Do drugs make people more creative?

first_imgDemetrovics told PsyPost it was surprising how little research had been conducted on the topic. “Compared to how much talk there is about this in the media, we know practically nothing on this issue. Fourteen empirical studies: that’s a very low number.”The past research had several methodological problems, such as small sample sizes, non-standardized assessment methods, and self-reported data. The review of past research found a general association between creativity and substance use. But it failed to turn up any substantial evidence that drug use directly increased creativity. “The results that we have suggest no direct link between the two,” Demetrovics said.There was some evidence that those with higher creativity are more likely to use drugs. And there was some evidence that drugs could significantly alter a person’s stylistic approach, without necessarily increasing creative production. Demetrovics was also involved in a qualitative study of 72 artists. The majority of the participants said that alcohol and cannabis helped to facilitate creativity. They told researchers that the drugs could be used as “tools in balancing the extreme emotional states that are present during the creative process.”The study, “Creativity and Psychoactive Substance Use: A Systematic Review“, was also co-authored by Fruzsina Iszáj and Mark D. Griffiths. Email Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Pinterest Many people, including some prominent artists, claim that using psychoactive substances like LSD increase their creativity. But a review of studies suggests the link between drugs and creativity is still a scientific uncertainty. “Creativity is often associated with substance use (in the media or among substance users), however it was not clear if this assumption has any scientific support or not,” explained study author Zsolt Demetrovics of Eötvös Loránd University. “That’s what we were interested in. We wanted to see if it’s a myth or if there are any scientific findings that underline this assumption.”The researchers conducted a systematic review, and uncovered 14 empirical studies and five case studies regarding the relationship between psychoactive substances and creativity. last_img read more

CARICOM: Manage by Results! (To cure “implementation deficit disorder”)

