Pitcher CC Sabathia credits training regimen for late-career success

first_imgJuly 3, 2018 /Sports News – National Pitcher CC Sabathia credits training regimen for late-career success FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is pitching in the midst of his eighteenth Major League season, and it has been one of his most effective in several years.Sabathia entered the month of July ranked among the top pitchers in the American League in earned run average (ERA), and has kept the Yankees in the running for a division title.Weeks away from his 38th birthday, Sabathia says one of the keys to his late-career success has been his training regimen, a routine he developed while working out with his former teammate, Andy Pettitte.“I think everything late in my career has been after Andy. We worked out a lot together when he was playing, and I was picking his brain on what to do in the offseason from a routine perspective,” Sabathia said in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. “Andy Pettitte has been a great mentor… I’ve watched a lot of video of him the last couple of years, and what he’s turned into the past couple of years, it’s really helped me.”Sabathia was speaking before attending Triple Play Day at the Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in New York City in late June. As he discussed his season and dedication to fitness with ABC News, he was kicking off a series of nationwide events with the Boys & Girls Clubs to encourage youth development, exercising, and physical health.Sabathia says he has tried boxing in recent years–a newer workout routine for the long time ace, who stands six feet and six inches tall. He says boxing does not put as much stress on his lower body, and he has alternated between other workouts to put less stress on his joints, such as swimming.Shaking up his exercise regimen is not the only change Sabathia made.“Oh no, I’ve completely changed the style I pitched,” Sabathia tells ABC News, when asked whether he adjusted the way he approaches pitching or if he made fewer, subtler changes. Earlier in his career, while he was pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Sabathia says he pitched with a “football mentality,” something he believes he picked up while playing a variety of contact sports with the Boys & Girls Club as a kid. He was a harder thrower, a more aggressive pitcher, and accumulated more strikeouts than he does now.Pitching into his late thirties, Sabathia has had to face the realities of playing baseball as his body fails to move as fast as it once did and does not recover as quickly: “I think it’s just getting around older players and kind of realizing what you need to do to take that next step in your career.”Sabathia first joined the Yankees as a free agent in December 2008, leading New York to their 27th World Series championship in his first year with the team. Now in his tenth season in New York, Sabathia is continuing to develop his workout routine so he can extend his career in hopes of winning another championship and lead a healthy lifestyle long after he is done pitching.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Driverless cars trialled in Oxford

first_imgDriverless cars were tested on the streets of Oxford last week as part of a research project conducted by DRIVEN, a UK-based consortium.The 30-month project, which began in July 2017, aims to make it easier for autonomous vehicles to get onto the commercial market.Lead partner of the DRIVEN consortium is Oxfordshire-based Oxbotica – a spin-out company from the University’s Robotics Institute, set up by Oxford Professor Paul Newman – as well as Oxfordshire County Council and Transport for London.Last week’s test, which was deemed successful by researchers, saw two vehicles trialled on Oxford’s streets. The cars encountered pedestrians, cyclists, and other traffic autonomously.Oxbotica told Cherwell that though driverless cars have been trialled on Oxford streets before, this test was to demonstrate the interactions between the cars.DRIVEN project director and Oxbotica CEO Dr Graeme Smith told New Scientist: “This is a significant landmark in the development of vehicle autonomy, which has always been about more than simply self-driving. “This public trial demonstrates that our technology is able to share data and information that vehicles are then able to use to plot more effective routes, avoid potential hazards, and anticipate conditions more effectively.“This will have huge implications on the way autonomous vehicles will operate and how the future of road travel in the UK looks, improving safety, efficiency and productivity.”The cars used in the trial operate using what is known as “Level 4 autonomy”, meaning the car can “[drive] itself most of the time without much human input”, Oxbotica told Cherwell. According to DRIVEN, the trials they are conducting are the most complex public tests of autonomous vehicles so far. When asked how driverless cars would be able to navigate around the high number of cyclists in Oxford, Newman told Cherwell: “We have always been Oxford-based, so the brain behind our driverless cars, called Selenium, has learned from data collected in and around Oxford. “Oxbotica technology is incredibly adept in dense urban environments, and is used to interacting with lots of cyclists, pedestrians, buses, taxis and cars.”Newman also emphasised how driverless cars are compatible with the local government’s transport vision. He said: “The DRIVEN consortium involves a number of partners, including Oxfordshire County Council. This means we can work very closely with the local authority to align our plans for future transport in Oxford.”Oxford MP Anneliese Dodds told Cherwell: “It has been good to see Oxford yet again pushing forward innovation, with driverless cars now being tested on our streets. Driverless cars offer enormous potential, especially if they enable more people to share the samevehicle, as indeed is scheduled to occur in the autonomous pods that will be used by commuters between Didcot Parkway station and Milton Park.“However we have to be aware of the safety concerns that have been raised by pedestrians and cyclists, and of the potential employment impact on those who drive for a living. I know these and other issues are being taken seriously by those who are developing the technology in our own city and county.”DRIVEN plan to have a fleet of six driverless cars being trialled around Oxford’s roads by the end of the year. Newman says the final aim of the project is to have autonomous vehicles “driving between Oxford and London.”In January, Cherwell reported on how driverless cars could be the future of transportation in the city. Nigel Tipple, chief executive of OxLEP, told Cherwell: “Students are, of course, among those living and working in Oxford who could benefit from this type of transport innovation; pods could bring cheaper, more efficient and economical travel, particularly around the city centre, and the introduction of such new technology would also mean we all benefit from living and working in a cleaner, greener, less congested city.”CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly said that this was the first time driverless cars had been tested on Oxford’s streets. Additionally, it referred to DRIVEN as a ‘company’ rather than a consortium, and said the driverless car project began in April 2017. These mistakes have been corrected.last_img read more

Ocean City-Upper Township CERT Members Always Ready to Help

first_imgBy Lisa SpenglerThey wear green vests with reflective strips of tape. They wear green shirts, some bright green, some dark green. They have green baseball caps and green hard hats. They carry a green duffle bag filled with emergency supplies. And they all wear the insignia Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) proudly.Who are they? They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers. They are accountants, homemakers, nurses, retirees, police officers, firefighters, salesmen, former military members, students, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, and the list goes on. Just everyday people who want to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters that threaten Ocean City and Upper Township.Upper Township Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Morgan started the CERT program in 2005. Frank Donato, Ocean City’s chief financial officer, became Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator in 2007 and has been involved with CERT ever since. Both serve as course managers and instructors and have been instrumental in making CERT what it is today.“Offering and being involved with the CERT program has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my 18-year career in government thus far,” said Donato. “First of all, meeting so many quality people from all walks of life and varying backgrounds has been such a great experience in and of itself.“Coupling that with the ability to share our collective knowledge with these selfless volunteers makes it truly rewarding,” Donato continued. “Our philosophy is simple: whether you come back after completing the program to assist us in actual events or not, the more people in our communities that we can train to become self-sufficient in emergencies, who can also help to prepare their friends, families and neighbors, the better off we all are.”All volunteers complete an 11-week course, one evening per week. The program training includes all aspects of disaster preparation, including shelter management, first aid, Heart Saver (CPR/AED), fire safety and light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, animals in disasters, nursing home evacuation, and traffic control/special events.Acting Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman speaks to CERT members.Morgan, also a retired Ocean City police detective said, “We were very fortunate, as Emergency Management Coordinators for Upper Township and Ocean City, that our city administrations and the communities in which we live and work embraced, in 2005, the nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team, which was established in the late ’80s.“We recognized that our local residents would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster,” Morgan noted. “Basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of our residents to survive, essentially to help themselves, family members and to assist others before, during and after an event until emergency responders could and would respond.”Morgan explained that CERT’s coordinators recognized that the training program promoted a partnership effort between emergency services and the people they serve.“Our goal is for our professional emergency personnel in Ocean City, Upper Township and often outside professional agencies to train members of our neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic emergency and disaster response skills,” he said.CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability in the cities under the direction of their municipal Office of Emergency Management.“I am very proud to have been a part of coordinating this CERT training process since 2005 and I encourage more of our locals to become a part of our team if for no other reason to be prepared,” Morgan said.Ocean City Fire Chief James Smith prepares some emergency gear for use in the field.Ocean City Police Department Lt. Brian Hopely and Ocean City Fire Chief James Smith are both deputy emergency directors. They provide key instruction and support, not only during the 11-week course, but continually throughout the year.“The CERT team is an invaluable resource for our communities. People with such diverse backgrounds come together to assist their neighbors in a time of need,” Smith said.