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How a Pet Helps You Feel Better When You Are Sad

If you already own a pet, then you’re likely to be well aware of the uplifting effect that a pet can have on your mood when you’re feeling sad.

But have you ever wondered why this is?

Here are a few scientifically-backed reasons as to how a pet is genuinely able to make a person feel better when they are feeling down…

FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS

Your brain produces a number of different natural chemicals that each have their own effect on your mood.

One of these chemicals is called oxytocin. When the brain releases this, you immediately feel happier and more loved.

Not only that, but the oxytocin then sends signals to the other neurotransmitters in the brain, encouraging it to release other feel-good hormones, such as:

• Serotonin

• Dopamine

• Adrenaline

How are these feel-good brain chemicals linked to pets?

Well, research shows that when you stroke a pet, this triggers your brain to produce and release an increased amount of oxytocin. This, in turn, will quickly have an uplifting effect on your mood.

In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to stroke a pet to experience these benefits…

Simply looking into your pet’s eyes can have similar effects!

COMFORT AND EMPATHY

Not only can many animals sense your emotions, but they can also tell whether you are feeling happy or sad. This is a concept officially known as emotional contagion, and it is something that is being increasingly studied.

While research may still be ongoing, what we do know is that pets, whether they can sense your sadness or not, offer so much comfort and empathy.

Your pet will be there to support you whenever you are feeling down, and your pet is also guaranteed to be one of the best listeners you will ever find! Just talking to your pet about whatever it is that is bothering you can actually increase your problem-solving abilities, meaning that you may even find a logical and productive way to overcome your sadness.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

While a fish or a hamster may not provide this benefit, other pets, such as dogs and cats, do tend to encourage their owners to spend more time outdoors.

This is especially the case with dogs, and dog owners will likely find themselves outdoors so much more than they would have been, all because of their dog.

Did you know that spending more time outdoors can have a direct effect on how happy you’re feeling?

Even if you just spend half an hour a day at your local park with your dog, you will experience:

• Less stress

• More empathy

• Increased concentration and creativity

• An increase in physical fitness

• An improvement in overall health

As you can imagine, when experiencing all of those different benefits, your sadness will soon disappear!

Pets add so much to our lives, and the fact that an animal can almost immediately make a person feel happier is a huge added bonus for pet owners. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, or anything else, try turning to your pet the next time you are feeling sad for an instant mood lift. Learn more here about how your pets can help boost your mood!

Ria Mae New EP Stars

RIA MAE SHARES STRUGGLES WITH SOCIAL MEDIA ON NEW EP STARS

Canadian pop singer Ria Mae takes listeners on an emotional voyage through relationships on her new EP, Stars. Navigating beyond lyrical and sonic boundaries, Stars allows listeners to feel a sense of human connection, something Ria believes is lacking in today’s social climate.

“Hold Me” was inspired by the invasive negativity and anxiety social media create. Nostalgic for a simpler time, the duet emerged after a conversation with Frank Kadillac and Lowell. “We were talking about how easy life used to feel when we were young and how anxious a lot of our peers seem to be right now,” Ria stated in Divine Magazine.

The remainder of Stars illustrates Ria Mae’s ability to empathize with her listeners. “Trixi,” is a provocative track about desire and obsession and is the first character-driven song Ria’s written. “Not Your Type,” Ria’s forthcoming single, is a pro-consent pop song that showcases Ria’s playful side. “It’s You,” is a raw and honest breakup anthem.

Ria Mae’s first single “Bend” became an instant hit, skyrocketing to Top 5 at Hot AC, Top 15 at AC, and Top 15 at CHR radio, reaching platinum certification status. Ria was nominated for “Pop Album of the Year” at the 2018 JUNO Awards for “My Love.” Two years earlier, Ria also earned a JUNO nomination for “Single of the Year” for her platinum-selling hit “Clothes Off” that has over 13 million streams worldwide.

Biodynamic Wine

A Toast to Biodynamic Wine

One of the hottest trends in wine today is not bubbly rosé or exotic eastern European varietals, but biodynamics. While biodynamic wines are popping up on more menus, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the term and it can be challenging for consumers to know what they are getting.

Unpacking the term biodynamics, think of it as organic 2.0. We have a general idea of what it means to be organic, but different standards and measurements within countries make even that a little tough to understand. When we make wine, there are two big steps in the process. The first is growing the grapes. Farmers can choose to spray the fields and use chemical agents to reduce disease and insects or choose to eliminate (or minimize) these products. Some of these agents include copper sulfate and glyphosate-based weed killers.

After the grapes are grown and harvested, the producer then needs to convert those grapes into wine. In a non-organic transformation process, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVPP) and other elements can be used for fining and filtering can occur with ion exchange resins.

There is a large debate on the heath impacts of these and other chemicals to grow and process grapes into wine, however, more and more people don’t want to take the risk and avoid them completely. For example, while copper and sulphur both exist in nature, it may not be a good idea to spray any of it on thin-skinned grapes.

The movement to reduce and eliminate these practices gave rise to organic wine. In the United States, the USDA set standards to normalize labels, by creating a standard for wine. Wine labels may state either “made with organic grapes” or “organic wine” (which means organic grapes and organic processing). The UDSA created a list of acceptable non-agricultural products that could be found in the wine and also set levels of Sulphur used to preserve the wine after bottling. Europe also set standards for organic wine, although they differ from the U.S. For example, Europe prohibits certain stabilizers in the wine like mannoproteins. Europe says it is ok to have ammonium phosphate, used to start secondary fermentation in sparkling wine, the U.S. says no. Many, especially smaller, wineries can’t afford the certification process but still following the organic guidelines. So, as a consumer, with variety in countries and labels it can be tough to find authentic organic wine.

Biodynamics adopts the philosophy of organics but goes much further. The philosophy of biodynamics was developed by Rudolf Steiner in the mid-1920s. His contention was that “use of chemical fertilizers would lead to the decline of soil, plant and animal health and the subsequent devitalization of food.” Beyond simply avoiding fertilizers and chemical agents, however, biodynamics promotes biodiversity and the integration of crops and animals and works to establish a “closed-loop” system of soil fertility. Balance is important, as is the awareness of moon cycles and weather conditions and how the environment impacts farming. When you hear people talk about biodynamics, they use words like balance and harmony and discuss ways to avoid negative impacts on the planet. These are the goals of biodynamics.

Undoubtedly, a growing consumer interest in helping the environment and making better health choices is causing an increased interest in biodynamic wine, but another significant reason for the success of biodynamic wine is the taste. Characteristically, biodynamic wines have a pure expression of the “place” where they are produced. The French call this concept terroir, and the minimal interventionist winemaker has the ability to express the unique nature of the soil, climate and varietals of grapes in the wine. Biodynamic wines have a much more varied flavor profile and more distinct regions are developing their signature grapes and wines.

Producing biodynamic wines is not easy and varies greatly depending on where the winery is located in the world. For example, northern European regions like Champagne in France, or Rías Baixas in Spain have challenging weather and without a lot of intervention, find greatly reduced yields (and revenue). That is why you find many more biodynamic wines in areas with sunny, dry (or breezy) climates.

Just because biodynamics is difficult in certain climates, does not mean it is impossible. One of my favorite biodynamic producers is Vincent Couche in Champagne. Instead of chemicals, he sprays herbal teas and plant-based solutions like nettle, horsetail, wicker, thyme, and queen flower. He chooses these sprays based on the properties to help the vines fight against excess heat and disease. Part of his estate is also vinified without Sulphur. I would argue that his Champagne is one of the most flavorful and expressive Champagnes in the world. The small winery, Bodegas Corisca, in Rías Baixas creates a wine from the Albariño grape that is extremely complex and expressive. After harvest, fermentation is spontaneous and Bodegas Corisca only uses natural yeasts, and then rests the wine on its lees.

While not ubiquitous, there is a standard for biodynamic wine, called Demeter. For biodynamic certification, the Demeter standard is much more extensive and has a “greater emphasis on on-farm solutions for disease, pest, and weed control” in addition to tighter controls around non-local fertilizers, water conservation and biodiversity. Although this is the gold standard for biodynamic wine, many wineries have not sought the certification because of the significant cost.

The best way to try biodynamic wine is to work through wine shops, bars and restaurants that have a focus on biodynamics and source their wines from producers. Try experimenting with biodynamic and non-biodynamic and organic wine and see if you can taste the difference.

About Michael Biddick

From computer programmer to wine scholar: Michael Biddick has disrupted century’s old systems of judging wine by creating an algorithm to systematically uncover the best wine regions in the world. In his recent award winning release, 43 Wine Regions (Mascot Books, Oct. 2018), Biddick broadens the palates of wine drinkers by offering practical and enjoyable visual infographics that clearly show why these 43 wine regions are so magical. A former contributing technology editor at Information Week and Network Computing magazines, Biddick uses accessible analytics to help people professionally understand wine culture. Biddick founded one of the fastest growing information technology firms in the country in 2009 and earned a Master of Science in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. Biddick is currently head sommelier and owner at Blend 111 organic food and wine bar in Vienna, Virginia outside Washington D.C. Biddick speaks English, Spanish and French. He is also a Master of Bordeaux wine, a certified French Wine Scholar (FSW) and was trained by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Allan Rayman Announces Tour

ALLAN RAYMAN ANNOUNCES HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, SET TO KICK OFF MAY 21 IN PORTLAND

PRE-SALE AVAILABLE NOW AND TICKETS ON-SALE MARCH 22

Singer/songwriter Allan Rayman has just revealed his next run of live appearances, dubbed “The Allan Rayman Show.” Allan and his band will be heading to 21 cities across North America, launching in Portland, OR and making stops in major markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Boston, San Francisco and more.

The tour will have the Toronto-based singer/songwriter back in North America after performing to captivated crowds throughout Europe this past winter. Allan has been on the road in support of his latest musical project Harry Hard-On released late last year via Republic Records/KIDindaKorner/Universal Music Canada. “Rose,” the album’s debut single, is quickly climbing the charts at U.S radio. Along with success on the airwaves, Harry Hard-On has been met with critical praise from the press, with Time Magazine heralding the track “Crush” writing, “Rayman’s voice contains multitudes: a rough ache, a smooth hum, a rock star’s confidence.”  

Rayman, who is known for his theatrical live performances and genre bending musical style, recently gave followers a peak into his world when he released the music video for “Rose”. “Rose” features clips from his trip to the Alaskan wilderness last fall and can be viewed HERE. Those who want to get to know Rayman more can catch one of his shows throughout the U.S and Canada starting in May. Pre-sale tickets are available now here and tickets go on-sale March 22nd here.

ABOUT ALLAN RAYMAN

Allan Rayman is a singer/songwriter. He has released four projects – Hotel Allan, Roadhouse 01, Courtney, and most recently Harry Hard-On, which have given him somewhat of a cult following. He has played sold-out headline tours in the United States and Canada and has made a name for himself at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Ohana, Austin City Limits and Osheaga. Allan has seen success internationally with several European tours under his belt. Allan recently completed a headlining European tour and plans to embark on a North American tour this May.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

May 21 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

May 22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

May 23 – Victoria, BC – Capital

May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

May 26 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre

May 28 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

May 29 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’

May 30 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick

June 2 – Detroit, MI – El Club

June 4 – Boston, MA – Sinclair

June 5 – New York, NY – Warsaw

June 7 – Washington, DC – Union Stage

June 8 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

June 9 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In

June 11 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl

June 13 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas – Cambridge Room

June 14 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub

June 15 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live

June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom

June 20 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room

June 21 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall

For tickets and more info: https://www.allanrayman.com/tickets

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

 

YK Osiris “Worth It”

YK OSIRIS STARS IN UNDISPUTED EPISODE 4 AS “WORTH IT” CLIMBS THE CHARTS!

WATCH EPISODE HERE

UNDISPUTED OUT NOW | LISTEN HERE

YK Osiris is a star, and there’s no reason to debate. Whatever “it” is, he has it. YK made it through the mud to support his family and is only getting bigger by the day with his latest single, “Worth It,” climbing the charts each and every week. Watch as he tells his story and takes fans through his recording process and flashy lifestyle that includes girls, cars, and money.

“WORTH IT” BY YK OSIRIS NOW HAS 75 MILLION GLOBAL STREAMS

ORDER THE OFFICIAL UNDISPUTED MERCH AT https://defjamshop.com/

READ “HOW DEF JAM PLANS TO RECLAIM ITS HIP-HOP CROWN” ON BILLBOARD.COM

READ “FOR ‘UNDIDSPUTED,’ DEF JAM PIVOTS TO ITS RAP ROOTS WITH NEW TALENT IN TOW” ON FORBES.COM

READ “COME WATCH THE F*CKING SHARKS: DEF JAM’S RAP CAMP EXPERIMENT” ON COMPLEX.COM

READ “HOW DEF JAM’S RAP CAMP CREATED AN ‘UNDISPUTED’ WIN” ON HIGHSNOBIETY.COM

“The true comeback story of the week may very well be pioneering rap label Def Jam, which aims to restore its dominance over the rap game with a compilation of its new, young signings.” – UPROXX

“It’s a new era for Def Jam.” – COMPLEX

“Def Jam Recordings, the storied label that brought us many legendary artists is ready to usher in its next generation with the new offering Undisputed… the compilation album puts the iconic record label’s roster of new talent on full display.” – XXL

“Def Jam is showing off its bright future in Undisputed. Featuring the label’s newest and most talented artists, the compilation album stands as a reassurance that Def Jam’s place in history remains cemented.” – HYPEBEAST

People, Prosperity and the Planet

Student Teams from Cornell University and New Jersey Institute of Technology Awarded $45,000 EPA Grant for Innovative Technology Projects

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $45,000 in funding for three student teams through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. Student teams from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Cornell University are receiving funding to develop sustainable technologies to help solve environmental and public health challenges.

“EPA’s P3 grants program supports the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “These students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world environmental problems that require innovative solutions.”

“Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Cornell University are creating affordable, sustainable solutions to the real issues we are challenged by in Region 2,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “These students are applying science and cutting-edge technology to tackle important environmental threats to our lakes and the quality of our drinking water.”

Grantees include student teams from the following universities:

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, N.J.: The student team from NJIT is devising a sustainable process based on reactive nanobubbles technology to control and mitigate harmful algal blooms.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, N.J.: The student team from NJIT is developing a novel device that will remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from drinking water.
  • Cornell University – Ithaca, N.Y.: The student team from Cornell University is developing a pump with the goal of zero electricity drinking water treatment.

The P3 competition challenges students to research, develop and design innovative projects that address a myriad of environmental protection and public health issues. The Phase I teams will receive grants of up to $15,000 each to fund the proof of concept for their projects.

The Phase I recipients will attend the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo in Boston, Mass., on June 17-18, 2019, to showcase their research. They can then apply for a Phase II grant that provides funding up to $100,000 to further the project design.

These students, who represent the future workforce in diverse scientific and engineering fields, are following in the footsteps of other P3 teams. Some of these teams have gone on to start businesses based on ideas and products developed through their P3 project. In 2018, a previous P3 Phase I awardee from Oklahoma State University (OSU) leveraged P3 funding to initiate their research to develop a cost-effective approach to enhance energy efficiency in wastewater treatment. In furthering their P3 project, OSU transformed the research into a business plan and won the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition with its startup business plan for Contraire, a predictive analysis control system designed to provide near real-time wastewater test measurements. Amongst 15 other teams, OSU pitched their business plan to a panel of Canadian business leaders and received multiple inquiries from investors.

More Information

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New Beau Young Prince Music Video

BEAU YOUNG PRINCE DROPS VIDEO FOR “LET GO” FROM SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

“LET GO” AT OVER 13 MILLION STREAMS!!

WATCH HERE

“Beau Young Prince’s natural grasp of melody is his secret weapon. He rides producer Jailo’s candy-coated instrumental with ease and energy, switching flows on a dime.” – Pitchfork

“The kind of magnetic blab that flows cool and steady onstage, inside a recording booth or over a phone line.” – The Washington Post

“Beau Young Prince has emerged on the music scene with a refreshing sense of awareness of his place in hip-hop culture.” – office

Listen to Beau Young Prince’s debut EP Groovy Land HERE

Waterproofing New York

With two destructive tropical storms in two years, New York City — like many other global cities — is entering a phase of adaptation to catastrophic climate events which are a result of carbon cycle disruption by human, urban, and industrial practices. Recovery will require more than a simple fix; it will necessitate systemic adaptation to escalating tidal and storm surges, precipitation, and wind events through the construction of new urban landscapes that have the capacity to merge social, cultural, and environmental forces.

Waterproofing New York gathers some of the most influential and thought provoking municipal leaders, engineers, planners, social scientists, and designers to explore the impact of past and future storms on New York City’s infrastructural systems: Water/Waste, Power/Data, Circulation/Fuel, Parks/Recreation, and Shelter. The essays and projects collected here use these urban operating systems to open speculation on possibilities not simply for waterproofing the city but for thinking beyond it to seek wider means of coordinated yet opportunistic, pragmatic, and inventive city design. Waterproofing New York is intended to support an emerging skepticism of a singular “big fix” as well as of the unplanned, uncoordinated, shoring up of individual enterprises and discrete sites that will ensue in the absence of design and civic leadership.

About the Editors

Denise Hoffman Brandt, RLA, is the Director of Landscape Architecture and an Associate Professor at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She is Principal of Hoffman Brandt Projects, LLC.

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the City College of New York and Principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio.

Moth to a Flame

Adisa Mullings, New York based photographer, content developer and member of GVI Films worked alongside model Modesta Boafo, makeup artist Tatiana Ward, hair stylist Stephanie LaBelle and wardrobe stylist Lunden to create the following photo series.

Gvi Photography (@gviphotog)

Model/Actress: Modesta Boafo (@WestAfricanDol)

MUA: Tatiana Ward (@Beatfacehoney)

Hair Stylist: Stephanie LaBelle “The Hair Galleria” (@ManeInRome)

Wardrobe Stylist: Lunden of “Looks By Lunden” (@LooksByLunden)

About GVI Films

GVI FILMS (pronounced G6 Films) is a collaborative venture that brings together talented professionals who work hard to create inspiring visions, stories and memorable moments through film/video and photography. Their team will go above and beyond your expectations to meet your needs, providing each client with a quality finished product that will best represent you. They are located in Brooklyn, New York and travel worldwide!

“Death Race For Love” Debut #1 on Billboard 200

Death Race For Love, the second studio album by Chicago artist Juice WRLD, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 165K equivalent units. Additionally, Death Race For Love marked the second-biggest streaming week of any album released this year, with over 200 million global streams. The album was released March 8 on Grade A Productions/ Interscope Records.

Death Race For Love includes the single “Robbery,” released February 13, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at #2 on the Soundcloud chart. “Robbery” accumulated over 21 million global streams in its first week of release. The album also features the single “Hear Me Calling,” which hit 6.7 million global streams within the first 3 days of its release.

Death Race For Love arrives as the follow-up to Goodbye & Good Riddance, Juice WRLD’s massively successful 2018 debut. Along with his double-platinum single “All Girls Are the Same,” the platinum-certified album features his biggest hit to date: the four-times-platinum “Lucid Dreams,” which earned over a billion total video and audio streams last year. In addition, Goodbye & Good Riddance includes Juice WRLD’s chart-climbing single “Armed and Dangerous.”

Juice WRLD will be performing at this year’s Coachella festival. He will then begin his headlining North American tour on April 25 at the PNE Forum in Vancouver, BC and wrap the tour June 8 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX, with support from Ski Mask The Slump God and The Lyrical Lemonade All-Stars. Tickets are available here, along with a limited run of exclusive merch collaborations, with VLONE, Lyrical Lemonade, Half Evil, and Ransom.