April 15, 2021

Greensky Bluegrass Announces 2018 Winter Tour With Billy Strings

first_imgComing off of their sold-out headlining Red Rocks Amphitheater performance in Morrison, Colorado, over the weekend, today, beloved jamgrass act, Greensky Bluegrass has detailed their upcoming 2018 Winter tour featuring support by young guitar prodigy Billy Strings. Kicking off at the Egyptian Room at Old National Centre on January 18th in Indianapolis, Indiana, following their tour opener, the band will hit Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee the following two nights on January 19th and 20th, respectively. From there, the band will head north, hitting Albany, New York’s The Egg Performing Arts Center on the 24th, House of Blues Boston on the 25th, and the PlayStation Theater in New York City for two nights on January 26th and 27th.Following this Northeast run, the band will fly to Tucson, Arizona, for a festival set at Gem and Jam on January 28th before returning to the east for a date at Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 31st. To kick off February, Greensky Bluegrass will perform The Fillmore Philadelphia on the 1st, Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on the 2nd and The Anthem on the 3rd. As their winter tour winds down, Greensky will close out the tour with a run in the Midwest, with shows at House Of Blues Cleveland on February 7th; Covington, Kentucky’s Madison Theater on February 8th; and The Fillmore Detroit on February 9th and 10th.Fan club pre-sale lottery begins tomorrow on September 26th at 10 am (EST), with the lottery running through to Thursday, September 28th, at 5 pm (EST). You can enter the ticket lottery on the band’s website here, or purchase tickets during the general on-sale that begins on Friday, September 29th.[Photo: Jeremy Scott]Upcoming Greensky Bluegrass 2018 DatesJANUARY1/18 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN1/19 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN1/20 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN1/24 – The Egg Performing Arts Center – Albany, NY*1/25 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA*1/26-27 – PlayStation Theater – New York City, NY*1/28 – Gem and Jam Festival – Tucson, AZ1/31 – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead – Pittsburgh, PA*FEBRUARY2/1 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA*2/2 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.*2/3 – The Anthem – Washington, D.C.*2/7 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH2/8 – Madison Theater – Covington, KY2/9-10 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI* Billy Strings supportslast_img read more

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Brazilian Air Force Commences Largest Enforcement Operation against Unauthorized Flights

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 13, 2017 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) launched Operation Ostium on March 24th, one of its longest and most comprehensive initiatives over the course of 2017. “Operation Ostium is daring. We are setting up a strip along the border where we will be focusing all of our resources. Our objective is clear: reduce the number of illicit goods coming in by air along a huge swath of the border to zero,” stated Lieutenant General Ricardo Cesar Mangrich, commander of the operation. In the initial phase of the operation, resources are concentrated in three cities: Campo Grande and Dourados, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul; and Cascavel, in the state of Paraná. In Campo Grande, the FAB has A-29 Super Tucano fighters, E-99 radar planes, as well as R-35A and RA-1 reconnaissance planes. The airports in Cascavel and Dourados have already been transformed into veritable air bases for Operation Ostium. The facilities that have been set up allow for the operation of AH-2 Sabre and H-60 Black Hawk combat helicopters, A-29 Super Tucano fighters, and RQ-450 unmanned aerial aircraft, known as drones. “These regions were selected according to operational needs for securing our airspace, based on strategic information about the flow of clandestine aircraft entering Brazil,” the FAB Public Affairs Office reported. Over the course of 2017, troops and equipment are due to be relocated to other regions of the country, their missions coordinated from the Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE, per its Portuguese acronym), which is located in Brasília. Patrolling from the sky FAB maintains a year-round, 24-hour air defense alert service. With Operation Ostium, the intention is to expand its capacity for detecting unidentified air traffic, and increase rapid response for aircraft interception. To meet the objective of stepping up security, especially against unauthorized low-altitude flights, the FAB installed mobile radars in addition to employing E-99 radar aircraft. The first towns to receive the radars were Chapecó, in the state of Santa Catarina, and Corumbá, in Mato Grosso do Sul. The city of Chapecó is located less than 500 kilometers from Paraguay, and approximately 136 kilometers from Argentina. Corumbá is situated in the Tri-Border region between Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. According to information from the FAB Public Affairs Office, E-99 aircraft are already executing flights in various regions, pursuant to mission requirements. The E-99 Brazilian-made radar planes are known for the large antenna attached to their fuselage, which can trace small-size aircraft flying slowly at low altitudes. Additionally, their scanning capability spans more than 350 km around the plane. With that, the “eyes” of the E-99 are able to simultaneously visualize up to 300 targets in the air and on the ground. Military force in the air To increase their response capacity for potential air defense alerts, Operation Ostium relies mainly on the use of A-29 Super Tucano fighters and two helicopters, the H-60 Black Hawk and the AH-2 Sabre. The A-29 Super Tucano is a light attack fighter, developed by Brazil, and used by 13 foreign air forces, including the United States. This fighter reaches a speed of 600 km per hour, and can be equipped with machine guns, bombs, rockets, or missiles. AH-2 Sabre helicopters are also suited for interception missions, as they can fly at low altitudes and high speeds –320 km per hour–for up to three consecutive hours. To carry out operations under Ostium, the AH-2 Sabres are equipped with a 23 mm cannon with highly destructive firepower. These helicopters are even capable of launching rockets and missiles. In the event that an unidentified aircraft lands in an area unsuitable for airplanes, the ideal aircraft is the H-60 Black Hawk. This helicopter easily lands in different locations and transports troops trained in descending to the ground, while taking the necessary measures to deal with an unidentified crew. In Operation Ostium, the FAB is also making use of remotely piloted aircraft, with the intent of identifying clandestine runways and trafficking routes. “One of the main features of these systems is their autonomy and persistence; that is, their capacity to remain above an area for a long time, observing patterns and behaviors,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Sandro Bernardon, commander of the Hórus Squadron. “Our systems have the capacity to hover above a target for 10 to 30 hours.” Approach in stages Brazilian law sets forth a series of procedures that must be met in the event that suspicious aircraft is identified in the nation’s airspace. The sequence of events begins with the activation of pilots on standby at an air base. Once in flight, the pilots must identify the unknown aircraft from a distance and attempt to communicate with its crew. Next, FAB pilots relay the information they have obtained to the operations command. In Operation Ostium, COMAE will decide what the next steps are. They may ask the unidentified aircraft to change course or make a forced landing, in which case, FAB service members will take measures to identify the crew on the ground. If the detected unauthorized aircraft fails to obey air-defense orders, Brazilian Aeronautical Code states that a warning shot can be fired, which is not aimed at the aircraft. If after that, the aircraft remains noncompliant with national defense instructions, it is then considered a hostile aircraft. In that case, the unidentified aircraft is subject to what the law describes as a detention measure. “FAB aircraft armament will be activated. The shot will be aimed at forcing the hostile aircraft to land,” the FAB Public Affairs Office stated. To make the shot, an express authorization from the Air Force commander is required.last_img read more

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Managing the risk of paid ahead loans

first_imgThe compliance team is often asked whether there is a federal regulation that limits the number of days a loan can be paid ahead. While there is no federal regulatory limit on how far in advance a loan can be paid, there are a few risk management practices and contractual limitations the credit union may want to consider.To begin with, the credit union’s loan agreement with the member may govern how payments are applied to the loan. For example, there may be a clause in the agreement regarding how payments in excess of the principal, interest and escrow (if any) will be applied such as advancing the due date or paying down the principal. Generally, ambiguities in a contract are left to state law interpretation so it is important to ensure contract clauses regarding the application of payments are clear. If the credit agreement is silent on the matter, the manner in which the credit union applies excess payments may come down to internal policies or even case law which may not be ideal as courts may interpret things differently yielding various results. If the credit union permits the due date to advance, here are some risk management principles to note.There are several instances in which NCUA references paid ahead loans as part of a credit union’s overall risk management strategy. For instance, transaction risk is defined in NCUA’s Examiner’s Guide, Chapter 1 as follows: continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Joy Sports prediction: 3 teams likely to contest for Ghana Premier League title

first_imgASHANTIGOLD Champions AshantiGold are also favourites to win the 2015/16 Ghana premier league title.  It is normal for every team that wins a league title the previous season to come into the new season with the hope of defending it. That is enough motivation for the players and officials to give their all in that regard.AshGold also in their own way did some business in the transfer window, they brought in players like the Nuhu brothers from New Edubiase, Emmanuel Nti Mensah Dauda Mohammed,  Hudu Yakubu, Prince Amoah, Daniel Addo and Frederick Quayson. They also managed to lure midfielder Kadri Mohammed to stay after he publicly expressed his desire to move on. The players brought in are equally good and I am not too sure they will be missing the likes of Yakubu Mohammed, Bernard Morrison and Lawrence Lartey who left the club.They have the backing of owners Anglogold Ashanti and new sponsor Permafix to excel in the league.The only problem I foresee is if they go far in the CAF Champions League it will definitely affect their premier league campaign. They don’t have the team to play and participate well in the two competitions. So it is either the CAF Champions league or the Ghana Premier League. But I tell you what it doesn’t look good for them in the CAF Champions league so I know their focus will be on the league. –Follow Benedict on Twitter: @KwesiBenedict. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag With a day to the kickoff of the Ghana Premier League, Joy Sports Benedict Owusu predicts his title contenders for the season.Will any of these teams be smiling come the end of the season or will one of  the other 13 teams not mentioned cause a huge upset?ADUANA STARSIn the 2014/15 Ghana Premier league season, Aduana Stars finished 3rd with 46 points just 6 points behind Champions AshantiGold. Obviously, the management of the club in evaluating how last season went knew they could put things right to challenge for the title in the coming season.Owner of the club Nana Agyemang Badu II and CEO Albert Commey have transformed the team in so many ways; motivation for players, recruiting “good” players and relationship with fans has been amazing. The Dormaa based side has signed players like Richard Mpong, Joseph Addo from Kotoko as well Yahaya Mohammed formerly of Kotoko. Noah Martey also joined from Bechem United and one thing they did so well was keeping their best players- goalkeeper Stephen Adams, Godfred Saka and among others. It is always good for a club to keep their good players – because these players understand the philosophy of the club and it is always easy for them to guide the new ones that join- and that is exactly what Aduana Stars has done.A decade ago, it was only Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak that attracted the best of players and because of the pedigree of the teams, local players were always keen on joining either of the teams. This trend changed some 5 years ago when Berekum Chelsea emerged with their powerful financial backing. Currently at Aduana Stars, owner Nana Agyemang Badu II has made the club so attractive to the extent that players are rushing to join. In that aspect it puts them in a good way for the players to give their all in the coming season. Good players have been brought in, new additions are solid and with the financial backing this I think makes them very sound to compete well in the 2015/16 season. ASANTE KOTOKOFaaaaaaaaaaaaaaboulous-  “Y3 team no ay3 yi3” ( our team is on form)- a conversation between two Kotoko fans I bumped into at Abossey Okai last week. The expectation for Kotoko to do well this season is no joke- the fans will not take anything aside the team winning week in week out in the coming season. Why this? Two answers I have- the first one is got to do with the form of the team in pre-season. Coach David Duncan and his team have been the best team in the off season. They have won three trophies- Swag Cup, G6 tournament and Akwasidae Cup and also winning 95% percent of their friendly games. Secondly, they have signed as many as 14 new players, YES, 14 new players- not just players but they have signed the best of players.So tell me which fan will look at all these and not expect the team to do well. For me the fans are right to have that high expectation.Also it is a real test for my good friend David Duncan, despite how he came in last season he managed to finish second with a team that he didn’t start the league with. This time he has signed his own players, had the opportunity to play lots of trial matches with them so I think Duncan has no excuse.Everything that a team needs to do well has been done for the Porcupine Warriors so by virtue of that it makes them favourites to win this season’s league.last_img read more

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