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first_imgThis week, The Grateful Dead announced the 2018 edition of their annual free download series, “30 Days of Dead.” Beginning on November 1st, and running through the end of the month, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux will offer up one high-quality live track per day from the Dead’s vault as a free download here. The tracks will be shared with their venues and dates omitted, and fans will get the chance to fill in the blanks in exchange for prizes.As the announcement in Dead.net’s new Grateful Dead Almanac notes,Who needs a miracle everyday? We sure do and we bet you could use one too!Consider this our gift to you for being so darn loyal… Each day in November we’re giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux! Intrigued? We’re also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.Most of you know the drill by now, but for those, that don’t, here’s the deal:You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C’s, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic “comeback” tour from a spacey 70’s show? Each day we’ll post a free download from one of the Dead’s coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in ’93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen’s harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand all November long and win prizes while you’re at it. The Grateful Dead Release New Box Set, “Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It” [Listen]You can listen to past years’ “30 Days of Dead” selections in the Spotify playlist below. For more information on the current state of the Grateful Dead, check out the full edition of the Grateful Dead Almanac newsletter here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

first_imgHarvard School of Public Health Dean (HSPH) Julio Frenk called Tuesday (Dec. 15) for greater international cooperation on health issues affecting populations around the world, saying the globe has entered a new era where the nature of disease and death is changing, and where domestic and global health are intertwined.Frenk, who served as Mexico’s minister of health before coming to Harvard, said knowledge is the greatest weapon against illness in this new health era, and he called for efforts to beef up research capacity in the developing world, greater access to scientific knowledge internationally, and an emphasis on translating research knowledge into clinical practice and government programs that will benefit the sick.Frenk made these points as he delivered the 2009 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland. The 10-year-old Barmes Lecture is the most prestigious in a series of named lectures at the NIH each year, according to NIH Director Francis Collins. Previous speakers include former NIH Director and Nobel Prize winner Harold Varmus in 2008 and former HSPH Dean Barry R. Bloom in 2006.Frenk said the health challenges facing the world today demand international cooperation because they’re beyond the resources of a single nation to fight.“I am convinced that no individual country, no matter how well-endowed with human and financial resources, can generate on its own an effective response to the most pressing health challenges of our time,” Frenk said. “Global health … is not foreign health, nor is global health the opposite of domestic health.”Today’s global health picture is far more complex than in the past, Frenk said. The days when communicable diseases were mainly the problem of poor nations and when chronic ailments tied to lifestyle, such as heart disease and diabetes, were mainly problems of rich nations are over. HIV, swine flu, and other infectious diseases have affected people everywhere. Similarly, he said, chronic ailments related to a Western lifestyle are increasingly a problem in developing nations, as people there abandon traditional diets and adopt Western habits, with an accompanying increase in heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other ills.Who gets sick is also changing as the world’s population ages, Frenk said. Lifespan has seen considerable gains in the last century, rising from about 30 in 1900 to 66.6 years today. In 2000, older people outnumbered younger people on Earth for the first time.Two other milestones, also passed in recent years, help to highlight how the world’s population is changing. In 2003 the global birth rate slowed to “replacement fertility” — where women had just enough young to replace the mother and father — for the first time. And in 2007, also for the first time, Earth’s urban population outnumbered its rural population.Life expectancy and fertility statistics don’t just describe a changing world, they also provide a snapshot of the vast inequities in global health. Though global life expectancy has risen, the range is vast. Life expectancy is longest in Japan, at 82, and shortest, just 32, in Swaziland.As with life expectancy, fertility statistics also highlight global inequity, ranging from a low of 1.09 births per woman in Singapore and 1.23 in Lithuania, to 7.75 in Niger.Frenk believes that the days when the global health picture could be understood in the framework of communicable versus noncommunicable disease are over. Instead, he said, the global health picture is best understood now within a framework of chronic ailments that people fight for years or even a lifetime, versus acute ailments that strike, do their damage, and then fade.“It used to be that the experience of disease was a series of acute episodes from which one recovered or died,” Frenk said. “Now people spend substantial parts of their lives in less than perfect health, coping with chronic conditions. Illness may not kill us, but it always accompanies us.”Though health issues are not limited to developing nations, they’re particularly severe there, Frenk said. The problems of the poor have multiplied, he said, as health ills migrated from developed nations — such as unhealthy lifestyles, pollution, unsafe products, and poor working conditions — and have been heaped atop more familiar dangers, such as curable but neglected diseases and conditions such as malnutrition, malaria, and poor reproductive health.“The problems only of the poor, like malaria and maternal mortality, are no longer the only problems of the poor. There are some things only the poor suffer. Only poor women die in childbirth. Only poor children die of malaria,” Frenk said.Though the challenges may be daunting, Frenk said, there is more opportunity now to address the world’s health ills than ever. Global health has a prominent place today on the international agenda — with an accompanying increase in funding — and there is great desire among young people to improve global health, which is drawing talented people into the field.While scientific research has value in and of itself, Frenk said, that knowledge translated to action is a powerful ally too. Knowledge applied to technology results in new vaccines and diagnostic methods, knowledge internalized by everyday people results in better hygiene and health practices, and knowledge translated into policy results in better, more effective government programs.Frenk said five revolutions are providing cause for optimism about the future of global health. The revolution in the life sciences is increasing scientific knowledge. The one in telecommunications is expanding access to populations around the world. The revolution in understanding complex systems provides new insights into global health problems, and the one in knowledge management provides new possibilities on how to use information. Lastly, the revolution in human rights is raising the prominence of health as a fundamental right.Frenk also said there is an urgent need to upgrade the research capacity of poor and middle-income countries. He proposed three tiers of improvement, from capacity building for countries with little research infrastructure, to capacity strengthening for those with some existing research infrastructure that could benefit from expansion and diversification, to performance enhancements for those with established programs that would benefit from renewed investment and stronger connections to global knowledge networks.“I remain fundamentally optimistic in our capacity to face increasingly complex health challenges,” Frenk said. “As we enter a new era of global health, knowledge will continue to be the key asset to sharpen our understanding of problems and to create novel solutions. In our turbulent world, still scarred all too often by intolerance and exclusion, science remains as the most powerful force for enlightened social transformation.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Gender Relations Center (GRC) will host a drop-in discussion entitled “My Home Under the Dome” today from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. in the Coalition Lounge in LaFortune Student Center. Assistant director for LGBTQ student concerns Maureen McKenney said this event aims to facilitate conversations about belonging and providing a safe space on campus.“My Home Under the Dome” is designed to help students, especially those who identify as LGBTQ, feel more comfortable at Notre Dame and realize they are also vital members of this campus, she said.“The drop-in discussion groups are particularly geared towards LGBTQ and ally students who are interested in engaging in conversations about ways in which LGBTQ and ally students find their place within our campus community,” McKenney said.The GRC website states the drop-in discussion will tackle reflective questions about how new relationships can be cultivated around campus and how students can find their place within the Notre Dame community.McKenney said the GRC hosts monthly drop-in discussion groups with Campus Ministry and the University Counseling Center. Although many discussions are aimed at LGBTQ students and allies, all members of the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross community are welcome, she said.“The discussions themselves are facilitated by staff members from Campus Ministry and UCC, but are truly driven by the students who attend,” McKenney said.“My Home Under the Dome” will provide the opportunity for students to open up during a casual dinner environment about their personal experiences at Notre Dame and any concerns they have had, she said.