The Avett Brothers Pay Tribute To Leonard Cohen With “Hallelujah” Cover In Detroit

first_imgLast night, The Avett Brothers continued their current tour with the second night of a two-night stand at The Fillmore Detroit, where they paid tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 82.Listen To 12 Beautiful Covers Of Leonard Cohen’s MusicThe band opened the show with Cohen’s iconic and frequently-covered classic “Hallelujah”, an emotional tip of the hat to one of the greatest songwriters of his generation. The Avetts then treated the Michigan crowd to a set of tunes from throughout their catalogue, as well as a couple well-placed covers (including Buck Owens‘ “Cigarettes and Whiskey” and George Jones‘ “The Race Is On”).You can watch fan-shot video of the “Hallelujah” cover, as well as “Tear Down The House” (from 2008’s The Second Gleam), “Hand-Me-Down” (from 2007’s Emotionalism), and “I Killed Sally’s Lover” (from 2003’s A Carolina Jubilee) courtesy of YouTube user tom jones:“Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen cover):“Tear Down The House”“Hand-Me-Down”“I Killed Sally’s Lover”[h/t – JamBase]last_img read more

Skunks, Pets Don’t Mix

first_imgPets’ encounters with skunks are never very nice for the pets or theirowners. And as intolerable as a thorough skunk spraying can be, a Universityof Georgia veterinarian says that may not be the worst of it.”Skunks account for many rabies cases in Georgia,” said JimStrickland, an Extension Serviceveterinarian with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.Of the 597 Georgia rabies cases reported in 1995 and 1996, the GeorgiaDivision of Public Health reports that 60 cases, or 10 percent, were skunks.That’s a distant second to raccoons (415) in the number of cases reported.Strickland said outdoor pets, especially dogs, often tangle with skunks.”Skunks appear to be fairly easy prey,” he said.The appearance is deceiving. “They have a unique way of defending themselves,”he said. “But it surely is effective.”Skunks have glands that manufacture a substance loaded with thiols,the compounds responsible for the odors that come from rotting flesh andfecal matter. Their potent spray is literally the essence of putrification.It’s an eye-watering, breathtaking concoction that seems to defy any attemptto get rid of it.People with skunk-sprayed pets have tried every kind of soap and lotsof home remedies. None works very well, Strickland said. Tomato juice,a favorite, is often better at turning a pet pink than making it not stink.But there’s good news.Strickland said Lisle, Ill., chemist Paul Krebaum’s formula may be thebest hope yet for deskunking a putrid pet.Mix 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-fourth cup of bakingsoda and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Douse the pet with the solutionimmediately, since the chemical reaction lasts only a short time. Rinsethe pet well with water. Don’t let the solution soak for more than a fewminutes.The solution will treat a small dog. For larger dogs, you may need todouble or triple the ingredients.The solution, which gives off oxygen that then changes the skunk-spraychemicals into odorless compounds, can’t be stored. So just mix it anduse it as needed.”This solution may enable you to stand getting close enough to yourpet to see if it has any bite wounds,” Strickland said. “If it does, besure you have your veterinarian check it out. Bite wounds are usually highlycontaminated and predisposed to abscesses.”The threat of rabies from infected skunks is by far the more seriousproblem, he said. And a thoroughly sprayed dog may be a good sign thatthe skunk it encountered was normal.Animals infected with rabies often don’t behave normally, he said. Sothey might not use their traditional defense mechanism.Rabid skunks can be in a stage in which they have no symptoms, though.So rabies should be a concern anytime a pet mixes it up with a skunk.If your pet has been bitten and hasn’t been vaccinated for rabies, mostveterinarians now recommend having it vaccinated immediately.”If we don’t have a positive diagnosis of rabies (in the animal thatbit the pet), we don’t usually recommend euthanasia,” Strickland said.Not having to put a pet to sleep after a suspicious bite doesn’t meanthe worry is over. You can’t be perfectly sure the pet won’t develop rabiesuntil the six-month incubation period is over.”There’s only one way to be certain you don’t have to worry about yourpet getting rabies from a skunk or any other wild animal,” Strickland said.”Have your dog or cat vaccinated every year by a licensed veterinarian.”Georgia law requires all dogs and cats to have rabies shots. A three-yearvaccine is available, he said. But since Georgia has a constant presenceof rabies, he recommends sticking with annual vaccinations.last_img read more

Momentum Toward Decentralized Electricity Generation in Emerging Markets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg New Energy Finance:Advances in distributed technologies at the frontiers of the energy system can provide power where the traditional grid is non-existent, inadequate, expensive or too distant for connection.These technologies, and the innovative business models that deploy them, can deliver not just energy but also economic opportunities to the two billion people not reliably served by the energy industry today. But where exactly are the opportunities? Who are the leaders in the sector? Which markets are they likely to capture?1. The largest solar deal in Africa this year was off the grid.Small-scale solar projects, including debt financing for distributed portfolios, accounted for five of the eleven largest solar deals in Africa between January and October 12, 2017.This is not necessarily because off-grid financing is a large market, but because many utility-scale projects in the pipeline struggle with permitting, land acquisition, securing a power purchasing agreement and financing. Off-grid solar companies may be able to move faster because they do not require regulated tariffs.2. Distributed energy outside the OECD is a $40 billion industry.Diesel generators have long been the technology of choice in areas where reliable grid electricity is unavailable. In 2015, developing countries bought and installed about 600,000 units annually, totaling an estimated 29GW of capacity. About half of this is in units smaller than 0.3MW. There is a mature market and supply chain to sell, fuel and maintain this kit. Despite usually being competitive with diesel, solar currently has less than 3% of the market for distributed energy capacity in developing countries, but considerable potential.3. Solar and storage make sense for telecoms.Hybrid energy systems consisting of solar panels, a battery and a diesel generator are the cheapest way to run the world’s one million telecom towers that today have unreliable grid supplies. Telecoms and their suppliers spend around $3.8 billion on diesel for their towers today, but solar has a market share of only 3%. But the market is picking up. Orange is working with Engie on re-powering its towers in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Mitsui has invested $9 million in India’s OMC, a start-up focused on solar-power for telecoms.4. Unexpected partnerships are seeking to power the next billionIn frontier markets, reaching the last mile is crucial. This is not just true for energy retailers, but for any retailer. Multinationals focused on telecoms, internet or satellite services, insurance and even beverages have all partnered with solar companies to benefit from a combination of energy, mobile connectivity, payment information and distribution channels. This is very different from the traditional utility business model.5. Powering agriculture has potential, but limited track record.Powering agriculture appears to be a missed opportunity. In India, the sector consumes just under a fifth of the electricity and an even larger share of electricity subsidies. The country could economically replace at least 8 million diesel-powered water pumps. Deployment of solar-powered water pumps has risen 270% over 2014-16, but still lags far behind the official ambitions. In Africa, the sector is even less developed. More broadly, agricultural processing powered by distributed energy could capture more value locally. It could also be easier to finance because it powers machines that produce revenue to the farmer and can service debt. Commodity companies that either buy produce from farmers or sell them fertilizer may be well positioned to run such projects.More: 5 Distributed Energy Trends in Emerging Markets Momentum Toward Decentralized Electricity Generation in Emerging Marketslast_img read more

Nicaragua Has Seized 2.5 Tons Of Cocaine From Drug Traffickers So Far This Year

first_imgBy Dialogo May 19, 2010 So far this year, Nicaragua has seized more than 2.5 tons of cocaine from international drug-trafficking gangs, military and and police spokespersons announced. Authorities have seized 2,511 kilos of cocaine, 43 kilos of methamphetamine, and 840 rocks of crack this year, the sources said. Slightly more than half of the cocaine has been detected by the navy, which on Thursday found more than a ton of cocaine hidden in containers on a Cypriot-flagged merchant vessel, at a port on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The ship, arriving from Colombia with an Egyptian captain and twenty-four crew members, was able to continue its voyage to Guatemala without charges being filed against any of the crew. The police also take credit for 43 kilos of methamphetamine confiscated at two clandestine laboratories linked to Mexico drug cartels, according to the spokesperson for the National Police, Commissioner Vilma Reyes. Central America is a transit corridor used by cartels moving drugs from South America to North America.last_img read more

Shop from Home program revives traditional markets affected by COVID-19

first_imgAs economic activities continue to get battered by the effects of COVID-19, 38-year-old vegetable trader Endah “Betty” Widiarti has found a way to survive despite having lost customers at her shop in Rumput Market in Setiabudi, South Jakarta.Although her shop is not pulling in the revenue it usually does on normal days, Betty has managed to maintain enough sales thanks to city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya’s recently launched Shop from Home program.The market operator provides a list of traders’ telephone numbers on its website and Instagram account, which allows customers to make purchases via telephone call or text. Read also: Jokowi relaxes loan settlements to help small businesses cope with COVID-19 effectsSales for most micro, small and medium businesses have been hit hard ever since the coronavirus broke out in Indonesia, as residents have opted to stay at home, as instructed by the central government and the Jakarta administration.A state of emergency was declared by the Jakarta administration through to April 19, with calls being made for residents to stay at home. Schools and offices have been temporarily closed and events and religious activities have been postponed or canceled.Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has recorded at least 808 confirmed COVID-19 cases, nearly half of the country’s confirmed cases in total, and 85 fatalities.In normal times, Pasar Jaya, which manages 105,223 stalls at 153 markets across the capital, records around 2 million visitors per day at all of its markets, according to the firm’s website.The market operator’s president director, Arief Nasrudin, said during a press briefing at City Hall on Tuesday that he hoped the Shop from Home program could fulfill “Jakarta residents’ needs and keep the small traders’ economic situations in good shape.”Read also: Neighborhood authorities help curb COVID-19 spreadHesti Setyarini, a 30-year-old private employee currently working from home, recently used Shop from Home to buy vegetables and spices at a shop owned by a trader named Sapri at Rawamangun Market in Pulo Gadung district, East Jakarta.Unlike Betty’s service, Sapri rides his motorbike himself to deliver orders straight to his customers, including Hesti. He delivers goods a day after payments are made so that orders can build up, allowing him to maximize delivery efficiency.“I was satisfied with the service, but perhaps because at first I had low expectations,” Hesti told the Post in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “The seller was responsive and the vegetables were fresh. The prices were not so different than those of the vegetable seller near my house. This is a helpful alternative.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the program was aimed at encouraging residents to stay at home and avoid contracting the virus in public places.“We have to take this measure as we extended the state of emergency in the capital for the next two weeks, which means certain needs will be impossible to fulfill without reaching out to the markets,” Anies said on Tuesday.Topics : The program, which involves traders from at least 50 traditional markets across the capital, gives Betty’s customers the option to buy vegetables via WhatsApp.“My customer sends their grocery list. We will look into it. If we do not have the goods, we search for them at other shops,” Betty, whose shop was established by her mom in 1975, told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Wednesday.“When everything’s ready, we make a confirmation. The customer then makes their payment via bank transfer and we will have the goods delivered to them.”Betty prefers using ride-hailing services Gojek and Grab as oppose to conventional forms of transportation to deliver orders because of the lower fares.last_img read more

BKSDA Aceh probes death of young elephant found in oil palm plantation

first_imgThe Sumatran elephant is a critically endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List due to a significant decrease in population as a result of habitat encroachment and poaching.Agus urged local residents to take part in elephant conservation as Sumatran forests, home to the elephant, were constantly being deforested to make way for human and business activities.“The damage of their habitat would trigger conflict with humans,” he added.The finding occurred only a day after a wild Sumatran elephant was brutally killed in Kelayang in Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau. The elephant’s face was severely mutilated though its tusks were still intact. (dpk) Topics : Veterinarians of the agency immediately conducted a necropsy to find the cause of the death. BKSDA Aceh also coordinated with local police to check the areas surrounding the location of the dead elephant.This marks the second finding of a dead Sumatran elephant in Aceh. Earlier this month, local residents found a decaying elephant carcass at a production forest in Kerung Baung village in Peunaroen district, also in East Aceh regency. Authorities estimated that the 1.5-year-old calf died a month before they found it.Its cause of death is also not known.Read also: Riau sees human-elephant conflicts double in 2019center_img The Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Aceh) has started investigating the death of a Sumatran elephant found at an oil palm plantation in Ranto Peureulak in East Aceh regency, Aceh, the second case of its kind this month.The male Sumatran elephant was 4 or 5 years old, Aceh BKSDA head Agus Arianto said.“We do not yet know the cause of the death,” he said as reported by on Thursday.last_img read more

P2P lender Modalku seizes opportunity to fund social commerce borrowers

first_imgThe company’s recent survey of 200 SMEs showed that online sellers were using instant messaging and e-commerce as sale platforms.As many as 77.5 percent and 70.5 percent of the respondents said they were using e-commerce platform Shopee and Tokopedia, respectively, while 62 percent of sellers also used instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and LINE.SMEs, which contribute more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.The government aims to have 10 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) go digital by the end of the year to help ease the economic burdens caused by the ongoing global health crisis. The plan is intended to increase the proportion of SMEs that have gone digital, which currently stand at around 13 percent of around 60 million small businesses. Peer-to-peer lender Modalku plans to expand its funding portfolio to include social commerce amid the rising usage of e-commerce and messaging platforms by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during the pandemic.Cofounder and COO Iwan Kurniawan said that Modalku aimed to reach “tens of thousands” of online sellers but would remain selective in the industries it chose to fund.“We want to support SMEs that have recently gone online or whose online businesses have grown during the pandemic,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday. “We see an opportunity to fund online SMEs such as those in the health sector, fast-moving consumer goods and ICT [information and communications technology].” Read also: Govt aims for 10 million MSMEs to go digital by year endThe survey also found that 70 percent of respondents said they were interested in utilizing online lending services to help fund business expansion and online promotion.Modalku’s micro business project manager Yuliana Prabandari said that online SMEs could get loans of up to Rp 250 million (US$17,227) for a 12-month term.She went on to say that Modalku had been working with e-commerce platforms, namely Shopee, Tokopedia and Bukalapak, to make funding easier to access for online SMEs. Modalku is allowed to use data from e-commerce platforms to assess borrower’s credit scores and risk profile.“But as we are targeting social commerce sellers as well, we will also analyze borrower risk profiles based on their bank account history in the past three months,” Yuliana said.She added that the company would target online SMEs in the Greater Jakarta area, as well as Bandung, West Java, and Surabaya, East Java, before gradually expanding.Modalku reported that it had disbursed Rp 4.1 trillion in loans in the first quarter of the year to more than 2.4 million borrowers.Despite the pandemic-induced economic slowdown, the company reported that its non-performing loan (NPL) rate was still below 1 percent.Previously, Tokopedia stated on July 15 that it had around 8.3 million SMEs on its platform, most of which were first-time entrepreneurs.“Their first business started on Tokopedia,” William Tanuwijaya said during The Jakarta Post’s webinar “Expanding market access for SMEs throughout Indonesia”.“With a digital platform like Tokopedia, we can expect that more and more SMEs will rise and, with lots of entrepreneurs, lots of jobs will be created.”Topics :last_img read more

How can food and drink manufacturers avoid supply-chain issues?

first_imgThe Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to [email protected] More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice. By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice. Company: Sage Format: PDFLength: 24 pagesType: White Paper The UK food and drink supply chain is a dynamic model of speedy efficiency, so even a minor disruption can create a ripple effect that magnifies as it widens. In this whitepaper, the most catastrophic and high-profile supply chain breakdowns are examined to understand what went wrong and why – and, crucially, what lessons can be learned.Download this free white paper to find out nowlast_img read more

