Beloved folk rockers The Avett Brothers are set to release their new album, True Sadness, on June 24th. The new release sees the band diving deeper into emotional waters, with previously released singles “True Sadness” and “Ain’t No Man” leading the charge. Today, there’s a brand new tune to check out: “Satan Pulls The Strings.”The song premiered on Billboard, and Seth Avett spoke to them about the track’s origin. “‘Satan Pulls the Strings’ started as a quiet and calm Depression-era banjo song… and somehow in the studio, it blossomed into a genre that I don’t even have a name for…the frenzied yet mechanical energy of it is a first for the band.”Listen to the new single below.
Harvard Provost Alan Garber loves running — so much so that when he returned to his alma mater last year, he listed among the job’s perks a chance to resume his exercise route along the Charles River.“I love seeing Dunster House as I’m approaching the end of my run,” said Garber, who’ll soon be pounding the pavement with nearly 30,000 others in the Boston Marathon on April 16.But until recently, Garber described himself as “recidivist runner.” The cause wasn’t a lack of enthusiasm or even of precious time, but an all-too-common phenomenon for regular runners: repeat injury. “I was at the point where injuries were making it questionable whether I’d be able to continue to run,” he said.Most people know about runner’s high. But for most runners, injury is as much a part of the experience as euphoria. Studies vary widely, but it is estimated that between 30 and 80 percent of regular runners are injured in a given year. Shin splints, runner’s knee, iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis: For many years, everyone from coaches to biologists to casual joggers has accepted such injuries almost as a necessary evil.But a growing number of researchers, many of them at Harvard, are convinced it doesn’t have to be that way. What’s more, they say, we often don’t need equipment to solve our many aches and pains. The human body, they argue, is built to run. Thanks to a growing body of scientific research, they’re figuring out exactly how humans were meant to move.These medical clinicians, biologists, and anthropologists are part of a cohort at Harvard, including several University-affiliated research centers, that may be unique in combining breadth and depth of research on the subject at a single university.“There’s an amazing group of people at Harvard working on helping people run better,” said Daniel Lieberman, professor and chair of human evolutionary biology and principal investigator in the department’s Skeletal Bio Lab.Running is in our bonesLieberman is at least partly responsible for that. As an advocate of barefoot running and co-author of several groundbreaking papers in the journal Nature, he has kept running in the scientific spotlight for the past several years. The first paper, written in 2004 with longtime collaborator Dennis Bramble at the University of Utah, marshaled the fossil record’s evidence for why we run.The paper was only the second published study on the subject. The first came out in 1984. Running had simply been overlooked by most evolutionary biologists, who instead focused on why we developed the biomechanical tools for walking, our primary means of locomotion.“We think of walking as the quintessential human gait, and it is,” Lieberman said. But as he and Bramble pointed out, “the human body is also loaded with features that make us really exceptional runners. Our gifts and our ability to run are not just a byproduct of walking, but its own special skill that we have.”For instance, humans have a number of adaptations that help stabilize the head during running. As an example, Lieberman points out the nuchal ligament, a rubber band-like structure that emerges from a tiny raised ridge on the back of the human skull, that isn’t present in our closest relatives, chimpanzees and gorillas.A series of “springs” in our legs and feet, including our long Achilles tendons and the plantar arch along the underside of the foot, helps us to store and release energy efficiently when running. Our gluteus maximus muscle — more commonly known for giving the round shape to our rear ends — is distinctively enlarged in humans, helping to stabilize our trunks when running and keeping us from pitching forward.Lieberman and Bramble hypothesized that many of these traits evolved 2 million years ago, when running would have been advantageous to early hunters who lacked sophisticated tools. An aptitude for endurance running would have allowed hunters to chase down and weaken their prey, driving them into hyperthermia. Humans would be less likely to overheat during long runs thanks to their larger number of sweat glands and relative lack of body hair.The article touched a nerve. Lieberman received hundreds of emails, and the study was mentioned in nearly 1,000 news reports.“I think people want to understand why they like running and why even average humans are so good at it, and why some people are so unbelievably good at it,” Lieberman said. “There’s a reason people love a marathon: They actually enjoy it. It’s not a nasty chore. It’s a celebration of the human body.”Barefoot, and back to basicsAs more researchers embrace the idea of running as a natural human activity, there’s been a shift away from developing bigger and better orthotics toward instilling better biomechanics. In other words, to figure out how to prevent running injuries, researchers and clinicians are taking the focus off of shoes, braces, and other man-made solutions and seeking answers in the body itself.“It doesn’t make sense that up to 79 percent of runners get injured in a given year, if we’re doing something we’re designed to do,” said Irene Davis, director of the Harvard-affiliated Spaulding National Running Center (SNRC).“We’ve gotten into a mindset that once a person needs a set of orthotics, they need them forever,” said Davis, a physical therapist with a longtime research interest in running. “But when you take the foot — which is an amazing structure — and put that into a shoe with arch support, cushioning, etc., the foot becomes lazy and likely more prone to injury.”Davis, a visiting professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School (HMS), came to Harvard a little over a year ago from the University of Delaware to start the SNRC, which will hold its grand opening for the public on April 12. The center combines a running injury clinic with a research laboratory, where Davis hopes to develop even better interventions to prevent musculoskeletal injuries in runners.“I wanted to take my research to the next level,” she said. She also rivals if not outpaces Lieberman in her enthusiasm for barefoot running. (Lieberman, whose 2010 Nature cover article on barefoot running received a flood of attention, calls Davis’ hiring a coup for Harvard. And both have worked closely with journalist Christopher McDougall ’85, whose best-selling 2009 book “Born to Run” introduced barefoot running to a popular audience.)“We came into the world barefoot,” Davis said. And until the 1970s, she said, running shoes were much more minimal than we’re used to today. “They had a surface that protected the bottom of your foot and something that kept it on,” she said. “It’s my contention that that’s what shoes were originally designed for — not to take away the function of your foot.”Landing on our heelsThe problem with shoes is they allow runners to strike the ground with their heels, rather than their mid- or forefoot.“When you put a foot into a cushioned shoe, you land harder, and more on your heel,” Davis said. “When you take your shoes off, you run differently.” Three out of four shod runners land on their heels, according to Davis, while nearly every barefoot runner lands on the balls of his feet.“When you heel strike, what happens, from a biochemical standpoint, is that you get this big, quick rise-to-peak in the force that your body experiences,” she continued. Multiplied over the thousands of strides runners make, that repeated trauma can lead to a host of injuries.Lieberman’s Skeletal Bio Lab spent four years studying the Harvard track team for insights into how a runner’s strike correlates with injury rates and published results online last month in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. (The paper’s first author, Adam I. Daoud ’09, was a research assistant in the lab and a member of the track team.) All of the runners in the study were shod, but 31 percent were natural forefoot strikers.“We showed that members of the track team who habitually run with a forefoot strike have less than half the injury rate of the ones who rear-foot strike,” Lieberman said.Still, Lieberman is quick to point out that there’s no one catchall solution, and adds that people who rear-foot strike shouldn’t necessarily switch their gait, especially if they are uninjured. Nor should a runner ever attempt to switch his gait overnight. Lieberman emphasized that there were plenty of forefoot strikers in the study who still suffered injuries, and there were some rear-foot strikers who did not.“There are no simple answers, none,” Lieberman said.But there have been anecdotal success stories. Garber was one runner who benefited from a change in form rather than in shoe. When he returned to Harvard, he met Lieberman, and the two became running buddies. Lieberman pointed out that Garber was overstriding and leaning too far forward as he ran.“I was also sure that I was landing on my mid-foot or forefoot, and he was convinced I was landing on my heel,” Garber said. “Then he filmed me running and proved it.”Since Garber has started practicing drills to improve his form, he’s been able to run with less pain — a trend he hopes will last through the upcoming marathon battle with Heartbreak Hill.Davis believes that many runners with problems can be retrained. At the SNRC’s clinic, she and her associates put them on treadmills in front of mirrors, allowing them to watch themselves move. When runners can see, for example, how their knees cave inward as they stride — “the egg-beater gait,” in Davis’ words — they can compensate more easily. Davis then gradually removes that visual reinforcement by putting a curtain in front of the mirror. “Eventually, they’re doing it without any feedback at all,” she said. Her team has followed up with former subjects for up to 12 months, showing that they continued their improved gait.Giving real-time feedbackResearchers are able to study runners’ gaits with high-tech, 3-D imaging on “the world’s fanciest treadmill,” as Lieberman calls it, which sits atop a force plate that can measure and record the forces acting on a runner’s joints from all directions.But that technology does little to help the average marathoner looking to correct her form. Area runners can turn to Pierre D’Hemecourt, an HMS lecturer on orthopedic surgery and director of primary care sports medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. D’Hemecourt oversees the Running Program at Children’s, a multidisciplinary clinic modeled on the University of California at San Francisco’s RunSafe approach.The program, started two years ago, helps runners who want to improve their performance or prevent injuries. Patients meet with a four-person team that includes a physician, athletic trainer, dietitian, and podiatrist for an assessment. In addition, their running style is videotaped and played back to them. It’s a 360-degree approach that few other cities can match, said D’Hemecourt, who’s also co-medical director of the Boston Marathon.D’Hemecourt pinpoints four major components of a runner’s gait that could lead to injury. First, there’s the heel strike. Then there’s overstriding, or extending your foot beyond your hip. Women in the military, for example, reported a high rate of femoral neck stress fractures. As it turned out, they were lengthening their natural stride to keep up with men in daily marches.Third is a slow cadence, an inefficient running pattern. A faster cadence minimizes the likelihood of overstriding, since the quicker steps push for a shorter stride. (D’Hemecourt recommends 170-180 steps per minute.) Fourth, many runners lean forward. “You should be landing with your hips, knees, and ankles bent a little bit so that you land under your center of gravity,” he said.Overall, the goal is to go easy on our bodies when we run, D’Hemecourt said. He recommends using a treadmill to “get a feel for that nice soft landing. If you can hear yourself landing heavily, then you’re doing it wrong.”A community of runnersResearchers aren’t the only running enthusiasts who’ve found a home at Harvard. In the past several years, the University’s community of noncompetitive runners has grown by leaps and bounds.Running is the perfect activity to bring faculty, students, and staff together, said Craig Rodgers, a counselor at the Bureau of Study Counsel, who started the Harvard College Marathon Challenge (HCMC) in 2005. More than 470 people from around the University have joined the group’s email listserv. Members use it to post information about races and events, to share tips, and to find last-minute running buddies.“You don’t need anything other than a pair of shoes, or not even a pair of shoes, if you want to go barefoot with us,” Rodgers said. “It’s something people can do easily on short notice. That fits very well with the Harvard culture and lifestyle, when our schedules allow it.”Harvard On The Move, a year-old University-wide initiative to promote physical activity, can attract as many as 40 or 50 people to its biweekly runs. (The Longwood Medical campus hosts its own twice-weekly jogs; neither group requires an RSVP.) More than 200 members of the Harvard community participated in the Cambridge City Walk/Run on April 1, raising more than $3,000 for the Friends of Cambridge Athletics, the Andrea Harvey Memorial Fund, and Cambridge Special Olympics. Ryan Neely, a research assistant at the Center for Brain Science at Harvard, was the winner with a time of 26:53:2, which translates to a 5:23 mile pace.And of course, many Harvardians will be running in the upcoming marathon. The five members of this year’s HCMC marathon team, who are running to benefit the Phillips Brooks House Association, have raised more than $18,000 of their $25,600 goal.“I don’t think it’s coincidental that marathons are charity events,” Lieberman said. “It’s deeply ingrained, I suspect, in the human experience.”A million years ago, he said, if we went running, we’d likely be hunting. When our ancestors got back to camp, they’d be greeted by their community, and would present and distribute their spoils. Perhaps not much has changed since then, Lieberman said.“Running is about sharing,” he said. “It’s a community event, and it always has been.”
Imminent Choices in Health Care Explored atBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Issues ConferenceCreative innovation as an opportunity to change and improve established health care systems, how the next 25 years will redefine the health care landscape, and what individuals can do to improve their health and well being were among a variety of topics addressed recently by a panel of national experts who met in Burlington.The experts highlighted a half-day conference held as part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s annual health issues symposium series. Nearly 300 Vermonters attended, including employers, health care providers, legislators and consumers.Andrew Zolli, a Futurist-in-residence at Popular Science magazine, American Demographics magazine, National Geographic, and National Public Radios Marketplace, explored the trends and dynamics that will shape health care’s future over the next several decades. He offered options to help respond intelligently to emerging complex changes that matter most.Other panelists included John W. Kenagy, MD, of Kenagy and Associates, and Jane Brody, well-known author and widely-read columnist, and media personality.Dr. Kenagy focused on the role of creative innovation and changing systems from the bottom up.Jane Brody outlined the role that individuals play in maintaining their personal health through nutrition, exercise, and moderation.The half-day conference concluded with a documentary of the Voices project, an initiative sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont to draw attention to the issues and challenges facing Vermont teenagers, with the goal of helping to foster their physical and emotional wellbeing.The program was moderated by WCAX-TV Channel 3 news co-anchor and health care reporter, Kristin Kelly. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO William R. Milnes, Jr. welcomed the conference participants and introduced the program.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)
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Cover photo: Catherine Sheila from Pexels “We want to draw attention to the environmental, social, economic and cultural importance of marine ecosystems as well as the causes of their degradation, in order to preserve them and thus contribute to raising public awareness and improving relations that local communities, visitors and tourists develop and nurture with the sea.” aMORE festival. Namely, the organizers of the aMORE festival published a leaflet: 10 little things you can do for our sea… which is intended for the education of tourists. As a renter, you can print a pdf flyer and place it in your accommodation in a visible place, as well as share it on your social networks. Let us guard our sea, the sea from which we live. What if there is no tourism? Where would they be? The sea as well as space are our most valuable resource, let’s preserve it. If we don’t guard our sea, who will? The story is very simple and it only takes a little of your effort. In order to make as many tourists and travelers aware of the importance of preserving our sea, the organizers of the aMORE festival, the first festival entirely dedicated to the sea where art, culture, science, new technologies, innovations, stories and legends intertwine, invite all renters to become ambassadors. must. You can download the leaflet in English and Croatian attached. Side dish: 10 little things you can do for our sea… Also, the organizers of this great initiative are asking for help in translating the leaflet into other foreign languages, in order to expand the whole story.
“Men can snap up things they are told (to buy) and go, so I think it’s good that they go shopping, avoiding human contact,” the 56-year-old added.When challenged by a reporter, he acknowledged his remarks might be viewed as out-of-touch, but said they were true in his family.But online he was roundly condemned, with one Twitter user accusing him of being “disrespectful to women and men.”Read also: Putting women, girls at heart of COVID-19 response and recovery in ASEAN: Turning challenges into opportunities Another dubbed his comment “full of prejudice against women,” adding “there are indecisive men and nimble and sharp women.””Does he think (shoppers) like to take time?” added a third. “They are thinking about menus and prices.”But there was some support for the mayor.”That’s right. Elderly women in particular are always chatting away, unconcerned about shopping,” wrote one user.Despite its highly educated female population, Japan ranked 121 out of 153 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2020 gender gap index, primarily because of its poor showing in political representation.Traditional gender roles are still deeply rooted in Japanese society and women are often still expected to take primary responsibility for childcare and domestic chores, even while holding down professional jobs.Topics : The mayor of Japan’s Osaka has come under fire for suggesting men should do grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak because women are indecisive and “take a long time.”Japan is under a state of emergency over the pandemic, and residents in some areas have been asked to shop less frequently and only send one family member out to get supplies to limit contact.Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui told reporters on Thursday that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women “take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that,” Kyodo news agency reported.
However, given the urgency, both factions agreed to discuss the Perppu in a plenary session.”COVID-19 has had great impacts on health, economics and public welfare. Therefore, we understand the urgency of this regulation,” Dolfie Othniel Frederic Palit of the PDI-P said.The Perppu allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the legal cap of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and allocate the spending for programs related to COVID-19 handling without the approval of the House. The spending will be declared costs to save the country from the outbreak, and any officials executing the related policies “in good faith and according to the law” cannot be subject to criminal or civil charges.It has sparked anger among civil groups that challenged the Perppu at the Constitutional Court over fears that it could lead to budget misappropriation and embezzlement if passed. In their petition filed with the court on April 9, the groups demanded the revocation of contentious provisions stipulating that officials responsible for fiscal and monetary policies cannot be criminally charged when using the state budget to counter the negative economic impacts of the health crisis.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedHendrawan Supratikno of the PDI-P said the party would support the government’s efforts to weather the outbreak impacts. However, he reminded that the Constitution stipulates that “all citizens are equal under the law””Article 27 [of the Perppu] is a modification of Article 48 Law No. 9/2016 on the prevention and resolution of financial system crises. There should be additional sentences in the Perppu that give assertion that they cannot go against the law ‘unless there is an abuse of authority’ so that policymakers be careful,” he said.In addition to the government coalition, parties outside the coalition, namely the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Democratic Party and the National Mandate Party (PAN) have also agreed to ratify the Perppu into law.”Regarding Article 27, PAN thinks that it does not violate any legal product because we already have it in existing legal products,” Eko Patrio of PAN said.Topics : “For the 2021 state budget, we want the government’s commitment to discuss it with the House as usual,” Supriyanto of the Gerindra Party said in a virtual meeting with government representatives on Monday.Some Gerindra faction lawmakers, as well as those of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) previously voiced their objections against the executive order, raising concerns that it could overstep the House’s right to deliberate the state budget.The lawmakers also previously objected to Article 27 on government officials’ impunity.Read also: House grills govt over ‘unconstitutional’ Perppu The House of Representatives’ budget committee has agreed to endorse Regulation in Liew of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on COVID-19 pandemic response amid public outcry over contentious articles that would grant the government the power to allocate large sums of money and a legal shield protecting the execution.Despite agreeing to endorse the regulation in a plenary meeting scheduled for May 12, the House members, however, asked the government to discuss the 2021 state budget with the House through the normal process, not through a presidential regulation (Perpres), like the revision to the 2020 budget.
Campaigners gathered outside the office of the UK’s largest local government pension fund today to call for it to divest from fossil fuel companies.Campaign groups including Fossil Free Greater Manchester and Extinction Rebellion demanded that the £22.5bn (€25.1bn) Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) exit completely from its stakes in fossil fuel firms. Citing data compiled by Fossil Free UK, the campaigners claimed that as much as 10% of the fund’s portfolio was invested in such companies.In a press release ahead of the protest, Fossil Free Greater Manchester member Stuart Bowman argued that GMPF was “totally out of touch with the public mood” and had “no clear plan” for divestment.However, GMPF – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) system – said in a statement yesterday that it was “working hard to become carbon neutral” by 2050 or sooner, in line with a plan set out in 2017. It was in the process of moving £2.5bn of assets into low-carbon strategies “targeting a significant reduction in carbon footprint and intensity”. Representatives of GMPF met with Fossil Free Greater Manchester last week. While both parties agreed on a goal of a zero-carbon economy “as quickly as possible”, GMPF said it was also “committed to a just transition ensuring the interests of workers and communities are properly taken into account”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: Fossil Free Greater ManchesterFossil Free UK campaigners outside the office of Greater Manchester Pension Fund on 19 July 2019A spokesperson for the fund said: “We are the biggest local government investor in renewables and energy efficiency with £0.5bn invested and leading investment opportunities for other funds.”The spokesperson added that GMPF’s work on renewable energy and related investments “needs to be balanced” with the fund’s strong performance track record. The pension fund said it had added £3.7bn of value “above that of the average LGPS pension fund”.GMPF also highlighted its fiduciary duty to ensure that investment decisions “do not threaten financial performance”. Over the past three years, it said, the investment portfolio achieved more than £400m in additional returns than if it had removed stakes in companies such as oil giant BP or gas distributor Centrica.Rushing to divest would cause “material financial detriment” to GMPF, the spokesperson said, with potential consequences for public sector employers, workers and council tax payers, all of whom could be forced to pay more towards the pension scheme.Other LGPS funds have also rejected blanket divestment strategies. A number of large schemes responded to criticism from Friends of the Earth last year by stating that divestment did not affect the companies involved.Earlier this month, pensions minister Guy Opperman called on pension schemes to play a major role in the UK government’s plan to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.Further readingClimate change protesters disrupt pensions conference Campaigners from Extinction Rebellion interrupted an LGPS conference in May to call for schemes to divest from fossil fuelsLow-carbon indices: Work in progress Providers acknowledge that low-carbon indices are imperfect, but argue they are an invaluable tool to help reduce climate change risk in a portfolio
Franklin County, In. — The Franklin County Highway Department will close St. Mary’s Road from Levy Road to the town of Brookville for road repair Friday, July 28 weather permitting.