Tedeschi Trucks Band has announced an upcoming television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Husband-and-wife duo Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi will head to sunny Southern California with their 12-piece ensemble for their upcoming musical guest appearance on the popular late-night show, set to go down on Wednesday, May 15th.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band Details 2019 Beacon ResidencyTedeschi Trucks Band will perform their outdoor mini-concert in Los Angeles, and one cut will ultimately be selected to air on the program. The band has opened up a lottery for free tickets to participate in the upcoming Los Angeles filming, which is currently underway here.For a full list of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2019 tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
Tiny bits of chocolate were scattered across classroom tables at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston, though some clung to the fingers and faces of eight children busily conducting a scientific experiment.The local youngsters were participants in the “Science and Cooking for Kids” program, coordinated by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard’s Public School Partnerships team. Together they were learning that chemistry plays an important role in the properties that make chocolate bars so appealing.For example, heating chocolate to a very precise temperature creates the “snap” you hear when you bite into a bar, explained Frank Mooney, a recent graduate of Stonehill College, who runs the program with Kathryn Hollar, director of educational programs at SEAS.To see the effects of this chemical process, called crystallization, the children heated chocolate to two different temperatures and then compared the properties of the candy after it had a chance to cool. Chocolate that had been heated to a scorching 150 degrees was much softer than a typical candy bar.Joseph Doherty covers his strawberry slices with chocolate at the Ed Portal. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerEmily Nacimento, 9, soon to be a fifth-grader at Allston’s Gardner Pilot Academy, peeled a piece of the cooled chocolate off a paper plate. She was surprised by how bendable it had become.“I love chocolate, but I didn’t know that science was involved in making it,” she said, before devouring the results of her experiment.As Nacimento and her peers waited for their chocolate to cool, they couldn’t resist snacking on the excess. Luis Aguilon’s face lit up as he bit into a white chocolate-coated strawberry.Aguilon, 10, a rising fourth-grader at Gardner Pilot Academy, said he had little experience in the kitchen, but was excited to use the skills he learned this summer to cook for his mom.During the second half of the lesson, he and his fellow scientist-chefs blended fresh fruit, yogurt, and ice to create smoothies. The goal of this lesson was twofold, Mooney explained — show the kids how to make a healthy snack and to teach them about the different densities of smoothie ingredients.Joseph Doherty, 11, who will be a sixth-grader at Jackson Mann School in Allston, took a thoughtful sip of his smoothie and declared that it needed a few more strawberries to even out the taste.“I have enjoyed trying all the different flavors of the foods we’ve made this summer,” he said. “I might try to make this at home.”At the beginning of the program, students received a “starter kit” with a blender, bowls, and other tools to make recipes at home. They departed each lesson with a bag of ingredients and a recipe to try on their own.It wasn’t all chemistry and chocolate at the Ed Portal as Luis Agulion (from left), Emily Nacimento, Anson Chau, and Emily Carrigan added fruit smoothies to the mix. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerNot only do the lessons teach kids practical skills they can use in the kitchen, but they also introduce them to scientific concepts in a fun, hands-on way, said Mooney.“Cooking is a really good way to bridge science with something these kids are already very interested in — food,” he said. “I want them to see that there is science behind the food they eat, and that science plays a role everywhere in the world around them.”Now in its third year, the “Science and Cooking for Kids” program has continued to expand, reaching students at the Ed Portal, the Margaret Fuller House, and, beginning this summer, the Cambridge Community Center.The goal of expanding the free program is to give kids in under-resourced communities a chance to participate in a science-themed camp, Mooney explained.“Our kids loved the program. It was really great seeing them get excited about preparing healthy foods from scratch,” said Janelle St. Charles, co-director of the Cowemoki Summer Enrichment Program at the Cambridge Community Center. “They also got the opportunity to prepare food for our group leaders, which the kids and staff both loved. The program gave the kids skills that they could share with others.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSave
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife biologists say a 34-year-old grizzly bear captured in southwestern Wyoming has been confirmed as the oldest on record in the Yellowstone region. Grizzly bear 168 was captured last summer after it preyed on cattle. The Jackson Hole Hole News & Guide reports the male had just a few teeth left and weighed 170 pounds. When he was 5 years old, he weighed 450 pounds. Wildlife officials euthanized the old bear in July 2020 because of his poor health and because he would likely continue to prey on calves.
Students and faculty gathered Monday to commemorate Constitution Day with “The Health Care Decision and the Lost Generation of Child Labor Reform,” a lecture given by Barry Cushman, the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at Notre Dame. The talk focused on the decision of the Supreme Court made in the case of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, more commonly known as the case involving the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). “The particular provision of the Act that was challenged was the so-called ‘individual mandate,’ which will require persons without health insurance to acquire ‘minimum essential coverage’ by 2014, or else make a ‘shared responsibility payment’ to the Internal Revenue Service,” Cushman said. The main question rested on whether the individual mandate could be considered an exercise of Congress’ Commerce Power. Cushman said the majority of the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate was not in fact a legitimate exercise of the Commerce Power but rather a shared responsibility payment under the exercise of Congress’ taxing power. “Chief Justice [John] Roberts and the dissenting justices agreed that the central question was whether the Act imposed a ‘true tax,’ or instead imposed a ‘penalty’ for failure to comply with a congressional directive,” Cushman said. Cushman’s lecture then turned to the necessity to discern between true taxes and regulatory penalties. In order to do this, he focused on the late-19th and early-20th centuries to provide background information. “At that time, Congress frequently sought to achieve regulatory objectives it could not attain through its commerce power by imposing excise taxes that were designed to discourage disfavored activities,” Cushman said. The Supreme Court soon became wary of Congress’ increased use of taxing power when commerce power could not provide the desired results. The Supreme Court and Congress would finally butt heads in a child labor employment case in 1922, Cushman said. This is in response to the 1916 Keating-Owen Child Labor Act which, Cushman said, “prohibited interstate shipment of articles produced by firms that employed children” under certain ages. “The Child Labor Tax did not make the employment of child labor unlawful; it did raise revenue. It did not in fact prevent the employment of child labor, and its proponents did not think that it could be salvaged by lowering the rate, by a more narrow tailoring of the tax … or by moving enforcement entirely into the Department of the Treasury,” Cushman said The Child Labor Tax was, however, still considered an unconstitutional penalty. In order to explain this Cushman turned to the arguments of Thomas Reed Powell, then a Professor at Columbia Law School. “Powell credited [Chief Justice William Howard] Taft with fully recognizing that the distinction between a tax and a penalty was a matter of degree … [and] fully agreed with Taft that a decision upholding the tax would have led down a slippery slope to plenary congressional authority,” Cushman said. Cushman added that Powell read the Child Labor Tax Case as establishing the proposition that the values of federalism could be preserved in taxing power jurisprudence only through the application of a standard rather than through enforcement of a rule. This view ties into the more current health care decision in which the dissenting justices took the shared responsibility payment as a penalty, not a tax, since it “imposed an exaction as punishment for an unlawful act,” Cushman said. In drawing a distinction between a tax and a penalty, Cushman noted that the Supreme Court had to determine if the ACA was claiming it was illegal for people to fail to uphold minimum health coverage. Cushman said that this confusion was due to the way in which the statute was drafted. Had Congress called the “penalty” a “tax” in the first place and clarified that failure to purchase insurance was not itself illegal, the imposition would have been clearly constitutional. “Justice Roberts characterized the shared responsibility payment as one that ‘makes going without insurance just another thing the Government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning income,’” Cushman said. This seems simple enough, but is rather more complex when compared to the past rulings on child labor, he said. “It is only where the exaction was coupled with a detailed and specified course of conduct, as in the Child Labor Tax Case, that the Court has held the exaction to be a penalty rather than a true tax,” Cushman said. One can argue that the current shared responsibility payment of the ACA does not qualify as a tax under the Child Labor Tax Case, and then should be considered a penalty, he said. “If that understanding is correct, then the Roberts Court may just have tacitly overruled the Child Labor Tax Case and its progeny,” Cushman said. A second possibility, Cushman said, is that Powell and his contemporaries misread the Child Labor Tax decision and “a revised measure eliminating one or more of the distinguishing features identified by Chief Justice Roberts” would have stood in the 1920s. Cushman added that all this is to say that the responsibility payment today can be questioned as to whether or not it actually falls under the Court’s “narrowest interpretations of the taxing power.” “Either the Court has effectively abandoned the principle established in the Child Labor Tax Case, or child protection advocates of the interwar period were badly mistaken in their assessment of the decision, at the cost of a lost generation of federal child labor reform,” Cushman said.
