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first_imgIn order to understand atmospheric methane (CH4) biogeochemistry now and in the future, we must apprehend its natural variability, without anthropogenic influence. Samples of ancient air trapped within ice cores provide the means to do this. Here we analyze the ultrahigh-resolution CH4 record of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide ice core 67.2–9.8 ka and find novel, atmospheric CH4 variability at centennial time scales throughout the record. This signal is characterized by recurrence intervals within a broad 80–500 year range, but we find that age-scale uncertainties complicate the possible isolation of any periodic frequency. Lower signal amplitudes in the Last Glacial relative to the Holocene may be related to incongruent effects of firn-based signal smoothing processes. Within interstadial and stadial periods, the peak-to-peak signal amplitudes vary in proportion to the underlying millennial-scale oscillations in CH4 concentration—the relative amplitude change is constant. We propose that the centennial CH4 signal is related to tropical climate variability that influences predominantly low-latitude wetland CH4 emissionslast_img read more


first_imgOrgan Freeman used their rock-solid funk foundation to build a gorgeous new set of songs on their latest release, Respect My Art. Since their debut album in 2015, Organ Freeman has managed to grow tighter as musicians and looser as a band at the same time. With Respect My Art, guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys , and the man on the titular organ, Trevor Steer, have delivered an outstanding collection of instrumental tunes that are guaranteed to get listeners moving and grooving. Stream Organ Freeman’s latest below, then read on to hear Live For Live Music’s thoughts on this new album.Respect My Art starts off with a strong statement of intent from Organ Freeman. If respect is what they want, then all they have to do is keep producing music like the first track “Long Live The King.” Steer’s speedy and precision-drilled leads barely give his expansive instrument the opportunity to fully form notes as it bubbles along. The intensity of the lead line is only possible thanks to the impressive pocket work of percussionist Humprey’s and the clean, swirling rhythms and fills from Carlson. This “all-for-one” spirit is a sure sign of artists on the same page and who have left all traces of ego at the door.Humphreys steps into focus for “Byrd vs. Fish”, although with Organ Freeman’s status as a trio, the rest of the band isn’t far away. The more flashy guitar parts show Carlson’s range but also comment on his ability to show restraint. It’s hard not to light the world on fire when you have a flamethrower in your hands, and Humphreys knows when to flame on and when to hang back. “Got Change For A Nickel?” brings both a sonic change as well a change of pace by adding some delightful scat singing to the mix. Humphreys gets a chance to lead the way on “The Green Green Grapes”, which rolls and bounces to his beat with a decidedly New Orleans flair. The splashy cymbals and crisp stickwork mix with the horns’ fills and the gurgling organ to produce one of the most energetic pieces on Respect My Art.On “Don’t Eat Your Fingers”, Organ Freeman seems to find the perfect balance between their many diverse flavors. Each player shines at the same time, and no one is looking to outdo the other. The group’s collective will to consistently offer the best of their sound is evident on every tune, including “E.T. AF.” The band flows along with no lead baton to pass. Organ Freeman is, at its core, a trio of musicians eager to go to the same place together while walking in their own singular stride.Album closer “Fly You Fools!” is a perfect closing statement from Organ Freeman and what they hoped to accomplish. Tempos rise and fall and shredding guitar tones contrast against rashing percussion and throbbing and droning organ waves, as listeners are swept away by the powerful sonic tide. If Respect My Art is what these gentlemen are capable of after just a couple short years of existence, then music fans should be truly excited for the future. If Organ Freeman keeps up this pace, there is no limit to where they can take their art, and there is no question it will be well respected.last_img read more


first_imgThe Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics encourages teaching and research about ethical issues in the professions and public life. Its graduate fellowships support outstanding Harvard graduate and professional students who are writing dissertations or are engaged in major research on topics in practical ethics, especially ethical issues in areas such as architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health, public policy, and religion. Students should either be enrolled in a Harvard doctoral program; enrolled in or a recent graduate of a Harvard professional degree program that does not require a doctoral dissertation for an academic career (such as law or medicine); or a current Harvard affiliate who is engaged in postgraduate training or in appropriate graduate training at another school and has no academic or professional commitments in 2016-17.The center seeks applicants who have excelled in their fields of specialization, have demonstrated an interest in questions of value that cut across disciplinary boundaries, and who are likely to make significant contributions to teaching and scholarship in practical and professional ethics. Some successful applicants will have a strong background in moral philosophy or political thought; others will be grounded in fields of public policy or professional practice.Graduate fellows receive a stipend of up to $27,000 for one academic year, which varies depending on individual circumstances. Graduate fellowships are announced in mid-February for the upcoming academic year. The deadline to apply is November 16, 2015.For more information, please see our website. Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgIn 1994, Rwanda lost a huge portion of its male population when the ruling Hutu government murdered 500,000 to 1 million of its citizens, including an estimated 77 percent of the Tutsi population. The genocide left an enormous void, widened by the number of Rwandans who had fled or been imprisoned — and women stepped up to fill it.Nearly a quarter century later, the country’s leadership is overwhelmingly female. Rwanda has more women parliamentarians than any other nation in the world, and almost half of its judges and presidential cabinet members are female. In the same short time, Rwanda has forged progressive health, education, gender equity, and environmental policies.That new body politic can help explain an emerging trend. Across the globe, the number of women running for office has increased dramatically. In the United States, for instance, more than 70 women are exploring runs for governor this year, and a record number of women have declared their intentions to run for other elected positions, from seats in Congress to local school boards. As this wave of civic engagement grows, the rise of Rwandan women through all levels of their government merits closer observation.And it has had that, from former U.S. ambassador Swanee Hunt, Harvard Kennedy School’s Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program, core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership, senior adviser at the Carr Center for Human Rights, and the author of “Rwandan Women Rising.” She spoke with the Gazette ahead of Wednesday’s Lowell Lecture at Harvard Extension School, where she will reprise those lessons learned in her talk “Women Rising, Here and Abroad.”Q&ASwanee HuntGAZETTE: We seem to be at a crucial point in history, with adults and even young people becoming more vocal and politically active. What have you learned about the importance of civic engagement that you did not know before your work in Rwanda?HUNT: Rwanda provides a compelling model for the rest of the world. After the 1994 genocide, civic engagement grew organically, driven by newly emboldened women. The chaos had cracked open the culture and women surged into the breach. Before, they weren’t allowed to speak in public if men were present. Afterward, many traumatized men couldn’t function well, but women saw no choice but to immediately start rebuilding their communities.That social and political will turned into an unstoppable force. Within months, new widows joined wives of jailed alleged perpetrators. They did what women do: Together in one kitchen, they cooked for orphaned children, and at the same time for the men who made those children orphans. Women persisted, organizing 15,000 female-only village councils. They had representatives on the commission to draft a new constitution that established a provision that all government bodies would include at least 30 percent women. Today, Rwanda boasts the highest percentage of women legislators in the world, around 60 percent. The country is vaulting up the development indices, increasing literacy and combatting AIDS and malaria, establishing compulsory ninth-grade education for girls as well as boys, and many other advances.It’s a fascinating lesson, told in my book through the voices of scores of women (and a few smart men). As one example, Annonciata Nyirabajiwabo’s husband and parents were murdered in the upheaval. She escaped certain slaughter, carrying her 18-month-old baby on her back while eight months pregnant, giving birth alone, hiding in a doghouse. After the cataclysm, Annonciata stepped forward to join the civic groundswell. She said, “There is no other way of living than to be close to one another.”Here in the U.S., we’re hoping it won’t take a full-blown catastrophe to get people off their couches, into the streets, lined up at voting booths, or — even better — onto ballots. I’m especially encouraged that young people are building their power at a crucial moment. We see it all around us: the tenacious leaders of Black Lives Matter; speakers at the women’s marches; courageous champions of immigration reform; out-there #MeToo witnesses; inspiring gun-control activists from Parkland; and a swell of female candidates entering political contests at all levels. I used to regret that my children had missed the ’60s, an era that helped define Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton, and so many others my age. Now my three kids and their children are part of the greatest movement in half a century.GAZETTE: You’ve had almost 24 years to reflect on the events of the genocide and what came after. What parallels do you see between the rise of Rwandan women and the increase of women in America seeking public office today?HUNT: Women rise because it’s necessary. In Rwanda, following the carnage, about 800,000 imprisoned men awaited trial, with about 50 surviving lawyers to represent them. Drawing on a tradition for mediating disputes, women instituted a community-based justice system called gacaca. It helped the entire nation unify and move beyond mass trauma.Imagine: A man is brought forward to face the villagers where he has lived. Some of the women are judges. (That’s new.) Even as the majority of victims are female, the majority of the witnesses are as well. The say what they saw the man do; they know him extremely well, and they testify to his character. The whole case costs $30. At the same time, the U.N. tribunal is hearing cases against people who allegedly plotted the genocide — at $2.6 million per defendant.In the U.S., women have had it with malfeasance, misbehavior, misogyny, and malevolent policies that harm them and their families. The “Year of the Woman” in 1992 was the last time we increased our numbers in Congress significantly. It came on the heels of unheeded accusations of sexual misconduct during Anita Hill’s testimony against her former employer, Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That spectacle unfolded in front of the all-male Senate Judiciary Committee — and on live television, where it outraged millions of women (and men).In dozens of contexts around the globe, I’ve observed what happens when women aren’t at decision-making tables. As U.S. ambassador to Austria, I bore devastating witness to the havoc and suffering caused by war next door in the Balkans, where nearly 150,000 people died. In 1994, I hosted 14 days of peace negotiations, but it wasn’t until I walked into the signing of the agreement at the White House that I noticed the sea of gray suits and realized no other women were among the dozens of delegates. Women’s disparate knowledge and perspective was missing. Without an inclusive accord, the agreement was badly flawed, and the country has been unable to move forward appreciably. Now we have compelling research: When women are significantly involved in a peace talk, there’s a much greater chance for lasting stability.Dean Joseph Nye, who brought me to Harvard two decades ago to establish and lead the Women and Public Policy Program, saw women’s inclusion as a natural extension of his idea of “soft power.” In short, political influence is increased through persuasion rather than only coercion, focusing on shared values and civilian elements of security such as education, health care, and economic development. I’ve taught the doctrine of inclusive security to a generation of Harvard students, and I imagine some of them are behind the landmark Women, Peace, and Security Act passed by Congress last fall.,GAZETTE: According to a Time Magazine article from earlier this year, more than 70 women are exploring runs for governor in the U.S. and overall a record number of women are running for office in 2018. What are their biggest challenges? How can they overcome them?HUNT: I’m glad you asked. Some years ago, I established a nonprofit program, Political Parity, to study these barriers. In a few weeks, we’re releasing a primer for students and practitioners, drafted by researchers who have delved into the data. One formidable challenge is that women candidates, particularly Republicans (God bless ’em), haven’t managed to get through their primaries. Women have been disadvantaged by infrastructure, with insufficient PAC, donor, and party backing.They’re misperceived as less ideological than men, though our analysis disproves this. But we also know that women, however dogmatic, co-sponsor more legislation across the aisle. So if we’re going to break gridlock, we need more Republican females in place of their male counterparts. Happily, since the 2016 election, in what I think of as a Trump after-quake, thousands of women (on both sides of the aisle) are stepping up to run at all levels and gaining the support once so hard to find. It’s a seismic shift.GAZETTE: Inclusive Security, the institute you founded, is looking for impactful ways “to transform decision-making about war and peace.” What are some of the lessons you’ve learned that could help a world that seems to be in constant conflict?HUNT: First, don’t buy into the “constant conflict” motif. That’s a prescription for paralysis.Second, we’ve obviously got to use 100 percent of our talent pool. But a more nuanced answer is that women, along with other excluded groups, can make a powerful difference in waging peace. For one thing, they bring in a wider range of voices. In Colombia, it was women in the peace talks who insisted that victims be at the table. They understood that when those who are directly affected enter negotiations, it’s messier, but peace is possible. Aloisea Inyumba, a tremendous leader who did so much to unite Rwandans, said, “We women have to be agents of peace. We can’t just wait for it to be delivered to us on a plate.”However imperfectly, reconciliation has happened in (literally) decimated Rwanda — and elsewhere around the world — between people who have fought much more viciously than Americans will ever know. The equivalent in our country would be 32 million Americans slaughtered this winter. Actually, hacked to death. People despairing at the current state of our politics need to realize: This is not Gettysburg.So be bold. It’s up to you, not just me. Let’s get in there and fix it.Hunt’s speech, which is open to the public, will take place Wednesday (March 7) at 7 p.m. at Emerson Hall 105, 25 Quincy St., Cambridge.This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.last_img read more


