Lockn’ Festival 2018

first_imgLOCKN’ Festival, August 23 – 26, Arrington, Virginia featuring Dead & Company’s final shows of 2018, and a jam-packed lineup of artists like Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Sheryl Crow, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Lettuce, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Toots & The Maytals, Foundation of Funk: Celebrating 50 Years of The Meters featuring members of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Blues Traveler, Matisyahu, and many more!LOCKN’ is conveniently located in Central Virginia so you can stay for the 4-day duration, come for a 3-day weekend, or get a Single-Day ticket! If you can only make a single day of the festival, you can experience an amazing value chock full of continuous music on three stages, 24 Virginia Craft Beer offerings, the best regional food, curated craft booths, new friends, and a wide range of outdoor activities, including 8 miles of bike trails, hiking, and yoga and wellness programs to start your mornings off! Trinity Church offers shuttles to our private watering hole, the Tye River for tubing down the Tye, but if you’re more of a solo adventurer, you can take a short drive to some of the best hiking spots in the region, including Skyline Drive National Park and Blue Ridge Drive National Park.If you are coming for a day, get Single-Night Camping and opt-in for the traditional festival camping experience. If camping’s not your thing, you’ll appreciate the convenient in and out car parking and the hundreds of nearby lodging options. There are so many ways to experience LOCKN’. The possibilities are endless!Making its debut at LOCKN’ is Hamageddon, a 14’ high by 18’ long metal art pig that cooks a pig-on-a-spit in its “belly,” and shoots fireballs from its nostrils and rear. Celebrity chef and blues legend Taj Mahal will be serving up some tasty delights.The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are one of the most beautiful parts of America, providing visual inspiration 24-hours a day.Organizers have also revealed a pair of special collaborations set to go down at the annual event. In May, LOCKN’ revealed that Dead & Company will be joined by renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Marsalis previously shared the stage with the Grateful Dead in the early-1990 for some of Deadhead’s favorite shows of all time.LOCKN’ is all about collaborations, and another highlight this year is drummer Jason Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, joining Umphrey’s McGee for a full set of Led Zeppelin classics.LOCKN’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a historical weekend! Don’t miss an amazing weekend of great music, craft food, beverages, outdoor activities, and more. Because life is too short to miss great music!last_img read more

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Rental market surges

first_imgRenting. iStock. Townsville Bulletin Real EstateTOWNSVILLE’S rental vacancy rate is continuing to tighten with new figures showing it has reduced to 4.1 per cent.A report commissioned by Townsville Rentals through DS Economics found that the rental market in Townsville was steadily improving.Townsville Rentals business development manager Tamara Beacroft said vacancy rates were expected to continue a downwards trend.“Our agency has experienced a tightening trend and we currently have a vacancy rate of around 3.5 per cent,” she said.“Our rental properties are a mixture of the more established and modern-style properties right across Townsville and some properties are renting stronger than others subject to location and style of the property.“Most are being leased by tenants at their advertised price, which is positive compared to the situation two years ago.”Agents are reporting a shortage of high-quality rental properties with well-maintained stock in desirable locations being snapped up quickly.Vacancy rates peaked at 7.1 per cent in September last year before beginning a steady decline.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020They rose slightly at the start of the year to 4.5 per cent which was attributed to seasonal trends of more people relocating during December and January.Vacancy rates would have to fall to below 3 per cent before the rental market was considered healthy.According to Core Logic figures, rental yields remained strong with some suburbs fetching rental yields of above 7 per cent while, Townsville-wide, the gross rental yield in 2017 was 4.9 per cent for houses and 5.5 per cent for units.The median asking rent in Townsville was $315 in 2017 for houses and $271 for units.Ms Beacroft said it was expected demand for rental properties would increase in 2018 as a result of a forecast rise in employment.She said despite the optimism in the market it was difficult to give investors a time frame for when they would see higher rental returns.“We can see that there is movement in the market and we’re excited about the expected growth for Townsville, but this is still in the very early stages,” she said.“We anticipate it will take a little longer to see stability in the market.”last_img read more

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Alice makes history to play Augusta

first_img5 Apr 2019 Alice makes history to play Augusta England’s Alice Hewson made history when she became the first Englishwoman to play a competitive round at Augusta National, the home of The Masters.She was one of just 30 players to qualify for the final round of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in Georgia, USA.She went on to finish in 10th place on one-over par for 54 holes, with a level par final round which included five birdies, despite double bogeys on the first and last holes.“It is very, very exciting,” said the 21-year-old international from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, who is a student at Clemson University in the USA.“Women haven’t competed on Augusta National before so I am really excited to be in that very small group of people who are going to get that opportunity.”The first two rounds were played at nearby Champions Retreat in Augusta, Georgia and Hewson made the cut after playing the first 36 holes in one-over. She qualified in 11th place with rounds of 76 and a brave, three-under 69 which turned her fortunes around.In the first round Hewson had struggled with her irons and her four-over score left her well adrift of the cut line. “Work to be done tomorrow,”  she commented as she headed straight to the range, where a Facetime chat with her coach revealed she was rushing a bit with her shots. “Maybe the circumstances of this event!” she said.In the second round she remarked: “I saw some of the scores the leaders were posting and I knew there was a good round out there. I just went out with lots of confidence and got off to a quick start – and that always helps.Just 30 players made the cut for the final round, but the full field played a practice round at Augusta National. This included England’s other representatives, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) who shot plus six and plus 12 respectively.All three players are members of England Golf squadsClick here for full scoresCaptions. Top Alice Hewson (copyright Leaderboard Photography). Below Lily May Humphreys (left) and Annabell Fuller at the championship. Tags: elite golf, England squads, Women’s Golflast_img read more

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AMERICAN STAKES QUOTES

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, TALCO, SECOND: “We thought we were home free at the quarter pole but I guess not; he ran great though.” JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, TALCO, SECOND: “My horse ran an awesome race. I decided to make a run around the turn and he was really running, but the winner got through inside of us and he was too much.” FLAVIEN PRAT, BAL A BALI, WINNER: “He did a great job today; he’s just a really good horse. I had a little trouble on the turn because it was his first time on a short turn like that but he can run longer than this; he can run a mile. He’s a great horse.“He has worked so good in the mornings so I was pretty confident. He just repeated his works today. I wasn’t really surprised (by his win). He was the champion in Brazil so he can be the champion here, why not?”center_img RICHARD MANDELLA, BAL A BALI, WINNER: Noted the horse was in traffic a good portion of the race: “Yes, but he’s a pro. He’s run enough times. He knows what he’s doing. Flav’s (Flavien Prat) a pro, too. It really is fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he really had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis.“The podiatrist at Rood & Riddle (in Lexington, Ky.) named Vernon Dryden (DVM) did an unbelievable job of getting him back like this. He’s based in Kentucky but he’s gone to Florida and worked on him, he also came out here and worked on him. I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Mandella said he would have to give some thought on his next race, either the $1 million, Grade I Manhattan at 1 ¼ miles on turf Belmont Stakes day June 6 or the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf at Santa Anita June 13. NOTES: The winning owners are Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc., and David Pope of Paris, Ky., who races as Siena Farms, LLC. -30-last_img read more

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MATHIS BROTHERS MILE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY DECEMBER 26, 2015

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES GARY STEVENS, OM, WINNER: “He felt super today, he’s been training great. We got beat by a good horse in his last out in the Hollywood Derby and it just wasn’t his day down there.“Today, everything went perfect. We were rolling into the turn, I got to slow it down and he got a nice breather. He hit the after-burners at the eighth pole. There was a horse coming to him and he still had something left and he gave it to me.“The turf course is superb here. Santa Anita has done a great job with it.” MIKE SMITH, MISTER BRIGHTSIDE, SIXTH: “I was in a great spot (on the far turn), but I wasn’t there very comfortably. He was really, really pulling – too aggressive. That just hurt us. Instead of getting into a rhythm, I never really did.” KENT DESORMEAUX, PERFECTLY MAJESTIC, SECOND: “That horse just ran an eye-catching race. He sat well, good situation at the quarter-pole; I was able to keep the paint and slide through to the leader. When I got out, he just exploded. I said, ‘I’m an easy winner.’ And Om, oh my God, he just took off. I couldn’t catch him, but it wasn’t for lack of effort from the little guy I rode. He just ran his eyeballs out.”TRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: Winning owner K. B. Sareen of Las Vegas heads the Sareen Family Trust.center_img DAN HENDRICKS, OM, WINNER: “The race set up perfectly for him. He’s got the natural speed to be placed wherever Gary wants. We were either going to the front or going to sit second today, and it just worked out perfect. Gary rode him perfectly, the horse ran perfectly and I did an OK job training him, so I’m happy with how it all turned out.“He could run next in the Kilroe (Mile, Grade I, $400,000 on March 12) or a race before that (the Grade II Arcadia at one mile on turf Feb. 13). He’s a very lightly raced horse. He’s three years old, his joints are perfect, he’s sound, he’s happy and full of energy.” K.B. SAREEN, OWNER: “I think Danny (Hendricks) has done a remarkable job with him. He’s a good horseman. Where he runs next depends on where Danny wants to go.”last_img read more

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HEFTY TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $361,436 INTO FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA; TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO REACH $1.5 MILLION

first_imgSINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT SWELLS TO $77,450 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–With a Pick Six carryover of $115,062 coming into Thursday at Santa Anita, punters wagered $461,173 in “new money,” however no one tabbed all six winners, thus creating a two-day carryover of $361,436 into Friday.Track officials project Friday’s total Pick Six pool will approach $1.5 million by third race post time, which is the beginning of tomorrow’s Pick Six sequence. Barring any late scratches, there are 58 horses entered in the six race series that ends with race eight.Additionally, Santa Anita’s new Single Ticket Jackpot carryover has swelled to $77,450.First post time on Friday is at 12:30 p.m. Approximate post time for race three is at 1:30 p.m. PDT.For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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Five small but impactful ways to future-proof your city

first_imgRome wasn’t built in a day, and connectivity through the Internet of Things won’t happen overnight, either. A few cities are leading the pack with IoT implementation, but its widespread application may be easier than you think. Even small installments of IoT technology throughout a smart city can create improvements for all citizens to enjoy.For example, every commuter has experienced the dreaded rush-hour traffic lights that seem timed to make the trip home long enough to let you watch grass grow. Cities like Pittsburgh are using smart traffic lights to lead the fight against the bumper-to-bumper schlep home and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.See also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfallStill not convinced? The IoT has also found its way into our homes through products like the Nest Learning Thermostat, the SkyBell WiFi Doorbell, and even the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush. Smart products are everywhere, and some of the more forward-thinking cities are taking note.Here are a few ways cities have utilized technology driven by IoT connectivity to transition from the old and outdated to the latest and greatest:Impact #1: Bring power to difficult-to-maintain areasGeneral Electric and IoT connectivity company Ingenu teamed up to help bring power to the Dominican Republic. While the country was once plagued by blackouts, inadequate capacity, and coverage struggles due to rough terrain, the two companies worked with the Dominican Republic’s main electricity provider, the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana-Macao (CEPM), to install more than 24,000 smart meters for power restoration and electricity reliability.The smart meters allow two-way communication between CEPM and its end users, enabling the provider to access accurate data on energy consumption and helping to eliminate blackout periods. Because Ingenu was able to deliver a cost-effective solution that increased efficiency for the provider, significant savings were passed on to customers.Impact #2: Solve parking dilemmas in your cityAccording to the United Nations, the proportion of the global population living in urban areas is expected to rise from the current 54 percent to 66 percent in 2050, even as the overall population continues to expand. For cities that are already overcrowded, failing to adopt new technologies that maximize efficiency could spell disaster.To help solve crowding issues in Barcelona, Streetline and Cisco worked together to create smart sensors for the city’s parking spaces. These sensors were installed within the asphalt and indicate whether a particular spot is in use.Drivers are notified of open parking spaces via the ApparkB app, and they can pay the meter through the app as well. Besides making parking far easier, the sensors also help the city manage parking patterns and real estate.Impact #3: Power major city eventsIn a historic first, smart city applications are being used for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic preparations. Through a European and Japanese partnership, the city plans to improve energy efficiency and look into sources for solar and hydrogen energy to ensure it has the capacity to support the massive energy consumption of the Olympic Games.Large events present a good opportunity to make investments in smart technology. Major events don’t come around very often, but timely IoT adoption can ensure a city is reaping the benefits long after the crowds have packed up and gone home.Impact #4: Create sustainable and clean communitiesJust outside Denver, developers are partnering with Panasonic to build a sustainable, smart, and clean energy-fueled community called Peña Station Next. Some of the perks of the neighborhood will include self-driving shuttles, LED streetlights, solar-paneled parking garages, blanket Wi-Fi coverage, and smart parking similar to the system in Barcelona.The homes here will include plenty of futuristic features, including transparent TVs (which can double as windows when not in use), smart kitchens (with appliances that can automate most of the cooking process), and smart street poles (which can do everything from collect traffic data to monitor weather conditions).Impact #5: Integrate crowdsourced feedbackLondon has taken a collaborative approach to its smart city development, asking its own citizens to take part in the process. The Smart City Challenge, backed by the London Mayor’s Office and launched by Transport for London and IBM, was created to encourage developers and entrepreneurs to use IoT applications to solve the city’s challenges.The winning proposal will earn a prize of £750,000, and the top 10 finalists will also take part in a mentorship program offered by the competition’s backers. The goal is to help tech entrepreneurs share their ideas while improving life for London’s residents.More people are becoming familiar with IoT devices as they demonstrate interesting new innovations for our homes. But they’re not merely novel or curious. Applying creative new IoT technologies to the greater ecosystem of a city opens up a whole new world of possibilities that can turn challenges into opportunities. How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Get Smarter About Enterprise Management with AI Related Posts center_img Tags:#2020 Tokyo Olympics#Internet of Things#IoT#renewable energy#Smart Cities#smart city#Tokyo Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… Chirag Kulkarnilast_img read more

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I Faced Off Against The Worlds Best Chess Player You Will Totally

I had the black pieces, meaning that Carlsen went first. He opened with d4, moving his queen’s pawn forward two squares. I did the same. He then moved a pawn to c4, employing what’s called the queen’s gambit. White seemingly offers a free pawn to black in exchange for what promises to be a fruitful attack. I declined, and we ended up in an opening called the queen’s gambit declined, exchange variation.I lasted 25 more moves. It was over well before that. If you absolutely must, you can see the full game below.In retrospect, I blundered — unbeknownst to me at the time — on my 12th, 13th and 17th moves. Others too, I’m sure.This was always going to happen. But as I sat shroudless, Carlsen did break my heart. By move 12, he’d pushed a pawn down his right flank, which caused me all sorts of problems, and my king was the equivalent of a sitting duck on the opening day of hunting season. But my own pawn, my little pawn that could, was on the march. My pawn made it two squares from the end of the board, where it could become a queen. And it would soon defend my extant queen, which on the next move fled down the board to put Carlsen in check — I put Magnus Carlsen in check! I confess that for precisely 1.5 seconds I thought, “I am going to fucking win.”Carlsen then easily defended, parried … and destroyed me.But I fought!My editor insisted that this story “somehow work in data,” so I will now add a patina of empirical humiliation to this solid bronze piece of embarrassment. I recorded Carlsen’s and my moves and later ran them through the powerful computer chess engine Stockfish, which evaluates every position and provides an estimate of who’s more likely to win. UNITED NATIONS — I nearly deleted the email. I’m not accustomed to receiving genuine correspondence from a counsellor with the permanent mission of Norway to the United Nations, so I almost filed it away with that day’s other press releases, including an exciting interview opportunity with the former CEO of the parent company of Hardee’s. But a name in the middle of the email’s first paragraph just caught my eye: Magnus Carlsen.And that’s how I found myself in Conference Room 8 in the headquarters of the U.N. last week playing chess against maybe the best chess player who has ever lived — and who also happens to be, at age 27, the reigning world champion and at the height of his awesome powers.My basic problem: I had very little idea what I was doing. A secondary, but increasingly dire, problem was that I was nervously and uncontrollably shaking. A frantic Google search told me that that was probably due to an acute and supposedly beneficial stress response, also known as fight or flight.Fight or flight? For me, chess is a cultural and aesthetic experience — and one that I’m lucky enough to get to write about sometimes. It is not, typically, a competitive one, in the sense that I’m just not very good. I’ve always held grandmasters in high regard, and I do even more so now. I’ve witnessed an Ali knockout firsthand.Carlsen will face an American of somewhat greater chess note than I — Fabiano Caruana, the world No. 2 — in a match in November to defend his world championship crown. Just two players, alone and battling in a game without luck and with nowhere to hide. I asked Carlsen if he considered his game against me to be part of his official world championship preparation.“Um, no,” he said. In his crowning achievement of the game, the author, top left, makes a move that causes the world’s best chess player, right, to think carefully about his next move. The game ended in the author’s defeat soon after. Svenn Richard Andersen To my nervously trembling chagrin, they’d set up my chess board correctly and in the traditional fashion: I had only the one queen and the two rooks and so forth, and somehow it was deemed appropriate that Carlsen start with the identical and equal number of pieces. A grandmaster buddy of mine texted me before the game, “Make sure your pieces are defended.” It certainly sounded simple enough. My aunt wrote on Facebook, “I hope Oliver wins!” Other well-wishers wished me “good luck.”Thanks, but what luck? Chess is stripped of that frivolity; it’s the canonical no-chance, perfect information game. That nakedness is why boxing is a good analogy to chess: two people battling in a confined space with nothing, not a shroud of randomness or the fog of war, to hide behind. I once beat the Scrabble national champion (in Scrabble, not chess), but that was only because a) I sort of knew what I was doing and b) there is luck in that game that I could hide behind. I got lucky. Awaiting the world chess champion, I harbored no such idiotic delusions as I sat at an enormous horseshoe table, fretting and adjusting the pieces. Carlsen was about to do to my psyche what Mike Tyson would’ve done to my face. There was no escape.There were 15 of us awaiting that fate — the mayor of Oslo, the Afghan ambassador to the U.N., a legal adviser with the Maldives mission, me, etc. The usual suspects.The event was a “clock simul,” short for “simultaneous exhibition with clocks,” in which each of us “challengers” sat at our own boards while Carlsen, the “exhibitor,” darted around the room, rarely taking more than a few seconds to make any move before moving on to his next victim. We each had 30 minutes to make all our moves, but Carlsen’s clocks constantly ticked away at every board, putting him at a nominal disadvantage.Here’s a technical diagram of the Carlsen-Roeder game at the exact moment when it really went off the rails: read more

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Governments Want To Reduce Air Travel Taxes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 22,2014 – Governments want to reduce air travel taxes and governments want to create a seamless intra-regional travel security system… but it is expensive and could prove a logistical nightmare as a result. The gist of what Premier Dr Rufus Ewing presented when he made contribution during discussions on Caribbean Aviation Day at the State of the Industry Tourism Conference hosted by the CTO St Thomas, USVI. The Premier said on aviation taxes: such taxes are ring fenced for repayment of loans for airport developments… and on the matter of one stop security for regional visitors, Dr. Ewing explained: These advancements while enhancing security controls and creating better passenger travel experiences are cost-prohibitive, especially for small island Governments. The day ended with a commitment by governments to explore cutting costs on air transport taxes. Related Items:rufus ewing, travel tax NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Coming budget proposes police recruitment and aerial surveillance, says Premierlast_img read more

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