Lost Footage Of David Bowie’s Television Debut As Ziggy Stardust Being Restored For Forthcoming BBC Documentary

first_imgDavid Bowie‘s first ever televised appearance as his creative alias, Ziggy Stardust, could see the light of day for the first time in decades in the near future. According to reports, Bowie’s June 15th, 1972 appearance on a British television show, Lift Off with Ayshea, alongside his backing band, The Spiders from Mars, has resurfaced, and could be available for replay pending the film’s ongoing restoration process.The actual videotape from the forgotten 1972 broadcast was thought to be lost with history, but a member of the public recently came forward with a copy of the episode they had recorded onto a computer tape. The quality of the tape has degraded over time to the point where it’s no longer able to play. Experts are currently working on saving any playable video footage by incubating the computer tape 130 degrees in hopes of extracting the decades worth of moisture that has built up on the film. As of today, the only visual evidence of Bowie’s 1972 appearance as Stardust on Lift Off is that of still photographs, like the one seen above.Related: Relive Phish’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ Costume Set On The Anniversary Of The Album’s Release [Videos/Audio]Filmmaker Francis Whately is hoping the restoration process is effectively completed by the time his forthcoming Bowie documentary, David Bowie: Finding Fame, arrives on the BBC next month.“For fans, it is something of a Holy Grail,” Whately said in a recent interview. “[The tape] would fall apart if we played it, so it’s had to be very carefully restored. It will be a real coup if it comes off.”Bowie’s appearance on the show may not seem like a big deal today, but it had a long-lasting influence on young British music fans similar to The Beatles‘ 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show back when it initially aired.“He was a phenomenon, in the same way the Sex Pistols were a few years later,” Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes said of the 1972 performance in a 2017 Bowie biography. “At school the next day, nobody talked about anything else.”Earlier this year, the world’s first ever statue of Bowie statue was unveiled in Aylesbury, England, the town where Ziggy Stardust was given his live debut.[H/T Telegraph]last_img read more

Grad students have can-do attitude

first_imgTapping into their competitive spirit, students at five of Harvard’s graduate Schools challenged each other in a competition to collect canned food and other dry goods for the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).The Schools had three weeks to rally staff members, faculty, and students. They plastered colorful posters in public spaces and sent email blasts to listservs, and — pretty soon — boxes started to fill with pasta, tuna, cereal, and oatmeal. After three weeks of prodding their respective Schools to bring in canned and dry goods, the challenge resulted in 1,899 items and enough financial contributions to provide 738 meals.“This food drive collected over 1,700 pounds of food for those in need in eastern Massachusetts, making it one of the largest community food drives so far this year.” —  Adrienne Zak, GBFB“There’s nothing like a little competition to get Harvard students going,” said Philip Harding, president of the Harvard Graduate Council, which helped coordinate the drive. “This challenge brought together graduate students from across the Harvard community to make a difference in the Greater Boston community.”He added, “Students are not only looking for more ways to connect across the University, they also want make a positive impact in the community while they are here. This little friendly competition helped on both accounts.”The Kennedy School collected the most cans at 627, followed by the Harvard Business School at 527, and the Graduate School of Design at 395. The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Law School also held drives, collecting a total of 350 cans.According to Emily Jones and Ku Ka Tsai, who helped coordinate the can collection at the Kennedy School, the drive was much more than a competition: “While we are thrilled to collect the most cans for this year’s Thanksgiving food drive, the most important part was encouraging everyone to get involved. The fact that so many staff, faculty, and students were able to contribute to the goal of putting meals on the table for local families says a lot about the Harvard community’s generosity and sense of responsibility to the [local] community.”“We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Harvard Graduate Council,” said Adrienne Zak, who received the donation on behalf of the Greater Boston Food Bank. “This food drive collected over 1,700 pounds of food for those in need in eastern Massachusetts, making it one of the largest community food drives so far this year.”The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England. In 2012, the nonprofit collected 41 million pounds of food and fed as many as 545,000 people. The GBFB estimates that as many as 125,000 local children are at risk of going hungry each year.last_img read more

House of cards

first_imgWith higher-income households driving much of the growth in rental demand since 2010, the new housing supply has been concentrated at the upper end of the market, squeezing middle-income Americans, according to a report released today from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.,Households with incomes of $75,000 and higher accounted for more than three quarters of the growth in renters, 3.2 million, from 2010 to 2018, the report says. The rising demand and constricted supply have reduced the stock of low- and moderate-cost rental units.,The shift has significantly altered the profile of the typical renter household. Nationwide, a growing number of renters with incomes between $30,000 and $75,000 are now paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing.,“Despite the strong economy, the number and share of renters burdened by housing costs rose last year after a couple of years of modest improvement,” said Chris Herbert, managing director of the center. “And while the poorest households are most likely to face this challenge, renters earning decent income have driven this recent deterioration in affordability.”Alarmingly, a majority of lowest-income renters spend more than half of their monthly income on housing, conditions that have led to increases in homelessness, particularly in high-cost states.Further constraining the market, renting has become more common among those traditionally more likely to own their homes, including those aged 35-64, older adults, and married couples with children. Families with children now make up a larger share of renter households, 29 percent, than owner households, at 26 percent.“Rising rents are making it increasingly difficult for households to save for a down payment and become homeowners,” said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at the center and lead author of the report. “Young, college-educated households with high incomes are really driving current rental demand.”New rental construction remains near the highest levels in three decades, with a growing share in larger buildings intended for the high end of the market. The share of newly completed apartments in structures with 50 or more units increased steadily from 11 percent in the 1990s to 27 percent in the 2000s to 61 percent in 2018.,The unprecedented growth in demand from higher-income renters clearly contributed to this shift, although the rising costs of housing development are also a key factor — particularly the soaring price of commercial land, which doubled between 2012 and mid-2019.As the national vacancy rate edged down in 2018 to its lowest level since the mid-1980s, rent gains continued to outrun general inflation. The Consumer Price Index for primary residence rental costs was up 3.7 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of last year, far outpacing the 1.1 percent increase in prices for all non-housing items. Additionally, apartment rental prices rose to new heights, up 150 percent between 2010 and the third quarter of 2019.Climate change also poses a threat to the stability of American renter households. According to the report, 10.5 million of the country’s 43.7 million renter households live in zip codes that incurred at least $1 million in home and business losses due to natural disasters between 2008 and 2018. Moreover, 8.1 million renter households report that they do not have the financial resources to evacuate their homes if and when a disaster strikes.Local governments increasingly have found themselves on the front lines of the rental affordability crisis. In response, many jurisdictions have adopted a variety of promising strategies to expand the supply of affordable homes and apartments, including increased funding as well as zoning and land-use regulation reform to allow more higher-density construction.“Last year, Minneapolis became the first large American city to end single-family zoning,” Herbert said. “This has the potential to greatly expand the rental supply and improve affordability in that city. But, ultimately, only the federal government has the scope and resources to provide housing assistance at a scale appropriate to need across the country.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related The costs of inequality: When a fair shake isn’t Harvard researchers, scholars identify stubborn tenets of America’s built-in inequity, offer answers Given support and a choice, families move to where children do best To Serve Better Stories of people committed to public purpose and to making a positive difference in communities throughout the country. Harvard’s Opportunity Insights collaboration works to increase upward mobility Explorelast_img read more

Nicole Kidman Wants to Star in Photograph 51 on the Big Screen

first_img View Comments Nicole Kidman has more plans afoot for her current project: starring as English chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin in Photograph 51. In addition to Broadway plans for the Anna Ziegler bio-play, the Oscar winner would like to headline a movie version.Director Michael Grandage told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that he’d like the big-screen version to be more than just a filmed version of the play. “It’s going to be a proper picture,” Grandage said. Kidman added that she’d like to do the play in “another city” before working on a film adaptation. We’re guessing that city is New York.Photograph 51 explores the life of Franklin, who was instrumental to cracking the code for DNA and asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history. In a recent interview with Broadway.com, Kidman’s co-star Edward Bennett said, “This part means so much to [Kidman] because of her father [a biochemist who died last year].”In addition to Kidman and Bennett, the play features Will Attenborough, Stephen Campbell Moore, Patrick Kennedy, Joshua Silver, Lorna Stuart, William Throughton and Patrick Walshe McBride. Photograph 51 plays London’s Noel Coward Theatre through November 21.last_img read more

Blockchain energy trading pilot planned in Thailand

first_imgBlockchain energy trading pilot planned in Thailand FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Perth-based blockchain developer Power Ledger has come together with Thai renewable energy business BCPG to launch a peer-to-peer (P2P) renewable energy trading trial at the T77 urban precinct in Bangkok, Thailand.The trial is realized in partnership with Thai utility Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), which is allowing access to its network for the physical transaction of energy between participants.According BCPG, the P2P platform will rely on rooftop solar systems with a total capacity of 635 kW deployed across four participating entities and co-located battery storage, which are expected to cover 20% of the community’s overall electricity needs.BCPG is in charge of designing and installing the connections, meters and solar PV, while Power Ledger is providing its blockchain technology as the transactive layer across 18 meter points to monitor energy transactions between participants, enable P2P trading, generate invoicing, and evaluate the trading position of individual participants.The trading transaction will be settled through Power Ledger’s Sparkz token, which is not affected by rates in cryptocurrency exchanges, unlike its POWR tokens that were generated as part of the company’s Initial Coin Offering. Meanwhile, Thai utility MEA will allow access to their network for the physical transaction of energy and leverage metering data from Power Ledger’s platform for customer billing.“Having a utility allow the physical transaction of energy inside the T77 precinct is an important step towards our aim of providing individuals with the ability to sell their excess renewable energy,” said Power Ledger Managing Director David Martin, adding that Thailand is a regional showcase for the integration of distributed renewable energy technologies.More: Power Ledger launches P2P solar trading trial in Bangkoklast_img read more

American Electric Power to take 1,633MW of coal capacity in Texas offline by 2028

first_imgAmerican Electric Power to take 1,633MW of coal capacity in Texas offline by 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:Two major power plants in East Texas will stop using coal within the coming decade, American Electric Power Co. said yesterday.AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power Co. announced the Pirkey plant is slated to retire in 2023, while the company will stop coal operations at the Welsh plant in 2028. AEP owns 1,633 megawatts of capacity from those plants combined.The moves continue a shift at Ohio-based AEP and the power sector in general, as aging coal plants are being sidelined over costs and emissions concerns. But the company indicated that a number of other coal-fueled plants will continue operating, and it suggested that Welsh could find new life beyond coal. AEP said compliance with environmental regulations, including EPA’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) rule, factored into its decision.At the same time, the company said it plans to upgrade the ash pond system and operate the 1,310-MW Unit 1 at the Rockport plant in Indiana until a previously outlined 2028 retirement. The company said it won’t renew a lease for the 1,310-MW Unit 2 at Rockport once it expires in 2022.As for the Welsh plant, the company will monitor market conditions and evaluate other factors to determine the best path for the plant, said Carey Sullivan, a SWEPCO spokeswoman. And it will analyze “a possible conversion to natural gas” at the site, she said. SWEPCO could use purchased power to fill any short-term capacity needs related to the retirement of Pirkey, according to Sullivan, while longer-term needs would be part of an ongoing resource planning process.The Pirkey and Welsh plants that are slated to stop using coal in the coming decade are located in the region managed by the Southwest Power Pool. A sign of changing times was apparent elsewhere in Texas yesterday, as the state’s main power grid operator said its region is on track to install record amounts of wind, batteries and utility-scale solar in 2020.[Edward Klump]More: 2 major Texas power plants to exit coallast_img read more

2016 cyber security threat predictions

first_imgAny company dedicated to the protection of sensitive personal and financial information knows it is becoming more and more challenging to execute each year. Aggressive employee training programs and testing on avoiding phishing attacks and other internet threats have become a way of life. What’s driving this increase, and what do we project will happen in 2016 as part of our strategic planning process?Let’s take a look at the major emerging cyber security trends for 2016:Attacks on hardware and the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue and grow in 2016. Attackers continuously evaluate new attack vectors, and the probability of finding an Internet attached device that is not fully secured is high. Picture connecting a temperature monitoring device inside your data center to the Internet. The technician connecting the device accidentally plugs it into your backbone. You now have opened a door to your network that wasn’t even contemplated five years ago. Even the simplest functions in the wrong spot can open up your organization to significant risk. To further compound the issue, the reported advances in malware exploiting weaknesses in hardware and firmware continue to surface. The toolsets available for purchase that enable those attacks are becoming readily available and are dropping in price.Ransomware used against organizations is a constantly growing threat. The recent issue at the Bank of Dubai illustrates how cyber criminals can hold an organization hostage. It is suspected that many cases go unreported by companies who elect to pay and not suffer adverse publicity or embarrassment. An emerging service-for-hire, this opens up the ransomware exploit and attack to those without technical skills, just financial means. We should expect this threat to increase not only for financial gain, but also for political or revenge motivations.Organization networks will continue to harden and become more resilient. As this trend continues, attackers will look for other avenues of attack, which will offer less resistance. Third party service providers, employee support systems (cloud-based), and employee home systems will become an attractive target for hackers looking to establish a foothold in an organization. The estimated number of home systems infected with a Botnet continues to rise every year. In 2014 the director of the FBI’s cyber division, Joseph Demarest, said the Botnet has become one of the biggest enemies of the Internet today, and therefore its impact has been significant. Before a U.S. Senate committee, he stated that computers worldwide are part of Botnet armies every 18 seconds, which amounts to over 500 million compromised computers per year.The network of compromised systems can do drastic cyber crime activities without the knowledge of their computers’ owner. A Botnet allows its operator to steal personal and financial information, get into system owners’ bank accounts, steal millions of credit cards, shut down websites, and monitor every keystroke. This enables the potential theft of credentials used to access company systems remotely.As organizations continue to migrate to cloud services, cybercriminals will seek to exploit weak or ignored corporate security policies established to protect cloud services. Data that traditionally never left the confines of the corporate data center now reside in the cloud on servers around the world. This can include confidential business information and other intellectual property. Cybercriminals accessing this type of sensitive information can adversely leverage or damage business strategies, company portfolio strategies, next-generation innovations, financials, M&A plans and other sensitive data.In 2015, PSCU continued the expansion of our Security Analytics system, enabling us to correlate disparate log and system feeds, turning them into actionable alerts. From an operational perspective, driving down the false positive rate allows users to have a higher confidence level in the alerts being generated, and it yields better use of critical resources and faster response to true security issues. The system has also simplified compliance reporting, allowing us to quickly produce customized reports as required. This continued investment in resources to combat cyber security threats has improved our people, processes and technology systems targeted at protecting the information entrusted to us by our credit union owners.The challenge is to keep pace with and preempt adversaries. This will require us to constantly look at new, innovative ways of protecting company information. We must match the assets, motivation, and financial commitment of the cybercriminals if we intend to prevail. As Kevin Mandia, former founder and CEO of cybersecurity and forensics company Mandiant, stated, “This is a war of attrition that we cannot lose.” If we intend to prevail against future threats, organizations must be agile, detecting threats accurately and responding faster. If our commitment to protect is not as pervasive and bigger than the cybercriminals, we will lose. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Gene Fredriksen Gene Fredriksen is the CISO for PSCU. In this role he is responsible for the development information protection and technology risk programs for the company. Gene has over twenty five … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more

