Calming influence

first_imgYoshira Cardenas ’12 loves getting a back rub. In fact, she enjoys the concept so much that she can’t keep it to herself. So, each week, Cardenas travels around campus with fellow Harvard undergraduates to knead the tension out of the necks and shoulders of classmates. She says that, when it comes to massage, giving one is almost as good as getting one.“I love what I do because it makes people happy and also serves as a method of stress relief for me,” she said. “I don’t think about homework while I give a back rub; I concentrate on providing a good experience for my classmate.”Cardenas is the student coordinator of Stressbusters, a group of undergraduates who provide classmates with a healthy way to manage the pressures of exams, papers, and College life in general. She and her cohorts bring free back rubs to students who have neither the time nor the money for professional massage — or who simply wake up with a stiff neck after huddling over a laptop for 10-12 hours at a stretch — in dorms and Houses across campus.“Our goal is to bring relaxation and happiness to the Harvard community,” Cardenas said. “We want to alleviate students’ stress and promote the importance of self-care and of being physically and mentally healthy.“Stressbusters was created in 1996 by Jordan Friedman when he was director of Columbia University’s health education program, and has grown into a national initiative that trains college students in stress prevention and management. The program came to Harvard in 2009 when Jeanne Mahon, director of the University’s Center for Wellness, saw the impact that it was having at other schools. Friedman’s own website claims that Stressbusters “now connects nearly 200,000 students and staff with stress reduction and wellness information” at campuses around the country.“I met with Friedman and was intrigued by the idea of a hands-on program, so to speak,” said Mahon, who is Stressbusters’ campus supervisor. “Research has shown that even five- to seven-minute back rubs lead to lower levels of cortisol [a hormone released in response to stress] and lower blood pressure. I also loved the idea that students would be helping to care for each other. So we brought in an initial group of students and had one of our massage therapists train them.”Today, the program is growing fast. Harvard Stressbusters gave around 1,200 back rubs in 172 hours at 44 events around campus in the 2010-11 academic year. As the fall semester draws to a close, students have already provided about 780 back rubs at 25 events, a pace that by next June could easily surpass last year’s numbers. Mahon said that, by the middle of October, the group was already booked solid through the end of the term.“We started with two events a week,” she said. “Then we did a training in October and got a new group of students who were very enthusiastic. So we decided to take on one more event per week. We were quickly booked up through the fall. We actually had to turn people away, which is a little bit sad.”Undergraduates become Stressbusters by completing a training session offered by the Center for Wellness at the beginning of each semester. The two-hour sessions give students a history of the program and a rundown of how it works, as well as lessons on how to give a good back rub.“There’s a very specific protocol,” said Mahon. “We call it a back rub, not a massage, because students don’t go through the level of training that a qualified massage therapist would go through. We instruct them on how to do seated back rubs that focus on the neck, back, shoulders, and arms.”New Stressbuster deliverers practice on each other under the watchful eye of licensed massage therapist Kara Donohoe. Donohoe said she makes sure that students know a muscle from a bone, and the points at which pleasure becomes pain.“I teach them to work on back, neck, arms, and hands, while avoiding any bony areas of the body,” Donohoe said. “As a massage therapist, I have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and pathology. This allows me to help people with injuries and people who suffer from chronic pain and stress.”The group usually appears at events scheduled by proctors or tutors who email Stressbusters with a request. As coordinator, Cardenas lines up the dates — typically two or three per week — and recruits cohorts to participate. The Stressbusters show up with supplies and use chairs provided by the host. Students who want a back rub take a seat — or sign up if there’s a list — and enjoy their sessions.“I normally don’t like getting massages because I’m ticklish,” said Megan Prasad ’15, who attended a Stressbusters event at Thayer Hall. “The Stressbusters were willing to adjust to my preferences to make sure that the back rub was enjoyable. I felt sleepy afterwards, and less tense. It was a great way to wind down.”Donohoe said that Prasad’s relaxation — and the Stressbusters’ success — stem from the power of the human touch.“It’s about getting that person in the chair to slow down, put away their iPhone, and lose themselves for five minutes,” she said. “It’s really quite amazing what just five minutes can do for your mind and body. Sometimes just placing your hand on someone’s back or shoulder is all a person needs in that moment, and can help them through the day.”The next Stressbusters training will be in February. Interested students should watch the Community Outreach area of the Center for Wellness website for dates. If you want the Stressbusters to visit your House or dorm, send a request to [email protected]last_img read more

Iditarod drops ceremonial start over crowd-size concerns

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There is another dramatic change for the Iditarod this year. Officials on Friday announced that the cfan-favorite ceremonial start for the world’s most famous sled dog race has been canceled over crowd-size concerns during the pandemic. The event usually draws large crowds to downtown Anchorage, where beer and food tents line city streets. Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach says they take the health and well-being of the racers, volunteers, staff and spectators very seriously. The race has been shortened this year, and it will start and finish north of Anchorage instead of having the finish line in Nome. There will be limited areas for spectators for the race’s start and end, and fans are encouraged to watch on television.last_img

Nokian Tyres Vermont marks 75th anniversary of the world’s first winter tire

first_imgNokian Tyres,Seventy-five years ago, tire manufacturing pioneer Nokian Tyres, Inc invented the Hakkapeliitta, the world’s first tire designed specifically for passenger cars to handle the snow and ice of winter roads. On Saturday, the company will mark this milestone in Vermont with an all-day picnic that also honors employee contributions to the company’s continuous spirit of innovation.The 75th Anniversary celebration will be held Saturday, August 13 at the Nokian Tyres North American Headquarters, 1945 Main Street in Colchester, VT, from 11 amuntil 6 pm
Over 150 employees and their families from Vermont and across the US and Canada will enjoy music, games, kids’ play structures, and a huge BBQ buffet.Nokian Tyres moved its North American headquarters from Nashville, Tennessee, to Colchester, Vermont, in 2009 to take advantage of the snowier New England road conditions where the company’s innovative winter tires thrive. The facility employs 57 people.In 1934, Nokian engineers were quick to understand the need for a tire that was specifically suited to Nordic driving conditions. As a result, they invented the first tread-patterned tire designed for winter use in trucks and lorries, or ‘weather tire’ as it was called. Two years later, Nokian expanded the idea to fit passenger cars with the first Hakkapeliitta winter tire, later named Snow Hakkapeliitta. The tire tread showed a stepped, relatively sparse transverse pattern equipped with so-called suction pads. This tread pattern remained unchanged until the 1950s.Hakkapeliitta winter tires outfitted the car that recently set the new world record for fastest car on ice. The record was set on March 6, 2011 by Nokian Tyres’ test driver Janne Laitinen, who drove 206.05 mph on the frozen Gulf of Bothnia in Oulu, Finland.Continuing its history of innovation, in 2006 Nokian Tyres became the world’s first tire manufacturer to fully eliminate high-aromatic (HA) oils in its production. The purified oils used by Nokian Tyres contain less polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than required in the pertinent EU directive. This not only makes tire production safer for the environment, but the materials are also safer for employees to handle and work around.About Nokian Tyres, Inc.Nokian Tyres, Inc. is the North American subsidiary of Nokian Tyres P.L.C. Located in Colchester, Vermont, the company employs 170 people and services over 1500 retailers in North America selling Nokian products. The company also owns and operates 10 Vianor retail tire and service centers through the Northeastern United States. Further information about Nokian’s North American operations is available at its North American specific website: is external) Colchester, Vermont, August 11, 2011last_img read more

Technology enables member service

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr LAFCU members wanting a “face-to-face” transaction experience can use the interactive teller machines in the drive-thru.center_img As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, credit unions have begun closing their lobbies and urging members to use alternative ways to access their accounts.LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., is now opening its branch lobbies by  appointment  to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.“As an employer and public-facing institution, LAFCU believes it is our responsibility to keep our employees, members, and community safe,” says Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, chief marketing officer at the $747 million asset credit union. “It’s just the right thing to do.“The decision was immediately embraced by employees,” she continues. “They sent emails to management saying they are grateful and proud to work for a company that cares. Members have also been receptive to the change, understanding that change is the new normal in this rapidly evolving environment.”last_img read more

Changi branch approved

first_imgSINGAPORE’s Mass Rapid Transit network is to be extended to Changi Airport by 2001, at a cost of S$700m to S$800m. The long-awaited decision was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on November 15. The 6·4 km branch from Tanah Merah was proposed as part of the initial MRT network, but later dropped because of poor traffic projections, although the flying junctions were included as part of the access to Changi depot.Last March Communications Minister Mah Bow Tan instructed the Land Transport Authority to review the prospects for the branch. The study found that air passengers, airport workers and employees at a new business park would generate enough patronage to justify construction under the revised funding formula agreed with the government last year (RG 3.96 p118).The branch will run on viaduct from Tanah Merah to Sompah station, serving the Changi Business Park, and then tunnel under the airport to a station serving both air terminals. Trains will run through onto the MRT east-west line, and terminate at Outram Park west of the city centre, providing interchange with both the Woodlands loop and the Northeast line now under construction. Services are expected to run every 15 min, handling around 36000 passengers/day olast_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (February 5-10)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report  (February 5-10)Players of the Week.Boys Basketball:  Zac Minnich – MilanAustin Smith – Switzerland CountyORVC Report (February 5-10)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Ohio Football

first_imgIf you follow Ohio high school football, two things stand out between them and Indiana high school football.  In Ohio, you still have to qualify to make the playoffs and you normally have to play at a neutral site.I certainly like the idea of a neutral site, especially when you get beyond the opening game of the playoffs.  This could avoid some of the travel problems that now occur in the Indiana playoff system.  You could chose a site halfway between both schools.  I do not like the idea of excluding schools from the playoffs as Ohio does.  Teams with one loss have missed the playoffs because of the quality of their opponents.There are pros and cons to each system.  I do not hear any rumors that either state is planning any differences in their playoff systems at this time.last_img read more

Monmouth looks to sweep Canisius

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, STEPPING UP: The dynamic Malik Johnson has averaged 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists to lead the way for the Golden Griffins. Majesty Brandon is also a big contributor, producing 13 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The Hawks have been led by Ray Salnave, who is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds.SOLID SALNAVE: Salnave has connected on 42 percent of the 100 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 8 of 30 over his last five games. He’s also made 87 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Hawks are 0-6 when they score 63 points or fewer and 13-4 when they exceed 63 points. The Golden Griffins are 0-6 when they fail to score more than 60 points and 9-9 on the season, otherwise.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Hawks have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Golden Griffins. Canisius has an assist on 32 of 74 field goals (43.2 percent) over its previous three games while Monmouth has assists on 31 of 70 field goals (44.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Monmouth has committed a turnover on just 18.4 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest rate among all MAAC teams. The Hawks have turned the ball over only 13.2 times per game this season.___ Monmouth looks to sweep Canisius Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMonmouth (13-10, 7-5) vs. Canisius (9-15, 4-9)Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Monmouth goes for the season sweep over Canisius after winning the previous matchup in West Long Branch. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 10, when the Hawks outshot Canisius from the field 50 percent to 40 percent and recorded six fewer turnovers en route to the 19-point victory.center_img February 13, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Coca-Cola to Host Three-city Golf Tourney for Customers

first_img“We are conscious of the role strategic customer relationship plays in any successful business enterprise and how it delivers a huge boost to any company’s competitive advantage.“The Customer Appreciation Week is in line with our vision to collaborate and appreciate partners, inspiring moments of optimism and happiness using customer activities and rewarding engagements,” observed Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka I. Onyemelukwe.Commenting further, Managing Director, Datof Golden Heritage Limited, Mrs Elizabeth Abiodun-Toki, highlighted the importance of the event to key customers like her.“Coca-Cola continues to show us their immense gratitude. I have been a distributor of Coca-Cola since 1989 and they will always have my support. I am very proud of Coca-Cola for their growth over the years. My hope is that the company continues to host exciting events like this and we look forward to having a bigger and better competition in the coming years,” she concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of its global Customer Appreciation Week, beverage giants Coca-Cola Nigeria, will host the second edition of its annual customer appreciation golf tournament, to celebrate and acknowledge its loyal customers across Nigeria.The golf tournament will be held across three cities (Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja), and will be attended by key stakeholders, distributors, customers and media; with six winners to emerge from the well-contested 18-hole tournament.The winners will get an all-expense paid trip to Mauritius to participate in the AfroAsia Mauritius Open Pro-AM Tournament in November.last_img read more

Couple to plead guilty in Operation Varsity Blues

first_imgThe Blakes are scheduled to enter their guilty pleas Tuesday in Boston federal court. They are among 19 parents in the admissions case connected to USC and will join the eight to date who have entered guilty pleas and proceeded to sentencing. The remaining nine parents with ties to the University have opted to contest charges and will stand trial beginning in October. The government has recommended a sentence of four months in prison, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service for Todd, while Diane received a lighter recommended penalty of six weeks in prison, two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. The prosecution has also recommended each of them be fined $125,000. The maximum penalty the court may impose upon Diane is a 20-year prison sentence with three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, while Todd faces up to 40 years in prison, six years of supervised release and a fine of $750,000. The Blakes will appear in court Tuesday to formally accept a plea deal that dismisses two of Diane’s charges and one of Todd’s. (Daily Trojan file photo) The Blakes face charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Diane will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud, while Todd will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The government attorney prosecuting the case will drop the other charges as part of the plea deal.center_img Two parents in the college admissions case have agreed to plead guilty for arranging for their daughter’s fraudulent acceptance to USC as a volleyball recruit. Diane and Todd Blake enlisted the help of Operation Varsity Blues scheme organizer William “Rick” Singer to secure their daughter’s admission to USC in fall 2017. Senior associate athletic administrator Donna Heinel, Singer’s co-conspirator, created a recruitment profile for the Blakes’ daughter that listed several fabricated athletic honors and presented it to an admissions committee in September 2017, whereupon conditional acceptance was granted and the couple sent Singer and Heinel payments totaling $250,000.last_img read more