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NEC Condemns ‘Fake Leaked Email’

first_imgMr. Flomo reads the press statement categorically condemning the alleged email sent to Cllr. Jerome KorkoyaThe National Elections Commission (NEC), through its director of communications, Mr. S. Henry Flomo has sharply reacted to an email said to have come from one of its staffers, regarding the voter roll which is aimed at bringing NEC into public disrepute.Addressing the media at an unusual and impromptu press conference yesterday, Mr. Flomo said the alleged email was illegally generated and has been circulated to harm the reputation and credibility of the electoral process.“The Commission clarifies that the alleged email was never written nor circulated by the Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya and the contents therein are false and only designed to cause confusion in the country,” he said. The alleged email, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, has ‘admin@necliberia.org’ as its source while the recipient is Jerome Korkoya (jkorkoya@necliberia.org).It is said to have been sent to Korkoya on Wednesday, July 28, 2017, at 9:19 p.m., with the subject, “Unknown Database Changes”.The alleged email reads:“Good morning, chairman, I hope all is well with you. Last night while backing up the system database and folders, I noticed that there are changes and additions being made to the parent folder of the final voter roster. The most significant changes of concern to me is the creation of new voters file with same exact name as the previous, and the addition of numbers that were not included on the listing we all signed on a few weeks ago. “Most interestingly, the new folder being created mimics some of the same information in the initial parent folder listing. Going through the new folder, the names, ages, location, sex and location of voters have changed. Furthermore, the pictures of voters on the new listing do not match what is on the compiled final file of those that registered to vote. I am looking through this more and will provide you with additional information.” A subsequent email, which was later alleged to have come from Cllr. Korkoya, was dated Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 9:33 a.m. and addressed to all members of the Board of Commissioners. The alleged email concluded and admonished all of its recipients not to speak to the media or anyone concerning fingerprint inaccuracy.“I have not seen this from any of the complainants as part of their evidence and we need to make no mention of that. We will discuss this in our emergency meeting later today,” it read. Flomo said the email is false because the senders used admin@necliberia.org which does not exist on the Commission’s server.“For all official mails, internal and external, the NEC uses the first letter of first names and then the last names plus the domain address. Therefore, the sender is fake,” he stated.He added that the voter roll database is strictly controlled by the NEC Data Center and not the IT section at the NEC.“The IT section does not control infrastructure, is not able to comment on database changes as mentioned in the concocted email and the NEC uses Microsoft Outlook for all official mails, internal and external,” he explained.He pointed out that the NEC does not have fingerprint folders as mentioned by the alleged fake emails and that all documents are saved in the Commission’s database and not in folders.“The fake email from Chairman Korkoya to fellow commissioners, regarding the subject, does not exist on our mail server. It is not just strange but fake and in fact, the Chairman in particular normally uses his AOL account for email purposes,” he said.Flomo noted that the Commission is urging all citizens, mainly voters and partners to remain calm and await the opinion of the Supreme Court and that the Commission remains transparent and credible. The head of the IT section at the NEC, Mr. James Dogbey also noted that his department knows nothing about that email and it has been verified as a fake email from an unidentified source with the intent to damage the good reputation of the Commission.Meanwhile, Rodney Sieh, publisher of Frontpage Africa, who received the purported email and published it on his newspaper’s website said he called on the NEC to give a quick response, but the Commission said it could give a response only through a press conference as it did yesterday. Responding on the Bumper Show yesterday as to how he got the alleged email and whether it is authentic, Sieh said he received it from an insider from the NEC and whether it is true or not lies in the hands of the Commission to clarify.With a few more days to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the LP, UP vs NEC’s ongoing October 10 representative and presidential elections alleged irregularities and fraud case, the alleged email appears to be generating more tension and bringing the electoral body under further scrutiny.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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High tech’s vision for tomorrow

