Grateful Dead Members And String Cheese Incident Announce Destination Event

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident and a new supergroup consisting of Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti and Tom Hamilton are heading to the beach! The new destination event from CID, called Los Muertos Con Queso, will take place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, January 25-28, at The Barcelo.The full lineup includes three nights of the String Cheese Incident, three nights of the Dead supergroup, and special guests the Chris Robinson Brotherhood who will perform a full band set, as well as an intimate acoustic performance from Chris Robinson and Neal Casal.Tom Hamilton’s American Babies Announce Major Fall Tour With Special ‘Masquerade Ball’ ShowsThe all-inclusive event promises that “additional artists, more amigos and unique collaborations will be announced soon”. In the meantime, packages will go on sale on Thursday, September 29th at 1PM ET. More info is available here.last_img read more

OMG! We’re Turning 30! Let’s Write a Show!

first_img This Is 30 explores the excitement and fear that comes as the milestone birthday approaches for both “Case and Kobes.” Friends are getting married and having babies. It’s too late to do Spring Awakening. Suddenly listening to NPR is a more appealing Sunday morning than waking up with a hangover. The show will feature a mix of musical theatre and pop/rock tunes, covering artists from Sara Bareilles to Queen. Turning 30 doesn’t have to be scary, as long as you’re singing your way through it. Former Hair hippies Allison Case and Andrew Kober will perform their new show This Is 30 at The Cutting Room on April 7. Case most recently appeared on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody. Her additional Broadway credits include Mamma Mia!. Kober, who is currently joining in the crusade at the Imperial Theatre in Les Miserables, appeared alongside Case in the Tony-winning revival of Hair at the Delacorte Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Trio of asset managers target Germany with new offices

first_imgThree major fund managers have opened offices in Germany in an effort to tap into the country’s institutional investment market.Swiss investment house Unigestion has moved into an office in Düsseldorf, with staff serving institutions and intermediaries.Florian Rehm, head of institutional clients for Germany and Austria and head of the new base, said: “Germany has a well-established investment market and the office opening reinforces our commitment to serving German investors.“A local presence will allow us to strengthen existing relationships, broaden our investor base and work more closely with investors looking for unique investment solutions.” Credit: Michael Gaida The Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany, where Unigestion has opened an officeMeanwhile, Hermes Investment Management has opened an office in Frankfurt to be led by Antonis Maggoutas, director of business development for Austria and Germany.Along with another new office in Copenhagen, the move is the company’s first in continental Europe. It follows the establishment of a base in Dublin as part of its Brexit contingency planning.Harriet Steel, head of business development at Hermes, said: “Because we have built a strong institutional and wholesale client base in Europe, the establishment of our Frankfurt and Copenhagen offices is the next logical step for Hermes.“By building a presence on the ground in continental Europe, we will be able to extend the reach of our product offering, client service and stewardship and engagement services.”Hermes’ Copenhagen office will be led by Magnus Kristensen, director of business development for the Nordic region.Nikko Asset Management, the $201.8bn (€178.4bn) Japanese investment group, has also chosen Frankfurt as its German home in the “latest stop in our international growth story”, according to the firm’s EMEA chief executive John Howland-Jackson.He added that the company had experienced “a great deal of interest” in its Asian and global investment strategies for equities and fixed income.According to IPE’s latest Top 1000 Pension Funds survey, German pension funds had investable assets totalling more than €224bn in 2018. Unigestion offers strategies focused on equities, multi-asset, alternative risk premia and private equity. It ran €15.5bn in European institutional assets at the end 2017, according IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers report.last_img read more

Boxer Joshua could take on Klitschko for title challenge

first_imgThe WBA have now agreed to their title being on the line in any meeting of the two – scheduled for spring next year.Katie Taylor will be on the undercard for Joshua’s next fight. World champion Anthony Joshua will get the chance to take on Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBA heavyweight title – but only if he can defend his IBF belt next month.Joshua fights Eric Molina in Manchester on December the 10th – a date originally set aside for him to face Klitschko.A deal couldn’t be done in time though.last_img read more

2017 AfroBasket: Nigeria’s D’Tigresses Draw Senegal, Egypt

first_imgThe national women’s basketball team, the D’Tigresses have been drawn against perennial rivals and defending champions, Senegal, Egypt, Guinea, Mozambique and a yet to be determined representative of Zone 4 in Group B for the 2017 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket.According to the official draw held on Saturday in Bamako, Mali, teams drawn in Group A are host Mali, Cameroon who hosted the last edition in 2015, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire and  Angola. The last spot in the group has been reserved for a wild card team.The Nigerian ladies who were bronze medallists in the 2015 edition were incidentally in the same group with Senegal who they beat but lost in the crucial semi final to Cameroon. They however, beat the 2013 champions, Angola for the bronze.FIBA stated that the 12-team competition will take place from August 18 through 27 at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako. It also serves as a qualifier for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 holding in Spain.The First-phase will be played in a round-robin format, with every team taking on its five (5) opponents in its respective groups. The top four (4) teams from each group will advance to the Second-phase.The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the quarter-finals onwards. The Third-place game and the Final will be played on the last day of the competition on Sunday, August 27.The FIBA technical report for the 2015 edition stated that “if statistics are anything to go by, then Nigeria were the better team in the competition (because they) scored more points per game (76) than any other team, they averaged tournament-highs (48.9 rebounds and 17 assists per game) and recorded the highest efficiency rate of 81.9.The report however, said that unlike Senegal, Scott Nnaji’s team paid the price for allowing Cameroon to come back in the Semi-Final after leading for most of the contest, and that breakdown proved costly.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Espanyol star signs new contract to quash Everton speculation

first_img1 Everton target Sergio Garcia has ended hopes of a Merseyside switch by signing a new contract at Espanyol.Everton boss Roberto Martinez is a big fan of Garcia and had hoped to land his 30-year-old compatriot for £3m before the close of the window.But Espanyol moved to stave off the interest from Martinez by offering the striker, who is a product of Barcelona’s famed youth system, a bumper new deal, which runs until 2017.Garcia told the club’s website: “I am happy to renew.“The club know that at all times I wanted to renew, an effort was made and for that I’m grateful.“I will give everything for this shirt and for this club.” Sergio Garcia last_img read more

Managing manure so everyone wins

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Manure is (and always has been) part of livestock production, but in recent years it has been increasingly viewed as an asset instead of a liability. Experts emphasize, however, that to get the full benefits and minimize the drawbacks of manure application for the benefit of all parties involved, planning and preparation are extremely important.“It has to be a sustainable operation for the applicator, the livestock producers and the crop producers,” said Eric Dresbach, president of W.D. Farms, LLC, during a presentation at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring. “Everybody has to win and nobody can win big.”W.D. Farms handles manure management, including agitation and pumping, transportation and application, consulting and brokering, manure crises management, and trucking in a 200-mile radius around the Pickaway County operation. The goal for every job is to make sure everyone wins and Dresbach offered some tips on how to make that happen.“Communication solves problems. If you don’t talk about it we’re not going to fix it. Make sure biosecurity is being addressed. Is agitation needed? All of these things need to be figured out in March not in May when everyone is running 100 miles per hour,” he said. “What do I need as an applicator? How many gallons? What fields? When will manure storage be full? Who is paying? Cropping schedule? I need a current soil sample. That is another challenge. I need to identify roads and driveways that are to be used and talk about any concerns you may have ahead of time. Some places won’t let us work on weekends. Some places only want you to drive 15 miles per hour in the driveway. Are there tile blowouts? What tillage has been done? This is not just satisfying the regulatory people. It is about doing things right.”When W.D. Farms rolls onto a farm, a goal is to be as close to invisible as possible, but that takes extensive preparation ahead of time.“As an applicator you want to be invisible to the farm. Cities like me because I do my job and they hardly ever see me — no odors, no complaints,” Dresbach said. “We do not interfere with day-to-day operations of the farm. The crop farmer needs the applicator to provide even application, do no harm by not causing compaction, don’t make neighbors mad, and be low maintenance. Everyone needs to have realistic expectations and express them. We have a written contract and written responsibilities. Black and white beats ‘I think’ every single day. Don’t assume. The phones work in both directions. With communication and respect we can all be successful.”Once the basic plan is in place, the success of the job then depends on getting an accurate assessment of the situation, said Kevin Elder, chief of the Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting with Ohio Department of Agriculture.“Every manure is different. It agitates differently and different additives change the characteristics of the manure. We only require one sample a year per storage structure, but I would recommend a lot more than that to be efficient with the value of that manure. If you don’t have a good test, everything else will be junk. You’ll either underestimate and have yield losses or you could very easily over apply and have application violations,” Elder said. “Make sure you know what the crops and soils need as far as nutrients. That means soil tests and manure tests. If you don’t have a good idea what the soil and plants need and what you are applying, you are behind the 8-ball to start. Assumptions are not good. You should always use the Tri-State Fertility agronomic range for the crop.”The specifics of the application situation then become a priority.“Make sure you know the weather forecast is, what the soil condition is, and the available water holding capacity if it is a liquid manure,” Elder said. “A lot of times your limits may be the water-holding capacityEric Dresbach, president of W.D. Farms, LLC, gave a presentation bout manure management at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in Ada this spring.of the soil at the time of application. A lot of our spills or discharges are because our soil is not able to hold onto what has been applied. There are charts in the NRCS 590 Conservation Practice Standard that tell you how much capacity the soil has to hold onto additional water. It gets down pretty quickly to around 5,000 gallons. You need to understand what those limits are. This is probably one of the most common sources of surface runoff or transmission to the tile.“You also need to know the setbacks and restrictions to apply the manure properly. Knowing setbacks and following them is one of the most important things to do to prevent discharge. Make sure you are aware of cracks in the soil and know if it is tiled and where the outlets are so you can look at those. You don’t want it running through macropores to the tile and you don’t want it running off the surface. It is not going to be using the nutrients the crops need if it is getting away from you. Usually, if you can keep the nutrients in place you’re not going to have problems with violating the law and penalties.”Once the manure application process is underway, the situation needs to be carefully monitored to ensure what is supposed to be happening is actually happening.“One example is double applying with a dragline when going around corners. You need to be aware of that. Maybe you need to change directions so you’re not running close to surface water when you’re making the turns,” Elder said. “We want to get the crop farmer, the livestock producers and the custom applicator to prepare and think through the process of what they need to do and what can go wrong.”Incorporation is a very useful practice for keeping the nutrients in the manure where they are supposed to be, Elder said.“What is incorporation? It means placement and mixing with the soil. If there is no surface movement of residue you can’t call it incorporation,” he said. “Manure is naturally very soluble. If water runs off it will carry that solution. If it is incorporated, it binds with the soil. Make sure it is incorporated.”And, Elder stressed, do not apply manure on frozen, snow covered ground.“Frozen snow covered ground — just don’t do it,” he said. “Application on a surface that cannot absorb those nutrients, which frozen snow covered ground is — that is probably the most likely chance of losing the nutrients and causing water pollution.”While there are plenty of challenges in appropriate, legal and efficient manure application, the benefits are worth the extra effort and there are plenty of positive examples of the right way to manage manure. Elder pointed out that there have been tremendous improvements across the board in Ohio’s manure management in recent years.“We have had a lot fewer problems, a lot fewer discharges, and a lot fewer complaints as we have gone through the years of training and improving manure management. We don’t have the same the situation we had 15 years ago. There is a lot better management,” he said. “But no one is going to be perfect. There will always be accidents. We try to take those things into account. That is part of why we train people to be prepared for those situations — repair any blowholes and use some common sense. Do something to stop it so the problem doesn’t continue. It is a lot easier to fix things first than to capture manure as it floats down the river. It is awful hard to contain that situation once it’s loose.”If anyone has questions concerning how to handle a situation or an emergency, Elder encourages people to contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture or email him [email protected]last_img read more

Ramping Up to GreenTown’s Eco-Homes Contest

first_imgAs Greensburg, Kansas, continues its recovery from the tornado that destroyed it two years ago, local nonprofit GreenTown forges ahead with plans for its showcase of green homesEven though it has faced two crushing adversaries – the vicious tornado that flattened it two years ago, and the lousy economy – Greensburg, Kansas, continues to rebuild. It also continues to attract attention, not only because of the scale of the task but because the town has committed to go green in commercial reconstruction that uses public money and in much of its residential rebuilding.One of the more remarkable examples in the residential area is a project led by Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services that yielded 20 homes offering 940 to 1,050 sq. ft., two-car garages, full basements (each with a safe room), efficient appliances, and well insulated walls and attics. The homes were offered to low-income buyers only, with adjusted gross-income limits, which began at $27,900, scaled according to the size of the prospective owner’s family.The green labThe town also is the setting for the GreenTown Chain of Eco-Homes, a 12-home project intended as a showcase for a variety of green construction strategies at different price levels. Last month, the first of the dozen homes planned for the project, the concrete Eco-Home Silo, opened to the public.The second home in the Eco-Homes lineup will be the University of Colorado’s entry in the 2005 Solar Decathlon, which took first place in the competition.For three succeeding Eco-Homes projects, GreenTown, in collaboration with open-source design firm FreeGreen, has been soliciting designs for their Chain of Eco-Homes Competition. Ideally, the contest summary says, the winning entries will be “seemingly ordinary homes that act in extraordinarily green ways.” All three winning designs will receive the right to be constructed in Greensburg as part of the Eco-Homes “Living Laboratory” project.GreenTown and FreeGreen suggest that contest entries, which must be submitted electronically by August 15, include block wall construction for a single-family house that includes 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms. The lot size is 75 x 140 ft.Another important consideration: construction costs must not exceed $154,000 for each home.The top prize includes $10,000; runners up will receive $1,000 each. All three winners will be represented on the FreeGreen website.last_img read more

San Beda hands Lyceum first loss of season, nears NCAA title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The two were instrumental in the Pirates’ last ditch rally as they cut the 91-82 deficit with 35 seconds remaining to just four, 91-87, with 20.2 left before Bolick and Potts canned the insurance freebies to seal the game shut.The Scores:SAN BEDA 94 – Tankoua 27, Bolick 24, Potts 15, Mocon 11, Soberano 9, Tongco 4, Doliguez 2, Noah 2, Abuda 0, Presbitero 0, Adamos 0.LYCEUM 87 – Perez 25, Nzeusseu 14, Ayaay 11, Caduyac 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ibañez 6, Santos 5, Pretta 3, Serrano 0, Baltazar 0.Quarters: 22-21, 45-50, 64-64, 94-87. “I stick to the brand that we are still the underdogs. We just only won one game. It’s not yet over and we still have to win one more game,” he said. “I just give credit to my players. We were down by more than 12 points and they never gave up. People said the heart of LPU is really big, but the heart of my players were really big as well.”Davon Potts added 15 points and four rebounds, while Javee Mocon got 11 markers and nine boards in the win.San Beda recovered from a 57-45 deficit to start the third quarter as Bolick and Tankoua commandeered a 16-3 blast to take a 61-60 lead late in the third period, setting up the close finish.With the game tied at 80, the Red Lions once again leaned on Bolick, who exuded veteran poise and drained the crucial buckets.Newly minted Most Valuable Player CJ Perez fired 25 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Mythical Team member Mike Nzeusseu got 14 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Donald Tankoua was the rock once again for San Beda, pouring 27 points, 20 rebounds, and two assists but it was Robert Bolick who came through in clutch for the Red Lions, who finally defeated the Pirates after three tries.Bolick fired nine of the Red Lions’ last 11 points including the  gutsy off-the-glass trey with 1:28 to go. He finished with 24 markers, four boards, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda can finish the job off next Thursday in Game 2, still at the Big Dome.Despite the win, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the Red Lions remain as the underdogs in this series. Injuries galore in Seahawks’ Thursday night victory MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda shrugged off a slow start and dealt Lyceum its first defeat of the season, 94-87, to take Game 1 of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball Finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Showing their poise in the championship round, the Red Lions corrected their error-prone ways in the first half to inch closer to claiming their 10th title in 12 years with a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three championship duel.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Pakistan’s army chief fighting to keep his job following US raid: US media

first_imgPakistan’s army chief is fighting to save his position in the face of “seething anger” in the army establishment over the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, The New York Times has said.General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who has led the army since 2007, faces such intense discontent over what is seen as his cosy relationship with the US that a colonels’ coup, while unlikely, was not out of the question, the Times said, quoting a well-informed Pakistani, who has seen the army chief in recent weeks, as well as an American military official involved with Pakistan for many years.But a senior Pakistani military analyst, who has served a long stint in the army, ruled out such an eventuality. Accepting that there is a lot of anguish and soul searching among the top military leadership as well as middle- ranking officers after ” May’s embarrassing developments”, he said the top commanders had ” already initiated a process of internal dialogue and the June 9 meeting of the corps commanders in Rawalpindi was a manifestation of that”.He was referring to the May 2 raid against bin Laden, the May 22 attack on a naval base in Karachi and a string of other terrorist attacks on the security forces.The Washington Post quoted unnamed US officials as saying Kayani is fighting to survive. His corps commanders are very strongly anti- US right now, so he has to appease them.The Times , quoting unidentified Pakistanis who follow the army closely, said the Pakistani army is essentially run by consensus among 11 top commanders, known as the Corps Commanders, and almost all of them, if not all, were demanding that Kayani get much tougher with the US, even edging towards a break.advertisementNo civilian and military spokesperson in Pakistan was willing to comment on the reports, but senior government sources confirmed that there was intense internal dialogue and debate going on in the military.” It is in the fitness of things that the military critiques its performance and re- evaluates its policies and strategic objectives in the wake of some recent events that have generated a lot of media criticism of the military’s working and leadership,” a senior member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples’ Party said.To repair the reputation of the army, and to ensure his own survival, Kayani made an extraordinary tour of more than a dozen garrisons, mess halls and other institutions in the six weeks since the raid that killed bin Laden.His goal was to rally support among his rank- andfile troops, who are almost uniformly anti- US, according to participants and people briefed on the sessions, the Times reported.During a session in late May at the premier National Defence University in Islamabad, one officer got up after Kayani’s address and challenged his policy of cooperation with the US. The officer asked: ” If they don’t trust us, how can we trust them?” according to Shaukaut Qadri, a retired army brigadier who was briefed on the session. Kayani essentially responded: ” We cant,” Qadri said.The daily said discipline has become a worry, as has an open rebellion in the middle ranks, particularly as rumours circulate that some enlisted men have questioned whether Kayani and ISI chief Lt- General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, should remain in their jobs.The military analyst said ” there have always been discussions and even dissent within the military over policy issues,” and in its internal meetings ” middleranking officers frankly share their views and reservations with their seniors.” Interpreting such internal questioning as discontent or revolt is far- fetched, he said.In response to pressure from his troops, Pakistani and US officials said Kayani had already become a more obstinate partner.Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi, a Lahorebased political scientist, said a revolt in the military was out of the question, not the least because the military leadership was already addressing the concerns of its officers.” This toughening of the stance towards the US is an unmistakable attempt to calm the frayed nerves among the military’s rank and file,” he said.-With agency inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more