first_imgThe Suwannee Hulaween festival is known for the incredible music on its stages and the breathtaking art installations that fill the grounds, but the most amazing thing on display all weekend was array of costumes and smiling faces on the attendees! Showing off costumes and decorations all weekend long, fans at The Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park outdid themselves with their style and energy.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand wandering the grounds and he managed to get dozens of the crazy crowd shots he is known for as well as many of the impressive costumes on display. Check out his favorite shots from the magical weekend of friends and fun below! Load remaining imageslast_img

first_imgThe U.S. health care system needs more trained professionals and prevention specialists to take on the often overlooked―and sometimes deadly―issue of eating disorders.“Eating disorders need to be higher up on the public health agenda,” said S. Bryn Austin, associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of fellowship research training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her lecture, “Getting Eating Disorders Prevention on the Public Health Agenda: A Strategic Approach to Prevention Science, Pipelines and Workforce Training,” was held on July 23 as part of the summer’s “Hot Topics” lecture series at HSPH.Austin presented data showing a dearth of studies on preventive strategies and clinically proven interventions in the scientific literature on eating disorders. For instance, in a 2012 study she found that only 4% of nearly 1,000 studies in two of the leading eating disorder-related journals were prevention-oriented. “Clearly there’s a gap in the training pipeline. Too few prevention scientists are entering the field,” Austin told the audience. “Public health schools are leaders in training the nation’s top prevention scientists, but they are laggards in training in eating disorders,” Austin said. “We are going to have to change this before we can make meaningful headway in preventing eating disorders and related problems with weight, shape, and appearance that affect too many millions of youth and adults.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgOn Sept. 25 the Faculty Council nominated a Parliamentarian for the 2019–20 academic year and previewed the Dean’s Annual Report to the Faculty. They also heard a legislated review of course scheduling and a report on course scheduling in Allston.The Council next meets on Oct. 16. The next meeting of the Faculty is on Oct. 1. The preliminary deadline for the Nov. 5 meeting of the Faculty is Oct. 22 at noon.last_img

first_imgYou’ve seen the pics. You’ve watched the teaser. But are you still a bit nervous about Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods film adaptation? If so, Rob Marshall has some words of assurance for you. The movie musical vet recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about bringing the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine tuner to the big screen. And though the new song was cut, there’s still a shot for Sondheim to take home another Oscar. As we still anxiously wait for the film’s release on Christmas Day, Marshall promises, “We built this thing using the best parts of Into the Woods which is so much of it…it’ll all be very clear when people see it. They’ll understand, it’s all there.” In addition to Streep, Into the Woods stars Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her prince, Johnny Depp as the Wolf, James Corden as the Baker, Emily Blunt as his wife, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as her prince and Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood. And while it appears that one of the film’s major deviations from the show, Rapunzel’s fate, is still omitted, Marshall promises, “Rapunzel’s end is still pretty dark, it’s just a different kind of dark, and it’s just as harrowing, and just as sad.” The previously reported new song written for Meryl Streep’s Witch has landed on the cutting room floor. “It was beautiful and spectacular,” Marshall says of the number Sondheim wrote specifically for the film, “but it was very clear…that [the movie] was stronger without.” If the song instead appears as the first music cue in the end credits, it would still be eligible for an Oscar, according to Academy rulings. “I’m actually really impressed Disney’s doing this film, because it’s very brave,” Marshall adds. “I don’t feel we’ve watered it down in any way, shape or form. We’ve just made it a film.” View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgI have always believed in the power of continuing education. Through a double major in accounting and economics as an undergrad, and then two years worth of studying for my certified financial planner designations, I’ve spent a lot of my life learning. In terms of pure sweat equity, however, none of the letters after my name can hold a candle to my grueling PhD in Kayaker Behavioral Psychology.Kayakers are a complex and interesting species. After five years of dating and studying my unique boyfriend, Chris Gragtmans, I want to let the ladies know that there is hope.Here are