The Disco Biscuits are showing their Vermont love.The band, which previously announced a performance at UVM on April 25th, has now announced an accompanying late night set at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT. The second show will commence at 11 PM, with tickets on sale this Friday, April 17th, at 11 AM Eastern.For those itching to hear some live Biscuits music, fear not, for the band will be performing and livestreaming from Colorado starting tomorrow night, April 15th, and including their highly-anticipated show with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on April 17th.More information: The Disco Biscuits Announce Webcasts for Colorado Shows
Kelly Konya | The Observer [/Courtesy of Brian Lach] As their term in office comes to an end Tuesday, student body president Alex Coccia and vice president Nancy Joyce said they only wish they had more time.Although his term as president is over, Coccia said he believes incoming student body president and vice president Lauren Vidal and Matt Devine will pick up right where his administration left off.“We just really wish he had more time to continue working on things, but Lauren and Matt have been very gracious in looking at some of the projects that we have still been developing and that they’ll want to continue,” Coccia said.Joyce said she felt her and Coccia’s administration started important initiatives that will continue after they leave office.“I think the only regret would be that we really can’t see some of [our projects] all the way through,” she said. “I think we’ve laid the groundwork and have set it up for next year.”Coccia said one such issue he wanted to progress more is medical amnesty for students, particularly with regard to alcohol consumption.“I think issue-wise … I wish we could have pushed [the discussion on medical amnesty] a little bit further, but we are happy to see where the conversation has progressed,” he said.“Where we’re coming from as representatives of the student body is that our first priority … is student safety and students getting the medical attention that they need if they so need it.Joyce said in a more general sense, she felt her and Coccia’s administration made student government more accessible and pertinent to student life.This past year student government achieved smaller, more concrete goals, Coccia said, but they also confronted problems more directly concerning all students, most notably the issue of sexual violence.“There’s obviously the tangible successes like the coffee cart in DeBartolo,” he said. “I think we also realize that student government could address larger student life issues than just something like the coffee cart.Coccia said he is proud to have spearheaded the One is Too Many campaign, a student government initiative aimed at sexual assault prevention and healing, which mobilized the student body and brought the issue to the forefront of student discussion.“I think the One is Too Many Campaign was important because … it touched, very directly, at least over 3,000 people,” he said. “We recognize that the pledge itself is not enough, but our hope was that it would raise the level of awareness and dialogue about the issue of sexual violence and about what our role in prevention is.”Both Coccia and Joyce said they will live and work in Washington, D.C. following graduation, Coccia working with either a non-profit organization or government agency through the Truman Scholarship, and Joyce with defense consulting firm Avascent Group.Joyce said she wanted to extend her personal thanks to the student body for their engagement over the past year.“It’s really been a pleasure,” she said. “I have enjoyed this experience and the opportunity to represent some of the best and the brightest in the country.”Tags: Alex Coccia, coccia, joyce, Nancy Joyce, one is too many campaign
Vittoria’s classic of the Classics is back and wider than ever in an expanded Corsa Control lineup that will have you training fast through the winter and ready to toe the line at the first races in the new year. Building on the wet & dirty Spring Classics winning heritage of the original Pavé, the new Corsa Control is better than ever equipped with Graphene+, tubular & clincher options, and more wide sizes.Vittoria Corsa Control all-season cotton road & cobble race tireVittoria long held the title of the most iconic winter & early season foul weather racing tire with their green Pavé CG. But when they overhauled their Corsa road line bringing a big boost in rubber performance with Graphene+, the Spring Classics specialist was left out in the cold.As early as the Tour of Flanders in 2016 we spotted prototypes of what would become the new Corsa Control tire being raced over Northern European cobbles. But it was more than a year and a half later before Vittoria gave the tire and name and a soft introduction with a single 28mm wide clincher version. Now the winter training & spring racing tire gets Vittoria’s full support with multiple size, color & casing options.Vittoria Corsa Control foul-conditions race tire – Tech DetailsDesigned for competition in wet weather, on rough roads & slippery cobblestones, the Corsa Control features a fast rolling, smooth & grooved center tread section taken directly from the road race Corsa, then alternating bands of herringbone sipes taken from the old Pavé CG for confident cornering. That tread is hand glued onto the casing not vulcanized, which is said to make the tire more supple, even getting faster-rolling over time.Four different Graphene+ rubber compounds just like the Corsa promise low rolling resistance & long wear going straight, then grip & durability when you lean it over, with improved puncture resistance overall. It also shares the same 320tpi aramid/kevlar fiber reinforced Corespun-K cotton casing with increased sidewall protection as the Corsa, making the only real difference the textured shoulders and a tiny 0.4mm extra rubber to wear through. The result though, is that this durable, all-season tire is still light at just 265g claimed for a 25mm clincher of 295g for a 25mm tubular.Vittoria Corsa Control foul-conditions race tire – What’s New?The big update this season to the Corsa Control is more options. Now the 64€ foldable clincher is available in 25 & 28mm widths (265g & 280g, respectively) and in both all black versions and a skinwall that Vittoria calls ‘Para’ sidewall.Tubulars are also available now as well for 98€ a piece. They get even wider, with 25, 28 & 30mm ready to glue up, again each in black or skinwall variants. (295g, 350g & 370g, respectively.)courtesy Vittoria, Roubaix recon photos by Gruber ImagesNow we just have to keep holding our breath to see if they will make a tubeless TLR version like the fast rolling (but no puncture protection) Corsa Speed.Vittoria.com
Christine Ebersole & Patti LuPone(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 5, 2017 View Comments War Paint The original cast album of the new Broadway musical War Paint, starring 2017 Tony Award nominees Christine Ebersole and Patti LuPone, will be released digitally on May 26 and is currently available for pre-order, Ghostlight Records announced today. As previously reported, the album featuring music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie was recorded on April 16 and 17. An in-store release date for the CD will be announced at a later time. Featuring a book by Doug Wright and direction by Michael Greif, War Paint follows cosmetics trailblazers Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole) and Helena Rubinstein (LuPone), who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th century. War Paint began previews at the Nederlander Theatre on March 7 and opened on April 6.In addition to LuPone and Ebersole, War Paint features John Dossett, Douglas Sills, Mary Ernster, David Girolmo, Joanna Glushak, Chris Hoch, Mary Claire King, Broadway.com vlogger Steffanie Leigh, Erik Liberman, Barbara Marineau, Stephanie Jae Park, Barbara Jo Bednarczuk, Patti Cohenor, Tom Galantich and Angel Reda. Donna Migliaccio, Jennifer Rias and Tally Sessions.The musical is inspired by Lindy Woodhead’s book, War Paint, and Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman’s documentary film, The Powder & the Glory. Greif, Frankel, Korie and Wright all previously collaborated on Grey Gardens with Ebersole.War Paint is currently nominated for four 2017 Tony Awards and a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Diva Performance.
A committee of Vermont emergency officials and planners has forwarded a list of 35 mitigation projects to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for approval. The $13 million in projects are part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) that awards funds to communities to fix problems that could cause damage in future disasters. HMGP covers up to 75 percent of project costs ‘ which would be just over $10 million if all projects are approved. Communities are required to provide a 25 local match to cover the costs. The funds are made available after a federal disaster declaration through competitive grant application process administered by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.A state committee reviews all applications to determine which projects meet federal standards and will have the greatest impact. Projects approved by Vermont range from elevation of buildings, to culvert upgrades, to home buyouts. All projects must be approved by FEMA.The program also provides funds for planning initiatives. The $13 million total includes $1.5 million in planning grants that will serve 23 Vermont towns.To date, Vermont has approved $38-million in mitigation projects following the Irene disaster declaration ‘ with $28 million being the federal share, of which FEMA has approved $15 million.Source: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security 9.5.2013
Vermont Business Magazine Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the deadline to enroll for the dairy Margin Protection Program for coverage in 2016 has been extended until November 20, 2015. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), the senior-most member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a conferee on the 2014 Farm Bill, said in a statement: “I thank Secretary Vilsack for recognizing that dairy farmers need more time to consider their options under the relatively new Margin Protection Program (MPP). The previous signup deadline of September 30 would have hit many farmers at the height of their fall harvest season, and just when many are also making important decisions on enrollment in Agricultural Risk Coverage and other USDA programs. This added time is needed to ensure that farmers can review all the information USDA has made available, and then to make the best decisions for their individual operations. This signup extension, combined with the added flexibility USDA is giving farmers in how they pay their MPP premiums for insurance coverage for 2016, will help producers best use the MPP for their particular needs.”“The fall harvest is a busy time of the year for agriculture, so this extension will ensure that dairy producers have more time to make their choices,” said Vilsack. “We encourage all operations to examine the protections offered by this program, because despite the very best forecasts, markets can change.”Vilsack encouraged producers to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Agency Service (FSA) online Web resource at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool(link is external) to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation. The secure website can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet.He also reminds operations that were enrolled in 2015 that they need to make a coverage election for 2016 and pay the $100 administration fee. Although any unpaid premium balances for 2015 must be paid in full by the enrollment deadline to remain eligible for higher coverage levels in 2016, premiums for 2016 are not due until Sept. 1, 2016. Also, producers can work with milk marketing companies to remit premiums on their behalf.To enroll in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, contact your local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov(link is external).Payments under the program may be reduced by a certain percentage due to a sequester order required by Congress and issued pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. Should a payment reduction be necessary, FSA will reduce the payment by the required amount.The Margin Protection Program for Dairy was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill(link is external).WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2015 – USDA
Seniors Luke Ramey and Oliver Bihuniak celebrate after the Lancers’ 3-1 win over Olathe North on Tuesday. (Contributed by Carrie Morantz)Senior Oliver Bihuniak helped provide all the scoring Shawnee Mission East would need in its 3-1 victory against Olathe North on Tuesday.Bihuniak opened the scoring two minutes into the game and added an assist to Tommy Nelson before Olathe North cut the lead in half before the half.The Lancers, playing their fourth game in eight days, had a number of chances in the second half before senior Luke Ramey scored with 15 minutes remaining to seal the victory and help run their record to 10-0.East is back in action on Friday at 7 p.m., against Mill Valley at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex.(h/t David Morantz)
“We are where I wanted to be when we started the season,” Bingle said. “We needed to be in a championship environment like [Iowa State] before [the Big Ten indoor championships].”Berkley Edwards thrives in first track actionAfter competing for the Gophers football team for the first time last year, Berkley Edwards got his first taste of collegiate track over the weekend.The redshirt freshman finished third overall in the 60-meter dash Saturday.“I think that was [Berkley’s] first race in nearly a year and a half,” men’s head coach Steve Plasencia said. “I know he loves track as well as football, so it is fun to work with him, and we know he has a big upside.”Edwards didn’t get the opportunity to race against the Gophers’ top sprinter in the finals, as redshirt freshman Brad Neumann sat out the 60-meter dash due to a minor injury, Plasencia said.Neumann did get an opportunity to race in the 200-meter dash Friday, finishing second in the event.Freshman pole vaulter Glen Harold followed up his title last weekend at the Gene Glader Classic with a fourth-place finish in Iowa, a much more competitive field.“[Glen] appears to me to be an emotionally mature kid for being a freshman,” Plasencia said. “I think he is starting to get his confidence going. He has a bright future.” Minnesota hurdles over program recordTwo 60-meter hurdlers broke the program record over the weekend. Grant DonaldFebruary 16, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintRecords are meant to be broken, but not necessarily at the rate Minnesota’s hurdlers are shattering them.After already rewriting the history books twice this year, freshman Emma Spagnola set the new time in the 60-meter hurdles after finishing second in the event at the Iowa State Classic on Saturday.And it came less than 24 hours after junior Kimberly Golding broke the record in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday. The Jamaica native finished 0.02 seconds behind Spagnola in the Saturday finals to clinch third place in the event.“It’s a good, friendly competition between those two,” women’s head coach Matt Bingle said. “If you are going to get beat, you might as well get beat by your teammate.”While the 60-meter hurdles was the only program record to fall this weekend in Ames, Iowa, redshirt sophomore Erin Hawkins was knocking on the door of the 200-meter dash record.Hawkins dropped 0.22 seconds off her career best Friday afternoon, moving into second place on the Gophers’ all-time record list. With the personal record, Hawkins won the event for her fifth individual title this year.“I have overcome so much the last couple years with knee surgeries and not being able to practice, so I’m just excited to see it all coming together and can actually see progress,” Hawkins said.It wasn’t only the sprinters that shone for the Gophers this weekend as redshirt senior Katie Murgic and junior Cami Gilson had top-five finishes in the pole vault.The Gophers saw the most improvement in their mid-distance runners with eight personal records.
The Wall Street Journal:When a child faces cancer or another serious illness, the main focus, of necessity, is on a cure. What is often overlooked in the maze of medical treatments is the emotional and psychological toll on families.Now, evidence shows that problems coping can interfere with medical care and families’ adherence to treatment. And emotional issues can cause longer-term complications for both parents and children. More hospitals are working to prevent such headwinds by formally assessing families for concerns ranging from financial worries and child-care gaps to sibling problems, depression, and anger-management issues.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >
LinkedIn Share on Twitter Email Pinterest Share Share on Facebook Variations in women’s waist to hip ratio and breast size correspond with variations in brain activity, according to research published in Evolution and Human Behavior that examined neurophysiological responses to computer-generated female body silhouettes.“When you see someone and find them attractive, your visual system has taken in the cues from that person’s face, body shape, facial expression, posture, and so on. These cues are processed in different regions of your brain,” explained study author Farid Pazhoohi, a psychologist based at the University of British Columbia.“While previous research has looked at how and where facial attractiveness is being processed in the brain, the field lacks empirical research as to how the attractiveness of the body is perceived and processed by the brain. This study aimed to provide evidence regarding this matter.” In the study, 48 heterosexual men and women, who ranged in age from 18 to 37 years old, viewed black and white silhouettes of female figures with various waist to hip ratios and breast sizes. They were instructed to view the images on a computer screen and press the “M” key whenever they saw a shawl around the waist of the silhouette. The participants were then asked to provide attractiveness ratings for each of the images.During these tasks, the researchers used an electroencephalogram to record each participant’s electrical brain activity.In line with previous research, both men and women rated silhouettes with large breasts as more attractive than those with small breast sizes, and they rated waist to hip ratios of 0.6 and 0.7 as more attractive than a waist to hip ratio of 0.8.The researchers also found evidence that the more attractive silhouettes were processed differently than the less attractive silhouettes.“Here we show that the human brain is able to perceive and process such bodily features and their differences as quickly as 200 milliseconds (one fifth of one second). And these brain responses are not affected by task requirement, meaning we found that before participants are asked about the attractiveness of the stimuli, their brains still respond differently to attractive body morphs. We also estimated that these responses are originating from brain regions associated with reward processing and decision-making,” Pazhoohi told PsyPost.In particular, variations in waist to hip ratio appeared to influence activity in frontal brain regions, such as the anterior cingulate and orbitofrontal cortex, while variations in breast size appeared to influence activity in posterior parietal regions, such as the fusiform gyrus, precentral gyrus, and precuneus.But there is still much to learn about how the brain processes physical attractiveness. “The research on neuropsychology of bodily attractiveness perception is in its early stages. For example, understanding brain responses to bodily postures, or the neurophysiology of men’s physical attractiveness, are just two basic questions that remain to be investigated,” Pazhoohi explained.“Moreover, the findings from our study also need to be replicated and extended, as we only used two different breast sizes, and three waist to hip ratios, and we know there is a huge diversity of body shape and sizes.”“These are very early days in this area of research. Questions regarding how culture, gender, age, affect perceptions of physical attractiveness, and the brain mechanisms that support those perceptions, remain to be explored. In addition, how these findings relate to real-world perceptions, decisions, and behaviours, need to be examined. In sum, very exciting days lie ahead!” Pazhoohi said.The study, “Waist to hip ratio and breast size modulate the processing of female body silhouettes: An EEG study“, was authored by Farid Pazhoohi, Joana Arantes, Alan Kingstone, and Diego Pinal.