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first_imgMultitalented bassist/vocalist/bandleader Thundercat has released a new single “King of the Hill”, featuring Flying Lotus and BadBadNotGood, which will appear on the forthcoming Brainfeeder X box set due out on November 16th.Flying Lotus produced the new track “King of the Hill”, which incorporates elements of jazz, funk, and soul into the mix. “King of the Hill” starts out with a relaxing and dreamy instrumental, before the music hits, and then is followed by Thundercat’s silky-smooth vocals. As the the soothing track approaches the song’s chorus, the musicians exclaim, “The king of the castle, the king of the hill, wasting his time, chasing cheap thrills.”As Rolling Stone reports, the 36-track Brainfeeder X compilation celebrates the Flying Lotus-founded label’s 10th anniversary. The two-volume box set offers a label retrospective in the first volume, which features previously released highlights from the label. The second volume includes 22 new and unreleased songs from the label’s artist roster. The compilation will be available as a 4-LP vinyl box set as well as in 2-CD and digital formats.Listen to Thundercat’s new track “King of the Hill” below:Thundercat ft. Flying Lotus & BadBadNotGood – “King of the Hill”[Video: Brainfeeder][H/T RollingStone]last_img read more


first_img The cast also includes Dylan Baker as John Major, Geoffrey Beevers as The Queen’s Equerry, Michael Elwyn as Sir Anthony Eden, Judith Ivey as Margaret Thatcher, Dakin Matthews as Winston Churchill, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson, Rod McLachlan as Gordon Brown and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. Her Majesty the Queen has arrived on Broadway! Helen Mirren begins previews in Peter Morgan’s The Audience on February 14. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the production will play a limited engagement through June 28 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opening night is set for March 8. For sixty years Elizabeth II (Mirren) has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today. The Audience Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015last_img read more


first_imgIf your drive for spring cleaning demands a clean house inside and out, you may wonderwhat to do with those dirty shingles.Before you pay high costs to replace your roof, try cleaning it.In high-humidity areas, roofs often turn dark brown or black within five to seven yearsbecause fungi and algae feed on dirt in shingles.The fungus can start growing on a new roof right after the first shingle is laid down,says Dale Dorman, a housing specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”The growth first appears as black streaks or wedge-shaped areas that spreadacross the roof,”> Dorman says. “After a few years, the discolored areasmerge, and uniform discoloration eventually results.”Fungus and algae growth is usually heaviest on west- or north-facing roofs or onthose shaded by trees,” she says. “Dew dries more slowly in these areas.”The good news is that these stains don’t mar the roof’s strength or service life.Research at Mississippi State University found several chemicals can remove shinglediscoloration caused by fungi, algae and lichen.”One of the best cleaners is liquid household bleach,” Dorman says. “Andit doesn’t damage the shingles.”Apply a 75 percent solution of household bleach (three parts bleach to one part water)to asphalt shingles. Use one gallon of solution per 30 to 50 square feet of roof surface.About 15 gallons of bleach will treat 1,000 square feet of roofing. “Roofs will remain clean for at least five years if sprayed with the 75 percentbleach solution,” Dorman says.Cleaning power decreases with less bleach. A 10 percent bleach solution will kill thefungus, but it won’t clean the roof immediately. The dead organisms will eventually washaway with rain. But the roof will remain clean for only about a year.Clean your roof in strips starting at the peak and working toward the eaves, Dormansays.”Treated roofs are slippery when wet, so work from a ladder,” she says.”Use a clean garden sprayer to apply the mixture.”Avoid skin contact with the solution,” she says, “and cover any shrubsor plants below the eaves with plastic. Dilute any solution reaching the ground byspraying it with water.If you have rain gutters at the eaves, remove all leaf screening and place a gardenhose in the gutter. This will dilute the solution as it drips from the roof. You don’tneed to scrub the roof or rinse off the solution.”While cleaning the shingles, look for damage on your roof,” Dorman says.”Note cracks in the shingle surface, curling corners, buckling front edges or loss ofgranules.””If you have to reroof, use a fungus-resistant shingle that carries a 20-yearlimited warranty against fungus growth,” she says. “The shingles release zincgranules when it rains, destroying fungus and algae.”The fungus-resistant shingles offer an inexpensive way to maintain beauty, Dorman says.last_img read more


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:A north Texas coal-fired power plant will shut down in 2020 after it couldn’t make money in the Texas power market.The nearly 700 megawatt Oklaunion plant near Vernon couldn’t compete in the market run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT said AEP Texas spokesman Greg Blair.“The owners voted to close the plant between April and Oct. of 2020. There’s a lot more approvals that need to be gotten before that happens, but really the plant was no longer competitive in the ERCOT market,” Blair said.He added that approximately 80 workers would be affected by the closure. AEP and its subsidiaries own a 70 percent stake in the plant, with the City of Brownsville and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority owning 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively.It would grow a list of at least five coal-fired power plants that have either closed or announced their closure date. Three were shut down by Luminant in early 2018, which cited low prices as the reason for closing the plants. Another run by San Antonio’s city-owned utility, CPS Energy, will close by the end of the year instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental controls.While there are no current deals to sell the power plant, Blair said the company is “always looking for opportunities.”More: Texas coal plant to shut down by 2020 AEP will close 680MW Texas coal plant in 2020last_img read more


first_img The training program was launched thanks to international cooperation. In 2012, Colombia signed a bilateral agreement with Haiti to help train and professionalize Haitian police officers. The strategic alliance had the support of the Narcotics Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince. The goal of the partnership is to train 200 female officers for the Haitian police by 2016. “This first contingent of trained women is very beneficial for Haiti. The police officers will help with the formation and professionalization of the HNP (Haitian National Police) with a gender perspective to gain new insights into security operations against crime and organized crime,” said Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Women officers are playing an increasing important role in law enforcement in Latin America and the Caribbean, said Colombian Deputy Foreign Minister Patti Londoño. The training provided to the young women officers is “a fundamental contribution made by the country to advance in incorporating a gender perspective in support missions for peacekeeping, prevention, management and conflict resolution”, Londoño said. During a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry on Nov. 13, 2013, Londoño recognized each of the young Haitian officers for participating in the training. The deputy Foreign Minister wished the young officers “much success in developing their work upon returning to Haiti”. The training provided by the Colombian National Police will help the young Haitian police agents innovate and lead when they return to their home country, Colombian authorities said. The more professional a police force is, the more effective it will be in gaining the trust of the community, officials said. Haiti and other countries in the region should work together to fight transnational drug trafficking, said Rodriguez Luna, the security analyst. “It is essential that the Haitian government with the help of international partners regain control of the territory and coastal areas to prevent drug trafficking into Europe and West Africa,” Rodríguez Luna said. Haiti has 10,000 police officers of which 9.25% are women. The Haitian government’s goal is to have 15,000 officers by 2016. The country has a population of 10 million people. Police professionalization Colombian security forces are training 10 Haitian women police officers, who will return to their country after graduating as law enforcement professionals. Colombian National Police have been training the Haitian officers since January 2013 at the Sumapaz School of the National Police, in the Colombian town of Fusagasugá. The Haitian officers have participated in courses on how to patrol and the best ways to divert children and teenagers from joining gangs and discourage them from using or selling drugs. The training was scheduled to be completed in early December 2103. Grateful for training opportunity By Dialogo December 09, 2013 MINUSTAH Promoting democracy The Haitian officers expressed gratitude for the training opportunity. students expressed their gratitude for the training received in Colombia. Some of the women agents were enrolled in college and left their schools to train under Colombian National Police Col. Yacqueline Navarro. “After all this time in Colombia, we will be ready to work for the progress of our country,” said Haitian police agent Judith German, 23, told EFE News. German learned about the training program while she was in college, studying for a nursing degree. German left school and joined the police training program. German wants to specialize in forensic sciences with the Haitian National Police. The directors of the police school organized the Haitian students into two-person teams. The Haitian trainees were put together with Colombian police recruits so the Haitians could improve their Spanish. The Haitian women were trained in target practice and also received specialized training in how to deal with children and teenagers. The Haitians will return to their country to use the tactics they learned during the training course, Navarro said. The Haitians will return to the Caribbean country before Christmas 2013. ‘ The 10 trainees will receive additional training about the laws of Haiti before working as HNP agents, authorities said. center_img The training received by the women HNP recruits in Colombia will help improve the department’s professionalization, according to Rodríguez Luna. “The professionalism and strategy that the new officers learned in Colombia, a country that has been recognized for developing a national police force with special needs for combating organized crime groups, is an advantage for the HNP,” the security analyst said. The HNP has taken great strides forward, a high-ranking HNP official said. “We have made great progress, but there is still a lot to do,” said Michel-Angel Gideono,” chief of the West Department of the HNP. Training new pólice agents As part of the Haitian National Police Development Plan, the United Nations Police (UNPOL) and security forces from Chile, Colombia, the United Kingdom, and France helped train more than, 1,100 Haitian law enforcement officers in 2012. The HNP has a fleet of 726 vehicles, 653 motorcycles, and five maritime vessels to patrol the coast, according to a RESDAL report. The HNP was established in 1995. International cooperation The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was launched in 2004 after the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. MINUSTAH , increased its presence after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 230,000 people in January 2010. The Mission works to strengthen the institutions in Haiti, as well as promote and protect human rights in the country. In October 2013, the U.N. Security Council reported that MINUSTAH would eventually reduce its contingent of military personnel from 6,233 to 5,021, and police officers from 2,457 to 2,601. Peacekeeping forces will reduce their presence when conditions permit, the UN reported. The mission is in its Plan for Consolidation phase, which includes its gradual withdrawal from Haiti by 2016, with the option to replace the mission with smaller aid groups. The inclusion of women among Haitian security forces is a fundamental element in promoting and consolidating democracy in Haiti, according to a report from the Latin American Security and Defense Network (RESDAL) that was released in May 2013. As HNP agents, the women recruits will fight organized crime enterprises, such as drug trafficking, domestic violence, and robbery and theft. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has become an important transit route for cocaine shipments through the Caribbean in recent years. Drug traffickers use the more than 1,700 kilometers of Haitian coast as a strategic point for drug transport. Fighting drug trafficking last_img read more


first_imgThe PVMBG also issued a code orange volcano observatory notice for aviation (VONA) following Thursday’s eruption. The color codes in VONA’s alert levels reflect conditions at or near a volcano. The green code indicates a normal, non-eruptive state; yellow shows signs of elevated unrest above known background levels; orange means there is heightened unrest with an increased likelihood of eruption; and red forecasts an imminent eruption with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.Mt. Sinabung erupted again for the first time after 14 months of inactivity at 1:58 a.m. on July 8, emitting a 2,000-m-high column of ash that later spread as far as Berastagi, located some 30 km from the volcano. A second eruption occurred later at 5:18 p.m. on the same day, producing a 1,000-m-high column of ash.It was followed by a string of eruptions that produced an ash column reaching up 5,000 m on Monday.The 2,460 m mountain roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. It erupted once more in 2013 and has remained highly active since.At least 16 people died in one of Sinabung’s eruptions in 2014. Two years later, another eruption killed seven. Topics : As of Thursday, the PVMBG still maintained the volcano’s alert status at Siaga, or level three of the four-tiered alert system. The authorities, however, have reminded the public to steer clear of a 3-kilometer radius from the crater, designated as the danger zone.Residents were further encouraged to wear a mask to protect their respiratory system and to clean their roofs of thick volcanic ash to prevent their houses from being damaged.”Those living near the riverbank must remain cautious of potential lava flow,” the PVMBG said in a statement.Read also: Public warned of more eruptions as Mt. Sinabung spews ash 5,000 meters highcenter_img Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted again several times on Thursday, spewing out a 2,000-meter-high column of ash and smoke into the air.The first eruption was recorded at 6:07 a.m. and continued for around 11 minutes, with a 1,000-m-high column of ash moving toward the east, the southeast and the south, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported.The second eruption lasted for around 20 minutes starting at 1:08 p.m. as the volcano spewed a 2,000-m-high column of ash, which blew toward the east and the southeast, the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) said.last_img read more


