Earphunk – Sweet Nasty [Review/Download]

first_imgSince the release of Earphunk’s debut LP No 9 to 5 in 2013, the band’s base of discerning music fans has only continued to expand, particularly following performances at festivals including Euphoria, Electric Forest, Wakarusa and Bear Creek.The band recorded their third album, Sweet Nasty, during tour breaks over the last year at the famed Studio in the Country in Louisiana. And while it harnesses the same Southern “prog-funk” sound for which the New Orleans natives have become known, the 11-track LP demonstrates just how far the quintet has come after multiple tour and festival circuits under their belt.The first few songs off the album, including title track “Sweet Nasty,” “She Don’t Wanna Hear from You” and opening song “Sunup to Sundown,” are high-energy numbers featuring attitude-filled bass lines and infectious hooks. Sweet Nasty seems to at first take shape into a deep south dance party album(a la Galactic, the Motet or Rebirth Brass Band).As the album progresses, however, slower tempo, genre-bending tracks like “Pino” and “Saura” emerge, incorporating elements of jazz, big band, space rock, disco, and live-tronica to give each track a unique, funky fresh sound. Tracks like “Phine,” for example, incorporate talk box vocals and classic rock riffs reminiscent of Peter Frampton, while rock ballad “Beautiful” focuses on less groove and more soul. Smooth, jazzy tracks like my personal album favorite, “Ambin,” offer a sexier, softer side of Earphunk that I hope to see more of in the future.Arranged in such a way that it could have been a live set list, Sweet Nasty starts off with a bang but ends with a more gentle, softer sound. Like the oxymoronic nature of the title track, Sweet Nasty is an album that plays off the juxtaposition of opposites: loud and quiet, hard and soft, fast and slow, up and down, sweet and nasty. It appeals to a multitude of human senses and emotions, elevating itself from the standard funk/rock album. The raw, rock and roll sound of Sweet Nasty is undeniably Earphunk, albeit perhaps a bit more refined.Download the Sweet Nasty bundle for free off the band’s website, which includes the studio recording, videos and three live sets from recent performances at Nectar’s, Artmosphere and Tipitinas.Currently on tour throughout the South, Earphunk will wrap up their fall run at Bear Creek Music Festival on Nov. 15 at Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida. Check the band’s tour schedule here.Earphunk Tracklisting: 1. Sunup to Sundown 2. Sweet Nasty3. She Don’t Wanna Hear From You4. Check the Pulse5. Pino6. Saura7. Phine8. The Multiverse9. Bautiful10. Ambin11. Lippy-Jaimie Sieglelast_img read more

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‘Museum of Innocence’

first_imgIt is 1975, and a young Istanbul businessman, prosperous and settled, walks into a boutique to buy his fiancée a purse. Behind the counter is a distant cousin – long ago a little girl and now gorgeous and inviting. “I felt my heart rise into my throat,” Kemal remembers, “with the force of an immense wave about to crash against the shore.”The scene is from “The Museum of Innocence,” a 2008 novel by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk that is just being published in English. Pamuk, a celebrant of his native Istanbul, is this year’s Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at HarvardWhat follows Kemal’s epiphany of love, said Pamuk during a panel this week (Oct. 14), is in some ways just a “melodrama” of the kind found widely in Turkish literature and cinema. “The boy meets the girl — something, something,” he summed up jokingly.But that “something, something” is more than love, tragedy, and death. It is also “a discourse on museums and collecting,” said Pamuk. He joined curatory and literary experts in “With the Museum in Mind,” a discussion at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, in front of a packed house.In the novel, Kemal reacts to the death of Füsun, his beloved, by obsessively collecting objects that remind him of her and of their days of love: jewelry, silverware, ticket stubs, movie posters, a yellow jug.“Every time I touched the handle of that jug,” he muses, “I would remember those days when I first felt the misery that was to turn me in on myself.”In the course of the novel, Kemal decides to build a museum to his love. To gather ideas, he visits thousands of small, quirky museums, including places devoted to actresses Ava Gardner and Jane Mansfield. His travels take him to museums for medicine bottles, China tiles, hats, and more.Pamuk, who worked on the novel for six years, first conceived of using an annotated museum catalog as the narrative form, since in reading catalogs, he said, “we are actually reading a story, a novel.”The worlds of the novel and the museum are in some ways the same, said panel moderator Homi Bhabha, the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and director of the Humanities Center at Harvard.  Both offer “a kind of joyous containment.”There is a kind of storytelling in museums, said Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum in Manhattan, since curators give “voice to objects.” And there is a Kemal-like pilgrimage, too, among curators, she said, in their probing of objects, impressions, and ideas.A novel such as Pamuk’s lights up a constellation of ideas about museums, said Glenn Lowry, A.M. ’78, Ph.D.  ’82, director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Like a novel, he said, “the space of a museum … is a fiction” meant to blur the line between the story of an object and its realityPamuk’s novel also reveals the act of collecting, said Lowry — even to the point of the pathological, “an irrepressible need to see surrounding objects and store them.”In his novel, Pamuk presents explicit notions about collectors. They are either proud or bashful, he told the audience at the Humanities Center, the panel’s sponsor. The proud revel in public display, a style that predominates in the West. The bashful shy away from display. They are driven by the same “dark compulsions” of collecting, but “these compulsions are an embarrassment,” said Pamuk. (He called bashful collecting an “un-modern view” still widely held in the East.)Panelist Helen Molesworth, the Maisie K. and James R. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at Harvard Art Museum, praised Pamuk’s novel as a “museum of nostalgia and desire … an anger of love … shot through with a kind of massive libidinal energy.” The objects that Kemal collects are understandable to a curator, she said, since they are an attempt “to create a harmony.”And like a novel, said Molesworth, a museum is a fusion of public and private spaces. It is both an object for sale and a place to go inside yourself.  She drew a parallel to French artist Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), whose work influenced both Dadaists and Surrealists.Starting in 1935, as Europe was unraveling and headed for world war, Duchamp acted like Pamuk’s proud collector. He made small traveling suitcases that, like a novel, could be opened and enjoyed in any order: reproductions of his works (and new art) that expressed “his own desire to collect and preserve,” said Molesworth. (There are 268 of these public, portable museums.But from 1946 to 1966, Duchamp also made art in secret, collecting and creating objects bashfully in order to make, like Kemal, “his own monument of desire,” said Molesworth. “´Etant donnés,” his last major work, can only be viewed through two peepholes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s a monument to his four-year love affair with Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins.Pamuk’s creation and Duchamp’s both acknowledge the immobility of museums. For all his portable “museums” in handsome suitcases, Duchamp chose to create a last work that could never be moved. In the same way, “Kemal’s museum frees him to travel,” said Molesworth, “but be tethered to home” at the same time.Pamuk’s novels, in fact, celebrate a universality of human emotions, experiences, and desires. But they do so by being tethered to the realities of his native Istanbul. Kemal’s museum, the author says, not only celebrates a lost love, but the constancy and materiality of the city of his birth.Pamuk, in fact, is taking a radical step with “The Museum of Innocence.” He is building a museum of the same name in Istanbul, opening next year. (Each copy of the novel includes an entrance ticket.) The museum will be filled with real objects that evoke the work of fiction, including Turkish toothpaste, lottery tickets, maps, and postcards picturing the time of Kemal’s love affair three decades ago.In museums everywhere, “Viewers go to get out of the busy noise of the town,” Pamuk said, with a hint, too, of the refuge that a novel provides. “I like that feeling. My museum is about that.”last_img read more

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FCC Sets E911 Deadlines

first_imgHistorically, carriers have collected accuracy data from an entire state or region in order to meet FCC guidelines that set accuracy standards for handset-based solutions — typically relying on GPS technology — at 50 meters for 67% of calls and 150 meters for 95% of calls, and network-based solutions at 100 meters for 67% of calls and 300 meters for 95% of calls. But this averaging technique masked deficiencies in certain areas, where the location information associated with 911 calls has been almost worthless to first responders. Commercial wireless carriers must meet Enhanced 911 Phase 2 location-accuracy requirements at the public-safety answering point level and comply with annual benchmarks within five years, according to an FCC report and order. Among the benchmarks is a stipulation that each carrier meet location-accuracy requirements within each metropolitan statistical area and rural-service area it serves and illustrate “significant progress toward compliance at the PSAP-level, including achieving this requirement within at least 75% of the PSAPs the carrier serves” by Sept. 11, 2010. The order could be a boon to system integrators tapping into the E911 marketplace, as nationwide wireless carriers eventually will need to generate thousands of compliance reports annually instead of the few hundred that have been required in the past. However, the new rules set a reasonable compliance deadline with meaningful benchmarks to ensure progress is made on the path toward full compliance, said Jason Barbour, president of the National Emergency Number Association, in a statement. He said cell phones can be life-saving tools, with nearly 100 million wireless 911 calls being made annually – more than half of all 911 calls in some areas. However, if callers are unable to describe their location during an emergency, the ability of a 911 call-taker to help is only as good as the location information provided by the carrier. “It is, therefore, essential that steps be taken to improve the accuracy of wireless 911 calls,” Barbour said.center_img Carriers now must demonstrate PSAP-level compliance in areas served by Phase 2-ready PSAPs — achieving accuracy requirements within each PSAP service territory — by Sept. 11, 2012, FCC’s order said. Provisional benchmarks have been established to ensure carriers are moving toward compliance with the new location-accuracy requirements. Carriers also must submit progress reports on each economic area in which they operate by Sept. 11, 2008. “We applaud what the FCC is doing here and see it as a good move in terms of what citizens need from the 911 infrastructure,” said Bill Mertka, vice president of product management for emergency-location services vendor RedSky Technologies. “And it’s also positive for our business.”The FCC’s order is the first action in the commission’s E911 proceeding. The FCC closed the comment period on Sept. 18, but issues are still pending. “Providing location-accuracy information on a multistate or statewide basis does not provide public safety with the information it needs to do its job effectively,” said FCC Chairman Kevin Martin during the proceedings. “Meeting location-accuracy standards on average in the entire state of New York by providing Enhanced 911 capability in Manhattan does not help first responders in Buffalo.” However, not everyone on the commission agreed fully with the ruling. Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein approved the ruling in part and dissented in part, noting the complicated issues involved in ensuring a reliable nationwide E911 system. Adelstein said in a statement that it was unfortunate the commission moved forward on compliance details that did not leverage the expertise of industry and public safety, including the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials’ Project LOCATE report released in April.last_img read more

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Once Bullied For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore8-year-old girls are not often encouraged to play with bugs and insects, yet Sophia Spencer has become an entomological prodigy—and a role model for other girls interested in biology.The youngster had been teased for how much she loved bugs. Whenever she was seen playing with grasshoppers, the other second graders at her elementary school would call her weird. “She is often teased at school by her peers because she will proudly display her current bug friend on her shoulder,” wrote Sophia’s mom Nicole.CHECK OUT: 12-Year-old Girl Outsmarts Carjacker and Saves Little SisterWorried about her daughter’s confidence in the scientific field, Nicole sent a letter to the Entomological Society of Canada last year asking for encouragement.“She has asked me for over a year if this is a job she can do one day, exploring and learning more about bugs and insects. I have told her that of course, she could; however, I am at a loss on how to continue to encourage her.”“I was wondering if a professional entomologist would speak to her over the phone to encourage her love and explain to her how she could make this into a career. I am constantly looking for articles and information on the species and how to recognize them, but find the lack of answers to her questions unhelpful.”“If someone could maybe talk to her for even five minutes, or who won’t mind being a penpal for her, I would appreciate it so much. I want her to know from an expert that she is not weird or strange (what kids call her) for loving bugs and insects.”MORE: Teen Creates ‘Sit With Us’ App For Bullied School ChildrenThe society then tweeted the letter to their followers asking for help and support – and the response was overwhelming.Hundreds of entomologists – female and otherwise – flooded the society’s inbox with kind words and offers of assistance under the hashtag #BugsR4Girls.One entomologist told Sophia that she was free to visit their lab anytime. Another scientist offered to send her any nets, papers, supplies, and books she might want to pursue her insect interest. Another offered to show Sophia her bug collection. Sophia made such a big splash in the scientific community, she became a co-author of a paper published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America with Morgan Jackson, a P.h.D of entomology from the University of Guelph in Ontario.The paper, entitled “Engaging for a Good Cause: Sophia’s Story and Why #BugsR4Girls,” explores how Twitter can be utilized by the scientific community.WATCH: Girl With Half Her Brain Becomes Speech Pathologist as Adult“After my mom sent the message and showed me all the responses, I was happy,” she wrote in her portion of the paper. “I felt like I was famous. Because I was! It felt good to have so many people support me, and it was cool to see other girls and grown-ups studying bugs. It made me feel like I could do it too, and I definitely, definitely, definitely want to study bugs when I grow up, probably grasshoppers.”“Kids now, after I told them the whole story, they’re like, ‘Oh, well — could you teach me more about bugs?’” Sophia told NPR. “And I’m like, ‘Sure.’“And a lot of the kids stopped bullying me about it. I feel really good.”SHARE the Buzz With Your Friends (Photo by Nicole Spencer)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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From Hong Kong to New Zealand, Hawaii and Montana, Officials Celebrate No New Cases of COVID-19

first_imgAfter easing restrictions in February, Hong Kong experienced a surge in new cases, suffering from the often-warned of  “second wave” but has contained the virus very well since then.RELATED: Elders Around the World in Their 80s, 90s, and 100s Are Bouncing Back From Virus – and Sharing AdviceHong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam is in talks about freeing citizens from quarantine and travel restrictions between Macau and the Chinese Province of Guangdong according to South China Morning Post.No COVID for KiwisAnother nation that will likely soon declare mission accomplished against COVID-19 is New Zealand, which has ended stringent lockdown procedures less than a week ago after Monday passed without any new cases of the virus.Arriving in mid-March, the coronavirus was responsible for 20 deaths in the Pacific island nation, and although lockdown restrictions are eased, many restaurants remain closed and social distancing is still encouraged.However the director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield says the milestone of no new cases is a cause for celebration and is “symbolic of the effort everyone has put in.”POPULAR: Irish People Are Repaying Debt of Gratitude to Suffering Native Americans 170 Years After Potato FamineNew Zealand currently has a little over 1,000 cases confirmed in the country, and her westerly neighbor Australia is likewise carrying a light viral burden of 6,800 cases and 94 deaths according to Al Jazeera. Talks between the two nations may result soon, according to the New Zealand foreign minister Winston Peters in a trans-Tasman travel arrangement, whereby visitors of one country can visit the other freely, saying such an arrangement could work “seriously well.”No New Cases in Montana or Hawaii The islands of Hawai’i as recently as May 8th reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus. It’s the first time in two months the spread has halted completely.Beginning May 18, governors will allow residents to seek reimbursement for expenses if people were impacted by official shutdown measures, which include rent and child care. These orders are beginning to be lifted, with low-risk business reopening.Honolulu’s Director of Community Services Pamela Witty-Oakland says the capital is working with nonprofit groups like Aloha United Way, Helping Hands Hawaiʻi, and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement to provide financial support to the most vulnerable communities.MORE: FDA Approves Emergency Use of Nation’s First Drug Treatment Against COVID-19“These organizations will work with the families, and those affected. [They] will collect receipts and provide reimbursement of eligible household expenses of up to $1,000 a month, and eligible child care expenses of up to $500 a month,” she said.Also free of new cases is Montana. The Big Sky State reports no new reports of patients with the virus. COVID-19’s effect in Montana has been so limited, that on May 7th schools were given the option of resuming normal operations.SHARE the Positive Trends With Friends in Lockdown on Social Media…This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAcross the world, many countries are seeing the number of new cases of COVID-19 wind down into single digits over the last week. Four places—including a huge city like Hong Kong that was hit hard by the pandemic—are even celebrating zero new cases.One of the most densely populated cities on earth, Hong Kong has now gone 22 days as of Monday without re-circulation of the virus within the country. The last new case was reported April 20th.Medical experts have warned that people should keep their guard up, as hiking trails, restaurants, beaches, and parks open with fewer restrictions.last_img read more

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IB13: Industry Nine Adds Lightweight, Aero Carbon Road Bike Wheels & Fat Bike Hubs

first_imgThe relationship with Reynolds that Industry Nine started for their mountain bike wheels now carries over to road, giving them Reynolds latest carbon rims for a complete range of new deep aero and lightweight shallow carbon road bike wheels.For deep sections, they’re lacing their road Torch hubs to the Reynolds DET Aero 72 and 58 rims that were launched last summer. They’ll be laced 20 spokes in the front, 24 in the rear, up from the 16/20 count used by Reynolds.I9’s Jacob McGahey says they wanted to maximize stiffness all around, and their hub’s lacing pattern is based on a 2:1 scheme, so going to a lower number would have meant an odd number like 21 that could have caused interface issues. This makes it the option for crit racers and heavier riders since it’ll have increased strength and fatigue life.For sprinters and climbers, they’ve got the C29 and C41… The naming convention puts the numbers into words, so the 58mm deep rims are the Five Eights, and the 72 is the Seven Two. Weights are 1600g (58) and 1650g (72). Prices are $2,895 and $2,995 respectively.The lighter, shallower wheels are based on the brand new Reynolds rims that were just introduced this summer. McGahey didn’t want them named specifically, but it’s pretty easy to figure out which rims are which for the Industry Nine C29 and C41.The taller C41 uses the SLG (Swirl Lip Generator) external bead to improve aerodynamics. Just as Reynolds will have a disc version coming soon, so will I9, using their gorgeous new Torch disc road hubs.Weights are 1,265g (29) and 1,410 (41). Look for the disc versions to only add about 50 to 60g! Price is $2,375 for both, and they’ll all be available in January 2014.Just a glamour shot of their Torch road hubs, because they’re sooooo pretty.For the completely opposite type of bicycle, they’re making new fat bike hubs. Rear is 170mm and is compatible with all their end caps, so it can go to 12×177 thru axle. They’re looking at the 190mm standard and will build it based on distributor demand. Weight should be around 320g for the rear, front is still in development (which is why it’s not shown). It’ll use the same interchangeable end caps to accommodate whatever standards emerge (and those that currently exist).Should ship in mid November. Pricing is same as their standard classic hubs at $575/set.last_img read more

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Feetures! offers new spin on comfort with #MaxMyRun campaign

first_img Related Warmer weather is just around the corner for the northern hemisphere, and sock specialist Feetures! notes that runners everywhere are preparing for the annual spring cleaning of their sock drawers.During the month of March, the performance sock category specialist is giving customers the chance to try on a pair of its new Elite Max Cushion socks when they swap out a pair of old running socks at select run specialty retailers.The #MaxMyRun Sock Swap events will take place at more than 50 participating run specialty retailers across the United States. A Feetures! sales representative will be at each Sock Swap to participate in a group run and provide additional information and prizes. The first 36 runners who show up with a pair of old socks can swap them out for a brand new pair of Elite Max Cushion socks.“Elite Max Cushion is the culmination of years of searching for the perfect blend of performance and comfort in running socks,” said Joe Gaither, Feetures!’ Marketing Director. “The Sock Swap events will allow retailers and their customers the opportunity to experience the difference that Elite Max Cushion can bring to their runs.”In addition to the Sock Swap events, Feetures! is encouraging runners to post their best running photos and tagging #MaxMyRun on social media for a chance to win a year’s supply of Elite Max Cushion socks.‘Designed for runners, by runners’, Feetures!’ mission is to support runners and other athletes in their pursuit of active lifestyles. Family owned and operated out of North Carolina, Feetures! is focused on offering the highest quality products that are designed to help athletes achieve their personal best.www.Feeturesrunning.comlast_img read more

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Dalen making the transition from mound to the box

first_imgDalen making the transition from mound to the boxFebruary 15, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor four years, Katie Dalen pitched âÄî and thatâÄôs all. She was good, too, posting ERAs under 4.00 her first three years and throwing a no-hitter as a true freshman [in a year that she would be later given a medical redshirt]. But this fall, in her fifth year, Dalen decided her skills were going in a new direction. Her ERA had risen every year, and for her it was time to try the other half of the game. âÄúI just saw myself in a different role,âÄù Dalen said. âÄúI thought I could help out in a different way this year. ItâÄôs just one of those things, I started hitting and then weeded out the pitching.âÄù Dalen hadnâÄôt taken an at-bat since her senior year of high school, but she started working with coaches on becoming a utility hitter and has made the switch completely this year. She can play first base and any three of the outfield positions and still help out pitching to hitters in practice. The Gophers did a similar switch in 2007 when they moved Mandy Valadez from a relief pitching role to third base. Valadez was one of the teamâÄôs top hitters the next year, hitting .294 with seven homeruns and 31 RBIs. Dalen has appeared in nine of the teamâÄôs 11 games, starting five of them, and is hitting .167. She has struck out five times in 18 at-bats but hasnâÄôt made an error on defense. Co-head coach Lisa Bernstein said DalenâÄôs role will increase as she gets used to her new task. Dealing with the increased ball movement has been the toughest adjustment, Dalen said. âÄúSheâÄôs been remarkable,âÄù senior pitcher Briana Hasset said. âÄúI canâÄôt imagine taking four years off and stepping into the box. She has all my support, because thatâÄôs an impressive challenge.âÄù ItâÄôs not unheard of for pitchers to also hit in softball, but that wasnâÄôt much of a consideration in DalenâÄôs case, as the GophersâÄô general team philosophy is to have pitchers focus on pitching, Hasset said. Even with freshman pitcher Alissa Koch struggling in her place âÄî she has a 7.15 ERA in four starts this season âÄî Dalen said she doesnâÄôt plan to return to the mound. âÄúI miss it sometimes, sure, but this is a good role for me,âÄù Dalen said. âÄúIâÄôm happy and IâÄôm comfortable with it, and I think itâÄôs how I can help out best. And thatâÄôs all that matters.âÄùlast_img read more

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New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas. Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the evidence-based knowledge and training needed to manage patients with complex conditions. Specifically, the New Mexico delegation encouraged HHS to use existing authorities under Medicare and Medicaid to expand Project ECHO’s reach nationwide. “The Department of Health and Human Services has identified value-based care as one of four core priorities to improve the health and well-being of the American people. In order to achieve that worthy objective, we must identify and support new and emerging health care delivery models in Medicare and Medicaid,” wrote the lawmakers. “We believe that Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity-building models more generally, help to move us closer to this goal.” In addition to being a successful tool for tackling hard-to-treat diseases, the Project ECHO model has been used to treat behavioral health issues, improve patient care and satisfaction, increase knowledge and reduce isolation for providers, and improve retention rates for physicians in rural, underserved areas. Project ECHO is also looking for innovative ways to democratize information so medical professionals can get the support and professional development they need to keep up with the rapidly changing world of medicine. “Despite growing interest and some financial support from the federal government and specific states, no ongoing funding streams exist to support Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models more broadly.  We respectfully request your consideration of the below actions—using existing authorities—that could accelerate ECHO’s integration into the health care delivery system, and, in doing so, advance federal and state efforts to provide value-based care,” the lawmakers wrote. The full letter can be found below and HERE.center_img “We’re grateful for the bipartisan support from Congress for using technology enabled collaborative learning to get better care to people in rural and underserved parts of the country who need it most,” said Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder and director of Project ECHO. “Guidance from CMS on financing strategies through Medicaid and Medicare will make it easier for states to start up or expand existing ECHO projects. It will help keep people in their communities getting good care from providers they know and trust.” Congressional Delegation News: Project ECHO is a telehealth model that was developed in New Mexico and connects primary care physicians in rural or underserved areas with specialists to provide coordinated care and improve outcomes for patients, particularly in communities with limited access specialty care services. Originally designed to combat the Hepatitis-C epidemic in New Mexico, Project ECHO now enables patients to get treatment for a diverse array of disease conditions from various levels of health care providers, and it has grown to serve communities nationwide and internationally. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), & Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), David McKinley (R-Ore.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Pete Stauber (D-Minn.), Josh Harder (D-Calif.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Kim Schrier (D-Wash.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Kevin Hern (R-O.K.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), & Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)last_img read more

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Panama Canal: LNG to be priced based on cubic meters

first_imgThe Panama Canal Authority made a proposal for a new toll structure, following more than a year of informal consultations with representatives from various industry segments.The proposed restructuring calls for each segment to be priced based upon different units of measurement, while aligning with customers’ needs and requests, and modifying pricing for all canal segments. For instance, LNG will be based on cubic meters.Pricing for containers will be measured and priced on TEUs, dry bulkers will be based on deadweight tonnage capacity and metric tons of cargo, passenger vessels will be based on berths and tankers will be measured and priced on Panama canal tons and metric tons.The new structure will apply to the existing canal as well as the new lane of traffic when the expansion project begins operation in 2016. The new locks will allow shipping lines to transit the canal with larger ships, providing greater economies of scale. Moreover, the expansion will open new global shipping routes and allow the transit of non-traditional commodities through the waterway, such as liquefied natural gas.[mappress mapid=”16418″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Panama Canallast_img read more

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