In Short

first_img== Waitrose motors on ==Waitrose is to rival M&S in the motorway service station stakes, after striking a deal with operator Welcome Break to open two 2,500sq ft outlets. The first will open on 1 May at Oxford Services at Junction 8a on the M40, followed by another on 15 May at Junction 23 of the M25. It will sell sandwiches and salads, as well as ’top-up’ items, including bread.== Starbucks’ UK growth ==Starbucks has announced it plans to open new stores in the UK this year and is looking at new types of locations and formats for its outlets. It opened two new formats in 2008 – Drive Thru and Drive To. “Feedback about these has been positive and we’re looking for new locations throughout the UK,” said a spokesperson.== Anson closes plant ==Bakery packaging firm Anson Packaging is to close its plant in Wrexham, North Wales, resulting in the loss of 62 jobs. The Cambridgeshire-based firm, part of the Avro Industries group, manufactures sustainable rPET packaging for foodservice, including bakery items. It has been reported that job losses at its sites in Haddenham and Sutton in Cambridgeshire may also occur as it restructures.== Mey’s carbon labels ==Food brand Mey Selections has become the first Scottish consumer goods company to put carbon labels on its products. Its Luxury Shortbread and two honey products will carry the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in stores from 1 May, and it aims to have the label on its entire range.== Campbell acquisition ==Campbell Soup Company in the US, has acquired New Jersey-based artisan bread maker Ecce Panis and will operate it as a distinct brand in its Pepperidge Farm bakery portfolio.last_img read more

Zack de la Rocha Performs With Run The Jewels At Pre-Inauguration Protest Concert

first_img[H/T CoS] With Inauguration Day looming, hip hop duo Run The Jewels performed as part of a pre-inauguration concert in Washington DC. Naturally, things got heated, with a politically-charged performance that had Killer Mike leading a “Fuck Donald Trump!” chant towards the show’s end.Musically speaking, the show also marked the return of Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, who has shied away from the spotlight after his heyday. de la Rocha joined in for three songs of the encore, including “Kill Your Masters,” “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” and “Reagan.” Check out videos of the wild collaboration, below.last_img read more

Astronomically close

first_imgEarth-like planets potentially capable of supporting life may be right in our galactic neighborhood, researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the California Institute of Technology said Wednesday.“The nearest Earth-like planet is probably 13 light-years away; astronomically speaking, that’s just a stroll across the park,” said Courtney Dressing, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Astronomy Department and the lead author of a new analysis of data from the Kepler Space Telescope, which since 2009 has been examining distant stars for signs of orbiting planets.Dressing, together with Professor David Charbonneau of Harvard’s Astronomy Department and John Johnson, an assistant professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, appeared at a news conference to discuss the work.The new analysis focused on a category of stars smaller and dimmer than our own sun — “red dwarfs.”  Red dwarfs offer several advantages for hunters of exoplanets, as worlds circling stars outside our solar system are called. First, they are the most common stars in the Milky Way, making up some 75 percent of all. Second, because they’re so much dimmer than our sun, the “habitable zone” orbit within which life could exist is much closer to the star. A planet circling closer to its sun orbits more frequently, giving scientists more chances of detecting it crossing its star’s face.Dressing found 95 planets or planet candidates around those stars. Of those, she identified three candidates that are the right size and temperature to be considered Earth-like. When several others close to their habitable zones or of nearly Earth-like size are considered, the researchers said it appears that approximately 6 percent of red dwarf stars should have an Earth-like planet. Because Kepler is examining distant stars, the three Earth-like planets they detected are quite far away, between 300 and 600 light-years from here.Dressing found 95 planets or planet candidates around red dwarfs. Of those, she identified three candidates that are the right size and temperature to be considered Earth-like. The next step, according to Charbonneau, is to design instruments that can examine these relatively nearby stars.The researchers then turned their analysis to the neighborhood of our own star, where there are 248 red dwarfs within 30 light-years. The analysis indicated that the most probable distance for a red dwarf with an Earth-like planet circling is 13 light-years.“There should be a planet within 13 light-years,” Dressing said. “I really look forward to finding that first planet.”The next step, according to Charbonneau, is to design instruments that can examine these relatively nearby stars.  New telescopes already planned, like the James Webb Space Telescope and the Giant Magellan Telescope, being constructed on a mountaintop in Chile, could be used in the hunt, he said.Charbonneau, a pioneer in exoplanet research, said these planets are small enough to be rocky, like Earth, and warm enough to be friendly to life, but conditions on a planet around a red dwarf would otherwise be very unlike Earth.The planet would orbit very close to its sun and be bombarded with ultraviolet radiation. Because red dwarfs are active, with numerous sunspots, the planet would face large variations in illumination. It could also be locked in an orbit like our moon is to Earth, with the same side always facing the planet. On a planet that has no atmosphere, one side could have furnace-like temperatures while the dark side froze. However, with an atmosphere and an ocean, a red dwarf’s planet could be buffered from the star’s radiation and heat distributed more evenly around it.What that means for life is unclear, Charbonneau said. If exoplanet research has taught astronomers anything, it’s to be ready to be surprised. Astronomers have come to understand that the Milky Way not only contains billions of stars with planets around them, but also that the configuration of those alien solar systems strays widely from our own. There’s no reason, Charbonneau said, that life in those solar systems shouldn’t also stray widely from that on Earth.If life does develop near a red dwarf, it might have billions more years to evolve than life on Earth. Unlike our sun, which will undergo changes that will extinguish life within a billion years, red dwarfs don’t show much change, Charbonneau said. In fact, if a red dwarf with an Earth-like planet was among the first stars in the universe, some 12 billion years ago, it’s probably still out there.The only way to find out for sure, Charbonneau said, is to look. Charbonneau said he looks forward to starting “tomorrow” on the search for nearby Earth-like planets. Once found, astronomers can examine their atmospheres for the chemicals that are hallmarks of life on Earth, such as oxygen.“Certainly the field of exoplanets has been one of surprises, so we need to go study” these planets, Charbonneau said.last_img read more

Music everywhere

first_img Researcher tests role of visual information in assessing performance Some musical meaning may transcend cultural boundaries and be universally human, study says The team and their researchers coded the ethnography and discography that makes up the Natural History of Song into dozens of variables. They logged details about singers and audience members, the time of day and duration of singing, the presence of instruments, and more for thousands of passages about songs in the ethnographic corpus. The discography was analyzed four different ways: machine summaries, listener ratings, expert annotations, expert transcriptions.They found that, across societies, music is associated with behaviors such as infant care, healing, dance, and love (among many others, like mourning, warfare, processions, and ritual). Examining lullabies, healing songs, dance songs, and love songs in particular, they discovered that songs that share behavioral functions tend to have similar musical features.“Lullabies and dance songs are ubiquitous, and they are also highly stereotyped,” Singh said. “For me, dance songs and lullabies tend to define the space of what music can be. They do very different things with features that are almost the opposite of each other.”,Definitely seeing music as cross-cultural excites Singh because he comes to the Natural History of Song project as someone who studies the social, cognitive, and cultural evolutionary foundations of complex traditions found throughout societies from music to law, narrative to witchcraft.For Mehr, who began his academic life in music education, the study looks toward unlocking the governing rules of “musical grammar.” That idea has been percolating among music theorists, linguists, and psychologists of music for decades, but has never been demonstrated across cultures.“In music theory, tonality is often assumed to be an invention of Western music, but our data raise the controversial possibility that this could be a universal feature of music,” he said. “That raises pressing questions about structure that underlies music everywhere — and whether and how our minds are designed to make music.”This study was supported in part by the Harvard Data Science Initiative, an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and the Microsoft Research postdoctoral fellowship program. Music professor composes pieces to immerse audiences in narrative Related New faculty: Yvette J. Jacksoncenter_img The look of music Songs in the key of humanity The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Scientists at Harvard have just published the most comprehensive scientific study to date on music as a cultural product, which supports the American poet’s pronouncement and examines what features of song tend to be shared across societies.The study was conceived by Samuel Mehr, a fellow of the Harvard Data Science Initiative and research associate in psychology, Manvir Singh, a graduate student in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, and Luke Glowacki, formerly a Harvard graduate student and now a professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University.They set out to address big questions: Is music a cultural universal? If that’s a given, which musical qualities overlap across disparate societies? If it isn’t, why does it seem so ubiquitous? But they needed a data set of unprecedented breadth and depth. Over a five-year period, the team hunted down hundreds of recordings in libraries and private collections of scientists half a world away.“We are so used to being able to find any piece of music that we like on the internet,” said Mehr, who is now a principal investigator at Harvard’s Music Lab. “But there are thousands and thousands of recordings buried in archives. At one point, we were looking for traditional Celtic music and we found a call number in the [Harvard] library system and librarian told us we needed to wait on the other side of the library because there was more room over there. Twenty minutes later this poor librarian comes out with a cart of about 20 cases of reel-to-reel recordings of Celtic music.”Mehr added those reel tapes to the team’s growing discography, combining it with a corpus of ethnography containing nearly 5,000 descriptions of songs from 60 human societies. Mehr, Singh, and Glowacki call this database The Natural History of Song.Their questions were so compelling that the project rapidly grew into a major international collaboration with musicians, data scientists, psychologists, linguists, and political scientists. Published in Science this week, it represents the team’s most ambitious study yet about music.,Music appears in every society observed.“As a graduate student, I was working on studies of infant music perception, and I started to see all these studies that made claims about music being universal,” Mehr said. “How is it that every paper on music starts out with this big claim, but there’s never a citation backing that up … Now we can back that up.”They looked at every society for which there was ethnographic information in a large online database, 315 in all, and found mention of music in all of them. For the discography, they collected 118 songs from a total of 86 cultures, covering 30 geographic regions. And they added the ethnographic material they’d collected. “I started to see all these studies that made claims about music being universal. How is it that every paper on music starts out with this big claim but there’s never a citation backing that up … Now we can back that up.” — Samuel Mehr, researcherlast_img read more

The Observer elects Editor-in-Chief for 2020-2021 term

first_imgThe Observer General Board elected Assistant Managing Editor Maria Leontaras as Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-2021 term Tuesday.“Maria is one of the most committed and reliable reporters at The Observer,” current Editor-in-Chief Kelli Smith said. “She proves herself invaluable as a leader of this paper time and time again. There is no doubt in my mind she will only continue to lead this organization to new heights for the entire tri-campus community.” Maria Leontaras | The Observer The Observer General Board elected Maria Leontaras to be the Editor-in-Chief for the 2020-2021 term.A junior at Saint Mary’s, Leontaras resides in Le Mans Hall and is pursuing a student-designed major in Interactive Journalism with minors in mathematics and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy.“I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity to lead The Observer,” Leontaras said. “I’ve made so many great friends and memories throughout my time at the paper, and I can’t wait to help facilitate the same kind of experiences for staffers next year.“I will always be so thankful for the editors and staffers who came before me and set a great example for me and others to follow. I look forward to continuing the work the outgoing Editorial Board started and producing content that is representative of the tri-campus community.”A Northwest Indiana native, Leontaras began working in the Saint Mary’s News department in 2017 and rose to Assistant Managing Editor in spring of 2019.Leontaras will begin her term as Editor-in-Chief on March 1.Tags: Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Board, The Observerlast_img read more

Wheel of Freetsyle with Lin-Manuel Miranda Returns!

first_img View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is poised to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 8 (and we can’t wait for it!). Before that bucket-list-topping stint, the Tony winner stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 4 to hone in on those improv skills. He returned for round two of “Wheel of Freestyle,” spitting rhymes about Pop Tarts, Harry Potter, unicorns and even Election Day. On top of that, Miranda also reacted to SNL fave Cecily Strong’s recent impression of him and reminded fans to vote. Watch the Ten Dollar Founding Father drop some serious knowledge below!last_img read more

New veterans health clinic opens in Newport

first_imgNorth Country Hospital,Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday participated in the grand opening of a new community health clinic for Northeast Kingdom veterans.The clinic housed at Newport’s North Country Hospital will be the sixth operated by the White River Junction VA Medical Center. The other clinics serving Vermonters are in Bennington, Brattleboro, Colchester, Rutland, and Littleton, N.H. The Brattleboro clinic opened in June of this year.The clinics provide access for veterans to primary care physicians, laboratory tests, medications, mental health services, and preventative services such as flu shots.‘We have heard over the years from many veterans in the Northeast Kingdom that it has been hard to access care,’ said Sanders, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. ‘The Newport clinic should save them a lot of time and trouble traveling to White River Junction to get the care they deserve.’The newest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic is located on the second floor of the hospital at 189 Prouty Dr. in Newport. The clinic initially will open every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and two Wednesdays every month from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The clinic could expand its hours of operation, size and service available if there is sufficient demand. Veterans can call (802) 334-4121 for information about the clinic.‘We have been working very hard to make sure that veterans who live in the Northeast Kingdom have access to primary health care,’ Sanders said. ‘People who have put their lives on the line for our country deserve the best health care we can provide and that means providing care where they live.’Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are part of a national effort to transition the VA from a hospital-based system of care to a more efficient health care system focused on primary care. The clinics are chosen based on an analysis of the distance to other health care services, accessibility, relationships to other veterans’ services, and possible care-provider partnerships.  Source: NEWPORT, Vt., September 9, 2010 ‘ Sen. Bernie Sanderslast_img read more

New CMP CEO Voices Strong Support for Residential Solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Maine Public:Maine’s largest electric utility has a new CEO. Doug Herling took over operations of Central Maine Power Company Jan. 1, a day after the utility’s long-time leader Sara Burns stepped down.Herling rose through the ranks, most recently overseeing electric operations for parent-company Avangrid for 2.2 million customers in Maine, New York and Connecticut.  Herling says although solar power advocates often criticize the company, he supports build-out of the renewable energy technology in Maine.“I think everyone should put solar panels on their roof if that’s what they want to do,” he says. “CMP is owned by Avangrid who is a major owner of Iberdrola, the largest wind producer in the world. we are not against solar, we are not against wind, we are not against renewables. Most recently there was an issue out there regarding our net energy metering and what we were interested in is the impact, the financial impact on customers. But as far as us being negative about people putting solar panels on their roof, I think everyone should put solar panels on their roof if that’s what they want to do. It doesn’t impact our company and we’re not against that at all.”More: New CMP CEO Voices Strong Support For Residential Solar New CMP CEO Voices Strong Support for Residential Solarlast_img read more