first_imgEntergy Corporation today announced it has identified and stopped the source of tritium leakage at its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and has begun initial work to support the remediation of soil and groundwater at the plant site.The successful effort to identify the source of the leakage, fix the problem and prevent a recurrence capped an intense and rigorous effort by Entergy with the oversight of state and federal regulators that began in January when elevated levels of the radionuclide tritium were detected in monitoring wells built for that purpose.            In a special briefing for key stakeholders, Entergy’s Executive Vice President, Operations Mark Savoff expressed regret that the leak occurred. At the same time, Savoff announced that the company has embarked on a six-point, fleet-wide initiative to become an industry leader in tritium leak prevention, detection, and mitigation. The six-point initiative includes benchmarking industry best practices, prioritizing structures, systems and components, improved inspection techniques, and improved strategies for prevention, monitoring and mitigation of leakage.            Vermont Yankee engineers involved in the tritium investigation said the leakage came from two separate pipes inside a concrete tunnel. A floor drain that normally would have taken the water from the Entergy tunnel for normal processing was found to be clogged with debris and mud. This allowed the tritiated water to seep through an unsealed joint in the tunnel wall to the soil and eventually the groundwater.            The pipes, which drain moisture from the plant’s Advanced Off Gas (AOG) system, have since been rerouted. After identifying where the leakage to the soil occurred, workers continued efforts to identify other such pathways to the soil and found none.Groundwater remediation to remove tritium will begin today with the pumping of shallow groundwater into above-ground containers for processing and reuse in the plant. The pumping will greatly reduce the concentration of tritium in groundwater. Also, planning is underway to remove about 150 cubic feet of soil that contains small amounts of other contaminants such as manganese and cobalt. The soil will be disposed of at a federally licensed disposal facility.            Since the elevated tritium concentration was first confirmed at Vermont Yankee in early January, an intense investigation has been underway by a multi-disciplined technical team including Vermont Yankee engineers, chemists and environmental monitoring specialists. In addition, individuals and organizations from outside the company that have expertise in hydrology, well drilling and robotics assisted in the effort.Entergy Site Vice President Mike Colomb expressed gratitude to the investigation team for the dedicated, careful, and thorough approach it took in investigating, identifying and stopping the tritium leak. “This team has proven that a difficult problem can be solved with the right combination of expertise, experience and willingness to work day and night to see the project through to successful completion.”There has been no detectable tritium level found in any drinking water well samples at the Vermont Yankee site or in the Connecticut River. Both the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Vermont Dept. of Health have said that the tritium in the groundwater at Vermont Yankee has not been a threat to public health and safety. Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen that occurs naturally and is also a byproduct of nuclear plant operations.         Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and over 15,000 employees.Source: Vermont Yankee. 3.25.2010last_img read more


first_imgWhen I instruct kayaking, one of the most important tools to my clients’ progression is video review.We live in a time where we have low cost, high quality consumer electronics at our fingertips, and these tools can be very useful for outdoors sports of all kinds.  Do you have a GoPro, a still camera with video capabilities, or even a phone that can do the same?  Use those assets to your advantage.If you are a runner for example, set up the camera on a tripod, and run past it a few times at different paces.  Slowing that footage down and studying best practices for technique can pay dividends in your competition results and joint health.The same goes for a myriad other sports.  The first step to improving is knowing what needs to be changed in our techniques, and video is absolutely the best tool for identifying these weaknesses.  We can only tell so much about our technique by how it feels, and there are so many nuances in all of these sports.One thing that I have found very helpful in my paddling is noticing where my head is turned, and what my paddle is doing during key times.  Oftentimes, things happen so fast that we aren’t able to truly digest what we did right or wrong in that given situation.  Being able to slow everything down and revisit it as many times as needed is an invaluable tool for personal progression.  In spite of the people who are cynical about the rampant use of these POV cameras, there is a reason why they have become so popular!The “look where you want to go, and not where you don’t want to go” adage is very easy to finesse when using a POV camera, and is something that applies to all of these different sports.  Your body will follow your head, and you will go where you are looking, so this concept and the “spot your landing” idea are some of the first things that I tell people when they jump in a boat or on a mountain bike.Regardless of your sport, I’m confident saying that it would be beneficial to use the modern video tools that we have available today to increase your knowledge and skill.  For those of you who are already using video as a training tool, what other ways have you found value through video analysis?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 Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Patchogue last week, authorities said.Two masked gunmen—one armed with a pistol, the other with a shotgun—entered a West Main Street apartment through the front door and demanded money from the victims inside at 9:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, police said.The suspects then fled the scene. The victims were not injured. No arrests have been made.The suspects were described as 6-foot-tall black men with thin builds wearing dark-colored clothing.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img


first_imgDNB said it would also look into the decision-making process and whether the pension funds still had a clear view on downside risk after any adjustments.The supervisor indicated that three pension funds had decided not to change their risk profile after consultations with DNB. Five schemes would be allowed to raise their investment risk after their funding had improved to more than 105%, it added.Pension funds that increase their investment risk must raise their financial buffers at the same time. DNB said the required asset level had increased by 3% on average.The one-off option to raise the risk profile is part of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), which was introduced in 2015.During the past two years, 45 pension funds in total – including the schemes of coffee producer Douwe Egberts, BpfBouw, and UWV – have used this option.Pension funds with a coverage of less than 105% are not allowed to increase their risk level, while schemes with a funding of more than 125% do not face limits in principle. More than 50 underfunded Dutch pension funds have indicated that they want to raise their risk profile this year in a bid to improve returns, according to supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).It said 159 schemes were eligible for a one-off increase of their investment risk. These schemes had a coverage ratio of between the required minimum of 105% and the prescribed level for financial reserves of approximately 125%.DNB made clear that the 53 pension funds that took up the opportunity had predominantly opted for a reduction of their interest rate hedge, sometimes combined with an increase in equity allocations.The watchdog said it assessed the schemes’ requests against criteria such as a “balanced approach towards their participants” as well as the impact of the adjustment on different generations.last_img read more


first_imgThis facility is operated by Dubai Ports (DP World), one of the main port operators worldwide, accounting for 78 terminals in 40 different countries. ACS Group, through its affiliate Dragados, has been awarded its first large-scale port project in North America for the design and construction of Vancouver Fraser Authority Port’s container terminal extension in British Columbia, Canada. This terminal, located in central Vancouver, is one of the Port’s three container terminals, representing one fifth of its total freight movement. According to ACS Group, the project will tackle the road congestion and it will improve efficiency by eliminating port traffic from adjacent roads. It will also avoid the three rail crossings used by port users while delivering continuous access to Highway 1.center_img The project’s investment volume rises up to €260 million approx. and it is expected to be completed in December 2021. “The main aim of this project is to extend the terminal’s surface and to rearrange it towards increasing its capacity from the current 900.000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs annually. Likewise, freight movement and access to harbor area will be improved by building a fly-over and by improving and refurbishing the access routes,” the company reported.last_img read more


first_img They do want Jadon Sancho, but may be priced out of a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger. Their forward targets include Moussa Dembele, Joshua King and others. It is unclear who they would chase at centre-back, but David Upamecano is a long term target. However, the Frenchman may be pursued next term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… center_img Manchester United are hoping to seal three more signings before the transfer window closes. The Red Devils have only secured Donny van de Beek for the first team. The Dutch midfielder arrives to provide competition in those positions. According to the Manchester Evening News, United want to sign Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, along with a centre-back and striker. read also:PSG striker Karamoko completes Man Utd trialsAdvertisementlast_img read more

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