Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, & Taj Mahal To Lead 2018 Acoustic-4-A-Cure

first_imgMetallica’s James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar launched Acoustic-4-A-Cure back in 2014 to fund research efforts for San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital, the Pediatric Cancer Program at the University of California. This year’s 5th annual benefit concert–hosted by Sammy Hagar and Bob Weir–is taking place May 15th at the Fillmore and will double serve as a special 75th birthday celebration for Taj Mahal. Alongside Hagar, Weir, and Taj Mahal will be Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Michael Anthony, Kevin Cronin, Eddie Money, and Vic Johnson, among other very special guests, who will be performing acoustic sets with true once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, collaborations, and more.“I was a fan of Taj Mahal long before I had a record deal in Montrose 1973,” said Sammy Hagar on the event website. “He’s become a dear friend over the years and without a doubt, is one of the few living blues legend left on this planet!!! Having Bob Weir, being on the same page, understanding how important and how much fun this will be much less with a bunch of great artist, for a good cause!!!! It doesn’t get any better than this annual event.”Tickets to the intimate event are limited to two per customer, and go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. exclusively through Live Nation. All proceeds go to funding research for children’s brain tumors. More information can be found on the event’s website.The “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” event is one of the best of the year, always delivering special moments that cannot be repeated. In 2017, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Rami Jaffee debuted a new Foo Fighters song called “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” after playing through Foo favorites “Everlong,” “My Hero” and “Times Like These.” The performance marked the band’s first new official tune since 2014’s Sonic Highways and the 2015 “surprise” EP Saint Cecilia. You can watch the first-ever live performance of “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” below, courtesy of YouTube user pepokiss:[Video: pepokiss]last_img read more

How to make a better Harvard Police Department

first_imgGAZETTE: Throughout this process, you are looking at how the HUPD successfully and, sometimes, less successfully interacts with its community members. Of course, you’re talking to people about their own personal experiences, but to do this, as Ron previously mentioned, you’re also spending time investigating the practices of the department itself, such as how it hires people, and how it trains them. Could you talk more about how this look internally lends critical perspective to your review, and ultimately, to the takeaways that the University will need to adopt in the future?DAVIS: How a police department operates internally has a great impact on the services it provides to the community at large. We are looking into, for example, the nature of internal complaints within the department and what we can learn about the organizational culture. Hiring and training have a lot to do with how this culture is defined. If you can’t treat each other within your department with dignity and respect and if you can’t bring in like-minded individuals who also treat individuals with dignity and respect, then there’s no expectation that you would do that for your students, faculty, and staff.BOND: I would also add that the Harvard community is particularly sensitive to the internal aspects of the HUPD and what may have taken place in the past, and this reality affects perceptions of the legitimacy of the department itself. Whether an individual either has a perspective directly from their own experience or if they have read about or heard about problems inside the department, even if what they’ve heard is unfounded, it directly impacts the way they perceive individual officers on campus and how they prepare themselves to interact with those officers. The review should look inward and outward to understand where there are alignments, and where there aren’t, between what happens inside the HUPD and what happens, or is perceived to be happening, outside of it.GAZETTE: Concurrently to the external review of the HUPD, Harvard has begun the process of hiring a police chief to replace Francis D. “Bud” Riley, who is retiring at the end of the year. How can your work help to inform the direction the new chief adopts when he or she takes office?DAVIS:  The recommendations that are ultimately submitted provide the new chief with a real opportunity to advance the department and become a national model in 21st-century policing. More than a simple investigation of a department’s practices, an external review such as this one has the opportunity to provide a transformational moment in University history. Thanks to the input of the many community members who have taken the time, and who will continue to take the time, to share their perspectives, this review can provide a holistic roadmap for the new chief on how to begin to create positive change.Interview was lightly edited for clarity and length. Any Harvard community member may offer feedback to the external review team and the police chief search committee by email to [email protected] and [email protected] Harvard panel examines the history of policing in the U.S., and ways to move forward Nationwide search launched for University chief of police Earlier this year, Harvard initiated an external review of the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD), focusing on its internal practices and procedures as well as its interactions with community members. The University hired 21CP Solutions to conduct the review, and the consulting firm’s findings will be released publicly during the fall.Separately, Harvard has begun a nationwide search for a new police chief to replace Francis D. “Bud” Riley, who is retiring at year’s end. The new chief will be charged with implementing recommendations emerging from 21CP Solutions’ report, and University leadership will be able to consult all the material while considering candidates.The Gazette spoke with review committee members Ron Davis, former director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, now with 21CP Solutions; Brenda Bond, professor of public administration, Institute for Public Service, Suffolk University; and Matthew Barge, police practices expert and civil rights attorney, also with 21CP, to learn more about how they are working with community members across Harvard to reimagine HUPD’s role moving forward.Q&ARon Davis, Brenda Bond, and Matthew BargeGAZETTE: Could you begin by talking about how the ongoing nationwide debate about the role of the police might inform your work as reviewers?BOND: We could not conduct a review like this without situating it within the national conversation about the role of public safety officers and their relationships with the communities they serve. The conversations that communities like Harvard should be having within themselves — such as the role of the police and how community members and police officers should interact with each other — are the same ones taking place nationally. Also, because of the University’s diversity, Harvard has individuals who come to campus with different conceptions of what policing is and who may have had very different experiences with the police in their own lives. We’re meeting with diverse voices from across Harvard to implement a variety of points of view in the recommendations we’ll make to the University.DAVIS: The issues of systemic racism, diversity, and the disparate treatment of individuals from differing backgrounds are a part of our society on the whole, and this is why it’s so important to come up with new, improved systems that are fair and equitable, no matter where we are. Engaging in an external review at this time comes with a responsibility to better understand these issues and how they relate to public safety and with a commitment to learn from the lessons of history.GAZETTE: All of you have extensive experience advising organizations, or towns and municipalities, on public safety. What are some of the guiding principles and approaches that you take when conducting an external review of a police department such as HUPD?DAVIS: An external review is designed to help an organization make future decisions. We start by looking at the existing day-to-day operations and the culture of, in this case, the HUPD, to see that they are consistent with industry best practices and with the expectations of the community. First you have to see what the department says on paper. What is expected of their officers according to the policies and protocols that the department has put in place? We’ll also take a look at how the officers are trained and if this training is consistent with these policies. We’ll learn more about how officers have conducted themselves and if they have done so in a manner that’s consistent with the expectations of the department itself and with the community they serve. To make an assessment, we have to speak with the stakeholders involved. At Harvard, this means meeting with students, faculty, and staff to see if the values of the University community are reflected in the work of the HUPD. And then we need to adopt a forward-looking lens by learning from existing points of views and from past experiences in order to make things work better. “If you can’t treat each other within your department with dignity and respect … then there’s no expectation that you would do that for your students, faculty, and staff.” — Ron Davis BOND: Through this assessment, we’ll work to help Harvard understand if, at this time and in this place, and in this context, is it, as an organization, living up to the expectations of the community. Context is so important. There are ideas that may have been great ones before, but no longer are, that we may be able to help Harvard to revisit. We’re clearly at a crossroads here in America, where across the country, institutions are reflecting on what public safety should look like. An assessment such as this is exactly the type of exercise that a self-reflective, proactive, and adaptive organization should engage in in thinking about their path ahead during changing times.GAZETTE: The realities of campus policing are unique. Does this affect the way in which you approach a review of a University-based police force such as HUPD?DAVIS: Certainly there are differences between each department that we review. But the approach is consistent. Our job is to listen to the expectations — of the community, of the University leadership, of the officers within the police department — and to hold the department to the standards that we see reflected in our conversations.GAZETTE: Talk about how critical it is to engage community members in an external review such as this one.BARGE: It’s so important for us to be able to truly listen to individuals throughout this process. The dynamics of the space are that, like with many other things, it takes some time for people to get warmed up. But then people start talking to each other, and they begin to exchange different viewpoints. We ask primarily clarifying questions during the listening sessions we conduct, and often, those individuals involved begin to recognize that they have more in common with each other than they may have previously believed. I find this to be especially true in a university setting, where, while individual experiences may be very different, there are at least nuances to being a part of a similar institution that can be shared and which can get people talking about very specific solutions that are at least able to be understood. I would also say, though, it’s impossible to gain an exhaustive, comprehensive census of community views and inputs. Throughout our process, we’re talking to as many different types of stakeholders as we can, in order to propose pathways forward. But as we make our recommendations for moving ahead, it will be important for the University to continue to invite the input of community members, including those who weren’t able to participate in the review process, to be a part of the long-term solution, as well. “Context is so important. There are ideas that may have been great ones before, but no longer are, that we may be able to help Harvard to revisit.” — Brenda Bond Related Selection committee will hear from Schools, units, other constituencies Good cop, nice cop Police reform in the spotlight Chuck Marren may be on his way to rivaling the Harvard statue as the target of visitors’ cameras The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

