HBO Shares Trailer For New Doc On David Bowie’s Creatively Fertile Final Years [Watch]

first_imgOn Tuesday, HBO premiered the teaser trailer for their upcoming David Bowie documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which focuses on the particularly fertile years of creativity leading up to his death on January 10th, 2016 following a largely secret 18-month battle with liver cancer. The film will premiere on HBO and its various mobile platforms on January 8th, the day on which the iconoclastic artist would have turned 71 years old.However, while Bowie was battling cancer, and in the years right before his diagnosis, he had ramped up his creative production considerably. In his last five years on Earth, Bowie released two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar (released just days before his death, featuring eerily prophetic themes about death and the after-life) as well as oversaw the creation his stage musical, Lazarus. HBO acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary from the BBC.In the newly released teaser trailer, you can hear Bowie speak about the concept of creativity and his approach to exploring it. As he explains, “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”You can watch the new trailer for David Bowie: The Last Five Years, below, courtesy of Billboard:David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows Whately’s 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years which covered Bowie’s career from 1970 to 1975 in addition to taking its title from the opening song on Bowie’s 1972 classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.For further information about the soon-to-be-released new David Bowie documentary on HBO, or to set a reminder about its release date, head to the network’s website.[h/t – Billboard]last_img read more

A chance at an Ivy title

first_imgOn a perfectly crisp fall afternoon, Harvard women’s soccer coach Ray Leone orders the players to perform drills across the bright Astroturf. They’ve already scrimmaged. And once they get the drills right, Leone will order a quick 10-minute game to round out practice.He’s pushing them hard, but he has to. There have been quite a few ups and downs this season, according to Leone. “Emotional games, crazy games,” he mused. “We’ve had a lot of crazy games.”During a Sept. 16 game against Hofstra University, the Crimson were down 5-2, but rallied to score two goals to tie the contest with a minute to go, only to end up losing, 5-4. “You don’t see that very much in soccer,” said Leone.Now on an upswing with a streak of seven wins and a tie, including victories over Brown University, Siena College, and most recently, Princeton University on Oct. 22, the Crimson are closing in on the season’s end, and have a chance to clinch the Ivy League championship if they beat Dartmouth College and Columbia University in the last two games on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.“There have been games we played really well but lost, and there’ve been games we didn’t play as well but won,” said midfielder/forward and co-captain Melanie Baskind ’12. “There have been a lot of comeback games, a lot of overtime games. If I could pick one word to describe our season, it would be ‘exciting.’”In a Sept. 9 game against the University of Massachusetts, with less than two minutes to play, Baskind broke a 1-1 tie and ensured a last-minute victory for the Crimson. The team battled into double overtime against Cornell on Oct. 8, but couldn’t muster a goal and ended tied 2-2. In another double-overtime game against the University of Rhode Island, with seven minutes left, the ball sailed above Crimson goalie Bethany Kanten ’15 to give URI the win, 3-2.“It’s been an inconsistent season,” said Baskind.Still, the Crimson have relished quite a few victories. In recent games, the team scored in overtime on Oct. 1 for a 2-1 win over Yale and toppled Fairfield 2-1 on Oct. 4. The Crimson staved off Siena 2-0 on Oct. 11 with goals by Hana Taiji ’12 and Elizabeth Weisman ’14, and bested Brown, 2-1, on Oct. 15 with goals by Baskind and Mai Le ’15.Co-captain Lindsey Kowal ’12 credits the team’s comebacks to its fighting spirit. “We always find the drive to win,” she said. “We haven’t yet hit our stride as a team, but we’re all on the same page in terms of what we want to achieve.”Now with a 10-4-1 record, and those two games ahead, Harvard “has a small room for error,” said Kowal.“This is definitely a resilient team, but we have to keep improving. Everybody’s still got a shot in the hunt for the Ivy title. Nothing’s decided yet,” said Leone. “These are defining moments of our team. The success, and the heartache.”last_img read more

