Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGStheconversation.com Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleFlorida Hospital Orlando, Apopka earn national award for quality Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Ashley Whillans, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business SchoolEditor’s Note: This article is republished from The Conversation.We’re squandering increasing amounts of time distracted by our phones. And that’s taking a serious toll on our mental and physical well-being.In 2017, U.S. adults spent an average of three hours and 20 minutes a day using their smartphones and tablets. This is double the amount from just five years ago, according to an annual survey of internet trends. Another survey suggests most of that time is spent on arguably unproductive activities like Facebook, gaming and other types of social media.This is bad news because research by myself and others shows that excessive technology use is linked to depression, accidents and even death.Perhaps ironically, software developers themselves have been on the forefront of efforts to solve this problem by creating apps that aim to help users disconnect from their devices. Some apps reward or even “punish” you for staying off your phone for set periods of time. Others block you from accessing certain sites or activities altogether.But what makes some of them work better than others? Behavioral science, my area of expertise, can shed some light.The more we have access to on our phones, the more people drive distracted.AP Photo/LM OteroWhy we need helpTechnology is meant to be addictive. And a society that is “mobile dependent” has a hard time spending even minutes away from their app-enabled smartphones.This addiction has consequences.The most serious, of course, is when it leads to fatalities, like those that result from distracted driving or even taking selfies.But it also takes a serious toll on our mental health, as my own research has demonstrated. One experiment I conducted with a colleague found that looking at Facebook profiles of people having fun at parties made new college students feel like they didn’t belong. Another study suggested that people who spent more time using social media were less happy.Ultimately, our phones’ constant connection to the internet – and our constant connection to our phones – means that we miss out on bonding with those that we care about most, lowering everyone’s happiness in the process.Trying to unplugThe good news is that most of us aren’t oblivious to the negative effects of technology and have a strong desire to disconnect.As you might expect in a market economy, businesses are doing their best to give us what we want. Examples include a Brooklyn-based startup selling bare-bones phones without an internet connection, hotels offering families discounts if they give up their mobiles during their stay, and resorts creating packages built on the idea of creating sacred spaces where consumers leave their devices at home.And app developers have also risen to the challenge with software aimed at helping us use our phones less. Behavioral science research offers some insights into what features you should look for in a productivity app.Why sleep when you can scroll through Instagram instead?WeAre/Shutterstock.comGoal setting is keyResearch suggests that you should download applications that ask you to set specific goals that are tied to concrete actions. Making commitments upfront can be a powerful motivator, even more so than financial incentives.For example, Moment asks users to set specific goals around technology use and tie them to daily actions, such as by asking you to reduce your technology use each time you send or receive a calendar invite. Offtime prompts users with warnings when you are about to exceed the limits for an online activity you’ve set.Flipd takes it a step further and actually completely blocks certain phone apps once users have exceeded pre-determined targets – even if you try to reset the device – making it the ultimate commitment app. Similarly, Cold Turkey Blocker prevents users from accessing literally any other function of their computer for a certain period of time until they have completed self-set goals, like writing.Defaults are your friendChoose an application that helps you alter your “defaults.”In their award-winning book “Nudge,” for example, Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler and Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein showed how adjusting the default for a company’s retirement plan – such as by requiring employees to opt out rather than opt in – makes it easier to achieve a goal like saving enough for your golden years.Your phone’s applications can take advantage of that technique as well. Freedom, for example, is an app that automatically blocks users from visiting “distracting” apps and websites, such as social media and video games. Ransomly alters the default setting of a room – such as the dining room – to be phone and screen free by using a sensor and app to automatically turn off all devices when they’re in the vicinity.So look for apps that modify the default settings on your phone in a way that helps you achieve your goals.Sometimes apps can be a major distraction. And then, sometimes they help us avoid our phones.AP Photo/Martin MeissnerRewards and punishmentsAnother good strategy is choosing an app that involves rewards.We tend to highly value rewards earned through effort, even when they have no cash value. Indeed, our smartphone software frequently takes advantage of this idea, such as in various apps that offer “badges” for hitting certain daily fitness milestones.Productivity apps like Deliberate incorporate these rewards as well, by providing users with points for prizes – such as shopping discounts and yoga experiences – when they meet their screen time goals. Since static rewards become demotivating over time, choose an application that provides uncertain and surprising rewards.An even more powerful motivator than earning rewards can be losing them. That’s because research shows that losing has a larger impact on behavior than winning, so if you’re serious about changing your behavior try an application that incurs critical costs. Examples include Beeminder – which takes US$5 from your credit card for every goal you don’t meet – and Forest – which provides you with the chance to grow a beautiful animated tree (or to watch it slowly wither and die) depending on whether or not you meet your technology goals.Persistence paysPersistence is one of the hardest parts of accomplishing any new goal, from losing weight to learning how to cook.Research suggests that capitalizing on social motivations – like the need to fit in – can encourage persistent behavioral change. Apps like Ransomly – that involve your friends and family members – are most likely to encourage persistent behavioral change.Constant connection to technology undermines happiness, relationships and productivity. Applications that take advantage of the latest insights from behavioral science can help us disconnect and get on with living our lives. Please enter your comment!
