APTN National NewsIn June 13, Chief Adjudicator Daniel Ish issued a memo to the 200 lawyers who represent IAP clients.“The courts have made clear that any assignment of Settlement Agreement funds is contrary to the Financial Accountability Act and the Settlement Agreement,” he wrote. “Thus, assignments or directions to pay third parties are illegal and unenforceable. In no circumstances should legal counsel pay compensation funds to anyone other than the claimant, beyond approved legal fees.”Without naming names, the chief adjudicator confirmed that a number of the complaints made by the former students had been reported to him.“It has been brought to my attention that at least one firm has delivered cheques for compensation funds, payable to the claimant, to a third party for ‘delivery’ to the claimant. The claimant is then asked to endorse the cheque to the third party for services rendered in processing the IAP claim,” Ish wrote. “This must certainly be an unethical practice. All compensation funds should be paid directly to the claimant and if any amount is payable to a third party, it is a matter to be dealt with between the claimant and the third party without assistance being provided by claimant’s counsel to the third party.”He stated that lawyers could see their fees reduced if they did not provide adequate representation. Then he stated that he had received reports from adjudicators that clients were not receiving adequate representation.“Canada’s 15 per cent contribution toward legal fees is not a guaranteed minimum irrespective of the adequacy and quality of legal services provided to claimants,” Ish wrote.The chief adjudicator explained what had prompted him to write the memo.“In some situations, a 15 per cent fee is not fair and reasonable because it over-compensates for the services provided,” he told the IAP lawyers. “While it is hoped that these situations are not common, they certainly include cases where counsel has had no communication whatever prior to the day of the hearing, where counsel appear at a hearing with the wrong claimant (in one case on more than one occasion relating to the same file), delays in the prosecution of files attributable totally to counsel inaction and false or altered certifications on applications.”Oversight Committee minutes add more detail.The minutes of a meeting on June 21 noted the memo and summarized it for the committee.“As examples of conduct that might warrant such a reduction, he cited lawyers who repeatedly attended with the wrong client, claims where the application form bears no resemblance to the case, and application forms where the lawyers’ certification is signed by someone else, photocopied, or falsified. All of these are, regrettably, actual situations that have occurred.”Minutes of an earlier meeting show that the committee was getting impatient with some firms.“Six law firms are responsible for 70 per cent of the cases on hold. Meetings are being held with each. The Court Monitor may have to be engaged if the lack of response remains. Disclosure of the names of the firms, possibly on the website, was suggested.”
“The attack resulted in a number of casualties and injuries, including to staff of diplomatic missions of several countries whose missions were based in the hotel,” reads a statement issued by Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban, adds the statement, conveys his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to their Governments, and wishes the injured a swift recovery.“The Secretary-General affirms that this egregious attack will not deter the UN and international partners from our steadfast commitment to help the people and Government of Somalia realize a peaceful future for their country.”Later in the day, the UN Security Council, in a statement to the press, also strongly condemned the attack, offering condolences to the people and Governments of Somalia, as well as of China, noting that one member of security staff from the Chinese Embassy had been killed in the incidentIn the statement, the members of the Council underlined their enduring commitment to support peace and stability in Somalia. They underlined that neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would undermine their determination to support political and military progress. The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to all international actors working to support the people and Government of Somalia.Yesterday, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, also condemned the terrorist act.
Ohio State sophomore Tristan Burke performs on floor against Michigan at St. John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Daneyliz Rodriguez | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s gymnastics team was victorious at Saturday’s co-ed dual home meet against Michigan at St. John Arena with a final score of 422.200 against Michigan’s 404.950.After the first rotation on the floor, the Buckeyes already had an advantage over the Wolverines with a score of 68.100, while the Wolverines earned a 67.150.The Buckeyes proved triumphant on the pummel horse, as well, after receiving a score of 72.250 against Michigan’s 66.000. Redshirt junior Jake Dastrup received the highest pommel horse score on the team (14.90), the third best in the nation.On the still rings and vault, the Buckeyes received the best overall score of 69.300 and 71.450 respectively, extending their lead over Michigan following the fourth rotation with a running score of 281.100.Similarly, on the parallel and high bars, the Buckeyes received the highest scores of 71.900 and 69.200.Redshirt juniors Sean Melton and Dastrup received first place on floor with a score of 14.4 and on the parallel bars with a score of 14.7. Sophomore Tristan Burke placed first on the still rings with a score of 14.150. Redshirt senior captain Jake Martin was awarded first place on the horizontal bars with a score of 14.85.The team’s victory was followed by a ceremony dedicated to the senior athletes. For the seniors, this meet was their last at St. John Arena.“It’s pretty emotional because it’s been a difficult run-through in my college career, so to come out here and be able to do this was amazing,” Martin said. “I mean a year ago, I tore my achilles … a lot of people doubted if I’d be able to even do six events, so to come out here and do six events is the greatest memory I will have at Ohio State.”OSU coach Rustam Sharipov was more than pleased with his team’s performance which yielded a season-high team score.“Some of the scores were high and the guys, they worked for that,” Sharipov said. “The seniors did a good job and it’s always nice to finish your last meet at St. John Arena on a good note with Michigan coming and the rivalry and senior night, so I think it’s good. We had a lot of stakes … I’m proud of the guys for stepping up. Overall I’m happy with their performance because every weekend we keep improving little by little, so I’m happy.”Up next, the Buckeyes will face Penn State in a co-ed dual meet at State College, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 11.
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Man arrested after Eamon de Valera’s grave vandalised in Glasnevin Cemetery The incident happened this afternoon. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL 19,855 Views Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 10:47 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3205657 A MAN HAS been arrested in relation to the vandalism of the grave of President Eamon de Valera.The grave at Glasnevin Cemetery in north Dublin was damaged this afternoon, gardaí confirmed. A man in his 50s was detained in relation to the crime.The arrested man was brought to Mountjoy garda station where he was questioned. He is due to appear tomorrow in Dublin District Court.A garda spokesman confirmed gardaí were dealing with an incident at Glasnevin cemetery.A spokesman said: “Gardaí arrested a man in his 50s in relation to vandalism. He is due in Court 1 of the CCJ at 10am.”Read: Donald Trump resigns as director of two Irish companies which operate his luxury Clare hotel >Read: Legendary US actress Mary Tyler Moore has died > No Comments By Garreth MacNamee Jan 25th 2017, 10:47 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
LG abandonne Android 2.2États-Unis – LG Electronics n’a pas souhaité équiper sa tablette tactile d’Android 2.2, la dernière version de l’OS de Google. Le géant coréen préfère utiliser une version “plus stable” du système d’exploitation.LG n’est pas encore convaincu par Froyo, la dernière version de l’OS Android. Le constructeur coréen souhaite adopter un système qui a déjà fait ses preuves pour équiper sa tablette internet : “Nous voulons lancer une tablette fonctionnant avec la version la plus fiable d’Android. Nous discutons avec Google pour savoir quelle est la version la plus appropriée pour notre tablette et ce n’est pas Froyo 2.2”, explique un dirigeant de LG sous couvert de l’anonymat. Ainsi, la tablette coréenne devrait voir son lancement repoussé de la fin de l’année au premier trimestre 2011. La confirmation des prévisions de l’entreprise est attendue.Le 5 octobre 2010 à 11:47 • Emmanuel Perrin
A New York investment firm last week completed the purchase of a 10-acre parcel at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant after submitting the winning bid in an auction conducted by the General Services Administration.Cornwall Specialty Trading purchased the tract, which contains the plant’s former 67,000-square-foot administration building, for $282,777. The transaction marks the completion of the Army’s disposal of the 14,000-acre facility in southeastern Kansas that was shuttered following the 2005 BRAC round.The Great Plains Development Authority is the major property owner with 7,000 acres. The facility’s munitions manufacturer, Day & Zimmermann, purchased 4,000 acres to continue operations at the plant. Production, however, has been shut down, Ann Charles, assistant director of the authority, told 360. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism holds the title to the remaining 3,000 acres.Charles said the authority will help Cornwall market its parcel as part of its efforts to market the Great Plains Industrial Park. The LRA also will provide caretaker services for the investment firm’s parcel. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The bus was coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar when the accident took place.Twitter/ANIAt least 35 people were killed and 17 were severely injured after a bus carrying passengers fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on Monday, July 1. The bus was going from Keshwan to Kishtwar when the accident took place, according to reports.Rescue teams have been dispatched to the site of the incident. Locals and authorities are on the spot to help with the rescue operations. The injured have been rushed to a district hospital in Kishtwar, around 230 km from Jammu. The death toll may rise even further. The Indian Army is providing immediate assistance and medical aid to the passengers of the overloaded bus. Check out the visuals here: According to several reports, the minibus bearing registration number JK17-6787 skidded off the road near Srigwari and fell into a deep gorge. The accident took place at around 7.50 am. Angrez Singh Rana, Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, said that many people have been injured after a matador vehicle coming from Keshwan to Kishtwar fell into a gorge.Expressing condolences, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said: “Extremely saddened to learn about the loss of lives due to a road accident in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir. My deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones. I pray of the speedy recovery of those injured.”The former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express condolences to the families of the deceased. “Terrible news coming in about the high death toll in a bus accident in Kishtwar. Condolences to the families of the deceased & prayers for the swift recovery of the injured,” tweeted Abdullah.
Oliver did give Amazon some credit even as he singled out the mega-company. “Look, Amazon is not the worst actor in this industry. They generally don’t subcontract out their warehouses, and they made headlines last year for raising workers’ base pay to $15 an hour,” he said. “But being not the worst is a low, low bar. And they have huge influence here.” Related While Clark took umbrage with Oliver’s overall portrait of Amazon as a company that treats its workers unfairly, the exec did not dispute any of the facts Oliver presented. The HBO host cited a report that seven pregnant workers had sued Amazon over the last several years after they were fired. The ex-employees alleged the company didn’t accommodate their needs, including requests for longer bathroom breaks. In response, Amazon said it has accommodated “thousands” of pregnant workers and that all employees are allowed to use the bathroom whenever needed.The “Last Week Tonight” segment on Amazon and warehouse workers is available on YouTube at this link.TRENDING ON VARIETY: Amazon isn’t amused by HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” most recent episode, which included a takedown of the ecommerce giant’s warehouses.Oliver, in the show’s June 30 broadcast, broadly decried the low pay and grueling conditions of warehouse workers, and specifically called out “brutal” and “physically draining” working conditions at Amazon’s fulfillment centers — including citing workers who were denied bathroom breaks. “The more you look at Amazon, the more you realize its convenience comes with a real cost,” Oliver said in the program.The English comedian/commenter accused Amazon of “creating a system that squeezes the people lowest on the ladder hard, and all the while the man behind Amazon” — founder and CEO Jeff Bezos — “is now worth $118 billion, more than anyone else in the world.” Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off In response to Oliver’s report, Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior VP of operations, posted on Twitter that the “Last Week Tonight” host was wrong — and called Oliver’s characterization of the company’s business practices “insulting.”“As a fan of the show, I enjoy watching John make an entertaining case for the failings of companies, governments and most recently – Mount Everest,” Clark wrote in a tweet Monday. “But he is wrong on Amazon.”According to Clark, Oliver and “Last Week Tonight” producers declined Amazon’s invitation to tour one of its facilities. “If they had they would have met the amazing people who work in our operations,” Clark wrote. “I am proud of our team and to suggest they would work in an environment like the one portrayed is insulting.” Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’ ×Meet Zach Barack, Marvel Studios’ First Trans ActorVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpWyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title00:49 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2019/digital/news/amazon-john-oliver-hbo-segment-on-warehouse-conditions-1203257834/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:1504:15More Videos00:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Title01:11’Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Cast Reveals Who’s the Worst at Memorizing Lines02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2306:18Best Fashion of the 2019 VMAs: Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Lil Nas X Stand Out01:20Kristen Stewart on “Charlie’s Angels” Being “Woke,” But Also “Funny and Weird”Close
SANTA CRUZ, Guanacaste – Over the past couple of months, I have met some amazing students in Villareal’s Cindea night school, in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, during Acción Joven’s workshops. I recognized during the workshops that most students had a more serious view about their education than some of the students I met and observed in the day school. Some shared this view because of life experiences that required them to choose between night school and “no school.”These life experiences ranged from needing to support their families at home, having a child, and many others needing to work. The sacrifice of working or supporting a family during the day and going to school at night demonstrated a high commitment level that most students in the Cindea have towards attaining their high school diploma. For one student, the baccalaureate serves as a gateway to a better life for her and her child.Here are three students that are making some of the same sacrifices to make a better life for themselves and their family. Meet Costa Rica’s future lawyer and doctors: Brenda had the opportunity of attending school in the provincial capital of Guanacaste, Liberia, at the university-sponsored colegio for a brief period, but had to transfer to the Cindea because her parents could not afford the overall costs.Angela, the future lawyer, transferred from Cartegena to the Cindea because she believed that the educational atmosphere allowed her to focus more on completing her studies, while helping at home during the day.Finally, Karen attended the Cindea for the past three years, and the Liceo de Villareal day school, three years prior. What is unique about her story is that she started attending the Cindea when she became pregnant.For some girls who are 12-13 years old, having a child can be a life-altering event that forces them to leave school to care for the child; however, Karen decided that she would continue her education.As each student spoke about their individual efforts to achieve their dreams, the interconnectedness of their dreams and their organic support network became clear. The organic development of their support network is critical to helping them complete their education.Because the students share the common experiences of attending the Cindea, living close to one another, and a desire to attend university, among other things, they have a shared understanding of each other’s respective struggles and commitments. Because of this bond, they are able to challenge each other to keep pressing forward.Reflecting on the various classes I have visited (led by Acción Joven staff and colegio professors), I am reminded of the power of “classroom engagement.” When used, it can forge support structures beyond the classroom, allowing students to reassure each other through their daily interactions inside and outside the classroom. Teachers must purposefully find ways to foster an environment to allow students to create these peer support structures in the classroom.As teachers create these environments, they will be able to harness a network of peer support groups to help ALL students achieve their goals inside and outside the classroom.Questions of the WeekWhat techniques can teachers use to create the environment for students to develop peer support groups?What can be done outside the classroom to continue to promote and develop these support groups? Fundación Acción Joven aims to prevent student dropout for teenagers who attend public high schools located in communities of high social risk. This is done through the implementation of projects designed by the educational community, and executed with the help of different stakeholders such as private enterprise, government entities, other nonprofits and volunteers. FAJ currently has offices in San José, Guanacaste, Limón and Puntarenas, and works with 10 different high schools in those regions. Get involved by visiting www.accionjoven.org, emailing email@example.com, or calling our San José office at: 2271-4407.As a current graduate student in Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Timothy Evans has worked to combine a decade worth of youth development experience with data analytics to positively impact communities within the U.S. This international experience is providing him with invaluable tools and best practices that allow for organizations such as Fundación Acción Joven to change communities globally. Facebook Comments No related posts.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an online video that shows an alleged home-made “drone” firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.The 14-second video called “Flying Gun” shows a homemade multi-rotor hovering off the ground, buzzing furiously and firing a semiautomatic handgun four times at an unseen target.It was posted on YouTube on July 10 and has been watched nearly two million times. It was filmed by 18-year-old Austin Haughwout from Clinton, Connecticut. Related posts:Drone hits small plane over Costa Rica park Snowdenfreude Drug scanners sit unused as drugs pass through Limón port The technology at the heart of the Apple-FBI debate, explained Haughwout is studying for a degree in mechanical engineering. Neither he nor police could be reached for immediate comment.“The FAA will investigate the operation of an unmanned aircraft system in a Connecticut park to determine if any Federal Aviation Regulations were violated,” it said in a statement.“The FAA will also work with its law enforcement partners to determine if there were any violations of criminal statutes.”But Haughwout’s father denied his son had built a drone, which he said are pre-programmed. He said this device was manually controlled.“People have been playing with RC (remote-controlled) toys for many decades,” he told AFP by telephone.“The proper name for this is an RC quadcopter. The media keeps using the inappropriate word because it helps you to generate fear,” he added.Haughwout said the FAA had made no contact with his family.“I don’t understand why people are making such a big deal of it. It’s not like it’s anything new,” he said.“He’s a mechanical engineering student. He builds all different kind of things.”Recommended: Drones could help spot illegal fishing around Costa Rica’s Cocos IslandBut Peter Sachs, an advocate for the safe and responsible use of drones in civilian life, criticized the venture and insisted the device was “a drone in every sense of the word.”A gun-firing, civilian drone damaged efforts to promote the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft for peaceful recreational, commercial and humanitarian purposes, he said.“It shows drones in a bad light,” he told AFP.Sachs, who is also a lawyer, said he would not be surprised if a federal agency took action but said the problem was “finding out which law he may have violated.”A federal violation against careless and reckless operation of an aircraft was perhaps the only possibility, he said.Proposed rules have yet to be passed and have not caught up with the advances in technology.“Drones are a bit ahead of the law at the moment, they don’t fit neatly into any of the existing categories,” said Sachs.Though the United States was a pioneer in the use of drones — formally called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs — on the battlefield, Sachs said the U.S. civilian market was “essentially a third-world nation when it comes to drones.”The FAA is poised to miss a September deadline for a final set of rules to govern civilian drones in crowded U.S. skies — prompting industry fears that the United States is falling behind other countries in developing high-value UAV technology.In Switzerland, the postal service has begun testing parcel deliveries by drones. In the Indonesian capital, police deployed drones for the first time this year to monitor traffic.Online retail giant Amazon, which is a major player in the development of UAVs for civilian missions, wants to introduce delivery by drone less than 30 minutes after an order is placed.It has insisted on a significant change to the proposed US drone regulations, namely a rule that small UAVs can only be flown in full view of their operators on the ground.Amazon disagrees with the FAA’s claim that flying drones beyond the line of sight is a major safety concern. Facebook Comments
