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first_imgWe’re all familiar with the peaceful sound of a “chorus” of crickets chirping away on a warm summer evening. But as one composer discovered when he slowed down a recording of chirping crickets, the insects’ songs bare an uncanny resemblance to an actual human choir. Take a listen below:The recording contains two tracks played simultaneously. One is an un-manipulated recording of the insects. The other is the same recording slowed way down, highlighting the transformation from bug sounds to beautiful harmonies. Explains composer Jim Wilson, “I discovered that when I slowed down this recording to various levels, this simple familiar sound began to morph into something very mystic and complex…almost human.”You can purchase a copy of the project, titled God’s Chorus Of Crickets, here.last_img read more

first_imgFunktronica quartet Tweed have been keeping a busy schedule this summer. In addition to festival appearances and headlining tour dates, the fan-favorite band is also responsible for curating their own annual hometown SENSORiUM event, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th, at Philadelphia’s The Ukie Club on Franklin and also features SunSquabi, Flamingosis, Daedelus, and more. (You can purchase tickets for SENSORiUM here).SunSquabi, Tweed, & Flamingosis To Act As The Stimuli At Philly’s SENSORiUMAll the while, AJ DiBiase (guitar/vocals), Joe Vela (drums), Jon Tomczak (synth, vocals), and Dan McDonald (bass, vocals) have been recording new material set to be featured on the forthcoming full-length album, Moves. Today, the group released the psychedelic, disco-driven single “El Sucio Grande”, which features a special guest spot from Lotus‘ Jesse Miller on modular synth.Guitarist and lead vocalist, AJ DiBiase recalls,This song was born overnight in a collaborative writing session, and it evolved into a whole new animal when we added a heavy dose of blood, sweat, and tears in the studio. We fully embraced the opportunity to explore the magic of the studio and spent a lot of time spicing up this track with production.“El Sucio Grande” features silky-smooth vocals from the lead singer, paired with ’70s-inspired guitar licks, hand claps, and spacey synths throughout the four-and-a-half-minute track. A hint of womp appropriately adds some “big dirty” to make “El Sucio Grande” worthy of its title. Take a listen below, and keep your eyes peeled for Tweed’s official music video for the tune, which is due out in the next few weeks.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>“El Sucio Grande” will be featured on both Moves and a special split 12″ vinyl EP with Colorado’s Magic Beans, which is due out in September. The two bands will join forces on a four-night co-headlined Northeast run of shows in late September, which will see the bands roll through Funk n’ Waffles in Rochester, NY; River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, PA; The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD; and Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA. For a full list of Tweed tour dates, check out the band’s website.On August 25th, Tweed will host their annual SENSORiUM festival at Philadelphia’s Ukie Club, making for an outright sensory overload during the daylong celebration of music. Tickets for SENSORiUM are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the FB Event page. Check out the festival’s full lineup below:last_img read more

first_imgIn 2017, Scot Martin, the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), envisioned a novel drone-based chemical monitoring system to track the health of the Amazon in the face of global climate change and human-caused deforestation and burning.The project would monitor chemical signals emitted by plants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which help plants interact with organisms around them. Every species of plant emits a different VOC signature — like a fingerprint — which can change based on the season or if the plant is under duress from, for example, drought or flood.  Monitoring and translating these signals can reveal how forest ecosystems respond to stress caused by climate change.Traditionally, this kind of monitoring has been done from large platform towers that rise above the canopy of the forest.Jianhuai Ye holds a sampling drone on a tower in the Amazon. Image courtesy of Jianhuai Ye/ Harvard SEAS“The Amazon contains thousands of small ecosystems, each with their own biodiversity and VOC signals,” said Jianhuai Ye, a postdoctoral fellow at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. “Yet, there are less than 10 of these towers in the entire forest and they are all built in similar ecosystems where the soil can support large structures. As you can imagine, this leads to a lot of bias in the data.”Martin, Ye and the rest of the team, which includes collaborators from Amazonas State University (UEA) and the Amazonas State Research Support Foundation (FAPEAM), thought that drones could provide more accurate data of the forest.Their first mission demonstrated how right they were.In the summer of 2018, after years of prototyping, the researchers used their specially-designed drones to map the chemical fingerprint of two different ecosystems in central