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Recently, synthesizer manufacturer Moog Music Inc. has denounced the 25% tariffs on Chinese electrical circuit boards and components by U.S. President Trump, which will take effect on July 6th. The company has noted that the tariff will increase the cost of building a synthesizer, putting the company at a disadvantage against other international manufacturers and threatening jobs among U.S. synth makers. With many U.S. companies priding themselves on being made in the U.S., those companies may be forced to relocate outside the country or have the bulk of their production done in China.As noted by Moog, 50% of all the components with a Moog synthesizer are from China. With such a high percentage of components coming directly from China—and therefore subject to the new tariffs—it’s easy to see why Moog and other U.S. synth companies will struggle to stay competitive with the tariffs enacted. Immediately, the tariffs could cause layoffs and force individual businesses like Moog to fold. In the long term, the tariffs could threaten the viability of production of U.S.-made synthesizers. These tariffs will not affect completed synthesizers that were fully made in China and exported to the U.S.Recently, the North Carolina-based company posted an open letter on its website, calling for fans and customers to speak out against the tariffs and write to state representatives to convey their opposition. As they explained,We need your help. A U.S. tariff (import tax) on Chinese circuit boards and associated components is expected to take effect on July 6, 2018.These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments, and have the very real potential of forcing us to lay off workers and could (in a worst case scenario) require us to move some, if not all, of our manufacturing overseas.There is one thing all of us can do together to try and stop this: Write to our elected officials.They also attached a fully written form letter for advocates to use, which notes that Moog synthesizers have been used by Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, and many others. You can check out the full form letter below, and head to Moog’s website here for full instructions on how to get involved.Dear (Congressman or Representative):I am writing you on behalf of Moog Music, a company of 100 employee-owners, based in Asheville, North Carolina. I am urgently contacting you about the recently announced 25% tariff on Chinese goods.In case you are not familiar with Moog, they manufacture the world’s leading analog synthesizers used by artists including but not limited to Michael Jackson,The Beatles, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder and many others.Roughly half of the circuit boards and associated components for Moog’s instruments come from China. This tariff would significantly limit their ability to manufacture synthesizers, and could put many of their employee-owners out of a job.As an employee-owned company with a 60-year legacy in American manufacturing, Moog constantly strives to keep a balance between domestically- and internationally-sourced parts, so that they can continue employing people from their local community in Asheville, North Carolina.Moog sources circuit boards from US suppliers whenever possible, paying up to 30% over the price of the same circuit boards made overseas. However, whether they buy circuit boards in the US or overseas, the majority of the raw components still come from China. Therefore, Moog will be unable to avoid this substantial cost increase because of the tariffs.These tariffs will immediately and drastically increase the cost of building Moog instruments, forcing them to lay off American workers and will require Moog to move some, if not all, of their manufacturing overseas.I do not want to see the end of Moog’s 60-year legacy in American manufacturing. I do not want their employee-owners left without jobs. I want American workers to continue have the opportunity to support their families and their community.I implore you to convince the President that these Chinese tariffs cause serious damage to American workers like those at Moog and to rescind them immediately.Thank you,(Your Name)[H/T Ask Audio]
In late-March, Ghost Light released their long-awaited debut studio album, Best Kept Secrets. The album has been in the works for the better part of two years. During their time on the road since work on the project began, Ghost Light has become one of the most exciting and in-demand live bands on the circuit.Recently, Ghost Light stopped by Denver, CO’s commercial radio station, KBCO, to record a special KBCO Studio C session. The quintet worked through live renditions of lead single “Best Kept Secret” and “Isosceles” from their recently released studio debut, Best Kept Secrets.Head here to watch Ghost Light’s recent KBCO Studio C session.Ghost Light’s 2019 spring tour continues on Wednesday, April 10th, with a stop at St. Louis, MO’s Old Rock House. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information and ticketing, head to the band’s website.Ghost Light 2019 Tour Dates:4/10 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House4/11 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern4/12 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar4/13 – Covington, KY – Madison Live4/16 – Nashville, TN – Basement East4/17 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall4/18 – Charleston, SC – Pour House4/19 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West4/20 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre4/24 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco4/25 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall4/27 – New Orleans, LA – Republic NOLA4/29 – Atlanta, GA –5/9 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/11 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music5/15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club5/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar5/18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/19 – Corolla, NC – Mike Dianna’s Grill Room5/24 – 5/26 – Long Creek, SC – Long Creek Music Festival5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/6 – 6/9 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/20 – Roseberry, ID – Summer Music Festival at Roseberry7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – 7/27 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Festival8/2 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival9/22 – East Aurora, NY – Borderlands Music FestivalView Tour DatesFans heading down to New Orleans during this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival can catch Ghost Light performing a late-night show on Saturday, April 27th (technically early-morning on April 28th) at Republic NOLA. The Ghost Light late-night will immediately follow Tom Hamilton‘s performance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at Mardi Gras World.Tickets for Ghost Light’s New Orleans late-night during Jazz Fest are available here.Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019 (technically early AM 4/28)Artist: Live For Live Music & 8th Annual Nolafunk Series During Jazz Fest Present: GHOST LIGHTVenue: Republic NOLA – 828 S Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70130Tickets: Early-Bird – $20 (limited quantity) / Tier 1 – $22.50 (limited quantity / Tier 2 – $25Time: 2:00 AMFor more information, head here.
Cynthia Friend, Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been named as the next director of the Rowland Institute at Harvard. Friend brings extensive leadership experience to the directorship, having previously served as associate director of the Harvard Materials Science and Engineering Center, associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and associate laboratory director for Photon Science at the SLAC Linear Accelerator Center.As director of the Rowland Institute, Friend will work closely with both Cherry A. Murray, dean of SEAS, and Jeremy Bloxham, dean of science in FAS, to ensure the Rowland’s continued success as a forum for scientific exploration, creativity, and innovation.In 2009, Friend was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Chemical Society. She has received recognition for her research in chemical approaches to reducing energy usage from numerous academic societies and institutions, including the Olah Award for Hydrocarbon Chemistry. Friend received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and joined the Harvard faculty in 1982. She was appointed as associate professor in 1986, and became a full professor in 1989.“Cynthia brings to the directorship of the Rowland exceptional understanding of interdisciplinary scientific research and a pragmatic, open, and thoughtful style that has enabled her to effectively manage across constituencies,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of FAS. Read Full Story
Read Full Story Improving health outcomes in African nations requires not just boosting investment in health, but strengthening the capacity of national health care delivery systems, according to speakers at a gathering of African finance ministers at Harvard in early April.“It is not only about increasing the amount of money for health, but also increasing the health for the money,” said Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) Dean Julio Frenk at the event, held at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge. The second annual Ministerial Forum for Finance Ministers was jointly organized by HSPH and the African Development Bank. A select group of serving finance ministers were invited to the Forum for their demonstrated interest in health sector strengthening in their nations.Keynote speaker Helen Clark, former New Zealand prime minister and current head of the UN Development Programme, underscored the well-established correlation between health and economic development. “If moral and economic reasons are not sufficient to compel increased national investment in health, the convergence of infections and non-communicable diseases in most African countries will make it unavoidable,” she said.
Hybrid cloud offers the best of both worlds. It combines the benefits of public cloud – agility and low costs – with the control, performance and security of a private cloud. This has huge potential to help businesses, but many still struggle to understand what a true hybrid cloud really is.To help, I’ve debunked the top five myths surrounding hybrid clouds.Myth 1: Private + Public = HybridSimply having both cloud infrastructures in place does not give you a true hybrid cloud. In fact, you could end up having the benefits of neither and the risks of both. When moving secure data to the public cloud it’s easy to go against data protection laws and the migration of apps from public to private clouds can lead to unexpected costs. Having a true hybrid cloud means controlling your workloads, storage and network resources in a way that limits risk and increases productivity.Myth 2: Hybrid Clouds are Complex and Hard to BuildUtilising fully engineered solutions reduces complexity and enables choice – choice in the technology upon which the hybrid cloud is standardised – VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack – and choice in the public clouds companies’ on premise private clouds can interoperate with. An engineered solution speeds three critical elements of development: 1) end-to-end integration and testing to ensure all components work together, 2) use of converged infrastructure to dramatically simplify the delivery and deployment, and 3) pre-defined blueprints for services with workflows to automate provisioning through a self-service portal.Myth 3: Public Cloud is the Most Cost-Effective Option Once you have taken into consideration governance, risk and compliance concerns, a hybrid cloud model actually has a lower total cost of ownership. It’s easy to violate local or global data protection regulation when placing data or workloads in the public cloud. Laws and local requirements vary across markets, and some are so complex that businesses avoid the public cloud all together. Therefore you may want to choose a private cloud for more sensitive workloads. In Germany for example the rules are particularly strict when it comes to how data is stored and processed. The key lies in your public and private cloud working in harmony, delivering the advantages of each to the workloads that need them the most.Myth 4: You Lose All Control of Data in the CloudWhile some aggressive cloud players can make it hard to extract or migrate your data, a properly orchestrated hybrid cloud environment allows you to retain control. A well-run hybrid cloud can rapidly deliver public and private resources, providing control and visibility to IT departments and the on-demand self-service that developers and application users expect.Myth 5: It’s Hard to Determine which Applications are Right for Cloud Organisations are often hindered by complex IT infrastructure interdependencies, as well as an incomplete inventory of their IT assets and their relationships to business applications. With just a spreadsheet and no disciplined methodology, it can be nearly impossible to accurately assess application suitability, much less placement in the correct cloud architecture. Experts who use automated platforms for data collection and analysis can provide a comprehensive view of the application portfolio and determine whether you should migrate, consolidate, modernize, or sunset applications.I hope this has helped clear up some aspects of hybrid cloud that are frequently misunderstood. The opportunity is just too great to ignore. So are you ready to make the most of what hybrid cloud has to offer?Tweet me @dinkoeror
Engineering2Empower, a group of faculty and students from Notre Dame committed to a world in which all people have adequate housing, recently raised $16,000 in a day and a half for projects in Haiti and has its sights set on raising more, graduate student Dustin Mix said.The group, which formed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, wants to construct five houses with funds raised from its current IndieGoGo campaign, Mix said.“Our mission is to facilitate access to housing by seeding a process that empowers local entrepreneurs to deliver engineered urban housing in the free market,” Mix said. “We are planning on building five homes, ranging from 250 to 750 square feet, which will go to a range of aspiring homeowners, based on their family and financial profiles.“We originally had plans to raise $16,000 to cover two of these homes. However, because of the unbelievable response we had in the first two days, we’ve upped the goal to $50,000 in hopes of covering all five houses that are planned.”Mix said the homes will be accompanied by a pilot financing program, which consists of three parts.“It breaks down into a savings commitment by the homeowner, a subsidy from Engineering2Empower and a home loan granted by a local Haitian bank,” Mix said. “The funds from the fundraiser specifically go toward covering the subsidies, as well as providing some financial collateral to secure the loans.”Mix said the first campaign, which originally had the goal of raising $16,000 within 30 days, was a learning experience.“There is a lot of work that goes into telling your story, finding ways to continually engage your audience and really showing why your cause is important to you,” Mix said. “I think because of the passion we have for this work, we were able to tell that story, and within a day and a half, had already raised $16,000.“I was really in awe and humbled by that because it really showed that people listened to our story and more importantly, saw the merit in how we are approaching the problem.”Mix said Engineering2Empower has raised $21,000 dollars of its intended $50,000 goal. He said the campaign, nearly halfway to its fiscal target, is scheduled to end in about a week.“We are down to the last week, so we are looking for a heavy push to get us to $50,000 and achieve something we never thought possible a month ago,” Mix said.Mix said the organization is just beginning its work to help provide adequate housing to the people of Haiti.“There is so much that can be done in Haiti to bring about dignified living conditions, but there are no easy or quick answers,” Mix said. “The answers lie within the communities themselves. We have a great set of skills as engineers to help in that process and over the last four years, I think we’ve made a lot of progress, but we are only getting started.”“We need more investment in local systems of housing delivery, local contractors, local banks and the local labor force to achieve our goal,” Mix said. “This campaign is just one more step in that process.”Tags: Engineering2Empower, fundraiser, Haiti
Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Samantha Newby hails from a small town in Colorado. She moved to New York for college where she graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a degree in costume design. Newby started dressing on Broadway at Rock of Ages. Since then, she has worked at Mamma Mia!, On the Town and is now Beautiful star Chilina Kennedy’s dresser. Here, Newby reveals her backstage essentials, the Carole King dress she’d like to own and the song she can’t get out of her head.When did you first meet Chilina Kennedy, and what was your first impression of her?I actually met her recently, December, I think. I remember being impressed by how professional she is. She can laugh and joke backstage and then be able to compose herself instantly for an emotionally charged scene. She also has the most incredible, expressive eyes I have ever seen.What do you wish more people knew about dressers? We do so much more than change clothes and do laundry. We become the confidant, friend, mother, personal cheerleader and voice of reason (or sass), depending on what the actor needs. We make sure that the actor doesn’t have to think about anything besides the show; it takes a lot of concentration and optimism.What makes the two of you laugh?Everything and anything! We like to change the lyrics, tempos and pitches to songs backstage and imagine that Carole might “go rogue” that night. For instance, making Carole sound like a pop artist instead of herself. We end up laughing our heads off at random points during the show, usually right before she has to go back on stage.What are some items you both like to have on hand backstage? Well, I like to plan ahead for anything she might need, so I wear a utility belt. I carry around her water bottle, a neck light, a bite light, a couple Ricola, tissues, mints, scissors, safety pins, tights, medicine and a small notebook. Oh, and her makeup! I am not ready to go unless I have her makeup. She likes to reapply during the show to make sure she always has the nose and lips of Carole.What’s the most challenging part of dressing Chilina?All of her quick changes. Most dressers ask how many of the changes are quick—with her it is a matter of how many changes are leisurely! Luckily, each change is a well-oiled machine and is done on time with precision, so there are no mishaps.Which of the Carole King costumes do you wish you had in your closet?I absolutely adore her Carnegie Hall dress. She starts and finishes the show in it, so it really is a showstopper. I will say my favorite part is that you can hide anything under it because of how it flows. We hide a whole different outfit underneath it for her first change, and no one can tell!What do you two bond over?Chilina has 17 changes during the show. When she is not on stage, she is changing with me—there is literally no down time for her. It is natural that we became close because we spend the entire show together.What’s the best gift she’s ever given you?This might seem corny. Honestly, it is being able to see her become Carole King and give her all each night. There is a moment before each show where she takes a breath and then steps out on stage as Carole. It is magical to watch.What’s something she says all the time?She is always telling the cast and crew to have a great show. She is full of positive energy and likes to share it so the show goes well.What is something you do that makes her roll his eyes?I used to constantly scare her, by accident, of course. She ended up calling me a ninja because I never made enough noise. So now I knock and announce my presence whenever I approach her, she just laughs and rolls her eyes each time.What’s the secret to your relationship?Trust. We need to trust each other to make sure each change goes smoothly and that she makes it back on stage. We have to be on the same page so each change is perfect and stress-free.What’s the Beautiful song you can never get out of your head?The title song “Beautiful.” Everyone in the cast quotes it and the lyrics are printed everywhere backstage as a reminder to love life. “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show all the love in your heart” is inspirational, and I love hearing Chilina sing it.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Chilina?Well, Chilina came offstage after her break-up moment with Gerry (played by Scott Campbell) one time and we were so focused on her change that I forgot to collect her wedding band. She ended up wearing the band until her very last change when I noticed it was still there. We just laughed about it and hoped that no one noticed.What’s the best part about being part of Team Carole?Coming together with the wig supervisor Pat Marcus to help Chilina tell the story of this amazing songwriter who touches so many people with her music. Every night we take something different away from the show and learn something about ourselves. It is such a fantastic experience and one that I would never give up. View Comments Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Related Shows Star Files Chilina Kennedy & Samantha Newby (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) Chilina Kennedy
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享24 Pilipinas:The Duterte administration will no longer accept proposals to construct new coal power plants, a dramatic shift in energy policy that counts on declining costs of renewables to attract clean power investments.The moratorium was announced in tandem with the relaxation on foreign ownership limits in geothermal energy, doubling down on the slow transition to clean power seen as a long-term fix to the Philippines’ supply problems and now even sky-high power costs.When President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, his government abandoned a policy of his predecessor that prioritized renewables in favor of one that disregarded the energy source so long as it improves the country’s baseload capacity to meet the demand of a growing economy.As a result, by 2017, the latest period on which data is available, coal projects proliferated, eating up a larger pie of the country’s energy mix at 26.7%. This happened while the share of renewables declined to just 39% in the same year from as much as 46.1% in 2006.At the time, coal and other fossil fuels were still deemed cheaper than renewables even though 15.8% of the former were being imported and therefore translated to import costs passed on to consumers. But times have changed and Sara Ahmed, energy finance analyst at Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a think tank, said the government’s energy shift is very timely.“The costs trajectory and the current costs of renewable energy, per kilowatt energy when generated domestically is getting cheaper than imported coal and imported gas,” Ahmed said in a phone interview. “The constraints we previously thought we have, we don’t actually have,” she added.More: Government ends energy neutrality, favors renewables ahead of boom Philippines government says no to new coal plant proposals
By Dialogo April 14, 2009 Bogota, April 12 (EFE) – Today approximately 250 Colombian motorcyclists arrived in Bogota, finishing a cross-country journey nearly 4,000 kilometers long to demand the release of more than 2,800 hostages in that country. “We can say that today we managed to break through the country’s indifference over the forgotten hostages,” journalist Herbin Hoyos, head of the initiative, told Efe. The motorcyclists had as their goal the central Bolivar Plaza in Bogota, from which the “motor convoy for freedom of the hostages” had departed on March 26. The convoy was then led by the 35 motorcyclists, led by Hoyos, who departed accompanied by former Congressman Luis Eladio Perez, who had been held hostage by the FARC until his release in February 2008. The journey, during which the number of motorcycles in the convoy increased, led them through many cities in 17 of the country’s 32 departments, including the southern town of Narino, where they exchanged national flags between the bordering towns of Ipiales (Colombia) and Tulcan (Ecuador) as an act of brotherhood. “With this convoy, we have initiated a great crusade for the hostages that the country has ignored, who have not been remembered because they were not reported in the media and who are only claimed by their families,” said the journalist, himself a past captive of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The experience led him in 1994 to create the program “Voices of Kidnapping,” which is open to the families of victims of this crime and which airs each Sunday at dawn on the Caracol Radio network. “It’s a crusade to keep the hostages from being forgotten, and we will continue calling to all sectors of the country to bring every one back home,” he said Hoyos, who now plans to organize international convoys. One of them will take place in the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, and another one will travel from Madrid to Rome, with stops in Barcelona, Paris, Lyon (France), and the Italian cities of Genoa and Florence, said the journalist. During the journey, Hoyos and two other motorcyclists offered to deliver their equipment to three guerrilla members who, at a time coinciding with the end of the convoy, would defect from the FARC, each taking a hostage with them. Hoyos told Efe that he had not received reports on whether the offer would have encouraged some rebels to abandon their weapons and flee with a captive. Of the hostages in Colombia, just over 700 are in the hands of the FARC, which is holding 22 of them with the intention of trading them for half a thousand imprisoned rebels by negotiating a humanitarian exchange agreement with the government of President Álvaro Uribe. The rebels recently confirmed that they are ready to negotiate this agreement, for which they waived their demand to use a demilitarized territory as a venue for dialogue. In response, last week Uribe urged them to suspend hostilities as a condition for opening a dialogue for peace.