first_imgYou will be able to work more often on your time and your terms. Intelligent devices will help you gain customer insight and deliver your goods and services. These devices – equipped with computing, storage and sensing abilities – will monitor themselves, freeing business owners to take on other tasks. Future technologies for small business will be increasingly mobile. New smart phones or advanced computer-like cell phones will allow entrepreneurs the freedom to work from anywhere. Meanwhile, new projection display technologies will allow meetings or work to happen anywhere, as any surface – curved or flat, glossy or matte – becomes a high-resolution mobile computer screen. And increasingly pervasive high-speed, high-bandwidth wireless networks will keep entrepreneurs connected to their businesses and customers from anywhere. A new wave of analytic tools – including small business dashboards integrated with financial software such as QuickBooks – will increase productivity and make it easier to see how the business performs. The futurists predict that these technologies will help business owners make more-informed decisions, thus reducing the risks of owner a small business, and pushing “gut-instinct” management to the sidelines. “Information on demand” for both business owners and customers will change how businesses operate. Customers will order up a review of the restaurant they just walked by. And how about an instant inventory check of those shoes on display in the store window? These so-called “information annotations” of the physical world will soon be instant and available anywhere. Small businesses will no longer thrive merely on local ads and traditional word-of-mouth. Location-based consumer-generated reviews, offering virtual word-of-mouth advice and price-comparison data will create the most-influenced customers the world has ever seen. To get the entire Future of Small Business Report, visit www.intuit.com/futureofsmallbusiness. Daniel Kehrer (editor@business.com) is editor of Business.com, the top business search engine, and Work.com, a “how-to” site for small business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSmall business marketing will shift from a “push” to a “pull” mindset. Rather than merely accepting what’s pitched to them (the “push”), customers will increasingly find the information they need to make purchasing decisions, and small business will need the right information in the right places to “pull” those customers in. The emphasis will be on providing customers and prospects with the right information in the right context at the right time. A small business’s online presence will be the key factor in finding and acquiring customers. So investing in a high-quality Web site, keeping up with search engine optimization (SEO), and search engine marketing (SEM) techniques will be critical. And according to the report, the most successful small businesses will increasingly market themselves via the connected world of cars and cell phones. As the sophistication of cell phone-based and automobile marketing rapidly improves, small businesses should look out for ways to take advantage. For example, mobile marketing via cell phones and connected cars will let restaurants and retailers send special offers to customers when they are in the area. High-tech will no longer be a high hurdle as costs and complexity fall, and more business applications become available. Small business relationships will become increasingly virtual as online social networks proliferate. In the connected world of the Internet, small businesses will expand their relationships with customers, partners and suppliers beyond local neighborhoods. Question: We are still in the startup stage, trying to build a business that will be leading edge in tech terms. For long-range planning, what are some of the trends ahead that will shape the technology we’ll be using a few years from now? – PLANNING AHEAD Answer: The most successful small businesses in coming years will likely be more tech-reliant than even the most tech-savvy entrepreneurs today. They’ll be more connected in a mobile world, market to customers in ways only hinted at right now, and will further blur the lines between the virtual and physical business worlds. At least that’s the vision of small business in the next 10 years from a fascinating new Future of Small Business Report sponsored by Intuit and the Institute for the Future. The study concludes that technology will revolutionize the very nature of what it means to run a small business. last_img read more

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FACELIFT FOR MILFORD AS STUDENTS MAKE THEIR OWN PLANS!

first_imgMr. John Curran who made the presentation on behalf of the students of Loreto Community School in the Cultural Centre in Letterkenny with architect Padraig Curley.Local architect, John Curran has been working with Transition Year students at Loreto Community School in MIlford as part of the National Architect in Schools Initiative.The initiative is organised by the Irish Architecture foundation (IAF), and the idea is to give students hands-on design experience under the guidance of local architects.The IAF is working in partnership with the national network of Teachers’ Education Centres to train and resource both architects and teachers. Teacher and architect oversee the students’ work!Five Education Centres, in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway and Wexford are acting as regional hubs for the initiative which takes place in 25 schools nationwide.The programme allows architects to steer the students as they came up with great ideas to analyse their build surroundings and identify areas that they would like to improve, and then to help them come up with imaginative suggestions and solutions.John Curran teacher Padraig Curley began by dividing the students into groups and asked them to look at the village of Milford, and in particular how their school is located in relation to the village centre.After that, the groups looked at ways of strengthening the links between the school and the centre, in the process developing ideas about how to regenerate disused buildings and spaces in and around Milford. The architect’s role was to provide the support that would allow the groups to draw conclusions from their analysis, and to go on and design the kind of buildings and places they’d like to see in Milford. Students let their imaginations run loose, and pushed the boundaries as much as they wanted. They weren’t informed that their buildings might cost too much and finding adequate funding may be a problem! The purpose really was to develop their vision and encourage their creativity.The end products were amazing. Students came up with great ideas to generate a buzzing, vibrant, and colourful Milford. All these ideas, plans and model buildings were presented to a large, interested audience in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. FACELIFT FOR MILFORD AS STUDENTS MAKE THEIR OWN PLANS! was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:architect Padraig CurleydonegalLoretoMilfordlast_img read more

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Sky Bet League Two play-off final: Blackpool v Exeter City live on talkSPORT

first_imgBlackpool will face off with Exeter City for a place in next season’s League One, LIVE on talkSPORT.The Sky Bet League Two final is taking place at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, kicking off at 3pm.LIVE ON talkSPORT: Blackpool v Exeter City – click here to tune in to the Sky Bet League Two play-off finalBlackpool have won five of their past eight matches against Exeter and will take part in their seventh play-off final – more than any other team.Exeter, meanwhile, enter new territory by becoming the 80th different side to participate in a play-off final since their inception in 1987.Confirmed teamsBlackpool: Slocombe, Mellor, Aimson, Aldred, Robertson, Daniel, Payne, Danns, Potts, Vassell, CullenSubs: Flores, Nolan, Samuel, Lyness, Delfouneso, Gnanduillet, BlackExeter: Pym, Stacey, Brown, Moore-Taylor, Woodman, Wheeler, James, Taylor, Grant, Harley, WatkinsSubs: Olejnik, Tillson, Holmes, McAlinden, Croll, Sweeney, ReidLIVE ON talkSPORT: Blackpool v Exeter City – click here to tune in to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final Blackpool v Exeter City: The League Two play-off final is LIVE on talkSPORT 1last_img read more

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OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD

first_imgMCFADDENThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Hugh McFadden, Sancta Maria, Gortlee, Letterkenny.Funeral from his home tomorrow (Fri) morning at 10.15am going to the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballyraine for Requiem mass at 11 o’clock. Burial afterwards in Conwal Cemetery.Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to the I.C.U, Letterkenny General Hospital – c/o Pascal Blake, Funeral Director, New Line Road, Letterkenny.CANNINGThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Joe Canning, Lurganboyce, Rathmullan Removal from the Chapel of Rest at Letterkenny General Hospital this (Thurs) afternoon at 3pm going to the family homeRequiem mass in St Catherine’s Church, Oughterlinn on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. House is private.SARSFIELD-SMITHThe death has taken place at Brentwood Manor Nursing Home, Convoy of Patrick Sarsfield-Smith of Carrick, CastlefinnRemoval from the nursing home this (Thurs) afternoon at 2.30, going to his late residence. Funeral from there tomorrow (Fri) morning at 10.30 for 11 o’clock requiem mass in St Mary’s Church, Castlefinn, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.MCFADDENThe death has taken place at his residence of Bill Mc Fadden, Ballyoghan, Carrigart.The funeral tomorrow, Friday morning to the Church of St John the Baptist, Carrigart for 11 o’clock Requiem Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The house is strictly private please from 10pm to 10am.MCBRIDEThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Francie Mc Bride of Annagry. His removal too from Mc Glynn’s Funeral Home, Chapel Road, Dungloe last night, going to his late residence and funeral arrangements will be confirmed later.DUDDYThe sudden death has taken place of Moya Duddy, Dirlaugh, Lettermacaward.Funeral Mass on tomorrow morning Friday in St Bridget’s Church, Lettermacaward at 11 o’clock with burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. The house private from 11pm to 9am.BRENNANThe death has occurred of Frances Brennan, (née Sweeney) of 331 Coneyburrow Road Lifford. Reposing at her home. Funeral leaving her home today, Thursday, at 10.15a.m.for Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Murlog at 11a.m. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers please to Lifford Hospital Patients’ Comfort Fund c/o 1A, Newtown Place, Strabane Much loved wife of the late Robert, dearly loved mother of Ann, Eamon, Dessie, Bernadette, Margaret, Robert, Geraldine, Lorna and Sharon and sister of John, Gerard, Maurice, Norrie, Margaret and the late Bridie.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)Tags:JUNE 23RDOBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – THURSDAYlast_img read more

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Poll puts Bush support at lowest point yet

first_img Neither Bush nor Rove has seemed to get the message, the Republicans say. Democrats have kept up the attack. “The 2006 midterm elections will be our next opportunity to change the environment of corruption and incompetence in Washington,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday in a fundraising letter to Democrats. Reid has called for Rove’s resignation and a “thorough house cleaning” at the White House. In the AP-Ipsos poll, nearly one in five Republicans disapproved of Bush’s handling of his job, compared with nearly nine in 10 Democrats. Nearly seven in 10 independents disapproved. Four in five Republicans still back the president. “I think he’s done a wonderful job,” said Gloria Bloecher, a Republican from Sherman, Texas. “He’s done wonderful things for the economy. He rescued people who needed help in Iraq – it was the Christian thing to do. I still trust his people and the people he picks for the Supreme Court.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This is the poorest excuse for a president this country has ever had,” said Max Hollinberger, a businessman from Stanwood, Wash., who leans Democratic. He cited “the economy, going to war in Iraq for no reason, the way we can get to the tsunami victims before Katrina victims – the whole business.” A year after his re-election, Bush’s second term has been marred by rising U.S. casualties in Iraq, a failed attempt to restructure Social Security, Hurricane Katrina missteps, rising fuel costs and his forced withdrawal of the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers. In a case involving the public naming of a covert CIA operative married to an Iraq war critic, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former aide, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in federal court to charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to investigators. The case casts a continuing cloud over Cheney and keeps Bush’s closest adviser, Karl Rove, in legal jeopardy. Republicans are starting to worry about the 2006 elections and hope Bush can reverse his slide. Several senior Republicans who are close to the White House and Rove say there has been a lot of talk inside and outside the White House about the need for him to leave, but they’re picking up no indication from him or his associates that it’s going to happen – at least anytime soon. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush’s public support has eroded to its lowest level yet, with the Iraq war dragging on, a top White House aide facing felony charges and the White House rushing to replace a failed Supreme Court nominee. Concerned that the president has lost his footing, some Republicans have suggested Bush should shake up his staff. A new AP-Ipsos poll found the president’s approval rating was at 37 percent, compared with 39 percent a month ago. About 59 percent of those surveyed said they disapproved. The intensity of disapproval is the strongest to date, with 42 percent now saying they “strongly disapprove” of how Bush is handling his job – twice as many as the 20 percent who said they “strongly approve.” last_img read more

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The Warriors’ Draymond Green in mourning after friend killed by train

first_img“It sucks … The Warriors’ Draymond Green was in mourning Monday for a friend who died over the weekend after being hit by a train in Albion, Michigan. Zachary Winston, 19, a student and basketball player at Albion College, intentionally stepped in front of the train, the Detroit Free Press reported, via the Battle Creek Enquirer.Zachary Winston’s brother Cassius plays for Michigan State, Green’s alma mater.CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile devicelast_img read more

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How Not to Teach Evolution

first_imgCurrent Biology usually interviews a scientist for each issue.  In the October 14 issue,1 the subject was Dyche Mullins, a molecular biologist at UC San Francisco.  His story of how evolution was taught in high school should make teachers and parents take notice.    After the usual anecdotal fluff about what kind of cookies he likes and what bicycles he prefers, Mullins was asked what turned him on to biology after so many years (he did not become interested till graduate school).Good question. In part, it was the way I was taught biology in high school.  My teachers refused to teach anything about evolution.  In fact, the only time I remember hearing the ‘E’ word in high school was when we dissected frogs.  After explaining to a room full of queasy kids how understanding the anatomy of a frog could help us understand the basics of human anatomy, the teacher paused thoughtfully and said, “Now I’m not talking about evolution here, so don’t go home and tell your parents that I’m teaching evolution”.  And that was it.  The rest of high school biology was just a collection of evidence supporting Dobzhansky’s claim that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution”.  We collected insects and looked at pine cones, and we had a hamster that we taught to go to the bathroom through a hole in the side of its cage.  That was pretty much it.  Biology seemed more like an eccentric hobby than a coherent body of knowledge.  Mercifully, we were spared any discussion of ‘Intelligent Design’….    I started reading more deeply in biology and realized just how flawed my early education had been.  I read Darwin and I discovered T.H. Morgan and Max Delbr�ck and the Phage Group.  The only advantage of coming to biology so late was that I found almost everything that I learned new and exciting.  Reading about solving the genetic code, thirty years after the fact, made me as excited as if it was happening at that moment, in a lab down the hall.  I was astounded by the calcium ATPase: a single molecule that can discriminate, with remarkable specificity, between similar divalent cations and use chemical energy to pump calcium against a 10,000-fold concentration gradient.In the ellipsis, Mullins had described his educational diversion into physics and mathematics.  Apparently his teachers on those subjects did a better job, because he dove into them headlong with gusto.  What made him turn back to biology was seeing living systems for the first time as computer-controlled machinery:To my engineer’s mind, a living cell was now just a complex, feedback-controlled system.  I could imagine writing equations to describe biochemical pathways, cellular functions, and, eventually, entire living cells.  Nowadays this kind of thinking would be called ‘systems biology’.  And while it is not exactly the way I approach biological problems in my lab now, it was the kind of thinking that made biology intelligible to me.When outside the lab, Dyche takes off the white coat.  You can watch him ham it up with comedy country blues boys on YouTube, singing, “Man of Constant Sorrow.”1.  Q&A, “Dyche Mullins,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 19, 14 October 2008, pages R895-R896, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.056.Biology teachers should have constant sorrow, too after reading this story.  This is how to turn a bright young inquiring mind into a self-contradicting smart aleck.  Can’t this blues boy realize that complex, feedback-controlled systems don’t just happen?  This man of constant sorrow can stare at intelligent design right in front of his face, like that biological machine that “can discriminate, with remarkable specificity, between similar divalent cations and use chemical energy to pump calcium against a 10,000-fold concentration gradient,” and turn right around and praise Darwin and Dobzhansky.  Step back a second and realize how insane this is.  This same dude would never step into a computer room and insult the designers, but can stare at even more complex systems and call them cobbled jumbles of time and chance.  It’s enough to make you want to yank his beard and knock on his skull and ask, “Anybody home?” (Caution: Do NOT do that to anybody except yourself, women and obsessive shavers excepted.)  The interviewer, as usual for Current Bilge, just slurps it all up like fine whine.    Teachers: pay attention.  You cannot solve the creation-evolution controversy by ignoring it.  This does more harm than good.  Students want answers.  They are curious about evolution.  Those from religious homes may be worried about it, while those from secular humanist homes may have moms and dads ready to sue.  You cannot push this subject off.  One cannot understand modern history or science without understanding Darwin.  The next Dyche Mullins in your classroom will remember how you sloughed off the subject as if it were taboo, then a Darwin dogmatist in college will sweep him off his feet with visions of the alluring explanatory power of evolution.    In private or home schools, the solution is simple: teach all about Darwinism – all its strengths and weaknesses, the stuff the textbooks leave out.  In public schools, the courts and the school boards have often become so paranoid they will try to persecute or dismiss any teacher who teaches scientific facts about Darwin, like they did to Roger DeHart.  Sometimes the thought police go after not what you say, but what they think your motivation is.  You have to know your principal, your state, and your school board.  Thankfully some states are passing academic freedom laws.  Many teachers have found the right way to present Darwinism honestly without dogmatism.  Who could fault that?  Science is supposed to be the opposite of dogmatism!  Don’t expect all parents and school boards to be rational, though, on this hot topic; the Discovery Institute can provide valuable help for negotiating the fine legal lines involved.  Whether public or private or home school teacher, your goal is to help students become familiar with the evolutionary theory in its historical, political and scientific contexts; to understand the arguments Darwin and his critics have made, and while at the same time to develop critical thinking skills to be able to separate dogmatic claims from scientific evidence.    Let’s use this entry also to cogitate on the nature of science.  We tend to pigeonhole subjects into watertight categories: a scientist is someone who does science, and science is what scientists do.  Is that necessarily the case?  When Mullins is clowning around with the country band, is he doing science then, just because he is a scientist by profession?  