App alerts students to discounts

first_imgStudents will receive reminders to visit local businesses that offer discounts by downloading Vidappe, a mobile application that connects users with 41 discounts in the South Bend area. Star Li, a 2010 graduate of Cornell University, and a friend developed the free application for the iPhone and Android to remind people when they are near businesses that offer special deals. “It’s kind of like having a service following you around reminding you to do stuff,” Li said. “You would start getting alerts for all 41. Within the settings, you can choose what type of alerts you get. If you don’t want to get alerts for restaurants, you can turn that off.” Users subscribe to receive alerts for a specific program of discounts, Li said. They then indicate whether they are walking or driving, and Vidappe alerts users when they approach businesses in the program. Students can redeem discounts with their Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s identification cards. “It’s definitely quite different from a lot of apps out there that you download and forget about immediately,” she said. “The app is always on and if it notices that you’re getting close to something, it sends you an alert. You yourself will never actually have to think about anything.” Vidappe works in conjunction with Students for South Bend, a student government initiative that organizes local discounts for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross students, student body vice president Brett Rocheleau said. The Student Activities Office (SAO) will decide within the next week whether to support Vidappe, Rocheleau said. If SAO approves the application, student government will promote it. “We’ll have it at COR [Council of Representatives], we’ll have it at [Student] Senate, we’ll maybe go to HPC [Hall Presidents Council],” he said. Rocheleau also said student government might utilize the off-campus e-mail listserv to reach students that are most likely to use Vidappe. Vidappe users can subscribe to the University College Discounts program, which offers approximately 20 additional discounts, Li said. “It sort of aggregates all programs available to college students nationwide,” Li said. “Because there are over 170 programs, you can literally subscribe to any program that applies to you.” Li released the iPhone application in June and the Android version in August, she said. There are currently six users participating in Vidappe’s Students for South Bend program. “I think that was actually a really bad time because all the students were out for the summer, so even though [Vidappe] has been out for a while, we haven’t been able to get a hold of anyone,” Li said. “It’s popular in odd pockets of the U.S. right now, but I’m definitely trying to expand it.” Li developed the application after she noticed that many people forget which businesses offer discounts. “It’s kind of like, ‘I’ll check out the discounts online and remind myself to use my student ID to save at Indulgence, but I’ll probably forget about this five minutes later,’” Li said. “‘On the other hand, Vidappe will remind me to save at Indulgence when I’m a block away, and because I’m so physically close by already, I’m much more likely to go in and check it out.’” Rocheleau downloaded the application on an iPhone and an Android approximately a month ago. “The app has been very successful, especially on my phone,” he said. “There’ve been two or three different upgrades so far.” Rocheleau said in the past, discounts through the Students for South Bend Program were only listed on paper and on the student government website, so many students did not know about them. “The app is a nice way for our discounts to be promoted and for students not to have to carry around papers and remember what that discount is,” he said. Feedback about Vidappe has been positive so far, Li said. “I think the response I’ve been getting most is people saying, ‘I had no idea that restaurant offered a discount. I used to go there all the time and I had no idea,’” Li said. “In a lot of cases, it was people being really surprised they had stuff around town.”last_img read more

ND ROTC commission next year’s officers

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer University midshipmen (left) and cadets (right) line Saint Mary’s Road to honor the life of Fr. Hesburgh during the funeral procession March 4. Many students, faculty and staff joined the procession.The new Army ROTC officers for Notre Dame’s upcoming 2015-2016 academic year have recently been announced and will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday.“It’s been a fantastic academic year, and the seniors did a great job leading the Fightin’ Irish Battalion and mentoring the underclass cadets,” Lieutenant Colonel John Polhamus, Notre Dame’s professor of military science, said, “This past year the cadets participated in many activities including … the Military Appreciation Football Game, a Veteran’s Day vigil and ceremony, multiple field training exercises, a military staff ride to Gettysburg, participation in Father Ted’s funeral activities and an Army Ball.”The newly announced officers include cadets from several nearby colleges and universities; Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College, Bethel College, Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) and Valparaiso University,Although some of the cadets do not attend the University, they are all a part of the Notre Dame ROTC program, Polhamus said.“Our ceremony is a joint commission ceremony for all services and all schools,” he said. “All other schools provide a representative leader to participate in the ceremony as part of the stage party — [University Executive Vice President] John Affleck-Graves is Notre Dame’s representative. Even though some of the cadets go to other schools … we hold one big commissioning ceremony.”According to Polhamus, 13 cadets are being commissioned to Second Lieutenants.From Notre Dame, the following cadets will be commissioned:Eric Peace, who will commission into active duty and become an Infantry Officer.John Pearl, who will commission into active duty and become a Field Artillery Officer.Colin O’Shea, who will commission into active duty and become an Infantry Officer.Chris Croushore, who will commission into active duty and become an Infantry Officer.Catherine Hogan, who will commission into active duty and become a Signal Corps Officer.Connor Rademaker, who will commission into the National Guard and become a Quartermaster Officer.Michael Loftus, who will commission into active duty and become a Field Artillery Officer.From Valparaiso Universitiy, the following cadets will be commissioned:Angelina Goheen, who will commission into the Army Reserve and become a Medical Service Corps Officer.David Ramer, who will commission into the Army Reserve and become an Ordnance Officer.Nicole Maenza, who will commission into the National Guard and become a Transportation Officer.From Saint Mary’s, cadet Meghan McVeigh will commission as an Active Duty Nurse.From Bethel College, cadet Chelsea Ward will commission into the Army Reserve and become a Military Police Officer.From IUSB, cadet Ray Donovan will commission into active duty and become an Armor Officer.All 13 cadets will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday at 9 a.m. at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The ceremony will be held by the Tri-Military Notre Dame ROTC and presided over by Lieutenant General David Halverson, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Installation and Management Command.“As their professor of military science for the last four years, I’m very proud of the class of 2015,” Polhamus said, “I’m very confident that they will be outstanding military officers, and I’m excited to hear about their future successes. They are fit and ready to join the Army team, and I wish all of them the best of luck in their careers.”Tags: Army ROTC, Commencement 2015, Naval ROTC, ROTC, ROTC officerslast_img read more

Heather Headley Begins Performances in The Color Purple

first_img Heather Headley is back in town! The too-beautiful-for-words Tony winner will start performances in the John Doyle-helmed revival of The Color Purple on May 10. She will take on the role of the sexy Shug Avery to the delight of theater fans (and the shock of her son) from Jennifer Hudson, who completed her sizzling Broadway debut in the tuner on May 8.Headley, who won a Tony Award for Aida, made her Main Stem debut in The Lion King and appeared as a special guest artist in Il Divo—A Musical Affair. She received an Olivier nod for her performance in the West End’s The Bodyguard and garnered a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for her third release, Audience of One.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie (currently played by 2016 Tony nominee Cynthia Erivo), a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.The cast also includes 2016 Tony nominee Danielle Brooks, Kyle Scatliffe, Isaiah Johnson and Joaquina Kalukango. Cynthia Erivo, Heather Headley & Danielle Brooks(Photo: The Color Purple) The Color Purple Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017center_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

TriAdventure Spring Sprint Triathlon

first_imgRace DetailsWhen: April 7, 2013Where: Christiansburg, Va.What: TriathlonStart time: 9:00 amRace size: 250Website: www.triadventure.comStaged out of the state of the art Christiansburg Aquatic Center the TriAdventure Summer Sprint is sure to bring fast times and fun to all who participate. Located in the picturesque town of Christiansburg this event features a 300 meter snake swim followed by a rolling 12 mile ride through Christiansburg and the surrounding countryside. Once athletes are finished with the bike they will follow a 5K course that loops through neighborhoods adjacent to the aquatic center.Registration is now available through Set up Events at: COMPETITIONS for Middle/School High School Teams, Collegiate Teams and Open Teams. Sign-up for YOUR team at check-in with a valid school or collegiate ID. The Team with the most participants racing receives the coveted traveling trophy.Race ContactAnne [email protected]last_img read more

The November Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgThe November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is live and on newsstands throughout the region. Pick up your copy or read online today for valuable beta on the winners of our Top Adventure Towns Contest, other must-visit outdoor meccas throughout the Blue Ridge, the rise of the professional hiker in the Blue Ridge and beyond, the latest and greatest field tested gear and much more!THE DIRTMoonwalks and other night adventures • Fighting fire with fire after Gatlinburg • Best Thru-Hiker Names • Red Wolf in the Crosshairs QUICK HITSPhilly bikers bare all • Expectant couple learns baby’s gender revealed at marathon finish line • High school mountain biking grows in VirginiaTRAIL MIXRoots run deep—Four regional acts taking old sounds to new placesLAST WORDWally Smith has downed beers with industry supporters and diehard environmentalists while living in coal country—and is surprised by how much they all agree.TOP ADVENTURE TOWNSThousands of votes poured in to our seventh annual Top Towns contest. 48 towns battled for the crown. Which one topped the podium?CAPITAL CITIESWhat are the biking, running, hiking, paddling, and climbing epicenters? Our editors and experts pick the outdoor hubs for every sport.RISE OF THE PROFESSIONAL HIKERHow do professional backpackers make ends meet and maintain relationships? Follow in the sponsored footsteps of Andrew Skurka, Jennifer Pharr Davis, and ‘Hiking Viking’ Tom Gathman.GEAR OF THE YEARCheck out the best new hardware, apparel, and technology, with a spotlight on gear pioneers headquartered in the Blue Ridge.last_img read more