RSF_en News RSF denounces Malaysia’s harassment of Al Jazeera journalists Unacceptable call for Al Jazeera’s closure in Gulf crisis August 7, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders has protested at persistent harassment of Arabic-language satellite TV al-Jazeera as the channel said on 26 January Saudi Arabia had refused to allow it to cover the Mecca pilgrimage for a third consecutive year.Since the start of 2004, al-Jazeera has been harshly criticised by Saudi Arabia and the United States, has been censored in Algeria, Iran, Tunisia and Canada and, from 7 August 2004, had its Baghdad bureau shut down by the Iraqi interim government.Broadcasts on the channel, launched in Qatar in November 1996, aggravate some leaders since it gives airtime to their opponents and to viewers and because it broaches political and social issues seen as taboo.”We regret that some governments have no hesitation in censoring al-Jazeera, the leading Arabic news channel, to protect their political and diplomatic interests. These methods demonstrate their intolerance of critics,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation.Reporters Without Borders called on Iraq’s interim government to cancel its decision to ban the channel from operating in Iraq and to allow it to reopen its Baghdad offices as soon as possible.It also urged the US authorities to explain the reasons for its detention of al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj at Guantanamo or to release him immediately.The Saudi authorities have refused to allow the channel to cover the pilgrimage to Mecca since 2003, refusing all requests for accreditation. Contacted by telephone by Reporters Without Borders, presenter M’hamed Krichen explained that the authorities made no distinction between al-Jazeera and the Qatari government. A crisis in diplomatic relations between the two countries entails a freeze in the channel’s work in Saudi Arabia. CNN and the BBC both operate in Saudi Arabia and are seen as less of a problem since their Arabic audience is smaller than that of al-Jazeera, which has daily viewing figures of between 35-40 million worldwide.The channel has been blocked in Algeria since June 2004. It is the first time in ten years that a foreign channel has been subjected to such a ban. The authorities used the pretext of a reorganisation of the work of foreign correspondents and press in the country but only the Qatar-based channel was affected by the changes.Various sources agreed that the step followed the broadcast of a debate about Algeria in the programme “El-Itidjah el-Mouakass” in which opposition figures made trenchant criticisms of the Algerian generals and President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s national reconciliation policy. It also made public the results of its own poll in which 72% of viewers considered things had not improved in Algeria.Journalists from al-Jazeera currently obtain accreditation only for major international events. A renewed request for accreditation was unsuccessful.Iran has threatened sanctions against the al-Jazeera bureau there on several occasions. In November 2004, Tehran told the channel to remove a cartoon it considered offensive from its website or face the consequences. The foreign media director at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation, Mohammad Hossein Khoshvaght, said, “Unless this animation disappears and if such abuses continue, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation will be forced to take the necessary steps to considered restricting the channel’s work in Iran”.The channel was threatened with expulsion a second time soon afterwards for referring to the “Arabic Gulf” and not the “Persian Gulf”.In Tunisia, the authorities refused the channel’s application to open an office and to accredit its correspondents. Al-Jazeera sought accreditation to cover the October 2004 presidential elections but the authorities said they would only allow it if they could choose which correspondent the channel sent.In January 2004, al-Jazeera was banned from covering government activities in Iraq for one month following a broadcast that was viewed as “provocative” in which one of the participants made accusations against some political leaders. Al-Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau has been closed since 7 August 2004 to “protect the Iraqi people”, according to the official decision. The interim Iraqi government accused the channel of “incitement to racial hatred and tension”. In November 2004, the Iraqi Defence Minister, Hazem Shaalan, fulminated against al-Jazeera calling it a “terrorist channel”. “May God curse all those who terrorise Iraqi citizens and Iraq’s children, whether they are journalists or others. The day will come when we deal with al-Jazeera in other ways than with words,” he threatened.In April 2004, the United States also accused the channel of stoking up anti-American feelings in its coverage of events in Iraq. Contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Jihad Ballout, spokesman for al-Jazeera, said that the channel’s editorial line would not be influenced by the attacks. “We are simple observers, and not actors. We do not apply any political judgement and we try to present a balanced coverage of the conflict. We give equal airtime to the Iraqi people as to the insurgents and the US forces,” he added. Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami Al-Haj, a Sudanese national, has been held by US forces since the start of 2002 at Guantanamo military base in Cuba. His wife has had no news of him for 18 months and the reasons for his detention remain unknown.In Canada, several conditions have been slapped on al-Jazeera’s distribution. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled that the distributors had to monitor its programmes 24 hours a day. Moreover, the CRTC authorised the operators “to modify or cancel al-Jazeera programmes (…) to avoid distribution of offensive remarks.” January 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns harassment of Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 28, 2017 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has protested at persistent harassment of Qatari-based Arabic-language satellite TV al-Jazeera as Saudi Arabia banned the channel from covering the Mecca pilgrimage for the third consecutive year. Since the start of 2004, al-Jazeera has been harshly criticised by Saudi Arabia and the United States and has been censored in Algeria, Iran, Tunisia and Canada. January 23, 2020 Find out more News QatarMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Change to “fake news” law poses new threat to Qatar’s journalists News QatarMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Qatar
News Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on 3 March, during the results from the elections in the state of Tripura, which were won by his party, the BJP (photo: Sajjad Hussain / AFP). Although Prime Minister Modi sang the praises of the Indian media and promised to continue “upholding the freedom of the press and expression in all forms” in November 2017, it is hard for foreign journalists to get visas that allow them to report in India.The procedures and requirements for obtaining the “journalist” visa that all journalists need, even to visit India as tourists, are extremely demanding. Last month, for example, an Australian journalist with ABC, Amruta Slee, was asked, after a long wait, to provide a list of potential interviewees and even to have someone “accompany” her.Paul Comiti, a 47-year-old French journalist and documentary filmmaker, was arrested in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, last December and was charged with violating visa regulations because he entered India on a business visa, which he requested as a producer, instead of a journalist visa.Foreign journalists whose reporting on India is regarded as “negative” or “hostile” are banned outright from entering the country.Hostile prime ministerPrime Minister Modi prefers Twitter to press conferences for making his views known. Since his election in 2014, the BJP leader has kept his distance from the Indian media and, unlike all his predecessors, has given no press conferences.He uses social networks – on which he is supported by an army of Internet users who harass and threaten critical journalists with complete impunity – and has given interviews to just a handful of pro-government media outlets.India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImpunityImprisonedFreedom of expression IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImpunityImprisonedFreedom of expression to go further Follow the news on India June 10, 2021 Find out more “The press freedom situation is worsening on many fronts in India, with unpunished murders of journalists, arbitrary detention, obstruction of reporters, and hostility from the authorities towards their critics,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“With a year to go to the next general elections, we urge the federal authorities to take concrete steps to end the growing harassment of news and information providers, which is encouraging self-censorship.”Four journalists killed with impunityIndia is one of the world’s deadliest countries for reporters, with at least ten murdered in connection with their work since the start of 2015, four of them in recent months. Acts of violence against journalists are on the rise but most of them go unpunished and the government is doing nothing to protect media personnel.The victims include Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor who was well known for her criticism of Hindu nationalism and its leading exponent, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A gunman shot her three times outside her home on 5 September 2017. The arrest of a suspect on 2 March has confirmed the link between her murder and the Hindu far-right movement.Two journalists, Shantanu Bhowmick and Sudip Datta Bhaumik, were killed a few months apart in the state of Tripura, while Navin Gupta was gunned down in northern India in December without investigators being able to establish the motive for his murder. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said nothing about this surge in violence against journalists although he is very active on Twitter and has been much criticized for being a subscriber to the account of a nationalist who welcomed Lankesh’s murder.Kashmir turning into a news black holeKamran Yousuf, a 23-year-old Kashmiri photojournalist, has been detained arbitrarily by the Indian authorities for the past six months. Charged with sedition, criminal conspiracy and attempting to wage war against India, this young reporter is facing the possibility of life imprisonment for trying to cover the conflict in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.The persecution of Yousuf by the authorities – who say he is not a “real journalist” because he never covered “developmental activity” or the “inauguration of [a] hospital or school building” – clearly shows that they want to use him as an example to deter other Kashmiri reporters from covering the conflict.The Indian authorities do their best to impose silence on the situation in the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir by frequently disconnecting the Internet, banning foreign journalists and harassing Kashmiri reporters.Foreign reporters not welcome in India March 8, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 India urged to put press freedom at centre of democratic debate Organisation India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en After the latest election victory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, this time in the small northeastern state of Tripura, where two journalists were killed in the space of two months last autumn, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) voices concern about press freedom in India and urges the prime minister to protect journalists and their work instead of disparaging them. 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Help by sharing this information Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Follow the news on Gambia News News Organisation GambiaAfrica News June 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Yahya Jammeh orders hounding of journalists August 6, 2020 Find out more Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Receive email alerts July 23, 2019 Find out more Abdullamid Adiamoh, the managing editor of the independent daily Today, was sentenced yesterday by a Banjul court to a fine of 50,000 dalasis (1,360 euros), or six months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.16.06.09 – Reporters Without Borders today voiced its disgust at the arrest yesterday of five members of the Gambia Press Union (GPU) and two journalists at the end of a week in which President Yahya Jammeh made several threats against the media. Two other journalists were arrested on 10 June.“The Gambian press lives in a permanent climate of fear, but rarely has the hounding of journalists by the head of state and his government reached such levels before”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The bigotry of Yahya Jammeh towards the media and independant journalists is unparalleled in West Africa. We affirm our unconditional support to the Gambia Press Union and call for the immediate release of all the arrested journalists. We also urge the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the Commonwealth, of which Gambia is a member to put pressure on the government to show more respect for press freedom and fundamental rights,” said the organisation.Gambian police yesterday raided the premises of the GPU and arrested five of its members: vice president Sarata Jabbi-Dibba, its secretary general Emil Touray, its treasurer Pa Modou Fall, and Pap Saine and Ebrima Sawaneh, respectively publisher and editor of the independent daily The Point.Later in the day, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) agents dressed in plain clothes and circulating in a vehicle with the registration BJL 7176F, made two further arrests. They picked up the editor of the opposition newspaper Foroyaa, Sam Sarr and Abubakar Saidykhan, a reporter on Foroyaa, who was arrested when he tried to raise the alarm about the arrest of his colleague.The wave of arrests follows the release on 12 June of a statement from the GPU calling on the president to accept his government’s responsibility in the 2004 murder of the country’s best known and respected journalist Deyda Hydara. The president gave an interview on public GRTS television on 8 June in which he denied any state involvement in the killing.Deyda Hydara, editor and co-founder of The Point, who was also correspondent in Gambia for Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reporters Without Borders, was shot dead on 16 December 2004 while driving his car in an outlying suburb of the capital Banjul. Two investigations carried out by Reporters Without Borders pinpointed serious suspicion of the responsibility of the Gambian security services, particularly a semi-secret group of the president’s supporters, known as the “Green Boys”. At the time of his death Hydara had become identified with outspokenness and barbed criticism of the government.In another case, police arrested two journalists on 10 June and questioned them for “publishing false news”. They were the managing editor of the independent daily Today, Abdullamid Adiamoh, of Nigerian origin, who had a previous brush with the authorities in August 2008, and Edward Carayol, the paper’s editor. The journalists were to go on trial today for publishing an article saying that justice minister, Marie Saine Firdaus, and local affairs minister, Ismalia Sambou had been sacked. The reports turned out to be untrue and the newspaper immediately apologised and withdrew the article.The Gambian government issued a denial at the start of June that Musa Saidykhan, editor of the bi-monthly The Independent in