CROSS COUNTRY: Lamar’s Crowe honored as region athlete of year

first_imgLamar sports information Next Up NEW ORLEANS — After his heroic performance in the NCAA South Central Regional race that earned him first place on the podium and Lamar’s first NCAA Cross Country Championships participant since 2015, Jamie Crowe has been named the South Central Regional Men’s Athlete of the Year, as announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.Crowe became the first Southland Conference runner to advance to the NCAA Championships since 2015 when he ran a 31:36.3 in the South Central race. He reached the first split in 6:15.4, trailing runners from Arkansas, UTRGV, North Texas, Rice, and Texas A&M. Crowe began to make his move by the 6.3k split, reaching that mark in third place with a time of 19:49.8. He completed his incredible race in 31:36.3, one of the best performances at the Texas A&M cross country course by any Southland runner in the last decade. The senior from Glasgow, Scotland, has won the past two Southland men’s cross country individual titles and is now the first Cardinal ever to win the NCAA South Central Regional race.Crowe and Jordan Rowe, who finished seventh at the regional race, will continue their seasons Saturday when they compete at the NCAA National Championship in Madison, Wisconsin.last_img read more

Mike Smith: The vision of Washington is dimming

first_imgby Mike Smith When we think of Washington, DC, we often conjure up images of a city filled with political and social elites focused on self-preservation and personal enhancement. Where responsibility for others is supplanted by self-aggrandizement and concern for one’s own comfort. A city disconnected from the struggles and interests of those outside its boundaries.Columnist Peggy Noonan depicted these elites this way: “They’re barricaded behind the things the influential have, from good neighborhoods to security alarms, doormen and gates. They’re not dark in their imagining of the future because history has never been dark for them; it’s been sunshine, which they expect to continue. They sail on, oblivious to the legitimate anxieties of their countrymen who live near the edge.”And, according to Noonan, elites often have the audacity to lecture the rest of us. “The influential grind away with their disdain for their fellow Americans, whom they seem less to want to help than to dominate: Give up your gun, bake my cake, free speech isn’t free if what you’re saying triggers,” Noonan writes.For some, Washington is no different from the fictional capital depicted in “The Hunger Games,” a popular trilogy of books and movies where elites live in disregard of the needs of the citizens in outlying districts — citizens who are forcibly conscripted to meet the needs of the elites.Of course, we are far from this dystopian view of America. And rigorous debate and disagreement is the hallmark of a thriving democracy. But there are warning signs that Americans are losing faith in their government and the underpinnings of a democracy — like freedom of the press and speech — as well as in the fairness of their governmental institutions. This is dangerous stuff.It’s certainly easier to divide people rather than to unite them, because it’s far simpler to place the blame on others if your life is disappointing. Often this blame is placed on the less protected in our society.Unfortunately, our political and social elites have become accustomed to dividing Americans into political, cultural and economic groups, pitting each against one another.Politicians — of all political stripes — foster and perpetuate divisions because to divide helps them get elected and stay empowered. But politicians are not alone in their desire to divide.We often think that our form of democracy is indestructible, even perpetual, but is it? Governments throughout history have collapsed because of growing and unresolved conflicts between the wants of the powerful and the needs of the people.If Americans become so divided, then it will become impossible to bring them back together again. No government can be successful in a constant state of turmoil and where compromises and solutions are not allowed. The government will eventually collapse, and the results of such a collapse will be scary.Ultimately, isn’t it the responsibility of our leaders — our national political and social elites — to unite us rather than trying to divide us, to look out for us rather than down on us?We once turned to Washington looking for moral guidance and fairness. This vision of Washington is dimming. And the darkness that is encompassing the city should be troubling to all of us.Mike Smith is a regular columnist for Vermont Business Magazine, vermontbiz.com and VTDigger. He hosts the radio program “Open Mike with Mike Smith” on WDEV 550 AM and 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM and is a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio. He was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Gov. Jim Douglas.last_img read more

Perez petitions for Bar reinstatement

first_img December 15, 2009 Regular News Perez petitions for Bar reinstatement P erez petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10 Juan Carlos Perez of Miami Beach has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Perez was suspended for one year, pursuant to a September 7, 2006, court order for multiple counts of neglect, failure to communicate, and making misrepresentations to clients. Thereafter, by a Supreme Court order dated April 17, 2008, Perez was suspended for an additional six months for contempt.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the Perez’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Cheryl L. Soler, legal assistant for The Florida Bar, at (954) 835-0233.last_img read more

Proposed board actions

first_img March 1, 2012 Regular News Proposed board actions P ursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar publishes this notice of intent to consider the following items at its March 23 meeting in Pensacola. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally filed with the Supreme Court, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments email rburke@flabar.org. Reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 1 Bylaws of The Florida BarSubchapter 1-7 Sections and Divisions Rule 1-7.3 Membership Fees Summary: Within subdivisions (c) and (e), adds language so that the bar can notify bar members of their late fees via electronic mail; requires an electronic return receipt. Other amendments are made to conform to the Supreme Court style guide, but do not change the substance of the rule. Chapter3 Rules of DisciplineSubchapter 3-7 Rules of Procedure Rule 3-7.2 Procedures Upon Criminal or Professional Misconduct; Discipline Upon Determination or Judgment of Guilt of Criminal Misconduct; Suspension by Judgment of Guilt Summary: Within subdivision (f), allows the bar and the respondent to file an immediate consent judgment for disbarment or for disciplinary revocation if the respondent wishes to resolve the matter immediately following a judgment of guilt in a felony case. Chapter5 Rules Regulating Trust AccountsSubchapter 5-1 Generally Rule 5-1.2 Trust Accounting Records and Procedures (Responsibility of Lawyers for Firm Trust Accounts and Appendix of Trust Accounting Forms) Summary: Within subdivision (b), adds new subdivision (5) which sets forth records requirements for wire transfers. Adds a new subdivision (c) to delineate each lawyer’s responsibility within a firm relating to the trust account and requires the firm to have a plan distributed among firm attorneys describing which lawyers handle trust account responsibilities. Re-letters subdivisions accordingly. Within new subdivision (d), clarifies that if the lawyer fails to file the trust accounting certificate, the lawyer will be deemed a delinquent member and ineligible to practice law. STANDING BOARD POLICIES Series 1500 Lawyer Regulation Policies SBP 15.55 Deferral of Disciplinary Investigation During Civil, Criminal, and Administrative Proceedings Summary: Amendments to board policy would not defer bar investigations of cases involving misappropriation of funds by lawyers even though those cases may also be pending in civil or criminal courts. The Bar will go forward with its investigation and prosecution in such cases unless the bar’s actions would substantially impair the concurrent civil or criminal cases. SBP 15.71 Disciplinary Review Committee. Summary:New policy codifies the purpose and structure of the disciplinary review committee; codifies terms and procedures for appointment of members of the disciplinary review committee. States that the president-elect appoints the committee chair and members for the year in which the president-elect becomes president. Proposed board actionslast_img read more

The Virtues of Daydreaming

first_imgThe New Yorker: Humans are a daydreaming species. According to a recent study led by the Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Matthew A. Killingsworth, people let their minds wander forty-seven per cent of the time they are awake. (The scientists demonstrated this by developing an iPhone app that contacted twenty-two hundred and fifty volunteers at random intervals during the day.) In fact, the only activity during which we report that our minds are not constantly wandering is “love making.” We’re able to focus for that.At first glance, such data seems like a confirmation of our inherent laziness. In a culture obsessed with efficiency, mind-wandering is often derided as useless—the kind of thinking we rely on when we don’t really want to think. Freud, for instance, described daydreams as “infantile” and a means of escaping from the necessary chores of the world into fantasies of “wish-fulfillment.”Read the whole story: The New Yorker More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Escludere una persona provoca sofferenza e non sollievo (Excluding a person causes suffering and no relief)

first_imgLa Stampa: Secondo uno studio dell’Università di Rochester gli atteggiamenti di rifiuto non aumentano il benessere perché l’essere umano è propenso all’empatia e alla solidarietàEmarginare deliberatamente gli altri provoca angoscia e sofferenza. Un nuovo studio dell’Università di Rochester ha dimostrato che l’esclusione sociale non causa dolore solo negli esclusi ma anche in chi promuove l’esclusione. Assumere atteggiamenti di rifiuto verso una persona non aumenta il nostro benessere ma, al contrario, abbassa la nostra autostima, riduce la nostra autonomia e ci fa sentire più soli e meno supportati socialmente. Sensazioni negative che si presentano anche quando allontaniamo qualcuno perché ci sentiamo minacciati.Read the whole story: La Stampalast_img

Quarantine Envy Got You Down? You’re Not Alone

first_img“When people are miserable, their resilience to other bad things becomes reduced,” said Dr. Oswald. “It’s easier to shrug off others’ good fortune when your life is OK. It’s been a terrible time for many people and the last thing they want to see is a millionaire’s house with a giant lawn.” Jens Lange, a psychologist at the University of Hamburg in Germany, agreed that the pandemic has created conditions that are ripe for envy. “Envy is an ugly two-headed monster,” said Dr. Christine Harris, a psychology professor at the University of California, San Diego, who studies emotions. “One head wants what someone else has. The other head chews on the first, for having these negative feelings.” I’ve seen the discontent over the years, in my day job, moderating reader comments. Growing wealth disparity, along with ubiquitous social media, appears to have made us all less satisfied (and snarkier). The pandemic has fueled the fire. Essential workers envy those working at home. People who were laid off envy those who weren’t. Those home-schooling young children envy those who aren’t. We all envy the rich. Those studying the topic find the reaction understandable. Envy, studies show, presents as a measurable brain response and is quantifiable via self-report scales. (Researchers suspect envy is underreported because people are ashamed to admit to it.) “At the heart of envy is social comparison of your situation with someone else’s,” Dr. Lange said. “It’s a basic process across all cultures.”center_img … Read the whole story: The New York Times When the coronavirus hit France, Leila Slimani, a popular French-Moroccan novelist, and her family left Paris for their country home. Once there, Ms. Slimani began writing a quarantine diary for the newspaper Le Monde. The response, especially from people in teeny Parisian apartments, was so scathing, she apparently abandoned the series. When the billionaire David Geffen posted photos of his mega-yacht on Instagram while he quarantined in the Grenadines, the backlash led him to turn his account private. He added: “The pandemic is increasing the divide between the advantaged and disadvantaged, so there’s more opportunity to compare yourself to others in unflattering ways. You may also realize certain things are important that you never thought about. Say you’re alone in lockdown. Before, you were never socially isolated. Now your envy increases toward people locked down in others’ company.” Quarantine envy: If it’s not a widespread term yet, it should be. Envy, of course, is the joy-devouring emotion of craving what others have. Even before the pandemic, social media was linked to rising levels of the emotion. “Social media magnifies and creates instant, destructive envy,” said Andrew Oswald, professor of economics and behavioral science at the University of Warwick in England, and a co-author of a study on whether envy is societally harmful (short answer: yes). “There’s a globalization of envy and in the longer run, we have to regulate it.”last_img read more

Cognitive behavior therapy can help overcome fear of the dentist

first_imgEmail Share on Twitter Pinterest The latest study, published in the British Dental Journal, looked at the characteristics of 130 patients (99 women and 31 men) attending a psychologist-led CBT service and the outcomes of their treatment. Patients attending a clinic run by the King’s College London Dental Institute Health Psychology Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust were surveyed for their levels of dental anxiety, general anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, alcohol use and oral health-related quality of life.Three-quarters of those assessed scored 19 or higher on the Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS), indicating dental phobia. The remainder all scored high on one or more items of the MDAS, suggesting a specific fear of some aspect of dentistry. Fear of dental injections and the dental drill were the most common high scoring items on the MDAS. Nearly all patients (94%) reported a knock-on effect from problems with their teeth, mouth or gums on their daily living and quality of life.A proportion of the patients surveyed were found to have other psychological conditions – 37% had high levels of general anxiety and 12% had clinically significant levels of depression. Suicidal thoughts were reported by 12% of patients and four (3%) reported a recent intent to commit suicide. Individuals were referred to support services via the care of their GP and for suicide risk, immediate action was taken based on local service guidelines.Of all patients referred, four-fifths (79%) went on to have dental treatment without the need for sedation and 6% had their dental treatment under sedation. The average number of CBT appointments required before a patient received dental treatment without sedation was five.Professor Tim Newton from the Dental Institute at King’s College London and lead author of the study said: “People with dental phobia are most commonly given sedation to allow them to become relaxed enough for a short period of time to have their dental treatment performed. However this does not help them to overcome their fear in the long term. The primary goal of our CBT service is to enable patients to receive dental treatment without the need for sedation, by working with each individual patient to set goals according to their priorities. Our study shows that after on average five CBT sessions, most people can go on to be treated by the dentist without the need to be sedated.”“However, there is a need for people with dental phobia to be carefully assessed by trained CBT practitioners working with dental health professionals. Some of the patients referred to us were found to be experiencing additional psychological difficulties, and needed further referral and management. CBT provides a way of reducing the need for sedation in people with a phobia, but there will still be those who need sedation because they require urgent dental treatment or they are having particularly invasive treatments. Our service should be viewed as complementing sedation services rather than as an alternative, the two together providing a comprehensive care pathway for the ultimate benefit of patients.”A recent study published in the same journal, co-authored by Professor Tim Newton, showed that more women than men reported dental phobia in the 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey. Those with dental phobia were more likely to come from a lower income background, have more caries in their teeth and suffer from poorer oral health overall. Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Cognitive behavioural therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study by King’s College London.Anxiety about visiting the dentist is common and becomes a phobia when it has a marked impact on someone’s well-being; people with dental phobias typically avoid going to the dentist and end up experiencing more dental pain, poorer oral health and a detrimental effect on their quality of life. Estimates from the most recent Adult Dental Health Survey in the UK suggest around one in ten people suffers from dental phobia.Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy, typically lasting 6-10 sessions. CBT has been shown to help with a range of psychological problems, most notably for depression and anxiety-related disorders. Both cognitive and behavioural interventions have been shown to be successful in reducing dental anxiety and increasing dental attendance. Sharelast_img read more

Horror fandom linked to reduced psychological distress amid the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgA new study has found that people who enjoy horror movies tend to report lower levels of psychological distress in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The findings, published in Personality and Individual Differences, indicate that the type of fiction a person enjoys is related to how they cope with the pandemic.The authors of the study were interested in learning more about why people intentionally expose themselves to fictional violence and frightening situations. The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 provided them with a chance to examine the psychological dispositions of people who are fond of such things.“My main research topic is the psychology of morbid curiosity, so it’s in-line with much of my other research,” explained study author Coltan Scrivner (@MorbidPsych), a fellow at the Institute for Mind and Biology and a PhD candidate at The University of Chicago. “Back in March, Penny Sarchet, a science journalist at New Scientist, asked if horror fans were faring better during the pandemic. My colleagues and I thought this was a great question, and we had considered the idea that horror fans might be able to cope with anxiety or fear better in real life before. So, we decided to investigate it.”In April of 2020, shortly after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, the researchers surveyed 322 U.S. participants using the online survey platform Prolific. The survey included an assessment of the psychological response to the pandemic. It also included assessments of genre preferences and morbid curiosity, among other factors.The researchers found that fans of horror movies and TV shows — as well as fans of prepper genres such as zombie movies — reported less psychological distress amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans of these genres were less likely to agree with statements such as “During the pandemic, I have been more depressed than usual” and “I haven’t been sleeping well since the pandemic started” compared to those who were not fans. Fans of prepper genres also reported being more prepared for the pandemic.But horror and prepper fandom were both unrelated to positive psychological resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, horror and prepper fans were no more or less likely than non-fans to agree with statements such as “I feel positive about the future” and “Life has felt meaningful during the pandemic.”Those who were morbidly curious, on the other hand, reported greater positive resilience during the pandemic. But there was no relationship between morbid curiosity and psychological distress.“In this study, we show that people who engaged more frequently with frightening fictional phenomena, such as horror fans and the morbidly curious, displayed more robust psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, watching films that deal with the social upheaval that might occur during a pandemic was associated with greater reported preparedness for the COVID-19 pandemic,” the researchers explained.The findings highlight “that feeling anxious or afraid isn’t always bad,” Scrivner told PsyPost.But the study does “not say anything about the mechanism behind the finding that horror fans are showing more psychological resilience during the pandemic. We speculate in the paper that this may be due to horror fans having ‘practiced’ those emotion regulation skills more due to exposing themselves to frightening fiction,” Scrivner added.“I currently have a follow-up study planned to explore possible mechanisms by which horror fans are coping better. We also have a cross-cultural study that we recently launched looking at whether or not horror fans are following COVID-19 guidelines better (or worse) than non-horror fans. For example, are they practicing social distancing and wearing masks more often than non-horror fans?”The study, “Pandemic practice: Horror fans and morbidly curious individuals are more psychologically resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic“, was authored by Coltan Scrivner, John A. Johnson, Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen, and Mathias Clasen.(Image by Republica from Pixabay) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIncenter_img Email Pinterest Sharelast_img read more

A changing landscape in North America?

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