11th Anniversary of 9/11 Marked by Smaller Ceremonies Focusing on Healing

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgMemorial events in New York, Washington, DC, and around the country to focus on healing, leading to smaller ceremonies than in years past on Sept. 11.last_img


Feeling Stressed? Iceland is Broadcasting People’s Yells of Frustration to Their Scenic Wilderness

Posted On Feb 27 2021 by

first_imgThe Looks Like You Need to Let It Out initiative, which was created by Promote Island, was launched as a means of helping people release some of their pent-up anxieties while also encouraging them to think about how they can enjoy traveling in solitude once travel restrictions have lifted.RELATED: Next Time You’re Feeling Particularly Stressed or Anxious, This Study Says You Should Play Tetris“You’ve been through a lot this year and it looks like you need the perfect place to let your frustrations out. Somewhere big, vast and untouched. It looks like you need Iceland,” reads the project website. “Record your scream and we’ll release it in Iceland’s beautiful, wide-open spaces. And when you’re ready, come let it out for real. You’ll feel better, we promise.”Although the concept might seem a little far-fetched, therapist and mental health consultant Dr. Zoë Aston supported the psychological benefits of the project, saying: “Screaming as a therapeutic tool was developed in the 1970s as a way to release pent-up emotion.“The psychological response to wanting to scream lights up a part of our brains called the amygdala,” she continued. “The amygdala activates when we are under threat—something we have all experienced in the past few months.“Part of the beneficial effect of screaming comes from being able to make a loud noise into a wide, open, undisturbed space. This literally allows your amygdala to release the stress stored there and move forward.”MORE: Stressed? This Study Says You Simply Need a 20-Minute ‘Nature Pill’That being said, not all of the recordings are screams of distress—some people’s yells lean on the sillier side; others will use their ten seconds of sound to say hello to the beautiful landscape.The website warns that anyone experiencing more pronounced mental health issues ought to seek professional help immediately—but for anyone else who may simply be feeling a bit overwhelmed during these turbulent times, a scream into the scenic Icelandic void might be just the pick-me-up you need.(WATCH the amusing promo video below)Help Your Friends ‘Let It Out’ By Sharing The Microphone On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhether it’s stressing about world affairs or COVID-19 social restrictions, some people might be experiencing an inordinate amount of frustration this week—which is why an Icelandic tourism company is offering up a strange, but fulfilling new source of stress relief.People from all over the world are recording their yells of frustration so they can be broadcast into the wide open Icelandic wilderness.last_img read more


Vermont party to $225 million national new car/parts settlement

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgConsumers and businesses may be included in the Class if, from 1998 to 2015, they:Bought or leased a new motor vehicle in the U.S. (not for resale), orIndirectly paid for a motor vehicle replacement part (not for resale).  (Indirectly means they bought the replacement part from someone other than the manufacturer of the part.)New motor vehicles include, but are not limited to, automobiles, cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, crossovers, vans, mini-vans, and sport utility vehicles.  Visit the website, www.AutoPartsClass.com(link is external), or call 1-877-940-5043 for a full list of Settling Defendants and applicable time periods.The Settlements provide money for consumers in the District of Columbia and 30 states – Arizona, Arkansas,California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri,Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon,Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  The Settlements also provide non-monetary relief, including cooperation, and an agreement by certain Settling Defendants not to engage in certain conduct for a period of 24 months. The litigation is continuing against the remaining Non-Settling Defendants.  All funds received in this case will be distributed at the conclusion of the lawsuits or as ordered by the Court.  Notice about the claims process will be provided at a later date, and consumers and businesses should register to receive notice about the claims process or future settlements at www.AutoPartsClass.com(link is external).Important Information and Dates:Eligible consumers or businesses that want to sue the Settling Defendants regarding a particular component part must exclude themselves from that Settlement Class by April 11, 2016.Eligible consumers or businesses can object to one or more of the Settlements by April 11, 2016. The Court will hold a hearing on May 11, 2016, to consider whether to approve the Settlements and approve Class Counsel’s request that up to $11.25 million be set aside for future litigation costs and expenses.  Class Counsel will also request at the hearing, or at a later date, attorneys’ fees of up to one-third of the Settlements’ funds, incentive awards, plus reimbursement of costs and expenses.For more detailed information about the Settlements and a full list of Settling Defendants and time periods:Visit: www.AutoPartsClass.com(link is external)Call: 1-877-940-5043Write to: Auto Parts Settlements, P.O. Box 10163, Dublin, OH 43017-3163SOURCE WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Kinsella Media, LLC Vermont Business Magazine The following is being released by the Notice Provider, Kinsella Media, LLC, about the lawsuit In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2311. There is an update for affected purchasers in this lawsuit about certain motor vehicle components, as there have been additional Settlements that may affect their rights. Settlements totaling approximately $225 million have now been reached with eleven Defendants.  The lawsuits allege that they fixed the price of certain motor vehicle components, causing millions of consumers and businesses from around the country to overpay for new or leased automobiles and replacement parts, such as air flow meters, alternators, ATF warmers, automotive wire harness systems, electronic throttle bodies, fuel injection systems, fuel senders, heater control panels, high intensity discharge ballasts, ignition coils, instrument panel clusters, inverters, motor generators, occupant safety restraint systems, radiators, starters, steering angle sensors, switches, and valve timing control devices.last_img read more


1st kayak race held on Gacka “Fastest paddle of Gacka”

Posted On Nov 20 2020 by

first_imgWOMEN:1. Ivana Tomas and Jelena Janjatovic2. Ruzica Babic and Katica Klobucar3. Dragica Drazenovic and Dragana DrazenovicMEN:1. Jurica Lisac and Ivan Šimatović Gs2. Ivica Pavelić and Dražen Suknjajić Gs3. David Samaržija and Jura Kostelac OtočacMIXED:1. Andreja Rožić and Viktor Sarić ZG2. Nada Grčić and Vinko Mijočić ZG3. Daniel Maksymink and Tea Dasović4. Laura Matejčić and Leonard Matejčić Korenica In Otočac on the river Gacka, the 1st kayak race on Gacka “The fastest paddle of Gacka” was held. The race was originally scheduled to take place on April 24th. but due to adverse weather conditions, the race was postponed and held last weekend.In addition to the attractive race, the autochthonous products and autochthonous cuisine of Gacka were presented, as well as their tasting. The goal of the race is to turn the Gacka Valley into a recognizable destination, and according to the tourist indicators of the Gacka Valley, more and more guests are waking up and visiting it. “The concept of the event is the promotion of new tourist attractions intertwined with the story of gastronomic heritage. The tourist attraction that accompanies this year’s Gastrogacka is kayaking on Gacka as a new offer of an attractive vacation. We started with the new offer last season and experienced a real tourist boom. We hope that this is just the beginning of the success story “Experience Gacka from Gacka” and how we will upgrade and complete this experience and become an unavoidable destination for continental tourism.”Points out Mladenka Orešković, director of the Tourist Board of the city of Otočac, and adds that this year they are recording growth in tourist nights and arrivals and that she justifiably expects a successful tourist season.In the first three months of 2016, 2.866 registered tourist arrivals were realized in Otočac, which is 67,60 percent more than in the same period last year when there were 1.710 arrivals. Overnight stays increased by 54,38%, ie 3.134 overnight stays were registered, which is an increase compared to last year’s number of 2030 overnight stays, according to the Tourist Board of the town of Otočac. It is interesting that most guests come from the Far East from Korea and Japan, who are also hotel guests, as well as Italians and Belgians.This great event has great tourist potential because it offers new and different content and most importantly – an indigenous story with the promotion of local gastronomy and culture. Try to visualize the value of an “ordinary” diploma for participation, which is framed on the wall by a guest from Japan. Priceless, isn’t it? Content and autochthony is the main motive of Doal tourists, and first and foremost offer your guests what they are, what you offer and have in your environment, and only then do you think about new creative content.It is the essence of tourism because tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. I hope that the race “The best paddle of Gacka” next year will grow both in terms of production and the number of visits by both domestic and foreign tourists.Tell stories.last_img read more


Your mood depends on the food you eat, and what you should eat changes as you get older

Posted On Nov 19 2020 by

first_imgShare on Twitter “One of the major findings of this paper is that diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus mature adults,” said Begdache. “Another noteworthy finding is that young adult mood appears to be sensitive to build-up of brain chemicals. Regular consumption of meat leads to build-up of two brain chemicals (serotonin and dopamine) known to promote mood. Regular exercise leads to build-up of these and other neurotransmitters as well. In other words, young adults who ate meat (red or white) less than three times a week and exercised less than three times week showed a significant mental distress.”“Conversely, mature adult mood seems to be more sensitive to regular consumption of sources of antioxidants and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the innate fight-or-flight response (commonly known as the stress response),” added Begdache. “With aging, there is an increase in free radical formation (oxidants), so our need for antioxidants increases. Free radicals cause disturbances in the brain, which increases the risk for mental distress. Also, our ability to regulate stress decreases, so if we consume food that activates the stress response (such as coffee and too much carbohydrates), we are more likely to experience mental distress.”Begdache and her team are interested in comparing dietary intake between men and women in relation to mental distress. There is a gender difference in brain morphology which may be also sensitive to dietary components, and may potentially explain some the documented gender-specific mental distress risk, said Begdache. Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.Lina Begdache, assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University, along with fellow Binghamton researchers, conducted an anonymous internet survey, asking people around the world to complete the Food-Mood Questionnaire (FMQ), which includes questions on food groups that have been associated with neurochemistry and neurobiology.Analyzing the data, Begdache and Assistant Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Nasim Sabounchi found that mood in young adults (18-29) seems to be dependent on food that increases availability of neurotransmitter precursors and concentrations in the brain (meat). However, mood in mature adults (over 30 years) may be more reliant on food that increases availability of antioxidants (fruits) and abstinence of food that inappropriately activates the sympathetic nervous system (coffee, high glycemic index and skipping breakfast). Emaillast_img read more


Women’s experiences of stranger harassment linked to PTSD symptoms through shame, self-blame, and fear

Posted On Nov 19 2020 by

first_imgIn the study, 367 women completed an assessment of PTSD symptom severity before filling out questionnaires regarding stranger harassment, shame, self-blame, fear of rape, feminist identification, conformity to feminine norms, and demographic information.The researchers found that women with more experiences of stranger harassment — including verbal harassment, sexual pressures, and unwanted touching from stranger — were at greater risk for PTSD symptoms. Stranger harassment was also associated with increased self-blame, shame, taking rape precautions, fear of men, and safety concerns, which in turn were all related to PTSD symptom severity.Adherence to sexual fidelity norms, such as feeling guilty after having a one-night stand, was found to enhance the association between stranger harassment and PTSD symptom severity by increasing shame. Identifying as a feminist, on the other hand, weakened the association between stranger harassment and PTSD symptom severity by reducing self-blame.“Women’s experiences of stranger harassment are linked to posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms through shame, self-blame, and fear. While endorsing feminist attitudes/beliefs may serve as a protective factor against stranger harassment, adhering to traditional feminine gender norms may serve as a risk factor,” Carretta told PsyPost.The study — like all research — includes some limitations. About half of the participants were currently enrolled in a college or university, but 89% were White.“The major caveat of this research is that it is a cross-sectional, correlational study and thus no cause-and-effect claims can be made. Another caveat is the lack of racial diversity in the sample of women we studied. A question that still needs to be addressed is ‘how might stranger harassment impact women of color compared to white women?’ This is a particularly important question as women of color may experience stranger harassment as both racial and gender discrimination,” Carretta said.The study, “Stranger Harassment and PTSD Symptoms: Roles of Self-Blame, Shame, Fear, Feminine Norms, and Feminism“, was authored by Rachel F. Carretta and Dawn M. Szymanski. Pinterest Share Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img LinkedIn Stranger harassment, also referred to as street harassment, is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in women, according to new research published in the journal Sex Roles. The findings provide evidence that experiences of unwanted sexual attention from strangers in public settings pose a threat to women’s psychological health.“I was interested in this topic because despite stranger/street harassment being such a prevalent experience for women, it is very much understudied,” said study author Rachel Carretta, a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee.“Stranger harassment is often trivialized, perhaps because it is so common, rendering it an invisible social problem. My interest stemmed from wanting to make this issue more visible in terms of how it may relate to women’s mental health.” Share on Facebooklast_img read more


