High Sierra Adds Tank And The Bangas, SunSquabi And More To 2017 Lineup

first_imgToday, High Sierra Music Festival announced several additions to the lineup for their 27th annual event, set to take place from June 29th – July 2nd, 2017 at the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds in Quincy, CA. The lineup additions include recent NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners Tank and the Bangas, Colorado live-electronic trio SunSquabi, Grammy-winning nine-piece Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma, and instrumental hip-hop foursome Butcher Brown.We’re particularly excited to see Tank & The Bangas added to the High Sierra roster, after they recently won our hearts with their powerful NPR Tiny Desk concert. As fellow scheduled High Sierra performer and Tiny Desk Contest judge Trey Anastasio remarked about the NOLA hip-hop/soul/R&B/spoken word outfit’s contest submission, “Tank and the Bangas is like a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans. I love this video. It makes me want to be there.” But don’t just take Trey’s word for it–you can watch the full performance below:Nestled in Quincy, CA, the High Sierra Music Festival has been recognized for its trademark sense of community and annual traditions among festivalgoers and music lovers.  The picturesque location, wide variety of artists, unique musical settings, and affordable prices have all combined to make High Sierra the ultimate, intimate festival experience. The festival features intimate artist “playshops,” an interactive Family Area, daily parades, fabulous food with no waiting lines, Yoga, Pilates and dance classes along with the opportunity to just relax and camp with good friends.  With a full spectrum of music offered on multiple daytime stages and multiple nighttime venues, the High Sierra Music Festival is an anticipated yearly event and an experience for people of all ages.You can check out the full 2017 High Sierra Music Festival Lineup below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

Cover crops

first_imgTypes of cover crops A soil test from your local, University of Georgia Extension office will accurately determine a cover crop’s need for lime, phosphate and/or potash. If lime, phosphate or potash are needed, apply them in the fall, just prior to preparing the seedbed. Cover crops or green manures, as they are often called, are an economical way to both protect and build the soil. They are also aesthetically pleasing as they provide a nice green color, when most things are drab and brown. When spring arrives, till in the cover crop to help feed the summer garden. If you are growing a legume cover crop, do not add nitrogen fertilizer. Treat the seed with the correct nitrogen-fixing bacteria (known as an inoculant). This inoculant is important to ensure good germination. With fall just around the corner, summer gardens may be looking a little anemic. Many backyard gardeners choose to let their gardens fizzle out slowly, with the first frost putting the final blow to our summer bounty. You may be daydreaming of next year’s spring garden and what you can plant to better your past efforts.Winter cover cropsInstead of letting your summer vegetables die out and leaving the soil exposed, consider planting a winter cover crop. Cover crops are usually a grass or legume, such as clover, planted on the existing garden site to help hold and build the soil. There benefits of growing cover crops include: Reducing erosion. Improving soil structure and reducing surface crusting. Increasing the water-holding capacity of the soil. Reducing winter weed growth. Reducing herbicide injury. Penetrating the hardpan in the winter, which improves soil relations for the next crop. Providing nitrogen, if the cover crop is a legume. The major disadvantage of non-legume cover crops is that they do not fix nitrogen and usually require some nitrogen fertilizer when planted. There are two general types of cover crops – legumes and non-legumes. Legume cover crops, like vetch and clover, add nitrogen to the soil. Non-legume crops, such as wheat and rye, are preferred on erosive soils. It is important to plant cover crops early to establish root growth before cold weather hits. This helps the crop better survive a hard winter. Plant legumes in mid-September to mid-October and plant grasses in early-October to mid-November.Follow soil test recommendations Soil improvement through the use of a cover crop is a long-term investment. Cover crops can and will add organic content to the soil over time. Grass type cover crops should be raked or dragged into a depth of one half inch. Clover type cover crop seed is very tiny and should only be lightly raked to provide good soil contact, but not bury the seed. Non-legume cover crops (rye, ryegrass and wheat) have several advantages. They are less expensive to establish than legume cover crops. They also provide longer and better erosion control because of more winter growth and a fibrous root system. Prepare the seedbed the same way you did for your spring garden. Either remove or till in old crops. Work the soil while it is slightly moist, but not wet. Crimson clover is probably the most commonly used and most desirable of the clovers grown as a cover crop. It matures earlier and produces more nitrogen and dry matter sooner than most other clovers. An excellent crop of crimson clover can produce up to 120 pounds of nitrogen per acre. However, production of 30 to 50 pounds of nitrogen is common.last_img read more

