The past few days have been trying and testing. We have faced some of the lowest lows in this period. We couldn’t meet our friends, couldn’t go to restaurants and cafes and had to sacrifice so many more things. As an escape, we turned to our phones. Audio calls, video conferences, messaging, we did it all. The phone just had to beep and we were in touch with one or the other dear one.Though our moms yelled at us, didn’t you observe that we had grown pretty close through this social networking? We shed our pretense of being perfect on these platforms and embraced ‘being real’. That made us reachable, helped us reach out better.But, with the ‘unlock’ guidelines, we got back to our daily routines- the routines which ate away at our peace, which made us hold so much back in all these hectic years. Now, we are not ‘always there’ the way we had promised people during the lockdown. We have no time to spare to take a look at every picture of the delicious, home-made, experimental dishes or to simply go on talking utter rubbish.This routine is definitely feeling ‘normal’, but is it ‘happier’? Were we better as friends, as family members and as humans during the lockdown? Well, if we were, then we need some fundamental changes – changes in psychology, sociology and ideology. If it promises a happier and an ‘always there’ us, then why not? Some time to ourselves and the world around us will surely get us the littlest joys bundled up to from a jackpot of happiness.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 355,000 people worldwide and at least 100,411 people in the United States.Over 5.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the U.S. has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.69 million diagnosed cases. Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:6:46 p.m.: Maryland to resume outdoor dining on FridayStarting Friday at 5 p.m., Maryland restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday.Patrons must wear masks and restaurants must do staff temperature checks, as well as follow other sanitizing and social distancing measures.Outdoor activities like youth sports and day camps, outdoor pools at 25% capacity and drive-in movie theaters can also resume starting Friday, Hogan said.The state has completed the first phase of its COVID-19 recovery plan, based on contact tracing capacity and rates for positivity, hospitalization and mortality, the governor said Wednesday. If statistics continue to show progress, more nonessential businesses may be able to reopen next week, he said.Maryland has 48,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 736 from the day before, and 2,270 deaths, according to the state’s health department.5:52 p.m.: 100,000 lives lost to pandemic in USFour months after the U.S. suffered its first COVID-19 death, the U.S. death toll from the pandemic has passed the 100,000 mark.By March 27, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 2,300 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.On April 27, the death toll had ballooned to 50,400. Now, a month later, the death toll has doubled to reach six figures.The U.S. has by far the most deaths from the virus. The United Kingdom has the second-most deaths with over 37,500, while Italy has 33,000.3:48 p.m.: Louisiana hospitalizations drop below 800 for 1st time in 2 monthsThe number of COVID-19 patients in Louisiana hospitals has now dropped below 800 for the first time in two months, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday.Over 38,000 people in Louisiana have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 2,617 people have died.Louisiana has 13 confirmed cases and one death connected to Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a dangerous coronavirus-related illness in children that’s being reported in many states and countries.The 13 young people range in age from 0 to 19, with a median age of 11, the governor said.Eight have been discharged from hospitals, he said.MIS-C has features like Kawasaki disease and Toxic-Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms include persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.1:54 p.m.: Amtrak is preparing to cut its workforce by up to 20%Amtrak is preparing to reduce its workforce by up to 20%, citing the effects of the pandemic.“Our ridership and revenue levels have been down 95% or more year-over-year since the pandemic began,” CEO Bill Flynn wrote in a memo to employees.The railroad company is projecting ridership levels in 2021 will be 50% of what it was in 2019.Amtrak said the reduction is necessary to ensure they can “continue to make critical investments in our core and long-term growth strategies, while also keeping safety as our top priority.”“We are currently working to finalize a plan for achieving these workforce reductions in FY 2021 and have started the process of designing our go-forward structure,” Flynn wrote.“As we look ahead to FY 2021, it is clear we have no choice but to reduce our overhead structure to better align our costs with our revenues,” Flynn wrote.In a letter to Congress, Amtrak said it needs $1.4 billion in supplemental funding for the next fiscal year — in addition to the $2.040 billion annual grant request the company submitted to Congress earlier this year. Amtrak received $1 billion through the CARES Act and the company has taken numerous cost-cutting measures to help offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic, including reducing schedules across its system.12:22 p.m.: Data breach scam delays unemployment checksAt a time of record layoffs, a nationwide scam involving stolen personal information is delaying the payment of unemployment claims, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Wednesday.