Neptune Energy commences drilling at Adorf gas development

first_imgThe well is being drilled with a rig operated by KCA Deutag Neptune Energy commences drilling at Adorf gas development. (Credit: Neptune Energy) Neptune Energy today announced drilling has begun at its operated Adorf Z16 gas development well in the municipality of Hoogstede, north western Germany.The well is being drilled with a rig operated by KCA Deutag, with final depth of around 3,400 metres expected to be reached in August this year. The Adorf Carboniferous gas field was discovered in 2020 and the Adorf Z15 well was brought into production in October. The Z16 well will be the second in the formation.Neptune Energy’s Managing Director in Germany, Andreas Scheck, said: “The Adorf Z16 well is expected to double Neptune’s daily production in the field to around 3,700 barrels of oil equivalent.“Following the field’s discovery last year, this ongoing activity underlines our commitment to invest in the region. The Adorf carboniferous field development is one of our most promising activities in Germany and demonstrates our desire to grow our business here.”Neptune Energy recently completed the acquisition of interests in several oil and gas fields in western Germany and owns 100% of the Adorf Carboniferous gas field. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

O.C. Intermediate School Achieves Sustainability Certification

first_imgThe Ocean City Intermediate School has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.In all, 108 schools achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2019, according to a press release.“The Ocean City Intermediate School staff, students and families worked hard to continue our sustainable efforts, whether it be recycling, conservation, or energy reduction. It is a great honor to be awarded the certification for the third year in a row,” said Geoffery Haines, Ocean City School District K-12 athletic director and former Intermediate School principal.Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification takes commitment and collaborative effort. Each school that is certified at the bronze level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions, attaining a minimum of 150 points.This year, ten schools achieved certification at the more advanced silver level, which requires a minimum of 350 points of sustainability actions.Currently, a total of 872 schools and 337 school districts are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program overall. Following is the complete list of schools that achieved certification in 2019: 2019 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certified Schools.“I commend the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students for their hard work and dedication – it’s truly paying off,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 2019 schools that have achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are leading the way to a more sustainable New Jersey. I’ve seen time and again, when schools and our young people are given direction and support, they’re powerful catalysts for change. Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement.”To date, 5,079 sustainability actions were completed by schools and districts participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program – from performing energy audits and boosting recycling efforts to integrating sustainability into student learning and promoting student and staff wellness.“Sustainable schools provide a healthy environment, conserve resources and improve the well-being of the community,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) executive director. “Attaining certification is a significant accomplishment that reflects the leadership of the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents in this effort.”On Oct. 22, the certified schools and their districts will be celebrated at a reception held during NJSBA Workshop 2019 in Atlantic City. The Ocean City Intermediate School is one of the five drop-off locations for plastic bags.last_img read more

Press release: FOREIGN FLAGGED SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING JANUARY 2018

