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first_imgBeloved musicians Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady had the opportunity to celebrate their recent Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Museum last weekend, as the two were on hand to discuss the legacy of Jefferson Airplane and perform a handful of songs for an intimate, acoustic performance. The Grammy Museum appearance was hosted by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the Museum and the MusiCares program, who engaged in a conversation with the legends about their careers. The two then played a short set, focusing mainly on slower, blues-driven numbers.Watch the full Jefferson Airplane tribute in four parts, thanks to YouTube user Jeff Allen:last_img read more

first_imgFormidable challenges stand in the way of controlling and eventually eliminating nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in the Middle East. A new discussion paper issued by the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs outlines both the challenges and a set of near-term measures designed to fast forward the development of political solutions to the weapons dilemma.“A WMD Free Zone in the Middle East: Creating the Conditions for Sustained Progress” is co-authored by Martin Malin and Paolo Foradori.“The political, security, and economic benefits of establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East are potentially great and would be broadly shared. Many of the region’s most vexing problems—from the Iranian nuclear standoff, to threat of Syrian chemical weapons, to the proliferation of ballistic missiles, to the sense of fear and injustice surrounding Israel’s nuclear program, to concern over the spread of nuclear energy—would be eased or erased with the entry into force of a region-wide treaty banning all weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles,” the authors write. Yet they admit that, “the obstacles to establishing a WMD-free zone in the Middle East are numerous and long-standing. They will not soon be overcome.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter more than six weeks of temperatures in the 90s and low 100s with very little rain, many Georgians are asking, “How dry is it?”The Aug. 21 statewide Palmer Drought Severity Index value was -2.7. This means that the state as a whole is classified as being in moderate drought. A statewide PDSI value of -3 would classify Georgia as being in severe drought. Across the state, drought conditions range from mild to severe. A historical perspective adds more meaning to the PDSI. The statewide value of -2.7 is at the 2nd percentile for the third week in August. This means that in 98 out of 100 years, the statewide PDSI value for the third week in August would be higher, or less dry. In short, Georgia is having one of the worst August droughts on record. The PDSI is a long-term drought indicator and responds slowly to recent weather. Statewide PDSI values are available back to 1895. August 1998 through July 1999 was the 12th driest statewide August-through-July since 1895. July 1999 was the 24th driest since 1895. How Hot Is It? Another common question among Georgians is “How hot is it?” In July, statewide average temperature was above normal. But it was only the 60th warmest statewide July since 1895. The statewide average for May through July was actually below normal. The period ranked as only the 25th warmest May-through-July since 1895. However, because of a very warm winter, the average statewide for August 1998 through July 1999 was the 98th warmest since 1895.Stream Flow Rates a Concern The drought is having different impacts across the state. As of Aug. 23, the flow in many rivers and creeks was in the bottom 10th percentile. Low flow rates and water table levels are becoming a concern statewide. Outdoor watering bans are common across the state.Short-term Relief Scattered rain Aug. 23-24 brought short-term relief to many parts of the state. But this rain won’t break the drought. Most of the state needs more than half a foot of rain to end the drought. Northeast Georgia needs more than a foot. As of Aug. 21, the PDSI classifies northeast, west central, southwest and southeast Georgia as being in severe drought. North central, central, east central and south central Georgia are in moderate drought. Northwest Georgia is in mild drought.Soil Moisture Short The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reports that moisture is short to very short in 81 percent of the state’s soils. This is unchanged from a week earlier. The 81 percent compares to 28 percent last year and 41 percent for the five-year average. GASS reports that more than 50 percent of the state’s pastures are poor to very poor. Some farmers are doing supplemental feeding and culling herds. The hot weather has stressed dairy cattle. The Crop Moisture Index is a measure of soil moisture available for use by crops. The Aug. 21 CMI indicates that southwest Georgia is extremely dry, with dryland crops in danger of being ruined. West central Georgia is severely dry, with potential yields severely cut. Excessively dry soils reduce yield prospects in northwest and northeast Georgia. And abnormally dry soils are hurting yield prospects in central, east central and southeast Georgia. The CMI indicates that soil moisture is short in north central and south central Georgia.Drought Links PDSI and CMI values and rankings are calculated by Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can get updates on drought conditions in Georgia and across the Southeast at the University of Georgia drought Web site. Or call your county Extension Service agent. Get updated weather data at the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Web site.last_img read more

first_imgPuerto Rico’s Privatization Scheme Draws Skeptics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:One of the largest public utilities in the U.S. might soon be up for sale, but many wonder who would want to buy a power company that is worth roughly half of the $9 billion debt it holds and has an infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.Concerns also are growing about whether plans to privatize Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority will translate into more affordable electric bills and better service. People in the U.S. territory say they cannot afford another financial blow amid an 11-year-old recession and many complain about receiving high power bills after Hurricane Maria when they didn’t even have electricity.“Some people have faith that privatization will improve everything, but it’s not a guarantee,” said Puerto Rico economist Jose Caraballo. “If a good deal isn’t hammered out, Puerto Rico can end up worse than it is.”The power company once known as the government’s crown jewel has seen a reduction in employees and a drop in the demand for energy amid a deep economic crisis and recent austerity measures. The agency now has some 5,800 employees and serves nearly 1.5 million customers with infrastructure that is roughly 45 years old, which officials say caused frequent power outages before the hurricane and an island-wide blackout in September 2016 that lasted a couple of days.The company also has long been criticized for political patronage and inefficiency, and recently faced accusations of corruption. In June 2016, the owner of the U.S. territory’s biggest oil supplier was arrested after being charged with misappropriating $11 million in public funds. Jose Gonzalez Amador and his company, PetroWest, are accused of charging the power company a 0.5 percent municipal tax even though some municipalities granted them a lower rate or waived the tax altogether. Authorities say the charge was then passed on to consumers.Given that situation, can the U.S. territory attract any takers?Industry analysts say it’s a bit too early to tell, noting that it all depends on the type of measure the governor expects to submit in upcoming days to start the privatization process.“It’s a complicated arrangement: What’s going to happen to the workers? Where is the debt going to land? What are the contracts going to look like? There are a lot of details here that have very real implications on how much electricity is going to cost for Puerto Rican customers,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Ohio-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.She said her main concern is that privatization could occur without a regulatory body, which is needed in part to look after consumers’ interests on an island where power bills have been double the average of those on the U.S. mainland, in part because imported fuel supplies three-fourths of the energy consumed in Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.The terms of the contract will determine the interest, Kunkel said, noting that the cost of any new investment in the electrical system will be paid by consumers.“Private investors will want to make a profit,” she said.More: Hope, Fear as Puerto Rico Moves to Privatize Power Companylast_img read more

first_imgU.S. State Department to conduct new review of Keystone pipeline FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The U.S. State Department will conduct another environmental review of TransCanada Corp’s long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. official said on Friday, a move that could lead to additional delays of the project.The so-called supplemental environmental impact statement was ordered by Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court in Montana in his ruling on Nov. 8 that blocked construction of the pipeline planned to bring heavy crude from Canada’s oil sands to the United States.Morris said in his ruling that previous environmental analysis of Keystone XL fell short of a “hard look” at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.The $8 billion pipeline, which is supported by Canadian oil interests and U.S. refiners, but opposed by landowners and environmentalists, has been pending for a decade.TransCanada spokesman Terry Cunha said that the State Department’s announcement of an additional review was expected after the judge’s ruling. Earlier this week, TransCanada asked Morris, the District Court judge, to allow it to resume some U.S.-based pre-construction activities blocked by the initial ruling.More: U.S. to conduct additional Keystone XL pipeline reviewlast_img read more

first_imgI’d like to address a pretty common concern that we hear from our end users, and that’s the issue of trust. Trust based relationship selling can give your company an edge over the competition but, with all the spam and phishing scams floating around, how do you let your audience know they can feel secure and comfortable doing business with you?Helping your referral program users know they can trust you (and your website) is of paramount importance, and it can be as simple as simply telling them you’re worthy of their confidence. A study by Faun Li and Paul W. Miniard on the subject of trust and marketing raises a surprising (and kind of weird!) point.Their research concludes that the basic act of telling your customer they can trust you will markedly improve measured perceptions of trust. The statement, “You can trust us to deliver quality service,” will actually help trust based relationship selling. Li and Miniard’s research indicates that letting your users know they can trust you will also increase their perception of competency, quality, fairness and caring. This idea of a mental suggestion of trust to your program members might be worth a little split testing to see what kinds of results you get.6 Non-Verbal Signals That Establish TrustThere’s more to trust based relationship selling than simply telling your customers directly that they can count on you. There are a number of non-verbal signals you can send to your users to let them know they can do business with you with confidence. Here are some other trust signals to keep in mind… continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWith biting irony, journalist Nicolas Quenel recommended poor families read the diary of her bucolic confinement in Le Monde newspaper to “ease the tension of living in 15 square meters”.Apartments in the French capital are often tiny, with nearly a quarter of the population living in 30 square meters or less. Celebrated writer Marie Darrieussecq got similar treatment for describing trips to the sea and deer grazing in the garden of her second home.Fellow novelist Diane Ducret was not impressed.  When bestselling French novelist Leila Slimani — the author of The Perfect Nanny– admitted that she felt “a little like Sleeping Beauty” contemplating the coronavirus lockdown from the comfort of her country home, she hit a very raw nerve.Class tensions, never very far from the surface despite the fine sentiments of the French national motto “liberty, fraternity and equality”, exploded.Parisians without second homes to flee to excoriated her on social media, with the economist Thomas Porcher, author of Les Delaisses (which roughly translates as “Those Left Behind”), calling Slimani “indecent”. Stuck in a two-room flat, and unable to see the sky, she said they were typical of a certain caste of France’s out-of-touch intellectual elite “for whom the revolution doesn’t seem to have happened”.She compared Slimani to the “Marie Antoinette playing at being a farmer” in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, and “just about as in touch with fear and anguish of the people”.The French queen later lost her head to the angry Parisian poor.In a scathing take-down of Slimani’s diary in Marianne magazine, Ducret described how her elderly neighbour recently killed himself by throwing himself from the window of his tiny bedsit because the owner wanted to sell it, condemning him to the street.The virus has “shown up our inequalities,” she said. “When it comes to a  certain social class… when our precious liberty is called into question, equality becomes just an ideal,” she added.When France declared its lockdown three weeks ago, an estimated one fifth of the population of the capital escaped to the country and the seaside, sparking a wave of resentment in the provinces.Many accused “selfish Parigots” — slang for Parisians — of spreading the virus.Indeed Darrieussecq sheepishly wrote about using her second car in the country because “it’s not good to drive around” in Paris plates.Young fashion designer Romain Mittica chose to stay in his bedsit in a poorer corner of northern Paris rather than to travel back to the east of France and risk infecting his parents.Reaching out his arms he can almost touch the two walls. “I leave the window open so I don’t feel so closed in,” he said.But at least he only has to live with himself.An exasperated grandmother called Kouther told AFP that she was “losing her mind” trying to keep her five grandchildren entertained in a 30-square-meter apartment.”We are going to kill each other if this goes on any longer,” she said as the children ran around a bare square at the foot of a cluster of high-rise blocks.Playgrounds and parks have been closed since the start of the lockdown, with French people only allowed out for exercise once a day, as long as they don’t stray more than one kilometer from home.”You cannot keep children locked up like this. It’s wrong. They can’t play with their friends,” Kouther added. “They are fighting from morning to night.”The children’s father is a self-employed delivery driver who has had to keep working to keep his contracts. Their mother works in a supermarket, which is also open. Like Slimani, 63-year-old Kouther was born in Morocco, but the similarities end there. “The rich don’t care — they wouldn’t be rich if they did,” she said. But even as she continued to glory in the bliss of the country, Slimani — whose book, called Lullaby in the UK, is about two children murdered by their nanny — acknowledged that not everyone was so lucky. “We are not equal,” she wrote. “The days that come will deepen those inequalities with certain cruelty.”Topics :last_img read more