Obviously not.  All right, then; is he doing science from the moment he steps into the Science Building on campus till the moment he goes home?  Maybe some of the time.  Not on coffee breaks.  But then, maybe some flash of scientific insight will come to him when he gazes at the swirls of cream in his cup.  Is it when he is writing a proposal or scientific paper?  Is it when he is tediously jotting down readings in his lab book while his mind is on the American League championships?  Is it anything he does because he belongs to a professional scientific society, while the bird watcher outside does not?  These questions help to dissolve prejudices about The Scientist.    For Dyche’s view on what makes a person a good scientist, let’s look at his answer to the last question about what advice he would give a student seeking a career in biology.  Get ready for a surprise.Advice is a tricky thing.  When I started my lab I picked out a set of mentors: three successful scientists to whom I ran with all my vexing questions.  I soon found that, no matter what the question, I always got three different (and often contradictory) pieces of advice.  One of those pieces of advice, however, usually resonated more than the others and that’s the one I would follow.  So my advice would be to get as much advice as you can from as many different sources as possible.  And remember that much of it will be bad advice, or at least bad advice for you, even if the source is an eminent and successful scientist.  You need to trust your instincts.    As Andrew Murray once told me, “Think about all the scientists you know.  No two of them approach a problem in the same way.  No two of them run their labs the same way.  And no two successful scientists are successful for the same reason.”Notice something interesting: this is all about intuition.  You thought that science is following the scientific method.  Here, Mullins is saying that science is all about instinct!  Then you and me are scientists whenever we listen to a lot of advice, discard the advice that doesn’t “resonate,” and trust our instincts.  You can imagine a lawyer or hunter or coach giving the same advice to his students.  What scientific method is Mullins following when he gathers as much advice as he can, then trusts his instincts?  Certainly a politician can do that.  Notice he said that no two of them [scientists] approach a problem in the same way, run their labs the same way, or are successful for the same reason.  There is no one way to do science!  A corollary is that anybody who gets good advice and trusts his instincts has just as much right to call himself a scientist as Mullins does, because there is no method, or process, or secret formula that makes what Mullins does more scientific than what any other careful investigator does.    Oh, but you may be thinking, Mullins has a degree in science.  He passed all the educational requirements.  He joined a scientific society.  He is smart, well trained and experienced: this grants him membership in The Science Guild.  That may be all well and good, but we repeat the question: when is he doing science, and when is he not doing science?  We remind our readers that some of the greatest scientists in history never went through those qualifications.  They learned at home or from personal experience.  They were mavericks and outsiders.  Some were scorned by the Science Guild in their day – and not vindicated till after they died.  Should they be classed as non-scientists because they were outside the Guild?  Of course not.  Science only became highly professionalized and institutionalized in relatively recent times.  The word “scientist” did not even exist till William Whewell coined the term in 1832.    Science is one of those vague words that means too little by attempting to stand for too much.  Are we to grant the same prestige to political science and economic science as we do to physics?  How about the far-out theoretical physics that still has no observational evidence?  Is psychology science?  Science of mind?  Scientology?  Clearly some distinctions are in order!    In the original sense of the word, science means knowledge.  The word requires no set method, schooling or membership.  Knowledge welcomes all seekers and rejects some SINOs (scientists in name only).  While we should respect the degree of rigorous education that professional scientists have mastered, and the experience they have gained, and any useful or enduring findings they have made, we should keep these distinctions in mind.  When Dyche Mullins dismissively disparages intelligent design while staring it in the face in a cell, he is not doing science: he is doing ridicule.  When he falls in love with Darwin but never studies the problems and contrary arguments, he is taking things on authority.  He deserves no more respect for uninformed opinions than a cultist or gambler.  Don’t respect a scientist when he acts unscientifically, and don’t ignore a person lacking a PhD in Science when he seeks knowledge in an honest, systematic, informed way.    A lay person with common sense on the right track may achieve more science (knowledge) than a professional pursuing a wrong track.  Being a professional scientist does not grant legitimacy to whatever that person does or says that is not observable, testable, and repeatable.  And knowledge is certainly a goal that any honest observer in search of the truth can hope to attain.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Activation Gallery – Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.Despite the morning heat, Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and her runner-up, Jade Axon, as well as representatives from Play Your Part and GEM Project joined the schoolchildren on Saturday, 24 October, as they cleared the school of litter. According to Play Your Part representatives, the campaign was in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Viktor, who was crowned Miss Earth South Africa in September, said the clean-up formed part of the environmental work she would undertake during her year as titleholder. However, her biggest initiatives would be greening projects. “It involves a lot of tree planting, a lot of educational work at schools, teaching the kids why it is important to clean up and recycle, and also getting them to be active citizens.”At the same time as she undertakes her environmental work, she is also preparing for her next big project, that of winning the international Miss Earth pageant in Austria in December.               Play Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.last_img read more

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Google Is Starting War On Child Pornography, Not Ending

first_imgbrian proffitt Tags:#children#Google#law#pornography Google is creating a global database of child abuse images that the company hopes, when shared with other search engines, will help eradicate child pornography from the Internet. While this is certainly a goal worth fighting for, sadly it is also a goal that is out of reach.Given that Google shared their new program with U.K. publication The Telegraph, Google was certainly responding to increasing political pressure from the U.K., most notably Prime Minister David Cameron’s remarks on June 10 that called Google and other search engine companies out for enabling the proliferation of such images on the Internet.The new program certainly sounds promising: the company will be working to create a database of flagged images within a year’s time that will be shared with other search engines in the hopes that such content will “be wiped from the web in one fell swoop,” the Telegraph proclaimed.Unfortunately, the end of all child pornography is not going to be the result of such a program, as images of raped and abused children will not be eliminated from the Internet but – at best – far less likely to come up in search results on Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.Google Giving Director Jacqueline Fuller detailed the program with far less hyperbole on Google’s official blog Saturday:Since 2008, we’ve used “hashing” technology to tag known child sexual abuse images, allowing us to identify duplicate images which may exist elsewhere. Each offending image in effect gets a unique ID that our computers can recognize without humans having to view them again. Recently, we’ve started working to incorporate encrypted “fingerprints” of child sexual abuse images into a cross-industry database. This will enable companies, law enforcement and charities to better collaborate on detecting and removing these images, and to take action against the criminals. Today we’ve also announced a $2 million Child Protection Technology Fund to encourage the development of ever more effective tools.Even if these horrific images are identified, that doesn’t automatically remove them from the Internet. It takes law enforcement and Internet service provider intervention to do that, as Filler stated.And there’s the fact that, for all their power, Google and the other search engines do not have the entire Internet tracked. Estimates vary wildly, with some guessing that Google may have up to 12% of the Web indexed, and others pegging that percentage as low as 0.04% of total Web content.Whatever the figure, no one would ever give any of the search engines out there the credit for indexing the entire Web. Nor will the search engines ever get there, at least not the way they work now.Search engines rely on following links to new content on the web. So, if a site containing illicit content is not linked to any other site, the search engines won’t even know it’s there.And, even if they were able to find the site, search engines still abide by a site’s robots.txt file, something that all automated web search crawler engines examine before stepping across a site’s threshold. If the robots.txt file says no search engines allowed (and there are various legitimate reasons why an administrator might want to keep such crawlers out), then there’s no indexing that will happen.Google could, in the interests of hunting down illicit content, ignore the robots.txt restriction, but busting that honor system would negatively impact a lot of sites that have done nothing wrong.Content can also be hidden on sites by putting it behind forms. Search engines don’t index pages that are created when a form is filled in and then auto-generated by the content of that form. If they did, then search results would be inundated with product catalog content every time we looked for men’s shirts.To be clear, Google’s program is a strong step in making it harder to find child pornography on the Internet – and that’s a damn good thing. But sources that are known by purveyors of this content will still be available to provide material that exploits children. All the search engines are doing is making it harder for new searchers for this content to locate such content.In the long run, politicians and citizens should be happier: if this program is successful, child pornography will be vastly decreased from easy public view. But this will be just a Potemkin village – a clean-looking version of the Internet that will not reflect the fact that these terrible images are still out there – just better hidden.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more