first_img All deficiencies should be rectified before departure if at all possible. 18416 – Ropes and wires Not as required No This vessel was released on 25th January 2018Vessel Name: A2B ENERGYGT: 3999IMO: 9183427Flag: Netherlands (White flag)Company: Holwerda Shipmanagement BVClassification Society: DNV GLRecognised Organisation: DNV GLRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: DNV GLRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: DNV GLDate and Place of Detention: 11th January 2018 at BlythSummary: Seventeen deficiencies with two grounds for detention 01199 – Other certs (Certificate of class) Expired Yes 11117 – Lifebuoys inc. provisions and disposition Not as required No Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 02113 – Hull – cracking Cracked No 10115 – GNSS receiver/Terrestrial radio navigation switch Inoperative No 10127 – Voyage or passage plan Lack of information No 18204 – Calculation and payment of wages No records Yes 18313 – Cleanliness Signs of vermin Yes 03103 – Railings, gangway, walkway and means of safe passage Damaged No Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 10127 – Voyage or passage plan Not as required No 01201 – Certificates for master and officers Missing Yes This vessel was still detained on 31st January 2018Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)GT: 106.IMO No: 8944446.Flag: Unregistered.Company: Open Window Inc.Classification Society: Unclassed.Recognised Organisation: Not applicable.Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: Not applicable.Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: Not applicableDate and Place of detention: 4 March 2010, LowestoftSummary: Thirty deficiencies including seven grounds for detentionThis vessel was still detained on 31st January 2018Notes to Editors• The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities. Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector at www.seavision.org.uk• Follow us on Twitter: @MCA_mediaFor further information please contactMaritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:+44 (0) 2380 329 401Press releases and further information about the agency is available here. 15150 – ISM Not as required Yes 01316 – Cargo information Missing information No Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 01310 – Signs, indications Missing No 07199 – Other (fire safety) Other No 10138 – BNWAS Inoperative No 18407 – Lighting (working spaces) Missing No 11117 – Lifebuoys incl. provision and distribution Light missing No 03110 – Bulwarks and freeing ports Damaged No Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 11116 – Distress flares Expired No 10111 – Charts Missing No This vessel was still detained on 31st January 2018Vessel Name: GEORGIY USHAKOVGT: 6204IMO: 9210335Flag: Russian Federation (White List)Company: JSC Maritime Trade Port of KhatangaClassification Society: RMRSRecognised Organisation: RMRSRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: RMRSRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: RMRSDate and Place of Detention: 30th January 2018 at GrimsbySummary: Sixteen deficiencies with two grounds for detention 10105 – Magnetic compass Not readable No 15150 – ISM Not as required Yes 18399 – Other (Accommodation, recreational facilities) Other No The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as THETIS. This allows the ships with a high risk rating and poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection. Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention Not as required Yes This vessel was released on 27th January 2018Vessel Name: SEA TRIDENTGT: 964.IMO No: 7393169.Flag: PANAMA (white list)Company:Classification Society: ExpiredRecognised Organisation: ExpiredRecognised Organisation for ISM DOC:Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC:Date and Place of Detention: 17 June 2016, West CowesSummary: Seventeen deficiencies with seventeen grounds for detentions 16105 – Access control Not as required No 03108 – Ventilators air pipes, casings Corroded No 01102 – Cargo Ship safety construction cert Expired Yes 07118 – International shore connection Not as required No 04102 – Emergency fire pump and its pipes Not as required Yes 07105 – Fire doors/openings in fire resisting divisions Not as required No 18420 – Cleanliness of engine room Not as required No 18302 – Sanitary Facilities Not as required No 01117 – IOPP (International Oil Pollution Prevention cert Expired Yes 10105 – Magnetic compass Not as required Yes 06199 – Other (cargo) Other No 10101 – Pilot ladders and hoist/pilot transfer arrangements Missing No When applicable, the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory Surveys for the safe operation of regular Ro-Ro ferry and high speed passenger craft services (1999/35/EU). 10111 – Charts Not updated Yes 07105 – Fire doors/openings in fire resisting divisions Not as required Yes 10116 – Nautical publications Missing No 18399 – Other (Accommodation, recreational facilities) Other No 04103 – Emergency lighting, batteries and switches Inoperative No 18407 – Lighting (working spaces) Damaged No 04114 – Emergency source of power – Emergency generator Not as required Yes 02114 – Bulkhead – corrosion Holed No 01214 – Enforcement by flag state Missing No 14499 – Other (Marpol Annex IV) Other No 03108 – Ventilators, air pipes, casings Damaged Yes 07420 – Means of escape Blocked No 14108 – 15ppm alarm arrangements Inoperative No Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 01137 – Civil liability for oil pollution damage cert Missing No 07110 – Fire fighting equipment & appliances Not as required Yes 01137 – Civil liability for bunker oil pollution damage cert Expired Yes 10116 – Nautical publications Not updated Yes Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 04103 – Emergency lighting, batteries and switches Not as required No Full details of the ship.The accompanying detention list shows ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it. It also shows the ship’s name and flag state at the time of its inspection. Company.The company shown in the vessel’s Safety Management Certificate (SMC) or if there is no SMC, then the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the safety of the ship at the time of inspection. Classification Society.The list shows the Classification Society responsible for classing the ship only. Recognised Organisation.Responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates on behalf of the Flag State White (WL), Grey (GL) and Black lists (BL) are issued by the Paris MoU on 01 July each year and shows the performance of flag State. 