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Does studying science make you a better person?

first_imgPacific Standard: That’s the implication of newly published research, which finds people who study science — or who are even momentarily exposed to the idea of scientific research — are more likely to condemn unethical behavior and more inclined to help others.“Thinking about science leads individuals to endorse more stringent moral norms,” report psychologists Christine Ma-Kellams of Harvard University and Jim Blascovich of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Their research is published in the online journal PLOS One.The researchers describe four experiments, all conducted at UCSB, that back up their surprising conclusion.The first featured 48 undergraduates who read a vignette describing a date rape. (In the story, John engages in “nonconsensual sex” with Sally.) They were then asked to judge John’s behavior on a scale from 1 (completely justified) to 100 (totally wrong).Read the whole story: Pacific Standard More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

EU passes COVID-19 relief package; Americas surge shows no slowing

first_imgIn global COVID-19 developments, European Union (EU) leaders agreed to a massive financial package to revive member country economies as surging cases in the Americas pushed the global total closer to 15 million.The world’s COVID-19 total climbed to 14,774,887 with, and 611,599 deaths reported from the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.EU relief a mix of grants and loansAt a contentious summit that lasted nearly 5 days, EU leaders today agreed on an $857 billion recovery fund and a related $1.27 trillion budget over the next 7 years, Reuters reported. The financial package is a mix of grants and low-interest loans that will help the region through its pandemic recession.The negotiations were marked by friction between more frugal states such as the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, which pushed the idea that much of the funding for hard-hit Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Spain be taken as loans, rather than grants. The agreement includes a funding pause if countries don’t meet reform, but doesn’t include conditions for countries that breach democratic values.As for the next steps, the recovery plan must pass the European Parliament and be ratified by all 27 EU states.In other European developments, Spain’s cases have risen threefold over the past 3 weeks, mainly due to new clusters following eased lockdowns, especially in Catalonia and Aragon regions, Reuters reported.Catalonia’s government recently urged residents, including those in Barcelona, to stay home and for bars and restaurants to reduce their capacity. The measures included a mandatory lockdown for the city of Lleida, which has a population of about 160,000.No sign of slowing in the AmericasAt a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) briefing today, PAHO director Carissa Etienne, MBBS, said countries in the Americas region reported about 900,000 cases last week, led by brisk activity in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Hot spots in South America include areas in the Amazon basin, with significant surges in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. She also said virus activity has spread to countries in the Guiana Shield, an area that includes Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela, and some parts of Colombia and northern Brazil.Meanwhile, countries in the Southern Cone, which include Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, have made important progress in battling the virus, she said, noting that hand hygiene and social distancing measures can contributed to declines in COVID-19 and other viruses.Etienne said detailed data are needed to help drive response steps, and revealed that PAHO is working on a data model with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to predict the pandemic’s impact on vulnerable populations, such as those with underlying health conditions, to help countries plan.In another development, in response to a journalist’s question, Ciro Ugarte, MD, who directs PAHO’s emergency department, said Nicaragua has only been sharing data once a week and hasn’t delivered detailed information required by the International Health Regulations, despite multiple requests. He said though PAHO had worked to get more details from unofficial sources, the lack of proper information doesn’t allow the group to properly assess Nicaragua’s COVID-19 situation. He added that PAHO has offered to send an expert group to support the country’s response, but has not been asked to assist.According to media reports, the Nicaraguan government has downplayed COVID-19 spread, and health workers have been threatened or punished for using personal protective equipment and using COVID-19 as a diagnosis and cause of death.Asia and Middle East developmentsIn Asia, China today reported 7 more cases in a hot spot in Xinjiang province, home to the Uyghur ethnic population, that was recently placed on lockdown, according to a National Health Commission update. The capital city of Urumqi recently reported 47 new cases after going 5 months with no new cases.Also, Chinese officials announced today that incoming passengers must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding flights to China, according to Reuters. The tests must be completed within 5 days of the flight at designated facilities in host countries.Hong Kong today reported 61 more cases in its third wave of cases, of which 3 had a travel history, the Center for Health Protection said in a daily update.Vietnam, among the countries that have successfully contained the outbreak, reported 12 new cases, all in quarantined travelers who were returning from Russia, Reuters reported. Vietnam has not reported a local case in more than 3 months, and no deaths have been reported.In the Middle East, Iran today reported a record number of daily deaths, 229, raising its fatality count to 14,634. And Oman imposed a travel ban between the country’s different regions, part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus during the Eid holidays.last_img read more

Real Madrid’s FOUR pre-season games without scoring

first_img Upd. at 18:07 Madrid’s goalless games:  Real Madrid’s goalless draw with Valerenga, of Norway, presents a worrying number for Rafa Benitez’s team. It is the fourth game they have played without scoring.  09/08/2015 CEST On Sunday they played a weak side and even with the likes of Gareth Bale and Jese starting, they couldn’t find the net.center_img July 18: Roma (0-0)July 30: Milan (0-0)August 5: Bayern Múnich (1-0)August 9: Valerenga (0-0) It comes after a goalless draw with Roma to start the pre-season, followed by a 0-0 draw with Inter Milan and then a 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich.  Sport EN In the other games they beat Man City 4-1 and Tottenham 2-0.last_img

Bullants’ treat is dead meat

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER WGCA Sub-District Division review – grand final MYRMECIA – Colloquial name: Bullant. Characterised by their aggressive behaviour…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Bombers undefeated after two in Chilliwack

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers remain undefeated following two games today at the 16-team Best of the Best High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Chilliwack.LVR opened with a 3-1 victory over Valleyview of Kamloops. Kevin Lewis, Eric Norberg and Luke Mori scored for the Bombers.The Bombers then ran into a red-hot goalkeeper, playing to a scoreless draw against G.W. Graham of Chilliwack.LVR has one more game in the day to conclude the round robin draw against Vancouver’s Handworth Royals.Other teams in the tournament are from Northern B.C., the Fraser Valley, Okanagan and Vancouver regions.The round robin record determines where teams advance into the playoff round.The final is set for 2:15 p.m. Friday. [email protected]last_img

Morris leads Knicks past Warriors in OT to snap 10-game skid

first_imgNew York Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. shoots a three-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors coach Steve Kerr liked the comeback attempt he saw Wednesday night from his young Golden State team.That sort of effort just isn’t paying off in the win column.ADVERTISEMENT Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Marcus Morris scored a season-high 36 points and the New York Knicks held off Golden State 124-122 in overtime to snap a 10-game losing streak.Golden State (5-21) trailed by 21 in the second quarter but roared back with a second-half rally. The Warriors still lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell behind the Knicks (5-20) for the NBA’s worst record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“At halftime we were down 18, and we were sort of lifeless,” Kerr said. “We got back in the game pretty quickly in the third quarter. That’s a good lesson for young players in this league. It’s a really long game and you have to stay with it.”The Warriors returned from a five-game road trip with optimism, seeing a favorable stretch of schedule ahead that offered seemingly winnable games at home. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Over the past three nights, however, they’ve dropped games to the Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, who own a combined record of 13-36.Julius Randle had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and rookie RJ Barrett scored 22 for New York, which fought off the Warriors’ comeback bid and gave Mike Miller his first win as interim coach.“We had to bounce back again and again and again,” Miller said. “(The Warriors) continued to make plays, continued to stretch the game out. We had a lot of guys contribute and play well tonight.”The NBA’s two worst teams staged an entertaining fourth quarter, with D’Angelo Russell hitting a 3-pointer for the Warriors to tie it at 112 with 3.9 seconds left and force overtime.New York controlled the extra period, with Randle’s 3-pointer snapping a 114-all tie and putting the Knicks in front for good.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ Russell finished with 32 points to lead Golden State.The Knicks had their way inside in the first two quarters, shooting 58% and outscoring the Warriors in the paint 32-18.Morris had 18 points as the Knicks took a 68-50 lead into the break.Golden State’s cold shooting from Monday’s loss to Memphis carried over. Many of those misses came from close range, too, as the Warriors hit just 17 of their 51 shots (33%) in the first half.TIP-INSKnicks: Miller, three games into his tenure after David Fizdale was fired, said the front office hasn’t given him any indication whether he’ll be leading the team for the rest of the season. “We’re in constant communication. They’ve been really supportive. It’s just been about getting to the next game. I’m fine with that,” Miller said.Warriors: F Eric Paschall was listed as questionable Wedneday morning with a sore left hip, but he was in the starting lineup for the 19th time in Golden State’s 26 games. He scored only five points in just under 17 minutes and was taken out as a precaution when his hip acted up, Kerr said.FILM SESSIONBarrett, the No. 3 pick in the draft who has battled through a shooting slump, watched video of his recent play and turned things around Wednesday, going 8 for 16 from the floor and finishing with 22 points for New York.“I’m just trying to play basketball,” Barrett said. “Make the right plays and just get my mojo back, really.”UP NEXTKnicks: At the Sacramento Kings on Friday, the third stop on this four-game road trip.Warriors: Play on Friday at Utah, where they hung tough in November before losing by four. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Brief encounter: Filipino fighter wins SEA Games gold after underwear row Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesdaylast_img read more

