David Gahan

first_imgAs with everything Depeche Mode, Paper Monsters is a bit hit-and-miss. The spooky, hallucinogenic paranoia of the thick strings in ‘A Little Piece’ is undermined by execrable Hawaiian guitars in ‘Hold On’, and Gahan always seems intent on having one Marilyn Manson-esque pulsing industrial number as in ‘Bottle Living’. ‘Black and Blue Again’ is perhaps the most challenging song, an unpromising start builds slowly to a noisy climax of Reznor proportions with the nicely understated vocals proclaiming “I’m not very nice”. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Gahan is hoping to get some of this stringbased material on a future David Lynch sountrack; some tracks are similar to the work of Angelo Badalamenti. Out come the corny 808 drum sounds for ‘I Need You’. Was that really necessary? Out June 2ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Law clinic pushes against regulation rollback

first_imgJason Bell ’21 spent Earth Day helping fight the Trump administration’s efforts to replace the Clean Power Plan — an Obama-era scheme that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — with the new Affordable Clean Energy rule, which relaxes those restrictions. A student in Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Bell is drafting a brief on behalf of a group of economists, climate scientists, and the Union of Concerned Scientists to bolster arguments in a related case, American Lung Association v. EPA.“Our purpose is to educate the court about some of the issues that might not be covered in the main briefs,” Bell said. In particular, he said, the current Environmental Protection Agency is reversing its own positions on the urgency of climate change.“In 2009, they released a document saying that greenhouse gases are a harmful pollutant that must be restricted under the Clean Air Act, and that climate change is a threat to human health and welfare. So, once you’ve said that 10 years ago, how do you say that it isn’t a threat now?” said Bell. “What our brief is saying is that there’s no way to escape that trap. If the EPA’s plan is to do nothing, they at least have to explain why doing nothing is a rational policy choice, given the impacts that are likely to occur.”Bell’s work is one of the many examples of how students, faculty and staff in the clinic are busy pushing back against the current administration’s attempts to undo environmental regulations approved under former President Barack Obama ’91.“Our work is crucial and overwhelmingly resource-draining. Every day we awake to a new attack on public health and the environment,” said Clinical Professor Wendy Jacobs J.D. ’81, who directs the clinic. Deputy Director and Lecturer on Law Shaun Goho J.D. ’01 added: “Since the earliest days of the Trump administration, the EPA started rolling back environmental rules that were put in place during the Obama era. That’s been a large part of our work ever since.”The clinic has devoted significant effort to advocating on behalf of scientists and public health experts whose work has been undermined and stifled by the Trump administration’s EPA, Goho says. Whenever a new regulation is proposed, there is an opportunity for public comment. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Daytona Speedweeks schedule: Race times, qualifying, TV information, entry list

first_imgIn the immortal words of Darrell Waltrip, “Boogity, boogity, boogity — let’s go racing boys!”The 2019 NASCAR season is here, cranking up at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. There are familiar faces in new places — Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing(!) —  a huge rule change (race winners that fail post-race inspection will be disqualified) and more. Here’s a look at the Speedweeks schedule, along with the entry list for the Advance Auto Parts Clash.MORE: Live stream Speedweeks events, including the Daytona 500, on fuboTV (7-day free trial)2019 Daytona Speedweeks ScheduleSaturday Feb. 9— 10:35 a.m. ET: Advance Auto Parts Clash Final Practice, FS1/fuboTV— 1:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 First Practice, FS1/fuboTV— 3:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Second Practice, FS1/fuboTVSunday Feb. 10— 12:10 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Qualifying, Fox/fuboTV— 3 p.m. ET: Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, FS1/fuboTVThursday Feb.14— 7 p.m. ET: Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona, FS1/fuboTV— 9 p.m. ET: Gander RV Duel 2 at Daytona, FS1/fuboTVFriday Feb. 15— 1:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Third Practice, FS1/fuboTV— 3:05 p.m. ET Daytona 500 Fourth Practice, FS1/fuboTV— 7:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NextEra Energy 250, FS1/fuboTVSaturday Feb. 16— 12:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Final Practice, FS1/fuboTV— 2:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR XFinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300, FS1/fuboTVSunday Feb. 17— 2:30 p.m. ET: Daytona 500, Fox/fuboTVAdvance Auto Parts Clash Entry ListNASCAR released the first entry list of the season Monday, for the 20-car field in the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Feb. 10.Here are the eligible drivers and how they qualified for the non-points race.2018 Busch Pole Award Winners (13)— Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez and Martin Truex Jr.Former Daytona 500 Champions (2)— Jamie McMurray, Ryan NewmanFormer Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award Winners (2) — Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson2018 Playoff Drivers (3)— Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowskilast_img read more

AVB ‘on brink of being sacked’

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas is on the brink of being sacked as Chelsea boss after failing to quell a dressing room mutiny, the Sunday Express declare.They say that despite Chelsea’s win over Bolton yesterday, owner Roman Abramovich is to concede that his gamble to appoint AVB in the summer has failed.It is claimed the Russian has been told by his advisors that the time has come to make a change.Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror say Abramovich has intervened to make it clear that Ashley Cole must stay at the club.Last week it was reported that the Russian wanted Cole to be sold after an apparent row between the player and AVB.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Barnard honoured with street name

first_imgDr Chris Barnard put South Africa onthe world medical stage when he carriedout the first human heart transplant inCape Town in 1967.(Image: kapstadt.org) Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, centre,described Barnard as one of the city’sgreatest sons.(Image: City of Cape Town)MEDIA CONTACTS • Solly MalatsiMayoral spokesperson+27 21 400 1382 or +27 3 943 1449Lyndon JafthaDr Christian Neethling Barnard – famous for performing the first ever human heart transplant – was honoured in early December by the City of Cape Town, which named a street after the brilliant South African cardiac surgeon.The ceremony took place exactly 44 years after Barnard’s astonishing medical achievement on 3 December 1967. The operation lasted nine hours and was accomplished after a thrilling race with other surgical teams around the world who were also on the verge of carrying out the same landmark procedure.Oswald Pirow Street, north-east of the city centre, is now known as Christiaan Barnard Street.Cape Town’s executive mayor Patricia de Lille described the Western Cape-born Barnard as “one of Cape Town’s greatest sons”.De Lille went on to say, “We honour what is best about our city by acknowledging the pioneer of one of the 20th century’s greatest triumphs.”The famous surgeon, who died in September 2001, is already commemorated in Cape Town by the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Longmarket Street, and in the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the city’s world-famous Groote Schuur Hospital.Oswald Pirow was a South African lawyer and far right politician who, it has been reported, was a secret Nazi sympathiser. Pirow served as South Africa’s minister of justice and defence from 1933 to 1936, and died in 1959.Honouring South African heroesThe Barnard renaming follows other changes in Cape Town.In November, Western Boulevard was renamed Helen Suzman Boulevard and on 15 July, Eastern Boulevard was renamed Nelson Mandela Boulevard.Helen Suzman was a politician and renowned anti-apartheid activist. She started her career in politics in 1953 with election into the House of Assembly as a member of the now-defunct United Party. For many years she was the only opposition to the ruling National Party.Suzman visited former president Nelson Mandela often during his 27-year jail term and was present when he signed the new constitution in 1996. She died in November 2009.Nelson Mandela Boulevard was renamed just ahead of the elder statesman’s 93rd birthday. Born in 1918, Mandela was the first member of his family to attend school, where he received his English name, Nelson. In his younger days he was an avid boxer and athlete before entering the political arena.Changing the names of streets has been a touchy subject, and has been known to receive either much resistance or much support, with not much in between.De Lille said the street naming process is a delicate one, but necessary if the country is to advance.“We cannot become prisoners of the divisions some of us have made in our minds. If we do, then we shall forever be stuck in debate, unable to see past the veils we have drawn over our own eyes,” she said at the Barnard ceremony.A medical pioneerChristiaan Barnard is one of an eminent group of physicians renowned for their role in advancement of medicine.Barnard put South Africa on the medical map with his pioneering work in the field of organ transplants. Today such operations are routine, but 44 years ago Barnard was venturing into unknown territory.The Charles Saint theatre suite at Groote Schuur was the scene of medical history when Barnard and his team successfully placed the still-beating heart of a fatally injured young accident victim into the body of 55-year-old Louis Washkansky.Although Washkansky died almost three weeks later because his immune system had been compromised by anti-rejection drugs to such an extent that he succumbed to double pneumonia, his 18 days of improved quality of life offered new hope to others suffering from incurable heart disease.The discovery in 1972 of the drug cyclosporine, which helps the body to withstand rejection of donor organs and protects against infection, has since opened up the field of organ transplantation.The theatre is now a museum.A team effortBarnard’s feat was made possible not only through his own genius, but because of the research done by others in the field, including his competitors, and with the help of a strong support team.And also because cardiac surgery was in the grip of rapid advancement at the time, with increasing success in correcting congenital heart conditions and operating on the human heart, and new technologies such as the heart-lung machine.Much work on animals was being done by cardiac surgeons in several countries, and the time was right for the technique to be taken to human patients.Barnard had successfully performed South Africa’s first kidney transplant, his only such operation, earlier in 1967 and was convinced that the Cape Town team had the knowledge, expertise and facilities to do the same with the heart. However, he was not the only one.Although there was something of a global race on to see which team would perform the procedure first, Barnard performed his operation just three days before Dr Adrian Kantrowitz in Brooklyn, New York.Kantrowitz’s infant patient died mere hours after the transplant and the surgical team admitted defeat.last_img read more

Harvest issues in Brazil

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems that all the rain that central and northeastern Brazil lacked between October and December is falling now in January.  In some areas, it has rained every single day since Jan. 1 and the precipitation anomaly approaches 100%. But for some areas in Mato Grosso, the top Brazilian soybean-growing state, those rains have arrived too late. That’s why AgRural cut its yield estimate again in early January, from 46 to 43.8 bushels per acre. If realized, this average yield will be the lowest for Mato Grosso in 10 years. In some irrigated areas of Bahia and Minas Gerais, where the first areas are already mature for harvest, there are some cases of pod sprouting.Bad for harvest and some mature fields…Those rains have delayed the harvest progress in Mato Grosso. Last Friday, 3.6% of its soybean area was harvested, compared to 7.4% a year ago and 5% on the five-year average. Yields vary from 22 to 36 bushels per acre, but areas planted later have higher potential. Besides the excessive moisture (which has had a decrease from the previous week, but is still high), the erratic planting pace also contributes to the slow harvest progress. In Paraná, the No. 2 producing state, harvest is complete in 2.3% of the area, compared to 5% last year and 2% on the five-year average. Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul, in central Brazil, have also begun the harvest, but it is still very incipient (0.3% and 0.6%, respectively). In Brazil as a whole, 1.5% of the soybean area is harvest, compared to 3.5% last year and 2% on the five-year average.…but good for the bulk of the cropAlthough holding back the harvest pace in some areas, the constant rains in January have benefited many soybean fields across the country, especially those planted later in Mato Grosso and also in the Northeast states. In the South, the drier and warmer weather inspires some concern, especially in Rio Grande do Sul, where the crops still have a long way to go. But the soils have abundant moisture and there is no real threat to the crop development so far. Also, there is rain in the forecasts.Still above 100 mmt?On Jan 12, the federal crop agency Conab made just a minor adjustment in its soybean production forecast. The Brazilian production fell from 102.5 million tons in December to 102.1 million tons. A 0.8 million ton cut in Mato Grosso was partially offset by upward revisions in other states. Although the crop failure is not going to be as severe as initially expected, it is hard to believe that the Brazilian production will surpass 100 million tons. In early January, AgRural lowered its production estimate from 99.7 million to 98.7 million tons, still a record high. Much can still happen. Soybean yields still depend on weather conditions until March or April, depending on the state.CornSummer cropThe summer corn crop, which was planted from September to December, is in very good shape, since at this time of the year the production is concentrated in the South and in the Southeast, where the weather conditions have been favorable. AgRural projects the production at 27.6 million tons, compared to 30.1 million tons last year. The 8% decrease is due to the smaller planted area. In December, the forecast was at 26.7 million tons.“Safrinha”For the second crop, or “safrinha,” which is planted right after the soybean harvest, AgRural expects a record planted area, with an increase of up to 5%, because the domestic prices are good. Brazilian exports have been very strong, we almost don’t have corn at the spot market right now and the summer crop, which is 5.3% harvested so far, is smaller than a year ago. So, the market is pushing up prices in order to “buy” more acres for corn. Also, many farmers have already sold a significant part of the crop and must plant in order to meet contracts.Corn shortageWith record exports and prices skyrocketing in the cash market, small poultry and pork producers have had a hard time to feed their flocks. Last Friday, the federal crop agency Conab announced that it is going to sell 500 thousand tons out of its 1.476 million ton stocks.DelayThe delay in the soybean crop in some states, especially in Mato Grosso, is a problem, but farmers are likely to plant corn until the end of March, after the ideal window, hoping for an extended rainy season. Planting is 0.8% complete in south-central Brazil, compared to 3% a year ago and also 3% on the three-year average.Total corn productionIf we have favorable weather conditions until May or mid-June, Brazil can produce 82 or 83 million tons, compared to 84.7 million tons last year.last_img read more

Corn germination and emergence processes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As growers across the Eastern Corn Belt get ready to plant corn, it is important to review and understand what goes into corn the germination and emergence process. Uniform corn emergence is one of the most important aspects of stand establishment and producing high yielding corn. Understanding germination, emergence, and how environmental factors influence these processes is the first step toward ensure uniform emergence.GerminationGermination begins in a corn seed when it has imbibed 30% of its weight in water. While corn can germinate when soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher, research has determined that the optimal temperature is 86 degrees F. Visual signs that corn germination is taking place are the appearance of the radicle root, coleoptile, and seminal roots. When temperatures are cooler, the germination process is slower and seedlings are more susceptible to disease, insects, and other damaging factors.EmergenceUniform emergence is one of the most important yield-influencing factors that growers should work to achieve. Delayed emergence can ultimately result in diminished yield. Emergence occurs when the coleoptile “emerges” from beneath the soil surface. The amount of time required for corn seedling emergence will vary based on environmental factors such as temperature and moisture, however it typically requires around 120 Growing Degree Days for the coleoptile to break through the soil surface.Environmental factors influencing germination and emergence• Temperature: For both germination and emergence, soil temperature plays a significant role. Both processes are slower with cooler temperatures. In cases where extreme cold temps exist, damage can be done to the seedling.• Moisture: Adequate moisture must be present for germination and emergence to occur. Too much moisture can result in damage to seedlings and can promote disease as well. A very critical time period for the corn seed is 24 to 48 hours after planting. During this time the seed is susceptible to imbibing injury if it absorbs cold water. A cold rain right after planting can cause significant damage to the seed.• Soil Conditions: Several emergence-related issues can result due to poor soil conditions. Compaction, cloddy soil, and soil crusting can all cause problems for seedlings try to emergence.• Herbicide Injury: Cooler wet weather can increase the likelihood of herbicide damage to slow-growing seedlings.When trouble-shooting emergence issues this spring, growers should keep in mind that many factors determine the success of germination/emergence of corn seedlings. Knowing what conditions are needed for quick germination and growth will help growers decide when to head to the field with their planters.last_img read more

Agriculture is Cool scholarship winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four fifth grade students across Ohio each received a $500 scholarship for their outstanding participation in the “Agriculture is Cool” education program held during the Ohio State Fair in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio’s agricultural commodity groups.The Ag is Cool program, which celebrated its seventh year in 2017, provides free Fair admission for any exiting fourth grade student and a chaperone to visit the Ohio State Fair to learn about agriculture. Once at the Fair, the students visit a total of 10 different stations located in barns, education centers and livestock facilities to find key answers to questions such as “How many glasses of milk does a dairy cow produce each day?” or use information they have learned to name surprising products that are made using soybeans. Dozens of the students who visit those stations then return home to write an essay or creative story about what they learned while visiting the “Agriculture is Cool” education program held during the Ohio State Fair. These essays are then reviewed by a panel of judges, who selects just four to be honored as the best in the state.This year, the top essays were written by the students listed below. Representatives from the Ohio State Fair, Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation visited each of the winning students’ schools at the following dates to present a giant scholarship check during a special assembly at the school. During the presentations, each winner read his or her essay to their classmates:Gabby Bodo (Harding Middle School, Steubenville)Adam Kauh (Emerson Elementary, Westerville)Stella Geis-Moffitt (Columbus Gifted Academy, Columbus)Marissa Murphy (Madison Christian School, Groveport).The “Agriculture is Cool” program has been recognized by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions as the best special or specific agricultural education exhibit, event or program for the fairgoing public for fairs with annual attendance between 500,001 and 1 million. While the Ag is Cool admission and scholarship program is provided to exiting fourth grade students, all Fair visitors are encouraged to participate. The program experienced record participation in 2017, and included several interactive education stations throughout the Fair where students could learn about:The many ways Ohio’s largest industry, agriculture, impacts many facets of their everyday livesAnimal care and witnessing the birth of farm animals, along with the interaction between new babies and their mothersSoy and corn production and the various uses in food, fuel and other modern itemsHow Ohio’s poultry industry is a national leader in egg productionModern dairy farming and how dairy farmers take care of their cows to produce safe and wholesome milk and milk a real cowThe beef industry and nutrition, environmental stewardship, recycling and moreThe ways that barns protect Ohio animals to keep them healthyItems and amounts that make up various animals’ dietsOhio’s rich agricultural history and information about farms that have been in families for more than a centuryHow modern-day tractors help Ohio farmers maintain crops.last_img read more

