Former gambler warns Donegal councillors have wrecked lives by legalising gaming machines

first_imgAn Inishowen man who claims his gambling addiction cost him his family and his career has slammed local councillors for voting for gaming machines to be legalised on the peninsula.The man, who hails from Moville but who asked not to be identified, spoke to Donegal Daily today about his fury at the decision.Councillors on the Inishowen Municipal Authority voted by five votes to four to legalise the machines. But the man who contacted us said that the councillors who voted to bring in the gaming machines do not realise the damage they have done.He said “It’s just pure greed and I simply do not know what these councillors were thinking of. These gaming arcades do not create employment worth talking about.“And I can tell you from first-hand experience that they will destroy many lives. They destroyed mine.“I lost my wife, my kids and my job because I simply could not pass my their door. I ended up going to Derry to gamble my wages every week and then I lost my job because I was spending some much time in there.” The man said he wanted to challenge each and every councillor who voted for the legalisation of the machines to state why they thought it was a good idea to do so.“I want them to explain their reasons behind their decision. Why did they vote to introduce these machines across the entire peninsula?“It certainly won’t create jobs and the only people I can see getting richer is the people who own these gaming arcades,” he said.The man, who has now attended Gamblers Anonymous for more than ten years, said today is a dark day for Donegal.“I honestly thought we had gone beyond this. I thought we were living in a society which looked after their own. I thought Donegal was different. “These councillors have no compassion, they couldn’t have. If they knew the agony myself and so many others have gone through because of gambling, they would not have voted to allow these machines to be legal across Inishowen.“I lost the woman I loved since I was a teenager. I rarely see my kids and I lost a good job and it was all because I had an addiction, a sickness caused by gambling.I’m just so frustrated, annoyed and angry at what these five councillors who claim to represent the people of Inishowen have done,” he said.Former gambler warns Donegal councillors have wrecked lives by legalising gaming machines was last modified: March 14th, 2019 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:donegalgaming machinesInishowenvotelast_img read more

QPR’s Helguson a target for Cardiff

first_imgCardiff City are looking to sign Heidar Helguson from QPR.Helguson, 34, has a year of his contract remaining but is not part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans at Loftus Road, and Rangers have indicated that they will let him go.Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay knows the Icelander from their time together at Watford and is keen to take him to Wales.After initially struggling for fitness and form following his move from Bolton in 2009, Helguson became a key player for Rangers and was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League.He was also their top scorer in the top flight last season, netting nine goals. But he was troubled by a groin complaint and missed virtually all of the second half of the campaign.Helguson is one of a number of players Hughes is looking to offload this summer.Luke Young is also surplus to requirements but his future is unclear after a potential move appeared to fall through.See also:QPR likely to offload defender Young (29 June)Rangers chief hints at player exits (17 July)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Injury-free DeGale determined to impress

first_imgJames DeGale has vowed to prove his knee troubles are behind him as he gears up for the latest defence of his WBC Silver super-middleweight title.The Harlesden man says he is now fully fit after undergoing physiotherapy ahead of the fight with American Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November.The bout will be DeGale’s third of 2013 and the 28-year-old admitted he hadn’t been at his best in victories over Sebastien Demers and Stjepan Bozic.He said: “I was getting into the ring knowing that I wasn’t 100%. But now, knowing that I’m fully fit and I’ve got no injuries, I’m back to my old self – full of confidence.“I think from the Hadillah Mohoumadi fight [last October] you’ve seen me gradually get better, through the Fulgencio Zuniga, Sebastien Demers and Stjepan Bozic fights.“You’ve seen me bending more, throwing more shots, throwing my combinations, using angles more, so in this one you’ll see another big difference as well.“I’m going to show, once and for all, that my knee problem is behind me.”Tickets for James DeGale’s fight against Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone on 0844 847 2500. See also:DeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why Stephen Curry’s injury still lingers

first_imgHOUSTON – The shots splashed in the net like they always do. Too bad, Stephen Curry can only take those shots at the end of morning shootaround.The Warriors have sidelined Curry at least for the next five games, including Thursday’s contest in Houston, because of a sore left groin that has kept him sidelined for the past three contests. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Curry’s MRI results have left him “encouraged,” the Warriors have since learned that Curry still feels symptoms.“So …last_img read more

AU stands by Zimbabwe

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneLeaders of the African Union (AU) are optimistic that a lasting solution to Zimbabwe’s debilitating crisis can still be found without tougher action taken against President Robert Mugabe.On 9 December 2008 Salva Rweyemamu, the spokesperson for the chairperson of the AU and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said, “Only dialogue between the Zimbabwean parties, supported by the AU and other regional actors, can restore peace and stability to that country.”Rweyemamu said that the forceful removal of Mugabe, as suggested by prominent figures including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and South Africa’s Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, were not options.“We have a serious humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe. We have cholera. Do they think that we can eradicate cholera with guns?” he said.Mugabe called to step downThe stance taken by the AU to stand by Mugabe comes as world leaders call for the insistent leader to relinquish his power.On 9 December, former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan made an urgent call to world leaders to help in finding a new, long-term and coherent approach to the Zimbabwe crisis.Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, Netherlands, Annan said the collapse of Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector meant that the country will no longer be able to feed its own people, let alone export food to neighbouring countries.The Clingendael Institute of International Relations acts as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy, which identifies and analyses emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public.To date, five million malnourished Zimbabweans are in urgently need of food aid.Further afield world leaders are also increasing the pressure on Mugabe to step down, amidst fears that the country has finally reached the brink of collapse.European Union leaders announced on 8 December that they are widening sanctions against the Southern African country’s government, adding the names of 11 high ranking Zimbabwean officials to a list of people banned from entering Europe.British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the new names are “middle-ranking members of the regime” and were added to 168 already on the persona non grata list.This list also includes Mugabe and his wife Grace.The world leaders are stepping up their efforts of dethroning Mugabe as the country battles its worst cholera outbreak, critical food shortages, a struggling economy and political instability.During a press conference, France’s Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who chaired the EU ministerial meeting at which the decision to tighten the screws on Zimbabwe was announced, said that further sanctions could be imposed depending on how events played out in Zimbabwe.Kouchner also said EU ministers had called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to tackle the outbreak of cholera, which has claimed hundreds of lives, pointing out that it is one of the communicable diseases which require international intervention.Speaking from Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said, “President Mugabe must go,” also adding that the time for negotiations was over.“There comes a time when a dictator does not want to hear, does not want to understand, and so my understanding is that heads of states and governments must end discussions.”Zimbabwe’s strongest foreign ally China, has also voiced its concern, “We sincerely hope that all concerned parties in Zimbabwe will truly focus on the interests of the country and its people and soon form a government of national unity,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Liu Jianchao, speaking from Beijing.Meanwhile in South Africa, ANC President Jacob Zuma said that he still supported the negotiation process started by former President Thabo Mbeki.Speaking during a meeting with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Zuma said that even as the political negotiations continue, swift action was needed to meet the immediate needs of the people of Zimbabwe.“We need some swift action to deal with the situation in Zimbabwe. We fully support Mbeki’s mediation efforts and we urge the Zimbabwe leadership to act and … pave the way for a unity government.”Zim authorities defend sovereigntyThe widespread call for an immediate resolution to Zimabwe’s problems has however not alarmed President Mugabe, who, through his spokesperson George Charamba, said the West was using the cholera outbreak to sabotage his leadership.“The British and the Americans are dead set on bringing Zimbabwe back to the U.N. Security Council. They are also dead set on ensuring that there is an invasion of Zimbabwe but without themselves carrying it out.”Charamba also criticised British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s comments that a “command and control structure” in Zimbabwe needed to be set up.“It is clear the command centre which Brown is referring to has nothing to do with cholera. It has everything to do with the running dispute between Zimbabwe and Britain over land.”“It has to do with regime change politics. He is asking for an invasion of Zimbabwe,” he added.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the cholera death toll now stood at 589 with the number of reported cases now standing at 13 960.The WHO speculates that up to 60 000 people could contract cholera if the epidemic continues to spiral out of control.The disease is preventable and treatable under normal circumstances, but with Zimbabwe’s health sector in near collapse, it has been difficult to successfully manage the outbreak.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Useful linksThe Zimbabwe SituationZimbabwe governmentWorld Health OrganisationAfrican UnionEuropean Unionlast_img read more

New resource for understanding SB 1

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Representative Jim Buchy has announced the launch of a website intended to serve as a resource for those impacted by Senate Bill 1 as they plan for changes to their farms, businesses, and municipalities.Senate Bill 1, signed into law by Governor Kasich in April, prohibits the spreading of manure, chemical fertilizer, and sewer sludge on frozen ground, saturated ground, and under certain weather forecast conditions.“Working with other legislators, we were able to identify the best new agricultural practices and use those as a model for the regulations that now impact northwest Ohio,” Rep. Buchy said. “The goal of this website is to make those new regulations easier to navigate and understand from a legislative perspective.”Click here for more information.last_img read more

Shops selling merchandise ‘in a spot’

first_imgWith a day to go for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, the Organising Committee is still grappling to find ‘ideal’ spots for the placement of its merchandising stalls to maximize sales.The OC officials have sought a police nod for the placement of stalls at newer spots in the Capital, according to Delhi Police officers. The reason? Given the ‘strange’ placement of merchandise stalls inside the security cordon areas leading to the Games’ venues, most people haven’t been able to reach them.And those who’ve managed to get in haven’t been able to buy as such items aren’t allowed inside the stadia. According to Games officials their initial merchandise sales target was `8 crore from across 70 stalls in the Capital but only a fraction of them actually opened.”They blame us for the stalls but the fact is that before the Games started there was a meeting of the Delhi police commissioner, sports secretary and the OC where we told them that we were not informed about the exact location of the stalls. They were told that it could become a security concern at the end but there was no response,” a police officer said.The few stalls that opened were at ‘awkward’ spots leading to low sales. More than a dozen other stores are at some distance from the Games’ venues for security reasons. Take for example the merchandise stall at the OC headquarters itself.”Only the OC officials, staff or accredited journalists and athletes have access to this area,” a senior OC official said. The Delhi police officers confirmed that the issue of opening up fresh merchandise stalls at exit points of many of the venues had been raised by the OC officials. But the chances of them getting a nod were bleak.advertisementlast_img

Give youngsters a chance in Indian tennis

first_imgThe Indian tennis campaign at the London Olympics has ended, and I am extremely disappointed with the performance of the contingent.I was quite confident that they will win a medal in the mixed doubles, but that was not to be.What I could make out after talking the players is that it was a close match and the Indians had their chances, but could not capitalise.Had Paes and Sania made it through the semi-finals, they had a good opportunity to progress and even go for the gold, because there were no good pairs left in the draw. So, it was clearly a missed opportunity.In men’s doubles, the competition was expected to be extremely tough as lot of top singles players participated. But the positive sign for Indian tennis the way Vishnu Vardhan played. He held his own in the company of Leander Paes against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.He served exceedingly well, his returns were of the highest quality and he was not caught wanting at the net.It augurs well for Indian tennis.Time has come for the All India Tennis Association to develop our youngsters and field them in Davis Cup. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have been there for over 20 years and they have served the country with distinction. Now the next generation of players should be given the chance to come up.Coming to women’s singles, it was indeed a masterclass by Serena Williams to beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 for the gold. The score-line itself speaks volumes about her domination.advertisementI had mentioned earlier that Serena will be the hot favourite and was proved right.She got another gold in the women’s doubles with sister Venus. They defended their Beijing title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.It was amazing to see Andy Murray finally triumph at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer in straight sets. The Briton also avenged last month’s Wimbledon final defeat in style.(The writer is Fed Cup coach and a former India player)last_img read more

Flying man fails to cross English Channel on flyboard

first_imgParis: French inventor Franky Zapata, dubbed “Flying man”, on Thursday failed to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard after he missed a refuelling platform on a boat. Zapata, a former jet-skiing champion, took off from Sangatte in northern France while standing on the hoverboard powered by five turbine engines, with 42 liters of kerosene in his backpack, enough for about 10 minutes of flight. He planned to reach Dover in England in 20 minutes. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTravelling at an average speed of 140 km/h and at an altitude of between 15 to 20 metres, the 40-year-old inventor failed to land on the boat to refuel the machine to soar above the remaining distance. “It’s a huge disappointment… We practiced this manoeuver dozens of times in heavier seas, with platforms that moved more, without any problems,” Stephane Denis, a member of Zapata crew told BFMTV news channel. Due to waves the platform hit the flyboard while Zapata was landing and overbalanced him before he fell into the sea, he said. “The ships were able to recover him very quickly. Physically, he is unharmed, but he is very angry,” Denis added.last_img read more

Saskatoon billboard blasts cuts to Aboriginal organizations

first_imgAPTN National NewsA new billboard has gone up in Saskatchewan protesting against federal cut backs to Aboriginal programming.Located in the heart of down town Saskatoon, the billboard displays every Aboriginal organization across the country that has faced cut backs from the federal government since Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized in 2008.The billboard included the Native Women’’ Association, Sisters in Spirit and the Assembly of First Nations. It is part of an exhibit and was put up in conjunction with the Paved Arts Gallery opening this month in Saskatoon and runs until October.Non-Aboriginal artist Cathy Busby says if the billboard creates an open dialogue on the issue it will have been a success.last_img read more

Evening News Break – April 29th 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppEvening News Break, April 29th, 2019Listen Now **Tomorrow morning you can support a cook out to aid in the ‪#‎medical‬‪#‎expenses‬ of Roshara Williams at ‪#‎CIBC‬ FirstCaribbean, Leeward Highway branch.**New insurer in the country shared what research exposed are factors for the ‪#‎Caribbean‬ people not securing insurance for their properties.**‪#‎Security‬ ‪#‎companies‬ have little to no ‪#‎legislation‬ to support their own, personal security. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

OK Names New EditorinChief

first_imgCaperton’s promotion “makes a lot of sense because she was handling a lot of the editor-in-chief responsibilities” since Toepfer’s departure, said the source.OK!’s ad pages increased 23 percent in 2008, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Ad sales in January were up 30 percent over the same month last year, the publisher said last month. Following the high profile departure of former Alpha Media executive Kent Brownridge as general manager, and the subsequent ouster of Susan Toepfer as its editor-in-chief, OK! magazine has promoted executive editor Katie Caperton to the top editor post, a knowledgeable source told FOLIO:.An OK! spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.Caperton, who joined the celebrity title in 2005 as editorial manager, will report to Sarah Ivens, who stepped down as editor-in-chief in October. Ivens, who moved to Kentucky but had been serving as interim editor-in-chief since Toepfer left last month, will remain with the magazine as editorial director, according to the source.last_img read more

Unsafe E Coli Levels Found In Houston Floodwaters Homes

first_img Share Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston on Aug. 31. Once homes flood, bacteria can multiply faster than in flooded areas outdoors.Water in some flooded Houston homes is contaminated with bacteria, lead and other toxins, according to a New York Times report. The paper organized testing in two Houston neighborhoods with experts from Baylor Medical College and Rice University, along with the Houston health department.One home was found to have 135 times the level of E. coli bacteria that is considered safe.The contaminants ended up in homes after sewage treatment plants in Houston saw more water than they could handle during Hurricane Harvey.Houston’s storm drainage and water treatment systems are supposed to be independent of one another, but an unprecedented amount of rainfall brought storm water into treatment plants.“When we get very heavy rainfall and flooding, there is infiltration [of storm water] that occurs in these sewer lines,” Lauren Stadler, an assistant professor of of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University who took part in the Times‘ research, tells Houston Public Media. “That can basically overload our treatment plants.”Because those treatment plants were overloaded, engineers had to rush incoming water through, skipping a step in the treatment process. The plants then emptied the partially treated water into Houston’s bayous. Those bayous flooded, letting contaminated water into people’s homes.Once homes flood, Stadler says, they become good environments for bacteria to multiply. The warmth and stagnant water provided by a flooded structure, when combined with the nutrients from sewage, mean that bacteria can multiply faster inside homes than in flooded areas outdoors.Stadler urges people not to make direct contact with floodwaters, if possible. She notes that while draining water will take most contaminants along with it, residents of flooded homes should have their houses disinfected after waters recede.last_img read more

Apple Amazon Execs Take Content Search to TIFF

first_imgApple, however, is a wholly new potential player, with Van Amburg or Erlicht entering the fray in Toronto on behalf of the company for the first time. They joined Apple last year, ending long tenures as presidents of Sony Pictures Television. Apple has since aggressively pursued high-profile series projects, such as a comedic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and a revival of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories.” The company has, however, been less aggressive on the film front thus far, and has yet to reveal plants for the platform on which it will mount all the content it is developing.Netflix has long been a player at festivals such as TIFF, establishing the precedent of direct-to-consumer services shaking up the traditional festival marketplace. Hulu as well is a regular presence at TIFF, where this year it will be represented by two film-acquisition execs and documentaries head Belisa Balaban. Popular on Variety Apple is going shopping in Canada.Variety has learned that at least one of the digital giant’s top entertainment-programming executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, will head to the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Execs for the streaming giant will arrive with checkbooks in hand as they look to make potential acquisitions that could fill out the content pipeline for the company’s still-under-wraps entertainment service.Apple leaders won’t be the only deep-pocketed digital executives in Toronto. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who joined the company earlier this year, will make her first trip to the festival as a potential buyer. Salke is expected to arrive in Toronto today.Amazon has in recent years been a presence at festivals. Under previous entertainment head Roy Price, the company was an aggressive buyer at Sundance and SXSW last year. But with Amazon Studios in transition earlier this year following Price’s ouster in the wake of sexual-harassment allegations and amid a lengthy search for a replacement, the company was not active at either festival this year. Salke, a television veteran who previously served as NBC entertainment president, is a new presence on the film side, where she is a looking for a new top deputy to replace departed Amazon film chief Jason Ropell. ““I think you’ll be seeing expansion over there,” Salke told Variety in June of her film plans. “I think we might not necessarily be making a ton more movies, but I think the way we make movies might evolve a little bit.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Policy Statements on the Effects of Media Overlook Scientific Complexity

first_imgThe authors ofthis research serve as members of the New Media, Public Education and PublicPolicy Committee of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology (Division46 of the American Psychological Association). Most of the statements did not provide detailed information aboutwho produced the statement or how they were selected. They also did notindicate how the data that informed the statements were selected. Using Google Scholar and targeted web searches, the team ofresearchers identified media effects policy statements produced by professionaladvocacy organizations that represent scholars or clinicians in relevant fields(e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association).These searches produced 24 public statements, with the earliest issued in theearly 1990s. The statements covered impacts resulting from media violence,screen time, sexual content, and more “general” effects. “Since these are ‘policy statements,’ presumably they are stakingout policy positions the organizations would like to see policymakers moveon. But policymakers may need to be cautious not to mistake these policypositions for a fair summary of current research,” Ferguson says. “The othergroup of concern is parents, since many parents may become needlessly worriedabout media effects when policy statements proclaim the evidence to bestronger, more consistent, or more applicable to real life behaviors than itactually is.”  The research team found that the majority of statements, 19 out of24, showed citation bias, citing evidence that supported a specific conclusionwithout mentioning existing evidence that did not support the conclusion.Similarly, 22 out of 24 statements were characterized by false consistency,implying that the evidence on media effects was more consistent than it was inactuality. And only one statement made any reference to the existence of diverseviewpoints among scholars in that area. Ferguson and his coauthors are all researchers with expertise in some aspect of media effects, although they don’t always draw the same conclusions about the impact of different forms of media. They consider ongoing discussion and debate to be an important part of the scientific process, but they noticed that many organizations’ policy statements about media effects didn’t acknowledge that any such debate was taking place. In general, the researchers found a noticeable increase in thefrequency of media effects statements in the last 30 years. Most of the 24policy statements came from organization-based committees and were produced byscholars who had interest and expertise in the field. The team concluded that 15 out of the 24 statementsovergeneralized results, applying media effects findings to contexts far beyondthe scope of the original research. And 19 out of 24 statements madeexaggerated claims about media effects, suggesting public health or othersocietal impacts without noting the small or trivial size of the effects foundin many research studies. The research team broke into subgroups to evaluate each type ofstatement, using a standardized rubric focused on specific characteristics:citation bias, false consistency, lack of clarity of transparency,overgeneralization, exaggeration, insulation, and noncredible sources.center_img “We were curious to know how often this was happening and, if thiswas happening a lot, point out directions that could lead to more accuratestatements in the future,” says Ferguson. All data and materials have beenmade publicly available via the Open Science Framework. This articlehas received badges for OpenData and Open Materials. As different forms of media infuse everyday life, several organizations and associations have issued public statements about the various effects of media exposure. However, a scholarly review suggests that many of these statements do not accurately reflect the available scientific evidence, offering overly simplified or one-sided accounts of the scientific research. The findings are published in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Ferguson and colleagues suggest that these findings have importantimplications for both policymakers and parents. Acknowledge disconfirmatory dataFocus on the magnitude of effectsAcknowledge limitations of research methodsSolicit balanced viewsAvoid secondary sourcesDistinguish scientific statements from advocacy statementsRelease fewer statementsBe mindful of unintended harmsPrioritize and encourage open science practices “Although there certainly are some pretty good media policystatements out there, many of the policy statements were not very accurate andwhere there were inaccuracies, these tended to lean in the direction ofconclusions that were generally scarier than could be defended by the actualdata,” says psychology researcher Christopher J. Ferguson of Stetson University,who coauthored the paper with fellow media researchers. “There’s noassumption of bad faith, of course, but it seems many professionalorganizations are struggling to develop policy statements that effectivelycommunicate the complicated, messy and nuanced nature of many media effectsfields.” Based on their findings, the research team devised a checklist forbest practices that, if followed, would substantively improve the accuracy andquality of such policy statements:last_img read more

Exploring panIndian cuisine

first_imgOver the ages master chefs have rustled up numerous culinary delights. At present we have access to loads of variety to treat ourselves with. Speaking of variety, our own nation is home to numerous cuisines and outstanding dishes of which very few of us have an experience.The Suryaa’s Sr Executive Sous Chef Pankaj Kumar Jha has taken a step ahead to replenish the charm of Indian cuisine and remind gourmets in the national Capital about the various options they have in traditional dishes.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen one thinks of kebabs, the only idea that strikes one, is usually the image of meat kebabs, but here at The Suryaa, there are some delicious vegetarian kebabs that fitness freaks and vegetarians can happily dig into. As you bite onto the Doora Sheekh kebab, a lamb preparation, you can taste the multiple flavours exploding in your mouth giving a party to your taste buds. This is a special kebab which is prepared on a wooden stick wrapped up with a long silk thread. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from some lip smacking chicken kebabs like Gulnari Murgh Tikka and Rane-e-Murgh there is a fish kebab, a mushroom kebab and a baby potato kebab called Tinka Aloo  that will straight away win your heart. Moving on to the main course, if you have never had Hyderabadi Haleem, definitely try your luck here as the light flavours will sooth your tongue. Biryani lovers may find solace in the spices of life enjoying it with some gravy dish like Sabz ka Mela, Jodhpuri Aloo or Patiala Shahi Murgh. For vegetarians they have the most tasty Dal Makhani, Paneer Hushnara and Vegetable Chilman Pulao. As per the chef, the team has incorporated pan Indian dishes in their menu every night which will enable guests to explore the taste of India.Something that you should never forget to try before stepping out, is the classic ice cream they serve. It is not the flavour that will make you go ‘Wow!’ But it is the way they prepare it. Cold stone ice cream Teppanyaki is traditionally a Japanese form of cuisine. Following this style, a trained chef smears ice creams of your choice of flavours on a cold stone and mixes it with caramel, chocolate sauce, nuts and much more. Then the smeared mixture is allowed to set on the stone for a couple of minutes and scraped up into rolls of delicious ice creams.The cafe at Suryaa offers new items on the menu everyday for dinner, hence when you visit the place you may be greeted with some other surprises. But what remains constant is the multifarious option they have for starters, salads and definitely desserts! With a huge area dedicated to pastries you can indulge in your sweet journey with deadly cakes, tarts, ice creams and truffles.last_img read more