In his own words, Howard Gardner is a pessimist who tries to live like an optimist.But the ever-prolific Gardner remains upbeat in his latest book, “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed,” a contemporary look at how our conceptions of these three virtues have shifted over time. Yet, Gardner insists, these virtues remain the crucial bedrock of our existence — even in light of postmodern skepticism and the side effects of technological advances on our attention spans and ways of thinking.In an era of constant flux, where Wikipedia has become a go-to source for information, Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, says the odds of ascertaining the actual truth about something are actually better than ever.“In a totalitarian society, they only give you one version of the story. When I was growing up, there were only three television networks, so you’d watch them or you got no news at all,” he said.“But now we have huge amounts of information available, and if we have the patience to go through it, to sift what has evidence and what doesn’t, we have a better sense of figuring out what’s truth than ever before. And that’s the wonderful thing happening now in the Middle East, where ‘mind control’ is no longer possible.”For Gardner, education is crucial for parsing the truth. “The only way you can learn to think like a disciplinarian is by studying those things in depth — not by surfing the Internet or casual postings on Facebook.”The story on beauty is also optimistic, he maintained. “We’re no longer going to have a single canon where a central authority will be able to decide what’s great and what’s not.” But, he contrasted, “Everybody can make his or her judgments about beauty, and it doesn’t impinge on anybody else.”Still, judgments can’t be made just on a whim, he said. “The crucial thing in making judgments of beauty is whether you can perceive the distinctions between experiences: one work of art and another, one performance and another … because then you can decide which one you think is more beautiful.”Gardner defines beauty as something that’s interesting, that has a memorable form, and that invites revisiting. “And as a bonus,” he said, “it gives you a tingle.”He suggests keeping lifelong portfolios of beauty, either in our brains or a physical catalog that chronicles the experiences, music, art, and more that we find beautiful over time.The most important distinction in Gardner’s concept of goodness is what he calls “neighborly morality” as contrasted with “the ethics of roles.”He likens the former to the Ten Commandments or the Golden Rule, basic principles of not cheating, lying, stealing, or committing adultery. “But what the Ten Commandments don’t tell us is how to behave as professionals or citizens,” he said.“People have always worked, but you didn’t have a problem with good when everybody was a farmer or a hunter gatherer. Now we have dozens and dozens of different roles, and we did not evolve as a species to know what to do as journalists, or lawyers or pharmacists.”The test now for a citizen, said Gardner, is how to behave not just for “numero uno, or for your neighbors, but for a wider public.”Given that technology has linked humanity in unprecedented ways, “We have a greater opportunity than ever before to become global citizens,” said Gardner, who was recently bestowed with the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, an award that honors individuals whose research has significantly contributed to the progress of their field and to humankind.“We have to revisit things like truth, beauty, and goodness all the time. What would a world be like where no one had any agreement about truth, where there were no longer any experiences that people called beautiful, and where good and bad were indistinguishable?”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionArmed teachers or even an armed security guard at the door of a school will not stop a deranged gunman. In the recent case, the expelled student would have known who and where the armed guard was stationed and that person would have been his first victim.Double entrance doors, with a screening area between the doors, works well at many schools.It’s even used at high-end jewelry stores.Louis BachScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Li’s death prompted a national outpouring of grief as well as anger against the authorities, who were accused of mishandling the crisis.People took to social media once more to mourn Liu on Tuesday, with many users on the Twitter-like Weibo platform drawing comparisons between Liu’s death and Li’s, which was also initially reported by state media and then denied hours before being finally confirmed again.Doctors in Wuhan face shortages of masks and protective bodysuits, with some even wearing makeshift hazmat suits and continuing to work despite showing respiratory symptoms, because of a lack of medical staff, health workers have told AFP. A hospital director at the epicenter of China’s virus epidemic died Tuesday, state media said, the latest medical worker to fall victim to the coronavirus which has spread across the country.The COVID-19 virus, which is believed to have originated in Wuhan late last year, has spread to more than 72,000 people and killed 1,900 in China.Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died Tuesday morning after “all-out rescue efforts failed,” state broadcaster CCTV reported. Topics : He is the first known hospital director to have died from the coronavirus.At least six other medical workers have died from the virus, while 1,716 have been infected, according to official figures.Liu’s death was initially reported by Chinese media and bloggers shortly after midnight on Tuesday — but the stories were later deleted and replaced with reports that doctors were still attempting to save him.The hospital director’s death has echoes of the death of Wuhan ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, who had been punished by authorities for sounding the alarm about the virus in late December.
Gold Coast Suns player Nick Malceski with his son Harry and daughter Anae. Picture: Adam HeadVETERAN Aussie Rules star Nick Malceski has sold his house in Mermaid Beach, after having replaced it earlier with another just 250 metres from the beach.The Gold Coast Suns defender had bought a four bedroom, two bathroom, four car garage house at Mermaid Waters just three years ago for $850,000.Nick Malceski in action during an AFL game at Metricon Stadium, Carrara. Picture: Adam HeadMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoHe sold the home for a tidy $1.18m after having undertaken major updating of the house which was built in 1985.Footy players kicking it…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:13Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:13 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Braith & Jodi Anasta Episode 102:13 Related videos 02:13Braith & Jodi Anasta Episode 100:38Socceroos star sells Lower Plenty dream home02:33AFL players kicking property goals01:27Crazy about soccer? Check out this collection02:15The ultimate Sydney Swans fan02:37Jimmy & Nadia Bartel Episode 1Among improvement he made was the addition of a 34sq m garage/shed area. The home sits in a large 854sq m block with the median price in the neighbourhood having risen 38.4 per cent in the past five years.Nick Malceski’s former home in Mermaid Waters sold for $1.18m. Picture: GoogleMr Malceski had bought another property in Burleigh Heads, just 250 metres from the beach, last year for $1.205m. It too was a four bedroom home but on a smaller 539sq m block, though it was fully loaded with an array of luxury fittings including LED and sensor lighting, Italian stone tiles, security intercom and remote controlled blinds.He spent a further $31,000 installing a pool in the home.
The Dutch pension funds of Achmea Group, tank storage company Vopak and chemicals company Huntsman have announced partial indexation of pension rights. The €6.2bn Pensioenfonds Achmea said it would grant its workers inflation compensation of 1.54%, drawn on the salary index.Its pensioners and deferred participants are to receive an allowance of 0.21%, based on the derived consumer index, which does not take into account product-related taxes, such as VAT, or consumption related taxes, such as road tax.The €505m Pensioenfonds Huntsman Rozenburg is to grant its active participants an indexation of 0.46%. This percentage consists of an unconditional indexation of 50% – based on the consumer index – plus a conditional allowance of 0.13% drawn on the scheme’s financial position.The former workers and pensioners at Huntsman Rozenburg can expect a conditional indexation of 0.18%, following the derived consumer index.The pension fund’s official ‘policy funding’ stood at 113.8% at January-end.The €1.1bn Pensioenfonds Vopak announced a partial inflation compensation of 0.24%, based on the consumer index.It indicated that the level of indexation for its employees still had to be established.Under its current rules, workers can expect an allowance of no more than the difference between the consumer index and the salary index.The indexation for its active participants is to be paid from a special reserve, funded through a 1% levy on pension contributions.The policy coverage of the Pensioenfonds Vopak was 115.8% at the end of January.
More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020North Shore is enjoying a flurry of buyer activity with a new section under comstruction at the moment with bigger size blocks, close to school and park.Stockland North Shore Project Director Andrew Astorquia said the release was created to meet increasing demand for larger lots and the Airlie 186 tailor-designed to make the most of the space. “With four different residential villages, we pride ourselves on providing product for the entire market and these lots are an example of catering to those wanting more land and a premium house with street appeal at incredible value for money” he said.“The increased frontages enable buyers to create their ideal home while providing the flexibility to include room for a large shed or to house the boat or caravan.“The Airlie 186 is a great design for the lots providing buyers with a grand frontage while maximising the usability of the back yard. “We have seen increasing demand for larger lots with four sites in the Pasco release already snapped up.” The AP Williams and Co Airlie 186 house and land package is on offer now for $405,600 for a 665 sqm lot including landscaping. The Pasco land release is situated in the Sunhaven village near Sunhaven park and a short walk to the new North Shore State school. It features 14 lots starting from $165,000. For information visit stockland.com.au/northshore North Shore is enjoying a flurry of buyer activity with a new section under comstruction at the moment with bigger size blocks, close to school and park.FOR families in search of more room, Stockland is offering new large lots at its North Shore community with plenty of space for your ideal home as well as a boat, pool or shed.The Pasco land release, at North Shore, features 14 lots up to 1004 sqm with 19 metre wide frontages, giving buyers plenty of room to build their perfect life. North Shore have partnered with local builder AP Williams and Co to design a home specifically suited to get the most out of these new larger lots. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is dubbed the Airlie 186 and features a wider frontage with living areas at the rear to take advantage of the large back yards.
Mr Crosland builds houses as a hobby so he takes his time designing them. Picture Glenn HampsonThey were inspired by his idea of a dream home with lots of natural materials including concrete, glass and raw timber.“The last one I did had a similar feel … but this one I’ve taken to the next level,” he said.“Everything has been hand-picked and made for the house.“Even the pendant lights over the kitchen benches are hand-blown glass.“If you’re looking for your dream home, this is what I made them for.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHe always builds two houses in each project – one to live in and one to sell.However, both in his last project at Broadbeach Waters sold as he had so much interest in them.MORE NEWS: What makes this house so popular? Nick Crosland has designed two villas on Monaco St. Picture Glenn HampsonSTICKING to a budget is low on the list of Nick Crosland’s concerns when building lavish Gold Coast trophy homes.It is a hobby for the Highgrove Bathrooms boss so he likes to splash plenty of cash on the best products the market has to offer.“I didn’t get into building because I wanted to make a profit, I got into it because I wanted to be creative,” he said.A pair of luxury villas on Monaco St are the latest of his three projects. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 MORE NEWS: Live happily ever after in charming cottage Inside one of the Broadbeach Waters homes Mr Crosland designed and built. This time though, he wants to be able to enjoy the fruits of his labour.“The one that’s going on the market is basically finished,” he said.“The second one we’re still finishing, it’s about two weeks behind.”The property is due to hit the market in coming days through LJ Hooker agent Rebecca Gannon.Pick up a copy of the Gold Coast Bulletin on Friday to see the Coast’s top 50 dream homes.
Dr. Osmond BaronDominican born Dr. Osmond Baron, who holds a doctorate in Plant Medicine, has concluded that there is no evidence to indicate a difference between organically and conventionally produced foods.Dr. Baron who is the author of a book entitled “Organic vs. Conventional Food: What Science Tells Us” in his presentation at a press launch this morning says, although there has been much debate on the topic, organically grown and conventionally grown foods undergo similar processes.“There is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced food stuffs (the output). It is on this premise that an agricultural perspective in this debate of nutritionally better food, to rationalize why organic food offers no nutritional advantages and even not necessarily healthier than conventional food is presented.”According to Dr. Baron, food production entails two factors for both organic and traditional foods.“Food production is about input and output. Two major inputs in food production that appear to be different in both systems are fertilizers (nutrients) and protection inputs. In terms of plant nutrients, organic production system utilizes pen manure, compost or naturally mined inorganic chemical materials as fertilizers; conventional farming utilizes synthetic (industrial process) fertilizers. These organic and conventional fertilizer inputs are different physically but they undergo the same chemical process for plant uptake,” Baron noted.Dr. Baron concludes that based on the processes which both organic and conventional food production entails, “there should be no difference because of what science tells us.”Dominica Vibes News 14 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share LocalNews No evidence indicating difference between organically and conventionally produced food by: – July 27, 2011 Share
Sharing is caring! 92 Views no discussions Share LocalNews DOMFESTA exhibition at Tiffany’s Art Gallery by: – May 14, 2012 Tweet Share Share Abstract art, realistic paintings, wood carvings, mixed-media collage artworks, scented candles, jewellery, hand-made soaps and body products, made in Dominica- all under one roof at Tiffany’s Art Gallery in Canefield. On Thursday 17th May, DOMFESTA takes you to Tiffany’s for a spectacular display of some of the best contemporary artwork from accomplished and promising artists including Earl Etienne, Robbi Lalonde, Susan Weekes and Ellingsworth Moses. Twenty year old Ray Francis is the featured artist for Thursday’s exhibition. A self-taught artist, Francis has been painting since his toddler years. He paints with water-based materials (acrylic and watercolours) on canvas and graphite / pencil on paper. With recent exhibits at Creole in the Park and the annual Ross University Art Show, Francis has quickly made a name for himself in Dominica as a talented artist with a bright future. Over the years, his sculpted surrealism paintings and highly realistic drawings have received significant attention from art aficionados and novices alike. Francis’ avant-garde paintings are reflective of years of personal study and skill development. The common thread for all of the work on display is Francis’ fascination with art which engage and stimulate the senses and emotions.The show opens to the public on Thursday 17th May at 6:30 pm, and will continue until Friday 15th June, 2012. Ray Francis and Tiffany Burnett-Biscombe will both be available for interview at the event.Tiffany’s Art Gallery is located on the Canefield Highway, opposite National Bank of Dominica’s Canefield branch.Press Release
By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Unfortunately due to a lack of participation, the Cottage Grove Speedway swap meet scheduled for Saturday, March 1r has been cancelled.There may be a possibility of hosting one in the middle of this racing season and if there are any interested parties we ask that you contact Cottage Grove Speedway General Manager Heather Boyce at 541 729-8666. The Cottage Grove Speedway is set to host a test and tune play day on Saturday, April 5 while the first race of the year is planned for Saturday, April 12. Log on to www.cottagegrovespeedway.com for more information pertaining to the 2014 campaign.