Several months ago, we reported on a rumored collaboration between the infamous rapper Kanye West and Beatles legend Paul McCartney. To everyone’s surprise, these rumors have materialized into a single, titled “Only One.” The tune dropped at 2:50 AM on January 1st, and you can preview it through West’s official website.As West describes it, the track is sung from the perspective of his late mother, who died in 2007 from surgery complications, to his new baby daughter North. “Hello my only one, just like the morning sun/ You’ll keep on rising til the sky knows your name.” The song features keyboard work from McCartney, and is apparently the first of many tracks that will be released from the duo.A spokesperson for West said that “Only One” is the first “publicly available recording from what has become a prolific musical collaboration between these two legendary artists.” According to a statement, the sessions sprung from “a simple brainstorming session between the two, with McCartney improvising on the keyboards and Kanye vocally sketching and shaping ideas in a stream-of-consciousness riff.”The statement talks about the song’s creation as well, saying “Kanye sat there with his family, holding his daughter North on his lap, and listened to his vocals, singing, ‘Hello, my only one…’ And in that moment, not only could he not recall having sung those words, but he realized that perhaps the words had never really come from him. The process of artistic creation is one that does not involve thinking, but often channeling. And he understood in that moment that his late mother, Dr. Donda West, who was also his mentor, confidante, and best friend, had spoken through him that day.”ONLY ONE ft. Paul McCartney http://t.co/AolpyJ6ny5 http://t.co/45EiXLvcuf photo @inezandvinoodh pic.twitter.com/0Ci8OcApDq— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 1, 2015 [Via Rolling Stone] West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, seems to like the new song. What do you think?
Selected months in advance, the venue for Monday night’s championship game (do you think the stars are aligned?) happens to be Indianapolis, giving the Bulldogs, who were 16-0 at home this year, home-field advantage. A win against No. 1 seed Duke could send the city into delirium. (READ more of the Cinderella story in the IndyStar) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A little engine called Butler, the small liberal arts college from Indianapolis, has won 25 basketball games in a row, beating Michigan State last night (52-50), to reach the famed NCAA final. The Butler Bulldogs, whose odds of winning the NCAA Tournament were 200-to-1, will be the smallest school in 40 years to play for the national title. Brad Stevens, Butler’s boyish coach of 33, is only three years into his coaching career. In contrast, his rival in the final against Duke is going for his fourth national title, having coached his first game when Stevens was just 3 years old.
She was injured in a 2012 car accident, one so serious that doctors thought it might keep her from ever walking again. But she persevered and taught herself to walk again – and swim.The “First Experiences” project put airline tickets in Cristina’s father’s hands so he could give her the trip of a lifetime.“I don’t want to leave this world only seeing South Dakota,” she says in the film.The Good News Network will feature more of the Weinstein project films, which showcase “the power of giving back,” later this week.(WATCH the surprise, and the first ocean swim below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Weinstein Company, producer of the new film, The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, has quietly done some giving of its own.Beautiful vignettes document the “First Experiences” project, which has given three deserving individuals a chance to experience something they’ve always dreamed of.As Bridges’ character says in the science fiction thriller The Giver, “These are individuals experiencing things that you or I may take for granted. But for them, this is the very first time.”The producers surprised a young woman who was a lifelong swimmer and lifeguard in a small landlocked town in South Dakota. Cristina had never seen a large body of natural water before. The song, sung by Tori Kelly, is from The Giver soundtrack: (I’m not meant to be) Silent.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe sterile, ornamental fruit trees of San Francisco will be returned to their “roots”, thanks to a group of urban agriculture activists known as the “Guerrilla Grafters”.The city’s barren population of apple, plum, and pear trees lining parks and street corners will begin to bear new life—and the fruit they produce will be free for all–if grafters get their way.Good News: 50,000 Food-Bearing Trees Planted To Fight Caribbean HungerMembers of Guerrilla Grafters make a simple incision in the tree, splice in a small cutting from a fruit-bearing species, and tape it up. If done correctly, the new branch grows into the tree and eventually starts producing edible fruit.In total, there are 10,000 public fruit trees throughout San Francisco, which could feed many of the city’s poor.RELATED: Bangladesh Slashes Hunger Rates in Half, Becomes Model for Rest of WorldThe alterations to public trees are technically illegal, and the California city will have to deal with possible rotting fruit.In any case, the group’s founders want their civil disobedience to bear its own fruit– through added attention given to “food deserts” and hunger in the city.(WATCH the video below from Fair Companies or READ more at Web Urbanist) Photo: Fair Companies videoGraft This Story Into Your Network Of Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City Center has announced the cancellation of its spring Encores! staging of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Tony nominee Ashley Park was slated to headline the production, originally scheduled for May 6-10.Playwright Lauren Yee was on board to offer a new perspective on the 2002 Tony-winning musical by Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori, with Encores! Resident Director Lear deBessonet set to direct.As a result of COVID-19, City Center also canceled the previously scheduled Encores! production, a new staging of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1948 musical Love Life, which was set to run from March 18-22. Ashley Park(Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments Ashley Park Star Files
On February 23, 2016, the public institutions “Krka National Park” and “Plitvice Lakes National Park” and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund, an international intergovernmental organization established by the UN General Assembly) and its office in Croatia concluded a grant agreement on the basis of which the Public Institution “NP Krka” will pay the amount of HRK 75.000,00 and the Public Institution “NP Plitvice Lakes” HRK 100.000,00 as a donation to UNICEF for the implementation of the early development program for children from the most vulnerable families.The aim of the program is to provide families in a difficult socio-economic situation with services that are not available to them: preschool education, services for children with disabilities, support for parents, etc. Part of the activities would be carried out at the Lika-Senj and Šibenik-Knin counties and part through UNICEF programs in other counties, where the needs of children and parents are greatest. After a record tourist season in 2015, the public institutions “Krka National Park” and “Plitvice Lakes National Park” decided to invest part of their growing annual income in programs that improve the lives of children in Croatia, with an emphasis on supporting the youngest and most vulnerable.By signing a donation agreement between JU “NP Plitvice Lakes”, JU “NP Krka” and UNICEF, public institutions join the growing family of guardians of childhood, who with their donations make sure that all children in Croatia get the opportunity to grow up healthy and happy. “It is a pleasure when the effort invested results in such great results, as it was in the last tourist season. We want to share our satisfaction and multiply the results. With numerous local initiatives and humanitarian actions, with this donation we increase good results for the benefit of the most vulnerable children throughout Croatia “, said the director of the Public Institution “Plitvice Lakes National Park” Natalija Božičević during the signing of the contract.”By preserving nature we achieve the most important part of our task, but by caring for the generations that will continue where we left off, we are investing in a common present and future. Aware of our social responsibility, we are proud partners in this project and commend the great humanitarian work that UNICEF has been successfully implementing for decades.”, Said the director of the Public Institution” Krka National Park “Krešimir Šakić.By donating to UNICEF, both institutions, which have been supporting local children’s projects for many years, are expanding the scope of child care to the entire territory of Croatia, and UNICEF is gaining a new ally to promote children’s rights, especially the most vulnerable groups. “We thank from the bottom of our hearts that both institutions that the world recognizes for the richness of natural diversity have recognized the importance of investing in children. We know that in addition to individual projects that improve children’s lives, we also need systematic and continuous investments for children living in different conditions – far from services and opportunities. For our part, we promise a sevenfold return on this investmente “, said during the signing Valentina Otmačić, head of the UNICEF office for Croatia.Research conducted in the US has shown that investments in vulnerable groups of children at an early age return to society sevenfold.
Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Share on Twitter Email LinkedIn I was never a believer. Sure, I forcibly showed up to Sunday school until eighth-grade confirmation spared me from the weekly burden. But I knew by age seven that Catholicism wasn’t for me. I’ve never turned back. At some point in my 20s, however, I started to feel unexpected pangs of jealousy when I’d jog past churches and catch a glimpse of parishioners shuffling into pews.It’s not that I question my secular ethical value system (I don’t) or that I feel untethered without a community of like-minded worshippers (nope). Instead, it’s the pre-fab sense of purpose that religion offers. Even without passions to pursue, talent to cultivate or emotional bonds to build, God-fearing folks automatically have something to live for. Absent the assurance of posthumous ascension, we non-believers need to find a reason to trek through the years. We could go the nihilistic route. But, not only does the prospect of living for nothing fill me with irrepressible despair; having a purpose, a new study says, also corresponds to heart health and longevity.To assess the relationship between sense of purpose, cardiovascular health and risk of death, psychologists evaluated 10 studies, involving over 136,000 participants, and published their analysis in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine. The studies mainly concerned American and Japanese adults, who averaged 67 years old and whose health and wellbeing researchers tracked for seven years, on average. During this time period, 14,500 participants died and over 4,000 had cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes. After crunching all the data, and taking into account other health factors, authors of the meta-study found a lower risk of mortality and cardiovascular hiccups among people with a high sense of purpose. The link between living longer and living for something persisted across both countries.“Sense of purpose” is, arguably, the sort of broad concept that eludes precise measure. Researchers included U.S. studies in which participants verbatim evaluated their purpose in life, as well as the meaning of life and their “usefulness to others.” Japaneses studies assessed a concept called “ikigai,” which roughly translates to a “life worth living.”“Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators,” said study author Alan Rozanski in a press release. “The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”These findings dovetail with an interesting body of work on the relationship between emotional and psychological well-being and longevity. For example, loneliness — another somewhat squishy notion — has been linked to shorter, sicklier lives. We shouldn’t hastily assert that any one component of our emotional lives has a specific and certain affect on physical health, but we also shouldn’t ignore what research continues to show: How we feel is relevant to how we fare.This article originally published by Van Winkle’s, vanwinkles.com, the editorial division of Casper Sleep
LinkedIn Share on Facebook It takes children until they are about 5 years old to learn to take turns with others, while the social skill seems to elude chimpanzees, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The findings show that 5-year-old children adopted a turn-taking strategy more effectively than their younger counterparts, suggesting that the skill emerges as children’s cognitive abilities mature.“Although chimpanzees and young children may be able to engage in reciprocal interactions that are driven by past events – ‘She was nice to me, so I will be nice to her now’ – this study shows that they are not able of prospective turn-taking and understanding the long-term benefits of taking turns,” says lead researcher Alicia Melis of Warwick Business School in the UK. “This suggests that more complex planning and reasoning skills are necessary for turn-taking.” Pinterest The ability to take turns to ensure future benefits is a fundamental and strategic social behavior that expands the range of cooperative behaviors humans exhibit. According to Melis, it allows individuals to cooperate even when they have conflicting interests or would otherwise compete with each other, such as when parents take turns picking children up at school or when drivers take turns merging into a single lane on the highway.To investigate children’s and chimpanzees’ turn-taking abilities, Melis and colleagues devised an experiment involving rewards placed on specially designed trays. Each pair of participants had to work together to pull the trays so that a reward – stickers for children, fruit for chimpanzees – would be reachable. Importantly, pulling one tray resulted in losing the reward on the other tray.The researchers tested a total of 96 preschoolers, half of whom were 3.5 years old and half of whom were 5 years old. Each age-matched pair completed 24 turn-taking trials. They also tested 12 chimpanzees, each of whom completed 48 trials with one partner and 48 trials with another partner.The results showed that the 5-year-old children managed to access a reward on 99.5% of the trials, while the 3.5 year-olds were successful on only 62.3% of the trials. The 5 year-olds also took turns more often than the 3.5 year-olds and their turn-taking increased as they completed more trials.The data showed that although some of the younger pairs eventually developed a turn-taking strategy, it took them awhile to do so – some of the 3.5 year-olds never resolved their conflict of interest.