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02
Mar
2021

Catskills Wine & Food Festival Announces Inaugural Music And Celebrity Chef Lineup

first_imgCatskills Wine & Food Festival just announced the initial lineup for their inaugural event, going down in the Catskill Mountains in Bloomingburg, NY on October 6 – 7, 2018. The two-day music and culinary experience will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs as well as live music, private tastings, a smorgasbord of good eats, and an impressive selection of beer, wine, and cider, all carefully curated. The initial music lineup impressively features Lord Huron, Moon Taxi, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Drake White and the Big Fire, Ripe, Escort, The Dip, and Rebecca Perl. Saturday’s headliner is TBA.Catskills Wine & Food Festival is unlike other food, wine, and music festivals. The event invites guests to get up-close to the action—whether that’s a musical performance or a cooking demonstration–and provides a unique opportunity to taste homemade creations cooked “live” by some of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs. Because of this, tickets are limited and will go fast.General admission two-day passes include food and wine tastings, access to cooking demonstrations and live music, access to activities throughout the campground, access to the Sunday Market–a culinary curation of the Catskills and beyond–and shuttles to and from select hotels in the area.All-access two-day VIP passes include all the general admission events, plus access to VIP Village where celebrity chefs will be holding Meet & Greets and VIP guests can enjoy intimate dining experiences curated by CWFF celebrity chefs, a Saturday evening VIP dinner and a Sunday VIP brunch (all-inclusive), various open bar events, and an exclusive swag bag.For the full experience, guests can rent on-site cabins that sleep up to 18 people and stay overnight on the magnificent event grounds, nestled in the beautiful mountains of upstate New York.A limited number of presale tickets will go on sale April 18th at 11:00 am ET, and are only available here. Ticket prices will increase in May.The lineup of celebrity chefs includes:• Jordan Andino (Flip Sigi and TV personality)• Donatella Arpaia (Prova Pizzabar and Iron Chef judge)• Sarah Blair (Culinary Producer)• Josh Capon (Bowery Meat Company, Lure Fishbar, and more)• Michael Chernow (The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s)• Gail Simmons (BRAVO’s Top Chef)• Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter)• Amirah Kassem (Flour Shop)• Bobbie Lloyd (Magnolia Bakery, The Next Great Baker judge)According to the event, additional chef attendees and musical acts, including Saturday’s headliner, will be announced on an ongoing basis. Head to the festival website for more information.Enter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

01
Mar
2021

Reflections on the ‘Queen of Soul’

