Podemos to Spanish Socialists: Time to make a choice

first_img“We are convinced that we can come to an understanding, in particular with the PSOE. Otherwise, it is clear that further agreements will be very complicated,” he said Tuesday.Sánchez has been wary of a deal with Podemos as the far-left party has promised a referendum on Catalan independence, something all three other main parties oppose.Meanwhile, the Socialists are set to name the parliamentary speaker. Patxi Lopez will take on the largely symbolic role. However, the job involves presiding over a committee that decides on the legislative agenda, which will be a more important position under a coalition government. The PP will have three places on the parliamentary committee while the Socialists, Podemos and Ciudadanos will have two each. Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Spain’s left-wing Podemos party, warned the Socialists Tuesday to choose between an agreement with his party, or with the center-right Popular Party (PP) and Ciudadanos.The Socialists (PSOE) and the PP could both form coalition governments after no party won a majority in elections on December 20. PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez could join forces with Podemos (We Can) and other small leftist and regional parties, or forge a pact with Podemos and Ciudadanos (Citizens).But Iglesias Tuesday ruled out the latter option, saying: “The PSOE has to decide whether it agrees with the PP and Ciudadanos or agrees with us. The two things at once is very difficult.”last_img read more

Denise van Outen Will Put on Her Jazz Shoes as Velma Kelly in London’s Chicago

first_imgDenise van Outen in a promotional photo for “Chicago”(Photo provided by Raw PR) Chicago alum Denise van Outen will re-join the West End cast of the hit musical revival on September 24, taking on the role of Velma Kelly for a limited engagement at the Phoenix Theatre through November 17. Van Outen replaces current Chicago star Josefina Gabrielle.New to the role of Velma, Van Outen was formerly seen as Roxie Hart in Chicago in London and on Broadway. Her other London stage credits include Tell Me on a Sunday, Legally Blonde, Rent and her solo show Some Girl I Used to Know. On TV, van Outen currently judges Ireland’s Got Talent, having previously judged BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber.Van Outen will join a Chicago cast that includes Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Duncan James as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Ebb. The production features choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Fosse and direction by Walter Bobbie. View Commentslast_img read more

Real crisis in psychology isn’t that studies don’t replicate, but that we usually don’t even try

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Twitter Psychology is still digesting the implications of a large study published last month, in which a team led by University of Virginia’s Brian Nosek repeated 100 psychological experiments and found that only 36% of originally “significant” (in the statistical sense) results were replicated.Commentators are divided over how much to worry about the news. Some psychologists have suggested that the field is in “crisis,” a claim that others (such as Northeastern University psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett) have flatly denied.What can we make of such divergence of opinion? Is the discipline in crisis or not? Not in the way that some seemed to suggest, but that doesn’t mean substantial changes aren’t needed. Pinterest Mixing up what the study really tells usCertainly the fact that 64% of the findings were found unstable is surprising and disconcerting. But some of the more sensational press response has been disappointing.Over at The Guardian, a headline writer implied the study delivered a “bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results.” Meanwhile an article in The Independent claimed that much of “psychology research really is just psycho-babble.”And everywhere there was the term “failure to replicate,” a subtly sinister phrasing that makes nonreplication sound necessarily like a bad thing, as though “success” in replication were the goal of science. “Psychology can’t be trusted,” runs the implicit narrative here, “the people conducting these experiments have been wasting their time.”Reactions like this tied themselves up in a logical confusion; to believe that nonreplication demonstrated the failure of psychology is incoherent, as it entails a privileging of this latest set of results over the earlier ones. This can’t be right: it makes no sense to put stock in a new set of experimental results if you think their main lesson is to cast doubt on all experimental findings.Experiments should be considered in the aggregate, with conclusions most safely drawn from multiple demonstrations of any given finding.Running experiments is like flipping a coin to establish whether it is biased. Flipping it 20 times, and finding it comes up heads for 17 of them, might start to raise your suspicions. But extreme results like this are actually more likely when the number of flips is lower. You would want to try that coin many more times before feeling confident enough to wager that something funny is going on. Failure to replicate your majority of heads in a sample of 100 flips would indicate just that you hadn’t flipped the coin enough to make a safe conclusion the first time around.This need for aggregation is the basis of an argument advanced by Stanford’s John Ioannidis, a medical researcher who proposed 10 years ago that most published research findings (not just those in psychology) are false. Ioannidis highlights the positive side of facing up to something he and many other people have suspected for a while. He also points out that psychology is almost certainly not alone among scientific disciplines.Real crisis is we don’t try to replicate enoughThe fact is, psychology has long been aware that replication is a good idea. Its importance is evident in the longstanding practice of researchers creating systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses (statistical aggregations of existing published findings) to give one another broader understandings of the field. Researchers just haven’t been abiding by best practice. As psychologist Vaughan Bell pointed out, a big part of Nosek’s achievement was in the logistical challenge of getting such a huge study done with so many cooperating researchers.This brings us to the actual nature of the crisis revealed by the Science study; what Nosek and his colleagues showed is that psychologists need to be doing more to try to replicate their work if they want a better understanding of how much of it is reliable. Unfortunately, as journalist Ed Yong pointed out in his Atlantic coverage of the Nosek study (and in a reply to Barrett’s op-ed) there are several powerful professional disincentives to actually running the same experiments again. In a nutshell, the profession rewards publications and journals publish results which are new and counter-intuitive. The problem is compounded by the media, which tend to disseminate experimental findings as unquestionable “discoveries” or even God-given truths.So though psychology (and very likely not only psychology) most certainly has something of a crisis on its hands, it is not a crisis of the discipline’s methodology or rules. Two of the study’s authors made some suggestions for improvement on The Conversation, including incentives for more open research practices and even obligatory openness with data and preregistration of experiments. These recommendations reiterate what methods specialists have said for years. Hopefully the discussion stirred up by Nosek and colleagues’ efforts will also inspire others.In essence, everyone agrees that experimental coin flipping is a reasonable way to proceed. This study exposed a flaw of the discipline’s sociology, of what people actually do and why they do it. Put another way, psychologists have already developed a perfectly effective system for conducting research; the problem is that so few of them really use it.Huw Green, PhD Student and Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the Graduate Center, City University of New YorkThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.center_img Share Share on Facebook Emaillast_img read more

PSA Inspects Detail Engineering of Johan Sverdrup RP Jacket

first_imgPetroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of Statoil’s follow-up of the detail engineering of the Riser Platform (RP) jacket for Johan Sverdrup.Phase 1 of Statoil’s development of the Johan Sverdrup consists of four jackets. The RP jacket weighs approx. 27,000 tonnes, and is the largest jacket designed by Kværner.The Johan Sverdrup RP jacket is scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2017 from Kværner Verdal.PSA performed an audit during the final phase of engineering at Kværner, and fabrication at Verdal has now started.No non-conformities were detected during this audit, PSA informed.Four improvement points were identified in connection with:Monitoring of analyses;Learning and continuous improvement;Competence;Non-conformity handling.PSA has given Statoil a deadline of January 04, 2016 to report on how the improvement points will be dealt with.last_img read more

Manus boxers get backing from Tasion

first_imgBoxing Tasion group of companies came to the rescue of five Manus boxers to attend the 2019 national boxing championship currently underway at Taurama Aquatic indoor complex in Port Moresby. “Reaching back home and seeing the local talents rather than concentrating in NCD-there’s nothing wrong with that but it is always good to go back home and take part in activities the local youths are engaged in,” said Tasion Group chief operations manager Teddy Tasion. He said he is hopeful to see these boxers giving their best during the championship. “For us, I think we are a local company supporting our local talents back home especially from Manus. We realise there are a lot of potential in sports, especially in our youth. This is something we want to take part in.” Tasion said they have a sponsorship support of K30,000 assisting the five boxers to travel and take part in the national championship. He said hopefully one of their boxers qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year. “Our main purpose of sponsorship was to bring our local talents back from Manus into Port Moresby to take part in the national championship. This is the first time and is something we have wanted,” said Tasion. The five boxers are Timothy Pokot (57 kg, novice) Cosmas Buka (57kg, youth) Linden Whiteley (63kg, novice) Siope Harry (81kg novice) and Arthur Ray Lavalou (91kg). According to coach Tinge Metta, Pokot and Whiteley will head into semi finals today while the other three have already secured medal playoffs on Friday. “We are thankful to the Tasion group of companies. We have been struggling all these years, we produced a lot of talent back home and we are proud. This has given us the bonus when we have our local company supporting our youths.” “I started the Admiralty Boxing Academy, especially for the kids and youth to take part. We started back in 2014 when I was approached by Governor Charlie Benjamin asking me to prepare a team to the PNG Games in Lae. We have four new boxers taking part for the first time while Lavalou is the current national heavy weight champion,” said Meta.last_img read more