Define Pseudoscience

first_imgA couple of articles lately have lumped creationism in with astrology, ESP, space aliens and lucky numbers.  How valid is this grouping?    Randolph E. Schmid (Associated Press; see Live Science) conveyed statistics presented by Jon Miller (Michigan State U) and a panel of researchers at an AAAS meeting in San Francisco this past Saturday.  “People in the U.S. know more about basic science today than they did two decades ago, good news that researchers say is tempered by an unsettling growth in the belief in pseudoscience such as astrology and visits by extraterrestrial aliens,” Schmid began.  A few sentences down, he adds, “In addition, these researchers noted an increase in college students who report they are ‘unsure’ about creationism as compared with evolution.”    The association was strengthened farther down in the article, when a paragraph about bigfoot and aliens was followed by a paragraph about creationism.  “But there also has been a drop in the number of people who believe evolution correctly explains the development of life on Earth and an increase in those who believe mankind was created about 10,000 years ago,” Schmid writes, presuming to lump these all together into the box labeled pseudoscience.  “Miller said a second major negative factor to scientific literacy was religious fundamentalism and aging.”  These “negative” factors, Schmid contends, could be offset by the “positive” influences of college education, “informal science learning through the media,” and having children at home.    Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute also chimed in on this theme.  On Space.com he asked, “When Did Science Become the Enemy?”  Shostak deplored the portrayal of scientists as dark, mysterious, suspicious villains, and explored why the media become so infatuated with unscientific heroes and celebrities.  “We’re most interested in people, in the same way that click beetles are most interested in click beetles,” he explained.  “That’s evolution.”  Evolution is also responsible for human attraction to heroes, he argued.  “Heroes, in other words, have survival value.  The peculiar thing is that American heroes aren’t often very good at science.”    So what does science really represent, in contrast to pseudoscience and pop culture?  Shostak did not attack creationism directly in the article.  The association was implicit, though: the lead illustration prominently displays icons of science: a spiral galaxy and other astronomical objects, an equation, and the fatherly portrait of Charles Darwin.  See also last week’s entry by another SETI Institute leader, Edna Devore, who advocated celebration of Darwin Day and Evolution Sunday as ways of honoring science (02/11/2007).In both of these articles is the overt or covert message that if you love science, you will love Charlie, and if you are a fool or afraid of science, you will mistrust the Father Figure of Evolution and run to your security blanket, the Bible.  This is how propaganda works, particularly the use of association and loaded words.  The goal is to achieve a subliminal response without making you think.  The message is: the real heroes in the world are the Charlie-worshipers, and the poopheads are the creationists and other pseudoscientists like UFO chasers who live by their daily horoscope or read the Bible.    Surely many creationists reading this will say, “Wait a minute; I abhor astrology.  I love science.  I have nothing but contempt for the supermarket tabloids about space aliens and ESP.”  Many may have degrees in science, teach science, or sit on public school boards.  How did you get lumped into the same pool with fruitcakes?  The answer is: it’s a trick.  It’s an escape from debating and understanding the issues in the creation-evolution controversy.    We could play that game, too.  In fact, how would they like it if we launched a campaign to call Darwinism pseudoscience?  We could certainly make a good case.  We could call attention to the fact that it is held to with religious ardor despite being repeatedly falsified, engages in mythmaking, dogmatizes its victims and relies on irrationality for its maintenance.  Yes!  Let’s rid our schools of pseudoscience.  Out with Darwin!  No more Darwin exhibits in our national museums.  No more finch beak pseudoscience in the textbooks.  Portray, instead, the noble, lonely ID scientist as the seeker of the truth wherever the evidence leads, even if it leads toward design.    Or, we could go on a smear campaign to lump all Darwinists with Hitler.  If you think natural selection is a good idea in any sense, you are in favor of incinerating people in ovens.  We must rid the world of hate, anti-Semitism, communism, apartheid, evolution, Jonestown-like cults, despots and dictators.  How’s that?  Isn’t association a fun game?    Such lumpings of conglomerates into emotionally-charged labels represent shoddy thinking.  A case can be made that Darwin influenced Hitler, and that his ideas underlie many destructive ideologies.  It does not follow that Seth Shostak is a Nazi because he believes in evolution.  There are creationists who accept a young earth (one just earned a PhD in science at a secular university: see story at Uncommon Descent).  It does not follow that they expect a miracle around every corner.Another problem in these articles is their failure to define pseudoscience.  They do not define it because it cannot be defined.  Any time philosophers of science try to create a line of demarcation between science and pseudoscience, they wind up excluding “legitimate” sciences and including illegitimate ones.  There are no sufficient conditions that, if met, guarantee something is science, and no set of necessary conditions that, if not met, guarantee something else is pseudoscience.  Falsifiability, explanatory power, ability to make predictions, testability, adherence to natural law or mathematical expression, simplicity, elegance, holding a theory tentatively, acceptance by consensus of professionals – put together any combination of criteria you wish, and you will include some pseudosciences and exclude some recognized sciences.  Furthermore, there is no one scientific method!  You cannot find all sciences adhering to a methodology or set of methods that cannot also be found in non-scientific fields, and you will find some pseudosciences that use the same “scientific” methods in their work.  This is not to argue that science and pseudoscience are all of the same cloth, but the problem of demarcation is much more difficult than often realized.The Darwin dogmatists are only speeding the collapse of their ideology by relying on propaganda tactics like the reckless application of the pseudoscience label on their critics.  Let them attend to the rampant pseudoscience in their own house.  Meanwhile, let all who honor science practice its values: make the best case you can based on evidence, and, humbly recognizing the limitations of science and the human propensity for self-deception, be willing to follow the evidence where it leads.  (One might notice that these values are not entirely foreign to theologians or practitioners in most other scholarly disciplines.) (Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Raise Money by Accomplishing Nothing

