Bon Iver Announces 2019 U.S. Summer Tour Dates

first_imgIndie folk outfit Bon Iver has announced a small batch of 2019 U.S. summer tour dates, slated for August 31st through September 6th.The band fronted by Justin Vernon will open up the summer run at Missoula, MT’s KettleHouse Amphitheater on August 31st, along with special guests The Indigo Girls. Bon Iver will be joined by special guest Sharon Van Etten at the remaining shows, with performances at Vail, CO’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (9/2); Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (9/3); and George, WA’s George Amphitheatre on September 6th.Related: Dead & Company Welcome Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon At Alpine Valley Closer fan club presale tickets will be available for purchase with a unique code. Assigned codes can be found by registering for or logging in to an existing account here. Registered members will have access to purchase tickets starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15th at 10 a.m. local time.Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, May 17th at 10 a.m. local time. Head to Bon Iver’s website for more information.last_img read more

Cutting the cord on soft robots

first_imgWhen it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord.Developers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.Working in the lab of Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a team of researchers that included Kevin Galloway, Michael Karpelson, Bobak Mosadegh, Robert Shepherd, Michael Tolley, and Michael Wehner was able to scale up earlier soft-robot designs, enabling a single robot to carry on its back all the equipment it needs to operate — micro-compressors, control systems, and batteries. The design is described in a paper in Soft Robotics that appeared online Sept. 1.“Earlier versions of soft robots were all tethered, which works fine in some applications, but what we wanted to do was challenge people’s concept of what a robot has to look like,” said Tolley, a research associate in materials science and mechanical engineering at the Wyss Institute and the study’s first author. “We think the reason people have settled on using metal and rigid materials for robots is because they’re easier to model and control. This work is very inspired by nature, and we wanted to demonstrate that soft materials can also be the basis for robots.”Compared with earlier soft robots, which were typically no larger than a steno pad, the system designed by Tolley and colleagues is huge, measuring more than a half-meter in length and capable of carrying as much as 7½ pounds on its back.Michael Tolley shows off the soft-robot design. (Animation by Joe Sherman)The design process, however, was about more than scaling up the smaller robots.“As soon as you start thinking about putting the basic components you need to make this work — micro-compressors, controllers, and batteries — on an untethered robot, you need a design that can carry those parts,” Tolley said. “You need to think about something that can handle much higher pressures, so there are materials challenges and there are design challenges and there are control challenges.”Giving the untethered robot the strength needed to carry mechanical components meant air pressures as high as 16 pounds per square inch, more than double the seven psi used by many earlier robot designs. To deal with the increased pressure, the robot had to be made of tougher stuff.The material Tolley and colleagues settled on was a “composite” silicone rubber made from stiff rubber impregnated with hollow glass microspheres to reduce the robot’s weight. The robot’s bottom was made from Kevlar fabric to ensure it was tough and lightweight.The result, Tolley said, was a robot that can stand up to a host of extreme conditions.Researchers tested the robot in snow, submerged it in water, walked it through flames, and even ran it over with a car. After each experiment, it emerged unscathed.Though additional hurdles remain — such as increasing the speed of the robots and outfitting them with sensors — the development of an untethered soft robot is a major advance, Tolley said, one that has the potential to radically transform not only what robots look like, but also how they might be used.“One of the things that limit our imagination is that factory robots are very large and scary and dangerous to be around,” he said. “As a lay person, you can’t just walk into a factory where industrial robots are working. But a soft system is inherently less dangerous, so you can start to interact with it more, and I think that opens up many more opportunities.”last_img read more

Attorney Jay Ewart, former defense counsel to Troy Davis, discusses death penalty, the role of doubt

first_imgOn Sept. 21, 2011, Troy Davis was executed for the 1989 murder of Officer Mark MacPhail of the Savannah Police Department. Davis, a black man, maintained his innocence throughout the 20 years in prison and multiple appeals that ensued, and his highly publicized case drew international attention and protest. The Notre Dame Exoneration Project, the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and several other organizations hosted a lecture with Jay Ewart, Davis’s lead counsel, Thursday afternoon.Lenora Popken, a third-year Notre Dame law student, opened the lecture with a reflection on her experience protesting outside the Georgia prison where Davis was to be executed.“By seven, the chants of, ‘Not in my name,’ and ‘I am Troy Davis’ could be heard beyond the prison gates,” Popken said. “However, those cries fell upon deaf ears and at 10:53 that night, the state of Georgia took the life of 42-year-old Troy Anthony Davis and had the audacity to claim they did it in the name of the citizens of Georgia, despite compelling evidence of Mr. Davis’s innocence.”After reading the transcript of Davis’s last words, Popken introduced Ewart, who was with Davis in his final moments as witness to his execution after working with him for eight years. Ewart said something about this particular case struck a chord with people.“The case started to gain momentum with a couple interviews on NPR, which eventually led to a New York Times op-ed to talk about how there was a grievous wrong: how of all of the evidence against Troy, which was nine witnesses at trial, seven had recanted,” Ewart said. “There was an alternative suspect who confessed to multiple people and mounting evidence convinced them that they said that he shouldn’t die for his crimes.”Ewart laid out the facts of the case as pieced together by witnesses and Davis himself. On the night of Aug. 19, 1989, a disagreement between a neighborhood man called Red and a homeless man named Larry escalated outside of the Burger King where MacPhail was working off-duty security. Davis attempted to step in as the altercation got violent and Red threatened Larry. Red hit Larry in the face with his pistol and Davis ran away. Moments later, MacPhail came around the corner to intervene and was shot dead. Larry suffered a brain injury so severe that he was unable to remember who hit him and killed MacPhail. Red initially denied having possession of a weapon that night and later admitted he had but had lost it.“Now, the question then is, if Red was the aggressor, if he was the one who had the gun and admitted that he was doing it, if it was a .38, which was the murder weapon, if he could never have produced it, if he was the one standing across from Larry, who was pistol whipped and the same man who pistol whipped Larry shot the officer, all facts that were uncontroverted at trial and appeal, how did Troy get convicted?” Ewart said.Ultimately, the lack of concrete evidence meant the police had to rely “almost entirely” on eyewitness accounts, Ewart said. Eyewitness evidence had long been the key to many trials and can be reliable when used correctly.“We know today, thanks to studies being done of DNA exonerations, that between 75 and 85% of all wrongful convictions are the result of eyewitness misidentifications,” Ewart said. “They’re not always wrong, but there are proper practices that we understand today.”Ewart explained those practices: witnesses should view photograph lineups separately from each other, witnesses and officers should not see photographs of the suspect before seeing the lineup, photographs should be arranged sequentially, all the photographs presented should have the same background and the witness should not get some sort of positive response from the officer after identifying the suspect. Every one of these standards was violated in Davis’s case.After his initial conviction in 1991, Davis got a new team of lawyers as well as investigators from the Georgia Resource Center in Atlanta on his case in 2000. As the investigators began to revisit the crime scene and talked to witnesses, Ewart said, it became clear the power dynamic between the witnesses and police officers had influenced their testimony.“These were vulnerable people,” Ewart said. “You had — of the nine witnesses — you had two homeless persons, two teenagers, an illiterate fast food worker and a woman out on parole. … Each of them said, ‘I didn’t see what I actually saw. I felt pressure from the police and the position I was in. I was on parole. I was a teenager and the police were threatening me. I had nowhere to go. I needed medical help, and … I couldn’t get it until I told the police what I thought they wanted to hear.’ … Eerily similar.”Ewart, then a recent graduate of Emory Law School, joined Davis’s case as a pro-bono attorney in 2004 while the case was mired in lower courts. Over the next several years, Davis was granted two stays, one in 2007 and one in 2008, that delayed Davis’s execution. After the first stay, Ewart filed a petition with the Georgia Supreme Court.“I made the argument that recantations of the vast majority of trial witnesses in a case with no physical evidence should be enough for a new trial or at minimum should warrant an evidentiary hearing in front of a judge,” Ewart said. “At that point, we had affidavits from seven of the nine eyewitnesses, in addition to other evidence that no judge ever actually looked at. Every time we tried up to that point to make an argument it was a procedural dismissal of some sort or another.”Davis’s case lost by one vote. After more legal wrangling, another stay and refusals to hear the case, the Supreme Court of the United States allowed the case to be transferred to a district court in Savannah. The team assembled once again in Savannah in 2010, this time with a key witness: Red’s nephew, Ben, whose uncle had told him never to speak of the incident when he was a teenager in 1989. Ben was now in prison as a result of the War on Drugs, Ewart said, and despite his moving testimony, the team lost the case.“His testimony was moving, incredible, all consistent with exactly what the known facts were to be at the time,” Ewart said. “But he testified in shackles in an orange jumpsuit and our judge just didn’t believe a word he said.”Red avoided testifying throughout this process and was the witness the judge wanted, Ewart said. The judge delivered a 167-page opinion and sentenced Davis to death. Ewart finished his lecture with a call to remedy the failings of the legal system, and recalled an instance when he sent Davis the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” to read while in prison. “It wasn’t a week later that he wrote me back,” Ewart said. “The letter, I still have it, I was reading it last night … he was quoting Atticus Finch … the quote read, ‘The law says reasonable doubt. But I think a defendant’s entitled to a shadow of a doubt. There’s always the possibility, no matter how improbable, that he’s innocent.’”Tags: death penalty, Jay Ewart, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame Exoneration Project, Troy Davislast_img read more

Pick the Best Poinsettia

first_imgPicking the plant with the brightest red color isn’t necessarily thebest choice when selecting a poinsettia plant for the holidays.”You want to select a plant that hasn’t turned completely red if youwant it to look vibrant throughout the holidays,” said RonOetting, a University of Georgia entomologist.”You also want to pick a plant that hasn’t flowered yet.”The bracts of a poinsettia are often mistaken for the flower. “The flowersare not the color,” Oetting said. “The flowers are more insignificant andare found in the center of the plant.” He said a good selection would bea plant with six to seven bracts (flowers).”Search for a plant with dark green foliage and a stiff stem,” he said.”A good-sized, full plant with five or more branches should be an excellentselection.”Check the base of the plant, because sometimes a pot will actually containtwo plants.Growing poinsettias is a $7 million industry in Georgia. But it’s hardfor growers to make a profit on the plants, Oetting said.”There’s an overproduction and you have a lot of people who are growinglow-quality plants,” he said. “They’re flooding the department stores withthese plants at low prices. Consumers seem to think if it’s got a littlered on it, it’s a good plant.”For this reason, Oetting said, the economics of growing poinsettiasis poor. “Growers don’t get much more for poinsettia plants today thanthey did 10 or 20 years ago,” he said.Oetting also advises consumers to make sure they aren’t bringing homehitchhikers with their new holiday plant.”Silverleaf whiteflies have been major pests of poinsettias since thelate 1980s,” he said. “They inhabit the underside of the leaves and suckthe juices and sap from the plant.”Evidence of whiteflies is obvious, he said. When they excrete the plant’sjuices, they drop a “honeydew” substance onto the leaves below.”If the plant has sticky leaves and you see dots on the undersides ofthe leaves, don’t buy it,” he said. The scale-looking “dots,” he said,are whitefly nymphs.The adult whiteflies look like white flies, giving them the name. “Whenyou shake the plant,” Oetting said, “it looks like smoke going up whenthe whiteflies fly out.”Conducting research at the GeorgiaExperiment Station in Griffin, Oetting works closely with the greenindustry to find solutions to problems greenhouse growers face.He is studying the effects of pesticides, soaps, oils, plant derivatives,insect growth regulators, biological control and microbial control in thefight against whiteflies.”Unfortunately, chemical management with pesticides is still the mosteffective means of fighting whiteflies,” he said.last_img read more

New Affordable Housing Model for Vermont Towns

first_imgWest Rutland, May 2, 2008- NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, a non-profit housing organization, has designed a complete housing program model that will help small towns across Vermont develop quality affordable housing for working families.The model, named Westmont, shows communities from start to finish how to go from simply talking about affordable housing through the process to actually develop, create, and construct affordable housing.The basic design for as Westmont home is centered on functionality and energy efficiency, and was drafted by architect Dan Pratt of Robert Carl Williams Associates, in Pittsfield, Vermont. Dans floor plan for the Westmont house maximized space and allowed for the expansion of bedrooms without increasing the size of the footprint of the house, said Gregg Over, construction manager at NWWVT. These are high quality homes. The home is styled as a two story Cape Cod home with 1,400 square feet. The floor plan utilizes space for maximum living area. The homes have three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and can easily be expanded to have up to five bedrooms. They are Energy Star rated, and follow Smart Growth and green construction principles to keep the natural beauty of Vermont intact while allowing Vermonters to own their own homes in the most cost efficient, affordable way possible, Over explained.The first Westmont neighborhood is located in Tinmouth. Construction will begin this summer, explained Ludy Biddle, executive director of NeighborWorks.We are very excited to start building, Biddle said.NWWVT believes that homeownership is crucial to maintain the fabric of rural Vermont communities. To make homeownership possible for working Vermont families, there have to be affordable homes available. NeighborWorks wants to make affordable housing a reality in Vermont. NWWVT also offers special financing for qualified buyers.For more information please call Ludy Biddle at (802) 438-2303 ext. 221, or visit the NeighborWorks website at is external).last_img read more

Avian and pandemic flu in political spotlight

first_img Everyone at the meeting has agreed in principle to share outbreak information quickly in the interest of containing a potential pandemic, the story said. In related news, Senate Democrats this week criticized the Bush administration’s preparations for pandemic flu and introduced legislation designed to improve them. According to yesterday’s Reuters story, unnamed HHS officials “hinted strongly” that countries that conceal flu outbreaks should not expect other countries to give them flu vaccines and drugs. Create a director of pandemic preparedness and response in the White House to coordinate federal response efforts The legislation was co-authored by Kennedy, Barack Obama of Illinois, Harry Reid of Nevada, and Evan Bayh of Indiana, according to AFP. The bill would: Require the HHS secretary to complete a pandemic preparedness plan and stockpile enough antiviral medication to treat half of the US population “We must share epidemiological data and samples with one another,” one official told Reuters. “Without that kind of early cooperation, we will pull back to the next firebreak because we will have to begin to protect ourselves.” She added, “Working through a global partnership offers we think the best chance, perhaps our only chance, of confronting this threat effectively on all fronts.” The conference follows up on a Sep 14 speech by Bush at the United Nations in which he announced an international partnership on avian and pandemic flu. The 2-day meeting, hosted by the State Department and called the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza Senior Officials Meeting, ends today. Yesterday, Health and Human services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt told the delegates, “The world is clearly unprepared, or inadequately prepared, for a pandemic of H5N1 influenza,” according to a Reuters report. Paula Dobriansky, under secretary of state for democracy and global affairs, was quoted as saying, “If avian flu does mutate to allow easier human to human transmission, the results would be catastrophic locally, regionally, and globally.” McClellan said Bush and the company officials would discuss the problem of industry liability for harmful vaccine side effects, often cited as a reason many companies have quit making vaccines in recent years. The “core principles” supported by those attending the meeting also include donor support for countries that have been or might be affected by avian flu and a duty to work closely with the World Health Organization, according to State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, as quoted in an Oct 5 Reuters report. Oct 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza and the threat of a flu pandemic were in the spotlight in Washington, DC, today as officials from 80 nations met to discuss the situation and President Bush was to meet with manufacturers of flu vaccines and drugs. “We need to act, because the administration has failed to prepare adequately for a flu pandemic,” news reports quoted Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts as saying. Expand vaccine production capacity and US global surveillance of the illness Meanwhile, Bush was scheduled to meet with heads of vaccine companies today to press for expansion of vaccine production capacity in the face of the pandemic threat, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told the Associated Press (AP). A State Department official warned the conference delegates that a pandemic would be “catastrophic” and begged them not to conceal any outbreaks, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The Senate voted last week to provide $3.9 billion to stockpile an antiviral drug, develop vaccines, and expand surveillance against the threat of a flu pandemic. The measure was an amendment to a 2006 defense-spending bill. The House has not adopted a similar measure.last_img read more


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PREMIUMHealthy but wary, Indonesians in China seek reprieve from virus after holidays

first_imgThe start of this week saw a resumption of activities in China after authorities extended the Lunar New Year holidays over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, including for thousands of Indonesian citizens who had chosen to stay put on the mainland.Private sector players began reopening their doors on Monday, a week after civil servants resumed their duties, according to the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing. People started to pack the streets of Beijing on the first day that shops and restaurants went back to business.Despite this facade of normality, however, Indonesian Ambassador Djauhari Oratmangun still urged all Indonesian citizens who had stayed in China to remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions to ensure they are unaffected by what the World Health Organization has labelled a global public health emergency.“We consistently call on Indonesians in Chi… China Indonesia health virus air-travel lockdown Wuhan-coronavirus Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ?last_img read more

Height of luxury in penthouse

first_img1201/69 Palmer Street, South Townsville. 1201/69 Palmer Street, South Townsville.The apartment is larger than most houses with 240sq m of internal living space and a large deck off the living area and another one off the master suite.The views extend out to Magnetic Island and Castle Hill while the rear of the apartment has floor-to-ceiling glass showcasing views out to Cape Cleveland.Glistening tiles paired with a neutral colour palette add to the relaxed yet luxurious ambience.The ceilings in the living area are nearly 4m high adding a most fitting touch of grandeur to the well- appointed apartment. 1201/69 Palmer Street, South Townsville.A GLASS of wine on the expansive deck looking out over the water as boats motor in and out before strolling up Palmer Street to eat at some of Townsville’s best restaurants. This is what life at the top is like living in penthouse 1201. The three-bedroom, two- bathroom apartment is on the top floor of the Solarus complex at 69 Palmer St in South Townsville.The owners are heading south and put their much cherished penthouse on the market for $2,150,000. 1201/69 Palmer Street, South Townsville.North Ward Realty selling agent Bruce Pearce, who lives in the Solarus complex himself, said the property was the most stunning apartment he has had listed in his 30-year career.“If you live in Townsville and you want luxury this is it,” he said.“I believe it’s a one-off because of the position facing north and you’re facing straight towards Magnetic Island and the ocean. On a clear day you can see through to Palm Island.“It’s going to attract someone I think whose family is off their hands and wants the best in Townsville.“We’re right in the centre of the main street of all the eateries which is close to the city, the mall and the stadium.“It’s a lifestyle apartment.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 1201/69 Palmer Street, South Townsville.There is also ducted airconditioning throughout, granite-top gourmet kitchen, direct lift access to the penthouse barbecue and under bench fridge on the main deck.The apartment has a double lockup garage in the carpark and there are also storage rooms, a swimming pool, gymnasium and security video access to the building.Mr Pearce said the complex had a high number of owner-occupiers as well as top security features.“I wouldn’t live anywhere else in Townsville,” he said.“What attracted me to live in this building was the security, which is second to none.“The owners of this apartment pinch themselves every night because it is just so beautiful.”last_img read more

Salisbury home more than just “belt and braces”

first_imgThe house at 72 Blackwood Rd, Salisbury, is for sale.Enjoying a meal under the void in his open-plan kitchen, living and dining room is one of Nigel Johnson’s favourite places to be.Mr Johnson and his partner Patricia Vernyik bought the block of land at 72 Blackwood Rd, Salisbury, in 2014, and took a couple of years playing with the design of what they would eventually build there.The kitchen is modern and flows outside.“We wanted to do something that was a bit different to the belt and braces four bedroom home with nothing particularly unique about it,” Mr Johnson said.“One day we were talking to someone from Valeco Homes and showed them our layout, and they had something remarkably similar but better.”A void above the dining area helps downstairs communicate with upstairs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe main living space is open plan.The rest is history, with the couple building with Valeco Homes and moving into their two-storey modern abode in early 2016.“We wanted to get all of the living areas flowing together, and have the alfresco as part of the living area,” Mr Johnson said.“We did that by enclosing it but you still get good breezes.“By introducing the void it made quite a big impact, and made the space dynamic.“Now, upstairs communicates with downstairs and you typically don’t get that.”The master bedroom is large and has an ensuite.The house is on a wide leafy street, located near Salisbury State School, shops and public transport.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more