100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms

first_imgBelle Vernon Area School DistrictBellwood-Antis School District California Area School DistrictCanon-Mcmillan School District Penncrest School DistrictPeters Township School District Middletown Area School DistrictMidd-West School District Altoona Area School DistrictAthens Area School District Sharon City School DistrictSomerset Area School District Bensalem Township School DistrictBethlehem Area School District Conneaut School DistrictConnellsville Area School District Coudersport Area School DistrictCranberry Area School District Gateway School DistrictGreater Latrobe School District Jersey Shore Area School DistrictKeystone Central School District Duquesne City School DistrictElk Lake School District Charleroi Area School DistrictConemaugh Valley School District Stroudsburg Area School DistrictSusquehanna Community School District Albert Gallatin Area School DistrictAllegheny-Clarion Valley School District March 05, 2020 Forest Area School DistrictForest City Regional School District Erie City School DistrictFannett-Metal School District Bradford Area School DistrictBrownsville Area School District Muhlenberg School DistrictNeshannock Township School District Education,  Press Release Leaders of more than 100 school districts across Pennsylvania have called on the legislature to enact Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed Charter School Law reforms. These changes would allow school districts to reinvest an additional $280 million into their classrooms while ensuring charter schools are held accountable for the quality of education they provide.“Every child in Pennsylvania deserves the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, but our current law allows some charter schools to perform poorly at the expense of students enrolled in traditional district schools,” said Gov. Wolf. “My charter school law proposal will benefit all students while helping to ensure all schools are held to the same quality and ethics standards.”Gov. Wolf’s package of policy and budget initiatives include applying the special education funding formula to all charter schools, establishing a statewide cyber charter tuition rate, and improving the tuition redirection process. The changes will better align payments made to charter schools with the actual cost of educating students. Clarification of the redirection process will increase fairness, accountability, and transparency.Taxpayers spent $1.8 billion on charter schools last year, including more than $500 million on cyber charter schools. The rising cost of charter schools is draining funding from traditional public schools, which has forced cuts to classroom programs and property tax increases.A recent 2020 State of Education survey conducted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) determined that more than 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s public school districts identified mandatory charter school tuition costs as one of their biggest sources of budget pressure.“The charter funding issue is not a new budget challenge, but it is a significant and rising one and its imbalance is causing grave issues for the school districts,” said PSBA Chief Executive Officer Nathan G. Mains. “We appreciate and support Governor Wolf’s attention paid to this in his budget proposal. We are proud of our more than 100 school districts that have adopted the resolution calling for charter school funding reform. Our work will continue until the situation is righted and we are appreciative to have the support of the governor.”The 108 school districts voicing their need for Charter School Law reform are: The School District of Haverford TownshipThe School District of Lancaster West Middlesex Area School DistrictWest Shore School District Indiana Area School DistrictInterboro School District Upper Dublin School DistrictUpper St. Clair Township School District Montoursville Area School DistrictMount Pleasant Area School District Southern Columbia Area School DistrictSouthern York County School District 100+ School Districts Call for Gov. Wolf’s Charter Reforms Highlands School DistrictHopewell Area School District Pittsburgh School DistrictQuakertown Community School District Northern Cambria School DistrictNorthern Tioga School District Oil City Area School DistrictOswayo Valley School District Wallingford-Swarthmore School DistrictWashington School District West York Area School DistrictWilliam Penn School District Ridgway Area School DistrictRinggold School District Northgate School DistrictNorwin School District West Chester Area School DistrictWest Jefferson Hills School District Lackawanna Trail School DistrictLakeland School District Cornell School DistrictCorry Area School District York Suburban School DistrictYough School District Otto-Eldred School DistrictPanther Valley School District Rochester Area School DistrictSayre Area School District Parkland School DistrictPenn Cambria School District Mifflin County School DistrictMillcreek Township School District Laurel Highlands School DistrictLeechburg Area School District South Fayette Township School DistrictSoutheastern Greene School District Central Greene School DistrictCentral Valley School District Delaware Valley School DistrictDerry Area School District Hazleton Area School DistrictHempfield Area School District Jamestown Area School DistrictJefferson-Morgan School District Wilmington Area School DistrictWoodland Hills School District North Hills School DistrictNorthampton Area School District Fort Leboeuf School DistrictFrazier School District Schuylkill Valley School DistrictShamokin Area School District Uniontown Area School DistrictUpper Darby School District Carbondale Area School DistrictCentral Columbia School District SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Funding Announced for New Sea Wall at Dawlish

first_imgUK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (15 February) announced further funding of up to £80 million in the south-west to deliver a new sea wall at Dawlish, providing better protection for the railway and homes behind it.Upgrades to the sea wall will increase its height by 2.5 meters and include wave returns to reduce the impact of waves and the likelihood of the line being closed during adverse weather.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “With up to £80 million of funding available to create a rigorous set of defenses, this new sea wall will help protect this vital route, building on our ambitious plans to grow this region’s economy and prosperity through stronger transport connections.”Today’s announcement was made as the Transport Secretary visited Dawlish, meeting with Network Rail and local businesses, to discuss how government investment is focused on giving people across the south-west the modern, reliable services they deserve.Work on the new sea wall will begin in the spring and is expected to be complete by 2021.The government has already provided £15 million for Network Rail to design a long-lasting solution to this problem, in addition to the £40 million spent by Network Rail to repair the damage caused in the 2014 storm.last_img read more