String Cheese Incident Announces Final 2 West Coast Shows Of The Summer

first_imgToday, String Cheese Incident announced the group’s return to the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene, Oregon, for two nights in July, marking the Colorado-based jam band’s only West Coast shows outside of the band’s two nights of scheduled performances at High Sierra Music Festival. In 2006, String Cheese Incident performed a three-night run at the Cuthbert Amphitheater, though did not return to the venue until a decade later in 2016 during the band’s two-night run there in late July.This year, after the group hits High Sierra on July 5th and 6th in Quincy, California, String Cheese Incident will quickly shift gears, performing the next two nights, July 7th and 8th, at the Cuthbert Amphitheater in Eugene. A pre-sale for String Cheese Incident’s upcoming shows in Eugene will begin on Thursday, February 15th, at 11 a.m. (PST) via the band’s website. A public on-sale will start on Friday, February 24th, at 11 a.m. (PST). As noted by the group, a limited number of two-day passes for the run of Oregon shows will be available.last_img read more

Peaches welcomed cold

first_img“The wind caused some damage to the foliage. We have some fields that look pretty rough right now, kind of bummed them up a little,” Torrance said. “But we had no serious damage from the recent cold.” Delicate onion bulbs can survive very low temperatures as long as the ground doesn’t freeze, he said. The last time the ground froze enough to damage bulbs was a decade ago. The cold snap hurt tender green crops like mustard and turnips, said Terry Kelley, a UGA Extension vegetable specialist. But tougher greens like collards and kale faired OK. “But that freeze is behind us, and we’re on a clean slate now,” she said.Onions fine unless ground freezes Georgia peach growers got too much cold weather too late last year. A freeze Easter weekend pummeled what was on its way to being a good crop, Taylor said, wiping out 55 percent of the crop. Right now, the trees are behind in those hours. About 90 percent of Georgia’s 15,000 acres of peaches grow in middle Georgia. As of Jan. 8, this region had received 446 chill hours. Growers like to have at least 600 hours by this time and be well on their way to getting at least 1,100 total hours by Feb. 15. “We are concerned now because the forecast is for above temperatures for the rest of month,” she said. “It looks like we will be short on chill this year if temperatures stay warm. Growers need to be ready to do something about it by the end of this month.” The plants are already on their way to recovery, he said. Temperatures in the area this week have settled into the 60s for the days and 40s at nights. That’s good onion growing weather in Georgia.Tender greens hit hard Nighttime temperatures dropped into the teens and low 20s across the state on Jan. 2. The nippy weather stuck around for three to four days and gave peach trees a much-needed dose of chill. But they need more, said Kathy Taylor, a UGA Cooperative Extension peach specialist. Peach trees go dormant in winter. During this time, they need chill hours, or hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, to properly bloom in spring and produce a lot of big fruit in summer.Behind hundreds of hourscenter_img Farmers with severely damaged fields will likely just mow back the plants. The plants will put on new leaves for another crop in 50 days. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia peach farmers welcomed the cold snap that rolled through the state the first of this year. Their trees need more, though, but they probably won’t get it, says a University of Georgia fruit specialist. It’s never welcome. But a little freeze damage is something farmers who plant greens in the winter expect, he said, even in Georgia. “The mustard and turnips close to harvest got a pretty good lick which likely hurt quality,” he said. It’s always better to get the chill hours naturally, she said. But growers can apply chemicals and fertilizer to help compensate for low chill hours. It can cost $20 to $100 per acre to do this, though. Georgia’s official vegetable, the Vidalia Onion, likes cool winters and doesn’t mind a few days of bitter weather. But not too much, said Reid Torrance, UGA Extension coordinator in Tattnall County, where 60 percent of the Vidalia onion crop is grown.last_img read more

Agricultural Awareness Day

first_imgOn Tuesday, Oct. 24, approximately 900 fourth-graders from Georgia’s Tift and Cook counties will convene on the University of Georgia Tifton campus for this fall’s Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day.Students will move between stations set up at the event, which will run from 9 a.m. until noon.Since 2001, the campus has held an event in the spring during which elementary school students learn to plant crops. The students return in the fall to see those crops harvested. Presentations and hands-on demonstrations at these events provide students with modern agricultural knowledge.Research technician Benjie Baldree established these Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Days. He handed the reins over to Katie Wilson, an administrative associate in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science, three years ago.“Benjie saw the love I have for this industry when I was a presenter in high school and college,” Wilson said. “My favorite part is seeing the kids light up when you tell them that their clothes are made of cotton or that milk comes from cows.”At the events, students also learn about the process of turning plants into plastic and other recyclable materials.“We teach them how to improve the environment,” Wilson said.They also learn the importance of simple machines in agriculture. Every year there’s an “elephant,” or barrels covered in a gray tarp, that students must figure out how to move as part of a contest. Some students attempt to move the elephant through strength, while others use a simple machine.Most of the event’s presenters are UGA staff and faculty members, including Lola Sexton, an agricultural research assistant in the college’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. She uses a microgin to demonstrate the process of ginning cotton and teaches students about the plant’s uses in certain products, such as jeans and money. Other presenters include U.S. Department of Agriculture and Georgia Forestry Commission representatives.Wilson hopes students enjoy their experience and gain a knowledge of and love for agriculture.“We want to teach them that there are many opportunities in agriculture,” Wilson said.Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

