We’re increasingly bombarded with choices – and it’s stressing us out

first_imgThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSThe Conversation Previous articleAP Polls: Apopka vaults to #3 in 8A; Wekiva holds on to #9 in 7ANext articleUSA or China: Which Country is Better in Manufacturing Kitchen Cabinets? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear By Thomas Saltsman, University at Buffalo, The State University of New YorkLog onto Netflix, and you’ll be presented with a menu of nearly 6,000 titles. Create an OkCupid account, and you’ll have the chance to connect with 5 million other active users. Search for a new toothbrush on Amazon, and you’ll be bombarded with over 20,000 options, ranging from manual to mechanical, from packs of three to packs of 12.As someone who is comically indecisive – and who studies stress – I often think about the pressure of making decisions when presented with so many options.What do we experience, in the moment, when we decide from an abundance of choices? Does it cause us to shut down or does it energize us? Does it make us feel more confident or less confident? Could it have a lasting impact on our health and well-being?We want choice – but not what we chooseFreedom of choice is a pillar of Western culture.But there’s such a thing as too much choice.Researchers such as Sheena Iyengar and Barry Schwartz have pioneered this area of study, finding that being overwhelmed with options can create an adverse experience called “choice overload or ”The Paradox of Choice.“People tend to want as many options as possible. Whether it’s buying a car or a meal, they gravitate toward companies that offer more options versus fewer ones, because they believe a large selection will maximize their chances of finding the best fit.But when it comes to actually making a decision from all of these options, people can become paralyzed – and avoid making choices altogether.Even worse, when they finally do come to a decision, they’re more dissatisfied and regretful about whatever choice they make.Getting to the heart of choice overloadTo me, this explains so much of the day-to-day malaise that plagues modern society.It explains the sheer excitement first-time homebuyers feel when they begin their search, followed by the fear that they won’t select the ideal neighborhood, school district or architectural style.It explains the curiosity a sociable 20-something feels before checking out the opening of a new bar downtown, followed by the concern it won’t live up to her expectations.Although we know choice overload eventually leads to regret and disatisfaction, it isn’t as clear what people are feeling when they’re in the middle of making these decisions.Sometimes it seems like we spend more time deciding than watching.Rachael Myrow/KQEDMy colleagues and I wondered: Do people genuinely feel confident about their ability to make a good decision? And, if so, when does this experience turn from good to bad – from brimming with potential to awash with dejection and doubt?For our studies, we sought to peer into participants’ internal experiences as they made decisions, tracking their cardiovascular responses.When people care more about a decision, their hearts beat faster and harder. Other measures – like how much blood the heart is pumping and how much the blood vessels are dilating – can indicate levels of confidence.Participants in our studies reviewed online dating profiles. We asked them to choose one profile from many options or from just a few options. In other conditions of our studies, we simply asked them to rate profiles on a scale of one to 10.We found that when the participants chose from many options, they felt more invested in the decision: Their hearts beat harder and faster. But their arteries also constricted – a sign that they also felt less confident about their decision.In other words, when we’re presented with more choices, making the “right” or “correct” decision begins to feel more crucial and, at the same time, more unattainable.The cardiovascular system responds the same way when we take an important exam feeling hopelessly unprepared, or commute to an interview for a dream job lacking the right qualifications.Notably, even minor exposures to this kind of cardiac activity are believed to have long-term health consequences if they happen enough; they’re connected to certain types of heart disease and hypertension.Deciding how to decideSensing high stakes over a decision – but not feeling particularly confident about making the right choice – may contribute to the deep-seated fear that we’ll make the wrong one.I believe this fear could be tempered by putting the decision into perspective. It might help to remember that many of the day-to-day choices you make – what to have for lunch, what flavor best complements that caramel macchiato – aren’t going to matter in the grand scheme of things. Even seemingly more consequential choices, like accepting a new job, can ultimately be changed.Remember: It’s just cereal.Din Mohd Yaman/Shutterstock.comWhen thinking this way, the consequences associated with making the “wrong” choice become less scary.It could also help to enter these situations with just a few clear guidelines and ideas of what you want – and absolutely don’t want – from the range of options. This can winnow the possible choices, and also make you more confident about your decision-making abilities.So the next time you spend hours browsing through Netflix unable to land on a title to watch – worried that the OkCupid date you contemplated asking out for days won’t like it – remember that removing the sheer weight of our choices can help us navigate a world overwhelmed by them. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