first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Twenty-six airports will make infrastructure and equipment upgrades to maintain safety and expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities with the assistance of over $6 million in state investments, Governor Tom Wolf announced today.“With more than 400 airports across the state, this support from my administration helps keep aviation a viable transportation alternative and adds to our economy as well,” Governor Wolf said. “These airports support hundreds of thousands of jobs and offer services that are attractive to the business community and others interested in general aviation.”Included in the grants is $2.2 million in state funding from PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program, which comes from the state’s jet fuel tax, and $4 million from the Multimodal fund. The two funding streams leverage $2.1 million in local matching funds. Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the Aviation Development Program.Following is a by-county list of approved aviation projects under the programs with the state share:Allegheny County: Allegheny County Airport — $223,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Berks County: Reading Regional / Carl A. Spaatz Field — $552,750 to rehabilitate the terminal parking lot.Bradford County: Bradford County Airport — $273,000 to improve and expand the existing fuel farm for aviation gasoline.Butler County:Butler Farm Show Airport — $37,500 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield; $45,000 to trim and remove trees off the airport that impact the approach to the runway.Pittsburgh – Butler Regional Airport — $90,000 to design the rehabilitation of taxiways and a new access road on the south side of the airport.Carbon County: Jake Arner Memorial Airport — $995,250 to rehabilitate the airport’s aviation gas and jet fuel facility.Chester County:Brandywine Regional Airport — $150,000 for the design of new hangar site infrastructure.Chester County/ G.O. Carlson Airport — $1 million for the construction of new hangar site development infrastructure; $18,750 to install an airport communications link between aircraft and air traffic control.Clarion County: Clarion County Airport – $112,500 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Clinton County: William T. Piper Memorial Airport — $39,109 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Clearfield County: Clearfield Lawrence Airport — $9,000 to install upgrades to the airport’s jet fueling equipment.Cumberland County: Carlisle Airport – $90,000 to trim and remove trees off the airport that impact the approach to the runway.Elk County; St. Marys Municipal Airport — $75,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Fayette County: Joseph A. Hardy / Connellsville Airport – $75,000 to rehabilitate and replace components of the airport’s weather reporting system.Indiana County: Indiana County / Jimmy Stewart Airport — $75,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Jefferson County: DuBois Regional Airport — $75,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Lawrence County: New Castle Municipal Airport — $112,500 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Luzerne County: Hazleton Regional Airport — $112,500 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Mercer County: Greenville Municipal Airport — $150,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Montgomery County: Heritage Field — $261,525 to design new hangars, taxiway access and an access road.Monroe County: Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport — $30,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield.Schuylkill County: Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey Airport – $225,000 for an aircraft fueling truck.Somerset County: Somerset County Airport – $450,000 to construct a new above-ground fueling facility.Washington County: Washington County Airport — $450,000 to rehabilitate and improve the main on-airport access roadway.Westmoreland County:Arnold Palmer Regional Airport — $187,500 to upgrade radios and other security equipment and miscellaneous improvements; $150,000 for the design of a corporate hangar site development and roadway access improvements.Rostraver Airport — $75,000 to acquire equipment to maintain the airfield; $112,500 to improve utility service to airport hangars.For more information on aviation in Pennsylvania visit www.penndot.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 06, 2018center_img Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 26 Airportslast_img read more