first_img In his remarks, His Excellency Governor Pearce emphasised the need to drastically simplify delay-prone bureaucratic procedures and to break the cycle of chained consultancies on consultancies on consultancies. For example, “if you want to go on leave you fill in a form and then it has to go round about 10 people. By the time it eventually comes back to you to confirm you can go on leave you’re near retirement.” Likewise, “there are consultancy reports analyzing previous consultancies going back decades; and there’s a consultancy on every conceivable thing you can think of.” (The Governor’s remarks were picked up in news reports and have sparked a wider public discussion, as TMR has reported.[5]) Premier Romeo then emphasised the ongoing, much needed shift to a more results-based expedited implementation of priority projects and programmes that consults with and is accountable to stakeholders. Including, voters. Ambassador Dr Soeknandan gave introductory remarks on the behalf of CARICOM.  She pointed to the “implementation deficit disorder” and noted that CARICOM is not a third party in the region, we are Caricom. In July 2014 CARICOM adopted a five-year strategic plan aimed at economic growth, reducing environmental vulnerability, integration, better communication and equity for all.   Resource Based Management (RBM) seeks to shift focus and assessments from activities (such as training) towards achieving strategic results. RBM is based on accountability for results, including to our taxpayers. Montserrat’s Premier Donaldson Romeo welcomes the CARICOM RBM delegation headed by CARICOM Secretariat’s Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan (2nd right) and including Director of CARICOM Secretariat’s Strategic Management Unit (right), as HE Governor Pearce looks on Mr. Craig Beresford, Director of CARICOM’s Strategic Management Unit,  summarised the CARICOM Strategic Plan 2015 – 19.[6] He noted that many stakeholders across the region do not feel the presence and benefits of CARICOM, pointing to communication/ awareness and effectiveness issues. Effects of the 2008 – 9 global economic crisis linger across the region. Environmental vulnerability can be seen from how the 2017 hurricane wiped out a year’s GDP for Dominica. Regional decision-making is weak and slow, e.g. a regional rights agreement took fourteen years to complete.  The region is not short on plans, implementation is a key gap. Going forward a logical framework approach and a scorecard system will increase accountability. Consultant Mr. Evan Green then made a slide presentation on Results Based Management. RBM moves beyond the pattern of twenty years ago where the focus was on what was done rather than what was achieved. At that time, the number one progress indicator for many projects was “number of people trained,” and the number two indicator was “number of workshops held.” Instead, RBM emphasises accountability over delivering strategic results and benefits to stakeholders. RBM has thus become the preferred approach of International Development Partners (aka donor agencies), many states and Non-Government Organisations. Considered from a life cycle point of view, in RBM there is an outer loop of planning, monitoring and evaluation. (This loop is common to all management.) Stakeholder participation is at the pivot. The RMB cycle has five phases: 1] Vision-setting 2] Defining the results map and RBM framework 3] Planning for monitoring and evaluation 4] Implementation with monitoring 5] Managing that uses evaluation Results-based Management (RBM) also incorporates Project Cycle Management [7] and Management of Programmes of Action as components. It also makes use of logical framework [8] (“log frame”) tools and scorecards that track achievement of results. CARICOM is emphasising gender concerns in all of this process. The “log frame” project and programme planning approaches focus on inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and long-term impacts on the economy, our society and our natural environment. There is also an emphasis on using open source information technology tools and on common standards. CARICOM’s top-level priorities are: 1] Economic: sustainable, resilient growth 2] Social: improved quality of life for all 3] Environmental: reduced vulnerability 4] Technology: innovative, ICT-enabled economies and society 5] CARICOM Identity/Community: an integrated community with equity for all 6] Governance: strengthening community governance 7] Co-ordinated International Relations: CARICOM is favourably positioned in the global community. In order to successfully implement RBM and achieve these results, capacity has to be built both in CARICOM and in member countries. Including, here in Montserrat. After the presentations, the session was opened up for a question and discussion period, as part of the needed stakeholder participation. Much of that discussion highlighted a communication deficit, so that people do not “feel” CARICOM’s presence and impacts.  Indeed, some people who work with or use services of CARICOM agencies do not recognise that these bodies are CARICOM at work – “CARICOM” lacks brand recognition. Another concern was the tendency of international development partners to specifically exclude Overseas Territories such as Montserrat from funding on grounds that they should look to the UK or the like; though there are notable exceptions such as a recent fisheries project. Montserratian Officials pointed out that it is then a considerable challenge to negotiate line by line for replacement funding.Clearly, Results Based Management is a major CARICOM thrust. One, that calls us to work together to address our region’s implementation deficit disorder. [1]     See: https://caricom.org/membership [2]     See: http://baastel.com/ [3]     See Channel 5 Belize video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jffvweko7jM [4]     See UN Handbook: https://www.un.cv/files/UNDG%20RBM%20Handbook.pdf [5]     See TMR, Dec 14 2018, p. 1: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/development-stifled-and-public-service/ [6]     See https://www.caricom.org/STRATEGIC%20PLAN%202016_opt.pdf [7]     See https://idscs.org.mk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/WEB-Handbook-for-EU-Project-Design-and-Project-Cycle-Management-1.pdf, also: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/methodology-aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-200403_en_2.pdf [8]     See http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/783001468134383368/pdf/31240b0LFhandbook.pdf Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… May 10, 2018 CARICOM RBM sensitisation continues in Dominica Antigua and Barbuda to host results-focused Seminars Nov 27, 2018 You may be interested in… Jul 6, 2019center_img Jamaica to support the CARICOM Secretariat’s… Nov 29, 2018 St Kitts/Nevis gets Results-based Management sensitization Montserrat Reporter, Montserrat –  CARICOM[1] and its fifteen member states (including Montserrat) have long struggled with “implementation deficit disorder.” Such a region-wide problem has to be tackled on a regional basis, and CARICOM has set out to do just that. Accordingly, the fifteen member Caribbean regional body has undertaken a CDB-funded US$ 600,000 project with Baastel,[2] a sustainable development oriented consultancy firm, in order to improve delivery of strategic results. Mr Evan Green (Baastel’s vice-president of Results Based Management [RBM] and disaster risk management), is therefore helping the region to create a “CARICOM Gender Sensitive Results-Based Management System.” This is why a four-member high level CARICOM delegation recently visited Montserrat as part of a regional series [3] of meetings and seminars on RBM.[4] The delegation was led by Ambassador Dr Manorma Soeknandan, CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary General. The delegation was hosted through the Office of the Premier and held consultations with Government, Legislators, the Senior Civil Service and also with representatives of Civil Society on Monday, November 26th 2018. TMR was invited, and we now share our observations. Jamaican Officials engaged on CARICOM Results-Based Management SystemParliamentarians and senior public sector officials in Jamaica participated in day-two of the series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system, Wednesday. The session with Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament was addressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade Kamina Johnson Smith. A separate engagement…August 16, 2018In “CARICOM at Work”CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to MontserratMontserrat on Monday hosted the latest in a regional series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management ((RBM) System.  A team from the CARICOM Secretariat, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, visited the island to conduct the exercise. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to…November 26, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with focus on HaitiSensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System moved to Haiti on Wednesday following visits to other Member States. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional…May 23, 2018In “General”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Gifts That Pass The Test Of Time

