of scientists warned that because of global warming, sea levels will rise so much that parts of New Jersey will be under water. The bad news? Parts of New Jersey won’t be under water.”Rising sea level is no laughing matter. Teasing New Jersey, however, is. Such humor can help those with different perspectives find common ground, at least to the extent that they laugh together.That’s a rationale for “Stand Up for Climate Change: An Experiment With Creative Climate Comedy,” a comedy showcase scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, March 17, in the Old Main Chapel at the University of Colorado Boulder. The event is free and open to the public.The event’s organizers contend that humor is underutilized in climate-change discourse and that comedy has the “power to connect people” on this topic.Friday’s event will include stand-up comedy, sketch and situational comedy. Also, there’s a video competition featuring videos from students in this semester’s “Creative Climate Communications” course and from contenders elsewhere.The course, taught by Associate Professors Max Boykoff of environmental studies and Beth Osnes of theatre and dance, is part of CU Boulder’s Inside the Greenhouse project. Inside the Greenhouse describes itself as a “collective of professors, students, scholars, practitioners” who creatively frame climate-change issues via video, theatre, dance and writing.Inside the Greenhouse, founded by Osnes, Boykoff and Rebecca Safran, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is an interdisciplinary project. It reflects the fact that climate-change discourse can amount to little more than a dueling fusillade of talking points.“People keep throwing scientific information at people, thinking that’s going to change their behavior, and we see time and time again that it doesn’t,” Osnes recently told Colorado Public Radio. People keep throwing scientific information at people, thinking that’s going to change their behavior, and we see time and time again that it doesn’t.” Related Articles Drawdown, Act Up! To Bring Environmental Fun to the Masses How to deal with environmental issues is a difficult discussion, but one group at the University of Colorado Boulder is hoping to bring it to the general public this week through skits and interactive games. Read more BFA dance concert explores emotions that unite us The CU Boulder dance division kicks off 2018 with “Catapult,” a dance concert of original pieces by four BFA candidates. Read more Comedy is another way to communicate, Osnes added. “Comedy has been taking on serious issues for a long time,” Osnes said. Bringing her background in the stage to bear, she cited “Lysistrata,” the comedy by the Greek playwright Aristophanes, who wryly advanced a “preposterous idea” for the Greeks to solve a big problem, the Peloponnesian War:Lysistrata, a strong woman, convinces the women of Greece to stop having sex with their husbands until the men forge peace with Sparta.“Through comedy, we can introduce preposterous ideas that then can become reality and can become a better version of our shared humanity,” Osnes said, adding that Lysistrata’s idea was adopted by war-weary Liberian women in 2003, and that this apparently preposterous idea helped end a war.In the CU Boulder Creative Climate Communications class, the goal is for students to identify and expose incongruities in climate discourse, “not in a way that seeks to humiliate, but in a way that seeks to share our common challenges and our foibles.”“We’re seeking to make these issues more relevant, more meaningful, more accessible for more audiences through humor,” Boykoff told CPR.Students themselves say the assignment is rewarding and also fun. The winning entry in last year’s video competition was a skit called “Weathergirl Goes Rogue.” It began with a routine weather report and escalated as the TV meteorologist’s recapitulation of key climate trends was met with the anchor’s inane banter. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Clint Talbott • Published: March 14, 2017 ‘Stand Up for Climate Change’ event to fuse the sober topic of climate change with the unifying power of humorClimate change is about as amusing as death, but the gallows can inspire a kind of humor. Consider this, from late-night jokester Conan O’Brien: Tags:Environmental StudiesInside the GreenhouseTheatre and Dancelast_img read more


US$1.967 Billion in Net International Reserves

first_imgRelatedUS$1.967 Billion in Net International Reserves US$1.967 Billion in Net International Reserves Finance & Public ServiceJanuary 10, 2012 RelatedUS$1.967 Billion in Net International Reserves FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Net International Reserves (NIR) as at the end December 2011 stood at US$1.967 billion, an increase of some US$5 million over the November 2011 figure of US$1.961 billion. According to the latest NIR update from the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), the reserves as at December 31 represented over 19 weeks of goods and services imports, based on the estimated value of imports for the 2011/12 financial year. The country’s reserves remain comfortably above the international benchmark of 12 weeks coverage of projected imports of goods and services. During his recent presentation at the quarterly monetary policy report, Governor of the BoJ, Brian Wynter, explained the issues which determine what level of reserves could be considered adequate. “A central bank’s international reserve is considered to be adequate when it satisfies a minimum desired precautionary balance and the central bank, as in Jamaica’s case, is able to intervene in the foreign exchange market as the need arises,” he said. The literature on NIR adequacy has identified three common indicators of reserves adequacy, and according to the Central Bank Governor, these indicators compare the level of gross international reserves to imports, short-term external debt or a broad measure of money supply. However, he observed that more recent thinking suggests that the reserves should be adequate to cover potential outflows in times of stress from all three sources combined. “An assessment of the trajectory of the Bank’s reserves against all of these indicators suggests that the Bank’s reserves will be adequate into the medium term,” he asserted. The NIR is widely regarded as the “force that underwrites stability in the financial markets.” The reserves also serve to assure the convertibility of investments and the stock of blue chip assets that raises the international credit worthiness of residents, both corporate and private. The NIR is therefore seen as the “ultimate form of a contingency” arrangement for the country.center_img RelatedUS$1.967 Billion in Net International Reserves Advertisementslast_img read more


Renewed Focus on Mental Health

first_imgRenewed Focus on Mental HealthJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson. (FILE) RelatedHagley Park Health Centre to be Renovated Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says during the next fiscal year, renewed focus and emphasis will be placed on addressing areas within the health sector, particularly mental health.“I expect that this year’s budget will be considerably more favourable than past years and the health sector in general will be better represented, so we can address some of the gaps that exist in every area, including mental health,” he said.The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony for a scientific conference at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in Kingston, today (February 6).Mental health, as defined by the World Health Organization is a ‘state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’.The Minister said the issue of mental health requires a comprehensive and united approach, pointing out that involvement from every segment of society is essential for interventions to work.He informed that in October last year the World Health Assembly approved the comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan at the Directing Council, held in September 2014. The plan takes a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach, through coordinated services from the health and social sectors, with an emphasis on promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, care and recovery.Dr. Ferguson said that Jamaica’s approach to mental health is in line with this, and as such, the Government will continue to ensure, through the Bellevue Hospital, that opportunities are provided for patients and former patients to be economically and socially productive.“In addition, our overall approach combines institutionalization with efforts to re-integrate persons into their communities and place them back with family,” he noted.As it relates to stigma and discrimination, the Minister said these need to be addressed if the issue of mental health is to be properly addressed.“We have to work very hard to chip away at the stigma attached to mental illness as this is a considerable barrier to any intervention that we seek to put in place to provide services for mentally ill patients and ensure that they are able to be reintegrated into society,” he said.In the meantime, the Minister said family physicians represent one of the most important stakeholders in the thrust to re-integrate mentally ill persons in their communities, and dealing with the stigma and discrimination associated with this condition.The World Health Organization estimates that 14 per cent of the global burden of disease is attributed to mental health conditions.Dr. Ferguson said figures show that one in five or 20 per cent of Jamaicans is affected by mental illness.The three-day conference is hosted by the Caribbean College of Family Physicians under the theme: ‘Family Physicians: Integrating Mental Health Care into Family Practice’. The conference is scheduled to end on February 8. RelatedHeart Foundation Lauds NHF for Subsidies on Medications RelatedSee Food as Medicine – Nutritionistcenter_img Renewed Focus on Mental Health Health & WellnessFebruary 7, 2015Written by: Chris Patterson Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says during the next fiscal year, renewed focus and emphasis will be placed on addressing areas within the health sector, particularly mental health.Mental health, as defined by the World Health Organization is a ‘state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’.The Minister said the issue of mental health requires a comprehensive and united approach, pointing out that involvement from every segment of society is essential for interventions to work.last_img read more