Without warning… nature

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 WOW, I also would like the method to keep the poison from causing damage! I have seen and heard rattlesnakes during my lifetime, but never had one that seemed ready to strike, unless I got closer. I never tried to harm one either. Except one I killed that was close to a set of benches used by a lot of students I was teaching. They were out there and wondered why I killed the snake. It was because the snake had just come out of a gopher hole, only about 10 feet away! One of the students skinned the snake and had the skin tanned by Tandy. He ended up selling the tanned skin for $125.00. Another student took the skinned snake and offered it up the next day as cooked samples! I politely declined! February 11, 2020 at 11:56 pm Ahh Don, and you turned those delicious butter fried rattlesnooke niblets down! Shame on you! Oh well, some folks just don’t appreciate good cooking. Chaz CSG Reply February 10, 2020 at 6:48 am NH February 9, 2020 at 9:01 am February 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm Reply charles towne Amazing story…especially that you lived to tell it!! God has blessed you greatly and continues to do so. It is unfortunate for both animals and humans, when we cross paths and something terrible happens. The animal, in this case, a snake, was only doing what God had programmed him to do….strike and protect himself.So glad everything turned outwell for both involved! I’msure we will eventually hearthe “rest of the story”…..asPaul Harvey used to say.Stay safe, Chuck!God bless you! A FRIEND 12 COMMENTS charles towne February 10, 2020 at 1:04 am Reply Reply February 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm February 14, 2020 at 5:32 pm Reply February 12, 2020 at 7:44 pm InspirationBy Charles TowneHe was warm and for the moment that was all that was important. Lying in the grass as he was he was well hidden though there were not many that would dare to intrude upon his solitude.   In his six years of life he had rarely been threatened by another predator.  There was that time when he was about a year old and eighteen inches in length that the red shouldered hawk had thought to dine on him.  The only thing that saved him that day was the fact that the grass was deep, thus impeding the hungry hawk’s plunging attack.  Everything in his life was governed by instinct. When he was hungry he went in search of food. This food questing was always a result of instinct as were those times that he had met and mated with another of his kind.  When forest fire threatened it was instinct that drove him down a nearby gopher tortoise burrow and when the chill of winter embraced the land he sought the warmth of that same burrow, driven by that same primitive life force, instinct.  Now four and a half feet long and heavy bodied he had few if any natural enemies and in another day, or two at the most and he would be able to see again.  The most vulnerable time in a snake’s life is when it is preparing to cast off its old skin.  During this shedding time the snake loses its usual glossy sheen and becomes pale and dull but its vulnerability comes from being almost blind at the time of shedding.  All snakes shed periodically and as the old skin becomes loose the entire outer layer, including the old eye coverings or lenses, separate and at this time they become opaque, rendering the snake almost blind until that time when he sheds and his eyesight is restored once again.  As in the case of our friend he may shed as many as six, even seven times in the course of a year, all dependent upon the abundance of food for as he eats he grows and as he grows he has to shed for his skin does not grow with him.  Each time that he sheds he adds a new segment to his rattles thus it is impossible to tell a rattlesnake’s age by the number of sections in his rattle. As he lays there he senses a nearby movement.  His black forked tongue extrudes out and again, by instinct, is instantly withdrawn.  Faster than thought, faster than a snakes strike, the forked tip is inserted into the twin orifices of the Jacobsen’s organ in the roof of his mouth.  From this unconscious act he is informed by a combination of taste and smell that whatever is drawing near is warm blooded and much too large for him to eat.  Whatever the animal is it foolishly draws near.He prepares to defend himself. He attempts to warn the intruder but for some reason it does not heed this warning.   Though almost blind he can still see movement as a dull blur and again, by deadly unerring instinct, mouth agape, he strikes.I had no clue that the diamondback rattlesnake was there until he hit me. The shock of the strike was almost like being struck with a fist and then almost instantly there was that telltale burning sensation indicating deep envenomation and a bad bite.Not that there is ever such a thing as a good bite from a poisonous snake.  A large diamondback rattlesnake such as the one that struck me would have fangs three quarters of an inch in length and he could dump a pretty good dose of venom in your system so I knew that I was in trouble the moment I was struck.Why had I not heard his rattle?  Rarely do rattlers fail to warn an intruder but I had heard nothing, why?There he was, coiled in that typical defensive position, ready for another strike.  It was then that I understood why I had failed to hear him. The end of his tail was up and shaking with great vigor but it wasn’t making a sound?  This diamondback rattlesnake was completely devoid of his rattles. No early warning system! Obviously, as sometimes happens, his rattles had become dry and brittle and had broken away, leaving him as I found him – less his rattles.The diamondback was where he belonged, in the deep woods. I was the intruder.The cause for my being bitten was some hiker had thoughtlessly thrown away a piece of trash and as I bent to pick it up my hand was placed within the snakes striking range.  I walked away and ended up in the hospital which is another story. Hopefully Mr. Diamondback is still there but with a new set of rattles. Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. February 10, 2020 at 2:14 am February 9, 2020 at 11:56 am Reply Ahh, Richard my ol’ buddy, yes, my mama done tol’ me I better be good, but as usual I didn’t pay any attention an’ because I didn’t pay any attention, boy did I get bit. I got bit by big stuff, an’ I got bit by middle sized stuff, an’ I got bit by little stuff, an’ I got bit by stuff that I didn’t know there was such stuff. My mama always prayed that Papa God would cure her little boy of what seemed to be a terminal case of the stupids and thank you Lord, He is still in the curing process, Myself February 10, 2020 at 6:54 am charles towne charles townecenter_img Richard Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Don Young Yes Nh, it is an interesting story and one that needs telling. Whenever Big Pharma becomes involved the average bloke needs to look out, and that is all I have to say about that right now other then to say, I am allergic to equine serum, otherwise known as “horse”serum so I used an alternative technique to treat the episode, to incredible result I might add. Bless you dear folks, Chaz February 12, 2020 at 8:29 am Please enter your comment! Reply Please enter your name here Dear CSG,i am pleased that you enjoyed my pain! (Just kidding,) Rarely does a snakebite result in death in the U.S. Usually there is tissue loss after deep envenomation such as I experienced, but I treated the bite with a technique that preventS tissue loss. (Another benefit of the treatment) A good friend of mine (luckily an R.N.) filmed the entire procedure! Thanks for the comment, Chaz charles towne charles towne The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Wow….will have to hear the epilogue and post-bite-story-details! God truly blessed you with resiliency! i AM CURIOUS WHAT THE TECHNIQUE WAS THAT CHAZ USED TO TREAT THE SNAKEBITE! IT DOESN’T SOUND TO ME LIKE HE IS IN THE HABIT OF STAYING SAVE. FOOLISH IS MORE LIKE IT. A FRIEND Trying to pet a blind rattler! The dangers of living in the country! Didn’t your momma done tell you? Of course living in the city is also filled with it’s own special set of dangers, I was once bitten by a Jehovah witness and I’m pretty sure he was NOT blind! Keep up the stories Chaz, they inform, entertain and always are a pleasure to read! Reply Sorry I took so long to get to it but I love the article. Herbert, I am glad you liked it pall. Please stay tuned for more of my wild, wild life. Bless you all my friend, Chaz Dear Friend, I must admit to a certain degree of foolishness in my long and eventful life but I must say I have LIVED AND EXPERIENCED LIFE! Bless you, Chaz Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Herb Weissman Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleHow Howard Thurman met Gandhi and brought nonviolence to the civil rights movementNext articleA sobering Super Bowl thought Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Fukasawa House / MDS

