Election Results 2015: Dems Win Assembly Seats, 5 Return to O.C. School Board

first_imgThe school board includes nine members from Ocean City, who are elected to three-year terms in staggered years, and three members from Upper Township, who are appointed to one-year terms.Oves, 52, won his third term on the board. He is a retired teacher and helps run a family business on the boardwalk.Bauer, 74, is a retired teacher now serving his seventh term on the board.McAlister, 44, is an Egg Harbor Township teacher returns for her second term.Whelan, an attorney and Pfizer business executive, was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Pete Madden was elected to City Council. He will complete the final year of Madden’s term.Prettyman, a teacher at Mainland Regional High School, was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Ray Clark resigned. She will complete the final year of Clark’s term.The election also included uncontested races for:County Clerk: Rita Marie Fulginiti (12,377 votes county-wide)Cape May County Freeholder: Leonard C. Desiderio (11,757 votes) First District voters elected Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and R. Bruce Land to the state General Assembly on Tuesday.But the vote from heavily Republican Ocean City went to the two losing candidates, incumbent Sam Fiocchi and Jim Sauro.The unofficial election-night tally for all First District voters was as follows:Bob Andrzejczak (D): 18,690 (9,473 in Cape May County)R. Bruce Land (D): 17,730 (8,716 in Cape May County)Sam Fiocchi (R): 15,388 (8,192)Jim Sauro (R): 15,025 (7,569)In Ocean City, Fiocchi was the top vote-getter with 1,230 votes with Sauro at 1,160. Democrats Andrzejczak (956) and Land (880) were well behind.Voter turnout was light at 27.6 percent in the county and 25.6 percent in Ocean City.The ballot included uncontested races for the Ocean City Board of Education that included the following tallies.Full Three-Year Term (Three Seats): Thomas R. Oves Jr.: 1,649 H. James Bauer: 1,461Jacqueline McAlister: 1,391Unexpired One-Year Term (Two Seats): Jennifer (Tiffany) Prettyman: 1,446Gregory Whelan: 1,391last_img read more

Phish Explores 23+ Minute “Soul Planet” For Alpharetta Night Two [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Christian Stewart After a funky jam-filled Friday night at Encore Park, Phish returned to Alpharetta on Saturday to an even giddier crowd. Although the show was equally as sold out as it was on the first of the three nights, Saturday’s energy appeared even stronger and the headcount even larger.Phish has spent the last couple of weeks blazing a trail of hot first sets, therefore, fans were sure to wedge their way into the 12,000-capacity venue before the first note of “Bouncing Around the Room.” The last “Bouncing” opener was back in 11/28/03 during the 20th-anniversary tour and oh, the places they have gone since then. A mild opening song selection led to one of their more rocking tunes in the diverse repertoire with “Chalk Dust Torture.” After Friday night’s praise-worthy “Ghost,” the band once again got into it early with a ripping “Chalk Dust” out of the gate. Mike Gordon held down the fort with a chomped-out bass and built the bridge for Trey Anastasio to safely test his pedals on. Trey jerked and wailed throughout which may have sparked inspiration for the following NC-17 rated selection, “Fuck Your Face,” which gave the hyped-up venue an added bump of energy.Gordon showed off his greased-up groove during “Wolfman’s Brother,” working together with Page McConnell as he revved up the Clavinet. Trey decided to melt a few more faces with a delayed Tru-Tron effect that high-stepped around the first half of the early-show funk. Page switched over to grand piano, cementing a foundation for Trey to make the guitar scream as the previous song suggested. The “Wolfman’s” served as the highlight of the no-filler first set and confirmed that the band was Gorilla Glue gelling with no end in sight. Page’s bouncy bluegrass “Things People Do” off the Big Boat album found Jon Fishman chugging along the tracks with a simple train beat before delivering a dreamlike vocal section in the form of “Lengthwise.” Following the Rift studio album guidelines of yesteryear, “Maze” followed and gave Page a chance to show off his maddening B-3 organ technique. Trey trailed behind Page to execute an unhinged guitar solo before handing the song back to Mike for the usual sludgy bassline.