first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Accounting professor Robert H Ashton has been appointed dean of the FuquaSchool of Business Europe. Ashton will assume his position in Frankfurt on 1July and is replacing Thomas F Keller, who founded the school in October 1999. Currently, Ashton is the Martin L Black Jr Professor of BusinessAdministration and the KPMG research scholar at Fuqua. He received a degreefrom Middle Tennessee State University, his MBA from Florida State Universityand his PhD from the University of Minnesota and is a certified publicaccountant. Education Secretary David Blunkett has appointed Garry Hawkes to the boardof Investors in People as a director. Hawkes holds four other positions:chairman of EdExcel, the awarding body for England, Wales and Northern Ireland;chairman of the National Training Council; director of Accord; andnon-executive chairman of Aramark UK. Andy Daniels has been appointed HR leader at packaging company Omni-Pak’splant in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Daniels said his aim would be to create anemployee-focused company culture there. Although Omni-Pak is owned by the USpackaging giant Pactiv, the company was previously family-owned and Danielshopes to create a culture to reflect this. He said, “I also hope tointroduce a performance management initiative and hope to get an understandingof any issues that arise on the factory floor.” He will be responsible forHR services to 200 staff and will report to the company’s European director. Top JobAlison Crombie is the new HR director at the National Autistic Society. Crombie will refocus the charity’s personnel strategies as it celebrates its40th anniversary. Her brief will be to motivate staff and develop best practice in alloperations and services. Crombie’s experience includes organisational design, change management,communications, compensation and benefits, employee relations, employment lawand policy development. She has worked in a range of organisations, including the Scottish andEnglish Tourist Boards, and has also worked as a consultant. Crombie said, “I look forward to working with the HR team to developbest practice and new ways of working which reflect the diverse needs of allwho contribute to the organisation’s success. “I have been greatly impressed by the commitment and dedication of theemployees and volunteers that I have met and will focus on ensuring that our HRpractice is relevant to their needs. “My aim will be to have the NAS as an employer of choice within thecharitable sector.” Personal ProfileDi Barber is equal opportunities adviser for the Construction IndustryTraining Board (CITB). She has held equal opportunities roles at GreaterNottingham Training and Enterprise Council and East Midlands Arts. What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career? Patience is the hardest but the most important virtue. If your house was on fire and you could save one object, what would itbe? If everyone was safe I would not bother – unless it was to get a pair ofpants! If you had three wishes to change your company, what would they be? Not just this company but in general – communication, communication,communication. What is the best thing about working in HR? You get to deal with real life all the time. What is the worst? See above. You have stumbled upon a time machine hidden in the vaults of yourcompany building. What time period would you visit and why? London and Nottingham in the 1960s – the Mod scene – I like the music andthe style. If you could adopt the management style of a historical character, whosewould you adopt and why? Can I have every single one of the female characters from the comic Love& Rockets instead? Then I can choose one depending on what thecircumstances require. How do you get to work? I drive from Nottingham to Norfolk and back each week, staying at theNational Construction College. If you were to write a book, which subject would you choose to writeabout? It would have to be a comic about the people of Nottingham. I’ll needsomeone else to do the drawing though. What is your greatest strength? I am very, very persistent. What is your least appealing characteristic? Impatience (see first question) What is the greatest risk you ever took? Giving up my job as a waitress to go back to college and take my A-levels –without knowing about grants, further education or overdrafts. But I did knowhow to work for a living. CV – Di Barker2001 Equal opportunities advisor, Construction Industry Training Board1998-2001 Opportunities executive, Greater Nottingham Training and EnterpriseCouncil (GNTEC)1997-1998 Contracts and purchasing executive, GNTEC1992-1997 Combined arts and training officer, East Midlands Arts1990-1992 Contracts technician, arts and leisure department, Nottingham CityCouncil PeopleOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Desperately Seeking Macroevolution