“Criminal enterprises” are using personal identification information stolen in prior data breaches to file “large amounts” of illegitimate claims through the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, the office said.The fraud has forced the Department of Unemployment Assistance to implement additional identify verification that will delay the payment for “many” unemployment claims in the state.“Protecting the integrity of the unemployment system and ensuring benefits are going only to valid claimants is a top priority of the Department of Unemployment Assistance,” said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “While the program integrity measures we are taking will unfortunately mean that some claimants will experience temporary delays in payment, we believe these steps are necessary to respond to this unemployment scam.”11:40 a.m.: Disney World’s phased reopening to begin with Magic and Animal Kingdom on July 11Disney World’s phased reopening will begin with Magic and Animal Kingdom on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15, said Jim McPhee, senior VP of operations at Disney.Before July 11, there will be a soft opening for “select” guests as a way to test out the safety protocols.Guests will also have to reserve their park tickets in advance.Among the safety protocols in place are: temperature screenings; face covering requirements; limiting the number of people to improve physical distancing; and more plexiglass barriers where physical distancing cannot be maintained.Disney is the parent company of ABC News. 11 a.m.: Fauci says ‘good chance’ vaccine may ‘be deployable by the end of the year’Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Wednesday morning that he thinks “we have a good chance — if all the things fall in the right place — that we might have a vaccine that would be deployable by the end of the year.”Fauci underscored that the process to develop a vaccine is not a smooth one.“There are a lot of landmines and hiccups that occur,” Fauci told CNN.He also emphasized that the rapid development of a vaccine could not come “at the expense of safety nor scientific integrity.”10:21 a.m.: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to transform into drive-in movie theaterAs social distancing continues, Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, is transforming into a drive-in movie theater to show classic Dolphins footage and movies, as well as host events like commencement ceremonies, officials said Tuesday.The stadium can accommodate up to 230 cars.9:40 a.m.: Nevada gyms, bars, salons to reopen; casinos on track to open June 4Nevada is ready to begin “phase two” of its reopening this Friday. Public and private gatherings can increase from no more than 10 people to a maximum of 50 people, while continuing to follow social distancing, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday. Gyms can reopen but at a maximum 50% capacity. Locker rooms must be closed and equipment must be set up to ensure 6 feet of social distancing. Bars and restaurant bar areas can now open, also at 50% maximum capacity. Walk-up ordering at bars will not be allowed.Adult entertainment venues and nightclubs must remain closed. Salons can reopen but with strict guidelines, and places of worship can open their doors with a maximum 50-person capacity. Las Vegas is well known for its live performances. These events won’t be allowed to have spectators, but “certain events will be allowed under specific restrictions for the purpose of broadcasting or live streaming,” the governor said.But Las Vegas is best known for its casinos. Sisolak said he feels “confident” that casinos can reopen on his June 4 target date. The Gaming Control Board is expected to issue a notice Wednesday with gaming operation requirements for the state, he said.9:07 a.m.: No patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Zealand In New Zealand, there are no patients hospitalized with COVID-19, New Zealand’s Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield reported Wednesday. There are only 21 active cases of the coronavirus in the country. For the fifth consecutive day New Zealand has no new COVID-19 cases, with the total remaining at 1,154 diagnosed cases. New Zealand’s shops, malls, cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and gyms can reopen on Thursday.8:22 a.m.: Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre cancels season for first time in 90 yearsThe iconic Greek Theatre in Los Angeles is canceling its season for the first time in 90 years, officials there announced Tuesday.“We feel it is the right, responsible and safe thing for fans, artists, staff and our Griffith Park community to put a pause on live, large crowd events until 2021,” said AP Diaz, executive officer of the city’s Recreation and Parks department.Los Angeles County has over 47,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 2,143.6:20 a.m.: Spain begins 10 days of mourning for coronavirus victimsFlags were lowered to half-mast across Spain on Wednesday as the European country began 10 days of official mourning for the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.“10 days, the longest mourning period of our democracy, in which we show all our pain and pay tribute to those who have died,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “Your memory will always remain with us.”Spain is one of the worst-affected countries in the pandemic, with more than 236,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 27,117 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:10 a.m.: South Korea reports spike in new casesSouth Korea reported 40 new infections of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, the largest daily increase in over a month.A majority of the new cases were detected in Seoul, where a cluster of infections has been recently linked to reopened bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues in the densely populated capital.The last time the country’s daily caseload was this high was April 8, when the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 53 new cases of COVID-19.South Korea now has a total of 11,265 confirmed cases with 269 deaths.The country once had the largest novel coronavirus outbreak outside China, where the virus first emerged, but appears to have brought it largely under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” strategy. The number of new cases reported there has generally stayed low, but health authorities remain wary of cluster infections and imported cases.Starting Wednesday, South Korea is requiring airplane passengers to wear face masks on all domestic and international flights as part of efforts to slow the spread of the virus while public activities increase. People must also wear masks when using the country’s public transportation and taxis.4:28 a.m.: Global death toll crosses 350,000The worldwide number of lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic has now surpassed 350,000, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nearly a third of those deaths have been reported in the United States, the hardest-hit country, where the toll is fast approaching 100,000.The United Kingdom has the second-highest number of fatalities from COVID-19.3:32 a.m.: COVID-19 cases among US health care workers top 62,000More than 62,000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in the United States have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 291 have died, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The true numbers may be much higher, as less than a quarter of the more than 1.3 million people whose data the CDC analyzed disclosed whether they worked in the health care industry. Moreover, out of the estimated 62,344 cases of COVID-19 among health care personnel in the country, death status was only available for about 57%.The number of reported COVID-19 cases in the profession was at 9,282 just six weeks ago. At that time, the median age of infected workers was 42 and nearly three-quarters were women.Although most weren’t hospitalized for the disease, severe outcomes — including death — were reported among all age groups. That information was not made available in the CDC’s latest report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved
Load remaining images Typically, the Northeast experiences something of a temperature plunge between Halloween and Christmas. The cold weather compliments the holiday spirit, keeping us enthusiastic about the post-Yuletide joy that is Phish’s annual New Year’s run. However, with the warm weather, the four-night Phish run seemed almost unexpected, as if the heat from Magnaball and Dick’s kept the fans warm throughout the remainder of 2015.As in year’s past, Phish phans gathered in the holiest of New York venues, Madison Square Garden, for the first magical offering from the beloved jam band. With “Sample In A Jar,” the show was underway, and 17,000+ people were ready for the grooves ahead. “Free” followed suit, and this was one of the more noteworthy versions in recent memory. The band quickly locked into high gear, with guitarist Trey Anastasio leading the charge early on. The powerful “Free” gave way to a slow-building “Simple,” drawing cheers for its references to “skyscrapers” in the Big Apple. The jam felt a bit abrupt, however, as Anastasio steered the group into a funky “Back On The Train.” In “BOTT,” it was Page McConnell who led the show. His tight work on the clavinet kept this version particular funky. Up after this were two tunes from the new Fuego (2014) album, including “Waiting All Night” and the Mike Gordon-led “555.” After the funk-fest, the band launched into an ethereal rendition of “Roggae,” with light touches and melodic interludes abound.The band broke into some Halloween 2014 material with “The Dogs,” and closed out the first frame with the ever-rocking song “46 Days.” A smokin’ hot end to a monster first set.When you start a second set with “Chalk Dust Torture,” you know it’s going to be a good time. When that CDT runs for 22 minutes, you know it’s going to be one incredible evening. Rather then extending the improvisational section in the middle, the band opted to extend the ending and reach into the ol’ bag of jam tricks for a free-flowing jam. One thing is abundantly clear; these guys are having a ton of fun.