Yola appeared as the musical guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday night, where the singer performed her rendition of Nina Simone‘s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”.The performance took place remotely from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, where the British singer is scheduled to perform on May 11th, 2021. Despite being over seven months away, tickets for the concert at the legendary venue went on sale Thursday.From the stage of the Ryman, bathed in natural sunlight and facing away from the seats, Yola performed the tune from legendary singer/songwriter/activist’s 1958 album Little Girl Blue. While Yola’s musical prowess has been well-established since launching onto the scene in 2016 with her debut EP, Orphan Offering, this performance placed her on the level of an icon like Simone.Related: Yola Delivers Intimate, Acoustic ‘Tiny Desk (Home) Concert’ [Watch]From the song choice to her presence at the famed Ryman Auditorium, everything about Yola’s performance on Late Night rings of a vintage nature. Yet the song, while written over half a century ago, still rings true as Yola champions the social justice causes that remain just as relevant as in Simone’s heyday. The emotion that Yola pulls from for this rendition of “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” is the kind of thing that can’t be faked, and can only be found through years of discrimination and hardship as a result of one’s race, despite her remarkable ability.Watch Yola’s performance of “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” from the Ryman Auditorium.Yola – “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” (Nina Simone)[Video: Late Night with Seth Meyers]
For the second time in club history, the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s Irish Dance Team danced its way to victory at the All-Ireland Dance Championship in Dublin as the team captured the championship trophy Feb. 17. The team previously first won the All-Ireland competition in 2010. Sophomore Connor Reider, the team’s coach, said going beyond simple participation to win the competition was significant. “So many teams from across the world come to All-Irelands that it is basically the world championships,” he said. “It puts Notre Dame on the map.” The Ceili team consists of eight girls from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. The time devoted to practice and preparation for the competition, along with the small group size, fosters friendships and team unity, Saint Mary’s senior Mary Mitchell said. “We all became so close with one another. Spending every single night practicing for two hours, having team brunches and living together for the week in Dublin, you get to know each other inside and out,” she said. “We’re a quirky bunch.” Participating specifically in the Club Ceili division involved learning two traditional Ceili numbers from a designated set of choices. Reider said performing the same numbers as the other teams meant they had to perfect their routines. “Every single person needs to be doing the exact same action at the same time,” he said. “You have to make sure your toes are pointed, your legs are the exact same length out and your lines are perfectly straight.” This precision applied not only to the dance routines, but to costumes as well, Mitchell said. “All the wigs were chosen according to what looked best for the entire team, and they were cut to exactly the same length,” Mitchell said. “The style and cut had to be identical. Judges will take points off your presentation if they don’t feel you look like a cohesive group.” Arriving on Feb. 15, the team had a busy schedule of sight seeing, practice, watching other performances and dancing for the current group of Notre Dame students studying abroad in Dublin, Reider said. When the team finally performed on Friday, senior Colleen Gerth said their second routine may have been the team’s best performance ever. “We were all pretty anxious beforehand, but you have to be focused and think about what you are doing,” she said. “We were more excited the second time, and after we finished that last step, we could tell we had put our whole heart and soul into it.” With five seniors on the team, the All-Ireland competition represented the last time many of the girls would have the opportunity to dance competitively. However, Gerth said the trophy ceremony brought immense satisfaction. “The cup is engraved each year with the name of the team who wins,” she said. “I was on the team two years ago, and I had never seen the cup with our name on it. That was really exciting to see and to know that our name would be on there again.”
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her life is just about one in eight.Once diagnosed, breast cancer patients and their families go through a myriad of emotions and deal with seemingly insurmountable odds.But help is just a phone call away. The American Cancer Society can be reached at 1-800-227-2345.Help is also available via the web at cancer.orgThe assistance covers a wide range of issues, from treatment to understanding the illness, insurance information, financial resources, transportation, lodging and locating support groups in the area, to name a few.“ACS offers various programs and services to help people cope while fighting their illness,” she said. The American Cancer Society offers free services for cancer patients and their loved ones.Kathy Chessher of the American Cancer Society-Beaumont, said the hot line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“When you call that number as a cancer patient, or family member or friend, you will be connected with a cancer information specialist who is ready to help the caller no matter what time of day,” Chessher said. Road to RecoveryRoad to Recovery is a transportation program that pits volunteer drivers with patients who need a ride to treatment appointments and back home.“Many times, as we know, if you have cancer and are going to treatment, you don’t feel good enough to go alone,” she said. “Sometimes a spouse, or friend or son or daughter has to work and cannot make the trip and the patient may not feel well enough to drive.”Lodging during treatment as well as gas cards are also offered by the ACS.“Sometimes treatment requires an overnight stay because the location of where the treatment is offered may be a long drive. We can make arrangements with motels to provide overnight accommodations,” she said. “And with the price of gas still high, these kinds of costs add up, and before you know it, you’ve spent an astronomical amount of money.”Reach to RecoveryReach to Recovery is a cancer support group that focuses mainly on breast cancer.When a person is newly diagnosed, there is a group of volunteers who are also cancer survivors who will lend their time and emotional support.“They will sit down with them and visit, tell them what to expect and answer questions from the perspective of being a survivor,” she said. “And who better to visit a person that’s very afraid and going through a lot of emotions, than a person who can provide the emotional understanding and guidance they need at that time.”Personal careMaking a woman feel whole again is another goal of the ACS. Sometimes when a woman begins radiation or chemotherapy treatments, they will lose their hair, which can take a toll on a woman’s well-being. The ACS offers free wigs, turbans and other such items to help the woman feel better about herself.Bras and prosthetics are also offered free of charge for breast cancer patients as well as skin care products.“Many times when women go through treatment they forget to take care of themselves and take care of their skin,” she said. “This program will help teach them to take care of themselves.”The ACS partners with cosmetic companies across the United States and cosmetic products are all donated. The cancer patient is given a demonstration on how to apply the makeup and they “learn to feel beautiful again.”The ACS works with people affected by all types of cancer, not just breast cancer.“Everything we offer is 100 percent free,” she said. “You do not have to qualify based on financial status or insurance. A cancer patient is a cancer patient to us.”For more information, call the ACS hotline at 800-227-2345 or visit their website, [email protected]
In nature everything is connected, so when an ecosystem becomes unbalanced because of an invasive pest, plant or disease it has a domino effect that can create big problems for Vermont. It not only changes the balance in an ecosystem, destroying habitat, but it is also costly for Vermonters. The estimated damage from invasive species is in the millions of dollars. As the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources I know that small steps can make a difference. I also know that we cannot protect Vermont’s environment alone. We need your help! Find out how you can help prevent invasive species from harming Vermont’s environment by visiting www.vtinvasives.org/take-action(link is external). · Use only local firewood ‘not only in Vermont, but wherever you travel.· Make sure the plants you transplant into your yard or garden are not invasives and replace invasive plants with non-invasive alternatives.· Clean your boat and boating equipment thoroughly before transporting between bodies of water.· Don’t move baitfish from one water body to another.· Clean your boots and equipment before you hike or camp in a new area.· Never release exotic animals or aquarium fish and plants into the wild.· Volunteer your time with one of Vermont’s invasive eradication teams.· Find out more by visiting the Vermont Invasives website http://www.vtinvasives.org/(link is external). Source: ANR 8.6.2012 by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources Vermont received bad news last week when we learned that a new aquatic invasive species, the spiny water flea, was found in Lake George as well as in feeder canals to the Champlain Canal – both waters that flow into Lake Champlain. Like many invasive species, the spiny water flea competes with native species for food, but because it has no natural predators or other population controls it can quickly dominate the ecosystem and make it hard for native species to survive. The tail spines of the spiny water flea also catch and foul up fishing lines causing a great inconvenience to anglers. This is just the latest of a growing number of threats to Vermont’s environment from non-native species. · The hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect from Asia that feeds on the sap of hemlock trees, has been detected, for the first time, in Bennington County. If left unchecked it can decimate our hemlock trees which are important for both timber and wildlife.· The emerald ash borer is an insect from Asia that was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. Now, ten years later it has spread to 16 states and provinces, killing tens of millions of trees. In July it was detected in Connecticut, the first confirmed infestation in New England.· Common Buckthorn is already established in some parts of Vermont. It is a native of Europe and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental shrub. Once it gets established it can take over an area, destroying wildlife habitat and impeding productive forests by crowding out other understory plants and preventing the regeneration of slower growing hardwoods like Sugar Maple trees.· VHS (Viral hemorrhagic septicemia) is a deadly fish virus that originated in Europe that wipes out populations of trout and salmon. In 2005 this virus was identified in Lake Ontario and has since then spread across all five Great Lakes and into many inland lakes including the Finger Lakes in New York, killing tens of millions of fish in the process. Scientists at the Agency of Natural Resources, along with our state, federal and academic partners, are working hard to understand how best to prevent new invasives from coming to Vermont, and to eradicate (when possible) or contain the ones that are already here. But they cannot do this alone. In some cases we have rules in place to prevent the spread of a particular plant, pest or disease. Our state parks only permit firewood that comes from within 50 miles of the park, and we ask boat owners to wash boats and equipment before moving it to a new water body. We regulate the use of baitfish and we ban the sale of some invasive plants; however in many cases we must rely on education to get homeowners and landscapers to be cautious about what they transplant into their yards and gardens. Invasive pests do not generally move to a new area all by themselves. People help. The spiny water flea hitchhikes on boats or equipment that has passed through an infested area. The emerald ash borer spreads from the movement of firewood or through the purchase of infested nursery stock. Buckthorn got its start as an ornamental plant in yards and gardens. Diseases like VHS can be introduced in a new area when baitfish are moved from one water body to another. This means that to prevent the spread of invasives everyone needs to do their part. Things you can do to help protect Vermont’s native plants and animals
by Gary Franklin A new federal law protecting confidential business information became effective on May 11, 2016. The adoption of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “Act”) arose from the federal government’s recognition of the importance of trade secrets and the devastating impact on the economy from their misappropriation. Trade secret theft causes annual losses of more than 2 million jobs and over $300B to the American economy undermining the means and incentive for entrepreneurs to innovate. Trade secrets are a form of intellectual property that consist of information that has independent economic value that is not readily ascertainable to others and been kept secret. Trade secrets include formulas, compilations, programs, devices, methods, techniques or processes. Examples include plans, designs, software, customer lists, recipes, pricing information, and manufacturing information. A trade secret is protected as long as it is kept secret. Once lost, however, it is lost forever. Business, then, must take precautions to mark documents confidential, restrict access to and control dissemination of sensitive information, use confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and employ any other reasonable means to maintain the secrecy of important information.Up until now, trade secrets were governed by state law. Most states, including Vermont, adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The new federal law aligns a trade secret owner’s rights to protect their confidential information with the federal rights enjoyed by owners of other forms of intellectual property including copyrights, patents and trademarks.The new Defend Trade Secrets Act provides a federal private right of action for trade secrets. The significant elements of the Act include the following:In appropriate cases, the Act allows for seizure of stolen trade secrets on a short term basis until a full hearing is held in court with all parties present. An order allowing for seizure will also attempt to balance the need to avoid interrupting legitimate business activities; During the course of litigation, safe guards can be implemented to maintain the confidentiality of trade secrets;The Act authorizes injunctive relief to prevent misappropriation of and protect the trade secret, although certain restrictions reinforce employee mobility and prevent restraints on trade;Additional remedies may include an award for damages, including unjust enrichment and in certain cases royalty payments;The Act authorizes an award of attorney’s fees and punitive damages if the misappropriation was malicious or made in bad faith;The Act provides a new whistleblower provision protecting employees from the disclosure of trade secrets to law enforcement to report or investigate the possible violations of law, or in a complaint or other document filed in a lawsuit or other proceeding, if such filing is made under seal.Notably, the whistleblower provisions must be disclosed in every employee contract that governs the use of a trade secret or other confidential information. The failure to provide such disclosure will bar the recovery of exemplary damages or attorney’s fees against an employee who did not receive such notice. Accordingly, employers must consider updating employee contracts and company manuals and policies to comply with these notice provisions.Also of note, the statute of limitations for the federal private right of action is three years after the date on which the misappropriation should have been discovered whereas under Vermont state law the statute of limitations is a more generous six years.The new federal legislation does not preempt state law allowing trade secret owners a choice to pursue relief in either federal or state court. Having a federal act, however, provides important advantages. The new federal legislation should result in a robust and uniform body of law giving greater guidance on the maintenance of confidential information and prevention of its misappropriation. Litigants will also be able to take advantage of nationwide service of process and discovery eliminating ineffective and costly efforts to pursue stolen trade secrets in foreign jurisdictions. Federal cases will also remain before one judge who generally has greater resources and support and is better equipped to provide more timely and comprehensive action in complex and technical proceedings.In sum, the Act is an important step in recognizing the substantial value of trade secrets and modernizing the tools available to maintain and protect them. A shareholder at Burlington-based Primmer, Gary Franklin is an experienced and respected Litigator. Gary focuses his practice in the areas of Business Litigation, Shareholder Disputes, Employment, Bankruptcy, and Intellectual Property. Contact Gary Franklin today at [email protected](link sends e-mail).
