Solar-Powered Festival Destination Moon To Bring Funky, Diverse Lineup To Summer Camp

first_imgSolar-powered music and arts festival Destination Moon is expanding into a three day camping festival this year.  Taking place on June 17-19 at Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, NY, this year’s event will feature two stages, late-night DJ parties, healthy food options, local vendors, and a solar-powered indie video arcade.The lineup includes Antibalas, Porches, Moon Hooch, Delicate Steve, Buke and Gase, EMEFE, and more.  For more info on the event and to purchase tickets or cabins, visit the Destination Moon website.Enter to win four tickets below!last_img

‘Turn down the volume’

first_imgThe positive effects of mindfulness meditation on pain and working memory may result from an improved ability to regulate a crucial brain wave called the alpha rhythm. This rhythm is thought to “turn down the volume” on distracting information, which suggests that a key value of meditation may be helping the brain deal with an often overstimulating world.Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that modulation of the alpha rhythm in response to attention-directing cues was faster and significantly more enhanced among study participants who completed an eight-week mindfulness meditation program than in a control group. The study will appear in the journal Brain Research Bulletin and has been released online.“Mindfulness meditation has been reported to enhance numerous mental abilities, including rapid memory recall,” says Catherine Kerr of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH and the Osher Research Center at Harvard Medical School (HMS), co-lead author of the report. “Our discovery that mindfulness meditators more quickly adjusted the brain wave that screens out distraction could explain their superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts.”Brain cells use particular frequencies, or waves, to regulate the flow of information in much the same way that radio stations broadcast at specific frequencies. One frequency, the alpha rhythm, is particularly active in the cells that process touch, sight, and sound in the brain’s outmost layer, called the cortex, where it helps to suppress irrelevant or distracting sensations and regulate the flow of sensory information between brain regions.Previous studies have suggested that attention can be used to regulate the alpha rhythm and, in turn, sensory perception. When an individual anticipates a touch, sight, or sound, the focusing of attention toward the expected stimulus induces a lower alpha wave height in cortical cells that would handle the expected sensation, which actually “turns up the volume” of those cells. At the same time the height of the alpha wave in cells that would handle irrelevant or distracting information increases, turning the volume in those regions down. Because mindfulness meditation — in which practitioners direct nonjudgmental attention to their sensations, feelings, and state of mind — has been associated with improved performance on attention-based tasks, the research team decided to investigate whether individuals trained in the practice also exhibited enhanced regulation of the timing and intensity of alpha rhythms.The study tested 12 healthy volunteers with no previous experience in meditation. Half completed the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program developed at the University of Massachusetts. The other half were asked not to engage in any type of meditation during the study period. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), an imaging technique that detects the location of brain activity with extreme precision, the researchers measured participants’ alpha rhythms before, during, and after the eight-week period. Specifically, they measured alpha rhythms in the brain area that processes signals from the left hand while participants were asked to direct their attention to either their left hand or left foot. Participants’ abilities to adjust the alpha rhythm in cortical cells associated with the hand, depending on where their attention was directed, were recorded during the milliseconds immediately after they received an attention cue.Although all participants had showed some attention-related alpha rhythm changes at the beginning of the study, at the end of the eight weeks, those who completed the mindfulness meditation training made faster and significantly more pronounced attention-based adjustments to the alpha rhythm than the nonmeditators did.“This result may explain reports that mindfulness meditation decreases pain perception,” says Kerr. “Enhanced ability to turn the alpha rhythm up or down could give practitioners’ greater ability to regulate pain sensation.”The study also sheds light on how meditation may affect basic brain function, explains Stephanie Jones of the Martinos Center, co-lead author of the paper. “Given what we know about how alpha waves arise from electrical currents in sensory cortical cells, these data suggest that mindfulness meditation practitioners can use the mind to enhance regulation of currents in targeted cortical cells. The implications extend far beyond meditation and give us clues about possible ways to help people better regulate a brain rhythm that is dysregulated in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and other conditions.” Kerr is an instructor in medicine and Jones an instructor in pediatrics at HMS.last_img read more

