21 Dec
2019

Lampard ‘could still leave’

first_imgThe Sun suggest Frank Lampard could still leave Chelsea this summer despite returning to the starting line-up in emphatic fashion on Saturday.Lampard’s future is in doubt.Lampard scored in the Blues’ 3-0 victory over Bolton but manager Andre Villas-Boas is still thought to be preparing to offload the England midfielder.The Guardian say Villas-Boas has cast fresh doubt on Lampard’s future by admitting that he does not know whether the player will be at Stamford Bridge next season.Meanwhile, Fulham are to sign former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra for the rest of the season, according to the Daily Mail.The 30-year-old Mali international has been without a club since leaving Monaco last summer.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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19 Dec
2019

Psychotherapy Has a Shrink

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 For better or worse, the practice of psychotherapy is shrinking, reports say.Two Brown University psychologists still believe that psychotherapy has some supporting evidence of its value, but admit that the practice is lagging.  Science Daily reported that psychotherapy is struggling with challenges coming from within and without:Psychotherapy has issues. Evidence shows that some psychosocial treatments work well for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and that consumers often prefer them to medication. Yet the use of psychotherapy is on a clear decline in the United States. In a set of research review papers in the November issue of the journal Clinical Psychology Review, psychologists put psychotherapy on the proverbial couch to examine why it’s foundering.The trend for years now has been to medicate the mentally ill, not to talk to them (advertising by pharmaceutical companies is a big factor).  The authors believe that psychotherapists have not made the case that some of their techniques work.  Nevertheless, even some practitioners doubt the evidence in published guidelines, preferring to work according to their personal discretion.  The field is plagued by a “proliferation of non-supported psychotherapies out there.”Research shows that many therapists put personal experience and intuition ahead of the evidence base. Gaudiano and Miller cite a 2000 survey of psychologists that found only 47 percent ever used evidence-based treatment manuals in practice and only 6 percent used them “often.” A 2009 survey of social workers found that 76 percent had employed at least one “novel unsupported therapy” in the last year.Medications, by contrast, go through clinical trials to support their “evidence-based” efficacy.  Some psychotherapists, though, dislike published guidelines; “One of the biggest fears within psychology practice is that evidence-based treatment is going to make me change what I’m doing,” the authors said.Right BrainIncidentally, the myth of the right-brained or left-brained personality has been debunked.  Science Daily reported that, while it’s true that some cognitive functions are concentrated in one hemisphere, personality types overall are not determined by left or right, researchers at the University of Utah found in functional MRI experiments.Psychotherapy is bunk that should be debunked and bonked so that it goes boink out of the science department, never again bankrolled by taxpayer dough.  This baloney that was so trendy decades ago, to the point that celebrities bragged about their shrinks and complexes with pride, isn’t a science and never was a science (9/14/11).  The fraud bequeathed by Freud and Jung and their many Darwine-drinking descendants, all contradicting one another, is better described as a sophisticated shamanship made up by a Western secularist culture trying to usurp the role of spiritual counseling.  There’s no hope in psychotherapy.  Patients are labeled with various syndromes and complexes, told they have to learn to cope if given any direction at all.  Psychiatry doesn’t do much better (5/10/13).  Patients could often talk themselves out of their problems—even talking to a computer or friend—pointing out the illegitimacy of psychotherapeutic “science.”A vibrant movement called Biblical counseling rose up in the 1980s to challenge the legitimacy of psychotherapy and of the baptized secular concoction misnamed “Christian psychology.”  Instead of treating people as “mentally ill” (excluding those who truly have a biological basis for a problem and can be referred for surgery or medicine), the movement disclaims the idea that the mind can be ill, and instead teaches personal responsibility.  Biblical counselors have had much greater success than any secular shrink by leading people to the Lord Jesus Christ, the “wonderful counselor” who heals the heart with grace, mercy, and forgiveness, granting the wandering soul a goal and a purpose for life.  “All Scripture is God-breathed,” Paul wrote, “and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).  Spirit-led pastors and teachers are “competent to counsel” one another (Romans 15:14).Make sure you have the right brain not to be left behind, falling for cultural myths like left- and right-brained personalities.  You need both hemispheres, and (barring radical brain surgery or defects), you use both hemispheres all the time.  Now that you know, use the occasion when someone brings this up for a friendly reality check.last_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

South Africa ‘ready to support Somalia’

first_img1 June 2012 South Africa is ready to help Somalia move towards a prosperous and stable democracy, says International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Marius Fransman. Speaking in Turkey at the second Istanbul Conference on Somalia on Friday, Fransman said South Africa was committed to helping the Somali people through capacity and institution-building in the areas of social reconciliation, constitutional development, agriculture and food security, water catchment and drought resistance, as well as marine resource management. In March, South Africa established formal diplomatic relations with Somalia, and committed R100-million to help the transitional Somali government build adequate institutions of governance. Fransman urged the international community to remain engaged with the people of Somalia in rebuilding the troubled Horn of Africa country. “Somalia, with the assistance of the international community, needs to evolve a developmental strategy that will be a result of engagement among all Somalis,” he told representatives from over 54 countries gathered at the meeting, a follow-up on a similar meeting held in February. The deputy minister called on all Somalis to commit themselves to the implementation of the agreements and decisions reached so far in order to realise the objectives of the Somali Roadmap. He said the Roadmap, a process that is Somali-owned, served as a necessary and firm foundation that was currently the only viable option for steering the horn of Africa country towards meaningful and lasting peace. To achieve this, a coordinated approach among all key players was essential, Fransman said. Additionally, economic development was key to creating a stable environment that would get Somalis participating in the growth of their country. Somalia has been plagued by internal strife for the past decade. Civil war, coupled with a hunger crisis, has rendered the country extremely vulnerable, and earned it a place among the top “failed states” in the world. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Model Code of Conduct in full swing in Nagaland

first_imgNagaland Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha has asked banks to report daily to the district election officer on suspicious withdrawal of cash from the bank account of any individual. If cash exceeding ₹50,000 was found in a vehicle carrying a candidate, his agent or party worker, it would be seized, Mr. Sinha said in a statement. The directives were issued as part of the Model Code of Conduct which is in force in Nagaland in view of the elections to the 60-member Assembly on February 27. Posters, election materials or drugs, liquor, arms or gifts items valued at more than ₹10,000, likely to be used for inducement of electors, or any other illicit articles also found in a vehicle, shall also be seized, the statement said. Mr. Sinha also asked citizens carrying cash more than ₹50,000 to carry relevant documents to substantiate the source and purpose of the money. The Model Code of Conduct, came into force in the state from January 18. In the statement issued on Wednesday, the CEO reiterated the directives issued by the Election Commission on the Model Code of Conduct, electoral offences and election expenditure monitoring. No new government scheme or project should be announced and those already approved, should not be started, if work on it has not yet begun, the statement said. Rest houses, dak bungalows or other guest houses of the government should not be used for carrying out any political activity, the statement said. The CEO said that there should not be any defacement of government property, offices and premises and all wall writings, posters, papers or defacement in any form, hoardings, banners, flags on government property should be immediately removed. Unauthorised political advertisement in the form of wall writings, flag at public spaces like railway station, bus stand, airport, roadways, government buses, electric poles, and municipal or local bodies building, and in private properties should be removed. There is a total ban on the use of official vehicles by any political party, candidate or agent for campaigning, electioneering or election-related travel during elections. The statement said that offering and accepting or receiving of bribe and gratification by any person was both an electoral offence and corrupt practice. Any promotion or attempt to promote feelings of enmity or hatred on the ground of religion, race, caste, community, or language by any candidate or his election agent is an electoral offence and corrupt practice under the law, the statement said. The CEO said any advertisement on political nature has to obtain pre-certification from concerned authorities. He also apprised that Media Certification and Monitoring Committees (MCMC) have been set up at district levels and also at state level.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

‘Media targeting Rahul for a decade’

first_imgThe media has been picking on Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the last 10 years, Congress leader Sam Pitroda said on Monday. In the context of relentless questions on why Mr. Gandhi decided to contest from Wayanad along with Amethi, Mr. Pitroda said, “The media is such that they are constantly focused on this one young man for the last 10 years. Everything he does is open to criticism. If he scratches the right side, then they will question ‘Why did he not scratch the left side?’ and there will be a national debate on that.” He was speaking at the second V.K. Madhavan Kutty memorial lecture on ‘Political campaigns in the digital era’. Mr. Pitroda also panned the social media which, he said, produced fake news. “Social media amplifies lies in a big way mainly because you can hide behind fake identity,” he said.last_img read more

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23 Oct
2019

K Line to Merge Two Ship Management Firms

first_imgzoom Japan’s shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has decided to merge two of its ship management subsidiaries, Taiyo Nippon Kisen and Escobal Japan, on July 1, 2017.The company informed that the businesses are tentatively scheduled to be renamed K Line RORO and Bulk Ship Management on April 1, 2018.K Line has opted for the move in an effort “to insure a success of the reorganization of the structure of the group’s ship management system to a further and higher level by consolidation of the extensive experience and valuable know-how” accumulated within the two respective companies.The new ship management system will “realize more secure and environmental-friendly services that will meet the day-by-day increasing demand for reduction of environmental load toward a sustainable and livable world,” K Line said.Following the merger, K Line will hold three ship management companies, namely, K Line Ship Management Company dedicated to containerships, tankers and gas carriers, K Line LNG Shipping (UK) Limited, dealing with LNG carriers, and Taiyo Nippon Kisen which would be focused on car carriers and dry bulk carriers.The company believes that the new management system “will further improve and upgrade future services with higher quality and greater security.”last_img read more

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