“The hope of our monthly drop-in discussion groups is to provide a more informal space for students to come together, break bread, and talk about different topics that impact them as LGBTQ and ally students here at Notre Dame,” she said. “While the specific topic changes month-to-month, it is important to provide a space where students are able to share their authentic selves and connect with one another in a genuine way.”McKenney said the GRC’s monthly discussion groups started last year when LGBTQ members and allies demonstrated interest in informal, noncommittal community events. She said these conversations offer a safe space and judgement-free zone for students to talk about issues relevant to them.“Ideally, LGBTQ and ally students who come to one of our drop-in discussion groups find a place where they can share a bit about themselves, meet some new people and connect with others who may have similar lived experiences, all while enjoying a good meal together,” McKenney said.McKenney said that the casual nature of a “drop-in” group leaves it up to the student to decide how long or how much of the conversation he or she would want to take part in.“Our drop-in discussion groups happen once a month throughout the academic year,” McKenney said. “Students should feel free to come for any portion of the event — the ability to stop by for 15 minutes, or stay for the full hour and a half, is one of the perks of a drop-in group.”For more information on this and other upcoming LGBTQ and ally events, contact Maureen McKenney at mmckenney@nd.eduTags: ally, campus community, GRC, LGBTQ, Notre Dame, UCClast_img read more

first_imgSometimes he needs assistance from colleagues like Julia Gaskin, UGA’s sustainable agriculture coordinator. She helped him determine how much fertilizer Young’s chickens add to the land each day from their manure. The Youngs’ farm is one of many environmental, economic and community sustainable farms popping up across Georgia. For these farms to thrive, they often rely on each other, but, like conventional farms, they also need science-based expertise, Gaskin said.Gaskin works to make sure farmers get that expertise from UGA Cooperative Extension and also that Extension agents and specialists are trained to assist sustainable farmers.“It’s helping my specialists look at agriculture with a different approach,” she said. “I’m excited that we have an example of something different to look at.”People often confuse sustainable agriculture with environmentally-friendly farming. “If you look at sustainable agriculture, there’s this continuum out there,” Gaskin said. “People need to move along this continuum to a system that’s still sustainable. You can be environmentally-friendly, but not profitable. That’s not sustainable.” The Youngs’ aim to make a profit from meat and egg sales while trying to mimic nature. To help their profit ratio, Nature’s Harmony Farm developed one of the first meat CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in Georgia earlier this year. The basic principle of a CSA is to get people in the community to invest in local farms in exchange for a guaranteed share of the locally grown, fresh food products. This system also helps producers minimize the financial risk of farming. Subscribers to Young’s CSA invest in the farm up front to help pay the costs of feeding and raising livestock and processing meat. In exchange for their investment, CSA members get a monthly share of meat which ranges from beef to pork, poultry and lamb. The Youngs also sell meat on-farm and through northeast Georgia farmers markets.“We started this for the long term,” Young said. “What I’ve learned about business is commit to it if you’re going to do it.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaSometimes the best way to learn about something new is to dive in headfirst.That’s what Tim and Liz Young did when they jumped off the corporate ladder to start a 76-acre sustainable farm in Elbert County. Now, instead of fighting city traffic to buy a frozen slab of bacon trucked thousands of miles to a grocery store, they provide customers throughout Georgia fresh eggs and farm-raised meat.“We didn’t like the fact that we didn’t know where our food was coming from,” said Tim Young, who owns Nature’s Harmony Farm.Clay Talton, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension coordinator in Elberton, enjoys learning to farm naturally along with the Youngs. He comes from a traditional agricultural and animal science background. When the Youngs call him with a question, it’s his job to think outside the conventional farming box.“It’s a learning process for me as well,” Talton said of working within the certified natural boundaries of Nature’s Harmony Farm. “When we first got started helping Tim, I made that very clear to him. He and I are really kind of learning together, feeding off one another.”From forages to animal care, Talton is a resource for the farm family. He helped Young find poultry litter for fertilizer, develop a forage plan and build up organic matter in his soil. “My thing was to encourage a system for the forage…keeping in mind that Tim didn’t need herbicides and pesticides,” Talton said. “That was the toughie.”When Nature’s Harmony animals have sore mouth or layer hen problems, Talton helps Young figure out how to treat them without using antibiotics.It’s challenging at times for Talton, who was used to teaching conventional farming methods. “We’re just dipping into new ways of sustainable farming,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgXXX Seeing Lake Champlain from a different perspective Clean and Clear was reason to celebrate for over 150 Friends of Chittenden County Republican Legislators when they met October 7, on the shore of Lake Champlain. Vermont s top Republican, Governor Jim Douglas, was honored for initiating one of the most significant water quality plans the state has ever undertaken, Vermont s Clean and Clear Action Plan. The first comprehensive plan of its kind, Clean and Clear was introduced in 2003 with the goal of accelerating the reduction of phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain and reducing related pollutants in waters, state wide.The Burlington waterfront s ECHO Center, a program partner of Clean and Clear and whose exhibits, programs and activities revolve around environmental science, provided the backdrop to celebrate the protection of Vermont s waters.Lt. Governor Dubie, Auditor Salmon and State Senator Brock, Vermont s other top  Republican leaders, shared their vision of the future of the party – Revitalized,  Re-energized and  Ready to make a difference in 2010!  Against this background of fellow Republicans, Senator Diane Snelling took the opportunity to announce the candidacy of her brother Mark for Lt. Governor in the 2010 elections!About 20 members of area college s New Republicans volunteered in different capacities throughout the event and promoted appetizers prepared from local, fresh foods prepared by LaVilla Bistro, a member of Vermont Fresh Network.Source: Rep. Don Turner.last_img read more

first_imgInvestor groups push major auditing firms to pay greater attention to climate change risks FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:European investors managing assets worth more than 1 trillion pounds ($1.28 trillion) are pressing top auditors to take urgent action on climate-related risks, warning that failure to do so could do more damage than the financial crisis.The case for tighter auditing has been bolstered by public statements from regulators and accounting watchdogs highlighting the potentially systemic risks that climate change could pose.In a letter sent in January to the so-called Big Four — EY, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC — the investors said they were concerned that climate change was being “ignored” in accounting and audits. The letter was seen by Reuters and its contents are being made public for the first time.“The overarching thing is that we don’t want another financial crisis, and this could be a lot worse,” said Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship at asset manager Sarasin & Partners, which is spearheading the campaign by 29 investors.The investors said they had decided to release the letter as they prepared to broaden their campaign by writing directly to the audit committees of leading oil and gas companies to demand they also take a more robust approach to climate risk. They want auditors to challenge assumptions about long-term prices for oil and gas, which underpin shareholder returns.The increased investor scrutiny comes as the role and structure of accountants is reviewed after several collapses, including travel operator Thomas Cook and outsourcer Carillion.More: Exclusive: Big four auditors face investor calls for tougher climate scrutinylast_img read more

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We have all seen the power of social and community. People come together and the result is something unified and powerful and greater than the sum of its parts. I’m always inspired when I see the dynamic things a strong community can accomplish. It’s a force leaders must create in their enterprises. Community is about people communicating and bonding, pooling their strengths and talents to deliver amazing performance. To make it happen, leaders have some exciting new tools in the form of social media, digital networks and big data. The question becomes: how do I harness these tools to build the right kind of communities for my company?Here are 5 steps to community building in the social enterprise:1) Pick the right technology. Yes, the technological tools are dazzling, but communities at heart are about people. Don’t get blinded by the bells and whistles that many companies are selling. Stay focused on what you need to build strong communities that serve your company’s needs. Avoid anything extraneous. Basic is often best. Caveat: many start-ups and technology companies are filled with geeks who love to play with complicated new techo-toys, in fact they form communities around the tools. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Manorville man bitten by a pet diamondback rattlesnake last week will likely suffer permanent injuries as a result of the bite, the Suffolk County SPCA said. The unidentified man was bitten in the eyelid last Friday morning but didn’t call 911 until the evening, according to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross. The man apparently passed out after the snake attack. It’s unclear how long he was unconscious. “He’s lucky he didn’t die,” Gross said.The man owned two pet rattlesnakes, Gross said. The one that bit him is a two-foot long diamondback rattlesnake, and the other, a prairie rattlesnake, is 16 inches long. Rattlesnakes are illegal to own as pets. However, rattlesnakes can be kept legally for educational purposes, but only if a person or organization obtains a license. Gross, who in recent years has dealt with an influx of alligators located in various Suffolk County communities, warned residents that rattlesnakes are extremely dangerous and should under no circumstances be kept as pets. “Stay away from these [reptiles],” he said. “There’s a reason why they’re illegal; they’re unpredictable and they can be deadly.” The man was bitten by a rattlesnake with “enough venom” to kill an adult, Gross noted. The Suffolk SPCA and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation took possession of the snake and sent it to a reptile sanctuary out of state, officials said. “Abandoned and dangerous reptiles and amphibians have become an all too common occurrence here on Long Island,” said Peter A. Scully, director of the DEC’s Long Island region. “All too often, individuals do not realize the difficulties and complications that arise from owning one of these animals.”It’s unclear how the man acquired the snakes.Gross asked residents to call the Suffolk SPCA 631-382-7722 or DEC at 1-877-457-5680 if they have information regarding anyone supplying rattlesnakes.last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – People wait to visit a house for sale in Garden City, Nassau County, New York, on Sept. 6, 2020.Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images “In a volatile economic environment, where the number of Americans filing for initial unemployment just last week totaled an elevated 751,000, and with low returns due to the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing, bond investors sought the relative safety of mortgage-backed securities.” Mortgage rates follow loosely the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury.Other mortgage products, including the 15-year fixed, FHA loans and jumbo mortgages, set new record lows for their average rates last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, or MBA.- Advertisement – Volatility surrounding the 2020 presidential election has helped push mortgage rates to their 12th record low this year, giving both homeowners and buyers a boost.The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 2.78% for the week ending Nov. 5, down from 2.81% the previous week and 3.69% the same week one year ago, according to Freddie Mac.“Interest rates dropped to another record low this week … because of uncertainty around the election results,” said George Ratiu, senior economist at realtor.com.- Advertisement – With rates now close to a full percentage point lower than they were a year ago, homeowners are rushing to refinance yet again, even as so many have already refinanced in the past year. Mortgage applications to refinance a home loan were over 80% higher last week compared with a year ago, according to the MBA.For homebuyers, consistently low rates over the past several months, and the almost weekly prospect of rates falling even lower, have only fueled already strong demand. After a very brief pause at the start of the pandemic, buyers came rushing back, looking for a safe haven as well as larger spaces for working and schooling from home.“With a rising second wave of COVID cases, the challenge of social distancing continues to drive peoples’ quest for a housing solution,” said Ratiu.For the first time since 2011, homes sold faster in October than September and prices remained at their summer peak of $350,000, according to calculations by realtor.com, which included data from the National Association of Realtors.While low interest rates have given buyers additional purchasing power, they have only added to already soaring home prices. The record-low supply of homes for sale is causing bidding wars in markets across the nation.In Denver, for example, record low inventory of less than a one-month supply pushed prices to yet another record high.“October continued to defy seasonality as new records were broken by both buyers and sellers,” said Andrew Abrams, chair of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors’ market trends committee.“Sellers continued to have little competition as escalation clauses, appraisal gap waivers and “as-is” offers were frequently used, while buyers had to fight hard, making concessions in all of the ways referenced above, to secure a place they could call home,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgDepok resident Yurika Anindya left home early on Thursday to catch the morning train to avoid being made late by an altered schedule to accommodate maintenance on the line she takes to her office on Jl. Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta.The legal practitioner said she left the house at 5:45 a.m. to take the 6:20 a.m. train from Pondok Cina Station in Depok, West Java, to Gondangdia Station in Central Jakarta, located two stations after Manggarai Station in South Jakarta.“The news about the new train schedule has made me concerned about the commute time to the office, but there’s nothing I can do other than leaving the house earlier. Knowing that my life depends on the commuter train and I am unable to control the operation of the service, I should be able to manage whenever any problem occurs,” Yurika said.Her concern was the result of a maintenance pro… Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Train Jabodetabek Greater-Jakarta Depok Bekasi Kereta-Api-Indonesia KCI Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more