No time to waste

first_imgHarvard recycles, reuses, or composts more than half its waste, but there is room to further reduce the more than 6,300 tons the University sends to landfills each year, according to a recent audit.Rob Gogan, associate manager of recycling services in Harvard’s University Operations Services, presented a snapshot of the University’s progress on Thursday at the Geological Lecture Hall. The lecture was the latest in the “Trash Talk” series sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.For each member of the Harvard community, the University generated 307 pounds of trash and recycled, reused, or otherwise removed from the waste stream another 379 pounds in 2011. Of Harvard’s 14,078 tons of refuse, 25 percent was recycled in 2011, 23 percent was composted, 8 percent was reused or otherwise diverted from the waste stream, and 45 percent was disposed of, most in a landfill in New Hampshire.Harvard has made significant strides in reducing its waste in the past decade. In 2002, the record recycling rate for any month that year was just 34 percent. The University topped 50 percent in a month for the first time in October 2007. Today, Harvard’s recycling and reuse rate stands at about 55 percent annually. A recent audit, however, shows that there’s considerable room for improvement, which will be necessary if the University is to achieve its goal of zero waste by 2020.The audit, during which 50 bags of trash collected in Harvard Yard were torn open and inspected, showed 41 percent could have been recycled, another 38 percent could have been composted, and 4 percent could have been reused. Just 18 percent should have been shipped to the landfill according to current policies.The biggest trend in recycling has been the increase of composting, in which food, landscaping, and other organic waste is gathered, broken down, and trucked to nearby farms to be used as fertilizer, Gogan said. Harvard’s switch in recent years to single-stream recycling has aided the move to composting, Gogan said, by allowing recyclables to be gathered in one barrel instead of two, freeing up room for a composting barrel.Reuse efforts have also been gaining steam. Harvard hosts several events, such as FAS’s freecycle program, which make serviceable items available to those who need them. Similarly, Harvard Business School hosts a clothing swap.Local and global nonprofits have benefited from the reuse movement, Gogan said. One nonprofit sends usable materials — including a surprising number of crutches once used by students — to Haiti, unneeded dormitory beds have gone to an orphanage in El Salvador, and computers that would otherwise be recycled are instead donated to an Allston organization that refurbishes them and sells them at low cost to nonprofits.“We don’t want to waste anything,” Gogan said.last_img read more

RecSports returns with added COVID precautions

first_imgNotre Dame RecSports recently announced its plans for intramural sports and other recreational events to take place this fall with added safety precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Interhall women’s flag football and men’s three-on-three soccer leagues began Monday, with more sports leagues and events set to begin in the coming weeks.This fall’s RecSports programming will be designed to allow student participation while also ensuring their health and safety. Masks must be worn at all times by all event participants and staff regardless of physical distance during activities. Team roster sizes will be limited depending on square footage of playing areas, the ability of participants to physically distance and the capabilities of facilities to provide proper physical distancing between individual games. Equipment will be cleaned with disinfectant before, during and after play, and rosters will be strictly adhered to for contact tracing purposes with no additions permitted at game sites. Additionally, participants will be encouraged not to share any personal equipment, and pinnies will not be provided for teams to distinguish from one another.“RecSports continues to work with University officials to ensure that the leagues and tournaments we offer are conducted with the highest regard to safety,” RecSports director Mark Williams said in an email. “We understand that these are very challenging times for all of us and especially our students, and we spent the summer months working to develop programming that adheres to University standards.”There are a total of 11 intramural leagues and tournaments set to take place this year, with additional programming added for weekends. All three recreational facilities on Notre Dame’s campus, including the Smith Center, Rockne Memorial and North Dome, have reopened as of Monday. RecSports is also offering both in-person and virtual fitness classes and is currently coordinating practices for club sports.Williams spoke to the importance of getting students back to participating in recreational activities amid the pandemic.“We recognize that our students are very active and how vital safe recreational sports and fitness are to them,” he said. “RecSports will continue to work to provide our students with opportunities to play and engage in safe recreational sports and fitness activities.”Some students, like junior Jacob Messineo, are also excited to be participating in RecSports events this year. Messineo, who serves as the RecSports commissioner for Dunne Hall, said he is glad there will be intramural sports this year.“I’ve been doing my best to promote all of the new programming to students in Dunne, and kids seem to be receptive to all of the safety protocols,” Messineo said. “I’m looking forward to getting back to playing sports with friends, and I plan to make a team for the three-on-three soccer tournament.”Messineo said he hopes students continue to follow the new safety guidelines throughout the fall season.“I think RecSports has done a great job of trying to keep people safe this year,” he said. “I hope that the season can finish without anyone breaking the guidelines.”Tags: covid protocols, mark williams, rec sportslast_img read more

Forum kicks off Thursday on how older Vermonters can avoid scams

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas and Treasurer Jeb Spaulding will join with The FINRA Foundation and AARP Vermont Thursday morning to launch a statewide campaign to protect older consumers from the growing threat of investment-related cons and scams.  The initiative kicks off at the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center with a press conference and educational forum for some 300 area residents. State Police Lieutenant Robert Kalinoski will also speak at the press conference to share a personal story about how his father was taken in and eventually defrauded in Bennington. WHAT: Official launch of Vermont Investor Protection campaign followed by an educational workshop for 300 participants.WHO: Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding, John Gannon, President The FINRA Foundation, Greg Marchildon, State Director — AARP Vermont, Robert Kalinoski, VT State Police Lieutenant and son of defrauded citizenWHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 11:15 AM, press conference. Forum begins at 12 noon.WHERE: Sheraton Burlington Conference Center, South Burlington, VT Press conference on the Emerald Promanade III. Forum in the Emerald Ballroom.Open to the public. Lunch will be servedlast_img read more

7 “musts” for creating a strong, consumer-focused collateral protection program

first_imgFor financial institutions, avoiding risk completely may seem impossible. However, a well-developed collateral protection program can effectively monitor and mitigate risk surrounding procedures, process, compliance and consumer interactions. There are essentially seven “musts” for initiating and sustaining a strong, consumer-focused collateral protection program:Implement fair premium rates.Focus on consumer benefits.Practice consumer-friendly refund processing.Adopt a strategic approach to consumer notifications.Provide multiple avenues for verification.Stay focused on the service.Measure the program’s success with performance metrics. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Hilger David Hilger is a founder of Allied Solutions and has had roles in both the sales and operations of the company and is currently the SVP of Information Technology. Mr. … Web: Details Read Allied Solutions’ full white paper to learn more about how to apply these seven collateral risk management strategieslast_img read more

Thoughts and perspectives on this year’s Veterans Day

first_img This post is currently collecting data… 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: Details This is placeholder text center_img First: A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all our veterans who sacrifice their lives and livelihoods so that the rest of us can live our lives as free citizens in our great nation. Military life is like no other. It is the willingness to endure many personal and family hardships while knowing that one day the ultimate sacrifice may be needed to protect our common ideals. For this willingness to serve, we should all be thankful.As we head into the traditional holiday season over the next two months, it is important to remember that none of this would be possible without these sacrifices in service to our country. Although not by design, I like that we recognize Veterans Day ahead of the holiday season. It offers the opportunity to really reflect on the role of our military from a larger perspective.Second: Let’s focus on why we celebrate Veterans Day and how it is different from Memorial Day. Here is how to distinguish between the two:Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, particularly in battle, in service to our nation.Veterans Day is a national day to honor those who have served our country in war and peace—dead or alive—who have endured many hardships and sacrifices, so that the rest of us don’t have to worry about mobilizing for war.Here is a great article that explains the history of the day and how it has changed over the years. If you have time, it is worth reading on this day.Third: This year’s Veterans Day deeply resonates as I look back on my military career and as I look around at the COVID pandemic that we’re facing today. The last time I felt this way was during 9/11 when I was assigned to the Pentagon. We were largely mobilizing for war back then; yet there are some parallels in our nation’s pandemic response that stir many of the same reactions and emotions. Here is one parallel:Mobilization is when our country must quickly organize in times of war, national defense or other national emergencies. In its full scope, mobilization includes the re-organization of our nation’s resources (e.g., military draft, industrial restructure, imposed economic shortages, etc.) in order to defeat a threat for an indefinite period. The last time our nation did this was during World War II.In the decades since World War II, we have not had to face these kinds of challenges on the same scale. Since then, we have benefitted from a strong national security posture and, at least domestically, have been insulated from the worst of the intervening conflicts. Just like electricity, heat, and plumbing, we only notice the need to maintain it when it is no longer available. This year is different. Everyone reading this article has been affected by a partial mobilization (still ongoing in some states) during our nationwide lockdown. Entire industries were re-organized to produce ventilators, people changed their hygienic habits, and people learned to deal with shortages. Apart from job losses, these changes we have had to make to our daily lives are a small reflection of the sacrifices the military and their families make as part of their willingness to stand in between the nation’s people and the harsh realities of keeping our nation safe. Again, many thanks to our veterans for keeping us safe! There are many other reactions and emotions that come to the surface when I stop to think about Veterans Day. This year, I will use this day to honor those who are serving and who have served. Likewise, I will also use the day to spend some time with my family and focus on what is important. I encourage you all to do the same.Finally, as we reflect on Veterans Day, I would like to share a short video on why each of our nation’s credit unions “do what they do” in terms of honoring our veterans. Please take some time to share the video and thank our veterans for their service. It seems like a small act. However, believe me—it means the world to those who serve in our country’s armed forces.TO OUR NATION’S DEFENDERS—THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!last_img read more

Lukashenko: Tainted strongman on Europe’s doorstep

first_imgTopics :  ‘Why cry now?’ After post-election protests in which dozens were injured and a prominent rights group said that one man was killed, Lukashenko defended the use of force.”Why weep and cry now?” he said.A father of three, Lukashenko often attends official events with his youngest son, 15-year-old Nikolai. His latest election declaration said that he is still legally married although he is never seen in public with the wife he wed in 1975. He has insisted that Belarus is not ready for a woman leader.A female president “would collapse, poor thing,” he said.Amnesty International has accused Lukashenko’s government of “misogyny” and targeting female activists with discriminatory tactics.Lukashenko has been known for his blunt-speaking folksiness and the former collective farm director is routinely pictured in rural settings like tractor factories or potato fields.Despite tens of thousands of coronavirus infections, he has dismissed the pandemic as a hoax and refused to introduce a lockdown or postpone the election.He has offered dubious tips on avoiding the virus, recommending driving tractors in the countryside, drinking vodka and taking steam baths.  Critics call the mustachioed leader “the cockroach.”As Europe’s longest-serving non-royal leader, he has held onto power since 1994.He detained his main opposition rivals ahead of Sunday’s poll and afterwards vowed he would not allow opponents to “tear the country apart”.During an animated address to the nation last week, Lukashenko wiped sweat from his brow as he accused the opposition of planning mass riots in the capital Minsk. Strongman Alexander Lukashenko has ruled over ex-Soviet Belarus for nearly three decades and says he cannot bear to part with his “beloved” country.The 65-year-old won a sixth term in Sunday polls, according to the official results, and brutally crushed protests by opponents who claim he rigged the vote. Ordinary Belarusians and independent observers accuse him of stealing the election from 37-year-old Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has emerged as the leader of the protest movement against his rule.center_img Between Russia and West Lukashenko has kept his landlocked homeland wedged between Russia and EU member Poland largely stuck in a Soviet time warp.A quarter of a century after the collapse of the USSR the tightly controlled eastern European nation still has a security service called the KGB, adheres to a command economy and looks to former master Moscow as its main ally, creditor and energy provider.But Lukashenko has not been afraid to cross swords with the Kremlin as he nervously eyed its intervention in neighboring Ukraine and has sought to mend fences with the West.In February, he welcomed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, making the first visit to Belarus by a US Secretary of State since 1994.Despite recurring financial crises Lukashenko has stood firmly by Soviet-era economic policies.He has also signed the country up to the Eurasian Economic Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pet project.But while Belarus remains the most closely aligned former Soviet republic to Moscow, Lukashenko insists he is no Kremlin patsy, often switching from speaking Russian to Belarusian to show his independence.When Putin seized Crimea from Ukraine and was accused of sparking a rebellion after the February 2014 ouster of Kiev’s Moscow-backed leader, Lukashenko appeared wary of Russia’s aggressiveness.He has rejected the idea of outright unification with Russia and has accused Moscow of meddling in the current presidential campaign. Less than two weeks before the polls Belarus arrested more than 30 Russian “militants”, saying they were on a mission to destabilize the country.The arrests sparked a crisis in ties with Moscow, but after the widespread claims of blatant vote rigging Putin was quick to congratulate Lukashenko on his re-election.By contrast, European governments questioned the results of Sunday’s election, with Belarus neighbor Poland calling for an emergency EU summit on the situation. “We will not give the country to you,” he said, speaking in front of a glum-faced audience of officials, church leaders and military personnel.He likened Belarus to a woman, saying “You don’t hand over your beloved.”last_img read more

Teekay LNG Secures 3-Year Charter for Magellan Spirit LNG Carrier

first_imgOwner and operator of LNG carriers Teekay LNG Partners has secured a new charter contract for its LNG carrier, the 2009-built Magellan Spirit.The 3-year fixed-rate contract, secured with an integrated oil and gas company, is scheduled to commence during the summer of 2019.Concurrently, Teekay LNG extended the in-charter of the Magellan Spirit until the summer of 2022.With this deal “the partnership’s LNG carrier fleet is approximately 97, 93 and 92 percent fixed for the remainder of this year, 2020 and 2021, respectively, which further supports Teekay LNG’s expected earnings growth and continued deleveraging profile over the next few years,” Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Gas Group Ltd, said.Furthermore, Teekay GP LLC, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has declared a cash distribution of USD 0.19 per common unit for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, representing a 36 percent increase over the previous quarter’s distribution.“Our new annual distribution of USD 0.76 per unit is supported by our diverse portfolio of long-term fixed-rate LNG contracts. Importantly, our new distribution level strikes a balance between providing a meaningful increase in returns to our unitholders, while simultaneously allowing Teekay LNG to continue along its existing delevering path,” Kremin added.last_img read more

Batesville Freshman Boys Basketball vs. Connersville

first_imgThe Batesville boys 9th grade basketball team was defeated by the visiting Connersville Spartans Thursday night by a score of 26-24.The Bulldogs started the game with a great effort and went into halftime up 5. The Spartans responded in the second half with great effort which the Bulldogs could not match. Connersville took a 2 point lead with under a minute to play and Batesville could not get a good look at the basket.For the second game in a row Devin Scripture led all scorers with 10 points, scoring both inside and from 3 point range. Alex Westerfeld also chipped in 6 points.The team is in action again next Monday when they travel to Greensburg to take on the Pirates .Score by quarter vs Connersville:  BHS: 8 16 18 24; CHS: 3 11 20 26.Scoring:  Lane Oesterling 2; Sam Giesting 0; Gus Cooper 3; Nathan Eckstein 0; Devin Scripture 10; Alex Westerfeld 6; Tyler Myers 3; Kevin Salatin 0; and Charlie Prickel 0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Michael Lanning.last_img read more