my top 10 tips for how to date a kayaker:1) Gold-diggers steer clear.Let’s face it, kayaking is near the bottom of the totem pole as far as athletic compensations go. I often tell Chris, “I date the only pro athlete that doesn’t make any money!” Compared to other professional athletes, you’re no A-Rod, Chris, sorry. Most of the disposable income that kayakers do make will go towards trips or gear anyway.2) Kayaking is weather-agnostic.I haven’t quite figured it out, but every day seems to be a great day to hit the water. If it’s sunny outside, “it’s a beautiful day to go kayaking!” If it’s pouring rain, “whoa dude the rivers are pumping!” If the snow is melting in Canada, “Stakeout! Let’s go surf some waves!” We just can’t win ladies…3) Set communication expectations.It’s often difficult to get in touch with the boys when they are kayaking. Whether in deep river gorges with no cell service, or getting lost on gravel roads, they always manage to take longer than expected to call or show up. I would recommend keeping all dinner plans after kayaking “tentative,” and have a backup plan to throw in the microwave just in case.4) Learn the Kayaking Drinking Game.This is the greatest invention since two-ply toilet paper. Girlfriends who get dragged to the kayaking party, fret no more. The rules are simple:a. If kayaking is mentioned, drink.b. If bro-brah words are used (examples include gnar, boof, stout, squirrely, portage, huck, or brown claw), drink 5 seconds.c. If the Green Race is mentioned, FINISH YOUR DRINK.5) Speaking of Green Race, get ready for the October mood swings.You thought your new kayaker boyfriend was tough? Just wait until this race and that illusion will disappear. Chris can’t sleep, gets extremely nervous and grumpy, and puts all other aspects of his life on the backburner to prepare for it. I don’t see what the big deal is; I mean you just follow the water through Gorilla… it takes you right down the middle. And the line at Zwicks just looks silly. Why do you bounce over all those rocks with no water?6) Learn to love burritos AND PBR.Welcome to the staples, girls. Bang for your buck is the name of the game in paddling; it’s a protein and alcohol per dollar game here, and this combination reigns supreme. Save the tapas for ladies’ night, and just keep the pressure on to get a respectable date every month.7) Try to overlook the unflattering gear.In other sports, players wear sexy, tight uniforms that define their butts and muscles. No such luck here. Kayakers have huge drysuits, and they are always wearing these very strange looking “skirts.”8) Buy extra air fresheners for the car.No matter what you do to the aforementioned gear—washing, drying, rinsing—it doesn’t matter. The smell will always permeate any area that holds it for more than 10 minutes. It’s definitely a good idea to have some extra air fresheners in the purse for when you get in his car. I recommend the Yankee Candle brand, Apple Pumpkin scent.9) Don’t feel bad if you suddenly realize you know A LOT about the gear.I have sat in a kayak maybe five times in my entire life, but I can tell you everything you need to know about the rocker profiles of the Dagger Green Boat and Liquidlogic Stinger. I can explain to you why the Nomad is high volume, and how to pad out your bulkhead to prevent broken ankles in a piton. If I had to rate my shop-talk skills, I would call them a class IV+!10) Strap in for the long haul.Kayaking is a sport of confidence and commitment, so it’s surprising that these boys struggle a bit with commitment in other areas of life! I mean, it’s been five years, Chris.This kayaker species certainly has its idiosyncrasies, but what becomes evident very quickly is that they are also some of the most passionate people alive. They have reverent relationships with the natural places on our planet, and that passion for life and nature is only magnified in their relationships with people around them. In a world focused on material success and social standing, these free-spirited beings live life fully in the present moment.In my case, it’s certainly true that opposites attract. I work in the financial industry, and Chris works in the paddlesports industry. The two worlds couldn’t possibly be more different. In spite of this, he has pushed me out of my comfort zone and into some of the most amazing and unforgettable experiences of my life.last_img read more

first_img The updating process will last five years, and the first CLANFs sent to the United States will be those currently out of service. The 26 units owned by the CFN, purchased in the United States in the early 1990s, will be modernized following the same standards used by the U.S. Marine Corps. The Marine Corps (CFN) of the Brazilian Navy has begun a program to update its CLANF/AAV7A1 amphibious armored vehicles, at an approximate cost of 125 million dollars. Specifically, the vehicle’s suspension is to be reinforced, and the current 400-hp motor is to be replaced by a more modern and powerful 525-hp one, among other modifications needed to support the added weight entailed by the new armor, designed to increase the amphibious vehicle’s protection against missiles and anti-tank rockets. By Dialogo August 29, 2011 The chief mission of the CLANF amphibious vehicles is to transport the Marines from the sea to disembarkation on the beach, as well as to provide them with mobility and elevated strike capability when on land. They can transport a squad of Marines armed with a 50-mm machine gun and a 40-mm grenade launcher, and they function as armored boats capable of navigating in open waters and of landing on the beach and advancing inland with great speed and mobility, both by day and by night.last_img read more

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first_imgThe official Saudi Press Agency said the kingdom had accepted an Emirati request to allow the use of its airspace for “flights heading to the UAE and departing from it to all countries”.Netanyahu, meanwhile, announced that Monday’s landmark commercial flight across Saudi Arabia would not be the last.”Now there is another tremendous breakthrough,” he wrote in a statement shortly after the Saudi announcement.”Israeli planes and those from all countries will be able to fly directly from Israel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and back,” Netanyahu said, without giving any timeline. Saudi Arabia agreed Wednesday to permit UAE flights to “all countries” to overfly the kingdom, as Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu signaled more direct flights linking the UAE with the Jewish state.The announcement comes after the first direct commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday, which passed through Saudi airspace, to mark the normalization of Israel-UAE ties.Riyadh’s decision marks another concrete sign of Saudi Arabia’s cooperation with Israel even after it refused publicly to follow the UAE in establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. Sensitive politics President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, who has led a US push for Gulf states to establish ties with Israel as it seeks to isolate Iran, led an American delegation aboard Monday’s flight.Saudi Arabia’s decision comes after Kushner met Prince Mohammed on Tuesday in the planned Red Sea megacity of NEOM.On Wednesday, Kushner met with Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to discuss “the peace process in the Middle East region,” according to Qatar’s state news agency.There was no comment by the emir on the UAE’s normalization of ties with Israel, or any suggestion that Doha could follow suit.Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy and home to Islam’s holiest sites, faces more sensitive political calculations than the UAE.Not only would a formal recognition of Israel be seen by Palestinians and their supporters as a betrayal of their cause, it would also hurt the kingdom’s image as the leader of the Islamic world.In 2002, Saudi Arabia sponsored the Arab Peace Initiative which called for Israel’s complete withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967 and an equitable solution for Palestinian refugees, in exchange for peace and the full normalization of relations. “Flights will be cheaper and shorter, and it will lead to robust tourism and develop our economy,” he said.center_img ‘Alternative normalization’ Saudi Arabia has said it will not establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state has signed an internationally recognized peace accord with the Palestinians.Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan insisted that Wednesday’s decision does not change the kingdom’s “firm and established” position towards the Palestinian issue.But the kingdom has cultivated clandestine relations with Israel in recent years based on a shared animosity towards Iran, in a shift spearheaded by de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”This is what I would call ‘alternative normalization’,” said Ryan Bohl, of the US geopolitical think tank Stratfor, referring to Riyadh’s announcement.”Saudi Arabia will explore indirect relations with Israel until the Saudi public is better prepared for a deeper strategic change. That will be a slow process,” Bohl told AFP.Allowing flights between Israel and the UAE to cross Saudi airspace save long detours around the Arabian peninsula.”Today’s announcement signals… the warming of relations between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Israel,” Marc Schneier, an American rabbi with close ties to the Gulf, told AFP.”While they are still deeply committed to the Palestinian people, this first step is a big one and should be celebrated.”This is not the first time the kingdom has opened its airspace for Israel-bound flights.In March 2018, Air India launched the first scheduled service to Israel that was allowed to cross Saudi airspace. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgPrivate credit is now firmly established as a mainstream investment by institutional investors with the asset class on track to reach $1trn (€0.9trn) of assets under management by 2020, according to new research.Europe has become a core region for private credit investors with Germany leading the way, according to the survey of 70 private credit managers, conducted by the Alternative Credit Council – the private credit affiliate of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – and law firm Dechert.Respondents managed an aggregate $470bn in private credit investments.Over 70% of all private credit committed capital came from institutional investors, according to the study, at a time when the “historically unprecedented liquidity support” provided by central banks in recent years was likely to end. Of the committed capital, 38% came from North American investors and 31% from Europe, excluding the UK.Much of the growth in European lending over the past year came from Germany, the survey reported, with German sponsors and borrowers increasingly embracing private credit.Businesses supported by investors were getting more diverse, the Alternative Credit Council found. While 41% of European respondents’ capital was allocated to SMEs or mid-market borrowers, managers were also increasingly lending to a wider variety of borrowers outside the mid-market, from smaller businesses and start-ups, to larger corporations, real estate and infrastructure projects.European managers reported average allocations of 19% to real estate, 9% to large corporates and 8% to trade finance. However, distressed debt – relatively popular with North American investors – made up only 3% of European allocations.The survey report said: “The continued difficulties faced by European banks in offloading their non-performing loan (NPL) books, along with fragmented creditor protection frameworks across Europe, means that the market for European distressed debt remains less attractive. This may change in coming years, as policymakers continue to encourage a more active NPL market in Europe.”Growing competition for private credit investments had created a buyers’ market for borrowers, with the report noting that companies were seeking more flexibility on loan covenants and driving a hard bargain on pricing. However, managers said there were still risk baselines they would not cross.Looking ahead, private credit managers expected continued growth across the asset class, with a third of respondents planning on increasing allocations to SME and mid-market lending over the next three years.However, they were also preparing for the possibility of an end to the current credit cycle and tougher economic conditions for borrowers. As such, said the report, managers were increasingly lending at positions higher in the capital structure, and moving away from cyclical sectors.See also: IPE’s Credit Investing Special Report from the November issuelast_img read more

first_img MORE NEWS: How a broken toilet seat landed James Packer’s $70m property deal mikaela.day@news.com.au James Clear closed AREC 2019. Picture: Mike Batterham“This was a period in my life where I had to start small,” he said. “I focused on little habits that I could sustain.“Habits were the method in which I could overcome the challenges that I faced and how I was able to maximise my potential.”Clear closed the 22nd annual Australasian Real Estate Conference, that was held on the Gold Coast Sunday and Monday, with his talk ‘Atomic Habits: one per cent better every day.’ MORE NEWS: AREC 2019: From late nights and wild parties to raking in millions The photographer, entrepreneur and writer is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies, millions visit his website each month and on Monday the AREC 2019 attendees were treated to him sharing some of his wisdom. “Success is the product of daily habits, not once in a lifetime transformations,” he said. “The one per cent improvements, the tiny gains, the little advantages, are not just nice to have but could be the master key to unlocking elite levels of performance. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Excellence is not about radical changes but its much more about accruing small improvements.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51center_img Clear challenged the audience to become just one per cent better everyday, through creating small and positive habits. “Fake it to you make it is a short-term strategy, not a long-term one,” he said. “You do not rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.“What we need is not better goals but a better system for achieving those goals.”He said there were four laws in creating a habit, with the inverse of those laws how to brake a bad one. “Law one, make it obvious,” he said. “Law two, make it attractive.“Law three, make it easy.“Law four, make it satisfying” And he answered the age-old question: how long does it take to build a new habit? “The honest is answer is forever, because if you stop doing it is no longer a habit,” Clear said. “Habits are not a finish line to be crossed, they are a lifestyle to be lived.” How long does it take to build a new habit? Author James Clear answered the age-old question at AREC 2019. Picture: McGrathAS a child James Clear, the author of New York Times’ bestseller Atomic Habits, was hit in the face with a baseball bat. “It struck me right between my eyes … and shattered both eye sockets,” Clear said. It was such a bad injury he was placed into a medically induced coma, but it was when he woke and started the road to recovery that he learnt about how big small habits can be. last_img read more