Key Says Euthanasia Should be ‘Discussed’ 3 Nov 2011Prime Minister John Key believes parliament should debate euthanasia laws – but it won’t be the agenda of a second term National government. His comments came in the wake of the conviction of scientist Sean Davison over the death of his mother.…Key said his personal view is that there is ”an argument for us to look at this issue.” But should National be re-elected at the end of the month ”it won’t be on the government’s agenda. ‘ ‘You’ll appreciate that’s a conscience issue and so it is up to every single MP,” he explained. ”The last vote that we had was on a members bill some years ago. I voted in favour of it going to the select committee. I can’t tell you how the rest of the National caucus would vote.” He was referring to New Zealand First MP Peter Brown’s Death with Dignity Bill in 2003, which was defeated 60 to 57 votes. read more

Knights ride 56 save performance of netminder Nikkel to force another game in KIJHL Final

first_imgIt’s been more than a decade since Castlegar hockey fans celebrated a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.So waiting a few more days shouldn’t be that big of a problem.The North Okanagan Knights staved off elimination by edging out the Rebels 3-2 in Game four of the KIJHL Championship Saturday in Armstrong.Despite being outshot 58-20, the Knights found just enough offence to steal the victory and force Game five of the best-of-seven series Monday back in the Sunflower City. Castlegar holds a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.Dryden Profeit, Connor Richards and Mat Lambert, with the winner in the third, scored for the Knights.That would be all the scoring netminder Dustin Nikkel would need as the game’s first star frustrated the Rebel shooters all game long.Darren Medeiros, unassisted in the second, and Stuart Walton, with time running out in the third, replied for Castlegar.North Okanagan held period leads of 1-0 and 2-1.Castlegar netminder Jordan Gluck lost for the first time in the Championship series.PLAYOFF BANTER: Monday’s puck drop at the Castlegar Complex for Game five is 7:30 p.m. . . .The Victoria Cougars booked tickets to the Cyclone Taylor Cup by sweeping the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Final. Victoria joins host Comox Valley in the Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning April 11 on Vancouver Island. . . . Richmond Sockeyes swept out the Aldergrove Kodiaks to win the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League title and earn a berth into the Cyclone Taylor Cup.last_img read more

Bad Math Gets a Pass When It’s Naturalistic

first_img“Now we know our place in the universe,” gloated Ohio State University astronomer Scott Gaudi, who told the science press that 15% of solar systems in the universe are like ours.  “Solar systems like our own are not rare, but we’re not in the majority, either.”  His calculation was based on how many relatively earthlike systems?  Just one.  And how earthlike was it?  It was a system with two gas giants around it that were not too close to the star.  That’s all.  But what did he compare that one to?  Based on his own models, he expected to find six.  One out of six is 16.7%, close enough to 15% for a low enough sample, though the error bars were not mentioned.    So out of a sample space of quadrillions of possible planet systems in the universe, this was the basis for Gaudi saying that we “now know” something – not just how many stars might have two gas giants, nor just how many stars might possibly allow an earth-orbit planet to avoid destruction, nor just the remote outside possibility that an earthlike planet might actually exist in the inner orbit clear of massive planets, nor just whether such a planet, if it exists, might be habitable, nor whether if that planet is habitable it would have sentient beings, – but something much grander: “our place in the universe.”    None of the science press, like PhysOrg, Science Daily, or, had any problem with Gaudi’s reasoning.  They seemed to think it was kind of cool.  In fact, Andrea Thompson at joined the bandwagon and headlined, “Plenty of Solar Systems Like Ours Expected.”    Gaudi hedged his comments with the proviso, “While it is true that this initial determination is based on just one solar system and our final number could change a lot, this study shows that we can begin to make this measurement with the experiments we are doing today.”  Nevertheless, he was prepared to present his calculation to the American Astronomical Society.    For some reason, this was not criticized on the Bad Astronomy blog, although a few of the readers at had problems with it: “A sample size of 1 to determine probability numbers of the universe?” one wrote.  “I think Gaudi is announcing his results much too early, and by doing this only takes away credibility from his study.”  Another opined, “It is way to [sic] early to be making these kinds of statements.  We have too little data to even speculate.  It is this kind of junk science that gets the scientific community into trouble.”Maybe this story explains why their project is named MicroFUN.  Since this kind of FUN statistical analysis is now an accepted scientific practice, it seems reasonable for the next Republican presidential candidate to claim victory in the next election when she gets her first vote.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Avalon Theatre rises from the ashes

