We always love when our favorite musicians come together for new exciting fusion. That’s why our attention piqued when we learned of Agent 3, a new project that features Soulive/Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe drummer Alan Evans, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist DJ Williams, and Rubblebucket keyboardist Darby Wolf.The trio announced their debut on YouTube, where they released the debut track “Agents From Below.” The newly formed group also announced plans to release their debut album in November, and will hit DROM in New York, NY on November 3rd (with more tour dates to follow). Additionally, a bio of the band reads “On stage, Agent 3 is a band that tours the world playing music for adoring fans….Off stage Agent 3, operating under Management, is a band of spies that surgically eliminates secret governments, terrorist groups, corrupt politicians and evil spy organizations.”Check out the band’s debut track, “Agents From Below,” streaming here.For fans of these kinds of funky collaborations, don’t miss Alan Evans’ upcoming performance at the exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd in Brooklyn, NY. Featuring over 50 musicians at three venues in one day, Evans will be featured as part of the debut performance of the All Brothers Band with Neal Evans (Soulive/Lettuce), Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), and Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band). The festival features members of The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Snarky Puppy, and so many more! Find out more by heading here.[via Jambands]
It was the moment I had waited for for two weeks. It wasn’t being in the front row of the student section with a record crowd. It wasn’t watching Syracuse beat Duke, though those will also be great.As I walked along the outside of the Dome, an SUV pulled up and the door slowly opened. Jim Boeheim stepped out and was met with a cheer from a crowd of media and students. I had known he was coming. I left class, got a shower – you have to look presentable when meeting such a legend – and ran over to the Carrier Dome around 11. Already photographers, reporters and cameramen were packing into Boeheimburg. I did a few interviews and then the fateful moment came. Boeheim greeted us all, answered a few questions, took a tour of Boeheimburg and explained how he would’ve only lasted one night out in the cold, if that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a (somewhat) member of the media — a design editor at The Daily Orange — I try not to let the fan side of me take over, but getting to meet one of the greatest coaches in college basketball was too surreal.He told me he was a boy scout and didn’t like camping when it was only 40 degrees, let alone the temperatures we have been dealing with.Some players and other coaches also stopped by. They talked to everyone and took pictures. I even got to talk to Gerry McNamara about his playing days and when he lived on South Campus. Otto the Orange was around and some cheerleaders were on hand giving out donuts and coffee.As quickly as they came, they got back into their cars and left. A few people were still doing interviews, but most of the excitement died down pretty quickly.These past few days have been filled with excitement and anticipation. The Dome is going to be electric on Saturday and I can’t wait. SU expects 35,446 people to be in attendance, but I bet it will sound like a lot more. Comments Published on February 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+
Jan Vertonghen embraces Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino 1 Jan Vertonghen says Tottenham can achieve huge success in the coming years – if they keep hold of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.Pochettino has helped turn Spurs into genuine Premier League title contenders in only his second season at the helm.The Argentine is drawing admiring glances from other clubs, but Vertonghen believes he is on the cusp on producing ‘something special’ at White Hart Lane.“For me it is vital [that Pochettino stays],” said the Belgian. “To keep this thing going, he has to stay.“I think everyone wants him to stay and he feels that – that we want to fight for him and that this team is the best thing for him so I hope he stays.”He added: “If you feel the spirit in this team, it is something special at the training ground, in between the players. It’s everywhere.“If you feel the buzz around the club, it’s something I haven’t experienced before in this way.“I am extremely excited. It is something I have never experienced before and we have to keep this together.“Not just the players, the squad as well, the crowd and then nice things can happen.”Sunday’s 3-0 defeat of Champions League hopefuls Manchester United saw Tottenham consolidate second place in the Premier League.They remain seven points adrift of leaders Leicester, but the north Londoners are not giving up on the title with five games left to play.“We have to believe,” said Vertonghen. “I think we showed belief on the pitch and obviously Leicester, compliments to them, but we have to try and chase them.“For us, personally, it is important to win these games, to show the rest of the Premier League that we don’t give up.“That we’re there and we’re ready for next season as well. We will try to compete on every level and I think this team is capable of doing that.”
