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UM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & More In New Inside Out WTNS Podcast

first_imgJust last week we told you about the exciting partnership between Live For Live Music and the long-running Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast, bringing you a fresh take on the music scene by combining behind-the-scenes and fan perspectives to segments and interviews of your favorite artists. The newest episode of the podcast features Umphrey’s McGee guitarist and vocalist Brendan Bayliss, featured in today’s release as the first of a two-part series.This episode features a discussion with Bayliss about how his life led him to South Bend, IN and then to Notre Dame University, all the while focusing on the formative days of Umphrey’s McGee. Rob and Seth talk to Brendan about deciding to invite Jake Cinninger into the band’s lineup, the beauty of the band’s gradual growth, and his hilariously disappointing encounter with Steve Miller.You can stream the new podcast episode in the player below!All music from the podcast is taken from Umphrey’s run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. For more Inside Out With Seth and Turner episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes.last_img read more

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Building calm into the day

first_imgTrisha Banerjee was skeptical. Could taking four minutes to consume one Hershey’s Kiss really help calm her pressure-filled day?It could indeed.“It was totally transformative,” said Banerjee of the eating meditation exercise included in a mindfulness program sponsored by Harvard’s Center For Wellness. Banerjee, a doctoral student in the English Department, said that devoting all her energy to “the sensation of tasting” helped her disengage from her stress, focus on the connection between her body and her mind, and maximize the pleasure of chocolate.“It was so amazing,” said Banerjee, “because it just connected me to this world of potential happiness that is always around me if I just take something I like and really focus on it.”Less stress can lead to a happier, more productive life, and research says meditation can help you get there.In 2011, Sara Lazar, a psychology instructor at Harvard Medical School, released results of a study that showed that eight weeks of mindfulness meditation actually produced changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, where more or less in reserve can make a big difference in exams, presentations, and dissertations, as any scholar knows. Thanks to a range of Harvard programs, grad students and undergrads have myriad ways to take a deep breath and relax.With support from a recent anonymous gift, the Center for Wellness at Harvard University Health Services sponsors several meditation options, including four-week courses based on a mindfulness curriculum specifically geared toward college-aged students, 20-minute drop-in sessions at the Serenity Room at Grays Hall, and weekend and weeklong retreats.“The retreat experience can be very powerful and wonderful, but then having something that students can attend for four weeks helps them maintain their practice or stay connected to other students,” said Jeanne Mahon, director of the Center for Wellness. Eight weeks to a better brain Related Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress This year, nearly 400 Harvard students took part in either the meditation classes, based on the Koru Mindfulness curriculum developed by two Duke University psychiatrists, or the retreats, which are run by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Among them was junior Jarrod Wetzel-Brown.An English concentrator on a pre-med track, Wetzel-Brown signed up for a weekend retreat in October as a way to “take a step back and reflect a little bit on myself without having every facet of society blaring out loud in front of me.”The retreat was held at a conference center on the edge of a pond nestled in 500 wooded acres in Charlton, Mass. Walks and meditation sessions filled the hours; silence ruled. Once he’d adjusted, the absence of conversation proved freeing, said Wetzel-Brown.“Not having to devote the energy to think about what to say next … was a very liberating and powerful thing.”Back on campus the Winthrop House resident has made meditation and regular walks part of his weekly routine, and has noticed a renewed sense of self.“The major thing I have taken from it is this awareness … I know that I have an existence outside of the classroom again, and I think that’s something that I forgot.”Banerjee, who turned to one of the four-week student meditation programs to help her cope with the stress of working on a Ph.D., said she “liked the idea of being obligated to go somewhere for a few weeks and to make a commitment and to find multiple strategies.”She and about 10 students met once a week at Dudley House, where they practiced different types of meditation and discussed incorporating the practice into their daily lives.“It extended my sense of what meditation could be,” said Banerjee.“Every single day I am doing it, it’s really had an impact. My life has become much richer.”last_img read more

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Giwa FC Makes U-turn, Begs LMC to ‘Bend’ the Rules

first_imgFemi SolajaReason may have prevailed over emotion for embattled Giwa FC in its sink or float situation as regards Its continuation in the ongoing Nigerian Football Professional League after the club’s management reached out to League Management Committee (LMC) to temper justice with mercy in the mess it found itself.Going by the rules and regulations guiding the league, the Jos club is on the brink of dismissal from the competition after missing three consecutive matches. But last night, when it seemed that it was all over for the club, its management reached out to the LMC in what is a last attempt to starve off execution of the rule of the League.The Jos Elephants have agreed to play their Matchday 18 game against Enyimba that was slated for Ilorin yesterday afternoon.The club however asked that the game be rescheduled not taking into cognisance that Enyimba had already walked over them in Ilorin.A statement from the club yesterday revealed that it still wants to remain in the league but asked the LMC to review the circumstances that led to Its recent travails.“Giwa FC has written to inform the League Management Company (LMC) that it has accepted to play its Match day 18 with Enyimba International,” said a statement from Media Officer David King.The club pleads that the date of the match be rescheduled to enable the team play the match, at a venue outside Ilorin.The club promised to do its best to uphold the integrity of the league for the good of the game too.Secretary of the Club, Samson Adamu, regretted all inconveniences caused league.“Giwa FC of Jos also pleaded for an independent commission to be set up by LMC to look into the cases of the last two matches that were missed earlier with a view to allowing a replay based on arising conditions.Giwa FC insists that as a law abiding club it promises to uphold the integrity of the league,” concluded the statement.Giwa FC was banished to Ilorin after the fracas midway into Its home game against Enugu Rangers in Jos on Matchday 12.The club has since missed two consecutive “home” games in Ilorin where it lost three points to Its opponents and three goals awarded against it.The club has been embroiled in the political drama involving its proprietor Chris Giwa’s fight for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation.Wikki Tourists and Akwa United have both walked over Giwa in Ilorin, where the Jos club were banished.Last week, the League Management Company formally cautioned Giwa warning that it risked expulsion from the league.The LMC referred to Rule 13.28 which states as follows,” if a club fails to honour three matches cumulatively within the league season without acceptable reason to the LMC such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches played and unplayed shall be cancelled”.It is now left for the league to enforce this regulation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Holder ends year in top 10

first_imgLONDON, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder end 2018 as the number two-ranked all-rounder in Tests and in the top 10 of the bowler’s rankings.In the latest rankings announced by the International Cricket Council, Holder had risen two places in the bowler’s rankings to 10, ensuring he heads into the New Year rated among the elite bowlers in the longest cricket format.As a result of his progress, he also jumped two places in the all-rounders rankings, and is only now behind Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hasan.His rise comes despite missing the recent tour of Bangladesh through injury.Holder had an outstanding year with the ball, claiming 33 wickets from six Tests at an amazing average of 11.87 – the best by any bowler in a calendar year for the last hundred years.The 27-year-old seamer picked up 12 wickets during Sri Lanka’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean and followed up with 16 scalps in a two-Test home series against Bangladesh.However, Holder was forced out of the return Bangladesh away series with a shoulder injury.He is one of two West Indies players in the top 20 of the bowlers rankings, with speedster Shannon Gabriel unmoved at 13th.Seamer Kemar Roach is the next best ranked Caribbean bowler at 24th with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo lying 35th.In the batting rankings, meanwhile, opener Kraigg Brathwaite remains the highest ranked West Indies batsman but has tumbled to 33rd following his wretched form in Bangladesh that brought him 22 runs in four innings.Roston Chase is the only other Windies batsman in the top 50, lying 46th. Holder is ranked 59th.India’s Virat Kohli heads the batting rankings while South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada tops the bowling charts.last_img read more

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