first_imgWith Intelligent Design critics hot on their heels, Darwinian evolutionists are hot to find transitional forms that they can exhibit as evidence for large-scale evolution (macroevolution).  A symposium on that very subject was held last October by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), but a report on the conference did not come out till this month’s issue of BioScience.1  It appears only pro-Darwinists were allowed a hearing.    The abstract says, “Speakers at the ‘Macroevolution: Evolution above the Species Level’ symposium, held at the National Association of Biology Teachers annual meeting last October, focused on macroevolutionary processes, the evolution of key innovations and major lineages of organisms, and the evidence for these processes.”  The Cambrian Explosion and other difficulties were specifically addressed – including this admission in the opening remarks: “Some in the antievolution community assert that microevolution happens but not macroevolution, because they believe there is no evidence for it.”  Here, then, was a prime opportunity for pro-Darwin advocates to showcase the very best examples of macroevolution.  Assuming reporter Oksana Hlodan did a fair job of capturing the highlights, what examples did the panel of five come up with?    Combing through the report, here is the short list of evidence for macroevolution:Choanoflagellates, a class of protozoa found in almost any body of water, seem to have the proteins higher animals use for cell signalling and adhesion.  So, “Genes shared by choanoflagellates and animals were most likely present in their common ancestor and may shed light on the transition to multicellularity.”  Nicole King (UC Berkeley) suggested that unicellular organisms like these might have been preadapted for multicellularity.  That almost sounds like a mindless process was able to plan ahead.Developmental programs were exhibited as evidence by Nipam Patel (UC Berkeley) for how different body plans might have emerged, such as bilateral symmetry and numbers of segments.  He gave examples of fruit flies with four wings and with legs where the antennae should be.Radiation (the biological kind, not the atomic kind) was discussed by Jeffrey S. Levinton (State U of NY at Stony Brook).  He tried to explain the Cambrian Explosion by referring to the fact that the “molecular clock” suggests an earlier time for diversification than the fossil record shows.  “The Cambrian explosion marks the appearance of most bilaterian multicellular animal designs,” he agreed, “but the actual divergence of these groups may have occurred many millions of years before the Cambrian.”Extinction was presented as evidence by David Jablonski (U of Chicago).  But how can the loss of 95% of living things (his estimate) over five major extinction events count as evidence for macroevolution?  The explanation: “Mass extinctions are important in macroevolution because they change the rules of survival, eliminating the dominant groups of the time and allowing adaptations to hitchhike on traits, such as geographic range size, that determine survivorship during extinction episodes.  Mass extinctions homogenize the biota, and they encourage postextinction evolutionary bursts.”Whales: Phillip Gingerich (U of Michigan) presented a series of fossils showing the putative evolution of whales.  He considered this “a transition from land to sea once thought inexplicable in terms of evolution.”Flowers: Scott Hodges (UC Santa Barbara) argued that flowering plants with nectar spurs are more diverse than groups without them.  His explanation: “Finding this association, suggests that nectar spurs affect the process of speciation or extinction.”After this, the symposium discussed how to teach this evidence in the public schools with materials from the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS).  Then Kathleen Smith (U of North Carolina) summed up the evidence in her closing remarks:The genetic toolkit is important in the study of macroevolution.  The same sets of genes are used again and again, so that major evolutionary change does not necessarily require major genetic changes.    There is complexity in the tempo and mode of evolution.  There are many different patterns in macroevolutionary events.    Many macroevolutionary changes depend on significant changes in the environment, some of which have led to large extinction events.    The processes of microevolution and macroevolution are continuous.The article notes that the presentations are available on the AIBS website.    Let’s look at one other example.  In its feature “Life’s Little Mysteries,” Live Science posted a short article March 26, “What’s So Special About Darwin’s Finches?”  The article noted that many consider this case a “symbol of evolution” by natural selection.  The history of Darwin’s finches is summarized.  