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‘Lucky’ Fajardo delivers anew for Beermen

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “My first thought was a handoff to Alex but he was denied so I just turned,” said Fajardo Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Fajardo’s jumper bounced off the far side of the rim, to the quick delight of Ginebra fans, but, as if his four MVPs had some sort of magic, the ball hit the square of the backboard.That bounce off the backboard led the ball directly to the middle of the hoop as the Gin Kings’ fans cowered in horror and the Beermen, and their supporters, cheered their lungs out.It was another huge play for the Cebuano giant, who never even thought of giving himself a praise he deservingly earned.“I think I was just lucky when I made the shot,” said Fajardo, who finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds after despite being saddled by foul trouble. “I think that just happens, you just get lucky sometimes.”ADVERTISEMENT Parks makes MPBL debut as Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa clash on opening day LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, June Mar Fajardo is never the person to commend himself despite his basketball brilliance.Yet when called upon, more often than not, Fajardo delivers.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And Fajardo once again weaved his magic when San Miguel needed a savior against crowd darling Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Down, 93-91, with 3.6 seconds left in the game, San Miguel came off a timeout with Alex Cabagnot designated as the inbounder with Scottie Thompson hounding him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFajardo stood on the left block with Ginebra’s 7-foot center Greg Slaughter guarding him, Marcio Lassiter then, set up a screen in the paint that freed the four-time MVP.After catching the ball on the right block, Fajardo calmly turned to his right that left Slaughter standing still before releasing a fade away jumper. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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The intention to rig

first_imgDear Editor,Since October 2018 I had said in one of my letters to the press that the rigging of the 2020 elections by the PNC-dominated coalition is a reality and not the product or figment of an overactive imagination. This prognostication was based on the unilateral and unconstitutional appointment of the then GECOM Chairman but now numerous pieces of evidence have been brought to the fore since the successful passing of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018.We have seen the acceptance of that NCM by both the President and the Prime Minister that the Government has fallen and GECOM held a meeting on December 22 to address the preparations for General and Regional Elections and on December 27, GECOM’s Public Relation’s Officer, Yolanda Ward, announced that Elections can be held within the 3-month timeframe stipulated by the Constitution.However, the PNC knew that if that happens, they had no chance of continuing to be the Government since the reasons for the successful passing of the NCM were compelling indeed and the electorate will not be fooled again.Therefore, Nigel Hughes initiated the train of events which eventually saw the violation of the Constitution, especially Articles 106 (6) and (7) and the delay of General Elections until now despite the Caribbean Court of Justice’s historic and unanimous ruling that the NCM was validly passed, the unilateral appointment of Patterson was unconstitutional and that the three-month election clock had started ticking since June 18, 2019. This meant that elections must be held by September 18, 2019, the latest.The coalition, in the meantime, being cognisant of the fact that the CCJ would rule against them, used the ‘planted’ illegal GECOM Chairman, Patterson, to commit his intended illegality by ushering in the process of House-to-House Registration which will see General and Regional Elections going way past the three-month deadline and into 2020, closer to the elections due date.This will give the coalition the time needed to not only to pad the electoral list but to get rid of thousands of Guyanese who, for various reasons, cannot be registered with the current House-to-House Registration. We have now seen that Moses Nagamoottoo has become extremely sympathetic to the Haitians’ cause since he knows the rigging modus operandi of the PNC – he had written and said volumes about this.He knows also that since there is no overseas voting, it will now be better to bring the overseas voting home – register these Haitians and place them on the voters’ list and secure their votes. This is easily done since it is easy to get fraudulent birth certificates and even passports in this country and this becomes a lot easier when it is done under the directive of the Ministry of Citizenship and Government officials.Mr Kit Nascimento’s letter to the press nicely sums up the burning questions which the