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  • Alukuni take down Kamali in Hekari Central Cup

    first_imgAlukuni were led by new recruit for Hekari United, Karo Ila and lead he did, when he fired through the first goal for his side in the 21st minute.Alukuni continued to dominate possession and were two points midway through the second half when Ute Ila chipped the ball over the keeper to find the net.Karo continued to direct play to guide his side to a comfortable win.In other results, Gemo drew with Alewai 3-3, Keapara defeated Papaka  (2) 2-0, Kalo beat Kawara 2-0, Papaka  (1) edged out Makerupu 2-1 and Kamali were the better side over Hula in the morning winning 2-0.last_img read more

  • Diego Costa scores again, Spain beats Iran 1-0 at World Cup

    first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Costa scored in the 54th minute after being set up by Andres Iniesta. The powerful striker turned in the area and took a shot that deflected off Ramin Rezeian before bouncing back onto Costa’s knee and into the net.It was far from a beautiful win, but the goal was enough to make Spain coach Fernando Hierro smile.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 crown“We have four points,” Hierro said. “We were happier after the match against Portugal, but we only had one point.”Spain and Portugal lead Group B with four points each following their 3-3 draw and 1-0 victories. Iran has three points, but Morocco has been eliminated. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Spain was mostly dangerous from set-pieces, including in the 25th minute when a free kick from David Silva that took a deflection was stopped by Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.Spain continued to apply strong pressure in the second half and Beiranvand stopped a strike from Sergio Busquets in the 49th minute with a superb one-handed diving save. He then palmed the rebound away before Lucas Vazquez could get to the ball.Hierro’s players were almost caught against the run of the play when Karim Ansarifard unleashed a powerful strike that ended up in the side-netting following a long thrown in.Then, trailing in the second half, Iran nearly equalized when Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal ruled out on video review.Iran continued to push hard and managed to challenge with some fast counterattacks. Spain was lucky not to concede toward the end as Mehdi Taremi connected with a cross from Ansarifard, but his header from close range went over the crossbar.GROUP DYNAMICSFirst place in the group could be decided by goal difference.Spain will face Morocco in its final match on Monday in Kaliningrad, while Portugal plays Iran in Saransk on the same day.But with three points, Iran has still a chance to qualify for the knockout stage. The Iranians will need to beat Portugal to advance.KEYS TO SUCCESS In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 It’s not just slick play within the Spain team.With a superb display of collective grit, the Spanish showed they are as united as ever despite the turmoil created by the firing of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.Spain is now unbeaten in 22 matches, with 15 of those wins. The team’s last loss was against Italy in the round of 16 at the 2016 European Championship.Iran was dangerous from set pieces and its restless defensive display was impressive. The team also created a few excellent chances, including that missed header from Taremi in the 83rd minute.ANGRY COSTANamed the man of the match, Costa took umbrage when he was asked why he played aggressively.Costa had a bust-up with Beiranvand toward the end of the first half after the Iran keeper went down in the box. It appeared that Beiranvand exaggerated his pain after Costa stood on his foot.“What game were you watching,” Costa replied. “They were provoking us, and we were on the grass all the time. You can’t just say that because it’s your national team playing.” Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Costa, who scored twice against Portugal, has three goals at this year’s World Cup, trailing Cristiano Ronaldo by one. He also has nine goals in his last nine starts for Spain.He only had one chance against Iran, and he converted it.“It’s going be tight (with Ronaldo),” Hierro said. “I know Diego is really committed, he has scored three goals in three matches. He can do better, he works hard, he is fighting both at the back and at the front.”Facing a very compact Iranian team that came out to defend, Spain pressed high and controlled much of the game but found it difficult to threaten against Iran’s 10-man defense.Spurred on by their vociferous fans, Iran’s imposing players did well to handle Spain’s attacks. Iran was also dangerous on the break, using the speed of its attacking players to threaten the Spanish back four but without creating many real chances.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Spain’s Diego Costa, right, tries to shot as Iran’s Morteza Pouraliganji tries to block during the group B match between Iran and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)KAZAN, Russia  — Patience is a virtue, and Spain showed plenty of it to overcome a tough challenge from Iran at the World Cup.During a frustrating evening at the Kazan Arena when the 2010 champions struggled to break through the stubborn Iranian defense, Diego Costa scored on a deflection for a 1-0 win on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

