December 21, 2018 /Sports News – National Cardinals sign reliever Andrew Miller to two-year deal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJason Miller/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals and lefty reliever Andrew Miller have agreed to a two-year contract, according to the team’s official website.The Cardinals got their big bat when they traded for Paul Goldschmidt, but now they have some much-needed bullpen help.Miller will be paid $25 million over two years with a chance to earn more in appearance incentives.Miller joined the league in 2006 with the Detroit Tigers, but didn’t pitch as a reliever until the Red Sox moved him to the bullpen in 2012. The two-time All Star finished top 10 in American League Cy Young voting on two occasions, once with the Yankees and again with the Indians. Miller went on to earn AL Championship Series MVP honors with the Indians in 2016.The 33-year-old was one of the most sought-after bullpen arms this offseason, despite coming off of a disappointing 2018 campaign. Miller only pitched in 34 innings in 37 appearances, thanks to injuries to his shoulder, hamstring, and knee. He also posted a 4.24 ERA — his highest since becoming a full-time reliever.The Cardinals are hoping they can make the playoffs this season after narrowly missing out on a Wild Card spot in 2018.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lund
It seems Vulfpeck is enjoying their time in Colorado. The band is performing as support for The Motet and Medeski Martin and Wood at Red Rocks Amphitheatre right now, and they previously leaked news of a Saturday show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. You can find that announcement here.Two shows weren’t enough for the Vulf, as they’ve now added a third show playing again at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, July 24th. You can find tickets and more information here.
Pink Floyd‘s classic 1979 The Wall has been recreated into Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera, and will make its United States premiere in July 2018 after having huge success in Montreal over the weekend. The Pink Floyd inspired production will see the 70-piece Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, eight soloists, and 48 chorus members perform the opera alongside baritone Etienne Dupuis, who starred the role in the debut Montreal production.Based on the Canadian production’s success, the Cincinnati Opera artistic director Evan Mirageas had this to say: “There is no question about the melodies. The discovery is how those melodies have been transformed into genuine ‘opera speak.’” Even Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters attended the Opéra de Montréal for the world premiere, saying “I sat there not expecting to be moved, and I was moved.” Last year, he told Rolling Stone, “It had been my experience that experiments in collaboration between the worlds of rock and roll and the worlds of symphonic music were generally disastrous and should be embarked upon with extreme trepidation,” so his reaction to the production is even more convincing.The United States premiere will make its debut at the restored Cincinnati Music Hall in summer 2018.[via Rolling Stone]
Whether it’s an investment adviser bilking clients, an athlete taking performance-enhancing drugs, or a small-business owner underreporting his taxes, scofflaws seem to find ways to beat the system in virtually every arena.Conventional wisdom dating as far back as Plato has held that people typically feel guilt, shame, or anxiety after acting unethically, and that those negative emotions effectively deter most future bouts of bad behavior.But a new finding about cheaters published this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology upends that belief. Rather than experiencing negative feelings, the research says, cheaters not only don’t feel as bad after cheating as previously thought, they report a significant boost in self-satisfaction after breaking the rules, versus non-cheaters.It’s a reaction they call the “cheater’s high.”“It’s not about the fact that you didn’t get caught for cheating; it’s this idea of feeling clever for getting around the system,” said Francesca Gino, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), who co-authored the study with Nicole E. Ruedy of the University of Washington, Celia Moore of the London Business School, and Maurice E. Schweitzer of the University of Pennsylvania.Gino said she and her colleagues first became interested in why people behave badly after being regaled with tales of misdeeds. The reports that normally ethical people said they felt good after doing something wrong ran so counter to years of accepted behavioral science that the researchers wondered what was behind it.“Oftentimes, it seemed in their stories people focused on a sense of thrill or a good feeling that came out of the fact that they violated rules or that they were able to go around the system,” said Gino. “We were intrigued by this idea that in certain situations, people might actually experience a boost in positive affect rather than feel guilty when they engaged in unethical behavior.”The word “unethical” encompasses a wide range of actions that don’t clearly harm a specific individual, the way an assault and battery would, but confer unfair advantages or gains, as an identity theft or embezzlement would. Actions that offer psychological rewards like gaining greater autonomy and influence by deceiving and manipulating others, through con games or influence peddling, for example, fall into this category, as do actions that circumvent rules designed to limit behavior, like cheating on taxes or exams, or actions that involve complex intellectual challenges, such as computer hacking.The goal of the research was to understand whether those anecdotal positive feelings were real and, if they were, under what circumstances they were likely to be triggered.The researchers conducted six studies, first asking participants to predict whether they would feel good or bad after acting unethically. As expected, most participants predicted they would feel bad. But in subsequent studies, when given the opportunity to earn more money by cheating on a quiz, people did so in large numbers and reported feeling good afterward. Even when there was no money at stake, 68 percent still cheated at least once, a sign that the “cheater’s high” is not driven by a financial payoff, the researchers found.Gino called it “a worrisome finding” that so many people cheated for no reason other than thrill-seeking, given the variety of ways and frequent opportunities people have to behave unethically when there doesn’t appear to be an obvious victim.“Academic cheating is like that, where students cheat on a test or they steal materials from the library [because] it’s unclear who is suffering the consequences of the actions,” she said. “Unfortunately, that’s an area where our research might be particularly relevant.”Not only do cheaters feel good about pulling a fast one, they cheat more frequently when they know they’re not alone, the research suggests.“When you see or learn about others’ unethical behavior, you’re more likely to engage in unethical behavior yourself. And in fact, the more you feel psychologically connected or similar to the people who are cheating, then the more likely you are to cheat yourself,” said Gino, who noted that it can only take knowing one other cheater for a person to begin a downward moral spiral.Gino said the researchers hope their findings eventually lead to a better understanding of why people cheat, and help identify better ways to tamp down those raw impulses.“I think that’s where we’re trying to move in our research. Whether organizations or schools or any other institutions, how is it that they can build a culture such that people refrain from cheating to start with, and would a code of ethics be enough?” she asked. “Or if in fact people do end up cheating, will they feel guilt rather than a boost in positive affect if there was a particular culture that talked about the importance of behaving morally?”
BERGEN, Norway — Harvard legal scholar Cass Sunstein has been named this year’s winner of the Holberg Prize, one of the largest international awards given to an outstanding researcher in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, law, or theology.Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, is being given the prize for his wide-ranging, original, prolific, and influential research. Not only has his research redefined several academic fields, but it has had far-reaching impact on public policy. His scholarship spans behavioral economics and public policy, constitutional law and democratic theory, legal theory and jurisprudence, administrative law, and the regulation of risk.In particular, Sunstein’s academic work has reshaped understanding of the relationship between the modern regulatory state and constitutional law. He is widely regarded as the leading scholar of administrative law in the United States, and is by far the most cited legal scholar in the country.For four decades, Sunstein has combined his scholarly contributions with a range of public activities and participation in open debate. He has influenced thinking on some of the most pressing issues of the time, from climate change and free speech to health issues.He will receive the award of $765,000 during a formal ceremony at the University of Bergen, Norway, on June 6.Describing the key purpose of his work, Sunstein said, “I have long been concerned with how to promote enduring constitutional ideals — freedom, dignity, equality, self-government, the rule of law — under contemporary circumstances, which include large bureaucracies that sometimes promote, and sometimes threaten, those ideals.“The main goal has been to deepen the foundations of democratic theory for the modern era, and to understand in practical terms how democracies might succeed in helping to make people’s lives better — and longer.”Sunstein has published 48 books and hundreds of scholarly articles. The books “After the Rights Revolution” (1990) and “The Partial Constitution” (1993) are considered his major works on American constitutional law, and explore how related ideals can be reworked and defended in the face of the challenges posed by the rise of the administrative state. “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide” (2018) emphasizes the importance of self-government and of human dignity, linking those to republican ideals and the power of impeachment.In “The Cost-Benefit State” (2002), “Risk and Reason” (2002), “The Laws of Fear” (2005), and “The Cost- Benefit Revolution” (forthcoming in 2018), he shows the ways in which cost-benefit analyses may discipline regulatory agencies. These works seek to bridge the gaps between deliberative ideals, distributive justice, human rights, and the demands of efficiency. “Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict” (1996; second edition 2018) is his most ambitious work on jurisprudence, the rule of law, and legal theory, emphasizing how law often reflects “incompletely theorized agreements,” which enable people to live together despite disagreement or uncertainty about the most fundamental questions.Sunstein won the Goldsmith Book Prize for “Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech” (1993), in which he argued the need to reformulate U.S. First Amendment law. The book says that it is necessary to move away from the conception of free speech as a marketplace, in order to “reinvigorate processes of democratic deliberation, by ensuring greater attention to public issues and greater diversity of views.”His work on self-government, free speech, and modern technologies, culminating in “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” (2017), explores the problem of echo chambers and social polarization. It argues for the importance of common spaces and unchosen, serendipitous encounters with problems and ideas.In 1998, Sunstein broke new ground, together with Richard Thaler and Christine Jolls, with the paper “A Behavioral Approach to Law and Economics,” which initiated an academic field called behavioral law and economics. Sunstein and Thaler followed up with the best-selling book “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness” in 2008. The book discusses how public and private organizations can help people make better choices in their daily lives, and it helped popularize and cement the influence of behavioral law and economics.“The Ethics of Influence” (2016) investigates ethical constraints on the uses of behavioral science, with reference to ideals of autonomy and welfare. Another forthcoming book, “Unleashed: Behavioral Economics in the Wild” (2019), will argue that private preferences are constrained by social norms, and that when such constraints begin to lift, social change can be quite rapid — for better or for worse.“Cass Sunstein’s work is animated by a profound sense of the ways in which human behavior poses a challenge for regulation,” said Pratap Bhanu Mehta, chair of the Holberg Committee. “Moreover, in addition to his contribution to the academic field, he has also mastered the art of communicating difficult and important ideas to the public. His work is rigorous yet accessible, and marked by an extraordinary concern for human welfare as well as a commitment to an enlightened public discourse. Sunstein is one of the great intellectuals of our time.”Sunstein earned his J.D. magna cum laude in 1978 from Harvard Law School, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. From 1980‒1981 he was an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Justice Department, before becoming an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School (1981–1983), where he also became an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science (1983–1985). Sunstein became full professor in both political science and law in 1985, and in 1988 he was named the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence in the Law School and Department of Political Science.In 2008, he joined the faculty of Harvard Law School as the director of its program on risk regulation. From 2009 to 2012, Sunstein was administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He returned to Harvard in 2012 as Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law until 2013, when he became Robert Walmsley University Professor. He is founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy.Sunstein was elected a member of American Law Institute in 1990 and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. In 2017, he was elected corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He has won the Regulatory Innovation Award (Burton Foundation, 2012), the Henderson Prize (Harvard Law School, 2002), the Certificate of Merit Award of American Bar Association (1991), and the Award of American Bar Association for best scholarship in administrative law (1978, 1989, 1999). He has honorary doctorates from Copenhagen Business School and Erasmus University.Sunstein’s government service includes membership on President Barack Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies (2013) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Innovation Board (2016‒2017). He has also served on several committees, including the Institute of Medicine Committee (2004‒2005) and the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television (1997‒1998).With George Akerlof and Adam Oliver, he is co-founder and co-editor of Behavioural Public Policy. In addition, he has contributed to constitution-making and law-reform activities in many countries. Sunstein has been on the boards of editors for Studies in American Political Development, the Journal of Political Philosophy, and Constitutional Political Economy. He has also been a contributing editor to The American Prospect and The New Republic.The Norwegian Parliament established the Holberg Prize in 2003. Previous laureates include Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard’s John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities.
New Year’s resolutions can be notoriously difficult to maintain throughout the full 365 days of the year, especially when the goals involve personal fitness and exercise. Although she lacked success in keeping up with past resolutions, junior Colleen Bailey said this year would be different. “I make similar resolutions to be better about exercising and to improve my fitness every year, but I’m really serious about it this year,” she said. “My most tangible goal right now is to run the Holy Half Marathon, so I’ll do whatever it takes to get myself to that point.” Jennie Phillips, RecSports Assistant Director of Fitness and Fitness Facilities, said students like Bailey with New Year’s fitness resolutions need look no further than RecSports for assistance in meeting their health and exercise goals. She said RecSports offers students free consultations with RecSports staff for fitness equipment orientation, body composition and blood pressure exams. She said students could also participate in fitness classes, cross-country skiing and various special events sponsored by RecSports throughout the year. According to the RecSports annual facility usage report, 94 percent of the undergraduate student body used the Rolfs Aquatic Center (RAC), the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center (RSRC) or the Rockne Memorial at least once during the 2010-2011 school year. Phillips said this percentage remained relatively consistent, although RSRC fitness room usage tended to peak in the winter months. “February is typically our busiest month throughout the year,” Phillips said. “I assume some of it is due to New Year’s resolutions and spring break preparation, but it’s also partly due to the winter weather.” She also recommended writing down goals and scheduling ahead for exercise sessions, in addition to participating in enjoyable activities. “Play basketball, ice skate, cross-country ski, take a fitness class — whatever works best for you. I would recommend cross-training, or doing different activities, over the course of a week or even a day,” she said. Junior Mike Butler said he and a group of friends were making a collective effort to be more active this year. “I just want to make an effort to get some physical exercise on a more consistent basis, even if it’s just going to play basketball with some friends,” he said. “We want to have some fun while staying active.” Although the New Year inspires students to improve personal health at the beginning of each year, Phillips said fitness goals should be made year-round. “If you need to make a resolution for the motivation, that’s great, but hopefully you’ll be motivated for other reasons as well, such as overall health, improved sleep, better immune system functioning, stress management and improved concentration,” she said. Students with questions about fitness can contact Phillips at [email protected], while general RecSports information is available at recsports.nd.edu
Granberry said the plastic the farmers use was developed specifically for use in fields. “The manufacturer incorporates a UV inhibitor that slows the breakdown of the material by UV rays,” he said. “Regular plastics, like garbage bags, break down relatively fast in sunlight.” Scientists and plastic mulch makers are working to learn how to recycle the plastic mulch after farmers remove it from their fields. But Granberry said it’s slow going. Soil and plants stick to the plastic, making the process expensive and difficult. “Until we figure out how to get it out of the field cleanly,” he said, “recycling isn’t practical.” “It’s harder and riskier to raise vegetables without plastic,” Granberry said. “Of course, it’s risky, period, to grow vegetables. But farmers are looking to minimize that risk while doing what they can for the environment.” Benefits of plasticulture A typical cycle follows this pattern: * Lay irrigation drip tape and plastic mulch in one operation. * Plant, grow and harvest the first crop. Cut the plant stems within one inch of the mulch. * Cut new holes in the plastic mulch. Plant, grow and harvest the second crop. Cut the stems. * Inspect the mulch for tears and damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If it’s still usable, punch new holes and raise a third crop. * Pull up the mulch and drip tape. Treat the field for insects or disease problems if they’re present. Dispose of the plastic. Begin the cycle again. The plasticulture cycle Specially developed for fields Using plastic mulch offers many benefits to vegetable growers. It extends the growing season by warming the soil faster, so farmers can plant earlier in the spring. The mulch keeps moisture in the soil by preventing evaporation. In-place irrigation puts water right at the roots, and the plastic helps keep it there. Granberry said disease problems are minimal in plastic fields, too. By watering below the soil, farmers don’t wet the foliage, where most disease problems start. The plastic also keeps weeds around the plants to a minimum. So farmers don’t have to use as much herbicide as in bare-ground fields. Overall, plastic mulch helps farmers produce more, higher-quality vegetables with the least added cost. Granberry, an Extension Service vegetable horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said Georgia farmers raise peppers, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries on plastic-covered rows. They plant watermelons, also on plastic, in 12- or 18-inch beds, rather than the 32- to 34-inch beds they grow other produce on. Because of that difference, they can’t include melons in the produce rotation that uses plastic mulch repeatedly. Most produce grows from planting to harvest in 60 to 90 days. That allows for three growing seasons each year in much of south Georgia. But using one application of plastic mulch over several growing seasons helps cut the amount of plastic they use. Georgia vegetable farmers count on plastic-mulched beds to raise top-quality produce efficiently. They also count on the plastic to last more than one growing season. “Growing vegetables on plastic is not cheap,” said University of Georgia scientist Darbie Granberry. “So scientists and farmers worked to learn how to use it for two or three growing seasons to spread out the cost.” Plasticulture in Georgia
With a new year approaching, many people begin making resolutions to improve their lives. Many credit unions will use this as an opportunity to reconnect with their members and provide both tools and incentives to help them improve their financial lives. But how many organizations will turn inward and make a resolution to improve their own governance?With the budget season coming, many credit unions will be in a position to invest in improving their governance. Here are three reasons why investing in digital governance is critical:Agility and collaboration are required to serve a diverse and evolving membership.Digital governance leads to improved productivity, which results in more engaged boards.Digital governance saves both time and money.$229 million Downey Federal Credit Union, Downey, California, took the leap to improve its digital governance by investing in board management software. Dr. Edward Potter, a director with Downey, recently said, “We used to have over 100 pages in our board packets that had to be typed, duplicated and mailed. With [board management software] … there’s no trying to mail something ahead of time. Everyone just has it at their fingertips. It has changed our entire board meetings. They are much shorter, much more efficient and lots more fun.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The school held a tour of its new Culinary and Events Center Monday afternoon. The restaurant owners were there to learn about what impact the center could have on their business. The center will host SUNY Broome’s hospitality programs and train the employees that could fill job openings local restaurants are looking to fill. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — SUNY Broome’s new culinary school is nearing its completion. Local restaurant owners are getting a taste of what it has to offer. “I think it’s a real game changer,” said Paul VanSavage of Southern Tier Independent Restaurants. “Students who go through this program will find jobs all over our community. There’s not a day that goes on that there’s not an opening of one kind or another in the restaurant industry in this town.” Classes in the center will begin in the spring semester. The $21.5 million project transformed the historic Carnegie Library in downtown Binghamton into the center.
Oct 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The susceptibility of some young, healthy people to severe illness with pandemic H1N1 influenza marks a striking difference from the pattern of disease seen in seasonal flu epidemics, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The factors that increase the risk of severe illness in previously healthy people remain unknown, the WHO said in reporting on the results of a 3-day conference on the features of severe H1N1 cases. The meeting involved about 100 clinicians, virologists, and other experts at the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, DC.The ability of the virus to make young, healthy people dangerously sick has been noted for months, but the WHO put new emphasis on the phenomenon today. At the same time, the agency said pregnant women, children younger than 2 years, and people with chronic lung disease face the greatest risk of severe illness.In a statement, the WHO said the experts confirmed that the vast majority of patients around the world experience an uncomplicated flu-like illness and recover within a week, even without treatment.Patients hard to treat But concern now focuses on “small subsets of patients who rapidly develop very severe progressive pneumonia,” the agency said. “In these patients, severe pneumonia is often associated with failure of other organs, or marked worsening of underlying asthma or chronic obstructive airway disease.”These patients are hard to treat, which suggests that emergency rooms and intensive care units will bear the heaviest burden during the pandemic, the statement said. That conclusion matched the message from several medical journal reports published in the past week on hospitalized H1N1 cases.Primary viral pneumonia is the most common finding in severe cases and often causes death, the WHO said. However, bacterial infections have been found in about 30% of fatal cases—more common than previously recognized.Data from animal studies also show the virus’s ability to cause severe pneumonia. “This virus really likes the lower respiratory tract,” said the WHO’s Dr.Nikki Shindo at a press teleconference today. “That means this virus is likely to cause viral pneumonia.”Physicians who have managed severe cases “agreed that the clinical picture in severe cases is strikingly different from the disease pattern seen during epidemics of seasonal influenza,” the WHO statement said. “While people with certain underlying medical conditions, including pregnancy, are known to be at increased risk, many severe cases occur in previously healthy young people. In these patients, predisposing factors that increase the risk of severe illness are not presently understood, though research is under way.”In a separate pandemic update today, the WHO noted that about a third of intensive care unit patients with H1N1 in Australia and New Zealand had no predisposing conditions. Likewise, Canadian and Mexican researchers who recently reported on severe cases were “impressed” by the number that occurred in previously healthy people, the agency said.The latest US figures suggest that an even higher proportion of patients hit hardest by the virus were previously healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that 45% of about 1,400 adult H1N1 patients who were hospitalized had no preexisting health problems.In severe cases, patients usually begin deteriorating about 3 to 5 days after their first symptoms, the WHO statement said. Many of them then slip into respiratory failure, requiring admission to an ICU and ventilatory support. Some patients don’t respond well to conventional ventilatory support, making treatment even harder.Known at-risk groupsOf groups with conditions that raise the risk of severe illness, conference participants agreed that three lead the list: pregnant women, especially in the third trimester; children under the age of 2 years, and people with chronic lung disease, including asthma, the WHO reported.Disadvantaged populations, such as minority groups and indigenous people, also are disproportionately subject to severe disease, the WHO said. The reasons are not clear, but possibilities include lack of access to care and an increased prevalence of conditions like asthma and diabetes.The statement also noted that obesity—especially morbid obesity—has been present in many of the severe H1N1 cases, but its role remains poorly understood.More support for antiviralsOn the brighter side, the meeting pointed up a growing body of evidence that prompt treatment with the antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir is helpful, the WHO said.”We have increased evidence that timely antiviral treatment really helps to decrease the severe disease,” said Shindo at the press conference.Where the virus is circulating, clinicians should base antiviral treatment decisions on epidemiologic and clinical findings and not wait for lab test results, she said. “The message for clinicians is, don’t miss this opportunity for early treatment.”Shindo said the WHO has shipped antivirals from its stockpile to 72 countries so far.See also: Oct 16 WHO report on clinical consultationhttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_clinical_features_20091016/en/index.htmlOct 16 WHO weekly update on pandemichttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_10_16/en/index.htmlAug 28 WHO briefing note on lessons from recent outbreakshttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/h1n1_second_wave_20090828/en/index.html