AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreChange is hard. New Year’s resolutions almost always fail. But at The Energy Project, we have developed a way of making changes that has proved remarkably powerful and enduring, both in my own life and for the corporate clients to whom we teach it.Our method is grounded in the recognition that human being are creatures of habit. Fully 95 percent of our behaviors are habitual, or occur in response to a strong external stimulus. Only 5 percent of our choices are consciously self-selected.In 1911, the mathematician Alfred North Whitehead intuited what researchers would confirm nearly a century later. “It is a profoundly erroneous truism,” he wrote, “that we should cultivate the habit of thinking of what we are doing. The precise opposite is the case. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.”Most of us wildly overvalue our will and discipline. Ingenious research by Roy Baumeister and others has demonstrated that our self-control is a severely limited resource that gets progressively depleted by every act of conscious self-regulation.CHECK Out: 4 Quick Tips to Find—and Keep—HappinessIn order to make change that lasts, we must rely less on our prefrontal cortex, and more on co-opting the primitive parts of our brain in which habits are formed.Put simply, the more behaviors are ritualized and routinized — in the form of a deliberate practice — the less energy they require to launch, and the more they recur automaticallyWhat follows are our six key steps to making change that lasts:1. Be Highly Precise and Specific. Imagine a typical New Year’s resolution to “exercise regularly.” It’s a prescription for failure. You have a vastly higher chance for success if you decide in advance the days and times, and precisely what you’re going to do on each of them.Say instead that you commit to do a cardiovascular work out Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m., for 30 minutes. If something beyond your control forces you to miss one of those days, you automatically default to doing that workout instead on Saturday at 9 a.m.Researchers call those “implementation intentions” and they dramatically increase your odds of success.2. Take on one new challenge at a time. Over the years, I’ve established a broad range of routines and practices, ranging from ones for weight training and running, to doing the most important thing first every morning without interruption for 90 minutes and then taking a break to spending 90 minutes talking with my wife about the previous week on Saturday mornings.In each case, I gave the new practice I was launching my sole focus. Even then, in some cases, it’s taken several tries before I was able to stay at the behavior long enough for it to become essentially automatic.Computers can run several programs simultaneously. Human beings operate best when we take on one thing at a time, sequentially.3. Not too much, not too little. The most obvious mistake we make when we try to change something in our lives is that we bite off more than it turns out we can chew. Imagine that after doing no exercise at all for the past year, for example, you get inspired and launch a regimen of jogging for 30 minutes, five days a week. Chances are high that you’ll find exercising that much so painful you’ll quit after a few sessions.It’s also easy to go to the other extreme, and take on too little. So you launch a 10-minute walk at lunchtime three days a week and stay at it. The problem is that you don’t feel any better for it after several weeks, and your motivation fades.The only way to truly grow is to challenge your current comfort zone. The trick is finding a middle ground — pushing yourself hard enough that you get some real gain, but not too much that you find yourself unwilling to stay at it.4. What we resist persists. Think about sitting in front of a plate of fragrant chocolate chip cookies over an extended period of time. Diets fail the vast majority of time because they’re typically built around regularly resisting food we enjoy eating. Eventually, we run up against our limited reservoir of self control.The same is true of trying to ignore the Pavlovian ping of incoming emails while you’re working on an important project that deserves your full attention.The only reasonable answer is to avoid the temptation. With email, the more effective practice is turn it off entirely at designated times, and then answer it in chunks at others. For dieters, it’s to keep food you don’t want to eat out of sight, and focus your diet instead on what you are going to eat, at which times, and in what portion sizes. The less you have to think about what to do, the more successful you’re likely to be.5. Competing Commitments. We all derive a sense of comfort and safety from doing what we’ve always done, even if it isn’t ultimately serving us well. Researchers Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey call this “immunity to change.” Even the most passionate commitment to change, they’ve shown, is invariably counterbalanced by an equally powerful but often unseen “competing” commitment not to change.Here’s a very simple way to surface your competing commitment. Think about a change you really want to make. Now ask yourself what you’re currently doing or not doing to undermine that primary commitment. If you are trying to get more focused on important priorities, for example, your competing commitment might be the desire to be highly responsive and available to those emailing you.For any change effort you launch, it’s key to surface your competing commitment and then ask yourself “How can I design this practice so I get the desired benefits but also minimize the costs I fear it will prompt?”6. Keep the faith. Change is hard. It is painful. And you will experience failure at times. The average person launches a change effort six separate times before it finally takes. But follow the steps above, and I can tell you from my own experience and that of thousands of clients that you will succeed, and probably without multiple failures.Tony Schwartz is the president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working. 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The University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center has opened a Genomic Medicine laboratory to expand its use of advanced genetic testing that doctors can use to develop treatments tailored to individual patients. By pinpointing genetic variations related to a patient’s disease or disease risk, genomic testing leads to a more accurate diagnosis which may allow providers to choose a therapy targeted at the underlying cause of a specific patient’s illness. Since early 2016, patients of the UVM Health Network with solid cancers – such as lung, colon and melanoma – have benefitted from genomic testing, which is only available at a limited number of academic medical centers in the U.S. The new lab will allow testing of blood cancers, cardiovascular disease and neurological conditions, among other illnesses. Highlights:Genomic testing allows for “personalized medicine”. Testing will expand from cancer to other conditions.Availability of genomic testing is limited nationally.“What was once thought of as lung cancer is now known to be many types of a disease that reacts differently to varying treatments,” said Debra Leonard, MD, PhD, chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the UVM Health Network and Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine. “With the precision treatments made possible by genome sequencing, some of our patients have had their tumors decrease in size.”“Genomic medicine provides the fundamental medical information we need to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment, which is critically important as we move to a health care model that emphasizes keeping people healthy,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center. “This is a great advance for the UVM Health Network and the patients and families we serve.”“I want to congratulate Dr. Leonard and her team for successfully pursuing the goal of offering our patients leading-edge genomic testing,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. “It’s this kind of dedication to improving patient care that has made us one of the top academic medical centers in the nation.”“In addition to its expected benefits for patients, the establishment of this laboratory also provides an unparalleled opportunity for health care services research, including whether accessing genomic information leads to better outcomes for patients and more cost-effective care,” said Frederick Morin, MD, dean of the Larner College of Medicine. “The way we are bringing genome sequencing into clinical medicine should make UVM a model system for others to emulate.””Our sincerest thanks to everyone at the UVM Medical Center and UVM Medical Group who supported our vision to take this exciting step in the development of our Genomic Medicine program,” said Nikoletta Sidiropoulos, MD, the program’s medical director. “Personalized therapy and prevention informed by genomics will become a significant part of medical care in the coming years, and we are determined that our patients will fully benefit from the promise of Genomic Medicine,” she added. The 5,000 square foot facility consolidates UVM Medical Center’s genomic testing into one clinical laboratory space specifically designed for this purpose. The different steps of genomic testing will be performed across three separate specially designed rooms to meet regulatory requirements.About the University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) is a 447 bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network(link is external), a five-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve.Source: UVMMC. 1.27.2017. For more information on Genomic Medicine at the UVM Medical Center, visit the website(link is external).For more information visit www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenter(link is external) or visit our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenterSocialMedia(link is external)
Vermont Business Magazine Bluehouse Group, a digital marketing and web design firm, has hired Michelle Massa(link is external) as the company’s marketing director. Massa brings nearly 20 years of marketing and business development experience in local and global markets. She will manage marketing operations within Bluehouse Group and provide expanded online marketing services to help clients reach their marketing goals. Bluehouse Group is committed to a flexible workplace environment, which includes flexible hours, a work-life balance and remote work opportunities for staff.Greg Brand, president of Bluehouse Group, remarks, “Bluehouse Group had its best year ever in 2016, and hiring a new marketing director will help us build on that momentum. It can be a challenge for many Vermont companies to find and retain talented people. That’s why we’ve built an appealing company culture, providing a flexible work environment, including working remotely and flexible hours to accommodate family life. Partly through our membership in Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility(link is external), we’ve learned that taking care of our people enables us to build a stronger team.”Massa met Brand at a VBSR conference in 2016 where he spoke about how to make remote work successful for employers and employees. Michelle accepted the position at Bluehouse in 2017 knowing that she could work part time from home. Thanks to non-profit internet provider, ECFiber(link is external), Michelle is able to work from her home in rural Vershire and commute as needed to the Burlington office or client meetings.“ECFiber was a game-changer for me and potentially the economy in central Vermont,” said Massa. “I was on satellite internet and leapfrogged DSL altogether – straight to Fiber. Major productivity gains!”In 2016, Bluehouse Group moved its office from Richmond to the Hood Plant building on South Winooski Avenue in downtown Burlington.“This was a great move for many reasons, including lessening our carbon footprint”, says Brand. “Several folks walk or ride their bike to work. We walk up Church Street for lunch. We love being in the middle of Burlington’s creative tech community.”About Bluehouse GroupBluehouse Group is a full-service digital marketing agency in Burlington. For nearly 20 years, the company has been creating commercial-grade websites and web applications that get results. With a local team of experienced developers, marketers and project managers, Bluehouse Group serves as a strategic web partner for organizations in Vermont and beyond. VBM vermontbiz.comSource: Burlington, VT – June 14, 2017 – Bluehouse Group www.BluehouseGroup.com(link is external)
University of Vermont,UVM Sophomore environmental studies major Alysa Kelly, one of 20 EcoReps at the university, helps manage a Weigh the Waste event at a UVM dining hall. The idea? “We want students to realize that, even though they’re putting food in the compost bin, it’s still waste,” says fellow student EcoRep Lucy McGrew. (Photo: Brian Jenkins)Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont is ranked #4 in Princeton Review’s recently released Guide to 375 Green Colleges, 2017. The guide highlights the top colleges and universities among 2,000 schools the Princeton Review considered. UVM ranked first this year among institutions with larger populations. Five of the top ten colleges have 10,000 or more students.“UVM’s commitment to the environment, both in academics and in our sustainable practices, is a core part of the university’s identity and a key element of our appeal for current and prospective students,” said UVM president Tom Sullivan. “We’re pleased and proud that the Princeton Review has recognized UVM’s commitment by ranking us near the top of an elite list of the greenest schools in the country.”According to the more than 10,000 high school students and their parents who participated in the Princeton Review’s 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64 percent said that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.The Princeton Review ranks schools based on its “Green Rating” score, tallied from institutional data the publication obtained from school administrators and from surveys emailed to students at colleges across the country on issues such as how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; the visibility and impact of student environmental groups; whether students have a quality of life on campus that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy; and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.UVM scored 98 of a possible 99 total points.This year’s high ranking in Princeton Review’s Green Colleges guide shows the effects of “a virtuous cycle,” says Gioia Thompson, director of UVM’s Office of Sustainability. “Students are attracted to UVM for the commitments they see to social justice and environmental responsibility,” she said. “Then they come to campus, get involved in this community and make their own commitments to living more sustainably. Some take on special projects and leadership roles, investing their time in helping the university itself make further progress. Faculty and staff working on sustainability topics often collaborate with students as they seek to understand problems, explain options and bring about change.”Earlier this year the University of Vermont received a STARS Gold rating(link is external) for its sustainability efforts from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university’s score of 70.87 placed it among the top 12 percent of all 770 institutions. Key to UVM’s success are its university-wide general education requirement for undergraduates; its strong policy record on climate action, diversity and equity; and its early adoption of best practices in planning and campus operations.Source: UVM 10.18.2017
Vermont Business Magazine Personal Income Tax revenues for last month surged and are running ahead of projections. General Fund revenues collected for the month of December totaled $139.62 million, $8.19 million above the consensus cash flow expectation for the month. The monthly consensus cash flow targets were established by the Emergency Board on July 21, 2017 and reflect the General Fund receipts estimated to be collected each month. December marks the sixth month and the halfway point of fiscal year 2018. Actual December collections exceeded expectations most significantly in the Personal and the Corporate Income Tax categories, by $6.18 million and $3.86 million respectively. All other components of the General Fund were either slightly ahead, or only slightly behind, their monthly targets. At this midpoint in fiscal year 2018, the General Fund is $13.43 million ahead of the con-sensus forecast for the first half of the year. Of note, Personal Income Tax collections have exceeded year to date expectations by $9.85 million.“December’s results put the General Fund deeper into positive territory. It is a development that again underscores the volatility in personal income tax collections that we have experienced this year,” stated Secretary of Administration Susanne Young. “The increase may reflect expedited payments in December that might not have been made until later in the fiscal year due to Vermont taxpayers planning for changes in the tax deductibility of State and Local Taxes in tax year 2018. We look forward to the analysis and recommendation from our state and legislative economists that will be offered at this week’s Emergency Board meeting.”The Transportation Fund collected $22.29 million for the month of December, +$0.86 million ahead of its $21.44 million tar-get. All components of the Transportation Fund were modestly above target for the month, except for the Gasoline Tax which was down slightly by -$0.73 million. Year to date, the Transportation Fund is ahead of its cumulative target by +$2.36 million.The Education Fund collected $14.58 million for the month, -$0.67 million below the consensus target of $15.25 million. Year to date, the Education Fund is ahead of its cumulative target by $0.19 million.The consensus revenue forecast for fiscal year 2018 is currently being reviewed by the state and legislative economists, as is usu-ally done this time of the year. Their recommendation whether to adjust the forecast for the second half of this budget year and for fiscal years 2019 and 2020 will be presented to the Emergency Board on January 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m., Governor’s Ceremonial Office, State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont.
Disability Rights Florida seeks board members Disability Rights Florida seeks board members Disability Rights Florida — a federally funded, protection and advocacy system serving individuals with disabilities throughout the state for 40 years — is seeking volunteer attorneys with strong records of personal or professional involvement in developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, or vocational rehabilitation to serve on its governing board. “Attorneys or other professionals with experience in financial management, accounting, organizational leadership and board governance who are committed to our purpose are also encouraged to apply,” according to the independent, not-for-profit organization headquartered in Tallahassee, with offices in Gainesville, Tampa, and Hollywood. Disability Rights Florida is governed by a 15-member board of directors that approves overall policy, goals, and budgets that meets quarterly. Members of the board serve without compensation, but are reimbursed for ordinary and necessary expenses of attending board meetings. Fundraising is not required. For more information, visit www.disabilityrightsflorida.org or email Executive Director Maryellen McDonald at [email protected] February 1, 2017 Regular News
Photo courtesy of Tipp County Board Tipperary senior hurler Michael Cahill is likely to miss the Munster senior hurling championship with an injury to his kneecap.It’s reported that he collided with a team-mate during training, forllowing which he was taken to hospital and had to undergo surgery.The injury comes just as the Sars man was returning to training following a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered last year in club action.
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Meghan McCain announced Sunday that she is pregnant with her first child.The View co-host, 35, and her husband Ben Domenech wed in November 2017.“My husband Ben and I have been blessed to find out I’m pregnant,” McCain wrote in her announcement on Instagram. “Although this isn’t how I expected to announce my pregnancy, both we and our families are excited to share the news with you all.”The news comes amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Fellow co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar are staying home as a precautionary measure over concerns during the pandemic.While McCain is in good health, she made the decision to co-host from home. “I consulted with my doctors and they advised me that for the safety of our baby and myself, I should be extra vigilant about limiting the amount of people we come in contact with,” she said in her post Sunday. “Starting immediately, I’ll be joining the millions of Americans who are self-isolating as a precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”“As a result, I will be appearing on The View from home via satellite,” McCain continued. “I’m fortunate that my employer, ABC, has allowed me and my co-hosts to work remotely. I am indebted to our producers and crew.”The setup will be similar to how Goldberg co-hosted the Emmy-winning daytime talk show last week. “I will continue to see you each morning on ‘The View,’” said McCain, joined the show in October 2017.
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The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2017/2018 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its eleventh year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club; to date the GAA has invested over €2million in the past decade that the Bursary Schemes have been in existence. Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €750 in Munster, Leinster and Connacht (Ulster Amount TBC)Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download from gaa.ie, the various GAA Provincial Council websites and offices and from the Higher Education Colleges website he.gaa.ie. Students should apply using the relevant application form to the Provincial Council of their home GAA Club.All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications is Friday October 6th.Senior Inter-County players who were on their County’s Senior Panel in 2017 should apply for Bursaries via the Gaelic Players Association; further information at gaelicplayers.com.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The schemes are administered by the respective Provincial Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.
Semi-Finals: Saturday 10th [email protected] 1.30pmKilglass Gaels v Clonbur @ Tuam StadiumA v Balla @ Sligo/Carrick on ShannonFINAL: Saturday 17th November Pre Lim: Sunday 4th November2.00pm: A: Tourlestrane v Ballintubber @ Enniscrone1.00pm: B: Clann Na Gael v Tír Chonnall Gaels @ Hyde ParkSemi-Finals Sunday 11th November1.30pm – FINISH ON DAYAughawillan v A @ Carrick on ShannonCorofin/MB/Moy v B @ Hyde ParkFINAL: Sunday 25th November MINOR ‘B’ CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPALL GAMES IN COE – Finish on the DaySemi Finals: Tuesday 30th OctoberClaremorris v Mountbellew/MoyloughTourlestrane v St DominicsFINAL: Friday 2nd November COE AIB CLUB SENIOR FOOTBALLCHAMPIONSHIP AIB CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALLCHAMPIONSHIPExtra Time in all games – FINISH ON DAYPre Lim: Saturday 3rd November2.00pm: A: Fenagh v Shamrock Gaels @ EnniscroneSemi-Finals Saturday 10th November1.30pm:Fuerty/Oran v Fenagh/Shamrock Gaels @ Hyde Park/Sligo VenueAn Spideal v Belmullet @ Tuam StadiumFINAL: Sunday 18th November Extra Time in all games AIB CLUB INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPSemi Final: Saturday 9th November1.00pm: Tooreen v St Gabriels @ RuislipFINAL: Saturday/Sunday 24th /25th NovemberTooreen/St Gabriels v Galway @ Athleague AIB CLUB JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPExtra Time in all gamesSemi-Finals: Monday 29th October3.00pmA: Coolera/Strandhill v Carrick HC @ CarrickFINAL: Saturday 3rd NovemberSligo/Leitrim v Galway @ COE CONNACHT U16 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPSaturday 3rd November @ COEFINALMeelick/Eyrecourt v Four Roadsprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email MINOR ‘A’ CLUB FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPALL GAMES IN COE – Finish on the DaySemi Finals: Tuesday 30th October @ 8.30pmWestport v Salthill/KnocknacarraSt Marys v St BrigidsFINAL: Friday 2nd November @ COE AIB CLUB JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPExtra Time in all gamesPre Lim: Saturday 3rd November2.00pm: Easkey v Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher @ Carrick on Shannon
Transfer Rumours:Transfer news: Chelsea and Liverpool face competition in battle to sign Santos starlet Thiago MaiaParis Saint-Germain starlet Mahamadou Dembele set to snub Liverpool interest and sign new deal with French giantsSaint-Etienne want £12m for defender targeted by Manchester United and West HamManchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho adds THIRD Atletico Madrid star to summer shopping listArsenal transfer update: Spanish reports claim Barcelona will sell Arda Turan in the summerJuventus join Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Schalke star Leon GoretzkaManchester United transfer news: Red Devils to reignite interest in Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman?Transfer news: Anderlecht ace admits he is eyeing Premier League move amid reported Crystal Palace and Leicester interestSead Kolasinac latest: Move to Arsenal NOT agreed as AC Milan battle to land Schalke defenderArsenal and Everton target Bjorn Engels would relish Premier League move Here are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Everton have slapped a mammoth £100million price tag on striker Romelu Lukaku a bid to keep him at the club. (Liverpool Echo)Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly ready to spend £100m to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea this summer. (Daily Star)But reports in Spain suggest the Belgian star has already agreed a deal to join Real when the transfer window reopens. (Don Balon)Arsenal will push Alexis Sanchez towards a move to Paris Saint-Germain if he cannot agree a deal to stay with the Gunners, with the club unwilling to allow the Chilean to join Chelsea or Manchester City. (The Sun)Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of number one summer target Alvaro Morata, who has told Real Madrid he is leaving the Spanish giants in the summer (Diario Gol)John Terry could stay in the Premier League when he leaves Chelsea at the end of the season, with West Brom currently favourites to sign the defender on a free transfer. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United could sell Juan Mata to Turkish club Besiktas in the summer, IF the Red Devils sign his replacement – Benfica’s 23-year-old midfielder Anderson Talisca. (Daily Express)Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is set to leave Anfield in the summer after ten years at the club. (Daily Telegraph)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines: