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first_imgAnalysts give First Solar-SunPower yieldco deal thumbs-upDeutsche Bank Market Research has praised First Solar and SunPower’s newly announced yieldco joint venture, calling it “probably the best strategy for both companies.” February 25, 2015 pv magazine Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Market analysts at Deutsche Bank have described plans by First Solar and SunPower to launch a joint yieldco as “a significant positive.” In a report following the companies’ Monday announcement, Deutsche Bank Market Research analysts Vishal Shah and Jerimiah Booream-Phelps say that while the companies have yet to release specific details of their respective contributions, a joint yieldco decision “is probably the best strategy for both companies, in our view. This decision not only makes the potential yieldco one of the best growth stories out there, but it also offers the entity strong development capability in utility scale/commercial markets.” The analysts point out that SunPower has discussed its approximately 640 MW of potential yieldco assets consisting of 245 MW operating, 183 MW in construction and 212 MW contracted. The company, the researchers add, expects these 640 MW to yield $90 to $100 million of unlevered cash, or $70 to $80 million of cash available for distribution (CAFD) at an 85% payout ratio. Furthermore, SunPower has said it could reach more than 4 GW of portfolio projects by 2019. First Solar, meanwhile, has not provided specific details on what projects it would drop into the yieldco, but Shah and Booream-Phelps say that as of the third quarter of last year, the company has had 755 MW of unsold projects with a PPA slated for completion in 2015, and 744 MW of projects by 2016, for a total of approximately 1.5 GW of projects currently unsold with a signed PPA by the end of 2016. The analysts reckon SunPower’s 640 MW and First Solar’s 755 MW equal about $2.8 billion ($1.4 billion each) of equity value assuming a 50-50 split, $0.117 million per megawatt and an 85% dividend payout ratio at 5% yield. In addition, First Solar could have a pipeline of unsold projects with PPAs as high as 1.9 GW, including the ability to contribute about 1.5 GW to the yieldco by the end of 2016. As a result, the Deutsche Bank analysts say the companies’ yieldco plan “is a significant positive in our view. … Most importantly, both companies have sufficient unsold projects that can be added into the yieldco, thereby providing strong visibility into multiple years of double digit CAFD growth.” First Solar, they add, also has a strong balance sheet and SunPower enjoys the financial backing of its parent company, French oil and gas giant Total.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleEPA encourages Morocco to procure LNGNext articleKenya: utility vandalism continues to soar Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy Featured image: Stock Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA center_img Generation A 714 km high voltage line project, between the cities N’Zérékoré in Guinea and Sanankoroba in Mali, has received financing to enable work to begin. On Wednesday, the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved the funding for the planned transmission line, and will contribute over €71 million ($84 million) for the project.The future electricity transmission line will enable 201 villages in Guinea and Mali to be connected to the electricity grid and all customers of the two national electricity companies to see the quality of service improve. Read more…According to the feasibility studies, the commissioning of this line should allow the development of agricultural, commercial, artisanal and semi-industrial activities in the area concerned, while promoting better schooling for students who will thus benefit from electricity during the day at school and at night, at home.“In addition to the funding it provides, the AfDB has been the lead donor,” said Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbadé, Deputy Director General,” AfDB West Africa Region.“It financed and supervised techno-economic feasibility studies and environmental and social impact studies. The Bank also supported the secretariat of the West African Power Exchange System (WAPP) in funding and coordinating three roundtables organised to finalise project financing,” Akin-Olugbadé added.Guinea-Mali electricity access rateToday, Guinea and Mali have an electricity access rate of 18% and 41% respectively. Once the high voltage line comes into service, by 2021, this rate should improve significantly.For Guinea, a country with high mining potential, the connection to the interconnection networks of the Haute-Guinée and Guinée Forestière regions could facilitate the establishment of new mining companies, which will create dozens of jobs, particularly for women and young people.“The construction of this line is also an environmental issue. In fact, it will promote the use of hydroelectric power and reduce the consumption of oil and related greenhouse gas emissions,”Akin-Olugbadé noted.In the long term, the new line should be connected to sub-regional high voltage lines under construction to ensure interconnection between, Benin, Burkina, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger and Togo; and Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

first_imgThe term balance sounds simple but to bring this in life takes abundant of efforts. The balance is nothing but an equal proportion or in an equal distribution. The balance is not a new term which is being required by people but it is something which the people are unable to bring this in life. Balance plays a very important role in almost every aspect of the life of a person and it’s surroundings.Balance, if we see, is required in everything or it can be understood that we may be able to achieve many things if we have balance. Our parents always put their emphasis on bringing balance into our lives. Let’s start from the very basic example, for the proper functioning of body organs, balanced diet is needed. The diseases we are seeing today didn’t even exist earlier. Our body even required a balanced temperature to survive. Sages also have mentioned that the balanced diet is necessary. The food we eat today is not that pure, everything is spoiled in one or other way and it can’t be denied that our generation largely relies on junk food. We all once in life have seen some home remedy too. Did anyone think of this? Actually, we do things sometimes or we believe but we are ignorant of facts about it. Everything has its own relevance. A same as a balanced diet, every person requires some peaceful atmosphere for their brain because the brain is the most important part of body and nourishment of the brain is also required for its proper functioning. Imbalance in thought cycle or diet or surrounding leads a person to suffer severe depression and that is the reason why we are always asked to be positive because even in tight corners, it is positive vibes that give strength to fight with any negative thing in life.Likewise, in society, some balance is required and in order to get that balance, many amendments in the system of society have been done itself. Let’s understand the importance of the term balance in society. In India, there are different people belonging or having faith in a different religion and the fact relating to it is that people of each & every religion or caste or culture is trying to prove or to win the competition of being best. In simpler words, people belonging to every culture or caste or religion says our religion or caste or culture is best or supreme but have we ever tried to observe what all these religions or cultures are trying to inculcate? This competition is touching its height to the extent that people are killing each other in the sacred names or religion. Now, what is the thing which is bounding or abstaining people doing such acts or what is required in such situations for establishing security for people; that thing is balance. The balance that is established for preventing such acts in the name of religion is called secularism; which says every religion should be equally respected so that being done in our India. The thought of secularism emphasis the balance among the different religions and prevent competition among various religions of being best. One more thing to observe here is, what all religions are trying to inculcate? Despite different names, different languages and different ways, every religion is trying to inculcate the thought of humanity, brotherhood and peace.Earlier, the sages then the kings used to lighten the balanced path whenever an issue arose.Whenever there is conflict arises, the best path is always chosen and when it becomes difficult to choose between the two then, a balanced path is always found. In the present time, the government is working to maintain peace among people by making law and order. Legislations are there to resolve issues in a better way. There are various rights but with duties. Rights are given to people for letting them achieve best but duties are imposed so that the exploitation of rights can be prevented. Right to religion is for all and there are other rights too. Whenever the issue arises between the right to religion and other rights; at that moment it is very important to come up with a balanced path which sometimes the legislations itself do and sometimes the independent judiciary do. We can see various examples in this regard;Sati practice, Triple talaq issue, Sabarimala temple issue etc.Sati practise was considered as a religious custom but was hindering the fundamental rights of women, hence abolished. Triple talaq practice was also violative of some other rights of Muslim married women, hence struck down. Sabrimala temple issue; a ban on ladies entry in the temple was also somewhere violating the right of women as they also possess the right of worship. Another example is the abolition of untouchability. these issues were solved by the judiciary through determining a balanced path. Hence, by observing all the above-mentioned examples, we can infer that the balance is not only important in personal life but also necessary in society for the survival of peace and harmony among people.last_img read more

first_img SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Ottawa, ON—Jump Canada is pleased to announce the members of the 2009 Jump Canada Talent Squad.  During the 2008 season, 17 Talent Squad qualifying competitions were held in the Eastern Division while 13 qualifying competitions comprised the Western Division.  The best five riders from each division form the 2009 Jump Canada Talent Squad.Rider (listed alphabetically)     Horse                              HometownHayley Alfonso                             Laforza                             St. Andrews, MBDavid Arcand                               Santos Utopia                    Mont-Royal, QCGary Brewster                             Royal Viali & Watermark     West Vancouver, BCMargie Gayford                            Showgirl  & Winston            Sharon, ONLindsay Hitchner                           Billy Autumn & Quipa LS     High River, ABFrancois Lamontagne                    Anton                               St-Eustache, QCTamie Phillips                               Lucas                               Strathmore, ABElissa Reisman                             Taboo’s Chara Mio             Toronto, ONBrenda Riddell                             Icara & Monet                    Calgary, ABRyan Roy                                    Amarona                         King City, ONThe National Talent Squad Series is a means of recognizing up-and-coming riders who are preparing to enter the grand prix ranks and demonstrate the ability to become future members of the Canadian Equestrian Team.  Complete details on the Jump Canada Talent Squad Series are available on the Jump Canada website http://www.equinecanada.ca/jumpcanada. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

first_imgAbout UsEmerson College is the nation’s only four-year institutiondedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in aliberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center ofthe dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity tomajor publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers.The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands.Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduatestudents from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.Diversity StatementEmerson College believes diversity enriches the educationalexperience by providing students with the opportunity to learn fromindividuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, andperspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in ourco-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the Collegeenhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of ourcampus community. Emerson is committed to strengtheningcommunities, including our workplace, by fostering the developmentof the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningfulcitizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society.Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender inits educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated theAssociate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator torespond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual MisconductPolicy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza,Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone:617-824-8999; email: [email protected] Clery ReportIn accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, EmersonCollege commits to providing all current and prospective studentsand employees with access to the annual campus security reports foreach of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College PoliceDepartment website.Grade RangesInformation on Emerson College staff grade rangejeid-4501f54362e79d4cbabddb4204d5bb9d Grade of Position: A18EScheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25Hiring Range: $87,950.00 – $92,450.00 Associate Director, Health ServicesTarget Hire Date08/02/2021 – 3 months to goJoin our community and experience Emerson College!Provide supervision, clinical leadership, guidance, and directionfor the health services staff. You will oversee, evaluate, andimplement operational protocols as well as clinical activities inaccordance with your licensing association’s ethical principles,including current compliance standards for staff licensure andcertifications. You will maintain a clinical caseload, but at areduced level to account for additional organizationalresponsibilities.Purpose of the Position:Provide supervision, clinical leadership, guidance, and directionfor the health services staff, while you maintain a reduced-levelclinical caseload.Your Manager: Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness& Associate DeanYour Direct Reports: 8Please note: the base salary is between $82,000-$100,000based upon experience. When we account for the College’s totalrewards, this position’s total compensation is roughly$125,000.For more information on our benefits, such as https://hr.emerson.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360016460934-Full-Time-Administrative-and-Support-Staff”>retirement,https://hr.emerson.edu/hc/en-us/sections/360003204773-Tuition-Benefits”>tuitionreimbursement/remission, and https://hr.emerson.edu/hc/en-us/articles/360022580013-Paid-Time-Off”>work/lifebalance of PTO from vacation, sick, personal, https://hr.emerson.edu/hc/en-us/articles/1500001344862-2021-Holiday-Closings-MA”>holidays,and winter break or email [email protected] to learn more.Key responsibilities:Manage the daily operations of the health unitProvide direction, mentorship and supervision to staff,including direct supervision of Clinical Coordinator and AdvancedPractice CliniciansResolve any complex/escalated mattersMonitor existing departmental operational processes ensuringthey are compliantEvaluate existing departmental operations for increasedeffectiveness and make appropriate process improvementsManage relationships with external partners/vendors; create andmaintain a referral network for therapeutic and emergency serviceswith area clinicians, mental health clinics, andhospitalsMaintain oversight of higher risk clients, including crisisintervention/emergency services and support for residence