07105 – Fire doors/opening in fire resisting divisions Not as required No 13103 – Gauges, thermometers, etc. Not as required No 01101 – Cargo ship safety equipment cert Expired Yescenter_img 01124 – International Air Pollution Prevention cert Expired Yes This vessel was released on 20th January 2018Vessel Name: DEEPSEA WORKERGT: 3345IMO: 7905285Flag: St Vincent & GrenadinesCompany: Seaway Offshore LLCClassification Society: DNV GLRecognised Organisation: DNV GLRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: DNV GLRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: DNV GLDate and Place of Detention: 19th January 2018 at SunderlandSummary: Fifteen deficiencies with one grounds for detention 13101 – Propulsion main engine Not as required No In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson’s inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping, and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (2009/16/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month. 18299 – Other (conditions of employment) Other No This vessel was still detained on 31st January 2018Vessel Name: NAS PATHFINDERGT: 224IMO: 7312402Flag: Panama (White Flag)Company: Hakvoort Transport Shipping BVClassification Society: QRSRecognised Organisation: QRSRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: N/ARecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: N/ADate and Place of Detention: 16th January 2018 at DoverSummary: Twenty three deficiencies with eleven grounds for detention 11104 – Rescue boats Not ready for use Yes 01201 – Certificates for master and officers Not as required No 07199 – Other (fire safety) Other Yes 01209 – Manning specified by the minimum safe manning doc Missing Yes Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 01108 – Load lines (including exemption) Missing Yes 07113 – Fire pumps and its pipes Not as required No 10129 – Navigation records Not as required No 11116 – Distress flares Missing Yes 01199 – Other (Certificates) Other Yes 15150 – ISM Not as required No This vessel was still detained on 31st January 2018Vessel Name: LIVA GRETAGT: 851IMO: 8801072Flag: Latvia (White Flag)Company: Aquarius Ship Management CoClassification Society: RINARecognised Organisation: RINARecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: RMRSRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: RMRSDate and Place of Detention: 16th January 2018 at TroonSummary: Eleven deficiencies with one grounds for detention 18416 – Ropes and wires Damaged No SHIPS DETAINED IN JANUARY 2018Vessel Name: YASEMINGT: 4355IMO: 9136836Flag: Malta (White List)Company: 1st Denizcilik LtdClassification Society: NKKRecognised Organisation: NKKRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: NKKRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: NKKDate and Place of Detention: 31st January 2018 at SouthamptonSummary: Four deficiencies with two grounds for detention During January, there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port, four vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of six vessels remain under detention at the end of January. 11116 – Distress flares Expired No Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. When a ship is found to be not in compliance with applicable convention requirements, a deficiency may be raised. If any of their deficiencies are so serious they have to be rectified before departure, then the ship will be detained. 18324 – Cold room, cold room cleanliness, cold room temperature Inoperative No 18401 – Medical equipment, medical chest, medical guide Expired No Notes on the list of detentions 07114 – Remote means of control (opening, pumps, ventilation etc.) Machinery spaces Inoperative No 10111 – Charts Not updated Yes 10127 – Voyage or passage plan 07109 – Fixed fire extinguishing installation Not as required No 11113 – Launching arrangements for rescue boats Not as required No 14105 – Pumping, piping and discharge arrangements Not as required No 07106 – Fire detection and alarm system Not as required No 01214 – Endorsement by flagstate Missing Yes 18417 – Anchoring devices Not properly maintained No 05105 – MF/HF Radio installation Not as required Yes 04106 – Emergency steering position communications/compass reading Inoperative No 07122 – Fire control plan Not updated No 11116 – Distress flares Missing Yes 04103 – Emergency lighting, batteries and switches Inoperative No 07109 – Fixed fire fighting extinguishing installation Not as required Yes 18404 – Electrical Unsafe Yes 01220 – Seafarers’ employment agreement (SEA) Missing Yes 14103 – Segregation of oil and water ballast Not as required Yes This vessel was still detained on 31st January 2018Vessel Name: MALAVIYA SEVENGT: 3001IMO: 9087312Flag: India (Grey List)Company: GOL Offshore LtdClassification Society: IRSRecognised Organisation: IRSRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: IRSRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: IRSDate and Place of Detention: 5th October 2016 at AberdeenSummary: Five deficiencies with five grounds for detention 18432 – Risk evaluation, training and instructions to seafarers Not as required No 01119 – International Sewage Pollution Prevention cert Expired Yes 18425 – Access/structural features (ship) Damaged Yes 18203 – Wages Missing Yes 01220 – Seafarers employment agreement (SEA) Invalid Yes 18399 – Other (accommodation, recreational facilities) Other No 07110 – Fire fighting equipment and appliances Not as required Yes Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention 07111 – Personal equipment for fire safety Missing Yes 11101 – Lifeboats Not ready for use No 01104 – Cargo ship safety radio cert Expired Yes 10116 – Publications Nautical Not updated Yes 15150 – ISM Not as required Yes 01108 – Loadline cert Expired Yes This vessel was released on 14th January 2018DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHSVessel Name: DOLLY CGT: 652IMO: 7222310Flag: St Vincent & Grenadines (Grey List)Company: No InformationClassification Society: No InformationRecognised Organisation: No InformationRecognised Organisation for ISM Doc: No InformationRecognised Organisation for ISM SMC: No InformationDate and Place of Detention: 29th November 2017 at FalmouthSummary: Eight deficiencies with eight grounds for detention 07113 – Fire pumps and its pipes Not as required Yes 16105 – Access control to the ship Not as required No 18324 – Cold room, cleanliness, cold room temperature Not as required No 05103 – Main installation Missing equipment Yes 10117 – Echo sounder Inoperative No 11108 – Inflatable liferafts Expired Yes 03106 – Windows, sidescuttles and deadlights Not properly maintained No 01214 – Endorsement by flagstate Missing Yes 10109 – Lights, shapes, sound signals Not properly maintained No 01140 – Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance Missing Yes 18425 – Access/structural features (ship) Not as required Nolast_img read more

