Principal claims Covid surge down to some ‘playing chicken’ with virus

By on May 25, 2021

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Principal claims Covid surge down to some ‘playing chicken’ with virus Facebook Twitter WhatsApp A school principal in Inishowen believes the surge in Covid-19 cases numbers is down to some people ‘playing chicken’ with the virus.Diarmuid Walsh who is Principal of St. Mary’s NS in Malin says while they are somewhat better prepared for online teaching it will be undoubtedly challenging for both parents and teachers in the weeks ahead.He has described a day in the classroom as the equivalent to a number of weeks of online learning.Mr. Walsh says it’s unfortunate that we are back to a situation, mirroring March and hopes that this time it will be short lived:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/dermotwalsh1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – January 6, 2021 Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleModerna vaccine approved for useNext article1,985 Covid cases and 13 related deaths confirmed in NI News Highland Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Most gay-parenting studies are long on bias and short on hard data

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgNational Review 14 June 2012Douglas W. Allen is the Burnaby Mountain Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University in British ColumbiaI am a Canadian economist who has worked on family issues in Canada and the U.S. for the past 26 years. Although I’ve mostly studied matters of divorce, custody, child support, and the general institution of marriage, for the past few years I’ve been working on series of empirical projects related to same-sex marriage. I’ve been using a special data set in Canada that is large (over 300,000 individuals) and random (with weights), that directly identifies sexual orientation, and that was designed by Statistics Canada. In the process of working on same-sex marriage I have read almost every study conducted on same-sex parenting. I say all of this because, unlike most people who have commented on the recent Regnerus study, I’m a qualified outsider to the U.S. debate and perhaps can provide some (relatively) neutral assessment.The study published by Professor Mark Regnerus this week certainly has some flaws, and many of the comments made about it have some merit. However, as a matter of intellectual honesty, it needs to be recognized that virtually all the studies of same-sex parenting that have been conducted thus far fall far short of any standard of scientific testing.Of the 50-plus such studies done in the past 15 years, the vast majority come to the same conclusion: Children of gay parents perform at least as well as children from heterosexual families; there is no difference in child outcomes based on family structure.For several reasons, this literature is unlike anything else within social science. First, it partly arose from, and was strongly influenced by, legal cases in which lesbian mothers were denied custody of their children on the basis of their sexual orientation. Second, for the most part it has been written by individuals with strong personal worldviews who sympathize with those studied. Third, the focus of the literature is often on “soft” measures of child and family performance that are not easily verifiable by third-party replication, and that differ substantially from measures used in other family studies. One of the odd characteristics of this literature is the lack of consistency of measures across time. Subsequent studies seldom test for measures that were used in previous studies. Fourth, the data and procedures used in the studies are never made available online in order for other scholars to replicate findings. And finally, almost all the literature on gay parenting is based on weak designs, biased samples, and low-powered tests.The result is a nascent literature that falls far short of standard social-science research. At its best, the literature contains interesting exploratory studies that raise provocative questions and make interesting observations. At its worst, it is advocacy aimed at legislators and judges — which may explain why, despite its weak scientific nature, the literature is characterized by strong recommendations for policy and legal changes to family regulations.The bias of the same-sex-parenting literature has been recognized by individuals within and outside this literature (indeed, in the same issue of Social Science Research as the Regnerus study, Loren Marks has provided another critique of this literature). Ironically, the common complaint about Regnerus — that he compares apples to oranges — is valid about practically every study that finds no difference between homosexual and heterosexual families. In the latter, biased samples of high-income, highly educated, self-selected lesbian parents are compared to random samples of opposite-sexed parents.If the Regnerus study is to be thrown out, then practically everything else in the field has to go with it.I think Regnerus needs to be applauded for what he did and didn’t do. He tried to use a random sample; he developed many hard measures of outcomes; and he is making all the data and procedures available for others to sift through. Inadvertently, he is going to draw attention to the failures of other studies in terms of their design and methodology, and he has demonstrated how difficult it is to find a large sample of this elusive population. He also didn’t make a lot of unjustified claims in his study. He was careful to note that he made no case for causality, and that his findings may or may not be related to the same-sex aspect of the adult relationship. He didn’t take his results and announce a series of policy recommendations. He has simply called into question the claim that there is no difference.Others are working on this very issue, and soon better studies will be published. In my own work, I’m also finding differences in behavior and in child outcomes. Given how small the population of same-sex parents is, given how many different channels children might take to find themselves in a family with two parents of the same sex, and given how much data it takes to sort through all of these issues, the bottom line is this: We’ve got a long way to go before we can answer the question: Are children better off, the same, or worse off in same-sex families compared to intact biological families?The political contest that is going on in the U.S. over same-sex marriage is not helping the social science. It took almost 40 years for academics to figure out the effect of no-fault divorce on divorce rates (not to mention all the other areas of life no-fault divorce influenced). With same-sex marriage and parenting, the issues are much more profound and more difficult to measure. Rushing the work or, worse, pushing research claims beyond what the studies justify, is bad social policy. This goes for both sides of the debate.http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/302749/regnerus-debate-douglas-w-allen#last_img read more

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Tyson offers fans chance to train with him ahead of comeback

By on September 24, 2020

first_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTruly Mysterious Things That Have Happened On Chinese SoilBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Mike Tyson is giving fans the unique chance of joining him in a training session ahead of his sensational boxing comeback. The 53-year-old recently announced he’d be stepping into the ring again for a string of exhibition bouts for charity. One charity he’s already helping is the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation, with ‘Iron Mike’ auctioning off a three hour event titled ‘Have Lunch & Train with Mike Tyson in LA’ on Charitybuzz. The auction is sat at $19,000 at the time of writing and is expected to climb up to $32,000 before the deadline on May 27. A description of the event reads: “Have the ultimate day with Mike Tyson! You and a friend will train and enjoy lunch with Mike Tyson in Los Angeles. You will also receive an autographed boxing glove and t-shirt.”Advertisement A friend is allowed to attend the meet-and-greet with you and the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ will sign ‘something small’ as well as take a photo during the event, which is likely to take place in 2021. The former world champion has excited fans in recent weeks by posting training footage to social media, showing he hasn’t lost the ferocious power and speed he possessed in his prime. Many have speculated who his opponent could be in his return – with heavyweight Shannon Briggs claiming a deal to fight Tyson is close. “The money is there, the money is almost there, I can’t say much more, I’ll leave it at that,” the 48-year-old told Sirius XM. “This is for charity, this is exhibition, I want people to understand. “We all know it’s an exhibition and then we will see what’s left in the tank.center_img Read Also: Tyson Fury Vs Deontay Wilder III in search for new venue, date“It’s for charity, it will be fun, but this is Mike Tyson we are talking about.“He naturally hits hard, so he might hit me and he might break my rib.“We have to be fully prepared.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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