Three Little Wolves

first_imgThe Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is a children’s story (an obvious subversion of the traditional “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down” tale) written by famous Greek author Constantine Sandis and staged by Sandis Productions, to tie in with the coming Greek Festival. Apart from the author of the tale being from Greece, there are, however, no other connections to Greek culture, modern or ancient, and it may seem like a strange choice of production for this event. It is certainly true that this play will provide something for children in regards to the festival, but apart from that, its appeal seems somewhat limited. This is not to say that the production is not fun in places. The story has been adapted into a musical using, quite bizarrely, the music of The Village People and this creates some moments of confused enjoyment. However, the replacement lyrics run out of any original puns and rely mostly on panto-style jokes very early into the songs which were not helped by the fact that few of the actors can sing. Outside of the songs, there are also some funny moments. The character of the Mother Wolf (Nina Reizi) is really quite entertaining, but apart from this, the lack of originality in wit and concept lets down what could have been an amusing performance. It is, however, perhaps too easy to slate such a production for the qualities that its target audience, children, will be amused by. When the three little wolves start twirling their tales around to YMCA, I am sure that the under tens will be rolling on the floor with delight rather than cringing behind their pashminas, and its fun and energetic cast definitely carry the performance along with aplomb. This does not, however, excuse it for being a panto cunningly disguised as something else. When all is said and done it is very difficult to know exactly what is the purpose and proposed audience for this really rather odd performance. Go if you fancy a mindless, childish but essentially fun production, but even then be prepared for this play to be very, very weird and not what you expected at all.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Dilnot heads in new direction

first_img‘Putting a limit on the maximum lifetime costs people may face will allow them to plan ahead for how they wish to meet these costs. By protecting a larger amount of people’s assets they need no longer fear losing everything.” “Under our proposed system everybody who gets free support from the state now will continue to do so and everybody else would be better off. The Principal of St Hugh’s plans to step down in September 2012 to take up a post as Warden of Nuffield, a social science graduate college. However, in an email sent out to St Hugh’s students, Dilnot said that this position ‘will allow me to spend much more time doing economics again’. Andrew Dilnot has signalled his intentions for the next stage in his career with the publication of a national care report this week.center_img Dilnot has described the current system of social care as ‘confusing, unfair and unsustainable’ and expressed hope that some changes will be seen in next spring’s white paper. The report, published by the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, of which Dilnot is Chair, has claimed that social care costs should be capped to a maximum of £35,000 in order to ensure that people do not risk losing all their assets later in life. After this amount has been reached, the individual would be eligible for full state support. The report acknowledges that these changes would cost the government between £1.3 billion and £2.2 billion. It suggests that those who will benefit directly from these reforms, those people over state pension age, should experience ‘‘at least a part of the burden’’.last_img read more

Gov. Holcomb Announces Indiana National Guard Leader To Depart

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Courtney Carr will retire.“Upon my recommendation, Maj. General Courtney Carr has announced his decision to retire,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I received his resignation letter on Saturday, and I thanked him for his service to our state and country.”Carr has served as Adjutant General since 2015 and his resignation is effective Friday.Brigadier General Timothy Winslow will serve as the interim Adjutant General. Winslow is a career Army National Guard aviator and was promoted to brigadier general in May.The Indiana Army and Air National Guard are reserve components of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. During times of national emergency, National Guard members may be called into active federal service by the President of the United States.During times of peace, the National Guard is commanded by the governor. In its state role, the National Guard assists local law enforcement agencies during emergencies at the direction of the governor. The distribution of soldiers, equipment and facilities across the state allows the National Guard to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies statewide. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Weather Forecast: 1-3 Inches of Snow Wednesday

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Residents and visitors are advised to closely monitor weather forecasts and conditions during this period.  The latest forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulation before the precipitation turns to rain on Wednesday evening.Travel conditions could be hazardous, roads slippery and visibility limited for both the morning and evening commutes. Please be advised that West Avenue is an emergency route and parking is prohibited on both sides of the street when the road is covered by snow.Forecasts predict a water level of 5.2 feet (MLW) for the high tide at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday. That falls just below the NWS threshold for minor flooding, but residents should be prepared to move vehicles if conditions change. For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111 or 609-399-6111.Further information is available at www.ocnj.us/oem. Whether it is a snowstorm like this Jan. 13, 2019 one, or another weather emergency, CodeRED keeps people who sign up for the service informed.last_img read more

The Fabulous Bakers outlines growth plans

first_imgThe Fabulous Bakers has spoken of ambitions to grow into Europe in the near future.After spending just short of £1m on its latest marketing campaign, the family company said it would be concentrating on getting it right in this country, and then expanding out.The bakery was bought out of administration by Dutch-owned The Daelmans Group in April last year, and is now on a mission to turn the brand around. The brand can currently be found in retailers across the UK, including the major multiples.Alongside the new campaign, the brand has already seen 1,200 of its gift box muffins bought around the UK. The company launched Muffin Mail last month, where consumers can handpick muffins and send them as a gift, and is already looking to introduce a similar idea around flapjacks called Jack in a Box.Victoria Willis, marketing controller at the brand, said: “At the moment 15% of British households are buying into The Fabulous Bakers, but by this time next year I would like to take that up to 20%.“We are looking at interesting flavours in growth and talking to consumers about the product. People don’t necessarily put cake on their shopping lists, so it’s about catching their attention with something exciting and interesting.”The bakery has relaunched with a range of 100% natural ingredients in its products, and now uses things like chicory root extract as a binder for flapjacks. It is also looking at expanding its range with NPD.last_img read more

Baking bread reduces anxiety, study finds

first_imgBaking bread reduces anxiety and increases happiness in those struggling with mental health, according to a study by the Real Bread Campaign.The pilot study, called Bethlem Baking Buddies, comprised six two-hour baking sessions for resident mental health care service users at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Kent.During the first session, participants learned how to make a basic white dough, which was shaped into bread twists. Subsequent weeks saw them use the same dough recipe but with additional flavours and shaping techniques. After baking, participants were asked a series of weekly evaluation questions to determine the impact the activity had on their mental health and wellbeing.Every one of five the participants said they felt happier, more creative and gained a sense of achievement from baking, while the majority reported it gave them a sense of purpose, made them more relaxed and, in two-thirds of cases, less anxious.The study forms part of the campaign’s Together We Rise initiative, which is designed to promote the therapeutic, social and educational opportunities of baking bread by hand. The programme ran from 21 April to 26 May 2017, with the results published this month.The Real Bread Campaign believes this study, alongside the 2013 report Rising Up, should be used as evidence to help bolster interest and gain funding for these sorts of initiatives in the future.  “What we found further supports the campaign’s belief that making Real Bread can offer therapeutic benefits to some people who are experiencing mental health problems, and that therapeutic baking deserves further study, funding and [should] even [be] made available through social prescription,” explained campaign co-ordinator Chris Young, who wrote the report.In the report, Young also offers practical advice for those looking to run similar sessions, such as running them hands-on rather than demonstration-based, keeping the recipe simple and using domestic equipment, so participants feel they can produce similar results at home.The campaign is now working on a sequel to Rising Up, expected to be published in 2018, and is looking for stories and statistics from organisations that have run therapeutic or social baking projects and those who have taken part in them.last_img read more

Cybake unveils bread basket tracking feature

first_imgRedBlack Software has added a new bread basket tracking feature to its Cybake bakery management system. The software will give bakeries the power to track and retrieve delivery baskets by allowing delivery drivers to record which baskets were delivered and collected. Therefore, subscribers can assess and track baskets at all times.By showing customers how many baskets they are currently holding on their invoices, Cybake subscribers can avoid unnecessary costs and invoice those who do not return baskets, it added, by assigning a value to the basket.Bread baskets that have disappeared, been returned to other bakers, or are broken, can cost a bakery several thousands of pounds every year.Although new tracking technologies have reduced the scale of basket theft, it is still a major issue. Bakers Basco, which manages a pool of four million bread baskets and associated wheeled dollies, extended its awareness campaign to delivery drivers this month to help increase the recovery of missing equipment.In recent years, there have been criminal prosecutions in the UK for thieves who steal large numbers of bread baskets in order to sell the high-grade plastic for recycling, RedBlack added.Independent commercial bakeries are the hardest hit as they make multiple drop-offs every day, it said. Keeping track of which baskets belong to them and making sure that they get their own baskets back on collection is extremely difficult.last_img read more

HSPH announces new chairs of global health, epidemiology

first_imgWafaie Fawzi will assume the role of chair for the Department of Global Health and Population on September 1. Fawzi succeeds David Bloom, the Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at HSPH, who served for 10 years. Bloom will continue as a faculty member in the Department, pursuing his research and global collaborations to better understand the interplay of health status, population trends, and economic growth.Since becoming a member of the HSPH faculty in 1996, Fawzi has sought to reduce the number of children under five who die each year, and to improve the health of mothers. He has designed and implemented randomized controlled trials and observational studies of maternal, neonatal and child health, and infectious diseases, with an emphasis on nutritional factors that could lead to better health outcomes, in Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, India, and other developing countries. Fawzi also has built research and training capacity at partner institutions in several countries, most notably in Tanzania where he also has been principal investigator on HSPH’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative that has brought life-saving antiretroviral drugs to more than 70,000 people living with HIV.Fawzi received his medical degree from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, and his MPH, MS in Maternal and Child Health, and PhD in Epidemiology and Nutrition from HSPH. He has joint appointments in HSPH’s departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology and in the Department of Global Health and Population.Williams Joins HSPH as Chair of Department of EpidemiologyMichelle Williams has been appointed Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health and will succeed Hans-Olov Adami as chair of the Department of Epidemiology on August 1. Adami served for more than four years and will continue as a member of the faculty.Previously a professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, Williams has a longstanding relationship with the HSPH Department of Epidemiology, from which she received her doctorate in 1991. She has published more than 230 scientific articles and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the American Public Health Association’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award.  In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Williams with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.Williams’s major research interests lie in the areas of women’s reproductive health and child health. Her work focuses on integrating genomic sciences and epidemiological research methods to identify risk factors, diagnostic markers, treatments and prevention targets for disorders that contribute to maternal and infant mortality.  Her current activities include research and teaching collaborations with epidemiologists in Peru, Chile, Thailand, and Ethiopia. Williams also is co-director of the Center for Perinatal Studies at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, a multidisciplinary research program involving clinical scholars, basic scientists, and epidemiologists. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Mindfulness meditation and relaxation response affect brain differently

first_img Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress Those who learn its techniques often say they feel less stress, think clearer A variety of meditation-based programs have been developed in recent years to reduce stress and medical symptoms and to promote wellness. One lingering question is to what extent these programs are similar or different. In a study published in the June issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers, in collaboration with members of the two leading mind-body stress-reduction programs, documents the different effects these mind-body practices have in the brain.There are two widely used meditation-based stress-reduction courses. One is based on “The Relaxation Response” — first described by Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the MGH-based Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine — which focuses on eliciting a physiologic state of deep rest, the opposite of the “fight or flight” stress response. The other is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which emphasizes a particular, nonjudgmental attitude termed “mindfulness” as key to stress reduction. Although both interventions are based on meditation, the scientific philosophies and meditative traditions upon which each is founded are different, and these differences are reflected in the instructions and exercises they teach.“If the hypotheses proposed by the programs’ creators are in fact correct, they imply that these programs promote wellness through different mechanisms of action,” says Sara Lazar of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroscience Research Program, senior author of the current report and assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. “Such a finding would suggest that these programs could potentially have different effects on disease.” “These findings indicate that the programs are working through different neural mechanisms … It is somewhat analogous to weight training versus aerobic exercise — both are beneficial, but each has its unique mechanism and contribution.” — Gunes Sevinc, lead author The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related When science meets mindfulness With mindfulness, life’s in the momentcenter_img To investigate that possibility, healthy adults with high levels of stress were randomized to two eight-week programs. Eighteen completed the relaxation-response program, and 16 completed the mindfulness program. Both programs successfully decreased stress and increased mindfulness in participants. However, the mindfulness program resulted in further improvements in measures such as self-compassion and rumination, clearly indicating that the programs are not the same, Lazar says.To further understand the similarities and differences between the programs, the team measured brain activity during a meditation technique common to both programs — a body scan, in which attention is moved sequentially throughout the body to develop bodily awareness. While the relaxation-response program instructs participants to deliberately relax each body area as they become aware of it, the mindfulness program just emphasizes mindful awareness and acceptance “without any attempt to change anything.” Researchers study how it seems to change the brain in depressed patients The results showed that the strength of neural interaction between brain regions associated with present-moment awareness and bodily attention increased during both types of body-scan meditation. But each program also showed unique patterns of brain activity, in line with the different theoretical orientation of each program. The relaxation-response body scan strengthened coupling between neural regions commonly associated with deliberate control, including the inferior frontal gyrus and supplementary motor areas. Conversely, the mindfulness body scan strengthened coupling between neural regions associated with sensory awareness and perception, including the insula and the pregenual anterior cingulate.“These findings indicate that the programs are working through different neural mechanisms,” says Sevinc. “The relaxation-response program is working more through deliberate control mechanisms, while the mindfulness program is working more through sensory-awareness mechanisms. It is somewhat analogous to weight training versus aerobic exercise — both are beneficial, but each has its unique mechanism and contribution.”Norman Farb of the University of Toronto Department of Psychology, who was not part of the study, says, “Professor Lazar’s neuroimaging study helps us to better appreciate how these seemingly similar practices differ in important ways. Both practices seem to promote access to neural representations of the body, but they differ in how such representations are structured. This study is important for beginning to inform the public about key differences between conceptually similar therapeutic approaches, which may in turn allow people to make more skillful decisions about which practice might be right for their personal improvement.”Lazar notes that future studies will be needed to determine whether these neural and psychological differences impact specific diseases in unique ways.The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health grants R01 AG048351, R21 AT003425, S10 RR019307, and S10 RR023401. Eight weeks to a better brain Lead author Gunes Sevinc, a research fellow in Lazar’s laboratory says, “By directly comparing the body-scan meditations, which differed only in cognitive strategy, we were able to identify the brain regions that are involved in mediating the common and differential strategies employed by each intervention.”last_img read more