“Chalkdust” gave way to “Ghost,” a funky session that whirled the audience into a frenzy and hit the ground running with its staccato beat. Interestingly, in the middle of the jam, Anastasio led the group into a bluesy, yet unfamiliar riff. Drawing from “Big Railroad Blues”-type influences, the new song bounced along and kept the crowd smiling. Titled “Can’t Always Listen,” the debut original segued back into “Ghost.” What band shares a brand new song smack dab in the middle of a fan-favorite? Phish, of course.You can hear “Ghost” and the beginning of “Can’t Always Listen” below:“Waves” followed suit, but the real jam highlight of set two was “Bathtub Gin.” The 15-minute version launched into outer space, complete with Gordo bass bombs and McConnell piano playing. Drummer Jon Fishman kept the tightest of back-beats, just locked in for the performance. When things couldn’t get any more crazy, Anastasio launched into the opening riff of “Mike’s Song” just seconds before “Gin” was supposed to end. Here we go! The “Mike’s Groove” featured an energetic “Bouncing Around The Room” in the middle, though the takeaway from this segment was the smooth segue into the instrumental, “What’s The Use?” Bouncing between “Weekapaug” and “What’s The Use?,” the band closed out the set with a “Weekapaug” for the ages, complete with teases of “Auld Lang Syne” and “What’s The Use?”.“Character Zero” ended a phenomenal night at MSG, rocking us home to rest up for round two. Phish is set to hit MSG for New Year’s Eve, the second night of their four-night stand, tomorrow night. Check out the setlist below, courtesy of Phish.net:Setlist: Phish at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – 12/30/15Set 1: Sample in a Jar, Free, Simple > Back on the Train, Waiting All Night, 555, Roggae, The Dogs > 46 DaysSet 2: Chalk Dust Torture > Ghost > Can’t Always Listen > Ghost > Waves > Bathtub Gin > Mike’s Song > Bouncing Around the Room > Weekapaug Groove -> What’s the Use? > Weekapaug GrooveEncore: Character Zero Debut.Notes: This show was webcast via Live Phish and featured the debut of Can’t Always Listen. The second Weekapaug contained Auld Lang Syne and What’s The Use? teases from Trey.Full gallery of photos below, courtesy of Chad Anderson Photography:
The wait for the new album from Vida Blue is finally over. Crossing Lines is now available on all major streaming platforms.Vida Blue is led by keyboardist Page McConnell (Phish) alongside Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit), and Russell Batiste (The funky METERS) as well as newly added guitarist Adam Zimmon (Shakira, Ziggy Marley). The 8-track Crossing Lines marks the first LP from Vida Blue since 2003.Crossing Lines marks the third album by the all-star act following their 2002 self-titled release and 2003’s The Illustrated Band, which features four tracks performed alongside Grammy-winning Afro-Cuban outfit, the Spam Allstars. Vida Blue toured with the Spam Allstars behind The Illustrated Band throughout 2004 leading up to their final performance for 15 years at the third annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 11th, 2004.You can listen to Vida Blue’s Crossing Lines below:Vida Blue – Crossing Lines – Full AlbumAs Page told Rolling Stone of the sessions for Crossing Lines,I can’t remember laughing harder for four days straight than I did those four days in Miami. There was so much joy and fun. Russell is quite a character and really funny, and tends to be at the center of whatever is going on, and loud. But [he’s] a guy I care about incredibly. I have a deep emotional attachment to Russell and I’m really happy to be playing with him again. The tracks were flowing pretty easily. We were gonna go for five days, but we stopped after four. It all kind of came out in a very natural and organic way. It was a blast, it really was. Vida Blue also scheduled a trio of live dates in support of the new album. The tour kicked off on Wednesday with a performance at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. As Page told Rolling Stone about the live shows,I know what they were like in the old days with the trio. I think it’ll be fun. I didn’t want to book a huge six-week tour or something. I just wanted to get my feet wet again. One of the things I love about being in Phish is I don’t have to lead every moment of the band. I can be in the band, but not calling the songs or counting the tempos or that sort of stuff. And that’s not a luxury I have in this band, because I have to do that stuff, which is fun but a different discipline for me. …I think everybody probably thought it was never going to happen again. It was such a long time ago that not many people talk to me about it, but it was always on my mind. I always thought we would do something again. We have three shows coming up here in the fall and I would like it to be something that doesn’t just end here but I would like it to be something that I can continue to do with these guys over the years, even if it’s just one or two shows a year just to keep it together. It doesn’t need to break up again, even if we aren’t as active as we were from 2002-2004. It’s a new phase for us, and I would like to keep it going.This weekend, Vida Blue will round out their brief reunion run with performances at The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Friday, September 20th and at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Saturday, September 21st. For more information, head here.
Hughes rushed for a game-high 173 yards on 13 carries, and caught one pass for 15 yards. He scored touchdowns on runs of 11, 31 and 38 yards. Johnson completed 10-of-17 passes for 152 yards. He also rushed for 78 yards on seven carries, including a 45-yard TD run. He also passed for a touchdown, hitting Dylan McGough on a 5-yard scoring strike.“We’ve known what kind of runner Hughes was since he was in middle school,” said Faircloth of his junior running back. “He has great vision and great speed. We just get him the ball and he goes.“Roschon is coming along. He got his arm hit a couple of times tonight which led to the interceptions, and those things are going to happen. He’s making good decisions with the ball and he can obviously tuck it and run. He’s an intelligent player and gets us in the right plays at the line of scrimmage.” By Daucy CrizerThe News correspondentBAYTOWN — The one-two punch of Preston Hughes and Roschon Johnson is a force to be reckoned with this season as each player continues to produce big play after big play through two games. On Thursday, the duo accounted for five touchdowns in leading Port Neches-Groves to a convincing 42-7 win over Goose Creek Memorial in non-district action at Stallworth Stadium.“I thought the story of the game was our defense,” said PNG coach Brandon Faircloth after the game. “They played really well. We got some early stops, three of four in a row, and we were able to turn that into some points.“Coach (Dustin) Templin and our defensive staff put together a great game plan and the kids played real hard. They get to the football well. I’m real proud of them. As a defense, we always want to stop the run and we were able to do that tonight.” Already leading 27-0, PNG put together a methodical scoring drive that covered 67 yards in nine plays. Johnson connected with Keynel McZeal for a 17-yard completion and Johnson scrambled for 5 yards on fourth-and-five to keep the drive going. After a Johnson 9-yard scamper to the GCM 5, McGough capped the drive by catching a 5-yard touchdown pass to push the Indians lead to 33-0.The only other scoring in the third quarter was a 33-yard field goal by Preston Riggs that gave PNG a 36-0 lead.GCM (0-2) finally got on the board for the game and the season late in the fourth quarter. DeAndre Herman raced 61 yards for the Patriots’ first touchdown of the season. He finished the game with 105 yards rushing on 13 carries.Gage Carreon closed out the scoring in the game’s final seconds as the Indians were running out the clock. He carried the ball seven straight times, which totaled 53 yards, and scored on a 4-yard run on the final attempt with 0:08 remaining.PNG (2-0) wasted little time in getting on the board, needing just five plays to score on its first possession of the game. Hughes capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run to give the Indians a quick 7-0 leadThe Patriots’ ensuing drive was thwarted when Cameron Stansbury intercepted GCM quarterback Mason Pitts. The Indians put the turnover to good use, with Johnson racing 45 yards for a touchdown. He also had runs of six and eight yards on the quick four-play drive the put PNG up 14-0 with 3:10 left in the first quarter.The Indians made it three touchdowns in three possessions on their next drive. Johnson hit McZeal for a 15-yard completion to the GCM 35. Hughes cashed in two plays later on a 31-yard scamper to open the second quarter scoring. The extra point was blocked to make the score 20-0.The Patriots finally stopped the Indians on their next drive, as Tristan Lavan stepped in front of McZeal to intercept a pass from Johnson at the goal line. GCM put together its best drive of the half, but stalled at midfield.It took PNG just two plays to score on its ensuing possession. Johnson connected with McZeal on a 13-yard pass play to put the ball at the GCM 38. Hughes scored on the very next play on a 38-yard run to give the Indians a 27-0 lead.For GCM, Pitts completed 9-of-16 passes for 102 yards. In addition to rushing for 105 yards, Herman also caught five passes for 48 yards.