first_imgHer sound was as singular as her name.Aretha Franklin defined the fusion of gospel and R&B known as soul music, singing about love, lust, and heartbreak with a woman’s wisdom at a time when the polished, G-rated cooing of Motown dominated pop airwaves in white America. An accomplished pianist as well, she was a chart-topping star who also championed traditional Gospel and political songs by African-American composers. She often worked with musicians whose top-flight talent was nonetheless overshadowed by her often-imitated, never duplicated voice.Franklin, who died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer, was among the most important musical artists of the 20th century. She was 76.Crowned the “Queen of Soul” in 1967 just as she began to rack up a long string of hits for Atlantic Records — including “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Chain of Fools” — Franklin more than lived up to that title during her six-decade career. A child prodigy, her outsized voice and piano playing brought her national attention even while touring in gospel revues with her musical father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.Whether transforming Otis Redding’s macho entreaty “Respect” into an anthem of both black empowerment and feminist liberation, or reworking Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s polite supper-club fancy “I Say a Little Prayer” into a sultry exaltation, or leading a choir through gospel favorites and making the landmark “Amazing Grace” (her top-selling album), she moved seamlessly among pop, R&B, gospel, and blues and with her distinctive phrasing seemed to make any song her own. She also was a skilled vocal arranger, often directing her own sisters, who sang background on those Atlantic classics like “I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You).”She won 18 Grammy awards, a Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of the Arts, induction into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She performed for Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama and sang at the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral service in 1968.Harvard also recognized Franklin’s contributions, presenting her with an honorary Doctorate of Arts in 2014 during the 363rd Commencement. Dressed in her crimson robe, Franklin opened the Morning Exercises with a moving and memorable performance of the National Anthem, accompanying herself on the piano.The Gazette spoke with Harvard scholars and others about Franklin and her wide-ranging legacy. Here are their comments.,Henry Louis Gates Jr.Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American ResearchAretha Franklin was the voice and face of a new genre of American popular music: soul music. Soul was a phenomenon because it represented a crossover genre, black music moving from the segregated market, like much of rhythm & blues was, into the American popular culture mainstream. And the person driving that movement was Aretha Franklin herself.The man who wrote “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” Thomas A. Dorsey, was criticized for introducing blues elements into black sacred music, for example, in “Precious Lord.” But the truth is, the relationship between the black secular and the black sacred was the relationship between Saturday night and Sunday morning: The musical structures stayed the same, and the words changed. Blues and gospel were the flip sides of the same coin. And we see the same thing in Aretha Franklin’s music. So there was a ready audience literate in listening to the musical structures already because of the importance of the church. And when the music became secular, people just went along with it. “The truth is, the relationship between the black secular and the black sacred [music] was the relationship between Saturday night and Sunday morning.” — Henry Louis Gates Jr. Aretha’s a genius; she’s the sound of an era. By the time she did “I Never Loved A Man” [1967], the Civil Rights Movement was almost over, and it was Black Power that was emerging, so I see her more as the voice of the emerging Black Is Beautiful/Black Power movement after 1966, but in a mainstream way. “Respect” became the anthem of the Black Is Beautiful movement. Everyone sang that. That was applicable to an individual — African-American, the African-American women’s movement, the larger African-American political movement. And in terms of self-esteem, what we all want is respect.She mainstreamed the Black Is Beautiful movement, in terms of a woman’s power to transcend, a woman’s power to sing her own song, a black woman’s power to tell her own story and to radiate. Her music and her being were radiant and compelling for that reason. She embodied Black Is Beautiful.Jonathan L. WaltonPlummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church (FAS) and Professor of Religion and Society W.E.B. Du Bois described the spiritual, rhythmic cries of African-Americans as the most beautiful expression of human experience ever produced in this nation: “the singular spiritual heritage of the nation and the greatest gift of the Negro people.” The guttural cries of joy, uplifting moans of sorrow, and spiritual buoyancy of a downward blue note are just a few of the seemingly contradictory elements of the gospel blues. Aretha Franklin typified the best of this tradition and shared it with the world.Ms. Franklin was always first and foremost a gospel singer. Some may have felt that she transitioned from the music of her father’s church to the world of R&B. But many, including the Rev. Franklin himself, rejected that view. Aretha Franklin shattered the thinly constructed binary between the sacred and secular, which diminished the power of black spiritual expression. Like congregants in New Bethel Baptist on Sunday mornings, her music reconciles spiritual strivings and physical satisfaction. Her unique riffs and unmistakable cries gave voice to the complexity of life and love, heartbreak and physical affection.This soulful expression is gospel music at its best. This tradition is Aretha Franklin. Whether singing in church, before an orchestra, or the National Anthem at Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre, her voice captures the ups, downs, longing, heartbreak, joy, and pains of life.Ingrid MonsonQuincy Jones Professor of African American Music, supported by the Time Warner Endowment, and Professor of African and African-American StudiesAretha Franklin is a true genius, though she seldom has been talked about in these terms, as women aren’t generally given that label. In historical accounts, she has often not been portrayed as an agent in her own career, but as the product of the decisions of men: [producer] Jerry Wexler, her husbands. Yet I tell my students that her musicianship and impact on the genre of R&B is as strong, if not stronger, than that of James Brown. She is the “Queen of Soul”; he is the “Godfather.” Although it is difficult to compare two geniuses, I remind my students that Aretha sings circles around Brown. His contribution is in the development of the funk groove, more than in his vocals.She both sings and plays the piano. The fact that she plays amazing piano is sometimes a revelation to my students. This is to emphasize her complete musicianship, which women cast as “only” singers often don’t get credit for. I have the students try to sing along to her original recording of “Dr. Feelgood” to show them how amazing her phrase timing is. They often have difficulty anticipating where she will begin. I emphasize her crediting listening to her father’s preaching style as giving her sense of timing. “Aretha Franklin is a true genius, though she seldom has been talked about in these terms, as women aren’t generally given that label.” — Ingrid Monson Braxton Shelley Assistant professor of music and the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute Aretha Franklin infused virtually every performance with the essence of black ecstasy, of which gospel is paradigmatic. While her “Amazing Grace” album is an absolute treasure, one of my favorite performances was the 2015 Kennedy Center honors, which captures a sense of absolute freedom, shot through with the kind of soulful lament that arises from the distance between American ideals and oppressive realities.In “A Natural Woman,” brief, almost parenthetical moments of ethereal delight — “Oh, yes”— access the multivalence of ecstasy, in romance and religion. Aretha Franklin’s kinetic musicality — on voice and on piano — recalls the pyrotechnic vocality of her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin.Grace ScheibnerDirector of the Harvard Commencement Office from 1992 to 2016Among the myriad responsibilities Scheibner had to juggle while overseeing Harvard’s Commencement for 24 years was making sure that the event’s honorands and Commencement speakers were well looked after. In 2014, Scheibner’s duty during Morning Exercises was to attend to Franklin, who was on campus to receive her honorary doctorate.“I am a child of the ’60s, and Aretha was my all-time favorite. When I heard she was coming to campus, I was absolutely enthralled,” recalled Scheibner, now retired. “I can still remember how she looked and what she told me.”Scheibner greeted the singer, dressed elegantly in an off-white bouclé suit and heels, at Johnston Gate and took her hand through the celebratory chaos of the Yard that morning to Massachusetts Hall, where Franklin was to slip into her honorands’ cap and gown before joining the processional to Tercentenary Theatre, where she would perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” to open the festivities.But just before Scheibner could spirit Franklin behind the cordoned-off doors, the singer suddenly stopped.“And she said to me, ‘Grace, I don’t want to go inside just yet.’ She stood in front of Mass Hall with all of the photographers in front of her, but she wasn’t standing there for that purpose. She was looking straight ahead at University Hall with the crimson banners hanging from it. She said, ‘I want to take this in as a memory.’ This visit to receive this honorary degree was such an honor for her that she wanted to capture every moment. It made me proud because Harvard means so much to me. It overwhelmed me with emotion. She was sincerely moved at being there.”These interviews were lightly edited for length and clarity.Staff Writer Jill Radsken contributed to this report.last_img read more

01
Mar
2021

Tracking the proteins before Alzheimer’s takes hold

first_imgImportantly, when the scientists followed 104 participants for two years, they found that people with the highest initial levels of tau at the point of origin exhibited the most spread of tau throughout the brain over time.The findings suggest that PET measurements of tau focused on precisely individualized specific brain regions may predict an individual’s risk of future tau accumulation and consequent Alzheimer’s disease. Targeting tau when detected at an early stage might prevent the condition or slow its progression.“Clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of anti-tau therapeutics would benefit from an automated, individualized imaging method to select cognitively normal individuals vulnerable to impending tau spread, thus advancing our efforts to provide effective interventions for patients at risk for Alzheimer’s disease,” says Sanchez.This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health. Related Environment counts, Alzheimer’s research suggests Why some people are resistant to Alzheimer’s Team works to detect disease early using electronic health records An algorithm to help predict Alzheimer’scenter_img Exposure to new activities may delay onset of dementia “We hypothesized that applying our method to PET images would enable us to detect the initial accumulation of cortical tau in cognitively normal people, and to track the spread of tau from this original location to other brain regions in association with amyloid-beta deposition and the cognitive impairment of Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Sanchez. He notes that cortical tau, when it spreads from its site of origin to neocortical brain regions under the influence of amyloid-beta, appears to be the “bullet” that injures brains in Alzheimer’s disease.The technique revealed that tau deposits first emerge in the rhinal cortex region of the brain, independently from amyloid-beta deposits, before spreading to the nearby temporal neocortex. “We observed initial cortical tau accumulation at this site of origin in cognitively normal individuals without evidence of elevated amyloid-beta, as early as 58 years old,” says Sanchez. Researchers find gene variants that may help to protect against the disease Amyloid-beta and tau are the two key abnormal protein deposits that accumulate in the brain during the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and detecting their buildup at an early stage may allow clinicians to intervene before the condition has a chance to take hold.A team led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has now developed an automated method that can identify and track the development of harmful tau deposits in a patient’s brain. The research, which is published in Science Translational Medicine, could lead to earlier diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease.“While our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease has increased greatly in recent years, many attempts to treat the condition so far have failed, possibly because medical interventions have taken place after the stage at which the brain injury becomes irreversible,” says lead author Justin Sanchez, a data analyst at MGH’s Gordon Center for Medical Imaging.In an attempt to develop a method for earlier diagnosis, Sanchez and his colleagues, under the leadership of Keith A. Johnson of the departments of radiology and neurology at MGH, evaluated brain images of amyloid-beta and tau obtained by positron emission tomography, or PET, in 443 adults participating in several observational studies of aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Participants spanned a wide range of ages, with varying degrees of amyloid-beta and cognitive impairment — from healthy 20-year-olds to older patients with a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia. The researchers used an automated method to identify the brain region most vulnerable to initial cortical tau buildup in each individual PET scan. ”…many attempts to treat [Alzheimer’s] so far have failed, possibly because medical interventions have taken place after the stage at which the brain injury becomes irreversible.” — Justin Sanchez, lead authorlast_img read more

18
Jan
2021

Odds & Ends: Kristin Chenoweth Duets with Miss Piggy & Gets a Canine Gig & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cheno to Voice a Dog & Sing With A PigAfter voicing a gecko and a dart frog, she’s ready to channel her inner canine. Kristin Chenoweth will provide the voice of Fifi, Snoopy’s love interest, in the upcoming The Peanuts Movie. “I’ll always remember my history with the family and Peanuts,” Chenoweth told USA Today, referring to her Tony-winning turn in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. “It seemed like the right and most natural thing to do.” But before then, you can see her on the small screen in the November 3 episode of The Muppets, in which she duets on a familiar show tune with Miss Piggy herself. Catch a sneak peek below! Star Files Kristin Chenoweth Clinton the Musical Gets a RecordingClinton’s not going away anytime soon. And yes, we’re obviously talking about Clinton The Musical. The off-Broadway tuner, which concluded its run at New World Stages earlier this summer, will release a cast recording. The Ghostlight Records album, featuring Kerry Butler, Tom Galantich, Duke Lafoon, Judy Gold and more, will be available digitally on October 30 and in stores on November 20. We can’t make any promises, but if you mute the Democratic debates while playing the record, they’ll probably sync up perfectly.Dick Van Dyke Sounds Off on New Mary PoppinsDon’t expect Dick Van Dyke to tap with penguins or (attempt to) speak with a cockney accent again. During his visit on The Talk, the stage and screen icon revealed that he’s “pleased” with the prospect of a new Mary Poppins film with Rob Marshall at the helm, but of course, it won’t be the same. “Walt was the guiding spirit over the whole thing,” he noted of the original, before affirming he’s not expecting to reprise his performance any time soon: “Tell them Bert’s dead!” No word yet on casting for the new movie, which will feature songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. View Commentslast_img read more

17
Jan
2021

Rules not as strict as during drought

first_imgAgricultural operations.Personal food gardens.New or replanted plant, seed or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following installation.Drip irrigation or soaker hoses.Hand-watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container (including chemical applications).Horticultural crops held for sale, resale or installation.Athletic fields, golf courses or public recreational areas.Installation, maintenance or calibration of irrigation systems.Hydroseeding. “During the summer months, outdoor municipal water use increases between 30 to 50 percent,” said UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz. “Most of this is from outdoor uses like filling swimming pools, washing cars and watering lawns and landscapes.”To conserve water, Waltz offers homeowners the following tips: New watering rules give Georgians more flexibility in their watering habits. Effective June 1, they can now run automated irrigation systems, lawn sprinklers or water by hand daily as long as they do so from 4 p.m. until 10 a.m.Under the Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB370), the new rules state that outdoor water can be applied daily during the specified hours for the purposes of planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants. What is called gray water or reclaimed waste water can be used any time for irrigation. Water from private wells or surface water used by the owner or operator of such wells or surface water is also allowed any time. For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1. Select plants that match light conditions and require less water.Match surface and soil drainage conditions to plant moisture requirements. Choose plants that grow well in your area. Preserve established plants. They have an extensive root system and require less water than newly planted ones. Space plants with their mature size in mind to reduce competition. Concentrate seasonal color in small, high-impact areas to reduce overall water requirements. Avoid constructing raised beds under trees due to root competition for water. Develop a landscape plan before designing an irrigation system. Incorporate shade trees in the landscape to reduce evaporative water loss. Select and group plants according to their water needs. Divide the landscape into water-use zones. Avoid small, irregular-shaped island plantings in turfgrass areas. They are difficult to irrigate. Consider irrigation sprinklers when designing turfgrass areas or planting beds. Move or eliminate plants not suited to existing site. The odd-even day schedule remains in effect for nonlandscape outdoor water use like pressure washing by homeowners, car washing at home or for charity, hosing driveways, outdoor cleaning or topping-off pools. Water can also be applied with no time or day limits for the following outdoor uses: Even though Georgia’s drought is in the past and the water restrictions have been loosened, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts encourage homeowners to keep a water-saving mindset. Even addresses may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Odd addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.last_img read more

17
Jan
2021

Extension services

first_imgIn mid-October, administrators with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension announced a new system for delivering its educational programs. That new system uses set criteria to assign each of Georgia’s 159 counties to one of six service tiers. Each tier represents what kinds and levels of service counties will receive from UGA Extension.Implementation of the system is underway and is expected take 12 to 18 months to complete.“Our aim with this new plan was to do all we can to ensure Georgians have access to the education and information they need from us,” said Beverly Sparks, associate dean for Extension with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It was clear with our new budget reality we had to redesign how that education was delivered.”UGA Extension is the public service and outreach branch of the UGA colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences. For more than 100 years, it has delivered research-based education from the university to agricultural producers, families and, through Georgia 4-H, children. “Cooperative Extension may take on a new look and feel in your county, but we will do our best to continue delivering the reliable service and education across the state that you know and trust,” Sparks said. New look and feelOver the past two years, all Georgia state agencies have suffered budget reductions. UGA Extension’s cut has grown to 23 percent. “When you have eliminated 88 county agent, 19 state specialist and seven administrator positions, you can no longer continue to do more with less,” Sparks said. “The time has come that we have to do what we can with what we have. We have chosen to focus on what we do best.”Under the new system, every county will have access to a 4-H program. Most counties will have a county Extension office where residents can go for help. Support varies by tier.Tier 1 counties include Chattahoochee and Taliaferro. These counties will have no local Extension office but will have a basic 4-H program offered in the school system through an employee supervised by an agent in another county.Tier 2 counties include Brantley, Charlton, Clay, Crawford, Dade, Hancock, Heard, Long, Pickens, Quitman, Talbot, Towns, Twiggs and Wilkinson. These counties will have a core 4-H program and a county Extension office with an office manager to help residents access diagnostic services (soil, water and forage samples) and Extension resources. A county extension coordinator from another county will serve as administrator. Agents will be assigned as resources but will not generally offer programs or make client visits.Tier 3 counties include Atkinson, Clinch, Dawson, Fannin, Franklin, Glascock, Jones, Lincoln, Pike, Marion, Meriwether, Rabun, Schley, Stewart, Taylor, Webster and White. These counties will have a core 4-H program, a county office staffed with an office manager and a shared agent from a surrounding county who spends time in the office.Tier 4 counties include Baker, Baldwin, Barrow, Ben Hill, Brooks, Bryan, Butts, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cook, Dooly, Echols, Emanuel, Greene, Haralson, Harris, Irwin, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Liberty, McIntosh, Macon, Miller, Montgomery, Murray, Newton, Peach, Polk, Terrell, Treutlen, Troup, Upson, Warren, Wilcox and Worth. These counties will have a 4-H program, a county office with a secretary, one county-based agent who may be agriculture, family and consumer science, 4-H or split between these program areas.Tier 5 counties include Bacon, Banks, Bartow, Berrien, Bleckley, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Columbia, Coweta, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Douglas, Early, Effingham, Evans, Fayette, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Grady, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Lanier, Lowndes, Lumpkin, McDuffie, Madison, Mitchell, Monroe, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pierce, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Stephens, Tattnall, Telfair, Thomas, Toombs, Turner, Union, Walker, Walton, Ware, Wayne, Wheeler, Whitfield and Wilkes. These counties will have a 4-H program, a county office staffed with at least one support position and two or more agents – one a county coordinator — to provide educational programs.Tier 6 counties include Appling, Bibb, Bulloch, Burke, Chatham, Clayton, Cobb, Coffee, Colquitt, DeKalb, Dougherty, Elbert, Forsyth, Fulton, Glynn, Gwinnett, Henry, Houston, Laurens, Muscogee, Richmond, Rockdale, Tift, Sumter and Washington. These counties will have a full-time coordinator with multiple agents.The tier rankings were determined by district Extension leadership teams, Sparks said. Under the new tier system, 126 Georgia counties are classified in Tiers 4-6, which means they will have county offices, agents and 4-H programs. “I think our stakeholders understand the very difficult situation we’re dealing with, with the state budget, and I think they understand that we have very limited resources,” Sparks said. “Now if you’re in one of those Tier 1, 2 or 3 counties you may not be as pleased with us as if you’re in a Tier 4, 5 or 6 county. But, again, I think this plan is flexible and allows us, as resources return, to build back and bring those 1, 2 and 3 tiers up to a higher tier.”last_img read more

31
Dec
2020

Coal plant closures set to continue in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:“King coal to rule for 20 more years” screamed the front-page lead headline in The Australian, following the release of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 20-year blueprint for the future of energy, known as its Integrated System Plan.Hate to say this guys, but that’s not what the AEMO report says. Here’s the thing: AEMO’s blueprint makes it absolutely clear that even if current climate and emissions and policies are not changed, then the shift in generation is going to happen anyway, and quickly.So, by 2030, out of the system have gone Liddell (2022) and Vales Point, both in NSW, and Gladstone in Queensland. It does not rule out this happening earlier, either due to the inability of the coal generators to make money, or catastrophic failure of their machinery. In the 2030s, Yallourn, Eraring, Bayswater, Tarong and Callide are gone. By 2040, the “rule” of King Coal is but a memory.But there’s more.Like the National Energy Guarantee and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report, the central scenario of AEMO gives no regard to climate change policies, the need to accelerate targets to ensure that Australia does its bit to meet the Paris climate target. Where it does, the outlook is even bleaker for “king coal”. Renewables have a much greater share of generation – going towards 60 percent.So the end result could be even more bleak for the coal-huggers. A fast-change scenario that dials in appropriate climate change policies, co-ordinates distributed energy, promotes demand management could actually see more coal out of the system earlier.More: Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030 Coal plant closures set to continue in Australialast_img read more

18
Dec
2020

5 MORE reasons your new hires won’t last

first_imgYesterday, we talked through five reasons your new hires won’t last. Continuing on in that vein today, here are five more reasons (we’ll number them 6 – 10, just to make it easier). Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be another bumpy ride.6. Orientation and onboarding are largely reduced to a review of relevant policies and procedures before moving on to training on operational skills.What’s missing? Culture. In an organization with a clear identity and culture, orientation and onboarding is just the next link in the chain, so to speak; and it’s here that new hires learn even more about this tribe of humans they’ve just joined. They’re given a closer look at “how we do things around here.” They should learn stories, and be introduced to symbols, traditions, and rituals (Pro tip: Omit any references to animal sacrifice at this point in orientation.). They should learn about the core values — what they mean, how they look in action, and what accountability around them looks like. And that’s just the beginning.7. Training stinks for any number of reasons. This one almost deserves its own post, and maybe I’ll do that at some point. As a former HS educator, and as one involved in corporate training & development/organizational development for a good while now, I can tell you that there’s a lot of really great training out there. I can also tell you there’s a lot of pretty terrible training out there. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

18
Dec
2020

Out with skimming, in with shimming?

first_img 229SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ashley Town Ashely Town is Director of Fraud Services for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), a provider of payments and financial technology to credit unions. She can be reached at ashley…. Web: https://www.co-opfs.org Details Skimming horror stories are nothing new. Tales of consumers unwittingly inserting their cards at ATMs with fraudulent technology frequently pervade headlines. Fake card inserts, keypads, and other devices have all been fitted on ATMs, giving them the look of the real deal while quietly collecting consumers’ data. Gradually, skimming devices have become smaller and smaller, making them more challenging to detect. These innovations have proved costly for credit unions and consumers alike. In 2015, ATM compromises increased 546 percent from the previous year.  Now, a new wave of skimmers threatens to cause trouble in the U.S. Called shimmers, these devices capture EMV chip card transaction data. Hidden within ATMs, shimmers are virtually undetectable. According to John Buzzard, CO-OP’s industry fraud specialist, this means shimmers have the potential to be even riskier than previous skimming iterations.“Out of sight, out of mind can also apply to shimmers,” said Buzzard. “Common indicators of skimming devices, such as dangling wires, out-of-place stickers, and unusual scratches, may not be present. This makes it far more difficult to identify shimmers.”Fraudsters place the minuscule shimming devices directly next to ATMs’ chip readers. Powered by a microprocessor and flash memory, each device is well equipped to pick up card data – including account numbers and expiration dates. The attack’s subtlety makes it highly unlikely the chip reader will even pick up a disturbance.While the data collected cannot be used to counterfeit chip cards, it can be used to make fake magnetic-stripe cards. Criminals will likely attempt to take advantage of this vulnerability by using the counterfeit cards for fraudulent purchases. Merchants who have not yet implemented EMV chip technology, in particular, may see these purchases come through.Detecting fake cards created through shimming can be relatively easy for credit unions, however. The card verification values (CVVs) on the fake cards will not match the integrated card verification values (iCVVs) of the actual chip cards. By checking the CVVs on transactions, credit unions can more quickly weed out fraud.With a presence in both Mexico and Canada already, it seems only a matter of time before shimmers start making their way to the U.S. To best prepare for this, credit unions are advised to consider taking the following steps.Conduct physical ATM examinations. Video or PIN-capture devices may be in place to accompany shimming devices. Any foreign objects should be noted and removed immediately.Implement anti-shimming equipment. ATM manufacturers may offer protective plates to help deter criminals from attaching shimmers.Reissue EMV chip cards with new numbers. Issuing chip cards with new card numbers and expiration dates also trigger new CVV and iCVV values. Even if consumers had been victimized by shimming, any captured card information would become void. Utilize fraud prevention resources. Credit unions partnering with CO-OP have access to FICO Card Alert Service (CAS). This resource helps identify skimming points of compromise involving stolen magnetic-stripe cards and PINs.The emergence of shimming technology serves as a stark reminder of how quickly fraudsters can innovate. By being agile in their ability to recognize and adapt to changing fraud trends, credit unions will be better equipped to stay one step ahead. To learn more about how to optimize today’s most advanced security innovations, download CO-OP’s newest eBook here.last_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Aid group seeks help fighting plague in Congo

first_img The Ituri district is the most active site of human plague outbreaks in the world, with about 1,000 cases a year, according to the WHO. The current outbreak began in the Linga health zone district in mid-May, the agency said. “MSF is very concerned about the weak mobilization of other aid actors in the area, particularly when it comes to active case finding and vector control, two imperative measures that need to be implemented when dealing with this type of situation,” the group said. “Pneumonic plague is extremely contagious and is an airborne disease.” Jun 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The medical aid group Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) appealed for help last week in the fight to control the outbreak of pneumonic plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). See also: Jun 14 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_06_14/en/index.html In a Jun 22 statement, the group said 22 deaths had been attributed to the disease out of 144 cases identified as of Jun 19 in the Rethy and Linga health zones in the northeastern DRC. The outbreak has affected 12 health zones with a total population of almost 100,000, the statement said.center_img MSF said it was concerned that, without more control measures, the outbreak could spread to some areas where access is limited because of security problems. The group has set up two isolation centers for treating plague patients in the Rethy and Linga health zones. The organization runs a hospital in Bunia, capital of Ituri. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Jun 14 that it had received reports of 100 deaths due to suspected pneumonic plague in the DRC. However, the WHO later quietly revised the statement to say that 100 suspected cases had been reported in the Ituri district, with 19 deaths. Jerome Souquet, the MSF’s head of mission in the Ituri district, warned there was an urgent need for help in identifying cases and tracing contacts of suspected cases. “Otherwise, we could soon be confronted with an outbreak spiraling out of control,” he said. “We can already note a spread of the epidemic outbreak to new areas in the last few days.”last_img read more