A GROUP of Oxford academics has condemned the Government’s energy policy and warned of serious consequences for the environment unless urgent changes are made. Their criticisms were outlined in a report entitled ‘Energy, Politics and Poverty’, which questioned the government’s failure to meet targets on carbon dioxide emissions and described the current policy as “a hotch-potch of measures unlikely to deliver the government’s vision.”The taskforce, chaired by the Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten, was composed of experts in various environmental issues and was set up by Ngaire Woods, Director of Oxford’s Global Economic Governance Programme and Christopher Allsopp, Director of Oxford’s Institute of Energy Studies.Dr Woods emphasised the importance of the report as a non-governmental initiative. “This is a chance to take an outsider’s view of what’s happening in government. The report is completely independent and was not part of a Westminster initiative,” she said.The report also provides recommendations for avoiding what it calls the “serious risks” of not altering the government’s approach to energy.Chris Turner, a spokesperson for the Department of Trade and Industry, said that the claims made by the report were “disingenuous”. He defended government policy, saying “Work is being done on these matters. The government’s White Paper on energy published last month sets out specific targets and plans for the future regarding reductions in CO2 emissions and the expansion of nuclear resources.” The White Paper pledges to cut CO2 emissions by 50 per cent by around 2050. It also aims to secure the UK’s energy supplies and ensure that homes are heated adequately.Turner continued, “The report claims investment is needed in carbon-capture technology, but the White Paper has set out explicit measures by which this should be accomplished. Regarding the gas-storage infrastructure, the White Paper makes clear the possibility of using old coal and salt caverns to store gas while new terminals are already being built to store liquid and natural gas.”The Oxford report stressed attention to Africa and other developing countries that are put at risk by climate change.Turner insisted that the government was aware of these concerns and had set out a long-term strategy to deal with them.In a statement, the Department of Trade and Industry said, “The White Paper will deliver real results. It will cut the UK’s carbon emissions by a quarter by 2020 relative to 1990 levels, even though our economy will have doubled in that period. It will triple the amount of electricity we get from renewables by 2015 and improve the energy efficiency of our economy by around 10 per cent between now and 2020. This is over and above the 25 per cent improvement we already expect over that period.”
Umphrey’s McGee finished a massive three-night run in and around New York City last weekend, with two nights at “The Original Rock Palace” better known as The Capitol Theatre. The run culminated with a rock ‘n’ roll clinic at Brooklyn Bowl on the third and final night. Today, the group released video of “Speak Up” from the second night of The Cap run, which made an appearance towards the end of the second set.Umphrey’s McGee Plays Nostalgic VIP Pre-Show, Covers Radiohead In Capitol Theatre Finale [Video]While the show was drenched in plenty of fan-favorite songs from the Umph catalog, including “Out of Order,” “Wife Soup,” “Der Bluten Kat,” and Radiohead‘s “The National Anthem,” the fairly new(ish) track “Speak Up” brought, arguably, one of the best jams of the night as it posted up before and eventually segued into a second set-closing “Glory.” Since its live debut on New Year’s Eve back in 2015 at Denver, CO’s The Fillmore Auditorium, the song has become a fairly regular staple of the group, having been played 46 times over that course of time. Take a listen for yourself below:“Speak Up” Live From The Capitol Theatre – Port Chester, NY 10/21/17:[via Umphrey’s McGee][Video directed by CJ Strehlow – Thanks to All Things Umphrey’s for the song data]SETLIST: Umphrey’s McGee | The Capitol Theatre/Garcia’s | Port Chester, NY | 10/21/17 VIP Pre-show Set: Draconian, Example 1, Kabump > 2nd SelfSet one: Flamethrower > Ringo, Red Tape, Comma Later > Out of Order > Wife SoupSet two: Der Bluten Kat > In The Kitchen* > Der Bluten Kat, Cemetary Walk, The National Anthem, Speak Up > GloryEncore: Bad Friday*** “All Things Ninja” (UM) and “25 or 6 to 4” (Chicago) teases** “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” (Michael Jackson) teases[Cover photo via Andrew Scott Blackstein]
The National Academy of Engineering has elected a new foreign secretary and four members to its governing Council. All terms begin July 1, 2011.Elected to a four-year term as foreign secretary is Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and director of the science, technology, and public policy program at Harvard Kennedy School.He succeeds George Bugliarello, president emeritus and institute professor at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Brooklyn, N.Y., who passed away in February. Bugliarello would have completed two consecutive terms as foreign secretary on June 30, 2011.Narayanamurti came to Harvard in 1998 to serve as dean of the then Harvard Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He led the transition of the division into the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and stepped down as dean in 2008.He is credited with developing the field of phonon optics: the manipulation of monoenergetic acoustic beams at terahertz frequencies and is currently active in the field of semiconductor nanostructures.Narayanamurti has served on numerous national and international advisory committees and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the Indian Academy of Sciences.He has served on numerous advisory boards of the federal government, professional societies, national laboratories, and industry. In addition to serving in administrative and research roles, Narayanamurti lectures widely on solid state, computer and communication technologies, and on the management of Science, Technology and Public Policy.