coalition has failed to answer and even challenged the President to provide come clarity. But the President has chosen to be mum on the matter. So far we have seen that two Ministers have given diametrically opposing ‘evidence’ of the issue.The Minister of Citizenship has claimed that Guyana is the “stepping stone” to greener pastures – Brazil, Suriname and the USA. Are all the Haitians accounted for in relation to this reason? If the Minister knows that to be so then he is condoning a criminal act. What has he done to stop this smuggling and human trafficking?Then Minister Jordan blew the whistle when he admitted that Haitians are working for less money than Guyanese, thereby also admitting that these Haitians are willing to accept wages below the legal minimum. Since the Minister knows this to be true then he is also condoning an illegality as well. Furthermore, Minister Felix’s Ministry must be the one to have granted work permits to these Haitians so it boggles the mind to understand his “stepping stone” theory!In conclusion, no amount of yarn spinning by Nagamootoo and his coalition ilk will cause Guyanese to turn a blind eye to the fact that the current illegal House-to-House Registration embodies a sinister motive to delay and rig the elections. However, I am sure that the Chairperson of GECOM will not tolerate this illegal exercise and she will uphold our supreme law as she had vowed!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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MAY DAY MESSAGE

first_imgMay Day 1 every year is May Day, International Workers Day, a special day set aside to honor the working people of the world. So, on this May Day, I greet all of the working people of Liberia and say to them, in Kpelle, Nnangala kpor ga (God bless you).May Day must remind all of the people of Liberia, especially the government of Liberia, that were it not for the work of the working people of Liberia, our dear country, Liberia, would not be existing today. Going into the 169th year of the birth of Liberia, we all must remember that without the work of the working people of Liberia on the farms, on the plantations, in the marketplaces, at construction sites and their repairing of what has been built, there would be no place called Liberia today.Yet, it took five years to pass the Decent Work Bill into law at the National Legislature of Liberia, where Representatives and Senators who are elected to represent the people of Liberia sit to do work. It was after great mass pressure was placed upon these Legislators that they finally passed the Decent Work Bill into law in May 2015. My 2015 May Day message called upon the Legislators to stop sitting down and doing work in their own interests while eating the people’s money and not doing work in the people’s interest. The Legislators must remember that they are required by the laws of Liberia to do the work of the people of Liberia and not do their own personal work at the National Legislature. Now that the Decent Work Bill is law, I call upon all Liberians to work together to make sure that the Decent Work Law be carried out. We must end now the bad habit of not carrying out what the laws of Liberia command us, especially the government of Liberia, to do.In the drive to carry out the Decent Work Law, the Liberia Labor Congress (LLC), the umbrella labor organization of Liberia, must exercise good leadership by leading the just struggle for the sustained improvement in the conditions of the working people of Liberia. The upcoming 2017 General and Presidential Elections provide a great opportunity for the workers of Liberia to elect a national leadership for the governance of Liberia that has a good record of working in the interest of the working people of Liberia. If the working people of Liberia, especially the young unemployed workers, continue to make the mistake of electing persons who pass them by while they are suffering but come to them only when they want their votes, then the suffering of the working people will not only continue but will get worse. The Legislators already elected by the working people to represent the interest of the workers but who are representing their own personal interests must not be reelected in the 2017 Elections. In fact, the working people did very well by not reelecting most of the Representatives in the 52nd Legislature and nearly all the Senators in the 2014 by-elections.In trying to elect good persons to the leadership of Liberia, the working people of Liberia continue to face a big problem and the problem is the illegal actions of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia that make it impossible for NEC to conduct free and fair elections. What are these illegal actions of NEC? They are asfollows:NEC has two Commissioners, including the NEC Chairman, who are foreigners; NEC allows foreigners to run as candidates in elections; NEC allows foreigners to vote in elections; NEC places the wrong names of candidates on ballot papers deliberately to influence voters to vote in predetermined ways; andNEC has already publicly declared its favorite political party in advance of the 2017 Elections.For my part, I continue to call upon the President of Liberia to dismiss all of the NEC Commissioners and replace them with names given to her from a short list by the Civil Society. I continue to call upon the international community to suspend immediately its financial and material support to NEC until the illegal actions of NEC are ended. Most unfortunately, political parties, in consultations with NEC on the 2017 Elections that produced a Memorandum of Understanding, not a single word about the illegal actions of NEC is discussed. This means that the political parties, generally, are no different in substance from the ruling Unity Party because they want the same longstanding and existing anti-people and anti-democratic system to continue, finding Liberia as the second poorest country in Africa and the fifth poorest country in the world. Such continuation would mean violence and chaos for Liberia and this what my May Day Message is intended to prevent by raising mass awareness and calling upon all workers to work together for the holding of free and fair elections in Liberia.Nnangala kpor ga. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Immigration Commissioner Lemuel Reeves Dies

first_imgThe late Cllr. Lemuel A. Reeves, served as commissioner of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) up to the time of his death. The Commissioner General of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Cllr. Lemuel E. A. Reeves, Sr. has died. Although the cause of his death is yet to be announced, he is the first senior official of the President George M. Weah’s led government to have died in office.According to sources at LIS and from the Reeves family, Cllr. Reeves expired on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at a local health center on 24th street Sinkor.“We regret to announce the death of Cllr. Lemuel E.A. Reeves, Sr., Commissioner-General, LIS. This sad event occurred on the September 30 at the Fidelity Hospital on 20th Street adjacent the J.F.K Memorial Hospital,” the LIS  said in an official statement on its social media page.His death news on social media shocked many, who have expressed condolences and deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and the State.Commissioner Reeves was a dedicated professional with extensive experience in law enforcement and providing access to justice in rural and marginalized persons; an effective team builder who performs well in multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environments, his profile reads on the LIS website.His work in law enforcement spans more than 30 years; working with the Liberia National Police where we worked extensively as a criminal investigator holding various senior positions in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and serving as senior instructor at the Liberian National Police Training Academy and chief legal officer of the LNP.He was appointed as Deputy Commissioner for Naturalization at the then Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN) in September 2012, and then in January 2014, he was appointed as Commissioner General of the BIN, which later became the LIS, following he passage of the New Immigration Law, under under his leadership.Before assuming the position of Commissioner General, he was one of those who was very instrumental in the revision of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization Act that established the Liberia Immigration Services.The former Immigration boss was reappointed by President George M. Weah in January 2018 as head of LIS.As a Lawyer, Commissioner Reeves has worked to bring justice to deprived and underrepresented communities across Liberia. He served as senior legal associate for The Carter Center’s Access to Justice project in Liberia. At the Carter Center, he worked to strengthen the legal foundation of civil society partners, traditional leaders, and prepared legal education training materials.Prior to joining the Center in 2008, Cllr. Reeves served as a judicial affairs officer with the UN Mission In Liberia (UNMIL) and contributed to the consolidation of peace while monitoring the judicial system in Liberia.  Cllr. Reeves was a member of the Supreme Court Bar of Liberia, and a member of the Liberia National Bar Association.He was one of the founders and senior partners at the Prestige Law Firm and also became one of the Senior Partners at the Gbehzon Legal Associates, wherein he represented clients before the various judicial fora within the country; the drafting of legal documents such as, but not limited to, leases, agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and articles of incorporation; Providing legal advice to clients; Legal consultancy work; among others.Cllr. Reeves was a trainer/facilitator at the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute.Details on his funeral rites are expected to be announced soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kenya crash out of FIFA U20 WCup Qualifier