“Besides their training and experience, the CERT members offer compassion,” Smith added. “It takes a special person to volunteer their time to assist others, even more so when they may be leaving their homes behind that are affected by the same disastrous weather event. However, these dedicated members put others first and that is a very special quality and character trait.”During the past few months, the men and women in green could be found strategically placed along the Ocean City Boardwalk assisting with crowd control and directions for the Miss New Jersey Parade, the 109th Annual Baby Parade, the Hot Rod Parade and Display, and, most recently, Ocean City’s Aerobatic Air Show and Parachute Pyrotechnic Show.CERT members will also be assisting with a number of upcoming events during October and November in both Ocean City and Upper Township.George Westermann, Upper Township CERT member and Amanda Doughten, Ocean City CERT member, were positioned on the beach near the Music Pier to prevent onlookers from accessing the drop zone used by the Fastrax Skydiving Team during Saturday’s Parachute Pyrotechnic Show.“Helping with crowd control and being well-trained and prepared for any situation or emergency, is what we do,” Doughten said.Ocean City CERT member Amanda Doughten and Upper Township CERT member George Westermann prepare to man their positions at the Ocean City Parachute Pyrotechnic Show.With hurricane season upon us, as evidenced by the recent devastation in the Carolinas, there is no better time than now to be aware of the CERT program and the volunteers that are trained and available to help.The mission of CERT is simple: “Do the greatest good for the greatest number of people” when a major disaster strikes the community. The execution of that statement is what drives these volunteers. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a CERT member is by being able to help the community through a traumatic experience.Richard Wadell, a Vietnam veteran, has been a CERT member in Ocean City since 2006.“My wife and I rescue Greyhounds. We love animals,” Wadell said. “We would help the fire department evacuate people to higher ground and would take care of their pets while they sought shelter. Becoming a CERT member was another way we could help those with pets during a crisis.”In 2012, Cape May County unveiled one of the first ever pet evacuation trailers. This trailer is a comprehensive public safety initiative. It includes almost 30 installed cages that can be utilized in an evacuation or emergency.The trailer is equipped to fit cats and dogs of numerous sizes and is fully prepared and customized for the comfort and safety of pets with climate control and running water. There is also a veterinary work station, and a generator hook-up. More information on the trailer and pet preparation can be found at: https://capemaycountynj.gov/169/Prepare-Your-Pets.Westermann, a recent Upper Township CERT graduate and board president for Beacon Animal Rescue in Ocean View, recently explained the evacuation plan for the center.“As part of our evacuation plan, we sent a questionnaire to our volunteers asking if they were able to foster a cat or dog in the event of a natural or man-made incident,” Westermann said. “We have a carrier or crate for each one of our cats and dogs to assist with transportation to another location. In addition, we supply each foster volunteer with food, water and food bowls, a leash, cat litter and any other supplies as needed. Medical and vaccination records are taken to a safe location as well as stored electronically.”After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ocean City CERT member James Pieklo played a key role in recovery relief by performing welfare checks and damage assessments. A CERT member since 2010, Pieklo also runs the CERT newsletter, which is published two to three times per year and keeps CERT members up-to-date on community events as well as available on-line training programs through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.Since 2005, the CERT program has trained close to 200 members. The 2017 class was the biggest to date and included 36 members from Ocean City and 12 from Upper Township and two from Somers Point who were able to join in.On Dec. 12, 2017, the members of the largest graduating class for Ocean City-Upper Township CERT pose for a group photo.CERT members are trained and poised to help during natural or man-made disasters. They work closely with local police, fire and emergency management agencies. They are here for you, their neighbors and friends. They are prepared and they encourage everyone else to be prepared as well.A valuable list of resources and information can be found at www.weather.gov and by downloading the following apps:–      CodeRED Mobile Alert–      The Weather Channel–      Ocean City, N.J.Set “Government and/or Emergency Alerts” on your iPhone or Android.Suggested websites: www.ocnj.us/oem, www.ocnj.us, www.ocnj.us/octides, www.capemaycountynj.gov, www.uppertownship.com.If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, more information can be found at: www.ocnj.us/oem.Editor’s note: Lisa Spengler is a CERT member for Atlantic County and Cape May County (Ocean City/Upper Township). On July 18, 2018, Ocean City Fire Chief James Smith and his firefighters opened the doors of the firehouse on Fifth Street for a summer gathering and barbecue for CERT members.last_img read more

South Bend updates holiday trash pickup, yard waste schedules

first_img South Bend updates holiday trash pickup, yard waste schedules WhatsApp Twitter Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – November 24, 2020 0 583 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market TAGScollectionholidayIndianapickupscheduleSouth Bendthanksgivingtrashyard waste WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook (Photo Supplied/City of South Bend) The City of South Bend has provided a few updates to its holiday trash pickup and yard waste collection schedules.This week, Thursday’s trash and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Those who usually receive service on Thursdays will have their trash collected on Friday instead.The City’s weekly yard waste program is also approach its end of season. While it typically runs through November 30, it has been extended an additional week, through Thursday, December 3.Residents can still schedule one free monthly yard waste extra pickup after the program’s end of season. Additional pickups will cost $20 per cubic yard.For yard waste extra pickups, residents need to follow these guidelines:All bags must be the brown, biodegradable paper leaf bags and completely void of any trash debris.Branches need to be cut to four feet or shorter, be no more than four inches in diameter and tied securely with twine into manageable bundles.All items must be curbside by 6:00 a.m. on trash pickup day and away from any cars, containers, mailboxes, trees or any other obstructions. Items cannot be under any powerlines or branches.No household trash, food waste or plastic of any kind will be accepted. Google+ Previous articleThe public’s help needed to find driver of a hit-and-run crash in South BendNext articleOrganic romaine hearts recalled for E. coli contamination Brooklyne Beatty Facebooklast_img read more

High street closures at five-year low

first_imgNew research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Local Data Company (LDC), shows coffee shops led the rise in new store openings last year.According to the report, the number of coffee shops increased by 4% (or 80 units) last year. British high streets lost 14 stores a day in 2015. And around 5,138 shops closed down in town centres in 2015, compared to 5,839 high street closures in 2014.This was offset by 4,640 new openings last year, taking the net number of store losses to 498, compared with 987 in 2014. PwC and LDC said this was the lowest closure rate in five years, since the peak in 2012, when 20 stores were closing on average each day.Mike Jervis, partner at PwC, said: “The lower rate of closures in 2015 reflects optimism among retailers, and indeed most consumer confidence indices support this. In addition, retail insolvencies are at an historical low.”He added: “The openings are concentrated on experience-type outlets, especially food and beverage, and I’d also expect to see more growth in discount store openings this year.”last_img read more

A passion for unloving art

first_imgGrowing up in Melbourne, Australia, Maria Gough never imagined she would become a leading authority on Russian and Soviet avant-garde art.Gough, the Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Professor of Modern Art at Harvard, dubs the difficult, abstract field that she studies as “unloving” because “it seems at first to push you away, and you have to follow it.”After graduating from high school, Gough dreamed of becoming a sculptor. But when she was accepted into the University of Melbourne Law School, she decided to enroll there, partly for family reasons but also to satisfy an equally strong draw toward the realm of the analytical. She was permitted to take some liberal arts courses, which she took advantage of to study philosophy and art history.“Gradually, I just moved more and more into art history, such that I didn’t ever formally drop out of the law school; I just stopped taking classes in it,” she said.Despite her father’s disappointment that none of his children would take over his legal practice, Gough went on to study architecture as a graduate student, applying to graduate programs in art history in the United States. When she received her acceptance from Johns Hopkins University, she hesitated at first, but once she arrived she found that she didn’t want to leave.“I was so happy,” she recalled. “It was like being in a hothouse of wonderful people doing brilliant and creative things. I just thought we would all stay there together forever.”Gough completed her master’s at Johns Hopkins before coming to Harvard to complete her Ph.D. Though she admits to a “weakness” for 17th century baroque painting, Gough chose to specialize in European modernism because she found its problems ultimately the most compelling. In particular, Gough said that modern art appealed both to her experiences dealing with questions of aesthetic form as an artist and to her background in law and philosophy.“The modern period has wonderful instances of the intersection of great innovation in formal matters and major historical upsets — revolutions, trauma, major attempts at social transformation,” she said. “I am interested in what the function of the artist is in a revolutionary climate.”Gough’s interest in the conjunction of art and politics led her to focus on Russian constructivism, in a decision that she initially resisted because of the difficulty of conducting research in Russian repositories. Yet the historical circumstances that coincided with her time in graduate school, beginning in 1987, contributed to her desire to study Soviet art.“The spring revolution in Europe was in ’89, the Berlin Wall came down, Germany was reunified, the Soviet Union collapsed in late ’91. It was the moment,” she said. “I was interested in aesthetics and politics, and then this amazing global thing happened, and I wanted to bear witness to that firsthand.”Thanks to a Paul Mellon Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Gough spent two years living in Moscow, which she described as “completely lawless and deeply fascinating.”She relished the experience.“There was a poetry to everyday life that you don’t find in our advanced economies because we’re so organized and we don’t allow ourselves to have that,” she said. “Now, as an adult person with responsibilities and a job, it would drive me crazy. But as a student, I loved it. It was intoxicating.”Prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 2009, Gough taught at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. One of the greatest assets of being at Harvard, she said, is having access to the Harvard Art Museums and to truly extraordinary archival and library resources.“I like to go to archives and museums and find things and build stories about them,” she explained. “I’m interested in the fact that a work of art is both part of a historical moment and also transcends it. It takes us places where we didn’t know it would take us.”last_img read more

Policy on unrecognized single-gender social organizations to remain

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust announced during a faculty meeting on Tuesday that the Harvard Corporation has voted to keep in place the policy on unrecognized single-gender social organizations (USGSOs) that was first adopted in May 2016.Reading from a letter that she wrote along with Harvard Corporation Senior Fellow William Lee, Faust said the decision will allow incoming students in the Class of 2021 to make “fully informed decisions about whether to participate in a USGSO.”“While we should respect tradition, it is incumbent on us to organize the institution for the benefit of our current students and those who will follow. This requires us to create a community where students have the fair opportunity to engage in curricular and extracurricular activities regardless of their gender, socioeconomic status, or other attributes unrelated to merit.”In their letter, Faust and Lee outlined the three driving principles behind the Corporation’s decision: the need to act, the desire to give students both “choice and agency in bringing about changes to the campus culture,” and the desire to refrain from becoming a “Greek school” with social organizations that exist beyond the College’s supervision.The reaffirmed policy prohibits undergraduates in the Class of 2021 and thereafter who choose to join USGSOs, which include final clubs, sororities, and fraternities, from holding leadership positions in student organizations and athletic teams and from receiving the College dean’s endorsement for prestigious postgraduate fellowships.The reaffirmed policy, Faust and Lee said, “does not discipline or punish the students; it instead recognizes that students who serve as leaders of our community should exemplify the characteristics of nondiscrimination and inclusivity that are so important to our campus. Ultimately, students have the freedom to decide which is more important to them: membership in a gender-discriminatory organization or access to those privileges and resources. The process of making those types of judgments, the struggle of defining oneself, one’s identity, and one’s responsibilities to a broader community is a valuable part of the personal growth and self-exploration we seek for our undergraduates. The USGSOs, in turn, have the choice to become gender-neutral and thus permit their members full access to all institutional privileges.”Many members of the Harvard community have long expressed concern that the USGSOs promote exclusion along gender, class, and racial lines and undermine the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Last year, Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana submitted initial recommendations regarding USGSOs to Faust, which she accepted.In the year and a half that followed, Khurana convened a USGSO’s implementation committee of faculty, students, and staff. The committee issued its final report last March. That same month, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith established a faculty committee to gather and evaluate suggestions related to the announced policy. In its final report this September, the faculty committee suggested three potential paths, ranging from a complete ban of USGSOs to maintaining the current policy.The 2016 policy also grew out of information compiled from a 2015 sexual assault survey led by the American Association of Universities that included 27 American college and universities, among them Harvard. Most recently, surveys of students conducted by the Undergraduate Council said that Harvard’s unrecognized single-gender social organizations undermine Harvard’s goal of creating a diverse and inclusive community of learners, educators, and administrators.“The negative externalities of Harvard’s divisive social life cannot be ignored,” said Faust during the faculty meeting, quoting from the recent survey’s findings. “The stratification that many of these groups insert into our community is striking, and their impact widely felt.”Harvard’s Office of Student Life (OSL) is overseeing implementation of the policy.“The OSL will continue to work with the USGSOs that wish to align themselves with the College’s policies,” wrote Khurana in a message to Harvard College students. “As we move forward, I recognize that there will be many questions about the new policy. Some questions will have clear answers, while others will not, yet we will work to answer these questions together over the coming months.”For the past two years, Faust, Khurana, and officials across the University have been working to help further support the student experience on campus with funding from the President’s Office and the Dean’s Discretionary Fund. Projects include the Collaboration and Innovation Grant, which provides up to $3,000 to support student-run events that foster engaging community among students and campus student organizations. Increased funding has supported the Intramural Council for its activities, the House Committees to help them host campus-wide events in the Houses, and the Undergraduate Council to support events and collaborations with student organizations. Other supported events and programming include student-initiated activities to enhance social life in the Houses, such as dances, jam sessions, coffee houses, and study sessions. In addition, further funds are available for the Houses for “integrated and transformative” College experiences. One recent popular event was Quadfest, a party on Harvard’s quad with food trucks, a barbecue dinner provided by Harvard University Dining Services, and live music.“The president has committed additional resources to help support the College’s ongoing efforts in this area for the current academic year. We also recognize the concerns expressed by women students about the deficiencies in the campus social environment that have led many to seek membership in sororities,” noted Faust and Lee in their letter. “The College is committed to continuing the necessary work of addressing these issues in ways consistent with our broader educational mission.”The Corporation has long been engaged in robust discussions about how the University should address the many issues presented by USGSOs, and will continue to be actively involved. In their letter, Faust and Lee said there will likely be more work in the years ahead to fine-tune the policy as the College’s undergraduate experience evolves in response to the Corporation’s decision. The Corporation voted to review the policy after five years and for the resulting report to be presented to the faculty for discussion.Above all, Faust and Lee said, the Corporation’s decision “speaks to the responsibility of the University to meet the nonacademic needs of its student body and to define the fundamental character of the College itself.”Many who have watched the process unfold over the past year welcomed the Corporation’s decision.“As President Faust has said, action was definitely needed,” said Judy Palfrey, T. Berry Brazelton professor of pediatrics and professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and co-faculty dean of Adams House. “This has clearly been a difficult period, and making a decision like this has required wide and deep consideration. Of the options, this one preserves the students’ ability to make a choice which is critical for their growth and autonomy.”Catharine Zhang ’19, recently elected president of the undergraduate student council, said that she and vice president Nicholas Boucher ’19 are “looking forward to what steps we can take to help the process now that the decision has been announced. We hope to work really closely with the Office of Student Life, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Committee on Student Life to further promote and support ongoing student initiatives and the implementation of the new policy.”Juliette Kayyem ’91, Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard Kennedy School, said that “in the 21st century, and at this time in American history, the University more than ever needs to reflect and nurture the ideals of inclusion and community. This policy does just that.”“As a member of the faculty committee that spent months earlier this year studying and discussing these issues, I came to the same conclusion as most members of the committee: Membership in exclusionary social organizations should be banned outright,” said James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard’s Charles Warren Professor of American History. “But I see the wisdom of the Corporation’s more-moderate position, which gives the USGSOs the chance to reform themselves consistent with the principle of nondiscrimination. If they choose not to do so, I predict that the faculty will follow the lead of many of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, including Amherst, Bowdoin, Colby, Middlebury, and Williams, and vote overwhelmingly to make membership in exclusionary social organizations grounds for expulsion from Harvard College. I hope it won’t come to that. It’s now up to the members of the USGSOs to make sure that it does not.“I was quite moved by President Faust’s statement on behalf of the Corporation and believe she deserves a great deal of credit for shaping a better Harvard,” said Kay Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African-American studies.last_img read more