Greener Grounds Discuss ‘Momentous’ New Album, Writing Songs & More

first_imgThere were millions dust particles dancing in the smoky air, kicked up by barefooted people without a care in the world. Lights flashed across smiles stretched tight and the music penetrated every cell. A pulse of jamtronica integrated into the hearts of the wanderers who found themselves there. The crowd was only about half of those who found this band by serendipity, however, as the other half knew exactly what was coming in the sets between The New Mastersounds and Papadosio.Greener Grounds kept the party going strong with intricate harmonies, funkadelic synthesis and all around positive vibration. Throughout their two sets, they brought out some of their fan-favorites such as “Clairvoyance” and a cameo appearance from Kevin Donohue from SunSquabi to play “Invisiball”, as well as showcased some of their new material just released on their new album Momentous. Hoots and hollers, wolf calls and hearty “YEAH!!s” carried over the crowd of dancers and wild things.Live for Live Music got the chance to sit down with all four band members – guitarist Joe Shur, keyboardist Roland Hanson, bassist Jay Rieder and drummer AJ Gillman – before the festivities began, and here is what they had to say about their music, their skyrocketing career, and what it’s like to be a team in the writing process.L4LM: Tell me about your new album Momentous; what was unique to this album from your EP Photosynthesis?Roland: We’ve definitely come a long way from our first EP Photosynthesis. I think our composition has become better and more complex. We also introduced Ableton. We’ve been a band now for about two and a half years, so two and a half years worth of work shows in this new album.AJ: Yeah so we have a computer onstage now. If you compare them, Photosynthesis and Momentous, you can see the growth. As soon we dropped the EP, we just hit the ground running with Momentous.Joe: I think something really unique that we worked on with this album was the songs we made like, over a year and a half ago, so it was kind of like piecing together some old songs with some new songs we were making. So they had completely different sounds to them and there are a lot of different colors to them.AJ: A lot of the songs we were playing live before we recorded them, and a few of them we waited to drop after Momentous hit pretty much. But as soon as we got done with Photosynthesis we got started writing right away. We were able to come out with an album a year later. We needed some new stuff out there for people to listen to. People don’t always want to listen to live sets; they want to listen to studio stuff too. It makes a big difference. People always tell us “I have one CD in my car and I have to listen to it over, and over, and over again,” It’ll get stuck in your head and that’s what’s happening with us for a lot of people. They tell us, “We listen to your stuff all day because it’s the only thing we have in our car, but it’s still good, you know.”L4LM: Can you tell me your guys’ writing process?Roland: It’s different for a lot of our different songs.Joe: It depends on what we’re going for.Roland: Sometimes I start a riff, or I have a basic concept for a song, and we all get together and put pieces in and build it together. It’s never one person writing a whole song. It’s always a collaboration. Joe writes a lot of the music – he’ll come up with some really interesting lines. We all get together off one idea that one of us has, and build songs together.AJ: And then the other process is that we have these Ableton tracks that Roland writes alone, and then he introduces it to us and then we kind of build the song around it.Joe: It’s definitely a big collaboration, yeah pretty much off of one person. But it’s cool because I’ve noticed, making a riff or making a lick and having an idea for a song, then coming to these guys, sometimes it’ll change up for the better. We’ll kind of develop a song that relates to all of us, because the four of us have very different musical backgrounds but it all clashes beautifully.AJ: There are a lot of changes in our music that goes from one vibe to a complete 180, it’s somewhere else, and we like doing that because we all have different ideas. We all want to make each other happy with the song that we’re writing. And, you know, if I have a crazy part, there’s no reason why it can’t work itself into the song at one point even though your crazy part (looks at bandmembers) sounds completely different. Some of our songs may start with like an island-reggae style then we go into a real high-energy sea-beat and just jam for awhile. Also we try to go into different directions in the same song.Joe: I think we really have a good way with crowd-control. Making people feel different emotions throughout the set. We have a lot of different influences and people will come up to us and be like, “You guys sound like this band,” and somebody else will be like, “Nah, they sound like this band!”Roland: “Yeah, you guys sound like this band with a  little bit of mix from this band and there’s a little bit of this band in there too.”Joe: In Saint Louis some guy kept screaming at the top of his lungs, “Next tribe! Next tribe!” like so loud!Jay: Yeah our diversity in our music styles that we have a little bit of something for everybody, which really plays to our advantage. Whether you are big into electronica or just the jam or heavy metal or whatever, there’s a little bit of something for everybody. So everyone can enjoy it at least a little bit if not the whole set. We go for it.Joe: We’ve heard people say we sound like anywhere from Lotus to Between the Bird and Me.AJ: I heard Deftones a couple weeks ago. Our music has theatrical elements that can really bring out emotion in people. Like some of our tunes, the progressions can really make a person feel something, not just make them want to dance. You can get real happy from like hearing some of the stuff we play. It happens for me, and it happens for other people I talk to and I think that’s really cool to be able to do that, because you know when it’s happening.Joe: I think it’s also the beauty of instrumental music – people aren’t really focused on any vocals, they’re just listening to us play our instruments. We kinda like to sing through just our instruments.L4LM: Well it’s really fun to watch too, especially in festival communities, there’s kind of a higher consciousness level, right? There’s a bigger grid, and people are already more open to that connection, so when you have the ability to effect one person, it’s contagious and that vibe becomes everybody.Roland: That’s one of the most fulfilling things about playing in a band for me, is just the connected energy that we have with each other, with the crowd, and when that energy builds you can see it in their faces, you can see it in our faces, and it’s just this magical moment.Joe: It’s a cycle, you kind of react off their energy that they’re reacting off of what you’re playing and if you can keep it going that’s awesome.L4LM: How big is your fan-following?AJ: It’s grown tremendously over the last year, so we’ve noticed that our crowds are starting to be less of just our friends and more people we don’t know. And we’ve definitely been extending out to the East Coast, playing in the Midwest, it’s cool to make new fans and the second time we went around just last month we noticed so many people have picked up onto us since coming out there and it’s kind of the expansion.Roland: We just had our album release party at Cervantes’ Other Side last weekend and we sold that out. It’s futurized.AJ: We’ve gotten a lot of good response from Ohio, especially, just from playing our first out-of-state shows there. We played a lot of festivals there and had a lot of great opportunity, so other than Colorado I would say that Columbus is our hot-spot. We have a lot of friends out there that like to come out and get hype with us.L4LM: What’s your favorite venue you’ve played at?Roland: We have not played there yet but we are about to play at the Mishawaka Amphitheater with EOTO and Unlimited Aspect on August 20th. And that will be my favorite.AJ: Yeah, I’m stoked that’s one of the coolest venues in Colorado.L4LM: What festival is your favorite? Have you been to any of these 12 festivals on this tour before or will they mostly all be first-timers?AJ: We’ve already done about nine of them.Joe: This is our second year at ARISE.Roland: Yeah ARISE this year was our second and so was Sonic Bloom. And then we are playing Resonance in Ohio in September and that will be our second year as well. And the rest were all first times.L4LM: How does it feel to be asked to play a new festival, or approved?Joe: Definitely crazy…AJ: Just being asked to play a festival instead of pitching ourselves to a talent buyer is a very cool thing. I know Backwoods in Oklahoma is a big one and they reached out to us which I was surprised about. They want up-and-coming Colorado bands for some reason, that’s what they think is hot right now because of the scene here. People from Colorado come out to go to festivals all over the country and I think that may have been a reason but we’re definitely getting people’s attention.L4LM: Colorado has definitely become the center-point for the rest of the country. Did you all grow up in Colorado?Joe: Me, Roland, and Jay actually all did and we went to the same high school together. Then we just randomly found AJ on Craigslist and he moved out here from Philly; kind of like destiny.AJ: I was living out here for a little while before I found you guys and after I left my old band in Philly, which was doing fine, but I saw the potential out here when I visited to see some shows and I was like, “I gotta move to Colorado” and I did right after that and then I met these guys. Now two years later we’re touring. It’s all happened so fast but it’s definitely been the best experience.Joe: It was meant to be. Everything’s kind of just coming full circle for us and we’ve realized that this is what we’re meant to be doing.AJ: It’s nice because I have some resources on the East Coast, our manager is from Connecticut, so when we tour over there we have places to stay, we know some people, so when we’re in places we’ve never been before we can get some friends out, get the word out, which is super helpful.L4LM: What are your memorable moments from this tour?AJ: I would definitely say the time at Farm Fest there was a huge rainstorm right before we were supposed to play. We had to tarp off all the gear and get everything expensive out of the way. We didn’t even know it was going to happen because it went on for like 45 minutes and then it was gone.L4LM: After that, pretty much the whole festival came out. AJ: We did not expect to have that big of a crowd at that time.Roland: It was a blessing because it was so hot, if it wouldn’t have rained and our set wouldn’t have been postponed, we probably would have had about half the crowd, with half the energy.AJ: It pushed our set later into the nighttime/late afternoon, which was great. We always want to play later, and it didn’t affect our time so we got to play for the full-length and go later. It was a win-win for everybody.L4LM: Do you prefer day sets or night sets? The later the better?(In unison): Night sets.Roland: We play dance music.Joe: Just because of the electronic base that we have, it’s just more fun with lights and people tend to have more energy at night and so we pick up the energy too.Jay: Most of our music is dance-beat.Joe: Yeah, exactly. We try to change it up, if we play a day set we play mellower and jammy type stuff; we don’t try to play the bangers or any of our heavy stuff before it gets dark. People usually like to hear that at night. .L4LM: How did you guys get signed with Nimbleslick?AJ: Our manager James was actually contacted by them to be picked up as one of their clients so pretty much us and the rest of the bands he manages were all on the roster for Nimbleslick.Joe: They’re based out of Georgia but they wanted to open up a Denver office so James and a few others were the first people to start that office. James became a booking agent for Nimbleslick so he manages us personally and also does all of our booking. He has a bunch of clients that he does booking for but I think we’re the main one he focuses on for management. Without him and all the things he’s been able to do for us, we wouldn’t be as close to where we are right now. We don’t know about publicity, and marketing and all that stuff like he does.L4LM: How would you describe your music in one word?Joe: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.Jay: Diverse.Roland: Diversity is a good one. We mess around with a lot of genres and styles and tempos and we’re just kind of all over the place.AJ: Space-travel.L4LM: Last but certainly not least, what’s your go-to candy?Joe: Nerds Rope or Sour Patch Kids. Just mix in both of those together and shove them into my face.AJ: I like that AirHeads Tape, or that Sour Patch Tape – I mean, it’s all good.Jay: I’ve always liked those strawberry candies with the juicy filling in the middle.L4LM: Oh my God, yeah like at Grandma’s house?!Jay: Yeah, the grandma one! You get them at like the Dollar Stores and that’s about it.Joe: Roland’s a chocolate guy.Roland: I was literally about to say, “I’m a chocolate guy.” Toblerone or Ghirardelli.L4LM: Also, for my own personal interest, what are your Zodiac signs?Joe: I’m a giant crab. Which is crazy, because my grandmother was actually killed by a massive crab. *everyone bursts out laughing* So sorry, I actually heard that joke from some movie once…Jay: I’m a Scorpio.Roland: I’m a Capricorn.AJ: Taurus.L4LM: That’s a nice equal combo, earth and water signs.Roland: How can we figure out what the band’s sign is?Joe: We’re a Tanceruscorpio.Jay: A tangerine-scorpio.Greener Grounds will be finishing up this tour with three more dates in Colorado, with Old Town Pub in Steamboat Springs on August 19th, the Mishawaka Amphitheater on August 20th, and a Phish Pre-Party with Pink Talking Fish at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on August 31st before heading out to Resonance (Ohio), Backwoods (Oklahoma), and Luna Light (Maryland) festival. Be sure to catch them at any of these shows, because once they are all just good memories, Greener Grounds will be taking a break from touring while they write even more new music and get started on their next album. They aren’t giving themselves a deadline, so really it’s up to their creative waters on how fast these guys flow into their new album release. As Joe put it, “We wanna put more time into this one than we have with the last few. It’s been good to get the music out that we have but we have not stopped, not taken a minute to breathe, and we need to write some more music so we’re not playing repeated shows. Not like we play the same sets – we’d never do that. But we’re trying to change the order and change the songs up.” Roland quickly followed up with, “We wanna come out in festival season next year and just be playing sets where people are like, ‘I have never heard any of this stuff.’”A friendly reminder for those unfortunate fans that won’t get a chance to catch them live before they go into hiding with their new album, all their music is free online (donations appreciated) through their website, or you can stream them from Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, iTunes, or follow their page on Facebook.last_img read more

Lotus Announces 2018 Winter Tour

first_imgToday, the jamtronica pioneers of Lotus announced an extended winter tour in 2018. In February and March of 2018, the group will hit the road, touring heavily in support of their latest album Eat The Light. The tight electronic jam five-piece kicks off their tour in Morgantown, West Virginia, on February 7th. From there the group has a number of stops in the Midwest before starting the West Coast leg of their tour on Valentine’s Day with a performance in Spokane, Washington’s Knitting Factory. A three-night run in Colorado will fall from February 22nd through 24th, followed by the final Southern leg of the tour.Watch Lotus Tear Through “Drunken Giraffe” In This Pro-Shot Boulder RecapYou can check out Lotus’ full upcoming tour dates below, including their three-night New Year’s Eve run across the mid-Atlantic. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets are available now on Lotus Ticketing, including Early Bird pricing for 2/9 in Chicago and 2/28 in Knoxville. For more ticketing information, check out the band’s website here. Lotus Upcoming Winter Tour Dates:12/29 Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live12/30 Buffalo, NY, Buffalo RiverWorks12/31 Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE1/17-22 Jam Cruise 162/07 Morgantown, WV, Mainstage Morgantown2/08 Columbus, OH, Express Live!2/09 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre2/10 Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom2/11 Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Cafe2/14 Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory Concert House2/15 Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom2/16 Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre2/17 Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda Theatre2/18 San Diego, CA, Music Box2/21 Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot2/22 Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen2/23 Aspen, CO, Belly Up Aspen2/24 Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium2/27 Nashville, TN, Exit/In2/28 Knoxville, TN, The International3/01 Charlotte, NC, The Underground3/02 Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre3/03 Raleigh, NC, Lincoln Theatre[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img read more

An earlier changing climate

first_imgHumans living at the end of the last ice age endured their own version of climate change, one where a harsh, bitterly cold Europe gradually warmed to become the forested continent that exists today.Lawrence Straus, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, described life for people of the Magdalenian culture, who in many ways were like us, but endured the difficult living conditions of the Upper Paleolithic, which stretched to 10,000 years ago.Straus, who on Thursday (March 11) delivered the annual Hallam L. Movius Jr. Lecture, sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, said humans had nearly been pushed out of Europe by the time of the last glacial maximum, 20,000 years ago, when the enormous sheets of ice had pushed furthest south.At that time, people were clustered along the coast of the Iberian Peninsula, which today contains Spain and Portugal. They were likely living away from the modern coast, he said, because the sea level was 425 feet lower than now. Some residential sites undoubtedly exist along now-drowned riverbanks and coastlines under today’s Mediterranean Sea.It was a time of enormous environmental stress, Straus said, when glaciers not only chilled the world, they bound up moisture, resulting in a “polar desert,” barren and treeless, across much of Europe that was not covered in ice.But as the world slowly warmed, the Magdalenian people expanded northward and away from the coast into the peninsula’s mountains, where they hunted ibex. As they made their way into France and further northwest across Europe to the Vistula River, they hunted the abundant reindeer and horse herds, as well as bison and red deer. They caught rabbits by the hundreds in large drives, likely using nets, and developed harpoon tips to spear the day’s enormous salmon and other fish. During hard times, they consumed shellfish.“This was a world of re-expansion. It was a world in which humans are on the rebound after a very severe crisis during the last ice age,” Straus said.In such a harsh environment, Straus said, shelter was a constant concern. People would march deliberately across open areas, fearful of getting caught in a storm, and settled in caves across the region. They were not only hunters, but artists, creating cave drawings in wide caverns that were likely public gathering places, and in deeper, hidden areas that may have been for specific rituals. They crafted statues, baskets, and elaborately decorated clothing. They conducted rituals, played music on bone flutes, and created many kinds of blades for their weapons. They even engaged in construction, paving areas that might become muddy, and may have built stonewalls.Because stone is so durable and scientists can trace its origin, it provides a particularly good way to track the travels of the Magdalenian people, Straus said. What stones — which were used for weapon points and other artifacts — tell researchers is that they were a people who tended to stay in a set range, but who had contact and trade with nearby groups.The further north people journeyed, he said, the more they traveled to find game, and the more critical it was that they maintain ties with groups to the south, since it was harder to eke out a living on the harsher landscape.Ironically, as that landscape became less harsh and forests gradually pushed north, Straus said, the richness of the culture seems to have dissipated as environmental changes gathered steam and people were forced to learn new ways to survive, and new patterns of their prey’s travel and behavior.“It was a world in very rapid evolution,” Straus said.last_img read more

Watch Tracie Thoms Get to the Bottom of a Catfish Mystery

first_imgWe’re filing this one under creepy and twisted…but we can’t look away. Broadway alum and Rent (on stage and screen) star Tracie Thoms is the latest to call on Nev Schulman and Max Joseph to uncover the truth behind an online encounter on the MTV reality series Catfish. While most episodes deal with deceit in the online dating world, Thoms’ concerns come from a passionate super-fan who resorts to false identities and fake terminal illnesses to grab her attention. The episode airs on June 4 on MTV; watch a sneak peek below! Star Files View Commentscenter_img Tracie Thomslast_img read more

Bermudagrass stem maggot

first_imgA new invasive pest is having a major impact on bermudagrass hay production in south Georgia.The bermudagrass stem maggot, native to Southeast Asia, has only been spotted in the U.S. for a couple of years, according to University of Georgia Forage Extension Specialist Dennis Hancock. In that short span, however, the pest has left an indelible mark on forage production.The forage pest can be found in south Georgia, north Florida and parts of Central Florida, Hancock said. “We don’t know yet if that’s the limit to where it’s going to go or if the population hasn’t built up to that level yet. I think it’s the latter rather than the former,” he said. “I think we’re going to see the populations built up. I think we will increasingly see damage above the fall line.”Some Georgia producers are reporting damage levels in excess of 50 percent yield loss, Hancock said. He recommends producers suffering a greater than 20 percent loss apply the “suppression technique.”The strategy Hancock refers to involves applying an insecticide about a week after harvest. This kills the existing flies that repopulate to that area after it’s been cut. This is followed by another insecticide application two weeks later. What is important to remember, according to Hancock, is this treatment is only suppressing the problem, not eliminating the pest.Hanock says the real solution would be a systemic pesticide that would kill the maggot when it’s inside the stem of the grass.“The maggot is what’s doing the damage. It’s inside the stem when it’s doing the damage. Our contact insecticides aren’t killing the maggot, they’re killing the fly,” Hancock said. “Flies, by their very nature, fly. They repopulate areas quickly. Once we kill them out, they’re going to just fly right back in.”A UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate student who’s been studying the pest estimates in access of 400,000 flies per acre, he said. Hancock’s research shows the damage starts when an adult fly lays its eggs on a bermudagrass pseudostem, a false stem composed of rolled or folded leaf blades. After hatching, the larvae move toward a node, where a leaf blade emerges. Upon development, the larvae feed on the node, which causes death and chlorosis of the leaf blade.One positive for producers is the low cost of the insecticides needed. Hancock said both applications costs less than $12 per acre, in most cases. Another option producers have in fighting the bermudagrass stem maggot problem is finding a resistant cultivar. Hancock added that some of the better hybrids are “less susceptible” to the maggot problem.For updates on bermudagrass and insect management in forage crops, see the UGA website www.georgiaforages.com.last_img read more

3D Could Be Dominant Television Technology in 2 Years

first_img Watching television in three dimensions at home could become common in only two years, since the price of 3D televisions has fallen and major events such as the World Cup have drawn people’s attention to the technology. Although many believe that consumers will not want to wear 3D glasses at home, and the technology has only been on sale for a few months, a number of factors suggest a more rapid diffusion than in the case of other technologies. Unlike high-definition video or the VHS-Betamax battle, where the spread of the technology was delayed for years by struggles between studios and manufacturers to dominate the market, there are no signs that 3D will be the subject of a format war. Consumers have no reason to fear spending a lot of money on the wrong piece of equipment, since the HDMI cables that connect the decoders to televisions or other screens can detect and support different systems. Often, new technology is confronted with a chicken-and-egg dilemma, in which consumers do not want to buy new equipment until content for it is available, and media firms are not motivated to produce content until consumers acquire the equipment needed to consume it. However, 3D televisions are already on sale, with Samsung models that convert two-dimensional signals into 3D in real time, meaning that consumers can start to enjoy images that leap out of their screens right away, even though there is still not much original content available in 3D. DGS, the second-largest electronics retailer in Europe, said that sales of televisions increased fifty percent this year between the period leading up the World Cup in South Africa and the final played Sunday. “We’re still in the diffusion phase right now, but the way that people have been buying them and keep on buying them gives us a lot of confidence about 3D sales,” a DSG spokesperson said. Stu Lipoff, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers the world’s largest technical society, said, “It’s one of the most notable things I’ve seen in my thirty years in engineering.” “The processing capability is comparable to what five years ago you could only find in a large computer in a university laboratory,” he indicated with regard to the technology. By Dialogo July 13, 2010 I would be one of the potential buyers of a 3d TV set, bat I have seen/heard nothing about this subject in my country. If I bought one in the States, for example, could I use it here? THE WHOLE WORLD IS INTERESTEDcenter_img Samsung, which was the first company in the market, hopes to sell the majority of 3D televisions this year, but Sony, Panasonic, and LG have not lagged behind. Samsung and Sony are possibly seeking to reach an agreement to establish a 3D alliance. Sony expects 3D models to make up ten percent of the more than twenty-five million LCD televisions it hopes to sell in the next fiscal year. Interest in 3D has been growing rapidly, among both experts and the general public. People’s enthusiasm for 3D has been encouraged by the successful movie Avatar, which opened in theaters around the world in late 2009, and which by itself caused the share of American consumers aware of the technology to increase from forty to sixty percent, according to Clarke Stewart, a television analyst for the research firm Informa. Sport is also fertile ground for 3D. French media firms see sports and pornography as promoting the adoption of 3D, since the spectator will feel that he or she is in the center of the action, instead of simply observing from a distance.last_img read more

CUNA findings: Branch location matters for the underserved

first_imgCUNA released Friday the July 2019 edition of the Economic Update, sponsored by the CUNA Finance Council. Senior Policy Analyst Samira Salem reports on recent U.S. economic growth developments, most notably a forecasted slowdown in economic growth spurred by the waning effects of the tax cuts, uncertainty around trade policy, and slowing global growth and the expectation that the Federal Reserve will cut the fed funds rate in the near term.This month’s update also features CUNA’s updated economic and credit union forecast and new research from CUNA in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin’s Applied Population Lab on why credit union branch location matters, especially for those of modest means.“Our research reveals that, community-chartered credit unions locate a higher percentage of branches in modest means (71% vs. 66%) and low-income (6% vs. 5%) census tracts compared to banks. Credit unions are doing their part to reduce obstacles to financial inclusion, especially for those of modest means and low-income members,” Salem said. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more