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'Homeland' Suprises And Other Emmy Awards Highlights



LOS ANGELES – Quality television “is the only American product the Chinese haven’t figured out how to make,” joked host Jimmy Kimmel, presiding over the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The list of nominees may have been impressive, writes the Chicago Tribune, but the broadcast itself was far from a ringing endorsement of Hollywood’s ability to produce anything but an eye-rolling awards show.

Some of the strongest moments of comedy came from the presenters, including Stephen Colbert, who gave out the award for outstanding female in a comedy: “We should be celebrating women,” he said. “Women are wonderful. For the most part, obviously. Some women are awful."

There was some new blood at the Emmy Awards, with Showtime's freshman series Homeland taking home honors as outstanding drama, said the Los Angeles Daily News. Homeland also won the Emmy for outstanding drama writing, for lead actor, drama (Damian Lewis), lead actress, drama (Claire Danes).

President Obama is a fan of the series, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which revolves around America's ongoing war on terror. "Does it bother anybody else that President Obama said his favorite show is Homeland? I don't think the president should be watching Homeland for the same reason Charlie Sheen shouldn't be watching Breaking Bad,” said Jimmy Kimmel in his monologue.

Nobody was expecting Homeland to nab so many awards. The thriller, inspired by Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners of War) portrays an America trapped in a crisis of paranoia since September 11, something that the death of Osama bin Laden hasn’t been able to cure. French daily Le Monde writes that the series demonstrates perfectly how the U.S. has been taken over by fear since the 2001 attacks, as well as the guilt of not being able to prevent them.

On a lighter note, it was a three-peat for prime-time comedy Modern Family, said the LA Times.

ABC’s ensemble hit comedy about a loving, dysfunctional family won the Emmy for best comedy series for the third consecutive year, capping a night in which it also won awards for directing, supporting actor and supporting actress — four trophies in all. In addition to best comedy series, it won a trophy for directing (Steve Levitan, who is the show’s co-creator, writer and producer), as well as statuettes for supporting actress (Julie Bowen) and supporting actor (Eric Stonestreet).

Our favorite tweets of the night:

I'm presenting an Emmy tonight. If you see a brown bearded man presenting an award tonight - rest assured - it is me & you're not racist.

— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) September 23, 2012

Christina Hendricks' dress wins Best Supporting of an Actress #Emmys

— Andy Levy (@andylevy) September 23, 2012

I'm 13, riding in a limo to my 3rd Emmy's!!! Amazing. Thanks Modern Family fans for making us a hit. say.ly/bKE4es5

— Nolan Gould (@Nolan_Gould) September 23, 2012

Too soon maybe for this one?

I forget is "Innocence of Muslims" up for comedy or drama? #Emmys

— Andy Levy (@andylevy) September 24, 2012

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The Unsustainable Future Of Fish Farming — On Vivid Display In Turkish Waters

Currently, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming, compared to just 10% two decades ago. The short-sightedness of this shift risks eliminating fishing output from both the farms and the open seas along Turkey's 5,200 miles of coastline.

Photograph of two fishermen throwing a net into the Tigris river in Turkey.

Traditional fishermen on the Tigris river, Turkey.

Dûrzan Cîrano/Wikimeidia
İrfan Donat

ISTANBUL — Turkey's annual fish production includes 515,000 tons from cultivation and 335,000 tons came from fishing in open waters. In other words, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming.

It's a radical shift from just 20 years ago when some 600,000 tons, or 90% of the total output, came from fishing. Now, researchers are warning the current system dominated by fish farming is ultimately unsustainable in the country with 8,333 kilometers (5,177 miles) long.

Professor Mustafa Sarı from the Maritime Studies Faculty of Bandırma 17 Eylül University believes urgent action is needed: “Why were we getting 600,000 tons of fish from the seas in the 2000’s and only 300,000 now? Where did the other 300,000 tons of fish go?”

Professor Sarı is challenging the argument from certain sectors of the industry that cultivation is the more sustainable approach. “Now we are feeding the fish that we cultivate at the farms with the fish that we catch from nature," he explained. "The fish types that we cultivate at the farms are sea bass, sea bram, trout and salmon, which are fed with artificial feed produced at fish-feed factories. All of these fish-feeds must have a significant amount of fish flour and fish oil in them.”

That fish flour and fish oil inevitably must come from the sea. "We have to get them from natural sources. We need to catch 5.7 kilogram of fish from the seas in order to cultivate a sea bream of 1 kg," Sarı said. "Therefore, we are feeding the fish to the fish. We cannot cultivate fish at the farms if the fish in nature becomes extinct. The natural fish need to be protected. The consequences would be severe if the current policy is continued.”

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