first_imgIt will now consult on any amendments required to the regulatory framework and conduct any cost-benefit analysis on its proposals.In other news, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has said that, despite awareness for auto-enrolment being high among SMEs, many of those staging later this year are yet to prepare for enrolling staff into a pension scheme.Some 20% of those expected to stage between June and November lack any firm plans to undergo auto-enrolment, TPR said.The regulator welcomed the near complete awareness of auto-enrolment legislation (97%) among smaller medium-sized employers. However, only 86% of small employers were aware and 65% of micro.This comes as the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), the government-backed master trust for auto-enrolment, announced it has reached 2m membersNEST has been active for just over two and a half years when auto-enrolment started in October 2012, and is safely the UK’s largest defined contribution platform.The scheme has a public service obligation to accept all eligible employers wishing to use the platform for auto-enrolment.NEST now accounts for some 40% of new members saving for a pension via the policy.Finally, RSA, a think tank, has suggested the UK government implement a policy where self-employed workers are prompted to join a workplace pension scheme, in order to increase savings coverage.Only 26% of self-employed workers contribute to a pension compared with 49% of employees, RSA said.The think tank said a policy akin to auto-enrolment for self-employed workers would not be feasible because of issues around volatile earnings, administrative burdens and a preference to save more flexibly.However, RSA said if the government supported a reminder about joining a workplace pension when filing tax-returns, the level of savings coverage could be increased.NEST currently accepts self-employed workers in its scheme but so far has only enrolled 700, according to RSA. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said it will work to create a ‘pensions dashboard’ that will allow savers to track all their pensions savings in one place.The UK’s financial services regulator made the decision as it concluded its study on the retirement income market.The quasi-government body will now work with HM Treasury to create the pensions dashboard in the longer term, it said.Other recommendations included forcing annuity providers to demonstrate how competitive their quote is compared with peers, allowing consumers to identify whether a better deal is available elsewhere.last_img read more


first_imgThe London borough of Islington’s pension fund is overhauling its emerging and frontier market exposure while dropping its passive equity managers for the region.The changes come as the £1.1bn (€1.5bn) fund implements its amended strategic asset allocation (SAA), which will see it reduce exposure to emerging markets to 6%, down from its 7% target.In a tender notice, the council said the new actively managed mandates would be worth a combined £60m.The future manager will be expected to build up “significant” exposure to frontier markets. “At this stage,” the mandate adds, “applications will be accepted from managers that manage equity, bond, multi-asset or other mandates from these markets.”The pension fund said it would not consider standalone products exposed only to either frontier or emerging markets.Parties interested in the mandate – which could run for an initial five years and be renewed for a further three – should contact the council by 20 June.The search for an emerging market manager comes as Islington shifts some of its assets to sub-funds managed by the London CIV, the local pension scheme asset pool that last year appointed four managers to oversee £6bn in London borough equity mandates.Among the nine sub-funds launched at the time, however, only two are actively managed, and both are for global equity strategies.The emerging market sub-funds offered by the CIV, managed by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and BlackRock, respectively, are both passively managed.LGIM is Islington’s current source of passive emerging market exposure.However, Islington has shifted some of its equity investments to a CIV-launched sub-fund and now invests in an Allianz Global Investors-managed equity sub-fund commissioned by the pool rather than directly with AGI.last_img read more


first_imgGerman offshore wind farms generated over 18.8 Terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2018, an over 8% increase compared to 17.4TWh generated in the German North Sea and the Baltic Sea in 2017, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. North Sea wind farms generated 16.6 TWh, with the remaining 2.2 TWh coming from the Baltic Sea.The increase in production is most likely due to the newly added capacity through projects such as the 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 and the 396MW Merkur in the North Sea, and the 385MW Arkona and the 350MW Wikinger in the Baltic Sea, which started delivering electricity or were officially commissioned in 2018.Offshore wind was one of the factors in Germany’s renewable energy sources providing over 40% of the country’s overall annual power production for the first time ever.The renewable energy sources supplied 40.4% of Germany’s total electricity production in 2018.last_img read more