India’s RCom looks to sell off tower unit

first_img Asia Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 MAY 2015 India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Author India’s fourth-largest operator Reliance Communications (RCom) is looking to sell off at least a majority stake in its tower unit for an estimated INR200 billion to INR250 billion ($3.13 billion to $3.9 billion).Reliance Infratel is the country’s third-largest tower company with about 45,000 towers and also has the largest fibre network.The Economic Times reported the company, which aims to sell its entire stake in Reliance Infratel but would settle for a 51 per cent sale, has reached out to Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JM Financial to look for a buyer.Indus Towers – a joint venture of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – is the country’s largest, followed by Bharti Infratel, with about 86,000 towers.RCom will name a banker in the next two weeks and plans to complete the sale process this year, the Times said.RCom reportedly wants to focus on its core wireless business, roll out 4G services and reduce its debt. Reliance Infratel has a debt of INR80-100 billion, which is on RCom’s books.If it’s able to sell the entire unit, a person familiar with the talks said RCom will continue to rent space from the new owners, the Times reported. India adds detail on network equipment restrictions WhatsApp takes more heat in Indiacenter_img Related Previous ArticleAlibaba in talks to take $1.2B stake in India’s MicromaxNext ArticleWe want to be a European company, says Huawei chief HomeAsiaNews India’s RCom looks to sell off tower unit Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Tags IndiaReliance CommunicationsReliance Infratellast_img read more