Not to be confused with a certain school in upstate New York, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) offers a three-pronged approach to scholarly engagement for Notre Dame students. Programming advisor Christen Klute said CUSE promotes academic lectures on campus, funds student research and helps students apply for fellowships. “We use the umbrella term ‘scholarly engagement,’ and we define scholarly engagement as being engaged academically outside the classroom,” Klute said. Klute said CUSE has sponsored events such as “Show Some Skin” and “ND Thinks Big.” “We just really try be involved in the big events on campus that are academically-minded,” she said. Perhaps CUSE’s most commonly known mission is providing students with grants to perform research, Klute said. “We are a campus-wide funding entity,” Klute said. “We will fund anybody and everybody.” CUSE focuses on funding students who may not be able receive complete funding from other sources – typically, students from the College of Architecture, the Mendoza College of Business or the First Year of Studies Program. “Even though their colleges have some methods of funding available to the students, they are not quite as widely funded as the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science,” Klute said. “We really do try to make sure that everybody that wants to do some kind of research has the opportunity to get funding to do so.” CUSE also helps students who will pursue some level of graduate education apply for national fellowships. Klute said a few fellowships are available for undergraduate education. “Especially this year, we are trying to make a push to connect CUSE with fellowships,” she said. “I think most people, when they think of CUSE, they think of research, so we’d like to make much better connections there.” Students who wish to apply for funding must have a faculty mentor and submit a detailed project proposal. “We require students to submit a form that includes, first and foremost, their research question, research methods, and also a detailed budget – what they want to use the funding for, specifically,” Klute said. Klute said she encourages students who wish to apply for funding to carefully read the guidelines available at cuse.nd.edu. “It’s very important to us that you have all the little tiny pieces,” she said. “Tell us exactly how it is going affect your time here at Notre Dame academically. Tell us what you are planning on doing with the things you learn from your project, if you’re going to present at a conference or if it is going to lead to a senior thesis.” Senior Jenna Ahn, who received funding to go to Kolkata, India, this past summer said she went to a CUSE grant proposal workshop when she decided to apply for CUSE funding. “The workshop explained all of the background and necessary information needed in a proposal. The most helpful part of the process was working one-on-one with a graduate research fellow while drafting my proposal,” Ahn said. “She looked over multiple drafts and offered constructive comments to improve my proposal.” Ahn said she will incorporate the research she performed in India into her senior thesis. “It was a very valuable and transformative experience that continues to shape who I am today,” she said.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Eugene KimDigit is a money-saving app that saw its fair share of controversy following its official release earlier this year.The way it works is pretty straightforward: its secret algorithm tracks your income and spending patterns, and every 2 to 3 days, automatically saves a small amount of money that you won’t even notice is missing.The money gets transferred to a separate Digit savings account, held in one of its partner banks like Wells Fargo or BofI Federal Bank. Users can also manually set their savings amount or withdraw their savings anytime they want.But what appears to have gotten some people boggled was the fact that the users don’t earn any interest on their savings. Instead, Digit takes all the interest that accrues and spends it on its operating costs. Its logic: users get free access to Digit and save money they normally would have spent elsewhere. continue reading »
Credit unions that invest in the long-term strategy of brand-building lead the pack when it comes to establishing deeper and more meaningful member relationships. Recognizing the intersection of ever-increasing consumer choice (both traditional and non-traditional) and subsequent consumer confusion, they elect to combat that with differentiation and clarity through brand positioning. In other words, they find a unique and authentic way to stand out from the crowd as the preferred consumer choice in their area.Often this is (initially) accomplished through elements like brand vision statements, employee messages and taglines. While these are vital components of building a brand, they fall short if the effort is left there. The question then becomes: does our brand actually touch our members? Can and do your members see your brand in action? Do they witness it, see it, hear it and (hopefully) share it? Vision statements, employee messages and taglines are well and good but do they live beyond the paper upon which they are printed?For a brand to leap from paper to life, your credit union must operationalize it. This is best accomplished via a full-fledged journey mapping process. In journey mapping, your credit union’s leadership team (typically with the assistance of an outside facilitator) puts the words and spirit of your brand to paper, detailing exactly what the member experience will be from start to finish, in person, on the phone, in the drive-through, via email, etc. The journey mapping experience, once complete, leads to a hands-on member engagement program, unique to your credit union, its culture, membership, staff and community. Often, the member engagement program is given a unique name to help better position it in the eyes of credit union staff.Journey mapping is a rigorous process and similar to branding requires an “all hands on deck” approach. Your leadership team must come to the journey mapping table ready to honestly and aggressively tackle tough questions that can go to the very core of your credit union’s member philosophy. More importantly, once voices are aired, discussions had and a consensus reached, your leadership team must leave the journey mapping process fully committed to the plan and ready to actively support it. Any member engagement plan risks fraying if its leaders are not committed and other staff see this, tell co-workers and similarly fail to commit.Once in place, your credit union must then actively and without fail train staff to its member engagement program. Failure to effectively train over the long-term runs the risk of delegitimizing the member engagement program in the eyes of staff and, in turn, for your members.As the natural evolution of a branding effort, the commitment to journey mapping and creating a member engagement program successfully operationalizes your brand, elevating it from the qualitative art of wordsmithing to the quantitative science of measurable member interaction. Your brand, once the inhabitant of paper, leaps to life for your members and potential members to touch, witness and remember. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details
Norway’s primary municipal pensions provider KLP has announced it is adding 12 companies to its investment blacklist this month on environmental and social grounds, and re-admitting four firms that are no longer falling foul of its guidelines.The NOK765bn (€72.6bn) fund revealed it has sold off NOK38m (€3.6m) of investments in the mostly small firms being rejected from its investment universe from this month for coal, oil sands, gambling, alcohol and environmental damage reasons.The new exclusions include Jardine Strategic Holdings, Jardine Matheson Holdings and Cimic Group because of coal business, along with Japan Petroleum Exploration for oil sands involvement.Last year, KLP tightened its divestment criteria on oil sands, selling the shares and bonds of five companies with activities in the fossil fuel business as a result. Landing International Development and Universal Entertainment Corporation are two of the five firms being newly rejected by the Norwegian fund for gambling activities, while BJ’s Restaurants and MGP Ingredients have been banned for alcohol business.ElSewedy Electric has also been divested on the grounds of serious environmental damage, regarding a dam and a hydroelectric plant being built in Tanzania, said KLP.The four companies being brought back into the fold include Aecom and Raytheon, because they are no longer involved in the production of components for nuclear or cluster weapons.Petrobas ban reversalKLP also said its exclusion of Petrobras on the grounds of corruption is being reversed, with Texwinca Holdings – which was excluded for human and workers’ rights – no longer banned since the factories affected were closed down.These re-inclusions have resulted in new investments of NOK140m, the fund said, though it added that Texhwinca was currently outside its investment universe anyway.Asked whether KLP expected the new divestment decisions to influence the corporates’ future behaviour, Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP, told IPE the potential impact of such blacklistings depended on the nature of a firm’s involvement in the business activity being rejected.“As this is a product-based criterion, it really depends if the company’s core business is what excludes them – if so, then it will be hard for us to have any influence, but if it’s a minor part of their business, or if they are transitioning away from coal, for example, it could make a difference,” she said.“In the main KLP divested from certain business sectors because it believed these had negative effects on society and therefore did not want to earn money from these areas”However, in the main KLP divested from certain business sectors – such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling – because it believed these had negative effects on society and therefore did not want to earn money from these areas, Bergan said.Risk management framework evolvesSeparately, KLP said it had recently amended the part of its responsible investment guidelines on how its assessed risk in investing and whether to exclude a company.“We are developing a new overall framework for risk management and due diligence in our investments now, and the change we have adopted in the exclusion criteria is part of this work,” Bergan said.The new paragraph allowed KLP to exclude companies on due diligence grounds, with a combination of country risk, industry risk and corporate risk allowable as grounds for exclusion, she said.The thinking behind this, she said, was that while investors and companies had a due diligence obligation under the UN’s guiding principles for business and human rights and other norms, certain countries and markets which involved higher ESG risk had a lack of transparency and freedom of speech – which hampered monitoring of potential breaches.“Saudi Arabia is just such a market and we will probably use this new criterion in eventually evaluating which companies to invest in,” Bergan said.Since last year, KLP has been assessing Saudi Arabia as a potential investment location, with the Gulf state having been included in the MSCI Emerging Markets index from July 2019.This assessment has not yet come to a conclusion, Bergan told IPE.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.
Noble Energy-led consortium operating the giant offshore gas field Leviathan in Israel has signed agreements with Oil Refineries Ltd and another buyer for the transport of condensate to be produced from the field. The Leviathan is expected to be brought online this month.Leviathan platform / Image by Noble EnergyIn an announcement on Sunday, Delek Drilling, a partner in the project said that under the agreement signed with Oil Refineries Ltd, condensate that is produced from the Leviathan reservoir will be transported to the existing fuel pipeline of Europe Asia Pipeline Co. Ltd. (EAPC) which leads to a tank farm of Petroleum & Energy Infrastructures Ltd. (PEI) in Kiryat Haim, and from there will be transported to Oil Refineries Ltd’s facilities.Apart from the deal with ORL, Delek said an agreement was signed with an international trade company in the fuel industry to transport Leviathan condensate via road tankers and deliver it to the buyer at PEI’s tank farm (the “Supply Agreement”). The Supply Agreement will be in effect from the start of the transport of natural gas from the Leviathan reservoir until December 31, 2020. The agreement will be renewed each year for a period of one additional year unless one of the parties chooses not to renew.As part of the second agreement, the price of the condensate will be linked to the Brent barrel price, and the buyer will be entitled to a discount if the condensate deviates from the specification outlined in the Supply Agreement,Delek said that concurrently with the transport of the condensate according to the agreements revealed on Sunday, the Leviathan Partners are continuing to explore other alternatives for the transportation and the sale of the Leviathan condensate.The ~$3.7 billion Leviathan project is the largest energy project in Israel’s history. The project development is in the final stages and is slated to start delivering gas to the Israeli domestic market and regional markets in December 2019.The project is being developed via an offshore platform from which treated gas and stabilized condensate will flow through a northern entry pipeline connected to the INGL (Israel Natural Gas Lines) national gas transmission system.According to Noble Energy, the Leviathan gas will make it possible for the Israeli energy sector to be based almost exclusively on electricity generated by natural gas. Also, it will make Israel an energy exporter.The Leviathan field is estimated to hold 33 Tcf of natural gas resources in place (22 Tcf recoverable). It was discovered in December 2010, 125 kilometers west of Haifa. It will have a total production capacity of 1.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day (Bcf/d).Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.
ILOILO City – Charged with cyber libel, awoman was nabbed in Barangay Malunag, Zarraga, Iloilo. The 41-year-old Josephine PasgalaBacanto of Barangay Gines, Zarraga was arrested around 10 a.m., a police reportshowed. Bacanto’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant, the report added. The court recommended a P12,000 bailbond for her temporary liberty./PN Bacanto was detained in the lockup cellof Zarraga police station.