first_img Year:  Japan Architects: MDS Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Fukasawa House / MDS “COPY” Fukasawa House / MDSSave this projectSaveFukasawa House / MDS Year:  2011 CopyHouses•Setagaya, Japan “COPY” Save this picture!© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura+ 17 Share photographs:  Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko KawamuraPhotographs:  Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko KawamuraSave this picture!© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko KawamuraRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. Japan has abundant forest resources and world’s first class timber construction technology. The country is, at the same time, struck by frequent earthquakes and has very strict structural regulations against the seismic force. Compared to concrete or steel frame structure, timber structure requires more walls and has other limitations such that it cannot readily span a long distance. Traditional Japanese architecture has proven, however, that these limitations of timber structure can – when used as an advantage and properly applied – enhance the architectural spatial quality.Save this picture!© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko KawamuraThis residence in a quiet residential neighborhood of Tokyo’s suburb is elevated 1 m above the street level. In order to meet the client’s request for the maximum building volume on the compact site, the house is built up to the highest point allowed by the north-side regulation (which limits the building height to avoid casting shadow on the neighboring houses). It has a gabled form so that it would not overwhelm the passerby on the street. The staggered floors were derived from the semi-basement – created for the easement of the floor area ratio – and the approach that utilizes the existing ground level. The top floor is a generously-sized continuous space composed of slanted roofs and stepped floors.Save this picture!© Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko KawamuraIt requires a good planning to place beams and columns in order to create a large open space. The appropriate placement of timber columns in a large space was also considered while using the columns to define the space. The beams – composed of readily available lumber – are supported by V-shaped columns. Together, they create a relatively large – for timber structure – open space while meeting the budget. The composite beams and V-shaped columns define spaces in the room.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Round Up: Architecture in New ZealandRevisited’Wallcano’: Collider Activity Center Competition Entry / Zohar ArchitectsUnbuilt Project Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/349804/fukasawa-house-mds Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/349804/fukasawa-house-mds Clipboard 2011 Area:  94 m² Area:  94 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects Houses CopyAbout this officeMDSOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSetagayaHousesJapanPublished on March 26, 2013Cite: “Fukasawa House / MDS” 26 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?深泽住宅 / MDS是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

The Great Daffodil Appeal 2013 – Symmetry

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  35 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Individual giving Your last moments should mean as much as your first, suggests Marie Curie Cancer Care in this video promoting its Daffodil Day Campaign 2013.“Marie Curie nurses care for terminally ill people in their final hours. Wear a daffodil. Make a difference.”www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  36 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Great Daffodil Appeal 2013 – Symmetry Howard Lake | 25 February 2013 | Newslast_img read more

Low paid workers must be protected – Shortt

first_img Previous articlePaving the way for the futureNext articleThe Runway is a real pick-me-up admin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLow paid workers must be protected – ShorttBy admin – June 9, 2011 592 Twitter Print Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Email Advertisement THE focus of wage cuts should be shifted from those working in the tourism industry to higher paid professions, according to a local politician, who spoke out on behalf of low paid workers.Reacting to comments made by the director of the Shannon College of Hotel Management, reported in a recent edition of the Limerick Post, Labour Cllr Tom Shortt, said that employers were using the recession as a cover to drive down wage costs to already under paid workers.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Shortt said that there had been a strong reaction on the ground, among those working in the tourism industry, to remarks made by Mr. Smyth that the abolition of premium payments for Sunday workers would create jobs.“People employed in the tourism industry are very hard workers and need to be protected.“Sunday is culturally a day off, to spend with family or doing leisure activities, and those who work it are denied that, so the extra sacrifice should be awarded”.Mr Smyth had claimed that the tourism industry was being “strangled by the Joint Labour Committee,” and was outdated.In response, Cllr Shortt said that it was essential to protect low paid workers.“The spotlight should not be placed solely on the service industry.“We should be taxing bankers, consultants, judges and all on exorbitant salaries, who put up huge resistance to any reduction in their wages.“A lot of people were horrified by the payments made to outgoing senators.“This needs to be a much broader debate”.In response to Mr. Smyth’s comment that Ireland does not have “a sense of service to match our wonderful sense of hospitality”, the Thomondgate councillor said that morale was down among workers.“Morale is an issue and will not improve if staff are stripped of minimal working conditions.“The hotel industry benefits greatly from generous tax relief schemes, while the promotion of tourism is also paid for by the state.“While its true that tourism is essential, it is a reflection of a vibrant economy and will only grow with it.“There is the feeling there that employers are exploiting workers, cutting wages and using the recession as cover”.He said that it was easy to pigeonhole the vulnerable in society, who did not cause the economic melt down.Speaking about Minister Richard’s Bruton’s proposals to change basic rates and conditions for low paid workers in the hotel, catering and retail sectors, Cllr Shortt said that Labour is lobbying to ensure that wage levels be maintained.last_img read more

British EU exit would have huge implications for the island of Ireland – Carthy

first_imgHomepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By admin – May 20, 2015 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDonegal V Armagh USFC advance ticket sale price gives 33% savingNext articleSecurity alert continues in Strabane admin Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Twittercenter_img A British exit from the EU would be a negative step that would have huge implications for the whole of the Island of Ireland.That’s the view of Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy.He says the Republic needs to engage with Northern Ireland on the debate surrounding the promised British referendum on EU membership…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/carthybrexit.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ British EU exit would have huge implications for the island of Ireland – Carthy Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

New US 7th Fleet commander arrives in Japan

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today New US 7th Fleet commander arrives in Japan New US 7th Fleet commander arrives in Japan Share this article View post tag: US 7th Fleet The new commander of the US 7th Fleet arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, on August 25, two days after assuming command.Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer is taking over from three-star admiral Joseph Aucoin who was relieved from his post after US destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with oil tanker Alnic MC on Monday, August 21.Prior to arrival, he participated in the International Maritime Security Symposium hosted by the Indonesian Navy in Bali, Indonesia.A career submariner, Sawyer has extensive experience as a commander in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. His most recent assignment was deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. Before that, he was commander, U.S. Submarine Forces Pacific, also in Hawaii; and commander, Submarine Group 7/ Task Force 54 and 74 in Yokosuka. His afloat commands were USS La Jolla (SSN 701) and Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam.A Phoenix native, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He received a Master of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. View post tag: US Navycenter_img Authorities Sawyer replaced Aucoin who was relieved from his position following a series of incidents, including two fatal ones.Ten sailors lost their lives when USS John S. McCain collided with oil tanker Alnic MC east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Monday, August 21.Significant damage to the McCain’s hull resulted in flooding to nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery and communications rooms. Damage control efforts by the crew halted further flooding.Less than two months ago, seven US sailors lost their lives in another collision between a US destroyer and a merchant ship. USS Fitzgerald collided with Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan On July 17 and will have to be transported back to the US for repairs.The two fatal incidents were the third and fourth incident involving US Navy ships. On January 31, cruiser USS Antietam, forward-deployed to the 7th Fleet, ran aground in waters near Yokosuka, while USS Champlain collided with a fishing vessel in the Sea of Japan on May 9.In response to the incidents, chief of naval operations Adm. John Richardson directed the navy to take an “operational pause” in all of its fleets around the world, to allow fleet commanders to assess and review with their commands the fundamental practice to safe and effective operations.In addition to the operational pause, Richardson said he directed a more comprehensive review to find the contributing factors and root causes of the incidents. August 25, 2017 US 7th Fleet incidentslast_img read more

Celebrate Responsibly this Super Bowl

first_imgThe Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and the Evansville Police Department, in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate this year’s Super Bowl responsibly by driving sober and safe.“Family and friends will soon be gathering to root for their favorite team this Super Bowl. With the celebrations come a responsibility to do so safely,” said Sheriff Dave Wedding. “Motorists are reminded this Super Bowl to celebrate responsibility and not to drive after drinking. The life you save may be your own.”During the 2016 Super Bowl weekend there were 467 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 30 were alcohol-related, with 27 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 13 injuries as a result of alcohol-related accidents. Compared to the 2015 Super Bowl Weekend, this is a 37 percent decrease in traffic collisions, a 33 percent decrease in alcohol-related collisions, a 70 percent decrease in alcohol-related collisions involving a driver with a BAC of 0.08 or greater, and a 7 percent decrease in resulting injuries. In Vanderburgh County, eight (8) intoxicated motorists went to jail over the 2016 Super Bowl weekend, compared with seven (7) in 2015.“While a decrease in nearly every measurable category is room for celebration, even one collision or one life injured from such a preventable cause as impaired driving, is one too many,” said Council Chair, Todd Meyer. “Sober driving is the only way to drive, so this Super Bowl let’s continue to work together to keep every motorist safe.”The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that accidents and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented by taking the following precautions:Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way homeIf you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member, and give them your keysIf you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safelyFor more information on Indiana’s efforts on impaired driving prevention and enforcement, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji/2354.htm.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Johnson’s Popcorn, JASM Consulting Halfway to Holiday Bucket Goal

first_imgThe elves over at Johnson’s Popcorn and JASM Consulting are working hard to give the boys and girls of the International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School a very merry Christmas. They are more than halfway to filling close to 300 Johnson’s Popcorn buckets with toys and treats for the school’s kindergarten through third graders.The International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School (IAAC) has about 365 students between kindergarten and third grade. IAAC was built to be a beacon for urban education. Many of these students, while being at risk, come to school every day ready to learn and achieve, and excel in doing so.Donations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 18.JASM Consulting and Johnson’s Popcorn are asking for others to pitch in by:Requesting delivery of an empty Johnson’s Popcorn bucket (call 609-840-6173 or email [email protected]) or by picking up a bucket: at Johnson’s Popcorn (14th Street and Boardwalk) or at JASM (701 West Avenue).Filling the bucket with age-appropriate clothing (socks, scarfs, sweaters, hats, gloves, shirts etc.), school supplies, food store gift cards, toys (cards, games, stuffed animals), food (nothing with peanuts).Or placing any amount of money inside of your bucket (if it’s easier for you).The buckets should be filled with things that would fun to receive in a stocking or as a present.Dropping off buckets to JASM Consulting or Johnson’s Popcorn (14th Street location) by Dec. 18. If you need JASM or Johnson’s to pick up your bucket, please allow a few days’ notice.These students are pushed every single day to be at the best level (behavior, attendance, academics etc.) that they can be. IAAC closes the gap for students who would most likely be left behind and gives them the opportunity to reach university level schooling.“We are thrilled to reach out beyond our borders and help children who are trying to help themselves,” JASM Consulting owner Aimee Schultz said. “We hope that we can share the joy that we feel here in Ocean City with children that truly need our assistance.”— News release from Johnson’s Popcorn and JASM Consultinglast_img read more

Dunbar Community Bakery finds premises

first_imgDunbar Community Bakery is a step closer to opening its doors after signing a 25-year lease on a high street shop.It has now started converting the premises into a working bakery with a small café attached, and has submitted a formal application for planning consent to East Lothian Council.The community-led initiative hopes to recruit more shareholders to help meet its £180,000 target, which will be used to renovate the shop and install a bakery production unit in the flat-roof extension, as well as providing enough working capital to last for two years.Chairperson Jane Wood said: “So far we have raised nearly £34,000 from 248 shareholders, but we now aim to be more ambitious.”The community bakery has recently received £12,000 in new grants from the Big Lottery Fund and Cooperative Development Scotland, and is waiting to hear about a further £120,000 in grant funding applications. “Initial indications have been encouraging,” said Wood, “and we should know the definitive result of these applications by the end of the year.”She said the bakery’s opening date would depend on how long it took to get planning consent. “We can only start to fit out the premises and hire staff once that green light has been given.”>>Community bakery plans pre-Christmas opening>>Dunbar-based bakery makes bid to survivelast_img read more