Lies, Damn Lies and Opinion Polls – Really?

first_imgScoop Werewold 12 March 2012“Conservative Young Cautious on Sex Education,” claimed a headline in the Sunday Star Times early in January. According to the paper, “sex education could be too much for conservative Kiwi youths” who, it concluded, hold “conservative views on sex issues”. In the face of recurring moral panics about our over-sexualised, over-sexed drunken youth, it was certainly a surprising claim. Could it be that the nation’s teenagers are all ensconced in their bedrooms doing their maths homework after all?The Sunday Star Times’s article was based on a poll commissioned by the conservative lobby group Family First, whose media release on the same day had pretty much the same take, bearing the headline: “Teens Conservative on Sex/Abortion Issues – Poll”. “A nationwide poll of 600 young people aged 15-21 has found that they hold conservative values on sex issues,” the release began.A cursory glance at the survey data actually tells quite a different story – different, at least, depending on the story you want them to tell. What’s more, Family First’s own release provided evidence of less – rather than more – sexual conservatism, with its expressions of concern at New Zealand’s high teen pregnancy and abortion rates, and “out of control” sexually transmitted infections. None of which seemed to disturb the Sunday Star Times in its desire to run with a headline that wasn’t just perkily counterintuitive, but also got to include the three-letter “s” word. Nor did any doubts plague The Dominion Post’s columnist Karl du Fresne, who was heartened that the survey showed teenagers “see through all the fraudulent b…..” about sex education .The “conservative teens” survey was one of around a dozen opinion polls released by Family First in the past year on a range of hot-button moral issues, many of which, just like the youth survey, attracted some surprisingly uncritical attention by the mainstream media. But of course it’s not just Family First surveys that sometimes get an easy ride. Under the “polling” category on their StatsChat blog, faculty from the University of Auckland’s Statistics Department list numerous examples of poor use of polls on issues ranging from smoking to students fleeing overseas to the media’s own “self-selected web site polls”. “We’ve commented before on the annoying tendency of newspapers to claim that self-selected website polls actually mean something,” Prof. Thomas Lumley wrote in a January post.  “The media usually refers to the results as coming from an ‘unscientific poll’, but a better term would be ‘a bogus poll’”.http://werewolf.co.nz/2012/03/lies-damn-lies-and-opinion-polls/last_img read more

Messi urged to snub Premier League move

first_img Loading… read also:Messi edges Ronaldo in latest ranking of world’s highest-paid footballers However Messi has no shortage of options from elsewhere and Argentina legend Jorge Valdano believes England would not be a good destination for his compatriot. “I don’t know if the Premier League, which is super competitive, would be a good place for him to go,” Valdano told Onda Cero’s ‘El Transistor’ programme. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Natural History Museums That Are Really, Really Good5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Lionel Messi has been urged to snub a move to the Premier League in order to make a “more comfortable” transfer. The Barcelona captain will remain at the Nou Camp until his contract expires next summer when he looks likely to change scenery. After spending his entire career in Spain the 33-year-old is looking for a new challenge with Man City appearing in prime position to complete a blockbuster transfer.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mary Shockey, 92, Versailles

first_imgMary E. Shockey, 92, of Versailles passed away at 3:40pm, Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Southpointe Health Center in Indianapolis. She was born near Elrod on September 18, 1926 the daughter of Raymond and Sylvia Roberts Boyd. She was married to Arnold Shockey on October 20, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1997. Survivors include one son Charles (Linda) Shockey of Indianapolis; two grandchildren Eric (Tammy) Shockey and Holly (Charles) Lindsay of Indianapolis; 9 great- grandchildren; one sister Fern Day of Richmond, Kentucky, and special friend Anita Morris of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Estell Boyd, and her sisters Edna Shockey and Irma Bavis. Mrs. Shockey was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. She was employed with the Amos Jackson Abstract Company in Versailles in 1953 and served as Ripley County Deputy Recorder from 1963 to 1970. In 1971 she became the co-owner of the Ripley County Abstract Company, a position she held until her retirement in 1997. Mary loved to cook for her family, especially baking at the holidays. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many Afghans as well as clothes for members of her family. Mary was a former member of the Busy Bees Home Economics Club at Elrod and was a long time member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Wednesday, January 9th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons of the Washington Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 12pm. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Aguero heading back to Britain

first_img But having initially named Aguero in their squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Bolivia, Argentina have taken the chance to check on the player’s progress rather than play him. Aguero said via Twitter: “My knee is better but the squad’s physicians would rather have me be safe and stick with the treatments until it’s completely healed. “It’s a pity to miss out on the national squad matches but I’ll be cheering for Argentina from Manchester, while I finish the recovery.” Aguero, who has missed City’s last three games, has been back in his native Argentina for treatment. Manager Roberto Mancini said last Friday he expected the 24-year-old to return to Manchester early this week to resume training with a view to playing against Newcastle on March 30. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has confirmed he is returning to Britain to continue his recovery from a knee injury.last_img read more

Henry training with Gunners

first_img Henry, 36, is now playing for the New York Red Bulls in the United States. The France World Cup winner is Arsenal’s all-time record scorer with 228. Henry signed from Juventus in 1999 and went on to help the Gunners to Premier League success as part of Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles side of 2003/2004 before leaving for Barcelona in the summer of 2007. He returned to Arsenal for a loan spell in January 2012, when he scored both against Leeds in the FA Cup and a winner in stoppage-time at Sunderland on his last appearance. Arsenal posted pictures of Henry at their Hertfordshire training complex – sporting the number two on his Gunners’ kit – on the club’s official website, with a message: “The legendary striker, now with New York Red Bulls, is maintaining his fitness levels with the current squad while MLS is in its close season. Welcome back Thierry… even if it is only temporary.” Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is training at the club during the Major League Soccer close season, the Barclays Premier League club confirmed on Friday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Walking fourth in Haydock Oaks

first_img The race was dominated by John Gosden, who provided the first two, with Pomology beating stablemate Sultanina. Both fillies were unbeaten going into the race, but all Pomology’s three wins came last season, while Sultanina had not run at two and three yet won both her races this year. The result looked signed and sealed some way out, as Pomology (8-1) was cantering all over the opposition two furlongs from home and eased into the lead before being pushed out by Graham Lee to beat Sultanina by two and a quarter lengths. Gosden said: “She’s a nice filly, she hadn’t been working particularly well but it’s different on the track sometimes. The other filly found the ground a bit sticky for her, they were labouring in it a bit.” Lee, riding his first Group Two winner as a Flat jockey, said: “That was nice. I spoke to Mr Gosden earlier, he told me to ride her as I found her and if the ground was too soft not to be too hard on her on her first run back. “She gave me a great ride, she kept it simple – she jumped, travelled and lengthened. It’s nice to sit on a horse of that calibre.” Johnny Murtagh’s filly We’ll Go Walking put up a gutsy show to finish fourth in the bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock Park. Third in the Warwickshire Oaks at Nottingham on her previous start, the four-year-old was sent off a 20-1 outsider and Shane Kelly set out to make all the running in the Group Two contest. We’ll Go Walking was six lengths clear in mid-race, but she was hauled in coming down the straight and looked as if she would be swamped, but she stuck on gamely and wasn’t far behind last season’s Epsom Oaks winner Talent, the third home, at the line. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lingfield Joy for Collins

first_img Press Association In doing so, the Tracey Collins-trained six-year-old secured his spot on All-Weather Championships Finals Day back at the Surrey circuit on Good Friday, after what was the latest in the series of fast-track qualifiers guaranteeing a run on the big card. Pat Smullen cut a confident figure throughout, tracking Brave Echo before hitting the front over a furlong out and always doing enough to hold Alfred Hutchinson, scoring by a ready length and a quarter. Smullen said of the 9-4 favourite: “He’s an improving horse, he’s always had talent and he’s putting it together now. He felt very fresh and well going to the start. “Tracey has done a great job with this horse and he will be a good ride here on Good Friday. He has early tactical speed, and whether it is seven furlongs or a mile is irrelevant to him.” Collins told At The Races: “Our aim was to come over here and get qualified. Sometimes plans don’t work out the way you want them, but today it has. “He really likes that surface – he handles it really well – and I think, with getting older, he has got more relaxed. He was quite a highly strung horse and he is taking his racing a little bit better this year. “He doesn’t take a lot of racing so he is going to get a break and we might freshen him up in a race at Dundalk on March 6 or we might come straight back here. “In fairness, he was rated 108 in 2013 and was beaten half a length by Fiesolana, who went on to win the Matron Stakes. He has always been a quality horse, but possibly just not good enough on grass at the higher end of racing. “I didn’t have concerns about the course but I did have concerns about the travelling because he had a very rough sailing coming over. Lingfield is a little bit tighter than Dundalk, but Captain Joy is a seasoned campaigner now.” center_img Captain Joy made the journey from Ireland pay a rich dividend as he took the Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.last_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo And Virgil Van Dyk In Contention For Ballon D’Or; No Neymar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Paris: Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar. When the long list of 30 candidates was announced Monday in the city where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain, the Brazil star’s name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists. Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year grip on the individual award organized by France Football magazine was broken by Luka Modric last December.  Modric is also absent one year after he swept the Ballon d’Or and FIFA best player awards after a stellar 2018 with Real Madrid and Croatia.World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe is favored to add a Ballon d’Or to her FIFA award won last month. The United States star is joined on a 20-woman list by teammates Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan. Defending her title is Ada Hegerberg, winner of the inaugural women’s award, from Europe’s dominant club team Lyon which has six nominees.  Neymar has twice placed third in Ballon d’Or voting, both times finishing behind Messi and Ronaldo. Moving out of Messi’s shadow in Barcelona, where they won a Champions League title together in 2015, has not delivered the personal acclaim Neymar sought. Messi won his sixth FIFA award last month, edging Van Dijk who starred in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning team.  Also Read | Ronaldo Rubbishes Retirement Claims, Says ‘Age Is Just A Number’Van Dijk would be the first defender topping the poll since Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro in 2006. The Liverpool center back was among seven teammates nominated, including Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino. They also won the Copa America with a Brazil team that managed without an injured Neymar. Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum also figured in the five nominees from a resurgent Netherlands team. No Dutch player has won since Marco van Basten in 1992.  Liverpool forwards Sadio Man? and Mohamed Salah are among a six-strong African challenge, including Man’s Senegal teammate, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The only Asian player on the list is South Korea forward Son Heung-min of Champions League finalist Tottenham. The awards ceremony is Dec. 2 in Paris.  Men’s list:  Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England, Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Arsenal), Alisson Becker (Brazil, Liverpool), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium, Manchester City), Frenkie De Jong (Netherlands, Ajax/Barcelona), Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands, Ajax/Juventus), Joao Felix (Portugal, Benfica/ Atletico Madrid), Roberto Firmino (Brazil, Liverpool), Antoine Griezmann (France, Atl?tico Madrid/Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea/Real Madrid), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, Napoli), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Hugo Lloris (France, Tottenham), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City), Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool), Marquinhos (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain), Kylian Mbappe (France, Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Juventus), Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Bernardo Silva (Portugal, Manchester City), Son Heung-Min (South Korea, Tottenham), Raheem Sterling (England, Manchester City), Dusan Tadic (Serbia, Ajax), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany, Barcelona), Donny van de Beek (Netherlands, Ajax), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands, Liverpool), Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands, Liverpool).  Women’s list:  Kosovare Asllani (Sweden/Tacon), Sarah Bouhaddi (France, Lyon), Lucy Bronze (England, Lyon), Pernille Harder (Denmark, Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Lyon), Amandine Henry (France, Lyon), Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Wolfsburg/Link?pings), Tobin Heath (United States, Portland Thorns), Sofia Jakobsson (Sweden, Montpellier/Tacon), Sam Kerr (Australia, Perth Glory/Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (United States, Washington Spirit), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Lyon), Marta (Brazil, Orlando Pride), Lieke Martens (Netherlands, Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands/Arsenal), Alex Morgan (United States, Orlando Pride), Megan Rapinoe (United States, Seattle Reign), Wendie Renard (France, Lyon), Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands, Arsenal/Atletico Madrid), Ellen White (England, Manchester City).last_img read more

