Put it in your calendars now, as we are VERY excited to announce that Equifunk: The All-Inclusive Music Festival will be back the weekend of August 16-18, 2013! On the heels of their incredible 5th Anniversary last summer, the Equifunk team is working harder than ever to make sure that there will be plenty of pool splashing and the roof of the E-Rena gets blown off.Live for Live Music is proud to have been apart of Equifunk’s Fifth Anniversary celebration last year, and hope that you will join us to make this one-of-a-kind festival even bigger and better than last year. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced. We can’t wait to announce the initial lineup, but you’re just going to have to wait patiently. Until then, check out our coverage of Equifunk 2012, which had amazing performance from Galactic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, The Pimps of Joytime, Suckerpunch, Orgone, and many others.Early-Bird tickets for Equifunk will be available soon. Stay tuned to Live for Live Music for more details as they are made available, and for some other exciting Equifunk news as well.
One of my personal favourite places in the world is Haida Gwaii — the Queen Charlotte Islands — off the coast of British Columbia. The diversity of life there in the cold nutrient-rich waters, on the shorelines and in the old-growth forests, is simply astonishing. I’m hardly alone. Lodges and retreats are popping up all along B.C.’s pristine mid and north coast as people search for places to get away from the stress of their everyday lives. People gravitate to these kinds of places, they usually say, because they are beautiful, peaceful, or relaxing. Sometimes they will venture as far as calling experiences with these ecosystems uplifting, moving — even spiritual. For others, it’s a feeling that’s difficult to describe in words, but being in nature just somehow makes them feel better. Although many people may not realize it, there’s actual biological value in having experiences with nature, value that is measurable and quantifiable. It’s long been established that general health, mental fatigue and physical injury all recover faster when patients have access to natural areas. Studies have shown, for example, that surgery patients recover more quickly when they have views of natural landscapes outside their windows, rather than views of bricks and concrete. Some people attribute this connection with nature to the perceived benefits of having access to fresh air and fewer distractions. But it actually goes much deeper. Famed Harvard ecologist E. O. Wilson calls this connection to the natural world biophilia. It’s a term he coined and it simply means that he believes humans have an innate kinship with other living things. So I’m sure Dr. Wilson wasn’t the least bit surprised by a recent study published in the science journal Biology Letters. The study found that the psychological benefits of urban greenspaces increase with the diversity of life found in them. Researchers interviewed more than 300 park-goers in the medium-sized city of Sheffield, England, and compared their answers to an analysis of the species richness, or biodiversity, of their parks. They found that while the overall size of a park influenced the visitor’s perception of how it made them feel, even more important was the diversity of life. Bigger parks made people feel better, yes. But species-rich parks were even more beneficial. In fact, the researchers report that visitors to the greenspaces were actually able to consciously perceive differences in species diversity — especially with plants. As it turns out, when it comes to our health and well-being, not all parks are created equal. Simply providing a grass field, for example, is likely to be far less beneficial than a natural area with a greater diversity of plant and animal life. We now know that humans are able to, consciously or otherwise, judge the overall diversity and vibrancy of greenspaces. What’s more, the more diverse and vibrant those ecosystems are, the greater their value to humanity in terms of our own personal health and well being. With three quarters of Canadians now living in urban areas, we must hope that our city planners and municipal politicians are paying attention to this kind of research. It underscores the need to both protect our most diverse ecosystems, and to design our cities to have larger and more green spaces. Ultimately, our health depends on it. Take the Nature Challenge and learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.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 MoreAddThisMoreWhen your mom told you to go outside and play — she really did know what was best for you. Just being outdoors or having access to the natural world has been proven to have physical and mental health benefits. And new research has now found that the more diverse and vibrant an ecosystem is, the healthier it is for us.
Source: KILLINGTON, Vt. (December 17, 2020) – Killington Resort In 1937 on Thanksgiving morning, a legend was born: Pico Mountain Ski Resort. Although it was humbly equipped with only a 1,200’ rope tow powered by a Hudson motor car engine, skiers – true skiers – loved it. Since then a lot has changed, but the love for the mountain still lives today, and it’s as strong as ever. Families and skiing traditionalists now enjoy 58 trails and a terrain park serviced by seven lifts, including two high-speed detachable quads. With more vertical drop than 80% of New England ski areas, Pico Mountain is your home for family mountain fun with big mountain terrain and small mountain charm. Pico is part of the POWDR(link is external) portfolio. Visit www.picomountain.com(link is external) for more information and be social with #mypicomtn. Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Pico Mountain to Open with Operation Stay Safe to Ensure Wellbeing of Staff, Guests and Community; Parking Reservations Required this Winter. Photo courtesy Pico.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Pico Mountain(link is external), part of the POWDR adventure lifestyle company, will kick off the 2020-21 winter season at 8:30 am on Saturday, December 19, 2020, welcoming Pico season pass and day ticket holders who have met Vermont quarantine requirements.On Opening Day, the first 70 guests in line at the Golden Express Quad will receive a voucher to be exchanged for a YETI Rambler Mug in Pico’s base lodge retail shop. The resort plans to run the Golden Express Quad and Summit Express Quad opening weekend.“We’re happy to welcome back skiers and riders to Pico Mountain and ask that guests help us protect the season by following resort and state health guidelines as part of Operation Stay Safe,” says Rich McCoy, director of operations at Pico Mountain. “Our top priory at Pico Mountain is the wellbeing of all and we are confident that by managing the number of people visiting at any given time, we will be able to properly physical distance staff and guests alike while enjoying the benefits of outdoor recreation.”Working closely with the State of Vermont and local officials, Pico has created comprehensive and scalable plans for nearly every area of business with a goal to protect the wellbeing of surrounding communities. These plans are consistent with local and state regulations as well as the National Ski Areas Association’s Ski Well, Be Well best practices, while also designed to provide a great guest experience at Pico Mountain this season.Actions being taken to prioritize the wellbeing of guests, staff and community include: strictly enforced facial covering policy(link is external), parking reservation system(link is external) to manage the number of people on property so all can physically distance, required attestation to Vermont travel guidelines from guests at the resort, contact tracing for all guests through our RFID card system and lodge capacity controls, physical distancing protocols on mountain and throughout resort facilities, daily health assessments by staff, increased sanitation stations and frequency in our cleaning schedule around the resort.The parking reservation system, part of Pico’s Operation Stay Safe(link is external), will be in place every operating day of the season and, pending availability, parking spaces can be reserved same day, however, they must be reserved before arriving to the resort. All products must be purchased in advance with limited products available on site(link is external) – day-of tickets will not be available on resort.Pico Mountain lift hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during weekends and on peak days. The full 2020-21 Pico Mountain operating schedule can be found at picomountain.com(link is external).Base Lodge Access & Available Services The Pico ticket trailer will be open Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., for RFID ticket and pass pick up.Pico Base Lodge will be open starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 for restroom access, retail, bag check and limited dining options.Beginning Opening Day, Dec. 19, daily lift tickets for day-of purchases will be $79 for adults (ages 19-64), $61 for youth (ages 7-18) and $68 for seniors (ages 65-79). Skiers and riders can save on lift tickets by purchasing them in advance on picomountain.com(link is external) and Vermont residents(link is external) can ski or ride midweek non-peak days for just $45. Express Card holders will receive 50% off lift ticket window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates. New This SeasonText alerts available. Sign up to receive text messages and get critical operations updates as needed by texting PICO to 64600 or use the opt-in form(link is external).About Pico Mountain:
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details Retirement tax incentives are set to cost the Treasury nearly $700 billion over the next five years, second only to the cost of the exclusion for employer-provided health insurance. The latest cost estimates are jaw-dropping—even by Washington standards—and are likely to draw unwanted attention to the popular tax breaks as Congress considers options for extending expired tax credits and comprehensive tax reform.Before Congress’ August recess, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) provided the latest estimates for tax expenditures for fiscal years 2014–2018—including the cost of retirement tax incentives—in a report to the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee. The most costly retirement tax incentives are for the exclusion of employer-sponsored retirement plan contributions. However, the JCT report estimates that the exclusion for Traditional and Roth IRA contributions and earnings will cost the Treasury $99.7 billion over the next five years. In contrast, the cost of the credit union tax exemption is only $11.9 billion over the same five-year period.Because of international events in the Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria, Congress’ focus has not been on comprehensive tax reform. The House has passed a number of appropriations bills to fund the various government agencies for the fiscal year that starts on October 1, but the Senate has not taken action on any appropriations bills. With the new fiscal year approaching and lawmakers anxious to campaign full time before the mid-term election, Congress will likely pass a continuing resolution to avoid another shutdown and keep the government open until after the election. Consequently, lawmakers may not address certain issues, including expired tax credits, until they return after the election. Or they may defer action on appropriation bills to the new Congress that will be seated early next year.There is concern that once Congress begins grappling with funding the government for the new fiscal year, retirement tax incentives may be used to generate revenue and reduce the debt. Earlier this year, the Senate version of the bill intended to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund contained a revenue-raising provision that would have required most nonspouse beneficiaries to distribute and be taxed on inherited qualified retirement plan assets within five years. The House Ways and Means Committee’s version of the bill did not contain the nonspouse beneficiary provision, which was ultimately dropped from the Senate bill due to strong opposition.The inclusion of the nonspouse beneficiary limitation in the Highway Trust Fund bill came on the heels of several proposals that would restructure the current tax incentives for retirement savings with an eye to generating additional tax revenue and reducing the debt. These proposals include the following.The draft tax reform plan from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) that would end contributions to Traditional IRAs and require nonspouse beneficiaries to take distributions over a period of no more than five years.The Obama administration’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposals that would cap tax-advantaged retirement savings plan accumulations, limit the tax deductibility of retirement plan and IRA contributions, and limit payout options for nonspouse beneficiaries.The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform’s alternative plan that would reduce the limits on contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs.Few in Congress would argue that encouraging saving for retirement is not good public policy. But going forward, there will be a spirited debate on whether to extend expiring tax breaks, make them permanent, or eliminate them as part of a comprehensive tax reform package that would lower tax rates and reduce the deficit. This will add scrutiny on the cost to the Treasury of all tax expenditures, especially retirement tax incentives, given the latest JCT estimates.It is unfortunate that the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 defines tax expenditures as “revenue losses attributable to provisions of the Federal tax laws which allow a special exclusion, exemption, or deduction from gross income,” as retirement tax incentives may be treated as “expenditures” when, in fact, they are just deferrals of income, not a permanent loss of revenue to the Treasury. Taxes eventually will be paid on retirement plan assets when participants withdraw the funds in retirement, resulting in additional revenue for the Treasury. Millions of Americans saving for retirement can only hope that this important distinction is not lost in the wider policy debate.
Having habits can often be a good thing. When you drive to work for example, you don’t need to wonder whether you should turn left or right; the route becomes habit.“We want the brain to learn how to do those things without energy and effort,” says Russell Poldrack, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. “Habits are an adaptive feature of how the brain works.”But sometimes, habits can lead us astray—whether it’s turning to comfort food when we’re sad, or taking a cigarette break when stressed.Since habits take practice and repetition to form, the same is true when it comes to breaking them, says Elliot Berkman, director of the University of Oregon’s Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab. In order to eliminate those pesky habits—whatever they may be—start with these five strategies. Read the whole story: TIME More of our Members in the Media >
Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn 512 people took part in a series of studies conducted by Jason Tsukahara, Tyler Harrison & Randall Engle (Gerogia Institute of Technology), that investigated the relationship between resting pupil size and working memory (part of short term memory associated with immediate processing) capacity and fluid intelligence (the ability to think abstractly and problem solve). Pupils were measured by eye tracking units whilst participants carried out tasks relating to memory and fluid intelligence.The results of the studies revealed that there are huge differences in resting pupil size in individuals with high cognitive ability compared to those with low cognitive ability. In some cases these differences were even visible to the naked eye. Additionally, differences in pupil size are maintained even when people are doing a task that requires mental exertion. Even factors like age and drug abuse (which are related to pupil size) did not account for the relationship between fluid intelligence and resting pupil size, meaning that determining resting pupil size could be an effective measure of an individual’s intelligence and cognitive capacity.Although the findings of this study show that resting pupil size has the potential to help us understand mental processing, the authors state that ‘baseline pupil size is only reasonably formed speculation’. This means that further research is needed to fully understand the individual differences in resting pupil size. Email Share Share on Twitter Resting pupil size could be a predictor of cognitive ability in humans, according to a study recently published in Cognitive Psychology.It is established that pupil size reflects more than simply the amount of light entering the eye. However, it was previously thought that pupil size was too crude a measure of brain activity. More recently though, the discovery that activity in an area of the brain known as the locus coeruleus results in changes to pupil size has opened the possibility that pupil size could be a useful indicator of neural processing.The locus coeruleus is a part of the brainstem with connections across the rest of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, which plays a crucial role in cognitive abilities such as memory and intelligence. The locus coeruleus is the main source of neurotransmitter, norepinephrine in the central nervous system, which amongst other things regulates cognitive activity in areas such as the prefrontal cortex. Therefore, it is possible that pupil size may actually be a valuable reflection of neural activity which can be used to determine differences in cognitive ability in humans.
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The Clamshell Foundation hosted its 27th annual Sandcastle Contest on Sunday, August 5, at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. The event was presented in memory of Rossetti Perchik, the founder of the foundation. All donations ensure the continuation of the Clamshell Foundation’s events as well as benefit the people, programs, and projects here on the East End. Share