JJAB Raises $4,200 From Community For School Supplies

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgJJAB Resource Specialist Rachel Mohr-Richards sorts supplies going to LAPS students. Courtesy/JJAB School supplies purchased from community donations for students attending LAPS. Courtesy/JJAB School Counselor Kim Pulliam poses with supplies provided for Aspen Elementary students. Courtesy/JJABJJAB News:Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, Los Alamos JJAB raised $4,200 to provide school supplies to Los Alamos Public Schools students. Through the JJAB Resource Specialist program, 40 individual students were provided with supplies to start the school year.In addition, JJAB worked with the elementary, middle and high schools to identify student needs for both remote and in-person learning. Items provided for students include mini whiteboards, headphones/earbuds, notebooks, graph paper, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, backpacks and more.JJAB would like to thank the following for their generous donations:Unitarian Church of Los AlamosLos Alamos Children’s DentistryLos Alamos Schools Credit UnionImmaculate Heart of Mary Parish-Christian Concern CommitteePlateau Property ManagementTrinity on the HillChildren’s Clinic, P.A.Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC)White Rock Methodist ChurchIncredible community members:Elisabeth ChrienMisa CoweeGuy and Carol EstesPatricia BowdowiczKrystal RoachDavid ChamberlineJim ShinasJoyce BerryKayLinda CrawfordMichael BernardinKarin RobertsMorrie and Cheryl PongratzHelena WhyteSusan RoachFrances KnudsonLos Alamos JJAB is a local non-profit focusing on the needs of youth with an emphasis on reducing youth risk behaviors, facilitating positive youth development, and building resiliency. For additional information about JJAB services and programs, visit www.losalamosjjab.com or call 505.709.8125.last_img read more


Rand Takes a Danish Flagged Chemical Tanker

Posted On Oct 6 2020 by

first_imgRand Logistics, Inc. today announced the acquisition of a Danish flagged chemical tanker that will be converted to a Canadian flagged river class self-unloader vessel.The new vessel will support recent new long-term contract awards which begin in April 2015. The acquisition and conversion of this vessel is consistent with Rand’s strategy of remaining the leader in both the U.S. and Canadian river class markets on the Great Lakes and reaffirms the company’s commitment to support the growth of its customers.“We have secured substantial long-term, contractual new business beginning in April 2015 for our Canadian flagged operations,” commented Scott Bravener President of Lower Lakes Towing. “The new tonnage that we have secured is in addition to the more than 250 sailing days of new business that we have been awarded for the 2014 sailing season and have previously announced. We are in the final stages of negotiating the shipyard contract to convert the vessel into a Canadian self-unloader and currently plan to introduce this new vessel into service during the second half of calendar 2015.”When introduced into service, the new vessel will have the largest carrying capacity of any existing Canadian river class self-unloader and will be the most efficient river class vessel on the Great Lakes.Upon conversion, this vessel will be the first new Canadian flagged river class self-unloader introduced into service on the Great Lakes in over 40 years. Once introduced into service, this vessel will increase the size of Rand’s fleet to 17, including 10 Canadian flagged and 7 U.S. flagged vessels.last_img read more


Steps ‘a part of history’