Venezuela: Generals for Hire: the Corruption of Maduro’s Military Hierarchy

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo May 06, 2020 General Vladimir Padrino, the Venezuelan minister of Defense, is worth millions of dollars according to a new report published on April 10, 2020, by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).Hernan Akhnanton Noguera, another high-ranking general in the Nicolás Maduro regime, is also reported to make millions. Yet both of these generals “officially” make no more than $8 to $9 a month. And they’re not the only ones.According to the OCCRP, there are at least 84 generals in the Venezuelan Army who work with private or public companies that are listed in the National Contractor Registry. This registry is a database with information about Venezuelan government contractors. Of the 84 generals mentioned in the OCCRP report, 35 of them sit on the boards of private companies throughout Venezuela and other countries, including the United States.Through their investigation, the OCCRP has revealed that Maduro has been doling out lucrative state contracts to these generals in return for their loyalty as the country itself continues to deteriorate politically and economically.These contracts are in the construction, food, transportation and oil sectors, in addition to other areas such as advertising, healthcare equipment, and tourism. Yet the report states that “under the Venezuelan Constitution and the country’s anti-corruption law, it is illegal for public officials to use their office for personal benefit, either directly or through a third party. That includes capitalizing on personal connections to win state contracts.” Origins of civil-military alliance The military’s involvement in Venezuela’s economy began more than 20 years ago when Hugo Chávez was elected president in 1998.Upon his election, Chávez instituted a new “civil-military” alliance called the “Plan Bolívar”, which according to the U.S. Department of State, involved around 40,000 Venezuelan soldiers taking part in several public projects in poverty stricken areas to provide mass vaccinations, food distribution, education, and infrastructure repair.In 2002, the program was cancelled following reports of corruption against generals involved in the $114 million plan, alleging that significant amounts of money had been diverted.When Maduro took over in 2013 after Chávez’s death, the OCCRP report states that he expanded the military’s role in civilian life even further. According to the report, “as of 2018, active or retired officers comprise seven out of 23 state governors, along with nine heads of government ministries. Officers also ran at least 60 state companies.”Because of the sanctions placed by the United States, along with the economic collapse and hyperinflation of the Venezuelan economy, the meager salaries for military officers across the board have forced them to seek alternate revenue streams, says a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.Another revenue stream that officers and military hierarchy have been linked to includes the more lucrative business of drug trafficking, so much so that the U.S. has labeled Venezuela as a “narco-state” with the upper echelons of the Maduro regime, including Maduro himself — accused of running a narcotrafficking ring known as the “Cartel of the Suns.”On March 26, U.S. officials indicted Maduro and 14 members of his inner circle, including Padrino, with several charges including narco-terrorism, drug trafficking, money laundering, and corruption.U.S officials, along with government and private sector analysts alike, believe that one of the primary reasons that the Venezuelan military and top government officials have not challenged or undermined the regime is because they continue to reap financial rewards, even as the country has spiraled into endemic corruption and extreme poverty.last_img read more

Queenslander comes with a Roman-style spa

first_imgA Spring Hill home is offering buyers a chance to own a 689sqm property located just two kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.Built in 1912, the ‘Eaton house’ is a recently restored property that offers a taste of ancient Rome combined with distinctive Queenslander-style architecture.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenA part of Ancient Rome in Brisbane02:05Wow: Is this the world’s most expensive shed?The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home comes equipped with a kitchen with modern appliances and alfresco dining spaces on the balcony.It is also bound by four streets, meaning the house is the only one on the block.Live on your very own block. A recent update has completely transformed the home with touches of style reminiscent of a Roman spa.The granite luxury bath comes complete with pillars and carved stone lions spouting water.Signature chandeliers and ornate ceilings add further to the theme which can be seen throughout the house.An ancient Roman-inspired spa. McGrath New Farm Sales Agent Sherrie Storer says the location and proximity to schools will draw families to its beauty.“Lots of people are interested in this area as it’s so close to prestigious schools,” she tells The Courier Mail.“It would suit families with kids going to these schools who are sick and tired of maintenance.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoA fully-equipped modern kitchen with a view.“They will have the gardens of Roma St Parklands instead and with no travelling, they’ll also have plenty of free time.”In 2015, Malcolm McBratney restored the home.  It had been used as a block of flats by the previous owners.The home’s heritage features have been restored.After buying the home in 2005, McBratney worked alongside architects Andrew Watson and Ivan McDonald to update it, while conserving its Queenslander charm.The property is located close to nearby schools and the Brisbane CBD.The house will go under the hammer on the 30th of April at 4pm.last_img read more

Round Robin: One-on-one with Humboldt Crabs skipper Guiver

first_imgIt would’ve been easy for manager Robin Guiver to mash the panic button.A torrent of losses left not only his Humboldt Crabs baseball team reeling at 6-10 overall, but its faithful fans on the North Coast scratching their heads at the inauspicious start to the team’s 75th anniversary season.But Guiver doesn’t do easy. You don’t become a fixture in Crabs coaching by doing things easy. When Guiver says “he’s been doing this a long time”, he’s not fibbing. He’s been on the Crabbies coaching …last_img read more

After being cut, Kevin Pillar sends Giants, fans a note of gratitude

first_imgKevin Pillar sent a heartfelt message of appreciation to the Giants and their fans on Tuesday, one day after the team angered many in its fan base by cutting the center fielder loose.In an Instagram post, Pillar expressed his gratitude for be being able to spend nearly all of the 2019 season with the Giants, but he also said he’s looking forward to his first shot at free agency after not being tendered a contract by Monday’s deadline.“Thank you @sfgiants and the fans for welcoming my family …last_img read more

Thusong Service Week: taking public services to South Africans

first_img14 September 2015South Africa launched Thusong Service Week yesterday, to run from Monday to Friday, 14 to 18 September, this year.It is a week of heightened communication on the achievements of the Thusong Service Programme and forms part of Public Service Month, a Batho Pele revitalisation strategy to encourage good ethics, morale and pride among public servants.The main hubs of the campaign are the numerous Thusong Service Centres, where information about government services – and access to those services – is made available to peri-urban and rural communities. Previously known as multi- purpose community centres, they were set up in 1999 as a primary vehicle for the implementation of development communication and information, integrating government services into primarily rural communities.There are 185 Thusong Service Centres in 107 local municipalities countrywide. From these, an additional 114 integrated mobile facilities take government services to more rural areas. Here, South Africans can access government services such as grants, personal documents and housing applications, as well as adult basic education and training, and advice for small business development.They can also make use of free office services such as phone, fax, scan, copy, print and post.Now in its 16th year, the programme continues to build access not only to government information and services, but it also offers a place where people can get access to opportunities offered by other civil society groups, including businesses, NGOs and parastatals. It addresses historical, social and economic factors which limited access to information, services and participation by citizens who previously had to travel long distances to access these services.Ethics and moraleThusong Service Week would encourage public servants to deliver high quality services in support of government priorities, as well as to commit themselves to improve the way they work to deliver them, said the acting director-general in the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Donald Liphoko. He was speaking at the launch in Dududu in KwaZulu-Natal this past weekend.“The Thusong Service Centre Programme is one of the first unique initiatives implemented by (the) government which integrates services across the three spheres (national, provincial and local government).”Liphoko said while there was a concern about the culture of public servants not doing what they were hired to do, of public servants becoming too arrogant to serve the public, “it is imperative to remind the public servants that they have the role to play in ensuring that citizens gets the service that they deserve”.The week had been set aside to inform citizens about the services, information and opportunities available, and to encourage public servants to deliver high quality services in support of government priorities, recommitting themselves towards improving the way they worked to deliver them, Liphoko explained.Public-private partnershipsPublic and private partnerships were key to bring service delivery to residents, he said, adding that “over the past seven years, we have progressively increased the number of public-private partnerships covering a wide range of sectors”. This was in line with the call by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address earlier this year for more private enterprise partnerships with public services that ensured equal privileges for all South Africans.“Public and private partnership is key to bringing service delivery to the people in this country. Over the past seven years, we have progressively increased the number of public-private partnerships covering a wide range of sectors.”Through the Thusong Service Centres, approximately five million people gained access to services from the government, parastatals and community-based organisations each year, Liphoko said.“These centres help in promoting service delivery programmes, transfer of skills, employment creation and providing information on business opportunities for those who are interested in starting their own business.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Passive Hot Air from Everyday Materials

first_imgAt the Unity, Maine, headquarters of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), engineer Jay LeGore has harnessed the power of the sun to replace about 200 gallons of propane a year.Located far from fire hydrants, MOFGA’s exhibition hall was still required to have sprinklers to meet fire safety codes. The large, timber-framed structure, which sees 60,000 visitors each year during the Common Ground Country Fair and also houses the association’s offices, sits in the middle of a former potato field, with no fire hydrants nearby. Instead, 15,000 gallons of water are stored in pressurized tanks in a building adjacent to the exhibition hall.To keep the tanks from freezing, the shed had been heated with a propane-fired furnace. To save fuel while serving as an experiment and example for demonstrations, Jay designed and built a wall-mounted solar air heater. Narrow vertical slots at each end of the collector allow air to flow from inside the shed, through a two-inch channel formed between the outside of the shed wall and black painted metal roofing panels that are horizontally installed. An inch and a half away from the metal panels are double-wall polycarbonate panels, commonly used for glazing greenhouses.The metal panels get hot enough so that, on the 75°F day I was there, the air coming from the collector was noticeably warmer; a thermostat said 85°F. More important, after two long, cold winters without any other source of heat, the temperature in the shed never went below 40°F.A squirrel cage blower forces air through the solar heater channels. I asked Jay why he hadn’t taken advantage of the stack effect and reduced electricity use by installing slots at the top and bottom of the panel instead of at the ends where a fan was required to move the air. He said that the stack effect would work great during the day, pulling in cooler air at floor level and releasing warmed air at the top of the panel, but that at night, the cycle would reverse and actually pull heat out of the building. Flaps could be used to stop that process, but in the interest of keeping things as low-tech, passive, and reliable as possible, the horizontal, fan-assisted arrangement was a better solution. He added that photovoltaic panels could have been used to power the fan, but the initial cost would have been prohibitive and the payback period too long; also, the shed was already tied to the grid.The total cost for the system, which could be used for supplemental heating in workshops, barns, basements, commercial buildings, or other spaces where south-facing windows would not be preferable? About $1,000 for the panel components, and another $1,000 for the squirrel cage blower and control equipment. The payback period is about three years.last_img read more

Tales From Armenia

first_imgIn this week’s blog, I’m going to take a break from building science. Instead of providing advice to green builders, I’m simply going to reminisce about my time as a construction volunteer in Armenia.To introduce this topic, I might have discussed some of the common mistakes made by international aid agencies and charitable organizations. I might have elaborated on the truism that Americans who volunteer overseas often get more lasting benefits from their work than the villagers they try to serve. I might have presented a cogent thesis explaining why green building must have a social justice component.Instead, I decided to just tell my story, without any morals or conclusions.If you are a builder, and your schedule and financial situation are flexible enough to allow you to volunteer overseas, I urge you to do so. Just go — to Haiti, to Central America, to Africa, to Asia. Go for a week, for a month, or for a year. Your skills are needed. You won’t regret it. A family tradition When I was growing up, I was influenced by role models in my family. In 1947, my mother and father joined a group of volunteers on a construction project in a war-ravaged region of France. Years later, my mother was a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Kitts. My sister Cathy and brother-in-law Mike were Peace Corps volunteers in Tunisia; my brother Peter and sister-in-law Elana have volunteered in Tanzania and Mexico; my niece Mara has volunteered at a women’s center in Bolivia; my sister Meg is now volunteering at a school in Haiti; and my son Moses is now a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador.Between April 1990 and March 1992, I spent 17 months in Armenia. I worked on… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Eight-time Mount Everest climber Pemba Sherpa missing in Karakoram

first_imgEight-time Mount Everest climber Pemba Sherpa has gone missing while returning with a team of mountaineers after successfully scaling the 7,672 m-high Saser Kangri peak in the Karakoram range. According to police sources, the mountaineer from Darjeeling fell into a crevasse on Friday. Mr. Pemba’s wife told reporters that the family lost all communications with him since July 13 and she is hoping for a miracle to see her husband again. An ITBP team has started conducting searches at the spot from Sunday morning. The Darjeeling administration is also keeping a close watch on the developments. “We are worried about Pemba. He was a skilled person,” Animesh Basu of Himalayan Nature and Adventure Foundation (NAF) in Siliguri said.The team of mountaineers that Pemba was leading had begun its journey from Kolkata on June 20.last_img read more