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Crime Watch – Man cited for driving on beach path

first_imgHomeBad BehaviorCrime Watch – Man cited for driving on beach path Dec. 06, 2019 at 6:00 amBad BehaviorCrimeFeaturedNewsCrime Watch – Man cited for driving on beach patheditor2 years agobeach pathSanta Monicasmpd An elderly driver made his way onto the pedestrian beach path this week and drove for several blocks before being stopped by Santa Monica Police officers. According to SMPD, the man, in his mid 80’s, entered the beach path in Venice and turned north.“We received radio calls about this and responded, catching up to the driver by lot 4 south,” said Lt. Candice Cobarrubias. “The driver believed his license was valid, which it had been expired for a couple of years. His car was impounded and he was cited. His family came to get him.”Lot 4 south is at Bicknell Ave, south of Bay and north of Hollister. Cobarrubias said there were no injuries as a result of the incident.Tags :beach pathSanta Monicasmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentFlavor Magazine Winter 2019California rent control advocates try again on 2020 ballotYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

AT&T to invest $3B in Mexico on network coverage

first_img Author Tags AT&T will invest approximately $3 billion in Mexico to make its high-speed mobile internet network available to 100 million people by the end of 2018.The US giant has already spent $4.4 billion in the country this year after acquiring Mexican mobile unit Iusacell for $2.5 billion and Nextel Mexico for $1.9 billion, in a bid to fuel competition with America Movil and Spain’s Telefonica.AT&T said the first phase of the investment will be complete in the next six months, to cover 40 million people, equating to one third of the population.The network will reach 75 million by the end of 2016 and be completed by year end 2018.As part of its strategy, the company plans to leverage its US network, and expand it to create a “North American Mobile Service”, covering 400 million people and businesses across Mexico and the US.This will enable Mexican customers to use their individual mobile plans for voice and data while in the US. Customers on these plans can also use their voice minutes to call people in the US, who are on an AT&T network.Chief executive Randall Stephenson outlined the investment during talks with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday.“We are building a network in Mexico that is capable of bringing innovation and economic vitality to the country, just as we have done the US,” Stephenson said in a statement. “This seamless network will link together our two countries’ economies, peoples and cultures like never before.”Stephenson said the telecoms reforms in the country, introduced by Nieto and regulator Ifetel, had given AT&T “the ability to invest in building an advanced mobile network in Mexico”.The government introduced a range of reforms in 2013, which are designed to limit the dominance of market leader America Movil and give more opportunities to foreign investors and smaller players.AT&T said Iusacell had six million subscribers at the end of March, while Nextel Mexico had approximately three million subscribers when it was acquired in April. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 JUN 2015 América Móvil emprenderá acciones legales contra el regulador mexicano Español Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Kavit Majithia center_img La Suprema Corte de Justicia mexicana falla en contra de América Móvil América Móvil planea escindir su división de torres y registra beneficios en el cuarto trimestre Previous ArticleDocomo details phased approach to 5G launch; preps 5G+Next ArticleAustralia backs rural coverage with $297M in funding Home AT&T to invest $3B in Mexico on network coverage Related AT&TMexicolast_img read more

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Amendments to family law procedures and forms

first_img Communicating with the parties and their child(ren), separately or together, in person or by telephone, unless otherwise prohibited by court order or applicable law. Fees and Costs for Parenting Coordination. [Choose all that apply] ____ The parties have consented to this referral to parenting coordination. The parenting coordinator shall file a response to this Order within 30 days either accepting or declining the appointment. The response to the appointment must be in substantial compliance with Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984. The parenting coordinator is reporting that he or she is unable or unwilling to continue to serve and that a successor parenting coordinator should be appointed. Amendments to family law procedures and forms March 15, 2010 Notices Recommending to the parents strategies for creating or implementing the Parenting Plan. Such recommendations may include that one or both parents avail themselves of accessible and appropriate community resources, including, but not limited to, random drug screens, parenting classes, and individual psychotherapy or family counseling, if there is a history or evidence that such referrals are appropriate. ORDER OF REFERRAL TO PARENTING COORDINATOR After completing and signing this form, you must file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county in which the action is pending and keep a copy for your records.You must mail or hand-deliver a copy of this form to the attorney(s) for the parents or, if not represented by an attorney, to the parents. Where can I look for more information? Before proceeding, you should read “General Information for Self-Represented Litigants” found at the beginning of these forms. For more information, see section 61.125, Florida Statutes, Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.742, and the Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.998. Special notes Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.900(a), before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete. Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984, Response by Parenting Coordinator (1/10) Case No: ________________________ Division: _________________________________________________________, Case No: ________________________ Division: _________________________________________________________, Petitioner, I am not aware of any conflict, circumstance, or reason that renders me unable to serve as the parenting coordinator in this matter and I will immediately inform the court and the parties if such arises.I understand my role, responsibility, and authority under the Order Referring Parents to Parenting Coordinator, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.998 and section 61.125, Florida Statutes. Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984, Response by Parenting Coordinator (1/10) I hereby affirm the truth of the statements in this acceptance and understand that if I make any false representations in this acceptance, I am subject to sanctions by the Court._____________________ Date ______________________________________ Signature Printed Name:_________________________________ Address: _____________________________________ City, State, Zip: ________________________________ Telephone Number: ____________________________ Professional License # (if applicable) _______________ Professional Certification # (if applicable) ____________Copies to: Attorney for Parent #1 OR Parent #1 if not represented by Counsel Attorney for Parent #2 OR Parent #2 if not represented by Counsel IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [fill in all blanks] I, {full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _____________________________________________, a nonlawyer, whose address is {street} _____________________________, {city} __________________, {state} ______________, {phone} ______, helped {name} _______________________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form.Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.998, Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator (1/10) The testimony or evidence is necessary to identify an issue for resolution by the court without otherwise disclosing communications made by any party or the parenting coordinator. The parties or their attorneys must provide to the parenting coordinator copies of all pleadings and orders related to domestic violence and any other pleadings and orders requested by the parenting coordinator related to parenting coordination. Meetings. Unless prohibited herein as a domestic violence safeguard or by another court order, the parenting coordinator may meet with the parties and/or child(ren) together or separately, in person or by any electronic means. Domestic Violence Safeguards. The parties shall adhere to all provisions of any injunction for protection or conditions of bail, probation, or a sentence arising from criminal proceedings. In addition to any safety measures the parenting coordinator deems necessary, the following domestic violence safeguards must be implemented: [Choose all that apply] ____ None are necessary. ____ No joint meetings ____ No direct negotiations ____ No direct communications ____ Other: ____________________________________________________________________ Role, Responsibility, and Authority of Parenting Coordinator. The parenting coordinator shall have the following role, responsibility, and authority: Assisting the parents in creating and implementing a parenting plan. A person appointed as a parenting coordinator must accept or decline the appointment under Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.742(d). If you accept the appointment, you must complete paragraphs 1(a) and 2 and sign it. If you decline the appointment, you must complete only paragraph 1(b) and sign the form. This form should be typed or printed in black ink. Important Consideration Before Responding. Petitioner, The testimony or evidence is necessary pursuant to section 61.125(5)(b) or section 61.125(8), Florida Statutes. Reporting or communicating with the court concerning nonconfidential matters as provided in paragraph 6 of this order. ______________________________ CIRCUIT JUDGE – The testimony or evidence is necessary to protect any person from future acts that would constitute domestic violence under Chapter 741, Florida Statutes; child abuse, neglect, or abandonment under Chapter 39, Florida Statutes; or abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elderly or disabled adult under Chapter 825, Florida Statutes. Agreement on Nonconfidentiality. The parties can agree to waive confidentiality of a specific communication or all communications. The waiver must be in writing, signed by the parties and their respective counsel. The waiver shall be filed with the court and a copy served on the parenting coordinator. Either party may revoke their waiver of confidentiality by providing written notice signed by the party. The revocation shall be filed with the court and a copy served on the other party and the parenting coordinator. Scheduling. Each party shall contact the parenting coordinator within 10 days of the date of this order to schedule the first appointment. The parenting coordinator shall determine the schedule for subsequent appointments. Respondent. A Qualified Parenting Coordinator or other licensed mental health professional under Chapter 490 or 491, Florida Statutes, shall abide by the ethical and other professional standards imposed by his or her licensing authority, certification board, or both, as applicable.A person that is not a Qualified Parenting Coordinator or a licensed mental health professional under Chapter 490 or 491, Florida Statutes, shall not accept an appointment to serve as parenting coordinator in a matter that presents an apparent or undisclosed conflict of interest. A conflict of interest arises when any relationship between the parenting coordinator and either party compromises or appears to compromise the parenting coordinator’s ability to serve. The burden of disclosure of any potential conflict of interest rests on the parenting coordinator. Disclosure shall be made as soon as practical after the parenting coordinator becomes aware of the potential conflict of interest. If a parenting coordinator makes an appropriate disclosure of a conflict of interest or a potential conflict of interest, he or she may serve if all parties agree. However, if a conflict of interest substantially impairs a parenting coordinator’s ability to serve, the parenting coordinator shall decline the appointment or withdraw regardless of the express agreement of the parties.A parenting coordinator shall not provide any services to either party that would impair the parenting coordinator’s ability to be neutral. What should I do next? The Court considered the ( ) motion of the court, ( ) joint motion of the parties, ( ) motion of a party, reviewed the court file, and considered the testimony presented. Based on this information, the court FINDS that: Appropriateness of Process. This matter is appropriate for parenting coordination and it is in the best interest of the child(ren). Parenting Coordination Process. Parenting coordination is a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process whereby a parenting coordinator assists the parents in creating or implementing their parenting plan by facilitating the resolution of disputes, providing education and making recommendations to the parents; and, with the prior consent of the parents and approval of the court, making limited decisions within the scope of this order of referral. Parenting Coordinator. A parenting coordinator is an impartial third person whose role is to assist the parents in successfully creating or implementing a parenting plan. Selection of Parenting Coordinator. The parenting coordinator was selected by: [ Choose only one ] ____ parties’ agreement. ____ the court. History of Domestic Violence. Based on testimony and evidence presented and a review of related court records, the court has determined: [ Choose all that apply ] ____ There is no history of domestic violence.____ There has been a history of domestic violence, and:____ Each party has had an opportunity to consult with an attorney or domestic violence advocate before this court has accepted the parties’ consent.____ Each party has consented to this referral and the consent has been given freely and voluntarily. It is therefore, ORDERED : Parenting Coordinator. The parties are referred to the following parenting coordinator for an initial period of months: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA The parties agree that the testimony or evidence be permitted. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR ______________________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA Educating the parties to effectively: Parent in a manner that minimizes conflicts; Communicate and negotiate with each other and their child(ren); Develop and apply appropriate parenting skills; Understand principles of child development and issues facing child(ren) when their parents no longer live together; Disengage from the other parent when engagement leads to conflicts and non-cooperation; Identify the sources of their conflict with each other and work jointly to minimize conflict and lessen its deleterious effects on the child(ren); and, Allow the child(ren) to grow up free from the threat of being caught in the middle of their parents’ disputes. Qualifications. [Choose only one ] ____ I meet the qualifications in section 61.125(4), Florida Statutes. ____ I do not meet the qualifications in section 61.125(4), Florida Statutes. However, the parties have chosen me by mutual consent and I believe I can perform the services of a parenting coordinator because: ____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ____ This order is without the consent of the parties, but the court has determined that the parties have the financial ability to pay the parenting coordination fees and costs. COPIES TO: Parenting Coordinator Address :______________________________________________Name of Party: _______________________________________ Counsel for Party: _____________________________________ Address of Counsel: ___________________________________Name of Party: ______________________________________ Counsel for Party:____________________________________ Address of Counsel: __________________________________Guardian ad Litem: __________________________________ Address of GAL: ____________________________________ Respondent. And_________________________________, The parenting coordinator reports that the case is no longer appropriate for parenting coordination. ____The court allocates payment of fees and costs for parenting coordination as follows: ____ % shall be paid by the Father. ____ % shall be paid by the Mother. ____ Other: ___________________________________________________________ If a party has caused the parenting coordinator to expend an unreasonable and unnecessary amount of time, that party may be solely responsible for payment of the parenting coordinator’s fees and costs for such time expended. Failure to pay the parenting coordinator’s fees and costs in a timely manner may subject the party to sanctions for contempt of court. Confidentiality. All communications made by, between, or among the parties and the parenting coordinator during parenting coordination sessions are confidential. The parenting coordinator and each party may not testify or offer evidence about communications made by a party or the parenting coordinator during the parenting coordination sessions, except if: Necessary to identify, authenticate, confirm, or deny a written agreement entered into by the parties during parenting coordination. Recommending to the parents changes to the Parenting Plan. Facilitating the resolution of disputes regarding the creation or implementation of the Parenting Plan. Name: ____________________________________ Address: __________________________________ __________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________ Fax Number: ______________________________ RESPONSE BY PARENTING COORDINATOR I, {name}_________________________________________ notify the Court and affirm the following:Acceptance. [Choose only one ] ____ I accept the appointment as parenting coordinator. ____ I decline the appointment as parenting coordinator. IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE, SC09-1822 RULE 12.015. FAMILY LAW FORMS (a) Forms Adopted as Rules. The forms listed in this rule shall be adopted by the rulemaking process in Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.140. The Family Law Rules Committee of The Florida Bar shall propose amend­ments to these forms and any associated instructions. These forms shall be designated “Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Forms.” Forms coming under this provision are: (1) 12.900(a), Disclosure From Nonlawyer; (2) 12.900(b), Notice of Limited Appearance; (3) 12.900(c), Consent to Limited Appearance by Attorney; (4) 12.900(d), Termination of Limited Appear­ance; (5) 12.900(e), Acknowledgment of Assistance by Attorney; (6) 12.900(f), Signature Block for Attorney Making Limited Appearance; (7) 12.900(g), Agreement Limiting Representation; (8) 12.900(h), Notice of Related Cases; (9) 12.901(a), Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage; (10) 12.902(b), Family Law Financial Affidavit (Short Form); (11) 12.902(c), Family Law Financial Affidavit; (12) 12.902(e), Child Support Guidelines Work­sheet; (13) 12.902(f)(3), Marital Settlement Agree­ment for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage; (14) 12.910(a), Summons: Personal Service on an Individual; (15) 12.913(b), Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry; (16) 12.913(c), Affidavit of Diligent Search; (17) 12.920(a), Motion for Referral to General Magistrate; (18) 12.920(b), Order of Referral to General Magistrate; (19) 12.920(c), Notice of Hearing Before General Magistrate; (20) 12.928, Family Court Cover Sheet; (21) 12.930(a), Notice of Service of Standard Family Law Interrogatories; (22) 12.930(b), Standard Family Law Interroga­tories for Original or Enforcement Proceedings; (23) 12.930(c), Standard Family Law Inter­roga­tories for Modification Proceedings; (24) 12.932, Certificate of Compliance with Manda­tory Disclosure; (25) 12.984, Response by Parenting Coordinator; (256) 12.990(a), Final Judgment of Simplified Dissolu­tion of Marriage; and (27) 12.998, Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator. (b) [No change] Commentary [No change] RULE 12.742. PARENTING COORDINATION (a) Applicability. This rule applies to parenting coordination. (b) Order Referring Parties to Parenting Coordinator. An order referring the parties to a parenting coordinator must be in substantial compliance with Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.998. The order must specify the role, responsibility, and authority of the parenting coordinator (c) Appointment of Parenting Coordinator. The parties may agree in writing on a parenting coordinator subject to the court’s approval. If the parties cannot agree on a parenting coordinator, the court shall appoint a parenting coordinator qualified by law. (d) Response by Parenting Coordinator. The parenting coordinator must file a response accepting or declining the appointment in substantial compliance with Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984. (e) Term of Service . The term of the parenting coordinator shall be as specified in the order of appointment or as extended by the court. The initial term of service shall not exceed two years. The court shall terminate the service on: (1) The parenting coordinator’s resignation or disqualification; or (2) A finding of good cause shown based on the court’s own motion or a party’s written motion. Good cause includes, but is not limited to the occurrence of domestic violence; circumstances that compromise the safety of any person or the integrity of the process; or a finding that there is no longer a need for the service of the parenting coordinator. The motion and notice of hearing shall also be served on the parenting coordinator. (f) Appointment of Substitute Parenting Coordinator . If a parenting coordinator cannot serve or continue to serve, a substitute parenting coordinator may be chosen in the same manner as the original. (g) Authority with Consent . The parenting coordinator may have additional authority with express written consent. If there has been a history of domestic violence the court must find that consent has been freely and voluntarily given. (1) With the express written consent of both parties, the parenting coordinator may (A) have temporary decision-making authority to resolve specific non-substantive disputes between the parties until such time as a court order is entered modifying the decision; or (B) make recommendations to the court concerning modifications to the parenting plan or time-sharing. (2) With the express written consent of a party, a parenting coordinator may (A) have access to confidential and privileged records and information of that party; or (B) provide confidential and privileged information for that party to health care providers and to any other third parties. (3) With the express approval of the court, the parenting coordinator may (A) have access to a child’s confidential and privileged records and information; or (B) provide confidential and privileged information for that child to health care providers and to any other third parties. (h) Limitation of Authority. A parenting coordinator shall not have decision making authority to resolve substantive disputes between the parties. A dispute is substantive if it would (1) significantly change the quantity or decrease the quality of time a child spends with either parent; or (2) modify parental responsibility. (i) Emergency Order. (1) Consideration by the Court. On the filing of an affidavit or verified report of an emergency by the parenting coordinator, the court shall determine whether the facts and circumstances contained in the report constitute an emergency and whether an emergency order needs to be entered with or without notice to the parties to prevent or stop furtherance of the emergency. (2) Ex Parte Order. An emergency order may be entered without notice to the parties if it appears from the facts shown by the affidavit or verified report that there is an immediate and present danger that the emergency situation will occur before the parties can be heard. No evidence other than the affidavit or verified report shall be used to support the emergency being reported unless the parties appear at the hearing or have received notice of a hearing. Every temporary order entered without notice in accordance with this rule shall be endorsed with the date and hour of entry, be filed forthwith in the clerk’s office, and define the injury or potential injury, state findings by the court why the injury or potential injury may be irreparable, and give the reasons why the order was granted without notice. The court shall provide the parties and attorney ad litem, if one is appointed, with a copy of the parenting coordinator’s affidavit or verified report giving rise to the ex parte order. A return hearing shall be scheduled if the court issues an emergency ex parte order. (3) Duration. The emergency order shall remain in effect until further order. (4) Motion to Dissolve or Modify Ex Parte Order . A motion to modify or dissolve an ex parte emergency order must be heard within 5 days after the movant applies for a hearing. (j) Written Communication with Court. The parenting coordinator may submit a written report or other written communication regarding any nonconfidential matter to the court. The parenting coordinator must contemporaneously serve each party with a copy of the written communication. (k) Testimony and Discovery. A parenting coordinator shall not be called to testify or be subject to the discovery rules of the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure unless the court makes a prior finding of good cause. A party must file a motion, alleging good cause why the court should allow the parenting coordinator to testify or be subject to discovery. The requesting party shall serve the motion and notice of hearing on the parenting coordinator. The requesting party shall initially be responsible for the parenting coordinator’s fees and costs incurred as a result of the motion. Committee Note 2010 Adoption. The provisions of subdivision (k) do not abrogate the confidentiality provisions of section 61.125, Florida Statutes. An exception to confidentiality must apply before invoking this subdivision of the rule.Instructions for Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.984, Response by Parenting Coordinator (1/10) INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE FORM 12.984, RESPONSE BY PARENTING COORDINATOR (1/10) When should this form be used? The parenting coordinator is not qualified to address or resolve certain issues in the case and a more qualified coordinator should be appointed. And_________________________________, Amendments to family law procedures and forms ORDERED ON {date} __________________________. The testimony or evidence is limited to the subject of a party’s compliance with the order of referral to parenting coordination, orders for psychological evaluation, counseling ordered by the court or recommended by a health care provider, or for substance abuse testing or treatment. The Florida Supreme Court has adopted “fast-track” amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure and Forms. New rule 12.742 (Parenting Coordinator) and new forms 12.984 (Response by Parenting Coordinator) and 12.998 (Order of Referral to Parenting Coordinator) were proposed by The Florida Bar Family Law Rules Committee in response to chapter 2009-180, section 2, Laws of Florida, codifying requirements for the use of parenting coordinators in family law proceedings, effective October 1, 2009. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before March 29, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Jack A. Moring, Committee Chair, 7655 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Suite 12, Crystal River 34429-7910, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The committee chair has until April 19 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA last_img read more

On the brink of a mental health revolution

first_imgBBC:One in four of us will suffer some form of mental illness during our lifetimes.Historically, many of these conditions have been beyond our understanding, but now scientists believe we are on the verge of a revolution in how mental health problems are approached.Professor Tom Insel, director of the $1.5bn National Institute of Mental Health in the United States, told Newsnight there is a profound change taking place, and science and technology is key to that change:“We are really facing a tipping point here with research in mental illness. We have gone through a revolution in how we can look at the brain.We can begin to understand which circuits are involved, and how the brain is wired. We have never had a full wiring diagram of the human brain. We are getting that now.”Read the full story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Is psychology really in crisis?

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Modern psychology is apparently in crisis. This claim is nothing new. From phrenology to psychoanalysis, psychology has traditionally had an uneasy scientific status. Indeed, the philosopher of science, Karl Popper, viewed Freud’s theories as a typical example of pseudoscience because no test could ever show them to be false. More recently, psychology has feasted on a banquet of extraordinary findings whose scientific credibility has also been questioned.Some of these extraordinary findings include Daryl Bem’s experiments, published in 2011, that seem to show future events influence the past. Bem, an emeritus professor at Cornell University, revealed that people are more likely to remember a list of words if they practise them after a recall test, compared with practising them before the test. In another study, he showed that people are significantly better than chance at selecting which of two curtains hide a pornographic image.Then there’s Yale’s John Bargh who in 1996 reported that, when unconsciously primed with an “elderly stereotype” (by unscrambling jumbled sentences containing words such as “Florida” and “bingo”), people subsequently walk more slowly. Add to this Roy Baumeister who in 1998 presented evidence suggesting we have a finite store of will-power which is sapped whenever we resist temptations such as eating chocolates. Or, in the same year, Ap Dijksterhuis and Ad Van Knippenberg showing that performance on Trivial Pursuit is better after people list typical characteristics of a professor rather than those of a football hooligan. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest Email These studies are among the most controversial in psychology. Not least because other researchers have had difficulty replicating the experiments. These types of studies raise concerns about the methods psychologists use, but also more broadly about psychology itself.Do not repeatA survey of 1,500 scientists published in Nature last month indicated that 24% of them said they had published a successful replication and 13% published an unsuccessful replication. Contrast this with over a century of psychology publications, where just 1% of papers attempted to replicate past findings.Editors and reviewers have been complicit in a systemic bias that has resulted in high-profile psychology journals becoming storehouses for the strange. Many psychologists are obsessed with the “impact factors” of journals (as are the journals) – and one way to increase impact is to publish curios. Certain high-impact journals have a reputation of publishing curios that never get replicated but which attract lots of attention for the author and journal. By contrast, confirming the findings of others through replication is unattractive, rare and relegated to less prestigious journals.Despite psychology’s historical abandonment of replication, is the tide turning? This year, a crowd-sourced initiative – the OSC Reproducibility project – attempted to replicate 100 published findings in psychology. The multinational collaborators replicated just over a third (36%) of the studies. Does this mean that psychological findings are unreliable?Replication projects are selective, targeting studies that are cheaper and less technically complicated to replicate or those that are simply unbelievable. Other projects such as “Many Labs” have reported a replication rate of 77%. All initiatives are non-random and headline replication rates reflect the studies that are sampled. Even if a random sample of studies were examined, we don’t know what would constitute an acceptable replication rate in psychology. This is not an issue specific to psychology. As John Ioannidis noted: “most published research findings are false””. After all, scientific hypotheses are our current best guesses about phenomena, not a simple accumulation of truths.Questionable research practicesThe frustration of many psychologists is palpable because it seems so easy to publish evidence consistent with almost any hypothesis. A likely cause of both unusual findings and non-replicability is psychologists indulging in questionable research practices (QRPs).In 2012, a survey of 2,000 American psychologists found that most indulged in QRPs. Some 67% admitted selectively reporting studies that “worked”, while 74% failed to report all measures they had used. The survey also found that 71% continued to collect data until a significant result was obtained and 54% reported unexpected findings as if they were expected. And 58% excluded data after analyses. Astonishingly, more than one-third admitted they had doubts about the integrity of their own research on at least one occasion and 1.7% admitted to having faked their data.The problems associated with modern psychology are longstanding and cultural, with researchers, reviewers, editors, journals and news-media all prioritising and benefiting from the quest for novelty. This systemic bias, coupled with minimal agreement on fundamental principles in certain areas of psychology, means questionable research practices can flourish – consciously or unconsciously. Large-scale replication projects will not address the cultural problems and may even exacerbate them by presenting replication as something special that we use to target the unbelievable. Replication – whether judged as failed or successful – is a fundamental aspect of normal science and needs to be both more common and more valued by psychologists and psychology journals.By Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of HertfordshireThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.last_img read more

PCN adds Europrim Group / Agabaritic Transport in Romania

first_imgHeadquartered in Bucharest, the business began trading in 2004 and employs 35 members of staff in freight forwarding, across a number of offices including Bucharest Constanta, Brasov, Oradea and Deva. The Europrim Group offers the full range of freight forwarding services by air, sea and road with the Agabaritic Transport division specialising in special movements on its own fleet of vehicles for wind turbines, agricultural and construction equipment, silos, oil and energy industry equipment, chemicals, boats, heavy machinery More information about Agabaritic Transport can be found here: www.agabaritic-transport.comlast_img read more

GAME NOTES: West Florida to continue conference play on the road

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s basketball will hit the road this weekend to face Gulf South Conference opponents in the University of West Alabama on Jan. 10 and then the University of West Georgia on Jan. 12.The Argonauts will first take on West Alabama Jan. 10 in Livingston, Alabama at 4 p.m. CT. The Tigers have a record of 9-7 this season and are seventh in the GSC with a record of 4-4.UWF will then travel to Carrollton, Georgia for a match-up against West Georgia Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Wolves are currently 9-3 this season and are fifth in the GSC with a record of 4-3. Around the GSCGulf South Conference men’s basketball teams returned from holiday break, while Christian Brothers and West Alabama were the only two squads to have a non-conference and a GSC game(s) on the week. The Bucs closed 2014 with a commanding 92-68 win over Harding and then claimed a 77-74 double-overtime win against Valdosta State on Saturday. The Tigers defeated Auburn-Montgomery 95-67 on New Year’s Day, but fell to Shorter on Saturday, 69-78. Union claimed an 82-79 win over West Florida and now stands alone atop the GSC standings at 5-2 (11-2 overall). This Week in the GSCMonday will see six contests, all conference games. Alabama Huntsville and its GSC-leading 65.2 scoring defense will play host to Delta State, which is averaging 78.6 points-per-game. Mississippi College has strung off three-straight and is slowly rising up the standings. MC will take on North Alabama. West Georgia tops the GSC in scoring offense (88.0 ppg) and will face Shorter, which sports a second-best 86.6 ppg.On Saturday, another six GSC games will be played. Union and its 10.4 scoring margin will host Alabama Huntsville in hopes of shutting down guard Ronnie Mack from beyond the key. Mack leads the GSC in three-point field-goals made with 44. His 119 three-point field-goal attempts currently tops all of NCAA Division II. Straughn leading the GSCUniversity of West Florida senior Erin Straughn (Pensacola, Fla./East Carolina University) is currently leading the Gulf South Conference in 3-point field goal percentage at 49.2 percent. So far this season, Straughn has made five or more three pointers in a game on two separate occasion, including seven against Spring Hill on Nov. 25. Straughn is currently second on the team in points per game at 13.6.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Warriors Topp change

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT THE Pakenham Warriors’ remarkable on-court turnaround over the past 12 months was rubber-stamped on Saturday night at…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Glorious garden waits to be explored

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Tucked away in Kooweerup is a whimsical garden oasis just waiting to be explored. And this month…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img