first_imgNo, that’s not really a cat’s eye in the center of the marble.The round glass objects we know as marbles are almost always mass-produced, oftentimes the variety used to play the popular Chinese checkers game.But antique marbles that date back to the 18th Century, handmade by craftsmen, are sought after objects, coveted by collectors and increasingly, as investments.A starter collection of marbles is an excellent holiday gift, and can be a shrewd investment as well. More important, these are treasures that can be passed on from generation to generation, gifts that, hidden in a safe place make a visit a special occasion and a chance to reminisce not only about the collectible but the good old days.According to Collector’s Weekly magazine, “Antique glass marbles are highly collectible, from handmade examples by German glassmakers of the 1800s to vintage marbles made by machine in the early 20th Century by U.S. companies like Christensen, Peltier Glass, Akro Agate, and Vitro Agate.”The advent of eBay has proved to be a rebirth for marble enthusiasts, and bids rise rapidly for the right offering.The game, marbles, originated in the Netherlands during the 1500s and 1600s. To make playing pieces for the game, the Dutch began to grind down semiprecious stones such as marble (hence, the name) and limestone until the rocks formed perfect spheres. Then, the Germans began to shape marbles out of agate.Many collectors obsess over old marbles because they remember playing with them as children.The golden era ended after World War II. The manufacturing of glass marbles shifted to Occupied Japan, and quickly, cheap marbles made in Japanese factories began to dominate the American marble market. By the 1950s, the most common marbles were “cat’s eyes,” which are clear marbles injected with one to three curved streaks of colors in their centers. While some cat’s eyes are rare, most were and are mass-produced.Know Your MarblesLike any hobby, the first objective of a collector is to enjoy putting together a collection. According to the American Profile article “How To Collect Marbles” by Carol Crupper: Know your marbles, and collect what appeals to you. By narrowing your range of interest, you will develop expertise over a period of time. You can still buy “lots” of marbles, 1000 or more at a clip. Ideally, they are the kind found in attics or closets that haven’t been touched in years.According to Crupper, “You might find marbles for free or pay as much as $10,000. With handmade marbles, prices can accelerate as the artist’s fame grows.” Mark Matthews, 63, a glass artist in Archbold, OH, made a white geometric marble early in his career that he sold for $25. Years later, it resold for $4800. His highest selling creation was a marble purchased for $10,000 in 2006.The days of finding baseball cards in the attic worth thousands of dollars are over but yes, all those stories you heard a couple decades ago were probably true. Baseball cards, especially 1950s and earlier, accelerated in value over and over, in some cases fetching thousands of dollars each.The most endearing star has proven to be Mickey Mantle, an icon whose place among the baseball top echelon is secure.Last month the Associated Press reported two New Jersey men were stunned when they discovered five Mickey Mantle cards had been stored in an old stash — and one of them valued at $1 million, Mantle’s 1952 Topps card. Heritage Auctions is preparing to auction a similar card: with an estimated value of $3.5 million.A Typo?A 76-year-old man, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John, saw a Heritage ad in The New York Times and assumed it was a typo.“I told my daughter, ‘This is going to be interesting. In tomorrow’s New York Times, they’re going to print they had a typo and they had an extra zero in it,’” John told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I really thought they had made a terrible mistake.” Yes, it was his card Heritage is hawking.As it stands now, the most valuable card is a T206 Series Honus Wagner Company: (1909–1911 Sweet Caporal T206 Series). One just sold for $2.8 million. There are only three or so known to still be in existence.According to “A Beginners Guide to Sports Card Collecting,” an article by John Cook on ThoughtCo, the landscape has changed since the rarest collectibles are so expensive. Rookie Cards, inserts, complete sets, and unopened packs will all be valuable down the road.Think comic books are for kids? Consider the world’s most expensive comic book sold for $3.2 million: an original copy of the Action Comics #1 that initially cost 10 cents that introduced the world to Superman holds the honor.Since Marvel comic heroes have become the stars of the super blockbuster movies, comic collectors have been gobbling up not only vintage publications but current ones as well.Superman and Batman, of course, are always relevant. Classics Illustrated were good enough to surpass Cliff’s Notes as valuable homework tools.According to the website “Sell My Comic Books,” the top comics to buy this year are Flash, Captain America, Whiz, and Pep Comics.Stamp of ApprovalStamp collecting isn’t very sexy anymore, but it’s still a popular hobby that could be lucrative for those who know what they are doing.Rock fans from the golden era have just missed Janis, Jimi, the Doors and many other icons immortalized on U.S. postage stamps. Will they accelerate in value? Experts say probably not, but they are being tucked away by collectors and will become more difficult to find down the road.The venerable American Philatelic Society has a number of starter kits that make excellent holiday presents for children and adults alike. Few hobbies match the flexibility of stamp collecting. It is suitable for nearly all ages. You can collect stamps all 12 months of the year regardless of the climate where you are located. It does not require any special skills or great wealth. Some individuals begin as young as age four and many collect until the day they die.The British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta stamp sold for $9.5 million on June 18, 2014. An anonymous bidder purchased the stamp, participating in the Sotheby auction by phone, a world record for the auction of a single stamp.The British Guiana 1c magenta is regarded by many philatelists as the world’s most famous rare stamp. It was issued in limited numbers in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1856, and only one specimen is now known to exist. It is the only major postage stamp ever issued that is not represented in Britain’s Royal Philatelic Collection.The stamp is proof positive that when it comes to collecting, that less is more. The scarcest items are the most valuable. That’s why even misprinted baseball cards, record albums etc. can be extremely valuable — they are rare, because proofers usually spot the error and correct it before mass production.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Ribbon Cutting For New Housing In Tuckahoe

first_imgState, county, and town officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sandy Hollow Cove Apartments, the first affordable housing development in the Town of Southampton, in Tuckahoe on Monday, October 7. Officials, including Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, along with others, celebrated the new project. Sharelast_img

