first_imgJames Kerian, a mechanical engineer, has a colorful term for science reporting these days: “yellow science.”  Writing for the Wall Street Journal June 25, he accused scientists of the same kind of sensationalism that disgraced journalism in the days of William Randolph Hearst.    The occasion for Kerian’s criticism was reporting about man-made global warming, but the accusations apply in other areas where scientists make pronouncements beyond what is warranted by the evidence.  “Just as it is far easier to publish stories without verifying the sources; so is it much more convenient to practice yellow science than the real thing,” he said.  “It takes far more courage, perseverance, and perspiration to develop formulas, make predictions, and risk being proved wrong than to look at historical data and muse about observed similarities.”  He rebuked those who say “the debate is over” and make appeals to scientific consensus.    The public needs to be aware of the flaws of yellow science.  He advised, “one does not need an advanced degree in natural science to understand that whatever follows the phrase ‘most experts agree’ or ‘no one can measure the exact effect but’ is not real science.  In fact, if there is no possible way that a statement can realistically be tested, it probably fails to meet the standards for any professional community and is of no real use to the public.”Kerian has a simplistic view of science; he suggested that there is one scientific method, and that falsification is the criterion for testing.  These standards have been analyzed and criticized by philosophers in the 20th century.  Nevertheless, his label “yellow science” is apropos.  Many have noted the same dogmatism and fear-mongering used by evolutionists as by propagandists of man-made global warming.  The same spirit of absolute trust in “what scientists say” is a common flaw.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img1 March 2012China’s leading auto manufacturer, First Automobile Works, has begun construction on a US$100-million truck and passenger car plant at the Coega industrial development zone in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.Officials from First Automobile Works (FAW) signed a contract with the Coega Development Corporation earlier this week to mark the beginning of construction at the industrial development zone near Port Elizabeth.“FAW’s decision to build the plant in South Africa is significant, as it will be one of the biggest manufacturing investments by China in the country so far,” Coega Development Corporation spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said on Tuesday.“FAW’s arrival in the Eastern Cape adds to the existing list of automobile manufacturers already in the province, including Volkswagen, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz,” Vilakazi added.500 new jobs in the first phaseInitial construction of the plant will cover 400&bnsp;000 square metres and cost R200-million.The plant is expected to produce 5 000 trucks annually, as well as light commercial vehicles and passenger cars. In its first phase, the plant is expected to create 500 permanent jobs for people in the province.Once completed, the truck assembly facility is expected to create a further 500 to 800 jobs, with more jobs being created when the company starts producing an additional 30 000 passenger vehicles annually.“We welcome the private sector’s investment of billions of rands that will provide desperately-needed job opportunities, while also helping to address poverty and inequality in the province,” Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet said during the sod-turning ceremony on Tuesday.Coega’s added incentivesKiviet said the South African government’s efforts to develop infrastructure in the province was pivotal in securing FAW’s investment.Vilakazi said FAW’s decision to invest in the province was prompted by Coega’s location, the proximity of the Port of Ngqura, the logistical solutions available, the availability of skills in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan area, and support mechanisms offered by Coega.Since entering the market in 1984, FAW has produced 16-million vehicles and has consistently been a Fortune 500 company.FAW is China’s leading exporter of vehicles, and has joint venture operations with many of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Toyota and Mazda.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgTest matches The Proteas will also play six test matches in the six-month period between July 2014 and January 2015, which includes fulfilling the two-match series against Sri Lanka which was postponed last year. The revised schedule sees a further 13 ODI matches added to the programme in the current Future Tours Programme schedule. 26 February 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday announced a packed programme of 23 one-day internationals involving five countries to help the Proteas build up to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There could, in fact, be a 24th match if the Proteas Castle Lager ODI squad qualifies for the Final of the Triangular tournament against Zimbabwe and Australia in Harare in August and September. 2015 Cricket World Cup “Once we have completed our challenge for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month, we will turn much of our attention to next year’s World Cup,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “Building quality experience is a vital part of preparing our ODI squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The series of ODI matches we will be playing in these two countries will provide valuable experience for the players as they prepare for the conditions expected during the World Cup. “At the same time, we would want to respect the primacy of test match cricket,” he added. “The Sunfoil Test Series against the West Indies will be the highlight of our home summer. With the traditional New Year Test match at Sahara Park Newlands and a Boxing Day encounter at Axxess St. George’s, fans will be in for a treat as we continue to defend our number one status. The relevant boards will soon announce the detailed itinerary with venues and dates for the Proteas’ away tours. The Proteas’ preparation for the ICC World Cup will conclude with the West Indies visiting the Rainbow Nation for a full series comprising three tests, five ODIs and two T20 Internationals.‘I’m excited’ “I’m excited about the upcoming international fixtures for the next year,” Proteas coach Russell Domingo stated. “With it being a World Cup year, we have placed a lot of emphasis on the 50-over format and have tried to maximise our preparation by playing as many matches as possible in conditions that will be similar to those in New Zealand and Australia. “There were encouraging signs of good support for test match cricket at Axxess St George’s, and we hope to see even greater attendances over the holiday period. That’s why we want to announce our international fixtures early, so that fans have plenty of time to make their holiday plans and come out in large numbers to support the Proteas.”Sri Lankan and Zimbabwean tours The Proteas will travel to Sri Lanka in July to play two tests and three ODIs. This will be followed by a trip to Zimbabwe in August/September for a single test, three ODIs and a triangular series involving Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia. The Castle Lager Proteas ODI squad then travels to New Zealand in late October for a three-match ODI series against the Black Caps. Thereafter, they remain in the Antipodes to take on Australia in three T20 Internationals and five ODIs during November 2014. “I’m particularly pleased that we have managed fit in a tour to New Zealand ahead of our two limited-overs series against Australia, and hopefully playing at the prospective World Cup venues will play to our advantage during the tournament.” World Cup squad Reflecting on the selection of the South African World Cup squad, he continued: “This bumper ODI schedule will allow us to finalise our group as quickly as possible and to start playing around with strategies and game plans. “We will be facing strong opposition in the form of Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies, so I have no doubt that we will be adequately prepared ahead of the tournament. “The Christmas test is a premier fixture on our cricketing calendar and I hope the fans in Port Elizabeth will come out in their numbers to support the Proteas. This is always a fixture that the players look forward to and I’m sure the PE fans will make it a special and jovial occasion when it returns this summer against the West Indies.” WEST INDIES TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA10-12 Dec: WI v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park17-21 Dec: 1st Sunfoil test match, SuperSport Park26-30 Dec: 2nd Sunfoil test match, St. George’s2-6 Jan: 3rd Sunfoil test match, Newlands9 Jan: 1st KFC T20 International (D/N), Newlands11 Jan: 2nd T20 International (D/N), Wanderers 16 Jan: 1st Momentum ODI (D/N), Kingsmead 18 Jan: 2nd ODI (Day), Wanderers 21 Jan: 3rd ODI (D/N), Buffalo Park 25 Jan: 4th ODI (Day), St. George’s 28 Jan: 5th ODI (D/N), SuperSport Park SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We continue to look for and hope for a drier pattern to emerge. However, mother nature continues to give head fakes and have trouble making up her mind. We have a few tweaks to the forecast this morning. There is not a lot of additional moisture in total, but there are chances over more days, and that may end up impacting the temps, more than anything. Today we turn out dry with sunshine for most of the day, but clouds will be on the increase this afternoon. We can’t rule out late afternoon or evening showers near the I-70 corridor, but we only expect a few hundredth to a tenth or so, and coverage all the way down at 30%.  Tomorrow turns out partly so mostly sunny over most of the state, except for NW Ohio, where we will have to deal with scattered showers. Those showers are not that impressive, but could bring up to .25″. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we see rain chances in the forecast every day.  Friday a few hundredths to .3” with 70% coverage, Saturday showers can produce .25″-.6″ over 80% of Ohio, and then on Sunday, we can pick up anywhere from a few hundredths to .3″ on 60% coverage.  So, overall, we are not talking about huge moisture. But, to get rain, you have to have clouds, and if we have clouds, we don’t have sun, which limits the warming we can see each of the next few days over the northern half of the state. So, in a scenario where we need GDDs…we are making it more difficult by keeping even minor rains around.  Next week starts dry with Mostly sunny skies Monday and Tuesday to kick off July. Temps will be near normal or even a couple degrees above normal. However, excessive heat is not expected. On Wednesday sun will be followed by increasing clouds, and we expect showers and thunderstorms to develop late afternoon and evening. Rain totals there can be from .1″-.75″ over 75% of Ohio. Independence Day on Thursday remains damp this morning, with cloudy to partly sunny skies, and the chance of showers, bringing a few hundredths to .15″ over about 60% of the state. Everything is done by evening, though, and we still think that most fireworks festivities will be able to proceed. We finish the 10 day window with a sunny, dry day next Friday, the 5th. The map below shows rain totals through the end of the 10 day period.  The extended 11-16 day forecast starts off with a few scattered showers for Saturday the 6th, mostly in the south, where we can see up to .25” and 50% coverage. There should not be anything more than a mix of clouds and sun up north. Sunday the 7th will be sunny, and then a few scattered showers return for Monday the 8th. They bring only a few hundredths to a tenth or two, but coverage will be 70% of the state. Back to dry weather for Tuesday through Thursday to finish the extended period.  So, to reiterate our thoughts inferred above. At this point, we don’t think the forecast is about moisture at all. IF we get more rain…so what. We are just going to fill low areas that are already drowned out anyway. The moisture coming is not all that impressive, and we think that heavy rain will be limited to thunderstorms. Notice, there are not a lot of thunderstorms in our forecast at this time. The problem with the moisture in the forecast is that it comes with clouds, and clouds dim the sun, which keeps the warming we need bay. The crop needs heat units, and with even small chances and amounts of moisture in the forecast, we can pretty much guarantee that we will be disappointed with our accumulation of heat units. We are going to be focusing our thought more on temps going forward. Right now, all can really see in the next 10 days to 2 weeks are temps near normal. Long term warmth is just not there yet.last_img read more

first_imgTwitter has announced some changes to their follower and following pages interface design and functions.Now, when web users click to see lists of the people they follow or who follow them, they will see more information than just avatars and usernames. The new, improved pages contain full names, locations, most recent tweets, a one-click follow button, and a drop-down menu of possible actions, including @replies, DMs, and blocking. UPDATE: After a commenter pointed out that scanning for non-following users just became more difficult with the new interface, we would like to point out that there’s an app for that. You’re welcome. We love you, too.Without question, this feature is welcome and even overdue. We would actually have liked to see bios included in the available information. And we aren’t yet seeing any changes to the official Twitter mobile site. But, as the saying goes, you can’t always get what you want.Here’s what the options look like for users you follow: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Finally, users can toggle back and forth between a simple avatar/username list and the new, expanded list. The drop-down menu and follow buttons remain: Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#twitter#web On our wishlist of Twitter improvements, getting more follower information was quite high, and this improvement does a bit to meet that need. jolie odellcenter_img And here’s what they look like for users following you: A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Also, you can browse through other users’ followers/following pages and exercise about the same list of functions:last_img read more

first_imgThe turning point in Pakistan versus Kenya World Cup tie has to be Pakistan’s Umar Akmal’s score of 71 and his 118-run partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq for the fifth wicket.After losing two wickets with just 12 runs on board, Pakistan was under pressure. Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan scored half-centuries to rescue Pakistan. After Kamran’s dismissal, Misbah joined Younis. But Younis departed soon.Umar then came in and scored a brilliant 71 of just 52 balls and the partnership between Umar and Misbah helped Pakistan post 317 on board. The total was too much for Kenmya to achieve. Umar Akmal was also awarded the Man of the Match.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Brewster hauled off U23 pitch after just 15 minsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Rhian Brewster was hauled off the U23 pitch yesterday after just 15 minutes.The Mirror says Brewster was substituted after just 15 minutes of Liverpool under 23s clash with Derby in response to Divock Origi’s injury.Belgium international Origi was forced out of the first team’s lunchtime victory over Newcastle with an ankle issue.While Origi limped off in the 37th minute at Anfield, Neil Critchley had already named Brewster in his starting XI for the youth side on the other side of Liverpool for the 3pm kick off.A message was sent to Melwood soon after to take Brewster off as a precaution ahead of the Reds’ Champions League opener with Napoli on Tuesday.Origi will undergo a scan in the next few days, but while Jurgen Klopp waits for the results he is ready to promoted 19-year-old Brewster to the travelling squad to Italy. last_img read more

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaAvery Johnson turned in a pretty decent season in his first year as head coach of Alabama men’s basketball, leading the rebuilding Crimson Tide to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth. Johnson was previously a pretty successful NBA head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006, competing against great head coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.After his first season in Tuscaloosa, Johnson thinks there are some pretty significant similarities between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Popovich, two of the great coaches ever in their respective sports. He discussed those similarities on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning. SEC Country transcribed the interview:“You look at Coach Saban, look at all the guys that are going in the first round this year,” Johnson told the show Monday morning. “Those guys, every single day — I’ve been on the practice field with those guys — Coach Saban gets after them really hard. But they listen, they take it and all of those guys are very competitive. Coach Saban and Coach Popovich, they have a lot in common.”…“They’re both about habits, and habits are formed in practice,” Johnson said. “When you look at what happens in the game, it’s a direct reflection on the discipline and details that their teams perform with in practice. Both guys are very, very competitive — I don’t think either of them wants to lose a game of checkers or chess — and they have a high level of expectation every single day with everything that they do.”At first glance, Saban and Popovich don’t seem that similar, but they definitely share a bunch of traits the more you think about it.[SEC Country]last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: ONE Liner giants Ocean Network Express (ONE), Hapag-Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) have expanded their partnership in the Asia-South America trade lane with a new service.The service will connect Asia with the east coast of South America, calling major ports in Korea, China, Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and South Africa.It is scheduled to start in the second week of December, launching from Pusan.“The new product offers market leading transit times, reliable on-time service between Asia and the east coast of South America and enhanced inbound coverage for Santa Catarina state,” ONE said announcing the service.Since launching in April this year, ONE has been pretty busy in fine-tuning its services and has not shied away from cooperation with liner counterparts.Specifically, the latest cooperation is being announced just one month after ONE joined forces with Hapag-Lloyd on provision of feeder services. The cooperation covers specific Intra-Europe and Intra-Asia feeder trade lanes.Back in September, the two liners, together with Yang Ming, teamed up with CMA CGM, COSCO, OOCL to enhance their Mediterranean-US East Coast service.Under the agreement, the parties said they would improve their AL6 (Atlantic 6) service, by combining their assets into one larger loop with a deployment of six 8,000-TEU vessels.last_img read more

first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has paid tribute to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died just before Christmas.“Nordoff Robbins were incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt over Christmas,” the charity said in a statement. “Rick, alongside Francis Rossi, was a patron of Nordoff Robbins and a big supporter of our work. We were lucky enough to know Rick well and he spent time getting to know our work and the people we helped and he was a regular visitor to our events and our HQ to see our music therapy first hand.“Status Quo won a Silver Clef Award in 1981, and later a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. They were there at our Live at Knebworth concert in 1990, and continued to generously support our events, from the Race Day, Boxing Dinner and Clay Shoot, to donating all manner of signed guitars and even welcome drinks for the 2014 Silver Clef Awards.“We couldn’t have hoped for a more passionate supporter than Rick. The world has lost a great musician, philanthropist, and a generally great man. We’re proud to have called him a friend.”“We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins for over 20 years and are proud to be their Patrons. The work they do, helping people through music is really amazing. We have seen for ourselves how Nordoff Robbins music therapy can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults who are limited or isolated by their condition. Music therapy quite literally uses the power of music to transform lives.” – Francis and Rick, Status Quolast_img read more