first_imgRead also: Boeing extends factory shutdown in Washington stateThe other newly revealed fault could potentially cause the autopilot to disengage as the aircraft prepares to land. Neither problem has been observed in flight, but the software changes will eliminate the possibility that they could occur, the company said. The modifications can be incorporated into the plane at the same time.In a separate statement, the US Federal Aviation Administration said it has been in contact with the company about the issues.The new software problems were reported earlier by Reuters.Topics : Boeing Co. has identified two new software problems with the grounded 737 Max that must be fixed before the jetliner can carry passengers again.The issues involve the flight-control computer and don’t affect the plane’s estimated return to service in mid-2020, Boeing said in an email Tuesday. The Max’s software has been undergoing a redesign after being linked to two fatal crashes that prompted a worldwide flying ban more than a year ago.The new flaws deepen the engineering challenge for Boeing as it tries to return its best-selling jet to the skies. One of the problems involves “hypothetical faults” in the computer’s microprocessor, which could lead the plane to climb or dive on its own, Boeing said. A safety system on the Max caused the jet to dive automatically in both accidents, but the problems aren’t related, Boeing said.last_img read more

first_img 493 Views   one comment Dr. Byron W. Biscoe, Jr., with his sister and fellow ophthalmologist, Dr. Keri M. Biscoe.TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands – One of the Caribbean’s most highly trained ophthalmologists has been providing state-of-the-art eye care to hundreds of patients in the United States, the Virgin Islands, and throughout the region for the past 19 years with many seeking his expertise to address their critical care vision needs to save their eyesight. Dr. Byron W. Biscoe, Jr., M.D.,F.I.C.S, an ophthalmologist based on the island of St. Thomas treats a wide array of patients in his Virgin Islands eye-clinic, Virgin Eyes, where he performs various procedures such as basic eye exams to high-risk eye operations like vitrectomies. Over the past couple of years Dr. Biscoe has received an increased number of patients from Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, St. Croix and islands beyond the archipelago who are seeking advanced eye care to protect their vision. “Optimal eye health is our number one priority at Virgin Eyes and I’m very pleased that we’re able to provide a full range of optical treatments and services to help our patients maintain their vision,” said Dr. Biscoe. “Many of our patients are experiencing a wide array of vision problems that are oftentimes directly connected to other physical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure; two conditions that can cause irreparable damage to the eyes.”Due to the severity of these medical problems, one must often seek an eye specialist to conduct the sensitive eye surgeries that general ophthalmologists are typically not trained to perform on the islands. In many cases, patients must travel to the mainland if they cannot access quality health care at home. Dr. Biscoe answers the needs of the elderly, young and those stricken with life-changing conditions. He is a veteran ophthalmologist in a small pool of qualified eye physicians who are providing the most basic vision needs to the most comprehensive eye care to individuals from the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Anguilla and within the wider Caribbean region. Patients who are in need of vision services can be treated by Dr. Biscoe for the following: custom LASIK, and other forms of laser vision correction surgery, vision correction, advanced cataract surgery, Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment, Glaucoma Detection and Management and other procedures that are performed using the latest technology and techniques. The American born physician has practiced medicine on St. Thomas ever since relocating to the island from Atlanta, Georgia in 1994. He received his medical training and degrees from Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine and has served as an Ophthalmic Surgery Instructor in the BVI, Antigua, St. Kitts, Barbados, St. Croix, and Haiti where he also offered his expertise as an Ophthalmology Disaster Relief Coordinator for Haitians affected by the earthquake in 2010. In addition to his medical degrees, Dr. Biscoe holds several medical certificates, and awards, and is recognized internationally for his achievements and contributions.For additional information on the procedures offered by Dr. Biscoe you may contact Virgin Eyes on St. Thomas by calling: 1 (340) 774-3003. Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Leading Eye Specialist Saving Eyesight in Virgin Islands by: – February 3, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (August 31–September 5).Players of the Week.Volleyball:  Kelsei Konkle-Switzerland CountyGirls Cross Country:  Megan Cole-South RipleyBoys Cross Country:  Bradley Winston-SouthwesternGirls Golf:  Megg Hensler and Carson Hambrick-Shawe MemorialBoys Soccer:  Edi Tovar-SouthwesternGirls Soccer:  Taylar Jordan-Switzerland CountyORVC Report (August 31-September 5)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder-Travis Calvertlast_img