Meditation’s positive residual effects

first_imgA new study has found that participating in an eight-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Harvard Medical School-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.“The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala — a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion — to images with emotional content,” says Gaëlle Desbordes, a research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH and at the BU Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, corresponding author of the report. “This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state.”Several previous studies have supported the hypothesis that meditation training improves practitioners’ emotional regulation. Although neuroimaging studies have found that meditation training appeared to decrease activation of the amygdala (a structure at the base of the brain that is also known to have a role in processing memory and emotion), those changes were only observed while study participants were meditating. The current study was designed to test the hypothesis that meditation training could also produce a generalized reduction in amygdala response to emotional stimuli, measurable by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).Participants had enrolled in a larger investigation into the effects of two forms of meditation: mindful attention meditation and compassion meditation. Based at Emory University in Atlanta, healthy adults with no experience meditating participated in eight-week courses in either mindful attention meditation — which focuses on developing attention to and awareness of breathing, thoughts, and emotions — and compassion meditation, a less-studied form that includes methods designed to develop loving kindness and compassion for oneself and for others. A control group participated in an eight-week health education course.Within three weeks before beginning and three weeks after completing the training, 12 participants from each group traveled to Boston for fMRI brain imaging at the Martinos Center’s state-of-the-art imaging facilities. Brain scans were performed as the volunteers viewed a series of 216 different images — 108 per session — of people in situations with either positive, negative, or neutral emotional content. Meditation was not mentioned in preimaging instructions to participants, and investigators confirmed afterward that the volunteers had not meditated while in the scanner. Participants also completed assessments of symptoms of depression and anxiety before and after the training programs.In the mindful attention group, the after-training brain scans showed a decrease in activation in the right amygdala in response to all images, supporting the hypothesis that meditation can improve emotional stability and response to stress. In the compassion meditation group, right amygdala activity also decreased in response to positive or neutral images. But among those who reported practicing compassion meditation most frequently outside of the training sessions, right amygdala activity tended to increase in response to negative images, all of which depicted some form of human suffering. No significant changes were seen in the control group or in the left amygdala of any study participants.“We think these two forms of meditation cultivate different aspects of mind,” Desbordes explains. “Since compassion meditation is designed to enhance compassionate feelings, it makes sense that it could increase amygdala response to seeing people suffer. Increased amygdala activation was also correlated with decreased depression scores in the compassion meditation group, which suggests that having more compassion towards others may also be beneficial for oneself. Overall, these results are consistent with the overarching hypothesis that meditation may result in enduring, beneficial changes in brain function, especially in the area of emotional processing.”The study was supported by grants from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, including an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant to Boston University.last_img read more

South African city domain names available

first_imgJohannesburg, Cape Town and Durban now have their own domain names on the internet, giving these cities an even greater opportunity to enhance their brands and attract business and tourists. (Image: ZAdotCities)• Five points about the future of innovation in South Africa• The South African government is on Ello• World-class tech hub planned for Joburg• Social media means more than just business in Africa• South Africa drives Africa’s internet traffic Shamin ChibbaSouth African city domain names are finally available. This month Domains.co.za announced the availability and pricing of top level domain names on the internet for three of South Africa’s major cities. The suffixes dotJoburg, dotCapetown and dotDurban cost R275 and have been selling fast, with Cape Town in the lead.The launch on 4 November marked the opening of the ZADotCities general availability phase. This meant members of the public could register the cities’ domain names, said Domains.co.za managing director Wayne Diamond. But the price excluded premium names, which were subject to premium pricing from ZA Central Registry (ZACR).According to Lucky Masilela, the chief executive of ZACR, any individual or organisation from anywhere in the world “with an affinity for South Africa’s three best-known cities will be able to register a South African cTLD (country code top level domain), on a first-come, first-served basis”.This particular phase follows the parallel sunrise and landrush phases. During the former, trademark holders can register for top level domains before they are open to the public. This ensures that these holders’ names are protected. During the landrush phase, domain names are available for registration usually to a closed group who may not be trademark holders. The cost for names in this period are usually higher than during the general availability phase.Diamond explained that having a city domain name could spark innovative ways of promoting business and tourism in each city. “Choosing a domain name with some local flavour should work well for many companies.”The benefit of a city having its own domain is that it helps to build a city’s brand. Johannesburg Tourism Company said it would help to promote the city as a gateway to and hub of Africa. “DotJoburg will promote a sense of place. For us it is about making people aware of how vibrant the city is,” the city’s tourism unit said.Of the 1 170 applicants Domains.co.za received before launch date, dotCapetown far outnumbered the other cities, with 623 addresses registered under its domain. Johannesburg had 297 and Durban 250 applications. However, this skewing of numbers was due to one unnamed person, who registered 237 dotCapetown addresses. The latest statistics show that Johannesburg is still lagging behind Cape Town with 2 188 to the latter’s 2 989. Durban has 1 521.Three of South Africa’s four major banks have applied for a city domain name and most of the country’s favourite technology brands have applied for all three domain names. How to registerApplicants have to register through Domains.co.za, which is South Africa’s only operational Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) accredited registrar. ZACR has also developed the Mark Vailidation System, a trademark protection system that can help to protect brands from trademark abuses.The domain names had to go through a rigorous process to be approved before they were made available to the public. Icann first assessed the stability of the infrastructure that would run the domain. Thereafter, it checked if the domain names could be sustained financially. Once the names were evaluated and approved, ZACR had to enlist the three domain names for $185 000 (R2.05-million) each. ZACR is also required to pay a $25 000 (R276 000) annual licence fee per domain.last_img read more

‘Neymar will not go to Real Madrid’

first_imgTransfers ‘Neymar will not go to Real Madrid’ – PSG director makes bold prediction Chris Burton 00:41 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018 Gettyimages Transfers Real Madrid Neymar PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Luis Fernandez, the head of the Ligue 1 side’s academy, believes the Brazilian is committed to a long-term project and will shun interest from Spain Neymar is still being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Paris Saint-Germain academy director Luis Fernandez has boldly predicted that the Brazilian “will not go”.Having left La Liga for Ligue 1 in the summer of 2017, speculation suggests that a return journey could be made some 12 months on from a record-breaking €222 million transfer.With those at Santiago Bernabeu planning a squad overhaul on the back of a disappointing campaign, former Barcelona star Neymar is considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG, though, have no intention of selling and have been quick to talk up the 26-year-old’s happiness in France, with Fernandez the latest to play down reports of a one-season stint at Parc des Princes.He told Cadena SER: “I’ll stick my neck out, because Neymar will not go to Real Madrid.”If PSG went after Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe then it was for them to stay here, not for them to leave.”Neymar is the star of PSG.“He is very happy, very comfortable here with his team-mates.“When you see him play, you don’t see what is being reported. He is eager to succeed here. “There were reports that he had a problem with [Edinson] Cavani but those are just stories and you can see on the pitch by how they play together [and] how they pass each other the ball that this is not true.“All of his team-mates and everyone knows that Neymar is the top player and that is how it is. I see Neymar being the one that guides the team, that triumphs here.”Neymar has been a big hit in France, with 27 goals netted in 26 appearances to date.That haul has already topped his return from a final campaign at Camp Nou, when he found the target 20 times.There is the promise of plenty more to come, with PSG still challenging for Ligue 1, Coupe de la Ligue and Champions League honours – with a last-16 meeting with Real providing the next hurdle to overcome in European competition.last_img read more

Inaugural Bret Michaels Life Rocks Interactive Seminar

first_imgEntrepreneur, philanthropist and legendary singer Bret Michaels brings his unique sense of humor and view of life to his first ever Life Rocks seminar.It has been said that everyone has a story and sometimes all that is needed is a platform to let their inspirational story be heard. That platform is here as multi-platinum selling artist, global entrepreneur and philanthropist Bret Michaels launches his first ever Life Rocks Seminar at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida on September 24, 2014.This ground-breaking event will bring participants and Bret together an intimate setting where he will listen to stories from audience members, offer guidance and his views on life and share stories of his own in this interactive setting. Michaels who has been there, done that and managed to survive it all created the Life Rocks Seminar named after his Life Rocks Foundation, which supports causes such as diabetes, pediatric and adult forms of cancer, military/troop support and pet charities.Bret’s down to earth and often times comical approach to life’s issues will make this event both interesting and engaging bringing participants new and often times unique and interesting ways to approach difficult issues. Often times people feel like they have hit a brick wall with obstacles in their life, need inspiration or re-invigoration, have a person in their life diagnosed with diabetes looking for advice on managing or have a question or concern about a financial decision then this is the place to be.In a format similar to what was seen on his ‘Bret Michaels’ Lifeclass with Oprah Winfrey’, Michaels will be talking about real issues we all face and how he has overcome numerous obstacles and persevered. Whether it’s health, wealth, life, love or passion you want to talk about — come listen, talk and learn with Bret about how you can turn adversity into opportunity and your passions into profit.September 25th the singer will also perform at the Hard Rock Hotel when he helps the property kick off their annual “Pinktober” Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this event. Tickets will be available starting at 10:00 a.m Eastern Friday August 8 at ticketmaster.com. Advance purchase is suggested as space is limited for this life-changing event which will surely be of epic proportions.last_img read more

Lime Approved To Buy Islandcom on Friday

first_img Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Mar 2015 – Magnetic Media today confirmed that on Friday March 13, LIME was approved to acquire the assets of Islandcom as it seeks to regain leadership in the market. LIME’s CEO of the Northern Caribbean Cluster, Jan Remmelg made the announcement on February 26th at the LIME Headquarter Office in Provo; at that time the application had not yet been filed at the Telecommunications Commission. Now the Commission confirms that it not only received and considered the application for acquisition; but with a determination posted on its website, the Commission has approved it.“The Turks and Caicos Telecommunications Commission (“Commission”) is pleased to inform you that Islandcom’s application for the transfer of its spectrum licence, number ranges under its network licence together with certain other business assets to Cable and Wireless Turks and Caicos Islands Limited (“LIME”) has been approved, subject to compliance with all applicable requirements under the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands including without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, section 3(c) of the Frequency Management Regulation 2005 which mandates the efficient use of spectrum.”LIME admitted during that media announcement that it is very interested in the LTE license held by Islandcom. Media was not informed of the buying price settled by the two telecoms companies. Related Items:cable and wireless, Islandcom, Jan Remmelg, lime Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s Recommended for you The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more

PDM to announce 40th Anniversary Convention Plans

first_img Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Related Items:40th anniversary, convention, Pdm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – Big announcement to come today from the PDM Camp, media to hear plans of the 40th Anniversary Convention of the first democratically elected government of these islands. The headquarters is the site for the announcement where the press is to hear what the theme is for the June 4-7th gathering of delegates from around the country. The PDM called the coming convention “a great time together as it celebrates 40 years of stellar leadership and representation.” The first of the billboards for the PDM will be unveiled tomorrow at a public meeting, set for the headquarters in Provo from 7:30pm. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Bahamas Environment Minister Ferreira Addressed 5th UN Global Geospatial Information Management Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Mexico, November 30, 2017 – Mexico City – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira under the theme, “Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Geospatial Technology And Innovation,” addressed the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.Minister Ferreira extended appreciation to the Ministerial segment of the UN-GGIM, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and various UN Committees of experts for their leadership to foster greater dialogue concerning matters of mutual interest at Global and Regional levels.   He also thanked Dr. Julio A. Santaella and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest for inviting The Bahamas to speak on its experience regarding policy perspectives and the progress we are making nationally to strengthen our Geospatial Information Management Capacity and Spatial Data Infrastructure to support informed decision making.“Mr. President, within the wider context of implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Bahamas continues to maintain relations with the United Nations through its participation in several UN Fora on a number of fronts including Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Management, Resource Management (Land & Marine), as well as other programs stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals,” said Minister Ferreira.“In 2014, The Bahamas enacted ‘The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure Act’.   This is intended to strengthen the capacity of our technical arm, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, to meet its national mandate to effect the practical and efficient use of geospatial technologies.”Minister Ferreira added that it is the Bahamas Government’s intent to continue to build on our Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program to support sound decision making in multiple sectors.   He emphasized the fact that BNGIS will require more resources to keep up with changing technologies and the Bahamian Government’s continued commitment to matters related to the UN-GGIM Secretariat and the UN-GGIM Americas Caribbean Project.“Mr. President, The Bahamas’ application of this technology has been utilized in areas of national importance such as, but not limited to, Utility Management, Planning, and National Security.    Additionally, The Bahamas is using Geospatial Technology in our ongoing matters related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea (UNCLOS),” said Minister Ferreira.“The integration of this technology has resulted in The Bahamas’ successful declaration of our Archipelagic Maritime Borders and our lodging, with the UN, a successful median line agreement with our Neighboring State, The Republic of Cuba.   Geospatial technologies will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing negotiations with the United States and eventually the Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.”Minister Ferreira explained the benefits of applying Geospatial Technologies as tools for supporting decision making in The Bahamas, even though there’s still more work to be done to make the Spatial Data Infrastructure Program whole.  The  Bahamas Government acknowledges the importance of using this information for its national strategy toward the sustainability of the country’s natural resources.“We have applied the technology in various sectors within the Government, albeit in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in isolated pockets of GIS, Duplication of Effort, Outdated Information with ‘No Standards’, and a lack of Procedures and Protocols for the sharing of information.   With the passage of The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) Act 2014, and the establishment of the Bahamas Geospatial Advisory Council, we will coordinate such activities and develop the necessary standards, procedures, and protocols,” said Minister Ferreira.“In general, the BDSI system and program articulated in the legislation, outlines Spatial Technologies, Policies, and institutional arrangements that facilitate the management, availability of, and access to ‘Spatial Data’.    We do, however, face significant challenges in deploying Geospatial Technologies to support informed decision making.”Minister Ferreira explained to the UN panel that The Bahamas is a system of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with some 17 inhabited islands, and 2,500 rocks and cays, stretching over some 100,000 square miles of ocean.   He said it presents numerous challenges in addressing environmental concerns, which include land, sea, air, and submarine issues, as well as the added hazard of climate change and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.“Facilitating this work in a Spatial Environment is a ‘National Imperative’, in tandem with using a Geospatial Infrastructure to collect and disseminate data.   In the wake of extreme hurricane events that impacted The Bahamas — Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma — we must place more emphasis in working to mitigate risk factors that may threaten our stability, including better Land Use Planning, to enable Government to use ‘Spatial Data’ to better understand and assess risks.  However, this is costly due to the geographical configuration of The Bahamas,” said Minister Ferreira.“The Bahamas ‘Spatial Data’ Infrastructure is crucial, and we recognize that out-of-date, incomplete and inaccurate information must be improved, in order to allow for informed decision making, based on accurate and reliable data.   This will minimize risk in the management of our Environment, and improve our ability to meet citizen expectations, for a better way of life.”Minister Ferreira categorized how effective SDI works, when considering Global and National requirements, combined to include Governance Reform, Institutional Strengthening of the BNGIS Centre, and Legislative Regulations to govern its operations.“Introducing a comprehensive ‘National Plan of Action for Geospatial Information Implementation’ is required in order to enable a more strategic approach to disaster preparedness; integrated Land Use and Coastal Zone (Land and Marine) Planning and Management; and the Modernization of Public Administration Agencies.“As stipulated in other fora, the most challenging question has been how we set a Global Agenda that enables collective international action, while delivering effective support to national efforts?   Having now initiated more focus participation in UN-GGIM initiatives, that question remains,” said Minister Ferreira.To conclude his address to the body of Global GeoSpatial experts, Minister Ferreira informed them that The Bahamas’ membership in the UN-GGIM initiative is a true indicator of the Government’s commitment to the UN’s processes, and meeting the expectations of Bahamian citizens, when applying Geospatial Technologies to improve the Bahamian way of life, while meeting the country’s sustainable goals.“We look forward to our continued participation, as the BNGIS Centre, as the Government’s Focal Point, and as the Technical Administrator of the the Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure system and programme, as expected,” said Minister Ferreira.center_img By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira delivers his address to the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Indiana Depot LRA Seeks Executive Director for Industrial Park

