SoftMachine.net http://softmachine.net Our Strength Lies in Our Humanity Sun, 24 May 2020 06:47:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://i0.wp.com/softmachine.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/id48734.jpg?fit=32%2C32 SoftMachine.net http://softmachine.net 32 32 42413331 Coronavirus live news: Wuhan lab had bat viruses but not Covid-19 strain as Australia border row simmers http://softmachine.net/coronavirus-live-news-wuhan-lab-had-bat-viruses-but-not-covid-19-strain-as-australia-border-row-simmers/ Sun, 24 May 2020 06:47:00 +0000 http://softmachine.net/coronavirus-live-news-wuhan-lab-had-bat-viruses-but-not-covid-19-strain-as-australia-border-row-simmers/ Read More]]>

Lab says none of three bat viruses match Covid-19; new witnesses cast doubt on Cummings’s lockdown claims; WHO says pandemic ‘taking different pathway’ in Africa. Follow the latest updates

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Tens of thousands of poor households are being denied extra support designed to ease the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, after being hit by the government’s benefit cap.

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THE OBSERVER: Fresh claims that Cummings broke virus lockdown rules #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/Dc3ry7Zkek

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Cummings faces fresh claims that he broke lockdown as row engulfs number 10 #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/rrFYMgN7uJ

SUNDAY TIMES: Johnson refuses to throw his top aide ‘to the dogs’ #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/puD6NRGfZh

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Boris: It’s not like he was visiting a lover #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/Y13S0gWpkK

FINANCIAL MAIL: Britain’s plan for £25bn sovereign wealth fund #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/0Fx5tUp1AI

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Coronavirus live news: Wuhan lab had bat viruses but not Covid-19 strain as Australia border row simmers ———

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Poll reveals half of parents unconvinced that school is safe for their children's return http://softmachine.net/poll-reveals-half-of-parents-unconvinced-that-school-is-safe-for-their-childrens-return/ Sun, 24 May 2020 06:41:00 +0000 http://softmachine.net/poll-reveals-half-of-parents-unconvinced-that-school-is-safe-for-their-childrens-return/ Read More]]>

Teachers’ union leader warns situation ‘untenable’ as health officials say track and trace system has been left too late

Parents are divided over the prospect of sending their children back to school, a new poll has revealed, as parent groups warned that mixed messages and poor communication had caused widespread anxiety about returning.

With school leaders still grappling with the practicalities of reopening primary schools for some year groups in just a week’s time in England, an Opinium poll for the Observer found that 43 per cent of primary school parents and 54 per cent of secondary school parents feel anxious about the prospects of returning.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Poll reveals half of parents unconvinced that school is safe for their children's return ———

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Budapest at Night http://softmachine.net/budapest-at-night/ Sun, 24 May 2020 04:00:00 +0000 http://softmachine.net/budapest-at-night/

Budapest at Night
Divided by the Danube River, the city is actually a unification of three different older communities.

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Job Crafting and Performance in Firefighters: The Role of Work Meaning and Work Engagement http://softmachine.net/job-crafting-and-performance-in-firefighters-the-role-of-work-meaning-and-work-engagement/ Sun, 24 May 2020 00:05:00 +0000 https://softmachine.net/job-crafting-and-performance-in-firefighters-the-role-of-work-meaning-and-work-engagement/ Read More]]> The Job Demands-Resources (JD-R) model was often utilized as an explanatory framework when investigating the strain process among first responders in general and firefighters in particular. Yet, little is known about the motivational processes whithin firefighters. The aim of this study is to expand the knowledge regarding the motivational process of firefighters by investigating job crafting and introducing work meaning within the motivational framework of the JD-R model, in relation to job performance. A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect data from one sample consisting of Romanian firefighters (n = 1,151). Structural equation modeling indicated the existence of both a direct and an indirect effect between job crafting and job performance through work meaning and work engagement. Our findings suggest that firefighters actively engage in job crafting behaviors and also that work meaning can be an outcome of job crafting. Results also encourage further research related to the way work meaning impacts job performance, through its link with work engagement. This study raises attention on how Fire departments may be able to create a climate that emphasizes meaningfulness and engagement, together with opportunities toward job redesign and a focus process based on efficiency gain.

Source: Read More: Job Crafting and Performance in Firefighters: The Role of Work Meaning and Work Engagement

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Time Series Analysis in Forecasting Mental Addition and Summation Performance http://softmachine.net/time-series-analysis-in-forecasting-mental-addition-and-summation-performance/ Sun, 24 May 2020 00:03:43 +0000 http://softmachine.net/time-series-analysis-in-forecasting-mental-addition-and-summation-performance/ Read More]]> An ideal performance evaluation metric would be predictive, objective, easy to administer, estimate the variance in performance, and provide a confidence interval for the level of uncertainty. Time series forecasting may provide objective metrics for predictive performance in mental arithmetic. Addition and summation (addition combined with subtraction) using the Japanese Soroban computation system was undertaken over 60 days. The median calculation time in seconds for adding 10 sequential six digit numbers [CTAdd) was 63 s (interquartile range (IQR) = 12, range 48–127 s], while that for summation (CTSum) was 70 s (IQR = 14, range 53–108 s), and the difference between these times was statistically significant p < 0.0001. Using the mean absolute percentage error (MAPE) to measure forecast accuracy, the autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model predicted a further reduction in both CTAdd to a mean of 51.51 ± 13.21 s (AIC = 5403.13) with an error of 6.32%, and CTSum to a mean of 54.57 ± 15.37 s (AIC = 3852.61) with an error of 8.02% over an additional 100 forecasted trials. When the testing was repeated, the actual mean performance differed by 1.35 and 4.41 s for each of the tasks, respectively, from the ARIMA point forecast value. There was no difference between the ARIMA model and actual performance values (p-value CTAdd = 1.0, CTSum=0.054). This is in contrast to both Wright’s model and linear regression (p-value < 0.0001). By accounting for both variability in performance over time and task difficulty, forecasting mental arithmetic performance may be possible using an ARIMA model, with an accuracy exceeding that of both Wright’s model and univariate linear regression.

Source: Read More: Time Series Analysis in Forecasting Mental Addition and Summation Performance

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Astronauts perform one last dress rehearsal for big SpaceX launch next week http://softmachine.net/astronauts-perform-one-last-dress-rehearsal-for-big-spacex-launch-next-week/ Sat, 23 May 2020 21:47:00 +0000 https://softmachine.net/astronauts-perform-one-last-dress-rehearsal-for-big-spacex-launch-next-week/ Read More]]> Two NASA astronauts climbed inside their SpaceX spaceship today (May 23) for one last rehearsal ahead of a historic launch into orbit next week. Source: Space.com Astronauts perform one last dress rehearsal for big SpaceX launch next week

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Teen Girls' Risk for Depression During the COVID-19 Crisis http://softmachine.net/teen-girls-risk-for-depression-during-the-covid-19-crisis/ Sat, 23 May 2020 20:28:00 +0000 http://softmachine.net/teen-girls-risk-for-depression-during-the-covid-19-crisis/ Read More]]> Girls are at significantly increased risk for depression as they enter adolescence. Given the current COVID-19 crisis, they are even more vulnerable. What can parents do to help? Source – Psychology Today Teen Girls' Risk for Depression During the COVID-19 Crisis

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Political Biases in Academia http://softmachine.net/political-biases-in-academia/ Sat, 23 May 2020 20:18:00 +0000 http://softmachine.net/political-biases-in-academia/ Read More]]> This entry includes a list of mostly peer reviewed articles and academic books and chapters addressing the problem of political bias in academia. Source – Psychology Today Political Biases in Academia

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Wearing a Mask Is an Act of Love http://softmachine.net/wearing-a-mask-is-an-act-of-love/ Sat, 23 May 2020 19:01:00 +0000 https://softmachine.net/wearing-a-mask-is-an-act-of-love/ Read More]]> What’s so hard, or such a big deal, about something as simple as wearing a mask in public? If we all shift our perspective, we can love and help each other through this crisis. Source – Psychology Today Wearing a Mask Is an Act of Love

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The Observer view: this breach of the lockdown guidelines is a disgrace http://softmachine.net/the-observer-view-this-breach-of-the-lockdown-guidelines-is-a-disgrace/ Sat, 23 May 2020 18:52:00 +0000 https://softmachine.net/the-observer-view-this-breach-of-the-lockdown-guidelines-is-a-disgrace/ Read More]]>

Dominic Cummings’s 260-mile trip, while he was infected with Covid-19, to visit his parents reeks of arrogance

It is one of the most heartbreaking stories of this pandemic. On 31 March, Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, 13, from Brixton, south London, died in the early hours of the morning at King’s College Hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. According to a family friend, his mother and siblings could not be at his bedside and, after some of his siblings also developed symptoms, his immediate family had to miss his funeral as they were required to self-isolate. It is impossible to comprehend the scale of their pain.

On the same day that Ismail died, officers from Durham constabulary made contact with a member of Dominic Cummings’s family in Durham about reports that the prime minister’s most senior adviser had been seen by a witness on their property, despite being in London a few days previously. We now know from revelations in the Guardian that Cummings and his family travelled 260 miles to Durham after his partner developed coronavirus symptoms. Yesterday, Downing Street issued an official statement that Cummings and his family went there after his partner developed Covid-19 symptoms, in case he also fell ill and needed help with childcare, but that they maintained social distancing with his extended family. Sources close to him said on Friday night that he and his immediate family stayed in a separate building on his parents’ property. Downing Street also denied that police officers had contacted anyone in his family as stated by Durham constabulary, and said that his actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: The Observer view: this breach of the lockdown guidelines is a disgrace ———

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