Election spotlight turned on media

first_imgThe venomous tenor and bewildering twists and turns of this presidential election have led observers inside and outside politics to call it a historic, sea-change race that will be studied for decades. Long-held assumptions about how to win have been upended as celebrity businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, sit at or near the top of their primary fields.When it comes to the business of reporting on politics, however, some things haven’t changed. Every four years, complaints about the media’s coverage of presidential elections routinely bemoan a perceived decline in substantive reporting and an abdication of journalism’s watchdog role.With roiling anger and distrust of the powerful animating voters in both parties, attacking the media has become an easy and effective political strategy. Every Democratic and Republican candidate still in the 2016 race has accused the political press of some sort of malfeasance: unfairly advocating for an opponent, pushing grossly inaccurate or misleading reporting, failing to challenge false statements or vague assertions, being overly solicitous of some while ignoring others, or focusing on food fights rather than policy ideas.But some longtime political journalists say that while the profession certainly has its share of lapses, good and important work still is being done.“I detect a real feeling of press failure in this election cycle,” said Jill Abramson ’76, a former investigative reporter and executive editor at The New York Times until 2014, during a recent talk at the Shorenstein Center on the Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). “Why, when I turn on CNN, isn’t there on-the-ground footage, more talking to voters, rather than just another set of people arguing? We can do better.”Abramson, who started in politics in 1976 covering the New Hampshire primary campaigns of former Ambassador Sargent Shriver and Sen. Fred Harris for Time magazine, now teaches journalism writing as a visiting lecturer in the English Department at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.“Especially in political reporting, a lot of what we the media focus on just … doesn’t touch people, it isn’t part of their daily concerns,” she said. “Like many institutions in the country, the gulf between the citizenry and the press has become wider. I am telling you I’ve traveled quite a bit around the country. I went to many, many towns in New Hampshire: No one is talking about Hillary Clinton’s email.”This is “maybe the most interesting presidential election I’ve ever seen,” said CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist, who leads the network’s political coverage. “There’s something happening in this country that has caused an interest among Americans in this election. I’m not going to pretend to know what it is, but it’s not restricted to the Republican side.”Feist batted down the idea that political journalism is withering during a separate Shorenstein talk about political news coverage last week. “There are a lot of people who think that journalism in America is broken, that we don’t do our jobs. I would argue that we’re actually doing our jobs as well or better than we’ve ever done,” he said, later adding, “I honestly believe that political journalism has never been more important, and this election is a perfect example of why that is.”CNN’s job is to provide the best information possible about the candidates to the public so voters can make informed decisions, not to foment or bridge the nation’s growing partisan divide, he said. “It’s not to push the country apart or to bring the country together — that’s up to the country and to the voters,” he said.Feist countered criticisms that the network unfairly gave too much time and attention to Trump by airing lengthy phone interviews with him or showing his daily pep rallies live and uninterrupted, often at the expense of other candidate news. The extensive Trump coverage, he said, is a result of his unique willingness to do as many interviews as requested, unlike other candidates. (“We call; he says yes.”)“I think that taking candidate rallies unedited is actually a valuable service,” giving voters who do not live in early caucus and primary states a chance to see them speak at length. “I don’t think we should interrupt them in the middle of it to annotate what they say,” he said.Sam Feist: Media Coverage of the Election | Shorenstein CenterSam Feist, who leads the production of CNN’s campaign coverage and debates as Washington bureau chief and senior vice president, discussed the network’s coverage of the 2016 election. Turned off, yet still tuning inWhile surveys find that public trust in journalism has steadily eroded in recent decades, the appetite for political news hasn’t diminished. In fact, television ratings are up sharply this election cycle, especially for what are often predictable events: the debates between candidates.The Republican primary debate last August on Fox News garnered 23.9 million viewers, an audience three times larger than the previous highest-rated Republican debate back in 2011. Several others have since eclipsed that high-water mark. Interest is also fueling ratings for the Democratic debates, with CNN’s October discussion racking up 15.5 million viewers, up from the previous high of nearly 10 million. Even the so-called “undercard” or “kids’ table” debates for second-tier Republican candidates had twice the ratings, with between 4 and 5 million viewers, of regular debates in previous election cycles, Feist said.Over the last two weeks, CNN has hosted one Democratic and two Republican “town hall” events and will air three more primary debates in the next three weeks.“The audience interest in those events will be higher than anything we’ve ever done in any previous election cycle, cable or network,” said Feist, a 25-year CNN veteran. “So there’s something happening with our politics; there’s a fascination with this campaign, an interest in the candidates.”In a separate Shorenstein Center talk, Jill Abramson ’76, a former investigative reporter and executive editor at The New York Times until 2014, remarked on various press failures in the election coverage. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhile the nature and metabolism of political coverage has changed dramatically in the digital age, there are some bright spots.“I’m certainly not saying there’s not quality political journalism,” Abramson said, noting that some digital native organizations, such as BuzzFeed, cover politics in a serious and aggressive way. But she said that too many outlets still delight in the superficial — the horse race, poll numbers, gaffes, and other incremental, insider minutiae — over doing the kinds of deeply reported stories she loves, as contained in Richard Ben Cramer’s classic book “What It Takes,” which went behind the scenes of the 1988 presidential election.Nowadays, the high cost to finance investigative reporting, and the increased competitive pressure to be first with the “news of the day,” means most news organizations chase low-hanging fruit, she said. And as political campaigns have become more self-reliant and sophisticated about communicating with voters, it has become harder for political reporters to do exemplary work because operatives view journalism as a “gotcha culture” looking only to embarrass their candidates. “There’s no trust.”“I’m an optimist about journalism. I just am frustrated because I think … journalists have a very protected place in our society, and giving the highest-quality information to the voters is the most important thing we do every four years,” Abramson told the audience. “I would just like to see this deeper layer take hold.”Jill Abramson: Election 2016 – Is There Enough Quality Coverage? | Shorenstein CenterJill Abramson, lecturer at Harvard and former executive editor of The New York Times, discussed the 2016 election and its coverage in the media – both problematic and promising.last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic cruise in Madrid Open tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Roger Federer did not play on clay for three years.Federer has won the Madrid Open three times.Novak Djokovic also progressed into the next round. highlightscenter_img Madrid: Roger Federer shook off a brief bout of pre-match jitters as he returned to clay after a three-year absence, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet on Tuesday at the Madrid Open. The 20-time Grand Slam champion needed just 52 minutes to brush Gasquet aside in the second round, but confessed he had to control his emotions during afternoon match strategy sessions with his team. “I was very calm all day, but two hours before, I was feeling it a bit. But that was the only time,” Federer said. “The nerves went away quickly, I’m just happy I started well. I’m glad to be back,” said the three-time Madrid champion who last played on clay almost three years ago, losing to Dominic Thiem in the Rome third round on May 12, 2016. Federer skipped the dirt for two full seasons to concentrate on his grass court form, winning Wimbledon in 2017.    He claimed the Madrid title in 2006, 2009, and 2012. “I’ve been missing the clay, this is a great return, it’s a special night for me,” he said. Federer swept up the opening set in 23 minutes and broke Frenchman Gasquet — who had defeated him twice on clay — for 5-3 in the second before serving it out a game later. Federer has won 18 of 21 meetings with Gasquet, just back from six months out with injury. “I’ve trained well, but that’s not like a match. The points here are quicker and first matches anywhere can be tricky,” said Federer. “But I felt really natural on the clay tonight.”RELATED    Djokovic cruises    Novak Djokovic needed just 65 minutes to make a winning start, while Naomi Osaka channelled her inner “zombie mode” to earn a place in the third round. Top seed and world number one Djokovic hammered American Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the last 16 following a premature exit here a year ago. “I thought my serve was very efficient today, that’s a big advantage,” Djokovic said. “The match was close at the beginning, in the second set I read his serve better and just managed to put an extra ball into the court. It was a solid opening match for me.”    Djokovic won the Madrid title in 2011 and 2016. He will be chasing a fourth straight Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros next month. Marin Cilic rallied to overcome Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while 2018 finalist Dominic Thiem advanced when Reilly Opelka quit at 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 1-0 against the Austrian fifth seed. David Ferrer, who will retire after this event, defeated Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Ferrer, 37, will play German third seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev next.    Stan Wawrinka started his Madrid campaign with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert to move into the second round. The Swiss will next play Argentine Guido Pella, who put out Barcelona finalist Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Tenth seed Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-3 to saddle the Briton with a fourth straight loss on clay.    ‘Zombie mode’     In the women’s draw, top seed Osaka defeated Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-0. Japan’s Osaka, winner of the last two Grand Slams, said she had to conquer her inner demons to finish off a difficult match. “In the third set, I just, like, went zombie mode,” she said. “I just thought of everything that I had to do to win — not necessarily the outcome, but just like the little things in between every game. The match was basically on my racquet, she wasn’t going for winners. The points ended by me making a winner or an unforced error. But I was a bit unfocused in the second set.” Third seed and two-time champion Simona Halep of Romania ended the hopes of Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-1 in the second round.    “I feel good every time when I come to Madrid and I’m happy to be back and winning matches,” Halep said. “It was a good match. Both of us played very well and, in the end, I was a bit stronger mentally and I found a rhythm.” Fourth seed Angelique Kerber withdrew after rolling her right ankle during training, sending Petra Martic into the third round.last_img read more

NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 13

first_imgWeek 13 is complete, and with four weeks remaining in the 2019 regular season, the NFL playoff picture is coming together quickly based on the current AFC and NFC standings.Here is an updated look at what each conference field would look like now, what teams are still in contention and what teams should already be thinking about the offseason. NFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. Saints, champions, NFC South (10-2) — The Saints wrapped up the division title by beating the Falcons on Thanksgiving night. They got the bonus of the 49ers losing and the Seahawks winning on Sunday and Monday to jump here because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the new NFC West leaders. Now New Orleaans can further sink San Francisco in Week 14. Up next: vs. 49ers2. Seahawks, first place, NFC West (10-2) — The Seahawks beat the Vikings on Monday night to jump up from No. 5, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over the 49ers after also beating them on a Monday night. They can’t let up if they want to catch the Saints and stay ahead of the 49ers. Up next: at Rams3. Packers, first place, NFC North (9-3) — The Packers rebounded from their loss to the 49ers last week by ripping the Giants on the road in Week 13. They saw the Vikings lose on Monday night to  increase their lead to a full game in the division. Up next: vs. Redskins4. Cowboys, first place, NFC East (6-6) — The Cowboys have only a one-game lead plus the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles after losing to the Bills at home on Thanksgiving. They’re fortunate the Eagles also lost in Week 13 to the Dolphins. Should the Cowboys hold on and win the division again, they’re likely stuck with this seed, fading behind the Saints and Packers and having lost to both teams. Up next: at Bears5. 49ers, second place, NFC West (10-2) — The 49ers lost an AFC game to the Ravens on Sunday for their second defeat of the season. They fell out of first place with the Seahawks beating the Vikings on Monday night. San Francisco needs to beat New Orleans in Week 15, or it will risk having to be on the road for the playoffs. Up next: at Saints6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (8-4) — The Vikings stay here after they lost to the Seahawks on Monday night, now a full game and head-to-head tiebreaker behind the winning Packers in the division. They are now only one game up on the Rams for this second wild-card spot. Up next: vs. LionsWho can get there?7. Rams (7-5); 8. Bears (6-6); 9. Eagles (5-7); 10. Buccaneers (5-7); 11. Panthers (5-7)The Rams walked back into the wild-card race with a win over the Cardinals. The Bears stayed semi-hot with a win on Thanksgiving. The Eagles hurt their NFC East chances and the Panthers hurt their slimmer wild-card chances with respective bad losses to bad teams in Week 13.Who’s on their way out?14. Redskins (3-9)The Redskins stayed alive in the NFC East race with a win over the Panthers and the Eagles and Cowboys losing, but they remain a real division longshot. MORE: NFL playoff clinching scenarios in Week 13NFL standings for Week 13 Who’s out?12. Lions (3-8-1); 13. Cardinals (3-8-1); 15. Falcons (3-9); 16. Giants (2-10)The Lions and Falcons were eliminated with their respective losses to the Bears and Saints on Thursday. The Giants and Cardinals were eliminated with their respective losses to the Packers and Rams on Sunday. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/28/be/aaron-rodgers-11082019-getty-ftrjpg_17tdjutdh7jfe1eeyqjp8gswgn.jpg?t=1292581454&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f/67/brady-edelman-102819-getty-ftrjpg_y9q4ksfts8ix1dhioz1trhp2m.jpg?t=337906030&w=500&quality=80 AFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. Ravens, first place, AFC North (10-2) — The Ravens are playing like the best team in the NFL. They jumped the Patriots for the top seed with their win over the 49ers coupled with that team losing at the Texans, thanks to a convincing head-to-head tiebreaker. They already are running away with the division, three games up on the Steelers and four games up on the Browns. Up next: at Bills2. Patriots, first place, AFC East (10-2) — The Patriots fell here after losing to the Texans on Sunday night. They have now lost two of four games in the toughest stretch of their schedule and they can’t afford to lose much more in AFC play or they will play with the fire of dropping out of this bye spot, too. Up next: vs. Chiefs3. Texans, first place, AFC South (8-4) — The Texans finally solved the riddle of the Patriots at the best possible time, both to maintain this seed over the Chiefs and keep a one-game lead in the division over the Titans, who they still need to play twice. Up next: vs. Broncos4. Chiefs, first place, AFC West (8-4) — The Chiefs ripped the Raiders after the bye but couldn’t move up after the Texans, who beat them earlier this season, upset the Patriots on Sunday night. The Chiefs get their own New England test next week. Up next: at Patriots5. Bills, second place, AFC East (9-3) — The Bills have a strong hold on the top wild-card position as they continue to take advantage of a favorable schedule. The big win in Dallas on Thanksgiving was huge ahead of a tougher final-month schedule, and they keep pushing the Patriots in the division. Up next: at Ravens6. Steelers, second place, AFC North (7-5) — The Steelers stayed here after taking care of the Browns at home on Sunday to even their season series. They hold the tiebreaker over the Titans because of a better conference record. Up next: at CardinalsWho can get there?7. Titans (7-5); 8. Raiders (6-6); 9. Colts (6-6); 10. Browns (5-7)The Titans jumped ahead of the Colts by beating them in Indianapolis. The Raiders failed to keep pace with them by losing to the Chiefs and the Steelers dragged the Browns further down.Who’s on their way out?11. Jaguars (4-8); 12. Broncos (4-8); 13. Chargers (4-8); 14. Jets (4-8)The Steelers and Titans getting to seven wins hurts all their chances. The Jaguars and Jets suffered bad losses in Week 13, while the Chargers lost to the Broncos.Who’s out?15. Dolphins (3-9); 16. Bengals (1-11)The Dolphins were eliminated Sunday despite their win over the Eagles. The Bengals can’t do better than five wins, which isn’t good enough. They’re bad enough now, despite a lone win over the Jets on Sunday, to secure the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.last_img read more

Thurston County District Court Offers E-Mitigation Hearings

first_imgBy visiting the District Court web site you can now electronically submit a hearing request and a statement concerning your infraction to the Court.  A District Court judge will review your submission and rule on your case with a response sent to you shortly thereafter via email. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     Friday, July 8, 2011Contact: Theresa Ewing, District Court Administrator, 360-786-5450 OLYMPIA – Have you ever received a traffic infraction that you agree that you committed, but wanted a court hearing in hopes of having your penalty mitigated or reduced-  but you could not appear in court because of work or other reasons? To request an e-Mitigation Hearing or to view other District Court programs, please visit the Thurston County District Court website at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/distcrt/.center_img If so, Thurston County District Court is now offering an alternative to your having to personally appear in court for your mitigation hearing. Thurston County District Court Offers E-Mitigation Hearingslast_img read more

From environmental disaster to Ohio’s first conservation district

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Roosevelt toured the Great Plains with some leaders telling him to just abandon the region and let it go, it wasn’t worth the effort. Roosevelt said he could see in the people’s eyes that they intended to stay and survive. Hugh Hammond Bennett and other visionaries scheduled Congressional Hearings in 1935 on the creation of the “U.S. Soil Conservation Service” (SCS).Later as the enabling legislation was approved by Congress, Ohio finally passed legislation to authorize the formation of conservation districts on May 16, 1941. Under the legislation, local communities were asked to create locally led conservation districts. As “Conservation Districts” were created by local citizens, SCS would have the authority to provide technical assistance through that “District” to the landowners, with the District Supervisors overseeing the state and federal programs on behalf of those local land users.Highland County submitted its petition to the newly formed Ohio Soil Conservation Committee on March 25 1942. There were 72 residents who attended that hearing supporting the formation of a District in Highland County. That Petition being accepted, Highland County held the first required public referendum on April 18, 1942. The enabling legislation required 75 voters to pass a petition. Highland County registered 696 total voters and it passed by a 70% affirmative vote, making Highland County the first conservation district in Ohio on April 18, 1942. There were several counties planning to create districts that year, Champaign and Clark counties held their referendums a week after Highland and by the end of the year those three were joined by Butler, Coshocton, Morrow, Noble, Guernsey, Monroe, and Tuscarawas counties, for a total of 10 counties forming Districts in 1942.Later in June of 1942, the first Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor election was held in Highland County with Herbert Williams as chairman. Finally, the first Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Soil Conservation Service was signed and the work began. By the end of the 1940s, 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties had held their referendums and created soil conservation districts, the last of the 88 forming Districts was Lucas County in 1963.On a state level, the supervisors of Highland, Clark, and Butler counties met in September of 1943 to form an Association to represent the interests of all the supervisors in the state. They met, adopted by-laws and formed “The Ohio Federation of District Supervisors,” now known as “The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.” That private organization formed for the purpose of representing all district supervisors and guiding the formation and evolution of soil and water districts in Ohio.The conservation problem here in Ohio and the Corn Belt was not the wind erosion that had so dramatically defined the problems of the “Dust Bowl” across America’s Great Plains. Rather, the equally as damaging issue in the Midwest was water erosion creating gullies so big they could hide a truck or a tractor. Recognizing the problems and the practices that led to the problems took strength, resolve, and most-importantly local knowledge and leadership. The solutions and the processes to adopt and install those solutions were painful to accept and took courage by all involved. As the farmers and conservationist took on these challenges, they literally transformed agriculture across this country, making it a model for the entire world to follow. The genius of the movement was incorporating the locally-led component, which the SWCD continues to bring to the table in 2017.In the 1930s and 1940s, farmers were asked:1. To plow on the contour, to build terraces that slowed down the water runoff,2. To plant over 18,000 miles of windbreaks to help stop the wind,3. To leave crop residue on the surface, and4. To turn the most fragile areas back to their natural state of native prairie grass. Locally, farmers were building erosion control structures and healing the gullies created from poor rotations and bad water management. The country had made a pact with the American farmer: “We will help pay for the application of conservation practices if you will install them, maintain them, and become better stewards of the land.” Everyone should be proud of the fact that all of these programs remain voluntary today.The decade of the 1950s saw significant progress in the conservation movement in Ohio as county commissioners were authorized to appropriate funds to assist “Districts” which would be matched by the state. The 1954 Public Law 83-566, Watershed Protection and Flood Control Act authorized small watershed projects through SCS. In Ohio, the first two pilot projects were the Upper Hocking in Fairfield County and Rocky Fork in Highland County.The ‘50s also saw a growth in district education programs with sponsorship of 4-H camps andThis restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD. This restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD.the distribution of soil stewardship materials through area churches. In 1957, Conservation offices and staff in and around Highland County co-sponsored the World Conservation Exposition and Plowing Matches held in Adams County. This was the first such exposition held in the United States and represents the largest such expo ever held in southern Ohio.Conservation agencies worked for decades to complete soil surveys and publish them on a county-by-county basis. Highland County was surveyed from 1963 through 1968, and the document was printed in 1977. These surveys represent perhaps the most intensive study of the land and the soils that has ever been undertaken. Soil surveys provided the basis for all land disturbing activities and fertilization for crop production. Citizens can access all the findings of the soil survey, and use its findings to guide their land-use decisions.Highland County has always been a high priority for intensive land treatment practices and operations. Not so much that its farmers are that much more committed, but rather because geography and geology requires more vigilance. Highland County sits right on the terminal of the great glaciers of North America. Land from Leesburg northward being dominated by row-crop agriculture, having been leveled by the glaciers. South of Hillsboro is unglaciated steep wooded areas with fewer crops and more livestock. That border is an important region for conservation.No-till and minimum tillage became the most dominant method of controlling cropland erosion in the decade of the 1970s. No-till was not an easy step for agriculture to adopt, but as chemicals and equipment refinements have continued, farmers have been able to increase yields and reduce input costs, to the benefit of the land in reduced soil erosion. In 1986 Highland county was awarded the State Conservation Farmer, the top no-till corn yield and the top no-till soybean yield in the state. These were significant accomplishment from a southern Ohio county.Perhaps the single greatest advancement in private lands conservation was the passing of the 1985 Food Security Act (Farm Bill) as it was dominated by conservation provisions and led to many tools still in use today. The Food Security Act designated acre-by-acre which land would be considered highly erodible (HEL) land. The Act created the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and increased the public commitment to help agriculture protect lands for future generations. Highland County was one of the leaders in the State with more than 25,000 acres of highly erodible land set aside in grasslands or trees through CRP.Statewide, SWCDs are constantly striving to help land users make good decisions with the land they are trusted to use. From education programs, to providing direct technical assistance to land users for conservation practices, the offices continue to help apply practices that prevent cropland erosion, manage our pasture and woodlands, enhance wildlife cover, and improve water quality. Yes, the Soil and Water Conservation District is as relevant today as it was when created 75 years ago.An event was held in April to commemorate Highland Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th anniversary with a presentation by former Director of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Larry Vance.last_img read more

Alora determined to finally beat Cambodian rival if they meet in AIMAG

first_imgRead Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses A familiar face, though, could stand in her way once again with Cambodian Sorn Seavmey also in the competition and Alora is looking to turn in a different result if they meet.“Of course it still hurts,” said Alora in a round table discussion at College of St. Benilde on Thursday. “But I need to move on and keep fighting because I might face her once more.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Right now, I want to beat her but the Aimag is bigger than the SEA Games and I want to get a podium finish.”Seavmey beat Elora 13-6 in the final of the women’s kyorugi -73 kilogram event marking the fourth straight time the Filipina lost to her Cambodian opponent.center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaFilipino jin Kirstie Alora said she still feels the pain of losing in the gold medal match in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games two games ago.But with new challenge coming up in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from September 17-27, Alora is determined to leave her Malaysia frustrations behind.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UAAP Season 80 Preview: New look, same goals for FEU Tamaraws Alora, who will stay in her weight division, said her disappointment in the SEA Games will be her motivation come the Aimag.“The Aimag is bigger than the SEA Games, and the loss was a learning experience for me.” UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Crew tie FC Dallas in rescheduled match after lightning strike injures fan

The Columbus Crew and FC Dallas were able to reconvene for their inter-conference match Sunday, after “extenuating circumstances” during a pregame severe weather alert saw a fan get struck by lightning in Crew Stadium’s parking lot Saturday.A downpour of rain and lightning striking visibly close to the stadium had led to the issuance of an emergency alert that urged fans to seek shelter just before the scheduled kickoff of 8 p.m.Stu Tudor, an off-duty lieutenant of the Columbus Fire Department, was one of thousands of fans waiting to see if the weather would let up. A bolt of lightning struck near a bank of portable restrooms by the southwest corner of the stadium and seriously injured him.“First responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest,” the Crew said in an press release via email at 10:07 p.m. Saturday. “Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.”Bystanders said Tudor was unresponsive when emergency services arrived to provide care, according to multiple reports.He was later reported as being in critical condition.In a Sunday press release, MLS Executive Vice President Dan Courtemanche said the decisions to both postpone and subsequently reschedule the match for Sunday afternoon were made by the league, keeping fan safety in mind.“Due to the inclement weather in Ohio and the unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot outside Columbus Crew Stadium last night, Major League Soccer made the decision to postpone the game between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew,” Courtemanche said. “The health and safety of our fans is always our top priority, and we believe it was the right decision to postpone the match.”Courtemanche also said it was “standard policy” to reschedule the game for the following day, if it is possible and feasible for both teams.“All of us—including Dallas as well—you prepare all day for a match, and then it gets delayed and you hear something like that. You don’t want to play,” midfielder Justin Meram said after the match of the team’s mindset after learning of Tudor’s injury Saturday evening. “I think it was the right thing to do (to postpone the match).”So on Sunday, the Crew (4-5-7) and FC Dallas (6-7-5) kicked off at 2 p.m. and played to a 0-0 tie in both teams’ first regular season action since June 7 and 11, respectively. MLS instituted a break in play for the FIFA World Cup, just as the NHL did while the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi, Russia.Columbus played efficiently in the first half and notched two shots on goal on five attempts.Midfielders Ben Speas and Tony Tchani stepped up early to direct traffic and set the pace of attacking sequences, often relying on fellow midfielders Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez to cross balls in from the side to generate scoring opportunities.The Black and Gold possessed and skillfully passed the ball often, attaining a 61.5 percent control advantage and 90.6 percent in passing accuracy in the second half.In the 13th minute, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark moved forward to confront a Dallas attack and went down with contact in the penalty area, but play continued with no foul call. Defender Michael Parkhurst manned the goal in Clark’s stead and was able to block an accurate shot from Dallas midfielder Michel to keep the game scoreless.“It’s very important, me as a goalkeeper. It’s a very tight line between success and failure when you come out of your net like that,” Clark said after the match. “Michael’s been there for me all year and we have each other’s backs. And he had me today. It’s a really big save for the team and for me as well.”Clark later came up big in the 83rd minute when he stopped the ball on the goal line after a header from Dallas forward David Texeira. Sunday’s clean sheet marked his second consecutive shutout after not surrendering any goals at D.C. United June 7.Defender Eric Gehrig used his head to deflect a bending cross kicked from the left side of Dallas’ attacking half by Michel in the 61st minute, and Gehrig was consistently in position to defend the barrage of three consecutive Dallas corner kicks that happened next.“Every game, I always experience a time where it’s about survival mode. No matter what game it is, there’s always been a five-, 10-minute stretch where it’s about digging in and fighting and getting out of it. I think that was one of those cases,” Gehrig said of the task of defending three straight corners. “The message to the guys is just hold on and hang in there and not let that decide the game. I thought we bent a little bit but didn’t break.”Showing their support for the hospitalized Tudor, numerous Crew players—including Gehrig, Trapp, and defender Bernardo Anor—walked over to the Nordecke fan section after the match to sign a fan-made banner that read, “Get Well Stu.”The coaches of both teams also wore red ribbons pinned to their shirts as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity for Tudor.“This is something you have to do, this is your job. You have to kind of put it behind you … as well as, you know, play for him (Tudor),” Meram said.Columbus is slated to travel west to take on the Colorado Rapids next on the July 4 holiday. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m. read more

Study finds political ideology impacts decisionmaking regarding energyefficient products

first_img More information: Political ideology affects energy-efficiency attitudes and choices, PNAS, Published online before print April 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1218453110 AbstractThis research demonstrates how promoting the environment can negatively affect adoption of energy efficiency in the United States because of the political polarization surrounding environmental issues. Study 1 demonstrated that more politically conservative individuals were less in favor of investment in energy-efficient technology than were those who were more politically liberal. This finding was driven primarily by the lessened psychological value that more conservative individuals placed on reducing carbon emissions. Study 2 showed that this difference has consequences: In a real-choice context, more conservative individuals were less likely to purchase a more expensive energy-efficient light bulb when it was labeled with an environmental message than when it was unlabeled. These results highlight the importance of taking into account psychological value-based considerations in the individual adoption of energy-efficient technology in the United States and beyond.Press release Name-brand or generic? Your political ideology might influence your choice Explore further Citation: Study finds political ideology impacts decision-making regarding energy-efficient products (2013, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-political-ideology-impacts-decision-making-energy-efficient.html © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In the first study, 657 people (divided roughly in half by gender) were asked to fill out a questionnaire that was designed to reveal the person’s political leanings as well as their energy-saving product purchasing habits. In analyzing the answers given by the participants, the researchers found a trend that suggested that the more conservative a person’s political views, the less favorably they saw products advertised as environmentally friendly. Those with such leanings tended to claim they were more likely to buy such products, however, if they were instead advertised as money saving investments. Conversely, those with more liberal leanings tended to be more receptive towards buying products solely because they believed they would help solve environmental problems.In the second study, 210 volunteers were interviewed and then given $2 each to purchase a light bulb. The light bulbs offered for sale were either “normal” or an energy efficient variety (with a higher price.) The higher priced bulbs were identical but were advertised in two different ways: one made claims about how the light bulb was good for the planet, the other claimed to save the buyer money by using less electricity. The researchers found those with more conservative views were less inclined to buy the special bulbs when the labeling touted its planet-saving features. When it was labeled as a money-saver however, conservatives were quite willing to buy them. Those with a more liberal view were found willing to buy the special bulb regardless of which advertising was used. In another variant of the study, the researchers found that both conservatives and liberals bought the special bulb over the “normal” bulb if they were priced the same.The researchers suggest that those people in the study with conservative ideology were not necessarily against buying so-called green products, but have been conditioned to associate such terms with liberalism, and thus, shy away from products labeled as such. Because of this, the researchers suggest those that market such products look towards creating new phrases that aren’t tied to one group or another when making their pitches. 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. (Phys.org) —Two researchers from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and another from Duke University in North Carolina together have found that a person’s political ideology might impact his or her decision-making when purchasing products described as good for the environment, versus, money saving. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes two field studies they conducted to better understand the issues involved and the results they found.last_img read more