New York Magazine:The most important thing about a good food picture, as any amateur food photographer can tell you, is natural light. It’s why you can find particularly determined patrons of the food-photography arts looking like lost waiters — carrying plates of food to nearby windows just to take a picture. If there is no natural light, there is always the option of flash. And don’t forget about angles and composition. Capturing a full Sunday-brunch spread is near impossible to do while sitting down, so you might as well stand up, maybe even on your chair to shoot from above. If you’re particularly concerned about it, you could bring a handful of GorillaPods — those miniature tripods with flexible legs — and assemble them on your table to act as your own personal photographer.…The findings are in line with a collection of studies published in the journal Psychological Science in 2013 that also found delaying eating by performing a short ritual — regardless of how mundane the ritual may be — positively influences our perception of the food on our plates. One experiment found participants given a chocolate bar with strict instructions on how to handle and unwrap the bar before eating ended up savoring the chocolate more, rating it higher, and being willing to pay more for it than those told to relax and eat the chocolate bar at their leisure. The researchers observed that a longer delay between ritual and consumption bolstered these positive effects, but that delaying consumption through random movements did not yield the same results. Only repeated, episodic, and fixed behaviors were capable of changing the perception of food.Read the whole story: New York Magazine
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Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Religious leaders in Dominica are today Monday 18 May 2015 being sensitized on the status of child abuse on the island and their role in child protection. The leaders, who come from different denominations, are participating in a consultation at the Dominica Public Service Union building in Roseau organized by the Social Welfare Division.“As leaders you are seen as frontline workers not only in your church, but also in your community; persons come to you for advise, look up to you and respect you because you because you are seen as someone who has a personal relationship with God and one who may have the answer,” Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille Lewis told the leaders.Mrs Lewis told the start of Monday’s consultation that there must be a unified approach in dealing with child abuse in Dominica. “Child abuse is a societal ill in Dominica and it is one of major concern and we can term it as a silent emergency,” Mrs Lewis said.“In order to combat the issue on child abuse it needs a unified approach; that means not only the Social Welfare Division, not only the Ministry of Social Services by extension but also you as the church religious officials, faith based organizations to make an input because no one can do it alone,” Mrs Lewis continued. She said the religious community “definitely” has a role to play in the care and protection of our children. “Sadly, our children are abused by various forms of abuse almost on a daily basis which includes physical abuse, child neglect to abandonment, sexual abuse, emotional abuse,” she informed. Mrs. Lewis also encouraged the leaders to implement programs and activities in their congregations and communities targeting the issue of child abuse. “It is hoped that you take on the matter very seriously and that you will create even a greater awareness on the issue of child abuse,” Mrs. Lewis noted. Peer counselors from Secondary schools across the island participate in another consultation organized by the Social Welfare Division at the Dominica Public Service Union on Friday 22 May 2015. Share 158 Views one comment LocalNews Religious leaders participate in child abuse consultation by: Dominica Vibes News – May 18, 2015 Share
0Shares0000In a statement released on Tuesday, Kenya Harlequin FC said, “The Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club is aware of grave allegations of sexual assault leveled against contracted players of the club. A formal complaint has been lodged and the relevant authorities are investigating the matter,” The statement read.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – Kenya Cup side Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club has confirmed that a formal complaint has been lodged and that the relevant authorities are investigating the matter over rape allegations leveled against two of their players.In a statement released on Tuesday, Kenya Harlequin FC said, “The Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club is aware of grave allegations of sexual assault leveled against contracted players of the club. A formal complaint has been lodged and the relevant authorities are investigating the matter,” The statement read. “As one of Kenya’s oldest and respected rugby club, we abide by a strict code of conduct that binds all players and officials of the club. Consequently, Kenya Harlequin Rugby Club has a zero tolerance policy on any form of sexual harassment,” the statement added.“We call for patience and caution against speculation as the relevant authorities investigate the matter,” the statement concluded.On Sunday, April 1, both the Kenya Rugby Union and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) said they have launched investigations over rape allegations.“The @ODPP_KE treats information about rape very seriously. Be rest assured that the matter is being given due attention as matter of urgency. The @ODPP_KE has already got in touch with Kilimani DCIO CC @DCI_Kenya and action is being taken,” the ODDP official Twitter account posted on Monday afternoon in response to the issue.Musician Wendy Kemunto made allegations on her Instagram page that a contracted Kenya Sevens player, who was part of the Victoria Sevens winning squad, was one of two rugby players who raped her during her birthday on February 10.“The @ODPP_KE has already contacted the Victim and appropriate action is being taken in consultation with DCIO Kilimani cc @DCI_Kenya,” the ODPP office further tweeted under the hashtag #JusticeforKemunto.In a separate statement, the Kenya Rugby Union said it had received the reports and would be reviewing the issue which is now in the hands of authorities.“The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has been made aware of reports about alleged sexual misconduct involving a contracted Kenya Sevens player. The matter will be reviewed as soon as practicable by the KRU, in line with existing procedures for all contracted players,” KRU said in the statement.“It is also important to note that with a report having been made to law enforcement authorities, the KRU cannot comment further about the allegations pending the outcome of investigations,” it further added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
There will be no Republican sweep, however. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is coasting toward re-election. Democratic candidates for attorney general and treasurer are strongly positioned, and legislative and congressional districts are so heavily jiggered to favor one party that few, if any, are likely to change hands on Nov. 7. There are several issues at play that have benefited California Republicans. Angelides’ struggling candidacy isn’t helping the Democratic cause. Much of the growth in registration rolls in recent years has been among independent voters, who are not aligned with any party and account for about 19 percent of the state’s electorate. And Republicans tend to turn out 5 percent more voters on Election Day. Despite the state’s left-leaning reputation, Republicans have held the governorship for most of the last quarter-century – a reminder that character, issues or campaign cash can trump the Democratic registration edge. “Voters here are clearly more likely to be Democratic and vote that way,” said Mark DiCamillo, director of the nonpartisan Field Poll. But “they don’t tend to vote straight party lines when they have particular impressions of the candidate.” And impressions of Angelides aren’t good, polls have found. The Democrat emerged from a bruising June primary that recorded the lowest voter turnout in memory, 33.6 percent. He also remains far below the level of support within his own party that experts believe is needed for him to win the race. California’s electorate, despite its slight tilt to the left, can be fickle. In 1994, the state’s voters endorsed Proposition 187, which denied most public services to illegal immigrants. It later was overturned by the courts. In 2000, 61 percent of voters approved Proposition 22, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A few other Republican gubernatorial candidates are in positions similar to Schwarzenegger in largely avoiding fallout from the GOP’s national problems. In heavily Democratic Hawaii, Republican Gov. Linda Lingle is favored in November against Democrat Randy Iwase. In Democrat-leaning Vermont, Republican Gov. Jim Douglas has an edge in polls against Democrat Scudder Parker. “Quality candidates win,” California GOP Chairman Duf Sundheim said. “Issues really matter to California voters, and this campaign is being played on our home turf, which is taxes,” Sundheim added, alluding to Angelides’ plan to raise taxes on high-income earners and some corporations while cutting taxes for middle- and lower-wage Californians. Among California Democrats, there are signs of a divided front. State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, a Democrat who is locked in a tight race for lieutenant governor against Republican state Sen. Tom McClintock, distanced himself from Angelides’ plan to raise taxes. Torres and other Democrats dispute that the party is headed for a crash similar to 1994, when Democrat Kathleen Brown lost the governor’s race in a landslide and took down several other Democrats with her. “In the end of the day, Democrats will come home,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Democrats outnumber Republicans by 1.3 million voters, and the state delivered double-digit margins for Democratic presidential candidates in 2004 and 2000. Not surprisingly, party leaders are uneasy with the campaign’s trajectory and the prospect that it might not be a banner year for California Democrats. “We say to all Californians: You’re a blue state! Come home to blue! Come home to us,” U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said during a recent rally for Angelides, who lags Schwarzenegger even in densely Democratic coastal counties. Schwarzenegger has been buffered by his celebrity while reshaping a centrist image this year, but the statewide races will be won by mobilizing voters, said state Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres. “Obviously, we have to increase turnout,” he said. LOS ANGELES – California – often regarded as the Democratic promised land, the bluest of blue states – is confounding a national trend this year as Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears headed for re-election while several other GOP candidates are making strong runs at statewide office. As national Republicans struggle in a political climate soured by an unpopular war, high gas prices and the congressional page scandal, independent voter surveys show Schwarzenegger holding a comfortable advantage over his Democratic rival, state Treasure Phil Angelides. Besides governor, secretary of state is the only statewide office now held by a Republican. What is the GOP up against in California?