One tidbit mentioned in passing is that Darwin paid little note of the finches during the stopover at the Galápagos, and only years later “tried to make up for the deficit by borrowing some finch notes taken by the Beagle’s Captain Robert FitzRoy.”2    The explanation in the last sentence about where Darwin’s finches fit into evolutionary theory is notable not only for what it claims, but for what it avoids claiming: “In the past few decades, biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant of Princeton University have studied finch populations and showed that the average beak sizes of successive generations changed to adapt to new food sources on Daphne Major, an island in the Galápagos.”  In fact, the beak sizes fluctuated back and forth with food availability, with no long-term trend discernible (see 07/14/2006 entry and its embedded links).1Oksana Hlodan, “Macroevolution: Evolution Above the Species Level,” BioScience, Volume 57, Number 3, March 2007, pp. 222-225(4).2FitzRoy was a Bible-believing Christian who denounced Darwin’s evolutionary ideas and deeply regretted having had any part of Darwin’s slide into apostasy.So that’s it?  This is laughable.  The closest two cases for macroevolution that had any bones or photographs to back them up were the whale tale and the nectar spur myth.  For the latter, they are still species within the same kind, for crying out loud—not examples of macroevolution.  No creationist would deny the ability of some flowering plants to diversify to a limited extent.  As to whale evolution, that claim has been roundly debunked by many ID and creationist groups: the Discovery Institute response to the PBS Evolution series, by TrueOrigin #1 and True Origin #2, by Answers in Genesis, by Creation Ministries International, by the Creation Research Society, by ICR and many others.  The AIBS and other Darwin Propagandists pretend like these critiques don’t even exist.  The honest thing for a scientist would be to first do a literature search and come well-armed, but they never do.  They present their very biased one side of the story as if nobody else ever had a problem with it.    The rest of the so-called “evidence” for macroevolution all consisted of “suggestions” that “might” explain away the falsifying evidence with a little more work (and funding), with nothing but hope that future discoveries might “shed light” on the vexing problem of how all the major body plans of all the animals appeared in the blink of an eye in the fossil record.  Such excuses don’t shed any light; they cover up the clear light of design.    As for the LiveScience pitiful article on Darwin’s finches, here is another case of pretending the criticisms against Darwin don’t exist.  Jonathan Wells wrote a whole chapter about this in Icons of Evolution (note how LieScience used the synonym “symbol” instead of “icon” in their description).  Incidentally, Wells also had a chapter on four-winged fruit flies; Dr. Patel should have known that there is no way these rare mutants would survive in the wild, so they are irrelevant to evolutionary theory.  Haven’t these people heard that the Peter & Rosemary Grant team only found fluctuations around a mean in finch beaks over 30 years of study?  They only found slight enlargements of the average beak size of one species (on the order of fractions of a millimeter).  Big deal.  Moreover, the changes were reversed when the climate changed.  And this is still being promoted as something “special” worth knowing because it is a symbol of macroevolution?  Come on.  Any honest reporter should acknowledge the criticisms and try to address them.  Ignoring the question is tantamount to propaganda.    In short, critics of Darwinian evolution should take heart at this, another in a long series of embarrassing admissions that Darwin’s modern-day disciples have no evidence for Charlie’s myth.  How much longer Darwinism will endure before collapsing is anyone’s guess.  If you’d like to hasten the inevitable, then you’d better stop their attempts to keep indoctrinating the young in their side and silencing the opposition.  Notice that they hastened at the end of the symposium to talk about how best to inculcate the youth into their mystery religion.  Unless we get public schools to teach the facts, to permit fair and balanced presentation of all the evidence, the Darwinistas could succeed in raising another generation of zombies.  This means the collapse of Darwinism could be delayed long enough for it to work even more mischief in society.  As Disraeli once said, “Error is often more earnest than truth.”  This means that error can win by default.  If you care about the truth, you had better exercise your earnestness above the opposition’s intensity level and apply it wisely.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas to get veteran boost from import Reggie Okosa

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Alab Pilipinas team for the 2017-2018 ABL Season. Photo from @alabpilipinas Twitter.Reggie Okosa, a 6-foot-10 center who has vast experience playing overseas, is Alab Pilipinas’ other import in the coming Asean Basketball League season.Okosa has had stints in Korea, China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico, but aside from his experience, new Alab coach Jimmy Alapag described Okosa as a versatile offensive player, who can score in variety of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Alapag is banking on the two imports’ familiarity with each other to further build the team’s chemistry with the new season set on Nov. 17.Alab Pilipinas opens its campaign against defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, which got swept by Singapore in last year’s semifinals, will also lean on the likes of reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and former PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH READ: Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas“He’s a veteran. He’s played all over the world from the CBA to the KBL to the Japanese league, he and Ivan actually competed with each other in the KBL a few seasons ago,” Alapag told, referring to his other reinforcement Ivan Johnson.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“He gives us another inside presence. A guy who’s capable of stepping outside and make shots but can also play with his back to the basket.”READ: Team owner: Alab PH poses biggest threat to Hong Kong 5 reign Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Three Freshmen That Should Have an Impact on OSU’s 2017 Offense

first_imgWe’re just over three months away from the most wonderful time of the year. Nope, not that one. The real one. College football will be here before we know it. So let’s take a look at some of the newcomers who will strive to make their mark in Stillwater this fall. It’s hard to say exactly how (or how much) a freshman will play but we feel pretty confident in the ability of these rookies to make an impact.Chuba HubbardOne of the biggest questions remaining for Mike Gundy and his staff is how they will fill out the running back depth chart. The first spot belongs to Justice Hill. After him it may resemble 2016’s opening depth chart — more “or’s” than a row boat. But unlike last season, the list will be full of freshmen instead of seniors. Between the two incoming freshmen and the two coming off of redshirt years, Chuba Hubbard looks to have the best shot to at immediate playing time.Hubbard describes himself as “versatile” and a “playmaker.”“You know everyone talks about my speed,” Hubbard told PFB “but in my senior season, I worked more on key things to prepare for Oklahoma State, like switching the ball, running harder, hands, etc.”According to Hubbard, he plans on coming in at 205 pounds and feels he could be a three-down back if needed. That would be great for the Cowboys who will be looking for a change-of-pace back to replace the size of Chris Carson.Of course, pace is the operative word when describing Hubbard. You’ve heard people throw around the term “world-class speed.” It actually applies to this three-time national track champion in Canada. Hubbard will also be running track at Oklahoma State like another elite speedster the Cowboys lured as a two-sport athlete, Tyreek Hill.Dillon StonerOkay, he’s not exactly a newcomer. But the chances of Dillon Stoner seeing the field are pretty high and I think he’s got to be on the list of freshmen difference makers.Last fall, Stoner made a big enough impression on the coaching staff to forego his redshirt and see early reps — even within a stacked receiving corps. Unfortunately, he suffered a lower leg injury which limited him to just four games.Although there has been no official word yet, we can assume Dillon Stoner has been granted a medical hardship waiver. The team’s spring media guide lists Stoner as a redshirt freshman.In those four games he had five catches for a total of 27 yards. Not exactly eye-popping, but get him some real reps and I think Cowboy fans will like what they see. The buzz from the practice field is that he’s has beyond-his-years receiving skills. His athleticism speaks for itself. In high school, Stoner played wide receiver, defensive back, punter and returned kicks for a team that won four state titles.Mike Gundy even trusted the young receiver enough to let him attempt passes in two of his four games — including an overshadow TD toss to James Washington against Central Michigan. That’s got to count for something. Tylan WallaceOklahoma State’s highest ranked receiver prospect since Dez Bryant finally gets to suit up in orange. Even with the plethora of talent in the room, don’t be surprised to see Wallace on the field in 2017. Mike Gundy has shown that he’s not afraid to pull the trigger if he thinks a freshman is ready to play, even with a stacked depth chart ahead of him. See: Dillon Stoner.And if his signing day press conference was any indication, it appears Gundy envisions big things from the jewel of his 2017 class.“And then you have Tylan, who is a fast Josh Stewart,” said Gundy. “Josh Stewart was tremendous in a phone booth, but when he opened it up he was 4.65, 4.7. I think that Tylan has the same quick twitch as him, but he’s going to run under 4.5. That’s what you get with him.”Wallace’s production speaks for itself. His career receiving yard total lands inside the top 15 wide receivers in Texas high school football history. He’s an ESPN 300 prospect and 247Sports’ No. 16 wide receiver in the class. He’s got 4.5 speed and is a smooth route-runner with great ball skills.Wallace should turn out to be a stud and could be a game changer. I expect Mike and  Mike will find a way to get the ball in his hands. Here’s how Thomas Fleming thinks it might work. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 72 Johnny Wilson

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. As we continue through the meat of Oklahoma State’s offensive line, we turn to one of the more important reserves on the team.How he got to OSUWilson was originally recruited by former OL coach Bob Connelly during his lone season at OSU. A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout ranked him the No. 34 tackle in the 2015 class. Wilson accepted his first scholarship offer (from OSU) and basically shut down his recruitment. That may shed light on his only three reported offers.what he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Wilson spent 2016 behind three-year starter Brad Lundblade at center. He did see reps against Southeastern Louisiana, Kansas and against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Wilson has put on 40 pounds since arriving as a 6-3, 270-pound prospect. He’s shown the coaching staff that he’s more than capable of filling in at center or even guard if need be.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Projects to continue his role as backup center. Could see time at guard. As long as injury doesn’t thrust him into a starting role, it will be more interesting to see what he does beyond 2017. With the Cowboys set to break in a new QB after Mason Rudolph takes his talents to Sundays, Wilson will be in competition with Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore for the starting spot.Moore will sit out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules and both will be juniors to start 2018. His experience will be crucial whether he vies for starting time this year or next.Noteworthy stats and highlightsPrior to his freshmen year at OSU, Wilson was selected to the USA under-19 team that faced off against Canada in the 2015 International Bowl.last_img read more

a month agoNeville: Solskjaer signing right players for Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville: Solskjaer signing right players for Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville supports manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach to the transfer market.Neville feels focusing on the long-term is the right approach.He told TV2: “Ole does everything to make the club stay where it belongs instead of recruiting players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo (sic), who have all come and gone.”They have to recruit players for the next five or ten years as Manchester City did Sergio Agüero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.” last_img read more

The fight to stop drilling in the Gulf of St Lawrence grows

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nations alliance says legal action may be the only way to stop oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.The Innu, Maliseet and Mi’kmaq Alliance is teaming up with other coalitions.They met Thursday to brainstorm ways to continue their fight to protect what scientists call an ecologically sensitive area.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

Government of Canada confirms support for largest private investment in Canadian history

first_imgKITIMAT, B.C. – On Monday, the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, confirmed that the Government of Canada will be investing $275 million to support LNG Canada.According to the Government, this investment will go towards the development of the major liquefied natural gas complex in Kitimat.Morneau says the Federal Government is proud to support this $40 billion project as it will get Canadian resources to new markets, grow the economy, and create many employment opportunities for those in the middle-class. “The Government of Canada is proud to support this historic $40 billion project that will get our resources to new markets, diversify our trade, grow our economy and create middle-class jobs for Canadians, including First Nations and other communities in northern British Columbia. It’s a vote of confidence in Canada’s resource industry and is good news for Canadians right across the country.”Out of the $275 million investment, $220 million will go towards highly energy-efficient gas turbines, with the additional $55 million going towards the replacement of the Haisla Bridge in the District of Kitimat.The investment in the LNG Canada facility will create 7,500 direct construction jobs and at least 300 permanent jobs in the new facility once completed.last_img read more

MADC exhibit Over View showcases 47 videographers from 8 countries

first_imgAn anonymous man talks about loneliness. We can hear his voice during a crackly telephone interview. There are long pauses between sentences, but we don’t see the person speaking. Instead, we see landscapes of a city at night. The high rises are colorless and impersonal, and only rows of lit windows hint at human life. With each new shot, we zoom in on these empty buildings. We see a corridor, followed by a conference room. There are no decorations. The illumination is dull fluorescent.“’Together but alone’ is very typical in a city the size of Rotterdam,” says the anonymous speaker.Created by Holland-born artist Jasper Bruijns, the video is called “Welterusten,” Dutch for “Good night.” It is a typical sample from “Over View,” the new video installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC), which opened last week. “Over View” is a touring exhibit that features five Costa Rican videographers. This is good for the home team, and it’s exciting to see creative Costa Ricans featured prominently, but the exhibit’s real achievement is its diversity: “Over View” represents 47 artists from eight countries.Putting together such an exhibit may seem silly in the era of YouTube. Why travel all the way to downtown San José to see a bunch of random short videos when you can watch pretty much anything online? What makes these particular segments so special that they couldn’t appear on one of Vimeo’s “virtual film festivals”?There are two reasons to visit “Over View” – one a good reason, the other a great one. The good reason is that eight different curators have selected which videos to present. Each curator represents a different country, such as Egypt, China, or Australia. You could argue that an experienced curator knows exactly what types of videos to string together and project. Then again, you could also argue that an experienced curator is no better equipped to make this selection than any second-year film student with good taste. Either way, the lineup is at least handpicked by a human, and not “recommended” by an Internet algorithm.The great reason is the venue itself: The second floor of the MADC gallery is rarely open to the public, and the room is spacious and private, like a secret warehouse. MADC is rarely busy, but this little corner of the facility is particularly quiet. There are both flat-screen televisions and projectors. You can watch any film silently, or headphones are provided for listening. You can sit on the bench or stand. The room has become its own world, designed specifically for viewing videos. The feeling is completely different from, say, watching online videos on your iPad while sitting on an airplane.Since each segment is short, you can move from one TV to another with ease, sampling works from all over the world. Take “Frères de Rue” (“Street Brothers”), Hachim M. Sacko’s dramatic film from Mali about a frustrated bootblack. The youth is forlorn, because he’s desperately poor and may go hungry. The film is the cinematic equivalent of flash fiction – we meet some characters, we learn their woes, and then a wise man offers a solution. It’s a full narrative condensed into a few minutes.In stark contrast, “Elle” (“She”) is an even briefer film with no narrative at all: A camera revolves slowly, capturing the skyline of a dense modern city. A female voice says “No” and “Here” over and over, until the lens finally reveals the speaker, a young woman leaning against a wall. There isn’t much to it. The film plays like a joke.Alone, the “Elle” doesn’t have much to say, and the visual gag will probably earn only a smirk from the viewer. But if you are intrigued by an increasingly cosmopolitan, globalized world, there is something inspiring about seeing a Brazilian artist named Wagner Morales direct a film in French.MADC is currently showing several exhibits at once, and most of its installations are of the large-scale, abstract variety that MADC is known for. They are all worth seeing, as much as any other MADC exhibit is worth seeing, but “Over View” particularly merits a visit. While most people will not watch the film cycles in their entirety, the total run-time is 240 minutes, which means you could view these shorts for four hours straight without repeating a single frame.Art films don’t appeal to everybody, of course. But if you want to try a smorgasbord of different cinematic styles, “Over View” sure beats channel-surfing.Exhibit continues through June 11 at MADC, CENAC building, downtown San José. ₡1,500 ($3). Info: MADC website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates 20 years of provocative exhibition Art exhibit shows intersection of printed money, history, and nationalism Photo exhibit documents Costa Rican diversity Artist Justin Griffin-Zúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Ricalast_img read more