Radcliffe fellow heads a team helping preserve the ancient city of Nicomedia in modern-day Turkey New tool aids in sensing magnetic fields Uncovering an ancient world The purpose of Mesoamerican potbelly statues have been the subject of debate among anthropologists for decades: Are they depictions of the ruling elite? A way to honor dead ancestors? Or perhaps portrayals of women giving birth?As the various theories wound their way through academic circles, the surprising discovery four decades ago that many of the statues, found in Guatemala, are magnetized in certain spots added a new dimension to those discussions.And a Harvard study suggests that where those areas show up is no accident.Led by Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Roger Fu, a team of researchers has shown that artisans carved the figures so that the magnetic areas fell at the navel or right temple — suggesting not only that Mesoamerican people were familiar with the concept of magnetism but also that they had some way of detecting the magnetized spots. The study is described in an April 12 paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.“Our direct observation is that there are magnetic anomalies consistently on certain features of these sculptures,” Fu said. “And the question we asked is whether this is consistent with random chance, or does it require some knowledge or some awareness of where those anomalies are?“There’s some chance it could happen randomly, but as we find more and more sculptures that are aligned like this, the smaller than likelihood is,” he continued. “In this paper, we looked at four, and we found a less than 1 percent chance that this wasn’t intentional.”A close study of the anomalies, Fu said, showed they could only have been caused by one source — lightning.“All rocks contain magnetic minerals,” he said. “If you go outside and pick up any random rock, it is magnetic. It’s just very, very weakly magnetic. These rocks are basalts from the highlands of Guatemala, and they happen to contain quite a bit of magnetite, as well as other magnetic minerals.”Rocks typically become magnetized as they cool, and minerals like magnetite, hematite, and iron sulfides become aligned with Earth’s magnetic field. While that process can create detectable magnetic fields, Fu said they are usually not even strong enough to move a compass needle.The fields found in the statues, however, are far stronger — in some cases nearly four times that of the Earth’s magnetic field.,“What happened here is that these rocks were struck by lightning sometime between when they were formed many thousands of years ago, and when they were carved,” Fu said. “Because lightning is an electric current, it produces very strong magnetic fields, many orders of magnitude stronger than normal … and we believe the ancient Mesoamerican people were able to detect these anomalies.”It’s uncertain exactly how they detected the anomalies, but earlier research had turned up evidence that Mesoamericans may have used lodestones — naturally magnetized rocks — for a variety of purposes.“In one case, in 1975, people discovered a hematite-rich bar,” Fu said. “Its purpose was unknown, and it was broken, but it was clearly very carefully made.“If you were to tie it on a string or float it on a piece of wood, it actually could act as a compass needle,” he added. “If the makers of these sculptures had access to a tool like that, that’s one way they could have detected them.”And though the study suggests that ancient Mesoamerican people had knowledge of magnetism and how to detect it, it leaves unanswered the question of why the figures were carved to highlight their magnetism.“The short answer is we don’t have a good idea for the exact reason they did this,” Fu said. “There are some hypotheses which are quite intriguing … that involve digging into why we think people made these sculptures.“Probably the most successful idea is that they might represent some depiction of the ancestors of the ruling elites,” he continued. “The idea is: If you have some claim to power, sculptures of your ancestors with strong magnetic anomalies could appear very impressive to your subjects. The word people use in the literature is that there’s a performative aspect to these sculptures, so when the sculptures deflected a magnetized stone, it would appear as though there was something alive with it, or some supernatural aspect to it.”Ultimately, Fu said, the study offers key evidence that an understanding of magnetism existed in the Americas far earlier than first believed. It uses NV centers to detect them in various directions Related “In the Old World, there was some documentation of magnetism in the Greek world by the sixth century B.C., and the first usable compass wasn’t until centuries later in China,” he said. “To me, what’s really interesting is this is a completely independent discovery. There’s a perception that the Old World is the advanced world and transferred all this knowledge to the New one, but we are realizing that they knew a lot, and I think this is one more piece of evidence for that.”This research was supported with funding from NASA.