Comments Share The spokeswoman _ speaking on condition of anonymity, citing company rules _ said air traffic control suggested the plane land in Jordan, but it didn’t have enough fuel. Instead, it touched down in Damascus.After refueling, it went to Cyprus, where passengers spent the night.The plane plans to head to Beirut on Thursday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Check your body, save your life Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PARIS (AP) – Air France says a flight to Lebanon’s capital was forced to land briefly in Syria after protesters blocked the road leading to the Beirut airport.A spokeswoman said the plane took off Wednesday from Paris, but was diverted when it was an hour from Beirut because of concerns passengers would be trapped if it landed.Syria’s civil war has ignited long-simmering tensions in Lebanon in recent days, including the protests that closed the airport road. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project
Trend estimates for short term arrivals into Australia are up 3.6 percent for February, compared to the same month last year.The increase comes despite seeing a 0.4 percent drop compared to January estimates from 500,500 people to 498,400, according to figures released by the ABS.Meanwhile, short term resident departures from Australia during February this year received a 0.4 percent increase in trend estimates compared to January from 609,500 to 612,300.With February departures standing at 8.8 percent higher than the same month last year, NRMA Travel and Leisure chief executive Keith Stanley said in a recent NRMA survey that the strong Australian dollar has more Aussies booking postponed trips overseas. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Go back to the enewsletterVirgin Galactic test pilots broke Mach 2 late last week, as VSS Unity took her third rocket-powered supersonic outing in less than four months. After a clean release from carrier aircraft VMS Eve at 14,173 metres, pilots Dave Mackay and Mike “Sooch” Masucci lit the spaceship’s rocket motor, before pulling up into a near vertical climb and powering towards the black sky at 2.47 times the speed of sound.The planned 42-second rocket burn took pilots and the spaceship through the Stratosphere and, at an apogee of 52,059 metres, into the Mesosphere for the first time. This region, often referred to by scientists as the “Ignorosphere”, is an under-studied atmospheric layer because it is above the range of balloon flight, and in the future is an area we can help the research community explore further.After a safe landing back at Mojave Air and Space Port, Chief Pilot Dave Mackay summed up the experience: “It was a thrill from start to finish. Unity’s rocket motor performed magnificently again and Sooch pulled off a smooth landing. This was a new altitude record for both of us in the cockpit, not to mention our mannequin in the back, and the views of Earth from the black sky were magnificent.”Sooch added: “Having been a U2 pilot and done a lot of high altitude work, or what I thought was high altitude work, the view from 170,000 ft [52,059 metres] was totally amazing. The flight was exciting and frankly beautiful. We were able to complete a large number of test points which will give us good insight as we progress to our goal of commercial service.” Virgin Galactic said that every time VSS Unity is tested on the ground, or in the skies, the company gains new “invaluable experience and fresh data. This continuously improves our modelling and helps us optimise objectives and test points as we progressively expand the flight envelope. Today’s test, among other things, gathered more data on supersonic aerodynamics as well as thermal dynamics.”“As it has been on previous flights, Unity’s cabin was equipped to gather data vital to the future safety and experience of our astronaut customers. These cabin analysis systems record a host of parameters that are designed to help us further understand the environment inside the cabin during powered flight – temperatures, pressures, humidity, acoustics, thermal response, vibration, acceleration and even radiation.”In an updated statement, Virgin Galactic said “it will officially launch operations from Spaceport America in New Mexico with paying passengers once it believes it is safe to do so and has received all regulatory approvals.”Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson told Bloomberg he was hopeful of sitting in a Virgin Galactic spaceship, going into space “before the end of the year.”Go back to the enewsletter
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Johnny Galecki, from left, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch members of the cast of the TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” show their hands after placing them in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP) by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2019 1:58 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email End of ‘Big Bang’ stirs debate over future of TV comedies LOS ANGELES — In 2006, TV critics swooned over “30 Rock,” part of a new breed of comedy that dared to fly without a laugh track and whose ranks included “Arrested Development,” ”The Office” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”Then a misfit nerd crashed the party. “The Big Bang Theory” was crafted in the style of 1950s groundbreaker “I Love Lucy,” with the requisite studio-audience tapings and recorded guffaws intact. Even some of those making the CBS comedy that debuted in 2007 questioned its chances, said Jim Parsons, who stars as Sheldon Cooper, one of the show’s brilliant and socially inept scientists.“‘We’re making the last great buggy wagon in the age of the Model T, but the Model T is here. So how long does this go?’” was how one writer framed the contrast between old-school and 21st-century TV comedies, Parsons recalled in a recent interview.As the enduringly popular series prepares to bow out Thursday with an hour-long finale, the question is raised anew: Will viewers, awash in such creatively bold and sophisticated players as “Atlanta” and “Veep,” accept another traditional sitcom? Discounting the resurrection of “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne”-turned “The Connors,” can the old-school formula score the new hits it needs to survive?Who better to ask than Chuck Lorre, who created “The Big Bang Theory” with Jim Prady and whose mastery of the genre has produced winners including “Two and a Half Men” and “Mom,” but also makes Netflix’s contemporary-style “The Kominsky Method.” The Hollywood veteran hedges his reply — “I’ve been around long enough to know that a prognosis is a really wonderful way to carve into stone how stupid you are. Or arrogant” — then admits to faith in the format known as a “multi-cam,” for the multiple cameras used in tapings.“I still believe that shooting a show in front of an audience is a wonderful way to tell a story,” Lorre said. “I don’t think the audience watches (‘The Big Bang Theory’) and counts cameras. They watch the show because they love the characters and it delivers on the comedy.”There’s support for Lorre’s optimism, said Robert Thompson, a Syracuse University professor of TV and popular culture.“Many people talk about the studio audience sitcom being something right out of Colonial Williamsburg, as way past its prime,” Thompson said. “Whenever anybody would make that argument, the first thing I would say is ‘The Big Bang Theory’ has been sitting at top or near the top of the ratings,” even against the strengthening headwinds of streaming platforms including YouTube and Netflix.The series’ third-to-last episode on May 5 was the most-watched program on broadcast or cable TV with 12.5 million viewers , pushing aside HBO’s behemoth “Game of Thrones,” which wraps its eight-season run May 19.There’s also the sheer weight of history on the multi-cam’s side. It’s descended from radio comedies and their roster of stars, including the Nelson family in “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” and Ethel Waters in “Beulah,” who were among the first to add pictures to their punchlines — although it took Desi Arnaz, the “I Love Lucy” producer who starred opposite wife Lucille Ball, to popularize filming sitcoms with three (now four) cameras, in part for efficiency.Look further back to see the art form the sitcom represents, said Prady.“It’s going to a play,” he said. And while viewers embrace a show like Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” he said they may also choose TV’s version of a stage production.Competition from streaming platforms, along with established basic and premium cable players such as FX, HBO and Showtime, will continue eroding the broadcast networks’ audience, outside of live draws like sports, and thus sitcoms’ share of the pie.When “Cheers” left the TV stage in 1993 after an 11-year run, it drew more than 80 million viewers, a number “Big Bang Theory” can’t hope to touch and which now belongs only to the Super Bowl. Ten years before that, an astounding 100 million-plus viewers tuned it to the two-hour “M-A-S-H” finale.Sitcoms airing on the major broadcast network — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — also are increasingly elbowed out of the industry’s highest-profile awards, the Emmys. While single-camera “Modern Family” had a lock on the best comedy series trophy for five years, from 2010-14, the last multi-cam series to claim the award was “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 2005.True enough, said Syracuse’s Thompson. But he recalls dire predictions of the genre’s death in the 1980s, until “The Cosby Show” single-handedly provided the coattails needed to revive the format. And the popularity of multi-cams remains strong enough to create a financial bonanza from reruns, with shows as unalike as “The Golden Girls” and “Seinfeld” still popular well after their 20th-century heydays.“There’s a lot of people out there who would like to do be the person who creates the next ‘Big Bang Theory’ and, someone’s going to do it,” he said.It might even be Lorre himself, who produced a four-camera pilot for CBS, one of more than a dozen multi-cams vying this week for a broadcast home in the 2019-20, against a roughly equal number of one-camera competitors.“If you have something worthwhile, I don’t think it matters whether it’s single-camera, four-camera, 18 cameras or if it’s a flip book,” Lorre said. “If it’s really good, it’s going to find an audience. Maybe that’s naive or overly optimistic. But I have to proceed on that basis.”___Lynn Elber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .Lynn Elber, The Associated Press
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