Lettuce has confirmed the return of their fourth annual RAGE!FEST in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. The progressive funk band will be joined by Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge and The Soul Rebels for a night to remember on Thursday, May 2nd at the Joy Theatre.Tickets to RAGE!FEST go on-sale this Friday at noon local time. Check the band’s website for more information.The 2018 RAGE!FEST featured special guest performances from Eric Krasno and the Booker T Washington High School Marching Band, with opening support from DJ Soul Sister. Do not miss the next edition of RAGE!FEST, as it undoubtedly becomes a must-attend event during your late-night Jazz Fest-ivities.
West Nile virus has reappeared in Palm Beach County.The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) says it detected the virus on Thursday in sentinel chicken flocks in the Pahokee and Belle Glade areas.According to Department of Health Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso, “We are constantly monitoring for mosquito borne diseases like West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and St. Louis Encephalitis. This confirmation of West Nile Virus is a good reminder for all to take the necessary preventive measures.”FDOH has sentinel chicken flocks strategically placed throughout the county. Blood samples are taken from the chickens every week and tested by the Bureau of Public Health Laboratory for the presence of mosquito borne viruses. Although chickens do not actually contract the disease, they can still carry the virus in their blood.Officials advise people to drain standing water from around homes or businesses, since mosquitoes can leave their eggs in the smallest water containers.They also encourage people to use an insect repellent that contains DEET or Picardin, and to wear light weight long sleeved shirts, long pants and socks, especially at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are typically most active.In addition, windows and doors should be screened properly and remain in good condition.The last reported human case of West Nile virus was in 2011.
Neither Taylor nor Whelan pursued reelection in 2019 and Red Bank’s current governing body is now entirely Democrat following the victories of Kate L. Triggiano and Hazim Yassin. The borough form of government was adopted in the late 1800s and only allows the mayor a vote during the legislative process to break a tie. Proto called the petition campaign a “long shot,” and said it bothers him that Coffey, Walker and Tvrdik, a registered Republican, are “trying to fool voters.” These are decisions, themayor said, they failed tosee eye to eye on. The small municipality form of government was created with the adoption of the Optional Municipal Charter Law of 1950, also known as the Faulkner Act. Under it, communities can, by way of referendum, alter optional aspects of their government operations, including the size of the council, staggered or concurrent terms for elected officials, the use of runoff elections, the method of mayoral selection or the implementation of partisan or nonpartisan elections. Coffey used his mayoralveto power for the first timein April when the councilunanimously adopted anordinance to transition theenvironmental commissionto a committee, but that vetowas undone by a two-thirdscouncil vote. Coffey said it is the partisan election process that drives this initiative. In January 2018, two former Republican council members in Red Bank, Mark Taylor and Michael Whelan, sought a similar change, but the notion was ultimately defeated when they could not collect the requisite signatures. “There’s no Republican or Democratic way to fix a pothole, make sure the park’s maintained or that the garbage is collected on time. In Oceanport, we have 49 percent of our voters registered as independent, 28.2 percent Republican and 21.8 percent Democrat. We don’t have a party-leaning in this town, so why should our elections be structured that way?” Coffey asked. “This petition is being pushed by Democrats, including Meghan Walker, who is the former vice chair of the Oceanport Democrats, and Jay Coffey, who was elected as a Democrat four years ago. Now they’re running as independents, and it’s such an attempt to fool the voters,” Proto said. “This is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats running as so-called independents looking to change the form of government to nonpartisan in a town that leans Republican. This is a blatant attempt by Democrats to hide who they are and it needs to get out there,” Proto added. This past year the council voted in lockstep to close the borough’s former recycling center, as well as convert the borough’s environmental commission to a committee. It also cited security concerns, safety issues and tax increases for its opposition of the development of a large-scale Jersey City University satellite campus at Fort Monmouth. Coffey said if the petition is successful, a special election can be held at any point. The topic does not have to be included on the November election ballot and could certainly be conducted post-election. OCEANPORT – A campaign to change the borough’s form of government is underway. “Be who you are. People may not like my style. I can be a little ‘in your face’ sometimes. But that’s because I’m passionate, just like my fellow Oceanport residents are. But you always know where I stand, what I believe and who I represent. What’s being done here is an insult to our intelligence,” Proto said. “This initiative is about nonpartisan elections. No party lines, just people’s names on a ballot and let the people choose. Can anyone run right now as an independent? Yes, but they’re also boxed out by party candidates,” Coffey said. “We’re not the first town to look into this, and a change in form of government won’t really change much. But it does give the mayor a little more leeway.” Mayor Jay Coffey andcouncil candidates MeghanWalker and Tom Tvrdik, allthree of whom are runningfor election in November onan independent ticket, areleading an effort to collectsignatures from more than75 percent of Oceanport’sregistered voters. The small municipality form of government includes an elected council and a mayor, who is afforded a vote during the legislative process, but no veto power. The mayor may be elected directly by the voters or may be selected by the council from among its own members. Elections may be partisan, with primaries in the spring and the general election in November, or nonpartisan, with a municipal election in May or November. Council member and Republican mayoral candidate Robert Proto said the petition is just another method local Democrats are using to fool voters. Coffey said the group is about “three quarters of the way done” and, if their push is successful, it will clear a path for a special election asking to transform the town’s system of government from its current borough form to that of a small municipality, an alternative for towns with a population of 12,000 or less. Coffey first discussed the possibility of altering the borough’s form of government in April when, during an interview with The Two River Times, the Democrat mayor said he was “discouraged” and would not seek a secondterm due to limited powersand opposing viewpoints ofthe all-Republican council. “It’s all dependent on when we finalize the signatures,” Coffey said.
ARCADIA, Calif. – (November 4, 2016) – A crowd of 45,673, the largest for a Breeders’ Cup Friday, was on hand to witness a scintillating performance by champion mare Beholder and 3-year-old filly Songbird in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on the first day of the 33nd Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.The Friday attendance was a 23% increase over Friday at Santa Anita in 2014 and a 1 percent increase over Friday at Keeneland last year.Total handle for Friday’s 10-race card was $50,935,934, a 13% increase over the 2015 non-separate pool handle figure of $44,949,165. Total handle for the four Breeders’ Cup races was $30,267,692.“Racing fans today saw a truly remarkable, championship performance by one of the legends of our sport in a classic renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff,” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “We want to thank our hosts at Santa Anita and congratulate the connections of Beholder and all of today’s winners. We look forward to tomorrow.”2016 Friday Total handle – $50,935,9342016 Friday On-track handle – $7,178,966Friday attendance history:2015, Keeneland – 44,4972014, Santa Anita – 37,2052013, Santa Anita – 35,6332012, Santa Anita – 34,6192011, Churchill Downs – 40,6772010,Churchill Downs – 41,6142009, Santa Anita – 37,6512008, Santa Anita – 31,2572007, Monmouth Park – 27,803-30-
Bottom side QPR stubbornly battled through the first half of the west London derby at Stamford Bridge, where Marko Marin was fortunate not to be sent off.The Chelsea wide-man escaped with a yellow card after a horrendous fourth-minute challenge on Stephane Mbia which could easily have left his opponent with a broken leg.Rangers defended solidly but were almost undone by a mistake from Mbia just after the half-hour mark.Marin robbed the midfielder and found Oscar, whose shot was deflected wide by R’s defender Clint Hill.David Luiz and Victor Moses sent efforts over the bar and keeper Julio Cesar saved with his legs to deny Oscar as Chelsea dominated most of the half.And they wanted a penalty when Ryan Bertrand went down near the edge of the box after being accidentally clipped by Jamie Mackie.Rangers’ only real sight of goal came when Shaun Wright-Phillips – on as a substitute for the injured Junior Hoilett – dragged a shot wide after being put through by Esteban Granero.Hoilett limped off on 16 minutes with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Turnbull; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Luiz, Lampard; Marin, Oscar, Moses; Torres. Subs: Hilario, Cole, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Ferreira, Piazon.QPR (4-1-4-1): Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio; Derry; Mackie, Derry, Granero; Hoilett (Wright-Phillips 16); Taarabt. Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Park, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Faurlin.Click here for our Chelsea v QPR quizYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
New, energy-efficient housing in the Kuyasa settlement of Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s sprawling township. In part of a broader area known as the Cape Flats, residents live on what is effectively beach sand. (Image: City of Cape Town) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kuyasa CDM Project +27 21 465 75 22 [email protected] • Patrick Nqadini Urban Renewal Programme Manager Khayelitsha City of Cape Town +27 21 361 1701 +27 84 226 0490 [email protected] • Environmental Resource Management City of Cape Town +27 21 487 2284 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • African projects to save the earth • Solar power lights the way • Cape Town: a sustainable city • Eating, earning from city farms • Greening it up in Cape TownAs South Africans face huge hikes in their electricity bills, people living in an informal settlement on the outskirts of Cape Town have turned to the sun to provide for their heating needs in Africa’s first project registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).The almost 2 000 families in Kuyasa, a low-income settlement that is part of the sprawling Khayelitsha township, have not only managed to cut their electricity costs by 35% a year, but are also doing their bit to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.Each solar water heater helps save around 1.29 metric tons of carbon dioxide per household per year from being emitted, which equates to the total carbon emission in a flight of some 12 200 kilometres, such as from Los Angeles in the US to Cairo, Egypt.The CDM, set up under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, allows industrialised countries to meet part of their commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by investing in projects that reduce emissions in developing countries, while also contributing to the sustainable development needs of the host country.Projects registered under the CDM can earn saleable Certified Emission Reductions credits – popularly known as “carbon credits” – each equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide.The Kuyasa project was developed by South South North, an NGO working to counter climate change, for the City of Cape Town Metro‘s Environmental Resource Management Department and Urban Renewal Programme.The project hopes to complete installing solar water heaters in 2 300 houses by 2010, with funding from the national Environment Department and the Western Cape provincial government.The Cape Town City Council, owners of the Kuyasa project, have already sold carbon credits to the UK government and hope to generate and sell more so as to maintain the water heaters and invest in other community development projects.Funding has come from national and provincial governments and the South African Export Development Fund, a non-profit organisation, has underwritten the project.Parastatal utility Eskom generates most of South Africa’s electricity in coal-fired power stations, and the cheap energy alternative presented by Kuyasa has stirred some interest.Zuko Ndamane, the project manager, is pushing for integration of the solar power generator model into new low-income housing developments“It is more expensive to retrofit houses with energy-saving devices, like we did in Kuyasa,” he says.Adapted from Irin News
The CSIR, the Agricultural Research Council and Nestlé, together have launched a new range of noodles made from the nutritious indigenous vegetable morogo. It is an innovative commercial product that is expected to benefit local farming, particularly small-scale farmers. A morogo two-minute noodles product line is launched by Nestlé brand Maggi in October 2015, utilising the “proven health benefits of the leafy vegetable and, at the same time, helping (to) develop small-scale farming in South Africa”. (Image: Nestlé) A new locally grown and manufactured consumer product, Maggi 2-Minute Morogo Noodles, is the result of a three-year collaborative research project between South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and multinational food group Nestlé to develop the commercial potential of the popular vegetable staple and its farmers.This latest development falls in line with the vision of the National Development Plan, which has a particular focus on key areas such as rural development, skills development and job creation.An added benefit is the export possibilities for the product to the rest of the world. This would give South African small-scale agriculture a competitive jumpstart in those markets.The partners researched South Africa’s biodiversity to confirm morogo’s nutritional and pharmaceutical benefits, as well as its functional food applications. The Nestlé @CSIR and @ARCSouthAfrica teams who made the creation & production of the Morogo Noodles possible #CSIR70 pic.twitter.com/LFBX45naW1— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 8, 2015 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor made the breakthrough announcement on 8 October at the fifth CSIR Conference. The department “is proud of this key milestone where we successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product, which will be enjoyed by South African consumers,” she said.Dr Rachel Chikwamba, the CSIR’s group executive for strategic alliances and communication, added: “We provided our expertise in the processing of indigenous products to jointly develop this innovative product with Nestlé that will benefit the people of our country.” How Nestlé is turning South Africa’s traditional leafy greens to gold – AFKInsider http://t.co/2vuZDY3Yaq pic.twitter.com/kOeeZMInHK— Leona Ungerer (@ungerlm) October 11, 2015 This is the first time that morogo, also known as amaranthus, has been used in large-scale processed food production. Nestlé’s long-term stated goal is to help local small-scale farmers boost their income by producing morogo on a commercial scale.Various other leafy greens, including cleome and cow pea, were considered and assessed by Nestlé and the CSIR and ARC research teams for nutrient bioavailability during digestion. After extensive study and consumer research, morogo was ultimately chosen for its versatility and abundance. The Morogo Noodles are available at Shoprite for now. To know more about it: http://t.co/cCEpCl9Wyu. pic.twitter.com/tfKynU3HO0— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 9, 2015 Nestlé, the company said, was using morogo for a new line of Maggi two-minute noodles “because of its proven health benefits, particularly the presence of beta carotene, minerals and protein”.Morogo, with its distinctive leaves and taste, is extremely adaptable. It grows easily in various weather and soil conditions.“In South Africa, indigenous knowledge has massive potential for research, development and innovation,” said Pandor. “We successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product which will be enjoyed by South African consumers.”Nestlé’s collaboration with the South African government demonstrated the company’s commitment to communities in which it did business, said Ravi Pillay, its South African director of corporate affairs. It was a way of “leveraging global expertise for local preference”.It was also an opportunity for South Africa’s small-scale farmers, said Chikwamba.“We also evaluated the commercial viability of producing African leafy vegetables in a sustainable manner for commercial and smallholder farmers,” said Shadrack Moephuli, the chief executive of the ARC.Sources:AFKInsiderCSIRNestlé
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorFarm-equipment manufacturers are certainly aware of the challenges facing customers today, but Robert Crain doesn’t believe U.S. farmers are ready to throw in the towel.“The larger guys are cautiously optimistic,” said AGCO’s senior vice president and general manager, Americas. He believes, however, there is positive news on the horizon for equipment manufacturers. The U.S. farming fleet is generally as old as it’s been in 10 years. “We think that presents opportunities,” he added.FLEET REPLACEMENT AHEADThe September 2019 equipment sales report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers paints a mixed picture. Tractor sales were actually up through September for both 4WD and 2WD models (100-plus horsepower), 9.4% and 3.4% respectively, compared to the same period in 2018. Sales of 2WD tractors (100-plus hp) were up sharply in September by more than 19%. Sales of 4WD tractors for September were down 5%.Combine sales through September were reported up 1.8%. But in September sales rose more than 12%.AGCO’s Crain is optimistic. “We have customers who sold [corn] over $4 and booked sales over $4. They are going to want to see what goes into the bin and what government payments [will be before making decisions on equipment].”With 200 dealerships, AGCO is working to get its Fendt line into large-equipment markets. Its IDEAL combine has a season’s worth of experience behind it, and the newly designed 900 series tractors target the large-tractor segment of the Midwest Corn Belt.MIXED 2019 NET SALESWhile financial reports from the major farm-equipment manufacturers don’t reveal numbers to be excited about, they don’t show a disaster either. A cleaner planting window in 2020 and resolution of trade issues could improve the outlook for equipment. Claas sees a fairly flat, but recovering equipment market — assuming a return to more normal weather in 2020.AGCO reported six-month sales in 2019 of $4.4 billion, a year-over-year decrease of 2.8%. Net sales in North America, however, grew by 1.7%. Increased sales of application equipment, as well as high-horsepower tractors, were offset by lower utility tractor sales.Kubota is making a big bet on 2020. It unveiled earlier this year its largest row crop tractor series, the M8. Sold with either a 190 hp or 210 hp, 6.7-liter Cummins engine the M8 will be available as farmers head to the field for planting. Kubota’s M8 targets farmers looking for “usability” and “simplicity.”John Deere reported earnings in the quarter ending July at $899 million, down $11 million from same quarter, 2018. Net sales declined 3.4%. The company forecast a 4% increase in sales for the fiscal year.Case IH and New Holland parent CNH Industrial announced revenues of $7.5 billion in the second quarter, down 6% from 2018. Ag net sales were off 7% because of lower volume in Europe and other regions. CNH’s quarterly report strikes a positive note, however: “Cyclical replacement demands remain stable, with used-equipment inventories at low levels supporting new equipment sales in North America.”TECHNOLOGY AND IRONWith even modest prodding from grain markets, manufacturers believe farmers will want to remain current on technology.“Data is opportunity,” agreed Matt Olson, product marketing manager, John Deere Precision Ag. “Technology is already benefiting [our customers].” Machine intelligence, he noted, are bringing farmers into a new world of data.TRACK THE JOURNEYOlson explained at its most basic level, technology is a way to document “the journey of growing that crop” while considering all the possible management combinations and their outcomes. It allows managers to “take on risk.”“What combination of all those layers helps me understand what works and what doesn’t work?” he asked. “What drives profitability and yield? Are you actually getting that yield? What works on your farm?”Scott Harris, vice president of North America for Case IH, is another industry executive pointing a marketing arm at technology. Using words like “better,” “more” and “targeted,” he said the company is hanging technology on all its tools.“Our engines and transmissions, our iron, is as good as it’s ever been. But we’re not done. We’re putting technology into our tillage equipment … to produce, for example, the optimal seedbed.”Harris stressed efficiency is productivity, and the goal is to address challenges “such as the difficulty in finding skilled labor with the functional automation of the machine, the sensors reading soil conditions, crop conditions, machinery conditions and making adjustments on the fly.“Dealers and producers are operating in a difficult environment and looking for stability, anywhere they can get stability,” Harris said. “Technology will improve the bottom line. It’s money in the bank.”**Editor’s Note: Technology and innovation are opening new pathways to financial success in farming. See related stories from Progressive Farmer’s special section called “Plot a Course For Opportunity” at https://www.dtnpf.com/…Dan Miller can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @DMillerPF(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Lampard hails Kepa formby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The Spaniard kept his first clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.”After the clean sheet on Saturday, the person I was happiest for was Kepa,” said Lampard.”Even though it’s a team issue, goalkeepers pride themselves on clean sheets. One of the things I have seen since working with Kepa is that he is a very determined individual, he wants to improve every day. He is very focused and I love that.”His confidence shouldn’t go down. The clean sheets are not always his own responsibility, but also when he thinks they might have been his responsibility, he is very open to accept that fact and work to improve.”I have been really impressed with him. He’s managed to become Spain’s number one which when you think about who he’s competing with at that level is very serious.He is a great age for us in terms of where he’s at in his career. He grew as last season went on to help Chelsea win games, and I think he is growing again now.”I am very happy with him as a player. If anything I can say in his role and his status within the group, he can become a bit more vocal because that’s what great goalkeepers do.”