The death of “truth” has been long in coming, and in fact is said to typify the post-modern age in which we presently live. The “truths” that came out of the Enlightenment tradition and the scientific method have all been undermined. A good percentage, if not most, of humanity have been cast adrift in the search for some form of certainty. In America, the ascent of Donald Trump to the presidency has presented us with a new term to describe this post-truth condition which attempts to make it not too dystopian –“alternative facts”.But this, in itself, presents a new set of problems as we know to our cost in Guyana. Here our leaders have asserted so many “facts” that they swore were the “truth”, only to have them retracted without even the slightest apology, suggests that the new “alternative facts” preclude the need for any. It would seem in this brave new world, one can assert anything that comes to one’s lips and hold it to be “truth”. The problem for the citizens is that especially politics, being essentially a matter of rhetoric seeking to persuade, would have them engage in actions based on the claims. And therein lies the rub.For instance, will we be raking in over US million per day starting in 2020 and continuing for the next 30 years, as one Minister asserted as a matter of “truth”? Some citizens might just believe him and start easing up on eking out a grubby living on their farms, since it was also promised that those monies would be invested to deliver the good life to Guyanese. If, in fact, the Minister was not speaking the “truth” that farmer’s life could possibly be ruined.The philosopher Julian Baggini has just published a new book, “A short history of truth” and offers some advice for the perplexed post-truth, post-modern (but not post-racial) Guyanese in the following excerpts. He suggests a “triage of truth” that posits three questions: “Are there any experts in this field? Which kind of expert in this area should I choose? Which particular expert is worth listening to here?If there is genuine expertise to be had, the second stage is to ask what kind of expert is trustworthy in that domain, to the degree that the domain allows for expertise at all. Once we have decided that there are groups of experts in a domain, the third stage of triage is to ask which particular ones to trust. The trickiest situations are where the domain admits significant differences of opinion.Perhaps the most important principle to apply throughout the triage is the 18th Century Scottish philosopher David Hume’s maxim: “A wise man … proportions his belief to the evidence.” Trust in experts always has to be proportionate. Any economic forecast, for instance, should be seen as indicating a probability at best, an educated guest at worst.Proportionality also means granting only as much authority as is within an expert’s field. When an eminent scientist opines on ethics, for example, she is exceeding her professional scope. We should not confuse thinking for ourselves with thinking by ourselves. Taking expert opinion seriously is not passing the buck. No one can make up your mind for you, unless you make up your mind to let them.What Baggini says, to belabour the point, is particularly true in politics which is not known for its attention to truth to begin with. To most Guyanese who have been locked in ethnic politics for over half a century, there is a great reluctance to question the pronouncements of “the leader”. But the suggestion on proportionality should temper our urge to abandon the “triage of truth”. While we suspect there might not be any single “TRUTH”, we know for sure it is not in the possession of any single person or group.Baggini suggests a methodology, as we say in the vernacular, to “pick sense from nonsense”.
…for electionsAs the PNC thresh around, inventing excuses to delay the elections, they know they’ll eventually have to face the electorate. And as is their wont – for the past fifty-odd (very odd!) years – they aren’t leaving anything to chance. Karl Marx had pontificated: “Man make their own history; but not in circumstances of their making”, but when it comes to elections, the PNC have always insisted on creating the circumstances to make their history!! They give no shrift to “dialectics” and “contradictions”, and such like!!At his 1979 PNC Congress – where he invoked his “sharper steel” threat against the WPA – Burnham had criticised his followers for being too naïve about “democracy” as articulated in the texts. “You can’t only read what’s ON the lines, comrades,” he thundered, “you have to read BETWEEN the lines!” So as we read about the PNC’s electoral preparations, let’s also look between the lines to understand what’s REALLY going on.Now, you’ll notice that your Eyewitness is talking only about the “PNC”, and not “APNU”. And that’s because you gotta have been on Mars during the last four years if you think the four one-man outfits desperately hanging on to the PNC’s coattails have any relevance to the existential supremacy of the PNC in APNU. The latter aren’t even a fig leaf to hide the mark of the beast!!But what about the AFC?? This morning, your Eyewitness read two accounts of what’s supposedly going on between the two coalition “partners”. In the SN, some AFC executive ‘source” claimed they’re girding their loins to negotiate a new agreement, seeing as how the Cummingsburg Accord (CA) will expire next February. But at the same time, the source thinks elections will be this year. So won’t the Cummingsburg Accord still hold in that circumstance??Certainly not, says the Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency (DGMOP) – and GS of APNU – “We are looking at the revision right now…(and)… we have agreed on some basic principles which will guide the relationship between the APNU and the AFC.”Well, right there we see the problem! The AFC executive insisted the AFC National Executive Committee (NEC) has merely picked the team to negotiate with APNU!! Reading between the lines, however, we can figure what’s going on. First of all, since the AFC got nothing from the CA, save to NAME the (neutered) PM candidate, this position is what the “negotiation” is all about.But the DG, MoP had insisted, right after the AFC picked Ramjattan for that slot, that Nagamootoo was “royalty”, as opposed to their evident “commoner” choice!!The PNC’s negotiating with Nagamootoo, since he’ll settle for more Larwah!!…for oilLooks like after the Exxon gushers, you can’t drill a hole off our Atlantic Coast without striking oil!! Tullow just announced they hit paydirt in the Orinduik Block with their first try. So if there was any lingering doubt that there are humungous oil fields under them thar waters, this should take care of that. This will be the find of the century!! The question that remains unanswered, of course, is whether our country is getting ready under the PNC for us to share in the oil wealth.Let’s look past the hole Trotman dug for us (pun intended) when he literally gave away the store to Exxon. Folks are saying that even the crumbs we’ll be getting can positively transform our country of less than one million people. But that’s not necessarily true. Right off the bat, we should know there will be no downstream oil industries established here, okay??And the 12% share of the oil revenues? Let’s see whose pockets that’ll end up in!! And that applies to whatever portion enters our Natural Resource Fund!!…claims and objectionsAfter jumping up and down like a fowl cock, your Eyewitness is positive, the PNC will agree for the electoral list to be prepared via a C&O process.After all, they’ve already stolen the time they wanted.
Dear Editor,A letter written by me was published in a certain section of the media in which I mentioned the slow or no response to a report of crime made at the Aurora Police Station; well from then to now I have been receiving many calls from persons who are also concerned about that situation.But on the front page of that said edition, the headline news read, “Heavily armed 15 man gang storms Cambio Dealer’s home, 21 million in cash and jewelry taken. No Police response despite 40 minutes ordeal. Ex-cop among seven detained” on page 7 carried the full story. When I read that story I had to pause and read over some paragraphs, the second which tells you about the weapons, sledge hammers, the time it occurred, the distance the crime scene is away from the Springlands Police Station.I reckon that the Springlands Police Station because of its location would be well staffed and manned by the most dedicated, disciplined, courageous and experienced ranks, including officers.The amount of spent shells found at the scene would wake up the entire neighbourhood, not forgetting the sledge hammers used on that steel door seen in the photograph, in this day and age when every home has at least one cell phone, there are no doubt that call from many residents would be made to the Police Stations; both Springlands and new Amsterdam.Seventy five minutes the time this robbery started, take out 40 minutes to commit the crime to when the police arrive.Thirty minutes was good enough time for them to travel miles and miles away.The crime rate as it is, I am sure that most home would have at least one of the numbers of Springlands Police Station, a Station that I am certain would have at least four telephones.I also know that there are some Commanders who are happy to let members of the community, especially businessmen, have their cell phone numbers, the reason which is to call them in time of need anytime during the day or night.Every year the budget allocated for the Ministry of Home Affairs increases as expected, a lot of which is spent on communication and transportation, both land and water. The Public Security Minister even before he took up that portfolio was always concerned about the crime rate in the country. Talking to him, he would always suggest ways and action to be taken to have the rate reduced.I am certain he will order an investigation to determine why the Police response was so poor to that robbery in question on that dreadful night, and while the findings may not be made public for obvious reasons, it would go a long, long way to prevent a re-occurrence.It is unreasonable to expect the Police to solve every crime committed, it is reasonable to except they respond to each and every report in a timely manner.Yours faithfully,Archie W Cordis
Dear Editor,At the opening ceremony of the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of Caricom which was held in Guyana on February 16; Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Caricom Secretary General, and Chairman, David Granger, failed once again to present meaningful and concrete policies and programmes for implementation for the social and economic growth and development of Community Members to enable them to service their heavy debts and provide employment opportunities for their people.Ambassador LaRocque reported that considerable progress was made towards these objectives through execution of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) Agreement which allows for the free movement of skills (people), goods, services and the establishment of businesses within the Community. Since approval of this agreement, however, the facts suggest otherwise as there has been little compliance with its intent, particularly regarding the free movement of people among states and money transfers from one territory to the other without restrictions as Trinidadians recently found. Further, there has been no pooling of resources to tackle the common problems member states share.Over the years, there has been little economic development, while production has been declining in various member states. Trinidad’s economy, the Region’s largest, has been declining due to low oil and gas prices and diminishing production, while in Guyana, the sugar industry, the country’s largest employer, is heavily indebted and with continual operating losses, it could go under anytime with devastating effect to its workers. The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) government is clueless as to what should be done as it struggles to find meaningful solutions for the welfare of its displaced sugar workers. The global/Caribbean Hotel Industry (Tourism Sector) is saturated after a 20-year building boom and therefore it cannot be a primary driver for economic growth and to attract significant investment to create jobs as Ambassador LaRocque depicted.Ambassador LaRocque continues to be a dreamer. He postulated at the meeting that Information and Communications Technology, “is critical to the development and advancement of the Region”. This may well be so, but he failed to state that the Region does not have the infrastructure, nor a pool of trained workforce to support such a sector which will take years to develop. Guyana has no training programme for its best and brightest willing to pursue a career in ICT but as Chairman Granger could have attested, his APNU/AFC government has been lending support for the training of lawyers hopefully to boost Guyana’s economy.Crime and security are indeed critical to the development and advancement of the Region, particularly for tourism areas. Many Caribbean-born criminals living in the United States (US) will soon be returning to the Region in droves as President Trump’s ICE Team rounds them up for deportation to their respective country. The Caribbean Community (Caricom) has no plan to integrate these people back into society so they could once again become useful and productive citizens. Could the Secretariat offer its members guidance to deal with the impending problems the criminals are likely to pose on return to their Caribbean Communities, or will it be satisfied to just identify them and leave it at that?Guyanese should be wary and concerned about their continued membership of Caricom, an organisation which has become costly to operate and maintain, while its bureaucrats lack the expertise to advise members solve their political, social and economic problems in meaningful ways. It was therefore not surprising that the Prime Minister of Trinidad, Keith Rowley, had seen the light of day and decided to take ‘the bull by the horn,’ as he recently contacted President Trump to discuss issues of mutual interest and to strengthen relationship with his country.Yours truly,Charles Sohan
0Shares0000National sevens team captain Andrew Amonde in action during a past training session at RFUEA Grounds. PHOTO/ Raymond Makhaya.Nairobi, September 22 – Kenya will have the opportunity to gauge their 2016 Africa Olympics qualifies opponents after Zimbabwe, Namibia and Uganda confirmed participation at this year’s Safari Sevens set for October 3 and 4 at Safaricom Stadium.The three are among 16 teams that will battle for the Robin Cahill trophy held by Welsh Warriors who are expected to return to the two day international tournament where organisers target over 40,000 rugby enthusiasts. Kenya will enter two teams, Shujaa and Moran to give newly appointed head coach, Benjamin Ayimba a platform to constitute a formidable 23-man squad that will be contracted by the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for the regional Olympics qualifiers and 2015-16 Rugby World Sevens Series.Ayimba’s major test will be in the Summer Games continental qualifiers scheduled for November in Johannesburg, South Africa where Kenya is seeded top as Namibia, Tunisia, Uganda, Madagascar, Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana start from the preliminary round.As opposed to its tradition, Safari Sevens tournament Director, Godwin Karuga announced there will be no the schools category that usually curtain raises the competition that will be celebrating its 20th anniversary.“We are going to go into a two day tournament because we are not able to have the age grade tournament since the schools are closed due to the ongoing teachers strike.“We are going to have full international competition and it’s the practice that the Kenyan team will be asking for going into the Olympics qualifiers and getting ready for the IRB Sevens Series,” Karuga, who resigned as KRU board member last year, declared.The tournament has attracted Sevens World Series core side Portugal, Spain, Italy, England Saxons, Samurai International, Newcastle Wailers, Iconz (Australia), South Africa’s Western Province and Olympics hosts Brazil who are expected in the country on Tuesday.Awaiting confirmation are Sevens World Series core side, Argentina, South Africa franchise, the Pumas, Rwanda, Botswana and Morocco, with Karuga stating the remaining two slots will be on a first come first serve.Kenya who settled for Plate last year, will be out to reclaim the title they last lifted in 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Alderweireld is fit to start at Old Trafford on Sunday 1 Toby Alderweireld could be set to return to the Tottenham Hotspur line-up against Manchester United on Sunday.The Belgian defender made his first appearance in seven weeks against CSKA Moscow after recovering from a knee injury.After getting 25 minutes under his belt, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino says the centre-half could start at Old Trafford this weekend.“That is a good point, I think we need to decide tomorrow if he is good form to play 90 minutes,” said Pochettino.“We are happy in with him after two months out, it was good for him to feel the competition against CSKA with 25 minutes.“We will see. We have a lot of games ahead, it is a very busy period and we need everyone fit.”
THERE’S not many Donegal men can say they got to star with Natalie Portman in her latest film.But then it takes a lot to impress the lads from the Donegal Mountain Rescue.Several of the lads took part in Miss Portman’s latest film Your Highness – a sci-fi fantasy film (and why wouldn’t it be with Miss Portman in it?!) Several of the scenes were shot around the hills of Antrim and involved the members of the DMR getting kitted out to pose along Natalie.The lads can be seen in their full splendour on the big screen at century Cinemas in Letterkenny tomorrow night (TUES) when a Premiere of the film has been scheduled.The film starts at 8.15pm and tickets (which are almost all sold) are priced at a ridiculously keen €10 each.Ends DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE COME TO THE AID OF FILM STAR NATALIE PORTMAN was last modified: April 10th, 2011 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:Donegal Mountain RescueNatalie PortmanYour Highness
ready? Barcelona beat Man United 1-0 in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury Manchester United are in Spain tonight as they look to overturn their Champions League quarter-final tie against Barcelona.LaLiga leaders Barca claimed a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the first-leg last week and are firm favourites to reach the final four. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United face Barcelona tonight LATEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 BOOST But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side pulled off a stunning result to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the last round and will be out to do so again this evening.Can the Red Devils produce another memorable performance? Here’s how to find out. Barcelona vs Man United: What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?The clash will be shown live on BT Sport 2 with coverage underway from 7pm.BT Sport subscribers can live stream this fixture via their computer, mobile and tablet.EE phone customers can also watch the action via the app with a FREE three-month trial.All you have to do is text SPORT to 150 to get use of the app and free casting to your TV.talkSPORT will also have full commentary of the clash with our coverage beginning at 7pm. Barcelona star Lionel Messi will be in action against Man United again Getty Barcelona vs Man United: Line-upsBarcelona: Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.Subs: Cillessen, Semedo, Dembele, Malcom, Vidal, Umtiti, Alena.Man United: De Gea, Jones, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.Subs: Romero, Sanchez, Mata, Lukaku, Pereira, Dalot, Matic.Referee: Felix Brych Aiming high Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Barcelona vs Man United: What time does it kick off?The Champions League quarter-final second leg will take place on Tuesday, April 16 with kick off at 8pm.The match will be held at the Camp Nou. United drew 0-0 on their last trip to the famous stadium in the semi-finals of the 2007/08 Champions League and went on to win the trophy.But Luke Shaw’s own goal in the first leg last week means the Red Devils will have it all to do tonight. 3 on target Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be available
@emplums hi again Emily! Quick question – does Buffer plan to support alt text for images? @jakobrosin @simonsbart— Carine Marzin (@CarineMarzin) June 9, 2016Support teams from Buffer and Hootsuite replied quickly to questions, asking about alternative text for images and the new feature in Twitter.But no commitments were made about when alternative text would be added to either application.Vote for Alternative TextThanks to Dennis Deacon’s conversation with Hootsuite Help, I discovered a request for alternative text for images in Hootsuite was submitted in May 2014.Users could upvote a requested feature for Hootsuite. With close to 100 votes for the feature, it looked promising to me that Hootsuite would consider adding alternative text for images.Similar to Hootsuite, Buffer also had a feedback voting system to submit and vote on new features. A request for adding alternative text for images to Buffer was submitted in July 2015. Buffer Moves ForwardI began to ask Buffer monthly about the status for adding alternative text. And in August 2016, I heard back from Emily Plummer, a front end engineer at Buffer. @redcrew @buffer @3playmedia it’s being built as we speak!— emily (@emplums) August 30, 2016Plummer wasn’t able to share any timeline or roadmap at that time, but yesterday she tweeted that their team had a solution close at hand for Buffer. @CarineMarzin @redcrew @buffer We’ve got a solution close to ready on our end, just waiting for final design finishing touches— emily (@emplums) November 15, 2016And more good news! Buffer was adding the alternative text for images to their roadmap.@redcrew @CarineMarzin @buffer here’s that roadmap! 🙂 https://t.co/hD9v7iXiDe— emily (@emplums) November 15, 2016Woohoo! Thanks @redcrew yes I am a big fan of @buffer they understand that they need to improve #a11y & are making the effort to do so @emplums— Neil Milliken (@NeilMilliken) November 16, 2016What about Hootsuite?Hootsuite Has No Roadmap for Alternative TextLast month when I contacted Hootsuite Help on their forum, I was excited to learn that alternative text was a planned feature for an upcoming release. As it turns out, this was added as a request on our internal feature request forum and is tagged as a planned feature.Unfortunately, after further conversations with Hootsuite Help yesterday, I learned that alternative text was not included in their roadmap. I’ve asked Hootsuite (again) about how it could be added to their roadmap, but haven’t yet received a response. SummaryThough both Buffer and Hootsuite have received multiple requests for adding alternative text to images, the Buffer team is the only one moving forward on implementing alternative text in their application.Buffer has added alternative text to their roadmap, but no timeline has been provided.If you’re a Hootsuite user, you may want to contact them about their plans for alternative text.You need to plan to put this in your road map, @Hootsuite_Help. Even better, put it in your product! Won’t be able to recommend without it. https://t.co/cE1zFqAn5Q— Sarah Bourne (@sarahebourne) November 16, 2016 When Twitter announced in March 2016 that they were supporting alternative text for images, Twitter users celebrated the news.With the release of alternative text for images, visual content on Twitter was more accessible to people who are visually impaired or blind.I was thrilled to share the news about Twitter’s alternative text for images.At the end of my post, I commented that I thought third-party apps wouldn’t be far behind in providing alternative text support. What About Buffer and Hootsuite?Given Twitter’s new alternative text feature, it didn’t take long for users of Buffer and Hootsuite, two social media applications for publishing posts, to start discussing and asking when alternative text would be added to their apps.I was one of them! I use both applications in addition to Twitter.@Hootsuite_Help when will @hootsuite support alternative text for none-text media (@Twitter & @Facebook do now)? #a11y #accessibility— Learn HTML (@deconspray) April 29, 2016 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPart 2. Alternative Text for Images: What About Buffer and Hootsuite?When I wrote about alternative text for images in Buffer and Hootsuite in November 2016, I shared good news about Buffer’s plans to move forward. As well as not-so-good news about Hootsuite and their lack of any plan. If you recall, the reason for my post was Twitter’s March 2016…In “Accessibility”Part 4. Alternative Text for Images: Hootsuite Announces Support in a TweetThis is my fourth post about alternative text for Buffer and Hootsuite, applications that allow you to manage and schedule your social media posts. I’m happy to share news that Hootsuite now supports alternative text for images in their Composer. Late October 2018, Nick Martin, global social engagement at Hootsuite,…In “Accessibility”Part 3. Alternative Text for Images: Buffer Announces Support for ExtensionUpdated November 29, 2017 This is my third post about alternative text for Buffer and Hootsuite. And this time, I have great news to share! Yesterday, Emily Plummer, engineer at Buffer, tweeted that the Buffer extension now supports alternative text for images. Adding Alt Text to Twitter Images is officially…In “Accessibility” @alpuzz Isn’t it? Can’t wait for @buffer and @Hootsuite_Help to add alt text for images to their applications!— DeborahEdwards-Onoro (@redcrew) May 27, 2016