first_imgPhil Lesh has announced plans for his annual Halloween celebration, dubbed Phil-O-Ween, at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The three-night run will include a number of unique sets, featuring an exciting array of special guests and collaborations from October 31st through November 2nd.On the night of Halloween, October 31st, a three-set celebration will take place, kicking off with GEM, the trio whose name is derived from the first initials of its members: Midnight North’s Grahame Lesh and Elliot Peck and Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis. Then, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform a set together. To close out the evening, Phil Lesh and Twiddle will team up for their collaborative project, Phiddle. On November 1st and 2nd, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will perform together with Widespread Panic’s Jimmy Herring on guitar.EXCLUSIVE: Grahame Lesh Talks Midnight North, His Famous Father, And Twiddle LoveThe All Hallows Eve collaborations are the latest products of a long-running creative relationship between Phil Lesh, his son Grahame’s band, Midnight North, and Twiddle. Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band (which features Grahame), Midnight North, and Twiddle recently mounted a series of multi-band performances under the billing “Unbroken Train.” The bands intermingled at various points before that as well, with Midnight North frequently joining Twiddle as support on tour and individual members of the respective bands sitting in with the others on several occasions.The virtuosic Jimmy Herring is also no stranger to the music of the Grateful Dead, having played with Phil as one of his live “Friends” on various occasions in addition to playing with post-Jerry spinoff The Dead and jazz-inflected instrumental tribute band, Jazz Is Dead.Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 28th, at 12 pm. For more info, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head here.last_img read more

first_imgA team of researchers has developed a novel class of materials that enable a safer, cheaper, and more energy-efficient process for removing greenhouse gas from power-plant emissions. The approach could be an important advance in carbon capture and sequestration.The team, led by scientists from Harvard University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, employed a microfluidic assembly technique to produce microcapsules that contain liquid sorbents, or absorbing materials, encased in highly permeable polymer shells. They have significant performance advantages over the carbon-absorbing materials used in current capture and sequestration technology.The work is described in a paper published online today in the journal Nature Communications.“Microcapsules have been used in a variety of applications — for example, in pharmaceuticals, food flavoring, cosmetics, and agriculture — for controlled delivery and release, but this is one of the first demonstrations of this approach for controlled capture,” said Jennifer A. Lewis, the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a co-lead author. Lewis is also a core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.Power plants are the single largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that traps heat and makes the planet warmer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, coal- and natural gas–fired plants were responsible for a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.That’s why the agency has proposed rules mandating dramatically reduced carbon emissions at all new fossil fuel–fired power plants. Satisfying the new standards will require operators to equip plants with carbon-trapping technology.Current carbon-capture technology uses caustic amine-based solvents to separate CO2 from the flue gas escaping a facility’s smokestacks. But state-of-the-art processes are expensive, result in a significant reduction in a power plant’s output, and yield toxic byproducts. The new technique employs an abundant and environmentally benign sorbent: sodium carbonate, which is kitchen-grade baking soda. The microencapsulated carbon sorbents (MECS) achieve an order-of-magnitude increase in CO2 absorption rates compared to sorbents currently used in carbon capture. Another advantage is that amines break down over time, while carbonates have a virtually limitless shelf life.This schematic illustration shows the encapsulated liquid carbon capture process in which carbon dioxide (CO2) gas diffuses through a highly permeable silicone shell and is absorbed by a liquid carbonate core. The polymer microcapsules are then heated to release absorbed CO2 for subsequent collection.“MECS provide a new way to capture carbon with fewer environmental issues,” said Roger D. Aines, leader of the fuel cycle innovations program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a co-lead author. “Capturing the world’s carbon emissions is a huge job. We need technology that can be applied to many kinds of carbon dioxide sources, with the public’s full confidence in the safety and sustainability.”Researchers at Lawrence Livermore and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Lab are now working on enhancements to the capture process to bring the technology to scale.Aines says that the MECS-based approach could also be tailored to industrial processes like steel and cement production, which are significant greenhouse gas sources.“These permeable silicone beads could be a ‘sliced-bread’ breakthrough for CO2 capture — efficient, easy-to-handle, minimal waste, and cheap to make,” said Stuart Haszeldine, a professor of carbon capture and storage at the University of Edinburgh, who was not involved in the research. “Durable, safe, and secure capsules containing solvents tailored to diverse applications can place CO2 capture … firmly onto the cost-reduction pathway.”MECS are produced using a double-capillary device in which the flow rates of three fluids — a carbonate solution combined with a catalyst for enhanced CO2 absorption, a photo-curable silicone that forms the capsule shell, and an aqueous solution — can be independently controlled.“Encapsulation allows you to combine the advantages of solid-capture media and liquid-capture media in the same platform,” said Lewis. “It is also quite flexible, in that both the core and shell chemistries can be independently modified and optimized.”“This innovative gas separation platform provides large surface areas while eliminating a number of operational issues, including corrosion, evaporative losses, and fouling,” said Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park, the chair in applied climate science and associate professor of Earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University, who was not involved in the research.Lewis has previously conducted groundbreaking research in the 3-D printing of functional materials, including tissue constructs with embedded vasculature, lithium-ion microbatteries, and ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber epoxy materials.Funding for the encapsulated liquid carbonates work was provided by the Innovative Materials and Processes for Advanced Carbon Capture Technology program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy.Other authors who contributed to the “Nature Communications” article include: James O. Hardin IV of Harvard; John Vericella, Sarah Baker, Joshuah Beeler-Stolaroff, Eric Duoss, James Lewicki, William Floyd, Carlos Valdez, William Smith, Joe Satcher Jr., William Bourcier and Christopher Spadaccini, all of Lawrence Livermore; and Elizabeth Glogowski of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.last_img read more

first_imgIn recognition of the longtime dedication of Ami Kuan Danoff ’84 and William A. Danoff ’82 and their most recent generosity in support of Harvard College and House renewal, the  Harvard College deanship will be renamed the Danoff Deanship of Harvard College.Explaining the motivation for their most recent gift, the Danoffs expressly cited the leadership of Harvard President Drew Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History, and the vision for the future of the College that they share with the leaders of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).“Drew has inspired and impressed us with her ability to energize all members — faculty, students, and alumni — of the University. Great leaders have intelligence, enthusiasm, and integrity, and she has an abundance of all three of these important attributes,” said William Danoff.“Ami and Will Danoff are deeply engaged in the life of Harvard College, and their extraordinary generosity will help to enhance the experiences of our undergraduates in more ways than anyone can predict,” said Faust. “I am touched by the trust they have placed in Harvard’s leadership, and I am so pleased to have such thoughtful partners as we work to strengthen the heart of the University.”Rakesh Khurana, dean of Harvard College and the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS), will be the inaugural Danoff Dean of Harvard College. A distinguished scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, Khurana joined the HBS faculty in 2000 and was appointed dean last year. He and his wife, Stephanie, have also served as co-masters of Cabot House since 2010.In his first year as dean, Khurana has brought a profound commitment to the values of a liberal arts education and has made diversity and inclusion a central part of his administration’s work. Khurana also has brought renewed focus on the intellectual experience as the foreground of the Harvard College student experience. Moving forward, he will seek to strengthen important academic aspects of the College, including expository writing, freshman seminars, and the General Education program.“I welcome this incredible gift from Ami and William Danoff, which will help advance Harvard College’s mission to educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society,” said Khurana.In addition to their support of the College, the Danoffs’ commitment to the University has included past support of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Their most recent gift includes funding for Harvard’s House Renewal initiative — which aims to reinvent and reinvigorate the Houses, among Harvard’s most important learning spaces — as well as endowed funds to support the key priorities of Khurana and Michael D. Smith, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and John H. Finley, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, providing the deans with the flexibility to meet emerging needs and opportunities.“This generous gift will provide critical support for Harvard College, allowing Dean Khurana to double down on his efforts to provide our students with an intellectually, socially, and personally transformative educational experience,” said Smith. “A core component of this experience is our residential House system, and we are extremely grateful for the Danoffs’ support of the renewal of these critical spaces for the 21st century.”The Danoffs are committed to strengthening FAS, supporting Khurana’s vision for the College, and helping the School meet the goals of The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences.“Will and I appreciate what an important, positive influence Harvard has had on us and our family. We are thrilled to support the efforts of President Faust and the leadership of the FAS with this gift,” said Ami Kuan Danoff.William Danoff is currently vice president at Fidelity Investments. Ami Kuan Danoff has held many leadership roles in finance, including vice president at Putnam Investments, but most recently has dedicated her time to philanthropic endeavors.last_img read more

first_imgPhotos: Matthew Murphy | Styling: David Withrow | Hair & Makeup: Alex Michaels | Production Assistant: Evan Zimmerman | Shot at Studios LIC The infectious Sergio Trujillo nabbed a 2016 Tony nomination for On Your Feet!’s vibrant choreography. Beginning on Broadway as a dancer in Guys and Dolls and Fosse, the Toronto native had his sights set on (literally) making moves, going on to choreograph Main Stem smashes like Memphis, Jersey Boys, The Addams Family and Next to Normal (all of which ran simultaneously in 2011, btw). On Your Feet! marks his first Tony nod, and by the looks of the killer ensemble, which includes Carlos E. Gonzalez, Tanairi Sade Vasquez, Nina Lafarga and Luis Salgado, this is only the beginning. Photographer Matthew Murphy captured them where they shine brightest—on their feet! Check out the colorful shoot!VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY Related Shows Carlos E. Gonzalez, Tanairi Sade Vasquez, Sergio Trujillo, Nina Lafarga & Luis Salgado(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 On Your Feet! View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFitch sees significant growth potential for green hydrogen in Asia-Pacific region FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asian Power:Amid increasing viability of the technology, government support and investor interests in several markets, substantial growth opportunities abound for the green hydrogen sector in Asia Pacific over coming years, according to Fitch Solutions.The report observed increasing traction in electrolyser technologies as a carbon-free alternative, which involves the use of electricity to produce hydrogen from water, primarily from non-hydro renewable generation sources.Fitch estimates Asia’s electrolyser capacity to reach over 10GW over the coming decade, but this could still accelerate. “The resulting ‘green hydrogen’ is a highly adaptable energy carrier and can be used in a wide and increasing number of industry applications,” the report stated.A key driver to its development is closely linked to the abundance of cheap low-carbon electricity. “We believe that the proliferation of renewable energy in the region, and its rapidly-falling costs, will push production costs of hydrogen down and drive adoption of the technology,” Fitch added.According to a broad consensus, the cost of electrolysers could half and reach market parity with grey, fossil fuel based, hydrogen by 2030, making it a highly competitive energy alternative.The growth of green hydrogen in the region is expected to be driven by Japan and Australia, but there is also increasing support from China, India, South Korea, Singapore and New Zealand. Most of these markets have included hydrogen into their policy agenda.More: Growth opportunities arise for green hydrogen in Asia Pacificlast_img read more

first_imgIn addition to this, the following statement by State Senator Fred Akshar was sent to 12 News: The Southern Tier is expected to move onto the fourth phase on Friday. In a statement sent to 12 News, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said the following: I can see why businesses, and some non-profits like the YMCA, are frustrated by this unexpected news. They had reworked their operations in order to comply with new health and safety guidance. New Yorkers have successfully reduced spread of COVID by respecting the health of our fellow community members. I think we are ready to responsibly take on this next set of openings, knowing that if our COVID numbers begin it rise, actions can be taken. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the state must allow all businesses to reopen in the final phase for the economy to fully return. (WBNG) — Local officials are reacting to the news that malls, gyms and theaters will not be opening as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan. In the dark of the night, the state cancelled these plans, and instead declared that motion picture, TV and streaming service production, as well as ‘low-risk’ indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment could resume operations. No date or plan has been given for movie theaters or gyms, only the pithy promise of “soon.” It’s just another example of arbitrary, confusing and contradictory messages coming from Albany bureaucrats.last_img read more

first_imgIn general, solvency levels among German Pensionskassen have increased from 135% to 138% year on year.As of year-end 2014, only one Pensionskasse – which, in Germany, are set up chiefly as an insurance-like vehicles – failed to meet its solvency requirements.BaFin warned that, if interest rates continued at their currently low levels, Pensionskassen would “suffer more than life insurers” because of their longer-term businesses and the fact they have to pay out life-long pensions.For 2014, the average interest granted on members’ assets in Pensionskassen amounted to 4.1%, slightly below the 4.4% average for the year previous.In total, the Pensionskassen regulated by BaFin managed nearly €140bn in assets, as per year-end 2014, having seen their assets grow by 6% through returns and contributions.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for BaFin confirmed to IPE that the supervisor had chosen a sample of Pensionskassen that will take part in the stress tests conducted by EIOPA later in May.It declined to reveal the size of the selected candidates to avoid speculation on the identities of the institutions.However, the spokesperson confirmed that the German government would meet EIOPA’s target of covering 50% of the balance sheet total of pension assets in the market.Several pension fund associations have warned that, because mostly large institutions are to take part in the stress tests, the results will reflect only one part of market. Only nine of the 126 Pensionskassen regulated and tested by German regulator BaFin failed national stress tests performed at year-end 2014, the watchdog announced.In its annual report, BaFin points out that this is two fewer than reported the year previous, and that solvency levels of Pensionskassen had improved slightly over the period.With its own stress tests, the regulator seeks to gauge the resilience of market participants to various market downturns in one or more asset classes.The tests do not include a quantitative assessment, as it is done under Solvency II.last_img read more

first_imgIn announcing that the plans would be scrapped, the FSA said: “Changes to the model could thus have major consequences for companies’ asset allocation and may ultimately also be liable to affect Swedish capital market stability.”The traffic-light model was first introduced in 2006, replacing statutory restrictions on investment within insurance company portfolios by a principles-based approach.Its aim is to identify – by carrying out stress tests for equity, credit, interest rate, real estate and currency risks – companies whose capital buffer is highly exposed to financial risks.The model also includes stress tests for underwriting risks such as longevity risk.The tests assess whether insurers and pension funds can meet their pension promise obligation, with companies given an overall rating of ‘green’ (low risk) or ‘red’ (high risk).The ‘amber’ (medium risk) category was dropped some years ago because it was considered too ambiguous.The FSA said it also identified a number of deficiencies in the existing model, not least because of continuing low interest rates.Magnus Strömgren, deputy Executive Director for Insurance at the Swedish FSA, told IPE: “We tried to change the model into something more realistic, and there were areas where our proposals were more stringent than the existing model. But we made mistakes as well.”Strömgren continued: “The existing model does not recognise that there could be negative interest rates. And it assumes there is no correlation between equity or interest rate shocks, and other asset classes, such as property. But in a stress situation, many things happen at once and cannot necessarily be said to be independent. Thus, the capital required in a severe financial stress is most likely underestimated by the current model.”Rather than redesign the traffic-light system, the FSA will now ask insurers and pension funds to provide additional information on potential risks – such as credit risks – in their business activities.This is intended to identify companies taking risks that might, given their financial situation and in a stress situation, threaten future pension payouts.The FSA will then initiate a dialogue with those companies to agree a course of preventive action.However, legislation setting up a framework for a new type of company, pursuing only occupational pensions business, is likely to be introduced within 3-4 years. This will include new risk-sensitive capital requirements and could therefore allow the FSA to scrap the traffic light model or change it into something of a more targeted approach to certain risks, said Strömgren. Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) has dropped plans to change its traffic light model for insurance companies and pension funds after criticism that this would impose additional capital requirements on those companies.Insurers and pension funds would effectively have been required to hold a higher percentage of their assets in low-risk instruments such as government debt to hedge their regulatory interest-rate risk under the new model.This would not only have restricted investment choice but could also have weakened liquidity in the corporate bond and mortgage bond markets, according to the industry.The proposals had been sent out for consultation last October.last_img read more

first_imgPublic Discourse 16 May 2016Family First Comment:  This is a great read.“The foundation of the pro-abortion movement is the mantra “My body, my choice.” The problem is, this pro-abortion language of personal rights and physical autonomy is clearly at odds with the natural response of the female body to a healthy developing fetus. The female body is not at all ambivalent about the abortion issue. When a woman becomes pregnant, everything in her body is gearing up to welcome the new life she carries. At conception, a complex transformation begins, one that is designed to protect and nurture the developing fetus. A mere eight days after fertilization, the growing embryo produces human chorionic gonadatropin, HCG. HCG is what enables the pregnancy to continue—and what gives a positive result on a pregnancy test. Endocrinologist Joel Brind calls this “baby’s first cry.””“When a woman decides not to carry her child to term, a division takes place in her mind and heart. This is powerfully apparent for women whose abortion decisions are fraught with anxiety, confusion, and pressure or coercion from others. Yet it is also true for those who seem to approach the decision with ease.”As the Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, hundreds of post-abortive women shared their stories in amicus briefs. Pro-abortion activists are now recognizing what abortion healing ministries have known for decades: women and men who were part of abortion decisions and procedures benefit from telling their stories. This can be a cathartic and empowering experience, ending their secrecy and isolation and putting them on the road to recovery.It’s not only telling the stories that is powerful. Hearing such stories can also have a profound impact on those who have not experienced abortion. Savvy pro-abortion advocates have begun to use the power of personal stories to support allegations that Texas abortion restrictions unfairly limit women’s access to an essential and empowering medical procedure.As co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion recovery programs and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, respectively, we have each encountered thousands of women and men across the United States and around the world who have experienced abortion loss. Their stories reveal that many women and men are deeply wounded by their experience of abortion.…. Is the Female Body Pro-Choice?The foundation of the pro-abortion movement is the mantra “My body, my choice.” The problem is, this pro-abortion language of personal rights and physical autonomy is clearly at odds with the natural response of the female body to a healthy developing fetus. The female body is not at all ambivalent about the abortion issue. When a woman becomes pregnant, everything in her body is gearing up to welcome the new life she carries. At conception, a complex transformation begins, one that is designed to protect and nurture the developing fetus. A mere eight days after fertilization, the growing embryo produces human chorionic gonadatropin, HCG. HCG is what enables the pregnancy to continue—and what gives a positive result on a pregnancy test. Endocrinologist Joel Brind calls this “baby’s first cry.”When a woman decides not to carry her child to term, a division takes place in her mind and heart. This is powerfully apparent for women whose abortion decisions are fraught with anxiety, confusion, and pressure or coercion from others. Yet it is also true for those who seem to approach the decision with ease.…. Abortion is a complex issue, even when the decision appears to be the only clear and rational course of action. We can’t minimize the anxiety and stress of an unplanned pregnancy and the conflicts that pregnant women face. But abortion is not just a choice—it is not a mere decision, based on a list of “pros” and “cons.”Abortion is fundamentally about relationship, a relationship that is broken by the procedure—and one that desperately needs to be healed.READ MORE: read more

first_imgItaly Chief coach,  Roberto Mancini wants to see the Azzurri ‘pick up where we left off’ and highlighted the need to do well in the UEFA Nations League ‘to avoid complications’ in the World Cup qualifiers. The Italian side have impressed since Mancini took over at Coverciano and went through the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a perfect run of 10 wins out of 10. Mancini wants to see his side continue the progress, but insists Italy are ‘working every day to develop’. “We hope to start where we left off 10 months ago and hope people continue to follow us,” Mancini said, according to news agency ANSA. “So far, our national team have done well. “But we still have room for improvements on every aspect, technical and tactical. We work every day to develop.”Advertisement Italy face Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Artemio Franchi tomorrow night and Mancini wants to reach the latter stages of the UEFA Nations League. read also:Mancini: ‘Italy want Nations League final’ “It’s a competition we care a lot about,” he added. “Since we took over, we have recovered 12 places and must remain among the top 10, avoiding to risk complications in the World Cup qualifiers. “But Nations League is also important because the Finals will be played in Italy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more