SDB hosts dessert night

first_imgDesserts from around the world were offered at Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board’s (SDB) event “Sugar Makes the World Go ‘Round.” Foods from a variety of countrieswere made available in Reignbeaux Lounge in Le Mans Hall at 7 p.m. Monday. Senior Karolyn Wojtowicz and junior Christine Brown were responsible for planning the event. Wojtowicz serves as SDB’s international student representative and admissions commissioner, and Brown works with the publicity department for the Diverse Student Leadership Conference (DSLC). The event offered students desserts from regions such as Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia and served as the first big event of the semester for SDB. Sodexo helped sponsor the event by providing the food. Each dessert had a place card saying where it was from. In addition, Wojtowicz explained that descriptions of the origins of the desserts as well as recipes were available. “We also added the little information sheets, and we have a recipe on each of them and a little bit of cultural information,” she said. “So it’s not just here’s some food, have fun, goodbye. People can actually now learn how to make something if they do want to go home and make it. Wojtowicz said she thought the event would help teach students about other cultures through food. “It’s really cool,” she said. “It allows people to know what churros are and they really enjoy them, or they really like éclairs, and it kind of gives people an idea as to learn more about other cultures while eating desserts and have fun.” Brown agreed, adding she hoped students could “expand their learning of other cultures.” Brown said the event has been held in the past, but this year new desserts were added to create diversity. This years’ event offered several new desserts including Pineapple Fool, a dessert from Africa, and Krusciki, an Eastern European treat. According to Wojtowicz, the event allows students to get to know members of SDB while enjoying a sweet treat. “Events like this kind of raise awareness about Student Diversity Board and it also makes learning about other cultures more fun,” she said. Wojtowicz said SDB plans to host a variety of events in the coming months including a week to draw awareness to disabilities and Women’s Appreciation Week in February and DSLC in March.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s welcomes class of 2021 to ‘dynamic community’

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s class of 2021 — comprised of 367 students — began its journey at the College on Thursday.Sarah Dvorak, director of admission, said Saint Mary’s received a record of 1,829 applications this year and chose to accept 1,430 students. She said 30 transfer students will also join the College community this year.“We’re incredibly excited about the academic quality and diversity of this first year class,” Dvorak said. “We have no doubt it will result in even greater rigor in the classroom and intangible assets such as richer discussions, a more thoughtful understanding of ideas and greater personal and intellectual growth of our students.”Dvorak said the incoming students demonstrate academic promise.“This is one of our strongest classes with an average GPA of 3.8,” she said.Though impressive, such a statistic may not be surprising, since Dvorak said academic success plays a key role in the admission process.“It is our goal to ensure that students are growing and developing in a broad cross-section of academic areas through the Sophia Program, and then through the course work and opportunities within their majors,” Dvorak said. “Because of this, our first concern when admitting students into the class is that they have the demonstrated academic background to be successful at Saint Mary’s.”Another factor that leads to an acceptance letter involves integrity, Dvorak said.“In addition, we look for students who already exemplify the core values that make Saint Mary’s special,” she said. “They have been involved in community service, they have been leaders in their school, church or community and they have learned how to manage their time.”Dvorak said legacy students — whose relative has attended or currently attends Saint Mary’s — make up 22 percent of the incoming class.The admissions office received applications from 45 U.S. states and territories and 24 countries, Dvorak said. The class of 2021 includes members from Canada, China and 31 states and territories, she said.“Understanding that the learning process is richer and more exciting when different ideas and backgrounds are represented, we look for a class that represents a variety of life experiences and backgrounds,” Dvorak said.New students also represent a number of racial and ethnic minorities, as up to 20 percent of the new class belongs to an underrepresented group, Dvorak said.“Discussions and dialogue are deepened by differing life experiences and points of view,” she said. “The entire world, and all it has to offer, opens up to our students when they get to share their collegiate experience with students from other traditions and backgrounds. … We also believe that we have more work to do in the area of inclusion.”Dvorak said the class of 2021 brings various talents and life experiences to the table.“Students have completed mission trips in Guatemala, Haiti, Panama, El Salvador and Miami, among other locations,” she said. “There are dozens of students in Irish Dance, including one who has won both national and international championships. [There are] dozens more in robotics.”New students demonstrate aptitude and prowess in various pursuits, Dvorak said.“We have a student who danced in the Royal Ballet in London, one who is writing a science fiction novel, one who is internationally ranked in Crossfit and Olympic-level weightlifting and many who have founded their own community-based organizations,” she said. “It’s an impressive class, and we can’t wait for each individual to join our dynamic community.”Tags: Class of 2021, Royal Ballet, Welcome Weekend 2017last_img read more

Electricity-Sector Transition and Its Jobs Effects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg New Energy Finance:This shift in the political weather from trumpeting green jobs to chest-beating about brown jobs leads us onto something that deserves more attention than it has got so far. That is the wider effect on economies around the world of the transition to clean energy and transport.In power generation, we are moving from centralized power stations burning raw materials extracted from below ground, to distributed units harnessing natural resources, and in transport, we are starting to move from the internal combustion engine based on liquid fuels, to electrified vehicles.The outlook on employment is closely related to that for GDP and trade. In power generation, coal-firing worldwide ceases to grow according to our forecast, with increases in South Asia more than offset by declines in developed economies. This will mean a shrinkage in mining jobs in Europe and the U.S., and in countries that produce a lot of seaborne coal such as Australia.In renewables, our projections for year-on-year additions suggest that employment in both wind turbine and solar panel manufacturing globally will continue to grow at least until the late 2030s, as capacity additions jump from a combined 636GW in the 2021-2015 period, to 2.2TW in 2036-2040.There will also be increases in the number of people involved in constructing wind farms and utility-scale solar projects, again mainly in developing countries. As an indicator, Adani Power’s 648MW Kamuthi PV park in Tamil Nadu employed 8,500 workers for six months in the building phase in 2015-2016 – equivalent to 6.6 man-years per megawatt. The latter figure is roughly double what might be expected in developed economies. Even if productivity in construction improves, the solar (and wind) project build-out globally should keep many hundreds of thousands of hard hats busy through the 2030s.And then there is small-scale solar system installation. This is a much more labor-intensive business than polysilicon, wafer, cell, module or inverter manufacturing, or indeed the building of big PV parks. Estimates are that 11-13 man-years are required to install 1MW of small-scale solar, although it does depend greatly on whether the systems are household rooftops of 3kW or so, or commercial-scale arrays of many tens of kilowatts. The majority of the new jobs will be in developing countries (since these are forecast to add more than 700GW of the 1.3TW of new small-scale PV installed worldwide between 2017 and 2040).In the operating phase, there are many fewer jobs per MWh in wind and solar plants than there are in fossil-fuel generation. For instance, the giant 2GW, $4.5 billion onshore wind project in the Oklahoma Panhandle announced this summer by American Electric Power, is slated to create 4,000 jobs during the construction phase but only 80 during operation (a ratio of just 0.04 per MW). By comparison, AEP’s 600MW John W Turk Jr coal-fired power station in Arkansas employs 109 people directly, plus those in the coal mining and transport chain, to produce about half, at most, of the electricity that is due to come from the Oklahoma wind complex.More: How Economies May Flex to Transition in Energy, Transport Electricity-Sector Transition and Its Jobs Effectslast_img read more

Video: Opening Day at Beech Mountain

first_imgSkiing at North Carolina’s Beech Mountain opened on Friday, November 30th and we were there. Check out the video of a beautiful day on a beautiful mountain. Skiing in November? Can’t beat that.Check out the video from opening day at Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia.Beech Mountain Opening Day from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.last_img

Brazil Launches Logo and Promises Green and Transparent 2014 World Cup

first_img At the launch of the 2014 World Cup logo, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva promised that his country will host a green, transparent, and unforgettable competition. “The organization will have maximum transparency. All public expenditures will be posted on the internet,” said Lula, speaking in Johannesburg, where he also mentioned environmental issues as a concern for the country. “We will host a World Cup as green as our forests. Environmental sustainability is a priority and will be one of our country’s trademarks,” he stated, without giving details. “With the World Cup we will have the opportunity to show the world a new era in Brazil. … We will have an economy of even greater relevance on the international stage.” President Lula also praised the competition hosted by South Africa and said that Brazil will learn from what was done this year. “We will learn from them, as a matter of fact, we are already learning from them, so that the 2014 World Cup will be an even greater success. It’s a great responsibility, but we are confident. Brazilians like challenges,” he said. “We will host an unforgettable World Cup. That’s a promise. You can count on it,” he added, stating that he will no longer be president – his term ends at the end of this year – but will be able to help as a “soccer fan.” The president of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) and of the organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, Ricardo Teixeira, promised that the competition will look like the country. “Now is the time for Brazil to enter the field. It will be a party full of music, happiness, and also organization,” he emphasized. The event to launch the official World Cup logo included musical performances, including Vanessa da Matta, and statements from Brazilians known around the world, such as Gisele Bundchen, Hans Donner, Ivete Sangalo, Paulo Coelho, and Oscar Niemeyer, who served on the jury that chose the emblem. Ricardo Teixeira and FIFA secretary-general Jérome Valcke also voted. The chosen logo shows three hands together, forming a green and yellow trophy. The year 2014 appears in red. Brazil will host the World Cup for the second time, after having hosted it in 1950. By Dialogo July 13, 2010last_img read more

What’s in a name: Chief Data Officer

first_imgJohn Sahagian describes himself as a “data nerd at heart,” and his 25-year career at BCU($3.7B, Vernon Hills, IL) tracks the development of business intelligence as an emerging cross-silo discipline at today’s modern member-owned cooperative.Sahagian was named BCU’s first chief data officer in July 2018, after seven years as vice president of marketing and business intelligence. In his previous role, he led the evolution of marketing from a provider of creative collateral to a multimedia growth engine. External and internal data were key parts of that process, and now, as chief data officer, Sahagian is charged with executing the credit union’s overall data and intelligence vision across strategies and systems.Here, Sahagian shares more about the chief data officer role and its place in strategic thinking at BCU. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Gang Member Charged With 2002 Murder of Teen in Roosevelt

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A reputed MS-13 street gang member wanted for allegedly killing a teenager in Roosevelt 13 years ago was apprehended this spring after he fled the country, Nassau County prosecutors said.Wuilmer “Chicky” Mendosa was arrested May 5 when he tried to re-enter the country on a flight from a flight from El Salvador to Texas. He was extradited to Long Island this week, where he was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.“This defendant fled the country immediately after the crime and now, after nearly 13 years, we have finally have him back in Nassau County, where he is going to face justice,” said Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.Prosecutors said the 32-year-old suspect shot Johnathan Harris, who had just celebrated his 18th birthday five days earlier, after Mendosa and others asked the victim if he was a member of a rival gang, to which Harris replied, “No,” on Oct. 24, 2002.The victim was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. The suspects fled the scene.Judge Teresa Corrigan ordered Mendosa held without bail. He faces up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court on Oct. 21.last_img read more

Remedy or quackery? Singer Anji in hot water after interview with ‘inventor’ of COVID-19 ‘cure’

first_img“The professor invented… What do you call it? Serum?” asked Anji in the video that made the rounds on social media.“COVID-19 antibody,” Hadi answered.“Yes, this is the medicine for COVID-19. It could cure and prevent [infection],” Hadi added.He claimed his invention could cure patients within two to three days and might save thousands of lives. Read also: Experts warn of COVID-19 quackery, false curesHadi said his invention would help the government fight the pandemic. The cure, he said, was a herbal antibody made from all natural ingredients.He also said the COVID-19 cure had been distributed to a number of regions in Java, Bali and Kalimantan. In Jakarta, he said, the antibody had been distributed to the makeshift Wisma Atlet COVID-19 hospital in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.During the interview, Hadi also argued that COVID-19 infections could be detected through sweat or saliva, without having to take “mucus” from the throat, which he said might “hurt” the patients and cost a lot of money. An “effective” strep test with the help of digital technology, he added, could cost just Rp 10,000 (68 US cents) to Rp 20,000.The interview has angered many, including Anji’s fellow musicians, celebrities and doctors, with some condemning Anji for making and publishing the “dangerous” content. The hashtag #Anji has been trending on Twitter.“What Anji has done is outrageous and may endanger many people, […] especially those who tend to just believe influencers,” general surgeon Aris Ramdhani tweeted on his account, @arisrmd, on Sunday.Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) deputy chairman Adib Khumaidi said that Hadi was not part of the doctor or microbiologist communities, and urged authorities to launch an investigation into the alleged public deception.“If [Hadi’s COVID-19 cure] cannot be proven scientifically, the problem is no longer about [his background], but the patients’ safety,” Adib said.Read also: LIPI begins clinical trials of new herbal medicines for COVID-19 patientsThe government’s COVID-19 spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito, has spoken up, asking the public not to trust information that was not supported by health authorities.“Please check whether products have been registered with BPOM [Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency] or the Health Ministry. If the herbal concoctions are still in the research stage and there is no scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness, they should not be consumed by the public,” Wiku said, as quoted by Atlet hospital operational coordinator Col. Stefanus Doni denied Hadi’s claim that his COVID-19 cure has been given to the hospital.The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) COVID-19 research consortium said in a statement on Monday that Hadi was not a researcher in the immunomodulatory herbal development team formed by the agency.The BRIN also said it had never provided support for clinical trials of the herbal medicine produced by Bio Nuswa, which Hadi claimed had been given to patients at the Wisma Atlet hospital.“Every clinical trial must obtain approval from the BPOM and ethical clearance by the ethics commission,” the agency said.After waves of criticism, Anji spoke out on Monday, blaming the public for making the video go viral.“I am said to have given a platform to a person who is not credible. My video was shared everywhere and was watched by many people and started trending. […] Unconsciously, people also give a platform to things they don’t like,” he posted in an Instagram story.Topics : Indonesian singer/songwriter and YouTuber Erdian Aji Prihartanto, popularly known as Anji, has sparked controversy after his interview with Hadi Pranoto, who claims to have “invented” a COVID-19 cure, went viral. Anji claimed that Hadi was a microbiology professor.The interview was uploaded on Friday to Anji’s YouTube channel, dunia MANJI, which has some 3.67 million subscribers, under the title “Can we return to normal? COVID-19 drug has been found!”The video was removed on Sunday by YouTube, which cited it as inappropriate content.last_img read more