5 password protection fallacies

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently updated certain password guidelines that were previously thought to improve security.1These new recommendations aim to reduce vulnerabilities that result from the enforcing of certain password requirements.According to NIST, the following security protections are no longer considered necessary when establishing your employees’ or accountholders’ password requirements:Password Protection Fallacy #1: Require Special Characters in PasswordsNIST now suggests companies eliminate special character requirements, stating the following regarding the adverse effect these rules can have: “Users respond in very predictable ways to the requirements imposed by composition rules. For example, a user that might have chosen ‘password’ as their password would be relatively likely to choose ‘Password1’ if required to include an uppercase letter and a number, or ‘Password1!’ if a symbol is also required.”NIST also now recommends allowing any character to be incorporated into passwords, versus eliminating the use of certain ones (e.g. spaces and dashes). This post is currently collecting data…center_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Euro-zone equities drive down returns for Portuguese pension funds

first_imgThe average investment return for occupational pension funds in Portugal over calendar year 2014 was 1.6%, according to figures compiled by Towers Watson.In calendar 2013, returns had been 5.9% and the year before, 6.3%.The highest individual return was 18% and the lowest -10.1%, while the median return was 4.2%.The figures were taken from a sample of 150 pension funds with aggregate assets of €11.8bn, about 90% of the local market. Averages were calculated using market value weightings.Gaudêncio Guedes,
 senior investment analyst at Towers Watson, said: “Thelow weighted average return reflects the poor performance of the biggest pension funds in the market.”Guedes ascribed the poor performance partly to over-exposure to the euro-zone within the equity allocation.He said: “Portuguese pension funds are mainly concentrated in the euro-zone market, both in equities and euro-zone core and national sovereign debt.“Euro-zone equities performed poorly over 2014, while euro-zone sovereign bonds beat all the forecasts, mainly in the peripheral countries.”At 31 December 2014, euro-zone fixed income stood at 36% of portfolios, down from 40% on 31 August 2013 – the last time the survey was carried out – while 1% was in international fixed income.Portuguese equities made up 7% of portfolios, with euro-zone equities (excluding Portugal) at 8%, and a further 8% in global equities, similar to the allocations in 2013.However, another factor affecting performance was the large allocation to real estate (direct 11%, indirect 6%) and to cash (19%).The comparative figures for 2013 were 14% in direct real estate, 7% in indirect real estate and 12% in cash.Guedes said: “Most, if not all, of the direct real estate consists of owning physical assets – buildings – within Portugal.“Cash holdings are also largely in euros, and both these asset classes have performed poorly compared with global markets.”He added: “Both in 2014 and 2013, we can identify a trend showing a preference by managers to have significant amounts of these two asset classes in their portfolio, dragging down returns.”last_img read more

Smack children but not with implements (US)

first_imgm.News24.com 2 October 2014Nearly seven in 10 Americans believe spanking a child is acceptable at home and a majority say corporal punishment is tolerable provided it does not involve implements such as the one a National Football League star used on his son, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found. The findings help explain where Americans stand on corporal punishment after the indictment on child abuse charges of Adrian Peterson, a top NFL running back, in a case that sparked a contentious public debate over what is acceptable. The 29-year-old Minnesota Viking allegedly left bruises and wounds on his 4-year-old son while disciplining him with the whippy end of a tree branch, called a switch, an act that Peterson has publicly admitted to. The online survey of 3,637 adults found that about 68 percent approved of spanking at home, and that figure varied little between race and income groups…A majority of respondents, about 60 percent, said corporal punishment was acceptable if it doesn’t leave a physical mark, about the same number who said it should be allowed if it doesn’t involve an implement such as a belt, cane or paddle..The survey supports the belief that corporal punishment is employed less these days in the United States than decades ago. Three in four respondents said they had received corporal punishment as a child, more whites than minorities, and whites with children at home were slightly more likely to say they had carried out corporal punishment than were minorities. More older respondents reported receiving corporal punishment than did younger adults.http://m.news24.com/health24/Parenting/Child/US-Smack-children-but-not-with-implements-20141002last_img read more