PRRD releases new photos and LiDAR data of the Old Fort Landslides

first_imgAs of Wednesday, the movement of both the main slide and the west slide appeared to be slowing down according to the report released by the Regional District.  That, unfortunately, doesn’t mean the slides are finished moving.  The report goes onto say “landslides are unpredictable and there is potential for these slides to slip and/or speed up again. We will continue to monitor their progress daily, especially for any impact from the precipitation last night and today.”Geologists continue to monitor the slides with LiDAR data, and the team says they will refine their analysis and provide another update on the size and movement of the slide areas.The Peace River Regional District will host a meeting on Sunday only for residents of the Old Fort.Below are more pictures and LiDAR data released by the Regional District on October 12, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released photos and LiDAR data that shows the growth and size of the Old Fort landslides.The main slide that started on September 30, 2018, is now 25 ha. and is over 1.3 km in length as of October 10.  The slide is anywhere from 100 to 200 metres in width. The western slide that is located below the Fort St. John lookout is about 14 ha., and 450 metres in length and the Old Landslide Complex had previous movement on October 6 and 7 in the upper northwest corner near the gravel pit.Here is a video update from the PRRD.last_img read more

Vijayvargiya attends court over police complaint in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: BJP leader and central committee member Kailash Vijayvargiya attended Balurghat Court on Monday. He had been summoned by the court on the basis of the complaint lodged by Balurghat Police against him on May 9, 2018.Vijayvargiya’s lawyer and BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour Nilanjan Roy, however, said his presence in court had been a routine attendance and nothing else. According to a source, the BJP leader, while delivering a speech before the Panchayat polls at Kamarpara located on the outskirts of Balurghat, attacked the police and local administration using ‘unprecedented disrespectful and unethical language’, to get attention from the voters. Following the incident, the police had lodged a complaint against him. Police had also filed complaint against district BJP president Subhendu Sarkar and some other leaders, on the same charges. Sarkar had been subsequently sentenced to 12-day imprisonment. Recently, Vijayvargiya had received a court notice in which he had been summoned on the basis of the complaint. “Vijayvargiya and the local BJP leaders had used abusive language against police and administration without any provocation, before the Panchayat polls while addressing the public in Kamarpara. Their intention was politically fabricated and it was for nothing but to gain public attention. Naturally, the police were compelled to file complaints against them,” said a political observer. After attending the court, Vijayvargiya took part in a nomination filing programme of party candidate Sukanta Majumdar, whom the party had fielded against Trinamool Congress candidate from Balurghat Arpita Ghosh.last_img read more

Palestines Mahmoud Abbas Calls on EU to Recognize Palestine

Rabat – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the European Union to recognize the Palestinian state during his official visit to Brussels, Belgium.In Brussels, the Palestinian President met with EU foreign ministers and Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.According to Reuters, Mogherini urged officials engaged in negotiations regarding Donald Trump’s Jerusalem decision to act “wisely.” Speaking of the Palestinian President, Mogherini said, “I want to reassure President Abbas of the firm commitment of the EU to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of the two states.”Many global officials and Arab leaders, including Abbas, believe that Trump’s move has made future peace talks between Palestine and Israel “impossible.”After hearing of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during a visit to Paris, Abbas announced on December 22 that Palestine will no longer accept “any plan” for peace proposed by the United States.“The United States are no longer an honest mediator in the peace process. We will not accept any plan put from the United States,” Abbas said at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.His statement came just hours after 128 members of the United Nations General Assembly adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution that rejects Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.France, having previously condemned Washington’s decision on Jerusalem, also voted in favor of the resolution.Prior to the vote, which took place in December, Trump had threatened to cut aid to UN members who would vote against his decision.On January 17, the US administration voiced its willingness to cut more than half of the financial aid that the US normally provides to the United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department said on Tuesday that the Trump administration will provide only USD 60 million to thUNRWA. She added that the country will withhold another 65 million USD “for future consideration,” reported American news outlet the New York Times.Nauert went on to explain that the US’ move is aimed at encouraging other countries to increase their funding for the UN agency. Nauert also insisted that this latest move by the administration was not linked to the threats voiced by Donald Trump after the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn his recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as its capital and to relocate the US embassy. read more

