Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Cris Jacobs Band Announce 4th Of July Celebration

first_imgPhil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band have announced a 4th of July celebration at the Beach Park at Terrapin Crossroads featuring special guest guitarist Scott Law. Cris Jacobs Band will also join the party as a supporting act. The San Rafael, California festivities will start at 2 pm and will be open to music fans of all ages, with camping chairs and blankets encouraged for the afternoon celebration. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. What better way to celebrate Independence Day?Tickets for the show are available here.last_img

$1M in grants to support 10 climate research projects

first_img Support for seven from president’s climate fund Belching smokestacks and idling cars may be the typical scapegoats for climate change, but millions of other factors contribute — sometimes ones we never think twice about, like cracking a window because the heat is too high or small leaks from old gas lines.As communities around the globe move to dramatically reduce emissions in an effort to curb the impact of climate change, researchers across Harvard are developing new energy technologies and promoting changes large and small to speed solutions on the local, regional, and global levels.Ten research projects driven by faculty collaborators across six Harvard Schools will share over $1 million in the second round of grants awarded by the Climate Change Solutions Fund, an initiative launched last year by President Drew Faust to encourage multidisciplinary research around climate change.The projects sound as futuristic as shooting reflective particles into the atmosphere to deflect the sun’s rays — and as down-to-earth as grassroots community campaigns to spark behavior changes at home. But the common threads are creativity and collaboration across a wide range of disciplines, forging an effort in which nontraditional factors of climate change are examined from multiple viewpoints in order to contribute inspired solutions.“This research wouldn’t happen in our silos,” said Holly Samuelson, an assistant professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who is working with researcher Jose Guillermo Cedeño Laurent from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The pair will use Harvard’s campus as a “living laboratory” to find a better way to measure the overall climate impact of existing buildings, leveraging data from occupant behavior to improve construction and renovation planning tools for the indoor spaces where we spend most of our time. $20M initiative to accelerate clean-energy solutions announces inaugural grants Cedeño Laurent has developed a way to passively gather data on occupant behavior through an algorithm that correlates environmental measures like temperature, noise, and carbon dioxide levels with activity data collected from wearable devices — in this case, donned by volunteer Harvard undergrads. The refinements in understanding of occupant behavior are critical to help building professionals design infrastructure that reduces environmental impact and offsets the challenges of changing climate.“Our goal in life is not to build buildings, but [to] produce some kind of output in those buildings,” said Samuelson. “It’s possible to have very energy-efficient buildings that are very unhealthy, and also it’s possible to waste a lot of energy striving toward health goals in some buildings.”With the more nuanced occupant behavior data, Cedeño Laurent and Samuelson can develop and test a framework to assess a building’s performance on indoor environmental quality as well as energy use, metrics that tend to be evaluated separately today to the detriment of the green building movement. Using that framework, they will be able to improve the accuracy of the energy models used to evaluate building performance. Through the gathering of human and operational data, patterns emerge — and from patterns, more accurate predictions on occupant behavior and its prompts. Applying these patterns and predictions into energy modeling software could provide new insights for creating eco- and user-friendly spaces.Currently, energy models are not used as much as they could be due to the costs of customization to each particular design project.“Out of the box, there are just so many thousands of knobs to turn in these energy simulations. They’re accurate enough to aid in certain design decisions, but to combat climate change, we need a more dependable way to predict the results of riskier investments in building design and operations,” said Samuelson. “We know that our buildings in the developed world operate very poorly across the board, but the problem is that every building is different.”Samuelson hopes an improved modeling system will become a standard part of design decision-making, not just in new construction but in retrofits and operational decisions. She cited once finding annual savings of $120,000 for a building just in changing operations of the cooling system. Multiply those energy savings times the millions of existing buildings in the country, and the environmental gains and financial payoffs could be huge.While Samuelson is working on realizing potential energy savings that enhance human well-being, other researchers are trying to accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy. Alan Aspuru-Guzik, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology, will focus on lowering the costs of solar cells by exploring the use of commercially available organic dyes as the solar energy conversion component.Aside from their extraordinary adaptability, organic solar cells also carry greater potential for material application — like fabric. Think jackets that could charge your smartphone, or tarps covering rooftops in the developing world.“Since we started our search for organic solar materials, many things have changed. Manufacturers have lowered the cost for silicon, and a new class of materials has taken the world by storm,” said Aspuru-Guzik, saying that although the market has improved, “organics still have a niche. Where 2 billion people have no access to electricity, their costs will matter a lot.”Some costs have no dollar amount. Widely touted as more environmentally friendly than other energy sources, new hydroelectric sites release large pulses of the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, where it persists for between 10 and 30 years, with global effects.Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Professor Elsie Sunderland, Daniel Jacob, also of the Paulson School, and James Hammitt of the Chan School are looking at the impact of methane released from dams to try to identify feasible alternatives. The project will track present methane releases, making use of satellite imagery, to help raise awareness of the issue among policymakers and inform decision-makers about future hydroelectric dams.Sunderland echoed a sentiment from many of the fund’s winners, saying, “That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited that this research has been funded: This will do a lot in terms of starting that dialogue.” Relatedlast_img read more

Three-Word Call to Action from HIMSS 2018: Bias for Action

first_imgThe rise of employer activism The trend toward greater patient empowerment has long been recognized. A more recent development, however, is the transition employers are making from passive administrators to active negotiators and navigators of employee healthcare. At HIMSS18, this was evidenced by companies showcasing healthcare products targeting employers. One large-scale telehealth vendor, for example, was rolling out a new employer health and wellness portal.Why is this noteworthy? The more than 150 million Americans who get their health insurance from their employers are starting to see more tailored healthcare products and services added to their portfolio of healthcare options. Rather than straight consumerism, let’s call this employer-ism—the value-add being that employers can bypass the lack of value chain in traditional healthcare models and instead go employer-direct.A recent merger of a financial, tech and multinational conglomerate underscores this trend, as they look to leverage analytics to roll out better healthcare to all of their employees.Interestingly, Dell has been leading the charge for some time, as evidenced by its employee healthcare program, Well at Dell. After nearly fifteen years of data-driven investmente, the plan offers a wide range of services beyond health insurance, including: transparency tools with cost and quality of care ratings and reviews, free counseling, free second opinions, help with billing/reimbursement disputes, 24/7 nurse hotline, telehealth at home or on the road, and advocates to help research treatment and medication options. A large percentage of Dell U.S. employees currently participate in a program that tracks and financially rewards improvements in lifestyle and habits. AI gets hype, as algorithms and analytics get real It’s a Multi-Cloud World! Although futuristic artificial intelligence scenarios continued to garner attention at HIMSS18, there was growing awareness that cognitive robots wouldn’t be practicing translational and predictive medicine any time soon.More immediate opportunities include the successful commercialization of data-driven diagnostic aids that help save lives and money. In fact, one of the fastest new product-to-market life cycles that I witnessed was from one of our own Dell EMC partners, Medical Informatics. In just a short time period, they progressed from raw data to diagnostic algorithm to embedding the algorithm in an FDA-approved, point of care (POC) workflow aimed at improving the physician’s decision-making process. That speed to market is unprecedented and will likely pave a path for similar advancements in health informatics.Real progress has also been made in the ability to securely share all types of data, from genomics to digital pathology imaging, and to collaborate across organizations—a necessity in advanced analytics-driven environments. Edge computing technologies and intuitive cloud-based integration platforms were being showcased, providing a much-needed front-end for the growing portfolio of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and Internet of Healthy Things (IoHT). And elastic data platforms, like that from Dell EMC, demonstrated how to make it easier to share data and provide analytics-as-a-service at scale across organizations. At some point in my 27-plus years of attending HIMSS conferences, I realized the event offers more than insight from keynotes, panels, and demos. It provides a unique opportunity to assess the general state and ‘mood’ of the industry as a whole.If I had to describe the vibe at HIMSS18 in one word, it would be: activism. All along the value chain, the bias seemed to be toward action—a determination to move ahead; to shake things up; to make progress.In part, it’s the effect of disruptors and outsiders from new VC-backed startups to online retail giants who are introducing new delivery models, re-purposing technologies, and forming new partnerships to expand access, reduce costs, and improve the patient experience.But they’re not alone.Here are three takeaways of forward motion from Las Vegas: I was privileged to run a focus group on the topic of multi-cloud at HIMSS18.  Listening to the conversations among physicians, analysts, and HIT professionals, I was struck by how quickly they came to the consensus that healthcare—with its mergers and acquisitions, dependence on private and public clouds, influx of new connected devices, and shared ecosystems—is indeed a multi-cloud world.The big question being asked was how to manage it. I found it instructive to hear how the focus has completely shifted from data center operations to intelligent software in the cloud as the logical point of integration, security, and compliance. Smaller organizations are looking for click-through access to packaged software-as-a-service and managed cloud solutions. Larger healthcare organizations are looking for a consistent way to manage IT service delivery and their full portfolio of clinical and business workloads across multiple (and interchangeable) cloud platforms—as well as to accelerate innovation and reduce costs through modern, cloud-native application development.If HIMSS18 was where “The World Connects for Health” the multi-cloud is where healthcare connects to deliver more coordinated and efficient care. As we look ahead, it will be interesting to see how these three areas play out in healthcare. What I can say for certain is that Dell EMC will continue the charge with our bias for action—making the future of healthcare real today by transforming HIT with our innovative technologies, products, solutions, people, and partnerships.last_img read more

Temps Plunge as Arctic Blast Freezes Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mother Nature unleashed a cruel one-two punch on Long Island this week when it pounded the region with more than a foot of snow Tuesday and then ushered in an arctic blast that sent temperatures plunging to sub-zero levels.Long Islanders woke up Thursday morning to wind chills between zero to 10 below, the Upton-based National Weather Service said in a special weather statement.Temperatures could rise to 15 to 20 degrees Thursday but are expected to remain in the mid-teens through Friday, forecasters said.Another arctic cold front will move across the area Thursday night, sending temperatures into the single digits and producing wind chills from 5 to 15 below zero, the weather service said.The agency warned that the prolonged cold and wind could lead to hypothermia and frostbite. The brutal cold could also freeze and damage water pipes.Forecasters expect a frontal system to roll in Saturday and slightly increase temperatures to a high of 32 degrees. But a reprieve from the biting cold is nowhere in sight.Bundle up because the weather service is predicting a high of 27 on Sunday, 33 on Monday, 20 on Tuesday and 25 on Wednesday.And if that’s not enough, forecasters are also calling for scattered snow showers Saturday that could dump up to 2 inches of snow.“The frozen ground and moderately strong winds could result in significantly reduced visibilities and hazardous travel conditions,” the NWS said.The arctic blast comes on the heels of a winter storm that blanketed LI with more than a foot of snow in some areas, causing massive traffic jams on major roads, led to flight cancellations and forced the Long Island Rail Road to operate on a weekend schedule Wednesday. The LIRR returned to regular services on Thursday and wasn’t reporting any weather related delays in the morning.last_img read more

The Masters: Bryson DeChambeau tested for Covid-19 as illness hampers Augusta challenge | Golf News

first_img The Masters Verdict November 14, 2020, 10:00pmLive on Asked how he was feeling, the pre-tournament favourite said: “Not good, to say the least. I was feeling something a little weird two nights ago, and I came out yesterday and was fine for the most part. But as I kept going through the round, I started getting a little dizzy. I don’t know what was going on, a little something weird.“So I got checked for COVID last night, and I was fine, nothing. But I had to do the right thing and make sure there was nothing more serious than that. I don’t know what it is or what happened, but these past couple days, I’ve felt really, really odd and just not a hundred per cent. DeChambeau has been struggling with bouts of dizziness – Advertisement – As it transpired, the cut stayed at level par as 60 players qualified for the third round, with DeChambeau’s playing-partner Jon Rahm part of a five-way tie for the lead on nine under alongside Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas – the first time in major history that the world’s top three ranked players shared the lead after any round.DeChambeau then admitted to reporters that he had been battling bouts of dizziness since first complaining of feeling unwell on Thursday evening, prompting him to be tested for Covid-19 along with his backroom team. All tested negative. “I came out yesterday and was fine for the most part. But as I kept going through the round, I started getting a little dizzy. So I got checked for COVID last night, and I was fine, nothing” By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 14/11/20 4:18pm Bryson DeChambeau was tested for coronavirus on Friday evening
Bryson DeChambeau was tested for coronavirus on Friday evening