Sticking With Spray Foam for My Renovation

first_imgWhat should I do with the walls?Ready for insulation, I hired an experienced Icynene installer to insulate the new walls, roofline, and floor areas, as well as to touch up some thin areas from the earlier install.I chose not to install any insulation on most of the existing exterior walls as they were not being stripped. The existing wood lap siding is in excellent condition, and with no sheathing or weather barrier, I was concerned that installing insulation would lead to moisture retention in the wall cavity and possible damage to the structure and siding. Since the climate in North Georgia (Zone 3A) is relatively mild, I decided that the added value from wall insulation would not be worth the risk of moisture damage, and removing either the siding or the plaster to allow the walls to be insulated was not in the budget. At the one small section of wall where the interior was exposed, I installed felt on the inside of the wall to keep the insulation away from the siding, providing a sort of makeshift rainscreen between the siding and the insulation. I can’t say for sure how well this will work, but there is enough of a roof overhang that any moisture that gets in the wall cavity should be able to dry out, keeping the wall safe from damage. RELATED ARTICLES GBA Encyclopedia: Spray Foam InsulationSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic BulletSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure-AllOpen-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof SheathingAir Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamJoe Lstiburek on Spray FoamSpray Foam in Cold Climates Over the past dozen or so years my opinion on spray foam insulation has evolved from being a strong advocate to being slightly skeptical.I have come to the conclusion that any well-designed new building can be insulated with any properly installed insulation. When it comes to renovations, however, spray foam often has some distinct advantages.About eight years ago, I installed spray foam on the roofline and floor of my house, which, I now realize, was not a particularly good decision. Since I had no HVAC ducts in the attic, I probably should have insulated and air sealed the ceiling, and sealing and insulating the crawlspace would have been a better choice as well.But that is all water under the bridge. I would have preferred to use something else in my current renovation, but since the floor and roofline were already insulated with spray foam, it didn’t make sense to switch products (and relocate the thermal enclosure location in the process). Rolling towards completionInsulation and drywall are installed, interior finishes are moving along smoothly, and the house should be ready to re-occupy close to the end of the year. The outside work is progressing, although some bad weather and the Thanksgiving holiday slowed progress a bit.I’m looking forward to seeing how well the Home Slicker rainscreen works with the siding – a combination of reused and new material. And I am particularly interested in seeing the Perennial wood porch flooring and rails installed.last_img read more

Celebrate Solutions: The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project, India

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 16, 2010June 20, 2017By: Mariko Rasmussen, Program Assistant, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on Women Deliver’s blog. Reposted with permission.Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. The state faces major challenges in improving and increasing access to health care services, but they are making significant strides. The Government of Tamil Nadu developed a Health Policy in 2003 with a focus on the health of low-income communities and families. The Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project supports this strategy through several interventions, especially those aimed at reducing infant and maternal mortality. The World Bank recently provided more funds, in addition to the original financing in 2004, to further improve health services quality and access while supporting state-wide management systems implementation.The Project has utilized several innovative and effective measures (PDF). To increase access to necessary maternal and neonatal health services, 80 comprehensive emergency obstetrics and neonatal centers have been established and strengthened, leading to improved quality of care for women and infants. This care includes health education, nutritional support, and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling. In addition, 385 ambulances have been provided under the project, managed under a public private partnership, increasing emergency transport services in rural areas. These public private partnerships have also provided mobile out-reach health services as well as other services.The Project also launched a pilot program that includes ensuring women’s reproductive health through cervical cancer screenings. The pilot program has had great success with 84% of women in the target age group of 30 – 60 years being screened in the Theni and Thanjavur districts and the scheme could be extended to the whole of Tamil Nadu.To ensure that women’s and infants’ health visits are recorded, an electronic health management system was established and is now operational in 38 secondary level hospitals, with plans to extend to all 270, and to 18 medical colleges. These electronic records prove invaluable in maintaining and monitoring a woman’s and her infants’ health throughout the continuum of care.From these interventions and more, Tamil Nadu has seen improvements in both maternal and infant health. Infant mortality has decreased by 35%. The state’s maternal mortality ratio has decreased 50% from 167 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1999 to 111 in 2006, while India’s MMR in 2008 was 230. While this is exciting progress, it is still 25 times higher than in developed countries. But with further improvements to quality of care and strengthened comprehensive emergency obstetric and neonatal care, Tamil Nadu is on the right track.Share this:last_img read more