Crises threaten attainment of rights by worlds poorest – Assembly President

“Developing countries suffer the most” from the economic turmoil, Miguel D’Escoto told the United Nations Human Rights Council today in Geneva.“It would be profoundly unjust to expect them to postpone the realization of basic rights,” he added.The 63rd session of the Assembly has endeavoured to ensure that the poorest nations do not bear the largest brunt of a crisis for which they are not responsible, the body’s President said.He welcomed the 47-member Council’s recent special meeting to discuss the impact the financial tumult is having on human rights. During that gathering, it adopted a resolution which stressed the need to set up an equitable, transparent and democratic international system to broaden developing nations’ participation in decisions regarding the economy.“I see a profound relationship between access to safe drinking water and sanitation and the enjoyment of the right to life or health,” Mr. D’Escoto said. “Indeed, access to water is indispensable for a life in dignity and a prerequisite for the enjoyment of other human rights.”Further, the right to food, which has been severely jeopardized by the crises, must be considered fundamental to the established rights to an adequate standard of living and to health, he said. The official also called for greater cooperation between the Council and the Assembly in the area of gender, adding that he believes the time will soon be ripe for the creation of a new UN entity for women.The Council is currently meeting in its 10th session, which will run from 2-27 March. In 2006, the body replaced the Commission on Human Rights, which had been dogged by accusations of bias and politicization, as part of ongoing UN reform. 4 March 2009The twin economic and financial crises threatens poorer nations’ ability to attain basic human rights, such as the right to food and access to water and sanitation, the head of the General Assembly declared today. read more

Plane crashes during landing in Caledon

Four people were transported to hospital after a small plane crashed during landing at the Brampton Flight Centre. Police were called to the scene on McLaughlin Rd. between Old School Rd. and King St. around 5:20 p.m. Monday. Investigators believe the four-seat Cessna plane struck a tree as it tried to land and crashed on McLaughlin Rd. All four people on board were taken to hospital. Three of the passengers were taken as a precaution while the other suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the cause of the crash.

Gallery OSU vs Maryland

OSU cheerleaders lead coach Urban Meyer and the rest of the Buckeyes onto the field before the Buckeyes game against Maryland on Nov. 12. OSU won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes dominated offensively for the second-straight week with a 62-3 victory over the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 12.

Thats Not Really Very Practical Footwear Pic of the Day

first_imgMARILYN MONROE ONCE said that she didn’t know who invented high heels but that all women owed him a lot.She had never seen these shoes which were on display on the Christian Dada catwalk at Tokyo Fashion Week today.It’s hard to tell if it’s the full bird wingspan or the old school pop socks which are more disturbing.And just for the full dramatic effect of how they’d look with a low-waisted pantsuit:(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Photo: Pope Flashback Pic of the Day > Photo: Irish Nuclear Survival Booklet Pic of the Day >last_img