first_imgTo reach the second round, Kenya had humiliated Botswana 7-1 before edging out Ethiopia 4-3 on aggregate.Ghana are now one step to booking a slot to the global showpiece that will be hosted in France in 2018. They will face Cameroon in the third and final round while the other last qualifier will see South Africa take on Nigeria.Starlets U20 out of World Cup Qualifier. Photo/COURTESYAt the Kenyatta Stadium, Rachael Muema scored the solitary goal for Kenya in the last minute of added time.Priscilla Adubea, who was the star for Ghana in the first leg where she scored four goals, was on a hat-trick this time to continue her prowess.Ghana took the lead in the first minute after Anokoye took a low drive from the left flank to open the score. The visitors got their second through a free kick by Asuako Philicity in the 8th minute.In the stroke of half time, the West Africa nation stretched the lead to 3-0 after Adubea took a long pass to slam home before netting a brace in the second half to complete her hat-trick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets U20 were bundled out of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier after succumbing a 10-1 aggregate loss at the hands of Ghana. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 19 – The national women’s U-20 football team crashed out of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier in second round after succumbing to a 10-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of Ghana.After falling 5-0 in the first leg away in Cape Coast, the Junior Harambee Starlets could not even come near to overturning the heavy deficit, as they were handed a 5-1thrashing in the return leg played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.last_img read more

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BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of Site C

first_imgBC Hydro burns debris that cannot be removed, mulched or chipped. BC Hydro states burning is carefully planned and monitored. This includes the timing, size and location of the woodpiles, and the amount of smoke emitted. South bank of the Peace River roughly 3.5 km SE of Bear FlatPeace Canyon Road, south side of the Peace River, approximately 6 km SW of Hudson’s HopeTrapper Main FSR, approximately 8 km SE of Hudson’s HopeMedicine Woman Road, approximately 16 km NNW of Moberly Lake and 33km NNW of ChetwyndBoucher Lake Road, approximately 16 km N of Moberly Lake and 34 km N of Chetwynd410 Road, approximately 18 km SW of Fort St. JohnIcebridge Road, approximately 12 km S of Fort St. John BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of the Site C project from Saturday, November 16th, 2019 to Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 in the following location: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro will be conducting controlled burning of debris as part of the Site C project.center_img – Advertisement -To view regulatory requirements and the Site C Smoke Management Plan, CLICK HERE. BC Hydro shares burning can only occur in the fall and winter months during a specific weather condition, known as a venting window. A venting window means that there is enough positive atmospheric pressure and airflow to disperse the smoke.last_img read more

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Pine Pass will experience closures today for Avalanche Control.

first_imgFriday, December 27th, 2019, motorists are to be advised that Highway 97 at Powder King Road (4 km south of the Pine Pass Summit) will be closed from 11 AM until 3:30 PM PST for avalanche control work. For conditions and events, CLICK HERE CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 97 in the Pine Pass will experience closures today for Avalanche Control work. – Advertisement -Keep updated using DriveBC.ca Expect major delays today, with 30 to 45 minute wait time. last_img

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GUILTY: FORMER DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ‘RECKLESSLY’ BREACHED ETHICS WITH DOUBLE EXPENSES CLAIM

first_imgA DONEGAL politician who lost his seat in the council elections has been censured today for making double expenses claims.The Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) has today published its investigation report about alleged contraventions of the Ethical Framework for the Local Government Service (Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001) and the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 by former Councillor Pádraig Doherty, Donegal County Council.The report follows an investigation hearing held on 12 May 2014. The Standards Commission found that Mr Doherty contravened sections 168 and 169(3) of the Local Government Act 2001, acted in disregard of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and did a ‘specified act’ within the meaning of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 by claiming travelling expenses from Údarás na Gaeltachta in respect of his attendance at the Association of County