This winter, STS9 will return to Denver, Colorado’s Fillmore Auditorium to ring in the new year. Recently, the band has detailed their support for their upcoming four-night New Year’s Eve run, which spans from December 28th to December 31st.On Friday, December 28th, STS9 will be supported by Pnuma Live, no doubt a reference to at least some of the members of the Pnuma Trio, the Southeast-born, fan-favorite livetronica project that extensively toured the U.S. from 2005 to 2010. Originally named just Pnuma, since STS9 has announced this supporting act, fans have been heavily speculating about the composition of this supporting act, which will undoubtedly feature some combination of Pnuma Trio’s Alex Botwin, Ben Hazlegrove, or Lane Shaw.The following night, on December 29th, producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA will serve as support for STS9. The jamtronica favorites will follow up their December 29th at the Fillmore showing with at Denver’s intimate downtown music venue, Summit Music Hall, on December 30th. For this special performance, the band will offer up a special improvisational performance dubbed ‘Wave Spell’, which draws its name from the band’s recently released improvisation-focused album as well the group’s debut Belden Town, CA music festival in August. Finally, to ring in 2019, STS9 will be joined by Mark Farina and Mushroom Jazz for their New Year’s Eve proper performance, which will find the band returning to the Fillmore Auditorium on December 31st.For more information or for ticketing, head to STS9’s website here.
When it comes to hiring help, many client requests are without boundaries.WHEN it comes hiring a little help cleaning the home, one online services directory revealed some of their users have few boundaries. Hipages.com.au connects clients to contractors, and with the new season in full swing, they’ve released a list of their 10 quirkiest spring cleaning request.The comments below have been hand-picked by the hipages team from testimonies provided to them by tradies dealing with the site’s customers.They provide an interesting frieze of modern day living — and some are best not read while eating breakfast.Enjoy (if you can): “Approx 180,000 bricks ready to clean” “Regular ironing service with pickup and delivery. This lot is 29 business shirts, 5 slacks, 14 Ts, 13 pillowcases, 1 tablecloth. Please quote based on regular ironing” “My daughter has thrown up on the sofa. I rented a cleaning machine from Bunnings but the smell is still there” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago “I need cleaners for a year 12 after party. Will be needed on the 16th of November” “Looking for a mattress clean. I got overly messy on the weekend and peed my mates bed” “Carpet cleaning — pet urine cleaning required. Walls, kitchen, etc.” “Need lounge room carpet cleaned, not badly stained just has a pet odour — only noticeable if you are lying on the carpet” “We have a cream coloured carpet. Most of the carpet is in good condition, just a few wine spills and some puppy wee stains that need to be out. I have tried my hardest to scrub them but we need it looking good before October” “I need a floor cleaning, like a bond clean but we still are living in it. Or it is a spring clean?” “My old dog had an accident on a 2 month old queen mattress. Wee” Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair
â€œAITEO Group takes the cake for the way they came in big to back the NFF and Nigerian Football, and our partnership is one that is guaranteed to last for a long time and be mutually beneficial,â€ Pinnick said yesterday.After sealing a partnership agreement for sponsorship of salaries of Coaches of the various National Teams, the leading energy solution company then annexed the countryâ€™s oldest and most glamorous football championship, the old FA Cup, with a multi â€“million naira sponsorship that has given a new life to the competition, which first edition was successfully concluded with the womenâ€™s finale in Jos on Wednesday.Pinnick insists Petersâ€™ invitation to London is in recognition of AITEOâ€™s ground-breaking partnership agreements with the Nigeria Football Federation that have energized the Nigerian game and set it on firm course to a brighter and better future.The letter of invitation dated 27 September 2017 and addressed to Mr. Francis Ikena Peters, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of AITEO Group, read, inter alia: â€œIt is our pleasure to invite you to celebrate The Best of the football season in London.â€œThe second edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards will take the gameâ€™s official annual celebration to even greater heights. Players, coaches and fans from around the world are already voting, and on 23 October, the greatest names in football will gather for the award show that crowns the top performers of the season.â€The 2nd edition of The Best FIFA Football Awards will take place at the London Palladium, on Argyll Street, Soho, London on the night of Monday, 23rd October 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has described as â€˜well-deservedâ€™ FIFAâ€™s invitation of Mr. Francis Peters, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of AITEO Group to next weekâ€™s FIFA Best Football Awards in London.â€œThe invitation is a recognition of AITEOâ€™s excellent support for Nigerian Football, which continues to expand, and this is an indication of the several possibilities derivable from supporting the game of football. Other corporate organizations should take a cue.
There were no Americans in the area, she said. “I do not understand why most of the time it is the Iraqis who are killed,” she said. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Two suicide bombers detonated themselves near a restaurant frequented by Baghdad police this morning, killing at least 33 people and injuring 19, police said. The blast echoed through central Baghdad at about 9:45 a.m., when police officers frequently stop by for breakfast. Police Maj. Abdel-Hussein Minsef said two bombers attacked the restaurant, killing seven police officers and 26 civilians. Samiya Mohammed, a housewife who lives nearby, said she rushed outside when she heard the explosion. “I went out to see the restaurant heavily damaged. There was bodies, mostly civilians, and blood everywhere inside the place. This is a criminal act that only targeted and hurt innocent people having their breakfast,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Nelson Mandela (Image: 46664 Arctic)Dear Mister President,We are greatly honoured to join the millions around the globe congratulating you on taking office as the President of the United States of America. We believe that we are witnessing something truly historic not only in the political annals of your great nation, the United States of America, but of the world.Your election to this high office has inspired people as few other events in recent times have done. Amidst all of the human progress made over the last century the world in which we live remains one of great divisions, conflict, inequality, poverty and injustice. Amongst many around the world a sense of hopelessness had set in as so many problems remain unresolved and seemingly incapable of being resolved. You, Mister President, have brought a new voice of hope that these problems can be addressed and that we can in fact change the world and make of it a better place.We are in some ways reminded today of the excitement and enthusiasm in our own country at the time of our transition to democracy. People, not only in our country but around the world, were inspired to believe that through common human effort injustice can be overcome and that together a better life for all can be achieved.Your Presidency brings hope of new beginnings in the relations between nations, that the challenges we all face, be they economic, the environment, or in combating poverty or the search for peace, will be addressed with a new spirit of openness and accommodation.There is a special excitement on our continent today, Mister President, in the knowledge that you have such strong personal ties with Africa. We share in that excitement and pride.We are aware that the expectations of what your Presidency will achieve are high and that the demands on you will be great. We therefore once more wish you and your family strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead.You will always be in our affection as a young man who dared to dream and to pursue that dream. We wish you well.SincerelySigned N R Mandela
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt HutchesonBy Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.As spring weather warms up and conditions are conducive to field work, Ohio’s growers will have to deal with several challenges in the coming weeks. Prioritization and timely management will be key to success in the spring of 2019.The wet fall of 2018 resulted in an extended harvest and significant delays in field work. For many growers, harvest was not completed until December or later. As a result, very little fall tillage and/or fall herbicide applications were completed across the eastern Corn Belt. With a lack of tillage and herbicide applications, weeds, such as marestail, will be more prevalent in Ohio’s fields this spring. Making timely weed control actions this spring will be a critical part of achieving successful weed control this year. As always, follow herbicide labels, use correct rates, and apply under optimum conditions to effectively control weeds.With additional field work needed to be performed after a wet fall, time management will be an especially important consideration this spring. With the cool, wet weather pattern that has extended into early April, time will be of the essence. Growers should prioritize field operations and focus on what is most critical to producing crops. Minimizing and/or limiting trips across the field may be necessary to avoid significant planting delays. In some cases, growers may need to consider switching more acres to no-till/minimum till to reduce time spent on preparatory field operations.With the potential for delayed planting in 2019, it is important to revisit the discussion of planting date versus field conditions. For much of the Eastern Corn Belt it is widely understood that the optimal planting period is between April 20 and May 10. Research has proven that corn loses yield potential daily when planted after the beginning of May. For the Central Corn Belt, the declines in yield potential due to planting delays vary from about 0.3% per day early in May to about 1% per day by the end of May (Nielsen, 2013). Knowing that this is true, it can be frustrating during a wet spring or when field work is delayed for one reason or another. Planting is a critical component of a successful crop as it sets the stage for the entire growing season. However, it is important to keep in mind that early planting is just one of many factors that contribute to high yield potential. Planting early favors high yields, but it does not guarantee them and growers should not focus entirely on the calendar.Growers don’t have to look very far into the past for confirmation of this fact. According to data collected by the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA/NASS, only 62% of the 2009 corn crop was planted by the week ending May 17. Despite later planting dates, the national average yield for the 2009 crop was 164.4 bushels per acre. In 2012, 96% of the corn crop was in the ground as of the week ending May 20. The crop was off to a great start, but thanks to the drought, the national average yield was only 123.1 bushels per acre in 2012. Although it is widely understood that planting date is an important management practice influencing corn yields, 2012 proved other factors (such as the drought) can diminish the yield potential of an early planted crop.When determining whether or not to head to the field, keep in mind soil conditions and the weather forecast. Field work performed in wet soil will create compaction that will impact yields for several years. “Mudding-in” seed early to beat a certain date on the calendar will almost always guarantee problems throughout the growing season. To avoid problems such as compaction, poor emergence, poor root development, and replant, growers should only plant early if field and weather conditions are conducive to adequate seed germination and plant growth. The first 24 to 48 hours a seed is in the ground is critical to its survival. Planting should only occur when soil is dry enough to avoid compaction and soil temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher for corn and 54 degrees of higher for soybeans. Avoid planting immediately before a cold rain or severe weather event. This will ensure that the best possible conditions for germination and stand establishment exist.Every spring comes with its own unique set of challenges. Sound agronomic plans and timely decision making with provide Ohio’s farmers with the best opportunities to produce high-yielding crops.
It may well be that someday a lot of people will be hired by state and local agencies to weatherize homes – and actually do the work – on the grand scale envisioned when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law, a year ago this month. But by the end of December, some 10 months after the stimulus bill was enacted, most aspiring cast members of The Greatest Weatherization Show on Earth were still waiting for callbacks.Over the past few months, a flurry of news reports – some of which we’ve recapped on GBA – have highlighted states’ struggles to expand their programs, manage huge funding increases delivered by the stimulus bill, and sort through accompanying federal regulations, such as the imposition of the Davis-Bacon Act’s prevailing-wage requirement. Federal officials are now echoing the concerns raised in the news stories.A GAO previewEarlier this month the Government Accountability Office released a report titled “Project Selection and Starts Are Influenced by Certain Federal Requirements and Other Factors” (a 34-page pdf), based on data collected in 16 states. The report cites three principal reasons that stimulus-funded programs have been slow to launch: the Davis-Bacon requirements; buy-American provisions (which mostly affected projects of the Departments of Commerce, Education, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency) and the National Historic Preservation Act (affecting mainly programs of the Departments of Commerce and Transportation).Last Friday, the DOE’s inspector general, Gregory Friedman, issued a report that’s in line with the GAO findings but more explicit about the problems afflicting the Weatherization Assistance Program. Friedman’s report blames sluggish program rollouts on confusion over Davis-Bacon requirements but also on such things as recession-fueled hiring freezes and furloughs at some of the agencies managing weatherization programs, even though stimulus funds would have paid the additional salaries. (It’s an irony not lost on many bureaucrats.)A recent New York Times story, for example, noted that a hiring freeze in New York City helped delay the rollout of weatherization programs throughout the state, whose goal is to weatherize 45,400 housing units over three years. By the end of December, however, the state had a completion rate of only 0.62%, or 280 units. The DOE visited sites in 32 states and found similarly dismal completion results in many of them, including Texas (with a 0% completion rate on its three-year target of 33,908 units), California (0.03%), North Carolina (0.89%), and Michigan (1.15%).Diagnosis and treatmentFriedman called the overall results alarming, particularly for a program that, a year ago, was deemed “shovel ready,” and whose administrative infrastructure has been in place for decades. But the DOE report affirms what we know already about government programs that get really big: they can do plenty of good, but they struggle mightily with synchronization and implementation. What’s more, the political pressures accompanying stimulus-funded program expansions have prompted most administrators to move cautiously, and pay special attention to training and auditing procedures designed to prevent and detect fraud.The DOE says it is taking steps to accelerate WAP work, in part by simplifying National Historic Preservation compliance rules for weatherizers and program-eligibility criteria for multifamily dwellings. Each state must complete work on at least 30% of the housing units it plans to weatherize during the three-year period before it can draw down on the remaining 50% of its stimulus-fund allotment. The delays so far have put pressure on a DOE outreach initiative, “Operation Green Light,” that dispatched senior department officials to nine of the highest risk states to help move things along.With everyone scrambling to right the weatherization ship, it could be that the worst – the confusion and delays pegged to expanding some state programs – is over, or nearly over. But if it’s not, the DOE may have to rethink its program goals.
Day five of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series is shaping to be the biggest yet, with eight games back-to-back and a lot on the line for the Australian teams. In the Masters divisions, Australia and New Zealand have both won two series each, with Australia claiming the Men’s 40’s and Men’s 50’s and New Zealand winning the Senior Mixed and Women’s 30’s. The Masters Trans Tasman title rests with the team who wins the third and deciding Men’s 30’s decider, and after two very exciting games so far, the third match will no doubt be an exciting spectacle.Games start at 10.50am NZ time, with each of today’s eight games played on the stadium field. In the Open’s division, Australia needs to take out the Men’s and Mixed games two to level the series back at 1-all after their respective losses yesterday. The Women’s Open team will be hopeful of taking out game two today and taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series after their 6-3 win yesterday. Stay tuned to the www.austouch.com.au website and the Touch Football Australia Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.twitter.com/touchfootyausStay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel over the coming days to see all of the highlights of the Masters Trans Tasman Series and Open’s Trans Tasman Series:www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSuper Trans Tasman Day Five10.50am – Men’s 50’s12.00pm – Men’s 40’s1.10pm – Senior Mixed2.20pm – Women’s 30’s3.30pm – Men’s 30’s4.40pm – Mixed Open5.50pm – Women’s Open7.00pm – Men’s OpenRelated LinksSTT Day Five
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans wait outside of Tiger Stadium to watch the football team arrive between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Freshman quarterback Brandon Harris had a shot to win the quarterback job at LSU this season. After promising performances against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris had a putrid game in the Tigers’ loss to Auburn, completing just 3-of-14 throws for 58 yards in a 41-7 loss. Harris threw just one more pass on the season, an interception against Kentucky. Harris’ high school coach David Feaster doesn’t believe that his former player got a fair shot in Baton Rouge, and encouraged him to transfer to JuCo and eventually another Division I program.Feaster: I tried to talk Brandon Harris into transferring at the break. Since he qualified, he could go JUCO, play 1 yr., go elsewhere— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: LSU had worst passing game and best QB on the bench— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster: Brandon is dedicated to LSU. He really wants to make it work— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015You’re not biased towards your kid or another but you KNOW when an athlete could play in the collegiate level. -Wilson— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Apparently LSU is still telling WR recruits that “you’re QB, you know, Brandon Harris.”— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Feaster said he was sick of LSU telling lies to the public.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015If Feaster were Anthony Jennings dad, he’d be upset with Miles for saying this year was a disappointing QB year.— TheTimFletcherShow (@FletchWorldWide) January 28, 2015Between the lack of faith in both Harris and Anthony Jennings, and the fact that LSU has reportedly had contact with potential transfers like Everett Golson and Braxton Miller, Feaster has a point. However, we totally understand why Harris would want to stick it out at a program like LSU.[247Sports]
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.