These are the questions gardaí are calling doortodoor asking members of the

first_imgIF A GARDA called to your door and asked about your main concerns regarding your area, what would be your response?This is what gardaí in some areas of Dublin’s north inner city are trying to find out as they sit down with members of the public as part of the Small Areas Policing Programme.They are going door-to-door to introduce themselves to residents of their designated area and to scope out their concerns.Pat Leahy, Chief Superintendent of Store Street Garda Station, told that the survey can take anywhere between five minutes and two hours to complete.Find out more about the Small Areas Policing Programme here >This all depends on whether they catch someone as they’re running out to work, or if they come across someone who has been waiting to speak with a garda about these issues for years.Leahy said that the entire survey revolves around quality of life issues.“The activity that has been generated from this has just exploded for us,” he said.The survey looks at how the resident’s perception of their local area, whether they like it, feel safe, or expect to be a victim of crime.They can tick boxes to highlight issues such as drugs, homelessness, and violent crimes.It then moves on to the resident’s perception of the force.It asks how they feel An Garda Siochana have performed in the past, what changes can be made to better suit their needs, and how the gardaí can tackle individual issues in the area.The result is, in theory, that gardaí can reassign resources to more effectively tackle quality-of-life issues, and in turn crime.See the full survey below:Click here to view Page 1 >Click here to view Page 2 >last_img read more

Icon of global citizenship

first_imgCreated over 2000 years ago, by the same people that introduced the concept of democracy to humanity, the Parthenon immediately became an icon of global citizenship. Its influence continues in modern times as we see attempts to replicate its stature in famous buildings around the world. The temple of Athena has become a symbol of Eternal Perfection arising out of the marriage of aesthetics and science. An information evening hosted by the International Organising Committee – Australia – for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles (IOC-A-RPM), is to take place on Friday 11 October, 6:00 pm, at the Ithacan Philanthropic Society, 329 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. The event will be pre-announcing an International Colloquy at the University of Sydney on 15 to 17 November. Using a number of modern technologies the Sydney Colloquy will give the opportunity to academics, activists and supporters from around the world to discuss the significance of the Parthenon as a global icon and the subsequent 200-year-old cultural property dispute over the separation of the Parthenon Sculptures from the monument. For more information, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Ray Ozzie larchitecte logiciel en chef de Microsoft part en retraite

Ray Ozzie : l’architecte logiciel en chef de Microsoft part en retraiteÉtats-Unis – Ray Ozzie, “architecte logiciel” en chef chez Microsoft, avait remplacé Bill Gates en 2006 après avoir intégré la société en 2005. Il quittera prochainement son poste après avoir assuré une période de transition.Ray Ozzie a intégré Microsoft en 2005, après le rachat de sa société Groove Network par la firme de Redmond. L’année suivante, il remplaçait Bill Gates au poste de “Chief Software Architect”. C’est notamment grâce à lui que l’entreprise a mis en place les services cloud d’informatique à distance avec Windows Live et Windows Azure notamment. Au début de sa carrière, il avait créé le système de gestion des e-mails Lotus.Il est prévu que Ray Ozzie, 54 ans, quitte son poste suite à une période de transition au cours de laquelle il supervisera la division divertissements de Microsoft (comprenant la Xbox). Comme Steve Ballmer, le PDG, ne prévoit pas de pourvoir le poste qui sera libéré, Ozzie devra également passer le flambeau aux différentes équipes qu’il avait sous sa direction jusqu’ici. Détail : l’action de Microsoft perdait 2,2% à 25,25 dollars dans les transactions d’après-Bourse.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

Des bactéries fluorescentes pour crypter les messages secrets

first_imgDes bactéries fluorescentes pour crypter les messages secretsDes scientifiques de la Tufts University aux Etats-Unis ont mis au point un protocole capable de coder des messages secrets à partir de bactéries fluorescentes. La bonne vieille encre invisible semble avoir été dépassée. Après des années de bons et loyaux services passées à coder des messages secret, l’outil vedette des films d’espionnage devra faire place à la toute nouvelle innovation scientifique : la cryptographie bactérienne. Le protocole baptisé SPAM (Steganography by Printed Arrays of Microbes) a été mis en place par des chercheurs de la Tufts University aux Etats-Unis dont les résultats ont fait l’objet d’une publication parue cette semaine dans les Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?La méthode se base sur l’usage de la bactérie Escherichia coli, rendue préalablement inoffensive et génétiquement modifiée pour produire une protéine fluorescente visible sous certaines conditions lumineuses. Les scientifiques sont ainsi parvenus à obtenir sept souches d’E. coli produisant chacune une protéine fluorescente différente. Une fois mises en cultures, ces micro-organismes évoluent en colonie formant des taches de sept couleurs différentes à partir desquelles les scientifiques ont élaboré un code. Chaque paire de couleur correspond à une lettre de l’alphabet. Par exemple la lettre “i” est constituée d’un point vert suivi d’un point orange.L’idée développée par les chercheurs consiste ainsi à composer un message à partir de colonies de bactéries cultivées en lignes, puis figer cette organisation sur un support de nitrocellulose pour l’envoyer à un destinataire. Il ne restera plus qu’à celui-ci de remettre les bactéries en culture sur une grille spécifique et de les exposer à une certaines longueur d’onde pour révéler le message. Des applications pour lutter contre la contrefaçon Les chercheurs s’attèlent désormais au développement d’éventuelles applications de cette méthode pour améliorer la traçabilité d’un produit, évitant ainsi les problèmes de contrefaçon. Les bactéries pourraient en effet être apposées sur l’emballage d’un produit dans un endroit pré-déterminé connu seulement de l’expéditeur et du destinataire Ce dernier pourrait alors facilement vérifier l’authenticité du produit en imprimant cette partie de l’emballage sur une plaque de gélose pour faire apparaître le message.  Le 28 septembre 2011 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Zealand Gets Tough on MatchFixing

first_imgA bill in New Zealand defining match-fixing as a criminal offense subject to prison time is advancing in Parliament with the aim of enacting it into law this year.  The measure, drafted with an eye on the Cricket World Cup and FIFA Under-20 World Cup, both of which are coming to New Zealand in 2015, would amend the Crimes Act 1961 to specifically target “manipulation, with intent to influence a betting outcome, of various sporting competitions and events through deception”. Singapore: Match-Fixing Ring ‘Dismantled’ RelatedPosts English Football Imposes Total Betting Ban A conviction would carry jail time of up to seven years.Justice Minister Judith Collins said that while match-fixing is covered under existing offenses, the bill would put it “beyond doubt” that it was covered under the Crimes Act, and citing the recent lifetime ban imposed on New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent for match-fixing, she said the amendment is urgently needed.New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns is also under investigation.“Match-fixing is a growing problem internationally and has been described as the No. 1 threat to the integrity, value and growth of sport,” said Sports Minister Murray McCully. “As we have seen from recent events, New Zealand is not immune to this threat.”In a report released earlier this year, the International Centre for Sport Security estimated that more than US$140 billion is laundered annually through sport betting, and 80% of global sport betting remains illegal.The bill passed unanimously in its first reading late last month and will be sent to a select committee for consideration in the next Parliament, which convenes after the general election on 20th September. Load More England’s FA Seeks Betting Banlast_img read more

