Bonnaroo Shows Off First-Ever Bathrooms With Brand New Plumbing System

first_imgThe biggest attraction at this year’s Bonnaroo may not be its music, but its plumbing. Yes, you read that right.Anyone who has attended Bonnaroo knows that the festival is truly isolated on its Manchester, TN locale. After 15 years spent living the port-o-potty life, the festival invested in a major water line to run into the grounds, allowing them to install two fully functional bathrooms (with 150 toilets each!), three new shower buildings, and 58 new water refill stations.Bonnaroo co-curator Rick Farman spoke about the new johns with The Tennessean, saying “One of the things we heard feedback from the fans on is that, obviously, the Port-O-Let experience is not as comfortable as permanent bathrooms. We decided that would be a good place for us to spend some of our investment capital, and now we’re really glad that it’s going to be out there this year.”Though the bathrooms are still under construction, the 80,000 people who make their way to Bonnaroo annually have something to celebrate. Farman explains, “In some ways, we’re more similar to a Burning Man than we are to a Lollapalooza. I think that the people who are looking for the Bonnaroo experience are looking for something a little more immersive, and more about coming together with a creative community.”The festival kicks off in just a few weeks, running from June 9th to 12th with headliners Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, LCD Soundsystem, and, now, Plumbing. As Farman says, “We always want to stay ahead of the curve and create the best experience we can for the fans,” and having a clean place to use the bathroom certainly makes for a great experience.last_img read more

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Radcliffe names 48 new fellows

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has announced the 48 women and men selected to be Radcliffe Institute fellows in 2010–11. These creative artists, humanists, scientists, and social scientists were chosen — from a pool of nearly 900 applicants — for their superior scholarship, research, or artistic endeavors, as well as the potential of their projects to yield long-term impact. While at Radcliffe, they will work within and across disciplines.Two Radcliffe Institute professors will join the community of fellows next year. Joanna Aizenberg, the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Radcliffe and the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), will lead a thematic cluster in biomimetics, and Nancy E. Hill, the Suzanne Murray Professor at Radcliffe and a professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will study cultural belief systems and ethnic group variations in parenting and children’s development.“We welcome these distinguished fellows to the Radcliffe Institute and we enthusiastically await the important discoveries, artistic creations, and collaborations — within Radcliffe and in the wider Harvard and local communities — that will emerge during their time here,” said Barbara J. Grosz, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences at SEAS.Now in its 10th year, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program has awarded fellowships to more than 500 accomplished and promising artists, scientists, and scholars. Past fellows include Elizabeth Alexander, the fourth U.S. presidential inaugural poet; Mulatu Astatke, founder of the hybrid musical form Ethio Jazz; Debra Fischer, who has participated in the discovery of roughly half the known extrasolar planets; and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tony Horwitz.For a list of fellows and their projects.last_img read more

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Student starts WWFF chapter

first_imgIn order to provide international relief for malnutrition while offering a local twist, Saint Mary’s junior Meredith Rizzo opened a College chapter of the Will Work For Food (WWFF) organization. According to Rizzo, the organization, which was co-founded by Steven Weinberg and Josh Cohen of the University of Michigan in 2007, is a student-run non-profit which aims to fight malnutrition overseas by volunteering in the local community. “It is an organization that combines local community service with international relief,” she said. “So it kind of comes from the idea of a Dance Marathon or a Relay For Life where people get sponsors for, in that case, dancing or walking around, but we want to make the impact twice as big and so we do local volunteer hours out in the community and then find sponsors for that work.” The money raised from sponsorship is donated to Doctors Without Borders to buy nutritional supplements for malnourished children, Rizzo said. “It’s specifically this supplement called Plumpy’nut, and it’s kind of like a peanut butter type of material that has all these supplements in it,” she said. Since 2007, Rizzo said WWFF has raised more than $50,000 to assist malnutrition. In addition, the organization has been sanctioned by the Clinton Global Initiatives for Universities in 2008 and 2009 and was an International Semi-Finalist in the 2009 Dell Social Innovation Competition. The slogan for the campaign, Rizzo said, is “volunteering locally to make a difference globally.” Rizzo said she wanted to open a Saint Mary’s chapter in order to draw awareness to the issue of malnutrition while still assisting the local community. “Child malnutrition has been nicknamed the silent killer because a lot of people are unaware of it and it’s overshadowed by other crises,” she said. “I think this is a great way to take the things that girls are already doing in our community to make that impact a global impact.” According to Rizzo, each month the Saint Mary’s chapter will hold a work effort. Each work effort will allow members of the College community to collectively volunteer. “I’m the chapter representative for the Saint Mary’s community, and anybody is welcome to be involved,” she said. Rizzo said the first work effort will be held Nov. 7. According to Rizzo the November project will allow students to go door to door to collect canned goods for an area food pantry. Additionally, Rizzo said plans are underway for a variety of other work efforts including making cards for soldiers and helping at a local animal shelter. WWFF has a goal of collecting $4,000 this academic year, and Rizzo believes that the chapter has the capability to achieve it. “The headquarters team at the University of Michigan set us a goal of $4,000 for the year, which is the same goal set for every other university, for Michigan State, for Ohio State, for everywhere,” she said. “I think we’re completely capable of it. I realize we’re a much smaller school, but I kind of like the challenge and I think we can do it. According to Rizzo, students from Saint Mary’s College, the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College, as well as members of the surrounding community, are invited to join in the cause.last_img read more

