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Bernie Sanders Pens Letter Of Appreciation To Twiddle

first_imgTwiddle just wrapped up their second annual Tumble Down over the weekend, which brought sets from Fruition, Madaila, Aqueous, Midnight North, Lucid, Strange Machines, Holly Bowling, Teddy Midnight, Navytrain, and The Mangroves all along the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. On Friday night, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh joined the Vermont quartet for “Eyes of the World” and Twiddle’s “When It Rains, It Pours” and “Subconscious Prelude.” The two-day event was a resounding success, with late night performances from Everyone Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler, and featuring members of Twiddle, Fruition, Midnight North, and Holly Bowling, as well as a very special Mihali and Friends jam with the Gang of Thieves, Lespecial, Backup Planet, and Pitch Black Brass Band.United States Senator Bernie Sanders was appreciative of the event, penning a heartfelt letter to the band and their fans for the second year in a row. “Homegrown musical groups play a significant role in promoting Vermont’s culture and values,” he writes. “I am so pleased to see the success of this festival and very much appreciate the role that music and the arts play in making Burlington the wonderful city that it is.”Sanders takes the opportunity to address the contemporary moment, emphasizing that “now, more than ever, citizens must become involved in the political process.” Read the full letter below, uploaded by band manager Ben Baruch:[cover photo by Adam Straughn]last_img read more

Greener delivery?

first_imgThe boxy mail truck familiar on American roads for more than two decades soon may be a thing of the past. The Postal Service is beginning the process of replacing some 180,000 of the trucks, a significant portion of its total fleet. The request for proposals sent to automakers in January carried several design considerations, including enhanced fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and enough space to allow workers to stand up in the back as they grab letters and boxes for delivery. The Gazette asked Henry Lee, an authority on electric cars and the Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center, about the opportunity for the Postal Service to improve its environmental footprint — and perhaps spark broader automotive changes — through a more fuel-efficient replacement for the current model, which gets roughly 9 miles per gallon. GAZETTE: How important should fuel efficiency be to the Postal Service’s consideration of a new vehicle?LEE: That’s a tough question to answer. From the perspective of someone concerned about the environment, they should be quite concerned. But if I was [head] of the Postal Service, I might say, “If society cares about this issue, they’ll put a price on carbon and that will change my thinking about what I’m going to buy. But if they won’t do it, why should the people who buy mail services and a company that’s multiple billions of dollars in the red pay more for something that government hasn’t told us it cares about?”GAZETTE: Would that higher initial cost be offset by lower operating cost? You take something that gets nine miles a gallon and get something that gets 25?LEE: I haven’t done the numbers, but you have to ask how many miles postal workers travel in a day. Not many, though they travel a long time and they keep the engine idling. They probably travel more in a day than they would be able to if this was an electric car. They’d probably run out of electricity. I haven’t done the analysis, but what if you went to natural gas? Or hydrogen? Certainly natural gas would be an option.GAZETTE: Not electricity, though, because of the number of hours they’re on the road?LEE: Well, you have to have a lot of batteries to move something that heavy. So if you need 30 to 34 batteries — lithium batteries — the cost of the vehicle would be $20,000 more, times 180,000, which is a pretty big number.The good news for electric vehicles is that they would all go back to the same garage in the evening, and you could put charging facilities in the garage quite easily. So charging won’t be a problem, which it might be if you or I bought the car. But you’d have to figure that it needs more batteries than a normal car. You really don’t want the vehicle to have to come back at noon to be recharged.So you’re going to need more batteries in each vehicle so you have longer range. A Tesla has a phenomenal number of batteries. But it can go for 240 miles.GAZETTE: Do you have a sense of what an ideal mail vehicle would look like?LEE: No. It’s an interesting problem. If I had two weeks free, I bet I could come up with some ideas. I can tell you what won’t work, but I can’t tell you what the answer is. I can certainly beat 9 miles per gallon, though. The question is: Do I want to beat it by a factor of two or a factor of three?GAZETTE: If the media coverage is correct and the Postal Service is going to replace 180,000 vehicles, is that big enough to make an impact on the tailpipe pollution that the country emits?LEE: Yes and no. The no is because you have these vehicles dispersed across the entire country, so that’s not going to make a big dent [in local air quality]. Where it can make a dent is if you are now manufacturing engines that are a lot more efficient for midsize and small-size trucks — small trucks and SUVs are what Americans buy these days. And if you can improve the efficiency of truck engines, particularly small trucks, that would have a major impact.If I build an engine that is more efficient and I have to buy equipment and parts, somebody has to manufacture all those parts. They would probably like to sell some parts to customers beyond the U.S. Postal Service, so the impact of the improvement becomes wider. It’s like when an elite car model has some [advanced] device, and the next two years more cars have it and, after 10 years, all cars have it. So the more we can build more efficient vehicles, the better off we’re going to be and the better off the world’s going to be.GAZETTE: Where do vehicle emissions rank in the list of climate change challenges?LEE: Again, a simple answer is hard here. If you forget climate for one second, smog is a huge problem in cities like New Delhi and many others in China. Smog is a chemical soup that consists of a number of chemicals, including small particles. A lot of these particles and a lot of the NOX [nitrogen oxides] are emitted by vehicles, particularly older trucks.So if I can either substitute much more efficient models or get those trucks off the road, I’m going to make a dent in conventional pollution. I was just amazed at the number of trucks I’ve seen in China. I haven’t spent time in India, but I would suspect it’s not much different.Second, as I ratchet down emissions of power plants — there’s the new Obama [power plant] rule and I suspect the Chinese are going to do the same thing when they come up with their cap-and-trade program — then those sources I’m not ratcheting down will contribute a higher percentage of the total CO2 emissions. People may say that we can get everything we need [in emissions reductions] now from power plants, but that’s not going to be the case 10 years from now, or 20 years from now, or 30 years from now. So if you want to make a difference in the out years, if you want to meet the 50 percent, 60 percent, 70-80 percent goals that the politicians are talking about, you have to address transportation.I’ve done a lot of work on electric cars, and I’ve done some work on Chinese electric cars and at first blush they look like a monumental failure. They were trying to build cars to compete with Toyota and Tesla, but there are a couple of small, private entrepreneurs who are saying, “We have a pretty good monopoly on electric bikes, why don’t we produce small electric cars that cost $5,000 and go 35 miles an hour and maybe can’t even be used on the highway?”So they started making them and, lo and behold, they sold 400,000 of them last year. In fact, they sold 200,000 in one province. That’s five times what they sold in [larger] electric cars, so maybe they’re onto something here. These cars’ costs are at most $5,000 to $10,000. And somebody’s going to come along and say maybe there’s a niche here at $20,000 or $15,000 or $18,000 for a better electric car. That doesn’t solve the transportation emission problem, but with 800 million households in China, it can really make a dent. And these cheap electric vehicles might just be what India needs.Our focus is on the Tesla and these fancy $75,000-$80,000 cars, which are great cars. But maybe the answer for the world is these small and slow electric vehicles.last_img read more

Where football meets astrophysics

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.When Michael Mancinelli ’15 considered which college to attend, he wasn’t exactly thrilled with his options. Many N.C.A.A. Division 1 schools said they were interested in his services on the gridiron, but sounded less enthusiastic when Mancinelli made it clear that he also intended to pursue his interest in electrical engineering and astrophysics.Discouraging right from the first phone calls, many schools were skeptical that such classroom demands could be met without cutting into desired hours in the weight room, on the practice field, watching training films, and traveling.“A lot of coaches tend to think you can’t really devote all your energy to both,” Mancinelli said. “Basically, I thought I had to decide between playing football and getting the degree I wanted. But here, I was able to do both.”Indeed. Mancinelli not only excelled on Harvard’s varsity football team, his last two seasons as starting left guard, he was Academic All-Ivy as an electrical engineering concentrator with a secondary in astrophysics. And he found time to spend with his longtime girlfriend, who attends Tufts University.“You just have to get used to not having a lot of free time,” said Mancinelli. “I won’t lie. There have been very difficult times, times where it’s been a struggle to get everything done. I like to make lists, and I like to have a very structured calendar.”Certainly, football provided Mancinelli with his strongest sense of community.“With his size, beard, intellect, intensity, passion, and sense of humor, Mike is at times a force of nature, and it’s a beautiful thing,” said Timothy L. Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, via email. He was “extremely popular and respected by his teammates and coaches, which is not always an easy thing to pull off.”His Currier House suitemates are team members. Within the busy football hive, Mancinelli and his buddies on the team’s offensive line have had a welcome, memorable source of camaraderie.“Obviously, all the wins that we’ve had and the Ivy League championships are things that I’ll remember forever. But it’s the little things like in the locker room and in the training room that really make it a positive experience,” he said.A typically burly squad of between 15 and 20 players who practice together, the 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound Mancinelli recalls the “O-line” having fun piling into the team’s overflowing hot tubs or going out for Viking-like dinners at an all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse.“The last time I went there with the whole O-line, we were there for like 3 ½, four hours,” he said. “We were the last people in the place, and it was like, ‘OK, we’ve gotta close now.’”For two summers, Mancinelli worked at United Launch Alliance, a firm that designs rocket parts. The job took him to Cape Canaveral, Fla., where he assembled equipment and saw a launch. Last summer, Mancinelli worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., researching superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors, the subject of his senior thesis.While it was a thrilling glimpse into what a high-level research career might hold, Mancinelli says he wants hands-on industry experience before heading to graduate school. Either way, he’s grateful for the doors that Harvard has helped open.“At most D-1 programs, it’s pretty difficult to convince your coaches to let you go away for the summer without having that ruining your chances of playing,” said Mancinelli. “Everybody on the coaching staff has always supported my academic interests, and it’s been a refreshing thing that I know is definitely not the norm in collegiate sports anywhere.”Looking ahead, Mancinelli will enjoy some rare time off before joining Ball Aerospace, which designs and builds satellites and radar technology for fighter jets. Ultimately, he’d like a career building hardware and software for collecting vital astrophysical data.“I feel very fortunate that I found myself in this environment that allowed me to thrive in all my areas of interest, without compromise.”last_img read more

Cyberbullying

first_imgStudents today spend more time online than anywhere else, so it’s not a surprise that some of the worst behavior adults remember from their own teenage years — gossiping and bullying — has followed students online and into their newly built social networks.However, unlike in-person bullying, cyberbullying presents a unique and perhaps more sinister set of challenges for kids, parents and teachers.This type of bullying is easier to conceal and can leave permanent traces in a child’s online footprint. It’s harder for students to get away from cyberbullying.Where geographical distance once made homes and other private places safe havens, it’s harder to get away from bullies in a constantly connected world. Many kids who face in-person bullying also have to deal with cyberbullying even when they’re not in the physical presence of their bully, said Cheryl Varnadoe, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development specialist.        Cyberbullying can ruin a child’s confidence and self-esteem, which can negatively impact a child’s ability to make friends. It can cause even the most gifted child’s grades to drop.“Cyberbullying knows no bounds, and it doesn’t matter what you look like,” Varnadoe said.What to watch out for“A parent may notice that their child suddenly puts down their phone or closes the computer screen when they enter the room,” she said.A child may also become withdrawn, allow their grades to drop, lose interest in activities that they once enjoyed, spend lots of time alone on their devices and refuse to talk to their parents.“Teens are curious, and they want to know what’s being said about them,” Varnadoe said. “But many times, it would be better if they left it alone and just set their phones down.”What to doCyberbullying can be curbed. Parents can set limits on the number of hours kids spend online or institute rules that devices have to be kept in a public space in the home. Parents can also use apps to monitor social activity.Ultimately, kids need to know that their parents will back them up, and they must have an open line of communication. Because teens are naturally curious, it’s important to support their curiosity, but also be there to support troubling things they may find or experience online.“We’ve all been teens ourselves,” Varnadoe said.Education begins earlyWhen teens use devices unsupervised, the rules and knowledge about what’s appropriate need to be well-understood.“Education is key. Talking to your teen about what is appropriate and inappropriate online, covering those bases early, is important,” Varnadoe said.Technological solutions to technological problemsThere are also apps where teens can anonymously report bullying. If they witness an incident and aren’t able to stand up in the moment, SpeakUP! and STOPit are two resources that enable anonymous reporting.Because of the increased attention, social media websites have included algorithms to curb cyberbullying on their platforms. Twitter announced in May that they’ve implemented a new strategy to fight trolls by using behavioral signals like how frequently users tweet and whether or not they have a confirmed email address. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, now hides comments that attack other users. Many apps, such as Mobicip, allow parents to block users, disallow certain words and phrases, limit time spent online, and place limitations on what can be posted.However, no matter how many algorithms and apps there are to prevent cyberbullying, the only sure way to stop cyberbullying is to stay aware of your child’s online activities and maintain an open line of communication.When it comes to discussing what a teen is doing online, “having an open dialogue with no judgment is very important,” Varnadoe said.last_img read more

Vermont Chamber Organizing Trade Mission to Asia

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Vermont Global Trade Partnership and the U.S. Department of Commerce, is leading Vermont business people to China and Taiwan. The trade mission will depart on October 28 and spend the following 12 days meeting with business and political leaders in five cities: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Taipei.Taiwan is Vermont’s second largest export destination behind Canada, with over $500 million in exports annually. China is Vermont’s fourth largest export destination, with exports increasing by 200% between 2003 and 2004.Vermont Chamber Vice President of International Trade Curtis Picard noted, People are always talking about China and Taiwan: The global giant. A booming economy. What does it mean for Vermont business? The Vermont Chamber is organizing this mission to provide access, opportunities, exposure, and tools to tackle the global market.A special feature of the trip will be the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Shanghai Federation of Chambers of Commerce; and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the US-ROC Business Council. Picard noted, The MOU’s lay the groundwork for closer cooperation and new opportunities for our member businesses. Also, the US Department of Commerce Commercial Service will provide in-depth briefings on each city, and potentially offer business matches.The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will coordinate all mission logistics including airfare, hotel, ground transportation and more. The group leaves on Friday, October 28 and returns on Wednesday, November 9, 2005. Complete information is available online at: http://www.vtchamber.com/business/intltrade.html(link is external). For more information, please contact Curtis Picard ([email protected](link sends e-mail), 802-223-0904).###last_img read more

What drives millennials to choose a checking account?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How are Millennials different than other demographic segments? These young financial shoppers don’t consider branches as important as their older counterparts. They prefer low-fee checking products and are more easily influenced by an institution’s reputation and promotions.by: Rob RubinFindABetterBank is like Match.com for banking consumers, and around 40% of its users are under 30 years old. After shoppers on FindABetterBank select a checking account as their top choice, they’re asked why they’ve selected that particular checking product and institution. Overtime, we have observed that the population of consumers shopping online for checking accounts is very broad. For example, 20% of shoppers on FindABetterBank indicate they’re 50 or older and about 40% are under 30. These groups’ rationales for choosing particular checking products are different in some significant ways. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA monitoring regulatory relief possibilities through year’s end

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. Senate and House calendars are not in alignment this week due to Wednesday’s Veterans Day holiday, with the House out and the Senate working a short week. However, CUNA will be monitoring all developments, including several chances of regulatory relief.Last week, the House passed the DRIVE Act (H.R. 22), which funds highways and contains an amendment with two regulatory relief provisions. Those provisions would permit privately insured credit unions to join the Federal Home Loan Bank program and would allow financial institutions to only send privacy notices to consumers when the policy has been updated.“Both of these provisions have passed the House numerous times in the past, so we were very pleased to see them included in the trust fund bill,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.The House and Senate will come together in a conference committee to hammer out differences between the House and Senate-passed version of H.R. 22.Donovan said if the two regulatory relief provisions make it through the conference committee, prospects are enhanced for additional regulatory relief before the end of the year. continue reading »last_img read more

How to get honest feedback from employees

first_imgI’ve written before about the importance of giving constructive feedback to your employees, but how can you ensure they’re being honest in their feedback to you? You are their boss after all, and it’s common to avoid confrontation with authority figures.Just as it’s important to set appropriate expectations for daily meetings, a leader must create an environment in which employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts without fear of retribution or judgment.In a post for the Forbes Human Resources Council, employee engagement expert Jeff Miller suggests holding a feedback meeting and shares five ways leaders can elicit honest responses:Create a framework for the meeting. The meeting should include all members of your team, and empower each of them to speak up. Miller suggests using a white board to categorize feedback and a facilitator to lead the conversation. Before the meeting, ask everyone to reflect on how things are currently going – with you leading the team and the team’s operations in general. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Soccer players eager to restart contact training, says Palace’s Townsend

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says players are “desperate” to return to contact training and that he is encouraged by the results of the Premier League’s testing regime for the new coronavirus.The second round of testing returned two positives — with Bournemouth saying one of their players was now self-isolating — as the government issued guidance on the next step for athletes to resume close-contact training.”We’re desperate to get back to normality and contact training,” Townsend told Sky Sports. “At the start of the week you’re worried about being near other players but as the days go on, you get more and more comfortable with each positive test. “If it was two people from the same club (who had tested positive) you’d start to ask questions about how it had spread around the training ground.”But the fact it’s at two different clubs and they’ve kept it from spreading shows that we’re in the safest workplace in the country and it gives us confidence to move on to the next phase of testing.”Premier League players have returned to non-contact training in small groups with their clubs and ‘Stage Two’ of the government’s guidance will allow close quarters coaching and tackling in team sports.”We’re training in groups of eight so there’s 16 players from the squad I just haven’t seen,” Townsend added.”Hopefully with each successful round of testing we can get a few more players back into training and some time next week we can move on to phase two.”Topics :last_img read more

Developer gets green light for Hervey Bay retirement haven

first_imgIngenia Hervey Bay – image indicative onlyIngenia Lifestyle has been granted a development approval for a new over 50s lifestyle community at Hervey Bay.The masterplanned community will include 200 homes, and will cater for the “lock and leave” retiree.Under the scheme, residents buy a new home but lease the land, eliminating the need to pay stamp duty.Ingenia Lifestyle regional sales manager, Sharon Manson said the company’s new home designs would include double lock-up garages to fit an RV or motorhome.“There has been a focus on what our clients need in their home, this includes home designs with raked ceilings to provide a light and airy feel to maximise the natural sunlight, seamless indoor outdoor living spaces and covered, private entertaining alfresco areas,” she said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“The homes incorporate environmentally sustainable features using the principles of passive home design which take advantage of the climate to maintain a comfortable temperature through cross-ventilation, while natural light and a passive solar system will help to reduce utility bills in the home.”Ms Manson said Ingenia’s land lease model allowed buyers to own a new home at a more affordable price point, giving them more of an opportunity to free up their money.“The very simple and transparent land lease ownership model means there are no exit/deferred management fees, there’s no stamp duty to pay and no body corporate or strata fees,” she said.The 10-hectare site for the new community, which was bought for $1.8 million and is on the old Eagle’s Nest Golf Club overlooking Fraser Island, will include a resort-style clubhouse.Residents will also have discounted access to holiday parks within the Ingenia portfolio.“Pending final approvals we hope to be on site in mid-2018 to commence works and to have the first homes and the community facilities underway by 2019,” Ms Manson said.last_img read more