Commentary…Arenas’ practical joke backfiring on him and NBA

first_imgby Jim LitkeWhat apparently began as a practical joke would have turned out a lot funnier if only Gilbert Arenas brought a squirt gun to work instead of the real thing.Now there’s no laughing it off.The Wizards star is scheduled to meet with law-enforcement authorities to present his side of the story about a locker-room dispute with teammate Javaris Crittenton nearly two weeks ago. Not only does Washington, D.C., have some of the strictest handgun laws in the nation, but federal authorities are investigating as well. GILBERT ARENAS Yet even if Arenas’ legal headaches end there, he still could face a lengthy suspension from NBA commissioner David Stern and tempt the Wizards to invoke a morals clause in the standard NBA player contract and seek to void the remainder of a six-year, $111 million deal signed in 2008.“I know Gilbert is a good guy,” Pacers guard T.J. Ford said. “I don’t think, like he said in his statement, that he was trying to hurt anybody.”Probably not.But Arenas has already tarnished his image as one of pro basketball’s more entertaining and eccentric personalities, and put the league on the spot. The NBA’s gun culture is no more prevalent than that of other leagues, nor the population in general, yet every time an athlete gets caught with a weapon, the publicity feeds the public notion that officials are incapable of policing their players.That perception, in part, led to the NBA’s toughened antigun stance in the collective bargaining agreement, which bars league personnel from bringing weapons to league property, sites or charitable events.Arenas has already admitted bringing three unloaded firearms to the Verizon Center—to get them out of the house and away from his kids—and storing them in a locked container. According to Yahoo! Sports, he took them out of the container before a Dec. 21 practice and laid the guns on a chair, then told Crittenton to choose one and make good on a threat that stemmed from a card game on a late-night flight from Phoenix back to Washington two days earlier.As the game got more expensive, Crittenton joked about what could happen to people who didn’t honor their debts. Arenas has a well-deserved reputation as a prankster and laying out the guns apparently was his way of trying to diffuse any lingering tension between the two.Instead, the gesture enraged Crittenton. According to a New York Post report, Arenas and Crittenton wound up drawing guns on each other.“I can’t speak on that,” Arenas said Saturday. “But if you know me, you’ve been here, I’ve never did anything (involving) violence. Anything I do is funny—well, it’s funny to me.”Asked if the accounts of what happened have been blown out of proportion, Arenas laughed and said: “A little.”His standing with the Wizards was already shaky. Arenas missed almost two seasons because of knee surgery, and his problems with former coach Eddie Jordan have only exacerbated under new coach Flip Saunders. Arenas’ production barely justified his selfishness in seasons past, but he hardly resembles the scorer he was then.Teammates who tolerated Arenas once now find him frustrating.His defenders say the needling, as well as the need to laugh everything off, is Arenas’ way of coping—with insecurity, a tough childhood and being overlooked at the start of both his college and pro careers.“I’m a goof ball and that’s what I am, so even doing something like this, I’m going to make fun of it and that’s how I am,” Arenas said. “Some people say I’m not taking it serious, but why be depressed at home when I can just make myself laugh?”The problem with gunplay, though, is that it’s never funny and that a casual attitude toward violence only encourages more of the same. Arenas has already been suspended once, after pleading no contest to misdemeanor weapons and vehicle charges following a traffic stop in California 2003; he sat out Washington’s season opener in 2004.No matter how this latest incident is handled by authorities, Arenas should know better than to expect leniency this time around.Another former NBA player got off easy the first time he, too, was charged with a weapons violation, lecturing schoolkids and taking out ads in the local newspaper touting gun safety.His name is Jayson Williams. As you read this, he is scheduled to be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge in the shooting death of a limousine driver during a party at his home.(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected])last_img read more

Delivery driver attacked company’s vans after getting his P45

first_imgA delivery driver sprayed his employer’s vans with graffiti after being given his P45 despite being granted time off work.The man appeared in court charged with damaging two vans belonging to the Asian Food Stores in Letterkenny in June last year. Letterkenny District Court heard that Robert Stolarczyk used a special dye to scrawl slogans on the vans after being given the sack.Photos of the damaged vans were handed into court with one slogan reading ‘Slave labour.’The court was told that Mr Stolarczyk was originally paid €6 an hour as a trainee for the first year of his employment.Solicitor for the accused man, Mr Kieran Dillon, told the court how his client, of 21 The Gardens, Ballymacool Woods, Letterkenny, had been given the time off but was then sacked.He said he felt he felt he had no choice but to protest at how he had been treated by the company.He said “He has been in Ireland since 2005 but was not aware of the intricacies of employment law here, although this is something he is now very familiar with.He continued: “Shortly before this incident took place, my client asked for time off to pick up his father-in-law and this was agreed with his employer by way of text message. The following week he was not called into work and when he contacted his employer he was upset that he had received no notice.“On June 26, my client tried to establish what was going on and he was told he was going to be unemployed and would get his P45. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back and he saw red, literally. He felt he had to make a protest and tell the world at large what was going on.”The court had heard that on June 26, last year, at 12.30pm, gardai received a report of a vehicle which had been covered in graffiti at Asian Food Stores at the Ballyraine Business Park in Letterkenny.A short time later they said that the same kind of paint had been used to write all over another van belonging to the same person at the Starlight Business Park.The total damage caused to both, said Sergeant Jim Collins was €454.Mr Dillon added that the wording referred in the graffiti attacks belonged to a “very peculiar set of circumstances”.Mr Dillon told the court that the substance used to graffiti the vans was not traditional spray paint but was actually a product sold by the company he had worked for.He added the colourant was mixed up by the defendant and placed into a manual spray pump.“It washes off and my client tells me that his former colleagues washed it off that day with a bit of elbow grease. There was no lasting damage,” said the solicitor.Mr Dillon concluded: “My client accepts he was incorrect in what he did but after one year of working, he felt he was not being treated fairly. He is a 46-year-old father of five who has a strong work ethic and is currently trying to get his HGV licence.”Judge Kelly asked if the defendant was in a position to offer any compensation and Mr Dillon said that he would not be as he “feels so aggrieved at the way he was treated.”He also questioned the invoice for €454 which was handed into court.Judge Kelly adjourned matters until a sitting of the District Court on September 2 to obtain a Victim Impact Statement from the Injured Party and more information on the cost of the cleanup and whether or not there was a loss involved.Delivery driver attacked company’s vans after getting his P45 was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Raptors, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for one of arguably the most anticipated Warriors game this season when Golden State faces the Toronto Raptors at Oracle.The Raptors (22-7) own the NBA’s best record and have already handed the Warriors an overtime loss two weeks ago in Toronto. However, some of the luster of their rematch could be lost if Kawhi Leonard (hip injury) can’t play Wednesday night. He’s listed as questionable.The Warriors (19-9) are on a four-game …last_img

South African Music Awards has a new venue

first_img1 April 2016The South African Music Awards (Samas), regarded as the premium music awards in the country, will be hosted in Durban for the first time later this year. The ceremony takes place on 4 June.That is indeed correct. The 22nd annual @TheSAMAs will be taking place at @DurbanICC in association with @eThekwiniM— Refiloe Ramogase (@refiloer) March 30, 2016“We are pleased that this prestigious awards ceremony is being held in Durban as we constantly strive to ensure our highly talented musicians are provided with opportunities and the necessary platforms to showcase their talent,” eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said on Wednesday, 30 March.The 22nd Samas will take place at Durban’s main convention centre, the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, with the eThekwini Municipality as the hosting partner.“Music brings people together, irrespective of race, creed or culture and eThekwini is proud to be hosting the 22nd Samas,” the mayor said.“It is fitting that the ceremony will take place at our historic venue, the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), which has been transformed into a world-class events and conference centre over the years.”The Samas had a long history of promoting local music and acknowledging the contribution made by musicians to grow the music and entertainment industry.“We salute our musicians and appreciate the role they play in impacting lives as well as showcasing South Africa’s diverse culture and rich history through music. eThekwini is proud to be partnering with the Recording Industry of South Africa for this year’s SAMAs.”Samas chairman Refiloe Ramogase said the new partnership with the eThekwini Municipality marked a fresh chapter for the awards ceremony.Award nominees will be announced later this month.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

National Register of Citizens: Assam man suffers double blow

first_imgParalysis robbed Azizul Hoque of his ability to work, before the system, members of his family said, snatched his identity as an Indian more than two years ago.They are now counting the days for the next hearing in the Supreme Court, which sought replies from the Centre and the Assam government on how the 41-year-old Hoque came to be declared a foreigner and lodged in a detention centre on March 24, 2017.Family hopefulAnas Tanwir, handling the case, said the apex court on July 3 given the Central and Assam governments two weeks to reply.“That means they have to reply by July 17, right? And we can hope for a hearing by the Supreme Court soon after,” Baharul Islam, Mr. Hoque’s elder brother, told The Hindu from their village Singiapathar in central Assam’s Nagaon district. The village is about 140 km east of Guwahati.Mr. Islam, in his late 40s, could not recall when the Assam police’s border wing sent a notice to his brother. The border wing is tasked with detecting and deporting foreigners and refers cases to a Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) for deciding a suspect’s fate.“It was 12-13 years ago. He went to the police when summoned about 10 years ago before an illness made him paralysed. He had always been a bhodai (dimwitted) and paralysis prevented him from going out to work,” said Mr. Islam, who sells vegetables in a nearby town.“I stay away from home most of the time. But Azizul and many others in my family are always at home. They said they gave him notice thrice, but none of us received it. They took him to the Tezpur Central Jail’s detention centre out of the blue,” he said.‘Doubtful’ tagThe problem for Mr. Hoque began in 1997, when for the first time his name figured in the voters’ list but with the ‘D’ (doubtful) tag that indicated he was suspected to be an illegal immigrant. None of his three elder siblings — sister Hafiza Khatun and eldest brother Khairul Islam — are D-voters.The name of Mr. Hoque, like everyone else in his family, was included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in July 2018. He was put in the additional list of 1.02 lakh NRC-excluded people published on June 26.“Our father Abdur Rahman’s name is in the 1965 voters’ list. Our grandfather Pashan Ali was granted land patta (deed) in 1940. Why should our youngest brother be singled out as a foreigner? This is just harassment because of the language we speak and religion we follow,” Mr. Islam said.Members of Mr. Hoque’s family said they have promised him that he would be brought back home soon. They are pinning hopes on the Supreme Court for his release sooner.last_img read more

NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—report

first_imgTanduay keeps outright semis hopes alive, routs AMA for 4th straight Despite recently falling short against the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, the 25-year-old Duke product was seemingly in good terms with the team and its management, particularly with superstar LeBron James.However, ESPN recently reported several reasons why Irving reportedly wanted to be shipped out of the franchise he has called his home for the past six seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHigh on the list was his supposed inclusion in potential trade talks involving this season’s prized free agents Jimmy Butler and Paul George.“What followed was a whirlwind, with the Cavs putting forth a series of trade packages looking to acquire either Butler or George,” the sports news outlet said. “Some of these talks included Irving, which upset him even more when he found out about it, sources said. Previously, [former Cleveland GM David] Griffin had worked to keep lines of communication with Irving open, but now Irving was in the dark.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Butler, of course, went on to join his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, while Hayward elected to sign with Boston Celtics.ESPN’s trio of journalists—Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst—also suggested that Irving was fed up with playing second fiddle to the league’s premier superstar, James.They cited James’ tendency to play point guard and dominate the ball, leaving Irving’s ball handling and play-making skills underutilized.Despite his supposed unhappiness with his role, Irving averaged a career best of 25.9 points this season and led his team in total shot attempts.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  GREGORY SHAMUS/Getty Images/AFPNews of Kyrie Irving wanting out of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization has certainly caught NBA fans off guard over the weekend.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Rustam-e-Hind looked out for India’s wrestlers

first_imgThursday was observed as a day of mourning at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium to pay tribute to the man who brought the sport of wrestling to the centrestage.A father-figure to wrestlers, Singh regularly visited dangals and was an inspiration for the youngsters.”I can vividly recall my first meeting with him right after the 1972 Olympics. I was so impressed. The way he had maintained his body was inspiring for youngsters like us,” Satpal Singh, who won the gold medal at the 1982 Asian Games, reminisced.Dara Singh was ecstatic when Sushil Kumar won bronze at the Beijing Olympics and gold at the World Championship. “He told Sushil that he should perform the same way in London and return with a medal,” Satpal said.Dara learnt the sport in the mud dangals of his village. He then turned to professional wrestling, emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the 50s and 60s.The legend of Singh grew as he fought over 500 professional bouts, all undefeated, and competed against established international wrestlers such as King Kong (Australia) and John Desilva (New Zealand). In 1954, he won the title of Rustam-E-Hind.Mumbai-based wrestling coach Jagmal Singh, remembers how Dara always made time for bouts. “Whether it was Maharashtra Kesri or other important bouts, he would readily agree to be the chief guest.”He even agreed to be the referee in the Bharat Kesri championship when Changdi Ram won the title in 1968 and later when Satpal took home the crown in 1976. “We hope the boys return with a medal from the Olympics. It will be a fitting tribute to him,” Satpal said.advertisementlast_img read more