Watch Eddie Vedder Dedicate Rarity ‘Man Of The Hour’ To Layne Staley At Wrigley

first_imgLast night, Pearl Jam rocked Wrigley Field with a marathon performance, giving fans over thirty songs in their few hours of playing at the famed Chicago venue. We mentioned one of the more upbeat moments from the show last night, when Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman made a guest appearance during “Black, Red, Yellow.” Later on in the show, however, Eddie Vedder brought things to an emotional peak when he started strumming the introduction to “Man Of The Hour.”The relative rarity hadn’t been played since 2014, making its bust out at Wrigley Field all the more special. Vedder spoke about a couple in attendance who postponed their wedding due to one of their father’s death, and the resiliency of the human spirit. He then mentioned the late Alice In Chains singer and guitarist Layne Staley, who would have celebrated his 49th birthday yesterday. Both Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam emerged from the Seattle music scene around the same era.Watch the emotional moment from last night’s show, courtesy of Brian Ruschman on YouTube.The full performance setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlistslast_img read more

Boston’s leaky pipes add to greenhouse-gas buildup

first_imgImagine if every time you filled your car with gas, a few gallons didn’t make it into the tank and instead spilled onto the ground. That’s essentially what happens every day along the aging system of underground pipes and tanks that delivers natural gas to Boston-area households and businesses, with adverse economic, public health, and environmental consequences. Now a group of atmospheric scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has produced hard numbers that quantify the extent of the problem.The Harvard-led team estimates that each year, about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region’s delivery system. They calculated that figure by placing sophisticated air-monitoring equipment in four locations: two atop buildings in the heart of Boston, and two at upwind locations well outside of the city. Then they analyzed a year’s worth of continuous methane measurements, used a high-resolution regional atmospheric transport model to calculate the amount of emissions, and concluded that:Some 2.7 percent of the gas that is brought to the Boston area never makes it to customers; it escapes into the atmosphere. That is more than twice the loss rate that government regulators and utilities estimate; Depending on the season, natural gas leaking from the local distribution system accounts for 60 percent to 100 percent of the region’s emissions of methane, one of the most insidious heat-trapping greenhouse gases.The findings have implications for other regions, especially cities that, like Boston, are older and rely on natural gas for a significant and increasing portion of their energy needs. While policymakers have focused on the production end of the natural-gas supply chain — wells, off-shore drilling platforms, and processing plants — much less attention has been paid to the downstream gas-delivery infrastructure. The new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that intra-city distribution and end-use systems may contribute more to the nation’s overall methane emissions than previously understood.Emissions from natural gas are responsible for most of the total methane emissions in the Boston area, as this chart shows. Seasonal and annual average values are given for methane emissions in total and from natural gas. Image courtesy of Kathryn McKain/Harvard SEAS“There’s been a lot of interest in controlling methane emissions, but emissions from the distribution and use side of the natural-gas system have been almost absent from the recent national policy conversation,” said Kathryn McKain, a Harvard graduate student who led the study with her adviser, Steven C. Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at SEAS. Wofsy is also an associate of the Harvard Forest, where one of the monitoring stations was established.There are other possible sources of atmospheric methane, including landfills, sewage, agricultural operations, and wetlands. But, unlike commercial natural-gas supplies, these sources don’t release ethane. Monitoring for trace ethane levels, therefore, allowed the researchers to pinpoint methane that was released by the natural-gas delivery system. The team also compared their results to actual natural-gas ethane content derived from operators of the major pipelines that serve the region.Natural gas is dramatically “cleaner” than coal or oil, as measured by the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released per unit of energy. And natural gas is now providing a higher share of the nation’s energy mix, due largely to deployment of extraction techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that have brought prices down.This map shows the geographical distribution of natural gas consumption during the year from September 2012 to August 2013 for the four states included in the study region.  Image courtesy of Kathryn McKain/Harvard SEAS“This study helps us better understand where and how much methane is lost to the atmosphere while in transit from the well to where it’s used,” Wofsy said. “It’s important to understand these losses so that we can design policies that will help us realize the environmental benefits of natural gas versus other energy sources.”Wofsy and McKain added that tackling the problem will require innovative policymaking. Currently, low prices and the way in which natural-gas suppliers are regulated mean that they have little economic incentive to make the necessary investments to reduce incidental losses from leakage.Other researchers participating in the study are from Boston University, Duke University, Aerodyne Research, Inc., and Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. The work received funding from the TomKat Charitable Trust, Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Environmental Defense Fund.last_img read more

Heavy fighting erupts in Somali town near Kenyan border

first_imgMOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Heavy fighting has broken out in a Somali town near the Kenyan border between Somali forces and those from the state of Jubbaland as Somalia’s election troubles spill over into violence. Somalia’s information ministry accuses Kenya-funded rebels of crossing into the town of Bulo Hawo and attacking Somali forces. But the Jubbaland vice president tells reporters that Jubbaland forces stationed outside the town were attacked by what he called forces recently deployed to the region by the Somali government. Both sides have claimed victory but people in the town said fighting continued and some people had begun to flee.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s reveals alarming data on Indiana girls

first_imgSaint Mary’s College became the fifth all-women’s college in the nation to release a report drawing together publicly available data on the status of girls ages 10 to 19 in its home state of Indiana, College president Carol Ann Mooney said in a press conference on Thursday.  A team of six Saint Mary’s faculty and 60 students spent well over a year compiling data for the 60 page report titled The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013 report (SGI), Mooney said.  “I am proud to unveil The Status of Girls in Indiana 2013 report,” Mooney said. “We believe that it is the first comprehensive study of the health and well-being of Indiana girls. The report highlights various aspects of a young woman’s life, including income, race, standardized test scores, graduation rates, obesity, depression, abuse, substance abuse and physical activity.” Over two years ago, Mooney said she attended a conference and learned about the state of Wisconsin’s SGI report. After learning about the report, she said she felt Saint Mary’s had the both the resources and obligation to compose a similar study for the state of Indiana. “It just seemed to me that we’re a women-serving institution … so we ought to be concerned about and understand what’s going on with girls who could be our future students,” Mooney said. “I also thought there was no other place in Indiana likely to undertake this comprehensive sort of compilation of data and that we could offer that service to the state, especially to the girls of the state.” According to a College press release, Mooney first proposed the report to Elaine Meyer Lee, Director of the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. “When President Mooney came to us for help facilitating the administrators project, we thought it was a great fit for Saint Mary’s,” Meyer-Lee said. “The College has a long history of educating women in a variety of ways and this, of course, is about girls. So, we were delighted to mobilize faculty and students and we applaud their work, which takes seriously the intersection of gender, race and socioeconomic class affecting girls in Indiana.”  Both Mooney and Meyer-Lee said Kristin Kuter, assistant professor of mathematics, was the faculty member who took initiative to make this project a reality.  “I became involved in the SGI project when President Mooney challenged the College to take on the task,” Kuter said. “Four women’s colleges have done similar reports for Wisconsin, California, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. I saw it as an exercise in exploratory data analysis, something I teach my statistics students.” Although other states have published similar reports, Meyer-Lee said Saint Mary’s is the first institution to have its students contribute so profoundly in the report. “One of the beauties of a small college in general, but certainly at Saint Mary’s, is that we involve students in everything we do at every level, in many committees, in administrative projects and in research,” Meyer- Lee said. “For this project, whole classes contributed to aspects of the report. We found that students were not only engaged in different ways, but really found subjects there were passionate about and were serious about their contributions to the report.” Meyer-Lee said one student, Gina Deom, class of 2013, even chose to focus her senior comprehensive project on the Indiana girls’ education section of the report. “Every student at Saint Mary’s is required to complete a research project, body of work or exam in their major before graduation,” Deom said. “My senior composition dealt with applying a statistical technique to analyze the relationship between common characteristics of Indiana public school corporations. I was able to identify how characteristics such as enrollment, percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, percentage of special education students, ISTEP scores, end-of-course test scores, teacher’s salary, etcetera, were correlated.”  For Deom, a native of Evansville, IN, working on the report was not only about acquiring experience compiling, summarizing and drawing conclusions from data, but also about allowing her to work with data affecting her fellow Hoosier girls. “I gained insight into some of the challenges facing girls in my home state,” Deom said. She said she was particularly struck by data showing that girls’ performance in math and science wanes somewhere between grade school and high school. “Why are girls performing similarly on math and science on the ISTEP compared to boys, but significantly lower falling behind on AP, SAT and ACT testing regarding math and science?” Deom said.  Kuter said the most shocking statistics for her were centered around mental health and body image statistics. “I didn’t realize that the figures of girls affected by depression and suicide were as high as they are, and that girls in the eighth grade seem to struggle the most with these issues,” Kuter said.  President Mooney reacted similarly. She said the compiled data makes it clear there are a lot of stressors on girls in Indiana. “Depression, inactivity and obesity were significantly higher [for girls] in Indiana than the rest of the nation,” Mooney said. “Suicide rates were also statistically higher.”  As part of Saint Mary’s larger connection with organizations in the South Bend community, Meyer-Lee said the College asked several expert reviewers to examine the report prior to its release. Two of those reviewers include Kathy Schneider, executive director of Saint Margaret’s House, a community day house for women and children, and Linda Baechle, president and chief executive office of YWCA North Central Indiana, both of whom spoke at yesterday’s press conference.  “I have worked in this community with women and children struggling with poverty for 22 years,” Schneider said. “This report confirms much that we know about girls; that many are receiving great educations and moving toward productive lives that include higher education and work. Yet it also exposes that too many girls suffer from low self-esteem, are victims are sexual and physical abuse and struggle with poverty.” Schneider said three statistics in the report, strongly call for further action to be taken: according to the report, one-third of Indiana’s female students in grades eighh through teh reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day, almost half of all black or African American girls ages six to seventeen are living in poverty and 14.5 percent of Indiana’s female high school students reported being raped.  “I think that statistics call us to do more with our programming,” Schneider said. “These numbers are a call to action and these numbers tell us that there are too many girls suffering from low self-esteem and we should be working at a younger age to help these girls build their self-esteem.” Meyer-Lee said the report is significant because contributors sorted through buried data in different studies and pulled together overwhelming demographic studies that educators, policymakers and others will be able to evaluate.  “Never before has this data been pulled together to form a true picture of what is happening with girls in our state,” Meyer-Lee said. “Not that a picture is formed, lawmakers, nonprofit leaders and activists can see the issues in a readily accessible format and address them. Data is very powerful and I believe this report will be an example of how decisions are driven by data.”  President Mooney said she hopes policy and decision makers will see the report as an additional tool to make informed decisions regarding girls in the Hoosier state.  “This report shows that gathering information into one usable document can have a strong impact when presented in a clear and understandable format,” Mooney said. “It is my hope that our faculty and students may have sown seeds for improvement in the lives of girls in Indiana.” To read the report online, visit saintmarys.edu/StatusOfGirls.  Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at krabac01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

CVPS’s Cow Power links farmers, customers

first_imgCVPS Cow Power” links farms, renewables and customersCentral Vermont Public Service customers who want to support renewable energy and Vermont dairy farms have a new energy choice — CVPS Cow Power”. The Vermont Public Service Board has approved CVPS Cow Power”, which is intended to help promote development and reliance on renewable energy in Vermont by creating a market for energy generated by burning methane from cow manure.By enrolling in CVPS Cow Power”, customers will help support Vermont dairy farms that develop generators that run on methane from cow manure, renewable generation in the region, or incentives to farmers to get into the business.In addition to PSB approval, CVPS Cow Power has received the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Commissioners Choice Seal of Quality. CVPS Cow Power will be offered to customers for energy used starting Sept. 1, and bills rendered Oct. 1, but customers can sign up now. Want more information? Check out www.cvps.com(link is external).Customers may choose to buy 25 percent, 50 percent, or all of their electricity through CVPS Cow Power”. Customers who choose CVPS Cow Power” will be charged an extra 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using 500 kWh per month who choose to receive 25 percent of their power under the Cow Power rider would pay only $5 a month more. At 100 percent, the charge would be $20 per month.For every kilowatt-hour requested by customers and provided by a Vermont farm, CVPS will pay the farmer the market price for energy plus the CVPS Cow Power” charge of 4 cents for the environmental benefits of the energy.Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport will be the first farm to provide energy through CVPS Cow Power”, although several other farms are investigating the program. Blue Spruce has 1,400 cattle, enough to produce 1.75 million kWh a year.last_img read more