“Although young children are encouraged to take turns across many different situations, including in interactions with adults and when sharing resources with other children, our findings show that it was only from age 5 when the children were able to spontaneously take turns to solve a conflict of interests,” Melis explains.The chimpanzee pairs had a success rate similar to that of the younger children, accessing a reward about 64% of the time. All of the chimpanzee pairs were able to cooperate for at least several trials in a row, but none of the pairs adopted a consistent turn-taking strategy.These findings suggest that foregoing an immediate benefit to accommodate the desires of another individual is a cooperative strategy that may develop over time in humans but not in chimpanzees.“The fact that these skills in humans do not develop until age 5 suggests that turn taking requires sophisticated cognitive skills that may be lacking in chimpanzees,” the researchers write in conclusion.According to Melis, future work investigating the specific cognitive components underlying turn-taking can tease apart the relative importance of skills like the ability to think ahead and imagine future interactions, the ability to plan, and the ability to reason about fairness and mutual gain. Share on Twitter Share Email
A study published in Psychophysiology found that subjects who took part in cognitive training to improve working memory showed increased anxiety during a subsequent memory task, compared to the group who did not partake in any training.Anxiety disorders have been linked to impaired working memory, leading some researchers to suggest that improving working memory can alleviate anxiety. Findings on the subject, however, have been inconsistent.Study authors Christian Grillon and colleagues propose that improving working memory function might actually increase anxiety. They point to one cognitive theory that describes a “competition for resources” between emotion and cognition. According to this theory, anxiety impairs cognitive functioning by “diverting limited cognitive resources away from a task and toward threatening stimuli.” Improving working memory function might, therefore, free up resources that can be used for threat processing, leading to increased anxiety. Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Facebook Email Share “Understanding how working memory affects anxiety is the first step toward developing improved cognitive treatments,” the authors say.A study was conducted with a sample of 40 adults who were assigned to one of two conditions. Twenty participants took part in a working memory training session, while 20 control subjects did not. Next, all subjects participated in a series of working memory tasks that asked them to recall a letter presented on a computer screen either one position back (lower difficulty), or 3 positions back (higher difficulty).To induce anxiety, participants were informed they could be administered an unpleasant shock to the wrist at random times throughout the tasks, but only during a “threat period”, and not the “safe period”. To trigger their startle reflex, participants were also randomly sent bursts of white noise through headphones.Electrodes that were placed near the subjects’ eyes measured their startle magnitude. Anxiety-potentiated startle was measured by calculating the difference in startle magnitude during the threat condition and the safe condition, thereby measuring the extent that startling was intensified by anxiety.Results showed that for the control group, as the working memory task increased in difficulty, anxiety-potentiated startle dropped. This suggests that the more the memory task was challenging, the more it monopolized the subjects’ cognitive resources, leaving little resources for threat processing and thereby reducing their anxiety. Interestingly, in the high difficulty working memory task, subjects in the training condition showed greater anxiety-potentiated startle than did subjects in the control group. This suggests that the training session improved these subjects’ working memory, leaving more cognitive resources available to process threat, thus leading to increased anxiety.Grillon and colleagues conclude that boosting cognitive abilities can free up mental resources that can be used for “task-irrelevant processing” such as threat. They say, “In order to better understand the influence of cognitive control in anxiety, it will be important for future studies to clarify how working memory relates to the subjective experience of anxiety and defense survival mechanisms.”The study, “Better cognitive efficiency is associated with increased experimental anxiety”, was authored by Christian Grillon, Tiffany Lago, Sara Stahl, Alexis Beale, Nicholas Balderston, and Monique Ernst.
Share The Ladies’ Village Improvement Society of East Hampton re-opened on Friday, March 1, as “The Shops at LVIS.” The newly renovated barn, fashioned in the style of an elegant antiques shop, was also unveiled.