First Mexican order for Sinopacific

first_imgThe Chinese company has announced that Naviera Petrolera Integral, a Mexican shipping company, has placed an order for three offshore support vessels of Sinopacific’s SPP17A design.The SPPA17A is a platform supply vessel design developed in-house by Sinopacific. It has  an overall length of 61.8m, moulded breadth of 14.0m, moulded depth of 5.8m, deadweight of 1,700mt, design draft of 4.3m, and accommodation for 24 persons.The vessels will be built in Sinopacific’s Zhejiang Shipyard and are expected to be delivered before the end of 2015. Following delivery, the new vessels will be employed by PEMEX, Mexico’s largest oil company, in their oil and gas development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Financial details of the order were not disclosed.The China-based builder of offshore support vessels is in a contract winning spree. The company last week announced it had received contracts for new vessels in China and Singapore. [mappress]Offshore Energy Today Staff, August 05, 2014 China’s Sinopacific Shipbuilding has received its first order from Mexico.last_img read more

Lufthansa Cargo Group reorganising charter division

first_imgA statement by the airline group said that once the realignment is complete, it will remain active as a service provider in the charter market and offer a broad portfolio of charter solutions.Prior to realignment, the Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency will remain the contact partner for charter solutions, as it has been since 2001.HLPFI understands that LH Cargo Charter’s senior management will continue to work on the charter business, whilst roles for other staff will be found within the Lufthansa Group.Commentators across the aircargo broker community have long suggested that a broker within an airline is inevitably tied to that airline’s aircraft, although LH Cargo Charter has always denied that this has been the case.2012 was a difficult year for the air charter market. Overcapacity in the scheduled sector has intensified competition.lhcharter.comlufthansa-cargo.comlast_img read more

Brazilian job for Mammoet

first_imgSBM Offshore awarded Mammoet Brazil a contract in July 2015 for the weighing and transport of construction modules for the FPSO vessels Cidade de Marica and Cidade de Saquarema, both of which are located at the Brasa Shipyard in Rio de Janeiro.So far Mammoet has completed 12 transports and six weighing procedures, using 68 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT), to move modules weighing up to 1,580 tonnes.The floating crane Pelicano, which was used to lift the heavy units, could only be utilised on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, explained Mammoet, which meant it was necessary to carefully plan the positioning of the modules in order to ensure maximum productivity on the quayside.To operate the floating crane, it was necessary to temporarily close the canal for traffic, said Mammoet. Therefore, the port authorities only allowed the crane to be used on certain days of the week, while most of the lifting had to take place very early in the morning to minimise interference to vessel traffic, added the company.With operations now complete on the FPSO Cidade de Maricá, the company will start work on installation activities for the FPSO Cidade de Saquarema.  www.mammoet.comwww.sbmoffshore.comlast_img read more

Mammoet boosts fleet with Nooteboom

first_imgThe trailers include two-axle Euro low loaders; three-axle semi-low loaders; four-axle semi-low loaders; and a three-axle Megatrailer.The equipment will be used for exceptional transport in Europe.www.nooteboom.comwww.mammoetroadcargo.eulast_img

Wabtec completes SCT purchase

first_imgUSA: On December 8 Wabtec Corp said it had completed the $300m acquisition of Standard Car Truck announced on September 15. SCT expects to report sales of $225m in 2008, and Wabtec said it expects the transaction to be accretive in the first year, although the recognition of non-cash, purchase price accounting charges will reduce that impact significantly. Based in Park Ridge, Illinois, SCT produces locomotive and wagon components including springs, friction wedges and wear plates. It employs 550 people, with nine manufacturing plants in the USA, an R&D site in the UK and an office in Malaysia for low-cost sourcing. The deal was financed through a $200m term loan and a $300m revolving line of credit. Wabtec now has about $120m of cash and about $385m of debt, including $150m of bonds, on its balance sheet.last_img read more

£5000 Worth Of Lead Stolen From Culgruff House

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE from Castle Douglas are appealing for witnesses after a report of a theft of lead from Culgruff House Hotel, Crossmichael, between 4 pm on Tuesday 18th February and 8 am on Wednesday 19th February.The value of the stolen Lead is between £3,500 – £5000.If you have any information in relation to this incident, please contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting Ref 0914 of 21st Feb.last_img