  • England’s Stones calls Colombia ‘dirtiest team’ he’s faced

    first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Pella stuns Cilic at Wimbledon; Djokovic, Nadal advance Colombia’s Radamel Falcao, center, lies on the pitch after challenging for the ball with England’s John Stones, left, during the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)REPINO, Russia — England defender John Stones described Colombia as the “dirtiest team I’ve ever come up against” and said his team’s ability to rise above the provocation is a sign of its growing maturity at the World Cup.England won a penalty shootout Tuesday after a feisty, physical round-of-16 game finished 1-1 following extra time and with eight yellow cards handed out by the referee — tying for the most issued in any game in the tournament. Colombia’s players received six of them.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names England’s national team has often been accused of not being streetwise enough in major tournaments but it passed this test against Colombia, with players killing time at free kicks, for example.“We kept playing our own football and that’s a great sign for a team to have,” Stones said, “to make sure we have that quality of tunnel vision to get out of the game. It was a difficult situation to be in and we can look back on it and be very proud of it.”A grueling game has taken its toll on England, with striker Jamie Vardy missing training on Thursday because of a groin injury and battling to be fit for the quarterfinal match against Sweden in Samara on Saturday.Expectation levels were generally considered to be low among England fans coming into the tournament but they are rising now, particularly since the team is in the half of the draw with the supposedly weaker teams.Beat Sweden, and England has a game against Croatia or host nation Russia to reach a first World Cup final since 1966.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I’ve never seen a game like this before and how they behaved,” said Stones, who has played five years in the Premier League and four years for England. “There were things that we’ve never experienced before.”Among them, said Stones, was Colombia’s players surrounding and pushing the referee, head-butting Jordan Henderson and scuffing the penalty spot before Harry Kane’s second-half spot kick. Stones also highlighted a member of Colombia’s technical staff barging into Raheem Sterling as the players came off for halftime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s obviously their image and how they’ve represented their country,” Stones said Thursday. “We stuck to our game plan and never got involved in the brawl that they wanted. At the end of the day, they are on the plane back home.”England’s players weren’t completely innocent, however, with Henderson getting booked and appearing to use his head to barge into an opponent. Argentina great Diego Maradona criticized American referee Mark Geiger and said the outcome of the game was a “monumental theft,” comments he apologized for Thursday after FIFA rebuked him. Stones isn’t looking too far ahead, though, not with England having won only two of its last 15 meetings with the Swedes.“I think if you say it’s an easy game in a quarterfinal of a World Cup, then you are pretty stupid to say that,” the Manchester City defender said. “They play very structured from the back, sit quite deep from what we’ve seen and we know what we’re up against.“Sometimes they can throw you these teams, they can go kind of under the radar, but there is no question they are a good team.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Deplorable roads affecting proper market access – Region 5 rice farmers

    first_imgRice farmers in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) are finding it difficult to get their rice to more lucrative markets because of the state of the farm to markets roads in the region.Regional Vice Chairman Rian PietersThis newspaper was told that rice farmers have been forced to settle for more than $100,000 less in payment for their paddy since they cannot access the more lucrative markets.Region Five is the largest rice-producing region in the country and the Burma Road is the access to 450 acres, while the Mahaicony Branch Road allows access to 25,000 acres of land. Over 800 rice farmers in the region use that road but they cannot get the full-needed service from it.Regional Vice Chairman Rian Pieters was asked by this publication about the lack of initiative by the regional administration to assist rice farmers in region but he said the issue is not one the region can solve, neither can take blame for.According to Pieters, it is not the regional administration to be blamed but rather the Finance Ministry. He said that the regional administration has been trying to get the roads fixed but the Finance Ministry has not allowed them.Former Regional Chairman and now rice farmer, Bindrabhan Bisnauth“Over the past three or four years, the Regional Democratic Council would have included those Branch Roads— the Mahaicony Branch Road, Burma Branch Road and De Hoop Branch Road— as a part of the Region’s estimates for those years in our budget. I am disappointed to have to say that while the Regional Democratic Council would have approved those roads, our estimates, when our budget would have gotten to the Ministry of Finance, they were struck off of the final document over the past three or four occasions,” Pieters said.Meanwhile, former Regional Chairman Bindrabhan Bisnauth, himself a rice farmer, told this publication that they are losing money because they are unable to take their paddy to preferred markets.“We do not have access to get to any other mill. Because of the impassable state of the road, farmers are now caught between a hard rock and I do not know what else, but we do not have access to get to any other mills… And because of the competition, we as farmers are losing because we cannot compete for a better price”.According to the former Regional Chairman, they are only getting $3,000 for a bag of paddy from the mill at Burma while other mills in the region are paying $3,100 per bag.This means that farmers are losing well in excess of $30,000 for every ten acres of rice being cultivated.Sookdeo Harrypaul of Champagne, Mahaicony is the owner of two trucks which he operates to take paddy from the field to the mill.“A few farmers have been filling the road with sand so that the trucks could drive on the road for the past four crops; that is, two years, so that we can drive on the road because the road has been breaking up the truck springs… We are disgusted complaining! No one has been doing anything for us,” the truck owner told this publication.last_img read more

  • Yanks’ Abreu out with strained oblique

    first_imgPlayers appear on the ballot every two years, and officials go on a composite ballot every four years. Twenty-seven players are on this years ballot, along with among 15 managers, executives and umpires. FORT MYERS, Fla. – Manny Ramirez reported to Red Sox training camp Monday morning, three days ahead of his anticipated arrival but four days after Boston’s first full workout. The team had given the slugging left fielder permission to report Thursday, the day after its first exhibition game, for family reasons. His mother recently underwent surgery. TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon rejoined the team Monday after a two-day excused absence to tend to a personal matter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It’s no surprise Barry Bonds will not play in San Francisco’s Cactus League opener Thursday against the Chicago Cubs. The slugger rarely treks to road ballparks – as close as they are around here – during the exhibition season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he is opting to keep Bonds back at Scottsdale Stadium to get his work in despite how healthy and strong the San Francisco star has been feeling so far. “Does it matter?” Bonds said with a smile after his workout Monday. “It’s the same question every year. I’m exhausted.” NEW YORK – Gil Hodges and Ron Santo top the players’ ballot and Doug Harvey and Marvin Miller head the officials’ hopefuls in the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee vote to be announced today. Since the Veterans Committee was revamped for the 2003 election, no one has been chosen by the voters – mostly living Hall of Famers. The team is hopeful Abreu will be ready for opening day on April 2. “He had a significant oblique strain,” Cashman said. “I’ll probably say three weeks, but we’ll see. Worst case, it’s one of those lengthy ones that gives him to short a period of time to get ready. But it’s really premature to be guessing.” center_img TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees right fielder Bobby Abreu is expected to miss at least two weeks after straining his right oblique during batting practice Monday, an injury general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Torre said won’t cause the team to make a new push for Bernie Williams to report. “It’s not an option we’re looking at,” Cashman said. “Bobby is coming back. The question is when.” last_img read more

  • Coral Daily Download – Chelsea will beat Man City with or without Costa

    first_imgNicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager looks ahead to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX and tips the Seattle Seahawks to defeat the New England Patriots.She also looks ahead to the League Cup final, after Tottenham booked their place at Wembley, where they will take on Chelsea, and said Jose Mourinho’s men are clear favourites to lift the first major trophy of the season.And she claimed Chelsea should be too strong for Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Saturday despite being without star striker Diego Costa.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

  • REVEALED: SALT CAUSED ‘AUTUMN’ WITHERING OF PLANTS

    first_imgIT HAS been the talk of the county since May 23rd when a Force 10 storm lashed Donegal – the secret behind the autumn withering of our trees and plants.It has now emerged that the storm named ‘Udo’ brought with it an unhealthy amount of….SALT!Winds winds gusting up to 140 km/hr (90 mp/h) began around 3am on May 23. But the time it calmed down 24 hours later trees in many areas had been uprooted.However it also left another mark on our landscape.New shoots and leaves on trees and hedgerows were left ‘burned’ – making many parts of the county look more like October than June.It appears storm Udo was filled with sea salt – and that is the cause of our new autumn look. REVEALED: SALT CAUSED ‘AUTUMN’ WITHERING OF PLANTS was last modified: June 11th, 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:autumn withering of donegal plantsdonegal weatherlast_img read more

  • LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES

    first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 30th March 2012 MARIE KEATING FOUNDATION On Thursday 19th April the Family Resource Centre in conjunction with Donegal Local Development Company is again hosting the Marie Keating Foundation Mobile Unit, which will be located in The Diamond, Raphoe from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The Family Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank Margaret Doherty, Project Officer with DLDC for her kind support and co-operation.The Marie Keating Foundation aims to increase awareness and knowledge of cancer and related issues to all sectors of the community. The Unit is equipped with take home information leaflets on each of the key cancers and the nurse provides practical advice on healthy lifestyle choices. The Family Resource would encourage the local community to visit the Mobile Unit to become more informed about early detection and self awareness techniques.SOCIAL CLUB The Family Resource Centre has recently established a social club for people with physical, sensory or learning disability. The club, which meets in the Family Resource Centre on every second Thursday evening from 6.15-7.15pm, is a joint initiative with the Community Group Home, Ballyduff Park, Lifford. Activities include bocce, curling, pool, table- tennis, air-hockey, Wii-fit and badminton. The Family Resource Centre would like to thank Raphoe Curling Club for the use of its equipment and John Hunter for facilitating the badminton workshops.  For further information please contact 074-9145796. COOKING ON A BUDGETRaphoe Family Resource Centre is planning to run a “Cooking on a Budget” course. We are hoping to run this course at the end of April/start of May. If you would like to participate in this course please contact us on 0749145796. HEALTHY WALKSHealthy Walks take place every Thursday morning at 9.30am starting from Raphoe Family Resource Centre. So if you’re in or around Raphoe come and join us for an enjoyable walk around the town to keep fit! Everyone welcome!!  WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LIST Raphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.  DATE FOR YOUR DIARY……The Annual Raphoe 5k road race and walk organised by the Family Resource Centre and Lifford Athletic Club will take place on Tuesday 26th June at 7.30pm. The Raphoe 5k is part of the Co. Athletics Board’s Donegal Grand Prix Event. Please watch this space and local press for further details!Raphoe Family RESOURCE CENTRE Afterschool Programmes NEW TIMETABLETuesday:       3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm 5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pmWednesday:  Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm 1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pm Youth Café 1st -3rd Year 7.15-9.00pmThursday:     Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm 1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pm Youth Café Transition, 4th & 5th Year 7.00-9.00pmRegistration forms are available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes. COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre offers a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public.  This person-centred service is for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality.  The service operates on an appointment basis only. Please contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m. Little Smiles with big DreamsLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre.  We are open every Wednesday morning from 10.30 – 12 noon.   Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults.  It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided. RAPHOE BOXING CLUBOn Friday night last the Raphoe boxing club staged a very successful boxing tournament in the Cathedral Hall in memory of the former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Billy “Spider” Kelly who was a                life-long friend of the Raphoe club. There were 14 contests on the night and all the Raphoe boxers who took part all gave very impressive performances on the night in front of a capacity crowd. The Raphoe boxers were as follows, Cody Lafferty, Liam Crawford, Oran Devine, Liam McMonagle, Denis Lafferty, Patrick Stokes, Caroline Connolly, John Sweeney, Christy Stokes, Patrick Friel, Finbar Allen, Michael O’Hara and Brendan Devine. A very special thanks goes to our main sponsors Mike Kelly and Austin Daly and to all the generous business people of Raphoe for their continued financial support, to all the ladies on the door, ladies in the canteen, ticket sellers, Ronnie Goudie of the Cathedral Hall for his hospitality and to everyone who helped in any way to make the night such a huge success.     RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB: Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.   RAPHOE PEOPLE NEWSLETTERCommunity News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at volthouse@eircom.net or to Lisa at raphoetidy@eircom.net Thank You.  Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