R605m expansion for CTICC

first_imgThe Cape Town International Convention Centre is to become even bigger. (Image: Media Club South Africa. For more free photos, visit the image library.) An artist’s impression of the CTICC once the expansion project is complete. (Image: Supplied by CTICC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zeenat Parker Corporate Communications Cape Town Convention Centre +27 71 888 2623  RELATED ARTICLES • SA becomes business tourism hub • Cape Town has Africa’s best airport • CTICC gets green makeover • Jazz festival brings stars to Cape TownBongani NkosiThe Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will undergo a massive expansion drive, the Western Cape provincial government has announced.A multimillion-rand investment in refurbishments at the centre was revealed in the city on 30 March 2011. The exact amount secured for the expansion project is R605-million, according to CTICC spokesperson Zeenat Parker.The development will form part of the R4.5-billion Cape Town CBD regeneration project.The expansion of the convention centre will include 10 000m³ of new retail space, an office tower and a host of new basement parking bays.Another major focus of the expansion will be creating a stretching precinct that connects the CTICC to the Artscape. Founder’s Garden precinct is to be regenerated to achieve this massive precinct.A new private hospital will also be located within the precinct. Netcare has confirmed it will relocate its Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital to the new site under a lease agreement.The creation of 8 000 jobs between 2011 and 2018 will be one of the project’s immediate economic spinoffs. More corporate-style jobs are expected to become available after construction is complete.The CTICC’s contribution to the economy will grow as a result of the expansion. According to a report conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, the centre’s GDP contribution is expected to increase from the current R2.3-billion to more than R5.1-billion annually in the coming years.The convention centre was built at a cost of R565-million by the City of Cape Town, the provincial government and private investor Sun West in 2003. The city pumped in R284-million and has a 50.18% majority share hold, so the CTICC remains a municipal property.Management is regularly commended for running the centre well. It’s been a lucrative business since operation began, said the city’s mayoral committee member Felicity Purchase. “Cape Town ICC has far outperformed expectations, becoming a profit centre in its own right.“Both operating and capital costs are being recovered, it has paid rates, never needed any further funding from council after the original investment and has even been in a position to pay a dividend although this has never happened,” said Purchase in a statement.Boosting Cape Town’s tourismCape Town ICC is already a popular venue for international conferences held in Africa. Many of the 200 international conferences that South Africa has secured hosting rights for in the next five years will be held there.“The CTICC has over the years become the flagship events and conference venue in the city. I am certain that the expansion will bolster the city’s goal to be the destination of choice in Africa,” said City of Cape Town’s outgoing mayor Dan Plato.The World Congress of Nephrology in 2015 and the Options on the Control of Influenza conference in 2013 are some of the important international meetings that the venue has secured.It’s also popular for art events and it’s the preferred venue for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which has grown from attracting 14 000 fans in 2000 to 34 000 in 2011. This year it took place on 25 and 26 March, and was a sold-out affair.“Cape Town has identified the holding of events as a key component of its economic development strategy. The expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre is at the core of this strategy,” said Purchase.The expansion will boost business tourism more than anything else. “This project will allow Cape Town to bat in the business tourism major leagues by creating a far bigger and more compelling conventions and cultural events space that we can offer to the world,” said Western Cape’s MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde.“This expansion will allow us to maximise on our competitive edge in this key strategic sector,” he added.The CTICC has been pipped by the Durban ICC for Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre accolade at the World Travel Awards six times, but it did win the title once in 2007.* At the time of publishing the rand was R6.79 to the US Dollarlast_img read more

OR Tambo Airport ‘ready for Afcon final’

first_img7 February 2013 The management of OR Tambo International Airport say they are ready to cater for the influx of passengers into the country for the final of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Following their victories in Wednesday night’s semi-finals, Nigeria and Burkino Faso will do battle in the final match of the 2013 Afcon finals at the National Stadium in Johannesburg at 8pm on Sunday, 10 February. Wednesday’s semi-final losers, Mali and Ghana, will play off for third place at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. With the last four teams coming from the West Africa bloc, OR Tambo International Airport General Manager Tebogo Mekgoe said they didn’t anticipate any hassles in processing the outflow of football fans after the tournament. “We have a lot of processing capacity and great experience in terms of events management at OR Tambo Airport, so we are ready for the potential inflow of football fans for the Afcon finals,” Mekgoe said. “With the robust plan that we have with our stakeholders at the airport, we are confident that there will be no issues in processing the high volumes of football fans into the country, and this plan will also be used when they depart after the tournament,” he told SAnews on Wednesday. Asked about challenges at Africa’s biggest and busiest airport, Mekgoe said the issue of delayed flights had to be dealt with in order for the airport to continue to be rated among the best in the world. Mekgoe said he was also working on an ideal collaborative plan with all the airport stakeholders, with a view of improving services. Source: read more

#SHRM14 HR Motivators: Chanel Jackson

first_imgWe Know Next is finding and interviewing HR Motivators at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition.  Below is a Q&A with HR Young professional Chanel Jackson.Q.  What book are you reading right now?A. “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit” of Less by Greg McKeown.  As an HR professional you always feel the need to respond to so many people and you find yourself so stretched that you’re not effective. This book helps you to identify and focus on your top priorities to be more productive.   Q. What advice would you give other leaders about employee engagement?A. Stick to what employees want! Some companies do a great job of surveying and understanding the voice of the employee while others decide to create their own hypothesis of what employees want or need to foster engagement.Q. What qualities do you think are most important for strong leadership?A. Strong leadership requires trust, great listening skills, the ability to plan, execute and effectively communicate what is or will be happeningin a group or organization.Q. What advice would you give to people who would like to work in the HR profession?A. HR is a selfless profession; however, it is no longer just for the “people person(s)”. Decisions, whether comfortable or uncomfortable, should move the company forward while balancing the needs of the employees. It’s a three-legged race, but with many many legs! Chanel Jackson works in Talent Management for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. You can find her on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Is it Time For a More Civil Discourse?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The Internets have always been a place that cultivates the odd duck, the passionate one, the recondite techie who doesn’t quite fit in. Lately, it seems that, just like being an airline passenger, things are getting a bit nastier as we get more crowded in the clouds. The friendly skies are somewhat less so. Barry Ritholtz, a financial journalist and speaker, has this to say to warn people who are about to post a comment on his blog the Big Picture: “Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.”Of course, one could turn off comments on one’s site completely. Or at least try to vet the comments that are coming through to a “real” email address, something other than a random Webmail account. But if the whole nature of the Web is to improve community and bring about better discussions, this can be counter-productive.Then there is this frightening site, The Blacklist, which is coming online next week at “The purpose of this website is to expose people that suck and save others from wasting their time, energy or money on them.” (What you don’t know the .st domain? It refers to two small islands off the coast of West Africa, yet another national domain that has been co-opted for commerce.) Say your boss has done you wrong and you want to level the score. You bring up this site and post some information (anonymously, of course). While the owners (who aren’t on the whois registry of course) say they aren’t interested in slander, the potential for this site to be an open chest wound loom large.Of course, if no one posts anyone to this list, it becomes less useful and less potent. But can the Internets ignore something so tempting? I don’t know. Especially since the owners will pay a buck per submission, and are advertising on Craigslist. What many sites, including ReadWriteWeb, are doing is bringing on board folks who understand online communities and have direct community management responsibilities. This is becoming an increasingly important position, and it requires a rare skill of technological and psychological flair and finesse. I think more enterprises should consider this a formal requirement for any modern website.I think that Ritholtz, in an odd way, sums things up nicely. Perhaps if we all took a moment to chill and just take a couple of deep breaths that might help. Now if we could only work on the airline passengers to ratchet things down next.center_img david strom IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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