first_imgParadise Music Festival has announced their jam-heavy 2015 lineup. The festival is held at Hustonville, KY from July 23-25, and has already dropped a great lineup for the 2015 festivities.Headlining the festival are The Werks (2x), TAUK (3x), and Twiddle (2x). They will be joined by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2x), Aqueous (2x), Vibe Street (3x), Ghost Owl, Peridoni (3x), Indigo Sun (3x, including a tribute to Prince), Strange Mechanics, Benchwood Wyse (3x), and Nevele.Pre-sale tickets for the three-night event are currently available.last_img read more

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first_imgFoundation of Funk, led by founding Meters members Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr., has announced a special 2019 New Year’s Eve performance. New Orleans, LA’s House of Blues will host the band’s celebratory hometown show on December 31st.Guitarist Eric Krasno and keyboardist John Medeski have been tapped as Foundation of Funk’s special guests for the New Year’s blowout. Krasno and Medeski are no strangers to the funk outfit as they most recently performed alongside Modeliste and Porter Jr. during a Jazz Fest late-night show in April.The event page notes that additional special guests will join the band for their NYE blowout.Tickets for the Foundation of Funk New Year’s Eve performance are now on sale here.Head to the event page for more information.last_img read more

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first_imgCobblestone Live has announced its lineup for 2020, featuring headliners Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, and Aqueous.The festival, slated for July 31st–August 1st in Buffalo, NY’s Historic Cobblestone district, will also feature two nights of Andy Frasco & The U.N., Magic Beans, Haley Jane, Root Shock, Functional Flow performing a 90’s set, two nights of Witty Tarbox, Workingman’s Dead, Critt’s Juke Joint performing a 90’s grunge versus 90’s hip-hop set, PA Line, Grub, Cypher, and Grosh.Related: Colorado’s Arise Music Festival Denied Permit For 2020 EventThe third annual gathering, produced by Buffalo Iron Works and Lockhouse Distillery & Bar, will feature live music on two outdoor main stages on Columbia Street and Illinois Street, along with an indoor stage at Buffalo Iron Works, and an electronic stage at Lockhouse. Both single-day and two-day passes for Cobblestone Live, along with VIP tickets, are available now through the festival’s website.last_img read more

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first_imgVictims finally began arriving at the hospital on their own around 12:30 p.m. They were student volunteers from the Red Cross Club at Skyview High School. Skyview senior Shannon Crabtree, 17, was draped in a towel in the waiting room while waiting to be evaluated by a nurse. I feel like a victim, she said. Everyone involved goes away with a better understanding of their responsibilities, Flaherty said.Jose Paul Corona can be reached at 360-759-8038 or [email protected] PORTLAND, Ore. — Skyview High School students in bathing suits braved the elements for their country Tuesday. The scene looked like something out of a Hollywood thriller, but more subdued. Actual patients who were in the area looked confused by what was going on. The fact that everyone was calm and collected seemed to put the real patients in the waiting room at ease. After arriving, the hospital staff members tried to detect if they were contaminated with radiation. Those who were had to remove their clothes, which were then put in plastic trash bags and thrown into a storage bin. The students were prepared for the exercise and were wearing bathing suits under their clothes. The exercise is costing millions of dollars. Clark County received a federal grant of $100,000 for its part in the drill, and other local agencies that participated will be reimbursed for any cost incurred. Everyone taking part in the scenario was taking it very seriously, Williams said while decked out in hazmat gear shortly before victims arrived. The intense drill serves a real purpose. It prepares everyone who would be involved during a real terrorist attack, she said. News crews gathered at the raceway Tuesday morning and awaited the explosion. Once the bomb went off, things went as might be expected during an actual terrorist attack: slowly. Several minutes later, emergency vehicles began arriving. First-responders tended to the wounded, assessed the scene and put on hazardous material gear before searching for other bombs. Nearly 30 Vancouver Police Department officers were at the raceway and took part in the exercise. It s good to know what to do, she added. Victims with simulated wounds were led to the area around the bus several minutes after the blast. They were then scattered around the area and told to lie down on the damp grass and among damaged cars. Shortly after they were in place it began to rain. The scenario allows hospital staff to identify weak spots and problems, said Tamara Paul, a respiratory therapist who took part in the exercise. TOPOFF4 may only be a drill, but it s still nerve-wracking, he added. An Uzbek Islamic Society claimed responsibility for the blast and said two more would follow, said a report on a news Web site set up for the drill. They voluntarily stood outdoors in rainy, 50-degree weather as part of TOPOFF4, the largest anti-terrorism exercise in U.S. history. Once they were stripped of their clothes, they were given towels and then taken to a decontamination tent. Hospital employees in hazmat gear then took them inside the tents and hosed them off with warm water. They were then led into the hospital emergency room. At about 10:30 a.m., a press briefing was held at the site. Few details were readily available, which appeared to be part of the drill. Employees were told that a busload of victims from the raceway would be arriving sometime after 11 a.m., but their arrival time kept getting pushed back. Twenty Vancouver firefighters were dispatched to Southwest Washington Medical Center to help decontaminate blast victims, and some Vancouver police worked a security detail at an area shelter that was set up after the blast. Homeland Security officials along with numerous local public safety agencies, some from Clark County, took part in the local scenario. The area surrounding Portland International Raceway stood in for the Steel Bridge. Her sentiments mirrored those of hospital employees. This type of exercise allows local first responders to work with federal and area agencies who would jump into action during an actual event, said Jim Flaherty, firefighter-spokesman with the Vancouver Fire Department. I m glad we re going through the drill, said Stan Williams, an emergency room technician who volunteered for the exercise. At Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, employees began preparing to receive some of the injured and wounded. The hospital knew it would be taking part in the drill, but it wasn t known when the call for help would come. The Department of Homeland Security organized the drill, involving more than 15,000 people who work for federal, state and local agencies. The exercise, which continues throughout the week in locations around the country, depicts the explosions of radiological dirty bombs in Guam, Phoenix and Portland, and the aftermath. After everything is over, everyone knows what they need to work on, she said. At the federal level besides Homeland Security, the Department of Defense will perform concurrent exercises related to global terrorist threats. The Department of Health and Human Services will practice dealing with health problems caused by a radiological emergency. The drill scenario: A bomb on a bus went off at 9:06 a.m. at the east end of Portland s Steel Bridge. The explosion heavily damaged the Holladay Park and Davis buildings at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Twelve people were killed and 15 were injured in the blast, a hospital press release said. Radiation was widespread.last_img read more