IHS Markit: U.S. to see strong growth in solar-plus-storage projects through 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The United States is on pace to lead the global market for grid-connected battery storage in 2019, overtaking 2018 leader South Korea, driven by accelerating solar-plus-storage projects and peaking capacity requirements, according to a May 21 research note from IHS Markit.U.S. energy storage deployments will nearly double to 712 MW this year, surpassing South Korea, which is expected to drop below 600 MW “or even significantly lower,” according to Camron Barati, a senior analyst at IHS Markit.After installing an estimated 920 MW in 2018, the South Korean energy storage sector tumbled in the first half of 2019 following a series of fires at storage installations that prompted an ongoing government investigation. The country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, which launched an investigation in January after more than 20 fires, plans to complete the probe in June, according to a recent article in The Korea Times. In January, the agency asked public institutions, large multipurpose facilities and private owners to shut down their energy storage systems, while suppliers were forced to discontinue shipments, battering the financial results of large battery-makers LG Chem Ltd. and Samsung SDI Co. Ltd.Both companies expect market activity to revive in the second half of 2019. In the meantime, IHS analysts see the U.S. market racing ahead, propelled by “significant regulatory and policy developments as well as the diversification in major applications and geographic activity,” Barati wrote in the research note. Those developments include a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order to open up wholesale electricity markets, the ability of developers to use the federal investment tax credit for storage projects charging on solar power, new state-level storage mandates and incentives, and growth in behind-the-meter installations.Between 2019 and 2023, more than 2,000 MW of energy storage paired with 10,000 MW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic arrays will be deployed in the United States, IHS forecasts. The firm estimates that combining 25 MW of four-hour batteries with a 100 MW single-axis tracking photovoltaic plant could reach a levelized cost of energy below $40/MWh if the developer qualifies for the federal investment tax credit.About 4,300 MW of grid-tied energy storage will be added globally in 2019, according to IHS, with annual installations growing to more than 10,600 MW by 2025. Stronger outlooks in the United States, China, Japan and Australia led the analysts to boost their prior forecast through 2025 by roughly 3,530 MW.More ($): U.S. seen as battery storage world leader in 2019 as fires stall South Korea IHS Markit: U.S. to see strong growth in solar-plus-storage projects through 2023last_img read more

