April 20

Press release: New system launched to maintain environmental standards on harmful gases in No Deal Brexit scenario

first_img Businesses looking to secure an F Gas quota for the first time would need to wait until after 12 April 2019 before they can use their quota to import gas. Anyone registering after 12 April 2019 would not get a quota for 2019; Businesses that produce or import F gas or ODSs in the UK must register to the new UK system. Businesses are able to register between 11 February and 12 April 2019. UK businesses which are already registered on the EU system will receive an email from Defra about how to register. Other businesses can also register online; The government has launched a new system to ensure the UK maintains current restrictions on the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases in the event of a no deal Brexit.The new online system, launched today, will control the use of these harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. This includes Fluorinated gases (F gases), powerful greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners, as well as Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), which damage the Earth’s ozone layer.If the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, UK businesses that produce or trade in these gases or products that contain them will have to register on the new system by 12 April 2019. This will replace the current system which controls emissions for all EU Member States.The new system will enable the UK to continue its ambitious commitment to phase down the use of F gas by 79% between 2015 and 2030 to combat climate change.Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: Under the new requirements, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: UK businesses that export F gas or ODSs, or products containing them, to the EU would need to set up an office in the EU or appoint an Only Representative to meet EU regulations; and Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the government’s top priority, but it is the job of a responsible government to ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal. The new system is part of the government’s commitment to maintain environmental standards once we leave the EU. The continued phase out of harmful greenhouse gases is critical to the global fight against climate change.center_img Businesses and members of the public that use products that contain F gas or ODSs should continue to operate as they do now as regulations and supply will remain the same. Businesses that register before exit day (29 March 2019) will be able to operate as normal from 30 March 2019. Anyone who registers between 30 March and 12 April 2019 would have to wait for their registration and quota application to be approved before they can trade; UK businesses that import products containing F gas or ODSs must be authorised under the new UK system; Technicians qualified in the UK to service products that use F gas or ODSs, such as refrigerators and air conditioners, will continue to be authorised to operate in the UK but not in the EU.UK certified technicians who work in the EU should monitor decisions made by the EU Commission and Member State governments.Businesses and technicians that may be affected should read the latest guidance on using and trading in F gas and ODSs after the UK leaves the EU.last_img read more

March 2

Aqueous Partners With nugs.net For Streams And Recordings Of All Future Shows

first_imgBuffalo, NY jammers Aqueous have been on an absolute tear of late, and things are only getting better for the band, as they have announced a partnership with nugs.net to bring fans streams and recordings of all future shows. According to the group, all shows will be available to purchase for download, as well as available to stream through the nugs app for subscribers.Aqueous Shares Rocking Live Studio EP “Artifact” [Listen]The group is set to play Boulder, CO’s The Boulder Theatre this Friday and Saturday with Twiddle, which will be broadcast live via nugs.tv. Both shows are set to start at 7pm EDT sharp. In conjunction with their new partnership, Aqueous’ shows from The Fillmore in Philly (2/2/17), The Winter Werk Out in Columbus, OH (2/4/17), and The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS (2/7/17) are all now available here.Aqueous is just began an extensive Winter tour. Check for dates near you below.Aqueous 2017 Tour Schedule2/9/2017: Ft. Collins, CO- Hodi’s Half Note2/10/2017: Boulder, CO- Boulder Theater (w-Twiddle)2/11/2017: Boulder, CO- Boulder Theater (w- Twiddle)2/12/2017: Steamboat Springs, CO- Schmiggity’s2/13/2017: Denver, CO- Larimer Lounge2/15/2017: Omaha, NE- Reverb Lounge2/16/2017: Columbia, MO- Rose Music Hall2/17/2017: St. Louis, MO- The Bootleg @ Atomic Cowboy2/18/2017: Bloomington, IN- The Bluebird2/24/2017: Greensboro, NC- The Blind Tiger (w BIG Something)3/2/2017: Morgantown, WV- 123 Pleasant Street3/3/2017: Cleveland, OH- Beachland Tavern3/4/2017: Buffalo, NY- Town Ballroom (w- Twiddle)3/5/2017: Buffalo, NY- Town Ballroom (w- Twiddle)3/17/2017: Keene, NH- The Colonial Theatre (w- Twiddle)3/18/2017: Keene, NH- The Colonial Theatre (w- Twiddle)3/23/2017: Rochester, NY- Flour City Station3/24/2017: Stroudsburg, PA- Sherman Theater (w- Twiddle)3/25/2017: Washington, DC- 9:30 Club (w- Twiddle)3/31/2017: New York, NY- PlayStation Theater (w- Twiddle)4/1/2017: New York, NY- PlayStation Theater (w- Twiddle)last_img read more

January 26

‘Dante Now!’ blends poetry, performance

first_imgEmily McConville | The Observer Amidst the many football-related activities of a fall Friday afternoon, the Italian studies program gave visitors and students alike a much different option last Friday.Students in various Italian classes, donning robes, red cloth caps and golden wreaths on their heads, walked around campus in groups and recited excerpts from the Italian poet Dante’s “Divine Comedy” as part of the annual “Dante Now! A Divine Comedy Flashmob.”“[The event is] to try to introduce people to Dante and show them how beautiful it is,” Italian studies research assistant professor Anne Leone said. “In my experience, a lot of people are kind of curious about Dante. It’s a nice way to answer some people’s questions.”According to the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies website, students read Dante’s work at various public places between 2 and 3 p.m., such as on the steps of Bond Hall, in front of the Library and in front of the main building. At 3 p.m., students, professors, parents of alumni and members of the public performed a choral reading of a section of Dante’s work at the Grotto. The readings were followed by a public talk in the Carey Auditorium in the Library and a reception.“’Dante Now!’ is a way to have more laymen experience the beauty of the ‘Divine Comedy’ because it’s still relevant today,” sophomore Mary Lien said. “The truth imparted in the ‘Divine Comedy’ really is something super relevant to the Catholic tradition on campus, so ‘Dante Now!’ gives people a chance to learn more about Dante, to read Dante in the modern time and be able to experience it firsthand.”Lien said the public nature of the event allows anyone to experience Dante’s works.“You don’t have to look at a poster beforehand, you just hear people on the street reciting Dante and can join in,” she said.Sophomore Greg Jenn said reading the poem aloud introduced people who might never have explored Dante to his poems.“As a group, we’re drawing people in,” Jenn said. “We’re not individuals, we’re inviting people into the community of Dante. It’s supposed to be read in a group.”Many students in Italian classes have been preparing for “Dante Now!” since classes began in August.“We got the piece of paper at the very beginning of the year and we talked about it,” Jenn said. “We’ve spent several class periods going over it, analyzing the text and speaking the Italian to practice.”According to instructor of Italian studies and graduate student Thomas Graff, understanding Dante is as important as being able to recite it.“We go through it in class get the cultural background, answer the questions like ‘Who’s Dante?’” Graff said.In addition, all 208 Italian language students have attended a reading workshop to develop their pronunciation of the text and become familiar with its meaning, Leone said.“We work on the rhythm, intonation, phrasing and pronunciation in those workshops.” she said. “It’s open to the public but it’s usually the classes that have been studying it so all of our language classes come in during their language period on Wednesday.”While participation in the event is part of many students’ classes, anyone can join in, Graff said. Many spectators also picked up the handouts with the text on it and recited the poems alongside the students.“You can get involved even if you aren’t in the class,” Lien said. “We give out these papers for people to join us, to read if they feel comfortable reading Italian. There’s a translation beside the Italian original script so laymen will have no trouble understanding it.”Being fluent in Italian is not necessary to experience Dante’s works, Lien said.“’The ‘Divine Comedy’ is essentially a poem,” she said. “It has that cadence and rhyme to it that you can really hear. You don’t even have to understand the language, you can just hear the beauty of how it sounds in Italian. I think it’s beautiful to anyone.”However, it is possible for those who are interested in Dante’s works to explore their meanings. After the recitations, Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Director of Dante and Italian Studies and Inaugural Academic Director of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway Theodore Cachey, associate professor of Italian Christian Moevs and Leone gave a public lecture in the library, each discussing a different aspect of Dante’s “Inferno.” According to Graff, Notre Dame makes understanding Dante’s works possible because of its professors.“The Dante professors we have are incredible, some of the best in the nation,” he said.Both Lien and Jenn said they encourage students who are curious about Dante to consider enrolling in a course focused on his works.“In my personal opinion, Dante is probably one of the greatest poets of all time,” Jenn said. “Why would you not want to listen and be exposed to that?”Tags: Dante, Divine Comedy flashmob, Italian Studies, Notre Damelast_img read more

September 27

Mindfulness – Treatment can trigger mania, depression and psychosis

first_imgMailOnline 22 May 2015Meditation and mindfulness is promoted by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Brand, who boast of its power to help people put stress out of their minds and live for the moment.But the treatment can itself trigger mania, depression, hallucinations and psychosis, psychological studies in the UK and US have found.The practice is part of a growing movement based on ancient Eastern traditions of meditation.However, 60 per cent of people who had been on a meditation retreat had suffered at least one negative side effect, including panic, depression and confusion, a study in the US found.And one in 14 of them suffered ‘profoundly adverse effects’, according to Miguel Farias, head of the brain, belief and behaviour research group at Coventry University and Catherine Wikholm, a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey.The shortage of rigorous statistical studies into the negative effects of meditation was a ‘scandal’, Dr Farias told The Times.He said: ‘The assumption of the majority of both TM [transcendental meditation] and mindfulness researchers is that meditation can only do one good.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3092572/The-dark-meditation-mindfulness-Treatment-trigger-mania-depression-psychosis-new-book-claims.htmllast_img read more

September 17

Hughes sparks comeback victory

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoTrailing by 11 points with eight minutes to play in thefirst half against an opponent not expected to present much of a challenge, theUW men’s basketball team did not panic Sunday. Instead, Wisconsin shored up itsdefense, settled into its offense and went on a 22-5 run to close the half enroute to an 83-55 victory over Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne in the team’s regularseason opener.IPFW freshman guard Ben Botts hit three 3-pointers midwaythrough the first half to help the Mastodons extend their early lead to 27-16as UW was unable to offer much defensively from the onset of the contest, butthe Badgers weren’t about to let a shaky start doom their season opener.”Every team has their times when they get down by 11points,” junior Marcus Landry said after the game. “I knew we had it in us towin the game.”Behind the play of sophomore guard Trevon Hughes, who scored13 of his career-high 25 points during the run at the end of the half, the Badgersquickly diagnosed the team’s problems and made an adjustment.”They were pushing the ball harder than we were,” Hughessaid. “We just had to pick up our intensity.”In addition to Hughes, senior guard Michael Flowers alsohelped to key the Wisconsin defense as it got back on track, allowing the teamto win handily against the nonconference foe.”We went on that run there, and when I saw some of thethings [Flowers] was doing, that was the difference,” head coach Bo Ryan said.”Then everybody else picked it up.”By the time the second half rolled around, the Badgers hadall but shut down the Mastodons’ ability to hit the long ball — IPFW shot 41.7percent from behind the arc in the first half but only 15.4 percent in thesecond–and looked more like the squad that the announced crowd of 17,190 hadanticipated seeing.”They were hitting a lot of 3s. You live by the 3; you dieby the 3,” Landry said of IPFW’s offense and how UW responded. “We picked upour defense.”According to Landry, it was the defense of Flowers that wasable to lock up the Mastodon shooters after they had got off to their hotstart.”Mike is a very good defensive player,” Landry said. “Justhaving his presence in the game … it always helps the team. He’s the type of guythat can get shooters out of their comfort zone.”Flowers, recognized as a member of the Big Ten’sall-defensive team last year, did not start the game Sunday. Though he startedall 36 of Wisconsin’s game last season, Flowers also came off the bench in bothof the preseason exhibition games leading up to the opener. The senior ended upplaying 30 minutes, second most on the team, while finishing with five points,four assists and four rebounds.”Nobody put him there. It’s just the way things have playedout,” Ryan said of Flowers’ position on the bench to start the game. “Just takea look at the minutes. I think it all speaks for itself.”The guard play of Flowers and Hughes didn’t end up being theonly deciding factor of the game, however — at least not in the eyes of IPFWcoach Dane Fife.”I think ultimately it came down to their size andstrength,” Fife said.The Badgers, with their myriad of big men, were able to relyon their size to get by a Mastodon roster that didn’t give much playing time toanyone over 6-foot-8. Wisconsin finished with a 43-31 edge in rebounds, and theteam finished with five blocked shots in comparison to IPFW’s two.”Ultimately, we just couldn’t keep them off the glass,” Fifesaid. “It was happening time and time again, and we have to either grow somemore or jump higher because rebounds just crushed us.”Senior forward Brian Butch led the way on the boards,finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds while juniors Greg Stiemsma and Landryalso chipped in seven and six boards, respectively.Aftera solid showing in its opener, Wisconsin will now get a chance to rest before atiring set of games next weekend. Starting Friday the Badgers will hostSavannah State, Florida A&M and Colorado in consecutive days as part of theAmerica’s Youth Classic tournament.last_img read more