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

WWL Fleet Ready for EU MRV

first_imgzoom Wallenius Wilhelmsen group has received class approval for its MRV plans across the company’s fleet.As explained, Wallenius’ fleet will be compliant when the new regulation takes effect from January 1, 2018.The Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of CO2 (MRV) regulation is part of EU’s regulatory strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which for shipping are 98% CO2. It requires ship owners and operators to monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels larger than 5,000 gross tons calling at any EU and EFTA – including Norway and Iceland – port.To prepare to comply with the EU MRV regulation, the first step was to develop and submit a monitoring plan for each of the group’s ships that fall under the scope of the regulation by August 31, 2017.The monitoring plans have now been verified by the various classification societies used by the fleet.“The reduction of CO2 emissions is one of the largest challenges for the shipping industry. Wallenius Wilhelmsen group supports a fact-based approach to further CO2 regulatory development and therefore sees comprehensive data collection and analysis as a logical first step in that process,” Roger Strevens, Head of Sustainability at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), commented.Data collection, which starts on January 1, 2018, must be done for every voyage, or voyage leg, where an EU port is involved. That data includes the quantity of each fuel type consumed as well as the amount of cargo work done in ton kilometers. The data is verified by a third-party organization and then aggregated on an annual per vessel basis before being sent to a central database. The aggregated vessel data will be published by the European Commission by June 30, 2019.A global CO2 Data Collection Scheme (DCS) is also being developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is set to start in 2019.“As a global industry, it is critical to have effective global regulation, therefore WWL strongly supports efforts to bring EU’s MRV into alignment with the DCS of IMO. That effort will help to avoid unnecessary double reporting,” WWL said.The IMO is currently working on its Initial GHG Strategy, which will be ready by mid-2018. That strategy will set out the general approach to decarbonization in the sector and may include indications of when specific reduction milestones should be met.last_img read more

Sharon Baptist Church Women Embrace Heart Health

first_imgSharon Baptist Church joined more than 130 local churches, Feb. 9, in its first official Red Dress Sunday. Established by healthcare agencies to raise awareness of the impact of heart disease on women, this annual occasion is a reminder that heart disease is the number one killer of African-American women.Personal testimonies were shared as were risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. The scripture selected for the day was: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 24:3)The Rev. Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn preached, “It’s a Matter of the Heart,” and the music ministry led worshippers in songs from and for the heart.Members of all ages adorned themselves in red, representing heart health, and the blood of Jesus – particularly significant since it was Holy Communion Sunday.After worship, family and friends gathered in the lower auditorium to browse materials and engage resource persons in helpful discussions.Among the materials was a 27-page recipe book of tried and true healthy recipes compiled by Red Dress Sunday committee member Barbara Jefferson and her daughter, Brandi. Chef Phyllis Larimore and her staff treated everyone to heart healthy snacks and culinary delights.The Red Dress Sunday committee worked in partnership with Sharon Baptist’s Women’s Ministry to bring it all together.last_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

Parties bracing for popularity test in municipal polls

first_imgThe elections will be held on October 3 and the results are to be announced on October 16.The contest, which will be a four-cornered one with Trinamool Congress, CPI-M, BJP and Congress as the key players, holds immense political significance as it will be the last polls before the Assembly elections in April-May next year.The ruling TMC, which had registered a massive victory in the last municipal and KMC elections in April, is looking to inflict a whitewash on opponent parties. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe party said it is looking for a full tally in the Bidhannagar and Asansol municipalities, which have 41 and 106 seats, respectively.The Asansol municipal corporation was formed by merging Raniganj, Jamuria and Kulti municipalities while the Bidhannagar corporation was constituted by merging Bidhannagar and Rajarhat-Gopalpur municipalities.“We are not only confident about victory. We are eyeing a whitewash by winning all seats in Bidhannagar corporation. People will vote in favour of the development work that TMC had done during its tenure in Bidhannagar municipality, when it had not been merged with Rajarhat-Gopalpur,” state food supplies minister and TMC North 24 parganas district president, Jyotipriyo Mullick, said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeAlthough TMC has been on top in every poll in Bengal since its historic win in the 2011 Assembly elections, the Lok Sabha polls last year had seen the party take a beating in several wards at the hands of BJP in Bidhannagar despite clinching the Barasat Lok Sabha Constituency, under which Bidhannagar and Rajarahat-Gopalpur fall.Although the TMC-led state government has termed the formation of the municipal corporation a necessity to get more funds from the Centre, the move is being seen as a ploy in some quarters as Rajarhat-Gopalpur has been a bastion of the TMC with sizeable minority votes. Apart from BJP’s rise in various wards, another factor that TMC has to deal with is factional fights between various groups of TMC in Rajarahat-Gopalpur and Bidhannagar.The seriousness of the infighting issue can be gauged from the fact that TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had conducted a meeting with various TMC groups led by MLA Sujit Bose, MLA Sabyasachi Dutta, and Tapas Chatterjee, a CPI(M) leader who had recently switched over to Trinamool. CPI-M, which appears to be on the path of recovery following back-to-back “successful” political programmes last month, too, has high stakes in the Bidhannagar municipal polls and has pitched former state finance minister Asim Dasgupta as the mayoral candidate for Bidhannagar. The good response that the Left party’s candidates are receiving during campaigning has infused fresh vigour into the party leadership with some exuding confidence that a free and fair polls will result in the victory of the Left Front.“If the polls are held in a free and fair manner, then no one can stop the Left from winning Bidhannagar,” said CPI(M) state secretariat member Rabin Deb. BJP, which had high hopes in Bidhannagar after its showing in last year’s Lok Sabha polls, seems to have lost steam due to an apparent lack of leadership and infighting. Allegations by political opponents of an understanding with the ruling TMC seem to have begun to take a toll on the outfit in the key eastern state. However, BJP state president Rahul Sinha, who has been accused by a section of party workers of not working hard enough as state president, had put up a brave face and stated that free and fair elections would ensure a good performance by BJP candidates.Congress, too, has put up candidates, but is not in a position to offer a fight except in a few wards.In Asansol, an industrial-coal belt where BJP had taken a lead in several wards in last year’s Lok Sabha polls, the tide ahead of the municipal corporation elections seems to be in favour of TMC with opposition parties in disarray.“We are hopeful we will do well in Asansol as Jamuria and Raniganj are our bastions. But all depends on whether the polls will be be free and fair,” Deb, meanwhile, said.BJP, which had high expectations in Asansol, seems to be losing ground due to infighting within the state unit.Fight for seatThe elections will be held on October 3 and the results are to be announced on October 16  The four-cornered contest holds immense political significance as it will be the last polls before the Assembly elections in April-May next year  The ruling TMC, which had registered a massive victory in the last municipal and KMC elections in April, is looking to inflict a whitewash on opponent parties  The party said it is looking for a full tally in the Bidhannagar and Asansol municipalities, which have 41 and 106 seats, respectivelylast_img read more