Review: The Walking Dead ‘First Time Again’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 90-minute premiere Sunday night of The Walking Dead began its sixth season where the fifth ended in March: with a bang—a gunshot, to be precise.Abusive husband, alcoholic, and danger-to-us-all Pete Anderson (Corey Brill) lay in a pool of his own blood beneath the smoking barrel of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) iconic revolver. The moment merged two very different perspectives: the residents of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, blissfully ignorant of the apocalyptic horrors beyond their walled community, and callous Rick’s bloody taste of reality. Later, standing feet away from a herd of blatant CGI zombies, the practical ones complete with severed limbs and exposed ribcages, the main character justified his newly formed Rickstatorship:“I know this sounds insane, but this is an insane world,” Rick said. “We have to come for them or they come for us. It’s that simple.”Depending on one’s appreciation for the character, Rick’s psychological state has either become more engaging or repetitive. Longtime fans witnessed a similar side of Rick back in season three’s prison setting and even toward the end of last season. Veteran characters should recognize Rick’s behavior, but no one attempted to stop him. It seemed like more than a coincidence that the old crew fell to the back burner while Rick’s reckless demeanor was gently prodded by the ignorance of randomly added character Carter (Ethan Embry) and returning fan-favorite Morgan Jones (Lennie James).The Walking Dead trailers have always intentionally misled viewers. Season six’s trailer implied some heavy confrontation between Rick and Morgan. If true, anxious fans will have to keep waiting for Morgan to deliver a blow, as the staff-wielding badass spent the entirety of the first episode delicately reminding Rick of the humanity they once shared.“You’re still the same man I met back in [season one],” Morgan said to Rick. “The one who came back and told me it wasn’t over. That was you. The same you that’s right in front of me right now.”He was awesome with that staff, though.Carter also provided a voice of reason for the residents of Alexandria, but it was short-lived, literally. Rick called it first.“Somebody like that,” he said, “they’re going to die no matter what.”Submitting to the Ricktatorship does not cost Carter an arm and a leg, but instead a chunk of cheek and ultimately his life. Carter failed to survive less than two hours on TWD, but the shocker was who killed him.Carter’s killer (spoiled in the AMC video below) plunged a dagger into the wounded man’s neck to avoid detection from nearby zombies. The killer’s morality was already in question, but dispatching Carter without hesitation showed the extremes the cold-blooded character was willing to take, leaving audiences to wonder what else this character will be capable of in the upcoming episodes.Overall, TWD showed more of the same. Rick and the group find a new home, some new people interfere and conflict, and a herd of zombies eventually run everyone out of town. Much like the fanbase, the herd of zombies mindlessly lumbers to the next plot point, which is a convergence of zombies and survivors at the gates of Alexandria, where the survivor’s eventual eviction will occur.Though it was more of the same, season six of TWD further explored the darkest bowels of the human psyche. The first episode balanced blood, guts, zombies, and human indecency, but it’s the investment in these apocalypse-stricken characters and their fates audiences care about. Though it’s unlikely the show’s popularity will decline anytime soon, entering season six with no endgame in sight may have been the beginning of Walking Dead biting off more than they can chew.last_img read more

Can Philip Rivers lead Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in 2020? | NFL News

first_imgThe Indianapolis Colts are currently outside of the AFC playoff picture looking in, but they have a chance to change that with victory over their divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.The 5-3 Colts travel into Tennessee to take on the 6-2 Titans – live on Sky Sports NFL from 1.20am on Friday – in the first of two meetings between the teams over the next three weeks.But can veteran quarterback Philip Rivers lead the Colts to victory? The 38-year-old has thrown for an average of 260.8 yards per game, with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first year in Indianapolis.- Advertisement – A look back at the action and talking points from Week Nine of the NFL season GMF‘s Peter Schrager isn’t quite so convinced, even suggesting the Colts might look to move on from their big-money free agency acquisition.“I don’t think Rivers is having this great season. It might even be the end of the road for him,” Schrager added.“There has been some good games from Rivers, don’t get me wrong, and I don’t think Frank Reich is thinking about pulling him but, if you talk to Colts fans, they’re not overwhelmed by Rivers this season – there is too much up and down for a veteran quarterback. 4:19 A look back at the action and talking points from Week Nine of the NFL season 2:35 On NFL Overtime, Kay Adams, Vince Young and Phoebe Schecter choose the NFL teams they believe have been the best so far this season Good Morning Football‘s Kyle Brandt says Rivers’ play over the final few weeks of the 2020 season could define how his potentially Hall of Fame career is ultimately viewed.“He has been good, he has been not so good; 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions is fine,” Brandt said. “But, over the next several weeks, there is so much more that hangs in the balance for Rivers than the Colts’ playoff push. – Advertisement – The Colts went 7-9 in the 2019 season with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback The Colts went 7-9 in the 2019 season with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback