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John Mayer Surprises Jimmy Kimmel Audiences With A Disguise Before Playing With His Band [Watch]

first_imgJust as he promised, guitarist/singer/songwriter John Mayer has been releasing songs from his new album, The Search For Everything, at a pace of four per month. After gracing fans with four songs in January, Mayer doubled the length of the album with four additional releases last week. The 14-track release is expected later this Spring.In support of this new music, Mayer performed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live – only he did so in full costume and under the name “Knutley,” who was there to promote his upcoming album “Knutley In Your Face!”. The under-cover Mayer bantered throughout the program, characterizing himself as a self-obsessed and obnoxious rockstar.Toward the end of the program, Knutley stepped forward and revealed himself to be John Mayer, explaining: “Ed Sheeran is killing it right now. And I thought maybe if I played a different person, I could get another chance to make it.” Watch how it goes down:Then, his band emerges and they perform “Still Feel Like Your Man,” featuring bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan. About the new track, he tells Rolling Stone: “This is my little engine that could” because “the title itself had lyrics blowing out of it from every corner.” For this tune, the lyrics came first and the music after – his favorite being “I still keep your shampoo in the shower, in case you want to wash your hair.”last_img read more

Bio-inspired glue keeps hearts securely sealed

first_imgSurgeries which demand that devices be quickly and safely secured inside the heart have long presented challenges to doctors working on children born with defects such as a hole in the heart. Sutures take too long to stitch and can stress the fragile tissue, and clinical adhesives can be toxic or lose their sticking power in blood or under dynamic conditions, such as within a beating heart.“About 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects in the United States annually, and those that require treatment are plagued with multiple surgeries to deliver or replace nondegradable implants that do not grow with young patients,” said Jeffrey Karp of the Division of Biomedical Engineering, BWH Department of Medicine, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS).To address that problem, Karp and researchers from Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a bio-inspired adhesive that they say can rapidly attach biodegradable patches inside a beating heart — in just the places where holes occur in conditions such as ventricular heart defects. Their preclinical study of the adhesive was published today in Science Translational Medicine.Recognizing that many animals secrete viscous, water-repelling substances that enable them to attach under wet and dynamic conditions, the researchers developed a material that has these properties and is also biodegradable, elastic, and biocompatible. According to the study authors, degradable patches secured with the glue remained attached even when heart rate and blood pressure were increased.“This adhesive platform addresses all of the drawbacks of previous systems in that it works in the presence of blood and moving structures,” said Pedro del Nido, chief of cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston, the William E. Ladd Professor of Child Surgery at HMS and, with Karp, the study’s co-senior author. “It should provide the physician with a completely new, much simpler technology and a new paradigm for tissue reconstruction to improve the quality of life of patients following surgical procedures.”Unlike currently available surgical adhesives, the new adhesive maintains very strong sticking power in the presence of blood, and even in active environments. Importantly, its adhesive abilities are activated with ultraviolent (UV) light, providing an on-demand, anti-bleeding seal within five seconds of UV light application when applied to high-pressure large blood vessels and cardiac-wall defects.“This study demonstrated that the adhesive was strong enough to hold tissue and patches onto the heart equivalent to suturing,” said co-first author Nora Lang, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston. “Also, the adhesive patch is biodegradable and biocompatible, so nothing foreign or toxic stays in the bodies of these patients.”“When we attached patches coated with our adhesive to the walls of a beating heart, the patches remained despite the high pressures of blood flowing through the heart and blood vessels,” said Maria N. Pereira, the co-first author. Pereira had worked in the Karp Lab at BWH while a Ph.D. student in the MIT-Portugal Program, and now directs adhesive technology at Gecko Biomedical, to which the developers have licensed the adhesive for further development.The Paris-based start-up company raised €8 million in a recently announced Series A financing round and expects to bring the adhesive to market within two to three years.The researchers note that their waterproof, light-activated adhesive will be useful in reducing the invasiveness of surgical procedures, as well as operating times, in addition to improving heart-surgery outcomes.“We are delighted to see the materials we developed being extended to new applications with the potential to greatly improve human life,” said Professor Robert Langer of MIT, another author of the study.last_img read more

Neoen to expand Hornsdale battery in Australia, target new market opportunities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:French renewable energy and storage developer Neoen has confirmed that the so-called Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia will get a 50 per cent lift in capacity, and add new innovations and services that will help pave the way for the state to reach its goal of “net 100 per cent renewables”.As reported exclusively in Renew Economy on Monday, the battery – officially known as the Hornsdale Power Reserve – will be the first in Australia to provide digital – or “virtual” – inertia to the grid, an important network service previously only delivered by synchronous machines (coal, gas and hydro).It is estimated that the upgraded battery could provide 3,000 “megawatt seconds”, or 50 per cent of the state’s inertia requirements, meaning that gas generators can be used more sparingly when there is enough wind and solar to meet the state’s electricity demand. It’s another key marker on the road to eliminating fossil fuels from the grid.The addition of hundreds of new Tesla Powerpack batteries – at a cost of $71 million – will add 50MW/64.5MWh capacity to the existing facilities of 100MW/129MWh, lifting its capacity by 50 per cent and reinforcing its ranking as the biggest lithium-ion battery in the world.Neoen said the inertia benefits – dubbed by Tesla as its Virtual Machine Mode (VMM) – would facilitate the transition towards a high-penetration renewable grid. In South Australia, the state Liberal government has a target of “net 100 per cent renewables” by around 2030. Neoen noted that in its first full year of operation, the battery saved consumers more than $50 million, and these savings would continue to grow once the new addition was in place in 2020. It also earned a profit of $22 million in its first full year of operations.“Alongside additional power system reliability and continued cost savings to consumers, the expansion will provide an Australian first large-scale demonstration of the potential for battery storage to provide inertia to the network which is critical to grid stability and the future integration of renewable energy,” Neoen said in a statement.More: Tesla big battery adds new capacity and services on march to 100pct renewables grid Neoen to expand Hornsdale battery in Australia, target new market opportunitieslast_img read more

Chile President-Elect Urges Troops Handle Post-Quake Crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 01, 2010 Chile’s president-elect Sebastian Pinera said the outgoing government of Michelle Bachelet should send in the military to keep a lid on crime, looting and unrest in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake. “With a catastrophe of this magnitude, with no water or power, the population is understandably overwhelmed by anguish and we’re losing the sense of law and order,” Pinera, who won the January 17 election to succeed Bachelet, told reporters. In such circumstances, he said, “we have to make use of all our resources, and our armed forces are ready to help in times of crisis and catastrophes.” Defense Minister Francisco Vidal earlier said the military “were at work from minute one” of the catastrophe. The 8.8-magnitude earthquake devastated Chile’s second-largest city Concepcion, 500 kilometers (310 miles) to the south, and nearby towns, killing more than 700 people with hundreds more missing. In parts of Concepcion looters ran amok Sunday as they grabbed all they could carry from shops and businesses reduced to rubble by the quake. Authorities have declared a curfew in the city to try to curb the lawlessness. Pinera, who will take office March 11, said local authorities “tell me that tonight we’ll be dealing with a very difficult law enforcement situation, especially in Concepcion,” which with more than 600,000 people is the second-largest city in Chile. The 60-year-old billionaire called on all Chileans to pitch in and help in relief operations and said he was meeting with his incoming cabinet to plan out Chile’s massive rebuilding effort, which some estimate will likely cost 15-30 billion dollars.last_img read more

Modernize leadership: learn and adjust

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a previous post, I described how today’s management techniques reflect outdated assumptions of technology-enabled practices, human behavior, and the meaning of success. That’s why organizations must shift to what I’m calling Modernize Leadership.I’m writing individual posts for each of the eight key changes required to modernize leadership. In this post, I’m examining the shift from:Strategize and Plan to Learn and AdjustHere’s some more information to better understand this shift:Outdated ThinkingHere are some ways in which leaders must change how they view the world:Leaders spend a lot of time with their leadership teams fine-tuning precise strategies and laying out high level plans, hoping that their Powerpoint slides will come to life throughout their organizations. Unfortunately, employees need to make adjustments in order to operationalize elements of any strategy. As a result, many strategies and plans fall apart when those adjustments don’t live up to the original plans. Sometimes leaders can force their organizations to initially come close to delivering on their strategies, but there’s no way to consistently live up to those expectations. continue reading »last_img read more

Brian Barwick: National League clubs call for chairman to resign | Football News

first_imgLast month, 66 clubs in English football’s fifth and sixth tiers were given £10m in funding thanks to a partnership with the National Lottery promotional fund.The £10m lifeline was set aside to help the National League for three months until January, and to mitigate the effects of behind-closed-doors matches without fans in attendance.Fans were originally planned to return from October 1, but this planned relaxation was shelved on September 22 following a rise in coronavirus cases.- Advertisement – A number of National League clubs have called for the chairman Brian Barwick to step down over the distribution of National Lottery funds given to clubs to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.The clubs, which include AFC Fylde, AFC Telford, Chester, Dulwich Hamlet, Hereford, Kidderminster Harriers, Maidstone United, Dorking and Chesterfield, are unhappy at the way the £10m of government funds has been split between the clubs in the National League and North and South divisions.- Advertisement – They claim despite numerous attempts to discuss the issue with the league’s board, talks have reached a stalemate and they are calling for an independent panel to review the distribution of the money, along with the resignation of Barwick.A spokesman for the National League said: “It is disappointing that a small number of clubs are seeking to circumvent the proper channels for challenging decisions, and it is regrettable their public statement fails to recognise The National League has already confirmed in writing to each of them the formation of an independent review committee to hear and assess their grievances.“The National League’s core objective continues to be to try and ensure all its 66 member clubs are able to continue to play behind closed doors this season and to remain in business as much-valued community clubs. The National League will also ensure that any member club with concerns over the distribution of monies can have its case assessed fairly and properly in accordance with the correct procedures.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Get Britain moving again’, PM Johnson to unveil new infrastructure plan

first_imgBut Johnson, who won a large majority at last year’s election, hopes to revive his fortunes by returning to his pledges to “level up” Britain by focusing spending on traditional Labor-supporting areas that backed his Conservative Party.”It’s an important plan … As we move out of this awful, awful period of coronavirus, this dreadful disease, we want to get Britain moving again,” Patel told Sky News.”We are building now very much a road to recovery, a roadmap, focusing on infrastructure right now … focused on roads, broadband, the type of things that effectively help to create jobs but also provide services and economic growth and opportunity around the country.”Despite the likely questions over the bill for such works, Johnson repeated that his government would not return to the austerity policies seen under Conservative former prime minister, David Cameron. He told the Mail on Sunday newspaper that he was going to act fast “to build our way back to health”. According to pollster Opinium, more of the public favor opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer as prime minister over Johnson, although the Conservatives still hold a lead in terms of voting intention.PartiesSome scientists fear that Britain is on course for a second wave of coronavirus, not helped by some people holding parties and large gatherings after Johnson announced a further easing of England’s lockdown in early July, when pubs and restaurants can reopen.”My concerns with the UK government are sometimes less with the substance … I’m more concerned that the messaging … seems much more that it’s all over and you can go back to doing everything as you did before,” Mark Drakeford, the first minister of Wales, told Sky News.Patel said people should still follow the guidelines.”It’s important that the public realize that this virus has not disappeared at all,” she said. “We are still in a health emergency … People need to follow the guidance.” Topics : Prime Minister Boris Johnson will launch a plan this week to get Britain “moving again” after the coronavirus lockdown, when the government will set out measures to boost infrastructure construction, interior minister Priti Patel said on Sunday.Johnson will make a speech on Tuesday to set out plans to fast-track building projects such as hospitals, schools, housing, and road and rail infrastructure, part of efforts to try to stem a fall in support for his government.The British leader has been criticized for his response to the coronavirus crisis, with opposition parties and some scientists saying the government was too slow to bring in a lockdown, too slow to carry out widespread testing and not clear in its messaging.last_img read more

The exclusive suburb of Trinity Park has got everything going for it

first_imgBluewater Estate. Picture: Marc McCormackTHE exclusive suburb of Trinity Park has got everything going for it.Not only is there the Bluewater Marina, which enables homeowners to moor their yachts and catamarans at their back door, there are some of Cairns’ best cafes and restaurants minutes away at Trinity and Kewarra Beaches and Palm Cove as well as bike tracks and plenty of nature.State government regulations mean the north Cairns canal development is the last for the region so continuing value is almost guaranteed.After a cardio boost? Then strap on your boots, fill up your water bottle and head out the challenging Earl Hill summit track. The one kilometre loop to the top is accessed from the north of Trinity Park. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoA punishing incline is worth is when you are rewarded with a spectacular view looking out over Trinity Beach and Double Island. The walk is dog friendly too. Trinity Park is also about 20 minutes from the CBD and 15 minutes’ drive to Cairns International Airport.Home to the Bluewater Estate, Half Moon Bay, Smithfield High School and Holy Cross Primary School, and within walking distance to James Cook University, Smithfield Library and the Marlin Coast Aquatic Centre, Trinity Park is an ideal family location.Local amenities include the very stylish The Bluewater bar and grill, local supermarket and takeaways, hairdresser and of course the public boat ramp at the Bluewater Marina, offering access to the Great Barrier Reef.Down the road, the dining options in Trinity Beach include L’Unico Trattoria Seafood Restaurant and Trinity Beach Tavern. This is a pretty little beach, with play areas for the kids, barbecues and plenty of undercover gazeboes.The wetlands in the area have significant environmental value and are precious, given the high levels of development that have occurred and are continuing to occur on the remainder of the northern beaches.According to realestate.com.au data, Harbour Dr at Trinity Park was the most popular street in the city over the past three years to September 30 this year.last_img read more

Big Win for Traditional Family at UN Human Rights Council

first_imgC-Fam.org 9 July 2015A monumental development for the pro-family movement came last week in Geneva when the Human Rights Council approved a resolution calling for countries to take concrete steps to protect the family, described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society.”This is the second such resolution at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in two years, following two decades in which the family has been treated as highly controversial at the UN. In 2014, the HRC passed a resolution on the protection of the family by a vote of 26 in favor, 14 against, 6 abstentions, and one member absent. This year’s resolution enjoyed an increased majority: 29 in favor, 14 against, and 4 abstentions.The resolution urges countries to adopt family-friendly laws and policies, while recognizing that the family unit faces “increasing vulnerabilities,” and calls upon international organizations to give “due consideration” to the family in the establishment of the post-2015 global development agenda.The resolution notes that the family is “the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children,” and that while the State is responsible for protecting the human rights of all, “the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children.”Both recent resolutions received strong opposition from states and organizations with a pro-“sexual rights” position on the basis that they might be used to “advance highly contentious family values and family-oriented policies,” according to a statement by the group Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), which exists to promote the extremely contentious notion of “sexual rights” within international institutions.The most contentious aspect of the resolution involved the definition of the family, which is not explicitly outlined. The 2014 resolution was described by the European Parliament’s LGBT intergroup as “non-inclusive,” as “the reference to a singular ‘family’ could be used as precedent to oppose rights for same-sex couples, single parents, and other forms of families.” During last week’s debate, South Africa proposed a narrowly rejected amendment calling for a text acknowledging that in different contexts, “various forms of the family exist.”Egypt introduced the resolution, and said it imposed no specific definition and left the matter of defining the family to the discretion of member states. The text acknowledges the diversity of households by noting “single-headed households, child-headed households and intergenerational households are particularly vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion.” The resolution also pays particular attention to families with disabled members, calling upon states to ensure they receive adequate support.https://c-fam.org/friday_fax/big-win-for-traditional-family-at-un-human-rights-council/?inf_contact_key=40da38911a42e66069b99a274068c7fa35778f2e4336798aa629c8fda0d0255aIMPORTANT UPDATEThe resolution was a rejection of Yogyakarta Principles that have been embraced by many western nations including New Zealand.The Yogyakarta Principles proponents call themselves “The International Commission of Jurists and the International Service for Human Rights” and define themselves as “experts”. They are a group of 30 sexual rights activists who came together in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in November 2006 to develop the Yogyakarta Principles, which, in essence, is a wish list of sexual rights relating to orientation and gender identity. The drafters claim these Principles “affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply.” Yet the drafters fail to identify the supposed “binding legal standards” on which the Principles are based. Their agenda constitutes one of the greatest current threats to the institution of the family. To date, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not mentioned in any UN treaty or other consensus document, yet there is a concerted effort to push these ‘principles’ on all states.Parents, school principals and Boards of Trustees should be wary of the contentious gender identity ideology that is being imposed on children.This radical document seeks to redefine gender and promote governmental and societal recognition, protection and promotion of any kind of sexual behaviour—no matter how harmful. Even more concerning, those who promote the Yogyakarta Principles are seeking to implement them with the force of law. International human rights emanate from international treaties adopted by United Nations Member States. To date, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not mentioned in any UN treaty or other consensus document. In fact, every time sexual orientation and gender identity provisions have been proposed during negotiations for inclusion in UN consensus documents, they have been flatly rejected by the majority of UN Member States.It is disturbing that New Zealand supports these so called ‘principles’ and Right to Life is determined to expose the harm that such an agenda constitutes to the well being and functioning of our society.Source: Right to Life NZlast_img read more

Dutch PM urges South Africa not to run away from the…

first_imgDutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has urged South Africa to discuss its problems with the International Criminal Court (ICC) from within the court rather than leaving it.Rutte was commenting on the recent decision by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to withdraw South Africa from the ICC.ANC made the decision after a row ensued between the country and the court over its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al Bashir, a fugitive from the ICC, when he visited the country in June to attend an Africa Union (AU) summit.South Africa feels that ICC did not give it proper opportunity to explain that it could not arrest al Bashir as he was a guest of the AU and not South Africa.Rutte said that despite ANC’s decision to pull South Africa from the ICC, he had no doubt that the country was “still attached to the international legal order.”The Dutch PM said that he was looking forward to the leargest Dutch trade mission’s visit to South Africa, with more than 65 Dutch companies exploring ample opportunities mostly in agriculture, water management, transport logistics, health care and energy.last_img read more