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Tim Carbone’s New Side Project Cedar Sparks Shares Debut Single “Gathering Song” [Listen]

first_imgRailroad Earth’s Tim Carbone recently formed a new side project Cedar Sparks with Lewis & Clarke’s multi-instrumentalist Lou Rogai.Cedar Sparks recently wrapped up their recording of a new EP inspired by Easton, Pennsylvania’s last public hanging in 1833. They are also working on a new full-length album.Ahead of their upcoming full-length studio effort and EP, Cedar Sparks have shared their debut single, “Gathering Song”. Carbone and Rogai recorded the song last month at Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania’s Mixolydian Studios. The duo was joined by double bassist Julian Rogai, keyboardist Damian Calcagne, drummer Jeff Barg, and vocalist Regina Sayles.“Gathering Song” is an all-inclusive holiday anthem of community and togetherness. According to band’s description, Carbone and Rogai were inspired by seasonal depression, the commodification of Christmas, as well as the classic 1946 film It’s A Wonderful Life and the predicament of the main character and protagonist George Bailey. “It’s A Wonderful Life remains a pillar of the season which stands the test of time and reminds us to keep perspective,” reads a portion of a statement accompanying the release of “Gathering Song.”Listen to Cedar Sparks’ new single “Gathering Song” below:Cedar Sparks – “Gathering Song”[Video: Cedar Sparks – Topic]For upcoming tour dates and more information on the newly formed project, keep an eye out on the band’s Facebook page here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Circular Innovations Save Money, Save the Planet

