Get Into a Nerd Groove with Nick Blaemire and The Hustle

first_img This is The Hustle’s last New York City show for a few months, as Blaemire will be heading to Kansas City Rep in March to premiere his new musical A Little More Alive. Get a royal taste of the show with the brief video below! View Comments “Splitting our time between the theater and pop worlds can be overwhelming and a bit of an identity crisis at times,” Blaemire said of the show, “but seeing people like Aaron putting themselves out there and balancing it all so well makes it all the more exciting. We’re definitely taking it up a notch for this show. If you haven’t seen us yet, this is the one to see.” It’s time to rock out with your inner nerd! Broadway’s Nick Blaemire (Godspell, Glory Days, Dogfight) and his “nerd soul” band The Hustle will play at Le Poisson Rouge on February 10th at 10PM. Blaemire and co. is is joining forces with Aaron LaVigne (Spider-Man, Rent) and his band The Downtown Crowd for the release of their EP Call Your Mom.last_img read more

Onion grant

first_imgThe Vidalia onion is Georgia’s official state vegetable and No. 1 fresh vegetable crop. Like any major crop, it has its fair share of problems – ones University of Georgia researchers want to fix.Onions are the third most valuable vegetable in the United States. Worldwide, it’s the second most valuable vegetable.Before onions get to consumers, growers and packers must deal with disease, storage and handling problems. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers are leading a national team to solve some of these. A three-year $774,581 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative will help them do it.The team’s goals are to detect infections and rot that hide deep within onions right after harvest and then while in storage. They also want to find a better way to get rid of rotten onions, said UGA biological and agricultural engineer Changying “Charlie” Li, who will oversee the project.The research team includes UGA plant pathologist Gitaitis and CAES engineers Gary Hawkins, Bill Tollner and Chi Thai, food scientist Rob Shewfelt and horticulturist Dan MacLean. Other universities or cooperators on the team are Colorado State, Mississippi State, Auburn, Idaho, Cornell, Arizona, Tsinghua (in China) and Georgia Southern.“Can we reduce the amount of damage in onions out there in the retail market?” asks Gitaitis. “Improving the detection, that’s what this research is about.”Post harvestAfter onions are harvested, workers check them for blemishes, diseases and other issues. Onions that make the grade are sent to grocery stores or are cured and stored. Onions that don’t make the grade are tossed aside.Human eyes and hands can’t detect all onion problems.“The problem comes down to detecting infections that cannot be seen from the outside,” Gitaitis said.“That means some defective onions, bruised onions, will end up on a shelf,” Li said. “Consumers will buy them and not be satisfied with their quality, and then they won’t buy them anymore.”The team wants to develop an onion sorting machine using X-ray and hyperspectral imaging, which could detect many of the problems.Hyperspectral imaging can detect infrared, ultraviolet and visible light and predict sugar, water and hydrogen components of onions. X-ray machines can look through the onion’s layers and see the diseases.Storage“Onions are actually subjected to 60 post-harvest diseases,” Li said.Onions are stored in big warehouse rooms for four to six months. If one onion is infected, the problem can easily spread. “Sometimes when growers open the storage rooms, 50 percent of their onions are infected by diseases, half are infected by neck rot or sour skin,” Li said. “It’s a huge loss of money.”Their team is working to develop technology that will “smell” when an onion goes bad. They’re testing an electronic nose to see if it can detect disease and sensors to see if they can trace the location of those diseases.“It’s a device similar to those they use to detect possible terrorist attacks,” Li said. “It measures the air and can detect the location” of the problem.FuelCulled, or bad, onions are often dumped in fields.“They can pollute soil and pollute the water,” Li said. “And, for neighborhoods, the smell is a social issue. How to manage this waste stream is very critical.”Diseased onions put back on fields can lead to more diseases.Gary Hawkins, a CAES pollution prevention and alternative energy specialist, is working to turn unwanted onions into fuel, specifically methane gas. To do so, he shuts them in containers called anaerobic digesters, which are void of oxygen and contain bacteria. The digesting onions produce methane gas that can be used to heat buildings or to run electricity-producing generators.Based on chemical tests, onions are second only to blueberries in their potential to produce the most methane, Hawkins said.Economic impactAutomated systems can help farmers and packers save money. Fewer rotting onions can generate more income in the 13 rural Georgia counties where they are grown. But a new sorting system could cost jobs. Part of the grant will be used to analyze the possible effects of automated onion sorting.“We’re doing a socioeconomic analysis to see if we totally replace those laborers, where they can find a job,” Li said. “These are good technologies, but what’s the cost? Are they too expensive to afford? How can the farmers get their investments back?”last_img read more

Ag Awareness

first_imgThe University of Georgia Tifton Campus will welcome around 500 fourth-graders during Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day on Tuesday, Oct. 25.Katie Wilson, director of Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said that technology used in agriculture will be featured.“One of the newer presentations we’ll have is about drones in agriculture,” Wilson said. “We want the children to be able to see the technology that is being used in agriculture. We’ve tried to feature more technology because we know this generation is going to use technology even more than we do.”Wilson said that there will be 15 topics at the event, which happens once during the spring and once in the fall. Some of the topics include cotton and peanut harvest, simple machines and citrus production.“We split up the environmental aspects of the day,” Wilson said. “In the spring we only go over certain topics, and we’ll go over the others in the fall. This way, we don’t double up, because a lot of the fourth-graders were hearing the presentations they already heard in third grade.”Wilson stresses that the agricultural awareness event is significant because children often don’t realize the impact that agriculture has on their daily lives.“A lot of children think that food and other things magically appear in front of them,” Wilson said. “An event like this shows them that agriculture is very important.”Students are introduced to career opportunities during the event. Wilson said that one year, a little girl asked a presenter if she was a scientist, and the presenter said she was. The little girl couldn’t believe women could be scientists.“Every time I hear that story, it reminds me that we can change a child’s life,” Wilson said. “She realized that there’s another opportunity for her. The event can show these kids the impact of agriculture and show them career pathways they didn’t know existed.”There will be stations set up all over campus. The children will start the day at the Future Farmstead and will work their way to the turf plots.Wilson said that, as well as the children, the coordinators and presenters get a lot out of the day.“The coordinators have a passion for it,” Wilson said. “We don’t get extra pay for doing this. It’s on a volunteer basis. We just get the thrill of seeing the expressions on the children’s faces as they’re learning. The coordinators and presenters know they’re planting a seed in these kids in the hopes that they’ll choose agriculture as a job or at least understand its importance.”For more information on the event, go to www.ag-enviro.org or contact Wilson at 229-386-3217.(Kyle Dawson is an intern at the UGA Tifton Campus.)last_img read more

Angered by Perppu on pandemic response, civil groups turn to Constitutional Court

first_img“It gives officials excessive power over the state budget, which might lead to corruption. That very provision is unacceptable,” Boyamin Saiman from the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued the Perppu on March 31, giving Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) members impunity in taking extraordinary measures to cushion the economy from the negative impacts of the outbreak as long as the measure were performed “in good faith” and with respect to existing laws. It also stipulates that the funds spent by the government to save the country from the economic crisis are considered simply economic costs rather than state losses.MAKI said the provisions violated the Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law and judicial independence, as well as the principle of “a state governed by laws”.“We think that no one should be allowed to have impunity whatsoever, even during times of pandemic,” Boyamin said, adding that the phrase “in good faith” was open to multiple interpretations that could be misused by officials to gain personal benefits from the state budget. The newly proposed regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on COVID-19 pandemic response has fueled anger among civil groups who fear it would lead to budget misappropriation and embezzlement if passed.Now, they are taking the Perppu to the Constitutional Court, demanding the revocation of contentious provisions stipulating that officials responsible for fiscal and monetary policies cannot be criminally charged when using the state budget to counter the negative economic impacts of the pandemic.Five organizations filed a petition for judicial review with the Constitutional Court online on April 9 against the Perppu. Read also: Activists warn government not to repeat mistakes of past economic bailoutsThe court registry, which has suspended all trials until April 21, is checking the application and verifying all required documents before scheduling the first hearing, court spokesman Fajar Laksono said.A legal advocacy group called Mahutama is preparing to file a similar petition soon with the Court.“The regulation is very peculiar because it paves the way for the government to abuse power,” said Syaiful Bakhri, a lawyer representing the group.Not only does it violate the Constitution, the suspicious provision, he said, also contradicts some prevailing laws: the 2003 law on state finances and the 2006 law on the Supreme Audit Agency.“It is very problematic. We need to revoke the Perppu before the House of Representatives passes it into law,” Syaiful said.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedSubmitted to the House of Representatives on April 2, the regulation is awaiting lawmakers’ approval.Lawmakers, however, have no plans to deliberate the regulation during the current session as Jokowi sent an approval notification days after the session had started.“Even if there is no petition, we can only deliberate [the Perppu] in the next legislative session,” House Budget Committee chairman Said Abdullah said.Finance Ministry spokeswoman Rahayu Puspasari said the ministry would respect the legal processes at the court. The Palace was not immediately available for comment.Topics :last_img read more

