Bonnaroo Unveils Two SuperJam Lineups

first_imgThe Bonnaroo SuperJam has become one of the most unique and collaborative sets of music at any festival on the circuit today. Artists from different genres come together for one night only to produce something wonderful, memorable, and timeless. Last year’s “Heart, Soul & Spirit: A Tribute To Tennessee” saw Kamasi Washington lead Miguel, GRiZ, Devonte Hynes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Eric Krasno & The Shady Horns, Allen Stone, Vulfpeck, Michelle Williams,The Internet, Chicano Batman, Lizzo, and more through a spiritual celebration of the state that has housed Bonnaroo for its 15-year reign as one of the premier music North American music festivals.Today, the festival announces that the Bonnaroo SuperJam theme is “The Soul Shakedown.” Presented by Preservation Hall, the SuperJam will feature Jon Batiste (Stay Human, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), members of The Head and the Heart, Sam Cohen, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Lecrae, Margo Price, Tank and the Bangas, Lukas Nelson, Nicole Atkins, and Flint Eastwood. The festival also promises that more names will added soon! Additionally, the Bluegrass Situation Superjam hosted by Ed Helms has revealed its lineup. This year’s jam will see the actor/comedian/banjo maestro backed by the Bryan Sutton Band and joined by such stars as Martina McBride, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Greensky Bluegrass, Mandolin Orange, River Whyless, Gaby Moreno, Baskery and Lillie Mae. According to the press release, “Additional special guests – both announced and unannounced – will take the stage during both SuperJam events, assuring two memorable sets full of surprises, musical discovery, and unexpected excitement.”Headlining the 2017 Bonnaroo, going down June 8-11, will be U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance The Rapper. U2’s performance comes in the midst of their 30th anniversary “The Joshua Tree” tour, and their set will include a full playing on the classic 1987 album.The full lineup continues with Major Lazer, Flume, Lorde, The xx, Travis Scott, Cage The Elephant, Marshmello, The Head and The Heart, Big Gigantic, Glass Animals, Future Islands, Tory Lanez and more. Entries like Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, Turkuaz, Khruangbin, Twiddle and a few others are throwbacks to the festival’s roots in the jam scene, though this year’s lineup is distinctly focused on larger pop, rock, hip hop and EDM performers.Additional performers include Tove Lo, Crystal Castles, Portugal. The Man, Tegan & Sara, Milky Chance, Cold War Kids, Yellow Claw, Kaleo and more.You can check out Bonnaroo’s website for more information and tickets.last_img read more

Wood recognized with Planck-Humboldt Medal

first_imgIn the inaugural award ceremony held Wednesday in Berlin, Robert Wood, together with the American mathematician Sam Payne, received the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal, and British astrophysicist Catherine Heymans received the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award.The prestigious prizes, which are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMFT), recognize extraordinary scientists with outstanding future potential.As an electrical engineer and roboticist, Wood has made numerous critical contributions to the field of robotics, and specifically to the subfield of soft robotics that focuses on the design of robots using highly compliant materials. Inspired by the ways in which living organisms move and adapt to their surroundings, soft robots have the potential to be used in many real-world applications for which rigid robots are not suitable.Wood and his team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have worked out some of the basic engineering principles for the construction of soft robots at different scales and with different functionalities. These are key to creating soft robots with a much broader range of abilities in the future, including devices that can grasp and manipulate items with dexterity resembling that of the human hand, or that carry out a variety of tasks at different scales or in challenging natural and unstructured environments.Wood is a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute and a leader of its Bioinspired Soft Robotics Initiative. He is also the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS and a National Geographic Explorer.With a highly multidisciplinary team, he has already developed soft robots that, for example, function as artificial muscles, able to grip and lift objects many times their own weight; small soft endoscopic devices for potential use in surgeries and industrial micromanipulation; and soft gripping devices for deep oceanic research that can be operated remotely to collect fragile specimens. His team increasingly integrates soft robots with new sensor technologies to make them responsive to different control or environmental stimuli, and actuator technologies that rival the remarkable abilities of muscle. To complement these efforts, Wood’s group has developed new fabrication approaches to monolithically integrate new functionalities into soft material architectures, often at scales well below other demonstrations of soft robots.For the 2018 awards, Wood and his two fellow recipients were selected for their unusual ability and future potential to carry out innovative and high-risk research, and to develop new research areas in the natural and engineering sciences. As an additional criterion, the committees also considered researchers’ interest in a research residency or close collaborations with established research groups in Germany. Future awards will also go to researchers from the human sciences and life sciences.“I am deeply honored to have been awarded the Max Planck-Humboldt Medal and I hope this will help to establish close collaborations with German robotics groups who have complementary research interests in the field of soft robotics,” said Wood.“For example, we hope to work with the group of Professor Oliver Brock at the Technical University of Berlin, a leader in soft robotics and specifically in robotic manipulation using soft hands. Forming a collaboration could help us formalize device and algorithm designs that may enable soft robots with human-level dexterity across a range of objects.”The prizes were jointly presented by the president of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann; the president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Hans-Christian Pape; and the BMFT state secretary, Michael Meister.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to offer new program for ’Laudato Si’ anniversary

first_imgIn light of Pope Francis’s announcement of the special anniversary celebration of the ‘Laudato Si,’ the Center for Spirituality of Saint Mary’s College is sponsoring a new study-faith-in-action program.The program consists of one to two environmentally-related service projects or immersion experiences, one lecture related to ‘Laudato Si’ and one to two prayer experiences related to care for God’s creation. Students will also attend face-to-face discussion groups about how to take care of the common good and common home, as defined by Francis in the encyclical, throughout the academic year.“‘Laudato Si:’ On Care for Our Common Home” is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. Originally published in 2015, it urged people all over the globe to care for the planet and the poor. Francis declared a special year of observance from May 2020-2021 regarding the goals of the encyclical for its fifth anniversary.“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” Francis said in May when he made the announcement.The program is open for “students [who] may be looking to deepen their knowledge on environmental and social issues or to deepen their personal spirituality and commitment to action,” Arlene Montevecchio, the director of the Center for Spirituality, said in an email.In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other hardships facing the world today, participants will also be invited to reflect on their experiences in a formal presentation at the conclusion of the program, she said.The ‘Laudato si’ program will be run by Montevecchio. She plans on inviting faculty guest speakers to discuss topics including ecosystems, food waste and recovery, eco-friendly lifestyle choices such as vegan eating and the sacraments and spirituality of ‘Laudato Si.’The program will extend into the spring second semester. Depending on the state of the country at that time in regards to the pandemic, Montevecchio said students may also have the opportunity to participate in environmental service projects.The ‘Laudato si’ program is designed for students who wish to “learn more about their own faith, the spiritual and social vision of Pope Francis, and how to make a difference for environmental and social justice,” Montevecchio said.This program is only open to eight to ten Saint Mary’s students, and students who wish to apply should email Montevecchio. Participants will also receive a $300 stipend and certificate along with a copy of ‘Laudato Si’ and a journal. Applications are due by Sept. 16.The College is hosting a lecture series on the same encyclical anniversary this October entitled the 2020 Fall Endowed Lectures Series: A Year of ‘Laudato Si.’ The series is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund.The first panel discussion set for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. is “The Reception of Laudato Si.’” The second panel is entitled “The Signs of the Times and Laudato Si,’” and will be held Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Both panels will be held virtually.Tags: Center for Spirituality, laudato si’, Pope Francislast_img read more

Institutional Investors Continue to Notch Heavy Losses on Coal Holdings

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taylor Kuykendall and Junaid Daher for SNL:Across the board, the investment market value of the coal holdings of major institutional investors was rocked by poor performance in the fourth quarter of 2015. The 25 top institutional holders of coal held positions worth about $2.30 billion as of the end of the fourth quarter 2015, down from $2.84 billion in the prior quarter and down from $7.42 billion a year-ago.Of the top 25 investors in coal that held positions in the fourth quarter of 2014, only two have seen the value of their positions grow. Citadel LLC has seen the market value of its coal positions increase 43.8% to $27.0 million spread across eight investment positions and UBS Group AG has seen its coal holdings grow 3.2% to $99.9 million across its 12 coal industry investment positions.Several of the top investors saw their coal positions shrink by more than 80%. On average, the top 25 investors in the coal sector have seen the value of those positions shrink 60.6%.At the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, the top investors held 127 positions in coal. By the end of 2015, those companies shed 26 of those positions.Since the third quarter, the value of SNL Energy’s coal index has decreased 32.8% while the S&P 500 index has climbed 3.1% in the same period.Full article ($): Equity investors shed coal exposure in 2015 while a few boost holdings Institutional Investors Continue to Notch Heavy Losses on Coal Holdings 

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Inside the Shock Battalion

first_img “Regardless, it still gives you goose bumps,” Mateus says. “But you get used to it.” By Dialogo March 05, 2013 Since mid-February, security forces also have been carrying out Operation Cerco, which monitored 20 communities identified as potential escape routes or destinations for drugs and weapons from the territory being taken over. The occupation marks the beginning of the installation of Rio de Janeiro’s 31st Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). The re-entry of government forces into the region is also the first step toward the occupation of the neighboring Complexo da Maré, an area controlled by rival drug trafficking gangs. When he finishes his tour of the units, Beltrame proceeds to the Command and Control Center at the Military Police Headquarters in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Helicopters fly overhead, while 17 armored vehicles from the Navy, bulldozers and BOPE armored vehicles, known as “caveirões” (big skulls) patrol the streets. From there, the troops proceed without incident. After Beltrame moves on to another unit, Souza delivers his message: “Good luck! Let’s hope that everything goes well and we achieve our objectives.” Moreno says the equipment was first used in October 2012 in the operation to pacify Complexo de Manguinhos and Jacarezinho. The Command and Control Center features a modern system of equipment that includes cameras for transmitting live images of the region and a map showing the location of each vehicle used in the operation. It is hard to imagine any type of criminal reaction to a force of this size. team accompanies the vehicle driven by 25-year-old soldier Thiago Moreira Mateus. Mateus and his fellow soldier, Cpl. Rafael Moreno, 29, are transporting the equipment necessary to install a live streaming link of the events taking place in the community, which will be transmitted to the Command and Control Center. In total, there are 1,300 officers from the Special Operations Center (COE), including the Shock Battalion, the BOPE, the Canine Operations Unit (BAC) and the Air and Sea Group (GAM). Within minutes, the vehicle reaches the Conjunto Esperança court, which had been chosen for the installation of the live link and the raising of the flags of Brazil and the state of Rio de Janeiro. The occupation without resistance of this and other favelas in Rio de Janeiro is due to exhaustive intelligence work in the actions that precede the main operation, says Col. Alberto Pinheiro Neto, the chief of operations of the Military Police. Cars, armored vehicles and motorcycles leave the courtyard of the Shock Battalion and proceed towards the favela. As they pass by the guardhouse, the men repeat the battle cry. followed every step of the operation, which began with the occupation of the 13 communities of Complexo do Caju and the neighboring favela of Barreira do Vasco in the port area of the city. His calm demeanor comes from experience. Souza has participated in the installation of all 30 Rio de Janeiro’s UPPs, first as a deputy commander of the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) and, since October 2011, as the leader of the Shock Battalion. RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The siren of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police’s Shock Battalion went off at 2:49 a.m. on March 3, the call to gather the 200 officers who would participate in Operation Caju. “The security forces have been acting in that region since Feb. 14,” Neto, 48, says. “They were monitoring the existence of criminal groups, carrying out arrests and meeting with residents along with other initiatives to prevent any attempted reaction by criminals.” Click here for more photos from Operation Caju. “The link removes the need to change locations,” Moreno says. “It facilitates the visualization of specific items and helps monitor the operation.” The territory was divided into sections and each is the responsibility of a particular security force. At 5 a.m., the Shock Battalion’s vehicles enter the favela. Two large blocks of concrete have been placed at the entrance by criminals. The vehicles move so a bulldozer can clear the way. From there, he monitors the security forces’ actions. They are receiving support from 200 soldiers from the Navy’s Marine Corps, as well as officers from the Federal Highway Police and Civil Police forces. The officers respond with their battle cry: “Choque!” (“Shock!”). Rio de Janeiro Public Safety Secretary José Mariano Beltrame arrives at the Shock Battalion at approximately 3:30 a.m. Beltrame carries out the ritual of delivering a final address to the officers from the units taking part in the operation. In just more than two weeks, security forces arrested 284 adults and 36 minors. They found 112 weapons, including submachine guns and 24 grenades, 86 kilograms of cocaine and 263 kilograms of marijuana, 673 stolen motorcycles and 11 stolen vehicles, which were used to commit crimes. “I don’t believe we will encounter any resistance,” he says. “We’re relaxed, but we’re also prepared.” The operation lasted only 25 minutes. Without firing a single shot, another area that had previously been controlled by criminals – in this case, drug dealers and car thieves – is dominated by security forces. Once the obstacle has been removed, the caravan waits until one of their ambulances can move into a better position. “This is the result of planning, integration between the security forces and the accumulated experience from previous actions,” says Col. Frederico Caldas, 48, who serves as the PM’s coordinator of Social Communication. Standing in front of the Shock Battalion troops, the unit’s commander, Lt. Col. Fábio Almeida de Souza, 43, issues the final instructions. last_img read more

How your credit union can benefit from loan participations

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ryan Bergevin Ryan Bergevin began his lending career in 2007 as a commercial underwriter in the CRE lending department of Mountain America Credit Union.  In 2011 he moved to Portland, Oregon, where … Web: Details When you think about it, loan participations are credit unions at their finest. After all, by its very definition loan participations involve several financial institutions sharing the risk of lending by pooling funds to provide loans to consumers. There is also the potential for the credit unions involved to realize substantial rewards with current yields. For a number of reasons, however, many credit unions are unaware about the many potential benefits of working with a loan participation program, such as:Providing geographic diversity within your portfolioExpanding your business loan portfolio without having to originate the loansAssisting you in managing concentrations by selling participationsIn most cases, participations do not count against your MBL capHowever, loan participations are also quite challenging. This type of loan is deeply complex and scrutinized heavily by regulatory agencies. The key to success in loan participations for credit unions is to answer several key questions. These include:Does our credit union want to get into the loan participation business?Do participation loans fit within our existing credit union lending policy, culture and brand?Does our credit union have the internal expertise, manpower and resources to handle a participation loan program?The first two questions can be answered relatively easily. It’s pretty much a straight up yes/no answer. The third question requires deeper thought as you honestly answer challenging questions. While the potential rewards of participation lending are certainly appealing, is your credit union ready to tackle the challenge? As mentioned above, participation lending requires a calculated approach from lending experts with specialized training and expertise in the specific type of loan. Participation loans also demand consistent oversight as marketplace fluctuations impact credit risk evolution over the term of the loan.Other options for credit unions to ponder include:Is our credit union more interested in buying participation loans?Is our credit union more interested in selling participation loans?Is our credit union interested in purchasing full loans?Is our credit union interested and prepared to be the lead lender on a larger loan?Credit unions that elect to tackle participation lending have the potential to greatly expand their business loan portfolio without having to originate loans, either with participations or loan purchases. A qualified third-party vendor that brings loan participation expertise to the table can enable your credit union to more efficiently pursue such a program as well as providing enhanced geographic diversity within your business portfolio.In most cases, credit unions interested in pursuing a loan participation program are better advised to pursue a relationship with a qualified third-party vendor expert in the specific type of loan. In addition to gaining third-party experience, this can also provide more participation opportunities.Member Business Lending (MBL) offers a suite of participation loan services uniquely tailored to meet the individual needs of credit unions and their marketplaces. For more information on how your credit union can benefit from loan participations, contact Ryan Bergevin at or (801) 545-7934.last_img read more

Millennials more likely to swap jobs, industries: LinkedIn study

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Millennials have a reputation for job-hopping more than other generations. And according to a new LinkedIn report, they not only switch jobs — they also hop industries.When it comes to work, millennials are ambitious and look at their careers differently than other generations. “Based on U.S. job switching activity in 2016, millennials were 50% more likely to relocate and 16% more likely to switch industries for a new job than nonmillennials,” the report says. They’re moving into the fields of technology, health care, auto/aerospace and finance, and they expect certain things once they get there.When it comes to the job itself, millennials are looking for a strong career path and employee development opportunities, and if they can’t advance where they are, they’ll just jump ship again.But the job isn’t the be-all and end-all. The report adds that most millennials want steady jobs that provide them with regular benefits and paychecks. “This may explain the growth we see in millennials joining more traditional industries like health care and finance,” the report says. continue reading »last_img read more

It pays for sellers to feel right at home with many new marketing techniques

first_imgLeader Newspapers real estate Hot Topic – things to do before you sell – for editions week commencing June 12, 2017 – Peter Koulizos – iStock-157198401 An arrow shaped red “Home For Sale” sign in front of a suburban 2-story home. The green grass and blue sky is visible in the background.MARKETING is an investment you make to promote your property, writes REIQ Townsville zone chairman Wayne Nicholson.When I was a rookie agent in the ’80s, we were told the marketing budget should be about 1 per cent of the sale price. A $250,000 house, therefore, should incur a marketing budget of about $2500. Today, there are far more options for marketing a property and a flexibility that didn’t exist then. A marketing plan can be tailored to suit any budget and every property. Many consumers don’t understand the agent does not make any money, or receive any commission or kickbacks for the marketing spend. The money is paid to the media channel – either the newspaper, online portal, website, magazine or social media platform. Agents don’t receive any benefit. Our motivation is simply to drive buyers to the property. I have seen spectacular $25,000 marketing campaigns for multimillion-dollar homes and I have seen $2000 marketing campaigns that work very effectively. The success is determined by a range of factors and the size of the budget is just one of those factors. It’s not necessarily about how much you spend, but where you spend. It’s about finding the right channel for your property. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Your goal is to get your property in front of that one pair of eyeballs that are attached to the heart that will fall in love with your home.It’s not always easy to find those eyes and that heart, but one thing is certain – if you don’t advertise you won’t find them. It’s like that saying: you miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take. When deciding how to market your property, talk to your REIQ accredited agent. They will be very experienced in this area and will be familiar with all the options for today’s seller. Back in the day when print advertising was the only option, the rule used to be the bigger the ad, the bigger the inquiry. Today there are so many more opportunities to connect with buyers, and a combination of a few different marketing channels can work very successfully. Well-placed ads and well-designed ads are the key to generating good inquiry on your property. REIQ agents will differ on certain marketing techniques, but all will tell you that you can’t sell a secret. Your property needs to be marketed.So in order to encourage the greatest amount of interest in the property, it needs to be promoted far and wide.last_img read more

Rubbish idea launches swimming pool business

first_imgVirginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed at her Burpengary home. Picture: AAP image, John Gass.ONE rubbish idea has allowed a Sunshine Coast dad to not only give his children a long-wished for swimming pool but also start a successful small business.Accountant Hans Windell was searching fruitlessly for an affordable plunge pool for his family home when the idea struck to fibreglass the inside of a skip bin and turn it into a swimming pool.RELATED: Suburbs where backyards are shrinkingHow’s the serenity of this prime acreage home?What’s inside a $16M penthouse?“We decided to get a pool at our house but the quotes that we were getting were astronomical,” he said.“I explored other options including above ground pools but living on slopey acreage made it even harder and just increased the cost of the pools.”Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool. Picture: supplied.Mr Windell said his frugal idea was not initially embraced by all members of his family.“My daughter almost started crying when I told her that the skip bin was our pool,” he said.“She was not impressed. But the family loves the pool now, especially come Christmas time.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Who needs one? 00:58It was 18-months between inspiration striking and Mr Windell’s wife and two daughters being able to swim in the bin but in that time Mr Windell also began creating Skip Pools Australia.Mr Windell said the “robust, strong and versatile” nature of skips made them perfect for conversion into plunge pools and easy to transport.Hans Windell working on the original Skip Pool“As far as I am aware, no one is doing this at the moment and we might even be the first to do this in the world,” he said.Mr Windell said the compact dimensions of the pools — 4m long, 1.5m wide and either 1.2m or 1.5m deep — made them perfect for the suburban backyard.Each custom pool includes a filter, lights, steps and engineering drawings.Hans Windell in the original Skip Pool with his daughters. Picture: supplied.“Our company doesn’t install the pools, but we do know very capable pool installers who will assist with the installation, excavation and all the other components needed for our customers to enjoy our pools,” Mr Windell said.Virginia Pryor had a Skip Pool installed in the backyard of her new Burpengary East home in August.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoMORE: Why the trend towards ‘spools’ is heating upInside Michael Jordan’s mountain mansionMedia heiress’ $16 million impulse penthouse buyVirginia has had a skip bin pool installed at her Burpengary home.“I recently built a new house and had a little bit of money left over that I wanted to spend on a plunge pool,” she said.“Everyone still wanted $22,000 plus for a small pool, which was out of my budget. I believe some of the cost is because if the labour and the machines needed to crane a pool in.“I came across Skips Pools on Facebook and went to Hans place to check one out.“It ended up being about half the price.”Ms Pryor said her pool arrived at 7am one morning and was in the ground, filled with water by 6pm that night.“It’s such an easy and fantastic idea. I can’t believe no one has thought of it before,” she said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSustainable 5×4 home01:48last_img read more

UN calls for more attention to environment amid Zika crisis

first_img Tweet NAIROBI, Kenya (CMC) — The United Nations says the outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean has sent a strong signal to the international community that there is a need for increased attention to the linkages between the environment and health.The list of health conditions that can be linked to environmental pollution and degradation is “long and growing”, including skin cancer, lung cancer, asthma, lead poisoning, mercury poisoning, malaria, Ebola and Zika, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) .“There is a growing awareness that humans, through their intervention in the environment, play a vital role in exacerbating or mitigating health risks,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in an address to the UNEP’s Committee of Permanent Representatives — a group of delegates representing more than 140 countries and major groups. They had gathered at the agency’s Nairobi headquarters to prepare for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, to be held at the end of May.In his remarks, Steiner cited data from the World Health Organization (WHO) which found that 23 per cent of all premature deaths around the world can be attributed to environmental factors. Among children, that figure rises to 36 per cent.“Every year, nearly seven million people die because they are exposed to indoor and outdoor air pollution, from power generation, cook stoves, transportation, industrial furnaces, wildfires, or other causes,” he said. “We are eating into an ecological infrastructure that not only sustains us, but protects us. The fallout from the footprint of human activity in the 21st century seems to grow every year.”The UNEP chief also pointed out that more than two billion people live in water-stressed areas,1,000 children die every day from water-borne diseases, and 42 million life years are lost every year due to natural disasters.Concerning the Zika virus, last week, the World Health Organization launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.The plan also seeks to improve vector control, effectively communicate risks, guidance and protection measures, provide medical care to those affected and fast-track research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, according to the WHO.Dr Natela Menabde, the executive director of the WHO office in New York, told UN member-states, during a briefing to the Economic and Social Council that currently 34 countries have reported the Zika virus, mostly in the Americas and Caribbean.She said seven countries in the region have reported an increase in cases of microcephaly with Brazil registering than 4,700 suspected cases. Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN calls for more attention to environment amid Zika crisis by: Caribbean Media Corporation – February 24, 2016center_img 104 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more