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Major storm to bring heavy rain to South, snow to North Carolina

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Heavy rain was already falling in the South on Saturday morning as western North Carolina prepares for the potential for as much as a foot of snow this weekend. A major storm in the southern U.S. dumped significant amounts of rain in Texas on Friday night into early Saturday morning. Areas near Houston reported rainfall rates overnight of up to 2 inches per hour as bands of thunderstorms moved through. Bunker Hill Village in Harris County received 7.88 inches of rain over past 24 hours, while Lake Jackson saw 7.72 inches and College Station received 3.98 inches.The radar on Saturday morning shows the storm is primarily a rain-producing system, with the heaviest bands producing downpours east of Houston. When all is said and done in Texas and the Gulf Coast, widespread rainfall totals are expected to amount to 3 to 6 inches.As a result, the risk of flooding is extremely significant. Flash flood watches and flood watches are in effect from eastern Texas to Georgia on Saturday. On the northern edge of the system, there is snow and ice occurring with this storm. Already 3.25 inches of snow has been reported in Lubbock, Texas. Snow and a wintry mix are beginning to spread from the Texas Panhandle to northern Arkansas Saturday morning. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect from New Mexico to Virginia.The storm system will track to the east-northeast Saturday afternoon into evening. During this time, cold air from the north will be wrapped into the system, which will set the stage for moderate to heavy snowfall in the Piedmont region and North Carolina. Very heavy snow is expected to fall in southwest Virginia and North Carolina on Sunday. Further south, torrential rain will dominate, setting the stage for flooding in Georgia. Upwards of 6 inches of rain is expected in the Southeast once the storm has moved through by Monday. The National Weather Service has already issued flood watches for much of northern Georgia.Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect in the Southeast as well.The system will be offshore by noon on Monday, but it still will be producing rain and snow from Virginia to Tennessee and Alabama. Snowfall totals of 6 to 12 inches will be widespread in Virginia and North Carolina. Localized amounts of greater than 1 foot are highly likely for the mountainous western areas of these states.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Brasserie Blanc

first_imgBy Kate Barrett Raymond Blanc has hit the spot with his relaxed and friendly Brasserie on Walton street, Jericho. Of an evening, the average student wouldn’t consider such a reputable name to be in their league. ‘Fine as long as the parents are covering the bill’ is what I thought before trying the place. But I was nicely surprised by how student friendly the restaurant was; there’s no dress code or certainly no snobbery. The management wants students to realise that they are offering excellent quality food at fair prices, and of this I was successfully convinced.On offer, particularly for students, is a set menu of two courses and a glass of wine for lunch (£11.50) and dinner (£15). Peanuts! Yet, Brasserie Blanc is run by a respected and well known chef. For this price, you’re probably thinking the portions are of the designer, nouvelle cuisine type. Quite the opposite. The portions are sizeable and would leave most people happily full.As for the food itself: the menu is varied, with something for everyone; they even have a children’s menu. As starters, they offer the expected French specialities including mussels and ‘escargot’, along with soups, salads and a particularly good battered goat’s cheese with tomato relish – a bold dish with an amazing array of strong flavours. Choices of main course stretch to include a carvery; the steaks on offer are exceptional with extremely high quality meat cooked to melt in your mouth. You can tell that time has been taken putting these dishes together, especially in terms of sourcing high quality ingredients and balancing the flavours of the dish.There are no short cuts taken with any aspect of your restaurant experience here. Tying in with the quality of the food is the staff’s attentiveness. They are there when you need them but are sensitive about interfering with your food or company by being too persistent. All this with a backdrop of a relaxed, chatty atmosphere, and if you’re lucky enough, a window table to watch the residents of Jericho go by – essential if your company happens to be boring the pants off you!I would definitely recommend dining at this quality restaurant. Perhaps lunch with friends, a dinner date, à la carte menu with the parents or a celebration; it will be suitable all occasions, and well worth a visit.last_img read more

No more scholars’ gowns at viva exams

first_imgSome signatories suggested that the same should be applied to language orals.The announcement of the Proctor’s decision was welcomed by OUSBMS president Joy Hodkinson. She commented, “There remain a multitude of ways in which examiners may be unconsciously biased in Viva Examinations, for instance, with regard to race, gender or regional accents.“Despite this, I believe this change represents significant progress, particularly in relation to the University responding to the voices of the student body. Hopefully, the success of OUSBMS’s campaign will encourage students to pursue analogous initiatives relating to issues of equality in the future.”Josh Newman, a recently graduated scientist and petition signatory, told Cherwell, “It’s so great to see what is often considered an archaic institution adapting it’s ways to ensure that all exams are fair and equal to all, regardless of past exam performance.”He added, “Having sat my viva last year, it was plain to see how your gown could affect things – wearing my scholar’s gown, I was worried about whether this would change how my examiners treated me.”In his message of support to the campaign in April, Newman addressed its opposition. “Yes, the scholar system is in place to reward individuals who have performed well, and the ability to wear a scholar’s gown is a perk of that – however, it is fundamentally not the case that such a system should have the ability to influence the outcome of future exams.“As a scholar myself, I do agree with having the choice to wear your scholars gown to exams – it’s a personal choice. But as soon as that personal choice has the capability of impacting either your or somebody else’s grade undeservedly, then there is a problem.” New regulations have been adopted which will impose commoner’s gowns for all candidates at viva exams, regardless of whether they own a scholar’s gown.The Proctors approved of the demands made in the Oxford University Society of Biomedical Sciences’ petition this week, making commoner’s gowns compulsory.Science students including medics, biochemists and biologists as well as some MsC and DPhil students must attend viva exams in the final year of their course. They consist of a presentation of a research project in front of a jury, followed by questions, and can last up to six hours in some cases.In previous years, undergraduates who had both types of academic dress could choose which one to wear, leading to potential unconscious bias from the examiners.Concerns were raised in a Medicine examiner’s report in 2005, advising the candidates not to wear subfusc to their oral exams. Previous attempts were also made at solving the problem by abolishing gowns at vivas, a solution which was made impossible after students voted to keep the academic dress at OUSU’s referendum.A petition to limit the risk of prejudice was launched in April 2016 under the initiative of Emily Gowers, Vice-President of OUSBMS. Attracting over 300 signatories in the first two days, the petition was backed by LMH, St Hugh’s, Balliol, St John’s and Teddy Hall JCRs.With a final count of 553 signatures, the petition’s description stated, “Considering the efforts that Oxford makes to ensure that written exams are unbiased (e.g. candidate numbers), it seems ridiculous that during a viva the examiner has a full view of your academic history – and you’re wearing it!”In addition to giving candidates wearing a scholar’s gown the benefit of the doubt, the petition argued that examiners were more likely to ask them difficult questions, resulting in a two-way disadvantage.last_img read more

Free Skin Cancer Screenings at Area Beaches All Summer

first_imgThere is no better place than the beach to get people thinking about skin cancer. That’s why Shore Medical Center and the Cape Atlantic Coalition for Health, along with area dermatological practitioners, are offering free full-body skin cancer screenings at beachside locations throughout the summer. In addition to the screening, participants will receive skin cancer prevention education from members of the coalition. Screenings will be held at the following locations:Saturday, June 23: Ocean City Music Pier, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturday, July 14: Cape May Convention Hall, 9:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.Sunday, July 15: Sea Isle City Pavilion, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Saturday, July 21: Longport S. 35th Avenue Gazebo, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Sunday, August 5: Ventnor Newport Ave. Gazebo, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Dermatological screenings are provided with support from the following: Appearance Dermatology; Certified Dermatology; Connolly Dermatology; Kane Dermatology; and the Cape May County Health Department. To learn more about the Choose Your Cover screenings, call 609-653-3923 or visit the Cape Atlantic Coalition for HealthCape Atlantic Coalition for Health is a regional chronic disease prevention coalition funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. Its purpose is to reduce the state’s cancer burden and improve health outcomes for people with, or at risk for cancer and other chronic diseases in Atlantic and Cape May counties. For more information on Comprehensive Cancer Control visit Shore Medical Center is the lead agency for Atlantic and Cape May Counties.About the Choose Your Cover InitiativeThe Choose Your Cover skin cancer awareness, education and free screening initiative began as a small pilot program on Long Beach Island, NJ, to reach out to those people deemed most at-risk for skin cancer – those who live, work and play on or near the beach.Developed by the Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, the NJ Office of Cancer Control and Prevention, and the NJ Governor’s Task Force on Cancer Control, Early Detection and Treatment in 2008, the program has since expanded rapidly from that original site to 28 sites statewide.Choose Your Cover now brings free skin cancer screenings, complimentary sunscreen and a wealth of vital skin safety information about cancer detection, prevention and sun safety directly to the at-risk population of people who spend extended time in the sun – at the beach, ballpark, and other outdoor venues. A collaboration of physicians, advanced practice nurses, hospitals, health departments, community organizations, municipalities, lifeguards, corporations, and volunteers have joined together to fight melanoma and other skin cancers and reduce the risk of skin cancer in the Garden State. Because of these efforts, numerous participants of Choose Your Cover have reaped the benefits of lifesaving early detection; hundreds of others have been both educated and adopted sun-safe behaviors which will help prevent them and future generations from developing melanoma or other forms of skin cancer.Today, Choose Your Cover’s program encompasses outdoor sites in every county and has distinguished New Jersey as a leader in skin cancer awareness, prevention, and screening.About Shore Medical CenterAt Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. People are the foundation of this modern medical center where advanced technology harmonizes with compassionate care. Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses and clinicians, and is the first and only hospital in New Jersey and one of 86 healthcare organizations worldwide to earn Designation as a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital®. Recognized for its dedication to patient safety, Shore has received eight consecutive “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score since Fall 2014. Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. In addition, Shore is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute. In 2011, Shore opened its Pediatric Care Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey, and its state-of-the-art Surgical Pavilion and Campus Expansion. The Shore Medical Center Planned Giving & Development team, which includes the Auxiliary, creates and implements dynamic philanthropic programs that support the mission of Shore Medical Center ( For more information about Shore Medical Center, visit read more

Border Biscuits marks £1m charity donation milestone

first_imgSource: Border BiscuitsJohn Cunningham, owner and chief executive of Border BiscuitsLanarkshire-based Border Biscuits has hit a charity donation milestone of £1 million.The biscuit brand donates 10% of its profits through its charity, Border Biscuits Community Support.Founded in 2010, the charity has contributed to over 170 not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, including Archaeology Scotland, Rotary International and New Lanark Trust.During the Covid-19 pandemic, the company also donated over 150,000 packets of biscuits to NHS hospitals, care homes and foodbanks across the UK.“Our company has grown significantly over the last ten years and our donations through Border Biscuits Community Support have grown with it. For our scale of business, we know that while we cannot change the world, we can make a real difference in our community. It is more than just money, it is about partnering with other organisations and giving practical guidance and time,” said John Cunningham, chief executive at Border Biscuits.In addition, the charity sees company employees regularly volunteer with projects in sectors such as sports, arts, leisure & recreation, heritage, events, learning and digital.Local firms Lanark Community Development Trust and Discover Lanark Business Improvement Group continue to be key partners of Border Biscuits Community Support.“Border Biscuits has been an integral part of the Development Trust with funding and expertise helping to regenerate the community since 2012. Funding has contributed to a wide variety of initiatives over the years including the creation of a digital platform to promote the town, regeneration of our high street, Castlebank Park and Horticultural Centre development,” added Sylvia Russel, chairperson of Lanark Community Development Trust.last_img read more

Muscadines Worth Wait

first_imgGeorgia has about 1,200 acres of commercial muscadine vineyards, most forfresh-market grapes. Krewer figures at least twice that many grow in the state’sbackyards. The distinctive flavor of muscadines seems to hint of the years they’ve had to mellow.People were enjoying these Deep South natives long before the first European settlersarrived. Resveratrol also lowers cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease by 40percent. Ellagic acid may lower the risk of colon, lung and liver cancer. High-fiber diets lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while they protect againstcoronary heart disease, gastrointestinal diseases and colon cancer. And muscadines area better source of dietary fiber, Ector said, than oat bran or rice bran and almost asgood as wheat bran. They’re as good a source of soluble fiber, which is helpful fordiabetics, as oat bran and much better than wheat bran or rice bran. Ector said muscadines are an excellent source of dietary fiber, resveratrol and ellagicacid. Among the bronzes, Fry, Summit and Tara are fresh-fruit favorites. Scuppernong andCarlos are noted for their sweet dessert wines. Many others are wonderful in cider,wines, jellies, preserves and syrups. “The muscadine harvest is a few days late getting started due to the cool weather we’vehad,” said Krewer, an extension horticulturist with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. Muscadines usually begin ripening in early August in extreme south Georgia. Theharvest then moves northward and extends into mid-fall. The sweet, mellow grapesgrow everywhere in the state except in the high mountains. Some things are worth waiting for. Gerard Krewer, a University of Georgia scientist,figures that’s true of muscadines.center_img Among the new varieties being planted this year is Scarlett, a red-skinned grape bred atthe UGA Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin. Scarlett is a regular favorite in tastetests. Over the years, UGA and other scientists have improved what nature provided.”Muscadines today are bigger than a quarter and sinfully sweet,” Krewer said. “Theycome in a range of colors, from bronze to red to purple to black.” Many of the newer varieties have tender, edible skin that make them prized as tablegrapes. “Muscadines are rich in dietary fiber and several important minerals, low in fat andprotein and high in carbohydrates,” Ector said. “The muscadine is a better source ofcalcium, iron, zinc and manganese than many other fruits.” “The season is just getting under way in south Georgia,” he said. “So far the cropranges from fair to very good.” Krewer is quick to point out that muscadines aren’t just good. They’re good for you,too. Krewer cites Mississippi State researcher Betty Ector’s studies of the grapes’ healthbenefits. Muscadines are among the easiest-to-grow backyard fruits, Krewer said. They’re bestplanted when the vines are dormant. County Extension Service agents can tell how togrow them.last_img read more

The Need to Play

first_imgThe Need to PlayWe live in an age of false security. Between laws, rules, warning labels, and restrictions, the world no longer operates in a trial-and-error fashion. We plan and prepare. We prevent diseases, track storms. We can answer most questions with a formula or predict anything with a scatter plot. But are we really as in control of our immediate future as we lead ourselves to believe?In his chapter of Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports, Norwegian sports sociologist Gunnar Breivik expresses his belief that modern society has not only developed an obsession with control but also an avoidance of danger, risk, and fear. Breivik goes on to quote fellow sociologist and risk specialist Deborah Lupton, who stated in a 1999 survey that there exists in society “an increasing desire to take control over one’s life, to rationalize and regulate the self and the body, [and] to avoid the vicissitudes of fate.”The secrets, the mysteries of this world, it seems, grow fewer every day. But anyone who has experienced loss, pain, or failure knows that life is still full of uncertainty and adversity, that life is anything but a scientific formula where one can plug in the variables and calculate an outcome. Yet now, more than ever, our society is ill-equipped to handle such hardship, despite living in a world that is fundamentally safer than at any point in history.“We raise children, educate youth and influence adults to become softer, with less tolerance to pain, injuries, stress, and problems,” Breivik states at the conclusion of his chapter.How has this happened? How have we degraded into a society, once saturated in challenge and imminent danger, into a cotton ball of a world that coddles its youth and operates under a pretense of safety? One word. Play. Or perhaps it’s really three. Lack of play.Richard Louv hinted at its importance in a child’s learning capabilities in his pivotal Last Child in the Woods, a book that spurred the ‘No Child Left Inside’ movement. Psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown did a TED Talk on how “Play is more than just fun” and even founded the nonprofit National Institute for Play. Heck, NPR dedicated an entire week’s worth of stories to the necessity of play in not just our children’s lives but also our own. Everyone everywhere is talking about just how much we need to play.It seems that somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we abandon our youthful curiosity and innate desire to test, push, risk. We forgot what it was like to live without boundaries, when our mind was awhirl with uninhibited imagination. We forgot, in effect, what it was like to be a kid. The worst part about this? Our younger generation is now also forgetting how to be a kid. They’re learning algebra younger than ever. They’re going to piano practice and soccer and Spanish tutoring. Their schedules are as jam-packed as ours with adult-supervised activities. Even brief recess periods are structured if not compromised altogether for more classroom time.Where in a busy day is there time to simply be a kid? When can our children explore the woods around their house with only a dinner bell to answer to? Our children need to know what it feels like to be a little cold, a little lost. They need to skin their knees and get a few bruises. They need to know that some of life’s most important lessons can’t be taught in a lecture but in its total opposite – during unsupervised playtime.hike-play-jessFree Play. What Is It?While it’s beneficial for children to be involved in competitive team sports such as soccer and swimming, those activities do not tap into the most pure and true form of “free play.” Free play, or unrestricted play, allows kids the chance to be unsupervised and choose how they wish to spend their free time, be it through a game of hide-and-seek, playing house, or even reading for pleasure. Anything in which the child is self-directed and is not doing the activity for any ulterior motive (except for the sake of the activity itself) is considered free play.Dr. Charles Schaefer, the founder of “play therapy,” once said, “We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” So what is so beneficial about free play? Why should our children be allowed to have recess without rules?The BenefitsBefore examining the advantages of free play, first consider the alternatives. You need only to take a glance at the National Institute of Mental Health’s website to see that just over 20 percent (1 in every 5) of children suffer from a “debilitating mental disorder” at some point in their life. Compared to the early 1950s, five to eight times as many children and college students are diagnosed with clinical depression. Granted, there’s the issue of overdiagnosis among professionals in the medical field, but there are psychologists who have traced the increase in mental instability to another source: lack of free play.“We may observe an increased neuroticism or psychopathology in society if children are hindered from partaking in age adequate risky play,” writes psychologist Ellen Sandseter in a 2011 article in Evolutionary Psychology. Sandseter is not alone in her theory, and the extensive studies conducted on the topic have only supported her conclusions. Children who are pigeonholed into a life of organized activity typically grow up with an emotional imbalance and are often anxious, overwhelmed, and depressed. They feel as if they have no control over their lives. They become isolated and emotionally incapable of problem-solving or overcoming change.On the contrary, children who are able to engage in free play on a regular basis are more apt to explore their own interests, practice self-control, master their emotions, and cooperate with others. They gain confidence and choose activities that foster their inherent desire to have fun and learn. A study in 2005 conducted by psychologists Anthony Pellegrini and Robyn Holmes proved that, when used intermittently with academic studies, free play caused students to have increased attention, better behavior, and more desire to do well in school.In 2008, Finland’s educational system blazed onto the world’s radar with outstanding rankings in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), drawing attention to what many believe to be the cause of the country’s high success rate: more recess. Schools in Finland offer students a minimum of 75 minutes of recess a day, whereas America’s school systems provide an average of 26 minutes (and that’s including lunch). Finland now ranks first in the world for science and second in math and reading. Where do we stand? Students in the United States rank 26th out of 34 countries in math, 21st in science, and 17th in reading. Judging by these figures, it seems that ultimately, kids allowed more time for free play typically end up happier, healthier, and more successful.Why, then, is unsupervised play not prioritized? One study performed in 2012 by the Seattle Children’s Research Institute revealed that, of the 8,950 preschoolers assessed, nearly half of them weren’t taken outside to play every day. What could lead to such play deprivation? One possibility is that parents’ concerns of athletic and academic success compete for importance and tend to take too much of a precedence. But it seems that even parents who do allot that time for free play aren’t always met with encouragement and support, but rather criticism. Some are even taken to court, accused of negligence by neighbors or local law enforcement. Schools don’t help the play crisis either, cramming in more hours of math and reading and cutting such play outlets as art, music, and recess.Places to PlayConsidering our younger generations are spending an average of five to seven hours a day behind screens, this lack of play stuff is no joke.However, there is a hint of change in the air. A number of non-traditional educational institutions are popping up across the country with the aim of providing children with experiential education and dedicated time for unstructured play. At the forefront of that movement is the Montessori establishment, an educational institution whose foundation is built upon the belief that children learn better when given organic tools (i.e. stones, sticks, and other raw materials) as well as the freedom to use those tools however they see fit.Mountaintop Montessori, based in Charlottesville, Va., has been in operation since 1982, making it one of the oldest Montessori schools in the region. Serving children as young as toddlers to as old as eighth graders, the fundamental core of the school’s day-to-day lessons are three-fold: to provide play, passion, and purpose to students by guiding them to discover and foster a curiosity for learning.“We have honey bees, chickens, a garden, tilapia in the greenhouse,” says elementary ecology guide Patrick McCafferty. “The time [these students] spend in the outdoors, particularly the unstructured play-based time, leads to some really amazing discoveries that are seamlessly integrated into the students’ lessons.”Those discoveries range from the scientific to the personal, from how to harvest a garden to learning self-discipline. Mountaintop’s campus is ideally situated in the heart of Virginia’s mountains, making an immersion in the natural world relatively easy. Yet even children from the nearby metropolitan hub of Richmond have the ability to take advantage of a play-based education that, like the Montessori method, provides ample learning opportunities within the context of the outdoors.“The popular term now is ‘grit,’” says Blue Sky Fund Executive Director Lawson Wijesooriya. “It’s like resiliency and similar to self-confidence, but it’s a child’s own ability to believe they can overcome challenges.”Richmond’s Blue Sky Fund provides school-based, after-school, weekend, and summer programs to get urban youth into the outdoors. Its mission is to use the challenges of learning to rock climb, hike, and paddle to teach academics as well as valuable life lessons. A majority of the students who take advantage of the Blue Sky Fund experience have never left the city limits and have grown up around everything from abuse and drug-addiction to poverty. Wijesooriya says it’s always inspiring to see the looks on the children’s faces when they see a starlit sky, untainted by light pollution, for the first time.“Kids can’t get the fullness of what they need both to stimulate their brains and engage their learning…by reading a book in a classroom,” Wijesooriya says, citing the organization’s keystone value.Andrew Holcombe, math teacher and outdoor program coordinator for Asheville’s French Broad River Academy couldn’t agree more. Holcombe says that, having grown up on the river himself, the benefits of using kayaking as a means of free play extend far beyond getting a little fresh air and vitamin D.“If I can look at a rapid and break it down and work with my partner and make it through there, all of a sudden, math problems don’t seem that hard,” he says. “[Getting outside] opens up pathways in the brain, and I see that every day.”The academy is one of the few schools in the region that caters specifically to boys and balances four days a week of standard schooling by sometimes teaching in an outdoor setting and spending at least one full day a week on the river kayaking. Holcombe says that the learning is “fast and furious and challenging,” which is ultimately more successful in engaging the children than six hours a day, five days a week in a traditional classroom would be able to accomplish.Go Outside and PlayWhile it’s important for us to recognize the necessity of free play in our children’s lives, it’s essential that we also embrace it as adults. If we spend too many hours behind a computer instead of recognizing when to step away and have fun for the sake of fun, the younger generation will mirror that.Adults need play for a host of reasons, one of the most important of which is to maintain our basic ability to survive. Psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown has dedicated his life to studying the effects of free play on the human mind. He says that the necessity of play for adults extends far beyond the obvious, like socializing and allowing us a momentary break from the seriousness of life.“Play allows us to develop alternatives to violence and despair,” Brown concluded after conducting over 6,000 interviews with felony drunk drivers, school shooters, and serial killers. His findings led him to believe that these troublesome outbreaks all stemmed from the same thing: play deprivation.Playtime is meant to be fun, but the direct effects from allowing a little bit of play into your day are serious matters. Free play increases our ability to problem-solve, adapt to adversity, and even to learn how to trust.“The basis of human trust is established through play signals and we begin to lose those signals culturally and otherwise as adults,” Brown says in his TED Talk on the importance of play.That play-trust relationship is evident in animals of all species, from monkeys to dogs to humans. It’s the foundation upon which all of our relationships are built, from the bond shared between parent and child to the spark between lovers. And let’s face it: all work and no play makes life laborious. When we lose that fire in our belly, we become bored and, quite frankly, boring to be around.Although I work for a magazine whose motto is “go outside and play,” I am guilty of not playing nearly as much as I should. We’re all guilty. With every year comes a longer list of responsibilities that no doubt are deserving of our attention, but not every last drop of it. At the top of that to-do list, we need to prioritize time for free play like we do paying the bills, taking out the garbage, and mowing the lawn.No matter how selfish it may seem, no matter how little time you think you have for it, playtime is essential and should be incorporated into our attitudes, our behaviors, and our day-to-day interactions. We need to play for our own mental and physical well-being, as well as that of future generations who will learn by our example. Ultimately, the amount of time we allow ourselves to have fun will only positively affect our productivity, our capacity for compassion, and our overall health. We need play, in effect, like we need food and water.George Bernard Shaw who, interestingly, abstained from traditional education due to his dislike of organized training. put it like this: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”ResourcesEnvironmental Studies AcademyWestern Albemarle High SchoolCharlottesville, VaA groundbreaking program offered to all incoming freshmen, the environmentally focused academy is structured over a four-year timeframe to provide high schoolers with hands-on learning in agricultural, conservation, and research fields. k12albemarle.orgMiller School of AlbemarleCharlottesville, VaFor kids looking to cut their teeth on a set of wheels, the Miller School of Albemarle (MSA) has one of the best youth cycling leagues in the region. From cyclocross to mountain biking, MSA’s Endurance Team offers ample opportunities for middle and high schoolers to get outside the classroom, don a pair of padded shorts, and develop real-world experience from the saddle of their bike. msacycling.orgLiving Earth SchoolAfton, VaBased in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia, this nature-based educational organization offers students a chance to reconnect with nature through homeschool partnerships, summer camps, and student workshops. livingearthva.comGrand ClassroomCharlottesville, VaFrom Washington D.C. to the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Classroom staff are all about getting kids into the outdoors and immersing them in the setting of their lessons. grandclassroom.comJames River ExpeditionsRichmond, VaOrganized by the James River Association, this unique opportunity for students takes them from the headwaters of the James River to the Chesapeake Bay, a trip totaling 340 miles and accomplished by the joint effort of three 8-day AdventureNew Castle, VaWhether your school activity group is looking for leadership development and team building opportunities or you’re simply out of school for the summer and thirsting for adventure, this southwest Virginia-based recreation center has it all. wilderness-adventure.comNew River Kayak AcademyFayetteville, WVNow in collaboration with the kayak-intensive high school World Class Academy, this West Virginia-based program offers high school graduates and college students a study abroad alternative – spending a semester paddling in Patagonia and learning about trip logistics and video production. newriveracademy.orgChildren at Play InitiativeBernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KyChildren at Play aims specifically at that, at getting children outside to play through events and educational programs hosted at the arboretum and by raising funds to aid schools in designing and implementing projects that allow students free play in nature. bernheim.orgMountaineeringThe Asheville School, Asheville, NCFrom caving to ice climbing, this mountaineering program for high schoolers aims at getting students introduced to the natural playgrounds around Asheville and helps to foster a lifelong appreciation and passion for Morgan SchoolAsheville, NCLoosely based on Montessori methods of teaching, this school is intended for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders looking for a holistic education saturated in the mountains of western North Carolina. arthurmorganschool.orgThe Outdoor AcademyPisgah Forest, NCWith emphasis on simple living, wilderness leadership, and outdoor recreation hard skills, this schooling alternative is situated in the heart of Pisgah National Forest and is designed to be a semester-long residential program for sophomores and select freshmen and junior high school students. enf.orgIvy AcademyChattanooga, TNA typical year at Ivy Academy combines the rigors of academia with project-based learning in an outdoor learning environment. It’s a tuition-free option for parents who would rather their kids spend more time learning in the outdoors than between four walls. ivyacademychattanooga.comlast_img read more

The 5 biggest mistakes you can make banking online

first_imgForgetting to take out the trash. Running late for a date. Leaving dinner in the oven for too long. Most of our goofs have fairly minor consequences. But when it comes to online banking, a simple mistake can have big consequences.Some $15 billion was stolen from consumers last year, and with new chip technology that’s starting to foil counterfeit card fraud, criminals are out to find other ways to plunder your bank account. What can you do to prevent that? Protecting your financial information and exercising common sense are good places to start.Knowing what not to do can be just as helpful. Steer clear of the following slip-ups, and your money should stay where it belongs — with you. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Quickly-growing phone scam targets bank customers via text message

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A quickly-growing phone scam targets banking customers via text message, pretending to be with a bank’s fraud department and asking about fake “suspicious withdrawals.”While precautionary measures like text message verification are used to safeguard sensitive accounts from being hacked, one man told “CBS This Morning” that scammers subverted that process, tricking him into believing their scheme in part by using his bank’s actual phone number to text him.Everything seemed legitimate when Pieter Gunst answered a call earlier this month that appeared to come from his bank. “A lady identified herself as Cindy at my particular bank, and told me there had been a fraud attempt on my account,” he said.The caller asked Gunst, who lives in California, if he’d attempted a withdrawal in Miami. After Gunst said “No,” she asked for his bank member identification, and he gave it to her.last_img read more

Coaches left with questions amid delayed season

first_imgCONKLIN (WBNG) — A plan is in place for the high school sports season, but coaches and athletes in our area are still waiting for answers. Susquehanna Valley football coach Mike Ford said when he initially heard the season was delayed until September 21, he was disappointed. Ford says they were told not to communicate or organize anything with his team, but leaders on the team have taken it upon themselves to organize workouts on their own. “You want health and safety to be number one,” said Ford, “but obviously for the kids that have been working hard and going into their senior year, I hate to see there’s a possibility they may not have all the experiences they’ve worked hard for.” “It said you maintain the practice requirements, which generally is 10 practices for a scrimmage and 15 for a game,” said Ford. “So does that mean if we start on September 21, that we’re not playing until October?” Ford said it’s frustrating that organized team practices are still prohibited. center_img Despite having a targeted start date, Ford said there’s a lot of gray area. “We’ll probably have more information the first week of August, and if we can get back to school, maybe they can make it work.” “When they said groups of kids, up to 25 can organize and get together, but without a teacher or coach there,” said Ford, “I don’t see a difference between staying in the bleachers from a safe distance and being there for supervision and to give feedback to kids.” Ford says there are a lot of question marks and not a lot of information at this time, but he’s hopeful more information will come soon. last_img read more