educationstaffOversight of immunization Compliance or management regardingcommunicable disease outbreaks, involvement in emergency/crisismanagement procedures Your Skills and Experience:Nurse practitioner with a Master’s degree in nursing orhealth-related fieldAbility to be licensed in Massachusetts and seek DEA licenseand MA Controlled Substance registrationAdvanced clinical skills and a solid background in medicalcrises intervention managementStrong leadership and supervisory skills, with the ability tomanage multiple/competing prioritiesAbility to effectively work with students from a broad range ofidentities and life experiencesA commitment to social justice, equity, andinclusionExceptional written, verbal and organizational skills; works asa team player7 years of demonstrated direct clinical experience and/or 3-5years of progressive management experienceCritical thinking and problem-solving ability To apply, please visit: https://emerson.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Emerson_College_Staff/job/Boston-Campus/Associate-Director–Health-Services_JR002366 Nice to have:Provide in-depth knowledge and expertise within thedepartmentHigher education or non-profit experienceExperience in change management; adaptable in an evolvingenvironmentCross-functional program developmentWillingness to reimagine a new structure using best practiceswithin the discipline Your Other Responsibilities:Direct and assume primary responsibility for backup on-callscheduleSynchronize post-hospitalization process and protocols forstudentsManage schedule and record-keeping system for thecenterWork collaboratively with internal college stakeholders andstudents on a variety of complex issuesOther projects and duties as assignedlast_img read more

first_imgSwitzerland built its prosperity over many decades, mainly on the strength of its exports and its openness to trade and investment. The small country’s share of world exports in goods is an astounding one-tenth of the EU’s. So why is it the only member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) to stay out of the European Economic Area (EEA)?This curious circumstance reflects Switzerland’s complicated relationship with the rest of Europe. An application for EU membership, submitted in May 1992, was put on ice when the Swiss turned down membership of the EEA in a referendum the following December, against the recommendation of almost the entire political and business establishment. There is no prospect of it being unfrozen. Since 1992, Swiss diplomacy has been far more active, as the country joined the UN in 2002 and sent peacekeepers abroad. But the bruising experience has left its mark on Swiss politics and made the EU a toxic topic. The 1992 referendum exposed a dangerous rift between the German-speaking regions in the north, centre and east and Switzerland’s western, French-speaking part: all but one of the German-speaking cantons rejected membership of the EEA, while all six Francophone cantons supported it.The referendum also convinced the small and increasingly right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) that there was an untapped pool of anti-EU, anti-foreigner feeling in the country. The EEA referendum campaign marked the beginning of the SVP’s rapid rise, from 12% of the vote in 1991 to 29% in 2007, which made it Switzerland’s largest party. Economic loss?Foreign Minister René Felber, who at the time held the rotating presidency of the country’s council of ministers, said after the vote that Switzerland had “given up the many political and economic opportunities opened up by the EEA”.The Swiss government moved swiftly to limit the damage. Voters rejected the EEA because it was seen as a step on the way to EU membership, which most Swiss did not – and still do not – want. Their suspicion was vindicated when Finland, Austria and Sweden entered the bloc in 1995. Switzerland instead negotiated a network of agreements on freedom of movement, technical trade barriers, public procurement and other issues, which gave it unimpeded access to the single market.These agreements, concluded in 1999, soon eclipsed the importance of EFTA membership, politically and economically.“The bilateral agreements were initially an emergency solution,” says Peter Flückiger, project co-ordinator for external economic affairs at the Swiss business federation. “But today it is no longer a disadvantage that we are not in the EEA,” Fluckiger says, as Swiss business has now “largely discrimination-free access to the single market”.The Swiss state secretariat for economic affairs estimates that around one-third of Switzerland’s economic growth in 2004-07 was attributable to the free movement of labour between the Alpine republic and the EU. In the same period, the unemployment rate dropped from just below 4% to 2.8%, proving that foreign labour did not contribute to unemployment but rather to growth and innovation. “From the viewpoint of Swiss business, the bilateral approach with the EU has been very successful,” says Flückiger. Anti-EU feelingsBut anti-EU feelings in Switzerland run high enough to threaten this achievement periodically. Flückiger concedes that EU enlargement and the free movement of workers “pose a certain political risk, because they can always trigger a referendum”. Last week, a number of marginal groups – the youth wing of the SVP and a few smaller parties and associations – deposited more than the 50,000 signatures required to force a vote on including Romania and Bulgaria in the free-movement scheme. A ‘No’ vote in the referendum, likely to take place next February, would lead to the annulment of the bilateral agreements of 1999 (though not a second package agreed in 2004). While this is a highly unlikely prospect, the campaign is bound to mobilise segments of the electorate that are unhappy with immigration and averse to any opening up to the EU. The ongoing financial crisis, which has not yet engulfed Switzerland’s banking sector, provides a troubling background against which the debate will be held.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — Boris Johnson has urged the U.S. to reconsider giving immunity to the wife of a diplomat who is a suspect in a fatal road crash in the U.K. — and will raise the issue with Donald Trump if that doesn’t happen.Teenager Harry Dunn died when his motorbike collided with a car near an RAF base in Northamptonshire on August 27, the prime minister’s spokesperson said on Monday.A U.S. diplomat’s wife, named as Anne Sacoolas, left the U.K. despite telling police she had no plans to, the BBC reported. Johnson told ITV News: “I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose. And I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.”“That’s a point that we’ve raised or are raising today with the American ambassador here in the U.K. and I hope it will be resolved very shortly. And to anticipate a question you might want to raise, if we can’t resolve it then of course I will be raising it myself personally with the White House.”Boris Johnson says he will speak to the White House “personally” to urge the US to waive the immunity of a diplomat’s wife who is suspected of being involved in a crash that left 19-year-old Harry Dunn dead.Read more: https://t.co/tqGLSMtdB5 pic.twitter.com/bLAw7tcizc— ITV News (@itvnews) October 7, 2019 Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has spoken to U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson and is due to meet the Dunn family, with details currently being finalized.last_img read more

first_imgIf you haven’t already heard of the band Lake Street Dive, it won’t be long. The dynamic group of former New England Conservatory students from Boston is winning the hearts of listeners from all over. Lake Street Dive’s most recent album, “Bad Self Portraits,” was released by Signature Sounds Recordings this past February and has received positive reviews, earning them huge performances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Colbert Report”, “Late Show With David Letterman” and more.The album is a masterful blend of jazz, folk, and pop, incorporating lead singer Rachel Price’s incredibly soulful vocals with the rest of the band’s musical versatility. The other members are Bridget Kearney, who brings a tasteful upright bass to the group, trumpet-playing guitarist Mike Olson, and drummer Mike Calabrese. Each track on the eleven-song record has its own feel, groove and moment that makes you stop and say “Wait, play that part again!”The upbeat “You Go Down Smooth” is sure to grab any listener’s attention. The song is set on a rising trajectory from the very beginning, building slowly until the final refrain, which adds a chilling chorus of backup vocals to Price’s strong performance, horn harmonies, and a quarter-note bass pulse that pushes through to the end of the song. The band chose to play “You Go Down Smooth” for Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen Colbert.“Rental Love”, the short (2:37) but incredibly sweet song that concludes the album, is an opportunity to fully appreciate Price’s raw talent. In this track (and many others on the album) Price makes you feel the lyrics she is singing, talking about a love that, despite all of the effort and heart put into it, didn’t work out. The powerful ballad rounds out the album with Price belting, “I wanted to be your whole world, I wanted it all, I wanted it all.”With the voice that Price has, it would be easy for Kearney (bass), Olson (guitar) and Calabrese (drums) to play in the shadows. This is not the case. All three instrumentalists wrote songs for the album, and all are featured at one point or another. Kearney’s groovy bass opens “Use Me Up”, Calabrese takes lead vocals for a verse in “Seventeen,” and Olson shows off his jazz trumpet chops in the slow and jazzy ballad, “Better Than.”.“Bad Self Portraits” has put Lake Street Dive on the map. And with huge performances in the coming months like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Red Rocks with Grace Potter, and their own headlining tour, their climb will only accelerate. The album is fun, funky, and feisty. Think Amy Winehouse meets the Beatles for a date in Motown. Listeners from any genre, or generation, for that matter, will enjoy these charismatic jazzers and their unique jazz-pop sound. Pick up “Bad Self Portraits” and get acquainted with the group that Rolling Stone has called “The Year’s Best New Band.”You can stream the album in full below!<a href=”http://shop.signaturesounds.com/album/bad-self-portraits”>Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive</a>-John Nowak (@jowak93)last_img read more

first_imgOn July 3, 1969, founding Rolling Stones multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool after a midnight swim. The coroner’s report labeled his passing a “death by misadventure” and noted that his liver and heart were greatly enlarged by heavy drug and alcohol abuse. He was 27 years old.Exactly two years later, on July 3, 1971, singer, songwriter, poet, and leader of The Doors, Jim Morrison, was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France. While it was never medically confirmed, it is believed that he died of a heart attack brought on by an accidental heroin overdose. He was 27 years old.Related: Remembering The Tortured Genius Of Jim Morrison On The Anniversary Of The Doors’ Disastrous Final Show [Videos]Jones and Morrison are part of a group of musicians referred to collectively as the “Forever 27 Club.” The name refers to the statistically improbable fact that several legendary musicians have met an untimely demise at the age of 27, usually due to suicide or drug abuse. The club also includes iconic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, and  Amy Winehouse.The Forever 27 Club has been well-documented in books and music publications and is a favorite topic for music conspiracy theorists. A large amount of research has been conducted to try to determine a reason for the eerie phenomenon. The Club has been the topic of exhibitions, films, novels, and stage plays, but no real connections between the deaths have been discerned other than the fact that they represent an ominous coincidence. According to Cobain and Hendrix biographer Charles R. Cross, “The number of musicians who died at 27 is truly remarkable by any standard. [Although] humans die regularly at all ages, there is a statistical spike for musicians who die at the age of 27.”To all the talented young musicians out there, make sure to take extra care in your 28th year—while being mentioned in the same breath as these icons may seem like an attractive prospect, this is one club that you don’t want to join.[Originally published 7/3/16]last_img read more

first_imgVisitors to Innovation Park, Notre Dame’s technology and entrepreneurship facility, may be puzzled by the large chamber apparatus set up near the entrance. This machine, an advanced 3D scanner owned by German startup Doob, aims to display the company’s innovative technology to members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities and provide customers with an eye-catching and unconventional memento.Until September 29th, Innovation Park is hosting Doob, a company specializing in 3D scanning, modeling and printing. The company is operating a pop-up store for their main consumer product: high-resolution 3D-printed figurines of people and pets. In addition to the scanner, lifelike miniatures of people and animals in a wide array of sizes and poses were displayed on a table, and a television screen walked viewers through the process of creating and printing the digital model. The figurines are printed in full color and delivered between two to three weeks after the scan, according to the company’s website.“Everyone you’ll see here is someone who’s stepped inside one of our ‘Doob-licators’ — one of our scanning units — for a split second,” Jeff Williams, senior manager of business development for Doob USA, said. “Basically, it’s a room that has 66 different cameras that all fire simultaneously to capture a 360 degree image of that person, and from that, we’re able to take those 2D images and create a 3D model. Then we print these very photorealistic replicas of people in full color. This same technology can be used in digital applications, such as photorealistic avatars for virtual reality, for films, video games and other things like that.”The method of 3D-modeling based on still images taken from different angles, known as photogrammetry, has previously been used by film and computer-generated imagery studios, but its high cost has prevented viable consumer applications, Doob USA CEO Michael Anderson said.“What’s really special about Doob is our data processing software…,” he said. “What Doob has done is we’ve taken photogrammetry, but we created our own back-end processing that allows us to really automate that processing of the 2D images into the 3D file. So, where in the past, these sorts of scans and preparations would cost $3,000, we actually can incorporate these technologies into a consumer product that can be as cheap as under $100.”Anderson stressed that while 3D figurines are company’s primary product now, he foresees a wide range of digital applications for Doob’s proprietary scanning and modeling capacity. The company has previously partnered with Sprite and Uniqlo for promotional campaigns and are currently partnering with virtual-reality company High Fidelity to create avatars for virtual environments.“People are coming in and we’re taking this really high-resolution 3D scan, creating a digital file of that person,” he said. “The 3D-printed figure is just one application of that digital file. It’s really an important place for us to start because it’s so visual and emotional and engaging, and it’s easy to understand the application. From there, there’s a whole story to tell about where we’re gonna go next with the technology.”Prices for the figurines start at $95, but Doob is offering a discount of up to 40% off for students who come to their temporary shop at Innovation Park. Anderson said he invites all students and members of the local community to come and see what the company has to offer and to take advantage of the discount.“Obviously there are probably no bigger fans in the world than ND fans, and ultimately that’s what Doob is really about — whatever it is, whatever’s your passion, being able to capture that in 3D for a lifetime,” he said.Tags: 3D printing, Doob USA, Innovation Park, technologylast_img read more