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Neil Patrick Harris Will Host the 2015 Oscars

first_img So, he’s hosted the Tonys, then won a Tony, and has hosted the Emmys and has won multiple Emmys. Does this mean an Oscar’s next? One more item to add to his bucket list! Neil Patrick Harris will soon add another notch to his EGOT-hosting belt. The Tony and Emmy winner will emcee the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015, Variety reports. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the masterminds behind the upcoming Peter Pan Live! for NBC, will produce the ceremony for ABC for the third consecutive year. Harris took home the 2014 Tony Award for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He hosted the Tonys in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009, winning Emmys for all four years. He also has an Emmy for his guest stint on Glee, and hosted the ceremony in 2009 and 2013. Emceeing the Grammys can only be a matter of time. Harris’ additional Broadway credits include Assassins, Cabaret and Proof.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Jason Alexander Will Take Over for Larry David in Fish in the Dark

first_img In addition to David, the cast of Fish in the Dark also includes Rita Wilson, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jake Cannavale, Marylouise Burke, Jerry Adler, Jenn Lyon, Jonny Orsini, Molly Ranson, Maria Elena Ramirez, Rachel Resheff, Joel Rooks, Jeff Still, Kenneth Tigar and Richard Topol. Related Shows Larry David will play his final performance in his self-penned Broadway comedy Fish in the Dark, but the part of Normal Drexel is staying in the Seinfeld family! Tony winner Jason Alexander—a.k.a. George Costanza (a part based on Seinfeld co-creator David)—will assume the role beginning June 9. The production has extended its limited run at the Cort Theatre through July 19, instead of the originally scheduled June 7. View Comments Fish in the Dark Alexander took home a Tony in 1989 for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. His additional Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, The Rink, Broadway Bound and Accomplice. Fish in the Dark marks his return to the Great White Way after 25 years—almost to the day (Accomplice closed on June 10, 1990). He was nominated for an Emmy for his performance on Seinfeld for seven consecutive years. His additional screen credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pretty Woman and Bye Bye Birdie. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015last_img read more

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Forage Quality

first_imgHigh quality forage is essential to beef cattle’s nutrition and beef producers’ bottom lines, said University of Georgia Extension forage specialist Dennis Hancock.Focusing on forage quality helps farmers keep overall costs low, he said. “That means two things. First, it doesn’t cost as much for us to supplement and provide enough energy and nutrition to the animals that we’re trying to feed. Secondly, and more importantly, it ensures those animals are getting all of their nutritional demands met, so we have high reproductive efficiency,” Hancock said.Growing high quality forage requires proper management on the beef producer’s part. Timely harvest is crucial, as the maturity of the crop is the primary factor affecting the forage’s fiber content and digestibility. The amount of fiber in the forage determines how much of the forage can be consumed. The digestibility of the forage determines how much energy is available to the animal. Hancock said beef producers should sample their forage periodically. This allows the beef producers to decide what quality of forage can be fed to each class of livestock. Lower quality hay should be reserved for dry cows, while higher quality hay should be set aside for cows with calves. Sampling allows the beef producer to determine the different quality of feed being fed to his or her cattle.“We recommend folks sample each lot of hay (individual cutting from an individual field). Say a producer has four fields and he harvests his hay four times per year, that’s eight different lots of hay. Naturally, through the year, some of that hay is going to be better than others,” Hancock said. “If they inventory it or have it in a barn in a certain way, and they know where it’s at, they can determine what they need to feed based on how the quality matches the livestock they’re feeding.”A dry cow doesn’t need nearly as much energy as a lactating cow. It doesn’t make financial and management sense to feed the same forage to both, Hancock said. One animal is being overfed, while the other is being underfed.Hancock said it can be a struggle to maintain good body condition in cattle, especially when forage quality is so low. This was the case two years ago, when Georgia experienced one of the wettest summers in recent memory. The rain delayed harvest, which resulted in more mature hay. This made its quality lower than normal. To make matters worse, Georgia experienced a very cold and wet winter, which sharply increased the need for energy and nutrition for the cattle.“Unfortunately, there’s a mentality that all hay is hay, that there’s not any differences. In reality, there are a lot of differences. Sometimes we can have a bad year, like we did in 2013, and the quality suffers,” Hancock said. “The only choice they have at that point, if they’re dealing with low quality forage, is to provide more supplemental energy. The problem was that feed costs were also very high at that point, too. With feeding a cow herd, emphasizing forage quality is crucial to keeping total cost low.”last_img read more

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INFINITY DOWNS FARM DEBUTS INITIAL 2017 CALENDAR

first_imgHome of the Lockn’ Festival and The Festy Experience in Arrington, Virginia debuts with concerts, wine and beer festivals, Spartan Race and more!Arrington, Va – Infinity Downs Farm, Central Virginia’s premier outdoor concert and events venue, and home to the Lockn’ Festival, The Festy Experience, and Blue Ridge Bowl amphitheater, is excited to present the initial 2017 calendar. Tickets for all events are on-sale now at www.infinitydowns.com. Saturday, April 22 – The Revivalists with special guests People’s Blues of Richmond at the Blue Ridge Bowl. 7:00 pm. Advance tickets $25. Half-price for Lockn’ 2017 ticket holders. $12.50, if you bought (or buy) at 2017 Lockn’ ticket free admission, if you bought (or buy) a Lockn’ student or military ticket. Saturday, April 29 – A Day At The Downs – Wildlife and Wine Festival featuring an evening with Bruce Hornsby. A benefit for the Wildlife Conservation Center at 12:00 pm. Wine tastings from Virginia wineries and mingle with the Bongo Antelope and other wildlife onsite to showcase the important work of The Wildlife Conservation Center. All day entertainment, and special evening solo performance with Bruce Hornsby at the Blue Ridge Bowl. Saturday-Sunday, June 3 & 4– Reebok Spartan Race – Virginia Super and Sprint Weekend. Registration open. With a longer distance than the Sprint and more obstacles, the Super will test your endurance, perseverance and grit. Spartan Race will bring 8-10 miles and more than 25 Signature Spartan Obstacles through tougher and more rugged terrain. Saturday, June 17 – Nelson County Community Day featuring the Rockn’ to LOCKN’ finale. 12:00 pm Tickets $10. Benefits The Giving Hope Foundation. This annual family friendly event features local food, craft beer, wineries, family activities, vendors, and more. Music from six local Virginia bands as they compete in Rockn’ to LOCKN’ finale. Fans vote to choose three winning bands who will go on to perform at the 2017 LOCKN’ Festival. Thursday-Sunday, August 24-27 – LOCKN’ Festival returns for its 5th year at the Oak Ridge and Infinity Downs farms. Tickets on-sale now. Four days of music, artist collaborations, food, craft beer, camping, outdoor activities and more. The Avett Brothers, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Gov’t Mule and 14 others bands already announced with more to be added. Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8 – The 8th Annual Festy Experience returns to Infinity Downs Farm featuring The Infamous Stringdusters and the best in folk and Americana music, craft beer, local food, camping, outdoor and family friend activities. Pre-sale tickets on-sale now with more artists to be announced. Tickets for all events are on-sale at www.infinitydowns.com, and more events are expected to be announced. Formally known as Nelson County Preserve, Infinity Downs Farm is a 387 acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Arrington, Virginia. The former 225 year old tobacco farm was purchased in 2014 by the owners of the Lockn’ Festival, and has already established a scalable and versatile venue featuring the Blue Ridge Bowl amphitheater, Garcia’s Forest performance area in the woods, and plenty of open fields for parking, camping, and other outdoor accommodations. In addition, miles of hiking and bike trails have been curated to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Infinity Downs Farm can be on found at www.infinitydowns.com, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. last_img read more

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President Lula calls for Latin American integration

first_imgBy Dialogo September 08, 2010 President Lula, excuse me for telling you this but, politicians use the word “Integration” purely as rhetoric, just lip service, but in the end all that remains are the personal interests and those of everyone else from other countries above the common interest of all of Latin America, which is the people’s interest, and we end up every time at the end of our leaders terms with the same or worse poverty conditions, isolated and completely without the conditions necessary to face the future together as Latin Americans with common culture, interests and problems, all in the same boat: The earth. How are the politicians that had the power in their hands and were the “gatekeepers” going to feel after analyzing what they could have done for the people of their country and the world, and they didn’t do it? Will they feel remorse? Will their conscience bother them for the rest of their lives? Will they be reproached by their children and grandchildren? Will they be able to look people in the eye and not feel shame? In the end, may God forgive them because I don’t think mankind will. UNILA should become the nucleus of a network for integration studies centers for all of Latin America. If we don’t think of our own integration, as President Lula maintains, this will not advance and will remain limited as all of the commercial attempts have been up to now. The social, political, cultural, and energetic elements, of productive and financial cooperation and defense and security should become a part of the Latin American matrix which supports integration and as such, they should become the object of study in our Universities and research centers. Latin America should develop its own think tank in order to contribute to the integration process. While giving the first lecture of Brazil’s Federal University for Latin American Integration (Unila) on September 2, Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva called for a quicker integration among Latin American nations. The university was recently founded near the Paraguayan border, in Foz do Iguaçu, Parana state, in an effort to promote integration among Latin American nations, and currently has 200 students from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, according to a report by Xinhua. “After 200 years, we are learning to walk with our own legs, see with our own eyes, talk with our own mouths, and think with our own minds”, said Lula during the lecture, adding, “That means we are truly enjoying our independence.” President Lula also noted that Latin America is very important for Brazil’s trade, underlining that 46.7 percent of the South American giant’s exports are destined to the region. Still, he highlighted that bonds stretch beyond only economy and added that much more has to be done for regional integration, said the same report. According to information from the country’s Education Ministry, some US$176.8 million will be invested in building Unila’s permanent campus, which is expected to recruit 10,000 students and 250 professors, of which half will be Brazilian and half will be from other Latin American countries.last_img read more

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Brazilian Submarines Equipped with New Torpedoes

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 03, 2017 O Brasil pode se orgulhar da constituição e capacidade da sua Força de Submarinos, fruto de longo trabalho de idealismo, persistência e determinação de alguns governantes com visão de estadistas. Os países amigos das Américas muito desfrutamda convivência e estimulo que a Marinha do Brasil propicia . Há sempre um elevado relacionamento de sincera amizade com nosso valoroso pessoal submarinista,sempre preocupado com o porvir e aceitando desafios pera a defesa nacional e no sistema interamericano.Ney de Araripe SucupiraDelegado Regional da Associação dos diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra -Estado de São Paulo The Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) is planning an exercise to test its MK-48 torpedoes, a new weapon being installed in the national fleet’s five submarines. This training is meant to let service members in the Submarine Force Command observe the system in operation, and the torpedo in use. “The last launch was successfully done in October 2016, from the Tupi (S-30) submarine. It was done in the final phase of certification testing for the combat system. That exercise took place in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro,” stated Rear Admiral Oscar Moreira da Silva Filho, commander of the Submarine Force, without specifying the date or location of the next torpedo launch training. The data collected in this kind of exercise is compiled and analyzed by MB service members, and then applied in the development of military doctrine on the use of torpedoes. The information is also shared with submariners in their academic training, like in the First MK-48 Operations Workshop, which was held in February. At the workshop, participants were able to update themselves on MK-48 torpedo handling, their use in combat situations, and their launch and guidance modes. The Tupi (S-30) is the second submersible from the MB squadron to complete the process of upgrading its combat system to enable MK-48 torpedo launching and control. This equipment was acquired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, and has become standard weaponry on Brazilian submarines, replacing the older MK-24 torpedo. The first submarine to add capacity for using the MK-48 torpedo was the Tapajó (S-33), in 2011. In October of that year, the vessel launched two reusable test torpedoes. Later, in 2013, the Tapajó (S-33) debuted its torpedo firing in international waters during a seven-month training exercise held with the U.S. Navy. According to the management model adopted by the MB, submarines are put through a “planned and preventive maintenance system to ensure that approximately 70 percent of these resources are available for full operations at any time,” Rear Adm. Oscar stated. The Tupi (S-30) and Tapajó (S-33) submarines have already completed the latest maintenance and overhaul cycles. Now it is time for the submarine Tikuna (S-34) to have the new combat system installed, which is part of the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro (AMRJ, per its Portuguese acronym). Modern combat tool “Torpedoes are self-propelled explosive projectiles that operate under water, and are fired to detonate on impact, or as they approach a given target,” Rear Adm. Oscar explained. The MK-48 torpedo is considered one of the most intelligent weapons currently in use by the MB. When fired, this weapon heads out on a wire that allows the crew to remotely control its guidance. Equipped with acoustic sensors, the torpedo is capable of identifying and destroying surface targets and other submarines. In addition to these projectiles, Brazilian submarines also have the capability of launching MCC-23C background mines. With this weapon, submersibles are able to lay a minefield in areas under enemy control. According to Brazil’s National Defense Strategy (END, per its Portuguese acronym), submarines are warships used as a means of deterring hostile forces within the limits of Brazil’s national waters, an area measuring 4.5 million square kilometers, known as the Blue Amazon due to its natural diversity and wealth of resources. Submarines are also used with the intent of defending oil platforms, naval installations, port facilities, and islands and archipelagos in Brazil’s ocean territories. Among its other capabilities, END even provides for the possibility of Brazil’s Submarine Force fleet taking part in international peacekeeping operations. Brazilian submarines The MB’s current submarine fleet includes the Tupi (S-30), which is the oldest of the vessels, incorporated by Brazil in 1989. Tupi is also the name of a class of submarines to which that vessel and three others belong: the Tamoio (S-31), incorporated in 1994; the Timbira (S-32), in 1996; and the Tapajó (S-33), in 1999. These latter submarines were designed and built at the AMRJ. Brazil also has a Tikuna class of submarines which are manufactured in AMRJ’s facilities. The Tikuna (S-34) became a part of the MB in 2005, and like the Tupi class of submersibles, it has conventional propulsion, meaning that it uses diesel and batteries for fuel. On the outside, it looks similar to the other submarines, but technologically, the Tikuna class is an improved version of the Tupi. These sea giants are operated only by the military personnel onboard. “These service members volunteered for this exercise, and underwent a selection process with psychological, physical, and academic examinations,” explained Rear Admiral Flávio Augusto Viana Rocha, director of the Navy Social Communications Center. Currently, the MB has nearly 300 service members underway in submarine operations, “as well as other outstanding service members and civil servants from different professions, who assist with crew training, operational planning, preventive and corrective maintenance, and food and materiel logistics,” Rear Adm. Rocha concluded.last_img read more

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Colombian Navy Intercepts More Than a Half-Ton of Cocaine in the Pacific

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo July 20, 2020 On the night of June 3, units of the Colombian Navy’s Coast Guard Station Buenaventura intercepted a type of go-fast boat speeding in the Pacific along the coast of the Valle del Cauca department. After a 30-minute chase and with the support of the ARC Corvette Nariño and a Colombian Air Force aircraft from the 7th Combat Air Command, authorities intercepted the vessel, manned by three Colombians, which carried 556.7 kilograms of cocaine on board.According to Navy intelligence, the vessel, which also carried 500 gallons of gasoline, was heading to Costa Rica. The cocaine has an estimated value of $18 million in the international market. (Photo: Colombian Navy)“The Colombian Navy received naval intelligence about a narcotrafficking event that was about to happen in the Central Pacific, specifically in the sector of Punta Ajicito,” Colombian Navy Rear Admiral Hernando Mattos Dager, commander of the 72nd Poseidon Task Force against Narcorafficking, told Diálogo.“Thanks to intelligence, we know that this shipment was bound for Central America, more specifically Costa Rica, and if this drug had reached the international black market, we are talking about a street market value of around $18 million that we prevented from reaching criminal groups’ coffers.”In addition to the half-ton of cocaine, the authorities seized a 9mm pistol and ammunition, foreign currencies, communications equipment, and 500 gallons of gasoline, the Colombian Defense Ministry said in a statement. While it was not specified to which criminal group the drug belonged, Rear Adm. Mattos said that Structure 30, a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, operates in that area.Authorities transferred the crew, the vessel, and the drug to the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station’s pier, where they followed the government’s sanitary protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The detainees will be brought to justice to face charges of manufacture, distribution, or possession of drugs, among others, the Navy said.“This interdiction means that [between January and early June 2020] the Colombian Navy in the Pacific coast of Colombia seized more than 69 tons of narcotics, thanks to its strategic partnership with the countries in the region,” said Rear Adm. Mattos. “That is about 60 tons of cocaine and around 9 tons of marijuana. So far, we have seized 13 semisubmersibles and arrested 54 people for narcotrafficking crimes in the Pacific.”last_img read more

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