first_imgThe price of flour is set to rise by another £25 a tonne before Christmas, as increased costs continue to hit the milling sector.The major millers Rank Hovis and ADM Milling are preparing to announce a second round of price increases, just four months after they last put their prices up.A Rank Hovis spokesman said it was striving to help customers mitigate increased costs. But year-on-year rises in energy and wheat prices meant a further £25 a tonne increase on flour prices was required, on top of the £29 a tonne increase it announced in August.Price increases of £25 a tonne would add about 2-3p to the price of an 800g loaf.The spokesman added: “It looks likely that we will have to build this into our plans in the short-term rather than after Christmas.”ADM Milling said it will announce another price rise soon, after it added £28.75 a tonne on its prices from September. A spokesman said: “Since announcing a price increase in August, UK bread wheat prices have increased by an additional 15%. World wheat stocks are at the lowest level for 25 years, and global demand is increasing. This is regrettably leading towards a further flour price increase in the next few months.”National Association of British and Irish Millers’ director general Alex Waugh commented: “A good part of the recent increases in wheat cost were in late September, some time after millers throughout the EU raised flour prices.”Frank Roberts bakery chairman Graham March said: “We do what we can to offset increases on input prices. But further flour price rises, together with high energy costs, would inevitably mean a price increase to the consumer.”last_img read more


first_img FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. Several environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the agency isn’t doing enough to protect Lake Erie from toxic algae. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, April 25, 2017, said the EPA needs to step in and take action under the Clean Water Act. Algae blooms in the shallowest of the Great Lakes have fouled drinking water in recent years and are a threat to wildlife and water quality. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $1.8 million for projects designed to reduce nutrient pollution that helps cause harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the grants Monday.Regional administrator Kurt Thiede says the money is being divided among five organizations that will use market-based approaches for targeting runoff of nutrients such as phosphorus. The funding will come from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program that deals with some of the lakes’ most persistent environmental problems. Twitter By Associated Press – February 25, 2020 0 248 Previous articleMishawaka HS cracks down on student vaping with finesNext articleFord recalls popular F-150 pickup to fix headlamp problem Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Google+ Google+ Pinterest Grants seek market-based reductions of Great Lakes pollution Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive recently announced its massive artist lineup, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year, the event is expanding to two days, September 23rd and 24th, and will take over three of Brooklyn’s premier venues—Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—all within a 10-minute walking radius. Fans’ imaginations have been running wild dreaming up what band lineups may be formed from the extensive roster of musicians. The guessing game is always one of the most fun parts of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, but today we’re ready to roll out some more surprises. Today, following the previous announcements of “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band,” A Tribute To Jamiroquai, Eric Krasno & Friends, and moe.queous, Brooklyn Comes Alive has announced a trio of New Orleans legends: famed jazz pianist Henry Butler, influential drummer Johnny Vidacovich, and legendary bassist George Porter Jr.Funk fans of will need no introduction for George Porter Jr., who laid the foundation for funk bassists across the world with his landmark work with The Meters in the 1960s and 1970s. In recent years, Porter has transformed himself into one of the grandfather’s of the jam scene, and can be found touring with The Funky Meters, playing in New Orleans with his solo band the Runnin’ Pardners or at his weekly Monday night jam-session at The Maple Leaf, and in the studio laying down bass for other legends like Paul McCartney, David Byrne, and John Scofield, among others. His contribution to and love for the world of improvisational music is unmeasurable.Henry Butler is one of the most versatile piano players to emerge from the modern jazz scene in New Orleans. Butler hit the local scene in the mid-1980s and was quickly anointed his generation’s beacon of New Orleans jazz. Referred to as “the pride of New Orleans” by Dr. John, Butler’s playing is fast yet intelligent, with chords sprinkled up and down the piano while he solos with lightning speed.When the words “New Orleans” and “drummer” are mentioned in the same sentence, Johnny Vidacovich is one of the first players that comes to mind. The legendary jazz drummer broke out with Astral Project in the mid-1970s and has been hugely influential to local players, with Galactic‘s Stanton Moore and famed modern jazz drummer Brian Blade claiming to have been impacted by his work. Vidacovich is still playing with regularity down in New Orleans, and his fire continues to burn for the city’s vibrant live music scene.To say that these three musicians on one stage is a rarity would be an understatement. Outside of New Orleans, this combination of players feels even more like a fantasy. At Brooklyn Comes Alive, they’ve made fantasy a reality, and George Porter Jr., Henry Butler, and Johnny Vidcovich are sure to deliver an outstanding set of improvisational music.George Porter Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, & Jon Cleary live at The Maple Leaf in 2014George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentilli with Henry Butler, Eric Krasno, and Adam Deitch in NYC at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in 2010 The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more


first_img Grants will ease families’ financial burden substantially; community service a draw The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. 43,330 apply to College Class of ’23 Nearly 83 percent of students admitted to the Class of 2023 have chosen to matriculate at Harvard College. The yield for the Class of 2022 was 81.7 percent. Because of the high yield, only a small number of students will be admitted from the waiting list over the coming weeks.“Harvard is indebted to the many undergraduates, faculty, and alumni who have helped attract so many of the nation’s and world’s promising students,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “That outreach and guidance provide the critical difference by informing prospective students of the robust opportunities that await them in Cambridge.”Visitas, Harvard’s April visiting program, once again provided a warm welcome to newly admitted students. Faculty members, administrators, and current undergraduates conducted panel discussions and fielded questions from admitted students during Visitas, while alumni hosted numerous “admit parties” and telephoned admitted students in their local areas.Students with the Undergraduate Admissions Council, Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, Harvard First Generation Program, and Harvard College Connection also targeted their efforts this year by again calling and emailing their peers to answer questions and highlight specific opportunities for students: 130-plus freshman seminars; a robust advising system that provides more than 400 first-year advisers, 200 peer advising fellows, and 60 resident proctors; research opportunities with close faculty collaboration; the creation of 49 secondary fields; and a revised General Education program.Financial aid was a crucial consideration for a large segment of those enrolling in the Class of 2023. “Harvard’s financial aid program has continued to open the doors to low- and middle-income students,” said Jake Kaufmann, Griffin Director of Financial Aid, noting that more than half of the entering class applied for financial aid; 20 percent qualified for the low-income portion of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative; more than 23.3 percent requested application fee waivers; and 14.5 percent are first-generation college students. Related Harvard College admits 1,950 to Class of ’23 Applications rose 1.4 percent from last year Over the past year, Harvard spent $200 million on undergraduate financial aid. One in five Harvard families has an annual income of less than $65,000 and pays nothing toward the cost of the student’s education. Families with incomes up to $150,000 with typical assets pay 10 percent or less of their annual incomes, and many with higher incomes also qualify for assistance depending on individual circumstances. The families of Harvard students receiving need-based financial aid pay an average of only $12,000, and students are never required to take out loans to cover the cost of their education.Harvard is committed to ensuring that all students take full advantage of their College experience. In addition to grant aid to cover the basic cost of attendance, Harvard provides more than $6 million annually in additional funding to students, supporting everything from winter coats to music lessons to studying abroad to public service internships to laboratory research experiences. Harvard’s neediest students also receive a $2,000 “start up” grant to help ease their transition to the College and allow them to explore the vast opportunities available to them year-round.At this time, women and men each comprise about 50 percent of the class. Prospective social science concentrators constitute 26.1 percent; 19 percent are interested in the biological sciences, 16 percent in the humanities, 10.5 percent in engineering, 7.6 percent in computer science, 7 percent in the physical sciences, 6.8 percent in mathematics, and 7.1 percent are undecided. Asian Americans make up 25.6 percent of the class, African Americans 13.1, Latinx 11.8 percent, and Native Americans and Native Hawaiians 2.2 percent. International students constitute 13.1 percent of the class. Geographical origins of the Class of 2023 are similar to last year’s class. Six veterans and 28 students who expressed an interest in ROTC are among the members of the Class of 2023. In recent years, Harvard has increased efforts to recruit individuals who have served in the U.S. military, working with the Defense Department, joining Service to School’s Vetlink program in 2017, and conducting outreach via community college centers for veterans.“Recruiting for next year’s Class of 2024 is already underway,” said Marlyn McGrath, director of admissions. “We have communicated with thousands of prospective students through electronic and social media, and our outreach efforts are more multifaceted than ever before. Recruitment ‘season’ truly never ceases.”Staff will visit 70 locations in the United States this month and another 80 during the fall in addition to doing some international travel. Thousands of prospective students and their families have already visited Cambridge over the past few months, attending group information sessions and tours.last_img read more


first_imgCate Von Dohlen | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered his annual address to faculty Tuesday evening in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Burish introduced Jenkins and briefly spoke to his time at Notre Dame, thanking the faculty for welcoming him and for their support during his time as provost. “As a result, serving as provost has been the greatest professional privilege of my life,” Burish said.Jenkins praised Burish for his commitment to high-quality teaching and growth in research and graduate studies in the last fifteen years. He noted several specific institutes developed during his time here, including the Harper Cancer Research Institute, Innovation Park at Notre Dame and the IDEA Center, along with other factors such as Notre Dame’s growing internationalization and strength of applicants to the University. Before speaking to the provost search, Jenkins expressed his gratitude for Burish. “He has devoted himself to enabling the rest of us to flourish, and for this I am — and I believe we all are — deeply grateful,” Jenkins said. “It has been a true blessing for me to work for the past fifteen years alongside someone who I believe has been, quite simply, the most effective provost in American higher education. If I were asked what days were most pivotal in my tenure as President of Notre Dame, I would have to include the day Tom Burish agreed to come and be our provost.”Jenkins said Lisa Prigohzy-Milius of Presidio Executive Search will assist the search committee in their confidential search for the provost who will follow Burish. Jenkins spoke to the criticism concerning the decision to cover the Columbus murals on the walls of the entrance to the Main Building. Jenkins said he formed a committee of faculty, staff and students to create a set of recommendations for the murals. “Critics of our decision have suggested that it arose from a desire to protect overly sensitive, coddled students and faculty from images that might disturb them; or from a desire to suppress historical facts; or from some embarrassment about the Catholic faith. In fact, the opposite is true on all counts,” Jenkins said. “… Our goal has been to convey the broader story in both its positive and negative aspects, and to do so from the perspective of our mission as a Catholic university.” Jenkins also discussed the University’s implementation of the Staff Retirement Incentive Program and the issues of cost and accessibility of higher American education. “We used the opportunity of these retirements to review staffing levels and seek efficiencies,” Jenkins said. The high costs are largely an effect of Notre Dame’s commitment to educational excellence but the University cannot ignore families bearing the burden nor the concerns of University benefactors, Jenkins said. “We plan to direct all savings from reductions in staffing levels to helping students from lower-income and first-generation families make a Notre Dame education accessible,” Jenkins said. Continuing his address, Jenkins spoke to Notre Dame in concern of the admissions bribery scandal involving respected institutions. “We have conducted a thorough review, and we have no evidence of such behavior at Notre Dame. Nevertheless, the worst response to such cases would be to assure ourselves that it could never happen here,” he said.Jenkins said Sept. 25 panel for the 2019 Notre Dame Forum “Rebuild My Church” — which focuses on addressing the Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse scandal — will be moderated by Crux Editor and Vatican beat reporter John Allen. “Our forum this year will focus on where we are now in the process of healing and reform and what further steps are needed,” he said.Jenkins finally addressed the topic of sustainability and environmental efforts on campus, identifying the ways Notre Dame is moving away from coal toward other sources of energy. “The University has burned coal since its founding to warm buildings and light the campus,” Jenkins said. ”Next month, a year ahead of schedule, the last piece of coal will be burned as we transition to other sources of energy.”University initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions include geothermal projects, a hydroelectric project on the St. Joseph River, natural gas combustion turbines, solar energy arrays, green roofs and LEED gold and silver certifications of buildings around campus, Jenkins said. “Through these and other initiatives, we have achieved a 50% reduction in carbon emissions per square foot from 2005 levels — 10 years ahead of our original goal,” Jenkins said. ”We will continue these efforts as we seek to make the campus entirely carbon neutral.” In closing, Jenkins praised the faculty for their dedication. “I am conscious every day that the good that happens here daily is due to the many remarkably talented, dedicated people who make up this University community,” Jenkins said. “So let me end by thanking you again for all you do to make this University the force for good it aspires to be.”Tags: Columbus murals, faculty address, Fr. John Jenkins, sustainability efforts University President Fr. John Jenkins spoke to the success of the University under provost Tom Burish, and the search for a new provost, as Burish will step down at the conclusion of this school year. Jenkins also discussed the Columbus murals, affordability and financial aid, the ND voice survey and fostering a ‘speak up’ culture, the 2019-2020 forum “Rebuild My Church” and the Vatican dialogues on climate change and campus sustainability initiatives in his annual faculty address Tuesday evening in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. last_img read more


first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man is facing charges after allegedly throwing a pocket knife at a child’s face during an incident Monday night.Jamestown Police say Robert Trenary, 26, was arrested after police responded to a disorderly person call on Fulton Street around 9:30 p.m.While inside a residence, it is alleged that Trenary recklessly threw a knife striking a minor in the face.Police say Trenary was taken into custody without incident. Trenary is charged with third-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.Additionally, officers say Trenary had an outstanding domestic violence arrest warrant.last_img read more


first_img— “Both can see just fine in terms of measuring their eyesight. But the cat that has had control behaves normally. The other cat that did not have control acts like it’s functionally blind. It walks off of tables, into walls. It doesn’t understand its experience,” Professor Proffitt explains. Because the kittens in the experimental group had no way to understand how their visual perceptions were related to their own actions, their brains could not correctly interpret what their bodies were able to do. “Action allows you to see the world in terms of what you can do. What we see in the world are opportunities for action.” Later I Googled this experiment for clarification to find it considerably less adorable than it sounds. In the 1960s, scientists chose pairs of newborn kittens from the same litter and raised them in darkness, only exposing them to light while inside this contraption. Our physical health is abysmal compared to other industrialized nations. The stereotype of the fat American isn’t a stereotype at all. On average we’re sedentary for twelve hours per day and 40% of the population is obese, contributing to increasing diagnoses of diabetes, heart disease, and myriad other health concerns. But how can you blame anyone in a world where interstates have mile markers to the nearest Taco Bell? There is such an implication of urgency in every part of our lives that you can forget about cooking, exercising, or even sitting down for a meal. There’s so little time we actually have to abbreviate the word “drive-thru.” This is not a country of flourishing people.  However, I think it’s important to recognize that something is awry in our society, and the numbers are revealing. With how quickly technology has changed in recent decades, there are already many people on Earth who have absolutely zero memory of a time when the Internet and screens were not omnipresent. In the not-so-distant future, no one will have a basis of comparison in their own memory to conceive of a world without them. Even older adults who grew up with payphones are struggling to just remember what it used to be like.  It’s something that makes people more caring and reduces crime, something that decreases anxiety and promotes higher self-esteem, something that calms the nervous system and improves performance on cognitive tests. Something that relieves pain, improves immunity, and treats anxiety, depression, and ADHD with little risk of adverse side effects. Something that promotes exercise, mindfulness, play, and socialization. Something that kills a lot of birds with one stone. Prophylactic and Panacea Children of today negatively impacted by this culture may grow up to believe something is wrong with them, and not the social norms that they’ve known their entire lives. Spending half of waking life with your face in a screen is normal. Sitting and being inactive for literally half of an entire day is normal. With such significant consequences for well-being, it’s urgent we bring awareness to the fact that normal should not be conflated with good or even okay. “Well, there’s two kittens on a carousel,” he began without missing a beat, seamlessly transitioning into his natural teaching mode. He scratched a rough sketch on a notepad between us on the desk. “One has control over locomotion and can move around, and the other gets moved around and can only observe.” The tests and protocols were designed by PhD candidates under the mentorship of Dennis Proffitt — professor, researcher, and Director of the Undergraduate Degree Program in Cognitive Science. He and his graduate students were interested in how we perceive the world and ourselves within it. I learned that our reality is made of a whole lot more than the images that reach the retina. The motto of the Perception Lab probably should have been “there’s more than meets the eye,” because what meets the eye is the tip of a very large iceberg. Ever seen those flyers posted around college campuses recruiting experimental guinea pigs in exchange for cash or class credit? Well, once upon a time as a University of Virginia undergraduate, I was the one with the clipboard taking notes. And perhaps most importantly, when it comes to technology, once you pop, the fun don’t stop. There are no take-backs for innovation, no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. The singular option is adaptation. One of the ecotherapists I interviewed, Beverley Ingram, insisted she wasn’t anti-technology because it’s here to stay. “Right now, technology is not being used well,” she admitted. “We have to get smart about how these things are taking advantage of our brain, dopamine, and serotonin. It’s like we’re a little kid in a candy shop, throwing up because we binged on all the sweets.”  Though researchers still debate the inherent harm of screens, it’s impossible to get around the fact that so much time spent in front of them means that something else (or perhaps everything else) has got to give. What time do we have left to care for our children and homes, to get a good night’s sleep, to enjoy hobbies, to spend time with our friends, or to engage in more physical activity than the walk between the cubicle and the coffee maker?  False Promises and Re-thinking ‘Normal’ Your brain naturally thinks about what it would take to climb this hill, even if you don’t need to. Thankfully, it is never too late for reconnection. Science shows that reconnecting with nature (through gardens, animals, nature walks, nature brought indoors, and more) can improve health, self-esteem, foster social connection, and bring joy. Engaging nature gives us a second chance to see clearly. Taking those opportunities for action teaches us what it means to be a living thing on this Earth, giving confidence and clarity about who we are and our place among the chaos.  If you’re still with me, I admire your patience because no one wants to hear how bleak and crappy and doomed things are. It’s not fun and it’s not a new idea. Even one of the ecotherapists I interviewed and came to deeply respect encouraged me not to focus on the negatives because scaring people is often counterproductive. I’m certainly not trying to fear-monger and I hope these articles bring more hope than fear. Kittens on the Carousel Time available for life lived beyond pixels is diminishing. So much for “plucking the hour” — we don’t have any left to pluck. When I began writing this article, my former psychology professor was one of the first people I sought out for perspective. There are few I respect more for their intelligence and scientific integrity, and this was an area of his expertise. Nature is our environment, after all. I’d asked if he’d answer some questions about nature and human perception and somehow we had gotten to talking about felines and amusement park rides. It seems we need a yin to the yang, something to bring equilibrium to a world increasingly dominated by the manmade, by the virtual, and by the left-brain. Returning to a state of balance could solve a whole host of problems, and it may be easier to achieve than one might think. There is a remedy that is both a powerful preventative and cure to the negative impacts of technology and urbanization. A healer and a protector. — In the first experiment I ever ran, I asked students to estimate the angle of a hill while looking at it from its base. Unless they had prior experience in construction, I learned that humans are bad at this game. Participants consistently guessed angles more than three times as steep as reality. But what was more surprising was that I could make them believe the hill was even steeper without suggesting a thing. I just asked them to put on a backpack. According to the research conducted by ecopsychologist Chad Chalquist, “disconnection from the natural world in which we evolved produces a variety of psychological symptoms that include anxiety, frustration, and depression” and contribute to a “pathological sense of inner deadness or alienation from self, others, and the world.”  Our brains reward us with hits of dopamine for every piece of information we consume, same as when we consume a piece of candy. Those hits of dopamine can become addictive and the desire for more can trump the desire to do anything else. Physical inactivity, social disconnection, and mental illness may all be symptoms of the same malady: a little bit too much time glued to a screen. “We can learn not to binge on sweets,” asserted Ingram. “And we can learn to find a balance.” But what happens when you have a limited experience of interacting with your environment? Say, perhaps because like the average American, you spend 90% of your time indoors? How does your brain deal with an atrophied understanding of what your body can and cannot accomplish?center_img When Plato looked at the night sky, his heart brimmed with optimism that human curiosity would “compel the soul to look upward and lead us from this world to another.” A lofty notion perhaps, but not inappropriate. The universe is indeed lofty and our desire to understand how it all works has set us apart as a unique species. From spears to aqueducts to the light bulb, innovation carved footholds into life’s learning curve with barely a look back. Implied, of course, is the proverbial peak of utopia. The control group kitten is placed in a harness with the agency to walk around in a circle. The other kitten is yoked to him on the same turntable, spinning at the behest of his brother. The second kitten is unable to do anything other than observe the room go round and round. After a few weeks, they allowed the kittens to freely explore a lighted room. The two groups of kittens took to this test quite differently. The backpacks were filled with weights — specifically 10% of each participant’s body weight. Participants in the experimental backpack group believed the hills to be significantly steeper than those in the control group. Why? Because with a heavy load on your shoulders, a hill looks like a real pain the ass to climb. Keep in mind I never told participants they would be expected to climb the hill. But that’s irrelevant. Even if your brain is not consciously aware of what’s going on, it’s constantly making its best educated guesses about the environment in anticipation of how you may need to interact with it. Psychological well-being also appears to be suffering, with an estimated 1 in 4 adults affected by mental illness and 40% of Americans feeling more anxious than they did last year. Most of the population reports being lonely and isolated with only one friend on average, and one in four have none at all. Even with society’s tolerance of casual sex at an all-time high, young adults are actually having less sex than previous generations. “Netflix and chill” was once tongue-in-cheek and cheeky — now it’s just literal and sad.  Consider Mr. Blobby. Voted the most hideous species and adopted as the mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, he (or she) looks like the love child of Nintendo’s Kirby, a fish, and “Kilroy was here.” Mr. Blobby was trawled from an ocean floor over 2000 feet below sea level. Because it evolved under so much (literal) pressure, it uses water as structural support. When pulled to the surface, the change in water pressure causes its body to become distorted, resulting in a photo that spawned the meme: “Go home evolution, you’re drunk.” The Internet Age made a lot of shiny promises: accessible information would make us smarter, digital tools would make us more organized, online communication would keep us more connected. We certainly bought in to the hype. Americans now spend more than eleven hours per day staring at computers, phones, tablets, and televisions. So how is this working out? To put it short, it’s not. Still, in the course of my interviews, I’ve been reminded more than once by people much smarter than I that technology is ultimately a good thing for humanity. I’ll admit that the above-mentioned statistics regarding the state of America didn’t exactly fill me with optimism, but my sources rightly called me out. Without information technology, you wouldn’t be reading this article right now. My voice (and everyone’s) would be limited to the people within earshot of a soapbox, and your knowledge would be limited by your proximity to one.  That something is nature. Illustrations by French artist Villemard in 1910 of how he imagined the future to be in the year 2000 — Click here to read the whole article Would it be too ham-fisted to ask: Are we in danger of becoming Mr. Blobby? But evolution is not drunk. Evolution means adaptation through years of natural selection, something the blobfish obviously accomplished, or else it wouldn’t exist. But we pulled an animal literally half a mile in altitude from the habitat in which it evolved under thousands of pounds of pressure and millions of years. When your body is engineered to operate within a specific environment, things don’t always translate so well when you get yanked out of it. In the face of an unadaptable environmental change, it experienced a complete system failure. No wonder it looks so monumentally busted. I was beginning to connect a few dots. The less we actively interact with the physical world and the more we passively observe, the closer we become to the kitten in the sidecar. With electronic media now dominating our lives, we have drifted far away from the lifestyle we evolved for. Living in the virtual world does not provide many opportunities for action. Maybe, in a way, we’ve become functionally blind. Researchers are concerned with how much of a nosedive this generation’s mental health has taken. Gen Z is most likely to report poor mental health and is the only generation with less than half of its population reporting excellent or very good mental health. Half of them will experience a diagnosable psychological disorder before age 18, the most common being anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and depression. “Remember the Kitten and Carousel experiment?” Professor Proffitt asked me.  “It’s been a few years,” I admitted. Professor Proffitt’s face is famously inscrutable, but I hoped I hadn’t disappointed him by forgetting one of his lectures back in his introductory college course.  On the heels of the Industrial Revolution, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted an idyllic future — within 100 years, the human race would no longer need to worry about bringing home the bacon, but instead on how to “pluck the hour and the day virtuously and well.” In 1965, TIME Magazine heralded the rise of computers as the dawn of a “modern Hellenic age.” Like the ancient Greeks, we would have time to “cultivate [our] minds and improve [our] environment while slaves did all the labor.” In this case, the slaves would be technology.  And given the inaccessibility of quality healthcare in America, it’s crucially important for people to know about something so inexpensive, so accessible, so customizable, and so diverse in modalities. No matter who you are reading this article, it is something from which you can benefit. Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now But much more devastating is that today’s children, the first generation to grow up completely in the fluorescent glow of the ubiquitous smartphone, are paying the highest price. Even the youngest millennials remember a time when they’d be kicked off the computer and ushered into the backyard to play so Mom could get off dial-up and use the phone. But Gen Z (born mid-nineties to mid-2000s) don’t.  Perhaps, but there it is. Unfortunately, scientific research is much slower than the evolution of technology, and it’s hard to say exactly why these statistics look the way they do. And just like most human behavior, it’s highly unlikely that only one variable is at play. It is the curse of every social scientist. But the data are starting to suggest that increased screen-time may be linked to all of these problems. Americans are overstimulated, socially disconnected, and increasingly unhappy, with technology partially to blame. It’s a far cry from the hopes of Plato, Keynes, and TIME Magazine. Quite contrary to their predictions, it seems we have become slaves to technology rather than the other way around. We may never realize the lessons we’ve internalized, and perception is kind of funny like that. But if something as simple and small as a backpack can change how steep you view the grade of a hill, then surely the act of actually climbing the hill could change your concept of yourself. And redeveloping a relationship with the natural world could change everything.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Glen Cove man has been arrested for sexually abusing a female masseuse at a Hicksville spa two weeks ago, Nassau County police said.James Catanzano was charged with first-degree sexual abuse at Red Bell Spa on Newbridge Road.The 53-year-old suspect allegedly grabbed the victim’s arm “in an attempt to have her touch him in a sexual manner,” then touched her “in an inappropriate sexual manner” when she backed into a corner on Jan. 6, police have said.The victim called 911 and the suspect fled, police said.Catanzano will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Your ruling planet in the 3rd house indicates that although big changes are in the offing, you can best prepare for them by getting to know yourself better by respecting your secrets and finding ways to feel good about yourself.Taurus – Your ruling planet in the 4th house brings romance. Romance can flourish in the beginning of the month if you let it. Don’t let your business instincts get the better of your social ones and don’t assume that business matters need to be all about business.Gemini – Your Sun is conjunct Mars which emphasizes the value of interpersonal contacts in professional matters. These contacts may bear pleasant fruit during the first half of the month. Don’t take on too many commitments or you’ll find yourself frazzled.Cancer – Your ruling planet conjunct Venus and Jupiter means indulge. A bit of self-indulgence may not be out of place. If you live the good life, others around you benefit merely by basking in the rays. By the end of the month you realize that home is where the heart is and will want to stay there lounging around with loved ones.Leo – Venus and Jupiter in your first house brings numerous ways to express your affection for another without spending a fortune. A sentimental card may do the trick. Don’t count on late month romantic intrigues to last, but do notice how nice it is to feel inspired. Virgo – Your ruling planet in the 10th house makes a good time to re-evaluate shared assets and joint account. Working cooperatively with others is absolutely essential now. A call you’ve been expecting comes through.Libra – Uranus conjunct your Sun in the 7th house could make you go overboard with a gift for that special person in your life. A candlelight dinner for two sounds romantic. Enjoy!Scorpio – Saturn in your first house retrograde may lead to an incorrect assumption which in turn may lead to a wrong move. Research a project from top to bottom before taking action that borders in the extreme. Study your options carefully.Sagittarius – Your ruling planet in the 9th house makes you examine your daily routine carefully this month. Be sure you’re not squandering your energy unnecessarily. Try to see whether firm adjustments in this area would free up more time for needed creative outlets. Capricorn – With your ruling planet in the 11th house, you’ll find that others are more than cooperative during the work day. A pet project could benefit from constructive efforts. Pull out all the stops to reach an objective.Aquarius – Venus conjunct Jupiter in the 7th house emphasizes relationships. Someone new on the scene may remind you of a past love. It’s possible that this time you could find just what you are looking for! Emotional ties are deep and meaningful.Pisces – You could have an irresistible urge to do something just for the fun of it. Why not? You could be fascinated by a new individual, an unusual place or activity.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.orglast_img read more


first_imgState Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) called Cuomo a “legendary figure” whom he always had a deep and “profound” respect for.“With his passing, New York has lost a dedicated leader and committed public servant, and one of the great orators of our time,” Skelos said. “He will be deeply missed.” Long Island’s two county executives also expressed their condolences. “He was a man of passion, principle and dedication who inspired so many New Yorkers to pursue public service, including me,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, said in a statement. “We are a better state and a more just nation because of him.” “Mario Cuomo had much to be proud of, but I’m certain, he was most proud to know that his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in for a second term as New York State Governor today,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican. Before being elected governor, Cuomo was recognized for resolving a low-income and racially charged housing controversy in Forest Hills in 1972. He was appointed Secretary of State of New York three years later and was elected lieutenant governor in 1978. His keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention put him on the map nationally. Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his second term as governor on Thursday. In his speech, he noted his father’s absence, saying “he is not well enough to come.” “We spent last night with him, changed the tradition a little bit,” Andrew Cuomo continued. “We weren’t in Albany last night; we stayed at my father’s house to ring in the New Year with him. I went through the speech with him. He said it was good, especially for a second-termer. See, my father is a third-termer. But he sends his regards to all of you. He couldn’t be here physically today, my father. But my father is in this room. He is in the heart and mind of every person who is here. He is here and he is here, and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience is what has brought this state to this point. So let’s give him a round of applause.”In honor of his father, Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered all flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lawmakers from across the political spectrum paid tribute Friday to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, a champion of liberal policies known for his soaring oratory and as a national presidential favorite among Democrats—a prospect that never came to pass. Cuomo died of heart failure Thursday evening, just hours after his son Andrew took his second oath of office as governor of New York, a position he himself had held for three terms between 1983 and 1994. Cuomo’s family was at his side, according to a statement from the governor’s office. He was 82 years old.All across Long Island and New York State, lawmakers who knew him paid tribute to the man who more than once flirted with the idea of running for president but decided to remain in New York. “Mario Cuomo was a giant of New York government and politics,” Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said in a statement. “As much as anyone he understood and appreciated the mosaic that was New York. All who knew Mario Cuomo were better for it. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cuomo family. RIP.”“Mario Cuomo rose to the very pinnacle of political power in New York because he believed in his bones in the greatness of this state, the greatness of America and the unique potential of every individual,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement.last_img read more