A Lesson in Gratitude and Why One Paddler is Thankful for Pain

first_imgThe word ‘gratitude’ is fairly common in our everyday vocabulary. It’s a word we use to describe feelings of appreciation or thanks. Its root, which stems from the Latin word ‘gratus,’ implies something pleasing or agreeable for which you are grateful.To me, that seems like a pretty flowery depiction of ‘gratitude.’ Sure, like most people, I’m grateful for my family and friends, for having clothes on my back, a roof (of sorts) over my head, food to eat, and money to pay those blasted student loans. But as backwards as it may sound, I’ve recently found myself also giving thanks for pain.Allow me to explain.The first time I remember wanting to kayak, I was an 18-year-old college freshman sitting in an inflatable duckie, waiting to put in on the upper section of the Russell Fork River.“You’ve got the beer, so we won’t let anything happen to you,” one of the guys on the trip said, slapping me on the back.I swallowed hard, looking at the cooler strapped down in my stern. The upper section is a mellow class II-III run, but for me, it would be my first taste of real whitewater. Just four months after that Russell Fork trip, I drove seven hours through the night to Indiana to buy my first kayak (a play boat and all the gear I’d need, found on BoaterTalk) for $500 cash.Never mind that I had never sat in a playboat before. Never mind that I still didn’t have a roll. The day I returned from Indiana I immediately hopped on a trip to Tennessee’s Nolichucky Gorge and experienced what I imagine it feels like to almost drown. I swam three times, one of which was the entire length of Quarter Mile, a class IV rapid named for its length. During that swim in particular, I remember reaching a point where my body, so physically taxed from fighting the current, simply gave up. As I floated downstream beneath the surface of the water, I remember looking up at the sky and thinking, this is it.Of course, that wasn’t it, for my life or my beatdowns. I’ve swum nearly every river I’ve ever paddled. I’ve had mild concussions, black eyes, gnarly bruises, and feelings of total defeat and despair. I’ve been green in the face and sick to my stomach with fear, at times wishing the takeout would magically appear downstream. But it’s all of that, and so much more, that draws me to the sport. It’s that discomfort for which I am grateful, but didn’t realize I was, until recently.“When you choose to view your stress response as helpful, you create the biology of courage,” says health psychologist Kelly McGonigal in her 2013 TED Talk on the subject of “How to make stress your friend.”I came across McGonigal’s TED Talk via a blog my friend shared, which spoke similarly on the benefits of discomfort. In her presentation, McGonigal proves that changing the way we think about stress can drastically affect our health – if we choose to believe that stress hurts us, it will. If, however, we decide to embrace that anxiety and recognize it as a tool by which our body has called upon to meet a challenge, then stress can actually do us a lot of good.In fact, that change in attitude can affect us so much so that our normal physical reaction to stress (which involves increased heart rate and constricted blood vessels) can actually be altered so that the heart still beats heavily but the blood vessels stay relaxed. This, McGonigal says, is characteristic of the body during times of joy and courage.“One thing we know for certain is that chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort,” McGonigal says at the conclusion of her talk, “and so I would say that’s really the best way to make decisions, is go after what it is that creates meaning in your life and then trust yourself to handle the stress that follows.”When I heard her say those final words, everything I had ever doubted about my passions suddenly fell into place. After every beatdown I took, before every rapid I’ve never seen, there was always a little voice in the back of my head asking the big question: why? Why do we sleep on the ground in the dead of winter when perfectly cozy beds sit empty? Why do we tape our bloodied fingers and blistered heels and press on? Why do we turn to peanut butter and jelly as sustenance, and the back of our cars as home, for a few days of climbing or paddling? Why do we put ourselves in these uncomfortable situations for no apparent reason?It’s because these are the things that matter, that give meaning to our lives. The river is where I find purpose. It’s one of the few places that allows me to experience that balance between incompetence and confidence. Every bad line, every swim, every boof gone bad, isn’t a failure; it’s an unmet challenge. It is through these moments of discomfort that we dig deep, gain grit, and find that we are capable of much more than we believe.And so, on that note, let’s allocate some of our gratitude this year to all of the freezing wet nights and broken bones, to the bear that found your food and the guidebook that leaped over the edge, to every time you found yourself in a pickle yet somehow still managed to find your way out.last_img read more