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This fall the National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to House and Senate tax committee leaders urging extension of the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires on Dec. 31. The letter was sent on behalf of U.S. biodiesel producers nationwide.“We strongly urge you to extend the biodiesel tax credit and take this opportunity to make a simple, common-sense reform by focusing the credit on U.S. production,” said Donnell Rehagen, Interim NBB CEO in the letter. “Legislation pending before Congress — S. 3188 and H.R. 5240 — would accomplish these objectives by extending the incentive through 2019 and changing it from a blender’s credit to a domestic producer’s credit. The legislation has strong support from American biodiesel producers and strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate — reflected last year when a similar proposal passed the Senate Finance Committee.”The growth of the U.S. biodiesel industry in recent years is paying tremendous dividends in reducing emissions, strengthening our energy security, generating competition in the diesel sector and creating jobs and economic activity in every state in the nation. The biodiesel industry supports nearly 48,000 jobs and $1.9 billion in wages across the country.“Many biodiesel producers who are now poised to expand and hire would likely cut jobs and production. Congress can avoid this with a long-term extension giving producers the policy stability they need to plan for the future,” Rehagen said.U.S. biodiesel producers have more than 1.5 billion gallons of unused production capacity that stands ready to be utilized under the right policy framework. Mobilizing that capacity would create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Additionally, reforming the incentive would save the Treasury some $90 million as imports are reduced and domestic production rises, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.Under the current “blender’s” structure of the incentive, foreign biodiesel imported to the U.S. and blended with petroleum diesel in the U.S. is eligible for the tax incentive. Increasingly, foreign biodiesel producers are taking advantage of the U.S. incentive by shipping their product here. In 2015 alone, some 670 million gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel was imported to the U.S., making up nearly a third of the U.S. market.
Is There Lead in the Water of Your Green Building?Should You Worry About PFOA in Your Water?Water Risks Higher in Green Buildings, Report FindsStudy Finds EPA Lax in Protecting California WaterPiping as PoisonEPA Looks at Fracking Risks to Water By SUSAN BOSER and DIANE OLESONAmerica’s drinking water infrastructure is aging and in serious need of modernization. Pipes are overdue for replacement, and water and wastewater treatment systems need upgrades to deal with new classes of pollutants. Changing a drinking water standard or adding a new substance to the list of contaminants regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency is time-consuming. Some water systems are having problems meeting current standards, much less upgrading to meet new requirements.A 2017 Gallup poll found that 63 percent of Americans worry a great deal about drinking water pollution. And a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, “Threats on Tap,” suggests that they have good reason. According to the report, community water systems — public systems that serve cities and towns year-round — registered more than 80,000 reported violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2015.As water resource educators with Penn State University’s Extension service, our role is to educate the public using research-based information. Most of our work is focused on private water systems — mainly wells and springs, which are used by over 15 million U.S. households. These private systems share many of the critical concerns about public systems addressed in NRDC’s national report. Critical contaminantsBacterial contamination threatens public and private water supplies. It can happen at the source, during water treatment — especially as systems age — or in the piping systems that deliver water to customers.Public water systems are required to disinfect water and maintain a secondary level of disinfectant throughout the system to ensure that water delivered to homes is safe. Leaky supply lines cause several types of problems. First, they waste treated water. Second, they can lower water pressure in the system. When this happens, untreated water can seep in, contaminating water that has already been treated.High-quality construction and maintenance are crucial for private water systems too. We have seen systems that lacked a watertight well cap, allowing insects or surface water to enter the well. Some wells have cracked casings enclosing the well bore hole, or no casing at all, which can allow polluted runoff to contaminate water in the well. When private septic systems fail to properly treat wastewater, bacteria from the wastewater can contaminate the landowner’s private well, and may reach aquifers serving other nearby wells and municipal systems.The water supply crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought new attention to lead contamination and other impacts associated with corrosive water. Similar problems exist in other private and public systems. Most lead contamination comes from supply lines to the home or lead solder in pipes and fixtures within the home.We receive calls from homeowners concerned about lead in both public and private water supplies. If their home was built before lead solder was banned from plumbing systems in 1991, we recommend testing their water. Clean water and proper sanitation have greatly improved life expectancy in the United States over the past 150 years. Now, however, we see an urgent need to upgrade water infrastructure, and to update regulations, enforcement and public education about drinking water safety. With many public and private water systems across the nation aging and under stress, it is important for everyone to understand the risks associated with drinking water contamination, and to know how to take simple steps such as having their water tested if they suspect there may be a problem. The authors are extension educators with Pennsylvania State University. This article was originally published at The Conversation. RELATED ARTICLES Monitoring and testing are crucialWe can treat only what we monitor. Over the years, Penn State Extension’s research has found that fewer than 50% of private water system owners have ever had their water tested. Although we work to educate private water system owners about their responsibility to monitor their water, and recommend testing it annually, many owners only do so when they are concerned about their water’s appearance or taste.Monitoring is just as critical for public water systems, on a much larger scale. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has proposed new fees, at EPA’s urging, to pay for hiring more inspectors for public water systems that serve more than 10 million residents. This is a step in the right direction but a drop in the bucket compared to current needs.Protecting source waters and preventing contamination in the first place is even more cost-effective than hiring new inspectors. Pollution is much easier to contain at the source than when it is detected downstream or has already contaminated drinking water supplies.Safe drinking water is a critical resource. The United States needs to invest in infrastructure, public education, source water protection, regulation and monitoring for new contaminants to keep water flowing to a thirsty nation. Land use and source water protectionDelivering clean drinking water starts with protecting sources, including groundwater and surface rivers and lakes. Many water quality problems that we see in Pennsylvania are based on local land uses. Nitrates from agriculture and development are a particular problem in water wells in the southeast and south-central parts of the state. Exposure to nitrates in drinking water can cause health effects, especially in infants, inhibiting their blood’s ability to carry oxygen.Fertilizer from farm fields, lawns and gardens contributes large amounts of nitrogen to surface and groundwater. Nitrates are very water-soluble and readily move across the land and into groundwater. Pesticides and herbicides do the same if they are not properly applied. Homes in rural areas that use septic systems can also release nitrates if the systems aren’t working properly.In western Pennsylvania, unconventional shale gas drilling has become a major industry since 2009. In late 2016 EPA published a report on how these operations can affect drinking water. Many homeowners near drilling operations are proactively testing their water supplies to get a baseline reading of their well water quality.When land uses change — for example, energy operations move in, or a farm is sold and developed — nearby residents frequently take a closer look at their source water and watch for impacts within the watershed supply area. Households that use well water face some unique challenges. EPA does not regulate private water supplies. Pennsylvania does not have statewide well construction standards, and only a few municipalities regulate water testing or construction. In general, homeowners with private water systems are solely responsible for testing their water and installing any necessary treatment equipment to correct problems.We always tell well owners not to apply or dump anything within 100 feet of their well that they don’t want to drink, since this area supplies most of the water to their well. On a larger scale, the same advice holds true for public water supplies.Some communities are creating source water collaboratives to monitor drinking water supplies and address problems. For example, the River Alert Information Network is a regional water protection program in the Ohio River basin in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. This network of public water systems has set up a real-time monitoring network that can notify drinking water supply intakes downstream of contamination that may be flowing in their direction.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says Bayern Munich lacked respect in their pursuit of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern Munich have made four bids for Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the latest believed to be in the region of £35m, and Chelsea have rejected all offers.And Chelsea boss Sarri is furious at Bayern’s public attempts to unsettle the player.He told Sky Sports: “I think that it’s not professional because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said ahead of Chelsea’s game with Newcastle on Saturday.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“They didn’t respect our club, I think. I don’t know what to say, I do not know the situation.“I am very, very happy with the player because the player is improving.“He is improving a lot in the defensive phase and now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball.“He is working very well at the moment, so I am happy with the player and I would like to have him in the future.”
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Tags: Germany, Lufthansa, New Routes, Vancouver Travelweek Group Lufthansa’s flagship A350-900 to fly Vancouver route starting May 1 EAST MEADOW, NY — Lufthansa has announced it will put its new flagship aircraft, the long-haul Airbus A350-900, on the Vancouver – Munich route for the summer 2018 season.The route operates seasonally from May 1 – Oct. 27, 2018.Committing the A350 flagship aircraft to the Vancouver route during the busy summer travel season shows how greatly Lufthansa values and is committed to this market, says Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Lufthansa Group Vice President Airline Sales for The Americas.“Now, not only will our Vancouver passengers fly with Europe’s only 5-Star airline, but they will also encounter a significantly enhanced travel experience with many state-of-the-art features and an elevated level of comfort on board the A350-900,” said GoudarziPour.Billed as the world’s most advanced, environmentally-friendly long-haul aircraft, the A350-900 uses 25% less kerosene, produces 25% fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off, he adds.The aircraft has space for 293 passengers with 48 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. At just under 18.4 feet wide, the cabin of the new Airbus is more spacious than comparable models of aircraft.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesLufthansa’s A350-900 Business Class cabin includes a self-service area where passengers can help themselves to snacks and drinks throughout the flight.The aircraft’s Economy Class, furnished in shades of blue, features ergonomically-formed seat upholstery and gives travellers more personal and storage space, says the airline.Throughout the cabin, passengers can use their own mobile device as a second screen, as well as pre-select programs from the on-board entertainment system up to six weeks prior to flight time. The aircraft also features improved cabin pressure during the flight, as well as an LED lighting system.Munich International Airport’s Terminal 2, and a corresponding Satellite Building that opened in April 2016, are a joint venture between Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Flughafen Muenchen GmbH.A central hub for Lufthansa and its partner airlines, T2 includes five new Lufthansa lounges, as well as 27 additional gate positions that allow passengers to board aircraft directly without bus transportation. Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel, Shongololo Thursday, June 28, 2018 There’s still time to sell the Shongololo with Goway Travelweek Group Share Posted by TORONTO — Goway has a limited number of cabins on the 12-day northbound Pretoria to Victoria Falls Shongololo train journey in January 2019.“These trips typically sell out a year in advance,” said Moira Smith, General Manager for Goway Africa. “This space has opened up, and we expect the cabins to sell out fast.”Africa is hot and availability is at a premium. This is particularly the case in South Africa, adds Smith.Since Rovos Rail purchased the Shongololo, the train has been completely overhauled and refitted, with extra communal carriages supplied.Likened to a “cruise on wheels”, it offers the ideal way to visit four countries in a limited time period, says Smith. Guests sleep on the train and sightsee during the day. Breakfast and lunches are included. The Southern Cross journey travels from South Africa via Mozambique and Swaziland to Zimbabwe.