first_img2 September 2010Seventy-one years of independent South African cinema is to be celebrated in October 2010 when the Moosa family’s Avalon Group, once almost destroyed by apartheid, opens a new luxury Cine Centre in the upmarket Killarney Mall in Johannesburg.South Africa has a rich history of cinema stretching back almost 100 years, and early projection devices were shown on the Johannesburg goldfields as early as 1896. The first cinema newsreels ever released were filmed at the front during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, and the country’s first narrative film was The Kimberley Diamond Robbery, made in 1910 by Springbok Films.In Durban during the 1920s a young man named Aboobaker – or “AB” – Moosa fell in love with the cinema, and longed to have a theatre of his own where he could watch the movies he wanted for free. In 1939, at age 37, his dream was realised when he and Abdulla Kajee co-founded the Avalon Theatre in Durban’s Victoria Street.World’s longest partnership with 20th Century FoxThe theatre was a huge success, catering largely for the South African Indian community. Moosa built on this success by becoming one of the first to bring early Bollywood movies to South Africa, and by establishing a distribution agreement with 20th Century Fox. Now in its 71st year, this is the world’s longest uninterrupted partnership with the Hollywood giant.The business boomed, and AB began opening theatres elsewhere in South Africa – in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kimberley, Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and Paarl.“My father had an uncanny eye for property,” Moosa Moosa, AB’s third son, told Property Magazine. “When he spotted a new site for a cinema, he always snapped it up.” Moosa took over the business after his father’s death in the 1960s, and bought it up outright from his brothers in the 1980s.In its heyday the Avalon Group operated 18 cinemas across the country, making up over 10% of the market share at the time.Apartheid and the Group Areas ActBut AB soon fell foul of apartheid legislation and its Group Areas Act.“When the Nats [National Party government] began their expropriation process, we felt completely violated,” Moosa told Property Magazine. “The notice was delivered by a condescending official who was determined to let you know who was boss.“You were given 90 days notice to attempt to sell the property at its market value – of course this was impossible. The potential purchaser wouldn’t offer a fair price, because he knew you were cornered. He’d offer something ridiculous, and if you declined, the government would offer only 80% of that.”In 1964, at the age of 21, Moosa witnessed his father’s humiliation at their family’s eviction from their grand colonial home on the corner of Goble and Windmere Roads in Durban under the Group Areas Act. As Indians, they were no longer allowed to live in what had been declared a whites-only area.AB Moosa did not survive either the eviction or what Moosa refers to as the “legislated theft” of his assets. The Group Areas Act and Reservation of Separate Amenities Act began to destroy AB’s empire.In this darkest time, Moosa Moosa took on sole ownership of Avalon and ran only one cinema in Durban. “We might not even have retained that, but the Grey Street complex was in a so-called ‘Indian’ area,” Moosa says. “In effect, it was frozen terrain – the government hadn’t quite made up its mind about it.”A new dawn; and AB JuniorIn the 1990s apartheid came to an end, and the Avalon Group’s fortunes began to revive. Around that time Moosa was joined in the business by his only son, AB Junior, who was named after his grandfather. AB Junior had just left school and decided to work alongside his father for, in his own words, a “love of the cinema and of the entertainment business as a whole”.“When I joined we were down to one cinema screen,” he says. “However, my father and myself took it upon ourselves to transform the South African cinema landscape”.His passion was not only to rebuild Avalon, but also to restore the family’s rightful place in the industry and put right the historical wrongs of the past.“The challenge was formidable,” AB Junior says. “We brought an action against the dominant cinema group, and we won. We paved the way for the resurgence of the Avalon name.”Lifetime achievement, entrepreneurship awardsWith over 50 years in the industry, Moosa Moosa is the longest serving cinema executive in South Africa and among the longest serving in the world.In 1997 he appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission business hearings to give evidence on the abuses inflicted by the apartheid system on African, coloured and Indian businesses, and in 1998 was invited to appear before the portfolio committee in parliament to make representations in relation to the new Competition Bill.In 2007 Moosa was given a South African Film and Television Industry lifetime achievement award. The Avalon Group is now the oldest and third-largest cinema operating company in South Africa, after Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, and the leader in distributing increasingly popular Bollywood movies.AB Junior continues in the footsteps of his distinguished family, and is now managing director of the Avalon Group. “When your business is also a passion you are doing what you really want to do, so the flow is reasonably easy,” he says.AB Junior founded the movie production arm of the business, Avalon Productions, and was a line producer on the Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom 2, which was partly filmed in South Africa. The movie has gone on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood production of all time, earning more that US$40-million (R300-million). In 2007, the year his father was given a lifetime achievement award by the industry, AB Junior was named South African Entrepreneur of the Year.Avalon’s most ambitious project yetAnd now, in 2010, Avalon’s most ambitious project to date comes to fruition at the Killarney Mall shopping centre in Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs. Opening in October, the new Cine Centre will be a specialised luxury cinema complex featuring the latest Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. The centre will have five screens, each featuring the latest 3D and digital projection hardware, as well as state-of-the-art Dolby Digital surround sound.Interestingly, the suburb of Killarney was the centre of the Johannesburg film industry in the early 1900s, and the land now occupied by the Killarney Mall was once the site of film studios and a film laboratory.“All five cinemas will offer cutting-edge viewing technology including 3D,” says Debra Sharnock, centre manager of Killarney Mall. “A fully digital 3D cinema complex is a first for the South African cinema industry, demonstrating the extraordinary quality that movie-goers can expect at Johannesburg’s newest cinema development.”A highlight of the Cine Centre will be a luxurious 64-seat gold-class theatre available for hire.“Killarney Mall is the ideal venue for our new Cine Centre, with its long-standing reputation as one of the city’s leading centres,” says AB Junior. “The Avalon Group is confident that our new venture at Killarney Mall will further enhance our stature as leaders in our industry.”Source: Gauteng Film Commissionlast_img read more

Bale & Benzema can’t fill Ronaldo role – Mijatovic

first_imgFormer Real Madrid attacker Predrag Mijatovic says the club have no choice but to sign another star player as he believes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema lack the quality to fill the role.Madrid have slumped to four defeats and a draw in their last five matches in all competitions, leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui facing a difficult fight to keep his job.The Champions League holders have scored just once in that run, as Bale has not found the net since August, while Benzema is on a similarly poor run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Spanish giants have been linked with several options to replace the Portuguese star, who ended his nine-year spell in the capital to join Juventus, and Mijatovic believes they must bring someone in to fix the problem.”When you lose a player like that, and you have to remember that you wanted to leave, you have to find another,” he told Cadena Ser.”I’m not convinced that Bale and Benzema can fill the gap of Cristiano. Comparing them with him, they are not able to give the same as him in recent years.”Failure to beat Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League this week or a bad result against rivals Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday could see Lopetegui dismissed just a few months after taking charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.However, Mijatovic says they would be wrong to give up on the former Spain boss at this point, insisting the league can still be won despite the four-point gap with leaders Barca.”Without any doubt it would be a mistake to throw him out, it’s a bad decision,” he said. “The league is very even, you have to keep the coach.”Madrid can hardly lose against Viktoria, the Champions League is a competition made for them, if they lose they will have to make a decision, but even if they lose, we have to give Julen time.”We do not have to look for the guilty, we have to find the solution, the players have to take this forward, Madrid will come out of this situation, I am convinced.”last_img read more

9 months agoEmery tells Arsenal chiefs: Sell Ozil NOW

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery tells Arsenal chiefs: Sell Ozil NOWby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery wants to see Mesut Ozil sold this month.The Daily Mail says Emery wants the club to find an exit route for Ozil before the end of the January transfer window to free up funds to sign his own players. Arsenal are still to receive credible interest for the player, who does not want to go on loan and whose £350,000-a-week salary deters potential buyers. Emery has an agreement with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez but the Catalan club are stalling over a loan deal as they want a commitment from Arsenal to buy the player in the summer, something the Londoners are refusing to do. Emery’s trust in Ozil is now non-existent. last_img read more

a month agoTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Braga

first_imgTraore thinks Wolves have advantage over Bragaby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says the club have the edge over Braga ahead of their Europa League clash on Thursday.The Premier League club have a massive Portuguese contingent, including coach Nuno Espirito Santo.And Traore thinks the knowledge of Portuguese football will work in Wolves’ favour.He said: “The coach comes from Portuguese football and so do many of our players.”We know about Portuguese football, we know the Portuguese culture.”They know the players and the league, and they have played teams like Braga many times before.”We will accept any help we can as we attempt to keep moving forward to become a better team.”It has to help that we know so much about them and they don’t know so much about us.”It’s the same for me if I play a Spanish team – I come from there and I know their mentality.”That has to help if you know the mentality of your opponent, and how he wants to play.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Recruiting Graduate Students For “Top Secret” Research Projects

first_imgjim harbaugh research flyerTwitter/@ByAZunigaIf we’ve learned anything about Jim Harbaugh in his first 18 months as Michigan head coach, it is that he’ll look for any advantage he can get. Based on a flyer posted to Twitter by Maize ‘N Brew‘s Alejandro Zúñiga, Harbaugh is recruiting “highly motivated” Michigan graduate students for top secret “applied research projects.”Michigan football is planning a top-secret project:— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) June 15, 2016It is impossible not to be intrigued by what the means, coming from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. It could be anything.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Citizens and Police Benefit From Youth Leadership Programme

first_imgThe lives of several inner-city residents from across the country have been significantly enhanced, following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme. The 54 persons, who successfully completed the course, were presented with certificates during the graduation ceremony for the 55th cohort of the programme held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on December 14. Participants were trained in: conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing and family life, over a six-week period. The group also included several law enforcement members. Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committee. The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities. Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter  Bunting, who was guest speaker at the event, lauded the JCC’s unique concept of combining police officers with residents, noting that he was pleased,  based on the feedback from the participants, that relations have improved. He congratulated the graduates who he said “have made a choice that you are going to determine the outcomes of your lives and I know your communities look forward to your returning to being agents of change and catalysts towards…improving the quality of life in your communities”. President, JCC, Francis Kennedy, said the body was particularly proud of its role in equipping citizens with the necessary skills to empower themselves, and thereby contribute to the economic viability of the country. “As a Chamber, we are conscious that the types of skills and attitudes that we encourage and support in this programme, is indispensible in the process of developing a vibrant economy. If we are to attract and retain investment from both domestic and overseas sources, one major determinant is that the appropriate labour force skills are in place. Another is existence and observance of mutual respect between all parts of our society in the interest of the nation,” he said. Sixty persons participated in the programme, including 46 inner-city residents from various communities in three parishes, and eight police officers.last_img read more