Mersey misery as Koeman’s Everton lose and Liverpool draw

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON (Reuters) – Everton manager Ronald Koeman is under mounting pressure after they lost 1-0 at home to Burnley on Sunday, while Liverpool drew 1-1 at Newcastle United as the Merseyside clubs continued to struggle in the Premier League.Liverpool’s latest slip allowed Arsenal, who beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0, to leapfrog them into fifth place as the chasing teams scrambled to keep up with the ferocious pace set by the Manchester clubs who are five points clear at the top.City and United have 19 points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on 14, after they won 4-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with Chelsea, who lost 1-0 at home to Manchester City also on Satuday, and Arsenal both on 13.Sixth-placed Burnley have 12 points, above Liverpool on goal difference, as their first league win at Goodison Park since 1976 saw them continue their best start to a Premier League season.Sean Dyche’s side have taken eight points from four away games — more than they managed in the whole of last season.Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal after 21 minutes, finishing off a magnificent team move in a game that brought more speculation about the future of the under-fire Koeman.The Dutchman splurged 140 million pounds ($187.5 million) in the transfer market during the close season but dropped one of his major signings, former England striker Wayne Rooney, to the bench for Burnley’s visit.Rooney came on for the last half-hour but failed to inject any life into Everton’s attack and a chorus of boos greeted the final whistle. The defeat left Koeman’s side languishing in 16th place with seven points from as many games.“I have experience and I know if you win your life on a daily basis is different from if you lose,” said Koeman.“It is not nice to get two weeks (for) an international break if you lose…. I will try to do my best for the job. All the stuff and the questions is not in my hands.”SUPERB STRIKEThe Mersey mood was no better at St James’s Park where Liverpool’s performance was typical of their season so far.Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho’s superb long range free-kick gave the visitors the lead — his third goal in as many games — before another display of defensive frailty.Jonjo Shelvey, a former Red, split the Liverpool defence with a pass to Joselu who scored after the ball rebounded off his shin following Joel Matip’s tackle.last_img read more

Students react negatively to debit card fees

first_imgThe USC Credit Union said it will not impose fees on customers for debit card transactions after national banks announced last Thursday they would begin charging customers a monthly fee for using their debit cards.Fees · Some Bank of America customers said they will switch to USC Credit Union as a result of the newly imposed fees on debit card customers. – Megan Harmon | Daily TrojanBank of America, Corp. said it will charge $5 for every month certain customers (who have not yet been determined) who make transactions with their debit cards. Though Bank of America is the latest to come forth with new charges, other banks, including JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., are also experimenting with a similar $3 charge.Michael Kim, USC Credit Union chief marketing officer, said as a non-profit financial cooperative USC Credit Union will not impose fees on its debit card customers.“USC Credit Union does not and has no plans to implement debit card fees,” Kim said. “As a non-profit financial cooperative, we strive to provide the best financial products and services to our members at lower cost than banks. That includes free debit card use, no monthly fees on our Cardinal Checking account with no minimum balance or direct deposit requirements.”Two-thirds of Americans use debit cards more frequently than credit cards, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. When asked how they would react to a $5 fee, 66 percent said they would change payment methods.Though Bank of America claims the cost is justified because it covers fraud and overdraft protection fees, the Federal Reserve says 21 cents is a realistic fee for a debit card sale.USC Credit Union expects to see an increase in customers because of the new fees at other banks, Kim said.“Based on these recent news items, we certainly expect to see an increase in new accounts and we’re focusing efforts to further promote membership to the Trojan Family,” Kim said.Rachel King, a senior majoring in psychology, said she used to own a USC Credit Union card and a debit card, but canceled her debit card account after her bank began charging for transactions.“I had both a [USC] Credit Union card and a debit card from my bank in Hawaii and then my bank in Hawaii started charging me extra fees so I’m solely a [USC] Credit Union customer now,” King said.Though debit cards are more convenient, increased debit card fees can become a burden for college students, said Marisa Fentis, a senior majoring in psychology.“It’s frustrating because with a debit card, it’s easier to keep track of what you’re spending, but with a credit card it’s easier to spend more and makes it more difficult to pay off,” Fentis said. “Banks are already randomly charging me fees for things I don’t know about, and as a working college student, I can’t afford to pay small fees like that.”Kamil Massod, a junior majoring in biochemistry, said the fees are minimal and she will likely stay with Bank of America.“If I were to spend $500 on something, five more dollars is 1 percent of that, so it’s not as big of a deal,” Massod said. The benefits of using it outweigh the cost. I’ll probably still keep my [Bank of America] account for larger purchases.”last_img read more