“We need Ebola Treatment Centers and other anti-Ebola equipment, including ambulances, food and other basic health materials to save Nimbanians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease,” Dr. Collins Boah has said. Dr. Collins, who is the County Health Officer for Nimba, made the passionate appeal to the Liberian government and other prominent citizens of the county during the fund raising dinner program in support of the Ebola prevention and Interventions.The Fund Raising Dinner program, held at the Monrovia City Hall last Saturday, brought together government officials, prominent citizens of Nimba County and supporters.According to Dr. Collins, it is sad that majority of the Nimbanians are dying in numbers everyday from the deadly Ebola Virus disease.He said it cost US$225 per vehicle daily to fuel ambulances bringing patients to Monrovia ETUs and testing centers.Ebola Virus is a very expensive disease, he observed, stressing the need for the government and the citizens of Nimba to involve themselves actively in the fight against the virus.“Everyday day and night we have dead bodies in the streets and in homes, even while our people are keeping sick people in their houses. So we need to see how best to get ETUs and ambulances to help carry out contact tracing .”Dr.Collins indicated that if the support is not given to the health workers in the county, he fears that Ganta will be locked down and health workers will stop work because of the dangers they face.He used the ceremony to call on the Nimba Caucus to get to various towns and villages in Nimba to educate the people both in English and the local languages, Gio, Mano and Mandingo, about the disease. He urged the citizens not to hide any sick or effected persons in their homes.Dr. Collins also complained that the citizens throw stones at the burial teams and health workers in the county which had led to three health workers being injured and the damage of two ambulances in the county.“If the people of Nimba don’t put stop to rioting the health workers, an if there is no protective gear, food and medication for our people, we are sorry that the nurses will stop work and we will not hold them responsible because they are humans and needs to be protected,” Dr.Collins warned.At the same the Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace(LCP) Ambassador Juli Endee joined Dr.Collins to appealed to the Government and Nimba citizens to help support the health workers by making sure the county have ETUs,protective gears,food,medications and useful items to save the lives of our children, women and citizens in the county.Cultural Ambassador Endee, treasurer of the Nimba County Anti-Ebola Resource Mobilization Committee (NCACRCM), educated the audience on the danger of the deadly Ebola virus and how it is destroying the lives of the Liberian people. “Ebola can kill but most importantly it can be eradicated from our counties and country, we are appealing to everyone to help us get treatment centers in Nimba and save the lives of our children, women and citizens,”Amb. Endee pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One would think make-believe is for kids, and science is for adults. Some recent evolution stories, however, seem to portray a seamless continuum between imagination and testable scientific hypotheses. You be the judge:Darwin in cyberspace: If it happens in a computer simulation, is it really evolution? National Geographic reported on a new computer game that allows players to evolve any kind of creatures they want and pit them against each other in survival-of-the-fittest competition. The description makes no distinction between what happens in the game and what supposedly happens in the wild. The words evolution and natural selection appear in the article in both contexts. One of the proponents called this “natural selection at its best.” But if the selection takes place in software designed by programmers, is it really natural?Reverse-engineering contingency: Science magazine reported this week that engineers “evolved” a salamander-like robot that could swim to land and crawl ashore.1,2 This is a fine piece of clever engineering, but is it evolution? Again, the article made no distinction between the natural and the artificial. It implied that the robot is retracing steps taken by organisms in the unseen past. Notice what Frank Fish (West Chester U, PA) said about the experiment: “This is clearly an excellent fusion of biology and robotics to test neurological and evolutionary hypotheses. This paper will be a high-profile example of how robots can be used as surrogates for living and fossil systems.” He did not explain in what respects this man-made, designed robot, lacking DNA and the ability to reproduce itself, compares or contrasts with a biological organism in any significant way. The reverse comparison, that an intelligently designed robot might suggest the first tetrapod was similarly designed, was definitely not what the article intended to convey. This is clear from a write-up in Live Science, where Jeanna Brynner took the Darwinist line to the hilt: “Studies of the robot show that our fishy ancestors likely used their primitive brains to make the evolutionary leap from water worlds to terra firma.” Surprisingly, this sentence makes it sound like fish brains intelligently designed their own upward evolution, with purpose and a goal (teleology). Another example of the equivocation between natural selection and intelligent self-design can be found in Science Digest: “This four-legged yellow creature reveals a great deal about the evolution of vertebrate locomotion,” it claims. “It’s also a vivid demonstration that robots can be used to test and verify biological concepts, and that very often nature herself offers ideal solutions for robotics design.” Is this describing nature as a personified engineer? Teleology and intelligent guidance were the very principles Darwin was trying to avoid.Make believe: Playing “what if?” games might provide a brainstorming activity a scientist could employ while developing a hypothesis that could be tested by experiment. “What if” on the other hand, the make-believe exercise becomes an end in itself? This is apparently what a BBC News exercise for students encourages. The following “what-if?” exercise is not advertised in the fiction department; it is found in the “Science and Nature” department. To some evolutionists, apparently, the dream is the thing:It’s a palaeontologist’s dream: the chance to live in a world where dinosaurs are not something to be dug out of the ground but are living among us. It may sound far-fetched but dinosaurs were actually rather unlucky. The meteorite impact that doomed them to extinction was an event with a probability of millions to one. What if the meteorite had missed? Had dinosaurs survived, the world today would be very different. If humans managed to survive alongside them, we wouldn’t have the company of most, if not all, of the mammals with which we are familiar today. Giraffes, elephants and other mammals wouldn’t have had space to evolve. Would we be hunting Hadrosaurs instead of elk? Or farming Protoceratops instead of pigs? Would dinosaurs be kept as pets? And could the brighter dinosaurs have evolved into something humanoid? Clearly anything is possible if imagination is substituted for testable hypotheses. The writers of this exercise did not mention that the impact hypothesis for the extinction of the dinosaurs is itself controversial (e.g., 10/24/2006). If the impact turns out to be imaginary, then the exercise becomes imagination balanced on imagination. If the Darwinian theory of common ancestry by natural selection is also overturned someday (as advocates of intelligent design feel is inevitable), it becomes imagination balanced on imagination balanced on imagination. Without a foundation of testable theories anchored to observational evidence, exercises in the imagination are indistinguishable from turtles all the way down (see joke).1Ijspeert, Crespi, Ryczko and Cabelguen, “From Swimming to Walking with a Salamander Robot Driven by a Spinal Cord Model,” Science, 9 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1416-1420, DOI: 10.1126/science.1138353.2Elisabeth Pennisi, “Robot Suggests How the First Land Animals Got Walking,” Science, 9 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1352-1353, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5817.1352aIntelligent reader, nobody needs to tell you how stupid these Darwin sideshows are. It would be insulting to hold rotten baloney in front of your nose and ask you if it smelt bad. Yet this kind of folly is presented monolithically in today’s science journals, museums, popular science media, and public schools (notice that #1 was promoted by the prestigious, historic National Geographic Society, #2 was published in the leading American journal Science, and #3 was devised for UK public education). It doesn’t matter that it is untestable, illogical, equivocating, vague, personified, analogical, reductive, subjective, self-contradictory, self-refuting, and completely out of touch with reality. Darwin’s little myth has become so sacred that no one dare question it – or even laugh. In fact, if you do question it, you are likely to be called a fascist or Nazi (see AIG) and threatened with a lawsuit (01/06/2007; see also the two meanings of “make believe” in the 10/11/2006 commentary). If you are sick and tired of the Darwin Freak Show and can’t take it any more, then join the noble Visigoths in their futuristic space fighters (see this Japanese cartoon) and help depose Charlie from his antiquated Castle of the Imagination (see 01/17/2007 and 12/22/2003 commentaries). Kick the rascals out and let science once again be a rational search for verifiable understanding about the natural world – the real world.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A long, long time ago, I attended my first real sales training. The company I worked for brought 50 salespeople together for training. At one point in the day, the focus shifted to asking for an order–a single order. But I didn’t have it in me to ask for a single order. I wanted all of the business, role play or not.I was called out of the room and gently reprimanded for not following directions. The regional manager told me that it was okay that I pushed for all of the business, but that some salespeople were uncomfortable asking for a single order, and I was making them even more uncomfortable.It wasn’t until much later I understood their strategy, and it is an effective and useful tool to have in your arsenal. The strategy was to get the camel’s nose under the tent, and then work on getting the rest of the camel over time.Asking for a single order is a very small, easily obtained commitment. It isn’t a massive change. No one has to fire their present provider. Your client doesn’t have to get a committee together to make a decision.Once you have and fill an order, regardless of how small, you are no longer a salesperson. You are now a supplier, a vendor, and a potential partner. You have access to the individuals you are helping within your client account. You are in their systems. You can follow up on the small bit of work you are doing. This access gives you the opportunity to build trust, build relationships, and build future business. You do a good job, you ask for another order.You need a long term strategy to win your dream clients. But there is something to be said for gaining small commitments that open future opportunities, as long as you work like the devil to create value, earn the right to compete, and eventually establish yourself as your dream client’s partner.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified Online Recruitment Applications (ORA) for 108 various faculty and non-faculty posts.Interested candidates should apply online through UPSC website till August 28, 2014.Vacancies and Pay scale:Total vacancies: 108 posts1. Assistant Directors (Chemistry): 3 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54002. Assistant Directors (Plant Pathology): 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54003. Assistant Directors of Air Safety: 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 66004. Aeronautical Officers: 15 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54005. Legal Officers: 2 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 54006. Deputy Registrars of Trade Marks & Geographical Indications: 4 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 76007. Professor of Agriculture Chemistry: 1 postPay Scale: PB-4 of Rs 37400-67000 + Grade Pay of Rs 87008. Assistant Engineers (NQA) in Mechanical Engineering: 11 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 46009. Assistant Engineers (NQA) in Metallurgical Engineering: 3 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 460010. Assistant Drugs Controllers (India): 10 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660011. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors (Neurology): 8 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs.15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660012. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors (Paediatric Cardiology): 3 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs.15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660013. Specialists, Gr.III, Assistant Professors in Orthopaedic Surgery (Sports Injury): 6 postsPay Scale: PB-3 of Rs 15600-39100 + Grade Pay of Rs 660014. Superintendent (Legal): 2 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs.9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 480015. Assistant Public Prosecutor: 32 postsPay Scale: PB-2 of Rs 9300-34800 + Grade Pay of Rs 4600Experience in relevant field is also desirable, check the detailed advertisement on the website for more information.advertisementSelection Procedure: Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of the information provided by them on the application. Selection of candidates short listed will be done on the basis of their performance in the interview.Candidates shortlisted for interview will be required to send self attested copies of documents/relevant certificates in support of the claims made in the application as and when demanded by the Commission.Application Fees: Candidates are subjected to pay a non-refundable application fee of Rs 25 in the form of an SBI Challan paid at the bank by cash or by using net banking facility of the SBI or by using visa/master credit/debit card.SC/ ST/ PH/ Women candidates are exempted from payment of application fees.How to Apply: Interested and eligible candidates should apply online through UPSC website http://www.upsconline.nic.in by due date.Candidates willing to apply for more than one post should apply separately for each post.If claiming an experience, candidates should upload their experience certificate in a single pfd file.After submitting the Online Recruitment Application (ORA), candidates should take out a printout of the finally submitted Online Recruitment Application and retain it for future referenceImportant Dates Last date to apply online: August 28, 2014 (11.59 PM)Last date for printing online submitted applications: August 29, 2014 (11.59 PM)Official UPSC website link to apply:http://upsconline.nic.in/ora/VacancyNoticePub.php