Postal slowdown sparks claims of plot to undermine US vote

first_imgPelosi and fellow senior Democrat Chuck Schumer also called for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a recent Trump appointee, to appear before an “urgent hearing” of the House oversight committee.They said that DeJoy — “a Trump mega-donor — has acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards.””This is a crisis for American democracy,” progressive senator Bernie Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.” Democrats expect to use the issue to mobilize voters when the party opens its national convention on Monday — in a virtual format — with former vice president Joe Biden slated to accept the party’s nomination on Thursday. Republicans follow a week later.Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said the Democrats could yet obtain more postal funding if they are ready to make a deal on the stimulus package.”If my Democrat friends are all upset about this, come back to Washington,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.””Put the postal funding in there” along with aid to small businesses, he said. “We’ll pass it tomorrow.”Trump has long been a critic of the postal service, but his latest charges come as he trails Biden in most polls.Protesters on Saturday gathered at DeJoy’s Washington home, blaring horns and banging pots.But USPS spokesman David Partenheimer attributed changes at the agency to its poor financial state.”We are not slowing down election mail or any other mail,” he told AFP.”The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume and a broken business model.”But Congress remains deadlocked over a new stimulus bill to follow the $2.2 trillion package passed in March.The president said candidly in April that mail-in voting “doesn’t work out well for Republicans.” He has repeatedly described such ballots as prone to fraud.But a study this year by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice found that “it is… more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail voting fraud.”American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein told AFP on Sunday that Trump “wants to starve the Post Office to keep people from voting, that’s shameful.”The union has said overtime for postal workers was recently reduced, and 40,000 workers have had to quarantine because of COVID-19, creating delays.As concerns mount over the USPS’s ability to handle a surge in ballots, states are working to ensure their residents’ votes count.Pennsylvania this week asked its supreme court to push back its deadline for accepting mail-in ballots.The Washington Post reported on Friday similar notices were sent to 45 other states and the District of Columbia.”It’s incumbent upon Congress to act and not hide behind anything else. And that’s true of people on both sides in the major political parties,” said Dimondstein.Topics : “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump told Fox News on Thursday, adding, “But if they don’t get those… that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.” With some states expanding mail-in options because of the pandemic, an estimated three-quarters of Americans will be able to vote from home this fall.Increased mail-in voting, Republican Trump said Saturday, would be a “catastrophe” — an assertion contested by many election experts.Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she would recall the House of Representatives from its summer recess to vote this week on an act “to save the Postal Service.” The United States Postal Service is popularly known for delivering mail despite snow, rain or heat, but it faces a new foe in President Donald Trump.Ahead of the November 3 elections in which millions of voters are expected to cast ballots by mail due to the coronavirus, Trump has leveled an unprecedented attack at the USPS, opposing efforts to give the cash-strapped agency more money as part of a big new virus-related stimulus package, even as changes there have caused delays in mail delivery.last_img read more

Coconut water, honey and lemon, West Aceh regent’s home remedy to fight against COVID-19

first_imgTopics : He believed the drink had helped him recover from the disease as it helps improve immunity.He said he got the recipe from West Aceh Attorney Office head M. Said Rukhsal Assegaff. “One of the benefits I feel is my throat feels better and the smell and taste loss are gradually improving,” said Ramli.According to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by British scientists released in April, almost 60 percent of patients who were subsequently confirmed as positive for COVID-19 had reported losing their sense of smell and taste, Reuters reported. Ramli added that even though he had been declared free of the virus, he continues consuming the natural remedy, maintaining his healthy lifestyle and doing regular exercise.Based on his personal experience, he called on the public to increase their vigilance against COVID-19 because the disease is real and very dangerous.Read also: BPOM approves two COVID-19 treatmentsTherefore, he urged the public to adhere to health protocols as suggested by the government such as wearing a mask, washing hands with soap, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowds and maintaining cleanliness.Many Indonesians have a tendency to resort to home remedies to recover from various diseases including COVID-19, which to date has yet to have a clinically proven vaccine or medication.At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, many people in the country hoarded herbs and medicinal plants that are believed effective at preventing viral infections. Some also believe in the power of jamu, Indonesia’s traditional herbal drink. However, the Health Ministry reaffirmed in August that herbal medicines and jamu could not be used to cure COVID-19.Akhmad Saikhu, the head of the ministry’s herbal and traditional medicine research and development division, said herbal medicine or drinks only worked to relieve comorbidity symptoms in a patient, rather than curing the coronavirus disease.A comorbidity is a medical condition that co-occurs with another, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.“Jamu can only be used to relieve symptoms of comorbid diseases,” said Akhmad.He added the misconception had been passed among the public that jamu could be used to cure the coronavirus disease. COVID-19 antiviral drugs and vaccines are still being tested. (iwa) West Aceh Regent Ramli MS, who has recovered from COVID-19, has shared the recipe for a home remedy he consumed while self-isolating.“During my isolation period, I never skipped consuming a cocktail of coconut water with a pinch of salt, natural honey and lemon,” Ramli said Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co (https://tekno.tempo.co/read/1393960/tips-bupati-aceh-barat-sembuh-dari-covid-19-secara-alami).Ramli, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept.18, added that he consumed the homemade cocktail twice a day after breakfast and dinner.center_img #washyourhand #usesoap #socialdistance #mothermessage #keepyourdistance #avoidcrowd Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.last_img read more

Carbon footprint increases at ABP despite efforts to reduce impact

first_img“APG was accustomed to applying risk and return as its main criteria and then checking for sustainability and costs in a later phase,” she said.“Sustainability now plays an equal role in every investment decision, which means processes and IT systems need to be adjusted.”She said ABP had also given investors concrete carbon-reduction targets for individual portfolios.Energy and mining companies are among ABP’s largest carbon emitters; the pension fund expects to offload stakes in more than 1,500 CO2 emitters to meet its reduction target.The scheme’s efforts on sustainable investments and renewable energy remain on track, according to Wortmann-Kool. By 2020, the civil service scheme expects to have invested an additional €29bn in “solutions for environmental problems”, such as sustainable buildings and pharmaceutical companies that seek to make their products more accessible in poor countries.The pension fund said it had already invested more than 37% of its €4bn commitment to renewable energy, including €180m in hydro power in Norway.Through a hedge fund, it also invested in Spanish solar and wind energy companies that ran into trouble following the government’s abandonment of energy subsidies.ABP said it had “saved” the companies in the process. The carbon footprint of ABP’s investment portfolio actually increased by 5% last year, notwithstanding the €359bn Dutch pension fund’s recent efforts to reduce it.Corien Wortmann-Kool, chair at the civil servant scheme, attributed the increase to “unintended effects” of its investments in relatively cheap energy companies. Presenting the pension fund’s annual report on sustainable investment, she took pains to emphasise that ABP would stand by its commitment to cut its carbon footprint by 25% by the year 2020.She also conceded that APG, its asset manager, had lacked the most up-to-date carbon data last year.last_img read more

LNG Limited names chief development officer

first_imgLiquefied Natural Gas Limited, the Perth-based LNG developer, named Joseph B’Oris as chief development officer starting November 27. Reporting to LNG Limited managing director and CEO Greg Vesey, B’Oris will join the company’s leadership team and have overall responsibility for all aspects of commercial development and marketing, tolling parties and offtake agreements, project development and strategy, and ensuring organizational knowledge regarding market factors impacting global LNG supply and demand.B’Oris has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry specifically focused on LNG and gas and liquid pipelines, LNG Limited said in a statement.He began his career at Getty Oil (later acquired by Texaco). While at Texaco, Joe was responsible for all commercial activities on the Sabine Pipeline, which is the owner and operator of the Henry Hub.Following his position at Texaco, he served in leadership roles in various LNG projects across the world for Nexen and CNOOC, Shell, Marathon, and Jordan Cove LNG where he was responsible for commercial and business development activities.He most recently operated a private consulting business focused on supporting the development and commercial activities of various LNG development, pipeline, and midstream companies.LNG Limited is developing the 8 mtpa Magnolia LNG project in the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States as well as the Bear Head LNG project with the capacity of 8 mtpa in Richmond County, Nova Scotia, Canada with potential for further expansion.last_img read more

Bulldog Middle School Grapplers Get Big Win Over Golden Bears

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team dominated Shelbyville on Tuesday evening with a 75-15 victory.The Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-0 lead with four straight forfeits. Tacoma Nicholas, Otto Hund, Hunter Laudick, and David Maher all recorded forfeit wins to start the Dogs down the path to victory. They then suffered their first, and only, head to head loss in a hard fought decision at 95 pounds. There was a double forfeit at 100 pounds, and Mason Neeley received a forfeit in the 105 pound weight class. Alex Murphy made short work of his opponent with a second period pin while having a comfortable lead. Bobby Weiler added another six points for the team at the 125 pound weight class when he pinned his opponent in the third period after he had jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Vonley Hund then received a forfeit at 130 pounds making the score 48-3. Again there were two more back to back double forfeits at the 135 and 140 pound weight classes. Aaron Norman wrestled a great match at 145 pounds, pinning his opponent in the second period. The Bulldogs were well on their way to victory, but thrills were not over.Josh Mobley moved up to the 155 weight class to face s best wrestler, and it did not disappoint. Josh had the only score of the first period with a two point takedown. He then outscored his opponent 7-3 in the second period with an escape, two takedowns, and a two point near fall but it was far from over. Josh and his opponent scrambled the third period with Shelbyville’s wrestler tying the score by the end of regulation. This put the match into “sudden death” overtime meaning the first wrestler to get a takedown would win the match. The two locked up and both worked for position. Josh snapped his opponent’s head down followed by a textbook double leg takedown hurling his opponent to the mat, and ending the match.The Bulldogs never looked back from there. Jesus Garcia added to the Bulldogs already substantial lead with a first period pin. Chase Hamilton followed in similar fashion with a first period pin after scoring on three straight takedowns. Brandon Manning was the final Batesville wrestler to take the mat receiving a forfeit at 195 pounds. The Bulldogs did give up a forfeit in the heavyweight class making the final score 75-15.In JV matches for the evening, Hunter Laudick started the round with a second period pin. Mason Neeley recorded a win with a 5-4 decision. Vonley Hund won his JV match with a second period pin. Brandon Manning pinned his opponent in overtime. Elijah Stover had a second period pin against his opponent. Aaron Norman got his second straight pin of the evening pinning his opponent in the first period. Otto Hund added another JV win with second period pin, and Marcus Niese pinned his opponent early in the third period.The Bulldogs will face Greensburg on Thursday in their second straight home meet of the week with wrestling beginning at 5:30. They will then finish the season on Saturday at Franklin County for the Conference Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img read more

Pardew confirms Gomis interest

first_img After losing Demba Ba in the January transfer window and with speculation growing over the future of Papiss Cisse, Pardew has admitted that he is looking to strengthen up front. And with Gomis seemingly looking for a way out of Lyon with just a single year remaining on his contract, the Newcastle boss has confirmed the French international is on his radar. “We have expressed an interest in Gomis,” Pardew told The Times. “We think that he’s a player who has great potential. “He’s a French international who’s played at the highest level for his club and we’re perusing it.” He added in the Chronicle: “The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm we are. “Bafetimbi is a player we think could do very well for us. He is on our sights.” Gomis has scored over 100 goals in Ligue 1 with St Etienne, Troyes and Lyon and has 12 France caps, scoring three goals. While Pardew is looking to beef up his attacking options, he also confirmed that there may well be exits from St James’ Park before the transfer window closes. “We are trying to strengthen our attacking area. In midfield and at the back we are comfortable,” he added. “I really feel there will be a player or two who moves on because of a little overload in midfield.” Press Associationcenter_img Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the Magpies are interested in signing unsettled Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.last_img read more