17.000 guests are expected in Kvarner for Easter

first_imgAccording to information gathered from hoteliers and tourism workers, around 17.000 guests will stay in Kvarner during the Easter holidays, ie from Good Friday to Easter Monday, and it is expected that they will spend 60.000 nights.“For guests who visit Kvarner, a diverse program is prepared in the spirit of the Easter holidays: concerts and similar events, gastronomic events such as the one on Krk, where certain restaurants will be able to enjoy menus with šurlice and asparagus; a reminder of traditional Easter dishes in Crikvenica or an Easter breakfast and the search for Easter eggs, which Opatija guests will be able to enjoy. ” stand out from the Kvarner Tourist Board.Hoteliers are optimistic about the good booking, although due to the earlier date of the Easter holidays, part of the hotel capacity will remain closed to guests, in most cases due to works. Thus, 80 hotels will be opened for Easter, half of which are located on the Opatija Riviera, and the most guests are expected in the hotels, around 11.000. Guests will be able to spend Easter in Kvarner camps, there will be 12 of them open, of which only the camp “Selce” is located on the mainland, and the remaining 11 are on the islands. About 2.000 guests are expected in the camps. About 3.000 guests opted for private accommodation.In 2018, growth of 5% is expected in Kvarner According to the program, Kvarner tourism expects 2,6 million arrivals and 14,5 million overnight stays next year, which is 5% more than in 2016. The largest primary markets in Kvarner remain Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, clearly with domestic guests. Priority tourist products that the Kvarner Tourist Board will primarily focus on next year are products that attract guests outside the main tourist season, ie active holidays, sports products and soft adventure, health tourism, cultural, holiday and nautical and business tourism.Related news:HOW TO GET INTEREST FROM ONLY 1 PERCENT? JOIN THE KVARNER FAMILY QUALITY MARK PROGRAMlast_img read more

Iloilo activists mark martial law anniv with ‘National Day of Action’

first_img“Angamon panawagan sa sining komemorasyon sangmartial law dapat tagaan solusyon angugat sang problema sa kaimolon. Ang kaimolon, ang madata nga pinatyanaymasolbar lamang paagi sa pag-istoryahanay,” said Sulayao. Marvin Saijo of the University of thePhilippines Visayas’ student council, on the other hand, said they werepressing for a halt to the red-tagging of student activists and the so-calledmilitarization of schools./PN Reverend Father Marco Sulayao of thePromotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR Panay and Guimaras) said peoplewould be at the losing end of an all-out war between the government and rebels. Yesterday’s National Day of Action inPanay Island ahead of today’s martial law anniversary was also be observed inRoxas City, Capiz province and in Kalibo, Aklan. But the mass action was not aboutMarcos’ martial law only. The protesters also pressed for the resumption of thepeace talks between the national government and communists, scrapping of theRice Tariffication Law that is being blamed for the deluge of cheap importedrice, halt to extrajudicial killings and corruption.center_img ILOILO City – Activists here joinedyesterday’s National Day of Action to mark the 47th anniversary of thedeclaration of martial law. They marched from the Iloilo provincial capitol toSunburst Park. NEVER FORGET, NEVER AGAIN. An effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte is displayed at Iloilo City’s Sunburst Park as activists mark the 47th anniversary of the declaration of martial law. It was on Sept. 21, 1972 when then President Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under military rule to supposedly quell communist rebellion. But yesterday’s (Sept. 20) mass action ahead of the anniversary today was not only about Marcos’ martial law. The protesters also pressed for the resumption of the peace talks between the national government and communists, and a halt to extrajudicial killings and corruption. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN It was on Sept. 21, 1972 when thenPresident Ferdinand Marcos placed the country under military rule to supposedlyquell communist rebellion. last_img read more

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Brazilian football may restart in June, CBF says

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan RB Leipzig get approval for some fans in stadium at season opening match Brazilian football could restart at the end of June, the secretary general of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Walter Feldman, said on Tuesday.This is coming in spite of the fact that the number of coronavirus cases is still rising in South America’s hardest-hit nation. Feldman said the return to action in the German Bundesliga, where nine first division games were played last weekend after a two-month hiatus, was a positive example for world football.“It was necessary to stop and returning is possible,” Feldman said. “That is what we learnt from the return of football in Germany. Germany is a great sign.“Doors open in May, more open in June and I have no doubt that in June, with the return of training, sustained protocols and the chance of flexibility by the health authorities, football can return with restrictions,” Feldman said.Some Brazilian teams have begun training again, with current champions Flamengo recalling players on Monday.The positive note came a day after Brazil became the country with the third-highest number of confirmed infections behind the US and Russia. Brazil recorded a record high 1,179 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry, and announced a total of 271,628 cases.Brazil’s state championships were suspended in March and were due to finish in April.The national leagues were scheduled to kick off in early May and end in December, but Feldman acknowledged this year’s league season could run into 2021.Any restart would likely happen without fans present and with all the same social distancing restrictions that fans saw in Germany over the weekend also in place, he added.All Latin America’s professional football leagues were suspended except for Nicaragua, although Costa Rica’s league was due to restart on Tuesday. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brazilian Football ConfederationBundesligaCBFWalter Feldmanlast_img read more

NSC, GABF imbroglio continues

first_img…Jones says no comment as GABF says $3.5M insufficientDIRECTOR of Sport Christopher Jones says he will not, at this time, be commenting on a statement made by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) that a $3.5M cheque issued earlier this month was not enough.GABF president Nigel Hinds says the National Sports Commission (NSC) owes a total of $7.8M, and the “NSC must understand that the debt will be fully paid, and time is of essence”. Hinds in a statement said that on February 3 last the GABF received, from the NSC, a cheque for $3.5M, and there is a “stated intent not to repay the balance due of $4.5M”.“The NSC have somehow made $3.5M equivalent $7.8M. The same logic that spurred them to pay $3.5M linked to GABF, part payment towards the new basketball goals, should apply with equal force to the capital type expenditures made by the GABF to prepare CASH for the Championships,” the statement said.Jones confirmed that the NSC issued the cheque but said he could comment no further. Jones says he will not be responding to the issue until the GABF sends an official statement to the NSC regarding their concerns.“I haven’t received any correspondence from the GABF, and as such I am not inclined to comment anything on it. If we receive a query or anything from them, then we would be able to comment. If there’s an issue they’re supposed to write us, but we haven’t seen any correspondence from them.” Jones said when contacted yesterday.Christopher JonesThis ongoing imbroglio between NSC and GABF comes over funds allegedly owed to GABF and Hinds for renovation works done on the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) to upgrade it for the hosting of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation U-16 Championships which was held last year July. CASH is a state-owned facility.The money spent was reportedly for the carpeting of VIP area and 3 rooms, wall partitions, door for VIP washroom, two urinals with fittings; construction works on first responders’ room, kitchen, walkway, and balcony rooms; and repairs to washroom as well as replacement of sinks at the National Gymnasium, among other capital expenditures.Hinds said that the NSC verbally committed to repaying the funds and the non-repayment after six months is “insensible and indefensible”.Hinds has been lobbying for the monies to be repaid since last year, and the NSC since then said that they would repay Hinds G$3,514,000 which represented money used to purchase basketball goals for the CBC event, but did not cover the other works. Hinds maintained that everything has to be paid for.The issue eventually boiled over and saw Hinds, a then commissioner at the NSC, resign with immediate effect on August 12, 2016, after less than one year on the job.Hinds made it clear that he was resigning over the issue of the unpaid funds.last_img read more