and City Councils’ Annual Conference 2007 at The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, County Waterford on 8, 9 and 10 March 2007 and later also claiming travelling and subsistence expenses in respect of attendance at the same Conference from Donegal County Council.The Standards Commission also found that Mr Doherty contravened sections 168 and 169(3) of the Local Government Act 2001, acted in disregard of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and did a ‘specified act’ within the meaning of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 by claiming travelling expenses from Donegal County Council in respect of his attendance at the Irish Central Border Area Network Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk, County Louth on 20 November 2008 and later also claiming travelling and subsistence expenses in respect of attendance at a meeting of Údarás na Gaeltachta in Furbo, County Galway on 21 November 2008.The Commission found that Mr Doherty was not entitled to make separate claims for his journeys from home to Dundalk and then from home to Furbo and that he should have made a claim to Donegal County Council for his journey from home to Dundalk and then made a claim to Údarás na Gaeltachta for journeys from Dundalk to Furbo and from Furbo to his home.The Standards Commission also found that Mr Doherty contravened sections 168 and 169(3) of the Local Government Act 2001, acted in disregard of provisions of the Code of Conduct for Councillors and did a ‘specified act’ within the meaning of the Standards in Public Office Act 2001 by claiming an overnight subsistence allowance from Údarás na Gaeltachta in respect of his attendance at meeting of Údarás na Gaeltachta in Furbo, County Galway on 21 November 2008 when he had not availed of accommodation to justify the claim. The Standards Commission found that each of the contraventions was committed recklessly and was, in all the circumstances, a serious matter. The Commission also found that Mr Doherty did not act in good faith in relation to each of the contraventions.The Commission has sent its report to Mr Doherty, to Mr Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Manager and Councillor John Campbell, Mayor, Donegal County Council (whose predecessors made the complaint to the Standards Commission) and also to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government.In his letter to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, the Commission Chairperson, Mr Daniel O’Keeffe, informed him that the Commission is concerned at the scope for abuse by persons making such claims to more than one public body and has requested that he give consideration to putting in place arrangements across the public service for cooperation by public bodies in ensuring that only the appropriate amounts within the relevant regulations are paid in response to claims by persons to more than one body in respect of the same period. GUILTY: FORMER DONEGAL COUNCILLOR ‘RECKLESSLY’ BREACHED ETHICS WITH DOUBLE EXPENSES CLAIM was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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What Can Science Really Know?

first_imgTwo book reviews on philosophy of science appeared in the leading general-science journals Nature and Science last week.  Both of them downplayed the oft-told triumphalist portrayal of science as a progressive path toward infallible knowledge – the picture most students get in school.    In Nature,1 N. David Mermin (Cornell) gave a surprising reprimand to an icon of triumphalist science: Alan Sokal (see 06/03/2008 commentary).  Sokal’s famous hoax against the postmodern deconstructionists in 1996 embarrassed them soundly and signalled the approaching end of the Science Wars of the 1990s.2  Sokal emerged as a champion of scientific realism.  His bold trick made him a darling of the scientific establishment.  The hoax’s value as a victory for scientific claims to epistemic superiority is debatable, though.  Some viewed it more as a boyish taunt than a serious conflict over ideas.  Among them is the reviewer of Sokal’s new collection of essays, Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy, and Culture (Oxford, 2008).  Mermin, a physicist and colleague of Sokal, did not have much good to say about this book.  He considered Sokal’s treatment of critics of the triumphalist spirit of science as ill-informed, dismissive and shallow.  He found much to agree on, “But Sokal’s unwillingness to expand his frame of reference to accommodate legitimately different points of view undermines his effectiveness as a scourge of genuine rubbish,” he concluded.  “I would like to think that we are not only beyond Sokal’s hoax, but beyond the science wars themselves.  This book might be a small step backwards.”    In Science,3 Kim Sterelny (philosophy program, Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington) reviewed William C. Wimsatt’s essay compendium, Re-Engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings: Piecewise Approximations to Reality (Harvard, 2007).  Wimsatt, whom Sterelny considers “among the most creative, original, and empirically informed philosophers of our day,” dealt with the problem of finite humans trying to form idealized conceptions of natural phenomena that are too complex to grasp in their entirety.  These idealizations are heuristic devices.  Scientists believe by faith they can be refined with further research and become better approximations to reality.  In turn, higher-order complex phenomena can then be reduced in terms of their simpler components: i.e., biology reduces to chemistry, which reduces to physics.  Scientific explanation becomes organized into hierarchical domains of increasing complexity.  So much for the triumphal picture:It is common ground between Wimsatt and his targets that these ideas about science are idealizations, perhaps even extreme ones.  But Wimsatt argues that they are unhelpful idealizations.  For they idealize away from what we most need to explain: the cognitive success of limited beings.  Treating science as ideally rational is like a developmental biologist using preformationism to model development: the subject matter of the discipline has been idealized away.Wimsatt respects the success of science but understands that causes and effects are not simple.  There exists a “causal thicket” because elements at one level are not always influenced by adjacent levels.  If you understand the chemistry of the atomic bonds in DNA, for instance, how much do you really understand DNA translation?The world is messy.  We are fallible and bounded.  Yet science progresses with great reliability.  Wimsatt’s conception of science is organized around these three facts.  Like science itself, his account is partial and incomplete, an approximation organized around the idea of a heuristic.  Many questions are left open, and much could be challenged.Perhaps one question that arises immediately is how a messy, heuristic approach to epistemology could yield reliable knowledge.  In a new lecture series on the solar system,4 professor Frank Summers (Southwest Research Institute) stated openly that concordance with reality is not important in science.  If a theory has good explanatory power and makes good predictions, that’s what matters.  With that in mind, he had surprisingly good things to say about Ptolemy’s earth-centered model of the solar system.  It explained complex motions in terms of simple geometrical shapes, and helped its users make predictions to sufficient accuracy for 1500 years – hardly an achievement to sneeze it, whether or not the model corresponded to the way things “really are.”1.  N. David Mermin, “Science wars revisited,” Nature 454, 276-277 (17 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454276a.2.  The Sokal Hoax episode is discussed at length in a lecture series by the Teaching Company, “Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It” by Steven L Goldman, Lehigh University.3.  Kim Sterelny, “Philosophy of Science: Addressing Complexity,” Science, 18 July 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5887, p. 344, DOI: 10.1126/science.1156895.4.  Frank Summers, New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System, The Teaching Company, 2008.As these book reviews show, it’s overdue to dispense with the triumphalist, progressivist view of science.  None of these factors guarantee science has a grip on truth: (1) it gets a lot of money, (2) a lot of smart people practice it, (3), it appears to be successful, (4) the textbooks portray it as victorious over superstition, (5) it wins Nobel Prizes, (6) it has a “scientific method” (whatever that is), (7) geeks major in it at school, (8) it’s hard and uses a lot of math, (9) it explains things, (10) it uses a peer review system, (11) it has big organizations and publishes impressive journals, or (12) it owns lots of big buildings and museums.    Clearly science seems “on to something” because of its practical successes in medicine, electronics and the space program, but even then, how much of the success is due to trial and error?  How much is due to practical engineering?  How much do we assume is true simply because it works according to the best theories of the day?  One only need look at history to see many examples of practical success using theories we now believe are wrong.    The “hard sciences” like physics and chemistry arguably have the best case to make.  They give us practical benefits like lasers, computers and robotic spacecraft that arrive at distant planets on schedule.  But arriving at Saturn and taking pictures of its rings is different from explaining how Saturn got there in the first place.  Even physics gets pretty far out when it comes to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, or the many-worlds interpretation, or cosmology.  How much more the storytelling that goes on in psychology and evolutionary biology and uniformitarian geology?  It’s not beyond belief to foresee today’s leading theories being tomorrow’s pseudosciences.Look at how many of science’s claims to epistemic priority have been undermined by philosophers of science:There is no one scientific method.Even if there were a scientific method, exercising a method cannot be done without making assumptions and judgments.There are no demarcation criteria between science and pseudoscience that can reliably keep the good stuff in (physics) and the bad stuff out (e.g., astrology).Scientific discovery follows no rules: it can come from hard work, tacit knowledge, accident, or even dreams.Scientific hypothesis-making follows no rules.  Few scientists arrive at a hypothesis out of raw data without some hunch or intuition of what to look for.  Many scientists have their hypothesis before looking at any evidence at all.Scientific explanations are fraught with logical pitfalls.  Reducing a complex phenomenon into simple principles runs the risk, for instance, of “explaining away” the very thing to be explained. Induction is subject to serious criticism.  It begs the question that patterns in past experience will continue in the future.Prediction is no reliable guide to good science.  Astrologers and other pseudoscientists often succeed at predictions.  Predictive success runs the risk of affirming the consequent: a logical fallacy.  That’s why Karl Popper denied predictive success has any role in scientific justification.Falsification rarely succeeds in overcoming a paradigm’s web of belief.Scientific reasoning may differ in diligence but not in substance from other kinds of reasoning.The requirement for natural laws is fraught with pitfalls.  Are laws descriptive or normative?  Statements that sound like laws may be nothing more than accidental generalizations.  Laws also make claims that far outrun experience; on what basis can they be justified?  Should natural laws be permitted that have zero instances?  Newton’s did – e.g., “A body in motion acted on by no external forces will continue in a straight line forever.”  Some legitimate sciences, like biology, employ few natural laws, and the ones they do employ are often plagued by exceptions.Science is a vague term with wannabees trying to latch onto the prestige of the word.  Where does one draw the line?  At social science?  political science?  economics?  Christian Science?  Scientology?  The speculations even within a “hard science” like physics are arguably just as unproveable as those of a “soft science” like psychology.What are you left with?  “What works for our needs right now.”  We call something scientific if it gives us some nice feelings with its explanations, allows us to make useful predictions, or gives us some practical control over the world.  Its grip on reality or truth is tenuous at best.    Once we get past triumphalist science, we should take a more informed look at other avenues of human knowledge.  History and the humanities might want to re-assert some of their claims in the marketplace of ideas.  Likewise, philosophy and theology have been footstools of imperial science for too long.  Provided that scholars in other fields apply sound principles of reason, use thorough research methods, interact where theories are analyzed and different points of view are considered, and build on prior knowledge, are their methods really so different from those of science?  Aren’t these good practices for any kind of research?    At the end of the 19th century, science was king.  Two world wars later, and a century of revolutions in philosophy of science later (with no clear winners), it’s time to re-evaluate science’s claims to special epistemic status and cultural priority.  Take another look at that quote by Dr. Daniel Robinson at the top right of this page.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Take another look at BPO – Investment mission to the USA

first_imgAccording to one of the delegates, Mr. Brian Whittaker, CEO of Business Trust, “South Africa’s strengths in the BPO sector play to the US’s needs. South Africa offers a high quality, value-based destination for offshoring business processes, in a stable investment environment supported by world class infrastructure.”Another delegate, Mr. Mfanu Mfeyela, the CEO of BPeSA (Business Process enabling South Africa – previously SACCCOM) agrees “Our message to investors is that South Africa provides value for money. So we benchmark our delivery and quality against Europe, not against cost base locations.” He notes that “The US accounts for more than 60% of globally offshored business, and as such it’s very important to South Africa as we position ourselves as a preferred offshore location.”The BPO delegation is promoting South Africa as an investment destination by emphasising three key messages:South Africa offers superior quality combined with high savings potential: Setting up a 1 000 seat centre would provide a saving of over 55% compared to a US operation. As an indication of quality, 95% of first time calls are resolved in South Africa. In contrast, the figure from India is 66%.South Africa has a vibrant industry serving local and offshore customers. Currently approximately 70 service providers serve local and offshore customers – a service that’s supported by excellent business ethics and cultural affinity with the US.Public sector commitment to developing BPO, which includes a five year development programme to enable stakeholders in the public and private sectors to work together to grow South Africa as a preferred BPO location. Initiatives in the programme include incentives and strategic marketing.Says Keryn House, CEO of ContactinGauteng, the Gauteng regional industry representative organisation, “The growth that we are witnessing in the BPO sector is very encouraging and is a real indication that we have the local capacity and capability to accommodate large outsource contracts by international companies located in the US.”In addition to promoting the BPO sector, the public-private sector mission will visit New York, Chicago and Detroit to promote investment in the ICT, biotechnology, automotive and financial services sectors.Iqbal Sharma, Chief Director, International Trade at DTI, who is accompanying the delegation, says that these five sectors were chosen “because that’s where we think the quickest bites will be.”Says Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Director at the International Marketing Council of South Africa (which has partnered with the DTI to host this Mission) “The global BPO sector looks set to grow by 50% a year over the next 5 years. Our US investment drive showcases the boundless possibilities available to investors in South Africa. We believe that such initiatives will help achieve South Africa’s 6% growth target, as well as enhance our tourism, trade and investment prospects ahead of 2010.”Itinerary and additional informationThe South African delegation will be in the USA from 17-23 March during which time it will visit New York, Detroit and Chicago.A seminar entitled ‘Outsourcing to South Africa’ is taking place on 19 March in New York. Speakers include the Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Mandisi Mpahlwa – Keynote address; Dr. Raymond Ngcobo, Chief Director at DTI – South Africa’s BPO value proposition; Mr. Mfanu Mfeyela, CEO of BPeSA – Achieving excellence through quality assurance in the BPO industry and Mr. John Joseph, Executive Product Manager at Telkom – South Africa’s Telecommunications Environment. Three case studies will also be presented – Dimension Data (by Director, Mr. Martin Dove); Direct Channel (by CEO, Mr. Suleman Shaik) and Business Connexion (by Director, Mr. Sydney Ramutla).Some BPO delegates are going to the Gartner Outsourcing Summit in Dallas, Texas from 20 to 21 March, where they’ll have the opportunity to network with global outsourcing players.The BPO sector in South Africa is well established across a number of vertical industries, yet is rapidly expanding to accommodate increasing interest in outsourcing. Most BPO hubs are located in the urban centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The City of Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng has the highest number of call centres at more than 360 employing some 35000 call centre agents in outsourced and captive (in-house) call centres in ICT, financial services, banking, tourism, hospitality and business-to-business. Over the past two years the industry has shown significant growth, with some call centres having doubled capacity through the creation of some 2000 new jobs. Back office administration, document processing, and logistics management centres have also increased, with the emergence of several new entrants in the market.Government has earmarked R1bn in investment incentives over the next five years to lure international business services to South Africa. The plan, which was launched by Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Mandisi Mpahlwa in Pretoria yesterday, is expected to translate into 100 000 new jobs by 2009 and attract about $175m in foreign direct investment.Organisations that are part of the delegation include: Accenture, BizWorks, Business Connexion, Business Process enabling South Africa (previously SACCCOM), Business Trust, Calling the Cape, City of Johannesburg, ContactInGauteng, Deloitte, Dialogue, Digital IQ, Dimension Data, Direct Channel Holdings, Direct Marketing Association of South Africa, Emmanuels, Fastcomm, IBM, I-Fundi Customer Solutions, INFORCOMM, IT-Consortium, Kelly, KZNonSource, Matlejoane Staffing Services, NAPS, Paladin Consulting, People Solutions, Phillips Consulting, Quest Flexible Staffing Solutions, SA Call Centre Solutions, SPM Direct, State Information Technology Agency, Telkom and Total Relationship Management.EndsIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry and the International Marketing Council of South AfricaEnquiriesFor more information about the mission, or to schedule interviews, please contact:Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlamini: Meropa CommunicationsTelephone: 011 772 1000, Email: Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlaminilast_img read more

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