Trail Mix | April Verch

first_imgMy grandmother was a violinist.When I was much younger, I can remember her describing in detail her efforts to learn to play it and how, after an injury from an automobile accident, she had to set her violin down.Stuck in my mind most vividly, I remember how she told me it was one of the most difficult instruments in the world to master, and I remember being awed by her willingness to try it.These discussions with my grandmother came to mind as I sat down to listen to April Verch, who – somehow – has managed to add an extra level of difficulty to the already taxing task of fiddle playing.Verch, who hails from Ottawa Valley, Canada, is a prodigious fiddle player, having taken up the instrument at the age of six. Though it is hard to believe, Verch – at the ripe old age of the average Kindergartner – was already an established traditional step dancer, a skill she began honing at just three years old, when she first laid bow to strings.The Berklee College of Music graduate now punctuates her ferocious fiddling with traditional step dance routines. Verch’s performances are truly a remarkable one-two punch, with her fiddle prowess matched equally by her dance moves.This month, Verch released The April Verch Anthology, a compilation of eighteen tracks that chronicle her nearly twenty year recording career. I recently caught up with April to chat about the new anthology, learning to both fiddle and dance, and amateur entomology.BRO – How hard was it for you to pick the eighteen tracks on this anthology?AV – I kind of thought that listening through all of the old releases might make me cringe a bit, honestly, and that it would be hard to find enough that I felt good about. But it wasn’t like that at all. It was enjoyable, and the only hard part was deciding how to narrow it down. We basically decided to try to approach it by including a healthy mix of both fan favorites and personal favorites. which are surprisingly almost always two different things. I think we achieved a nice blend and that the end result gives a good overall picture of my career thus far.BRO – If you had to add one more, what track might you pick?AV – It’s a bit hard to pick just one more, but I think I would have to go with “Lazy John,” from my 2011 release That’s How We Run. That track featured Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell and is pretty special. They are the real deal, and I love that old song.BRO – We are featuring “Jump Cricket, Jump” on this month’s Trail Mix. How much cricket studying did you have to do to get this track just right?AV – I am extremely fortunate to have two great scientists in my band. Cody Walters, who plays bass and banjo, has a degree in environmental science, and Alex Rubin, who plays guitar, is a neurobiologist. Together we measured and the number of chirps per minute that a cricket makes to determine the best tempo and groove for the track, all depending on the temperature of the day, of course. It gets rather complicated when we’re touring, so we base our findings on a rolling three day mean of temperature and humidity surrounding the gigs’ locations, as well as other factors, which I probably shouldn’t get into here, like pollen counts and local fishing conditions.*BRO – You picked up fiddling and dancing at very young ages. Which was harder to learn?AV – I started dancing at three and fiddling at six, and as far as I remember now, both were equal in degree of difficulty. Everything is easier when you’re a kid, though, isn’t it? I remember feeling like I could do anything that I put my mind to! And I think I had some natural ability, so things weren’t so hard at first. Then I realized several plateaus as I got older and more experienced, and that’s when the work really began, to overcome those challenges. I was lucky to have great teachers and to be surrounded by local musicians and dancers, too, which made all the difference to me.BRO – Any advice for parents of kids learning the fiddle?AV – Let them squeak. Don’t even mention it! I think the best way to get past the awkward squawks that come with learning an instrument is to let them fly so that you can learn to avoid them. Encourage a fearless approach, rather than trying to get them to play more quietly to avoid them, and they’ll end up with better tone more quickly. And remind kids that playing music is about expressing yourself and having fun, not about being being perfect. Actually, that’s not a bad thing for parents to remember, too.April Verch and her band have shows scheduled in Nashville, Louisiana, and even my hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, this week. For more information on April, her band, or when she might be coming to a stage near you, please check our her website.Also, be sure to listen to “Jump Cricket, Jump,” along with tracks from Shinyribs, Nicki Lane, Bell The Band, Southern Avenue, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.* This might be the best answer I have ever gotten in a Trail Mix interview, and I really, really want to believe it to be true.last_img read more