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first_imgA new study from the University of Vermont shows that removing native forest and starting intensive agriculture can accelerate erosion so dramatically that in a few decades as much soil is lost as would naturally occur over thousands of years. Had you stood on the banks of the Roanoke, Savannah, or Chattahoochee Rivers 100 years ago, you’d have seen a lot more clay soil washing down to the sea than before European settlers began clearing trees and farming there in the 1700s. Around the world, it is well known that deforestation and agriculture increases erosion above its natural rate.But accurately measuring the natural rate of erosion for a landscape — and, therefore, how much human land use has accelerated this rate — has been a devilishly hard task for geologists. And that makes environmental decision-making — such as setting allowable amounts of sediment in fish habitat and land use regulation — also difficult.Now research on these three rivers and seven other large river basins in the US Southeast has, for the first time, precisely quantified this background rate of erosion. The scientists made a startling discovery: rates of hillslope erosion before European settlement were about an inch every 2,500 years, while during the period of peak land disturbance in the late 1800s and early 1900s, rates spiked to an inch every 25 years.“That’s more than a hundred-fold increase,” says Paul Bierman, a geologist at the University of Vermont who co-led the new study with his former graduate student and lead author Luke Reusser, and geologist Dylan Rood at Imperial College, London. “Soils fall apart when we remove vegetation,” Bierman says, “and then the land erodes quickly.”Their study was presented online Jan. 7 in the February issue of the journal Geology. Their work was supported by the National Science Foundation.Precious resource“Our study shows exactly how huge an effect European colonization and agriculture had on the landscape of North America,” says Dylan Rood. “Humans scraped off the soil more than 100 times faster than other natural processes!”Along the southern Piedmont from Virginia to Alabama — that stretch of rolling terrain between the Appalachian Mountains and the coastal plain of the Atlantic Ocean — clay soils built up for many millennia. Then, in just a few decades of intensive logging, and cotton and tobacco production, as much soil eroded as would have happened in a pre-human landscape over thousands of years, the scientists note. “The Earth doesn’t create that precious soil for crops fast enough to replenish what the humans took off,” Rood says. “It’s a pattern that is unsustainable if continued.”The scientist collected 24 sediment samples from these rivers — and then applied an innovative technique to make their measurements. From quartz in the sediment, Bierman and his team at the University of Vermont’s Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory extracted a rare form of the element beryllium, an isotope called beryllium-10. Formed by cosmic rays, the isotope builds up in the top few feet of the soil. The slower the rate of erosion, the longer soil is exposed at Earth’s surface, the more beryllium-10 it accumulates. Using an accelerator mass spectrometer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the geologists measured how much beryllium-10 was in their samples — giving them a kind of clock to measure erosion over long time spans.These modern river sediments revealed rates of soil loss over tens of thousands of years. This allowed the team to compare these background rates to post-settlement rates of both upland erosion and downriver sediment yield that have been well documented since the early 1900s across this Piedmont region.While the scientists concluded that upland erosion was accelerated by a hundred-fold, the amount of sediment at the outlets of these rivers was increased only about five to ten times above pre-settlement levels, meaning that the rivers were only transporting about six percent of the eroded soil. This shows that most of the material eroded over the last two centuries still remains as “legacy sediment,” the scientists write, piled up at the base of hillslopes and along valley bottoms.“There’s a huge human thumbprint on the landscape, which makes it hard to see what nature would do on its own,” Bierman says, “but the beauty of beryllium-10 is that it allows us to see through the human fingerprint to see what’s underneath it, what came before.”“This study helps us understand how nature runs the planet,” he says, “compared to how we run the planet.”Soil conservationAnd this knowledge, in turn, can “help to inform land use planning,” Bierman says. “We can set regulatory goals based on objective data about how the landscape used to work.” Often, it is difficult to know whether conservation strategies — for example, regulations about TMDL’s (total maximum daily loads) of sediment — are well fitted to the geology and biology of a region. “In other words, an important unsolved mystery is: “How do the rates of human removal compare to ‘natural’ rates, and how sustainable are the human rates?” Rood asks.While this new study shows that erosion rates were unsustainable in the recent past, “it also provides a goal for the future,” Rood says. “We can use the beryllium-10 erosion rates as a target for successful resource conservation strategies; they can be used to develop smart environmental policies and regulations that will protect threatened soil and water resources for generations to come.”PHOTO: Hurricane Isabel flooding the Potomac River at Great Falls, Va., carrying sediment eroded from farm fields upstream (Photo credit: Paul Bierman, 2003).last_img read more

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first_img Related Headed up by a Wall Street veteran, an Ironman podium finisher and a US Olympic Committee Sports Dietician and Physiologist – Advitam Sports is offering fitness getaways ‘for your mind, body and soul’.Advitam Sports provides unique fitness retreats at luxury resorts throughout the US and soon internationally. The company caters to individuals as well as corporations that want a different perspective on how to attain peak performance in life while having fun in the process.Advitam Sports’ first retreat will take place at The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 7-10 April 2011. Other retreats include Montauk, New York; Napa Valley, California; Kona, Hawaii; and Kiawah Island, South Carolina.Advitam Sports is offering a free TYR Hurricane cat 3 wetsuit for anyone signing up for its April retreat in Arizona before 31 December 2010.The Advitam Sports team is made up of:Jason Weisberg, CEO (Chief Experience Officer): a 20-year veteran of Wall Street and Current Senior Vice President of Seaport Securities.Torbjlast_img read more

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first_img[mappress]World Maritime News Staff, October 6, 2014 Freight rates are likely to fall further as carriers stand firm in their reluctance to reduce capacity on the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades in the winter slack season, Alphaliner warned.The overcapacity-plagued market coupled with upcoming delivery of newbuilds are expected to exert further pressure on the rates.According to Alphaliner,  60 new vessels capable of carrying 14,000 to 19,000 TEUs are due to be delivered starting from now through December 2015, mostly in the trades to and from northern Europe, further complicating already struggling spot rates.“The deliveries will push 8,000- to 13,000-TEU ships into the trans-Pacific, Latin America, Mediterranean and Middle East trades,” Alphaliner said, fueling the already overcapacity-stricken regions. An additional 90 ships of 8,000 to 13,000 TEUs are scheduled for delivery during the same period.What is more, attempts to restore market balance through vessel sharing agreements such as 2M and Ocean Three are also creating a sentiment of uncertainty.Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) is recommending that its members seek to conclude 2015-16 contract rates, at levels at or above USD 2,000 per 40ft to the West Coast and USD 3,500 to the East Coast from all North Asia ports.According to TSA executive administrator Brian Conrad “rates will continue to fluctuate with the market according to origin-destination pairs, service requirements, routing and so on, but a common base guideline is essential for lines to maintain basic service levels and, beyond that, expand their offerings based on customers’ needs.”last_img read more

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first_imgSouth-west firm Burges Salmon will not face the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following allegations that it gave inappropriate legal advice to farmers, a long-running investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has decided. The SRA, which for two years considered allegations about advice given by Burges Salmon to farmers on agricultural mortgages and breach of conflict rules, said today that there was ‘no viable prospect’ of successful disciplinary proceedings against the firm. The SRA said that it has closed the investigation, which it began in September 2008, and that there will be no further action. SRA chief executive Antony Townsend said: ‘This has been an exceptionally complex investigation, raising unusual issues. We appreciate that the former clients will be very disappointed, but we have reached our conclusion after exhaustive consideration of the issues, and having taken expert external legal advice. The conclusion was that there was no viable prospect of successful disciplinary proceedings. ‘We regret that the investigation took as long as it did. There was a very large quantity of documents to review. We have reviewed its handling and identified aspects where there was scope for speedier progress. We are applying these lessons in the management of future complex investigations.’ Burges Salmon said today in a statement: ‘We have co-operated fully with the SRA throughout this long-running investigation, which we are pleased has been closed by the SRA without any findings of breach of the professional conduct rules by Burges Salmon or any of the firm’s solicitors. ‘We are pleased that the SRA has confirmed in relation to the allegations of conflict of interest and failure to act in clients’ best interests, that it could not conclude that we should have acted differently, or that we failed to act in the best interests of our agricultural/farming clients. We remain committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct.’last_img read more

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