Six Books to Build a Dream On

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: Now that you have all these ideas about what you’d like to change (whether it’s starting an exercise plan, plotting a job hunt, managing your budget or moving elsewhere), here’s the book to tell you how to get going: “Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions” by John Norcross.A leading researcher on the psychology of change, Mr. Norcross has identified five distinct stages common to successful behavioral change, which he calls the five P’s: psych (getting ready by specifying realistic goals), prep (preparing to take the leap), perspire (taking action), persevere (managing slips) and persist (maintaining change). He then breaks down each of those steps into doable smaller ones. Sure, this will require time and effort. But if the motivation is there, the reward is lasting.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Study finds that genetic ancestry partially explains racial slow-wave sleep difference

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Pinterest A new study clearly establishes a partial genetic basis underlying racial differences in slow-wave sleep, suggesting that it may be possible to develop sleep-related therapies that target specific genetic variants.Using a panel of 1,698 ancestry informative genetic markers, the study found that greater African genetic ancestry was associated with lower amounts of slow-wave sleep in African-American adults. African ancestry explained 11 percent of the variation in slow-wave sleep after adjustment for potential confounders. Although a similar association was observed for delta power, no association with African ancestry was observed for sleep duration and efficiency.“Our data are the first to show that race differences in slow-wave sleep may have an independent and significant genetic basis,” said senior author Martica Hall, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. “Although all humans have the same set of genes, variations within the genes sometimes follow population-specific patterns. By identifying the specific genetic variants that influence slow-wave sleep, we can eventually develop population-specific treatment approaches and therapies for sleep.” Study results are published in the August issue of the journal Sleep.Led by Hall and lead author Indrani Halder, the research team analyzed data from a community-based sample of 70 African-American adults and 101 European Americans with a mean age of about 60 years. Objective sleep data were gathered by polysomnography. Blood samples for genotyping were collected, and DNA was isolated following standard protocols.According to the authors, African-Americans have varying proportions of genetic admixture and exhibit a wide range of African genetic ancestry. Among African-American study participants, percentage of African ancestry ranged between 10 percent and 88 percent, with a mean of 67 percent.last_img read more

‘Lions Of The Sea’

first_imgIn August 2015, the Long Island Shark Collaboration — a group of friends, scientists, and organizations, including the South Fork Natural History Museum— was the first to deploy a satellite pop-off tag on a young-of-the-year juvenile white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in the North Atlantic Ocean.The shark was caught, tagged, and released a few miles south of Shinnecock Inlet. After the shark was released, the tag popped off a few days later off the coast of Maryland, some 240 miles south. This information was groundbreaking to the scientific community, establishing migration data for this species. Once announced publicly, the LISC embarked on the research initiative to continue the work necessary to better understand, protect, and sustain white shark populations along the south shore of Long Island.The following years, in 2016 and 2017, our tagging efforts were joined by Chris Fischer and his non-profit organization, OCEARCH. The focus of this incredible conservation group is to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. It has knowledge and experience in tagging large pelagic sharks and it provided us with the opportunity to continue the goals of the research study. With the two teams working together, we proceeded to tag an additional 20 juvenile white sharks along the south shore.Thanks to OCEARCH’s support, these additional sharks were tagged with the most advanced tags used by researchers, known as Smart Position and Temperature tags. These tags are primarily designed for use on animals that are commonly found at the ocean’s surface, where regular transmission to a satellite is made possible. When a deployed tag, mounted to a shark’s dorsal fin, breaks the surface of the water, the tag sends a signal that is transmitted to the satellite and back down to Earth, where it’s received by a shark tracker program on OCEARCH’s website.The technology of these SPOT tags allows scientists to detect immediate location sites of these sharks in real-time. The data retrieved from these hi-tech tags presented facts that these juvenile sharks were staying in this area for days, weeks, months, and even years. This groundbreaking information confirmed the resident data necessary to call the south shore of Long Island a nursery for young-of-the-year juvenile white sharks, making it one of only three known white shark nurseries in the world. The others are in South Africa and Australia. What an amazing discovery in our own backyard!Fish nursery grounds are vital and extremely delicate environments, which have evolved and exist for the reproduction and juvenile rearing of many species. Juvenile white sharks move along the inshore marine waters and consume mid-sized fish such as bunker, mackerel, striped bass, bluefish, and squid during their developmental years before they grow large enough to venture further offshore and prey on larger marine mammals. Due to the slow growth (20 years to reach reproductive maturity) of white sharks and their vulnerability to human impacts and climate change, these habitats need to be managed properly and protected to sustain a robust marine environment.In 2018, the South Fork Natural History Museum took on the leadership of this exciting research initiative. Once known as the LISC, it is now the SOFO Shark Research and Education Program. The museum’s mission is to create awareness, educate, and foster appreciation of our natural world. Ecosystems are ruled from the top of the food chain by animals such as wolves, bears, big cats, and sharks. The health of our planet depends on their existence. These white sharks are apex predators, and are truly the “Lions of the Sea!” Sharelast_img read more

APPEA: Queensland Benefits from Growing Gas Industry

Today’s Queensland Budget highlights the vital contribution natural Coal Seam Gas projects are making to the state’s economy and the industry welcomes new initiatives designed to harness future opportunities.As outlined in Budget Paper No. 2, business investment over the past three years “has been boosted by the extraordinarily large investment in three LNG projects, whose capital expenditure exceeds $60 billion in the construction phase.”The paper goes on to say: “The ramp up in LNG production will drive growth in overseas exports by 23.25 per cent in 2015-16, which combined with a stronger domestic sector, will boost economic growth to six per cent that year.”APPEA Chief Operating Officer Eastern Region, Rick Wilkinson, said: “The benefits of natural coal seam gas are clear – jobs, investment and significant royalties that can be used by government to the benefit of all Queenslanders.“This budget recognises those benefits.”Mr Wilkinson said budget initiatives announced today aimed at maximising the state’s resource potential are most welcome to secure an additional wave of investment amid an increasingly competitive and challenging regulatory environment.Today’s funding announcement by the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines included:$7.5 million towards industry/government collaboration to identify geoscience projects aimed at maximising exploration success;$5 million for a core library extension to house geology samples now and into the future;$3 million for collaborative drilling grants to contribute towards the costs of drilling in underexplored areas; and$1.5 million for preserving high-value seismic data assets for current and future generations.Mr Wilkinson said: “APPEA welcomes moves by the government to improve our understanding of Queensland’s geology and energy resource potential, which is so crucial to attracting a further wave of investment in the resources sector.”[mappress]LNG World News Staff, June 04, 2013 read more

Portman Seeks Answers on Cleveland Harbor Project

first_imgSenator Rob Portman, chairman of U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), has sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter requesting information regarding the Army Corps of Engineer’s efforts to dredge the Cleveland Harbor.PSI will examine allegations that the Corps deliberately reduced its budget for the Cleveland Harbor project in order to render itself unable to dispose of material in a manner required by law.“The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency determined that the dredged material is not safe for open lake placement and disposing of the dredged material by dumping it in Lake Erie could pose a threat to both the City of Cleveland’s water supply and Lake Erie’s ecosystem,” said Senator Portman. “The Cleveland Harbor project is vital to all of Ohio and these allegations are troubling. I want answers and will use every tool available to make sure our Great Lake is protected.”It has been reported that the Corps cut its own budget by roughly $3 million—to less than it actually needs to dispose of the dredged material safely, said Portman in the release.last_img read more

Glen steps up at SpotSee

first_imgIn this role, Glen is responsible for directing and coordinating supply chain processes, procurement, production and resource planning. Other responsibilities include the enforcement of safety standards, managing customer demand and establishing supplier relationships.Glen previously served as director of supply chain at SpotSee and has 24 years of experience in manufacturing, quality control, plant management and supply chain optimisation. Before joining the company in 2012, Glen was a materials manager at General Cable Corporation.SpotSee’s range of products, including ShockWatch, ShockLog, SpotBot, OpsWatch, and WarmMark, monitor shock, vibration, temperature and other environmental conditions. In HLPFI’s July/August 2018 edition, the manufacturer explained how its impact monitoring solutions can mitigate the risks of damaging high-value cargoes during transit. You can read the full article here. spotsee.iolast_img read more

Lotto and Co banking on top spot

first_imgSHIFAAN RYKLIEF A former Peak View High School pupil, Kyle “Lotto “used his experience gained at the SA national championships to help his side surge to third spot on the men’s Grand Challenge logHe was part of the men’s Peninsula hockey side that won gold at the national championships, in Johannesburg, last month.Coming off the bench in their match against Pinelands, Lotto, from Bridgetown, assisted in his side’s third goal, which took them to a comfortable 5-0 lead at half-time.The attacking player was closely marked by the Pinelands defence, which meant his teammates up front had more breathing room. Central eventually hammered Pinelands 7-0 and are on a four match winning run.Recently promoted to the Cape Cobras cricket squad, Zubayr Hamza, 20, showed his skills with the stick in hand and scored a hat-trick. Raaghib Fredericks scored two goals; Michael Mulder and Mickael Mannel rounded the game off with one goal a piece.“The game went well and we really starting to gel well as a team. “We had a difficult start to the season, and our first victory was a 3-2 win against Pinelands during the first round of games,” said Lotto.“We are getting more confident with each game, and every player is evolving in their respective roles. “The team’s overall performance was good, but I feel that I wasn’t at my best on the day. I prefer to start from the bench because it gives me the chance to analyse the game and the players we are up against. I’ve been playing this way in our last three matches, and it’s been working for me,” he said.Western Province Cricket Club (WPCC) lead the pack and are at the top of the table, with Maties in second position. Lotto said the team had been competitive, despite it being their first season back in the top flight – they were relegated to the Reserve League in 2014.“WPCC have been our toughest opponents so far. I remember we played a good first half against them, but they stepped up a gear and beat us 7-2, in the first round of fixtures. “We play them again in our next league match and will look for a turnaround result.“Last week, we beat Maties 3-1. Prior to that, we beat Langa 4-1 and Vics 4-3.“Last year, we were unbeaten in the Reserve League which won us promotion back to the Grand Challenge. We’ve always been in the top league and just had a bad season in 2014,” he said.Lotto said he was introduced to hockey while at Cypress Primary School, and that one of his teachers suggested he join Central – where he’s been ever since.He’s won various individual awards at the club, donned the South African national colours as a junior, and won the SA national championships with the men’s senior team.“I tried playing other sports but it wasn’t for me. I always enjoyed hockey but took a break from provincial duty, and this was my first time back playing for the WP in three years,” said Lotto.“It was great playing at that level again and the tournament wasn’t an easy one. And, I scored in the 4-1 win against KZN in the final. “The first time I won gold at nationals was in 2007, when I played in the senior team, in East London. “I received my first national call-up for the under-16 team, and was also part of the under-17 and 18 squad. “Being part of the national under-18 team is one that stands out for me because we played qualifiers for the junior world cup, in Egypt. “We qualified, but I couldn’t play at the world cup because it was my last year under-18,” he said.last_img read more

High School Football Preview: Brecksville-Broadview Heights will have a “devil” of a time Friday as they prepare to face Brunswick

first_img Steve Pajk BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OhioThe following article is brought to by The Learned Owl Bookstore in Hudson, Ohio.The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees (2-0) will look to go 3-0 this Friday night at 7pm at The Bee Hive against one of Northeast Ohio’s perennial high school football powers, in the The Brunswick Blue Devils (1-1). These two teams date back to their battles in the old Pioneer Conference, where Brunswick reigned supreme. Brecksville has since moved on to two different conferences since those days, first moving to The Southwestern Conference, and then, moving onto The Suburban League last year. Brunswick has been a member of The Greater Cleveland Conference since The Pioneer Conference disbanded after the 2006-2007 season. Brecksville renewed there rivalry with their Northwest Medina County foe last year, holding onto a 22-16 victory at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium.Brecksville enters the game 2-0 after defeating Garfield Heights 34-0 last Friday at The Bee Hive. The Bees were led by Senior Quarterback Luke Strnad’s 19 for 32 passing, for 192 yards and 2 touchdown passes. Senior Wideout Joey McGonegal was the leading receiver for Brecksville, as he had 5 catches for 75 yards, including a touchdown. Junior runningback Alec Buckley followed up an impressive opening night performance against Padua with 12 carries for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brecksville was lead defensively by Junior defensive back Michael Rose’s 4 tackles for loss (minus 15 yards), while assisting on a two other tackles. The Bees also got two nterceptions on the evening, one from Junior corner back Sam Wiglusz and another from Junior middle linebacker Michael Graham.Brunswick made a valiant effort to stage a second half rally last week but fell short on the road against an always tough Austintown-Fitch team. After trailing 21-6 at halftime, Brunswick scored on a blocked punt recovered by Senior defensive lineman Collin Sustercic in the end zone at the 7:06 mark of the third quarter. After allowing Fitch to kick a field goal to make it 24-13, the Blue Devils were able to  bring the score to within a touchdown at 27-20 with 6 minutes to go in the fourth quarter on a 2 yard touchdown run by Senior fullback Alex Gillespie. Brunswick would drive down to the Falcons 35 yard line with two minutes to go, ultimately turning the ball over on downs.This Friday The Bee Hive will pit two teams that run two different styles of offenses, with Brecksville running a spread offense, and Brunswick running a ball control, run-oriented offense. Brunswick will need to try and contain Brecksville Senior QB Luke Strnad and keep his wide receivers in check, led by Senior wide receiver Joey McGonegal. The Blue Devils will also need to keep an eye on Junior running back Alex Buckley as well, or he can make them pay for not paying attention to him, rushing for nearly 300 yards through the first two games of the season. The Bees will need to pay attention to Brunswick’s 6-1, 185 pound Senior runningback Jake Martin, who through the first two games of the season, has run for 324 yards on 43 carries, including 2 touchdowns, one of which went for 75 yards.Prediction: Brecksville 25, Brunswick 21 Related TopicsBrecksville-Broadview HeightsBrunswick Blue DevilsHigh School Footballlast_img read more

Marijuana Regulations to Be Released in Three Sets

first_imgThe first draft regulations are expected t be reviewed today, with a temporary regulation to define “public places” where marijuana may not be used. Emergency regulations were put in place last February, but they were not intended to be permanent. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享New marijuana regulations will likely be released in three stages, according to the State Alcohol Beverage Control Board which is meeting in Anchorage today. The ABC is currently responsible for creating the new rules, though an official 5-member marijuana board is expected to take that responsibility over in July. That Board will continue to develop the regulations for commercial growing and retail operations.center_img The ABC is expecting to give the public 30 days to comment on each draft of the new rules.last_img read more

Coast Guard Searching For Three Men Near Whittier

first_imgPetty Officer 2nd Class Lindsey Helmbrecht, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstander: “We continue to search for the missing and ask anyone in the area to keep a vigilant eye and render assistance if able. We have Coast Guard assets searching diligently in hopes to get these men back home to their families.” Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received initial notification Friday night from a relative that three men were overdue after going on a trip from Montague Island to Whittier aboard their 20-foot Duckworth Jet Boat. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Coast Guard is searching for three people overdue in the vicinity of Whittier, on Saturday, December 30. Last contact was at approximately 4:00 p.m.Friday, when they called family reporting they were experiencing engine issues and intended to transit in on their kicker engine. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Valdez boatcrew are currently on scene searching.last_img read more