Pioneering Free-Jazz Pianist Cecil Taylor Dies At Age 89

first_imgAvante-garde pianist and poet Cecil Taylor passed away at his Brooklyn, NY home on Thursday at the age of 89. His death was confirmed by his legal guardian, Adam Wilner. Frequently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of jazz, his often erratic, physically impassioned, sonically complex, and rhythmically layered approach to piano set him apart from many of the players of his time.Notes NPR, “Taylor’s legacy is his sound: He played the piano with a furious attack, using the entire range of the instrument to create a unique musical language. His approach inspired other musicians and he remained true to it, even though it meant a lifetime of financial struggles.”As New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff writes in his obituary for Taylor, “At the center of his art was that dazzling physicality and the percussiveness of his playing — his deep, serene, Ellingtonian chords and hummingbird attacks above middle C — which held true well into his 80s.”Ratliff previously summed up Taylor’s forward-thinking uniqueness to NPR, explaining:Cecil is of jazz, and also beyond it. … The thing that Cecil was doing in 1959 or whatever, the stuff that had basically a steady beat, but was pushing out on all sides with strange harmonies and strange dynamics — you know, we’re doing stuff now that’s more like that. And to think that at that point in the late ’50s, Cecil Taylor was just saying, ‘Yeah, this is the right way to play, this is the way to do it,’ is truly amazing.Below, you can listen to Taylor’s 1960 album, The World of Cecil Taylor, and get a taste of his famed improvisational abilities with a solo clip from 1981 free jazz documentary, Imagine the Sound:Cecil Taylor – The World of Cecil Taylor [1960][via avishv] Cecil Taylor – Free Improvisation #3[Video: VegetativeHorse][H/T NPR]last_img read more

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High schoolers get an introduction to field of public health

first_img Read Full Story Yaendy Matos, a student at Fenway High School in Boston, says she is interested in a medical career but the field of public health has not been on her radar. “We don’t know what public health is. We’re just checking it out,” Matos said, as she sat with her friends in the Kresge cafeteria at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Matos was among about 60 Boston and Cambridge high school students from diverse backgrounds who attended the first “Why Public Health? Youth and Public Health Conference,” sponsored by HSPH and the School’s Office of Diversity on April 26, 2013.There are too few opportunities for high school students to learn about public health and engage with professionals in the field, according to conference co-directors Claire Perkins, SM2 Health Policy and Management, and Jason Park, SM2 Epidemiology, student ambassadors for the Office of Diversity. “When most high school students think of jobs in health care, they only think of physicians and RNs. It is time we change that!” Perkins said.“Public health often goes unrecognized,” keynote speaker David Hemenway, professor of health policy and management and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, told the students. He compared the work of public health professionals to that of the nearly invisible elves in a popular children’s storybook who churn out shoes for a shoemaker while the shoemaker sleeps.last_img read more

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Draft EU energy plan calls for 60GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030

first_imgDraft EU energy plan calls for 60GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The European Union is considering a plan to increase its offshore wind energy capacity five-fold this decade and 25-fold by 2050, as it seeks to become climate neutral by mid-century, according to a draft policy.The 27-nation EU, which is already home to 42% of the world’s offshore wind capacity, says the technology now produces clean power at a lower price than any fossil fuel-based source.A draft of the European Commission’s strategy for offshore renewable energy, seen by Reuters and due to be published on Nov. 18, says the bloc should aim for 60 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030 and 300GW by 2050. Its current capacity is 12GW.The draft also includes a goal of 60GW of wave and tidal energy by 2050.Meeting the goals would require 789 billion euros ($937.10 billion) in investment and a revamp of countries’ current policies, which would see only 90GW of offshore renewables deployed by 2050.“Offshore wind is cheap but requires huge upfront investment,” said Giles Dickson, CEO of industry group WindEurope, pointing to the need for policies that ensure projects have stable income. The draft says guarantees or power purchase agreements could achieve this, while the EU’s 750-billion-euro coronavirus economic recovery fund could support new projects.[Kate Abnett and Susanna Twidale]More: EU eyes huge increase in offshore wind energy to meet climate goals: draftlast_img read more

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Wartsila Divides Marine Business into 3 Units

first_imgFinland-based technology major Wärtsilä Corporation has decided to reorganize its marine business into three independent businesses. The company said that the objective of this change was to accelerate strategy execution, simplify the business structure, and strengthen business presence in the Board of Management. The new businesses, consisting of Marine Power, Marine Systems and Marine Voyage, are planned to become operational as of July 1, 2020.In the new operational model, Marine Power will focus on Wärtsilä engine and propulsion solutions. Marine Systems’ offering will consist of gas solutions, exhaust treatment, marine electrical systems, as well as seals and bearings. Marine Voyage will provide navigation solutions, simulation and training solutions, fleet operation solutions, and ship traffic control solutions. Each business will have lifecycle responsibility for its offerings. Wärtsilä’s Energy Business will continue in its current form.“I am confident that establishing three independent marine entities, with a stronger focus on the specific needs of their respective markets, will accelerate the execution of our Smart Marine strategy. Our customers will benefit from increased agility and speed in decision-making, as well as an even more empowered and effective frontline,” comments Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation.Wärtsilä’s financial reporting will be adjusted to reflect the new organisational structure as of the second quarter of 2020. The structural changes are a continuation of the reshuffling made in 2019, whereby the equipment and service businesses were integrated into one unit.The year 2019 was characterised by a difficult demand environment and weaker than anticipated financialperformance for Wärtsilä, as explained earlier by Eskola.Choppy seas are expected in 2020, as such Eskola remains cautious on the demand outlook.“Looking further ahead, we have a solid basis for future performance thanks to our sizeable order book and serviceopportunities arising from our large installed base. Furthermore, we have the means and the solutions, through ourbroad offering of flexible technologies and strong in-house capabilities, to enable growth in the adoption ofrenewable energy sources, and to contribute to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry,” he said announcing the company’s results for 2019.The tech major’s order intake for 2019 stood at EUR 5.3 billion, down -16% year-on-year. The company’s order book at the end of 2019 was EUR 5,878 million, down -5% year-on-year.Net sales were pretty much in line with the previous year standing at EUR 5,170 million.last_img read more

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Wildcats look to build confidence as squad host Kootenay Volleyball Classic — Crowe Hawks, LVR Bombers also in the mix

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished third overall at the Immaculata Invitational High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.“We played lot (of volleyball) competed with all the teams,” said varsity girl’s coach Joe Moreira.“Our confidence still waivers at times and I suspect that it is attributed to playing without 12’s (nine players  — six Grade 11’s and three Grade 9’s).”Host Immaculata won the tournament. The Kelowna-based school is ranked second in the recent B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball poll.Mount Sentinel is unranked.The Wildcats have a great opportunity to get the ball flying in the right direction when the South Slocan school hosts the annual Kootenay Volleyball Classic beginning Friday at Mount Sentinel gymnasium.The tournament includes to zone rivals, Fernie and Elkford.“We hosting a number of teams this weekend we need to beat to get to provincials in Prince George,” Moreira confessed. “Both (Fernie and Elkford) have most of their player returning from last year.”Also included in the mix are Prince Charles Comets of Creston, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail, Immaculata, L.V. Rogers Bombers and A.L Fortune of Enderby.Teams play a round robin in their respective four-team pools before crossing over into the playoff round.The final goes at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sentinel [email protected]last_img read more

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SA deal to boost sugar output

first_imgA sugar cane plantation in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. (Image: The Witness) MEDIA CONTACTS • Graham Clark Illovo Managing director +27 31 508 4300RELATED ARTICLES • Farmers give Zuma thumbs up • SA businesses among world’s best • Paprika farming boosts economy Bongani NkosiZambia’s annual sugar output is set to double over the next few years, thanks to a R1.7-billion (US$227.5-million) investment by South African sugar producer Illovo.President Jacob Zuma launched the deal at the Nakambala Sugar Estate, outside the capital Lusaka, on 9 November during a three-day state visit to the country.The Nakambala Sugar Estate has been targeted for the Zambia Sugar Expansion Project, a two-year agricultural growth programme spearheaded by Zambia Sugar PLC. Illovo holds an 81.6% stake in the company.The investment will see sugar output rising to 450 000 tons a year from the 200 000 tons currently produced, Zambia Sugar chairperson Don Macleod said at the launch.It is impressive that since Illovo bought into Zambia Sugar in 2001, annual sugar production has doubled, Zuma said. “This is a great achievement. Zambia is not only a copper producing country but it has also become a sugar producer of note.”There is no doubt that the growth of Zambia Sugar has had a positive impact on the country’s economic development “through foreign exchange earnings and provision of sustainable and decent employment”.“Zambia is a model country for investment and we believe that your regulatory regime has been most attractive to South African companies such as Illovo,” the president told dignitaries at the launch.The investment is primarily aimed at developing the Nakambala Sugar Estate, which according to the Zambia Daily Mail spans 13 413 hectares. The expansion will include the construction of 29.7km of canals and 265km of roads; and the laying of 36.8km of pipelines and 650km of pivot tracks.Zambia Sugar is the biggest sugar producer in the country and listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange. It provides permanent employment for more than 3 000 people and jobs for 8 000 seasonal workers during peak operation periods.It exports about 50% of its annual sugar output to South Africa and the European Union (EU).Illovo, which recently secured quota- and tariff-free access to EU markets, is as a major sugar producer in Africa.It produces more than 80% of Zambia’s sugar and is the sole sugar producer in Malawi, according to its website. It accounts for 41% of the sugar industry in South Africa, 33 % in Swaziland, 42 % in Tanzania and 31% in Mozambique.Strengthening tiesThe main focus of Zuma’s state visit was to boost bilateral relations. Accompanied by representatives of more than 60 South African companies and eight ministers, Zuma signed two agreements and four memorandums of understanding to strengthen ties between the two countries.“South Africa and Zambia already have a well established trade relationship, and this week’s interaction among businesspeople should serve to further enhance that,” Zuma said, later paying tribute to his host country for the role it has played in resolving conflicts in Africa.During the trip Zuma was also awarded an honorary doctorate in law by the University of Zambia.last_img read more

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Zuma’s COP 17 challenge to leaders

first_img21 November 2011South African President Jacob Zuma has called on world leaders to “rise to the occasion and meet the expectations of millions around the world whose livelihoods depend on there being progress” at the UN Climate Change Conference starting in Durban on 28 November.As thousands of delegates from all over the world prepare to make their way to the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December, Zuma said South Africa was ready to welcome them.Speaking at a breakfast business briefing in Durban on Monday, Zuma said he was confident, following months of planning, that all was in place to ensure that the delegates were able to go about their business smoothly and efficiently during the conference.‘Can’t just be business as usual’He stressed, however, said the talks could not be a case of “business as usual”.“We trust that the state parties will rise to the occasion and meet the expectations of millions around the world whose livelihoods depend on there being progress in the climate change negotiations,” Zuma said.Global warming was already having a negative impact on Africa and the world at large, with changing weather patterns affecting the environment, health, natural resources, agriculture and food production, shelter as well as infrastructure worldwide.Zuma said it was for these reasons that the parties meeting in Durban had to take a step forward to solving these challenges.“In the African context, they must help to strike a balance between ensuring that climate change does not reach dangerous levels on the one hand, and the need to grow our economies to eradicate poverty on the other.”Five-point vision for COP 17Outlining South Africa’s five-point vision for the conference, Zuma said that, firstly, the outcome should be balanced, fair and credible. To achieve this outcome, the conference approach had to be informed by the basic principles that underpinned the UN climate change negotiations.These principles, he said include multilateralism, environmental integrity, fairness, and the honouring of all international commitments and undertakings made in the climate change process.The next step, he said, was to ensure that the 2010 Cancun Agreements, which included the establishment of a Green Climate Fund, were operationalised. The President said developing countries demanded a prompt start for the Fund through its early and initial capitalisation.Thirdly, for Durban to be successful, the parties had to deal with the outstanding political issues remaining from the Bali Roadmap of 2007.This, according to Zuma, meant finding a resolution to the issue of the 2nd Commitment Period under the Kyoto Protocol, and agreeing on the legal nature of a future climate change system.Fourthly, adaptation was an essential element of the outcome of COP 17, as it is a key priority for many developing countries, particularly Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and Africa.Lastly, any outcome in Durban had to be adequate enough to adhere to the principle of environmental integrity.‘Low level of ambition cause for concern’“The low level of ambition in this regard is cause for concern,” Zuma said. “Parties must come to Durban expecting a credible, sustainable and implementable outcome.”South Africa’s position during the conference will be led by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, while International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is the incoming COP president, taking over from Mexico.Zuma said South Africa would approach the talks “in a spirit of open consultation with all parties and stakeholders, and ensure that the discussions stay on track”.The country was already playing its part to mitigate the impacts of climate change, he added. Among the plans put in place by the government were the development of the “green” economy, as stipulated in the New Growth Path.Others included a social accord on “green” jobs signed last week by business, government and labour, and the integration of “green” industries in the country’s Industrial Policy Action Plan.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Chef Benny Masekwaneng gears up for his first-ever culinary experience in Davos

first_imgCelebrity Chef Benny Masekwaneng has been hard at work, crafting an authentic South African menu for guests attending a networking dinner hosted by Team South Africa during the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. South Africa will be participating at WEF from 22 – 25 January 2019, to promote inclusive growth and development.As one of SA’s most-loved culinary masters, Chef Benny has featured as a judge on Masterchef SA, as well as The Ultimate Braai Master. For the first time, he jets off to Davos with a South African delegation, offering guests a meticulously-selected culinary experience that aims to introduce them to fine African cuisine.The chef who was born in Alexandra, previously spoke to Times LIVE about the loss his family experienced during apartheid, which impacted his dream of becoming an electrical engineer. His fate, however, led him to pursue a path he’s always been passionate about: cooking!He explained: “We stayed really close to the (men’s) hostels and when the political violence went up, we were forced to move from our house and lost everything in the process. The money that was set aside for my engineering studies had to help us get by, so I ended up helping my mother in her catering business.”With more than 20 years in the industry, Chef Benny applauds local chefs for bringing innovation and excellence to the dining room table.He told Brand South Africa: “We are exactly where we need to be when it comes to global standards. We have the luxury of accessibility to what other countries are doing.”As an avid lover of slow cooking dishes like oxtail, pork trotters as well as split peas and sugar beans, we are sure international guests are in for quite a warm, hearty treat prepared by our favourite chef!last_img read more

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Your Plan for Overnight Success

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now At some point, you will be an overnight success. But the work it takes to position yourself to be an overnight success may take a little longer. Between the day when you are successful and today, there are some things that you need to do to position yourself and make success possible.First, you have to do the quiet work, the work you do when everyone else is asleep. The work you do when there is no immediate reward for having done so; the work that no one recognizes and very few will ever see. This is the work that builds your skill set and sets you up to produce better work over time. It is the foundational work that all success is built on.The second part of your plan is to persist over time. This is one part pigheadedness, one part intestinal fortitude, one part ignorance, and one part a love for what it is that you do. The pigheadedness is what allows you to be stubborn enough to keep moving towards success. The intestinal fortitude is the willingness to persist when almost anything else would be easier. The ignorance is there to prevent you from recognizing that you have no business doing what you are doing or believing that you will succeed (a highly underrated attribute of the successful). The love for what you do is there to sustain you while you do the work.The third part of your plan is to be extraordinarily lucky. Luck is a big part of the formula, but it doesn’t work unless you are doing the quiet work and persisting. If you are doing these things, from time to time, luck will smile upon you and provide you with some opportunity. That opportunity won’t be overnight success, but it will move you one step closer. The next opportunity won’t be what brings you the success you need either, moving you only slightly closer. Between the opportunities that show up through serendipity and chance, there are long periods on the plateau.These are the rules for becoming an overnight success, a process that takes decades. If you don’t follow the rules, success will not find you, it being a shrewd auditor, always making sure you pay in full before giving you the reward you seek. If you try to short success so much as one thin dime, you will find it to be infinitely elusive.last_img read more

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Kaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt

first_img“We want to show not only China but the rest of the world that we can play good football in the Philippines,” Coach Thomas Pfyl said in a statement on Tuesday.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, Kaya FC was the only Philippine team in the tournament. They finished in the top 16 out of the 32 teams in their age group. This year, the Quezon City Football Club also joined the Cup. IDLPhoto courtesy of Paco Guerrero UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy’s Under-12 team has raced to a 2-0 start at the Gothia Cup in China.Kaya recorded a convincing 12-0 victory against Beijing’s Sunny Zone team on Monday, and followed it up with a 2-0 beating of Shanxi’s FC Eagle Brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water polo Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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