“Waiting All Night” soothed the wound-up crowd and gave the dad-rock enthusiasts on the grass a chance to show off their socks-in-sandals dance moves. “Divided Sky” kept things light and airy. As per usual, the band took an extended pause to soak up the energy from the grateful and enthusiastic room. While there are only six words in the entire Junta released composition, it tells a beautiful story and gives each member of the audience time to drift away for about 16 minutes. Since stepping on stage in Georgia, Phish has displayed more soul, patience, and cohesiveness. The spot-on execution of a straight-forward “Divided Sky” gave way to a juiced-up “Character Zero.” As suggested in the lyrics, Trey did not rush out of the first set with this closer, but instead foot fucked the whammy pedal to funkify this commonly played ditty and douse the excited crowd before the break.The commonly-covered Talking Head’s tune, “Crosseyed and Painless”, opened the second set to 12-minutes of fearless fury. The Trey-led fuzzed out transition into Type II terrain found the redhead leapfrogging on the pedals, modifying and thickening his tone ever so delicately. The jam lifted off thanks to Mike’s driving bass and ended with a boiling teapot effect courtesy of Trey and Page. While “Soul Planet” might sound more like a Broadway musical number and less like a jam vehicle upon first listen, it is important to remember that critics also had their opinions on “Light,” “Fuego,” “Gotta Jibboo” and a long list of other new songs before Phish proved them wrong. Once again on the Summer 2018 Tour, the quartet proved that this cuddle-puddle love fest of a song has legs, fangs, and the ability to kill. Space exploration was the overall theme here. The 23-minute full-band take-down was not only the highlight of this show but arguably the entire tour.Trey was a man on a mission, inserting a fluttering guitar riff in between the storm of dank basslines and organ thumps from Mike and Page to begin the euphoric jam. Displaying patience on the Clavinet, Page created otherworldly lift-off that Fishman soon dissected into a bigger-picture map of peaks and valleys. Towards the end of this masterpiece, Gordon switched gears and made the bass sound more like a talking Gremlin which influenced Trey to experiment with his rig as well, leading to an extraterrestrial ending. The 35-minute “Crosseyed Soul Planet” magic is why fans run, fly, swim, drive, and couch surf for this band.Keeping the ocean in site during set two, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” allowed for more cosmic deep-sea Phishing. “ASIHTOS” didn’t drift too far from the shore, but the slow-skipping stone of a transition into “Piper” was a patient, collaborative effort that ensured night two, set two was another for the books. A slick echo effect provided by Trey signaled a swerving pit-stop and let Page take the wheel on several levels of the boards as Chris Kuroda guaranteed the installment was not only audibly, but visually stunning as well. Sailing upon a synth, “Piper” moved from a blissed-out safe space to something out of a sci-fi thriller. Mike rained down the fire bass sounds while Trey pierced the ears of attendees with pure diamonds before launching into another high-energy oldie-but-goodie in “Possum” for the third time this tour.Honky-tonk Page showed up to hammer away the grand piano and kept the tune right where it belonged while the crowd sang along to one of the band’s oldest and most played tunes. Trey showed the south that when marsupials are hit by cars, northeastern jam bands are inspired to play party hymns in memory. “Slave to the Traffic Light” finished off an encouraging, decade-hopping show that gave the Phish community hope for the future as the strongest song was also the most recently debuted.For those in attendance taking notes, Phish threw an inverted curveball when choosing Saturday night’s song placement, opening with the song that ends 1991’s Lawnboy (“Bouncing”) and closing the show with a song that introduces the album in “Squirming Coil.” Was there some type of intentionally-placed hidden message? The world may never know. Page finished the beloved “Coil” with a passionately executed solo as the rest of the band drifted off stage. The first two shows of the three-night weekend at Alpharetta have forcefully shifted the trajectory of tour and you know what they say about Sundays.You can download last night’s show via LivePhish here. The band concludes their run at Alpharetta tonight.Setlist: Phish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/4/18I: Bouncing Around the Room, Chalk Dust Torture, Fuck Your Face, Wolfman’s Brother, Things People Do, Lengthwise -> Maze, Waiting All Night, Divided Sky, Character ZeroII: Crosseyed and Painless > Soul Planet, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Piper > Possum > Slave to the Traffic LightE: The Squirming CoilPhish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/4/18 | Photos: Christian Stewartcenter_img Photo: Christian Stewartlast_img read more

Credit Union and PSCU partner to thwart nearly $300,000 in bogus bill pay transactions

first_imgWidely publicized data breaches at major retailers have opened everyone’s eyes to the threat of fraud on their credit and debit card accounts. Many consumers can relate personal experiences as the unfortunate victims of fraudsters who stole their payment card data for illegal use in unauthorized transactions. At best, the impact to the cardholder is inconvenience; at worst, the effect of fraud can be devastating and long lasting, especially if identity theft is involved.Fraudsters follow the money. And consumers may not realize that the bounty for today’s payments pirates extends beyond credit, debit and prepaid cards. Thieves in the digital age target the treasures in any payment account, and it is up to the vigilance and technology of the consumer’s financial institution to protect their members’ accounts – all their accounts – from unauthorized access and misuse. Fraud never sleeps, and that means a financial institution’s risk management measures must never rest. Members expect and deserve maximum protection from harm. It is an implied promise of the service experience.Here is a story that will alarm you on one level…and positively reassure and make you quite comfortable on another.Greenville Federal Credit Union (Greenville, S.C.; assets $200 million) is a long-time PSCU member-owner (since 1998) that offers credit card and bill pay processing services to its members through PSCU. In late 2015, someone unlawfully attempted to process fraudulent online bill payments using a member’s checking deposit account. The fraudster scheduled nearly two dozen payments totaling close to $300,000 to be paid to a variety of bogus “payees,” or accomplices. With the fraud scheme underway, the member was completely unaware of the attack on his bill pay account.Fraud is stealthy and silent that way. But thankfully in this case, so is fraud prevention.PSCU’s bill pay fraud detection platform looks at every scheduled bill payment from every bill pay subscriber and evaluates the transaction for its fraud potential. In this case, the fraud detection system immediately determined the member’s scheduled payments were at odds with the member’s previous bill payment history in terms of the amounts and the payees involved. The fraud detection software automatically cancelled the scheduled payments, and the credit union was able to notify the member of the brazen takeover attempt on his account. The proactive response of the system and risk analytics averted nearly $300,000 in fraudulent payments.“We were alerted of the bill pay fraud attempt by PSCU’s fraud prevention team,” noted Tommy Lentz, Member Support Manager for Greenville FCU. “They advised us that one of our members had been targeted for bill pay fraud with 20 payments totaling $298,000. The $298,000 of fraud was going to unknown individuals located in different states. The payments were scheduled to be processed overnight. PSCU immediately and accurately identified the payments as fraudulent. PSCU canceled the payments on our member’s behalf. We were then able to advise the member to change all passwords and close the account. Thanks to that vigilance, neither the member nor our credit union incurred any losses.”Greenville’s members conduct about 13,000 online bill payments per month worth about $3 million. “We regularly perform fraud monitoring on our own, but we also partner with PSCU’s fraud management team to help closely monitor our members’ activity for possible fraud. Their fraud prevention technology allows us to focus more of our energy on relationship building with our members. That’s real value and a big reason we’re owners in the PSCU cooperative.”Lentz further remarked, “PSCU’s fraud department is very responsive and makes the necessary adjustments to their fraud detection policies to stay ahead of the curve. PSCU’s fraud detection and prevention is one of those specialty areas where additional technology and resources can really help credit unions reduce fraud losses and at the same time increase member satisfaction with our services.”PSCU provides 24/7 fraud protection for its bill pay subscribers free of charge to credit unions. “It is part of our commitment to ensuring the best possible service experience for members,” said Mike Williams, SVP, Account Management for PSCU. “The last thing we want our member-owner credit unions and their members to worry about is the threat of fraud on their accounts. As our owners’ partner in risk management, we work hard to minimize their members’ exposure to fraud.” 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeremiah Lotz Jeremiah Lotz directs PSCU’s initiatives to empower the company’s Owner credit unions with innovative and engaging payment solutions. Lotz leads an experienced team dedicated to delivering PSCU’s credit, debit, prepaid, … Web: pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

Ambrose Efe: Mission to Derby County

first_imgEarlier in the month, Derby County manager, Frank Lampard was said to have been impressed by Efe in training, with the Nigerian possibly coming in on a free transfer as the former Chelsea midfielder had been keen to bring in defensive cover with only two senior centre-backs available for selection.Lampard has delved into the free agent market and former Celtic and Hibernian defender caught his eyes and the Nigerian has been training with the Rams since then.“I have found him very nice, very good, very friendly, so as a character I think he would be great for us anyway,” Lampard had said.He went on to outline some of the defender’s strengths with a move seemingly moving closer.“I watched a lot of him, I know his strengths. He is a tall defender, very committed, wants to play on the ball, and quick. It is just about making sure about his level of fitness and that both sides are happy it is going to work.”“Efe hasn’t played a competitive match since the end of December. It was good for us to have a look at him in this way. If a deal is done, we will let everybody know. We know we needed a centre-back,” Lampard had added. “I felt we would get someone but that didn’t happen. Efe is here outside of the window and if he can come in then great.”The 30-year-old defender left Hibernian in January on a mutual agreement to put an end to his two-year stay with the Hibs, having made 59 league appearances with the Easter Road outfit before his departure winning the 2017 Scottish Championship trophy.“I had other offers from abroad so when my agent called me and said Derby were interested and they had put an offer to us with Lampard, I said there is no second choice. That should be the first choice because for me, I’ve known Lampard since he was at Chelsea as a player and he has been my hero and someone I’ve always enjoyed watching play football. He is a legend so when he told me about Derby and Lampard, I’ve always watched the Championship and known about the passion,” Ambrose toldRamsTV.“Every player wants to make a mark and I want to do the best I can do to give back to the club. All I can do to make sure we are in the top six, the play-offs, or the coaches have said, automatic promotion, which is the best to put into the spirit of the players.“We are aiming for the top two places to get the automatic ticket so once you put that in your head then it’s a challenge and it’s not impossible. In the Championship, everyone is equal to everyone. Anyone can beat anyone when you are at your best so for me, I need to work hard, train hard and adapt quickly to help the team.“I know it’s a busy time playing every weekend and that’s the challenge I like. It’s competitive football that I like so I don’t have a problem with that. I want to prove myself and make sure to repay his trust in me and that is why I’m here.”Lampard had previously said that strengthening the defence was crucial if they are to maintain their Championship promotion challenge. “If not then we have two regular centre-halves that have been playing fantastically well all season.”“He brings competition at the centre-back area because we only had tworecognised centre-backs with the injuries that we’ve had this season. And he brings the experience of playing at Celtic many games, Hibernian, games internationally. So that may be a huge deciding factor in our season depending on how we go because we know we have a tough run of games and a busy fixture list,” Lampard said.“Sometimes you never know where football will take you but for me, it’s a dream to play down in England so getting the opportunity to play here is amazing,” Ambrose said.Ambrose is perhaps best known for his five-year stint at Celtic, where he replaced the former Owls captain Glenn Loovens and was a teammate of Gary Hooper but the Nigerian spent the best part of two years at Hibernian before engineering his own release earlier this month.After a good performance at the junior ranks, former national team coach, Stephen Keshi invited Ambrose Efe to the Super Eagles ahead of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the defender did repose the trust ‘Big Boss’ had on him as he stood like a Rock in the defence en route Nigeria’s third AFCON success. Dip in form; not having enough playing time however robbed Efe of his ambition of having a part at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.After failing to pin down a regular playing time under Coach BredanRogers at Celtic and as a way of playing himself back to reckoning into the national team after being ignored in two successive 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia and Algeria respectively, Ambrose Efe seek a loan deal to English second-tier side, Blackburn Rovers, but the non-issuance of work permit made him return to Celtic.The 30-year-old had stated that he is ready to continue “working hard and training hard. It’s difficult as a player you want to play, but as you know football has its ups and downs you have good days and bad days. For me, I keep working hard and training hard, I enjoy every moment I spend on the training field.“The manager has told me, he has seen me he knows my quality and the kind of player I am, but the most important thing for me is to start playing so when I start playing he can see me in a different way,” Ambrose was quoted by The Scotting Sun.Ambrose started his professional career at Kaduna United in 2006 and two years later, he was loaned to Bayelsa United for the 2008–09 season but remained with Kaduna United after helping them win promotion.He joined Israeli Premier League club FC Ashdod in June 2010 and left in 2012 to join Scottish Premier League club Celtic on a three-year contract.Ambrose was a member of the Nigerian national under-20 football team at 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. He later represented Nigeria U-23 and played two games at the 2008 Summer Olympics.He was called up to Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations playing five out of six games was named in the 2013 African Cup of Nations team of the tournament. He said winning the AFCON was his biggest achievement and one of the greatest moments of his life.He was selected for Nigeria’s squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a successful two-year stint at Hibernian in which  he made 59 league  appearances, winning  the Scottish  Championship, Ambrose Efe is hoping to consolidate his football career with Championship side, Derby County after the 30-year-old defender left Hibs in January on a mutual agreementRumour was rife early in January that Sheffield Wednesday are hoping that Ambrose Efe would engineer his own release from Hibernian and move to Hillsborough and therefore land the 30-year-old ahead of rival suitors such as Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.And with Sheffield Wednesday currently in possession of the Championship’s second-leakiest defence, a new centre-half is thought to be among Steve Bruce’s main priorities after being appointed a manager at Hillsborough, but it was not to be as the Nigerian international over the weekend sealed a short-term deal with Derby County after successful trials. 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first_imgFVAC hit the beach!It began Saturday at Templemore where Mark Connolly had assembled his senior squads targeting particular events in the months and importantly running on the grass. Mission accomplished!Sunday morning it’s off to Pollan Beach, Ballyliffin the scene of the Coastal Challenge each Easter Saturday.Well 60 young athletes assembled at Valley conditions ideal the journey to the Inishowen penninsula ahead and a great training day was had by all – a swim and a picnic thrown in for good measure. Meanwhile back at Valley track and field athletes going through their paces so all in all a really positive 2 days . A big thank you to the coaches at both locations and the parents who invariably are part of the team .Into the season ahead now schools cross country a trip to Mulladuff early October and a home venue at Castlefinn before we head into Ulster.ATHLETICS: PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC NEWS was last modified: September 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte remains in a critical condition in hospital more than a week after being found in a collapsed state on a Dublin street.Senator Jimmy HarteThe well-known politician was found close to his Dublin apartment with serious head injuries in the early hours of Saturday week last.It is understood Senator Harte suffered a fall and has been in a medically-induced coma since. His condition remains critical and he is still in the ICU department of Beaumont Hospital.Messages of support and goodwill have been flowing in for Jimmy, 55, and his family from across Donegal and Ireland as he battles to regain his health. SENATOR HARTE REMAINS IN ICU A WEEK AFTER ACCIDENT was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentcomaSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Day 1 at Building Science Summer Camp

first_imgThe Best and the Brightest Meet Every Year to Talk Green BuildingWhat did I do for summer vacation? I went to camp, met with our advisory team, learned about physics, ate food from Alaska, Dallas, Miami, and Maine. And there were Cubans with cigars, too.Building science summer camp is an information and consumption festival hosted by Building Science Corporation during the first week of August each year. Officially called the Westford Symposium on Building Science, the by-invitation-only summer camp attracts the best and the brightest in the commercial and residential building fields. There is also very good food, beer, wine, and cigars.Classes are held during the day at the Westford (Mass.) Regency Hotel and Conference Center. Networking and feasting opportunities occur at the clubhouse each night. The classes are taught by whoever Joe Lstiburek, Ph.D., one of the founders of Building Science Corporation, wants to invite. Typically these teachers are among the best in their fields. This year was no different.Each day opens with a rundown of the menu by the chef, Pete Consigli.Summer camp participants do their best to out-do each other each year with their native cuisines. The Alaskans bring halibut and salmon, the Texans bring a steer and slow-roast the brisket, and then there’s the North Carolina barbeque, the Maine clams and mussels, etc. Consigli’s opening comments this year: “The food at summer camp can be summed up three ways: best quality, huge variety, and a hell of a lot of it.”Even smart people get confused.Lstiburek likes to say that he’s not a consultant, he’s an insultant. Anton TenWolde, Ph.D., added another layer to the title game: confusant.After recently retiring from the USDA Forest Products Lab, physicist TenWolde discovered that the stuff he thought he knew he may not know so well. His eyes lit up when someone raised a hand during his presentation and said, “I’m confused.”There’s a lot to learn from the stuff TenWolde doesn’t know. Here’s what I learned:A lot of water in houses comes from people, but it isn’t all from respiration (breathing). A lot can come from transpiration (sweating) too—up to 3 lb. of water per day per person. Coupled with respiration, a family of five dumps up to 33 gal. of water into a house every day.Foundations add a lot of water to a house, too: 0.4 kG per sq. m. per day (about a gal. per 44 sq. ft.) evaporate from bare soil in a crawl space.It takes six weeks for a sliver of wood to come to moisture equilibrium with its surroundings. And then Lew Harriman asked if we could all underline that in our notes: SIX WEEKS for a teeny piece of wood to come to equilibrium with its environment through ‘sorption. So the oak flooring probably ought to be in the room for more than a couple of days before installation.Houses can be a huge part of the solution to our energy problem. Ren Anderson works at the National Renewable Energy Lab and is interested in Net Zero Energy Houses. It’s pretty well known that we can use a lot less power in houses. On Day 1 at camp he talked a lot about the challenge of syncing up local power generation with grid demands. Many houses can generate a lot of power with photovoltaics (PV), but can they provide electricity to the grid when the grid needs it most—during the hot part of the day when everyone flips on the AC?I learned that:Today’s houses are much bigger than houses from the ’50s.Today’s houses use much more energy.While today’s big houses use less energy per square foot, it’s total energy use that’s important because we don’t make power by the square foot, but by the kilowatt.Small houses are more efficient at space heating than large houses; small houses use a smaller percentage of total energy for space heating.Large houses get better RESNET scores than small houses because RESNET is based on performance per square foot. For this reason, RESNET (and Energy Star) is biased toward larger houses (but the Energy Star bias may be changing).It is very cost effective to slash home energy use by 50%. The second 50%, to get to zero energy, is less cost effective at current energy prices. If energy prices go up (which they may), higher efficiencies will be very cost effective too.PV panels on houses can provide peak power to the grid if the panels are turned to face west rather than south, because their generation curve will be shifted an hour or two later in the day—just when the grid needs electricity.Eighty percent of the houses in America are built by 20% of the builders. Production builders risk going the way of GM if they don’t lead the world in energy efficiency.At the clubhouse, I learned that more and more regional green-building programs, such as Earth Craft House from Atlanta and Earth Advantage from Oregon, are expanding. Earth Craft is in six southeastern states and Earth Advantage is moving toward New England. This may mean that the big national programs need to get their acts together and start making sense.—Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.last_img read more

A Spotlight on Building Resilience: The Daily Influence of Positive Emotions