3 restaurants named in Broome County virus health statement

first_img(WBNG) – The Broome Health Health Department released a public health statement Monday regarding three people who tested positive and were at three different restaurants. The department asks you to self-quarantine for two weeks from your exposure date: Strange Brew Cafe: Panera Bread: Oct. 2 between 3 and 9:15 p.m.Oct. 3 between 3 and 9:20 p.m.Oct. 5 between 3 and 9:20 p.m.Oct. 6 between 3 and 8:45 p.m.Oct. 8 from 3 and 9 p.m. Chili’s Bar & Grill:center_img The health department says individuals who were at Strange Brew Cafe on Washington Street in Binghamton, Panera Bread on the Vestal Parkway and Chili’s Bar & Grill on the Vestal Parkway at the below days and times should self-quarantine. Oct. 2 or 3 between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.Oct. 4 between 6:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.Oct. 5, 6, 8 or 9 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Broome County Health Department lists all public health statements here.last_img read more

Zoom to Temporarily Lift 40-Minute Meeting Limit on Thanksgiving Day

first_img– Advertisement – Zoom has said that it would lift its standard forty-minute limit on free video calls for Thanksgiving Day to make it simpler for families to spend time virtually on the US holiday. The removal of the forty-minute limit for Zoom meetings will be in effect from midnight on Thanksgiving Day on November 26th to 6 am ET on November 27 (4:30 pm IST on November 28).The forty-minute limit on Zoom will be lifted globally, the company said in an announcement on Twitter. The temporary relaxation will be put in place for Thanksgiving Day “so your family gatherings don’t get cut short”, the post read. The forty-minute time limit has been a major restriction on the platform throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which forces teams to restart the calls after the stipulated time.- Advertisement – Many of Zoom’s competitors have imposed similar restrictions, including Google Meet (60-minute limit) and all providers charge extra for enterprise-grade plans that remove the limit and expand the number of participants allowed.Zoom shot to instant fame during the early days of the COVID-18 pandemic. The company claims that it now has close to 300 million users as offices across the world have asked their employees to work from home to limit exposure to the coronavirus. The company was also recently directed by regulators to strengthen its security in a proposed settlement of allegations that the video conferencing service misled users about its level of security for meetings.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Nordic pension fund tenders €300m global equity mandate