first_imgFrank Drake is being honored on Space.com by the SETI Institute as the “Father of SETI,”  His reputation is providing an opportunity for a fund raiser.  For a lot of money, you can spend time with a celebrity whose accomplishments are questionable. It’s not often you get the opportunity to hang out with a legend!  Spend some quality time with Frank Drake, the founder of modern SETI, and author of the Drake Equation.    At a donor level of $50,000 – 100,000, you can spend one to two days with Frank, as he takes you behind the scenes to the optical SETI experiment at Lick Observatory, and explains both the science and the technology.  A personalized tour of this observatory would be special in itself.  Doing so in the company of Frank Drake is not just a rare opportunity: it’s unique.What some may consider unique, however, is the lack of measurable accomplishment for a celebrity scientist.  His achievements have been more motivational than empirical.  He founded a search for “signals of intelligent origin” in space that has found nothing since his first attempt in 1960.  In addition, his well-known “Drake equation” that purports to calculate the number of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy is simply a list of requirements for naturalistic evolution put into quasi-authoritative algebraic terms.  The factors are so little known, however, that famous origin-of-life researcher Stanley Miller once remarked that one could put any values one chooses into the equation and the result would be just as valid as any other one’s estimate. The Drake Equation is a joke.  It’s nothing more than a propaganda tool for atheistic cosmology, using visualization to give an air of scientific authority to ignorance.  He left out the only term that can bring the possibility of life above absolute zero: intelligent causation.  Only a fool would throw good money at ignorance (10/12/2007).    The most egregious thing in Drake’s know-nothing resume (08/22/2008, 05/01/2008, 08/17/2007, 02/11/2007, 01/24/2007) has been the founding of a society that is dead-set against intelligent design (02/20/2007), while employing intelligent design principles in its core strategy (12/03/2005).  SETI should be renamed the Search for Evolutionary Tricks of Imagination (04/17/2008, 04/01/2008, 03/17/2008).  Thanks to Brett Miller for illustrating this in another clever cartoon.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Day 3 of The 2016 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by Ritchie BrothersDay 1 results from the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourDay 2 results from the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop TourAlong with us today is a group of investors with JP Morgan Chase. They follow this tour every year, not as scouts, but just to follow along on some of the routes to get a feel for how things will end up this fall. Conversations in the truck are a bit different with investors on this trip.The dynamic of people that take part in the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and their reasons why are always fascinating to me. For the past two years, Wal-Mart has been on the tour to get a feel of how commodities important to their bakery needs will fair.Here are the final results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour for Illinois.Corn –193.50 bushels to the acre.Soybeans – 1318.09 pods in 3X3 foot square.We are heading north from Bloomington to get our first sample of day 3. This is my view. Might make for a long day (and a muddy one)!Bloomington, IllinoisCedar County, IowaSome issues in this field, including some ear development issues and as we got into the field, many of the stalks have been blown over recently. Our yield count here is 173.Soybeans, or this weed field with some volunteer soybeans in it, was lodging. The population was okay but the pod count per plant was marginal. Our 3 x 3 foot square pod count is 1184.Cedar County, IowaJones County, IowaThis is definitely the roughest looking corn we have seen today. This field may have been planted right before a dry spell as the root system didn’t dig as deep as the fields we checked earlier today. 140 is our yield estimate here.The soybeans were beginning to die down but SDS made it look like it was farther along in that respect than they actually are. Moisture has missed this field for at least a month. 1146 was our pod count here in a 3 by 3 square.Jones County, IowaJones County, IowaJones County, IowaJackson County, IowaThis field was more mature and well on its way to a great harvest. Some tip-back but just enough where population was right on the money. Our calculations for this field is a solid 198 .Once again we are seeing awful population in soybeans in this part of the country. As you can see in the picture, first pods are still up the stalk a ways. This field’s pod count in a 3 x 3 square is 714.Jackson County, Iowa Jackson County, IowaClinton County, IowaWe just crossed into the Hawkeye State and before we hit our first corn field, we showed our out of towners one of the largest ADM facilities in the U.S. They were quite impressed.The corn here was tipped back more than we’ve seen so far today. Ear count wasn’t great and it still has a little way to go. Our number here is 184.More SDS in these soybeans and they had thinned out. Our 3 square feet pod count was 1324.Clinton County, IowaClinton County, IowaWhiteside County, IllinoisThe ears here may look good but there is a reason for that. The population count was some of the lowest I have seen this week. Our estimated yield here is 194.This was the first SDS I have been in this week, but my fellow scouts today told me they saw a few fields in Ohio with it. Every soybean fields we have been in have had the first node develop as far as 5 inches up the plant. Signs of a dry June in this area. Pod counts here were 1347 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Whiteside County, IllinoisWhiteside County, IllinoisStark County, IllinoisAll good here as our corn streak continues. Stalks look in great shape with only minor disease on lower leaves. 240 is our number here.Soybeans continue to disappoint. 30 inch rows and good population here but the picture below is of two of our 3 random plants in the measured row. 798 pods in a 3 x 3 foot square.Stark County, IllinoisStark County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisThis corn was planted in 30 inch rows and the ears were above our heads. One of our sample ears had some pollination issues as you can see in the picture. Our yield guess here is 168.Finally a decent soybean field here. Although population was a bit low, we finally took more than 20 seconds to count pods with one over 100. A pod count in a 3 foot square is just over 1300.Henry County, IllinoisHenry County, IllinoisPeoria County, IllinoisThe rain has finally let up but I just got a report from a fellow farm broadcaster in this area that they received just shy of an inch of rain here this morning. Another nice corn field here with a yield 232.Soybeans were lodging here too. Harvest may not be too fun for growers here next month. Another 30 inch row but more population here. We counted 1,386 pods in a 3 x 3 square.Peoria County, IllinoisPeoria County, IllinoisMarshall County, IllinoisIt is very wet and we are hoping by heading west we’ll get through the storms faster. Our first two stops were in this county and the corn is phenomenal. The first field came in at 248 and the second at 229.The soybeans are another story. 30 inch rows and low plant counts are hindering here. The first stop was 882 and the second was 996. The rain is taking its toll on these tall beans and I noticed more 2 bean pods than 3.Marshall County, IllinoisMarshall County, IllinoisMarshall County, Illinoislast_img read more

Double duty for water polo stars: Canete, Anota fielded in open water swim

first_imgGilas Pilipinas motivated amid pressure to deliver SEA Games gold LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.KUALA LUMPUR—The country’s bets in the men’s open water swimming happen to be water polo players, too.Teodoro Roy Canete and Mico Anota will comprise the men’s team to the 10-kilometer competition to be held Friday morning at Water Sports Complex in Presint 6, Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next Swimming in Philippine women’s side in the competition to be held in the famed river are Melissa Gray Courtney and Erica Kristy Lukang.Canete and Anota are top scorers for the water polo team which will have a break from competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

ONE roundup: Tatsumitsu gets ONE flyweight GP date vs Demetrious Johnson

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Wada (21-10) is eight inches taller than the 4-foot-11 Balart (8-2) and he used his striking to great effect to earn some points in the minds’ of the judges especially in the second and third rounds.Although Balart scored a massive takedown in third round, Wada was able to land some stiff straights to maintain his control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWada will next face Demetrious Johnson in the semifinals of the Flyweight Grand Prix.Meanwhile, Brazil’s Leandro Issa submitted China’s Fu Changxin via arm bar 3:03 into the first round of their fight. The Thai fighter was also the aggressor between the two consistently landing the stiffer kicks and dodging Momotaro’s headkicks.Bi Nguyen scored a quick technical knockout victory over Dwi Ani Retno Wulan 3:55 into the first round of their atomweight bout.The KillerHer Bee (5-3) bounced back from her loss to Jayme Hinshaw back in July of 2018 and also chalked up her first fight in ONE under the win column.Wulan, meanwhile, dropped to 1-1 with both of her fights happening under the ONE banner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Gustavo Galart vs Tatsumitsu Wada in ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada escaped with the unanimous decision win over Cuba’s Gustavo Balart to advance to the ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix in the ONE: Roots of Honor card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Balart had early control of the match cutting open a wound above Wada’s left eye but the Japanese managed to recover and used his striking to neutralize the Cuban.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA semis: On a cold-shooting night, Rain or Shine draws first blood vs Magnolia DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With 10 seconds left, both fighters threw out all defensive planning and landed shot after shot but Topic got a little too excited and landed a couple more blows after the final bell.China’s Xie Bin submitted Afghan Ahmad Qais Jasoor in their bantamweight clash.Xie (6-2) applied the D’arce choke midway through the second round and Jasoor (5-2) was forced to tap out 2:27 into the period.“This is what I want to do, this is what I can do, this is what I trained to do, the D’arce choke, said Xie who his sixth straight fight.Singapore’s Niko Soe had a complete turnaround and earned the victory against Indonesia’s Eko Roni Saputra.Saputra had the initial advantage in their flyweight fight scoring a single-leg takedown early in the round.Soe, however, got into standing position and landed a sharp right elbow to Saputra’s forehead cutting open the Indonesian.The referee called for the doctor but the wound was too big to be closed in time giving Soe the win 3:03 into the fight.In the ONE Super Series, Thailand’s Lerdsila Phuket Top Team earned then convincing unanimous decision win over Japan’s Momotaro.Phuket Top Team relied mostly on his body kicks that Momotaro continuously absorbed throughout the fight. Leandro Issa Vs Fu Chang Xin in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIssa (17-7) is a natural bantamweight while Fu (8-2) is registered as a featherweight and the two fighters met at a catchweight of 149 lbs.The Brazilian had early control of the match and his brutal arm bar was just the punctuation to his dominance.Issa has now won four of his last five fights including this bounce back victory after losing to Muin Gafurov in October of 2018. Fu saw his five-fight winning streak get snapped.In the ONE Super Series kickboxing, Andrei Stoica scored a tough unanimous decision win over Ibrahim El Bouni in the light heavyweight division.Andres Stoica vs Ibrahim El Bouni in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoth fighters were aggressive throughout the second and third rounds but El Bouni suffered an unintentional eye poke late in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the late stoppage, Stoica was able to earn the nod of all three judges.In one of the thrilling matches of the night, James Nakashima recovered from Luis Santos’ constant striking and earned a technical knockout win 56 seconds into the second round of their welterweight bout.The United States’ Nakashima (11-0) won his first stoppage with his previous 10 wins all ending via the judges’ decision while Santos, of Brazil, (65-12) lost two of his last three fights.James Nakashima vs Luis Santos in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSantos and Nakashima had an awkward fall early in the second round and this lead to the Brazilian pulling his groin.With his health not at peak shape, Santos verbally told the referee that he couldn’t continue.Brazil’s Anderson Silva scored a quick knockout win over Australia’s in the heavyweight division for the ONE Super Series kickboxing event.Silva landed a stiff right hook that put Meunier to sleep 1:14 into the first round.In the third of the ONE Super Series bouts, Saemapetch Fairtex earned the majority decision win over Ognjen Topic.Fairtex was the more aggressive of the fighters landing the stiffer shots in the first two rounds but Topic managed to sneak in some blows in the third round. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Universal Televisions The Bold Type spent 20 million in Québec and created

first_imgAdvertisement In the first season alone, $11.2 million was spent on crew and labour, while $8.6 million was spent on goods and services.  Assuming the spending pattern remains the same for Season Two and Three, the estimated economic impacts generated would be three times that from Season One, with close to $60 million spent and over 1,000 jobs created.Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs said, “With a world class creative and cultural sector, a talented workforce, exceptional shooting locations and the necessary studio infrastructure, there’s no better place for projects like this than here in Montreal. The film and television production industry have a noticeable impact on our local economy and provide an opportunity to showcase the creative and technical expertise of Canadians.”Christian Lemay, Business manager IATSE 667 and Christian Bergeron, Business agent IATSE 514 said, “The presence of this type of production such as Bold Type is good for our industry and for its contribution to the Quebec creative economy, not to mention the impact of this type of investment on the province’s entire economy.”Pamela Grant, Vice President, Production, Universal Television said, “Québec has become an important filming destination for us and shows like The Bold Type become a success because of competitive incentives, great crews, and access to a variety of vendors and production facilities. We are looking forward to filming more seasons of this show in a province that is so supportive of the film and television industry.”Pierre Moreau, Chief Executive Officer, Quebec Film and Television Council said, “We are thrilled that Universal Television Production has selected the province of Quebec for their TV series and continuing success. This is important to us as well as our entire industry, to generate an additional growth of 50% between now and 2020. Television is a sector we are growing as we have world class infrastructures, qualified labor, competitive tax incentives, and locations that support the needs for North America / Europe architectural and landscape diversity.”Wendy Noss, President, Motion Picture Association-Canada said, “The report released today highlighting $20 million spent in Québec and over 350 jobs created illustrates how important the film and television industry is to the provincial economy and to all of the businesses that benefit from productions like The Bold Type.”*All figures calculated in Canadian dollarsAbout MPA-Canada:The Motion Picture Association – Canada (MPA-Canada) serves as the voice and advocate of the major international producers and distributors of movies, home entertainment and television programming in Canada and is an affiliate of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA). The motion picture studios we serve are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.About MNP LLP:MNP is the fastest growing chartered accountancy and business advisory firm in Canada. Founded in 1945, MNP has grown to more than 70 offices and nearly 3,000 team members. MNP is a member of Praxity, a global alliance of leading business advisory firms. MNP’s Economics and Research practice is one of the largest of its kind, and its team members have an established track record in conducting economic impact and industry studies, including studies involving the film and television production industry. Examples of similar studies conducted by MNP include economic impact studies for film and television industries in jurisdictions across North America.To read the MNP analysis, click hereFollow us on Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter MONTREAL — New data released today examined the economic impact Season One of Universal Television’s The Bold Type has had on the province of Québec. In the first season alone, the production spent close to $20 million and created more than 350 jobs.The analysis by Canada’s MNP LLP showed almost 500 businesses benefited from the production, including retailers, production facilities, security services, equipment rental companies, dry cleaners, hotels and restaurants, catering companies, automobile rental companies, alteration and repair services, and hair and make-up services. The local businesses were from communities across the province, with 38 of the communities located within Greater Montreal and the remaining 32 communities from other regions of Québec.The Bold Type is a series that tells the story of three young women living in New York City and working at a global women’s interest magazine called Scarlet. The series is inspired by Joanne Coles, the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitanmagazine. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Senate Passes Bill For Fair Liquor License

first_imgThis year, following the release of the legislative audit, the board began to crack down on recreational license renewals, with members saying they have no choice under existing state law. Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) sponsored the bill: “Eleven business licenses across the state, including the state fair, were at risk of no longer operating. In largely it’s because of the bureaucracy of the ABC Board (Alcohol Beverage Control Board) just deciding they were going to read the statue in a different way.”  Micciche: “Sometimes government moves away from operating with common sense, and that’s when we have to step in.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate on Monday passed legislation that will allow the fairs in Alaska to continue selling alcohol. The bill passed in the Senate by 19-0, creates several new liquor license types, including a fair license. The bill now moves onto the Alaska House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Fair Micciche says the bill is in response to a more stringent reading of state law by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The measure will also allow skiing and snowboarding under the definition of recreational sites, which Micciche said had been traditionally permissible previously.last_img read more

Two Missing After Explosion Fire In Whittier

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two people are missing after the explosion and fire. According to Norcross the F/V Alganik has sunk and there is a 100-yard safety zone around the area. Around 12:30am, Monday there was a voluntary evacuation order for nearby Whittier Manor. Photo credit: M. Garhart Shortly before 3am, the Girdwood Fire department confirmed the fire had been contained. Limited details are known at this time. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. Coast Guard spokesperson Manda Norcross: “A propane tank that had been leaking exploded aboard the F/V Alganik exploded causing the fire which spread to nearby buildings and vehicles.”last_img read more