first_imgWe’ve talked a lot lately about ocean plastics—about how 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans every year, and how Dell is working to turn those ocean plastics into packaging. I bet it’s hard to conceptualize eight million metric tons of plastic, so let me help: it would be almost 336 million empty 20 oz. plastic water bottles. So that’s 336 million water bottles’ worth of plastic exiting the economy.Now, according to estimates from the United Nations, 20-50 million metric tons of e-waste are discarded each year. These electronics are also exiting the economy, and with them go viable materials that could be reused or recycled.What if I told you we could use those materials to make new parts for electronics that have a better environmental profile, save us money, and meet your procurement needs?Innovation and regenerative designIt’s not only possible, but we believe these innovative approaches represent the future. It starts with taking a systems approach—looking across functions and processes, understanding how they all work together to identify where we can have the best effect. For Dell, that “best effect” meant reducing the environmental impact, reducing cost and meeting our demanding performance criteria.And that’s where imagination kicks in.One thing we have all learned is that doing things the same old way will not result in the change we need and want to see. This is particularly true of materials sourcing and manufacturing, where we need paradigmatic shifts in thinking and processes—radical changes that require new approaches.For some time, Dell has had both a strong recycling program and a design for the environment program that used recycled-content plastics. As both programs grew, we asked ourselves a simple question: with all the available plastic we are collecting, why can’t we use it ourselves?We tested various mixtures and types of materials, trying to qualify them to Dell’s standards. Not every type of recycled plastic will work for our needs at the moment, but we continue to experiment. ABS plastic, however, is working for us and we began by using it for large-scale applications, like the back panel of our all-in-one commercial products and monitors. We were the first in our industry to use a closed-loop material (where it gets made, used, and recycled back into the same use) at scale for a computing product and, to date, we have sold tens of millions of units worldwide. And we continue to look for other applications, expanding beyond our existing 91 product lines to other product types. Remembering that our goal was to reduce the environmental footprint, reduce the cost, and not lose quality, we are quite proud of the results:An 11 percent smaller carbon footprint (even with moving the recycled plastics from the U.S. to China)A natural capital benefit of $1.3 million annually, according to a study by TruCostMore than $1 million in savings for DellAll told, 35 percent of the plastics shipped in Dell end-user computing products are post-consumer recycled plastics (either from recycled water bottles or closed-loop plastics from our own recycling). But it’s not just plastic.The same questions that led to our closed-loop plastics have created other opportunities for Dell, too. We were the first to use recycled carbon fiber—recovered from post-manufacturing sources and kept out of landfills. The recycled carbon fiber is used on the base plate of select notebooks.And of course there are the ocean plastics: we are processing plastics collected from beaches, waterways and coastal areas and using them as part of a new packaging system for the XPS 13 2-In-1 laptop globally. This initial pilot project will start by keeping 16,000 pounds of plastics out of the ocean. As part of a UN pledge, we have committed to growing that use to 160,000 pounds per year by 2025.Our opportunities to innovate and shift to a more circular economy have not been limited to recycled or reclaimed materials. Our packaging team has also developed bio-based solutions that rely on rapidly renewable resources like bamboo (which grows back at up to one inch per hour) and mushrooms (which can be grown in a form for cushioning that replaces petroleum-based foams).The circular economy is more than recycling 2.0We are proud of the work we’ve done so far to transform the way we make products and packaging. Keeping materials at a high level of use for a longer period of time within the economy is a key part of what the “circular economy” is all about.And we are very honored to be recognized recently with awards from the Recycling Council of British Columbia and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, with a Project of the Year Award from Environmental Leader, and with the Bamboo Mobile Award for Eco/Green Product Design from Compass Intelligence. The process behind our closed-loop efforts was also featured by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a circular economy case study.Honored as we are, our efforts cannot stop with just using recycled-content materials and designing to make products last longer or be easy to repair and reuse. The circular economy is about creating value without creating more stuff. It’s about finding efficiencies and eliminating waste.Guess what? That’s just good business.And that’s why we’re so excited by what technology can enable in a circular economy. Today we see how technology in the hands of our customers can create net positive results.Shared resourcesThere is tremendous unused value in underutilized assets. The most famous examples you can think of right now are ride-sharing or house-swapping apps and yes—these are great examples of how technology makes it possible to get more value out of your car or home. In fact, if you think about cloud computing and various software-as-a-service products, that’s exactly the model being employed across the board.Ride sharing without mobile electronics, data centers and cloud services is just a collection of index cards on a dorm wall bulletin board.That untapped potential, though, goes much farther. Virtualization is a great example. Running more than one application per server (by creating virtual servers) allows servers to run at greater efficiency, reducing electricity costs, saving space and cutting power and cooling needs. In fact, VMware’s server virtualization products have helped their customers avoid an estimated 340 million metric tons of CO2e over the last 13 years.To measure is to manageThe tools of the Internet of Things and the capabilities of Big Data analytics can help customers uncover opportunities for greater efficiency and new or better value generation, especially at the systems level.Right now, high-performance computing clusters are the engines measuring climate change and revealing the secrets of the cosmos. Those same predictive analytics, when tied to GIS and traffic management systems, can help reduce transportation-related emissions and time-to-delivery for a logistics company— or, in conjunction with IOT-enabled sensors, better coordinate the electricity grid.Another example: our customer Animusoft and their drone-powered machine learning solution called Alive that helps farmers.The video captured by their drones allows their cloud-based machine learning engine to translate the raw data into actionable intelligence. That could be identifying diseases based on changes in crop color, or identifying crop performance indicators, like areas struggling due to low water, or identifying areas where fruit is ripe for picking. All of this becomes actionable—and the drones can even spot-treat infections, fertilize or deliver water. This creative solution is already helping farmers improve yields by up to 25 percent on the same land, and the potential for reducing run-off, saving water or avoiding spoilage are impressive. You can read more about their story here.We are eager to help our customers understand more about this shift to a circular economy. Please get in touch if you’re interested in discussing how technology and the circular economy can work together or understanding how we are using innovation to change the way we manufacture.###This story shares one example of how Dell is committed to driving human progress by putting our technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.We invite you to explore our FY17 Annual update on our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan at legacyodgood.dell.com.last_img read more

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Southern California Edison moves forward with storage projects instead of gas peaker plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:What started as a routine gas plant procurement ended as a testament to the changing electrical grid.This week, utility Southern California Edison selected a roster of energy storage projects to supply local capacity needs around the coastal city of Oxnard, instead of the 262-megawatt natural-gas peaker plant it had chosen previously.If regulators give their approval, Strata Solar will build and own a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour system in Oxnard, and dispatch it on behalf of SCE.This system will tie for largest lithium-ion battery in the world when it comes online in December 2020; the AES Alamitos plant of the same size is due around the same time.SCE wants to complement the massive battery with a portfolio of smaller units, ranging from 10 to 40 megawatts, scattered around the area. Developers of those smaller include E.ON, Able Grid, Ormat, AltaGas and Enel. Swell, which aggregates fleets of home batteries into grid assets, won a 14-megawatt contract for behind-the-meter demand response.The unprecedented outcome, in which independent power producer NRG saw its gas plant yanked before the final round of siting approval, marks a victory for local activists who rallied against what they saw as unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure marring the Southern California coastline, as well as clean energy providers who had to prove they were ready for prime time.More: Southern California Edison picks 195MW battery portfolio in place of Puente gas plant Southern California Edison moves forward with storage projects instead of gas peaker plantlast_img read more

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Anti-Drug Summit in Peru to Bring Together 59 Countries

first_imgBy Dialogo June 22, 2012 An international anti-drug summit will take place in Peru on June 25 and 26 to bring together delegations from 59 countries to discuss the topic of reducing illegal drug use and the responsibility of producing and consuming countries. The summit will take place behind closed doors and will bring together “actors directly involved in anti-drug policy, such as ‘czars,’ ministers, and representatives of international organizations,” said Carmen Masías, Peru’s drug czar, without specifying the number of foreign ministers who will attend. Masías, who heads the Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida), asserted that Peru will insist on putting forward the principle of shared responsibility between the countries that produce drugs and those that consume them. Known as the International Conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers and Heads of Specialized National Agencies against the World Drug Problem, the event will bring together delegations from every continent. “In order to fight against drugs, the producing and consuming countries should come up with clear strategies for the fight against narcotics trafficking,” said Masías, who also specified that there have to be resources, exchange of information, and cooperation among all nations. The event will be opened by President Ollanta Humala, who proposed a frontal assault on drug trafficking and a world anti-drug summit upon taking office on July 28, 2011.last_img read more

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Be ‘relentlessly inclusive’

first_imgVictor Miguel Corro continue reading » Today marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, and while highlighting the time of the year in which we honor the contributions of the Latino community to the U.S., this post raises thoughts on the broader context of inclusion as a mission—namely, credit unions and their mission of being agents of change by relentless inclusion.To be relentlessly inclusive we need to keep ourselves accountable on whether or not we are clearing a path that accelerates inclusion to all underserved, marginalized, and left-behind communities.The recent credit union system discussion and support of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is heartening and reassuring as our boardrooms and C-suites are tilting older, whiter, and male in contrast with our memberships.The main concern is the stark disconnect that exists between who makes the decisions on hiring, products and services, and our country’s 40% multicultural population.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Most village heads against ‘mudik’: Survey

first_imgA survey conducted by the Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry has revealed that most village heads across the country oppose this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) because of the COVID-19 pandemic.“The survey result shows that 89.75 percent of village heads disagree with their residents going on mudik at a time like this,” the ministry’s research and development agency head Ivanovich Agusta said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.The survey, held from April 10 to 12, involved 3,931 village heads and sought to understand their opinions about the upcoming mudik season during the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri, which will occur this year in late May. He added that the survey also examined the villages’ preparedness to face the mudik over the next one or two months.Read also: COVID-19: Govt prohibits civil servants from going on on ‘mudik’Around 20 million people across the country travel to their hometowns in the annual tradition of mudik. Most of them come from the Greater Jakarta area, which has been the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Public health experts argued that mudik could lead to massive COVID-19 contagion on the island of Java, where about 141 million people are living, as many regions have inadequate healthcare systems, particularly when compared to Jakarta.Despite the warning, the government has refused to enforce a ban on mudik “to prevent the economy from stopping altogether”, according to Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has also attempted to discourage Indonesian Muslims from taking part in mudik from areas affected by the disease by labeling such an exodus haram – forbidden under Islamic law. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Penthouse lifestyle overlooking Brisbane city centre is on offer from an impressive setting

first_img108/540 Queen St, Brisbane.To the left of the open-plan space are four bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes and ensuites with showers. Two further bedrooms, including one created from acoustic sliding walls, look to the northeast and are serviced by a bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower. Nearby is a laundry with access to the terrace and adjacent are a linen cupboard and wine cellar. 108/540 Queen St, Brisbane.There are 360-degree views of Brisbane, including the CBD and river. Two lifts provide access to the level, where double doors open to a combined lounge and dining space with tiled flooring where double-height floor-to-ceiling glass provides a spacious and light-filled setting.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoSliding glass doors lead to the terrace, and the open-play layout is overlooked by a bar. To the right is a kitchen with plenty of bench and storage space, a gas cooktop and extra-wide oven. Beyond a sitting room, also with a tiled floor and access to the terrace, is the main bedroom, featuring terrace access with views of the river, carpet flooring, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with twin basins, floor-to-ceiling tiles and a separate spa bathtub and shower. 108/540 Queen St, Brisbane.Other features include ducted airconditioning, video intercom and an alarm. The development also has a pool, sauna and gym facilities.Agent Drew Davies said the property was a remarkable full-floor penthouse.“A unique and incredibly rare offering in Brisbane’s CBD, this top-floor penthouse is truly incomparable,” he said.“Encompassing the entire 25th floor, with approximately 575sq m of indoor and outdoor space, this remarkable residence is offered for sale for the first time since originally purchased. “Upon entry a dramatic, sun-filled interior welcomes you with soaring ceilings and full-height faceted glass capturing an awe-inspiring vista.” SNcenter_img 108/540 Queen St, Brisbane.WITH exclusive use of the 25th floor in the Willahra Towerdevelopment, this penthouse residence is stylish and impressive.The internal floorplan covers 251sq m and there is a further 324sq m of exterior space, including a wraparound terrace, storage room and three side-by-side car parking spaces.last_img read more

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Financial infidelity causes more break-ups than sex

first_imgNZ Herald 6 July 2016Family First Comment: Interesting. “A 2013 study from Kansas University also found arguing about money is the top predictor of divorce, regardless of the couple’s income, debt or net worth.”Financial infidelity is replacing sexual infidelity as a leading cause of relationship breakdowns.It’s when people lie to their partners or deceive them about money, according to leading financial personal trainer, author and principal of financial advisers EnableMe, Hannah McQueen. She says financial infidelity is just as common in New Zealand.Recent research in the US (a 2016 Harris Poll study for the National Endowment for Financial Education and National Foundation for Credit Counselling) confirmed one in three spouses are guilty of financial infidelity – lying to their partner about what they earn, concealing or understating costs or debt ignored or hidden.A 2013 study from Kansas University also found arguing about money is the top predictor of divorce, regardless of the couple’s income, debt or net worth.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/enableme/news/article.cfm?c_id=1504103&objectid=11668846Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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China’s interests in Africa on the rise

first_imgRelated Use of synthetic drugs on the rise in China Chinese interests have been growing in Africa, with both China and the continent working closely together.Thousands of Chinese companies and businessmen have been operating in Ethiopia, recording remarkable growth over the last decade. CCTV’s Girum Chala reports Talk Africa: China-Africa Investment Forum The Rise Of Grace Mugabelast_img

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Henry reflects on “scary few weeks”

first_imgIreland flanker Chris Henry has admitted he was terrified after suffering a mini stroke last month, but he feels “very lucky” to have had medical experts on hand so quickly. “It’s been a scary few weeks to be honest but I feel very lucky that I was in that environment and getting such incredible medical expertise so quickly,” he told Ulster’s official website. “They got to the bottom of things swiftly and I think that’s the most important thing; when something like that happens, the unknown is the scary thing and to have clarity on what was going on and having the problem fixed so quickly – for me, I feel very lucky.” At first it was thought he had suffered a severe migraine, but after four days of treatment at the St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin the true cause was confirmed. Henry described the support he has received from the rugby community during the episode as “overwhelming”. Although Henry knows he will have to be patient during his recovery, he is back in training and already eyeing a spot at the World Cup next year. “I think that (the World Cup) is a realistic target,” he told the BBC. “In my mind, I want to be back by the end of this season. Whether that is pushing it too much, we’ll just have to wait and see.” He might be boosted by the fact his Ireland team-mate Richardt Strauss was similarly diagnosed with a hole in his heart in October 2013 and was able to play again three months later. Press Associationcenter_img A blocked blood vessel in the 30-year-old’s brain caused him to have a Transient Ischaemic Attack – or mini stroke – hours before Joe Schmidt’s men beat South Africa 29-15 on November 8. Henry was pulled out of the Test against the Springboks and it was then found he had a hole in his heart – which led to the mini stroke – but he is now on the comeback trail after having surgery on the organ last week. last_img read more