first_imgA man who spat at hospital staff and Gardai has been ordered to keep the peace after appearing in court.Constance O’Donnell appeared at Letterkenny District Court on public order charges which took place at Letterkenny University Hospital on November 30th last. Garda Seamus Lyons told the court that while in the hospital Gardai were alerted to a drunk man who was spitting at staff.When they went to chat to the man he began spitting at them and was refusing treatment.O’Donnell’s solicitor said her client had suffered from mental health issues which he was trying to address.She said her client acknowledged his behaviour was unacceptable and that he had apologised to hospital staff.“He is a troubled gentleman,” said the solicitor.Judge Paul Kelly bound the man to the peace for 12 months, fined him €100 for not appearing at a previous court sitting and took other charges into consideration.Man who spat at hospital staff and Gardai is bound to the peace was last modified: March 4th, 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:courtGardaihospitalspatlast_img read more

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has stood firmly alongside embattled RTE workers with a badge showing his support.The Kincasslagh singer was seen wearing a badge with the Irish slogan “RTE, sabhail e” which means ‘Save RTE.”The image has been shared by the National Union of Journalist’s Dublin Broadcasting branch. RTE is in a state of change and is planning to cut more than 200 jobs as well as freezing salaries and cutting salaries.The organisation is hoping to save €60M over three years.The station’s top earners including Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy are facing up to 15% pay cuts as Donnybrook bosses try to balance the books.Daniel backs embattled RTE workers was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalRTEsolidaritylast_img read more

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Lazy reporters don’t do their homework, two critics in different fields complain.The Conversation (“academic rigor; journalistic flair”) is a unique venue that allows scientists to present alternative opinions, explain their findings to the public, or question a consensus. Unfortunately, they rarely question their own philosophical biases. Here we see two psychologists and a paleontologist criticizing false notions that deserve to die, but are kept alive by reporters who need to learn critical thinking.Situationism According to Luke Smillie and Nick Haslam of the University of Melbourne, a “zombie theory” that should be dead keeps resurrecting. It’s called situationism—a denial of human personality. Dreamed up by psychologist Walter Mischel in the 1960s, it supposes that people respond to situations only, not to personality traits. Smillie and Haslam in The Conversation show how this idea was soundly debunked in the ensuing decades (it’s like denying climate just because the weather changes, they say), but crops up again from time to time in the media.Time and again, the spectre of situationism has reappeared, causing a groaning sense of déjà vu for personality psychologists.The theory has even spread beyond psychology, with a prominent behavioural economist recently claiming that Mischel’s “great contribution to psychology” was to show that there is “no such thing as a stable personality trait”.Despite being buried by decades of research, situationism keeps kicking. According to one commentator, it “has morphed into something beyond the veracity of its arguments”. It has become an ideology.They attribute this persistence of error as due to (1) lazy thinking and (2) the appeal of a surprising story. They do not, however, question the authority of their own field (psychology) that participated in the generation and persistence of this false notion, even though they recognize that scientists fall prey to the same weaknesses.Human OriginsDarren Curnoe at The Conversation asks, “Is it back to the future for human origins science or just a case of science media misleading us again?” The word “again” bespeaks more persistence of error. Frequent readers of CEH will recognize the concerns about science reporting:The loss of specialist knowledge among journalists also means that what scientists say is frequently taken at face value, without interrogation of the methods, facts or interpretations at the centre of a discovery.Journalists also often treat science as different to other domains of human endeavour. Science reporting these days too often lacks application of the kind of critical treatment that other subjects routinely receive.Real scientists, he claims, are fallible humans subject to their own limitations and sociological influences:That scientists differ in their opinions because evidence can be interpreted in multiple ways or just because of personal rivalry. Very little is black and white, or fixed, in science. Scientific knowledge is provisional.The generation and promotion of scientific knowledge can be subject to sociological forces. Perverse career incentives or institutional priorities sometimes conflict with the interests of science itself.Because most science reporters don’t recognize these factors, they tend to present science as settled fact, delivering up tidbits that fit their 24-hour news cycle. Curnoe, a former journalist himself before he entered his science career, thinks that much of science media is untrustworthy, and the problem is growing.What about in his own field of human origins? There has been “acrimonious debate” about where humans evolved, he admits. The majority believe humans originated in Africa and migrated to Europe and Asia, but he thinks certain Chinese scientists have a bias to present their Homo erectus fossils (e.g., Peking Man), to support an Asian origin for nationalistic reasons. Curnoe is upset at the “unbalanced and inaccurate” reporting that gives credence to the Chinese narrative. But is his own narrative impeccable?In uncritically promoting the new Chinese fossils as challenging the prevailing African origins model, they fail to mention, for example, the existence of human remains in Ethiopia dating up to 195,000 years old; much older than those found in China. Or the uncertainties surrounding the dating of the Chinese fossils themselves.They ignore the overwhelming evidence from genetics accumulated in thousands of published studies that humans evolved in Africa, regardless of when. And the many articles about the genetic clock and the timing of the emergence of modern humans estimated from DNA data.But as we have repeatedly shown, these “thousands of published studies” keep getting overturned (7/02/16). Today’s consensus story is vastly different than ones depicted in old Time-Life books or National Geographic cover stories. Is Curnoe critical enough of his own biases? Is he trashing the Chinese to promote his favored narrative because of sociological factors influencing him? Does he consider the possibility that both camps are wrong?His appeal for balance is well meaning, but his arguments smack of appeal to authority, bandwagon, and glittering generalities. The physician needs to heal himself of the “sloppiness” he finds in others.One thing we can all agree on: secular science reporters rarely exhibit the critical thinking they should. That’s one of the main reasons our readers are attracted to CEH: we don’t accept bluffing by scientists. We don’t kowtow to the presumptive authority of “science” (an overly broad category). Their claims must stand on the evidence and the logic. Scientists don’t get a pass here. And we hope we set an example for other reporters on how not to be a toady for the latest university press release.last_img read more

first_imgMinister Zwane to open Mining Indaba 2016 https://t.co/dvHYV5TuIZ via @Mineweb pic.twitter.com/hkba1upiGW— Moneyweb News (@Moneyweb) February 2, 2016Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was part of a discussion panel at a New Age Business Breakfast held in Sandton on 5 February. The event’s theme was “Revival of the mining sector, its business viability and ensuring job security”.Mineral Resources Discussion underway #TNABizBrief with Minister Zwane, Acting DG Msiza and Analyst Clive @DMR_SA pic.twitter.com/sVT3BkSd9G— Karabo (@Iam_KaraboDark) February 5, 2016The panel included David Msiza, the acting director-general in the Department of Mineral Resources, and investment specialist Clive Ramathibela-Smith. Also in attendance were industry players, government officials and other stakeholders, including Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe.Zwane kicked off the discussion with an admission that 2016 was going to be a challenging year for the mining sector: “This year is not only a time to talk but also for action to push the industry forward.”Msiza added that there were several short- and long-term plans to enable this progress, most vitally addressing mining job losses. “We have formulated a declaration on saving jobs in mining that will have to be implemented this year. Transformation as well as health and safety are also very important to the sector.”Unpacking these important issues during his first five months as minister, Zwane said he had met with several chief executives of primary right holder companies. The meetings had been held to address the lack of progress in the ideals of the Mining Charter, in essence the 26% black ownership goal.According to the minister, all parties wanted to solve this issue amicably, without the need for legal steps, as had been reported in the media, because all parties fully believed in the principles of the charter. He insisted that this was not a compromise on the government’s stance on black empowerment, but something that needed to fit all the stakeholders concerned.“I have also sat down with overseas stakeholders in order to stop predicted job losses. I am happy to say that these discussions managed to save 3 000 jobs in the sector this year.”This was a good step on which to start off the Mining Indaba, Zwane said, with several African governments and private sector players involved in mapping out a constructive way forward for the industry, or as he called it: “reviving the industry to its full potential and ensuring obstacles are removed to address concerns of all stakeholders involved”.All his discussions were fruitful and the parties concerned welcomed his open-door policy regarding labour disputes, including resolving issues with Section 54 mine stoppage notices that had affected productivity during 2015.The panel moderator, SABC’s Peter Ndoro, asked the acting director-general about one of the prominent issues in the sector, particularly when it came to ongoing labour negotiations: the sometimes opaque policy. When do stakeholders get full clarity on mining policies in South Africa, he asked?Msiza reiterated the belief that collaboration was key: “Each stakeholder might have different views on things like policy legislation and labour disputes, but in the end, we all have the same objective, which is the sustainability of the mining sector and that the right people benefit from the industry.”Ongoing negotiations and amendments around the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and open discussions at events such as the Mining Indaba went a long way to addressing challenges and gaining clarity on what mining in South Africa was and what it should be for all its stakeholders.Further highlightsSelected quotes#Zwane #TNABizBrief the period we are in needs cool heads and proper leadership. We must be responsible in dealing with issues.— Dept Minerals RSA (@DMR_SA) February 5, 2016#Zwane #TNABizBrief the issue of job losses is a sensitive one and we plead with all parties to handle it as such.— Dept Minerals RSA (@DMR_SA) February 5, 2016#Zwane #TNABizBrief the future of mining is bright, we have R50 trillion worth of reserves.— Dept Minerals RSA (@DMR_SA) February 5, 2016#TNABizBrief Zwane says there’s light at the end of the tunnel – our economy will recover but we need to be responsible and work together— The_New_Age (@The_New_Age) February 5, 2016Source: SABC Digital Newslast_img read more

first_img December 19, 2018 Dingeman Elementary perform for KUSI’s annual Songs of the Holiday Season KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:45 PM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- For 25 years KUSI has produced a Christmas special that has become a tradition for school choirs throughout San Diego County.This year we also chose to spotlight some of the music directors who work tirelessly to get their young choir students ready for a trip to KUSI studios for a performance they will never forget.Meet Dingeman Elementary School’s Music Director Garner Saguil. Posted: December 19, 2018last_img read more