On March 16th, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are planning to release a huge live music bundle through BitTorrent. Titled Live In No Particular Order: 2009 – 2014, the collection features over two hours of music for a minimum price of five dollars. Of course, considering the proceeds are going to benefit the Big Sun Foundation, feel free to donate as much as you want.To get excited, check out the live version of “Better Days” from the bundle:Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Live In No Particular Order: 2009-201401 Better Days @ Brixton Academy | London, UK | February 11, 201402 40 Day Dream @ NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert | Washington, DC | October 200903 If I Were Free @ GOTR Daytrotter Session | Troy, OH | August 30, 201304 Janglin @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA | July 27, 201305 Up From Below @ Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico | March 20, 201106 Brother @ Gurtenfestival| Bern, Switzerland | July 12, 201207 Please @ Longwood Gardens | Kennet Square, PA | August 28, 201308 Mother @ The Box | New York, NY | July 25, 201309 Home @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA | July 27, 201310 Mayla @ Babcock Theater | Billings, MT | May 28, 201311 They Were Wrong @ ?? | Summer 201312 This Life @ ????? | Summer 201313 Black Water @ ?? | Spring/Summer 201314 I Don’t Wanna Pray @ Brixton Academy | London, UK | February 11, 201415 Truth @ Big Top | Los Angeles, CA | October 19, 201316 If I Were Free @ Floydfest | Floyd, VA | July 27, 201317 Fog On The Tyne @ Sirius XM Studios | New York, NY | August 08, 201218 Bad Bad Love @ WXPN’s World Cafe | Philadelphia, PA | June 01, 201119 Life Is Hard @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | London, UK | February 12, 201420 All Wash Out @ KCRW’s Apogee Sessions | Los Angeles, CA | April 05, 201221 All Together[Via BitTorrent Blog]
Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that a supernova discovered last year was caused by two colliding white dwarf stars. The white dwarfs were siblings orbiting each other. They slowly spiraled inward until they merged, touching off a titanic explosion. CfA observations show the strongest evidence yet of what was, until now, a purely theoretical mechanism for creating a supernova.“This finding shows that nature may be richer than we suspected, with more than one way to make a white dwarf explode,” said Harvard graduate student and first author Malcolm Hicken.The paper describing this discovery appeared in the November 1st issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.Astronomers characterize an observed supernova based on whether its spectrum shows evidence of hydrogen (Type II) or not (Type I). In Type II, a massive, short-lived star undergoes core collapse and explodes. In the conventional picture for Type Ia, the most common supernovae lacking hydrogen, a white dwarf star collects gas from a companion star until it undergoes catastrophic nuclear fusion and blasts itself apart.The new find, supernova 2006gz, was classified as a Type Ia due to the lack of hydrogen and other characteristics. However, an analysis combining CfA data with measurements from The Ohio State University suggested that SN 2006gz was unusual and deserved a closer look.Most importantly, SN 2006gz showed the strongest spectral signature of unburned carbon ever seen. Merging white dwarfs are expected to have carbon outside their densest regions. The powerful explosion from the inside then should push off the outmost carbon-rich layers.The spectrum of SN 2006gz also showed evidence for compressed layers of silicon. Silicon was created during the explosion and then compressed by a shock wave that rebounded from the surrounding layers of carbon and oxygen.Computer models for merging white dwarfs predict both the carbon and silicon spectral signatures.Additionally, SN 2006gz was brighter than expected, indicating that its progenitor exceeded the 1.4 solar mass Chandrasekhar limit – the upper bound for a single white dwarf. Only one other potential example of a super-Chandrasekhar supernova has been seen: SN 2003fg. While observations of that event were suggestive, the data from SN 2006gz are much stronger.“Our case is different. Although 2006gz is also extra bright, the chemistry we see, particularly unburned carbon, is well observed and very unusual,” said Harvard astronomer Robert Kirshner, a member of the discovery team.In addition to providing the first example of a new way to make supernovae, SN 2006gz holds implications for the field of cosmology. Type Ia supernovae typically have a narrow spread in brightness, which makes them useful as “standard candles” for calculating cosmic distances. It was the study of Type Ia supernovae that led to the discovery of dark energy, the mysterious force causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate.If Type Ia supernovae are more varied than previously expected, then astronomers must be extra cautious when using them to study the cosmos.“Supernova 2006gz stands out from normal Type Ia objects and wouldn’t be included in cosmology studies,” commented Hicken. “But we have to be careful not to mistake a double white dwarf explosion for a single white dwarf blast. SN 2006gz was easy to recognize, but there may be less clear-cut cases.”The full list of authors of the study is: Malcolm Hicken, Stéphane Blondin and Robert Kirshner (CfA); Peter Garnavich (University of Notre Dame); Jose Prieto and Darren DePoy (The Ohio State University); and Jerod Parrent (University of Oklahoma). This research was supported by the National Science Foundation.
“Even though George was responsible for helping to organize the Baldwin EMS and was instrumental in answering many 911 emergencies, he never sought any credit for himself,” said William Plunkett, chief of the paramedics for the Baldwin EMS. In 1958, while serving as a medic with the Fourth Armored Division, Mr. Bauman met Janet Hanes, a resident of New Kensington, who was studying for her registered nurse certification at Pitt. With the exception of the time he spent as a teacher, Mr. Bauman remained with the Jefferson School District until he retired in the early 1990s. “George, who was a guidance counselor, was an educator in everything he undertook,” said Plunkett. “He understood that when you were starting out as an organization, one of your core values was having your people properly trained.” Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. today, followed by a public safety memorial service at 7:30 p.m. in the John F. Slater Funeral Home Inc., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 p.m. Monday in St. Wendelin Church, Baldwin. “George, along with a group of men who realized the importance of having health professionals handle emergencies, founded our Baldwin EMS in 1978,” Plunkett added. Raised in the South Hills, Mr. Bauman was one of two children in the family of insurance agent George A. Bauman and his wife, Bernadette Miller Bauman, who was employed at Kaufmann’s Department Store. “What impressed me most when we first met was George’s concern for others,” said Janet Bauman. “He was truly a man concerned about the well-being of others. He was only 16-years-old when he joined Baldwin Independent Fire Company No. 1. We were married in 1960.” PITTSBURGH — As one of the organizers of the Baldwin (Pa.) EMS, George Bauman understood that the success of the emergency medical services organization was more important than that of an individual. His wife recalled Mr. Bauman’s love of sports. In the ensuing years, Mr. Bauman received his master’s degree in guidance counseling from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in education from Duquesne University. “We of the EMS call George’s actions ‘everyday grace.’ It applies to those who do their job and never seek credit for it.” After graduating from St. Wendelin High School in Baldwin in 1952, where he played football, George Bauman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and taught American history at South Fayette High School. George M. “Bear” Bauman of Baldwin Borough, a retired guidance counselor at Thomas Jefferson High School, Jefferson Hills, died of complications of pneumonia on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at UPMC Mercy hospital, Uptown. He was 73. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bauman is survived by his daughters, Becky Karch of Boulder, Colo., and Lisa Lemonn of Lake Wylie, S.C., and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorthea Tamburini. “George lived and breathed sports,” she added. “His season tickets for the Steelers games were among his prized possessions.”
Editor’s Note: Are you familiar with injuries common to workers at construction sites?Read “Watch Your Step”to learn more about treating this population. Staff writer Rafael Olmeda contributed to this report. And then came a holler and a sudden silence. Santoro and a friend were in Santoro’s condo and hurried to the patio overlooking the canal where they saw the crane’s basket in the water. The crane was at the edge of a canal leading to the Intracoastal Waterway, having excavated piles of concrete and wood for a seawall and dock project at the Lighthouse Point Plaza condo development, neighbors said. The crew has been on site working at the water’s edge for a few days. LIGHTHOUSE POINT, Fla. — A worker helping shore up a seawall in Lighthouse Point was critically injured Tuesday afternoon when a crane collapsed, pinning his legs to the ground, rescue officials and witnesses said. Police did not release the victim’s name. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. Lighthouse Point Police said the accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. When police and rescue workers arrived, the construction worker had already been freed by co-workers and was lying alongside the canal. Police said he had injuries to his legs and arms. The worker was taken to North Broward Medical Center with multiple, serious injuries. “It was loud. It almost sounded like at first rattling, then boom,” said Rose Santoro, a resident at Lighthouse Point Plaza, at 4500 North Federal Highway, for 30 years.
However, for moments when luxury isn’t the focus for passengers, like during an earthquake, the train is equipped with an onboard lithium-ion battery component that will allow it to power itself for enough time to reach the nearest evacuation point along the tracks where the passengers can disembark.RELATED: Caribbean Island is On Track to Become the World’s First ‘Hurricane-Proof’ CountryA ceremony to mark the commute of the first N700S train was held at Tokyo Station in early July, with JR Central President Shin Kaneko among the participants.The N700S is “full of our technological achievements,” Kaneko said.Photo of N700 by Mitsuki-2368, CC licenseOff-grid battery operations are the important details that form the web of disaster-proofing that exists in Japanese society. It’s these kind of auxiliary systems that allowed Japanese international airport KIX to recover so quickly after Typhoon Jebi smashed into Osaka bay in September 2018, bringing with it 124 mph (200 kph) winds. The waves overtook the seawall and flooded the terminals—and an ocean tanker crashed into the bridge connecting the airport to the mainland.RELATED: A Poor State in India Learned From Its Mistakes: How It Saved a Million People From the Devastating CycloneDespite that, the airport reopened partially in just 2 days, completing the repairs and allowing tens of thousands to arrive and depart in KIX once again only 17 days after the storm.SHARE the Japanese Ingenuity With Friends on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCentral Japan Railway Company, (JR Central) has launched a newly designed high speed, or ‘bullet’ train, equipped with special features to better protect passengers from natural disasters.Japan, an island nation surrounded by underground fault lines in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, has a history of natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, but also typhoons and flooding, and much of the infrastructure for prevention and recovery is, at this point, baked into the fabric of society.JR Central’s N700 Supreme is the first new train model in 13 years to plow at great speeds down the Tokaido Shinkansen line, which connects Tokyo to Osaka. It moves passengers along at 186 mph (300 kph) and comes with a variety of accommodating features like power outlets between the seats, diffused interior lighting, reclining seats and headrests, and better suspension and sound-proofing to provide a quieter, more stable ride.
Survivors include her daughters, Emma Creel and her husband, Randy, of Vidor; Patricia Ann Sehon of Port Acres; Stacy Ward and her husband, Chris, of Port Neches; and Mary Cecil Windham and her husband, Jerry, of Nederland; sons, William Gallier of Vidor; Wilson Adaway, Jr. of Nederland; Earnest “Bobo” Adaway and his wife, Susan, of Port Arthur; Raymond Lee Adaway and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, of Port Neches; Leroy Adaway and his wife, Kathy, of Zavalla; Michael Adaway and his wife, Marilyn, of Port Arthur; Bryant Adaway of Vidor; and James Adaway and his wife, Shirley, of Silsbee; thirty-three grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilson Adaway, Sr.; sons, Marvin Gallier and Stephen Adaway; brother, Ervin Savoy; and sister, Irma Lawrence. A gathering of Mrs. Adaway’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Broussard’s, with interment to follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches. Complete and updated information may be found at www.broussards1889.com. Emma “Alma” AdawayEmma “Alma” Adaway, 87, of Nederland, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, at Mid-Jefferson Extended Care, Nederland. She was born on February 25, 1925, to Eurina Theriot Savoy and Cline D. Savoy. Emma loved animals, especially chickens and dogs. She enjoyed gardening, bingo, and flowers.
Due to safety protocols designed to protect our children and make every effort to halt the spread of the COVID virus, such crowded situations are not in the best interest of anyone at this time.Some parents are concerned with having children needlessly exposed to crowded situations and strangers. We at the district believe, we must do at least the minimum to protect everyone.This may cause an inconvenience to some who may have more than one student at different schools. However, as with medical appointments and true emergencies, we are more than willing to work with our parents.We have early release for medical appointments and emergencies; as we will stay with a child when a parent is unexpectedly delayed. We have parents who, for one reason or another, call at 2:30 p.m. to have their child released early. Now, with all of the efforts our schools are taking to socially distance students, a parent’s whim to check out a student by calling less than an hour before dismissal for staff to walk a single child to an exit so that the parent can skip the hassle of carpool is truly a selfish act. Prior to COVID-19, this was not a practice except in cases of true emergency.In PAISD, parents are treated equally. A parent who wishes to pick up a child early to avoid the carpool lines will not be accommodated.This is not a Democrat or Republican decision. It is a decision of fairness to all. All of our parents and students are special in PAISD. We do not check any political party allegiance — we don’t care.We love our children as our own. However, in order to show that love for all, we must keep the playing field even, though some want special treatment or think they are entitled to special treatment.I commend my staff for not bending to the pressure of the feelings of entitlement that are presented by some parents. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to stand your ground, say no and brace for the windstorm that follows. For the sake of remaining advocates of fairness for all students and parents, we are here to brave the storm.The parents/guardians of PAISD have shown patience, resilience and a great deal of communication between the home and school. This has been one of the most difficult times I can remember in recent years.Each decision that has been made due to COVID or bad weather conditions has been made with the best intentions for our students. We understand that even with COVID and hurricanes, we have to address the learning of our students.It saddens me when educators who risk their lives to continue to do this job during this time are demonized on social media for just making the best decisions available to protect all. While a parent has only their circle of interest, educators have to take into consideration what is best for all and every child involved.We are moving fast, and I will ask that when parents/guardians have a question, please do not hesitate to contact school officials in order to get a clearer understanding of what has occurred. Most times social media only tells one side of the story and sometimes assumptions are made on the side of who is telling the story. No matter if it is true or not.I do not think that anyone who is truthful can say that we have not done everything possible to assist our students in order to deliver the best education possible under the circumstances.We have free breakfast and lunch, we buy uniforms, teachers have purchased food for children and their families when they know there is a need, we have kept children after hours when parents are not on time, we go out to the home and try and find students who have been absent for a long period of time, we have created programs for students to assist in their success after graduation, purchased computers and internet hotspots for students to continue with their learning and much, much more.We do this because we care about our children and we care about this community. How someone can confuse the love for children in PAISD with a political statement is unclear to me.To be an educator, you have to have a heart for children.PAISD will continue to defend our educators, children, district and community. There are those of us who choose to remain in Port Arthur, raise our children and create wonderful lives.There are those who act like they are begrudgedly here, as if they do not have a choice. I would ask that the two would come together and make Port Arthur, and especially the Port Arthur Independent School District, the best place to live and the best place to learn.Dr. Mark Porterie is Superintendent of Schools for the Port Arthur Independent School District. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not give privilege to some parents while treating others as if they don’t matter. We give all students consistent rules; parents do not receive privilege because they view themselves as different or more entitled than others.As many elementary and secondary school parents are aware, carpool is challenging. We have a large number of parents in our district who drop off and pick up students. We experience parents lining up in all surrounding areas of the schools as early as 2 p.m. for a 3:15 p.m. dismissal.Historically, parents have been able to avoid the long lines by parking and waiting by exits or on sidewalks to wait for their child/children. I usually do not respond to opinion pieces because I do realize everyone has a right to their opinion. However, last week a letter to the editor was published about PAISD. I felt the writer did not give a full measure of what actually occurred.Dr. Mark L. Porterie,superintendent of schoolsThere are times when I must stand for right and at least correct the record and just speak the truth.The policies of the Port Arthur Independent School District are meant to be fair and consistent for all parents and students. Our district is neither Democrat nor Republican; we are child-centered.
Zipp Speed Weaponry has just unveiled their new Platinum Pro all conditions brake pads for carbon rims.Developed with SwissStop, the silver brake pads were designed to offer reliable stopping power in super dry and soaking wet conditions. The compound also handles heat well under heavy braking on hot days.They have no abrasives to damage the rim surface and promise not to discolor your rim, either.Full PR after the break…PRESS RELEASE: The best carbon wheels deserve the best all-around brake pad. The new Zipp Tangente Platinum Pro Brake Pad delivers smooth speed control, long wear life and reliable stopping power for use on carbon braking surfaces in all conditions, wet or dry.To create the new silver pad, the bike-brake experts at Zipp and SwissStop® put their minds together to develop an all-purpose pad designed for carbon clincher and tubular rims. The result was a pad that retains consistent stopping power, even on rain-soaked roads.And when it’s hot and dry, the Tangente Platinum Pad’s uniquely formulated compound better manages the extreme temperatures that can result from heavy braking on carbon. Just like a champion cyclist, this pad is a versatile performer.Now, we know there remain faithful fans of cork and its smooth, consistent feel. That’s why Zipp is still offering the Tangente High Performance Cork Brake Pad. But we designed the Tangente Platinum to provide that same predictable ride during the many lighter brake touches required to navigate turns or group rides.Roughly a dozen versions of the pad were tested before the right formulation was found to create the Tangente Platinum. That research included use by the pros.In many instances, mechanics at top professional cycling teams switch out brake pads: One for rainy days, another for sunny days. Some riders even preferred one type of pad for the front brake and a second for the rear.The Zipp-sponsored Saxo Bank-SunGard team used the Tangente Platinum Pad through much of the 2011 cycling season, with riders providing valuable feedback to Zipp engineers. By the 2011 Tour de France, the pad was a mainstay on many Saxo Bank-SunGard team bikes.What’s more, the durable pad has no abrasives that damage the rim. The pad also does not discolor rims.Service notes:The Tangente Platinum Pad ($40 for two-pad kit) is designed for use on carbon rims and has not been approved for use on aluminum braking surfaces. It is available for SRAM, Shimano or Campagnolo 2011.With the introduction of wider rims, we have noticed that there is some special attention required on certain brake setups. The Tangente Platinum pad is roughly 1.2mm wider, relative to the brake caliper arm, than our Tangente Cork pad. In certain applications this may require an adjustment to the spring tension screw on some brakes, which also controls the width that the brake caliper is able to open. If a simple cable adjustment still will not allow fitment of the wider rim inside the brake pads, please refer to your brake manufacturer’s installation manual to determine if the caliper can be opened further. Most have this ability.
University of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine The Plaintiff in the lawsuit “John Doe vs. University of Vermont,” filed last Tuesday, June 28, in the United States District Court of Vermont, dismissed his lawsuit Monday. That lawsuit sought to control aspects of UVM’s investigation of a sexual assault allegation. The Plaintiff’s decision to dismiss his suit came after the university filed its motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Thursday, July 7.In a statement, UVM said it “is pleased that this lawsuit was dismissed promptly. Now that the lawsuit has been dismissed, UVM will continue its investigation of the sexual assault allegation as required by Title IX, a federal law protecting students against sex discrimination, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence.”Source: UVM 7.11.2016
APAC Customer Services, Inc., a leader in global customer care outsourcing solutions, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO), announced Monday an expansion in Phoenix and Tucson that is expected to bring more than 1,100 jobs to Arizona’s Sun Corridor over the next three years.Jack Jones, Chief Operating Office of Expert Global Solutions, Inc., APAC’s parent company, stated, “Having lived in the state of Arizona for a number of years, I am a big fan of the ‘Sun Corridor.’ Access to qualified and experienced customer service personnel, top educational institutions and great weather make the state an ideal place for us to grow.”City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild echoed Jones’ sentiments and recognized APAC’s long history and significant presence, “APAC has been a major employer in Southern Arizona for many years, currently employing nearly 2,000 of our citizens. We know every business has a choice of where to operate and the City of Tucson continues to make this a business-friendly climate for its existing employers to expand.”“This is a positive step for Phoenix, Tucson and the entire Sun Corridor,” Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. “For our economy to grow, we must continue to work together as a region and as a state.”During the first year, the partnership is expected to generate over 300 new jobs in Tucson – split between APAC’s two sites in the city – and an additional 135 jobs to its site in north Phoenix. Throughout the next two years, the state is expected to benefit from 669 additional jobs (382 in Tucson and 287 in Phoenix), bringing the overall three-year job creation total to over 1,100 jobs for Arizona.“APAC is the global leader in its industry serving top brands around the world, and we thank the company for its continued commitment to Arizona as it undertakes its next phase of growth,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. “APAC’s investment and expansion in Phoenix and Tucson will create hundreds of professional services jobs for Arizonans across our state.”Commenting on the growth, Joe Snell, President and CEO, TREO, stated, “State leaders, local officials and economic development partners joined together to deliver an important win for the economic recovery: nearly 700 new jobs here in Southern Arizona.”“We’re pleased that APAC’s existing presence in the Sun Corridor mega-region continues to grow,” said Sharon Bronson, Chair, Pima County Board of Supervisors. “Tucson’s high-quality, bilingual workforce is a key competitive advantage in today’s global economy.”APAC delivers tailored solutions to leading companies in many industries, including communications, education, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, retail, technology, transportation and logistics, travel and hospitality and utilities. Headquartered in Illinois, APAC currently operates at the following locations in Arizona:· Tucson East: 1650 S. Research Loop, Tucson, AZ 85710· Tucson West: 2929 E. Corona Road, Tucson, AZ 85756· Phoenix: 20401 N. 29th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027In terms of the jobs that are coming to the state, Jones commented, “We’re excited about the opportunities we’re bringing to local communities. For us, it’s not simply about jobs. It’s about providing a chance for people to build a rewarding career and make a difference within our company.”The new jobs created by this expansion are full-time positions that will work to support major clients. The positions will include both call center, leadership and support roles.