The Reformation and Science: No Simple Answers, but Some Clear Foundations

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis October 31 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, marked by Martin Luther’s nailing his Ninety-five Theses to the church door at Wittenberg. The effects of that act have been monumental, not just for religious reasons. It released pent-up frustrations about corruption in the established church, true, but it also flung open doors to fresh air in the world of ideas, arousing new conceptions of man’s place in the universe and our duties to one another. The grounds of individual freedom and responsibility would sprout fruitful fields (along with weeds) in the areas of government, the arts, and natural science. A century after that October day in 1517, the scientific revolution really took off with the work of Galileo, Kepler, Boyle and Newton.Drawing connections in history is as difficult as taxonomy is to biology. You find lumpers and splitters among historians: those who want to connect everything and those who want to divide everything. An example of the latter is David Wootton, who argues in Nature that seeds of the scientific revolution were already sprouting before Luther, and would have flowered without the Reformation.Scientists, as scientists, are under no particular obligation to either celebrate or bemoan the publication of Luther’s theses 500 years ago. There have been great Protestant and Catholic scientists, and others who had different faiths or (perhaps including Galileo) no religious belief at all. What happened in the scientific revolution was that science developed its own procedures and modes of enquiry and thus established its independence from both philosophers and theologians.…The link between the Reformation and the scientific revolution is not one of causation. But it is more than a coincidence, because both were made possible by the rapid growth of printing in the years after 1439, when Johannes Gutenberg developed his press. Where previous reform movements, in both science and religion, had failed dismally, the press made it possible for these two to succeed. If we are looking for the preconditions of modern science, it’s to Gutenberg, not Luther, that we should turn.Wootton’s opinion runs counter to that of other historians and scholars, including Stanley Jaki, Alfred North Whitehead, Vishal Mangalwadi, and Rodney Stark. Mangalwadi in particular, having grown up in eastern tradition, was struck by the difference in worldview of the West compared to his native India. And if printing led to the scientific revolution, why didn’t China and Korea bring it on, since they had invented movable type centuries before Gutenberg? Terry Scambray writes in New Oxford Book Reviews about Mangalwadi’s book, The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, that worldview differences have more to do with why science arose in the West.Why, then, didn’t printing have the momentous effect in China or Korea that it had in the West? Mangalwadi writes, “Printing and books did not reform my continent because our religious philosophies undermined reason.” As other historians, philosophers, and anthropologists have noted, none of these cultures had a god like the God of the Bible, who is interested in human destiny. By contrast, the Greek and Roman gods were frivolous and capricious, and Buddhism offers awe and silence in the face of the unknowable. Neither picture of the cosmos affirms that men have inherent value.The Reformers’ writings on the “Protestant work ethic” and the priesthood of all believers did not emerge out of nothing. They were grounded in a theistic worldview that took personal responsibility seriously. To Luther and the other reformers who followed, the “inherent value” of the individual under a caring God had been clouded by years of tradition and corrupt leadership, robbing the populace of both knowledge and inquiry. But those pillars of the Reformation were active among medieval scholars before Luther, who exalted logic in their disputations about Aristotle and the Bible. Their reliance on propositional arguments can be traced further back through the Church Fathers’ disputations about the nature of God and Christ, back through the New Testament reasoning by the apostles — indeed, all the way back to the Pentateuch. Consider that the Ten Commandments were given to individuals as if they were capable of thinking and choosing individually. Even more basic is the Judeo-Christian concept of a Creator who is unchanging in truth and morals, a non-capricious Designer operating the universe in a non-capricious way. Try to imagine these ideas emerging from Darwinism! Yet science cannot exist without these fundamental ideas about the reliability of nature, reason, human exceptionalism, and individual responsibility.In their book The Soul of Science (1994), Nancy Pearcey and Charles Thaxton find additional empowerments for science in the Protestant work ethic, which taught that all human vocations have value:The dignity of work became an even more prominent theme in the Reformation. The concept of “calling” was extended from church vocations to secular vocations. According to theologian Ian Barbour, Protestants believed that “man should serve God not by withdrawing into a monastic life but by carrying out any honest and useful job with integrity and diligence.” This general enhancement of the dignity of work, Barbour says, served to endorse scientific work as well.John Calvin, for example, did not call merely for the devotional contemplation of creation; he also called for active labor in creation, both practically and intellectually. In Calvin’s words, “there is need of art and more exacting toil in order to investigate the motion of the stars, to determine their assigned stations, to measure their intervals, to note their properties.” (p. 23).Pearcey and Thaxton quote Kepler who found great joy in studying the works of the Creator’s hands. Needless to say, this attitude motivates scientific excellence. Scientific institutions today are grieved over shoddy workmanship and lack of scientific integrity. They could use a little Reformation themselves.Wootton’s dismissal of the Reformation (“It’s to Gutenberg, not Luther, that we should turn”) falls apart when you ask what books should have been printed on his press. Would science have flourished with publications of Eastern myths that demand “silence in the face of the unknowable”? Would instructions on how to placate “frivolous and capricious” deities have motivated Galileo and Newton? (Wootton demeans the reputations of those two, by the way; Galileo vigorously defended his faith, and Newton’s devotion to the Bible, despite some peculiarities in his views, was unquestionable, to the point of occupying much of his life in its study — more time, in fact, than his investigations into science).For the answer, just look at the record: Gutenberg’s first printed masterpiece was the Gutenberg Bible. Beginning with Luther’s German translation, copies of the Bible in the common tongue spread far and wide, becoming the common ground of knowledge for the great scientists who followed.Not all the scientists who came after accepted the Bible, except in one important sense: they did not question the validity of reason. As C.S. Lewis wrote in his book Miracles:The Naturalists have been engaged in thinking about Nature. They have not attended to the fact that they were thinking. The moment one attends to this it is obvious that one’s own thinking cannot be merely a natural event, and that therefore something other than Nature exists. The Supernatural is not remote and abstruse: it is a matter of daily and hourly experience, as intimate as breathing.In a sense, Luther and the other Reformers merely revived ideas that had always been grounded in a Biblical worldview: human dignity, personal responsibility, and the validity of reason. One cannot do science without these principles. Science could not, and did not, flourish in the societies that demanded acquiescence to shamans, or that offered no way to figure out what the gods wanted, or otherwise encouraged people to turn off their minds. Much less could it have thrived in a society teaching survival of the fittest.Wootton points to trends prior to, or contemporaneous with, the Reformation that suggest the scientific revolution would have happened anyway. He accuses both sides of anti-scientific views.What fatally weakened the hold of the old Aristotelian physics and Ptolemaic astronomy was the voyages of discovery, followed by the invention of the telescope and the barometer. It was not the Reformation: the scientific revolution would have taken place without that. Indeed, progress might even have been more rapid, because the Church would have been less dogmatic in responding to novelty. The Council of Trent (1545–63), assembled by the Catholic Church in reaction to Luther’s bombshell, tightened up doctrine, requiring it to conform to long-established tradition. This led directly to the condemnation of Copernicanism and its heliocentric cosmos as heretical. One only has to think of the continuing clash between Protestant fundamentalism and Darwinism to see that there is no straightforward match between Protestantism and scientific values. The Catholic Church has never condemned Darwinism.Talk about non-sequiturs! The number of errors in this paragraph would take too long to unpack and refute in a brief article. Suffice it to say that Wootton is relying on a Biblical worldview to attack it. He would never say such things if he were a consistent Darwinist. What are “scientific values”? What are values at all? Such notions presuppose human exceptionalism and personal responsibility to moral absolutes. Throughout his essay, Wootton uses propositional reasoning without justifying it. He fails to recognize that the roots of reason are grounded in the Judeo-Christian worldview, not in Darwinism.Drawing a line between the Ninety-five Theses and Newton may be overly simplistic. At the very least, the Reformation rejuvenated scientific values that had long been grounded in ancient propositions believed to have been revealed from a personal God who created a meaningful cosmos, and then created man in His image and instructed His sons and daughters about the right way to think and live. That is what Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Francis Bacon, Boyle, Newton, and the other giants of the scientific revolution took for granted. If David Wootton himself did not take the Reformation’s principles for granted himself, he would be speechless.Image: Martin Luther nails Ninety-five Theses to church door at Wittenberg, by Julius Hübner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 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News / CINS publishes first guidelines to help reduce containership fire risk

first_img A container shipping group, set up to increase safety levels in the industry following a string of sometimes fatal box ship fires, has produced its first set of guidelines to help operators prevent further incidents.The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) today published Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk-Based Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships, specifically in response to “a number of serious fire incidents in recent years, often caused by deficiencies in cargo declaration and cargo packing”.A copy of the publication can be downloaded here.CINS chairman Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen said: “Cargo-related incidents which result in fire and explosions are rooted in cargo problems. Subsequent investigations demonstrate a wide range of deficiencies relating to cargo presented for shipment. By Gavin van Marle 25/11/2019 “These deficiencies include erroneous classification and declaration, packing, segregation and securing, not complying with IMDG or not following the CTU Code and packaging not complying with IMDG. This new best-practice guidance for DG stowage is intended to help improve fire safety in our industry,” he added.The group stressed that the guidelines “complement – but do not replace – the existing measures already developed and implemented by ship operators for the carriage of properly declared dangerous goods. Likewise, they do not replace the SOLAS and IMDG requirements for stowage and segregation – in fact, they will enhance the requirements of these regulations”.Investigations into deadly fires on board containerships in recent years have demonstrated that there is a class of cargo which, although not classed as dangerous goods, is thought to have increased the severity of some of the fires.“Such commodities include, but are not limited to, charcoal, wood pellets, metal scrap, borings, shavings, turnings and seed cake,” advises the publication, which also includes stowage plan strategies to mitigate the risk of this type of cargo escalating a blaze into a severe fire.CINS was established in in 2011 and its board comprises five of the world’s largest container shipping lines – Maersk, Hapag Lloyd, MSC, CMA CGM and Evergreen – together with three advisory board members, International Group of P&I Clubs, TT Club and Exis Technologies.Its membership comprises over 85% of the world’s container slot capacity.last_img read more


Bok Women stepping up World Cup prep

first_img Posted in Springbok Women, Test Rugby, Top headlines, World Cup Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comWould You Like To Meet 40+ Singles Near Tsuen Wan?Datemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ The Springbok Women shifted to a higher gear in their preparations for the 2021 World Cup with a training camp in Stellenbosch this week.The 2021 World Cup will be hosted in New Zealand from 18 September to 16 October and 24 players joined Springbok Women’s coach Stan Raubenheimer and his management team for the first stretch of a two-and-a-half-month training camp.Another 16 players in Raubenheimer’s wider training squad will join this group for two weeks in March, bringing the total complement of players to 40.The current group of players – which excludes a number of individuals who have full-time employment – gathered at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Monday and will remain together until Wednesday, 31 March, where their focus will be on conditioning and skills training. The Springbok Women will face England, France and debutantes Fiji in Pool C of the World Cup, which will play out in Auckland and Whangarei.The squad includes Springbok Women’s captain Nolusindiso Booi (lock), Babalwa Latsha (prop), 2019 Women’s Achiever of the Year Aseza Hele (No 8), Zenay Jordaan (flyhalf) and Tayla Kinsey (scrumhalf), among others – many of whom participated in the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup in 2019 in Brakpan, which served as the qualifier for the 2021 RWC.Four players – Booi, Kinsey, Jordaan and Asithandile Ntoyanto (prop) – are capped World Cup players.The new players in Raubenheimer’s squad are Sanelisiwe Charlie, Amahle Nyoba (both props), Catha Jacobs (utility forward), Monica Mazibukwana (front row) and Nadine Roos (wing).Jacobs and Roos, however, have had a taste of international rugby in the colours of the Springbok Women’s Sevens team.‘The World Cup kicks off in a little over eight months, so it is vital that we use every opportunity we receive to get into gear so that we can be as well prepared as possible when we depart for New Zealand,’ Raubenheimer said.‘This is the biggest stage the team will play on in seven years as we last participated in the 2014 RWC in France, and we are determined to be competitive and give a good account of ourselves.’Raubenheimer said he was pleased with the quality of the group of players he assembled.‘This squad includes a number of experienced players and leaders within the wider training group. It also features a few young players who will certainly benefit from the additional time with some of the more experienced campaigners from a rugby and team-bonding perspective.‘That said, we have by no means finalised our Rugby World Cup squad, so the door is open for players outside of this group to play their way into the squad that travels to New Zealand.’Springbok Women’s training squad (in alphabetical order):Nolusindiso Booi (Western Province, lock)Sanelisiwe Charlie (Eastern Province, prop)Lusanda Dumke (Border, flank)Maxine Engelbrecht (Griquas, prop)Lindelwa Gwala (KwaZulu-Natal, hooker)Aseza Hele (Boland, No 8)Catha Jacobs (Blue Bulls, utility forward)Zenay Jordaan (Eastern Province, flyhalf)Tayla Kinsey (KwaZulu-Natal, scrumhalf)Babalwa Latsha (Western Province, prop)Nomawethu Mabenge (Eastern Province, wing)Nompumelelo Mathe (KwaZulu-Natal, utility forward)Monica Mazibukwana (Eastern Province, hooker)Sinazo Mcatshulwa (Western Province, flank)Rights Mkhari (Blue Bulls, lock)Zintle Mpupha (Western Province, centre)Yonela Ngxingolo (Border, prop)Asithandile Ntoyanto (Border, prop)Amahle Nyoba (Eastern Province, prop)Nadine Roos (Boland, wing)Mathrin Simmers (Boland, scrumhalf)Sizophila Solontsi (KwaZulu-Natal, flank)Unam Tose (Border, scrumhalf)Eloise Webb (Boland, fullback)Photo: Gallo Images Springbok Women’s prop Babalwa Latsha ‘ ‘ ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘center_img ‘ 贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on January 15, 2021 Bok Women stepping up World Cup prep  132  6 From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more