Sonic Boom, Earthquake, Government Cover-Up, Meteor, Or Something More Sinister?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Social media exploded recently with reports of “tremors,” “shaking” and an “earthquake” from users spanning Maine to Delaware.Though the US Geological Survey was quick to dismiss early speculation that a quake had, in fact, taken place—tweeting shortly after 3 p.m. EST the vibrations were definitively “Not an earthquake but a sonic boom in New Jersey”—with the US Navy then following up later stating that “routine flight testing” may have caused the terrifying noise, some of us within the educated populous cursed with more suspicious minds can no doubt question the explanation and consider other sources of such far-reaching, unsettling effects.A sonic boom is essentially the aural manifestation of shockwaves produced when an object travels through the air faster than the speed of sound. This begs the question: What the hell could have produced such a sound event, over New Jersey of all places? (No disrespect, of course.)A U.S. Air Force F-117A ‘Nighthawk’ Stealth Fighter aircraft flies over Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., during the joint service experimentation process dubbed Millennium Challenge 2002. Sponsored by the US Joint Forces Command, the Millenniun Challenge 2002 experiment explores how Effects Based Operations can provide an integrated joint context for conducting rapid, decisive operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II) (Released)SUPERSONIC AIRCRAFTThe US Air Force’s long-range reconnaissance Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird” and Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk for example, can create such a blast. So can the Concorde. And the Space Shuttle—today being the somber 30-year anniversary of the tragic Jan. 28, 1986 Challenger disaster. Any “supersonic” jet will create a sonic boom. That’s why Concordes, for example, are mandated to fly primarily above the ocean. No one wants sonic booms exploding over their home on an hourly, or even daily basis. Stealth aircraft technology has long been believed by some to come from the reverse-engineering of downed extraterrestrial airships (a premise most recently explored on the newly resurrected X-Files television series). NASA has, in fact, been conducting a series of experiments to try and take some, if not all, of the “boom” out of this phenomenon, opening the door for more advances in supersonic land, sea, and air travel.Some of the code names of these flight tests, ground tests, and simulations include: “Quiet Spike,” “LaNCETS,” “House VIBES,” “SonicBOBS,” “SonicBREW,” and “Low Boom/No Boom.” Nearly five years to the day of today’s sonic mystery, in fact, NASA published a “NASA Chat” about its efforts.Check it out HERE.Was the US military truly testing some new, lightning-fast secret jet fighter (possibly its not-so-secret, troubled F-35 stealth fighter) somewhere over Bruce Springsteen’s hometown this afternoon? Meteor Showers: Shooting for Shooting StarsMeteor from Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower. (Image credit: Jimmy Westlake, NASA)METEORSA meteor can also cause a sonic boom. Perhaps a meteor barreled over the Garden State. It wouldn’t be the first time meteors caused such a stir. One such house-rattling space object created loud, window-shaking sonic booms throughout Virgina several years ago. Read about that event HERE.Meteors and other space debris, such as dilapidated satellites re-entering Earth’s atmosphere typically burn up completely as they descend, producing a visible red-and-orange-flamed streak as they fall. No one on Twitter or Facebook reported observing anything such as this, however. AN EARTHQUAKE REALLY DID HAPPENThe government can say sonic boom all day long, but there are still those among us who believe, deep down, that today’s frightening clamor was not the result of a sonic boom. Sonic booms, as much as they may rattle some windows, or even a shoddy warehouse, as one Press reporter observed, does not cause the ground to literally move beneath our feet. No, that’s no plane or meteor, fellow believers.That’s tectonic reverberation. But what could have caused such a tremble, you might ask? Let’s ponder a few possible instigators. HYDROFRACKINGYou may have heard the term before. There are many of you out there, I suspect, who wish with all their heart they’d never had the displeasure. Hydrofracking, also called hydraulic fracturing, is an environmentally devastating extraction process whereby massive amounts of water, combined with toxic chemicals (many of which are blocked from public identification due to US energy laws protecting their corporate manufacturers) are pumped, along with some sand, at extremely high pressure, into the ground via drilled gas wells.Hydrofracking is a very big deal, especially along the ancient Marcellus Shale Formation, which spans the Alleghany Plateau area of the northern Appalachian Basin—running across the Finger Lakes region of New York, sections of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, across the Delaware River, and into New Jersey.There exist many truly insane environmental disasters caused by hydrofracking (public drinking water that catches fire when poured from the tap of customers’ sinks, for example), but the lure for Big Energy is far too enticing: The untapped shale reserves are believed to contain trillions (with a capital “T”) worth of subterranean natural gas. This type of forced chemical extraction has been known to cause earthquakes in parts of the country where historically they’ve never existed. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and even Oklahoma, for starters.So perhaps Thursday’s “sonic boom” is related to this?SUBTERRANEAN MANMADE WEAPONIZED EXPLOSIONIt is a sort of open secret that below certain areas of the country the United States has constructed monstrous underground tunnel networks designed to shelter the ruling elite in the event they decide to begin the nuclear apocalypse.Mainstream media went wild earlier this month with reports that North Korea had detonated a hydrogen bomb. Perhaps some of the corporate overlords preparing the underground cities for the probable war between these elitists and the general populous fumbled some of their incendiary devices and/or Armageddon bombs, igniting part of their cavernous complex and shaking us above-ground, law-abiding citizens?The Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR) is a detector which specializes in tracking the thousands of particles produced by each ion collision at RHIC. Weighing 1,200 tons and as large as a house, STAR is a massive detector. It is used to search for signatures of the form of matter that RHIC was designed to create: the quark-gluon plasma. It is also used to investigate the behavior of matter at high energy densities by making measurements over a large area. (Photo Credit: Brookhaven National Lab)BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LAB’S RELATIVISTIC HEAVY ION COLLIDERNow this government laboratory is located way out in Upton, out in Suffolk County, not nearly New Jersey. I’m very much aware of its geographic location. On Long Island, however, nearly everything mysterious or unexplainable—from extraterrestrials to intergalactic laser weapons and lots in between (for a future post, dear friends)—comes back to BNL, rightfully so or not.Brookhaven National Lab’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) is no imaginary figment of science fiction. By the lab’s own admission, physicists from around the globe have been visiting this fascinating, monstrous machine to try and recreate, and study, “what the universe may have looked like in the first few moments after its creation,” boasts its own website.“What scientists learn from RHIC may help us understand more about why the physical world works the way it does, from the smallest subatomic particles, to the largest stars,” it explains.There have been some across cyberspace who’ve warned about such technology’s tinkering with the very fabric of our universe. They warn it should not be done. As the great Walter Bishop learned (or didn’t) on Fringe, perhaps there are things in this world that should not be messed with, and if they are, those who do so must be prepared for the consequences. Or something like that. Others have warned of such devices opening wormholes, sucking this realm straight through! Is it possible that this otherworldly machine frequented by top scientists from throughout this world could somehow be connected to this alleged “sonic boom” the government was so quick to label as such? Or perhaps, its big brother, the Large Hadron Collider, humming along some 600 feet below ground in a nearly 20-mile tunnel beneath the France-Switzerland border near Geneva!? And what about all those reports of the Earth literally shaking!? Do extraterrestrials, or even those fabled scaly creatures the reptilinoids have something to do with this? Will Mulder and Scully’s return really only last six episodes!? Stay tuned, dear truth seekers. Stay tuned.And question everything.last_img read more

Cruisers brought 208 thousand tourists in the first half of the year

first_imgIn the period from January to May 2018, 40 foreign cruise ships sailed into Croatian seaports, making 145 cruises. There were 208 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 308 days.The largest number of trips was made by ships under the flag of Malta (31 voyages) and Italy (30 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (69 thousand passengers) and Panama (61 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 145 round trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (57,2%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (20,7%), which is a total of 77,9%. The remaining 22,1% of trips were made in the following counties: Istria (8,3%), Zadar (7,6%), Šibenik-Knin (4,8%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (1,4%).Source: CBSThe most visited was the port of Dubrovnik, followed by the ports of Split and Zadar The port of Dubrovnik (112 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (62 visits) and Zadar (29 visits).Fewer trips and days of stay of foreign cruise ships, and more passengersIn the period from January to May 2018, the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises decreased by 3,3%, and the total number of days of stay of ships in the same period decreased by 11,2%. In the mentioned period, the number of passengers on these ships increased by 17,0% compared to the same period in 2017.Related news: IN THE PRE-SEASON, MOST ARRIVALS FROM GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND SLOVENIAlast_img read more

Hong Kong formally objects to US demand for ‘Made in China’ export label

first_imgHong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a one country, two systems agreement that promised it a high degree of autonomy for 50 years.Many credit its unbridled capitalism, guarantees of a wide range of rights and freedoms, and independent legal system with helping Hong Kong to prosper as a global financial hub and interface for China and the world.But critics say the new security law, targeting activities that Beijing considers to be subversion, secessionism, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces, effectively brings Hong Kong closer to China’s authoritarian system.Supporters of the law say it will bring stability after a year of anti-government protests.The United States has extended until Nov. 9 its enforcement deadline on the “Made in China” label, from Sept. 25 previously.  Commerce Secretary Edward Yau said he formally asked the US consulate to relay Hong Kong’s request for withdrawal of the new regulations to US trade officials.”Such regulations go contrary to WTO (World Trade Organization) regulations and infringe upon our rights as a separate customs region,” Yau told reporters. “We are a separate, and indeed, independent member of the WTO.”Yau, who first complained about Washington’s move in August, said Hong Kong reserved the right to seek dispute settlement at the WTO.The comments come a day after the WTO ruled that additional tariffs imposed by the United States against China in 2018 were inconsistent with global trading rules. Topics :center_img Hong Kong has filed a formal objection with the United States over its demand for “Made in China” labels on goods exported from the Chinese semi-autonomous city, the commerce secretary said on Wednesday.Washington’s move last month followed China’s imposition of a national security law on the former British colony and a US decision to end a special status that had allowed Hong Kong different treatment from the rest of China.Now Hong Kong authorities find themselves in a bind over having had to reject the “Made in China” label at a time when they are cracking down on activists opposing China and the city’s pro-Beijing government.last_img read more