first_imgAn undisclosed pension fund based in the Nordic region has tendered a €300m global equity mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2210, the scheme is seeking a manager for a value-focused fund with the freedom to invest in companies of any size by market capitalisation and in any territory.The fund is to be actively managed against either the MSCI ACWI Value or the MSCI World Value benchmarks.The pension fund will consider candidates with a minimum track record of three years, but five years is preferred. The performance record should be stated to 30 June and supplied gross of fees.Managers must have a strong focus on value investing and a “robust and long-standing value investment philosophy”.A fundamental, active approach (number of stocks below about 50), a proven process with a strong valuation framework, a relatively low turnover and a solid long-term track record are also required.The fund has an all-cap, all-country strategy, unconstrained versus the benchmark, with the ability to have a 0% weight in large benchmark stocks.The investment strategy should be led by a portfolio manager with a very long experience of investing in global value stocks.A stable and competent team of analysts, dedicated to the global value strategy, is also expected.Continuity is considered to be very important to the scheme – both the manager and the investment philosophy should have been unchanged for the lifetime of the track record provided, and the process should have evolved gradually.The portfolio manager must be prepared to take quarterly meetings to discuss portfolio and market development, positioning and performance. Strategies that have been created due to an existing strategy having reached full capacity will not be considered for this mandate.The deadline for submissions is 19 August.    The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgAP6, Dina Försäkringar, Folksam, Danish Pension Fund for Pharmaconomists, PGGM, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, AXA Investment Managers-Real Assets, UBS Global Asset Management, Lyxor Asset Management, Hymans Robertson, Buck Consultants, Axioma, Confluence Technologies, Standard Life Investments, JP Morgan Asset Management, Xafinity, KPMGAP6 – Catrina Ingelstam has been appointed by the Swedish government as a supervisory board member at the sixth national buffer fund AP6, replacing Katarina Bonde. Bonde is leaving the board after many years as a member. Ingelstam is an economist and has experience in senior operational positions and directorships in the finance, real estate and insurance sectors. She was CFO at Dina Försäkringar, a partnership of 13 insurance companies, as well as at pensions and insurance provider Folksam.Danish Pension Fund for Pharmaconomists – Peter Bache Vognbjerg, chief executive of the Danish Pension Fund for Pharmaconomists (Pensionskassen for Farmakonomer), has decided to retire. He has been in the top management role at the professional pension fund since 2001. Before that, he had been CIO since 1995. The pension fund’s supervisory board has now begun the process of finding someone to replace Bache Vognbjerg. Pharmaconomists are professionals in Denmark who are qualified experts in pharmaceuticals.Abu Dhabi Investment Authority – Maarten van der Spek has joined as a senior strategist in the UAE. He was previously a director of strategy for private real estate at PGGM, having joined the Dutch investor in 2009. He has also worked for ING Real Estate Management (now CBRE Global Investors) from 1999 until 2008. He is a member of ANREV’s performance-management committee. AXA Investment Managers-Real Assets – Mark Gilligan has been appointed head of infrastructure equity. He will report to Ruulke Bagijn, global head of real assets private equity. Gilligan joins from UBS Global Asset Management, where he was head of European infrastructure. Before joining UBS in 2007, Gilligan spent 10 years as a lawyer at Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now Kings & Wood Mallesons) in Australia.Lyxor Asset Management – Matthieu Mouly has been promoted to chief executive at Lyxor UK, subject to regulatory approval. Mouly replaces Pierre Gil, who will take on a new role within the Société Générale group. In 2010, Mouly became head of ETF sales in French-speaking countries at Lyxor, before being appointed global head of ETF sales in 2014.Hymans Robertson – Adam Porter has been appointed as an associate investment research consultant. He joins from Buck Consultants, where he was a senior research analyst focused on multi-asset, infrastructure and property investment managers. Before then, he held roles with Willis Towers Watson and RBS.Axioma – The provider of risk and portfolio management solutions has appointed Bao Chau Nguyen to the newly created position of head of regulatory and risk reporting. The appointment forms part of Axioma’s goal to expand market share in North America and Europe. Nguyen joins from Confluence Technologies, where she was global alternative investment operations director.Standard Life Investments – Imran Ahmad has been appointed investment director for emerging market debt. He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was a currency portfolio manager.Xafinity – Paul Cuff has been appointed joint managing director alongside existing managing director Ben Bramhall. Cuff joins from KPMG, where he was a partner in the pensions practice for eight years and latterly head of the London pensions team.last_img read more

Palace to look into ‘pastillas’ scheme among POGO workers

first_img Panelo also ensured that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was not turning a blind eye on the so-called “pastillas” scheme even if the Chief Executive still had his trust on Immigration secretary Jaime Morente. MANILA – Malacañang said it will not be turning a blind eye over the reported “pastillas” modus by some Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel to facilitate the entry of Chinese workers in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO). Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the Palace would look into the alleged scheme that gives Chinese nationals easy access into the country for a fee, once a formal complaint is lodged before the Office of the President. “The Immigration commissioner is tasked to do his job. Meaning, apart from the usual governing of his own territory, he has to know if there is an anomaly in his territory and respond to it. It does not have to take the President to do the job for him,” Panelo said./PN “Any violation, any transgression, any anomaly, the Palace frowns on it and will act on it if there are complaints formally filed before its office,” Panelo said. “The record of this administration speaks for itself. It never turns a blind eye on anything that concerns governance,” he said. “Right now, there is only an allegation. If there is an allegation, then, that must be proven.” “But Until he (Duterte) says otherwise, the assumption is he has confidence on him (Morente),” he added.center_img The unlawful act was dubbed as “pastillas” scheme, according to Hontiveros, because the grease money would be hidden in rolled bond paper like the wrapper for the milk candy. “Any complaint should be filed. Because unless you file a formal complaint, we will never know that there’s an anomaly. And even if these are being subject of talks in media, in columns, unless there is a complaint filed, we will never know. You have to submit proof so that we can do something about it,” he added. Senator Risa Hontiveros revealed during a Senate inquiry on Monday that Chinese nationals pay P10,000 as “service fee” to earn special treatment from BI officials when they enter the Philippines. “There is no sacred cow in this government. Duterte has repeatedly said, ‘If it’s against the interest of the people and general welfare, I’ll stop it.’ This is the kind of President we have,” he said. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. last_img read more