first_imgThe Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority (NeCDRA) is searching for an executive director to oversee the business development, redevelopment initiatives, and economic incentives and policy of the Vermillion Rise Mega Park, a 7,500-acre industrial park in west central Indiana. The position serves under the direction of the NeCDRA board.The position’s duties include:Advises all aspects of economic development and redevelopment issues affecting the Vermillion Rise Mega Park, including vision, goals and objectives.Manages economic development projects and property land use, including real estate and land development agreements.Implements NeCDRA economic development strategy, including business retention and expansion, business attraction, and business ombudsman/advocacy.Nurtures community, regional and state networks to enhance business development opportunities.Manages the NeCDRA master plan including land use, zoning, transportation studies; administers local planning, and transportation planning programs.Works cooperatively with jurisdictions within the county.Conducts regional water district studies; prepares and presents open space proposals.Oversees and approves the NeCDRA community engagement activities.Minimum qualifications include:Minimum three years in same or related field.Staff management experience.Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, urban planning, public policy or a related field and a minimum of direct experience associated with business development in areas such as commercial, manufacturing and industrial development, and/or experience in community planning in a municipal environment; or equivalent.Commercial real estate knowledge.Budget preparation and resource management experience.Seeks sources of funding including federal, state and local revenues; revenues from sale of credits; and revenue from land and building rentals and sales.A full position profile is available on the Vermillion Rise website. Email resume and cover letter by Aug. 19 to [email protected] Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Foodies affair

first_imgTreat yourself with some exotic food brought  to you by The Imperial this month. Enjoy a lavish Sunday brunch at 1911 with 7 Wonders of the World, featuring specialties from the regions of seven wonders across the globe on 17, 24 and 31 August. Nostalgia at 1911 Brasserie presents Coffee, Chocolate and Cognac from 21 to 31 August. It gives you relaxing cup of coffee, finest cognacs and flavoured white and dark chocolates that calls for an unrivalled dining experience. To top it all superb wine list accompanied by sinful deserts is designed to cast a spell, making your evening with us an affair to remember. Daneill’s Tavern host the Home Style Food from 25 August to 7 September. Savour comforting recipes to summon memories of cosy meals at home with family. The Chefs have put together some all time favourite home-style specialties this season that will surely remind you of your grandma’s kitchen. So hurry up and book your table.last_img read more