CUNA continues to build the strength of its compliance resources, and with the release of its new CUNA Compliance Community, those resources are now more accessible than ever.The Compliance Community represents months of work with a top-notch board of credit union compliance professionals, all looking at the best ways credit unions can deal with burdensome regulations.“Our new Compliance Community is a place where credit union compliance professionals can collaborate, share ideas and exchange resources,” said Jared Ihrig, CUNA’s chief compliance officer. “Basically, it’s a new and powerful tool that provides a first-stop shop for all things compliance. More importantly, it’s a place where credit union compliance professionals can stay connected to not only compliance attorneys here at CUNA, but also with each other.”CUNA’s CompBlog, compliance classes, RegTraC and more are all available on the community with a few clicks. A video tour of the Compliance Community is also available. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Finding ourselves drifting through August here in the States, there’s a definitive undercurrent of planning that happens as we all try to enjoy a little more summer. For parents, it means grabbing the required items for “back to school.” For kids and school-age athletes inspired by the 2016 Olympics, it means enduring rigorous conditioning in immense heat and humidity as they prepare for the start of their seasons.For many in the workforce, it means taking into account the goals we want to accomplish by the end of the year; reprioritizing, organizing and developing strategies to meet them.We know that reducing clutter is one of the most effective ways to promote momentum, but often taking the time to recognize where it is most hindering—and addressing it—seems daunting. Especially paperwork. It’s insidious in that it starts out as an integral driver to most operations (from permission slips to transcripts to admittance forms) but once it’s delivered its main offering—the data—paper’s shelf life in an organization can long outlast its usefulness, and actually increase risk in terms of retention requirements.It gets in the way (literally) of getting important work done. And it increases costs. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comUPDATE: Billy Joel sang the national anthem before Friday’s pivotal Game 3 at Citi Field. The Mets won that game but ended up losing the series Sunday night in heartbreaking fashion, blowing a 2-0 lead in the ninth. Maybe re-watching Joel’s performance will brighten up your day:ORIGINAL STORY:Mets fans will be in a New York state of mind in more ways than one come Friday evening.The Amazins’, who will try to climb out of a 0-2 hole in the World Series after dropping a pair of games in Kansas City, will be serenaded by none other than Oyster Bay-native Billy Joel, who was tapped by Major League Baseball to sing the national anthem prior to Friday’s pivotal Game 3 matchup against the Royals.The Mets haven’t played a World Series game in Queens since 2000’s Subway Series. Of course, back then, the team from Queens called Shea Stadium its home.Mets fans are hoping the famed crooner will bring the team good luck as it tries to avoid dropping the first three games of the Fall Classic.But leave it to the good people at Sports Illustrated to throw a damper on the Mets-Joel lovefest.According to SI, Joel has twice sung the national anthem in Queens before a Mets World Series game, in 1986 and 2000. The Mets lost both games. While the Mets still ended up winning the World Series in ‘86, they fell to the hated Yankees in 2000.With two strikes on the Piano Man, Mets fans can only hope Joel does his best Daniel Murphy impersonation and hits one out of the park.So, even if you’re not a Mets fan, can’t stand the pastime, struggle to fathom why athletes are compensated with multi-million dollar salaries to catch and hit baseballs, you’ll still probably want to tune in to the World Series Friday night.Joel has a long history with the Mets. He was the last musician to perform at Shea Stadium before it was demolished in 2008. Joel also closed down the beloved Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which is currently undergoing renovations following the New York Islanders’ move to Brooklyn.
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The exodus includes 5 million Venezuelans who have fled their country mired in an economic and political crisis. Some 3.6 million of them were not counted in its previous statistics, but are now deemed in need of international protection, the UNHCR said.Most Venezuelans have gone to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil and Chile. An estimated 30,000 to 50,000 have returned to their homeland since April, Grandi said.”In most of the countries Venezuelans live off of the informal economy and many even qualified people unfortunately have had to live a life of subsistence basically, selling vegetables in markets, doing menial work, it’s been really very precarious,” he said. “And with lockdowns, a lot of these jobs have disappeared almost overnight.”But restrictions imposed because of the pandemic have slowed displacement generally, Grandi said.”For the time being, most likely it has actually put breaks on movements because of the difficulties in moving. There has been basically no international travel, there has been very little ability to cross borders,” he added.Some 107,000 refugees were resettled in third countries last year, the UNHCR said.”This is a declining figure unfortunately. The resettlement to the US as you know has declined dramatically. The biggest resettlement country today is Canada,” Grandi said.Canada admitted 31,100 refugees for resettlement, the United States 27,500 and Australia 18,200, UNHCR figures show. Nearly 80 million people worldwide, or 1% of humanity, were uprooted at the end of 2019 after fleeing wars or persecution, a record figure capping a “tumultuous” decade of displacement, the United Nations said on Thursday.The figure rose by some 9 million from a year earlier and is close to double the 41 million recorded in 2010, despite COVID-19 restrictions slowing down movement, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.Syrians, Venezuelans, Afghans, South Sudanese, and stateless Rohingya from Myanmar top the list of 79.5 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally-displaced, it said in its annual flagship report, Global Trends. “This almost 80 million figure – the highest that UNHCR has recorded since these statistics have been systematically collected – is of course a reason for great concern,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.”This is by the way approximately 1% of the world population,” he told a news briefing.Some 73% of refugees seek asylum in a neighboring country, defying the populist notion that they flood to the West, Grandi said.”This continues to be a global issue, an issue for all states but an issue that challenges most directly the poorer countries, not the rich countries – in spite of the rhetoric,” he said of the displacement. Topics :
Demba Ba has criticised Arsenal for their stance on Ozil’s comments (Getty Images)‘The content published is Ozil’s personal opinion.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Demba Ba, who is also a practising Muslim and has had two spells in the Chinese Super League, has criticised Arsenal for their stance.‘Not surprised,’ Ba posted on Twitter. ‘Arsenal just keep distancing themselves from the best in general.’China’s state broadcaster CCTV has now removed Sunday’s Arsenal vs Manchester City Premier League match from its schedule after Ozil’s comments.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Ex-Chelsea striker Demba Ba hits out at Arsenal over Mesut Ozil treatment Comment A supporter of China’s Muslim Uighur minority thanks Mesut Ozil (Getty Images) Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 1:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Mesut Ozil has publicly shown his support for Uighur Muslims in China (BPI/REX)Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba has criticised Arsenal for distancing themselves from Mesut Ozil’s comments about Uighur Muslims in China.In his post on Instagram, Ozil described Uighurs as ‘warriors who resist persecution’ following reports that China has detained at least one million people, mainly Muslims and other minorities, over several years in what have now been exposed as detention camps.But Arsenal moved to distance the club from Ozil’s viewpoint.‘Regarding the comments made by Mesut Ozil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement,’ the club posted on Chinese social media site Weibo.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement