Wal-Mart, Procter & Gamble to Phase-out Hazardous Chemicals

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDo you know what’s in your cosmetics? Or your perfume? The nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it will require suppliers to disclose and eventually phase out nearly 10 hazardous chemicals from the fragrances, cosmetics, household cleaners and personal care products at its stores.Similarly, Procter & Gamble cited consumer preferences last week as the reason it will eliminate hormone-like phthalates and the antibacterial triclosan, which is a known endocrine disruptor, from all its products. Triclosan has been used in some tooth pastes, mouthwashes, and many soaps with “anti-bacterial” on the label.In 2012, Johnson & Johnson pledged to remove those two chemicals, along with formaldehyde and parabens, from its personal care products worldwide.(READ the story in the USA Today)RELATED: For Your Health: Use Hand Sanitizers Without TriclosanPhoto credit: www.fitsugar.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Gophers head to coach’s alma mater for tournament

first_imgGophers head to coach’s alma mater for tournamentHead coach Jessica Allister was a four-year starter while at Stanford. Matt GreensteinMarch 5, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintHead coach Jessica Allister will head back to a familiar place this weekend.She’s traveling to her alma mater, but this time she’ll be managing from the opposing dugout.Allister started all four years as a catcher at Stanford and led the Cardinal to two Women’s College World Series.“College was the best four years of my life. I enjoyed every second of it, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” she said.She’s in the Stanford record books’ top-10 in nearly every batting statistic and earned multiple accolades along the way.As well as her on-the-field recognitions, Allister was a leader among her teammates.“She’s just a fierce competitor. She’s the leader on the field and works extremely hard,” said John Rittman, Allister’s coach at Stanford.Her competitive drive dictates the intensity of the Gophers’ practices, which are run at a very fast pace and are never dull.Both Allister’s mother and father were coaches, so the coaching gene is in Allister’s makeup.“You take a little bit and learn from all of your experiences. I think coach Allister has probably done the same with her career,” Rittman said. “That’s one of the things that good coaches can do. They learn the game, and it’s very evident that she’s done a great job.” Throughout Minnesota’s season, Allister has preached to her team to control the controllable, and her motivating and competitive nature has rubbed off on the Gophers.“Coach says it all the time, ‘[We] can’t have any expectations. [We] just have to go out there and compete,’” sophomore pitcher Sara Groenewegen said.The last time Allister traveled to her alma mater was two years ago for a tournament where the Gophers won three of five games.One of their two losses went into extra innings when Minnesota fell to Stanford 2-1 in the eighth.“Once the game started, you don’t really think about it. But before and after the game, it’s definitely a weird feeling to know that someone you coached and coached with is now a successful coach of her own program,” said Rittman, who has since left Stanford.Not only was Allister a coach for the Gophers, but before Minnesota, she was an assistant coach under Rittman.She spent three years as an assistant coach and helped Stanford reach three consecutive NCAA tournaments and two super regional appearances. “The opportunity to coach with John Rittman, who I just think the world of, and to be able to come home and represent my alma mater, it was a dream come true,” Allister said.Before coming to Minnesota, Allister also made stops at Georgia and Oregon, but she has since changed her shade of red after taking over at Minnesota five years ago.“She’s had a lot of success in a short amount of time, and nobody is more deserving than coach Allister,” Rittman said.last_img read more

Our creative ideas are viewed as a window into our true selves

first_imgShare on Twitter “Then the agent shared a candle scent idea that was so inappropriate that it stopped the conversation completely. That got me thinking — are the ideas we share revealing of our true selves? Does being creative feel personally self-disclosing? So, my coauthor, Josh Katz and I turned that experience into the series of laboratory experiments.”The research consisted of five separate experiments.In three experiments with 600 participants in total, the researchers found that people who were asked to generate creative ideas — compared to typical or conventional ideas — were more likely to believe those ideas revealed something about themselves.Their fourth experiment, which included another 399 participants, indicated that focusing on one particular category of creative ideas tended to produce greater feelings of self-disclosure. In particular, people asked to brainstorm new scents for candles believed their ideas revealed more about themselves when asked to generate only new fruit scents compared to any type of scent.“This result seems consistent with a growing stream of research suggesting that creativity not only demands cognitive flexibility but also focused persistence,” the researchers wrote in their study.In the fifth and final experiment, 326 participants generated ideas and then shared them with one another. The researchers found that participants believed they disclosed more about their personality after sharing creative ideas compared to conventional ideas. The participants also felt that their partner revealed more personal information when sharing creative ideas.“The instruction to be creative is very common in organizations but it is not benign. In the process of being creative, you rely on your own idiosyncratic point of view and unique preferences, thus making the ideas you share revealing of your true self,” Goncalo told PsyPost.“More importantly, other people listen to your ideas and make judgments about you. We found that when people heard another individual’s creative ideas, they became more confident that their judgments about their personality were accurate. People are not just judging your ideas, they are making personal judgments about you based on your ideas.”The findings could have some important implications for personal relationships. But, currently, the relationship between creativity and social bonding is unclear.“We found that people use creative ideas to judge another person’s personality but we found no effect on how much they liked the person. It remains an open question as to whether hearing a person’s creative ideas can pave the way for either rejection or bonding,” Goncalo explained.“For instance, one person shared creative candle scents ideas like ‘Zombie Apocalypse’, ‘Spoiled Milk in a Hot Car’, ‘Dog Farts’ and ‘Guilt, Guile and Gore.’ You probably formed an image of this person based on these ideas. But whether you like this person or not will probably depend on whether your preferences match.”“My lab is doing more and more work on the consequences of creativity so I hope to have more findings to share in the near future,” Goncalo added.The study, “Your Soul Spills Out: The Creative Act Feels Self-Disclosing“, was authored by Jack A Goncalo and Joshua H Katz. Share Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest LinkedIn Creative ideas are perceived to be revealing of the self, according to research published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The findings provide new insights into the psychological and interpersonal consequences of creativity.“Most research on creativity has assumed that creativity is almost inherently positive and so most of the focus has been on how to boost creative output. More recently, I have become interested in the consequences of expressing creative ideas,” said study author Jack A. Goncalo, a professor and the Robert and Helen P. Seass Faculty Fellow at the Gies College of Business.“The link to self-disclosure came about through a conversation I had with a real estate agent who was showing my family homes and we remarked on the variety of different candle scents that we had smelled throughout the day. This conversation turned into an impromptu brainstorming session — everyone started sharing various ideas for candle scents (e.g. Vanilla, Freshly Baked Cookies, Orange Grove).”last_img read more

Remembrance service for Jeff Joe

first_imgLocalNews Remembrance service for Jeff Joe by: – November 23, 2012 Tweet Share Jeff Joseph performing at the 2011 World Creole Music FestivalToday marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Dominica’s Cadence icon Jeff Joseph.Joseph who hailed from the village of St. Joseph passed away after unsuccessful emergency surgery in Martinique last year.His death sent shock waves throughout his homeland Dominica and the rest of the world. Jeff Joe as he was affectionately known was a founding member of the Grammacks New Generation and performed with his band at last years 15th edition of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF).He was known for his significant contribution to the musical industry in Dominica and is described by many as a “creative genius” particularly due to his instrumental role in the development and promotion of Cadence Lypso and Dominica’s WCMF.Jeff Joe was one of Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassadors and recognized as a “great humanitarian”, community activist and diplomat and a dedicated family man.In celebration of the life of Jeff Joe and his contribution to music in Dominica, this year’s 16th edition of the WCMF paid homage to the Cadence icon.A special service in remembrance of the life and great works of Jeff Joe will be held at the St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church from 7:00 p.m. this evening. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 15 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

The clock is ticking on the 2020 $20 plus tax special at Top Fitness

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – It’s 20s all the way around at the locally owned and operated family fitness center, Top Fitness. It’s the 2020 $20 plus tax special. For 2020, simply sign a one year contract, and it’s only $20 a month plus tax.Sign-up times are:Mon – Thu: 8am to noonMon – Thu: 5:30pm to 8:30pmFridays: 9am to 5pmSun: 8am to noonTop Fitness features men and women’s basic self-defense classes. This cost is $10 per class or only $5 a class for Top Fitness members.Tan with Top Fitness. Tanning is  free with select membership packages.And there’s always free Wi-Fi at Top Fitness. Join now by calling 423.352.6006.Top Fitness is your 24/7/365 family fitness center.Top Fitness is in the Whiteway Plaza in La Follette.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/27/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more