Sunday, July 26, 2015

Interview with Dr. Niobe Thompson of The Great Human Odyssey

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This is an interview with Dr. Niobe Thompson of The Great Human Odyssey which will air on the 2nd of August, 8:00 p.m. on Discovery Channel.

Media: My question is about the Homo Sapiens, right, what was it about them that make them outlast (inaudible) before them, I mean, such the Neanderthals and all that, who were quite strong and you know, and very intelligent? So what was it about the Homo Sapiens that helped them evolved especially during that particular era in earth’s history which was very volatile?

Niobe Thompson: That’s a great question and we’ve been asking this for a long time already, and I wish I had a definitive answer.

I think that the mystery of our survival and the extinction of all of the human cousins is one of the things that keeps me coming back to, you know, the story of human evolution. I have a personal opinion, and that is that really it was our ability to work together.

Neanderthals and other human cousins closely related humans you could say were very intelligent, very resourceful. The Neanderthals survived for 10 times longer in Europe than humans have so far. So you know, these were formidable human-like creatures. But what none of them had was the ability to work together in a group. I don’t think that any human intel, modern humans, Homo Sapiens has had the ability to speak. I don’t think that Neanderthals or Denisovans or other forms of Homo Erectus had language.

Manila Shakespeare Company Presents Romeo and Juliet Rerun

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This August, MANILA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY revisits Verona as 21st century Manila in their inaugural production of ROMEO AND JULIET. At the helm once again is actor-cum-director, Nicanor Campos

The production had a brief initial run in February and March of this year, playing to sold out houses every evening. Audiences were surprised and moved by the production's unique staging, subtle localization, and passionate ensemble performances.

Teatrino at the Promenade in Greenhills will house the rerun with most of the original cast intact. Bright Shakespearean newcomers Nelsito Gomez and Rachel Coates shall resume the center of the play, strongly supported by the likes of Meynard PeƱalosa, Issa Litton, Katski Flores, Micko Yabut, and Jonas Gruet - among others. 

Come, see this dynamic cast in action on August, 7, 8, 14, and 15 at 8:00 p.m.! 

Tickets are available at all TicketWorld outlets. For more information, TEXT 0939-5969250 or EMAIL

Climate Change, E-titling, Standardization of Documents and Practices Tackled at TOPS-LRA Summit

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Climate change, geological hazards, E-titling, computerized land registration, the Uniform Loan And Mortgage Agreement (ULAMA) and the real estate industry’s contributions to the national economy topbill the agenda for the 2nd TOPS-LRA Summit on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.

The one-day event collaborative project of The Organization of Property Stakeholders Inc. (TOPS) and the Land Registration Authority (LRA), aspires to provide new solutions and strategies to future challenges that might slow down the development of the property sector in the country.

With the theme “Measuring Our Gains and Meeting the Challenges Ahead,” the summit will have experts and leaders such as Mr. Oscar Victor Lizardo of Project NOAH, Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Atty. Darlene Berberabe of PAG-IBIG, Atty. Chito Cruz of the National Housing Authority and Atty. Tony Bernardo of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) as featured speakers and panel discussants. Keynote speaker in the morning will be Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority while Hon. Nestor A. Espenilla Jr., Deputy Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will be the keynote speaker in the afternoon.
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