Amazonia. What they found overturned most present-day biosphere emissions models, which assumed that nearby ecosystems had the same emissions.The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.,“Plants and insects often communicate via chemical signaling, rather than visual or vocal signaling more common among animals,” said Martin. “With our chemical sensors, we can better understand the current functioning of the forest and how it is changing with shifting regional climate, including a more frequent occurrence of fires in recent years in the central part of the Amazon.”In the central Amazon, sloping hills give rise to plateaus and water-logged valleys, dissected by streams and rivers. Each of these ecosystems — the forests on the hillsides, the forests on the plateaus and in the valleys, and the vegetation along the water’s edges — has a different chemical fingerprint.The research team flew drones over plateau forests and slope forests. They found that concentrations of a VOC called isoprene were more than 50 percent higher in the plateau forest than in the slope forest. Using this data, they developed a model that suggested that isoprene emissions doubled to tripled among these different forest sub-types. In the absence of measurements, previous emission models assumed no difference.,“This research highlights how little we understood forest heterogeneity,” said Martin. “But drone-assisted technologies can help us understand and quantify VOC emissions in different, nearby ecosystems in order to better represent them in climate and air quality model simulations.”The researchers plan to sample ecosystems in water-logged valleys and along the rivers in Fall 2019 using a boat in the middle of the river as a platform for launching and retrieving the drones. They also plan to test a three-drone fleet operated in unison.The research was co-authored by Carla E. Batista, Igor O. Ribeiro, Patricia C. Guimarães,Adan S. S. Medeiros, Rafael G. Barbosa, Rafael L. Oliveira, Sergio Duvoisin Jr., Kolby J. Jardine, Dasa Gu, Alex B. Guenther, Karena A. McKinney, Leila D. Martins, and Rodrigo A. F. Souza.It was supported by the Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund, The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES), the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), a Senior Visitor Research Grant of the Amazonas State Research Foundation (FAPEAM), the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry of the Dreyfus Foundation, and the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences of the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

first_imgChina pledges to become carbon neutral by 2060 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump took to the virtual floor of the United Nations General Assembly and slammed China for its environmental record, China’s President Xi Jinping stunned the climate community by pledging that it would become carbon neutral by 2060.The two nearly back-to-back speeches provided a marked and powerful contrast. There are still many questions to be answered about China’s plan—most importantly how the country will define carbon neutrality. But the bare fact that China, by far the world’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, has set out a net-zero pledge ahead of the U.S. shows how hard Beijing is striving to put itself at the center of global politics and the economic shift to clean energy—something Washington has been unwilling to do.China first committed in 2015 to reaching peak carbon emissions before 2030, a goal Xi reiterated in his speech on Tuesday. This was the first time, however, that the president had discussed zeroing out emissions. Today, the country is responsible for 28% of global greenhouse gas emissions.All Paris signatories are required to update their commitments under the agreement before the end of the year, and China could release more details on its climate plans at that time. The country’s leadership is also set to reveal more about its path toward cutting emissions as part of its five-year plan for 2021 to 2025, which will be released next month, with details to be made public in March of next year.Whether or not China’s climate plans include putting limits on its coal power financing is another key question. The country wields enormous influence around the world through its Belt and Road initiative. Coal-fired power generation in Pakistan rose 57% in the fiscal year ended this past June, for instance, largely on the back of Chinese investments.China also leads the world in the deployment of clean-energy technologies. To reach net-zero emissions in less than three decades, the country will have to double down on them. That, in turn, will make them cheaper and enable other countries to set even more ambitious climate goals.“China may still be building coal-fired power plants, but momentum is slowing and will soon grind to a halt as the pathetic economics of new coal is exposed,” said Cameron Hepburn, director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. “In the meantime, China has become a wind, solar and battery superpower, with hydrogen now in its sights.”[Laura Millan Lombrana, Akshat Rathi and Eric Roston]More: China beat the U.S. to a carbon neutrality pledgelast_img read more

first_imgAlmost a third of respondents (31 percent) have a drop in reservations of more than 80 percent, and 90 percent of them also cancel reservations, with the share of canceled reservations for July and August being mostly up to 60 percent.  Suffered financial damage from 50.00 to 100.000 kuna “These data show that family accommodation is an extremely affected sector of tourism, on which the existence of almost 110.000 families depends and which is of inestimable importance for the business of many ancillary companies and crafts. The current occupancy is mostly realized by filling the accommodation facilities in canceled and free terms at significantly lower prices, so we anticipate that ultimately this year’s financial results will be incomparable with last year’s “, said the president of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Martina Nimac Kalcina, adding that due to the connection of family accommodation with a number of other activities, it is necessary to adopt additional measures to help renters.  The Croatian Chamber of Commerce survey was conducted on a sample of over 2100 respondents, and is being conducted in several phases until the end of this season in order to provide as accurate data as possible on the situation in the family accommodation market. Only 6 percent of them answered that they do not have significant financial losses. Among the surveyed service providers, a third are retirees, among whom 75 percent are those without whom income is significantly endangered (46 percent) or subsistence (29 percent). About 20 percent of them need a moratorium on the existing loan, and a similar number need a new loan to survive until next season. The results of the HGK survey on the impact of coronavirus on the business of family accommodation providers showed that as many as 95 percent of respondents have a reduced number of reservations compared to last year, despite three quarters of them reducing prices, mostly up to 30 percent. CCCcenter_img More than half of the respondents (53 percent) state that the measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia helped them to some extent or significantly, while the measures of local and county bodies were used by only 18 percent of private landlords. Source: HGK Germany is a key emitting market; followed by other European countries, Austria, Italy and Slovenia The financial damage suffered in the first six months of this year for most renters (77 percent) ranges up to HRK 50.000, while for the next three months this estimate rises to HRK 100.000. The largest share of reservations (60 percent) is received through leading online sales channels, and a smaller part directly (30 percent) or through domestic travel agencies (11 percent). The survey confirmed that our key emission markets are Germany, Austria and Italy, as well as Slovenia. Germany is a key emission market; followed by other European countries, Austria, Italy and Slovenia. last_img read more

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first_imgIndosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunications providers, has laid off nearly 700 employees as part of a change in its business strategy “to bring the company’s closer to market needs”.According to a statement The Jakarta Post received on Saturday, Indosat president director Ahmad Al-Neama addressed employees on Friday, citing three key changes: “rightsizing the organization, adding resources to increase competitiveness and [improving] customer service and experience”.Al-Neama also stated that the company would “empower regional teams” to develop closer customer ties and “transition network operations to a managed services model in line with industry best practice”. Indosat director and chief human resources officer Irsyad Sahroni said in the statement that 677 employees were laid off on Friday, and that more than 80 percent of the affected employees had received a “fair [severance] package above the statutory requirements”.Read also: Indosat reports solid revenue growth in first nine months 2019“We have thoroughly reviewed all possible options, and reached the conclusion that we must take this tough, but necessary action for us to sustain and grow,” Irsyad said in the statement.“We are taking a fair approach aligned with prevailing laws and regulations, communicating directly and transparently with both impacted and unimpacted employees,” he stated.Irsyad added that the company was working on placing many of the laid-off employees in opportunities with its umbrella partners.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgUS President Donald Trump this week threatened to cut ties with China, where the outbreak began late last year, over its role in the spread of COVID-19, and has repeatedly made unproven allegations that the virus originated in a Chinese lab.He has also suspended funding to the WHO over allegations it initially downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak, and was kowtowing to Beijing.Despite the tensions, countries hope to adopt by consensus a resolution urging a joint response to the pandemic.Consultations around the resolution, tabled by the European Union, concluded this week after “tough” negotiations, according to Nora Kronig, who heads the international affairs division of Switzerland’s public health office.”One challenge was that it is almost impossible to negotiate in a virtual fashion. That makes it more complicated to build consensus in small groups,” she told AFP.But after several days, a tentative agreement was reached to approve the resolution, which among other things calls for more equitable access for tests, medical equipment, potential treatments and a possible future vaccine.’Ambitious’An EU source hailed the draft as “ambitious”, and pointed out that if it does indeed pass by consensus as expected, it would mark the first time a global forum achieves unanimous support for a text on the COVID-19 response.The source said countries had not shied away from thorny topics, including a call for more WHO reform after determining that its capacities “have proven insufficient to prevent a crisis of this magnitude.”While diplomats have agreed in principle on the draft resolution, observers voiced concerns that in the current politicised atmosphere, some countries might still choose to break the consensus next week.”My hope is that we will be able to join consensus,” US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Andrew Bremberg said Friday.The United States and Europe are at loggerheads over future vaccine access, while Washington has also accused China of trying to steal US immunisation research. And Washington is also leading a number of countries in demanding that the WHO end its exclusion of Taiwan — considered by Beijing to be part of its territory — and allow it to access next week’s assembly as an observer.Taiwan participation a ‘minimum'”While this has been an ongoing concern for several years, this has taken on a heightened attention this year in response to the global pandemic,” Bremberg said.”Allowing for some sort of meaningful participation would seem to be the minimum that the WHO could do.”The UN health agency has, however, insisted that such a move would require a resolution by member states, who in 1972 decided Beijing was China’s sole legitimate representative.It has also suggested it can only issue an invite with Beijing’s blessing.Taiwan was invited to attend the WHA for a number of years as an observer, but that stopped in 2016, with the entrance of a new Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, who refuses to recognise the concept that Taiwan is part of “one China”. The United States, which will be represented during the assembly by Health Secretary Alex Azar, is meanwhile not among a group of more than a dozen countries who have called for a vote on allowing Taiwan to participate.Several diplomatic sources cautioned that putting this issue to a vote even under normal conditions would be a drawn-out process, and that doing so during a short, virtual meeting would be an unsurmountable logistical challenge.It would “torpedo” the entire assembly, one diplomatic source warned.Topics : WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday the event would be “one of the most important (WHAs) since we were founded in 1948″.But the chance of reaching agreement on global measures to address the crisis could be threatened by steadily deteriorating relations between the world’s two largest economies over the pandemic.’Politicization'”Of course I am concerned at the politicisation of the WHA and the risk of its failure,” Gian Luca Burci, an adjunct professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre, told AFP. As the World Health Organization prepares to host its main annual meeting next week, fears abound that US-China tensions could hamper the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis.The UN health agency, which for months has been consumed by the towering task of trying to coordinate a global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, will for the first time invite health ministers and other dignitaries to participate virtually in its annual meet.The World Health Assembly, which has been trimmed from the usual three weeks to just two days, on Monday and Tuesday, is expected to focus almost solely on COVID-19, which in a matter of months has killed more than 300,000 globally, and infected nearly 4.5 million. last_img read more

first_img February 11, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Nicole Yancy has joined the newly created Office of Advocacy and Reform as Child Advocate, a position recommended by the governor-appointed Council on Reform as part of his executive order to protect Pennsylvania’s vulnerable populations.“Pennsylvania can now focus more effort on the specific needs and support of some of its most vulnerable – its children – through the work of Nicole and her office,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nicole’s experience and dedication to children throughout her career will be a big asset to the work already under way at the Office of Advocacy and Reform.”Yancy most recently served as a judicial law clerk for the Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court in Boston. Previously she has worked with the immigrant community on legal matters surrounding deportation and housing, representing families in cases of abuse, neglect and dependency petitions.She also worked for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in the Children and Youth division in Philadelphia as a training and development supervisor in the area of child abuse and neglect, risk and safety assessment and case planning for families, as well as supervising the multi-disciplinary team and ongoing sex abuse unit within the same Philadelphia office of DHS.“The unique mix of Nicole’s child welfare experience with her law degree, combined with her passion for protecting children, make her the perfect fit for this new position and a strong addition to the Office of Advocacy and Reform.”Yancy holds a master’s in social work from Rutgers University School of Social Work in Brunswick, NJ, and a Juris Doctor with particular interest in child welfare policy and juvenile law from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI.center_img Gov. Wolf: Child Advocate Joins Office of Advocacy and Reformlast_img read more

first_imgAuctioneer Andrew Bell taking a property to auction. Picture: Glenn Hampson Top auction tips for buyers ● Get pre-approved: Make sure you have your funds organised with a lender. ● Look for hidden nasties: Among the first things to check in any auction process are the building and pest reports. It’s best to have no nasty surprises after the final bid. ● Check the fine print: It’s always advisable to check the contract for your property of choice ahead of auction day. Ask your solicitor to do the ground work so you can sign with peace of mind. ● Paddle up: If you’re serious about bidding at auction, you have to register. Make sure you sign up either before or on auction day before raising the paddle. You will need ID. ● Stay calm: The auction process can be a bit of a whirlwind affair, so it’s important to keep your cool as the bidding heats up. Make sure you stick to your game plan and your price limit. ● The deposit: A winning bid requires a 10 per cent deposit on the day, so it’s important to have the chequebook handy. (Source: Phil Rogers, Loan Market managing director) Anne and Mark Henry. Picture: Mike BatterhamFor Mr and Mrs Henry, the decision to take their house at 114 Acanthus Ave to auction at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s The Event on January 28 came down to market research.“We have been in that house for 26 years and decided that it was the right time to make a move,” Mr Henry said.“Because our house is not your standard house, it’s a dual residence, and from speaking to different people, we felt the only way to get the correct value was to take it to auction.“The market seems to be very active at the moment so it seems to be the right time to sell.” Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell in action at last year’s The Event. Picture Glenn HampsonCoreLogic data revealed 372 properties were scheduled to go to auction across the Gold Coast last week — up 20 per cent over a two-year period.That number is expected to swell to more than 400 in coming weeks as Gold Coast agencies hold their own auction events.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said migration and reality TV had contributed to the jump. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said migration and reality TV had contributed to the jump in auction numbers across the Coast. Picture: Jerad Williams“The rise in interstate migration from Sydney and Melbourne has led to an increase in auction awareness and leading people to go to auction,” Mr Henderson said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“Obviously reality TV such as The Block has also brought auctions to the forefront. With that comes a much bigger level of awareness.”He said choosing to go to auction came down to individual circumstance.“With an auction you don’t have a price so you do attract a larger number of inspections and there’s no limit on the price you can achieve,” he said.“At private treaty, buyers are generally negotiating down. Obviously at an auction they negotiate upwards.” Mark and Anne Henry at their Burleigh Heads home. Picture Mike Batterham“To be frank, I wasn’t an auction fan,” said Mr Henry, who runs a consulting business.“I know Melbourne is an auction city and Sydney was going that way and have noticed auctions were really starting to become more prevalent in Queensland and particularly on the Gold Coast.“It was a complete change of thought for me to actually go to auction.”Mr Henry is part of a growing trend of Gold Coast homeowners choosing auctions over private-treaty. CoreLogic data revealed 372 properties were scheduled to go to auction across the Gold Coast last week.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Gold Coast market was primed for auction.“It’s one of the most transparent ways of selling and the best way to offer a property to multiple buyers because every buyer gets equal opportunity in an open environment to increase their offer over and above any other offers being presented,” Mr Bell said.“In so many cases there’s a great sense of satisfaction because sellers have sold their property unconditionally with a degree of confidence that they have achieved the highest price possible.” Mark and Anne Henry are taking their Burleigh Heads home at 114 Acanthus Ave to auction. Picture: Mike BatterhamBURLEIGH Heads man Mark Henry admits he wasn’t a fan of auctions.It’s surprising considering he and wife Anne are putting their Burleigh Heads property under the hammer next weekend.last_img read more