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgActivists Faried Salie and Irma Titus want to preserve the steps at the old entrance of the Bonteheuwel library, and restore it as a monument. The history of a staircase outside the old entrance of the Bonteheuwel library is of such significance, that activists are calling on the City of Cape Town to create a monument from it, instead of demolishing it.The library is due for an upgrade, and a suggestion was made to either demolish the staircase or to make it one platform, as officials are concerned that it could be a safety risk.Irma Titus said the steps represent the role the youth played in the 1980s, when anti-apartheid activism was at its highest.“Freedom Square was the people’s meeting place and the staircase is central to that. I might be younger than that generation, but I can relate, because my youth activism started at the library,” Ms Titus said.Faried Salie remembers how they met in the library during the 1980s, as part of the Bonteheuwel Interschool Congress (Bisco).“We used to formulate our type of action here – inside the library and away from the apartheid police’s eyes. Apart from that, it was also a get-together place for the youth. These steps not only has sentimental value, but also holds great historical significance. Some of our fallen heroes, like Ashley Kriel, Anton Fransch, and Coline Williams, walked on these steps. We used to sit on it, and pretend it was casual, when we were actually strategising,” Mr Salie said.Fifteen years ago the library underwent an upgrade, and Mr Salie was appointed the community liaison officer (CLO). Mr Salie and his team decided to preserve the staircase. There was no money allocated for the next phase, and so a decision was made to just brick up the sides of the staircase.“The idea was to put a plaque there to indicate its historical significance, or even a painting of our fallen heroes. The youth of today heard of our involvement, and it must be preserved. The youth’s involvement catapulted the struggle into democracy. There were lots of documentaries made, but it was filmed outside of the community. There is nothing here for the youth to touch. I was 16 years old when I was first detained. We did not get a chance to be teenagers – to live or to dream,” Mr Salie said.Ms Titus expressed her gratitude for Mr Salie’s role in preserving the staircase, adding that the City’s library services too, should take pride in the steps, as it forms part of the library’s history.Ward 50 councillor, Angus Mckenzie said the area’s central business district (CBD) is due for an upgrade, including the library.“I think it is important that the library is being upgraded. With the expansion, change will happen, unfortunately. I respect the significance people have with the steps, and it is important to memorialise it. However, we cannot put ourselves in a position where we upgrade the CBD, if it involves risks,” Mr Mckenzie said.The old entrance where the steps are, has been bricked up, and there is no access to the library from there.last_img read more


Acas talks as S+G shuts Leeds office

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgSome 29 fee-earners were made redundant last week as national firm Slater and Gordon closed its Leeds office – but that might not be the end of the matter.The crime and personal injury lawyers were let go as the firm continued to develop its technology and rely more on bigger offices in Liverpool and Manchester.But the Gazette understands that affected staff are in talks with the firm about the nature of the redundancy process, which began on 11 September. As recently as last November, the firm was stating its commitment to retaining a presence in Leeds even though it was disbanding its noise-induced hearing loss team. The firm says its redundancy process was correct, but it is understood conciliation service Acas has been called in to open talks between affected staff and their former employer.Commenting on the Leeds closure, a spokesperson said: ‘We have introduced new technology and processes that allow us to work more efficiently and provide a better experience for customers. Consequently, we are closing our Leeds office and relocating the work.’Leeds was one of several offices to close in the past two years as the firm deals with the legacy of rapid expansion undertaken by its previous owners, the listed Australian firm Slater + Gordon Lawyers.Another hangover from that period of acquisitions was brought to a close last week as Slater and Gordon settled its claim against Watchstone (formerly Quindell) over its 2015 purchase of the Quindell professional services division for £637m. The settlement was announced just hours before the start of a trial at the Rolls Building.Slater and Gordon had claimed for the full sale price, alleging breach of warranty and/or fraudulent misrepresentation. That claim has been unconditionally withdrawn, as has Watchstone’s counterclaim over disclosure issues during due diligence.The settlement provides for £11m of the £50m held in escrow to be released to Slater and Gordon, with the balance of £39m and accrued interest released to Watchstone. No application for costs will be made by either party. Neither party accepts there was a proper basis for either claim.last_img read more