Electronic heavyweight GRiZ has started off his year on a high note. On Friday, the Denver, CO-based multi-instrumentalist producer released his latest studio album, Ride Waves. GRiZ’s fifth studio album includes 14 exploratory tracks and features a plethora of music’s finest, including Snoop Dogg, Matisyahu, Bootsy Collins, Wiz Khalifa and many more.GRiZ’s recent sonic journey touched down in New York’s urban core to record with the Harlem Gospel Choir, Chicago’s South Side to collaborate with a children’s choir, and spanned across many sessions in New Orleans. Ride Waves is the culmination of the last two years for GRiZ, as the saxophone extraordinaire reflects on different elements of cultural, social, political, and economic issues that have continuously become more present in recent times. The expansive cast GRiZ recruited for his Ride Waves release brought a diverse array of genres and musical styles into the equation, ultimately producing an authentic portrayal of the soundscapes of GRiZ’s world.GRiZ ft. Yoshi Flower – “Maybe”[Video: GRiZ]Ride Waves comes paired with a world tour, which will kick off at the beginning of May and will see GRiZ touch down everywhere from the East Coast, to Costa Rica, to the eclectic stages of British Columbia’s Shambhala, Europe, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival, and Tennessee’s Bonnaroo where he has the honor of curating this year’s SuperJam.GRiZ will open up his tour in support of Ride Waves with a special performance at The Amp in St. Augustine, FL. The one-man wrecking machine has tapped an impressive support lineup for his St. Augustine bash including Portland-based producer Yung Bae and urban pop producer Dwilly. Fans should note that the performance marks GRiZ’s only current scheduled show in Florida.Tickets for GRiZ’s upcoming show at The Amp in St. Augustine, FL on May 3rd are still on sale here, so grab your tickets before it’s too late!For a full list of GRiZ’s upcoming tour dates, see below. For ticketing and more information, head to GRiZ’s website.GRiZ 2019 Tour Dates:April 5th-6th – Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix LightsApril 20th – Dallas, TX – Nice DreamsMay 3rd – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre*May 4th – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*May 6th – Worcester, MA – The Palladium*May 8th – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre*May 9th – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks*May 10th – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre* (SOLD OUT)May 11th – Philadelphia, PA – The Met*May 14th – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater*May 15th – Columbus, OH – Express Live!*May 16th – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*May 17th – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory*May 17th-19th – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout FestMay 18th – Kansas City, MO – CrossroadsKC*May 27th – Detroit, MI – MovementJune 9th – Chicago, IL – Spring AwakeningJune 14th – Manchester, TN – BonnarooJune 21st – Heber City, UT – Bonanza CampoutJune 23rd – Dover, DE – Firefly Music FestivalJuly 5th – Liempde, NL – We Are ElectricJuly 10th-14th – Dour, BE – Dour FestivalJuly 12th – Bristol, UK – Nass FestivalAugust 2nd-4th – Montreal, QC – Osheaga FestivalAugust 9th-11th – Salmo, BC – Shambhala Music Festival* = support from Yung Bae & DwillyView Tour DatesEnter 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>
Harvard University’s first two courses on the new digital education platform edX launched this week, as more than 100,000 learners worldwide began taking dynamic online versions of CS50, the College’s popular introductory computer science class, and PH207, a Harvard School of Public Health course in epidemiology and biostatistics.For Marcello Pagano, a professor of statistical computing who is co-teaching PH207x, the potential to teach so many students at once is amazing.“I figure I’d have to teach another 200 years to reach that many students in person,” he said.In May, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced the launch of the not-for-profit educational enterprise edX, which features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the Web. Since then, Harvard has established HarvardX, the University-based organization that supports Harvard faculty as they develop content for the edX platform. In the past six months, a leadership team has formed, faculty and research committees have launched, and courses have been developed.Although online courses have been around for years, the professors working with the platform say that HarvardX forces them to get creative about crafting more-active learning environments.Rather than just broadcasting full lectures on the Internet, the HarvardX classes incorporate short video-lesson segments, along with embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student-paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.“This is the future,” Pagano said. “What you have in classrooms today, I think of as a play. What we have now, with HarvardX, is the movie. You can swap out scenes, edit, perfect it. This is the way we communicate now. When you want to know how your friend is, do you go and visit them in person? No, you send a text. We are getting away from the ‘come to me’ model.”In Pagano’s eyes, the beauty of the HarvardX platform is that students can move along at their own pace.“They can stop a lecture in the middle and ponder a concept,” he said. “They can replay if they don’t understand something, and they can speed up when they grasp something quickly. You can’t do that in a lecture hall with 100 students. This is much more individualized.”For CS50x instructor David Malan, director of educational innovation and manager of pedagogical innovation, being able to produce short videos on key concepts means that students get a more consistent, polished experience than might work in a lecture hall. The library of lectures also liberates him to explore other concepts and go more in-depth in his on-campus class.“I don’t see the lecture or section going away,” he said. “Rather, students can choose the learning process that works best for them, and have the option of exploring other topics even if we don’t have the time to cover them in class.”Rather than just broadcasting full lectures on the Internet, the HarvardX classes incorporate short video-lesson segments, along with embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student-paced learning.But students aren’t the only ones who stand to learn through edX. The platform will provide a trove of data for Harvard and MIT researchers, who will study patterns of student achievement in the hope of making course material and methods more effective for students both on and off campus. Concrete data from large samples will be a lot easier to read than the puzzled expressions an instructor might see in a lecture hall.“It’s very exciting to have tools to give us insights into patterns of behavior,” Malan said. “The data will allow us to make statistically significant inferences that aren’t always possible with smaller samples.”Members of the HarvardX leadership team are enthusiastic about the edX partnership’s potential to transform pedagogy in classrooms and living rooms in Massachusetts, across the nation, and around the globe.“As well as expanding access to high-quality, online learning content for new communities of learners, we believe that edX will strengthen the on-campus learning experience,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and a member of the edX board of directors. “For instance, if you sit in the back of a classroom today, you’ll see that students are already using technology to learn. EdX gives faculty the tools to think in new ways about the role technology plays in their teaching and creates new opportunities for research that can form the basis of more effective teaching and learning methods.”“We view this as an opportunity for us to ask deeper questions about how people learn, and how we as universities help people to learn,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber, also an edX board member.���[EdX] will provide an unprecedented amount of data on the ways in which students learn,” said Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty leader for HarvardX. “This allows courses to be modified and improved, according to research, and teaches us how to come up with learning experiences that reach the broadest number of students.”Over the past few months, Lue has met with faculty members at every School to talk about HarvardX and to hear their ideas on how to make the most of this new platform.“It has been thrilling to meet with my colleagues and hear the wild diversity of ideas that’s out there,” he said. “People have really seized on this.”HarvardX’s first courses are more quantitative in nature, but Lue said that he looks forward to working with colleagues across Harvard in bringing a wide variety of courses to the platform.“There is no particular kind of course that we think is the sweet spot for HarvardX,” he said. “I think if we start in that position, it will constrain the diversity of what we can do. I am very excited about the prospect of bringing in courses from arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.”
In a move that caught many in the media off guard, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) today.An international consortium of 189 nations based in The Hague, the OPCW acts as the enforcement arm for the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention and oversees the inspection and collection of chemical weapons, as well their destruction, in countries that have agreed to abide by the convention treaty. To better understand OPCW and what the organization does, Harvard staff writer Christina Pazzanese spoke with Matthew Meselson, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences. Meselson has studied and taught biology in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1961. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons and serves on the board of directors for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.GAZETTE: Were you surprised that the OPCW was chosen, and is it a worthy recipient?MESELSON: No, I knew it had been nominated, or I thought it had. I didn’t nominate it myself.No question [on worthiness]. They are responsible, as is the treaty on which they’re based, for the elimination of chemical weapons in nearly every country where there were any. So it’s almost universally subscribed to, and there are only a few nations that haven’t yet joined.GAZETTE: What leadership role does OPCW play in working to eliminate chemical weapons globally?MESELSON: They’re an agency that’s created by the treaty, so the treaty is the Chemical Weapons Convention. They’re the agency that is responsible for receiving declarations of whether a country has or has not got chemical weapons. And then if a country does have chemical weapons, under the treaty, it must declare how many, what kind, where they are, and also the production facilities for chemical weapons.Then the OPCW inspectors come out and they look at the declared chemical weapons and [at the] chemical weapons destruction facilities, and then it’s the responsibility of the nation that possesses these things to destroy them. But it’s the further responsibility of the OPCW to verify that they have been destroyed. Of course, if a country says we don’t have anything, that’s the end of it, with one exception. But if they say they have factories for chemical weapons or actual weapons, then OPCW comes out and put tamper-proof seals on everything that’s been declared because it may take years to destroy things one by one. So you have to have some way to make sure the weapons don’t get diverted to some improper purpose.Then periodically the inspectors come back to see the progress and monitor the progress of the destruction. We and the Soviet Union both have huge stockpiles. And we’re still not finished destroying our stockpiles, and neither have the Russians. It’s taken much longer than anyone thought. Both countries are busy doing it; it’s just very slow. GAZETTE: What effect will this award have on OPCW’s efforts?MESELSON: It’ll do two things. It will raise the priority of getting the remaining nations to join up — [such as] Israel and Egypt, south Sudan — and it will apply a certain degree of public opinion pressure to get it done. And then it’s a very nice reward for the people who have worked unselfishly for this in many different countries.GAZETTE: Given that Syria is set to join the convention on Oct. 14, does the selection of OPCW send a political message?MESELSON: The wheels were set in motion to nominate the OPCW for the prize before the [August] Syrian use of chemical weapons, several months before. Now, whether the Nobel Committee would have chosen some other recipient for the prize if it hadn’t been for Syria, I don’t know. But it was talked about … That I know because I was part of those discussions.GAZETTE: Does the award perhaps indirectly validate the Assad regime’s stated intent to allow Syria’s full weapons cache to be seized and destroyed?MESELSON: Of course, to some extent it will let them off the hook, but not entirely. And in any case, it might actually facilitate a diplomatic solution to the problem. As you know, it’s not a simple problem.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
On Feb. 12 the members of the Faculty Council met with the president to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty and heard a proposal from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.The council next meets on Feb. 26. The next meeting of the faculty is March 4 at 4 p.m. The preliminary deadline for the March 4 meeting of the faculty is Feb. 18 at noon.
60-69435 80-8911 New Cases Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 15.7% 0.9% Percent of Total Cases 0.3% 917 123.2 23 75 0 8 44 0.9% 2.8% 14063- Fredonia9 Total Cases 211.2 478 26 78.25% 64 14048- Dunkirk23 0.69% 14784- Stockton0 53 13 0.5% 109.3 80-89113 0 26.2% 400.6 14728- Dewittville1 1.7% 14701- Jamestown19 0.0 14769- Portland0 14750- Lakewood4 3 90+52 14081- Irving1 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 37 2.1% 0-19457 12.93% 27 0 0.39% 0.7% 6.84% 3.23% 14710- Ashville2 4.2% 73 272.9 402.4 5 3.9% 2.4% 19.14% 3.85% 10 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 14062- Forestville3 14138- South Dayton0 125 0.8% 0.83% 14722- Chautauqua0 33 24 314.7 4.1% 14724- Clymer1 441 14136- Silver Creek5 Fatality Rate 97 3496 No526 185.4 3.3% 548 272.6 244.8 14787- Westfield2 2.1% 31.9 Age 0.0% 130.1 14 14775- Ripley0 90+2 49.9 15 100.0% 14733- Falconer0 314.6 50 Yes1892 1 3.7% 14740- Gerry0 Fatality Rate by Age Group 10 MGN ImageMAYVILLE – The number of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in Chautauqua County increased as health leaders reported 81 new cases of the virus on Tuesday.The Chautauqua County Health Department reports there are 38 hospitalizations, up from 35 over the weekend.Additionally, leaders say there are now 441 active cases countywide. Of those active, 125 are in the Jamestown area.The seven-day average percent positivity rate continued to increase up from 8.7 to 9.7 percent. To date there have been 3,496 cases of the virus with 3,026 people recovering and 29 related deaths.A full breakdown of today’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 0.8% 14747- Kennedy2 6 197.4 30 14712- Bemus Point0 0.3% 61 Total Deaths 27 20-29669 193.6 1.3% Symptoms 3 2.3% 1.1% 14781- Sherman0 2 Symptoms Known2418 0.9% 40-49452 60-693 12.90% 135 Number 14782- Sinclairville0 14 553.4 0.3% 115 14720- Celoron0 12 1539.9 0.0 0.7% 8 81 837.5 0.0 1 30-39451 2 14738- Frewsburg1 Age Group 513.0 13 Total 274.3 0 14716- Brocton5 9.73% 81 431.0 50-592 14726- Conewango Valley0 14718- Cassadaga2 Zip Code 14767- Panama0 1.5% 50-59517 13.07% 338.8 4 12.44% 14736- Findley Lake0 8 2 271.7 14757- Mayville1 384.6 85 5 1.49% 285.7 0.4% 0.00% 144 Active Cases 19 451.4 4 Percent 0-390 10 11 21.75% 13.7% 2 130 9 146 All Ages29 14723- Cherry Creek0 13 186.4 40-492 0.44% 31 70-79239 0.4% 31 70-799 3.77% 340.2 12.44% Number Percent NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
by: Shazia ManusInnovate or die. That’s a recurring message for financial institutions (FIs) today. There’s no doubt innovation is a buzzword, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly important. In my latest white paper “Reimagined Banking in the Age of the Consumer,” I share why innovation is the key to our evolutionary quest for financial market relevance.The excerpt below explores who is disrupting the financial services ecosystem, including the bottom billion, uber-wealthy activators and do-it-yourself engineers.The financial services industry doors are wide open to disruptors. Peter Diamandis, an international pioneer in the field of innovation, talks about healthcare, education and financial services as the three sectors likely to experience interference from outside forces in the near term.These three fields, Diamandis insists, are vulnerable because of the way their leaders are trained, namely to become proficient in one specialty. Meanwhile, the world around these specialized finance professionals, physicians and educators is changing. Innovations in computing, artificial intelligence and data analytics, for example, all become layered over their expertise, disrupting even long-held principles of the specialty. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A hurricane is essentially a heat engine, a rotating storm fueled by moisture from the warm ocean. The prevailing theory as to how hurricanes weaken after landfall is that once they lose that source of fuel, friction with land causes their spinning to slow down.Dr. Chakraborty likened it to a swirling cup of tea. “Over the ocean, because the moisture supply is there for the heat engine, you’re constantly stirring the tea,” he said. But when it hits land the supply is cut off, the stirring stops and friction causes the swirling to slow“Importantly, thermodynamics plays no role” in this process of slowing, according to the theory, he said.What he and his co-author suggest, however, is that the moisture remaining in the storm plays a thermodynamic role, affecting the rate at which the storm weakens. And in a warming climate, with warmer sea-surface temperatures, there is more moisture remaining in the storm.“Once we understand that moisture plays a key role, the connection with climate becomes evident,” Dr. Chakraborty said.Their hurricane simulations allowed them to test the idea that moisture plays a role by creating “dry” hurricanes, without moisture, that decayed much more rapidly than normal ones. The models also allowed them to determine that factors like topography and the weather inland played less of a role in storms’ weakening.Dr. Camargo said one potential weakness of the study was that the models used were, by necessity, rather simple. Modeling hurricanes after landfall is difficult, she said. “It’s a hard problem. The models have to capture a lot of things that are going on — the interaction with topography, for instance.”“I don’t know if what they did in the model is the best way to represent landfalling hurricanes,” Dr. Camargo added. “But at least in this model, it seems to agree with their idea.”Dr. Chakraborty said he was not surprised there was some skepticism about the findings. “Overall, our study challenges widely-held ideas about hurricane decay,” he said. “I hope this will spur more research and shed new light on this important area that is long thought to be well understood.” In studying the effects of climate change on hurricanes, scientists have focused on what occurs over water, when storms are forming and strengthening, picking up heat and moisture as they churn over the ocean.But a new study looks at what happens after hurricanes make landfall and work their way inland. The research suggests that climate change is affecting storms during this phase of their life as well, causing them to weaken more slowly and remain destructive for longer.- Advertisement – The findings could have implications for how emergency-management agencies prepare for storms post-landfall.In the study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, Lin Li and Pinaki Chakraborty of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan analyzed data from North Atlantic hurricanes that made landfall from 1967 to 2018, looking at the decay in intensity, or wind speed, of the storms in the first day after hitting land. One prominent hurricane researcher, Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he was skeptical of the findings. In an email message, Dr. Emanuel said he disagreed with the researchers’ theoretical argument and that the data and simulations, “while suggestive, do not definitively prove the case that decay is slower in warmer climates independent of other factors, such as storm size.” – Advertisement – But other researchers said the study was compelling and opened up a new field of hurricane research, on their behavior over land. Even weakened, winds from these storms can topple trees and power lines, damage homes and cause other destruction well inland. Dan Chavas, an atmospheric scientist at Purdue University who wrote an article accompanying the paper in Nature, said the work was “definitive in identifying a topic almost no one has thought about and could be very important.”Suzana Camargo, a hurricane researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a part of Columbia University, said that she and colleagues published a study last year that showed that stronger hurricanes produced more precipitation after making landfall.In the new study, she said, “they are saying that moisture stays in the storm for a while, and that completely makes sense with what we saw in our study.” They found that while 50 years ago a typical storm would have lost more than three-quarters of its intensity in the first 24 hours, when it might travel several hundred miles inland, now it would only lose about half.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “The decay has slowed down tremendously over the last 50 years,” Dr. Chakraborty said in an interview. “There may very well be a climatic link.”Comparing the data on decay with changes in sea-surface temperatures, and then using simulations of hurricanes moving onto land, the scientists discovered what they say is the link: Rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming are causing the storms to weaken more slowly, even after storms move away from the source of the moisture.The scientists cautioned that there were caveats to their research, among them that they used a relatively small data set — only 71 hurricanes made landfall over five decades.
Topics : The coronavirus pandemic may have driven as many as 100 million people back into extreme poverty, World Bank President David Malpass warned Thursday.The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty due to COVID-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 to 100 million, and he said “that number could go higher” if the pandemic worsens or drags on.The situation makes it “imperative” that creditors reduce the amount of debt held by poor countries at risk, going beyond the commitment to suspend debt payments, Malpass said in an interview with AFP. Recession or depression?The amount of debt reduction needed will depend on the situation in each country, he said, but the policy “makes a lot of sense.””So I think the awareness of this will be gradually, more and more apparent” especially “for the countries with the highest vulnerability to the debt situation.”The World Bank has committed to deploying US$160 billion in funding to 100 countries through June 2021 in an effort to addresses the immediate emergency, and about $21 billion had been released through the end of June.But even so, extreme poverty, defined as earning less than $1.90 a day, continues to rise.Malpass said the deterioration is due to a combination of the destruction of jobs during the pandemic as well as supply issues that make access to food more difficult.”All of this contributes to pushing people back into extreme poverty the longer the economic crisis persists.”Newly-installed World Bank chief economist Carmen Reinhart has called the economic crisis a “pandemic depression,” but Malpass was less concerned with terminology.”We can start calling it a depression. Our focus is on how do we help countries be resilient in working out on the other side.”More debt transparencyMalpass said he has been “frustrated” by the slow progress among private creditors in providing comparable debt suspension terms for poor countries.While the Institute for International Finance has set up a framework to waive debt service payments, as of mid-July member banks had not received any applications.Having a clear view of the size of each country’s debt and the collateral involved also are key to being able to help the debtor nations, Malpass said.China is a major creditor in many of these countries, and the government has been “participating in the transparency process,” but he said more needs to be done to understand the terms of loans in nations like Angola, where there are liens on the country’s oil output.Governments in advanced economies so far have been “generous” in their support of developing nations, even while they take on heavy spending programs in their own countries, Malpass said.”But the bigger problem is that their economies are weak,” Malpass said of the wealthy nations.”The most important thing the advanced economies do for the developing countries is supply markets… start growing, and start reopening markets.” Even so, more countries will be obliged to restructure their debt.”The debt vulnerabilities are high, and the imperative of getting light at the end of the tunnel so that new investors can come in is substantial,” Malpass said.Advanced economies in the Group of 20 already have committed to suspending debt payments from the poorest nations through the end of the year, and there is growing support for extending that moratorium into next year amid a pandemic that’s killed nearly 800,000 people and sickened more than 25 million worldwide.But Malpass said that will not be enough, since the economic downturn means those countries, which already are struggling to provide a safety net for their citizens, will not be in a better position to deal with the payments.
Vitol Netherlands B.V., a majority shareholder in Latvian Shipping Company (LSC), has proposed to delist and sell 200 million bearer shares of the shipping company, listed on Nasdaq Riga.The proposal is set to be discussed at the extraordinary shareholder meeting scheduled for December 20, 2017.Vitol Netherlands acquired 19.62 percent of the total voting capital in LSC in June this year, bringing its total shareholding to 69.56 percent.Latvian Shipping Company returned to the black having posted a net profit of USD 13.08 million for the first nine months of this year.The recovery from last year’s loss of USD 19.33 million booked in the same period was driven mainly from the reversal of the fleet revaluation loss and profit from sale of non-core assets, the company said.The company has a fleet of 16 ships, including 12 MR product tankers and four Handysizes.
Uganda secured a 35-11 win over Mauritius in Wednesday’s round of play in the Confederation of African Rugby Tier 1B championship keeping alive their hopes of gaining promotion. The six team championship will see the group winner progress to Tier 1A. CCTV’s Leon Ssenyange reports.