Mike Faist on opening night of “Dear Evan Hansen” on Broadway(Photo: Emilio Madrid Kuser) Related Shows Dear Evan Hansen from $89.00 View Comments A trio of Dear Evan Hansen stars have been selected to lend their voices to the audiobook version of the upcoming Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. Tony-nominated original cast member Mike Faist, current Broadway cast member Mallory Bechtel and tour headliner Ben Levi Ross will contribute to the previously announced book, penned by Val Emmich, set for release in hardcover and ebook editions on October 9 by the publisher Little, Brown.”It has been deeply rewarding to work with Val and the entire team at Little, Brown to bring this story to life in an entirely new medium,” said the musical’s Tony-winning creators Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. “Now, to have our collaborators and friends Mike, Ben and Mallory join the audiobook has really brought the journey full circle for us.”The audiobook is accented by musical interludes, featuring Bechtel singing excerpts of two songs from the Broadway production: “Requiem” and “Only Us,” accompanied by Dillon Kondor, a Dear Evan Hansen guitarist who also performed instrumentals of both songs to open and close the audio production.Dear Evan Hansen follows the title character, Evan, a high school senior suffering from anxiety who inadvertently becomes part of a family’s grieving process after their son’s suicide. The novel expands upon moments that are not as fleshed out in the stage musical. Levenson, Pasek and Paul also collaborated on the 2017 Dear Evan Hansen behind-the-scenes book Through the Window.
By Julia WesthoffHow do you feel about this weather? I always think I love fall, but as soon as it gets a little cooler I get scared of the upcoming Polar Vortex (is that really happening?). Either way I guess it’s getting to be that time of year, and I should probably just embrace it. This recipe has definitely helped me do that.This recipe. It is everything good in life, melted together and slightly torched. It is a recipe that I can’t believe I had never seen before – so perfect, in so many ways.Let’s start with the fact that it’s s’mores. And of course, the fact that you don’t have to leave your cozy little kitchen to make them. But don’t worry – there will be no strange microwaved marshmallows, or messy graham cracker sandwich making. It’s all the great things about this fantastic dessert, but none of the hassle. I guarantee you it will find a new home in your recipe book (or pinterest board, or whatever). Check it out:S’mores Fudge BarsAdapted from The Little Epicurean1 1/2 cups ground graham crackers1 Tbsp granulated sugar1/4 tsp fine sea salt1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted2 cups chopped dark chocolate (about 11 oz)1- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk2 cups marshmallowsDIRECTIONS:Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.In a medium bowl, combine ground graham crackers, sugar, and salt. Add melted butter and fold together until mixture is moistened. Transfer mixture to prepared square pan. Press into an even layer. Keep chilled in the fridge while you melt chocolate.Melt together chopped chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a medium metal or glass bowl over a small pot filled with an inch of barely simmering water. Stir together until chocolate is melted. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate.Once chocolate has melted, remove from heat and pour chocolate over graham cracker crust. Sprinkle 2 cups of small marshmallows over chocolate. Press to ensure marshmallows adhere to chocolate. Place in fridge for at least 20 minutes for chocolate fudge to set.Remove from pan. Cut into desired portions. Use a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows OR just stick it under your broiler for a few minutes and make the whole thing UNBELIEVABLY melty, gooey, and delish.
Think about any great experience you’ve had with a brand or store. At some point that experience was influenced by a person who was getting paid to interact with you. Could you tell that they were getting paid? Was that the first thing that popped into your mind? Most likely in the case of a positive experience the answer would be no. For example, big box stores and fast food chains don’t often create memorable experiences because the employees are only there for the money.In the example of a good experience, the employees are still getting paid because everyone needs to make a living and incentives are very motivating but it’s not the end. The employees who create a memorable experience for your members are excited to be there. A passion for seeing members make smart financial decisions by taking advantage of all the benefits of credit union membership is an exciting thing! That excitement or lack thereof is evident to the member.It doesn’t have to be a cheesy or over the top display of excitement. Employees who understand personal finance and like money management will be more excited. They will relay your brand to members better than those who have dreams of working at other places or still hold their accounts at a bank because they don’t really understand the difference. Look for that passion when hiring. Those are the people you want on your team. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Harrington With professional work spanning multiple industries including personal brand consulting, finance, politics, mobile technology, and entertainment, Brian has developed a reputation for being a strong promoter and networker. He often … Web: www.brianharrington.org Details
LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Pinterest New neuroimaging research has uncovered a difference in how the brains of socially conservative and socially liberal individuals in Canada respond to images. The study, which was published in the scientific journal Emotion, provides evidence that our emotional predispositions influence our political orientation.“One of the fundamental assumptions of a well-functioning democracy is that the best ideas will be adopted through rational discourse and through the deliberate consideration of ideas. Yet, research over the last 60 plus years has consistently shown that political belief is colored by emotion,” explained the study’s corresponding author, Shona M. Tritt of the University of Toronto.“I became interested in studying the emotional underpinnings of political ideologies because I wanted to better understand the nonconscious factors that sway our – seemingly rational – beliefs. Understanding the psychological factors that bias information processing in the political sphere is an objective that is more critical now than ever before as partisan selective exposure and polarization is on the rise.” Share on Twitter The study of 42 Canadian college students found that socially conservative individuals demonstrated heightened brain reactivity to photographs.In the study, the researchers used an EEG to record the electrical brain activity of participants while they were shown 150 pleasant, unpleasant or neutral photographs. The pictures were also categorized as either high or low arousal. (For example, an erotic scene was a high arousal pleasant picture while a disfigured person was a high arousal unpleasant picture. Low arousal pleasant pictures included things like smiling faces, while low arousal unpleasant pictures included things like garbage or sad people.)Findings from previous research had suggested that conservatives are sensitive to negativity. But the new study found no evidence of a negativity bias.More socially conservative students tended to display greater brain reactivity to all of the photographs, compared to more liberal students. The finding suggests that social conservatives have a heightened reaction to a wide variety of stimuli in their environment.“Political beliefs are not developed in a cold-cognitive manner by weighing pros and cons. Rather, our emotional predispositions may lead us to prefer one type of political ideology over another, which biases our perception of political arguments,” Tritt told PsyPost.Tritt and her colleagues wrote in their study that “[heightened] arousal may lead individuals to feel out of control, which might enhance the appeal of conservative political orientation in an attempt to regulate the social environment so as to diminish the potential for further arousal.”But this line of study is still in its early stages. More research is needed to understand how the emotional reactions of liberals and conservatives influence their worldviews.“The notion that conservatives have a low threshold of reactivity is likely simplistic,” the researchers said in their study. “For instance, some populations of conservatives in America would seem to exhibit a preference for many arousing stimuli (e.g., firearms, pickup trucks, whiskey, the death penalty), whereas some populations of liberals prefer seemingly less arousing stimuli (e.g., tea, tai chi, Wes Anderson movies).”In other words, it is unclear whether the greater brain reactivity found in social conservatives would also be found in other types of conservative individuals, such as fiscally conservative libertarians.“As the world becomes increasingly polarized, more research is needed to determine how to help individuals to better understand – and to communicate with – individuals who hold differing political viewpoints. Conceivably, better recognition of the emotional underpinnings of political belief might help us to find better ways of understanding each other,” Tritt told PsyPost.The study, “Ideological reactivity: Political conservatism and brain responsivity to emotional and neutral stimuli“, was also co-authored by Jordan B. Peterson, Elizabeth Page-Gould, and Michael Inzlicht. Email