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUs experience the biggest rise in auto loan marketshare.The automotive credit market has reached record-setting heights in recent months—and credit unions drove a big part of the boom.In addition to gaining market share, credit unions managed to create stability in their overall automotive portfolios with delinquencies and charge-offs, which are both significantly lower than industry averages.However, this lending segment did something that was slightly out of character during the second quarter. On average, credit unions increased their appetite for risk, delving further into the deep-subprime market than normal.Despite the slight change in behavior, credit union auto loans still go to consumers with higher average credit scores than loans from other lender types.During the second quarter, the automotive credit industry reached an all-time high for outstanding loan balances. According to Experian Automotive’s latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report, the total dollar amount of auto loan balances outstanding hit $839.1 billion, up 11.7% from the previous year. continue reading »
Higher-Level Meta-Adaptation Mitigates Visual Distortions Produced by Lower-Level AdaptationXinyu Liu and Stephen A. EngelThe human visual system adapts to the environment to improve perception—a low-level adaptation that can have negative consequences, such as perception errors (e.g., in visual illusions). Liu and Engel investigated how the visual system may resolve these negative consequences. Participants observed flickering checkerboards that caused a normal face to appear distorted because of the referred low-level adaptation. Through repeated viewing, participants’ visual systems adapted to the adaptation-distorted face. This process, which represents meta-adaptation, made the distorted face gradually appear more normal, indicating that it might be a general strategy to correct negative consequences of low-level adaptation. Transaction Frame Determines Preferences: Valuation of Labor by Employee and ContractorIlana Ritov and Amos SchurrDoes an economy heavily reliant on freelancing and job contracts (vs. a traditional economy with fixed wages) change how individuals value labor? In three experiments, Ritov and Schurr found that individuals were willing to pay more in employment-wage settings than in contract-pricing settings, despite finding no evidence that the effort put into the task was higher in employment-wage settings than in contract-pricing settings. These findings support the idea that today’s economic reality, in which wage setting is often replaced by contract pricing, might increase inequality among workers. Anxiety Impedes Adaptive Social Learning Under UncertaintyAmrita Lamba, Michael J. Frank, and Oriel FeldmanHallIndividuals with anxiety may have less tolerance for uncertainty and, therefore, greater difficulty learning in uncertain contexts. Participants invested money in partners who then decided how much money to return to the “investors.” Unbeknownst to the participants, the return followed a researcher-determined pattern that changed across the experiment, creating uncertainty. Participants without anxiety quickly learned to stop investing when the partner was exploitative, whereas participants with anxiety overinvested in exploitative partners. Computational modeling attributed this pattern to reduced learning from negative events among anxious individuals, indicating a lack of adaptive social choice. Strong Effort Manipulations Reduce Response Caution: A Preregistered Reinvention of the Ego-Depletion ParadigmHause Lin, Blair Saunders, Malte Friese, Nathan J. Evans, and Michael InzlichAfter exerting mental effort, people are likely to disengage and become uninterested in exerting further effort, this research suggests. Participants either counted symbols, which demanded high effort, or watched a wildlife video, which demanded low effort. Afterward, they performed a Stroop task in which they indicated the colors of letters used to write out color names. Lin and colleagues applied a diffusion model to the data and performed Bayesian analyses. The results showed that the high-effort task reduced participants’ caution in responding but not their information-processing speed or inhibition. Making It Harder to “See” Meaning: The More You See Something, the More Its Conceptual Representation Is Susceptible to Visual InterferenceCharles P. Davis, Gitte H. Joergensen, Peter Boddy, Caitlin Dowling, and Eiling YeeThe meanings of things people see frequently appear to be partly represented in the visual system, this research suggests. Davis and colleagues show that a concurrent visual task (e.g., identifying a previously presented form) slows down the judgment of word meanings (e.g., is sunset an animal?, is breeze an animal?) in proportion to how much visual experience people have with the words’ referents (e.g., sunsets are seen but not breezes). Thus, having to visually scan through unrelated things while searching for something specific may interfere with our ability to think about the thing we are searching for. Think of those times you looked inside the refrigerator only to forget what you were looking for in the first place.
Wine, chocolate and dancing 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito. Courtesy photoCOMMUNITY News:Pajarito is showing the love this Valentine’s Day with wine, chocolate and dancing.The event is actually 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and includes: Chocolate from Rose Chocolatier;Wine from Unquarked; andMusic and dancing from El Duo del Sabor “Sol Y Luna” featuring Carlos Fontana the lead singer for Nosotros.This event is FREE for skiers and snowboarders with a $7 cover charge for nonskiing or snowboarding guests.
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