  • Simulations Can Misrepresent Reality

    first_imgA new paper warns that commonly-used simulation methods in science can misrepresent the real world.In the European Physical Journal Plus, Daan Frinkel warned about the “dark side” of simulations – those applied out of context or extrapolated beyond their capabilities (by “dark” Frenkel means under-exposed, not evil).  Simulations are very common in science; for instance, Monte Carlo simulations are frequently used to study everything from thermodynamic processes to population behavior.The paper was summarized on Science Daily as “Simulations’ Achille’s [sic] Heel,” and on PhysOrg with the headline, “What can go wrong when computer simulations applied outside their original context.” The summary says,Frenkel also focuses on methods that, at first blush, appear reasonable, but are flawed and are akin to attempting to compare apples and oranges. For example, computing a mechanical property of a system—say the potential energy—using a Monte Carlo simulation, which can be based on thermal averages, does not allow us to compute the thermal properties of such a system—such as entropy—in terms of thermal averages. Finally, the article also takes great care to debunk common myths and misconceptions pertaining to simulations, for instance, newer simulation methods are not necessarily better than older ones.Looking inside the paper, Frenkel explained that Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods, though simple, are not risk-free.  They require great care, and sometimes are unreasonable even if they seem appropriate.  When used carelessly, they can pretend to provide answers – sometimes when the original question has been forgotten.In Kuhn’s view of science, “guilds” of scientists amuse themselves with busy work on paradigms that may or may not reflect reality.  Guild members can seem mutually self-satisfied that progress is being made on the paradigm, when in fact, the work may not correspond to reality.  Hopefully many scientists really do care about correspondence with reality, but even though they produce papers with whiz-bang simulations that seem to work, their readers should keep a healthy caution in mind that internal self-consistency does not presuppose getting “the world” right.  This is especially true of evolutionary scenarios (see 5/08/2008 commentary, “How Not To Work a Puzzle”).  We reproduce that commentary here for convenience.HOW NOT TO WORK A PUZZLEVisualize your favorite picture.Invite your friends.  Check their credentials.  If anyone from a “different picture club” tries to sneak in, expel them.Make everyone feel good about the picture.  Reinforcement can be achieved with a few choice sermonettes from respected individuals.Draw a big outline of the picture on the floor.  A gymnasium is good for this step.Open the box and spill out the pieces.Throw away the box top and the instructions.  After all, this is science.  We do it our way.Form teams and pass out the puzzle pieces.  These can be distributed by color, shape, or any other useful scheme.Allow each team to work on their part of the picture.  Rearrangement of small parts is permitted, but not changes to the outline.The rules allow for complaints about how hard the work is.  If anyone complains about the big picture, though, they must be expelled.Every two years, throw a party with booze and croissants and let each team share their experiences.  Throw in a few more choice sermonettes to keep spirits high.Report to the media on the progress being made.Draw up a curriculum and teach the next generation how to work the puzzle.INTERPRETATIONNote: Mature, well-trained, experienced readers can skip this section.Philosophy of discovery:  Theories do not emerge from raw data.  More often, scientists begin with a picture in mind.  Even deciding what to call “the data” requires a human choice, because not all inputs are relevant to the picture.  Like Benner said, “science is often what we choose to believe.”Sociology of science:  Scientists tend to hang out with people they know and like.Sociology, cont.:  Science is a human activity, not something that could be done by robots.  It is not purely rational but involves emotions, rhetoric, herd mentality and other non-rational considerations.Kuhnian normal science:  The paradigm determines the research project.  The participants were not assembling to question the picture.  They were assembling to affirm it.Underdetermination of theories by data:  There are inevitably many possible explanations for one set of data.  The same puzzle pieces could be fit to a different picture.Naturalism:  Modern science has chosen to restrict itself to “natural causes” (whatever that means; see 05/11/2006).  Today’s scientists have been trained to deplore revelation (natural and/or special), no matter how well validated by empirical evidence, reason or history.Pragmatism:  Nature does not determine the choice of classification scheme; people do.Limits of science:  No one person can master the whole picture, especially one as broad as evolution.Sociology/psychology of science:  Each researcher works under the assumption that his or her little piece will reinforce the paradigm.  Cooperation is ensured by the fear of being expelled as a maverick, or worse, a pseudoscientist.  Since no philosopher of science has successfully defended demarcation criteria for science vs pseudoscience, and since no universal scientific method has been defined, emotional and sociological judgments again come into play to determine who is “in” and who is “out.”Sociology, cont.:  Social activities, though they have nothing to do with the validity of the proposition under study, serve to reinforce the paradigm and draw in more party members.Positivism:  The party celebration attracts reporters and gives them some fun work to do at a nice hotel.  The atmosphere promotes a spirit of progress.  All this activity, all these smart people, and all the erudite PowerPoint slides must mean that productive science was being done, right?  It must be the case since the government is funding the work.The system feeds on itself.  Reporters get a share of the booze and croissants, paid for by their bosses, who get better advertising ratings for maintaining a lively science page.  The reporters make friends with some of the scientists and learn from the herd who is hot and who is not.  It is unlikely any reporter will go back to the office and write up a scathing rebuke of the entire philosophical premise underlying the event.  Party organizers will be sure to send the cheerful press releases to Senator Earmark.Education:  The paradigm might lose popularity without new blood.  Captive students must be trained and inculcated into the craft before other paradigms capture their attention.  This can be accomplished by making all other paradigms illegal.  Skilled facilitators can create visuals and curricula from the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Paradigm, to inculcate the novitiates into the craft and inoculate the young herd against critical thinkers (12/21/2005).  Successful novitiates are graded on their ability to regurgitate the talking points, meditate on the non-negotiable assumptions and doctrines, sense how to tell the good guys from the bad guys (the creationists), and honor the idol of Our Leader. 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  • South African school wins top prize at world book quiz

    first_imgFour students from St John’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg have won first place at the World Literary Competition, an international youth event that promotes book reading and literary knowledge.Khelan Desai, Hongjae Noh, Sahaj Mooji and Joshua Bruwer, students at St John’s Preparatory School in Johannesburg, celebrate their win at the World Literature Competition held in Toronto, Canada on 3 July 2017. With them is the team’s coach, school librarian Nicky Sulter. (St John’s Preparatory School)CD AndersonThe World Literary Competition, known informally as the Kids’ Lit Quiz, is an annual literature test for pupils between the ages of 10 and 13. The focus of the competition is to encourage a love of books and literature from a young age. Qualifying national rounds are held around the world and regional finalists are invited to compete at an international event. This year the event was held in Canada at the beginning of July.St John’s winning team comprised Grade 7 and 8 students Khelan Desai, Hongjae Noh, Sahaj Mooji and Joshua Bruwer. The team beat off tough competition from school teams in the USA and UK.A series of 100 questions are asked during the competition, focused primarily on children’s literature, young adult fiction and classic literature, which categories also include historical fiction, classic fairy tales, poetry and comic book literature. The St John’s team answered 40 of the 100 questions correctly to win the title.While the win was a surprise for the four boys, following the competition a school representative said they had worked hard for the contest, based on their shared love of books and languages.“The fact that these boys have reached this incredibly high standard,” said Jacqui Deeks, “in a world where [there are] rumblings about reading taking a back seat to technology, and where boys are traditionally seen as more disinterested in reading than girls, is a refreshing and welcome repudiation of these perceptions.”Team coach Nicky Sulter, St John’s head librarian, said the boys worked hard to get their victory: “[They have] been incredibly enthusiastic about preparing for this event and have really enjoyed all the reading that has gone into this victory.”Sulter highlighted how vital it was to encourage boys with an interest in books and talent for literature. “[Interest in the] annual event keeps our boys reading all year, whether or not they make it into the school’s teams.”St John’s headmaster Patrick Lees congratulated the team, saying the four represented the long-held tradition of literary appreciation at the school. “Reading at St John’s is probably the most important aspect of the boys’ education. Right from Grade 0, [students] adopt an adapted version of the Dr Seuss saying, ‘Read, read, read, the more you read, the more you know, the more you know, the more you grow.’”Deeks reiterated the headmaster’s sentiments: “[St John’s students] know this off by heart. Reading gives a child so much; it assists self-improvement, understanding and communication, and develops imagination and creativity. It improves verbal ability, focus and concentration, and memory, and it is relaxing and entertaining. Everyone should read and once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life.”After the win, team captain Noh spoke about how the boys’ passion for books, particularly in the traditional printed form, inspired their success: “The physical appearance, the paper, the ink, the smell of the book. I had a teacher … who said every book you read was a life you’d lived; I really took that to heart.”The team was sponsored by Exclusive Books. CEO Benjamin Trisk said it was competitions such as this that really cultivated a culture of reading in more South African schoolchildren. “We are proud that [the] boys have excelled … with [this kind of] passion. South African children have shown that they do still love books.”National co-ordinator of the South African qualifying competition Marj Brown outlined the successes South African schools had had in the competition: “Since 2004, a South African team has won three finals.“It is an exciting and motivating event that really brings reading to life for thousands of young people and broadens their scope of reading … [The competition allows] participants [to be] able to meet with ‘kindred spirits’ from other countries and cultures, joined by their shared love of reading … [It] contributes positively to understanding and tolerance among people from a young age.”The team received gold medals, a cash prize and, more importantly, book prizes for their personal book collections.Source: BooksLIVE, Good Things GuyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more