PHOTOS: WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Brings Together Music, Brews, And Mountains

first_imgWinterWonderGrass Tahoe wrapped up last weekend, April 6-8, 2018, at the base of Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, California–serving asa celebrational entrance celebration to spring in California. Surrounding music, brews, and mountains, the lineup featured headlining sets from The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters. Despite some aggressive weather, the beautiful location is the result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. The inimitable backdrop was also highlighted by performances from The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The Brothers Comatose, Shook Twins, The Lil Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Grant Farm, Pickin’ on the Dead, Jon Stickley Trio, Old Salt Union, The Kitchen Dwellers, The Drunken Hearts, and so many more. Artists-at-Large included Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival), and more.Photographer Sam Watson was on the scene to capture the glory, as you can see in the full festival gallery below.WinterWonderGrass Tahoe | Squaw Valley, CA | 2018 | Photos: Elliot Siff Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A summer of helping

first_img Summer explorers Harvard Ed Portal program offers fun, skill-building activities for local students Plan an art show with no budget. As a summer volunteer. In less than six weeks.That was Ezra Feder’s assignment when he started in July at Artists For Humanity (AFH) in Boston, a nonprofit that provides paid employment in art and design to lower-income teens in the city.Working 80 hours over five weeks, Feder ’23, an incoming first-year Harvard student, single-handedly organized and promoted AFH’s Summer Exhibition, slated for Aug. 22 at the AFH EpiCenter in South Boston. He found event sponsors, solicited donations for refreshments, and exercised community outreach across the city to spread the word about the exhibition, which is an opportunity for AFH’s artists to display and sell their work to gallery visitors.,“It was really terrific meeting and working with the artists because they’re such an exuberant and creative group,” said Feder, a native of Sharon, Mass. “This kind of work requires a lot of teamwork from the artists and the administrative staff, and that’s something that’s really impressive to see in action. I hope to keep that impression with me as I move forward.”Feder came by this venture into public service as a participant in Harvard’s new Service Starts with Summer Program (3SP) for incoming first-year students. The program calls for participants to commit to giving at least 100 hours to a community project in or near their hometowns during the summer before starting school. Feder devoted 80 hours to direct service and 20 to professional development activities, including webinars, cohort meetings, and a day of service on campus. Typically, participants work with nonprofits and are unpaid, so they are eligible to receive a $1,500 stipend from 3SP.,Feder reached out to AFH for a volunteer placement on the recommendation of a sibling who had volunteered there in the past, and was quickly drawn to the organization’s mission to help young artists gain self-sufficiency skills, career training, and educational assistance.The AFH artists work in a variety of media, including video, animation, photography, painting, and graphic design. They get support from mentors in their chosen fields to learn technical and business skills specific to their interests. AFH has sold or leased pieces to big clients including John Hancock, Nixon Peabody, Champion, and the Massachusetts Port Authority.“There is a term in Hebrew, tikkun olam, which means to ‘repair the world,’ not just to help yourself but to help others,” said Feder. “That’s always been a significant value in my life, and it’s a natural extension of that value to participate in 3SP and to continue doing community service at Harvard.”,Relatedlast_img read more

Patent pending on sprout sanitizer

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientists have developed a method to make fresh alfalfa sprouts safer to eat by treating the seeds used to grow them. Sprouts adorn many restaurant salad bars, and are considered by many a healthy fresh vegetable. But, they are one of the main foods linked to foodborne illness in the U.S.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1996 at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness have been associated with sprouts, typically contaminated with salmonella or E coli.Labeled safe by FDAUGA food microbiologist Michael Doyle and his colleague Tong Zhao have developed a new process to soak seeds in a solution that kills pathogens. The Food and Drug Administration consider its components safe for use in sprouts and several foods, he said. UGA is in the process of patenting the process.The new UGA treatment is safe for sprout growers to use and promotes better seed germination. “The more seeds that sprout, the better the profitability for the grower,” said Doyle, director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga.To grow sprouts, seeds are submerged in water and held at temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees for three to four days. These are also ideal conditions for growing harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, Doyle said.Less harsh than previous methodUGA food microbiologist Larry Beuchat developed one of the currently available treatment methods for killing bacteria on seeds used for sprouts. It is a calcium hypochlorite method that is highly effective but harsh and irritates the eyes, nose and lungs of those applying the treatment, Doyle said. For this reason, some producers prefer not to use it.Sprout grower Bob Sanderson supports UGA food scientists’ efforts to find a safe and effective way to kill harmful microbes on his crop. For the past 35 years, Sanderson has operated Jonathan Sprouts Inc. where 10 different varieties of sprouts are produced for supermarket chains in New England, New York and New Jersey. Growers rely on testing“This is certainly a major problem, and we are always really open to new approaches to making our product safer,” said Sanderson, president of the International Sprout Growers Association. “The number of growers is smaller than it was 10 years ago because of the food safety issues. We are interested in ways to try to restore confidence in our product.”Sanderson sanitizes his seeds with chlorine, a method he says isn’t consistently effective. To ensure he ships safe sprouts, Sanderson tests them to detect pathogens before they head to market.Based on his food safety knowledge, Doyle never eats sprouts and recommends that children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems avoid them, too.“I swore them off long ago, and I’ve been preaching this message since then,” he said. “Sprouts are considered by many food safety experts to be one of the most hazardous of foods because of how they are grown.”Method being studied on other seeds and flowersRon Walcott, a UGA plant pathologist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is testing the new treatment on watermelon and other fruit seeds to help prevent plant diseases in fields. He is also working with a national fresh cut flower supplier to see if the treatment will kill floriculture diseases and help prolong the shelf life of fresh cut flowers.last_img read more

Three-year high for shares

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Anies slams red tape in pandemic fight

first_imgThe request would then be discussed by an expert team appointed by the health minister, which would approve or deny the request in consultation with COVID-19 fast response team chief Doni Monardo, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Other than regional leaders, the COVID-19 fast response team chief can also submit such a request.The Health Ministry must make a decision within two days after the submission of the request, the regulation says. The PSBB should then be implemented for 14 days, which can be extended if there are still proven cases of transmission. The PSBB covers the closing down of schools and offices, limitations of religious activities, activities in public places, social and cultural events, transportation restrictions and activities related to security and defense.Anies said he had sent a PSBB request to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on Wednesday before the ministerial regulation was issued and would wait for an answer instead of sending a new letter. The request was being discussed by the Health Ministry’s team on Sunday afternoon.How Anies held back in coronavirus response (JP/Hengky)According to the government’s official count, there are 2,273 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Sunday, including 1,124 in Jakarta. Ninety-five of the country’s 198 fatalities were recorded in Jakarta.Padjadjaran University epidemiologist Panji Hadisoemarto said the procedure to obtain the PSBB status was “overly bureaucratic”. He feared local administrations would be late in taking necessary measures, as they failed to immediately meet the requirements imposed by the regulation.“The criteria imposed are too restrictive, especially by referring to cases as those confirmed through PCR testing. In practice, it’s very likely that decisions will be made too late, because there’s a bottleneck in our PCR testing,” Panji said.Indonesia has conducted fewer than 10,000 tests using the PCR method so far, a small number that has been attributed to insufficient preparedness on the part of laboratories and a shortage of PCR testing kits. This has caused a backlog in testing, with many patients having to wait for days for their lab results to come back.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaBerry Juliandi of the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum criticized the new regulation that gives the Health Ministry the authority over PSBB policies. “We’ve seen that the health minister has not taken the right measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19 so far,” Berry said.Bayu Dwi Anggono, a legal expert at the University of Jember in East Java, said requiring mayors and regents to consult with governors and also send their request to the latter instead of only to the Health Ministry would only increase paperwork, since the requirement was not stipulated in the 2018 Law on Health Quarantine nor in the 2020 government regulation.The Health Ministry did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has accused the central government of stonewalling his efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus by issuing a ministerial regulation that prevents him from directly imposing stricter measures to limit people’s mobility.Under pressure to control rising case numbers and fatalities in the capital, Anies strongly criticized the Health Ministry’s new guidelines on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that include an assessment process and show “no sense of urgency”.“[It’s] as if we are proposing a project that needs a feasibility study,” Anies told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “Can’t the ministry see that we are facing a rising death toll? Is that not enough?”Earlier this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that, in lieu of a regional or national lockdown, regions could enforce physical distancing rules in their fight against COVID-19.According to Government Regulation No. 21/2020 on PSBB, provinces and cities are required to obtain a permit from the Health Ministry to impose the policy. As of Sunday, no region has obtained such a permit.According to a ministerial regulation issued by the Health Ministry on Friday, regional heads who want to enact PSBB have to submit requests alongside data on the increase of cases by also providing an epidemiology curve and a map on the spread of the virus as well as data proving that transmission had already occurred in their region. Cases in question refer to the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) and those having been confirmed through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.Read also: Jakarta, West Java governors doubt central govt COVID-19 figureslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New East Coast Nihon Kohden America Facility in Lehigh County, Creation of New Jobs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Nihon Kohden America, Inc., a manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment, will establish a new facility in Allentown, Lehigh County, and create at least 27 new, high-paying jobs.“Nihon Kohden America’s decision to establish its East Coast facility in Allentown is great news for Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “The commonwealth’s strategic location makes it a prime spot for businesses to expand and support their growing customer base.”Nihon Kohden America will expand operations and establish a 7,000-square-foot facility in Allentown, South Whitehall Township to provide technical and product support to key installations along the East Coast, and support biomedical training classes for consumers.The company plans to invest at least $445,000 on the project, which will include tenant improvements, the purchase of equipment, and training for new employees. Nihon Kohden America has also committed to creating 27 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 11 current positions over the next three years.“We are always looking for ways to improve the level and quality of service and support we provide to our customers because we know that every minute counts when it comes to patient care,” said Dr. Wilson P. Constantine, CEO of Nihon Kohden America. “Initially our new Allentown facility will serve as a second U.S. technical support call center, increasing access to our knowledgeable support staff; and in the future we will have the ability to add other functions as customer needs dictate.”Nihon Kohden America received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $81,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, a $75,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, and $22,950 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.Founded in Japan in 1951, Nihon Kohden is the leading manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment, with subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The company’s products are now used in more than 120 countries, and it is the largest supplier of electroencephalography products worldwide. A pioneer in transformational healthcare technology, Nihon Kohden has envisioned, designed and produced revolutionary devices, such as pulse oximeters, arrhythmia analysis, low-invasive blood volume monitoring and wireless patient monitoring. In the U.S., the company is a trusted source for patient monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology and cardiology instrumentation solutions, and has been recognized by MD Buyline for the highest customer satisfaction among U.S. hospitals and health systems for 36 consecutive quarters. The company’s newest facility will complement its west coast-based facility allowing for a rapid response to customers across all U.S. time zones.For more information about Nihon Kohden, visit www.nihonkohden.com and www.nkusa.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newpa.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 11, 2016center_img Governor Wolf Announces New East Coast Nihon Kohden America Facility in Lehigh County, Creation of New Jobslast_img read more

ESG roundup: French association addresses presidential candidates

first_imgThere are 11 officially recognised presidential candidates. The five leaders are: Marine Le Pen (Front National), Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!), François Fillon (Republican party), Benoît Hamon (Socialist party), and Jean-Luc Mélanchon (La France Insoumise movement, communist-backed).  Antibiotics engagement updateA $2trn investor coalition has published a report showing how 10 large restaurant companies have been responding to its calls for them to help reduce the use of medically important antibiotics by large meat and poultry producers.The findings include that 70% of companies have now adopted either a comprehensive or partial policy to prohibit use in poultry, up from 50% in March 2016. In addition, 80% of companies report they are now actively engaging with suppliers to monitor antibiotic usage.However, none of the companies surveyed had developed fully comprehensive, publicly available antibiotics policies to cover their entire livestock supply chain.Richard Keery, investment manager at Strathclyde Pension Fund, said: “There is a growing public focus on rising levels of antibiotic resistance and the risks it poses to public health systems and ultimately to portfolio value. Antibiotic resistance is gaining traction as an important investment risk factor and the investor engagement is to be commended for ensuring this message is heard loud and clear in the restaurant sector. “The pension funds and asset managers in the investor coalition will be watching closely to see what further reductions in antibiotic use can be made in this sector and beyond.”G20 climate change commitmentStephanie Pfeifer, CEO of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), has commented in response to reports that Germany and other G20 countries “faced pressure to weaken the G20’s established commitment to climate action” from the US.Pfeifer said the IIGCC has “made plain” that it expects the G20 to “provide unequivocal leadership on action to curb climate risk”.“Failure by the G20 finance ministers meeting in Germany this weekend to back ambitious levels of climate action will only escalate systemic risks to the global economy and to the stability of financial markets, as [Financial Stability Board] chair Mark Carney has made clear,” she said.The G20 communiqué did refer to a commitment to phase out “inefficient” fossil fuel subsidies.ESG in the alternatives industryIf there was any doubt that interest in responsible investing is on the rise, another survey has demonstrated its increasing appeal, this time within the alternative investment industry.The Massachusetts-headquartered Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association and Adveq, a global institutional private equity investor, found that “responsible investing, including the incorporation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and ethical principles, is growing in importance in the alternative investment management industry, driven by ethical principles, constituent demands, and new business opportunities”.Adoption of industry standards (71%), pressure from institutional investors (67%), and positive investment return outcomes (64%) were identified by respondents as the largest drivers of greater adoption of responsible investing and ESG approaches, according to a statement about the survey.“Responsible investing seems to be at a tipping point right now. It is garnering increased interest and momentum, which will likely accelerate in the years to come,” said William Kelly, chief executive officer at CAIA. “To support this demand, a more institutional infrastructure is needed including common standards, increased information, and education.” More about the survey can be found here.BlackRock launches Green bond index fundBlackRock has launched a green bond index fund, citing “growing demand from investors for this fast-growing part of the fixed income market”. The fund aims to deliver investment performance reflecting the total return of the Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Global Green Bond Index.Ashley Schulten, head of climate solutions for fixed income and co-manager of the fund, said: “We see a strong interest in green bonds from clients we service as they seek to participate in climate friendly and environmentally beneficial investments without making major changes to sector allocation or liquidity risk in their holdings. Clients interested vary from large institutional clients to family offices and retail investors.” The French responsible investment association (FIR) has written to the country’s presidential candidates to ask them to set out their vision for responsible investment.The association has asked them three questions concerning:the role they would like the financial sector to play in implementing a sustainable economy;the measures they intend to take to encourage responsible finance, where investment decisions take into account environmental and social risks and opportunities; andthe incentives they envisage for individuals’ savings to be channelled towards an economy that “resolutely” addresses the challenge of sustainable developmentThe open letter (in French) can be found here.last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Completes Regular Season Undefeated in the Conference

first_imgUWF Volleyball Completes Regular Season Undefeated in the Conference Share Nov. 3, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida Volleyball team finished conference play with a 12-0 record, after defeating Montevallo 30-20, 30-18, 30-23 Saturday afternoon at the UWF Fieldhouse. The Argos now 29-4 overall will be the number #1 seed going into the Gulf South Conference Tournament, which starts on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas. “It’s amazing,” claimed Junior Kimberly Clark, “it’s something new for me and the program.” This is the first Argonaut Volleyball team to complete the season undefeated in conference.The Argonauts had total command of the match vs. Montevallo, as the Falcons biggest and latest lead any game was at 3-1 in the third game, but UWF scored eight of the next nine points and was never threatened. Clark and Chelsea Wilhoite helped the Argos off to a quick start, as both had four kills in game one. Isabela Gualberto did most of the damage in game two with six kills, and Luciana Rapach finished off the Falcons in game three with five kills. Ten different Argonauts recorded a kill, as the offense was spread around to everyone.What makes the Argonauts such a good team this year39 Kimberly Clark had this answer, “It’s about being a family on and off the court, some great coaching, and coaches that make us feel comfortable.” Danielle Spitzer added, “Its’ eye opening, we get better every day, and it’s neat, because we improve each day. I get chills just thinking about it.”In today’s match, Gualberto and Montevallo’s Katy Handrick led the way with 10 total kills. Madeline Gonzalez, with 24 assists, and Rapach with 10 assists, did a great job setting up the Argo attackers. Meanwhile, Jerica Carter led the defense with 11 digs. Montevallo’s Cami Johnson led everyone in the match with 13 digs. The loss dropped Montevallo to 11-27 on the season, and 4-8 in the conference.West Florida is set to play Ouachita Baptist on Friday at 2:30 pm in the opening round of the Gulf South Conference tournament. Senior Danielle Spitzer was excited about the 12-0 conference record, “It’s unbelievable, our team is performing so much better than I expected. I’m very excited and trying to stay mentally prepared for the conference tournament.” Spitzer added her thoughts on how to win the conference tournament, “It will take discipline, no team can be overlooked, and we just have to stay together and have fun.” Junior Kimberly Clark added her comments on the conference tournament, “We have to play every game with confidence, and play every game like it’s the National Championship, because if we lose we go home.””It’s absolutely amazing” claimed Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite when asked how it felt to go 12-0 in the conference. She added that to win the tournament, “It will take everybody, we are going to have some good practices coming up, and when everyone comes ready to play, and is on their game, then there is no stopping us.”The Argos have been virtually unstoppable in conference play this year, and seven different players have been awarded a conference player of the week honor during the year. The depth and overall strength of the Argonaut Volleyball team is apparent, as they have set team records for most wins in a season, and most conference wins. It looks like other accomplishments may yet to come.Spitzer and Gualberto have both had outstanding performances down the stretch as the Senior leaders, and along with Sarah Harrison, who is a true team player, the Argos are losing three quality people following this season. Freshmen Chelsea Wilhoite commented on losing the seniors, “It will be hard, because they are our big hitters, but I have a feeling that coach will bring in some good hitters to join our team.”The unblemished conference record of 12-0 didn’t come easy, as the Argos had to go on the road to beat West Georgia, who had won 17 in a row and took a 2-1 on the Argos. The Argos pulled out the come-from-behind win, and then went to West Alabama and knocked off the then unbeaten (18-0) Tigers in a thrilling 3-1 win. Finally, the Argos were down 0-2 to West Georgia at home and clawed back to keep the undefeated dream alive. Clark recalled the most exciting point of the season, “The West Alabama match on the road. It was our biggest battle with a lot of fans. We brought a bus load of fans and it was a close match.”With the regular season conference matches completed, the next task is the conference tournament. The tournament is in Searcy, Arkansas on November 9th and 10th. All West Florida matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. The opening match is Friday, Nov. 9th at 2:30 pm, and the opponent is Ouachita Baptist. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Rodgers fined for Mason comments

first_img Press Association Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been fined £8,000 and given a warning about his conduct for his criticism of referee Lee Mason. Rodgers admitted an FA misconduct charge after he said following the 2-1 defeat by Manchester City that the match should not have been refereed by an official from Greater Manchester – Mason is from Bolton. An FA independent regulatory commission imposed the sanction and warned Rodgers as to his future conduct. center_img Rodgers said after the City match: “Hopefully we don’t have a Greater Manchester referee again for the Liverpool v Manchester City game. I’m sure we won’t get somebody from the Wirral.” last_img read more

Test pitches in India are boring and Favour Batsmen: Michael Vaughan

first_imgNew Delhi: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has slammed the cricket pitches in India, saying the tracks are “boring” and are more in favour of the batsmen. “Test match cricket pitches in India are boring…The first 3/4 days the contest is far too in favour of the bat…needs more action for the bowler…My thought of the day …,” Vaughan tweeted on Friday.His comments came during the ongoing second Test between India and South Africa being played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune where the Indian batters have dominated the proceedings. Skipper Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal scored brilliant hundreds and have taken the hosts to a commanding position.Even in the first Test, the Indian batsmen had a great time at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. While Mayank scored a double hundred, Rohit Sharma — in his debut match as an opener in red-ball cricket — scored hundreds in both the innings in the game which India won by 203 runs. IANSAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah shares motivational post on social mediaAlso Watch:All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation in Biswanath demands error-free NRClast_img read more