Robert Glasper-Led Supergroup R+R=Now Releases First Single [Listen]

first_imgR+R=NOW, a new supergroup assembled by Robert Glasper, just released their first single, “Change of Tone”. The project features Glasper on keys, along with Terrace Martin on synthesizer and vocoder, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on trumpet, Derrick Hodge on bass, Taylor McFerrin on synth and beatbox, and Justin Tyson on drums.R+R=NOW – “Change of Tone”“Change of Tone” will appear on R+R=NOW’s forthcoming debut album, Collagically Speaking, which is due out June 15th via Blue Note Records. The album includes vocal contributions from Goapele, as well as additional guest appearances by actors Omari Hardwick (Power) and Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Expendables), actress Amanda Seales (Insecure), MCs Stalley and yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def), and singer Amber Navran (of Moonchild).R+R=NOW will play a series of album release shows in Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Brooklyn in June before heading to Europe for a summer tour. More information on the group and its upcoming dates can be found via Robert Glasper’s website.last_img read more

Fighting Obesity

first_imgThe University of Georgia has been awarded a two-year, $1.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to boost obesity prevention efforts in Georgia’s most affected rural counties, Calhoun and Taliaferro.UGA will work with county leaders and local stakeholders to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in projects called Healthier Together Calhoun and Healthier Together Taliaferro.Land-grant colleges and universities, located in states with counties with an adult obesity prevalence of over 40 percent, were able to apply for the special funding available through the CDC’s Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas.”To have a major impact on obesity, we must involve multiple sectors within communities – elected officials, churches, businesses, grocery stores and local health departments – and use multiple strategies,” said Marsha Davis, principal investigator of the project and associate dean of outreach and engagement at the UGA College of Public Health.The project will be led by the College of Public Health and UGA Cooperative Extension, an outreach unit of the university supported by specialists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Additional partners include UGA’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a public service and outreach unit; local, district and state UGA Extension offices; local community organizations; and local, district and state public health departments.The primary goal of the project is to implement environmental changes to promote healthy eating and physical activity in places where children, youth and families spend their time. Proposed interventions involve working with schools, community organizations, local government and businesses to serve healthy food, sell healthy food, and create places to be physically active.”Obesity prevention needs to go beyond addressing individual behaviors. We must modify the environments in which we live that shape and support those behaviors,” Davis said. “We need to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.”These policy and environmental strategies will be bolstered by education and outreach services already in place in both counties and supported through UGA Extension including Georgia 4-H and Walk Georgia.”Health and wellness are major focus areas for UGA Extension programming and we in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are delighted to team up with the College of Public Health, the Fanning Institute and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to address obesity,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean of UGA Extension. “Working together, we are all stronger and can better serve the citizens of Georgia.”The Fanning Institute, with its expertise in leadership development, training and education, will help facilitate the work of the community leaders and stakeholders to identify and support the programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity in their community.”We will engage leaders across all sectors of a community who can act to prevent obesity, help them evaluate their assets, and identify contributions they can make to create long-term, sustainable change for preventing obesity,” said Maritza Soto Keen, senior public service associate at the Fanning Institute.Obesity is one of the most daunting public health challenges facing Georgia. According to the 2015 State of Obesity Report by the Trust for Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Georgia ranked as the 19th most obese state in the U.S., with the 15th highest diabetes rate in the nation.”While our goal for this project is to decrease adult and childhood obesity in Calhoun and Taliaferro counties, 30 more rural counties in Georgia are confronting levels of obesity at or above 35 percent. We hope what we learn from this work will be a first step in addressing this issue statewide,” Davis said.last_img read more

COVID-19 hospital on Galang Island set to open Monday

first_imgThe decision to build a hospital on Galang Island that specializes in treating COVID-19 patients came after the President held a limited meeting with several of his aides at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on March 3. Galang Island was chosen as the future site of the hospital because several buildings from the refugee camp that existed from 1979 and 1996 still remain.Read also: Tourists may soon be barred from Batam ex-refugee camp used as COVID-19 hospitalThe site also has access to clean water and electricity, while the island is located 50 kilometers from Hang Nadim International Airport. State-owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) was chosen as the contractor for the project.Doni Ardono, WIKA’s project leader at the hospital, said the company had raced the clock to finish construction after commencing the project on March 11. The government had set a target to have the hospital fully operational within a month.“Luckily, we will meet the target, as the observation rooms, the isolation rooms and supporting facilities will be completed on April 5, six days ahead of the deadline,” Doni said.Batam Mayor Muhammad Rusdi also expressed hope that false information about the hospital would not be spread, after the plan was initially met with surprise and opposition from locals.“We hope the hospital can commence operations next week,” he said, adding that the hospital would be operated by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel. (glh)Topics : Zone A will serve as the dormitory for medical workers and the management of the hospital, and will be equipped with 158 beds, laundry facilities and sterilization facilities. Meanwhile, zone B will be used as a ward for patients, and will consist of 20 beds in the isolation section and another 340 in the observation area.Another zone, called zone C, has been set aside for further development of the hospital. “So, in total, the hospital will have 360 beds, and 20 will be in the isolation room,” he added.Despite being ready to open next week, the President said he hoped the hospital would not need to be used, as the existing referral hospitals, including a makeshift facility at the Kemayoran Athletes Village, Central Jakarta, were expected to be sufficient to handle COVID-19 patients.“We built the hospital [in Galang Island] to anticipate [rapid spread of] the disease. Hopefully, we will never have to use it to treat COVID-19 patients,” said Jokowi, adding that the hospital would also serve as a research facility and infectious disease treatment center once the pandemic ended.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that a designated COVID-19 hospital in Galang Island, Riau Islands, will be ready to begin operations on April 6 with construction almost 100 percent complete on Wednesday.“We hope the hospital will begin operations next Monday. The schedule has been delayed three to four days because there was an issue in transporting building materials to the island,” said Jokowi when visiting the hospital on Wednesday.The hospital is being built on a 16 hectare site that was previously used as a camp for Vietnam war refugees in the 1970s and will comprise zones A and B.last_img read more

Ivy Tech to give students free online-access to textbooks

first_imgStatewide — Ivy Tech Community College is providing all 90,000 students at more than 40 locations across Indiana with day-one access, on the first day of class, to textbooks and course materials through Cengage Unlimited. Cengage also assists Ivy Tech administration and faculty with hybrid and online teaching.Cengage, the largest US-based education and technology company serving the college market, provides course materials to almost 10 million students pursuing higher education in the US.last_img read more