first_imgBy: Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFTPixabay[Emoticons by freeGraphicToday on November 25, 2017, CC0]Stress and anxiety can sometimes make it hard to focus on the good and simple things in life. We all have bad days, where the negatives seem to outweigh the positives. How can we foster experiences of happiness, gratitude, contentment, and love during times of hardship? These positive emotions play a pivotal role in in our ability to cope through adversity.Dr. Michele Tugade, Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Vassar College, presents this two minute lecture series on how experiencing positive emotions actually increases resilience when we face adversity. But what is resilience? According to Tugade, resilience is the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing stress.She specializes in the field of Positive Psychology, which focuses on positive emotions and people’s strengths when facing difficult times. She gives insight on the role that positive emotions can play; that they can be a time for reflection where you can broaden your scope of thoughts and can lead to seeing the world in a new light. These emotions also build up important resources and a bank of accumulated positivity that people can access during difficult times.Dr. Tugade doesn’t discount the experiences of negative emotions either. In fact, she highlights their benefits as part of the human experience. When we face a challenge or a stressor, negative emotions like anger and fear prepare and motivate us to either face that challenge head on or to live to fight another day.Putting positivity into practice can be as simple as smiling at a stranger you pass on the sidewalk or holding the door open for someone. Small acts of kindness like these can go a long way with people.Want to learn more about positive emotions and resilience? MFLN Family Development has resources for you! Be sure to check out one of our past blog’s here on using positive emotions in everyday life. Also, watch our webinar, “Bending, Not Breaking: Resilience and the Role of Positive Emotions during Times of Stress,” from our 2017 Virtual Learning Conference.ReferencesDon’t Worry, Be Happy. (2009). Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ6Vv8gHq8wThis post was written  by Jason M. Jowers, MS, MFT, of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can also listen to our Anchored. podcast series via iTunes and our website.last_img read more

Those conspiring for President’s Rule in Maharashtra are insulting people’s mandate: Sanjay Raut

first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed there was a “consensus” between the BJP and his party before the Maharashtra Assembly elections on sharing the chief minister’s post.Amid the stalemate continuing over government formation in the state, Mr. Raut told reporters here that no fresh proposal has been received from the BJP or sent to it.He claimed farmers and the working class want a Shiv Sena chief minister and have hopes and expectations from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.To a question on when there would be a consensus on the chief minister’s post, the Rajya Sabha member said, “There was a consensus on the post before elections.”Ruling out any new proposal for government formation, Mr. Raut reiterated that the Shiv Sena expects implementation of what was decided and agreed upon before the elections.“Why waste time on new proposals. We want a discussion on what was agreed upon earlier. No new proposal has been received or sent,” he said.On the possibility of imposition of President’s rule in the state, Mr. Raut said, “We will not be responsible for it. Those conspiring to do this are insulting the people’s mandate.”He said wherever Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray, who won the state polls from Worli seat in Mumbai, were touring to review crop losses due to unseasonal rains, the farmers and working class were looking at the party with hopes and expectations.“All are eager to have chief minister from the Shiv Sena,” he said.Mr. Raut refused to respond to a question on whether the NCP has agreed to share the chief minister’s post. “We will talk about it,” he said.The Sharad Pawar-led NCP on Tuesday said a political alternative can be worked out in the state if the Shiv Sena declared that it had snapped ties with the BJP.Sources in the NCP said their party wants Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena minister in the Union government, to resign before going ahead further with the Sena.There has been no headway in government formation after results of the state polls were declared on October 24.The BJP, which won 105 seats, and the Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, are locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of the chief minister’s post and ministerial portfolios in new government, even 13 days after the Assembly poll verdict handed them enough seats to cobble up a coalition government.They won 161 seats together in the 288-member House, much above the halfway mark of 145.Besides, the opposition NCP won 54 seats while the Congress got 44 seats.last_img read more