After Midnight Dominates the Astaire Awards

first_img The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. They were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and Douglas Watt. The ceremony was held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. As previously announced, choreographer Pat Birch received the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, while dancer and dance instructor Luigi was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. Legendary director Hal Prince, Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy winner Valerie Harper, Joe Morton, Sandy Duncan and Maksim Chmerkovskiy served as presenters. Tony nominee After Midnight swept the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards on June 2. The tuner’s Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Karine Plantadit were a tie for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, while Jared Grimes won for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show and Warren Carlyle took home the honors for Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Can bankruptcy lawyers act as mortgage brokers?

first_img Can bankruptcy lawyers act as mortgage brokers? Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Professional Ethics Committee has reconsidered an earlier vote that a bankruptcy attorney could act as a mortgage broker for Chapter 13 clients seeking to refinance their house to get out of bankruptcy early.The panel, at its September meeting, sent the issue back to a subcommittee after further debate and hearing reservations from the Business Law Section. The PEC had tentatively voted at its June meeting to issue an opinion that the inquiring lawyer could broker refinancing for his or her bankruptcy clients if proper disclosures were made. The PEC also asked the subcommittee to draft an opinion and work out a proper disclosure.On other matters, the PEC voted to adopt a subcommittee recommendation to revise and reissue a staff opinion on whether attorneys providing title insurance are required to disclose the rating of the title insurance company underwriting the insurance. The subcommittee recommended that the opinion be revised to state that the inquiring lawyer must disclose the rating if the lawyer believes it is information that is required for the client to make an informed decision. If the title insurance is being provided to someone who is not a client, disclosure is only required if the rating is material and failure to disclose the rating would constitute fraud.The panel also addressed whether an attorney could protect the fees of a public adjuster who referred cases to the attorney.On the bankruptcy issue, the inquirer said clients filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy sometimes find that after a year or so their homes have increased in value and they can refinance to pay off their debts to emerge from bankruptcy years ahead of schedule. The problem is mortgage brokers are hitting them with high fees, adding thousands of extra dollars to the refinancing costs.The lawyer wants to be able to act as a broker for clients he or she has helped in Chapter 13 cases, noting there’s no restriction on helping those refinancing who are not clients. The inquirer argued that should be allowed with proper disclosures.“I conceded early on the elements of conflict [in his proposal],” the lawyer said. “I’m not disputing there are the elements of a conflict here; what I’m saying is I believe this is a waivable conflict with full knowledge [of the client].”Mark Wolfson, chair of the Business Law Section, noted that the PEC had sent the matter to a subcommittee to determine what kind of waiver and conflict notification might be required. But he suggested if the issue depended on how the waiver was worded, it might be an unwaivable conflict to begin with.“My point is, if it’s a close call, approving without knowing what is in the waiver is troublesome,” Wolfson said. “If the disclosure is not sufficient, then it’s not waivable.”Some PEC members said they were concerned there was an inherent conflict that could not be waived by any disclosure, while others expressed uncertainty because they were unfamiliar with the complexities of bankruptcy law. Still others argued what the inquirer proposed should be allowed under the Bar’s ancillary business rules.“We’ve allowed attorneys to sell life insurance. We sell title insurance to our clients,” committee member Adele Stone said. “Of course, there’s room for abuse, but you don’t tell them ahead of time they cannot do it because there’s room for abuse.”The committee voted 13-15 to reject a subcommittee recommendation to allow the practice with a proper disclosure, and then voted to send the issue back to the subcommittee for more study.On the claims adjuster issue, Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert told the PEC the inquiring attorney originally in a phone call asked if he could accept referrals in personal injury cases from a public adjuster when that adjuster charged a contingency fee and failed to settle the case. Part of the arrangement would have the attorney agree to protect the adjuster’s fees in any final settlement of the case.A staff opinion found that impermissible, she said, and the attorney then filed a written request for an opinion, asking if it was permissible to protect the adjuster’s fees using a lien or letter of protection.The committee voted to correct the staff opinion to reflect that the inquiry related to property damage cases and revise the staff opinion to refer the inquirer to Ethics Opinion 02-4 for advice on protecting the adjuster’s interests when no improper referral has occurred.On another matter, the PEC referred an inquiry to the same subcommittee addressing the mortgage brokerage business on whether a firm practicing mainly in estate planning and administration could form an ancillary business to advise and sell clients life insurance policies. Can bankruptcy lawyers act as mortgage brokers? October 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Arsenal to offer Walcott in exchange for Sterling – report

first_imgArsenal are ready to offer Liverpool Theo Walcott in exchange for Raheem Sterling, The Sun say.It is claimed contract talks with Walcott have stalled and the Gunners will offer Walcott plus £8m in a bid to bring Sterling back to London.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future as he too is currently negotiating a new contract.It was recently reported that Sterling wanted a £50,000-a-week deal at Anfield, which the 17-year-old from Harlesden dismissed on Twitter as “stirring”.Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants Real Madrid to make a bid for Ashley Cole in January, according to the Daily Mirror.Cole, whose Stamford Bridge contract expires at the end of the season, has previously been linked with the Spanish giants.And it is claimed Real boss Mourinho is keen to sign him as a replacement for Marcelo, who will be out for months with a broken foot.It is also suggested that Cole, said to be considering a move to Paris St-Germain, would be tempted by Real if they made an offer.The Mirror also say Juventus will offer Chelsea legend Didier Drogba a return to the Champions League if the Italian side qualify for the last 16.They are apparently willing to offer Drogba, now with Shanghai Shenhua, a contract until 2014 worth £4.5m-a-year.Meanwhile, former QPR manager Terry Venables says the club should stick with Mark Hughes – even if Rangers lose to fellow strugglers Southampton.It has been suggested that Hughes, who played under Venables at Barcelona, could be fired if his team fail to pick up their first league win of the season today.In his column in The Sun, Venables writes: “A new manager would almost certainly want to make more new signings of his own in January.“Then the club would be back to square one, waiting for new players to gel with the second half of the season well under way. I would stick with Hughes.”This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Darwin Had Genetic Blinders

first_imgDarwin was a contemporary of Mendel, so why did he get inheritance wrong?  That question was addressed on Science Daily by Jonathan Howard of the University of Cologne, Germany.  His thesis is that Darwin had philosophical blinders on that prevented him from recognizing the significance of evidence before him.    “Why Didn’t Darwin Discover Mendel’s Laws?” reads the title of the article.  “Darwin’s commitment to quantitative variation as the raw material of evolution meant he could not see the logic of inheritance, argues Jonathan Howard of the University of Cologne, Germany.”  Quantitative variation forms the core of Darwin’s theory, he said, but that is the last place to see Mendel’s laws, which are based on discreet (discontinuous) inheritance.  For instance, Darwin could have seen discontinuous variation in his own breeding experiments with plants.  In his book The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species, Darwin even noticed a well-defined unit character, but dismissed its significance.  Why?  Because he “insisted, because of his belief that only quantitative variation contributed to evolution, that the rules of inheritance were too complex and not ready for definitive analysis.”  He left it “unremarked,” therefore, while Mendel, with different assumptions, found this observation a key to a major discovery.  “Darwin boxed himself in, unable to see the laws of inheritance in continuous variation, unable to see the real importance of discontinuous variation where the laws of inheritance could be discerned.”    Where did the blinders come from?  Howard thinks Lyell provided them.  “Darwin’s view of biology was greatly influenced by geologist Charles Lyell during and after the 1831-1836 Beagle voyage, leading to Darwin’s focus on infinitely tiny differences between individuals giving infinitesimal advantages or disadvantages in survival,” the article explains.  Janet Browne, in her biography of Darwin, portrayed him as obsessed with the idea that small changes could accumulate over time (see 03/05/2004).  This theme colored his entire view of the natural world – geology and biology.  That’s not all it did.  Darwin “never freed himself from the incorrect belief that environmentally determined changes could also be inherited,” Science Daily said.  This error was “another victim of his focus on quantitative characters, height, weight and so on, which are strongly influenced by environmental effects.”    The article also praised Mendel over Darwin.  “Mendel had a good understanding of biology, but his understanding of physics, statistics and probability theory were far superior to Darwin’s.”  The article includes the reference to Jonathan Howard’s paper in the Journal of Biology.1 1.  Howard et al., “Why didn’t Darwin discover Mendel’s laws?” Journal of Biology, 2009; 8 (2): 15 DOI: 10.1186/jbiol123.This is a remarkable article.  It’s a case study on how a scientist can be blinded to facts right before his nose when the data are filtered by his world view.  Darwin took image-distorting glasses out of Lyell’s book and wore them all his life.  It made him see everything in terms of slow, gradual accumulation of tiny variations.  Look what that did.  It influenced generations of followers.  Darwin Glasses became the new fad, and millions put them on.  Evolutionary biologists continue to mistakenly assume that environmental changes can be inherited, and that this creates adaptation.  (It may filter out the ones who are not pre-adapted, but no one has demonstrated this neo-Lamarckian hypothesis can originate new genetic information.)    Modern evolutionists will harrumph and declare that all this has been solved.  They will admit that Darwin made some mistakes.  The few and minor mistakes of this greatest and most perfect scientist who ever walked this planet were all thoroughly corrected in the neo-Darwinian synthesis of the 1940s, so it is evil to disparage the reputation of the King Charles, the Bearded Buddha.  “Now we KNOW that we evolutionary biologists wear NO blinders.  We have 20-20 vision, 20-20 hindsight, and 20-20 foresight.  All is clear.  Now we KNOW that creationists look funny.  Blinders?  We don’t see no blinders. We’re scientists.  We don’t put on blinders any more.”  (They don’t need to.  They’ve become fused to their eyeballs.)(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Seeking an Affordable Energy-Efficient Exterior Door

first_imgWe still need better door optionsI think the three exterior doors we ended up with provide a reasonably good compromise in appearance and performance. But compared with other energy features of the house (R-40 walls, R-50 roof, mostly triple-glazed windows, etc.), the doors are still a weak link.I would love to see a high-quality, durable, energy-efficient, and reasonably affordable door introduced. Even at the high end — where customers have unlimited budgets and want to create a dream house that can be heated using solar panels on the roof — well-insulated doors are very hard to find. In Europe there are some good doors used for Passivhaus projects, but these tend to be very expensive.Is anybody looking for a product development opportunity? Despite the chilly (seasonable) weather, work is progressing on the renovation/rebuild of our house in Dummerston. Last week, the three exterior doors were installed. Which brings me to one of my pet peeves: the lack of really good choices for highly energy-efficient exterior doors.We ended up with a solution that I think will be okay, but there is a huge void in the world of truly high-performance doors. Here, I’ll describe the three doors we put in. I hope you can put up with my whining. Steve’s beautiful doors have one other drawback: they cost an arm and a leg, starting at about $5,000. A little rich for our budget. The front doorThe purpose of front doors, I’m told, is to look nice. But I also wanted a front entrance door that would remain stable and airtight over many years or service and that would provide reasonable insulating value. Oh, and I didn’t want to spend more than about $2,000 for it. That proved a challenge.I would have loved to install one of the gorgeous custom entrance doors made by Steve Benson’s company, J.S. Benson Woodworking, in Brattleboro. They are custom-fabricated of durable and highly stable triple-laminated mahogany (sustainably produced wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is available), but as solid wood, there is very little insulating value: maybe R-3 for a 2-3/4”-thick door.For Benson doors with lites, the energy performance gets a little better, because Steve has access to super-high-performance glass from Alpen Windows in Colorado. Those lites can provide an insulating value of R-5 or even more — significantly higher than the solid door. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.center_img A high-end fiberglass entrance doorWhen I was researching doors for the house at Leader Home Center, I came across a Jeld-Wen door made of fiberglass but with a knotty-alder grain that looks remarkably like real wood — and I say that as someone who pays close attention to wood and can readily distinguish most species based on the grain. One could easily be fooled into thinking this door was real alder!This door looked good. It was solidly built, yet it had a polyurethane insulation core, significantly boosting its R-value. I had already researched fiberglass vs. steel, and found that most energy experts preferred the former, even though magnetic weatherstripping can be used with steel.“That’s the one I’d like,” I told Russ Chapman at Leader, referring to the knotty-alder floor sample. (Russ had been incredibly patient with me as I picked his brain for energy-performance information.) He said he’d price it out and get back to me.Oops. It turned out that Jeld-Wenn had discontinued that model as a stock item; that particular door had been on display for three years. A similar door was still available, but it’s now a fully custom, hand-made option, and instead of costing around $2,000, it was going to cost something like $10,000!“So what about buying this display model,” I asked Russ? It had a few dings, but would suffice. He figured out a nice price for it (the floor model wasn’t doing them much good, since that door wasn’t really available anymore as a reasonably affordable product).Because we couldn’t get a matching side-lite in the same knotty-alder wood, we had the door hung with a totally different, painted side panel. The glass for that side panel is reasonably good: double-glazed with at least 5/8” separation between the panes of glass, argon-fill, and a low-e coating. We went with a continuous glass panel to minimize the greater edge losses that occur with true divided lites. I think it will look great when the house is sided. RELATED ARTICLES A U.S.-Made Door for Passivhaus BuildingsNew Green Building Products — September 2011Energy-Efficient Garage DoorsGBA Product Guide: Drewexim Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Intus Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Pazen Fenstertechnik DoorsQ&A: Exterior doors that are well-insulated and seal well Brute Force Collaborative: Passivhaus Doors J.S. Benson: Passivhaus Doors Cheaper back and side doorsFor the back door into the porch and side door into the garage we wanted less expensive doors that were going to be well-insulated and tight. We opted for fairly run-of-the-mill fiberglass doors with upper glazing panels; these are also made by Jeld-Wen and cost us about $300 apiece.These aren’t anything like the wood-like fiberglass entrance door in appearance (you could never mistake them for real wood), but like the front door, they have a polyurethane insulation core. Because there’s less structural reinforcing material in these doors, they may actually outperform the front door from an energy standpoint. I’ll be very curious about this and will plan to do some thermographic (infrared) analysis once the house is completed and lived in to study heat the relative loss through the different doors.last_img read more

Author Arundhati Roy convicted by Supreme Court for contempt of court

first_imgLt-Gen-eral Kamal DavarAPPOINTED: Lt-General Kamal Davar, as director-general of the Defence Intelligence Agency.DIED: K.V. Raghunath Reddy, 77, former governor of Tripura and West Bengal, in Delhi.CONVICTED: Author Arundhati Roy, by the Supreme Court, for contempt of court.Ron HendrixDIED: Ron Hendrix, 81, veteran sports journalist, in Bangalore.ALLOTTED: By Bharat Sanchar Nigam,,Lt-Gen-eral Kamal DavarAPPOINTED: Lt-General Kamal Davar, as director-general of the Defence Intelligence Agency.DIED: K.V. Raghunath Reddy, 77, former governor of Tripura and West Bengal, in Delhi.CONVICTED: Author Arundhati Roy, by the Supreme Court, for contempt of court.Ron HendrixDIED: Ron Hendrix, 81, veteran sports journalist, in Bangalore.ALLOTTED: By Bharat Sanchar Nigam, toll-free public utility phone numbers. Call 1077 for your district magistrate.APPOINTED: Archana Sunderlingam, as the first woman joint director of the CBI.DIED: Yaduendra Sahai, 61, historian, in Jaipur.AWARDED: The Grammy for Best World Music, to sitarist Ravi Shankar, for Full Circle/ Carnegie Hall 2000.last_img read more

Shanice welcomed home in Grand Style in Grand Turk

first_img Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:grand turk, miss universe, shanice williams, welcome Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – Shanice Williams, Miss Turks and Caicos Universe today arrived home in Grand Turk and not only was there a warm welcome for her at the JAGS McCartney International Airport, but there was a motorcade and the beauty ambassador paid a visit to the House of Assembly. Premier Rufus Ewing informed House Members that they would have an opportunity to personally congratulate Shanice upon the steps of the NJS Francis Building; most likely they did so.last_img read more

Cabinet Office Statement on Majority Rule Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 05 Jan 2015 – (via the Bahamas Information Services) – The Cabinet wishes to announce for public information the following:Sunday 10 January is Majority Rule Day, marking the 49th Anniversary of the first government which the majority of the country elected on a one man one vote basis. To mark this occasion the holiday will be celebrated on Monday 11th January.On Saturday 9th January at 7 pm in Rawson Square, there will be a free live concert of the music of Freddie Munnings Sr., the late owner of the Cat and the Fiddle night club, featuring his songs about the city of Nassau, under the direction of Fred Ferguson. Mr. Munnings, the late owner of the famous Cat and the Fiddle Nightclub, was one of the champions of the fight for Majority Rule through his activism, his money and his music. The Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling and the Prime Minister Rt. Hon Perry Christie MP are expected to attendThen on Sunday 10th January, there will be a ceremony marking the day with the laying of a wreath at the tomb of the late Sir Lynden Pindling by the Governor General in St. Agnes Cemetery on Nassau Street.Both events are free and open to the public.Each month over the next year there will be a special event dedicated to the commemoration of Majority Rule Day leading up to a grand event to mark the 50th year in 2017. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cat and the fiddle, majority rule day Majority Rule Day Holiday in Bahamas todaylast_img read more