Banjul, had been tortured by the NIA following his arrest in March 2006 and illegal detention on NIA premises for 22 days without charge. The ECOWAS community court of justice is currently investigating the case.Finally, on 22 May 2009, President Jammeh threatened immediate legal action against any media which carried remarks made by the Iman of Kanifing, Baba Leigh, a fierce opponent of the regime. “In my capacity as minister in charge of religious affairs, I will not allow such scholars to mislead people”, said the head of State.Yahya Jammeh has for several years been on Reporters Without Borders’ list of ‘Press Freedom Predators’. Gambia is ranked 137th out of 173 countries on the organisation’s worldwide press freedom index.For more information on:- President Yahya Jammeh- “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, journalist on the privately owned The Daily Observer, who disappeared after being arrested on 7 July 2006 – The state of press freedom in Gambia GambiaAfrica Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out more to go further News RSF_en
Homepage BannerNews Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The annual MacGill Summer School has announced its theme for this years event.The renowned event which takes place in Glenties every year will begin on Sunday July 19th until Friday July 24th this year.The theme for MacGill Summer School this year will be ‘ 2016 – Ireland at the Crossroads’.The event, now in its 35th year, will see many high-profile figures descend on the village of Glenties to debate and discuss various topics.Director Joe Mulholland has confirmed US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley will open the event this summer.Among the topics on the agenda this year will be the upcoming General Election, the crisis in the Eurozone and prospects for reform of governance in Ireland.Climate change and the promised referendum in the United Kingdom on its future place in the European Union will also feature on the agenda. WhatsApp By admin – April 11, 2015 Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleElderly man victim of attempted car-jacking in BuncrannaNext articleThree people arrested in Derry following anti-social behaviour crackdown admin Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry MacGill Summer School announce details of this years event Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Pinterest Twitter
News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Forty-five jobs are set to go at a financial services company in Derry.HML has said it is to reduce its workforce by 80 across the UK, with 45 redundancies earmarked for Derry.The company said it had started a 30-day consultation period with its employees and no redundancies would come before 15 August.HML, a mortgage outsourcing company, opened its Derry office in 2004 and employs about 470 people there.It has blamed changed market conditions for the redundancies.Foyle MP Mark Durkan said the news would come as a huge blow.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/durk1pm.mp3[/podcast] 45 jobs to go at HML in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp By News Highland – July 16, 2010 WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDerry chosen as UK City of Culture 2013Next articleV.O.P Donegal predicts government will not cut pension News Highland Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal
Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter People in Donegal are being warned of a ‘travelling crime gang’ operating in Derry with homeowners urged to ensure their homes are secure as Winter approaches.It follows a spate of creeper style burglaries in the Woodbrook, Woodbrook West and Pinetrees area of Derry last week.Local Councillor Sandra Duffy says people should remain vigilant at all times:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/duffy5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleMichael McGeady defends Cairndhu Pro-Am title to stretch Order of Merit leadNext articleNew car registrations in Donegal down 11% News Highland Homeowners urged to secure homes following creeper burglaries in Derry Google+ By News Highland – September 3, 2018 Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21
The distribution, total length (L-T) frequency and diet of Patagonotothen guntheri are described from 14 bottom trawl surveys conducted on the Shag Rocks and South Georgia shelves in the austral summers from 1986 to 2006. Patagonotothen guntheri (80-265 mm L-T) were caught on the Shag Rocks shelf from depths of 111 to 470 m, but no specimens were caught on the South Georgia shelf. Multiple cohorts were present during each survey and L-T-frequency analysis of these cohorts suggests that growth was slow (von Bertalanffy K = 0.133). Evidence from stomach contents and acoustic data (2005 and 2006) showed that P. guntheri is primarily a pelagic feeder, migrating from the sea floor towards the surface to feed during daylight. The diet of smaller fish (< 140 mm) was dominated by copepods, predominantly Rhincalanus gigas, whilst larger fish principally consumed the pelagic hyperiid amphipod, Themisto gaudichaudii and Antarctic krill Euphausia superba. Some larger fish also took benthic prey. (C) 2008 The Authors Journal compilation (C) 2008 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles.