[cover photo by ATS Photography] The third annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival returns to it’s original grounds in Florida’s beautiful Sunshine Grove this year with an excitingly diverse spread of talent. The multi-genre event will celebrate the start of spring from Thursday, March 1st through Sunday, March 4th across over 600 acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. An immersive festival experience filled with over 100 Bands, DJs + Unique Musical Collaborations, Wild Art, Swimming, Yoga, Meditation, Earth-Arts Workshops and an unforgettable experience, Okeechobee Music Festival will open the portal for the third year in a row in some serious style.This spring’s Okeechobee Music Festival will see performances from Arcade Fire, two sets by Bassnectar, Halsey, and Travis Scott as headliners. The festival will also see sets by Leon Bridges, The Flaming Lips, Tipper, Big Gigantic, STS9, Gramatik, Thievery Corporation, Tycho, Lettuce, Twiddle, Turkuaz, and many many more. This initial lineup will grow in the coming weeks, especially with the return of the high-profile POWOW! mashup collaboration with special guests yet TBA. Festival officials assure that the unique collaborations will return in full effect for 2018.Ticketing options and more info can be found here. Check out the full lineup below.
Increase competitive grant programs to address criticalnutrition, food security and environmental needs.Restore funds cut from the Expanded Food and NutritionEducation Program (EFNEP) and increase funding.Increase funding for institutions that serve minorities.Restore the $20.6 million in Cooperative State Research,Education and Extension Services programs cut last year. The subcommittee heard also heard testimony from Mel Garber, CAESassociate dean for extension; Clifton Baile, distinguishedprofessor and Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar inagricultural biotechnology; Donald Reeves, supervisory researchagronomist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture AgriculturalResearch Service; and David Swayne, director of the USDA-ARSSoutheast Poultry Research Lab.(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaTwo University of Georgia deans and others told of criticalfunding needs for the state’s research and extension programs in a congressional subcommittee hearing Monday in Athens, Ga.The UGA deans testified on behalf of the Georgia AgriculturalExperiment Stations and Cooperative Extension Service before theU.S. House of Representatives agriculture subcommittee onconservation, credit, rural development and research. U.S. Rep.Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), chairman, and Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.)represented the subcommittee.Gale Buchanan of the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences and Sharon Nickols of the College of Family and ConsumerScience said extension and research programs are vital to thehealth of the U.S. economy and its citizens. Federal funding,they said, is critical to maintain them.’Taken for granted'”America’s integrated agricultural research, extension andeducation system is the finest in the world,” Buchanan said.”(These) programs have been highly successful but are,unfortunately, taken for granted.””Taken for granted” has meant losses to reduced and stagnantfederal funding and rising inflation, he said. Over the pastdecade, land-grant universities have lost more than half of thefederal buying power that supports these programs.Nickols provided a graphic illustration.”Of the 242 counties designated as ‘persistently poor’ in arecent study of 11 Southern states,” she said, “91 are inGeorgia.” But the number of FCS extension agents to serve 8million Georgians in 159 counties is down to 45.FCS extension agents focus on teaching the most at-risk familiesabout food safety, nutrition and health, child and familydevelopment, financial security and housing.RecommendationsBuchanan recommended four ways to support extension and researchprograms.
The first Arab space mission to Mars, armed with probes to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere, is designed to inspire the region’s youth and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs, officials said Tuesday.The unmanned probe Al-Amal — Hope in Arabic — is to blast off from a Japanese space centre on July 15, with preparations now in their final stages.The project is the next giant step for the United Arab Emirates, whose colossal skyscrapers and mega-projects have put it on the world map. Narrow window Sarah al-Amiri, the mission’s deputy project manager, said it was imperative that the project have a long-term scientific impact.”It is not a short-lived mission, but rather one that continues throughout the years and produces valuable scientific findings — be it by researchers in the UAE or globally,” she told AFP. She said that the probe will provide a comprehensive image of the weather dynamics in Mars’ atmosphere with the use of three scientific instruments. The first is an infrared spectrometer to measure the planet’s lower atmosphere and analyze the temperature structure. The second, a high-resolution imager that will provide information about the ozone; and a third, an ultraviolet spectrometer to measure oxygen and hydrogen levels from a distance of up to 43,000 kilometers from the surface.The three tools will allow researchers to observe the Red Planet “at all times of the day and observe all of Mars during those different times”, Amiri said. “Something we want to better understand, and that’s important for planetary dynamics overall, is the reasons for the loss of the atmosphere and if the weather system on Mars actually has an impact on loss of hydrogen and oxygen,” she said, referring to the two components that make up water.Sharaf said that fuelling of the probe is to begin next week.It is scheduled to launch on July 15 from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre and return to Earth in February 2021, depending on many variables including the weather.”If we miss the launch opportunity, which is between mid-July and early August, then we’d have to wait for two years for another window,” Sharaf said.But hopes are high that the mission will take place as scheduled, and not be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.In a new sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf Arab nations, the Jewish state Tuesday wished the UAE success with the mission.We “hope this step will contribute towards deeper cooperation between all countries in the region,” its foreign ministry’s “Israel in the Gulf” Twitter account wrote in Arabic. “Put your differences aside, focus on building the region, you have a rich history and you can do much more.” The UAE sent its first astronaut into space last year and is also planning to build a “Science City” to replicate conditions on Mars, where it hopes to build a human settlement by 2117.Omran Sharaf, the mission’s project manager, said that apart from the ambitious scientific goals, the mission was designed to hark back to the region’s golden age of cultural and scientific achievements.”The UAE wanted to send a strong message to the Arab youth and to remind them of the past, that we used to be generators of knowledge,” he told AFP.”People of different backgrounds and religion coexisted and shared a similar identity,” he said of the Arab world, where many countries are today wracked by sectarian conflicts and economic crises. Topics :
Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Gamesys Group remains confident that its FY 2019 results will reach the ‘upper end of current market expectations’ as detailed in a pre-market update.Celebrating what the group considers to be a ‘landmark year’, Gamesys has predicted that the group’s expansion into new markets combined with the progress made by its UK contingencies will support Gamesys’ continued growth.Lee Fenton, Chief Executive Officer of Gamesys Group plc, commented: “2019 was a truly transformative year as the JPJ and Gamesys businesses were reunited, creating a combined Group with strong global brands, complete operational control and ownership of our technology platforms.“Despite the intensive endeavours this required, the Group’s focus on operational execution has not diminished and we are extremely pleased with the performance during the year. As we enter 2020, we remain in a strong position to continue to deliver growth and to create value for shareholders.”While the group has not yet disclosed any financial figures, Gamesys has emphasised that despite the major acquisition of JPJ Group last year has meant that ‘operational focus has not wavered’.The acquisition meant that JPJ assumed ownership of Gamesys’ technology platform and content studios, as well as certain B2C brands including Virgin Casino. In addition, it also gained its UK-facing Virgin Games, Heart Bingo and Monopoly Casino brands. Submit Related Articles Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Share
The Predators may have lost a key trade acquisition.Wayne Simmonds left Nashville’s matchup with Dallas on Saturday after he took a puck to the knee off of a shot from Roman Josi. He fights hard for loose pucks, delivers big hits and sets the tone on the ice whenever he is out there.And in a series against one of the toughest defensive teams in the NHL, the Predators will need a player like that down the stretch.Dallas finished second in the NHL allowing a mere 2.44 goals against per game. NHL playoffs 2019: Sharks’ Logan Couture says ‘I thought I lost my testicle’ after block He has one goal and two assists in 17 games with Nashville, but so much of what Simmonds does doesn’t show up on the scoresheet. NHL playoffs 2019: Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov suspended one game for boarding OUCHIES 😥Be ok, #WayneTrain! pic.twitter.com/45ViWadGlZ— FOX Sports Tennessee (@PredsOnFSTN) April 13, 2019Simmonds went to the locker room with a notable limp and he did not return to the bench when the trainer came back a few minutes later.The 30-year-old winger came over to the Predators in a trade from the Flyers at the deadline. Related News