The Low Anthem Announces First Album Since 2011

first_imgProvidence, RI psych-folk act The Low Anthem are set to release their first album since 2011’s Smart Flesh. Their latest work, Eyeland, is set for a June 17th release and will see the band tour in support of the album this summer. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.“It’s hard to detail the narrative without giving away the surprise ending,” explained Ben Knox Miller. “The album exists in the dreamt reality of a few children who experience a traumatic break from innocence when an air hockey table catches fire and burns down one of their houses. The valley that they live in turns into a nightmare of paranoia and then there’s a battle to regain control over their consciousness.”Since we can’t listen to new music yet, might as well enjoy some of the old. Here is “To Ohio” from 2009’s Oh My God Charlie Darwin:[via Jambands]last_img read more

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Reveals 2017 Lineup

first_img[cover photo via Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival] Set at the rustic Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has announced the lineup for their third annual gathering. From September 23-24, artists like Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples, and Gary Clark Jr. will all be performing.Rounding out the initial lineup announcement are Walk The Moon, Fitz and the Tantrums, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Better Than Ezra, Shovels & Rope, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Jerry Douglas Band, Valerie June, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and so many more.Similar to Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will take place during the day and offer unique artist collaborations, the region’s best food and drink, and cultural craftsmen to bring Tennessee’s best offerings to one place.For ticketing information, head to the festival’s website. Check out the full lineup video and poster below:last_img read more

Douglas announces $1.8 million in downtown tax credits

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has announced the allocation of $1.8 million in tax credits for 19 Vermont communities to assist in the renovation or repair of buildings in downtowns and village centers. At a ceremony at the fire-damaged Aldrich Block in Barre, the Governor announced the projects approved by the Downtown Development Board for Downtown and Village Center State Tax Credits.‘These tax credits not only help invigorate Vermont’s economy, they help prevent devastating fires in our downtowns,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘In addition to supporting the redevelopment of older and historic buildings, these credits encourage the installation of sprinklers, elevators and other safety upgrades.’The state tax credit program is available to older and historic buildings in designated downtowns and village centers, and is designed to work with the federal tax credit program to leverage a combined state-federal credit valued between 30 and 40 percent of eligible expenses.‘These tax credits were a critical element in preserving this historic building,’ said Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, who owns the Aldrich Block, which was heavily damaged in a Memorial Day fire that police say was intentionally set. ‘The insurance alone would not have covered the cost of restoration, and the building would likely have been sold or possibly demolished. These tax credits helped make saving the Aldrich Block economically feasible.’The federal credits not only benefit the user, they boost state revenues from taxes on wages generated by new jobs and on sales of goods and services. ‘These projects help revitalize Vermont’s downtowns and village centers as well as preserve Vermont’s historic buildings,’ the Governor noted. ‘This benefits our tourism industry; in 2007 the World Travel & Tourism Council in London chose Vermont’s downtowns as one of only three finalists for its Destination Stewardship awards, along with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.’To date, 23 downtowns and 99 village centers are designated and all older and historic buildings in these designated areas are eligible for these investment incentives.To become a Designated Down town, communities must have both a downtown revitalization organization and demonstrate their commitment and capacity to support such a program, as well as meet several other requirements. Village Centers go through a similar, but abbreviated process. Designated communities become eligible to compete for funding for building rehabilitation and safety improvements, and transportation projects.Source: Governor’s office. 8.13.2010last_img read more

Colombia and the Dominican Republic Conduct Counter Drug Trafficking Aerial Exercise

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo September 07, 2016 Officers of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, as per its Spanish acronym) and the Dominican Air Force (FARD, as per its Spanish acronym) conducted a set of simulation exercises from August 1st-5th in which the partner nations’ air forces exchanged interdiction experiences and put into practice established procedures for combating transnational crime. To slow illegal aerial traffic throughout the Caribbean corridor, both countries’ officers developed detention, identification, and transfer operations for irregular, unidentified air traffic within the 883-nautical-mile airspace covering the two nations. “This exercise is of great importance to reaffirm the skills that we have developed jointly to ensure control of our airspace. Caribe V was an opportunity to continue standardizing our doctrine and to update our interdiction tactics, which results in us having fluid and efficient communication,” said Colonel Iván Darío Bocanegra, director of Air Defense for the FAC and Caribe V Coordinator in Colombia. Caribe V in detail The inauguration of the exercise took place in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia, and the closing was in San Isidro, Dominican Republic. During the five-day event, officers from both air forces trained and applied procedures established by Ongoing Operational Plans which allow for greater efficiency in combating transnational air crimes. “Caribe V was a space to exercise communication links between air defense systems belonging to the FAC and the FARD, which will be used permanently, to establish better control over our shared borders. In addition, it allowed us to bring officers closer together and exchange experiences that will lead to the continuous improvement of our procedures,” said Colonel Edgar Tiburcio, Commander of the FARD’s Air Defense Command and Caribe V Coordinator in the Dominican Republic. The exercises were conducted on the FARD’s A-29B planes and the FAC’s C95 and SR-560 planes. This last aircraft has systems on board which allow for the tracking of aircraft, as well as the command and control of other elements. The SR-560 was responsible for detecting illegal traffic, identifying it visually, and determining what type of aircraft was illegal, etc., while the A-29B served as a target. One new thing about the Caribe V in comparison with past exercises was the use of the Horus System, software developed by the FAC specialized for command and control and adapted to the operational needs of the institution. This equipment has the capacity to integrate information from multiple sensors as well as aeronautic information from new modules and tools. “With the Horus, we can track aircraft live throughout the entire flight from Colombia to the Dominican Republic. This new system gives us total control of the route on a screen at the control base,” Col. Bocanegra explained. Another new aspect of the Caribe V exercises was the incorporation of the Dominican Republic’s Armed Forces into the exercise. This was due to new modalities used for drug trafficking. “One of the challenges we face is the method of launching illicit goods from planes to the sea, where they are received by vessels that camouflage them and bring them to their destination. That is why it was important to involve the Navy, which participated in the exercises, and now we can have better control in those cases,” said Col. Tiburcio. Results of the Caribe exercises The relationship between the air forces of the two countries was established in 2010 with the establishment of an aerial interdiction agreement. This agreement calls for combined operations training and for cooperation in border zones. Since then, there have been five exercises of this type called Caribe and numbered consecutively. Since the agreement was signed, the effectiveness of the exercises and the standardization of doctrine have been proven. Once past the adjustment period, the illicit use of airspace between these two countries began to significantly decrease. “In 2011, there was a spike in illegal movement in this corridor, but it’s something we’ve been reducing every year. In 2015, there were a few cases, so that’s why we decided to resume the Caribe exercise, the last version of which had been in 2013. So, we made the relevant adjustments and trained personnel that had been rotated,” Col. Bocanegra said. Benefits of the agreement in the Dominican Republic “The interdiction agreement against drug trafficking with Colombia is very beneficial. It gives us the opportunity to have continuous training in operations which the FAC has a lot of experience with. Maintaining standard interdiction procedures is crucial for the success of the operations. Thanks to that, we avoid setbacks and mistakes,” Col. Tiburcio. According to Col. Tiburcio, the presence of aerial drug trafficking began to increase in the Dominican Republic in 2005. Thus, the need to look for strategies and allies arose. Thanks to the agreement with Colombia and other measures implemented in the country, it has been reduced by 98 percent since 2010. “Although I wasn’t in charge of this division before the agreement with Colombia, I would be so bold as to say that communication didn’t flow adequately between the two countries’ Air Forces in those days. There wasn’t a direct line of communication that would allow information to be exchanged for interdiction operations. Each country managed its intelligence separately, and, without the exchange, it was difficult to arrange an interdiction operation,” Col. Tiburcio said. “Now, every move is made in a coordinated manner, following a uniform doctrine that works for both Air Forces.” The importance of agreements and interdiction simulation exercises The FAC has had impressive success in terms of reducing illegal flights both in and out of Colombia. Since the 2003 signing of the Air Bridge Denial (ABD) Agreement between the FAC and the U.S. Government for air interdiction of drug trafficking, Colombia has reduced the illegal use of its airspace by 99 percent. With each passing year, Colombia has been strengthening its interdiction abilities. With time, the FAC became an example for the region, with enough experience to become a trainer for other countries that need to get stronger in this regard. These achievements prompted the establishment of agreements with other countries in the region in order to achieve airspace control throughout the hemisphere. “The interesting thing that Colombia has in its training programs, apart from its vast experience, is the opportunity to give courses and exercises in the same language. That creates closeness and allows for smoother work,” expressed Col. Tiburcio. Colombia and the Dominican Republic practice an aerial interdiction exercise during the Caribe V Binational Exercise, which took place August 1-5, 2016. (Photo: Colombian Air Force)last_img read more

I wish I had the courage to ask my dad about Vietnam

first_imgI’d never seen him do that before. He stood stock-still, as though he were defending something.Dad has never broadcast his military service, but around that time he confessed – in a long conversation on Interstate 20 toward New Orleans – that he felt people like him were “under-appreciated,” that they were being “pushed out,” their service to the nation taken for granted.We were on the way to meet up with my brother for a father-son fishing trip. Dad was driving a black Hyundai with peach-colored Georgia plates mounted in a frame that read “Vietnam Veteran.” That was new. My dad has never asked to be thought of as a hero, but somewhere in that burgeoning period of conspicuous militarism, he found the room to do something he’d never done before: publicly identify himself as a veteran, and bear on his license plate and on his person the sometimes wordless emblems of military service.When I was a boy, Dad’s Army service uniform hung in a closet in my brother’s room, along with his combat boots and black felt cavalry hat with the captain’s bars pinned on the front. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhen I attended my first college football game in Athens, Georgia, in 1981, it was a relatively spartan affair by today’s standards.As I remember it, there were few or none of the militaristic flourishes that accompany sporting events nowadays.We sang the national anthem to ordinary fanfare, palm to left breast, but there were no F-15 flyovers, no surprise halftime reunions between returning soldiers and their gobsmacked children, no public-service announcements reminding us to support our troops. A few years ago, I returned to Athens with two of my boys and my father.When the national anthem began playing over the PA, my father turned toward the gigantic high-definition flag on the enormous new video display and stood at full attention, his right hand up to his eyebrow, saluting in the way he’d been taught. I never touched the dress uniform, but I used the hat for dress-up and possibly for one of the “Son of Rambo” home videos my brother and I shot on the VHS handheld.Dad seemed indifferent to the existence of the mementos of his Army service.If he wasn’t, he never said anything.But we didn’t bother to find out, either, because the subject of Vietnam was a no-fly zone.Dad simply didn’t talk about it, and he must have had his reasons. My father volunteered for a controversial war; he served a one-year tour because he chose to.Whenever I meet an Army solider or veteran, I tell them that my dad was a Huey helicopter pilot in the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. I watch as their jaws slacken and their eyebrows pinch slightly. They often say the same thing. “Whoa.” I had heard from my brother rumors that Dad had walked out of “Apocalypse Now,” but I have never heard why or if it’s even true.Maybe he saw in Robert Duvall’s character – like my father, an officer in the First Cav, in the same felt hat that sat in my brother’s closet – too much of himself, or too little.We saw “Platoon” together when it played in Atlanta, but we didn’t talk about it after it was over. Once, at a dinner with my wife, my parents, and my brother and sister-in-law, Dad volunteered a story about a training flight on a Huey while he was an instructor at flight school at Fort Rucker in Alabama.The engine blew a hole in the side of the combustion chamber, and Dad managed to land the Huey in a peanut field.While I don’t recall the details with the precision I wish I did, I remember it for one reason: My brother gently hushed the conversation at our end of the table. Dad was telling a story from his Army days, and that never happened.Dad volunteered for Vietnam, but he has never once volunteered to talk about it. The Fort Rucker story is as close as I think I’ve ever come to hearing one. The whole experience is like a blacked-out, redacted portion of my father’s personal history as it has been handed down to us.My father didn’t take a single hit during his year in Vietnam, but on either side are tales of wreckage: the damaged Huey in Alabama, and the story about how his helicopter, piloted by someone else, was shot down while Dad was on  R&R not long before he returned to the United States to marry Mom. When Mom texted me a couple of months ago to tell me about the new Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War, I was attempting, unsuccessfully, to put one of my children to sleep. “It’s on now,” she said. Watching it then was out of the question, a casualty of multiple-child-induced bedtime fatigue. “Worth a watch,” she followed up. “Makes you realize what your Dad went through.”I told her that I would watch it as soon as I had the chance. But what I meant was, I wish he would tell me about it himself.And when the boys were finally asleep, the dust of my mind blown away like the circle of ground beneath a landing Huey, I realized what I actually meant but did not have the guts to say: I wish I had the courage to ask. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census It makes me proud that my dad is considered a badass by active-duty soldiers who have seen hells of their own – maybe even a slightly crazy kind of badass, who put his life in the line of fire flying into hot zones in Southeast Asia.It’s a vicarious pride, and I take it with some measure of guilt:It’s not my own, and at 46 I know that I will never have to fight in a war the way my dad chose to do.Maybe I tell that to soldiers to establish a tenuous connection with people who have given their lives over to demands that will never be made of me.Maybe I tell it to make myself seem more courageous than I really am, as if somehow some of my father’s courage passed down to me.But at times I feel as if I have as much business telling that story as I did putting on Dad’s flight jacket for a home movie, bearing the accoutrements of courage and military service that I did not earn.It may also be an attempt to solicit from strangers some iota of information on a subject about which my father has chosen to remain mostly silent.last_img read more

Chelsfield awaits go-ahead from President Bush

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Indonesia receives first shipment of ventilators from United Nations organizations

first_imgThe first shipment of five ventilators from a total of 33 units jointly procured by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Indonesia arrived in Jakarta on Monday.“The ventilators will be symbolically given to the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency],” communications head of UNDP Indonesia Tomi Soetjipto said in a press statement on Tuesday.“Ventilators are important devices that are greatly needed for COVID-19 patients,” he added. For severely ill COVID-19 patients whose lungs have been damaged by the coronavirus, a ventilator pushes oxygen-rich air into the lungs, helping the patient to breathe normally. The ventilator is expected to give the patient time to fight off the virus and recover. However, the survival rate for COVID-19 patients on ventilators is not yet clear. “Globally, there has been a high demand for essential equipment to treat COVID-19, so these ventilators will make a significant impact in providing critical care to those patients worst affected, across the country,” WHO Representative to Indonesia N. Paranietharan said in the statement.The joint effort of UN organizations to assist Indonesia will provide a total of 33 ventilators over the course of four weeks at an estimated cost of US$762,460. The WHO will provide a total of 27 ventilators supported through a partnership with the Japanese government, meanwhile, the IOM and the UNDP will provide three ventilators each.“In complement, the UNDP together with the rest of the United Nations development system will intensify its support to cushion the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic on the Indonesian people and prepare for a green sustainable recovery in close partnership with the government,” UNDP resident representative Christophe Bahuet said.Chief of mission of the IOM, Louis Hoffmann, added that the delivery of the ventilators was funded by the Australian government as part of a larger package of critical, life-saving supplies and equipment that the IOM will deliver to the country.Previously, Indonesia was set to receive the first delivery of ventilators from the United States in early June, as a result of a call between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and US President Donald Trump in April.Domestically, the Research and Technology Ministry along with the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) had stated that Indonesia would start producing 100 to 300 ventilators starting in early June, with state-owned weapons manufacturer Pindad, hospital equipment maker PT Poly Jaya Medikal, electronics manufacturer PT LEN and automotive holding company Dharma Group among those involved in the manufacturing process.Topics :last_img read more

Travel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors

first_imgTravel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf DNC,  The Blog The Democratic National Convention, being held from July 25 to 28, will bring thousands of visitors, media and others to Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is excited to host this national event and PennDOT is working with national, state and local officials to ensure it’s a safe and smooth one.To help residents and visitors alike, we’ve set up 511pa.com/DNC, a travelers’ website dedicated to this event. There, you can find information on real-time traffic conditions in the Philadelphia region, along with street closures around the convention venue at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The site is responsive on mobile devices so you can check the site from just about anywhere!Even if you’re not attending the convention or plan to just pass through the region, I encourage you to check out the site in advance and also during the event so you can plan ahead and avoid any potential inconveniences as much as possible.We’re taking many measures to not only help maintain safety, but also to keep you moving.Road Restrictions, Closures, and DetoursAll interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters should allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 during this time because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95 (see “Commercial Drivers”). Citizens should consider using public transportation for travel into and out of Center City.The I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) in south Philadelphia also will be closed during convention week.The I-95 north exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be closed from Friday, July 22 at 8:00 PM until midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be open intermittently during convention week, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp will be closed:Friday, July 22, at 8:00 PM to Saturday, July 23, at 6:00 AM;Monday, July 25, at 2:00 PM to Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 AM;Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 PM to Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 AM;Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 AM; andThursday, July 28, at 2:00 PM to midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 off-ramp will be open to the Navy Yard only at all other times during convention week.The posted detours for motorists to follow during the closure of the I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) are:From I-95 North: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611); andFrom I-95 South: Enterprise Avenue, to Island Avenue, to Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611).Commercial DriversDue to security at the convention, there will be some commercial vehicle restrictions in place during the event. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29.What commercial vehicles are restricted?Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this part of I-95 during the convention are delivery trucks, utility vehicles, parcel trucks, small dump trucks, buses, flatbed and stake trucks, refrigerated and box trucks, large delivery trucks, refuse trucks, cement mixers, buses, and all tractor trailer combinations including double trailers.In addition, motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons will also be restricted from traveling on this section of I-95.Keeping You Informed and MovingWhen it comes to managing area roadways, PennDOT is working closely with regional transportation partners to coordinate travel-related messaging and the use of electronic message signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of I-95 travel restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event. Messages will be posted on 109 permanent and portable electronic message signs beginning Saturday, July 16, and continuing throughout the week of the convention.PennDOT will not close travel lanes on the following interstate highways and expressways for construction and maintenance activities from Sunday night, July 24, to Friday morning, July 29: I-76; I-95 between I-676 and I-476: I-676; U.S. 202 between Route 29 and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 23.Expanded, Free Roadside AssistanceTo further help motorists and expedite the reopening of travel lanes resulting from breakdowns or incidents during the convention, PennDOT will operate its State Farm Safety Patrol tow truck service around-the-clock from Saturday, July 23, to Friday, July 29, on I-76; I-95 between Route 63 and the Delaware state line; I-476; I-676; U.S. 202 between Boot Road and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 29.Visit the City of Philadelphia website to learn more about the convention, receive alerts from the city, and much more. 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A lush, green haven perfect for the family

first_imgThe formal living area at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.“Joy is the gardener — she’s got the green thumb — I’m just the labourer,” Mr Tobler said. “Most of the gardens were here when we bought the place. We’ve just improved them, added a few more and added a concrete driveway.” Mr Tobler said as soon as the real estate agent turned into the driveway of the Morayfield property, he knew this would be the home his wife would want. The kitchen at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“It’s a haven really,” he said.“If you want privacy and quiet, it’s unbelievable … We’re back off the road and we very rarely hear anything from the street.” The double brick home has formal lounge and dining rooms, a big country kitchen and an open-plan living and meals area. The home at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.THIS family home is tucked away on a secluded 9804sq m block backing on to a creek. The three-bedroom home at 41-43 Naomi Court, Morayfield, includes a two-way fireplace, country kitchen, patio and outdoor entertaining area. Charlie and Joy Tobler bought the home in 2002 and have transformed the gardens into a beautiful retreat. The family room at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.There is a two-way fireplace that heats both the formal and informal living spaces. The kitchen includes stained glass, dishwasher, plenty of cupboard and bench space, and big windows looking out the lush gardens. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite and the two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes. The outdoor entertaining area at 41-43 Naomi Ct, Morayfield.The two dining areas open to the big back patio, where there is plenty of room for the outdoor furniture and barbecue. There is also a powered triple-bay shed on the property along with an oversized carport, double-bay wood shed, water tanks and solar panels.The home is being marketed by Trevor Hall, of Richardson & Wrench Caboolture, for offers over $685,000.last_img read more

Opening Day

first_imgToday is Opening Day in Cincinnati!  It is a unique experience for anyone who is able to go to this game.  No other city in the United States treats Opening Day like Cincinnati.How many of you have been able to experience this?  I was able to do so one time, because Opening Day and a school holiday coincided.  I don’t actually remember why I was off, but I suspect it was Easter week.  I remember the game well, because the Mets were the opponent with such players as Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver sitting on the Bullpen bench.  I was in the front row just behind them.  That was the closest I ever came to these Hall of Famers.I did not see the parade, but I don’t think the final game of a World Series could have been any better than the atmosphere was that day.  That is Opening Day in Cincinnati.last_img read more