Essential Energy-Audit Equipment

first_imgI thought I’d put together a list of all of the tools and equipment I use during an energy audit. Not all of these tools are used during every audit, and some aren’t essential to investigating the house. I’ve separated the lists into two categories: essential items and useful items.I’ve listed the models of the tools I actually use, and I’ve included links to websites where these tools can be purchased. Equipment is available with more or better features; for example, high-end infrared cameras have more memory, higher resolution, and USB ports. However, this list gives you a good starting point for filling a tool kit to handle issues that come up (like moisture levels) or ones that routinely need to be covered as part of an audit (like monitoring CO levels). Erik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog. Wizard Stick smoke creator. A Wizard Stick smoke creator is useful for tracking air flows when the blower door is running. It creates a pretty arresting visual when the smoke is sucked through a crack no one suspected was a problem. Fiber-optic borescope. Borescopes are a perfect example of a great but maybe not essential piece of energy audit equipment. Borescopes allow you to look inside wall cavities, sealed crawlspaces, duct work. They’re incredibly useful for figuring out what’s happening in the building shell. The one I use is the Dewalt DCT410S1 inspection camera kit. Laser tape measure. Sometimes it is easier to use a laser than it is to roll out the ol’ tape measure. I use a Fluke 411D laser distance meter. Pin-type wood moisture meter. This device is very useful for testing sill plates or other structural elements you suspect may have moisture issues. The one I use is the Extech MO220. Distance measuring wheel I wouldn’t use this for precise measurements, but it’s fine for measuring a building perimeter. Mine is a CST/Berger Measure Mark 31-10M. Energy audit equipment: useful tools Combustion analyzer. The combustion analyzer tests the efficiency of heating and hot water systems. I use a basic model, but it does the trick. It can test flue gases for O2, CO2, heating system efficiency and carbon monoxide. It can also double as a CO detector. I use the Fyrite Tech analyzer from Bacharach. LED flashlight. I avoid smaller (dimmer) LED lights because sometimes I need some serious light. When I’m crawling through a dark attic, I don’t want a dim little beam. The model I use isn’t an expensive, high-end flashlight, so I won’t regret it if something happens to it. I use a Neiko 40282 flashlight that’s available online for less than $10. Pinless moisture meter. A pinless moisture meter is special-situation tool: not used often but indispensable when needed. When testing moisture in finish wood, trim, or other surfaces you’d rather not jam two pins into, the pinless meter is quite handy. Mine is an Extech MO280. Cordless drill. Drills are a less obvious but necessary piece of energy audit equipment. Many times the heating system exhaust pipe doesn’t have an access hole drilled yet for the combustion analyzer probe. (Warning: For bleep’s sake, make sure it’s not a concentric vent before drilling.) A drill is also handy if you need to check inside a wall cavity (with the homeowner’s permission, of course). I use a an 18-volt DeWalt DC970K-2 cordless drill. 25-foot heavy-duty extension cord. It’s almost a truism of energy auditing: If the house needs insulation, it probably needs electrical work too. That means that grounded electrical outlets are often hard to come by. It’s important to have a 25-foot extension cord and a two-prong adapter close at hand. I find longer extension cords unnecessary since you’ll only be plugging in the blower door and your laptop. I use a 12/3 cord, the Coleman Cable Yellow Jacket 2883. Non-contact voltage detector. Very often you need to test for live wires. Knob and tube wiring also comes up with all the time in audits (at least in Maine). Testing whether they are live is important as insulating near or over live knob and tube is a potential fire hazard. The one I use is a Greenlee GT-16. Infrared camera. Surprisingly, I almost put infrared cameras in the ‘useful’ category rather than ‘essential.’ They’re very helpful for locating air leakage, moisture issues, thermal bridging, or insulation irregularities that can lead to poor thermal performance. However, they’re astonishingly useful in visually demonstrating building problems to homeowners. The model I use is the Flir B50. Energy audit equipment: the essentialsBlower door. I’ve written about blower doors extensively, detailing how they help evaluations and aid diagnostic work. While the common thermal bypasses are well known, a blower door can starkly show the extent and size of air leakage problems. I use a blower door manufactured by the Energy Conservatory. Carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide levels need to be monitored during an audit. The heating system is checked with the combustion analyzer and this monitor tracks atmospheric CO in the house throughout the audit. The model I use is the Fluke CO-220. Digital camera. Like the flashlight, the digital camera is essential but I opt toward reliable but less expensive models. I use a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W530 camera. Telescoping ladder. Attic access hatches are often tucked away and hard to reach. A full ladder might not fit in an awkward closet. A heavy-duty telescoping ladder (I’m around 250 pounds, so I mean heavy) will make snaking through a clothes closet to the attic hatch that much easier. I use a Telesteps 1800EP Pro aluminum ladder. Whew — that took a while. I also use a few other less exciting items (like a plastic darning needle to poke around behind outlets), but that covers all the major energy audit equipment. Gas leak detector. Natural gas and propane heating systems are not as common in Maine as in other states. However, for homes that do have them, a gas leak detector is essential for testing gas lines. The model I use is the Bacharach Leakator Junior. 25-foot tape measure. All of my energy audit equipment is either heavy-duty or easily replaceable. Like any contractor can tell you, crawling around basements and attics adds some considerable wear and tear. I use a 25-foot Fat Max tape from Stanley. Hat with LED light. You’ll never appreciate this hat more than when you’re trying to write something down while jammed between some attic trusses. Digital pressure and flow gauge. A pressure gauge is integral to blower-door testing but is also very useful on its own. Zone diagnostics (a.k.a. poking air tubes into rooms and framing cavities) can be extraordinarily informative. While almost everyone knows where the big air leaks and thermal problems are, pressure gauges can more finely detail the heat loss and air leak pathways. A pressure gauge is also used for flue gas pressure testing and worst-case depressurization testing of the combustion air zone (CAZ). I use the model DG-700 gauge from the Energy Conservatory. Moisture meter. Technically called a “hygro psychrometer,” this meter allows you to quickly read several moisture measures, including relative humidity. While no substitute for year round metered data and observation, it is incredibly useful for gaining a sense of the moisture levels in a building. The model I use is the Extech RH390. (Tip: a less sexy but less expensive piece of energy audit equipment would be a few $10 humidistats from Lowes. Place a few around the house at the start of the audit and get the final readings when you collect them.)last_img read more