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My Morning Jacket has been beyond busy in recent months as the group work through their extensive summer tour that spans through August. In a new interview in Rolling Stone, Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, took the time to speak on a number of topics ranging from the difficulties with streaming music services, differences between My Morning Jacket’s studio works and live performances, and much more. One gem gleaned from the conversation is that the group plans to release a new album, though the timeline is still undecided.Watch Pro-Shot Selections From Jim James’ Performance On ‘A Prairie Home Companion’During the recording process for their last album, 2015’s The Waterfall, the band previously acknowledged that they created enough music to fill two albums. When asked about what happened to this lost music from the recording session, James acknowledged that initially, it got lost in the fray of touring and Jim James’ solo work, noting, “It’s almost like the other record kind of got forgotten or shelved for a minute.” However, James elaborates that after recently relistening to the rough mixes of those tracks, the singer “was really getting into them again,” eventually revealing “I feel like that’s something that will definitely come out. I don’t know if it will be called Behind the Waterfall or something related, but it still exists. It just needs to be mixed.”Watch Jim James’ Emotional Tribute To Allen Toussaint In New OrleansIn the same article, Jim James similarly reveals that while the band has “been busy with their family,” the group hasn’t “had any time to learn new stuff yet,” though they remain hopeful that their schedules will allow them too soon. Outside of My Morning Jacket, the singer noted, “I’ve got some new stuff I’ve been excited about.” You can read Jim James full interview with Rolling Stone’s Kory Grow here.[Photo: Jason Koerner]
FAS recognizes outstanding staff members If you’ve ever been in a meeting with Michael Lichten, chances are he got there before you. Not so he could get a good seat or take a few minutes to look over his notes, but so he could walk around the building looking for things to improve, large or small. “I make a habit at meetings I go to of going through buildings on the way, even if it’s just to stop in and walk around,” says the associate dean for resources and physical planning. “I’m always in our buildings looking at what is happening, what should be happening, and making sure that if I think something can be improved, that we can get someone working on it.” For Lichten, who retires this week after more than 38 years at Harvard, overseeing the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ buildings and facilities is full-time work — on and off the job. “I’m always thinking about our buildings,” he said in a recent interview in his office. “Even when I’m not here, I’m thinking about what’s going on in our buildings, how are they doing, how can we make improvements?” Lichten began his career at Harvard as the deputy director for energy conservation in 1981, when saving energy was still a relatively new idea.“I was originally hired to lead a program that focused on reducing energy use across the FAS,” he said. “Since then it has continued to be a major part of my job, though obviously the technology and equipment have become a lot more sophisticated.” Lichten, who was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Denver and master’s at the University of Colorado before joining Harvard. Over the years, he has seen a lot of changes take place on the Cambridge campus. He was involved in building construction, including both Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) buildings, the Murr Center, and the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE). Asked how many of FAS’s 267 buildings he has overseen a renovation project in, he responds in a heartbeat:“Two hundred and sixty-seven.” He has also seen firsthand the advancement of computers in the workplace. What began as a single computer terminal the entire office used to print energy-consumption reports has become individual computers at virtually every employee’s desk. But while there have been plenty of changes over the years, Lichten is quick to point out that some aspects of the University’s culture have remained the same. “The education of our students and research of our faculty is why we’re here,” he said. “Everything we do is to support that, including the early energy savings programs we had. So that has not changed, which I think is Harvard’s great strength.” When he officially retires later this week, senior director of facilities operations Zak Gingo will step into the role of interim associate dean. Gingo is the first to say he has some mighty big shoes to fill. “It would be hard to overstate Mike’s impact on Harvard’s campus,” Gingo said. “He has played a key role in the construction or major renovation of literally millions of square feet of FAS facilities, including such prominent ones as Memorial Hall and Northwest Labs. Unbeknownst to most of them, Mike has shaped the experience of generations of FAS students, staff, and faculty by making our buildings safer, more comfortable, more accessible, more efficient, more sustainable, and more beautiful. A wonderful part of his legacy is that his work will continue to positively shape the experience of future generations.”,Lichten views overseeing buildings for a nearly 400-year-old institution as more opportunity than challenge. Modernizing older buildings while maintaining their historic character is a part of the job he has truly enjoyed. “People often say, ‘It must be hard dealing with all those old buildings,’ but I really don’t feel that way,” he said. “Partly because those old buildings were really well built, but also because we’ve managed to change them over time to support the evolving needs of what goes on inside the buildings.” As an example, Lichten cites the biology labs building, where brand-new HVAC and electric systems were implemented without disrupting the building’s outward appearance. “When you walk by the building it looks like it always has on the outside, but it has a modern research lab on the inside,” he said. “And I view all of our buildings in that respect, that they can be modernized on the inside while maintaining their historic character.” Lichten has faced his fair share of challenges over the years. Chief among them was keeping projects on schedule amid the last financial crisis. “Putting together the best program for the building and facilities while staying within our budget is always a challenge,” he said. “During the downturn in 2008 we had to make some very hard choices and adjust our priorities. So that was certainly a challenging time but we were still able to complete some really great projects.” Although on paper it may seem that buildings are his focus, the people inside those buildings are always at the forefront of his mind. “You always have to think about how to support the people in the building you are working on while the project is going on,” he said, “and keep their programs running uninterrupted while the work is underway.” Lichten touches on a similar note when asked what he will miss the most. “I’ll miss the people the most,” he said. “I love working with everyone here. We have such a wonderful team here in my own group, and across FAS. Working with the deans, the faculty. I have a great amount of pride in being able to support what the faculty do. Being part of Harvard is so much of my life. To not be here and to lose that, I think, will be very hard.” In an email to the FAS community earlier this month, Leslie A. Kirwan, dean for administration and finance, wrote, “Mike has dedicated 38 years of his professional life to creating, improving, and managing the FAS’s physical plant in service of the teaching, learning, research, and community missions of Harvard. He has led his organization with intelligence, care, and respect for his team as well as for the FAS faculty, students, and staff they serve.“On a personal note,” Kirwan added, “I will miss Mike very much. He is a delightful person, and it has been an honor and a pleasure to work with him.”One of Lichten’s favorite projects was the renovation of Cabot Library, which gave him and his team the chance to reimagine the user experience for library visitors. The project in a traditional library setting to a place where students have multiple choices of work areas, open spaces, and places to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Lichten smiles broadly when recalling an unusual form of validation from a student. “When Cabot first opened,” he said, “we rolled back the big glass doors and students were waiting outside and they rushed in on the first day and immediately started filling the stations. It was so much fun. Later that day I was walking around and on one of the whiteboards a student had written ‘Cabot Rocks.’ How many places do students go in and write that a library rocks? So that was great. It was a great feeling.” Related Science Center facility to be renovated to meet future needs, blend into outdoors Forty-four are honored with Dean’s Distinction awards Cabot Library, re-imagined
Magical, fantastical news! Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford and her husband Joe Tapper have welcomed their first child. Jack Clark Tapper was born on September 8 at 6:36AM in Los Angeles, according to People.“There are no words to describe our joy when we first met our Jack,” the proud parents said. The two were wed in 2013.Ashford won a Tony Award last year for You Can’t Take It With You, which also featured Tapper. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Sylvia and also earned a Tony nomination for Kinky Boots. She will return to the stage opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George this October at New York City Center. On screen, Ashford can be seen on Masters of Sex and Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. Joe Tapper & Annaleigh Ashford(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Cornerstone Credit Union League has updated its list of 15 credit unions closed on Monday in flooded areas in and around Tropical Storm Harvey’s path. They include:AMOCO FCU, Community Resource CU (call center will be open), Cy-Fair FCU, First Service CU, Houston FCU (Houston-area locations), Houston Fire Fighters FCU, InvesTex CU, MemberSource CU, Members Trust of the Southwest FCU (Houston-area locations), People’s Trust FCU, Primeway FCU, Resource One CU (Houston-area locations), SPCO CU, Texas Bay CU and USE Credit Union.More credit union closures are expected as the storm continues to bring record-setting amounts of rain this week to Texas. continue reading »
At today’s 222nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the second set of measures to help the tourism sector was presented, which will enable travel agencies, hoteliers, renters, and tourist boards to survive this situation at all. / / / SECOND SET OF MEASURES TO ASSIST THE TOURIST SECTOR PRESENTED Photo: Booking.com Also at the session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a long-standing court dispute between the Ministry of State Property and Arena Hospitality Group dd was resolved Following the above, after settling all obligations based on the use of the property in question, the conditions were met to initiate the procedure of passing the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the sale of the Riviere Hotel at a price of 36.543.000,00 kuna. By concluding the settlement, the fee for the use of real estate for the period from January 2014 to January 2019, in the amount of HRK 2.178.600,00 per year, with legal default interest, and for 2019 the proportional part of 2020, ie until the conclusion of the Purchase Agreement, in the amount of HRK 2.192.580,00 with legal default interest, it is pointed out in the explanation of the Ministry of State Property. Find out the full chronology and explanation of this decision in the attachment. Also, by concluding the settlement, Arena Hospitality Group dd undertook to pay all sued receivables on the basis of the usage fee, and receivables for 2019 on the same basis and proportional part for 2020 (until the conclusion of the sales contract). A long-standing court dispute between the Ministry of State Property and Arena Hospitality Group dd has been resolved Attachment: Proposal of decision on resolving the dispute with the company Arena Hospitality Group dd and expressing the intention to sell the real estate cp no. 2160/8 ZGR., Zk.ul.br. 2327, cadastral municipality Pula Arena Hospitality Group buys hotel Riviera? Namely, the Ministry of State Property has made a decision on resolving the dispute with Arena Hospitality Group dd and expressing its intention to sell the real estate.
It was also a component in the bomb behind the 1995 Oklahoma City attack.In agriculture, ammonium nitrate fertilizer is applied in granule form and quickly dissolves under moisture, allowing nitrogen — which is key to plant growth — to be released into the soil.Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a Beirut portside warehouse had blown up, killing dozens of people and causing unprecedented damage to the Lebanese capital.However, under normal storage conditions and without very high heat, it is difficult to ignite ammonium nitrate, Jimmie Oxley, a chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island, told AFP. Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said was the cause of the Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades. These include notably at a Texas fertilizer plant in 2013 that killed 15 and was ruled deliberate, and another at a chemical plant in Toulouse, France in 2001 that killed 31 people but was accidental.When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used by the construction industry, but also by insurgent groups like the Taliban for improvised explosives. “If you look at the video [of the Beirut explosion], you saw the black smoke, you saw the red smoke, that was an incomplete reaction,” she said. “I am assuming that there was a small explosion that instigated the reaction of the ammonium nitrate — whether that small explosion was an accident or something on purpose I haven’t heard yet.”That’s because ammonium nitrate is an oxidizer — it intensifies combustion and allows other substances to ignite more readily, but is not itself very combustible.For these reasons, there are generally very strict rules about where it can be stored: for example, it must be kept away from fuels and sources of heat.In fact, many countries in the European Union require that calcium carbonate to be added to ammonium nitrate to create calcium ammonium nitrate, which is safer.In the United States, regulations were tightened significantly after the Oklahoma City attack. Under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, for example, facilities that store more than 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate are subject to inspections.Despite its dangers, Oxley said legitimate uses of ammonium nitrate in agriculture and construction has made it indispensable.”We wouldn’t have this modern world without explosives, and we wouldn’t feed the population we have today without ammonium nitrate fertilizer,” she said.”We need ammonium nitrate, we just need to pay good attention to what we’re doing with it.”Topics :
Governor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 21, 2016 Energy, Environment, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell to serve permanently in that role, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.“In his acting capacity and throughout his career, Patrick has been a dedicated steward of the environment and a leader in advancing Pennsylvania’s energy development in a responsible way,” Governor Wolf said. “I trust Patrick to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in a way that protects our commonwealth’s land, water and air and ensures the department continues to make progress in the areas of innovation, responsible development and working with legislators, industry and advocates in a collaborative and productive way.”Prior to his appointment as Acting Secretary, Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
German institutional investors are placing greater importance on separating Master KAG services from asset management, according to a recent Telos study.Telos said 80% of respondents to its survey preferred ‘pure’ Master KAGs as service providers, rather than ones offering asset management services as well.By comparison, 60% of respondents highlighted the importance of this separation in 2012, while only 50% did the same in 2011. Telos did note that the survey did not take into account the fact some investors might not object to using Master KAGs for passive mandates. It also stressed that all service providers strictly separated administrative and management services.“Recent tenders confirm the trend for a clean separation of the two businesses,” Telos said.The survey’s findings echo a recent comment by a board member at the annual press conference of Austrian asset manager Spängler IQAM.Markus Ploner, one of three managing directors at the quant manager, which also has a KAG license, said “the more complex the mandate, the less likely all the services will be provided by one KAG”.He added that risk management might be provided by one KAG and hedging overlays by another. “Investors are selecting their service providers carefully,” he added.In its survey, Telos predicted there would be “two types of provider” in Germany – full-service providers and those focusing on reporting and administration.It also found that institutional investors wanted their Master KAGs to be able to report on and administer all asset classes.Meanwhile, Master KAGs have topped up their staff resources and will continue to do so as reporting requirements grow more complex, Telos said.This is happening despite lower margins from equity and alternative mandates.“The very conservative-orientated investment policy of institutional investors is increasingly difficult to handle for Master KAGs,” Telos said.The researcher said Master KAGs were increasingly providing consultancy services to institutional investors, moving into territory formerly occupied by traditional advisers.
Keir Constructions have completed work on the Whitehaven unit complex on Wattle Street, Yorkeys Knob. The low set block of two bedroom units will be marketed and sold by Belle Property. Picture: BRENDAN RADKEBUYERS have been warned to get informed and prepare accordingly because the affordability of Cairns property may not last much longer.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s statewide Market Monitor (QMM) report released this week showed Cairns delivered a steady growth of 2.5 per cent over the past 12 months. This makes it the second top regional performer over the past five years.Annual median house prices came in at $410,000 in March 2018, but units fell 1.7 per cent, from $236,000 in March 2017 to $232,000 in March 2018.On a positive note, the unit median price still performed positively over the past five years as unit prices increased 12.3 per cent, from $206,625 in March 2013.“Medium to high density dwellings comprise about 31 per cent of residential dwellings in the region, which has made the Cairns unit market a very affordable living option for owner-occupiers or an attractive investment for landlords,” the report read.“The busiest sale price is for unit sales below $250,000, which represent about 55 per cent of the unit sales.“Local property managers have noted a lack of rental stock below $270 a week and longer vacancies for higher-end rental properties.“The weekly median rents for three-bedroom houses also held steady at $380 for the past quarter. Rents for two-bedroom units increased by $10 a week for the past quarter, to $310 in March 2018.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Three-bedroom townhouses got much dearer than three-bedroom houses this quarter, as the weekly rent increased by $43 to $393.“The Cairns unit market is the most attractive market of all areas featured in the QMM as investor yields are about 6.9 per cent, sitting in the top end of the range. House yields increased slightly to 4.9 per cent over the March quarter.”An easing of 0.2 per cent in Cairns’ very tight rental vacancy rate is not a concern, according to REIQ Far North zone chairman Tom Quaid.“The rental market remains tight and we have yet to see any significant influx of supply to change the status quo,” Mr Quaid said.“I’m sure many of us would have liked to have seen greater growth but in fairness (the 2.5 per cent growth rate represents) a continuation of the steady improvement we have seen across the market as a whole for some time now. “We are, however, continuing to see patches of stronger growth come through and look forward to seeing what affect the next state budget has on confidence moving forward.“We’re still looking ahead with a lot of positivity, there are cranes in the sky, projects underway and upcoming and on the ground we are feeling like there is a lot of head room in the current market to move. “In the meantime agents still need to work with their vendors to make sure properties are well presented, well marketed and priced appropriately. For buyers, the current affordability might not last so make sure you are doing your homework.”