Bodies found near Deerfield Beach pier Oakland Park neighborhood

first_imgShe was pronounced dead at the scene.The medical examiner will have to determine the causes of death.If you have any information on either case, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are investigating after a person’s body was found near the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier and a woman’s body was found in front of a park in Oakland Park.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the pier near Northeast 21st Avenue and Second Street, at around 8:30 a.m., Saturday.Officials said a group of people noticed the body after a fisherman initially spotted the victim in about seven to 10 feet of water.“We were out on the pier, and one guy yells that he sees a body at the bottom,” said witness Chris Little. “It appeared to be a young guy with a white T-shirt. That’s all we saw.”The BSO Dive Team recovered the body.Investigators have not released the victim’s name.About an hour earlier, BSO deputies and Oakland Park Fire Rescue units responded to reports of a woman found dead on a sidewalk in the area of Northwest 55th Street and Third Avenue. last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Sept 23 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioSullivan hopes the Pope will learn more about America during his visitLiz Ruskin, APRN – WashingtonThe Pope’s address to Congress is tomorrow, and if his speeches in Washington today are an indication, Alaska’s congressional delegation is likely to hear the pontiff say things they disagree with. This is especially true for U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, who says he’s not convinced human activity is a major cause of climate change.Felony charges filed against Anchorage pot businessesZachariah Hughes, KSKA-AnchorageWith the state just two months away from finishing regulations for Alaska’s commercial marijuana sales, the Department of Law filed a raft of felony charges against three businesses last Friday. Whether the three operators broke the law by selling marijuana over the last few months will be decided in court.Oil tax credit working group tackles Cook Inlet impactsRachel Waldholz, APRN-AnchorageAs Alaska continues to grapple with a major budget shortfall, one line item promises to be particularly controversial: tax credits for oil and gas producers.Seward coal loading facility idled for rest of yearEllen Lockyer, KSKA-AnchorageAurora Energy Services, a  subsidiary of Usibelli Coal, announced this week that it coal loading facility in Seward will be idle through the rest of the year. A drop in coal prices has hit Alaska coal exports, according to Aurora’s general manager  Rob Brown.Kenai Peninusla Borough continues bargainingJenny Neyman, KDLL-KenaiContract negotiations are still in overtime in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and the clock just got extended- again.Writer Laureate Straley gives up moonlightingRobert Woolsey, KCAW-SitkaOne of Alaska’s most well-known writers is finally quitting his day job. John Straley has published nine novels, a book of poetry, numerous essays, and served as the state’s Writer Laureate. But Straley built his reputation in Alaskan letters as a moonlighter.Haines Brewing moves to new, bigger locationEmily Files, KHNS-HainesThe Haines Brewing Company has started pouring its Dalton Trail Pale Ale and Lookout Stout at a new, much bigger location. The brewery opened the doors last week at its new Main Street facility.last_img read more

House to debate criminal justice bill over weekend

first_imgThe Alaska House is scheduled to spend the weekend debating Senate Bill 54, legislation that aims to increase some criminal penalties that were reduced under legislation passed last year.Listen nowThe House Finance Committee sent the bill to the entire House Thursday. The committee voted 9-2 to advance the bill.Wasilla Republican Representative Cathy Tilton and North Pole Republican Representative Tammie Wilson voted no.The Department of Corrections estimated the bill would cost $2.9 million per year, after committee members asked for a precise estimate.The cost could reduce the savings from Senate Bill 91 by roughly 7 percent. That’s the law the Legislature passed last year that changed criminal penalties.last_img

Post office in Haryanas Rohtak flooded with Gurmeet Ram Rahims

first_imgROHTAK (HARYANA): The followers of self-styled Godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who is serving life imprisonment, has doubled the workload of the local post office staff as they are receiving rakhis and birthday cards from them in abundance addressed to the rape convict. The post office has received almost 7,000-8,000 articles to date. According to the postmaster, the influx of almost 2,000 articles per day is expected until August 20. The birthday of Dera chief coincides with Raksha Bandhan this year. Also Read – Trouble brews on Congress turf, meeting underway at Rahul Gandhi’s residence Advertise With Us The followers of Singh have doubled the workload of the post office as it is taking time to process the details of each article sent to him. “This is a time taking process because the details of each article need to be uploaded on the database. The result of which has got the post office staff to work overtime. The Post Office already lacks in permanent staff and this has added up to the agony”, said the postmaster. Also Read – Financial emergency: Cong blames BJP for economic slowdown in country Advertise With Us However, not only the post office staff but the jail administration is also facing a similar fate as every article needs to be checked thoroughly. Ram Rahim is currently lodged at Sunaria jail in Rohtak after being convicted in two rape cases and the murder of a journalist. He was sentenced in August 2017 to 20 years imprisonment for raping two of his women followers.last_img read more

How has war rattled Syrias oil and gas sector

first_imgA convoy of Turkish military vehicles heading toward the northern Syrian Idlib province passes through the town of Atareb in Syria`s northwestern Aleppo province late during the night, on 7 July 2019. Photo: AFPSyria’s eight-year war has seen the Damascus regime lose control of key oil fields and caused state hydrocarbon revenues to plummet by billions of dollars.Weak production has forced President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to import oil, but Western sanctions on Damascus and Tehran are hampering incoming tankers.Here’s an overview:Who controls what?In 2013, Syria’s oil reserves were estimated at 2.5 billion barrels, and gas supplies at 241 billion cubic metres (8.5 trillion cubic feet).Control of these is split between the regime and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who have been fighting the Islamic State group.The US-backed SDF control Syria’s largest oil field in Al-Omar in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, as well as the nearby Tanak and Jafra fields.They also hold the Rmeilan field in the northeastern province of Hassakeh, as well as other smaller ones there and in the northern province of Raqa.The Russia-backed regime, meanwhile, holds the country’s largest gas field in Shaer, as well as those of Sadad and Arak.It also controls some oil fields in Deir Ezzor, Raqa, and the central province of Homs.What’s the damage?Before the war, oil and gas were key to the country’s economy.In 2010, they contributed about 35 percent of export earnings and 20 percent of state revenue, the Syria Report economic publication says.After war broke out in 2011, production plummeted as fighting and bombardment destroyed infrastructure, and the government lost control of its largest fields.International oil companies suspended activities, including to comply with Western sanctions on the regime.Up to $74.2 billion in revenue has been lost in the war, Oil and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Ghanem has said.Crude oil production plunged more than 99 percent between 2010 and 2016, from 385,000 barrels per day to just 2,000, according to figures provided by Ghanem in April.Natural gas production fell 69 percent from 21 million cubic metres per day to just 6.5 million over the same period.But since the regime took back Homs oil and gas fields from IS jihadists in 2017, production has increased to 24,000 bpd for oil and 17 million cubic metres for gas, according to the minister.But this is just 20 percent of Syria’s oil needs, and between 60 and 70 percent of its gas requirements.Are sanctions biting?After production plummeted Damascus had to resort to importing hydrocarbons to fulfil its needs.The Syrian government turned to ally Iran, who opened up a credit line to supply it with oil.But Western sanctions on oil shipping, as well as US punitive measures against Iran, have complicated imports.In November, Washington slapped fresh sanctions on Tehran, accusing it of creating a complex web of Russian cut-out companies and Syrian intermediaries to ship oil to Damascus.From October 2018 to the start of May this year, no oil tanker reached Syria, pro-regime Al-Watan newspaper has reported.A fuel and gas crisis hit regime-held areas this winter and spring, causing the government to take austerity measures.Damascus also accuses Egypt of having closed the key Suez Canal shipping lane to vessels heading to Syria.Last week, Britain detained a tanker carrying Iranian oil on suspicions it was heading to Syria, but Tehran on Sunday denied that was its final destination.Last month, Damascus accused an unnamed foreign entity of “sabotage” of underwater pipelines to its Banyas oil refinery on the Mediterranean.What options for Damascus?With the country’s most important oil fields in the far east still out of reach, Damascus faces two options: strike a deal with the SDF, or military reconquest.The Kurdish-led forces have in the past insisted that any deal with the regime would have to ensure an equal sharing out of oil and gas.Before the war, crude extracted in the east was transferred to either Homs or Banyas to be refined, whereas Syria’s Kurds only have small refineries designed to meet just local needs.Yet the regime taking back military control of the eastern oil fields would allow Syria to be self-sufficient in all petroleum products, according to the oil minister.During the conflict the regime has bought oil from Kurdish and IS-held areas to secure part of its needs, several sources have said.Analysts say revenues from the oil and gas sectors are likely to be key in rebuilding Syria should a peace deal be struck and sanctions lifted so exports can resume.last_img

Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible

first_img Citation: Study shows students find personal tweets from professors makes them more credible (2011, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Study: Seasoned profs prepare students for advanced learning In their study, 120 students were split into three groups and all were sent 22 tweets with hyperlinks that were purportedly sent by a professor; one group was sent tweets that were considered all business, or scholarly, another group received tweets that were all of a personal or social nature, while the third group received tweets that were a mix of the two. After receiving the tweets, the students were then asked to rate the degree of credibility they ascribed to the faux professor. Johnson reports that the group that received the social or personal tweets rated the professor as having the highest credibility of the three groups.Johnson, a professor of communications, chose to undertake the study, apparently, to better understand not only how students perceive their professors, but also to offer a guide for professors seeking to make their way in world where the technology around them likely changes faster than any material they may be covering in their lectures.While the report does seem to support prior research that has suggested that students respond better to instructors who are more open or personable, as Johnson maintains in the paper, there are detractors that suggest that such a study doesn’t take into account other personality factors that would occur naturally were the students in the group actually exposed to an instructor by sitting in his or her classroom. Also, the fact that the professors in the study were all presented as female, might have skewed the results. This along with the fact that older students that participated in the study tended to sway the opposite way, and in fact felt inclined at some points to suggest that professors tweeting about personal stuff was in fact unprofessional, which caused them to grade them as less credible.It’s clear that before any grand assumptions can be made regarding what professors should or shouldn’t be tweeting to their students, far more research is needed on the subject; and until then, professors would be wise to be cautious, as the line between divulging personal information to engender credibility, and inappropriate behavior, could be to closer for comfort.center_img ( — In a study that will surely shake the ivory towers of academia, authors Kirsten Johnson and undergraduate student Jamie Bartolino, both of Elizabethtown College, have published a paper in Learning, Media and Technology, disclosing their findings regarding student perceptions of professors that tweet. © 2010 More information: The effect of Twitter posts on students’ perceptions of instructor credibility; by Kirsten A. Johnson, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI:10.1080/17439884.2010.534798last_img read more

Psychiatrist found guilty of trying to cure his gay clients with gay

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A psychiatrist has been found guilty of trying to ‘cure’ his gay clients with gay sex. Sexual encounters occurred at least 10 times during therapy sessions.License taken away from psychiatristAnother patient saw Iscove when he was 18, identifying as straight at the time.The patient was asked multiple times about any dreams he had related to ‘homosexual feelings’.‘Patient B firmly believed that Dr Iscove was attempting to “cure” his homosexuality”,’ the committee said.The patient and Iscove began engaging in sexual acts in 2007.His license was suspended pending a penalty hearing where it will likely be taken away indefinitely.The doctor denies these allegations.Homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organization’s international classification of diseases in the early 90s. Homosexuality was decriminalized in Canada in 1969. Ontario, where Iscove practiced, banned conversion therapy in 2015.Every mainstream health organization has condemned ‘gay cure’ therapy as a practice that does not work and is damaging to a person’s mental and physical health.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Dr Melbyn Iscove is a renowned spokesperson in Toronto for the condemned practice of conversion therapy.The 72-year-old was found to have sexually abused two of his male patients, promising to ‘cure’ them of their homosexuality.Psychiatrist tried to ‘cure’ his gay clients with gay sexHe had oral and anal sex and mutual masturbation with some of his male clients during therapy sessions.The doctor said his patients that engaging in gay sex part of their ‘treatment’, allowing them to ‘stop fantasizing’ about it.The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario discipline committee has found he always had a ‘special interest in the treatment of patients with problems related to homosexuality’.Two patients, now in their 40s, testified to the committee about the abuse.One man saw the doctor in his 20s to treat his depression and anxiety associated with ‘fears he was gay’.He asked by Iscove to describe sexual fantasies he had about the two of them. The doctor then said, ‘You may touch me if you like’, and removed his pants. Psychiatrist tried to ‘cure’ patients with gay sex eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more